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melannen ([personal profile] melannen) wrote2013-10-09 01:27 am
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Today I found myself thinking "Man, this is getting annoying - coughing and sneezing more than usual, stuffy nose turning into post-nasal drip that's giving me a sore throat, and ears that don't *quite* hurt but feel like they're about to, plus I've been feeling like butter-over-too-much bread, like I need to get more sleep except I can't when I try, and my appetite is gone and my digestion's feeling picky - I hope I don't get sick."

And then I stopped and thought about that list of symptoms and went, wait, what more would I have to *get* to qualify as "sick"? Basically the only symptom left is a fever, and I almost never get fevers.

(The things is, it's all just right at the level where as long as I keep busy, I don't consciously notice it - but if I stop moving for a few minutes, I realize I'm miserable. And really it's all only maybe one tick above my usual level of "damn you physical body" anyway. So I'm actually maybe even getting more done than usual, because I don't want to stop moving long enough to notice that I feel bad. So I'm not *really* sick. Right? Right.)

...of course reading kaiju drift hangover fic whenever I can't sleep probably isn't helping the weird oogy feeling. :P

ANYWAY on to important things. Like Yuletide.

The extra two request slots are screwing me up! I have, I think, five requests I know I'm asking for (the four things I nominated: paleontology RPF, Bran/Tru, Arm Joe, Lovelace and Babbage + Lucky Starr) but that leaves one slot open, and I have to *decide*! Augh.

Here's my current list of possibles for request six:

Mairelon the Magician - Patricia Wrede,
Perilous Gard - Elizabeth Marie Pope
The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett,
The Sherwood Ring - Elizabeth Marie Pope,
Star Trek: Rihannsu - Diane Duane,
Tattooed Potato and Other Clues - Ellen Raskin,
Those Who Hunt the Night - Barbara Hambly,
Young Wizards - Diane Duane,
Literary Trysts It Gives Me Great Joy To Think About RPF,
Otzi the Iceman RPF,
Time Team RPF,
Casablanca (1942),
Citizen Kane (1941),
The Lone Gunmen (TV),
Mathnet,
Rosemary and Thyme,
The Thick of It (TV)

This is your chance to talk me into one of them. :P

And, just for fun, my extremely preliminary offers list:
Eroica Yori Ai o Komete | From Eroica with Love, レ・ミゼラブル 少女コゼット | Les Misérables: Shōjo Cosette, Alan Mendelsohn the Boy from Mars - Daniel Pinkwater, Black Ships - Jo Graham, The Cat in the Hat - Dr. Seuss, Catherine Called Birdy - Karen Cushman, Cats of Grand Central - Diane Duane, Chronicles of Amber - Roger Zelazny, Chronicles of Prydain - Lloyd Alexander, The Dead Isle - Sam Starbuck, Discworld - Terry Pratchett, The Dresden Files - Jim Butcher, The Ear The Eye And The Arm - Nancy Farmer, Effluent Engine - N. K. Jemisin, Enchanted Forest Chronicles - Patricia Wrede, Farmer Giles of Ham - J.R.R. Tolkien, Frontier Wolf - Rosemary Sutcliff, Gil's All Fright Diner - A. Lee Martinez, Goblin Market - Christina Rossetti, Green Sky Trilogy - Zilpha Keatley Snyder, Hainish Cycle - Ursula K. Le Guin, Hand of Isis - Jo Graham, Have Space Suit—Will Travel - Robert A. Heinlein, Humanx Commonwealth - Alan Dean Foster, Illuminatus! Trilogy - Robert Shea & Robert Anton Wilson, The Instrumentality of Mankind - Cordwainer Smith, John the Balladeer - Manly Wade Wellman, The Left Hand of Darkness - Ursula K. Le Guin, Little Fuzzy Series - H. Beam Piper, Lord Peter Wimsey - Dorothy L. Sayers, Lucky Starr - Isaac Asimov, Mabinogion (Myth), Mairelon the Magician - Patricia Wrede, Matilda - Roald Dahl, Nation - Terry Pratchett, Perilous Gard - Elizabeth Marie Pope, Redshirts - John Scalzi, Rod Allbright Alien Adventures - Bruce Coville, Ronja Rövardotter | Ronia the Robber's Daughter - Astrid Lindgren, The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Sherwood Ring - Elizabeth Marie Pope, The Silver Branch - Rosemary Sutcliff, Snarkout Boys - Daniel Pinkwater, Star Trek: Fortunes of War - Diane Carey, Star Trek: Rihannsu - Diane Duane, A Study in Emerald - Neil Gaiman, Sword at Sunset - Rosemary Sutcliff, Tattooed Potato and Other Clues - Ellen Raskin, Those Who Hunt the Night - Barbara Hambly, Three Hearings on the Existence of Snakes in the Human Bloodstream - James Alan Gardner, True Meaning of Smekday - Adam Rex, The Witch's Brat - Rosemary Sutcliff, Young Wizards - Diane Duane, Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage, Oglaf, Hark! A Vagrant, Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant, Calvin & Hobbes, Phonogram, Nextwave (Comic), Desert Peach, Cryptozoology RPF, Literary Trysts It Gives Me Great Joy To Think About RPF, Otzi the Iceman RPF, Poetry RPF, Time Team RPF, Casablanca (1942), Citizen Kane (1941), The Eagle | The Eagle of the Ninth (2011), It's a Wonderful Life (1946), John Carter (2012), The Librarian (Movies), Faerie Queen - Heather Alexander (song), Lawyers Guns and Money - Warren Zevon (Song), Piano Man - Billy Joel (Song), Tam Lin (Traditional Ballad), Alien Life (Anthropomorfic), ALMA-TADEMA Lawrence - Works, The Bugle (podcast), The Calling of St. Matthew - Caravaggio, Dinosaurs (Anthropomorfic), Ghost Soup Infidel Blue, The Influence of Immanuel Kant on Evidentiary Approaches in 18th Century Bulgaria (Journal Article), Les Misérables (radio play 1937), The Pierley/Redford Dissociate Affect Diagnostic, Solar System (Anthropomorfic), Space Vehicles, The Witch's Son - auroaronkitten, WTF Evolution (Tumblr), All's Well That Ends Well - Shakespeare, As You Like It - Shakespeare, A Little Night Music - Sondheim/Wheeler, Much Ado About Nothing - Shakespeare, Romeo And Juliet - Shakespeare, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead - Stoppard, Sonnets - Shakespeare, The Tempest - Shakespeare, Boston Legal, Doctor Who: The Curse of Fatal Death, Hogan's Heroes, The Lone Gunmen (TV), Mathnet, Rosemary and Thyme, Sarah Jane Adventures, Sesame Street (TV), The Thick of It (TV), Arm Joe, Cookie Clicker, A Dark Room (Doublespeak Games), Minesweeper

(Note: my offers list is generated according to a set of rules, more-or-less as follows:
1. I can acquire canon relatively easily, and
2. review it relatively quickly;
3. it doesn't have an active fandom of any kind I'd feel like I had to familiarize myself with;
4. either I know the fandom and have been wanting to write fic for it already, or
5. it's been on my to-read/to watch list for too long, or
6. just seeing the fandom name on the list made me long to write for it;
7. I can't imagine any prompts for it that I would actively not want to work with;
8. if it will probably result in a match with someone I know, I've read their YT letters and know I can write what they want; and
9. I have not yet written or received it for yuletide.
Which is why some fandoms you might expect aren't on there and some you might not expect are.
I basically just let Yuletide pick my November/December fandom for me at random. It's the best part of the season!)
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[personal profile] sholio 2013-10-09 06:39 am (UTC)(link)
As the person who, with a certain amount of embarrassment, nominated Otzi the Iceman RPF, I am ridiculously excited that someone other than me might be interested! \o/
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[personal profile] marginaliana 2013-10-09 12:22 pm (UTC)(link)
Mairelon the Magician - Patricia Wrede

Voting for thisssss!
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[personal profile] marginaliana 2013-10-09 11:56 pm (UTC)(link)
I would be 125% in favor of this, OMG.
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[personal profile] sineala 2013-10-09 06:26 pm (UTC)(link)
Rihannsu!

You know you want to celebrate The Year They Finally Let Us Have Rihannsu In Yuletide by asking for it.
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[personal profile] sineala 2013-10-09 09:24 pm (UTC)(link)
Ah, okay. At this point I'm just so thrilled to have the chance at Rihannsu fic that my desires are basically A STORY WITH RIHANNSU IN IT.

What would you be looking for, out of curiosity?
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[personal profile] sineala 2013-10-10 02:49 am (UTC)(link)
Are you kidding, that sounds like THE BEST STORY. THE BEST. I see how it might be difficult to ask for, though.

(You would think Ffairl and Arrhae having human children would give the game away, though...)

Ha, I mentioned Frontier Rihannsu. You might match me! *cackles, rubs hands together gleefully*
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[personal profile] catpella 2013-10-11 11:07 am (UTC)(link)
That sounds so fantastic.
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[personal profile] catpella 2013-10-11 11:06 am (UTC)(link)
Seconding this!
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[personal profile] isis 2013-10-09 07:51 pm (UTC)(link)
Perilous Gard!
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[personal profile] beatrice_otter 2013-10-10 12:42 am (UTC)(link)
Heh. I hear you on the being sick thing. I have really bad sinuses, and so for me, being sick is pretty much always accompanied by sinus trouble. So, last winter, I had a day where I was kind of achy, and my stomach and intestines hurt, and I'd feel hot and then feel cold, and I was finding it hard to concentrate, and (the list goes on), but I did not have sinus problems. I didn't realize until later that I was sick, because my sinuses were fine!

Re: requests. I love Casablanca, and there has been some exceptionally fine Casablanca fic written for Yuletide over the years. But oddly enough, that would (for me) argue against requesting Casablanca. First, because it's a movie everybody knows, so therefore even someone who doesn't match on it will probably know it (or be able to get ahold of it easily) and may choose to write it as easier than one of your other choices even if that other choice is what you matched on. (I have felt similar temptations in the past, where I was stretching myself in the offers but wasn't sure if I had stretched myself too far when I got my assignment.) Second, the high quality of Yuletide stories in the past would be a hindrance to me. Is this new story going to be just rehashing what they have already done so well, or is it going to be covering new ground? I guess it depends on what characters you select and what optional details.

I think the most critical thing you have to consider before requesting any fandom for your sixth slot is, "If I get a fic in this fandom, will I be disappointed that it wasn't in one of the other fandoms I requested?"
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[personal profile] beatrice_otter 2013-10-10 04:09 am (UTC)(link)
Wait, what scene was that? Clearly, my slash goggles have failed me.
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[personal profile] fenellaevangela 2013-10-11 01:10 am (UTC)(link)
Otzi the Iceman RPF! I'd like to see someone write fic for it, anyway.