Tag Archive | Battlestar Galactica

These Weeks, through 10/23

But I’m A Cat Person
Cub Serving (art | Cub | worksafe)
Cub Snowboarding (ditto)
Stained Glass Cat People (art | Sparrow, Patrick, Bianca; Miranda, Cybele; Timothy, Reseda, Bennett | worksafe)

Doctor Who/The Magic School Bus
Second Right Past Mars (art | timelord!Frizzle, TARDIS!bus, Liz | worksafe)
Magic School TARDIS (old art | timelord!Frizzle, TARDIS!bus, Liz | worksafe)

Fake News
Tiny Fangirl Bait (animation | tiny!Jon | worksafe)
George’s Shoe Adventure (art | George | worksafe)
Blue – Embrace (art | Jon/”Stephen” | worksafe)
If We Amplify Everything… (art | tiny!Jon | worksafe)

Puella Magi Madoka Magica
Happy End (comic | Homura/Madoka, team, Kyuubey | G)

Sailor Moon(/The Daily Show, Puella Magi Madoka Magica, His Dark Materials, Battlestar Galactica, Doctor Who, /My Little Pony)
Five (And Then Some) Heart Crystals The Death Busters Never Stole | also on the AO3 (fic | a little bit of everything | PG)
My Little Pegasus (art | MLP!Pegasus, MLP!Neherenia | worksafe)

Castle Characters (art | ensemble of OCs for a potential comic | worksafe)
Elberith and Lisa (old art | two Shine OCs | worksafe)

Next Week in Shine:
Seras gets home from blowing up Nazis. Just another day in Hellsing’s future.

Next Week in But I’m A Cat Person:
Sparrow’s alien theory, and Reseda’s fading memory.

Anachronistic references in historical/AU settings

When writing in a setting that is very much Not Our Own, how do you deal with words and phrases that are specifically tied to to our world and its history?

I’m thinking mostly of fantasy worlds (LotR, AtLA, Pokémon) and sci-fi ones that aren’t supposed to be part of Earth’s future (BSG, Star Wars), although the same question can easily come up in historical fiction, too.

Would you write about one of Arwen’s chairs coming with an ottoman, or Gaius Baltar having an Adam’s apple? Would you find a synonym for the term, or try to work around it? Does it make a difference if it’s only in the third-person narration, as opposed to the thoughts/speech of an actual character?

How about phrases that any character could conceivably come up with, but that we recognize as literary allusions? Princess Leia walking in the valley of the shadow of death, for instance. There’s no way to come up with a wholly original phrase that will carry the same weight for readers, even though her galaxy has never seen a King James Bible. Is that a reason to be more lenient?

Discworld does a pretty good job of coming up with its own equivalents for things in our world, and referencing them to similar effect, with the result that it comes off as self-contained, richly detailed, and comfortably familiar, all at once. But that kind of equivalence takes time and investment to construct, which is hard to pull off, especially if you’re writing a short fic and the canon hasn’t already given you something to work with.

One of the quickest and most elegant examples I can think of is in Caprica, which tossed off a quick line about how “polls find that many college students are getting their news from comedian Baxter Sarno.” And now I want to know what Caprican Backtalk With Baxter Sarno RPF looks like. Actually, scratch that, I want stories about Caprican fans putting together illegal mods of their favorite characters and turning them loose in V-World. I bet they have a lot more fangirls into machinima…

Back on topic! Do your standards when reading this sort of thing compare to your standards when writing it? How big a disconnect does there have to be to throw you out of the story? How much does the silliness of the source, and/or the fic, factor in? I’m sure nobody would bat an eye at Team Rocket bursting out with “we’re not in Kansas anymore!” So how cracky would the fic have to be before you would tolerate hearing it from Frodo?

(This slew of questions brought to you by the sudden realization that I tried to use the phrase “lost her train of thought” for a character in a pre-industrial setting, and the unexpected philosophical crisis that followed.)

This Week, 11/22-11/28

Battlestar Galactica
Starbuck (sketch | Kara | worksafe)

Doctor Who
It’s Sonic (sketch | Ten | worksafe)
Lost In The Scarf (sketch | Four | worksafe)

Fake News
State of Grace, chapter 33, chapter 34, epilogue, Stephen’s diagnoses (fic + meta | “Stephen”/Jon, Charlene, ensemble, OCs | through NC-17)
State of Grace illustrations, part 2, part 3 (art | “Stephen”/Jon, Charlene, OCs | worksafe)
Charlene Violette (art | Charlene | worksafe)
Stephen and the Colberts (art | “Stephen” and company, George, ghost!Jon | worksafe)
but the crack let in light (art | “Stephen” and company | worksafe)
but the crack let in light (mix | ditto | PG-13)

Winter Walk (art | Heinkel/Yumiko | worksafe)
Integra with cigar (sketch | Integra | worksafe)
Britannica Kaoboy (kao ani | Pip | worksafe)

Sailor Moon/Carmen Sandiego
The Golden Heist (sketch | Carmen, the Holy Grail | worksafe)

Sailor Moon/Pokemon
Sailor Pikachu (sketch | OC | worksafe)

Lyon In The Pond (art | Wheaton-tan, cow duck | worksafe but sexy)

Next Week in Shine:
Another brown-coated Integra, another blonde vampire to the rescue. How long can this keep up?

Notes from the return to MD

The local cat, Ziggy, is slightly startled to see me. He’s gotten even bigger since I last saw him — a real burly tough guy ♥ Probably weighs about as much as both of ‘s cats combined.

(Speak of the devil: he just jumped up on the bed. My blanket may be getting commandeered.)

I’m in my old room, which looks eerily bare with half my furniture gone, but all the books I left behind are still safely in the cabinets. I’ve been itching to reread Vampire Game ever since that post a while back when I recced it to all and sundry; maybe I’ll spend my night doing that.

Dinner was cold pizza, fruit salad that had seen better days, and a slice of leftover cheesecake. (Far superior to the Velveeta I had for lunch. Straight out of the pot, too — bachelor padding FTW.)

I brought up how I’ve been watching the new Battlestar Galactica; turns out Mom watched the original series when it first aired. Not only that, we both have a healthy appreciation for Starbuck :3 Netflix has both, so we plan to watch some in the morning, once Dad is awake and can join us.

I am thankful for: all of the above :D