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melannen ([personal profile] melannen) wrote2014-01-01 05:58 pm

New Year!

Yuletide Reveals!

I got two stories, both of which were really good:
Five Time Enjorlas Dropped a Barricade On Someone (1594 words) by Bobcatmoran
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Arm Joe, Les Misérables - All Media Types
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Enjorlas (Arm Joe), Ponpon, Police (Arm Joe), Marius (Arm Joe)

Dropping barricades from the sky is not a skill that is mastered in just one day, nor is it one to be taken lightly.

ARM JOE FIC WITH AMAZING WORLDBUILDING. Unfortunately this failed at accomplishing the main thing that I was hoping requesting it for yuletide would do - which is to say, sating my mad desire for Arm Joe fic, because this is so PERFECT and WONDERFUL that I now want ALL THE ARM JOE IN THE WORLD even more than I did before because there is hope some of it might be as good as this. I'm not going to rec this at length because really if ARM JOE FIC about ENJORLAS DROPPING BARRICADES with WORLDBUILDING doesn't do it for you than you're probably beyond hope anyway. Thanks, bobcatmoran.

a good song to sing you to sleep (1267 words) by elithewho
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Otzi the Iceman RPF
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Otzi the Iceman
Additional Tags: Religion, Death, Yuletide Treat

Yew for love, yew for death, yew for the names no one would ever speak.

There were three Ötzi stories in Yuletide this year, and they were all really good (especially the one for me though, of course) - I really recommend reading them all together, because even though they were all for different people and by different people, the Ötzi requests were all basically the same, and they make a really good set. Not to say that the fics themselves were at all the same - one thing that makes reading them together so neat is that they all went in completely different directions, which is what I was hoping would happen if this fandom got fic written!

I really like the one that was for me because, where the other two both tell a fairly straightforward story, extrapolating from the evidence we have to build an answer about how Ötzi came to die on the mountain, my author went in a much less concrete direction, trying to build a picture of Ötzi and his world and more than that, the way Ötzi's worldview shapes his world, without really setting out to answer any questions. It really effective drew me back to the same reactions I had when I was little, reading the first media stuff to come out about Ötzi's discovery, the combination of the creeping horror and the comfortable coziness that are all mixed up together in the story.

I wrote two stories, both of which I really enjoyed writing:

What I Did On My Summer Vacation in "The Bronx" (8432 words) by melannen for [personal profile] waywren
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: PINKWATER Daniel - Works, Alan Mendelsohn the Boy from Mars - Daniel Pinkwater
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Alan Mendelsohn/Leonard Neeble
Characters: Alan Mendelsohn, Leonard Neeble
Additional Tags: Mars, Alien Cultural Differences, Pre-Slash, Teenagers, POV First Person, Summer Vacation, Friendship, Bookstores, "The Bronx", Comic Book Collecting, 1970s, documentary fic, grandparentshipping, Post-Canon, fleegix

Welcome to another great year at Bat Masterson Junior High School. For your first homework assignment, you will write a two-page composition about what you did on your summer vacation. Some of you may get a chance to share them with all of your classmates! Due Monday.

I really enjoyed writing this and [personal profile] waywren's requests and letter were the best! We actually matched on two fandoms - both Pinkwater - and she came within a hair's breadth of getting the epic massive-Pinkwater-crossover- Greatest-Snarkout-Of-All-Time fic from her other request, but I got as far in 'review-all-the-Pinkwater-canon' as Alan Mendelsohn, went oh crap it's less than two weeks until I need my story in and the Snarkout epic needs WAY more time than that, and decided that I could do "Alan and Leonard go used-book and comic-book shopping" as a nice short emergency backup piece.

...The emergency supershort backup story still somehow came out to over 8500 words (counting the epilogue-y bits in the notes). But writing it was SO MUCH FUN and basically effortless, because Pinkwater's characters are still basically just me and my internal monologue apparently passes for Pinkwater pastiche. And reviewing all the Pinkwater just reminded me how much Pinkwater's books, and Alan Mendelsohn in general, have shaped who I am and who I want to be. And I really really like the story I came out with - I think I managed to do most of the things I already do well really really well. (Also, managed to slip in shipping the grandparents' generation. ^_^. I want so much fic about all the old confirmed bachelors in Pinkwater canon, you guys, so much.)

Anyway yes I adored everything about my assignment and my recipient this year! She gave all indications of adoring it as well so yay I think I won yuletide!

(I still have several hundred words of outline for the Snarkout Boys story so if I have energy in days to come perhaps I will not!fic it up on here.)

Girl Of My Dreams (1051 words) by melannen for [personal profile] stellar_dust
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Lil BUB, Dinosaurs (Anthropomorfic)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Lil BUB/Sue the Tyrannosaurus Rex
Characters: Lil Bub - Character, Sue the Tyrannosaurus Rex
Additional Tags: Dating, Hot Air Balloon, Dinosaurs, theropod paleopathology, Bub Ub Bub, visiting in dreams, Science and Magic, Post-Episode: s01e05

Lil BUB and Sue finally go out to dinner. Nobody gets eaten (except some fishes!) GOOD JOB BUB

The BUB/Sue episode of the lil BUB show came out after assignments went out and I ship it SO HARD so I figured since I was inevitably going to end up writing ship fic for them anyway I might as well make it a YT treat for my sister, since she requested BUB! This was actually WAY harder to write than the Pinkwater fic despite being short and pointless fluff. Also it had a horrible and embarrassing canon error that I didn't fix until today because fixing it after my sister pointed it out to me would have been a pretty big giveaway and she was already very suspicious. Luckily, the thing barely got into double digits on hits, so hardly anybody saw. :P

(I am boggled that this thing got so few hits - I mean while I don't hate it, it's not one of my favorite fics I've ever written - unlike the Alan Mendelsohn one - so I wasn't expecting a ton of kudos or whatever, but I kind of expected that lil BUB/Sue would be a ship that a fair number of people would know enough about that they'd idly click on a 1000 word fic for it? But apparently nobody did! Even for a Madness fic it got very few hits, IDK why.)

I haven't had time to read many YT stories - I feel like I've been going nonstop since Thanksgiving and no end in sight - but I did manage to read all the Madness stories over 500 words that were in fandoms I felt like reading, and bookmarked the ones I liked in the yuletide_recs collection, so they are in my bookmarks if you care. Next step is to get caught up on post-YT tag wrangling, so my goal is to read all YT fics in fandoms I wrangle and bookmark-rec in those too. :P By then it'll probably be mid-February.

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