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icarus_chained
14 March 2013 @ 04:25 pm
... That's what you call it, right? What I mean is, my policy on people making fanfic and fanart and podfics and translations and things based on my stuff. I've had a few requests lately, and kept meaning to put up a public post about it.

Okay. General gist? Feel free to make anything you feel like based on my stuff. I'd just appreciate it if you credited the original, and gave me a heads-up if possible. And also ... this has only come up in two cases that I can think of, but make it clear that your work isn't mine? As in, that your story or art isn't 'official' in the sense of a continuation or something I had any input in. Like that? That it's inspired by but not directly connected to mine. (Podfics and translations are slightly different, there, but they shouldn't need that explanation).

Ah. I think that covers most of it. Feel free to PM me the usual way though if you're unsure.

That's fanfic, mind. For my original stuff ... Um. I'd really prefer if you asked me first? I'm a touch territorial in that regard -_-;
 
 
icarus_chained
23 February 2020 @ 08:48 pm
I shouldn't need this, but I figured it would be easier to pin one to the top of my journal than two or more -_-; Also, apologies for spamming the flist while I tidy up the journal. *ducks sheepishly*

Includes links to the masterlists for: Avengers, Sanctuary, Supernatural/Good Omens, DC Comics (partial only), Misc. Fandoms (non-crossover) and Original Fiction. Other fandoms, I'd advise searching my tags listings, or the fandoms list on my AO3 page. Also includes a separate list of my AUs by genre of AU, because I'm odd like that.

 
 
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icarus_chained
09 February 2016 @ 08:59 pm
Part 4 of the supervillain fic. More serious conversations, this time with more backstory on Sphinx and Barbara. I just ... keep thinking that this whole thing isn't something that happens fast or can be rushed through. Heh.

Title: Naming Names
Rating: PG-13
Fandom: Genghis Khan Music Video - Miike Snow
Characters/Pairings: Michael White (Secret Agent), Sphinx (Supervillain), Barbara (Supervillain's Wife). Michael/Sphinx
Summary: One last serious conversation before Sphinx finally brings his lover home
Wordcount: 2951
Warnings/Notes: Supervillains, backstory, marital problems, new loves
Disclaimer: Not mine

 
 
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icarus_chained
09 February 2016 @ 05:52 pm
You know sometimes you have a thought, and it's an excellent thought, but you don't know what to do with it?

I was just thinking, Irish Mythology and the Tuatha Dé Danann, a couple of my favourite figures are Nuada Airgetlám (because he's fairly sensible and humble as conquering kings go) and Lugh Lámhfhada (because he's a trickster king), and I was thinking idly that if you anglicised and modernised the names a bit, taking into account that Lugh's dad is Cian, what you might come up with is Ned Silver and "Longhand" Lou McKeane. Which ... I mean, tell me those aren't the protagonists of a western here. Or bankrobbers during the Great Depression or what have you. Especially considering that Lugh is one of the best shots in Irish Mythology (knocked Balor's eye through the back of his head with a slingshot and all), and a calm, soft-spoken man with a metal hand (Nuada's called 'silver hand' for a reason) hidden by a glove is never out of place in a western.

I just ... I kinda want to do something with it, but I'm not sure what. All I have is a pair of names. Ned Silver & Longhand Lou McKeane. They just sound like they should be in a western, you know? A pair of reincarnated Irish gods wandering the old west, one calm and level-headed with a prosthetic hand and a hell of a haymaker, the other kinda arrogant and hotheaded but with the pistol skills to back it up.

Eh. Western AU of Irish Mythology. Maybe I'll get around to it someday.
 
 
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icarus_chained
05 February 2016 @ 08:05 pm
One more random fanvid rec, while it's the season:

Glow by Chaila (DC Cartoons)

Justice League OT3 of Bruce/Clark/Diana, being awesome and brilliant and there for each other across years and continuities. It just makes me so happy. There's this big, glorious bubble in my chest when I watch this. Childhood heroes, you know?
 
 
 
icarus_chained
05 February 2016 @ 06:18 pm
I watched the movie again last night, since I’ve been seeing bits of it around lately. Have a small fic resulting from that?

Title: Choose Not Lethe
Rating: PG-13
Fandom: Dark City (1998)
Characters/Pairings: Daniel Schreber, John Murdock, mention of Anna. Daniel & John, hinted background John/Anna
Summary: Some time after the Strangers have gone, John Murdoch visits Daniel at the bath house for a perhaps overdue conversation on forgiveness, self-forgiveness, and moving on
Wordcount: 3955
Warnings/Notes: Aftermath, pain, peace, forgiveness, self-forgiveness, friendship, moving on, hope. Also, warnings for oblique mentions of contemplated suicide, which never came to pass. Daniel has a lot to work through
Disclaimer: Not mine

 
 
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icarus_chained
02 February 2016 @ 10:32 pm
A few quick vid recs from my initial run-through of festivids 2015:

 
 
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icarus_chained
01 February 2016 @ 10:23 pm
Part 3 of the gay supervillain fic. In which we deal with fair treatment of henchmen and a wee bit of supervillain backstory. I swear I'm not obsessed with this vid. Honestly I'm not.

Title: On Finances and Private Vengeances
Rating: PG-13
Fandom: Genghis Khan Music Video - Miike Snow
Characters/Pairings: Michael White (Secret Agent), Sphinx (Supervillain), Jeremy Anders (Henchman), Subramanyam (Scientist). Michael/Sphinx
Summary: Michael marvels at how Sphinx bases operate, and the subjects of money and personal vengeance take an unexpected turn
Wordcount: 3368
Warnings/Notes: Um. Supervillains. As in lasers and casual talk of murdering people. Also romance, and fair treatment of henchmen. Because.
Disclaimer: Not mine

 
 
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icarus_chained
30 January 2016 @ 11:19 pm
Part two of the gay supervillain fic. For oneiriad, who wanted the serious conversation part of the whole 'defecting to be a supervillain's lover' thing. Um. Hope it turned out okay.

Title: Life's Practicalities
Rating: PG
Fandom: Genghis Khan Music Video - Miike Snow
Characters/Pairings: Michael White (Secret Agent), Sphinx (Supervillain), Jeremy Anders (Henchman). Michael/Sphinx
Summary: Dances of romance are all very well, but when you're changing your whole life, some serious conversations have to be had as well. Though, you know. A little romance goes a long way in those as well.
Wordcount: 3730
Warnings/Notes: Supervillains, secret agents, 60s style government/agency homophobia, serious discussions, relationship negotiation, hopeful ending
Disclaimer: Not mine

 
 
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icarus_chained
29 January 2016 @ 08:47 pm
This music video is the most adorable thing ever. Um. I don't know if Secret Agent Man and Mr Supervillain have official names, I just made these ones up out of whole cloth. I just really wanted something about this vid. It's amazing.

Title: Pas de Deux
Rating: PG
Fandom: Genghis Khan Music Video - Miike Snow
Characters/Pairings: Michael White (Secret Agent), Sphinx (Supervillain), Henchmen. Michael/Sphinx
Summary: Lying shackled beneath a laser by a dancing supervillain who says he loves you gives a man a chance for some self-reflection. And, maybe, a little bit more than that
Wordcount: 2276
Warnings/Notes: Secret agents, supervillains, capture, lasers, attraction, internal conflict, 1960s, homosexuality, pretending to be straight, self-acceptance, requited love, freedom, hopeful ending
Disclaimer: Not mine

 
 
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icarus_chained
28 January 2016 @ 11:09 pm
Given that there's a new Star Wars movie now (which I haven't seen yet, but plan to once I can get DVDs), and because of it the old Star Wars movies are now being discussed again everywhere ... I was wondering, is there any meta anywhere about Leia and Lando and their choices as leaders in the OT? Because I don't exactly have focused thoughts about it, but it's a compare-and-contrast that keeps niggling at me lately.

I'm talking about Leia as a Princess of Alderaan and Lando as the Admistrator of Cloud City, and their reactions to the Imperial threat to their people, and the circumstances of their joining the Rebellion. That choice.

 
 
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icarus_chained
27 January 2016 @ 07:32 pm
Written for a prompt on comment_fic: DCU, Poison Ivy, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. I haven't written DCU in ages, and cannot promise the quality of this. Ivy and Rose, in Robinson Park, during No Man's Land.

Title: Midnight in the Garden
Rating: PG-13
Fandom: DCU/No Man's Land
Characters/Pairings: Poison Ivy, Rose, the Robinson Park orphans. Ivy & Rose
Summary: In the quiet of the park, listening to the continuing violence in the city outside, Ivy and Rose have a talk
Wordcount: 1086
Warnings/Notes: City at war, protectiveness, self-awareness, good and evil, maternal feelings, defiance, love
Disclaimer: Not mine

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icarus_chained
25 January 2016 @ 11:11 pm
And again, for a prompt on the kink meme. I like Ellie the noir-detective-in-training, and what's more classic than the detective and the lounge singer? There's a bit of Nick/Nate in the background, but Nick's mostly there to support Ellie. Heh.

Title: Lady in Red
Rating: PG-13
Fandom: Fallout 4
Characters/Pairings: Ellie Perkins, Magnolia, Nick Valentine, Male Sole Survivor. Ellie/Magnolia, Ellie & Nick, background Nick/Nate
Summary: At the Third Rail, Ellie Perkins gets her noir monologue on, realises a few things about herself, and sets out to get a date with the woman of her suddenly-realised dreams. Magnolia may not be for keeps, but she sure shows a gal the way around her sexuality in style
Wordcount: 2760
Warnings/Notes: Prompt fic, film noir monologues, femslash, female homosexuality, sexual awakening, attraction, one night stands, friendship, support, hopeful ending
Disclaimer: Not mine

 
 
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icarus_chained
22 January 2016 @ 07:56 pm
 
 
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icarus_chained
15 January 2016 @ 07:16 pm
A couple of microfics for comment_fic:


DCAU, Clark/J'onn, Jewel

Earth looked like a jewel from space. A turquoise or a chrysocolla, shining blue-green in the darkness. A new home, shared together after loss, and all the more precious for it. J'onn watched it, Clark's arm warm and easy around his shoulders, and knew himself loved, contented, and at peace.


Dogma, Metatron & Bethany, Consolation

"What was that for?" he asked, bemused, as she pulled back from the hug. It had been a bit sudden, she allowed. Not that sudden, though. She remembered kind words and a coat when she needed them most.

"For being there," she answered simply, and enjoyed it as he smiled.
 
 
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icarus_chained
13 January 2016 @ 12:22 am
I have just watched the opening two-parter of the Shannara Chronicles right now. It was ... interesting, I think is the word. I really don't know how to feel about it yet, though I might stick with the show a few episodes more to see how it goes. But it just ... it feels odd. Maybe it's just that Shannara was my childhood in so many ways, my first proper fantasy doorstopper series (Lord of the Rings actually came later for me). Apparently I have deep, deep nostalgic feelings about Shannara that aren't entirely sure what to make of the adaptation.

They changed quite a few things. Some of it is okay, some of it is just weird, some of it I don't know if I like at all. Ander, in particular, they're doing something very odd with Ander. And Allanon, in a lot of ways, though I do like the actor's actual performance. It's things like the horribly scarred hand and the tragic love interest (!) that are weirding me out.

There is one thing in particular that's really bugging me though, in relation to the Dagda Mor:

 
 
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icarus_chained
10 January 2016 @ 06:00 pm
Are you ever writing, typing out in the first rush of creativity, and you need a word for the thing, and you look down and you’ve typed the word for the thing, but when you actually look at the word you don’t entirely recognise it? Like, you have to look it up quickly, just to make sure that it is in fact a word, that it’s a word you know, that it’s a word that means what apparently your subconscious thinks it does?

This happens to me a surprising amount. I’m mid-flow, and I look down, and for some reason I’ve typed ‘effulgence’, wanting a different word for 'radiance’, and I’m like … wait, what does effulgence mean? And I look it up, and yes, it does in fact mean radiance, and I’m all 'yay, go subconscious me!’.

I think part of it is that I’ve learned a whole bunch of my vocabulary from context, from reading a whole bunch of books since I was tiny. Some bit of my brain has a memory of reading a passage about radiance somewhere or other that had 'effulgence’ in it, and so coughed the word back up while I was in spate and running on instinct and needed something in that ballpark. I don’t know the word, in the sense of having formally learned it (or heard it) or being able to formally define it, but I remember from that distant context that it means something close to this thing.

I think I’ve always learned words mostly from books. I have a memory of being followed around the schoolyard by a (somewhat scary) crowd of kids asking me to define a bunch of words because I’d 'eaten the dictionary’, but I don’t remember reading dictionaries much. I mean, when I had to look up a specific word, yes, or check one, and I think I sometimes browsed thesauri, but most of the time I’m pretty sure I just read the word in a book and came away with a vague idea what it meant, which sometimes sharpened the more I came across it.

Heh. I don’t know. I think I just have a lot of random words that float up inside my head, like debris from the shipwrecks of books I read ages ago. Sometimes, when I’m writing, they even turn out to be useful :)
 
 
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icarus_chained
09 January 2016 @ 05:23 pm
It’s odd the things you remember around this time of year. My Mam bought a pot of blackcurrant jam today on a whim, which is very much a Gran & Granddad thing more than a Mam thing. At our house it’s usually strawberry or raspberry jam, apricot if we’re feeling really fancy. Blackcurrant was always a Gran & Granddad thing because Granddad had blackcurrant bushes down the bottom of his (town) garden, and Gran used to actually make the jam for us. (‘His’ garden, btw, because the fruit & vegetable section of their garden was Granddad’s, while the flowerbeds with the prized tulips were Gran’s). It’s been … a few years now since I’ve tasted blackcurrant jam, but it’s rather lovely.

It got me thinking, though, given the time of year that’s in it. An awful lot of my memories of my grandparents are related to food. Thinking of them, I remembered what used to be a post-Christmas tradition at their house. There was a supper, usually around New Year-ish, that consisted entirely of bread, butter, cold-cuts of meat, pickled silverskin onions, tomatoes, and any odds-and-ends that had survived the cupboards until the end of the old year, plus the remains of the Christmas cakes and puddings. A sort of 'use up the old year and prepare for the new’ kind of thing. I remember the pickled onions specifically, because that supper was one of the few times of year I ever saw the things, and Mam thinks that Gran used to invite us to the supper at least partially so Granddad wouldn’t be able to eat an entire jar of pickled onions by himself. I also remember the Christmas cake sandwiches, which were a thing Granddad dared me to eat one year at this supper when I was very young, and which became a kind of tradition afterwards (literally a slice of Christmas cake between two buttered slices of bread - they’re not bad). Gran and Granddad were the only ones I know who did that particular supper, and I’m surprised right now how much I miss it.

I wonder if it’s odd how much I remember them through their food. Gran used to bake. All sorts of things, but her pavlova and her coffee cake were so renowned that the priest mentioned them at her funeral. Their garden was I think the only reason we ever ate anything 'picked fresh yourself’, because of the vegetables and the fruit. (That and berries out of hedges, because Granddad took us walking as kids and taught us which ones were safe provided you washed them. The sloe was appalling, though. My face about collapsed). Granddad did a mean fresh stewed rhubarb. He also had a tendency to combine a lot of random things when he ate, legacy I think of a lot of years essentially eating whatever was available regardless of what it was. Hence Christmas cake sandwiches, and cheese-and-raspberry-jam sandwiches, and cheese-dips (cheese dipped in yogurt in lieu of a spoon, so you can eat both at the same time and use up cheese that’s getting questionable), and sundry other random combinations. Hence too, I think, the whole 'use up the old year and welcome the new’ done in food. They had … a unique approach to food, at least in terms of my experience. It’s one of the things I remember most strongly about them.

I don’t know. Maybe it’s just the time of year combined with a sudden whim for blackcurrant jam. There’s just … a lot of memories that can be tied up in food, you know? I don’t think I realised quite how much so.
 
 
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icarus_chained
06 January 2016 @ 10:01 pm
Okay, so when I said I wanted some Kronos & Grost fanfic, I was being serious. I have no idea how many people have even seen this movie, and given that there’s no AO3 category for it I’m guessing there’s not much of a fandom. I just wanted a little something post-movie regardless, though. So I wrote it. Heh.

Title: Morning Truths
Rating: PG
Fandom: Captain Kronos: Vampire Hunter (1974)
Characters/Pairings: Hieronymus Grost, Captain Kronos. Slightly slashy Grost & Kronos
Summary: Two days after the destruction of Dr. Marcus' vampires, Hieronymus Grost wakes up with his head pillowed in his friend's lap and struggles to face the day without embarrassing himself further. Kronos, for his part, saw nothing embarrassing at all
Wordcount: 1396
Warnings/Notes: POST-MOVIE, vampires, aftermath, sleep, mornings, aches & pains, comfort, companionship, friendship/love, continuing on
Disclaimer: Not mine

 
 
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icarus_chained
06 January 2016 @ 06:38 pm
Been a while since I did one of these. My 15 most recent opening lines:

1) "… Ellie? You okay there sweetheart? Only you’ve been starin’ at this old mug for about ten minutes now, and it’s gettin’ kinda worrying.“ (Worth A Thousand Pictures, Fallout 4)

2) Nick got philosophical in the long watches of the night. (Made to Last, Fallout 4)

3) Something sparked faintly in Nick’s mouth, static off metal teeth maybe, and Sole pulled back hastily. (Acquired Taste, Fallout 4)

4) The kid slept in Nick’s arms the whole way back. (Sheltered, Fallout 4)

5) Nora blinked her eyes open, squinting exhaustedly in the greyish light that filtered through from somewhere. (Mornings Grey and Bright, Fallout 4)

6) The shot rang out through the nest of alleys, somehow noticeable even through the rest of the firestorm. (The Lights of their Eyes, Fallout 4)

7) Sole touches him. A lot. Nick can’t help but notice that. (Doubting, Dreaming, Fallout 4)

8) Sole growled and shoved Nick into the blind corner behind him, out of most of the immediate lines of fire. (The Ragged Edge, Fallout 4)

9) When I was nineteen, my first year in college, I went to stay with my great-aunt Yvonne. (Yves, Original Work)

10) In his life, having lost so many, Jingyan had thought that he had experienced every pain there was to know. (Watershed, Nirvana in Fire)

11) "I’m telling you, Khered, if one more arrogant, pissant, bull-in-a-china-shop, tin-plated nincompoop of a knight comes storming up my bloody stairs to ‘rescue me’, I am going to flatten this kingdom.” (Manners Saveth Man, Original Work)

12) "It does not seem fair.“ (A Good Death, Babylon 5)

13) The signpost loomed out of the dark and the drizzle as the bus crested the hill, glowing bright for a second as the headlights bounced off it. (Cainsford Fourteen Miles, Original Work)

14) The harsh slam of the workroom’s oaken door sounded like thunder behind them, though Thomas had some small difficulty hearing it over the thud of his own body as the King’s magic flung him unceremoniously across the anteroom. (Gravefrost and Wormwood, Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell)

15) The battle had broken Merlin. (Greater Love, Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell)

Apparently I have a tendency to either cold-open onto a conversation or action, or towards a sort of blunt opening-statement-for-the-story-to-elaborate-on, and occasionally a combination of both. I think the only possible exception here is 'Cainsford’, which is pure scene-and-atmosphere establishment, because it’s a moody ghost story and needs a bit of set-dressing. Most of the others fit the cold-open or opening-theme-statement mould.

Apparently I like in medias res and/or a solid 'this is the story theme’ to start off with. Nice concrete action hooks or mood statements. Heh.
 
 
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