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Hey, all! I've pimped the opening of my favorite fest over on tumblr, but I haven't done so here. [community profile] queer_fest is up and running for prompts. Go there and leave some!

They're doing prompts right now (is it wrong that I enjoy seeing how many of my old prompts are re-prompted by other people? It makes me so happy. I'm glad you enjoyed them, too, random people!)
zarabithia: (bucky: old photograph)
Title: Until They Can be Made Unbreakable
Rating: Mature
Fandom: Marvel Comics 616 Verse
Characters: Bucky and the Young Avengers.
Pairings: Steve/Bucky is  the main pairing, but many secondary pairings are here, including: Steve/Natasha, Steve/Sharon, Steve/Peggy, Jim Hammond/Toro, Kate/Cassie, Teddy/Billy, Eli/Tommy, Jim Hammond/Spitfire, Clint/Bucky and Kate's unrequited Bucky crush. Basically, if for some reason you can handle teenager sidekicks being assassins but can't handle them having consensual sex, you shouldn't read this fic.
Word Count: 6058
Warnings: Underage sidekicks having sex, references to conversion therapy, villains being homophobic.
Prompt: Marvel Comics, Bucky Barnes, That they couldn't change his bisexuality, no matter how hard they tried, was the one act of defiance Winter Soldier was able to show. @ [livejournal.com profile] queer_fest
A/N: Special thanks to Cero and Abby for the beta, help with historical research, rewatching Wizard of Oz with me, and general holding of my hands. Continuity wise, this fic's timeline goes A/U after Fear Itself and ignores Children's Crusade almost entirely.

Alternate Link: You can read this fic on AO3 if you prefer.

Summary: He's supposed to be in prison. Instead, he's watching the Wizard of Oz with a group of teenagers who think he should be a role model.

Until They Can be Made Unbreakable )
zarabithia: (pepper potts)

Dear Remixer:

I still don't understand why people do Dear Remixer letters. But in case you are looking for one, have my general philosophy on remixing: I have big girl pants, do what you want, it's not a gift, if I thought my fic was that sacred I wouldn't sign up for remix, seriously do what you want.

If you really care about triggers/etc., my Dear Yuletide letters/ 3 ships letters should help. But seriously, it's not a gift. Do what you want.

- Me.


On my remix assignment: Ridiculously easy. If it was a cooking challenge on Food Network, the secret ingredients would be: chocolate, whipped cream and already-made-cupcakes.


On [livejournal.com profile] rarewomen: My rarewomen challenge is a little harder, because I love so many of the women and I'm not sure what angle to tackle it from. And I'm not sure my recipient would appreciate the crack of tossing all the characters together. The assignment is awesome, I'm just not sure how to climb the mountain to get to Awesome Town.


On crack ships: People who aren't me liked my Darcy/Steve fic! I am actually shocked by that and pleased. :) I am sadly tempted to write more of that crack ship, though, as if I have time. :)  


On [livejournal.com profile] queer_fest: Claiming starts on Monday! SO excited. :)

zarabithia: (girl kisses)
As most of you know, I love [livejournal.com profile] queer_fest greatly. I think it is one of the more awesome parts of fandom, and proof that fandom doesn't suck at queer stuff after consistently failing at queer related things pretty much all year ("Lulz, let's joke about same sex marriage as a prelude to fucking, Cap!"/ "Only gay male relationships are valid, everything else is male gaze!") I loved it when it was lgbtfest and I love it more now that it expanded that umbrella a bit. It's the one time of year fandom actually branches out to the point where I can see people like me, who have my struggles, and seeing that reflected in fic is awesome. Unsurprisingly,  people are bringing the fail about it this year.

I have six thoughts about that:

1. If I went to ... say Dark Agenda and prompted something as epically stupid as "Young Avengers, Eli Bradley, before he became a hero, his race didn't matter. It still doesn't," that would make me both an asshole and a troll. (And it would prove that I completely fucking fail at understanding how humanity works, which may be separate from the asshole thing.)

Likewise, going to a fest devoted to exploring the queer experience and prompting "her sexuality didn't matter and still doesn't" would make me both an asshole and a troll.

If, after I appropriately got told that my behavior was inappropriate, I decided to reply with a butthurt reply that managed to snidely scoff at.every.single.experience.of.the.other.prompters. then my asshole status would be through the roof.

2. If you think this means that the mods are engaging in "prescriptive" behavior or trying to tell you that you aren't gay enough, you should put the thesaurus down and pick up a dictionary. No, actually. Telling people that their sexuality doesn't matter is the "prescriptive behavior."

3. No, really. I'm glad in a world that where people routinely kill themselves, are murdered, are disowned, are forced to undergo brainwashing de-gaying camps, or are raped because they are queer, that some assholes find it okay to prompt things like "sexuality doesn't matter" as a prompt and don't see how entirely fucking wretched that makes them.

Get out of your tower/cave/place under the bridge/whatever place that does not allow you to interact with other human beings and grow the fuck up.

4. Also, if exploring the actual queer experience in fic isn't for you and you prefer your fic to be pretty and sparkly and completely lacking in any reality and taking place in the land of sunshine and rainbows where "sexuality doesn't matter," there's this whole genre of fic called slash. Maybe you should look into it. If you get adequate reception for your laptop under your bridge.

5. If you actually live amongst other humans and manage to have the experience where your sexuality doesn't matter, good fucking job for you. You don't have the right to tell me that my sexuality doesn't matter, you precious fucking snowflake.

6. Actually, my sexuality matters in positive ways, too. So no, fuck you, it still matters, even if you want to whine about people being too negative.


That was a whole lot of tl;dr. Let me make it less so:

This year, I came out to two friends that I loved dearly. Since I came out, neither has spoken to me. I lost two of my closest friends because I like to fuck girls.

Tell me again that sexuality doesn't matter so I can say fuck you for believing that and fuck you for thinking that having a problem with that idea is "prescriptive."

This entry was also posted on Dreamwidth. Comments are welcome on either site.
zarabithia: (girl kisses)
PEOPLE! MY FAVORITE TIME OF THE YEAR HAS ARRIVED : [livejournal.com profile] queer_fest prompting has begun!  Rules Post | Prompting Post It's multifandom, of course. Go forth and prompt!

Also: February Fic Round-Up:

Four Sam Wilson Smut Drabbles (Sam/Steve, Sam/Steve/Bucky, Sam/Clint, Sam/Steve/Sharon/Natasha/Bucky | Mature | 400 words )

50 Sentences About Bucky's Road Trip (Bucky/Nick Fury/Natasha Romanova | Mature | 1527 words) Bucky's relationships with everyone are complicated.

By Any Other Name (Bucky/Steve | Mature | 797 words) Alone in the 21st century, Steve found comfort through the memories of orphanage fantasies, back alley confessions, and the sigh of his name on Bucky's lips.

What Once Had Been a Breeze (Aang/Katara | PG-13 | 371 words) He's not the Aang that he used to be, but Katara still loves him.

Properly Wrap (Barbara/Steph | PG-13 | 1009 words) Stephanie already has a mother.
zarabithia: (batwoman: kate)
A. HI, FLIST! My Yuletide fic is going to be finished by Wednesday-ish, and I am going to need a beta. I can't reveal the fandom (you can PM me if you need to know before signing on to beta) but will reveal it is m/m slash. It's PG-13 and doesn't have any real kinks or triggers. 

Comment or PM me if you are up for beta duties?

B. via [livejournal.com profile] fannish5: 5 fandom-related things you are thankful for.

Cut because I am wordy )
zarabithia: (kate & cassie)

Title: Done Well and Adequately
Rating: PG-13
Word Count: 1150
Fandom: Marvel Comics
Characters: Kate Bishop/Cassie Lang. References of Scott Lang/Tony Stark, Steve Rogers/Bucky Barnes, Steve Rogers/Sam Wilson, Steve Rogers/Tony Stark.
Warnings: A ridiculous amount of schmoop & references to kinky uses of superpowers.
Prompt: Any Fandom : Any character. My gaydar's not quite right...it originally pinged me for straight and we all know how that turned out. @ queer_fest

Summary: Kate and Cassie go on their honeymoon and enjoy splurging and family revelations.  

Done Well and Adequately  )

This entry was also posted on Dreamwidth. Comments are welcome on either site.

zarabithia: (Jaime: adorable)
1. [livejournal.com profile] queer_fest is having an Amnesty Week. THAT IS AWESOME. You should go participate, because anyone can, and there are no word limits during Amnesty Week.  And now I will get to finish my [livejournal.com profile] queer_fest fics, horray!

2. [livejournal.com profile] femslash_today is taking prompts for their porn battle. Someone requested Kate Bishop/Sharon Carter. Um, yes, please? I like how people obviously want me to ship Kate Bishop with almost everyone in existence.

3. Ugh, I would rather never see Cass or Steph again if the alternative is Gail Simone writing them. Ick.

4. Jaime, why does DC hate you so much? I will still be buying it, to support Jaime Reyes, but damn. That book is going to be like shoving hot pokers into my eyes. And my soul.

5. While I am bitter about Jaime's new awful writer,  I am not quite ridiculous enough to go to a protest about it. At a con. I'm just saying. If I was, though, I would totally wear a costumed designed on Tim Drake's new feathers.  

6. OMG, there is something in the water on tumblr, making almost everyone full fledged, off the wall ridiculous. Dear flist, never change and please don't spontaneously become ridiculous.

7. CLINT AND KATE THIS WEEK. I will ship Kate Bishop with almost anyone, but damn those two in that one page were more entertaining than any of Kate's canon ships. Which isn't new, really. And the less said of Clint's current canon love life, the better.

8. This week has been super stressful. In the spirit of the week that is giving me migraines, two memes to choose from (shhh, distractions are good) :

A. Pick a character and a subject and I'll tell you my headcanon for it. Can be anything from their favorite color to their daily routine to things of a very TMI nature. (feel free to pick multiple characters)

B. Alternately, toss three characters at me for a game of Marry, Shag, Cliff.  (for those of you that are new, I am fond of all genders.) I'll toss you three in return.

C. Alternately, do both.
zarabithia: (bucky)

For the record, picking just two prompts for [livejournal.com profile] queer_fest was torture. First, I had 50. Then I narrowed it down to 11. Then nine.

Then I stared at the screen for a while. Seriously, a couple of hours. Why so many awesome prompts, [livejournal.com profile] queer_fest ?

Anyway, as I was agonizing, the mods changed the rules to allow to claim three prompts. So I claimed the following:

Any Fandom, any character, Five lies s/he wouldn't have told if s/he'd been straight.

Marvel Comics, Cassie Lang, Sometimes she just goes to her father's grave and practices her coming out speech. It's a pretty great speech, and Cassie thinks he would have liked it.

Marvel Comics, Natasha Stark, As good as it would be for keeping up the whole secret identity thing, when the press starts to call Natasha's armored persona "Iron Man" (because it's not easy to make that armor look "feminine") Natasha is quick to correct them.

LOL, I continue to be a Marvel Girl. Oops. I can't really decide on that first prompt, though. There are at least four fandoms I could tackle. Of course, it might just end up being Bucky. That would be ... really easy, though.

Speaking of prompts, I am getting a total ego stroke from people picking my prompts to write for the fest. So far, about 7 of mine have been picked, which is awesome, including a Steve/Bucky one, which makes me happy. I look forward to seeing what gets written and how they get interpreted. :) Especially the Steve/Bucky one, because I have a focus.

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zarabithia: (steve/bucky with wee bucky)
So, some of you may remember the completely ridiculous Steve/Bucky fic I wrote last year for [livejournal.com profile] lgbtfest. You may remember me bitching about it because it was the fic that didn't want to end.

Possibly I am considering claiming a prompt from [livejournal.com profile] queer_fest to use as a plot for the sequel. I fear this may be entirely too self-indulgent. (To be fair, I submitted the prompt, so while that makes it extra self-indulgent, it means that I'm not twisting someone's arm into reading a 9,000 word story before they read the story for their prompt.)

Poll times:

[Poll #1725574]
zarabithia: (babs)

[livejournal.com profile] queer_fest has opened up to fill the void lost by lgbtfest. So horray!

Also, I have my remix assignment. Apparently some people write dear remix letters? I do not know why. It is not really an exchange. But uh, dear remixer: do whatever you want. I can put on my big girl pants and deal.  That's part of the process, imo.

As for my own remix assignment, I have a couple of really good matches that I could remix. The one I want to remix the most is giving me the most trouble, though. Because I am not sure if I change one thing if I change the entire story too much. To use [livejournal.com profile] penknife's Elephant Example,  my assigned writer wrote a story in which Character A is a Lion Trainer and Character B is an Elephant Trainer. I want to remix the story by making Character A an Elephant Trainer and Character B a Lion Trainer.

I am not sure if that is entirely playing by the rules. I mean, remix uses The Little Mermaid as an example. You can remix The Little Mermaid in the Disney way, so that Ariel doesn't die, but would it still count as a remix if Ariel was the princess on land and Eric was a prince who sold his voice to a sea witch in order to have legs to attract Ariel's attention? I don't know.

I'm just struggling with the "at what point does it become an entirely different story" part right now. It's a fun struggle! at least it is for me. Cero and Griff are probably tired of hearing about it already, lol.

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