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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

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

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

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

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!


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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Wow, thank you for writing me a fic! I am sooooo excited to get a fic about any of these canons. Please don't feel bound by any of my words -- I want to know what you think of these canons!

[Some bookkeeping before I start talking about canon. What I have here is the maximum I expect you to have read to write the prompt -- these should all be five-minute-ish fandoms. If you just read a paragraph and see something that sparks your interest, don't even feel like you need to have read the entire excerpts I quote (e.g., don't feel like you need to have read the entire excerpt of Melusine). I mean, if you want to read more, knock yourself out -- I love all these books and think they're certainly worth reading more of -- but I definitely don't expect it.)
The Horn of Joy is from A Swiftly Tilting Planet by Madeleine L'Engle (particularly Chs 4 and 11).
The Book of Gramarye is from The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper, in the chapter of that name.
The Fairy Melusine is from Possession by A.S. Byatt (the most relevant bits are the excerpt at the very beginning of Ch 16 and the discussion in the last couple of pages of Ch 3, from which I've taken the "cosmic battles").
Coriakin's Spellbook is from Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis, Ch 10.]

Now for the canons! (I always write staggeringly varying amounts; be assured I want all of these very much, just -- the ones that live in the academic world are easier for me to get wordy about.) Horn of Joy, Book of Gramarye, Fairy Melusine, and Coriakin's Spellbook. )

Thanks again! :)
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Yeah, um, I'm way too excited about this: [community profile] invisible_ficathon, for all those works of fiction inside other works.

Things I am nominating for sure:
The Hive Queen and/or The Hegemon, Speaker for the Dead (Andrew Wiggin)
Encyclopedia Galactica
The Garden of Forking Paths, Ts'ui Pen
Ask and Embla, Randolph Henry Ash
The City of Is, Christabel LaMotte
No Skin Off Your Nose, Ike [does he even have a last name? from Fountainhead]

Things I am thinking of nominating:
...I'm going to have to reread Possession and possibly all my other nominations will be from it
Orange Catholic Bible
In My Father's House, Princess Irulan (...although I can't really see how to write fic of this without it really being Dune fic, so... I might not)
The Final Reflection, John M. Ford (...does that count, since we get the entire text of the book? Perhaps I'd better save that one for the next trek-fic fest.)
Well That About Wraps It Up for God, Oolon Colluphid
The Blind Assassin, Laura Chase

Any other thoughts? Gosh, maybe I can stick one of the many songs/media Cordwainer Smith refers to in there.
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I wrote Magic Flute fic for my Yuletide assignment!

Who Fears Not Night and Death (2960 words)
Summary: Roses always have thorns, but still Pamina chooses the roses.

Yeah, so, writing this one was interesting. I think I put more of my heart in it than any other fic I've ever written. I'm not saying it's actually necessarily any good: my heart being, probably, not particularly that appetizing. I find myself, for this reason, completely unable to assess how good or bad this fic is, which is part of why I was so relieved that [livejournal.com profile] lignota didn't hate it. (The other reason for relief is that I was using a two-year-old DYW letter; while I don't mind writing without extended prompts/info in general, I like L'Ignota very much and really wanted to write something she would like.) As usual, many many thanks to my betas, in this case [personal profile] greenlily, who was a useful voice of telling me whether I was hitting any terrible squicks, and [personal profile] sprocket, who did her usual stellar job of pointing out all the places where Things Did Not Work, often over my strenuous protests.

I also ended up, despite the fact that I told myself the fic was Not Going to Be About That, doing some amount of trying to make quasi-logical sense of canon (I love this opera more than I can describe, and yet I feel like the plot and characters Make No Sense), because I CANNOT HELP MYSELF that way. I'm not sure how much of it is apparent to the reader, but I now have this complete headcanon about the backstory to this opera, which I am liable to start ranting about at a moment's notice, about how the Queen and Pamina's father were a flawed version of Pamina/Tamino that succeeded briefly in making the flute together, but in the end failed through their flaws making it impossible for them to understand each other, where Pamina/Tamino succeeded by forgiving each other; and how Sarastro's canonical hatred of women, and the Queen in particular, stems from his total incomprehension of how his best friend, Pamina's father, could go with the Queen. And about how the Queen has this tortured relationship with the truth where she thinks it is very important to tell the truth (hence the whole punishment of Papageno and Pamina's insistence on the truth to Sarastro in canon) but gets around this by telling half-truths. Ahem.

By the very nature of it, I feel like this fic is extremely dependent on my own personal interpretation/reimagining of this opera. (In terms of recordings, I followed closely, or more closely than anything else, the interpretations given on the Gardiner recording and the BBC (2003) video.) I mean… I wrote operafic last year for Yuletide, but that was less writing from my particular interpretation (although I did have one) and more arguing meta with source. This… was different. I feel like I should apologize to [livejournal.com profile] lignota in case it isn't her interpretation. (I'm reasonably sure that she doesn't disagree with much of it, but still.)

So I also wrote a couple of other treats. First, The Dark is Rising fic:

And all the flowers that in the springtime grow (2781 words)
Summary: Jane lives her life in the mortal world, and it is not possible to think in the old ways here; but sometimes there are glimpses.

I wish that I had had another month for this one, and then I feel like I could really have edited the crap out of it. (As it is, I am indebted to my betas [personal profile] sprocket and [personal profile] slowmercury for beating it into shape as much as it already is.) But the prompt was so perfect that I had to write for it — Jane, my OTP Will/Jane, and a recipient that enthusiastically welcomed depressing and major character death and so on. Because I have been writing the headcanon for this in the back of my head for about twenty-five years. My first ship that I even remember was Will/Jane, and as a kid (obsessively re)reading these books I was very clear on how Bran wanted the ship to be Bran/Jane, but it so was not, Jane and Will clearly belonged together even if Will totally didn't realize it, darn it all! (Being a sheltered and not particularly imaginative kid, Bran/Will didn't even occur to me until I read lightgetsin's excellent Bran/Will many, many years later. But I digress.) I was also clear that Bran saved the world and that was why he had to stay behind.

I wrote both this treat and Who Fears Not Night and Death at about the same time, working on this one when my assignment was being recalcitrant, and apparently it rubbed off a little; a couple of people commented that this had a theme of choices, which was a conscious theme of my assignment but which I didn't notice at all in this one until it was pointed out to me…

I also quickly wrote this Wicked treat:

Bridges you didn't know you crossed (2117 words)
Summary: Around the time that Glinda first hears Elphaba's song sung around the palace, she starts having dreams of Elphaba.

…this year is apparently my year for post-canon fix-it (or break-it, I guess, in the case of Will/Jane) fic. That is to say, it has always got on my nerves that Elphaba asked Glinda not to clear her name, and Glinda accepted, because it makes no sense. So then of course I had to say something about how Glinda would eventually realize that it made no sense, and the fic followed.

And this quick fix-it for Watson always being annoyingly dense in the Mary Russell books:

The Beekeeper's Doctor (1283 words)
Summary: It does not take a Sherlock Holmes to deduce what is likely to happen when a girl who is about to achieve her majority leaves Jane Austen novels lying about, even if said girl is usually hard-headed and devoid of romanticism.

But, judging from the surprise on my friend's face, perhaps it took a John Watson.

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Again, I have not read a lot of fics I want to, especially the longer ones, sorry mystery authors! I will probably have another rec post sometime. I hope.

I am also a bad person who totally neglected in my last post to talk about my lovely drabble! My lovely spot-on TILLERMAN drabble, thank you so much, and if you happen to read this, I apologize SO MUCH for the brain blip!

Conversation (100 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Tillerman Cycle - Cynthia Voigt
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: James Tillerman, Sammy Tillerman, Maybeth Tillerman
Additional Tags: Drabble, yumadrin, Missing Scene

Sometimes you just have to talk about new friends.

I also absolutely adore this Hainish story:

Praise then Darkness (3724 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Left Hand of Darkness - Ursula K. Le Guin
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Arek Harth rem ir Estraven/Therem Harth rem ir Estraven
Characters: Arek Harth rem ir Estraven, Therem Harth rem ir Estraven
Additional Tags: Yuletide, Gift Fic

"My advice, Therem, is only this: will you let the story shape you, brother? Or will you shape a new tale?"

Therem's luck turns, and turns again.

A lovely story of Therem, with stories inside of it.

And I think everyone is reccing this Cotillion story, but I will too, because it really is pitch-perfect and excellent. (And also has Lord Legerwood, who is my favorite!)

The Birds and the Bees (4280 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Cotillion - Georgette Heyer
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Kitty Charing/Freddy Standen
Characters: Kitty Charing, Freddy Standen, Lord Legerwood, Lady Legerwood
Additional Tags: Humor, Regency Romance

In which Lord Legerwood has a conversation with his son, with predictable results, and Kitty provides Freddy with enlightenment.

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I haven't had time to read that much in the archive, but the ones I have read have been lovely! Here is my present:

To everything there is a season... (11619 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The People - Zenna Henderson
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings

This is a lovely story about the power of family/community for redemption, plus which we get to see what happened to Bethie-too, and as an extra bonus that one of the People who was present at the bombing of Hiroshima, which was something I would have asked for if I had had any hope of getting it, and there are so many wonderful details that are so Zenna Henderson. And it is full of life and light and joy and love, just as a People story ought to be. It is probably readable without knowing canon.

Recs in Arm Joe, Earthsea, Gunnerkrigg Court, and The Lady of Shalott )
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Holy crap, there are multiple offers for every single fandom I requested. Regardless of anything else, this means there are multiple people in the world who have read these books. I LOVE YOU GUYS. I LOVE YULETIDE.
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Dear yuletide writer,

Wow, thank you so much for offering to write a story in one of my crazy canons! I, uh, wrote a lot of words. I tend to do that. 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).

In random order: The People - Zenna Henderson; Tillerman Cycle - Cynthia Voigt; Instrumentality of Man - Cordwainer Smith; Mabinogion )

General: Things I love (I don't expect all of these by any means, this is just a random sampling of Things I Like): I love worldbuilding fic and plotty fic because I can't write 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. 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, though I tend to be respectful of healthy overt canon pairings (which basically here means that I respect the Tillerman pairings and the People pairings).

Things I don't like: gratuitous violence or gratuitous character death. 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 :) I would prefer no darkfic or zany-AU for these fandoms, if that's okay (I'm usually happy with either, but not for these particular fandoms), except for Mabinogion -- I just realized that I would not say no to Arianrhod being the queen of a dystopian AU, or a stellar empire, as long as she retains her power and mystery, and if you want to write darkfic for Mabinogion, heck, Welsh stories always end in tragedy, go for it... (Fork-in-the-road AU is always welcomed.) (ETA 11-29-13: Sorry for the late notice, but it just occurred to me that Cordwainer Smith is often bittersweet or with endings that are surface-tragic, and I am ALL ABOUT THAT, that would be lovely. It's more the "rocks falls everyone dies" sort of darkfic I don't want -- I want there to be some hope!)

If you get stuck with your match… The Mabinogion is probably the smallest canon here (the Four Branches are the relevant bit). As for the others: The People is a large canon of work, but the stories are a fast read, and you could probably read a couple of them ("Ararat" is probably a must, and perhaps "Shadow on the Moon" to get the second-gen perspective) and get the feel of it pretty quickly -- I don't think Henderson herself worried too much about keeping everything strictly canon-compliant detail-wise. Cordwainer Smith are short stories, but 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.) Voigt is seven books long, but they are fast reads and probably available at your local library, and really if you read Sons from Afar you could write something on that one alone on James or Sammy, without reading the others, that would make me really really happy, or A Solitary Blue and Seventeen Against the Dealer (which do sort of need to be read as a pair) and something about Jeff, or Come a Stranger alone and something about Mina (although it's curiously hard to find).

Again, please write whatever you want. A lot of this is just my talking to myself; I want to know what you think of my beloved canons! And thank you again!

(Edited Cordwainer-Smith section 10-14-13, added AU/darkfic for Mabinogion and link to Cordwainer Smith 10-15-13. Edited darkfic sec 11-29-13.)
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I got a gift and a treat, yay! My gift:

where the white lilies grow (2048 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Demon Lover - Traditional Ballad
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings

I asked to make the plot of the Demon Lover ballad understandable. What I got was not only that, but a lovely atmospheric piece, with wonderful wonderful voices, that plays with the idea of people seeing other people differently, and seeing different facets of them, which is one of my OMG I LOVE THIS MORE THAN ANYTHING BUTTONS. Each section/POV deals with a different characterization / desires / set of assumptions, which is just fabulous.

The treat, for the two of us who asked for Scarborough Fair:

then she'll be a true love of mine (645 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 5/5
Fandom: Scarborough Fair (Traditional Ballad)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings

Choose-your-own-adventure!! With solutions to the riddles! What more could you ask, right? :)

Gosh, there were so many really good stories. I picked out these as my favorites, but I feel like I'm ignoring a lot more that were equally as good, if not better. Really you should just go read them all :)

Stories recced are for the songs Jerusalem - Dan Bern; You Stay Here - Richard Shindell; Lionheart - Of Monsters and Men; Three Fishers - Stan Rogers; Demon in a Glass Case - Paul Roland; The Crane Wife - The Decembrists; Goodbye Sam Hello Samantha - Cliff Richard; Justice to Believe - Nana Mizuki (PV); Konungen och trollkvinnan | The king and the enchantress - Gjallarhorn (Song); Woman King. Cut: )
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Jukebox 2013 is open here. Go read and comment! :) [personal profile] morbane has helpfully made a playlist here.

My story is, um, probably completely guessable by all of content, theme, and approach to canon. One day I will quit writing the same story, but today is not that day. Guess my story correctly and I will... umm... listen to any song you want? :) (Okay, fine, I would probably do that anyway.)
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Argh. Do I have time for Yuletide? Right now, I think no, but I am thinking in another month I will probably think yes, so I've nominated some things. (I will copy this to the LJ yuletide nom post when I have access to LJ again tonight.)

Eugene Onegin
1. Tatyana
2. The General (Tatyana's husband)
3. Eugene Onegin
4. Vladimir Lensky

The Tillerman Cycle
1. Wilhelmina "Mina" Smiths
2. Jeff Greene
3. James Tillerman
4. Maybeth Tillerman

The Book of Mormon (book)
1. Ammon
2. Akish
3. Princess Lamoni
4. Queen Lamoni

The Instrumentality of Man - Cordwainer Smith

(I didn't nominate any characters for this one because I'm less interested in a single character than in the universe, although I'd be happy to put some in. I was thinking perhaps E'Telekeli, Lady Alice More, Dita of the Great South House, and the Copt as potential characters.)

For all of these except Book of Mormon, the characters are somewhat negotiable...
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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.

Scarborough Fair (Youtube (King Singers), lyrics) - I've always wondered about this song, from the very first time I heard it. Why was she once a true love? What do the tasks have to do with it? Are they riddles the true love has to solve — and if so, why, and what are the answers to the riddles? Is it a hidden message? And what in the world do parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme have to do with it, and why sage? :) (My friend pointed out to me that parsley, rosemary, and thyme all go together, but sage is a bit the odd one out.)

There are versions with extra verses from the ex-true-love, where she poses additional riddles, and then it becomes clear (to me) that they're just both giving each other impossible tasks because they don't really want to get back together. (This is also why I didn't request the Mediaeval Baebes version, which I do think is gorgeous.) I don't think I really like this interpretation, as it seems like much too easy a solution — but if your muse takes you that way, I'm game for it: convince me!

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?

Chiron Beta Prime (Jonathan Coulton) (Youtube, lyrics) - so many questions! What did they do that sent them to Chiron Beta Prime? What is Earth like? (Apparently not overrun with robot overlords, if they're sending messages there.) Do they ever escape? What was redacted? I would love to get the POV of a robot overlord, or a letter written to them from Earth, or... the possibilities are endless!) I also like the video; I think it's awfully cute — but I'm not particularly wedded to it, so feel free to ignore it.

The Demon Lover (Traditional Ballad): Youtube, lyrics (scroll down) This is another one where I just wonder what is going on! I mean, on the surface it's a morality tale against leaving with one's lover, I guess, but that's so boring. How did she not know her lover was a demon? Why did she mourn leaving her son and not her husband, and if she did, why did she go in the first place? I do really, really want the heroine to have rather more agency and intelligence than she seems to in the song, and am totally fine with you changing the ending if that helps make that work. Any kind of setting — spaaaace, cyberpunk, academia (a professor, her department chair, and a… venture capitalist?), historical!fic… I don't really care.

(I also love the John M. Ford SF story "Walkaway Clause," which makes the heroine an awesome and sexy businesswoman, makes all three parties in the love triangle totally sympathetic, and which obviously (sort of) throws the ending out… but you are, of course, not required to have read it or even have heard of it. I'm just throwing it out there as an example of what I like, in case you have.)

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 (my prompt said I wanted a bit of plot -- sorry about that and NOT REQUIRED -- I would love anything along the dark SF lines, from atmospheric to scientific worldbuilding to an angsty character study to... whatever you please!)… I hope that's okay! I know it's kind of a wacky prompt, and 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.)

General: Things I love (I don't expect all of these by any means, this is just a random sampling of Things I Like): I love worldbuilding fic and plotty fic because I can't write 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 I see much of either). 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 or gratuitous character death. (If it's logical, then okay — I'd be surprised if there wasn't character death of some sort, robot or human, in a Chiron Beta Prime fic.) 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 :) I would prefer no darkfic for Scarborough Fair, unless you can make a really strong case for it. I think I'd prefer darkfic for Chiron Beta Prime to have some lightness/humor/sarcasm to it as well, but I'm not sure about that, and you could convince me otherwise. Darkfic for "Wish You Were Here" would be quite in keeping with the canon, and I'm kinda asking for darkfic of some sort (though it could have a happy ending) for "They Can't Take That Away From Me."

AU and such: I actively encourage AU for "Wish You Were Here" and "Demon Lover"; I mentioned SF prompts, but any other AU would be fine, as would canon-era fic. "Scarborough Fair" I would be fine with AU (a fantasy AU might be really interesting?) and also fine with folksy setting, anything is fine. Same for Abraham's Daughter — I'm wildly curious to see something set in our world, but I could see AU being brilliant as well. "Chiron Beta Prime" is a bit specific to a specific SF-nal setting, so for that one I think (?) I'd rather not have an AU.

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 of these songs (or more — I mean, if you, for example, wanted to make a SF-nal setting inspired by Pink Floyd and set a Scarborough-Fair-ish plot, I would be all over that) 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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Signal-boosting: songfic exchange, [community profile] jukebox_fest. Brainstorm post is up here. Nominations have begun!

I am almost certainly nominating Scarborough Fair (Simon and Garfunkel), Wish You Were Here (Pink Floyd), and Chiron Beta Prime (Coulton). I'm wavering on the fourth. Maybe "The Plough Boy," especially the Britten arrangement? Maybe "Laid in Blood" (Mechanisms)? NOT SURE.

ETA: WAIT WAIT EIGHT NOMINATIONS? Okay, I'm doing Laid in Blood and Plough Boy for sure! Hmm. This is changing my whole nomination strategy, here.

NPT Reveal

Jul. 10th, 2013 09:20 pm
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I pinch-hit a Les Mis (Brick) fic for [personal profile] voksen, who had this awesome prompt about a fix-it fic where Montparnasse and Valjean interact after the barricades. One of my favorite bits of the Brick, which I'd totally forgotten about before my latest reread, is the one where Montparnasse tries to jump Valjean and ends up on the ground with Socially Awkward St. Valjean giving him a twenty-minute rant about how awful prison is...

As usual, my betas made this so much better. Many thanks to [personal profile] carmarthen and [personal profile] sprocket!

The Perils of Walking in the Rue de l'Homme-Armé (3690 words) by raspberryhunter
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Les Misérables - Victor Hugo, Les Misérables - All Media Types
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Montparnasse & Jean Valjean
Characters: Montparnasse (Les Misérables), Jean Valjean
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Canon Divergence, Fix-It

In which Montparnasse finds that the perils of walking in the Rue de l'Homme Arme are twofold: first, that one might begin to think; and second, that one might come across a weak old man.

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...why not? I don't have too many, but...

I currently have 28 works archived at AO3.

Pick a number from 1 (the most recent) to 28 (the first thing I posted there), and I'll tell you three things I currently like about it.
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I like nothing more than to natter on solipsistically about my own fics, and [personal profile] ollipop requested, so!

The Family Business is this Greek Myth SF-virtual-reality AU in which the Olympian gods are the executive management team for a large virtual-reality ("simspace") corporate entity. The story's about Minerva and her (and her family's) involvement in this simspace business, including a retelling of the Arachne story.

Cut for lots of talk about writing this fic, and themes, and things I thought were themes but maybe weren't so much. Spoilers for the story, of course! Artistry. Truth. Family. )
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Muuuuuch beta credit to [personal profile] sprocket and [personal profile] elementals_ao3 and [personal profile] seekingferret, because they are awesome and wonderful and these fics would not be nearly so good if not for them. (And special awesomeness credit to sprocket, who probably wrote at least the number of words I did in her betas, and was very gracious when I said things like, “So I need this done tonight, is that okay?”)

My assignment was Norse Myth, Who Gathers All Things Mortal (1504 words), which drove me completely bonkers to write — despite it being the shortest of the three, I spent way, way more time in canon review and in writing/edit than probably both of the others combined -- but which I think turned out well, mostly because my betas showed me how to beat it into shape when I was despairing of how to fix it properly. The prompt was Hel and Angrboda. I really liked the prompt; I don’t think there’s enough on mothers and daughters in media in general.

My pinch hit was SGU - Camile Wray, Enhancing Organizational Productivity (2245 words). The thing about Camile is that, with the exception of maybe one or two episodes, she gets completely wasted on SGU. As [personal profile] sprocket kept reminding me, she has this HR background which ought to be really really useful on the Destiny for all kinds of things, but it never actually is. Probably partially as a result of this, I haven’t ever read any SGU fic where she gets a chance to win. And she’s awesome! So, yeah. Camile gets to use her skills to win, yay! (But not win everything, because this is SGU.)

And then there was The Family Business, the 5100-word near-future SF-VR-corporate Greek Myth AU that I gifted to [personal profile] ollipop, who asked for 1000-5000, mentioned catholic tastes in her letter, and also mentioned not liking dubious SF tropes in another venue. (Uh, I still want to have that conversation!) I allllllmost didn’t post it, but I sneakily asked her about AU’s, and she said it was okay for general things like myth, and then the big theme turned out to be Families and How They Mess with Your Mind, which coincidentally turned out to be the big theme of ollipop’s awesome fic (Lotus Durona! Jackson’s Whole!), so I risked it after all. She seems to have liked it! :)

It did lead to this hilarious beta exchange:

Me: So Beta B told me the theme was X, and it’s really not.
Beta A: Yeah, the theme is obviously Y.
Me: No, the theme is Z!

(All three of us were right, but Beta A was more right.)

Someday I will have recs (besides my awesome Aeneid presents I squee about here; you need not know the Aeneid to read it; all that you need to know about Dido is here and here), when I get around to reading the whole rarewomen archive, but there are lots of goodies in it! Go read!

ETA: links fixed, I think. If not, let me know.
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I got TWO stories for rarewomen, first time I've ever gotten more than one, both Dido-focused Aeneid stories, and they are completely different and I love them both so much and I am so, so glad I asked for Didofic because YAY. Go read and comment!

The Wanderer (1298 words) by Adlanth
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Aeneid - Virgil
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Dido of Carthage, Anna (Greek and Roman Mythology)
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe, IN SPACE!, Alternate Universe - Canon Divergence, And also not AU

Those alt-universe tags, incuding the "And also not AU" one? Yup. Gorgeous story, gorgeous prose, playing with time and alternate Didos and mythology.

Trouble Any Which Way (1033 words) by misura
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Aeneid - Virgil
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Dido of Carthage, Aeneas (Greek and Roman Mythology), Iris (Greek and Roman Mythology)
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Space

Dido in SPAAAACE! Dido gets to kick butt and just be awesome! YAY!

(I also wrote three stories, which I'll talk about in another post someday...)


Apr. 10th, 2013 10:17 am
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So while I wasn't looking, The Good Wife seems to have ascended from Yuletide status. I may have to do Not Prime Time after all.

Not coincidentally, I have one more nomination slot for TGW and four for SGU. Any ideas? (The ones that have been approved are shown here. I have in addition just added Leora Kuhn and Laura Hellinger, who may not be approved yet.)


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