IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN! WHERE I SHOWER PEOPLE WITH LOVE AND AFFECTION AND ACT LIKE MAES HUGHES AND SHOW OFF THESE INCREDIBLY TALENTED PEOPLE EVEN IF YOU DON’T WANT TO KNOW!!
First up a special shout out to one third of my heart, my wifu, my babe @aluxra! Though I may not paddle in the same fandom sea’s as my beloved that often, she is a talented writer and whenever our currents do cross I’m always amazed by her work! Seriously go check her out especially if you’re into Overwatch or Rise of the Guardians! She’s AAAA-MAZING!
Why you should check ‘em out: Reading Sam’s work is quite often like recreating John Hurt’s chest busting scene in Alien but with more smiling and then begging for more. Sam knows how to build an emotional, beautiful story that’s complex and stunning in so many different ways and meanings…and then thrust her hand into your chest and rip out your heart, crush it and then put it back and you’ll thank her for the privilege. Joking aside Sam is one of the best and I wholly recommend you add her to your must read list if she isn’t already on there.
Why you should check ‘em out: Similar to the above individual Lu or Satan as they’re aptly named approaches writing in a way that leaves us all crying and clinging to their ankles begging for more. Lu’s work is heartbreaking and beautiful in equal measure and really digs into certain emotions and leaves you feeling a little raw afterwards. They’ve got some amazing stories on the go that balance the emotional suffering with some humour.
Why you should check ‘em out: Other than promoting the truth, Alec really does deserve nice things, they are smashing the gender roles and stereotypes with some emotional and epically beautiful stories. Seriously you will get emotionally involved in these stories so much because they’re written so god damn beautifully and so sweetly that it’s hard not to get hit right in the chest with the emotional upheaval and acceptance that Alec goes through, not to mention the understanding of both Magnus and Alec’s character that they seem to have. Every detail is stunning and well thought out and a joy to read.
Why you should check ‘em out: Regularly murder me, every time I think it’s safe to come back to life BAM dead again! They write beautiful snapshots into the Malec life that are just amazing and so emotionally charged, it’s brilliant stuff. Follow them, you won’t be disappointed! Honestly their grasp of imagery and how to invoke emotions in the reader is breathtaking and you will cry, laugh and need to lie down A LOT.
Why you should check ‘em out: All though a more artistic queen, when she does turn her hand to stories she really nails it. No I’m serious, she does some amazing work and you should absolutely encourage her to write more because when she does she really brings her A game and that game is strong with the feels and the ability to pull you into a story.
Why you should check ‘em out: Their stories range from short and sweet to beautifully crafted multiple chapters. Frankly if you’re not already subscribed you’re doing something wrong. They really hit those emotional notes and have some of the most wonderful descriptions I’ve read in fanfic.
Why you should check ‘em out: Fluff and feels that’s this particular queen’s specialty. Honestly she’s helped me discover new fanfic tropes to complete obsess over. A true master of multiple genres, sometimes its soft and sweet and other times it’ll make you cry the emotions are so strong. Absolutely worth a check out and subscription!
Why you should check ‘em out: I mean other than being one of the best people I know and an actual living embodiment of Wonder Woman herself. My great queen is an amazing beta who writes just as well! With amazing descriptions and so much emotion as well as a generous helping of fun and good feelings you really have not lived until you’ve checked out her works!
@buffycuddlespigs writes for a few of my favourite fandoms including the worlds cutest kid!fic for stormpilot and a mountain of some brilliant mcshep stories! Also she’s Scottish so well rounded amazing human being there!
@slamncram writes the most wonderful fitzward’s works I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading and she and her equally talented artistic girlfriend are keeping our tiny ship bobbing along!
…this is the end, beautiful friend…
To the people I missed I’m sorry sometimes my brain is not so great and I’m kinda running on a little sleep deprivation and caffeine overdose so pfft the neurons, they’re not firing on all cylinders but I really do love you as well!!! I promise!!!
All these people are incredibly talented and wonderful and you should absolutely check them all out and shower them with kudos and comments and show up in their ask boxes screaming your love for them!
Okay but where’s my fic of Niall taking this road trip to find himself, and he is, he’s figuring out who he is without One Direction for the first time since he was seventeen, and he’s enjoying himself–but then one day he finds himself at a souvenir stand, and there’s a postcard, and he thinks, almost out of the blue, that Zayn would like it. He hasn’t talked to Zayn in months, but there’s something about the foreign country, the peace Niall’s been feeling, that makes Niall buy it, then drop it in the mail. He only realizes later he didn’t even write anything on it.
He does later, though. Because he keeps sending them, postcards from everywhere he’s been, the ones he thinks Zayn will appreciate: beautiful vistas, weird artsy ones, stupid jokes. And he puts messages on some of of them. ‘Saw the cutest dog today’. ‘Climbed a mountain! It was beautiful.’ ‘Just tried alligator. You’d have hated it’. Silly things. Little things. Whatever comes to mind, never the big important things–the ‘I wish I could have made you happy’. the ‘I’m so proud of what you’re doing, I always knew you could.’ the ‘I miss you do you miss me?’ He doesn’t even know if Zayn’s getting them, or what he’s doing with them if he is–there’s certainly no reaching out from Zayn, but it’s not like Zayn could mail something back, and Niall had to change his number from the last one Zayn had–but he likes sending them. Likes feeling that bit of connection, even if it’s one sided.
Then he ends up in LA, in his circuit of the world, and he stops by and sees Harry and everyone else in LA, and out of habit, and maybe a bit of hope, he grabs a Hollywood postcard. He should send it, it’d be easy, but maybe he’s masochistic, maybe he wants to see how Zayn’s doing, so he goes to his house. He only means to slip it under the door (or in the mailbox by the gate, i don’t know how rich people live), but he’s just about to when the door opens, and Zayn’s there, smiling. It’s a shock and it’s not a shock at all, because Zayn is still Zayn, it’s still the smile he only gave to Niall, and Niall’s heart does the same thump-twist that it always did, when Zayn smiled at him like that.
“Was wondering when you’d make your way to California,” Zayn drawls, and takes the postcard out of Niall’s grasp. “Have a good trip?” he adds, and holds the door open for Niall to come in.
It turns out there’s a whole wall, Niall’s postcards tacked against it in something like a map, a collage of the places Niall was, his thoughts, his journey.
“Liked keeping track of you,” Zayn says, with a shrug and a sheepish smile. “Liked feeling like I was a bit along for the ride.”
A year ago, Niall wouldn’t have known what to say, was too lost in the face of everything that was his world collapsing–but he knows who he is now, he’s seen the world with One Direction and without it, and he knows that either way, he likes it best here, with Zayn next to him, smiling soft and hopeful. “You’ll have to come with me properly next time,” Niall tells him, and Niall’s seen the world twice over and nothing will ever be as beautiful as the smile Zayn gives him.