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Weekly Voltron Fic Recs #24

Rules: You can find past weekly rec lists here, and non-list recs in my general fic rec tag. This is stuff I like, and I have a huge bias toward Lance, hurt/comfort, and general fluff, in that order. Gen unless otherwise noted. Please comment on the fics if you read and enjoy them!

Yes, it has been a full two weeks since the last “weekly” rec list. I have a good excuse. TOO MANY fics. There have been SO MANY excellent gen fics in the last two weeks, mostly because of @platonicvldweek​, that I simply could not stop reading long enough to make a list. I am serious. And if I listed all of them, it would be just…ridiculously long. So many fantastic authors participated, and most of them posted seven stories, one for each day, and I just can’t do a rec for every single one.

So this week only, the rec list is going to be different than usual. For a bunch of the recs, it’ll a link either to an author’s collection of Platonic VLD Week fics, or one in particular that I consider my favorite, and I’ll make a few comments about how awesome they are, though that really should be a given. And I’ll ask you, my dear rec consumers, to go and read EVERYTHING each author wrote and comment as much as you can, because we need to keep encouraging this to keep the train going. IT’S BEEN WORKING SO WELL! Gen in this fandom is flourishing! It’s SO much better than other fandoms I’ve been in! That’s awesome, and it makes me really happy, but we gotta keep it going.

Not every fic here was written for the event, so some will be regular recs the way I typically do them.

So Here’s what You’re Not Going to Do by BreakTheDawn
Words:  19,572 (WIP 9/?)
Author’s Summary: He lets them take out the frustrations on him. Encourages it really, because people need an outlet for their anger, and Lance has always been the best at making people angry at him. (And if his heart twinges a little every time he has to let someone be particularly mean to him, then he just has to remember that this is what he’s good at. What he’s good for.) But Lance is an older brother, and an uncle, and a younger brother. He learned sometimes keeping people means sacrificing his own feelings for a bit. He’s been taught that he can’t always let his feelings take a back seat though. After all, what happens if the rock falls apart? So, while Lance is always prepared to be the enemy on any given day, there are certain days and certain things that he will not let fly. Or, What happens when Lance is sick of his teammate’s shit.
My Comments: At first I was afraid this was going to be one of those fics where everyone feels OOC in order to make Lance into the perfect woobie, but it’s really not. Everyone (except Hunk and Coran) is just having a bad day, or misunderstanding things, and they take it out on Lance because he’s an easy target for one reason or another. But Lance doesn’t take it lying down, which is good to see, though it eventually becomes too much for him. I really like these kind of emotional breakdown fics, not gonna lie, and I’m very much looking forward the healing that I know is coming. Can’t wait for more.

Friends in Space Places by VelkynKarma
My Comments: I’ve recced this author before, so you should KNOW how good she is, but holy crap, she pulled out all the stops for this week. By far the highest word count, and every single word is absolute gold. I have a VERY hard time picking a favorite from this collection, but the day 7 fic is a multi-chapter How to Train Your Dragon AU that’s still being posted, and holy crap, it’s so good. SOO GOOD. But they’re all good! So much hurt/comfort, so much protective paladins, so much badassery all in one place. Just read them. Read them all.

Hand-Me-Downs, Leftovers by yet_intrepid
Words: 1,181
Author’s Summary: “You don’t have to lie to make me feel better,” says Keith. “I’m not lying,” Shiro says. He takes a bite of his pizza; Keith mirrors him with the burrito. “Every step is a good step.”
My Comments: Short and sweet and perfect. So much feeling in a cold piece of pizza and a microwaved burrito. And I feel like I’ve had the same conversation during my college years.

A Dream Away by BossToaster (ChaoticReactions)
Words: 1,143 (WIP 1/?)
Author’s Summary: The Gen fics from my 1000 Followers Special.
My Comments: Just subscribe now so you won’t miss any. The first chapter is Shiro comforting a distraught Hunk, and the rest are going to be just as high-quality.

Blue and Bruised by DizzyBunnies 
Words: 13,196 (WIP 5/?)
Author’s Summary: While saving innocent citizens from a minefield, Lance and the Blue Lion take a beating. Lance’s high brain activity threatens the use of a healing pod, so the team venture out to find a plant that may help Lance’s healing process. Hunk stays behind to watch after Lance, but will he be able to hold down the fort on his own?
My Comments: It’s hurt!Lance, and you know how much I like that. I really like the character interactions in this one.

How Much is that Doggy in the Window by isabeau25
Words: 1,039
Author’s Summary: Prequel to “What Every Little Kid Wants.” Keith finds Shiro’s birthday present and the rest of the team makes sure it will work out the way he thinks it will.
My Comments: I’m going to say this a lot, but read the whole series. The younger paladins work together to get a puppy for Shiro, and it’s adorable and wonderful. The first fic in the series is about Keith adopting a pet for himself, and it’s absolutely perfect.

Dream, Seam by ardett
Words: 4,937
Author’s Summary: Lance is the blue paladin. The Galra realize this before he does.
My Comments: I’ve screamed before here about how thoroughly this fic wrecked me, but I mean it. It WRECKED me. The author and I are gonna try to co-write a sequel, because I lost control of myself and wrote a thousand words of aftermath headcanons in the comments. So yeah. Look forward to that. Also read the rest of this author’s fics for Platonic VLD Week. They’re all great.

You’re The Only North Star (Platonic VLD Week) by story_monger
My Comments: Oh, man, so hard to pick a favorite. They’re all so GOOD, and they’re scattered evenly across the entire crew. I’m tempted to say Moonshadow, because it has hurt!Lance, but I think my favorite is actually The Beat Down for Coran just being absolutely BADASS and AMAZING and also interacting with Lance and reassuring him and just being…amazing. Gah, that fic made me love Coran so much, and I already adore him. Read it. Read them all.

Platonic VLD Week by hufflepirate
My Comments: Again, pretty much impossible to pick a favorite, but the Pacific Rim AU is SO COOL. And also sad and heartbreaking, but mostly cool. Coran is an amazing mentor to Shiro, and so smart and kind despite his unease with the way the Voltron jaeger works. And his relationship with Allura and backstory with Alfor were beautiful and tragic, respectively. Read read read.

Maja’s Platonic VLD Week 2017 by windscryer
My Comments: Such excellent, excellent hurt/comfort, and a lot of focus on Pidge, which is refreshing. I think my favorite is Break on Me for the protective Lance, but again, they’re all amazing. Read them all.

Impulsive/Spontaneous by gringle
Words: 9,230
Author’s Summary: Lance and Allura finally have a bonding moment. Part of Platonic VLD week: Day 6 Injury/Healing
My Comments: Such an EXCELLENT Lance, and great interaction for him and Allura. I love stories where Lance becomes a diplomat for team Voltron and uses his social skills to be amazing and badass. Yes, yes, baby, you have a thing, and it’s a fantastic thing that not everyone can do (I certainly can’t, myself), and you should be proud. I was so happy when Allura got angry, holy crap. Protective Allura is my jam. One of my jams. I have a lot of jams, but this one is delicious.

Small Fierce Things by playswithworms
Words: 5,241
Author’s Summary: Pidge is badly injured. Shiro does his best to angst over it, but is foiled.
My Comments: Pidge is an absolute badass, and so adorable, and the way she was EXCITED about the possibilities in what most would see as a horrible, unredeemable situation was amazing, and so her. Love this one. Love Pidge. Love Shiro.

Platonic VLD Week by BrOwNiEfOx
My Comments: I think my favorite is Pride as Family. Love that lion bonding, and everyone gets a chance to shine. It’s all good.

Measuring Up by MoonlitWaterSunnyRiver
Words: 1,092
Author’s Summary: Keith has insomnia, and finally decides to *do* something about it. Turns out he’s not the only one up at night. Keith & Lance friendship, written for Platonic VLD Week.
My Comments: Aw, boys. Good talk.

Foundation by buttered_onions for mumblefox
Words: 8,982
Author’s Summary: “Wait,” Lance says, eyes narrowed in suspicion. “I thought you said you’ve known Shiro all your life.” “I might as well have,” Keith says. The story of how Keith and Shiro meet.
My Comments: STAR WARS AU. This is so so so good, holy crap. And it’s a Jed Temple Star Wars AU, where the boys are Jedi with all of the Old Republic Jedi crap about how attachments are dangerous messing up both Keith and Shiro and making it hard for them to navigate the friendship that both of them desperately need. But they figure it out. Gorgeous stuff, gorgeously written. Read the whole series.

Haircut by earthstar
Words: 1,946
Author’s Summary: Keith is in dire need of a haircut.
My Comments: I have previously recced other fics in this series. Just read it all. It’s all good. Then subscribe to the series so you don’t miss anything. Trust me, you’ll be glad you did.

Hair Care In Space by earthstar, isabeau25
Words: 7,764 (WIP 4/8)
Author’s Summary: Just because you’re travelling in outer space in a flying castle, doesn’t mean you can skip out taking care of your hair.
My Comments: Everyone is adorable and it’s all good.

Bridge This Gap by BossToaster (ChaoticReactions) for mumblefox
Words: 2,287
Author’s Summary: Forming Voltron comes with side effects. A birthday fic
My Comments: POST-DRIFT HANGOVER CUDDLE PUDDLE FIC YES.

Gunna Go Far, Kid by BossToaster (ChaoticReactions) for buttered_onions
Words: 3,034
Author’s Summary: Shiro finds himself in the body of a six year old. Again. He’s not any more happy about it.
My Comments: You should just click on anything that has BossToaster as the author.

Come Back (as pure as gold) by BossToaster (ChaoticReactions)
Words: 3,567
Author’s Summary: When Shiro steps out of his lion after the final battle with Zarkon, something is off. Seems like he missed something. Ten years of it.
My Comments: See above. Also this ones hurts and I hate it.

the art of the trade by tuesdayandtuesday
Words: 2,696 
Author’s Summary: day three of platonic vld week - lions/bonding in which keith and red share a moment or three. s2 spoilers.
My Comments: This one is gorgeous and heartbreaking and so, so worth it.

Catch & Release by anonymous_scapegoat
Words: 2,625
Author’s Summary: Some Galra grunt makes the mistake of putting Pidge and Lance in the same cell. It goes about as well as you’d expect.
My Comments: Pidge and Lance being smart and snarky and perfect and working together really, really well. It really felt like an episode of the show.

when it rains, it pours by tuesdayandtuesday
Words: 2,461
Author’s Summary: day three of platonic vld week - lions/bonding in which lance cannot bear to be himself, and blue cannot bear to have him otherwise. s2 spoilers.
My Comments: I love Lance and Blue interaction so much, and this is beautiful.

Family is the Mixture of Chaos and Caring by CamillaLynne14
Words: 1,883
Author’s Summary: The teams morning has been… Chaotic. With a rough start to the day, then right into an intense training exercise, Coran and Allura feel guilty for how hard they’ve been working them. So the two form a surprise that may not go as planned.
My Comments: They tried, and no one should criticize them.

Hologram by AboveWeird
Words: 1,302
Author’s Summary: What Lance never anticipated was missing the stars. It felt so weird, so wrong to be out here among the stars when he knew nothing of their names or the myths they took part in. Most of all he missed the sun. It seemed like a silly thing. A giant ball of flaming gases shouldn’t be so dear, but yet no other star could ever mean as much. It had watched over him, looming and unseeing, for all of his life. It was a constant. And now, by an unthinkable turn of events, it was gone. All he had left was this hologram.
My Comments: Cuddle pile on Lance! It’s good.

Previously Recced Fics That Updated:
Handbook of Demonology by squirenonny for Pechat
Scattered by avidbeader
Someplace Like Home by squirenonny
Bromances in Space by ptw30
Playing Catch-Up by 5557
Love and Other Questions by squirenonny
In Sickness and Health by JamtheDingus
Chrono Story by Crowoxy
The Size Of Our Actions by buttered_onions
Silver Lining by HeIsSoBlue
Project G.A.L.R.A. by GemmaRose (now complete)
Coming Undone by Emerald_Ashes
Beautiful Minds by PotatoBender
Mini Lions by earthstar
Aid by Haurvatat

Haikyuu fic rec #2

I’m back with another fic rec with all the ones I read while I was on holidays  -now I lack of free time because of college, ohoho. Hope you enjoy it!

Part I 

Bokuaka

Farewell by WildKitte (1k / T) - Akaashi pushes him back and inhales a deep breath like he’s drowning and grabs his luggage.”Farewell, Bokuto-san,” he says, voice hollow and turns, embarks the train without looking behind.

I’ll return home one day by awkwardedgeworth (7k / G) -  Wherein Akaashi is a world famous violinist, Kuroo introduces him to future Olympian-to-be Bokuto Koutarou. And Bokuto pines. A lot.

In Another Life by LittleLuxray (22k / T) - Worth the read, even that is going to break your heart . Sleeping didn’t come as easy as it used to. Bokuto knew this, and now Akaashi did, too.

Maybe We’re Airbone, Baby by SterlingLee (3k / T) -  Realizing he’s got it bad for his setter is the easy part. Getting his feelings across might be the hardest thing Bokuto’s ever done, not counting his literature final or putting out the flames on that birthday cake he tried to bake for Akaashi last year, or—or a lot of things, actually.

One part intentionally, two parts not by kirinosiku (2k / T) -  It starts out two weeks before Christmas, innocent and unexpected, with a silly coffee mug. Until Akaashi finds himself staring at a sleeping Bokuto and oh, oh.

Seven Days of Rain by gabstar (4k / T) - Bokuto loves the rain. Loves it too much, Akaashi thinks. Loves it like Bokuto loves everything. Wholly, completely. With total and absolute abandon.Akaashi would be lying if he said that didn’t scare him.

Sunshine Eyes by Akaashi_Keiji (3k / G) -  The first impression Akaashi Keiji gets of Bokuto Koutarou is by no means a good one.

10 hours by tsukkkiii (7k / T) -  Stuck at the airport in the middle of the night because the flight is SUPER delayed and wow Bokuto Koutarou has a huge crush AU.

Iwaoi

Always My Pillar of Strenght by starlicities (16k / M) -  “What’s wrong with me, Mattsun?” Oikawa pulls at the hem of his shirt, the sopping fabric clinging to his skin and leaking water onto the doormat. “Anybody, everybody I know would kill to have me. And the only one I want to feel that way won’t even look at me.”

Build a temple in me by Authoress (39k / T) -  Up the mossy mountain steps, past the komainu guardians and the faded red gate, and beyond the boundaries of the green shrine—that’s where the forest and the spirit world within it lies. That’s were Hajime met him, and where their story began.

blue sky burns gray by daisuga (2k / G) -  Well, Oikawa Tooru, you can’t always get what you want. And sometimes, you lose the most important thing along the way.

By the time your eighteen by ricekrispyjoint (4k / T) -  Oikawa and Iwaizumi’s adventures in dating, kissing, and birthday gifts.

Here Comes Your Man by newamsterdam  (8k / T) - I have read this like 3 times already.  No one really knows much about the new surgical resident, Doctor Iwaizumi, other than the fact that he’s married. Suga’s determined to find out more, and make a friend of him in the process.

If you wanna be by orphan_account (15k / T) - There’s a five second silence as Oikawa peers at Iwaizumi, hardly budging before he reaches into his wallet to procure a single bright red business card. He slides it across the table until it’s sitting there, glaringly bright, obnoxiously real, and staring Iwaizumi right in the eye. THE GRAND CUPID, OIKAWA TOORU, CAMPUS MATCHMAKER.

like the sun rises by raewrites (1k / T) -  “When did you realize you were in love with me?”

Long nights, no peace by knightswatch (18k / E) - Pacific Rim AU.  The unconscious sync used to make Oikawa feel awkward, like he was losing a piece of himself in the drift and picking up too many of Iwaizumi’s habits. But now, after fifteen drops (and fifteen kills), it’s a comfort. It’s the steady knowledge that Iwaizumi Hajime will always be someone that he can rely on, that no matter what the world throws at the two of them, they share in a piece of each other’s soul.

Phone Home by ghostystarr (6k / G) -  Oikawa Tooru is currently orbiting Earth at 445 kilometers per minute, but falling in love with the voice in his ear makes it feel so much slower than that.

Still waking up by bravely (commovente) (1k / G) - Angst Medicine.  Iwaizumi starts his mornings with cold toes and warm breath.

To build a home by xShieru (15k / T) -  AU. Two people who are running away from their old lives and problems find each other. That’s all there is to it.

The heart is a lonely hunter by velvetcrowbars (8k / M) -  Oikawa Tooru is a living inconsistency kept together by things they’ve long forgotten and Iwaizumi Hajime no longer believes in miracles.

you’re looking like you fell in love tonight by anyadisee (34k / T) - Pretend to be dating? Pretend to be daiting.  “So, let me see if I understood this correctly,” Hajime says, slow and careful like he’s still waiting for some kind of punchline. “You want me to help Oikawa Tooru, a guy I barely know, because your boyfriend owes him a favor?”

Kuroken

Anything not saved will be lost by newamsterdam (15k / T) - After years of friendship, Kenma begins to wonder if things between him and Kuroo will ever change.

Reflections of you by Latios (6k / G) - Once he pieces together why it looked so damn familiar–that’s when he felt anxiety creep up his spine, mixed with many other emotions. Like Denial. Because he knew exactly who had the matching mark, and he didn’t need much confirmation.

Static by icespyders (8k / G) -  He hadn’t taken it well when Kuroo went away.

Kyohaba

Close to the Chest by darkmagicalgirl (61k / T) - I really liked how she portrayed Yahaba and the whole Seijoh team. It takes Yahaba thirteen years to realize he’s different from the other kids, one to figure out how to hide it, and two more to learn to be happy just the way he is.

Down River Road by carafin (4k / G) - Character study.  Yahaba becomes Seijou’s captain; a new season of change and growth awaits.

Matsuhana

Chocolate by tellalie (3k / T) -  “We have to do something,” Mattsun says.

[Obnoxious clucking noises] by memorde (3k / T) - On the last night of their last training camp together, Oikawa has a bad idea, Hanamaki goes along with it, Iwaizumi sort of wishes he had better friends, and Matsukawa proves himself to be particularly adept at intimidation tactics.

On the anatomy of crushes by carafin (2k / T) - One of my favorites.  Falling in love is really, ridiculously easy.

Only Need The Light When It’s Burning Low by tookumade (9k / G) -     “… We’re worried about you. What’s going on?”  You, thinks Hanamaki.

Room To Talk by holdontoyourhulahoops (2k / G) -  In which one snarky comment from Yahaba makes Hanamaki realize he’s been a dirty hypocrite all this time.

Sitting close to sweetness by crossbelladonna (4k / T) -  “What’s up with you?” Matsukawa asks him, genuinely worried despite the fact he doesn’t sound like he cares.
“Nothing, Issei. Don’t bother me.” Hanamaki grumbles and walks past him, getting out of the kitchen in a flurry.

Sure by kiyala (5k / T) -  Beginning university brings a lot of changes with it. As Iwaizumi and Oikawa deal with going to different universities, Hanamaki thinks about his own relationship with Matsukawa.

There he is again by crossbelladonna (1k / T) -  Fate just had to show him the way and he ends up at the back section of the library, facing the black-rimmed glasses, ears-with-plugs boy and five days later, Hanamaki’s sure he’s in it bad. He doesn’t even know his name. It’s definitely bad.

Kurooyama? Yamakuroo?… who knows ¯\_(ツ)_/¯   (Kuroo Testsurou/Yamaguchi Tadashi)

Taste like cinnamon by InkCaviness (1k / G) - Hogwarts AU. The author has like six little fanfics of this ship, but this one is the cutest™. 

chocolate chip pancakes by InkCaviness (696 / G) -  Tadashi wakes up to the smell of pancakes.

Other

the lost boys by OwlinAMinor (60k / T) -  A group of boys lost everything in war only to inherit a country that no longer knows its place in the world. How do they grow up? Who do they look up to? Where do they go to find purpose? There is only one answer: they turn to each other.

Younger Days by SilverAmoebasquid (19k / T) - I wasn’t supposed to add more and wanted to keep this one for another rec, but this little 19k monster touched my heart at the very end and that’s the reason is here. I spent all my sunday reading it and liked it a lot. Follows Shirabu through his junior high school years and then to Shiratorizawa .

Tensemi

Mole by lilaevolet (2k / G) -  “Hey Eita, don’t you have a heart shaped mole on your hip?”

The Best of Destiel Fanfiction

For @mylovelyasylum, in no particular order, here are my very favorite Destiel Fanfics, compiled after doing basically nothing but read Destiel fic for two solid years. Enjoy.

Named by RC McLachlan

Jesus Christ is dead. Somehow, that isn’t the worst part of Dean’s week.

This is, in my not so humble opinion, the best canon fic that was ever written in this fandom.

Ad Astra by Nhixxie

One day Cas says, “Stars died for you, Dean Winchester”, against ruffled hair perched atop sun kissed skin and sleepy eyes.

Dean stirs, moving to spread his palms against the contour of Cas’ back, tips of fingers languidly strumming the indentations of his spine. One, two, three, four, he counts, the closest he could get to scientifically studying the anatomy of the human body.

“Is this some physics crap again?” He frowns with eyes closed.

Cas smiles softly. “Far from it.”

Dean’s fingers play at the base of his back, ninth thoracic vertebrae, Cas notes.

“Then tell me all about it.”

If I had to pick a single absolute favorite Destiel fic, this would be it. It is absolute poetry. Everything Nhixxie writes is perfect. 

March Stalkers Mighty by Whit Merule

When Dean was a kid, before he figured out that you didn’t talk to things that didn’t look human, he used to escape during the summers down to this old orchard down by the great Wall, where nobody else went. And there was another boy he’d meet there, a boy with wings who never said a word. 

Absolutely amazing, epic-length story based on Beowulf and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.

Theodicy by manic_intent

As before, as now, as it will be again, the first significant Act of Creation by God shall be to forge l'hosif-or, his best-beloved, the Morning’s Star, the one who shall bring the seeds of light into dark places and fan them to flame.

This will fuck you up.

Vena Amoris and Other Old-Fashioned Bullshit by pyrebi

In which angelic marriage bonds are apparently stupidly easy to trigger, Cas wages multidimensional war in Heaven, Dean can’t catch a break like ever, Sam rather enjoys being a dick, love saves the day, and nobody consummates anything.

If you want something short and hilarious, this is it.

The (Mostly Accidental) Courtship of Dean Winchester by tuesday

Angelic marriage rites were never intended to go quite like this.

Hilarious and beautiful, from the s4-6 era of fic writing, which were particularly excellent in my opinion. Grouped with the previous, as they’re similar concepts. 

A Beginner’s Guide to Communing With The Dead by suspiciousflashlight

Dean is pretty sure he’s going completely, certifiably insane. Sure, he hasn’t started wearing all his clothes inside out, and he still showers on a regular basis (anyways, that’s not crazy, just a little eccentric); but there’s no getting around the fact that he just threw away his life, his career, and his reputation by dragging out his mom’s old necromancy book and summoning a Class AForbidden Entity to his attic. A cranky one, too. With horrendous bed-head.

Absolutely fantastic urban fantasy.

An Exercise in ‘Worthless’ by beastofthesky

Wherein Dean makes a hefty living as a tattoo artist who owns the space next to Gabriel’s cafe. Sam attends the local university. When Gabe’s cousin comes to live with him while starting grad school at Sam’s university, Dean thinks for sure that all his negative karma’s coming to bite him in the ass because Cas clearly has a thing for Sam. No one would ever choose him over Sam. That’s just logic.

Punk!Dean is my lifeblood okay.

All The Way by Cadignan

Castiel spends the first two weeks of college in much the same way he spent the previous years: alone with his books. He’s fine with it—he enrolled in college to learn, after all. Then in his first chemistry lab, he has the bad luck of being paired with snide, good-for-nothing Ruby, and the further misfortune of sitting behind Dean Winchester, the world’s most beautiful distraction. Ruby catches Castiel staring at Dean and makes him an offer.

I have reread this so many times. Excellent college au, and it’s really made by Cas’ friendship with Ruby and the other side characters. 

Equinox by Luchia

In which Castiel is the weird time-traveling freak who just might be the love of Dean Winchester’s life.

This is another one I have reread so many times. 

Okay, Cupid by orange_crushed

“The dating thing?” Dean frowns. “Online dating is for weirdos. Robots. Dudes hanging out in their basements.”

“You hang out in your basement.”

“I have an air hockey table down there,” Dean says, icily.

Honestly I have reread this more than any other. And that is saying a lot. The best friends-to-lovers oneshot basically ever.

Gran Fury by orange_crushed

They sit in silence and Castiel passes him the bottle. There’s not much left to say. Sam takes a gulp and it burns going down, like the cheap shit it is. He holds the bottle up against the light. He can see the Fury through it, distorted like a funhouse mirror. She’s a tomb but Sam loves her. Loves everything that’s left.

"To the end of the world,” he says.

“To the end of the world,” says Castiel.

If you ever feel like reading 5k and bawling your eyes out, this fic is for you. It’s a Pacific Rim AU, and it is the saddest and most beautiful oneshot I’ve ever read. Note the tags and warnings. 

Shut Up (Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is) by kototyph

Dean’s done some pretty stupid things, but getting drunk-hitched in Vegas to a colleague he barely knows might just take the cake. His surprise husband, Castiel, is a little weird but likable despite that, and Dean figures they’ll go back to Boston, get a quiet annulment, and go their separate ways. Six weeks later, he’s still married to one of the strangest, most genuine and definitely most dangerously lov– likable guys he’s ever known. Dean doesn’t know why or really even how it’s happening, but it’s getting harder and harder to remember that he has divorce papers to file.

The plot is literally strangers wake up married…and just kinda stay married. It is adorable as all hell and I’ve reread it loads of times. 

Rvr Ro11435 by Ferritin4

In which Castiel is a operations analyst, Dean is a grease monkey, and even though it’s set at NASA no one goes to space.

This is possibly my favorite AU characterization of Castiel, and it’s my favorite style of borderline dark humor.

Broadway Musical by Griftings

This is the day that marked the Holy and Blessed Union of Dean Winchester and Jo Harvelle.

The merging of prominent bloodlines is always a grand occurrence, but breeding pedigree hunter families like Winchester and Harvelle is something to be rejoiced. It is also something to be meticulously planned, which thankfully the Host is very good at. 

Cas isn’t a terribly good matchmaker. And this is fucking hilarious.

What Fun It All Would Be by 8sword

Nothing dies in Purgatory, but they are forever finding corpses.

-Dean and Castiel find Emma in Purgatory

Heed the warnings. This is not a happy fic. But it is amazing, and it will destroy you. And this author does what no other writer has ever really done, which is fix the canon bullshit that was the Emma plot. Check out their other stories, which also feature a lot of Emma (and Claire, before Claire was even reintroduced into the show).

ETA: I missed one! For some reason I had it tagged wrong on ao3.

This Thing Called Free Will by tracy_loo_who

Time is fluid, and Castiel can see how it will go because he can bend it on occasion.

‘In the year 2009 Anno Dean, Castiel will have existed for 63 billion, 241 million, 430 thousand, and 400 seconds on Earth without Dean. He will be cold and alone, and he will ache for his Dean.

It will not end.’

This is one of the fics that fucked me up the most. It is absolutely devastating and beautiful. And the author is one of the greatest early Destiel writers.

anonymous asked:

Do have any favorite/recommended haikyuu fics or doujinshi??? You write amazing ones and I thought you might have awesome recommendations!

Oh, golly. YESSS. I do. I do. I’ve been meaning to make a rec post and I haven’t yet, so…. Here we go, okay?

Gen: 

Saturday Night Sendai by memorde 
Summary: Two teams, one restaurant. What could possibly go wrong?
Me: So Yamaguchi and Futakuchi have the same birthday, and because of that there is this fic, and I am SO HAPPY. This is AMAZING. It is everything I could have dreamed for in Datekou/Karasuno interaction. And the Yamaguchi and Tsukishima interaction is frigging perfect. Love Yamaguchi feeling shy and awkward and Tsukki being an asshole to protect him. That’s just…yeah. Who they are. And Futakuchi was hilarious. But Aone and Hinata were the best.

Don’t run on wet wood by boxofwonder 
Summary: Karasuno takes a trip to the lake on a hot summer’s day.
What could possibly go wrong?
Me: Slightly less well-known than boxofwonder’s fandom classic, Shadows Don’t Matter Close to the Light, but to me this one is just as perfect. Wonderful team interaction, mostly just a happy fun fic. Until SOMETHING goes wrong, and oh wow, it is heart-in-your-throat awful. But the team makes it better! Hinata and Kageyama are completely perfect in this fic.

Delinquent Marshamallows by Crollalanza 
Summary: Tanaka Ryuunosuke is a boy with a mission. He’s gonna be part of the best team in the Miyaga Prefecture and power Karasuno High Volleyball Team to Nationals. He’s brash, loud and argumentative, which irritates his senpais no end. But underneath it all, his sister Saeko sees another boy. One who’s struggling to cope as the team fractures.
Me: I’ve recced this before, but I don’t care. Doin’ it again. It’s a fantabulous fic, and my personal canon for the Tanaka siblings. Everything I write with those two, I have this background in mind. Including the way they interact at the end of Split Second, the way their house looks, why Saeko calls her dad, “real paranoid”. Y’know, for what it’s worth.

We’ll Figure That Out When We Get There by SterlingLee 
Summary: Moniwa runs into a little trouble at the train station, and Datekou tries to help more enthusiastically than is really necessary. The question of who saves whom from what may actually be beside the point, but this much is clear: the Iron Wall is a full-time occupation.
Me: DATEKOOOOUUUU. They are so precious. omg. THEY ARE SO PRECIOUS. Adorable boys being protective of each other, ugh, I will never. ever. get over it.

Extraordinary by soups 
Summary: Bokuto is a sunrise, a beast, a role model, a storm, a child, an ace and a captain.
Me: Bokuto through the eyes of multiple teammates. Really sweet and cute character study. Does a lot to fill the hole left by not enough Bokuto in the manga. (WHERE ARE THE OWLS. WHERE ARE THE OWLS.)

I Really Need A Translator by FriendshipCastle
Summary: My anime bud chucked me into the volleyball anime fandom and I am officially lost to these boys and their boundless enthusiasm for volleyball. I’m mad because I can barely ship them, they love volleyball to the exclusion of everything. But whatever, here’s a bunch of relationship headcanons disguised as fics. In this one, Hinata breaks his wrist and Kags is in charge of him because he can’t be trusted.
Me: You may have noticed that I have Kind of a Thing for Hinata getting hurt and Kageyama taking care of him. THIS IS A GOOD ONE. They feel incredibly real and touchable in this fic. Te adoro.

I’m Not Walking You Home, Yamaguchi. by Feathers_Fall_Like_Snow 
Summary: I just have some stuff to do and happen to be going in the same direction. -Tsukki Yamaguchi doesn’t greet him at the bus stop (Not that Tsukki cares.) Or practice (Not at all.) Then Tsukki sees that Yamaguchi has a black eye and a swollen lip, and finds out he was jumped on the way to school. He just happens to need to go that same direction after school now. Low and behold, Yamaguchi’s attackers are there too! Pathetic.
Me: I also have Kind of a Thing about Yamaguchi getting picked on and then getting protected by…well…pretty much anyone. Tanaka is my favorite, but Tsukishima will do. THIS IS ALSO A GOOD FIC. It feels very in-character and very believable, and it makes my heart ache.

Maybe Not Really Gen (But Close Enough for Me to Love): 

wear a necklace of hope by Authoress for maychorian
Summary: Someone like him couldn’t win. He didn’t have the looks or the personality to wheedle life-saving gifts from sponsors. He wasn’t charming. He didn’t have a sob story. Tanaka couldn’t win the Hunger Games, that much was certain. But he could do his damnedest to beat it. (Or, The Fourteen Lives of Tanaka Ryuunosuke.)
Me: Okay, yes, so this was written for me. So maybe it’s not surprising that I love it. I have also recced it before. BUT I DON’T CARE IT’S SO GOOD AND IT DOESN’T HAVE ENOUGH KUDOS. Go and read it. It’s…agghlajkljsoiaiqeqrklsfvdalk. I cannot express myself well.

melt your headaches, call it home by roisale (strawberrysonatina) 
Summary: “A lot of people end up hating each other after their first Drift,” Nishinoya says, helmet tucked in the crook of his elbow. “But you know,” he adds, looking up at Ennoshita with a cheeky sort of grin, “I don’t think I could ever hate you.” “That’s,” Ennoshita stumbles, feeling his face freeze somewhere between confusion and embarrassment, “That’s nice of you, I think.”
Me:  Yep, it’s a Pacific Rim AU. But. BUT. Ennoshita babe is perfect. It’s very him. And Noya-san is such a bundle of utter joy. And they interact in the most precious and perfect ways. It’s all about connection, and learning to be in each other’s space, and it’s utterly, utterly beautiful. I would read every PacRim AU in every fandom if they were all about the pilots just cuddling constantly. (I have SUCH a THING for CUDDLING.)

As It Should Be by PrussianBluu 
Summary: Based on a request I saw on Tumblr that someone send fanfics where “Hinata is bullied without the team knowing and then they find out.” I like the idea of everyone (including Tsukishima) enraged and vengeful. So I. Did that. I’m so sorry.
I’m also really really sorry that the ‘ungrateful second-years’ aren’t really in this because I wanted them to be but I couldn’t find a good place for them, since this focuses so much on just Kageyama and Hinata.
Me: Yeah, another fic with Hinata getting bullied and everyone being protective. I LIKE THIS THEME OKAY. This one is really well-written, and the conclusion is EXTREMELY satisfying. Two thumbs way, way up.

While you’re at it, you can also read everything else written by these authors. I have a few more recs in my bookmarks on AO3, too. 

There ya go! Just a few, not nearly enough to cover the breadth of the awesome fic in this fandom, but I hope that gives you a taste, and a few hours of happy reading.

Animator Interview - Disney Animator, Daniel Klug

Name: Daniel Klug

Tell us a little about yourself. (We know there is more to people than being an animator.):

Well, I’m more nerd than anything else - a child of the internet, video games, and Saturday morning cartoons. I love all forms of media and I have an unending thirst for storytelling and entertainment. Animation in 3D is a perfect blend of engineering and artistry, so naturally I was drawn to it. For fun, I’m usually programming or playing games.

Reel:

Daniel Klug - Frozen Animation Reel from Daniel Klug on Vimeo.

This is my Frozen animation reel. You can find more of my stuff on my Vimeo page.

Where do you work and how long have you been there?

Walt Disney Feature Animation. Almost 3 years now. I started working here on Wreck-It Ralph.

What are some of your past jobs?

Previous to Disney, I joined Rhythm&Hues in 2010 for their Animation Apprenticeship program. I got my start in film working on Hop and Alvin & the Chipmunks 3. Before that, I was in the commercial industry doing motion graphics, FX, and design work.

Where did you do to school?

Self taught up until AnimationMentor in 2008. From there, while at R+H, I continued my education with iAnimate and then Animation Collaborative. Collab was in-person, which meant I had to drive from LA to Emmeryville every Friday night for 15 weeks to take that class. Believe me, it was worth it.

What made you decide to be an animator?

Storytelling is my biggest drive. And no part of the process gets closer to telling stories with emotional beats than animation. Once the characters start moving, the story is alive.

What is your favorite part about being an animator?

The work is absolutely rewarding and extremely difficult. I thrive on challenges. I love solving problems and I have a fascination for acting. Animation is the perfect blend of technical and artistic expression.

What’s your favorite kind of animation?

I love going to the theater to see giant robots fighting - it’s my guilty pleasure. But my number one would be that perfect blend of cartoony and hyper-natural movement. Somewhere between Tangled and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs would be the sweet spot for me. But seriously, Pacific Rim is pure ambrosia.

What’s your software preference?

Maya is such a powerful tool if you learn how it works. And I mean, deeply. In the past 2 years, I’ve been teaching myself Mel and Python and learning the Maya API. I’m able to write tools to help the entire pipeline. Other studios tend to use proprietary software, so I’m not sure how customizable they can get. Maya is a fantastic framework to build upon.

What does your workflow look like?

It’s very reference heavy with a huge push toward caricatured physics and posing. I use ref for nuance and natural, proportional timing. But then everything else is pushed into the style of the character and film.

How do you prepare for a new shot?

I really try to understand the purpose of the shot first. What it means in the film and why the character is making the choices they are making. Once I understand things from the character’s point of view, acting choices tend to seem natural and easier to come by. It’s easier to know what is the right choice and wrong choice. Then I shoot a lot of ref, trying to get that nice timing and efficiency. Then it’s deep into blocking.

What is the aspect of animation that you struggled with the most and how did you move past that struggle?

I struggle a lot with the rigs. There tends to always be something I want to do that the rig doesn’t do naturally. So, I break the rig over and over again. Unfortunately, there isn’t an elegant way past this problem unless you remodel the character on the fly.

What are some of the ways you manage your time so that you can get everything done in time?

Sometimes, the shot is going to go longer than anticipated. It’s the nature of the beast. The best thing I can do is to keep the communication going between the supes and the producers about my predictions of when the shot is going to land.

What are some of the things you look for before you declare your shot complete?

I never declare my shot complete. That’s entirely up to the director and production. There is always soooo much more I would love to do to my shots before they are pushed downstream. I would love to take a fine-tooth comb to the whole thing and make sure all parts are moving in perfect concert; never starting or stopping at the same time, yet maintaining a relationship in movement and energy.

What’s your favorite animated movie, short, and game?

UGH, this is a tough question. There isn’t a king of the hill in my mind, but the top three would be: The Incredibles, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, and Wreck-It Ralph. Shorts-wise, I love Burning Safari and Octopodi. Game: Bioshock Infinite, Mass Effect 2, Half Life 2, and WoW (still recovering).

What do you do when you get animator’s block?

Take a walk, get Starbucks. Ask friends what they think of the shot. Watch some movies, surf the internet, procrastinate, then suddenly get a flash of inspiration. That seems to do the trick.

What do you use to get inspired?

My life is filled with art, movies, and video games. I’m never short of inspiration.

What is your favorite experience as an animator?

Every time I final a shot where the director sees it and says, “Wow. That’s awesome. Let’s watch it again.”

What are your favorite animation resources that other animators might find useful?

You can get a ton of helpful scripts and tools from a place like creativecrash.com And animal reference from rhinohouse.com

How do you take your Chipotle Burrito?

Burrito Bowl with no rice or beans, extra veggies, carnitas, sour cream, cheese, guacamole. Smothered in chipotle tobasco.

If you could direct a project, what would it be?

A Disney-Animated spin-off Star Wars movie. I don’t even care what character it’s about. A guy can dream.

Do you have any advice for students and animators trying to find their break?

There was a time I was working at R+H and I just knew that I wasn’t going to have a good enough reel to get me a job after the contract. So I enrolled into an online school to keep learning and keep growing - at a rate faster than I could at work. People told me I was crazy because I was already working. But here’s the thing: You don’t ever get to a point where you “deserve a job because you worked hard.” At the end of the day, if your shots aren’t entertaining, or your execution is lacking polish, your entire reel is easily dismissed. It’s a subjective industry and very difficult to pinpoint what exactly people want to see. Work hard to make shots that are special and appealing. My advice would be to keep learning and keep animating. Oh, and an easy point to make: if you are still learning mechanics or even how to polish, stick to shots that are short. Like 6 seconds max. You’ll learn just as much in a 100 frames as you will in a 500 frame shot. And you won’t be stuck for months working on the same shot. Finish short shots and move on.

anonymous asked:

I found this au “your friend set you up on a blind date and i happened to be eating alone so you thought you were meeting me and you were cute so i went along with it but you just got a text from said friend that they're sorry your date stood you up and now i have some explaining to do” and omg BELLARKE

Thanks! I liked this idea, too, and I hope you like what I’ve done with it. 


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The most Clarke expects out of her Tuesday evening is szechuan beef noodles in her favorite Chinese place down the street and the feeling of perfect calm.

What she gets instead is a hot, flustered guy with freckles covering the most of his tan skin, rumpled shirt and the general appearance of someone who’s been running.

“Shit, I’m so sorry I’m late.”

Clarke blinks at him because - is this an alternate universe? Is this just like the Pacific Rim AUs Raven claims she absolutely does not read? What is this, really?

The guy just keeps talking, trying to settle in the seat across the table from her and knocking down the napkin stand, the menu and barely managing to save Clarke’s bottle of bear. 

“I swear that this doesn’t happen at all, it’s just that Octavia called,” he shoots her a look of exasperation, like Clarke is supposed to know who that is, “and her dog got sick - I love her dog, her dog does not deserve the shit she puts her through, so we rushed to the vet and - “

Finally, he shuts up, eyes wide and panicked while Clarke just sits there, listening intently. The night can’t get any weirder and besides, he’s pretty easy on the eyes. 

“I’m talking too much, aren’t I?”

At that, she laughs. “I wouldn’t know, would I?”

The guy smiles, all pearly white teeth and dimples popping in his cheeks. Clarke is utterly unprepared to deal with this situation, honestly. It’s Tuesday, for fuck’s sake. Nothing good happens on Tuesdays.

“It is a first date so yeah, you’re right. I’m Bellamy, by the way,” he offers his hand and Clarke takes it. Warm, solid, just a little clammy. “Octavia didn’t mention - “

“It’s Clarke. Clarke Griffin.” After a second of silence, she asks, “So, how is Octavia’s dog?”

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Drift Compatible

Pairings: Jongkey, Jongho, Minkey, Jongkeyho
Rating: PG-13 (for language and brief non-explicit mentions of teh sex)
Word count: 1800+
Synopsis: *movie trailer voice* The poly OT3 Boyfriends Assemble nerds are back, and this time they’re on a beach vacation, cuddling and watching nerdy movies!

(read the first installment in this au, if you want– it’s not necessary to understand this fic though)

As much as Jonghyun loved swimming in the ocean with Minho or tanning on the sand next to Gwiboon, his favorite part about their beach vacation was when the day dimmed to twilight, and they retreated to their small beach bungalow, with salt in their hair and sand between their toes, to cuddle on the sofa and eat with unrivaled and vigorous appetites as the breeze moved through the open windows of the house.

Minho and Gwiboon were making dinner in the kitchen tonight, and they had tasked Jonghyun with choosing their evening movie. He was now in the process of severely overthinking it, as he alternated between scrolling through Netflix and pawing through the stack of DVDs that he had brought in its own small suitcase from home.

“All of Fringe and Warehouse 13? Really, Jjong?” Minho had raised an eyebrow when he saw Jonghyun packing the bag.

“I’m more concerned with why he packed Voyager instead of The Next Generation.” His girlfriend held up the offending DVDs.

“You never know what we might be in the mood for,” Jonghyun said, pointing at Minho. He turned to Gwiboon. “And don’t shit on Voyager. Captain Janeway is amazing.”

Jonghyun deliberated now as he tapped his fingers against the surface of the Voyager boxed set. He decided at last that he wasn’t feeling it, and set it aside. He had been squatting next to the bag for so long that his legs were hurting, and he rubbed his shins absently as he tried to pick something.

As if she had heard his thoughts, Gwiboon called from the kitchen. “You have thirty seconds, Jjong, or I’m going to make you rewatch the second J. J. Abrams Star Trek movie.”

Minho’s repulsed “ugh!” was so strong that Jonghyun could imagine him physically recoiling from Gwiboon.

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               first question
     why are there this many people following me?
               second question
     where can i get more hershey’s chocolate bars?
               third question
     why are there this many people following me?

but honestly, i was surprised when this blog hit 450 followers, and now we’re two months old and i now have 900+ followers. i never expected this blog to blow up this quickly but i’m glad it did. i’ve gotten so many new friends and new RP partners because of this blog, and even if we haven’t talked that much or even followed each other that long, i more than appreciate you guys!! i’m really bad at showing my love and appreciation, but you guys have made my summer not only tolerable but memorable. this fandom has been nothing but kind and sweet and accepting of me, and i can’t thank you enough!! and i seriously can’t wait for future interactions!!

     and now onto the fun part. oh god.
     it’s already longer than i planned to
     make it.

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A Public Service Announcement

Alright, so I’m going to go on a bit of a rant here. This is gonna be a long one, kids. I’ve had a bit of a day.

Recently, as in the past maybe month or so, I’ve been seeing a lot of anon hate going around. I’m probably not about to say anything that hasn’t been said, but I really just want to get my thoughts out there because I’m still fuming, even though I waited about an hour before sitting down to write this. I then took a nap and waited another couple of hours, but I find I’m still in agreement with my impulse and instinct. 

Specifically, I can’t entirely speak for other fandoms, but in the Pacific Rim fandom, I’ve seen both hate for Original Characters and hate for Canon Characters. Not only is this not okay, but it’s really not okay. First off, if someone went through the trouble to make an original character, they’re probably more creative and useful to the fandom than the hate spewing grey face in their inbox. 

We need original content to continue moving forward as a fandom - we’re not getting another movie, at least not for a long time, if we do. Our sources are limited. Not everyone can pick a character from the series and play it, otherwise things would get dreadfully stale. 

Which leads me to my next point. Just because you don’t like how someone plays ‘your favorite character,’ doesn’t mean you should spit your filth into their inbox. They don’t ship your OTP? Oh, boo hoo. Everyone–everyoneis entitled to their own vision of the character. It’s already difficult to take on the role of an established character, you have to live up to your own expectations and the information from the story, and then try to make a mark and compare to the other fine people writing on this website. 

Getting hate from some asshole who isn’t even courageous to show their own face doesn’t do anything other than make someone who is already going out on a metaphorical limb by submitting their original character or their own interpretation of an established character into a more bitter and cynical soul. Someone who had the courage to get out there and make good art is now hurt because some cowardly douchebag who chose to project their nasty and rude personal beliefs in an entirely wasteful manner. 

Hateful anons contribute nothing. They are detrimental to what is an overall wonderful and loving community. By submitting something that degrades another roleplayer or person, you are detracting both from this fandom and from yourself. You should be ashamed. 

Besides, dearest anon, no one is forcing you to follow these blogsYou do not have to read their roleplays. You do not have to look at the undesired memes. You do not even have to think about them. But the moment you reach out and insult someone or degrade them as a person, you lose the right to breathe the same air as the people in the community who are kind and respectful. 

If you feel like you honest to god just have to say something, why don’t you spend maybe five minutes and give constructive criticism. Telling someone to leave the fandom or stop roleplaying because you don’t like their style is both completely inadequate and entirely unhelpful. Once again, everyone is entitled to write the way they want. If you don’t like it, don’t read their posts

Not only is anon hate not acceptable, but it’s made doubly so by sending it to a roleplay blog. The blog is that of a character. The moment you bring the mun into it, you are crossing a line that should never be crossed. The mun’s existence is sacred and should be protected. If a mun volunteers information about themselves, again, this is a sacred trust, they are trusting the people who follow them to accept them as they are. 

Do not bring personal issues into anon messagesIf you have something to say to someone, send it via fan mail and be respectful so that they can reply in kind, privately.Or send it to them via an outside mode of chat–that shit doesn’t belong on anon, nor does it belong on a roleplayer’s blog. A mun should never be forced to sit there and defend themselves or a friend publicly because you have some sort of personal vendetta against this mun or that. 

How dare you presume to have the right to tell someone to go die, delete, or any of the other multitudes of disgusting words that I’ve seen from anons. It is just wrong. Ethically and personally, I sincerely believe that this is a line–if you disagree, that’s fine. I didn’t post this to argue with you about it, I won’t, in fact. 

It takes a special kind of cunt to cut someone down anonymously. 

If you are following me and are guilty of hate, anon or otherwise, I think that you should probably just click the little minus button, because I don’t want to be associated with you. Please shoot me a personal message so that I can also unfollow you, because I’ve no interest in being a part of your hate campaigns. 

I don’t care if I lose followers for this, I needed to get it out there, it needed to be said. I’m so fucking tired of seeing people that I really enjoy reading getting disheartened because of ignorant jerks. 

Author Appreciation Week - Fitzsimmons Fic Recs!

Hello all! I saw a post on my dash talking about doing an Author Appreciation Week in order to show and spread love for our favorite fanfic authors, so here’s my contribution to the pile. This post is going to be dedicated to fic recs for the Fitzsimmons ship from Agents of SHIELD. And it took me almost all week to do it, because I basically ended up re-reading most of my bookmarked fics. OOPS.

If you don’t see your fic here, that doesn’t mean I didn’t love it! I love pretty much all of the fic ever, but I’m trying to keep this post a reasonable length (my FS bookmark list on AO3 is 15 pages long, for crying out loud). and sticking to the fics that I keep coming back to over and over. I also tried to limit myself to one rec per author. Just know that I love all of you!

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