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Jan. 1st, 2020

Generic stickypost on friending and fic and whatnot.

OH HAI, welcome to my little corner of the sparkly IJ world. I'm fairly easy about friending, though if I don't know you, it would be nice to drop me a line to say hello and why you're here, and to let me know if you're a perv or something. Which would in all probability be fine, to be honest. I have no standards.

I use this journal to ramble about fannish things and occasionally post personal updates. All of the latter are friends-locked, so if you're mostly here for my fic, all of that can be found at my AO3 account (comments are ♥).

Nov. 16th, 2016

A few thoughts on the Austrian presidential election

Dear Austria,

As the fourth round of the presidential elections draws near, I have very few illusions left about anything going well this year. Brexit happened. Trump happened. My adopted country of New Zealand just went through a horrific earthquake. Countless amazing artists have passed away this year. That summary doesn't even scrape the surface yet. This year has, in so many ways, been unequivocably shit from start to... well, we've still got 6 weeks left in the year, so who knows what it still holds in store for us.

And so, given the incredibly close margin of the first election round, I have few hopes, to be honest. The cynical part of me is convinced that in light of recent events - in light of the fact that it's now acceptable to throw in the towel and ragequit on the EU like a spoiled toddler, in light of the fact that the most powerful nation in the world has just rendered it chic to elect a populist, misogynist, racist, neo-fascist, narcissistic, choleric pathological liar as their president - Austria will avoid eye contact and follow suit. The cynical part of me is well convinced that this time, that close to 50/50 margin will tip the other way, and perhaps not so closely.

And yet, I don't want to give in to that cynicism entirely. Because Austria is still my country in many ways, will always be the place I grew up in, will always be the place that taught me to love mountains and the underdog and its very specific brand of irreverent humour. I still love that country, and I still desperately want it to surprise me in this 4th election round. I want it to consider the precedents this frankly horrible year has set, and I would like it to make a face at those trends and engage in some very trademark cunning Austrian obstreperousness. I would like its people to look at what has happened this year and decide that nope, we are NOT going to go with that trend and we are NOT down with that bullshit. I would like them to disavow the hate-driven brand of politics, the fear-mongering and the simplistic populist dogma. I want Austria's people to be smarter than that, and I know they can be. I want them to go, scrappily and determinedly, against the tide. I want them to embrace compassion and intelligence and open-mindedness and calm reason in the face of this utter flood of terrifying hate-mongering bullcrap that has defined so much of major politics this year. I want my country to be smart and to go forward, not to get mired in the swamp of nationalist pseudo-fascist rhetoric. Not to go backwards. I want to believe that we can do better. We're a small country and it wouldn't make much difference but frankly, this year every tiny step forward counts as a fucking mile, because it feels like we're moving in quicksand while on fire.

So, please, Austria. Surprise me. Be the wily, smirking, stubborn, scrappy dark horse I know you can be.

Basically, be this guy.

...unless you can be Conchita, of course. In that case, always be Conchita.

Nov. 2nd, 2016

Halloween/Cosplay Wrap-Up Post

Just a quick one because I wanted all my costumes from this month in one post, especially the Clone Club. I promise it's the last!

How many of us ARE there?? )

Oct. 30th, 2016

Every Saturday Is Halloween 2016: Entry No. 8

Whoa, that rather exploded this year! I had SO much fun with the Clone Club, and to end it on a high note, here's my second-favourite clone, Cosima Niehaus! The lovely [info]alshaworld indulged me once again and played Delphine with me:

Enchanté, motherfuckers. )

Every Saturday Is Halloween 2016: Entry No. 7

It's finally time for my favourite adorably homicidal crazy-haired Clone Club member: Helena.

"You remember me, don't you?"
-"Yes, Pupok. It's been a long time."

Hello sestras. )

Oct. 23rd, 2016

Every Saturday Is Halloween 2016: Entry No. 6

Due to technial difficulties (read: delayed wig delivery), the Clone Club is taking a break this week. Instead, a quick tribute to This year's Fandom Love: Welcome to Night Vale!

"Wednesday has been cancelled due to a scheduling error."

Do Not Enter The Dog Park )

Oct. 17th, 2016

Every Saturday Is Halloween 2016: Bonus Entry (No. 5)

Aaaaaaannnnnd because I was momentarily bored of clones (sorry, Clone Club! I do love you!), now for something completely different...

One of my favourite crazy space chicks of all time, River Song!

"Hello, sweetie."

Spoilers! )

Every Saturday Is Halloween 2016: Entry No. 4

(I'm losing count already, lol.)

This week, running as trustee for a school board committee near you...

Alison Hendrix!

Holy fishsticks! )

Oct. 9th, 2016

Every Saturday Is Halloween 2016: Bonus Entry (No. 3)

Because I have too many clones and not enough Saturdays, I spent a couple hours in the insanely overcontoured skin of...

...Krystal Goderitch!

She and Sarah are probably on opposite ends of the extremity scale in terms of how personally familiar I am with their respective looks, so here, for contrast:

"OK, are you, like, blind? 'Cuz this girl looks nothing like me."

Like, first of all, my tits are way bigger. )

Oct. 8th, 2016

Every Saturday Is Halloween 2016: Entry No. 2

Onwards with the Clone Club! I was feeling lazy today and decided to do Sarah Manning because out of the whole bunch, she's probably closest to my own look, so I figured that was easy - slap on some smoky eye and a bit of grunge and there you go.

Well, no. This took WAY longer than Rachel for some reason, lol. And it still doesn't look like much of an actual costume, so I'm looking forward to having the rest of the clones for context.

Still, it was fun, and I really loved the outfit(s)!

Come on, get your shit together, you silly tit. )

Oct. 1st, 2016

Every Saturday Is Halloween 2016: Entry No. 1

Okay, so I'm sure I could do an update on why I've been so AWOL all year, but it would be boring and depressing, so I'll save that for some other time.

Instead: OH LOOK IT'S OCTOBER LOL HOW DID THAT HAPPEN OMG. My fabulous mate [info]omarandjohnny and (at least) moi are continuing last year's funfest of Every Saturday Is Halloween, so there'll be cosplay from me every weekend in October (probably a couple extras too, because I have too many ideas to fit into five Saturdays).

This year, I am doing a selection from Orphan Black's Clone Club, which has already led to some interesting situations, such as:
"Oh hello random person, I would like to purchase this lab coat you are selling, because, like, crazy science. How much is shipping?"
"Not sure, I'll look it up. Also hey, this may need a good wash bc I can't seem to get the smell of formaldehyde and cadavers out of it, ahahahahah med student ahahahahah."

Anyway. I'm starting off with Rachel Duncan, plus/minus an eye.

Controlling evolution is the ultimate power )

When I first started considering Rachel, I was only thinking hair and "oh yay, I can do gross stuff with the eye." The hair worked out ok although any more than 10 mins of having my real hair squished under that wig gave me a headache. Luckily I had a single whacky contact lens leftover from last year to use for the artificial eye, BUT it turns out I don't own a single outfit that Rachel might conceivably wear (pencil skirts, wot), so I raided Alsha's closet for some usable stuff (not that the outfit even shows up in most pics, lol). Sadly, the half litre or so of fake blood I had leftover from last year has decided it would be fun to turn mostly orange and corn-syrupy. What's up with that?? I think I used up more on one blood-dribbling hand than I did on an entirely bloodsoaked Carrie last year. But it's all worth it because this was really fun - I rarely feel like I can pull off blonde, but I felt right at home in this. (That should probably worry me, but eh.)


Dec. 31st, 2015

Fic Meme 2015

It's that time of year - ramble about your fic accomplishments, share your favs, talk about your *PROCESS* and give yourself a well-deserved pat on the back! :D

Goats, I think she said. )

Dec. 30th, 2015

Fandom Meme 2015

I'm working on my end-of-year meme, but tbh, the fannish stuff is always more fun, so:

Here there be squee! )

Dec. 6th, 2015

Supanova Report

So last weekend I went to the Supanova Pop Culture Expo in Brisbane, after Dan Feuerriegel listed himself as a last-minute guest. Ergo, technically, all I need known about the weekend is that this happened:

(I'm not looking straight at the camera because he was holding my phone and I was staring at his hands. He has ridiculously beautiful hands. They are distracting, ok?? Also ridiculous: his shoulders. LOOK AT THEM THEY ARE A MILE WIDE.)

Con successful, report closed!

However, a lot of cool shit happened and I do want to get some of the details down because otherwise they'll fade far too quickly. So without further ado, rambly details under the cut!

Cosplay and actors and writers, oh my. )

Dec. 1st, 2015

Fic or Die 2015: A Master List

This year's Fic or Die challenge is now officially closed, and it has been a roaring success!

Thank you all so much for indulging me and playing along, embracing the pressure and fulfilling the demands of the fic-hungry goats. Some of you finished years-old stuff, some of you wrote brand-new things, some of you did both. Your administrators are most satisfied indeed!

We had 23 submissions from 17 fandoms, with a total wordcount of approximately ~34,000 words.


So give yourselves a big pat on the back, because you have all been phenomenal! A big thank you also to those who did not pledge to write, but contributed prompts, beta services, or general cheerleading.

Without further ado, here's the master list of contributions:


Fic: Goat Trading with Benefits (Spartacus/Vikings; Agron/Nasir/Ragnar)

Title: Goat Trading with Benefits
Author: [info]aldiara
Fandom/Characters: Spartacus, Vikings; Agron/Nasir/Ragnar (anyone who can come up with a better portmanteau for that than “Nagnar” will receive a free baby goat)
Word Count: 300
Rating: Mature
Summary: Ragnar comes to buy goats from Agron and Nasir, and stays for a little more.
Disclaimer: I don’t own Spartacus, Vikings, or any goats.
A/N: My blanket disclaimer for timelines: If Carthage fell within the Spartacus time frame, then a thousand years of Viking history mean nothing :p Contains a small homage to the Punk Band AU series by [info]amyriadfthings, [info]amo_amas_amat, and [info]lilithilien. Written for the 2015 Fic or Die challenge, filling [info]lilithilien’s prompt “Ragnar (Vikings) discusses goat farming with Agron and Nasir (Spartacus).”

Fic is here @ AO3

Nov. 26th, 2015

Fic: Because the World Was Flawed, Not Me (Spartacus; Ilithyia; PG-13)

Title: Because the World Was Flawed, Not Me
Author: [info]aldiara
Fandom/Characters: Spartacus, Ilithyia, her son (also bit of Mira, Agron, Nasir, Laeta, OCs)
Word Count: 9300
Rating: PG-13ish
Warnings: There’s a kid? I’ve tried to NOT make it a kidfic tho!
Summary: Ilithyia lives. The world she’s known does not.
Disclaimer: I don’t own Spartacus. More importantly, I don’t own Ilithyia. SOB.
A/N: Inspired by my Ilithyia drabble in The Paths We Never Trod. My delightful strumpet must live! Thanks to [info]alsha for the beta <3

Fic is here @ AO3

Nov. 23rd, 2015

Fic: the perception that divides you from him (is a lie) (Please Like Me, Geoffrey)

Fic-heavy week! Soz for all the spam (perhaps I need a fic journal, but then 90% of the time I'd do nothing with this one!)

Title: the perception that divides you from him (is a lie)
Author: [info]aldiara
Fandom/Characters: Please Like Me, Geoffrey
Word Count: 1000
Rating: Gen
Warnings: Experimental bracket abuse
Summary: This is how Geoffrey draws Josh, and how he wishes that would go.
Disclaimer: Not mine.
A/N: Written for the 2015 Fic or Die challenge, filling [info]amo_amas_amat’s prompt “Geoffrey, art/painting Josh.” Thanks to [info]alsha for the beta.

Fic is here @ AO3

Nov. 22nd, 2015

Fic: Do Not Wake (Spartacus; Agron/Nasir; NC-17)

Title: Do Not Wake
Author: [info]aldiara
Fandom/Characters: Spartacus; Nasir/Agron
Word Count: 2500
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: PWP. Sleep sex, so teensiest hint of dub-con, I guess? …but I’m fairly sure he’s faking, lol.
Summary: It’s late at night and Agron is fucking tired. Nasir is hard to resist, though, even when he’s fast asleep.
Disclaimer: I don’t own Spartacus. Clearly I’ve made the wrong life choices.
A/N: Belated birthday smut for [info]gracerene :) Thanks to [info]alsha for the beta!

Fic is here @ AO3

Nov. 20th, 2015

Fic or Die: Time to Put Out

Okay, whenever you're done, let us have it!

Please post a link to your completed fic in the comments so we can all ogle and love on it! Please include a header with all the usual fandom/warnings/ratings information (html template below if it's been a while) and indicate the fandom (plus pairing/rating if you wish) in the subject line.

Also remember to mention if you're filling someone's prompt, and if anyone has picked up one of your prompts, give them some love.

Posting is open from now until November 30th. Keep 'em coming! :D

Header (edited bc I forgot word count, doh):

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