I fangirl all over the place. Outside of my New York Crime Procedurals (Elementary, White Collar, Unforgettable, Without a Trace, Castle), there are the other Crime Procedurals (Criminal Minds, NCIS, Twin Peaks, etc., etc.,).
Plus the sci-fi (Stargate(s), Doctor Who, Firefly).
And Avengers because seriously.
Everything in this blog is relevant to my interests.
So good news I’m still on track with my Hands of Clay writing schedule. The next chapter (for next Friday) is nearly done and I’m already at 8,616 words. Just have to finish this serious discussion between Clint and James and then end on a sour note between James and Steve to lead into the next chapter.
If you’re interested, the first few paragraphs are below the cut but warning spoilers for the chapter :)
Songs Across the Ocean (SGA/HP): That one where John Sheppard is really Harry Potter and then he goes to Atlantis and Stuff Happens (also there’s the Veil to content with. Written in 2006. http://archiveofourown.org/works/2305004/chapters/5071319
Looking back on this from 8 years hence, I’m not totally satisfied with the way that the drama is introduced and the deux ex machina solutions; but damn the crossover is fun and I put together some fun plot points. And writing Atlantis as a character is always fun.
I posted a couple of old BtVS crossovers on AO3 today:
Slay Bells Ring: A collection of BtVS crossover shorts, focused around Christmas - 13 of the best ones (written in 2004): http://archiveofourown.org/works/2301323/chapters/5062280 - multifandom
An Ancient Dilemma (BtVS/SGA): after Sunnydale, Faith goes to Atlantis. Contains both the set-up piece (Something Worthwhile) and the main story (in which Faith finds a place of her own etc). Written in 2006. http://archiveofourown.org/works/2304539/chapters/5070107
I’m just in the process of formatting my “John Sheppard is Harry Potter” piece and that should be up soon. I wrote a lot in 2006.
It used to be I wondered why my favorite fics took so long to update.
And then I wrote my first fic, and the question now is how do they update so fast
I made a post last night (mistakenly posted to the art blog) that I thought would be pretty straightforward? Apparently not. So allow me to elaborate.
Part One: How my headcanon somehow directly harms other people who have opposing headcanons and why that’s ridiculous.
Part Two: Why dumbing down the Winter Soldier is still stupid.
Part Three: Why recovery!Bucky might also not really be good to be infantalized (but it’s not really that big of a deal so chill the hell out).
Part Two: Why dumbing down, infantailizing, or otherwise making the Winter Soldier into a Prop, is still freaking stupid.
Let’s be clear. I do not care about exploratory, AU, or intentionally OOC fics for experimental or artistic purposes. That’s not what this is about. What I am writing this for is because it seems very much to me that people are turning this into one of those misguided fandom staples. VERY similar to how Steve for some reason couldn’t understand microwaves, dishwashers, or electronics. I would like this to NOT become the shorthand for our fandom.
My case is this: The Winter Soldier is a smart, calculating, capable, and probably at least semi-autonomous entity.
Evidence for why The Winter Soldier has a brain:
- The Winter Soldier is credited with dozens of assassinations, and has many more which are not credited to him. Some may argue he’s one of the best assassins in the world.
- He is so good no one thinks he exists, let alone what he looks like.
- Assassins, by and large, are solitary operatives. They work alone and thus cannot be hand held by a Hydra every step of the way.
- Hydra may establish some setup to the Soldier’s missions, however because assassin’s are solitary, plans change and thus require improvisation, quick thinking, and critical thought. All would have to be provided by him.
- Given that The Winter Soldier is thought to not exist, most of his previous missions must have been covert.
- Covert missions require an operative to blend in with a crowd, if only to gain entrance or exit to an area. Logically, The Winter Soldier, one of the best assassins in the world, must be able to do this.
- Because of this, he must be able to fake and read at least basic emotional cues, if not actually feel them.
- At least one of his credited assassinations, if not many more of his missions required the deaths to look like an accident. Until the truth surfaced via Zola, everyone thought Howard and Maria Stark died in an accidental car crash. The Winter Soldier did this with brains, not brawn.
- Why would Zola bother to credit the Winter Soldier with Howard’s death if all he had to do was snip some break lines? Why would they even bother to thaw him out if the plan was devised by a random Hydra operative?
- A couple dozen assassinations across fifty years seems like too few to justify keeping him around, so it’s logical to think that MOST of the Soldier’s assassinations were of a faked accident or frame job variety. This insinuates that his intellect was just as valuable to Hydra as his enhanced strength.
- Because plans change, and because Hydra is an ultra covert organization, there must be a plan b, c, and d to every operation. A very typical spy tactic if things go wrong is to go to ground. This would be a very useful tactic for the Soldier as well. If he’s laying low for a couple days he would know how to do basic actions such as eating, drinking, and treating immediate wounds. They have poured billions of dollars into this asset, they don’t want him dying of blood loss.
- Fury’s assassination was the most public thing The Winter Soldier had ever done. It was likely supposed to be. A distractionary tactic for Cap so he couldn’t stop Hydra’s plan. It is very possible that the Soldier designed the entire ambush otherwise there was very little point to him being there at all.
- The Winter Soldier is seen communicating with and commanding a group of other operatives with some competency. Meaning he knows something about battle tactics, working in a group, and organizing other people.
- He does not go after the biggest fish, Captain America, he chases the tiny, female, powerless spy because he is aware of how much damage a good mind can do. He is far more cautious with her, even attempting to sneak up on her, than he is with Cap or Falcon. She is his focus because he knows she’s the most dangerous. He’s completely right too. She does the most damage to Hydra throughout the movie AND she’s the one who chases the Soldier off after the bridge. He came to this conclusion all on his own. Hydra constantly underestimates her so it could not have been their input.
- The Soldier seems to show some rebelliousness that seems to be tolerated. Showing up at Pierce’s house would be a stupid thing to program into him and Pierce seemed surprised by it but not angry. He decided to do it because …who knows?
- The Soldier rudely doesn’t respond to a superior officer. I’d argue that isn’t inability to speak, but a decision not to, even at the risk of insulting a person he knows for sure can cause him pain. THIS, Pierce doesn’t seem surprised about, as if it’s common.
Is he emotionally inhibited. Yes.
Is he incapable of making his own plans? No.Does he prefer not to talk? Seems so.
Is he a mentally stunted killing machine. NO.