catslash: (Hamlet is damn interesting)
( Jan. 3rd, 2010 10:45 pm)
O HAY Yuletide reveal. Yeah, that kind of got lost for me in the last few days. I wrote "All of Denmark", a modernized Hamlet AU set at the beginning of WWII and drawing a little on actual events in Denmark at the time. It was fun to write and I thank my recipient for explicitly giving me permission to go for AUs or modernizations, so that I felt comfortable getting a little out there and settling on a premise that was a bit of a reach.

In the spirit of the thing, have that fic meme that's been going around!

Cut because I talk a lot. )
catslash: (can't brain today)
( Oct. 12th, 2009 07:41 pm)
So, every once in a great while, I will issue a request for fic challenges.

(This is not one of those posts.)

And then I will say, "And eventually I'll gather them all into one post!"

. . . a year later almost to the day counts as "eventually," right? Because last October, I asked for challenges for kiss fics. And have spent the intervening year reminding myself periodically to make that master post, and then not doing it, because I never get to every request and I hate being like, "Yeah, sorry about that."

. . . hey, at least by now some of you are new and haven't seen these yet?

from sotto_voice: Shaun of the Dead - David and Dianne, theater production )

from karaokegal: Torchwood, Jack and Owen, on the beach. )

From ashen_key: Torchwood/The Fix - Jack Harkness and Cal Chandler, hall of mirrors )

from joanne_c: Doctor Who, Nine and Jack - somewhere unexpected )

Yeah, I can totally see why I procrastinated on doing THAT for a year.

Next up: Crossover challenges from last April!
catslash: (Hamlet is damn interesting)
( Jun. 20th, 2009 11:26 pm)
As I'm sure many of you have done, I have lost multiple chunks of my life to TV Tropes. The most recent chunk was at the Wild Mass Guessing page, which is a gathering of pages on different fandoms discussing fanon theories from the sensible to the insane. Many of them have an "X is a Time Lord" guess, and since Dollhouse, there are a lot of "X is a Doll" guesses popping up, too.

So! In my idleness, I have decided to pose this - I don't know, meme I just made up to you guys.

Name me a fandom I'm familiar with, and I'll tell you who's a Time Lord, who's a Doll, or both (probably both) and why.

Feel free to swipe and use this yourself, if you could stand to kill some time.
Right, so, in a total one-eighty from my random gen crossover, have some Fix fic. (Even gen Fix fic, which this decidedly is not, would, I suspect, be a total one-eighty from your usual genfic. I'm not sure gen Fix fic is even possible.)

TITLE: "Just like Everything Else"
AUTHOR: Cathryn ([ profile] catslash)
WORD COUNT: Approximately 1600.
PAIRING: Reed/Grahame
SUMMARY: Reed is bored. Grahame is a convenient target. Harvard-era fic; prequel to "All Downhill From Here."
WARNING: Still not warning for incest in this fandom.
DISCLAIMER: The Fix was created by John Dempsey and Dana P Rowe. I take no credit and make no money.
NOTES: I thought for sure someone would want to know exactly how Reed managed to work his magic on Grahame so fast in ADFH. Nobody did, but I wrote this anyway. So, uh, here's the answer to the question no one asked.

Someone should do something about that. )
Holy crap, I finally finished typing it up. In celebration, I give it a proper header, even though this is possibly the most obscure fandom I have ever written for and there's no damn place to link to it from.

TITLE: "All Downhill From Here"
AUTHOR: Cathryn ([ profile] catslash)
WORD COUNT: Approximately 1700.
RATING: A solid R, I think.
SUMMARY: In the end, dumping the cripple for the jock is easier than Violet ever dreamed it would be. Harvard-era fic.
PAIRINGS: Every possible permutation of the Reed/Violet/Grahame triangle.
WARNINGS: I have given this a lot of thought, and you know what? I refuse to warn for incest in this fandom. So, NO WARNINGS.
DISCLAIMER: The Fix was created by Dana Rowe and John Dempsey. I take no credit, I make no money.
NOTES: Right, this is the sort of thing that would usually never make it to fic form, being primarily self-indulgent, but then I realized: there is no such thing as getting too ridiculous when it comes to The Fix. So, fic. Um, and if you do know of anywhere else I might be able to post this, let me know.

It starts in Reed's car, necking furtively off-campus where no one can find them and carry stories back to Grahame. )
catslash: (Hamlet is damn interesting)
( Feb. 26th, 2009 04:52 pm)
Occasionally, as an English major, one gets the chance to write something incredibly ridiculous. On Tuesday, I got to write and pass in a paper comparing Hamlet and The Fix. (This was my justification for paying actual money for that bootleg: "It's okay, it's for SCHOOL!")

I think my flist contains a few people as geeky as I am who might be interested in reading this paper, so I figured I'd throw it up here. It's not as thorough as I'd like - it came out to six and a half pages for a five-page assignment, and that was after skipping the comparison of Tina and Ophelia - but I think it's a decent overview. And it does contain a brief summary of The Fix (an incomplete one, but it has what you need to know for the paper), so if you're not familiar with it, it's okay.

A closer examination, and strong familiarity with both plays, makes it clear that The Fix is in actuality an aggressively cynical retelling of Hamlet. )

My two favorite things about writing this paper:

* Srs Scholastic Discussion of fictitious gay incest

* The fact that my Works Cited contains a website entitled "Zombie Prom (A New Musical)." Guys, when you are writing about a work as obscure as The Fix, you take your outside sources where you can find 'em.

My two least favorite things about writing this paper:

* As you may have gathered, my professor has a Thing about the Oedipal complex theory; we read Hamlet for his class after reading Oedipus Rex, and also he teaches a class on Freud. I HATE the Oedipal complex theory as applied to Hamlet SO GODDAMN MUCH, but it happens to work in favor of my argument, so I went with it.

* This is my third paper on Hamlet in two semesters. (It should be my fourth, but I never did get my shit together on that assignment last semester.) Good thing I love Hamlet, right? Now can I please have at least another year before I end up studying the fucking thing again?
catslash: (The Fix)
( Feb. 17th, 2009 03:47 pm)

I have, currently paused on my DVD player to as to avoid EXPLODING with glee, a full bootleg of the London show of The Fix. I did not even want to mention on my journal that I had purchased it, for fear of somehow jinxing it (things in my life tend to get screwed up by the stupidest details - in this case, I was afraid that my ancient DVD player would not be able to play a burned DVD, and felt strongly that this could be avoided by not talking about it too much; obviously I was right) BUT NOW IT IS HERE AND I HAVE IT AND IT WORKS OMG.

I never, ever thought I would actually get to see it. My glee, it is EPIC.

There is that and there is also the Milliways side of things: I CAN HAS CANON YOU GUYS. Time to see what-all I completely fucked up! And what new stuff I can use to torment Cal further! And FINALLY I will be able to resolve The Problem Of Tina.

catslash: (Javier Bardem/Josh Brolin - credit mrbna)
( Oct. 16th, 2008 12:35 pm)
Swiped from [ profile] sotto_voice

Pick a pairing from my fandoms, and come up with a location and/or situation, and I will write you between 50 and 250 words about the kiss that happened in that context.

You can even throw some crossovers at me if you want. You guys pretty much know my fandoms; check my tags and interests if you're not sure. No baseball, plz. I'm too out of touch this year to do any new pairings and I feel like I've done the old ones to death.
catslash: (fried gold - credit londonpie (??))
( Oct. 7th, 2008 10:55 pm)
You know what makes an awesome, awesome chaser to a Presidential debate?

This song.

Yes, it is from The Fix. There's some stuff in the beginning that is excellent but not overly relevant to the topic at hand, and then the Political Lessons begin.


Now Cal, you are going to limit yourself to three topics.


And only three.


The public can digest no more.


Say it with me.




Very good. They're safe, you see. Not too extreme, not too abstract. You must stay away from big

And from there it just gets better. McCain kept saying things that kept forcing me to sing bits of the song under my breath, and once I even had to skip ahead to "I See the Future," which is about what title says and is every bit the forced, sappy bullshit you would expect.

I'm not saying I base my thoughts on the debate on a political satire musical. I'm just saying: McCain, dude, you never had my vote and you never will, but I might stop laughing at you if you stop sounding like Grahame Chandler attempted to run your campaign and then gave up in disgust.
catslash: (not mad)
( Sep. 15th, 2008 07:20 pm)
MY BRAIN. Is a muddle. Here is what my day has contained.

* The Torchwood audio play. Yes, yes, I know I have very loudly quit Torchwood, but I have a weakness for audio stuff. And I knew it would be hilarious. And I was not wrong. I'm going to have to listen to it again soon. CANDYFLOSS.

* As per a deal I made with [ profile] maggiesox, I am listening to Les Miserables in its entirety, start to finish, for the first time. Ever. I know quite a few of the songs, because we sang a medley in chorus when I was in eighth grade (mmm, uplifting) and I was still young enough then so that I now, eleven years later, still know every word. I even bought the Broadway soundtrack at that time, but being young and free of any sort of taste in music, I didn't really care much about any of the songs I didn't already know.

So. I mentioned that in Maggie's presence, and a deal was brokered: I would listen to Les Miz if she would finally listen to The Fix. I am holding up my end of the bargain, which is not exactly a chore, because I am of course enjoying it immensely.

And I just HAPPEN to have the recording with Philip Quast as Javert. Quast also plays my favorite character in The Fix, one Grahame Chandler. Total coincidence, really!

* And then there is the paper on Hamlet. We're reading Hamlet in my literary-analysis-or-whatever-the-hell-it's-called class, and had to do a "close reading" of a selection, which basically means "write at least three pages on ten to fifteen lines." I picked one of Claudius's, because I have a weakness for sympathetic villains. (See above in re: Grahame Chandler. Also, I bet we can all guess who is going to be my favorite Les Miz character.) (Incidentally, I believe Philip Quast could play an excellent Claudius. Grahame practically IS Claudius, just with polio and being in love with his nephew instead of his sister-in-law.) (See what I mean about my brain being a muddle?) Plus, it happens to contain one of my favorite selections in the play: "Do it, England/For like the Hectic in my Blood he rages/And thou must cure me." Grahame is so not the only one with a thing for his nephew.

(And yes, I managed three pages out of eleven lines effortlessly. I talk too much. If you had not noticed this, then hi, I'm Cathryn, nice to meet you.)

Also, somewhere in all that, during my play analysis class, was some brief discussion of Augustus Wilson's The Piano Lesson, which I saw last year for my Intro to Theatre class and you should totally go see it if there is a production in your area, because it's pretty awesome.

But anyway. Torchwood and Les Miz and Hamlet and too many parallels with The Fix in both casting and theme and if I DON'T have seriously strange dreams tonight, I will be very disappointed in my brain.
catslash: (reason to stay)
( Aug. 26th, 2008 11:14 pm)
Oh, man. I'm not usually so good at, like, sitting still during speeches. But my roommate had Hillary's speech on the radio in the kitchen and I wandered out to put away a fork, and I ended up getting stuck until the speech was over. It was excellent. Goosebumps and everything.

(Even if I did keep having flashes of The Fix, like, guess what makes it really hard to take politics seriously? Constantly listening to a political satire musical, that's what. I get the giggles at random moments whenever I'm exposed to the campaign. Election year was either the worst or the best time possible for this particular obsession, depending on your perspective.)
catslash: (Torchwood.  Oh dear. - credit apiphile)
( Aug. 4th, 2008 04:22 pm)
So I guess this was inevitable. All I could do in the end was try to go the slightly less predictable route.

Torchwood/The Fix. It was GOING to be a drabble, but Jack wouldn't shut up, so it ended up being two and a half drabbles instead.

'Eerie, isn't it? Captain Jack Harkness.' )
catslash: (not mad)
( Jul. 28th, 2008 07:12 pm)
So you know the best way to get something written? Publicly swear that I'm trying to ignore it. And thus, a Dark Knight/The Fix crossover. It was supposed to just be a commentfic for [ profile] apiphile, but she seems intent on making other people aware of its existence, so I decided it would be best to polish it into something a little less embarrassing and stick it in its own post.

Vague spoilers for The Dark Knight, taking place some time after the movie ends; slightly more specific spoilers for The Fix, in case anyone is worried, taking place toward the end and becoming massively AU.

But then, given his current situation, he'd be lucky not to be wetting himself before the Joker tired of playing with him and got down to business. )
catslash: (where the fuck)
( Jul. 4th, 2008 05:30 pm)
This is KILLING ME, people. KILLING ME. SO MUCH TEMPTATION. Less than a day to go (I hope) before I can see the Doctor Who finale, and I'm glad for more reasons than one. Trying to avoid even the slightest hint of a possibility of a vague spoiler requires skipping over everything I would normally read. There are THREE DW wank reports up at Fandom Wank. THREE OF THEM. And I don't dare touch them.

I know it'll all be worth it. But damn.

In other, equally geeky news, I've been listening for the last couple of days to the soundtrack of a play called The Fix. I'd only ever heard of this play because the original cast had John Barrowman, but that's not why I bought it. I bought it because it is a political satire musical, which is just one of those combinations you don't expect and the second I read the blurb at Amazon, I had to have it. And I am really, really sad that I hadn't heard of it years ago, because it is awesome and it is something that should have been in my life long before now. What happens is: the front runner Presidential candidate dies in the midst of screwing his mistress, so his wife and brother decide that her drug-addict son will go into politics and eventually become President instead. Naturally, it all turns into a huge mess, and the songs are great, and the performances are wonderful, and why did I only hear of this play because one of the actors in it happened to end up on a couple of shows I like? How many other awesome musicals am I missing out on?

(Mind you, in terms of my Doctor Who fandom, I'm not sure this didn't turn out for the best. Because my first DW eps were the Empty Child two-parter, and the second I figured out who was playing Jack I would have been all, "OMG it's Cal!" and probably have viewed the entire thing rather differently. Casting can be funny that way.)


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