I finally finished my fic about the Mennonite show choir that appeared in Glee season 4, episode 8, "Thanksgiving" for less than a minute. Somehow I took that eye blink and turned it into 100,000 words. Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] mypopculturesum for the art and [livejournal.com profile] wipbigbangfor the kick in the pants! Enjoy!
Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] wowbright at post
Story Title: Jonathan Unruh
Fandom: Glee
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/7723831/chapters/17603965
Summary: Jonathan Unruh is a teenager in a conservative Mennonite community that practices plain dress (Amish-y clothes), simple living, separation from the world, and radical pacifism. He's also in love with his best friend. He's trying to figure out how being gay fits in with his religion and culture, in which he is expected to marry a member of the opposite sex, have kids, and pass along the faith.

When his school choir goes to sing at a competition in Lima, Ohio, he becomes friends with some of the members and starts exploring the small city and its gay bar, Scandals. For the first time, he has friends who are openly gay. As he enters adulthood, he explores the possibility of leaving his community so he can have romantic relationships as a gay man. But he can't quite leave his Mennonite-i-ness behind.

Based on a rough draft also on AO3 that's described as "A Glee WIP about a gay guy from the Mennonite group that competed against the New Directions at the 2012 Sectionals. In which Lima is some people’s Hell and other people’s Salvation."

Warnings: various forms of bigotry consistent with conservative/plain Mennonite culture; passing mentions of hunting for food, underage drinking, brief mention of suicidal thoughts
Characters: Original Male Character(s), Original Female Character(s), Sebastian Smythe, David Karofsky,Blaine Anderson (minor character), Unique Adams (minor character)
Pairings: Original Male Character/Original Male Character, Sebastian Smythe/Original Male Character(s), David Karofsky/Original Male Character(s)
When I Started**: Dec. 1, 2013
How I Lost My Shit**: I got distracted by other plot bunnies and worked on those instead—mostly because I knew this fic was going to get long and be time-consuming to write
How I Finished My Shit**: I signed up for the WIP Big Bang, and had fabulous betas (jazzypizzazz, snarkyhag and nadiacreek) and an amazing artist ([livejournal.com profile] mypopculturesum) who kept telling me it was a story worth telling. Their feedback (and the deadline) encouraged me to keep going.

Summary: The afternoon that Kurt agrees to be his boyfriend again, Blaine writes up a no-cheating contract. 5.01 reaction fic. Thanks to Jamie for the quick beta! PG-13. ~2,100 

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The Contract

It turns out that Oprah’s website does not actually have a no-cheating contract.

Blaine is disappointed, but not defeated. He’s determined to prove himself, and if Oprah hasn’t already written the contract for him – well, he can write it himself. After all, it’s not like it needs to say much. Just, “I, Blaine Anderson, love Kurt Hummel and will never cheat on him again.”

So he opens up a blank document on his desktop, types the sentence, and sends the file to the printer. Thirty seconds later, it’s staring back at him in black and white.It doesn’t look right. The paper is too flimsy and the font doesn’t look serious enough – probably because it’s sans serif, he thinks. This is a weighty declaration and it calls for a weighty paper and a weighty font.

Read more... )

This is what I thought. 

(Don't get excited; this is not deep meta.) )
I started writing this 15 minutes after the episode was over and was just going to share my flails. Somehow it turned into major meta.

Here's what I thought about Choke, 3.18 )
I started writing this 15 minutes after the episode was over and was just going to share my flails. Somehow it turned into major meta.

Here's what I thought about Choke, 3.18 )
Because of this ...

Dance With Somebody, 3.17 )
Because of this ...

Dance With Somebody, 3.17 )
I haven't been reading as much fic as usual lately because I'm writing like a ... person who writes a whole heck of a lot, but I've still found some awesome hidden gems. Because of the recent hiatus, a lot of what I've been reading has been AU rather than episode fillers or otherwise canon-compatible. I still love canon, but I also love the things that can happen when writers in the fandom take a point of time in canon and give it a twist to see how things might have turned out differently.

In the Klaine realm, there's been Through the Hidden Door from [livejournal.com profile] judearaya. It's just beautiful - a lot of sadness, but also a lot of beauty and a happy ending. Go read it now – or start it, at least. (It's a completed multi-chapter of about 25,000 40,000 words.)

I've been slowly going through [livejournal.com profile] fictocriticism's stuff and loving all of it. The CrissColfer RPF Character Bleed made me have all sorts of deep feelings and thoughts - a great example of why fanfic is real art. There's plenty of Klaine on [livejournal.com profile] fictocriticism's journal, but also other ships – you can stick to the ships you love or expand your boundaries. Why, [livejournal.com profile] fictocriticism got me to expand my own boundaries this weekend with a short little piece that actually got me shipping Seblaine. Yeah, it could have been temporary insanity, or it could have been awesome writing. I vote for the latter.

Speaking of multishipping, [livejournal.com profile] cacophonylights has me rooting for Kurtbastian with the WIP A Change In the Weather. She's also got a Sebklaine series of stories called the Hundersmythe 'Verse. Guess Who's Coming to Dinner is the longest and my favorite of them.

Last but not least, go read everything on [livejournal.com profile] likeasouffle's (Jamie's) journal. The variety of stories is incredible – lots of different characters and ships, from G (really, G! how often do you run across an awesome G-rated fic in this fandom?)  to NC-17. I recently enjoyed zir set of six trans-themed drabbles (all but the last are G or PG-13) and all the ficlets in the "not an RPF" Tia/Warren/Reese universe.

So when I rec things, I often get my stomach in a twist about not mentioning someone's awesome fic that I love love love but am just forgetting, because it's not like I actually keep a list somewhere of the fics I've read recently (yeah, I should, I know). So feel free to browse my memories for other recs. There are things on some of the memes that I'll be adding to my memories once they get posted in journal form (like "One Good Day" by [livejournal.com profile] anxioussquirrel).
I haven't been reading as much fic as usual lately because I'm writing like a ... person who writes a whole heck of a lot, but I've still found some awesome hidden gems. Because of the recent hiatus, a lot of what I've been reading has been AU rather than episode fillers or otherwise canon-compatible. I still love canon, but I also love the things that can happen when writers in the fandom take a point of time in canon and give it a twist to see how things might have turned out differently.

In the Klaine realm, there's been Through the Hidden Door from [livejournal.com profile] judearaya. It's just beautiful - a lot of sadness, but also a lot of beauty and a happy ending. Go read it now – or start it, at least. (It's a completed multi-chapter of about 25,000 40,000 words.)

I've been slowly going through [livejournal.com profile] fictocriticism's stuff and loving all of it. The CrissColfer RPF Character Bleed made me have all sorts of deep feelings and thoughts - a great example of why fanfic is real art. There's plenty of Klaine on [livejournal.com profile] fictocriticism's journal, but also other ships – you can stick to the ships you love or expand your boundaries. Why, [livejournal.com profile] fictocriticism got me to expand my own boundaries this weekend with a short little piece that actually got me shipping Seblaine. Yeah, it could have been temporary insanity, or it could have been awesome writing. I vote for the latter.

Speaking of multishipping, [livejournal.com profile] cacophonylights has me rooting for Kurtbastian with the WIP A Change In the Weather. She's also got a Sebklaine series of stories called the Hundersmythe 'Verse. Guess Who's Coming to Dinner is the longest and my favorite of them.

Last but not least, go read everything on [livejournal.com profile] likeasouffle's (Jamie's) journal. The variety of stories is incredible – lots of different characters and ships, from G (really, G! how often do you run across an awesome G-rated fic in this fandom?)  to NC-17. I recently enjoyed zir set of six trans-themed drabbles (all but the last are G or PG-13) and all the ficlets in the "not an RPF" Tia/Warren/Reese universe.

So when I rec things, I often get my stomach in a twist about not mentioning someone's awesome fic that I love love love but am just forgetting, because it's not like I actually keep a list somewhere of the fics I've read recently (yeah, I should, I know). So feel free to browse my memories for other recs. There are things on some of the memes that I'll be adding to my memories once they get posted in journal form (like "One Good Day" by [livejournal.com profile] anxioussquirrel).

Okay, so I want to study Dave Karofsky’s bedroom because analyzing the inventory of every Glee character’s room is kind of my thing, but I don’t want to watch THAT SCENE again because I can only handle my heart breaking a certain amount of times each day. Someone MUST have posted a GIF set that obsessively logs every object in that room. Please let me know where to find it.

Because all I can tell you right now is that it was very blue and there was a wooden trunk at the foot of the bed, WWII model airplanes hanging from the ceiling, an American flag on the wall, a huge TV, and a radiator.

The radiator really struck me, for some reason.

Oh, and that he’s not the only gay Glee character who lives in the attic.

Okay, so I want to study Dave Karofsky’s bedroom because analyzing the inventory of every Glee character’s room is kind of my thing, but I don’t want to watch THAT SCENE again because I can only handle my heart breaking a certain amount of times each day. Someone MUST have posted a GIF set that obsessively logs every object in that room. Please let me know where to find it.

Because all I can tell you right now is that it was very blue and there was a wooden trunk at the foot of the bed, WWII model airplanes hanging from the ceiling, an American flag on the wall, a huge TV, and a radiator.

The radiator really struck me, for some reason.

Oh, and that he’s not the only gay Glee character who lives in the attic.

A post by [livejournal.com profile] crown_of_weeds was getting me all thinky about the wasting away of Kurtcedes, so I went back to Grilled Cheesus (S2Ep3) to see if that's where it all began. I was scrolling through to get to the Kurtcedes scenes, when up popped a still image of two hands, poking out from black trench-coats and clasped together. For a moment, I forgot where I was and thought it was Kurt and Blaine at Pavarotti's burial in Original Song (S2Ep16). Then I remembered where I was, hit play, and realized duh, it was Burt and little Kurt at Mom's funeral. The camera focuses on their hands, Burt's hand over and Kurt's hand under, and then Burt leads Kurt away.

In Original Song, the camera focuses on two hands, poking out from black trench-coats and clasped together, but this time they are Blaine and Kurt's, Blaine's hand over and Kurt's hand under, and they walk off the screen together, neither in the lead.

Musings on Glee, symbolism and religious texts - if you are a scriptural literalist, you should probably not read this, but if you are, you probably don't follow me, anyway. )
A post by [livejournal.com profile] crown_of_weeds was getting me all thinky about the wasting away of Kurtcedes, so I went back to Grilled Cheesus (S2Ep3) to see if that's where it all began. I was scrolling through to get to the Kurtcedes scenes, when up popped a still image of two hands, poking out from black trench-coats and clasped together. For a moment, I forgot where I was and thought it was Kurt and Blaine at Pavarotti's burial in Original Song (S2Ep16). Then I remembered where I was, hit play, and realized duh, it was Burt and little Kurt at Mom's funeral. The camera focuses on their hands, Burt's hand over and Kurt's hand under, and then Burt leads Kurt away.

In Original Song, the camera focuses on two hands, poking out from black trench-coats and clasped together, but this time they are Blaine and Kurt's, Blaine's hand over and Kurt's hand under, and they walk off the screen together, neither in the lead.

Musings on Glee, symbolism and religious texts - if you are a scriptural literalist, you should probably not read this, but if you are, you probably don't follow me, anyway. )
I'm rewatching parts of 3.06 right now for a fic I'm working on and just noticed something pretty awesome that will probably not make it into the fic, so I want to share.
Here be 3.06 spoilers ... )
I'm rewatching parts of 3.06 right now for a fic I'm working on and just noticed something pretty awesome that will probably not make it into the fic, so I want to share.
Here be 3.06 spoilers ... )
[livejournal.com profile] likeasouffle has a thought-provoking post today called On sex and "virginity" - spoilers, TMI. If you've seen episode 3.05 "The First Time," I highly recommend you go over and read it. In the comments, you will get lots of people's thoughts on what sex is and whether or not Glee presents it right. You will also see me make a complete ass of myself, which is kind of funny.* Please join the conversation. (Be warned – as the title of the post implies, you will get seriously Too Much Information about me and just about everyone who comments there.)

*What's it called when you get schadenfreude about yourself? Selbstschadenfreude?
[livejournal.com profile] likeasouffle has a thought-provoking post today called On sex and "virginity" - spoilers, TMI. If you've seen episode 3.05 "The First Time," I highly recommend you go over and read it. In the comments, you will get lots of people's thoughts on what sex is and whether or not Glee presents it right. You will also see me make a complete ass of myself, which is kind of funny.* Please join the conversation. (Be warned – as the title of the post implies, you will get seriously Too Much Information about me and just about everyone who comments there.)

*What's it called when you get schadenfreude about yourself? Selbstschadenfreude?
Not sure why. Maybe I need to write some more smutty fluff so I can roll around in the comments and feel cheerful again.

Will have to decide whether I want to watch Glee tonight or wait until later. I kind of want to wallow in 3.05 some and maybe write a bit more about it - not sure if watching 3.06 would kill that drive.

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