Covert Cupid ’17 Fanfic: Liz

Note: This entry is part of this year’s Covert Cupid challenge, in which each host drew three characters from a hat and used them to write a romantic fanfiction short. You can hear them all read aloud in Episode 80 of the podcast.

I had seen maybe one episode of Deadwood, ages ago, and I had NO memory whatsoever of Calamity Jane (except for the actual historical figure). Happily, in my research viewings of the show, I immediately glommed onto her as my favorite character, and though I didn’t quite make it to the end of season 1 I felt like I had a handle on her. My one regret is not watching far enough to see her enter a romantic relationship with another WOMAN on the show—I suddenly felt rather like I was straight-washing Jane, but Karen and Caitlin reassured me that Jane is almost certainly meant to be bi. Still, if I were to do it over again, I might have shuffled the pairing—or at the least, smoothed out the narrative tone of the whole thing.

At least this particular instance of an underaged character was as easily solved as changing his uniform color. –Liz

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Bottle Match Fanfic Challenge: Liz

Columns of the Basilica Cistern in Istanbul

by Liz

Once I saw my mix of characters for the fight, it was pretty obvious that this match would involve a face-off between immortals. From there, I may have researched a bit too much for some details. I wanted to pick a big, epic setting for the fight–that’s always what you get for the best fights in Combatant #1’s series, after all. If I had time and room, I’d have even written out a flashback; instead, that bit got reduced to a mention of Xianniang, who I first came across on Combatant #2’s Wikipedia and was too cool to leave out entirely. Once immortals were on the table, I figured Combatant #3 would best figure in all this as involved by way of his own immortal enemy. …I also may have read a great deal about Chinese and European swords from the Tang Dynasty on into the 18th century. 

After all that, it was just a matter of writing an action sequence that didn’t drag, and sneaking in as many musical and wardrobe references as possible. 

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Minisode 04 – Tour de Broforce

In a world… of chaos and lawlessness… When a team is divided… Two heroes stand together. A retro gamer with a taste for danger and Will Smith; a pseudo-intellectual with an eye for satire and tropes. Together, Caitlin and Liz must carry the week by delivering a mini-brode to their readers. Together… they play Broforce.

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Oscars in the Hen House

by Liz
feature0With the Academy Awards coming up soon, the Foxes had toyed with the idea of doing an Oscars episode, complete with ballot forms and grumbling about #OscarsSoWhite. Unfotunately, the list of Films Nominated and Films the Foxes Have Seen had embarrassingly little overlap, so it really would have been a boring episode for you readers. Still, I was having fun thinking about alternate categories I’d like to recognize, so I’ll at least share that with you. (Please note: as I only went to the movies so many times in 2015, this list is partially supported by trailers, clips, and some research at Common Sense Media.) Continue reading

Covert Cupid Challenge: Liz

by Liz

WELP, this was interesting. As dramatically read in “Foxes” episode 31 by pair-establisher Caitlin, here is my (slightly corrected) entry for our first-ever fanfic challenge.  Alas, not the “ball-slapping” material Caitlin might have enjoyed to read, but it is what it is. (I will take this moment to remind you that both characters here are adults, not adolescents. Chronologically, at least. They’d not be the most mature at any age.)

And for those of you who indulge, here’s the link to the fic now posted on Archive of Our Own, because this is where my life has led me.

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