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Title: (Kissing) Like Drowning People Breathe
Fandom: Star Trek: TOS
Characters: James T. Kirk, Spock & ensemble
Pairing: James T. Kirk/Spock
Word Count:
Additional Tags: Hurt/comfort, fluff, romance, light angst, food, mind/mood altering substances, love confessions, first kiss, five year mission, Christmas
Summary: When the Enterprise stops for shore leave on an alien planet, their hosts go to some lengths to re-create a traditional Earth holiday. But the food turns out to have some peculiar side-effects, and in retrospect, Jim probably should have known better than to let Spock be the one to help him ride them out.

Written for the 2016 K/S Advent Calendar. 
amatara: (Kirk & Spock)
Title: When the stars begin to fall
Fandom: Star Trek: TOS (movies)
Characters: James T. Kirk, Spock
Pairing: James T. Kirk/Spock
Word Count:
Additional Tags: Friends to lovers, pining, melancholy, aging, coping mechanisms, hugs, hand kissing,  romantic soulmates.
Summary: After Spock is promoted to Captain and Jim has to come to grips with losing the Enterprise again, a chance discovery leads them to reevaluate their relationship. Set between The Motion Picture and The Wrath of Khan.

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Title: The Theory of Change
Fandom: Star Trek: AOS (movies)
Rating: PG-13
Characters: James T. Kirk, Leonard McCoy, Pavel Chekov
Word Count: ~4000
Additional Tags: Friendship, Self-esteem issues, Personal growth, Emotional hurt/comfort, Five year mission
There's more to being a captain than just following your gut; at some point, you have to start setting an example, and that's exactly what Jim is afraid he might not be able to pull off. A Jim and Bones friendship piece, set at the start of the five-year mission.
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Title: The Most Human
Fandom: Star Trek: AOS (movies)
Rating: R
Characters/pairings: Kirk/Spock/McCoy, first time Kirk/Spock, established Kirk/McCoy, past Spock/Uhura
Word Count: ~4000
Additional Tags: Threesome, Porn with Feelings, Non-Graphic Smut, Voyeurism, Mind Meld, Love Confessions, Asexual Character, Asexual Spock, Pansexual Polyamorous James T. Kirk, OT3, Star Trek Beyond
After Kirk and McCoy extend an unexpected invitation, Spock struggles to communicate his desires, only to find that he has underestimated both his friends and himself.
Or: These days, Spock rarely thinks of himself as an alien, but fitting in can still be a challenge. Especially when the needs of the many sometimes seem so incompatible with his own.

Story link @ AO3.
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Imperfections (10943 words) by Amatara
Fandom: Star Trek: The Original Series
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: James T. Kirk & Leonard “Bones” McCoy & Spock
Characters: James T. Kirk, Spock, Leonard “Bones” McCoy
Additional Tags: Friendship, Banter, Emotional Hurt/Comfort, Character Study, Canon Compliant
Summary: It’s not that good people can’t be wrong. We all do imperfect things, out of ignorance or carelessness or just because we can’t help ourselves. What sets the good people apart is how they live with it after.

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Still writing gift ficlets - a short Star Trek vignette this time:

Double or Nothing (1411 words) by Amatara
Fandom: Star Trek: The Original Series
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Leonard McCoy/Spock
Additional Tags: Fluff, Kissing, Established Relationship, Shore Leave
Summary: While on shore leave, McCoy and Spock share an unexpected private moment.

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More gift ficlets I wrote for followers on tumblr:

One for the Road (1066 words) by Amatara
Fandom: Babylon 5
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Marcus Cole/Susan Ivanova
Characters: Susan Ivanova, Marcus Cole
Additional Tags: Missing Scene, Banter, Drinking & Talking, Season/Series 04
Summary: Carrying a bottle of vodka onto a White Star had been toeing the line, she knew. Susan and Marcus sharing a drink at the start of the campaign against Clark's forces.

Home Is Where the Heart Is (1178 words) by Amatara
Fandom: Star Trek, Star Trek: The Original Series
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: James T. Kirk/Spock, James T. Kirk & Leonard McCoy & Spock
Additional Tags: Friendship, Touching, Angst and Fluff and Smut, Established Relationship
Summary: Fifteen hundred and seventy-seven minutes left until Enterprise reached space dock. Until she'd be home.
A short character vignette set at the end of the first five-year mission.

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I am so very psyched for Yuletide! Maybe it's because there was so much time to write this year, but I've been sitting on my hands for the past two weeks to stop myself from refreshing the fandoms list every two seconds or so. Also the Madness collection seems to have opened for posting ahead of time! Two of my requested fandoms have stories in the main collection, but I'm pretty sure I know which gift is mine because I requested a very specific character that no one else did, and couldn't resist the temptation to present-shake, haha. :)

I wrote 15000+ words this Yuletide (not all for my main assignment, I've been treat-writing as well) which for me is kind of an accomplishment! So, yes, proud and happy and looking forward to when the archive opens!

Something else I'm - rather unexpectedly, I have to say - looking forward to: the Merlin series finale on Christmas eve! I really wasn't too impressed with the first half of this season, but still pushed through and have found myself really enjoying the last few episodes. Also, Mordred (I still have to actively stop myself from calling him Morden out of pure habit, argh! That tells you a lot about my familiarity with Babylon 5 as opposed to with Arthurian mythology :) ) has been by far my favorite bit of this season and is continuing not to disappoint.

Please, makers of the show, let the final episode be something to remember fondly, at least! I don't even need a happy ending; just make sure we finally do get that emotional payoff we've been waiting for for all this time! PLEASE.

Also, Star Trek Into Darkness trailer, HELL YES! I'm firmly in the camp that doesn't want Benedict Cumberbatch to be playing Khan (in the philosophy "they did it right the first time; if it ain't broke, please don't try to fix it") and from the trailer at least that's starting to look increasingly unlikely, so I'm feeling a lot more relaxed about this movie now. (As for the infamous hands scene, it would not at all be out of characters for the creators to be messing with the fans' minds, so I'm just taking it as a lovely homage to a beloved scene and not much more.) I just hope I'll be able to love the upcoming movie as much as I loved the previous one - but as that will depend more on the characterizations (Bones! Spock! Uhura! Pike! Chekov!) than on the actual plot, I'm not too worried.

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So I'm not a regular con-goer (which is not entirely voluntary: there just aren't many cons to speak of on the European mainland) but there is one con that I treat myself to whenever I get the chance. I'm talking about FedCon in Germany - it's a sci-fi con that started out very small in 1992 but has become pretty huge over the years. 'Huge' not in the sense of it being a mega-event like the really big cons in the US, but they do get several thousands of visitors and at least a handful of big-name guests each year, plus a whole bunch of other actors and artists from a wide range of fandoms. In the years that I've visited the con, I've been lucky to get to see Leonard Nimoy, Nichelle Nichols, Jonathan Frakes, Brent Spiner, Kate Mulgrew, Robert Picardo, Avery Brooks, Nana Visitor, Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, James Callis, Michael Shanks, Christopher Judge, to name the ones that stayed with me the most.

The past two years husband and I were otherwise occupied during the convention weekend, but this year we were free and jumped at the opportunity to go. The major treats this year, to me at least, turned out to be Richard Dean Anderson and William Shatner. With both of them, I hadn't dared to set my expectations too high because I was afraid they'd either be plain arrogant or simply less interesting than I hoped. But I was extremely pleasantly surprised in both cases! I found RDA to be very down-to-earth, spontaneous and great fun to listen to, and Bill Shatner, while obviously drawing from pre-prepared stories, was also very witty and charming and respectful of his audience. Apart from these two, I very much enjoyed getting to see Walter Koenig, Gates McFadden, Joe Flanigan, Teryl Rothery and Kai Owen for the first time. So all in all, it was a very relaxing weekend getaway and a lovely fannish experience! (Actually, I was planning to post a few pics to give you a small taste of the con, but apparently on DW you can only link to existing pics somewhere else on the web, not upload actual pics? I don't have a paid account on DW, is that why? Darn, I really need to get a photobucket account or something!)

In other news:

#1 the Twin Peaks story for [personal profile] heartequals  that I've been working on for a while now is proving to be stubborn as all hell, so is probably going to take me a while longer. I have a first very rough draft ready, but it still needs LOTS of polishing. I'm having heaps of fun trying to whip it into shape, but, you guys! I'm actually writing BOB's voice! For the first time ever! And it is haaaaaaaaaaard! But I also really missed Peaks in general and Coop and Albert in particular, so writing them again is lovely! Which reminds me:

#2 I totally forgot to link to the wonderful Twin Peaks fic that I received from [personal profile] heartequals : I Knew This Much is a wonderful Cooper & Albert gen piece, taking place right after the "Call me crazy - on you it works" scene that marks the beginning of the Windom Earle storyline. The characterizations and dialogue are just stunning, so if you enjoy the series and its characters, I recommend this story with all my heart!

#3 Still in the Twin Peaks theme: the [community profile] twinpeaks  comm here on DW has just started a rewatch of the series. One episode per week, started last Thursday so there's still plenty of time to jump in and catch up! There's also a friending meme still going on at the same comm; it's a tiny fandom, so we love all the new friends we can make!
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1. The online fannish experience. Never mind all my angsting over readership, popularity, being remembered and recognized, or the occasional oh-my-god-am-I-a-good-author-or-not panic attack, please don't doubt this for a moment: every single reader, every comment or bit of feedback that I receive is precious to me. Every single person I get to interact with online, whether it's in a deeply philosophical discussion or just to exchange a tiny random little fact, is precious to me. I may be writing primarily because I love to write, but I'm posting because I love the interaction and the company, and I'm grateful for every friend and/or acquaintance I've made here. Don't you doubt it.

2. Babylon 5(*), for tempting me back into the fannish fold as an adult, about a decade after having (supposedly) grown out of it sometime in my late teenage years. Turns out I hadn't grown out of it at all. On the contrary, my love for certain fandoms and characters is much deeper now than back when I was still a teen crushing on Captain Kirk. *g* I love the kind of shared fannish experience that isn't just about squeeing over a show (even though it can, and should, be that too!) but also about bringing one's personal thoughts and opinions to a fandom, trying to make sense of it and enhance it and turn it into something personal, something that can be a lot more than, to quote the famous William Shatner sketch, "just a TV show."

(*) Most specifically, Peter Jurasik, Stephen Furst and the late Andreas Katsulas, for bringing to life their characters in a way that made me absolutely, unconditionally and fully, fall in love with them. Without them, I might never have had the impulse to come back to fandom at all.

3. BBC 2, for having aired the original Star Trek back when I was thirteen or so, which was what turned me into a sci-fi fan in the first place. Much as I've grown attached to the online experience, I'm also grateful for having been a fan in the days before the internet and DVDs, when all there was were magazines and VCR, and people still had pen pals, and the only way I ever got to buy Star Trek novels was by traveling to London and paying a visit to the Forbidden Planet. Not because those days were so much better, but because to have known a time where every scrap of fannish material you found, be it as small as a newspaper cutting, was a squee-worthy discovery, only makes me appreciate fandom in the internet age that much more!

4. Conventions. Specifically, living within a 300-kilometer radius of mainland Europe's best (as far as I know) and, these days, only, large sci-fi convention, being FedCon in Germany. It may be less spectacular than the USA's mega-cons, which I've never had the chance to go to, but it's friendly and atmospheric, and they always have a number of great guests. For instance, I saw Leonard Nimoy there, and Nichelle Nichols, and Brent Spiner and Robert Picardo and Kate Mulgrew; right after the BSG finale they had E.J. Olmos, Michael Hogan and James Callis, and the year right before that Mary McDonnell. My biggest frustration is still that they had a heap of Babylon 5 guests just a year before I discovered the show: there was Stephen Furst, and Julie Caitlin Brown, and Bruce Boxleitner and Peter Jurasik did a joint panel there, for heaven's sake, and I didn't even knew who the guys were! I was like: why is the audience going wild for a guy who played a middle-aged alien with a ridiculous hairdo? Gah, how ignorant I was... :)

5. In terms of specific fannish experiences to be grateful for: having lived though the Harry Potter rage first-hand. I'm not going to claim they were the best novels I've ever written or the best movies I've ever seen, but it was the most memorable fannish phenomenon I've been part of so far, and I loved every moment of it. I loved buying the books the moment they came out and then reading until the sun came up; I loved seeing the movies as they were being made, with all the long waits in between, and all those young actors growing up throughout them; and I loved how it all ended last year, not with a whimper but a bang. I wouldn't want have missed it for the world.

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Five of your favorite characters are going to a Halloween party. What costumes are they wearing?

1. Albert Rosenfield (Twin Peaks) loathes Halloween parties, plain and simple. For one thing, the event itself - or at least what modern society has made of it - is pointless. For another, he doesn't see why one would want to celebrate it by impersonating evil, be it in the shape of Dracula or Jack the Ripper or what-have-you. But the Bureau throws the occasional party, when someone (more often than not Diane) remembers to organize it, and as much as he pretends to be a bastard out there, here in the offices there are enough people whose company he enjoys that he never says no. Of course, what happens next is that guys the likes of Dale Cooper will try to convince him to wear something spectacularly ridiculous, to which he will say no. In the end, he always wears the same anyway: black suit, black tie, and a dark red shirt. He always comes as Devil's Advocate. Because he tries to be.

2. Timov (Babylon 5), I'm sure, never went to a Halloween party. There was hardly occasion on Centauri Prime, but still, she might have enjoyed it. Well, not when she was young, of course. When she was young, she had no patience to bear either the adults or the children she would probably have met there. At the time she didn't want children - was adamant about not having them, in fact - and Londo didn't make much of an effort to persuade her. But now, being older, there are times she regrets that. Sometimes, seeing Londo with Vir, she wonders if he might not have made a good father, if being a mother would have made her less bitter. And going to a party with droves of children around might be just what she needs to dispel that sense of longing she sometimes has. As for the dress, she'd probably go as the Centauri goddess Larina, who is told to steal the tongues of those who twist the truths. She'd wear grey and gold, and tell the children the goddess' story, because the truth is twisted far too often on their world. For the children, maybe there's still hope. 

3. Teyla (Stargate: Atlantis) is, of course, quite puzzled by the concept. Teyla being Teyla, she first tries her utmost to find out which belief or custom this celebration is based on, what its meaning is, what exactly is expected of her apart from "dressing up". Certainly, dressing up can't be the only point to a ceremony like this, can it? But neither John or Rodney prove in any way helpful, apart from some indistinct mutterings about candy being involved as well. So in the end, she just goes as herself.

4. The last time Leonard McCoy (Star Trek: TOS) dressed up for Halloween was when his daughter, Joanna, was five. He remembers perfectly well, because it happened to be the only Halloween he spent on Earth since she was born. There was a party at her school, parents invited. She looked so happy when he said he could come. Even Jocelyn seemed almost happy. (Almost, but not quite, because she never did anymore those days. Not even while he was home between missions). Joanna went as Tinkerbell, and Jocelyn went as Wendy, and then he was supposed to go as Captain Hook. He complained high and low about it, but in the end he did it, complete with the silly hat and twirling mustache, because Joanna asked. Then, of course, there was the divorce, and Halloween wasn't quite the same. Oh, sure, the parties on the Enerprise were great to tease Spock about pitchforks and pointed ears, but he never did dress up anymore. He didn't have the heart.

5. Severus Snape (Harry Potter) probably hates Hogwarts' yearly Halloween parties as much as he hates anything, but at least he can participate without even needing a change in clothes. Talk of being practical, right?
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Oh, hard, hard. Because this is the ur-slash-shipping fandom, and there aren't that many het pairings in there.
I'm going to include the TOS movieverse too, if you don't mind, just to make it a little easier on myself.

+ OTP:  Spock/Saavik, how they were presented in the novels. Not in a "predestined" or "I couldn't see Spock with anyone else" OTP kind of way, but they are a gorgeous couple: rational enough to still be Vulcan, yet with that base of respect and yes, love. And I adore how Saavik can match Spock in anything: wit, intelligence, and sheer strength of character. Also, platonic Kirk/Spock/McCoy: because those scenes where one of the three is either dead or dying, and the other two grieve or care for him just make me swoon. And in a somewhat different category: Kirk/Enterprise. Because this man really does love his lady. :)
+ Runner-up:  Sarek/Amanda; Spock/that female Romulan captain from "The Enterprise Incident" he seduces in order to get to her cloaking device (if that doesn't suggest a double meaning, I don't know what does *g*) because the UST was just dripping of the screen. Yep, I do have it in for the Vulcanoids. Also Kirk/Edith Keeler from "City of the Edge of Forever" since it's Kirk's only romance from the three-year run that made a lasting impression on me and felt as if it could've been something profound.
+ Honorable mention(s): Kirk/Janice Rand. Didn't always like how it was handled, but a nice bit of continuity and they really had their moments of being hot together.
+ Crack pairing(s): Scotty/Uhura. Because, no matter how much I disliked Star Trek V, the idea of these two having a thing for each other simply melted my heart into a puddle, and made an odd kind of sense too.   
+ Ship everyone else seems to like, but I don't: Non-platonic Kirk/Spock/McCoy in any combination. Because the sex doesn't push my buttons in this case, but also because I need all three for the dynamic to be complete, and slashing them would involve moving one of them to the sideline. Unless you'd go for the entire threesome, but non-platonic threesomes are generally a bit too kinky for my tastes. *g*


Aug. 2nd, 2009 06:54 pm
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Never did a meme before, but this sounded like so much fun I had to give it a go. Started with B5, then couldn't help myself and went on to do ST:TOS also!

Choose your genre show, answer the questions using episode titles from that show--if possible, don't repeat any.

Babylon 5 )

Star Trek TOS )

Other fannish news:

(1) Holiday started this weekend, and will last for the whole of two weeks - yay! For the first time since our student days, we haven't planned to go anywhere, which means I will be spending the next two weeks shortening the laundry list of hobbyish/fannish stuff I've been dragging along for ages.

Things I want to do: finish the New Zealand vid from our honeymoon (now almost a year ago); tweak and order the photos from our last five trips and put them in the album; finish my Timov/Londo fic for [ profile] matrithon, which is (frighteningly) growing faster in my head than on paper; finish the B5 vid I started on this week (on pure impulse; I never fanvidded before) as my contribution for September's "B5 love month" at [ profile] babylon5_love; finish another fic, Londo & Vir this time, that I almost finished half a year ago and then semi-forgot about; watch the first seasons of DS9 and Dr. Who and anything else I can get my hands on really; and...

Well, let's say that suddenly two weeks doesn't sound like such a long time after all. *g* But if anyone has a request for anything (fic, meta, you name it), now is probably still a better time than ever!

(2) Just bought the first season of New Who, and watched the first ep ("Rose") on Friday evening. First impression: swell! And very, very British, which for some reason makes me unbelievably happy. Love the Doctor's dry humor; love even more the fact that neither of the two main characters could in any way be considered stereotypically beautiful! A series that doesn't take itself too seriously, and has actors that look like you and me: yeah, I like. Muchly.

(3) Went for a re-watch of "Half-Blood Prince" yesterday, and appreciated it significantly more than the first time. However, I still would've liked some action at the end, between two of the most spoilery scenes of the movie ). I wanted a fight, darn you, just like in the book; I wanted some of those filthy DEs to get their a** kicked; and most of all, I wanted some kind of emotional payoff to compensate for all that angst and sadness we'd just been put through. Ah well, you can't have it all, I guess.
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Incredibly, the first fic posted on this journal turns out to be a ST one, not a B5 one as I'd expected. Ah, well, old love dies hard... and with the new movie just out in theatres, it's nearly impossible not to get caught in the Trek wake!

Rating: G
Universe:  Star Trek XI reboot universe
Disclaimer: Property of Paramount
Summary: There is always a third path between black and white, or between Vulcan and human. In the light of past events, Spock reconsiders his choices.

The third path )


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