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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 ♥).
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Feb. 16th, 2018

Fic: Everything I Know About Cross-Dressing I Learned From Firefly (Bram/Simon, NC-17)

Every Drabble Day, there's at least one drabble that makes me want to expand on it. This time it was Pretty.

Title: Everything I Know About Cross-Dressing I Learned From Firefly
Author: [info]aldiara
Fandom/Pairings: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, Bram/Simon
Word Count: 6000+
Rating: Mature
Warnings: None.
Summary: Bram introduces Simon to his favourite show. Shenanigans ensue.
Disclaimer: Not mine. No profit made.
A/N: Unbeta’d, so feel free to point out any mistakes.

~ Fic is here at AO3 ~
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Jan. 2nd, 2018

Fic Meme 2017

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

AO3 informs me I've only done 4 fics this year, but that's not gonna stop me.



Fic talk here. )
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Fandom Meme 2017

It's been a not very active fandom year, but I like to keep some sort of record anyway, so here goes.

Fandom loves, old and new )
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Dec. 31st, 2017

Cosplay 2017 round-up post no. 3 - Shades of a Fool

If I had to pick one favourite fictional character, it would always be Robin Hobb’s Fool. As Assassin’s Fate came out this year, wrapping up a 16-book fantasy epic of unsurpassed scope, originality and skill (not to mention an intentensely emotional journey), I decided it was the perfect time to pick some of his personas to cosplay, eventually settling on 6.

As with Malta, this involves spoilers if you haven’t read the books.

I have never been wise. )

And that’s pretty much it. I was going on very personal visuals, so obviously this will not coincide with everyone's ideas, and there’s only so far I can go in terms of gender fluidity. But it was an amazing challenge and I enjoyed every minute of it.

Cosplay 2017 round-up post no. 2 - Malta Vestrit

As an homage to my favourite fantasy epic of all time, Robin Hobb’s five Realms of the Elderlings series, and in honour of Assassin’s Fate coming out, I wanted to cosplay some of the Fool’s many personas this year. Eventually I settled on 6 eras/incarnations from the books. Before I ever got started on those, though, I decided I also wanted to do Malta Vestrit, which quickly became one of my favourite cosplay achievements, so here’s the picspam on that first (if anyone would insist that she deserved a post of her own, it would be her, lol).

Some spoilers ahead if you’ve not read the books, obviously.

Crests, colours, complete lack of subtlety )

That’s it for Malta. Fools coming up next!

Cosplay 2017 round-up post no. 1 - Disney/Pixar ladies (some undead)

My participation in [info]omarandjohnny's "Every Saturday Is Halloween" tradition exploded a bit this year, as I wanted to do way more characters than October has Saturdays! So it all bled over into November/December a bit. I also had no time to document apart from Twitter posts, so I wanted to do a couple of round-ups here to have them all in one place.

Here there be picspam )

That’s it for the Disney characters! There’ll be another round-up post shortly for my Fool/Amber series.

Dec. 18th, 2017

Fic: The White Stone (Spartacus; Castus/Sabinus; NC-17)

Title: The White Stone
Author: [info]aldiara
Fandom/Characters: Spartacus; Castus/Sabinus, others
Word Count: ahahahah 78k
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: Lots of angsty brooding. Dealing with grief. Some artistic licence (read: I made shit up) regarding Greek and Roman mythology.
Summary: A white stone, swapped for black. It seemed a simple trick, not worth the price of life for death. Sabinus has no notion what to do with such a gift, or how to live now with the guilt.
In which Tiberius dies instead of Sabinus, Sabinus defects to join the rebels and tries his hand at treason, piracy and other imprudent things that Castus is very willing to help him learn, old loyalties are examined, a lot of sailor’s yarn is spun, the rebellion takes a slightly different course, and Marcus Crassus does not take kindly to any of it.
Disclaimer: I don’t own Spartacus. Clearly I’ve made the wrong life choices.

A/N: It’s funny how many AU canon fics I could comfortably write until the end of time for characters who died on Spartacus. (Next up: Diotimos, presumably :p) My drabble Sleight of Hand was an excerpt from this, which was always supposed to be a longer story. Nasir and Agron and the other rebels are in here too but somewhat peripherally. Largely still follows the plot of season three although I’ve had to change some timelines and plots due to, you know, people not dying (it’s amazing how much doesn’t get fucked up if you take Tiberius out of the equation!).

Epic thanks to [info]alsha for the fabulous beta job!

~ Fic is here at AO3 ~


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."
o_O "OKAY THAT IS A LITTLE TOO MUCH AUTHENTICITY I WILL LOOK ELSEWHERE THX."

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.)

BRING ON NEXT WEEK I HAVE SO MANY CLONES.

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! )

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