Music Tiem

Apr. 26th, 2017 02:55 pm
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For those who are new to my blog every month I make a music playlist for my car and I like to get song suggestions from you guys.

It can literally be anything. New, old, well known or obscure.

No genre is off limits I will give anything a go.


Apr. 17th, 2017 11:45 am
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I've posted this just about everywhere else so I figured I'd come here too.

A couple of weeks ago my mum's dog became very unwell very quickly. It transpired he had an ulcer in his intestines and needed surgery to save his life. My parents are both retired and don't have a lot of money but their dog is a member of the family and they couldn't just let him die.

It's all been very stressful, especially for my poor mum who was suffering from high blood pressure before all of this even happened. They've managed to pay for the surgery by wiping out my mum's savings and borrowing some money from relatives but I'd really like to help them as much as I can so I've set up a GoFundMe

Surgery For Fergus

If you can donate anything at all please know it would mean the world to me and my family. If you can't donate I totally understand, of course, but I'd appreciate if you could spread the word to anyone/anywhere you think might be interested in helping.

Honestly, I don't know what else to do. In times gone by I'd have offered fic in exchange for donations but I'm pretty out of the fandom loop these days and not well known enough as a writer for that to be any sort of incentive.
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As you may know LJ recently moved all its servers to Russia and forced all users to agree to their new Terms of Service which boils down to the content of your journal having to comply with Russian law. Given their strict anti-LGBT laws I no longer feel comfortable posting on LJ. I know I don't do it much these days anyway I am still heartbroken. LJ is where I really forged my fandom identity, made friends that will be with me for life, went through a lot of personal stuff with people I will treasure forever even if we don't interact any more.

I'm not going to delete my LJ but I have fully migrated over to DW (both my personal journal and my fic journal) and I will only be posting from DW from now on (cross-posting to LJ until the day comes that they delete my account)

If you want to follow me on DW I am Hils over there too (and there should be a link at the bottom of this post).

My fic journal is also under the same name as it is on LJ - fandomcorner. I likely won't be updating it anymore as I pretty much just post on AO3 these days. But it was important to me that all my old stuff be preserved, hence the migration.

So, see you on the other side I guess?
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Will/Hannibal (Hannibal)
A Remedy for Love by emungere
Hannibal takes Will to Venice. A sequel to Consenting to Dream; you may want to read that one first.
I recced the first part of this a few weeks ago and I don't know why I didn't immediately read the sequel. It's wonderful

Provenance by drinkbloodlikewine and whiskeyandspite
A delightful AU about a rare book dealer, an owner of a high-end coffee shop, and murder. This does involve Hannibal Lecter, after all.
I am constantly amazed and delighted that the Hannibal fandom manages to cover all the usual tropes yet still keep it in keeping with the show and the the characters. This really was delightful.

Sea Change by xzombiekittenx
Will Graham is in love with Hannibal. He is also straight. This is the story of Will coming to terms with the fact that he's in a relationship with a man. It's less difficult than he thought it would be.
This is a lovely post-finale exploration of feelings

Bloodline by xzombiekittenx
Someone is murdering fledgling vampires and it's up to Will Graham to figure out whodunnit while coming to grips with his own undeath. Ostensibly, Hannibal Lecter, whose noble and ancient linage opens doors for the investigation, is supposed to be helping. Helping, is not the term Will would use.
I do like a good vampire AU and this is a great vampire AU

Gabe/Tyson (Hockey RPF)
As Tall As Cliffs by oflights
Tyson and Gabe both made 2015 resolutions to give each other more compliments. It turns into a whole thing, and ends about how you'd expect.
Honestly the reason I have become an Avs fan is 60% because the players are adorable dorks and 40% because oflights writes amazing fics like this
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Will/Hannibal (Hannibal)
Blackbird by emungere
Shortly after Will kills Garret Jacob Hobbs, he and Hannibal stumble into a D/s relationship. It's a relief to have Hannibal telling him what to do, but the closer they become, the closer he gets to realizing who and what Hannibal really is.
I really do love everything this author has written in this fandom. This one is beautiful

Where All Ladders Start by emungere
Will is slowly losing his mind in the Baltimore State Hospital for the Criminally Insane. He makes a deal with the devil to get out.
I've recced a lot of stuff by this author but I think this is my favourite of all the fics of theirs that I've read. So good.

A Great and Gruesome Height by mokuyoubi
In his mind, the fall lasts a small eternity. In reality, it's maybe two seconds.
Will and Hannibal go over the cliff, just like they planned.

And I think this might be my favourite fic in the fandom out of all the ones I've read so far. It feels so perfectly in character
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Gabe/Tyson (Hockey RPF)
Love on Top by lovershour
On this Valentine's Day, the #Avs' Gabe Landeskog & Tyson Barrie wrote love notes...

...Then Gabe & Tyson read them to each other. #Avs360 ❤️

Yeah, I ran out of Pens fic to read so I decided to branch out into other teams and the video that inspired this fic was pretty much what converted me to this team. If hockey players are going to write each other Valentine's and then read them to each other what am I supposed to do except go looking for fic

Left-Handed Kisses by oflights
The one where Tyson's fooling around with Gabe, already way out of his league, and then finds out he's apparently fooling around with a prince. And he might be a little bit in love with him. It's pretty brutal.
This has all my favourite things. Pining, secret identity, matchmaking, friends who are 100% done with this nonsense. I loved it.

Will/Hannibal (Hannibal)
The Borderland State by nekomuse
Three years after Hannibal's arrest, Will Graham stands on the front porch of his Georgian seaside home and watches twin headlights navigate the winding stretch of his lane. There is only one reason Jack Crawford would travel all this way, in the rain: Hannibal Lecter has escaped from prison, and no one knows where he is.
Yep, I’m still working my way through Hannibal fic. This captures the tone of the first season beautifully

Taken for Rubies by emungere
Will invites Hannibal over for dinner. Hannibal brings him wine and flowers. A dissection of their pasts and the slow convergence of their domestic lives.
I really love this author’s work a lot. Cross-dressing isn’t usually something that I’m interested in but she makes it work so perfectly for these characters
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Will/Hannibal (Hannibal)
Consenting to Dream by emungere
A seduction through physical objects. It starts with a scarf loaned to Will on a cold day, but Hannibal, as usual, isn't satisfied with anything small.
This is so beautiful holy shit. And it captures the tone and dialogue of the show perfectly.


Feb. 21st, 2017 12:36 pm
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OMG thank you [ profile] kerkevik_2014 for the gift! I love it!

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Will/Hannibal (Hannibal)
Shark Tank by xzombiekittenx
Will and Hannibal meet in prison. Hannibal is still the Ripper, Will is still a profiler who had encephalitis. Only now they're cell mates
It’s occurred to me that I haven’t really read any fics in this fandom and since I’ve run of of things in my other fandoms I decided to dive in. A bit weird starting with an AU but it has the most kudos on AO3 and I did enjoy it once I got used to the different setting :D
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So before I launch into the last blog post about my trip I need to tell you all a tale. Last year, during the playoffs, two very lovely people named Jen and Mary

The story of how he came into being is adorable and exactly a week after he arrived with me the Pens won the Stanley Cup. So you can't tell me the good luck wishes didn't work.

When we decided to do our hockey road trip of course I had to take Sidney with me. He needed to watch his namesake play hockey. And, of course, me being me I decided to chronicle his adventures with photos

So, without further ado, the adventures of Sidney Penguin

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We had an early start because we had to drop [ profile] makaze77 off at the airport. Saying goodbye was sad because it meant the trip was finally pretty much over.

We had a few hours before my flight so [ profile] morganoconner and I left the car at the airport and took the train downtown to spend a couple of hours at the aquarium.

I've actually been to Boston Aquarium before. It was a few years ago (4 or 5 years I think?) when I was in Boston for a Random Acts staff retreat and we had some free time afterwards. But I love aquariums and I don't mind seeing the same ones again. Who doesn't want to spend their last day of holiday looking at penguins?

The aquarium has changed a bit since I was last there but it was mostly still the same. Of course we spent most of the time looking at the penguins

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Waiting until the next day to do some sightseeing in Washington was definitely a good idea. It was raining the first day but lovely and sunny the next day. We loaded up the car so everything was ready to go and then we headed downtown on the train.

We decided to go to the Lincoln Memorial first because in all honesty with the current incumbent I had no interest in visiting the White House.

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Kent/Tater (Check Please)
Trying Hard (Not To Fall) by palateens
Kent went first in the 2009 draft. Alexei Mashkov went 31st, and Kent to this day believes that was the dumbest mistake ever.
The one where Tater was once an Aces player, and Kent never had a chance.

OMG this is so sweet

Tied Like Two In Tethers by granteares
Kent Parson walks into the flower shop that Alexei Mashkov is part-owner and employee of. Alexei Mashkov doesn't want to admit he fell for Kent Parson the second the bell over the door signaled his entrance. Alexei Mashkov realizes Kent Parson is a famous NHL star and he probably has no chance. But Kent Parson keeps coming back.
I have discovered I have a think for flower shop AUs
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Before I start I would like to apologise to any Caps fans reading this. I don't know many of the players apart from Ovi and Backstrom so sorry if I took a picture of your fave and had no idea who he was <3

I accidentally slept unil 8am which is the latest I'd slept since starting this trip. Probably because we didn't arrive until so late the night before. We were running a bit late so as soon as everyone was ready it was time for us to leave.

First stop of the day [ profile] tiptoe39 took us to the Kettler Iceplex to watch the Caps practice. This was actually really cool and definitely something I'd like to do with the Pens some day. I was actually surprised there weren't more people there but it was a Monday morning.

I think the most interesting thing was watching Ovi. Admittedly I am basing what I know on fic and the occasional interview but he always comes across as a bit of a goofball. He was super serious during practice though. Some of the guys were messing around between drills but I don't think I saw Ovi smile once. I suppose you don't get to be one of the best players in the world by not taking hockey seriously :D

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We started the morning with a trip to Pittsburgh Aviary to look at penguins and other birds before heading off to watch the human Penguins play hockey. It was a really nice little place, the staff were friendly and one lady said she hoped we enjoyed the game (we were all wearing Pens jerseys of course)

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It was still foggy the next morning so we had breakfast, loaded up the car and hit the road ready to get back in the US and Pittsburgh. I've been to Pittsburgh before, but it was a couple of years ago before the hockey bug bit me so this was different. I was excited.

We decided while we were packing that if we had time we were going to go to the Pens Gear store at PPG Arena as soon as we got to Pittsburgh so we could avoid the game crowd the next day. This proved to be an excellent idea.

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We had a nice, relaxed morning because it was only a short drive to Niagara Falls. So even though we were all awake at 6:30am (because IDEK) we didn't actually get dressed and go down for breakfast until about 9am.

While we were relaxing I was able to Facetime with my 4 year old nephew which was kind of fun. His mum (my best friend at uni - he's not my nephew by blood) was explaining how it's different times in different parts of the world and that although it was gone lunchtime for him it was still morning for me. Then she got out a map and showed him where Canada was and where England was. See, an educational conversation :D

It was nice though. He showed me some of his toys and I don't think it really registered that I wasn't there for my usual Friday visit.

I think breakfast in the hotel in Toronto was probably the best hotel breakfast of all the ones we had. There was french toast which is another one of my favourite breakfast foods and OMG it was so good!

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Oops bit of a long one as I forgot to do a post before I went on holiday

Yuri/Otabek (Yuri on Ice)
Back and Forth by kiyala
Yuri convinces Otabek to get snapchat, just to send selfies of himself making faces at Victor and Yuuri. He gets more than he expected.
OMG this is so cute!

Come Over Here and Overwhelm Me by xintong
In the summer Yuri turns 16, he grows 6 inches, drowns Viktor in his own tears, and falls in love.
OMG this is also adorable

This Never Happened Before by snow_falls
"Yuri smiled down at his phone. He wasn’t lying about being annoyed by Viktor and the Katsudon, but he may have exaggerated for Otabek’s benefit. He could imagine Otabek’s smile at the end there, and while he had said it as a joke, it wasn’t a lie. Yuri would be ecstatic if Otabek would visit him..."

Yuri's never really had a friend before, let alone a best friend. When his feelings begin to change at first he's not sure what's happening, does everyone feel so painfully attached to their best friends? Or is he feeling something else for Otabek?

All fics about these two are adorable :D

New Jersey by so_shhy
After an unexpected growth spurt, Yurio has a creative solution for his career going forward. Victor does not approve.
OMG I love this so much I want all of the fics in this universe

Yuuri/Victor (Yuri on Ice)
Lifetime Record by futuresoon
Victor Nikiforov is a lot of things: a celebrity, a genius, the world's greatest men's figure skater, the object of Yuuri Katsuki's idolization. He's also been dead for twenty years. When Yuuri returns home in search of something to inspire him to get back into skating, what he finds is someone eager to help, unconventional, and incredibly, desperately lonely.
This is so wonderful! It made me cry!

Cherry Blossoms by HEClementine8
“What would you like today?” A gentle, smooth voice interrupted his reading. Viktor closed his phone and opened his mouth to order as he looked up.

The words died in his throat and he felt like he was just punched in the gut when all the air in his lungs suddenly deserted him.

There was a goddamn angel in front of him.

So sweet!

Sid/Geno (Hockey RPF)
Let Me Love the Lonely by cathedralhearts
While he’s barely home during the season, and the comings and goings of his gated community neighbours aren’t exactly high on his list of Things To Give A Shit About, he has noticed the new family moving in next door.
So adorable


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