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13 November 2008 @ 03:29 pm
I come bearing recs  
The saga of the Bangel fic I've been working on for iwry_marathon continues on like an evil, rabid animal. I've been having a lot of problems writing it. I think I'm intimidated. It could be so good, but I'm unsure if I can meet my own expectations. I haven't been this scared and unsure about a fic since Drive it Home, which I posted in July 2007! And it's just so long. *sigh* I have a week and a half to finish it, so... fingers crossed!

To compound my "scared" and "unsure," I'm having all four of my wisdom teeth removed tomorrow. I've never had surgery before or been under anesthesia, so there's that little part of my brain shrieking, "What if you don't wake up!?" I'm also not looking forward to the pain. No doubt, I'll be quite close to my codeine prescription for the next few days. I'd like to be able to write while bedridden, but I don't know if I'll be coherant enough to do so.

I've also been responsible for a lot of betaing and judging obligations recently, so I feel a little torn between that and working on my own material. I haven't read one entry at seasonal_spuffy this round, so if you want to rec your Top 3 favorite fics, go for it. I don't want to have to slog through the entries.

And, to the original purpose of my post - recs! I have been keeping up with the iwry_marathon entries, and boy, there have been some good ones. These are Buffy/Angel fics. No surprise, I'm not particularly well-versed in that ships bullpen of writers. So, without further ado, two new-to-me writers and two incredible fics that should not be missed. 

and every breath we drew was (hallelujah) by biggrstaffbunch 
Rated: R
Summary: Angel, Buffy, and reunion. Happy endings don't come easy. Sometimes they don't come at all. Six times these star-crossed lovers never made it to their final act. 
Comments: I love thoughtful, canon character studies, and this is one of the best I've seen. You not only come away understanding Buffy and Angel as a pairing better, but also as individuals who are deeply flawed. The writer alternates between POVs and (be still, my heart!) uses the 2nd person, which is a new stylistic kink for me. Her prose is beautiful. thought provoking, and clean. She's the type of writer I look at and wonder, "Where have you been all my life?" If you like my work, you're going to like this fic.

Gamble on Destiny by leni_ba 
Rated: PG-13
Summary: This fic is an AU spin on the WishVerse. Suppose Angel avoided getting staked, and then managed to save Buffy from the Master. The story starts an hour after the worst of the battle has passed.
Comments: It's hard to come up with really original plots, which is why this fic blew me away. Leni tells this story through a series of one hundred 100-word drabbles. Quite a feat that. Not only does she do it well, but still manages to keep the pacing, characterization, and originality at a high caliber throughout the fic. The slow evolution of hard-bitten Buffy's trust in Angel and the unfolding of their uneasy alliance and Buffy's backstory is compelling and exciting. I don't tend to read long fics, but I couldn't pull myself away from this one. 
Rebcake: hellorebcake on November 13th, 2008 09:39 pm (UTC)
I couldn't possibly pick just 3 seasonal_spuffy entries! They've been pretty consistently excellent. I know what you mean, though. I haven't been able to keep up, either!
ClawofCat: spuffy porchclawofcat on November 16th, 2008 02:43 am (UTC)
I couldn't possibly pick just 3 seasonal_spuffy entries!
Could you try? There are two posted fics I've really been meaning to get to. I love shapinglight and mere_ubu's work, but I think ficathons are also great opportunities to be introduced to writers that are a bit more obscure or new. Sort of like a "coming out" party. That's why I've been digging reading the iwry_marathon entries so much. Nearly all those writers are totally fresh to my eyes!

I know I just read and commented on your Spike/Darla piece for fantas_magoria. Do you read my fic or just along for the personal posts? I can't remember you commenting on anything!
Rebcake: hellorebcake on November 16th, 2008 04:53 am (UTC)
Well, okay, if you put it that way! The two you listed are musts, of course. Since you're pressed for time, I won't list anything super long.

It all depends on taste, of course, and for me the standouts were either funny, romantic, or hot (or all three).
1. Just The Once by st_saleri Nov. 14. This one hit the mark on all three counts.
2. Clipping Service by powerofthebook Oct. 21.
The stylistic device used here was unique and playful. Fun!
3. The Widening Gyre by cindergal Nov. 3.
Not so funny, but powerful and romantic.

Of course, you could always read mine Do You Believe? Nov. 6. I wouldn't mind a bit. Other good stuff I noticed was by botias, missus_grace, slaymesoftly, and hollydb, many of whom won't be new to you.

That's actually 8 recs (+ the 2 you already had). Still, 10 out of 35 days worth is narrowing the field a bit, right?

As for me, I'm here for the fic, but probably read most of your stuff on archives before my fairly recent jump into LJ. I have commented a few times in the past few months (Hello from San Francisco!), and every time I do you ask about me! I'm flattered! Thanks again for the nice comments on the Spike/Darla drabble! I'd say I'm all Spike, all the time, but I've stepped out on him with a Joyce ficlet and a Faith fic. Still, I'm a newbie.
ClawofCat: pornwritingclawofcat on November 16th, 2008 06:05 am (UTC)
Still, 10 out of 35 days worth is narrowing the field a bit, right?
Absolutely! Thanks very much. When I have some free time, I'll definately look into them.

I have commented a few times in the past few months (Hello from San Francisco!), and every time I do you ask about me!
I did remember your comment on the roadtrip post, as well as the memorable BtVS objects. I just couldn't remember if you posted in response to any fic, which was why I asked :) That's usually how I get to know members of my flist. But feel free to comment on whatever you like. Most everything, fannish or otherwise, is unflocked.

I'd say I'm all Spike, all the time, but I've stepped out on him with a Joyce ficlet and a Faith fic.
Heh. Faith is the perfect gal to step out on Spike for. She stole my heart the first time I wrote her. *dreamy sigh* I've been into writing lots of new-for-me characters lately. It's always great to flex the writing guns a little and see who else you can capture. Is Spuffy your main pairing or are you into Spike/anyone?
Rebcake: prettyevilrebcake on November 16th, 2008 08:25 am (UTC)
I've certainly no objections to Spuffy, far from it, but I'm sorta in the Spike/everyone camp. With some exceptions, naturally. Everybody's got 'em. *joycewillowdawn* I love Spike/Dru and Spike/unusual characters loads. Those fics with Spike and Lydia the Watcher were choice! And the chick at the wedding! I don't mind a little slash, either, as long as Spike isn't getting excessively tortured. I like to see him end up in a good place, generally. 'Cos he's my sweet little schmoompsie poo. 'Cos he's suffered enough. Well, a little more suffering would be alright, I guess.
Rebcake: hellorebcake on November 16th, 2008 08:35 am (UTC)
I just realized that I answered your question about what I like to write with what I like to read. Sorry. Um, I guess I've done more words that are Spuffy, but more stories that are Spru. Actually, everything I've written is basically gen, though there are implied liaisons thrown in where appropriate. How's that?
Snicksnickfic on November 25th, 2008 09:40 pm (UTC)
Followed you over from your comment...

Most everything I really liked this time around was fairly dark:
1. The Widening Gyre - I second rebcake's rec on this
2. When She Kept Showing Up, by pennydrdful - just some grief, post-"The Gift"
3. La Meilleure Revanche, by thisficklemob - the one that bowled me over and broke my heart, as S6 fic is wont to do. An AU of "Entropy"
ClawofCat: coc spuffy embraceclawofcat on November 26th, 2008 05:34 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much for the recs. I love dark and angsty, so I'm sure I won't be disappointed by these.

Maybe next round I can get it together enough to participate. Ficathons are dicey for me. Writing on deadline is always nerve wracking.
Snicksnickfic on November 30th, 2008 07:57 am (UTC)
I know what you mean about deadlines. I think the trick is to finish something right around the sign-up time, and then save it for the ficathon. *g* At least, that's probably how I'll end up doing seasonal_spuffy, if I ever do.