greetings!

Sep. 29th, 2020 12:35 pm
cricketmask: chibi cthulhu on a cell phone (call of cthulhu)
Hello, hello! Welcome to my blogthing!

I decided to make a clean break from Livejournal and my username there, since I’ve been writing fanfic again under one of my older handles and a few too many people in RL knew about my LJ. I wanted to get back to those time-honored traditions of fandom and slash and squee. Also, I’m not sure if tumblr and I are going to be BFFs anytime soon, so...Dreamwidth it is!

If you’ve got a hankering to get a feel for Past Me, my 2005-2012 LJ can be found via this clicky-link here. Not a whole lot is f-locked (mostly just the emo stuff), so peruse at will.

My AO3 handle is “ghostsoldier,” and you’ll find all my fic here. Or, you know, just click the sidebar link or whatever. I mostly write slash and slash-flavored gen.

I also have a tumblr? I don't do much with it, but I'm probably going to use it to post artwork or whatever.
cricketmask: chibi cthulhu on a cell phone (Default)
Dear Yuletide Author,

Well, looks like that time of year where I brush off my DW account and write a long rambling letter about my requested fandoms! Since tumblr is my primary fannish hangout these days, I've provided links to specific tags for a few of the fandoms here. You don't have to take a look, of course, but it's there if you need it. If you want to get a sense for what I'm about when it comes to fic, I post under patho (recent) and ghostsoldier (a little older) at AO3.

So! I am SUPER EXCITED we matched on one of my requested fandoms! If we matched on more than one and you like that request more, feel free to write that story instead. I'm utterly in love with all the fandoms I've requested, and would be over the moon to receive fic for any of them. I trust your authorial judgment. For the most part, I prefer slash and gen to het, and I definitely want you to stick with what you're comfortable writing. I'm not opposed to receiving explicit fic by any means (although I'd prefer something that's not simply PWP), but I also love stories on the less explicit end of the spectrum as well. Write what you feel okay with writing.

A general list of things I love: weird and nightmarish imagery (if it fits the context), characters navigating relationships with each other (romantic or otherwise), ambiguous villainy, ambiguous heroism, assholes with hearts of gold, "so we saved the world...what now?", "so we destroyed the world...what now?", explorations of what it means to be human in a post-human world, the intersection of technology and the lived human experience, dysfunctional families, found families, dysfunctional and/or found families learning to be functional, meta, backstory expansion, worldbuilding, alternate universes and "what if?" stories, and playing with, lampshading or subverting common tropes.

A general list of things I'm not crazy about, for the purposes of Yuletide: angst without purpose, heavy focus on kink, stories where characters in relationships cheat, break up, or are otherwise needlessly unpleasant to each other, downer endings (I have a few exceptions for this, but they're fandom-specific), PWP, crossovers.

On to the specifics!
Deus Ex: Human Revolution )
Spec Ops: The Line )
Redshirts - John Scalzi )
Newsflesh Trilogy - Mira Grant )
cricketmask: (edward cullen: super stalker)
So I'm at T-minus two hours (or thereabouts) until NaNoWriMo starts for us Pacific Time Zone folks, and I still don't know what I'm writing.

It's kind of refreshing, actually. I'm usually all, "Oh, I need to plot the hell out of this, I have to make it perfect," and then things fall apart halfway through because I get between 25-30K into it and realize that nothing is going according to plan at all. This year, I'm running with more of a prompt than anything else, and I think I'll see where it takes me.

(For the curious, I think I'm going to write about an emergency room nurse (BECAUSE I MISS IT) who works at one of the few trauma centers in the country that's willing to admit patients of a supernatural persuasion. You know: zombies, werewolves, vampires, nixies, that sort of thing. I really have no idea where I'm going with it, but I think it will be fun)

Of course, working on NaNo means I'm going to be putting off fanfic, but given that right now I keep writing (a) really weird Dishonored stuff because I can't get that game OUT OF MY HEAD, and (b) a Twilight and Teen Wolf crossover in which Sheriff Stilinski and Charlie Swan are small town crimefighting bros who hook up or whatever. I...don't even know, I really don't.

However, I am so excited for Yuletide prompts to go out that I can't even stand it. *GRABBY HANDS*
cricketmask: (stash junkie)
Oh my god. I think I've been doing yarn-overs wrong for the past FOUR YEARS. How have I not noticed this before?!

I've been knitting a lot lately, because I like having something to do with my hands and I really like hobbies that result in stuff I can wear. I can't sew, mostly because I'm terrified of sewing machines, but knitting? Knitting I can do. I can't always do it well (see: the YO issue above), but it's still pretty nifty that in only two or three nights of work, I can have a fair isle Cthulhu hat. You can't say that's not awesome.

Speaking of awesome things, I've been enjoying the HELL out of Dishonored. I really wish Corvo wasn't your typical "faceless and voiceless FPS protagonist," because I'm dying to know what's going through his head during the course of the game. The fact that we don't know makes for great fanfic material, but still -- I am utterly convinced that he and Jessamine were hooking up, and I'm also convinced that the Outsider is into him in a creepy, bad-touch, trickster god sort of way. NOTHING WILL DISSUADE ME FROM THIS HEADCANON. NOTHING!

Some spoiler talk here! )
cricketmask: (EEEEEEEEEE!)
Dear Yuletide author,

First off, you are quite possibly my favorite person in the world right now! I heart you like whoa, author, I really do. I’m super-excited that you matched up on one of my fandoms, and I just want to say straight out that if you already have an amazing idea that you’re excited to write, then you can completely disregard everything I’ve said here. Also, if we matched on one thing and you like one of my other fandoms more, feel free to write that story instead! I’m in love with every single fandom in this letter and would be incredibly excited to read something in any of them.

I’m not sure how much help this will be to you, but I post fanfiction at AO3 under [archiveofourown.org profile] ghostsoldier and occasionally put random stuff on my tumblr. Of more use is probably this post on my narrative kinks I made a few days ago. Optional details are, of course, super optional, but it might give you a better idea of themes and scenarios and such that tend to appeal to me.

While I generally prefer slash and gen over het, I’m quite fond of all three and will try to specify which pairings I’m particular about. I’m definitely fine with any rating, so stick to what you feel most happy writing. Like, if you don’t feel comfortable writing explicit sex? That’s cool! If you really, really love writing explicit sex? That’s cool too!

In terms of dislikes, I’m relatively simple. I don’t like mpreg, non-con (although dub-con is fine, especially for the Tron universe), or kinks like vomit, scat, or watersports. I also don’t usually like works with strong BDSM themes. Angst is delicious when it fits the story and I will happily eat it with a spoon, but I definitely prefer my endings to be somewhat happy. I understand that “happy” is a relative term (for example, if you’re writing from a villain’s POV, then a happy ending for them might be one in which they convince the hero to turn to the dark side…and I am totally okay with that!), so when I use it here I mean (a) no deathfic*, and (b) if two characters are in a relationship, I’d prefer that they stay together and are relatively comfortable with that decision.

*If a character has died in canon, it’s definitely cool to acknowledge it and for the other characters to reference it! I just don’t really want a story where death is the major focus, if that makes sense.

On to fandom specifics!

The Last Lovecraft: Relic of Cthulhu )

Redshirts – John Scalzi )

Tron – All Media Types )

I'm sorry this got so long, oh lovely author, but I hope it gives you lots of options to work with! I'm really excited to see what you come up with.
cricketmask: (melancholy)
Last night a possum got into our chicken coop and killed one of my favorite chickens. I love all of our little ladies, but Wheatley was one of the sweet ones. Atlas and GLaDOS are both kind of "meh" when it comes to people, and Peabody must've been a purse dog in a previous life because she's totally chill with being picked up and carried around, and Wheatley and Chell are -- were -- the lap chickens. You sit down, they want to perch on you. Usually on your knees, but sometimes on your shoulder. These ladies, they like gettin' their ups.

It's totally our fault, too. Normally, we close up the coop when it gets dark because the ladies put themselves to bed and we just have to make sure everything's locked up. We even remind each other of it all the time. "Are the chickens in?" "Are the ladies closed up?" "Chickens secure?" It's like if one of us forgets, the other person remembers.

But last night, we both forgot. The ramp door was open, and a possum found its way through a hole in the wire roof of the run and got into the coop. And Wheatley, one of our prettiest, friendliest little chickens, our gold lace wyandotte, our lap chicken, paid the price for our forgetfulness.

The other four ladies seem to be okay. Nate caught the possum in the act and it doesn't look like the others have been hurt at all. I just feel so awful about it. Awful, and guilty. I know there are plenty of people who will say that it's stupid to grieve over a chicken -- we eat chickens, after all -- but our chickens aren't food. Our chickens are pets, and they have personalities, and they're so incredibly vulnerable at night. That she's dead is 100% our fault. I feel like I failed her.

I'm so sorry, Wheatley. You were an awesome little bird. I'm going to miss having you perch on my knees.
cricketmask: (my own reality is the best reality)
I’ve been thinking a lot about narrative kinks lately. I've written a little about them before, although I wasn’t particularly organized about it. Lately, though, I’ve had a lot more time on my hands for writing and reading and watching tv/movies and whatnot, and there are definitely things that I gravitate towards over and over again. Even more, I will probably enjoy the movie/show/book/fic simply because it includes one of my narrative kinks. I prefer that they’re done well, of course, but I can’t even count how many bad movies I’ve watched (and enjoyed!) simply because they promised something vaguely dystopian.

Setting and universe tropes I love! )

Character tropes I love! )

Scenario tropes I love! )

Miscellanous tropes I love! )


There are other things I gravitate towards a lot, like stuff set during WWI or WWII, or anything involving dinosaurs, or stuff involving parallel universes that occasionally intersect, or fantasy worlds just on the other side of this one, but none of those really get to me the way the stuff above does. Like, if I see something that promises dinosaurs, I’m like, “ooooh, yay, dinosaurs, I should check that out sometime.” Whereas if something promises a time loop? I’m like, “WHY AM I NOT READING/WATCHING IT RIGHT THIS SECOND WHYYYYY?”

It’s funny – looking back over the list, my tastes in fiction run a bit darker than I always thought. I am really big on dysfunctional people in dysfunctional settings and situations! Also, robots!
cricketmask: (writing)
I'm pretty jazzed that [community profile] yuletart is back this year. So many of the prompts are right up my alley that I'm going to have a hell of a time narrowing down my choices. I'm signing up for two pieces this time around instead of one -- in previous years I was working full time and doing my nursing prerequisites, so time was in short supply. This year? Good lord, if there's anything I have right now, it's time. Even if I do somehow manage to land a job in the next month or so, I'll still have more free time on my hands than I've had for the past four years. 12-hour shifts + no school = lots of free time for Kathleen.

I'm also thinking of doing Yuletide? I've never participated before but always wanted to, and I can definitely think of a few fandoms that I would give my left arm to see some fic for (*cough cough THE LAST LOVECRAFT cough*). But I also want to do NaNoWriMo this November, so...we'll see. I didn't even try for NaNo last year, since that was my first quarter working with Real! Live! Patients! on the trauma floor and I was determined to hang onto my 4.0 in pharmacology and pathophysiology, but this year? ♫ Tiiiiiiime is on my siiiide, yes it is

...and now that song is stuck in my head. Dammit.

Tomorrow I think I'll mail off my Washington nursing license application and maybe watch The Dark Knight Returns Part 1 again, because IT WAS SO GOOD OH MY GOD I THINK I LOVED IT MORE THAN THE DARK KNIGHT RISES. Carrie Kelley has always been one of my favorite Robins, and while I think my go-to old!Bruce will always be the one in Batman Beyond, this old!Bruce is pretty fucking awesome. And the animation is just...hnnnnnggggggh. So gorgeous. All of my love for the animation.

What's funny is that I reread the comic again after I watched it, just because I was curious about the changes, and I really like the alterations they made to the story structure and whatnot. It works well for a two-part film, with the Mutants and Two-Face as Act 1 and the Joker and Superman (I'm assuming) in Act II. I also like that they didn't have Bruce's inner monologue as a voiceover? Which is odd, because I generally prefer it when Batman is kind of bugfuck, but I think Frank Miller narration gets to be a little over-the-top when it's used as voiceover. The dialogue works well, but adding an inner monologue on top of that? Too much noir manpain for me. I can't take it seriously. And since Bruce Wayne is already the REIGNING KING of noir manpain...the changes are good, is what I'm saying.
cricketmask: (jesus is my gun and drinking buddy)
Now that I've had my nursing license for exactly (*counts on fingers*) three days, I am well and truly over this "unemployed new graduate" thing. Seriously. I know students from the previous cohort said it took an average of four to six months before they were hired somewhere, but I am impatient and my student loans are horrifying, and it has been well over a month since I last placed an IV.

I miss putting in IVs. Is that a weird thing to miss? I feel like that's a weird thing to miss.

Anyway.

The one nice thing about being unemployed is that I have loads of time to write. Oodles, even. Loads and oodles and LOTS. At the moment I have six stories going, most of them "Teen Wolf"-related because that show ate my goddamn brain. The first is a prequel to ain't that a kick in the head, because I wanted to do some worldbuilding from Derek's POV and figure out some of the behind-the-scenes stuff going on that universe. The second is a straight-up continuation of said story, because of reasons. Third story is based on this amazing gif-set, in which Derek is turned into the grumpiest of grumpy cats and hilarity ensues. Fourth story is basically my id being all, "Soooooo, current headcanon is that Derek Hale is basically starved for touch, let's detail all our thoughts on that!" and the fifth story is a Groundhog Day AU, because I FUCKING LOVE GROUNDHOG DAY AUs, OKAY, THEY ARE MY KRYPTONITE.

The sixth story is fanfic for The Last Lovecraft: Relic of Cthulhu, because this is apparently how I watch obscure movies now: I ship two of the main characters like burning and then write fic that no one will read.

...well. Some people might read it. But it probably wouldn't make much sense, because...seriously, has anyone else alive seen this movie? I'm kind of in love with it. It's extremely silly and if the Amazon reviews are anything to go by, people who take Lovecraft way too seriously get kind of apoplectic over it, but I like to think I take Lovecraft juuuust seriously enough that this sort of movie makes my day. Also, it's slashy as hell. I mean. Oh my god. It's ridiculous how slashy this movie is, if by "ridiculous" you mean "awesome."

Which I do. I really, really do.
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