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1st-Jan-2020 12:00 pm - cupidsbow's Fan Works Masterlist
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Last updated: 17 October 2011



Full headers, including disclaimers and warnings, are given on the actual LJ entries; but, in case you haven't heard it before, all of these stories are total fiction. They are transformative works, which means I'm riffing on the ideas/events of others. And some of them contain content suitable only for adults.

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I was pretty excited to sign up for Space Swap, because a whole fest about space is just the best. THE BEST. I would have been happy to match on any of my offers, but had my fingers and toes crossed that I'd get either Venom or Doctor Who, because they were the two I had ideas for. Seeing the match for Thirteen was a happymaking moment, because I already knew I was going to make a vid.

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Title: Moonsea by [personal profile] cupidsbow 
Visual Source: Doctor Who
Music: Moonsea by Phildel
Rating: PG-13
Relationship: The Doctor/River Song, The Doctor/Missy, The Doctor/Jack Harkness, The Doctor/Yasmin Khan
Physical triggers: Flashing lights.
Warnings: Canon-typical violence, such as death by daleks.
Thank you: To [personal profile] mecurtin and [personal profile] sjnt for their excellent beta notes!
For: kira_katrine in Space Swap 2019. For the prompt: "Thirteen being less perfect than she sometimes seemed to be in series 11. I don't mean that in terms of competence, more in terms of internal conflicts and such."

Summary: Don’t share the past, if you won’t share your heart.

Downloads:  WHO-Moonsea-cupidsbow.rar (MP4, 60.7MB), WHO-Moonsea-HD-cupidsbow.rar (WMV, 151.88MB) 
Streaming: Vimeo (Password = space!)


Password = space!

[Dr Who] Moonsea from cupidsbow on Vimeo.

 

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This entry was originally posted at https://cupidsbow.dreamwidth.org/452041.html.
21st-Apr-2019 05:35 am - Exquinox - Sources from the 1990s
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I didn't take part in Equinox this time around, because I decided to sign up for Space Swap instead. I do love space. :)

Anyway that just means I get to enjoy all the shiny vids without the stress of making something myself.

Masterpost: https://archiveofourown.org/collections/springequinox2019/works

My faves:
 
Bitch - Batman Returns, Selina Kyle/Bruce Wayne
 
White Flag - Xena: Warrior Princess, Gabrielle/Xena
 
You Know What I Mean - The Heroic Trio, Tung & Ching & Chat 
 
Like, Wannabe - Clueless, Cher Horowitz/Josh Lucas
 
Take Over - The Craft, Nancy Downs/Everyone
 
Everything In Its Right Place - ER, John Carter
 
Come Away with Me - Northern Exposure, Marilyn Whirlwind/The Flying Man
This entry was originally posted at https://cupidsbow.dreamwidth.org/451765.html.
19th-Apr-2019 03:53 am - Space Swap is Live!
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I really enjoyed taking part in this fest. There's something about fest a that allows all different kinds of fanworks that makes it super satisfying.

Anyway, here's the Space Swap masterpost: https://archiveofourown.org/collections/SpaceSwap2019/works

And here's the things I've enjoyed most:

FIC: Hunt, Find, Eat - Venom, Eddie Brock/Venom Symbiote
My gift, and a delightful space adventure that's an AU of First Host.
 
VID: Come With Me Now - Thor, Heimdall/Thor
Absolutely gorgeous Thor vid.
 
VID: Vienna - MCU, Peter Parker & Tony Stark
A kinetic Spider-man character study.
 
FIC: A King's Work - Thor, Loki & Thor
A character study focused on Thor's first days as king, as they flee Asgard on the ship.
 


This entry was originally posted at https://cupidsbow.dreamwidth.org/450853.html.
8th-Mar-2019 04:22 am - Vidding BigBang
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I didn't hear about the vidding BigBang until far too late to take part this time around, but you can bet I'm planning to next time.

Here are this year's entries, and they are all fabulous: https://archiveofourown.org/collections/vidbigbang001

I particularly love the Star Wars one by findmeinthealps -- it's my favourite.

I don't know Hannibal well enough to really get all the nuances of luminosty's diptych, but they're gorgeous.

The Supernatural album by sisabet and sweetestdrain is a gutpunch, but so worth it. 

The Fast and Furious vid by AurumCalendula is a glorious love letter to speed, and delightful to watch.

This entry was originally posted at https://cupidsbow.dreamwidth.org/449136.html.
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As promised, here is the conclusion of the story about Venom and aesthetics.

Chapter 2 of 2: Additional Attachments by cupidsbow
Fandom: Venom
Pairing: Eddie Brock & Venom
Rating: R
Length: 2,300 words
Note: Chapter 2 of this story is Explicit, but Chapter 1 is rated for Teen Audiences and Up, and can be read stand-alone as a friendship romance.
Full story: A Partial Treatise on Love (6,500 words)

Chapter Summary: Venom gets a clue.
 
 
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This entry was originally posted at https://cupidsbow.dreamwidth.org/447761.html.
23rd-Feb-2019 05:55 pm - Meta - Aesthetics and Venom
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As I said in my author notes, when I was doing research for the story, A Partial Treatise on Love (Symbrock, R), the rabbit hole I fell down was how love relates to aesthetics.

In particular, I found this fascinating article: Animal Aesthetics by Wolfgang Welsch. The whole article is really great, and starts off with a discussion about transhumanism as a way of thinking about lived experiences such as aesthetics, and I highly recommend it.

However, the key contentions of relevance to Venom and the story I wrote are these:

Welsch attempts to answer the question of where our aesthetic sense came from, starting from an exploration of Darwin's theory of evolution, with a particular focus on what enabled the uncoupling of appreciation from utility. That is, when did we start to like things just because -- as in art -- rather than because they were useful to us or of evolutionary advantage?

He discusses the possible mechanism of how aesthetics works, relating it both to mating and food choices, in some depth, which I won't recap here. If you understand sexual selection, that's the key component which underlies the argument here. Welsch then concludes that a sense of aesthetics (that is, beauty) is dependent on a sense of pleasure. To be able to choose what is beautiful, there must be an experience of pleasure in one choice over the other which is based on more than utility. In other words, it is not objective, but it is comparative -- aesthetic judgement is in picking the thing we think will maximise our pleasure, which means we judge other options lesser in comparison.

Welsch then brings in Neo-Darwinism to explain that this sense of pleasure gained through beauty is because beauty signals fitness, and therefore a greater chance of survival. This is not a direct causal chain -- a sense of beauty is not a direct mechanism of natural selection, but is correlated to it, according to Welsch.

And this is where his conclusions get really interesting:

The liberation of aesthetic estimation from this strict sexual bind [that is, the idea that all aesthetic choices are connected to mate selection] is dependent on the development of other capacities connected with aesthetic appreciation. Just consider the even simpler case where an animal familiar with good-tasting food sets up a store of it without actually being hungry. With the development of a sense of time and of memory, the possible distance between the awareness of agreeability and immediate desire grows. On a higher level, aesthetic estimation can detach itself in a similar way from the direct bind to desire. Here, too, a memory of previous experience and of its appreciation can play a role in forming current aesthetic attitudes. For example, both the display of beauty and the exercise of aesthetic sense can become ritualized and henceforth be practised in situations that are no longer directly situations of desire. In this way, a first decoupling can come about and the route be cleared to ever higher types. As the aesthetic sense as such already represents a special refinement of the general faculty of experiencing pleasure, it can continue to ascend to ever higher stages within its own sphere, with ever greater distance from sexual desire and more and more refinement taking place. [Section 3, Para 5]

Thinking about this idea in terms of Venom was fascinating, because it opens up a couple of different options:
  • Venom could already have an aesthetic sense, which arose from something other than sex. The most obvious choices are hunger and finding a compatible host, but there could be others which are non-obvious from the perspective of Human drives -- great room for speculative extrapolation there, but hard to write and make convincing.
  • Venom could have an aesthetic sense arising from their bond/s with their host/s, and in particular, Venom's sense of aesthetics could be influenced by Eddie's biology, personality and cultural programming.
There was one other paragraph of Welsch's article that really jumped out at me:

One last consideration: I have already pointed out that aesthetic judgment is tinged with pleasure. So being capable of pleasure is as elementary a condition for the aesthetic as are emotional and intellectual capacities. Pleasure in the most basic sense originates with sensation and so with the elementary property of animals; animals are by definition sentient beings, and being sentient implies the experiencing of pleasure and displeasure. [Section 4, Para 1]

And this is what I wanted to explore in the story, but I wanted to turn it on its head -- starting with Venom experiencing aesthetics within the text, which then led to pleasure, and for them to be mutually beneficial experiences. That's why we have the TV show Virtue Falls as well as the art gallery, and why I really felt a burn to write the second chapter of the story in which Venom makes art themself. It's why Vida had to hit on Eddie, and Venom experience it as displeasure, and it's why the sex was inextricably linked with Eddie's experience of love.

I still don't think I quite nailed what I wanted to say about Venom's sense of aesthetics, love, and pleasure in the story, but I got a lot closer to it when I finally finished the second chapter than I had in the original version of the story. Chapter 1 -- the original Choc Box submission -- stood alone okay and read as a finished story. But thematically, it wasn't done until Venom dunked his tentacle into paint and tried to render Eddie.

And that? Is how I wrote six and a half thousand word about Venom becoming an artist. Hahaha. And why I have so many plot bunnies that jump off from this point now I've got Venom there. :)

ETA: It's also why I chose the puns I used in the story title and chapter 2 title. They are bad puns, but they made me laugh a lot as I wrote them.

This entry was originally posted at https://cupidsbow.dreamwidth.org/447500.html.
22nd-Feb-2019 08:33 pm - Top of the Pops
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Gacked from [personal profile] musesfool -- I was suddenly really curious to see which of my stories people have been reading. :)


List the summaries of your own top 10 stories by kudos:

1. Alternative pipe-cleaning methods (Venom, Symbrock, R)
 
Eddie? they demand. Eddie!
 
Eddie drags his attention away from the story he’s working on. “What is it, bud?”
 
Are you going into heat?
 
“What?” Eddie makes his confused face. “No!”
 
Or planning to breed?
 
Eddie’s forehead ruts get even deeper. “Where the hell is this coming from?”
 
You are making too many of your breeding worms.
 
Eddie goes tense all over. “Breeding worms?” he says, shrilly enough to make Venom flinch.

2. Skyclad by cupidsbow & Ionaonie (Teen Wolf, Sterek, PG-13)
 
In which Stiles doesn't enjoy the Hale summer party because she's wearing a dress (and Derek isn't there), and then both of those things stop being true.
 
A story about finding yourself, falling in love, and really good duck in plum sauce.

3. A Foregone Conclusion (Teen Wolf, Sterek, R)
 
When Harris finally let them out at 4:30pm, Stiles had made up his mind.
 
"I've made up my mind!" he announced to Scott, as he was driving them both home in the Jeep. "I have decided to take one for the team."
 
"The lacrosse team?" Scott said, not even looking up from texting Allison.
 
"Yes, the lacrosse team," Stiles said. "Because that's so relevant to Allison's mom macking on Derek and the looming Alpha-pair crisis in the Hale pack."
 
4. Happily Ever After (the Pegasus remix) (Stargate: Atlantis, McShep, PG-13) 
 
One glass slipper alien device. One romantic quest typical Atlantis lab accident. One revelation of true love something far more ironic.
 
5. The Wolf Who Turned (Teen Wolf, Sterek, PG-13)
 
Once upon a time there was a wolf who turned into a man, but not because of anything as simple as a kiss. A remix of The Frog Prince.

6. Role Confusion (Venom, Symbrock, PG-13)
 
Venom is hungry. Eddie provides.
 
and 
 
Venom learns to want; Venom learns to ask.

and 

Venom confesses his sins.

7. Class: Insecta (Stargate: Atlantis, McShep, R)
 
John figures Beckett's magic pill will make all the side-effects fade away, so that he's just standard-issue John Sheppard again, all the way through.

8. Say When (NCIS, Gibbs/DiNozzo, M)
 
"I thought you were busy plundering the fruits of the ocean," Tony murmured into the sweet spot on Gibbs' neck, before using his teeth there, just a little.

9. The Scientific Method (Stargate: Atlantis, McShep, M) 
 
Hey, did you remember John's got the Ancient gene?

10. Human-Angel Cooperation is a Beautiful Thing (Supernatural, Dean/Castiel, PG-13)
 
Even in a world where angels and hunters work together, Castiel is still the black sheep of the family.


Thoughts


If you're wondering, I decided to put all of the Role Confusion stories together, because all three stories in that series were in the top ten, and they really do all go together. 

The list is more varied than I expected -- I didn't think so many different fandoms would be on there, and I definitely didn't expect the NCIS fic to be in the top ten.

I suspect that the Stargate: Atlantis fics would actually be in the top spots if you take into account the LJ readers, because they were written back in the day when most of the fandom was on that platform. Come to that, some of my LotRPS fics would probably be in this top ten by that measure too, and maybe a Torchwood fic, and none of them are on this list at all.

No songvids in the top ten, which... I always knew I wasn't vidding for the fame. :) 

As far as commonalities go -- a lot of my most popular stories don't have sex in them, even though they are all relationship stories. Most of these stories are comedies, and most are short stories rather than novels or novellas.

Like [personal profile] musesfool, I find summaries hard, but these ones are all actually pretty good. Better than I remember in a lot of cases.

All in all, this was kind of surprising. 

This entry was originally posted at https://cupidsbow.dreamwidth.org/447241.html.
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This was a joy to create, and I hope it brings everyone joy to watch as well. :)
Visual Source: Venom (2018)
Music: Suit by Boom! Bap! Pow! & The Girl from Ipanema by Frank Sinatra
Rating: PG-13
Relationship: Eddie/Venom
Physical triggers: Flashing lights, fast cuts, loud noises.
Warnings: Canon-typical violence, such as biting heads off.
Thank you: To [personal profile] colls  for the awesome beta!
For: Venomtime's Day 2019

Summary: You're so cute I want to wear you like a suit.

Downloads: Venom-Suit-cupidsbow-sm.zip (MP4, 94.32MB), Venom-Suit-cupidsbow.zip (WMV, 124.57MB) 
Streaming: Vimeo (Password = symbrock)

Password = symbrock

This entry was originally posted at https://cupidsbow.dreamwidth.org/444620.html.
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I wrote this for Venomtime's Day as a flashfic after finishing the main work on my vid. I quite like the worldbuilding in this, and might revisit it.

Title:
And They Were Soulmates by [personal profile] cupidsbow
Fandom: Venom
Pairing: Eddie Brock & Venom
Rating: PG-13
Length: 860 words
Warnings: Brief mention of genocide.
Note: Venomtime's Day 2019. For [personal profile] mific -- you said, "I’d love to read a fusion (heh) with a legend or fairytale or another canon, and the symbionts." This isn't quite that, but was inspired by it. I wanted to see if I could come up with an origin story, written to evoke generational oral storytelling, merged with a soulmate story from the symbionts' perspective. I hope it goes some way towards scratching your itch.
 
Summary: Venom can’t remember when they first heard about symbiosis. As far back as their memories go, they have always known of it. Perhaps it was one of the genetic memories passed on to them at their spawning.
 
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