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I wrote some fic because this video was too batshit to go without. (I know, somewhat belated, but that's just how I am. I.e. slow.)
i can feel it in my bone(r)s (1732 words) by opusculasedfera
Fandom: Hockey RPF
Rating: Explicit
Relationships: Gabriel Landeskog/Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
Characters: Gabriel Landeskog, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Nathan MacKinnon
Summary:Gabe's clandestine motel room sex kink never actually stops being ridiculous.


Also I've been showing Aria Due South, which is a fun rewatch. I'd forgotten what a different show it was in S1 and 2. Additionally, two random things I've noticed: has Jonathan Toews secretly been attempting to base his career on Mark Smithbauer? You know, what with the coming from the frozen north to bring hope to Chicago's shitty hockey team, and also the inability to not check small children to the ice in order to WIN FOREVER? Granted, he's yet to take money to throw a game, but he has taken all of their money in order to play, and he's definitely there on the stupidly playing through injuries front.

Secondly, and less amusingly, the Inuit stories are increasingly frustrating now that I know something about First Nations storytelling traditions and it's not just that it's sort of awkward that the writers made things up and presented them as First Nations wisdom, but also you're not supposed to tell these things without giving names of either who told you them or who's in them (unless asked not to) and it's just weird as hell because it goes against everything Fraser is supposed to be that he doesn't. Obviously, the answer is that the writers didn't give a shit, but it's now really jarring to me. :/
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Why does everyone keep bringing up the fact that pseudophedrine can be cooked down into meth when they talk about Olympic athletes not being able to take it? A) Nicklas Backstrom didn't test positive for meth. B) Meth doesn't make you extra good at sports, so probably athletes are just taking pseudophedrine straight if they are taking it, instead of doing a bunch of chemistry first.

This is a perfectly reasonable thing to bring up if we're discussing why it's a controlled substance in general, but it doesn't actually make anyone's use of allergy medication more suspicious. He's not also running a meth ring, guys! Even if he was, it wouldn't actually make him ineligible to win a medal under the doping rules! (Any other rules, I'm not touching, but he's not running a meth lab, so it doesn't matter.)

...probably I should have some other takeaway from the Olympics than this, but not really, except for being angry on PK Subban's behalf. Also I want fic, but I think everyone knows that, so you should just talk to me about it already. ;)
opusculasedfera: Jordan Eberle and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins in copper and blue Oilers uniforms hug on the ice after a goal. (hockey)
Edmonton, Apparently, Is (3831 words) by opusculasedfera
Fandom: Hockey RPF
Rating: Explicit
Relationships: Jordan Eberle/Taylor Hall
Series: Part 2 of Some kind of Ontario STD
Summary: More genderswap, in the interests of what I am choosing to call fairness.


Also, let us all begin planning the Olympics porn, as increasing numbers of photos come out of the single beds and multiple roommate arrangements, ditto hints at roommate combinations. Pretty much all I want out of the Olympics is unexpected ships, honestly. Well, and good narrative. I'm not very good at patriotism.
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"One should not enlarge on one's animals - but I thought you might like to know what a charming pair [of cats] attend us."
-Sylvia Townsend Warner to William Maxwell

The life philosophy of the internet, is it not? Particularly when you know it comes at the end of a lengthy letter detailing her cats' charms: one of many in this small volume. I have been reading Warner and Maxwell's letters (the collection is The Element of Lavishness, edited by Michael Steinman) and they are most delightful. Literary - they began to correspond when he was editing her short stories in the New Yorker - but also a record of a warm and loving friendship. The writing is beautiful and they're funny and charming and just a joy to read. Much admiration to the editor because there must have been quantities of stuff cut out (they wrote constantly between 1938 and 1978 and yet the book is barely 350 pages, and no one could have achieved that degree of quality unceasingly, surely?) and it still feels like a smooth narrative without gaps. They talk about books and major political events of the period and family life, and it is all immensely enjoyable. Highly recommended.


And I wrote some fic:
Basic Lagomorph Persuasion (2892 words) by opusculasedfera
Fandom: Hockey RPF
Rating: Explicit
Relationships: Beau Bennett/Robert Bortuzzo
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Always a Different Sex, Crossdressing, Halloween
Summary: Robert's life is very difficult and this outfit doesn't even fucking fit. Because there wasn't nearly enough porn about their halloween costumes.
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I don't know how I feel about the latest episodes of Community. For me, Community works best when it's about a real community college, even a surreal one. One that has ridiculous classes because there's a mandate to try and boost enrollment and someone said "sailing!" and someone else said "Who's the Boss!" but those are still real classes where someone is trying to teach you something about media and tv via outdated sitcoms. I like a lot of the character changes they've done - Troy and Abed moving in together and adding Annie, Jeff having to adjust to not being a wealthy lawyer, Shirley actually moving toward her dream, for just a few - but I feel like the show is at its worst when it doesn't want to be about a community college (which is of course a different thing than being a community college that is additionally an extremely serious Pillowfort Battlefield, or Law and Order spoof.) Also, there's a difference between being aware that your college lacks prestige and funding while containing messes and bad paperwork, and a school actually being a nonsense.

spoilers )

What do you guys think?


Also, entirely unrelatedly, I wrote a thing:
Congrats on Your Everything (Not You, Jeff) (2359 words) by opusculasedfera
Fandom: Hockey RPF
Rating: Explicit
Relationships: Elias Lindholm/Ryan Murphy/Jeff Skinner
Summary: Porn, set after the Canes' Dec 6th game against the Sharks.
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I was thinking about doing a New Year's meme, but none of the ones I've seen so far have appealed, so have my booklist for 2013 instead.

Books of 2013 )
Fewer than last year, which feels odd, though I suppose I also started doing a lot more fiction writing this year, which sort of makes up for it, or is at least interestingly different. Need to step up with the French though.

I almost didn't make [community profile] 50books_poc this year, but pulled it out in the end. Next year I'm aiming for not reading ALL THE SHORT STORIES in the final week of December, but at least my streak isn't broken! (Four years! I don't know if it's really doing anything, but better than not doing, I suppose. And I have read lots of lovely things.)
50 Books POC )

And I still can't believe that the Canes spoilers for last night's game, I guess ) In other hockey news of last night, I managed to have a conversation at the party with someone who thought Phil Kessel was a goalie, which is a good trick in Toronto, I think. Otoh, the party was graced by the host's giant Bruins flag decor, so Toronto: hockey diverse is perhaps the message. (He's from Ottawa, technically, which I don't think makes any more sense of it.) I still don't know how to talk hockey with non-fannish types, but the alcohol helps.
opusculasedfera: Jordan Eberle and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins in copper and blue Oilers uniforms hug on the ice after a goal. (hockey)
Going From Strength to Strength (1015 words) by opusculasedfera
Fandom: Hockey RPF
Rating: Mature
Relationships: Andrew Cogliano/Sam Gagner
Summary: Sam is totally an adult who can live on his own. He has his own couch and the dishes in the dishwasher are clean and everything.

I need more fic for this ship, seriously, but at least now there's something in their tag that isn't actually about other people? (Which, I shouldn't complain about because I wrote it. Oops.)

If you don't ship it already, may I direct your attention to these three videos, after which you will. They were such endearing tiny babies united in failure. :3
opusculasedfera: Jordan Eberle and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins in copper and blue Oilers uniforms hug on the ice after a goal. (hockey)
I started writing this last fall, and it's finally done! It's...really not long enough to justify that! But, whatever, done! :D

Regina Was Never Like This (5608 words) by opusculasedfera
Fandom: Hockey RPF
Rating: Explicit
Relationships: Jordan Eberle/Taylor Hall
Summary:Tubes never turned into a girl before Jordan had had enough coffee to deal with it.

I kind of wanted to call it "Eating Your Feelings" but actually, that needs to be the title of an epic femslash fic about oral sex and denial. Someone who isn't me should get on writing that.
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Elementary! I am very bad at watching it on time, but this season has done some lovely things with character beats! Less lovely things with ripped from the headlines plots, but Joan and Sherlock continue to delight.


I read Sarah McCarry's All Our Pretty Songs. It's very well-written, and managed to have a first-person teenage protagonist who did not make me instantly fail out, which is difficult. However, er...the ending (spoilers) )

Someone come argue with me about this because it was weird and made me cranky.


Something that does not make me cranky are Tripp Tracy being awkward about how he has so many feelings about EStaal because he watched him grow up, and he loves Brind'Amour, but it can never match his love for EStaal because he didn't get to watch him develop. Oh, Tripp. Never change.
opusculasedfera: Jordan Eberle and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins in copper and blue Oilers uniforms hug on the ice after a goal. (hockey)
Seriously considering the possibility that Patrick Roy decided the best possible troll of the league would be being actually good at coaching. (Alternatively, we shall all sing the small sample size song together as one, but that's less amusing.)


Reading some collected letters of P.G. Wodehouse and I don't know why I'm surprised, but yet somehow I didn't actually expect him to sound like Bertie Wooster all the time. He signs off letters with things like "cheerio, old scream, toodle-pip!" It's wonderful.
opusculasedfera: Flower (Marc-Andre Fleury) outside in a Pens jersey and sunglasses with the Stanley Cup. (Flower)
This is because I kept talking to people about Sid and Nealer both being completely terrible at domesticity in different ways and how that makes me want to ship them. So I shouted at [livejournal.com profile] vampirespider about it. Then it got sad, and fuck it, I'm not writing that, so here are too many words of planning. There is happiness and babies at the end, if that matters to you, but, uh, not with each other. /o\

This started as a conversation about Nealer being appalling at domesticity and spiralled. Unedited email convo. Long, but no explicit sex. )

AND THEN WE STARTED ARGUING ABOUT WHO SHOULD WRITE THIS BECAUSE NEITHER OF US WANT TO WRITE SOMETHING SAD, AND I PUT IT HERE AS A COMPROMISE. THIS COUNTS AS WRITING IT, OKAY? (Though, if anyone want to talk about this totally nonsense ship, I'm still up for that. :D)

Big Bang!

Oct. 1st, 2013 11:56 am
opusculasedfera: Jordan Eberle and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins in copper and blue Oilers uniforms hug on the ice after a goal. (hockey)
I have posted my big bang!

Daylight Seems to Want You (10910 words) by opusculasedfera
Fandom: Hockey RPF
Rating: Explicit
Relationships: Beau Bennett/James Neal
Additional Tags: Accidental Relationship, Furniture, Team Bonding
Summary: Beau has no idea what Nealer thinks he's doing, but he's into it anyway.

[livejournal.com profile] lena_reyes made a mix for it, and also came up with the title, which she generously allowed me to steal. (I like how it sounds serious and mood-setting, but also can be interpreted as a pun on 'Sunshine', which makes it basically "Yes, James, Beau does want to bang you." I am the most tasteful, y/y?)

Also I feel like I should have a Nealer icon or something because apparently writing all the fic about him is a thing that keeps happening and Oiler babies are not terribly relevant.


There is hockey tonight, because I really needed to get started on months of staying up too late for West Coast games. :P I mean, I'm excited, but also lolololol the first game I'm interested in is at 10pm because of course it is. And then the second one is 9:30pm the next day.


Fringe Exchange is rolling! I am not actually writing yet because I procrastinate like anything, but I'm excited!
opusculasedfera: Jordan Eberle and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins in copper and blue Oilers uniforms hug on the ice after a goal. (hockey)
[livejournal.com profile] guingel has made her Islanders primer! Go read it! Marvel at the codependent weirdness! And then come back and write me fic about Johnny and Matt Moulson's sincere feelings about each other because they have SO MANY, and it was adorable. Or, if you'd rather read about the team consensus that Colin McDonald is John Tavares' dog, there's the twitter highlights post, which also has links to that time the Isles just went ahead and filmed it. No, seriously. I need a lot of fic about their D/s puppyplay roommate dynamic, and also the fact that all their friends make fun of them for it constantly. Go read! :D


Also, another reminder that [community profile] fringe_exchange is still open for sign ups!

[community profile] fringe_exchange
A Fringe gift exchange for the holidays, signups end September 25!
opusculasedfera: PK Subban in hockey gear (PK)
How is this the slightly older A:tlA? Avatar was a million times more subtle than this.

spoilers )


More cheerfully, holy shit is Ryan O'Reilly ever trying to get back in Matt Duchene's good graces after all that bitterness last season. (To be fair, scoring very pretty goals for the Avs is definitely a proven method for achieving that.) Turns out I would definitely read all of that break-up/make-up fic. I was mostly just amused at the bad blood last season (oh Matty, so many crazy eyes when your team was terrible), but I am super susceptible to how weirdly excited all the media is getting about them being friends again, especially with all of this dredging up of how close they were in their first couple years. The shippiness of the hockey media never ceases to amaze.
opusculasedfera: PK Subban in hockey gear (PK)
It's so thoughtful of the NHL to release all of their terrible pictures, so that now we know the first few flag shots we saw were the barest tip of this aesthetic nightmare. Why is everyone so grey? And terrified! Who decided that clutching your stick like you think someone might steal it was a good decision? Who thought nervous and suspicious was to be their main aesthetic? I just want to roll around in all of the bad decisions. :D

(I know everything has hideous watermarks, but rest assured, the full ugly comes right through.)
opusculasedfera: PK Subban in hockey gear (PK)
I want to know who decided these photos were a good idea (link is only to one, but there are other, very similar pics of the rest of the prospective team out there, I'm just too lazy to refind them.) Who carefully decided that the flag went best with what's either business casual or dressy golf? No one looks not-dumb while wearing the flag as a blanket, but it's especially awful when you don't even look like you cared enough to dress up for your Dramatic Posing Nationalism Occasion.


Also beets were $2 for 10lbs so now I have roasted ALL THE BEETS and still have a million left. I could eat roasted beets forever, admittedly, but suggestions would be most welcome! So delicious!
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[personal profile] mistfarer and I finally finished the (nearly) 40k of Sam Gagner/John Tavares that we've been writing since Christmas! It seemed like it would never end and I can't stop bouncing with delight! :D

came out of the woods by choice (but hold me fast) (39810 words) by opusculasedfera, mistfarer
Fandom: Hockey RPF
Rating: Explicit
Relationships: Sam Gagner/John Tavares, Sam Gagner/Andrew Cogliano, Sam Gagner/Various
Additional Tags: Pining, Friends With Benefits, Friends to Lovers, Long Distance Relationships, Open Relationships
Summary: Sometime between the cramped stall at that dingy bar last night and now, things have changed super drastically, and John's not quite sure if it's for the better. It's not even like Sam is doing anything. Or not doing something. John isn't sure what he wants right now, except possibly more coffee.

Comments and concrit much appreciated!



In other news. I've been listening to Minus Ten and Counting (filk album from 1983 about spaceflight.) I've heard parts of it before, but never the whole thing. I'm still massively susceptible to this kind of heartstring-tugging, it turns out, though it's infuriatingly jarring how probably more than half this album is written and/or sung by women, but every damn song is 100% male pronouns for everybody. I'm not shocked exactly, because 1983, but seriously, there were SO MANY WOMEN involved, who clearly did have exactly all these feelings about space being great that the songs all ascribe to men alone. It's frustrating, when everything else about the album is so good for me.
opusculasedfera: Jordan Eberle and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins in copper and blue Oilers uniforms hug on the ice after a goal. (hockey)
I keep writing things at [livejournal.com profile] home_ice, I guess? SFW fluff.

height difference (Sidney Crosby/Jordan Staal) )


not spring, not summer, and not fall (Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle) )

I'll have to remember that this format for prompts (make a secret list of six pairings, get someone to give you six prompts, match them up) apparently works really well for me! :D
opusculasedfera: Jordan Eberle and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins in copper and blue Oilers uniforms hug on the ice after a goal. (oilers)
I'm delighted by how many new hockey posts there have been on lj/DW lately! Conversations have been happening! I have multiple lj comments to answer! It's exciting. I've missed this. Hello new people! (Also, if you added me and I've somehow failed to notice, let me know! I'm dreadful at keeping track.)


I appreciate how Jeff Skinner's taste in media is totally 12 year-old me. I wasn't really a Cassie Clare fan, but I ate up equally ridiculous things with a spoon, and also read the Scarlet Pimpernel a bunch of times. I don't really know how to work this into fic, but I feel it should be done.

Dutchy's been kindly updating us that he's off to Vail, and I have high hopes! I mean, I wrote 40k with mistfarer about two pictures from last year (coming soon! editing is the worst!), so clearly it doesn't take much.


Slightly grumpy about the Shaw Festival's Guys and Dolls production, which I saw this week. It wasn't bad, but c'mon, you're the Shaw festival! You've got your pick of Canadian actors! Why on earth was the choreography that awkward? It was amateur theatre choreo, where people are enthusiastic, but also not necessarily all up to the same standard. But these were definitely all trained dancers. The two times they gave them something interesting to do, they were clearly wildly competent. But they didn't get much to do, and clearly hadn't been rehearsed enough because their unison was shitty. It was very odd.

I get making e.g. Nathan Detroit a poor dancer as a characterisation decision. But the whole point of musicals is that you don't need to explain why Unnamed Gamblers 6-14 are doing choreography. They just DO. Also the female lead needed to stop slouching. It wasn't at all a period slouch.

Not a terrible production, but it could have been so much better! I have had all the songs stuck in my head for days though, so clearly it succeeded on some level.
opusculasedfera: Jordan Eberle and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins in copper and blue Oilers uniforms hug on the ice after a goal. (hockey)
...there are Sam Gagner for Oilers captain rumours. I love him to distraction, but WHAT? Not that he won't do fine, but they have so many other guys who are either shinier or older? I guess he's a compromise? Who knows? *hands*

Explanations or mutual flailing equally welcome.


Ditto all flailing over PK's continued quest to flirt with everyone and document it for the internet. There needs to be a billion more stories about PK and Carey at Olympics camp NOW. Actually, there needs to be all the Olympics camp fic in general, but PK is the one making it gloriously easy.


Or come whine at me about your wips and stuff. I just finished my big bang draft (because I was avoiding summarising it for my artist, oops), so now I'm poking at my other nine million, and grumbling. LET US ALL LOATHE THE WRITING PROCESS TOGETHER. :P

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