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Saturday, May 12th, 2012

(Captain Kirk wants a kiss)

Subject:I've written two more opera slashfics
Time:10:11 pm.
Mood: accomplished.
They're paired; they were actually supposed to be the same story but there's a third scene in the middle that I didn't feel like writing so instead we have a G-rated pre-slash thing (which can be read as nonslash if you feel like it) and then a NSFW slashy sequel in which there is sexing.

Eboli's Gift, rated G
Olive Oil and Orange Trees, rated explicit omg.

The opera is Verdi's Don Carlo (or Schiller's play Don Carlos, Infante of Spain), only partway through the first story I deviate from canon into an AU where Posa doesn't die.

Monday, March 19th, 2012

(Captain Kirk wants a kiss)

Subject:Sorry, i didn't mean to be unclear
Time:2:35 am.
Someone just made me realize that the other day when I posted the links to my two new stories (the opera fanfics) I forgot to say that those weren't random recs; I wrote them myself and that was me sharing them for the first time with LJ. Sorry! Whoops. Anyway, if you still want to read, the entry has now been edited to reflect that.

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

(4 happy Spocks | Captain Kirk wants a kiss)

Subject:Who wants to read some opera slash?
Time:12:57 am.
Mood: accomplished.
I've got two new things that I wrote, to share with you, if you're out there. They're very different.

Put Me Next To Your Place In The Tomb is a PG-13, super-angsty and super-romantic afterlife story about Prince Carlos and his friend the revolutionary, Rodrigo the Marquis de Posa. Summary is "They swore an oath to be united in life and death. Apparently, that included purgatory. Whatever happens, they’ll make sure of one thing--nobody’s going to separate Prince Carlos and Rodrigo de Posa ever again, not even God." This is based on the Verdi opera Don Carlo (or to be more precise, the original French libretto Don Carlos, since it's slashier), which is a historically inaccurate tragedy about the separation of church and state.

Là-bas, on the other hand, is a NC-17 kinky and dub-con romp through two versions of Faust (Gounod's and Berlioz's), in which Méphistophèlés seduces/ravishes Faust after the end of the opera. OK, the official summary is: "Marguerite is carried off to Heaven, while Faust is left to the dubious care of his servant and master. This is based on both the Gounod and Berlioz Faust operas--it starts where the Gounod opera ends, but at the end I seem to have drifted into the Berlioz by directly quoting a translation of the most romantic line from Mephistopheles' aria "Voici des roses". WARNINGSAUCE because I would classify this as "dubious consent"."

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

(9 happy Spocks | Captain Kirk wants a kiss)

Subject:update from the Planet of Real Life
Time:9:03 pm.
In case anyone is still reading this journal:

1. I post fandom things to farfallacaqui these days, so if that's why you were here, you may want to friend that one.

2. My father died about a year ago. So did some other family members. It kept me from writing for a really long time. But:

3. Eventually, I learned to work with that sorrow instead of against it, and have just (as in, within the past hour) finished the first draft of a 36-thousand word novella. Original characters, original fantasy universe. Queer and feminist themes. I'm really excited about it because this is a gigantic first for me. Before this, I hadn't written original fiction since tenth grade, and I'm thirty now. And my fanfic was hardly ever even half that length.

Sunday, June 13th, 2010

(2 happy Spocks | Captain Kirk wants a kiss)

Subject:I wrote Merry/Pippin!!! Hey, wanna read it?
Time:11:51 pm.
Mood: pleased.
I've actually written two of them at this point, but the second is still in beta.

True to form, I've written it about melon. One of my very first K/S stories was about melon, too. Anyone remember the "horny fruit"-honeydew story, with Spock unintentionally playing telephone?

Anyway, without further ado, or honeydew, either--

Title: Melon for the Mellon
Author: Farfalla the Butterfly-Kitten
Fandom: The Lord of the Rings
Pairing: Merry/Pippin
Rating: R
Summary: In a bedroom in Rivendell before the Council, Merry taunts Pippin with dessert.
Note: If you're reading this you probably know this, but "mellon" is Elvish for 'friend'. And I like puns. You probably know that, too.
Thank you to Gamin and Genuine for the beta-read.

Why are Aragorn and Arwen like a muskmelon? Because they cantaloupe!

Pippin stretched himself out across the enormous Elvish bed like a starfish, a picture of innocent selfishness trying to take up as much room as possible.

Monday, May 10th, 2010

(3 happy Spocks | Captain Kirk wants a kiss)

Subject:I think I posted this to the wrong place...
Time:5:57 pm.
I posted to the other journal by accident, if anyone wants to read it. It's a blathery post about the planet Venus, theology, music, my spouse, etc.

Thursday, April 8th, 2010

(5 happy Spocks | Captain Kirk wants a kiss)

Subject:I wrote a drabble where the Stephen Colbert character crushes on President Obama
Time:5:49 pm.
xposted preamble:

Okay, so usually I don't write OR like RPS (ignoring certain conversations instrumental in the courtship that eventually became my marriage.) But fiction involving the fake Stephen Colbert--the character, the one he plays on his show, not the real person who is an actor and a comedian and a liberal--that's not really RPS, is it? At least, it's not to me. And there's a big enough distinction for me that reading Fake!Rightwing!Stephen slashed mutually with Jon Stewart (as opposed to a one-sided crush) does not gain any enjoyment. Unless Jon Stewart is also somehow a fake Jon Stewart, as one excellent fic managed to pull off. I will link to it later.

So what's a Fake!Stephen slash fan to do? Well, one idea was to write about his guilty sekrit crush on President Obama.

(I still can't believe the first piece of creative writing I complete since JUNE is this.)

Title: Ruination in a Ruined Nation
Author: Farfalla the Butterfly-Kitten
Codes: PG, drabble
Beta-read by: The Mercury Redstone Rocket
Pairing: Character!Stephen/Obama, one-sided crush
Summary: Can you think of a guiltier crush? My God!

( He's ruining our beautiful country that once was so free and unspoiled by socialist ideas like school lunch. )

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

(19 happy Spocks | Captain Kirk wants a kiss)

Subject:y halo thar
Time:7:29 pm.
Mood: mellow.
Hi! Is anyone still there? Sorry for the disappearing.

1. I married Hypatia. Yay! (If that confuses or surprises any of you, please just let it go :P)

2. Except for a few (still classic universe) stories written after the Reboot movie came out, so that I could remind myself that MY playground still existed (as much as any of these fantasy sandboxes can be said to exist), I haven't written any new K/S. Those of you wanting to read those new stories--they're linked in the memories section of this journal: farfallacaqui

3. I'm very much into Merry/Pippin right now. I think they are adorable. I'm on the third audio-cd of *Two Towers*, so I finally feel ready to Write My Own. Where do you think I should post it? Are there any suitable communities/websites that are still active? The entire fandom seems to have, in some ways, gone west with the elves, as it were :P

4. I have a full-time job now; website administration is not on my list of things I have energy for at the moment -_- COSMiC DUCKLiNG will always continue to have my stories, and AAK/SA's still around, though.

Saturday, October 20th, 2007

(16 happy Spocks | Captain Kirk wants a kiss)

Subject:I feel like I won something
Time:7:17 am.
Mood: almost 26.
There's a piece of HP trivia going around. I'm glad. Of course, it's not the "hey, we can have a successful long-term relationship" breakthrough I'm still waiting for because of what the Fried Green Tomatoes movie did to the characters, but heck, this is a lot better than I'd hoped for.

I'm being vague because I didn't bother to crib the link from anyone and would rather you guys hear it from cited sources than a crazy little saleswench.

And ha, I can always justify the above by pointing out that JKR doesn't really write very good romance anyway!

Sunday, September 23rd, 2007

(10 happy Spocks | Captain Kirk wants a kiss)

Subject:Some things about fandom I need to get off my [flat] chest
Time:4:30 pm.
I wish people could have rational discussions about fandom without taking it personally when someone disagrees with their ideas.

I wish it went like this:
Person 1: Speaks idea and justifies theory with incidents and trivia from canon
Person 2: Speaks contrasting idea and justifies THAT theory with different incidents and trivia from canon
Person 1: Continues to support their idea by providing more "evidence" from canon and possibly the real world
Person 2: [etc].
...with mixing in from other people, etc.

Instead, what happens is that people can't bear to hear ideas supported that disagree with their own. They take it as a personal *insult* that someone would have the nerve to actually *support* a dissenting idea with evidence. (It's apparently bad enough to disagree with people, but to actually try and justify your idea is unforgivable.)

OR, there's the bizarre viewpoint that since all fanfic deviates from canon in that it's (by definition) not canon, that means we can't use canon as a jumping-off place and a limiting factor. In other words, if you point out that someone's out of character in a story or that a particular incident is contradicted by canon, the reply is just that "all fanfic deviates from canon." That's not exactly how it works. Fanfic, for the most part and unless it's AU, is extrapolated from canon, not deviated. (I hope that made sense.)

Saying that we might as well ban all fanfic for being out of canon because someone pointed out that a story was unreasonable or out of character leaves us with no room for critical discussion of the text.

shatfat and I have a tremendous amount of respect for each other, yet we disagree about canon sometimes. It makes for great discussion!

Saturday, September 22nd, 2007

(2 happy Spocks | Captain Kirk wants a kiss)

Subject:Farfierant: You Are Not Smarter Than Agatha Christie
Time:9:03 am.
(I can't believe Bashir from DS9 played someone in this!!!)

What follows contains a huge number of spoilers for the Christie book Cards on the Table. The spoilers are necessary because I want to rant about the movie version which changed every single fucking denoument except for the vaguest stuff. I'm sorry, but if you start changing the "answers" in a Christie story you are going to lose her genius. Her beginnings lead to her answers, not to yours. If you want to write a mystery where C and D happen at the end instead of A and B, write your own mystery and don't use hers.

spoilerz. Mostly written so that people who haven't read the book and don't care to can follow my rant.Collapse )

Tuesday, September 18th, 2007

(11 happy Spocks | Captain Kirk wants a kiss)

Subject:I really love the Dave Ramsey show, but
Time:8:51 pm.
...I hate his menagerie of commercials.

No, I do not think the ATM Machine has an endless supply of cash. Could you mean the Automatic Teller Machine Machine, possibly?


Sunday, September 16th, 2007

(9 happy Spocks | Captain Kirk wants a kiss)

Subject:Side by Side #23: Presenting nine new Kirk/Spock stories
Time:7:52 pm.
Farfalla and Kardasi.com Present:

Side by Side #23
a FREE online K/S e-zine!

Nine new stories all about Kirk and Spock's life and love, their adventures and introspective moments, their existential angst and passionate sex, with the usual measure of Klingon devilry and toadying ensigns.

Some stories are entirely new, just hatched from the egg of your fellow fans' brains, while some were previously printed in printzines and have been brought here to the internet for the first time.

Travel with them to such familiar settings as San Francisco, the planet Vulcan, the Enterprise itself, and of course, Altair VI.

We hope you enjoy the show! Feedback can be emailed to the authors or left on the SBS mailing list.

Also: ladykardasi is a bit dormant in fandom at the moment and has asked that if anyone wants to donate money towards the continuing life of the kardasi.com domain, please contact me *privately*. We can't use paypal directly because of paypal's rules, but ladykardasi and I worked something out with the slashcity host where donations can be paid to the host directly.

Please pass this message along to any yahoo groups or LJ communities you think would like to come and play.


Wednesday, September 12th, 2007

(4 happy Spocks | Captain Kirk wants a kiss)

Time:5:39 pm.
I mention this all the time and probably always on the anniversary of the towers falling down, but anyway: the Thanksgiving after it happened, I was surfing AOL profiles looking for people who had listed one of the top floors of one of the towers as their workplace under 'Occupation' so I could mourn individual people, thus giving them the memorial they deserved, instead of the mass faceless thing. I found one whose 'personal quote' was "Live each day as if it were your last." Considering that person most likely had the kind of surprise death that quote is tacitly referring to, it made a big impact on me. I plan for the future and live responsibly, but I try to incorporate that message into my life as well.

We're having a new year soon. For all those who want it, L'shanah tovah, and if you don't, well, happy new year anyway. Apples and honey and all that jazz.

Side by Side this weekend, hopefully. There are LOTS of great stories! jennasts, catalenamara, shatfat, and others are included. And myself :P

Work is starting to be awesome again as I ease into my new (read: psychotically high-pressure) responsibilities, but it is getting REALLY annoying how hot it is outside. Time for fall, yo.

Sunday, September 9th, 2007

(1 happy Spock | Captain Kirk wants a kiss)

Subject:Some socks that did work out :P
Time:12:58 pm.
I posted pics of a lot of my recent projects to knitting - you can see pics of socks I made myself, socks I made for friends, and tank tops for myself among other things. If you're not a member of knitting you'll have to comment on this post, not the linked one, because they have non-friended commenting turned off.

The mealworm socks are in the batch, by the way, if you've been curious about those! Also, fans of K/S may notice certain familiar framed images in the backgrounds. *wink*

(3 happy Spocks | Captain Kirk wants a kiss)

Subject:The square toes blues
Time:12:10 pm.
I finished a moss-green cabled sock last night that would have been gorgeous except that instead of using the toe-shaping I'd calculated for those dark green socks I made last June, I used the toe-shaping from those pink Umbridgey socks I made for myself. It made sense in my head because the moss-green socks were the same pattern as the pink socks, only bigger, but since they were the same # of stitches as the dark green socks I really should have shaped them like THOSE instead of like the pink ones. Grrrrrr. So the toe is square.

My purpose in posting about this is that I am officially declaring that I am going to IGNORE it and knit the other sock, with the correct shaping, and then, with a completed happy sock in front of me, try and figure out how to take out the toe of the first sock (mind you, this is with ends woven in and everything) and frog back two inches. Then I'll re-knit it with the proper decreasing.

I may need help with this. I don't have a lifeline, for one thing. But I'm not going to deal with it for a month or so because not only do I need to knit the other sock first, I want to work on other things, too. (Like the orange sweater: see below.)

Thursday, September 6th, 2007

(2 happy Spocks | Captain Kirk wants a kiss)

Subject:New K/S story also featuring Donfield, Denny Crane, & other Shatner favorites
Time:8:48 pm.
What a wealth of squishy yet manly beauty! Whatever will Spock do?

Oh, let's find out. Not that he's not even more predictable than Farfalla herself.

The story is called "The Only Choice", and it's NAUGHTY and PR0NNISH and all that. You can read it if you follow Spock on his journey below! ^_^

Beta-read by shatfat and catalenamara.

Spock sat down at the computer console in his quarters and fell straight through the chair.Collapse )

Monday, September 3rd, 2007

(8 happy Spocks | Captain Kirk wants a kiss)

Subject:Hay L00k: it's a Star Wars party! EVERYONE is invited!
Time:2:02 pm.
Friday night 7pm A New Hope & The Empire Strikes Back
accompanied by a burrito bar
Saturday night 7 pm Return of the Jedi & Spaceballs
accompanied by potato salad

Please come!

For those who are wondering why I've dropped off the universe - I got promoted. You have a week left to submit stories for the next Side by Side. I will also be updating my own website soon, but you've seen most of those K/S stories on this journal already. They've just been missing from cosmicduckling for months and months.

Sometimes I get scared I'll never live long enough to knit all of the yarn I own or the sweaters I want.

You should all go to Northwest Seafood and buy the fresh fish. It's very delicious.

Sunday, August 19th, 2007

(2 happy Spocks | Captain Kirk wants a kiss)

Subject:Selling yarn
Time:6:49 pm.
I'm putting this stuff on eBay in a week:
-6 skeins hot pink Superchunky Cashmerino $50
-12 skeins cantaloupe Plymouth alpaca worsted $50
-3 skeins hot pink Plymouth alpaca worsted $15

$7 for Priority Mail shipping on the top two; $4 shipping Priority on the magenta alpaca. If you're local, ignore the shipping.

Saturday, August 18th, 2007

(Captain Kirk wants a kiss)

Subject:Project update
Time:6:43 pm.
I have a whole bunch of K/S stories I need to add to my website. Some of them are new to the internet and some were on Side by Side; in any case, they all will be posted to LJ in good time.

Meanwhile, a knitting project update:

My orange Georgie has a completed back and a left front with ten inches on the needles. I'm using Wildflower dk.

My ivory Rib and Cable Cardigan (nicknamed Narwhal because the cables in that color remind me of their poky bit) has a completed left front. I'm using Uruguay dk, which is now called Peru dk.

The scarf for my uncle's birthday has used up one skein of chocolate wool-ease so far. I'm doing mistake rib on the cutest pair of handmade 13's.

I've got a single lime cashmere Fetching waiting for its mate, who is only a few rows old.

And, today, I cast on for a green sock for shatfat in knitpicks Essential.

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