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[personal profile] cinco suggested this panel and we both had SO MUCH FUN putting it together. Thank you to [personal profile] bironic for helping with subtitles, all of the vidders, and everyone who attended & patiently dealt with our technical issues.

Here's the list of vids we showed, including the few we had to skip due to time constraints:
so much singing! )

You can download all of the subs we created here (Mediafire). To use them, make sure they're in the same folder as the vid file and that the file names match (e.g., bironic-Starships.mp4 and bironic-Starships.srt).
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Heya, friends!

I attended con.txt last weekend and it was, as always, a delight. I have several panel write-ups to do and will be tackling them in order of least- to most-complex.

Without further ado, here are all of the clues [personal profile] jrho and I came up with for Fannish Pictionary:

all hope abandon ye who enter here )

please, please, please link us if you write fic based off of any of these prompts :D?
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This is the writeup for the [livejournal.com profile] bitchinparty 2016 Fun With Inverted Tropes panel, hosted by your mods [personal profile] corbae and [personal profile] torra. We had an awesome crowd show up--thank you all for making our panel great!
Background )
Why Inverted Tropes? )
How Do They Work? )
What Have We Seen? What Do We Want to See? )
Other Topics )
Recs! )
More Inverted Tropes Recs (Not By Us) )

Do you have more recs or tropes you want to see inverted? Do you have a link for something we missed? Let us know in the comments!

Yuletide!

Dec. 31st, 2015 06:24 pm
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 I received the most delightful Rivers of London casefic for Yuletide!

A Conspiracy of Ravens (5732 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Rivers of London - Ben Aaronovitch
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Peter Grant/Thomas Nightingale
Characters: Peter Grant, Thomas Nightingale
Additional Tags: Case Fic, Birds, magical treason, Getting Together
Summary:

When ravens start disappearing from the Tower of London, Peter and Nightingale visit someone from the latter's past to find out what's going on.


I seriously loved it so much--the character voices are perfect, the plot is great, it's everything I could have wanted :D
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Hey, Santa friend!

I am stealing this from all of y'all in case you need some ideas.

Here are some things I like:
  • chocolate of all kinds
  • black and herbal teas
  • coffee
  • every baked good I've encountered
  • art of all kinds! especially things with cute animals, sea life, space! and space nerdery
  • autumn colors, because I have wayyyy too many blue/purple/black things
  • but if you want to get me blue/purple/black things I would obvy love them (I have such a weakness ;__;)
  • books & book recommendations
  • (for nonfiction, I would especially like books about folklore, fancy mixed drinks, or papercraft)
  • movies & movie recommendations
  • ur most awesome mixtape
  • fancy notebooks

I'm not so excited about:
  • bracelets, rings, and necklaces
  • knit hats & scarves
  • art supplies

<3

p.s. [personal profile] cinco and [personal profile] v_greyson should have my address if you need it
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Hello, dear Yulewriter!

Thank you for writing for me! I can’t wait to read the story you come up with. If you already have an idea for one of these fandoms, go for it! However, if you'd like a prompt then I hope this post helps.

My online presence is pretty locked down, but you can see my public bookmarks on my Pinboard or my Ao3.

On to the letter! )

Thank you again for your story! As always, optional details are optional. I truly love all of these canons and the characters I nominated and can’t wait to see what you come up with, whether or not it’s based on one of my prompts.
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I've been taking a few walks lately, so I decided to start logging my distance for the Walk to Mordor challenge.

Today I took a lovely walk on a greenway that starts near my neighborhood. There were lots of flowers: spring beauty, yellow jessamine, violets, and buttercups, and the redbuds and dogwoods are blooming, too. There were a ton of blackberry brambles along the trail, but the buds are still forming. I saw cardinals, something that was probably a blue jay, a couple mallards, a sparrow, a tufted titmouse, a bunch of turtles (yellow-bellied sliders?), and an incredibly loud Canada goose. The trail goes through a wetland area that's largely been cultivated by a colony of very busy beavers; I passed two of their lodges.

Appropriately, I am still walking in the Shire, probably not quite over the Great East Road yet.

Mileage: 5.64 today, 6.2 total
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I have been working on making a second Hobbit reclist since last May /o\ This is not the One True Reclist because I gave up on that; instead, it's me shoving a bunch of stories in everyone's face with minimal commentary and organization. Sorry, y'all, it was the only way I was ever going to post this, and I really wanted to post this.

Before we start, here is part 1 and here is me flailing over my favorite story in the fandom right now from last year, but also possibly ever, at Best Thing Ever. I cannot recommend To Find Our Long Forgotten Gold by Wealhtheow21 enough, y'all. They're currently working on a sequel set in the Shire and there are even! more! feelings!!!! There are several sequels now, though only one is complete. The series is available here.

(I tried not to rec it again and I couldn't stop myself or bring myself to edit it out. I am probably overhyping it now but I do not even care.)

I had a specific request (hi [profile] maralenenok!) for Everybody Lives/Nobody Dies aka BotFA Fix-It fic, so this rec list will mostly be that. (Also it is my favorite type of Hobbit fic.) (Also I should warn you now that I mostly read Bilbo/Thorin AND the fandom mostly writes Bilbo/Thorin, so that is mostly what I will be recommending.)

BotFA Fix-It )

Modern AU )

And everything else is going in Other )
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Hello, dear Yulewriter!

Thank you for offering one of these fandoms! I can’t wait to read the story you come up with. If you already have an idea for one of these fandoms, go for it! However, if you'd like a prompt then I hope this post helps.

General likes:
I read across all ratings and genres. I love found families, magic based on symbolism, urban fantasy, fairy tales, characters with prickly outsides and marshmallow insides, and characters who are passionate about something, be it baking, music, or saving the world. I have a particular weakness for stories that hurt; I unabashedly love worms!fic ("go into the garden and eat worms"), where the POV character feels isolated and alone and unappreciated but eventually realizes that they're loved. I am a big fan of Belligerent Sexual Tension (warning! link goes to TV Tropes). I generally prefer happy or ambiguous endings to unhappy ones.

General dislikes:
I don't really care for gore in horror but suspense is A-OK. I would strongly prefer your story not contain rape/non-consent, major character death (final death for the vampires), watersports, or scat. I also have a mild-to-moderate embarrassment squick, which can be best described by the motts.

Here's a bit more about my requests, in no particular order.

Wise Child Series - Monica Furlong )

Sunshine - Robin McKinley )

Only Lovers Left Alive (2013) )

Thank you again for your story! As always, optional details are optional. I truly love all of these canons and the characters I nominated and can’t wait to see what you come up with, whether or not it’s based on one of my prompts.
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I was very much looking forward to Con.Txt this year. It was my second-ever fan con (as opposed to large anime cons or D*C) back in 2012, and I had a blast then.

I drove up Thursday and got caught in terrible storms a few times, so I arrived later than I'd meant to. I got all my things hauled in, parked my car, and got dinner, and arrived back at the hotel in time for registration to open. I spent some time there working on my bingo card & catching up with friends.

Friday )
Saturday )
Sunday )

Hopefully Upcoming Posts?
1. Hobbit recs for [personal profile] alpheratz & V's friend
2. Vids I like
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This is the writeup for the [community profile] con_txt 2014 Fun With Inverted Tropes panel, hosted by your mods [personal profile] corbae and [personal profile] v_greyson. We had a lot of fun moderating this panel, and want to thank everyone who came out! The audience participation was stellar, and we turned many tropes (and occasionally a mod) upside down. We did not call anyone’s remarks out by name, but if you’d like credit for your clever quip, please let us know in the comments!

Background )
Why Inverted Tropes? )
How Do They Work? )
Recs! )
Inverted Tropes We Want to See (More Of) )
More Inverted Tropes Recs (Not By Us) )

Do you have more recs or tropes you want to see inverted? Let us know in the comments!
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I ran the Tolkien panel with [personal profile] zana16 at Con.txt this past weekend and had a great time! I'm even more excited to brush up on the Lord of the Rings and (finally) read the Silmarillion, now. At the end of the panel we asked for recs from participants and this is the list we came up with.

To Find Our Long Forgotten Gold (229583 words) by Wealhtheow21
Fandom: The Hobbit - All Media Types
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Summary: AU of movieverse. It is many years since tragedy struck the line of Durin when the youngest heir was lost to a pack of orcs. Now Bilbo Baggins, having agreed only to stealing treasure from a dragon, finds himself instead tangled up in a web of tragedy and revenge. Perhaps it's foolhardy of him to get involved at all, but really, someone has to try and keep these dwarves out of trouble. As for the rest, well, what is lost does not always stay lost forever.

The Secret (24057 words) by Glorfindel
Fandom: The Hobbit - All Media Types
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Bofur/Dwalin
Summary: Bofur found out Dwalin’s secret quite by accident, the second (or was it the third?) time Dwalin saved his life.

Time (6413 words) by cimorene
Fandom: Lord of the Rings - Tolkien
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Gimli/Legolas
Summary: Set during The Two Towers, book canon. Going into battle, Gimli becomes preoccupied with mortality.

Promise (11961 words) by cimorene
Fandom: Lord of the Rings - Tolkien
Rating: Mature
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Gimli/Legolas
Summary: During the end of FOTR, book canon, with mild spoilers. Legolas comes to terms with what he wants.

your Axe to my throat, my Knife to yours (70437 words) by Thorinsmut
Fandom: The Hobbit (2012), The Hobbit - J. R. R. Tolkien
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: Major Character Death, Rape/Non-Con
Relationships: Dwalin/Nori, Nori/shiny things
Summary: Nori is an excellent thief with a complicated family, Dwalin is an excellent guardsman with complicated feelings about a certain thief, a lot of UST and some smut happens, and then they both join a suicide quest to reclaim a mountain from a dragon and things get even more complicated and smutty.
Someday, they might actually be forced to come to terms with the fact that they don't hate each other.

Letters Over the Sea by Gytha and Prembone was recommended, but I haven't been able to find a copy online. Links would be welcome if anyone has one!

Recommended communities
http://middleearthnews.livejournal.com
http://tol-eressea.dreamwidth.org/profile
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1. I didn't post at all last month, but it was a pretty good month. I went to a couple shows, saw my parents a few times, and made great progress in hanging out with a new group of people, hereafter known as trivia!friends. I also saw some of my friends from the town where I attended college a few times. They're only 30 minutes away, but our schedules never seem to line up. We've all vowed to work on that.

Other events of note: snow (so much snow /o\), Book of Mormon, my birthday.

2. March started AMAZINGLY with a trip up north for [personal profile] cinco and [personal profile] siegeofangels' housewarming party. ♥♥♥ And then [profile] maralenenok made delicious blini for Maslenitsa, and I had caviar for the first time.

3. I did a lot of Wikipedia research on Mardi Gras, Shrove Tuesday, and Lent in general on Tuesday for trivia purposes and decided to try giving something up for Lent. I settled on fancy coffee & chocolate drinks (to save money) and complaining (to make me happier). I resisted the urge to get a fancy coffee last night; we'll see if my willpower holds.

4. Last night was the live Welcome to Night Vale taping. No Children was playing on the PA when we came in, some nice foreshadowing for JOHN DARNIELLE walking onto stage not even halfway through the show. Judging by the reactions of the rest of the audience, there was one other person who cared about both WTNV and the Mountain Goats in the room. (I would generally excuse this as not knowing what J.D. looks like, but if you're a Mountain Goats fan, live in NC, and are a person who attends live performances, you have almost certainly seen him before.)

He was on stage for maybe 3 or 4 minutes, introduced as a bluegrass musician, implied to have done illegal things in the past, and played a metal "bluegrass lesson." I caught part of it on tape and you can listen here.

5. I already recommended this on Twitter, but I am starry-eyed in love with the story and must rec it EVERYWHERE.

To Find Our Long Forgotten Gold (222953 words) by Wealhtheow21
Chapters: 38/?
Fandom: The Hobbit - All Media Types, The Hobbit (Jackson movies), The Hobbit - J. R. R. Tolkien
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Summary: AU of movieverse. It is many years since tragedy struck the line of Durin when the youngest heir was lost to a pack of orcs. Now Bilbo Baggins, having agreed only to stealing treasure from a dragon, finds himself instead tangled up in a web of tragedy and revenge. Perhaps it's foolhardy of him to get involved at all, but really, someone has to try and keep these dwarves out of trouble. As for the rest, well, what is lost does not always stay lost forever.

It is still a WIP, but the author is posting daily updates and expects to finish in just a few more chapters. The author's tags, which I've removed here, contain content notes; please know that this story focuses on the aftermath of slavery.
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Still consuming ALL the Hobbit fic.

I've been working on a recs post and have found that my favorite stories are centered around families, found and otherwise. Here is a post full of those stories. Most of them are Bilbo/Thorin and, if they follow the quest, most are also some form of fix-it for the Battle of the Five Armies. If you'd like to know whether a story contains a certain canonical character death, feel free to ask!

Little Steps (4362 words) by Etharei
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Summary: Unfortunately, his room has no window. He's considering hiding Kíli in his old toy chestbox when the door to his room swings open. He squeezes himself into the far corner of the room. In his arms, Kíli is shaking like a leaf, strong tiny fingers digging hard into Fíli's skin. All Fíli can see at first is a large, hulking figure, almost too tall to be a Dwarf.

I adore this story. ♥Siblings protecting each other♥

Of an Arcane Binding (44888 words) by Salvia_G
Rating: Mature
Warnings: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Bilbo Baggins/Thorin Oakenshield
Summary: An inexplicable magic ties Bilbo Baggins, hobbit of the Shire, to Thorin, dwarven prince of Erebor.

This is inspired by (two fanworks fusions with) the Time Traveler's Wife. After Bilbo appears a few times he's basically adopted into Thorin's family. I liked both the changes the author made to canon & the things they kept the same.

as sunshine falls on the wretched (18489 words) by KivrinEngle
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Summary: Bilbo Baggins, the newly appointed Master of Bag End, has just reached his majority. He lives alone in his fine house, managing his estate, and ignoring the people of Hobbiton as much as they avoid him. When a storm lands him with an unexpected (and unwelcome) little visitor, all Bilbo wants to do is find the baby Dwarf's missing family so he can get back to his own life.

That's not what happens.


Bilbo's a bit of a Scrooge after his parents die; Kíli helps him open up & become part of the community again.

I Heard That Clan's All Trouble (39238 words) by Tawabids
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Bilbo Baggins/Thorin Oakenshield
Summary: The curse of Thror took everything from Thorin; his home, his people's love, and finally his family and his sword arm. Then an old wizard in a pub brings him a key and the first good news he has heard in a long time - his nephews are alive and well in the Shire, the most unlikeliest of places.

Bilba Baggins had been quite happy living quietly on her own, but Bag End has not been quiet ever since two orphaned dwarves snuck into her life and made themselves at home. However, she will be damned if she lets a one-armed dwarf prince storm in and take them away after all these years.

She'll follow her boys to the ends of Middle Earth if she has to. And maybe, if he proves himself, she might even stand beside their king.


fem!Bilbo, which I love, fighting for her family, which I also love. Thorin is terrible at the beginning of the story, so, y'know, true to canon! This story is the one to blame for pulling me into the fandom; I had read one-off Hobbit epics before without any problems at all. Found family feels are dangerous.

all that shine as moonstone leave a discernible mark (2906 words) by kay_cricketed
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Major Character Death
Relationships: Bilbo Baggins/Thorin Oakenshield
Summary: After the Battle of Five Armies, Thorin Oakenshield is determined to secure Bilbo's place in the world, even if he must make him a husband and a widower in the same hour to do so.

This is tragic. Read it when you need to feel sad, or already feel sad and want to cry. It's not exactly difficult to make me cry with writing (easier than with any other media, in fact) but I thought this story was beautifully done.

A Glittering Abyss (18501 words) by Salvia_G
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Bilbo Baggins/Thorin Oakenshield
Summary: After the Battle of the Five Armies, Thorin has forgiven Bilbo; but Bilbo finds he cannot forgive Thorin.

Bilbo works hard to overcome the way Thorin treated him over the Arkenstone. Contains PTSD and a few of what I would read as panic attacks.

The Days of Dust (50078 words) by manic_intent
Rating: Mature
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Bilbo Baggins/Bofur
Summary: "'ullo again, Mister Baggins," the toymaker drawls, without turning around, and Bilbo laughs as he straightens up and steps into the candlelight.

It's still early enough into the evening that Bofur surely does not truly need to light the tapers as yet, but he's engaged in something delicate, it seems, his thick fingers busy on a knob of wood and his paring knife - he doesn't even look up when Bilbo circles the table to have a look.

"Someday you'll have to tell me how it is that you always know that I'm there."


I deeply enjoyed this AU and would read another 50K if the author cared to write it. The Shire was invaded by Orcs before Bilbo was born, and the surviving Hobbits moved the Ered Luin. Bilbo is a member of the Burglar's Guild, which Belladonna co-founded with Nori.

Hveðrungr's Children (14432 words) by manic_intent
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Fíli/Kíli/Thorin Oakenshield, Fíli/Kíli
Summary: After the disastrous battle in Moria, Thorin has a bitter fight with his sister and sends her away to the Iron Hills. Years after her passing, he visits the mines of the Iron Hills, and realizes that there is far more for him there than just the memory of her ghost.

Fíli and Kíli live feral in the deep stone. This was slightly creepy and perfect.

Ghivashel (44244 words) by mdseiran
Rating: Mature
Warnings: Graphic Depictions Of Violence
Relationships: Bilbo Baggins/Thorin Oakenshield, Thorin Oakenshield & Smaug
Summary: The last thing Bilbo expects when he stays up late one night is company. The strange dwarf and his companion crash into his life and prove unexpected saviours. But the dwarf seems to think he will be joining them on their travels, and Bilbo has no such intentions.

Smaug's treasure and Thorin's gold lust take very different forms in this AU.

The Road Delivered Us Home (117430 words) by keelywolfe
Rating: Mature
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Bilbo Baggins/Thorin Oakenshield
Summary: In the years since Bilbo left Erebor, he has lost his respectability, gained a nephew, and gotten on with life at Bag End.

He'd left aside adventure for the comforts and peace of his little Hobbit hole, and for the love of a child who needed him. Though perhaps, adventures can yet find him.


I am out of words, so I will just say: faaaaaaaamily
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31 Days Day 3: Favorite Quote

I don't have a favorite quote, but this is one of my favorite poems:
Bogland by Seamus Heaney )

Snowflake Challenge Day 2: Promote 3 blogs/communities/tumblrs/&c

1. stuckinabucket. I follow this blog for all of my crazy nature needs. The facts you learn are so great that you'll find yourself showing your parents the blog and then freaking out a little when your dad posts the link on Facebook, because it is also a general fandom blog. (Nothing particularly porny though, I checked pretty thoroughly after aforementioned Facebook incident.)

2. Star Maker Machine. I go through phases of following music blogs, but this will always be one of my favorites. Every two weeks there's a new theme, and the bloggers pick a song based on the theme & write about it.

3. Draw this Dress. Two wonderful artists draw people based on photos of vintage/antique/historical dresses, and their drawings bring the dresses to life. You can generally see the reference image by clicking on their drawings. It doesn't update often, but the updates always make me smile.

Honorable mentions (both music blogs): Said the Gramophone & Cover Lay Down.

Snowflake Challenge Day 3: Rec 3 Fanworks
I'm kind of terrified of the backlog AO3 bookmarks I have, so I'm gonna go with vids for this one.
1. Cuckoo by fiveyearmission (Iron Man). This is a Tony Stark character study based on the first two Iron Man movies and it's amazing; I love how the fractured, jumpy cuts so perfectly reflect Tony's persona.

2. Boy with the Bubblegun by [livejournal.com profile] bironic (The Hunger Games). This vid is what prompted me to finally watch the movie. I love the way [livejournal.com profile] bironic contrasts life in the Districts with life in the Capitol, and sets up the theme of revolution.

3. Moves by sisabet (Teen Wolf). This is a character study of Stiles through season 2 and is basically perfect. "These things get louder" paired with the increasing violence and death in Stiles' life and that minor chord (at least I think it's a minor chord?)--it's everything I want out of a character vid.
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31 Days Meme Day 1 - Intro and a recent picture )

Snowflake Challenge Day 1
In your own space, post a rec for at least three fanworks that you have created. It can be your favorite fanworks that you've created, or fanworks you feel no one ever saw, or fanworks you say would define you as a creator. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

Purest Element But It's So Volatile, a Ryan/Spencer story for BRBB. I struggled with this story a lot because the mix had so much packed into it, a lot of it painful, and I wasn't sure I could do it justice. I'm still not sure I did, honestly, but the story I wrote was out of my comfort zone and I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out.

Build A House Inside of You, a Derek/Stiles fanmix about two fucked-up people in a relationship that's failing because they refuse to deal with their own issues, their subsequent breakup, and their eventual reconciliation after some therapy and/or self-actualization. My 8tracks summary was more succinct. This was my first Teen Wolf mix and I worked on it for.fucking.ever.

sweaty sheets and an ocean view, art for TWHeatWave that's vaguely Derek/Stiles. This was the first drawing I completed in, gosh, at least a year, I think? So that was a pretty big deal. I also pushed myself more with the posing, the background, and the colors than I have in years.

Yuletide!

Dec. 28th, 2013 10:38 pm
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I was so lucky and received a treat in addition to my gift this year. Both stories are wonderful. Thank you, mystery authors!

An Analysis of the Implicit Rules of Expletive Infixation (Or, Where the Fuck do You Put the Fucking Fuck?)
Hark! A Vagrant - Mystery Solving Teens | 8K words
content note: The teens & other characters pantomime methods of suicide as a joke.
In which Vanessa and the Mystery Solving Teens Uncover a Dastardly Plot, Participate in Civic Life, Stake Out a Villain's Headquarters, Lie to a Small Child, and Ramble through Nature Au Naturel.

Or, How Vanessa Dragged the Mystery Solving Teens Toward Graduation while Committing Aggravated Assault on the Rules of English Grammar.


Just what I wanted! Truly snappy dialogue and great capers.

A dirty house in a gutted world
Daniel Danger - or is it the dying little light of the soul | 750 words
A journey through a dark house at the end of winter.

This was, in addition to being a great surprise, a lovely, quiet piece. The worldbuilding was such that, if the author cared to write more in this world, I would be happy to read it.
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What is your comfort music? for [personal profile] siegeofangels

My comfort music varies a lot depending on the situation and what I've been listening to lately.

1. Bandom
My second summer home from college I clashed with my parents--especially my mother--constantly. I was working at a steakhouse and started going on drives instead of going home when I was cut for the night. I was just getting into bandom then. I'd go outside town limits, maybe 10 minutes away, and just drive around the backroads with my windows down and Panic and Fall Out Boy blaring. It sounds very teen angst now, but it's probably what got me through the summer with my relationship with my parents intact. Now, I listen to bandom when I need something to cheer me up. All of the wonderful fandom associations plus the generally upbeat music is great for my mood even if they lyrics are, uh, less happy.

2. Mount Moriah and Hiss Golden Messenger
Mount Moriah is a local, queer altcountry/folk band. I was just starting to recognize my bisexuality when I started listening to them (*cough* a recognition that definitely had nothing at all to do with the frontwoman *cough*), and hearing a Southern woman sing about queerness, and religion (because even though my immediate family isn't particularly religious, it's just part of life down here), and loving the South despite all its problems...well, it resonates with me pretty deeply. And, of course, the music is beautiful.

Hiss Golden Messenger is also local, although they're not originally from 'round here. The lyricist has a degree in folklore and their music is also a lot about navigating your relationship or lack thereof with God.

Both of them are great anytime music for me. I put it on and start to relax.

3. Sad music
I frequently deal with my difficult feelings by reading really sad fic and crying it out. It in no way addresses the root problems but it is cathartic :D? I listen to sad music for the same reason.

Favorite thing about working at the radio station? for [personal profile] cinco
I really like listening to music I wouldn't have otherwise, that I wouldn't even have known to look for. I've discovered some bands that are mainstays in my listening now that I hadn't ever heard of before I started at the station. I love feeling connected, not just to music in general, but to a specific music scene; to the rich history of music in the South, in North Carolina, and in the triangle of cities I live in. A couple weeks ago I went to an experimental noise show in a hipster DIY venue with DJ K because two of our fellow DJS were in the experimental noise jazz group that was opening. I never would have done that before I started at the station. My friendship with DJ K has been an awesome side effect of working at the station. She's my first and best friend in this city, I think.

I am getting more used to the idea that people--people I know, even, who aren't my parents!--listen to me. I've become more confident with my song choices and gauging where a song I've never listened to could fit in my set.

Basically, I like it a lot!

I have plenty of days left here, though I can't promise I'll answer them in a timely manner.

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