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God bless the rain, and the rainclouds that bring it. God bless the music, and the voices that sing it. God bless the ones who sing everything wrong. God bless all creatures who do not belong.
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Chapter Title: A Skull and a Latte
Author: Kairos
Fandom: Netflix MCU mashup (Punisher focus)
Pairing: Frank/Karen
Wordcount: This part, 1902
Rating: General for now
Summary: Karen hears of a disturbing recent crime. Foggy struggles with an ethical question.

And we have multiple survivors claiming they saw a gunman wearing a skull vest.Collapse )

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One of my resolutions this year was to finally clean up my website and start posting BtVS episode reviews as well as my fanfiction there. It was also my resolution last year. And probably the year before that. In my defense, all this uploading took a really long time.

None of the content that's up now is new (except for one drabble, good luck finding it), but by God, it's content. Come check it out, if you like.

Suggestions and criticism are gratefully accepted; this is the first time I've tried to design a page from scratch (and to be honest I always had trouble even with customizing LJ). I'm going to keep on with the reviews, and add a drabble or a fic for each episode, and tweak whatever catches my eye or comes up as we go along.

I used to have a forum up there but it seems to have disappeared from the backoffice. This is very odd since I think the link still works. I'm up for adding a new one, but I'll give it some time to see if that's what fandom wants.

The most irritating thing I found last time I tried to make the blog active is the commenting system, and I still don't dig it, but right now it's the only interactive aspect. Naturally I'd like people to be able to talk to me and each other. Since everything is a repost at the moment, if there aren't any comments it's going to be hard to tell if that's because nobody has anything new to say, or if there isn't enough Buffy fandom left to support a rewatch site, or if everyone else dislikes the commenting system as much as I do, so this is where I could really use your thoughts.

Anyway. Drawbridge down! Crossing this sucker off.

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Chapter Title: Prologue
Author: Kairos
Fandom: Netflix MCU mashup (Punisher focus)
Pairing: Frank/Karen
Wordcount: This part, 1069
Rating: General for now
Notes: Looks like I've committed to posting my Kastle fanfiction here - as always, if a few chapters go by and it doesn't seem like anyone is reading, I'll quit. Otherwise, it's going to be here for a while so please don't mind me.

I’m not going to forget about it. I hurt your feelings, right? Fight back.Collapse )

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I was going to make these for all my flagships but then I recalled my human dignity so Kastle's all you get.





It's also Ash Wednesday, so I'll be celebrating by fasting all day and prepping for forty days of no sugar, but, like, romantically.

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Interviewed by the Sunnydale Fanfic Club for my story Wolfsbane.

I haven't worked up the nerve to listen to it yet, but it was fun to converse with the hosts and I was really flattered to be getting all this attention on my writing. Check out their previous episodes too; they've been doing a great job with this.

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The DefendersCollapse )
Game of ThronesCollapse )
My Little Pony: Friendship Is MagicCollapse )
Stranger ThingsCollapse )
GalavantCollapse )

If anyone has any recs, this may be one of your very rare chances to get me to listen. I keep thinking there's a ton of TV I have to catch up on, but right now none of the shows I want are available on Netflix or Amazon or other free services, so if you think I should be watching something and it's on one of those, hit me.

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First month of 2018 completed, which means it's my first check-in with my new list of resolutions.

There are some life changes underway. For once I have plenty of time on my hands, so the challenge now is to use it productively, and results so far have been patchy.

Original fiction:
Worked on "Retronym" for a while and then got sucked back into fanfiction. (It's a Kastle/Defenders mashup and is threatening to become epic length.)

Art and crafting:
I started on the crossover fan art while mucking around with my tablet; will post some results later, but the resolution doesn't get crossed off yet since there's a whole series I want to complete. My trial subscription to the latest Photoshop just ran out - fortunately I got the old version to work, but now I have to learn to use it all over again.

Reading:
Didn't do a lot of reading this month, aside from Wheel of Time (I'm on Winter's Heart and oh man what a relief to discover it's an improvement on the last one. It may or may not be safe to assume I'm past the lowest point in the series).
Picked up Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell again last night, finally. It will still be a while until I finish either that or Anna Karenina, though.

TV and games:
Lost got taken off of Netflix, can you believe it? I was finally ready! I'm not buying the box set, so this resolution might not happen, but I've got 11 months for the situation to change.
Did a review of "The Pack", which brought me up to the episodes I've already reviewed, so I'm now somewhere in S2.

Other:
I made my first fanmix on 8tracks.com. I'm realizing more and more that in every fandom circle where I run, I'm fairly alone in my taste in music, so this is a self-indulgent project but it's worth it for Wheeee, I just collected eight songs that remind me of Frank/Karen! (Frank alone might have to be the next one. I removed a few songs that were all him, and they're piling up.) The site comes with a lot of pressure to upgrade, but I like the way it works, so I've moved in.
Put some work into Castle Kairos. Shhh. Coming back to a project that's been abandoned this long is huge for me, and I don't want to scare me off. If you already have the link I can't stop you from going to check it out, but I'm not going to actually direct anyone there until it's a real site I can be proud of.
Not sure if that BtVS review can do double duty for my "one meta a month" item, but last night I also got interviewed by The Sunnydale Fanfic Club and blathered at length about my story Wolfsbane. That's a first! Episode is going up on Monday and of course I'll link it here.

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Behold, Xander gets sniffed by some kids he didn't used to like: I'm back for "The Pack"!

And that means it's time for...Collapse )

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Not doing the Snowflake Challenge this year (obviously), but I've got one more end/beginning of the year list to make, so my fandom goals for 2018 will now be appearing outside the context of a meme.

It's one category short from last year's, and this was a rough decision: no fanfiction goals. See, when I make lists I tend to actually use them, which is of course why I make them in the first place, but it means I always end up prioritizing what's on the list so that I can cross something off rather than following some random inspiration. The format tricks my brain into thinking that all items have equal weight, and fanfiction is easier for me to write than original fiction, aaaand...last year I had all my fanfiction goals crossed off before I'd even taken a good look at the original fiction ones.

No more excuses. I love writing fanfiction and I'm not by any means giving it up, but from now on that's what will get the random inspiration treatment. Original fiction gets goals.

Original fiction:

Complete "Retronym"
Complete the romance novel I started in November
Finish writing the first arc of a comic
Write a 2-5k word story about anything
Camp NaNoWriMo

Art and crafting:

Crossover fan art
Paint in watercolors
Sculpt a mythical beast
Digitally color three hand-drawn sketches
Sew something wearable

Reading:

Twenty-four total books
Three of them from authors I've never read before
Finish Wheel of Time

TV and games:

Post BtVS reviews through S3
Rewatch/finish Lost
Finish FFIX

Other:

Make a fanmix for everything!
Clean up Castle Kairos
At least one book/movie/comic/TV/fanwork review or meta per month
Make good on my random goodwill meme promises

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Mad-Eye: determined determined
The Glue of the World: Borderlands

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One-Shot Fanfics:

There Ain't a Cloud in Sight (GotG; ensemble)
Growth Rings (GotG; ensemble)
Keep the Light On (GotG; Peter/Rocket)
Through the Fog (Firefly; ensemble)
Pyrolysis (GotG; Peter)
Nock, Draw, Release (GotG; Yondu)
Safekeeping (The Punisher; Frank/Karen)
Phantoms (GotG; Rocket&Nebula)
Make It Right (The Punisher/Daredevil; Frank/Karen)

Fanfic Chapters:

Brace for Impact (GotG; Peter&Rocket)
Chapter Nine
Chapter Ten
Chapter Eleven
Chapter Twelve
Chapter 89P13
Chapter Fourteen
Chapter Fifteen
Chapter Sixteen
Chapter Seventeen
Chapter Eighteen
Chapter Nineteen
Chapter Twenty
Chapter Twenty-One
Chapter Twenty-Two
Chapter Twenty-Three
Chapter Twenty-Four
Epilogue
Wolfsbane (BtVS; Buffy/Angel)
Chapter Seventeen through Terminus (link goes to entire work)

Drabbles:

Road Trip (Iron Man)
New Year's Eve (Buffyverse)
Freedom Soon Will Come (The Lord of the Rings)
Recruitment (Buffyverse/MCU)
Buffy Meets Gamora (Buffyverse/GotG)
If You Save a Life... (Jurassic World)
The Freshmen (Buffyverse)
When I'm Done Grilling (Buffyverse)
Limits (GotG)
Semiformal (The Punisher)
Nightmares (The Punisher)

Art:

Magic and Scorch

Episode Reviews:


Teacher's Pet
Never Kill a Boy on the First Date

Meta/Commentary:

Daemon AUs
Logan reactions
Legion reactions
American Gods reactions
More American Gods reactions
Hopes for the X-Men in the MCU

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I was putting together my 2017 fanfic master list and realized I hadn't yet posted this one on LJ, so I'm doing it now because I want to have all my links going to the same site.

Title: Make It Right
Author: Kairos
Fandom: Punisher/Daredevil mashup
Wordcount: 5039
Pairing: Frank/Karen
Notes: Sort of a follow up to the last one. This doesn't have a plot either, I was just craving stability for these two.

Yeah, it’s not what I’d wanna do either. But you do have to. Alright? You do have to.Collapse )

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Fanfiction:

Finish and post "Wolfsbane"
Finish and post "Brace for Impact"
Write for a new fandom

Original fiction:

Complete my story "Retronym"
Finish writing the first arc of my superhero comic
Finish writing the first arc of my urban fantasy comic
Write a schlock paranormal romance to self-publish
NaNoWriMo (I get this one but not the previous one because I didn't say I have to win NaNoWriMo. I did participate, just didn't actually complete the rough draft of the paranormal romance.)

Art and crafting:

Design superhero costumes
Paint in a medium that requires an easel
Get a Wacom tablet (and use it) (Different brand, but my best Christmas gift...unfortunately I'm having loads of trouble installing the drivers and it's honestly really stressing me out. I'm like that with tech problems. Hopefully I'll pull myself together and find a way to actually use the thing soon.)
Make a pair of earrings
Make myself a skirt (Okay, so, I told you about some progress on the skirt? The story concludes with me realizing I had only cut out half of the necessary pattern pieces. I don't have enough fabric for the rest of them and I got the fabric in an airport in Kuala Lumpur three years ago. I'ma stop talking about this now because it's also stressing me out.)

Reading:

Finish two books a month (children's, graphic novel, or re-read okay for one) (I didn't keep track in any reliable way but I just went through the year's book-tagged posts and counted up what I had said I had read, and it came to 19.)
Finish one Wheel of Time book per month (No. But I still read a lot of WoT.)

TV and games:

Finish True Blood
Finish The Legend of Korra
Post BtVS reviews through S3 (I've had the next one open for weeks, just thinking I could get one more done even if I wouldn't get to S3, but the Buffy headspace really just isn't coming back to me. We'll see what happens.)
Finish FFVIII
Get FFIX

Other:

Clean up Castle Kairos (Same note as the above for the BtVS reviews.)
Finish and post my homebrew 30-day meme
At least one book/movie/comic/TV/fanwork review or meta per month (I'm pretty sure I did enough to pass.)
Do the monthly updates again
Six random acts of goodwill (Okay, this one's my biggest regret of the list. I didn't do any and I did receive one, so I'm not going to pretend we all forgot about it and it doesn't exist anymore. What do you say, flist? Should we renew this meme?)

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Only spoilery if you don't know Frank's backstory and Kairos's OTP, but cuts are the done thing.Collapse )

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2018 Resolutions: Less Murder More KarenCollapse )

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I love this meme, I have to pull it out every year.Collapse )

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The Glue of the World: Alexa's CYOA feature

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Well, it’s official: Disney’s buying Fox. As far as I can tell, Disney now owns everything I love aside from Tolkien and a few of my close family members. And my pets. Except maybe for Lucy; I’ve always had a suspicion that those huge eyes and squeaky meow indicate origins in some kind of animated movie.

I don’t understand business, so I was hesitating to say anything about this deal, but I’ve been informed by several reputable news sources (ha ha, as if I knew which sources were reputable) that X-Men in the MCU is a real thing. As in, a thing that can happen. In reality.

Given that this is something I’ve wanted for as long as there’s been an MCU, I don’t want to get too fixated on the details. There are going to be disappointments, and a lot of the cool things that happen will be things I never would have thought to want, so it’s better to just sit back and see how it goes.

On the other hand, getting too fixated on the details is exactly what I want to do. Here’s a wishlist I’ve had formulating in my head for veritable years:

Middle-aged, hairy, short Wolverine.

Xavier journeys around the world seeking out mutants.

The Phoenix Saga done right, because I’m already assuming I’ll have issues with how it’s done in the 2018 movie. This ought to be the centerpiece of any X-Men universe, so go big. Cosmically big, with aliens. Spread it out over several movies and make us have to look backward to piece it together. Bring in Madeline Pryor, or Rachel Grey-Summers. Confuse us. Don’t let Jean off with a few murders on her conscience; make her eat a star and destroy a populated planet. Bring it all in with a redemption and sacrifice, but freaking earn it.

The New Mutants done right, because I'm already assuming I'll have issues with how they're done in the 2018 movie. No particular hopes for this, since I'm honestly still shocked we're getting even one movie based on this series, but I don't know, maybe make it different by using Warlock and Cypher? Maybe tackle the full Darkchilde arc instead of just featuring Ilyana as a character?

Aubrey Plaza as Shadowcat. Look, I didn’t say everything on my list was going to be a practical idea. I want Aubrey Plaza as Kitty Pryde and then I want Star-Lord/Shadowcat; it’s comic canon, there’s a basis, c’mon.

Alternatively, 13½ year old Kitty Pryde, new kid, smart kid, crush on Colossus kid.

And either way, Kitty deserves Lockheed on her shoulder.

IN SPAAAAACE!

Furry Nightcrawler, and a lot of him.

Some version of X-Factor, preferably involving their origin in which they pretend to be mutant hunters. But not with too much emphasis on the prejudice metaphor, so it stays balanced with the rest of the universe as established.

Unusually tall, dark-skinned, strong regal dramatic Storm with an accent you can’t quite place and a wild backstory that we at least hear about a few times. Make her the team leader, at least temporarily. Make her a bit of an insensitive jerk, too.

Just one Fastball Special! WHY IS THIS SO HARD?

Rogue with super-strength, invulnerability, and flight, who despite her insecurity and self-loathing is one of the power hitters of the team, rather than a Rogue who is just insecure and self-loathing.

Starjammers? Starjammers. Shi'ar? Shi'ar. Brood? Brood.

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So...anyone watching The Punisher yet? Should I beg some more? No? Fine, here's some Guardians instead.

Title: Phantoms
Author: Kairos
Fandom: Guardians of the Galaxy
Wordcount: 3191
Summary: Nebula is living with the Guardians on the Quadrant, for now. She has a cybernetic arm. Rocket has noticed.
Notes: A little while back there was some discussion on tumblr about the scenes in both movies where Rocket wants to steal someone's prosthetic body parts. We don't know yet if he'll be attempting to get his hands on Bucky's arm or anything like that when we next see him, but some fans think the running joke crosses a line, and wanted to see a Rocket who has changed his ways and lost interest in other people's mechanical parts. Given the amount of time that's elapsed in canon, we're not going to see the process of it even if his character does develop in that direction, so it's up to the fanfiction writers.

Personally, I took those jokes at face value - Rocket's a dick, he's a thief, and he has no concept of normalcy; it adds up - and I also found them hilarious, which is enough to justify most anything in my mind. Still, though, challenge accepted. Here's how I think he would get over it.

I saw Nebula trying to tie a knot today, and she was having a really hard time with it. Is that funny?Collapse )

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Scene: Kairos comes home from Thanksgiving in Chicago with an unfinished original novel and a bad cold. That weekend, the latter convinces her to give up on the former, and she tries to find some kind of entertainment to distract her as the cold turns into the flu. She turns on Netflix.

Marvel's latest offering is the obvious choice. The Punisher is based on Daredevil's disappointing second season, and it's probably just going to be Jon Bernthal shooting people, but he's a charismatic actor and Kairos can't give it her full attention anyway. For the first half of the show, the plot confuses her, the character development intrigues her, one of her favorite Daredevil characters shows up, there's an intelligent look at violence and morality, and there's a hacker who isn't a teenager or a tubby nerd, so that's kind of cool.

Episode 10 rolls in and okay wow this is a fandom now. This is a fandom I have and this is a ship I have and I cannot think about anything except this fandom and this ship and I need more, show please give me more, internet please give me more, nothing else matters. I mean thank God for taaroko falling for it at the same time as me so we can spend the next couple weeks pelting each other with fanworks and squee, but I need more of you to watch it. Talk to me. Tell me what I need to say to convince you.

Title: Safekeeping
Author: Kairos
Wordcount: 9763
Pairing: Frank/Karen
Summary: Karen's had too much loss. With a lover like Frank, it's hard not to think about losing him too.
Notes: Spoilers for The Defenders as well as The Punisher. (Although honestly? Not that many for either.)

And even though she wasn’t sure if they were dating, even though she didn’t like him being called the Punisher, she hadn’t denied it. She couldn’t deny it.Collapse )

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I've become so smitten with four certain episodes of The Punisher that I started rewatching the entire Netflix MCU lineup from the beginning so I can experience them again in the full context. Yes I'm writing a Punisher fic. Why would you even have to ask that. I didn't finish my original novel and I have a slew of GotG and BtVS fics in progress that readers would probably enjoy so obviously the thing to do is devote myself to a new fandom and ignore everything else I was planning to accomplish in 2017.

Okay so actually I was posting because I had a couple GotG one-shots in storage and I wanted to have something to post. Not sure if anyone here is still reading for this fandom and this one wasn't that popular on Ao3 but here you go. It's about Yondu.

Title: Nock, Draw, Release
Author: Kairos
Fandom: Guardians of the Galaxy
Wordcount: 1602
Summary: Yondu has a fin and an arrow and he once had a family; this is how he got them.

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I don't actually know if I'm going to get cards out this year, let alone on time. I'm finally feeling mostly better (like, maybe I can actually sleep in my own bed tonight and not wake my husband up with coughing fits? Maybe?), but my in-laws will be here in a week and I need to shop and clean and augh there's too much, this post was just supposed to be to collect mailing addresses and here I am fretting about my life.

ANYWAY. If you would like a card, please comment here with your address. This does not guarantee you a card, but it does make me happy to know that people read my post and like to receive my cards, so you might as well. Comments are screened, of course, so I'll be the only one who can see it.

Um. Deck the halls?

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