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Fandom: Georgette Heyer (Friday's Child)
Title: Fated, or, Two Weddings and a House Warming
Pairing/Character Focus: Anthony "Sherry" Sheringham/Hero Wantage, Gil Ringwood/Ferdy Fakenham
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] Temaris
What makes this a gem: If you read Friday's Child and thought, wow, it's so progressive of Heyer to have these two layabout aristocratic boyfriends who are friends with our dumb as rocks heterosexual protagonists but I wish we got more scenes of them just hanging around the house being boyfriends, this is the fic for you! It's absolutely spot-on in tone and gives a lovely glimpse into the lives of Ferdy and Gil when they're not with Hero and Sherry. Plus, the sweetest HEA for our two deserving swains!

my better self by spookyfoot [g]

Aug. 15th, 2017 12:53 pm
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Fandom: Yuri!!! On Ice
Title: my better self
Pairing/Character Focus: Yuuri Katsuki-centric
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] spookyfoot
What makes this a gem: It's so rare to find genfic in this fandom, and this fic stands out to me as a personal favourite. It focuses on Yuuri's relationship with three women in his life: Minako, Mari, and Mila, in three chronological and intertwined vignettes, an artful example of a short story. The writing is really wonderful and subtly different in each vignette, bringing out different aspects of the three relationships. And it's an excellent character study of Yuuri too. His growth and all the facets of his personality take centre stage, but we're never made to feel like the women are just tools for his character development, as is sadly the case in a lot of (fannish or otherwise) media. Here, everyone is given their own rich lives, and more minor characters come to the fore. In every possible way, I think this fic is just fantastic.

Hold the Phone by NurseDarry [M]

Aug. 14th, 2017 11:23 am
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this is a late entry, sorry!

Fandom: Harry Potter
Title: Hold the Phone
Pairing/Character Focus: Albus Severus Potter/Scorpius Malfoy
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] nursedarry
What makes this a gem: So much about this fic is clever and hilarious; I think it's a testament to the reader that we ("Muggles") know how phones work, and seeing Albus and Scorpius communicate to each other on such a non-magical device that we're so familiar with makes this hijinks-worthy. Not to mention all the bleeding UST that comes with each of their messages! It's also one of the rare AS/S fics that doesn't address Draco and Harry's previous rival/nemesis relationship in school, and just lets their sons - these boys, be boys.

"Earthsiege" by Rain Fletcher, PG

Aug. 13th, 2017 10:31 am
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Fandom: Power Rangers (MMPR to Zeo, 1993-96)
Title: Earthsiege by Rain Fletcher (alternative link to fic, without illustrations)
Pairing/Character Focus: Billy Cranston (called "Mitchell" in that story; the canon last name was unknown at the time of writing)/Katherine Hillard (background Kimberly Hart/Tommy Oliver, others)
Author: Rain Fletcher (also on LJ as [profile] rainfletcher, but the account has been inactive since 2014)
What makes this a gem: "Earthsiege", written in 1998 or thereabouts, is widely considered one of THE classic stories in the fandom, created in the wake of general outrage when Billy got kicked off of the Ranger team with the introduction of the Zeo crystals and relegated to a supporting role -- quite literally. It's a great character study, dealing mainly with his frustration of not being able to fight the good fight anymore.

It's also a crossover with Voltron, more specifically the 3rd series, LionForce.

King Mondo's Machine Empire has joined forces with Voltron's archenemy, the witch Haggar, and is attacking Earth more ferociously than ever -- and it's bad news for the Rangers. With one Ranger as well as Zordon and Alpha temporarily out of commission, it is up to Billy to run things from the Command Center. Then a gigantic blue fighting machine crashes near their base -- one of Voltron's Lions. Billy manages to repair the Blue Lion and with her help goes off-planet to retrieve the rest of Voltron's parts.

With the Zeo team on the brink of physical and mental collapse, he decides to call back all the former Rangers -- Jason, Trini, Zack and Aisha -- to take over Earth's defenses until the threat is finally eliminated.

There are lots of space battles in this fic; all the lovely character developments are nicely offset with how a group of teenagers steps up to the plate and literally saves the planet, albeit with help from alien mecha. It's rather obvious in this fic that both "Voltron" and "Power Rangers" were created as entertaining vehicles to sell interconnective toys, but it's also the connective factor which makes this crossover work. There's some humor, some romance (Billy and Kat, the beginning of which is told in the prequel, "Snowbound" (same link as above on the Wayback Machine, and just click the "Home" button at the second and scroll down to the author's name) as well as a rather realistic depiction of how a protracted fight against alien forces might actually go down.

Every character gets their moment to shine, but for once it's not the obvious heros who stand in the spotlight. If you like Power Rangers for the fights and action coupled with character focus and good writing, "Earthsiege" is the fic for you -- and I think it's easy to see why it's become a classic. It's also a nice touch that the author has made the effort to include pictures from both shows (not at Paladar's, 2nd link); you may have to refresh the page at the Wayback Machine if you get broken links at first). :-)

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Aug. 14th, 2017 08:12 am
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Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

Ways To Give:

Anon linked to a fundraiser for Mike "Mictlan" Marquez, one of the MCs in the rap co-op Doomtree (featured several times on Welcome to Night Vale's weather reports). He was recently diagnosed with type 1 Diabetes and like many artists is uninsured; he's expecting significant expenses for treatment he's already had (an ER visit and Diabetic Ketoacidosis) as well as ongoing treatment. You can read more and support his medical fundraiser here.

[profile] demond119 is raising funds with husband Jeremy to help with after-care costs of his heart transplant; he's currently on the waiting list at the Mayo Clinic, and once he has the transplant, he will need an extended stay at a transplant house (Gift of Life) for several months. You can read more and reblog here and support the fundraiser here.

[profile] emeraldonyxdragon is raising funds to support herself while studying in London this fall. She was accepted to a graduate program there but her savings have gone to help her parents with debts; in joining the program she would also be able to escape an abusive household. To help raise awareness, she is holding a contest -- reblogs and likes on her fundraising post could win you a fanfic of your choice. You can support the fundraiser directly here.

[tumblr.com profile] rilee16 is struggling to cover medical expenses after two head injuries last year, and has a fundraiser running to cover living expenses, previous medical bills, and a recent rent increase. You can read more and help out here.

Activism

We're all aware of what happened in Charlottesville this weekend; there are some concrete ways to take action here and orgs to support here and just in case you need a little encouragement here is Asiatic Clam Man to remind you that you can do it.

Buy Stuff, Help Out:

[tumblr.com profile] magpiesmiscellany has a selection of tree-of-life pendants in various shapes, colors, and sizes for sale, with proceeds going to Planned Parenthood, Lambda Legal, the ACLU, Doctors Without Borders, Earthjustice, Sierra Club, and the National Immigration Law Center. You can read more and purchase them here.

News To Know:

Leverage Big/Mini Bang signups are open! I ran RFM items letting people know about the Bang for a few weeks, and now you can register to participate. You can read more and sign up here (sign up links are at the bottom of the post -- at least on my screen they don't actually look like links but they are, I promise!)

And this has been Radio Free Monday! Thank you for your time. You can post items for my attention at the Radio Free Monday submissions form. If you're not sure how to proceed, here is a little more about what I do and how you can help (or ask for help!). If you're new to fundraising, you may want to check out my guide to fundraising here.

over and over again by boo98 [m]

Aug. 13th, 2017 08:39 pm
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Fandom: Seventeen
Title: over and over again
Pairing/Character Focus: Kwon Soonyoung | Hoshi/Lee Seokmin | DK
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] butter
What makes this a gem: This is a great slow burn that manages to keep tension through the whole fic and takes an interesting twist on a soulmate au. I'm a sucker for childhood friends, and this fic manages to chart a whole lot of time in their relationship (11 years!!) without feeling like it's dragging on unnecessarily.
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Fandom: generation kill
Title: come morning light
Pairing/Character Focus: walt hasser/ray person; walt hasser
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] sephirothflame
What makes this a gem:

Ray is chosen as the Tribute from District 11. He's not the only one going through Hell.

come morning light is a hunger games au that looks at the arena games from the point of view of someone who doesn’t get chosen at the reaping. we get to see the reality of those left behind — their guilt, their attempts at carrying on as if everything is normal, their anger at how such brutality has become normalized, and their frustration at being used for entertainment by the elite.

i love walt and ray’s relationship in this; even in what little we hear from ray, there’s obviously a strong bond between the two.

[archiveofourown.org profile] sephirothflame really captures walt’s fear and worry as he waits for ray to return home. so much so, that the reader is pulled along on an emotional ride: stressing out with walt, crying with walt, and trying not to be too hopeful as we all watch the games unfold from a distance.



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I am home! 

I broke camp around six this morning, and when I started the hike it was 6:35 exactly, because I for once had the presence of mind to log it. Just getting to the trailhead was a couple of miles, due to some unforeseen obstructions (I did not get lost, there were just two unexpected fences, and also a long stretch of “closed” road that was a weird little detour through a post-apocalyptic landscape), so while I had planned to do about six miles, I ended up doing a little over eight and a half in three and a half hours, which considering I was carrying a 40lb pack I think was pretty good. 

I missed the 9:49 train to Chicago by two minutes. I literally saw it pulling away from the station as I arrived. The next train was at 1:15, but it’s just as well I was delayed, since it meant I got to rest my feet for a while and also got to help at least a half dozen people figure out a) how the train worked, b) how much tickets were, and c) which train to get on. 

So, I think the trip was a success. I worked out how the camp-reservation system at Dunewood functions, I tested out all my equipment (all remarkably functional, though I think I need to work on sleeping comfort issues), and I measured my endurance limit for hiking with a weighted pack. 

It is about eight miles. That last half mile nearly killed me. 

Also I got to return the Diane Mott Davidson book to the donation rack so someone else can enjoy it, and I added a book or two as well, which is a good thing since someone just offloaded a shitload of Clive Barker and it’s nice to have a little variety. 

Now I am going to sit on the sofa, possibly order a pizza, and deliberately not empty out my pack until tomorrow. 

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