Almost near the end of the series! Ack!
In which Athelstan makes his big choice.
Scribbled this today while waiting (in vain) for my kid to settle down for a nap, so it may be a little disjointed. Nevertheless, I give you:
In which Athelstan’s arm ring is the next best thing to being together.
Been a messed-up week, but I did manage to get some writing in!
In which a miserable and slightly drunk Ragnar quite literally cries on Torstein’s shoulder.
(Also: I got to start a Ragnar/Torstein tag on AO3. Yay, me?)
Random, petty fanfic annoyance: Smut set in pre-20th-century eras (or most of the Western world outside the U.S. in modern day) that doesn’t acknowledge the presence of foreskins. Unless your characters have religious or cultural reasons to be cut, chances are very, very good that they wouldn’t be.
Circumcision for men in Europe, the U.S. and Commonweath countries didn’t become common until the late 19th century, and then only because it was touted as a way to keep boys from masturbating. The practice fell off most everywhere but the U.S. after WWII, and even in the U.S., it’s been less and less common in the past ~25 years. If you’re writing a white, non-Jewish or -Muslim American man younger than 30, you have about a 50/50 chance that he’s uncut. African-American men have a slightly higher circumcision rate (particularly if they are descended from recent African immigrants.) Latino men, even in the U.S., are almost universally uncut, as are most Asians outside of Filipinos and S. Koreans.
Additionally: men who are uncut don’t just roll back their foreskins and forget them during sex or masturbation. They’re an essential part of arousal and pleasure. Writing sex play with uncut men that doesn’t include the foreskin is like writing breast play without including the nipples.
I get that many white American writers aren’t personally familiar with foreskins and their sexual mechanics, and so might avoid writing about them. There are plenty of resources online—and not just porn!—to get you up to speed, however, and if all else fails, ping a friend in another country to get some info. Hell, ping me if you want details. I’ve had plenty of experience with uncut men, and I can tell you exactly how the little turtleneck works. All peens are beautiful, but uncut ones do have a little extra fun built in. Don’t be afraid to write about them!
Been waylaid by other things this week and haven’t had much bandwidth for writing, but I finally cranked out another one:
In which Athelstan and Ragnar, though a sea apart, find that they are still connected.
Includes a nice little father/son chat. :)
In all seriousness:
Of course there are genuine problematic aspects to a lot of ships, my own included. Hell, I’ve been taken to task over Frodo/Sam because Sam is a servant. Apparently, I was entirely unaware of that fact! Goodness, me!
But I think it’s deeply important that we understand the contexts in which both mainstream media and fantasy, including fanfic and shipping, exist, and how that changes the effects each has on larger cultural paradigms.
As I have no other plans for the holiday weekend save some domestic puttering, I’ll probably crank out a couple more of these in the next few days.
Today’s offering, however, is thanks to watching Priest earlier today. I give you:
In which Athelstan’s poor head is still fucked up after that experience at Mass.
Hadn’t planned on writing more until next week, but this little missing scene from 2x05 came to me this afternoon:
In which Lagertha asks Ragnar why Athelstan isn’t with them
Yet another, though I’ll be taking a short break after this one.
In which poor Athelstan gets put through hell.
Yep. It’s that stuff. And I think I may have enjoyed writing it a little too much. ;)
Last one before I go tackling the crucifixion. (Yikes!)
In which Athelstan, being threatened by some of Horik’s men, finds help from an interesting pair.
WARNING: Violence and references to/threats of rape in this one.
Singer of classical stuffs.
Shameless fanthing.Queer/Genderqueer. Feminist. Progressive. Gen X. Northwest snob. Journalist and media-deconstruction nerd. Happily married and an adoptive parent of a most excellent little boy. Endless pontificator on topics both sublime and ridiculous. Expect both breathless pop-culture squee and wordy rageflails about social justice.
My "home" fandom is Primeval, but these days I'm most heavily into Vikings, Game of Thrones and Arrow. Check my fandoms masterlist to see the other stuff I usually post about. If it has a kickass chick, a charming rogue, and/or an adorkable nerd in it, I probably like it.
I'm an incurable OT3 shipper, particularly of the alpha male/beta male/alpha female flavor, but I ship some pairs, too (het, slash and femslash.) See my ship list for details.
I don't have much time to make fanworks these days, but I have a few fics up on AO3 and some vids on YouTube (under Talea100.)
Fun fact: I had crushes on both C-3P0 and Data.