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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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I have been traveling all week, so apologies for this very belated thank you and squee for my two very lovely (and hot) Yuletide gifts!

A Snowball's Chance in Hell (6444 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Suicide Squad (2016)
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Rick Flag/Floyd Lawton
Characters: Floyd Lawton, Rick Flag, Amanda Waller, Tatsu Yamashiro, George "Digger" Harkness, Killer Croc
Additional Tags: Mild Hurt/Comfort, Cabin Fic, Huddling For Warmth, Nazis, Rescue Missions
Summary:

It's not the rescuing that bothers Floyd. It's this feeling that he's the one responsible for what happened to Rick.



I'm not much of a DC fan, and I didn't even like the movie all that much, but this pairing really hit my buttons, and this fic demonstrate hits just about every reason why: fantastic, profane Floyd POV voice, great banter, satisfying competence, characters who are grown-ups with pasts. Plus a few things I always love: h/c that is gruff and competent, huddling for warmth, and, yeah, hot sex. It's a delight, and you don't need to know much about canon to enjoy it.


This is my body; this is my blood (1760 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Killjoys (TV)
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Alvis Akari/Dutch
Characters: Alvis Akari, Dutch (Killjoys)
Additional Tags: Yuletide, Yuletide Treat, Character of Faith, Consensual Kink, Edgeplay, Cutting, Painplay, Knifeplay, Redemption, Masochism, Dom/sub Undertones, Religion, Trust Kink, Implied/Referenced Underage Sex, Safeword Use, Season/Series 02, Yuleporn
Summary:

There are many ways a man can worship. The fact Alvis loves this, and loves her, makes it more sacred, not less.



So, I always have a thing in my dear author letter about how I enjoy reading about consensual knifeplay/bloodplay, and every once in a while, the Yule goat delivers with fantastic porn w/ feelings. A few years ago I got an amazing Raven Boys fic in this vein (so to speak), and this year, this wonderful Killjoys story--all the more amazing because the pairing and kink is canon. This is a short fic, but it addresses so many levels of Dutch & Alvis's emotional relationship as well as their physical one.

Okay! Back home now, and hoping to read a bit more of the collection. Hope everyone had a good holiday.
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Dear Yuletide Author:

First of all, thank you so much for writing a story for me! Any fic with any of these characters will make me happy, so please just write what seems fun and interesting to you! I don’t expect you to get every character I requested into your fic—any (or all) of them would fine . I saw this phrase in someone’s letter a while ago, and it perfectly expressed 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. ( and if that’s your phrase—thank you!).

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

general preferences )
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I wrote two stories for Yuletide.

My main assignment was for Spy--a movie I loved, though the fic-writing was a bit out of my usual wheelhouse. Fun though!

Full Disclosure (1770 words) by ariadnes_string
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Spy (2015)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Susan Cooper/Rick Ford, Susan Cooper/Bradley Fine/Rick Ford
Additional Tags: Misses Clause Challenge
Summary:

Fine finds out, under less than ideal conditions.



I picked up a post-deadline pinch hit in Imperial Radch--the third fic I've written for this fandom.

The Story of a Tea Set (1355 words) by ariadnes_string
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Imperial Radch Series - Ann Leckie
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Gem of Sphene, Justice of Toren One Esk Nineteen | Breq, Minask Nenkur
Additional Tags: Pre-Series
Summary:

Sphene remembers a beautiful object given, destroyed, and remade.



As usual, the pinch hit got better response than the main assignment--which says something about my creative capacities, I'm sure.

Also as usual, due to family, family, family commitments, I have read very little in the collection aside from my three wonderful gifts. I will try to remedy that this week!

Happy New Year to everyone!

Yuletide!

Dec. 30th, 2015 06:45 pm
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I moved, then had family visiting for the holidays, then traveled, and so I have been very remiss about sharing the absolutely lovely gifts I got for Yuletide--all three of them!

I have always loved the Riddlemaster Trilogy, but I've always been wary of requesting fic for it--worried it wouldn't live up to my feelings about the books. But there was gorgeous fic for it in last year's Yuletide, so I took a chance and requested it. And, oh my goodness, what a good decision that turned out to be. I received not one but two fics in the fandom, both post-series fic that focus on the consequences of the events of the novels for the two main characters, Morgon and Raederle, and on their somewhat idiosyncratic love for each other. Both stories give us very grown-up, nuanced, versions of the characters, and beautiful details about their (new) world. These are just beautiful, moving, thoughtful stories--read them if you love the books!

Tuning (3313 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Riddle-Master Trilogy - Patricia A. McKillip
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Morgon of Hed/Raederle of An
Characters: Morgon of Hed, Raederle of An
Additional Tags: Post-Series
Summary:

Morgon and Raederle drift across the realm, and the earth's harp is tuned to the dawn of another new age.



I love the way this story works the connection between magic and the natural world, and its overall concern with the value of peace.

Like Petals from the Bough (3841 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Riddle-Master Trilogy - Patricia A. McKillip
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Morgon of Hed/Raederle of An
Characters: Raederle of An, Morgon of Hed, Nun (Riddle-Master Trilogy), minor OC characters - Character
Additional Tags: Grief, Loss, dealing with eternal life
Summary:

Raederle deals (or doesn't) with the fact that she is not dying.



I love the way this fic, like the novels, considers how you can love someone but need to go away from them for a while. Its consideration of grief is also very moving. As the author's note says, not a happy story, but in the best possible way.

AND THEN--someone wrote me Limetown fic! As in Limetown the podcast (you can now listen to the whole first season--it's like Serial meets the X-Files, or maybe Lost). This story is about how one of the other, barely heard from, characters might have thought about the events of the first season, and is very nicely done!

Thank You for Listening (2962 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Limetown (Podcast)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Lia Haddock, Mark Greene (Limetown)
Additional Tags: Missing Scene, Post-Season/Series 01, Yuletide Treat
Summary:

"The thing was, when Lia had first pitched the idea of doing a series on Limetown, it hadn’t seemed dangerous." Producer Mark Greene's take on the events of Season One of Limetown.



So much gratitude to all the writers for making these tiny fandoms come to life!

(and now that I'm back, I'm going to try to read some more in the archive!)
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Dear Yuletide Author:

First of all, thank you so much for writing a story for me! Any fic with any of these characters will make me happy, so please just write what seems fun and interesting to you! I don’t expect you to get every character I requested into your fic—any (or all) of them would fine . I saw this phrase in someone’s letter a while ago, and it perfectly expressed 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. ( and if that’s your phrase—thank you!).

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

general preferences )

Requests, in alphabetical order

Hamilton )

Killjoys )

Limetown )

Riddle-Master Trilogy )

Thank you, and have fun!
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The overflow of my Yuletide writing roll, I guess.

I didn't sign up for [community profile] fandom_stocking, but I signed up for the call for volunteers to help fill them. I only managed to write one ficlet, though:

On Folly Bridge (1555 words) by ariadnes_string
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Rivers of London - Ben Aaronovitch, X-Men (Movies)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Charles Xavier, Thomas Nightingale, Isis
Additional Tags: Crossover
Summary:

Oxford 1962: Late one night, Charles sees something new.



And this I really wanted to write as a Yuletide treat, but I ran out of time:

Open hand or closed fist (would be fine). (1060 words) by ariadnes_string
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Honourable Woman
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Atika Halabi/Nessa Stein
Additional Tags: Captivity
Summary:

For a moment, Atika gives Nessa her body back.



That's probably it for the season. I have an urge to write some shameless, old-fashioned h/c, though, so if you want to enable me give me an excuse, suggests some characters/tropes in comments!
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I ended up traveling almost all of the week between Christmas and New Year’s, just getting back last night, and so am only now getting around to Yuletide comments and reveals—there are still plenty of stories I want to read!

This year I wrote three fics for Yuletide: my assignment and two pinch hits.

City of Refuge (2267 words) by ariadnes_string
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: True Detective
Rating: Mature
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Rustin "Rust" Cohle/Martin "Marty" Hart
Characters: Rustin "Rust" Cohle, Martin "Marty" Hart, Maggie Hart
Additional Tags: Synesthesia, Post-Series
Summary:

Rust tells himself they’re memories, though they come with the force of hallucinations. What it feels like is being unstuck in time.




navel gazing )

The News From Home (1993 words) by ariadnes_string
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Imperial Radch Series - Ann Leckie
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Skaaiat Awer/Awn Elming
Characters: Awn Elming, Justice of Toren One Esk Nineteen | Breq, Skaaiat Awer
Summary:

Awn always enjoyed reading her sister's poetry.



more navel gazing )

With a Girl Like You (2723 words) by ariadnes_string
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Endeavour (TV)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Monica Hicks/Endeavour Morse
Characters: Monica Hicks, Endeavour Morse, Peter Jakes
Additional Tags: Misses Clause Challenge, Chromatic Yuletide
Summary:

After the events of "Neverland," Monica has three significant encounters with DS Jakes.



and a bit more )

Anyway, it was a great Yuletide—I loved my gifts, and my recipients seemed to like theirs, and the few stories I’ve read so far have been excellent. Happy New Year, all!
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So, I left on my post-Christmas trip before I had a chance to squee about the two gifts I received in the Yuletide Madness collection. But I'm back now (briefly--I'm leaving again Tuesday morning), and I wanted to make sure everyone knew about them!

Euston Corridor (100 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Rivers of London - Ben Aaronovitch
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Peter Grant
Additional Tags: Yuletide Treat, Drabble, London
Summary:

A little corner of Peter's patch.



An absolutely charming drabble about a corner of London--doing what the RoL books and fic do best.

Sonnet for George Finch (111 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Himalayan Mountain Climbers RPF
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: George Finch (Himalayan Mountain Climbers RPF), George Mallory (Himalayan Mountain Climbers RPF)
Additional Tags: Poetry, Sonnets, Canonical Character Death, Historical References, Yuletide
Summary:

What price glory?



Such a treat! Definitely the most unusual Yuletide gift I've ever gotten--a poem about George Finch, a fascinating figure, who pioneered the use of oxygen tanks in mountain climbing (a much contested innovation), and accompanied Mallory on the 1922 Everest expedition, but was excluded from the 1924 expedition. And it's a sonnet!

I am very grateful to have received such bounty this year!

Happy New Year's, everyone--I'll be back in town on the 2nd.

Yuletide!

Dec. 25th, 2014 09:29 am
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Woo-hoo! The super-early Yuletide reveal miraculously coincided with the only 15 hours I have free from family obligations the whole holiday season!

Thus I was able to read my lovely gifts in peace. They were:

Ar Haner Nos yn Glir y Daeth (Upon the Midnight Clear) (1920 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Y Gwyll | Hinterland
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Tom Mathias & Mared Rhys
Characters: Tom Mathias, Mared Rhys, Siân Owens
Additional Tags: Yuletide, Ghosts, References to Welsh Mythology
Summary:

A seemingly open and shut case results in Mathias and Mared hanging about the castle ruins late one night - and they find they're not alone...



First of all, I can't believe someone wrote me Hinterland fic--that seemed like such a long shot to ask for. But they did, and it's fabulous--very atmospheric, a hint of the supernatural, and just the right prickly, protective relationship between Tom and Mared.

Ancillary Ghost (2229 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Imperial Radch Series - Ann Leckie
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Seivarden Vendaai
Summary:

Seivarden as honored guest, and the importance of tea.

Takes place after Ancillary Sword (spoilers).

Thank you very much to my betas, who will be credited after reveals.



I can't say too much about this without spoiling Ancillary Sword for those of you who haven't read it, BUT, if you were intrigued by the ending of the novel, and love Seivarden, as I was and do, this is an amazing fic! The author gets the tone of the books just right, and seamlessly builds onto the world-building, as it were. I loved the sense of the ancientness of the Radch (and its fragility).

I haven't read much else, but if, by some chance, you love the radio program Bleak Expectations as much as we do in my house, you should know that there's a brilliant fic in the archive this year.

Hope you are all having a wonderful Christmassy or non-Christmassy day!

(my December meme is morphing into a January meme, but I'll get to it all, I promise!)
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Happy Halloween! It’s been a busy couple of weeks since I last posted.

On the 19th, I ran my second half-marathon. I trained much harder this year and…finished a whopping 5 minutes faster. A fast runner, I am not. But I felt good about it, and had fun—it was a beautiful day in my hometown, I saw friends cheering along the way, and, heck, anytime I run any distance at all, I’m surprised. (Me: Well, no matter what happens, I enjoyed the training; R: Enjoyed? You loved the training!; Me: Yeah, I did.)

Then last weekend, we went to Colorado to see Son #1. CO was as gorgeous as ever, and son #1 seems to be doing well, better than last year, which is excellent, but a bit bittersweet, since I miss him a lot. (The boys and I had the most fun going to this old-fashioned pinball arcade , “Where it’s always 1978.” Along with the pinball, they had ping pong, pool, and, best of all, a giant Connect Four set and a giant Jenga set. Still, the traveling, and seeing friends and family so intensely is…intense.

And thinking about Yuletide. Assignments went out yesterday, and while mine isn’t all that exciting, it doesn’t look that difficult, either. I also snagged one of the initial pinch hits, from a fandom I’d been eyeing anyway. I need to spend some time reviewing the sources for both, though.

What I’m Reading

Nothing in print right now, but I’m listening to The Fever, by Megan Abbott, because I read this great review article about it, and the library had an audiobook copy. It’s compelling, but a little…garish? hyperbolic? The subject can’t help but hover on the edge of the ridiculous, and this book sometimes teeters over. Plus, high school has clearly gotten worse since I was a teenager. The level of sexual shame is WAY higher than it was in the 80s—but maybe that’s just the book? The social media frenzy is well done, though.

I’m also listening to, but have gotten distracted from, the fourth Twelve Houses book, Reader and Raelynx

What I Just Finished

Ancillary Sword, by Ann Leckie. Read more... )

Euphoria, by Lily King (audiobook). Read more... )

Dark Moon Defender, Sharon Shinn (audiobook). As enjoyable as the first two!

What I’m Reading Next

I’m trying to find time to start Sarah Waters’ The Paying Guests, and I’m curious about Marlon James’s A Brief History of Seven Killings, which I have out from the library. But my parents are visiting this weekend, so who knows.

TV:

So, is anyone else watching Kingdom, the Direct TV show about MMA fighters, starring Frank Grillo as Alvey Kulina? Read more... )

And then there’s Tom Hardy as Alfie Solomons on Peaky Blinders S2, doing one of his cardiganed thug turns as a Jewish breadmaking gangster (do the baggy clothes, slump and facial hair muffle his charisma, or do they just amplify it?). I’m a week behind, but so far I’ve been really enjoying watching the show get its Godfather on, even introducing a Michael Corleone character—Polly’s long lost son, who’s entering the criminal life with a kind of steely watchfulness that would make Al Pacino proud.

I’m a week behind with Homeland, too. I’m enjoying it okay, though Carrie is the worst, most unbelievable Station Chief, ever. She’s a great agent—but leadership skills? People management? Not so much.

Happy Halloween, folks! Have a great time if you’re participating!
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Dear Yuletide Author:

First of all, thank you so much for writing a story for me! Any fic with these characters will make me happy, so please just write what seems fun and interesting to you! I saw this phrase in someone’s letter last year, and it perfectly expressed 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. ( and if that’s your phrase—thank you!).

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

general preferences )

Requests, in alphabetical order

Himalayan Mountain Climber RPF )

The Honourable Woman )

Imperial Radch )

Rivers of London )

Y Gwyll | Hinterland )

Yuletide!

Dec. 25th, 2013 11:18 am
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Merry Christmas to everyone who's celebrating it!

I am not, but I will spare you my rant about being a Jew in the South, because right at the moment, it's working to my advantage, and I am enjoying a very peaceful, very silent, morning alone with my dog and my Yuletide gifts!

I got two this year, both in the Raven Cycle (The Raven Boys) fandom, and both are fabulous, though they are very different.

I was surprised at the number of fics posted for these books (10)--more than any of the other fandoms I requested put together, actually. This makes me happy, since I didn't realize so many other people out there liked the books. They certainly make for good fic!

I am rec'ing both of these hard!

Ronan Wakes Up (5179 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Raven Cycle - Maggie Stiefvater
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Richard Gansey III/Ronan Lynch
Characters: Richard Gansey III, Ronan Lynch, Adam Parrish, Noah Czerny
Additional Tags: Hurt/Comfort, Dreams, Ronan's Dreams, Mint Leaves
Summary:

Ronan dreams. Gansey is in the forest.


This is the h/c fic my id was craving (sick!Gansey), but the writer gives it the edge the books also have, tinged with desire and the dangers of magic and magical power. It's Ronan's POV, and his feelings for Gansey (not just desire) ring very true.

The Sword and the Shield (4721 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Raven Cycle - Maggie Stiefvater
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Richard Gansey III, Ronan Lynch
Additional Tags: Bloodplay, Dom/sub, Knifeplay, Painplay, spoilers for The Dream Thieves
Summary:

A king is only as good as the sword in his knight's hand. A knight's sword is only as good as the devotion in his heart. See notes for warnings.


And this one is the Ronan/Gansey fic my id was also craving. I know not everyone wants to start their Christmas morning with some strong blood!play and knife!play, but I sure as heck did, and this made me very, very happy (it's super hot). I don't mean to sound flip, though, because what really makes the fic work is the intensity of emotion between the two guys: if trust is your kink, this fic is for you; it'll turn your heart inside out. Beautifully written, too.

I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the fics posted for the fandom!

Wishing you all a lovely day, whatever you're doing. I have no greater ambitions than making myself go for a run in the cold, and making a pie in time to go to my friends' for dinner later.

Oh, and posting about other stuff--I am so behind.
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Dear Yuletide Author:

First of all, thank you so much for writing a story for me! Any fic with these characters will make me happy, so please just write what seems fun and interesting to you!

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

general likes and dislikes )

Ripper Street )

The Raven Cycle )

20th CE RPF: George Mallory )

Regeneration (Pat Barker) )

Thank you again, dear author! Please do write something that's fun for you to write, even if it has nothing to do with these optional details!
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Happy New Year, everyone!

I'm back in the land of the speaking and readjusting to my life among the small rambunctious creatures, who are...not that small anymore. I'm trying to put together a post about the silent retreat, which was both very good and very interesting.

In the meantime, here are the stories I wrote for Yuletide this year, with a little bit of DVD commentary. First, though, a huge thank you to [profile] garry_owen for beta'ing two of these at the eleventh hour!

(I had a crappy week the week before Christmas, and I drowned some of my anxiety in fic writing. I think the stories may have been more therapeutic for me than enjoyable for readers. Hopefully 2013 will be better).

Homeland )

Camelot )

Pirates!In an Adventure with Scientists )

Because I was away and internet-free most of last week, I haven't read all that much in the archive--but here's a story I loved that I haven't seen on any of the rec lists. I know a bunch of you loved Cloud Atlas as a book or a movie, and if you've been craving more Frobisher/Sixsmith, this will hit the sweet spot--so lyrical, so true to the characters and the era.

Grace Notes (1638 words) by just_ann_now
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Robert Frobisher/Rufus Sixsmith
Characters: Robert Frobisher, Rufus Sixsmith, Original Male Character
Summary:

Thirty years after Frobisher’s death, Sixsmith finally has the opportunity to talk about him to someone who truly understands.



Okay--more on other things later!
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I got two (two!) wonderful stories for Yuletide!

Lines of Salt (6359 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Killing
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Sarah Linden & Stephen Holder
Characters: Stephen Holder, Sarah Linden
Summary:

He’s sitting in the waiting room (gauze on his cheek and elbow. His hoodie is destroyed and he sort of thinks that’s the true tragedy of this entire operation), watching Carlson’s triumphant press conference on the criminal he just collared, when Linden hobbles out of the back. He stands gingerly and meets her halfway. “Want the good news or the bad news first?”


There is so little fic for the awesomeness that is The Killing, and this is wonderful. The relationship between Holder and Linden is absolutely my favorite part of the show, and this writer captures it beautifully from Holder's point of view.

Other Days for Dreams (2751 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Homeland
Rating: Explicit
Warning: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Nicholas Brody/Carrie Mathison
Characters: Carrie Mathison, Nicholas Brody
Summary:

What brought them together was gone; what was left?


This is a great fic focusing on a pivotal scene at the end of Homeland S2. Carrie and Brody's relationship is endlessly fascinating--and this writer brings out the hotness as well

Also! My gift for the Lewis Secret Santa exchange was posted last week--the very first one!

A Christmas Story (PG, v. mild Lewis/Hathaway first time).

A lovely story featuring H and L as the good eggs they are. It made even a non-Christmas-celebrating Grinch like me melt.

Hope you all had a good holiday, whatever it is you do or do not celebrate
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Dear Yuletide Author:

First of all, thank you so much for writing a story for me! Any fic with these characters will make me happy, so please just write what seems fun and interesting to you!

If it’s helpful, here are some things I like:

Read more... )

Homeland, The Killing, Last Resort and Regeneration )

And again, thank you so much for writing for me!
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I wrote Homeland fic this year for Yuletide, which I enjoyed immensely, both because I loved the show and was glad to think more about it, and because it gave me a chance to write some of my not-at-all-secret vices: het and religion.

The experience was made even better by the generous beta help I got from [livejournal.com profile] destina and [livejournal.com profile] twoskeletons. Their names were redacted in the initial posting--but you can see them now!

Title: A wind that passeth away and cometh not again
Fandom: Homeland
Recipient: [livejournal.com profile] marycontraire
Rating: Explicit/ NC-17
Warnings: um, impact play? I guess that's what you'd call it? Slightly violent sex. And y'all know how much I like to write slightly dissociative mental states, yeah?
Spoilers: through the few minutes of the finale.
Pairing: Carrie/Brody
Word count: ~2.8K
Disclaimer: not mine, no profit.

a/n: many thanks to [livejournal.com profile] destina [profile] twoskeletons for the generous and expert betas.

Y'all--I am starting the year with three WIPs. Not good. Not good at all.

Yuletide!

Dec. 27th, 2011 10:24 pm
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Finally getting a chance to tell y'all about the absolutely lovely Yuletide fic I received, in The Hour fandom.

No Rules for Fools:
Author's summary: Lix has a new assignment for Hector, Bel and Freddie. Can they get it right this time? (explicit).

The fic has a really delightful premise: it's a couple of years after the events of S1, and Lix finds a way to give our favorite threesome a chance to break back into broadcast news: get an interview on the set of the new Cliff Richard movie for the CBC. Easy right? No excitement, right? But of course our guys have a way of making everything exciting.

The real joy of the fic are the period details, though, which I won't spoil for you by telling you about them here--just take it from me that if you like stuff about mid-century Britain, you'll love this.

I've read hardly anything else (traveling! family!) but hope to this week!
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why yes, I do want to discuss Homeland 1x07, how did you guess? (spoilers) )

In other news, my audiobook for running and driving at the moment is Neal Stephanson’s Cryptonomicon,

blathering on about books )

Also, I was overcome with a wave of Anglophilia when I signed up for Yuletide, and only requested British books and shows (The Hour, Whitechapel, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy and Regeneration). I offered some US stuff though!

I have been amusing myself by scrolling through the requests from time to time, and being tickled to death that multiple people are requesting fic for “Jane Austen’s Fight Club” and “Feminist Ryan Gosling.” Viral video rules, apparently.

Happy Friday, folks!

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