Title: Moment of Surrender
Author: christycorr
Film prompt: Imagine Me & You
Pairings: Arthur/Gwen, Arthur/Merlin, Gwen/Lancelot
Rating: PG
Word count: ~16,000
Summary: "Getting married wasn't supposed to change anything."
Warning: implied adultery
Story notes: beta-ed by [personal profile] firstlightofeos, title by U2.

On the day of their only son’s wedding, Uther and Igraine welcomed the bride into the family with open arms—well, the Pendragon equivalent thereof. )
Title: Laws of Attraction
Author: christycorr
Film prompt: Laws of Attraction
Pairings: Arthur/Merlin, Gwen/Lancelot (background Arthur/Helen, Gwen/Afanc, Sophia/Edwin, Anhora/Dragon—but it's not as bizarre as it sounds, I swear.)
Rating: R
Word count: ~23,800
Summary: "Merlin Emrys had strong convictions on the subjects of love and marriage—namely, that they should be avoided at all costs."
Warnings: m/m sex, slight mangling of American civil procedure, excessive geekery, overindulgent quoting of basically every movie ever.
Story notes: Here. Beta-ed by [livejournal.com profile] firstlightofeos, who endured far more of my have-I-your-approvals than she should have, really; thank you also to [personal profile] lu, who knows more of these quotes than anyone else, and to [livejournal.com profile] keshi_t and [personal profile] oxymora, who read this first. ♥



Laws of Attraction )
christycorr: Anya (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) (Bunnies.)
Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love [livejournal.com profile] reel_merlin.

I suicidally signed up for two [livejournal.com profile] reel_merlin fics in July: Imagine Me & You, and Laws of Attraction. (RM, like many others of its kind, is a comm where people write Merlin AU fic based on movie plots. You sign up for a movie and, in this case, get a two-month deadline.) Due to circumstances quite beyond my control, I found myself being signed up for co-writing a fic with [personal profile] firstlightofeos; after much debate, we settled for Closer. Runi also had a fic of her own to write—Mean Girls. I of course didn't actually start writing much of my fics until, like, two weeks before the deadline (which was September 1st; later, it was extended to September 8th).

In the meantime, Runi and I discussed the Closer fic at length. And by that I mean TO A TRULY RIDICULOUS EXTENT. Seriously. 'Overthinking' doesn't begin to cover it. We watched the movie—I think I watched it, like, three times in the past month—and read (and annotated) the play, and discussed each character thoroughly—their motivations, their personalities, the play/movie's recurring motifs and timeline quirks, the locations, shit, everything. We drafted an outline, picked a structure and what would happen in each scene. I started spouting Closer quotes in all kinds of everyday conversation; I swear, even my brain started monologuing in Closer quotes.

Er. We ended up not writing the Closer fic, and chose to focus on our individual fics.

My creative process, let me show you it. )

And now I'm writing Imagine Me and You. I have no idea whether I'll finish on time—I have four days, which is not much, but it's somewhat doable—but I'll do my damnedest!

So like, if I start spouting flower meanings out of the blue, please don't mind me, really. *grins* These fics have quite clearly eaten my brain.
I spent the last few days judging Romance and NC-17 fics for the Hourglass Awards. Two things:

1) I'm astonished at how normal most of the sex in Harry Potter fanfiction is. Sure, there are plenty of squicky/strange/Squid-related fics out there, but for the most part it's just very, very normal sex, with the occasional contraceptive charm or conjured lube or simply misused motor oil. After spending the last few weeks immersed in pon farr/touch telepathy fic, it all just seems insanely straightforward. Not that it's a bad thing or anything, but I kept half-waiting for people to meld, or someone's eyes to turn golden and make shit explode.

2) I dislike most sappy NC-17 fics, but good God, overly sappy Sirius/Remus fics annoy me more than sap in pretty much any other ship. I don't mean the cute, clichéd, shit-we-had-inadvisable-drunken-sex-and-I-realised-I've-been-in-love-with-you-all-along kind; it's the "I wuv you, Siri-poo" ones that make me want to claw my fucking eyes out. Ugh.

I'm ridiculously excited for U2's new tour—their first concert was full of hiccoughs (e.g. they failed spectacularly at One and With or Without You, which they've been playing for years), but they seem to have sorted themselves out, and things are looking good! They even played Electrical Storm twice! (Well, except for that godawful I'll Go Crazy If I Don't Go Crazy Tonight remix. What are they thinking?)

I'm on holidays, which is totally brilliant :D I'm in São Paulo for the HBP release, and I've been hanging out with friends whom I rarely see, so yay!

Gah. I've been reading too much Harry Potter fic. I miss Star Trek and Merlin. *twitches* Withdrawal. Seriously. God, this is sad.

In other news, I'm completely in love with the icon I used to make this post.
christycorr: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Merlin's saggy left--)
When you see this, post five seven unpopular fandom opinions in your journal.

1. [Doctor Who] I adore Steven Moffat and all his DW episodes (except for the fourth season two-parter, because no amount of fangirlism can get me to appreciate River), so I'm actually curious to see what he'll do with Eleven. I'll miss Tennant like hell, but I'll definitely give the next series a chance.

2. [Torchwood] I hate Torchwood. I've watched several episodes, and I should like it, really—I love Jack, and James Marsters was in it, even, I should've been all over that, but...no. The team fails, and even Jack fails, and Owen fails, and Gwen fails oh God, so hard, and the plotlines are ridiculous, and they're all amazingly inefficient and terrible at their jobs, and just, what the hell were you high on when you allowed this to happen, RTD?

Harry Potter, Star Trek, Merlin, et al. )


I signed up to write two [livejournal.com profile] reel_merlin fics: Laws of Attraction and Imagine Me & You. *headdesk* I think it's a masochism thing. But hey, I have until September—I may actually finish them, who knows?

Oh, and just because it's being debated everywhere: Michael Jackson died. The rumour outbreak broke the internet—including, but not limited to, LJ, Twitter, E! and CNN. I'm pretty sure [livejournal.com profile] ohnotheydidnt did the LJ-breaking; the comm was inaccessible for a while before the whole site crashed down. Damn, I really wanted to read people's comments on the matter. Way to go, ONTD!

I feel sorry for the bazillion people who bought tickets for his 'This Is It' 2010 tour, anyhow. The man's musical talent was respect-worthy regardless of personal taste, even if his private life was a godawful mess.
christycorr: Tenth Doctor (Doctor Who) (*:)*)
I don't usually pimp fandom memes, but this one's awesome:

Fandom Superlatives!
SUMMER 2009 EDITION: GO VOTE


Among other categories, we have: Most Likely to Succeed in World DominationMost Likely to Not Even Notice the Apocalypse (Donna!) • Most Likely to Bring New People to the FandomBasic Instinct Award (Most Likely to be Killed by a Jealous Lover)Best Season FinaleShow Most Likely to Have a Musical EpisodeShow You've Converted the Most Viewers ToBest Opening Sequence or TitlesMost Likely to Snap and Kill Everyone One DayBest MentorCharacter Who Would Have the Best Blog (is there even any doubt? *grins*) • Character You Most Wanted to Die Who Didn'tMost Likely to Start an OrgyDamsel in the Most Distress (*snerk* I love it that Arthur's nominated for this) • Best MonsterMost Promising New SeriesMost Powerful/Well Done Death

They're in dire need of Harry Potter/Doctor Who/Merlin/Dr. Horrible/Star Trek love, you guys. Seriously, last time I checked Chris Pine wasn't even nominated for 'Most GQ,' which is just wrong. God, this meme is reminding me of several fandoms I didn't remember I liked! Go vote! :D

This meme is making me realise how little fandom-variety there is in my LJ icons. This is most distressing :|

In which I ramble about Heroes seasons 1-3 )
I'm officially obsessed. I've been known to watch a bunch of Youtube videos, Google interviews, rewatch DVDs etc. for hours on end whenever I really love an actor/show/movie/whatever, but this Star Trek thing is quickly spinning out of what little control I ever manage to have over my (admittedly far too frequent) obsessions. I love this fandom! It's exciting! And so shiny! Yay lens flare! There's Quinto talking about zeitgeist, Pine's fucking aplomb, and then Urban goes and talks about the Kirk/Spock/McCoy triumvirate and that's it, I'm screwed, and totally, totally hooked.

I never thought I'd be so girly—Jesus, I've been having lengthy discussions with my roommate, [livejournal.com profile] wendybarrie_, on the relative merits of Karl Urban, Chris Pine and Zach Quinto's bloody EYEBROWS. *has clearly lost her mind* I've watched more interviews than I could possibly remember, and I've been following [livejournal.com profile] ontd_startrek posts like a deranged lunatic. (A deranged lunatic who knows way too many GQMF macros, e.g. this and this, for her own good, which may or may not make the whole thing much worse.)

So yes. I'm watching TOS (and loving it!) and reading Trek fic and ogling Pine/Quinto picspams when I should be reading Hourglass Awards fics. *headdesk* Yay. I CHAIN-WATCHED HEROES exclusively because of Sylar (okay, and Eccleston), man, this is a new and alarming low. Next thing you know, I'll be renting The Princess Diaries 2 because of Chris Pine. If I do that, someone please shoot me. Please. I'm begging you.

Speaking of which: [livejournal.com profile] sarahtales's Star Trek parody, which cannot be pimped enough. :D

There's a new True Blood episode coming this weekend! Should be interesting. I couldn't care less about Sookie/Bill, but more Eric = happy Chris, so yay season 2!

Via [livejournal.com profile] sullensiren: Men Who Stay Up All Night to Watch Girls While They Sleep (graph)

Merlin crackfic rec: Best Intentions Aside, by [livejournal.com profile] derryere (Modern!AU, Merlin is a Harry/Draco fanartist and Arthur finds out.)

...Shit, I think I've become a Trekkie.
christycorr: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Canon dom!Remus.)
When I first joined the Harry Potter fandom, I was kind of insanely anti-slash. This certainly had a bit to do with my über-religious upbringing—I just felt like slash didn't belong in Harry Potter. I saw no signs of it in canon; HP was a children's book, really, and any kind of NC-17 fanfiction was just a bit too odd for my liking. Adding gay sex to the mix was just an extra squick.

It's kind of hilarious to look back now.

My (tl;dr) thoughts on yaoi, let me show you them. )

...Whoa, long entry is long. Sorry about that.
christycorr: Merlin and Arthur (Merlin) (Subtext.)
I'm not much of a pet person, but for some reason or another I've had birds, rabbits, cats, dogs, chicks, ducks and fish at different points in life (and an opossum, but not willingly). Of all the above, cats are undoubtedly my favourites.

So I've had [livejournal.com profile] nancy_downs' cat, Felicia, staying over for the past few days while she's out of town. This has provided me with one major source of amusement: some of my friends are terrified of/disgusted by cats, and have gone so far as to squeal and climb the nearest piece of furniture whenever the (tiny, very docile and totally adorable) cat enters the room. *snerk*

Things I Have Learned While Baby-Sitting the Cat )

In other news, I've put together a list of 50 Merlin fic recs for [livejournal.com profile] kirrea. If you've watched the series, check it out! There's a shitload of crack, some angst, some smut, some drama...well, basically, a bit of everything. *grins*

I have not posted here about #amazonfail, Dreamwidth or Susan Boyles. Just for the record: 1) I covered the first one at Twitter on the day of; 2) I'll create a DW account on the 30th, as soon as open beta starts; 3) I have watched the video, I do think her voice is nice, but I honestly don't get why everyone's making such a huge fuss.

Oh, and [livejournal.com profile] afterthree and I are working on a not-very-secret project that we're having some fun planning. Ho hum.
christycorr: The One Ring (The Lord of the Rings) (Obsession.)
Stolen from [livejournal.com profile] neverwiser, because I'm late for class and fuck, now it's raining and oh my God, I'm going to be so late. Also because I'll probably never post a poem on my LJ otherwise, since I tend to abhor the damned things.

Put your MP3 player on shuffle, and write down the first line of the first twenty songs. Post the poem that results. The first line of the twenty-first is the title.

Yesterday I spent asleep [Cedars of Lebanon - U2 ([livejournal.com profile] firstlightofeos)]

Every single night, the same arrangement [Going Through the Motions - Sarah Michelle Geller ([livejournal.com profile] viciousberries)]
It was great when it all began
[Rose Tints My World - Rocky Horror Picture Show soundtrack ([livejournal.com profile] nancy_downs)]
I've tried so hard, my dear, to show
Master, apprentice—heartborn
[Wishmaster - Nightwish ([livejournal.com profile] viciousberries)]
This is where I say I've had enough
[Saints and Sailors - Dashboard Confessional ([livejournal.com profile] nancy_downs)]

Do you derive joy when someone succeeds?
[21 Things I Want in a Lover - Alanis Morissette ([livejournal.com profile] nancy_downs)]
She would never say where she came from
[Ruby Tuesday - The Corrs & Bono ([livejournal.com profile] sweetcherrytree and [livejournal.com profile] firstlightofeos)]
Is there anybody going to listen to my story?
[Girl - The Beatles ([livejournal.com profile] cinephile88)]
You must remember this
[As Time Goes By - Jimmy Durante ([livejournal.com profile] cinephile88)]
Birds flying high, you know how I feel
[Feeling Good - Nina Simone ([livejournal.com profile] kirrea)]

Look at these people
[Slipping - Neil Patrick Harris ([livejournal.com profile] viciousberries)]
If someone stood up in a crowd
[Mr. Cellophane - John C. Reilly ([livejournal.com profile] firstlightofeos)]
Everyone's changing—I stay the same
[Summer Sunshine - The Corrs ([livejournal.com profile] firstlightofeos)]
I look at all the lonely people
[Eleanor Rigby - The Beatles ([livejournal.com profile] kirrea)]
Tough, you think you've got the stuff
[Sometimes You Can't Make It on Your Own - U2 ([livejournal.com profile] firstlightofeos)]

I'm thinking it's a sign
[Such Great Heights - The Postal Service ([livejournal.com profile] viciousberries)]
And now the end is near
[My Way - Frank Sinatra ([livejournal.com profile] viciousberries)]
It's these substandard motels on the
[Build God, Then We'll Talk - Panic at the Disco ([livejournal.com profile] nancy_downs)]
Here lies everything
[Everything You Ever - Neil Patrick Harris ([livejournal.com profile] lissomelle)]
I gotta stand up and take a step
[Stand Up Comedy - U2 ([livejournal.com profile] firstlightofeos)]

*is amused* Some bits of that made some kind of weird sense.

See anything you recognise?

I've been reading quite a bit of Merlin fanfiction lately. If you've seen the show and haven't checked out Drastically Redefining Protocol, Three Tasks and The Crown of the Summer Court, I suggest you do so ASAP. (Well, if you've never seen it, you should still read the first one, because it's AU, and awesome.)

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