whatevermortal: (salem)
My involvement in the Hannibal/Scipio discussion on meme (this is entirely for my own reference, because I'm sure I'll lose all of these links for good if I don't make a record of them):










Also sorry I've been a bit slow on replies these last couple days! If you haven't heard back from me, I promise I haven't forgotten about you. I had a hectic, exhausting weekend of work and it's taking me a while to get back into the swing of things. 
whatevermortal: (xenasonic)
I've started watching Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries with my Mum recently. She's been complaining about not having any hobbies and, until the sister and I organise her Mother's Day gift (we want to do an art/cooking/dance class of some kind as a group), I thought it'd be nice to find a new show to keep up with together.

It's been a while since I watched an Australian series, coz we haven't had access to free-to-air telly for...oof a couple years now, but I'm being reminded of a lot of the issues that I have with it. Miss Fisher's has such a cool concept; it's historical crime, set in 1920s Melbourne, which I love. I'm writing a script for an Australian historical crime series, this is a thing I am interested in. But the execution is lacking. The acting is mostly pretty mediocre, the storylines are too ambitious and end up ridiculously busy, and they often don't provide enough cues for you to follow Phryne's mental leaps as she makes them (which is the one thing I like about BBC Sherlock--they use on-screen text to physically show you Sherlock's inferences about what he's seeing). I do enjoy how subtle they tend to be about the clues that they through in, so you can follow along if you're really paying attention but miss them if you aren't. I don't really enjoy watching crime "mysteries" where I've figured out how the murderer is before the detective has.

I love Phryne and Dot's early friendship in the first episode and god do i ship it where's the fic :( and I was so curious about how Dot's issues with technology would affect her work for (and relationship with) Phryne. So I was disappointed to realise that both got brushed aside for a romantic subplot between Dot and Constable Collins. Phryne and Dot don't talk unless it's case-related or for Phryne to tease Dot about Collins! I was really looking forward to seeing that friendship develop and I couldn't care less about Dot's relationship with Collins. It's so formulaic for Australian TV )
whatevermortal: (nathanwuornos)

What are you without them?

You thought you'd never have to find out.

Daniela Andrade Crazy
Pete Yorn Lose You
Elbow Red
Green Day/Oasis/Aerosmith Boulevard of Broken Dreams/Wonderwall/Dream On
The Bravery Believe
Linkin' Park Burning in the Skies
Hudson Taylor Battles
Elbow The Bones of You
Daughter Youth
Explode 16 Thunderstorm
I've been shellshocked over Black Sails since the second last episode aired, which is why I haven't really talked about it since the last post. )
whatevermortal: (gwen)
idk what's going on lately, but it feels like things have really been going my way these last couple weeks.

cut for RL talk )

I'm also working on fanfic again (it's been so long, I missed this). Still in that Renaissance AU. I told [personal profile] dhampyresa I wanted to write a 5 Things fic (Scipio drawing Hannibal) and idk I know what I'm like so I kinda expected that I would've given up at the first sign of difficulty and have abandoned it by now. But. BUT. I've just finished the first section, have an idea of the second and have written the beginnings of the third.

I'm super proud of myself, basically, so I'm sharing a little snippet of the first section (set in 1549, when Scipio is 18 or 19):

“Do you do me justice, Scipio?” Hannibal asks as Scipio sketches out the shape of his biceps, his forearms, his hands. He does not turn his head, but he catches Scipio’s eye with a sideways glance.

“I confess,” Scipio laments, “that I do not believe I do.”

What there is of the drawing is not unacceptable. Perhaps for another, it might even be considered fine, but he and Hannibal both hold him to higher standards than this. By his hand, it is middling at best and a poor likeness for its subject.

Figuring out the dialogue really threw me at first. I wrote the first 300 or so words as narrative, which came relatively easily, and then got to the bit where I needed to write Hannibal's first line up there and promptly freaked out that I didn't know how to write them saying things. I've kinda ended up just trying to capture an old sounding style of dialogue and hoping that I'm being vaguely accurate in terms of characterisation.

Renaissance AU of ancient history RPF was a very ambitious life choice. Especially considering neither of these things are anywhere near my area of expertise. This afternoon, I spent twenty minutes reading up on what kind of pants men wore in 16th Century Italy just so I could say Scipio had a boner in just the way I wanted to. 
whatevermortal: (f.u.c.k.)
I got a bit excited about that oil painting filter thing that I used for that last post, so uh have some notes/a timeline and a bit more of artist!Scipio's masterpieces? For a given definition of masterpieces, since I'm mostly taking screencaps from Hannibal: Rome's Worst Nightmare (which is a v interesting docudrama FYI) and manipulating them a lil.

I've been thinking a lot about this AU for the last few days, trying to figure out how exactly it would all work. My research into Renaissance artists tells me the age to begin an apprenticeship is around 10-12 (it's unusual, but not unheard of for it to begin earlier). Depending on the city, the length of apprenticeships is generally 2-3 years and they work up from menial duties & sketching to helping with backgrounds/minor figures in their masters' paintings & painting their own works. Once they complete the apprenticeship, they become a journeyman, who I gathered kinda just wanders around looking for inspiration to paint a masterpiece, which they would then submit to a board of some sort that decided whether they were good enough to be a master (& therefore get to have their own workshop).

So, from that, I decided that Scipio was 10 when he became apprenticed to Hannibal and... )
whatevermortal: (britta)
Newly Discovered Sketchbooks of Publius Scipio to End Long-Standing Mystery
Hannibal Barca/Scipio Africanus | Ancient History RPF | G | ~500 words | AO3 link
In which Scipio is a famous Renaissance painter most famous for his portraits of his former master Hannibal. Who he was banging. Obviously.

So much love to the Hannibal/Scipio nonny on FFA who got me excited about these two <3

I am super new to Hannibal/Scipio and know next to nothing about the Renaissance period & art history, so please excuse any factual errors. (Although feel free to educate me! I will enjoy it & be very grateful, I promise!) On account of, yknow, Scipio not doing anything to earn "Africanus" in this 'verse & my unfamiliarity with Renaissance Italian naming conventions, I decided that the easiest thing to do was leave him as PCS II. Oh, and I've added a series tag because I'm hoping to write a proper AU, but we'll see how I go with that, I guess.

The "oil painting" is a manip of this image, because Alexander Siddig is forever my Hannibal. I couldn't have made it without this Photoshop tutorial.

Sketchbooks claimed to be those of Renaissance painter Scipio have been sent for authentication by experts at the Louvre )
whatevermortal: (worryrightamount)
I just starting watching (and caught up to) Black Sails....possibly in the previous 24 hours....and I have so many feelings about this show omg. Like, canonically queer characters! Actually historically accurate racial diversity! Flawless ladies! Who speak to each other! Polyamorous relationships! And all of this in a period drama about pirates.

I'm gonn be all about this show for a while. 

Especially this fucking kiss holy shit )

whatevermortal: (worryrightamount)


I was trawling through my old Tumblr posts this afternoon and holy fuck look at the Holmes and Watson recast I've always wanted (dude in foreground is defs Holmes, few more images at source). For real, imagine them in Victorian era costume, they would be perfect.

Victorian racebent Holmes & Watson interests me so much more than all the modern AUs we've been getting lately. I mean, I love Elementary, Elementary actually understands who Holmes is & Lucy Lui's Watson is fab as hell, Elementary can stay. But can we just replace BBC Sherlock with this?

It'd be fascinating to see how Holmes' life and experiences would change, especially considering theories around Social Darwinism and eugenics were taking off around the time the books are set. How would the ways he established himself in his field and the time it took to do it change when he doesn't have the advantage of whiteness? The early years of setting himself up as a detective would have been so rough, man. Like, he's from a fairly wealthy family, which would soften the blow a little, but how many clients would he really be able to get early on? How many of them would even believe the extraordinary observations he makes about them, and how many would find a way to write him off as having cheated somehow or happened to be right through guesswork and luck?

How many times did he have clients who forced confidentiality onto him, not because of the delicacy of the case, but because they didn't want it known they went to him for help? And what's the bet Watson's stories were almost not published at all because the newspaper was so reluctant to associate with him?

I know there's a modern AU comic with black Holmes & Watson (which I was sure I had in my safekeeping tag on Tumblr, but fuck apparently need to find it again) but this too. I need this too.
whatevermortal: (nathanwuornos)
You know, I was thinking about Everything is Illuminated again today & how weird it is to me that Alexander Perchov is so rarely read as queer. I mean, I know it probably comes down to being queer myself and in fandom, but every time I pick up the book I get baffled all over again that so few people even questioned it? That it never came up in interviews with Safran Foer or has really received any attention elsewhere?

Someone on the TVTropes page labels him as ambiguously gay, but the only examples they give are 1) that he reveals that he lies to his family about going clubbing (he actually goes to the beach alone) and meeting women (all fictional), and 2) that he questions Jonathan about America and asks if there are homosexual accountants there.

warning: spoilers of major plot points, slurs )


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