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Jan. 1st, 2030

astolat

About this journal

I pretty much exclusively use this lj for posting fannish work and glee. Lots of my fannish writing is explicit, and I often don't post content warnings, so be aware before you read. I don't post that regularly, mostly just when I have something new to share, and I don't post locked, so I don't friend back -- I don't like filtering, so my flist is just what I'm reading right at this moment in time.

You don't have to ask to friend or defriend my journal, or to link to anything I post, or to crit my stuff, or to make sequels/podfics/fanart/whatever based on it, etc. As long as credit is given, you don't need my permission.

I WOULD especially love it if you post your work on the Archive of Our Own (http://ao3.org) and cite my original story as a related work there, because then I can easily link back to you from the original story. :D

If you make a translation/remix/etc of one of my things and don't have an AO3 account, I have invites, just PM me your email address for one, and if it's for one of my stories that isn't on the AO3 yet, let me know and I'll put it up so you can link it.



PS: anon commenting is disabled here on my livejournal because I was getting badly spammed. You can comment anon on my Dreamwidth journal instead if you want.

Feb. 21st, 2019

astolat

Transformers Prime: The Parent Trap (Megatron/Optimus)

Here is the teenager story, because the other TFP one decided it was NOT finished after all. :P

ao3 story blurb

The Parent Trap (17924 words) by astolat
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Transformers: Prime
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Megatron/Optimus Prime
Characters: Megatron, Optimus Prime, Arcee, Ratchet, Original Cybertronian Character(s)
Additional Tags: Teenagers, Cybertronian Parenting, Sparklings
Series: Part 16 of Transformers works
Summary:

“Oh my God, are you saying that Megatron had Optimus’s baby?” Miko shrieked piercingly.



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Feb. 9th, 2019

astolat

Signal Boost: The Self-Curated Vidshow Challenge!

This was really neat to do, and I'm having so much fun going through the vidshows!

[personal profile] trelkez posted: The Self-Curated Vidshow Challenge!

In January I asked vidders to make vidshows using only their own vids. A whole lot of you did! There are 47 vidshows by 31 different vidders, all ready for browsing here:

The Self-Curated Vidshow Challenge

You can browse the vidshows by vidder name, either off the main list or in the top navigation. If you're not sure how to watch the shows, check the about page for tips. There are content notes available for most shows in a separate table beneath the vidshow playlist, so if you don't see them at a glance, scroll down.



I called mine Conversations, because I discovered while poking around for a theme that I had this bunch of vids that all have (at least for me) a strongly defined narrator voice talking to a second character.

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astolat

I think I failed this test?

Ultimate Fanfic Tropes Showdown 3.1

I feel like my final list is not actually true because I change my mind on what each trope means depending on context, which in this case was the trope it was matched up against!

Rank Name
1 Snowed-In Cabin/Isolated Together For Extended Period of Time
2 Enemies to Friends to Lovers
3 Magical Connection (Telepathy, etc)
4 Fake Dating/Fake Marriage Accidentally Turns Into Feelings
5 Fairy Tale/Mythology AU
rest of resultsCollapse )

but the real list is more like:

1) Competence (how! how can they not have included competence!)
2) Fealty (their linked definition of Loyalty Kink is REALLY not the same as mine)
3) Antagonist/counterpart romance
4) Bonding (really any imposed connection) develops into chosen connection
5) AUs that create interesting new stakes and worldbuilding

10) Isolated together
11) Huddling for warmth
12) Family/kid fic
13) Hurt/comfort

the others are in here in a vague cloud, happy to read them, wouldn't immediately jump

100) Artificial conflict/misunderstandings
1000) Unhappy endings
1,000,000) Mundane AUs

But the REAL real answer is that it totally depends on the fandom! What I want is different depending on the fandom and the pairing. But OKAY fine, that is much less interesting for quiz purposes, I GRANT YOU.

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Feb. 8th, 2019

astolat

SignalBoost bookmarklet update! Now boosts HTML

I am using the signal boost bookmarklet to signal boost this update to the signal boost bookmarklet and if any of you signal boost this and someone boosts that then eventually clearly we will create a vortex in the space-time continuum. :P

[personal profile] astolat posted: SignalBoost bookmarklet

I've now updated the bookmarklet so that it preserves the HTML encoding in the selected text, so for instance if you select a chunk of text that includes an image or links to an AO3 story or to another DW post, the links will be preserved. It does NOT work on embedded video, sorry. :(



You can just copy and paste that code from the textarea into the URL field of the bookmarklet to upgrade it.

Also here's the underlying javascript in much more readable/editable form for anyone who wants to muck around with it: signal_boost.js on Gist

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astolat

Signal Boost: Chocolate Box pinch hits up for grabs

[personal profile] dorinda posted: Chocolate Box pinch hits up for grabs

If you feel like writing a story of at least 300 words by Tuesday, consider pinch hitting for Chocolate Box! It's a relationship-based challenge (/ or &), so keep that in mind when reading the requests.

The easiest way to browse the pinch-hits is by just looking at the comm, [community profile] chocolateboxcomm ; they're up in two recent posts, "pinch hits 28-50" and "pinch hits 51-73". That way you can just skim the fandom names.

But if you'd like direct links to the full posts: one and two.



eta: Fanartists, many of these prompts are for sketches/fanart too! Take a look if you can!

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Feb. 6th, 2019

astolat

Transformers Animated: A Degree of Compatibility

la la la it's the consort fic that ALL OF YOU WANTED FIRST, lol <3



A Degree of Compatibility (8500 words) by astolat
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Transformers Animated (2007)
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Megatron/Optimus Prime
Characters: Optimus Prime, Megatron
Additional Tags: consort, Arranged Marriage, Light Masochism, Consent Issues
Series: Part 15 of Transformers works
Summary:

“And what’s the price for a Decepticon leader’s help these days?" Optimus said. "Head of his captor on a pike?”


The Councillors started falling over each other hurriedly protesting, no, no, of course not, how could Optimus think, never—and Megatron laughed over them all and said, “It’s not your head I want to mount. I have demanded you as my consort.”


“Okay, well, that’s—unexpected,” Optimus said, blankly.



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Feb. 3rd, 2019

astolat

Signal Boost: Markdown Simplifies Formatting Your DW Posts

[personal profile] jesse_the_k posted: Markdown Simplifies Formatting Your DW Posts

Markdown is a silent feature inside Dreamwidth's HTML editor. You turn it on by making the first line of the post:

!markdown

Now Dreamwidth interprets any Markdown you type.



I did not know that you could use Markdown in DW! Super cool. (Much more info about Markdown and how to use it in that post.)

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Feb. 1st, 2019

astolat

Signal Boost: federated fandom

[personal profile] arduinna posted: federated fandom

So then I clicked a link in cesperanza's comments and signed up for what seems to be the current fannish-testing-ground on Hubzilla, fandom.stopthatimp.net.

... Seriously, I had NO INTENTION. But here I've been for the last few days, and I gotta say, I'm pulling for Hubzilla to be the next big thing. I'll leave the technical stuff to other people, and just tell you why I'm liking the system as a user.



Lots more details in arduinna's post and I am lazy so I will only point over there and say I'm there too!

http://fandom.stopthatimp.net/channel/astolat

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Jan. 31st, 2019

astolat

Transformers: Excessively Clever (Megatron/Optimus)

hahaha I had fun writing this :P



Excessively Clever (18605 words) by astolat
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Transformers Generation One, Transformers - All Media Types
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Megatron/Optimus Prime
Characters: Swindle, Megatron, Optimus Prime, Bumblebee (Transformers)
Additional Tags: POV Outsider, Accidental Voyeurism, Non-Accidental Voyeurism, mining
Series: Part 14 of Transformers works
Summary:

“Don’t let this become one of the occasions you get excessively clever, Swindle," Megatron said. "My patience for the current situation is highly limited.”



With many thanks to [personal profile] monicawoe for beta! All fb loved! <3 :D

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Jan. 27th, 2019

astolat

Transformers: Arena (Megatron/Orion Pax)

OK! The voters have spoken (well, they HAD spoken and then Swindle caught up, but TOO LATE because I was already doing the last bits of proofreading on this one)! Feel free to keep voting, I have a lot more of these to go, lol.



Arena (8616 words) by astolat
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Transformers Generation One, Transformers - All Media Types
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Megatron/Orion Pax, Ariel/Dion/Orion Pax
Characters: Orion Pax, Megatron (Transformers)
Additional Tags: Victory Condition AU, Gladiators, Revolution
Series: Part 13 of Transformers works
Summary:

“You wouldn’t want to miss that match," the administrator said.



(Also in the comments there is a tiny bit of extra-story explanation about what happened to Brickbat in the Champion universe.)

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Jan. 26th, 2019

astolat

IMPORTANT POLL

So I am doing this thing again I seem to do in Transformers fic where I am having a burst of procrastination WRITING ENERGY and working on multiple stories at the same time and I don't want to stop long enough to actually POST them as I finish them? So:



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Jan. 16th, 2019

astolat

SignalBoost bookmarklet

Okay, here is the little bookmarklet -- it's pretty limited, but it serves my own laziness, so I share it FWIW and if anyone has the time and wants to upgrade it, go for it and drop me a comment and I'll (ha ha) signal boost any new versions!

Here's the underlying javascript in much more readable/editable form for anyone who wants to muck around with it: signal_boost.js on Gist (now 1.4 by [personal profile] lj_writes)


  1. Create a new bookmark on your browser's bookmarks bar, then edit it. Copy and paste the code from this textarea into the URL field (sorry I can't make a draggable version here on DW as the javascript is being yanked, understandably).

    eta: [personal profile] melannen has already made the first improved version, which now warns you if you try to signal boost an access-locked post!

    eta2: I've now updated the bookmarklet so that it preserves the HTML encoding in the selected text, so for instance if you select a chunk of text that includes an image or links to an AO3 story or to another DW post, the links will be preserved. It does NOT work on embedded video, sorry. :(

    eta3: v1.4 with fixes and stripping excess Signal Boost: prefixes from [personal profile] melannen, more support for non-DW sites and better formatting from [personal profile] lj_writes!



  2. Go to a Dreamwidth post that you want to signal boost. You have to be ON the post itself; sadly this doesn't work from within your reading list. Also, you need to be logged in.

  3. If you want an excerpt, select some text in the post.

  4. Click the bookmarklet. You should be taken to the Dreamwidth post form with the signal boost content prefilled. You can add any other content you want, copy and paste the content to create posts with multiple signal boosts, etc. Whenever you're happy, you post it like any other post.



eta2: Safari for iOS install instructions by [personal profile] gingicat and Chrome for Android install instructions by [personal profile] falena!


Pre-Github versions preserved:

1.1, access lock, no HTML copying


1.0, no access lock check


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Jan. 13th, 2019

astolat

sharing a post

I am noodling a super basic little bookmarklet to make it easier to signal-boost posts, and here is a post I wanted to share that I have used it on! :)

[personal profile] doctorsidrat posted: thinking about comms

I have some more thoughts re: communities. Specifically, there were a lot of comments wishing they were more active, but not sure a) how to get them to be active, b) what purpose a community serves in modern fannish times, and c) not sure how to run/start a community successfully. And that led to this collection of thoughts about communities!



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Jan. 6th, 2019

astolat

Dear Chocolatier

Dear Chocolatier,

What I'd love is if my prompt does for you the thing that makes me so happy when a prompt does it for me, namely it unlocks either a story that's been trying to happen, or shows me how to finish a story that's somewhere halfway, or gets me working or playing in a different direction in a fandom or pairing, leads me somewhere that I wouldn't have gone without that spark coming in from outside. And if what comes out doesn't exactly match what I asked for, that's fine! Please take my requests as input and not as instructions. :D

Also I am absolutely equally happy for art and fic!

Transformers (G1, TFA, Prime), D&D Cartoon, X-Men (Logan/Rogue), and Lucard/LacroixCollapse )


And hey, I can totally count this list as requests for the snowflake challenge day 6! :D



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Jan. 3rd, 2019

astolat

Holiday food!

So I have been quiet around here lately because I cooked ALL THE THINGS for ALL THE HOLIDAYS, including:

Hanukkah latkesCollapse )

Then there was Hypatia's six layer rainbow birthday cake with swiss meringue buttercream frosting. I have tried now four different vanilla cake recipes for the cake base and remain unsatisfied, so if you have a top-notch one that stands up to lots of stirring please point me at it!

Xmas Eve and Day salmon and gooseCollapse )

Finally, our New Year's Eve playdate menu, which was almost completely made-ahead the day before so I could run a D&D game for the kids:

New Years Eve menuCollapse )

And then I got my Secret Solenoid story done! :P

*falls over*

Also, go sign up for Chocolate Box! No one but me has requested/offered any of my fandoms so far! :sad emoji: Only 300 words, you can do it! details on [community profile] chocolateboxcomm

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Jan. 1st, 2019

astolat

Transformers Prime: Coming Home (Megatron/Optimus)



Coming Home (21430 words) by astolat
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Transformers: Prime
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Megatron/Optimus Prime, Megatron/Orion Pax
Characters: Megatron, Optimus Prime, Ravage (Transformers), Knockout, Predaking (Transformers)
Additional Tags: Post-Predacons Rising (Prime Movie), Pining, Post-War, Rebuilding, Aftermath of Possession
Series: Part 12 of Transformers works
Summary:

Megatron went back to Kaon.



For entangledwood in the Secret Solenoid gift exchange!

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Dec. 21st, 2018

astolat

Signal boosting!

Signal-boosting among the holiday frenzy:

[community profile] chocolateboxcomm is currently running nominations! This is a pairings-based exchange (gen & shippy both) and you can request crossover pairings.

[community profile] pornday just ran a fest and there are works up, also I am feeling the spirit of this comm under the circumstances. :P

[community profile] purimgifts is gearing up for their annual exchange of works featuring characters who are any of women, jewish, and/or persecuted by evil viziers. \o/

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Dec. 13th, 2018

astolat

Dreamwidth tips!

Just a handful I've seen people needing and one I had forgotten myself:

Here's how you get things like [archiveofourown.org profile] astolat:
<user name=astolat site=archiveofourown.org>

Here's how you do a read more:
<cut text="read more">

Hover your cursor over the little "person" icon next to their name (like in this: [personal profile] astolat) and a little menu will appear with "subscribe" and "grant access" and you can click it and it will add the person without having to load a separate page or click twice.

[personal profile] tenlittlebullets's post reminded me: if you are surfing a prompt meme where people leave prompts in comments, then if it is a paid account (you can gift paid time to a community if it isn't) you can search the comments using search (the search link will be on the community profile):

https://www.dreamwidth.org/search?user=tfanonkink

(If you buy paid time for a big community it will take a little bit before the whole community gets searchable, but then eg you can search for your favorite pairing or character or kink only.)

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Dec. 9th, 2018

astolat

sekrit to those exiting tumblr pursued by bears

Who are you on here & there? Tell me in comments please! I only just belatedly turned on the notification for new followers, so I have no idea who has just turned up and I don't know how to find everyone in my tumblrish fandoms. *peers around in fog*

Also let me know if you know any active comms for Transformers, Witcher, GoT, HP, or, uh, anything else I'm forgetting. Oh, Dragon Age! I've been replaying DAO lately and having a blast with the Alister Revised Romance mod (and also the absolutely necessary Skip The Deep Roads mod omg, so glad for that).

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astolat

More Joy Day!

More Joy Day will be January 17! :D If you aren't familiar with the idea, go check out [personal profile] sdwolfpup's post, this is another DW tradition I have been missing, yay. <3

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Dec. 7th, 2018

astolat

Snowflake day 2: recs!

I am doing Snowflake completely out of order, but hey!



Day 2

Rec at least three fanworks that you didn’t create. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.


First, a post: [personal profile] cesperanza linked recently to this evergreen post of hers from 2006 about the NEXT story, which you should totally read if you are ever feeling inhibited or discouraged about writing.

everything, even ourselves (11080 words) by ohdeariemegoodness
TF:G1, Ultra Magnus & Optimus Prime, Soundwave/Ultra Magnus, Ultra Magnus/Bureaucracy (lol)

my rec: this is just hilarious and great, and poor Ultra Magnus is clearly in for a confusing and difficult time. (Also I totally see pre-Megatron/Optimus in this story. ;) Also read her other TF stories, they are super fun; where we had thought to find is actually an AU of And I Alone Have Escaped To Tell You. :D

The Field Ballad (1809 words) by AltraViolet
TF: IDW G1, Megatron/Rodimus

my rec: okay so tbh I am not into IDW's Autobot Megatron at all, or the entire Lost Light concept at all for that matter, but this story is great! I love the whole concept of the field ballad and even if Autobot Megatron is not Megatron, he is an interesting character and I love Rodimus and their interaction in this too.

and a bonus, my own awesome gift from the Secret Solenoid exchange:

Wiser Eyes (4712 words) by Harutemu
Transformers: Prime, Megatron/Optimus Prime

my rec: OK so I have to preface this by saying that I have massive problems with the TF:Prime backstory (which is either completely out of control of its own politics or deliberately ultra-right-wing or BOTH), so essentially what I am always looking for in a TFP story is anything that fixes that, and this story did just that! \o/

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Aug. 16th, 2018

astolat

Transformers: Someone You Might Have Been (Megatron/Optimus)



Someone You Might Have Been (3102 words) by astolat
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Transformers Generation One, Transformers: Shattered Glass
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Megatron/Optimus Prime
Characters: Optimus Prime, Megatron
Additional Tags: Shattered Glass, Mirror Universe, Loss
Series: Part 11 of Transformers works
Summary:


I didn’t love him because he wasn’t you.



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Jun. 15th, 2018

astolat

new fic!

Wow, I didn't realize how completely I'd fallen down on cross-posting here. Why doesn't just THINKING about posting something cause the post to happen? :P Anyway, the most reliable way of getting new story notifications is to subscribe to me on AO3 since everything is getting posted there, but in the meantime, to catch up:

Transformers (all of these are Megatron/Optimus):

Project Bang (7400 words)
Ratchet shrugged tolerantly when Optimus asked his opinion. "I think it’s more a lark than anything, but we can all use a lark, now and then."

Peacemaker (27,000 words)
Megatron just stared at him through the cell door with a strange expression and didn't say anything. "Well?" Optimus said, half furious and desperate. "Will you promise not to hurt any Autobots escaping if I let you out?"

Grappling (2800 words)
The worst part of getting tied up in his own grapples and yanked into Megatron’s terrible grip and nearly killed was, unquestionably, getting tied up in his own grapples and yanked into Megatron’s terrible grip and nearly killed. The second worst part of it...

And then I fell into a Game of Thrones hole and have written a giant pile of Jaime/Brienne fic but my wrist is hurting so I'm not going to c&p all of them individually, here's the whole series:  

Game of Thrones works
7 works & 75,000 words total 

Whew!

Oh, and I am at Denver Comic-Con this weekend doing book promo, if any of you are in the area! And will be at San Diego Comic-Con and DragonCon too. Anyone else going? *peers around for fangirls* 
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Jan. 4th, 2018

astolat

Transformers: Victory Condition (Megatron/Optimus Prime)

hi happy new year omg I have five minutes between rounds of revisions *shoves story out the door*



Victory Condition (37186 words) by astolat
Chapters: 3/3
Fandom: Transformers Generation One
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Megatron/Optimus Prime
Characters: Optimus Prime, Megatron
Additional Tags: Cave-In, Poetry
Series: Part 7 of Transformers works
Summary:

“Do you want me to tell you a story?” Megatron said mockingly. “You won’t like it, Prime. It’s not a very nice one.”



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