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Got my Yuletide nominations in in the nick of time: all book fandoms this year and two fandoms that are as yet unknown to AO3. The third was the Hainish Cycle, because one year I hope for some Yuletide fic (or any fic) that is not for The Dispossessed or for Left Hand of Darkness. So I nominated a few characters from other books. I will get my Four Ways to Forgiveness or The Telling fic if I have to coordinate a fic exchange myself.

… which I have considered, frankly.
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Yuletide fandom nominations open in a few days. Where has the time gone? I'm going back through my previous fics and replying to comments dated from April.

I'm not totally convinced either way about participating in Yuletide: I had lots of fun last year, but I've had so many time crunches this year I am concerned that I'd miss the deadline for some unforeseen reason. But on the other hand, so much of what I want to read and write are relatively rare fandoms. And I could do with some fun.

I also get tempted to run fic exchanges, but, hrm, perhaps in 2014? Or 2020?
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Sorry. Radio silence will continue for a fair while yet. I expect to have reasonable amounts of writing time in the latter half of the year.

In the meantime, here's a Gont domesticity Earthsea fic that I enjoyed, but didn't want to link during Yuletide as they were too close to my own story. In fact it was very influential on mine.

The Dragon Year, by [personal profile] firerose.
Earthsea - Ursula K. Le Guin
Flint, Tenar
Flint can no more comprehend his wife of a week than talk to a dragon
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My story, The Heirs of English Magic, was written by [personal profile] bobthemole/[livejournal.com profile] bob_tales. Thank you bobthemole! I see our prompts for JS&MN actually had reasonable overlap: I just didn't offer to write it myself. My ambitions do not yet scale to your heights.

And now, behind the curtain

I wrote two Yuletide fics:

Calling to the wind
Earthsea - Ursula K. Le Guin
Tenar, Apple, Ogion, Pippin

After the wall of the dead falls in The Other Wind, names and summoning work differently in Earthsea.

Author's notes, with spoilers )

Out west
Saving Francesca - Melina Marchetta
Jim Hailler, Tom Mackee, Siobhan Sullivan, Mia Spinelli

Jim Hailler's out west, and he doesn't know what he wants, except to put off thinking about what he wants.

Set after The Piper's Son, with spoilers for it.

Author's notes, with spoilers )

Now, anyone else tempted by Looking For Alibrandi fic? Josie would be nearly 40 now and I want to know What Happened Next. And I like a bit of modern Australian urbanness! (Setting The Piper's Son so firmly in 2007 gives the Saving Francesca characters a fairly tight age: it seems they're born in 1985 or 1986. For Alibrandi I'm just working from the publication date of 1990, which would give her a birthdate of about 1973.)
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On the first day of Yuletide, a writer gave to me…

The Heirs of English Magic
Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell - Susanna Clarke
Arabella Strange, Lady Pole, Stephen Black, Sir Walter Pole, John Segundus, King George III

My prompt for this was:

Arabella, Lady Pole and Stephen were thrown together in their horrible, weird prison and enchantment. I'd love to have some post-novel fic in which they are in some way thrown together again, and deal with each other as intelligent, free people who are still variously marked by their experience.


So here we have them, as politicians, reformers, ethicists, educators, and, well, in Stephen's case of course, as a king. An especially nice touch is the parallel concerns of the people and England and the fae: just as the English (largely, you'll see exceptions in the fic) don't want to share Arabella and Lady Pole's fate, nor do Stephen's subjects want to be at the beck and call of every magician in England.
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(This post is released under CC Zero/public domain, so you can post it anywhere, without attributing it to me, if you like. In particular, if someone wants to copy it to [livejournal.com profile] yuletide that might be good.)

Cross-posted from [community profile] yuletide.

There doesn't seem to be a single unified post on this anywhere and people keep asking. I'm SO NOT A MOD, but thought a SO NOT A MOD writeup might help people with the treats puzzle.

FAQ: writing treats )
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Crap! Sorry! I have terrible typing pain and am going to be afk until about the 27th. I see your story waiting for me and am looking forward to it. And will comment on the 27th!

Thank you again!

Yuletide V

Dec. 22nd, 2011 09:38 pm
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Done and dusted!

I have a fic sort of maybe written in my head for a treat. Will see how that goes, I guess. The commitment to my assignee is fulfilled, which is of course the most important bit.

The fic for me hasn't gone up yet. May the force be with you, writer! Looking forward to Yuletide!
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Note to self: no, you can't pinch hit on last minute defaults. Even though, look, it's gone unclaimed for hours, and if there was an RPF fandom you could say you know, it's that one. You know why? Because you are very RL busy. And you are using your spouse as a beta which works great except that spouse knows how busy you are RL.

We call it, keeping you honest.

ETA: been claimed as of a minute or two ago. Thank you, pinch hitter, saving me from temptation.
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I have to say, I did eep when the reminder went up. There's multiple reasons I don't want Dec 21 to be that close.

But, I think I'm nearly done, at [something well over the minimum] number of words, although not as many as I expected at some points. Not uploading yet because I have to look up something in order to fill in a blank. I'll be part of the irritating crush of last minute folk, for that reason.

If I had known what my December was going to be like, I wouldn't have participated, but I'm glad I have, now that it's nearly done. Enjoying some communal creativity fun!

And I might, possibly, maybe, still have 500–1500 words in me as a treat fic for the other prompt I was interested in. It seems I have until Dec 24 or so for that.
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These are a birthday gift for [archiveofourown.org profile] brightthunder.

Pansy/Lavender )

Hair, tie, necklace
Hair, tie, necklace by dion gillard

Also on AO3, where Pansy/Lavender appears to be a new pairing, unlike Marietta/Tonks.
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I've been having multiple massive demands on my creative energy and wanted to read non-taxing fiction. Do you know how taxing it is to seek out non-taxing anything though? Pre-screening stuff for yourself means reading it, which means being taxed. A dilemma.

Anyway, eventually I remembered Smart Bitches, Trashy Books and decided to read through the A reviews until I found something I liked the sound of.

Conclusion: I have no idea if I'd like paranormal romance. I kind of suspect I might, but the reviewers can't sell the books to me, they're really picky about, eg, pack loyalty issues that I can't get into without first reading paranormal romance, which is rather circular. So, I ended up with three of Caroline Linden's Regency romances from this review. And may I say what a blessing having a Kindle is, because having to look at romance novel covers would have been a step too far for me.

My thoughts:Some spoilers )

So there we have it, [personal profile] leaflitter successfully negotiates the shoals of spending her time on trashy novels without having to agonise too much over whether they will be trashy enough but not too trashy. Thank you SBTB.
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The whole reason I signed up for Yuletide was reading fic in fandoms I love, and discovering how much of it was written for Yuletide!

A quick pre-Yuletide roundup:

Recs from Yuletides past )
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Word count: 2200-ish. It just grew a new plot. A metaphysical plot. With added [spoiler spoiler: if I said this bit it would possibly make the story identifiable] which doesn't work so well with the metaphysical.

This plot, she also wants to be a sad plot. NOT INTENDED.

Also also, my writing tends to get longer on editing too, rather than shorter. Not that I mind writing something in the triple-the-word-requirement range at all, but I wish I knew how it ends.

Yes, it's that kind of Yuletide.

Meanwhile: apologies to my writer, if you've been lurking around hoping for more info on, well, anything about me. I'd tell you exactly all about the RL stuff that I am doing for it is a saga but [spoiler spoiler: it would probably give you my real name quick smart].

Additional apologies to my writer, for I am to some extent the Christmas celebrating type, and may not be around to thank you for my story on December 25. December 26 should be go, however.
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The recipient FOOLISHLY told me to draw it out. And then I totally did.

Opening this one to the floor, if anyone wants to play. Which female HP characters should I write for the grand finale? It will probably want to be Hermione/Luna levels of schmoopy.

Yuletide I

Nov. 26th, 2011 01:05 pm
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I wrote 1259 words last night which technically means I've hit the target and can hand it in now, right?

Oh yeah.

I think there might be 2500 or 3000 words or so in the first draft and then I need to go back and think about it a bit. First beta reader says I'm writing in the style of the canon, including some of its sometimes excessive stylistic terseness, mostly where I am relying on canon to supply the backstory. I'm not sure to what extent to recap canon without it being dull, but a bit more scene setting might not go astray. It also has two separate themes which don't intertwine well in my opinion, so I need to scrap one or else come up with some kind of grand idea linking them, which might mean actual plot, which might mean going to a second rewrite.
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These are a birthday gift for a friend. I have to apologise, as not only is this a day late, the muse is apparently not schmoopy today.

Marietta, Tonks (unrequited) )

elevator doors closing
elevator doors closing by irina slutsky

(Also on AO3.)

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