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22 December 2006 @ 12:59 pm
Recs! and pre-Xmas rambling  
Four new people have friended me in the last 2 days, so-- welcome!

Today began with my husband sending me a link to the "Highway Conditions" information for I-5 from California to Oregon. :( He's hinted about the heavy storms in the Northwest the last few weeks, and somehow I get the impression he's fairly sure we're not going to make it up North this year. *concentrates powers on ice- and snow-blasting thoughts* *Begone, storms!*

Plea for f-list folks and drive-bys: if you haven't read my Supernatural Wincest fic, Mapping The Tides, I hope that will change soon. ;)

Some Supernatural recs (mostly not recent, either):
Father Christmas (PG, Gen) by koyote19. This is from last year, but still a great holiday wee!Chester story. Sam and Dean from an outsider's view...

Law Of Diminishing Returns by witchofthedogs (Gen, to mid-Season 1). I've always loved this story, Sam and Dean shown month-by-month with such insightful looks at the things that drive them, that they remember... that they avoid. The writing has such beautiful clarity. I miss witchy in this fandom like you wouldn't believe. :(

His Own Hell (NC-17, John/Demon) by kantayra. Why are more people not reading this one? The slash pairing intrigued me, but this story is something else entirely. It's John over time-- his choices, his motivations, how he becomes who he is along the way. He runs into the Demon repeatedly, their dance of death and obsession developing and becoming yet more intriguing over time. Absolutely incredible look at John, and I can't recommend this one strongly enough. I'd probably call it "R," because the sex isn't majorly graphic or all that extensive. It's all about story, and you just can't walk away anymore than John did.

Books Of The Living, Books Of The Dead (PG-13, Gen) by poisontaster. These are 11 connected 100-word drabbles, slightly AU with Dean having a small power of his own. Lovely individually, and haunting as a whole.

Things My Brother Taught Me by deannaz (NC-17, Wincest). This is the first in an incredible series of stories of Sam and Dean over time, beginning in their teen years. The underage part didn't tweak me at all-- the love here just flies right off the words and pulls you in, and before you know it you've read the series as the brothers get older and we move up to somewhere in Season 1. Appearances by John and Missouri as well, and there's schmoop and funny and loads of hot, sexy Guh. Just fantastic.

See Me (R, Wincest) by plutogirl10. A very difficult interlude in Sam and Dean's relationship, and it's gorgeous and broken and you want to slug Dean for being so entirely who he is here. So much packed into such a short story.

All Things Bright And Beautiful (PG-13, Wincest but just barely) by angstslashope. Sam's toy rabbit, Mr. Bun, watches him grow and change from a boy to a man. Such an amazing story and idea that I can't ever imagine coming up with something this brilliant. Dean and John are shown in this story via their style, and that alone makes me love it more.

Twinges of Supernatural angst, anyone?
Certainty (PG) by stillane. There are things Sam knows...

Sanctuary (NC-17, Wincest, futureFic) by plutogirl10. The story is incredible, but the description and allegory and metaphor will leave you stunned. Again, this is angsty.

I also offer a general pimping of "The Supernatural Slash Anthology" that our own moveablehistory collected and made into a book available for downloading or via ordering online from Cafe Press. I've been working my way through one incredible story after another in there, and I can't recommend this book highly enough. The range and beauty in it is just wonderful.


Merry Christmas to all this weekend, and I hope to poke my head back in here with at least one of my spn_christmas stories soon!

bluesister on December 22nd, 2006 10:01 pm (UTC)
This doesn't help you at all but my rule of thumb has been that the Siskiyous will be closed when you travel in December or January. I have cut over to the coast and gone around but you risk spending days stuck somewhere.

Have you ever done this audio tour of your drive?
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Venushalfshellvenus on December 23rd, 2006 02:57 am (UTC)
The Siskiyous usually ARE closed then, and my parents always come down via the coast if they travel then-- but they're retired, and my Dad seemingly LIVES to be in the car. Gah!

We took the trip down that way last year from a little north of Medford, thanks to an avalanche that closed the Ashland summit. That was the fourteen-hour drive from Hades, with mudslides all the way down the coast and inland. We came in on the one, evil highway from the coast that was still open (Highway 36-- nasty little road).

I am soooo hoping that doesn't happen this year. Or the getting stuck at Redding thing, or any of our other awful experiences. Meh.

Never done the audio tour though. Is it good?
bluesister on December 23rd, 2006 03:25 am (UTC)
I just came across the audio tour when googling the Siskiyous for spelling. I fear it costs money. o_O And if I were to pay for something like that, it had better have tales of underworld creatures appearing on the side of Mt Shasta and entertaining tales like that.

I did that drive on the coast once when the road was about to close due to flooding. The Russian River was LEVEL with the road and I thought with disgust that the designers clearly should have built the road higher. Ah, youth!

It's so close now that you can probably trust the weather report, yeah?

(PS: the Redding Starbucks passes out Bible tracts with lattes!)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Venushalfshellvenus on December 23rd, 2006 04:20 am (UTC)
(PS: the Redding Starbucks passes out Bible tracts with lattes!)
Just... why? :0 When has that ever worked?

Plus, totally not interested. ;)

We rarely stop in Redding or Red Bluff, it seems. Too many fake-out exits there, where you get off and you're at a major interchange to another highway, or in the business district, or trailer park hell or whatever. When you're looking for a gas station or bathroom, those useless detours really add up! And I think it's Dunsmuir that has the "Get off here!" and a mile later of a frontage road you can actually locate the gas station.
bluesister on December 23rd, 2006 04:02 am (UTC)
Back to your post, thanks for these. Most of them I've never seen!

And I love the realism in yours. Fantasy is fun but Dean's horror makes the picture a little more in focus, you know? Sorry I haven't said before how much I enjoyed it.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on December 23rd, 2006 04:18 am (UTC)
Most of them I've never seen!
Only the plutogirl10 and that kantayra ones are recent. I have such trouble keeping up with the fandom.

The others are in my memories, for various reasons. A nice variety of stuff, eh?

I love the realism in yours. Fantasy is fun but Dean's horror makes the picture a little more in focus, you know? Sorry I haven't said before how much I enjoyed it.
Which one are we talking about? Is it "Mapping The Tides?" Poor Dean and his self-recriminations. When it matters, he always thinks it's too much and that he's just not worth it. Can't blame him in this case, but thank goodness Sam convinced him otherwise. ;)
     Mandya_phoenixdragon on December 24th, 2006 07:05 am (UTC)
Merr Xmas honey - and anything I haven't read, I will be reading soon!!

*Sends hugs and holiday love*
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Venushalfshellvenus on December 27th, 2006 06:16 pm (UTC)
Thank you, Phoenix! Hope you had a great Christmas this year. We did-- it kept me too busy to do much of anything, including finishing my spn_christmas fics on time. :0

*hugs, mistletoe, and Kraft Marshmallow Fantasy Fudge* ♥
Deadbeat Nymph: michael eyesdeadbeat_nymph on December 25th, 2006 06:13 pm (UTC)
Merry Christmas, HalfShellVenus!

Thank you again for all of your work on the fic exchange, and for your help and patience with me in particular. ;) It's been so much fun so far. Now that I'm back in town and settled down, I look forward to going through all of the stories with a more appreciative eye and a more thoughtful heart.

I hope that you make it to Oregon safely and happily and that you have a beautiful holiday with your family. :)
Deadbeat Nymph: pronedeadbeat_nymph on December 25th, 2006 06:17 pm (UTC)
P.S. I friended you a long time ago, but I didn't say anything - I hope that's okay. I'm still not sure about LJ etiquette...
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Venushalfshellvenus on December 26th, 2006 08:12 am (UTC)
Definitely OK to friend me-- I never mind being friended! It only gets a little strange when I get friended by someone I've never heard from before and who months later has never uttered a peep of any kind! They must be silent readers, I guess, because they can't possibly be here for the rambling. ;)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: PB Final Hughalfshellvenus on December 26th, 2006 08:10 am (UTC)
Thank you so much, and you're very welcome. It all worked out well (except for the stragging story), and I'm really pleased with it all. Still several stories to catch up on now myself-- the days leading up to Christmas pretty much each up all of my time!

We're hoping to drive up to Oregon Wednesday, and the lower Siskiyous look like rain only, which is a pretty good sign. It's an 8-hour trip at best, and oh is it tiring. But always worth it, though I hate being in the car that long!

Hope you and yours had a wonderful Christmas. We certainly did. :)
tyrical: xmas_Merry Christmastyrical on December 26th, 2006 07:51 pm (UTC)
I'm usually not at a loss for words unless I'm writing fiction!

I just don't have the words to express how much your friendship has meant to me over this past year. Your support and thoughtfulness has been valued and treasured. In my darkest times it has been your words that have given me light.

So in this holiday season I just want to wish you and yours a very happy holidays. I want nothing but the best for you!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Venushalfshellvenus on December 27th, 2006 06:20 pm (UTC)
Ohhhh! Tyrical, that just touches me so deeply. I'm so grateful to know you as well, and I know it's been a rough year but I can tell even from your last two busy-busy posts that your spirits are up and the mood is good into the coming year!

I'll reply to all your fic comments when I get back-- I'm always so excited to see what you have to say. I get more insight into my own writing from you, and you provided such an interestingly different viewpoint on Lincoln and Michael's relationship that inspired "Bound By Love"-- that one really broke me out of my box.

I hope your holidays were wonderful, with lots of friends and family. I'm sending hugs and good thoughts your way, and please ping me if I miss anything big while I'm gone! ♥ you. :)