hradzka: Cassidy, from Garth Ennis's PREACHER. (Default)
Ganked from everybody:

I was thinking you should tell me about stories you think I should write. I mean, if you could sit me down for a day or whatever and say, "I want you to write this story for me," what would that story be?

I'm not actually promising to *write* any of these, mind you, but it's fun anyway. And who knows if I'll be inspired!

I have multiple original stories and a fic on the burner. So, I almost certainly won't write anything suggested, but it'd be fun to see what folks want!
hradzka: Cassidy, from Garth Ennis's PREACHER. (Default)
So the "I surrender!" meme wherein you have someone assign you a basic premise to turn into a TV show is going around again. I have a theory that [personal profile] marina is basically my opposite fan creature -- we are in fandom for opposite reasons! She is all about the FEELINGS whereas I hate feelings! She is here for the porn and I am bored by it! Naturally, I asked her to hit me up.

Naturally, she assigned me GIGOLOS IN SPACE.

JUPITER FOUR! Dubcon ahoy. )
hradzka: Cassidy, from Garth Ennis's PREACHER. (Default)
It's the hip new meme!

Alfred Hitchcock said, "If I made Cinderella, the audience would immediately be looking for a body in the coach." If I wrote a story today, what would the readers immediately look for?

(I am curious to see if others' answers are the same as *my* answer.)
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The DOCTOR WHO spin-off Madame Vastra-and-Jenny gen/canonical femslash casefic:

CLIENT. "There is totally a monster!"
CASEFIC. *happens*
MONSTER. *is monstrous*
HEROES. *banter* and *swordfight*
ME. "Hey, wasn't this supposed to come out at 8,000-10,000 words?"
CASEFIC. *blissfully rampages past 16,000 words*
ME. "Why are you not finished yet?"
CASEFIC. "Shush, I'm busy. Also, I need another action scene, only with more fire this time."

The forever-filed-away SUPERMAN II Ursa/Lex fic:
ME. "Huh, this is actually pretty good, and it's almost done."
FIC. "Yes, you just have to figure out how you want to play the ending of this subplot that comes from nowhere and just PULLED OUT OF YOUR ASS."
ME. *tosses fic back in drawer*

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY. "Actually, I'm finished."
ME. "Yeah, but I still don't like the ending dialogue, and I need more concrit on you. Maybe I should ask folks who on my journal would like to be on the Read My Fucking Script filter."
ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY. "You wouldn't *dare!*"
ME. "Oh wouldn't I?"
hradzka: Cassidy, from Garth Ennis's PREACHER. (Default)
Here's how it works:

1. Comment to this post with "I surrender!" and I'll assign you the basis of some TV show idea. (post-apocalyptic scifi-fi drama, fantasy, noir gumshoe pulp, criminal procedure...IN SPACE, historical drama WITH WEREWOLVES, etc.).
2. Create a cast of characters, including the actors who'd play them.
3. Add in any actor photos, character bios, and show synopsis that you want.
4. Post to your own journal.

[personal profile] bedlamsbard tagged me ages ago, and I was too busy to finish it, then forgot to post it. So here it is: GOLCONDA.

PROMPT: from [personal profile] bedlamsbard: Gangsters, gladiators, and genetic engineering...IN SPACE.
TITLE: Golconda
TYPE: Science fiction noir
SETTING: nearish future
OPENING CREDITS SONG: Tom Waits, "Singapore"
STARRING: Ray Stevenson, Al Leong, Angela Bassett, Dichen Lachman, Jorge Garcia, with Sasisa Jindamanee, and recurring guest role by James Hong


Golconda is the greatest space station ever built.

The product of years of work and billions of dollars, it's a luxury resort, a scientific outpost, a spaceport, a waystation to the Moon and Mars, the crowning glory of one of Earth's most celebrated corporations.

Also, it's just been stolen.

Read more... )
hradzka: (303 british)
[personal profile] cereta asked me five questions. Let me know in comments if you'd like to answer some questions, and I'll try to come up with five for you.

1. What do you think is the most important thing for parents to teach their kids about gun safety?

Guns ain't toys, so always have a parent present. Whenever they want to look at the guns, come get a parent, and they'll look at the guns together. (The most important rule for grown-ups is TREAT ALL GUNS AS IF THEY ARE LOADED, but kids will still be kids and want to do dumb things, so you have to enforce supervision.)

2. If you could magically cause to appear just one more season of any tv show, what would it be?

This is tough, because when my wishes have come through I have wound up wishing they hadn't ("I wish BABYLON 5 would get its fifth season!" "c'mon, UPN, pick up BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER!"). The original version of CUPID with Piven and Marshall, maybe, or STRANGE LUCK with D.B. Sweeney.

3. What is your favorite way to spend a Friday night?

At home. Sometimes I've gone to temple, but not in quite some time.

4. What do you like best about Florida? Least?

What I like best: no state income tax, great weather, my concealed carry permit has reciprocity with a ton of states. What I like least: the grass. The grass that grows in Florida's soil is tough and stiff, and feels absolutely terrible against bare feet. And I love being barefoot in the grass. (Also: I hate fire ants.)

5. If you could get a really, really well-done movie of any comic book series/character/etc, what would it be?

I would totally watch ADVENTURES OF REX THE WONDER DOG unironically, but I would be the only one. I suspect the same is true of HERBIE (the dude with the lollipops, not the VW Bug). GOTHAM CENTRAL would be better suited to a TV series, as would SUICIDE SQUAD.

Honestly, you know what I'd love to see? Captain Marvel. I love the Big Red Cheese, and he strikes me as a feature film kind of superhero.

AO3 meme

Apr. 21st, 2011 02:27 pm
hradzka: "Trust me, I know what I'm doing." (sledge hammer!)
I checked my works on AO3 to see what the ten most read were.

  1. "Killing Elvis" (ALIEN Universe)

  2. "The Cable & Deadpool Yuletide Special" (Cable & Deadpool, Marvel Comics)

  3. "It's the Muppet Doctor Who Special, With Our Very Special Guest Star, Matt Smith!" (Like it says on the tin)

  4. "Skill Set" (Disney Princesses)

  5. "Sam in Casablanca" (CASABLANCA)

  6. "Escape Artistry" (DCU)

  7. "Jason and Me" (DCU)

  8. "The Balls of the Bell" (Vorkosiverse)

  9. "Provided the Cuffs and Collars Match" (STAR WARS)

  10. "Minute of Angle" (DCU)

Unsurprisingly, all of my big hits on AO3 are from Yuletide, which is when I'm most fannishly productive and when fandom notices me -- I'm not a BNF, but I do pretty well at Yuletide stories: in both 2009 and 2010, I had a story wind up as the #9 most-read fic in Yuletide come reveal day. I love Yuletide because it's a big audience and because it's a chance to write stuff I never would have written otherwise, so usually I'll write a mixture of stories for small fandoms and at least one treat that I know a lot of people would enjoy reading. Sometimes those treats are popular; sometimes they wind up being REALLY popular. Of all my most popular stories, I think "Killing Elvis" is the one that most deserves its high hits -- the other two in the top three get mileage from sheer gimmickry (a Yuletide story that feeds on other Yuletide stories! A Muppet Show/Doctor Who crossover!), but "Killing Elvis" is the one that says, "Oh, yeah, this boy can write."

Interestingly, #12, which didn't make this list, is "Seven Sunday Mother-Daughter Mornings," a Terminator:SCC story that I think is my most-bookmarked fic on Delicious. But almost everybody's bookmarked it where I first posted it, on my LJ.
hradzka: (beret guy)
Y'know, with the recent revelations that Justin Bieber's hit "U Smile" actually turns into a pretty sweet New Age track if you slow it down 800%, and that Hans Zimmer's INCEPTION score does something similar with the movie's signature song, Edith Piaf's "Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien," it occurs to me that time-stretched music is going to be a hip thing for a while. Folks get pissed off when movies and TV do time compression/dilation, because some people have a good enough ear to notice it and find it jarring. But when the compression/dilation is so huge as to change the fundamental nature of the piece, the results can be really cool. See also those folks who came up with the gimmick to make any song sound like it has a swing beat.

Also occurring to me: the reason this is going to be hip is that now pretty much everybody can easily get professional-level tools that enable you to do stuff like this, because it's all software. Which means that lots of people will be playing lots of musical tracks at different speeds now. I wonder which pros have been doing this kind of thing and just haven't been caught at it yet.

(The late 1990s' "Hamster Dance" phenomenon was an early item in this vein, as its signature "dee-da-dee-da-dee-da-doh-doh," which I'm sorry to tell you you will now have in your head all day, was sampled from Disney's animated ROBIN HOOD.)
hradzka: Cassidy, from Garth Ennis's PREACHER. (Default)
According to the new toy, my John Ringo book review came in as P.G. Wodehouse, and among my fic, "Jason and Me" came out as Chuck Palahniuk, "Seven Sunday Mother-Daughter Mornings" as Margaret Atwood, "The Cable & Deadpool Yuletide Special" as Robert Louis Stevenson, "Killing Elvis" as William Shakespeare (!), "The Metal frm the Stars" as Bram Stoker, "Cinderella, Made of Steel" as Robert Louis Stevenson, "When Harley Met Kory" as Ray Bradbury, and "Pieces of the Dead" as Douglas Adams or Stephen King, depending on which bits I put in (when I did the whole thing, it came out as Isaac Asimov).
hradzka: Cassidy, from Garth Ennis's PREACHER. (Default)
I don't think I've ever done the "fandoms as relationships" meme. Guess the fandom!

1. You are not nearly as smart as you think you are. Nor are you as pretty as my flist thinks you are. But I don't mind doing stuff and hearing you doing your thing in the background, and maybe I'll look up every once in a while. But seriously, you are dumb and you are not that pretty. [Guessed by Marag as LEVERAGE.]

2. Face it: a lot of the new fans don't really appreciate you at all. They don't care about what you mean or what you have been and are; they only care about a new, pretty face, and they'll play with you a while and then ignore you. But it's still worth it, because maybe a few of them will dig deeper, and realize what a wonder you are. Me, I've loved you all along, and I always will. [Guessed by jamethiel_bane as Sherlock Holmes.]

3. Oh. Yeah. I never mention you, do I? Look, you got me active in fandom, and I'm grateful for that, but the problem with breaking new ground is that people have broken ground after you did. So looking back is kind of weird. OTOH, at your best you were amazing as hell. You won't age well, but oh were you something in your time. [Guessed by cofax7 as BABYLON 5.]

4. You ruined fandom. I mean that: *you ruined fandom.* It's your fault we have this sex-crazed, ship-obsessed scene. I never loved you, but once I halfway respected you. Now I want to travel back in time and hit you with a flamethrower. [Guessed by cofax7 as THE X-FILES.]

5. You broke my heart. I haven't given my love to a fandom since you. I don't love like that anymore. Maybe I can't. [Guessed by Victoria P. as BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER.]

6. Hey. How are you? Sorry I haven't called. It's been a while, I know. You've still got a special place in my heart, but you're just doing stuff that I don't much care for. Though you do some things I remain awfully fond of, and we may share space again. [Guessed by Marag as the DC Comics Universe.]

7. You know how fond I am of you I was, am, and always will be, right? Okay, good. You're what a fandom should be, but almost never is. Everything has its time, but there's a corner of my heart that's always that time for you. [Nobody guessed this one. It's MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000.]

8. It ended just when it was getting good. There were times when you were a real mess, but you never quit trying and your efforts, successful or not, were often very interesting. I wish more unsuccessful shows could be like you, because you sure went out with your boots on. [Guessed by jamethiel_bane as TERMINATOR: THE SARAH CONNOR CHRONICLES.]

9. I have a strange, deep, and abiding love for you that I do not entirely understand. And do not fully accept. I don't know if I'll do anything more in your little corner of the multiverse, but right now I kind of wish there was a ton of good stuff out there I could read, God help me. [Guessed by Dafna as Disney Princesses. SHUT UP.]
hradzka: Cassidy, from Garth Ennis's PREACHER. (Default)
Seen at [personal profile] vvalkyri's LJ:

If I came with a warning label, what would it say?
hradzka: (doc savage bust)
I've seen a few folks do this, and it seems like a neat idea. Question time! Ask me three questions pertaining to any of my fandoms or "A Poem Every Day," and I'll answer 'em.
hradzka: Cassidy, from Garth Ennis's PREACHER. (Default)
[ profile] petronelle hipped me to this meme: "Comment on this post and I'll tell you five subjects/things I associate with you. Then you post them in your lj and elaborate."

Here is my elaboration of the five things Petra associates with me:


No surprise. I love guns, deeply and unapologetically. If you're not a gun person, you may not realize how many facets they have. There's the mechanical. In a world where so many things are electronicized or miniaturized or put together on a scale we cannot see, guns stand out -- they're like old clocks. You can take them apart, figure out what makes them tick, put them back together, using only your eyes and hand tools. Unusual for a lot of consumer products these days, where you even need a computerized code reader to figure out what's wrong with your car. There's the historical -- guns have a very long lifespan, and you can get one that's been around the world in all kinds of places, been held by all kinds of people. A Lee-Enfield rifle made in Britain, sent to Nepal, used by Nepalese soldiers, then stored and sold off so Nepal's soldiers could have more modern guns; a Garand used in WW2; a hand-forged handgun from the Kyber Pass; a Swiss K-31, with the folded paper bearing its soldier's name still beneath the buttplate. There's the practical, the political, the social -- and yeah, you can shoot 'em, too.

Critiquing stupid-macho fiction

Yeah, I think my lasting contribution to fandom is turning out to be "OH JOHN RINGO NO." It's funny; I thought it would have a brief shelf life, but it turns out that the catchphrase has found a utility of its own far beyond my original post, particularly as a label for things that make feminists' jaws drop in shock and horror. That's not something I ever counted on, but it gives me a strange feeling of pride. LOOK! I AM USEFUL! So I got to contribute something to fandom, which is good enough for me. (Although I think Hugo noms close tomorrow; if anybody still has their ballot around, and a "Best Fan Writer" slot open --)

Incidentally, I owe you guys my reaction to the first TNT book. I will just say this: it was simultaneously worse and much better than I'd expected. The thing that freaked me out the most was *not,* in fact, Checkers for Poontang.

Old school sci-fi

Not as much these days as I used to be, but yeah. These days, I'm among those who think the genre is dying -- or not so much dying as being assimilated by the larger culture. In large part because we officially *live* in science fiction now. We carry our phones in our pockets, with maps in them so we'll never get lost, and cameras so we can take pictures of everything we see; sometime next week I'm getting a device that can hold a bazillion books and buy more, as well as newspapers, anytime I want. And a good friend of mine will soon be getting a new set of lungs.

But you will pry my H. Beam Piper from my cold dead fingers.

Cass Cain

CASS. I hate what DC has done to her. She was always the hardest character to write, so DC dumbed her down to make her less of a challenge. But characters get fucked over all the time; way of the world. And boy, is she glorious: hardest childhood of any of the Batfolks, years spent knocking around the world in poverty; a keen insight into people and great difficulty expressing it; enough fighting ability to kill pretty much anybody at the drop of a hat -- and a sweetness and adorableness that is incredibly hard to describe, but a delight to see. In a sense, Cass never had a childhood, so her childhood is her now. It's that love of life that really makes her stand out among the Bats.

Persistent lapcats

I have not owned a cat myself in years, but when I went to visit Te and Jack, their cat camped out on my lap and refused to leave. I referred to this as "defending my virtue."
hradzka: Cassidy, from Garth Ennis's PREACHER. (Default)
So [ profile] __marcelo linked this, and I have to say it's the greatest thing I've seen in a while.

How would *you* sum yourself up, in terms of characters from your various fandoms?

Here's mine. )
hradzka: (bruce and diana)
From everyone: When you see this, post in your own journal with your favourite quote from The Princess Bride. Preferably not "As you wish" or the Inigo Montoya speech.

My favorite quote from THE PRINCESS BRIDE isn't in the movie at all. It's from William Goldman's book. It's early in the story; after seeing the passing-through Countess Rugen drooling over Westley, the farm boy who lives in a little hovel on her parents' property, Buttercup, who is not quite the most beautiful woman in the world but getting there, has tossed and turned all night under the influence of history's fourth-worst case of jealousy, and has come to the realization that she regards Westley with the opposite of contempt. She loves him. The morning comes, and she goes to him with her discovery.

She was outside his hovel before dawn. Inside, she could hear him already awake. She knocked. He appeared, stood in the doorway. Behind him she could see a tiny candle, open books. He waited. She looked at him. Then she looked away.

He was too beautiful.

"I love you," Buttercup said. "I know this must come as something of a surprise, since all I’ve ever done is scorn you and degrade you and taunt you, but I have loved you for several hours now, and every second, more. I thought an hour ago that I loved you more than any woman has ever loved a man, but a half hour after that I knew that what I felt before was nothing compared to what I felt then. But ten minutes after that, I understood that my previous love was a puddle compared to the high seas before a storm. Your eyes are like that, did you know? Well they are. How many minutes ago was I? Twenty? Had I brought my feelings up to then? It doesn’t matter." Buttercup still could not look at him. The sun was rising behind her now; she could feel the heat on her back, and it gave her courage. "I love you so much more now than twenty minutes ago that there cannot be comparison. I love you so much more now than when you opened your hovel door, there cannot be comparison. There is no room in my body for anything but you. My arms love you, my ears adore you, my knees shake with blind affection. My mind begs you to ask it something so it can obey. Do you want me to follow you for the rest of your days? I will do that. Do you want me to crawl? I will crawl. I will be quiet for you or sing for you, or if you are hungry, let me bring you food, or if you have thirst and nothing will quench it but Arabian wine, I will go to Araby, even though it is across the world, and bring a bottle back for your lunch. Anything there is that I can do for you, I will do for you; anything there is that I cannot do, I will learn to do. I know I cannot compete with the Countess in skills or wisdom or appeal, and I saw the way she looked at you. And I saw the way you looked at her. But remember, please, that she is old and has other interests, while I am seventeen and for me there is only you. Dearest Westley -- I’ve never called you that before, have I? -- Westley, Westley, Westley, Westley -- darling Westley, adored Westley, sweet perfect Westley, whisper that I have a chance to win your love." And with that she dared the bravest thing she’d ever done: she looked right into his eyes.

He closed the door in her face.

My arms love you, my ears adore you, my knees shake with blind affection. How great is that?
hradzka: "Trust me, I know what I'm doing." (sledge hammer!)
I had the oral portion of my quals today. I am now ABD.

To celebrate, the meme that I was planning to do last weekend before I got busy: Post a comment about a story that I have never written ("Hey, I loved that AU where Babs was an assassin!" "Man. It doesn't get better than Rex the Wonder Dog as the new Robin."). I'll do my best to give you a drabble's worth of that story.

I write mostly DC Comics, but could be persuaded to do stuff like B5, BTVS, SPN, SLEDGE HAMMER!, maybe TERMINATOR: THE SARAH CONNOR CHRONICLES, or (God help me) John Ringo's PALADIN OF SHADOWS series.

Oh yeah. I went there.
hradzka: Cassidy, from Garth Ennis's PREACHER. (Default)
via [ profile] liviapenn: Quote a bit of my writing at me, if you're so inclined. Find that one story of mine that you really like, and find a sentence or a paragraph that presses your prose-buttons in the right way, and comment here with it. Don't care how long or short. You can find my stories here and here.

There's another meme going around, where you tell me about a story I haven't written and I try to write a drabble of it, but I have to give a presentation on Friday and so I'm busy with that. But this weekend, I'll give that one a go.
hradzka: (wtf)
[ profile] vito_excalibur posted a link to Judge a Book by its Cover, which spotlights bad book covers, and comments on them. For example: THE SWORD AND THE SHEATH features the hero embracing the heroine. While he holds a sword. Which implies that if he's the sword, she's... yeah. The good folks at Judge a Book point out that they could have just as easily called the book "The Banana and the Hairy Clam."

So, this seems to me to call for a meme. What's the worst book cover you've ever seen?

Here's mine. )
hradzka: (303 british)
The latest meme, from [ profile] miss_porcupine this time:

Name any story I've written, and any character in it, canon or OC. I'll tell you three things about that character that I didn't put in the story. One request per person.
hradzka: (han)
Several people on my flist are posting pictures that make them happy. This seems like an eminently wise use of LJ to me.

Here are two pictures that make me smile. )


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