tangeriner: (ricstar: ric & shatty blur)
First for something unrelated: despite the fact I have read DW/LJ every day for last four years, I have neglected to post anything. My bad. Time got away from me.

But onto the letter!

Dear Yuletide Author ... )
tangeriner: (ricstar: ric & shatty blur)
Thanks again to [archiveofourown.org profile] NicoleAnell for the lovely Cargo fic, Hold On To This Lullaby! Love love love it! \o/

For Yuletide, I wrote for [livejournal.com profile] arysteia:

Smile (9633 words) by Tangerine
Fandom: X-Factor (Comics), X-Force (Comics)
Rating: Mature
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Julio Richter/Shatterstar
Additional Tags: First Time, Mexico, Pining
Summary: It takes fifty-six hours on a Greyhound bus to get from Raleigh to Guadalajara.

I do actually offer other fandoms than X-Factor, I swear! Writing this fic gave me a chance to actually go back and re-read the heart-breaker issues (i.e. the issues of X-Force where Rictor and Shatterstar got written out and I basically gave up reading comics for five years). Fun things I got to research for this story: transportation options in Guadalajara, concussions, Greyhound schedules, and Beverley Hills 90210.

I also signed up for Trope Bingo again, despite my utter failure with the last one ... )

Well, I guess that is workable. That last horizontal line definitely gets the bunnies hopping.

Happy New Year to everyone!
tangeriner: (x-men: psylocke)
Happy Holidays, everyone!

I got the most lovely story for [livejournal.com profile] yuletide:

Hold On To This Lullaby (4239 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Cargo (Short Film)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Rosie (Cargo), Original Characters
Additional Tags: Zombies, Happy Ending, Children, Crossover: World War Z
Summary: Rosie grows up in a new world. Set after the events of the short film "Cargo" - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gryenlQKTbE

If you want to feel joy, do not watch Cargo right this second, but trust me, it is a crazy bananas good short film and worth a watch. I was emotionally compromised after watching it, and needed a happy ending for the sweetest baby ever to appear in a film. This story delivered everything I needed after having my soul stomped on, with so many lovely little details and so much world-building, and it's just so awesome (and totally a surprise, because I did not peek this year)! \o/
tangeriner: (ffxi: ruggie and galadar (in a teacup))
Shoot! I thought I would have more time to procrastinate with my [livejournal.com profile] yuletide letter. Eeep, apologies to any distressed author who might be waving a fist in the air right now.

Anyhoo ...

Dear Yuletide author,

Hello! Nice to meet you! I'm a very easy going reader, and I'm very much a character girl, so need to stress about anything. I tend to have main favourites, and then secondary favourites that encompass everyone I left out, because I fall in love copiously and frequently. (I have a few characters I detest, but the fandoms I requested are totally safe from those guys).

I will rip off my likes and dislikes off from last year ...

Some things I love: happy endings, gratuitous nudity, homo-eroticism, sexy stuff (dorkily awkward or legitimately good), slash, first times, casual swearing, long hair, friendship romps, elves, tropes. I am a giant wimpy romantic suck, though, for the record. I cry at everything, and I like it, so things like hurt/comfort are good, too, if the ending is happy.

Things I don't love: death fic, incest fic, sad fic, non con fic. Butterflies (ugh, don't ask, but I get mega-skeeved out by butterflies). Um ... that's pretty much it, to be honest.

Fandom specific things ... )
tangeriner: (x-factor: siryn)
Eeee, I'm attending my first NHL game tonight, Senators vs. Leafs, with some friends. We are not presenting a unified front, as one will be in a Sens jersey (me) and the other two with be in Leafs jerseys. It turns out I can actually hold my own in hockey conversations, despite avoiding the sport for the first 32 years of my life. I blame the awesome fic, tumblr, and my inability to tune out things even when I am not into them.

it is snowing again. Ahhh, why won't it stop. This has been a very long winter of too much snow and too many -30 C (-22 F) with windchill days.

I'm now totally behind on [community profile] trope_bingo, but I still have breathing room.  Damn you, terrible month of February, please end so I get my motivation back. 

On the plus side: I bought Otakon tickets, so that is a definite thing.  \o/

tangeriner: (ricstar: ric & shatty blur)
I've been trying valiantly to a) get rid of some clutter and b) unpack the last of my random boxes. I'm failing miserably at the former and succeeding somewhat at the latter. In unpacking a box that I thought was only comics, I discovered my "missing-presumed-gone" Buffy graphic novels, and some zines I had that used to belong to [livejournal.com profile] lucylooo.  I wasn't really ready to read the zines at the time, and for some reason I was convinced one of them was entirely about Space: Above and Beyond, which I really only know the title of and not much else.

That said, I finally looked at the aforementioned zine and noticed it was, in fact, a multi-fandom zine, and that the last fandom listed was X Force (no dash).  To which I tilted my head, and said out loud to nobody, "wait, my X-Force?"  and ended up reading a Shatterstar/Cable story, with some UST Shatterstar/Rictor floating around in the background.  It was quality, classic Shatterstar, and very firmly set in canon. 

I'm actually sorry I missed the heyday of zines.  Most of them, admittedly, I couldn't have purchased, being under-aged at the time, but still!  I find them very neat.  I console myself with the knowledge that while I missed the zine thing, I used to buy fansubs on VHS from a guy in a black civic, outside a donut shop, in the sketchiest part of Scarborough ('burb of Toronto).  Fannish history is something I love very much.  

Somewhat fandom related, I think I've finally settled on my cons for this year:
  1. Ottawa Comic Con (Ottawa, ON)
  2. Anime North (Toronto, ON)
  3. Otakon (Baltimore, MD)
  4. Otakuthon (Montreal, QC)
  5. Fan Expo (Toronto, ON) -- this one is a maybe, I wish it wasn't run the way it is
I still have a hearty list from the Snowflake Challenge, so one of those might sneak in this year, too.  I always stare at NYCC enviously. 

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So I was trying to come up with truths and dares for my [community profile] trope_bingo story (because I am possibly the worst truth or dare player on the planet), and my innocent search of "how does it feel to snort lemon juice" turned up a lot of hard-drug-related results, which probably got me onto some watch list. I wish Google could tell when I am being 100% literal. I JUST DIDN'T WANT TO DO IT MYSELF. It probably stings a lot.

I have almost run out of movies I want to watch. Since January, I've seen the Hobbit (x2), Silver Linings Playbook, Django Unchained, Mama, Broken City, Les Miserables, The Last Stand, Side Effects, and Warm Bodies with [personal profile] bookofdays last weekend. I also saw Battle Royale and Jaws, during our big movie chain's film fest, but I'm not sure that counts.  At least the new Die Hard film opens next weekend, finally!

For the record, January and February are terrible months, and Wiarton Willie (the Canadian groundhog) better be right about the early spring.

tangeriner: (ricstar: ric & shatty blur)
I was supposed to go to a local anime convention today, but the person I was going with cancelled last minute, and my leg is a twisted mess of pain thanks to a back spasm on Tuesday which took the pain I've been experiencing for months and amplified it by, like, a hundred. Thank you, body.

Instead, I lounged in my bed all day, tidying up my room, organising and reading my comics, catching up on my backlog of graphic novels, watching Suits Season 2, and infecting my computer with a trojan ($%^&#). That last thing I did NOT intend to do, but thankfully, it was just a toolbar hijacker, and that's pretty easy to fix. That'll learn me to install crap before breakfast.

I finally read the new X-Men Legacy. I liked it! A lot! Which is surprising, because I'm a little bleh on Legion, but it's pretty interesting. I could, however, use a bit of a break from Wolverine. Dear Marvel: he probably doesn't need to show up in absolutely everything, just saying.

I think I have adjusted my [community profile] trope_bingo expectations. A plus sign is still possible, but a single line is much more likely. Fuck or Die is done, Steampunk is getting there, and I have a 12 page unfinished Amnesia fic sitting on my hard drive if I need it. Which leaves me with All Human and Truth or Dare. All five stories are going to end up being Rictor point of view, weirdly. I usually try to balance that a little better, but oh well. ♥ Rictor.

That said! I signed up for [community profile] comics_bb because, well, I find writing long stuff much easier than short stuff, and I write better/more if I have deadlines for stuff. Here is a shiny banner to entice others into signing up:

tangeriner: (wallflower series: evie and sebastian)
So during the [community profile] snowflake_challenge, I was hunting down the inset to The Devil in Winter, because I wanted some Evie/Sebastian lusty swooning as an icon. It was then that I discovered the greatest thing ever in the world: Wallflower Series manga. Eeeeeeeeee. Two of my favourite things, together! So I ordered it off Yesasia.com and patiently waited ever so long (no, not really -- shipped days before the estimate from Hong Kong, then got to me in six business days in Canada).

Look what the mail person brought me ... )

I just want to lie in bed with these books and roll around in glee. And magically learn Japanese, so I know what they're saying, but mostly, roll around in glee. I love that these manga exist, that the Internet let me order them from across the globe and that they're mine to love forever.

tangeriner: (x-men: smile warren)
In your own space, share a favorite memory about fandom: the first time you got into fandom, the last time a fanwork touched your heart, crazy times with fellow fans (whether on-line or off-line), a lovely comment you’ve received or have left for someone. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

I remember that the first thing I did when I first got online (mid-90s) was search for the X-Men. I was really intense about the X-Men at this point in my life -- I was a very socially awkward teenager who really bonded with the idea of the X-Men. I eventually came across [livejournal.com profile] sevenall's All in Your Head and then stared at it for weeks, wanting to read it so badly, but the idea of getting stories about my favourite characters (Angel and Psylocke) for free was mind-boggling. I thought I would somehow have to pay, so I resisted as long as I could before I gave in and just read it. I was so inspired, I started writing and posting my own fic (Release) and that, as they say, was that.

Comic fandom also brought Dexcon, which ran for a good many years. I probably attended about half of them, the first one when I was only 18 and the only one who wasn't legal yet to drink (Dexcon was traditionally held in a pub). I was lucky it ended up being held in Toronto, and my parents let me hop on the train and go into the big city for a day to meet up with Internet people. I think I said three words, but it was awesome -- it was the first time I really met fellow fans. And I kept going back, because I really felt like I fit in, and that was rare.

tangeriner: (wallflower series: evie and sebastian)
In your own space, write a love letter to Fandom in general, to a particular fandom, to a trope, a relationship, a character, or to your flist/circle/followers. Share you love and squee as loud as you want to. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.


Dear Evie:

You are the character of my heart. I'm stronger because you exist, and I will love you to the end of my days. Let me count the ways ...

Love always, Tangerine


So there's this book series by Lisa Kleypas, a romance author, called the Wallflower Series. I've mentioned it a few times. At its heart, it's the story of four women who don't quite fit in, and become the dearest of friends. Annabelle, Lillian, Evangeline, and Daisy. I love them all, but in particular, I love Evie. Like, so much love that I probably read The Devil in Winter once every two to three months, and have for at least five years. It never gets old.

Okay, this got a little long ... )
tangeriner: (excalibur: tangerine)
In your own space, ask for recs. Something as simple as "I like XYZ (where XYZ is a kink, a pairing, a trope, etc) - please rec me some." Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

Preface: I come from the land of tiny fandoms. If I manage to get, like, 200 hits on a story in the first six months, I am very impressed with myself. I see these other fandoms, with, like, 40,000 hits on a single story (AHHHH) and, like, 8000 stories for one pairing (AHHHH), and I get overwhelmed and I don't know where to start, and AHHHH.

So, recs. I REALLY want to read Derek/Stiles stories from Teen Wolf, because I too have hopped on that particular bus, but have zero idea where to start. I read that amnesia one where they assume they are together, do sexy things, and stay in motels, and it was very good, but I want more. Things I like: first times, longfic, humour. So, please, I would totally love some recs.

tldr: Please rec me Derek/Stiles stories because I honestly don't know where to start.
tangeriner: (x-factor: siryn)
So, I think I'm almost done with my first [community profile] trope_bingo square. I tried to write a semi-sweet Fuck or Die, and it's basically Julio being all "welp anything to help Star let's do this shit", awkward sex bits, then all the talking in the world from two guys terrible at talking. I wrote this one first, because this is pretty much how I expected it to go. Next up: Steampunk, because dammit, that's gotta be a short story, right? Maybe.

Also, the theme of the Moonlight Ball at Anime North this year is Steampunk, so I am for serious contemplating some sort of formal-ish steampunk!Terry gown, because I have a Terry-esque wig, and I can actually sorta kinda pull off red hair despite being a really dark brunette.

I've been reading Avengers Academy. It has not been exactly what I've expected. )

Also, bought the first season of Suits today. Already halfway through it because my leg is an absolute ass of unending referred pain right now, and I can only sit in a chair for limited amounts of time. Dear spine: you are cramping my fannish style, almost literally. Stop it!
tangeriner: (ricstar: second kiss (i think))
In your own space, rec at least three fanworks that you think would make a good intro into XYZ fandom. Rec a fandom overview, a introductory picspam, stories that define and shape the fandom. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so. If at all possible, try to pick a smaller or rarer fandom, one that maybe doesn't have the following you feel it should.

... yes, I am totally doing the [livejournal.com profile] ricstar fandom, because I might need this in the future. Because everyone should read/write Ric/Star!

First up: there is a (slightly dated but still mostly relevant) ship manifesto for Rictor and Shatterstar.

As far as Tumblrs go, Fuck Yeah Ricstar is the motherload of Ric and Star scans, the occasional fic, and fanart. This is the most recent piece of fanart I fell in love with (ricstar elves ahhh). This one gets posted a lot, with good reason -- they look so handsome in stylish clothing! Or, oh! This college AU one!

There used to be a tonne of vids, but most have been deleted. But Starry-Eyed remains a favourite, and I hold out hope that someone starts making ricstar vids again. Oh, also Growing Up is great -- it's not only Ric and Star, but all of the New Mutants and X-Force.

Fic-wise, a lot of the older stuff has shown up on AO3. There are only 98 stories there, so I recommend every single one of them! (Two are in Russian -- I google-translated them and read them). One that is definitely missing is Hand Jive by Te. I still chuckle whenever I think of Star saying, "Oh, Ric, yes, the pain is of an entirely new and pleasurable variety!"
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In your own space, share a favorite piece of original canon (a TV episode, a song, a favourite interview, a book) and explain why you love it so much. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

I'm going to get REALLY specific here, because I was hoping this would come up. My favourite comic EVER is Uncanny X-Men #297, for two reasons: 1) it's the first comic I ever bought and 2) IT IS SO GOOD. There's three stories in here: Professor X and Jubilee go roller bladding, Rogue and Gambit be sad together because Rogue is temporarily blind and Warren and Hank BOND LIKE BROS while posing as handymen.

N.B. This issue is the number one reason I think mullets are legitimately hairstyles, and not a day has passed since (it came out February 1993) that I haven't mourned Warren's beautiful hairstyle.

Looking back, I never stood a chance. Angel had to be my favourite character after this issue, because it hit every button pre-teen me had. Including, evidently, mullets and renovation (for the record, I am addicted to all those renovation show on HGTV). And it continues to hit every button adult me has. In fact, this year is the 20th anniversary of this life-changing issue! I must read it every day next month, and marry it.  

Some highlights (a wee bit image heavy) ... )

I often find this issue in the bargain bins at conventions (and um haha I totally buy it whenever I find it so I can read it right that second), so it's really easy to find. It should be worth a million dollars, so obviously, getting it for fifty cents or a dollar is a steal, imho. This era of Uncanny X-Men is brilliant all over, to be honest, and highly recommended.
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In your own space, talk about a creator. Show us why you think they are amazing. It can be a detailed, thoughtful analysis, or a squeeful, joyful post. Or maybe a combination of the two. Make a recs list, link to their archives or master lists or websites, maybe create a Fanlore page for them. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

So back in the day, when I was first getting online (somewhere around 1995 or 1996), I stumbled upon fanfic. Shortly after that, I discovered slash. Which I took to be the gospel truth, assuming I had just foolishly never noticed how incredibly queer Gambit and Iceman were, and how they were actually in love. It took me longer than I want to admit to clue into the fact slash doesn't necessarily mean two dudes or ladies are getting it on canonically (I was 16 and woefully naive). Back in the day, the X-Men slashers were a tiny group, and freakishly convincing.

So today I want to talk about [livejournal.com profile] devosama/[archiveofourown.org profile] Devolucao/[tumblr.com profile] ando-meio-desligado . Devo was my gateway into the perfection of the Quicksilver/Northstar pairing with some of the most amazing stories I've ever read. A writer and an artist, I've discovered an enormous amount of anime through Devo, particularly Naruto, Bleach and One Piece. Devo's skill as an artist is unparallelled -- is it weird to compliment someone's deft hand at drawing penises? If it is, oh well, I'm weird cuz I'm doing it. Everything Devo draws is amazing. Everything Devo writes is amazing. I'm not even going to link to anything in specific, because y'all should be looking at and reading everything.  Trust me.  That good. 

tangeriner: (ricstar: second kiss (i think))
In your own space, create a fanwork. A drabble, a ficlet, a podfic, or an icon, art or meta or a rec list. A picspam. Something. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

Okay, I can do this, I can write a ficlet ... (many hours pass) ... A Show of Their Own (on AO3). Summary: Rictor, Shatterstar and Longshot watch a movie (much to Rictor's dismay).

This bunny has bugged me for months. Every time I watch this movie (and there have been many times), I just imagine the immense FEELS Star and Longshot must experience. It feels good to let it free!

X-Force 34

Jan. 8th, 2013 09:39 pm
tangeriner: (ricstar: ric & shatty blur)
I'm back to re-reading X-Force. I got side-tracked when I had to re-read 100 issues of X-Factor for [livejournal.com profile] yuletide (such a hardship, I know). Tony Daniel is on art now, and he's really the guy who defines X-Force-era Rictor and Shatterstar for me. I'm up to issue 34 -- which is really one of the quintessential Rictor issues. You get Rictor's messed up family history and the glory of Shatterstar revealing he learned Spanish just so he and Rictor could secretly communicate. Guh, boys, seriously. (All the issue 34 stuff also makes it even more tragic when power-less Rictor in X-Factor starts using guns, waah).

I think, after X-Force, I'll re-read PAD's awesome first run on X-Factor (and possibly all of X-Factor, because tiny!Rictor shows up in, like, issue 17 and is so wee and little and traumatised). I've been keeping up to date with Kathleen David's blog (PAD's wife).  For those comic fans who may not know, Peter David had a stroke a little over a week ago, and she's been keeping the fans (among others) updated on his progress. 

Then after X-Factor, I'll read the New Mutants, because I've owned the entire run for years and never actually read a single issue.  /confession

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