anghraine: jyn erso and cassian andor standing together (jyn and cassian)
But I'm woefully behind on everything over here. :\

title: per ardua ad astra (5/?)
verse: Death Star
characters: Jyn Erso, Cassian Andor; some nameless OCs, but they're transitory—this chapter is definitely the Jyn and Cassian show (FINALLY)
stuff that happens: Jyn and Cassian discreetly catch up, for a Jyn and Cassian value of discreet. Also, it turns out that it takes a really long time to get around a base the size of a moon, and feels still longer when one of you has broken ribs.
previous chapters: one, two, three, four

He looked less pinched but also more exhausted; he hadn’t buttoned the jacket at all. Silently, she pointed at the bed.

With Cassian, she didn’t have to worry about some pathetic attempt at flirtation. He nodded, walked over, propped up the pillow, and carefully laid himself down. Then he said,

“What is Darth Vader doing here?”

Pathetic flirtation might have been better.

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Feb. 2nd, 2017 12:36 pm
anghraine: from the 2005 p&p: darcy standing at a piano while georgiana plays it (Default)
I just posted about it on Tumblr, but I'm still sort of '??????'

Somebody actually started a venting thread about me on ffa! And I figured it'd be Tolkien or SW, where I am (if I'm honest with myself :P) a justifiably wanky target, but no! It's someone who really likes my Austen posts on Tumblr but is annoyed at my P&P 1995 hateboner and that I spend more time thanking people for nice tags (not their words :P) than writing.

It's amazing. I'm slightly put out, but mostly flattered.


Jan. 31st, 2017 03:10 pm
anghraine: darcy (david rintoul) and elizabeth (elizabeth garvie) smiling at each other (darcy and elizabeth)
I got a Tumblr ask about my favourite P&P fics, so I idly went searching to see if Alison ever did get around to re-posting "Indiscretions." She didn't, as far as I can tell, but unless my eyes deceive me, she DID post a revised version Force of Passion at AHA.

anghraine: picture of yoda; text: star wars, this is; your earth logic, you will need not (yoda [earth logic])

Ah, yes. A foot of snow melting all at once, when we live in the shadow of a mountain range including several volcanoes, directly on one of the largest rivers in the country. What could possibly go wrong?

Poor Astoria.
anghraine: carrie fisher and mark hamill grinning widely; text: laughing & half-divine (luke and leia [laughing and half-divine])
title: per ardua ad astra (4/?)
verse: Death Star
characters: Jyn Erso, Bodhi Rook, Cassian Andor; OCs—Dr Esten, Corporal Zekheret, Sergeant Bain Efrah, various nameless Imperials
stuff that happens: Jyn doesn't like spying, news at eleven; Bodhi gets news from the stormtrooper grapevine; release of How To Annoy Xenophobes, a book by Cassian Andor
previous chapters: one, two, three

To her annoyance, he mentioned nothing of substance beyond his opinion that things would be better with Governor Tarkin running the Death Star.

“Can’t be worse than Krennic,” said a sergeant across from them, one of the only female ones Jyn had yet seen. “Backwater creep who thinks he’s better than the people doing the real work. I saw him flouncing around in that cape once, like he’s Darth fucking Vader. Ugh. It’ll be just our luck if he made it off. I bet he has.”

Jyn felt an unexpected glow of benevolence. Cheerfully, she said, “No, he didn’t. Some Rebel shot him in the back.”

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anghraine: chiaroscuro shot of leia; text: frozen (leia [frozen])
title: per ardua ad astra (3/?)
verse: Death Star
characters: Jyn Erso and Bodhi Rook; Cassian Andor, technically; OCs—Corporal Pralit, Dr Esten
stuff that happens: Even on the Death Star, Jyn gets to appreciate the small joys of life: running water, quality health care, and local news.
previous chapters: one, two

She felt faintly soiled. More than faintly. Did it feel the same to Cassian?

Everything I did, I did for the Rebellion. Not the words of a man who enjoyed the choices he made. Not even the words of a man who believed them right, except as necessary sacrifices for a greater moral end. Perhaps he hated this near as much as Jyn. But Cassian had the cause to live by, even his darkest paths lit by that clear, shining purpose. Jyn—she didn’t quite know what she had, even if she managed to claw their way out of this place. She believed, she hoped, she cared about the fight. She did now. And she wouldn’t give up, ever. She just … she couldn’t see herself existing in Cassian’s stark simplicities, everything bleak or brilliant.

In any case, she felt as if she walked backwards, back to Lianna. None of this for the cause, for some great end, just survival. But not hers alone, she reminded herself. Cassian’s and Bodhi’s. They needed her. That was a cause in itself.

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Jan. 10th, 2017 10:19 pm
anghraine: lin bei fong; text: whatever happens don't turn back (lin [don't turn back])
Someone on AO3 just left a comment that begins:

As always, your last lines are deadly.

This is the greatest compliment I have ever received in my life.
anghraine: leia as rosie the riveter; text: we can do it (leia [riveter])

title: per ardua ad astra (2/?)
verse: Death Star
characters: Jyn Erso, Cassian Andor, Bodhi Rook; OCs—a nameless lieutenant, a nameless medic, a nameless ensign, and Quartermaster Brakas
stuff that happens: Jyn tries to survive talking to people, in the most literal sense possible
previous chapters: one

Bastards, she still thought. Cassian had better be grateful.

Then she felt sick, mind alight with the memory of his blood on her hands, on his mouth. She hadn’t forgotten. But just for a moment, Cassian had meant the cool-headed spy, somewhere out there glowering at the unworthy, not the man who carved up his own body getting to her.

Soon, she promised herself. He’d be himself again, preaching about the cause, and she, well, she’d figure out what she was. Maybe a Rebel. Definitely free.

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anghraine: picture of yoda; text: star wars, this is; your earth logic, you will need not (yoda [earth logic])
I keep promising myself that I won't—I even managed to hold to it for, like, eight whole months! But I love Rogue One so much. SO. MUCH.

I was idly thinking of shippy AUs but nothing except "well they need to kiss" came to mind, lol, when a terrible and wonderful realization settled on me about the potential disaster that surviving above Scarif could really be. I wrote up a babbling post about it on Tumblr, mapped out an eleven-page outline, and the post started accumulating enough notes that I got anxious that someone else might write it first. (Clearly the best motivation for writing.)

ANYWAY. THIS IS WHAT I'M DOING NOW. (Also working on Lucy, the clear winner of the poll, but ... AHHHHH ROGUE ONE)

title: per ardua ad astra (aka I couldn't think of a title and went for maximum pretension)

verse: Death Star AU! The reason for the name will become evident by the end of the chapter. (There's considerable overlap with the Rogue One backstory of the Lucyverse, but the AUs themselves are completely independent.)

fandom: Star Wars

characters: Jyn Erso, Cassian Andor, Bodhi Rook; later, Leia Organa, Luke Skywalker, Han Solo; Jyn/Cassian

length: 4900 words (this chapter; God knows what it’ll be eventually)

stuff that happens: Jyn, Cassian, and Bodhi survive, only to face the worst bonus mission ever.

“Jyn, we have to leave now,” Bodhi was shouting.

She wasted no more time, just climbed over the railing, ignoring the twinges in her leg. They were about to be worse, but she could see Cassian near-collapsed over Bodhi. She’d live. Hopefully.

Jyn jumped.

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anghraine: leia and luke at the end of esb; text: warchildren (leia and luke [war])
The Rogue One vs OT fave competition thing that fandom is doing is … really baffling for me.

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anghraine: vader's pyre; text: redemption (anakin [vader's pyre])
I genuinely did not consider the extent of the Vader/Cassian parallels until I startled rambling in the tags.

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Dec. 26th, 2016 02:55 am
anghraine: chiaroscuro shot of leia; text: frozen (leia [frozen])
I thought I'd write a short fic working Rogue One into the Lucy Skywalker 'verse before I got into seriously working on it.

Nine pages later, I'm still not done. Or particularly close to done.

anghraine: b&w leia in anh, melancholy; text: shadows falling (leia [shadows])
I had a few brief tantrums conversations with my Tumblr friends over Rogue One before I managed to organize my thoughts into something like coherence (and horrifying realizations). So the Lesser Tumblr Posts:

December 21: saw the movie; feelings could only be expressed in gif form; screeched about my shiny new agonizing otp
December 22: the other otp; started dreaming up fix-fic AUsassembled my thoughts about Jyn's arc; descended into more babbling; progressed to Vader relief; came to terms with Lucasfilm ignoring their own actors' ages to stick to the mandated 20-something leads; more screaming; God bless fandom; seriously, Jyn/Cassian shippers are amazing
December 23: explained Vader's murder puns; was corrected about literary terminology and sneered back. Representative excerpt:

The wordplay is entirely based on the multiple potential meanings of choke and of aspiration, not on any word serving multiple syntactic functions.

December 24: started grumping about extracanonical shit I find unconvincing and inconsistent; cringed over Cassian fics treating Spanish like Sindarin
December 25 (today!): accurately represented the filmmakers' interactions with our corporate overlord; helpfully assembled my favourite anguished author's notes from fellow shippers on AO3

There are a couple more (not counting my howling in the tags of various reblogged gifsets and manips and whatnot), but they're more substantial, so I'll probably do full crossposts.
anghraine: leia as rosie the riveter; text: we can do it (leia [riveter])
Hello, Dreamwidth! I've been howling over Rogue One on Tumblr for days now, which is totally fine. Haha. Merry Christmas.

Short version: I think a couple of the criticisms in terms of structure are legit, and also OH MY GOD I LOVE LOVE I LOVE THIS IS PROBABLY MY FAVOURITE SW SINCE EMPIRE OH GODDDDD ALSO TWO OTPS OUT OF ONE MOVIE WHAT A FILM A+++++

An anon asked me for a review, so my longer and more coherent review:

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anghraine: a piece of paper covered in handwriting and a fountain pen; text: writer (writing)
... but there are a few of you not there/less comfortable there, so for the sake of completeness:

If, theoretically, I were to try and finish a segment of one of my projects, would you want it to be:

Poll #17801 Christmas fic poll
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 7

If I were to finish a segment of one of my projects, which would you want it to be?

View Answers

The Jedi and the Sith Lord (Star Wars | f!Luke AU)
6 (85.7%)

we get dark, only to shine (The Borgias | Cesare/Lucrezia S1 AU)
1 (14.3%)

tolerably well acquainted (P&P | Darcy/Elizabeth, canon-compliant | E's feelings at Pemberley onwards)
0 (0.0%)

pro patria (Guild Wars 2 | mostly canon-compliant Ascalonian fic)
0 (0.0%)

each new arrival (The Borgias | Vanozza gen)
0 (0.0%)

Lady of the City (LOTR | f!Faramir AU)
1 (14.3%)

0 (0.0%)


- J&SL
- wgdots
- tolerably well acquainted
- pro patria
- each new arrival
- LotC
- Other: recent projects here, general fic discussion here

anghraine: vader's pyre; text: redemption (anakin [vader's pyre])
"Well, to me Vader wasn't redeemed either!"

It doesn't matter if Vader is redeemed "to you."

It. does. not. matter. 

If you don't find Vader's redemption convincing, fine. If you don't find it satisfying, fine. If you don't find it well-developed, fine. If it doesn't fit into your moral vision, fine.

Disliking an element is not the same as denying it exists. Vader was redeemed in ROTJ. It happened. That's what his death scene is about. That's what the smiling glowy blue ghost is about. Dislike Vader's redemption all you want, but you cannot reasonably deny that it occurred.

Moreover, translating "I don't personally find Vader's redemption convincing" into "Kylo is unlikely to be given a redemption arc, and if he does, it will be bad" is just baffling. "I don't like a thing that happened in canon, therefore it's improbable that the canon will do that thing" = ???????????

Whether Ben claws his way to redemption or becomes the cackling one-dimensional villain of Kylo antis' dreams, this is a shitty, shitty argument.
anghraine: brightened leia from esb with a shadow (leia [shadowed])
They have an article by Rebecca Traister about how incredibly obnoxious and ill-considered the sneering ~failure of identity politics~ autopsies are, as are the left's anti-establishment rhetoric. The end is particularly good:

Because the objects of the vitriol from the left, dirtbag and otherwise, are the hardworking heart of the Democratic Party, now the resistance: the grandmothers who left their houses every morning to get out the vote; the people who took buses and carloads of volunteers to knock on doors and ring buzzers and make endless phone calls; the Black Lives Matter activists who protest the killing of their children and targeting of their communities; the women and men who provide reproductive-health access, even as the government works to roll back that access; the abortion rights and gay rights and criminal justice reform advocates who didn’t write off Hillary Clinton, but instead asked her to be better.

All of these people are facing very dark and scary days, and instead of blaming them, I want to thank them. I’ll also thank Clinton herself, now an old woman, who worked her ass off for decades to do something no woman has ever done before; and President Barack Obama, who for eight years showed us a different picture of what leadership could look like in America. Neither of their careers would have been possible without the struggles of generations of “identity politics” activists that came before them.


Nov. 25th, 2016 12:31 am
anghraine: English: a language that lurks in dark alleys, beats up other languages & rifles through their pockets for spare vocab (english)
It's 12:32 AM and the results for my GRE just came in—not the general, but the English Literature Subject Test, which is quite possibly one of the most nightmarish exams I've ever taken (230 QUESTIONS ON ALL ENGLISH LANGUAGE LIT AND SOME FOREIGN, IN THREE HOURS).

I got 670, which they say is better than 88% of people who take it. It's not amazing, but Harvard, Berkeley, etc are like "there's no minimum... but 650 is in a good ballpark." SO. OKAY.

I have an MA and went to backwater-ish schools, so ... ideally it'd be better, I think, but is a good score. And in the general GRE, my verbal score was in the 99th percentile, and my master's GPA was a 3.98 ... but my undergrad was terrible and



Nov. 12th, 2016 08:01 pm
anghraine: brightened leia from esb with a shadow (leia [shadowed])
A follower just responded to my reblog of the Vox article about white supremacist celebrations with WELL TRUMP SUPPORTERS HAVE BEEN ATTACKED TOO AND THIS ISN'T EVEN REAL VIOLENCE!!!! THO VANDALISM IS ILLEGAL

They're not a Trump supporter, just apparently that offended that an article somewhere didn't Tell Both Sides. Because if there's one thing we haven't gotten enough of, it's that.
anghraine: anakin in rots looking down; text: lost (anakin [lost])
I've been snarling on Twitter and Tumblr for hours. Right now, my head aches from crying. And, in the general scheme of things, I'll be okay. Their creepy states' rights fetish means blue states have a cushion.

But, God, heartbroken for Hillary. And particularly, for those of you outside that cushion. Take care. And in the immortal words of birdsrights activist:



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