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2010-05-05 10:50 pm
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Fandom Summer: Redux

I was so excited to claim a story in this year's [ profile] spn_j2_bigbang that I set my alarm for 5:30am and slept with my phone next to my ear in case I got the lj to text before my alarm went off. It turns out that I had impeccable timing (for once!) and got the text not more than 10 seconds after the alarm went off. I've got a full Big Bang plate this summer with artwork for 2 stories for the [ profile] stargate_summer challenge, at least 1 (and perhaps another) for [ profile] spn_j2_bigbang and a potential signup for the [ profile] tardis_bigbang coming up.

I've been reading in a mix of fandoms lately, here's a smattering of some of my recent favorites:

So Wise We Grow by [ profile] captanddeastar. Star Trek (2009) Kirk/Spock, 82.082 words, PG-13. "Commander Spock, we have located your son," the Vulcan lady on the screen says, which would be great, except Jim can tell by the look on Spock's face that he's never heard of this kid before in his life. "If it is expedient, the child will be sent to join you on the Enterprise within the week."

Kidfic, which I totally love as a trope anyway, is so much better when its a Vulcan kid with a Vulcan dad. This is one of those great, they start out as best friends and slowly fall in love stories. It;s long, wonderfully paced, thoroughly enjoyable, and guaranteed to make your day.

Ghost Story by [personal profile] mad_maudlin. Torchwood, Jack/Ianto, 70.098 words, PG-13. I called out. "Would you like to hear a ghost story?"

For a moment Jack didn't move, and I knew he'd recognized my voice. After a moment he said, flatly, "I don't believe in ghosts."

"It's a complicated story," I admitted, and pulled the watch from my pocket by the chain. "And it starts with 'Long ago and far away.'"

An ingenius fix it fic for Children of Earth, it's a great twist on the someone is a timelord trope, and a fabulously intricate retelling of many of the events we love to hate in Torchwood.
cali: (J-squared)
2009-07-17 11:47 pm
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[ profile] spn_j2_bigbang Art Post - Terraform by [personal profile] gilascave

Story title: Terraform
Author name: [ profile] gilascave
Pairing: Jared/Jensen
Summary: Jensen works for the Terraformation Department, monitoring a planet almost ready for settlement. Jared is a bartender new to the station, who decides to make Jensen his own personal project. Will he succeed, or is Jared hiding a more sinister purpose? And with Jensen's own secrets to hide, will it ultimately matter?
Art Notes: I have a thing for sci-fi stories. Terraform satisfied my sci-fi love in so many ways. I love the universe [ profile] zortified created, and her characterization for Jared and Jensen is wonderfully unique and layered. I loved the complexity of this story, and how smoothly put together it is. And I also just love, how very much of a love story it is too. I highly recommend checking it out!

As for the art I had a great time doing this one. It was probably the most challenging, being set so far in the future, so I spent a lot of time searching for the right clothes, and the right background. In the end, I am just super pleased with how the art turned out. I was captivated by the haunting loneliness of that first scene with Jensen, and I just wanted to capture all of those feelings as best I could.

art inside! )
cali: (J-squared)
2009-07-14 12:18 pm
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[ profile] spn_j2_bigbang Art Post - In Harm's Way by by gatorgrrrl

Story title: In Harm's Way
Author name: [ profile] gatorgrrrl
Pairing: Jared/Jensen
Summary: Dr. Jared Padalecki just wants to live a quiet life. There's only one problem: He's caught the attention of CIA Officer Jensen Ackles (a.k.a. Tom Delaney), who has discovered that Jared is the perfect man for the job. What is the job? Infiltrating the inner circle of Alain Laurent, terrorist banker extraordinaire, who's been in Jensen's sights for months, but always just out of reach. But as Jensen draws Jared into his web of deception, they both discover that in the game of espionage, all is not what it seems and that sometimes, being someone else can help you discover who you really are.

Art Notes: I cannot say enough good things about how spectacular this story is. It's long, incredibly well developed, has fantastic scene setting and real, dimensional side characters, and best of all it's SPIES. This universe just drew me in immediately, and I knew i have to make something really big for the art. This is such a big story, and I love it to death. I can only hope that my art does it some justice.

art inside! )
cali: (tw: jack/ianto)
2009-07-08 02:37 am


I have been holding off on Torchwood until next week, when I can watch it with some friends of a friend (two girls who are so ripe for fandom it's not even funny. In fact I suspect they already are in fandom and I am trying to figure out how to drop that hint.) But these cut tags are killing me!

To make up for it I've been making my way through the [ profile] tardis_bigbang entries and have a couple recs:

For Captain and Cardiff by [ profile] blackhemlock. Gen-ish Jack/Ianto, 43.000 words, PG-13. "At midnight, a nationwide security alert was sent out... Torchwood London, demands all agencies' cooperation in issuing an arrest warrant for Ianto Merric Jones, 24, of Cardiff." Torchwood Three's Archivist has gone rogue. But, he does have a very good reason, and he looks stunning in his new suit.

A fun adventure story in which Ianto is competent, saves the day, and meets the Doctor.

Guard Them, and Him Within by [ profile] etharei. Jack/Ianto, 38.000 words, NC-17. Ianto Jones finds himself far from home. But there are guns, aliens, and more Strange Happenings than one can shake a stick at, so sometimes it’s like he hasn’t left. Of stories within stories, and the adventures of small characters.

This is such a fantastic sci-fi story in the best possible sci-fi tradition. It features time-traveling Ianto, one of my very favorite plots, but instead of being cliched, [ profile] etharei really made the story her own, and the result is utterly original in concept and execution. The world building is fantastic, thorough, and spooky, and the mythology is so cool. I also love the original characters, which is high praise for any work of fan fiction.

And Indeed There Will Be Time by [ profile] kaydeefalls. Jack/Ianto, 43.000 words, R. In 1919, Harriet Derbyshire was killed while investigating the disappearance of Torchwood Four in Dublin. In 2009, UNIT pulls a dying man out of the Irish Sea with a one-word message: Torchwood. Martha joins up with Jack's team in Cardiff to track down the errant branch of the organization – before a time-traveling race of aliens can change the course of history as we know it.

This is also a time-traveling Ianto story, and like Guard Them, and Him Within, it is brilliantly executed. Utterly unique in the plotting, this felt exactly like the best of the Who/Torchwood episodes. It was gripping, wonderfully characterized, and I love this Ianto with all of my heart. He's smart, and competent, and adaptable even in the toughest situations.

This is just one of those perfect stories for me, it was fantastically plotted; I loved each and every one of the characters, and it was wonderfully inventive. Stories like this, that use canon as a jumping off point and then take it to a whole new level are the reason I love fanfic.
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2009-06-22 10:18 am

[ profile] stargate_summer Art Post: A Loose Bolt in a Complete Machine

Story title: A Loose Bolt in a Complete Machine [sequel to The Advantages of Mind Reading]
Author name: [ profile] theemdash
Pairing: Jack/Daniel
Summary: SG-1 returns to Tekhne, a planet they visited a year before (shortly before Daniel Ascended). They return at the request of Gerard, a man who is seeking asylum on Earth for himself and his brother. Once SG-1 arrives on Tekhne, they find that they're going to have to break Gerard's brother Jacob out of a political prison. Things go south when the revolutionaries choose this ill-timed moment to attack the capitol, and SG-1 is pinned down in the middle of it. The revolutionaries capture Daniel and Jack's priorities shift from rescuing Gerard's brother to rescuing Daniel. . . .

It's a story about firefights, Ascension, figuring out your place after a long absence, and of course, being able to IM someone's brain.

Art Notes: NSFW content! I love Jack/Daniel so much. Like, when I first got into SG-1 I am pretty sure I read every single Jack/Daniel story out there, so when I saw the [ profile] stargate_summer challenge come up I jumped at the chance to take part in anything that could earn me more Jack/Daniel. And this story is so fun! Exactly the kind of long plotty adventure fic I love the Stargate fandoms for.

art inside! )
cali: (J-squared)
2009-06-16 07:52 am
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[ profile] spn_j2_bigbang Art Post - Caught Inside by [personal profile] topaz119

Story title: Caught Inside
Author name: [ profile] topaz119
Pairing: Steve/Jensen/Chris, Jared/Jeff (some interim Jensen/Jeff and Steve/Chris)
Summary: Steve's been gone for a year now, but every time they talk, he tells Jensen he'd love it on Maui, that there's always room for him. Jensen takes him up on the offer, finally, but there's a strange guy in the house and playing the odd-man-out isn't exactly what Jensen had in mind. There's not much left for him in LA, though, so he lets Steve talk him into staying for a while and finds himself stuck between what he wants and what he has.

Art Notes: This story is SO GOOD you guys. Surfer AU! In Maui no less! With Jeff and Sandy and Daneel and Jared and everyone being so awesome well drawn that there is no way my art could ever do it justice. I gave it a shot though, so here goes. With all of the pictures, click to embiggen!

art inside! )
cali: (lounging)
2009-06-04 10:40 pm
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home again

Silk Lanterns, Hoi An Vietnam

Whew, I just got back from 2 weeks in Vietnam (which was such an amazing country, I hope I can go back soon). I doubt I'll ever be able to catch up on my friendslist, but I'm going to give it a shot anyway. Have I missed any exciting new fic?

cali: (Dean and Sam)
2009-05-15 12:45 am
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Big Bang, Justin Timberlake, SPN

- Art has been acheived for both of my [ profile] spn_j2_bigbang stories and OMG you guys, I lucked out BIG TIME! Check out these amazing summaries:

Author: [ profile] zortified
Artist: [ profile] insane_songbird and [ profile] theantimodel
Title: Terraform
Summary: Jensen works on the Hermes V station, monitoring the planet below as it is terraformed for human settlement. His life changes when the planet's settlers begin to arrive, but even more so when the station's new bartender arrives. Soon Jensen begins to suspect there is more to Jared than he's telling -- but what is his secret, and what will happen when Jensen discovers the truth?

Author: [ profile] gatorgrrrl
Artist: [ profile] theantimodel
Final title: In Harm's Way
Rating: NC-17
Pairing: Jensen/Jared
Summary: Dr. Jared Padalecki just wants to live a quiet life. There's only one problem: He's caught the attention of CIA Officer Jensen Ackles (a.k.a. Tom Delaney), who has discovered that Jared is the perfect man for the job. What is the job? Infiltrating the inner circle of Alain Laurent, terrorist banker extraordinaire, who's been in Jensen's sights for months, but always just out of reach. But as Jensen draws Jared into his web of deception, they both discover that in the game of espionage, all is not what it seems and that sometimes, being someone else can help you discover who you really are.

Sci-Fi and Spy AUs! And I got to read them FIRST! And trust me they are both amazing. I literally cannot wait until the whole world gets to read them.

- I have been bizarrely obsessed with the uncensored version of Justin Timberlake (and Adam Sandberg)'s Mother Lover. Seriously, there's something weirdly hot about Justin singing about fucking.

Sharing the Love: Mother Lover - mp3

- Supernatural season finale: OMG OMG OMG. Sam! Dean! I can't believe we have to wait until next fall!

Semi-related: my straight male friend who I watch SPN with every week was the first to call out how gay Dean and Castiel are for each other. I told him that was supposed to be my line, but he totally agrees that this is the best and gayest show ever. Oh show!
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2009-05-05 08:20 pm
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Song Meme


1. Reply to this post and I'll assign you a letter.
2. List (and upload) 5 songs that begin with that letter.
3. Post them to your journal with these instructions.

[personal profile] crookedhalo gave me the letter L (even typing that phrase gives me Sesame Street flashbacks!)

right click, save as

1. Lessons Learned From Rocky 1 to Rocky III - Cornershop
There's this one scene in the first season of Smallville where Lex is speeding down the road listening to this awesome song (bonus: Wogs Will Walk) and I hunted down the band and bought their album. Handcream For a Generation is my number one zoning out at work album. It's not too lyrically intensive, the songs flow together, and it's upbeat.

2. Lollipop (remix) - Lil Wayne ft. T-Pain
This is the sexiest remix. I was so so on the original version but this one is straight aural sex.

3. Look Out Young Son - Grand Ole Party
The best band no one's ever heard of. They're from San Diego and put on a damned good show. See them live!

4. Love and Sex and Magic - Ciara ft. Justin Timberlake
The first time I heard this song on the radio I knew it was Justin within the first 5 seconds just from the way he says "yeah".

5. L.A. - Christian Kane
This is the full version of the song Lindsey sings in Lorne's club in Angel. I was over the freaking moon the when I came across the full version.
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2009-05-04 05:49 pm
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Fandom Summer

I signed up as an artist for this year's [ profile] spn_j2_bigbang. I am so full of ideas just from the prompt, I can't wait to start working on the art.

Unrelated: I just got word that my friend was able to get pro-registration at comic con for me so it looks like I'll be down there. Anyone else planning on being down there? I'd love to meet up!
cali: (sex)
2008-12-16 12:49 pm
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Fan Mix: Up Against the Wall

So [ profile] rageprufrock asked for porny sex songs. It's possible that I went a little overboard, but still, who doesn't like hot sex songs?

Here's my mix, with a cover that is so, so NSFW )
cali: (rose mcgowan)
2008-12-11 06:49 pm
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Merlin = <3

Like seemingly everyone else in the known fandom universe, I too have fallen quite heavily for Merlin.

Their intertwined destiny! The absolutely epic slashiness of it all! Oh show!

Other things that are making me happy right now:

• T.I.'s new album Paper Trails , especially these three songs:

[ T.I feat Rihanna - Live Your Life ] -- mp3
[ T.I. - Whatever You Like ] -- mp3
[ T.I. feat. Justin Timberlake - Dead and Gone ] -- mp3

• Kanye West's new album 808s and Heartbreak:

[ Kanye - Heartless ] -- mp3

• Lil Wayne: uh, pretty much everything he touches, to my unending embarassment. Most recently:

[ Lil Wayne - Mrs. Officer ] -- mp3

• This entire season of Supernatural. Dear god. As soon as In the Beginning aired I just. It's all coming together this season, isn't it? And I'm loving every minute of it. I've even managed to recruit 3 new fans to both SPN and Battlestar Galactica. I've been telling my stupid friends about both of those shows for 3.5+ years and they've finally come over to the fan side. Vindication!
cali: (atlantis)
2008-10-07 02:47 pm
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Art Post:Terminator: the Atlantis Chronicles

The [ profile] paintedspires Halloween art challenge totally inspired me to bust out the photoshop and put my l33t skillz to the test. Check it out:

Title: John Sheppard: T-888
Rating: PG
Medium: Digital, Photoshop
Spoilers: None
Notes: I really have no idea where this came from but this challenge inspired me. Terminator: the Atlantis Chronicles

cali: (david bowie makes everything better)
2008-05-28 05:31 pm
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+ I'm actually not sure as many people on my flist posted about the 2004 presidential election as they have the lj election, but it worked: I voted with all 200 of my sockpupet journals, and have been disgusted by [ profile] jameth et al's lulzy anti-fandom campaign.

+ I had LASIK last week, it's pretty crazy to not have glasses on after wearing them from fourth grade until last week. My face feels empty! Still, it's pretty rad to have peripheral vision again, and to know that I'm not dependent on a breakable object if I want to see anything. In the interests of resting my eyes though, I've gotten into a new corner of fandom: [ profile] podslash and fanfic audio books, specifically. I had heard of the community before, but hadn't ever tried listening to any fanfic turned podcast before. It's so cool to hear it read aloud! Favorites include:

+ I'm also proving to be a sucker for a great many of the current pop/r&b hits and in the interests of sharing the love, have uploaded a zip file of many of them. [ download ] -- zip, 219mb, 36 songs all 224kpbs

Highlights include: Chris Brown, DJ Felli Fel, Gnarls Barkley, Jane Jackson, Jordin Sparks, Leona Lewis Lil Mama, Madonna, Mariah, Natasha Bedingfield, Nelly, Rihnanna, and Usher. Enjoy!
cali: (Default)
2008-01-01 12:01 pm

a few admin type notes

On file sharing:
Drop a comment here to be added to my uploads filter. If you're looking for media all of my past posts are organized by fandom in the tags list to your right. I usually remove the links from those posts every two weeks or so but with the exeption of some tv shows I usually have the files saved on my harddrive so if you've missed it let me know and I'll re-upload it.

Also, consider this post to be a suggestion box/request list, if there are any mp3s or files or whatever else that you think I might have, feel free to ask and I'll try to find it for you.

On Webhosts:
I switched over to Dreamhost for webhosting and not only are they really responsive, they let their customers give out promo codes with discounts. So if any of you are looking for webhosting they're offering a years hosting with 23.2GB disk space and 960GB of bandwidth per month for $22.50 for the whole year. Just use the promo code: KILLERSTAR when you checkout, and make sure you've chosen the yearly payment plan. Fucking awesome, no?
cali: (Default)
2007-12-24 06:02 pm

[breaking radio silence] Happy Holidays!

I'm stoked about the new year and I hope everyone is having a fun, safe, stress free holiday.

Here's a mix to get your dance on to (heavy on the fun, electro-pop)

[download] -- zip, 20 songs, 96mb
cali: (Default)
2007-07-29 08:13 pm

Comic Con!

I'm exhausted from this past couple weeks (short version: gave notice at my job and celebrated my last day on Wednesday, lost my debit card on friday right before heading to the airport, flew to San Diego for Comic Con, have had 3 hours of sleep/night for past 3 nights.) But I kinda figured, what better way to celebrate my current unemployment with a trip to San Diego and the chance to geek out over comics, Warren Ellis, and Winchesters, than venturing down to San Diego for Comic Con?

I was able to get a primo front and center seat for the Supernatural panel by sitting through an intriguing Q&A session with Laurell K Hamilton (whose books I have never read and man is she intense!) and an absolutely hilarious Family Guy panel (Seth MacFarlane et al. are adorable and v. v. funny, now I can't wait for the new season to start.)

My photos from the Supernatural panel are up on flickr here.

My highlights from the panel: (possible spoilers, absolutely nothing specific)  )

In short: Jensen is a very, very pretty man. I was bummed that Jared didn't make it (he was filming SPN until 6am the night day before and missed his flight) Kripke and the writers all rock hardcore. I love how dedicated they are to producing quality tv each week and how all of them are just super excited about where the show is going in the coming seasons. It's pretty clear that they all love their jobs and the show, and it's pretty awesome that they've been picking up such awesome writers (like Ben who started writing in Season 2 and said that he fell in love with the show during season 1.)

Also: I shook Warren Ellis' hand! eeee!
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2007-06-22 04:46 pm
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hello! and recs

Oops! I meant to post this to [ profile] anti_recs my recs lj, but while I'm at it: hello y'all! [ profile] spn_j2_bigbang has really helped spark my fannish flames as it were and I'm hoping to make my way back to being more active on lj :D I have an insane backlog of recs to catch up on, most of these stories are relatively new, but some may be older. I'll hopefully be posting more regularly soon.

In that spirit: have some recs! )
cali: (spn: dean and sam)
2007-01-28 10:52 pm
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sometimes I even amaze myself

In my entire life I can't think of a single thing I've done where I've been instantly good at it without some sort of effort involved. Until yesterday when I found out that I am, apparently, an awesome marks(wo)man. I went to a shooting range with 3 friends, picked up my very first gun ever, and outshot all three of them (and most of the other shooters at the range.)

How incredibly rad is that? I have always liked the idea of guns, seen the appeal and all that (Hello, John Sheppard.) So it was pretty brilliant to find out that my theoretical appreciation of target shooting may really turn out to be an applied appreciation for it.

I am curious though, I know a good amount of time has been spent admiring Sheppard's thigh holsters and the like, but do any of you ever go shooting? If so what kind of guns do you use and/or own?

For posterity, I totally took cell phone pictures of one of my targets and have been showing my friends all weekend. This one was a .22 but I also shot a Glock 9mm and a .38 Special revolver all of which were pretty fun, next time I'm going to try out a .44 and a couple other 9mm brands.

This is what my target looked like at the end. Out of 23 shots all 23 hit the target somewhere within points range, and all but 1 hit in the 9 and 10 point range. I beleive this was my first target of the day.
pictures! )
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2006-11-19 06:19 pm
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I find myself in the weird position of feeling like I have one foot in the proverbial fandom door and one out. I think it's been about a month and a half since I last posted and I almost feel like I have too much to say now that it's been so long. My life has been incredibly hectic and over the past month and a half I've moved, changed jobs twice, and am thinking about moving again. I wish I could say that all of the business has been good and productive, but I don't really think it has.

I made arrangements, before my trip to Europe, to move in with a friend of mine. He is recently divorced and has two kids who would be there part time. Unfortunately, when I returned, him and his two part time kids turned into him, his two kids, his manipulative girlfriend and her horrid, obnoxious, demon spawn of a child. If they were out of the picture, I think the roommate situation would be perfectly fine, but it's not and I've only been here for a month.

The brighter side of my life right now is my new job. I actually have a real, full time, adult job with benefits and a retirement fund and all sorts of crazy stuff. I'm the event planner at a really fantastic local non-profit with an annual operating budget of over 2.5 million dollars (!!!) I still can't believe they hired me. It's not my long time career goal but it is pretty much my pre-grad school dream job and it's going to look fabulous on any resumé.

In an effort to feel a little more involved with fandom, I'd like to invite all of you to give me your contact info so I can send you holiday cards. I've been wonderfully domestic of late, with lots of baking, cooking, and sewing projects and while I doubt I'll make my own cards from scratch this year, I do have some pretty awesome cards to send out and I'd love to share.

[Poll #871462]

Oh hey, and, in completely random news, yesterday I posed naked for a photographer friend who is making a book of photos of naked dead zombies. His girlfriend did the makeup and I laid in a muddy drainage ditch under an old wooden bridge for an hour while they covered me in fake blood and dirt and took crime scene style photos. It was the awesomest.