thistlerose: (Star Wars)
Out of the fire and still smoldering

Fandom: Star Wars
Word Count: 572
Rating: general audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationship: Leia/Poe, allusions to Leia/Han

Summary: She should end it. If she loved him as much as she wishes she could, then she would.

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My other Star Wars Rare Pairs Exchange story. I wish I could have made this full-length, but every time I tried, Han kept creeping into Leia's thoughts, and I wasn't sure where the recipient stood on that. So I panicked, defaulted, and rewrote this as a treat.
thistlerose: (Star Wars)
while the bright world goes barreling on

Fandom: Star Wars
Word Count: 627
Rating: teen (sex strongly implied)
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationship: Obi-Wan Kenobi/Sabé, implied unrequited!Obi-Wan/Padmé

Summary: This is the last time, he thinks, and he doesn't need the Force to tell him that she's aware of it too. Since the fall of the Jedi and the Empire's rise, they've managed to steal a few moments for themselves, but if they keep meeting like this, if they try to be anything more than what they are - guardians of the generation still in its infancy, the generation that may redeem this one - they'll give themselves away. The Emperor's spies could be anywhere, even a remote desert world like Tatooine.

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The second of two treats I wrote for the Star Wars Rare Pairs Fic Exchange. This ship never even occurred to me until I saw the prompt and then ... it kind of took hold, and this happened. Poor sad Obi-Wan. I barely remembered Sabé from the prequels, but according to Wookieepedia, she did some cool stuff after RotS!
thistlerose: (Star Wars: The Force Awakens)
I received not one but two beautiful, heartwrenching stories for Star Wars Rare Pairs 2016:

Hope and Change (6115 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Star Wars - All Media Types, Star Wars Prequel Trilogy
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Bail Organa/Breha Organa
Characters: Bail Organa, Breha Organa, Leia Organa, Kaeden Larte, Wilhuff Tarkin
Additional Tags: Canon Character of Color, Canon Compliant, Pre-Canon, Royalty, Domestic
Summary:


Since Breha took the throne at fourteen, on a day when the Republic flag flew at half-mast in the thick of the Clone Wars but the Alderaanian colors flew high and proud, she has spoken first in every room she has entered. (Part of that is tradition, that one must not speak to the Queen until they are spoken to, but the rest is just Breha’s brashness leading her to barrel forwards with whatever it is that she has to say before anyone else can get a word in edge-wise. Maybe it’s not Senate etiquette, but she isn’t a Senator, thank the goddesses.)

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Or: Her Majesty Queen Breha Organa of House Organa, by the Will of the Force, of the Planet of Alderaan in the Alderaan System of the Core Worlds, and of Her people faithful and beloved Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Force. And her duties as such.



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Dust in the Wind (811 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Star Wars - All Media Types, Star Wars Prequel Trilogy, Star Wars: Rebellion Era - All Media Types
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Padmé Amidala/Obi-Wan Kenobi, Obi-Wan Kenobi & Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi & Luke Skywalker, Padmé Amidala/Anakin Skywalker
Characters: Obi-Wan Kenobi, Padmé Amidala, Luke Skywalker, Qui-Gon Jinn, Anakin Skywalker
Additional Tags: Obi-Wan Needs a Hug, Anakin hates Sand, Padmé is The Actual Best, Politics
Summary:

during his time on Tatooine, Obi-Wan is haunted by a memory of Padmé



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Breha just intrigues me. We barely get a glimpse of her in the Prequels, but I can't believe she wasn't amazing, because look at the daughter she helped raise. I will never get tired of stories about families of choice. Nor will I ever get tired of stories about Obi-Wan being sad and alone in the desert. I love both of these.
thistlerose: (politics)
It's strange, being at work and seeing people laugh and smile - not because they're pleased with the election results, but because life continues, and there are still things to laugh and smile about (apparently).

When I finally went to bed last night, all I could think about was her. I was so afraid for her, and I had to keep reminding myself that they can't lock you up if you haven't committed any crime. (Now that I'm semi-awake, of course I'm telling myself, yeah, right.) I saw her speak in person a few months ago, and I was so moved by her compassion and her desire to move our country forward. She should have been given that chance. In a world where things make sense, she would have.

I barely slept last night. My cat, Sophie, slept on my pillow the entire night, and every time I started to feel something like despair I looked up and she was there. (Lloyd was asleep in the living room. He's not as attuned to my moods as Sophie is.)

Pretty soon, I'm going to really start thinking about everyone whose rights and freedoms are now in serious jeopardy, and I'm going to break down. But I need to get through the work day first.

I guess I picked a good day to start seeing a new therapist, though I doubt we're going to talk much about my childhood.
thistlerose: (Wonder Woman)
I watched the season premier of "Supergirl" last night. *slaps table* Yes! THAT'S the Superman I know and love. Dorky, earnest, idealistic. Not all brooding and dark. That was good.
thistlerose: (NYC)
I have seen "Hamilton." It was REALLY good. It's funny, though. I've heard the soundtrack so many times, seen so many Tumblr posts, and I've read the Hamiltome, the result being that nothing I saw surprised me at all. Which isn't a bad thing. It didn't take away from the experience in the slightest, but I wonder if I'd have been transported even further if I hadn't been inundated beforehand. Or if I'd been slightly more awake. I haven't been sleeping well, for a variety of reasons, and last Wednesday was particularly bad.

It was still one of the best shows I've ever seen.

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Speaking of shows, my DC shows are back! I thought the "Flash" season premier was kind of weak, to be honest. Spoilers )

I'm on the fence about "Supergirl." I haven't seen the season premier yet, and it sounds like it was good. But I don't have cable and these shows are no longer on Hulu, so I'd either have to buy the episodes from Amazon, or download them illegally. I'd rather do the former, for convenience as well as ethics, but I'm not sure it's worth it. I enjoyed S1 but I didn't love it. Or I can wait until it's available on Netflix next year.

I did buy S3 of "The Flash" so it had better shape up. I'm done with "Arrow," so that doesn't matter.

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I have no idea what to write for Yuletide or SW Rare Pairs.
thistlerose: (seasonal: autumn)
- It's fall! My favorite season. Though waking up to 34 degrees and frost all over my car wasn't fun. :\

- I have a couple of questions!

1. Does anyone use Google's Project Fi? If so, what do you think of it? I'm thinking of leaving Sprint, since their coverage is pretty poor out where I live, and I'm investigating my options. (Verizon seems to have the most coverage.)

2. Where do people learn about upcoming fic exchanges? Is there a newsletter? I keep seeing Dear Author letters for exchanges I'd never heard of, but might have been interested in getting in on. Are there Star Wars communities I should be following?

Those are my questions.

Speaking of exchanges, my three Yuletide fandoms were approved: Jem and the Holograms (comics), The Last of the Mohicans (1992), and Casablanca. Yay! I still haven't 100% decided to participate, but I'm leaning toward it.
thistlerose: (Wonder Woman)
Ow, ow. I had a massage yesterday afternoon, and everything in my body was perfect. Then I slept wrong and ruined everything. :P I also dreamed that Clinton became president, and Trump somehow pissed off a bunch of extra-terrestrials so they attacked the Earth and started killing everyone. Which, you know, not entirely outside the realm of possibility.

I don't know if I'm going to do Yuletide this year. I can't seem to whip up much enthusiasm for writing, partly because I've been given a bunch of new responsibilities at work so I don't have a ton of leisure time (and when I do have it I don't want to be on the computer), and partly because ... I'm feeling pretty detached from fandom these days. There's a lack of connection and I don't know if it's me, or if the culture has shifted, or what. What happened to the discussions we used to have? What happened to all the encouragement and squeeing?

But anyway, I might just nominate things and then see how I feel when sign-ups come around, since that should be a somewhat more quiet time in the semester. If I do nominate things, I'm thinking of:

Justice League cartoons (possibly not qualifying this year? But I want my Wally West)
one of the Wonder Woman comics (not sure which)
Jem and the Holograms comics (if you're not reading these, you SHOULD)
Shakespeare in Love
Casablanca (I still want that Yvonne story)

I don't know what else I want. I have no idea what I want to write.
thistlerose: (Star Wars)
I don't know if I'll actually end up writing this, but there's a story I've been kicking around in my head for the past few weeks. I'd like your input, if you're interested.

It involves Leia as the target of an attempted assassination. Spoilers? )
thistlerose: (Star Wars: The Force Awakens)
A River in a Time of Dryness

Fandom: Star Wars
Word Count: 1,394
Rating: All ages
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationship: Finn/Rey

Summary: Finn doesn't regret his choice to follow Leia's path and not train as a Jedi. He doesn't.

Except for times like right now, when Rey is in his arms, not asking anything of him, just needing him, and he wishes he could do more than just be there for her. Wishes he could take some of her burden and carry it himself. For as long as she needs him to. Until the end. Forever.

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I was jonesing for some fluffy/angsty (flangsty?) Finn/Rey. Since I wasn't finding quite what I wanted, I wrote my own. As always, feedback is very welcome and would make me happy!
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.

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