bradygirl_12: (batman--robin (kiss passionate))
Title: Renaissance Men (2/5)
Author: BradyGirl_12
Pairings/Characters (this chapter): Brando/Riccardo (Bruce/Dick), Timotheus (Tim), Jason, Luigi Marcello
Genres: AU, Challenge, Historical, Drama, Romance, Slice-Of-Life
Rating (this chapter): PG-13
Claim: For my 2017 Bruce/Dick Bingo Card.
Prompt: Write That Art!
Pattern: Row B (Straight/Vertical Line Bingo) (1/3)
Prompt Count: (6/9)
Warnings: None
Spoilers: None
General Summary: Brando Venucci is a great artist/sculptor/jeweler in Renaissance Florence and is desperately in love with his beautiful model, Riccardo Graciano, the centerpiece of an ambitious artistic project which will make them forever famous.
Chapter Summary: The Great Project begins.
Date Of Completion: April 29, 2017
Date Of Posting: July 16, 2017
Disclaimer: I don’t own ‘em, DC does, more’s the pity.
Word Count (this chapter): 1502
Feedback welcome and appreciated.
Author’s Note: All chapters can be found here.

The Great Project was to begin immediately. Riccardo assented to being the model, excited by Brando’s enthusiasm. On the first day he arrived right after breakfast, dressed in his rainbow finery. He said good morning to Timotheus and Jason and went upstairs. )
bradygirl_12: (canada love)
Title: Je Ne Sais Quoi (1/1)
Author: BradyGirl_12
Pairings/Characters: Benny/Ray V.
Fandom: Due South
Genres: Fluff, Humor, Romance
Rating: G
Warnings: None
Spoilers: None
Summary: Ray and Benny ask each other important questions.
Date Of Completion: July 2, 2017
Date Of Posting: July 13, 2017
Disclaimer: I don’t own ‘em, Atlantic Alliance does, more’s the pity.
Word Count: 371
Feedback welcome and appreciated.
Author’s Notes: Hi, luvs! After my Due South works were imported to AO3, I read through a bunch of them and was inspired to write something new for our favorite Canadian/American couple. Enjoy! :)

When did you realize that you were first in love with me? )
bradygirl_12: (batman--robin (kiss passionate))
Title: Collared IV: What I Am (1/1)
Author: BradyGirl_12
Pairings/Characters: Bruce/Dick
Genres: BDSM, Challenge, D/s, PWP
Rating: NC-17
Claim: For my 2017 Bruce/Dick Bingo Card.
Prompt: Dirty Talk
Pattern: Row A (Straight/Vertical Line Bingo) (2/3)
Prompt Count: (7/9)
Warnings: None
Spoilers: None
Summary: For their first official session as Master and slave (24/7), Bruce has dirty talk on his mind. Dick approves, though the ball gag keeps it silent approval.
Date Of Completion: June 6, 2017
Date Of Posting: July 9, 2017
Disclaimer: I don’t own ‘em, DC does, more’s the pity.
Word Count: 1682
Feedback welcome and appreciated.
Author’s Note: The entire series can be found here.

The study was all dark walnut and red leather, the wine-red carpet beneath his knees thick and plush. A very good thing, since he was naked while kneeling. )
bradygirl_12: (wonder woman (sultry))
Title: The Long And The Short Of It (Pray Tell) (1/1)
Author: BradyGirl_12
Pairings/Characters: Steve/Diana, The Chief
Continuity: Wonder Woman (2017)
Genres: Fluff, Humor, Slice-Of-Life
Rating: PG-13
Warnings: None
Spoilers: For Wonder Woman (2017)
Summary: Steve lied to Diana. Tsk, tsk!
Date Of Completion: June 13, 2017
Date Of Posting: July 5, 2017
Disclaimer: I don’t own ‘em, DC and Warner Brothers do, more’s the pity.
Word Count: 561
Feedback welcome and appreciated.
Author’s Notes: The inspiration is coming fast! :) Also written for my 2017 DCU Fic/Art Wonder Woman Love Diamond Anniversary Challenge (DW) and (LJ).

I lied to you. )
bradygirl_12: (chocolate cake 2 (strawberries))








Happy Birthday,

Digitalwave!

May your day

Be the GREATEST!!!

:)







bradygirl_12: (superman--wonder woman (uncle sam & lady)
A Happy Fourth of July to my fellow Americans! Despite the circus in Washington, we're still here, and that counts for something!

Did the cook-out thing over the weekend (hot dogs, hamburgers, potato salad, the whole nine yards). I'm going to be spending the day quietly catching up on my reading, writing a little, and maybe working on my Due South records project. I may tune in the James Cagney classic, Yankee Doodle Dandy tonight, in between checking out the show on the Esplanade in Boston.

I'm very happy to watch the fireworks from the comfort of my own couch. Somehow sitting for hours in the blazing sun with thousands of other people awaiting the fireworks show at night doesn't appeal to me. :)

Enjoy your day! Today, we are all New England Patriots! ;)
bradygirl_12: (canadian beaver)
Happy Canada Day to all of our friends up North! :)

My paternal grandmother was born on Prince Edward Island, so I've got some Canadian in me! ;)

I've also been on a Canadian kick since the Due South Archive was transferred to AO3 and I've been going through 154 records to reformat where I can, add tags, and break up the stories into chapters. I've been rereading the old stories and poems (I wrote a LOT of DS poetry!) and remembering the friends I made in that fandom, many of whom I'm still in contact with today.

The show aired on American TV from 1994-1996 and was revived for a 1998-1999 run. The show was quirky with subtle humor in the first two seasons, poking fun at Canadian and American stereotypes, and it became a hot fandom with the Benton Fraser/Ray Vecchio slash pairing. The show's subtext sometimes was more text! Ray bringing Benny home to meet his mother in the Pilot? Ray the only one to call him 'Benny'? Meeting in a closet at the Chicago Precinct to discuss strategy? Riiiight! Saving each other's lives? Dief (short for Diefenbaker), a deaf wolf who had saved Benny in the Yukon, welcoming Ray into the pack right away? I could go on and on! :)

The revival went on without David Marciano (Ray Vecchio), who was no longer available, so Callum Keith Rennie played Ray Kowalski as the new partner. Paul Gross (Benton Fraser) was given complete control (never give an actor complete control!). He wrote the scripts, starred in the show, and produced. The show's humor went from subtle to broad, and the tone was completely different. Kind of reminded me of the old '70s British SF series, Space: 1999, with Seasons 1 and 2 drastically different. Anyway, there are a lot of Fraser/Kowalski fans out there, but there are still Benny/Ray V. fans carrying the torch. The episodes, including the Pilot, can be found on YouTube.

Due South was one of the first fandoms to successfully straddle zines and on-line archives. During the show's first run, dozens of zines were published, not only in the U.S. but also Canada, the U.K., Australia, and New Zealand. Hundreds of stories were being uploaded to Hexwood (the old name for the DS Archive), and the show stayed hot for several years. I wrote the first Benny/Ray V. slash story (as Jeannie Marie) that appeared in a zine, The Straight And Narrow (the story title, not the zine title). :) In addition to the 154 stories and poems that I uploaded to Hexwood, I wrote dozens more for zines. A great creative time! :)

I also went to the DS con, RCW 139, in Toronto in '97, '98, and '99. I was the DMOB (David Marciano Oestregen Brigade) liaison to David Marciano in '98, and let me tell you, I've never seen more gorgeous green eyes! :) I continued DMOB duties in '99, but David was not a guest that year. I did bring Ray Doll in '98 and David got a big kick out of the knitted doll. :)

In '98, the Toronto Daily Mail published a story on slash fiction with Benny and Ray V. excerpts. I can only imagine what David thought reading the paper with his morning eggs! ;) But he's a very cool guy. Very courteous to the fans and a good sport, too.

I've finished 140 records and have 14 more to go! Whoo hoo! :)
bradygirl_12: (mel--johnny (keeps up nights--you))
The first Mel/Johnny story I wrote for Public Enemies fandom which launched a thousand (at least it seems like it, LOL!) tales: "And What Keeps You Up At Nights, Mr. Dillinger?"
bradygirl_12: (steve--diana (love))
June was a bizzy month, celebrating birthdays and the Wonder Woman movie! :)

Read more behind the cut )
bradygirl_12: (clark (wry smile))








Happy Birthday,

DM_Wyatt!

May your day

Be SUPER!!!

:)







bradygirl_12: (captain america sunburst)
Something a little different. To give you the lowdown on The Steel Helmet, Ben Mankiewicz and TCM introduces the movie. A gritty movie with startling starkness, as the film was released only six months after the start of the war.

As the film opens, veteran Sergeant Zack is seen crawling away as the only survivor of his squad (executed by the North Koreans). The hole in his helmet is proof of his luck, though this World War II vet is suffering from PTSD (known then as battle fatigue). Trying to get back to his lines, Zack meets up with a Korean boy he dubs Short Round (the inspiration for the boy of the same name in Indiana Jones & The Temple Of Doom) and a patrol also trying to get back to American territory.

The film includes scenes of an unarmed North Korean prisoner being shot (which infuriated the U.S. military), and frank discussion of race relations back home (black and Japanese). While the modern civil rights movement wouldn't get its catalyst until Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on that Montgomery bus for another four years, the Army was struggling with integration as ordered by President Harry Truman. Neither scene is the focus of the film, but they are startling considering that the war was currently raging and race relations were just not addressed very often by Hollywood.

The Korean War produced its share of flag-waving films, but more often the movies were grim, gritty depictions of war. World War II films were often intended as recruitment films. It was only after the war that war's futility and waste were addressed. Gene Evans is stellar as Sergeant Zack.

This film is considered one of the best war films of all time.

bradygirl_12: (captain america sunburst)
Good morning!

Today is the 67th anniversary of the start of the Korean War ("Isn't this where we came in?" "It's even Sunday morning!"). And it was a Sunday that it began, as the film's dialogue attests. .

One Minute To Zero stars Robert Mitchum and Ann Blyth in a film released in 1952, with a year to go in the Korean War. A mix of flag-waving and gritty realism, the movie is most noteworthy for actual combat scenes and a controversial scene involving Korean refugees. Howard Hughes, the owner of the studio (RKO), refused to delete the scene when requested by the U.S. Army.



Cross=posts: http://bradygirl-12.livejournal.com/1265163.html
bradygirl_12: (batman--robin (kiss passionate))
Title: Renaissance Men (1/5)
Author: BradyGirl_12
Pairings/Characters (this chapter): Brando/Riccardo (Bruce/Dick), Jason, Timotheus (Tim)
Genres: AU, Challenge, Historical, Drama, Romance, Slice-Of-Life
Rating (this chapter): NC-17
Claim: For my 2017 Bruce/Dick Bingo Card.
Prompt: Write That Art!
Pattern: Row B (Straight/Vertical Line Bingo) (1/3)
Prompt Count: (6/9)
Warnings: None
Spoilers: None
General Summary: Brando Venucci is a great artist/sculptor/jeweler in Renaissance Florence and is desperately in love with his beautiful model, Riccardo Graciano, the centerpiece of an ambitious artistic project which will make them forever famous.
Chapter Summary: Brando welcomes his favorite model to his studio.
Date Of Completion: April 16, 2017
Date Of Posting: June 21, 2017
Disclaimer: I don’t own ‘em, DC does, more’s the pity.
Word Count (this chapter): 1897
Feedback welcome and appreciated.
Author’s Notes: All chapters can be found here.
Merry Summer Solstice! :)

Brando Venucci was a handsome man. Well-muscled and usually dressed in shabby tunics and breeches, his coal-black hair was wild and he wore a full beard. Blue eyes the color of the sky at dusk saw everything and missed nothing. )
bradygirl_12: (steve--diana (my goddess 1))
First Snow (1/1)
Author: BradyGirl_12
Pairings/Characters: Steve/Diana
Continuity: Wonder Woman (2017)
Genres: Fluff, Romance, Slice-Of-Life
Rating: G
Warnings: None
Spoilers: For Wonder Woman (2017)
Summary: Diana’s great delight in her first snowfall makes Steve happy.
Date Of Completion: June 11, 2017
Date Of Posting: June 14, 2017
Disclaimer: I don’t own ‘em, DC and Warner Brothers do, more’s the pity.
Word Count: 360
Feedback welcome and appreciated.
Author’s Notes: The inspiration is coming fast! :) Also written for my 2017 DCU Fic/Art Wonder Woman Diamond Anniversary Challenge (DW) and (LJ). BTW, Happy Flag Day! :)

Steve smiled as Diana threw her head back in delight as the delicate snowflakes fluttered down. They glittered in her dark hair, a veil of stars framing her beautiful face. )
bradygirl_12: (steve--diana (love))
Title: Gift Of The Gods (1/1)
Author: BradyGirl_12
Pairings/Characters: Steve/Diana, Brief Mentions of Sam, Charlie and the Chief, Aphrodite
Continuity: Wonder Woman (2017)
Genres: Angst, Drama, Fix-It
Rating: G
Warnings: None
Spoilers: For Wonder Woman (2017)
Summary: Diana’s great deed brings her a great reward.
Date Of Completion: June 6, 2017
Date Of Posting: June 10, 2017
Disclaimer: I don’t own ‘em, DC and Warner Brothers do, more’s the pity.
Word Count: 494
Feedback welcome and appreciated.
Author’s Note: My first story inspired by the Wonder Woman movie! I had it written in my head by the time I left the theater. :) Also written for my 2017 DCU Fic/Art Wonder Woman Diamond Anniversary Challenge (DW) and (LJ).

Diana could smell the acrid odors of fire and smoke, ashes falling from the sky and singeing her skin. )
bradygirl_12: (batman--robin (a bat & his little bird))
Holy Bat-sadness!

RIP, Adam West

September 19, 1928 – June 10, 2017
bradygirl_12: (steve--diana (my goddess 1))
I highly recommend this movie. I initially gave it an A- because of some flaws, but I gave The Avengers an A+ because it was nearly perfect, and this movie came close for me. I guess you could split the difference and give it an A, but in any case, it’s A-level! ;)

Okay, here’s my review, filled with spoilers, of course:

Hola! )

So, yeah, I LOVED THIS MOVIE! It was everything I’d hoped for: a good story, great Steve/Diana moments, Diana being kick-ass and compassionate, and saving the DCEU’s bacon critically and at the box office. Leave it to a woman. Great Hera! :)
bradygirl_12: (pickle (dill)--olive (dancing))
A BIG THANK YOU to [personal profile] ilyena_sylph and [profile] 20104isme for their kindness and generosity in helping me keep my Paid Dreamwidth Account (and my icons)! Thanks, my friends. You're the BEST!!! *dances* :)
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Happy Birthday,

Northernwalker!

May your day

Be FANTASTIC!!!

:)







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bradygirl_12: (wonder woman (batb--fight))
Okay, this is a sad pothole in my Wonder Woman squee. My Dreanwidth Paid Account is expiring in 3 days! That affects even my smaller number of icons here. I probably won't even have any WW icons in the limited amount. And me with oodles of story inspiration, too!

If anyone can help me out, MUCH APPRECIATED! Thank you for your kindness.

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