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I’m very, very slowly writing my [livejournal.com profile] summer_of_giles and don’t really have anything new to report. But for the sake of waving to people ,I thought I’d share one of the few clips on YouTube that I actually have bookmarked.

I am a terrible dancer, but I love watching people who really can. And if it’s a bunch of gorgeous boys (and a few girls) who are doing the dancing, so much the better. Check out Al Blackstone’s Not For Me from the 2015 Fire Island Dance Festival. You could say it’s a tale of self discovery in dance that’s funny, sweet, hot, just a little naughty and generally gorgeous. And at just over 8 minutes, it’s not going to take a huge amount of time out of your day.

And the bonus for me is that it’s got the divine Jakob Karr in it – he’s the first guy to appear in a towel and not much else at the start of the locker room scene. The things that boy can do with his legs…

Check it out and enjoy the fun.

S xx
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Xander Gets Around

Well, here we have it, the final list in this crazy obsession which has occupied my time for over 2 months. I honestly had no idea it would grow into such a monster, but it has been a lot of fun to do and gained me some new friends as well (waves maniacally at Flist) so that can only be good.

This is my “Xander Gets Around”list, which basically is a collection of any slash story which didn’t seem to fit in anywhere else where the boy spreads his love and his legs with varying degrees of success!

I did these lists a long time ago in 2006, and a lot of links have been broken and a lot of new fic has been posted since then. So check out the updated lists with hopefully shiny mended links and lots of minty fresh new stories. Here’s a link to the Master Post of Sparrow’s Bat Shit Crazy Rec List Update Project - hot off the press in January 2011. There are approximately 570 lovely stories to enjoy with more links being added as I find new things to love.

Xander/Giles )


Xander/Larry )


Xander/Lindsay )



Xander/Oz )


Xander/Spike )

Well that’s it, I can now collapse in a heap! I really had no idea this was going to last so long or get so big (sounds like something Xander would say to Spike..) Thanks again to all the lovely people who encouraged me to continue with this and as I say I’ve made some lovely new friends. After I’ve posted this I’ve going to a separate “tags” post and post that link on Bloodclaim in case anyone else is interested. Also [livejournal.com profile] lit_gal is archiving them at her site here and very gorgeous she’s made them too.

For the record I’ve counted 367 fics all told, so that’s one for every day of the year and a couple extra for a leap year. Goes off to collapse in a heap and have a glass of wine!
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Yes, sometimes my horizons venture beyond Slash and these are just a smattering of the het/gen stories which float my boat.

I should say for the benefit of anyone who hasn’t noticed, Xander is my all time honey of choice, so any het relationships in these stories will always feature him. There are lots of great authors who write other non-Xander pairings and all power to them, but I need my boy, whatever kind of relationship he’s in. That probably makes me narrow and shallow, but hey, at least I’m consistent!

I’m going to repeat the het/gen recs from the other lists for the benefit of anyone who wouldn’t normally go near a rec list which is predominantly slash and therefore might have missed the morsels of het/gen at the end of the posts. Additionally I have occasionally just copied some of the summaries over from my other lists, because there are only so many ways you can summarise a story without either spoiling it or being totally cryptic.

I did these lists a long time ago in 2006, and a lot of links have been broken and a lot of new fic has been posted since then. So check out the updated lists with hopefully shiny mended links and lots of minty fresh new stories. Here’s a link to the Master Post of Sparrow’s Bat Shit Crazy Rec List Update Project - hot off the press in January 2011. There are approximately 570 lovely stories to enjoy with more links being added as I find new things to love.

Hen/Gen stories - don't worry, they won't bite! )

That’s it for this list. Next time out there’s comedy stories, which is a fairly short list as my taste runs more to angst. And then hopefully hot on the heels of that there will be the “Xander Gets Around” list, which is basically the boy being a slut with anyone who will have him!
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Time for another crazed outing into the wacky world of the project that’s taking over my life.

This week the category is "Afterwards…." Otherwise known as the "Post" post, and before anyone says anything I admit this is a bit of cheating category. It started out as a Post Chosen list, but then I also had a Post Apocalypse list and then I also had a Post "some other big event or trauma" list. So I decided to lump them together and came up with a generic heading

I did these lists a long time ago in 2006, and a lot of links have been broken and a lot of new fic has been posted since then. So check out the updated lists with hopefully shiny mended links and lots of minty fresh new stories. Here’s a link to the Master Post of Sparrow’s Bat Shit Crazy Rec List Update Project - hot off the press in January 2011. There are approximately 570 lovely stories to enjoy with more links being added as I find new things to love.
Xander/Spike )


Xander/Other(mainly Giles) )


Het/Gen )

I know there are probably a lot of other stories which should go on this list, but I must admit I’m getting a bit punch drunk putting these together at the moment, so I thought I’d just post what I had and add to it as other stories occur to me.

The next list will be Het/Gen. I know I’ve mentioned a few as I’ve gone along, but there really are a lot of terrific stories out there that aren’t slash – don’t look at me like that; trust me I’m a Sparrow..
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Xander Plus or Minus

In this week’s crawl through the rag bag of random information I call my brain we have stories where Xander has been changed in some way. He’s either got some kind of power, is pregnant, or the father in a male preg, lost his memory causing a lifestyle change, or changed sex completely. So it’s the Xander we know and love, but with some additions or subtractions – hence the title of this group of recs.

I did these lists a long time ago in 2006, and a lot of links have been broken and a lot of new fic has been posted since then. So check out the updated lists with hopefully shiny mended links and lots of minty fresh new stories. Here’s a link to the Master Post of Sparrow’s Bat Shit Crazy Rec List Update Project - hot off the press in January 2011. There are approximately 570 lovely stories to enjoy with more links being added as I find new things to love.
Souped up )


Knocked Up )


What’s Up? )


Femme’d Up! )

I know this was a short post, but to be honest, I like my boy as he was designed to be, all human with all the problems and frailties that implies - I think above anything that’s my ultimate kink.

Next up, but probably not for a couple of weeks is the “Post” post. In this one we have post Chosen, post apocalypse, post Glory and just about any other big post event you can think of. Let’s just say my boy is always moving away from something in these stories, and it’s what he’s moving towards that sometimes gets me worried….
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Well here we go again, another installment of the project that is eating my social life. The posts are gradually getting shorter, so it really must say something about my reading predilections that the really long posts were for the dark/angst and kink stories, but then again, I’m not really that surprised! Anyway on with the motley..and this week’s motley is Crossovers.

One of the things I like about crossover stories is that if they are done well you don’t actually have to be familiar with the other fandom, and god knows I really don’t have the hours in the day to get involved in another fandom. Anyway here’s a short list of the crossovers which really do it for me and believe it or not, there are a few non-slash stories in there – gasp, keels over in shock! As ever, this is just a personal list, and I’m aware that there are a few famous crossovers which I haven’t mentioned, which doesn’t mean I hate them, just that I couldn’t get into them – hey it happens!

I did these lists a long time ago in 2006, and a lot of links have been broken and a lot of new fic has been posted since then. So check out the updated lists with hopefully shiny mended links and lots of minty fresh new stories. Here’s a link to the Master Post of Sparrow’s Bat Shit Crazy Rec List Update Project - hot off the press in January 2011. There are approximately 570 lovely stories to enjoy with more links being added as I find new things to love.
Crossover stories )


There are piles more crossovers out there, but these are just a few of my favourites.

The next list is a bit complicated. I’ve got a pile of stories in which Xander is changed in some fundamental way, either male preg(not a genre I’m a big fan of) suddenly getting powers, being turned into a girl, losing his memory etc. There are just a few stories in each category which I really like, so I’ve decided to group them together and call the next list - Xander: Plus or Minus. Coming soon to a LJ near you
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What’s the Alternative?

Okay, so this is where the stories veer just a tad off course if you’re a fan of straight “canon” fodder! (well, it sounded funnier in my head…) In this category we’ve got alternative timelines, alternative universes, alternative dimensions and alternative lifestyles (I think shacking up with a vampire could be seen as alternative, but then with the Scoobs track record – maybe not…)

I did these lists a long time ago in 2006, and a lot of links have been broken and a lot of new fic has been posted since then. So check out the updated lists with hopefully shiny mended links and lots of minty fresh new stories. Here’s a link to the Master Post of Sparrow’s Bat Shit Crazy Rec List Update Project - hot off the press in January 2011. There are approximately 570 lovely stories to enjoy with more links being added as I find new things to love.

Anyway, first up is.. )

Well, that’s it for now. As ever I know there are piles and piles of AU's out there, but again, these are the ones that rise to the top when I want an AU fix.

I wasn’t going to post this weekend but the weather has been so awful it has thrown most of our plans out of the window. Hey ho. I’m not sure which list will come next, but I suspect it might be Crossovers, but I won’t get the chance to work on it for a few days. Am on the 0700 train to London on Monday and am there all Monday and Tuesday with work, but I really want to get back up for Tuesday evening because it’s our wedding anniversary. Can you believe it – 14 years married and 17 years together all told – must be love, or something!

Bye for now
S xx
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I’ve put the Stripper and Whore genres together simply because in most cases they involve the main characters taking on a role that would shock their nearest and dearest if they could see what circumstances had driven them to. Having said that there is the odd happy whore or stripper fic in there as well, but especially the whore section kind of lends itself to angst! This is a relatively short list compared with some of the others I’ve posted. I know that there are piles of both types of story out there, but maybe I’m just picky because this little collection are the ones which really float my boat. In this case I've not listed by ship, just by category.

I did these lists a long time ago in 2006, and a lot of links have been broken and a lot of new fic has been posted since then. So check out the updated lists with hopefully shiny mended links and lots of minty fresh new stories. Here’s a link to the Master Post of Sparrow’s Bat Shit Crazy Rec List Update Project - hot off the press in January 2011. There are approximately 570 lovely stories to enjoy with more links being added as I find new things to love.

Whore fic )

Stripper fic )


That’s it for now. Next time out we’re in the upside down world of Alternative Universes and Alternative Timelines where anything can happen and no one can complain that it’s not canon! Come and read, it’ll be fun.
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I love drabbles, ficlets, snapshots and one shots, but sometimes all you really want to do is settle down and get stuck into a long satisfying story that will keep you occupied for hours and keep your mind off some of the less comfortable parts of RL. This is a list of some of my favourites, again not exhaustive, but they would keep anyone out of mischief for a good while. I know everyone has probably read all of these, but what the hell, I still had a lot of fun putting the list together and it's just made me want to go back and read them all again!

I did these lists a long time ago in 2006, and a lot of links have been broken and a lot of new fic has been posted since then. So check out the updated lists with hopefully shiny mended links and lots of minty fresh new stories. Here’s a link to the Master Post of Sparrow’s Bat Shit Crazy Rec List Update Project - hot off the press in January 2011. There are approximately 570 lovely stories to enjoy with more links being added as I find new things to love.

Slash stories – all Spike/Xander )



Het/Gen – because occasionally I do read something other than slash (okay, very occasionally!) )

That’s it for now, a bit shorter than normal, but then length of the stories should make up for the relative brevity of the post. If there’s something there you haven’t read I hope you enjoy and don’t forget to feedback so the authors will write more gorgeous stuff.

Next time out it’s time to get down and dirty with Whore and Stripper stories. I’ve put the 2 genres together because that’s just how my fevered little excuse for a brain works – I never promised things would make sense.
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Since I did the whole cuddly h/c thing last time out I thought it was time to crank up the darkness again.

I just adore vamp/hyena Xander, he’s just so damn sexy and I have to say that Nick B was never sexier than when he was doing his mean and moody stuff (quick hot flush time..)

As ever this is a list of some of my favourites in the genre. I know that there are hundreds out there so it’s likely that I will miss some off.

I think I can safely state that Xander dies in some of these stories because it kind of follows with the whole vamp deal. So it’s not my intention to “spoil” any of the stories if I mention his death, it just kind of comes with the package.

So without further ado here’s my Beastie Boy list because this boy just knows how to fight for his right to party (sorry I’m showing my age now!) I should just say in this list I haven't divided by ship, just by "beastie" category.

I did these lists a long time ago in 2006, and a lot of links have been broken and a lot of new fic has been posted since then. So check out the updated lists with hopefully shiny mended links and lots of minty fresh new stories. Here’s a link to the Master Post of Sparrow’s Bat Shit Crazy Rec List Update Project - hot off the press in January 2011. There are approximately 570 lovely stories to enjoy with more links being added as I find new things to love.

Vampire stories )

Hyena stories )

Wolfie stories and other bits.. )


I know there are probably been some pretty big omissions from some of these lists, especially from some very well known stories. So next time out we have my favourite epic stories – the ones which you can curl up with and spend a whole afternoon getting lost in. That’s same time, same vamp channel next week.
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Here we go again, more recs, more rambling and more great reads.

After the last couple of weeks of concentrating on all the darkness, angst and naughty bits I thought it would be good to wallow in some good old Hurt/Comfort stories, because as I’ve said before, sometimes all the boys and the reader needs is a good cuddle (although a bit of gratuitous porn in the mix never goes amiss!)

I’m using h/c in its absolutely broadest interpretation – someone going through trauma; emotional, physical, mental (or anything else ending in “al”) and another character providing succour and sanctuary by some means or other. So don’t be surprised if I mention stories which look as if they have pretty tenuous links to the genre, it’s just how they stack up in my fevered little brain.

I did these lists a long time ago in 2006, and a lot of links have been broken and a lot of new fic has been posted since then. So check out the updated lists with hopefully shiny mended links and lots of minty fresh new stories. Here’s a link to the Master Post of Sparrow’s Bat Shit Crazy Rec List Update Project - hot off the press in January 2011. There are approximately 570 lovely stories to enjoy with more links being added as I find new things to love.

Xander/Spike )

Xander/Angelus )

Kink Recs

Apr. 22nd, 2006 03:20 pm
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Here’s the next instalment from my ludicrous project to document all my favourite stories so that I could find them again easily without screaming at my computer and fruitlessly combing through countless websites because I can’t remember where a particular fic lives.

The next section covers everyone’s favourite genre – Kink.
This covers the whole gamut of D/s, bondage, control etc - basically anything that's not strictly Vanilla is fair game. There's also a little subsection of "Pet" fic.

In most cases Xander is the sub because that’s just the way I see him and it also seems to fit with his canon character where he was always the beta – apart from when possessed. I also find that a lot of the Dom Xander fic I’ve come across is about revenge not about relationships and in most cases doesn’t do a lot for me.

The other thing you won’t find here is major full on, in your face daddy kink or RPS; they’re just not my thing, but no disrespect to anyone who is into them. Just thought I’d mention it as there are probably some glaring omissions on this list due to my squicks.

I did these lists a long time ago in 2006, and a lot of links have been broken and a lot of new fic has been posted since then. So check out the updated lists with hopefully shiny mended links and lots of minty fresh new stories. Here’s a link to the Master Post of Sparrow’s Bat Shit Crazy Rec List Update Project - hot off the press in January 2011. There are approximately 570 lovely stories to enjoy with more links being added as I find new things to love.

Xander & Spike (with the odd sprinkling of Giles) )


Kink – Xander & Angel(us) )


Kink - Xander & Wes )

Pet fics )

There now, not as long as the dark fic post, but long enough and hopefully kinky enough to satisfy the most discerning palate!

Next time out on the project which wouldn’t die we have h/c fic because sometimes the boys just need a cuddle.
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About a month ago I finally decided to apply some of that famous Virgoan organisation to my fic reading, mainly as a result of the frustration of not being able to find a story I’ve really enjoyed because even though I can give you a blow by blow account of every plot point, I can’t remember the sodding name of the fic or where I came across it. And so Project "What the Hell Was It Called Again" was born and hasn’t stopped growing since. If I’d realised what it was going to end up like, I probably wouldn’t have started! It has just made me realised how much fic I’ve gone through in the three years since I discovered these new horizons and the reality that I had kinks I didn’t even know existed.

Anyway although I’m still picking away at it, I thought I might as well put what I had so far up on LJ. Most of the titles are well known, but there might be the odd one that someone hasn’t come across and sometimes it’s useful to have a bunch of stuff in the one place.

I’ve tried to categorise the stories by what I think their main characteristic is, but you may think that some of the titles belong in a different category which is fine. This isn’t an exhaustive list, but is just me trying to gather together most of the fic which I come back to time and again, or is just particularly memorable for one reason or another. Most of the stories are slash and feature Xander with a variety of characters, predominately Spike, but there will be some het/gen in there (reaches for microscope)

I was going to post my kink section first, but when I realised that my dark fic list was already at 8 pages in Word, I decided I’d better get it out there before it started producing little hell spawn and got even bigger.

The first section is called... Every Shade of Grey.
This category was originally called Dark & Angsty which does kind of get to the point, but there are so many gradations of both across these stories that I thought the other title suited better.

It’s funny how most of the stories of this type which I go back and re-read have Xander as the victim to some degree or another, but then you all make him hurt so beautifully, so here’s a collection of some of the best stuff out there (IMHO naturally)

I did these lists a long time ago in 2006, and a lot of links have been broken and a lot of new fic has been posted since then. So check out the updated lists with hopefully shiny mended links and lots of minty fresh new stories. Here’s a link to the Master Post of Sparrow’s Bat Shit Crazy Rec List Update Project - hot off the press in January 2011. There are approximately 570 lovely stories to enjoy with more links being added as I find new things to love.

Every Shade of Grey - Xander & Spike )



Every Shade of Grey - Xander & Angel(us) )

Every Shade of Grey - Neither Spike or Angel! )

There’s lots of other dark and angsty fic out there, but that’s just a sample of some of the ones I come back to again and again for a whole variety of reasons. If you think there’s something missing it could well turn up in one of my other categories – this kind of pigeonholing is about as far from an exact science as you can possibly get.

Other lists to come at some point include Kink (of course!) H/C, AU, Post Chosen, Beastie Xan (hyena/vamp), X/Lindsay, X/Oz, X/Giles and last but not least Het. I didn’t want to put the Het in some kind of fic ghetto, but I figured that if I kept it together than you can find a safe place to play if you really hate slash.

Anyway that’s more than enough for now. After all that darkness I’m off to curl up with something bright and happy.

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