barkinmad: (Taken To School)
Title: Here Comes Your Man (1/?)
Universe: Movie-verse
Pairings/Characters: Steve/Tony, Tony/Pepper - one-sided
Rating: PG-13
Warnings: teen drinking, smoking and angst
Word Count: 5,862
A/N: I apologize for nothing.
Summary: He had wavy blonde hair that glinted in the sunlight and an easygoing smile filled with perfect teeth and a confident walk that all added up to the dreamiest hunk Tony had ever laid eyes on. And Tony was definitely buying it. He bought it so hard they’d have to take it back to the cash register and reexamine the bar code because damn no one could believe how hard he bought it.

“You’re drooling,” Gin pointed out.

On AO3

Moooooore )
barkinmad: (Your Stupid Face)
Title: Taking Back the Tower
Universe: Movie-verse and 616
Pairings/Characters: Steve/Tony, past Clint/Natasha
Rating: PG-13
Warnings: Hulk
Word Count: 3,179
Beta Reader: [ profile] stripedteacups
A/N: Some references to Hey La, and it takes place in the same universe, but it's pretty stand alone. Comments are always appreciated.
Summary: Clint gets bored easily. Steve and Tony can't keep it in their pants. Natasha fixes both problems in one go, as usual. 

On AO3

Clint was bored. You’d think that an expert archer on a team of diverse superheroes who all lived together and were determined to rid the world of menace would find little time to be bored, but then you wouldn’t know Clint. Clint could get bored base-jumping off the Helicarrier into the Atlantic while trying to wrestle off a drunken Skrull if he thought that the alien’s weaponry wasn’t shiny enough. So hanging around the house with a sarcastic jerk who had a lot of time on his hands turned up some pretty interesting stories.

Like one time... )

barkinmad: (Weekend Update)
Title: Hey La, Hey La
Author:[ profile] barkinmad
Summary: Sometimes, the best nights are the ones Tony is drunk.
Pairings/Characters: Steve/Tony
Word Count: 1,928
A/N:Oh hey, apparently I exist again.

On AO3, thus making this whole post irrelevant

There’s very little Steve enjoys more than a drunk Tony. No, listen, listen – he’s been in the company of soldiers. There are the regular drunks (aka every soldier that’s seen action) and then there were the Howling Commandos, who put everyone else to shame at least four times a week. If any of them are still around, they might be able to tell you about The Lipstick Brocolli Incident, which is as good an argument for gender equality in the army as Steve has ever heard.

But absolutely none of that compares to the way Anthony Stark reacts to alcohol. Like, considering when he’s completely sober (which is rare) he acts like a coke addict or at least a very, very eccentric mad scientist, and that he’s probably always doing at least twelve complicated equations in his head at any given time and the fact that he is continually injecting himself with any number of untested and highly volatile chemicals that apparently let him see all of creation or help preserve the fabric of reality or whatever, when you add in a drink that makes everything bubble to the surface the results are kind of awe-worthy. It’s a bit like Katie Hepburn in Bringing Up Baby, except sped up a couple hundred times. (Didn’t get that one? Steve’s working on it.  Movie night includes a lot of interesting entries, to say the least.)

Mooooooore )

barkinmad: (Kurt's Opinion)
I bullshitted a lot of this, but I think this actually sums up my feelings on the show pretty thoroughly. I didn't actually interview these friends specifically for this assignment, but I've either heard them comment on such things, or know that it's how they feel about the show. Obviously, I'm leaving names out:

Glee seems to be a new phenomenon. Just finished in its first year, it’s already renewed for a third season, and merchandising has been through the roof with CDs, concerts, and talks of a Broadway production. For a show that is about high school outcasts, it certainly seems to speak to a huge number of people. The most obvious thing about the show is its taste in music. While it has a number of songs from the Top 40, it also selects from a number of popular tunes of the past, ranging from Queen to Billy Idol to Vanilla Ice. There are also occasionally tunes that haven’t been heard in public media since the thirties and forties. Most especially, there is usually a good mix of Broadway show tunes involved in the production, giving the entire show an ethereal, campy and musical-like quality. But choosing the best songs of all time wouldn’t matter if they weren’t well done. Glee has a certain way of changing a song just enough that it’s new and relevant, while remaining true to the source material. True, a ballad version of “Poker Face” by Lady Gaga doesn’t seem like a work of musical genius, but it’s surprisingly catchy, and undoubtedly well-sung, since the characters are played by two well-known Broadway actresses. The show certainly has a lot to offer in terms of speaking to a group of people who don’t get a voice on TV all that often: fans of good music, and even more specifically, Broadway.

The show also has an interesting representation of minority characters. It has a reputation for being one of the most diverse casts on television, with its share of black, Asian, Jewish, disabled and homosexual teenagers. Perhaps as a joke of the treatment of such characters in other shows, these characters are sometimes given stereotypical lines or actions that are usually performed in a tongue-in-cheek matter. Although these instances can be funny, it should be noted that in their attempt to make fun of the situation, the writers may simply be furthering the stereotypes themselves, or not giving them the full attention they deserve. There have also been complaints that they aren’t given as much screen time as the white members of the cast. While this is a valid complaint, the show has introduced us to a very large number of characters in a short period of time, and the show runners have made optimistic overtures to the fans that each character will get their due in the future seasons. Perhaps one of the main causes for this concern is that not much screen time is left between the musical numbers, which have gotten larger and more elaborate as the show got more and more popular.

Of course, there are some drawbacks to the show. While it’s admirable that the writers don’t waste time with filler, the breakneck speed of the show would do a lot better if some lines were drawn between plot points. Sometimes characters go form one polar extremity of an emotional spectrum to the complete opposite between scenes, with no explanation given. Episodes tend to have individual plots that all wrap up within the course of a single hour, much like a sitcom, and the reset button is hit so often that the characters never get to learn anything from their endeavors. This refusal to make emotional progress from one episode to the next, along with the haywire antics of the characters, sometimes makes the show intolerably frustrating to tune in to every week. But then, the musical numbers are so well executed and catchy, it becomes an irresistible trap.

Many others who watch the show apparently feel the same way. There seemed to be a major difference between the first thirteen episodes that aired in the fall, and the last nine episodes that aired in the spring, after a three-month hiatus. According to SV, the earlier episodes were a lot more realistic in the way it portrayed high school life, and the messages about teenagers and sexuality were somewhat revolutionary on network television. “There’s one point where Rachel says, ‘Girls want sex just as much as guys do,’ and I really liked that. That’s not expressed enough on TV.” The second half of the season seemed a bit more moralistic, with the choral teacher ending almost every episode with some kind of lesson. This change in direction might relate directly to what was being talked about in Heartland TV, where the producers or network executives regard the general midland masses as needing a more wholesome program. Without the teacher guiding the students to the proper conclusions, parents or the general public might feel as though the show lacked a “moral center” and wasn’t suitable for TV.

However, the show has not completely given up on controversy. Several of the episodes heavily focus on the life of a gay teenager struggling to deal with his identity in a rural Ohio town. Of course, most of the students there are not very accepting and this adds to his feelings of being an outcast. Originally one of the more minor characters, Kurt has become a fan favorite, and had a much a bigger presence in the last nine episodes, proving that sometimes a devoted audience can have a say on what they see on the screen. There has rarely been a homosexual character this well depicted on network television, although the show does sometimes veer into stereotype. The show writers’ treatment of the character is not totally perfect, but it can be considered a giant step in the right direction. “I’m sure it meant a lot to a lot of people,” KA says, “They really promoted the issue of acceptance.” K says he watches the show because it’s simply fun. There are really no ties between his life and the television show other than it’s enjoyable to watch.

ER seems to agree with this. “I was hesitant to watch it at first, because I thought it would be too cheesy. But I actually enjoyed it.” However, she usually only watches the show when her friends are around. She probably wouldn’t have sought it out herself. This might speak to the social dynamic that television plays in our lives. Half the shows we watch are because other people started watching them first. There are often a number of shows that people learn to appreciate through mere exposure. With water cooler talk still being an important part of social interaction, it benefits people to share television shows with groups of friends. It can also benefit future interactions as icebreakers and general pop culture knowledge. This has been proven true over and over, especially with sudden popular shows like Glee. There are so many fans, and so many people with complaints, that bringing up the show it sure it start an interesting conversation. Whatever is new is sure to be something of a hot button topic, especially a show as bright and campy as Glee.

Glee has certainly affected many people, either through their optimistic representations of misfit high school students, or the weekly message they send out that if you want to sing, you just go ahead and sing out. It’s interesting to see a culture react as strongly as ours did to the popularity of Glee. It seemed to immediately polarize people into two groups: those who get it, and those who don’t. However, the ultimate effect of having a show that speaks to all ages – the music selection and pop culture references were obviously arranged by someone who has a great appreciation for all decades – and that portrays a positive, accepting environment for people who might not already have one, goes to show just how important a single television program can be to the general public. Part of what makes Glee so successful is the devotion of its fans. There would be no concerts, or CDs or any hope of merchandizing if the fans didn’t somehow feel connected to the show. Even though it has its faults, it’s clear to see its impact on culture and how it is both a reflection and representation of our society.
barkinmad: (Paradox)
Oh hey! So, the night I signed up for the IBB, I decided that Arthur's real last name was Penn. It just seemed right. And then I watched "Bonnie & Clyde" the next day.


Not taking it back though. I'll just let it be a reference or something.

I love you guys, and I know you love me, but please try to not make it go wacko again.

Classes start today. I only have one on Tuesdays and Thursdays, but I woke up early anyway. My Broadcast Production class starts at 2, and I just got my (International Edition...oops) textbook in the mail! Exciting exciting.
barkinmad: (Walking On Walls)
Pairing: Arthur/Eames
Rating: PG
Disclaimer: I credit Tom Hardy's big mouth and overactive imagination.
Notes: I originally meant this to be a joke about the overuse of the world 'darling' in Inception fic, but it didn't turn out that way.

Are we mistaken?
Right now
Lying against each other
Intimacy is
Nothing compared to this
Game of love
barkinmad: (Writing Time)
the that's my favorite! meme

This could be interesting. Honestly, it you just wanted to leave concrit I would be fine with that since I would definitely like to know how to improve upon my writing.

I finished one chapter in "A Study in Scarlet" and needed to watch the first episode of Sherlock again. IT'S AN ADDICTION, GUYS, LIKE SHERLOCK TO NICOTINE PATCHES AND/OR SHAG.

I put all my homework off until the last minute again. But I mean, really, it's summer school. AOJWEFWE I JUST DON'T WANT TO WRITE ANYTHING ESSAYISH ANYMORE.
barkinmad: (All My Single Ladies)
I have claimed a prompt at [ profile] inception_bang.

I have two essays, a final exam (after the test I took today), and all my packing for school ahead of me in the next week.

One of these essays is for the class that wanted me to take Jersey Shore as a serious cultural example. Guess which class I don't give a shit about?!

I might sign up for a GameFly account so I can have my Photobucket bandwidth back. I'd split it up with all my friends so we'd only each have to pay a dollar a month, or we'd trade of paying each month in a rotation. I've already gotten two people to say yes, which means I might be taking my PS2 to college with me.

It's gotten to the point where the difference between reading my flist and reading my FB timeline is sometimes negligible. Not even close to possible two years ago. I love it.

Tell me about your life!
barkinmad: (Boo You Whore)
I am just so behind, and things are going to be getting any better. I have an exam on Thursday, a paper due Monday and then a final on Thursday. And that's just for one of my two classes. I go back to school that Saturday, and usually the next three to four days month is a collegiate blur of booze and pot and classes.


So I haven't been able to write or do anything of the sort, I've barely been able to mod [ profile] inceptionau (which, actually, doesn't seem to need much modding), and I'm afraid it's going to fail because even though it has 100 watchers (YAY!) there are only three non-mod posts. Drat. Hopefully the challenge will pick things up.

Also, can I mention that when a girl is walking really quickly through a university campus at night with a bunch of bags, it is not a good time to start chatting her up? I was passing this guy, and he was already a couple of feet behind me when he said hey, so I had to wheel around to make sure that I wasn't crazy and hearing voices or anything. My bus was leaving in four minutes across campus, and I told him such and started leaving, and he was like calling after me asking if there was another time. DUDE. I'M IN A RUSH AND I'M CLEARLY NOT INTERESTED. JUST DROP IT.

I should be interviewing people for an essay I have to write tomorrow. For a class about television, which I was REALLY excited about, it turned out to be kinda sucky. I think I'm just annoyed that I had to go back to the real world after my weekend of pure awesome. If anyone feels the need to share in my pain about the end of Sherlock, you may do so in the comments.
barkinmad: (Kurt's Opinion)
Title: In Which Eames Is The Badger, and Arthur Is The Mushroom
Pairing: Arthur/Eames
Rating: PG-13
Disclaimer: If Nolan had a grave, he'd be rolling in it right about now. (PLEASE DON'T HAVE A GRAVE ANY TIME SOON NOLAN, KTHNX.)
Notes: Written for this prompt at [ profile] inception_kink.

I guess you'll have to go without anal insertion for the rest of your life. )
barkinmad: (Freedom)

I've created a community [ profile] inceptionau that just opened for all your noir/Harry Potter/BSG/boarding school/space alien/whatever you want needs!

As long as it's AU, you can post it! We're hoping to get the community up and active as soon as possible, and we're planning some challenges and bunch of different fun things, so if you're interested we'd love to have you!

[ profile] inceptionau
What will you dream up?

Also, about community tags...apparently they're private to all other members until used. How do I reverse that default? Can I? How did you other community maintainers deal with this? Should I just go in after someone posts and change the tags up?
barkinmad: (Looking Back)
And I still can't say that without getting my old camp song stuck in my head.

Did McAvoy get your attention? Good.


Also for mine.

Also, it has a working theme.

Also, it's being regularly updated with the same fics I post here and then some. I honestly don't really care about being anon, so a lot of my meme anon fics are posted there.



Sorry for the random cracky 3AM post.
barkinmad: (I Love You)
Title: The Lost Heart
Author: [ profile] barkinmad
Pairing: Arthur/Cobb
Rating: PG
Disclaimer: Nolan's universe > my universe.
Notes: If you really have to ask where I got this prompt from, it's sad.

There was a second where I was afraid that I was veering into Greek myth, and another point where I was worried it would become like a Tolkien adventure, so I hope I stayed enough on track. Also, you can take or leave the epilogue, I just thought there wouldn't be harm in including it!

I also apologize for the schmoopiest title ever.

The Lost Heart )
barkinmad: (Hallway)
Title:The Lovers' Lie
Author: [ profile] barkinmad
Pairing: Cobb/Mal (IDEK, I just keep writing them...)
Rating: PG? PG-13? Nothing graphic.
Disclaimer: Christopher Nolan's reality > my reality.
Notes: Of course, this was written for [ profile] inception_kink, but more specifically, [ profile] helenvalentine's awesome prompt: WRITE ME SOME POETRY, BITCHES. Don't ask me why I always post to my journal hours and hours after I originally comment, I have no idea.

Cut for spoilers, I guess? It's a very short poem. )

So...I haven't finished cleaning up [ profile] sitrow, but I did totally reorganize my delicious! Which is pretty awesome since I've been using it for the meme. There is also a chance I might be going as River Song for Halloween, but we shall see. It kind of depends if my crush goes as The Doctor.
barkinmad: (*faceplant*)
Title: Catch A Fire and Let It Go
Author: [ profile] barkimad
Pairing: Arthur/Robert
Rating: PG-13
Disclaimer: Nolan's universe > my universe.
Notes: Written for this prompt over at [ profile] inception_kink. Where else? "They keep bumping into each other in all sorts of places. Robert thinks it's fate (because he's totally a romantic)."

I'm so so sorry if you expected this to be anything less than ridiculous.

And I'm content that heaven must have sent you )
barkinmad: (Walking On Walls)
Title: Irresistible Force/Immovable Object
Disclaimer: Christopher Nolan's reality > my reality.
Pairing: Arthur/Ariadne
Rating: Disney PG. It's seems like all I can ever do these days.

There was a prompt "Five time Arthur and Ariadne did something really fucking adorable together" over at the [ profile] inception_kink. Then this happened. Alright, so it's kind of out of character and really hastily written, BUT WHATEVER IT'S A/A.

You know now just as sure as you live... )
barkinmad: (Jean)
So yesterday, after realizing I had slept until 6:30 PM and had missed class, I pretty much refused to engage with the rest of the world. A lot of it, I think, was because I had been up for 36 hours, and it still took me two hours to get to sleep. I guess it's a good thing that I have an appointment for next Saturday.

Today was slightly better. I watched an old Judy Garland/Mickey Rooney movie that was playing on TCM. The British stereotypes greatly annoyed me, but other than that it was fun. I'm still 90% convinced that the movie was about gay jockey love. I mean, seriously, all that time together and neither one made a move on Garland? Ridiculous. Garland and Rooney belong together, in every movie.

[ profile] sixbitsforfact (is that okay? Can I use her name like that?) came over for happy hour, and then we walked into town. We stopped by Barnes & Noble and I picked up the LoTR trilogy. I already had Fellowship, but it was the version with Elijah on the cover and although I like it, I couldn't find the two other companions to that version, so I figure I can sell it or give it away. I feel a lot better having the trilogy being of the same print. If that makes sense? Anyway, it was large paperback and it only cost $30, which I think is decent considering that they look pretty nice. Then we went for ice cream, and then we walked home. Which means I haven't had dinner, but I know there's an extra pizza slice waiting for me downstairs, and some rice.

Wizard of Oz was waiting on TCM for me when I got home, as well as a movie that I spent about a year trying to track. It was finally on megaupload (and megavideo too!), and I'm really happy that I found it. It may or may not be another Mickey Rooney flick...I'm semi-obsessed with Andy Hardy.

I've almost to the end of Buffy and Angel seasons 1 and 4, but I decided to take a little break, since I feel like I've been watching too much TV on my computer. I've also decided to "not stay up all night" but I don't know how well that is going to take. I have to get up before 4 for an interview, so at least I won't sleep in all day.

There are way too many movies playing in DC for me to keep track of. As well as a bunch of plays for the DC Fringe Festival. Why was I not aware of all the amazing DC things before? Bethesda is boring as hell, I should be living in the city! But at least I've latched on now. I've always loved AFI, and in the next couple of days they're playing "Clue" and "Empire Strikes Back". I think I've missed out on seeing "Legend". Goodbye Tom Cruise on a unicorn! And then E Street is playing "Best Worst Movie" which I've been dying to see for years. There's no way I'm missing that.

Well, that seems to be it for now. I attempted a couple of poems the other day, but I haven't made any progress on that Glee fic. I think I need a plot. That seems to be a bit lacking. I haven't forgotten to clean up [ profile] sitrow, I just...haven't done it yet. Oh well. Such is life.
barkinmad: (Doctor)
Can I just watch the Doctor Who finale forever?

And ever and ever and ever?

I also can't believe I don't have a Doctor/Amy icon. That is blasphemy.

Also, I've started Buffy Season 4 and Angel Season 1, and I have to admit. I like Angel better. I kind of knew this before, when I made it to BtVS S5 and Angel S2, but now that I'm rewatching. Yeah. A whole lot less awkward stuff on Angel versus high school dramatics on Buffy. Maybe it's because I've actually been to college now?

I've been writing a Glee fic but I'm not sure it's going anywhere.
barkinmad: (Default)
I wrote a Little!Amy and Rory drabble fic. Because I cannot be stopped.

Title:The Wrong Kind of Doctor
Rating: G. Like...Disney G.
Characters: Little!Amy and Little!Rory.
Synopsis: Amy can be quite bossy, but Rory doesn't particularly mind.
Disclaimer: Dude, if I had control of Amy she wouldn't have time to hit on the Doctor.
A/N: I wrote this for the "Bowties Are Cool" ficathon. Go there. It's awesome. I've also decided that I'm going to be posting fic here, but also at [ profile] sitrow for archives, because I'd hate for that journal to just sit there. Expect there to be a guide post soon! I'm not crossposting this anywhere, so if you like it, rec it!

The Wrong Kind of Doctor )
barkinmad: (Goth Detectives)
Um, this is really freaking me out right now, NGL.

Also, I specifically remember putting my iPod in our speaker set, and then didn't touch it for two days. My dad came home, put his iPod in, and doesn't recall seeing mine there. Those three guys who slept over and didn't leave forever in the morning except when they said "BYE!" while half-way out the door? Yeah, I'm not thinking good thoughts here. I hope to high heaven that I find it and this is all just me jumping to conclusions.

Banner made by [ profile] oxymoronassoc. The ficathon is at [ profile] glassbomb's journal! I've already posted and requested.


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