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Hi! Thanks a bunch for writing a story for me. All of these fandoms are dear to me and I'll be so delighted to get any of them.

Generally )

Fandoms )
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Ugh why does January 1st have to be followed by January 2nd. January 1st was really nice, I read fic and watched Camp and hung out with [tumblr.com profile] toujoursgai singing bits of the Sound of Music and eating ciabatta and feta and stealing all her movies. I'm the only member of my team in the office other than my manager, this sucks. ALSO one of the other editors sent round an email while I was away to say she'd just quit because she was moving to Europe for a year. MY LIFE IS SO POINTLESS.

*coughcough* anyway, so Yuletide author reveals happened. I really wanted to do treats this year, I guess, since even though I didn't get my assignment done till right before I had to go away, I then spent the next day at work plotting out two different treat ficlets, and wrote them both that night instead of packing.

Knew You When for [archiveofourown.org profile] vtn
Chihayafuru | Shinobu/Chihaya | 3900 words | teen
Summary:
In the last year of elementary school, one of the most promising young karuta prodigies of the decade transferred to a new school in Tokyo. From Kyoto. (Canon Divergence AU.)

Notes: Actually really hard! I find it so difficult to get a hold of Chihaya's motivations, especially. I think because she's a really internal character, but in a really non-verbal way? Maybe it would have been easier to write her from her own POV, I don't know. A Chihaya-POV would have been the more natural choice for this conceit - swapping out Arata for Shinobu as the one to teach Chihaya karuta - but Shinobu was my recipient's favourite character, so I wanted to make it her story.

Probably it just needed to be longer; canon-divergence AUs do, really. Still, I'm quite pleased with it.

Touch Shy for [archiveofourown.org profile] softintelligence
Ookiku Furikabutte | Abe/Mihashi | 1700 words | teen
Summary:
It took Abe longer than it should have to realise that when he touched Mihashi now, Mihashi shivered and stuttered and just about fell apart.

Notes: Lol this is so shamelessly not!ficcy. I actually had a bunch of notes already, for the beginning part of it, but they were all character motivation, not story, and when I wrote the fic I essentially just threw the notes at the page and scribbled around them.

Encore for [personal profile] eglantiere
No. 6 | Shion/Nezumi | 1500 words | teen
Summary:
Shion wasn't prepared for it to be such a replica of the first time.

Notes: So zero thought and insight and originality went into this one, it was late and I was just kind of typing FEELINGS ABOUT SHION AND NEZUMI AND REUNION YES, but I think it's actually the best-formed of the three, structurally. Or at least it's my favourite, maybe. It was also fun to write for someone I know, I haven't done that in a while :)
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Ahaha so today is essentially the last day I had to finish my Yuletide fic, since Christmas shopping tomorrow and then flying home mid-week. I have essentially spent the last eleven hours chipping away at it, because oh my fuck what is consistent motivation and why are these characters so determined not to have any.

Anyway it is doneeeeee I have unlocked achievement: not a total car crash at yuletide for another year. I would like streamers and a small certificate with glitter on it.

I'm not currently capable of telling if it's any good, and also see previous concern re: character motivation, but I feel pretty good about it all the same. I was getting really concerned about falling down on this one.
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Writing my Yuletide basically follows the same set of steps each time:

1) I'm going to do Yuletide so well this year! I think I'll write longfic. Or maybe I'll finish my assignment really early and then write treats for all the other fandoms I offered! I'm so pysched damn.

2) Look it's just 1000 words. I can do that. I can pull off something really effective in 1000 words.

3) Oh god this canon is impossible to write why didn't I realise that before I offered it.

4) That is a terrible clumsy ficlet and I am embarrassed but it's done. I should probably not add an apologetic author note. Even though I want to.

5) Ooh, positive response. Maybe it isn't irredeemably bad. It could be ... a little bit charming?

6) Why is my amazing fic not on the first page of results when you sort by kudos.

I'm in between 3 and 4 at the moment. I finally managed to get together an outline and start writing this morning, and by that I mean I have 71 words, but the psychological difference between 0 words and 71 words is pretty immense to be honest.

My deadline is 18 December, because that's when I leave the land of reliable internet, and I have to do all my xmas shopping before then, so this is honestly ... getting kind of tight. But not at total panic stations.
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Hi, thank you for writing a story for me!

Generally )

The rest of the letter is identical to the optional details in my sign-up, except for an extra paragraph for Disney Princesses.

Chihayafuru, Church Mice, Disney Princesses, Gate 7, Gunnerkrigg Court, No. 6 )
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Whoa, how on earth did the swimming anime make it into Yuletide? There are over nine hundred fics at AO3, and about a dozen new stories uploaded every day.

I mean, I'm ... pleased? The world can go ahead and give me extra Free! fic any day it likes. But baffled. Maybe it got more leniency than most because it's the first year of eligibility.

Back to agonising over my sign-up, I guess.
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Second Yuletide fic, this one was a last-minute treat.

Disney Animation | Mulan/Belle | 1300 words | PG | at AO3

Summary:
"Wait, no, wait, don't shoot!" Belle cried, hopping and untangling a cord from her foot as she followed the robot into the workshop. "Chip, it's all right, she's the ship's security officer. She's a friend." (A Space AU.)

Whole New Worlds )
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Cross-posting my yuletide fics. This was my gift for [archiveofourown.org profile] tvconnoisseur.

Lizzie Bennet Diaries | Lydia & Lizzie | 1400 words | G | at AO3

Summary:
Lydia Bennet, bringing the adorbs and laying down the truth.

Notes: Canon threw a curveball at Lydia and Lizzie's relationship, with the fallout from Lydia's 21st, just after I finished this.

Thank you to rumpleghost and blottingtheink for looking at this for me.

Reasons Why Lizzie Bennet Is Perpetually Single: A Helpful List Compiled by Her Awesomer, Sexier, Totes Adorbs and Amazing Younger Sister )

Yuletide

Jan. 2nd, 2013 12:01 pm
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For me

[archiveofourown.org profile] Laliandra wrote It Can Be In Any Tense, But It Must Make Sense for me! It’s a Mary/Lydia Lizzie Bennet Diaries band AU, hells yes.

It’s more a slice-of-an-AU, as the author puts it, than a resolved story, but it’s awesome: I love Mary’s voice, and the way she thinks about Lydia. I would read all of the words in this ‘verse.

From me

In a staggering and in no way forseeable turn of events, that one 21-point list-fic about sisters was mine:

Reasons Why Lizzie Bennet Is Perpetually Single: A Helpful List Compiled by Her Awesomer, Sexier, Totes Adorbs and Amazing Younger Sister, also Lizzie Bennet Diaries because it is an LBD year.

I also wrote a treat, because I never have before and I liked the idea. I didn’t have much access to a laptop in the lead-up to Christmas, but I had a notebook, so I scribbled this in between wrapping presents and playing 500 with my mum, and uploaded it Xmas morning in the Southern Hemisphere:

Whole New Worlds, Disney Princesses, Mulan/Belle space AU feat. a small robot.

I'm going to cross-post these to DW at some point - because turning up late to so many fandoms has given me a huge appreciation for stories posted in more than one place - but I'll probably polish up the Disney one a bit before I go duplicating it anywhere. Maybe I will even give it a real summary! Who knows, possibilities are giddy.

*

Yuletide this year has been brilliant. Am I imagining that it's better than usual, or have I just been reading more than usual this year? (First time ever I have had good internet access on Boxing Day, was amaze.) Anyway, recs so far here for anyone interested.
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Oh hey, today is Post Like You Are a Person Who Posts Things Day.

I've been enjoying the Yuletide History meme, but I didn't do it at first because - well, because posting, but also because I just don't have very much Yuletide history. I've only participated twice before this year, and I've submitted only my assignment for each one. But I would like Yuletide to be one of those things that I participate in every year, so m'gonna do it anyway.

Also I just uploaded my assignment, so I'm in a good mood. (I mean, it's not exactly a story for the ages, but still, it's done.)

2008

Apple Vines
Chrestomanci Chronicles
G, 2200 words
Cat & Chrestomanci, Cat & Gwendolen
Cat doesn't think he's had a family, a proper family, in - well, in a long time.

In all honesty, the best thing about this fic is the accidental title. I gave Chrestomanci a dressing gown with fanciful apples growing on vines because Chrestomanci wears fanciful dressing gowns, then I used it for the title because it sounded nice and I had no other ideas. It wasn't until - god, possibly years later - that I realised that it was a metaphor for adopted family and thriving in foreign places.

2011

A Fine and Public Place
Vorkosigan Saga
PG, 2400 words
Ivan/Byerly
High Vor gossip is both a volatile threat and a tool to be used.

I was horribly insecure about this one, and then it was really well received and now I'm all sorts of fond of it. I mean, it was probably always going to be well received because it was a slash pairing for one of the biggest fandoms of Yuletide. But I was terrified anyway. This canon is so goddamned intimidating. I almost got palpitations when I got my assignment and it hit home how lucky I'd been, because one of the characters I blithely offered to write was freaking Mark Vorkosigan. I got off so easily with Ivan and By.
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Hiiiii. I am so sorry.

So I was travelling during signups, which I mentioned in the bare bones signup along with a semi-promise to write a letter when I got home? And then I got home and I was tired and figured I would write a letter in a few days when I was feeling sparkier? And then I still hadn't written a letter and I thought wellll I love all these fandoms, I will be delighted with anything my recipient gives me, maybe I don't need to write a letter? And then it was definitely too late and I figured nobody was going to be checking for one anymore.

Then just now somebody on twitter was complaining that their recipient still hadn't written a letter, woe, and sudden guilt. So. On the off-chance that you have in fact been checking this journal periodically and with increasing frustration, 1) I apologise, and 2) here is a super quick letter. (ETA: Lies, this is really long, whoops. PROBABLY NOBODY IS READING IT, I don't know why I went on so.)

Most important note: Seriously, I love these fandoms, I will love anything you write me.

Things I am into in a general way: I love AUs, as out-there as you like. I also love canon fic! I'm just saying that AUs are a thing I'm cool with, if you had an idea but were unsure of it. I love femslash and het and gen and slash. I'm happy with explicit scenes, but don't need them. I love best stories that hinge on a relationship, whether it's romantic or otherwise, and where there are emotional stakes in that relationship: something that could be lost, something that's a point of conflict, something they want from each other. But stories that are about a character's relationship to self are also really cool, so, you know. If you want to write a character study, go for it.

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