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Title: Drumming Song
Vidder: cienna
Song: Drumming Song by Florence + the Machine
Fandom: Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo
Length: 3:42
Rating: R
Warnings: Violence, major spoilers for the whole series
Summary: Why revenge is never the answer.
Vidder notes: Created for joyo as part of Festivids 2013. Thanks so much to gnine for her exporting help plus beta duties! ♥

Download link: Drumming Song

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That time of year...

sir pirate
Things have been kind of crazy lately! Just moved to a new city and started a new job so I'm still getting used to things. I'm really liking the job so far! I have my own cubicle, (which apparently is something I always dreamed of) and I should be doing quite a bit of international traveling. I think it's going to take me awhile to get used to living in such a small city, but luckily it's only an hour's drive from Nashville so I'm not completely isolated. Still have to work on getting out and meeting people. I wish there was a secret fandom password or something. It would make life so much easier!

I have also signed up for millions of exchanges once again! Very excited about Yuletide and Festivids! (Neither of which I've actually started on.) Also modding the batfam_exchange as well as deancas_xmas for which sign ups are very much still open if anyone is interested!

In any case it's time for the annual Christmas card poll! takadainmate and I have worked out a system to once again do Christmas cards together even though we are in different countries! We're magic like that!

Poll #1944006 Holiday Cards
Open to: All, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 13

What would you like the theme of our holiday cards to be?

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Loki
1 (7.7%)
Loki and horses
5 (38.5%)
Loki and angels
1 (7.7%)
Crying face!Loki
3 (23.1%)
Loki
0 (0.0%)
Loki with tentacles
2 (15.4%)
Father Christmas Loki
1 (7.7%)


Comments are screened so so if you would like a card please leave your address here unless we already have your address from last year or it has changed! Once again, everyone is welcome and you don't have to send us anything! (Unless you have some extra tentacles or crying faces you don't need...)

Festivids !!

sir pirate
Dear Festividder,

So happy we're a match and that it's that time of the year again! I've been looking forward to this for months! To be honest, anything you do with my chosen fandoms is probably going to make me happy so don't worry too much about pleasing me. I'm also not too picky about music choices. I prefer slower, more angsty songs to upbeat stuff, but if it really goes with the vid don't worry about it. I am not a huge fan of dance music or stuff you would hear in clubs. Otherwise, anything goes really.

The Hollow Crown, K, Karneval, Lark Rise to Candleford, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, Natsume Yuujinchou, WhitechapelCollapse )

Yuletide Letter!

sir pirate
Dear Yuletide Author,

Yay, we're a match! I honestly am fairly easy to please. I'm happy with anything from gen to smut as long as it is focused on the characters listed. My favorite tropes are probably hurt/comfort, amnesia, mindbonding, aliens/demons/whatever made them do it, and fics involving survival in the wilderness, but it's fine if you want to do something else too. I definitely prefer angst to fluff, but I don't mind if it's a little fluffy. If it's a fic involving smut I prefer lots of build-up with no porn until the end. I enjoy smut in fic, but I'm not a huge fan of PWP's. I also prefer first time fics to established unless the characters are already basically together in canon (like Jack and Stephen). The only thing I really don't like is death!fic and fic with unhappy endings. Happy endings for me, please! I'm also not a huge fan of non-canon AUs but I'm not completely opposed if you think it would work really well for the characters. The prompts I've given are only suggestions, so if you have an amazing idea for a fic in one of these fandoms that you think would work well, go for it! Just no coal, please! :)

AO3 Name: cienna

Fandoms include the Aubrey-Maturin Series, Rush (2013), K (Anime), Free!, and WhitechapelCollapse )

Fall TV

sir pirate
Yay, premiere season is finally upon us! I have quite a few shows on my list for this year -

Definitely watching

Person of Interest (Sept. 24) - Definitely the show I am most excited for! Bring on the Reese/Finch and the Shaw, Root, Carter and Fusco being awesome! Kind of sad that they moved it to a new night so I can't watch it together with Elementary anymore though.

Elementary (Sept. 26) - I didn't love the season finale despite how awesome Natalie Dormer is, but I'm still excited for the new season.

Grimm (Oct. 25) - Not excited about some spoilers I have heard for this season, but still very interested to find out Nick's fate in the season premiere.

Supernatural (Oct. 9) - NO MATTER HOW BAD THIS SHOW GETS I WILL NEVER STOP WATCHING, DAMMIT! Plus Cas's new situation is something that is just impossible to resist.

Downton Abbey (Sept. 22) - Very sad about the lack of Matthew, but I am totally on board with this as long as they don't put Mary and Branson together. Ugh. XD

White Collar (Oct. 17) - I'm not hugely invested in this show, but I will continue to watch because Peter DeKay and Matt Bomer never stop being adorable. Plus Mark Sheppard!!

The Walking Dead (Oct. 13) - I'm not super happy with some things that happened in the finale, but I will still give this a try.

New Shows

Almost Human (Nov. 4) - Have to give this one a try because the premise sounds interesting and also Karl Urban!!

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Sept. 24) - Yeah, there's no way I'll be able to resist this. Hope it ends up being good!

Shows I don't admit to watching

Survivor (Sept. 18) - Yeah, I just can't stop. It's an addiction.

Anime

Free! Iwatobi Swim Club - Still watching this. It never stops being ridiculously hilarious and adorable.

Magi: The Kingdom of Magic (Oct.) - I will definitely be watching this, but I need to finish season 1 first.

Kyoukai no Kanata (Oct.) - A Supernatural based dark fantasy anime based on a series of light novels, this one looks vaguely interesting so I will at least give it a try.

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sir pirate
Title: Cosmic Love
Vidder: Cienna
Song: Cosmic Love by Florence + the Machine
Fandom: Batman: Under the Red Hood - Jason + Bruce
Length: 4:16
Size: 71.9 MB
Rating: R
Warnings: Violence, major spoilers if you haven't seen the film
Summary: But then it stopped and I was in the darkness, so darkness I became...
Vidder notes: I actually made this vid back in November and have held off posting it, just because I couldn't give up making changes. It worked out well because then I could use it for Vividcon! Lots of thanks to the London batclub! Especially miki_moo who dragged me (and multiple other people) into bat fandom. Also to takadainmate for her usual amazing beta duties!

Download link: Cosmic Love

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Anonymous Commenting

Pretty Gil
Just went through and deleted about 30 spam comments so Anonymous commenting is again off! Not sure why I turned it back on again to begin with. Evil spam. XD

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DCSS Vid: Shot Through the Heart

Pretty Gil
Title: Shot Through the Heart
Song: You Give Love a Bad Name by Bon Jovi
Fandom Supernatural - Dean/Cas
Length: 3:27
Size: 59.5 MB
Rating: R
Warnings: Violence, cheesy 80's music, sexual innuendo
Spoilers: Up to episode 8x07
Summary: Loosely based on the prompt - With all the shit they've been through, they just want to put it aside for a bit and have a happy Christmas.
Artist notes: Created as part of the deancas_xmas exchange for thinlizzy2. Lots of thanks as always to takadainmate who always remembers every scene Cas has been in! As well as to the other people who were subjected to various versions of this vid.
Download Link: Download at Mediafire/Download at Sendspace



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Festivid Reveals

Pretty Gil
And festivid reveals happened! I realized belatedly that going back and changing the date stamp on my post doesn't allow it to show up on my friends' flist, so I thought I'd through the link up here. I ended up making a Downton Abbey vid (all characters), Glad You Came, for hollywoodgrrl. It's over here!

Pretty busy with all the stuff that's involved with making an international move at the moment. I'm not very happy about it, but am pretty much resigned to my fate at this point. I have less than two weeks to somehow get rid of all of my stuff that won't fit in two suitcases and a few boxes. I've decided to get rid of all of my English books since I can always buy them again later and the Japanese ones are harder to replace. Then have to go through my clothes and see what I need to keep. Everything else is headed to the charity shop. Also need to find someone to replace me in the flat! Ack! Really don't want to have to pay rent for March when I won't be living here. But I did get to meet Kieron Gillen (Writer for the new Young Avengers and the bb!Loki arc of Journey Into Mystery) at Comic Mart over the weekend! That was very fun! Plus we got spoilers for Young Avengers #3! Yay!

Festivids Vid: Glad You Came

partners in crime
Song: Glad You Came
Artist: The Wanted
Length: 3:12
Fandom: Downton Abbey
Size: 54 MB
Recipient: hollywoodgrrl
Summary: My universe will never be the same...
Download link: Mediafire
Vidder's notes: Lots of thanks to my sister Audrey for her helpful beta as well as her input on the song selection! Extra special thanks to Downton for being so endlessly entertaining. There are a few small changes in this from the original version. Spoilers up through the Season 3 Christmas Special.





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Festivid Recs

Pretty Gil
Haven't had a chance to go through all the Festivids yet, but I do have a few to rec, including my gift vid which is ABSOLUTELY AMAZING! It's for Batman: Under the Red Hood and is beautifully angsty and filled with incredible editing.

Batman: Under the Red Hood

This Night by anonymous for ME!

And a few other vids that I loved:

Brideshead Revisited

Mowgli's Road by anonymous for alley-skywalker

The Hollow Crown

Somewhere a Clock is Ticking by anonymous for condnsdmlk

Florence + the Machine music videos

Cosmic Love by anonymous for Mithborien

I'm sure many more recs will be coming! And the complete master list is over here!

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Jan. 18th, 2013

Pretty Gil
Got some lovely fics for Yuletide this year! It's always so exciting to get two fics!

Dreams (1003 words) by Sententiae
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Natsume Yuujinchou | Natsume's Book of Friends
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warning: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Madara, Natsume Takashi
Summary:

There are places Madara doesn’t like to visit, and the foremost of these are Natsume’s dreams.



Princeling's Prologue (1633 words) by astraev
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Downton Abbey
Rating: General Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Mary Crawley/Matthew Crawley
Characters: Mary Crawley, Matthew Crawley, Edith Crawley, Doctor Clarkson, Sybil Crawley
Summary:

Matthew promised to build the kingdom, as Mary promised to grow the princeling.



And not my gift, but I have no words for how much I loved this Master and Commander fic. Seriously, read it immediately if you like Jack and Stephen or mind bonding!

On Solitude (15123 words) by Toft
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Aubrey-Maturin Series - Patrick O'Brian
Rating: General Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Jack Aubrey/Stephen Maturin
Characters: Jack Aubrey, Stephen Maturin, Preserved Killick, Barrett Bonden
Summary:

Jack and Stephen accidentally become telepathically bonded, but Stephen still has to complete his mission in Minorca.



Also ended up completing two vids for the deancas_xmas exchange! I got roped into a pinch hit at the last minute, which was kind of a bit of a mistake as I had millions of other things I needed to be working on, but oh well. Really need to post those at some point. But I am super super excited about festivids kicking off tomorrow! I'm pretty happy with the vid I made and I'm hoping my recipient will like it. *fingers crossed* Just have to stop myself from making last minute changes. It's so hard to stop editing vids. That's why I still haven't posted my Batman - Under the Red Hood vid.

Currently still in denial about possibly leaving so I'm still doing job searching and trying to find some options to stay in the country. We'll see if anything pans out.

It's that time again!

batfam exchange
So somehow I've managed to sign up for four holiday exchanges this year. yuletide, festivids, deancas_xmas, and of course the best exchange of all - batfam_exchange! And yes, I have started exactly 0 of these so far.

In other slightly Yuletide related news - It's that time of year again! The time where takadainmate* and I have the poll to decide what should be on our Christmas cards!

Poll #1880267 Holiday Cards
Open to: All, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 16

What would you like the theme of our holiday cards to be?

View Answers
Dick
0 (0.0%)
Dick and tentacles
5 (31.2%)
Dick and old men
3 (18.8%)
Dick and angels
3 (18.8%)
Dick with crying!faces
5 (31.2%)
A combination of the above
0 (0.0%)

If you voted for "A combination of the above" what would you like included?



(If you're confused about Dick, the icon might be a hint.)

Comments are screened, so if you would like a card please leave your address here unless you will be coming to the Christmas Merlin Meet in which case we will be giving you your card in person! Once again, everyone is welcome and you don't have to send us anything! (Unless you have some extra tentacles or crying faces you don't need...)

Batfam Exchange!

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Just on the off chance that anyone reading my journal is into batfam -

Sign-ups are open for the Batfam holiday exchange!

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This is an anonymous exchange for fic, artwork, and vids. Sign-ups will be open from now until November 7th. Please go HERE to find out more and sign up!

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Anonymous Comments

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Had to stop allowing anonymous commenting on my lj since I've been getting unbelievable amounts of spam comments. If you don't have an lj and want to leave a comment just message me and I'll turn it back on. Hopefully this is only temporary.

Also, yay, almost Halloween=good excuse to use my Buffy Halloween icon.

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It's Yuletide! (Almost)

Yuletide Santa
Dear Yuletide Author,

Yay, we're a match! Luckily, I am fairly easy to please. I'm happy with anything from gen to smut as long as it is focused on the character/characters listed. My favorite genres are probably hurt/comfort, aliens/demons/whatever made them do it, and fics involving survival in the wilderness, but it's fine if you want to do something else too. I enjoy angst as long as it's not too extreme. If it's a fic involving smut I like lots of build-up with no porn until the end. Or even just lots of UST with no porn. I also prefer first time fics to established unless the characters are already basically together in canon. The only thing I really don't like is death!fic and fic with unhappy endings. I'm not a huge fan of non-canon AUs but I'm not completely opposed if you think it would work really well for the characters.

On to the fandoms - Aubrey-Maturin Series, Natsume Yuujinchou, Downton Abbey, The Eagle|Eagle of the NinthCollapse )

So I just noticed my Yuletide letter from last year was written almost a month later than this year. Are we earlier than usual?

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Festivids!

sir pirate
Dear Festividder,

So happy we're a match and that it's that time of the year again! I've been looking forward to this for months! To be honest, anything you do with my chosen fandoms is probably going to make me happy so don't worry too much about pleasing me. I'm also not too picky about music choices. I prefer slower, more angsty songs to upbeat stuff, but if it really goes with the vid don't worry about it. I am not a huge fan of dance music or stuff you would hear in clubs. Otherwise, anything goes really.

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Expo!

sir pirate
Had lots of fun at MCM Expo on Saturday! Spent most of the day with yavannauk hitting up all the David Giuntoli stuff. First up was the autograph line which actually wasn't too long.

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Asylum 8!!

sir pirate
Just got back from Asylum 8 and finally managed to get all my pictures up!

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In conclusion, bring on Asylum 9 and Sebastian Roché! *fingers crossed that Rogue doesn't screw things up too much*

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