07 June 2010 @ 10:04 pm
We'd like to invite you to participate in the hurt/comfort bingo challenge. The model is adapted after [community profile] kink_bingo's, with permission: sign up and we'll give you a 5x5 table of hurt/comfort prompts that you can fill out in certain patterns to earn points and get a prize in the end. For more details see the rules post, the faq and the points and scoring post.

You can sign-up for your card here or here at dreamwidth (please don't sign up at both places at once).

Schedule for the Round One
Sign ups: cards can be requested anytime before Dec 31
Round one: June 10 to Dec 31, 2010
Amnesty period: Jan 1, 2011 to Jun 1, 2011

 
 
 
04 December 2008 @ 10:39 pm


National Hug Your Caregiver Day Initiative
November 21st

Caregivers are the backbone that supports our society. They come in many shapes, sizes, and focus in many different areas. Everybody knows caregivers. They can be parents, spouses, family, friends, healthcare providers, massage therapists, chiropractors, nanny's, babysitters, pet sitters, or anybody else who has taken care of another living being.

Caregivers are also some of the most ignored and taken for granted people in our society. These people dedicate part of their lives, if not their whole lives, to caring for others. And yet, they are often touch deprived and feel under/un-appreciated.

Started in 2008, the National Hug Your Caregiver Day Initiative is trying to raise awareness about caregiver appreciation. We are helping people learn to show their appreciation for the caregivers in their lives.

"Smile! You're getting hugged!"

If you would like to take part, feel free to sign on at:

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/hug_your_caregiver_day
 

 
 
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04 June 2008 @ 05:55 pm
In (belated) honor of the comm's birthday, here is a selection of recs from a variety of fandoms:

Three long Supernatural fics, all gen:

In Reverse by sodakey.
Ghosts are being blamed for 3 missing hikers. Sam worries it’s connected to what happened to Dean ten years ago—and Sam's Stanford friends make Dean wonder if Sam shouldn’t leave their life, and him, once and for all. Meanwhile, a vengeful ghost has it in for Dean.

This baby is truly novel length (over 300 pages in MS word), and contains both an interesting casefile plot that moves back and forth between the present day and a ten-years-old hunt John took the boys on, and really well realized original characters (Sam's college friends). Plus, the Dean angst is yummy and delicious. And there's some Sam angst, too, for those who like that kind of thing.

A Good Man is Hard to Find by kimoney.
While Sam and Dean try to work a haunted house case, problems from Dean's past catch up to him , and he slowly crumbles under their weight (Dean angst, and both physical and psychological h/c, contains drug addiction).

Red by big_pink
Long, creepy, awesomely good reworking of Little Red Riding Hood, as Dean and Sam hunt a monster in Washington State. Dean is Red Riding Hood, and the Wolf wants (and gets) a piece of him.

One for Fullmetal Alchemist:

Save Me by Sevlow.
Colonel Roy Mustang is captured by the enemy and tortured. 50,000 words of deliciously OTT h/c and trauma recovery. I know very little about the source canon, having seen only three episodes, but this fic completely sucked me in.

And two for comics:

A Meeting of Minds by crimsonquills. Cap/Iron Man slash.
Iron Man's attempt to turn himself into a cyborg (comics canon, too complicated to explain. Just go with it) backfires in a somewhat unpleasant fashion. The only solution: a telepathic bond with one of his teammates. This one's more of a good old-fashioned soulbond fic than a true h/c fic, but it has h/c elements and it's my OTP, so I'm reccing it anyway.

A Dance for Two by jen_in_japan and arch_schatten. Superman/Batman slash.
Batman gets shot with a kryptonite bullet while on an off-world mission for the JLA, and Superman must fly them both back to safety. Will Bruce bleed to death before they get there? Will Clark succumb to kryptonite poisoning? (obviously, no, but there's plenty of angst and dual suffering before they get to help). It can be difficult to pull off h/c for this pairing, since Superman is invulnerable and Batman is, well, the Goddamn Batman, but they manage it nicely.
 
 
 
24 January 2008 @ 08:35 pm
Because I am an evil temptress. These were all scavenged off my hard-drive, which explains why one of the links is through the wayback machine; I've been collecting Mag7 fic since 2003.

Blame by Violette.
ATF (modern AU). A disaster befalls the Seven, and the rest of them blame Ezra (who, just to make things better, was injured in said disaster). Meanwhile, Chris and Vin are being held prisoner by an evil villain. Features both h/c and my personal guilty pleasure, characters being Terribly Misjudged.

Run Like Hell, by Beth (aka Midge).
AU wherein the seven are FBI agents, on the trail of a serial killer. Ezra is the team's profiler, on the verge of emotional and physical collapse after a series of overly-demanding cases. It's set in a small Alaskan town, and occasionally reads more like an original novel than fanfic, but that's okay, because it's a good original novel. Sadly, it also suffers from a seriously annoying uploading glitch that turns all apostrophes into question marks.

Whispers of the Wind by Yolande. Murder-mystery plot with a nice side of Ezra getting beaten up.

Maze, by Yolande. Chris and Ezra are attacked, imprisoned, kidnapped then left to survive in a dark maze of underground tunnels.

Trust and Consequences, by KellyA
In the pilot episode of the series, Ezra nearly runs out on the seven, only to change his mind and return at the last minute (in time for the episode's big, dramatic showdown with the bad guys). Fans usually parallel this in the ATF-verse by having some sort of disaster or misunderstanding occur on Ezra's first mission with Team 7. This fic is one of the better examples.

And this one, Rough Beginnings by Shawna is another.

Ezra's my personal favorite, but there's also a lot of lovely Mag7 h/c focusing on Vin Tanner, the series' frontiersman/tracker character (who, by the way, has an extremely slashy friendship with gunslinger-with-an-angsty-past Chris Larabee). Sue Necessary is one of the best writers of Vin-fic out there. Here are two of hers:

Helluva Thing. Vin is terribly injured and left for dead when a bounty hunter from his past catches up to him, and the other Seven must search desperately to find and rescue him in time.

Devil's Bargain. The US Army forcibly recruits Vin (and thus, the rest of the Seven) to help track down a band of Comanche warriors, dragging some of Vin's most painful secrets out into the light of day. (Slight content warning here: the U.S. Army did some truly barbarous things to Native Americans during the 19th century, and this fic focuses on that. Go here for some real-life examples if you need more info).
 
 
 
20 January 2008 @ 03:51 pm
Magnificent Seven fandom, in its heyday, was paradise on the internet for h/c fans. Seriously, long, plotty gen h/c was the most predominant form of fic in the fandom. The show was about seven gunsligners who protected a town in the old west, though about 40% of the fic out there is set in a variety of modern law-enforcement AUs. I have for y'all's pleasure one very long ensemble fic and three that focus on Ezra Standish, gambler and ex-con-man, who's perfect for h/c because he's always being Terribly Misjudged ^_^.

When Shadows Fall, epic length Magnificent Seven fic, starring all seven guys. Evil villains attempt to split the Seven up in order to take them down more easily, and an injured Buck and Vin are captured (Chris joins them in captivity eventually), and must be rescued by the rest of the team. All Seven are well characterized and have major rolls in the plot, but the main focus is on Buck, Vin, and Chris and their sufferings at the hands of the bad guys.

Bodyguards: The Name of the Game, by Jean Graham. Once upon a time, I used to visit Jean's site on a bi-weekly basis, checking for an update to this fic. Now it's finished, in all it's 300+ page, h/c-packed glory.

"Name of the Game" is the establishing story for a modern AU where the Seven are bodyguards working for a protection agency run by Chris Larabee, and features a Seven who are still learning how to work together and get along. It features a kidnapping plot gone horribly wrong, loads of backstory angst for Ezra, emotional trauma, some nice bonding between Chris and Vin and Buck and Ezra, and several character almost dying in terribly dramatic ways.

A heads up: Like all of Jean's fics, it's a downloadable pdf file and requires adobe acrobat.

Nottasha (who has since moved to SGA fandom) is probably my all-time favorite Mag7 writer, with lots of mid-length, well characterized gen action and h/c fics, most of which focus on Ezra. Two of my favorites are:

More Than Gold by Nottasha. Ezra, Buck, and JD must guard and transport a very valuable box. When the three of them are attacked in the process, misunderstandings ensue. Oh, and Ezra gets shot.

Toward the Light by Nottasha. Ezra must rescue two children trapped in a cave, getting the snot beaten out of him in the process. Really good Ezra internal monologues.
 
 
 
10 January 2008 @ 02:58 am
this batch of recs is kinda accidental. after reading tanabata jasmine I've decided to try something else from whiteadelphi, and this something else turned out to be tmnt story. I'm not familiar with this canon aside from couple of dim childhood memories, and the fact that it's about teenage mutant ninja turtles who live in a severs threw me off (no, seriously. mutant. ninja. turtles. in severs. together, they fight crime!), but there was nothing else to do, so I got to:

title: underdark
fandom: teenage mutant ninja turtles
author: whiteadelphi
rating/warnings: t
summary: he’s hanging upside down in the middle of the great underdark, weighed down by a half hysterical turtle in the middle of a bunch of pipes andwater and rock that are conspiring to kill us both off, and Leo still manages to sound like he Has A Plan.
rec: and, well, it turned out that once you get used to mentions of plastrons and shells and green skin (and really, it's not that hard), you're in incredibly good story: tightly paced, intense and deliciously claustrophobic. there's nothing that pushes my buttons more than siblings-with-older-protecting-younger-obsessively-while-stoically-ignoring-his-own-injuries, and Leo with Mikey play it out perfectly - I love the way story unfolds, from more or less calm rescue plans to desperate race against time, and in maintaining 'blind in the darkness' theme it's on level with wreathsandbells's four and twenty blackbirds, never slipping, and there's subtle family dynamics and some tongue-in-cheek snarkiness and slow, unhurried 'comfort' chapter in the end, and generally pretty much everything you might want from excellent h/c story.

so, from here I've delved further and found that it's even harder to find good finished story for this fandom than for rurouni kenshin, for some reasons there're thousands of deathfics, half of them unlabelled, which is highly annoying, and half of them heartbreaking, Leonardo is h/c character to die for, and when you sort through everything, there're some amazing stories to be found. some of them are tagged here, but my favourites belong to kay_cricketed:

title: lockdown
fandom: teenage mutant ninja turtles
author: kay_cricketed
rating/warnings: t, wip
summary: when Leonardo fails to tell his brothers about a mishap in their latest mission, the mistake could cost him something important... like his life. Don's answers. Raph's anger. Mikey's hope. what can combat something that attacks from the inside?
rec: the only problem with this fic is that it's a wip, and while it's updated and promised to be finished, it's updated very slowly, so be careful. in everything else it's pretty much perfect: in imagery, in words used, in flow of sentences, in general plot idea, in shift of povs, in relationships between characters. it concentrates on whole family dealing with scary and intense situation, each member reacting in his own way, and there's helplessness and fear mixed with certainty to save, and... no, really, I can't describe it properly. it's just in the beginning yet, and still it's how all good h/c stories should be written.

title: flicker - and fade - and fear
fandom: teenage mutant ninja turtles
author: kay_cricketed
rating/warnings: t; and fade is a deathfic.
summary: it's ironic that Raph is the one to head out alone all the time, but it's Leo, following him to protect him, that finds the trouble. one night, one mistake, one possibility, one candle.
rec: there's something in kay_cricketed writing style that's perfectly suited to writing dark, delirious and yet strangely warm stories. first one is a start of the road; second is a devastating possibility (and oh, how perfectly it deals with it couldn't happen, and I refuse to believe in it reaction to death of close person), and third is much more hopeful alternative (it also contains most precious line that should be said by every one self-sacrificing-protective-caring character in every fandom. ah. that's good - you'll see it when you'll read, and honestly, holy ow, Leo). and I love how this fandom (and stories in them, and this one in particulars) is all about not just friends or lovers or partners, but about brothers - one who're defaulted to love and cherish each other, and still can hurt each other the easiest.

there're also two stories by kay_cricketed - clarity, her tomb and the butcher and backer and candlestick maker that I can't honestly rec here, for they're barely started, and while there's a whole lot of hurt, there's no hint of comfort in sight yet, but. but you still should read it, because they're are a) creepy, b) creepy, c) seriously, very, silent-hill-and-1402-level-of-can't-sleep-later-save-me-creepy and d) fantastic. first is Leo's, second is Raph's; for something that's not even past (rather lenghty) prologue yet they're worth more than some horror novels I've read. there's reality shifting and wrongness seeping in, little details melting and burning, nightmares merging with everyday life until there's no way out; and since author is fond of luring you in least comfortable headset ever and then cheerfully parting ways for quite some time, I want to have some company at least - because oh, it hurts so good.
 
 
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10 January 2008 @ 02:56 am
title: tanabata jasmine
fandom: rurouni kenshin
author: whiteadelphi
rating/warnings: t
summary: when Kenshin goes missing on the night of the Tanabata festival, will his friends be able to find him and bring him home?
rec: extremely rare beast - good and actually finished story. it's long, well-written, with lots of careful planning - no apparent plot-holes, characters and villains motivations that are actually reasonable and explainable, and action scenes that both reflect obligatory chaos of fight and still stay clear and concise. for once it's about Kenshin needing help rather than saving the day (though nobody is further from damsel-in-distress than he, of course), and I utterly love what's done with characters - it's placed after Tokyo arc, and we get Kenshin who's somehow more at peace with his past (his first confrontation with the antagonist in later chapters is going to be my favourite piece of his fanon characterisation ever - it's low-key and dignified and repentant but angst- and self-pity-free, and so much self-aware), Kaoru who grew up greatly and finally got this air of being sure in herself and her standing, and others - Sano, Yahiko, Aoshi, Misao - being themselves and being here for Kenshin.

title: a strong will
fandom: rurouni kenshin
author: doomcake
rating/warnings: m, wip
summary: caught in a deadly game of the enemy's politics, how far will one hitokiri go to keep his promise to live?
rec: it's cruelly, cruelly uncomplete, and I hope so very much for it to be finished. it's a post-Tomoe Bakumatsu story, with Katsura and Kenshin and plausible politics and betrayals and wounds and capture and and possible torture and just about everything you'd want from story like this, but we're suddenly left in most interesting place. it's like in these chapter-for-issue novels: will our hero be able to break out from prison before it's too late? what will Katsura do? - and if you're not scared to get stuck in the middle of story, definitely go and read.
 
 
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11 December 2007 @ 08:11 pm
Hi!  I recently came across this and had to share! :)

Name of FicDeep Freeze
Author: Anonymous (Kink Meme)
Rating:  Ummm... PG?  PG-13 to be safe, I guess.
Fandom:  Weiss Kreuz / Side B   (Aya/Ken)

Comments:
This fic was written for the Weiss Kreuz Anonymous Kink Meme, so the link will take you to the original "hurt/comfort" request.  Scroll down a bit to get to the story. 

I suck at the commentary thing, but for me, this is an almost archetypal example of good h/c fic.  It's remarkably well-written, the hurt and comfort are well-suited to the fandom, it captures the characters and their relationships perfectly... and (best yet) it keeps them *in character* while pushing all the best h/c buttons.  It's everything I love about h/c (and Aya/Ken) in one compact little fic. :)







 
 
 
26 November 2007 @ 02:16 pm
title: emptiness
author: blinkblink
fandom: get backers
rating/warnings: t, very mild shounen-ai
summary: the old witch had always told him the magic would come when he needed it, and falling off a cliff certainly qualified. he just hadn't expected it to give him wings.
rec: loveliest story ever - beautifully constructed and lovingly told, with wings and pain and helplessness and palpable tenderness (care care protect love) between Ban and Ginji. Ban is learning to fly, and wings have nothing to do with this.

title: fine is a four-letter word
author: ranalore
fandom: get backers
rating/warnings: probably pg-13 for swearing
spoilers: for the first Mugenjou Arc, so up through episode 25.
summary: Ban gets by with a lot of help from his friends.
rec: sweetand much needed gen coda to Mugenjou arc - Ban's healing isn't magically instant, but his friends are fortunately here to care. and Ban is too tired to deal with pain, but Ginji's got him, as usual. he thought Akabane and Fudou would be waiting for him behind closed eyelids, but all that's there is warm, Ginji-tinged darkness.
 
 
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22 November 2007 @ 03:54 pm
title: smoke, shadow and light
author: trixie_chick
fandom: mushishi
rating/warnings: pg-13, I think.
summary: Ginko heals, with Adashino's help
rec: that's probably the first and the last mushishi h/c fic ever, and I can proudly say that it's existence is my fault - trixie_chick kindly wrote it for me on fic_on_demand. I love how dreamy and sensual and translucent it is, focused on smells and touches more than words, and how palpable and live Ginko and Adashino's friendship is: care that's known, if not spoken. must-read.
he couldn't see Adashino's hand, nor where he was. He was a shadow amongst the light, and that seemed appropriate somehow. if Ginko was the smoke, then, eventually, they would both be displaced by the light, right, scattering off to their own ethers, separate, as they should be.

title: dimming bright
author: schweinsty
fandom: bleach
rating/warnings: pg-13/t, swearing. hints at Ishida/Orihime, Renji+Ishida
spoilers: for latest chapters of manga
summary: Ishida lies wounded in Hueco Mundo and wanders.
rec: Ishida's thoughts waver and glimmer, and he's detached - from the pain, from dying, from battle around - in a way that's so Ishida it almost hurts - and he keeps wandering back to Orihime-thoughts, and they're more alike than it seems. and Renji is determined and scared and loyal and trying to ground him (and I love their friendship much more than slash, I think) - so visceral. plus lots of small, but wonderful details, like the description of Unohana's kudou. really great.

title: shaguna-brahman
author: shotaphile
fandom: psych
rating/warnings: pg-13
summary: "Shawn gets these awful headaches just behind his left temple that make his eye start up with that tick again and distract him when he tries to review the evidence. he thinks it might be the lighting of the office, which has never bothered him before, but he can't explain it otherwise, and doesn't bother trying."
rec: strange, twisted story that flows and loops in itself and doesn't let go. and amidst all imagery and strangeness it's full of crazy psych humor, and subtle friendship, and people worrying over Shawn, and terse, dry description that make me gasp (Shawn develops a slight tick in his left eye that the doctors assure him is only temporary. Gus can’t stand to watch, when it looks like Shawn is being electrocuted all over again.), and Shawn dealing with thing in his own way - and winning.

title: four floors down, use the stairs in case of emergency
author: centipede
fandom: psych

rating/warnings: pg or r, i think. graphic violence.
summary: Shawn does something really stupid.  really stupid, really dangerous, and something that means he's really, really screwed. which shouldn't surprise anyone.
rec: there's something about psych that makes it an ideal h/c fodder - even if there's almost no hint at it in actual canon. so this story, by author's confession, is a fannish self-indulgment: long, detailed, generally plotless h/c, focused on character's interacting with each other. and worrying, and searching, and saving, and trying not to die, and so on (while being a) in character and b) way cool). things like this are my comfort reading - lots of details, time to settle in, great descriptions and tight, packed action.