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Leverage Fic: Clouds Like Platypuses

CHARACTERS/PAIRING: Parker, Eliot, Hardison
SUMMARY: He’d always been there to take care of them, and no one ever wondered who’d take care of him. Written for leverageland's Forever Alone Challenge.
RATING: PG
WARNINGS: Aging, chronic illness, MAJOR SADZ
AUTHOR'S NOTES: When I was in high school I met Muhammad Ali. It was over 20 years ago, but even then it broke my heart to see how the Parkinson's had ravaged his body. This story is inspired by that meeting, because—let's face it—given the beatings we've seen him take, Eliot's future isn't very bright. I started out writing one version of this story, and then I decided I wanted to approach it another way so I rewrote it and submitted that one. But I think they work nicely together as Before & After companion pieces, so I'm posting them both here. Leveragelanders will recognize part II, but part I is new to you guys.



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There are only six days left to nominate your favorite Leverage fics and authors for the Fulcrum Awards.



A lot of categories are still empty, guys, and time is running out. There's a lot of great talent in this fandom, don't let it go unrecognized. Get thee to nominating!

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Leverage Fanvid: Rundown (OT3)

I know there are several folks on my flist who aren't caught up to the most recent Leverage episodes. What follows is a brief discussion of eps 5x09 and 5x10, but I'm intentionally keeping my comments general and unspoilery. No plot points are revealed below, so you should be safe. (Just don't watch the video, because that will spoil the crap out of you.)

There's been some speculation that one or both of the Leverage summer finale episodes could be a back-door pilot for a spin-off or possible series reboot. Not only am I intrigued by this idea, but the more I think about it, the more sense it starts to make. The tone of both episodes was a deviation from the norm, each in a different way. The Rundown Job had higher stakes, a faster pace, more action, and a darker tone than your average Leverage episode. Meanwhile, the Nate and Sophie we got in The Frame-Up Job were happy, lighthearted, and fun in a bantery Nick and Nora Charles way that was a refreshing change from their usual dynamic. And both episodes boasted an obviously larger budget and higher than usual production values. Dean Devlin said The Rundown Job had more CGI effects than any previous episode, and it definitely showed. Plus, the more I think about Parker's super-hot catsuit and glammed up look (nail polish!), the more it makes me wonder. Combined with the fact that TNT is taking their sweet time announcing whether or not we're getting a season six, and ... well.

Anyway, I couldn't let go of the idea, and I loved The Rundown Job so much--SO MUCH--that I decided to make a fake trailer for a spin-off based on it. So here ya go!

WARNING: Video contains MAJOR SPOILERS for Leverage ep 5x09. Obvs.



(The song is "Radioactive" by Imagine Dragons, because there is no such thing as an Imagine Dragons song that's not perfect for Leverage.)

Leverage Fanvid: Demons (Eliot Spencer)

As promised, here's the Eliot vid I've been working on. I've been trying to teach myself Final Cut, which allows a lot finer control than iMovie, and this is the sample vid I made to practice some of the basic techniques.



The song I used is "Demons" by Imagine Dragons, which is so totally perfect for Eliot it had to be done. (I really kind of want to make a Leverage vid for every single song on the Imagine Dragons EP. If only I had that kind of time. *sigh*)

Leverage Fic: An Ever-Fixed Mark

CHARACTERS/PAIRING: Parker/Hardison, Parker/Eliot, ensemble
SUMMARY: A modern-day retelling of Sense and Sensibility via the Leverage characters.
RATING: PG
WARNINGS: Bad breakups, near-death illnesses, and not everyone's a hero. It's not my fault, Jane Austen (and mizzy2k) made me do it.
AUTHOR'S NOTES: Written for leverageland's GoodWrites Challenge.



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Leverage Fic: The Pig in a Poke Job

CHARACTERS/PAIRING: Ensemble
SUMMARY: The mysterious bundle writhed and wriggled in a distinctly unsettling manner, emitting a series of unidentifiable, but clearly inhuman noises.
RATING: PG
WARNINGS: None
AUTHOR'S NOTES: Written for leverageland's Pros & Cons Challenge. For another part of the challenge, everyone was asked to pick one of the fics and made a movie-style poster for it. With kind permission of the artists, I've included the posters that were made for this fic at the end.



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Leverage Fic: Nobody's Girl

CHARACTERS/PAIRING: Eliot, Parker
SUMMARY: Eliot resisted the urge to get involved, despite the fact that the expression on the woman’s face reminded him of a cornered animal.
RATING: R
WARNINGS: Creepy guys in bars, swears
AUTHOR'S NOTES: Written for leverageland's Flashback Challenge. Thank you to steffync81 for the artwork!





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avengers_land

Do you have what it takes to be a member of Team Hero, Sidekick, Villain, or Civillian, and lead your team to victory? Do you like graphics, fanfiction, and puzzles?

Come Join Avengers-Land!

A land comm for Marvel's The Avengers movie on LiveJournal.

READ THE FAQ | APPLY FOR A TEAM

Mission Two starts Tuesday, Sept. 4!


Seriously, guys, I can't recommend this comm enough. It's a friendly, great group of people, the challenges are tons of fun, and it doesn't really take up that much time. Plus, you get to hang out with lots of cool peeps who love The Avengers as much as you do. It's win-win-win! The next mission starts tomorrow, but you don't have to be signed up by then if you want to take some time to think about it. I'm on Team Sidekicks and we're awesome. Come play with us!


And speaking of, I forgot to post my banners from the last mission (which Team Sidekicks totally rocked).

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Leverage Fanvid: The Only Place

I finished this a while back and am only now getting around to uploading and posting it because I am lazy. (Note: footage is from seasons 1-4, but there's nothing particularly spoilery, and I didn't include anything at all from S5.)



I've been working on a new, Eliot-centric vid that's close to being finished, so I should have another one to post soon!
First of all, if you watch Leverage and you're not reading showrunner John Rogers' Q&A posts on his blog Kung Fu Monkey, you're seriously missing out. Even if you don't watch Leverage, if you're at all interested in the process of writing and producing for television, it's fascinating stuff.

So. In his latest post he hints at some stuff to come this season and I'm just going to need to squee about it for a minute.

DISCLAIMER: I don't consider information the writer of a show chooses to share about upcoming episodes in order tease/tantalize fans to be a spoiler. As far as I'm concerned, a spoiler is something actually spoils something that's intended to be a surprise, not just any random snippet of information about future episodes. So the things I'm about to discuss are not spoilers, to my mind. If, however, your definition of spoiler is broader than mine, you might want to avoid peeking behind the cut.

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We know drama. AKA meme time!

I hate drama. Not television drama, which I love, because it's not real and it's not happening to me and I can walk away from it at any time. I hate real-life drama, which is harder to escape and leaves me feeling drained and raw and unsteady. I've been dealing with personal drama on several fronts lately and it is exhausting. And what I really want/need to do is lose myself in writing, but because I'm feeling emotionally drained I can't seem to focus on anything. Erg.

I don't really want to talk about the drama because I use social media to distract myself from real-life troubles not wallow in them. But I really need a distraction right now, preferably one that will inspire me to throw myself back into writing again because I think that's what will cheer me up and get me through all this stupid shit more than anything else.

So I'm Parkering a meme from mizzy2k and telaryn and ultra_fic and lmx_v3point3, and kind of basically everyone.

Meme!

Pick any passage of 500 words or less from any fanfic I’ve written, and comment to this post with that selection. I will then give you the equivalent of a DVD commentary on that snippet: what I was thinking when I wrote it, why I wrote it in the first place, what’s going on in the character’s heads, why I chose certain words, what this moment means in the context of the rest of the fic, lots of awful puns, and anything else that you’d expect to find on a DVD commentary track.


My fic can all be found in my masterpost or at AO3.
Nothing interesting to see here, unless you're in leverageland or just want to read my reviews of three random season one Leverage episodes. Otherwise, carry on as you were.

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I Understood That Reference

One of the ongoing challenges at avengers_land this mission was a genreswap challenge. We had to create a picspam, movie poster & description, script excerpt, and review of an AU version of The Avengers in a different genre.

I chose Film Noir for my genre and finished the last step of the challenge yesterday, so I figured I'd post them all here.

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Landcomm pimping


It's that time of year again when I try to convince y'all to join leverageland!

Sign-ups are open for the Seventh Heist until next Saturday, July 14th. Come on, you know you want to do it! It's tons of fun and not nearly as time consuming as you think. There's puzzles and games and bingo and graphics and fic and really nice people and so much more! And the new season starts on in a weeks so there will be lots of new episodes to inspire and motivate you, and you'll get to meet lots of super nice Leverage fans to squee about the new episodes with.

Also, you really want to sign up for Team Hitter, because we are obviously the coolest. Actually, it's totally okay if you sign up for a different team, as long as you sign up, because all the teams are really cool. Doooooo iiiiiiit.

(And if you do sign up, I would appreciate it very much if you'd put me down as your referrer.)

Avengers Fic: Two Truths and a Lie [2/2]

CHARACTERS/PAIRING: Clint Barton/Natasha Romanoff, Phil Coulson
SUMMARY: Clint and Natasha remember Budapest very differently.
RATING: PG-13 for violence and swears
AUTHOR'S NOTES: Written for avengers_land's Deep Cover challenge and includes a matching photoset. This story follows on the backstory I set up my previous Clint/Natasha fic, "Clemency," but it's not strictly necessary to read that one first.

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Avengers Fic: Two Truths and a Lie [1/2]

CHARACTERS/PAIRING: Clint Barton/Natasha Romanoff, Phil Coulson
SUMMARY: Clint and Natasha remember Budapest very differently.
RATING: PG-13 for violence and swears (in English, Russian, and Romanian, ’cause that’s how Natasha and I roll) (my apologies to anyone who actually speaks Russian or Romanian, I did the best that I could with Google) (yes, I know Budapest is in Hungary, there's a reason they're speaking Romanian)
AUTHOR'S NOTES: Written for avengers_land's Deep Cover challenge and includes a matching photoset. This story follows on the backstory I set up my previous Clint/Natasha fic, "Clemency," but it's not strictly necessary to read that one first.

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Leverage Fic: The Perfect Space

CHARACTERS/PAIRING: Eliot Spencer (with cameos from Hardison, Parker, and Nate)
SUMMARY: After the San Lorenzo job Eliot takes some time off for a visit home.
RATING: PG-13 (for swears)
SPOILERS: For 3x15 (The Big Bang Job) and 3x16 (The San Lorenzo Job)
WARNINGS: References to past abuse, domestic violence, alcoholism, and the loss of a parent to cancer. (In other words, buckle up, 'cause it's gonna be a real downer.)
AUTHOR'S NOTES: Written for leverageland's Big Bang challenge. Includes an accompanying fanmix and cover art.

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Avengers Fic: Clemency

CHARACTERS/PAIRING: Clint Barton, Natasha Romanoff, Phil Coulson
SUMMARY: Ever since the incident in Sao Paolo, S.H.I.E.L.D. had been tracking a former Russian asset codenamed Black Widow.
RATING: PG-13
AUTHOR'S NOTES: Written for avengers_land's Amnesty Challenge. The fic I wrote for the challenge was limited to 700 words, but I had more stuff to say, so here's the special extended edition with deleted scenes.

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Leverageland Heist Six Wrap-Up Post

It occurs to me I never did a wrap-up post for the last leverageland heist, which ended a few weeks ago. I'm sure you're all dying to know which team won, right? Okay, probably not, but I was excited about it, because ...



I also won some stuff, and got these pretty reward banners which deserve to be shown off.

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1. I saw The Avengers.
2. I lost my damn fangirl mind.
3. I joined avengers_land, because I totally have time for TWO land comms in my life.

I have very few coherent thoughts about the movie, except that a) it's the best superhero movie I've ever seen (and I have seen ALL the superheroes movies); and b) I SHIP ALL THE THINGS. ALL OF THEM. I'm not even usually that into slash (in that I believe changing a character's sexual orientation is inherently AU and AU fics are not my favorite), but in this case? I'll take it.

But really, the thing I ship most of all is Hawkeye/Black Widow, because that shit is CANON, motherfuckers. And while I'm not generally in favor of smushed couple names, I think Black Eye is a hilarious name for that ship. Because that is exactly what you will get if you mess with either of those badasses. A black eye. Black Hawk is also a tolerable ship name. Clintasha, however, is dead to me.

I have been reading as much fic as I can get my hands on, and a lot of peeps on the Twitters have been asking for recs. I'll probably get around to doing a rec post eventually, but in the meantime I'm saving all my favorites fics in my LJ memories and my AO3 bookmarks, so keep checking those spots for the newest recs from me. (I do not read fic on The Pit of Voles. I don't care how good it supposedly is, if you can't be bothered to post your fic in a non-repulsive fic community, I cannot be bothered to read it. Them's the ropes, kid.)

The nice thing about avengers_land is that they've got this Big Bang challenge where you basically post as many fanworks of all types as you can between now and August to earn points incrementally up to 500. Which means I'm going to be doing a shitload of writing and graphic-ing between now and then, and so are a lot of other very talented people. In fact, I've got to write 200 words of fic by Sunday, so be on the lookout for that. Unfortunately, it's got to be about one of the supporting ladies in the franchise, so I'll have to put my Clint/Natasha feels on hold for a bit. I'm thinking I'll probably write about Pepper. Maybe Darcy, but it's been a while since I've seen Thor. So, yeah, Pepper it is.

In other news that is only partially related to The Avengers, I finally broke down and signed up for Tumblr. If you want to follow me and see all the pretty, pretty things, I am here: http://big-ol-cookies.tumblr.com/ (I just this morning figured out how to customize my layout. Take that new social media! I am not such an old lady that I cannot eventually figure you out!)

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