Welcome to Shipping 101

Welcome to Shipping 101!

Please check your schedules to make sure you are in the right place. Everyone settled in? Okay, good. Today we will discuss my newest ship, the S.S. Olicity, featuring Oliver Queen(Stephen Amell) and Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards) from the CW’s Arrow.

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If you’ve read my December 2013 Arrow posts, you know I am a fan of the show. As it goes with a new show that has two (although, I can dig Diggle) very hot lead characters that I wouldn’t mind imagining making out (with), I immediately decided I ship Oliver and Felicity (Olicity) and went to AO3 to search for Olicity fanfiction. Since Arrow is only in the middle of its second season, there isn’t much reading out there. Of course, I went to The Collectress for assistance, who soon found me a two lovely Tumblr sites with rec lists and off I went on a magical journey to smutsville with Oliver and Felicity. I love a good romance, and the pairing of Felicity/Oliver is not just popular with the fans but with the cast and crew as well.

tumblr_mi83ahj7Ml1qd2emto1_500On the show, Oliver and Felicity began their friendship based on his need for her technological prowess. He was the boss’ son, she worked in IT. When Oliver ‘fessed up to his identity as (SPOILERS) the Vigilante in season 1 (by crawling into her car while bleeding from a gunshot wound his mother gave him), Felicity then began assisting him on his missions and they became friends and peers. Between the awkward excuses for hanging out together, the long and loving gazes, and the obvious sexual tension, these two seem to be headed toward something substantial, but I’m guessing it won’t be in season 2 or even 3.

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The Collective gals got into the blogging game because of our burning desire to attend San Diego Comic-Con and coexist IRL with other nerds. If you’ve read the 2-part “Great Comic-Con Disappointment”, you’ll know that we haven’t gotten tickets, well, ever. Still, our adversity created this amazing blog and, as we grumbled much of the summer 2013 (and well into 2014), the fire continued to burn. Over the years, the Collective bloggers spent most of our time at literary conventions (we’re nerds, yes), but the need to connect with fandom is a very real and burning desire. We know finding the perfect, attainable event can become a challenge. Fan conventions are usually sold out a year in advance, which means scoping out the scene well in advance. We attended our first official fan con as a blog team in November 2013, mulling over the $85 single day ticket price for the Burbank Supernatural Convention, for about 15 seconds, before fully committing to cosplay, photo-ops and autograph sessions that turned out to be AMAZING.

My advice? As soon as you hear about a con, Google it. Look it up. Do your research. Find out how much the tickets are, when they usually go on sale and what kind of crowd your particular fan con draws. Then, start buying stuff. A entry ticket here, a photo-op there. Spread out the cost of the items you want to enjoy at the fan con over time, and it won’t hurt as much. Next, check out the list below. It contains my top 5 picks for California fan conventions in 2014. Tell me your favorites in the comments below.

xoxo The Collective Diva

Martin Freeman as John Watson and Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes on Sherlock Series Two Finale The Reichenbach Fall

Hello shippers, and happy New Year! As another holiday gift from me to you, and to celebrate the fact that Sherlock is FINALLY returning, I’ve put together a list of some of my favorite Johnlock fics.

So if man love between a consulting detective and an army doctor isn’t for you, you may want to look elsewhere.

Click on the title for a link to the fic. I’ve also included fics that I’ve recced in the past, because, well, why not.

Alone on the Water by MadLori

Author’s Summary: Sherlock is diagnosed with a terminal illness. Warning: angst like whoa.

My Thoughts: The best fanfiction I’ve ever read. Period. Read my full review here.

A Cure for Boredom by emmagrant01

Author’s Summary: They’d never talked about sex in the year they’d known each other. Well, that wasn’t quite correct: Sherlock had never said a word about sex; John had bemoaned his personal dearth of it on many occasions.

My Thoughts: The most infamous fic in the Johnlock fandom, and I only read it because of the recommendation by the Collectiva Diva, Queen of Smut. The chemistry between John and Sherlock is practically tangible, but I really only have one thing to say about this one: Cinnamon.