Fic-o-rama

Jan. 1st, 2020 02:52 pm
rebcake: Spike: What? (Spike: what?)
Rebcake's Buffyverse (+ two others) Fanfic Master List — with nominations & awards

Most stories are canon-compliant, unless marked "AU". Unless otherwise noted, all are rated teen and under. But we are talking about vampires and sometimes there are "themes" and "language". Explicit stories are f-locked or link back to f-locked communities.

Drabble=100 words, Ficlet=under 1,000 words, Fic=over 1,000 words

PRE-SERIES (Mostly Vampires) )
BTVS SEASONS 2 & 3 )
BTVS SEASONS 4 & 5 )
BTVS SEASONS 6 & 7 )
POST-Chosen )
LIMERICKS & MISC. )
rebcake: Spike & Buffy: happy under the carpet (spuffy_carpet)
I wrote something for sb_fag_ends, so in so doing I've met my 2016 resolution!

Title: Wonders Never Cease
Author: Rebcake
Word count: 980
Rating: PG13
Prompt: Crimson Tide
Setting: S6, Warning for reference to lots of kinds of fluids.
Summary: Spike finds out about something he thinks will interest the Slayer. A stake-out is required, because that always goes so well.

This way to the story:

Spike threaded the motorcycle around the “closed at dusk” sign
rebcake: Spike & Buffy: clasped hands catch fire (spuffy_burning_hands)
I finally put my silly crossovers up on Twisting the Hellmouth, and that's been fun. They get lots of traffic over there. Who knew?

If you want to make an author or artist's day, go ahead and share your favorite things from the Buffyverse last year on buffyversetop5. You have until 6 PM GMT on January 18th to share your joy there.

You can also nominate the work you've enjoyed for an award! I'm thrilled that someone(s) nominated a few stories I wrote last year, which is just plain kind and makes me all sorts of happy. The noms:

Time Is Tight in the Best Willow/Other Female Fic, Best Alternate Universe, Best Willow Characterization categories at the Willowy Goodness Awards
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Giles and the Mountain in The Watcher Watchers (Best Gen) and The Rather British (Best Characterization) categories in the 2016 Headline Awards

When You Wish Upon A Bar in the Doomed (Best Het) and Hairy Eyeball (Readers Choice) categories of Round 11 of the Running With Scissors Awards
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The life and recent (mostly art-related) death thoughts... )
rebcake: spike air kiss (spike_kiss)
I don't think I wrote any more (or less) fic than usual. I didn't do any drabbles or ficlets, though, which is odd for me. I promise to do more for sb_fag_ends in 2016! That seems like a manageable resolution, doesn't it?

My fic in 2015:

Time Is Tight for the Nikki Wood round of femslash_minis. (Willow/Nikki, Bernard Crowley, Ensemble, Time Travel, PG13, 5110 words) I rarely write Willow outside of her friend-of-Buffy capacity, so this was new for me.

Fire in the Soul (6a of 9) for the Spring round of seasonal_spuffy. (Spike, Buffy, Dru, OCs, PG13, 2075 words) A continuation of my San Francisco travelogue, wherein Spike and a souled Drusilla come to help Buffy with the latest big, brewin' evil. Still a WIP, alas.

Giles and the Mountain for summer_of_giles. (Giles, OCs, Pre-series, 1950 words) Young Giles and a friend attempt to scale a mountain. Spoiler: It doesn't go well.

Anniversaries Aren't For Quitters for the 10th Anniversary round of seasonal_spuffy. (Spike/Buffy, Ensemble, OCs, PG13, 2800 words) Obviously, you celebrate a 10th anniversary by writing a story about a 10th anniversary. Right? Right!

When You Wish Upon A Bar (4 of 4) for noel_of_spike. (Spike/Buffy, D'Hoffryn, Ensemble, PG13, 2125 words this chapter, 5600 for the story) Spike makes a wish to D’Hoffryn. Silly vampire. Complete, concluded, no longer a WIP! Part 1 can be found here.

I also helped Anaross put her stories up on AO3, made a few fandom discussion posts, and had a blast helping to mod seasonal_spuffy. ¡Yay, fandom!

On the personal side, there were highs and lows. Less good: minor-ish surgery (gall bladder), some annoying health things, and more memorials than I'd like to attend. I don't mind attending them, but I dislike losing loved ones. Good: work continues to go pretty well, I took lots of fun, fun trips, and got to spend time with my friends and family! This means you!
rebcake: Spike & Buffy kissing in bed (spuffy_kiss)
One last story before we say goodbye to 2015. Another WIP down! The long-awaited, or perhaps long-forgotten, conclusion to a little noel_of_spike story!

Title: When You Wish Upon A Bar (4 of 4)
Author: Rebcake
Rating: PG13
Word count: 2125
Characters: Spike/Buffy, Dawn, D'Hoffryn
Setting: BtVS Season 6, after Wrecked, but before Older and Far Away. Also after AtS S3 The Vision Thing.
Summary: Spike isn’t getting what he really wants out of his secret “relationship” with Buffy, though things could be worse. Just his luck, D’Hoffryn has decided to celebrate Gurnenthar's Ascendance on the Hellmouth after a romantic disappointment of his own.

Part 1 here / Part 2 here / Part 3 here

A cuckoo in the Christmas tree...
For those of you who'd like to know why it took so long... )
rebcake: Buffy, pretty slayer (slayer)
I hope everybody is having a lovely holiday weekend or a lovely just-plain-old weekend. Earlier in the week was my [community profile] seasonal_spuffy posting day! If you missed it and are interested in such things, here's the scoop:

Title
: Anniversaries Aren't For Quitters
Author: Rebcake
Rating: PG13
Word count: 2800
Genre: Semi-spicy domestic fluff. Contented Spike alert.
Summary: Ten years after their rush job of a wedding, Buffy and Spike try to find time to celebrate. It's harder than it sounds.

A/N: Although it's not necessary to read the previous stories, this is the next installment in the Ring On It 'Verse series. It began with a small wardrobe change on the morning of the final battle of the Hellmouth, and led to an un-sought-for transformation, namely that Spike has a heartbeat. AU from Chosen. The whole series can be found here on AO3. Previous [community profile] seasonal_spuffy posts are With This Ring, Under My Skin Prologue, and Under My Skin.

This way to the story...

rebcake: Dawn: sqeeeeeee (dawneeeee)
I spent most of last month Over There, and it was lovely. That's the short version.

The longer version starts out with McDiva and I going off to Paris for a week and doing a bunch of things. This was my first time back in 20+ years, and her first trip to Europe. Every time I apologized in advance for dragging her all over the place, she just said, "the whole point of going is to see stuff, right?" Right!!

Sunday! )

Monday! )

Tuesday! )

Wednesday! )

Thursday! )

Friday, Saturday, Sunday! )
rebcake: spike air kiss (spike_kiss)
This just came across my dash:

“It is absurd to divide people into good and bad. People are either charming or tedious.”
--Lord Darlington from "Lady Windermere's Fan" by Oscar Wilde

So I've been having thoughts, as one does, about the nature of good and evil as seen through the lens of BtVS. Especially, you know: Spike. There are always posts and discussion about it, this one being most recent, and it's all really interesting. I keep waiting for people to convince me that Spike is capital "E" evil, rather than thoughtlessly destructive (among other things). It comes down to how a person defines evil, which is surprisingly difficult to define. It's sort of like love that way.

But now I'm thinking that maybe the quote above is closer to my philosophy of Spike than anything particularly deep. Tsk.

rebcake: spike air kiss (spike_kiss)
It's the end of August!?!

Since my last post, I've been buried in a mountain of work, which is sort of nice and sort of not. Of course, there was also a lot of travel arranging, which is like a second full-time job, at least the way I do it. There's also been plenty of recreation, including hosting houseguests, seeing bands, dancing, going to parties, having a girls weekend at a Napa vineyard with the "girls" from college. I also attended a tightly plotted drag show wherein the villain was named PIxie Pardonne Moi (sic). A friend had been tapped to pole dance (badly) during the intermission. Heh. Good times, y'all.

I've missed a lot of fun LJ activity. There were memes that seemed exciting, excellent art and fic — some of which I missed, I'm afraid — and this exciting party celebrating the 5th Anniversary of sb_fag_ends!

FIREWORKS!!!

I only got my act together enough to post a silly prompt, alas, but the mods over there deserve to be fêted! Take a bow bogwitch, quinara, and shapinglight! Garlands also to all the contributors who continue to make that comm so great! Go, read, comment! I know I will.

My recent pre-series Giles fic, Giles and the Mountain, was nominated by very kind person(s) in Round 32 of the Sunnydale Memorial Fanfic Awards in the Best Gen, Best Drama, and Best Characterization (for Giles) categories, and also in Round 12 of the No Rest for the Wicked Awards, in the That Old Gang Of Mine (best gen) category. I'm touched that my sporadic work still appeals to somebody out there! There's still time to nominate your favorite fanworks, and make a fellow fan's day!

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rebcake: Buffy, pretty slayer (slayer)
Over on Tumblr, there is an interesting discussion going on:

Why isn’t the Buffy/Xander pairing more popular?

There is another discussion about how much people miss LiveJournal and how it's incredibly difficult to follow discussions on Tumblr. Even the interesting ones.

So, if anybody would like to weigh in the above question here on LJ, feel free! The original post by ilikemyshipsnotyours is linked above. 
rebcake: Giles serious then laughing (lol_giles)
I wrote a story for summer_of_giles! Click on the link below to go read it, if you wish!

Title: Giles and the Mountain
Author: Rebcake
Rating: PG
Word count: 1950
Summary: Young Giles and a friend attempt to scale a mountain. Spoiler: It doesn't go well.

Coma Pedrosa

The summer before the start of university Giles and his friend were looking for adventure...
rebcake: River Song and Amy Pond look happy. (river_amy)
The Pacific Northwest Part:

I'm back from my annual pilgrimage to beautiful Oregon! )

Once I got back, my mind turned to thoughts of Europe:

It's on! )


rebcake: Dawn: sqeeeeeee (dawneeeee)
You guys! I bring tidings of great joy! Beside all the other good stuff that happened last week, I mean. There are movies to squee about!

Like every year, I largely celebrated Pride Week here in San Francisco by going to the Frameline (LGBTQ) Film Festival at the historic Castro Theater. We all gather, listen to the Mighty Wurlitzer upon which the organist this year played "The Wedding March" to tumultuous applause, among other entertaining things. It's an ultra-fun scene, and the films can be quite wonderful.

I went to three biggish films which will most likely be coming to a theater or streaming device near you:

One good... )

One scary... )

One dynamite... )

Non-festival films... )

TV can be good, too... )
rebcake: cake! cake! cake! (cake)
It's my fanniversary today!

Back in 2008, at the urging of [livejournal.com profile] herself_nyc — whose birthday it is! — I posted my first fic, Becoming Anne. This "urging" is no reflection on her estimation of my storytelling. (I'm pretty sure she thinks I'm too easy on Spike.) At that point, all she'd ever read from me were comments on her work. But she pointed me at LiveJournal and I'll be forever grateful.

What's going on in my corner of the fandom... )

New fic!

For [community profile] seasonal_spuffy I did a short update to my WIP, Fire in the Soul:

Title: Fire in the Soul (6a/9)
Author: Rebcake
Rating: PG13
Word count: 2075
Pairing: Spike/Buffy, with Dru and OCs.
A/N: Thanks for the quickie beta by MiAmor. NOT comics compliant.
Summary: A few years after Sunnydale’s spectacular demise, Buffy and her crew are getting on with their lives in San Francisco. A not entirely unwelcome blast from her past (Spike! It's Spike!) blows into town, but he’s brought more than the generally allowable amount of baggage with him.

6a — In which our heroes get closer to the source of the big, brewin' evil, if not each other.

To start at the beginning: Chapter 1 on LJ / Chapter 1 on DW / On AO3

How my writing is going… )
rebcake: River Song and Amy Pond look happy. (river_amy)
Title: Time Is Tight
Author: Rebcake
Characters: Willow Rosenberg, Nikki Wood, Bernard Crowley (and the gang)
Rating: PG13
Word Count: 5110
Summary: The final fight with Glorificus takes Willow to a place she’s only read about.

A/N:
For Round 114 of femslash_minis, the Nikki Wood round. Ended up not so mini. Aaronlisa requested time travel, subway, and waiting but no Robin (mentions okay) or either of the girls dying and no comics canon preferred. I consulted BtVS Season 9 #6 for background on Nikki and her Watcher, but this story isn’t based on the comics.

New fic, and it's a departure for rebcake! To read the story, click the link:

Caught in the cold crackle of Glory's portal, Willow kept her head...


rebcake: Spike: What? (Spike: what?)
My story The Other Half has been nominated in Round 31 The Sunnydale Memorial Fanfiction Awards in the Best Comedy and Best Quickie Fic categories. Very exciting!

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It's a fairly gen S5 story with Spike and all the Summers gals, from the sb_fag_ends prompt last October "Masque of the Red Death". It hasn't had that much response — I like to think because so many good things were being posted thick and fast at the time — so it's nice to know that somebody thought well enough of it to go to the trouble of nominating. Thanks, dear reader!

I am nearly ready to post a new story, though it is unfortunately not my [community profile] seasonal_spuffy story, which I haven't started yet. Tsk.

Otherwise, life continues to have quite a few high points, including lunch with [personal profile] enigmaticblue when she was in town last week. There is also loads of work bringing in the money, if not the fun.

rebcake: River Song and Amy Pond look happy. (river_amy)
I'm working on a time-travel fic, so naturally my mind has turned to thoughts of Rome Spring other time-travel fics. Because what better way to procrastinate? It’s a trope that Buffyverse fic writers have thoroughly explored to good effect. That makes it tough to choose! I'll probably have a whole other list or two, perhaps one just for Our Heroes Go Back in Time: To War! But first off: Classic Buffyverse Time travel! This list contains mostly het, some slash, and Buffy or Spike. Usually both. AO3 links, where possible. In alphabetical order:

10 Classic Buffyverse Time Travel Stories... )
rebcake: Giles serious then laughing (lol_giles)
So many good things!

1. [livejournal.com profile] herself_nyc is writing Buffy fic again! She is continuing her Bittersweets opus in the scary story Mr. Grieves and the Vengeance Girl. Give it a look and let her know what you think! (Hint to reader: catch up with previously posted part of this story here (LJ) or here (AO3), and when Spike reveals his identity to servant girl Kate switch to the new post here.

2. The Headline Awards have been announced! There are several old favorites among the winners in the Giles categories, but also, even better, some I haven't read before! I know what I'll be doing this weekend!

3. The Buffy Rewatch at [livejournal.com profile] fantas_magoria is loads of fun! Check it out!

TV, Movies, and Comics... )

rebcake: River Song and Amy Pond look happy. (river_amy)
Unbeknownst to myself, I've been casting about for a new RL project. I've had vague notions of various trips I could take, and causes that I ought to throw myself into, but nothing was firming up because I had to have my gall bladder out first.

La bella citta! )

rebcake: Spike: What? (Spike: what?)
Present! *pant, pant, pant* I always want to keep up with you guys, but my good intentions seem to lead to the usual place. 

The fandom stuff of 2014 )

The personal stuff of now and soonish )

Briefly...

Dec. 10th, 2014 05:16 pm
rebcake: Buffy, pretty slayer (slayer)
I had a plan, and it was to do more fandom things this fall. Things have not been going according to plan, as you may or may not have noticed. If you want to hear the Flying Spaghetti Monster laugh, tell it your plans, amirite?

Storms a'coming. What shall I do? )
rebcake: Dawn: sqeeeeeee (dawneeeee)
Hey everybody! I am poking my head out of my burrow with some fandom news! No Rest for the Wicked Awards has announced the winners of Round 11 and several of my f-listies are on the list! Congratulations, all you talented people! I got this little beauty:

nrwa_11_showtime

It's very cool and warm and fuzzy, but the main thing is to keep on ficcing, amirite? There is no better proof of this than an excellent new story, posted just today by one of the winners, [personal profile] beer_good_foamy . Go, read The Queen, The Soldier as soon as you possibly can. No need to thank me.

Also, sb_fag_ends is inspiring an outpouring of seasonal Poe-themed Spuffy, and if you are inclined to enjoy such things you won't be disappointed. Because there are so many stories going up, comments are few, so if you find something you like, let the author know! I've put up a few things, and have a few more in the pipeline, although this week is really far too busy in real life for me to do as much as I'd like. All are on the lighter side, but that is apparently how I'm rolling nowadays. Here they are:

The Other Half (prompt: The Masque of the Red Death)
Sing It Out (prompt: Spiritual Song)
Spare Me (prompt: The Spectacles)

Have a great Halloween Week, my darlings! I'll be thinking of you!
rebcake: Dawn: sqeeeeeee (dawneeeee)
Just a life post to say what's happening around here. It's Pride here in San Francisco, so there are festivities aplenty! According to the paper, a million people participate! As is my custom, I spend the lead-in to the big event going to various Frameline Film Festival films. Sometimes the films are okay, sometimes they are really, really good, but this year's standout, Anita's Last Cha-Cha (Ang huling cha-cha ni Anita, Philipines), was unexpectedly fantastic! It's primarily about a young girl's first crush, but it's filled with the interlocking stories of women and girls: moms, kids, maidens, and crones. Why are there not more movies like this? The adorable director, Sigrid Andrea P. Bernardo, spoke at the screening and is the cutest thing ever! Smart ladies being funny never gets old, you know? If you ever get the chance, see this one.

Yesterday, I spent the afternoon at a friend's place 1/2 block adjacent to the "Pink Parade" which is a sort of unofficial/official ante-party on Saturday for the Absolutely Official gathering on Sunday. Dolores Park is overrun with ladies of all stripes and their supporters letting their freak flags fly. There are costumes, amusing signs, and lots and lots of skin. We set up on the sidewalk, brought food, hung out, and occasionally made forays into the big excitement. In the evening, I went to Castro Theater for the Saturday night film, Cupcakes. The film was very good, and might be of special interest to you Eurovision-heads out there, but getting to the theater was even more exciting, as I somehow got caught in the most frenzied dance pit I've seen for a couple of decades. Heh. Walking home through the height of the street party was also an adventure. My buddy, Saint Sara, was with me for all of this, and I had to wonder how many more times a couple of old ladies will be able to manage navigating such enthusiastic crowds. Oh well, I haven't broken a hip yet!

I'm gearing up for the annual trek to the Pacific Northwest, which starts next Thursday. I'm not sure how many "30 Days of Buffy" entries I'll crank out before or during, but right now my big fandom contribution is helping [personal profile] herself_nyc to upload all of her stories to AO3! Her site went down a bit ago, and while it's still accessible via Wayback Machine, I'm thrilled that her work will be in multiple "current" places. Many of her earlier stories are on AllAboutSpike, and most of her Spuffy stories are at ElysianFields, thanks to the wonderful mod Susan, but there isn't anyplace that's complete and unlocked, as far as I know. Feel free to point me in the direction of any little-known stories by Herself. I'm starting to think that I'm an archivist at heart.

Everybody having a wonderful summer?
rebcake: Buffy, pretty slayer (slayer)
The list of days... )

Favorite Friendship:

Friendship is sooo important on the show. I am sad about the characters on Buffy that don't have important friendships. Even Cordelia is keenly aware of the utter shallowness of her relationships:

CORDELIA: Bummer for her. It's awful to feel that lonely.
BUFFY: Hmm. So you've read something about the feeling?
CORDELIA: Hey! You think I'm never lonely because I'm so cute and popular? I can be surrounded by people and be completely alone. It's not like any of them really know me. I don't even know if they like me half the time. People just want to be in a popular zone. Sometimes when I talk, everyone's so busy agreeing with me, they don't hear a word I say.
BUFFY: Well, if you feel so alone, then why do you work so hard at being popular?
CORDELIA: Well, it beats being alone all by yourself.
Out of Mind, Out of Sight

And look what a lack of friends does to Marcie! And Jonathan! Fer crying out loud, it drives him into the clutches of Warren!

That said, friendship isn't exactly without its pitfalls. Most of the friendships on the show have their breaking points, as well as their triumphant moments. The Buffy/Willow friendship is really central, but also fraught with problems due to their matching superiority/inferiority issues. Willow/Xander is probably my favorite at the point where it alone saves the world, but is very disturbing at other points along the way. People rightly give Xander a hard time for the way he tries to control Buffy's love life, but the same could be said of Willow regarding Xander's relationships, exactly zero of which she accepts. The Buffy/Xander friendship is even more up and down. He struggles for years over his "friend-zone" status with her and constantly switches between "supporto-guy" and "attacko-guy".

There are interesting relationships outside the Core Three. Dawn/Tara, Dawn/Spike, Buffy/Giles all have strong familial overtones, which I enjoy, but that doesn't allow for a fully equal exchange. Buffy/Giles especially ends up breaking when he can't accept her autonomy. Spike/Clem is a huge hoot. Giles and Ethan's ex-friendship is incredibly interesting to me, if not exactly healthy. Workplace friendship Anyanka/Halfrek makes me wish better friends for Anya. Riley's friendship with Graham pretty much saves his life, so I think it's under-appreciated. Forrest, on the other hand, is exactly the kind of controlling friend nobody needs. 

I really appreciated the all-too-short Buffy/Tara friendship. Having Buffy accept her as her own person allowed Tara to come just a bit more out of her shell, and Tara's understanding and non-judgmental attitude was exactly what beleaguered, depressed Buffy needed.

But the Spike/Buffy friendship was probably my favorite, even if it was fated to be just one iteration of their tumultuous story. He accepts her as she is, she brings him into a more meaningful life. They share humor, strength, and a love of the fight. It's what Xander once described as "a solid foundation for future bliss". That future may never materialize anywhere outside of fanfic, but it's still a foundation. I'm guessing this is a minority "favorite".

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