benedict: (reading on a bench)
I had a lovely trip to Minneapolis to visit Ann Larimer who does not live in Minneapolis but we are the type of people the Mall of America was built for so there we went as if moths to a flame. We walked a lot, got sore feet, and ate gelato.

They got rid of the big bronze Spongebob statue! I guess you never can go home.
benedict: (pugs not drugs)

  • Go to Minneapolis to see Ann SUCCESS

  • See Wonder Woman

  • See Lego Batman

  • Run [community profile] auexchange (with TDC and Morbane)

  • Write Poirot as a ghost detective fic

  • Plan for [community profile] press_start_comm (videogame exchange) and [community profile] fic_corner (kidlit exchange)

  • ...clean?


Other things I've done this month are small. Like this!

A 10th Kingdom drabble I did for my friend )
benedict: (ozma)
From your friendly neighbourhood niche realizer:

  • Standing Still Exchange - Statues and those who fic them! What IS the deal with Man Fighting Babies Statue and is there angst?

  • Planetary Exchange - A fic exchange of galactic proportions! Astronomy fiction only.

  • Word by word exchange - You can only nominate dictionary words one at a time.

  • Branded Exchange - An exchange solely for big name commercial products!

  • Exchange of Bad Ideas - an exchange devoted to my bright ideas.

No need to thank me.

Did I mention I'm running a new fic exchange now that [community profile] once_upon_fic is done for the year?

Welcome to [community profile] auexchange, a pan-fandom exchange devoted to Alternate Universes. The very best part of this exchange so far has been coming up with AU examples for the faq, including French Revolution Coffee Shop AU for BSG.

I am aided and abetted not just by my pal [personal profile] morbane this time, but also the added crispyfriend goodness of [personal profile] thedevilchicken

Post coming of what I wrote and received for Once Upon and anything else I've forgotten to mention lately.
benedict: (reading looking up)
I heard they're purging inactive accounts on lj and now, finally, my teenage lost the password and the email 'King Theoden is a woman and Shakira and pregnant' rp journal will be swallowed up by the sands of time.

I unhooked my crossposting to Crantz and continue to not import my entries over here to DW because by god this may be the only way to kill the 14 year old ANGST MOPPET ghost of me that lies locked and warded in the old lj entries. I had that thing since 2001 and I felt the purge of my youth was beginning to weaken. He scratches, demanding to be let free to post about what a deep and big-word using boy he is.

I mean, all the politics and stuff are very important but I'm going to be honest here: I don't fully understand enough to make a strong stance without being positive I'm somehow making an idiot of myself. What I do feel confident about is the potential for sigils drawn in code to eat my past embarrassments.

I don't think there's anything wrong with admitting that you're confused, global news is scary, and you're not an authority on the subject even if you're paying as much attention as you can. And that's global, not just LJ.

Anyway, to any friends taking a renewed interests in their DWs: Hey.
benedict: (owl headtilt)

Cendrillon ou La petite Pantoufle de Verre | Cinderella - Charles Perrault


  • Cinderella

  • The Prince

What I like about this story: Obviously the metaphor for personal virtue/innate goodness with the unbreakable shoe. I mean, not as a misery story but the fact that she's just such a diamond.

Generalized prompt: I'd love to see alternate tellings of this story, if you want! If there's a version of Cinderella you've wanted to tell for years, here's me asking! Alternate setting AUs totally welcome!

Other prompts:

  • What is life like as a queen after years of abuse?

  • What was it like looking for husbands for her sisters after everything?

  • How did the prince feel when he found out the truth?

  • Does the prince have a name

  • What sort of routines did Cinderella have?

  • "which made her commonly be called Cinder-breech; but the youngest, who was not so rude and uncivil as the eldest, called her Cinderilla" At the end of the tale, she brings up and hugs both her sisters - but I want to know her feelings on this one.

  • What sort of person gets fairy protection?

  • What was it like for the prince to love someone he knew nothing about?

  • Did the prince properly court her once they were together? How did they get to know eachother?

  • How did the prince know he'd found someone so special?

Willie O'Winsbury (English and Scottish Popular Ballads - F.J. Child)


  • Any

What I like about this story: I first grew to like this story from my amusement over how very into Willie the king was. But don't think this means I'm asking for a 'slash or get out' story.


  • Okay clearly the father demanding to see his daughter naked to see if she's pregnant or not is definitely creepy. And then going 'I'll murder him' followed by 'I'll kill him' followed by 'I'd totally fuck him' is even weirder. I'd love to see Janet's thoughts on this whole matter.

  • I noticed that Willie deliberately was like 'I'll have nothing to do with you' at the end - exploration on that?

  • If you can do a funny take on the king's weird crush, that'd be grand.

  • What was Janet's plan? Was she going to run off with Willie?

  • What was Willie's plan?

  • Why was the king in jail in Spain? How did he get out?

  • Do Janet and Willie retun the king's calls?

Bärenhäuter | Bearskin (Fairy Tale)


  • Any

What I like about this story: Obviously it ends on a very grim note, but what interests me is the fact that they both won, in a way. Even if the soldier and the wife were much less happy for it. I like the cleverness.


Generalized prompt: What I'd like to see is other ways this story could have worked out or possibly the adventures of Trash Bear Soldier.

Other prompts:

  • Solutions to damnation

  • Actual romance between the soldier and his future wife

  • The saving of the wife's father

  • Saving the sisters

  • Life as a bearman

  • Why would you make a literal deal with Satan?

  • Explaining that no, he's not Donkeyskin

  • What if he'd been Gerbilskin? It'd be like a little toupee.

  • People who were kind despite everything

Goldilocks and the Three Bears (Fairy Tale)


  • Any

What I like about this story: Long story short, as a small blonde child I spent a lot of time in houses I wasn't supposed to as a kid and I've identified strongly with Goldilocks ever since. Even though I never stole anything or broke a chair, I DID once turn on someone's treadmill and probably inspired years of ghost stories. ALSO I do not want Goldilocks to die, please.


  • What did Goldilocks get up to next?

  • Had Goldilocks also broken into other famous fairy tales?

  • What sort of life leads a bunch of bears to living in a little cottage. Is there actually a bear society? Did they eat the previous owners? What is the bear economy.

  • Goldilocks and Baby Bear meet out in a coffee shop years later and discuss things (I DID just suggest a coffee shop au)

  • How do you human-proof a house?

  • What's bear porridge like anyway, is there lots of honey and berries? (I'm making mysef hungry)

  • In the original fairy-tale it's actually an old woman who possibly goes to jail for vagrancy - what sort of life is Goldilocks leading? Can this tie back into another encounter with the bears?

benedict: (fiction: two girls reading)
I'm enjoying the 'no pants allowed' rule on He-Man and She-Ra.

I tried out the newest Ninja Turtles cartoon! Things I liked:

  • The turtle designs are very pleasing

  • So is Splinter. Seriously, this is the best Splinter I've ever seen.

  • The combat was great

As for the rest I was like 'Why is Donatello's voice so familiar?' (He's Yakko Warner), the human-humans look like they need work, and I'm not sure yet how I feel about the emoji-type animation styles the faces keep doing.

Also right now I'm watching The Deep which I have the comics of (but haven't had a chance to read yet) and so far I'm enjoying it. I think it's going to get good as it goes on. The premise (a family of deep sea explorers) tickles the part of my brain that enjoys this sort of thing. And I like the dad's design a lot.
benedict: (hovercats)
I'm 31, which means I narrowly missed the window when He-Man and She-Ra were all over tv when I could form memories. But now that they're on netflix, I'm finally getting to experience them!

I love the designs (Pastel barbarian aesthetic where no pants are allowed), but He-Man really throws me for a loop whenever I try to guess what the character will look like from the name.

Trust me and google 'Ram Man.'

He bounces.
benedict: (chrestomanci)
Hi! I'm Rosencrantz on ao3 and it is my pleasure to be gifted by you. Thank you very much!

I chose fanfic and meta for all of these - whatever form you want to give me the worldbuilding in is fine!

What I like: Spooky, adventure, details, exploration of concepts, families.
What I do not want: Rape, incest, underage. Grim endings.

I hope these prompts help!

Fandom: Dinotopia - James Gurney

Worldbuilding: Urban Legends and Tall Tales (Dinotopia)
Worldbuilding: Pets and Pet Care (Dinotopia)
Worldbuilding: Grief and Mourning Rituals (Dinotopia)
Worldbuilding: Culture of Megafauna (Dinotopia)
Worldbuilding: History Lessons (Dinotopia)
Worldbuilding: The Future (Dinotopia)
Worldbuilding: Celebrities & Fame (Dinotopia)

Original Character(s) (Dinotopia)

What I'm looking for here: I chose fanfic and meta, and I'd just love to see the answers to some of my questions - I prefer the utopic nature of Dinotopia to a cynical view of it. If you happen to be a dinosaur nerd, hit me with facts! I'd love to learn more through entertainment.

Obviously I'd be just as happy with a article-type gift as I would be with a story!

I chose original characters because more freedom but if you want to use the Denisons or even characters from the side books, please feel free. I have no preference and I'm happy with whatever you create!


  • What do dinosaurs think go bump in the night?

  • Who are folk heroes to the people of dinotopia?

  • What are strange things they believe - like us and alligators in the sewers and phantom passengers?

  • What sort of pets do they have/what's considered good pet care in Dinotopia where so much of the world has a voice?

  • What is a funeral like in Dinotopia?

  • What do you do if you've lost someone?

  • What is body disposal like for immense animals?

  • What is it like for the rainy basin dinosaurs?

  • We know a great deal about dinosaur culture - what is it like for the mammoths and their ilk up in the mountains? What's unique to them?

  • Who are important Dinotopian historical figures and events?

  • What would future students be taught?

  • What happens when planes and satellites make it easier to find Dinotopia/meet the Dinotopians/rescue castaways?

  • Who are the movers and shakes of Dinotopian culture? In any era?

Fandom: Pocket Monsters | Pokemon (Main Video Game Series)

Worldbuilding: History Lessons (Pokemon Video Games)
Worldbuilding: Ghosts and Paranormal (Pokemon Video Games)
Worldbuilding: Early co-existence (Pokemon Video Games)
Worldbuilding: Conspiracy Theories (Pokemon Video Games)
Worldbuilding: Bizarre Pokedex entries (Pokemon Video Games)

Original Character(s) (Pokemon Video Games)
Original Wild Pokemon Character(s) (Pokemon Video Games)
Original Pokemon Trainer(s) (Pokemon Video Games)
Mimikyu (Pokemon Video Games)

What I'm looking for: The games are SO weird. There's bits and pieces of information that you pick up like puzzle pieces for a puzzle you only have a quarter of in the end and sometimes there's parts of other puzzles and you're left there wondering 'wait, cutiefly does WHAT?'

I'd love to know more of this world - through characters you make up, pokemon you want to explore, trainers, and of course some goodass Mimikyu stuff. Any of this is good! I love ghost pokemon, especially. If I had a RL team I'd have a phantump on it. Her name would be Becky. I also love cubones, marowaks, absols, and cleffas. And igglybuffs. Okay, mostly I just really dislike bewear and stufful. I'm sorry if you're a fan of them, I hope you don't hold this against me and we can still be friends.

If you go the meta route - I would love love love a series of pokedex entries included. Or in the story.

However, any way you choose to pursue would be greatly enjoyed. Thank you!


  • What's important historical events in these worlds?

  • What are children taught about existence with pokemon in school? Early meetings? Early training?

  • New pokemon are discovered all the time in-game. Are there events about that? What were the first pokemon to interact with humans? Are there types that are gone now?

  • Ghost pokemon often have certain origins - who were the first of some of them?

  • A ghost story!

  • In at least one game there's ghosts that are not pokemon, but normal human ghosts. Something with that?

  • What are conspiracy theories that people believe in the pokeverse? Anything about a mysterious truck with a legendary under it? A blue pikachu?

  • Legendaries throughout history?

  • Weird pokefax

  • Mimikyu learning/studying about pikachus

Fandom: Pocket Monsters | Pokemon (Anime)

Worldbuilding: Ghosts and Paranormal (Pokemon anime)
Worldbuilding: Employment of Pokemon (Pokemon anime)
Worldbuilding: Dealing with crimes committed by Pokemon (Pokemon anime)
Worldbuilding: Conspiracy Theories (Pokemon anime)
Worldbuilding: History Lessons (Pokemon anime)

Original Character(s) (Pokemon anime)

What I'm looking for: You may say, hey! You already asked for the videogames! And I will say yes, I certainly did! However! I consider these two versions to be very different!

While the games gleefully tromp into weird and disturbing territory, the anime stays firmly in a utopic, kind state even though it will sometimes drift into sadness. In this world, Phantump probably isn't dead children. Froslass won't eat hikers. You will always get home safe.

So I'd like that kept in mind for fulfilments for these prompts.

There's repeat tags in here, so I'm just going to add stuff for the stuff that's unique tagged to this fandom!

Nothing grim for this one, please, but I'm happy with spooky and exciting.


  • You see pokemon in all sorts of jobs in this world - how does reimbursement for their labour work? What are typical jobs? What are unexpected jobs?

  • There's more than one criminal pokemon in the anime - what do you do with a pokemon that's crimed? Are there famous criminal pokemon?

  • In that vein - pokemon as law enforcement!

  • How do you imprison a criminal pokemon, especially the ones that are ghosts or produce so much heat they can melt through anything?

  • Reminder that my previous prompts re: ghosts, conspiracy theories history lessons, apply here too.

Fandom: World of Warcraft

Worldbuilding: Finding Peace (World of Warcraft)
Worldbuilding: Cultural Exchanges (World of Warcraft)

Original Character(s) (World of Warcraft)
No Characters (World of Warcraft)

What I'm looking for in this: A pretty wide range. I'm relatively new to the game, which means I'm devouring lore and headcanons at a rapid pace. And obviously from my character choices I'd be happy with any characters you choose to use! In fact, feel free to use your pcs if you'd like.

I know WoW plotlines usually end in 'and then there was a patch and dragons ate them who were then eaten by giant bugs who they themselves were stepped by by demons' but I'd like if you write a story for it to end on a happy note.


  • There's been peace in the history of WoW. What the heck was that like?

  • How do you make peace with an enemy?

  • Making peace with people who cannot understand you via language to work together

  • Unlikely team ups

  • The future: What if they run out of war to craft?

  • Throughout the year there's festivals everyone partakes in - how do they spread across the different cultures?

  • Which group started pet battles and how did that get spread?

  • What if gnomes brought the peace?

Fandom: The Chronicles of Chrestomanci - Diana Wynne Jones

Worldbuilding: Previous Holders of the Post of Chrestomanci (Chrestomanci)
Worldbuilding: History Classes (Chrestomanci)
Worldbuilding: Ghosts and the Paranormal (Chrestomanci)

Original Character(s) (Chrestomanci)
No Characters (Chrestomanci)

What I want out of this: I'm a big fan of how structured magic comes off as in the Chrestomanci books, while still being played very loosely in the narration via light details. This leaves a lot of room for exploration.

I also love ghosts and Chrestomanci Castle sounds ripe for a haunting.

Historical accounts from magic users would also be neat.


  • What have previous Chrestomancis been like?

  • Who was the first?

  • Why was the office established?

  • Important historical differences from this world and our own?

  • How does a magic user deal with ghosts?

  • What sort of poltergeist activity happens with young witches and wizards?

  • What do they do when it's not a young witch or wizard but a dead person?

  • Is Chrestomanci Castle haunted?

  • Is it haunted by a previous Chrestomanci?

  • There's so many worlds - what are scary ones in the history books that previous Chrestomancis have visited?
benedict: (pugs not drugs)
I had to make an important announcement to my family today when I realized how at risk I was:

No funko pops for me as gifts, ever.

I understand they're beloved by many but those beady little eyes give me the wiggins and I just realized they were exactly the sort of 'nerd niche object!' that led to my brother giving me batman bobbleheads for years that I quietly rehomed via the thrift shop.
benedict: (comic reading with bearspot)
Storm: "Bring forth a mist to blind their hatred!"

One: I love how she calls out her attacks like a magical girl.
Two: I like the implication she's causing a magic mind attack when all she's doing is making it foggy.
Three: This is why Storm is best and I loved this cartoon.
benedict: An amazingly cute kitten gazes at you. She waves her tiny feet in the air. Her itsybitsy widdle feetsies. (look at her TINY FEET OMG)
I'm trying to create an icon for the Alternate Universe Exchange ([community profile] auexchange) and I'm having a devil of a time choosing a picture of what to use for it.

If anyone would notice, I'd just do Batman and change him to a different AU version every week but that's one of those 'funner in theory, not in practice' things'.

And then I thought, Lego Wonder Woman! And then was like "but people would assume this was heavily lego based? I don't know. What do people assume? Are they the youths now? I found a grey hair. I'm no longer a youth."

At least [community profile] once_upon_fic is easy as always. It already has an icon and for each collection on AO3, I choose a different fairytale illustration. This year we're Red Riding Hood!

Nominations start on the 22nd and I'm very excited.

It is also very exciting to look at the list of collections I have mod status on AO3 and seeing Yuletide there at the bottom...
benedict: (discworld)
First off, what I received:

Jeeves and the Great Old One (1292 words) by Lorelei
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: WODEHOUSE P. G. - Works, Cthulhu Mythos - H. P. Lovecraft
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Bertram "Bertie" Wooster, Reginald Jeeves
Additional Tags: Humor, ToT: Monster Mash

Bertie joins a jolly new club. Jeeves does not approve.

My comments: This is excellent! They actually manage to make Bertie joining a Cthulhu cult fit the tone of the stories and the word use is so good. So good. What a wonderful gift you should all go read.

One Last Job (301 words) by DesertVixen
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Agatha Christie's Poirot (TV), Poirot - Agatha Christie
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Arthur Hastings & Hercule Poirot
Characters: Arthur Hastings
Additional Tags: Trick or Treat 2016, trick - Freeform, Canon Compliant, Post-Curtain Fic, Supernatural Encounter

Hastings discovers maybe Poirot is not quite gone

My comments: Ah! Yes! If Poirot to become a ghost, this is exactly the first thing he'd do, sort out Hastings' life. Poirot had a romantic heart and a fastidious nature and DesertVixen captures that wonderfully.



What the Cluck? (1426 words) by dreamiflame, Rosencrantz
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Original Work
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Unscrupulous Archaeologist, Unscrupulous Antiques Dealer, Haunted Antique, Chicken Ghost
Additional Tags: ToT: Monster Mash, ToT: Extra Treat, ToT: Treat - Freeform, Ghosts, Haunting

Paul thinks his sister Sarah has just brought him another illicit artifact to sell as an antique.

He's so wrong.

My comments: I got overenthusiastic betaing this and was suddenly the co-author. An original fic story about an antiques dealer who really shouldn't sell stolen artifacts. And a ghost chicken.

Janet's Phantom (3796 words) by Rosencrantz
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Chronicles of Chrestomanci - Diana Wynne Jones
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Tonino Montana/Idealized version of Janet Chant, Beginning Julia Chant/Janet Chant
Characters: Tonino Montana, Janet Chant, Julia Chant, Christopher Chant, Millie | Millie Chant
Additional Tags: Ghosts, ToT: Monster Mash, ToT: Chocolate Box, Puppy Love

There's nothing out of the ordinary about ghosts. But when new ones show up, it's time to ask questions.


Tonino loves learning about Janet's world and maybe Janet too. If she needs help, he's there to do his best. And like the heroes in his fantasy books, they don't need magic to bail them out.

My comments: My author made an excellent prompt about the fact that Tonino's fantasy stories in Magicians of Caprona are our world and by relation, Janet's world. So I ran with it. With ghosts, of course.
benedict: (cat peeking)
So yesterday on Halloween I went in for a surgery (nothing serious, it was just something they couldn't do on me normally because I kept panic attacking) and so most of the nurses had some sort of costume on!

Anyway, for the spinal part a nurse was holding me in place/trying to get me to relax my shoulders and he had a bandanna with devil horns on it. As they did a drug in the iv and the world went swirly, I said: "thanks, Satan"

I've been doing gaming in-between homework and World of Warcraft and Yo-Kai Watch have been keeping me pretty occupied.

I'm really enjoying Yo-Kai Watch! I was going to put this part on my gaming tumblr but I don't remember my tumblr password and I'm on a computer not logged into it. So enjoy it here.

The premise is you're a kid looking for bugs for their school collection and you accidentally free a yo-kai who decides to become your butler and get you to make friends with others. Then sinister stuff starts happening.

It's close enough to pokemon I know what to do, but it's also got a lot in common with a favourite game series of mine, Professor Layton (same developer) and it turns out that the protagonists you choose at the start are actually different. The boy is goofy and the girl is a straight man so if I want to replay, I can do it as the other and get a different experience.

I'm having trouble with a boss battle right now but I think I can lick it. It's a giant pigman who fights you while naked elderly men dance behind him in a bathhouse.

I'm trying to take his underwear.
benedict: (pugs not drugs)
There's been a pretty serious loss in my family which has resulted in me hiding away in my room for the past few days.

Due to a misunderstanding of someone else drinking most of the whiskey that I'd left out after having a sip (it was blackberry flavoured) my mother thought those days hiding were actually spent drunkenly passed out.

I did get to share with her my first rule of grief! 'Don't get drunk.' I learned from my past that has never, ever helped anything.

My second rule is never eat or watch a favourite food or movie, in case of associating.

My third is comfy clothing.

I've also gained some new roommates: Mice.

As punishment for being the only apartment in the building without cats, a bunch decided to move in, eat my leftover holiday chocolate which was on a shelf, eat my ramen which was in a drawer, and pee all over my cutlery out of what appears to be totally unnecessary spite.

I attempted to open negotiations with one I saw, failed, and brought in a cat to play the heavy.

Next step: disinfecting every single drawer and some live mouse traps to send them into a new life in the countryside.

The powers that do not be said: He is sad. He needs a distraction.

And then solved it with all the grace of a one legged hippo.
benedict: (yuletide)
Hey! Thank you so much for wanting to write for me! Yuletide is one of my favourite times of the year and the fun of giving and getting is a huge part of it.

Here's my deets! I love all these fandoms and characters equally so whatever you go with, know I'll be utterly delighted.


  1. Fashion Star Fillies

  2. Murder, She Wrote

  3. Transformers: Beast Wars

  4. Pyramids by Terry Pratchett

  5. City of Heroes

  6. Die unendliche Geschichte | The Neverending Story - Michael Ende

Likes: humour fic, adventure fic, family fic, spooky fic, mystery fic, what happened next fic, romance fic, worldbuilding fic, combinations thereof fic
Do Not Likes: Rape, dubcon, underage, slavery.

On with the prompts! )
benedict: (pugs not drugs)
Hi! I'm Rosencrantz on AO3 and I'm really glad you've decided to write for me and I look forward to what you create! Here's some prompts/ideas!

For every fandom, I chose trick or treat, so I'm happy to get fluff OR scary. I prefer spooky over gore. I'm happy with gen or any type of pairing.

Have fun!

Likes: Kissing, good times, adventure, mystery, spooky, ghosts, family, puzzles.
Do Not Wants: Rape, dubcon, underage, slavery.


  1. X-Men: The Animated Series: Gambit, Wolverine

  2. Jeeves and Wooster: Bertie, Jeeves

  3. Star Trek DS9: Jake, Nog

  4. Monster High: Neighthan Rot, Viperine Gorgon, Honey Swamp, Elle Eedee

  5. The Princess and the Frog: Tiana, Naveen

  6. Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Kit Fisto, Aayla Secura

  7. Agatha Christie's Poirot: Poirot, Arthur Hastings, Ariadne Oliver

X-Men The Animated Series, Jeeves and Wooster, Star Trek DS9, Monster High, The Princess and the Frog, Clone Wars, and Poirot! )
benedict: (birds: pals)
This past exchange season I signed up for space swap and ran Once Upon a Fic Exchange. My own exchange went really well! The bumps it experienced were incredibly minor and my participants were wonderful as usual. If I could change anything, I'd start advertising a lot sooner and try to rev up more people. We had about the same amount of people and fics as last time and that's really manageable, but I do wonder what it'd be like if it got bigger.

Without further ado, here's the fun stories I received as gifts:


Squirrels in Space (1021 words) by guineamania
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Nancy Whitehead, Doreen Green, Tony Stark, Tippy-Toe
Additional Tags: Humor, space, Kidnapping

Doreen and Nancy are kidnapped by a group of hostile aliens, but who will come to their rescue?

MY COMMENTS: Haha! There was a lot of cute in this story. The mental image of the squirrels (safely) floating past the window made the entire fic. I'm delighted that my Squirrel Girl prompt got filled. Also really happy my author chose Nancy as the narrator.

A Splendid Princess (1615 words) by Chocolatepot
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Les Fées | Diamonds and Toads - Charles Perrault
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Good Sister (Diamonds and Toads), Original Characters, Original Female Character(s), Original Male Character(s)
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - 1920s, Fluff, Tooth-Rotting Fluff, Royalty

Life seemed to be whirling and whirling around her, happening on its own without any reference to what she preferred. Teddy was the only thing that kept her on track during those days.

MY COMMENTS: A fairy-tale 1920s au! A flapper princess! And just what I asked for, a what happens next. Love the family rallying around her, and the character given to the prince. The time period is used well, with the great depression countering her magical gifts.


This is the section where I'd usually post my own contributions to the exchanges, but unfortunately things did not go well for me. I don't want to get into it, but I wasn't able to complete either of my stories. I do have the notes saved away though, just in case...

But I was very lucky and got two wonderful stories even though my life went to heck. I'm so grateful for my authors and I loved my stories.

Hidey ho!

2/4/16 02:41
benedict: (owl wink)
Oh man, oh man.

So like, I have two major things to do:

I have to write my Once Upon Fic (I have over a thousand words done for it, but it still feels like I haven't even started!) and *start* my Space_Swap (exciting, exciting) so I'm planning a nice writer's retreat day for me at a coffee shop with a playlist and my email blocked.

There's a plugin for that, I think!

I saw half a comedy show tonight! It was male stripper themed (my first hint was when I realized I was one of like, three men there. My second hint was that it was called the Comic Strippers) and kinda funny but they talked over themselves so much I couldn't make out anything and then I was like so loud! Too loud! I must go to a Tim Horton's to regain hit points.

I'm very proud of my mother, she gave me her van keys without screaming in terror like she used to when I asked if I could drive it! We're growing as people. Despite rules of comedy, I did not run into anything.

I'm planning another call of cthulhu session starting this sunday which is REALLY short notice, I know, but contact me if you want in! Character creation consists of choosing if you're a 'strong' (physically strong, low intelligence, high Idea), medium (medium everything but also psychic), or weak (physically weak, very intelligent), a name, and a quick bio. If you want to give me like, two pages of bio that's fine too. I have one player who does that and she is a delight.

Oh, trip update: I got home safe! I didn't see the stingrays due to bad weather but I know they missed me just as much I missed them. One day, my loves.

One day.

My next trip is going over to Winnipeg (it's across from us, not up or down!) to see some Fringe Festival plays. I'm keeping it low key for the rest of the year, so nothing that isn't a a few hours away at most.

Considering going on a rock digging thing that a local town does, as I've renewed interest in rock collecting! But you know. Nature. There's bugs out there.

Hopefully nice photos of my collection sometime! I have some really pretty rocks that no matter what one of my sellers tried to tell me, does not have magical powers. Especially the opalite which is made of *glass*.
benedict: (read my latest)
I have been remiss! I have received wonderful fic and not shared as well as written fic and not mentioned.

First, the gifts:

A Space Cases fic! A Harlan/Radu that scratches the itch just right so no longer do I need to request it.

The Deepest Rivers (3306 words) by carolinecrane
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Space Cases (TV)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Harlan Band/Radu (Space Cases)
Characters: Harlan Band, Radu (Space Cases)

Somehow the Christa always knows what her crew needs, even when they don't know it themselves. So when Harlan needs a little push in the right direction, the Christa is happy to oblige.

A Batman/Riddler fic! Banter, Riddler going good. Chocobox was a rewarding experience.

 A New Dawn (486 words) by DoreyG
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: DC Animated Universe, Batman: The Animated Series
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Edward Nygma/Bruce Wayne, Batman/Riddler
Characters: Edward Nygma, Bruce Wayne
Additional Tags: treat, Flirting, Reformed Eddie, Developing Relationship, Crushes

"Nygma," Batman starts, through teeth so gritted it's a wonder that they don't snap off, "if I have to get you out of this sort of situation one more time-"


Some comedy:

 5 Episodes That CSI's Ratings Were Never Low Enough To Air (1371 words) by Rosencrantz
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Gil Grissom, Warrick Brown, Sara Sidle, Catherine Willows, Jim Brass, Greg Sanders, Nick Stokes
Additional Tags: 5 Things, Tropes

Tonight on CSI: You won't believe what happens! x5

Featuring those beloved television tropes:

Evil doubles
Turned into children
Time travel
Identical cousin from England
Musical episode

Seeking Love Interest (501 words) by Jean Cabot
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Original Work
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Original Character/Original Character
Characters: Original Female Character(s), Original Male Character(s)
Additional Tags: Tropes, Personal Ads, Romance, failure - Freeform

How to tell if a main character is answering your personals ad.

A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Lost Light (276 words) by Rosencrantz
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Transformers (IDW Generation One)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Drift | Deadlock/Ratchet
Characters: Ratchet (Transformers), Drift | Deadlock
Additional Tags: Missing Scene, Missing Persons, Missing in Action, Lists

I write to you, hunched over my desk, asking what we are all asking - where is Drift and Ratchet? As of MTMTE #50, I still do not know. I worry about them.

Here is where they might be.

A romance:

 And There She Was (2018 words) by Rosencrantz
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Dragon Age: Inquisition
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Female Hawke/Varric Tethras
Characters: Varric Tethras, Female Hawke, Female Inquisitor (Dragon Age)
Additional Tags: Post-Here Lies the Abyss, Dwarf/Human Relationship(s), Ambiguous Female Inquisitor, Diplomatic Hawke, Internal Monologue

Sure, in some timelines he didn't carpe that diem, but in this one when Hawke walked out of that rift...

Two-Booted Tales Sequel:

Puss and the Little Lady (6231 words) by dreamiflame, Jean Cabot
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Le Maître Chat ou Le Chat Botté | Master Cat; or Puss in Boots - Charles Perrault, Tommelise | Thumbelina - Hans Christian Andersen
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: le Chat botté | Puss in Boots, Muldvarp | Mole (Tommelise | Thumbelina), Markmusen | Field Mouse (Tommelise | Thumbelina), Skruptudse | Toad (Tommelise | Thumbelina), Skruptudsens søn | Toad's Son (Tommelise | Thumbelina), Tommelise | Thumbelina, Tommelises Mor | Thumbelina's Mother, Jack (Jack and the Beanstalk), Kisa (Sagan af kisu kóngsdóttur | Kisa the Cat)
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Noir, Fairy Tale Retellings, Typical Noir Housecat Violence, Alternate Universe - Prohibition Era
Series: Part 4 of Two-Booted Tales

With his homelife in sudden slobbery upheaval, Puss takes on a new case: A little lady who puts a new spin on 'little' that's gone missing.

Warning: The story of Thumbelina involves a lot of rude, and edible, small animals. Puss is tragically a slave to his nature, but that won't stop him from solving the case.

benedict: (narnia)
I've already complained multiple times in multiple places about how horrible the Angry Birds trailer was (involuntary urine consumption joke jesus creesus) so I'm not going to explain that whole scene again if only for my own own soul.

I was up to a movie double feature today which is super rare because usually I'm not even up to ONE movie.

I saw Kung Fu Panda 3 first and it was exactly what I was expecting but I was expecting good things so that was a perfect match up. And more goose dad! And some great Tigress scenes. Now there just needs to be more Viper scenes and we're good.

Zootopia was neat! No one told me it was a cop movie and they should have! I wasn't sure if I'd like the fox but then it turned out I loved the fox so thumbs up. It was really beautifully animated - from the moment the protagonist fully sees the city, to Mr. Big's fingers.

It was a Good Choice.

OH I was just thinking of what was a plot hole in Zootopia but just realized it's not a plot hole at all once you remember a side-detail that was given about the character.

Excellent. Excellent!


benedict: The hamster is saying bollocks. It is a scornful hamster (Default)
Hamster. Gentleman adventurer.

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