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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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18th-Jan-2019 11:47 pm - Signal Boost: Kudos Poll
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This post has a nifty Kudos Poll code you can use if you post fan works to your DW.

[personal profile] melannen posted: December meme: look I posted this one before midnight!

If you have a paid account and you want people to be able to leave kudos on your entries, you can use the poll system to do it by copy-pasting this code at the end of every entry

This entry was originally posted at https://cupidsbow.dreamwidth.org/438300.html.
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Title: Faces and darkness
Fandom: Venom
Characters: Eddie Brock & Venom, Carlton Drake & Riot
Rating: G
Author's Note: This is to fill the prompt of "Mirror Mirror: Doppelgangers Clones And Evil Doubles" for the [community profile] symbrock January bingo game. All screencaps have been enhanced by me.

Summary: "I am silver and exact. I have no preconceptions. / Whatever I see I swallow immediately / Just as it is, unmisted by love or dislike," by Sylvia Plath. Image heavy behind the cut.

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This entry was originally posted at https://cupidsbow.dreamwidth.org/437428.html.
14th-Jan-2019 06:11 pm - Symbrock Bingo January
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I'm not sure how far I'll get on this, as I've signed up for few other things, and also have WIPS on the go, but we'll see. It's aspirational!

Secrets & LiesHeatPhobias
Fandom FusionFREE SPACESecret Admirers
Fictional CrossoverAphrodisiacs (Includes Things Like Sex Pollen)Mirror Mirror: Doppelgangers Clones And Evil Doubles 
(screencaps, G)

For the [community profile] symbrock  bingo challenge.

This entry was originally posted at https://cupidsbow.dreamwidth.org/436976.html.
14th-Jan-2019 04:52 pm - The Death of Superman
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I went to see The Death of Superman and the Reign of the Supermen at a special screening yesterday. It was bloody good. I really liked that particular story in the comic-book version, and it was even better in the animated version. I enjoyed it as much as Thor: Ragnarok, which is my new benchmark for superhero movies. 

I'm generally pretty jaded on vigilante movies at the moment, so it has to either do something fresh, like Venom, or be really excellent in order to interest/please me. The Death of Superman was both fresh, because of the way it embraced pathos without being phoney and overdone about it, and excellent in the way it was put together.

I really don't know why DC did the whole grimdark thing with the Henry Cavill Superman -- it's the only run of Superman I've not been interested in. They would have done much better to try a live action Death of Superman, as it has just as much tragedy as any amount of grimdark, but is in keeping with what make Superman so enjoyable. They could pretty much keep the animated script, as it's well-plotted and has great characterisation. A bit of tightening to account for live-action actors and a slightly shorter screen time, and they'd be good to go.

Anyway, if it comes your way, I highly recommend the animated version. Topnotch.

This entry was originally posted at https://cupidsbow.dreamwidth.org/436570.html.
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I don't think I've ever really done a proper DVD commentary for one of my fics. How odd. But [personal profile] everysecondtuesday asked "I'd love to know about your writing process on a fic of your choice", and so here we are.

Deciding which fic to talk about was hard. My head is full of Role Confusion, my current Venom series, and as a long-form fic in several parts, it would be ideal to talk about... if only I weren't still writing it. Instead, I've picked Alternative pipe-cleaning methods (Symbrock, NC-17), because while it's a short fic, I used most of the techniques I usually use for longer stories, and the choices are fresh in my mind.

For stories under 2000 words, I often just throw words at the page, starting from a snippet of an idea -- The closest thing to a perfect man (is made of gingerbread) is an example. I was planning to write a longer fic for this Exchange, but work was crazy right up until the weekend before Christmas, so in the end I put away my notes for the longer story I'd planned out, and looked at my "emergency quick fic" notes (in this case, pics of gingerbread houses), and threw words at the page until I'd hit the word limit. I wrote it in one sitting, and I think it shows. It's not that it's a bad fic; it just lacks nuance or any real hook. It's a one-trick pony. There's a place for that, and it's far better than defaulting at the last minute, so I find the "throw words at the page" method has its uses. I mention it here as a contrast to Alternative pipe-cleaning methods (AP-CM), which is clearly the better story in terms of structure and nuance. While they both have similar wordage, AP-CM was written much the same way I write longer, more plotty stories.

Below the cut is a description of the general stages I go through in writing something like AP-CM. In reality I often cycle through the following stages a few times, rather than it being a clear linear progression, especially with longer fics.

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And that's how I wrote AP-CM. If you have any questions about what I've said above, the fic, or my writing process, please feel free to ask. This entry was originally posted at https://cupidsbow.dreamwidth.org/436162.html.
4th-Jan-2019 05:02 pm - fannish pursuits
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I wish my copy of Venom would hurry up and come. I have two ideas for vids, and I want to work on them while I'm on hols. Frustrating!

In other Venom-y news, I'm super tired today, because I got caught up in a research spiral for the next Role Confusion story, and kind of forgot to go to bed. I'm looking at my outline and notes today, and going, "My god, that's bizarre... and I want to read it so much!" Shame I have to write it first. I think there's still one bit missing though, so hopefully I'll figure that out today, and can get started.

Ironically, I don't think I'm going to use the research stuff on vacuum cleaners after all. The rest of the research has survived to outline stage, so I'm calling it time well spent. I need a nap though.

I also cracked and signed up for the Symbrock BigBang the other day, which I'm reluctant to admit. So far I've never finished a BigBang as a writer. I expect this to be another exercise in ignominy as I once again fail, but at least I think I have an idea. Dunno, need to think about it a bit more, but it should come in over 10,000 words if I decide it has legs. 

How are all your fannish pursuits going?

This entry was originally posted at https://cupidsbow.dreamwidth.org/435732.html.
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I originally thought this would be my last entry in the [community profile] symbrock  fest I've been taking part in, but I've just announced an Amnesty period for any last posts, so there may still be one or two more. We'll see. ;)

The closest thing to a perfect man (is made of gingerbread), by [personal profile] cupidsbow
Fandom: Venom
Pairing: Eddie Brock & Venom
Rating: PG-13
Length: 1500 words
Warnings: None.
Note: For Kotaboda in the Symbrock Holiday Gift Exchange 2018. For the prompt: "Venom and Eddie make a gingerbread house!!! It gets very messy but Eddie is very encouraging and Venom is blissfully unaware of how awful it looks."
Summary: Christmas has never been tastier.

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This entry was originally posted at https://cupidsbow.dreamwidth.org/435432.html.
29th-Dec-2018 06:30 pm - Venom recs
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Recommendations of good stuff to read for today's fest entry. :)

Pest Control, by Illiad_And_Oddity (Symbrock, PG-13)
I love Mrs Chen, and this is another great story from her POV.
"Mutualism" by Venom, by duckmoles (Symbrock, PG-13)
A future fic, in which Eddie and Venom have written a book about their symbiosis. I love this kind of world building, and the author packs a lot in, given the word length.
closer, by Wildehack (tyleet) (Symbrock, NC-17)
An exploration of what it means to have someone always inside you.
That awkward moment you accidentally touch an erogenous zone you didn’t know existed.
By Any Other Name, by Black_Crystal_Dragon (Symbrock, PG-13)
The conceit is that Eddie uses pet names for Venom, but it’s an exploration of how their relationship changes over time too. And also cute as hell.
Someday My Prince Will Come, by PenUltimate (Symbrock, PG-13)
De-light-ful. This is a great character study of Venom, and has a Klyntar subplot that I love to bits.
This entry was originally posted at https://cupidsbow.dreamwidth.org/434297.html.
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Fandom: Venom
Pairing: Eddie Brock & Venom
Rating: NC-17
Length: 1680 words
Warnings: None, except for xeno-sex.
Notes: Brancher asked for: "Eddie refrains from jacking off for the first few weeks out of modesty and Venom is like “THERE IS CLEARLY SOME KIND OF BUILD-UP OF FLUID IN THIS ONE GLAND, LET US FIX THAT” and then it’s all prostate milking all the time, like ALL the time, Eddie doesn't even have normal orgasms anymore, and Eddie is like “um wait that’s not” but realizes he likes it too much to correct Venom’s misapprehension about the normal care regimen of human balls."
This isn't quite that, but was definitely inspired by it.

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.
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