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10 May 2009 @ 10:18 pm
Eight Days of Happiness: Metafic  
It's the last day of happiness! Not that I don't plan to be happy tomorrow, but I probably won't be posting about it. The meme is done.

Here's what I learned: man, I don't have time to post every day. If you posted this week, I almost certainly missed it, because it was all I could do to get these up and reply to a few comments. (I will honestly try to get to the rest very soon. But posting had to come first! Well, after the earthling, I mean.) I miss you folks! I miss your lives and wit and wisdom and random posts about cats! You're pretty much my entire social life that doesn't involve a charming but pre-verbal baby. In the future, I will cling to you much harder. There will be squeezing involved. Some of you may pop. Sorry.

But, on the other hand, this was tons of fun. I got to post things not in sets, things I couldn't fit in sets, sets that were too small or too weird or whatever. I posted things that were not polished and things that maybe made no sense, and I did not feel bad. And, most of all, I got to express my love for fandom, which makes me so very very happy.

I love you all! You bring me joy! And the eight days are up. Maybe next year I'll try for fourteen, but until then, I'm going back to once in a blue moon posting. But first: metafic.

The One That Hurts and Heals. And Notice I Did Not Type That "Heels." General Wrongness in the Hub, by travels_in_time. Torchwood.

The sad part is that every single time I read this, I have this moment where I flinch away from the screen and try to remember why I bookmarked something that's so horribly, horribly - oh, right. It's metafic, and it's supposed to be that way! And then I return to reading a much happier person.

No. The really sad part is that I've seen every mistake in this story made so many times that I have some kind of post-grammatic stress syndrome going on in my head that makes me twitch convulsively each time I read this. Because, see, the author is not exaggerating at all here, and that's the true tragedy.

But also the source of the humor, of course. And it's awesome to be reminded that all these errors can be corrected! The universe can be saved!

Relatedly: hug your betas, people. And then hug other people's betas. They save us from so very much humiliation and agony.

The One Where We Learn That Fandom Has a Big Black Cock. I Can't Say I'm Totally Shocked. Making up Is Hard to Do, by china_shop. Fandom/LJ.

Haven't we all, at one point or another, snapped, "Oh, suck my cock, LJ" at the computer screen? Or, if we haven't, maybe we should. I mean, I never knew I wanted to see Fandom topping LJ, but clearly -

Oh, god. There's no way to write this rec, because it goes well past the familiar if occasionally awkward fields of double entendre and all the way to the somewhat less familiar climes of meta-within-a-recommendation-of-a-meta-piece. There's too much meta on my screen right now! My fingers cannae take much more o' this, captain! (Trek fans: did I, uh, do that right? I'm not fluent in your in jokes, but I'm trying.)

Anyway. This is surprisingly hot, considering it's, you know, Fandom/LJ, and it's also surprisingly compelling - I care about the characters an awful lot, given that they are not exactly my usual sort. And it's totally appropriate to the time when it was written (two years ago). But I do wonder, when I read it now, how a story like this would look now. I am guessing Fandom would be negotiating a polyamorous relationship with LJ and IJ and her new sweetheart, DW. (But part of her would want to stay monogamous and cleave only unto LJ! And part of her would want to leave his skanky ass for good! She'd be torn, is my point. Poor, poor Fandom. Thank god for feeds.)

The One in Which Burton Guster Gets Outed. No, Not Like That. Worse. Gus Goes for the Gold Star, by liviapenn. Psych.

It's a Yuletide story about Yuletide. It had to happen, and it's just totally brilliant that it happened with Burton Guster. (Side note: am I the only person who desperately wants to see a crossover between Leverage and Psych? I just think Hardison and Gus would like each other. Unless they got into a vicious argument over Horde v. Alliance, I mean. And although I don't know either fandom well, I sort of suspect that Parker is Shawn's kryptonite.)

Gus, in this story, out-nerds me with ease - I have no idea who Ben Sisko is. Also, of course, I've never won a gold star in Yuletide. (I try! I do! But there are extenuating circumstances. Yes, every single year. Yuletide is hard.) And he does it with such style. The man has special lucky writing socks. Maybe if I had special lucky writing socks, I too could get a gold star.

Or not. But Gus can. And I generally cringe at fandom-within-fan-fiction - it often just does not work all that well, and usually I prefer that the characters stay in their world and out of mine. But Gus just seems to fit right in with the Yuletide madness.

And he deserves a gold star, damn it.
Paceuspaceus on May 11th, 2009 06:26 am (UTC)
Wow, you wrote these each day? When you started posting I figured that you'd written the posts in advance (in the space of two months or so!). I applaud your persistence! I've been so busy that I've barely had time to read them, let alone post something of my own.

Anyway, thanks so much for these recs! They've made me happy too. I can't wait to see the vids you recced -- they sound so good -- and as always, you make me want to read fics in fandoms I've never even heard of (or at least know very little about). Plus, and this is a big plus, you let me know there's a Merlin fic by astolat I hadn't read. With fairies. I don't know how I could have missed it or forgotten about it, but I'm reading it now and I love it.
Loriel Eris: planets and moonsloriel_eris on May 11th, 2009 07:43 am (UTC)
Your eight days of happiness have made me happy. *g* I loved the wiki history on, and I am strangely intrigued by this rec set. *opens in new tabs*

Also. Having not yet read Gus Goes for the Gold Star, I suspect, but cannot be 100% sure, that Ben Sisko, is Captain Benjamin Sisko of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.

[And I am utterly horrified this this is the closest thing I have to s Star Trek icon.]
macey muse: Sai ^_^ - hikagomacey_muse on May 11th, 2009 10:01 am (UTC)
Ben Sisko is /awesome/. Yeah, he's Captain of the DS:9 space-station. Where the chief security officer is a shape-shifter who must periodically turn into porridge to - I don't know, retain a smooth consistancy? or something? Oh hey, have I tried to make you read that fic about his son Jake Sisko and the Vulcan operatic castrati? It's epic, I wave it at everyone sooner or later. 's the Jeu Parti series here (scroll down).

(and, I went 'hee' at the Trek reference, so I think you got it right?)
Adinaadina_atl on May 11th, 2009 07:10 pm (UTC)
Every year I start Yuletide bright and early. I have three-quarters of my story done in the first week, ready to post...any time now. Soon. Real soon. As soon as I finish that last scene. But definitely before the gold star deadline. For sure. Oh, wait, that deadline was yesterday, wasn't it? Oh, well, I'll finish it this weekend. Really. But what's the hurry, there's still a month before the real deadline. Or a week, at least....

Consistently I manage to get my story in three days before the real deadline. Which isn't bad, but... The funny thing is that I then often manage to write another story or two in the remaining three days as pinch hits!
bluevsgreybluevsgrey on May 11th, 2009 08:44 pm (UTC)
Unless they got into a vicious argument over Horde v. Alliance, I mean.

DUDE, their is only one right side in that argument and it is Horde. Anyone who says otherwise is dead to me.
bluevsgreybluevsgrey on May 11th, 2009 08:48 pm (UTC)
Uh, I forgot to mention how much I loved all these mini-recs! They are awesome. The one SGA story about Rodney reverting back to his pre-atlantis memory would have been a shame for me to miss. But you recced it so I didn't!
Fishfish_echo on May 17th, 2009 01:39 am (UTC)
*wave* I have friended you! I thought I had done that ages ago, but no! *shakes head at self* I have friended you because (a) I want to be you when I grow up and (b) I love the recs and (c) actually, (b) and (a) kinda say the same thing. And now I have to go force myself to do laundry instead of reading the rest of the eight days of posting and for that I am quite sad *pouts*. (I've read the second two stories that you rec here and I have tonnes of love for the recursiveness of the last story. And I'm fairly certain there's an audio version of the fandom/LJ story up at [the audiofic archive]-- don't know how you feel about listening to fics but I'm in an avoid-the-laundry mood so this comment is going to be as long as I can make it! Umm, evidently this is that long.)
travels_in_timetravels_in_time on May 22nd, 2009 11:12 pm (UTC)
I know I'm way late here, but I just wanted to say thanks for the rec! I'm sorry I wrote something that makes people flinch away from the screen, but that's how I felt at the time. :D

Relatedly: hug your betas, people. And then hug other people's betas. They save us from so very much humiliation and agony.

The Gauche in the Machine: Bert & Ernie with rubber duckchina_shop on May 31st, 2009 01:50 pm (UTC)
Even later than travels_in_time, but just as grateful: thanks very much for the rec! :-D