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Crimes of Websites Past

So, a while back [personal profile] galaxysoup and I were reminiscing about the horrors of classic fannish website design. Remember when Geocities was a thing and disclaimer pages made you hunt for the second comma in the thirteenth line? Remember purple text on black background, blinking gifs and flashing text, cheesy ornamental buttons, weird graphics and crazy fonts?

Well, as it turns out, I still have evidence of some of my transgressions. Here they are, for your amusement! Pictures under the cut! Collapse )

Sooo… what do you think?

Do you have any early website crimes to share? Show us the evidence!!


Instead of writing, I thought I’d ask you all a few things about your reading preferences. Procrastination for the win! :-)

So tell me! How do you like your fanfic?

A tale of delivery

I ordered a package a few days ago. (Clothes hangers, probably the most boring objects to ever arrive in a package – but still nice to have.)

Amazon was excited to keep me updated every step of the way, until on Wednesday, it trilled happily into my email account: Yay! Your package has arrived!

Me: Uh. No it hasn‘t?

New hangers: *stubbornly absent*

Me: *forgets about it for a couple of days and then remembers that her clothes are still sadly unsupported by chic new hangers*

Amazon: No seriously, they were delivered on Wednesday!Collapse )

Strategic Fail

Dwarf: But what if the undead come crawling over the rubble behind us, looking for brains?
Spell-casting priest (me): No worries, we don't have any of those.

Last week, my roleplaying group tried to prepare a cave for a fight. It took several hours. Our poor GM occasionally asked, in an increasingly despairing voice, "so what exactly is your plan…?", to which our decisive and eloquent answer was, inevitably, "uhm".

It was so sad, you guys.

Cut for planning fail.Collapse )

This planning malaise cannot go on.

Does anyone have recommendations on teaching material about strategy and combat tactics – preferably applicable for small-ish groups?

Guardian: Lost Kittens

Title: Lost Kittens
Author: Sylvia / rheasilvia
Fandom: Guardian (TV)
Rating: Gen
Story Notes: Betaed by solo. Thank you again!

Summary: For such a rigid and inflexible man, Chief Zhao could be surprisingly capricious. Why would he send a distinguished cat like Da Qing to deal with his drunk, wayward and entirely objectionable offspring? Humans, seriously.


Da Qing and Zhao Yunlan's first meeting. (For a certain value of "first".)

Lost Kittens

When Da Qing found him, the kid was pretty much wasted. Given the furrow of Chief Zhao's brow when he'd pulled Da Qing aside earlier, it wasn't that big a surprise – although it was still odd to see anyone related to the Chief spread out in his chair like that, every limb flung in a different direction.

The story on AO3.

Guardian and X/1999: Hidden Charms

Title: Hidden Charms
Author: Sylvia / rheasilvia
Fandoms: Guardian (TV) and X/1999
Pairings: Shen Wei/Zhao Yunlan, Sakurazuka Seishirou/Sumeragi Subaru
Rating: Not rated
Story Notes: Every fandom needs weird crossovers. Let me make a start! Betaed by solo, who is a great enabler. :-)

Summary: Combatants from another world unexpectedly enter Dragon City, the Black-Cloaked Envoy acquires an interesting reputation, and nobody has a terribly good time.

Hidden Charms

On Wednesday, a portal to another universe opened south of the river, over the old town hall. It swirled shut again almost immediately, but in the brief moment of its existence, a kid wearing a baseball cap, a monk, a schoolgirl and a guy in a trench coat managed to fall through. They then put half of Dragon City under a force field, jumped around on top of various buildings, and threw bolts of electricity, swords, doves, hawks and various other missiles at each other. Dozens of people had recorded it on their phones, or Yunlan would probably have considered at least the birds down to creative license.

Yunlan couldn't believe he'd missed it.

The story on AO3.

Late Yuletide Tidings

2018 was my Yuletide premiere, and I got very lucky with both the story I received and my assignment, which allowed me to write what I most wanted to write.

kyrilu gifted this lovely, sweet slice-of-life Guardian story to me:

Five Ugly Articles of Clothing that Zhao Yunlan Gave Shen Wei

And the one time that Shen Wei gave clothes to Zhao Yunlan. (Sort of.)

I wrote this Guardian story (which needs a better summary and is also Shen Wei/Zhao Yunlan) for Trobadora:


The flu is going around, and Zhao Yunlan makes a surprising discovery.

It was great fun, all things told, and I might well participate again this year. Especially if I can avoid the sudden RL end-of-the-year madness. (As you may be able to tell by the lateness of this post, I am still in the process of catching up to life again. Ack.)

Without apropos: The world needs an icon reading „Anachronistic Lollipop“. Alternately, this should be the name of a band.

Guardian: An Introduction.

Before I start posting fanfic and talking about Guardian, I’d like to give you all some idea of what this fandom is about. So!

Guardian is a Chinese fantasy/scifi series about a cop who heads a specialized team for supernatural* crime. Zhao Yunlan – the cop – is supported in his endeavors by Shen Wei, a mild-mannered professor who acts as a consultant, and who frequently jumps in to save Zhao Yunlan and/or the day. He does this surprisingly effectively, because Shen Wei is secretly an immensely powerful being known as the Black-Cloaked Envoy, one of the rulers of the supernatural* realm. Shen Wei has also been in love with Zhao Yunlan for thousands of years, for complex and spoilery reasons that don’t need exploring at this juncture.

* I use „supernatural“ as shorthand for „technically scientifically explainable scifi-genre-like goings-ons that are for all intents and purposes supernatural“. More on this in a bit!

The entire series is available on YouTube, with subtitles, and is a delight. I encourage you to check it out if you have any interest in gay romance, or fantasy/scifi with an unusual slant.

More - including pictures - behind the cut! Collapse )

If you do give this series a try, I’d love to know what you think! :-)


I am now on Pillowfort - although I have yet to post a single thing, or even explore the platform properly. If you have an account there, too, please let me know!

Fannish goodness

I never got the hang of Tumblr, and have sadly lost touch with much of fandom because of it - much to my regret. This is my chance! Whether fandom returns to DW or migrates to yet another platform, my plan is to jump back in with both feet. I would love to find new friends and reconnect with old ones.

These last few years, I've been in a kind of fannish hibernation. I never stopped reading fanfic, but haven't been writing myself. Until very recently, I didn't feel intensely fannish about any fandom, and felt rather out of step with fandom in general. And I missed it, guys! The fannish exchange, the discussion, the shared squee, the canon analysis, the writing - the excitement and joy of sharing fannish love and energy with others.

And then, very recently, Guardian happened. And OMG, I have a new fandom! I will definitely post more about this lovely fantasy/scifi series where the millennia-spanning m/m romance is canon and everything is awesome. (More about The Awesome later. this is not that post. *g*) Thanks again, dragonaph and you other enablers - you know who you are. :-)

So I am now writing fanfic again, and fans are returning to a platform where I might be able to successfully interact with them, and - yay, I missed this so much!

Anyway! Expect Guardian posts here soon - and a brief intro post about my other fandoms, because I hope to make new friends. :-)

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