icepixie: ([NX] Let there be light)
[Note: I am icepixie across LJ, DW, and AO3.]

Dear Yuletide Writer,

THANK YOU for writing for me! I love all these fandoms and characters dearly, and I know I'll love whatever you come up with for them. I'm offering specific prompts for each fandom if you're the kind of writer who prefers them, but please don't feel constrained by them if you're not.

General likes/dislikes )

China Beach )

Cupid (TV 1998) )

Northern Exposure )
icepixie: ([Fringe] Olivia looking up)
[Note: I am icepixie across LJ, DW, and AO3.]

Dear Yuletide Writer,

THANK YOU for writing for me! I love all these fandoms and characters dearly, and I know I'll love whatever you come up with for them. I'm offering specific prompts for each fandom if you're the kind of writer who prefers them, but please don't feel constrained by them if you're not. Follow your inspiration wherever it takes you.

General likes/dislikes )

China Beach )

Corner Gas )

Northern Exposure )

Robson Arms )
icepixie: ([NX] Chris on Christmas Eve)
[Note: I am icepixie across LJ, DW, and AO3.]

Dear Yuletide Writer,

THANK YOU for writing for me! I love all these fandoms and characters dearly, and I know I'll love whatever you come up with for them. I'm offering specific prompts for each fandom if you're the kind of writer who prefers them, but please don't feel constrained by them if you're not.

General likes/dislikes )

Northern Exposure )

Robson Arms )

Corner Gas )

Shall We Dance (1937) )

The Cutting Edge (1992) )

Figure Skating RPF )
icepixie: ([Other] Book)
Happy New Year! Wow, 2013. It feels so futuristic.

With the new year comes Yuletide reveals, and I can finally own up to what I wrote! In alphabetical order by fandom:

My Late Enchantments Still in Brilliant Colors Shine (1753 words) by icepixie
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Babylon 5
Rating: General Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Susan Ivanova, Original Female Character
Summary: "There's no way you could've gotten a pilot's license without realizing 'Equal parts wonder, delight, terror, and whimsy' does not constitute a cargo manifest." Susan Ivanova runs into a technomage.

The Snow Maiden (1643 words) by icepixie
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Babylon 5
Rating: General Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Susan Ivanova, Sofie Ivanova, Talia Winters, Marcus Cole
Summary: Like in all those old fairy tales, the third time was the charm. Susan was a daughter of the snow, and she would never let spring crack her heart open again.

In Memory Bright or Dull (1540 words) by icepixie
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Northern Exposure
Rating: General Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Joel Fleischman/Maggie O'Connell
Characters: Maggie O'Connell, Joel Fleischman
Summary: Maggie and Joel attempt a memorial for Soapy Sanderson on the anniversary of his death.

The Case of the Missing Martini Olive (1071 words) by icepixie
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Thin Man (1934)
Rating: General Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Nick Charles/Nora Charles
Characters: Nick Charles, Nora Charles, Asta
Summary: An olive goes missing from a drink. Nick and Nora are on the case.

[personal profile] spatz, you win a prize! :D I take it the banter gave me away?
icepixie: ([NX] Chris on Christmas Eve)
For Yuletide, I received a gorgeous, sweet, and really just lovely Northern Exposure(!!!) future fic. It even has its own soundtrack, which as far as I'm concerned goes above and beyond. Yuletide writer, you are a STAR. If you're reading this, thank you again!

New York Is a State of Mind, but Cicely Is a Way of Life (6005 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Northern Exposure
Rating: General Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Joel Fleischman/Maggie O'Connell
Characters: Joel Fleischman, Maggie O'Connell, Ruth-Anne Miller, Ed Chigliak, Chris Stevens, Marilyn Whirlwind
Summary:

In which Joel and and various Cicelians meet in a dream, a moose gives advice, Maggie's in denial, Ed visits the Big Apple with a purpose, and Joel makes his long-awaited return to the great state of Alaska.

icepixie: ([NX] Chris on Christmas Eve)
Some people on Tumblr who are going as Maggie O'Connell and Joel Fleischman (Northern Exposure) for Halloween.

LOVE. And they look reasonably accurate, too!

Someone on my floor at work today came as a TARDIS, which I thought was most excellent. And the building managers were in the lobby giving out candy at the start of the day, which was also very nice. I think next year, if I can find the right dress and cobble together a pinafore, I'm going as Alice in Wonderland.
icepixie: ([Movies] Fred and Ginger heart)
Dear Yuletide Writer,

THANK YOU for writing for me in my first Yuletide! I love all these fandoms and characters dearly, and I know I'll love whatever you come up with for them. I'm offering specific prompts for each fandom if you're the kind of writer who prefers them, but please don't feel constrained by them if you're not.

General likes and dislikes )

Shall We Dance (1937) )

Northern Exposure )

Robson Arms )

Corner Gas )
icepixie: ([NX] Chris on Christmas Eve)
I don't even know, y'all. Despite the fact that I sort of think Maggie and Joel are the last people on Earth who should reproduce, this came to me and wouldn't leave me alone. (Also, I cannot deny it felt damn good to finally finish something after two months of trudging through the space pilots story novelette novella OH GOD WHY WON'T YOU END.)

Title: Bravest
Rating: G
Word count: 800
Summary: "I want to have a baby," she says.
Note: This makes extensive reference to "Baby Blues." There are also small references to "First Snow" and "Full Upright Position."

Bravest )
icepixie: ([NX] Chris on Christmas Eve)
I made a Northern Exposure fandom pimp post for the latest round of [livejournal.com profile] smallfandomfest. It's basically the same fandom pitch I did for [livejournal.com profile] fandom_of_one last year, but with pictures! Speaking of which, have the Maggie/Joel picspam I included: click here because it's huge.

THEY ARE SO CUTE. YOU WILL BE WON OVER BY THEIR CUTENESS. CUUUUUUUTE.
icepixie: ([Fringe] Olivia looking up)
Today I decided to add a collection of scenes to my space pilots story that will make the finished product roughly thirty percent longer than I'd planned.

Good: These scenes will add danger, adventure, and (of course) more banter and UST! Hard to go wrong there, especially since in the original plan, things rolled along for 75% of the story without much conflict beyond one character pining after another. (Which is not a bad conflict, but they're also supposed to be doing vaguely dangerous stuff, and there was a lot of vague and not much dangerous till near the end.)

Bad: I already blew past what I assumed would be the 6,000-word finish of this "short" story, and this will take it pretty much into novella category. I'm still having fun, and the characters are entertaining me, but I was kind of hoping to finish it at some point in the near future.

I'm also poking rather more insistently than usual at the Northern Exposure fic I've had in my head for about ten years now, which is fun.

Speaking of which, if you were seduced by my pimp post for this week's [livejournal.com profile] nx_rewatch episode, the discussion post is here!
icepixie: ([Castle] My fandom reads)
Bwahaha, so apparently the dude behind Bon Iver has created his own record label and named it Chigliak Records. (With an appropriate logo, even!)

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Uuuugh, Castle was interminable tonight. Brief details )
icepixie: ([B5] Ivanova and Garibaldi being cute)
I finally got around to reading Sinclair Lewis's Main Street this week. Lewis took 500 pages to say what Kate Chopin took 150 to say in "The Awakening" twenty years earlier, but even so, I liked it. (Okay, okay, it had a bit wider scope than "The Awakening.") I saw a little too much of myself in the dreaming dilettante Carol, and I found the satire of Good Old Small Towns On The Prairie very thorough and biting.

I also brought home a bunch of paperbacks the other day from the Local Used Book Emporium, including the definitive Collected Robert Frost for only three dollars(!). (That was originally going on my Christmas list, but now that list has been condensed to "all three seasons of Fringe." I'm looking forward to all the vids I can make! :D) I've been meaning to read more Frost for, oh, three years now. While I'm thinking about it, have one of his lesser-known works, which happened to be the first one I flipped through when I brought this volume home.

And I have ONE SQUILLION eleven books either out from the library or waiting on the holdshelf for me. So I will be busy for the next month or so. Whee!

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Just for the hell of it, some WIP snippets. And by "snippet," sometimes I mean half the fic. (Some of these may never actually see the light of day in any kind of finished form, so...yeah.)

Body of Proof, Northern Exposure, Babylon 5 )
icepixie: ([NX] Chris on Christmas Eve)
Possibly the CUTEST VIDEO EVER.

On a similar theme, an adorable wolf puppy.

In other news, over at [livejournal.com profile] nx_rewatch, next Sunday we are embarking on "Aurora Borealis," aka the episode where the show finds its feet and goes from simply quirky to magical. Watch up and join us!
icepixie: ([NX] Chris on Christmas Eve)
Hooray! [livejournal.com profile] nx_rewatch starts today! Come join us! :D
icepixie: ([Movies] Fred and Ginger heart)
Five questions from [personal profile] foursweatervests:

Fantabulous bric-a-brac )

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In other news, have a music rec: Sort Of (Instrumental) - Ingrid Michaelson.

I heard it in a Google Chrome advertisement about a week ago (argh, Google commercials should not make me want to weep!), and immediately bought the track. I've had the one with lyrics for a while, but the instrumental is much better. "368 plays in my iTunes since last Thursday" kind of better.
icepixie: ([NX] Chris on Christmas Eve)
Title: Out of the Ashes
Rating: PG
Pairing: Maggie/Joel
Word Count: 4600
Summary: After Maggie's mother burns down her house ("Burning Down the House"), she resorts to staying with Joel until she can move into a new cabin. Neither is terribly thrilled with the situation. Well, not at first.

That O'Connell was homeless was a terrible thing. That she was currently homeless in his cabin might well be considered a disaster. )
icepixie: ([NX] Chris on Christmas Eve)
Announcing [livejournal.com profile] nx_rewatch!

To my great glee, [personal profile] wintercreek agreed to rewatch Northern Exposure with me, and we decided to open it to everyone. JOOOOOIIIINNNN USSSSSSSSS. We're going at the rate of one episode per week, starting with the pilot on Sunday, September 18th. Any and all discussion is welcome, including long meta essays, running commentary, squee, gifs, macros, and anything else you want to bring to the table.

Newbies are welcome (yes, there will be spoilers, but honestly, this show is not ruined by spoilers the way some are), so if you've seen me squee about this show over the years and thought you might want to try it, now would be an excellent time. :D

Related question: I've posted an announcement at the general NX community, and I'm going to pitch the show and announce the comm at [livejournal.com profile] fandom_of_one, but NX fandom is tiny and scattered. Does anyone know of other useful general fandom places to advertise a rewatch comm?

ETA: My pitch for the fandom.
icepixie: ([NX] Chris on Christmas Eve)
Okay, so, highs in the low sixties and 48 hours of rain was not quite what I intended when I said I wanted a break from the heat, but then again, it's a change from 100F. And at least we aren't burning away like Texas. I'll take it. Apparently the rest of the week will be nice, anyway. There's a park I never knew about that I'm aiming to check out with my camera one day soon, and this will be perfect weather.

Fannishly, I'm still rewatching Northern Exposure in no particular order. It's a little more organized than throwing darts at a list blindfolded, but not much. I've rediscovered some gems I'd forgotten about. "Wake Up Call" is much better than I always remember it as, despite Maggie's stalker bear, mostly because LEONARD. Moreover, Leonard diagnosing Joel as bored with his practice because he himself is boring, and when he gets angry, saying he's no longer boring because now he's mad, and that's interesting. Bwahahah. I can never decide if Leonard, Bernard, Adam, or Eve is my favorite reoccurring character. Maybe they all are.

Still poking at the idea of a rewatch comm. Maybe I'll float the idea over at [livejournal.com profile] n_exposure and see if anyone bites.

I also got to working on my "Burning Down the House" post-ep where Maggie asserts her unassailable right as Joel's landlord to crash at his cabin when her mother burns hers down, and I think I might actually be nearing an endpoint! It was originally supposed to be just bickering and UST that could slot neatly into that point in the series canon-wise, but, uh, they were very strongly in favor of other things, so it's now bickering, UST, and Other Stuff that makes it into an AU. Whee.
icepixie: ([NX] Chris on Christmas Eve)
aka "My FEEEEEEEEELINGS about this series, let me show you them!" :D

Title: These Are Days
Artist: 10,000 Maniacs
Length: 3:37
Characters: Everyone. And I do mean everyone.
Summary: Cicely, Alaska: wild, weird, and full of magic.

Embed and download links under the cut )
icepixie: ([NX] Chris on Christmas Eve)
I am vidding, and have two observations:

1.) Man, Northern Exposure sure had a lot of night shots. (Understandable, I suppose, since, hey, set in Alaska, with eighteen hours of darkness for half the year. Still.)

2.) Their directors and/or cinematographers (I am unclear on exactly who decides to film a scene from an unusual angle or that a shot will be tracking instead of static and things like that) were amazing. This is one of the most beautifully shot TV shows I've ever seen. I love the way they make use of the transitions from indoors to outdoors around the radio station, Ruth-Anne's shop, and Fleischman's office. I'm also fond of all the overhead shots.

I have a good feeling about this vid. I'm mostly done; it's just about eight seconds towards the end that are giving me fits. Everything I try just seems kind of blah. It'll work out, though, even if I have to do some rearranging.

Current mouse status: Silent. But last night it didn't start up until almost midnight, so this means nothing. At least only seems to move around for two or three hours at a time before going silent the rest of the night and day.

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