labyrinth2015: (sunset)
2016-07-28 11:48 pm

West End Men

So, BFFs/BFs Ramin Karimloo and Hadley Fraser sang a couple of Sheytoons numbers at Ramin's concert at the Palladium last week; every time they sing together they rip my heart out.

First, they messed up Empty Chairs at Empty Tables", because Hads couldn't remember the lyrics! And then they sang this heart-rending song, and I could not resist.



Our Dreams and Our Memories
Les Miserables RPF, Sheytoons (Band) - Ramin Karimloo/Hadley Fraser - Explicit
After the 2016 concert at the Palladium, Ramin and Hadley steal a moment together.

For [livejournal.com profile] esteven, who linked me to the vid of "Empty Chairs", and for [livejournal.com profile] esteliel, who was there and instrumental ;) Beta by [livejournal.com profile] kissontheneck.

Part 2 of the West End Men series
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2012-02-06 11:49 pm
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This history isn't only just some winner's distant memory

Perpetually behind on everything, so it stands to reason I'm doing this 2011 Fic Recap in February 2012! Stolen from, like, everyone.

What pairing/genre/fandom did you write that you would never have predicted in January 2011?

I did think I'd be writing in U2 fandom, thanks to the Concert That Rocked 360 Degrees, so that wasn't a surprise, but I didn't think I'd write a threesome in Guy Gavriel Kay fandom, so thanks, [livejournal.com profile] lareinenoire :) I also didn't think I'd be writing breath control play, and it's all [livejournal.com profile] fieryrogue's fault.

Did you take any writing risks this year? What did you learn from them?

I think 2011 felt like The Year of Risks. I dipped my toe in other fandoms: Inception/Inception RPF, U2 RPF, Duran Duran RPF, Lions of Al-Rassan. I wrote more kink - magic realism mpreg and strippers as well as breath-play. I wrote some explicit het! (I also wrote [livejournal.com profile] paitac some ridiculous Justin Bieber self-insert fic...)

Various 2011 fic-related histories )

Choice Lines:

From Three Lions: There was nothing fraternal in the way ibn Khairan followed his hand with his lips, and Jehane bet Ishak slid from his lap into Belmonte's and put her physician's fingers into his hair and her cool mouth against his, and Rodrigo closed his arms around them both as if they might yet hold off the dark for a while, all three of them.

From The Grass Won't Pay No Mind: She's calling out to him, words he can't hear but can feel against his collarbone, his skin, the ink on his skin.

From Four Dreams: He sees the boy called Neil as a palimpsest over the adult Arthur - how Arthur has never shown more than an eyelid's flicker of desire, or moved in this loping, hip-swaying, provocative way. How Eames has never seen the bare, vulnerable flesh under the sharp grey tweed. But now Eames sees those things are there inside Arthur, just below the mysterious surface of this skin.

From Sew It Up: Edge paused by the threshold of their room, where the grey morning heralded storms up ahead, and more if they didn’t navigate this small, true thing very carefully.

“Go,” Edge said, and Bono sighed.


From In the Alleyway: Angel danced like Arch sang, free and unashamed, a million miles away from the teenager who'd taken his first dance lessons with Paula Abdul. As Arch took center stage, he wondered if Paula would approve of Angel's technique. He kind of thought she might, if the shock didn't kill her first.

From The Adventures of the Boy David and Captain Cook: The story said he was the boy who'd never grow up. The story said the Captain would always be his hated nemesis. But the story can't be true forever. Boys grow up, they become men, they fall in love, and love is just hate in reverse.

From Counting Down To Zero: Cook runs his fingers along David's cheekbone. The new scar on his wrist from where his TiMER was removed is raised and red and itches like crazy, but he knows he did the right thing.

He doesn't need a piece of clockwork to tell him what he already knows is true.
labyrinth2015: (somber)
2012-01-19 11:56 pm
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Fic: This Loud Christmas Carol, (Cook/Archuleta), R

A pinch-hit for my darling [livejournal.com profile] maerhys, for [livejournal.com profile] cookleta_hols 2011.

Per request: one very canony non-AU Christmas story with an Idol summer tour scene, multiple outsider points of view and Michael Johns Idol tour POV, copious amounts of time-travel, a terror/horror scene, family, friends, and bandmates as side characters, press speculation after the reveal of what was said after Cook was announced the winner, general angst with a happy ending, true love/soulmate tropes, and Jeff Archuleta as an obstacle to Cookleta ;)

(Also known as:)

This Loud Christmas Carol
Cook/Archuleta, R, 12,000+ words. Beta by [livejournal.com profile] lire_casander.
Warnings for recreational drug use, language, various ghosts, one zombie, time traveling, religious angst and sexual content.
Three ghosts visit David Cook in the run-up to Christmas Day.

On LJ | On AO3
labyrinth2015: (happy cookleta)
2012-01-01 10:00 am
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Fic: Anything Your Heart Desires, Cook/Archuleta, [PG-13]

Anything Your Heart Desires
(When You Wish Upon a Star)

Cook/Archuleta, PG-13, 2,000+ words
Hundreds of thousands of stores across the known worlds and absolutely nothing to buy.
Written with my dearest [livejournal.com profile] frackin_sweet. Beta by [livejournal.com profile] rajkumari905.
Written for [livejournal.com profile] domesticbingo’s prompt “gift shopping”.
For [livejournal.com profile] aohatsu, the awesome remixer of Somewhere Out There. Thank you for your remix, hon. A belated Merry Christmas, and may 2012 bring you the gift of your heart’s desires.
Not for profit work of fiction.



When you wish upon a star, anything your heart desires will come to you )
labyrinth2015: (headback)
2011-12-16 01:18 am
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Fic: This Lewd Morning, First Time [NC-17]

Re-posting links to short stories hosted elsewhere!

From [livejournal.com profile] carolion's Anthemic kinkmeme:

Prompt: Cook has sex with the Anthemic (separately) in one night without them knowing about each other.

This Lewd Morning
Dave/Kyle, Monty, Andy, Neal, sequentially. 1,400+ words.
[NC-17] for explicit sex, various possibly triggering kinks.
(Written pre-Dicklaration Tour, which explains its non-address of the Neal situation.)
Link to original fic

This night was much too quiet. Time to make some noise. )

*

Also, remixed commentfic for the [livejournal.com profile] cookleta fic train!

Prompt: Hilarifyingly awkward first time sex.
First Time
Cook/Archuleta, R, 1,000+ words.
Archie POV remix of All Through the House.

People say the first time's never the best. People think David lives under a rock, too, but he’s not deaf, he totally hears things.
labyrinth2015: (halfsmile)
2011-12-14 11:24 pm
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The Adventures of the Boy David and Captain Cook (Peter Pan AU)

Thank you to [livejournal.com profile] aohatsu and [livejournal.com profile] soverignthorn for their hard work on the [livejournal.com profile] disneycookleta challenge. So many lovely Disney AU stories, do head on over to the challenge comm to check them out!

Herewith my darker, conflicted take on Peter Pan the movie.



The Adventures of the Boy David and Captain Cook: The Real Story (as narrated by Wendy C., 13-and-a-half)

Cook/Archuleta, 18,000+ words, betas [livejournal.com profile] random00b & [livejournal.com profile] maerhys
PG-13 for nudity, violence, underage sexual situations (non-explicit), language
This has all happened before, and will all happen again.
Not for profit work of fiction. Please refer to in-story detailed disclaimer.

On LJ | On AO3
labyrinth2015: (redcliff)
2011-11-05 12:32 am
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Three Lions, (Lions of Al-Rassan), [R]

Finally, for [livejournal.com profile] lareinenoire, and her threesome prompt.

Three Lions
Jehane/Rodrigo/Ammar, [R], 3,000+ words
Beta by [livejournal.com profile] lindensphinx and [livejournal.com profile] carmentalis
There were three of them, three lions, who had loved each other in Al-Rassan before the sun set.
Not for profit fictional work.

Over at AO3.

There were three; it was fitting that there were three. )
labyrinth2015: (sunset)
2011-10-19 10:54 pm
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Fic: This Time it is Our Time, [Neal Tiemann/OFC], explicit

For [livejournal.com profile] maerhys, who’s had a birthday, and a hard time lately, and with whom I offered to collaborate on a Neal/all the women multi-chaptered story. I wanted to make this filthy and stylish, bb, as your Neal!het is, but somehow this song had other ideas. I don’t know either, but I hope this made you smile a little :)

this time it is our time
Neal Tiemann/OFC, 1,150+ words, unbetaed.
Neal is flying. Explicit.

Not for profit fiction, no breach of privacy nor intellectual property rights intended. Title from Neil Diamond's And the Grass Won't Pay No Mind

...and the grass won't pay no mind )
labyrinth2015: (happy cookleta)
2011-09-27 10:44 pm
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Fic: Til the Lines Blur, (Cook/Archuleta), [NC-17]

’Til the Lines Blur
Cook/Archuleta, explicit, 4,800 words.
Thoughtful, helpful beta by [livejournal.com profile] sir_yessir and [livejournal.com profile] frackin_sweet.
Dave makes Archie lose his breath.

Written to spec for [livejournal.com profile] fieryrogue, for her long-ago [livejournal.com profile] cookleta graphic challenge win, because this apparently hits all her kinks. Also, happy belated birthday, babe; I always lose my breath around you. ♥

Belt bondage, breath control play, don’t try this at home. Please read full A/N and disclaimer below. Not for profit work of fiction.

It’s not gonna save me from holding my breath ‘til the lines blur )
labyrinth2015: (Default)
2011-08-11 09:17 am
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The "only my fingertips don't hurt" meme

From [livejournal.com profile] celli, whose answer to the world markets going apeshit is, apparently, to spread the fannish love ♥.

The first six people to comment in this post get to request that I write a drabble/ficlet of any pairing/character of their choosing. In return, they have to post this in their journal, regardless of their ability level.

Prompts would help. As you know, I not-so-secretly dig Marysueing, and will write character/you :)

ETA: To feed my Marysueing ways, the following kind people who played this meme with me wrote me the following:
* [livejournal.com profile] paitac's hot Suits!AU Give It A Minute It's Gone, [Charles Xavier/me/her], teen;
* [livejournal.com profile] aohatsu's adorable Harry Potter!AU Severus Snape/me; [Sirius/Remus], [Remus/her], teen; and
* [livejournal.com profile] maerhys's flagrant, delicious suns snagged on empire states, [NealFingTiemann/me], explicit :)))
labyrinth2015: (B and the Edge)
2011-08-04 07:45 am
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Fic: Sew It Up, U2 RPF, (Bono/Edge), [adult]

After months of lurking and flailing, here I am with some U2slash! All feedback gratefully appreciated. Many thanks to enthusiastic, patient betas & consultant.

Sew it up
(but you can still see the tear)

B/E, adult, 1,700 words. Joshua Tree/Best Of-era.
Beta by [livejournal.com profile] leici and [livejournal.com profile] inklingfair. Language and geography consult by ex-Dubliner [livejournal.com profile] duckgirlie. Over at AO3.



...This is a blind kind of love/The sweetest thing )
labyrinth2015: (happy cookleta)
2011-07-11 09:01 am
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Fic Post: Counting Down to Zero (the Come Back to Me Video Mix) DVD Commentary, Cook/Archuleta

Now [livejournal.com profile] calledmelovely Cookleta remix challenge reveals are up, I wanted to try my hand at making a DVD commentary of Counting Down to Zero for [livejournal.com profile] soverignthorn.

I’ve seen this kind of thing done really well before, and thought Kayla might enjoy seeing how (and which parts of) her original story Countdown inspired my remix; also that maybe my process might help someone else with remixing for Round 2?

(And, ngl, I hope my fellow remixers might indulge in DVD commentary also, because I would love to see their process as well! ETA: Okay, I think I sold [livejournal.com profile] aohatsu on doing this! \\\o///)

[Spoilers, obviously, are inherent in any DVD commentary, so caveat lector XD.]

Behind the Countdown… )
labyrinth2015: (Teleute)
2011-03-08 08:02 am
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Post: Don't, don't, don't, don't you...

...As you walk on by, will you call my name?
When you walk away...


And so, regretfully, hiatus.

There's a truckload of work, and for some reason fandom isn't the frivolous happy fantasyspace it used to be? The damn music industry's a fickle, incomprehensible thing. And my well's dry, y'all; I recognize it's time to take a step back.



Pic courtesy of [livejournal.com profile] otherbella and DCook's pink plaid shirt

Still here, dancing, you know it, baby )
labyrinth2015: (somber)
2011-03-06 12:04 am
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Post/Fic: Writing Your History

As DCook sang: "When writing your history, I will always be a footnote, a warning sign of mistakes made..."

Bingo prompt-writing challenges participated in from June 2010 = 3.
Bingos actually made within bingo-scoring period = zero, FML.

However, I did subsequently get my act together and manage to post two amnesty blackouts and a bingo + 9 extras, frivolously and respectively entitled Endless Love, Shelter me, Comfort me, and The Sound of Worlds Colliding:

Historical: World War IIOther: ActorsAlternate History: Someone never diedAlternate History: Major historical event changedOther: Castaways
Other: Evil Goateed UniverseOther: AliensOther: Film
Noir
Fantasy & Supernatural: Witches and
Wizards
Alternate History: Someone
died/didn’t come back
Fantasy & Supernatural: Author's ChoiceHistorical: Napoleonic EuropeFREE
Other: The Oldest Professions – Lawyers, hookers

Other: MutantsHistorical: Western
Historical: Ancient CivilizationsOther: CriminalsHistorical: World War IOther: High-schoolOther:
Sports
Fantasy & Supernatural: VampiresOther: DetectivesAlternate History: Author’s Choice - Someone said noFuture: Author's Choice – Magical Realism UtopiaOther: Police



I’ve never really been too stressed out about word count – it doesn’t necessarily bespeak quality, it just bespeaks long! – but I actually think my word count for 2010 may have come in at northward of 200k words, leaving aside the stories I wrote with [livejournal.com profile] frackin_sweet. Which is quite a few more words than I expected...

Challenges I didn’t flake on... )



In conclusion: in 2010, I totally failed at short. Also, I betaed, received too many fic and art gifts, collaborated with [livejournal.com profile] frackin_sweet and [livejournal.com profile] clover71, and commissioned art from [livejournal.com profile] flawlessnights, [livejournal.com profile] ciudad and [livejournal.com profile] imlikat. It was my first full year in fandom and an amazing honeymoon year. As some would have it, you never have that year again. ♥

labyrinth2015: (MAL)
2011-03-03 11:43 pm
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Fic: Four Dreams, [PG-13], Inception/Inception RPF

Here I am, finally throwing my strangely-shaped hat into the large and illustrious Inception ring.

Title: Four Dreams
Beta: [livejournal.com profile] frackin_sweet
Rating: PG-13
Pairings: Cobb/Tom Hardy as Handsome Bob, Eames/JGL as Neil McCormack, Arthur/Ellen Page, Ariadne/Leonardo diCaprio; Saito/Cobb if you squint sideways
Warnings: Language, some violence, zombie apocalypse, crossovers
Summary: The team experiments with a new mix, which peels back a corner of the silver screen for four of them. Actors!AU, written for [livejournal.com profile] au_bingo.
Disclaimer: Not for profit work of fiction. No libel, privacy or intellectual property infringements intended. All publicly recognizable characters, settings, etc, are the property of their respective owners, whether RPs or relevant media franchise. Plot and bizarro premise belongs to me.

Four Dreams, various pairings, 6,000+ words

The agenda for today is a dry run of the maze built for the Pinnacle project. Cobb has planned a quick walk-through of Ariadne's new dreamscape: in and out in an hour and a half in dreamtime. )

This entry was originally posted on dreamwidth; you can choose to read it there.
labyrinth2015: (Default)
2011-03-01 11:36 pm
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Post: When Fandom Worlds Collide

In the words of Neil Young, off "Fork in the Road", "Truth is fiction, truth is lies, strange things happen when worlds collide..."

Weird things happen when you're cycling through fandoms at hyperspeed so you can get back to actual work! You know how fandom seems multitudinous and labyrinthian at first blush? Then you run across familiar people -- [personal profile] leici commenting on an old U2 story, [profile] otherbella popping up in Hunger Games fandom, discovering that [personal profile] twistedchick, the lady for whom I was writing a Yuletide treat, was a friend of my beta for that self-same story, [personal profile] cinco -- and suddenly there are intricate connections across fandoms where you least expect them :)

And of course, out of those different fandoms comes the crossover fic ideas :)

To wit: in Inception fandom, I've been stalled on the Anthemic-as-Inception-team idea for ages (c'mon, who doesn't wanna see DCook as scene-chewing Extractor DCobb?), and Part II of Tommy Solomon-and-crew-incept-Archie elevator!fic is still at the planning stage :(

Over at The Hunger Games, it's easy to picture Cook and Archie as Finnick Odair and his beloved Annie, or to imagine the Quarter Quell kids getting their golden tickets to Captiol Hollywood, and singing for their lives on the Idol stage -- where they meet Haymitch as Simon Cowell and Snow as evil 19E Network producer Simon Fuller (and Caesar Flickerman as their host, Ryan Seacrest!); Peeta and Katniss sing Marly's "The Letter"/Kradam's We are the Champions and Finnick sings DCook's "Sharp Dressed Man" - and in a nailbiting photo-finish, the number of votes cast for the top two are exactly the same and there are two American Idols crowned! I kinda want to write that :)

Where worlds collide there are duets, too, of course. [personal profile] evilgeniuslady reminded me of the epic 80s Springsteen/Sting duet on "The River", and how epic it was. Magnificent, and magnificently slashy, these classic rockers in their glorious youth singing each other's words and getting up close and personal in each other's space:



This is the time of worlds colliding, this is the time of kingdoms falling - Springsteen/Sting/U2 OT6 )

Things do get a little sketchy, though, where RL collides with fandom. I have no problems with the idea of celeb RPF - actors and musicians and entertainment and sports personalities are public figures, and as such they sign on to a certain amout of stanning and fair play in re: those public images. Reclusive Harvard figures and businessmen may however not be quite the same kettle of fish, and although I've followed The Social Network fandom and the Mark/Eduardo fic with interest, I have always felt there's a difference.



Cut for small-world, small-town TSN-related gossip )

This entry was originally posted on dreamwidth; you can choose to read it there.
labyrinth2015: (halfsmile)
2011-02-25 11:23 pm
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Post: I really can't stay, I've got to go away (baby, it's cold outside)

I shouldn't be here; I'm gearing up for weekends and weeks of work and more work. But, oh, fandom is beguiling me with roaring fireplaces and wine, holding my hands and harmonising with me and exhorting me to stay :)

Case in point: how utterly charming is GLEE's Chris Colfer/Darren Criss, and this Doris Day/Dean Martin duet? SO CHARMING. Cute and coy, winsome and winning, the sidelong glances from Kurt and the full-on gallantry from Blaine, the old-school flirty sidestepping-around-each-other cheoreography, everything about this ♥



I gotta get home, say, lend me your comb (oh baby, you'll freeze out there)... )

...okay, fandom, well, maybe half a drink more - I wish I knew how to break this spell (your hair looks swell) :)

This entry was originally posted on dreamwidth; you can choose to read it there.
labyrinth2015: (Default)
2011-02-20 01:00 am
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Fic: Dinner for Three | Running Through Your Bones – Neal/Andy, Neal/Dave, [R]

Don't mind me, I'm just archiving links to older fic. This should actually be part of the Holiday Hangover series, but I can't be arsed to go back in time to 2010 again. Not that 2011 has been that fantastic, and I don't want to talk about it atm, but I am bitter today.

A collection of stories for [community profile] hc_bingo and [profile] schmoop_bingo - originally posted to the Tulsa Gangstas Advent Calendar 2010 and Cookleta roundtable.

Dinner for Three
Neal/Andy, [R], cumulative 3,200+ words. Betaed by [livejournal.com profile] otherbella.
Three times Neal and Andy share a meal. Hunger, cop/criminal AU, erotic feeding, bloodplay, vampires.



On the docks of the South Side )At the Waldorf-Astoria )Inside the fortified Celtic garrison )

Running Through Your Bones (it's easy when you know how)
Dave/Neal, [R], cuddling in vehicle
Dave's totally wiped from the show. He feels strung out from adrenaline, somehow like he doesn't quite inhabit his skull. )

This entry was originally posted on dreamwidth; you can choose to read it there.
labyrinth2015: (Vidwall pink heart)
2011-02-08 11:39 pm
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Fic: Fire In The Winter, [NC-17]

Holiday Hangover Thing the Seventh: moar fic!

[livejournal.com profile] clover71 made this lovely banner for the mpreg story I wrote for her in June, And Spring Became the Summer, and I'm woefully late in thanking her for her efforts! I have to say I'm kind of thrilled at the recent rash of mpreg in this fandom, and am unexpectedly excited about contributing this final chapter to that effort. This was originally intended as Christmas fic, but better late than never - Clover, I hope you enjoy!

Beta thanks to my dear [livejournal.com profile] bethbetter and indispensible [livejournal.com profile] cincodemaygirl, the latter of whom fortunately convinced me to spare you my squicky fertility metaphors! Warnings for magic realism pregnancy sex, wanton fire horse imagery, and birth.



And Spring Became the Summer | Between the Summer and the Fall | Fire in the Winter

Fire In the Winter
Cook/Archuleta, [NC-17], for magic realism pregnancy, sex and birth, 4,300+ words
After fall, it was time for the winter, and for their child to be born.
Not for profit fictional work. Title and lyrics from “Longer”, copyright Dan Fogelberg, as sung by Arch on Idol

I'll bring fire in the winter, we'll fly through falls and the summers with love on our wings... )

This entry was originally posted on dreamwidth; you can choose to read it there.
labyrinth2015: (cookmann)
2011-01-29 01:13 am
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Post: "Am I your fire, your one desire...?"

"...Tell me why, ain't nothing but a heartbreak..."

We interrupt the holiday hangover item postage to bring you this cuteness from [profile] empressearwig: Selena Gomez and her band take on the Backstreet Boys! With bonus blond, tousled, air-bass-playing ex-Anthemic Joey Clements. I don't know most of these guys, but it's seriously adorable, folks!



Something else adorable: someone's getting cleaned up for serious publicity for someone's impending new album. (Are you happy the glasses are gone, [profile] frackin_sweet?)



ETA: ACK, massive; let's put the rest of David behind a cut, not that I'd be complaining IRL, of course. )