brilligspoons: (steve/tony)
Okay, so, I don't actually know how to express all of my thoughts about, feelings for, and opinions regarding Iron Man 3 in a way that doesn't involve flopping about on the ground like a fish out of water, so I'll just say: it was excellent. I'm THRILLED, and I want to see it a million more times. Personally I think it's the best of the three, and despite the rumors (completely unconfirmed, as far as I know) of more Iron Man movies coming our way, I...wish they would leave it here. Not that there isn't the possibility of future one topping this, but - this is a good place, you know?

Anyway. That's where I'm at today.
brilligspoons: (agkh!)
So it's an established fact that the best thing we've ever done around here is hire Kyleigh, but in case you'd forgotten how awesome she is, this happened this morning:

Cut for pic size )

In related news, Kait and I are going to see Iron Man 3 tonight! Catch you on the flip side.
brilligspoons: (ms. marvel)
I really have way too many fics to start/finish to get into this one at the moment, but goddamnit, this sounds like the best fic idea ever. So, first of all, if you aren't reading Kelly Sue DeConnick's Captain Marvel, you should start. It's one of my favorite series right now, and it's pretty much amazing, and I love everything about it. THESE ARE ALL VALID REASONS FOR YOU TO START READING, OKAY? Anyway.

But but but in #1, there's some really great interaction between Carol and Steve that made my heart grow three sizes. I have a Serious Thing for platonic friendships between men and women, and it just hit me in all the right places, and I really need for there to be more of it immediately. Uh, and then a while back on tumblr, someone (maybe [livejournal.com profile] metonymy?) said something about wanting to read all the Carol+Steve fic? And, oh god, I want to write about them going on a road trip together so badly.

And, like, Carol is still on the tail end of her identity crisis (or something), and she needs to get away from the dog-and-pony show that being an Avenger entails these days. I feel like Steve has this open door policy with pretty much everyone? So she shows up in the middle of the night and wakes him up and is like, "We have to go now." And he's all confused, but she pulls him out of bed and throws clothes at him and packs some stuff in a bag.

Then he's all, "Maybe I should say something to Tony...?" And Carol just says NO, HE'LL TRY TO TAG ALONG, THIS IS A TONY-FREE ROAD TRIP.

And then they travel cross-country and hijinks happen, and it turns out that Steve really needed to just have a couple days to himself as well. Just, I mean, everything that happened/is happening with Osborne, and trying to deal with Tony without getting into yet another screaming match, plus all the other shit going on that the Avengers have to deal with - it's gotta weigh on a guy, you know? So the two of them drive all over the place and have a week and change to just be regular friends on vacation.

But, you know, I should probably finish the Raven/Angel florist AU, and the XMFC Parasol Protectorate fusion, and get started on my Teen Wolf big bang, and the Stilinski family feels fic I started for [livejournal.com profile] mcwonthelottery the other day, and and and. Oh god.

*flail*
brilligspoons: (steve/tony)
So...I'm not going to write this story because my interest in baseball is minimal at best and basically limited to what Steve Rogers thinks about the Dodgers not being in Brooklyn anymore (and also A League of Their Own). Which I think is fair, really. This doesn't stop me from thinking it's a good idea for a fic, of course, but I am probably not the right person to follow through on it.

Background: a couple drinks into our company party on Wednesday, Kait mentioned something about Steve and Tony and baseball and...I don't even remember what else, but it turned into me thinking up an AU where Steve plays for the Dodgers in the years right before the team moves out to LA. Uh, @hubcomics then asked me about them checking for steroids, which. I say let's handwave the whole thing and make Steve's physique a product of a late growth spurt and good living. But also it's, like, 1952 and I don't even know when they would have started checking for drugs and performance enhancers? So whatever, I think we're safe on that point.

I can just imagine Steve falling to his knees on the field after losing the 1956 World Series to the Yankees and shouting DAMN YOU, LARSEN at the sky while shaking his fists. )

In conclusion, you should all just read [livejournal.com profile] harmonyangel's story, Wait Till Next Year. I guarantee you it is more coherent and wonderful than this mess of an entry.

And now I will...do work. I guess. :\
brilligspoons: (dragneto)
Last night a group of us went out to Border Cafe for dinner (om nom nom), and it was good times all around! Except for the fake parrot that spent all night judging me, but that's another story. I pretty much passed out right when I got home (I was REALLY tired, okay, and the two glasses of sangria I drank before/during dinner only made that worse) and woke up sometime around midnight, and of course I couldn't fall back asleep after that. Woohoo.

Buuuut I ended up reading Young Avengers: Children's Crusade, which was an A++ life choice for sure. I'd recently read the initial YA run and some of the tie-ins with other titles and come away from them feeling all warm and fuzzy inside, but Crusade sort of...tipped my feelings over the edge. :D?

Fic desire involving a minor spoiler for the end of Children's Crusade )

*ahem*

Today is a No Boss day, so I'm hoping to get some writing done. We'll see if that actually works out. >.>

Happy Wednesday, friends!
brilligspoons: (worst friend ever)
Apparently we live in a world where I have David Mitchell/WILTY dreams and [livejournal.com profile] mcwonthelottery does not. I don't really understand it, but that is a thing that happened last night. I mean, I like David Mitchell and all, I just didn't think my admiration had reached dream level already.

Anyway. The weekend was good! I got to hang out with friends on Saturday, and then yesterday afternoon I watched the EE of Return of the King and ended up drowning in feelings in re: Eowyn, Eowyn/Faramir, and the 4 hobbits, as you do. I'm actually surprised at how little I remembered of the extended scenes - it was sort of like watching the whole thing for the very first time again, which pleased me. I'm also (finally) starting to get excited for the first Hobbit movie to be out. I like to think I can trust Peter Jackson not to fuck it up, but fingers crossed, just in case.

In other news, I like it when I'm able to cross things off my lists.

-write the first Queer Fest fic (posting date: 5/28)
-finish the Suits BBMU story and have it beta read (posting date: 6/5)
-figure out where I'm going to host the BBMU mix (posting date: 6/6)
-write second Queer Fest fic (posting date: 6/10)
-finish the Marvel ladies BBMU story and have it beta read (posting date: 6/11)
-write third Queer Fest fic (posting date: 6/16) / I'm about a third of the way through this one.
-write both ZombiFICation fics and submit to mods before 6/23 / One of these has been submitted already.

The Suits story drove me up a wall towards the end, but it's DONE and mostly ready for posting tomorrow. So now I just have to write the rest of the Marvel ladies AU, figure out what I'm doing for the QF fic due on the 10th, and then I'm...in a good spot for a change. :D

*flop*

I've had the first part of this story in my In Progress folder for months, and I decided yesterday that my reward for finishing the first BBMU would be to work on it. The prompt came off a bingo card, so if you're wondering why the hell I even started writing it in the first place, that would be your answer.

one-sided Steve/Tony, non-explicit bloodplay, sort of. 621 words. )

...yeah.

Back to work! Fuck Monday!
brilligspoons: (totally reasonable!)
I've had some time to process my feelings regarding The Avengers, and while I'm not quite as devastated as I was initially, I'm still sort of...annoyed? I guess? By it in general. [livejournal.com profile] 80sgirlie and I had a somewhat epic discussion about it on Friday, and yesterday I emailed [livejournal.com profile] anoneknewmoose about it, and I've identified specifically, I think, what made me sad/angry about the whole thing.

Uh, cut and paste from that email. Spoilers for the movie. )

IN CONCLUSION, all of that. I'm sure you were all super interested.

Also in conclusion: RIP, Maurice Sendak. :(
brilligspoons: (keysmash)
So as I discovered yesterday, Eve 6 came out with a new album recently. I hadn't realized they'd gotten back together after splitting a few years back? So it was a pleasant thing to stumble upon! They're one of my favorite bands - I totally used to beg my sisters to drive around the block a couple extra times if Inside Out came on the radio while we were in the car. Anyway, I downloaded the new tracks last night, and mostly I like them a lot. I will say that the lyrics are not as good as I was expecting, unfortunately. I mean, the words are a huge part of why I like their music so much, and these aren't quite as...witty, I guess, as their other albums are. /shrug Some of the songs are pretty damn catchy, though, so it definitely wasn't a waste of money.

I uploaded one of my favorites to tumblr last night, which you can hear here. Also, they're playing a free show somewhere in Boston on May 19th with Spin Doctors, Switchfoot, and Third Eye Blind. No, we did not travel back in time to 1997, it is still 2012. I'm debating whether or not to go - on the one hand, it's free and I've been dying to see them live for a long time; on the other, there's possibly something fannish happening that day that I don't want to miss. Decisions! I hate making them!

Moving on.

The MoP beta continues to be pretty cool! I got all the way through the new start zone last night. I spent most of that 8 level stretch cursing loudly at the game (WHOSE BRIGHT IDEA WAS IT TO HAVE SWARMING MONKEYS THAT SPAWN ALMOST INSTANTANEOUSLY GAAAAAAHHHHH) (also WHOSE BRIGHT IDEA WAS IT TO HAVE A QUEST WHERE YOU'RE ATTACHED TO A FUCKING NPC THAT BLOCKS YOUR WAY WHEN YOU TRY TO PICK UP THE QUEST ITEMS ASKNA;KNVSLKNVSLKNSKN;ASMA;), but I'm happy to announce that I finally made it to Orgimmar! And then the beta client kicked me off 3 times in 30 minutes because of critical errors (all reported), so I gave up. I'm sure that game content from here until 85 is the same, so I think I might create a level 85 toon and see what's happening in the 85+ content. Yay more levels!

Also, man, I totally forgot that the new zone is on the back of a GIANT FUCKING TURTLE. Christ, I love this game. Even when it's frustrating the ever-loving shit out of me. Which is pretty often. :D:

I'm behind on all my comics, but I keep seeing little bits here and there on Twitter about American Vampire that make me desperate to catch up. Maybe that's what I'll do on Saturday? Unf. I came to the realization that while I ADORE the story, much of the appeal stems from the art. [livejournal.com profile] liveonthesun reblogged some covers Rafael Albuquerque did for Nomad: Girl Without a Home recently, and it hit me that I would pretty much read any comics he draws for, no questions asked. I just like his art a lot, okay? Shut up.

Exhibit A: American Vampire #24 cover )

Exhibit B: Catwoman o___o )

Exhibit C: Nomad! )

So pretty. *____* I really only have incomprehensible flailing and keysmashing for you at this point, so I'll spare you. >.>

I started a new Steve/Tony fic the other day because I fail at staying focused on one project at a time. I got the idea for it from Incredible Hulk (which was SO BORING, how could a movie about the motherfucking HULK be SO BORING, guys?), and it's probably stupid to everyone else, but whatever, Imma write this thing. Weee! :D

That's all from me, friends. *SMOOCH*
brilligspoons: (ms. marvel)
So, whatever, AO3's down right now, but I have this really awesome Marvel movie 'verse fic you all need to read ASAP - meaning when the site is working again. Silly updates. Who needs them.

The Last Love Song of Anthony E. Stark by [livejournal.com profile] jibrailis - R - Steve/Tony, background Loki/Sif - After contracting an Asgardian virus, Tony starts forgetting things. And people. And Steve.

IT'S REALLY GOOD. Once the archive's back up, I highly recommend giving it a try.
brilligspoons: (steve/tony)
O h m y g o d AVENGERS TRAILER.

I'd really like to go frame by frame with this one, because that is the level of invested I am in this thing, but my brain doesn't want to function beyond a lot of keysmashing and squeeing. Congratulations! You've been spared. BUT FEEL FREE TO COMMENT WITH YOUR OWN FLAILING, OKAY? I AM ALL FOR THAT.

Uh. I have a lot of feels about things I wasn't expecting to have feels about, you know? Like fucking Stark Tower, of all things, what even. More expected are my feelings WRT to Tony Stark in general, as well as that bit where it's Thor, Tony, and Cap standing together in the woods. And NATASHA, can I please have a goddamn Black Widow movie already? I even have thoughts about Loki and the snake-like machine thing at the end (we can has myth shout-out? :D?), which is super weird for me and I'm going to blame tumblr for that one.

*FLAIL* *FLAIL* *FLAIL*

Can't believe it's not May 4th yet. >:(

GUYS THREE TRAILERS AND CLINT HAS YET TO SAY A WORD.
brilligspoons: (keysmash)
Watched the first eight episodes of Hawaii Five-0 yesterday. >:( Why is it so addictive. >:( Why is Kono so fucking badass. >:( Why are Danny and Steve fucking adorable and all surly and banter-y. >:( Why do I want to watch an entire show about Chin riding around Hawaii on a motorcycle now. >:( Why am I such a sucker for shows with delightful team dynamics. >:( >:( >:(

Ugh, whatever. I need fic recs, friends who are in this fandom. Please point me to where the good stuff lives. >:(

SO, GUYS. HOW 'BOUT THAT AVENGERS TRAILER LAST NIGHT? HUH? HUH? HOW GREAT WAS THAT? I TOTALLY DIDN'T WATCH IT FIFTY TIMES THEN RIP THE VIDEO AND PUT IT ONTO MY IPOD SO I COULD WATCH IT ALL DAY TODAY. NOPE. NOT THIS GIRL. I'M IN CONTROL OF MY BASER URGES. INCLUDING THE TONY STARK-RELATED ONES. YUP. NOTHING TO SEE HERE.

Julia, Andrew, and I already have a plan to see the movie. I'll be down in Jersey that weekend because the 5th is Isabella's first communion, so we're going to make Cathy babysit the kids when I get in on the 4th (she's on a cruise right now and can't protest, and the family rule is you cruise, you lose, suckas).

SQUEEEEEEEEEE AVENGERS. \o/

Speaking of movies, I saw some this weekend.

I'd only heard about Chronicle early last week, actually, and I think I made the right choice, seeing it on Saturday. The story was your basic we-got-superpowers-now-what plot, but I liked the script, and the movie was shot in an interesting way. I liked the three main characters a lot, and the whole last bit kept me on the edge of my seat. Very well done overall, I'd say, though not totally groundbreaking. I do recommend seeing it if you're into so inclined, though.

One for the Money wasn't super great, but it was enjoyable, mindless entertainment. Mostly it succeeded in making me really homesick for Jersey. And because my only exposure to the story was the bandom adaptation, I kept expecting Gerard Way and Frank Iero to pop up, so. /shrug Anyway, it was fine and funny in parts, so it wasn't a hardship to watch.

Should probably do some work today. >.> Happy Monday, all!
brilligspoons: (steve/tony)
GUYS. Basically all my feelings are about THIS FANART (sfw) today. I just. I can't. I DON'T ACTUALLY KNOW HOW TO EXPRESS MY ADORATION FOR IT WITHOUT BREAKING DOWN INTO KEYSMASHES AND INCOMPREHENSIBLE NOISES. I was THISCLOSE to curling up underneath my desk and rocking back and forth when [livejournal.com profile] pocky_slash came into work this morning, I kid you not. Just. AWKWARD TURTLE FLAILING.

Sorry for, y'know, spewing that all over you.

OR AM I? )

In conclusion, a;lkndm;lmdlskefnlasmnd. GO TELL THAT ARTIST HOW AMAZING IT IS, OKAY?

EDIT: In case you want to tell the artist how awesome it is on LJ, it was linked here earlier as well.
brilligspoons: (i don't care)
So [livejournal.com profile] cold_feets had a horrible no good morning, and I wrote her fic to make up for it. But because LJ was down for so long and I have zero patience when it comes to posting stories, I put it up on tumblr? which is pretty dumb of me? Because I hate it when other people do that. But sometimes you just need to put aside your issues for fic, IDK.

Anyway, here's ~400 words of fluffy threesome cuddling (Steve/Pepper/Tony). As you fucking do.

I think that possibly, maybe I've fallen for you. )
brilligspoons: (steve/tony)
Eventually I will be able to do stuff from off my actual to-do list. The following snippet comes from my future to-do list, which is apparently much more ~*attractive*~. Which is probably fair, but not very helpful at the mo. *shrug*

What I'm trying to say is, I'm going to be writing a Steve/Pepper/Tony fic eventually, and here is part of the beginning. Movie 'verse, for those of you who care.

If I couldn't have you, I'd rather be alone )
brilligspoons: (needs to be least 3 times bigger)
In which this fandom is a little bit like quicksand. )

I am going to make an effort to be less of a fuck-up over the next few days. These are the things I must accomplish:

-finish beta reading this Inception fic (halfway done, I can totally do this)
-finish my scenes in the XMBB
-decide which prompt I'm going to use for the Charles/Erik holiday exchange
-figure out how to make my Cap/Iron Man Secret Santa fic work (oh maaaaaaan all the excites)
-finish plotting my BBMU story and maybe write the first section (?)

In addition to this, I need to do something to keep me sane during the holiday season so I don't accidentally strangle any of the overbearingly cheerful baristas bopping around to fucking Christmas music (I came so close yesterday). I'm thinking of either making a themed mix a week, or posting a random song a day to tumblr. Maybe both. Thoughts on this, friends?
brilligspoons: (rhymes with...)
Today at work I had a lot of feelings about Actual Things That Happen(ed) in Comics (like Steve and Tony arguing over Tony still keeping ~secrets from Steve while the other Avengers giggle behind their backs about Mommy and Daddy fighting, and Tony and Charles being jerks to each other, etc. etc.), and also even MORE feelings about the way Steve has been portrayed in fandom recently. I am just very confused by the people who are just getting into Avengers fandom from the movies, okay? And being confused makes me very defensive. But whatever, I guess it's not that important.

Anyway. Where was I? Oh, right, feelings. Apparently I have more feelings than usual, so here, have some more.

I'm fucking around on tumblr tonight, and I come across this fanart, and suddenly I'm, like, weeping over my laptop because it is SO FUCKING SAD. Let me drown you in my Tony Stark head canon for this fanart. Which differs a bit from my regular head canon for him, jsyk. )

And now I'm going to bed.
brilligspoons: (iron man YES)
YOU GUYS. LET'S TALK ABOUT TONY STARK AND HOW MUCH I FUCKING LOVE HIM. BECAUSE I DO. A LOT. SO MUCH SO THAT I'VE SPENT A RIDICULOUS AMOUNT OF TIME ROCKING BACK AND FORTH IN MY CHAIR SINCE WATCHING THE AVENGERS TRAILER. IT'S JUST REALLY HARD TO CONTAIN MYSELF RIGHT NOW.

Kait: Tony Stark, who are you?
Me: What are you made of?
Kait: Candy. And $100 bills.
Me: And hookers.
Kait: And probably booze.

I HAVE SO MANY FEELINGS ABOUT THIS, OKAY? I LOVE HIM AND STEVE BICKERING WITH EACH OTHER, I LOVE HIM FANBOYING BRUCE, I LOVE HIM BEING COMPLETELY AND UTTERLY RESOLVED ON THE WHOLE PROTECTING-THE-EARTH THING.

EVERYTHING. EVERYTHING. *FLAILFLAIL* *flop* *twitch*
brilligspoons: (time-traveling nazis)
I'm back on the comics wagon - which, honestly, is the best wagon to be on, and you can't tell me otherwise, shut up - so guess what? Yes, you get to read my reactions to new issues, etc. I'm sure you're all very psyched about my super in depth analysis. And by "super in depth analysis," I mean "I'll either be flailing about like an idiot or pouting over how dumb a story is." How I roll, yo.

So these are the titles I'm currently reading:
-The Avengers
-American Vampire
-Scarlet
-Wonder Woman
-Batgirl
-Batwoman
-Suicide Squad
-Birds of Prey
-I, Vampire
-Justice League Dark

And I'm contemplating adding the two main post-Schism X-Men comics to my pull list, but. :\ When I have some spare cash, I'm going to pick up whatever trades are going to get me caught up on the last 10-15 years and go from there. I feel like that'll give me an idea of whether or not it's worth my time and money to stay current with that universe.

(On [livejournal.com profile] pocky_slash's recommendation, I did buy the "God Loves, Man Kills" trade on Friday. I have yet to finish it, but jesus christ, that is some fucking awesome storytelling.)

And in case any of you are going, "But Margaret, those are DC TITLES on your pull list!" Yes. Yes, they are. I've been wanting to get into DC for a while now, and while I've been sort of silently side-eyeing a lot of the things happening with the new 52, I saw them as my way in? And as with the X-Men comics, I intend on going back and picking up trades eventually. For now, though, I'm just gonna fly with these.

Okay. That established. None of the following has spoilers, as far as I know.

BATGIRL

This is one of the titles I've been side-eyeing, despite having very little familiarity with Barbara Gordon other than what pop culture and friends who are DC fanatics have provided me with. I don't understand a couple of things, mostly having to do with why they decided to take Babs out of the wheelchair and make her Batgirl again. This isn't to say it won't end up being a good story, I'm just confused, I guess. But whatever.

I wasn't actually thrilled with the first issue - thought it was pretty weak from a writing perspective. I'm going to stay with it for a little while longer to see if it picks up, but, uh. Yeah. Slightly disappointed. Oh well.

BATWOMAN

Also pretty bored by the first issue, despite my love for Kate. The art is pretty amazing, though, so that helped keep my attention. Again, I'll give this one another couple issues and reevaluate then.

SUICIDE SQUAD

Of the #1s I've read so far, this one has the most intriguing start as far as I'm concerned. And, okay, I love Harley and the way she's drawn. THERE, I SAID IT. I know I should probably be pissed about her costume and the male gaze and all that, but I'm not because she's lovely, and I want to read ALL the comics about her blowing shit up while wearing skimpy clothing.

THE END

BIRDS OF PREY

I...really need to read all of the trades. Like, yesterday. And I'm excited to see where the story is going, and the art is pretty, and and and. Yeah. <3

WONDER WOMAN

Good heavens, there was some BLOOD and GUTS going on in this issue. I am totally okay with this, and, guys, I really love me some Diana. She's just so badass, you know? I'm not even sure I care about the story, I just want to see her being awesome all the time.

I, Vampire and Justice League Dark aren't out yet, but I'm sure I'll write about them in the future. And now -

AMERICAN VAMPIRE

My feelings about this series, you guys. It's just so good, and I can't understand why you all aren't out there reading it right NOW. Well, I mean, I guess if you don't like vampires? But that's a dumb reason to be missing out on a really well-written story and some seriously fantastic art. Just. *FLAIL* Pearl continues to be awesome, I'm still smitten with Skinner Sweet (lovable psychotic bastard vampire that he is), and the universe is so WONDERFUL.

Plus, I read the first 3 issues of AV: Survival of the Fittest last night, and Felicia Book is my FUCKING FAVORITE, okay? Not to mention the Nazi vampires! And Cashel and his son! IT'S REALLY GOOD. REALLY, REALLY GOOD, AND I NEED #4 AND #5 IMMEDIATELY. :DDD

Erm, yeah.

Need to catch up on Avengers still (11 issues behiiiiiind, what is wrong with me?!), so that's all I have for you right now.

In conclusion: Comics! I love them!

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