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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):

Nov. 19th, 2015

Mockingjay Part 2: Thoughts & Feels

MOCKINGJAY DAY. Man, I've been running on high anticipation for so long that it feels totally weird not to have that anymore!

Reactions under cut, and also ALL THE SPOILERS, so stay away if you haven't watched it yet! )

Fic: Seven Times Nasir and Agron Failed at Goat Farming, and Seven Times They Didn't

Title: Seven Times Nasir and Agron Failed at Goat Farming, and Seven Times They Didn’t
Author: [info]aldiara
Fandom/Characters: Spartacus; Agron/Nasir
Word Count: 1400 (14 drabbles)
Rating: Mature
Warnings: Fluff-adjacent. Also, not all the goats make it.
Summary: As it turns out, goats are hard work and entirely too fond of violent home invasion.
Disclaimer: I don’t own Spartacus, or any goats.
A/N: Written for the 2015 Fic or Die challenge. This is a completely ridiculous undertaking. I blame [info]alsha who kept throwing goat prompts at me like there was no tomorrow.

~Fic is here @ AO3~

Fic: The Lorelei (The Hunger Games; Mags; PG)

Just slipping this one in before I go to see Mockingjay 2 and my heart is too shattered to do anything!

Title: The Lorelei
Author: [info]aldiara
Fandom/Characters: The Hunger Games, Mags (with a smidge of Finnick/Annie)
Word Count: 700 words
Rating: PG
Warnings: Canon-typical descriptions of violence.
Summary: Through the years, Mags tries to figure out who she is, apart from who the Capitol has made her. A character study in 7 drabbles.
Disclaimer: Not mine. No profit made.
A/N: Written for the 2015 Fic or Die challenge, filling [info]antiteb’s prompt “Mags’ life after she won the Hunger Games.” Thanks for the inspiration, BB <3

~Fic is here @ AO3~

Nov. 16th, 2015

Spartacus Rewatch Thoughts & Feels: War of the Damned (full season)

I missed doing a detailed season 3 feels post on time because I had to go to a Big Gay Wedding over the weekend, which incidentally (apart from gay boys) featured actual goat farms and mines (the weekend, not the wedding, although the latter might have been interesting with goats), so it was all very a propos.

GOATS and feels )

Fic or Die: Prompts

As you may have noticed, it is time to Fic or Die.

This is the place to share prompts and hopefully inspire your fellow participants! Prompting is open to anyone, even if you won't actually be writing for Fic or Die.

How to Prompt )

It's That Time Again: FIC OR DIE.

Welcome to our now annual Fic or Die challenge! This year the Administrator will be assisted by a herd of threatening and/or cute goats, because goatfarm reasons.

The details )

Nov. 11th, 2015

Fic: Where Do We Go From Here (Spartacus; Belesa, Gen)

Title: Where Do We Go From Here
Author: [info]aldiara
Fandom/Characters: Spartacus; Belesa, smidge of Agron/Nasir
Word Count: 1500
Rating: Gen
Warnings: Set just after the series finale, so canonical character deaths.
Summary: Belesa wonders who she is, apart from passion or a cause to fight for. Just a girl at the waning edge of winter. It doesn’t seem like much.
Disclaimer: I don’t own Spartacus. Sobbity and woe.
A/N: Final piece in a string of loosely connected WotD fics coincidentally having titles starting with "W" and sharing a common theme of angsty pining. Now combined in the Would That Things Were Different series.

Fic is here @ AO3

Fic: Welcome the Dawn (Spartacus; Castus, Gen)

Title: Welcome the Dawn
Author: [info]aldiara
Fandom/Characters: Spartacus; Castus, Belesa
Word Count: 800
Rating: Gen
Summary: In which it occurs to Castus that he has tried all he damn well can, and after this final battle, it may just be time to move on.
Disclaimer: I don’t own Spartacus. Sobbity and woe!
A/N: Just a quick character study thing set after Worth Every Moment.

Fic is here @ AO3

Nov. 10th, 2015

Poll: Fic or Die 2015! (spoiler: the answer is YES.)

It has come to my attention that certain individuals among you are:

1) hoarding finished or near-finished fic on your sneaky hard drives; or
2) dithering about, occasionally poking at, and/or furiously scribbling unfinished fic; or
3) pondering fic in your enormous sparkly brains without yet having set pen to paper or finger to keyboard about said undertaking; or
4) in dire need of being prompted into engaging in activities 1-3.



Now that I've got your horrified attention, I am sure you all remember the last time we had a Fic Or Die challenge (that I bullied [info]spaghettitoes into organising, whereupon she, in turn, bullied everybody into writing - which, incidentally, is exactly how I want things to go when I rule the world!).

My pressing question now is this:

Poll #7662 Fic or Die - Yes Or Yes?
Open to: All, results viewable to: All

Would you be interested in (and more importantly, willing to commit to) Fic Or Die 2015?

View Answers

4 (33.3%)

Cool, I've been meaning to finish That Thing! Yes.
1 (8.3%)

I think so, I could use some motivation to write. Yes.
3 (25.0%)

I am super-busy so it may not be more than a snippet/drabble/haiku, but sure! Yes.
2 (16.7%)

I have no unfinished fic, but will come up with something new! Yes.
1 (8.3%)

I feel totally uninspired but I will let you lot oppress me into trying. Sigh-yes.
4 (33.3%)

Soz, not feeling it at all, but I pledge to cheer madly and visibly from the sidelines (in OUTFITS that I will post PICTURES of. YES.)
2 (16.7%)

I see there is no actual "no" option but I feel I have a compelling reason not to! I shall elaborate in the comments so you can then try and convince me otherwise. (YES.)
1 (8.3%)

Nov. 2nd, 2015

Fic: Unravelled (Spartacus - Agron/Nasir; NC-17)

I was working on something else, but felt somewhat angsted out for the moment, so I decided to hone my PWP skills instead, lol. Brought to you by my need for more top!Nasir, about 11 bottles of cider, and a lot of typing with my eyes closed. Smut is hard work, yo.

Title: Unravelled
Author: [info]aldiara
Fandom/Characters: Spartacus; Nasir/Agron (Nasir POV)
Word Count: 5800
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: Total PWP.
Summary: Nasir puts the skills he acquired as a body slave to good use. Agron benefits. Several times.
Disclaimer: I don’t own Spartacus. Clearly I’ve made the wrong life choices.
A/N: No redeeming qualities whatsoever, I just wanted Nasir to shag Agron into whimpering boneless pieces. Set during ep 209, Monsters, after the mock fights and before the Roman attack on the temple. Thanks to [info]alsha for beta-ing!

Fic is here @ AO3

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