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This is the first year since I started Yuletide that I've written only one fic. Mostly because life is just super busy these days, but partially because this fic kind of kicked my butt:

The Minnow and the Dragon (3100 words) by raspberryhunter
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Earthsea - Ursula K. Le Guin
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Yarrow (Earthsea), Vetch (Earthsea)
Additional Tags: Brother-Sister Relationships, Misses Clause Challenge
Summary: Vetch and Yarrow: an afternoon together, a short journey, and what they find at the end of it.

Recip said they liked domestic and sense of place, so I tried to put that in as much as possible, but in discussion with [personal profile] sprocket I said, well, I hope they don't mind domestic with dragons. Because I fell shatteringly and completely in love with Earthsea's dragons when I first read these books, and although my first couple of tries didn't have dragons (the first try also had Penthe, until I determined I would need either more time or more inspiration than I had to write her), it was probably inevitable that a dragon was going to make her way in, somehow. When I reread Wizard of Earthsea and remembered how much I love Vetch and Yarrow, the fic started assembling itself.

I also had read [personal profile] rachelmanija's letter in which she expressed her love for the first couple of books of Earthsea, and I also wanted to give her something she would love, so I spent a while trying to figure out how to write in that style. (Huh! On rereading I see she says she loves dragons as well. That was a complete coincidence, as I didn't remember that at all.) I find writing Le Guin pastiche to be very difficult, which I wasn't expecting when I started -- after all, I wrote 10k words of reasonable pastiche of Fountainhead treatfic last year in a couple of (admittedly extremely stressful) weeks, why did 3k of Earthsea knock me over? I think first of all Le Guin is just a really really good writer (whereas, I'm sorry, Ayn Rand is definitively not) and therefore hard for me to mimic, but compounding the difficulty is that my natural writing style is almost diametrically opposed to hers. Her writing is spare, poetic, incisively observant, lovely to read aloud. Mine is prolix and mundane and written by someone who doesn't think about words as auditory and therefore tends not to read well aloud without a fair amount of editing, and is liable to go rambling off without letting anyone know where it began or where it's going to end. (And is therefore a muuuuch better match for Rand-pastiche. I'm not sure I like what this says about me...) As usual, this fic would not have been nearly as good had it not been for [personal profile] sprocket, who with her usual superlative tact and kindness described all the things that were wrong about it but which I was unable to myself articulate, as well as a couple of things I had no idea were problems until she opened my eyes to them.

One of the things I wanted to do with this fic was to address a dichotomy in Vetch's character in Wizard. He is an extremely kind, perceptive, wise person. He's not arrogant or prideful at all (unlike Jasper or Ged). At the same time, everything in his interactions with his sister Yarrow is a little over-condescending, in a way that probably partially has to do with being an older sibling (...not that I would know anything about that!) and partially clearly has to do with the gender issues Le Guin saw in Earthsea later on. I like to think that Vetch got over that, because he's definitely awesome in ways that would help him realize what he was doing and, well, stop it.

A related thing I wanted to do with this story is the same thing that Le Guin was trying to do inTehanu: show that "women's work" (in particular emotional labor and the kinds of things that go along with it, such as noticing people and their problems), and women (in a world where men hold the power), have value and importance. I have a lot more respect for Le Guin's attempt in Tehanu now, because it's a difficult problem. Jo Walton identified the problem better than I could:

I also felt, and still feel, that Le Guin is speaking with a double tongue in this book. On the one hand she’s saying very clearly that women’s domestic lives are central and important, and on the other the force of story is bending everything to have an actual plot, which needs an evil wizard and men and the world of action... She says that women’s lives matter, but she shows that they don’t, that what matters is magic and power and calling on dragons.

And in the fic, too, I wanted to show that Yarrow's domestic life is central and important. But then there's the double-tongue problem again: one could say that the plot of the fic implies her skills in the area of domesticity and emotional labor are only important because it allowed her to deal with a dragon. On the other hand, that's part of the point as well: that until Vetch could see Yarrow's domestic life in his sphere of dragon-banishing, he had no frame of reference for understanding that it, and she, are important. And (at least to a certain extent) she has to come to that realization as well, as she also lives in this culture.

But anyway, in conclusion, yay domesticity and yay dragons! (I have more to say about dragons in my related book-post here.)
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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.
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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 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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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
Summary:

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
Summary:

"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
Summary:

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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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
1.
2.
3.
4.

(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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Interactive Complexity as Indigenous to Human Systems is the crazy Office-esque crack!AU of Moses und Aron I wrote for yuletide (I talk about my other yuletide fics here), set in a corporation where Moses is the Chief Scientist, Aaron is his salesman/spokesman, and God is the CEO, and instead of talking about God and religion they talk about science and algorithms. NO I DO NOT KNOW WHERE THIS CAME FROM. MY SUBCONSCIOUS MAY NEED TO GET OUT MORE.

More thoughts on 'Complexity', the Moses-Aaron relationship, Moses being a jerk, the purity of science, and how listening more to betas might have helped: )

Paean of praise to betas: "Complexity" did not have a Judaism beta (for fairly obvious reasons, but in hindsight, I should have gotten one). [profile] elements_ao3 whacked the word choice like anything. [personal profile] mithrigil deserves major points for pointing out, "To be completely frank, this is more like 'if Schoenberg wrote bible fanfic instead of an opera and put all his kinks in it' than fanfic for the opera itself," and so have I summarized it. And, as I sort of said above, if I'd considered [personal profile] ase's critique more carefully, I might have made my point of view more understandable. To the extent that it is understandable, I totally have ase to thank for pushing me to that level.

There, I should probably have written an essay instead of fics and have been done with it :)
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This Yuletide I wrote three full-length fics and one Madness fic! Two were for my assigned recipient, [personal profile] seekingferret: Moses und Aron/Tanakh fics. Moses und Aron is an opera by Schoenberg that I mention a bit more about here. The assignment was complicated because I had these ideas for writing about women and community and music, and then I randomly went and wrote this complete crack AU (Interactive Complexity as Indigenous to Human Systems) and then I went back and poured everything I had into what I was calling the "serious" fic (For in the Wilderness Shall Waters Break Forth). Anyway, with one exception, I'm quite pleased by how both of them turned out, particularly "Waters," which is about Miriam, Elisheva, and Zipporah despite the fact that none of those characters appears in the opera. (Although if I had to do it again I might change it back to one chapter instead of two, which I think would make it a little more accessible.)

Both, I think, are readable if you don't know the opera and only know the Biblical story. "Waters" I think it would probably help to know the Biblical story. For "Complexity," you don't need to know either the opera or the Bible story, really, although you'll miss some of the bad puns if you don't know the Bible story. ...This may be a good thing?

Read more... )

For these two fics, I relied heavily on my awesome betas. My several awesome betas, who poured time and energy into this while juggling work-school-family-holidays-ficwriting-AGH. [personal profile] elementals_ao3 beta-picked my word choices with her lovely podfic-honed skills. Two of my betas were complete strangers who nevertheless graciously agreed to help out: [personal profile] kass checked my assumptions/assertions about Judaism in "Waters," and [personal profile] mithrigil did a wonderful opera/music/actually-knowing-seekingferret beta. And then there was [personal profile] ase, who was familiar with neither the Bible story nor the opera, but who gamely read a number of random links and wikipedia articles so that she could critique the structure and fix the key paragraph of both fics (all of this over several drafts), and there was this one hilarious moment when I was all "I don't think so, that's an uncanonical idea," and then thirty minutes later had to email her back with a "Umm... why is it that you understand canon better than I do??" THANK YOU SO MUCH, YOU GUYS.

I also wrote a Greek Mythology treat: Thirteen Views of a Labyrinth. [personal profile] amo wrote this prompt pointing out that Ariadne and Icarus might well have known each other, and the idea got stuck in my head and would not go away. So. Beta credits and much thanks for this one go to [personal profile] elementals for lovely wordsmithing, [personal profile] ricardienne for being my Classics beta, pointing me to Ovid and Catullus (which I drew details from and then summarily ignored), and patiently and awesomely answering all my totally random questions about anachronisms ("Did they have red dye back then? What about embroidery?"), and [personal profile] ase for multiple draft structure-fixing and generally being entirely awesome at not letting me get away with anything :)

And I wrote a little Madness treat, For She Desires Questioning More Than Sacrifices, for [personal profile] yasaman on the song Abraham's Daughter, because yasaman asked for a story in which the song is the founding mythos of the Abrahamic religions, and that sounded really cool. I really wanted to expand on it, and if I'd had three more months and no music drama, I might have (it would have taken quite a bit more thought and research, and would have been super fun), but as it was, the fic also surprised me by turning out to be a fix-it fic for William Tyndale, because I think he was cool and he deserved better than being executed asking the Lord to open Henry VIII's eyes. Uh, apparently that is how I roll.
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...and I still haven't gotten through everything I want to read, and probably won't be able to post again until reveal, so, um, I apologize to anyone whose totally awesome fic I haven't read yet?

This one's the "more popular" rec post -- all of these, I think, have been recced at least once somewhere or another (or are popular without my having seen a rec), but I loved them too, and hey, maybe not all of you follow all the rec posts obsessively, so.

Recs in Beauty and the Beast, Dune, Earthsea, GashleyCrumb Tinies - Edward Gorey, Lizzie Bennet Diaries, Prydain, Scarlet Pimpernel/Narnia )
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I think this year there has been some amazing stuff written for Yuletide.

First, my gift:

This blind and horrible persuasion (1286 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Turandot - Puccini

This is just SO what I wanted when I asked for Turandot fic. Making actual sense of the opera plot by giving it a wholly believable, wonderful politics backstory, I didn't even think to ask for that and it is the most awesome thing ever! Turandot-Liu as deeply sympathetic and deeply flawed BFFs with their own agendas and personalities, not just there for and about the men and Romantic Love, oh, this was everything I asked for! I am going to think of this fic and do a happy dance every time I hear Tanto amore segreto -- this is my new headcanon. And Timur! The fic gave me Liu-Timur! It even has a reference to the three ministers' song! YAY! Thank you, mystery author!!

Other recs in Abraham's Daughter, Code Name Verity, Exeter Book, Henry V, Le Comte de Monte-Cristo, Magids Series (Diana Wynne Jones), Norse Mythology, Northwest Smith (C.L. Moore), Queen of Atlantis, Slings and Arrows, Smith of Wootton Major, Tattooed Potato and Other Clues, Till We Have Faces )
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Dear self,

I don't care how excited you are about yuletide letters about [fandoms redacted until post-yuletide], you are not allowed to write yuletide [fandom] fic treats, even if they are about your two favorite characters, until a) you finish [consuming one of the fandoms in question], and b) you work through or at least agree to give up on the THREE PLOT BUNNIES you are performing vast quantities of research on for yuletide, EVEN THOUGH SIGNUPS JUST OPENED, and c) your ACTUAL YULETIDE FIC, which may or may not be one of the three plot bunnies, is outlined and mostly written. Yes, even if that means the treats you're itching to write don't get written. Also remember this December is likely to be a great deal more crazy than last December in real life.

Dear self, in case you didn't know, you are obsessive.

Thanks,
me.

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