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The fandoms for which you will find fic on this journal are:

good omens, sherlock, toy soldiers, hot fuzz, pacific rim,
everything is illuminated, alice in wonderland, gatsby,
in the flesh, pirates of the caribbean, song of roland, sggk,
sleepy hollow, shawshank redemption, heroes, hamlet,
community, lotr, holes, american gods, due south, tdk,
doomsday book, neverwhere, v for vendetta, sandman,
my beautiful laundrette, star trek: reboot, star trek: tos,
avatar: tla, my own private idaho, the village, third star

Other Tags: drabbles, metablog, recs, writing memes, midnight help-desk,
mixes, through windows, wild-card endings, go exchange, yuletide,
31 drabbles of solstice, go summer prompt fills, your stewardess

AO3: irisbleufic / Tumblr: irisbleufic

go_exchange stories are listed under the Memories section of this journal.
Good Omens collabs with linnpuzzle can be found here: puzzlebleuink.

NEWS TICKER — February 2015

NEW: Back to the Future is having a test-run!

CoT has finally updated!  Thank you for being patient.

I've finished posting ALL of the fanfiction on this LJ to AO3.

Pacific Rim, Geiszler / Gottlieb, is now a thing here.


New Back to the Future Fic: Lyra, Burning [Feb. 27th, 2015|08:11 pm]

Title: Lyra, Burning
Fandom: Back to the Future (set during Part IIIevents divert from film canon, but most aspects of such nonetheless stay in line with some version of canonical reality; I deconstructed the movie and put it back together again because it looked like fun
Pairing/Characters: Marty/Doc; shades of Doc/Clara and even Marty/Clara, but probably more accurately expressed as Doc-Clara and Marty-Clara; Chester the bartender (who I’ve given a surname), the bath-house guy (who I’ve also named), those dudes in the saloon, Buford “Mad Dog” Tannen and his gang, the undertaker, Seamus and Maggie and William McFly, random citizens; a bunch of OCs (Linton family, grocers, and their daughter, Annabel Lee; James Wilson, ancestor of Goldie Wilson, errand-runner and jack-of-all-trades about town, including part-time gravedigger; Jonas and his brother, who would not tell me or Marty his name, native rail-workers and also part-time gravediggers; Zhihao, who is a long way from home, rail-worker and gravedigger; and finally, a handful of literary and scientific historical figures appearing in reference and in dream-space)
Rating: Explicit [NSFW]
Word Count: 17,560
Warnings: Canonical[-ish] character death; two instances of period slurs
Notes: My anon pushed this challenge one step further; after writing a 1955 take, a 1938 take, and a 1985 take, they've asked if I thought I could make the pairing work in 1885.  This is fragile territory on account of Clara, who is a person I like; after cycling through possibilities, I settled on the option that was, for me, the most challenging to execute (I hope that I've treated this scenario with the respect it's due). This tale is many different things, including an almost complete re-working of the third film, but, to my surprise, it is above all a ghost story with both stargazing and fascinatingly obscure U.S. social history in it. It’s my hope that anyone reading this might learn something.  Some snippets of dialogue are borrowed from the film, but slightly altered (due to altered events).
Summary: The kindness of strangers, the absence of strangers, the nebula-bright traces they leave behind—these things mean more the farther you drift from home.

(Read it @ AO3)

New Back to the Future Fic: 3 Parallel Stand-Alone Timelines [Feb. 7th, 2015|08:25 pm]

Title: Time Bomb Town
Fandom: Back to the Future Trilogy (Parts I & II, timeline divergence post-latter)
Pairings/Characters: Marty/Doc, Copernicus the dog, George McFly/Lorraine Baines, Biff Tannen & Cronies, Goldie Wilson, Lou Caruthers, Marvin Berry & The Starlighters, Dave McFly, Linda McFly
Rating: Mildly NSFW? [parties herein are consenting adults, if that's your concern]
Word Count: 10,880
Warnings: Unfortunate period racism, hints at unfortunate period homophobia, unfortunate Billy Joel song references Marty keeps to himself because he thinks they're clever and nobody will know what he's talking about anyway, etc. But there are also happy things, like buddingfeministwriter!George.
Notes: For my anons, neverrwhere, myfavoriteismike, nonsenseflora, havingbeenbreathedout, pinchofnutmeg, and wheredidiputmycigar. I re-watch this trilogy every other year; I saw all three films for the first time when Part III came out on VHS. As entrenched as I was in fandom culture by the age of fourteen, I didn't think to go looking for BttF fanfiction until 2007. By some strange twist of fate (I wasn't even looking for slash; I was looking for BttF fic, period) the first stories I read were several excellent Marty/Doc pieces by usedusernames and KleenexwomanThis story is one of those wildcard pokes-with-a-stick in which I occasionally indulge; I've wanted to try my hand at these characters' voices for a long time, and what better year to do it than 2015? My predecessors played with the trope that happens to be my favorite line of what-if inquiry (i.e. Marty gets stuck in 1955), so I don't doubt they've influenced me greatly. Apologies to Lindsey Buckingham for borrowing his song title (it's the tune on Marty's clock radio in Part I).
Summary: "I hate to wonder out loud," said Marty, slowly, "but do you think we're now in an alternate timeline like that other nineteen eighty-five all because I got stuck here and you got zapped to oblivion?"

(Read it @ AO3)


Title: I Am Waiting (Should I Be Waiting?)
Fandom: Back to the Future Film Trilogy / Telltale Games fusion
Pairing/Characters: Marty McFly/Emmett Brown; various Browns, McFlys, & other notorious Hill Valley denizens
Rating: Explicit [NSFW]
Word Count: 9,600
Notes: On my first pass at writing BTTF, I was relying solely on the films and stranded Marty in 1955. This time around, I'm fascinated by the universe extension provided by the Telltale Games Back to the Future interactive adventure that was released in five episodes from 2010 – 2011 (watch the full 7-hour walk-through here; I didn't know this game existed till about four weeks ago), and I'm stranding Marty in the 1930s. I've tried to write this such that you don't need to have experienced the game; what you really need to know is that, in the game, we meet Emmett as a young man (seventeen-going-on-eighteen, just like Marty). Emmett and Marty interact a great deal in the game's 1931 timeline, but, for my purposes, I'm shifting it to 1938, because I'm stubborn enough to insist on film-'verse dates (i.e. Doc was born in 1920; that means that in the game universe he'd only be turning 11 in 1931, but clearly he's about to turn 18, so 1938 it is). The hilarity of it all was that I kept seeing fan art of Marty with this lanky redhead, and I kept thinking, What's going on here? This is freaking adorable. Is this how people picture Doc when he was young? I believe it.  And then it turned out to be art referencing the game, etc. For myfavoriteismike (and neverrwhere), who eloquently prompted: The idea of Marty staying in the past and finding Doc before he’s really become Doc is fascinating. I can imagine Marty waiting around for teenage Emmett to turn into the person he remembers, just being so lonely, having Doc so close but not really himself. Maybe see how love unfolds in this scenario where Marty is trying to come to terms with the idea that the person he knew is still being formed?  Title and section epigraph quotes taken from closing track (A Beginning Song) of the Decemberists' new album. All of the dialogue in the first few paragraphs, up through "I guarantee it," are lifted from the scene in the game that I use as a transition/divergence point for the proceedings.
Summary: "Life can be short, sometimes brutally so...so why not seize the day and grab your happiness while you can?" —Telltale Games, BTTF (Ep. 4: Double Visions)

(Read it @ AO3)


Title: One Step Away
Fandom: Backto the Future Trilogy
(Parts I & II, timeline divergence post-latter)
Pairings/Characters: Marty/Doc; Lorraine/George, Dave, Linda, Jennifer Parker, Biff Tannen (plus Tannen kids), Goldie Wilson, Einstein
Rating: Explicit [NSFW]
Word Count: 11,700
Notes: Given I’ve gone so far as to have executed the premise of this relationship both in 1955 and in 1938, it didn’t seem right to walk away without completing the hat trick (a trilogy of stories for a trilogy of films, as it were, although the stories are only directly connected in that they play out the same endgame in three different timelines). This is number three; 1985 was the only remaining year in which I was curious to attempt this (I’ve cut out 1885 on all fronts; I regard it as the weakest of the films, and also the least probable in a sea of already improbable events, as much as I enjoy it). Anyone who’s bothered by age difference will probably want to bow out now; that said, I’m amazed that Time Bomb Town was so well received even with the gap closed to eighteen years (there’s no gap to speak of in I Am Waiting (Should I Be Waiting?), so, if bothered but still curious, maybe that’s the one for you). 2015 was a long time coming; consider these stories my attempt at celebration.  Title this time stolen from the song playing on Red the Bum’s radio the night Marty gets back to 1985 at the end of the first film (Eric Clapton’s Heaven Is One Step Away). First few lines of dialogue are lifted from the end of the second film; after that, we’re off-road and flying.  As a side-note, I’m not making up the fact that there are two beds in Doc’s garage-lab residence; they’re positioned in the space exactly as described.
Summary: We searched all through the night / I couldn’t find it; you couldn’t find it

(Read it @ AO3)

New GO [CoT] Fic: It's All Fun and Games [Jan. 28th, 2015|04:32 am]

Title: It's All Fun and Games
Pairings/Characters: Aziraphale/Crowley, Pippa, Rob, Mandy, Adam, Uriel (and an appearance by your favorite vermin-but-not-really-type critter)
Rating: R (SFW, but there are swears and Cards Against Humanity)
Notes: This is CoT 'Verse #46, and it was meant to be the fulfillment of a reader prompt that only incidentally included Cards Against Humanity. However, due to the popularity of this concept (i.e. these characters being turned loose on CAH), the game itself has become the whole point. The black cards appearing here were randomly selected, and I set them in a random order for the characters (i.e. me acting on each one's behalf) to draw when it was their turn to be card czar. All hands were randomly dealt as well; the Rando Cardrissian hand likewise, nor did I coordinate what got flipped up from it hand by hand. The only hands through which I shuffled round by round and decided what to play were those of the six players who had agency in the game: Crowley, Aziraphale, Pippa, Mandy, Adam, and Uriel. Rob was flipping the Rando cards in their predetermined, random order on behalf of our cameo entity (who may well end up being called Rando from now on if certain other characters are feeling mean enough; Crowley hates it). In short, I set the game up and played it out while writing start to finish in order to let the characters react accordingly. This took hours, but they were hours (and many cups of coffee) well spent.
Summary: It's all fun and games until punchy honesty applies.

(Read it @ AO3)

CoT 'Verse Update: [Jan. 6th, 2015|12:59 pm]

Title: Any Other Name
Pairing/Characters: Aziraphale/Crowley; Ensemble Cast (Pippa & Rob, Mandy/Iván, Adam, the Device-Pulsifer family, Rani, the Archangels)
Rating: PG-13 / R [Maybe SFW, but contains swearing, kisses, etc.]
Notes: This is CoT 'Verse #45.  Encouraged by a prompt from ajcrawlyCrowley’s middle name: what it is, where it comes from, something like that?—this piece is overdue, as Crowley's middle initial is a topic Mandy's had stuck in her inquisitive craw for just about as long as the curiosity she finally and so bravely forced to satisfaction in the two-part installment called World Without End. Given that the most recent installments of this 'verse have finally synced up internal fic-events with our real-life calendar again (for a while, RL was 2013 and I was writing stories in this 'verse set in 2014), this piece is another one that I can say is happening right now, as in just a few days ago. This is a New Year's story, 2014 flipping over to 2015, and Pippa's out to prove she's an excellent fancy-dress party host.
Summary: What's in a name? That which we call a rose / by any other [. . .]

(Read it @ AO3)


New[ish] GO Fic: Heaven Has No Taste [Jan. 1st, 2015|10:19 pm]
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Title: Heaven Has No Taste
Pairing/Characters: Aziraphale/Crowley; Beelzebub, Metatron, Hastur, Ligur, & Others
Rating: Explicit [NSFW]
Word Count: 7,260
Notes: This was written for cactusrabbit in the 2014 GO Holiday Exchange.  The prompt I chose from their set, Crowley defects to Heaven, was evocative from the moment I set eyes on it. It's been my theory for ages that there was some kind of amnesty in the direct wake of the 1990 Armageddon Cock-Up; it makes sense to me that Heaven and Hell would arrange a meeting wherein the Metatron and Beelzebub have to act like actual diplomats and settle a truce until, well, indefinitely. As part of this, given the magnitude of what's been thwarted by each faction's agents, I'm fairly certain that individuals amongst the celestial and infernal ranks would be given a one-time chance to switch sides. Aziraphale and Crowley, of course, would be notified of this option. So it goes.
Summary: Given an unexpected choice, do you follow orders or follow your heart?

(Read it @ AO3)


PSA: [Oct. 27th, 2014|10:30 am]
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(Regarding beta-reading and editing requests)
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New Fic: The Ground Beneath My Feet (three stories; In the Flesh, Kieren/Simon) [Oct. 22nd, 2014|01:11 am]

(Shatter / Wear Your Rue / Coming Back)

The link leads to AO3; the most recent of these three, Coming Back, was just posted today. In total, these three pieces consist of 28,000 words (8k / 2k / 18k).

New PR Stand-Alone: Act Together [Sep. 14th, 2014|04:57 pm]

Title: Act Together
Pairing/Characters: Newton Geiszler/Hermann Gottlieb; Sasha and Aleksis Kaidanovsky, Tendo Choi, three J-Tech trainee OCs that some of you may recognize, Stacker Pentecost
Rating: Explicit [NSFW]
Word Count: 10,217
Notes: This is an AU only in the sense that I've tweaked one detail. Instead of Hermann going through the Jaeger Academy in 2015 and Newt going through in 2016, I've delayed Hermann's (and the Kaidanovskys') entry until 2016. I wanted to test a situation where a) Newt and Hermann meet for the first time in training and have to (hopefully) get their initial spat out of the way a lot faster, and b) a core group of characters we see in the film bond a bit earlier in the canon timeline (Hermann and the Kaidanovskys went through the JA together, and Newt and Tendo went through the JA together; in other words, I wanted to pull all of these characters into training alignment for the sake of narrative experimentation). If you've seen the-oxford-english-fangeek poking me about something we were calling "the Anchorage AU" for a while, this is it; additionally, cypress-tree and I decided a couple of months back that we'd both write something and post at the same time (thanks are also due to her for the beta). The timeline of this story spans early June through late November of 2016, with an additional scene set in February of 2017.
Summary: "You know I'm only a liar when it matters, right?"

(Read it @ AO3)


New Pacific Rim Fic: Recover [Aug. 28th, 2014|01:44 am]

Title: Recover
Pairing/Characters: Newton Geiszler/Hermann Gottlieb; Tendo, Herc, Mako, Raleigh, Max, OCs
Rating: NC-17 [NSFW]
Word Count: 6,340
Notes: Around six months ago, during a conversation with bowlingforgerbils, I tossed around the idea that has essentially become this story. However, I deferred it because Parallax / Perihelion called for an opening scene in the same physical setting as the opening of this piece, and I wanted to space them out sufficiently that by the time I got back to this one, I'd be looking at a medical context with fresh eyes. There's no injury in this story more serious than you see them sustain in the film, although I would say it's taking a look at the more literal cut-scrape-and-bruise variety alongside the hesitation of how to break new-relationship ice without fucking up. This is a stand-alone, although you'll notice that the backstories I established for each of them in Anthology very much apply here (as you can assume they do for all N/H fic I've written or may yet write).
Summary: You're my new favorite blanket.  Come inside?

(Read it @ AO3)

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