When the Lights Go On Again Extras

The damn thing alien invasion fic is done! And in true Hobbit fashion, it seems like we ought to be giving out gifts to celebrate. So, here's and mp3 of the song we stole the title from; When The Lights Go On Again (All Over the World), and a .pdf of the whole fic, for anyone who might want to read it, but is put off by the thought of having to wade through 20+ posts to do so.

Also, a little few notes and details about the fic that didn't make it into the final version.

Do you know how hard it is to write about a military setting/society without ever using the word "men" as a catch-all term for "soldiers/subordinates/etc.?"

Very, very hard.

Remembering that the Argonian language/society is as close as we could suceed in making it to completely gender-equal and does not contain a default-male/the-male-pronoun-can-stand-in-for-people-in-general concept was harder than remembering to factor cat/fox ears and prehensile tails into the descriptions of their body language.

I think a little bit of chauvinism did creep in to some of the warrior characters' attitudes toward mechanikos, though. Mamitu has a clear "they are beneath me" classist attitude, but Kammani, for example, comes down more on the side of "we must protect them for their own good, for they are innocent and helpless."

We never did decide whether the warrior/mechanikos divide was hereditary, like a caste system, or determined in early childhood based on perceived aptitude, or what.

Details wrt Argonians that we never got to use:

1) Argonians are warm-blooded, placental animals with live birth, but they are not mammals. They have no nipples/breasts/mammary glands, and Argonian infants are fed blood, either from freshly-dead prey, or, in the first week or so of life when their immune system is still developing, and in starvation situation, from their mother. Like a medieval pelican (the imaginary medieval concept of one, ot the actual bird).

Argonians therefore have a difficult time determining sex/gender when it comes to humans, because breasts are meaningless to them, and, since only some human men have facial hair, its presence or absence is not a useful sign.

2) The Imperial regalia of the Archon includes a large gemstone, which has over the years been set both into a pendant and into a crown, known as "Alulim's Eye." Because we *had* to, but we couldn't figure out a way to mention it without the lame pun being way too obvious.

3) Warrior/mechanikos relationships are unusual. Kammani and Isimud will be a legendary romance several generations down the road, with numerous melodramatic stories/ballads about them, most of which bear only a very slim resemblance to actual historical fact.

4) The NY Transit Authority removes the leather bench seats from the subway cars and puts the plastic ones back in, but they never do get around to replacing the engraved and copper-inlay-decorated metal poles. Salt-aliens!marvel-verse NYC has quotations stolen from Kahless engraved inside their subway cars for the next several decades.

5) Penn Station has to be completely rebuilt after the war. The new building has some strong visual/architectural homages to the original early 19th century design.

6) The total amount of Jan and Tony's bill at the Waldorf-Astoria is so high that Tony has to sell a small subsidiary company to Rukimo Fujikawa in order to pay it off. Rumiko gives him a very good deal, despite the fact that they've never actually slept together in this 'verse.

7) Ben Urich, Robbie Robertson, and J. Jonah Jameson win a Pulitzer for their reporting on the Argonian invasion from Ground Zero. It turns out that Reed, who was able to communicate with people outside the force-field bubble by routing the signal through another dimension, was broadcasting it to the outside world. Jonah brags insufferably about this forever.

8) The RCAA sues Johnny Storm for playing various pieces of downloaded music on public airways without permission. Their subsequent defeat in court in the wake of a landslide of public outrage, including an infamous soundbite wherein the judge describes them as "bloodsucking vultures," is considered a landmark victory for intellectual property reform. Meanwhile, MTV and several NYC-based radio stations invite Johnny to be a host for a music video or radio show. Sue makes him turn all of them down.

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So apparently, Steve's been into drag since the 1940's. I love how he appears to be totally convinced not only that he can pass as a woman, but that Bucky can pass as an eight year old. Also, Steve's relationship with Sergeant Duffy is comedy gold.

Because pictures of Steve in a dress never get oldCollapse )

When the Lights Go On Again 5b/19

Title: When the Lights Go On Again 5b/19
Authors: seanchai and elspethdixon
Rated: PG-13
Pairings: Steve/Tony, Hank/Jan, Carol/Wanda
Warnings: No much, really. Some swearing and violence.
Disclaimer: The characters and situations depicted herein belong to Stan Lee and Marvel comics. No profit is being made off of this derivative work. We're paid in love, people.
Summary: Aliens have invaded earth, and the Avengers are scattered. While Steve leads the resistance, Tony once again finds himself playing captive scientist. In the midst of a violent alien regime, separated by seemingly insurmountable boundaries, Steve and Tony have nothing to keep themselves going but each other.
Author's Note:The point in volume three that we're branching off from was originally published around '98-'99, but since Marvel time runs at a slower speed than real world time, early volume three is probably four or so years ago in canon time. Hence 2004 and troops in Iraq. Also, just a heads up; this fic is really, really long. Like, over two hundred pages long. We'll start by posting every other week, though we're hoping to start posting once a week, eventually.

X-posted to Marvel Slash.

Warning: this chapter is un-beta'd. I've read through this for errors, but please feel free to point out any mistakes I may have missed.

When the Lights Go On Again

Chapter FiveCollapse )

Chapter One | Chapter Two | Chapter Three | Chapter Four | Chapter Five (a) Chapter Five (b)

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Kitten!

On Saturday, elspethdixon and I drove all day in order to pick up a kitten; he is tiny, black, fuzzy, and likes cuddling with the laptops, and chewing on electrical wires. Hence, his name is Anthony.

Since the internets was created to share pictures of cats, here are a few; none of them are particularly clear, since the kitten hasn't learned to stay still for more than about ten seconds yet, but they're still cute.

Kitten!Collapse )

Fic Updates

I've been massively lazy, and completely forgotten to update this journal for about a month. There are a bunch of things I should catch up on, but first things first; fic updates.

Resurrection, Reconstruction, and Redemption is finished. All thirteen parts are now online.

Resurrection, Reconstruction, and Redemption


Doom brings Steve back from the dead. Hijinks ensue, some of which might vaugely be considered plot. Surprisingly, this isn't actually crack-fic -- it's just Marvel.
Steve/Tony, post-CW fixit.

{Chapter One} {Chapter Two} {Chapter Three} {Chapter Four} {Chapter Five} {Chapter Six} {Chapter Seven} {Chapter Eight} {Chapter Nine} {Chapter Ten} {Chapter Eleven} {Chapter Twelve} {Chapter Thirteen}



Meanwhile, and I have been working on a new fic. It's finished, being posted on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The first five chapters are currently online.

The Roughest Day
Or: The New Avengers, and the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day week MONTH


In which Steve is in a motorcycle accident, Tony catches a cold, and someone may be after the New Avengers.
Steve/Tony, New Avengers era h/c.

{Chapter One} {Chapter Two} {Chapter Three} {Chapter Four} {Chapter Five}
Title: Resurrection, Reconstruction, and Redemption, 3/13
Authors:
seanchai and elspethdixon
Rated:
PG-13
Pairings:
Steve/Tony. Really, really, Steve/Tony -- ignore the fact that it will take three chapters to get there. Also, various canon ships, including Peter/MJ and Luke/Jessica/Danny. Sharon/Winter Soldier, for your daily dosage of bondage kink.
Warnings:
Denial fic. Blatant shipper fic. One non-canonical het pairing in later chapters. A dire lack of porn. Terrifying amounts of snuggling and angst in later chapters.
Summary:
Doom brings Steve back from the dead. Hijinks ensue, some of which might vaugely be considered plot. Surprisingly, this isn't actually crack-fic -- it's just Marvel.
Disclaimer:
The characters and situations depicted herein belong to Stan Lee and Marvel comics. No profit is being made off of this derivative work. We're paid in love, people.

Thank you to harmonyangel for the wonderful beta job.

(Chapter One)
(Chapter Two)


Chapter Three: Avengers Assemble!

Note: For a rundown of where this fic departs from current continuity, go (here).

Also, we know some people have been reading along on our writing community as we work, so we just want to say thank you to everyone who commented on the first two chapters anyway -- it makes this whole thing worthwhile, knowing that there are other people enjoying it.

Constructive criticism is, of course, also welcomed.

Again, this fic is thirteen chapters long, and will be posted twice a week, on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The slash is visible now.

ETA: elspethdixon and I will both be visiting family over the weekend, and therefore without internet access this Saturday, so chapter four will be posted on Sunday afternoon.

Since this seems like a good time to ask, does anyone have a preference for when this thing gets posted? We started on a Wednesday because of the fourth, but if people would prefer a Monday/Friday schedule or something, it makes no difference to us.
Title: Resurrection, Reconstruction, and Redemption, 2/13
Authors:
seanchai and elspethdixon
Rated:
PG-13
Pairings:
Steve/Tony. Really, really, Steve/Tony -- ignore the fact that it will take three chapters to get there. Also, various canon ships, including Peter/MJ and Luke/Jessica/Danny. Sharon/Winter Soldier, for your daily dosage of bondage kink.
Warnings:
Denial fic. Blatant shipper fic. One non-canonical het pairing in later chapters. A dire lack of porn. Terrifying amounts of snuggling and angst in later chapters.
Summary:
Doom brings Steve back from the dead. Hijinks ensue, some of which might vaugely be considered plot. Surprisingly, this isn't actually crack-fic -- it's just Marvel.
Disclaimer:
The characters and situations depicted herein belong to Stan Lee and Marvel comics. No profit is being made off of this derivative work. We're paid in love, people.

(Chapter One)



(Chapter Two: Helicarrier go boom!)


Note: For a rundown of where this fic departs from current continuity, go (here). Familiarity with the events of Civil War is encouraged, and you pretty much have to have read Civil War: The Confession.

Thank you to harmonyangel and tavella for the wonderful beta job.

This fic will be thirteen chapters long, posted twice a week, on Wednesdays and Saturdays. It's endless, be warned, and it takes almost three chapters for Steve and Tony to meet back up. However, once they do, we promise, things will be slashy.

Jul. 4th, 2007

As some of you may know, elspethdixon and I have been working on an endless Steve/Tony Avengers fic. It's set post-CW/Cap 25, and is pure resurrection/fix-it. Also, almost two hundred pages long, and manages to simultaneously be pure Steve/Tony (that's Captain America/Iron Man, for those of you reading along at home) and actually be almost possessed of a plot. For those of you who might wish to read, I'm going to link it here as we post -- twice a week, on wednesdays and saturdays.


Title: Resurrection, Reconstruction, and Redemption, 1/13
Authors: seanchai and elspethdixon
Rated: PG-13
Pairings: Steve/Tony. Really, really, Steve/Tony -- ignore the fact that it will take three chapters to get there. Also, various canon ships, including Peter/MJ and Luke/Jessica/Danny. Sharon/Winter Soldier, for your daily dosage of bondage kink.
Warnings: Denial fic. Blatant shipper fic. One non-canonical het pairing in later chapters. A dire lack of porn. Terrifying amounts of snuggling and angst in later chapters.
Summary: Doom brings Steve back from the dead. Hijinks ensue, some of which might vaugely be considered plot. Surprisingly, this isn't actually crack-fic -- it's just Marvel.
Disclaimer: The characters and situations depicted herein belong to Stan Lee and Marvel comics. No profit is being made off of this derivative work. We're paid in love, people.

"You're certain we have the correct body, Skull?"

Note: For a rundown of where this fic departs from current continuity, go here. Familiarity with the events of CA #25 and CW is strongly encouraged (reading misleading excerpts on s_d carefully edited to make Iron Man and Reed Richards look even worse than they actually did does not count). And you pretty much have to have read Civil War: The Confession.

Thank you to harmonyangel and tavella for the wonderful beta job.

May. 16th, 2007

Property Of: aka, the snake-bite storyCollapse )



This story directly follows issue 11 of Marvel Adventures - Avengers, with the snake-cult. It was inspired by a conversation in which elspethdixon and I were trying to decide whether there were any situations other than the one we have in the epic post CW fix-it fic, where we could realistically see Steve biting someone during sex.

Pure, disgusting fluff. Scans provided upon request.

May. 16th, 2007

Joining the Team: Or how Storm and Wolverine Joined the AvengersCollapse )

A ficlet nominally set in the Marvel Adventures Avengers Universe, because that is the most insanely adorable universe ever, and Cap and Tony are married in it.

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