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Hi! This is my fic journal. This fic-list is woefully out of date; probably better to check my AO3 profile. But anyway, here's a fic-list of my older fic. Asterisks denote my favorites.

Miscellaneous (Dark is Rising/Welsh Mythology, Dune, Le Morte d'Arthur, Norse Mythology) )
Bible (including crossovers) )
Greek Mythology )
Legally Blonde )
Les Miserables (Hugo) )
Once Upon a Time )
Star Trek (TNG, DS9) )
Stargate: Universe )
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Dear Yuletide Writer,

Thank you for writing for me! I, er, seem to have written a lot of words this year. Feel free to ignore pretty much all of them! I love seeing how other people think about my favorite fandoms, and I love seeing interpretations that are different from mine (some of my favorite fics are the ones that made me look at things in a new way). Please do not feel like you need to follow any of my prompts!

Her Smoke Rose Up Forever )

Tillerman Cycle )

Der Ring des Nibelungen )

General. )

Consuming canon: The shortest (though IMO the most difficult) is no doubt Tiptree; you could just read one short story and write a fic based on it. The list of short stories in Smoke is here:

The list of stories: )

Googling many of these will give you text, some of which is even legal. For example, here is an official web reprint of "Love is the Plan the Plan is Death".

Much of the Ring Cycle is available on Youtube. I'm basically imprinted on the Boulez version of Die Walkure with Donald McIntyre and Gwyneth Jones, available with English subs here (Acts I and II) and here (Act III). The Boulez version of Rheingold is also here.

I also rather liked the Sawallisch version of Walkure here (Part 1) and here (Part 2), although I think Wotan's hat is really weird.

Librettos are also available free on the web — English translations here and here, and probably other places of which I am unaware. I really like Andrew Porter's English translation, which is available on Amazon.

The Tillerman Cycle books are all in print and seem to be generally available at libraries, and they are very fast reads (probably faster than Tiptree despite being more pages, and certainly much more calming and affirming to read). Writing about Jeff only would take reading A Solitary Blue and Seventeen Against the Dealer. Writing about Mina would mostly involve reading Come A Stranger and probably at least skimming Seventeen Against the Dealer. James or Sammy or Maybeth would probably involve reading most of the books, but particularly Dicey's Song and Sons From Afar and Seventeen.

Juuuukebox

Jun. 8th, 2016 01:54 pm
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Jukebox! (The link goes to the DW comm post with a link to both the collection and to a playlist of all the songs, which I found very helpful.)

There are only a couple of hours until reveal. Until then, I would like to say that one of the great charms of Jukebox is that it's a lot of the same people doing it every year (and that I've interacted with somewhat in other exchanges, most notably Yuletide), and I really love and respect the writing of so many of these people. So I'm going to put down some guesses, while it's (barely) still anonymous!

First, my INCREDIBLY AWESOME GIFT:

Green Teeth (7615 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: My Brother My Enemy - Sassafrass Singers
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings, Major Character Death
Additional Tags: Sibling Relationship, Sisters, rural unpleasantness, outsider pov, Uncanny Valley, implied background noncon?, Period-Typical Sexism, Classism, exceptionally vague echoes of Norse mythology
Summary:

The Loksmer Sisters save a world, then let it drown.



If this is not [archiveofourown.org profile] Selden I will... be incredibly surprised. The lush and lovely description, the perfect execution of ramping up the Gothic tension and horror and the plot fitting together, the effortless weaving in of motifs and lyrics... yeah.

The Last Year-King (5238 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Kings - The Pierces (Music Video)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Original Female Character(s)
Additional Tags: Ritual Combat, Post-Apocalypse
Summary:

Every year, a young woman goes up the mountain to challenge the Year-King for the bone crown. Every year, one of them dies and the other comes down the mountain as King. It is unusual for a Year-King to survive more than one such battle.


Lussa has survived and won three times. But her fourth battle, her third defending the crown, brings her a choice that she never thought she would face.



I have a very strong idea that this is [livejournal.com profile] lignota. Here it's the amazingly beautiful fantasy cadences of the writing, and the wonderful worldbuilding and seemingly-effortless seamless and satisfying plotting, that remind me of her writing :)

An Excerpt From The Gospel Of (1177 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Hymn of Acxiom - Vienna Teng (Song)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Original Female Character(s), We (The Hymn of Acxiom)
Additional Tags: Artificial Intelligence, Fictional Religion & Theology


And then this one is really great in the way it effortlessly switches between Biblical cadences and business terminology, and has some awesomely bad puns, which make me think it might be [personal profile] seekingferret, though admittedly I'm not quite as sure about that one.

Parade Day (3255 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Sunny Came Home - Shawn Colvin (Song)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Sunny
Additional Tags: Children, Domestic Violence, Revenge, Arson, Murder Ballad
Summary:

Sunny had errands to run before she came home.



I don't actually know who wrote this, but I want to know. My best guess is [personal profile] morbane, because it fits together so very well, with all the details coming together as we learn the whole story, but I also wouldn't be surprised if it wasn't her.

I could be wrong about all of these, because there are a ton of wonderful writers who do Jukebox! Very worth checking out :) I felt like there were a bunch of very strong stories this year.

(I think mine is less guessable than average, this year, since I wrote something a little less like what I normally write for Jukebox, although I'd be super interested to see if anyone did guess.)
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Dear Jukebox Operator,

Thanks so much for writing one of my songs! I really love all these songs, as well as have questions about them, and I'm sure I'll love whatever you write! (This letter is geared towards fanfic, as it's what I know most about, but I would adore fanart or podfic treats :) )

General. )

I have some suggestions below, but really, feel free to do whatever idea these songs give you. I picked these songs because they seem to have a lot of stories hidden in them, and if you find a story that's totally different from the ones I see offhand (and have thus provided vague prompts for), then I would be so thrilled to see that additional interpretation of the song. I love seeing how other people think about things. PLEASE feel free to totally ignore anything written below.

Songs. )

Seriously, if you wanted to write a story that was just inspired by the imagery in these songs, I would be so up with that. I want you to take one (or more!) of these songs and make something fascinating out of them, however you feel is the best way to do that, so don't let anything I've written here stop you from doing what YOU want to do with any of these songs! And thank you!
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I am sure no one is surprised that I am running very much behind. :) I got two Mabinogion Arianrhod-centric gifts, yay!! The Mabinogion cannot have too much fic written about it, is my opinion.

all that's best of dark and bright (1483 words) by betony
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Mabinogion (Myth)
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Arianrhod, Lleu Llaw Gyffes, Gwydion (Mabinogion)
Additional Tags: POV First Person
Summary:

Arianrhod, in her own words.



My lovely lovely gift, with Arianrhod explaining things to Llew Llaw Gyffes — and, as I requested, without her having to hate him!! YAY. (Also I was pretty sure that I had read the author before, though I couldn't guess who it was — and I have! This is my second gift from betony, who also wrote me a lovely fic for jukebox a couple years back. Much love!)

Weaving Sky Ribbons (2873 words) by fresne
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Mabinogion (Myth)
Rating: Mature
Warnings: Rape/Non-Con
Relationships: Arianrhod/Goewin
Characters: Arianrhod, Goewin (Mabinogion), Gwydion (Mabinogion), Gilfaethwy (Mabinogion), Math (Mabinogion), Gofannon (Mabinogion), Don (Welsh Mythology)
Additional Tags: Incest, Animals having sex in heat, Yuletide Treat, Yuletide 2015, Rape/Non-con Elements
Summary:

Arianrhod knew one thing. She did not want Goewin's fate. To sit in the rushes where the dogs shat with an old man's feet in her lap.

She wanted to spend her hours as she wished, weaving ribbons for the night sky.



And I got a treat too! This one fleshes out the story of the Fourth Branch and the relationship between Goewin and Arianrhod (which is sadly nonexistent in canon). Yay!

I wrote two fics too. )
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Dear yuletide writer,

Thank you for writing for me! Feel free to ignore these words — I love seeing how other people think about my favorite fandoms, and I love seeing interpretations that are different from mine (some of my favorite fics are the ones that made me look at things in a new way).

Der Ring des Nibelungen, Miss Marple, Susan Calvin, and Mabinogion. )

General. )

Consuming canon: I think all my canons are fairly easy to find this year. The easiest to find and shortest canon here is the Mabinogion. I grew up with the Charlotte Guest version which is available via Gutenberg. I also found a great translation with footnotes online here. (The Fourth Branch is the only part of the Mabinogion where Arianrhod appears.)

Much of the Ring Cycle is available on Youtube. I'm basically imprinted on the Boulez version of Die Walkure with Donald McIntyre and Gwyneth Jones, available with English subs here (Acts I and II) and here (Act III). The Boulez version of Rheingold is also here.

I also rather liked the Sawallisch version of Walkure here (Part 1) and here (Part 2), although I think Wotan's hat is really weird.

Most of the Susan Calvin stories are all collected in I, Robot, which is easily available at libraries and online. There are more sprinkled here and there -- I think All the Robot Stories has them all -- but the ones in I, Robot would be enough to go off of; my favorites are "The Evitable Conflict" and "Intuition," the latter of which isn't in I, Robot.

And the Miss Marple books and stories are, of course, easily accessible in libraries and online. Lucy Eyelesbarrow appears in 4:50 from Paddington, which was published in the US as What Mrs. McGillicuddy Saw. (She's mostly the same character in every book, so reading one or two would be enough to go off of.)

ETA 10-19-15 to add more prompts for Miss Marple and to add that AUs are welcome.
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I got a story and wrote a story!

Beginner's Luck (3039 words) by within_a_dream
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: They Can't Take That Away from Me - George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin (Song)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Additional Tags: Dystopia, Science Fiction
Summary:

Martha had always played by the rules, until she met a beautiful woman with some very concerning things to say about the government.

I asked for a story where memory wipes really could take that away from you, and this story delivers, with dystopia and love and catastrophe!

---------------------------------------

I got matched on Seanan McGuire's song "How Much Salt," and I found the liner notes very intriguing: The Little Mermaid and her mother, and a story that never ends. I thought that was really neat, and this story resulted: a slant look at "The Little Mermaid," informed by the song, from the point of view of the princess whom the prince marries.

Many thanks to [personal profile] sprocket for beta, and to [personal profile] rymenhild for Reasons. :)

And the Salt Sea Over All (2932 words) by raspberryhunter
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Den lille Havfrue | The Little Mermaid - Hans Christian Andersen, How Much Salt - Seanan McGuire (Song)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Prinsessen | Princess (Den lille Havfrue | The Little Mermaid), Den lille Havfrue | The Little Mermaid
Additional Tags: Marine life
Summary:

The mermaid had, in her own way, been truthful with me from the very beginning.

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Dear Jukebox Operator,

Thanks so much for writing one of my songs! I really love all these songs, as well as have questions about them, and I'm sure I'll love whatever you write!

I have some suggestions below, but really, feel free to do whatever idea these songs give you. I picked these songs because they seem to have a lot of stories hidden in them, and if you find a story that's totally different from the ones I see offhand (and have thus provided vague prompts for), then I would be so thrilled to see that additional interpretation of the song.

Chanson de Melisande (Youtube, lyrics) - This is just a spooky song. Why are the daughters blind? Why are they locked up? Why are they expecting a prince, and why doesn't he come? What happens once the light goes out? This could be either dark and tragic or have an ending where they somehow manage to escape. Or both!

Ordinary Town - Dave Carter and Tracy Grammer (Youtube, lyrics) - "Go home, go home" the mayor cried when jesus came to city hall, 'cause /This is an ordinary town, and the prophet stands alone/ This is an ordinary town and we crucify our own... I am curious about the story where Jesus comes to town and the Mayor tells him to go away because they are busy crucifying their own, thank you very much, he's just going to have to get crucified somewhere else... but really anything about this song would be very neat, don't feel like you have to be restricted to that!

They Can't Take That Away from Me - George Gershwin and Ira Gerswin (Song): Youtube, lyrics. Okay, this is the one where I actually want something specific: the dark sci-fi AU where memory wipes are on the table. If you signed up hoping to do a more conventional take, well… convince me! :) (I don't remember anything about Crazy for You, so don't worry about that canon at all.)

Der Zwerg - Franz Schubert: Youtube, lyrics. Another one I fell in love with during last year's Jukebox! What's going on? I suppose a love triangle would be the most "straightforward" explanation, but it just seems like there might be a more interesting story there, especially given the complicated and sometimes contradictory-seeming actions of the characters. (Especially given that the queen can... hear the stars prophesy to her? What?)

The Hymn of Acxiom - Vienna Teng: Youtube, lyrics. I really think this song is so interesting -- okay, especially because I think the voice-combining is neat, but it also goes well with the song content. I feel that we have a very great need to be accepted for what we are and to be known, and that's the promise of religion -- and of data science for shopping. And though in principle I don't like that various retailers know so much about me, in practice I seem to delight in giving them information and cookies and so on. It would be interesting to have a fic that looked at that tension in some way. (Crossovers are great in general; this one seems like it might lend itself very well if you are into that. Basilio as either the victim or master of the voices? The dwarf driven mad by the culture of conspicuous consumption? BRING IT ON.)

In quegli anni - Mozart/Da Ponte: Youtube, lyrics. Basilio's aria from Le Nozze di Figaro has always both delighted and baffled me. The story of how Don Basilio learned that "with a skin of an ass one may escape shame, danger, dishonor, and death" has really nothing to do with what's going on at the time (maybe thematically, sure, but not emotionally or narratively -- watching the opera one feels like the action just stops for Basilio to tell his story, then starts again). It's a metaphorical story, right? If so, what was the real story behind it? What was the shame and dishonor that Basilio escaped? How did Dame Common Sense give him the skin of the ass? Or: if you take it to be a literal story, how did that even happen? (Did Basilio somehow wander into the corner of a fairy tale, as a supporting character? If so, what happened when he met the main characters?) Of course, I do NOT expect you to know anything about Nozze. Since Basilio is reminiscing about when he was a young man of quite different personality, you certainly need not know anything about his current personality. For that matter, feel free to name the main character something besides Basilio if you prefer. And set it in spaaaace, or random SF/fantasy milieu, or a contemporary setting, or whatever, of course!

General: Things I love (I don't expect these by any means, this is just a random sampling of Things I Like): I love worldbuilding fic and plotty fic because I have a hard time writing it myself, but by the same token I know it is hard to write and I certainly don't expect it. I love character-driven fic that thinks hard about the ramifications of characters' choices. I love for there to be some sort of character arc or characters (and/or the reader) coming to a greater understanding of something or someone during a fic. I love and adore friendship/partnerships, especially platonic ones, of all gender-variety (although in these songs I don't know that it's a thing for any of them). I love it when all the characters are understandable rather than straight-out villainous or malicious, or where expectations of malice are subverted. I am more a fan of gen than anything else, but I'm open to both het and slash.

Things I don't like: gratuitous violence; I'm not a huge fan of anything above PG-13 and will probably skim over anything really explicit unless something about the explicitness itself plays into character or plot development, in which case all bets are off :) Darkfic is fine for any of these, as is any kind of AU (fantasy, SF, corporate, academia, cyberpunk ...?)

Seriously, if you wanted to write a story that was just inspired by the imagery in these songs, I would be so up with that. I want you to take one (or more!) of these songs and make something fascinating out of them, however you feel is the best way to do that, so don't let anything I've written here stop you from doing what YOU want to do with any of these songs! And thank you!
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I haven't read half the Yuletide fandoms half as completely as I would like (I've still got some queued up), but here are some more I did get to and loved. (Rec post 1, including my awesome gifts, is here.)

Recs in Oryx and Crake, Picture of Dorian Gray, Riddle-Master trilogy, Star Trek - Rihannsu, Tam Lin )
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So, a first crack at Yuletide recs! Mostly shorter ones, because I haven't had time to read longer pieces yet. Four from Madness, the rest from the main archive. I'm folding my (five!!) gifts in because I would absolutely rec all of them even if they weren't my gifts! (My gift-squee post is here.) Also, a little heavier on the poetry recs. (I promised elsewhere to read all the poetry-based fics in the archive, and really I thought all of them were good, so even if I don't specifically rec it here, I recommend it!)

Recs in Blue Castle - L. M. Montgomery, Church Going - Philip Larkin, A Few Figs from Thistles - Edna St. Vincent Millay, Gunnerkrigg Court, The Instrumentality of Mankind - Cordwainer Smith, The Listeners - Walter de la Mare, Norse Myth/Frozen, Preiddeu Annwn | The Spoils of Annwn, Sweeney Todd )
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Dear yuletide writer,

Wow, thank you so much for offering to write a story in one of my crazy canons! Feel free to ignore these words — I love seeing how other people think about my favorite fandoms, and I love seeing interpretations that are different from mine (some of my favorite fics are the ones that made me look at things in a new way).

In random order: Preiddeu Annwn (The Spoils of Annwn); Church Going - Philip Larkin (poem); The Instrumentality of Mankind - Cordwainer Smith )

Consuming canon: I have two small-canon poem fandoms this year: "Church Going" and Preiddeu Annwn." Either of these would take about five minutes to consume. Cordwainer Smith are short stories, and just a couple of them would probably suffice to get the general idea, but they are certainly quite a bit harder to find. I'd very much recommend We the Underpeople as the best introduction that's easily available in the US and cheap. If you happen to be in the UK, my favorite Smith anthology is The Rediscovery of Man. (I'd recommend "The Dead Lady of Clown Town," "Under Old Earth," "Alpha Ralpha Boulevard," and "The Ballad of Lost C'Mell," or some subset thereof, to get a sense of it.)

(Edited 10-30-14 because I really do like all gender-variety of friendships, and to say happy endings and dark endings are both great!)
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Eeeee!

My nomination plans:

1. Cordwainer Smith. Because the world needs more Cordwainer Smith stories, darn it!

2. Preiddeu Annwn, because [livejournal.com profile] lignota thought about nominating a song version for Jukebox and ever since she reminded me that this poem exists, I have really really wanted a fic about the three fullnesses of Prydwen that went with Arthur, dolorous visit; and none rose up, except seven...

3. ...so many options!

-Tillerman, because I love the books and hence always nominate it (though I'm thinking maybe give something else a chance this year)
-Der Ring, Brunnhilde and Loge (I really wonder what they thought of each other)
-Eugene Onegin, Tatiana (am leaning against this, mostly because I'm realizing I want a particular story that at this point I might as well write myself)
-Church Going (Philip Larkin) (because it would be interesting to see what someone did with the worldbuilding Larkin sketches in the later stanzas; I'm kinda leaning towards this one)
-Mabinogion, because Arianrhod
-...?
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YOU GUYS YOU GUYS Jukebox 2014 is open!

Someone wrote me "Wish You Were Here" fic. IN SPAAAACE. And with an AI-related post-human! And with this vast implied sweep of wonderfully strange future history -- in about a thousand words! -- that reminds me just a little of Cordwainer Smith, and rumination on what it means to be human and going to the end of all things and it's like the writer read my mind about everything I love best! I love it so, so much.

Actually, go read everything in Jukebox! Don't know the canon? CrazyHelpful Jukebox people have made a YouTube playlist so you can listen to all the songs! I haven't had a chance to read a whole bunch of them yet but hopefully will post some recs when I get a chance to read through the collection.

but especially my gift story because so much love <3 <3

The Zoo at the End of the Universe (1385 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd (Song)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Additional Tags: Post-Humanity, IN SPACE!, Bittersweet
Summary:

The last two representations of humanity.

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I wrote a story for rarewomen:

The Company of Camelot (5248 words) by raspberryhunter
Fandom: Le Morte d'Arthur - Thomas Malory
Rating: PG-13 (mostly for themes)
Characters: Morgan le Fay, Nimue (Arthurian), Lancelot du Lac, Guinevere (Arthurian)
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Corporate, Genetics, Friendship, Rivalry
Summary: Morgan should have been the heir to Uther's gene-cleaning empire. But now it belongs to Arthur, and Lance and Gwen... and Nimue.

morganstern's prompt asked for Morgan le Fay as a legitimate claimant to power, mentioned a preference for politically-oriented, and suggested a modern-day corporate AU. I read the ending of Le Morte d'Arthur and asked: how did Morgan and Nimue get from here to there? And then this story happened.

My betas [personal profile] sprocket and [personal profile] ollipop were terrific. [personal profile] sprocket especially did a lot of heavy lifting in helping me work out the worldbuilding (including basically all the genetics; any remaining errors are mine) as well as reading the first draft, told entirely from Nimue's POV and in which Morgan and Nimue were enemies, and forcing me to confront that it didn't work at all (well, she said it much more nicely than that, but that was the basic idea), with some great ideas to help me write the blasted thing again from scratch. (I think I saved two paragraphs out of that first draft, bah.)

And I got a present! batchsan wrote me a Gunnerkrigg Court story: Say It, a missing scene where Kat and Anja talk about Paz. In my opinion, there can never be too much GC fic, nor can there be too much fic about mothers and daughters. And of course I'm a big fan of Kat/Paz :)

Fests

May. 6th, 2014 08:51 am
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I, uh, have signed up for Remix Madness (thanks [livejournal.com profile] lignota for the tip!)... I've never had anything remixed before or done a remix myself, but both those things sound fun!

I've also, of course, signed up for [community profile] jukebox_fest (which is, I think, my favorite exchange ever). There was a list of nominated songs compiled on Youtube here.

I have my rarewomen assignment in, and am wondering how much tweaking I am likely to do in the next week...
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Dear jukebox writer,

Thanks so much for writing one of my songs! I really love all these songs, as well as have questions about them, and I'm sure I'll love whatever you write!

I have some suggestions below, but really, feel free to do whatever idea these songs give you. I picked these songs because they seem to have a lot of stories hidden in them, and if you find a story that's totally different from the ones I see offhand (and have thus provided vague prompts for), then I would be so thrilled to see that additional interpretation of the song.

Chanson de Melisande (Youtube, lyrics) - This is just a spooky song. Why are the daughters blind? Why are they locked up? Why are they expecting a prince, and why doesn't he come? What happens once the light goes out? This could be either dark and tragic or have an ending where they somehow manage to escape. Or both!

Wish You Were Here (Pink Floyd) (Youtube, lyrics) - Okay, I know (vaguely) the history to this song, and that it's supposed to be a tribute to Syd Barrett etc. etc., but like all good songs, I think there's a lot more there that could be explored and fic written about. Who are the two lost souls? (One answer is a split personality, of course, but I feel like there could be a more compelling explanation.) Why are they in a fishbowl? Why the ironic refrain, "Wish you were here"? The heaven-from-hell, blue skies from pain, green fields from a cold steel rail… seems like it was just meant for a spaaaaace AU, or a cyberpunk AU, or a dystopian AU… It really seems like it could make a really great science-fiction story -- or really any kind of story: a coffeeshop of quiet desperation?

Ordinary Town - Dave Carter and Tracy Grammer (Youtube, lyrics) - "Go home, go home" the mayor cried when jesus came to city hall, 'cause /This is an ordinary town, and the prophet stands alone/ This is an ordinary town and we crucify our own... I am curious about the story where Jesus comes to town and the Mayor tells him to go away because they are busy crucifying their own, thank you very much, he's just going to have to get crucified somewhere else... but really anything about this song would be very neat, don't feel like you have to be restricted to that!

Wings (Wild ARMs 3) (English Version) - Samantha Newark: Youtube, lyrics I discovered this song during last Jukebox when I kinda fell in love with it. I don't want anything about the video game (which I know nothing about in any case). It seems to me like it's calling out for an epic SF or fantasy story... though any other way you'd like to interpret it would be awesome. (Perhaps the "corridors" refer to hallways in a university history department? WHO KNOWS.)

They Can't Take That Away from Me - George Gershwin and Ira Gerswin (Song): Youtube, lyrics. Okay, this is the one where I actually want something specific: the dark sci-fi AU where memory wipes are on the table. If you signed up hoping to do a more conventional take, well… convince me! :) (I don't remember anything about Crazy for You, so don't worry about that canon at all.)

Der Zwerg - Franz Schubert: Youtube, lyrics. Another one I fell in love with during last year's Jukebox! What's going on? I suppose a love triangle would be the most "straightforward" explanation, but it just seems like there might be a more interesting story there, especially given the complicated and sometimes contradictory-seeming actions of the characters. (Especially given that the queen can... hear the stars prophesy to her? What?)

General: Things I love (I don't expect these by any means, this is just a random sampling of Things I Like): I love worldbuilding fic and plotty fic because I have a hard time writing it myself, but by the same token I know it is hard to write and I certainly don't expect it. I love character-driven fic that thinks hard about the ramifications of characters' choices. I love for there to be some sort of character arc or characters (and/or the reader) coming to a greater understanding of something or someone during a fic. I love and adore friendship/partnerships, especially platonic ones, of all gender-variety (although in these songs I don't know that it's a thing for any of them). I love it when all the characters are understandable rather than straight-out villainous or malicious, or where expectations of malice are subverted. I am more a fan of gen than anything else, but I'm open to both het and slash.

Things I don't like: gratuitous violence; I'm not a huge fan of anything above PG-13 and will probably skim over anything really explicit unless something about the explicitness itself plays into character or plot development, in which case all bets are off :) Darkfic is fine for any of these, as is any kind of AU (fantasy, SF, corporate, academia, cyberpunk ...?)

Seriously, if you wanted to write a story that was just inspired by the imagery in these songs, I would be so up with that. I want you to take one (or more!) of these songs and make something fascinating out of them, however you feel is the best way to do that, so don't let anything I've written here stop you from doing what YOU want to do with any of these songs! And thank you!
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Jukebox 2014 is starting up, which I guess means that I should post about the Jukebox 2013 fic I wrote :) (It got kind of lost in everything that was going on second half of last year.)

I was matched with "Bele Doette as fenestres se siet," a chanson de toile which I had never heard of before reading [personal profile] quillori's dear author letter and which after hearing I immediately signed up for. It is a really beautiful song, and I highly recommend it even if you don't particularly want to read the fic, if you are at all inclined toward medieval music. quillori helpfully translated the lyrics and linked to youtube here.

I was really intrigued by the idea that if anyone comes who has betrayed love, [that person] will not be able to enter the church. And so I wrote a story about love and nuns and magic. I'm quite pleased by how it turned out.

[personal profile] sprocket did the usual amazing job of beta. Thank you!

The Oblate's Tale of the Abbess and the Knight (3156 words) by raspberryhunter
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Bele Doette (Traditional Chanson)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Bele Doette/Count Doon (past)
Characters: Bele Doette, Original Characters
Additional Tags: Friendship, Love, Nuns, Don't Have to Know Canon
Summary:

Bele Doette is a legend now, a beautiful portrait on the wall of the abbey, a romantic song that is sung by the children in the fields. I am one of the last who can tell you of her as she was, and of the knight who came to her at the Feast of Fidelity.

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The story I posted for invisible_ficathon was based on Loney M. Setnick's extremely cheerful work, The Pony Party, which as noble volunteers and readers may know is a nonexistent work meant to hide the extremely dangerous terror of Lemony Snicket: The Unauthorized Autobiography.

The Extremely Appropriate, Inoffensive, and Altogether Cheery Pony Party (1077 words) by raspberryhunter
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Pony Party - Loney M. Setnick, Series of Unfortunate Events - Lemony Snicket
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Additional Tags: why would you even think to look for a coded message in a fanfic, this fic is of no interest to those who are not noble, Sebald Code, Recursion, Verse Fluctuation Declaration


[personal profile] rymenhild's prompt said, "I know you definitely aren't writing in this fandom because you like to send coded messages. Nobody would think to leave messages for other members of an important secret organization on an Internet fanfiction board." And if they had done so, the two messages in the fic would not have revealed anything about the fate and plans of certain orphans who had left an island some time ago, and how those might intersect with a certain secret library still present underwater next to the doomed, fiery Hotel Denouement...

[Many thanks to [personal profile] sprocket, who performed the Herculean task of trying to beta-read without having read source until halfway through the beta job, and who valiantly counted words to make sure the Sebald Code worked out.

In other news, every person, including me, who I got to try to work out an example of Verse Fluctation Declaration while I was writing this got the wrong message, because we all seem to want to take the new words instead of the words they replaced. I was, of course, trying to work out the example in Snicket's text, and thought he was talking about pony parties instead of violet taxis. So let me just say that the message in the fic poem excerpt is not "Ponies find with parties."

Also: the comments on this story were fabulously in-character and I had a lot of fun responding to them!]

ETA: Rot-13'd, the Sebald Code message:
Ivbyrg, Xynhf, naq Fhaal unir erghearq. Zrrg hf ng cbaq ol ohearq ubgry fvgr.

The Verse Fluctuation Declaration message:
Jr'yy ohvyq va nfurf.
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Ooooh, I got two stories for invisible-ficathon! They are both Horn of Joy by Matthew Maddox (from A Swiftly Tilting Planet, Madeleine L'Engle). I asked for the women's take on his work, and I got two lovely stories that do this quite differently:

an unknown fire (2816 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Kairos (O'Keefe) Series - Madeleine L'Engle, The Horn of Joy — Matthew Maddox (fictional book)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: Major Character Death
Relationships: Gedder/Gwen Maddox, Zillie/Brandon Maddox, background Brandon Maddox/Zillah Llawcae, Gedder & Zillie
Characters: Zillie, Gedder, Gwen Maddox
Additional Tags: Brother-Sister Relationships, Doomed Relationship, Psychic Abilities, Kything, Character Death, Fate & Destiny
Summary:

A sister's tale; of Gwydyr's line, how it began, and how it ended. They don’t speak of the story behind their names, not out loud. They don’t have to. It’s haunted them and their kin for as long as their blood memory stretches, to the shores of a lake too far away to fathom and too long ago to comprehend.



From Eyes of Blue (345 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Horn of Joy — Matthew Maddox (fictional book), Kairos (O'Keefe) Series - Madeleine L'Engle
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Zyll, Gwydyr, Madoc, Gaudior
Additional Tags: Scry, unicorn, People of the Wind, treat
Summary:

Zyll was frightened, not of her gift but of the vision it brought her.



I haven't read all the stories, but I liked these very much:

In The Icy Air (2637 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Zombies in the Snow (fictional movie)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Gerta/Young Rolf
Characters: Gerta, Young Rölf
Additional Tags: Sebald Code, Snow and Ice, Zombies
Summary:

Left to fend for herself, Gerta must rise to the challenge and take on hordes of zombies!



The writer even used Sebald Code and made it plot-relevant! I wish I'd written this.

Notes on the system for classifying the animals presented in the "Celestial Emporium of Benevolent Knowledge" (1063 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Celestial Emporium of Benevolent Knowledge (Book), The Book of Imaginary Beings - Jorge Luis Borges
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Additional Tags: all myths are true


Marvelous. There needs to be more Borges fanfic.

A Violent Connection (502 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: River Tam Beats Up Everyone (fictional movie), xkcd, Firefly
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: Graphic Depictions Of Violence
Characters: River Tam, Original Female Character(s), Malcolm Reynolds
Additional Tags: Ridiculous
Summary:

Two differing viewpoints on the day River Tam beat up everyone.



I... this one just made me laugh.
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Apparently... I... am... signing up for rarewomen, against my better judgement. ([personal profile] sprocket, I blame you.) But work should have either exploded or not by the time I have to get around to writing a story, I guess!

I have used the "or" matching to its fullest extent. Anything with any of these characters would be awesome!

Fandoms:

Gunnerkrigg Court (Any) - I loooooved the Yuletide fics this year. I cannot get enough of GC! Jones being her phlegmatic self! Or: Janet -- what would her father do if he learned about her romance? Why is it such a big deal? What secrets does she know, being the headmaster's daughter? Or: what mysteries about Surma do we not know? Or: friendship between Surma and Anja. Or: Anja noticing something that turns out to be important. Or: do Anja and Jones ever talk? About what? Or: show me something of the mother-daughter dynamic between Anja and Kat. For more on what I love about GC, see this post.

Alliance-Union - C. J. Cherryh (Ariane Emory I, II) - ARI. Let me see Ari I being her deliciously horribly-practical, super-intelligent self. Or Ari II learning to be horribly practical and super intelligent. Or Ari II learning from Ari I. Or, well, anything. I've only read Cyteen, and have not read Cyteen II. For more about what I love about Cyteen, see this post.

Vorkosigan Saga - Lois McMaster Bujold (Lotus Durona, Ekaterin Vorsoisson Vorkosigan, Alys Vorpatril) - ollipop hooked me, last rarewomen, on Lotus Durona, and I love ollipop's story very much and want more. Tell me more about Lotus' Deal with the Baron, or why she hates Lilly so much as to name her clone after her (or is it hate?). Or: I desperately want Ekaterin to be the heroine of her own story! Let her get to do something awesome, something that owes nothing to Miles (or where Miles plays second fiddle to her). Or: we know Alys is awesome already! Let's see more of it! (I don't have a post on why I love the Vorkosigan saga... it's just been part of my life for so long that it just never occurred to me to post on it... the closest is my dear author letter here.)

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