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I got five fics for Chocolate Box. Somehow. Anyway, they're great and here they are, in alphabetical order.

a broken starbird (1443 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Star Wars - All Media Types, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016), Star Wars: Rise of Empire Era - All Media Types
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Jyn Erso/Mon Mothma
Characters: Mon Mothma, Jyn Erso
Additional Tags: Pre-Rogue One, Alternate Universe - Canon Divergence, Attraction, Imperial Jyn Erso
Summary: Mon Mothma had learned to never let her emotions show on her face, but she still had to school her features at the pronouncement. “You’re known to me, Lieutenant Erso.”

OMG REBEL DOUBLE-AGENT JYN ERSO! Somehow I had not realised how much I needed this beofre I read it. I love the sharp edges to the Jyn/Mon relationship here.


Cooperation (1728 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016), Star Wars - All Media Types
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Jyn Erso/Mon Mothma
Characters: Jyn Erso, Mon Mothma
Additional Tags: Extra Treat, Alternate Universe - Role Reversal
Summary: The prisoner is a vision in white.
I love role-reversal AUs, y'all. I love them SO MUCH and this one is great. I love the Jyn/Mon relationship here too, it's really sweet.


Desert Warmth (2342 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood & Manga
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Winry Rockbell & Scar (Fullmetal Alchemist)
Characters: Winry Rockbell, Scar (Fullmetal Alchemist)
Additional Tags: Post-Canon, Ishbal | Ishval, Rebuilding
Summary: Winry spends some months in the desert, bringing her help to the people rebuilding Ishval. Scar shows up one day to help.
I will honestly never get tired of Winry + Scar interacting. This story has some great characterisation and worldbuilding moments -- heat-resistant automail! Sacred names!


Pen and Paper (and Datapad) (776 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Campaign (Podcast)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Lyntel'luroon & Bacta (Campaign)
Characters: Lyntel'luroon, Bacta (Campaign), Neimoidian "Neemo" Sparks, Trystan "Tryst" Valentine, Leenik Geelo
Additional Tags: Friendship, Characters Writing Fanfiction, (sort of), Writing, Dear Mynock, Treat
Summary: A fic(tion) exchange between the Dear Mynock crew? Bacta maintains it was a bad idea in the first place - but not everything about it was bad.
This is the cutest. THE CUTEST. (I have such a vivid image of Lyn and Bacta in the gunnery bay reading each other stories.)


Sound Business Practices (805 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood & Manga
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Paninya/Winry Rockbell
Characters: Paninya, Winry Rockbell
Additional Tags: Fluff
Summary: Paninya has a small accident. Winry's there to help.

OH LOOK IT'S MY FAVOURITE WINRY SHIP! This is really cute.



And for some reason I didn't get the notif for this gift:
The Matter of Choice in Relationships (2902 words) by Merfilly
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Star Wars - All Media Types, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016), Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008) - All Media Types, Star Wars: Rebels
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Riyo Chuchi/Ahsoka Tano
Characters: Jyn Erso, Riyo Chuchi, Coric (Star Wars), CT-5597 | Jesse
Additional Tags: Background Relationships, Alternate Universe - Canon Divergence, Pre-Relationship
Summary: Shortly after Saw abandoned Jyn, another Rebel finds her, on purpose. Jyn slowly learns to trust the Lady Riyo Chuchi, drawn in even more as she sees Riyo loves in the same way that her mother did.

Merfilly did a femslash prompt call and I gave a list of Star Wars characters, including Jyn and Riyo, saying that any combo was fine, including Jyn/Riyo. As soon as I posted that comment I of course went "damn i really want that now" and I never expected to get it. But I did!


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3 vastly different things

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2. I've been trying to memorise the lyrics to Georges Brassens' Supplique pour être enterré à la plage de Sète. So far I've managed the first five stanzas (lyrics at the link).

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3. With help from [personal profile] sineala , why I dislike Bendis:

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A fun French thing

Les Franglaises

They translate famous English songs into French literally and it's fucking hilarious. There's more going on, because there's a narrative in between the songs.

Also, I appreciate how LGBT friendly it is (they do Blur's "Boys and Girls" for example) and that one time one of the guys takes "You can leave your hat on" as a list of instructions.

It's also really affecting somehow? Like, their rendition of "The show must go on"* is really powerful for me. (At around 57 minutes in.)

Full disclosure: I saw the comeback Le Viens-retour live and while that one was better, they're broadly similar. Some of the songs are here/not here and stuff was re-arranged. I think the cast is different too. (Favourite missing bit: the translation of Edith Piaf's "Jene regrette rien" into English as "I don't regret nothing. Oh, and the stage being on fire. Well. More on fire.)

Favourite parts are Claire and Sylvain's rivalry thing they've got going (especially the western showdown starting at 1h18 and especially the bit of that set to "Gimme a man after midnight") and "Hôtel Californie" (1h29).

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Gather round. It's time for me to go tl;dr about the Paris Commune.

A lot has been made of the Paris Commune, for various reasons -- mostly because it's where Marx derived the term "communism" from -- and it's been romanticised a lot. I'll say upfront that I'm not exempt from said romanticisation, but I'll try to be as objective as possible (keyword being "try"). I don't doubt there's much better historical scholarship on the Commune than what I'm about to write, but I've got a book of collected and contextualised first-hand accounts ("La Commune de Paris racontée par les Parisiens") next to me and I'm ready to roll.

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No lie, "The Paris Commune survives somehow" is right up there with "Carthage wins the Punic Wars" as far as my favourite alternate history scenario go.


* Louise Michel's really rad. She asked to be shot along with the rest of the Communards -- "Puisqu'il semble que tout cœur qui bat pour la liberté n'a droit aujourd'hui qu'à un peu de plomb, j'en réclame ma part" ("Since it seems every heart that fights for liberty is today given only lead, I demand my share") -- was deported to New Caledonia, sides with the Kanaks against the French government, returns to Paris accalimed by the crowd (shouting "Vive la Commune!" and "Down with the assassins!") and becomes an anarchist. She never stopped fighting. Podcast on Louise Michel (in French).

(I'm also really fond of La danse des bombes, a song based on a poem by Louise Michel.)

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Dear Maythe4th Jedi

Thank you for writing for me! I'm sure whatever you write me will be wonderful.

Feel free to poke around this journal or my Ao3 account (username: [Unknown LJ tag] ) if you want to. My letters tag is here.

I have six Do Not Wants: allegory/metaphor of real world politics, incest, rape, child abuse, character death and dysphoria. When these are canon, please don't focus on them. I would also prefer not to have to deal with people losing things important to them and toxic living arrangements, be that family or roomates. Thank you.

On the other hand, there are a lot of things I do want. Here’s a partial list. (I obviously don’t expect you to stick all of these in one story, that would be impossible.)

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Feel free to take prompts in whichever direction you like! And if none of my prompts work for you, then write whatever you want -- I'll be happy with anything.


Leia Organa/Sabine Wren

Young Rebels in love! Contrast between Leia being a Rebels pretty much since birth and Sabine being a former Imperial cadet. The story of how Sabine's starbird became the symbol of the Rebellion. Sabine in General Organa's Resistance! Senators Wren and Organa of Mandalore and Alderaan.


Phasma/Rey

F/F SIZE DIFFERENCE! I'm totally down for both Phasma being human and her not being -- likewise, her being undercover Resistance, or not. Canon compliance and canon divergence also both great. Role reversal AU! Rey in the First Order. Phasma in the Resistance.


Rey & Anakin Skywalker

TERRIFYINGLY POWERFUL ANGRY DESERT CHILDREN! I love both Rey and Anakin so hard and I love all the parallels between them. Time-travel! Canon-divergent AUs! Force ghosts! Rey as Anakin's padawan! Roleswap, Rey as Obi-Wan's padawan, Anakin as the Jakku orphan. Straight-up reincarnation fic.


Rey & Darth Maul

Given that Maul has more lives than a cat, I bet he's still around circa TFA. Honestly, I love Maul's kindly old man/hilarious asshole thing he's got going in Rebels and I feel like giving Rey a morally grey mentor would be interesting. Not to mention he wields a saberstaff -- their partnership/mentorship/apprenticeship is meant to be!


Rey/CT-7567 | Rex

TRAGICALLY SEPARATED BY ONE LETTER OF THE ALPHABET :( But seriously I feel like they have a lot in common. They both are extremely loyal, for example. Rex's animosity and Rey's kindness towards droids could make for an interesting contrast. Time travel would be awesome -- Rey would adopt all of the battledroids, hahaha.


Rey/Jyn Erso

Timetravel! Canon-divergence! Battle-hardened Rebellion veteran and hero Jyn Erso giving Rey her kyber crystal pendant for Rey's saber. Stardust and the girl who dreams of stars. Jyn closes her eyes on Scarif and awakens on Jakku. Rey goes to visit Jedha's Holy City.


Riyo Chuchi & Maketh Tua

A Galactic Republic Senator and an Imperial Minister walk into a bar... I'm super curious what became of Chuchi after the Empire happened and I am also super curious how Tua got where she did. Maybe a fix-it in which Tua doesn't die? If you feel like making this Riyo Chuchi/Maketh Tua instead, that's cool with me.


Riyo Chuchi & Mon Mothma

The beginnings of the Rebellion! The later years of the Rebellion -- maybe something set post-Rogue One? I've always wondered how someone could be both an Imperial Senator and a Rebel. How does that even work, schedule-wise? Again, would also be cool with Riyo Chuchi/Mon Mothma.


Riyo Chuchi/CT-7567 | Rex


Chuchi's drive to the right thing is really impressive and matches Rex's -- and since it's a plotpoint in "Trespass" that recognises the personhood of people others might not, it'd make sense she'd see the clones as people. And Rex seriously needs a hug. The fallout from "Trespass" -- or a missing scene -- could be super interesting, but so could something set at another time.


Sabine Wren/Numa

I would love something dealing with Sabine's art. Maybe she completes Numa's armour. I like that Sabine and Numa fall into "the enemy of my enemy" but that doesn't mean they're above taking each other out for the cause. They have a mutual love for explosions and fuck up the Empire's shit!


Thank you again so much for writing for me!

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TODAY WE EAT CRÊPES

Listen, it's la Chandeleur so do yourself a favour, give in to (French) tradition and eat a crêpe. Or more than one. OMNOMNOM CRÊPES

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Fic Comlink

I haven't mentionned here yet that I'm modding [community profile] starwarsrollingremix.

It's basically Fic Telephone in a galaxy far, far away. It's open to prequels, TFA and OT -- hopefully we'll get remixes in all three.

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Dear Worldbuilder

Thank you for writing for me! I'm sure whatever you write me will be wonderful.

Feel free to poke around this journal or my Ao3 account (username: sevenofspade) if you want to. My letters tag is here.

I have six Do Not Wants: allegory/metaphor of real world politics, incest, rape, child abuse, character death and dysphoria. When these are canon, please don't focus on them. I would also prefer not to have to deal with people losing things important to them and toxic living arrangements, be that family or roomates. Thank you.

On the other hand, there are a lot of things I do want. Here’s a partial list. (I obviously don’t expect you to stick all of these in one story, that would be impossible.)

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Feel free to take prompts in whichever direction you like! And if none of my prompts work for you, then write whatever you want -- I'll be happy with anything.


Demigods Series - Rick Riordan
  • Characters: Luke Castellan, Rachel Elizabeth Dare
  • Worldbuilding: Children of Hecate and the Titan War, Oracle of Delphi (Demigods Series), Possession by a Titan

I feel like there are the pretty obvious pairings of Luke + Possession and Rachel + Oracle, but the reverse on those could also be interesting, either in canon (Luke & his mother the Oracle, Rachel and hitting Titans in the face) or in a role-reversal AU. Children of Hecate could go either way with being with Luke or Rachel. And of course I am always up for Rachel & Luke (or Rachel/Luke, why not) shenanigans.


Marvel Cinematic Universe
  • Characters: Wanda Maximoff
  • Worldbuilding: Relationship between magic and science
Over in the Thor movies the MCU took great pains to make magic super-advanced science. But then there's Wanda. If you want to explore this via interaction between Wanda and Thor, that'd be cool, but I would also love Wanda + Tony or Wanda solo vs Science. (Fyi, I haven't seen Doctor Strange.)


Marvel Secret Wars Battleworlds
  • Characters: Valeria - Head of the Foundation, God Emperor Doom
  • Worldbuilding: the building of Battleworld, effects of Doom being omnipotent but not omniscient, role of the Foundation, the Thors & their hammers & Doomgard
FUCK YEAH BATTLEWORLD! I love Battleworld. No lie, Secret Wars was my favourite event in ages. It gave excellent Doom and Valeria. And the worldbuilding potential was fascinating. Feel free to bring in other characters from the comics (including non-nominated ones, like Wanda Maximoff or Goddess of Stories Loki or Cassandra Lang) if you want.


Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)
  • Characters: Chirrut Îmwe, Jyn Erso, Mon Mothma
  • Worldbuilding: Rebel Alliance High Command, politics of the Rebel Alliance, the Whills, the Guardians of the Whills, Mon Mothma's role in the Rebellion, Jyn's crystal pendant, Data storage, Holidays of a Galaxy Far Far Away
There's obviously overlap between a lot of the Rebellion prompts, but whatever, I am here for punching the Empire in the face. Or Empire-punchers taking a breather and having themselves a nice holiday -- possibly having cocktails on a beach. I am super curious about the Whills and their Guardians. What are they? What's the relationship between the two? Also, was that harddrive the plans were on old school or what?


Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008) - All Media Types
  • Characters: Riyo Chuchi, CT-7567 | Rex, Bo-Katan Kryze
  • Worldbuilding: Legal Status of Clones, Pantoran Culture, Mission in the clones' dreams, Maul's rule of Mandalore, in-universe fandom and RPF
I don't understand how the Jedi can (a) think they're the good guys and (b) say there's no slavery in the Republic when they're literally fighting this war with an army of enslaved child soldiers. Like. WTF? Also, that dream mission Fives as he's dying, what is that? I'm kind of sad we never got to see Maul on Mandalore, especially Maul vs Mandalore. I'm super curious about Pantoran culture -- like, what do those tatoos mean? And in-universe fandom is my favourite thing.


Stargate Atlantis
  • Characters: Todd
  • Worldbuilding: Wraith culture, Wraith and the Iratus bug, First Wraith against Atlantis War
I just want to know everything about the Wraith, okay? ALL THE THINGS. Also, I loved loved loved that bit in Last Man where Ronon and Todd (briefly) work together and sacrifice themselves for the same cause, so anything with a Todd + Ronon team-up would be aces. I also love Todd and Teyla's relationship, as well as his relationship with John.


Voltron: Legendary Defender
  • Characters: Haggar
  • Worldbuilding: Galra Empire, Blade of Marmora, Alteans
Haggar is the space witch/mad scientist mash-up of my heart. I want to know everything about her and the world she lives in -- who are her assistants? Why don't they have faces? Is she really Altean? What does that mean to her? Can she get the slipperies? Is she Keith's mom? Do I ship her with Pidge? Yes. They could bond over mad science, it'd be cute/horrifying. I would also love to see her relationship with Shiro and/or Allura explored.


Thank you again so much for writing for me!

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They don't make movies like they used to

I saw the 1963 Cleopatra (the one with Liz Taylor) on the big screen recently and I gotta say...

HOT. DAMN.

My experience with live action adaptations of this period of history is limited to this movie, HBO's Rome and Astérix: Mission Cléopatre, all of which are excellent in their various ways.

Cleopatra cost about 42 millions to make and every single cent is on the screen. It's, to put it simply, gorgeous. Not just because Liz Taylor is Liz Taylor or because the costumes are fabulous -- although she is and they are -- but because the cinematography of every single shot is a thing of beauty.

Liz Taylor is AMAZING as Cleopatra and hands down my favourite Cleopatra. (Monica Bellucci is a close second, Rome's a very distant third.)

She carries the entire four hours with a fantastic performance of a woman who is ambitious, a keen politician, proud, strong, kind and aware at all times of her image and how she can use it. I loved every single time she laid a verbal smackdown on Romans, which was often. She's also gorgeous and dressed in fabulous -- if with disctintive 50s/60s body shape -- costumes.

All the other actors were also really good! Rufio was my second favourite (after Cleopatra), Charmian and Eirnas broke my heart at the end, I really liked Flavius and Apollodore too.

Their Caesar was not my favourite, because that's the one from Mission Cléopatre (I don't like Caesar, so the one where he's made fun of is obviously my favourite), but he's much better than Rome's Caesar. [That's not all that hard, but this is still a damn good Caesar. ] Quite frankly Rome's Caesar doesn't even place.

I preferred Rome's Mark Antony because he was funnier, but it's honestly a very close call. This is a damn good Mark Antony. I still liked Rufio better though.

I wasn't convinced by their Octavian when the intermission rolled around (PRAISE BE TO THE INTERMISSION -- I really needed to stretch my legs) but he won me over by the end. He got the delicate balance of Augustus being both a shrewd political mind and A Weird. I think the HBO crack team of SIMON WOODS and Max Pirkis were better, but they got two whole seasons while this guy got two whole hours.

Despite knowing every beat of the story, I still got caught up in it. This is quality tragedy.

The way the movie was shot -- the kind of shots, etc -- was very interesting for how it contrasted with modern cinematography. More wide shots, less close-ups.

There was a moment when someone said the words "civil war" and I thought back on the old MCU Civil War memes -- tbh, I think I enjoyed this movie better than CACW as CACW was far too fast-paced for me to process emotionally. This movie is much slower but that gives room for the emotions to breath and be felt.

(Cleopatra also claims Hannibal had epilepsy, which was the first I'd heard of this.)

Also, this movie reminded me how much I would love to read/watch/etc an alternate history in which Cleopatra allies with Augustus, be that after Actium or instead of Mark Antony or whatever. (Cleopatra/Augustus optional, but welcome.)

Also also, for all we know Cleopatra gave birth to a daughter and Cesarion is someone else's son.

Also also also, I really like Roman armour.

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