osprey_archer: (writing)
[livejournal.com profile] escritoireazul is doing this 30 days of fandom meme, and it looks like fun, so I nabbed it.

Questions behind the cut )

1 – How did you first get into writing fanfic, and what was the first fandom you wrote for? What do you think it was about that fandom that pulled you in?

The first fandom I wrote fic for was West Wing; I wrote one of my high school friends a Josh/Donna fic where aliens or possibly robots invade the White House and naturally it leads to Josh and Donna admitting their love for each other (although not in an Aliens Made Them Do It kind of way).

But the first fandom I actually posted fic for and made fandom friends in was Torchwood, in my freshman year of college. I mostly wrote Owen/Ianto fic about their totally dysfunctional relationship, although there was also a Jack/Ianto fic about how their relationship was totally dysfunctional, which was a less popular interpretation of their relationship than it was for Owen/Ianto. I think one of the things that drew me to Owen/Ianto, actually, was that even the fans thought it would be a trainwreck, and I do love fics about relationship trainwrecks.

I also liked the fact that the setting was such that anything could happen - one of my stories involved the team acquiring some pet brontosauruses, because why not - and the canon was, how shall I put this, unintimidating. I actually watched the show because I'd read some of the fic; if it had been the other way around, I doubt I would have gone looking for fic afterward.
osprey_archer: (window)
Day 29 - Current TV show obsession.

I don’t really have one right now. Whoops?

That is a short and boring entry, so I’m also going to do Day 30: Saddest character death.

ALL CHARACTER DEATHS MAKE ME SAD. ALL OF THEM. I rarely watch the critically acclaimed dark and gritty dramas that everyone else seems so fond of, because I don’t like getting all invested in a character - for seasons and seasons, sometimes - only to have them die all over the screen.

I’m still especially mad at Torchwood for managing to kill Owen twice. That just seems cruel and unusual. And, of course, still irritated at Downton Abbey for Sybil's death.

Oh, but I think the character death that was really saddest for me was Leo McGarry’s death in The West Wing - partly because it was forced on the producers by the actor’s death, so the shock and grief were genuine. But they did a superb job working it into the show, and when I think of the finale of West Wing, I think not of the actual finale but of Leo’s funeral: characters from all the seasons of the show gathering together to pay homage to Leo, because he was just that great.
osprey_archer: (downton abbey)
Day 26 - OMG WTF? season finale.

Um, I’m still kind of mad about the finale of Torchwood’s second season. Yes, kill all my favorite characters, why don’t you! One of them for the second time.

Of course, this saved me from watching any of the later seasons of Torchwood, so really it’s probably just as well.

Psych always seems to end its seasons with weird serial killer episodes that are really quite at odds with the goofy mysteries Psych does for most of the rest of the season. Castle also seems to end on weird conspiracy episodes, rather than their more straightforward crime-fighting episodes that are really much better. Presumably both shows have some rationales for this, but it seems weird that they both like to round off their seasons with stuff they do poorly, rather than by reminding their viewers of the things they do well.
osprey_archer: (fandom!!!!)
Title: Unicorn Blood
Author: [livejournal.com profile] osprey_archer
Rating: PG
Beta: [livejournal.com profile] exuberantself. This whole fic is totally her fault.
Summary: The unicorn’s horn ripped the shroud as Owen covered her head. He stopped, bloody fingers clenched on the edge of the fabric, then flicked the cloth away and crossed the room.

Unicorn Horn )


Sep. 15th, 2010 11:36 pm
osprey_archer: (tea)
I went through my files of unposted and unfinished fanfic this weekend. Most of it remains in the bowels of my computer for a reason - Owen Harper as a rent-boy matador, what was I thinking? - but I found this fic, and I'm not sure why I never let it into the wild.

Title: Pietà
Author: [livejournal.com profile] osprey_archer
Pairing: none really. Mentions of Owen/Gwen, Gwen/Rhys.
Rating: PG
Summary: After Suzie's second death, Owen takes Gwen home to Rhys.

Pietà )
osprey_archer: (hot chocolate)
I got back from the summer program a couple days ago, and have been in a state of general enervation ever since; but hopefully my brain is starting to regenerate. I need it back; I have a couple of fics I want to get finished this summer.

First, a sequel to Homing Pigeon (yes, I realize sequels are usually a foolish idea, especially in fandoms the size of my thumbnail, but what can I say, I'm a slave to my art) - in which Jaye tries to commit insurance fraud, Eric realizes that Jaye is not a goddess who lives on Mount Olympus, and Aaron and Mahandra buy a kitten.

I am not sure how these things fit together. I think the kitten is probably the key.

And second, I have this totally awesome idea for a Torchwood story where Torchwood goes to Barcelona and Owen has to dress up as a matador so they can defeat a blood-sucking alien that has been possessing bulls. In the process he gets hit on by essentially everyone on the team. A lot. Okay, I don't actually have a plot for this one either, but trust me! It will be great! It involves Owen wearing the world's tightest pants! How could this possibly go wrong?

Also, Owen is mean to Tosh (intentionally and unintentionally), and then she kicks his ass at flamenco. That's got to be a winner right there.

Okay, maybe my brain needs some more time to regenerate. Wheeeeee!!!!


Jun. 8th, 2009 11:27 am
osprey_archer: (pushing daisies)
RULES: Comment and I'll LJ stalk you to find THREE FANDOMS you apparently love. And then you answer these questions about them!

01: What got you into this fandom in the first place?
02: Do you think you'll stay in this fandom or eventually move on?
03: Favorite episodes/books/movies/etc.?
04: Do you participate in this fandom (fanfiction, graphics, discussions)?
05: Do you think that more people should get into this fandom?

[livejournal.com profile] zormatoform gave me Veronica Mars, Pushing Daisies, and Torchwood.

Read more... )
osprey_archer: (pushing daisies)
Title: Opera Gloves and Aliens
Author: [livejournal.com profile] osprey_archer
Beta: [livejournal.com profile] visualthinker11
Fandoms: Pushing Daisies and Torchwood
Pairings: a little bit of Ned/Chuck and Jack/Ianto
Rating: G, for goofy. This fic is so light it might levitate.
Summary: Ned held one of Chuck's protected hands in the crook of his arm, guiding her down the Seacrest Victorian Spa's grand staircase, past a woman with a paisley dress and her husband with a matching paisley tie, and thought, as he and Chuck rounded a potted plant and made for the French doors: this is paradise.

Inevitably, that was when the dead body fell over the stair rail onto Ned's head.

Opera Gloves and Aliens )
osprey_archer: (flying)

Tea and Sympathy has been nominated for the Children of Time Awards.

If you need me, I'm going to be on cloud nine incandescing with elation.

Happy Halloween, everyone!
osprey_archer: (torchwood)
One of my friends it turning twenty-one today (she’s Muslim, so her exciting plans are going to the local bar and using her free voucher to buy a Pepsi) so I’m in a birthday mood. So I dug out this old drabble and stitched it up and built it into a double drabble and…I hope you like it.

Title: Happy Birthday
Author: [livejournal.com profile] osprey_archer
Pairing: Owen/Ianto
Rating: PG
Summary: Gwen slapped Owen’s hand away from the chocolate cupcakes. “For Ianto’s birthday,” she admonished.

Double Drabble )

Also, would anyone be willing to beta a Pushing Daisies/Torchwood crossover? I could not resist. And you know Jack wouldn’t get Ned and Chuck’s relationship.


Sep. 26th, 2008 02:22 pm
osprey_archer: (torchwood)
Title: Jackknife
Author: [livejournal.com profile] osprey_archer
Pairings: Jack/Ianto
Rating: R
Beta: [livejournal.com profile] exuberantself
Summary: Jack swings out of his chair, walks around the desk, and slaps Ianto. Same cheek as Lisa. “Not good enough,” he says. “You nearly get everyone killed because you think you’re in love, you had damn well better be able to explain yourself afterward.”

Jackknife )
osprey_archer: (torchwood)
Title: Five Reasons Captain Jack Harkness Doesn’t Tell People He’s Immortal
Author: [livejournal.com profile] osprey_archer
Pairings: Jack/OMCs, Jack/OFCs
Rating: PG-13
Disclaimer: Jack is not mine. The rest of them are, though.
Summary: When Jack tells people that he's immortal, bad things happen.

Five Reasons Captain Jack Harkness Doesn't Tell People He's Immortal )
osprey_archer: (Default)
Today I bring fanfic recs, because I am in an expansive and giving mood but have nothing of my own to offer.

Warning: recs ahead. Torchwood, Psych, Veronica Mars )
osprey_archer: (torchwood)
Title: Tea and Sympathy: the Finale
Author: [livejournal.com profile] osprey_archer
Pairing: Owen/Ianto
Rating: PG-13
Sequel to: Tea and Sympathy, Tea and Sympathy, part 2, Tea and Sympathy, part 3, Tea and Sympathy: The Shower Scene, and Tea and Sympathy, part 4
Beta: [livejournal.com profile] sanginmychains
Disclaimer: Still don't own them.
Summary: Owen isn’t content just to grab Ianto and kiss him like the climax of a romantic movie; no, he has to tackle Ianto to the floor and nearly rip his hair out by the roots and half-strangle him with tongue and hyperventilation.

Tea and Sympathy: the Finale )
osprey_archer: (torchwood)
I have one last part to Tea and Sympathy to go. Specifically, I have the middle section of that last part to go, because I’ve already written the beginning and the end. I need the filling for the chocolate sandwich cookie.

I am not receiving cooperation in this endeavor. Owen and Ianto are, in their own separate ways, very, very against me.

The Interrogations of Owen and Ianto )

Basically, both of them refuse to narrate the interior section. They’re also being vague and cagey about what exactly goes into the interior section, It’s some kind of summary of about a month of relationship between Owen getting better and Jack returning, but precisely what events it summarizes, and how?

Evidently, what happens in Cardiff, stays in Cardiff.

So, if anyone has any helpful thoughts, please share. I would really like to finish at least the first draft of this before I leave for Florida next Friday.
osprey_archer: (flying)
I'm turning twenty today. Three cheers for me!

I would make you all cake, but alas, the culinary arts don't translate into cyberspace very well. I also considered a story, or rather a scene from a story, but I suspect cyberspace isn't ready for the transmission of my deathless genius yet.

So I can give you only good wishes and a link to a short story I found funny: The Attack of the Nazi Dustbunnies.

Also, for those of you who read Torchwood fic:

Tosh’s Birthday )
osprey_archer: (torchwood)
Title: Tea and Sympathy, part 4
Author: osprey_archer
Pairing: Owen/Ianto
Rating: PG-13
Sequel to: Tea and Sympathy, Tea and Sympathy, part 2, Tea and Sympathy, part 3, and Tea and Sympathy: The Shower Scene
Disclaimer: Still don't own them.
Summary: “I’m going to die from a germ that made an impossible interspecies jump,” says Owen. “Want my liquor stash, Gwen?"

Tea and Sympathy, Part 4 )
osprey_archer: (torchwood)
Title: Assassinata
Author: osprey_archer
Pairing: Owen/Ianto, Jack/Ianto
Rating: PG-13
Disclaimer: Still don't own them.
Summary: This is a slightly blood-stained fluff fic. No, really. “It’s not funny,” said Ianto. “I’m bleeding. My suit is in tatters. Not funny.”

“You got savaged by a bouquet of roses,” said Owen. “It’s hilarious.”

A rose by any other name... )

Also, a drabble. Jack/Ianto.

Drabbleiciousness )

Also, I promise there will be more Tea and Sympathy, as soon as the pygmies stop being difficult.
osprey_archer: (torchwood)

Books, shows, and movies always kill off my favorite characters. However, I think this is the first time that a show has killed off both my favorite characters in one episode.

*cries for a while*

On a more analytical note, )
osprey_archer: (theories)
First: cheers! Sameer Mishra won the National Spelling Bee! He’s a fellow Hoosier (in fact, I know his sister), so I am filled with pride.

They have a spelling test here where you can see if you have the mad spelling skillz to make the quarter finals. I got a 24 and discovered that I pronounce many, many words wrong.


Second: this awesome Torchwood spoof, recced by [livejournal.com profile] visualthinker11. Because it’s so, so funny. I am sad that I can’t read whatever it is that’s on Ianto’s nametag. And their Jack is very amusing.


On the topic of Captain Jack Harkness.

He’s charming, sexy, ruthless, and very close to clinically sociopathic. (Think how he leaves the team at the end of season one. Gwen is right there—he could have offered a capsule explanation to her even as he scuttled off to the Doctor—but no, Jack Harkness keeps his mouth shut, and his team spends months fretting about his disappearance.)

So a very flawed character, in all kinds of ways that could be interesting if his flaws were ever allowed to mislead him. Jack, despite his blind spots, his insensitivity—it’s not that he doesn’t notice others’ feelings; he notices and doesn’t care—is right. Always. End of story. And if it looks like he isn’t, the episode is going to look something like this:

Gwen/Owen/Team Torchwood demand information about the menace of the week. For no particular reason, Jack refuses to explain anything. Gwen/etc. gets mad and investigates, then wishes she hadn’t when she learns the Awful Truth. Generally something terrible will happen that wouldn’t have if silly Gwen/etc. had just listened to Jack’s sage, if condescendingly delivered, advice.

Thus, Jack’s questionable decisions are retroactively exonerated. Always. The Torchwood writers are trying to have it both ways—Jack is deeply flawed, yet also an always-correct mentor figure (episodes tend to end with him explaining life to Gwen/etc). It’s not a functional combination.

Once, just once, I want him to be wrong. Jack the deeply flawed mentor figure who knows a lot yet makes mistakes would be an interesting story. Jack the evil plaster saint makes me want to break my TV.


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