Ladystuck, an annual fic and art exchange celebrating the girls and women of Homestuck, is opening signups this Monday, October 8.
We hope to see you soon!
ALL THE PEOPLE GET OUT OF YOUR CHAIRS AND PUT ON YOUR PARTY CLOTHES BECAUSE LADYSTUCK SIGN-UPS ARE OPENING THIS MONDAY! WHAT WERE YOU DOING MONDAY??? I DON’T CARE YOU’RE NOT DOING IT ANY MORE! SIGN UP. SIGN UP ANY WAY YOU WANT. SIGN UPSIDE DOWN. SIGN TO DRAMATIC MUSIC. SIGN WITH YOUR DOG.
WHY SIGN UP? BECAUSE LAST YEAR WE GOT STORIES ABOUT ARADIA GOING ON INDIANA JONES ADVENTURES AND SHIT! WE GOT REDGLARE STORIES WE GOT STORIES ABOUT THE CONDESCE I AM PRETTY SURE WE GOT AN EVIL SUBJUGGLATOR JOHN STORY WHERE ROSE AND KANAYA MADE OUT. WE HAD DISCIPLE STORIES. WE HAD STORIES ABOUT VRISKA AND FEFERI DOING SEXUAL ACTS. I PERSONALLY WROTE A STORY WHERE FEFERI SURFED THE INTERNET FOR THREE DAYS. THERE WERE MYTH STORIES. THERE WERE SCOURGE SISTER STORIES. THERE WERE MOM STORIES. AND THERE WAS ART AND SHIT TOO! I CANNOT EVEN DEAL WITH HOW MUCH SHIT THERE WAS. IT WAS A TWO-PRONGED ATTACK OF BAD ASS LADYSTUCK SWAG.
LADYSTUCK IS MY FAVOURITE TIME OF YEAR
SIGN UP!!!! DO YOU WANT TO LIVE FOREVER??????????
for yours truly, by the inimitable artillie. (does anyone know if they have a tumblr?)
you guys, this story is so unbelievably quality, i seriously don’t even know what to do with myself. it’s a flawless ancestor oneshot, in which mindfang, here presented as a cocksure, bullshit-brimming unreliable narrator (which, MY SCREAMS ECHO ACROSS THE CONTINENTS), negotiates the finer points of caliginous romance with a beautifully sullen, pin-sharp young redglare. there’s so much to fangirl over here; the worldbuilding is meticulously detailed, the mindfang voice is an utter delight, and the prose is clean and perfect. the whole business, in summary, is way more fun than it has any right to be. you should read it.
“Mindfang,” she says, and leans against the shelf. She says your name like a seadweller would, cultivated Academy accent drawing out the fang, and it makes you want to strangle her before she can tell you whatever she’s been rehearsing for days.
“You’ve got a speech planned,” you say. You walk the Caegar over the backs of your knuckles, then let it drop into your free hand and score a thick line into the soft metal with your claw, right through the eyes. Redglare raises her eyebrows. You’ve never figured out how she can see. You don’t care. You just wish you were the one to have put out her eyes, and know you shouldn’t want it. “We’re both here for a reason, so let’s flip a coin, huh,” you say, “if it comes up sight-side up — I go with you. No protests! Not a single one, Neophtye.”
“And blind-side up?”
“You let me go.”
“No.”“See, this is why you couldn’t be a captain.” You reach out and push her glasses up, so they’re nestled in her sleek black hair. “Never had to haggle a day in your life, I bet.”
GOD, I’M SO EMBARRASSED — and practically crippled with gratefulness, of course, but MOSTLY EMBARRASSED. is that a normal reaction? it’s like that time my parents unexpectedly bought me a nintendo 64 complete with donkey kong cartridge for christmas, and i’d been expecting a book, maybe, and so i just sort of sat there, red-faced, touching the box in disbelief. someone wrote this for me. SOMEONE REALLY COOL WROTE THIS FOR ME. how am i supposed to go on?
I am only now observing that I put the period after the number in the last set, instead of after both the number and the t or just the t. I have failed myself, and typography. (If you have followed me in the hopes that my other posts are as interesting as that rec set, you have now been enlightened.)
Anyway, sixteen pieces this time, and I’m still regularly refreshing the random works section and getting new incredible stuff, so there may be a third set too. :)
and now i can properly reblog this without looking suspicious! (lol i’m fairly sure i was the only one who actually cared about preserving anonymity but oh well.)
thank you so much for reccing with bloodied feet, nextian, you’re way too kind and also i may have shrieked like a savage bird when i saw this because i…. maybe kind of idolize you… a little bit…. seriously you don’t even know how many times i reread folk etymologies while trying to get in the mood to write this. that fic is like. the epitome of the rose/terezi dynamic for me. aaaa rolls under couch
anyway nextian’s recs are the best, nextian is the best, and all of these pieces are wonderful. you should check them out!
Ladystuck reveals! Dude, I guessed so many of these authors correctly. Damn it, I should have started a betting pool. :[ But seriously - wow, so much amazing work, by so many amazing people. I am seriously humbled and grateful to have been a part of this!
Anyway here is my offering: a bit of Rose/Terezi, set in an AU where the Strider-Lalondes are bounty hunters, because… um, because of reasons. Sexy reasons! I’d say they were plot reasons, but I’d be lying through my teeth. Also there isn’t any kissing, oh dear, haha.
Written for horosphere, who asked for Rose and Terezi being passive-aggressive, snarky, and dancing around their feelings for each other. All of your requests were awesome and fun-sounding and I wanted to write all of them, especially the other Rose one (!!!) but I couldn’t, I couldn’t write all the requests :( I hope you enjoyed this, at any rate!