jactrades: Kirk and McCoy's profiles (ST - Kirk/McCoy)
Title: Riverside, Iowa
Author: [livejournal.com profile] jactrades
Written for: [livejournal.com profile] space_wrapped 2011
Fandom: Star Trek AOS
Characters/Pairing: Kirk/McCoy, Sulu-POV
Rating/Warnings: PG-13 for language & zombies
Wordcount: ~2,800
Summary: Sulu didn't think it was that big a deal, volunteering to jump deep into zombie territory. McCoy was a bit more vocal on the whole "parachuting in" part.
Notes: Zombie AU/fusion with the novel World War Z. If you haven't read the book, the only thing to note is that it's structured as a series of short interviews commissioned by the U.N. after humanity's hard-won victory in WWZ. I strayed pretty far from the prompt, and, um, the holiday spirit, but there are zombies in December and McCoy gets a pretty awesome present at the end.

   Riverside, Iowa, USA

As I park my car on the west side of the town square I’m struck by the sense of prosperity that Riverside emanates. Beds of flowers line the walkway as I cross the green, narrowly avoiding a trio of children splashing each other by the center fountain. The famous series of walls guarding the city center are visible, of course, and the standard fail-safes – many of which were invented within these very walls – can be found tucked unobtrusively into corners, but the overall feeling is one of pre-war normalcy. I am not sure what I expected from Riverside, the largest of the civilian-run blue zones to survive east of the Rockies, but this isn’t it. A Ms. Rand meets me as I enter the unassuming building that serves as the town’s city hall. She escorts me politely to a small conference room where I meet Hikaru Sulu. )
jactrades: Mole from Arrested Development (ST - Kirk/McCoy B&W)
When I saw the summaries of the STBB fics, I crossed my fingers in the hopes of getting [livejournal.com profile] turtle_goose's The Once & Future Captain because I've had thoughts about mixing a Tarsus fic (mostly centered around track 12). Lucky me, I got the chance to create a mix for this story! :D I really enjoyed the clear thought that went into the world-building in this story, and if you're a sucker for Tarsus fics (like me), you shouldn't pass this one up.

Masterpost for the fic & gorgeous art here!



Onward to the mix! )
jactrades: Mole from Arrested Development (ST - Happy Sulu)
Where do I even start with the brilliant story that inspired this mix?

Look, it'd be an awesome fic if it were just an AOS version of The Cloud Minders, but [livejournal.com profile] rainbowstrlght takes the TOS episode and revamps it perfectly using the story of The Princess Bride. There's endless questions and asides from a stuck-in-Sickbay Joanna as the story unfolds, there's Spock as one of the storytellers (hilarious), there's Jim getting his ass kicked by the Dread Pirate, there's political shenanigans a plenty, and, of course, there are Rodents of Unusual Size.

So, yeah, check out the masterpost here for links to the fic and art!

jactrades: Mole from Arrested Development (ST - John Cho Wants You)
Title: Jumping Into Puddles
Author: [livejournal.com profile] jactrades
Written for: [livejournal.com profile] maypirate's Halloween treat
Fandom: Star Trek AOS
Characters/Pairing: Kirk/Sulu
Rating/Warnings: PG for language
Wordcount: ~1,500
Summary: "Hire the best people you can find," they say. "You'll sleep better at night," they say. Modern day AU with Kirk at the head of a startup. Yeah.
Notes: Partially inspired by [livejournal.com profile] maypirate's very old prompt from [livejournal.com profile] old_blueeyes's Second Sulu-Off, found here, and partially by the GQMF at the end.

The mistake, actually, was in agreeing with anything McKenna suggested. That’s the line Jim’s going with when Hikaru asks. )
jactrades: Mole from Arrested Development (ST - Chris Pine Live Long and Prosper)
When I realized I'd be making a mix for [livejournal.com profile] striped_fic/waketosleep's STBB fic, Big Me (But It's You I Fell Into), I nearly squealed out loud in my living room, because that meant I'd be getting to read the story before y'all and that, folks, is exciting. And then I did squeal when I got my hands on the rough draft and realized that Happy Gilmore could probably be blamed for half of it. 

This story did not disappoint.  It is hilarious and FUN, with a core of sweetness balanced with an unhealthy amount of swearing. READ IT!

You don't need to be a Kirk/Spock shipper to enjoy it - the whole supporting cast is equally fantastic as the pairing (Winona & Bones especially). You don't need to know anything about golf, either - all I know about the sport is from Happy Gilmore and the minigolf range - which, incidentally, is about as much knowledge as Jim starts out with here too. :-D

Anyway, yeah, I loved the story, and I hope my mix, The Long Game, (which is generally redic, btw) is half as fun.
jactrades: Mole from Arrested Development (Hyperbole - This is gooood)
In my on-going effort to introduce my BFF to awesome running music, I ended up compiling four and a half hours of mashups. I'd say I'm sorry... but, actually? I'm really, really not. Mashup music isn't a guilty pleasure of mine - how can you feel guilty for enjoying music which is so in-your-face HAPPY? It's all about celebrating music of all sorts, from the craziest, latest pop to old classic rock or jazz.

Some of the best nights of my life have been spent dancing to this stuff with a bunch of strangers just out to have a great time.(Thank You Bootie SF!) So the following three mixes have been created to spread the joy that is mashup culture - exercise to them, dance to them, or just listen to them for the craziness that is a Mozart/hip-hop blend or Bollywood + Metallica done perfect.

Links to the posts for Volume 2 & Volume 3 at the end, or you can go here to see all my running mixes.



A mashup or bootleg (also mesh, mash up, mash-up, blend and bastard pop/rock)... )
jactrades: Girl with headphones walking through San Francisco (Stock - City Sounds)
A carefully culled set of songs from my "fuck y'all, I'm going running" playlist. Because some days you just need to rock it out.
Artists include AC/DC, Arctic Monkeys, The Strokes, and Joan Jett.


You're gonna fall behind me )
jactrades: Mole from Arrested Development (Stock - Prepare to fly)
A second volume of happy songs for exercising, getting pumped up, or otherwise lifting your mood & getting you going!



Let's make this happen! )
jactrades: Girl with headphones walking through San Francisco (Stock - City Sounds)
A mix of my happiest songs for running or other exercise!



Let's get going! )
jactrades: Mole from Arrested Development (ST - Boldly)
Title: Marchin On
Vidder: [livejournal.com profile] jactrades
Fandom: Star Trek AOS
Song: Marchin On
Artist: OneRepublic
Length: 4:11
Rating: PG
Characters/Pairings: Ensemble with heavy Kirk & Spock, (Kirk/McCoy & Spock/Uhura background)
Summary: Because Starfleet officers are all BAMFs

Somehow... We keep marchin on )
jactrades: Mole from Arrested Development (Starfish Hair)
Title: Unknown but remembered
Author: [livejournal.com profile] jactrades
Written for: this picture prompt from [livejournal.com profile] igrockspock
Fandom: The Giver
Characters/Pairing: Lily
Rating/Warnings: G
Wordcount: ~250
Summary: "I don't think we've had a Storyteller in the community for a long time."
Notes: Part of [livejournal.com profile] igrockspock 's A Picture is Worth 1000 Words: A Multifandom Comment Fic Meme. Unbeta'd comment fic.

Lily finds the photograph in the archive within the Annex of the House of the Old. )
jactrades: Mole from Arrested Development (ST - Kirk/Sulu)
Title: Spermatophytes
Author: [livejournal.com profile] jactrades
Written for: this picture prompt from [livejournal.com profile] rubynye
Fandom: Star Trek AOS
Characters/Pairing: Kirk/Sulu
Rating/Warnings: PG
Wordcount: ~900
Genre: Fluffy fluff, away mission
Summary: “Oh?” Kirk looked up, a faint smile on his face. “Tell me about the strange botanical adaptations, Lieutenant?”
Notes: Part of [livejournal.com profile] igrockspock 's A Picture is Worth 1000 Words: A Multifandom Comment Fic Meme. Unbeta'd comment fic.

The lake reminded him of Tahoe. No conifers, of course, and this planet’s sun beat down too hot for snow to exist anywhere outside of the poles, but the resemblance was there all the same – that shimmering depth stretching out around the mountains. )
jactrades: Mole from Arrested Development (McCoy Soldier)
So, this mix is somewhere in between a proper fanmix and the playlist I wrote to for On the other side of every mountain. Meaning that I used it mostly for inspiration while writing, but the mix says things that couldn't quite make it into the story, especially secondary characters' perspectives.

The title for both the fic and the fanmix come from a statement about the conditions in Korea by Lieutenant Colonel George Russell:

"On the other side of every mountain [was] another mountain."

Unfortunately, that also seems to work as an analogy for war & wars in general.

A large part of the mix (and the story, to a lesser extent) was inspired by my grandfather, who fought in the Korean War, family members who are currently serving in the US Army and Navy, and the veteran's clinic in SF I walk by every day on the way to work. If you're interested in learning more about the US's "Forgotten War", there's a wonderfully informative collection of veteran's memoirs online here.

The Mix )
jactrades: Mole from Arrested Development (ST - McCoy Grumpy)
Title: On the other side of every mountain
Author [livejournal.com profile] jactrades
Written for: [livejournal.com profile] uber_wench 's awesome art! Be sure to check it out!
Fandom: Star Trek AOS
Characters/Pairing: McCoy-centric, with a large dose of Kirk
Rating/Warnings: R, mostly for language.
Wordcount: ~6,300
Genre: AU/Fusion with M*A*S*H. Yup, that old show.
Summary: For [livejournal.com profile] trekreversebang . It's nine in the morning, they've already been in the OR tent for four hours, and Jim Kirk, surgeon extraordinaire, feels chatty. Of course.
Notes:Only the first half got beta'd by the amazing [livejournal.com profile] hellokatzchen , all errors are mine. MASH plotlines (and a bit of TOS) shamelessly used.
I've also created a fanmix/playlist that I wrote to: (there was another mountain)


“You know, I’ve been thinking.” )
jactrades: Mole from Arrested Development (City Sounds)
Hoo boy, I really need to get serious about finishing up my reverse bigbang, like, now.

Day Five: Favorite female character on a male-driven show:

Nyota Uhura from Star Trek


This feels like a gimme question - one of the easiest to answer of the whole list. (Why, yes, I planned out my answers for each day - how else would I assure no repeats, I ask you?)

I grew up watching TNG and DS9, mostly, but TOS reruns were also watched, and I always liked Uhura for at least being on the testosterone-heavy Enterprise. Looking back now, I love her for being pretty kick-ass for a female character of that time and also for the absolute daringness of being the first interracial kiss on television - only a year after anti-miscegenation laws had been struck down by the Supreme Court in Loving v. Viriginia. (Yeah, it took until 1967 for it to be legal throughout the US to marry someone of a different skin tone. Loving Day is coming up - June 12th!)

Zoe Saldana was a great casting choice for the reboot, but Nichelle Nichols will always be Uhura for me.

A couple of pieces of Uhura media )

Rest of the days )
jactrades: Mole from Arrested Development (Better Off Ted)
Some Fridays are just... craptastic. Yesterday was one of them. I'll spare you all the white whine (although, really, they're first world problems combined with general work craziness). Instead here's the fun meme that I stole from [livejournal.com profile] thistlerose!

Favorite Female Characters


Day One: Favorite lead female character



Veronica Palmer from Better Off Ted


My love for actress Portia de Rossi knows no bounds - she is hot and hilarious and has played an awesome character on my two favorite comedy TV shows ever, Arrested Development and Better Off Ted. Both shows were cancelled, of course. *grumble*

Now, to understand why Veronica Palmer in particular is so awesome, you have to know a bit about the show. Better Off Ted is sorta like the The Office, except replace awkward-humor with completely cracktastic-humor. The setting is the research & dev department of a massive corporation (Veridian Dynamics: Life. Better), headed by Ted, the titular character & generally straight man to all the craziness around him. 
 
Veronica Palmer is the boss of Ted - in most every way. She's entirely comfortable with her ruthlessness, emotionally detached, more than a little socially awkward, and doesn't mind telling mothers that their babies are ugly... but somehow she's also incredibly endearing and sweet. It's, err, hard to explain. She's also completely comfortable with her sexuality, which is awesome to see on mainstream television. And a snappy dresser. And has most of the best lines of the show. I wouldn't want to be Veronica, but watching her fills me with glee.

 If you haven't watched this show, you're really missing out - it's just fabulous. And  now I leave you with some Better Off Ted frippery that I've found & made -
jactrades: Mole from Arrested Development (Boldly)
Title: Something Good Can Work
Vidder: [livejournal.com profile] jactrades
Fandom: Star Trek AOS
Song: Something Good Can Work
Artist: Two Door Cinema Club
Length: 2:38
Rating: G
Characters/Pairings: Uhura & the Enterprise
Summary: The Enterprise is stepping up her game and Nyota is moving up with her.
Or, girls rock, and two of my favorites are Uhura & the Enterprise.
Notes: Beta'd by my husband, which was odd, but worked. First vid ever, if you don't count the, uh, thing I made for the [livejournal.com profile] st_respect triathalon.

Let's make this happen, girl you gonna show the world that something good can work and it can work for you. )
jactrades: Mole from Arrested Development (Alistair)
Title: Path of Cinders
Author: [livejournal.com profile] jactrades
Fandom: Star Trek AOS/Dragon Age: Origins crossover
Word Count: 1,300
Rating: PG-13
Warnings: Violence
Characters/Pairings: Gen - Jim, Spock, Bones, and Uhura
Summary: Fight dirty was Jim Kirk's motto.
Notes: IDEK... but there will probably be more. Unbeta'd.

"Bones," Jim panted as he dodged left, "do you think you could hurry the hell up and get Uhura back in the fight? )

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