velvetfic: (glee)
Title: Interlude
Author: Velvet
Rating: PG
Word Count: 793
Fandom: Glee
Pairing: Brittany/Santana
Disclaimer: "Glee" and characters belong to 20th Century Fox Television. No copyright infringement is intended.
Spoilers: Minor ones for 3x07
Summary: Santana knows she's not alone.

I know you’re always going to be there for me. )

Brittana

Jul. 31st, 2011 03:56 am
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Sorry for the lack of updates. Life happened. And it's still happening, so I probably won't be writing any fics. But since this is my fandom journal, I just wanted to squee about my latest ship... Santana and Brittany from Glee.

I don't really get Glee. It's like... there's singing. And dancing. But it doesn't make sense? I had some friends who raved about the first season, but I never got into it. Then I watched this video of Santana singing "Songbird" to Brittany today. Ohhh...  I loved how vulnerable she made herself, just laying herself bare with "I love you, I love you, I love you" and how she wanted to be the one who made Brittany happy. And this is before I read the backstory about how Santana is the bitch and had already begged for Brittany to love her only to be rejected. The way that she laid herself open at the risk of getting hurt again is just... wow.

I don't know. Maybe it's a drunken Saturday night ship. Because Brittany isn't as wacky as Mary Cherry and Santana isn't as fabulously bitchy as Nicole Julian. But all I know is that I just spent $6 to buy two episodes off iTunes.
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Been revisiting old fandoms. Amused that I was referred to as "the excellent Aussie woman". I don't think I'm a "the" though, just an "a". Am touched though.

Vagueblogging. Sorry.
velvetfic: (lots)
So apparently, Cara and Dahlia are my OTP. I'm an Aussie (not that it matters, I lived overseas last year and didn't have a television so I come back now and I'm like Masterchef wuh?)  But they've only shown the first season of Legend of the Seeker on Australian tv. I watched some episodes because, Shota = Danielle Cormack = Ephiny = first time I ever got involved in fandom. (Also, yay! Verna = Melosa! ILU BB!!!)  But LotS didn't really hook me in the first season, mainly because I think I found Richard and Kahlan insipid. (THOUGH HAVING WATCHED SOME S2 CLIPS ON YOUTUBE, I appreciate that Richard seems more manly and more like a leader, and Kahlan is more of a BAMF, and then you've got the specialness of Cara to make everyone else around her look sparkly and pretty.) It might also explain why I'm not really getting behind the Cara/Kahlan ship. But Cara looking hot just sitting on a goddamn rock, doing the lingering look after their kiss, and then pulling Dahlia into her by her leathers? Rawr.

Also, SQUEEE!!! I was unreasonably excited when I found out that Laura Brent had been cast as Ramandu's daughter in The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. It was like OMG CARA IS MACKING WITH THE STAR'S DAUGHTER!!! My 10 year old and 20 (*mumble*something) years old self has collided.

Anyways... one of my favourite fanfics has been Liz Estrada's The Way, Way Back (BtVS, Faith/Kate) since I first read it about 10 years ago. Then her KMN Series got me hooked on Women's Murder Club, even though I shipped Lindsay and Jill. So I'm very glad to see her writing Cara/Dahlia fic, in her distinctly inimitable style. Better fix to the finale than I could ever write.
velvetfic: (lots)
Title: Coda
Author: Velvet
Rating: G
Word Count: 100
Fandom: The Legend of the Seeker
Pairing: Cara/Dahlia
Disclaimer: "The Legend of the Seeker" and characters belong to Terry Goodkind, ABC Studios and Disney-ABC Domestic Television. No copyright infringement is intended.
Summary: A missing coda to "Tears", the series finale.
Author's Note: So I watched "Tears" and it felt like it was missing one of those happy Hercules endings, where he and Iolaus are wandering off into the sunset or stopping at a village to shoe horses. This is my attempt to rectify that, in drabble format.

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"You're the cutest."

"No, you are."

"No, you."

Cara rolled her eyes at Richard and Kahlan's insipidness. It hadn't stopped since they left the Pillars of Creation. She glanced over at Zedd for support, but he was expansively praising the innkeeper as he tasted from the cookpot. Pouting, she slid lower into her seat. 

"You look like you need this."

Her eyes followed the slender arm that was offering the brimming tankard of ale. The serving girl gave her a shy smile, before turning to go. Cara's hand shot out to stop her. "Wait. Do I know you?"

"I'm Dahlia."

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Lie to Me

Jun. 2nd, 2010 03:52 am
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Giles: Yes. It's terribly simple. The good guys are always stalwart and true. The bad guys are easily distinguished by their pointy horns or black hats, and, uh, we always defeat them and save the day. No one ever dies and... everybody lives happily ever after.
Buffy: Liar.
velvetfic: (lots)
Ok, after another 1GBs (!!!) I've watched the last episode of LoTS, and the "Best of Cara" clips of the penultimate episode. I'm bisexual. I'm open about it. I like girls and I like guys. It just is what it is. I've experienced discrimation as well - from the straight community who think I can't commit or that sleeping with girls is just a phase (thanks Mum) and from the gay community who think that I'm actually gay but I'm just too scared to come out, or that I might sleep with girls but I will end up with a man anyway. I know I'm biased but I think it's more difficult for there to be a balanced portrayal of bisexuality in the media. I went back through my old LJ and found an entry about it when the character of Alex appeared on The OC (six years ago!)

So LOVE the portrayal of Cara, where she sleeps with boys and girls indiscriminately. She's not an Alex Kelly type character, whose defining characteristic is her bisexuality. Cara was a Mord'Sith first and foremost, who was struggling to live outside of the confines of her order, and her sexual preference was only a part of her. Is that progress?

Also not upset at the Happyverse version of Cara, where she ends up with Leo. Watched Dark and Perdition, they had chemistry, and he made her laugh. But I don't think he was the love of her life, so I would have loved if it they left it even more open-ended. If the final episode ended with one of those happy Hercules codas, where the group are walking through a sunlit village, Kahlan and Richard are macking away, and Cara winks at a village blacksmith named Dahlia. I feel a fic coming on.

BTW, I know I'm not alone, but I'm crushing hardcore on Tabrett Bethell. Those eyes! That smile! The hot girl hair! She's kind of like a Maximy version of Cate Blanchett with a bit of Portia de Rossi thrown in. Which is not a bad thing. I'm just sad I never attended a Cronulla Sharks game when she was a cheerleader. Though I have been to Hemmesphere a few times (and I bet her new hangout would be the Ivy) so I might have been in the same room as her and not even noticed it. Man, I love living in Sydney where everyone's a hottie.

ETA: Can't stop laughing at this Seeker of Love contest promo video. Every time the video zooms in, Tab whispers "...or a woman" and then slow blinks and preens, I start giggling.
velvetfic: (wot)
Title: The Long Goodbye
Author: Velvet
Rating: M for sexual content
Word Count: 5,909
Fandom: The Wheel of Time (novel)
Pairing: Moiraine/Siuan
Disclaimer: "The Wheel of Time" and characters belong to Robert Jordan, his estate and Tor Books. No copyright infringement is intended.
Summary: Moiraine and Siuan say goodbye. Set between "New Spring The Novel" and the main series, where Elaida thinks that "on the day they were raised Aes Sedai, at the end of the Aiel War, Siuan and Moiraine had walked away from one another and afterward behaved almost like strangers."

"Mashiara..." Siuan looked up in shock, but Moiraine had her eyes closed, her fingers tangled in Siuan's hair. It was the Old Tongue. Beloved, but a love lost beyond regaining. And by the First Oath, Siuan knew it to be true.  )
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I read [personal profile] trancer21's awesome Mrs. & Mrs. Mord'Sith (and you should too!) and now I've somehow used 500MBs of my download limit this evening just downloading YouTube vids and reading deej's Gay for Kahlan! recaps. This is what I think is so great about fanfic when I hear an author or someone complaining about it - good fanfic writers can introduce new fans to a fandom. [personal profile] fembuck did it with Birds of Prey and Gossip Girl for me, and [identity profile] liz-estrada.livejournal.com made me want to watch Women's Murder Club. Fanfic is another way for fans to become more engaged with the show or the book or whatever, leading to more sales, more viewership, etc. I understand the dangers of actively encouraging fanfic, but it seems counter-intuitive to me when writers don't just look the other way.

And having read up more on Legend of the Seeker, and seen the vids of Cara kissing Dahlia and Charisma Carpenter's character... so the Mord'Sith are dykes who live together, have a gigantic hot tub where they all swim naked, and fight with dildos? RenPics, it's been a rocky relationship over the years, but this is why I love you.

Got WoT?

May. 29th, 2010 08:56 pm
velvetfic: (wot)
So my other recent foray into fanfic is for "The Wheel of Time". And yeah, I'm disgusted with myself, because Robert Jordan's gender politics want to make me scream. I'm firmly convinced he was a pervy old man, and used WoT to fulfill his fantasies of it being ok for men to have multiple wives (while the only occurrence of polyandry is frowned upon and treated as scandalous), for all young women to be bi-curious (and let's not get into how demeaning the term "pillow-friends" is) though they will all end up with men, and for young (and young-looking) hotties to hook up with old dudes.

But when he was good, he was very good. I stole "Eye of the World" from my brother's bookshelf in 1990, and was hooked. I think it was Moiraine's story about the fall of Manetheren which got me:

"Is this what Aemon's blood has come to?" The Aes Sedai's voice was not loud, but it overwhelmed every other sound. "Little people squabbling for the right to hide like rabbits? You have forgotten who you were, forgotten what you were, but I had hoped some small part was left, some memory in blood and bone. Some shred to steel you for the long night coming."

No one spoke. The two Coplins looked as if they never wanted to open their mouths again.

Bran said, "Forgotten who we were? We are who we always have been. Honest farmers and shepherds and craftsmen. Two Rivers folks."

"To the south," Moiraine said, "lies the river you call the White River, but far to the east of here men call it still by its rightful name. Manetherendrelle. In the Old Tongue, Waters of the Mountain Home. Sparkling waters that once coursed through a land of bravery and beauty. Two thousand years ago, Manetherendrelle flowed by the walls of a mountain city so lovely to behold that Ogier stonemasons came to stare in wonder. Farms and villages covered this region, and that you call the Forest of Shadows, as well, and beyond. But all those folk thought themselves as the people of the Mountain Home, the people of Manetheren.

"Their King was Aemon al Caar al Thorin, Aemon son of Caar son of Thorin, and Eldrene ay Ellan ay Carlan was his Queen. Aemon, a man so fearless that the greatest compliment for courage any could give, even among his enemies, was to say a man had Aemon's heart. Eldrene, so beautiful that it was said that flowers bloomed to make her smile. Bravery and beauty and wisdom and a love that death could not sunder. Weep, if you have a heart, for the loss of them, for the loss of even their memeory. Weep, for the loss of their blood."

She fell silent then, but no one spoke. Rand was as bound as the others in the spell she had created. When she spoke again, he drank it in, and so did the rest.

"For nearly two centuries the Trolloc Wars had ravaged the length and breadth of the world, and wherever battles raged, the Red Eagle banner of Manetheren was in the forefront. The men of Manetheren were a thorn to the Dark One's foot and a bramble to his hand. Sing of Mantheren, that would never bend knee to the Shadow. Sing of Manetheren, the sword that could not be broken."

Oh yeah. Luckily, Moiraine was "killed off" before she could descend into being a shrill harpy like every other female character in the book. And I also recommend New Spring The Novel which is a prequel about Moiraine and Siuan in the White Tower. It was pretty tightly edited, which was lacking from the later "Wheel of Time" books (perhaps because Robert Jordan was married to his editor.) Anyways, for some reason, I've got this Moiraine/Siuan fic in my head, which needs to get out before I can function like a normal human being again.

BTW, an awesome fantasy series? "A Song of Ice and Fire", by George R R Martin. Strong female characters, both good and evil. Realistic depictions of homosexuality and bisexuality. Will not be writing any ASOIAF fanfic though.

velvetfic: (bop)
Title: Plurality of Worlds
Author: Velvet
Rating: PG-13
Word Count: 1,733
Fandom: Birds of Prey (tv)
Pairing: Barbara/Helena
Disclaimer: "Birds of Prey" and its characters belong to Miller/Tobin Productions, Warner Brothers and DC comics. No copyright infringement is intended.
Summary: What if Helena and Barbara were together that night when the Joker and Clayface were meant to strike?

They had finally gotten him, the green-haired madman who had been Batman's adversary for so long. Though her body was bruised and battered from the fight down at the dockyards, her muscles screaming for rest, Barbara Gordon couldn't wipe the smile off her face. )

Hello!

May. 29th, 2010 02:34 pm
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It's been six years (well, five if you count various drabbles) but I've started writing fanfic again. And I was looking around for somewhere to archive them, and cursing the Russians at LJ, when I stumbled upon Dreamwidth. I really like their philosophy and just wanted to test it out before deciding whether to get a paid account. So let's see how this goes!

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