Fanfic Wednesday: “And Never Been Kissed” (Hockey RPF)


And Never Been Kissed” by thehoyden, twentysomething (AO3)

Pairings: Sid/Geno
Word Count: 166,710

Warnings: Super slow burn leading to explicit sexy times

Author’s Summary

Sid didn’t introduce himself in the hallway, and he certainly doesn’t assume that people know who he is. So it would only be polite to thank Malkin again, this time more personally.

He could write him a letter. An email? No, a letter.

My Thoughts

I know you may not read RPF, but if you’re tempted, this is the fic that I hand out to anyone interested in hockey, or who wants to get into this particular pairing and enjoys amazing writing with epistolary feels. This story is almost 200k words, and yet I’ve read it at least half a dozen times, and consider it the basis of my fanon* for these two. This co-written piece covers a lot of ground, starting when the boys meet as teens and taking readers up through the present, all from the POV of Sid. The authors achieve a delicate balance between the bumbling, dorky, emotional hockey-bot that Captain Canada has been since he was 16 with Geno’s sweet, oblivious, Russian expat that works to endear readers to them both as individuals, as friends, and as teammates.

If you’re a Destiel fan, you might recognize twentysomething from the numerous fics written for the Dean/Cas pairing, a couple of which have been featured on this blog. The attention to detail in this story is amazing, so much so, that you really can’t rush through it. Don’t read NBK if you’re looking for a fast fix of smut, although there is plenty of it, if you’re patient. Everything about this story moves naturally and smoothly to the inevitable ending and it’s so, so beautiful–probably my favorite hockey RPF of all time.

xoxo C. Diva

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*Disclaimer: It goes without saying that fanficiton is not true to life. With RPF, fanon is fanon and canon is real life*

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How To Look Like Mystique: X-Men Apocalypse Tutorial

Hello lovely Collective readers! Katie here again, and today I am showing you how to transform into Mystique. This tutorial comes in preparation for the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse movie, and even though I don’t have the guts to wear it to the theatre, maybe you do!


This tutorial is actually much easier than you might assume, and definitely much easier than what Jennifer Lawrence has applied in the X-Men films. In X-Men: First Class she is wearing full body prosthetics that were so uncomfortable that she wore a bodysuit instead for X-Men: Days Of Future Past.



So, first things first. What makeup will you need for this tutorial?

  • Liquid Latex (Mine is Ben Nye, but you can pick up liquid latex at any costume store/sfx makeup website)
  • Blue Cream Makeup (Again, any costume/sfx makeup store)
  • Black Eyeshadow
  • Temporary Red Hair Dye/Chalk/Spray

Now that you have all your tools, you are ready to recreate this look for yourself! Check out the video below for the whole tutorial.

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Katie is a makeup artist/blogger from the Great White North (AKA, good ol’ Canada). She spends her time creating YouTube videos, writing about anything that crosses her mind, and living vicariously through episodes How I Met Your Mother. You can check out her videos here. Or follow Katie on Twitter @katiealayagreen and at her Blog.

A Beginner’s Guide to “The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses”



The long-awaited second installment of The Hollow Crown starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Richard III has just finished airing on BBC Two, and you can color me excited. As a not-so-closeted Shakespeare nerd, one of my many pleasures is watching adaptations of the Bard’s work. If you’re a fan of Benny, but hated reading Shakespeare in high school, never fear. The plays were never meant to be read; they were meant to be performed and experienced by actors and audiences alike. Watching Henry VI Part 1, Henry VI Part 2, and Richard III as interpreted by director Dominic Cooke eliminates a good deal of confusion.

For those of you unfamiliar with your British history, here’s a bit of context to make your viewing more interesting.

What is the War of the Roses?

Henry Payne, c. 1908

Henry Payne, c. 1908

This famous conflict lasted approximately 30 years in England, and can be classified as a civil war. It took forever to resolve because the battles were usually small, and a lot of the time they took places several months (and even years) apart. Many nobles and great houses switched sides many times during these 30 years, in the hopes that they would end up on the winning team.

Who fought in it?

The main adversaries in the war were two rival families, both descended from the House of Plantagenet. Each family, the House of Lancaster and the House of York, had claims to the throne of England.

Why roses?

The White Rose of and the Red Rose of

The White Rose of York and the Red Rose of Lancaster

Because the symbol of the House of Lancaster was a red rose while the symbol of the House of York was a white rose.

Main Characters

Henry VI—King of England, immortalized by William Shakespeare in three plays as a weak-willed man who suffered from mental instability. After a failed war in France, he had a mental breakdown and his government was taken over by Richard of York (the future Richard III’s father). Although Richard only served as Regent for a year until Henry recovered, this helped lay the groundwork for inevitable civil war. After numerous conflicts and confusing politics, Henry was usurped by Richard’s second son Edward IV (the first King of the House of York).



Richard III—King of England, immortalized by William Shakespeare in one play as a scheming murderer. He is often remembered for possible involvement in the disappearance and/or murder of the Princes in the Tower. Richard became king after the death of his brother Edward IV, and the ensuing declaration that Edward’s sons were illegitimate and therefore could not take the throne. He was in the news recently after his grave was discovered under a parking lot (his remains had been thought to be lost for at least five centuries).

Margaret of Anjou—Queen of England and wife of Henry VI, immortalized by William Shakespeare in three plays as a fierce, intelligent, and ruthless woman and politician. She frequently ruled the kingdom in Henry’s place, partly due to his bouts of mental illness. During the War of the Roses, she personally led the Lancaster forces during multiple battles.

Game of Thrones?

Basically, yes. The War of the Roses is the historical basis for George R.R. Martin’s series A Song of Ice and Fire.

The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses also stars Hugh Bonneville, Judi Dench, and Sophie Okonedo. You can watch online via the BBC iPlayer for a limited time, or catch it on PBS later this summer.

Now is the winter of our discontent /
Made glorious summer by this sun of York

-The Collected Mutineer

Geektivities: Diva’s 3 Impressions of The Cure at The Hollywood Bowl


One thing I love about living in Southern California are the numerous concerts, museums, conventions and geektivities that are available within a decent driving distance. This weekend, The Collectress and I attended The Cure Tour 2016 and saw the 80s goth band play at the Hollywood Bowl. I’m such a great blog-mate; I bought these tickets back in October and when I found out Collectress was a fan, decided to take her for her birthday. As a reformed goth girl, the Cure holds a special place in my black, black heart and their popular 1983 release, “Lovecats” is one of the first songs I remember actively enjoying on the radio when I was just a wee Diva!

Unfortunately, Robert Smith didn’t decide to play OUR FAVORITE, but we still had a blast! Here are my 3 impressions.

The Venue

The Hollywood Bowl is an amazing place to enjoy a relaxing evening of music and friends. I’ve attended the LA Philharmonic performances there, but this was the first actual pop show I’ve seen at the Bowl. What I love about the Hollywood Bowl is that visitors can bring in food, drinks, blankets and picnic baskets and sit under the the Hollywood sign and just enjoy the environment. To private “leased” events (such as, when a performer rents the venue as the Cure did), patrons are not allowed to bring in cans or bottles. During the summer events such as the Philharmonic performances and jazz festivals, audiences are allowed to pack wine and beer. Collectress and I bundled up, brought a picnic, enjoyed the sunset and swayed to the mellow sounds of the Cure echoing off the hills all evening. Even the cheap seats have a great view and a wonderful sound! If you’re like me and hate to drive in traffic, there are park & ride options all over SoCal that will get you to the Bowl for pretty much any event held there. We parked in Pasadena and took a shuttle into Hollywood, getting us through the melee of fans leaving the venue and we made it home before midnight.

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Supernatural Recap: “All In The Family” and “We Happy Few”

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Banner by the Collected Mutineer

Episode 11×21 & 22 AKA “Existential Family Drama”

Well, the hellatus is over and Darkness is unleashed on the Earth in the form of a woman. Sam has hair glorious enough to rival season 8; Dean has a weird not-quite-consensual relationship with the Big Bad; and Castiel’s not here right now. I’m guessing the Winchesters won’t be getting sunshine and puppies anytime soon…Warning there be spoilers ahead.

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A “Preacher” Starter Kit for Noobs


From DC’s Vertigo imprint comes another amazing comic turned tv show, this time in the form of the gritty and violent Preacher. Now, I must admit I’d not got round to reading the comics prior to planning on writing these articles, but I finally made time and I must say I’m hooked!

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The Flash Recap: “Invincible”

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It’s a healthy thing to have just the right amount of confidence, but when you begin to feel invincible you put yourself and those around at risk.

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