January 27th, 2006

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I hate it when I do not have useful things to post! But orphne has been pestering me to do a meme. SHE ALWAYS WANTS ME TO DO MEMES. And I say yes because I am her minion. It is not fair. I am so Orphne-whipped. >:0

First she wanted me to do the "10 writers" meme which is the most terrifying thing I have ever seen. but I am still traumatized from reading other people's, and anyway, if I were to do an anonymous writer's meme, my comments could be summed up as:

1. I LOVE YOUR FIC!
2. I HATE YOUR PAIRING!
3. I ADORE YOUR FIC. But I don't think you like mine and that makes me sad. :|
4. I LOVE YOUR WRITING EVEN WHEN EVERYONE DIES.
5. I LOVE YOUR WRITING. Now friend me back.

Then when fifty people replied to ask if they were on there, I would say, "Yes."

So instead Orphne is making me do the Computer Spying Meme. Keep in mind that I could be writing her Shinji/Ryoma but she would rather I do this. SHE IS STRANGE AND OFF-PUTTING.

So here is what you are to do:

1) Comment and ask me to show you something on my computer!
2) I will screencap it for you.
3) I may be orphne because I told her if she wanted me to do it so badly she could do it for me. So if I suddenly start showing a surprising amount of interest in Bleach? I'm just saying.

ETA:
Kate Hepburn: REFRESH YOUR FRIENDS LIST, YOU WENCH. 8-x
Audrey Hepburn: OOH
Audrey Hepburn: YAY
Audrey Hepburn: LOTS OF PEOPLE BETTER COMMENT
Audrey Hepburn: LOTS AND LOTS AND LOTS
Audrey Hepburn: AND THEY SHOULD ASK TO SEE ALL SORTS OF THINGS
Kate Hepburn: I HAVE NOTHING TO SEE. MY DESKTOP IS BORING.
Audrey Hepburn: :(
Kate Hepburn: I AM JUST SAYING. IT IS.
Kate Hepburn: If I get lots and lots of comments YOU ARE LOGGING IN AS ME.
Audrey Hepburn: akdfjfdaadf
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Fic Rec: Playing Grown Ups by Soundczech.

I have been itching to make this post for a month.

For the past six weeks I've been watching soundczech write her Tezuka/Ryoma fic Playing Grown Ups. For the past 6 weeks or so she's been posting it locked to me and Sam and Anna, and despite our varying levels of interest and experience with tenipuri canon itself we have all become quickly addicted to this fic.

I have read each and every section over and over again til the words feel smooth and soft in my memory. I've been downloading sections of it at work to read during dull moments. I have let pieces of it settle and digest and linger with me for days. Starla's writing is so understated and lovely and spare that it is easy to read and reread without feeling tired or disinterested; her writing is full of so many moments of quiet beauty and subtle longing and pure desire and yearning, and her Tezuka is a characterization that is poignant, and true, and graceful and real, and just exactly how I picture him in my mind.

Starla has, in fact, written the Tezuka/Ryoma dynamic, the fic that I've been waiting for and wanting, for months. This is basically the fic that I have been wanting to read ever since I entered the fandom. And she has written it so beautifully and subtly and with such soft attention to detail and understatement that it works on every possible level.

Tomorrow or the next day I will have a similar post to make about the equally beautiful fic flyby has been working on, and as I have been privileged to read both, I think that even though she and Starla have not been working side by side, the nature and tone and spirit of their fics reside in the same hope-filled place, cousins in this idea of a Tezuka/Ryoma dynamic that is as inherent and natural and right as it is inevitable.

This is the kind of fic I have been waiting for. Starla has written it. And it deserves to be read, and re-read, and re-read again.

Playing Grown Ups by soundczech. Rated R, 15,000 words.
Summary: Tezuka assumes he has been forgotten.


My 20th-century poetry professor was talking on Tuesday about how good literature gives you something to come back to over and over again. A good story is one thing. A story full of subtlety and understatement and understanding, that leaves you reading and re-reading and feeling just as satisfied every time; that is not a good story; that is one of the best.

Playing Grown Ups is among the best.