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I wrote two stories for Yuletide this year--which were either a good distraction from end-of-the-year stress, or made the end of the year more stressful because they took time away from other things that needed to get done. Depends how you look at it!

Five Times Rachel Dreamt of Quinn, and One Time Quinn Woke her Up (2629 words) by ariadnes_string
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: UnREAL (TV)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Rachel Goldberg/Quinn King
Additional Tags: Voyeurism, Canon Jewish Character, Misses Clause Challenge
Summary:

It started on the first night of the first day Rachel worked on Everlasting.



This was my assignment, and I was happy to get it, since I've wanted to write for this fandom for a while (even though I STILL haven't watched the end of the 2nd season). I like all the parts of this fic, but I failed that basic "kill your darlings" test of writing with it. I think the last section is the best, but I only thought of the idea for it at the very last minute, and even though I knew I should rework the whole fic to be just the last section, and junk the other parts, I couldn't bear to. So it isn't as strong a story as it might have been. Sigh. #reasonstokeepmydayjob, eh?

Peven's Tower (2169 words) by ariadnes_string
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Riddle-Master Trilogy - Patricia A. McKillip
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Raederle of An, Peven of Aum
Additional Tags: Missing Scene, Misses Clause Challenge
Summary:

After battling the shape-changers at Erlenstar Mountain, Morgon disappears. Raederle's search for him leads her to a place both unexpected and familiar.



I picked up this pinch hit in the last round of pinch hits, and again, was pleased to write it, since I've loved the books for a long time. I meant to make it more episodic, but the story of Raederle revisiting Peven grew to fit everything I wanted to say. It builds off a throwaway line in canon, about Raederle visiting Peven's Tower before Morgon wins the crown. I'm glad it got such nice responses, since I didn't want to let down the source material.

Maybe for the first time, everything I wrote for Yuletide was about, and from the POV, of women.

Oh, and I never posted the fic I wrote for [profile] trickortreatx, so here it is:

When the days have no number (1802 words) by ariadnes_string
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Killjoys (TV)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Johnny Jaqobis, Dutch (Killjoys), Alvis Akari, Lucy (Killjoys)
Additional Tags: Pre-Series
Summary:

Johnny thinks he's seeing things.



That makes a total of 7 fics I wrote this year, for better or worse!
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Hi! We are currently in a windowless space waiting for the tornado warning to expire, so I'm catching up by posting this.

I got two delightful gifts from the [profile] chocolate_box exchange.

Vicarious Mercy (1206 words) by fadeaccompli
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Imperial Radch Series - Ann Leckie
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Justice of Toren One Esk Nineteen | Breq & Gem of Sphene, Justice of Toren One Esk Nineteen | Breq/Mercy of Kalr
Characters: Justice of Toren One Esk Nineteen | Breq, Mercy of Kalr, Gem of Sphene
Additional Tags: Hurt/Comfort, Bureaucracy
Summary:

In which Sphene discovers a way to shorten committee meetings, and Mercy of Kalr does not disagree.



Quantifiable Effects (483 words) by Isis
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Rivers of London - Ben Aaronovitch
Rating: Mature
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Beverley Brook/Peter Grant
Characters: Beverley Brook, Peter Grant
Additional Tags: Pegging, Bondage, Sexual Humor, PWP without Porn
Summary:

After the events of Foxglove Summer, Peter gives Beverley a gift. And vice versa.



And I wrote one gift.

Five currant buns (949 words) by ariadnes_string
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Imperial Radch Series - Ann Leckie
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Justice of Toren One Esk Nineteen | Breq/Mercy of Kalr/Seivarden Vendaai
Characters: Justice of Toren One Esk Nineteen | Breq, Awn Elming
Summary:

There are some songs I remember but never sing.



I kind of want to sign up for [community profile] smutswap but the fact that I only barely managed to write something for my recipient for this one is making me think twice.

Okay, the warning is about to expire and we seem to have survived!
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Hello DW & LJ! I am determined to start catching up with things here. To that end, here is a rec for a fic I received a few months ago (!) for an science fiction/fantasy book exchange called [community profile] whitedwarfrabbithole

Flow (2547 words) by Merit
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Rivers of London - Ben Aaronovitch
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Beverley Brook
Additional Tags: Pre-Series
Summary:

The Thames sang when Beverley was born.



This is a lovely character study/back story for Beverly Brook, one of my favorite characters in the RoL books!

I also wrote a story for this exchange:

A Cat May Look at a King (2049 words) by ariadnes_string
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: A Darker Shade of Magic - V. E. Schwab
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Kell, Rhy, Original Cat Character(s)
Additional Tags: POV Outsider, Post-Book(s)
Summary:

A cat may look at a king...or a couple of princes, as the case may be. Especially an unusual cat.



I ended up liking the book less as I finished it than I had at the outset, and I don't think it will be the great Yuletide fandom I hoped, but I still had fun writing this--first animal POV fic for me.

Hope everyone's doing okay out there!
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I’m so sorry for the late letter! If you’ve already started something, and it doesn’t intersect with these prompts/ideas, don’t worry about it--just go with your idea!

In any case, thank you so much for writing a story for me! This is my first time participating in this exchange, and I'm really looking forward to it. Any fic in these fandoms would make me happy, so please just write what seems fun and interesting to you! I saw this phrase in someone’s dear author letter once, and it perfectly expresses my feelings: If you come to a place where you think you can either write a good story or make me happy, write a good story.

If it’s helpful, here are some things about my general preferences:

general preferences )

Tricks: ghosts, curses, gaslighting, mind-fucks (is it real or not? not being able to trust one's senses), haunted objects, possession; religious rituals gone wrong.

Treats: h/c that emphasizes the comfort, domestic fic, happy surprises, fun dates, friendship.

Optional prompts in alphabetical order

Imperial Radch )

Killjoys )

Rivers of London )

Thank you and have fun!
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I’m so sorry for the late letter! If you’ve already started something, and it doesn’t intersect with these prompts/ideas, don’t worry about it--just go with your idea!

In any case, thank you so much for writing a story for me! Any fic in these fandoms would make me happy, so please just write what seems fun and interesting to you! I saw this phrase in someone’s dear author letter once, and it perfectly expresses my feelings: If you come to a place where you think you can either write a good story or make me happy, write a good story.

If it’s helpful, here are some things about my general preferences:

general preferences )

Optional prompts in alphabetical order

Divergent series )

Killjoys )


The Pacific )


Twelve Houses )

Have fun!
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Oh wow...I see I haven't posted since the middle of March. I knew it had been a while, but I didn't realize it had been that long. Oops. It's been a busy spring, I guess.

In the meantime, the [community profile] rarelywritten archive went live yesterday, and I got the most lovely Imperial Radch fic from [personal profile] teaotter. It's a beautifully written piece that manages to be both a slice-of-life glimpse of the world aboard Mercy of Kalr and take on some of the bigger existential questions of the novels.

whatever a sun will always sing (1107 words) by Teaotter
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Imperial Radch Series - Ann Leckie
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Kalr Five & Mercy of Kalr
Characters: Kalr Five, Mercy of Kalr
Summary:

Old dreams, new opportunities: Kalr Five has a choice to make.




I wrote two fics for the challenge, my assignment and a pinch hit. My assignment was an Imperial Radch fic for [personal profile] teaotter, which means we wrote for each other--something that's never happened to me before.

Benefit (2308 words) by ariadnes_string
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Imperial Radch Series - Ann Leckie
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Seivarden Vendaai, Justice of Toren One Esk Nineteen | Breq
Additional Tags: Pining, Masks, Post-Book(s)
Summary:

“How can it be, that you, who’ve worn so many faces, should remain always the same, while I, who’ve had the same face for a thousand years, have changed so much that I am unrecognizable to myself?”




And then I picked up a Cabin Pressure pinch hit, because Cabin Pressure pinch hits are the best. I had a great time writing this one.

The Loophole (2210 words) by ariadnes_string
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Cabin Pressure
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Carolyn Knapp-Shappey, Douglas Richardson, Arthur Shappey, Snoopadoop
Additional Tags: Origin Story
Summary:

Every dog has an origin story.



Okay, hope everyone's doing well out there in DW/LJ-land. More soon, I hope!
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Here's the fic I wrote for [community profile] crossovering. It was hard as hell to write, and I'm not sure it was worth it. But I've now posted more Sherlock fic to AO3 than SPN fic, so there's that.

A Study in Madder (6974 words) by ariadnes_string
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Sherlock (TV), Merlin (TV)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Sherlock Holmes, John Watson, Greg Lestrade, Mycroft Holmes, Anthea (Sherlock), Merlin (Merlin), Arthur Pendragon (Merlin), Gaius (Merlin), Uther Pendragon (Merlin)
Additional Tags: Episode: s01e01 A Study in Pink, but in Camelot
Summary:

When John Watson returned to Camelot after a long absence, he made three vows.

The first of these, to turn his face from violence, he broke almost immediately. Mere days after re-entering the kingdom, he found himself standing once more over a dead body.

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Hi! I have been lurking for weeks (months?), partly because I decided to finish my fic for this crossover exchange, instead of sensibly defaulting, and it ate up all the time I could reasonably devote to fandom (and wasn't really worth the effort, either). Anyway! The archive opened last night, and if you enjoy crossovers, you should check it out .

I received two lovely, really different, fics:

Rediscovery (3017 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Supernatural, X-Men (Movieverse)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Dean Winchester, Sam Winchester, John Winchester, Bobby Singer, Impala
Additional Tags: mention of suicidal thoughts, Mutant!Dean
Series: Part 1 of Sentience and its Uses
Summary:

She'd always known that her human was special. After all, Baby knew him best. It just took the others a little while to figure it out.



I haven't had much to do with SPN fandom for a while, but I'm always so glad to read about Dean--and this story makes his mutant abilities make so much sense.

Diagnosis: Murder (231 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: House M.D., Hannibal (TV)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Greg House, James Wilson (House M.D.), Hannibal Lecter
Additional Tags: crossovering treat
Summary:

Food and conversation.



I adored this snippet of (im)polite conversation, and wanted it to go on forever!

More soon about other stuff--hope you're all doing well!
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Re-posting the [livejournal.com profile] xover_exchange fic I've been whining about. I don't like it as much as the stabs I made at the same xover here and here. But, unlike those ficlets, it has a plot of sorts :)

Title: Eight million stories out there and they’re naked
Fandoms: Hawaii Five-O, White Collar
Characters: Kono, Chin-Ho Kelly, Danny, Steve, Peter, Neal, Diana, Jones.
Pairings: none
Rating: PG
Word count: ~8K
Spoilers: none (pre-S3 for White Collar, pre-S2 for Hawaii Five-O)
Warnings: none
Disclaimer: White Collar and Hawaii-Five O belong to their respective creators.
a/n: written for [livejournal.com profile] jedibuttercup for [livejournal.com profile] xover_exchange 2011.
a/n: title from Jay-Z, “Empire State of Mind”
a/n: many thanks to [livejournal.com profile] norbelulah for the beta and to the [livejournal.com profile] xover_exchange mods for their patience!

Summary: “We were supposed to go spear fishing this morning,” Chin said. “Steve never showed. Not answering his phone, either. Car’s in the driveway but there’s no one home.”

eight million stories out there and they’re naked )

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