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Keep Hoping Machine Running ([personal profile] thefourthvine) wrote2012-01-01 09:43 am
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Yuletide Reveal!

This year, my story was in the fandom I most hoped to be assigned. Why I most hoped to be assigned it - I mean, okay, obviously I thought I could write a story in it, and I wanted to write a story in it, and all of that. But it is also a true and actual fact that I had, before this Yuletide, written two stories featuring characters played by Val Kilmer. (Basically, the one where Val Kilmer tops Robert Downey, Jr. and the one where Val Kilmer tops Tom Cruise, not that that is challenging or anything.) And I had noticed that any characters portrayed by Val Kilmer tended to, um. Feature in the kind of sex scenes that had my betas saying things like, "Wow, he's really toppy!" and "I love how toppy he is!" (And, once, "Did you mean him to be this toppy? Because I'm just saying, he's really, really toppy. Like, a lot.")

There was one more Val Kilmer movie that I'd seen, and I had to know. Does Val Kilmer just always play the top? Always?

Well, this year I was lucky enough to be assigned the marvelous [livejournal.com profile] omorka, who wanted a story that could answer that question. (Uh, for the record, my interest in Kilmer's topability rating was entirely my own, although her prompt fit with it perfectly. I don't want to impugn her good name or anything.) And I got my final data point, though I'm not going to spoil you with the results. Instead, I'm going to say that once again I had a terrific time writing my story (and creepily stalking my recipient's journal for clues about things she might like in a story). It was a Very Fun Yuletide. I'm sad I'm out of Val Kilmer movies to write for Yuletide, to be honest; he's been good to me. And to his various co-stars.

Etch out a Future of Your Own Design (13741 words) by faviconthefourthvine
Fandom: Real Genius (1985), Eureka
Rating: Explicit
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Mitch Taylor/Chris Knight, Mitch Taylor/Jordan
Characters: Mitch Taylor, Chris Knight, Jordan
Summary:

Chris keeps in touch.


This story only exists because of an incredible writing support team. (I was writing much faster than usual, and also outside my comfort zone - there were feelings involved - so I needed lots and lots of help.) I would like to thank:

The Supportive Alpha-Readers: Best Beloved, who provided help every time I got stuck, gave me some very key suggestions, and took care of the earthling so his Mama could write smut, and [personal profile] norah, who has no spare time at all these days, but still found the time to alpha-read my story and provide much-needed orientation, advice, and comments. (Her: "It isn't that bad. No, really, it isn't. You just always hate your Yuletide story at this point in the process." Me: "Really? Because this year seems different." Her: "Every. Single. Year. At exactly this point. In exactly this way." Me: "...Oh.")

The Team of Intrepid Betas: [personal profile] cathalin, [personal profile] dine, [personal profile] laurashapiro, [personal profile] mecurtin, and [personal profile] queue. They gave freely of their advice, support, and corrections. They looked for anachronisms. They answered questions like "What kind of underwear did cool dudes wear in 1985?" without blinking (and, I might add, with some highly amusing stories that will, for example, forever change my view of the color lemon yellow). They forced me to fix my feelings arc. They pried semicolons out of my clutching, desperate hands. They made my story so much better. And they were all really, really damned fast. I needed them, and they came through.

And, finally, Special Yuletide Consultant [personal profile] xenacryst. He summarized twenty-five years of internet history in AD&D terminology on 24 hours' notice, and I was so stressed I forgot to thank him (until now).

You are all awesome, and I could not have done it without you.
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[personal profile] kass 2012-01-01 06:12 pm (UTC)(link)
Oh, wow, awesome, you wrote that Real Genius story! I loved that story. It was one of my favorites from this Yuletide. Go you.
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[personal profile] sporky_rat 2012-01-01 06:19 pm (UTC)(link)
Why am I not surprised that you wrote a Real Genius story that I fell in love with? It was fantastic and I want to say you got Jordan right, too.
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[personal profile] kimboosan 2012-01-01 06:26 pm (UTC)(link)
I loved this story. I'm a huge Real Genius fan (and maintain the only Delicious record of ALL RL FIC EVER WRITTEN, which is tragically not much) and this story hit all my buttons. I love Chris being so damned mysterious and persistent, and Chris going whole-hog into the world of "Information wants to be FREEEE!!!" just makes so much damn sense to me. Really well done fic!
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[personal profile] kimboosan 2012-01-02 04:14 am (UTC)(link)
Sadly, it is a short list! All the Real Genius fanfic EVER. The first fic I ever read and still a favorite is Ana_grrl's SGA/RG crossover, "The Marines Love Her" which has Jordan pretty much saving the galaxy and getting the Marines hot for her guns. ;) We need MOAR!!!!

Also, there is a also a very dead comm: Real Genius Fic. *sad!face*
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[personal profile] rhi 2012-01-02 06:41 am (UTC)(link)
Oh, God, yes, that SGA/RG crossover is a thing of beauty and a joy forever!!
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[personal profile] ilyena_sylph 2012-01-01 06:43 pm (UTC)(link)
No, not always. Tombstone he's very much not the top. And his character in Willow is also very much not a top. Also his Bruce Wayne would also be a total pushover in bed (his Bat, on the other hand, would be a hell of a top.)

But mostly? Oh lords, gods, and minor demons he plays a fantastic top.
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[personal profile] ilyena_sylph 2012-01-02 03:32 am (UTC)(link)
Heh.

Go with either Tombstone or one I didn't mention, The Saint, wherein he flips his body language back and forth, but mostly he's so not the top.

(Anonymous) 2012-01-07 08:59 pm (UTC)(link)
yeah! The Saint is mostly the most unbelievable movie ever (i love it anyways! /shame) but the way he plays mr-i-don't-have-a-real-sense-of-self is mesmerizing. He makes me happy!

teogli
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[personal profile] laurashapiro 2012-01-01 07:12 pm (UTC)(link)
Re lemon yellow: yeah, me too. (:

Hooray for this story, which I continue to love and admire! I'm so glad I got to help with it.
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[personal profile] laurashapiro 2012-01-02 03:44 pm (UTC)(link)
It was a great experience! You need not worry on my account -- and I'm happy to beta for you anytime.
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[personal profile] elynross 2012-01-01 08:36 pm (UTC)(link)
I would love to see you work for an additional data point from Thunderheart.... (although I suspect Graham Greene's character wouldn't put up with too much toppiness...)

(Anonymous) 2012-01-03 08:28 am (UTC)(link)
No, that's the one where Val Kilmer is part-Native American FBI man in the 70s, investigating murders at a reservation (loosely based on real events). It's not too bad actually.

...re the question of interest, it's partly a journey of self-discovery, so he...probably starts out not very toppy and gains, uh, toppiness later on along with confidence? maybe? but if it's a question of the co-star, I have to agree that no one tops Graham Greene.

Lin

(Anonymous) 2012-01-09 06:43 am (UTC)(link)
Well, I think so, yeah, it's not too bad. It has its flaws but it's a pretty good story. I could go into more detail if you don't feel strongly about spoilers (some do)? I mean if you're on a mission to see all the Val Kilmer movies...this one has Graham Greene (the actor) so... yeah.

Lin
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[personal profile] indeliblesasha 2012-01-01 10:52 pm (UTC)(link)
HAHAHA No lie, I was once in a philosophy class in college with a guy who I SWEAR TO GOD stepped off the Real Genius screen and into my classroom. He even sounded like him. He invited me out for coffee and cigarettes once, and I was a moron who went to hang out with my shitty boyfriend instead.

I adore that movie and love you forever for writing fic. :D Now I must go read it.

(Also, does this mean you have written fic for Top Secret? Srsly?)
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A Query

[personal profile] greyeyes 2012-01-01 11:17 pm (UTC)(link)
I LOVE your other Val Kilmer fics, but I've never seen Real Genius. I do watch Eureka. Am I going to be totally lost if I read this? Or is it ok to read it, like it, watch the movie, reread, love it?
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Re: A Query

[personal profile] greyeyes 2012-01-02 04:31 am (UTC)(link)
Thanks for the info! I'm going with plan B to read it and will hopefully hunt down the movie soon!
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[personal profile] kellyfaboo 2012-01-02 01:23 am (UTC)(link)
Thank you btw. Chris/Mitch Real Genius fic always makes my Yuletide.

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[personal profile] jcalanthe 2012-01-03 10:15 am (UTC)(link)
Oh that was yours! I loved that story so much it prompted me to watch Real Genius for the first time since the 80s. Thank you!
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[personal profile] jcalanthe 2012-01-03 08:51 pm (UTC)(link)
What was especially weird was he was 15, but Val Kilmer was 26 - a heck of a lot more than 3 or 4 years older!

Interestingly, when I originally saw it, I sort of identified with Mitch, and thought Chris was hot (the latter was of course pretty much mandatory). Seeing it now, I was more interested in Jordan than anyone else. That, and spotting actors I recognized (the dude who played Lazlo has been in EVERYTHING!).