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Val Comes Out - Juliantina - Lesbians On Screen

Val Comes Out - Juliantina - Lesbians On Screen

July 24, 2020

Lesbians On Screen

Juliantina

Season 1 Episode 10

Today we are talking about Juliantina, a lesbian couple featured in the show Amar A Muerte - A Mexican soap opera and they fast gained global popularity.

We look at:

  • Val comes out to Guille and how accurate this depiction is
  • Val finally breaks up with Lucho but he does not take it well
  • Monica - “This episode is sponsored by compulsory heterosexuality”
  • Stalking Valentina - the Lucho and Sergio saga
  • Jacobo’s chat with Val
  • Lucho confronting Val aggressively and accusing her of sleeping with Jacobo

 

About the hosts

Sheena

Sheena has an honours degree in film and a passion for watching movies that started in her early teens. She is never far from her kindle or her netflix and is a super fan of content that specifically features lesbians or women loving women couples.

 

Monica McCallan

Monica McCallan was an enthusiastic fan of romance novels before she began writing them. Her first novel, Better than a Dream, was released in late December, 2017, and she's already hard at work on her second novel.

She lives with her partner and two tiny dogs, cannot parallel park to save her life, enjoys playing pool a few times a week, and has enjoyed every second of the craft beer explosion these last few years.

 

Links to Monica’s Lists of Juliantina stuff

 

https://medium.com/morning-boo/the-evolution-of-obsesi%C3%B3n-how-a-mexican-telenovela-is-taking-over-the-lesbian-world-bd75527c7e66

 

https://medium.com/morning-boo/part-ii-of-the-evolution-of-obsesi%C3%B3n-the-fantastic-world-of-the-juliantina-fandom-c815b664ffe2

 

Find Monica Online

Website https://www.monicamccallan.com/

Twitter https://twitter.com/monicamccallan

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/MonicaMcCallan

Val’s Father Finds Out - Juliantina - Lesbians On Screen

Val’s Father Finds Out - Juliantina - Lesbians On Screen

July 10, 2020

Val’s Father Finds Out

Lesbians On Screen

Season 1 Episode 9

 

Today we are talking about Juliantina, a lesbian couple featured in the show Amar A Muerte - A Mexican soap opera and they fast gained global popularity.

We look at:

  • Jules wants to put the breaks on
  • Using the word Normal a lot to describe their relationship and the importance of using the world Normal
  • How their intimacy becomes a forcing function of other people discovering their relationship
  • The merits of single season shows vs ongoing shows
  • “My daughter is not homosexual, she has had boyfriends” - an overused trope or a needed way to open the conversation about being gay and how it’s not a single experience fits all scenario
  • Val becomes the girl lying on her bed thinking about her love interest
  • The use of flashbacks and why it works
  • Jules gets a message from Sergio asking if she wants to hang out
  • Guille asks Val about what’s making her so happy

 

About the hosts

Sheena

Sheena has an honours degree in film and a passion for watching movies that started in her early teens. She is never far from her kindle or her netflix and is a super fan of content that specifically features lesbians or women loving women couples.

 

Monica McCallan

Monica McCallan was an enthusiastic fan of romance novels before she began writing them. Her first novel, Better than a Dream, was released in late December, 2017, and she's already hard at work on her second novel.

She lives with her partner and two tiny dogs, cannot parallel park to save her life, enjoys playing pool a few times a week, and has enjoyed every second of the craft beer explosion these last few years.

 

Links to Monica’s Lists of Juliantina stuff

 

https://medium.com/morning-boo/the-evolution-of-obsesi%C3%B3n-how-a-mexican-telenovela-is-taking-over-the-lesbian-world-bd75527c7e66

 

https://medium.com/morning-boo/part-ii-of-the-evolution-of-obsesi%C3%B3n-the-fantastic-world-of-the-juliantina-fandom-c815b664ffe2

 

Find Monica Online

 

Website https://www.monicamccallan.com/

Twitter https://twitter.com/monicamccallan

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/MonicaMcCallan

 

Kisses In Cars - Juliantina - Lesbians On Screen

Kisses In Cars - Juliantina - Lesbians On Screen

June 26, 2020

Kisses In Cars - Juliantina

Lesbians On Screen

Season 1 Episode 8

Today we are talking about Juliantina, a lesbian couple featured in the show Amar A Muerte - A Mexican soap opera and they fast gained global popularity.

 

We look at:

  • The Kiss in the car
  • Am I gay
  • For all the drama that Jules and Val go through they never waver in their feelings for one another
  • Juliana questions Val about Lucho
  • “Well, we’re in love”
  • Lucho become suspicious that Val is cheating on him
  • Jules and Val talk about the afterlife

 

About the hosts

Sheena

Sheena has an honours degree in film and a passion for watching movies that started in her early teens. She is never far from her kindle or her netflix and is a super fan of content that specifically features lesbians or women loving women couples.

 

 

Monica McCallan

Monica McCallan was an enthusiastic fan of romance novels before she began writing them. Her first novel, Better than a Dream, was released in late December, 2017, and she's already hard at work on her second novel.

She lives with her partner and two tiny dogs, cannot parallel park to save her life, enjoys playing pool a few times a week, and has enjoyed every second of the craft beer explosion these last few years.

 

Links to Monica’s Lists of Juliantina stuff

 

https://medium.com/morning-boo/the-evolution-of-obsesi%C3%B3n-how-a-mexican-telenovela-is-taking-over-the-lesbian-world-bd75527c7e66

 

https://medium.com/morning-boo/part-ii-of-the-evolution-of-obsesi%C3%B3n-the-fantastic-world-of-the-juliantina-fandom-c815b664ffe2

 

Find Monica Online

 

Website https://www.monicamccallan.com/

Twitter https://twitter.com/monicamccallan

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/MonicaMcCallan

Who Paid The Hospital Bill? - Juliantina - Lesbians On Screen

Who Paid The Hospital Bill? - Juliantina - Lesbians On Screen

June 12, 2020

Who Paid The Hospital Bill?

Lesbians On Screen - Juliantina

Season 1 Episode 7

 

Today we are talking about Juliantina, a lesbian couple featured in the show Amar A Muerte - A Mexican soap opera and they fast gained global popularity.

 

We look at:

  • Mateo warning Val off Jules and Val’s response
  • Val looking up love between women
  • Why the internet is the great equaliser for the queer community
  • At the hospital - Jules thinks Val paid the hospital bill
  • Jules sees her father and goes after him
  • Val and Jules feel very differently about the idea of a guardian angel
  • Jules confronts her father without realising it’s him
  • Is Lucho the bad guy with a redemption arc or just the bad guy?

 

About the hosts

Sheena

Sheena has an honours degree in film and a passion for watching movies that started in her early teens. She is never far from her kindle or her netflix and is a super fan of content that specifically features lesbians or women loving women couples.

 

Monica McCallan

Monica McCallan was an enthusiastic fan of romance novels before she began writing them. 

She lives with her partner and two tiny dogs, cannot parallel park to save her life, enjoys playing pool a few times a week, and has enjoyed every second of the craft beer explosion these last few years.

 

Links to Monica’s Lists of Juliantina stuff

 

https://medium.com/morning-boo/the-evolution-of-obsesi%C3%B3n-how-a-mexican-telenovela-is-taking-over-the-lesbian-world-bd75527c7e66

 

https://medium.com/morning-boo/part-ii-of-the-evolution-of-obsesi%C3%B3n-the-fantastic-world-of-the-juliantina-fandom-c815b664ffe2

 

Find Monica Online

Website https://www.monicamccallan.com/

Twitter https://twitter.com/monicamccallan

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/MonicaMcCallan

 

The Conversation After The Kiss - Juliantina - Lesbians On Screen

The Conversation After The Kiss - Juliantina - Lesbians On Screen

May 29, 2020

The Conversation After The Kiss - Juliantina

Lesbians On Screen

Season 1 Episode 6

 

Sheena and Monica sit down to look at the scenes after the kiss the in the pool.

We look at:

  • Lupe is in hospital
  • “Lesbians own the pinky swear now.” - Monica McCallan
  • Floating “Gay” in the conversation to see what the reaction is
  • Jacobo listens in on Val’s conversation with Jules
  • We see Juliantina’s father for the first time in the body of Beltran
  • Having the post kiss conversation and being interrupted - “How dare you, my boyfriend, interrupt me when I am talking to my girlfriend.” - Monica McCallan
  • “Maybe it’s BYOB, bring your own blood,” Monica McCallan
  • Why hasn’t Val broken up with Lucho?

  

About the hosts

Sheena

Sheena has an honours degree in film and a passion for watching movies that started in her early teens. She is never far from her kindle or her netflix and is a super fan of content that specifically features lesbians or women loving women couples.

 

Monica McCallan

Monica McCallan was an enthusiastic fan of romance novels before she began writing them. Her first novel, Better than a Dream, was released in late December, 2017, and she's already hard at work on her second novel.

She lives with her partner and two tiny dogs, cannot parallel park to save her life, enjoys playing pool a few times a week, and has enjoyed every second of the craft beer explosion these last few years.

 

Links to Monica’s Lists of Juliantina stuff

https://medium.com/morning-boo/the-evolution-of-obsesi%C3%B3n-how-a-mexican-telenovela-is-taking-over-the-lesbian-world-bd75527c7e66

 

https://medium.com/morning-boo/part-ii-of-the-evolution-of-obsesi%C3%B3n-the-fantastic-world-of-the-juliantina-fandom-c815b664ffe2

 

Find Monica Online

Website https://www.monicamccallan.com/

Twitter https://twitter.com/monicamccallan

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/MonicaMcCallan

Valentina And Juliana Have Their First Kiss - Juliantina - Lesbians On Screen

Valentina And Juliana Have Their First Kiss - Juliantina - Lesbians On Screen

May 15, 2020

Valentina And Juliana Have Their First Kiss

Lesbians On Screen Season 1 Episode 5

Today we are talking about Juliantina, a lesbian couple featured in the show Amar A Muerte - A Mexican soap opera and they fast gained global popularity.

 

We look at:

  • Juliana’s mother gets kidnapped
  • Juliana drops the truth bomb about her father and Val’s reaction to the truth
  • The rainbow shirt
  • “Juliana, just let yourself be loved!”
  • Juliana and Valentina kiss for the first time in the pool

 

About the hosts

Sheena

Sheena has an honours degree in film and a passion for watching movies that started in her early teens. She is never far from her kindle or her netflix and is a super fan of content that specifically features lesbians or women loving women couples.

 

Monica McCallan

Monica McCallan was an enthusiastic fan of romance novels before she began writing them. Her first novel, Better than a Dream, was released in late December, 2017, and she's already hard at work on her second novel.

She lives with her partner and two tiny dogs, cannot parallel park to save her life, enjoys playing pool a few times a week, and has enjoyed every second of the craft beer explosion these last few years.

 

Links to Monica’s Lists of Juliantina stuff

 

https://medium.com/morning-boo/the-evolution-of-obsesi%C3%B3n-how-a-mexican-telenovela-is-taking-over-the-lesbian-world-bd75527c7e66

 

https://medium.com/morning-boo/part-ii-of-the-evolution-of-obsesi%C3%B3n-the-fantastic-world-of-the-juliantina-fandom-c815b664ffe2

 

Find Monica Online

Website https://www.monicamccallan.com/

Twitter https://twitter.com/monicamccallan

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/MonicaMcCallan

The Clothing Montage And More Than Friends Sleepover - Lesbians On Screen - Juliantina

The Clothing Montage And More Than Friends Sleepover - Lesbians On Screen - Juliantina

May 1, 2020

The Clothing Montage And More Than Friends Sleepover

Lesbians On Screen - Juliantina

Season 1 Episode 4

 

Today we are talking about Juliantina, a lesbian couple featured in the show Amar A Muerte - A Mexican soap opera and they fast gained global popularity.

 

We look at:

  • The Clothing Montage
  • When Val sees Jules with THE Dress on
  • More than friends - the sleepover
  • Realising there are feelings for one another

 

About the hosts

Sheena

Sheena has an honours degree in film and a passion for watching movies that started in her early teens. She is never far from her kindle or her netflix and is a super fan of content that specifically features lesbians or women loving women couples.

 

Monica McCallan

Monica McCallan was an enthusiastic fan of romance novels before she began writing them. Her first novel, Better than a Dream, was released in late December, 2017, and she's already hard at work on her second novel.

She lives with her partner and two tiny dogs, cannot parallel park to save her life, enjoys playing pool a few times a week, and has enjoyed every second of the craft beer explosion these last few years.

 

Links to Monica’s Lists of Juliantina stuff

 

https://medium.com/morning-boo/the-evolution-of-obsesi%C3%B3n-how-a-mexican-telenovela-is-taking-over-the-lesbian-world-bd75527c7e66

 

https://medium.com/morning-boo/part-ii-of-the-evolution-of-obsesi%C3%B3n-the-fantastic-world-of-the-juliantina-fandom-c815b664ffe2

 

Find Monica Online

 

Website https://www.monicamccallan.com/

Twitter https://twitter.com/monicamccallan

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/MonicaMcCallan

Juliana and Valentina’s First Dance - Lesbians On Screen - Juliantina

Juliana and Valentina’s First Dance - Lesbians On Screen - Juliantina

April 17, 2020

Juliantina - The First Dance

Lesbians On Screen

Season 1 Episode 3 

Sheena and Monica discuss Juliantina, a lesbian couple featured in the show Amar A Muerte - A Mexican soap opera and they fast gained global popularity.

In this episode:

  • The divide between Jules and Val is highlighted
  • Jules tells Val she doesn’t want any more money thrown her way
  • Val ditches the bodyguards as they share an afternoon in the park
  • Their first dance

 

About the hosts

Sheena

Sheena has an honours degree in film and a passion for watching movies that started in her early teens. She is never far from her kindle or her netflix and is a super fan of content that specifically features lesbians or women loving women couples.

 

Monica McCallan

Monica McCallan was an enthusiastic fan of romance novels before she began writing them. Her first novel, Better than a Dream, was released in late December, 2017, and she's already hard at work on her second novel.

She lives with her partner and two tiny dogs, cannot parallel park to save her life, enjoys playing pool a few times a week, and has enjoyed every second of the craft beer explosion these last few years.

 

Links to Monica’s Lists of Juliantina stuff

 

https://medium.com/morning-boo/the-evolution-of-obsesi%C3%B3n-how-a-mexican-telenovela-is-taking-over-the-lesbian-world-bd75527c7e66

 

https://medium.com/morning-boo/part-ii-of-the-evolution-of-obsesi%C3%B3n-the-fantastic-world-of-the-juliantina-fandom-c815b664ffe2

 

Find Monica Online

 

Website https://www.monicamccallan.com/

Twitter https://twitter.com/monicamccallan

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/MonicaMcCallan

 

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Juliana And Valentina Meet - Juliantina - Lesbians On Screen

Juliana And Valentina Meet - Juliantina - Lesbians On Screen

April 3, 2020

Juliana And Valentina Meet

Lesbians On Screen

Season 1 Episode 2

 

In this episode we talking about how Juliana and Valentina meet and why it’s an awesome meet cute.

Juliantina, a lesbian couple featured in the show Amar A Muerte - A Mexican soap opera and they fast gained global popularity.

 

We look at:

  • Their meeting
  • Becoming friends
  • How we know it’s more than just friendship even this early on
  • The first pool scene
  • Val’s tendency to push things further

 

About the hosts

Sheena

Sheena has an honours degree in film and a passion for watching movies that started in her early teens. She is never far from her kindle or her netflix and is a super fan of content that specifically features lesbians or women loving women couples.

 

Monica McCallan

Monica McCallan was an enthusiastic fan of romance novels before she began writing them. Her first novel, Better than a Dream, was released in late December, 2017, and she's already hard at work on her second novel.

She lives with her partner and two tiny dogs, cannot parallel park to save her life, enjoys playing pool a few times a week, and has enjoyed every second of the craft beer explosion these last few years.

 

Links to Monica’s Lists of Juliantina stuff

 

https://medium.com/morning-boo/the-evolution-of-obsesi%C3%B3n-how-a-mexican-telenovela-is-taking-over-the-lesbian-world-bd75527c7e66

 

https://medium.com/morning-boo/part-ii-of-the-evolution-of-obsesi%C3%B3n-the-fantastic-world-of-the-juliantina-fandom-c815b664ffe2

 

Find Monica Online

 

Website https://www.monicamccallan.com/

Twitter https://twitter.com/monicamccallan

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/MonicaMcCallan

Why Juliantina Are The Best Kind Of Lesbians On Screen

Why Juliantina Are The Best Kind Of Lesbians On Screen

March 20, 2020

Why Juliantina Are The Best Kind Of Lesbians On Screen

Lesbians On Screen Season 1 Episode 1

 

Today Sheena and Monica are are talking about Juliantina, a lesbian couple featured in the show Amar A Muerte - A Mexican soap opera and they fast gained global popularity.

We look at:

  • Why the rep is groundbreaking
  • Why it's important to have a planned lesbian couple in a show
  • Why having a coming out story like this is still important
  • What makes Juliantina one of a kind
  • Juliantina did what Clexa didn’t

 

About the hosts

 

Sheena

Sheena has an honours degree in film and a passion for watching movies that started in her early teens. She is never far from her kindle and is a super fan of content that specifically features lesbians or women loving women couples.

 

Monica McCallan

Monica McCallan was an enthusiastic fan of romance novels before she began writing them. Her first novel, Better than a Dream, was released in late December, 2017, and she's already hard at work on her second novel.

She lives with her partner and two tiny dogs, cannot parallel park to save her life, enjoys playing pool a few times a week, and has enjoyed every second of the craft beer explosion these last few years.

 

Links to Monica’s Lists of Juliantina stuff

 

Link 2 to Monica's Juliantina stuff

 

 

Find Monica Online

Website https://www.monicamccallan.com/

Twitter https://twitter.com/monicamccallan

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/MonicaMcCallan

 

Mallory Lass’s Holiday F/F Fanfic Reading List

Mallory Lass’s Holiday F/F Fanfic Reading List

December 7, 2018

Mallory Lass's Holiday F/F Fanfic Reading List

Les Do Books with Tara and guest Mallory Lass

Mallory Lass is back! This time she joins Tara to share her holiday f/f fanfic reading list, with both holiday-themed stories and stories for people who want to avoid the season.

More from Mallory:

 

Holiday Theme

These are full of common themes and plot devices. Christmas fics tend to be short and sweet, and a lot are written for some version of a holiday fic exchange or prompt fest. Most of them are Gen/Teen. Mistletoe features prominently.

 

  1. “Blue Christmas” Ch 1-9, Ch 10-13, Ch 14-17  by raginhoops. 23K words, rated Teen.
    Fandom: Law and Order: SUV; Ship: Olivia Benson/Alexandra Cabot
    Backstory: Olivia Benson, sexy butch detective in the special victims unit. Alexandra Cabot, blond bombshell assistant district attorney.

Rec: Tables are turned when Olivia is the one pursued.

Major Tropes: Workplace Romance, Rich Girl/Poor Girl

Content warnings: N/A

 

  1. Holiday Wish” by miss_morland. <1K, rated Gen
    Fandom: Harry Potter; Ship: Minerva McGonagall/Poppy Pomfrey

Backstory: Mrs. McGonagall is one of the most respected teachers in all of Hogwarts. Mrs. Pomfrey is a fantastic healer. Both are women of a certain age playing important, but minor roles in a massively popular series with a huge cast of characters.

Rec: A 5 things fic that regresses in time and reminded me of Sarah Waters’ Night Watch. It’s really, really sweet. Full of love, and a surprise ending. Short, but packs a punch.

Content warnings: N/A

Bonus: Podfic! Recorded by thriceandonce

 

  1. Wrapped in Red” by cassiopeiasara. 1.5K words, rated Teen+

Fandom: Ghostbusters (2016); Ship: Jillian Holtzmann/Patty Tolan
Backstory: Ghostbusters all female female reboot was released to a lot of outside noise and negativity. In my opinion set the table for other all female reboot movies, like Ocean’s 8, to succeed. Also helped elevate Kate McKinnon’s reputation as a comedy genius in film.

Rec: This is positively smooshy! There is mistletoe and courting, and getting of the girl. The characterization is great.

Content warnings: N/A

Bonus: search the hashtag “#all I want for Christmas is this ficathon” on tumblr to find fics submitted for ratherembarassing’s 2016 challenge, some Supergirl ones are on ao3 as well.

 

  1. She Sees You When You’re Sleeping; She Knows When You’re Awake” by T_Ninja. 2.3K words, rated Gen

Fandom: Person of Interest (TV); Ship: Root/Sameen Shaw
Backstory: This show follows a mix of hackers, cops, and former military as they take orders from an AI, the Machine, that was created to know when murders were premeditated and alert this group to stop them. Root/Shaw aka Shoot, we’re a pair full of slow burn subtext, which the show ultimately made canon in later seasons.

Rec: This cute Christmas story features The Machine playing matchmaker, mistletoe and Santa.

Content warnings: Full of canon typical wry humor, casual mentions of murder plots and guns.

 

  1. Singles' Night at the ER” by Keziah. 3.8K words, rated Teen+

Fandom: The 100 (TV Show); Ship: Abby Griffin/Raven Reyes | Doctor Mechanic

Backstory: A lot of the Doctor Mechanic subtext in this show occurred in the first and second seasons. It’s a tiny ship in a behemoth fandom with another main f/f ship.

Major Tropes: Age-gap, Modern AU

Rec: Perfect for fans of fluffy, fade to black, this is a cute modern AU fic set in the ER on Christmas Eve. Plus they go to a diner!

Content warnings: N/A

 

  1. Marmite & Mistletoe” by ArcadiaArden. 155K words, rated Mature

Fandom: Rizzli & Isles; Ship: F/F
Backstory: Set in Season 5

Rec: A friend says it’s her favorite Christmas fic and I am looking forward to reading over the holidays myself.

Content warnings: Not fluffy, read the author notes

 

Holiday Avoidance

A lot of people don’t have the luxury of enjoying the holidays. There is a lot of stress and pressure for everything to be perfect, people are money strapped, people have anniversaries of loved ones deaths, queer people particularly tend to have rocky relationships with their families for a whole host of reasons. If you just need to escape into something, this list is for you!

 

  1. The Greatest” fanvid by Bironic

Fandom & Characters: multifandom video featuring characters of color in over 75 canons - see tags.

Backstory: This video was commissioned for a charity auction, notes from the creator: "Don't give up." A celebration of some badass characters of color in recent science fiction, fantasy and horror TV and movies. Made for resolute as part of the Fandom Trumps Hate 2017-2018 charity auction.

Rec: I have watched this fanvid so many times, and every time it puts a massive smile on my face. I only know half of the original shows/movies, if that, but it’s fun picking out my faves. There is a f/f kiss from Timeless toward the end, see if you I can spot it.

Content Warnings: zombie beheading at 0:25, PG 13 to R rated movie typical violence

 

  1. Gone to the Dogs” by avesnongrata and Woodface. 173K words, rated Mature.

Fandom: Marvel Cinematic Universe; Ship: Maria Hill/Natasha Romanov
Backstory: This is an amazing and fairly small ship in a massive multiship fandom. Their portmanteau is BlackHill, which is pretty rad. A lot of the BlackHill writers read the Black Widow comics, so there is extra texture which makes for high-quality writing. Lots of hurt/comfort with this ship.

Rec: This is both a Black Widow origin story and a Maria Hill/Natasha Romanov spy girlfriends story. Each author wrote from one of the characters’ perspective and I think that is, in part, what makes it a really strong story. It will suck you in and you won’t be able to stop reading so make sure you have a good chunk of time.

Content warnings: PTSD, past abuse/abandonment, violence

Bonus Rec for Poly Positive Readers:Women’s Weapons” by ThingsWithWings, 4.5K words, rated Explicit

Ship: Maria Hill/Pepper Potts/Natasha Romanov

More: 2 podfics linked inside the fic.

 

  1. some kind of madness (has started to evolve)” by thecrackshiplollipop. 8.5K words, rated Explicit

Fandom: The 100 (TV); Ship: Abby Griffin/Raven Reyes
Backstory: Abby is a doctor in the show and in this AU also a yoga instructor. Raven is a engineer/mechanic extraordinaire who gets disabled in the show and in this AU she is a student, mechanic, and dealing with her disability.

Rec: One of those I didn’t know I needed till I read it stories. Sometimes you just need well written smut with a good plot. Really good treatment of Raven’s disability. Really good angst over the age gap which isn’t usually my cuppa. It’s just good dang it.

Major Tropes: Modern AU; Age Gap

Content warnings: N/A

Note: If Clarke/Lexa is more your thing check out their other work she has quite a few Clexa stories.

 

  1. Chaos Theory” Series by andthatisterrible. 430K words, rated Teen -> Explicit (can avoid that part of series)

Fandom: Person of Interest (TV); Ship: Root/Sameen Shaw

Backstory: This show follows a mix of hackers, cops, and former military as they take orders from an AI, the Machine, that was created to know when murders were premeditated and alert this group to stop them. Root/Shaw aka Shoot, we’re a pair full of slow burn subtext, which the show ultimately made canon in later seasons.

Rec: The main story Sliding Towards Chaos, is rated Teen and then the author’s companion story Feedback Loops contains the Explicit interludes. They are all connected on ao3 (pay attention to the notes) and it’s a really interesting way to write to both audiences. It was also a Rec I received during my line standing time at ClexaCon.

Content warnings: Canon typical violence, rough sex in the explicit story typical of their early show interactions: pain play, light bdsm, destruction of clothes.

 

  1. and when we're there we'll belong” series by andibeth82. 540K words, rated Mature

Fandom: Marvel Cinematic Universe | The Acengers; Ship: Clint Barton/Laura Barton/Natasha Romanov, Clint Barton/Natasha Romanov, Laura Barton/Natasha Romanov, Clint Barton/Laura Barton
Backstory: This is an absolute behemoth of a story, which the author has been pouring love into since 2015. It’s essentially a Clint and Natasha backstory, that meets up and connects to the Avengers movie timelines.

Rec: This is a Poly story! If you don’t like reading F/M or you don’t like Poly relationships, this is not the story for you. If you would like to see examples of how to build a Poly family, what and how to tell kids, etc. this story is for you. If you love found family, this story is for you. My only minor complaint is there isn’t enough Laura/Nat, it def skewed Clint/Nat, Clint/Laura because of the constraints of the MCU, but the writing is engaging. There is also a lot of domestic fluff, and dealing with the Barton Kids.

Content warnings: Canon typical violence and injuries, difficulties conceiving in first part, miscarriage (IIRC it is in part 3)

 

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NaNoWriMo - Lez Geek Out!

NaNoWriMo - Lez Geek Out!

November 16, 2018

NaNoWriMo

Lez Geek Out

Episode 44 

Andi and Lise discuss the annual giant writing event, NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month, in which participants hammer out a short novel of 50,000 words over the course of November. They tell you what it is, how it works, what some strategies might be to help you approach your NaNo writing project, offer their own experiences doing it, and remind you not to freak out. 

If you’re a novice writer, NaNo is a great way to see what the professional writing life is like, because it requires you to write every day if you want to hit that 50,000-word mark by the end of the month. It also provides structure and a writing community, which is really valuable because you need critique to help you grow as a writer. 

There other types of writing events, too: 

Academic Writing Month (AcWriMo) 

National Poetry Writing Month (NaPoWriMo) 

National Blog Posting Month (NaBloPoMo) 

And this week, Lise recommends the medical mystery/weirdness podcast Sawbones while Andi implores people to please watch the CW series Legends of Tomorrow.

Halloween Movie Extravaganza - Lez Geek Out!

Halloween Movie Extravaganza - Lez Geek Out!

November 2, 2018

Episode 43

This week, Andi and Lise share some of their fave scary movies in honor of Halloween! Also, they drink beer and employ bad Halloween accents. 

Lise: 

Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) 

Tucker and Dale vs. Evil (2010) 

Hocus Pocus (1993) 

Alien 3 (1992) 

Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) BECAUSE OF COURSE OMG 

Andi: 

The Sixth Sense (1999) 

Sleepy Hollow (1999) 

Signs (2002) 

Alien (1979) 

Night of the Living Dead (1968) 50TH ANNIVERSARY, Y’ALL! 

Bonus! Lise also recommends Resident Evil (2002—holy crap, Milla Jovovich) and Andi recommends Get Out (2017). 

And this week, Lise is raving about author Seanan McGuire’s work, particularly The Girl in the Green Silk Gown while Andi got all kinds of feels watching the scifi robot fight circuit movie Real Steel. (srsly. Weepy.) 

Gatekeeping in Geek Culture

Gatekeeping in Geek Culture

October 19, 2018

Episode 42

Andi and Lise discuss gatekeeping in fandom, and how it excludes many already-marginalized groups from participating in fan culture, including various elements of it like cosplay. 

They also discuss how fandoms and pop culture are reflections of the larger society in which they exist, and Lise brings up how that might keep women and other marginalized people from going into STEM fields. 

Sadly, gatekeeping isn’t something that is imposed on marginalized groups by a non-marginalized group. LGBTQ gatekeeping occurs, too, and Andi and Lise discuss how that was exemplified by the announcement that gender-fluid lesbian actress Ruby Rose would be portraying Batwoman in the forthcoming Arrowverse crossover event on the CW. Rose was accused of “not being queer enough” and had to leave social media because of the harassment along those lines directed toward her. 

For further reference: 

Andi mentioned Heather Hogan’s article on Autostraddle about the new Dr. WhoHere’s the link. 

Also, Clare McBride at SyFy Wire did an op-ed called “ ‘Not Gay Enough’: Ruby Rose, Gatekeeping, and Toxic Fandom.” Link here. 

Lise mentioned a YouTube video by Jessie Gender about gatekeeping in queer culture. Catch the link here.

For more information on what Andi and Lise are geeking out about right now, check out Orc Haven by Beryll and Osiri Brackhaus, and The Gifted on Fox.

Interview with Fangirl Shirts

Interview with Fangirl Shirts

October 5, 2018

Episode 41 

This week, Andi chats with the owners of Fangirl Shirts, Rebecca Barrick and Sally Heaven, who “make awesome shirts by, for and about women.” They launched the company four years ago as a way to celebrate fangirls and fan culture through T-shirts and other swag, doing cool things like spelling out the word “fangirl” in the font of a particular show title and immortalizing lines from shows or the fandoms on shirts and swag. 

Fangirl Shirts is also committed to community works, and a portion of profits go to non-profits that support girls and/or women. They also do special edition shirts that benefit a specific cause or organization (try the Queer Thunder and Peacemaker swaggery, for example) and they’re the organizers of the ClexaCon fun-run, an event they just launched at the second ClexaCon (the largest queer women and allies in media con) held in April, 2018. They’re already planning for the next, and they have all kinds of projects they’re working on, which makes Andi an even bigger fangirl of them. 

Find Fangirl Shirts: 

Website (BUY!) 

Twitter -- @fangirlshirts 

Instagram -- @fangirl_shirts 

Pinterest -- @fangirlshirts 

Stand Still Stay Silent

Stand Still Stay Silent

September 7, 2018

Episode 39: Webcomic Stand Still. Stay Silent 

Andi and Lise are really into the webcomic, Stand Still. Stay Silent, written and drawn by Finnish-Swedish artist Minna Sundberg. Actually, they might be complete and utter fangirls of it and it was Lise, this time, who turned Andi onto this amazing post-apocalyptic story that has elements of Nordic mythology in it. SSSS is so good that it won a Reuben in 2015 for best online comic (the Reubens are given out by the National Cartoonists Society, and it is the highest honor that the society bestows). 

From the website: 

“It's been 90 years after the end of the old world. Most of the surviving population of the Known world live in Iceland, the largest safe area in existence, while the safe settlements in the other Nordic countries; Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland, are small and scarce. 

“Countless mysterious and unspoken dangers lurk outside the safe areas, the Silent world, and hunters, mages and cleansers will spend their lives defending the settlements against the terrifying beings. Because of a great fear towards everything in the Silent world no official attempts to explore the ruins of the old have been made, and most of the information about it has turned into ancient lore, known by few. 

“But now, at last, it is time to send out an research crew into the great unknown! A poorly funded and terribly unqualified crew, but a crew nonetheless.” 

-- 

The art and story are engaging, the characterization is brilliant, and the artist brings in mythological elements and fuses them incredibly well with the larger story arcs of the post-apocalyptic theme (this apocalypse originating with a disease) and the reclamation of older, pagan traditions that provide a way to cope with and survive in new circumstances. 

Find Stand Still. Stay Silent HERE 

Find the artist, Minna Sundberg, on Twitter HERE (@SSSSComic) and HERE (@hummingfluff) 

Also, in honor of recording this podcast, Andi was drinking Einstök beer, crafted in Iceland, located 60 miles south of the Arctic Circle. In this instance, she was indulging in the Icelandic Wee Heavy. Super delish. 

AND! Find Lez Geek Out! on Twitter HERE! (@LGOPodcast) 

Thor: Ragnarok

Thor: Ragnarok

August 24, 2018

Episode 38: Thor: Ragnarok 

Andi and Lise watched (okay, re-watched because they dig this movie) Thor: Ragnarok (2017), part of the Marvel Universe movie, which means it’s a giant bucket of special effects, awesome cinematography, and epic battle scenes. But what this Thor movie brought – and something Andi and Lise totally enjoyed – was a slightly comedic turn amidst the dark subject matter, and we get to see a lighter side of Thor even as he struggles to get back to Asgard before the prophecy of Ragnarök comes to pass in which Asgard is destroyed. 

Particular favorites in this film include Cate Blanchett’s amazing turn as Hela, Goddess of Death (seriously, we could watch Blanchett write a grocery list and be enthralled, but her turn as a villain is awesome!); Tessa Thompson as “Scrapper 142”—a Valkyrie, also from Asgard (more movies with her, please); director Taika Waititi voicing Korg, a being made of rocks who is the world’s nicest slacker revolutionary; and Jeff Goldblum as an earnest and “fun-uncle-ish” despot on Sakaar, a planet made of trash. 

See the trailer 

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