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melannen ([personal profile] melannen) wrote2016-12-28 01:25 pm
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Hi everyone! I am still mostly avoiding the internet, and I am given to understand this is a good choice because 2016 is still 2016-ing. Avoiding the internet while snowed in a small town in northern Iceland is a pretty good way to do it, though. I am currently listening to the gale howl outside while my sister makes Iceland-style Chocolate Soup; in a couple hours we plan to walk down the street to the outdoor geothermal hotpots, and maybe walk to the beach and see what the whitecaps on the fjord have washed up. So, overall, could be worse off.

Between the lamb and the fish and the reindeer pate and cheeses and skyr and jólaöl and all the butter-based seasonal pastries I think Iceland is going to earn me back all the winter energy stores I used up when I was sick.

I am enjoying yt this year though! Also a good companion when you are in the Arctic and all the roads out of town are closed. I finally got an Ashers fic! (Right when I have been reading all the Ben January, too. Discussion exercise: compare and contrast narrative roles of Hannibal and Don Simon in literary and political context. Bonus points for using them as a gateway to analysis of constructs of race in historical vs. fantasy fiction in the late 20th century.)

(alternatively write me fic where Hannibal meets a vampire in Paris at just the wrong point.)

Anyway here is my gift:

A Visit From a Friend (1022 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: James Asher Vampire Series - Barbara Hambly
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: James Asher/Lydia Asher/Simon Ysidro
Characters: Lydia Asher, Miranda Asher, James Asher, Simon Ysidro
Additional Tags: Surprises, Presents, Post-Book(s), Fluff, Oxford
Summary:

Ysidro visits the Ashers the only way he knows how.



I did manage to post mine before leaving the country, even if as usual it's not as polished as I'd like! Also it's probably blatantly obvious this year which one I wrote.

...hopefully the roads south will be open again by the time we need to get to the airport...

eta: dear Europe: your exclusive pokemon is horrifying who decided a part clown part gecko part bat was a good idea
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[personal profile] alatefeline 2016-12-28 05:14 pm (UTC)(link)
That sounds like a beautiful experience. I got a great sense of the howling chill outside and the cozy warmth inside just from reading your brief description.