Merlin Cast 20x20: Round 1!

[20] icons for my merlincast2020  entry!
{ Colin Morgan, Katie McGrath, Eoin Macken, Angel Coulby, Bradley James, Laura Donnelly, Emilia Fox, Alice Patten, Santiago Cabrera, Asa Butterfield, Georgia King, Michelle Ryan }

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RULES: no hotlinking, no editing, no claiming your own. And please, if you use the icons, credit! [How do I do that?] Also, I loooove comments and constructive criticism! Lastly... Enjoy!


Just close your eyes and breathe / une fic Merlin en français

Titre: Just Close Your Eyes And Breathe
Author: sweetestel
Rating: PG-13
Genre: Future fic. Friendship ou pre-slash. Merlin/Arthur.
Warning: 1.Major character death 2. Reincarnation
Disclaimer: L'univers de Merlin ne m'appartient pas.
Synopsis: "Des flammes, des hommes à terre, des chevaux hennissant au loin, et la vue de Camelot en ruine à l'horizon lui ramenèrent à l'esprit ce sur quoi il devait se concentrer. Arthur."

Note 1 : Cette fic a été écrite à l'occasion d'une party post chez camelot_fleet. C'est la toute première fic en français que j'ai écrite sur Merlin et la première fic en français que j'ai écrite en plus ou moins un an ! Le style est un peu rouillé, vous me pardonnerez ;)

Note 2 : Je n'avais pas l'intention de poster cette fic, mais c'est une occasion pour promouvoir la nouvelle communauté de lolryne : beyond_albion ! beyond_albion  is a community where you can post any Merlin fics in French, Spanish, German, Chinese, and basically any language except English! It doesn't matter whether it's your mothertongue or not! It's just a community to explore Merlin in other languages :)


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Christmas cards exchange!

Sweetestel's more-or-less epic 2010 Christmas cards exchange!

Each year I'm looking forward receiving lots of cards and gifts for Christmas and New Year, and there are never enough! I'm sure all of you think the same :D

SO HERE YOU GO! I'm offering you all the chance *cough* to get one more Christmas card in your letterbox! And this one will be from France! Leave a comment to this post and I'll send you a PM with my address.

If you'd like to receive cards from unknown places all over the world, leave a comment and maybe another of my friends would like to receive a card from your corner of the world! :) LET'S TURN THIS INTO A WORLD-WIDE CARDZ EXCHANGE, YEAH! (... or not, whatever you'd like :D)

*5* cards are to be sent!
Comment to make it 6! :)

{ deductives son_de_la_voix  emerish  midniterose  comasisters  }

--Edit: I thought I should tell you since you'll find out eventually... Estel isn't really my firstname :p (Sad, right?)
--By the way, I'm useless at making cards or anything so you'll receive pretty christmas cards from some random French card-seller! :D

Writer's Block: Ready, steady, read

What is the best book you've read this year, and why?

Dear Gods. The year is almost over and once again, I find out that all the things I had sweared to do just got forgotten or set aside. Including reading books. And by "books" I mean something that has nothing to do with studying. I've read a lot of psychology articles and book excerpts this year, even if it's a lot less than all of these I'll have to read to write my dissertation.
One day I'll find enough time to catch up with all the Katie Reichs and Harlan Coben books I haven't read yet, and I'll be able to chat with my Mom about them. Because, you see, my Mom is a fangirl too. She just doesn't know what it's called :)

However, I've read an awful lot of fanfics this year. Actually I haven't read so much fanfics than since I'm in the Merlin fandom.
And I've barely read anything else than Merlin fics since I'm in the fandom! That's strange. I think it's probably because this fandom is cosy. I already know the kind of fics I like, my favorite authors or communities.
Reading fanfics that aren't written in your mothertongue makes things strange sometimes. I'm quite a picky reader. When I'm reading French fics, I can't stand grammar or orthograph mistakes, random punctuation, B-movies kind of lines... When I started reading a lot of English fics, I wasn't sure whether I couldn't tell a good from a bad writing style or if I just kept reading brilliant fanfics. I've had time to think about it since then, I've read more fanfics (simply because from a scientifical point of view, I needed a larger sample :p) and, contrary to the things I used to read when I was into French fandoms, I rarely stop reading a Merlin fic thinking "Wow, this is crap!"

Basically, Merlin authors, you rule.
This is probably why out of the 106 bookmarks of my Delicious account (only 106, because I'm a picky person who only bookmarks fics that leaves a trace in her mind for eternity.), 101 are tagged "fandom:merlin". So everyone, if you're looking for great fanfics to read or pretty fanarts to look at and don't know what to start with, you can have a look at my delicious account. You'll only find good things :D

(This is the end of this entry. The burger-delivery guy just showed up with my order. Time for lunch. While watching Merlin's finale!!)

Spoiler-free Merlinish entry!

-- I spent my afternoon doing it instead of doing my english homeworks (but they're boring) or reading stuff for my dissertation or working on the papers I'm supposed to write but it's worth it... the new layout! Well, old but new :) I had worked on some complicated layout with a big header and just this afternoon I changed my mind and went back to something small and simple. The screencaps used in the header are from this place. (Also it's supposed to be used with Mozilla Firefox, I'm pretty sure it looks ugly with any other browser...)

-- Next Tuesday the French channel NRJ12 is going to start airing Merlin's first series. Until now Merlin had only aired on Canal+ and SerieClub, which both are paying channels. NRJ12 is freely available with the TNT (Digital Terrestrial Television) which means that more people will be able to watch the show! Yay! They even created a (loosy) webpage about the show!

-- My best friend doesn't take as much time as I do watching tv shows so I'm used to telling her about the thing I watch, showing her pics, telling her about the fics I'm reading, and so on! Obviously I've been harassing her with Merlin for a while and with M/A slash in particular. Yesterday she told me she had watched NJR12's Merlin trailer and asked me quite seriously : "Just to make sure of something. Is there something sexual going on between Merlin and Arthur in this show?" I answered as seriously that no, not officially and she went like "Well. I've only watched the trailer and it looked obvious they were hot of each other!"

-- Community pimping! merlin_santa  is back! You want a Merlin-related gift for Christmas and think it would be fun to gift someone with a fic, an art, some graphics, a video, a picspam, a fanmix, whatever! well this is the community you've been looking for!

-- Fic pimping! You all, you've got to go and read A blind eye only sees a memory by deadfics ! It's one of the most beautiful and well written angst amnesia fic I've read! It's an RPF AU so it's not really RPF and I don't think non-RPF readers would be shocked. This isn't about who these names are referring to, it's only about the characters as they're written, their relationship and how the tension is built up and really, you've got to go read it!

Purple Wednesday

Originally posted by thelake at Purple Wednesday


It’s been decided. On October 20th, 2010, we will wear purple in honor of the 6 gay boys who committed suicide in recent weeks/months due to homophobic abuse in their homes at at their schools. Purple represents Spirit on the LGBTQ flag and that’s exactly what we’d like all of you to have with you: spirit. Please know that times will get better and that you will meet people who will love you and respect you for who you are, no matter your sexuality. Please wear purple on October 20th. Tell your friends, family, co-workers, neighbors and schools.

RIP Tyler Clementi, Seth Walsh
RIP Justin Aaberg, Raymond Chase
RIP Asher Brown and Billy Lucas

REBLOG to spread a message of love, unity and peace.

- original post by [info]neo_prodigy


merlin bb: The Thief In The Night

Title: The Thief in the Night by social_retard86
Artist: sweetestel
Pairings/characters: Merlin/Arthur
Rating (if applicable): G
Warnings: None
Summary: First a man disappears before Merlin's eyes, then everyone in the courtyard blinks in and out of existence for a second. Merlin thinks he's going mad until the castle starts disappearing, bit by bit, leaving only remnants of Morgana behind. Morgause is after Merlin and only Arthur can help him.

Artist's notes: These graphics were made for social_retard86 work in progress The Thief in the Night. I know how disappointed you are for not finishing on time, dear, so here you go! Have some graphics! I hope it'll cheer you up :)
It was a pleasure to work on your fic! It was kind of a challenge in itself for me to work on bits on fics. I ended up manipping stuff I'd never know I could! xD So thank you for giving me the chance :D

And a big thank you to everyone at paperlegends and paperpushers! Mods, you did an amazing work with this community and I'll be glad to participate next year again if you're giving another go at it! :D 

Disclaimer: I own neither Merlin nor social_retard86 's fanfic.

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Merlin BB: Avalon's Blessed Apples

Title: Avalon's Blessed Apples
Artist: sweetestel
Pairings/characters: Merlin/Arthur
Rating (if applicable): PG
Warnings: None

N/A: Ladies and gentlemen, this is my 1st entry for the Merlin Big Bang. Woooot! xD
We did it! It was my first time taking part in a Big Bang ever and it was kind of brilliant. It was a pleasure to get to work with emerish , I had great fun blackmailing her. One of my favourite aspect of this BB was to get to read bits of the fics before everyone else the great relationship that grew between emerish and I and I'm really excited we both ended our work in time! Now go read the fic! (Oh and have a look at the graphics, too!)

Summary: Merlin leads a peaceful life on a secluded island Avalon until one stormy evening he rescues a man from a sinking ship. As it turns out the man, Arthur had lost his his eyesight that fateful evening and it's up to Merlin to find the cure. At first, Arthur is grumpy and they don't get along but slowly they start to understand each other, but then their days are interrupted. Someone had freed the Holy Beast, resulting in chaos and it's up to Merlin with help of others to kill it, meanwhile trying to fight the inappropriate feelings towards Arthur. But nothing ever goes as planned.

Story link: Here! Go read it, NOW!
Disclaimer: I own neither Merlin nor emerish 's fanfic.

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Oh, look! Part 2/2!

[1 - 72] Merlin (Bradley James, Colin Morgan, Katie McGrath)
[73 - 106] Doctor Who (Karen Gillian, Matt Smith, Arthur Darvill)
[107 - 146] Stargate Universe (Louis Ferreira, Brian J. Smith, David Blue, Alaina Huffman, Elyse Levesque, Lou Diamond Phillips...)


DW: 5x13 The Big Bang
SGU: 1x01-03 Air

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