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01 December 2004 @ 05:08 pm
Slashy Nominations 100: Days Like These  
I was going to do something special for the 100th nominations set, because - that's more than four hundred stories I've recommended. More than four hundred story summaries I've written. You guys have to be getting sick of this, and it seemed like I'd better take the opportunity to do something different.

So I had this post about the slashiest fandom ever all written, and I was going to do a recs set entirely based on that, even if I had to acquire a new fandom to do it.

But then norah left for India. (Technically, she's still around, but she's offline and she'll be leaving tomorrow and not coming back for three weeks.) This is depressing, folks. Plus, it's December, and I've just realized that I have no clue how to write regular recommendations, which is going to make a month behind the SN wheel at crack_van just...so very special. And I have bought no presents for the holiday season, and we're getting into the seriously scary shopping time, and anyway I'm sort of gloomily wondering where I'll get the money to do said shopping. And it seems like my family-of-origin might be going for the traditional Holiday Implosion this year, which, trust me - not pretty, and I'm talking about the kind of "not pretty" likely to require professional intervention. And...and I feel like whining some more, but I'm going to stop, because Jesus, that's pathetic.

Instead, I'll summarize: it's been a day of petty annoyances and looming dread and self-pity. I need to snap myself out of this somehow, and how better than to read about characters I love having that same sort of day? So instead of a special 100th celebration, you get - bad days. Sorry.

(Maybe we can celebrate the, um, 111th post instead. 111 is a nice number, right? Nothing wrong with 111. No, sir; 111 is going to be great.)

Best FF in Which We Learn, to Our Surprise, the Secret Identity of the Reincarnation of Isak Dinesen. In Which Dan Has a Bad Day, by Sinead, aka smallbeer. Sports Night, Dan Rydell/Casey. See, now, this perked me right up, because Danny's day? So much worse than mine. For one thing, I have soap. And a working toilet. For another, I haven't encountered any surfers of any kind, which is impressive, considering that they're one of the primary indigenous species where I live, and certainly no airhead Nazi surfboy bimbos, although those would definitely add an original touch to anyone's day. And, finally, I have smutty FF like this to get me through the day - FF that is funny and just a touch angsty and ends with sex. Scented sex. Re-reading this made me 50% happier. Bonus: those of you with clothing fetishes will encounter ripped t-shirt Danny in here, which should make you at least 50% happier. So come on, folks - get happy! Read this!

Best FF in Which We Learn Precisely What Wyndham-Pryces Are Famous for. And No, It's Nothing to Do with That, You Total Perv. A Bad Day, by The Brat Queen, aka thebratqueen. Angel, Angel/Wesley Wyndham-Pryce. I don't want you to think I'm recommending this story just because I've been calling my dog Brat Queen for five years. No, I could recommend any of TBQ's stories if that was the reasoning here, and the same with my love for the way TBQ writes Angel and Wes in an established relationship - i.e., happily and humorously. (I mean, I enjoy the Wes angst as much as the next girl, but this fandom needs the occasional dose of sweetness and light, and TBQ brings it by the sackful.) I'm recommending this story because it shows the importance of wallowing as a coping mechanism. If more people understood that, this world would be - OK, a whinier place. But also one in which people didn't, you know, hit strangers or break valuable things after a bad day, but rather got down with the Scotch and the self-pity. Tell me you wouldn't prefer living in that world, and, well, I'll have to believe you. But I'll believe you while I myself am moving to Wallowland.

Best FF in Which We Learn a Helpful Telephone Cord Detangling Technique, and Then, Even More Helpfully, Learn Why We Should Probably Not Practice It. Madagascar, by Rhipodon Society, for whom I have no links of any kind. Anyone else have one? The Sentinel, Jim Ellison/Blair Sandburg. Why, yes, I am sticking pretty much to my old favorite fandoms today. Why, yes, you will be seeing a due South rec very soon. Why, yes, I am predictable. But it's the good kind of predictable, right? OK. This is just hysterical, from the section epigraphs to the interconnections of the various unfortunate events in Jim's day to Jim's planned strategy for dealing with his troubles, which is moving to, yes, Madagascar. (Or Antarctica.) I myself would choose to move to South America and raise llamas, but we all cope in our own individual ways. The important thing is that this story manages to blend phone cords, illicit Valium-feeding, and a cashier we've all encountered at some point in our lives (fanofall should be thinking the words "Federal Express" right about now) into a delightfully springy and satisfying whole. Unsolved Mystery: what is it with The Sentinel FF and lasagna? My lasagna manufacture and consumption has increased at least tenfold since I began reading in this fandom, because something like 88% of all TS stories (note: hyperbole spoken here!) feature lasagna as the ultimate in comfort and sexiness. And, yes, OK, that's entirely correct, but it doesn't make it easy for those of us who haven't got the right ingredients on hand. Won't someone please think of the lasagna-less?

Best FF in Which We Learn What Happens to People Who Do Not Have Access to the Food They Are Craving. And to Everyone in the Vicinity, Too. Out of Range, by SA, aka sathinks, who, incidentally, has a marvelous recs LJ at sareads. Due South, Ray Kowalski/Benton Fraser. Even Rays have bad bad days, but they can be solved with the judicious application of Mounties. OK, one Mountie. And - critical lesson, here - nicotine (hush, dSfen), caffeine, carbohydrates, cheese - none of these things can substitute for said Mountie, or your local equivalent. You may think they can, but really you're just fooling yourself, and the sooner you accept that and go get your Mountie the happier you'll be. Um. But no one should take that as an attempt to incite felonious behavior towards our big-hatted, red-coated Northern Friends, because they should be handled with respect and love, not live-capture traps. (Also, they are notoriously skittish, so luring them with bait works better in the long run. I recommend maple candy, myself, or pemmican for the more extreme Mountie.)

P.S. This post is dedicated to fanofall, who had a day that was much worse than mine. Nothing like the suffering of one's friends to put a little suckiness into perspective! (And, um. That was a joke.)
 
 
 
taverymate on December 1st, 2004 07:11 pm (UTC)
I've just been reccing Rhipoden Society stories in Nero Wolfe & Batman recently, and so mourning anew their continuing absence. Rhipoden Society (Ryan & Gayleen) took down their website (stories, songvids, recs, etc.) in September 2003, IIRC, when they were making some serious connections with paid, professional writing gigs. Some of their marvellous stories can still be found in various archives (most of the Sentinel stories are at 852 Prospect, I think). Others aren't archived anywhere that I know of (e.g. Nero Wolfe, and maybe the Batman stories.) There was a suggestion that they'd be putting the site back up at a later date, but if so, I've never seen it.

Gayleen can still be reached about her music CDs (which are fantastic original music, much of it fandom based in topic) & she has been responsive in the past to requests for her fiction.

I think I have most, if not all, of their fiction saved, and I'm willing to email out stories if I have them.
tried to eat the safe banana: Kiss methefourthvine on December 1st, 2004 10:13 pm (UTC)
Oh, thank you. I knew their website is down, but I had no idea why or if they'd reincarnated elsewhere. Mystery solved. And I would very, very much appreciate it if you emailed me their stories, if you think it'd be OK with them; I've only read a few in TS, but they're so good I've always wished for more.

Is there an email address I could use to send you my, um, non-posted email address? Because my fannish account is as squirrelly as the campus of the University of Texas at Austin (mental note: come up with better simile) and would in any case choke on such substantial emails.
(no subject) - taverymate on December 1st, 2004 11:29 pm (UTC) (Expand)
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Iphiginia Saberhagenfanofall on December 1st, 2004 07:15 pm (UTC)
SQUEE!!!!!!!

OMGAWHOLESETDEDICATEDTOMEOMG!!!!!!

And. Yeah. FedEx. That woman. And the bubble wrap. GRRRR....
tried to eat the safe banana: I sleep with computers.thefourthvine on December 1st, 2004 10:15 pm (UTC)
Well, I thought you deserved it, and the 100th one seems curiously appropriate, given all the FF you're responsible for me having read. Plus, you know, you had a bad day.

(Bubble wrap. Hee. I mean, I know it was annoying as hell, but I still giggle every time I see any of the stuff, because I'm always considering how it could best be used as a weapon.)
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Imaginary Researcher: Prophecy OTP - laylah_rhannahrorlove on December 1st, 2004 07:18 pm (UTC)
I'm tempted to submit The Prophecy as the slashiest fandom, given that the slash is about as canon as you can get. Case in point: the images in this icon have not been altered in any way.

I look forward to all your posts, and await #111 with eagerness and patience.
tried to eat the safe banana: The world is my fandomthefourthvine on December 1st, 2004 10:16 pm (UTC)
Huh. I think you've just prompted me to post my slashiest fandom entry, because a) I've never heard of The Prophecy and b) you're right. That's - damn slashy, there.
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Carbohydrates! Now in people shapes!: (fan) build a fortjuniper200 on December 1st, 2004 07:36 pm (UTC)
I think a celebration of the eleventy-first post is entirely suitable in a fandom journal. Looking forward to it.
tried to eat the safe banana: Books glancethefourthvine on December 1st, 2004 10:19 pm (UTC)
You know, I didn't even think of that when I picked 111 as the celebration post?

I feel - fannishly inadequate. Thank you so much for filling me on that - it would've really fannishly inadequate to miss a reference to my first fandom in the celebration post.
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tried to eat the safe banana: Drawthefourthvine on December 1st, 2004 10:28 pm (UTC)
*hugs back*

The things is - you know that bit in Busman's Honeymoon where Bunter says that it's one's ability to handle minor annoyances and discomforts, rather than catastrophes, that really reveals one's character? Well, I think that indicates some pretty unsavory things about my character, because - I am not so good with the minor annoyances. Seriously. One trifling unexpected change can destroy my mood more effectively than a flood. So it wasn't a tough day by any real definition, just one that left me grouchy and oddly filled with foreboding and a burden to my loved ones. So thank god for LJ, where it's always safe to whine!

(Unrelated side note: that icon of yours always makes me want to use this icon of mine. And I'm not at all sure why.)
Waiting at Crossroads: pensword-dreamiflameguede_mazaka on December 1st, 2004 07:52 pm (UTC)
To be honest, I consider each of your reviews pieces of perfect writing in and of themselves. Nonfiction is just as tough as writing fiction, but you do it with grace. So hey, celebrate away! That's over 400 works of prose you've accomplished.
tried to eat the safe banana: Love writingthefourthvine on December 1st, 2004 10:29 pm (UTC)
Wow. I'm - that's an amazing thing to say. I'm going to print that out and save it somewhere, because, wow.

You've rendered me inarticulate with delight. Thank you.
aliquid stat pro aliquomaygra on December 1st, 2004 08:13 pm (UTC)
400recs
*jaw drop*

I'm not entirely sure I've read 400 stories. and certianly not 400 stories worth reading, much less reccing...then again, you intersts range far and wide and mine are small and plebian.


:::is in awe:::
tried to eat the safe banana: I sleep with computers.thefourthvine on December 1st, 2004 10:36 pm (UTC)
Re: 400recs
You know what's really scary? I've recommended only a tiny fraction of what is in my queue. When I first started this, I had less than a page of tentative categories and sets; I now have - and this is embarrassing - 35 pages. And that's not all the stories in my to-be-rec'd database by any means; those are just the stories that have already been sorted and prepared for recommending.

Which we could regard either as proof that my obsession has reached clinically unhealthy heights, or as evidence of the astonishing quality and quantity of the FF out there.

Let's go with the latter interpretation, shall we? It'll save a lot of bother with diagnosis and medication and so on.

(And your interests are not plebeian, unless all of ours are, and they aren't narrow. You know whole fandoms of which I had not even heard prior to meeting you.)
Re: 400recs - mmeguilotn on December 2nd, 2004 03:03 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Re: 400recs - thefourthvine on December 2nd, 2004 05:35 pm (UTC) (Expand)
 I'm not familiar with the thing I'm seeing: lit_fandoms-undeadgoatlite_bright on December 1st, 2004 08:15 pm (UTC)
400 recs? And 100 rec posts, full of snarky and slashy goodness? Wow. I feel like we ought to mark this occasion somehow. Besides being generally gleeful, and that sort of thing.

damn, I'll think of something!

Ahah! Drinks! Are on me! (aside from the whole living-3000-miles away from you bit, and I'm not all that sure that alcohol goes through the mail well. Can you even send it, without the Postal Service flipping a nut? Important questions, yes.)

Drinks, that's what we were on. So, um.

Yes, I was going somewhere with this line of reasoning.
tried to eat the safe banana: Navel gazingthefourthvine on December 1st, 2004 11:21 pm (UTC)
Celebrations! I love celebrations! Drinks all 'round!

Yeah, you knew I was going to say that.

I don't know what the Postal Service has to say about alcohol, but chocolate - chocolate is always welcome. And much less likely to be aborbed by our mailalien, I should think. Yes, chocolate! Chocolate all 'round! (Look, it's late; sanity is always the first to go.)

And, yes, 100 Slashy Nominations posts. I'm either proud or, well, really alarmed. And I think I'll stick with proud. For the moment.
plus one skeletondelurker on December 1st, 2004 08:20 pm (UTC)
Aw, bad day blues. *hugs*

You guys have to be getting sick of this
Never! I see the updates and I'm always like, 'Yay! New thefourthvine ficrecs!'

Plus, it's December, and I've just realized that I have no clue how to write regular recommendations, which is going to make a month behind the SN wheel at crack_van just...so very special.
You're reccing in crack_van? Yay! Good luck.

Maybe we can celebrate the, um, 111th post instead.
*waits in anticipation*

But it's the good kind of predictable, right?
The very best. So good that I've followed you into SN, in fact.

But no one should take that as an attempt to incite felonious behavior towards our big-hatted, red-coated Northern Friends, because they should be handled with respect and love, not live-capture traps. (Also, they are notoriously skittish, so luring them with bait works better in the long run. I recommend maple candy, myself, or pemmican for the more extreme Mountie.)
*gets extreme weather clothing*
*flies to Canada*
*wanders into the Great White Wilderness*
*calls* 'Here, Mountie Mountie Mountie...'
*tempts with maple candy*
*lures one south*
*giftwraps*
*gives to thefourthvine*
Merry Christmas!
tried to eat the safe banana: Kiss methefourthvine on December 1st, 2004 11:14 pm (UTC)
I definitely feel the love, here. Thank you!

And thank you for the luck; I will need it in crack_van, because - yow. No, really, yow. 'Tis far scarier than I had anticipated, venturing out of my comfortable home pond and into the big scary ocean. I mean, yes, just post the stories, right? Except - eeeeek!

The very best. So good that I've followed you into SN, in fact.

Yay! Welcome to the fold, my child. It is a happy place, this domain we call SNland, inhabited by delightful people, delightful characters, and delightful and often slashy stories.

*embraces vigorously*

(And many thanks for the Mountie, who will find maintaining the right damn challenging in this house.)
zillah975 on December 1st, 2004 08:59 pm (UTC)
But then makesmewannadie left for India. (Technically, she's still around, but she's offline and she'll be leaving tomorrow and not coming back for three weeks.) This is depressing, folks.

Oh, my yes.

I'm thrilled for the adored MMWD, of course. But I fully expect to go into a decline for the three weeks of her absence.

Maybe we can celebrate the, um, 111th post instead. 111 is a nice number, right?

Eleventy-one! It's a perfectly lovely number. :)
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(no subject) - thefourthvine on December 1st, 2004 11:05 pm (UTC) (Expand)
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flyingtapes: fraserflyingtapes on December 2nd, 2004 03:17 am (UTC)
eeeyourecc'edmeYAY!

Thank you. You just brightened my day.

Though I will mention that my journal is sathinks; sawrites is, um, there, though I haven't done much with it. ::grin::
tried to eat the safe banana: Love writingthefourthvine on December 2nd, 2004 05:30 pm (UTC)
Ah. Well, I'd wondered, but I thought - if she has a writing-specific journal, I ought to use that one. I've changed it, though, to sathinks, which will let them link to the others.

(And let me tell you how jealous I am of your neat little constellation of inter-related journal names. My advice to all those new to LJ would be: never, never pick your LJ name late at night and on a total whim, because you may *think* you are only getting a LJ for the friendslist, but you never know where addiction will take you.)
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