kaydeefalls: drunk!raven pointing at YOU (queen's gambit)
All right, let's do this thing. (There are still several unclaimed days, if anyone wants to add to it!)

From [personal profile] via_ostiense: thought processes, ideas, any commentary on writing Queen's Gambit?

Ah, yes, the three-year fic. And here I thought I could finally stop talking about it now that it's done. :P lots of ramble ahead )
kaydeefalls: blank with text: "white. a blank page or canvas. so many possibilities..." (what it is to be a lover)
Happy Valentine's Day, chocolate and paper hearts for all and sundry, etc. Now that I've got that out of the way, I have a question for the Inception fans out there:

How do you get out of Limbo?

Okay, obviously, you have to die. But it can't be quite that simple, or Limbo wouldn't be such a bogeyman for dreamers. In my head!canon, at least, a death from natural causes in Limbo is the rough equivalent of brain death -- "lost in Limbo 'till our brains turn to scrambled egg," as Eames puts it. Death by projection doesn't seem to be an issue -- the Cobbs' Limbo seems to be completely empty, though they do mention that projections of their kids had been there with them; Saito's Limbo has armed guards and servants who all seemed quite devoted to protecting him. Presumably the mind in Limbo very much wants to stay there. Which argues that to successfully wake up out of Limbo, one has to kill oneself with intent. That would explain Dom & Mal's suicide by train and Ariadne's leap off the building, and if we're assuming the ending of the movie was real, Dom and old!Saito both committed suicide as well.

But. Fucking Fischer, guys, I have no idea how to justify him. He doesn't kill himself; Ariadne shoves him off a fucking building. He has no awareness of his own death, or of his circumstances in Limbo at all, though god knows what projection!Mal told him before trussing him up on the balcony. So is that all it takes? A kick like in any other dream? That seems...way too cheap and simple. I get that when you're in Limbo, the hard part is convincing yourself that you are in fact still dreaming -- though Ariadne never seems confused at all, fucking outliers, would it kill you to provide us with a little specificity Chris Nolan?

Anyway. Possibly I am overthinking this. But seriously, why is Limbo so scary if it's so easy to escape?

(This train of thought is really pushing me in the Cobb-never-actually-woke-up-at-the-end camp, I gotta tell you. It all makes way more sense if you assume everything from Ariadne shooting Mal onward is all just in Cobb's head.)

Seriously, anyone want to weigh in on this?
kaydeefalls: blank with text: "white. a blank page or canvas. so many possibilities..." (Default)
After spending an hour and a half futzing around, I have come to the conclusion that I am completely stupid when it comes to Tumblr. Everything about what that site is and how it functions is completely counterintuitive to the way my brain processes information. UGH. I like the pretty pictures! I just can't figure out how to do anything with the site except follow people. Which is cool. I've had an empty tumblr for months now for the sole purpose of following other people. And I honestly have no idea what I would post there myself, but I feel like I'm missing some crucial element of fandom interaction, and it saddens me. Anyway, I'm kaydeefalls on tumblr. There is nothing there. Possibly I will start clicking the reblog button when I see pretty pictures I particularly like, and pretend I'm somehow contributing to fandom. :/ (I can't even make my own pretty pictures anymore. My father insisted I install Lion on my laptop, which then rendered invalid my entire Adobe Creative Suite, and I can't afford to drop $700 on Photoshop right now. I am SO ANGRY about this, guys, you don't even know. I used Photoshop way more than I give even the smallest shit about any of the features in the OS upgrade.)

I'm also just deeply frustrated with life in general right now, so this may just be an offshoot of that. And it's been one of those mornings where the phone is ringing off the hook and people keep trying to make awkward small talk with me and I just want to be left alone for five fucking minutes. Um. Sorry about that.

ANYWAY. 2011 Year in Review Meme! Which I typed up like two weeks ago and then never posted. Whatever, I'm slow with these things. And mainly I had to wait for the [livejournal.com profile] secret_mutant reveals, because those totally add to my 2011 word count total.

2011 by the numbers )

fanworks )

year in review meme )

WIP snippets for 2012 )
kaydeefalls: background!eames smirks at arthur (eames/arthur)
Ugh, being back at work sucks. Oh, well.

Failed to do any more vidding over the weekend, but I do have more than 7k words of fic now -- not quite a full chapter, but close. Once upon a time, I would have considered 7000 words to be a complete fic, and of respectable length at that. Now it's barely even a good start. WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME.

But anyway, I just had to say, sometimes the crossover moments really just write themselves. Here, have an out-of-context snippet. (All you need to know is that the XMFC characters are an extraction team in the Inception universe.)

snippet from XMFC/Inception fusion sequel )
kaydeefalls: background!eames smirks at arthur (eames/arthur)
Back on an Inception kick. Um, not the part where you get shot in the head to wake up. You know. But I've just finished an Ariadne vid and I'm trying to slam my head against the brick wall that is this fucking Eames(&Arthur) fic, in which I am discovering a great deal about Cobb but utterly failing to figure out how to put it into writing in, like, an engaging and yet succinct manner -- oh, whatever, it makes sense in context. POINT BEING, what I'm really trying is to write a believable military backstory for Eames. But my experience with the US military is pretty much limited to: 1. watching Band of Brothers obsessively, 2. other war movies, 3. my dad's cracktastic stories about being in Army Intelligence in West Germany in the early 60s, 4. Skippy's List, and 5. two of my friends bitching about Basic, one of whom is currently in Afghanistan and I really don't like thinking about it too much.

None of which has terribly much to do with the British military. My only reference point for the SAS is that one Tom Clancy book where Clark and Chavez head up an anti-terrorism team based out of Hereford. So basically NIL.

You know how people tell aspiring writers to write what they know? THIS IS WHY.

So while I'm trying to be vague enough on specifics that I don't commit any truly appalling inaccuracies, which I'm sure I am JUST THINKING ABOUT WRITING THIS, I'm trying to distract myself with other military-background fics. Of which I can find several, and they are good, but not the one that I'm bloody well looking for. The last time I turned to my f-list for fic-finding assistance, you provided SPECTACULARLY, so this is worth a shot:

Fic. Long. Arthur/Eames backstory, Arthur POV. Military. Their names kept changing throughout, in keeping with the plot -- first their real names, then they went black ops, then they went AWOL together and became criminals. I'm pretty sure it started by giving Arthur the surname Cole. It was a really well thought out look at one possible way dreamsharing was developed in the military. When the army decided to end the dream program, they basically sent their team (including Arthur&Eames) into the desert and tried to assassinate them all. The fic went on from there, and I remember thinking the romance was a little too sweet for my usual tastes, but what the hell, it was a DAMN good story. And I don't think it was written by one of the more popular writers in the Inception fandom -- I'm pretty sure I stumbled across it mostly by accident the first time, or on one of the ginormous sprawling delicious rec lists of DOOM rather than somewhere I can easily track down. (Although I'm currently trying.)

...anyone have the slightest idea?

Seriously, when I'm in the first rush of a new fandom, I read a metric fuckton of fic, and never remember how to find it again later. It is a failing.

ETA: Ask and ye shall receive, holy shit, [livejournal.com profile] sandwich_armada wins. For anyone curious, the fic was The Music-Makers. And now that I see the title again, I think it probably was recced all over the place when it was first posted. Deservedly.
kaydeefalls: blank with text: "white. a blank page or canvas. so many possibilities..." (so stick around)
I read a lot of fic, okay. And 95% of the fic I read was posted on someone or other's delicious, or reclist, or what have you, because I don't tend to read a fic unless it or its author was recced somewhere at some point. I avoid a lot of bad this way.

The problem is, I almost never bookmark anything myself. And yet I love rereading good fic. So what often happens is I'll be like, "Man, I could really use a fic like [x] right now. In fact, I know [x] exists! Let me reread it!"

"...now where the hell did I find [x] in the first place?"

AND IT IS TRAGIC.

So. F-list. The likelihood is fairly high that I found [x] somewhere amongst your posts. I turn to you in despair. I am looking to reread two fics, for no particular reason other than I remembered them and really, really wanted to see them again. The first was a Merlin Arthur/Merlin AU, set in the US military. They were weather forecasters in the army. Something like that. It was LONG and EPIC and really quite good. Also Gwen was there and was awesome. And DADT was problematic. I'm going to trawl the vast reaches of [livejournal.com profile] crack_van for this, since that's where most of the Merlin fic I've read came from, but it's worth a shot.

The second was Inception, Arthur/Eames (my fandoms have too many Arthurs; there is also an Arthur character in the play I'm currently running, but I do not ship him with anyone). The last ten years were all a dream; Arthur is still nineteen and in the army. And trying to figure out if Eames actually exists in the real world. (Spoilers! He does.) It was a bit shmoopy for my usual tastes, but I really liked the idea of it. Also, Arthur finds Ariadne and she's like OH THANK GOD I THOUGHT I WAS GOING CRAZY, which was kind of adorable. There was also a convenience store in Thailand or possibly Vietnam, and a justifiably pissed off shopkeeper. THIS ALL MAKES SENSE IN CONTEXT, I SWEAR.

Help?
kaydeefalls: blank with text: "white. a blank page or canvas. so many possibilities..." (what it is to be a lover)
A couple of weeks ago, I was bored and started thinking about the old chromatic casting meme that was going around a while back. And I thought, man, there is never a bad time to play around with chromatic casting!

So, Inception! One possible alternate cast, chromatic-style, and with occasional genderswapping because love that movie though I do, it is tragically lacking in the ladies. Chromatic Inception! )
kaydeefalls: background!eames smirks at arthur (eames/arthur)
Joseph Gordon-Levitt covers "Bad Romance".

I did not realize it, but my life was not complete UNTIL NOW.

HEARTS IN MY EYES OH MY GOD.
kaydeefalls: sherlock/john in taxi (not quite a hansom cab)
Now I've seen Inception twice in the past week, and hope to add a third viewing soon. And don't get me starting on all the fic I've been mainlining. This is some serious crack, guys. As someone else noted somewhere, Inception is the perfect universe for fandom -- it's all about worldbuilding, a story about storytelling and the power of suggestion and creating worlds in which anything is possible (sort of) and everyone who watches it can take away something completely different and everyone's individual perception is correct every time, and no one can even say for sure what even happened. Brain!porn, basically. (And incidental suit!porn, nngk.)

Simultaneously, I'm still all a-glee over the BBC Sherlock. And this may not be obvious, but I have a bulletproof kink for good crossovers. (Seriously. I will read good crossovers regardless of whether I know both canons. I don't even sort of care, I love that shit SO HARD. Hence my abiding love for the broader Whoniverse, where everything crosses over itself in canon.) But I digress.

Basically, I badly need someone to write the crossover where the Inception team gets hired to do an extraction on some really twisty-minded clever bastard, and Eames is all, "So I went to school with this Sherlock bloke, no really hear me out--" and Sherlock and John are hauled in for a consult and of course Sherlock totally hijacks the whole dream-heist process and AWESOMENESS ENSUES. Internets, get on this.

Or the AU Torchwood crossover, where team Torchwood is a rival extraction team. Jack's the Extractor, Ianto's his Point Man (of COURSE), Tosh is the Architect (she would be so brilliant, wouldn't she?), Owen's the Chemist, and Gwen is the Forger. (No, hear me out. Eames has his own certain style, but I think Gwen's driving need to understand and empathize with others would make her an awesome Forger.) I have no idea what the plot would be, but I feel it would be excellent. Ianto and Arthur would bond over matters sartorial and bicker about who knows more about everything. Okay, yeah, basically I just want a fic with Arthur and Ianto in.

And now for some completely unrelated Top Fives.

top five road trip songs, via tardis_stowaway )
top five random things that make me happy, via kalliopeia )
top five stories I've written that I'm most proud of, via zephyrprince )

Any more Top Fives?

well, shit.

Aug. 9th, 2010 08:20 pm
kaydeefalls: amy&eleven in front of vincent's sunflower painting (for amy from vincent)
Okay, f-list, you win. Inception is every bit as good as you all said it was. Holy shit. That was my kind of brain porn. I feel like it's not as clever as it first appears, and might not hold up as well upon multiple viewings as some of Nolan's other films, but still. Very, very nice.

And I can see why the fandom has sprung up so quickly, because that is definitely a world I want to inhabit. There are so many possible stories to tell. Fuck yes please.

Watching the movie, I thought I was shipping Cobb/Arthur, but flipping through fanfic now, apparently I'm just really, really easy for Arthur. Arthur/Ariadne, Arthur/Eames, as long as it's got Arthur in there somewhere I am SOLD. I'm slightly disturbed by how attractive Joseph Gordon-Levitt is in that movie. It must be the waistcoats. (SERIOUSLY, NNGK. Wow.)

Also, cut for just one spoiler )

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