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Snapshots of Two Billionaire Playboys

Harvey!  Nooooo!
Title: Snapshots of Two Billionaire Playboys
Fandom: Batman (Nolanverse)/Iron Man
Pairing: Bruce Wayne/Tony Stark
Summary: As masked vigilantes, Bruce and Tony both know a lot about masks.
Author's note: Written for my sister. I hope it's worth the wait!

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On fanfiction

Kirk Gorn
You know, reading this reminded me how much I hate it when authors are against fanfiction. Considering many writers start out writing fanfiction, especially in the sci-fi/fantasy genres, I lose a little respect for anyone who's against people writing fanfiction, and gain a little respect for anyone who encourages that kind of creativity. Writing fanfiction is not lazy and is a great way to get into writing. If it's a stepping stone to writing original fiction, all the better.

I also know that a lot of professional writers continue to write fanfiction even after becoming professionals. At Anomaly Con last year, Sarah A. Hoyt admitted that she lost her original fiction muse for a while and spent some time writing only Jane Austen fanfics.

Another author I know has written fanfiction is Mercedes Lackey, which is why it was rather heartbreaking that she was forced to disallow it for so long. Misty herself has never been against fanfiction and has even written "fanfiction" professionally (through tie-in books); when she was finally allowed to allow fanfiction, it felt like a victory not only to her fans, but to the author herself.

That being said, I would feel disrespectful writing fanfiction when the original author has taken a stance against it. When I was in high school, I loved the Vampire Chronicles, and got a couple ideas for fics involving them. However, when I found out that Anne Rice dislikes fics based on her works, I reluctantly shelved my ideas because I respected her too much as an artist to disregard her wishes. If other people write fanfiction for a fandom where the original author has taken a stance against fanfiction, I'm not going to admonish them, but I'd feel uncomfortable doing it myself. However, as I said, I also lose a little respect for the authors who are against fanfiction.

On Scarlett Johansson's hair

Kirk Gorn
So a little while ago, I was somewhat surprised to find people complaining about Scarlett Johansson's hair in The Avengers. Strangely enough, their complaint was that it was ZOMG EWW. Anyway, it got me to thinking. Because as much as I loved her hair in Iron Man 2 (it was pretty damn sexy), I realized that her new hairstyle is a lot more practical.

It doesn’t give opponents as much to grab onto, and it wouldn’t get in the way or block her vision as much as her old hairstyle. Plus, it would be a lot harder for short hair to get caught in anything. In fact, wouldn’t it be a lot more practical for all superhero types to either have short hair or tie back their long hair? In a comic I recently read (by Marjorie Liu, who is AMAZING), Natasha actually tied back her hair, which made me happier than it should have. Because I know why women leave their hair long and flowing in comic books despite the impracticality of it. It’s because it’s sexy.

Now, I thought Natasha was sexy in that comic with her hair tied back, and I think Scarlett Johansson looks sexy with her short hair. I think it’s ridiculous to judge how sexy a woman is based on her hairstyle. I would much rather see a woman with a practical hairstyle than impractically flowing hair (as much as I might have enjoyed the curls in Iron Man 2) because it’s realistic. None of the women in my Tae Kwan Do class left their hair long and flowing; all of them had short hair or tied their long hair back and that was just in a classroom situation (so to speak), not even in actual combat. Why did they do this? Because it’d get in their way and get in their eyes and stick to their sweat-soaked skin. It’d be uncomfortable, annoying, and, in an actual combat situation, potentially dangerous.

Which brings me to another point: if Hawkeye, Captain America, Thor, Hulk, and Iron Man are allowed to be ZOMG EWW, Black Widow is, too. It’s nigh on impossible to look good during combat. To use the Tae Kwan Do example again, the women in my class would get flush-faced and sweaty and their hair would get messed up, even if it was tied back. If there were explosions as seen in the Avengers trailers, they would get dirty, too. Not to mention getting cut up, just like the men. My point is, a woman can’t look fabulous all the time, and the focus shouldn’t be on her looks in the first place. I look forward to seeing Scarlett Johansson with her more practical short hair in the Avengers, and hope to God she get cut up and/or dirty in it. More than anything, though, I’m just looking forward to The Avengers. I think it will be an awesome movie and it’s no understatement to say it’s one of the biggest events in cinema history.

On Ice

Kirk Gorn
Title: On Ice
Fandom: Avengers (comics)
Pairing: Steve/Bucky
Summary: Am I old enough for you now?
Author's Note: Written to fill the aging prompt on my Avengers table. Loosely inspired by a scene from Blackout by Connie Willis.

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How Does Your Garden Grow?

Harvey!  Nooooo!
Title: How Does Your Garden Grow?
Fandom: Avengers
Pairing: Tasha/Bucky
Summary: Natasha is turned into a flower. Yes, a flower.
Author's Note: Written to fill this prompt on the Avengers kink meme, and the disappearance prompt on my Avengers table.

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Knowing

Family Guy
Title: Knowing
Fandom: Avengers
Pairing: Tony/Loki
Summary: Five times Thor said "Just fuck already" (in five different ways) and one time Clint said it (very bluntly).
Author's note: Written for this prompt at the Avengers Kink Meme.

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Fic!

Family Guy
So, funny story. Last night, I set out to write angst, and ended up writing cracky fluff. At three in the morning. o_O

I also decided to take this opportunity to post another short fic that I wrote for the Captain America kink meme. It kind of fits in with the cracky fluff thing.


Title: Popcorn and Five Dollar Steaks
Fandom: Captain America: The First Avenger
Pairing: Could be interpreted as friendship or Steve/Bucky
Summary: This is the third time Natasha has driven Steve and Bucky out to the casinos.
Author's Note: Written for this prompt at the Captain America Kink Meme.

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Title: Shenanigans
Fandom: Avengers
Pairings: Steve/Bucky, Loki/Tony
Summary: Tony is dating Loki. Steve and Bucky do not approve.
Author's Note: Written for this prompt at the Captain America kink meme.

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More Valuable Than Gold

Family Guy
Title: More Valuable Than Gold
Fandom: Captain America: The First Avenger
Pairing: Steve/Bucky pre-slash
Summary: Inspired by O. Henry's "Gift of the Magi." And the Sesame Street version. >.> Written for this prompt at the Captain America Kink Meme.

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Avengers Tables

Family Guy
Angst

nightmares loneliness depression substance abuse/addiction break-up
coping mechanism death arguments/fighting aging disappearance

Carnival

Kirk Gorn
Title: Carnival
Fandom: Captain America: The First Avenger
Pairing: Steve/Bucky
Rating: PG
Summary: Bucky likes being stuck at the top of the ferris wheel.
Author’s Note: Written for this prompt at the Captain America Kink Meme.

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