February 28th, 2015

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Modly notes for March

It's been a busy February! And, as March comes in like a lion, we wanted to make sure a few ongoing challenges didn't get lost in the going-out-like-a-lamb shuffle.

First off, the self-rec challenge ends at the end of the month. Unlike with most challenges, where we encourage you to post relevant recs whenever, this community will return to its default of not allowing self-reccing once February ends. Though self-rec posts will not be allowed in the future, we encourage you to promote your work elsewhere so readers can come back and rec it!

Second: The icon/banner challenge is still ongoing—please go nominate your favorite graphics and couples! We're looking for a diverse array of icons by any and every measure, and this is your chance to make sure your OTPs and your beautiful graphics are displayed for everyone to admire.

Finally, the community manifesto challenge is now a perpetual one, so you can post your manifestos (ship, character, and/or fandom) anytime you like! We haven't had any new ones in February, so whether you've been stuck on something new, adoring something old, or just want to encourage more people to read the things you love, now's the time to share.

Thanks for all your great recs—and keep 'em coming!

Love,
Your mods, stars-inthe-sky and blithers
Kiss

Rent, 3 recs, various pairings

blithers brought it to my attention today that this community was severely lacking in recs for everyone's favorite Pulitzer Prize-winning rock opera based on a nineteenth-century regular opera, and that was unacceptable to me. So, enjoy some new fic!

Fandom: Rent
Pairing: April Ericson/Roger Davis, Maureen Johnson/Mark Cohen
Title: Saving April
Author: _starrystarry
Link: http://users.livejournal.com/_starrystarry/12806.html
Rating/Warning(s): R (for sexual content, drug use, and canonical suicide)
Word Count/WIP?: 6,079 (complete)
Recced By: stars-inthe-sky

Why This Must Be Read: We know very little about April from canon—her smile looks like Mimi's and she's dead. Fic has taken the unseen (or little-scene, if you're going by the movie instead of the stage production) character in almost every direction, but this one is my favorite. The author does a beautiful job of showing how things and people fall apart, and how someone could have "left a note saying 'We got AIDS' before slitting her wrists in the bathroom," while still being a complex, sympathetic character who's neither an angel to Roger's devil nor a corrupting influence in the eyes of a young boy.

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Fandom: Rent
Pairing: Maureen Johnson/Mark Cohen, April Ericson/Roger Davis, Alison Grey/Benjamin Coffin III
Title: Scenes from the Cutting Room Floor
Author: thinkatory
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/259707
Rating/Warning(s): Teen
Word Count/WIP?: ~4k (complete)
Recced By: stars-inthe-sky

Why This Must Be Read: How did they get here? The author concocts what's more or less my headcanon by now, starting with April's suicide and following our boho boys (and Maureen) as things start to unravel and set the stage for Mark's filming on December 24. The characterizations are spot-on, from Maureen's larger-than-life presence, to Collins' role as the lone adult in the room, to Benny's fading out. And the Mark-Roger (though not Mark/Roger) relationship is every bit as unyielding and intact as it needs to be for Roger to muddle through the hell of addiction, withdrawal, and recovery. The story isn't always pretty, but it may as well be true.

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Fandom: Rent/The West Wing
Pairing: Donna Moss/Josh Lyman
Title: Reality in 21st Century Bohemia
Author: PythonFan
Link: https://www.fanfiction.net/s/2877102/1/Reality_in_21st_Century_Bohemia
Rating/Warning(s): Teen
Word Count/WIP?: 2,244 (complete)
Recced By: stars-inthe-sky

Why This Must Be Read: Roger Davis and Josh Lyman walk into a bar. Is that not reason enough? Seriously, though, this one-shot is actually a fairly worthy look at the gap between the good-hearted, well-intentioned politicos of the Bartlett Administration and the people they mean to help but never quite do. PythonFan has an intimate knowledge of both fandoms, and it shows. Roger is right on the money here—rife with potential and apathy—and if Josh seems a little nicer than usual, we can chalk it up to the influence of his Midwestern spouse. This fic was written well before most people had heard the name Barack Obama, but the author even manages to bring the clear (and partially intentional) parallels between our current President and Matt Santos to bear.
FMA Ed-Win Kiss 2

Self recs, Fullmetal Alchemist

Fandom: Fullmetal Alchemist
Pairing: Winry Rockbell/Edward Elric, Riza Hawkeye/Roy Mustang (minor pairing)
Title: Miss the Girl
Author: evil_little_dog
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/93191/chapters/127008 (note, this is the longest part of the series, the entire series is here: http://archiveofourown.org/series/3440)
Rating/Warning(s): Mature. Warnings for sexual violence, explicit language, murders, canon deviation.
Word Count/WIP?: 52,278/Complete.
Recced By: Self Rec

Why This Must Be Read: Blurb: After being away for many years, Edward and Alphonse return to East City to find Winry Rockbell being hunted by a sadistic murderer. Can they find him and repair their relationship with Winry before it's too late?

This story was written in response to a variety of little challenges and eventually wound up being my entry into the fmabigbang. It is a reconcilliation story, but with a murderer on the loose, Edward and Alphonse have to work together and with Winry Rockbell, the girl they'd left behind years ago when they left Amestris for Xing. With the murderer appearing to target women who resemble Winry, the stakes are incredibly high.

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Fandom: Fullmetal Alchemist 2003 anime/Conqueror of Shamballa
Pairing: Winry Rockbell/Edward Elric
Title: Ghost of You
Author: evil_little_dog
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/460872/chapters/1015705
Rating/Warning(s): Teen. Some violence, angst, heartbreak, character death(s) (canon and original characters). Sickness, Hurt/Comfort. 2nd person POV.
Word Count/WIP?: 18,126. Currently a finished piece, but I might always add another chapter if I get an idea for it.
Recced By: Self Rec

Why This Must Be Read: In Fullmetal Alchemist: Conqueror of Shamballa, Edward Elric and Alphonse Elric left Amestris for good. But Alphonse, dying, figures a way for his brother to return home. This story deals with Edward's homecoming, and him learning to live in Amestris again, and with Winry Rockbell, who's haunted by her own ghosts.

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