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Hosted New Year's Eve at our place this year. Lovely party with wonderful friends!

2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004 | 2003 | 2002

2014 stories written )

2014 stories in review )
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Now that the fall season is well in hand, I thought I'd make a new "list of what's on my DVR"!

returning shows )

new shows )

shows not on air right now )
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First, THANK YOU. I think of Yuletide as more of an opportunity to write something a little different than request something to exacting specifications, so whatever you write is more like a totally awesome bonus than the entire reason I'm participating. In other words, NO PRESSURE. This, and my comments on the assignment, are really just suggestions in case you'd like some.

The most important thing really is no deathfic and I prefer a happy ending. I don't mind working for the happy ending; angst that ends well is splendid. Downer endings, though, kinda bum me out. I'm not a freak about plot—in many of the stories I love nothing really happens except maybe an internal change in a character or an emotional realization. Characters are always more important to me than plot and I adore great conversation. So feel free to have them just sitting around drinking coffee and talking about great Heart songs, or have them find a way to Save the World from Certain Destruction, or anything in between!

This year I wrote more than usual in the optional details so I don't have a ton more to add here—honestly you should feel free to do what you like!

Belle, Frank and HTGAWM )

Mostly, thank you in advance; I know that anything you do will be awesome, because it will mean more fic for one of these fandoms, and isn't that the whole point?
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  • The Maternal Instincts of Betas, the Scott/Allison story in the a/b/o 'verse, which finishes out that 'verse nicely!
  • Your Soul on a Plate, a Scott/Allison Top Chef AU
  • Quadratic Functions, a sexy continuation of the TW College OT4

Working on:
  • Lydia/Erica short futurefic for the dancing-and-hiking series, for TW femslash week in early August
  • [livejournal.com profile] marvel_bang: AU with all the ladies, building on some hipster AU snippets I wrote a while back. 10,000-word draft due 27 Aug; final due 15 Oct; posting starts 18 Oct.
  • [livejournal.com profile] teenwolf_bb: Scott/Allison 1970s LA musicians AU. 15,000-word draft due 17 Sept; final due 16 Nov; posting starts 1 Dec.

  • TW hipsters? I'm not sure if this is getting written but if it is, it's moving to Brooklyn, and it's going to be more vignette-like. Possibly just, a series of parties/meals. One reason I kept putting it off is that I couldn't work out a plot, so I might just let it … not have one.
  • I've recently considered writing a Scott/Allison standalone in the Little House 'verse. Prequel, I think.
  • Maybe Derek and Lydia scenes from the college OT4? (Why do I do this? When will I learn that I have a pathological need to represent all sides of a romance in my stories?)
  • Lydia/Erica indie porn (short)
  • STBB doesn't seem to be happening this year, so I'm shelving the Spock/Uhura Liza-with-a-Z AU
  • HP Seamus/Dean rest of my ff100 claim: 55 left but drabbles count and I do have a few longer fics that have been floating around my mind for a while.

I had a bit of a writer's block this spring, alas! The college OT4 was originally planned for Multiamory March but I'm not sure that event happened. I was also hoping to have April be Allison Argent month, but the Scott-is-a-beta fic just kept growing. And despite deciding to write another longish TW fic, I'm still feeling like I'm wrapping things up in that fandom. I'm glad that I'm writing some Scott/Allison for TWBB, though, since I've already written Stiles/Derek and Lydia/Erica in previous years. Anyone who follows my writing knows I like to feel balance-y, and with Betas and the Top Chef fic and this and the possible LIttle House fic I'll be catching Scott and Allison up to something closer to what I've produced for Lydia/Erica and Stiles/Derek.

I'm excited that I'm going to be writing Marvel again! Last summer getting just a dose of Pepper felt unfinished, and I'm glad I waited because I got not only the Natasha I needed but also Jane, Darcy, Sif, Melinda, Skye, Jemma and a little Peggy. The MBB fic will be setting up a universe in which they'll all appear but it will probably take a LOT more fics than that to get all their stories told. The idea of setting up a long, wide-ranging, multi-story AU told entirely from female POVs has me pretty excited, I'm not going to lie.
jlh: (teen wolf: erica)
Author: Clio
Title: Quadratic Functions
Pairing: Derek Hale/Lydia Martin/Erica Reyes/Stiles Stilinski
Rating: NC-17
Summary: It started because when they asked Stiles what he wanted for his birthday he said, "Sex." Which, being cash-strapped students, was something they could give him. Planning for the rest of their birthdays, though—that took a little more doing. (But it was still sex. Sex all the way down.)
Warning: Dirty talk, if you're not into that.
Length: 22,000 words
Notes: In the same college AU OT4 as Completing the Square. The first two chapters are based on prompts from nightreveals, [personal profile] aliassmith and [personal profile] radioaches; the third is an idea from my tumblr fic Inches on the Reel to Reel; the fourth is all Beyoncé's fault. The biggest thanks go to pinetreekate, who helped immensely in getting this to look like a story and not a series of things that happened one time, and for getting me past some last-minute concerns.

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jlh: (teen wolf: scott and allison)
Author: Clio
Title: Your Soul on a Plate
Pairing: Scott McCall/Allison Argent
Rating: PG
Summary: Scott and Stiles have been cooking together forever so of course they'd be competing in the same season—but there's also this girl with dimples. Allison never had chef friend until Lydia found her, seconds after arriving at the competition—but there's also this boy with brown eyes. (A Top Chef AU.)
Length: 10,000 words
Notes: Thank you as always for these reality competition AUs to [personal profile] honestys_easy for the brainstorming and the beta and the general cheerleading. I swear, I came up with the idea for the next Top Chef to be in Boston before I knew they were actually filming there this summer.
(Of course the dorm challenge wouldn't be at the ol' alma mater—they haven't let anyone film there since Love Story—but I couldn't resist.)

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jlh: (teen wolf: scott and allison)
Author: Clio
Title: The Maternal Instincts of Betas
Pairing: Teen Wolf: Scott McCall/Allison Argent
Rating: NC-17
Summary: Scott expected to go through junior year alpha-omega claiming as an observer and maybe find his mate later in life, like most betas. Then he met Allison, and it wasn't just his love life that changed, but his whole future.
Warning: (skip) A/B/O verse. Mentions of past and future mpreg.
Length: 18,000 words
Notes: Like rest of this mini-verse, this is grade-A Romantic Fantasy Sugar that presents instinctive mating-for-life at seventeen (or so) as entirely unproblematic. There's a lot of overt mutual consent going on, but I know some people feel that mating as a concept is always already dub-con, so note that this really is an omegaverse story, including preset roles from birth, a biological imperative for mating (heat or rut) and biological differences between alphas and omegas, and all of those are present in the story as well as the mating-for-life and the tentacle-like ovipositor. There isn't any actual mpreg on the page, but there are mentions of past mpreg (the sheriff) and future mpreg (Scott and Stiles). And as will become clear in this story, betas in this mini-verse aren't just "regular" humans, but a blend of intersex and pansexual, and there are fewer of them than alphas and omegas.
Thank you pinetreekate for the incredible beta and for holding my hand when I realized this story was going to be much longer and more involved than I had anticpated.
This is the final story in the Claiming is Confusing 'verse, and closing the 'verse is bittersweet, like all endings. Thanks to the mods at the a/b/o ladies challenge for giving me a place to think about omegaverse femslash, which led to everything else; to the the Wincon'12 femslash panel for the idea of the ovipositor for alpha and beta females being tentacle-like; to Kaister for commenting in the Derek story that I should write one about Scott and Allison; to all of you who offered help and support along the way; and to everyone who has read the stories in this 'verse. The response has been amazing, and I can't tell you how much I appreciate it.

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The final TV post of the season!

New Girl )

Castle )

Agents of SHIELD )

This was also the week that the big four networks announced their fall schedules. Mostly I'm picking up a TON of sitcoms and giving them 6-7 episodes to show me if they're worth it. But I'm also grabbing a few other things here and there, like How to Get Away with Murder and that Debra Messing procedural and that hip hop soap Empire. Oh and there's some kind of weird musical thing that might be good? Plus Agent Carter of course. I'm still pretty much out on dramas and if any of these shows get annoying I will DROP THEM because life is too damn short to watch TV shows you don't like.

Over the summer I've got a lot of catching up to do on some things I missed, like Bob's Burgers and the first seasons of Parks & Rec and Broad City and the second season of Miss Fisher's Mysteries and maybe Portlandia and Key & Peele if I can find them. Plus Masters of Sex starts in mid-July.
jlh: Jeff and Britta in their cool cats costumes (community: Jeff and Britta)
Penultimate, probably? New Girl, Castle, and Agents of SHIELD will all go in the next post, after AoS ends 13 May.

Looking )

Community )

Parks and Recreation )

I've also been watching Inside Amy Schumer which is HILARIOUS and remarkably political; I would be surprised there isn't more talk about this show on tumblr but geeks aren't really known for their appreciation of comedy. I'm also enjoying Broad City though I only caught two episodes before it left On-Demand (damn you Comedy Central!) so I'll need to track it down on Hulu.
jlh: Ted, Robin, Barney, Lily and Marshall from HIMYM (himym cast)
Because some stuff has ended. A little old news that had to sink in, and some super new news.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine )

Outside the cut I'll say: people who are patting themselves on the back for never watching HIMYM either because of the ending or because it was sometimes problematic can GTFO. Tons of shows end disappointingly (hello BSG and Lost) or have issues (every show and also hello Teen Wolf) so not watching HIMYM really doesn't make anyone a better person.

How I Met Your Mother )

Justified )

Suits )

But I just don't want to watch those kinds of shows anymore. By which I mean, things keep happening on dramas because things need to keep happening, not because they come out of anything that makes any sense. It's this constant need to roll forward and never leave anything resolved, endless fake resolutions with no real ones, and I don't find it engaging; I find it exhausting. I like endings. I like feeling that the story is over. Which is probably why I'm willing to stick it out with Justified and White Collar, both of which will end with their next seasons.

Comedies are different; the stakes are low and the ongoing stories are light and relatively ridiculous. But dramas, I don't know. Being out on dramas in many ways means being out on fandom, which is weird? But I might be out on dramas.
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I know, what? But I have stuff to say and I've decided to say it. I'd made this tumblr post with a big list of TV shows on my DVR back in January and now I'm knocking them off one by one. There are a bunch of shows that are ending, or soon to be ending, or I'm walking away from, this spring and I thought hey, maybe I would make a few posts here about how I'm feeling about them.

Except Teen Wolf. All I have to say about Teen Wolf is that I banked season 3B on my DVR for self-spoiled binge-watching, and now I'm probably not going to watch very much of it, and I'm out on the show moving forward. Still writing fic, still reblogging ridiculousness on tumblr, but not watching the show.

Spoils of Babylon )

White Collar )

Suburgatory )

Top Chef was annoying at the end, wasn't it? Not like I won't watch it next season, but still.

As for Nigelissima, Nigella cooking shows are serious anxiety soothers for me. I procure them through means and keep them around for instant calming. They're very effective.

And The Soup abides.
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I think I needed a little mindless occupational-type therapy the other day and I was excited about finally finishing that final Parvati/Pansy story. So I made my HP fic into a bunch of tables. These are likely of interest only to me, but eh, it's my journal.

I'd wanted to bring Parvati/Pansy up to the equal number of stories as Harry/Hermione and Draco/Ginny, and I've always liked taking different ships and writing similar themes for them to see how it changes. Here's a chart showing the 12 stories I wrote for each of these ships as well as Seamus/Dean (more on them later):

HP major ships fic table )

There were a few "leftover" fics for the ships I've written a little less of, so I put those into a chart, too. Lily doesn't quite fit, but it isn't entirely a mess, though this does make me want to write a schmoop bingo for Lily/James even though I blacked out my card long ago. Oh, organization!

HP minor ships fic table )

And then finally, what I still have to write for HP: finishing my [livejournal.com profile] fanfic100 Seamus/Dean claim. I think the comm is dead, and the person who was sort of acting as owner kicked a bunch of people off and then wandered off, weirdly, so I'm not exactly official anymore but whatever, I'm still doing the challenge. SO THERE! Chapters count, as do drabbles. I have 55 left of the challenge. The orange are squares I'm not sure about yet; the purple is for stories I've written but not yet posted; the green is for prompts I'm planning drabble series for. This chart will migrate to the WIP post later.

Seamus Dean ff100 table )


WIP Update!

Mar. 2nd, 2014 06:35 am
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  • You Make Me Live, TW Scott&Allison&Lydia&Stiles for TWGenuary
  • The Willow Turns Her Back, HP Pansy/Millicent for Femslash February

Working on:
  • Multiamory March: Various sexy fic for the TW College OT4
  • The Maternal Instincts of Betas, the Scott/Allison story in the a/b/o 'verse.

  • Scott/Allison Top Chef AU
  • Lydia/Erica short fics: indie porn thing and a futurefic; also possible Where We Ought to Be coda
  • Idea for this year's STBB: Spock/Uhura Liza-with-a-Z AU
  • Idea for this year's MBB: Sex and the City AU will all the ladies, building on some hipster AU snippets I wrote a while back
  • HP Seamus/Dean rest of my ff100 claim: 55 left but drabbles count and I do have a few longer fics that have been floating around my mind for a while.

I finally got that Pansy/Millicent fic done, which has been on the WIP list in one form or another since mid-2010! This means all the femslash I was planning for HP is complete, and that everything on the list above, with the exception of the S/D, was conceived of no earlier than last year. Now I just need to finish up the Seamus/Dean claim and thanks to the tag on tumblr I've been feeling quite Seamus/Dean'ish of late!

Planned OT4 college AU ficlets will do well for Multiamory March (if that's still happening?) so that's got next. Also I think April will be Allison Argent month in these parts and my goal is to get those two Scott/Allison fics posted then. After that it's long stuff and some TW cleanup.

It's good. I'm feeling very finish-y. Closing doors, opening windows.
jlh: ladies on barstools, their legs entwined (PP-like love)
Author: Clio
Title: The Willow Turns Her Back
Pairing: Pansy Parkinson/Millicent Bulstrode
Rating: NC-17
Summary: Pansy has a plan for losing her virginity that involves Draco Malfoy, but the oncoming war puts an end to that. Well, wars are stupid anyway. And there's always Millie.
Warning: (Note: this is not a spoiler if you've read EWFS and Trick is to Keep Breathing and know who dies in those stories. Both are offscreen deaths in this story as well.) (skip) Character deaths, both off-screen, first Narcissa, later Millicent.

Length: 4900 words
Notes: This is more post-GoF AU based on the events of Eight Ways From Sunday, though this story should be fairly well self-contained. A companion of sorts to With One Breath.
Thanks as always to Heidi and Verity for the encouragement!

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jlh: (teen wolf: scott and allison)
Author: Clio
Title: You Make Me Live
Pairing: Gen friendship Stiles&Scott&Lydia&Allison
Rating: PG
Summary: Scott, Lydia, Allison and Stiles spend a week at a cabin by a lake in the woods and nothing freaky happens. Maybe this is just the difference between high school and college. That, and all the missing each other like crazy stuff.
Length: 1800 words
Notes: Chock full of BFF feels. Written for verity for GENuary, and therefore a smidge late! There are blink and you'll miss it references to Scott/Allison, Stiles/Derek and Lydia/Erica (neither Derek nor Erica are in the story) in case that spoils your gen. In the same timeline as the baking & waiting, dancing & hiking and distract series, so not really AU except for the Erica not being dead part.

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WIP Update!

Jan. 5th, 2014 08:22 pm
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  • Martin and Reyes, Lydia/Erica buddy cop AU for [livejournal.com profile] teenwolf_bb
  • Pulling On All Your Threads, Lydia/Erica Project Runway AU
  • A Saucer of Milk, Melinda May story for Yuletide

Working on:
  • TWGenuary: Scott, Allison, Stiles, and Lydia road trip fic in the same 'verse as Dancing & Hiking / Baking & Waiting.
  • The Maternal Instincts of Betas, the Scott/Allison story in the a/b/o 'verse.

  • Teen Wolf SF hipsters AU
  • Femslash February: HP Pansy/Millicent school time fic. (also, lots of recs.)
  • Multiamory March: Various sexy fic for the TW College OT4
  • Scott/Allison Top Chef AU
  • Lydia/Erica indie porn thing; possible futurefic
  • Idea for next year's STBB: Spock/Uhura Liza-with-a-Z AU
  • Idea for next year's MBB: Sex and the City AU will all the ladies, building on some hipster AU snippets I wrote a while back
  • HP Seamus/Dean rest of my ff100 claim: Maybe I should just write one Seamus/Dean story every month until I finish this up. I have 55 left but drabbles count and I do have one longer fic that has been floating around my mind for a while.

I'm getting that backed-up feeling again even though there really isn't that much on this list. It's been longer and had older stuff on it in the recent past. But I haven't been writing as much in the past month or so, and I'm feeling that need to clear the decks. I'm hoping that will lead to some productivity this month!
jlh: Natasha in field suit (avengers: Natasha)
Author: Clio
Title: A Saucer of Milk
Pairing: Melinda May (gen)
Rating: PG
Summary: Melinda remembers when Maria Hill and Jemma Simmons first came to S.H.I.E.L.D. She was there when Coulson and Barton brought Natasha Romanov in from the cold. But Coulson's latest stray is nothing like those women, and Melinda isn't sure that's such a good thing.
Warning: No warning applies.
Length: 1400
Notes: My Yuletide reveal! Thanks to dinosaursonparade for the awesome Melinda-centered prompt!

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jlh: (teen wolf: lydia)
Author: Clio
Title: Pulling On All Your Threads
Pairing: Teen Wolf: Lydia Martin/Erica Reyes
Rating: PG
Summary: Lydia has no doubt in her mind that she's going to win this design competition. She just needs to keep from being distracted by one of her competitors. Not that Erica's trying to distract her; she wants to win, too. Getting Lydia's attention is just a bonus.
(A Project Runway AU.)
Warning: No warnings apply.
Length: 8800 words
Notes: THANK YOU a million times to [personal profile] honestys_easy for the encouragement and the suggestions and all of her help. The first two parts were posted on Tumblr back in October for TW Femslash Week; thanks to everyone who read and encouraged me to press on.

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Went to a party at E&N's new place last night, and much fun was had!

2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004 | 2003 | 2002

2013 stories written )

2013 stories in review )
jlh: a book (book)
For the first time I have finished nearly all of the Yuletide fic I wanted to read before the New Year reveal

Let's start the recs, as we should, with the three (!) fics I received as gifts:

True Blue (2163 words)
Fandom: Clueless (1995)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Relationships: Dionne Davenport & Cher Horowitz
Characters: Cher Horowitz, Dionne Davenport
Additional Tags: Misses Clause Challenge, Canon - Book & Movie Combination, Flirting, Pillow Fights, Legally Blonde References
Summary: The night before college graduation, Cher and De have a sleepover. It's way existential. Or something.
Their conversation is so perfect! They contrast Cher's law school ambitions with Elle Woods! Couldn't be better.

Slow Hushed Touch (4384 words)
Fandom: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (TV)
Rating: General Audiences
Relationships: Melinda May/Skye
Additional Tags: Yuletide Treat, Babbling, Bonding, Awkward Flirting, Rescue
Summary: "I know you're not a damsel in distress. Damsels can't keep up with me."
A big downside to all the AoS fic is that it feels exhausting, so I really want everyone to check this one out. It's everything you want a Melinda/Skye fic to be, like combat teaching that's more like flirting, and Melinda drawing some lines in the sand that Skye respects but still pushes back on. Seriously fantastic.

Ants (6322 words)
Fandom: New Girl
Rating: General Audiences
Relationships: Jessica Day & Cece Parekh
Characters: Jessica Day (New Girl), Cece Parekh
Additional Tags: Female Friendship, Backstory, Misses Clause Challenge
Summary: Sometimes the unhappiest beginnings make for the happiest of endings.
It's just—it is every single thing I wanted or dreamed of when I asked for Jess and Cece friendship fic. It's really funny, it's totally in tune with where the show is right now, it has all five of them perfectly in character, and even contains a reference to the Golden Girls. Just really so, so, so amazingly good.

One more above the cut because other than my gift fics, this is my favorite story of Yuletide this year:

My Boy Carved Coffins (5346 words)
Fandom: Moby Dick - Herman Melville
Rating: Mature
Relationships: Ishmael/Queequeg, Ishmael/Tranquo, Ishmael/OMC, Ishmael/Sebastian/Pedro
Characters: Ishmael (Moby Dick - Herman Melville), Queequeg (Moby Dick - Herman Melville), Tranquo (Moby Dick - Herman Melville), Sebastian (Moby Dick - Herman Melville), Pedro (Moby Dick - Herman Melville)
Additional Tags: Canonical Character Death
Summary: Ishmael copes with the aftermath of the wreck of the Pequod.
So perfectly Melvillian, with Ishmael carrying Queequeg's coffin around with him from ship to ship to ship, trying to find the homeland of his "husband." And the ending is perfection itself.

Beneath this first cut, one story each from Brick, Casablanca, Lord Peter Wimsey, Golden Girls, Jonny Quest, A League of Their Own, Nancy Drew, The Nanny, Singin' in the Rain and The Third Man

one-off fantoms )

Two-a-piece from Friends, Justified, Persuasion, and Runaways RPF (KStew/Dakota Fanning)

two of each )

There are three stories about The Heat (plus one that's really a Gravity story) and really you should just read all of them because The Heat. I'm also reccing all four Frances Ha fics because the one that will speak to you is really more of a matter of personal taste/feelings than quality, as they are all really well done.

heck yeah movies about ladies )

Four each for Parks and Recreation and Brooklyn Nine-Nine

they're sort of sister sitcoms really )

For New Girl technically it's five fics with the one that I got as a gift, but here are the other four I also recommend.

jess and cece and winston and nick and schmidt, oh my! )

And finally, twelve more Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. fics, including a little of everything.

Melinda, Skye, Ward, Fitz and Simmons, plus team building and special guest appearances by Maria and Natasha )

I'm also posting these all on tumblr, each by each. Happy reading!


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