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Nothing faster than a heartbeat

Nothing slower than an age

The End.
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I found out about the MCR split before work on Saturday and the depth of my sadness at their ending has surprised me.

I am grateful for all that they have given us: albums' worth of amazing songs and whole artistic universes to go along with them. They created something so rich and open-ended that they invited participation by the fandom and I know that my enjoyment of the band and the wonderful place that is fandom can continue uninterrupted. And Gerard Way's tweet explaining the rationale behind the decision has helped me understand it better (and preserve my image of him and the band). But I can't help being a little heartbroken that it's over.

MCR taught me that it's ok to be unhappy (and also that it's ok to be happy).

They reminded me that dwelling on the negative aspects of life can be a positive thing and can be turned into something beautiful.

They taught me to be unashamed of living emotionally in an age of ironic posturing.

They allowed me to believe in the possibility of redemption through art.

For that. And for the music. I will always love them.

I know the band members aren't going anywhere. They will all probably continue to create publically (Gerard's comic is to be released in June and Frank's got tour dates lined up with Death Spells). But the hope that they gave me - that bands can have artistic integrity, that people can control their own destinies, that ponchos are an acceptable fashion choice - is somewhat lessened by their decision to stop fighting this particular fight.

tl;dr I totally respect their decisons but am still sad :(


Hey, at least FOB are providing distractions in the form of new songs and torture porn videos(!) like The Phoenix.

Bandomstuffsit reveals
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I've been buried by work and missed the bandomstuffsit reveals but it's not too late to recommend that you head on over to the amazing fic that the supertalented gala_apples wrote for me. It's about Bob as a government sex worker for werewolves and is fantastic. Thank you again ♥ ♥ ♥

I've only had time to read a few other stuffsits do far, but it feels like the unofficial theme for this years seems to be crossdressing - there are so many takes on it - which makes me happy. I can't wait to read the rest.

PODFIC by dapatty
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I've known for a while that dapatty is awesome. We met during Werewolf Big Bang when I had the pleasure of arting her wonderful story With You Hiding in My Bones.

Our bonding over furry transformational band boys continued and she very kindly offered to podfic my werefic, Five Times it Mattered that Patrick is a Werewolf (And One Time it Didn't).

I cannot express how excited I am about this! I've never had anything of mine podficced before and I'm so glad it was dapatty. She's done a marvellous job of capturing what I was aiming for. Please go listen and shower her with internet love.

You can find it on lj and AO3.

Thank you dapatty! ♥ ♥ ♥


What the fuck is Leverage?
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As usual, I'm several years behind the rest of the fan 'verse. While everyone seems to be into Teen Wolf and Revenge at the moment, my attention is all directed at a crack-tastic heist-based tv series called Leverage that started in 2008. I'll try to explain it, but be warned that so far I've only seen random episodes, out of sequence from the first, third and fourth series.


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tl;dr Leverage kinda sucks but I love it. Any other fans out there?


Challenges, GSF (but not that kind) and Leverage
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I haven't written anything for a while so I've signed up for Stuff It For Bandom because it's only 1500 words and I get to (hopefully) make someone happy (and I get a fic written just for me!). I got my prompt today and it fits really well so I'm super excited to start breeding plot bunnies.

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I started a new job recently working on a project that is referred to by all parties involved as the GSF. They're going to start wondering soon why I keep sniggering.

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I don't really have slash goggles. While I'm watching tv/films I don't tend to think about shipping. When initially watching 'Sherlock' I didn't really think about John and Sherlock's relationship beyond the bounds of the programme (which admittedly takes it quite far). Rather, I tend to stumble into fandoms, read fic and then retroactively start shipping the characters.

But 'Leverage' is different. I started watching it recently and the smouldering sexual tension between Hardison/Eliot just jumps off the screen. I haven't delved into 'Leverage' fic yet. I'm not sure that I need/want to.

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(This is the part of the post where I claim I'm going to post more regularly – like weekly – but we all know that's not going to happen!)

FIC: THE SOUND OF LONELINESS (MAKES ME HAPPIER) - MASTERPOST
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Title: The sound of loneliness (makes me happier)

Author: art_brutal

Band(s): My Chemical Romance ( a Jon Walker cameo)

Pairing(s): Bob Bryar/Mikey Way (with background Frank Iero/Gerard Way, past Brian Schechter/Bob Bryar)

Word Count: 12,500

Rating: R (for expletives)

Warning(s): brief mentions of past abuse within a relationship, small violent incident
Disclaimer: Don't own. Title is from “Poison Oak” by Bright Eyes.

Summary: Bob is not the relationship type but something about Mikey makes him want to change all that. There are obstacles at every turn, from Gerard's overprotectiveness to massive communication issues (mostly due to Bob being a failboat). Bob has to work out what he really wants to say and how to say it to have a chance of making a relationship with Mikey work. (AU. MCR never happened. Bob is a drummer working as a sound engineer.)

Author's Note: Huge thanks to the BBB mods and to my mixer and artist for choosing me. If the beginning of this fic seems familiar it's because it is expanded from a shorter fic I wrote for picfor1000. (There's no need to read it first, as this fic overrides it.) I have no personal experience of deafness but I wanted to use it to explore communication issues and have done a lot of (hopefully thorough) research. Also, I'm a Brit and have retained British spelling and grammar throughout.

PART ONE
PART TWO
PART THREE
PART FOUR
EPILOGUE
A03

Bonus Materials

Fanart: One piece by slashxyouxup

Fanmix: I Know You Don't Understand Me But I Gotta Tell You Somehow by valress


FIC: THE SOUND OF LONELINESS (MAKES ME HAPPIER) - EPILOGUE
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PART FOUR




EPILOGUECollapse )

One piece by slashxyouxup

mix by valress


FIC: THE SOUND OF LONELINESS (MAKES ME HAPPIER) - ART
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slashxyouxup has drawn this amazing piece of art to go with my fic. It's perfect! I love the way Bob and Mikey are separated (and looking cute on their resepctive sides of the art!) but connected by the text and the musical notes. Gorgeous!


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FIC: THE SOUND OF LONELINESS (MAKES ME HAPPIER) - FANMIX
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valress was kind enough to make a mix for this story. In the fic, music is what binds the characters together and lets them express themselves: valress has obviously put a lot of thought into this mix and it complements the story perfectly. Thank you! (And I LOVE the cover art.)


Front Cover


Backcover and tracklist


I Know You Won't Understand But I Gotta Tell You Some How

TRACK LISTING:
1. The Fight Song – Marilyn Manson
2. Lovesong – The Cure
3. 20th Century Boy – Adam Lambert
4. Groove Is In the Heart – Dee-Lite
5. The Power Of Love – Oomph
6. Opticon – Orgy
7. Take Me As I Am – David Cook
8. Crawl Back In – Dead By Sunrise
9. Sweetest Perfection – Depeche Mode
10. Spiderweb – Haley Reinhart
11. Technical Difficulties – Julien-K
12. Our Truth – Lacuna Coil
13. Guilty Pleasures (instrumental) – Mouthlike
14. Nvr Say Nvr – Julien-K
15. Broken English – Adam Lambert



LINKS:

mediafire
8tracks


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FIC: THE SOUND OF LONELINESS (MAKES ME HAPPIER) - PART FOUR
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PART THREE


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EPILOGUE


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