amathela: ([comics] i heart batgirl)
Dear [livejournal.com profile] yuletide writer:

Thank you so much for writing me a fic! I'm sure it's going to be amazing, and I'm so looking forward to reading it. These are some ideas/extra information/things that would make me especially happy, but if my optional details don't work for you, or if you already have an idea in mind, I'd much rather get a great story you're really excited about than something mediocre tailored exactly to my requests.

You can find me on AO3 as Zhailei.

General information )

Nightwing )

Avalon High )

Miss Match )
amathela: ([comics] birds of prey)
Oh, wait, not that Flash.

Flash casting spoilers )

I am really really really excited for this show, PLEASE BE AMAZING. (Also if you wanted to make Barry and Iris super sibling-y and then make out, that would be okay, too.)
amathela: ([animated] mulan)
So, I'm alive? I mean, I just made it through my first semester full-time teaching and reports and NAPLAN and parent-teacher interviews, so I'm only mostly sure, but I appear to be all in one piece. But I'm on holidays now! For like two whole weeks! And I'm well aware that I haven't posted here (or anywhere) since ... February? And I honestly haven't been around much either, because this last term especially has been SUPER CRAZY and I haven't managed to do much except work and keep up some vague semblance of a social life, but hopefully things will quiet down a little now and I'll be able to change that. (Signing up for [livejournal.com profile] rarepairfest was possibly a little optimistic, given I've written almost nothing all year, but I miss actually participating in fandom, dammit, and I've got two weeks to get a head start at least.)

ANYWAY. An update with actual content will likely come soon, because WORK OMG, but in the meantime, hi! I missed you all! <3

ETA: ALSO I WATCHED THE FLASH PILOT COME TALK TO ME ABOUT IT IF YOU LOVED IT BECAUSE I LOVED IT <3 <3
amathela: ([bsg] apollo/boomer)
Dear [community profile] rarepairfest author:

Thank you so much for making me something! I'm sure I'll love whatever you end up creating, but in general: I love ensemble fics, banter, makeouts, unresolved (and resolved) sexual tension, romantic comedy, action/adventure, wacky hijinks, humour, crack, PWPs, apocafic, and ridiculous AUs. I'm not super into angst, and I prefer fics where characters interact with people and do things over introspective character studies. I really, really, love tropes and clichés, and totally ridiculous, over the top plots, the more shameless the better. I love first times, and secret relationships, and casual hookups, and partners, and ex-girlfriends and boyfriends, and rekindling old relationships. I love people being in love without having to say it, and people who are obviously in love but maybe don't realise it, and ridiculously overblown romantic gestures where one person completely embarrasses themselves, and small gestures that mean a whole lot more than they seem to. Most of all, I love characters who are genuinely really into each other. I'm happy to read any rating, and smut is welcome but absolutely not necessary.

I've also included a few 'wild card' crossover requests, just in case one of them catches your eye - these are TOTALLY OPTIONAL, and I'm not expecting you to write them at all, but if you happen to feel like it, then go ahead.

My username is Zhailei on AO3. My official requests are for fic, but I'm happy to receive art treats if that's your jam.

Batgirl (Comics) )

Teen Titans (Comics) )

Big Time Rush )

Stargate SG-1 )

Battlestar Galactica )
amathela: ([comics] spies like us)
I HAVE INTERNET AGAIN!!!!!!! Long story short, our phone line went down and we've been internet-less for like a week and a half, and since I can't check livejournal/twitter/tumblr/etc. at work I've basically been DYING. And apparently this week was the week when I REALLY, REALLY NEEDED internet, between needing to register for work seminars and ficathon signups and porn battle and trying to set up a new phone that, spoiler, WON'T EVEN TURN ON WITHOUT INTERNET ACCESS, so. Also it was like a million degrees without air conditioning, which we of course do not have, and I just finished the second week of my new job and it's been SUPER HECTIC and so the past fortnight has just gone by in this massive blur and HOW ARE YOU WHAT'S BEEN HAPPENING I MISSED YOU GUYS.

I'm trying to catch up on everything I've missed at the moment, except I also have a hundred things to plan for next week and it's already Sunday afternoon and ugh. HOW DO I THINGS. I only got halfway through watching Festivids and I STILL HAVE UNREAD YULETIDE FICS OPEN IN TABS and now I have a million things to catch up on and I still need to fill in my placeholder letter from over a week ago that I hastily posted with my phone and I'M SORRY IF YOU'RE MY ASSIGNED AUTHOR, IT'S SUPER HIGH ON MY LIST OF THINGS TO DO SO WATCH THIS SPACE. (Or that space. You know. Whatever.)
amathela: (Default)
(This is still a slight work in progress. Please forgive me - I've been without internet access the better part of the last two weeks, and am desperately trying to cobble this together as quickly as possible!)

Dear author/vidder/artist:

Hi there! First of all, I'm so, so sorry this is going up late, and I hope it didn't cause you any stress - and if you've already started writing, or had an amazing idea, please feel free to go with that and not worry about my latter. If, on the other hand, you've been hanging out for some prompts, here they are!

In general: I love ensemble fics, banter, makeouts, unresolved (and resolved) sexual tension, romantic comedy, action/adventure, wacky hijinks, humour, crack, PWPs, apocafic, and ridiculous AUs. I'm not super into angst, and I prefer fics where characters interact with people and do things over introspective character studies. I really, really, love tropes and clichés, and totally ridiculous, over the top plots, the more shameless the better. I love first times, and secret relationships, and casual hookups, and ex-girlfriends and boyfriends, and rekindling old relationships. I love people being in love without having to say it, and people who are obviously in love but maybe don't realise it, and ridiculously overblown romantic gestures where one person completely embarrasses themselves, and small gestures that mean a whole lot more than they seem to. Most of all, I love characters who are genuinely really into each other. I'm happy to read any rating, and smut is welcome but absolutely not necessary. (Though if you're writing for Shipswap, please do have the characters actually hook up in some way in the story. Makeouts = <3).

You can find me on AO3 as Zhailei.

Beyond Panels )

Space Swap )

Shipswap )
amathela: ([comics] batman/wonder woman)


Beyond Panels: A Comics Fanwork Exchange
fic & art | all comics welcome
nominations Jan 10 | sign-ups Jan 21
A03 | LJ | DW

amathela: ([comics] miss martian)
YOU GUYS SOMEBODY WROTE AN NYR FIC FOR ME. FIVE FICS FOR YULETIDE!!!! I am super definitely going to have to write an NYR this year (and maybe the recipient will even comment on it, unlike the past two NYR fics I've written, I live in eternal optimism!).

You Better Watch Out (6275 words) by xmarisolx
Fandom: Brooklyn Nine-Nine (TV)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Ray Holt, Jake Peralta, Amy Santiago, Charles Boyle, Rosa Diaz, Scully (Brooklyn Nine-Nine), Hitchcock (Brooklyn Nine-Nine), Terry Jeffords, Gina Linetti
Summary: When Holt replaces Peralta’s annual Twelve Days of Christmas Santa Roundup with the Nine-Nine’s first Secret Santa, it leads to a round of the precinct’s trademark shenanigans.

BUT ANYWAY BACK TO ME MY GIFT. IT'S BROOKLYN NINE-NINE ENSEMBLE HOLIDAY FIC AND IT'S AMAZING AND IT HAS EVERYTHING I LOVE BEST IN THERE, GO READ IT OKAY.

Also, since lots of other people have shared theirs, my resolutions/goals for 2014:

1. GET BROOKLYN NINE-NINE ICONS.

No, seriously )
amathela: ([p&r] april)
Title: The Unbearable Lightness Of Being A Cop
Fandom: Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Pairing(s): Jake/Amy
Word Count: 2305
Rating: PG

Summary: Starring Detective Theodore Bear, New York's Finest (and cuddliest).

Notes: Written for [livejournal.com profile] torigates as a [livejournal.com profile] yuletide treat.

Grin and bear it )
amathela: ([di] kirsty)
Title: Let's Get Down To Business
Fandom: The Almighty Johnsons
Character(s): Dawn, Anders
Word Count: 1363
Rating: PG

Summary: The first thing Anders ever says to Dawn is, "Your place or mine?"

Notes: Written for [livejournal.com profile] brilligspoons for [livejournal.com profile] yuletide.

Talk dirty to me )
amathela: ([wowp] couch)
Title: OMG Dinosaurs!
Fandom: Wizards of Waverly Place
Pairing(s): Justin/Alex
Word Count: 3137
Rating: PG

Summary: Alex magically brings some dinosaurs to life, oops! Which is both awesome and terrifying, at least if you're Justin.

Notes: Written for [livejournal.com profile] noor_us_sabah for [livejournal.com profile] yuletide.

Clever girl )
amathela: ([wolf] and his stupid face)
FANDOMS WRITTEN IN 2013
Wizards of Waverly Place, DCU, Teen Wolf, Marvel 616, Rookie Blue, Once Upon a Time, The O.C., The Almighty Johnsons, Brooklyn Nine-Nine

FIC WRITTEN IN 2013

April
When Life Gives Me Lemons, I Make … Something (Wizards of Waverly Place, Justin/Alex)

May
A Dinosaur, A Giant Penny, And Two Hundred Chocolate Eggs (DCU, Steph, Dick, Damian, Cass)

June
Positive Tension (Teen Wolf, Scott/Danny)
Women In Garbage (Marvel 616, Clint/Kate)
No One Takes Your Freedom (DCU, Donna, Koriand'r)

August
I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor (Marvel 616, Noh-Varr/Kate)

October
Hero For Hire (Marvel 616, Jessica Jones)

November
Hit Me With Your Best Shot (Rookie Bue, Gail/Holly)
Through Smoke (Once Upon a Time, Aurora/Mulan)
Take On Me (The O.C., Ryan/Summer)

December
OMG Dinosaurs! (Wizards of Waverly Place, Justin/Alex)
Let's Get Down To Business (The Almighty Johnsons, Dawn, Anders)
The Unbearable Lightness Of Being A Cop (Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Jake/Amy)

Statistics, questions, etc. )
amathela: ([wowp] strike a pose)
Yuletide reveals are up! My assignment was Wizards of Waverly Place for [livejournal.com profile] noor_us_sabah, which I'm pretty sure won all the awards for Fic Most Obviously Written By Me. Also the ones for Most Ridiculous Title, though the treat I wrote possibly gave it some competition.

OMG Dinosaurs! (3137 words) by amathela
Fandom: Wizards of Waverly Place
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Relationships: Alex Russo/Justin Russo
Characters: Alex Russo, Justin Russo
Additional Tags: Dinosaurs, Magic, Hijinks & Shenanigans
Summary: Alex magically brings some dinosaurs to life, oops! Which is both awesome and terrifying, at least if you're Justin.

I also wrote a pinch hit and a treat, which is (a lot) less than I wrote last year, but also I was SUPER BUSY for pretty much all of December. My treat actually ended up going in the madness collection because I was still writing it when the archive opened, but no regrets, mostly because I got to use ALL THE BEAR PUNS, so that was really fun. As was the pinch hit, because Almighty Johnsons!

Let's Get Down To Business (1363 words) by amathela
Fandom: The Almighty Johnsons
Rating: General Audiences
Characters: Dawn (The Almighty Johnsons), Anders Johnson
Additional Tags: Workplace, Office Party, Pre-Canon
Summary: The first thing Anders ever says to Dawn is, "Your place or mine?"

The Unbearable Lightness Of Being A Cop (2305 words) by amathela
Fandom: Brooklyn Nine-Nine (TV)
Rating: General Audiences
Relationships: Jake Peralta/Amy Santiago
Characters: Amy Santiago, Jake Peralta, Ray Holt
Additional Tags: Workplace Relationship, Banter, Bad Puns, Teddy Bears
Summary: Starring Detective Theodore Bear, New York's Finest (and cuddliest).

So overall I'd say this was a very successful yuletide, especially considering all the amazing gift fics I got. That said, I'm still very slowly winding my way through the archive, so it's been kinda funny to see all the reveals posts on my friends list and go, "oh, I have that one open in tabs! And that one! And that and that and that!" So I'll be getting around to actually reading those sooner or later, sorry it hasn't been sooner!
amathela: ([btvs] riley/buffy)
HAPPY NEW YEAR! I had a great New Year's Eve, which consisted of staying home with my boyfriend, watching monster movies, and playing drinking game bingo. Fun! We watched Pacific Rim, Starship Troopers, Dragon Wars: D-War, and Jurassic Park, and it was EXCELLENT.

It's also time for the requisite year in review stuff, so, a meme, courtesy of pretty much everyone on my friends list:

2013 year end fandom meme )
amathela: ([misc] mistletoe)
OH MY GOD YOU GUYS I GOT FOUR YULETIDE FICS. FOUR. It's kind of hilarious, because last year I wrote, like, eight fics, and then this year I wrote my assignment and a pinch hit and no treats at all (though I am writing something that might go in the madness collection if I can finish it in time I HOPE SO BECAUSE THERE'S A BIT THAT'S KIND OF YULETIDE SPECIFIC - in an already super dated way - but oh well, I'll just NYR it if not), and this is the year I get ALL THE FIC.

But I'm so not complaining because SOMEBODY WROTE ME AVALON HIGH FIC AGAIN. It's the second Avalon High fic I've gotten in exchanges this year, which means there are now approximately 200% more Avalon High fics in the universe than there were last year. (When I went looking on AO3 for fic, IIRC there was exactly one non-crossover fic and it didn't even have Allie in it, WHAT IS EVEN UP WITH THAT.) Chances of me continuing to request it in every exchange ever in the hopes of building an actual fandom: Super high.

Also! Somebody wrote me the Bruce/Steph dirtybadwrong fic I've been requesting only roughly forever and it's SO GREAT I CAN'T EVEN TELL YOU. And then I also got a super fun Dick/Steph fic AND and adorable Steph & Cass fic, WHAT DID I EVEN DO TO DESERVE THIS BECAUSE I WILL DO IT AGAIN.

Eternal Recurrence (1220 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Avalon High (2010)
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Allie Pennington/Will Wagner, Lance Benwick/Jen, Allie Pennington/Jen, Guinevere/Arthur Pendragon, Guinevere/Lancelot du Lac
Characters: Allie Pennington, Will Wagner, Miles (Avalon High), Lance Benwick, Jen (Avalon High), Arthur Pendragon, Guinevere (Arthurian)
Additional Tags: Truth or Dare, Campfires, Watermelons, Past Lives, Underage Drinking, Kissing, POV Female Character, POV Third Person Limited, Past Tense, Plastic Lightsaber Toy, Excalibur, First Kiss
Summary: A campfire, a six-pack, a watermelon, a game, and two first kisses.

that kind of luxe just ain't for us, we crave a different kind of buzz (1009 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Batman (Comics), DCU (Comics), Batgirl (Comics)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Cassandra Cain, Stephanie Brown
Summary: Batgirl and Black Bat versus the two most unobservant robbers in Gotham. The 'versus' implies that the robbers had even the faintest ghost of a chance, which, lol, no.

Training (8253 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Batgirl (Comics)
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Stephanie Brown/Bruce Wayne
Characters: Stephanie Brown, Bruce Wayne
Summary: She thinks it started as punishment.

What Do the Lonely Do (at Christmas) (2640 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Batgirl (Comics)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Stephanie Brown/Dick Grayson
Characters: Stephanie Brown, Dick Grayson
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe, Christmas, Friends to Lovers, Yuletide Treat
Summary: Bank robberies, gratuitous carol references, stabbings, and maybe even a miracle (or two)? Must be Christmastime in Gotham.
amathela: ([hsm] pin up)
Without spoiling anything (I'm pretty sure), I was going over my yuletide fic again and realised - sadly, not for the first time - that every single fic I write is exactly the same. Basically:

- Characters banter about stuff.

- Then shenanigans! Hijinks of various and sundry kinds ensue.

- Makeouts.

- Now they're ~sexy bantering.

- End with some sort of indication that the characters are totally going to hook up again.

Ta da, now you're a story! And I mean, it's not like I really care? Because obviously the kind of fic I like to read and/or write, but, you know, it's a tiny bit depressing to realise you can only really do one thing, and you just keep doing it over and over. Also, I cannot end fics to save my life. ENDINGS, WHAT ARE THEY. And writing sexy kissing is hard! I keep coming up with possible lines and then being EW NO THAT'S ACTUALLY GROSS NOT SEXY, and so all my makeout scenes end up being pretty much the same. Oops!

But anyway, I finished editing my yuletide fic! And I picked up a pinch hit, and I'd really like to write some treats but it's like 7pm on Christmas Eve, so probably not. Also, my main fic is super obviously mine, so I probably won't be doing the whole 'guess which yuletide fic I wrote' thing this year, since I'm pretty sure it couldn't be any more obviously written by me if it had my name on it. ANYWAY I'M SUPER EXCITED ABOUT YULETIDE THOUGH. AND THEN FESTIVIDS IN JANUARY. SO GREAT.
amathela: ([oc] julie)
Title: Take On Me
Fandom: The O.C.
Pairing(s): Ryan/Summer
Word Count: 2103
Rating: PG-13

Summary: In which Ryan helps Summer out. As a friend. In a totally platonic way. (With makeouts.)

Notes: Set post-season four. Written for [personal profile] moirariordan for [livejournal.com profile] tagyourfic.

Faking it )
amathela: ([comics] saga)
[livejournal.com profile] ladymercury_10 asked: How about top 5 comics?

I decided to go with my favourite titles running (not necessarily starting) in 2013, though this was a lot harder to narrow down. There are a lot of comics I love not on this list, and this is by no means a list of what I thought were the *best* comics of 2013; just the ones that, for whatever reason, I'm really, really glad existed this year.

5. Avengers Assemble. As much as I loved Jonathan Hickman's work on Fantastic Four, I found his Avengers really hard to follow, even before the Infinity crossover; it's all very cool, it's just not really my thing. Avengers Assemble, on the other hand, is exactly what I want from an Avengers comics; it's light-hearted and funny and has developed some amazing relationships between the cast members (Carol and Jess in particular, though I'll also never not love Hulk's crush on Jess), and it's just a consistently fun comic I look forward to every month.

4. FF. I love Fraction's Hawkeye as much as the next person (well, except for the people who hate it), but of his current comics, I think I love FF even more. The art is fantastic, the characters are adorable and their relationships really well-drawn, and it's just plain fun, which is apparently the theme I'm following with this list. Plus, it has She-Hulk, so really, what's not to love?

3. Fearless Defenders. Which, yes, had a tendency towards back-breaking art and a bit more fluff than content, but I just loved it so much. Women! Kicking ass! Having fun! Liking other women! I love that the cast was made up of some lesser-known Marvel characters, I love that it was fun and ridiculous and didn't take itself too seriously, and I hate that it was cancelled. (I am comforted by knowing that Marvel is launching a bunch of titles I'm super excited about in its place, but still.)

2. Rat Queens. Which has had all of three issues so far, but it's probably my favourite new comic of 2013, and one of my favourite things coming out this year, period. It follows an all-female group of adventurers in a D&D-style fantasy setting and it's funny and amazing, and if that's the kind of thing you like, you should check it out, because so far I love it to pieces.

1. My favourite comic not just in 2013, but of all time: Saga. I fell in love with it from the very first page, and everything it's done since then has only made me love it more. I love the characters and their relationships, I love the world, I love the art, I love that some worlds have pyramid-shaped suns and doughnut moons because Brian K. Vaughan may have been drunk that one time, I love Lying Cat and the Robot Kingdom and The Stalk (still!) and basically there's just nothing I don't love, so. Saga. Will always be my answer to this.

Honourable mentions: So many! In no particular order, Lazarus, Sex Criminals, The Private Eye, Red Sonja, Amazing X-Men, Captain Marvel, Hawkeye, Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man, X-Men, Young Avengers. And Batman: Li'l Gotham, aka. the only thing DC is currently putting out that I love (and which is ending soon, sigh).


You can still ask me my top 5 [anything] of 2013, here or on tumblr. Previously: Top 5 comics pages/panels of 2013 (and of all time).
amathela: ([bsg] toaster)
Title: Chrome
Fandom: Pacific Rim (Ensemble)
Music: Heads Will Roll (A-Trak Remix) - Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Summary: Mako Mori (and the rest of humanity) vs the Kaiju.
Notes: Made for [personal profile] lyonie17 for [community profile] festivids.

download 55MB .avi @ box.net

streaming under the cut )
amathela: ([comics] wolverine is a jerk)
[livejournal.com profile] dhampyresa asked: Top 5 pages/panels from comics?

This was actually a lot easier than I thought it'd be, but at the same time I'm sure I'm forgetting a bunch of things, and there's a lot I'm leaving out. In the end, this is mostly "comics panels/pages that give me a lot of feelings," and it's fairly DC/Batfamily heavy, but, well, feelings. (Also contains spoilers, mostly for Blue Beetle and Batman Incorporated/Batman & Robin.)

Favourite comics panels )

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