thistlerose: (seasonal: autumn)
Well, I survived my epic hike this weekend. 20.3 miles, spread out over three days, with something like 7,000 feet of elevation gain. We summited Mount Adams, Mount Madison, Mount Jefferson, and Mount Washington. The plan was to hit three more summits on the third day, but we woke up to rain, snow (!), and gale-force winds, so we decided the rest could wait. (Rule of hiking: don't climb anything you can't see.) Mount Washington is the highest mountain in the northeast. At 6,288 feet, it's dwarfed by the peaks out west, but it's famous for having the worst weather in the world. (That's not hyperbole.)

Anyway, it was a very strenuous hike, both mentally and physically - the toughest I've done so far - but the views were breathtaking. When there were views, I mean. All the summits except Jefferson were socked in with clouds at least part of the time. (Now I know what clouds taste like. They taste wet.) In lieu of clouds, Jefferson had the fiercest wind I've ever experienced. Yeesh.

We didn't camp. We stayed at huts run by the Appalachian Mountain Club. They're entirely off the grid, so they're a bit primitive, but the food was really good and the staff was terrific.

I ache like hell today, though not as much as I would have thought. It was a fantastic experience. At some point I have to go back for the last three peaks.
thistlerose: (seasonal: summer)
I had a marvelous time in California, meeting my family on my father's side and learning some history. And also visiting Yosemite and the giant sequoias and the Bay Area, and then driving down to LA to eat delicious food and hang out on the beach with a cousin from my mother's side. I only cried once, when my cousins presented me with a locket that said FAMILY and was full of all their birthstones, plus mine. Stalin would have cried.

But I'm jetlagged and I arrived home Wednesday night to discover that someone had stolen my bike in my absence, so I have a SAD. And also a RAGE. I want to find whoever took it and go all Princess Leia on his ass, strangling him with the bike chain. If you've known me for any real length of time, you know I loved that bike. It's one of the tools I used to yank myself out of depression when I couldn't find a job after grad school and, well, I just liked riding.

I filed a report with the police, and I left a description of the bike with the local pawnshop, but I know these things tend not to find their way home. It could have been much worse, of course. It's not like someone broke into the apartment. And actually, I had a smart yesterday afternoon and called my renter's insurance people, and they're helping me replace it. There's a deductible, but still. I'm not shit out of luck. I'm just angry and sad. I'm sangry.
thistlerose: (Star Wars)
Speak Low if You Speak Love

Fandom: Star Wars
Word Count: 1,866
Rating: Explicit (sex!)
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationship: Poe/Finn

Summary: There are times when Finn catches people looking at him - not everyone, of course, not Poe or General Organa, or some of the other Resistance fighters who've gone out of their way to welcome him - and all of instincts scream Run! Hide!

Poe gets that. He'll back off if Finn asks him to, or if Finn starts to show any real signs of discomfort. He encourages Finn to be himself, but he doesn't try to push him.

That's one of the reasons Finn doesn't say stop.

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Feedback would make my day.
thistlerose: (Default)
When I heard Netflix and Dream Works was rebooting Voltron, the first television show I can remember watching and my first online fandom, I was skeptical. When I saw the trailer a few months ago, I literally facepalmed. It looked awful, so I resolved not to watch it. But a positive review on The Mary Sue made me give the pilot a try, and to my utter astonishment, I enjoyed it. So I watched the rest. It was good, you guys!! It pays respects to its predecessors (well, Go-Lion and its English adaptation, not the two later series) then leaps into the 21st century.

Some non-spoilery highlights:

- Allura has brown skin (though blue eyes and white hair - she was definitely inspired by Kida from Disney's Atlantis movie) and is a BOSS, while still being quite feminine. (She's also voiced by a woman of color.)
- Bechdel Test pass!
- Shiro (formerly Sven, formerly Shirogane) is Asian again. And he has the kind of backstory I love, but more about that under the cut.
- No obvious romance. (Not that there's anything wrong with it. I love me my ships. But it's a nice change.)
- Pidge...! I finally love Pidge.
- Hunk gets to do lots of smart, awesome things!
- Zarkon is actually pretty tough, and his underlings occasionally show signs of intelligence.

All the spoilers: Read more... )

That wasn't a review so much as a series of spoilers, but I'm almost too tired to form a coherent thought right now. I did a big hike Friday, didn't sleep well afterward, or last night either, so I'm feeling kind of bleh. I was going to go for a bike ride, but I don't think that's going to happen. Anyway, it's almost 90 degrees.

Anyway, I liked the show a lot. It's only 11 episodes, and I really do hope there's a second season since we're left with a lot of unanswered questions.
thistlerose: (Star Wars: The Force Awakens)
On One Wounded Wing

Fandom: Star Wars
Word Count: 14,832
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences (some language, references to torture)
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships, Characters: Poe/Finn, Leia, BB-8, Kylo Ren, various Resistance members

Summary: Poe Dameron convinces himself that Kylo Ren died when Starkiller Base exploded. Because it's plausible. Because he needs to believe it, in order to get on with his life.

There is no way that this plan could ever backfire.


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Notes:

I've been working on this story since January. So it's nice to have it finally done and off my chest! It's kind of a long story (for me), and I kept getting distracted by other plot bunnies, and other people's beautiful stories (Poe dealing with his issues is apparently a popular theme!) But it's done and I think I'm happy. I'm only sorry I couldn't involve Rey more, but she's off doing her Jedi training. I owe her a story. And I owe Leia some catharsis, although in some ways this is related to an earlier story that I wrote about her. Although that one didn't really have much in the way of catharsis either. Poor Leia.

I'm pleased with the way Finn came out here. This is very much about his healing process too.

What else? Oh, I promised a friend that if she figured out which line made me cry I'd write her a story. She did, and I'm going to. If you find it, you get ... the satisfaction? IDK. It was part of the outline from early on, but when I finally got to it in the story, it kind of hit me right in the heart. :\

And now I need to write a happy story.

I think that's it. I do love feedback, so please, never think that it's unwelcome. <3
thistlerose: (politics)
MADAM PRESIDENT.

I know it's a little premature, but I've been saying it to myself all day and I like saying it.
thistlerose: (Star Wars)
Relationship Advice (433 words) by Thistlerose
Fandom: Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens (2015), Star Wars - All Media Types
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Poe Dameron/Finn, Poe Dameron & Leia Organa
Characters: Poe Dameron, Finn (Star Wars), Leia Organa
Additional Tags: Ficlet, Families of Choice, Deleted Scenes, Shippy Gen, Pining, Leia doesn't have time for your nonsense Poe, Minor Leia Organa/Han Solo
Summary:

"Go after him, if you want. We're all finished here. He clearly likes you very much, and you like him." When he still hasn't moved after about a minute she sighs and says, "Okay, let's hear your excuses. C'mon, flyboy: give me a problem I can actually solve."



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This is actually a deleted scene from a very, very, very early draft of Every Thread That Binds. Originally, the story was going to be 5 times Leia smacked Poe down (for doing something stupidly heroic) and 1 time she just let it go. But I didn't like the idea of her smacking him down, so it became 5 times Leia was in denial of the fact that Poe was her surrogate son, and 1 time she just accepted it. But I realized I could say everything I wanted to say with one scene, and that's what I ended up with.

But I always liked this little moment, so here it is today, being somewhat appropriate for Mother's Day!
thistlerose: (Default)
I got the keys to the new place on Friday and I've been hauling stuff over there ever since. The movers are coming Tuesday, but I'm planning on bringing the cats and sleeping there Monday, and there were some things that just didn't fit well into boxes. I'm kind of exhausted. You forget how soul-crushing moving is. Fortunately, Creepy Neighbor hasn't been around so I've been able to do this under his nose. He'll probably be back when the movers show up, but I doubt he'll bother me with other people around. Then I just need to come back and clean ... probably Thursday.

I'm physically exhausted and I'm angry, because this is such an unnecessary pain in the ass. I like it here. I'm sure I'll like the new place, even though the neighborhood isn't quite as nice. But. but. but. THIS ISN'T FUCKING FAIR. I'm not usually into revenge but I really kinda want to hurt this guy.

Anyway. Happy thoughts! The new place does indeed have a balcony. The kitchen is smaller in terms of square-footage, but there's a dishwasher and more cabinet space. Overall, the apartment is bigger though the bedroom is smaller and has fewer windows. It's western exposure, which is nice (I like my sunlight in the afternoon). It faces a major road so I can constantly hear the traffic, but there's a line of trees in the way so it's more like a white noise. There is a pool, which of course won't be open for a while. It's maybe a ten-minute walk to work, and the bike path is easy to access. Sadly, there is no pizza place or Chinese place or hair salon or bakery or gas station right across the street (that was so convenient) but. What can you do?

*sigh* I really want a snack and some coffee right now, but almost all my food is at the other location. Not sure I have the strength to drive over to Dunkin.

Heh. I posted about the move and why I'm doing it on Facebook. I know my mother saw the post, but she only reacted to my descriptions of the amenities. Meantime, my best friend, my brother, and both my aunts (including the one I haven't even met yet) have reached out to me. What the hell, woman?
thistlerose: (seasonal: spring)
Re. this week's "The Flash": that was kind of a hot mess, but I think I have a pretty good idea who the guy in the mask is.

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Ugh, this week started off so well. I found out that Oscar Isaac wears a kilt in one of his movies, I did an ice cream run down to Northampton (Herrell's has their Passover flavors this week, and they're pretty amazing) and saw a friend, and Wednesday I left work 2 hours early so I could do a hike up Mount Monadnock and it was gorgeous. But suddenly today it hit me that I'm moving in like a week and a half and I've only just begun to pack, and now I'm just feeling flattened.

*sigh* I keep telling myself that it'll get done because it has to get done, but I keep looking around at all the stuff I somehow still have to put into boxes and my mind starts racing in like twelve different directions.

But. I'm going for a hike tomorrow. (I swear, hiking has been so therapeutic for me. Like, I'll be totally anxious until I get to the trailhead, but then it all just melts away. I mean, I spend pretty much the whole time thinking, but the fact that I'm also doing something labor intensive, and it's really pretty, and there usually isn't anyone else around ... gives me perspective, I guess.)

Oh, and I booked my flights to California, finally. I'm going to meet my other cousins, finally! I hope they like me. I already kind of love them just for finding me.
thistlerose: (Star Wars: The Force Awakens)
Holding Patterns

Fandom: Star Wars
Word Count: 4,090
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences (barely)
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships, Characters: Finn/Poe, Rey/Jess, Leia, BB-8, Kalonia
Summary:

"They think they're just friends," Jess explains. "With benefits, sure. Don't get me wrong, friends with benefits is great if that's what you want. But now it's like they're locked into this holding pattern where things are good enough, and neither of them is willing to take the next step."

"Maybe there is no next step," Finn says, and he can hear the belligerence in his tone; he's not really sure where it's coming from. "Maybe things really are good enough."



Or, the one where Poe has the flu and Finn takes care of him, all the while insisting that they're NOT ACTUALLY TOGETHER, although everyone in the Resistance has this idea that they are.

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This was a fill for a kink meme prompt. I still don't believe in Rey/Jess, which was part of the prompt, although I've seen some fan art that's almost swayed me. (They're CUTE.) When I watch the film, I ship Finn/Rey and Finn/Poe pretty much equally, but since I'm sure the former is going to be canon, I need to binge on the latter. (I know there's OT3, and I've written some. I have a title for an actual threesome, but I'm not yet sure what the story is about.)

Anyway, I love feedback.
thistlerose: (Leia)
I Am All the Daughters of My Father's House (744 words) by Thistlerose
Fandom: Star Wars
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences (barely)
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Leia Organa/Han Solo, Leia Organa & Luke Skywalker
Characters: Leia Organa, Han Solo, Luke Skywalker
Additional Tags: Survivor Guilt, Names, Family, Implied Sexual Content
Summary:

There's never any question about giving up the name Organa.



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2nd of my 4 [livejournal.com profile] purimgifts stories. I'm not sure I stuck the landing with this one, but I'm pleased with everything up until the very end. Maybe I'll continue it at some point, since there's a lot more of Leia's life to cover.

But that title is goddamn perfect. (It's from "Twelfth Night," so, you know, long-separated twins!)
thistlerose: (Default)
Objects in Motion (890 words) by Thistlerose
Fandom: Star Wars

Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Maz Kanata, Han Solo, Finn (Star Wars), Rey (Star Wars)
Additional Tags: Character Study, POV Female Character
Summary:

Maz Kanata is no Jedi, but she knows the Force. She always has, ever since she was a young girl, though the long years of her life have granted her greater insight into the workings of the universe than most of the old Masters ever managed to obtain. Or so she likes to think. And she can think whatever she likes because it's not as if any of them are still around to pop by her castle and contradict her.



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I ended up writing four stories for [livejournal.com profile] purimgifts this year. This one is my favorite, but I'll cross-post the others at some point too. Maz! There isn't enough Maz fic. I love her and I had fun with her voice. This is just a brief attempt at placing her in the larger SW universe.

As always, I love feedback.
thistlerose: (cats are love)
2 weeks of using the inhaler, and my cat is the goddamn queen champion of the universe. She is so chill. I never would have thought this would work. And I'm pretty sure it wouldn't work with my other cat. But Sophie is my wonder cat. And I haven't heard her cough in all this time so I guess the medication is worth the price. (It wasn't cheap, but I was able to get it from a Canadian pharmacy, so it wasn't nearly as bad as it could have been.)

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Reaction to this week's "Jane the Virgin": PETRA. Oh, honey. If your heart is too bruised, you can have mine.

And this week's "Supergirl": that was adorable. Barry and Kara should be on each other's shows all the time.
thistlerose: (MLP: old school)
I hate when people tell me I'm quiet. Like, yeah. No shit. I know I'm quiet. I'm shy. I'm an introvert. I have trouble opening up when I'm just meeting people for the first time, especially if they all seem to know one another. So, instead of pointing out "Wow, you're quiet!" why not try to engage me in conversation? Ask me a question. I have opinions. I just need a nudge. Or a drink. Yeesh.

(Latest incident was yesterday, and I actually said all that, albeit much more nicely. In the end we exchanged phone numbers and talked about meeting up for a hike at some point.)

But seriously.
thistlerose: (Star Wars: The Force Awakens)
You Know My Coins Are Counterfeit (But You Accept Them Anyway) (2200 words) by Thistlerose
Word count: 2200
Fandom: Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens (2015), Star Wars - All Media Types
Rating: Mature
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Poe Dameron/Finn
Characters: Poe Dameron, Finn (Star Wars)
Additional Tags: Teasing, Banter, Making Out, Introspection, Sexual Content, Hair-pulling, Established Relationship, Plot What Plot/Porn Without Plot
Summary:

Finn is an awful tease. But Poe deserves it (and he kind of loves it).



“Finn breaks the kiss. Cupping Poe’s chin, tracing his puzzled frown with the pad of his thumb, he says conversationally, “What’s with ‘buddy’, anyway?”



Poe stares at him. “What?”



“You’ve been calling me 'buddy’ almost since we met. How come?”



The look of bewilderment that crosses Poe’s face is priceless. He looks like he just fell out of hyperspace, with no clue as to where he is or how he got there. “Um,” he says slowly. “Is this a serious question?”



Finn kisses the crease between Poe’s eyebrows. “Sure,” he says.



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It probably goes without saying, but I love feedback.

Also, I think I've broken through my 3-year smut-block! I don't know if this means there'll be more (Rey deserves some lovin') but I'm happy.
thistlerose: (cats are love)
Well, I started my cat on her inhaler yesterday. (She has chronic bronchitis and the vet determined that this was the best way to give her medicine, since there are fewer side effects than the oral steroids she'd been taking.)

On the one hand, I haven't been disemboweled yet.

On the other hand, I think I've had a vision of my death and it involves little black-and-white paws.

There has to be an easier way.
thistlerose: (Default)
I want to write something smutty. It's been almost 3 years since I wrote smut, and I don't know. It feels like a long time. Granted, I haven't felt super-passionate about any ships between Star Trek into Darkness and Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Granted, the last smut piece I posted was pretty smutty (it was the Kirk/McCoy/Uhura threesome). Maybe I used up all my smut power on that one? IDK. I keep trying to brainstorm, and then I keep hunting for a plot, which I think defeats the purpose. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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I didn't think this week's "Supergirl" was that bad. I guess that's damning with faint praise, but I feel like the show has a lot of potential that it just hasn't lived up to. And this week's plot is one that tends to irritate me, but there were some nice character moments, particularly between Kara and Cat.

I'm glad the show got renewed, despite my disappointment. It's got a good cast. If it could just find the right note, it could be great. Grow the beard, as it were.
thistlerose: (Star Wars: The Force Awakens)
Title: Unfold Your Own Myth
Fandom: Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Rating: all ages
Word count: 3527
Characters/Ships: Rey, Leia, Finn, Luke, Poe, with subtle Finn/Rey, Finn/Poe, and eventual OT3
Summary: Five things Rey experiences for the first time after leaving Jakku, and one thing she's able to teach the people she loves. (And one thing she still has to wait for.)

Someone must have loved her once, Rey thinks.

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This was originally supposed to be one of my Purimgifts fic, but as you can see, it ballooned into something a little too long and complicated for that exchange. (Don't worry, recipient! I've written you something else that does follow the rules.) After seeing TFA for the third time last week, I had all these REYYYYYY feelings (oh, sweetie), and also feelings about Finn and Poe and Leia and Luke. So. Everyone's in this! (Except Kylo Ren, because fuck him.)

It goes without saying, I guess, but feedback is lovely.
thistlerose: (Star Wars: The Force Awakens)
This afternoon I met up with a friend and we saw "Star Wars" again. My third time, her ... seventh?

Some random thoughts and observations )
thistlerose: (unicorns)
How has Petra gone from being a minor annoyance to, like, my favorite character in the whole show? Well, after Rogelio and Xiomara. Or maybe not. I don't know. God, I've been loving her lately.

On a not-entirely-unrelated note (I guess) I've been writing this Star Wars story, and Luke Skywalker figures prominently, and suddenly, for the first time in my life, I find myself really loving him. It's not that I'm writing him so well (though I like to think I am *g*). I feel like I finally get him, maybe. He's so sad. Heh. It's only taken me 36 years. (But he'll never eclipse Han. And no one will ever, ever eclipse Leia.)

Huh.

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