artyartie: (rome-servillaletter)
This post will not only keep me accountable ("Oh, I *was* working on that story!"), but will let any possible readers know what I have in the pipeline.

Rome
'Let Us Leave the Company of Men' - Octavia of the Julii/Tullia Ciceronis, AU. Currently in third draft.
'Phaedrus' - Brutus/Cicero. Putting my 'Plato: Love and Pleasure' course from undergrad to good use. Currently in rough outline.
'Rabbit Song/Untitled' - Brutus/Cicero AU. Currently in uncompleted first draft.
'Sub Vino Sub Rosa' - Cicero/Antony. Currently in uncompleted first draft.
'Sons of Arpinum' - Cicero, Agrippa. Currently in rough outline.
'Conscript Fathers' - Cicero, Vorenus. Currently in uncompleted first draft.

Richard Jury
Finishing the 'Let Nothing You Dismay' story. Finally. Currently in rough draft.
'Untitled' - Melrose and Bea's wedding. Currently in outline/rough draft.
'Untitled' - Honeymoon and a mystery in New Mexico. Currently in outline/rough draft.
'Untitled' - Return to London and the return of a figure from Melrose's past. Currently in outline/rough draft.

Cardcaptor Sakura
'Untitled" - Sakura and company visit England, and Nakuru has to save her fellow guardians - and the world. Currently in very rough outline.
'Untitled' - Nakuru meets a young man at University who isn't entirely what he seems. Currently in mental outline.
'Untitled' - Sakura faces a new enemy and an unimaginable loss. Currently in mental outline.
artyartie: (rome-consolations)
Title: "A Man's Character"
Rating: PG-13
Pairing: Brutus/Cicero, if you squint through the spyglass
Words: 3491
Spoilers: Through 1.8 "Caesarion"
Summary: When Antony and his daemon do the unthinkable, Cicero's life depends upon Brutus' faltering courage. (AU, fusion between 'Rome' and 'His Dark Materials). For an introduction to daemons, click here.

Many thanks to my beta, [livejournal.com profile] cerebel!

One would never discover the limits of a soul, even traversing every road - so deep a measure does it possess. - Heraclitus, Fragment 45 )
artyartie: (rome-teamcicero)
I'm currently circumventing certain state laws, and have, oh, about eight hours to kill (they think people read so damn slow online), so I have no excuse not to post!

This weekend was rather good, in retrospect. I went with my Nana and Mom to a small family gathering, and ended up talking to one of my mom's myriad cousins who is quite the amateur astronomer. We ended up chatting about Shoemaker-Levy (he knew both Shoemakers and a friend of Levy's), comets we have loved, lunar astronomy, and the Hubble Deep Field, among other things. We were both happy to find someone who could share our interest and enthusiasm - ever since I was very young and my parents gave me a telescope and The Astronomy Handbook, I've been enamored with the heavens.

Sunday my mom, dad and I ended up going to a Dodger game, and though we missed the first two innings due to LA traffic, and thus most of the scoring, it was a fun game, despite the heat. [livejournal.com profile] ainsley, I took some pictures, and even bought you a little souvenier! Afterwards, we went down to Santa Monica to kill some time, eating at a wonderful restaurant on the Promenade, watching 1408, and doing a little shopping. Borders was open late, thankfully, so I ran in and bought Roman Blood by Stephen Saylor, the first in his Roma Sub Rosa series featuring Gordianus the Finder, who is quite the character himself. I'm 90 some pages in and its a wonderful book, and it makes me wonder, again, about the writers of 'Rome.'

What the hell did they have against Tiro? Everyone else certainly fangirls him madly. He's the speaker of Imperium, Robert Harris' wonderful novel, and everyone loves him. Cicero, Tullia (in an absolutely adorable scene), Caesar, Crassus (in a rather disturbing scene) - everyone wants their own piece of the good secretary. Just from the first section I've read, Saylor has wonderfully captured Cicero and Tiro's early relationship, and even while the young Cicero is haughty and fussy, he has a gentle regard for Tiro, who is described as a lovely man with a mellifluous voice (unlike his master at this point). And Tiro? Oh, he certainly has his fun in a most amusing section around page 80.

And so again, what was up with Batboy!Tiro in the second season of Rome? I know they were out to portray Cicero as negatively as they could, especially in the first season, but why, oh why, did they have to do this to his intelligent secretary (who had been freed long before Cicero's death) who was probably more handsome than his master? It just makes me more angry the longer I think of it. So from now on, any stories with Tiro will be with a Tiro of my own choosing - because these books are starting to make me a Tiro fangirl, too.

And in happy academic news, my adviser finally e-mailed me back in response to my update - and all is good! I rather can't believe it, though he isn't the type to just say everything is fine when things aren't. Now that it's almost the middle of July, England has been on my brain every day - today when I was walking home I was imagining walking down the lush green lawns of Greenwich, beneath the cool columns, besides the Thames. Only two more months! But now I feel more prepared, academically. If only the finances will improve in the next few months...

artyartie: (rome-manusreipublicae)
It's summer, and I need to break the fiction block I've been having all week. So here's a little 'Rome' ficlet - a missing scene from 'These Being The Words of Marcus Tullius Cicero."

Title: Dust of Summer
Pairing: Cicero/Antony
Words: 509
Rating: PG-13

From laden boughs, from hands... )
artyartie: (rome-poscajocasta)
Finally! Evidently, my Muse was lured back by the chocolate yesterday at a women's conference, and I finally finished tweaking the 'Posca and Jocasta in Alexandria' fic. The title is taken from the excellent poem Habitation by Margaret Atwood.

Title: Learning to Make Fire
Pairing: Posca/Jocasta
Rating: PG
Spoilers: Through 2.9
Summary: When they have no one but each other, Posca and Jocasta find something deeper in their marriage of inconvenience.

marriage is not/a house or even a tent )
artyartie: (rome-antonysleeping)
Written for [livejournal.com profile] svmadelyn's Kink/Cliche Challenge. Follows canon, but with a few bits of history thrown in to spice things up. Especially the bit about Memurra. Prompt was 'body painting.'

Title: A Further Account of the Gallic Wars
Rating: R
Characters: Caesar/Antony
Spoilers: Up to 1.1
Summary: At the end of his Gallic campaign, Caesar turns towards an unusual source of inspiration.

as a rule, men worry more about what they can't see than what they can )
artyartie: (rome-grief)
Four Historical!Cicero drabbles for this week's [livejournal.com profile] rome100 prompt, Loss.

the heart-ache and the thousand natural shocks that flesh is heir to )
artyartie: (rome-consolations)
Characters: Cassius and Brutus
Spoilers: Through the river scene (Son of Hades?)
Summary: For [livejournal.com profile] babel, who wrote an awesome Cicero/Antony story and gave me the prompt 'guilt' in exchange, with the above characters. It's a whole lot of exposition, and it's my first time writing Cassius, so caveat lector.

It is not that Cassius cannot feel... )
artyartie: (rome-freespeech)
Two drabbles (one Vorenus and Pullo, one Tiro and Cicero) for this week's [livejournal.com profile] rome100 prompt, Body. Spoilers for 'De Patre Vostro' and 'Philippi.'

the withered leaves of our sensations )
artyartie: (rome-happycicero)
I've been meaning to write this post for a while now, but a question of [livejournal.com profile] ainsley's inspired me to finally put pen to paper, metaphorically. Besides, I need a little bit of distraction from the Paper of Doom!

The Hows and Whys - Writing Cicero on a Historical/Fictional Spectrum )
artyartie: (rome-teamcicero)
[livejournal.com profile] sweet_disdain, in her absolute coolness and magnanimity, created this shiny new 'Team Cicero' icon, amid a whole slew of new 'Team Rome Character' icons, here at her media journal. There's Team Posca and Team Announcer Guy! Go forth, Rome fans!

Though comparing Season 1 and Season 2, especially toward 'Philippi,' David Bamber looks so much thinner and older. A few posters on IMBD wondered, as I did, if he was ill - though he seems to have been in fine form for his recent stage production in March. Part of me wonders (and hopes) it was some extraordinary method acting.
artyartie: (rome-letmylife)
Only one drabble this week for [livejournal.com profile] rome100. Set shortly before 'These Beings the Words...'

***

Generals and soldiers weren’t the only ones to wage war. A single voice could overpower a volley of arrows, a single pen could shatter the strength of a thousand swords.

Cicero’s hand hovered over a white expanse, where flickering lamplight cast hesitant shadows. So many years since he had taken up the charge, an imperator of passions and ideals, and so much grief in those years.

He no longer had the luxury of doubt. Brutus and Cassius struck down the first tyrant with their daggers; Cicero would strike down the second with his best and only weapon – his words.
artyartie: (cicero-icicero)
Two more Cicero (pre-series) and Brutus drabbles for [livejournal.com profile] rome100, with the prompt of 'Desire.'

Cicero wonders at what moment he first loved his wife. Not their wedding night - he still flushes at the remembrance of fumbling hands and the impatience in her eyes. It was a gradual thing, his love, like struggling with a new language for years only to hear it, suddenly, from his lips.

He should die in her arms, not in bitter exile. The sun flickers through the window and he closes his eyes, denies this day has come. Yet his longing that all will be right is stronger, however faintly, than the desperate desire to remain forever with her.

***

The vaulted Stoic freedom felt nothing so much like a cage, only with bars Brutus couldn’t see. But he could feel them, twisting about, threatening to crush him at any moment.

Living life without desire had once been so easy. He was never disappointed, for there was nothing in which to be disappointed. And now –

His mother’s plots, Cassius’ pleading – their desires were those invisible bars, closing around him. The graffiti, that damn note, the eager gleam in Cicero’s eyes, the guarded caution in Caesar’s-

What good was it to live without wants if he could not live without resistance?
artyartie: (rome-powerless)
Written for [livejournal.com profile] rome100, prompt "Past."

The burnished gold of his ancestors’ death masks, glistening in the torchlight, frighten the young boy. Generations of both Junii and Servilli, watching him with solemn expectation. He has learned to return their stares with a calm gaze and unquivering lip – his mother’s sharp look of disapproval when he first whimpered under the weight of his own history hit him like a blow across the cheek.

“One day, your image will join them,” his mother says, kneeling behind him, her hands on his small shoulders. Brutus imagines his own face, older and silent and stern, staring back at him.

***

The sun beat down on his back, but the young boy felt no discomfort. He was gawky, all arms and legs, his head bobbling precariously on a thin neck. His blue eyes, however, were as bright as the summer sky, a scroll clutched tight in his small hands.

While some of the Greek was unfamiliar, certain words almost burned into the page, as if from Aristotle’s own hand. Ethos, pathos, logos. The tools of rhetoric and the orator. The power of words, the very words of power. Other boys played at soldier; Marcus Cicero desired a far more important future.
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For the [livejournal.com profile] rome100 challenge, Future. Two futures which never happenned to two very different men.

It wasn’t hubris if he succeeded.

And he succeeded, in spite of every obstacle before him. Mark Antony and his ambition, Cicero’s harangues in the Senate, Brutus and his-

It still made his heart ache, Brutus’ betrayal. Caesar had mercy, when he could afford it, but the treachery of the man who had once been like a son could not be forgiven. Servilla followed her son soon after, and some nights her curses still rang in his ears.

Yet these were bearable costs, to forge his own destiny. To craft the very future of Rome, to earn them both immortality.

***

He never should have fled his villa into yet another exile. His death would have held some honor, at least. His life now held nothing but shame.

Antony’s death brought no satisfaction. Octavian was far more dangerous than he ever imagined, no mere boy the Senate could use. The day of his triumph, Cicero came home and held a sword to his belly, but could not drive it in.

With this latest failure, he finally abandoned Rome, slunk back to his villa. He drank too much and wrote too little, of futures that never happened and courage he never had.
artyartie: (buffyangel-ivegotatheory)
The drabbles for this week's [livejournal.com profile] rome100 challenge, Future, are just not coming tonight, so I'm going to finish packing and head to bed. I'm off to a conference in San Francisco which should not only be educational and productive, but will include the night tour of Alcatraz, bread bowls of chowder, Ghiradelli chocolate sundaes, the Wine Country, and other things purely for enjoyment. Oh, and working on that pesky paper in the rare moments of free time.

While the drabbles are being stubborn (mostly because there are so many alternate futures one can imagine), I have the worst sort of plot bunny. It's a plot warren, actually, and I probably won't seriously start writing it until May, though I'm starting to block it in my head. It's a Rome fic, of course, Cicero centered, of course, incorporating his daughter and yet trying to stay true to the show's canon. So far, the bunnies are warm and fuzzy, and I'm anxious to start working on it - but not until every assignment and my thesis prospectus is turned in. That should be excellent motivation.

And speaking of Cicero, Imperium, which I am now 200 pages into, is simply incredible. It took me about 10 pages to get into Harris' style, but his characterization is so vibrant, I could hardly put the book down. Tiro is a keen observer, Pompey is a soldier who never should have played in politics, Terentia is shrewd and fiery, Tullia is adorable, and Cicero is so very human and rich and flawed and - read this book, if you'd like another look into ancient Rome. It's out in paperback in August, if you don't want to pony up for a hardcover, or can't find it at the library.

So, in all likelihood, I won't be back until Sunday - so if I don't answer posts or stories, it's because I'm living it up in Northern California!
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Written for [livejournal.com profile] rome100. Set during 'Philippi.' If you can't tell, I'm on a Brutus and Cicero kick lately.

***

Brutus wonders how Cassius can sleep so soundly. His dreams are haunted by lurid visions and aching doubts, and when he awakens to the bright Grecian sun his first thought is I shouldn’t be here.

He shares this with no one; it wouldn’t do to be seen as indecisive. The road back home doesn’t allow for regret, but Brutus still allows himself to feel it. Still rails against his mother’s machinations, Cicero’s flattery, Cassius’ ever-present encouragement.

Yet he wonders if he would have found this path of his own accord, where he would have no one but himself to blame.


***


The night air assails Cicero, unexpectedly cold for so late in summer. The wind rattles the boughs of the peach trees, flings the rosemary against the statuary.

He should find comfort here, but it is hollow. Nights rarely bring sleep, and when he sleeps, his dreams leave him shaking. Even this nightly vigil brings no peace, and instead of the music of the spheres, he only hears echoes of his own failures.

The stars give a weak, silvery light, and yet they burn with accusation. The stars fill him with regret, with shame, and they are countless in the heavens.
artyartie: (Default)
Written for the [livejournal.com profile] 5_fabulae community - Theme IV, Number 1 (Discedere). This story took far longer to write than I thought, but Brutus and Cicero have such a complicated dynamic. Historically, Brutus was never afraid to speak the truth to Cicero, even if it was less than pleasant.

Title: "Across the Wine Dark Sea"
Characters: Cicero, Brutus
Rating: PG
Words: 1030
Spoilers: Set between 1.05 and 1.06
Summary: After fleeing Italy, Cicero and Brutus confront an uncertain future - and unpleasant truths.


The ship sailed into the night, into uncertainty, her passengers nearly devoid of hope. )
artyartie: (Default)
It's like Yuletide, all over again! Only with more olive oil.

I recieved an absolutely wonderful Brutus/Cicero story, Words and Deeds, by [livejournal.com profile] babel. It's thoughtful, sorrow-tinged fluff, which sounds impossible, but it just works so well, especially with these two. Go read it, Rome fans! Go check out [livejournal.com profile] rome_fic to read the challenge entries that have been posted.

Meh, I haven't had my coffee this morning and I can feel it. Such a little addict. But I'm taking my sister out for lunch - it's my last full day home and I want to do something for her - and I think we both get cabin fever, cooped up here. Tonight, it's off to my Nana's for tamales (yummmmmmm!) and then it's back to school. I needed this break so badly but it just went by so fast!

Yesterday we went to the Getty Center in Los Angeles, and it was worth the wait. The building itself is so achingly beautiful, it's a work of art in itself. It's built of Italian traverntine, and I brushed my hands over the walls, thinking at least this was a bit of Italy I could feel right now. The exhibits were amazing, of course, from the Roman frescoes and statuary to the 19th century paintings to the sumptuous French furniture that made me feel like Marie Antoinette. The gardens were also pure art, and were a treat for the eyes, nose, and ears (the stream that runs into the main pool changes tone the closer it gets to the pool). I should have pictures soon, but I simply want to go back now - and go to the Getty Villa in Malibu, of course.
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Written for the [livejournal.com profile] rome_fic Ides of March challenge. Writen for [livejournal.com profile] cerebel, who asked for "Antony/Cicero. Explaining "A woman's role always suited you best", from Cicero's speech delivered in absentia."

Pairing: Cicero/Antony
Rating: Very hard R.
Notes: Spoilers up through 'These Being the Words...'
Word Count: 4,631
Last night's phrases
sick wih lack of basis
are still writhing on my floor.

And it doesn't seem fair
That your wicked words should work
In holding me down
No, it doesn't seem right
To take information
Given at close range
For the gag
And the bind
And the ammunition round.


-'Not About Love', Fiona Apple

He knew he was wrong but he knew it too late )

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