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July 17th, 2020

Given the fact that Yahoo/Geocities, in their infinite wisdom (*choke*, *splutter*, *cough*), have elected to delete all free websites from their webhosting service, I am posting the content of my two websites to my livejournal.

Regarding the recommendations pages, please note the following. If we have an email address for an author, we will post it with the thought that feedback is a nice thing for authors and we like to do what we can to encourage it. If however you see your email listed here and would prefer NOT to have us post it, just drop us a line (soleiltropiques1@gmail.com) and we'll remove it. Thank you! (Please feel free to drop us a line if you have anything else you would like us to change with regards to a fic you have written. We simply wish to pay tribute to the fanfiction authors mentioned herein and we would certainly not go against anyone's wishes!)
Coucher de Soleil"s fanfic and Fanfic Favorites (formerly Geocities websites) can be found here...Collapse )

June 28th, 2019

Links to my ontd_p posts

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So, I've posted quite a bit to ontd_political in the past few months. I thought I'd just link to those (many, LOL) posts here. (A friend of mine has been having me send her the links, so I thought I'd post them here, too.)

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I try to keep abreast of what's going on around the world (i.e. I also try to read from many sources) and that's pretty much where I get ideas for these posts. There are some really important things going on that we often don't hear about that much.

November 30th, 2016

Fanfic recs update! :-)

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Aaand it's time for another fanfic recs update. :)

Criminal Minds

-What Are You Thinking?, by blythechild. NC-17 (Reid/Prentiss, some Hotchner/Prentiss). Recommended by Bea.
Author's summary: Emily Prentiss has a variety of personal fantasies. She considers them harmless and convenient in light of her career and general disappointment with real relationships. She's not looking for complications in her life. But a work indiscretion blurs the lines for her and leads to far more issues than she could have anticipated. All of a sudden, her fantasy life seems less harmless and more like a trap she's set for herself.
NB: More fic by this author can be found here.

Crossovers

Eye of the Storm, by Dark_K. Teen Wolf/Star Wars. PG-13 (Derek Hale/Stiles Stilinski). Recommended by Angela. (Currently incomplete fic -is being regularly updated however!)
Author's summary: Great change is often brought about by the smallest actions - when the Jedi interfere in the Kalee-Huk conflict, none of them knew they would be starting a chain of events that would change the whole Galaxy forever. Caught in the eye of the storm, Jedi Stiles must figure out his place in his Order and in the war, even as he discovers that the Jedi Order isn't what he had always thought.
NB: More fic by this author can be found here.

Guardians of the Galaxy (i.e. Marvel universe)

-Rootsong, by inlovewithnight. Rated G. Recommended by Bea.
Author's summary: Groot needs more room to grow.
NB: More fic by this author can be found here.

Hunger Games (The)

-And the Book, by thegirlonpeetamellark. Rated NC-17 (Katniss/Peeta). Recommended by Bea.
Author's summary: "Peeta says it will be okay. We have each other. And the book. We can make them understand in a way that will make them braver." A look at the specific things Katniss mentions that went into the book at the end of Mockingjay and how they come back and reappear throughout the rest of their lives.
Bea's comments: This one is amazing. I love how the reader is shown how Katniss learns to live with her grief.
NB: More fic by this author can be found here.

-I'll Set You Up Against the Stars, by oh_la_fraise. Rated PG-13. Recommended by Bea.
Author's summary: “Once upon a time, there was a girl on fire.” The eldest Mellark learns the history of her parents.
NB: More fic by this author can be found at their livejournal.

-Inception, by Taywen. Rated R (i.e. for violence and dark themes). Recommended by Bea.
Author's summary: There's a reason why District Twelve never wins the Hunger Games.
Bea's comments: This fic is incredible -it actually WORKS and fits in the canon universe, for one thing. It really threw me for a loop.
NB: More fic by this author can be found here and is recommended in this section (i.e. 'The Hunger Games').

-Learning to Swim, by imaginarycircus. NC-17 (Katniss/Peeta). Recommended by Bea.
Author's summary: Peeta and Katniss grow back together. Takes place at and after the end of Mockingjay.
NB: More fic by this author can be found here.

-Out of the Night: An Interview with a Mockingjay, by a thousandwinds. Rated PG-13 (a bit of Katniss/Peeta). Recommended by Bea.
Author's summary: "I didn't love Peeta. That was all for the cameras." After twenty-five years, Katniss Everdeen breaks her long silence to speak to our star reporter.
NB: More fic by this author can be found here.

-Wedding (The), by MockingJayFlyingFree. Rated NC-17 (Katniss/Peeta). Recommended by Bea.
Author's summary: What if, instead of being reaped for the Quarter Quell, Katniss and Peeta were forced to get married as soon as they turned 18? Your wedding day is supposed to be the happiest day of your life. Well - this one is not.
Bea's comments: I have to admit that, while I liked the fic in question, I did not like the sequel (I couldn't even finish it). Please note that am not recommending the sequel to this fic.
NB: More fic by this author can be found here.

-Yearning, by Taywen. Rated PG. Recommended by Bea.
Author's summary: Four people who wanted to be Katniss and the one person Katniss wished to be. Who hasn't wished they could be someone else?
NB: More fic by this author can be found here and is recommended in this section (i.e. 'The Hunger Games').

Star Trek: reboot universe

-Best Ship is Friendship (The), by synia09. Rated PG/PG-13 (a bit of Kirk/Spock). Recommended by Bea.
Author's summary: Five people Jim tried to hook up with who became really good friends and the one person who was supposed to be just a friend who became everything.
NB: More fic by this author can be found at their livejournal and is also recommended in this section (i.e. Star Trek reboot 'verse).

-Command Track Senior Seminar, by rabidchild. Rated R. Recommended by Bea.
Author's summary: The lectures for Captain Pike's advanced command track seminar are very comprehensive.
Bea's comments: This had me LOL.
NB: More fic by this author can be found at their livejournal and is also recommended in this section (i.e. Star Trek reboot 'verse).

-Prepares You, by rabidchild. NC-17 (Kirk/Spock slash). Recommended by Bea.
Author's summary: Nothing they say prepares you for your first pon farr.
Bea's comments: Please note the content warnings (i.e. provided at the top of the story page).
NB: More fic by this author can be found at their livejournal and is also recommended in this section (i.e. Star Trek reboot 'verse).

-Rage of Reason Closing In (The), by dreamlittleyo. NC-17 (Kirk/Spock slash). Recommended by Bea.
Author's summary: In which Spock is emotionally compromised and nothing goes the way it should.
NB: More fic by this author can be found here and is also recommended in this section (i.e. Star Trek reboot 'verse).

-Time to Realize, by Caliente. Rated PG-13 (Kirk/Janice Rand). Recommended by Bea.
Author's summary: Five times James T. Kirk belatedly realized something somewhat obvious about Janice Rand and one time she proved what he'd always known.
NB: More fic by this author can be found here.

-Turn Not Back, part 1, part 2, by ladyblahblah. Rated NC-17 (Kirk/Spock slash). Recommended by Bea.
Author's summary: Pon farr hits and Spock finds himself without a mate. Except... wait, when did that happen? Accidental!bonding fic.
NB: More fic by this author can be found at their livejournal.

Star Trek: Voyager

-Things I Cannot Say, part 1, part 2, by Shayenne. NC-17 (Janeway/Chakotay). Recommended by Bea.
Brief summary: Initially loosely woven around the events of the episode 'Human Error' (i.e. where Seven of Nine creates a hologram of Chakotay to practice social interactions), this eventually takes things in a new direction.
NB: More fic by this author can be found here and is recommended in this section (i.e. Star Trek: Voyager).

Star Wars

-Dinner Party (The), by Ash Darklighter. NC-17 (Luke/Mara Jade). Recommended by Bea.
Author's summary: Leia and Han invite their friends over for dinner. Not all things going to plan.
Bea's comments: I'm usually not the biggest fan of PWPs, but this one was quite funny and sweet. Please note that this fic is set within the Star Wars expanded universe.
NB: More fic by this author can be found here.

-Dream Deferred (A), by frodogenic. Rated PG-13 (a tiny bit of Luke/other). Recommended by Bea.
Author's summary: Luke Skywalker saw a lot of pilots die in the fight against the Empire. Most of them were friends. She was almost more... A oneshot in honor of Valentine's Day. Canon-compliant.
Bea's comments: This is set somewhere between 'A New Hope' and 'The Empire Strikes Back'.
NB: More fic by this author can be found here.

-First Test (The), by Ash Darklighter. Rated G. Recommended by Bea.
Author's summary: Luke dreams of a life beyond Tatooine, but he has things to learn first.
Bea's comments: This is set years before 'A New Hope'.
NB: More fic by this author can be found here.

-Force Works in Extremely Irritating Ways (The), by resperella. Rated NC-17 (Luke/Mara Jade). Recommended by Bea.
Author's summary: Luke and Mara screw things up and make a soulbond. In the process of trying to get rid of it, they accidentally fall in love. Set after The Last Command; if you haven't read the Thrawn Trilogy, this will all make very little sense to you.
Bea's comments: Please note that this fic is set within the Star Wars expanded universe. Also, the trilogy of books mentioned by the author were written by author Timothy Zahn (published 1991 - 1993) and detailed summaries can be found here (i.e. just click on the book titles).
NB: More fic by this author can be found here.

-In Tandem, by nymja. Rated G. (Some Han/Leia). Recommended by Bea.
Author's summary: Leia tries to picture Han as a father. She envisions her infant son being asked to hold a plasma torch as dad attempts to weld a coupling that’s come undone for the fifth or sixth time. Han tries to picture Leia as a mother. He sees his kid, with tons of hair. Just. Lots and lots of hair.
Bea's comments: This fic is set in the same universe as 'The Force Awakens' but several years before the events of that film (i.e. post 'Return of the Jedi'). Also, this fic is both hilarious and incredibly adorable. :)
NB: More fic by this author can be found here.

-Made of All the Little Bones of Our Fathers, by arestlesswind. Rated PG. Recommended by Bea.
Author's summary: She has no name, is barely more than matter and energy, and Luke loves his daughter. Always has. Always will, regardless. This is his charge, his mission, his truest responsibility: to be the father he never had, only had, for hardly longer than a heartbeat.
Bea's comments: Please note that this fic is an attempt to reconcile the Star Wars expanded universe with the events of 'The Force Awakens'. I thought it worked pretty well.
NB: More fic by this author can be found here.

-X-Wing: Knights of Plooma, by JediMara77. Rated PG-13 (Luke/Mara Jade). Recommended by Bea.
Author's summary: Luke and Mara are recruited by the Rogues to assist in diplomatic negotiations on a planet where Old Republic Jedi are revered. They are also forced to pretend that they are married...for two long weeks.
Bea's comments: Basically, this was a really fun parody. :) Please note that this fic is set within the Star Wars expanded universe.
NB: More fic by this author can be found here.

November 16th, 2016

I posted the following comment in response to comments posted here, regarding Carrie Fisher's recent admission of an affair with Harrison Ford while she was roughly 19 years of age: see here for the details on that.

I was rather disgusted by several of the comments, some of which were along the line of, "It was the 70s and everyone f*** everyone! Who cares!".

If consent was dubious, it was dubious. Or so it would seem to me.

My comment (for some reason it wouldn't post over there, it apparently got marked as spam):

Yeah given the comments I've seen so far I know I may regret commenting here.

Here are some references referring to scientific research suggesting that an 18-19 year old brain is simply not at the same maturity level as that of a 34 year old:

"Most of the privileges and responsibilities of adulthood are legally granted by the age of 18. That's when you can vote, enlist in the military, move out on your own, but is that the true age of maturity? A growing body of science says, no. That critical parts of the brain involved in decision-making are not fully developed until years later at age 25 or so." (From this reference, which is an interview with a neuroscientist discussing recent research in the field: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=141164708)

See also the following:
(1) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2892678/
(2) https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/the-teen-brain-still-under-construction/index.shtml#pub7

Now, I will grant you that this was not known at the time. However, I would argue that, when I actually *talk* to someone of this (i.e. young) age I can tell that there is a certain... lack of maturity there. I mean, if I give a damn about ethics, I don't need a scientific manual to tell me this.

Also, there is the additional dimension of substance use. As Fisher herself notes, she was 'wine sodden' during their first encounter, for instance, which adds another dimension to the discussion of consent: could she really consent if she was under the influence?

(Comment slightly edited to fix crappy grammar because I'm a loser.)

November 9th, 2016

So Donald Trump won...

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...but he's still a pus-filled abcess on the backside of humanity.

(Actually, calling him 'human' is probably too generous.)

Side note: I think it is really annoying to be told that, because one is not American one does not have the right to have an opinion on this. This is an election which will literally affect the entire planet, so yeah, we non Americans care and have the right to our opinion. Especially given the *vigor* with which successive U.S. governments have interfered in the affairs of other countries (frequently to the detriment of such countries), so that really don't think it's unreasonable to have an opinion about theirs.

I've just read several comments on the political comm I participate in, which were of the type, "All you guys who ever criticized Clinton are responsible for this!". Such comments are really overly simplistic and insulting, IMO.

I admit it: I criticized Clinton's past actions and positions. I happen to think that's a vital part of the democratic process. I was also really disheartened at the shoddy possibilities/choices in this U.S. election. I really resent the notion that I should somehow feel guilty for that.

That doesn't mean I wanted Trump to win. I mean, it is still possible not to like Clinton and yet to have wanted her to win against Trump.

I also get and really sympathize with people who are angry with third party voters. I guess we'll have to wait for detailed breakdown of votes in different states but I've seen some sugestion that Clinton would have taken more states if Jill Stein's votes had gone to her (i.e. that Clinton votes + Stein votes > Trump votes). It's certainly a valid possibility.

However I don't think that negates the validity of several important critiques of Hillary Clinton which I read.

Remember something called freedom of expression, folks? That also applies to things you may not like to hear.*

*I am however purposely stating here that I do not include racist, misogynistic, homophobic, transphobic or other hate speech as speech which should be protected. (To my mind, much of Trump's discourse as well as that of his supporters could and should be labelled as hate speech.)

September 21st, 2016

Sexual harassment

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Wow.

WARNING: Trigger warnings for sexual harassment and sexual assault, as well as a serious dose of misogyny.

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August 23rd, 2016

Pooch photo

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This is our sweetie, Hubert (=male Australian shepherd).

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(He is sitting in this pic. :-)

Here is a link to a pic of our dearly departed doggie Félix (1999-2014).

August 22nd, 2016

Microsoft Word

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I just needed to say that Microsoft Word occasionally (frequently?) is the most idiotic program known to man.

When the program ASSUMES things (e.g. with regards to my document's formatting) that: (i) I have no idea WHY it is assuming I want, (ii) it becomes extremely difficult to get it to STOP assuming whatever formatting issue it has been assuming.

Sometimes a basic text editor would be so much simpler!

May 31st, 2016

Yep, I do need to post more often, LOL.

Some new fanfiction recs (again, I haven't managed to get Angela to give me hers yet, so these are mine):

Criminal Minds

-One Night Only, by blythechild. NC-17 (Reid/Prentiss). Recommended by Bea. Author's summary: Reid and Prentiss get stranded at a motel during a storm and decide to play Truth or Dare to pass the time. The results are both expected and unexpected. NB: More fic by this author can be found in our recs pages (see the Criminal Minds section) and is also here.

Star Trek: reboot 'verse

-Better, by rheanna27. Rated G. Recommended by Bea. Author's summary: Two weeks after his sixth birthday, he took apart the family holovid. Bea's comments: A lovely little fic about one Montgomery Scott. NB: More of rheanna27's fic can be found in our rec pages (i.e. see the Star Trek: reboot 'verse section, as well as the Battlestar Galactica:2003 and BtVS/Angel sections) as well as here and at their livejournal.
-Half of my Heart, by CorpusInvictus. NC-17 (Kirk/Spock slash). (This is actually a crossover with ST: The Original Series 'verse.) Recommended by Bea. Author's summary: Written for the Star Trek XI Kink Meme prompt: "A post-TMP/pre-TWoK scene with Kirk and Spock, then Spock Prime being reflective and sad in his new universe because he misses his Jim." NB: More fic by this author is recommended in our recs pages (see the Star Trek: reboot 'verse section) and can be found here.
-King's Page (The), by awarrington. NC-17 (Kirk/Spock slash). Recommended by Bea. Author's summary: Jim gets a job at the royal palace and finds himself falling for King Spock, heir to the Vulcan Empire. NB: More fic by this author is recommended in our recs pages (see the Star Trek: reboot 'verse section) and can be found at their livejournal as well as here and here.
-Unsung, by jncar. Rated PG. Recommended by Bea. Author's summary: Written in response to the prompt, “Winona, unsung”. Bea's comments: I really liked this portrayal of Kirk's mother, which was different from most fanfic (i.e. where she tends to be portrayed as a horrible person and mother) and really well done. NB: More fic by this author is recommended in our recs pages (see the Star Trek: reboot 'verse section) and can be found on their livejournal.

Star Trek: Voyager

-Parameters, by lodessa. NC-17 (Janeway/Chakotay). Recommended by Bea. (Incomplete/ongoing fic) Author's summary: What starts off as a friendly arrangement to release some built up tension quickly spirals out of control. NB: More fic by this author can be found here.

Star Wars

-Out of the Shadows, by Ash Darklighter. Rated R (some Han/Leia, Luke/Mara Jade). Recommended by Bea. (Incomplete fic) Author's summary: Luke Skywalker struggles to come to terms with the legacy he's been given and the destiny he must have and leaves the Alliance to continue his training. Bea's comments: Really awesome and plotty fic. Please note that this was written a few years before The Force Awakens came out. Also, it takes place not too long after the events of Return of the Jedi and right after the book The Truce at Bakura by Kathy Tyers (i.e. you don't have to have read the book to follow or enjoy this fic, but here is a summary for those who are interested). NB: More fic by this author can be found here.

April 13th, 2016

These recommendations pages were first created and are run by me (Bea aka ‘Coucher de Soleil’) and my friend Angela. We are avid fanfic readers of a great many fandoms. Over our fanfic reading years we have come across many stories we liked, and a few we found truly amazing. While we can't remember them all (and while we haven't read every piece of fanfic out there), we want to be able to showcase a few that have stuck in our minds. In these recommendations pages, you will find a collection of stories and links. Whenever possible we have tried to link to an author's webpage, due to space considerations ('cause Angela likes the *epic*...). Grab a snack, and be prepared to sit for a while. :-) We encourage you to explore said authors sites because while we are mostly recommending only one or two of the stories specifically we generally find these authors to be quite good. Enjoy!

Please send us suggestions for additions to our fanfic list! Just send it to soleiltropiques1@gmail.com -and please include a short explanation of the fandom if it is not one of the more popular TV series or movies. We will also put your name as the person who suggested the piece in the first place. We do however reserve the right not to link to/post stories on this site if we truly don't believe they are worth it (i.e. we’re not difficult, but if it’s really terrible we wouldn’t be honest people if we recommended it :). We are now recommending stories written by authors whom we have not contacted. The reason for this being that we finally decided that linking to a publicly available web site was probably OK... ;) We will never, of course, post other people's stories on our site without their express permission. Also, if you see your story linked to on our pages and want us to remove it, just email us and we'll take the link off right away. :) Also, please note that this site is not spoiler protected in any way, shape or form. As things stand at the moment, it would be *way* too much of a headache for us to include spoiler warnings given the multiple fandoms involved.

Finally, ye olde obligatory disclaimers. We do not own anything on this page. Authors have come up with the ideas for each of their stories, but various companies own the fandoms. These pages and the fanfic on them do not seek to infringe on any copyright, and we are not making any money off this. Furthermore, in some cases we do mention the fact that a fanfiction author now has published work to their credit. This statement is *not* to be taken as an endorsement or as a form of advertisement of their commercial work, we are not associated in any way shape or form with any commercial/for profit fiction, and we are not, under any circumstances, giving out information on where to locate the authors' published works. (Doing this (i) would be unethical, (ii) could get us in serious trouble, (iii) all we want is to state the fact of their being professional authors because we think it's kind of cool, and because we're happy for the authors in question. Thank you. :)

IMPORTANT: Some stories posted and/or linked to from these pages are of an adult nature. If you are under the age of majority in your country of residence, and/or if you do not wish to view this kind of material, we ask you to please read the non-adult material only. Adult stories have the notation NC-17 or R (R-rated stories are less explicit than NC-17 stories, but are still not suitable for minors) next to them below. Please note that following any of our links to stories rated R or NC-17 implies that you are, 1) of age in your area of residence, and 2) that you understand and accept that you are viewing material with explicit sexual or other content. Thank you.

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