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November 5th, 2012 04:20 pm - Dear Yuletide Letter (finally)
Hello yuletide people! Sorry this is a bit late - life happened (specifically an election on top of a post-tropical cyclone) so I haven't had much time to sit and think about fandom lately. Hopefully, if you got my request, you've looked back in this tag, and my journal, and have a pretty good idea of what writing for me will involve, but I thought I ought to put up a proper letter anyway!

First, the general stuff: I am not a picky person, I like all kinds of fanfic and all kinds of pairings and moresomes and genres and kinks and experimental narrative styles and all kinds of stories. If it's not something I specifically mentioned as not wanting, I will probably love it! I love crossovers - even if I don't know all the fandoms - so if you're inspired along those lines, go wild - and I enjoy strange AUs, especially for small fandoms, so that would be fine too! The old list of narrative kinks still applies, and while I will probably be throwing out a bunch of ideas and prompts in the rest of this letter, don't feel obligated to use any of them; any story will be great.

As is also traditional, I will probably be away from the internet a lot in the week after reveals; I will try to feedback as soon as I can, but if my initial response is late or overly terse, it's not about your story, it's about my limited connection time, I promise.

Onto specific fandoms! I decided to go for four different media this time: video game, movie, song, book. But don't worry - they're all fairly easy to pick up and none of them have a lot of canon, so if our matched fandom is puzzling you, you're welcome to try one of the others.

Commander Keen )

Snarkout Boys )

Citizen Kane )

Jonathan Coulton - I'm Your Moon )

Essentially: I am not picky when it comes to yuletide stories.

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October 29th, 2012 01:07 pm - yuletide
I just put in my yuletide sign-up just in case my access to power goes patchy! Writer, I don't have a letter written yet; I hope to have one up by the time assignments go out, but if not, it is due to circumstances beyond my control. Looking back through the yuletide tag should give you a pretty good idea of what writing for me is like, though!

copy of my signup if anyone is curious: Commander Keen, Citizen Kane, I'm Your Moon, Snarkout Boys )

And I ended up with 108 offers. :D

I also went through and figured out how I'm voting, so if anybody wants my opinions on any of the items on the Anne Arundel County MD ballot, you have until I lose power to ask.

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October 16th, 2012 04:17 pm - There are small fandoms and smaller fandoms, and then there are *those* fandoms.
Note to self: when you find yourself thinking "Oh hey, there's a Yuletide fandom called 'Hard Core Lego'? How didn't I know about that before?" it is probably time to go to bed. :P

There is not actually a yuletide fandom called Hard Core Lego, and there aren't even any relevant google results on the phrase! Internet, why not?

Presumably it's a faux-documentary about a group of women who were really big on the battlebots circuit in high school and college, famous for always using Lego pieces in their robots (and for making extremely vicious robots. And for being girls.) Since college they've grown apart, but Josie Box, their former leader, gets the group back together for tour to promote science education after hearing about how their old advisor is going to be fired because the Harper government is cutting school science programs across the country.

While they travel, stopping by an arena or hackerspace in every city, the group slowly falls apart. They visit their old school and discover that their old advisor isn't being fired because the robotics program was dismantled years ago and she's been working as a reading tutor for the past five years. Jane loses her anti-anxiety meds and won't come out of the van for three days. They stay up late having retro LAN parties and drinking caffeine until they experience hallucinations. Their old advisor admonishes Josie for cynically using the cuts to get the group back together instead of taking advantage of her resources to work for real change. Billie Talent is told that she has a high-paying job offer from Facebook and plans to quit the tour early. Josie finds out and later sets her newest robotic creation against Billie's sentimental favorite from the old days, destroying it beyond repair, and the group splits up for good. In the final scene Josie drinks with the documentary crew members and then steps on a Lego. Barefoot.

...I would watch that. (Casting suggestions?)

(Note that I haven't watched the one with Callum Keith Rennie. I just lack sufficient interest in depressing movies where nobody is very likeable and queer-ish people end tragically. I haven't seen many Canadian films at all, actually, for some reason.)


I'm working on my yuletide signup. I posted to [personal profile] thefourthvine's post with my signup strategy, and using basically that method I have it down to a mostly-final list of just under a hundred things that I would be delighted to write. (less than a hundred this year! I must be getting out of step with fandom.)

Have only vague ideas what I'm going to request. I may wait and see which fandoms don't have any, late in the process, to fill out my four. (Someone who wasn't me nominated Time Team RPF! \o/)

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December 5th, 2011 07:00 pm - This entry is not about yuletide.
I want to post but I am all full of yuletide! And I can't talk about yuletide! yar.

So instead you will have to make do with a post that acknowledges the existence of Christmas. Sorry.

***

Next, here is my Christmas wishlist, mostly for RL people who sometimes read this journal:ten things )

****

Meanwhile, there was a list of things I promised myself I could do if I won NaNo this year (which I did! sort of! after ten years of trying!), and since the Scrivener winners' discount still isn't up, I'm going to have to settle for another one:

I would like for Dreamwidth to have a community called [personal profile] showandtell which is exactly what it sounds like: a place where people can make entries to show off that really interesting thing they own! And talk about it! And have people ooh and ah about it! Because I don't know about you, but there is a lot of interesting old junk crammed in this house that I would love to have some justification for continuing to hold on to. :P I'm visualizing that we could assign people weeks to post but have it also open to anyone who wants to post, kind of the way [community profile] poetry works.

So would anybody else be interesting in taking part in a community like that? I don't want to make it if I'm the only one...

The following is the sort of thing I would visualize as belonging there, plus if I started a comm I wouldn't have to post this sort of thing here :P

Meet my Angstbunny! )

***

There's a yuletide write-in at a Teaism in downtown DC this Friday which I am very seriously considering, because I haven't been to a local fannish meetup in ages ([personal profile] synecdochic has been very carefully cancelling every one of hers that I might be able to get to :P) and if I went I could, I dunno, TALK ABOUT MY YULETIDE. Also it's quite near the National Geographic Museum and I do kind of want to go to the Staffordshire Hoard exhibit while it's there, so I could go in earlier and do that before tea... and I could even drop by the local Occupy encampment, which is also within a couple of blocks. Anybody else thinking of doing any of those things?

***

And finally, here are some Yuletide-ish icon bases that I made for sharing last year and never posted, some of them from a very old greeting card and some of them from Alan Mendelsohn, The Boy From Mars book covers, and also one of the giant chicken of Hoboken (you can probably figure out which are which):

Alan and Leonard relaxing on a subarban lawn Alan relaxing with a flying saucer parked behind him Alan and Leonard in odd outfits and worshipful postures The Great City of Lenny in Waka-Waka close-up of Alan's face close-up of Leonard's face

the word yuletide in fancy calligraphy over a painting of a creek in a wintery forest yuletide in fancy calligraphy over the tops of fir trees against a pink sky yuletide in fancy calligraphy over a wintery creek with trees reflected in it yuletide in fancy calligraphy over a hand-painted light blue gradient yuletide in fancy calligraphy against a plain manila background a giant chicken menacing the skyline of Hoboken, New Jersey

Current Music:: Johnny Hollow - Worse Things

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November 21st, 2011 03:16 pm - Yuletide Letter 2011
Hi yuletide person! And anyone else who is nosing around.

Sorry if this letter turns out to be a bit late - sign-ups caught me a bit unexpectedly this year.

If you followed the link in your assignment, it should have taken you to my fandom:yuletide tag, which has author letters going back years and years, which is convenient, because vast swaths of this letter are cribbed from previous ones. Nearly everything in my journal is unlocked - feel free to poke around.

First things first: I am not picky at all. I'll read and enjoy pretty much anything, as long as you punctuate your dialogue correctly and double-space between paragraphs, and I only pick yuletide fandoms where I'd be delighted with anything at all in the fandom, so if you don't want any more information, you are encouraged to stop reading now. If you write something you enjoy writing about characters you love, I know I'll enjoy reading it, too.

If you want more advice: I have a list of 101 Near-Bulletproof Narrative Kinks which you are more than welcome to mine for ideas. I am also a sucker for crossovers of all kinds, and no, I don't particularly care if I know the other fandom(s) (though of course that helps.) I've also been rather mooning over AUs of all kinds lately - not sure what that's about, but there it is - so if you have an AU idea, no matter how far out, go for it! Of course if you want to write something perfectly canon-based and sedate that will also make me happy. Slash/het/other/romance/gen; explicit, non-explicit, kinky, vanilla, cracky, realistic, humor, character death: it's all good.

I am also hereby volunteering [personal profile] stellar_dust as my go-between again, if you have questions and don't want to go through the mods.

Here's some more about the fandoms I requested:

Miss Madelyn Mack, Detective: I'd love a Madelyn/Nora story. Or a Madelyn, World Traveller adventure. Or a Madelyn & Nora casefile. Or something with Madelyn and Nora and Thorny, which is fascinatingly complicated. Or anything with Ariel and Jacqueline - femmeslash, backstory, character vignette, suspenseful shenanigans... or a Sherlock Holmes crossover, or a crossover with anything else, or something during the Great War, or something steampunky, or any AU, or, well, anything really.

Meet Miss Madelyn Mack )

The Adventures of Lucky Starr by Isaac Asimov writing as Paul French - I would like Conway/Henree fic, please! It doesn't have to be romantic/sexual (although it would be nifty if it was) but I mostly just want a story about Lucky's two dads and their relationship. Them as working fathers, or their POV while Lucky was with the Sirians in the last book, or Bigman's POV on their relationship, or Conway/Henree/Science, or just a romance vignette, or something about how relationships actually work in that society, or something when they were young with David and Barbara, or anything with them really!

Meet Hector Conway and Augustus Henree )

QI RPF - I would like something with Stephen and Sandi being adorable and clever together. Or something where you take a one-off fic-bait comment from one of the episodes and take it seriously. Or an AU that brings everybody into a different setting. Or best of all, I'd like an AU based on that conversation from the Girls and Boys episode where Stephen and Sandi are in a marriage-of-convenience, but honestly, anything would be great.

This is Quite Interesting, tell me more )

19th Century Civic Allegory - This cries out for kinky f/f featuring Justice with her blindfold and sword and Liberty with her shield and shackles. But something fluffy with those two would work, too. Or something with History, who claims to be straight but is bent for Justice. Or Progress, with her spinning ball, who has all the best toys. Or any of this bunch. Something where you bring in political or historical events on Earth would be cool, but so would something that just plays with the personalities and/or femmeslash possibilities.

Okay, let me tell you about this fandom )

ETA: Oh, and I should mention that I am very probably going to be AFK around the time the archive opens and/or reveals happen - I will make sure to get on at some point between Christmas and Epiphany, but I might not be on right away! So please don't worry if it's a few days before you hear from me as your recipient.

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November 13th, 2011 01:23 pm - Subscribers, I am on your mercy.
Nobody has yet conveniently nominated any of the fandoms I was thinking of for Yuletide. Which leaves me unable to narrow it down to three! People, it is up to you:

Poll #8536 Yuletide nominations
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 43


For yuletide, I should nominate:

View Answers

Isaac Asimov - Adventures of Lucky Starr (Bigman, Wess, Conway, Henree)
9 (20.9%)

Miss Madelyn Mack, Detective (Madelyn, Nora, Ariel, Jacqueline)
26 (60.5%)

Daniel Pinkwater - All Works (Shep Nesterman, Rat, Borgel, Rolzup, Worldbuilding)
11 (25.6%)

Daniel Pinkwater - Lizard Music (Shep Nesterman, Henrietta, Walter Cronkite, Victor)
4 (9.3%)

19th Century Monumental Civic Allegory (Liberty, Justice, History, Victory)
22 (51.2%)

Nancy Drew RPF (Harriet Stratemeyer Adams, Nancy Axelrod, Mildred Wirt Benson)
4 (9.3%)

HIGNFY RPF (Paul, Ian, a Tub of Lard)
1 (2.3%)

QI RPF (Stephen, Alan, Sandi, Sue)
15 (34.9%)

British QuizComedy RPF (Paul, Ian, Sandi, Stephen)
5 (11.6%)



1. I have requested Lucky Starr repeatedly since year one, and offered it every year, and other people offer/request it too, and yet none of it has ever been written for yuletide.
2. We have to keep Madelyn Mack rolling, don't we? Also: canon is available legally and free.
3. There needs to be Pinkwater fic. It really should be nominated under "Pinkwater - Works" because it's one semi-cohesive universe, but everyone previous years has requested individual books/subseries, so I'm not sure how nominating the umbrella fandom would go down, or how that would work with matichng. And Lizard Music is available free-legal-on-the-net as an audiobook read by the author.
4. LIBERTY/JUSTICE BONDAGE FEMMESLASH PORN. Or the fandom I think of as "lots of smart, sexy, women with swords." If I requested this, somebody would probably write it. But on the other hand it might act as a nuclear option like the year I requested DW/LJ and kill my chances of getting anything else. Also I'd probably need to finally get around to writing that fandom overview/guide for Victorian civic allegory.
5. Harriet Adams/Nancy Axelrod: I really really want this. I doubt anyone else in the world does, though. And even if they do, they probably don't feel qualified to write it, either.
6. There needs to be more panel comedy RPF - they put like six slash prompts in an average episode of one of those, c'mon - but I don't like having to split it up by show because it's the same people on all the shows (even though I think somebody's already nominated WILTY) and British Comedy in general might be too big to qualify for Yuletide, but I don't think a "panel show" sub-fandom is really established (even though there is a LJ community for it), so I don't really know how to nominate here.

***

Brief, belated yard sailing update:

yesterday, HOPE sale: five crochet hooks, $.50; hand-woven, hand-embroidered pouch for costuming: $.50

last week: Knights of Columbus sale: 2 hardbound notebooks @$1, one spiral-bound sketchbook @$1, 3 pamphlet cookbooks (Sunmaid Raisins, 1921; Outdoor Cooking with Reynolds Wrap, early '50s; Chiquita Banana, 1956) @$1, "On the Seas: A Book for Boys" (c. 1870s), $1. At the high school sale: two 1950s Hardy Boys hardcovers w/ good condition dust jackets, @$.50 (she was asking only a nickel each but after overpaying for all the other books I refused to underpay by that much for the actual collectible ones.)

There will be a brief, small flurry of pre-holiday bazaars, and then the season will end for another year; I'll probably to a wrap-up in January and then you won't have to put up with these posts anymore.

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January 13th, 2011 04:33 pm - Nine things make a post?
Between getting things done in RL while listening to Dresden Files, and finally making those two recs posts, I am in that place where I've done too many of the things that had been sitting for ages on the top of on my procrastination list, and now I am at the loose ends of maybe having to do the really scary important stuff. So, instead, here is a very scattered post of things-I-have-not-been-posting-about in the form of a list:

1. I still need to write more of [personal profile] fenellaevangela's yuletide fic. Because she deserves better than she got. ): I know exactly what to write, I even bought myself the offline version of write-or-die with Christmas money, I just need to make myself sit and *do* it.

2. I also need to post at least another couple of pages of How The Master Stole Christmas, but I appear to have lost my copy of the original in the post-holiday cleaning, so I get to defer that until I find it again. :P

Instead, I drew an illustration for [personal profile] philomytha's Vorkosigan fic The Earring, featuring Lord Regent Aral Vorkosigan going slightly native on his first visit to Beta Colony. (Going slightly native in this case = wearing nothing but sandals, a tiny clingy sarong, earrings and body glitter.)

image under cut )

Want Dresden Files/Vorkosigan crossover fic now

3. Way back before the holiday, I posted my second entry in the Ace Manifestos Project on [community profile] asexual_fandom: Charlie Weasley, the closest we will get to canon, and I don't think I ever linked it here, so here it is.

The ace manifestos project is still chugging along! And still taking sign-ups; we just had people claim John Sheppard and Castiel (finally!) but there's plenty more to go. I am debating what I want to claim for a third one, but all my first ideas would be hard, and I want to keep doing something I can just chuck out a few paragraphs of meta and some links on. The rest of you should sign up though, if you haven't yet!

4. I've seen that audio/dialect voice meme going around, so I thought I'd link to this: North American Dialects Survey, a study being currently run out of Yale that's looking for voice samples from people all over North America. It's just about as simple as the meme version, only For Science! And then you can do the meme one and share with your reading list. :P

5. I'm still behind on catching up with various fandoms I'm in that have current canon (the BBC RPS ones in particular. Ten o'clock live starts next week!!) I just started catching back up with lolitics, and OMG, the role-players have been on a roll since Christmas!Cut for British Politics RPF stuff )

Also I want a Dresden Files crossover where Mandelson, Bercow, Cable, and BONE are all on the White Council together

6. RE: posting to the lolitics comm on lj: apparently I have been over on DW long enough that I have officially forgotten how to do lj tags. I had to actually look up how to do an lj user tag after failing on my first four tries.

7. CENTRAL MARYLAND IS GETTING CHEATED OUT OF SNOW. Like, three times so far this year, they've predicted a major storm in our area, and then gone "well, actually, it looks like the heavy stuff will be to the north, south, east, and west of us." !!! Not fair.

...on the upside, though, they are starting to talk about the Chesapeake Bay freezing over, and if that happens, I am okay with lack of snow.

(I know, I realize that severe winter weather can be very difficult and even disastrous for a lot of people - especially a major bay freeze, which can paralyze the ports, lead to shortages on the islands and Delmarva, and damage infrastructure - but it's also part of the climate and the culture here, and something we need. The Bay regularly froze over every 10-50 years, and it's something of a needed 'reset' button for the ecology. And, given climate change, I never expected it to happen in my lifetime - this may be the last time this interglacial that it does.)

8. Still listening to Dresden Files! Still enjoying in that trashy genre fiction sort of way! (The audiobooks also let me drag it out, since there is no more pairing!fic left for me to read, sigh.) Apparently, listening to Dresden Files right before sleep makes me have dreams about Pennsic War, and no, idk either, but it's consistent so far.

(Although, the night I put up [personal profile] stellar_dust's recs post, instead of Dresden Files I read two new Merlin AUs I'd missed before. One of them was about Medieval LARPing, which you'd think would trigger SCA dreams if anything did, huh? But instead I dreamed about the one with Sedoretu instead, which is okay, because I will take dreams about Le Guin poly marriages anytime.)

9. Here are some longer posts that I want to do soon, if I ever manage to find my round tuit. )

...okay, I suppose now I need to go work some more on the actual scary stuff, mutter.

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December 28th, 2010 02:25 pm
I am back from my annual Winter Holiday away-from-internets-ness! I have not even started catching up on the DW posts I have missed, or the hundreds and hundreds of Yuletide recs, but I *did* get to my stories.

And as seems to be a trend, I have an embarrassment of riches again this year: three stories!

My assigned story is The End of the Enlightenment, based on A Night in the Lonesome October, and Awesome Author took up the challenge of writing about a Game other than the one in the book, and it is amazing! Alas, I am not knowledgeable enough about the place & time that author chose to recognize the characters immediately, but that is okay, because not really knowing just makes it creepier, plus! That means there is research to be done! Which is always a good thing!

I also got The Story of Elihu Yale, which fleshes out John Hodgman's account of the founding of Yale University, featuring Elihu Yale and his wise prostitute, and it is adorable!

And finally, there is Two Out of Three Ain't Bad, which is Myssmo/Law and Srafen/Hedgyt and comes in chapters, OMG. Author took up the challenge of writing queer lamnviin! And in a way that fills me with joy!

...also, while all the above stories are amazing on their own, two of the authors left notes to the effect that they plan to write more, which a) means more story for me someday YAY! and b) makes me feel slightly better about the fact that I did the same thing to my yuletide recipient. :/ Dear recipient: You seemed to like the story, and I hope you could not tell that I only wrote 1/4 of what I intended (and instead just assumed I'm not a very good writer) but I *do* still intend to write you the other 3/4. Hopefully by the time the archive opens again. Maybe?

Meanwhile, apropos of you-really-don't-want-to-know, here is a song I have written:
I want a Necronomicon for Solstice (only a Necronomicon will do.) )

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November 21st, 2010 10:32 pm
Finished my yuletide letter! Hodgman, Zelazny, Madelyn Mack and Bucketeers. It is, as usual, way too long and elaborate, and I apparently got it in just under the wire before assignments went out, yay!

...since I made the yuletide letter into this huge scary over-elaborate obligation to procrastinate on this year, that means the story itself will come easy, right? Right? :D :D


Now all I need to do urgently, writing-wise, is finish my officially overdue Ace Manifesto for X-Files. Look, [community profile] asexual_fandom people! I have bitten the bullet for you, and bravely demonstrated what happens if you sign up and miss your deadline! It is not scary at all! You should therefore totally go sign up if you haven't yet! There are lots of things still unclaimed that someone should write!

...okay, and I should also write another section for that anon meme fic. And finish that other anon meme fic. And, oh, right, nano, yes.

ETA: Assignment came in! It is simultaneously awesome and exactly what I deserved. :D Thank you, Spirit of Yuletide!

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November 20th, 2010 01:12 am - Yuletide letter appendices
...shut up, appendices are totally not going overboard.

A Mobile Phone from 1912 )


Years of all Halloween full moons from the start of the Gregorian calendar to the 22nd century. )


...and now I feel like this post belongs as a missing chapter of Areas of My Expertise. A theme, I has one.

And since Bucketeers and Hodgman are feeling left out, here is an mp3 that will do for both: Jonathan Coulton sings Furry Old Lobster

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November 19th, 2010 10:44 pm - Yuletide Letter
Hi yuletide writer person! And whoever else is nosing around!

I am not a scary person to write for. Seriously. Write me a story in one of the fandoms I asked for, and write it with love, or at least sympathy, for the characters and the fandom and the art of story, and I will be over the moon regardless.

I know a lot of people mention things they don't want, in their letters, but the only things I consistently don't want are things nobody does on purpose anyway, so I don't see much point in mentioning them. But if you are worried that you might write something I don't want accidentally - in my opinion, yuletide is about having fun, and about stretching yourself by writing in new fandoms: I don't expect my present to be a 10,000 word epic that involves all my kinks, fixes everything wrong with the fandom, ends injustice in the world, cures HIV and brings world peace. I mean, I would not be upset if you did manage that, but in general, if you feel uncomfortable writing something in one of my prompts, or worried that you're screwing it up? Don't worry about it. Write me something that makes you happy and it will make me happy too.

Also, you can cheat: earlier this year, I posted a list of 101 of my bulletproof narrative kinks. If you include at least one of those in your story, use proper dialogue punctuation, and double-space between paragraphs, then seriously, you can do no wrong.

Some general notes: I love crossovers, and I don't care if I know all the fandoms. If you get struck with a crossover idea, please, write it! (If you don't that is also okay.) And if you get stuck on the matched fandom, please look at the other fandoms I requested, you never know, you might fall in love - and I won't mind if you don't know all the details of canon. My DW is almost entirely unlocked, and feel free to rummage around among the tags and old posts if you feel like stalking me more.

Also, if for some reason you need to know more, [personal profile] stellar_dust is my sister, she groks yuletide, and I am hereby volunteering her as a go-between, explainer of things, and general dogsbody for you. :D

On the other hand, if you don't feel like stalking me more - if this letter is already too long for you (it is, objectively, already too long!) - feel free to ignore it. Everything you actually need to know is in the official request. And if you're somebody I already know - as I suspect you might be, for several of these fandoms - good luck, and cheers. :D

Under the cuts I am reposting my requests, adding short intros and resources on the fandoms I requested, and then going into more detail on ideas for stories (which is one thing I am never short of.) I am going to natter on at length, because OMG, a chance to natter on about my small fandoms and maybe even have an audience!

Compendium of World Knowledge - John Hodgman )

Miss Madelyn Mack Detective - Hugh Cosgro Weir )

Their Majesties' Bucketeers - L. Neil Smith )

A Night in the Lonesome October - Roger Zelazny )

Current Music:: JoCo - Furry Old Lobster
Current Mood:: [mood icon] accomplished

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November 18th, 2010 04:15 pm - Now I am going to actually do something nano-like, I swear.
I am so used to working right up against deadlines (whether self-imposed or not) that it feels really, really weird to finish something, and then not post it immediately. I keep finishing a part, and then going a reloading e-mail automatically for feedback even though I haven't posted anything, fail.

Why yes, I have reached that point in November when I am desperately accomplishing things in order to avoid working on my NaNo! That's basically the two things I love most about NaNo: the month before, when I can give myself permission to do lots of research and pre-writing without feeling like I should be just sitting and writing the damn thing, and the tail end of the month, when the sense of impending doom gives me that feeling of last-ditch freedom and my internal editor comes off on everything else.

(Not my yuletide letter, though. In my defense, I had it 75% written and then lost it all in a browser crash - oh, DW autosave, why are you so useless? - so I'm taking a few days to mourn.)

Also in the shadow of impending doom, I have signed up for TGS Big Bang. Yes, I should have known better, but I got permission to sign up to finish the Doctor Who Crossover of Doomy Doom, which I might actually do! Or at least manage to add 10,000 words to it in two months. (Although, having added up that I already have over 8,000 in one-and-a-half chapters of a projected at least eight, I may decide to just write the prequel - preliminary title "Jez vs. Atmos" - instead.

Here are some lists of other things I want to be writing instead of NaNo or important grownup stuff or my overdue Ace Manifesto:

People who should be paired with Jamie MacCrimmon in the period between "War Games" and Season 6b:
1. Duncan Macleod
2. Lord John Grey (Seriously, why has nobody written this one yet?)
3. Nestene!Rory
4. ??? (If you can find me two more I might even manage a Five Things ^_^)

Vorkosigan Universe Fanfic that Should Be Written:
1. The AU where Cordelia let them try the fast-penta in Shards of Honor, and the whole Barrayaran mess ended up in Mehta and Taylor's laps instead.
2. The story where Aral's first wife's death was faked by Xav's wife, who smuggled her off to Beta, where she became an LPST and ended up mentoring Kareen. (Also, the story where Xav's wife retired to Beta and wound up best friends with Cordelia's mother, much to everybody's horror. Possibly writeable as a Cryoburn follow-up.)
3. The story about how one of those other uterine replicators post-Shards of Honor contained the Emperor's half-brother, and how the Emperor found out, and what happened afterward.
4. The story about the time Miles and Mark and Ivan went to Cetaganda for a diplomatic meeting and "met" (by way of finding him trying to sneak into the Barrayaran embassy) the youngest Cetagandan Prince, who looks a lot like Miles - and his Ba servitor, who looks even more like Miles - and what happened after Mark told Cordelia.
5. The story about what happened the first Emperor's Birthday after Twitter came to Barrayar, and how they talked Miles out of firebombing the headquarters of @eyespycoc (without telling him that it was Mark's idea in the first place.)

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November 15th, 2010 12:03 am - Small fandom things.
Signed up for yuletide yesterday! Wow, that was an hour and a half of hell. I ended up offering a lot fewer fandoms than I was going to, just because waiting two minutes for the autocomplete gets really tedious after about fifty fandoms. (I know I could have tried copy/paste, but considering they weren't really clear on how to do it in the first place - the only way to get the instructions is a video with no transcript, really, yuletide, really? - I didn't want to take the risk of doing that and having it come out wrong and having to start over.)

On the upside, you can now edit your signup without having to start over! So I might add some back if they come up needy. And the if summary page ever starts working again. 6_6 I have to say, it is hard to imagine that the old site could have been more broken than this... Also, this really pointed out that there's something seriously borken about AO3's autocomplete. I mean, not just it being slow, the ways in which it responded to being slow made it clear that the thing is not very smart compared to every other autocomplete I've used, which is probably part of why it's slow. Surely they didn't have to program the thing from scratch?

I suppose I should write my dear yuletide letter already. And update my journal tags, since I linked to the tags instead of a placeholder post in my sign-up. In the meantime, though, I went and tortured the AO3 more by uploading two other recent fest fics I've done:

Title: All We Know
Author: [personal profile] melannen
Prompt: Leonard Neeble walks into a bar and meets ... Jeremy Clarkson!
Fandoms: Top Gear UK, Daniel Pinkwaterverse (Alan Mendelsohn the Boy From Mars)
Word Count: 3200
Content Notes: G, gen with background pairing. Possibly contains spoilers for recent events involving the Stig.
Summary:Apparently being married to the Deputy High Commissioner for Extra-Martian Transport means, like it or not, that Leonard is the go-to guy for all the assorted fugitives, refugees, entrepreneurs, castaways, and very lost tourists that wind up stranded on Earth.

Read at All We Know at intoabar
Read at All We Know at AO3


Title:Within, Enemy (The Breathe Through Me remix)
Author:Melannen
Remix of: Within Enemy by [personal profile] astrogirl
Characters:Ainley!Master, Four, Tremas, with Doctor/Master and Doctor/Tremas heavily implied
Categories: PG-ish, slashy gen, 1100 words
Notes: This story is about the Master, and what he did with Tremas's body, so while there is no sexual content in it, there is, sort of inherently, severe violation of bodily autonomy.
Summary:This is what happened, the time the Master tried to steal himself a body, the time it actually worked.

Read Within Enemy at doctor-and-master with bonus meta
Read Within Enemy at AO3


One thing that crossposting those to communities pointed out to me was that the one thing that makes AO3 home to me, above all, is that AO3 takes everything. AO3 lets you design your own categories, and choose how to use theirs. Every time I post fic somewhere other than AO3, I have to spend precious cycles trying to figure out how to label it.

Ramble about labels and categories and communities )

Ramble about writing in small fandoms when it isn't yuletide season. )

Anyway, the other interesting thing I noticed in doing the crossposting: I treat DW communities much differently from LJ ones. In that I'm much more comfortable posting to them. Maybe because, for some reason, I feel a greater sense of ownership of them here? I dunno, but I'm not the only one - [profile] intobar had an lj and a dw mirror, and looking down the masterlist, on the lj side, 29 out of 40 people chose to post to a personal journal rather than an external archive or directly to the community. On the DW side, only 9 out of 38 did. Which is an interesting commentary on the perception that DW is all about personal journals.

...which immediately brings up the question of whether I want to repeat last year's statistical analysis of yuletide letter hosts. Hmm. Have a while to decide, anyway.
29/40

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November 12th, 2010 05:58 pm - love, awesome, and sparkles
1. I refuse to write, or post, or even start, a dear yuletide letter when nominations aren't even open yet. Sorry! (Well, I did do the relevant astronomical calculations, but that doesn't count.)

I have gone through and figured out what I'm offering, though. Since the time is significantly shorter this year, I decided I'm only offering fandoms that make me go "Ooh, yes! I want an excuse to reread/rewatch that in a hurry!" (as opposed to the usual criterion, which is "Ooh, I wish that had more fic, I bet I could acquire canon by the deadline." As a result, I'm only offering somewhere around 115 fandoms this time (depending on how the final list handles duplicates.)

2. A couple of days ago I got my sign-ups and induction stuff to be an AO3 tag wrangler. Which, yay? But I thought they weren't signing anyone up until after yuletide? And in fact wrangling is closed until after yuletide? So other than read through the docs, I am not sure what I am supposed to be doing about my new tag wrangler status. Other than continuing to lurk the chatroom, obvs. (Oh, AO3, your communication skills at the moment are so inspiring.)

3. I don't know how helpful this will be, but the long-running rift between two segments of fandom (with other segments chiming in from the sidelines) which has suddenly broken off the scabs and started bleeding again, hurts. I see it in a split down fandom communities; down my own circle of friends; and down my own self. So, I want to do this, if only for myself; and I would love to see other people do it, too; I don't know if it will help heal the rift, but it might help some of us across it.

I am a fan, I am a geek. I have always been. You may, reading this journal or my comments, get the impression that I am a slash fan and/or a media fan - and I will admit, my primary allegiance is to that community. But that's not all I am. That is the last, and in some ways the least, of my fannish IDs. What else am I? Well, in roughly chronological order:

I am a fan of genre fiction. )

I am a math, science, and tech geek. )

I am a science fiction fan. )

I am a comics fan. )

I am an anime/manga fan. )

I am a media fan and a slash fan. )


...wow, I totally didn't intend that to be the effect, but I am kind of filled with love and awesome and sparkles now after writing that. Love and awesome and sparkles to all fans everywhere, regardless of what kind of fans you are!

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October 23rd, 2010 10:17 pm - This all does make sense, if you're me.
Oh help. I was just trying to copy-paste "katy manning naked dalek" into google search, but I hadn't actually copied the text, so what actually pasted was "neo-classical endogenous growth theory".

.... the sad bit is that it that I got the endogenous growth theory off a kink meme, not the Dalek porn. And that I got so distracted reading about endogenous growth theory that I still haven't looked up the Katy Manning pictures yet.

(Okay, now I have. You know, they say the Internet is for porn, but the Lego version now has a higher Google ranking than the original photoshoot...)

Right now I am re-organizing my library (again, yes, but they really needed it, they've been in a state ever since the last time I moved). This time it's by publisher and date of publication! What, I can find things at least as well that way by this point, and it sorts much more naturally by size that way, which is necessary in order to fit 2,700 books into one 10x15 room and still be able to pull out any one I want at five minutes' notice. And if I can't pull out any one I want at five minutes' notice, there is no excuse for me having them all. (My rule of dusting is "if it has stayed in one place long enough to accumulate dust, you should either get rid of it or put it into deep storage." Books don't get dusty.)

Anyway, I am starting to realize that there may come a day when my library is *finished.* I mean, not totally finished - people will keep writing amazing books, and I will keep buying them as soon as I find a used copy for less than $2, and there are some rare books that I will probably never find for less than $2 - but the backfilling? The catching up of two centuries of popular publishing that already happened? There may actually be an end in sight. The thing is I keep going to used book sales and discovering that everything they have that I'm interested in, I already own.

Today I went to the library thinking I might actually check out some books on topics related to a certain NaNo I'm not writing which may or may not also be related to endogenous growth theory, and coming home with nothing, because the only books on the shelves that I had any interest in reading were ones I already had at home. The end's not there yet - LibraryThing means always knowing exactly how many books you've bought this month, and I'm not exactly at a stop yet; there's a ways to go before I can walk into a used bookstore with a 50%-off-everything sale and come out empty-handed. But most of those large batches this year were me going through piles of uncatalogued stuff that was already more-or-less in the family. (Well. Okay, and reading copies given to me by friend-who-works-in-the-industry.) Whereas even three years ago, many of them were "went to big library sale, came out with 80 books."

I had never really thought of a book collecting as something that had a *limit* (even if it's one of those tricky limits that trails off but never quite reaches zero.)

...on the upside, though, when I go to a sale and don't find anything interesting among the books, that leaves me more time to look through the LPs...

Anyway. [personal profile] kate_nepveu's metafandomed post on crossover fandoms drew me like a moth to a flame, like it would, and somebody in her comments linked to The Finale of the Ultimate Mega Meta Crossover on fanfiction.net, which is, in fact, a(n) Ultimate Mega Meta Crossover.

I approve of mega meta crossovers just in *general* (as you might have noticed), and this one is amazing - it pulls in reality-crossing characters from 45 different story-worlds, puts them in a framework borrowed from a couple of Singularity-era SF novels (which normally annoy me, but with everyone from Merlin to Miles Vorkosigan refusing to take their premises seriously, it was far more palatable) in such a way that there is both plot and logic, and then lets them run.

It is so awesome it got me to sign it to my delicious account for the first time in months (okay, for the first time since I found the Sharpe/Temeraire crossover this summer, I have types, okay?)

(Also I recognized only 34 out of the 45 fandoms in that without cheating, I clearly need to read more SF.)

Also, the Ultimate Meta Mega Crossover gives Harold Shea the love and spotlight he deserves, which makes me even happier. If, by any chance, you don't know who Harold Shea is, he is the main character in the Compleat Enchanter series by L. Sprague de Camp and Fletcher Pratt, which began in 1940 in the SF pulp magazines. As far as I am aware, it is the first (published, English-language fiction) in which a (geeky, fannish) character discovered a way to travel to universes that were fictional in his home universe, and thus is the patron saint of fourth-wall-breaking crossovers.

(He is even brillianter than that, in that the second universe he went to was Spencer's Faerie Queene. If you don't know Faerie Queene, it's basically fanfic of the novel Orlando Furioso, which was fanfic of the novel Orlando Innamorato, which was a crossover fanfic of the Roland cycle and the Arthurian romances, which were themselves, of course, fanfic of (probably Breton) derivative texts which are long lost. And Compleat Enchanter is itself a multi-author fanfic verse at this point. And it is fully self-aware of all the layers of meta it has going on. In 1940 in Unknown magazine.)

There needs to be more Harold Shea (and Amber, and Pantheistic Multiperson Solipsism, and etc--) fic out there, and there needs to be more massively multifandom multiverse fics, too. Especially ones that bring in fandoms like Young Wizards or Lazarus Long that let all the different fictional universes already be in formal contact with each other.

I was going to say "now I want to change my yuletide requests to put in some of my favorite canonical crossover universes", except of course I'm already requesting "A Night In the Lonesome October" which is already an epic multi-fandom canon crossover. :D I told you I had a type. And one of my prompts for it is totally going to be "Write about another future or past Game pulling in multiple crossover characters from some other place and time. Here's a list of Halloween full moons in the last three centuries. 1955 Japan, Jack and Snuff picking their way among the kaiju? 1944, with Indiana Jones and Jack Harkness and the BPRD and Spike and Dru and ....? 1925, Adele Blanc-Sec vs. Madelyn Mack vs. Mary Russell? 2020, the first Game in 65 years, with grown-up Luna and Neville and Nita and Kit and the Allbright twins and a Slayer or two acting on rumors they barely believe? Pick your characters! Pick your year! Go!"

...actually I kind of want to run a whole Night in the Lonesome October fic fest where everybody picks a Game year, and writes that crossover, but I suspect I could not get the participation. (Or, you know, you could run an amazing RPG, where the mod picks a year and a location, everybody else picks a character, and nobody knows who is Opening and who is Closing. You could even do that one in person or by mail, one day at a time - I bet you could adapt Amber Diceless to it, too. But that is way beyond my skill.)

Also I am very tempted to drop Hodgmanverse from my yuletide requests and replace it with Snarkout Boys, just to complete the set of Holmes pastiches. No! I shall be strong!

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September 29th, 2010 09:59 pm - FANDOM NEWS NOW
1. If you want to know where I am in terms of fandom-ness at the moment, I did finally post a polished (and much abridged) version of The Guide To International Fake News (English-language edition) at [community profile] punditfic - that pretty much covers it. October approacheth with alacrity, which means new Have I Got News For You soon! Quite Interesting is back already! I am writing a Paul/Ian schoolboys AU! And there is a march on Washington to go to!

2. Also, I need to print out a copy of Balanced Conversationalist so that I can roll it up and be thwacked on the head with it when necessary. (I have actually been where liberal!Stephen is in that strip. Except I have gone past "ritual suicide is cultural appropriation" to "you having persistent suicidal thoughts at all is ablist appropriation of actual depressed people's lives, anyway!" Yeah. That's actually kind of why I suddenly fell into BBC RPF; for awhile there it was the only thing I could watch or read that didn't trigger severe liberal guilt spirals. (That's not why I'm still in to it, mind; the cure has mostly worked - I'm still into it because it's lovely and topical and gay, and US news is currently making me depressed for entirely different reasons.)

3. And for something completely different, here are Paul McDermott and Mark Trevorrow singing a duet of "Stop in the Name of Love" like the 'old show-biz pals' they are (complete with crotch-nuzzling), from Good News Week several weeks ago. You're welcome.
My first video embed ever! )

4. Oh, speaking of small punk-ish boys doing stagegay! Everybody is all excited about the new MCR shenanigans! And I am puzzling over why I can get into fandoms for everyone from slightly pathetic Australian comedians to Swiss figure-skaters to British wine critics but I remain largely uninterested in bandom, despite the fact that I *want* to like MCR. I think there are several factors, but the one I can't get past is that I can't listen to their music. :/ It's not that I dislike their music, it's just that there's something people can do with electric guitars that makes me filter all of their music out as mental static, and whatever it is, MCR does it a lot. I literally can't listen to it. And 90% of media interviews with celebrities of any sort trip my embarrassment squick. Bandom has its own canonical term for embarrassment squick, which is one of many reasons I want to like it. But if I can't do the interviews or the music, it makes it very difficult to get more into the fandom than just reading the more highly-recced crackfic.

...in summary, you should all read River Rats by Caroline Stevermer, and then we all can write book-based cheerfully post-apocalyptic rockstar gutterpunk epics instead, and I won't have to listen to the music. ^_^ (Although Loitering With Intent I can actually listen to! Though probably not the River Rats' cover. I should totally throw together a River Rats fanmix. With nanananananana in it, yes, I'll just have to skip that track.)

5. I watched Hot Fuzz last night! Only a few years after everybody else was over it! Okay, I sort of get the Simon Pegg & Nick Frost thing now, although I also need more Bill Bailey. (Good thing he was just on QI!) And I kind of want to watch it again :D (And, wow, it is really obvious which scenes were originally written for a female love interest.) Please tell me somebody has written crossover fic about Nicholas Angel and Sam Tyler? I mean, it must exist, right? I just haven't been looking for it the right way?

6. I need to stay firm. My yuletide requests are Miss Madelyn Mack, A Night In the Lonesome October, Their Majesties' Bucketeers, and Hodgmanverse; I decided than months ago. NOBODY LET ME CHANGE MY MIND.

Current Mood:: [mood icon] bouncy
Current Music:: Think it o-o-over~~~ I've been good to you~~

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March 19th, 2010 07:31 pm - Mymy/Mav/Vyssu, OT3 4eva, srsly.
How about another post about the female characters of Sherlock Holmes fandom? (It's weird how *much* I have fixated on Mary Morstan in this fandom - I'll read the Holmes/Watson if it comes strongly recommended, but I only really get enthusiastic about any given fanwork if it has Mary (or Irene, or Mrs. Hudson but that never happens, so mostly Mary) in it, with the result that I've not been submerged nearly as much as I thought I would be. It's strange to be in a fandom where I'm actually exhibiting *taste* to the extent it limits my reading.)

There is not nearly enough of this sort of story coming through del.icio.us. So I have descended to going to the library and checking out these things made of sheets of paper glued together on one edge - apparently, you can get Holmes fanfic in that format, too. And apparently, if you want novels about the women, you're more likely to find them there...

First, though, a few more fic recs:

Scenes from an Unusual Domestic Arrangement, by [archiveofourown.org profile] lalaietha/[personal profile] recessional, OT4: If you're reading Holmes fic, you already know to read everything [personal profile] recessional writes, but if you only read one, read this one: it is the OT4 that must exist.

Imagine Me and You (and You and You), by [livejournal.com profile] flash_indie, OT4: More Mary-heavy OT4 that is awesome! And it's novella-length! This has Mary joining the boys as a full partner in the detectiving, and a really interesting working-out of the poly dynamic over time. Mary is occasionally a bit too modern for my taste, but the story carries you along anyway.

Not A Rational Organ, by [livejournal.com profile] bluepercy, bookverse, gen-ish with Holmes/Mary and implied OT3: This was written well before the movie and seems to have got very little attention post-movie, which is a shame, because I love it lots, and I believe it happened. Watson is taken captive as a result of one of Watson's cases, and Mary insists on coming with Holmes on the rescue, and they both love Watson enough to let him go, and during the adventure Holmes gets confused, stops seeing Mary as an enemy, and starts having unfamiliarly heterosexual thoughts about her. The only complaint I have about this story is it isn't the beginning of a twelve-book series.

Checkmate, by [personal profile] random_nexus, gen-ish OT3: another story from the pre-movie fandom. This is a short bit that is simply a conversation between Holmes and Mary Watson, in which she out-maneuvers, out-manipulates, and out-deduces him, and he likes it, and she knows he does. If that isn't enough to get you to read, well, we clearly have fundamental differences in our ways of thinking.


And now for the published fic: since this was written and printed for money, I am more comfortable being openly critical of it even when I liked it overall. So these reviews are at, um, somewhat greater length. (but, then, the stories are also of somewhat greater length.)

Good Morning, Irene, aka The Adventuress by Carole Nelson Douglas
Note: this is very much not movieverse Irene. I like this one better. )

Verdict: Will not be reading out of order, but will be keeping my eye out for the first book in the series.


Mrs. Hudson and the Spirits' Curse, by Martin Davies
Okay, when I heard that this series *existed* - the series in which Holmes is fairly incompetent and Mrs. Hudson is secretly feeding him all the clues - I knew I wanted try it out, even if it was crack-addled and/or just plain bad. )(Mrs. Hudson! More people need to write about Mrs. Hudson, yo! If Martin Davies can do it, so can you!)

Verdict: Fun but not life-changing; would read more if I stumbled upon it. Also, very glad it exists.


Their Majesties' Bucketeers, by L. Neil Smith
This is an AU where Holmes and Watson are Lamviin - small, trilaterally symmetrical crustaceans who live on a desert planet that is in their species' equivalent of our Victorian period. Also, they do *everything* in threes, not just symmetry - including sex and gender. )
Verdict: Will SO be requesting for Yuletide. :D (Also, *so* glad it exists. And Mymy/Mav/Vyssu is still my canon OT3 for all Holmes fandom everywhere. I had forgotten how deeply I loved this book in high school - my copy is falling apart, and I still have stretches memorized, ten years since my last re-read.)


...and while I was returning some of these to the library, I checked out the first Mary Russell book. And one of the Moriarty books (the series where it's Moriarty who secretly solves the crimes and gives Holmes the credit - no, I'm not sure how that works either) so there may be another set of these, after I read those. Also, I checked out Lord John and the Private Matter, Monstrous Regiment, and Pride/Prejudice, for all your Queer Age of Sail needs. I have reviews of those half-written that I'll probably post to [community profile] age_of_sail when they're done.

Current Music:: john oliver

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January 4th, 2010 12:20 am - Why yes, this post is longer than the fic.
I haven't had time to do much reading in the yuletide archive yet, but I want to talk about the fandom I wrote in, which was Miss Madelyn Mack, Detective.

When I was hinting around about what it was, [personal profile] elspethdixon guessed "a steampunk comic about superheroes fighting crime in 1890s NYC, that being the most awesome madlibs example I can think of at the moment."

She was incorrect: it's actually a collection of short stories and two mostly-lost silent films, not a comic; and they were written between 1909 and 1914, not in the 1890s.

...the rest was pretty much right. I was going for "A hundred-year-old book about lesbians fighting crime in gaslit New York City."

Since it's mostly only steampunk in that Madelyn carries a pocket telephone, and in that it's set in the era when most of the steampunk technology was actually becoming real; and it's mostly only superheroes in that her dear companion Nora is a girl reporter working for the Daily Bugle, and in that they are both very good at fighting crime.

But then, they're only lesbians in that ... no, actually they're fairly obviously lesbians to anyone who's read the book, and my yuletide feedback agrees with me on that :D

[personal profile] cinaed, my assigned recipient, describes the fandom as " - it's pretty much a genderswap of Holmes and Watson". It's not the fandom we matched on (there will be a post about that one later), but how was I supposed to resist at least looking it up with a summary like that?

The complete Madelyn Mack story collection is available for free download through archive.org, and the PDF is illustrated with stills from the films. The Alice Joyce website also has contemporary reviews of the lost films.

I started reading ...three pages in, and Madelyn telling Nora how she's a greater detective than "our old friend Sherlock Holmes" because women are naturally better at that sort of thing, and I was pretty much a lost cause.

So is it really just a genderswap of Holmes and Watson set in gaslight New York City? I have prepared a convenient comparison chart so you can judge for yourself!

Convenient Comparison Chart for Sherlock Holmes and Madelyn Mack )

Final score: Sherlock 4, Madelyn 12 Madelyn wins!

Am I seriously claiming it's better than Holmes? No, of course not. Nora and Madelyn and the world they inhabit are fabulous and fabulously drawn, and as Edwardian genre stories they are certainly still eminently readable, and I am so very, very glad they exist; and a blatant Holmesian pastiche that consistently fails the reverse Bechdel is just so much *fun* to play in, and I really do wish they had a living fandom like Holmes has (or, failing that, they were part of Holmes-universe fanon!) But realistically, the mysteries aren't nearly as clever, as a writer Hugh C. Weir is no Conan Doyle, and with only five stories and two lost film shorts to work with, there's not nearly as much there.

And then there's the last and longest story, The Purple Thumb. TPT is ... problematic.

Extensive notes on 'The Purple Thumb' and its problems )

An outline of the fixit fic I would have written, had I world enough and time )

As for the story I actually wrote, as opposed to the one I dreamed about:

Silver Buttons All Down Her Back, 4300 words, explicit Madelyn/Nora first-time, gratuitous Sherlock Holmes crossover and clapping-rhyme references. I think it's possibly the best fic I have ever published, certainly the best I've done for yuletide. Damning with faint praise, I know.

Notes on 'Silver Buttons' )

I really feel like I want to talk more about why Miss Madelyn Mack is so deeply awesome, but really, the story I wrote is 4,300 words of me showing you all why, and after staring at this entry for several hours days, I realize that what I actually want to do is a line-by-line director's commentary of my fic. So...there is going to be another entry up shortly with that.

Anyway!

If you didn't feel like wading through all that, here's what you should know: Miss Madelyn Mack and Miss Nora Noraker are genderswapped Holmes and Watson in New York city; they are awesome and every bit as slashy as their counterparts, only with petticoats; and you can read the entire book at archive.org legally: Miss Madelyn Mack Detective; and you should. Also I will so be cosplaying her at some point: I already have a vintage 1914 black gown and black lace petticoats a Victorian adventurer's magnifying glass and stompy boots and an awesome hat; all I need is some cola berries and a locket to put them in! (I really want to find & try some kola nut, actually, it sounds interesting.)

Here is a picture of Miss Madelyn Mack:

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January 1st, 2010 02:57 am
The internets has refused to cough up a proper cocktail recipe for scumble, and so I wish to inform them that 80-proof apple jack mixed 50-50 with ginger beer is yummy, and it's also lethal, because my body seems to think it's apple soda and I drink entire gulps before I realize that it's actually rather distinctly alcoholic.

(The stash of drinks has no vodka, but my sister and Rachel Maddow together have made me interested in cocktails. So sister had sonic screwdrivers with tequila instead of vodka & I had moscow mules with applejack instead & called them scumble.)

(Actually we had vodka, but it's double-caffeinated espresso vodka. Our hostess has been drinking it straight for several hours and is now both lit and wired. How festive, just like her non-demoninational holiday shrub!)

We watched A Colbert Christmas and then have spent the past several hours watching DVDs of all the Otakon vid shows for the entire decade of the nineties (because the parties I go to are just that cool), including the very first vid I ever saw (which was Ryoga Hibiki doing I Would Walk 500 miles in 1995. btw.) I am thinking about how much those old-school AMVs, especially in the humor vids that had a particular way of using literal matching of lyrics & images while completely (deliberately) mismatching tone & mood, shaped my vid aesthetic. Or I would be if it wasn't three o'clock in the morning and I hadn't drunk quite so much scumble.

Also I appear to have crocheted a mauve Dalek.

Everybody who is here tonight drew a party spink. Three guesses which was mine and the first two don't count! Hint: it is the Doctor Who one.

Now I am waiting impatiently for yuletide reveals. Perhaps I will drink some sherry and then attempt to write fic!

My resolution for the year: I am going to start actually finishing creative projects instead of just talking about how awesome they would be if I actually finished them. (To aid me in doing that, I am going to do more talking about them, too.)

Also I am going to get a job. And make some money.

Current Music:: a cold cold christmas

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December 30th, 2009 04:19 pm - Yuletide!
So I am back from the Land of No Internets and starting to get caught up.

The most important thing, of course, is yuletide!

I got seven yuletide stories just for me. And they were (of course!) all for the anthropomorfic LJ/Fandom/DW prompt.

Serves me right for requesting poly: now I have to write feedback balancing how much I love all seven of my anon writers without making any of them feel left out or less-loved or like I'm comparing them with each other. But there is so much love to share around! Seven stories, all of them amazing and beautiful and great and full of the good crack. And I do adore you all, all seven of you (or however many there were.) I suspect I may know several of you, at least by network; if I don't, I'm missing out. Thank you so much for helping to make this the Best Yuletide Ever. :D I love you all in your own ways for exactly who you are, yuletide writers. I am blessed.

This is mostly c/p from what I left the writers for feedback, but I had to share the joy with my network:

Four full-length stories: )

Three Madness ficlets: )

...um. I may have somewhat over-used certain effusive adjectives up there. I plead the court it was entirely justified. Did I mention that the stories I got for yuletide were awesome and brilliant and lovely and gorgeous and perfect and fantastic?

(eta:the story I wrote has gotten a few comments and one rec, but as I'm fairly sure that's several times as many people as actually know the fandom, I am delighted by the response. and I think the story I wrote ended up being possibly the best fic I have ever posted. and I will still be promoting the canon at you guys like mad as soon as I'm allowed to. yuletide=yay : I think I need that on an icon.)

Current Mood:: [mood icon] giddy

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