have you written any other pac rim fic? and do you think anthology will really be over once you've written ch. 20? idk i hope not, but your narrative sense is perfect so i trust you :-D would you plan to write anything else when it's done?
Hello, anon, and thanks for writing in. So far, I’ve written two PR stand-alones during the time I’ve been working on Anthology; the first of these, Your Shadow, My Ghost [PG-13], is a Mako character-study set in an AU where she had an older brother who survived Onibaba’s attack on Tokyo along with her, and the second, Become What We’ve Always Been [Explicit], is a Newt/Hermann piece set immediately in the wake of film canon. If you’re someone who’s accustomed to solely watching my stories appear on LJ and sometimes miss entries, you should know that I finished uploading the entirety of my journal’s backlog to AO3 as of late last year. Because the PR fic is new enough, I’ve been simultaneously posting it to AO3 as I post it to LJ, so any time you want to see every piece of fic I’ve written in a particular fandom, just visit my AO3 page and select the fandom you’d like. All new PR pieces will appear there, I guarantee it!
With regard to whether #20 really will wrap up Anthology, I’d say I’m at least 90% certain that it will finish the series off for now. I’m always careful to use the for-now clause, because I periodically open to fic prompts from readers, and, invariably, there will be people who ask for ficlets set in currently existing universes (which frequently results in new longer pieces being added, not just ficlets). That said, expect #20 to be reasonably long; the current outline is calling for something like nine or ten scenes, when at most even the longest stories in the series so far have only been in the 9,000 - 11,000 word range (so I expect #20 will need 10,000 words at a minimum for me to wrap up all existing threads; given I run anywhere from 1,200 to 2,000 words per average scene within the structure of this particular work, #20 could hit nearly 20,000 words in its own right). The only way this series will be extended for another streak of stories is if some previously unforeseen issues appear in the process of writing #20, and there’s always plenty of content in any finished piece that was not in my outline. They might surprise me.
Will I write any other PR stories? I’ve already promised a stand-alone to feriowind, and there’s another post-film stand-alone scenario that I’d like to write, too, if I can nudge it out of its nebulous concept-state (also promised to somebody, bowlingforgerbils). So, unless circumstances change, call it at least two stand-alones in the pipeline. I hope this answers all of your questions! There’s some Good Omens material from which I’ve been on hiatus since December, and I’m beginning to feel the imperative of getting back to it (but also note that GO is my eternal baseline fandom, and it rarely keeps me from writing content wherever else the mood strikes me—and vice versa).
On the subject of lyrics and Good Omens songs
I’ve been asked if the lyrics to the song I uploaded yesterday can be found anywhere and, in answer to that question, here is a link to a video of the song I recorded with the lyrics in the description http://youtu.be/26ZVfOAoYiY
I’m really pleased with the response that this song has had, so thank you all very much for listening!
I am currently working on recording another Good Omens inspired song (video and lyrics here: http://youtu.be/E2m7SqsVn8s) so hopefully that will be finished soon. (Just as soon as I can persuade myself to pick up my electric guitar and actually play lead) ahem…
So yeah, thanks again for listening. It really means a lot.
…guys, if you thought the other song was good, then you need to listen to this one, too. I’m sitting here with my hand over my mouth shaking a little, and I mean in the best way possible. And there are lyrics in both cases now, too. I don’t think I’ve ever seen someone contributing music to the fanworks pool in GO before, and it’s just glorious.
Finally decided to upload the recorded version of Better Not Said, a song I wrote inspired by Good Omens. I still cant decide if I actually like the harmonica part but it’s there now so I’ll live with it
This song is something else. I’m sticking it on my CoT playlist for sure.
Hello, I'm one of the anons who was wondering if there was any Antho art - I'm so thrilled to see that there is now! It was so kind of you to think of us when you commissioned Ferio and Iraya :-D The little drawing from Priellan seems to have taken you by surprise. You said there was a third commission you had made? I am actually writing in for another reason - I wanted to know if there were any other background detail headcanons you hadn't yet worked in, as I enjoye the post you made on those!
You have it right, anon—the drawing from priellan isn’t the third commission; that was very kindly done on the artist’s own initiative, and did, indeed, take me by marvelous surprise. The remaining commission is actually going to be coming from yimmygo, although I have emphatically told the artist not to rush, so it will come whenever it comes. Since there are now a small handful of pieces in existence, I’ve set up this tag so you can track my reblogging of the various artwork as it appears.
The background details post to which you’re referring is either this one or this one, correct? Some of the details I shared in those posts have since made their way into the text, so there are now fewer things I can think of; there is one that comes to mind, though, concerning Newt’s father and uncle (who will be appearing in long-distance capacity during #20, incidentally). There’s a point in #11 where Newt talks about just making some Annie’s for dinner, throwing in broccoli, and hoping that counts as healthy—Annie’s is a brand of macaroni and cheese that’s available in the Northeast US/New England; I imagine he became fond of it when he was young and kept buying it for himself during his MIT years living in Boston. Anyway, Newt’s father and uncle, knowing this, started sending him care-packages when he got sent to Lima in 2017, and they just kept sending said care packages after he was reassigned to Hong Kong in 2020. This is why he’s got some on hand in their new place; he hasn’t depleted the quantity they sent in the most recent box. Hermann might make token protest, but he’s grown to love it, too, on account of Newt making it on late nights in the lab when they’ve worked straight through dinner.
"He missed you," Lu teases, patting Hermann’s arm. "We had to give him so many toys just to distract him. I did not believe Newt, but that fish looks at everything.”
“We meaning you and one Mister Chau, presumably,” sighs Hermann, and finds his assumption altogether too accurate when he and Lu walk into the flat’s main room to find Newton waving each of the accrued objects before Bertie in its turn, gauging the intensity of reaction each warrants, while Hannibal looks on, sans preposterous sunglasses, from a nearby chair with his arms folded across his chest.
"I hate to break it to you, dude," Newton tells him, turning away from the tank with the balisong in hand, "but he likes this fine piece of cutlery best of all."
"Then you better tell the little shit he can’t have it," Hannibal mutters. "Stat.”
Fan art of one of my favorite little moments from one of my favorite fics, Anthology. I love the quirky, goofy things like this that make the characters feel alive.
…guys, I’ve had the worst day. The short version is that I ended up with food poisoning and a friend had to walk me home just now so I didn’t pass out on Cambridge Street, and here I am on the couch in a miserable ball, and then—this. I’m smiling so hard, priellan. It’s absolutely adorable. I cannot possibly thank you enough ♥ The fact that you remembered the tank ornament in the shape of Trespasser’s skull is, well, fantastic. I wish I could get that for my boys’ tanks, but the best I’d be able to do is dinosaur skulls.
I was commissioned by irisbleufic to draw a cover for her fic, Anthology!
Sorry for taking a bajillion years to finish!!!
I’d seen the covers Ferio had done for Bluestar’s work, and I remember thinking, What an awesome concept. Given I’d never imagined when I started back in December that Anthology would turn into such a long, thrilling project for me to work on, I thought that this would be a neat thing to do. For those of you who haven’t read yet and don’t have context for this scene, the level of detail here is utterly astounding. The tattoo artist is an original character appearing in the series, Lu Zhen, and everything from the studio space to the extent of progress on Newt’s swiftly expanding lower-body tattoos to the bubble tea cups in the trash is spot on. Ferio, I’m sorry I couldn’t stay up to watch you put the absolute finishing touches on this, but I’m fortunate that I did get to see you stream so much of it! That you finished this just as installment #19 went live yesterday is fantastic, too. Thank you ♥
Anthology #19: Flashback V (Geiszler/Gottlieb)
Title: Flashback V
Fandom: Pacific Rim
Pairings/Characters: Newton Geiszler/Hermann Gottlieb; Stacker Pentecost, Herc Hansen, Tendo Choi, Mako Mori, Raleigh Becket, both of the Kaidanovskys
Rating: R / NC-17 [NSFW] across series; more like PG-13 / R in this case
Word Count: 4,140 for this installment [92,340 across series]
Notes: Nineteenth out of twenty; follows Anthology, Afterword, Travelogue I, Travelogue II, Editorial, Postscripts, Flashback I, Carte Blanche, Epistolary, Flashback II, Referendum, Flashback III, Confessional, Interstice, Devotional, Travelogue III, Flashback IV, and Tutorial (full series on AO3). The five scenes in this installment take place within film timeline; most are reconstructions of off-screen moments as I imagine them having happened, and I had to do a great deal of internal timeline reconciliation as well (some hours get lost between morning of the day on which most primary events transpire and evening of that same day; I’ve attempted to account for them).
Summary: Save the world, and live to see your own change.
(Read it @ AO3)
(Read it @ LJ)
A few weeks ago, just after I’d had two separate anons write in to ask me if anyone had done any artwork based on Anthology, I noticed that there were a few artists of whose work I’m fond who’d all opened to commissions around the same time. Dear anons, I cannot draw, so I asked two of the three artists I commissioned to pick something from a list of potential scenes and surprise me (the third, I asked for something quite specific); this is the first of the three to come back finished (it’s one of the two surprises), and it is, of course, by the lovely iraya, who kindly told me I should post it, and so I have ♥ Thank you for such a marvelous interpretation of that particular scene!
I dreamed las night I was on a beach, and a tidal wave was coming straight for me; I tried to run, but the wave crashed over me anyway, and what I saw on the sand in the aftermath was the Regency silver snuffbox with A and C initials entwined on it that I found in a Camden silver shop not long before leaving London. I managed to snag it and flee just before the next wave came. I haven’t been remembering my dreams lately, but I woke up with tears in my eyes and was glad to find the snuffbox safe on my mantelpiece this morning next to the model Bentley I painted myself. Subconscious, I know a lot is going on down there right now, but that’s rather heavy-handed even for you.
When Aziraphale and Crowley dance, who is the main dancer in this couple?
I do think Aziraphale’s the better dancer between the two of them (once he gets the hang of whatever step it is, and, as we all know, that takes a while), so he’s far more likely to lead. That said, I’m inordinately fond of imagining that Crowley delivers a charming, elegant waltz if he puts his mind to it. And, well, as my track-record with the two of them dancing goes, there’s the final scene of Always the Bridesmaid as an example.
Anthology #18: Tutorial (Geiszler/Gottlieb, Ensemble Cast)
Fandom: Pacific Rim
Pairings/Characters: Newton Geiszler/Hermann Gottlieb; Tendo, Alison, and Daniel Choi; Lu Zhen and Hannibal Chau; Ming Yan
Rating: R / NC-17 for this chapter especially [NSFW across series]
Word Count: 6,100 for this installment [88,200 across series]
Notes: Eighteenth out of twenty; follows Anthology, Afterword, Travelogue I, Travelogue II, Editorial, Postscripts, Flashback I, Carte Blanche, Epistolary, Flashback II, Referendum, Flashback III, Confessional, Interstice, Devotional, Travelogue III, and Flashback IV (full series on AO3).
Summary: Numbers don’t lie; if they aren’t the handwriting of God, then they’re close.
(Read it @ AO3)
(Read it @ LJ)
Are you still taking Antho asks like you said the other day? I'm fascinated by the background OCs who seem real and fleshed out in spite of how briefly mentioned. I'm glad we learned more about Genji in the flashback of Newt and Tendo at the JA! There were a couple other J-Tech people Tendo hung out with (Whisper and Miranda), and I'm also wondering re: the junior staff/interns in LA and Lima who get mentioned in #17 (Ts'osie and Rivera; Díaz and Sellinger). I'd love to know more about them!
Sure, anon! The Jaeger Academy flashback was fun to write largely because of Tendo and the trainee J-Tech cabal; I imagine the social politics of the Academy as being not that much different from those at any other educational institution (from high school through graduate-level studies, unfortunately). That is to say: factions and rivalries and alliances and gossip and pranks being pulled all over the place. Tendo, Genji, Whisper, and Miranda are the cool geeks you learn quickly not to cross because they’re stylish, smart, and nobody does revenge better. Genji Shizuka grew up in Tokyo (one of the reasons he and Mako bond later when they both end up in the Hong Kong Shatterdome), Miranda is from Nova Scotia (she’s the one with whom Tendo is briefly romantically involved at the Academy), and Whisper is from Seattle (although they spent the first fifteen years of their life living in Mumbai, as their mother is Indian).
The pairs of junior staff who plague Hermann and Newt respectively in #17 provide a dose of levity in what is, otherwise, another emotionally difficult flashback. As Hermann’s LA crew goes: Officer Ts’osie was most recently resident in Albuquerque before receiving her PPDC assignment (she’s from the Navajo Nation; most of her family is still there), and Rivera is from San Antonio (his parents relocated to the US from Mexico City when he was an infant). As Newt’s Lima crew goes: Officer Díaz was born and raised in Lima, so she’s local; Officer Sellinger, from Buenos Aires, has an Argentinian mother and a German father (her application was especially attractive to Newt because she’s English/German/Spanish fluent). I hope this is the kind of thing you were looking for, because this is the extent of what I’d set down as backstory on each one.
Hey it's the music anon here again! I just listened to the song you recced and I loved it so much, wow thank you! You're the best :)
I’m glad you liked the song by Equation! I first heard “Paper Bag” on NPR when I was … wow, a senior in high school, so I guess that would have been sometime in 1999 or 2000. It took me a number of years to actually remember that there was this song I’d heard on the radio once for which I could, for some reason, remember both the title and artist. I tracked down the album from which it comes when I was an undergraduate and bought it.
As per your suggestion, I acquired First Aid Kit’s “Emmylou” and listened to it! It’s a beautiful song, so, between that and “Hard Believer,” I’m convinced I should take a chance and buy a full album. I’ve gone and added “Hard Believer” to the Anthology playlist, because I’ve decided it fits the tone of what’s going on in #17. “Emmylou” might need some sleeping on, because I’m not sure where in the order I’d place it. I also haven’t yet doubled up on any artists in the list, and that would mean doing so.
I can't tell you how happy it makes me to see Anthology getting more and more attention as the weeks go by, because - because of lots of reasons. More than I can or should list. Your voice is striking, vibrant, true to canon, and very, *very* needed. Now all *I* need is for the ridiculously talented artists of this fandom to start drawing your stuff like crazy and I will be on cloud nine. Thank you for the stories, the music you rec, your answers, and everything!
Between you and the anon with whom I was just talking (unless you’re the same person? but I get the sense perhaps not?), I’m more than a bit overwhelmed today by the love it’s getting myself! I’ve said this before, but I think I must have the best and kindest anons on Tumblr. And I’m not sure what I’ve done to deserve that. My thanks are boundless.
(Re: the artists, I’d be on cloud nine if that were to happen, too!)
I was listening to music the other day while I read your Anthology series and "Emmylou" by First Aid Kit came one and for some reason it just really struck me as kind of... fitting the fic. I don't know if it's the reference to Stockholm or just the general feel of the song but I listened to it over and over again after that while finishing the chapter!
*stares at you, a little disbelieving, but in a good way*
I’ve been listening to several First Aid Kit songs throughout the writing of this, particularly one called Hard Believer. I haven’t added it to the series playlist yet, though, because I was waiting to see if it was truly going to settle anywhere in the order. This song you’re mentioning is one that I haven’t yet heard, and if I wasn’t still at work, I’d be listening to it. So, you have my word that I’m going to listen as soon as I get home!