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23 March 2015 @ 08:18 pm
I really don't have time for this right now, but of course, I can't resist a meme. Ganked from leesa_perrie. To add some spice to this, I may answer for any form or art, depending on how I feel about the questions.

Pick a number, any number, and I'll answer it...

1. Which is your favorite of the fics you've written for X fandom? (you can choose, one or more) *
2. Favorite piece overall?
3. Which was the hardest to write, in terms of plot?
4. Which has the most "you" in it, however you'd define that?
5. What is an image/set of images that you're particularly proud of?
6. Idea that you always wanted to write but could never make work?
7. Least favorite plot point/chapter/moment?
8. Favorite plot point/chapter/moment?
9. Favorite character to write?
10. Favorite line or lines of dialogue that you've written
11. If I'm showing off just one of your pieces to someone, which one should it be?
12. What WIPs do you have going now? Are you excited about them?
13. Are there any things that might have happened in any of your stories, but you changed them at the last minute? (So-and-so dies, they don't actually kiss, main character has long extended ballet-based dream sequence, etc.)
14. Would you want to write canon for any of your fandoms (like be hired by showrunner to do an episode)? Which one?
15. Does font matter to you when you're writing a draft?
16. 3 favorite comments ever received on fanfic.
17. Any mean comments? How'd you deal with it? Who laid the smackdown?
18. If you could go back and revise one of your older stories, which would it be?
19. Do you make up scenes at work/on the bus/at the gym? Who are the characters that pop up the most? Do you write them down?
20. Go nuts, and talk about writing.

*(Actually you can't really choose, given I haven't written anything but White Collar... ;) )
12 March 2015 @ 11:45 am
I was thinking about making a post called "How to Get Away with Crap" to rant about the ridiculousness of How to Get Away with Murder, which was a real waste of my time. Sorry, Viola, as much as I love you, season 2 will be without me. I definitely won't recommand this show to anyone, unless you're looking for what *not* to do in a story.

But then, I started season 2 of Broadchurch, and I was happily reminded what a great TV show is. And I thought it'd be more useful to post about a show I want to recommand.

So here it goes. (Garanteed without spoilers)

Broadchurch is a detective story. The body of a young boy is found on the beach of the town of Broadchurch, UK. The first season resolves around the investigation, led by Alec Hardy (David Tennant) and Ellie Miller (Olivia Colman). Of course, this murder and the Police investigation deeply moves this little community, and lots of dirt is brought to the surface.
A classic story, but what makes the show really good, and worth watching, are the characters. The show takes the time to develop them, show their cracks and humanity. They're complex, real, and never over the tops. The two cops, the victim's parents, the suspects, the witnesses. And they're served by a truly solid cast. David Tennand is awesome, but so is his partner, Olivia Colman. And really, all of them.

You care for them, and you hurt for them.

The other strong point of the show is its filmography. I've rarely seen a show that is so beautiful. Literally beautiful. It highlights the charming beauty of English landscapes. There is a real work on lights and tones.

This is a show that takes it time. But it still keeps the tension high, while keeping its plot twists beliavable (Basically it's the opposite of HTGAWM).
And if you think they wouldn't know how to extend the series in an interesting way after season 1, you're wrong. Season 2, though rather different, is just as compelling as season 1, and I'm looking forward to season 3!

And on a more shallow note, who can resist David Tennant's Scottish accent?

Here is the teaser trailer for season 1:
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Oh, and please, forget about Gracepoint. It's nothing like Broadchurch. It's just a very bad forgery. Watch the real thing.
Forget Agent Burke, this is Agent Pritchard now.
This is just in, according to Deadline, Tim will co-star in the pilot of Frankenstein, alongside Rob Kazinsky.

"Taking inspiration from the basic Mary Shelley mythology of a man brought back to life by scientists playing God, Frankenstein centers on Ray Pritchard (Hall), a morally corrupt retired cop who is given a second chance at life when he is brought back from the dead. Privy to information only a dead man could possess, this former Marine and L.A. County Sheriff (Kazinsky) teams with his son, FBI Agent Duval Pritchard (DeKay), to take down the bad guys. However, though his body is new, his thoughts and desires are of a 75-year-old badass curmudgeon."

I know, right? He doesn't really look like a Duval...

Okay, let's be honest, when you read that pitch, it doesn't exactly sound like my league of shows. But hey, hopefully, Tim back on TV as soon as fall 2015! :)

ETA: For some weird anti-spam reasons, LJ wouldn't let me link back to Deadline, but you can get the link to the original article via :)
A freaking stupid helicopter accident in Argentina, during the filming of a French TV show, killed 10 people, among which 3 sportsmen. The legend skipper Florence Arthaud, and the really too young Camille Muffat and Alexis Vastine.

Just tragic.
09 March 2015 @ 11:54 am
For those who may not have heard, a black teenager was killed by a cop on Friday night in Madison, WI.
Just 6 months after Ferguson. Exactly 50 years after Selma.

This is horrible, and I'm not sure what to say, apart that I'm outraged.
Outraged that it's always a white cop killing a black kid. And simply outraged that a trained cop would shoot a unarmed civilian. You just don't do that, this is very wrong. There are other ways to apprehend someone. And if you can't, you call for back-up. You just don't shoot them dead.

You can try to argue, nothing justifies killing an unarmed, untrained, petty offender.
This is unacceptable. This shouldn't happen.
08 March 2015 @ 09:40 pm
So, I've been playing quite a bit with Photoshop lately. Because of Tim's inspiring eyes and smile, because I treated myself with a graphic tablet (and I'm loooving it!), and because, you know, I had to do extensive testing of said tablet... So I've been accumulating things, and I thought it was time to post... There for you. Seven wallpapers: Five Peter Burkes, one Peter/El and one Tim DeKay.

A little disclaimer for good measure: please, credit if sharing or reposing anywhere. And, please, ask permission if you want to edit any of those.


Title: The Fatherhood Chronicles - In the Quiet of the Night
Characters: Peter, Neal Burke
Genre: gen, fluffly future fic.
Word count: 682
Summary: Sleep isn't always easy to find. Luckily, they have each other.
Author's Note: Continuation of Peter's journey through fatherhood. Many thanks to kanarek13 for the cheerleading and beta. :) This fic reuses a ficlet originally written for the Prompfest, for the prompt dedication.

The Fatherhood Chronicles Masterpost

Peter was lying awake in his bed when he heard Neal start crying. Elizabeth stirred slightly by his side, but Peter gave her a quick kiss and slid out of the bed.Collapse )
03 March 2015 @ 09:35 am
March? Spring? What?

PS: Thanks for the snow, pooh_collector. You can stop blowing now.
28 February 2015 @ 02:55 pm
Title: Alternate Reality
Author: Aragarna
Characters: Neal, Peter, Keller, Mozzie.
Genre: hurt/comfort, fluff, angst, alternate ending.
Spoilers: for the season finale.
Word count: ~3200
Beta: My infinite gratitude to my fantastic beta, anodyneer.
Summary: What if Neal hadn't planned to fake his death?
Author's Note: This is a rather late birthday gift for winterstar95.

“You mark my words,” Keller said. “Burke and the Feds, they"ll find a way to keep you on your leash a little longer.”Collapse )
25 February 2015 @ 09:34 pm
Title: Two Days at the Museums
Author: Aragarna
Characters: Peter Burke, Neal Caffrey
Genre, rating: post-series fluffy fluff of gen nature. general audience.
Word count: 1150
Beta: many thanks to the awesome anodyneer!!
Summary: While in Paris, Peter and Neal visit museums. It turns out they have very different tastes in the matter.
Author's Note: this fic is a belated birthday gift for my dear friend maryrose_it, and is also for my buddy kanarek13, who accidently prompted me, and who also made the super cool art to go with it. Check it out! More notes at the end.

“Peter, where are you going? It’s this way,” Neal called, obviously annoyed.Collapse )