littlemousling: Louis Tomlinson, sepia-toned (Louis)
I never do recs posts! Except lately! And here is another one! Yeah idk what's happening either!

One Direction plus one Star Trek reboot )

And now WIP amnesty! I'm a big believer in "every day is an amnesty day"--WIP, unfriending, whatever. The low-stress lifestyle is my goal. SO since I stumbled upon this in my email the other day, barely remember writing it, and don't expect to ever finish it, here:

Brendon meeting Spencer at a hilariously improbable kink club notfic )
littlemousling: Crop from the infamous Pete Wentz noodz, with "the internet is for porn" written over it (Pete's dick)
So the below video is the most adorable porn trailer I have ever seen. PORN ACTORS FALL FOR EACH OTHER ON SET.

I generally don't really enjoy visual porn, and my guess is that I probably wouldn't much dig the actual movie this is advertising, but. The trailer is THE GREATEST THING I HAVE SEEN ALL DAY and that is saying something, because today has been a lovely day.

Every porn!AU you've ever read where the two guys meet and then completely dig each other? THIS IS THAT. BUT FOR REALS. (And it's telling that this video has almost 4K notes on their tumblr, compared to an average of about 10 notes for everything else they post.)

So, as found by [personal profile] marina, and passed on to me by [personal profile] roga:


(Or if you don't have an HTML5-friendly browser or for whatever reason the video isn't working, you can watch it here.)

If porn were actually like that, I would actually watch it. But since it isn't, LET'S TALK ABOUT HOW THIS COULD BE FIC. As [personal profile] roga points out, it has basically no conflict. But it could do! How about: the adorable first-hardcore-shoot guy suddenly can't get it up for shooting with anyone else? Or they are navigating their offscreen sex life/kinks, which may not match up to their onscreen personas? Or ... what else do we think would be awesome? TALK TO ME ABOUT THESE GUYS, THEY ARE BASICALLY MY NEW FANDOM (for at least the next hour or two, I am fickle that way ;).

Comm rec

Oct. 30th, 2011 10:32 pm
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Because it's a seriously great comm that's been a bit quiet lately:

Best Thing Ever Promo Banner


Basically, when you're reading something that makes you go "HOLY SHIT OMG EVERYONE NEEDS TO READ THIS," you pop over there and type up a review (there's a simple post template in the user info) and then: everyone reads it!

I've found some AMAZING stories, in and outside of my usual fandoms, by following it, so if you don't, you may well want to.

Some recs

Oct. 25th, 2011 11:13 am
littlemousling: Cropped photo of four colorful hacky sacks (juggling)
First up: Husbands is no longer a WIP! If you've been waiting to watch it, now's the time. All 11 2-minute episodes are up, and, as advertised, they slot together beautifully into one 22-minute pilot. I think it's hilarious, touching, and massively better acted than some other notable Cheeks projects (sorry, Front Men). And, as an "accidentally married" story, it's right up fandom's alley.
(Also, now I have a Cheeks tag. It seemed rather unfair to tag this "Bradam." On the other hand, one of the episodes has a set piece that gave me a nostalgic Bradam laugh!)

Here's episode one:



Next! DUDE YOU GUYS. [livejournal.com profile] fictionalaspect and [livejournal.com profile] sunsetmog have been working on some seriously epic Brendon/Spencer, and it's starting to be released into the wild! You can find the (12K!) prologue, as well as an FAQ about what's to come, at [livejournal.com profile] twotinydragons. I'm partway through the prologue now, and it's just gorgeous and wonderful and all of the good things.


Also, here, have some fun kink blogs:
The Pervocracy, where a woman named Holly has smart and funny things to say about the nuances of consent, about communication, about the idiocies of mainstream culture's lessons about consent and communication and female desire (she analyzes Cosmo every month, which is always both hilarious and terrifying), and about her life as a poly kinkster. Definitely my top pick, if you're only going to try one.

Figleaf's has a terrible, awful, no-good URL that looks like a bad porn site, but the actual content is pretty great. It's got a news focus: sexual health, contraception, abortion, violence against women, and other sex/reproductive/misogynist news.

Quizzical Pussy--perhaps another bad URL, but this one makes me laugh. This blogger's a bi kinkster, and she does a regular Tuesday feature with anonymous reader confessions and stories. She's funny and thoughtful, and I've only just been introduced to her blog but I quite like it.
littlemousling: Still from a Cobra Starship video, shows Vicky-T with the caption "Feeling ... kinky" (kinky)
You guys YOU GUYS

Okay, if you follow me on twitter, I apologize for the obsessive pimping. But you know when you find something that's just PERFECT, and you desperately need more of it? And I don't think there's likely to be more unless more people read the first one (selfish motive!) PLUS it is amazing and I think you will all love it (less-selfish motive!)

SO THIS BOOK.

Under Contract, by Helen Saito ($2.99 for Kindle/Nook/from her website--you don't have to have a Kindle or a Nook to read it, you can read it on your computer or your phone. If you have any ebook-access questions, that is one of my favorite things to talk about, also undoubtedly the author could help you out, too.)

It is SO GREAT. It's a m/m romance set in a near-future North America where sex slavery is legal. The whole story takes place inside and around a training facility for prospective sex slaves; we don't meet people who aren't in that subculture, but the impression I get is that it's not like everyone in this universe is involved in the sex-slavery thing--only the people who want to be (or, for financial reasons, need to be) are. I liked that aspect of it quite a bit better than eg universes where absolutely everyone is into BDSM (although those can be fun too!).

Further low-to-no-spoiler review )

Basically, if you like slash and you like BDSM, I can pretty much guarantee you will adore this book, because it is just really really really excellent and really really really really hot. And it's cheap, and someday there might be a sequel! So: you may want to check it out. And by "may" I mean "TOTALLY DO."
littlemousling: Heart drawn in light on a long-exposure photograph (I think) (heart)
Okay I am going to do a full BBB wave 2 recs post soonest, but. Before I go to bed, here is the glorious reason I am still awake:

Let the Compass Point You Home, by [personal profile] mistresscurvy and [personal profile] amazonziti.

43K of epic fantasy-AU slavefic gloriousness, with trust-building and women wearing breeches and servants who are part of the family and Gerard and Lindsey and Frank and Jamia and LOVE and just all kinds of wonderful things. I think it will make you happy and warm your heart to read it, and I think it's got plenty to make you laugh, too. I've read it rather a lot of times by now, and I'm really really excited for people who get to read it for the first time.

Enjoy! \o/
littlemousling: Photo of rainbow-organized bookshelf with text reading, "Confirmed book addict." (books)
I've been reading a TON of fantasy lately, for whatever reason, and I've been enjoying the heck out of it, both old classics (Tamora Pierce's Lioness Quartet, which I raced through in about a week) and new ones (Lev Grossman's The Magicians; I've bought but am sitting on the sequel because I don't want it to be over anytime soon).

I don't remember how I ended up buying the one I just finished, but I think it is really, really, really written for a fannish audience, without actually being fanfic in book form (which is not my thing--my favorite fandom authors don't use fic norms or tropes. Cf Naomi Novik, Sarah Rees Brennan, etc).

The book in question is Cecilia Tan's The Siren and the Sword (Magic University Book One). It's a sort of classic coming-of-age-with-magic story, except that in THIS magical university, there's sex magic alongside the alchemy and conjuring and divination--the sort of thing that seems eminently reasonable, but is always left out. This author seems to be an erotic-fiction writer outside of this series, and as such she's put in a lot of sex: really good sex, non-misogynist sex, sex that acknowledges the details of male and female anatomy, sex that is sometimes ill-advised and sometimes makes people feel vulnerable and sometimes is just getting off and sometimes is about love.

The book features a number of gay characters and relationships, a fun mystery, a lot of very talented hardworking people (though I admit it skimps on a lot of the actual learning-to-do-magic process, other than suggesting it's much more than waving a wand and showing four or five complex, draining rituals).

It's a comfortable read, and a light, sexy, enjoyable one. And it has magic! WHAT ELSE DO YOU WANT OUT OF A NOVEL, I ASK YOU. \o/ I'm downloading the rest of the trilogy now and can't wait to read them.


The Kindle edition of the first book is currently $.99, or if you'd rather an epub, you can buy it at Kobo for $5.59. I'm sure it's available elsewhere, too--and don't worry, both sequels are available as ebooks, too!
(You can also, of course, buy the paper version if that's your preference. :) I don't think there's an audiobook, unfortunately.)


ETA: Apparently Cecilia Tan is a fanfic writer, who writes in HP--and came to that AFTER starting to publish! Fascinating.

ETA 2: Okay, I read the beginning of book two on the train this morning and it's got a really ludicrous sex-magic-class scene? But I am hoping for improvement to follow!
littlemousling: Cartoon of person with two creatures ("alots"), says "I like this alot more." (things I like)
Okay, so! The sleepy/unconscious category is one of the few that squicks me. I thought about writing a wake-up-blowjob sort of story, but I just couldn’t get up the desire to do so in the face of my surrounding discomfort. So, instead, I’ve compiled a short reclist of fics that definitely fall under this heading but which have the kind of unmistakable consent that allows me to enjoy reading them.

(This IS NOT to say that there’s anything wrong with writing other versions of this kink, because there absolutely isn’t. It’s just a personal dislike.)

Consensual sleepy/unconscious fics ahoy! )
littlemousling: Still of Patrick Stump from the Spotlight music video (PStump)
Last night I saw Patrick Stump perform at the Mohawk in Buffalo, and it. Was. FABULOUS.

The Venue, Like the Man Himself, Is TINY. )

First Opener: Rocky Fresh )

Second Opener: Wynter Gordon )

PStump Performs! )

After they finished the encore he came through and HIGH-FIVED THE ENTIRE AUDIENCE. SERIOUSLY.

Post-show: Surprise Meet & Greet! )

Set List )

Seriously, y'all, if he's playing near you, GO. It will be AMAZING.

Overwhelmed

Aug. 8th, 2011 12:53 am
littlemousling: Heart drawn in light on a long-exposure photograph (I think) (heart)
You guys!

Okay, I know people like Brendon/Spencer (because BEST) and I know people like pretend boyfriends (because BEST) and I know people like prompt memes (because BEST) and I know people like five-times fic (because BEST) and I know people like 5K+ fic (because yay!), but.

I really did not know that a combination of these factors could garner quite this reaction.

I am like seriously doing a little dance of joy )

50 kudos (and seven lovely comments!) in 24 hours? That is, like. I don't even know what to say about that. It is AMAZING, it feels AMAZING. For comparison? Cute Girls is the only fic I've got with more, at 75 kudos. And that, for a month's responses to a BBB, I am super super enormously pleased with. Like, I am and was IN NO WAY feeling under-feedbacked; you guys are all AMAZING. But you can see why 50 in 24 hours is just, like, completely blowing me away!

So just--yay. I am really really happy that people like the fic, and I am really really happy to be writing in this fandom.

(PS have you guys read [livejournal.com profile] fictionalaspect's new pretend-boyfriends fic? It's AMAZEBALLS.)
littlemousling: Still from a Cobra Starship video, shows Vicky-T with the caption "Feeling ... kinky" (kinky)
If you've been sort of thinking about maybe trying a TENS unit but don't know where to start, this one is $40 at Amazon and comes with everything you need (though you'll probably want to order some extra electrode pads, maybe in different sizes).

If you need, ahem, some kind of extra motivation to consider it, cf this incredibly NSFW video.

And I'm totally willing to answer questions about it (though, you know, no affiliation, no technical knowledge of the specs, etc).
littlemousling: Still from a Cobra Starship video, shows Vicky-T with the caption "Feeling ... kinky" (kinky)
So there's been kind of a spate of awesome fic lately involving less-common kinks.

As a reader, I think one of the great things about fic is that it can make things that I'm not into hot, because it's not about whether I'm into it, it's about whether the characters are. So a hugely wider range of kinks and just general interests become not just academically interesting but sexy, because it's about how much they get the characters off.

(I mean, I'm a strict lesbian who primarily reads and writes dudeslash, so--yeah. I don't just mean really unusual kinks, I also mean fic makes me find cock hot.)

In fact, I'd say that it's one of the marks of a really great fic if it can take something that I find either neutral or kind of squicky and make it both realistic/believable (for the characters) and hot (for me, because it's hot for the characters).

I think this is part of what makes uncommon-kink fic so great: it's a wonderful boon for the people who are really into that uncommon kink, and it can also be a great and perhaps unexpected reading experience for people who aren't.

On that note, here are three recent fics that may be about things you Are Not Into, but which I think take those things and make them hot for the general audience, too:

Bad Boys, by [personal profile] lalejandra: This is Spencer/Brendon/Sarah daddykink where Sarah is the "daddy," and it's about as unexpected and original as that implies. Fascinating setup, and great follow-through (and hot as fuck).

Doggy Style, by [personal profile] fifteendozentimes: Spencer/Nicole Anderson--you probably don't know who Nicole Anderson is, and you really don't need to. The point is, she's willing to try out Spencer's petplay fantasy, and it's really, really hot. (Spencer's the dog, btw.)

Operating Instructions, by [personal profile] mistresscurvy. This is a follow-up to my Spencer/Brendon daddykink story, and it takes that universe and runs with it--"little" Brendon gets a lesson on how to deal with unexpected erections. Seriously hot.
littlemousling: Yarn with a Canadian dime for scale (jon walker)
Okay, so Wave One is over and these are my favorites. I didn't read everything, but I did get a lot of "poison-tasting" help from friends, so I think I found most of the best ones. Feel free to recommend other faves to me, though!

So! In alphabetical order by title because that is how I roll:

The girl!Mikey AU:
Away With the Boys In the Band, by [personal profile] inlovewithnight: I am really bad about reading headers (as in, I usually don't), so I was very pleasantly surprised by the end pairing of this one. It covers Mikey's entire history with MCR up to December 2010, so there's some dark stuff (depression, the Paramour), but it doesn't needlessly linger, and it's just absolutely lovely, exactly what I want out of a genderswap fic. Girl!Mikey faces different challenges than boy!Mikey, but is still Mikey.

The Killjoys AU:
Draculoids Will Never Hurt You, by [personal profile] were_duck and [personal profile] sassbandit: okay, technically I am still reading this. But I can already tell it's fabulous--and I'm not really much for Killjoys AUs (because, SAD), so that's saying something.

The King of Ilyria AU:
King and Country, by [personal profile] tabula_x_rasa: SO SWEET. Instead of ending with Frank riding off in a carriage with the king, that's where it starts: Frank's lover, the exiled Prince, finds himself having to become King. Enchanting and a fun read.

The Elves AU:
More Than You Could Ever Know, by [profile] moku_youbi: Elves! This is the fourth in a bunch of stories in this universe, but you only need to have read the chronological third (the one about elf Brendon) to read this. It's clearly a Panic writer doing MCR, but as a Panic writer, that works fine for me.

The Train AU:
On the Midtown Direct, by [personal profile] mistresscurvy: Okay, I am slightly biased about this one, but seriously, it's just excellent. The tone is beautiful, and not the kind of thing you see in fic as much as I might like. It's a tight Gerard POV complete with very Gerard neuroses and considerations, great Mikey, and a Frank that you, too, will fall in love with.

The Trans Jon AU:
Recognize Myself, by [personal profile] fifteendozentimes: This is the one I was SO NERVOUS ABOUT when the summaries went up, and then it totally proved itself. It's an absolutely gorgeous picture of Jon coming to terms with himself, and Ryan helping (most of the time) with that process. Jon is kind of stupid and kind of messed up and very, very real.

The Rugby AU:
Running in Slow Motion, sequel to You Can Sit Beside Me (When The World Comes Down), by [livejournal.com profile] sunsetmog_fics: If you haven't read the first rugby AU ... what have you been doing with your life, omg, go read it, it's wonderful. It diverges from the usual fanon portrayal of Brendon and Spencer in a really unusual way, but she sells it--the woman is a BNF of Brendon/Spencer for damned good reason. Spencer is the flyhalf, okay, bow down to his awesomeness.

The High School Het+Poly AU:
Where We Land, by [personal profile] fictionalaspect: Another one where I went, "uh ... maybe not" until it actually came out. I don't think I would have taken a chance on these pairings (Brendon/Z Berg, Spencer/Ryan/Tennessee) from another author, but [personal profile] fictionalaspect could write Brendon/birdseed and I would read it. I'm still lingering over the last part, but it's just gorgeous.


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Also, I haven't yet read but have heard great great things about On the Getaway Mile, which is a sequel to the fabulous Shook-Up World, both by [personal profile] jezrana. (Prohibition-era crossdressing AU)

Ditto about James Cameron Got It Wrong, by [personal profile] ladyfoxxx. (Time-travel partial Killjoys AU)

Further ditto for Sing Me Something That I Can Understand, by [personal profile] arsenicjade. (Ryan and Jon drug abuse AU)

Super 8

Jun. 12th, 2011 07:28 pm
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So somehow (I really really don't follow movie news) I had gotten the impression that this was a Judd Apatow movie, with like Seth Rogen and Michael Cera, or at least those sorts of dudebro actors, and that it was something about filming a horror movie, but, given the cast, obviously a dudebro comedy.

That is ... in no way correct. Like, at all. (No real spoilers.) )

So in conclusion, great movie, highly recommended.
littlemousling: A long joke about kiwis the bird and kiwis the fruit being the same thing. (kiwi)
Hey, anyone want to recommend a comedy show or two? Preferably not of the Family Guy school of hipster racism, etc.

(Already watching 30 Rock, Community, Big Bang Theory, and How I Met Your Mother. Apparently I have a lot of free time?)

***

And here's one of my favorite songs of all time, Kina's Girl from the Gutter: Mediafire link. (Mostly 'cause it came on shuffle and I suddenly thought, "Everyone should hear this song, seriously.")
littlemousling: Yarn with a Canadian dime for scale (Default)
Today's edition of Things You Would Like But Probably Don't Know About:

Quirky Nomads: The story of a family who said "If the Republicans get any worse, we're moving to Canada!" - and then they really did.
Hilarious podcast, mostly filled with "overheard on the subway" bits and wonderful reminiscinces. Don't miss the recent "Samuel Beckett" or, from a couple weeks ago, "How We Met" parts 4 and 5.


Librivox
Free audiobooks done by volunteers, of works in the public domain. I'm listening to A Little Princess right now, and did Bierce's The Parenticide Club before that. A great accompaniment to knitting, but also very very nice for long waits at train stations, plane flights, doing dishes, etc.

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