ebonlock: (Brienne)
It's just that my fannish stuff lately has mostly consisted of reading OMG so much Thor fanfic it's not even funny so I haven't really been in a posting frame of mind.

But a couple of weeks ago [livejournal.com profile] tersa picked up copies of the Thor 2 movie tie-in comics for me and I've been processing the events of the second issue ever since. Even got into some great discussions with a couple of my favorite fanfic authors who'd made at least nodding reference to them. The thing is I think something that happened in issue two was massively important to the characters and plot of the film but am guessing since we got it in the comic we're not going to get it in the movie and it's making me even more intensely curious about the film than I already was.

More behind the cut for spoilers... )
ebonlock: (Loki)
One of the commentors described this video thusly: "God, it's like watching porn!"

Couldn't. Agree. More.

ebonlock: (Loki)
Have you watched the Thor: The Dark World trailer yet?

So I've taken a few screencaps )
I'm thinking this is an opening night event, possibly in costume...
ebonlock: (Glee!)
Ok who watched the premiere of Defiance and was it just me or are the two leads basically Han Solo and Princess Leia? Despite the fact that the series blatantly (though, arguably, lovingly) steals from Star Wars, Star Trek, Stargate and any number of other series/films, I quite liked it and am even considering playing the game.

ebonlock: (Loki)
First a big thanks to everyone who attended my first annual International Tabletop Gaming Day event. Many games were played and much fun was had...then we all went out for a fantastic veggie Indian dinner and then the ladies stuck around to watch Skyfall. The latter was the only disappointing portion of the evening as I'd be crushing on the new Q until he did something so profoundly stupid (because the audience demanded it, natch) that we were all yelling at the screen. I just couldn't respect him enough to even want to go read some of the oodles of fanfic out there.

Also James Bond is Batman? Did not know that until I watched this flick.


Mar. 1st, 2013 08:01 pm
ebonlock: (Loki)
I've already watched this vid twice and will probably do so at least a couple more times tonight because...damn...

ebonlock: (Bruce)
I've been pretty under the weather lately due to a rather unfortunate combination of hormone medications, defective reproductive organs and a propensity to slide into anemia at the drop of a damn hat. On the plus side it has given me the time to watch a good deal of anime and more James Bond than I've ever watched in my life. The latter has clued me into the fact that there is at least one film in existence that contains both Michelle Yeoh and Joe Don Baker ("Tomorrow Never Dies" for those playing at home).

I'm not sure I needed to know this, but there you go.
ebonlock: (Mycroft)
You know that scene at the end of "Return of the King" where Frodo is lying there next to Sam on the slopes of Mount Doom stunned that his quest, his impossible, awful quest is finally at long last over. In a weird way I sort of know how he feels. My own version of chucking The One Ring into the fires of Mount Doom was finishing the longest fic I've ever written in a fandom I had, until April of last year, never dared write a word in.

And it's now done, Ingenue wrapped up at just over 95,000 words. Not a huge amount I suppose, but it sure as heck felt like an uphill slog to me. But it did allow me to prove to myself that I could actually finish something that long without being prodded by anything more than the occasional feedback comment. The other thing it did was give me a daily practice that allowed me to easily produce 1,500-4,000 words per week. Not, perhaps the highest quality words every single week, but the momentum was really important. I missed precisely one week of posting and that was entirely intentional over the holidays, other than that I posted every single week, even with [livejournal.com profile] aelfsciene's wedding stuff and two surgeries to deal with. Gotta' admit I'm proud of that.

The other thing it did for me was prove that I didn't need to go into a story with every single element of the plot worked out. Indeed with this one I knew where I was starting, writing an Anthea backstory in my case, and where I was ending, giving an explanation for the end of Scandal in Belgravia that made more sense to me. But the rest I made up on the fly, creating a variety of characters, embellishing a bunch more, and even offering Sherlock series canon scenes from a different perspective. I ended up answering questions I didn't even realize I had about the series and more often than not I was just as surprised by the answers as my readers probably were.

In other words I stepped way outside of my comfort zone when it comes to writing and just sort of...winged it really. I think it worked, I certainly didn't get much in the way of negative feedback and a good deal of positive. Not too bad really.

The only problem now is that a big part of me wants to just take some time off and give myself a break from writing...the other part thinks "Don't lose your damn momentum!" and wants to keep going with, well something. The question now is, do I play around with the Avengers fic I've been considering, go back to my Snupin novel-length sequel to "Scale of Dragon..." or get to work on my damn original novel. Decisions, decisions.
ebonlock: (Mycroft)
...of my fanfic Ingenue, and in honor of finally finishing the monster (I will stay under 100,000 words, I'm sure of it) I uploaded my accompany fanmix:

That's not my name... from ebonlock on 8tracks Radio.
ebonlock: (Hiro)
Downton marriage *squee* Also you go Lady Edith! And god Shirley MacLaine as the mother-in-law from hell (or America) vs. Maggie Smith the dowager grand mama just made me so deeply and profoundly happy.


Dec. 31st, 2012 02:09 pm
ebonlock: (Bruce)
Ok if y'all heard a loud crack earlier it's because I just finished watching "Thor and Loki: Blood Brothers" and my heart broke into tiny little pieces. Apparently Marvel Knights also put out an X-Men DVD written by Joss Whedon...tempting.
ebonlock: (Default)
Someday I will stop making Avengers mixes. Really. Until then:

You May Be Right: A Tony Love Pepper Mix from ebonlock on 8tracks Radio.

ebonlock: (Loki)
Very quickly, the election is over and I can now pay attention to things other than politics at least somewhat. I'm currently doing the work of both myself and my manager at work while my boss is in Florida living it up for three weeks. Cannot wait until he gets back next week, seriously, the amount of nonsense he has to wade through daily is almost appalling. Wow.

Anyway, aside from that the epic fic that has eaten me alive pretty much this entire year is topping 65,000 words but has finally reached a major crisis point and I haven't quite managed to break it yet. Maybe, just maybe, I'll squeak by with my plot points intact. Not sure I'll make my goal for finishing it by year's end but I have to cling to my hope. I've enjoyed writing it, don't get me wrong, but I'm really kind of ready for it to be done.

I'm also in the process of wrapping up a few more fanmixes including a Fem!Tony and Lady Loki mix because...oh hell I don't even know aside from the fact that I listened to a fun Toni/Loki pocfic and apparently I can't control my fanmix habit any longer. Well, first step is admitting you have a problem I guess.

Hey speaking of fic, I really need to point people at Pareidolia which is a WIP (be forewarned) but is absolutely amazing so far. Seriously, I'm tempted to ask the author if she's actually a published author and just posting some fun Marvel fic on the side:

That morning in Central Park should have been the end of it. Should have been the end of Loki and his Chitauri horde and threats of destruction from alien universes. Tony Stark has approximately ten hours of believing that’s true. Ten glorious hours of believing that all might be once again right with the world or least on the path to being. But things rarely go as they should, much less as he’d hoped they would. The woman with the bright green eyes proves that when she appears on his doorstep with her unconscious burden.

Something is moving in the darkness, a new threat that could destroy them all and soon Tony discovers that not only do things rarely go as the should, but sometimes the most unlikely of all men hold the key to salvation. Trying to trust an enemy is never easy though, not even when your life might well and truly depend on it.

If you want some quality story telling with incredible characterization you've got to give this story a look-see. I mean the story starts with Loki falling and you get to experience it through his eyes. Then there's Tony snark, and OMG Bruce being all paranoid and brilliant and god I need more of it right the hell now! Go read it. Seriously. Now. Go!
ebonlock: (novak)
Hi, my name is Ellie and I'm a "Call the Midwife" addict.

Ok I knew the series was going to be good 'cause I'd heard nothing but good things about it, it hits my sweet spot when it comes to BBC period dramas and has a fantastic cast. So yeah I expected to like it, I just didn't expect to like it this much. Seriously it's the only thing I rush home Monday nights to catch on TiVo. I'd watch it real time on Sunday but...well, it's on at the same time as The Talking Dead...and...yeah.

If you aren't watching "Call the Midwife" please let me say do so, you will thank me for pointing you at it and bullying you a bit. Trust me. Just stick with the show until Chummy shows up, she's one of the greatest TV characters you will ever fall in love with.
ebonlock: (Loki)
First and foremost, if you haven't seen it yet go check out Iron Man 3 trailer and then join me in mourning the fact that we must wait until May of next year to see the full film. Also can I just say EXTREMIS! Also it looks pretty darned dark, I mean seriously grim...but then Extremis wasn't a happy fun storyline. Still, man...

Also while I'm thinking about it I've got a couple of Loki fic recs to share that kept me happily ensconced on my couch last week while I recovered from surgery.

The Other Gods by

After the end of the Avengers movie, Loki is captured. It is not particularly fun for him.

This is a seriously fucked up Loki, like batshit insane and loving it Loki. Well, loving it until SHIELD gets its less than tender hands on him and then things go down the rabbit hole. Think One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest with more torture and no lobotomies...yet. The story is a WIP which is frustrating 'cause it hasn't been updated since March and the author's left Loki dangling over the mental abyss.

The Many Doors of Níu Heimar by nixajane
In the weeks before Thor's coronation, Loki almost dies, not once, but twice. (An AU in which events conspire to keep Loki from the choices he made in Thor, a war is on the horizon and the chosen battlefield is Earth, and the Avengers assemble with an extra teammate and one less villain to fight).

So Loki finds out what he is under decidedly different circumstances and his story takes another road entirely, actually a pretty darn heroic but believable one. The Avengers come together over the discovery of Thor's Hammer rather than the Tesseract (well, ok, kind of both) and the big bad in this one aren't the Chitauri rather the Frost Giants. The characters ring beautifully true throughout, the author's Tony voice is DEAD ON. Fer realz. A fascinating AU. Also a WIP but the author is promising to get back to it soon.
ebonlock: (Default)
So my 5 day enforced vacation (otherwise known as second surgery on my back) is coming to a close. I didn't get everything I'd hoped to done but I did do a lot and I'm rather pleased by that. Got my absentee ballot filled out and mailed, much of my Xmas shopping done, the latest chapter of my ongoing Sherlock fic (now over 60K words!) posted, my TiVo cleared off and all my errands run. In addition I put together my low key Halloween costume (black jacket with SHIELD patches and T-shirt that reads "Loki'd" - I'm going as a mind controlled SHIELD agent and yes I'm the only one who will get it). I decided I wasn't going to do anything major with stitches in my back.

Also have my Halloween candy ready to hand out. The house is tidy (mostly) the laundry is done and [livejournal.com profile] tersa will be giving me a hand with the litter boxes later on so that should be that. I get the stitches out just before Halloween which makes me profoundly happy. The fact that the biopsy results came back negative makes me pretty happy too ;)
ebonlock: (Default)
Technically the movie comes out on video tonight at midnight and, yes, I was considering heading to a Best Buy to enjoy the release with my fellow Marvel-nuts...but I'm resisting. Barely. To help with that, it's the final day of fic recs.

First one I totally didn't expect to fall head over heels for: Amateur Theatrics

In which Thor’s primary problem-solving method (a mighty blow from Mjolnir) fails to have the desired effect on a magical artifact, and his secondary method (a mightier blow from Mjolnir) proves to be actively disastrous.

Why you should read it: It's a wonderful Clint POV fic where he alone manages to avoid the magical fallout from Loki's latest plot. I won't give away most of the antics, suffice to say Tony is just about the only one who actually enjoys his outcome, but it is a de-aged Loki story and little Loki is adorable and yet still quintessentially Loki. It's charming, fun and has great characterizations of everyone.

And continuing the fun recs I have to point you to Candy Shop:

Calling the Avengers Tower an "embarrassment of riches" is a shameful understatement.

Why you should read it: Pepper and Natasha talking about the boys, comparing notes, and tossing around a few theories. Because The Avengers is so a chick flick, just my kind of chick flick.

One last one, Curving Like the Ocean:

"You want me to have HR arrange some team building for you?" Fury sounds incredibly skeptical.

"No, no. God, no." Tony shudders at the thought of trust falls and talking about his feelings. "Pool party in Malibu. I've already got Darcy working on it."

Why you should read it: Hilarity from start to finish, also Darcy and Tony plot to throw the sexiest pool party in history. Tony and Darcy are a combination that should be front and center in more stories, they really just should, they're sort of like a snarky force of nature. Speaking of:

"Mmmm--Clint--wait--" Clint backs off a little. Darcy almost melts at the hot look in his eyes, but she has a mission here. Nookie can wait for a few. "I need to run something past you so that you don't have a jealousy melt-down."

Clint looks suspicious. "Does this have something to do with Stark?"

"No, I keep telling you, it's like he's the Darcy from the genderswap AU universe. The two of us would collapse the space-time continuum if we tried anything." Darcy huffs an impatient breath at his baffled look. "Anyway, it's not Tony. I just wanted to give you a heads-up that I'm going to grope Captain America. For justice."

Also the Clint/Darcy stuff? Hotness. And it contains my all time favorite OT3, Tony/Pepper/Bruce, so yay!


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