xparrot: Chopper reading (op chopper studious)
I have finished Tiger Hunt! And it only took me...less than 8 years! I will take that as a win.

Tiger Hunt (62214 words) by faviconXparrot
Chapters: 24/24
Fandom: One Piece
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Characters: Roronoa Zoro, Monkey D. Luffy, Nami (One Piece), Usopp, Sanji (One Piece), Tony Tony Chopper, Nico Robin, Other(s)
Summary: A rainy night, an unexpected threat, a desperate crew. And Zoro has never been so lost.

(also available on ff.net, but the whole site's been acting up lately - took me a couple tries to login before posting, and I think it might've lost or refused to post some reviews for a time >.< not to mention the formatting is all buggered up due to their burning hatred of double dashes and scene breaks, so yeah, I'd recommend reading on AO3 where it's all nice and pretty and you can easily read it on one page or download it to your reader/phone, whatever you like!)

Also, I am awfully belated in linking this, but last year the lovely [livejournal.com profile] kalakirya went and podficced half my MUNCLE fic! Her masterlist can be found here; they're also linked from the stories themselves on my AO3 account.

Happy 2010!

Jan. 2nd, 2010 03:48 pm
xparrot: Chopper reading (muncle old skool)
Welcome to the future! (Keep an eye on Jupiter...)

Reveals are up for both Holiday exchanges I did - for the [livejournal.com profile] muncle Down the Chimney Affair, I did the following, indulging in classic h/c drama (big thanks to [livejournal.com profile] snarkydame for the last minute beta):

MFU: Save This Dance {~9,600 words} [read it on lj or on AO3]
PG-13; slash, h/c
Trouble on an assignment has Illya considering his newly changed relationship with Napoleon.

And for Yuletide I wrote Futurama fic, of all things. Eheh. Yeah. I'm so glad my recipient seemed to like it, even though the story itself started out Wrong and just got Wronger as it went along...I could blame that on her prompts, but while the pairings were her suggestions most of the rest were mine. Um. Warnings for non-graphic sex with arguably dubious consent, and crack (well, it's Futurama, what do you expect?)

Futurama: Be My Brussels Sprouts {~4,000 words}
PG-13; het, slash?
Concerning jealousy, proper robot maintenance, and the hazards of unprotected interspecies relationships.

Also for Yuletide I got another gift for The Abyss, which was just the Bud/Lindsey schmoop I asked for - squee!: One-Way Ticket. Which makes 3 out of my 4 Yuletide wishes filled, all in wonderful ways - eeee! Had a marvelous time, will definitely have to join in next time!

Also in Yuletide, haven't had as much chances to browse as I'd like, but I did find "Epilogue, Part II", a fic for Bruce Coville's My Teacher Is an Alien series, which is pure happy-making (if frustrating because I thought I had the books with me and it turns out I don't...where'd they go? sigh!) (I also think I saw fic for John Bellairs, which is happy-making just that it exists! The Johnny Dixon series I do have with me...)

Otherwise have been recovering from holiday madness by vegging out on TV (currently alternating Criminal Minds with Xena, which is fairly complementary, as camp is a good antidote for darkness-overdose and vice versa). (on s4 of CM - great show, even if it is dark, and I adore all the chars pretty equally (even if I do keep trying to figure out how to make Penelope/Derek viable in my head, because yeah, I can see why they aren't like that, why their relationship works as it is, but they would be SO CUTE zomg) - and s1 of Xena - my first time watching it, excepting one ep; even this early on Xena/Gabrielle is adorable, and provides the female-friendship I've been craving...)

And watched Doctor Who last night. Still processing that.
xparrot: (b5 shadow)
Finally finished something new! I started this one over the summer, only just got it done. And I can has writted sexings! ...Erm. Rather ridiculous sexings. MUNCLE brings out my silliest slash impulses.

MFU: Significant Effect {~9,000 words}
R/NC-17 for explicit consensual and slightly ridiculous sex; Napoleon/Illya, Illya/others
Illya is going to drive Napoleon crazy. One way or another.

'I have had sex before. It's not like that.' )

Or read it on AO3
xparrot: Chopper reading (muncle old skool)
So [livejournal.com profile] mfuwss is holding a Bulwer-Lytton style worst-opening-sentences challenge, and since I cannot resist any excuse to extrude outrageous purple prose:

Illuminating was the day when Napoleon Solo's milk-chocolate-hued orbs did happen to lift from the blizzard-like expanse of paradoxically white red-tape covering his desk, and fell upon the pulse-pounding vision of Janet St. Claude, his most recent flame in a libidinous and continent-spanning candelabra, with her lithe arms encircling the sable-suited shoulders of Illya Kuryakin, his steadfast partner in profession and comradeship alike, and also, so the surprising stab of jealousy's searing hot poker occasioned Napoleon to realize at this singular instant, his one and only true love--excepting, of course, his still-mourned wife, the tragically married Clara, that THRUSH scientist chick who (it occurred to him in passing) he'd quite forgotten the name of, even as she had forgotten everything but his own name; and perhaps a dozen other women and a couple men of unsurpassed fairness and virtue--but really, the important thing was the unexpected epiphany that he wanted in Mr. Kuryakin's off-the-rack but oddly flattering trousers at the nearest possible opportunity, and Miss St. Claude would have to wait (until tomorrow morning at the very least.)
xparrot: Chopper reading (muncle illya)
So the Quest for more David McCallum has lead us from Sapphire & Steel (worth watching - check out this non-spoilery picspam for more details. Now I'm trying out the radio plays, even if they are sadly McCallum-less - David Warner does a bang-up job as Steel, though, and I do like his voice) to Colditz and the '70s Invisible Man TV show.

Colditz is a '70s BBC two-series show about a WWII POW camp, mostly adapted from a true story--The Great Escape with much less action and much more Serious Talking. It took a bit to get going but now we're quite enjoying it, though it is terribly British, dour muted atmosphere and upper-lips so stiff one could hammer nails with them. (DMc's own upper lip is adorned with a mustache (sigh) as hot-headed young Flight Lieutenant Carter; it cracks us up that as far as we can tell the char's meant to be about thirty, when he was forty at the time - he doesn't have trouble pulling it off.)

The Invisible Man is in attitude like the otherwise unrelated SciFi Channel show of the same name, mostly comedy-action, though not as clever; it's pretty much a bad show across the board, if generally innocuous. It did, however, surprise us in the first episode. So DMc is the main character, the scientist who turns himself invisible. In the pilot he's happily married to a fellow scientist, and they're obnoxiously adorable together, calling each other "Doctor Westin" and snuggling and such. Naturally we spent the whole episode waiting for her to die - which she failed to do; instead of becoming the woman in the refrigerator, the wife becomes his partner, and for the rest of the series they run around doing missions together and having lots of happy marital sex (at least twice an episode, I'd say - she's married to David McCallum, who can blame her?) It's ridiculously cute - why isn't there more scifi with adorable married couples? Mmm, I love me some established relationshipping...
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I wrote! New fic! Go me! Even if it is ridiculous fic. Initially inspired by a [livejournal.com profile] mfuwss discussion on our favorite secret agents' living spaces, and plotted on the journey back to America in collusion with [livejournal.com profile] gnine, who came up with half the pranks. It's slash (which, for me, seems to involve Napoleon having sex with lots of women. Yeah, I dunno. It's all in good fun?)

(Oh, and I drabbled again.)

MUNCLE: For Every Action {~6,000 words}
PG-13; slash, humor
A man's home is his castle, and Napoleon and Illya are laying siege on one another in a fierce, relentless, and very silly war of retribution.

( Illya rarely invited people over to his apartment... )
xparrot: Chopper reading (muncle old skool)
Busy day packing and cleaning. The Move is on Wednesday, the goodbye party's tomorrow. So to take my mind off of that, I am picspamming MUNCLE.

As the worst spies ever international super-spies, Napoleon and Illya don a variety of hats, most of which are ridiculous, or else ridiculously adorable - more the former for Napoleon, who accrues negative fashion karma nearly every time he puts something on his head; more the latter for Illya (even if it is a crime* to cover his hair.)

*punishable by death in eight countries, including Japan, San Rico, and Ingolstein.

So, in celebration of headgear!

Deadly Goddess
"Must we do this, Napoleon?"
"Yes. Yes, we must!"

onto the hats! )

Now! I must sleep.

(And let me know what amazing hats I've forgotten!)
xparrot: Chopper reading (Default)
Classic, absurdly indulgent h/c, because [livejournal.com profile] gnine asked for it, plotted on the nighttime streets of Hanoi a couple weeks ago. If you've read my fic in other fandoms, you might well have already read this story - with other characters, and there's sand instead of snow, and hyperthermia instead of hypo-, but really, same difference. My only defense is that for a series that lends itself to outrageous h/c, I haven't gotten as much as I'd like in MUNCLE...

As is my wont with h/c, this is noodling right on the edge of gen; you could call it smarm, or pre-slash, whichever. (I tried to keep it gen, but Napoleon was...uncooperative...) And much thanks to [livejournal.com profile] gnine, [livejournal.com profile] utopiantrunks, and [livejournal.com profile] naye for shared cheerleader/beta duties!

MFU: Sand Trap {~13,000 words}
PG, gen, h/c, action/adventure
Injured and pursued by THRUSH, Illya and Napoleon must survive a trek through the Sahara to get vital information to U.N.C.L.E. in time.

[Read it on AOOO]
xparrot: Chopper reading (muncle old skool)
[livejournal.com profile] gnine has made another vid! At my, er, suggestion. My wicked so-wrong-it's-SO-RIGHT suggestion. (Come on! It's Russian! It's perfect!) In case you've been wondering: yes, here is definitive proof that MUNCLE (and Illya) really is that gay. Seriously, it was the Merlin of its time.


(And then there's the delightful My Brown-Eyed Boy, which offers compelling evidence that Napoleon is in fact even gayer than his partner, or at least swishier...)

Just finished watching the Scrubs finale. Loved it myself (I think this season's been really strong, am hoping it is the last, because it would be nice for it to go out so brightly) - the themes of goodbyes, the way life inevitably changes...yeah, resonating really strongly with me now. It was pouring all day today, and the the streets smelled clean and wet when I went out tonight, more like rain-damp stone than concrete. I never thought that a city could smell good, but Kyoto can. I'm going to miss my city...
xparrot: Chopper reading (muncle old skool)
(So~, does anybody have a Dreamwidth invite burning a hole in their virtual pocket?) Sankyuu~!

Today was a ficcing day. Short and quite silly; sweet if I'm lucky and maybe a little hot (if I'm really lucky). Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] gnine for the quick read-through, as well as for the deep and meaningful (okay, shallow and punchdrunk) discussion late last night (okay, early this morning) that led to the idea in the first place.

MFU: Discretionary Powers {~2,300 words}
PG-13; Napoleon/Illya slash; first-time, fluff
U.N.C.L.E. effects a change in policy, and Illya takes advantage.

( "I have just heard from Mr. Waverly," Illya said. "Subsection C of Rule 37 has officially been rescinded from the U.N.C.L.E. Code of General Conduct." )
xparrot: Chopper reading (muncle old skool)
For everyone on the flist who's been looking at my recent posts, wondering what the heck is up with my latest obsession: five graphic reasons to watch The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

1) Because in the '60s, they hadn't yet invented the concept of "personal space."

The Hot Number Affair (close)
Or at least David McCallum & Robert Vaughn never got the memo.

show me more... )
xparrot: Chopper reading (muncle old skool)
This is slash, but the sex is het. Yeah, I don't know. Blame Napoleon. Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] utopiantrunks for catching my typos, the [livejournal.com profile] little_details comm for Russian advice, and Wikipedia and Google Maps for the rest.

MFU: Sublimierung {~3,100 words}
PG-13 (non-explicit sex); het, slash
"I'm sorry you're missing your date," Illya said, at four thousand feet over the South China Sea.

( She started work in U.N.C.L.E. New York, Research section, on Monday; Napoleon had his social calendar cleared by Wednesday evening. )
xparrot: Chopper reading (sga atlantis)
We have thoroughly succeeded in bringing [livejournal.com profile] utopiantrunks over to the MUNCLE dark side - Illya is far too blond and tiny for her to resist. She responded by writing her own fabulous tag to "The Gurnius Affair" - and unlike certain slash fans, she can actually write the NC-17, and write it well. Hot stuff, and awesome character insight, what more do you want?

I keep forgetting to say it - big huge thanks to whoever nominated my fics for the Stargate Fan Awards! Very cool.

Last Thursday's Supernatural (4x18) entertained us as much as it entertained everyone else - as [livejournal.com profile] naye relates here, with five fangirls in the room it was quite the deafening experience. We kept having to pause and rewind to catch lines missed due to the squealing. Ah, I am gonna miss our fangirl gatherings so much...
xparrot: Chopper reading (muncle old skool)
Tagged again, but this time, I seem to have slashed. Oops? (Sorry! It's all [livejournal.com profile] gnine's fault!) ...Only I cheated, because this is a PWP that is missing the actual sex. Sorry to everyone else! Writing erotica is an extreme challenge for me, so with a silly little story like this, I just...er...skipped it. When you hit the dreaded asterisks, use your imagination XP

This one's a tag to "The Arabian Affair," which is sheer farce, but on the other hand, gorgeous Illya is gorgeous, and I am such a sucker for Napoleon searching for his partner.

MFU: Temporarily Inactive {~2,200 words}
PG-13; slash, humor; tag to 2x07 "The Arabian Affair"
"Then prove it," Napoleon said, and that was all the warning he gave.

Twenty-three hours after their return to America, Illya was released from the hospital. The doctors supplied him with a cane and insisted that he rely on it for the next week. While in sight of the hospital, Illya took this instruction to mean, and left the cane in Napoleon's backseat when they reached his apartment.
xparrot: Chopper reading (Default)
Another ep tag, and hardly more than a ficlet, indulging [livejournal.com profile] gnine, who craved more Illya h/c at the end of "The Concrete Overcoat Affair."

MFU: Island Getaway {~2,300 words}
PG; gen, h/c; missing scene from the end of 3x12 "The Concrete Overcoat Affair, Part 2"
"There's just one thing--we better leave before the bombers get here."

Read it on AO3
xparrot: Chopper reading (Default)
Illya is my new beloved, the object of my latest obsession. So, naturally, this story is...all about Napoleon. Well, and Illya, of course, because, you know, two sides of the same coin and all that. But Napoleon Solo is like John Sheppard, in that to make sense of his character, you have to suspect there is some fascinating stuff going on inside his head.

It's a tag to "The Gurnius Affair" - I suspect one of dozens of tags written over the years of the fandom. Hundreds, maybe. This episode might well have induced the spontaneous invention of the very concept of a tag-fic in many a budding fangirl. (If you don't watch/don't remember, this is the ep where Illya goes undercover as a neo-Nazi and has to torture Napoleon to preserve his cover, and then there is absolutely ZERO RESOLUTION WHATSOEVER.)

So. Resolution. And angst. And no slash, except what you want to see. (It's gen the way most of my gen is gen.) And a dash of (unresolved) het, because really, this is Napoleon Solo we're talking about.

MFU: Making Perfect {~8,000 words}
PG; gen, angst; tag to 4x11 "The Gurnius Affair"
Four years is a long time. But this is not Napoleon's decision to make anyway.

Read it on AO3


Mar. 18th, 2009 08:59 am
xparrot: Chopper reading (muncle old skool)
It's almost 9 AM. No, I didn't get up early, I just haven't gone to bed yet. But I'm writing! I am putting words together in (hopefully) new ways and (hopefully) making them say things and now I have 7,000 of them arranged in a more-or-less readable fashion and oh I have missed this! I am not myself when I'm not writing, but now I am, and so I am, and it is good.

--Unfortunately I am not writing what anyone wants me to be writing, but it is still infinitely preferable to not writing at all. (Also I need to arrange maybe another thousand words to reach a conclusion, but that will have to wait until tomorrow as right now I am hard-pressed to remember what order any of them are supposed to go in.)(You may have three guesses as to what I am writing, and the first two don't count. And yes the icon is a hint. By the way, this is supposed to be a GIP, because look at this icon. The screencap was not manipped or edited. See? See?!)

Top Secret Note for those who recommended Sapphire & Steel: why did none of you warn me that David McCallum in his later forties was if anything hotter than David McCallum in his early thirties? He's not Illya, but still. A girl needs to know to brace herself. I'm dreading the new NCIS tomorrow, because right now his voice is doing things to me, and his voice hasn't changed...



Mar. 14th, 2009 12:37 am
xparrot: Chopper reading (muncle shack)
Does anyone know a good song with lyrics about being tied up, or knotted up, or some other thinly veiled bondage allusion? Preferably a lighter, faster song, ideally from the '60s-'70s.

[I could say this was for some purpose other than a wild bid to convince [livejournal.com profile] gnine to make me a MUNCLE vid, but, well, that would be a blatant lie.]

It tickles me that there are vids for this fandom. Oh, Youtube, you are so kind! This one is a rather wonderfully fast-paced, violent Napoleon/Illya (with NCIS and Hustle clips, no less)...off to watch more!

ETA: There are not only vids for this fandom, but good vids! \o/
(these are all, how shall we say...pretty dang slashy. There might be some gen vids out there...though with this show? Yeah, maybe not. This, for example, is Illya's reaction to the prospect of girl smoochies...)

The Youtube Affair - By the same vidder as the above (you have to download the mediafire version, as the original song was pulled. It's worth the download. Also, adorable!)

The Russian Angel Affair - Just in case you've missed that Illya is in fact gorgeous. (4th season has given me a disturbing and unnatural fetish for the Beatles cut, at least on tiny attack-cat blonds. Oops?)

The Masochism Tango Affair - hee! (I still want Gnine to do her own take. But Tom Lehrer is always for the win!)
xparrot: Chopper reading (muncle shack)
I've been on an old skool kick of late, and have just for the first time discovered the joys* of The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

The thing about some of these old fan shows, they ran on subtext. Not the nudge-nudge wink-winking of Merlin, but the less deliberate stuff - and not just slash or UST, either. Most character elements are more inferred than stated. There are no clear backstories, just miscellaneous hints, supplied to move an episode along and forgotten afterward. Relationships - not only romance, but friendships or rivalries, or anything else - are strictly professional, because we never see the private relationships, or private sides of professional relationships - the characters are their jobs, and we almost never see them on downtime, never see them not working. Most character development is incidental, often accidental, an inadvertent byproduct of a plot twist or clever line.

It can be frustrating; it makes the characters less convincingly real people, more silver screen idols, icons rather than human beings. It's also fantastically fun, for a fangirl, because it allows for the subtext game, the careful close watching, gleaning for hints, ferreting out the little clues that describe these characters' true selves, describe what they really mean to one another.

Don't get me wrong... )

* To wit, Illya Kuryakin. He is l'essence de fangirl bait in a tiny blond package of snark. He is fangirl bait before it was common knowledge that fangirls could be baited; he is perhaps the proto-bait, or one of the first. Spock, Daniel Jackson, Dean Winchester - they all have a bit of Illya in them. Rumor has it that David McCallum** received more fanmail than any other MGM actor, and watching four decades later, I have no question why.

** And yes, since you asked, as an NCIS fan, it is fantastically brainbreaking to be fanning on a much-younger Ducky. Not that I didn't love Ducky all along, but there's loving the cute little old ME, and then there's Illya. My fangirl heart, she twists and flails. Especially since David McCallum retains much of Illya's mannerisms and pretty much the exact same voice (once he dropped the light faux-Russian accent of season 1.***)

*** Whyyyy~ did he drop the accent? It was adorable!!

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