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The Writer They Call Tay
09 February 2016 @ 10:02 am
I was looking around for new iPad apps to keep me entertained, and the App store was recommending 'Avengers Academy', so I thought, 'hey, I like the Avengers', and gave it a shot. The premise is that all the Avengers (comic book incarnations, as far as I can tell) are teenagers, and Fury has opened a school to train them and take down HYDRA. The gameplay is kind of meh, but the dialogue is so spot on and perfect that I kept playing just to enjoy it. Teen!Tony is great. Highlights so far include: (some might be paraphrased)

Tony: *randomly* Does anyone mind if I build a robot army?

Tony: Why do you keep showing up out of nowhere?
Natasha: I'm a spy.
Tony: I'm single.

Wasp: I'm going to walk around taking pictures of myself.
Tony: I totally get that.

Pepper: *to you* For now we'll build Stark Tower where Tony wants it. We can move it later when he's not looking.

Pepper: *to you* Let's invite another recruit. If it's just me and Tony here I'm going to go mad.

The cinematics are really well done, too. The opening one with Tony late for school and flying casually through the air is awesome. But, like I said, the gameplay is a bit clunky, which is a problem considering that's the main focus of the game. But's entertaining, none the less.
The Writer They Call Tay
06 February 2016 @ 01:03 pm
Title: Bad Habits
Characters: Ana Jarvis, Edwin Jarvis, Peggy Carter, Daniel Sousa, daemons
Rating: PG
Warnings/Triggers: [Spoiler (click to open)]someone who has been drugged
Spoilers: Most of the first four episodes of Season Two of Agent Carter
Pairings: Jarvis/Ana
Word Count 3,656
Summary: Ana has a husband with a very bad habit of hurting himself and committing felonies.
Author's notes: This is a short(ish) missing scene sort of thing from Episode Four, when [Spoiler (click to open)]Jarvis is drugged by the tranquillizer dart. I wanted to do something with Ana caring for him, and it ended up being a silly bit of fluff and a chance to explore their relationship dynamics. Also, there are daemons, because that's how it arrived in my head.

For the record, I assume Ana and Hesper probably speak to each other in Hungarian, but for obvious reasons, I've had them use English here, except for a few, appropriate places.

Peggy Carter's daemon, Takeo, was created by the lovely joonscribble, with whom I share the MCU daemons. Thanks to her!

For reference: Hesperos ["Hesper/Hesci"] (a Chinese Oath Silk Moth), Haddie (a Welsh Springer spaniel), Takeo (a Spotted Hyena), and Eitana (an aardwolf).

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The Writer They Call Tay
04 February 2016 @ 06:59 pm
If your character has a moth daemon who technically does not really have a mouth, can that daemon smile? Can it tsk its tongue? I mean, technically, it shouldn't be able to talk, but all daemons do, so does that extend its magical powers to make noises and facial expressions its animal counterparts couldn't make?

Also, in doing research for this, I have discovered that silkworm moths have adorably furry faces that make them look like alien poodles.

Life is weird when you write stories.
The Writer They Call Tay
03 February 2016 @ 01:17 pm
Possible TMI ahead, be warned.

I have been passing kidney stones since Friday night. Like, six of them of at least 3mm, and a lot of kidney 'sand'. And it is so unpleasant, it is not even funny. I am sick of it. And I still have renal colic.

As is my wont, I am looking for characters to give this problem to, because I like to write what I know. I feel like Howard Stark would be a good candidate for kidney stones.

On the bright side, Agent Carter remains really freakin' good, and the amount of time I've spent in the bathtub means I've breezed through two very enjoyable Sara Gruen books. And I've also picked up my Epic War Adventures story which I thought I'd run out of steam on.

But mostly, ouch. And ick.
The Writer They Call Tay
30 January 2016 @ 09:23 am
Title: Character Flaws
Characters: Edwin Jarvis, Tony Stark, Howard Stark, Ana Jarvis, Maria Stark
Rating: PG-13
Warnings/Triggers: some swearing, a bit of violence
Spoilers: none
Pairings: Jarvis/Ana, Howard/Maria
Word Count 5,665
Summary: Jarvis’ outing with Master Tony is interrupted by a particularly aggressive photographer, who places himself in the hazardous position of getting on Edwin Jarvis’ bad side.
Author's notes: I was musing about Season 2!Jarvis’ increased fighting skills, and I wondered if Tony had ever seen them put to use, and then this idea popped into my head.

Set in 1974 (specifically August, apparently, from Jarvis’ comments on current events). Tony is four. I did my best to be somewhat realistic with the American judicial system, but I think I may have fudged slightly for the sake of storytelling.

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The Writer They Call Tay
29 January 2016 @ 09:41 am
When I write, I try to use the grammar and spelling that the person who's narrating, or whose POV we're occupying would use. So, American characters use American terms and spelling, and UK/Commonwealth citizens use British terms and spelling, regardless of whether the fandom is American or British-based. For characters like Edwin Jarvis and Peggy Carter, who are Brits surrounded by Americans in an American setting, I sometimes run into problems with what the dialogue of the Americans around them should be spelled like. For example, when an American is talking about his mother to a British person, does my British narrator record him as having said 'Mum' or 'Mom'? Because there is a distinct sound difference there, and it's hard for me to imagine any American saying 'Mum'. Airplane or aeroplane is another one.

It's probably something I'm overthinking, but I do feel like reading dialogue where Tony Stark says 'Mum' takes a person out of the moment a bit.

Any thoughts?
The Writer They Call Tay
15 January 2016 @ 01:00 pm
Of all the things to trip me up in writing a story, the fact that I can't make the joke I want to make because French doesn't have an onomatopoeic word for what a mouse says is really unexpected.
The Writer They Call Tay
07 January 2016 @ 06:03 pm
Because this was inevitable as soon as I started thinking about these characters again. Nero Wolfe daemons. Surprisingly easy to do, considering these aren't the most fleshed out of folks.

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The Writer They Call Tay
05 January 2016 @ 02:27 pm
Title: In the Middle
Characters: Archie Goodwin, Nero Wolfe, Peggy Carter, Edwin Jarvis
Rating: G
Warnings/Triggers: some blood
Spoilers: none
Pairings: None, but some flirting happens
Word Count 3,407
Summary: Archie tells a tale with no beginning and no end, for posterity’s sake.
Author's notes: I had a really bad migraine over the weekend. And, while I was lying in bed with my brain fuzzy, it decided that Nero Wolfeand Agent Carter should be crossed over. I have literally no idea why I was even thinking about Nero Wolfe, but when I sat down to write it, I did the whole first draft in twenty minutes. So, here we are. Starting 2016 off with a weird crossover as my first story.

It’s been many moons since my Nero Wolfe fandom days, but I did a little brushing up on media, and I hope Archie’s voice sounds okay. I aimed it more toward the TV series than the books, just because it was easier to hear Timothy Hutton’s voice in my head.

Nero Wolfe is a tiny, tiny fandom, at best, so if you are unfamiliar with it, I’m not surprised, and you might be lost reading this, as it's all from Archie's POV. I highly recommend getting your hands on some of the books, or the A&E tv series. They are both fantastically entertaining.

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The Writer They Call Tay
01 January 2016 @ 01:17 pm
I was talking to someone yesterday about video/computer games I enjoyed when I was younger, and one of the ones I mentioned was No One Lives Forever, which is a FPS/stealth game set in 1960’s England, where you play a female spy who is working for a secret organization to keep world peace, fighting against an evil secret organization who is trying to take over the world.

And I was talking about how the protagonist, Cate Archer, is really cool, because she’s a woman and none of the men she works with thinks she can do her job well, but she’s actually more capable than most of them, and she uses the discrimination to her advantage by making people underestimate her, and that’s when I realized Cate Archer is 1960’s Peggy Carter.

Also, most of Cate’s gadgets sound like they could have been invented by Howard Stark, some of which include:
— lipsticks that are actually weapons
— a compact mirror that is a decoder
— a hair barrette that is also a lock pick and/or poison dagger
— sunglasses that take pictures and spot mines
— a belt buckle with a zip cord on
— bottles of perfume with various sleeping gases and the like

I know all this sounds like I’m heading into weird fic territories again, but I’m not, I swear. I was just amused by the thought Cate looking on Peggy as a sort of inspiration, and UNITY (Cate’s agency) being an off-shoot of SHIELD.

My brother got the game for me for Christmas (?) one year, and it was a special edition with a ST CD, and the music is very cool. I especially liked Cate's James Bond-esque theme song.

There are plenty of playthroughs on youtube, if anyone is interested in the games. There are two of them, but unfortunately, the company went bankrupt, and there are rights issues that prevent re-releases, so unless you have access to an older computer, I don't think you could get the games to run yourself. Which is a shame, because they were silly and a lot of fun.