athousandwinds: (happy ending)
i. Quick question: does anyone know where Cain from Count Cain is actually earl of? IIRC, he just gets called "Earl Hargreaves", which, while understandable, makes no sense. He should be Cain C. Hargreaves, Earl of ______. (And while we're at it, does anyone know what the C. stands for? I'm almost certain Kaori Yuki mentions it in one of the sidenotes.)

ii. In other news, I wrote Coriolanus fic for the [livejournal.com profile] ides_of_april ficathon, which is for the Greek and Roman plays. Proud of This Pride, Coriolanus/Aufidius, 12. (A triptych depicting a proud man.)

iii. More importantly, I got wonderful fic written for me! ...my brother Cassius is by [livejournal.com profile] casablancagirl and is a lovely, mind-screwy Brutus fic. The prose is gorgeous and evocative and it's a beautiful glimpse into the Brutus/Cassius relationship, with all its subtext and manipulativeness and seeming closeness.

iv. Also, I feel I should rec Dreaming Spires, because it is Brutus and Cassius as OXFORD DONS and you know that sort of thing can't be bad.

v. And this Titus Andronicus HIGH SCHOOL AU, Fourth Quarter Comeback (by [livejournal.com profile] the_alchemist) because. you understand. it's like that one version of Othello with Josh Hartnett in it. It should be wrong, but then you have Parents Against Goths ("I'm so goth I was born black") and it ends up awesome.
athousandwinds: (Aberystwyth)
For my next history module, what should I do: mediaeval Spain or mediaeval Iceland?

"Write 10 different categories of fic, each in ten words about the same fandom/pairing."

Give me fandoms or give me death!
athousandwinds: (terminallyambivalent)
So I'm up to episode 8 of Kuroshitsuji and wow, it's really very creepy. And add me to the list of people who fell wildly in love with Sebastian at first sight. On the other hand, spoilers for the Jack the Ripper arc )

And now I'm getting back into Count Cain, which is equally problematic but with a greater degree of crack.

I'm kind of bored. Anyone want a drabble?
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[livejournal.com profile] fannish5Crossover relationships: Match five characters with their soulmates - from another fandom.

Ooh!

1. Alec (Swordspoint)/Marian (Robin Hood 2006). Alec desperately, desperately wants to protect the women in his life. Unusually for a male (anti-)hero, he does that by giving them tools to defend themselves rather than doing it directly. He failed with his sister Janine, so he forces Janine's daughter Katherine to take fencing lessons (and before long Katherine's protecting other women herself). He can't sponsor Flavia's education openly any more, so he founds a scholarship/mathematics chair for women.

Marian - you see where I'm going with this - is an explicitly feminist kick-arse swordswoman. Alec would love her. Marian would initially be infuriated by his attitude (because, let's face it, Alec's a bastard), but she'd probably end up seeing his hidden depths. She did with Robin, after all. I can't see Robin's hidden depths. Also, she'd probably be thrown off by the fact of his agreeing with her and not patronising her (well, not more than he normally would).

The only fly in the ointment is that Marian's as manipulative as hell and Alec needs a straight-shooter. Hmmmm.

2. John Hilliard (Strange Meeting)/Tohru Honda (Fruits Basket). He's an emotionally-repressed WWI soldier with a dysfunctional family and a lost love. She's an almost pathologically kind-hearted teenage girl with a talent for getting along with almost everybody. Hilliard kind of makes me think of Hatori in the same situation: completely closed-off to any kind of emotional support (not that he's getting it anyway) until he meets this one person. Tohru would be amazing at getting Hilliard to open up - think of how Hatori, Kureno and Yuki (all repressive types) respond to her. And he's a solicitous friend, even if he's not particularly good at helping. He'd look after her in the way she needs, which is that she works too hard and someone has to make her stop.

3. The Doctor (Doctor Who)/Miles Vorkosigan (the Vorkosigan books). Because they're both hyperactive, they both have the same method of procedure (make it up as you go along) and they both tend to take command by virtue of sheer arrogance. They also both have insanely loyal followers who frequently fall in love with them; the only difference is that Miles has more. Then again, the Doctor has quality-control. If they ever met, they'd likely be annoyed to death by each other. The Doctor would have an especially strong reaction: "You're a soldier?!" If Miles were a companion, he would probably attempt to change his own timeline. The Doctor might throw a fit like he did with Adam in "The Long Game"; possibly Miles would manage to charm his way out of it. Really, Miles is more likely to end up as a Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart figure:

"Oh, you're back? Where've you been? I saved the universe five times while you were gone, you idiot!"

The Doctor would quickly start referring to Ivan as "that-idiot-Ivan" and it would infuriate Miles because hey, it's not like the Doctor's family. Only family (and the rest of the galaxy) get to call Ivan that.

...I bet the Doctor has a massive geeky historical crush on Cordelia, though. Like he did on Madame de Pompadour. And he'd keel over dead if she actually asked him to tea, omg. And Cordelia would so have the Doctor's number within five seconds of meeting him.

4. Sansa Stark (A Song of Ice and Fire)/Katherine Talbert (The Privilege of the Sword). Basically, Katherine is the knight of Sansa's dreams. I don't say Katherine's fencing foil would be much use against, say, Gregor, but she could totally take Littlefinger. And Katherine has experience defending rape victims. The Swordsman's Tragedy is exactly the sort of tosh Sansa would love; Katherine adores it. It would be Katherine/Artemisia all over again, but playing for higher stakes.

5. Count D (Petshop of Horrors)/Cain Hargreaves (Count Cain). It was a match made in heaven (Cain is clearly a cat in human form, from D's shop, given as a present from Alexis to Augusta) right up until the point where D discovered Cain was testing his poisons on animals. So he gave him a puppy, the sweetest dog in the world, who adored Cain and learnt to untie his shoelaces and snuffled at Cain's hands and licked his face when he was sad. And then the puppy grew up and turned out to be a rottweiler. Cain redeemed himself, though, when he decided he loved the dog regardless, and D gave him back his puppy. I am aware that this sounds crazy to anyone who doesn't know both fandoms, by the way. Very, very aware.
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List 12 characters from different fandoms first. (No cheating!) Then answer the questions under the cut.

1. Mel Beeby (Angels Unlimited)
2. Tohru Honda (Fruits Basket)
3. Amon (Witch Hunter Robin)
4. Curio (Romeo x Juliet)
5. Kyon (The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya)
6. Tony Stark (Iron Man - film canon)
7. Mrs Lovett (Sweeney Todd)
8. Robin Sena (Witch Hunter Robin)
9. Emily Byrd Starr (Emily of New Moon)
10. Martha Jones (Doctor Who)
11. Cain Hargreaves (Count Cain)
12. Donna Noble (Doctor Who)

fun for all the family! )

Eh, how about the DVD commentary meme? Comment here with a story of mine you'd like to see me talk about. If there are any. :-s
athousandwinds: (icon by gabbysun)
On the list of things which I definitely do not want to write ever: a Count Cain/Sweeney Todd crossover. Probably Oscar would go to Mrs Lovett's pie shop and recommend it to all his friends and Cain would sniff the pies and instantly figure out what they were made of (but would watch Oscar eat a couple just for the schadenfreude) and perhaps the Judge is an as yet unspecified member of the Major Arcana.

TheirloveissovaguelyVictorian.
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i. So, I was thinking - wouldn't a Tim Burton adaptation of Count Cain be the best thing ever? (I mean, apart from all the other things I have declared the best ever.) I'd love to see an anime, but I wonder if the level of brain-breakage inherent in the story is why it doesn't get adapted.

ii. Victoriana makes me grin so hard it hurts my face.

iii. I have been re-reading Count Cain. This may be fairly clear from the first two points.

iv. And now for something completely different - an article on Anne of Green Gables written by Margaret Atwood (it's like a dream come true!).

Yuletide

Jan. 12th, 2008 10:12 pm
athousandwinds: (icon by undeadgoat)
I forgot to do a round-up of the Yuletide fics I wrote:

Snow White and Rose Red (What Katy Did | Clover/Rose Red)
"O, my luve is like a red, red rose/That's newly sprung in June." Clover and Rose Red are living a dream.

Spider's Web (Greco-Roman mythology | Odysseus/Penelope)
Odysseus thinks that it was all his own idea. Penelope knows better.

Adore Our Own Athena (The Odyssey | Odysseus/Penelope, implied Odysseus/Athena/Penelope)
Penelope takes comfort in religion. Athena fulfils her promises.

call no man happy until he is dead (Count Cain | gen, implied Riff/Cain)
At this moment, Cain is happy.

The Truth of Others (A Song of Ice and Fire | Rhaegar/Lyanna)
All people know about Rhaegar and Lyanna is what suits their purposes.

The Cub's First Cub (Devil's Cub | Vidal/Mary)
Vidal awaited the birth of his first child with characteristic patience; that is to say, none.

Some Justice (Discworld - Night Watch | Carcer, Death)
A long drop and a short stop and Carcer's always got a plan. Pity it doesn't work.

Cry for Yesterday (The Chronicles of Narnia | Lucy, Edmund, Susan, Peter)
Susan finds it hard to cope with normal life. Lucy just doesn't want to.

A Splendid Orgy (Venetia | Damerel/Venetia)
The aftermath of a frankly magnificent orgy.

Something Less Than Ideal (Arthurian legend | Galahad, implied pairings)
Galahad's vow of chastity doesn't stop him wanting. Even if he wants to.

do not take thy flight (Emily of New Moon | Dean/Emily)
During their engagement, Dean is free to indulge in some adoration.

Claustrophobia (Swordspoint | Alec/Richard)
After the events of Swordspoint, Alec lies awake.

Mistletoe and Wine (Eight Days of Luke | Luke/David)
Luke comes home for Christmas.

the physicians of a mind diseased (The Secret History | Francis, Francis/Charles)
Francis loves words. He just wishes they worked for him.

Like David and Jonathan (The Bible - Old Testament | David/Jonathan)
"Like David and Jonathan". But what does that actually mean?

Turnabout (Chrestomanci - The Lives of Christopher Chant | Rosalie/Mordecai)
During TLoCC, Rosalie and Mordecai have a short, but quite important, conversation.

The Time For Parting Come (Chrestomanci - The Lives of Christopher Chant | Millie/Christopher)
Millie is going away to school again. Christopher sulks.

Duologue For Would-Be Lovers (Shakespeare - Romeo and Juliet | Romeo/Mercutio)
Romeo pines. Mercutio taunts him, to his own ultimate detriment.

The Wandering Jamie (The Homeward Bounders | Jamie, implied Jamie/Helen)
Jamie moves on.

Persuasion (The Prisoner of Zenda | Rupert of Hentzau/Count of Luzau-Rischenheim)
The Count of Luzau-Rischenheim, I am sorry to say, was entirely under Rupert's thumb.

Out of Narnia (The Chronicles of Narnia | Lucy)
Lucy, not feeling very valiant at all.
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[livejournal.com profile] 31_days fic exchange for [livejournal.com profile] green_and_warty. Count Cain, Cain and Riff, 100 words.

Ghosts )
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[livejournal.com profile] 31_days fic exchange for [livejournal.com profile] green_and_warty. Count Cain, Cain and Riff, 835 words. Crossdressing. Lines quoted from Samuel Taylor Coleridge's unfinished epic, "Christabel".

The Lady Christabel )
athousandwinds: (icon by lady wormtongue)
So, I went looking for a site with detailed descriptions of the effects of poisons. (Research for a Count Cain fic. Honest.) Turns out that the top result on Google was an index of poisons from 1900. What are the odds? Why can't research always be this easy?

A Modern Herbal, by Mrs M Grieve
athousandwinds: (icon by self-destruct)
Title: Where Love Is
Day/Theme: 24th September/"Almost gothic"
Series: Count Cain
Character/Pairing: Cain, Merry, Riff, implied Riff/Cain (i.e. as much as there ever is)
Rating: PG-13/12
Notes: Set pre-Godchild, but after Mark of the Red Ram.


( red wine and goose with enemies )
athousandwinds: (icon by self-destruct)
Title: See That Boy
Day/Theme: 19th September/"Dante in hell"
Series: Count Cain
Character/Pairing: Cain
Rating: PG

( who's that boy? )

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