I posted birthday fic for Steve yesterday:I want to take a breath that's true
Captain America; Steve/Bucky; g; 2,225 wordsIn which Steve and Bucky have breakfast in Central Park and hash out some stuff.
posted podfic of "This Carnival Life"
, which is the Steve/Bucky birthday story I wrote in 2012!
And remix reveals are up, so here are the three I wrote:There Is a Light That Never Goes Out (The Pleasure, The Privilege Is Mine)
Captain America; Steve/Bucky; g; 1,650 wordsSteve reluctantly attends Tony's New Year's Eve party, but is glad he did when Natasha brings him a gift.Remix of There's a light (at the end of this tunnel) by seratonation.
This was my original assignment, and my remix technique, if you want to call it that, was to take an AU and make it canon-compliant instead. Which is a perfectly valid remix strategy, though one that usually goes in the opposite direction (i.e., making something an AU of some sort). Once I realized I could do that, the story basically wrote itself. (The first thing I came up with was terrible and I wanted to shoot myself in the face while writing it, so this was a much happier experience for me. And I like how it turned out, too.) I figured the title would give me away, or at least Thor's cameo, because I love writing Thor showing up, saying awesome things, and then departing like the swank prince of Asgard that he is.
This is going to either sound like whining or bragging, and it's not intended to be anything except an example of how weird
remix is in terms of feedback, but this story, after a week of being public, has the following box score: Comments: 3 Kudos: 19 Hits: 103. It's the hits here that really fascinate me, because that seems more in line with the days prior to CATWS, when it was me and like eight other people dedicated to writing the pairing. Compare it to a story I posted at 2 pm yesterday: Comments: 14 Kudos: 216 Bookmarks: 25 Hits: 1062. Ten times more hits and kudos! Almost five times more comments! (though comments are so ridiculously rare these days I almost feel like those numbers say nothing.)
But remix has always been this way. Several years in a row while I was still modding it, I made a post in the middle of the anonymous week reminding people that remix is a low feedback ficathon, and except for the handful of stories that break out and get recced, it remains the case this year as well. I don't know why. I've never known why - is it the remix concept? The anonymity? The lack of recs? Or is it just the weird nature of feedback in general? I don't think I'll ever know the answer, but I think about the question a lot during remix.
And the other two stories I wrote, both last minute pinch hits:If Only Tonight We Could Sleep (The Alien Clone Hybrid Trance Mix)
DCU; Tim/Kon; adult; contains: light bondage; 1,600 wordsEven drifting in and out of sleep, Kon keeps an ear out for his teammates, and for Tim in particular.Remix of Hold Me by Teaotter.
I thought this one was obviously me too, just going by the title. Writing this sent me on a Tim/Kon rereading spiral. I still don't understand why DC didn't make them canon. I still have the desire for ALL the Tim/Kon trope fic, though more the desire to have written it than the drive to actually write any of it. Sigh. #otp: you'll always be my robinTo Get a Dirty Job Done (The Redheaded Woman Remix)
DCU; Dick/Steph; adult; 1,880 wordsDick and Steph go undercover at a masked ball and things get a little hot and heavy.Remix of Redheads Have More Fun by amathela.
This was written at literally the last moment possible, and mostly because there should be more Dick/Steph in the world. And also a so obviously me title. Because titles are hard, so when you find a method that works, stick with it.
I will likely post them all to DW/LJ for archiving purposes in the next few days.
I went for a pedicure this afternoon - last time I got Essie's Hide and Go Chic, which I really liked, but I couldn't find it again, so I chose Essie's Spun in Luxe, which looks like a shimmery midnight blue in the bottle and mostly looks black on, which is kind of a disappointment. (if I wanted black, I'd have chosen black!) Oh well, I'll know better next time.
I spent yesterday watching 1776
which was awesome as always, and Yankee Doodle Dandy
, which I hadn't seen since I was a kid and which I can't really recommend. I mean, the songs are iconic, but mostly I just got tired while I was watching it. Cagney gives a tour de force performance, though, as much as I found the character irritating.