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Tuesday, June 21st, 2011 12:00 am
Doppelgänger by [livejournal.com profile] aelfgyfu_mead (SG-1/Chuck)
gen; G; crossover, humor; ~ 8600 words
summary: Casey is thrilled to head a mission once again, even if it involves impersonating some lowlife Ring agent who looks a lot like him. This Dave Dixon guy will never know what hit him.
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Monday, January 17th, 2011 12:00 am
Today, I bring Chuck crossovers. For those who don't know the show which I assume is, well, most of my flist, here are some caps to put faces to the names. Sarah, Chuck, and Casey:

Okay, you're all set...

Chuck Versus the Uncanny by rivkat (Chuck/SPN)
gen; Chuck, Sam, Dean, Casey, Sarah; humor; 2277 words
Dean turned, and in less than a blink the two of them were pointing guns at one another.
“Hey, no, hey!” Chuck protested. “This is a big, big misunderstanding. And now it’s a misunderstanding with guns, and I can’t help thinking that is a lot worse than your basic everyday misunderstanding, so maybe we can all back off—”
Diplomatic Mission to the Buy More by mahoni (Chuck/SGA)
gen; Chuck Bartowski, Elizabeth Weir, Jack O'Neill, Morgan Grimes; humor; 726 words
Summary: "Chuck Bartowski has the worst poker face of anyone I've ever met. Worse than Rodney and Carson put together."

crossover comment fic by [livejournal.com profile] shogunsquirrel (Chuck/Highlander)
gen; Chuck, Duncan, Methos; 380 words
Before he flashed, he figured the two guys in trench coats heading toward the counter were bad news. Anyone wearing a coat that long in Southern CA...
And then he flashed
And one more crossover, this one of Calvin&Hobbes and a canon I'm completely unfamiliar with - which didn't diminish my enjoyment of the fic one bit:
The Roommate of +10 Confusion by Grevling (Calvin&Hobbes/FoxTrot)
gen; Jason Fox, Calvin; 3241 words
Summary: There must be some scientifically sound way for Jason Fox to be able to quantify his new college roommate, but he hasn't found one yet that fits. Especially when he factors in the stuffed tiger.

Never heard of the Jason Fox character, but he and Calvin are a match made in heaven. (Or hell, depending on who you ask, I guess ;o)
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Tuesday, December 28th, 2010 11:00 am
another Yuletide rec:
This kid I once knew (Calvin & Hobbes)
(temporary link in case the servers are robust)
gen; Susie Derkins; post-canon; 1786 words
Summary: Daniel sends their whole improv group an e-mail saying "check this out its fun1!1" and a link to a web comic called The Adventures of Spaceman Spiff.

I read quite a few good C&H stories in which the kids grew up. This one from Susie's POV is one of my favorites.

and squeezing in some non-yuletide recs:
Chuck vs Five Men, One with a Knife by sharpasamarble (Chuck)
gen (with Chuck/Sarah UST, emphasis on 'U'); set in S1; adventure/drama; 70,687 words
Summary: On New Year's Day, Chuck contemplates his resolutions. But a group blunder on a simple mission has complex consequences for Team Chuck, leading each member down a road he didn't expect to travel.

It's rare to find a casefile-style fic with such a satisfying plot. The characterization is sharp and the relationship dynamics portrayed in an interesting way. The author captures the season one vibe well, and adds her own touch.

Love is written in Poetry, Marriage in Prose by Santa (SGA)
R; McKay/Keller/ pre-McKay/Keller/Sheppard; 4191 words
Summary: Rodney and Jennifer fantasize about opening up their relationship.

Looks like McKay/Keller/Sheppard has come to be my OT3, thanks to fic like this one. A well-written, fun exploration of the trio's relationship... during the course of which some popular fandom tropes get turned on their head (always a big plus).
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Wednesday, December 1st, 2010 08:50 pm
Congrats to everyone who finished NaNo successfully!
My plan was to use November to write an entire comic script. Well, at least I did get the teaser and the first act done? Read more... )
linkage: Dogs Don't Understand Basic Concepts Like Moving
The text alone would be funny enough but the illustrations are a scream.

Chuck was the #1 pirated TV show on the Pirate Bay this week. Yay? I can't help it, this makes me weirdly proud.

No new Chuck for seven weeks. Why did I rush through the eps like that. "Waste not, want not" they say. I wasted, and now I want. At least that show has a decent body of fic to it, there even seems to be a significant amount of plotfic which I find generally less common for shows that aren't genre. I suppose the crack factor in Chuck is high enough to make it easier to write for than for standard procedurals or cop shows, and hidden behind the lighthearted crack there's still plenty of character depth and darker themes to explore.

I just haven't had any inspiration for fanart. Probably a good thing, I should get some work done.

My climbing partner for tonight cancelled because of the cold and I can't even blame her. I was only semi-enthused at the thought of getting on my bike again. I just now went to the store and tried to buy a balaclava, alas they don't sell them. I don't care how unfashionable it is, I want one.
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Friday, November 26th, 2010 01:49 am
[personal profile] rahirah wrote down a history of the Buffy wank fandom. And behold, it was hilarious: And y'know, that's just Spike fandom.

Which reminds me of a hankering I've been having ever since I read that Angel: After the Fall issue that has Kate and Connor meeting over fighting demons in post-apocalyptic L.A. Such a cool premise, and man, that comic did so little with it. Isn't there anybody out there in fandomland who has the burning desire to write this scenario? Possibly throwing Angel into the mix and have a bit of Angel&Connor bonding and Angel/Kate grudgy-friendship-with-UST, too? *puppy look*

^ I'll just throw that prompt out there and call it My Holiday Wish List. ;)
[eta: I'm still mostly unfamiliar with comic canon so I wouldn't mind if it went AU after S5.]

pimpage: [community profile] fanart_recs is a new(ish) comm for, well, fanart recs. You can sign up for one month to rec four fanart works in one fandom. Check it out, there have been some great pieces linked already. Like this one (AtLA (which I still haven't watched)). When I'm not familiar with a source I find myself a lot more willing to check out fanart than fic... takes just a click and a look, after all. I'm gonna rec Fullmetal Alchemist in December.

xposted from genrec: End of the World by [personal profile] penknife (SGA)
gen; PG-13?; an episode tag ficlet for "Enemy at the Gate" (288 words)
Ronon's thoughts about Earth, about his friends and the end of the world. It's sparse and efficient, one of those ficlets that say a lot in just a few hundred words. Really beautiful.

Four Times Chuck Was a Hero By Being Nerdy by [livejournal.com profile] dotfic (Chuck)
Gen, PG (preseries-early season two); 2,200 words
What it says on the can. Quintessential Chuck: nerdy and heroic. <3

Chuck vs The Middle by flash-faker (Chuck)
gen-Chuck/Sarah/Casey pre-OT3; Rating: T; warning: some descriptions of gore; 24,255 words
Chuck's resilience in the field is tested, and Casey and Sarah have some decisions to make.
I saved this under INSTA-rec and then Work happened and I couldn't write my rec while the fic was still fresh in my mind. Anyway, it's one of those stories I had to read in one because I didn't want to stop, not because of non-stop action (it's character-driven though the background plot is solid) but because the character's inner life is just that gripping. I really like how the author gets into their heads and where she takes the characters.
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Sunday, October 31st, 2010 01:28 am
Down Side by [livejournal.com profile] penknife (SGA)
gen; John Sheppard; short
Summary: 5 things John hates about Atlantis/being in Atlantis.

Negotiations by [livejournal.com profile] wildcat88 (SGA)
Gen; PG; Team; ~14,000 words
Summary: While waiting for Sheppard to recuperate, Rodney finds a reference that hints at a supply of ZPMs on an unexplored world. However, when the team arrives, they find it inhabited by rivals that aren't interested in sharing.

Planetside fic with good plot, lots of teamy banter, and an interesting and plausible exploration of the Travellers' culture.

Casey vs. The Dorks by anenko (Chuck)
gen; ensemble; set in season 1; 2186 words
Summary: "I think that we really bonded."

The dialogue is so spot on, it's like I'm watching the show.

I haven't had the chance to find a lot of longer, action-focused Chuck fic - lack of time, plus good longer plotfic just being harder to find in general. But I lucked out and found this one:
Chuck vs The Pacific Northwest by Nervert (Chuck)
Chuck/Sarah; PG-13; action-adventure; goes AU mid-season 3; 32,893 words
Summary: Chuck and Sarah find themselves alone in Seattle, cut off from their team. They must overcome the Ring, their own past, and the fact that life will never be the same again.

Chuck and Sarah are hunted, have to go into hiding and rely on their combined survival skills. The plot is suspenseful and satisfying: this author writes some of the most visual action scenes I've read, and I really like how they handle both the characterizations and the portrayal of Chuck's and Sarah's relationship too. My only nitpick would be that some of the longer dialogue sequences could use more action/dialogue tags for easier flow. But nevermind that; I thoroughly enjoyed this story.
[eta: fic is currently being reposted. First eight chapters are up, rest should follow soon]

Mine to Use by [livejournal.com profile] rawles (FMA)
gen; PG; Riza Hawkeye, Rebecca Catalina; 2740 words
Summary: Riza needs to make it through for a lot of reasons, chief among them being that she has no idea what to do if she doesn’t.

Another one of my favorites from [livejournal.com profile] fma_ladyfest. A sensitive portrayal of the way Riza and Rebecca cope with being female cadets in Amestris' predominantly male military, and of the beginnings of the friendship between them. Beautiful.

And this fanart by [livejournal.com profile] bob_fish, also created for ladyfest, matches the theme well... :)
Oh, I Get By
gen; G; Riza and Rebecca, bff
Summary: Ten years of sharpshooting, snark, and nakama.
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Tuesday, October 26th, 2010 02:14 am
A Girl Worth Fighting For by [livejournal.com profile] bookelfe (FMA)
gen; PG; Characters: Approximately every Armstrong in canon, and some I just made up; ~4,600 words
Summary: An argument among the Armstrong children is resolved with a history lesson. written for [livejournal.com profile] fma_ladyfest

I love this fic to bits. Amestrian history, elegantly combined with the sparkly awesomeness that is the Armstrong family. It doesn't get any better. (I feel like I should write this rec in sparkle font.)

A Reasonable Facsimile (Chuck)
Characters: Morgan Grimes, General Beckman, and a boatload of sketchy OC's
Spoilers for 4x01; gen; PG; epidode tag, humor; 2600 words

This is delightful, funny and just the right amount of cracky. And it's perfectly in character, both for Morgan and for the show.

Easy Listening by [livejournal.com profile] emungere (Chuck)
gen; PG; Chuck & Casey; spoilers for 1x06; short
Killing Chuck is not an option. Not. An. Option. He has that written on a post-it stuck to his bathroom mirror, so it must be true.

some more Casey:
Knitting by Innie (Chuck)
gen with background Ellie/Devon; short
Summary: Casey gets roped in.
Yeah, so they're civilians, and he's sworn to protect them, but now that he's met them, he isn't so sure that he really would take a bullet for them. They're so wide-eyed and trusting, so full of enthusiasm and high-fives, treating him like he belonged in their weird little family. It's damn unsettling.
For [community profile] remixduello [personal profile] amaresu submitted The one where Jack and Vala ended up on Fandom Wank, which prompted this remix by [personal profile] beatrice_otter: A Collection of E-mails from the SGC Archives (the Wanky Wormhole Remix) (SG-1)
Vala writes Wormhole X-treme Danning/Levant badfic. Jack thinks it's OOC and says so online. Cam writes up the wank report. Teal'c provides screencaps (and gets one of the funniest lines I've read in fanfic). And the best thing is, it's all canon-compliant, if you want to squint. I love Wormhole X-treme.

Death by Fondue by [livejournal.com profile] ameretrifle (SGA)
gen; PG; humor; 1730 words
Summary: With the advantage of hindsight, John realized that he probably should've known something was wrong the first time he'd noticed he hadn't seen Rodney for more than five minutes. But it's a party, he'd thought. He's probably out there having fun, he'd thought. God, he must have been more drunk than he'd thought.

Thankfully this was recced on stargateficrec, because it was posted in 2007 and I somehow missed it until now. This is a really funny planetside fic with a number of great OCs.

x-posted from stargategenrec: untitled Sheppard-Caldwell ficlet by [personal profile] sholio (SGA)
gen; PG; Characters: John Sheppard, Stephen Caldwell, (Torren Emmagan); Spoilers: 5x01
I like how this scene shows the mutual respect and understanding that the two have developed over time.

Attack of the Cookie Monsters by Barb Cummings ([personal profile] rahirah)
Buffy/Spike & kids; PG
There are cookie monsters. They attack.
And the whole thing is illustrated. ♥

I'm sensing a theme here. Maybe I'm getting enough angst from my job and therefore need a lot of lighthearted, cracky fic for balance.
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Monday, October 4th, 2010 01:48 am
Heeeyyy LJ! I finished most of the coloring of double-spread page 4 today. Read more... )
Last night I finally watched the last two Chuck eps of season three and can I just say, wowza! That little lighthearted cracky spy show can rock a story arc. Wow. (No mentions of season 4 please.) I was spoiled for several scenes but there were still enough surprise twists to keep me on the edge of my seat. At one point I totally yelled 'Awesome!' at my tv (while the camera cut to Devon, but that was coincidence.)
vid rec: Creator by [livejournal.com profile] talitha78 (Chuck; streaming & dl)
Summary: Thrill is to make it up. My homage to Sarah Walker, ass-kicker extraordinaire.
Spoiler warnings: Uses clips only from Season 1.

Best Sarah vid I've found! The intro of the song took me some getting used to but the song turns out to be a perfect match. It's pretty fast so I googled the lyrics, which match the scenes - and the character - really well.
I like the idea that Sarah Walker creates her own reality. This ability is what makes her one of the best.

On the flipside she's someone who's gotten used to fake identities and lies since she was a girl, to the point where she's lost the sense of who she really is. Two sides of the coin... it's what makes her such a compelling character.
[livejournal.com profile] megatexas has done 24-hour comics day and posted the result - an autobiographic comic about his travels in France, as an American who doesn't really speak the language. It's a good read... and makes for a fascinating change in perspective, to be the foreigner for once. (link)
xkcd recs: Password Reuse, and Leaving (that one I found rather touching, in a funny way)
There's a very hungry mosquito in my room. What's it even doing here, in October?
Now I'm faced with the choice: read fanfic or do my Japanese homework? I guess it would be a nice change not to do it right before class... but I have at least a dozen unread stories here, and that's just the stuff that got posted during the last week.
The mosquito tried to go for my jugular. o.O And that's where I got it.
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Saturday, September 18th, 2010 07:31 pm
Last night I watched my after-work-reward ep of Chuck and by the time it ended I was so hooked that I had to watch the next one right away, never mind it was already 3am. I'm kind of wondering why I've never heard much about this show before. It's just so much fun. The story is about a random computer nerd who gets a secret government database dumped in his head and ends up drawn into the world of espionage. It's got a kick-ass&complex heroine and a hero who's, in a word, totally adorable (okay, two words). Plus, Adam Baldwin, nuff said. If you want to check out the show, it's streaming at watch(hyphen)series(dot)com. And I can really recommend the box sets. I got an entire season for like 15 Euro in great quality, with plenty of extras, like casting sessions and outtakes.

[personal profile] ratcreature suggests a multifandom fanart recs comm based on [livejournal.com profile] crack_van

We haven't had hot water since Wednesday. The new part won't even be ordered before Monday. I have to go to the sauna in order to shower. Which is not unpleasant but inconvenient.

There was my 15 minute break. Back to work. This book is driving me bonkers. Six more weeks of this? I'm not cut out for the workoholic lifestyle.
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Monday, September 13th, 2010 01:43 am
[eta: I just got an invite code for the AO3 in my inbox. Anybody want?]

vid recs:
Victorious by [livejournal.com profile] tallisen (Chuck)*
Song: Uprising; Artist: Muse
Characters: Chuck, Sarah, Casey, Bryce; Spoilers up to 3x04; streaming & download
Description: Team Chuck versus the World. This is my tribute to Team Chuck and everything wickedly awesome about them.

I really like this vid! I like it so much I downloaded the 500 MB uncompressed file so I can watch it over and over and not worry about broken links. This vid simply has a great energy - lyrics, music, and clips match perfectly, and the mix of action with a bit of humor fits the spirit of the show while adding its own touch.

*(I watched an episode of Chuck on the plane to Comic Con (captive audience, you know how it is) and now I'm the proud owner of the first two DVD sets and a few eps into season three. I'm still not really sure what happened here. *scratches head*)

here's another vid I can't stop rewatching:
Mr. Blue Sky by [livejournal.com profile] charmax (Wall-E)
Song: Mr. Blue Sky, Artist: ELO / dl & streaming, password is in the post

Okay, first off: on-the-nose song choice. The vid basically retells the movie but the way it is cut and the way the clips mesh with the music make it fresh and original. And it's really, really shiny. A joy to watch.

work ) I'm quite glad that the only fannish commitments I have at the moment are [livejournal.com profile] fma_ladyfest and [livejournal.com profile] hc_bingo. I should be able to fit in one little fanart this month... I got some great ladyfest prompts.
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Sunday, August 22nd, 2010 01:30 pm
For the past few days [livejournal.com profile] megatexas and his cousin crashed on our couch (or rather, in our guest room). The weather chose to play extra nice the entire time the guys were here so my little city could present itself from its best side. I took them to Münster's main attraction: the High Hill indoor climbing center. :O) (I woke up the next morning and my first thoughts were DAMN I FEEL GOOD! I love how both body and mind feel after an evening of climbing. Best drug ever!)

Speaking of: I was browsing Youtube yesterday and ended up watching buildering/street climbing clips all afternoon. I really gotta make a proper post sometime. Right now, check out this guy! Jyati Raju Free (Solo) Climbing

I'm about to hit the gym and afterwards conk out in the sauna, and after that I have to get to work. New project, end of October deadline. Doesn't sound too bad, but I can already see it will be a ton of work so it's best to dive in right away.

fic recs:
Voyage of the Wraith Hunter by [personal profile] sholio (SGA)
gen; PG; 3200 words
Summary: "We always thought you were a legend," the Traveler captain says.
I love how friendshipper paints a future!verse that feels fresh and original, and the many background details make it feel entirely real. Makes me want to read more stories about the Wraith Hunter!

How Not To Eat An Elephant by [personal profile] tielan (SGA, SG-1)
gen; PG-13; action-adventure, friendship; 1,500 words
summary: In which Teyla and Vala play 'Good Cop, Bad Cop' and Cam muses on the wisdom of biting things that bite back.
Teyla and Vala: They make a kickass team. :)
(I like this fic for the same reason I like the Scar&Miles one I recced the other day: two people who make a good team because of their differences, not in spite of them.)

Chuck vs The Emoticon by Ne71 (Chuck)
Chuck/Sarah and gen; PG-13; humor/romance, 10,844 words
summary: Chuck and Sarah have an IM discussion. Silliness ensues. Now a multichapter! More Casey! More fighting! Seriously, there is.
Not the first messenger fic I've read but one that makes the most of the format. The first three parts in particular are really funny and inventive. (I'd say you need at least a passing familiarity with the characters and the setting for this fic to work.)

vid rec:
"Illyria" Opening Credits by illyrium24 (Angel)
I'm apparently not the only one who thinks that Illyria: the Series would've been a very good thing indeed. There are several Illyria opening credits on youtube and this is my favorite by far. The editing is superb, and it really gets the feeling across... Illyria's personal brand of creepy meets badass, demon meets humanity. Extra bonus points for including Connor! As well as Faith, Spike and Wes!

Man, what a great show that would've been. *sigh*