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I'm long overdue for a rec post! Here are a few choice stories from the last several months. The theme: thinking and having fun all at the same time, with fanfic as the medium for said activities. Yes, it can be done.

The Ship and the Girl by [livejournal.com profile] needled_ink1975 (The Devil Wears Prada, Miranda/Andy, PG-13)
The word that springs to mind upon reading this story is "thoughtful." Thoughtful exploration of Miranda's pre-film past, thoughtful treatment of the friendship and professional life and familial experiences of two women, thoughtful narration, thoughtful diction and syntax and everything. And guess what else? It's fun.

Four Suites and One Room by [livejournal.com profile] chilly_flame (The Devil Wears Prada, Miranda/Andy, M)
Chilly_Flame is another master of the concept of thinking and having fun all at the same time. Also, this story is really, really hot. As I mentioned to the author, "porn with plot" is a favorite genre, and this story is a prime example.

Making History (One Saturday at a Time) by [livejournal.com profile] thelastgoodname (The Devil Wears Prada, Miranda/Andy, R)
Thelastgoodname provided this rating: "explicit sports content. Implicit sexual content." That really says it all. Again, there is lots of thinking and lots of fun. Miranda is a football fan! Andy is a Miranda fan! By the end, Miranda is an Andy fan (and very much remains a truly scary hardcore football fan), and Andy might like football just a little bit, too.

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Beta Tested by [livejournal.com profile] somniesperus (Battlestar Galactica, Roslin/Apollo, M)
So, it kind of cracks me up that this story is called "Beta Tested," because I beta-read it. I had a lot of fun doing so, too, though the real fun is in the sort of "beta-testing" shenanigans in which the characters indulge, all in the name of fleet safety, of course. I stubbornly maintain that the love between Laura Roslin and her Captain Apollo is canon, and Telanu does a fantastic job expanding upon the sexual tension and genuine affection present between the two characters.

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In other news, the nuns remain stubborn, and progress remains slow, but I am not abandoning this Doubt story. The nuns are maddening and fun, and--in sticking with the theme here--I'm thinking about them a whole lot. I just need to spend more time thinking with a pen in my hand. Other things that remain stubborn: my poetry, my future, and my cats.

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Edited to add: I love these rec'd stories with all my heart, and there have been some other good ones, too. I don't mean to sound too bitter(ly sarcastic) over the thinking and the having of fun: I just want to particularly applaud the efforts made at doing both. Sometimes, fandoms lose sight of that balance, and the fact that these fics don't have that problem is truly something to celebrate.
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I'm hoping to satisfy a personal curiosity, and the answer will benefit a story I'm writing. How might nuns--or, in this case, religious sisters--handle the issue of names in 1964? I understand (sort of) that after Vatican II, many nuns went back to using their baptismal names rather than their saints names or religious names. However, the story takes place before the closing of the Second Vatican Council.

I've been doing research. I've learned about the difference between solemn and simple vows, between nuns and religious sisters. (The Sisters of Charity take the latter and are the latter.) However, I'm still stumped on the matter of names. I've been researching Catholic nuns in general and the Sisters of Charity in specific, and the Sisters of Charity website has helped me establish a pattern among names of current members but hasn't answered my questions.

My questions are about characters from Doubt, if you hadn't already figured that out:

--in the case of Sister Aloysius Beauvier, is Beauvier likely to be a "secular" last name, such as her husband's last name?

--would her family members (whom I am inventing, and who are Roman Catholic but not particularly religious) refer to her by her baptismal first name, which is certainly not Aloysius?

--would the Sisters of Charity likely speak on the topic of their own names in relation to news from Vatican II in the year 1964?

--is any information given in the film about James or Aloysius' baptismal names and/or family names from before they entered the order? I seem to remember lines of text on the screen at the end of the film indicating that the sister on whom Sister James was based went by a different name later in life. (I realize this last question smacks of laziness on my part--I should just watch the movie again. I've seen it three times and have read the script of the play, but I'm having an odd memory lapse when it comes to these characters' family names. Part of the problem is that several different stories I've read use the same baptismal names for these characters, and I'm having trouble distinguishing canon from fanon. I do plan on watching the film again soon. Real soon, considering I'm starting to find myself in a bit of a time crunch.)

I could give my dad a call, as he'd probably know the answers to the first three questions, if not all four. However, there are two important things I want to avoid when it comes to my relationship with my dad:

1) lying to him
2) telling him that I femslash nuns as a hobby

So, hello internet. Any help (firm facts, speculation, additional questions) is greatly appreciated.
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I am participating in [livejournal.com profile] help_haiti, a multi-fandom auction set up for the purpose of sending financial relief to Haiti. Until noon EST on January 20, you can bid on stories, artwork, and other offerings. The highest bidder in each auction will be notified, and will be responsible for donating the amount they bid to one of these relief organizations.

You can find my auction here. I am offering a femslash fic (minimum of 1000 words. Potential fandoms: "Battlestar Galactica" [2003 TV series], The Devil Wears Prada [film], or Doubt [film]) at a starting bid of $5.

Please consider bidding--for a story of mine or for one of the near-countless other offerings! And regardless of whether or not you win, please consider donating something to help with the long, painful recovery process that Haiti currently faces. If you're interested in donating money but would prefer not to participate in the [livejournal.com profile] help_haiti auction, Partners in Health is a great place to start.

Thank you!
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(Warning: this post contains Doubt "spoilers" and brief, non-graphic discussion of child abuse in the Catholic church.)

I fretted over “Recompense Delight”* more than any other fanfic I’ve ever posted. Writing it was a giddy, stay-up-far-too-late-typing style of FUN, but still I fretted.

A lot. )

*After the fact, I kind of think “Recompense Delight” sounds funny. What I meant by the title was that love and sex and the sharing of oneself with another are delightful things, and that just as the sinners in Romans “receiv[e] in themselves that recompense of their error,” it is possible to compensate another person for lovely things, too. Unfortunately, it kind of sounds like a dessert, like Marshmallow Pineapple Delight, or something. Oh well.
chainofclovers: (lift)
My writing is slow as molasses at the moment. And stiff as dried molasses.

Ew.

Please help. Prompts? (I know I haven't finished the Doubt drabbles from the last time I did something like this--they're still in my head. It'll happen. Now, I just need some words from the outside to unstick my own words.)

The result will probably be Devil Wears Prada (film) fic with Andy/Miranda as the pairing. I may use the prompts to help with my current story, or I might try my hand at more drabbles (in other words, I can't promise that every prompt will result in a story). I'd take any sort of prompt, from a word or phrase to a physical location to a description of a scenario. Thanks!

Also: Strike the Pose, by [livejournal.com profile] woldy. It reminds me of some of the first DWP stories written: the ones about power and clothes.

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