allyndra: (Doctor Smug)
Angles Thus and So by [ profile] copperbadge

I don't often read het, so when I say how much I adored this story, know that it had to overcome my initial hesitation. And it overcame that hesitation completely. This story is McKay/Weir and McKay/Sheppard, covering everything from The Storm to the end of season four. And it does it well, incoporating canon in a way that makes sense but always expanding, always giving us more than we saw on the screen. The characters ring true, both in their dialogue and in their points of view. There is humor and emotion and even a little bit of sneaky romance. It's a long read that kept me entertained and involved all the way through.

The author's summary is: The city belongs to Sheppard and McKay, and the boys belong to Elizabeth -- especially Rodney. I think a better summary would be: Elizabeth, Rodney, and John discover the ways they belong to each other. Set aside some time and gives this a read.
allyndra: (Max/Jude)
Okay, so icon making is apparently addictive. I'm not even good at it yet, but I can't seem to stop. Here's a bunch of the icons I've been playing with. (a few were posted previously, but I'm sure you can handle it).

[1-7] Michelle Trachtenberg
[8-10] Stargate: Atlantis, Rodney McKay
[11] Entourage, Vincent Chase
[12] Across the Universe, Max/Jude
[13-22] Hollyoaks, 2 Kris, 6 John Paul, 1 Keiron, 1 John Paul & Kris
[23-26] Chuck, 1 Chuck/Captain Awesome, 1 Chuck/Bryce, 1 Chuck, 1 Frat Brothers
[27] Iron Man, Tony Stark
[28] Doctor Who, text
[29] Boy Meets World, Corey/Shawn
[30] Double Gragon, Kogo Shuko

Icons )
allyndra: (Chad/Ryan)
So, I've been reading a lot of blogs about race, both in general and in fandom, and I'm trying to become aware of and confront my own skanky race issues. I remember discussion over the fact that people don't ship characters of color as much as white characters. And it drew me up short, because I don't. Chad/Ryan was my first inter-racial OTP, and that's pretty darn recent. All the approval-seeking by Ford never made me want to ship him with John, and even though Ronon is the hottest character ever to grace SGA, I take Rodney over him every time. I do like Gunn (and want him slashed with Xander), but I tend to overlook him. But I could, to some extent, brush this off. Everyone has favorite characters and pairings, and the fact that my pairings tended to exclude characters of color could just be a coincidence.

Then I watched Iron Man. I don't think I'm spoiling anything when I say that Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.) and James Rhodes (Terence Howard) had a close friendship. And lately, I watch everything through slash goggles. Still, despite Tony and Rhodes showing emotional connection, long-term friendship, and a willingness to express affection physically, I didn't have any urge to slash them. And that bothers me. If Rhodes had been played by an attractive white man instead of an attractive person of color, I would probably be frantically searching for the Iron Man slash.

The thing is, if I'm just dismissing interesting, attractive characters out of hand because of their color, how do I fix that? Awareness is usually considered the first step, but what is the second? Should I challenge myself to write more characters of color? Make an extra point of giving fic featuring those characters a chance? I'm going to try both of those, but if anyone has other suggestion, let me know.
allyndra: (Default)
Title: Learning Wesley
Author: Allyndra
Crossover: AtS/Stargate: Atlantis
Pairing: Wesley Wyndham-Pryce/Evan Lorne
Rating: FRT
Spoilers: Set at the beginning of SGA Season 2 and shortly after Deep Down for AtS. Spoilers through Runner for Atlantis and at least Sleep Tight for Angel.
Disclaimer: If I owned even one of these shows, I would be a happy, happy girl, but if I owned both, they'd have to lock me up for my insane giddiness.
Summary: What if the SGC were the ones trying to recruit Wesley, not Wolfram and Hart? What if they succeeded?

Note: Written for [ profile] bethynyc for the Crossover round of [ profile] maleslashminis. Her request was for Wes on a gate team with no character death or BDSM.

Learning Wesley )
allyndra: (Iron Man)
First of all, Iron Man was freakin' awesome. It wasn't just a good comic book movie, it was a good movie. Full stop. It was what I wanted from Spiderman and didn't get: excellent acting, snappy dialogue, humor, drama, plot. Robert Downey, Jr. did an amazing job of making Tony Stark obnoxious and charming, simultaneously, and even Gwyneth Paltrow (whom I generally don't care for) was very good as Pepper Potts. The CGI very rarely made me feel like I was watching a video game. And where most American action movies have no problem unapologetically casting Muslims as evil incarnate, this movie did a decent job of avoiding some of that bigotry, with sympathetic Afghani characters and multi-racial (though primarily coded as Muslim, so the film-makers don't get a complete pass) villains.

Second of all, Free Comic Book Day! Yay!

That is all.
allyndra: (Cuddley Nuke)
So, I went to the doctor today. I got extremely pissy about the fact that he kept talking to me about weight loss, instead of, oh I don't know ... the fact that my cough frightens small children and household pets and my chest gurgles when I breathe. I was like, "Gee, nothing in society has ever prepared me for the knowledge that being overweight is bad. Thanks." Anyhow, he couldn't tell what's wrong with me. Best guesses are bronchitis, pneumonia, or Valley Fever. I had chest x-rays and bloodwork, and he gave me anti-biotics and cough medicine in the meantime. The high powered, codeine cough syrup. *is drugged*

I got to work in time to put in a half-day. Or so I thought. I had time to check my voicemail and email, and then promptly got a call that my son was suspended from school for fighting. I just don't understand why he doesn't get that he cannot hit people. CANNOT HIT PEOPLE. It's not like we're violent at home. *shakes head* But I wound up putting in about 20 minutes of work today.

Ooh, on a happy note, though, THANK YOU to everyone who wished me Happy Birthday, and to [ profile] entrenous88 for my e-card. It brightened my day. I did [ profile] spring_with_xan on my brithday; you can check out my Comic Book!Xander icons here and my little gen fic "Three People No One Expected Xander to Keep in Touch With" here.

ETA: I heard from the doctor, and it turns out, I have pneumonia and bronchitis. I'm an overachiever like that.

And also, I forgot to mention that the icon choice is in celebration of the fact that Luke and Noah kissed yesterday. FINALLY. There was intense yay-ness.
allyndra: (Max/Jude)
I don't know if y'all recall my nearly obsessive love for the film Across the Universe, but it's still going strong. And, like a genie who magically produces fic to feed my addiction, [ profile] dancinbutterfly has written a fabulous Across the Universe fic. It's Max/Jude (which, seriously, how can you not go there?), and the pairing is really the only turn she takes away from canon. Go read Hello Goodbye and see how gorgeous this pairing can be.

And in other news, the icon battle is underway in the [ profile] mcshep_match Pre-Season Friendly. I think I'm too over-committed to write for it this year, but I made a few simple icons for the Home Team. Hop over here and vote on which team you think has the best icons. You don't have to be a member of the comm to vote, and there are some pretty cool entries.
allyndra: (Riley)
Title: Opening Negotiations
Author: Allyndra
Pairing: Lindsey/Riley
Spoilers: Mid-season 5 of Buffy, end of season 2 of Angel.
Disclaimer: These characters don't belong to me, which is probably for the best, because I'd likely never get my damage deposit back if they were mine.
Rating: FRM
Summary: When Riley went into the bar, he wasn't looking to pick up a human.

Note: For [ profile] ashcarpenter in the Minor Characters round of [ profile] maleslashminis. The request was for Lindsey/Riley, some angst, and a bittersweet ending.

Opening Negotiations )
allyndra: (Do you love me)
So, I was over in Customer Service earlier, and one of the women who works there is doing an internship at the Arizona State Legislature. She was sharing with us tales of this man who keeps introducing racist bills to the legislature (like, kids who were born in the US, and therefore are legal citizens, should have to pay back all funds that went toward their education if their parents were illegal immigrants). And it set us talking about the upcoming Presidential Campaign. I'm ready for it. I'm registered, I voted in the primary, and I'm excited to see some actual debate once we have both candidates.


The whole thing keeps making me think of this video.

allyndra: (Happy Dance Rodney)
Thank you, [ profile] sublimatedangel, for my four-leaf clovers! I think I might bring one to the office and see if it makes me feel any luckier at work. :o)
allyndra: (Paul McCartney)
I've had a bad week. When I logged on, I thought maybe I'd write a post all about it (I got hurt, I got sick, my husband had emotional issues, and then a friend died), but I don't think I will. Sometimes venting and crying helps, but sometimes I just need to think about something else. So.

Tell me three strange things about yourself. They don't have to be feakish, and they don't have to be secrets, just things that make other people go, "Huh?" I'll start.

1. I fingerspell things to myself for no reason. While I'm driving, while I'm walking, while I'm waiting in lines. I fingerspell song lyrics, or thoughts I'm having, or just my name. I'm not a good signer, and I actually can't read it very well when other people fingerspell at me; it's just a habit.

2. I love old Burma-Shave jingles. I'm way too young to remember them (my parents are too young to remember them), but I think they're awesome. I get really angry when I see the Burma-Shave nostalgia merchandise in stores, because they seem to think the way to convey "old" is with a shaving brush and mug. Hello! The whole point of Burma-Shave was that it didn't require a brush. "Shaving brush/ so wet and hairy/ I've passed you up/ for sanitary/ Burma-Shave." (that might be an inaccurrate quote; it was off the top of my head)

3. I am addicted to Chap-Stick. Not lip balm, Chap-Stick, particularly the cherry kind. I feel uncomfortable if I don't have any on, so I usually have a Chap-Stick in my purse, on my desk, and beside my bed. In order to enable this addiction, my husband get me ten tubes of cherry Chap-Stick every year and puts them in my Christmas stocking.

Okay, so now that I sound extra weird, share something distracting and odd about yourself. If you can't think of three, I'll take fewer.
allyndra: (Chad/Ryan)
Now, I know that most of my flist isn't into this fandom at all, but I like having all my fic linked here, so ... my first High School Musical fic.

Title: A Certain Type of Boy
Author: Allyndra
Rating: PG
Disclaimer: I don’t own these boys, I don’t own their world, and I don’t own a miter saw. (I just thought I’d cover all my bases while declaring non-ownership.)
Summary: Ryan is pouty and Chad wants to know why.

Notes: For [ profile] elvensorceress, who has made me feel welcome in this fandom. Originally intended for [ profile] nwhepcat’s It’s the Writers, Stupid ficathon, but it got seriously delayed. Prompt line after the fic.

A Certain Type of Boy
allyndra: (Vince)
[ profile] dancinbutterfly was asking for an Entourage mood theme, and I thought that was a great idea. So I hunkered down with my still shiny Photoshop and a whole lot of image downloads and made one.


My first mood theme. *sniffs* I'm so proud.

Full preview here.

Download if you want it for yourself.

Instructions, if you need them

Images taken from:
HBO website


Mar. 27th, 2008 08:27 pm
allyndra: (Riley)
It's the Minor Characters Round at [ profile] maleslashminis! I love this round. It's so much fun to see the slashy love get spread around. So if you adore some Xander/Larry and never get it ([ profile] dancinbutterfly, I'm looking at you) or if you have been dying for a particular Riley, Graham, or Connor prompt to be written, hop on over there and join in. (There are plenty more minor character, those are just ones who popped into my head.)

This is a one-for-one fic exchange, so you will be expected to return the favor, but the mods are really good about matching requests with authors who've said they could write it. And since the writing period is only two weeks, it's perfectly acceptable to do a short story in this community. (Just as long as it's over 500 words.)

The sign up post, along with rules and explanations, is here. It would be amazing to see some of you join in for this round. *scampers off to ponder what to request*
allyndra: (Graham)
I just saw the trailer for Stop Loss on TV again, and I have to ask: Does anyone else keep expecting the soldiers to grab each other and start making out? Because I really do, every time I see it. And I would be totally okay with Ryan Phillipe hooking up with the kid from Third Rock From the Sun, or with one of the other soldiers. Totally okay.

It is so hot here. So hot. My son was home sick today, so I spent a lot of time sitting around being very quiet (so as not to wake up my husband, who works nights) and pondering ways to cool down. It's just not right to need the air conditioner in March.
allyndra: (Oz)
Title: The Way It Is Today
Author: Allyndra
Pairing: Doyle/Oz
Rating: PG-13
Disclaimer: I own Whedon-verse DVDs, comics, action figures, and jewelry, but sadly, no boys.
Summary: Doyle's used to ending up drunk in the street, but he's not so used to being picked up again.

Notes: For [ profile] mireille719 in the Doyle round of [ profile] maleslashminis. She requested Cordelia, Oz's guitar, and a revelation, with *absolutely* no reference to the "my little Bamm-Bamm" comment from "In the Dark" (you can refer to that scene Cordelia describes, but not the nickname) or massive angst. I fudged the Cordelia request, but I hope she'll enjoy it anyway.

The Way It Is Today  )
allyndra: (Vince/Eric)
Title: Cap and Gown
Author: Allyndra
Fandom: Entourage
Pairing: Vince/Eric
Rating: PG-13?
Disclaimer: If they were mine, all that simmering subtext would be text, dammit.
Summary: Graduation day. Prompted by [ profile] dancinbutterfly

Cap and Gown )


Mar. 21st, 2008 04:29 pm
allyndra: (Jude)
I just got Photoshop, and I forgot how much I love being able to play with pictures. I've been messing with it, trying to figure out how to make icons. Now I just have to figure out how to make good icons. :o) In case anyone wants to share, here's what I've got so far:

2 Hollyoaks (1 Father Keiron, 1 John Paul), 1 Across the Universe (Jude), 2 Chuck (1 Chuck/Bryce, 1 Chuck)

I've been fiddling with them, so if you've seen me trying them out, chances are, these are different versions. Feel free to snag if you like them, and if you have an icon you really want, let me know so I can attempt it. We'll see how successful I am. *g*

Icons )


Mar. 18th, 2008 11:41 pm
allyndra: (Post Its)
Dear Allyndra,

When you run out of counter space, do not put the cake in the oven to keep it out of the way. Seriously. Don't. You will forget about it, and you will turn the oven on, reducing the cake to a mess of melted frosting and dried out crumbs. So just. put the cake on the bookcase or in the fireplace or on the floor in the corner, but not in the oven, thanks.


allyndra: (Flowers)
Spring has sprung in my neck of the woods, folks. There are bluebells along my drive to work. (Bluebells and saguaro cacti, actually, which look odd together.) I saw hummimgbirds flitting around the fountain in front of my housing area yesterday, doing that hummingbird thing, where they appear to be mocking us humans for being so slow and earthbound. And a few blocks away, there's wisteria, blossoms cascading in splotches of purple and blue, like escapees from a Claude Monet painting. I love wisteria. It always reminds me of The Ordinary Princess, by M. M. Kay, which I read approximately 50 million times as a child. I keep loaning it out to people to spread the love and never getting it back, so I'm on my fourth copy. (And if anyone ever finds a copy of the original hardback run, the one with the color plates, I will pay money for it. Seriously.)

Anyway, it's pretty and springlike here, and I'm basking in the time before the heat of summer descends. I hope you're getting nice spring weather (or fall, depending on hemisphere) wherever you are!


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