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Tuesday, January 1st, 2019
6:11 pm
Friends-Locked
This journal is largely f-locked. I will be moving larger stories (aka Chimera and When I'm 64) to AO3, but smaller stories will likely just remain here.

New posts will remain open for a week or so, but after that all things will be put under filter.

I am afraid I am not adding new friends at this time, unless I have you friended or we've had some interaction in fandom.
Thursday, July 27th, 2017
11:16 pm
Pas De Deux Part 9
Title: Pas de Deux Part 9
Fandom: American Idol
Pairing: Adam/Kris
Summary: Scarlet Pimpernel AU

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Tuesday, July 25th, 2017
10:09 pm
Pas De Deux Part 8
Pas De Deux Part 8
Pairing: Adam/Kris, others
Rating: Overall Adult

This section is short, but as it's been a long while, I thought I'd put it up. More beneath the cut:

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Friday, June 3rd, 2016
4:21 pm
I'm not sure if anyone is still here, but
Would anyone be interested in reading a revised Pimpernel Kradam if I got around to it this summer?

I now have a one year old son and a three year old daughter, so my time isn't exactly my own, but I'd like to take up writing again.

I may also write that Baraz/Adam backstory I meant to, also.
Friday, September 2nd, 2011
11:39 pm
Robotech Rewatch
Lately I've been re-watching episodes of Robotech III (New Generation) with my sister, who is a wee bit obsessed with the series. I remember watching it way back in the day when it was first run on American television in the mid-eightees.

My brother and sisters and I were huge fans of it back then. Max and his alien lover from the first series were pretty much my first OTP. I remember it being very dark and adult for the time.

While it is shockingly advanced for a mid-eightees cartoon marketed to children (I was like 7 when I first watched it), what I did not remember was how objectively terrible it was. The animation (at least in the third series) and plot are terrible. They're supposed to be travelling through South America to get to North America to destroy the Big Bad Alien center, but nearly everyone they meet is white (as in, there are more gingers per square mile in this version of South America than any other place on Earth) and every town looks like old timey American West meets post-apocolypse. And every single episode involves some sort of drawn out fight between Our Heroes and the aliens that ends the same way. Also, despite this happening in The Future, sometimes there are dinosaurs (I am not sure this is necessarily a negative, but I thought I'd throw it out there).

The plots I think could not help but be bad because what was shown as Robotech in the US was really three totally unrelataed Japanese series that were re-edited and put back together for the US to make one continuous plotline. It was bound to make no sense.

There was one thing that I totally forgot about and am still completely shocked made it into the US version. There's this character named Lancer who is a kickass freedom fighter. You don't meet him as a freedom fighter, though. You meet him as a female-coded lounge singer called Yellow Dancer. You see him donning the Yellow persona fairly often as she is famous and opens doors--the others are initially shocked/crushed by seeing their crush object revealed as a man, but then it's sort of a non-issue. His whole character is an interesting mix of feminine and masculine that I don't think you'd see in a US show even now. In fact, his characterization is one of the few things I did find compelling about the show (although to be fair to the show, I think the characterization is generally solid. I think Scott (the driven hero) and Lancer are the most well-rounded, but Rook (the tough biker woman turned soldier), Rand (the scout) and Lunk (the mechanic) get fairly three-dimensional treatments as well. The only one I don't like is Annie--the inexplicable child who they for some reason drag around everywhere). Lancer himself though is very, very pretty but also has a lot of traditionally masculine traits. He's the tallest of the group and has the broadest shoulders of anyone but Lunk. He's also the only active soldier outside of Scott, is shown working on their war-craft with Lunk, and is probably treated as the most capable of taking care of himself. But then he also has beautiful flowing purple hair and his fighting outfit has an interesting mix of masculine and feminine touches to it. I don't know if it's a deliberate gender commentary, but of the men he's probably written as the most nurturing and the one more likely to use strategy over aggression to solve problems. He's definitely the one to point out things like leering at women is not appreciating them. He gets his own love story, but his role is really one you see more often given to women. The alien princess falls in love with him practically at first sight, but it's not when they're fighitng. It's when she is armed and ready to kill and he is bathing (and playing with his pretty, pretty purple hair) in a waterfall. Some wrestling about follows, but it seems to me that even then he's written as the (naked) object of desire, not her. I can't see a US originating show writing a female general being unable to kill her vulnerable male enemy because he's just too pretty to die (a scenario which plays out several more times over the series).

Now I would desperately love to read some fic about him--and yet a) there is none and b) while I think the Robotech universe lends itself very well to fic, I would hate to see the usual tropes/prejudices applied to it. I just know Scott'd be written as the big meanie with the stick up his ass just for prioritizing the survival of the human race and Rook would be written as either the bitch who stood in the way of Scott/Rand/Lancer/whomever's be-penised true love or as the yenta who hooked up her beloved guy pals and stood saintly and appropriately chaste in the background. The other thing is, I really see Lancer as being heterosexual. As Yellow he's written as somewhat flirtatious with men, but I still see him being actually primarily attracted to women. That's one of the things that most interested me about him, really, the way they separated his gender expressions from his sexuality. I can definitely see him flirting with men as a sort of provocation and maybe being very toppy with Scott in a sort of friends with benefits sort of way but I like him best with women. I'd read the hell out of Rook/Marlene or any combination of Marlene, Sera (the alien princess) and Lancer, but I actually don't really see too much m/m subtext at all at least in the third series. So what I am left with wanting is het or femmslash about an obscure, objectively terrible 80's cartoon but still written with more of a slashy aesthetic.

I might as well wish for a flying sparkly pony with Lancer's pretty purple hair.

I may have to write some of it myself. I suppose writing about pretty intergalactive rockstars who are secret ninjas and who flirt with everyone in sight wouldn't exactly be a hardship. I would just rather the internets do their job and provide it for me.

You can watch Robotech on Hulu (although I don't actually recommend it). From what I recall the first series was significantly better than the latter two, although I haven't re-watched it yet myself for fear of ruining my beloved memories of Max, Ace Pilot extraordinaire. I will say that knowledge of the first two is pretty much unnecessary for watching the third and might also be harmful.
Monday, March 14th, 2011
9:02 pm
Help Japan
I have no idea if there's any interest and I can't promise to write anything long, but I am offering Kris/Adam here
Tuesday, March 8th, 2011
7:40 pm
I am not dead
Just working thirteen hours a day. Which, alas, does not leave much time for writing.

As I am on spring break, however, we may (may) see another chapter of Pimpernel Adam.

For this week only I will add people to the filter if they ask.

I do, incidentally, plan on finishing it. It will have to wait until at least this semester is done, however.
Sunday, March 7th, 2010
1:44 pm
AIRPS Chimera 13/~20
Title: Chimera Part 13/~20
Author: nymphaea1
Rating for this section: R
Pairing: Adam/Kris, others
Warnings: Violence

Summary:
In 1683 the first boat carrying fey landed in Virginia. Receiving ill welcome from the young American colonies, most of the passengers and the ones who followed after chose to go west, eventually establishing the new kingdom of Western Faerie in the Pacific Northwest. Distrust of Faerie persisted in the east and traveled outwards as the United States
and its ally, the Kingdom of Texas, spread west into the lands bordering those claimed by the fey.

Two years ago Kris Allen, lost to himself after a bitter three-year war, answered a newspaper ad and headed west to the chaotic borderland known as South California. He'd hoped, in a land with no loyalties, he could find respite from his own divided nature. What he found was something else.

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Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010
8:45 pm
AIRPS Fic: Chimera Part 12
Title: Chimera Part 12
Author: nymphaea1
Rating for this section: PG-13
Pairing: Adam/Kris, others
Warnings: Violence - this section is dark enough that in the interest of thoroughness I think I should warn it could possibly be problematic for some people

Summary:
In 1683 the first boat carrying fey landed in Virginia. Receiving ill welcome from the young American colonies, most of the passengers and the ones who followed after chose to go west, eventually establishing the new kingdom of Western Faerie in the Pacific Northwest. Distrust of Faerie persisted in the east and traveled outwards as the United States
and its ally, the Kingdom of Texas, spread west into the lands bordering those claimed by the fey.

Two years ago Kris Allen, lost to himself after a bitter three-year war, answered a newspaper ad and headed west to the chaotic borderland known as South California. He'd hoped, in a land with no loyalties, he could find respite from his own divided nature. What he found was something else.

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Sunday, February 28th, 2010
9:19 pm
AIRPS Fic: Chimera Part 11
Title: Chimera Part 11
Author: nymphaea1
Rating for this section: PG-13
Pairing: Adam/Kris, others
Warnings: Violence

Summary:
In 1683 the first boat carrying fey landed in Virginia. Receiving ill welcome from the young American colonies, most of the passengers and the ones who followed after chose to go west, eventually establishing the new kingdom of Western Faerie in the Pacific Northwest. Distrust of Faerie persisted in the east and traveled outwards as the United States
and its ally, the Kingdom of Texas, spread west into the lands bordering those claimed by the fey.

Two years ago Kris Allen, lost to himself after a bitter three-year war, answered a newspaper ad and headed west to the chaotic borderland known as South California. He'd hoped, in a land with no loyalties, he could find respite from his own divided nature. What he found was something else.

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Sunday, February 21st, 2010
8:19 pm
AIRPS Fic: Chimera Part 10
Title: Chimera Part 10
Author: nymphaea1
Rating for this section: PG-13
Pairing: Adam/Kris, others
Warnings: Violence

Summary:
In 1683 the first boat carrying fey landed in Virginia. Receiving ill welcome from the young American colonies, most of the passengers and the ones who followed after chose to go west, eventually establishing the new kingdom of Western Faerie in the Pacific Northwest. Distrust of Faerie persisted in the east and traveled outwards as the United States
and its ally, the Kingdom of Texas, spread west into the lands bordering those claimed by the fey.

Two years ago Kris Allen, lost to himself after a bitter three-year war, answered a newspaper ad and headed west to the chaotic borderland known as South California. He'd hoped, in a land with no loyalties, he could find respite from his own divided nature. What he found was something else.

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Wednesday, February 10th, 2010
11:22 pm
AIRPS: Chimera Part 9
Title: Chimera
Author: nymphaea1
Rating for this section: PG-13
Pairing: Adam/Kris, others
Warnings: Earlier sections may be triggering for some people

Summary:
In 1683 the first boat carrying fey landed in Virginia. Receiving ill welcome from the young American colonies, most of the passengers and the ones who followed after chose to go west, eventually establishing the new kingdom of Western Faerie in the Pacific Northwest. Distrust of Faerie persisted in the east and traveled outwards as the United States
and its ally, the Kingdom of Texas, spread west into the lands bordering those claimed by the fey.

Two years ago Kris Allen, lost to himself after a bitter three-year war, answered a newspaper ad and headed west to the chaotic borderland known as South California. He'd hoped, in a land with no loyalties, he could find respite from his own divided nature. What he found was something else.

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Friday, February 5th, 2010
5:23 pm
I really wish someone - who is not me - would write some just unabashedly cracked out epic Adam/Kris AU. Though really at this point, I would take Adam/anyone. I want pirates, or Adam as some kind of Robin Hood, or an X-men AU. Just something long and crazy and with a plot.

In other news, I would like a pony. A unicorn pony.

I'm just trying to write the next section of my own story and am feeling the lack of inspiration. I need something sparkly to read to get me back in the mood. Fandom, I really feel like you are letting me down here. I don't know if we can still be friends.

*I should specify I want relatively new AUs. There were of course many lovely AUs earlier on.
Sunday, January 31st, 2010
12:04 am
AIRPS Chimera 8/?
Title: Chimera
Author: nymphaea1
Rating for this section: PG-13
Pairing: Adam/Kris, others
Warnings: Earlier sections may be triggering for some people

Summary:
In 1683 the first boat carrying fey landed in Virginia. Receiving ill welcome from the young American colonies, most of the passengers and the ones who followed after chose to go west, eventually establishing the new kingdom of Western Faerie in the Pacific Northwest. Distrust of Faerie persisted in the east and traveled outwards as the United States
and its ally, the Kingdom of Texas, spread west into the lands bordering those claimed by the fey.

Two years ago Kris Allen, lost to himself after a bitter three-year war, answered a newspaper ad and headed west to the chaotic borderland known as South California. He'd hoped, in a land with no loyalties, he could find respite from his own divided nature. What he found was something else.

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Tuesday, January 26th, 2010
8:45 pm
AIRPS Fic: Chimera
Title: Chimera Part 7
Author: nymphaea1
Rating for this section: PG-13
Pairing: Adam/Kris, others
Warnings: Earlier sections may be triggering for some people
Author's Note: I've decided to change the way I'm doing these updates. I'll post whatever I have done (so long as it's coherent) on this journal every week or two and then post updates to kradam_ai every10K words or so. This is so people may tailor their reading experience as they prefer and to force me to be a bit more disciplined about writing it. If you like reading in small bites, here is probably the better place, but those who prefer reading in larger doses may wish to wait until the community posting.

Summary:
In 1683 the first boat carrying fey landed in Virginia. Receiving ill welcome from the young American colonies, most of the passengers and the ones who followed after chose to go west, eventually establishing the new kingdom of Western Faerie in the Pacific Northwest. Distrust of Faerie persisted in the east and traveled outwards as the United States
and its ally, the Kingdom of Texas, spread west into the lands bordering those claimed by the fey.

Two years ago Kris Allen, lost to himself after a bitter three-year war, answered a newspaper ad and headed west to the chaotic borderland known as South California. He'd hoped, in a land with no loyalties, he could find respite from his own divided nature. What he found was something else.

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Monday, January 18th, 2010
9:10 pm
Plot Bunny Exorcism
I was re-reading the Scarlet Pimpernel as I tend do most times at Christmas as it is totally my favorite book. And I was thinking--you know who would be BFF? Percy Blakeney and Adam Lambert. They both love dress-up and Percy canonically loves actors. Adam could totally be an English actor who used to tour France and befriended Marguerite. And he could have through some complicated geneology just have inherited one of the largest estates in England. He could join Percy's band! And have a sword! (I admit the entire motivation for this is Regency clothes are sexy. As is Adam. Swords also. Ergo their combination can only=win.)

He and Kris could somehow and for totally unbelievable reasons be blackmailed into marriage. Kris could completely misinterpret him and then be forced to seduce Adam in turn when he figures out he does want it after all. (This would be reason #2 for writing this story--I really, really want someone to write a story where Kris has to do the convincing).

The problem is--I really really don't want to be known as that girl who writes the crazy, crazy AUs all the time. And I'm kind of already writing a story that I'd like to finish sometime in this lifetime. Also, there are a number of entirely charming Regency AUs in this fandom already, one of them involving forced marriage and a reluctant Kris, and I'm not sure the world really needs another. Plus, I'm not sure Percy works with more modern language or that Adam would work in Percy's, so that might be two twains that cannot meet.

Probably I'll just amuse myself with it in private and maybe just write the good scenes and throw them up under f-lock.
3:46 pm
AI RPS: Chimera 6b/?
Title: Chimera
Pairing: Adam/Kris
Rating: PG-13 for this section
Warnings: Violence
Author's Note: This section is short because it really more goes action-wise with the last section. Had I not been in such a hurry to get an update out after the holiday break I'd have just waited to append this to that section.

Summary:

In 1683 the first boat carrying fey landed in Virginia. Receiving ill welcome from the young American colonies, most of the passengers and the ones who followed after chose to go west, eventually establishing the new kingdom of Western Faerie in the Pacific Northwest. Distrust of Faerie persisted in the east and traveled outwards as the United States
and its ally, the Kingdom of Texas, spread west into the lands bordering those claimed by the fey.

Two years ago Kris Allen, lost to himself after a bitter three-year war, answered a newspaper ad and headed west to the chaotic borderland known as South California. He'd hoped, in a land with no loyalties, he could find respite from his own divided nature. What he found was something else.

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Wednesday, January 13th, 2010
10:25 pm
AI RPS: Chimera 6/?
Title: Chimera
Pairing: Adam/Kris, others
Warnings: None for this section, some violence in earlier sections
Author's Note: This is shorter than I'd like, but it has been forever so I thought it necessary to put something out there to get back in the saddle so to speak. I apologize for the delay. As it turns out, I cannot actually write porn when in my mother's house. So I had to wait until I returned to school to get back to it.

Summary:
In 1683 the first boat carrying fey landed in Virginia. Receiving ill welcome from the young American colonies, most of the passengers and the ones who followed after chose to go west, eventually establishing the new kingdom of Western Faerie in the Pacific Northwest. Distrust of Faerie persisted in the east and traveled outwards as the United States
and its ally, the Kingdom of Texas, spread west into the lands bordering those claimed by the fey.

Two years ago Kris Allen, lost to himself after a bitter three-year war, answered a newspaper ad and headed west to the chaotic borderland known as South California. He'd hoped, in a land with no loyalties, he could find respite from his own divided nature. What he found was something else.

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Thursday, December 17th, 2009
5:12 pm
Goodbye to you, semester
I just finally finished blue-booking my thirty page treatise on pesticide regulation, which marks the end of this semester. And what a shit-tastic semester it was. This is, depressingly, my fifteenth year in college. And of that fifteen years, this would easily be the worst semester. Kids, when playing at home, don't try to finish up your Ph.D. dissertation and attend law school at the same time. Also, try not to get swine flue when flying all over god's green earth in search of a non-existent job.

But that's done. What it has also done, however, is to completely and utterly fry my brain. So if you are waiting on another section of Chimera it may be a week or so. The next section sets up a few things so I need at least basic brain function returned before I write it. For this afternoon, I plan to rock out to some Bert Kaempfert Christmas tunes and bake cookies. Writing or even looking at words, not so much.
Monday, December 7th, 2009
8:07 pm
Thank you to the_groke for the lovely snowflake! It's so pretty.

For people who recently commented on the story--thank you so much! It may take me a few days to get to everyone's comments, but I wanted you to know how much I appreciate your enthusiasm.
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