cinaed: Tough times don't last, tough people do, remember? (Gregory Peck)
tl;dr – I am turning thirty next Sunday and been having a months-long freak-out over it. And haven't really written anything since May, so there's that too.

So I am turning 30 on Sunday, August 7, and it's been freaking me out in both minor and major ways. Minor, in that “oh no, now my mother's REALLY going to start going overboard trying to get me dating” way (I expect to find myself involuntarily signed up for eHarmony by her any day now). Major, in that “This is in some ways where I want to be in life and in other ways NOT AT ALL” panicky way.

More behind the cut )
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* = Rewatch/reread 


  • Ace Attorney 1
  • Archer 6.01-6.12
  • Bob's Burgers 6.14 
  • Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun 10-12 


  • Then Comes Seduction by Mary Balogh
  • At Last Comes Love by Mary Balogh
  • Seducing an Angel by Mary Balogh  
  • A Secret Affair by Mary Balogh  
  • The Firefly Code by Megan Frazer Blakemore 
  • The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow 
  • The Curse of Chalion by Lois McMaster Bujold 
  • The Peculiar Night of the Blue Heart by Lauren DeStefano 
  • Cocaine Blues by Kerry Greenwood 
  • Flying Too High by Kerry Greenwood 
  • Princess Academy: The Forgotten Sisters by Shannon Hale 
  • A Tale of Two Castles by Gail Carson Levine 
  • The Seventh Wish by Kate Messner 
  • The Suffragette Scandal by Courtney Milan 
  • Lord of the Changing Winds by Rachel Neumeier
  • The King's Equal by Katherine Paterson 
  • Mort by Terry Pratchett 
  • Reaper Man by Terry Pratchett 
  • Soul Music by Terry Pratchett 
  • Hogfather by Terry Pratchett 
  • Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder 
  • The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner*
  • The Queen of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner*
  • The King of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner* 
  • The Serpent Sea by Martha Wells*
  • The Siren Depths by Martha Wells*
  • The Edge of Worlds by Martha Wells 


  • Bride's Story 1-2 by Kaoru Mori
  • Donald Duck Volume 1 by Don Rosa
  • Angel by Erica Sakurazawa*
  • Angel Nest by Erica Sakurazawa*
  • Between the Sheets by Erica Sakurazawa*
  • The Aromatic Bitters by Erica Sakurazawa*
  • The Rules of Love by Erica Sakurazawa*
  • Nothing But Loving You by Erica Sakurazawa*  
  • Archie Volume 1 by Mark Waid and Fiona Staples 
  • Barakamon 4-6 by Satsuki Yoshino
  • Dumbing of Age (ongoing webcomic)
  • Stand Still, Stay Silent (ongoing webcomic)


  • Bedazzled (1967)*
  • The Bird With the Crystal Plumage (1970)


  • Antigone Now (Atlas Performing Arts Center)
  • The Nether (Woolly Mammoth Theater)  
  • Shakespeare's Long Lost Plays (Folger Shakespeare Theater) 
  • One Word More (Flashpoint Theater)

TV Shows/Web Series

  • Better Off Ted 2.04-2.13
  • Black-ish 2.19-2.20 
  • Brooklyn Nine Nine 3.20-3.23 
  • Crazy Ex-Girlfriend 1.17-1.18  
  • Elementary 4.18-4.22
  • Fresh Off the Boat 2.18-2.19
  • Gilmore Girls 1.01-4.07  
  • Grandfathered 1.20
  • Hell's Kitchen 15.12-15.14
  • Jane the Virgin 2.16-2.18
  • Longmire 3.09-4.10 
  • Lucifer 1.11-1.13
  • Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries 1.09
  • New Girl 5.13-5.16 
  • Raising Hope 2.18-3.01
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This is not actually a new fic, but I found it earlier on Tumblr and realized I hadn't posted it to AO3. 

Snow Was Falling So Much Like Stars
(809 words) by Cinaed
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Les Misérables - Victor Hugo
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Javert/Jean Valjean
Characters: Javert (Victor Hugo), Jean Valjean
Additional Tags: Post-Seine, First Kiss, Alternate Universe - Javert Survives, Friends to Lovers

For all that they have settled into this strange friendship over the months since the fall of the barricade, Valjean still unsettled Javert in a way no one else managed, his tongue turning foolish whenever Valjean was near.

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Bound by Friendship (1613 words) by Cinaed
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Silmarillion and other histories of Middle-Earth - J. R. R. Tolkien
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Beleg Cúthalion & Túrin Turambar, Beleg Cúthalion & Mablung
Characters: Beleg Cúthalion, Túrin Turambar, Mablung
Additional Tags: Doriath, Friendship, First Meetings

Mablung walked in search of Túrin, for where the king’s ward was, Beleg was certain to be. 

(Or two times Mablung was troubled by Beleg and Túrin's friendship.)

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 Went to see an adaptation of Antigone today.

One-word review: YIKES. 

Longer review: I…don’t understand the writer’s choices at all. ANY OF THEM. 

  • Unexpected Antigone/Polynices incest! I’m just. Look, buddy, if incest is your thing, maybe consider doing an adaptation of Oedipus/Jocasta’s story. Just saying. 
  • …Honestly I think it was also implying Creon had a thing for Antigone too, but the acting choices in this were so bizarre I am not a hundred percent sure on that. Also weird Antigone/Teiresias subtext??
  • Haemon and Antigone were engaged, but then ten days before the wedding, Haemon sleeps with Ismene? Also why make Haemon a WASP-y dude bro, rude. 
  • Okay, so Eurydice doesn’t exist in this adaptation. Cool. Cool cool cool. 
  • …Antigone is possibly schizophrenic and definitely hears voices. I…no. Nope. 
  • Who are these two killers who keep showing up and murdering random characters? Like, I am pretty sure not this many people died in Antigone. Did these two weirdos wander off the set of a stage play of The Boondock Saints? 
  • …And then Antigone dies because Creon institutionalizes her and she jumps out of the window of her room. NOPE. 
cinaed: Hollywood is a place where they'll pay you a thousand dollars for a kiss and fifty cents for your soul (Marilyn Monroe)
 * = Rewatch/reread 


  • Archer 1.01-5.12
  • BoJack Horseman 1.01-2.12 
  • Haikyuu 2.01-2.25
  • Haikyuu: Nekoma OVA 
  • Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun 9 
  • Non Non Biyori 4
  • Samurai Flamenco 1-22


  • First Comes Marriage by Mary Balogh 
  • The Duke’s Disaster by Grace Burrowes 
  • Tremaine’s True Love by Grace Burrowes 
  • Daniel’s True Desire by Grace Burrowes 
  • Miss Wonderful by Loretta Chase
  • Not Quite a Lady by Loretta Chase 
  • Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho 
  • My Teacher is an Alien by Bruce Coville* 
  • The Witch Family by Eleanor Estes 
  • Arabella by Georgette Heyer
  • Talisman Ring by Georgette Heyer 
  • The Nonesuch by Georgette Heyer
  • Raffles: The Amateur Cracksman by E.W. Hornung 
  • Sweet Disorder by Rose Lerner
  • The Countess Conspiracy by Courtney Milan 
  • Resenting the Hero by Moira J. Moore 
  • Wintersmith by Terry Pratchett*
  • I Shall Wear Midnight by Terry Pratchett 
  • Guards, Guards! by Terry Pratchett* 
  • Men at Arms by Terry Pratchett* 
  • Feet of Clay by Terry Pratchett* 
  • The Fifth Elephant by Terry Pratchett
  • Night Watch by Terry Pratchett* 
  • The Shepherd’s Crown by Terry Pratchett 
  • To Sir Philip, with Love by Julia Quinn
  • When He Was Wicked by Julia Quinn
  • It’s In His Kiss by Julia Quinn
  • Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz*
  • The Art of the Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien (edited by Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull 
  • The Martian by Andy Weir 


  • Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant by Tony Cliff*
  • Delilah Dirk and the King’s Shilling by Tony Cliff 
  • Hereville: How Mirka Got Her Sword by Barry Deutsch 
  • Dumbing of Age (ongoing webcomic) 
  • Stand Still, Stay Silent (ongoing webcomic)
  • Princess Leia by Mark Waid and Terry Dodson 


  • Big Eden (2000)* 
  • The Boxtrolls (2014) 
  • Zootopia (2016) 


  • 110 in the Shade (Ford’s Theater) 

TV Shows/Web Series

  • Better Off Ted 1.01-2.03
  • Black-ish 2.16-2.18 
  • Brooklyn Nine Nine 3.17-3.19 
  • Crazy Ex-Girlfriend 1.13-1.16  
  • Elementary 4.15-4.17
  • Fresh Off the Boat 2.14-2.17  
  • Grandfathered 1.18-1.19
  • Hell’s Kitchen 15.07-15.11
  • Jane the Virgin 2.13-2.15
  • Longmire 2.06-3.08
  • Lucifer 1.06-1.10
  • Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries 1.01-1.08
  • New Girl 5.08-5.12 
  • Raising Hope 1.01-2.17
  • Top Chef 13.13 
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 * = Rewatch/reread 


  • Barakamon 7-12 
  • Free: 50% Off (Entire series)* Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun 9 
  • Non Non Biyori 1-3


  • King and Joker by Peter Dickinson 
  • Desperate Duchesses by Eloisa James 
  • Duchess in Love by Eloisa James
  • Fool for Love by Eloisa James  
  • Duchess by Night by Eloisa James 
  • When the Duke Returns by Eloisa James 
  • This Duchess of Mine by Eloisa James 
  • A Wild Pursuit by Eloisa James 
  • My Wicked Ways by Eloisa James 
  • The Killing Moon by N.K. Jemisin 
  • The Governess Affair by Courtney Milan*
  • The Duchess War by Courtney Milan
  • A Kiss for Midwinter by Courtney Milan
  • The Heiress Effect by Courtney Milan 
  • Unveiled by Courtney Milan* 
  • Unlocked by Courtney Milan 
  • Unclaimed by Courtney Milan* 
  • Unraveled by Courtney Milan 
  • Monstrous Regiment by Terry Pratchett*
  • Small Gods by Terry Pratchett*
  • The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett*
  • A Hat Full of Sky by Terry Pratchett* 
  • An Offer from a Gentleman by Julia Quinn
  • Romancing Mister Bridgerton by Julia Quinn 
  • Dear Enemy by Jean Webster 


  • Star Wars: Shattered Empire by Greg Rucka, Marco Checchetto, Angel Unzueta, and Emilio Laiso 
  • Barakamon 1-4 by Satsuki Yoshino 


  • Blazing Saddles (1974) 
  • Deadpool (2016) 
  • I Love You, Phillip Morris (2009)
  • National Treasure (2004)
  • National Treasure 2 (2007)
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)*


  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Folger Theater) 
  • The Glass Menagerie (Ford’s Theater) 
  • Guards at the Taj (Woolly Mammoth Theater) 

TV Shows/Web Series

  • Agent Carter 2.03-2.09
  • Black-ish 2.14-2.15  
  • Brooklyn Nine Nine 3.13-3.16 
  • Crazy Ex-Girlfriend 1.09-1.12
  • Columbo 1.01-1.05   
  • Elementary 4.11-4.14
  • Fresh Off the Boat 2.10-2.13
  • Galavant 2.09-2.10  
  • Grandfathered 1.14-1.17
  • Hell’s Kitchen 15.03-15.06
  • Jane the Virgin 2.10-2.12 
  • Longmire 1.01-2.05
  • Lucifer 1.01-1.05
  • Masterchef Junior 4.12  
  • Murder, She Wrote 1.01-1.05
  • New Girl 5.04-5.07
  • Supergirl 1.10
  • Superstore 1.08-1.11 
  • Top Chef 13.08-13.12 
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A Grace in His Quarrel (4200 words) by Cinaed
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Silmarillion and other histories of Middle-Earth - J. R. R. Tolkien
Rating: Mature
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Amlach/Maedhros
Characters: Amlach (Tolkien), Maglor, Maedhros, Original Elf Character(s)
Additional Tags: Battle, Snowed In, First Meetings, First Time, Frottage

Between a battle and an unexpected snowstorm, Amlach’s first day in the service of Maedhros is eventful.

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I wrote a One Punch Man fic for Chocolatebox. It was a fun little story to write. 

Grocery Store Adventures
(800 words) by Cinaed
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: ワンパンマン | One-Punch Man
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Genos & Saitama (One-Punch Man)
Characters: Genos (One-Punch Man), Saitama (One-Punch Man)
Additional Tags: Grocery Shopping, Humor, Fangirls

When Genos tags along with Saitama for the Saturday grocery store sale, fangirls complicate things.


Feb. 5th, 2016 10:39 am
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 Dear Chocolate Box Author/Artist, I will actually be away Thursday, February 11 through Tuesday, February 16 at a convention, with minimal internet, so I might be a little slow in responding! Hope your exchange is excellent, and I look forward to whatever you've written/drawn for me!
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 * = Rewatch/reread 


  • Barakamon 7 
  • Digimon Adventure Tri 1-4 
  • Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun 1-8 
  • Steven Universe 74-78 


  • Behind the Mask: The Unknown Thrillers of Louisa May Alcott by Louisa May Alcott
  • A Double Life: Newly Discovered Thrillers of Louisa May Alcott by Louisa May Alcott
  • A Long Fatal Love Chase by Louisa May Alcott
  • I Lost My Shoes in Dimension X by Bruce Coville*
  • The Convenient Marriage by Georgette Heyer
  • Cotillion by Georgette Heyer*
  • Lady of Quality by Georgette Heyer
  • The Masqueraders by Georgette Heyer
  • The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin
  • Trade Me by Courtney Milan
  • Star Wars: A New Dawn by John Jackson Miller
  • The Squire’s Tale by Gerald Morris*
  • The Squire, His Knight, and His Lady by Gerald Morris*
  • The Savage Damsel and the Dwarf by Gerald Morris*
  • Parsifal’s Page by Gerald Morris*
  • The Ballad of Sir Dinadan by Gerald Morris*
  • The Princess, the Crone, and the Dung-Cart Knight by Gerald Morris*    
  • Star Wars: Before the Awakening by Greg Rucka
  • Star Wars: Aftermath by Chuck Wendig
  • Sorcery and Cecelia, or The Enchanted Chocolate Pot by Patricia C. Wrede and Caroline Stevermer*
  • The Grand Tour, or The Purloined Coronation Regalia by Patricia C. Wrede and Caroline Stevermer*
  • The Mislaid Magician, or Ten Years After by Patricia C. Wrede and Caroline Stevermer


  • The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Volume 1 by Ryan North and Erica Henderson
  • Lumberjanes: To the Max Edition by Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, Shannon Watters, and Brooke Allen
  • Devils and Realist Volume 1 by Madoka Takadono and Utako Yukihiro
  • Bodacious Space Pirates 1-2 by Saito Tatsuo and Chibimaru
  • Yowamushi Pedal Volume 1 by Wataru Watanabe


  • Inside Out (2015) 
  • Summer Wars (2009)


  • Allegiance (Longacre Theater)
  • Daddy Long Legs (Davenport Theater) 
  • The Critic & The Real Inspector Hound (Shakespeare Theater Company)
  • A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder (Kennedy Center)

TV Shows/Web Series

  • Agent Carter 2.01-2.02
  • Black-ish 2.11-2.13  
  • Brooklyn Nine Nine 3.11-3.12  
  • Elementary 4.07-4.10 
  • Galavant 2.01-2.08  
  • Grandfathered 1.10-1.13
  • Hell’s Kitchen 15.01-15.02
  • Masterchef Junior 4.08-4.11 
  • New Girl 5.01-5.03
  • Supergirl 1.09
  • Superstore 1.01-1.07 
  • Top Chef 13.01-13.07
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Hello, Chocolatebox Artist/Writer!

First off, relax, and thank you for participating! I hope you enjoy the exchange this year.

As you may guess from my requests, I like gen and relationships of any variety (het, femslash, slash, threesomes or moresomes).

Stuff I love includes but is not limited to: found families, epistolary/documentary, friends to lovers, hurt/comfort, loyalty kink, pretend couples (that turn into real couples), friends with benefits, people showing their care and concern by feeding the other person, fix-its, missing scenes, and future-fic.

I'm not really into explicit sex scenes, but feel free to write/draw one if you want.

Stuff I don't want, unless otherwise stated in that particular request, is: infidelity/adultery, character death, and non-con/dub-con.

Hope that helps!

Requests behind the cut for Barakamon, The Chronicles of Chrestomanci, Rod Albright Alien Adventures, One Punch Man, The Squire's Tales, Much Ado About Nothing, and The Silmarillion. 
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 So hey, much like last year, I don’t remember much of 2015, but I did write a few fics! 


  • 129,000 words 
  • 22 completed fics 
  • 1 ficlet 
  • 2 WIPs   
  • Fandoms: Les Misérables, Rómeó és Júlia, The Legend of Korra/Les Misérables, The Silmarillion, Dragon Ball, Thor, One Piece, Galavant, South Park, and The Squire’s Tales.

Finished fanfics 

As Iron Sharpens Iron - The Legend of Korra/ Les Misérables - When Jia Wei gets captured by a triad, it’s up to Chief Bei Fong to come to his rescue. Javert/Lin Bei Fong, 2,300 words, rated T.

All the Effects of Intoxication - Les Misérables - Instead of committing suicide, Javert goes on a three-day bender. When Valjean finds him, Javert assumes he’s a hallucination. Things proceed awkwardly from there. Valjean/Javert, 26,000 words (Total 66.2k), rated M.

A Welcome Distraction - Dragon Ball - Bulma helps Vegeta exercise. Well, for a certain value of “help.” Bulma/Vegeta, 1,500 words, rated T.

Song in a Strange Land - The Silmarillion - The story of how Balan became Bëor, and a few moments in that first year after Finrod came upon a company of Men at their campfire. Finrod/Bëor, 3,300 words, rated T.

Mersday’s Child Has Far to Go - The Silmarillion - When Túrin and Beleg discover a baby among the remnants of a caravan, things change, mostly for the better. Túrin/Beleg, 5,000 words, rated T.

Two Men and a Goat - Galavant - Richard enlists Gareth’s help in presenting Madalena with Jenny the Second. It doesn’t go as planned. Gareth/Richard, 4,000 words, rated M.

A Constellation Anyone Could Read - The Silmarillion - One winter’s night in Doriath, a celebration and a starlit sky reveal a few truths. Túrin/Beleg, 1,700 words, rated T.

Through Those Old Grounds of Memory - The Silmarillion - When Brandir suggests celebrating the anniversary of Níniel’s first year in Brethil, there are unexpected consequences. Finduilas/Niënor, 2,800 words, rated T.

Let Us Wander Where We Will - The Silmarillion - When Aredhel turns away from Nan Elmoth, she meets Haleth and learns for herself the curious customs of the Edain. Aredhel/Haleth, 2,400 words, rated G.

In Music the Passions Enjoy Themselves - The Silmarillion - When Admiral Bëor lets Estolad, Lord Finrod finds himself very interested in his new neighbour. Finrod/Bëor, 2,000 words, Regency AU, rated E.

Where Does the River Flow If Not to You? - The Silmarillion - Húrin’s willingness to risk all for King Fingon has unexpected consequences when a battle against an orc-band goes awry. Fingon/Húrin, 4,200 words, rated M.

Entertain Ideas Royally - The Silmarillion - One summer afternoon, Finrod proposes a game of pretend. Finrod/Bëor, 2,900 words, rated E.

Desire For a Good Tale - The Silmarillion - While Túrin is away on sentry-duty, Beleg finds himself drawn into a conversation about ghosts and monsters by Andróg and the other Gaurwaith. Túrin/Beleg, 3,000 words, rated M.

The Days When the Ships Came Slowly In - Thor/MCU - It was shame that drove Thor from The Dolphin and onto the streets of Southampton. Thor/Jane, 2,000 words, Age of Sail AU, rated G.

A Song to Cheer You - Rómeó és Júlia - For her twelfth birthday, Júlia received two gifts from her mother: a songbird and a dagger.   Júlia gen, 1,700 words, rated G.

Where the Passion Flower Grows - The Silmarillion - The people of Haleth are used to the dangers of Brethil. When Turambar stumbles upon a plant called love’s fever, Brandir must prove to him that it’s a poison with a pleasant cure. Brandir/Túrin, 4,600 words, rated E.

The Michael Problem - South Park - A few weeks after the events of “Tweek x Craig,” Craig’s friend Michael comes to visit and things get a little complicated. Tweek/Craig, 7,000 words, rated T.

Fair Words and Fine Melodies - The Squire’s Tales - Dinadan was grateful suddenly, so grateful that he almost couldn’t breathe, that his last sight of Palomides wouldn’t be that final startled look from the tower, Palomides’s surprise just beginning to turn to alarm as Dinadan fell. Dinadan/Palomides, 3,300 words, rated T.

“Close in Friendship”: Homosocial Relationships in the First Age - The Silmarillion - The collection gathers diaries, essays, and letters that span over a four thousand year period, beginning with Faramir of Ithilien’s private musings on the relationship between Maedhros and Fingon, and ending with a modern essay concerning a cache of letters recently discovered in the Gondorian Archives that sheds further light on several homosocial relationships, particularly amongst the Haladin. Finrod/Barahir, Fingon/Maedhros, Haleth/OFC, 1,500 words, rated G.

Túrin Turambar, Movie Star Series: 

  • Every secret of a writer’s soul The Silmarillion - The first time Beren meets Lúthien is one of the worst days of his life. Beren/Lúthien, 3,200 words, rated G.
  • Life’s like a play - The Silmarillion - Dear readers of Saeros Saeys, you will be delighted to learn that Túrin Turambar has decided to become an actor. I’m placing bets now on what kind of disaster this turns out to be. Beleg & Túrin, 2,900 words, rated T.
  • And the award goes to… - The Silmarillion - In a world where Túrin is an actor and Beleg is his stuntman-turned-agent after an unfortunate accident on set, Túrin’s co-star Nellas is asked to ensure he doesn’t cause any controversy during an awards show. She doesn’t succeed. Túrin/Beleg, 1,900 words, rated T.



An Honest Hand and a True Heart - The Silmarillion - Beleg had come often to Menegroth. Now Túrin came to the marches. Túrin/Beleg pre-slash, 530 words, rated G.


You Were the Storm That Changed the Skyline - One Piece - “Let’s meet again, out on Grand Line,” Gin had told an unconscious Straw Hat Luffy, and meant it. Three years later in the New World, he was finally going to keep that promise. Sanji/Gin, Nami/OFC, 35,000 words, rated E.

The Sea You Once Lived Beside and Thought Was Yours - One Piece - For a long time there is only the sea.(Or the one where Gin and Sanji are selkies, and yet most of canon still happens anyway.  Sanji/Gin, 3,800 words, rated T.

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 * = Rewatch/reread 


  • Ace of the Diamond 1.30-1.75
  • Barakamon 4-6 
  • One Punch Man 10-12 


  • Wake of Vultures by Lila Bowen
  • The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell by Chris Colfer
  • Aliens Ate My Homework by Bruce Coville*
  • The Lion’s Eye by Mary Gentle
  • Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons
  • The Ballad of Sir Dinadan by Gerald Morris*
  • Empire in Black and Gold by Adrian Tchaikovsky
  • Daddy Long Legs by Jean Webster


  • Dumbing of Age 
  • Ricky and Morty Volume 1
  • The Stoop Gallants
  • Yakitate!! Japan 1-10


  • Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001) 
  • Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994) 
  • Ginger Snaps (2001) 
  • Holiday Engagement (2011) 
  • Mrs. Santa Claus (1996) 
  • Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune (2012) 
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)


  • Daddy Long Legs (Livestream) 
  • Dar Williams (Sixth & I Historic Synagogue)
  • Matilda the Musical (Kennedy Center)

TV Shows/Web Series

  • Black-ish 2.09-2.10  
  • Brooklyn Nine Nine 3.09-3.10 
  • Crazy Ex-Girlfriend 1.07-108  
  • Elementary 4.05-4.06 
  • Fresh Off the Boat 2.09-2.10  
  • Grandfathered 1.09
  • The Great Holiday Baking Show 1.01-1.04
  • Jane the Virgin 2.06-2.08
  • Masterchef Junior 4.07 
  • The Muppets 1.09-1.10
  • Rosewood 1.09-1.10  
  • Supergirl 1.06-108
  • You’re the Worst seasons 1-2 
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Fair Words and Fine Melodies (3330 words) by Cinaed
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Squire's Tales Series - Gerald Morris
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Dinadan/Palomides
Characters: Dinadan (Squire's Tales), Palomides (Squire's Tales), Hermind (Squire's Tales)
Additional Tags: Hurt/Comfort, Missing Scene, Friends to Lovers, First Kiss, Music

Dinadan was grateful suddenly, so grateful that he almost couldn’t breathe, that his last sight of Palomides wouldn't be that final startled look from the tower, Palomides's surprise just beginning to turn to alarm as Dinadan fell.


Well, yuletide reveals happened so I can say I wrote a fic for azurish for The Squire’s Tales series, which is the Arthurian series of my heart. I read all the books through most of my teen years. (I also had a habit of spending each summer rereading my comfort reads, so I’ve probably read The Savage Damsel and the Dwarf and The Ballad of Sir Dinadan about…seven or eight times each at this point…) 

But this was so much fun to write, and revisit an old favorite series! 

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 This year for Yuletide I received THREE fics!

bewitched, bothered & bewildered Twelfth Night - Shakespeare

Summary: Men are not a new sensation / I've done pretty well I think / But this half-pint imitation / Put me on the blink

Antonio in Illyria -- what led him there, and what took him away.

A Twelfth Night fix-it of sorts that includes Antonio/Sebastian and Viola/Olivia and was amazing. 

Sight Leaf by Niggle - J. R. R. Tolkien

Summary: After Niggle leaves, Parish waits.

An interesting look at the afterlife with Parish’s wife. I really liked what I saw of Niggle and Parish’s friendship in this! 

Letter To My Daughter Westmark - Lloyd Alexander

Relationships: Caroline/Torrens (Westmark)

The fix-it fic of my heart, set post-trilogy! And plus, I love epistolary stories and this one is so perfect.  


Dec. 27th, 2015 09:41 pm
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So after being burned by too many LGBTQA rec lists (why does anyone rec Perry Moore's Hero, it is a piece of sexist garbage and the gay relationship is so slight that some people have read it and not even realized it was meant to be a relationship, SIT IN THE CORNER AND THINK ABOUT YOUR CHOICES) I decided I was going to just have 2016 be my queer sci-fi/fantasy year! I pulled up a lot of rec lists, squinted at the descriptions of books, and requested about 30 different books.

I have read two so far and-- well, apparently what all those rec lists have in common is that they neglect to mention when something is the start of a series. And both books have ended on cliffhangers (spoilers )), WHY.

...of course only one of them is one I think I'll actually continue.

Look, I WANTED to like Mary Gentle's The Lion's Eye. It's an alternate history where Carthage doesn't fall, the Holy Roman Empire is in shambles, Egypt is ruled by a queen, and the main character Ilarrio is a hermaphrodite and former slave on the run from their mother, who's just tried to kill them! There are great characters, like the Egyptian eunuch who helps them and has some cool chemistry with and is may or may not be a spy but is also CERTAINLY a scribe and book-seller who conveniently wanders around the continent, and the main character's father who didn't know they existed and is now super cheerful about his daughter-son and keeps trying to coax them to come and be his heir and live on his nice little villa and do what they like! The hapless assassin that Ilarrio makes pose as a model for their painting of Judas for hours on end, being uncomfortable and super confused about things!

...but then there is the whole there where about three-fourths of the way through the book everything gets...weird. More spoilers )

I am, however, looking forward to Lisa Bowen's sequel to Wake of the Vultures, which is due out in October. Even if it ended on a LITERAL CLIFFHANGER (thanks, Bowen!), it was definitely a better book and one I want to continue with, despite a few negative qualities to the book. (Two rape attempts, really? Must we?)

But Wake of the Vultures is also an alternate historical fantasy, this time set in a vaguely American West, with the main character Nettie Lonesome, an ill-used half-black, half-Indian girl who murders a stranger one day and begins to see monsters all around her, from vampires to shape-shifting coyotes who have the habit of transforming into Indian twins and ruining Nettie's life. And her entire life changes, with her struggling to find her place in a world that doesn't understand her (although it's a tight third-person POV focused on her and the book uses she/her pronouns, Nettie repeatedly identifies as a man and attempts to pass as one among other people) and in a role she doesn't want (once you've killed a monster, the other monsters tend to come looking for you). The magic in this is wonderfully creepy, the characters are great, and I'm interested in seeing what happens next.  I just have to...wait until October. *pulls a face* 
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“Close in Friendship”: Homosocial Relationships in the First Age (1505 words) by Cinaed
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Silmarillion and other histories of Middle-Earth - J. R. R. Tolkien
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Barahir (First Age)/Finrod Felagund | Findaráto, Haleth/Original Character, Fingon/Maedhros
Characters: Faramir, Maglor, Caranthir, Maedhros, Fingon, Haleth, Barahir, Finrod
Additional Tags: Epistolary, Letters, Essays

The collection gathers diaries, essays, and letters that span over a four thousand year period, beginning with Faramir of Ithilien’s private musings on the relationship between Maedhros and Fingon, and ending with a modern essay concerning a cache of letters recently discovered in the Gondorian Archives that sheds further light on several homosocial relationships, particularly amongst the Haladin.

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 * = Rewatch/reread 


  • Ace of the Diamond 1.01-1.29
  • Barakamon 1-3 
  • Bob’s Burgers 6.04-6.05
  • Death Parade 1-12 
  • Gravity Falls 2.18-2.19  
  • One Punch Man 1-9 


  • The Lost Stories of Louisa May Alcott, Author of Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  • The Boggart by Susan Cooper
  • The Real World of Sherlock Holmes: The True Crimes Investigated by Arthur Conan Doyle by Peter Costello
  • When a Scot Ties the Knot by Tessa Dare
  • Journey to the River Sea by Eva Ibbotson
  • Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier
  • Once on a Time by A.A. Milne
  • The Red House Mystery by A.A. Milne
  • On the Other Hand, Death by Richard Stevenson
  • A Matter of Magic by Patricia C. Wrede*
  • The Wizard’s Map by Jane Yolen
  • The Pictish Child by Jane Yolen
  • The Bagpiper’s Ghost by Jane Yolen  


  • The Parent Trap (1998)


  • Pericles (Folger Shakespeare Theater) 
  • Sherlock Holmes (Warner Theater)

TV Shows/Web Series

  • Black-ish 2.01-2.08
  • Brooklyn Nine Nine 3.06-3.08 
  • Crazy Ex-Girlfriend 1.01-1.06 
  • Elementary 4.01-4.04 
  • Fresh Off the Boat 2.05-2.08 
  • Grandfathered 1.01-1.08
  • Jane the Virgin 2.01-2.05
  • Masterchef Junior 4.01-4.03 
  • The Muppets 1.03-1.08 
  • Rosewood 1.06-1.09
  • Supergirl 1.02-1.05  
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So I did not know until I stumbled upon this collection of short stories that Louisa May Alcott, while writing books like Little Women, was also secretly writing glorious Gothic short stories and novels under a pen name! 

But anyway, I just sat down and read all of The Lost Stories of Louisa May Alcott, which contains nine Gothic stories Alcott wrote. Most of them are pretty great. I cannot decide which is my favorite! 

Is it the one where the guy is super into this woman he just met until he learns that a) the lovely lady is in fact a boy of sixteen who’s run away from school and b) is totally his nephew? THAT’S NOT AWKWARD.

Or is it the tragic romance which boils down to “Let me tell you alllll about how Russia is the worst and Poland is the best, okay? Sit down and let me tell you about this because it’s important. Poland = awesome amazing people. Russia = assholes.” 


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