the_deep_magic: A nightmare inexplicably torn from the pages of Kafka! (DW - it are fact)
So I went and saw Ender's Game.  I'll donate the price of my ticket (and that one Chik-fil-a chicken biscuit I broke down and bought) to the Human Rights Campaign, even though some sources say Orson Scott Card's not getting anything off the back end of the movie.  And the movie was...

No spoilers, promise )

Normally, I'd say "read the book instead"... and I still will, but get it from a used bookstore or borrow it from a friend.  Or join Paperback Swap, which I've been using for years and it is truly awesome, particularly for getting out of print genre books.  I just mailed an old Dilbert book to Alaska today.  But anyway, anyone who's read the book and especially anyone who's read the rest of the series, especially Speaker for the Dead, is utterly, utterly shocked to find out about Card's political views.  Actually, I think [livejournal.com profile] ewinfic is the one who first clued me in and can attest to my disbelief.  Because the main theme of the entire series is that terrible things happen when sentient beings of any type don't try to understand each other on the other's terms instead of their own.  If I remember correctly, there's even a debate about whether or not to kill off a possibly-sentient virus.  Even in Ender's Game, Alai saying "Salaam" to Ender in a society that seems to have outgrown religion entirely?  That's in the book, which was published back in 1985.  It's just mind-boggling how someone who could craft a story so elegantly centered not merely around tolerance for those who are different, but around love, could also spew such hate and talk about "the enemy" like the callous characters in his books do.  I really like this article, which talks about the disconnect much more eloquently and from a slightly different perspective.  (There's no spoilers in the article, though it does talk a little bit more specifically about the plot.)  It also puts Card's homophobia into context with his other increasingly conspiracy-minded political views.

And that's what I have to say about that.
the_deep_magic: A nightmare inexplicably torn from the pages of Kafka! (Wish I had wings)
My fic Cherrybomb has over 63,000 hits.  Pack Up; Don't Stray has over 61,000.

I never went digging for hit counts on LJ, and I wouldn't really care if AO3 didn't automatically post them.  On LJ, of course, I measured readership by comments, and while I knew there were plenty of lurkers about (I was one of them for a long, long time), I never stopped to wonder how many.  And I try not to compare my hit counts to the kudos or to other authors' hit counts/kudos and am mostly successful, but it just now sort of hit me what the numbers mean.  Obviously, not every hit represents a unique person who has read the fic all the way through, but let's say half of them are.

That's 30,000 people who have read something I wrote.  Even if only a third of the hits represent individual readers, that's still over 20,000 people.  That's a stadium full of people.

I wrote gay werewolf sex and a stadium full of people read it.

I should cross-stitch that on something so I can remember it on my bad days.
the_deep_magic: A nightmare inexplicably torn from the pages of Kafka! (Ole' bitches)

American TV Show Meme (taken from [livejournal.com profile] marlee813)

- Bold all of the following TV shows of which you've watched 3 or more episodes.
- Italicize a show if you're positive you've seen every episode.
- Asterisk * if you have at least one full season on tape or DVD
- If you want, add up to 3 additional shows (keep the list in alphabetical order).

Behold! The wasted hours of my life. )



Note: Since this specifies American TV show meme, I took out the shows I knew not to be American.  Hope nobody minds my persnicketiness.

the_deep_magic: A nightmare inexplicably torn from the pages of Kafka! (Default)

Title: Entelechy
Author: [livejournal.com profile] the_deep_magic
Fandom: Teen Wolf
Pairing: Derek/Stiles
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 7,243
Warning: knotting
Disclaimer: Definitely not making any money on this.
Summary: entelechy (n): a realization or actuality as opposed to a potentiality
A/N: This was originally a fill for a [livejournal.com profile] mating_games fic challenge, but the first draft was 3,000 words over the 750-word limit.  I put up a partially expanded version in my reveal post, but this is the whole story as I wanted to tell it.  Diverges from canon after season 2.

'I couldn't let you go.' )

the_deep_magic: A nightmare inexplicably torn from the pages of Kafka! (Default)

Title: The Rubble or Our Sins
Author: [livejournal.com profile] the_deep_magic
Fandom: ST RPF
Pairing: Chris/Zach
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 2844
Warnings: spoilers for Into Darkness, mild angst, some emotional power play and jealousy, dirty talk
Summary: They’ve spent more than a year on separate coasts, living separate lives.
A/N: Written for Pintopalooza 2013 (sorry I’m late!).  Title and cut text from “Pompeii” by Bastille

And if you close your eyes, does it almost feel like you’ve been here before? )

the_deep_magic: A nightmare inexplicably torn from the pages of Kafka! (Default)
Thoughts.  I have a lot of 'em.  They're not particularly well-organized, but I'll try not to repeat too much from my last rant.  And I swear, I'll lay off Scott.

3.12 Lunar Ellipse )

Sigh... I'll probably keep watching this show as long as both Derek and Stiles are on it.  I really don't care if they become a canon couple -- in fact, I'd pretty much rather they didn't, which is good because while Jeff Davis talks a big game, we got maybe 5 minutes total of Danny/Ethan and no character development other than "he's cute, guess I'll fuck him."  I can survive on UST.  Hell, I thrive on it.  They'd just better put Stiles and Derek in the same fucking room together for more than 30 seconds in 3b.  All I ask for is snark.  Fisting references are awesome, but I can live on snark, even if this show as a whole is bad for my mental health.
the_deep_magic: (In which Jayne is wise)
After about half an hour of wavering, I went ahead and watched the leaked version of the midseason finale, because it's not like I watch it legally anyway.  The thoughts I post after each episode are made after at least two viewings, so I'll probably post more specifics after Monday night.

Spoilery spoilers of spoileriness )

Ugh, okay, I'd better stop now.  Be prepared for more on Monday, though.  I want to start writing ALL THE FIX-IT FIC and the episode hasn't even aired yet.  If anybody would like to give their thoughts on why I should like this episode, please do.
the_deep_magic: A nightmare inexplicably torn from the pages of Kafka! (Default)
The livestream didn't load on time and I missed the first 5 minutes of the episode.  Turned out they were the BEST 5 minutes of the episode.  Anyway...

3.11 Alpha Pact  )

I have a hunch they're going to wrap up a lot less in this mid-season finale than I thought they would... or they're going to do it all upsettingly quick and simple, like stabbifying Jackson into werewolfdom.  My guess is that they wrap up the Darach storyline, but I have trouble seeing how they could even do that satisfactorily in one episode.
the_deep_magic: A nightmare inexplicably torn from the pages of Kafka! (Default)

Title: Shoebox Menagerie
Author: [livejournal.com profile] the_deep_magic
Fandom: Teen Wolf
Pairing: Erica/Stiles
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 3,505
Warning: underage (though there’s nothing to specifically indicate this)
Spoilers: none
Disclaimer: These characters aren’t mine.
Summary: Stiles’ research has let him down.  Seems what he needs is a more hands-off approach.
A/N: For the “voyeurism” square on my Kink Bingo card.  And also because I just wanted some angst-free Erica appreciation.

'It’s just… it’s not happening.' )

the_deep_magic: A nightmare inexplicably torn from the pages of Kafka! (CM: Garcia/Reid)
So I met up with my parents to visit my grandmother and walked in juuuuuuuust as my dad was running completely out of patience showing her how to work her new computer.  Which is how I got an angry finger pointed at me and a "YOU help her sign up to Facebook."  She doesn't want to post, just to see other people's pictures, so I showed her how to friend people, and without even thinking (because I barely use my Facebook, and if I post anything, it's just dumb pictures of my dog), I helped her send requests to pretty much everyone on her side of the family.

Cue the angry text messages.  My dad has four brothers, and immediately word started flying about "Who the HELL made her a Facebook account?"  Because my uncles -- one in particular -- have been known to post some pretty inappropriate stuff.  Not of themselves, thank God, but humorous items of an adult nature.  Honestly, it makes me uncomfortable sometimes.  The hilarious thing is that (so far, at least) it's not the grandkids who are complaining, because we've all had to deal with being Facebook friends with our parents for a while.  Now the adults get to deal with it!

Odds are good she'll forget how to use it within a week, but still.  I'm taking a little too much pleasure out of this.  Neener neener.

Additionally, my grandmother has a wall with 5x7" pictures of all the grandkids at their high school graduations... except me.  We didn't have a digital camera way back then (I think I got my first one at Christmas in 2002) and I haven't been able to find the negatives at my parents' place, if in fact they're still around.  I told my mom I could probably dig up a picture from college graduation, and she said, "Well, we still have your sister's high school cap and gown, and you look exactly the same as you did then..."

So, yeah.  Maybe I should go into law enforcement.  They need people to go undercover in high schools, right?  That's what the movies taught me.  :oP
the_deep_magic: A nightmare inexplicably torn from the pages of Kafka! (Scrubs - headdesk)
Brace yourself: this one's gonna be long.  That's what he said.

3.10 The Overlooked  )

In conclusion: everybody knows things about each other that they have no reason to know, except anything that could possibly be important to achieving their various goals.  I kinda liked the first half of the episode when I watched it on Monday; now the whole thing just pisses me off more.  I've said it before and I'll say it again: what kills me about this show is not that it's uniformly awful.  It's that it has such potential and moments of occasional brilliance... that are all wasted on shoehorning together a convoluted attempt at a mystery plot with werewolf violence.  At least in past seasons there were more shirtless dudes to act as a buffer.
the_deep_magic: A nightmare inexplicably torn from the pages of Kafka! (Default)

Title: The Old Familiar Sting (5/5)
Fandom: Teen Wolf
Pairing: Derek/Stiles
Rating: NC-17
For summary and warnings, please see part one
One / Two / Three / Four

If I could start again... )




End Notes )

the_deep_magic: A nightmare inexplicably torn from the pages of Kafka! (Default)

Title: The Old Familiar Sting (4/5)
Fandom: Teen Wolf
Pairing: Derek/Stiles
Rating: NC-17
For summary and warnings, please see part one
One / Two / Three

I will let you down / I will make you hurt )

the_deep_magic: A nightmare inexplicably torn from the pages of Kafka! (Default)

Title: The Old Familiar Sting (3/5)
Fandom: Teen Wolf
Pairing: Derek/Stiles
Rating: NC-17
For summary and warnings, please see part one
One / Two

And you could have it all / My empire of dirt )

the_deep_magic: A nightmare inexplicably torn from the pages of Kafka! (Default)

Title: The Old Familiar Sting (2/5)
Fandom: Teen Wolf
Pairing: Derek/Stiles
Rating: NC-17
For summary and warnings, please see part one
One

Try to kill it all away / But I remember everything )

the_deep_magic: A nightmare inexplicably torn from the pages of Kafka! (Default)

Title: The Old Familiar Sting (1/5)
Author: [livejournal.com profile] the_deep_magic
Fandom: Teen Wolf
Pairing: Derek/Stiles
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 37,402
Warnings: underage, canon-typical violence, CHARACTER DEATH (not main pairing), grief, intravenous drug use, addiction, mentions of past trauma, angst
Spoilers: none for S3, canon-compliant through S2
Disclaimer: These aren’t my characters.
Summary: To say the nightmares started back up again would be inaccurate – they never really went away, but they had faded to something manageable.  Not anymore.
A/N: Written for [livejournal.com profile] rae1013 for the AO3 auction, based on a prompt from this gif.  Please heed the warnings – this is pretty intensely angsty at the beginning, but it eases up, I promise.  See end notes for more details (and spoilers).  Title and cut text from “Hurt” (I imagined the Johnny Cash version).  Eternal thanks to [livejournal.com profile] aliassmith for her feedback and support (and to [livejournal.com profile] rae1013 for her patience)!

I hurt myself today / To see if I still feel )

the_deep_magic: A nightmare inexplicably torn from the pages of Kafka! (Default)
H'oookay, I'm not sure I got all of this right, so feel free to correct me if I misinterpreted something.

3.9 The Girl Who Knew Too Much )

So THAT happened.  For the first time this season (the first time at all, really, since I watched the first two seasons all at once), I really want the next episode to be on already!
the_deep_magic: A nightmare inexplicably torn from the pages of Kafka! (Default)

Title: Closed Circuit
Author: [livejournal.com profile] the_deep_magic
Fandom: Teen Wolf
Pairing: Derek/Stiles/Derek
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 3,690
Warnings: threesome (but no self-cest), barebacking
Spoilers: mention of S3 character, but not S3 compliant and no spoilers
Disclaimer: Mine?  Hahahaha, no.
Summary: Don’t piss off the witch on the third floor.  Well, not too often.
A/N: For the “mirrors/doubles” square on my Kink Bingo card.  Because magic should always lead to porn.  Set in an unspecified (yet legal) time in the future.

This is his life now. It’s kind of complicated, but no one can deny that it has its perks. )

the_deep_magic: A nightmare inexplicably torn from the pages of Kafka! (Default)
Finally, we know... some... of what is going on!  Ish!

3.8 Visionary )

Again, such potential... largely wasted, though we did get a few answers.  And more questions.  JFC, even The X Files wasn't this stupidly complicated, and that's including the last two years when T-1000 showed up for no apparent reason.
the_deep_magic: (In which Jayne is wise)
Okay, I didn't actually have as many notes for this one, mostly just PAAAAAAIN and WHYYYYYYY.

3.7 Currents )

So everything I started writing prior to this season is officially jossed.  Whatever, I'm not changing it.  Anyway, go read this for some excellent analysis of the diminishing returns of manpain in terms of Zeno's dichotomy paradox.  Also, there's a graph.

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