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Hello flisters interested in Japanese things:

My wonderful friend Ricci (riccichan) is moving from Germany to the US (yay!!) to get maaaarried (triple yay!!!!) and is selling off a lot of her books and manga and the like. She has some especially cool stuff like a ton of Kodaka Kazuma doujinshi (Hikaru no Go, Prince of Tennis, Slam Dunk, the Kizuna series Hana to Ryu, etc), several complete Higuri You series (!), and then plenty of other complete Japanese-language series - Aoki&Ayamine, Sanami Matoh, Watase Yuu, etc - as well as various German-translated manga, German books I can't understand, Japanese study materials, etc. If you are interested in these things, or if you know people interested in these things, send them over her way and you/your friend get cool stuff and also, like, facilitate the path of true love and the smooth running thereof. Wouldn't that feel good? :D

national portuguese women's poetry month?

Candy

She dropped the photograph
and when a stranger ran up from behind
to give it to her
she refused to touch it
but you dropped it miss
I couldn’t have dropped it
because it isn’t mine
she didn’t want anyone
and especially not a stranger
to suspect there was any relation
between her and the photograph
it was as if she’d dropped
a blood-soaked handkerchief
because she was the one in the photograph
and nothing belongs to us more than blood
which is why when someone pricks their finger
they stick it right in their mouth to suck the blood
the stranger understood
it’s a picture of you miss
it may be a picture of someone who looks just like me
but it isn’t me
the stranger was a kind person
he didn’t insist
and since he knew beggars
don’t have money for taking pictures
he gave the photograph to a beggar
who ate it up like candy

-- Adília Lopes

(tr. Richard Zenith)

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"furies", sophia mello de breyner andresen

(I changed my mind, you get what was originally here later this month.)


Furies

Banished from sin and the sacred
Now they inhabit the humble intimacy
Of daily life. They are
The leaky faucet the late bus
The soup that boils over
The lost pen the vacuum that doesn’t vacuum
The taxi that doesn’t come the mislaid receipt
Shoving pushing waiting
Bureaucratic madness

Without shouting or staring
Without bristly serpent hair
With the meticulous hands of the day-to-day
They undo us

They’re the peculiar wonder of the modern world
Faceless and maskless
Nameless and breathless
The thousand-headed hydras of efficiency gone haywire

They no longer pursue desecrators and parricides
They prefer innocent victims
Who did nothing to provoke them
Thanks to them the day loses its smooth expanses
Its juice of ripe fruits
Its fragrance of flowers
Its high-sea passion
And time is transformed
Into toil and the rush
Against time

-- Sophia Mello de Breyner Andresen


(tr. Richard Zenith. original.)

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national poetry month

so national poetry month started but i've been way to out of it to post this year. i'll try and get a few up over the month, though.


For the Dead

I dreamed I called you on the telephone
to say: Be kinder to yourself
but you were sick and would not answer

The waste of my love goes on this way
trying to save you from yourself

I have always wondered about the left-over
energy, the way water goes rushing down a hill
long after the rains have stopped

or the fire you want to go to bed from
but cannot leave, burning-down but not burnt-down
the red coals more extreme, more curious
in their flashing and dying
than you wish they were
sitting long after midnight

-- Adrienne Rich

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[fic] asylum (patrice evra, gen)

Sooo I wrote this like a month and a half ago and never got around to crossposting. Oops...?

Asylum
Characters/Pairing: Patrice Evra, Park Ji-Sung, Cristiano Ronaldo, Paul Scholes, Owen Hargreaves, Sir Alex Ferguson, Fernando Morientes, Mathieu Flamini, assorted others (gen)
Word count: 9500
Rating: PG
Notes: In the same universe as Quedarse. Originally for dreamofthem, for valentinesplay.

Summary: What begins as exile doesn't have to remain that way.

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psa

If you're thinking of donating to Japan relief on the anniversary of the tsunami, you could do worse than choose the JETAA USA Relief Fund, all proceeds of which go to education-related community renewal projects, in memory of two American JETs. Or you could just read this.

Origin Stories notes

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Here's a handful of resources on Spanish women's football for anyone interested:
futfem.com - the place to go for league and NT news/info. (es)
Podemos Jugar - think From A Left Wing, but in Spanish. (es)
Nosotras - Women's sports coverage at AS. Isabel Roldán reports on the Primera Division as well as a fair amount on the national team and women in football at large (e.g. as directors). I've also seen Maite Martín's byline on several articles. (es)
From A Left Wing's Jennifer Doyle on the Spanish WNT, with a pretty convincing hypothesis for exactly why there is such a difference between the junior and senior teams, including a short interview with Laura del Rio. (en)
Interview with Veronica Boquete, touching on several of the above issues. (en)
FIFA write up of a national community side tournament, focusing especially on the players' families.

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as interview with mery ruiz

Writing up the notes for the Zaida story right now. (Thank you so much to everyone who's commented, I hardly even know how to respond. I just, I really appreciate it.) I did most of the initial research last winter/spring and I wanted to share some of the things I came across in the process. This is an interview from AS, via the fantastic website futfem.com, with Maria (Mery) Ruiz, the first (female) Spanish player to reach the quarterfinals of the Champions' League. The last few lines are pretty heartbreaking, especially for Madridistas.

Original Spanish here. Translation by yours truly, all corrections welcomed.



Her story bears a certainly similarity to that of Raul. Maria Ruiz, known to most as Mery, is a Madrileña by birth (06/13/1983), a Madridista by heart, and a striker by position. Last season she made the decision to leave Espanyol, just proclaimed champions of the Copa de la Reina, to play for Zvezda 2005 in the Russian league.

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fic: origin stories (zaida villa, gen)

I was hoping to finish this before the year was out, but the last two hundred words just wouldn't come out right until today. I'm pretty sure there's an audience of probably about three people out there for gen second-generation futurefic, but this fic has come to mean a lot to me, and I think it's one of the better things I've written, so.

Thanks as always to nahco3 for betaing, hand-holding, and the canon I stole from her own fic. Spoilery notes here.


Origin Stories
Zaida Villa, gen
5426 words

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Due to timing of the new job I actually had to default on Yuletide (i.e. not because of procrastination, for a wonder XD;) which was disappointing as I loved my assignment and it would have been a nice opportunity to significantly expand my writing horizons. Since it was pretty much out of my hands, though, I felt fairly sanguine about everything until I read my gift fic, which was wonderful. pun wrote for A Suitable Boy Any Given Dream, the Firoz post-novel coda of my heart, and I was overcome with default guilt and had to go write a Madness ficlet in the last few hours before the collection closed. ._.

Thus the following, which is extremely silly. mimsicality gave me the original prompt following a viewing of the RM Christmas message videos and I pretty much did everything but sign my name to it -- the comments of "ALVARO" were a good indicator I was following customary patterns. XD So I'm guessing the recipient/everyone else had that figured out, but just in case, a belated Happy Boxing Day, yeats. :)


Artistic Differences
for yeats
implied Ronaldo/Kaka, ~900 words.

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one-line post

Sorry to have been off the radar for so long - I've been working full time again, and it's been much more draining than the last job. This is pretty shameless but, yes, this post is essentially a single link:

anon holiday love meme

It, you know, wouldn't go amiss? In the meantime I have some music and prompt fills and I will try and catch up soon. :)

ficlet

Thanks for the prompts the other day, am working on them! (You can still leave one if you want, for that matter.) In the mean time, Cris/Leo that I wrote for nahco3 for a prompt a while ago. It would probably fit somewhere along the timeline before the elopement fic if you wanted it to.

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"page torn out" meme

I need to write something. Taking this idea from a challenge supacat did a long time ago - prompt me with characters and as much or as little else as you like and I'll (try to) write you something that is essentially a page torn out of a longer story.

(My problem with prompts is usually a fixation on providing a full setup of some sort so ideally this will get around that problem. ...I did say "ideally".)

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dear yuletider

Hello, Yuletide writer! Thank you so much for offering to write one of these fandoms - I can promise you I'm already thrilled at the prospect of receiving fic for any of these. I say this for every exchange, but the most important thing is that you write something you enjoy or are inspired by, so please feel free to disregard all prompts if you have a Really Great Idea.

A few random things I tend to like, without ANY kind of expectation you include any of them: a strong sense of place, conflict between personal happiness and the greater good, unspoken feelings, small gestures that speak loudly. In general I like endings shading from bittersweet to outright happy, though I enjoy angst preceding that point plenty. As for fandoms specifically, I don't think there's much to elaborate on, but I'll add a couple lines just in case. Thank you again, so much!

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this was intended for nahco3 from the beginning, but it's finally finished for a particular reason. happy birthday to my favorite writer, cheerleader, tinhat, chat buddy, Diego Maradona biographer, AU plotter, filthy enabler, polar bear tamer, and all-around partner in crime. ♥ ♥ ♥


Abort, Retry, Fail
Word Count: 16,500
Pairing: David Villa/David Silva, others implied
Rating: R
Notes: We've all read guede_mazaka's Magverse, right? We know the idea of HBIC Luis Figo overseeing a horde of foxes Spaniards didn't originate with me, right? Okay. Just making sure.

Summary: In which FC Barcelona are a department of misfit programmers, Figo's in charge, Xavi has a lot of Ideas, Bojan might or might not be an intern, David Silva's just trying to help where he can, and David Villa is completely clueless. Romcom-style AU.

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[fic] Clandestine Affairs (5/?)

Sooooo! Here is some more of this fic. Like five months later... yeah. Half of that delay was expected and due to RL changes; half of it was, um, not. That second half would still be going on if it weren't for the UNENDING patience of nahco3 in listening to a pretty constant stream of moping, complaints, and pleas for help, so (as if this needs to be said), a million thanks and a polar bear. ♥

In this part: backstory, brooding, more Germans (remember them?), some actual plot developments!

Clandestine Affairs (5/?)
Word Count: (part) 12,600
Characters/Pairings: (part) Cesc Fàbregas, David Silva, David Villa, Luís Figo, Raul González, Fernando Morientes, Gonzalo Higuaín, Juan Mata, Jérôme Boateng, Michael Ballack, Philipp Lahm, Lukas Podolski (David Silva/David Villa)
Rating: R
Summary/Notes: Essentially here though I should probably write some new ones by now.

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4

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je fic-related housekeeping

This post is so overdue. D: There isn't really anything new here, just stuff that I never mentioned or that never found a permanent home elsewhere.

+ in the interests of completionism, I never mentioned that I wrote a ficlet for the kizuna_exchange comm back in April. Here's Looking At You, Kid, 1000 words, Jin and Kame gen.

+ podfic! kattunberry has recorded that first Nobuta fic, Warmth, and adistantsun has recorded The Lines They Travel and The Sky Above, The World Beneath. (the last one in particular is STELLAR. music! effects! lovely Australian accent!) So if you are into podfic you should check those out because these people are awesome.

+ translations also, um, finally updated in the main fic index. at long last. that's to add Russian translations of Five Things That Never Happened To Hayato and Ryu and Maps by zlobnyi_kisenok, and of The Sky Above, The World Beneath by alexandro19. translation list should now be complete; please let me know if I've left something out. D:

+ a ficlet for your time. it's not new but it was buried in a friendslocked post before and now that the longer fic it might've gone into is long finished, no reason not to make it public.

"Stray", Gokusen 2, Hayato/Ryu-ish. 336 words.
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+ ...I don't think I forgot anything? how is everyone from JE Land? I miss you guys. <3
acchikocchi: it's like Leo and Cris are eloping.
nahco3: DO NOT GIVE ME IDEAS.
nahco3: BECAUSE NEXT THING YOU KNOW I WILL BE WRITING ABOUT THEM GETTING MARRIED IN A CEREMONY OFFICIATED BY MOURINHO.

How this ended up with me writing about them getting married in a ceremony officiated by Mourinho? If ONLY I KNEW. This is essentially cleaned up commentfic so, uh, maybe don't expect a lot of deep character analysis here. Other than how this is of course symbolic of how I would like all the Clasico drama to be cleared up.

Nice Day (For A White Wedding)
Pairing: Leo Messi/Cristiano Ronaldo; others heavily implied. Appearances by the majority of Real Madrid and Barcelona.
Word Count: 7800
Rating: PG
Notes: Crack. Utter crack. Humor at the expense of everyone involved. Edited for rampant italics and other problems by nahco3, which is only fair since it's her fault. Title after the song, natch.

Summary: Leo's the one eloping with Cristiano Ronaldo, so why is it up to Cesc to make sure nothing goes wrong? And what kind of elopement has an afterparty, anyway?

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