Characters: Norrington, Gillette, and Groves
Word Count: 478
Author's Notes: I got to talking with a friend of mine on tumblr, and she said something about how James' lieutenants should have gone with him... and I had to write this. It is as close to crack as I'm ever going to get.
Summary: James Norrington is off to chase Jack Sparrow, but he isn't going alone. His two best friends won't have it.
( Read the fic... )
For my birthday/their anniversary, we went to Buca di Beppo because noirrosaleen had never been there before. It was a good call, because it was delicious, and the restaurant had someone wandering around taking photographs that they then offered to sell to us. Rae and I bought some because we don't have ANY framed pictures of just the two of us, and the photographer actually managed to get a really nice shot of us together.
We played a lot of Game of Things, and another friend of ours, R., also came , and when we were at the mall, D. bought me used copies of all three Dragon Age games because he's awesome about feeding my addictive personality that way. (Side note: WHY have I not been playing this since the second I got a PS3? I'm having SO much fun making decisions and getting characters to like me... And I get to run around as a hot elf.)
Other things I got for my birthday included a lovely gift set from Lush, a check from my parents, and two lovely digital gifts:
ladykate63 made me a sparkly Guy/Marian banner with a shot from "Walkabout" (since we didn't get to watch that one at the meetup). *hugs* I love her... and the entire RH fandom.
aletheiafelinea, who apparently saw one of my many pleas for something, anything, with Anamaria and Theodore Groves in one place... and gave me just that. She whipped up this lovely background of Groves and Anamaria. I think I almost woke up our houseguest with my squeeing when I saw this. *flails a little* Oh, my darling ship where the two people involved never appear in screen together... *looks at picture again* *grins* I love you.
Life has been pretty calm, otherwise. School #2 started today, and I had 58 people wanting two spots. Cuts to community college funding are awesome.
Also, my next post will be titled "ASoIaF Ate My Brain." Because it has. I'm about five chapters into ACOK, and I'm already in a constant state of low-level panic on behalf of everyone I care about.
In your own space, post a rec for at least three fanworks that you did not create. Drop a link to your post in the comments. See if you can rec fanworks that are less likely to be praised: tiny fandoms, rare pairings, fanworks other than stories, lesser known kinks or tropes. Find fanworks that have few to no comments, or creators new to a particular fandom and maybe aren't well known or appreciated. Appreciate them.
( A video and three fics. )
Friday: New Fringe, after a three week hiatus. (The last game of the World Series stretched what was supposed to be a two-week break to three, and the suspense is killing me.)
Sunday: OMG THE LAST EPISODE OF THE SECOND SERIES OF DOWNTON ABBEY. It's going to be a long wait between now and Christmas... at least we have confirmation that there will be a third series.
In other fandom news, Allan Leech, who plays Tom Branson on DA, is officially on my "actors who are just as magical as the characters they play" list. He tweets about his character, and he answers fan questions. Rae and I came up with a good one, and she tweeted him. And he answered her. *flails some more* I haven't stopped grinning about that yet.
I'm also trying to figure out if I should sign up for holiday fic-exchanges. Theres Robin Hood Discussion Board exchange, which I'd love to do because I love the people there like crazy, there's the hoodland exchange, and there's also a Downton Abbey exchange going on over here that I'm half-tempted to sign up for.
And finally... some fic recs.
Downton (and by "Downton" I mean "Sybil/Branson")
Um... everything dizzy_whore has written? Seriously. This girl has Sybil and Branson down, and her fics are pitch-perfect. I'm especially partial to Politics and Tea and The Road, even though that second one nearly made me cry.
Turn Back and Descend the Stair, aside from having an awesome title, is also incredibly well-written.
And Finally, one PotC rec:
cassiopaya has written a second chapter of her Navy-centric post-OST fic, Quarter. *flails* *cries* *hugs Theo and Andrew* <-- My reaction. Seriously. It's amazing. Part One is Here.
Rae and I got to see hystericblue42 yesterday morning. We went to the Junkyard, which is one of my favorite restaurants here in town. They have fantastic, homey food and delicious skillet potatoes with bell peppers and onions. We talked about life, work, and fandom, and we
gave her her first hit of crack for free watched the first episode of DA with her.
After she left, we got our hands on the most recent Downton Episode.
( Let's just say I feel like my soul has been put through a blender. )
With my soul feeling recently-pureed, perhaps it was good that lynxgriffin came over for dinner. We ate at a good BBQ place, and she showed me some episodes of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. I had wondered how it was that so many adults could be so crazy about this kid's show. I don't wonder any more. It's smart, funny, and very, VERY pink. And the writers are incredible nerds. There's an episode that is, for all intents and purposes, "The Trouble With Tribbles." I'm still giggling about it.
And, finally, joyful_molly shared this link on her journal and I have to repost it... Greg Ellis talks about filming OST, layers of period clothing, and what he thinks happened to Groves. Nothing like an interview with the actor who played one of my favorite characters in my favorites franchises to help me pick the pieces of my soul up off the floor. Re-watching this interview with Allen Leech and Jessica Findlay doesn't hurt, either...
Also at the Borders was a Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides sticker book. I am in the habit of picking up PotC stuff aimed at kids and laughing (or griping, depending on my mood) about how little attention is given to my favorite characters.
Well, I... must admit that my expectations were wrong. Groves and Gillette were both in the sticker book.
I'll let you decide what's whether it would have been better if they had been absent.
What's wrong with this picture?
I'm going to go laugh some more... It's that or write snide, angry letters to the publisher.
Characters: Lieutenants Groves and Gillette
Word Count: 3,586
( The summary and author's notes are quite spoilery if you haven't seen On Stranger Tides, so they're under the cut with the fic. )
I've been working on this off and on since On Stranger Tides came out. Real life got in the way for a while, but here it is... The One Where I Talk About Everything But the Navy. Spoilers abound.
( Captain Jack Sparrow )
( Angelica and Jack/Angelica )
( Blackbeard )
( Phillip, Syrena, and the MERMAIDS! )
I would have dragged someone with me, even kicking and screaming, if I had known that "chance to see the movie" meant "anyone who shows up before the main event starts gets a wristband that gets you into the screening." And people who showed up in costume got yellow wristbands that guaranteed us orchestra seating (ground floor instead of balcony).
I was sitting in my seat in the dead center of the theater with my 3-D glasses on before it hit me that yes, I really was actually gong to get to see the movie. It was quite surreal sitting there in a room full of complete strangers (or new friends I'd just met...) about to watch a new movie in a franchise that has been such a community experience for me.
Just to be clear: The points that follow aren't exactly spoilers, but they are... opinions. And from where I sit, opinions can be spoilers if they are coming from people whose priorities and individual takes on the characters are very well known to me. So I won't say what I thought above the cut.
( Click for some very broadly stated opinions about OST. Comments might get spoilery, though... )
Now, I just have to try my hardest to not spoil people who don't want to know for the next four days. I might just take a vow of silence. Seriously. If you see me IRL and you don't want to talk about it, feel free to shut me up at the first mention of the new movie. I am severely spoiler-phobic, and I wouldn't want to be the one spoiling others around me.
However, if you want to know things... ask me. I'll tell you what I remember.
To celebrate the imminent release of On Stranger Tides, I've come up with some Questions for Discussion, one for each day between now and the U.S. release on the 20th. I'm going to try my hardest to post one each day, and anyone else who wants to join me, please feel free! (And leave me a link in the comments so I can read your answers!)
Day 1. What were your first impressions of PotC?
Day 2. What's a cool/interesting/favorite piece of pirate/navy/PotC stuff you own?
Day 3. If you make fanworks, link to a piece of your work that you're especially proud of. If you don't make fanworks, link to a piece you're especially proud of finding. ;-)
Day 4. What are your hopes for the new film? What are you most looking forward to?
Day 5. If you could bring one character from the first three movies back for OST, who would you choose? How would you write him or her in?
Day 6. Tell about a favorite/funny/happy memory of your involvement in the PotC fandom.
Day 7. I'm assuming we'll all see the movie somewhere around here… Describe your initial reaction in 100 words or less.
( So it was way back in 2003... )
First of all, potc_land's first round is over, and Team Interceptor, after being behind for quite a while, surged forward to victory! All that Navy organization and perspicacity, you know... ;-) I had a blast participating in this comm, and everyone on all of the teams was so nice and creative... and it got me to write some fics I never would have dreamed of writing otherwise.
Second of all, one week from tomorrow, I get to see On Stranger Tides at the El Capitan. And all of the promotional material Disney has been sending me has a navy costume with a very ginger wig. It makes me grin every time, and I like to think it's Andrew's. Besides being a fun place to watch the movie, the El Cap exhibit is always really awesome...
Third, angelsbaby0910 asked me if I'd heard about the Neverland mini-series that's going to air on SyFy soon. I'd heard of it vaguely, but then she sent me these trailers and behind the scenes clips, and I was suddenly a thousand times more excited. It looks good. It's apparently playing with the mythology of how Neverland works and what it does in a really original way. I've always wondered about that, and I'm glad to see they're delving into it. Then, there are the actors... oh, the fandom crossovers here are amazing. Playing a young(er) James Hook is the same fellow who played Xenophilius Lovegood in Harry Potter. For Smee, they got the same actor who played the role in Hook, and he doesn't look to me like he's aged a day. It was Peter, though, who I recognized first. I had no idea where I'd seen him, but I knew that face. Was he a Lost Boy from the most recent live action Peter Pan? Was he on Doctor Who? No. None of these things. He was Robin's younger self in "Bad Blood," the cracktastic Robin Hood flashback episode that I love to pieces even though it totally rewrote canon. And now he's going to be Peter. Something in me finds that REALLY fitting. And the kid looks like he's going to be a wonderful Peter Pan. Hurrah for unexpected versions of old obsessions!
Summary: Dire circumstances lead to three unexpected kisses.
Author's Notes: I wrote these three triple-drabbles (tribbles?) for the potc_land "Kiss Challenge" Together, they're meant to make up a whole story.
( A Kiss for Good Luck )
( Pleasant Company )
( Kiss of Peace )
Title: Fortune's Child
Summary: Jack wants to peer into the future, but the Universe is coy.
Author's Note: This is a slightly longer version of a fic I wrote for the "Soundtrack Listing" writing challenge at potc_land. The assignment was a pick a track title from one of the three soundtracks and write a fic about it. I chose "Wheel of Fortune" from DMC.
( Contrary to popular belief, Jack Sparrow thought a great deal about what was to come... )
Being a brief summary of my current fannish activities and obsessions:
I am absolutely in love with this show. I started watching for Holliday Grainger because she was Meg in one episode of Robin Hood, and I love her to death. I'm not sorry I did. It's beautiful and dark and complicated and interesting. I think I'm a little in love with Cesare Borgia already, with all of his lovely moral ambiguity and the terrible things he does out of loyalty to his family.... mostly his father. Did I mention that frickin' Jeremy Irons is Rodrigo Borgia (and also the pope)? He does a fantastic job at it. Holliday's portrayal of Lucretzia is a little terrifying it's so good. She's young and innocent and breathtakingly pretty, but she shows signs of being incredibly politically adept, and part of me can't wait to see her become just as ruthless (we'll call it... "opportunistic") as the rest of her family is. Also, Joanne Whaley, having aged beautifully, is in it as the mother of Rodrigo's children, and I've thought she was awesome since I was like... eight.
I haven't seen the most recent episode, and writing this, I'm really feeling the lack.
Game of Thrones
Having had quite enough of the wait time between installments of epic fantasy series reading Wheel of Time, and having heard that George R.R. Martin takes a notoriously long time between his novels, I have not yet read any of the Song of Ice and Fire series of which this new HBO series is an adaptation. However, that didn't keep me from loving it. Sean Bean is fantastic, the world is big and dark and lush and interesting, and it's got teeth. I can't wait to see where this is going. Also, there's the additional pleasure of the fact that several actors from shows I love popped up... I don't think I'm ever going to get over seeing Harry Lloyd, who I can't help but see as Will Scarlett, as a prissy, quietly ruthless blond. Jason Momoa (Ronan Dex from SGA) as a leader of a tribe of barbarian horsemen was a bit easier for me to wrap my brain around (and not bad on the eyes, either...).
And now for something completely different. skillsontoast bought me the first season of Community for my birthday, and I love her for it. I teach at community colleges, so I am alternately horribly offended and nearly dying of laughter every single episode. It's tonally similar to Arrested Development, which I also loved, in that it makes merciless fun of its subjects while at the same time maintaining and odd kind of affection for them. I love Troy and Abed's friendship, I love Britta, and I think that Jeff Winger is a horrible, awful, brilliant human being who is amazingly fun to watch. The episodes have high rewatch value (I think I've seen the paintball episode five times now...) and the show manages to surprise me (either by making characters so much better or so much worse than I thought they were) with a good degree of regularity. I like that in my sitcoms.
For the first time, I got to watch an episode of Doctor Who on the day it aired in Britain on cable TV. (Thank you, BBC America...) They went to America to film, which was pretty obvious from the gorgeous Southwestern vistas they've got in some of the scenes. (And the Doctor in a stetson is love.) It was odd watching it alone, but I had a good time. I like Amy and Rory, River Song isn't as obnoxious to me as she is to some, and Mark Sheppard (who's in Firefly, Supernatural, and pretty much everything else that's awesome...) is in the opening two-parter as somewhat of a... temporary companion. It seems like a fun opening story with high stakes (it's the Doctor... he wouldn't be interested otherwise...) and a thorny twist on the "don't tell the Doctor about his own future" thing. I'd say what, but as River Song says... "Spoilers..."
Why have I not been watching this show forever? It's got a lot of things that I love about the X-Files with tight, focused writing, an fascinating unfolding mythology, and great character relationships. Peter and Walter's father-son dynamic, even in this first season, is one of the most unusual parent child dynamics I've ever seen. And Olivia is... so very awesome. I want her to sit down and have a drink with Scully and talk about the kinds of crazy they have to deal with in their jobs.
*flail* In less than a month, On Stranger Tides will be in theaters. I can barely speak I'm so excited. I'm watching trailers, browsing through the sudden rush of PotC merchandise and Hot Topic and Disneyland, obsessing unduly over challenges on potc_land, and trying to make headway on my poor, neglected potc_bigbang fic, which I did, finally, last night. Rough drafts are due tomorrow, and I don't think that I'm going to be able to get through everything I need, not by a long shot, but I'll be able to hand over a draft with outlined scenes in places where there's just empty space right now. It should be enough.
Speaking of which, as of last night, here's my potc_bigbang progress:
How am I going to get to the end by tomorrow, you ask? Well, first of all, it's just a draft, and I don't have to hit the word count in the draft, and second, I have access to a lot of caffeine and an deep and abiding love for the bits of the story I want to tell next.
Title: Unlikely Accord
Characters: Jack, Norrintgon, mention of Gillette and Groves
Summary: During the London Blitz, James Norrington of the Royal Air Force and Jack Sparrow of no air force in particular need to reach an agreement in order to preserve James' sanity and Jack's freedom.
Notes: This was written for the "Alternate Universe" writing challenge at potc_land. Many thanks to estelofimladris for help with ranks and planes.
( On to the fic... )
Characters: Groves, Scarlet
Summary: Scarlet knows a former navy man when she sees one. Set after At World's End.
Rating: PG -13
Author's Notes: I wrote this for the "Random Draw" challenge over at potc_land, which assigned us two characters at random and had us write an interaction between them.
Disclaimer: Pirates? Not mine.
( Scarlet was very proud of her knack for spotting fallen naval officers. )