starlady: Kermit the Frog, at Yuletide (yuletide)
Yuletide fics have been revealed! My wonderful author was [archiveofourown.org profile] lc2l, who wrote me this lovely post-canon Nimona fic.

Take a Step Back and Start Again (5356 words) by lc2l
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Nimona (Webcomic)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Ballister Blackheart/Ambrosius Goldenloin
Summary: A story about two partially broken, mostly fixed men; a small child and a cat.

As for me, I wrote for Captive Prince; I have a much longer fic CP in pieces all over my Scrivener floor, and I'm hoping to post it eventually, at which point this will be something of a prologue.

Reconstruction (2662 words) by starlady
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Captive Prince - C. S. Pacat
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Damen/Laurent (Captive Prince)
Characters: Nikandros (Captive Prince)
Summary: The Regent is dead, but there's a lot of work to be done.

As for me, it's back to the Festivids mines. 明けましておめでとうございます!
starlady: Kermit the Frog, at Yuletide (yuletide)
Yuletide! My first time participating since 2013 has yielded a delightful Nimona story:

Take a Step Back and Start Again (5356 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Nimona (Webcomic)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Ballister Blackheart/Ambrosius Goldenloin
Summary: A story about two partially broken, mostly fixed men; a small child and a cat.

I wrote one fic this year, in a fandom that I have never written before. If you somehow guess what it is, I will be very impressed.

I hope everyone celebrating has a good Hannukah, and that everyone celebrating has a very Merry Christmas. My only wish for next December the twenty-fifth is that we're all still here, and that the next year won't be as bad as I fear.

starlady: Kermit the Frog, at Yuletide (yuletide)
Okay, so we're doing this.

First, thank you so much for participating in Yuletide this year! Second, thank you for agreeing to write a story in a fandom we both love, or at least remember fondly. I'm genuinely interested to see what caught other fans' interests about all of these sources, so please don't feel that my prompts are too binding. I'd rather have an inspired story than slavish devotion to my requests. If you're looking for more of a sense of me and my tastes, skimming through the last twenty entries on my DW will probably give you a good idea; most of the entries in general are unlocked.

I hesitate to say what I do or don't like in fic--I don't have any major squicks, and no firm principles as to what I will or won't read. That said, it's my general sentiment that Yuletide is not the place to go looking for PWP, at least for me; which isn't to say that I wouldn't want sexytimes, as it were, in any story you write, but which is to say that I generally like my sexytimes to go along with plot and characterization. And as you may have guessed from these requests, I do really like women being awesome. In some ways, really, my own fics demonstrate both these preferences very well.

Peter Wimsey, Nimona, Solar System anthropomorfic )
I hope you can find enough information in here or in the fandoms to inspire you, Yuletide writer. Thank you so much!
starlady: Kermit the Frog, at Yuletide (yuletide)
Well, I hope that all who celebrate are having a very Merry Christmas, and that everyone is having an excellent Thursday. I did not do Yuletide this year, as my sporadic attempts to pick up pinch hits were too slow and I am buried in Festivids. Festivids! I have to go back to mine when I finish this.

I did, however, read a Yuletide story that was 83K words and was really great.

Nothing Lost (83269 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 11/11
Fandom: Oxford Time Travel Universe - Connie Willis
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Colin Templer, Kivrin Engle, Verity Kindle, Ned Henry
Additional Tags: Yuletide Treat
Summary:

Colin’s ten-year journey to bring Polly home.




For whatsoeuer from one place doth fall,
Is with the tide vnto an other brought:
For there is nothing lost, that may be found, if sought.

Edmund Spenser Faerie Queene V.ii

I haven't read any more of Connie Willis' Oxford Time Travel books than The Doomsday Book, which I read nearly 20 years ago anyway, and poking around the internet, I gather that attempting to read the books that this story is most proximately based on would probably, as a professional historian, make my blood pressure spike. But, unlike the novels, the story is about the professional historian work, i.e. archival research, that Colin does for more than 10 years, and though I can't quite shake the expectation that even at bloody Oxford things will be quite different in the profession by 2060, I really enjoyed it, because it's research related with heart, and because whoever wrote this, I think, understands what makes a good historian--which even some professionals don't, to be sure.

In other news, I have consumed most of a bottle of champagne over the course of a day, made weird but tasty latkes and delicious braised brussels sprouts, and had my weird tomato "brownie" Christmas cake that was really not much like a brownie but was good nonetheless. I also opened my presents from the States and sent a few last New Year's cards. And now I am probably going to finish said champagne, have another piece of cake, do some more Festividding, and go to bed. A Merry Christmas to all who celebrate, and to all, a good night!
starlady: Kermit the Frog, at Yuletide (yuletide)
My Yuletide authors were [archiveofourown.org profile] snow (Paper Dreams, Escapist) and [archiveofourown.org profile] jadelennox (Wishing you a peaceful future from the earthlings). Thank you both so much!

For Yuletide this year I wrote something that I think was actually somewhat predictable:

The Lost Revolution (4258 words) by starlady
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Gullstruck Island | The Lost Conspiracy - Frances Hardinge
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Hathin, Minchard Prox, Tomki (Gullstruck Island)
Additional Tags: Revolution
Summary: The Lost Revolution, and how it came to pass.

A huge, huge thank-you goes out to [personal profile] ellen_fremedon, who beta-read my draft at very nearly the eleventh hour and told me what I had suspected but hadn't wanted to hear, that it needed to be much longer and that I actually needed to show, you know, the actual revolution in question. The story is much stronger for her comments, seriously.


Yuletide having been revealed, it's time for the End of Year Fanworks meme! 2013 was another fallow year in most respects, but here it goes anyway.

X-Men: First Class
[WIP] Sweeter Than Honey, Your Eyes - There are many ancient Rome AUs; this one is mine. Okay, by "many" I mean about five, and most of them including mine don't meet the request in this particular kinkmeme comment, which I will admit made me laugh. I actually have most of this story plotted out, and I do intend to finish it; but it's also me looking head-on at some of my own tastes in XMFC fic, and in my own way trying to make a little restitution. It's also been a very enjoyable excuse to read up on Roman sexuality and other aspects of Roman society. My ancient urban Rome seminar got a lot more interesting after I started writing this fic, that's for sure.

Five-Minute Studies - Hello, my past and current lives! Chapter one is a grad student AU and chapter two is a string quartet AU. I at one point had most of a Philadelphia Orchestra AU worked out in my head, and while I'm not sure I'll ever write it, it was fun writing the string quartet one in particular. I love playing music.

The Most Sincere Patch - I like to think I'm getting better at writing short fic, but really I have no way of knowing. This one was inspired by tumblr (as was the Roman AU) and it makes me smile. Charles and Erik meet cute at a Halloween party. 'Nuff said.

Frances Hardinge
The Fractured Realms
Paragon's Tale - I love Frances Hardinge's books, and in particular I love the Fractured Realms books. This fic, a tag for Paragon after the end of Twilight Robbery, is something of a love letter to the books--I did my best to try to capture some of the same rhythms of Hardinge's language, and I also did my fallback Yuletide trick of setting my fic at solsticetide. It makes me happy.

Gullstruck Island
The Lost Revolution - In previous years I have sometimes made it my practice to offer as a Yuletide fandom a source I have not previously consumed. My Pillow Book Yuletide story of 2010, Bangai (Apocrypha), was one such effort; I hadn't previously read The Pillow Book before I got assigned the request for the exchange. In this year's case, I had Gullstruck Island sitting unread on my shelf, and I signed up late enough in the exchange that to be quite honest, some careful scrutiny of the sign-ups list allowed me to game the system to some extent--I offered the book with a strong feeling that I might get matched on it, and in the event, that is how it turned out. I was able to read the book with my recipient's letter in the back of my mind, which isn't a bad way to read; the rest of it was just a matter of finding time to write, and then of nearly doubling the word count of the story when Ellen gave me her comments. I'm very pleased with the final result, and very grateful to Ellen for telling me what I needed to hear.

Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame
[vid] 雙女|Double Woman - This is probably the thing I did this year that I am proudest of, an auction vid for [personal profile] oyceter, who asked for a vid about Shangguang Jing'er and Wu Zetian being awesome. I learned Premiere Pro and learned to do more with After Effects to make this vid, and I think that work shows very well in the vid.


Questions and answers )

Next year: Keep calm and keep making fanworks!
starlady: Kermit the Frog, at Yuletide (yuletide)
For Yuletide, I got not one but three Space Vehicles fics! Given that I also had a copy of Europa Report under the tree (which all of you should see, yes you should, because it's amazing), it's a very Space Exploration Christmas this year.

Paper Dreams (1244 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Space Vehicles
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Voyager 1 (Space Vehicles), Voyager 2 (Space Vehicles), Original Female Character(s), Original Child Character(s)
Additional Tags: Science, Building by hand, Development Process, POV Female Character
Summary: The Voyager craft were never meant to live longer than her, and yet here they are, and she's not sure that the spacecraft know how to stop any longer.

Escapist (1554 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Space Vehicles
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Voyager 2 (Space Vehicles)
Additional Tags: Science, IN SPACE!, Loneliness, Anthropomorphic
Summary: T+36 years and 125 days.

Voyager 2 drifts in space, even as her body only moves in one direction, grateful that she still has a working chronometer, grateful that a sense of time is as necessary to the instrumentation as it is to Voyager's own sense of self.

These two are in the Yuletide collection proper. "Paper Dreams" is a human POV on Voyager (which I confess I never thought about), while "Escapist" has the spacecraft contemplating her own existence, and they are both lovely.


Wishing you a peaceful future from the earthlings (442 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Space Vehicles
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Voyager 1 (Space Vehicles)
Additional Tags: Sestina, Poetry, Science, space
Summary:
It's not like there's a line painted in the empty
saying, "Last exit for the Oort Cloud. Time to go."


This one is from Yuletide Madness, and it's a poem!

I never know exactly what to expect from Yuletide, but all three of these fics were just what I wanted, and I love all of them. Thank you, Yuletide writers! You've given me a very happy Yuletide indeed.

starlady: Kermit the Frog, at Yuletide (yuletide)
My recipient and I appear to have very similar tastes in fic, and also in fandoms and fandom opinions. I actually offered a few "stretch" fandoms this year, in that they were canons I haven't consumed but wanted to, and this request gives me the option of doing one of them, or possibly another one I'd have to review. Either way, I'm excited! 
starlady: Kermit the Frog, at Yuletide (yuletide)
Dear Yuletide writer,

First, thank you so much for participating in Yuletide this year! Second, thank you for agreeing to write a story in a fandom we both love, or at least remember fondly. I'm genuinely interested to see what caught other fans' interests about all of these sources, so please don't feel that my prompts are too binding. I'd rather have an inspired story than slavish devotion to my requests. If you're looking for more of a sense of me and my tastes, skimming through the last twenty entries on my DW will probably give you a good idea; most of the entries in general are unlocked.

I hesitate to say what I do or don't like in fic--I don't have any major squicks, and no firm principles as to what I will or won't read. That said, it's my general sentiment that Yuletide is not the place to go looking for PWP, at least for me; which isn't to say that I wouldn't want sexytimes, as it were, in any story you write, but which is to say that I generally like my sexytimes to go along with plot and characterization. And as you may have guessed from these requests, I do really like women being awesome. In some ways, really, my own fics demonstrate both these preferences very well.


Europa Report, Gate 7, Ooku: The Inner Chambers, Space Vehicles )


I hope you can find enough information in here or in the fandoms to inspire you, Yuletide writer. Thank you so much! 

<3,
Me
starlady: Kermit the Frog, at Yuletide (yuletide)
My Yuletide authors were [archiveofourown.org profile] infiniteeight and [archiveofourown.org profile] greerwatson. Thank you both so much!

For Yuletide this year I wrote something completely different:

…And a Song for Minneapolis (2541 words) by starlady
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Dessa (Musician)
Rating: General Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Original Characters
Summary: The little mystic and his handler grow up.

With a huge shout-out to [personal profile] laceblade and [personal profile] oliviacirce for beta-reading on very short notice. I'm pleased with this story, but the song contains multitudes, and this is only one of them.

Yuletide being made known, it's time for the End of Year Fanworks meme! 2012 was kind of a fallow year for me in this regard, but here's the list anyway:

Fic I Wrote
The Wallmaker's Carol, The Old Kingdom Chronicles (New Year's Resolutions 2012)
Wages (The Only In Our Dreams Remix), X-Men: First Class
Nothing on Earth of Interest (Seeds of the Melon), Sherlock Holmes steampunk AU/The Singsong Girls of Shanghai
Worthy Opponents, Sengoku Jidai RPF (Kaleidoscope 2012)
…And A Song For Minneapolis, Dessa songs (Yuletide 2012)

This doesn't count the two XMFC WIPs that I am very slowly and torturously working on, and in point of fact "Nothing on Earth of Interest" is listed as the first chapter of a WIP, but I'm putting it up here because it can be read as complete in itself and I like it. All told, including the WIP chapters that are up on the Archive, I'm at about 25,000 words for the year. That is shockingly low for me, and I'm not really happy about it.

Vid I Made
Starman, Prometheus (2012)

Questions and answers )
starlady: Kermit the Frog, at Yuletide (yuletide)
Much to my surprise and delight, my annual "what the hell" fourth request has paid off hilariously. Thank you, dear author!

Fairies of the Orchard (676 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Flower Fairies - Cicely Mary Barker
Rating: General Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Apple-blossom Fairy, Codling Fairy, Apple Fairy

This is, in case anyone was wondering (she says, as she sits within sight of not one but two Flower Fairies prints), definitely revisionist. And awesome.

I only managed to write my assigned story for Yuletide this year. If anyone guesses it, I'll be quite surprised, as it's far afield from my usual fandoms, which I frankly appreciated. I really need a change from Japanese History RPF, much as I love it.

starlady: Kermit the Frog, at Yuletide (yuletide)
Well, we've watched Muppet Christmas Carol, A Christmas Story, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, and are currently smack-talking our way through Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. I forgot that RPatz and Ten are in this one! Why was RPatz hanging out in the tree? Oh Harry, everything you don't know is going to try to kill you and everyone you love!

We also made gingerbread redshirts and had the traditional Christmas cheese fondue, and I got some really great books and bird wine glass markers for presents. I also got a Yuletide story! Our house internet is on the fritz every other minute, so I've done very little reading in the collection beyond my own story, which is great.

From the Past Comes Your Calling (2829 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013)
Rating: Mature
Warning: Graphic Depictions Of Violence
Characters: Hansel, Gretel
Summary: Set pre-movie. After escaping from the candy house as children, Hansel and Gretel had to concentrate on surviving on their own. But eventually fate reminds them that there's more than one witch in the world.

I submitted this request on a lark, and it paid off quite handsomely! This is a vivid and action-packed look at how Hansel and Gretel start to become who they are. I loved it.

Merry Christmas and/or a Happy Yuletide to all those who are celebrating, and to all, a good night!

starlady: (firebolt)
I took my first and so far only final of graduate school this morning. It was a thing that happened, certainly. Five years+ out of undergrad, I just can't get that worked up about it. I'm sure I scraped a B-, which is what I need to get a passing grade in the course. I wouldn't be in grad school if I couldn't scrape a B- in just about anything. And in the meantime there are far better things to worry about. On the scale of 1 to 10, as my mother would have said, this was probably about a 1.5. Hence my near soporific-calm, as my professor remarked on in the hallway beforehand.

Other things to worry about: 
- Thing that shall remain nameless but is full of bullshit and drama
- Deadlines for actual paid work that I am getting paid for
- That 20-page seminar paper I haven't started
- Yuletide. BEARS BEARS BEARS BEARS BEARS
starlady: Kermit the Frog, at Yuletide (yuletide)
Dear Yuletide writer,

First, thank you so much for participating in Yuletide this year! Second, thank you for agreeing to write a story in a fandom we both love, or at least remember fondly. I'm genuinely interested to see what caught other fans' interests about all of these sources, so please don't feel that my prompts are too binding. I'd rather have an inspired story than slavish devotion to my requests. If you're looking for more of a sense of me and my tastes, skimming through the last twenty entries on my DW will probably give you a good idea; most of the entries in general are unlocked.

I hesitate to say what I do or don't like in fic--I don't have any major squicks, and no firm principles as to what I will or won't read. That said, it's my general sentiment that Yuletide is not the place to go looking for PWP, at least for me; which isn't to say that I wouldn't want sexytimes, as it were, in any story you write, but which is to say that I generally like my sexytimes to go along with plot and characterization. And as you may have guessed from these requests, I do really like women being awesome. In some ways, really, my own fics demonstrate both these preferences very well.

Looper, Olympics Opening Ceremony, Hansel and Gretel - Witch Hunters, Flower Fairies )

Taken all together, these seem sort of random, and I guess they are; for me the fun of Yuletide is just as much in the giving as in the receiving. I hope the same goes for you, and that you can find something in here to tickle your fancy.

♥,
Me
starlady: Kermit the Frog, at Yuletide (yuletide)
Yuletide first, and first up, writers! [archiveofourown.org profile] threeguesses wrote As I Always Say, and [archiveofourown.org profile] Carmarthen wrote Tribute. Contrary to many people, I never really have strong ideas about what I want out of Yuletide; thank you, writers, for fulfilling my request in such wonderful spades! I'm really glad that the fics have gotten relatively wider notice, since they assuredly deserve it. ♥

As for what I wrote…well, I only had time to write one story this year, and it was so screamingly obvious, I'm quite sure everyone who knows me and read the fic put two and two together immediately. All of which is to say, I appear to be cornering the market on Heian Period RPF for Yuletide: I wrote Songs by Ono no Komachi for [personal profile] lnhammer.

Larry actually requested the Kokinshû, and this is not a very Kokinshû fic, partly because I am not a scholar of Japanese literature and have never actually read it, except for the translations Larry's posted to his journal and the poems we read and translated for it in my classical Japanese program the previous summer. I like to write seasonal fic for Yuletide (yes, this is a major tell of mine), and I didn't have time to work my way through all of the Winter scrolls--I didn't have much time to do anything, actually, because I was so damned busy this December, so I fell back on an easier idea I'd had, namely, the life of Ono no Komachi, who is darned awesome. Ki no Tsurayuki sort of muscled his way in very early on, which is very much a him thing.

This fic, like I said, is very strongly influenced by Tom Lamarre's book on classical Japan, right from the title and the persistent confusion in the fic between songs and poems--they truly were interchangeable, particularly at the beginning of the Heian period, which is when the fic takes place. I'm not as strong on the details of daily life in the 9thC as I am in the 10th, however, so most of the details are consequently vague. I hope people like it; I do, though as usual I wasn't sure where it was going until I finished it. Many thanks to [personal profile] wintercreek, who puts up with me asking her to beta things in fandoms she's never read and who always has great comments, which I strive to put into action. ♥

Finally, I wrote a New Year's Resolution.
The Wallmaker's Carol (4150 words) by faviconstarlady for [personal profile] lionpyh
Fandom: Old Kingdom - Garth Nix
Rating: General Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Nicholas Sayre, Prince Sameth, Lirael (Old Kingdom), Sabriel (Old Kingdom)
Summary: Just after "The Creature in the Case," Lirael and Nick spend Miwinter in Belisaere with Lirael and Sam's family.

I really love the Old Kingdom Chronicles, and I really like writing seasonal (thus for me, wintry) stories for Yuletide. I was listening to my college's Christmasfest recording of my favorite carol, "I Saw Three Ships," early in December and the idea for this story fell out of my brain.


So, it's time for
The End of Year Fanworks Meme!

Fic I Wrote:
From the Collected Works of Solwing: 'England', The Chronicles of Narnia by way of [personal profile] bedlamsbard
Synthesis (Scenes from an AU), XM:FC
Turning and Turning, Toki wo Kakeru Shoujo, for Parallels 2011
Last Will, and Testament, The Chronicles of Narnia/The Dark Is Rising Sequence
from The Classic of the Three Realms, Half World, for Kaleidoscope 2011
Songs by Ono no Komachi, Kokinshû/Heian Period RPF, for Yuletide 2011
Honi soit qui mal y pense, Sherlock Holmes 2009 steampunk AU

Total word count: Roughly 36,000 words. Throwing in papers and translations, I'd put it at about 75,000 words for the year (though I'm not counting my WIPs, some of which are very wordy). I'm satisfied, though this has been something of an off year, in terms of quantity--though not, I think, quality.

Vid I Made:
Too Big to Fail - Occupy Wall Street

Questions and comments )

Happy (Gregorian) New Year, all. ♥
starlady: Kermit the Frog, at Yuletide (yuletide)
Some disclaimers: These are in no particular order other than alphabetical. Chromatic recs will be a separate set. I have many more tabs open; there will be more recs later.

Fandoms: Bagthorpe Saga, Captain America/various, Don Giovanni, Hark! A Vagrant, Historical/literary RPF, Indiana Jones, Inspector Spacetime, Madelyn Mack, Magic Schoolbus, Mary Poppins/Doctor Who, Octopus Steals My Video Camera…, Old Kingdom Chronicles, Queen's Thief, The Sandbaggers/James Bond, St. Trinian's, The Secret of Kells, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Wars: Thrawn Trilogy, The Tough Guide to Fantasyland, Vienna Teng songs, Young Wizards


36 recs in 20+ fandoms )
starlady: Kermit the Frog, at Yuletide (yuletide)
I got up on Christmas morning to go to Meeting for Worship, which was lovely--I have no belief in any divinity that isn't in us, but to be among my particular chosen community, who share the way to get at that divinity wherever all of us find it, was particularly nice this morning, since I was feeling terribly melancholy yesterday.

I didn't get a chance to say, in Meeting, that I realized this year that, while of course I identify my mother with Tiny Tim in Christmas Yet to Come in The Muppet Christmas Carol now, that's not even the point of the movie--the point is that Scrooge wakes up, late but in time, and that Michael Caine and the Muppets gather together and sing on Christmas morning about the real point: "Stop and look around you/The glory that you see/Is born again each day/Don't let it slip away/How precious life can be!" So that's the point, of Christmas and of everything else: we have what we have, and we're together when we can be, and it's more than enough, in the end. A very Merry Christmas to all who celebrate, and to everyone else, I hope you're having a lovely weekend.


On to Yuletide!

I received two wonderful presents this year, both for The Magic Schoolbus.

As I Always Say (1724 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Magic School Bus, Mary Poppins (1964), Doctor Who
Summary: Ms. Frizzle has always enjoyed the third grade.

This one is great! My assigned writer rolled together two of my requests to create a wonderful, amazing, timey-wimey crossover fic of awesomeness.


Tribute (2034 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Magic School Bus
Summary: Third grade has far-rippling effects. About twenty years on, the kids remember Ms. Frizzle's impact on their lives, each in their own way.

My assigned writer wrote from Ms. Frizzle's point of view; this is future fic set in the present from the points of view of her students, all of whom have been transformed in various subtle and profound ways. This one too is heartwarming and awesome.

Thank you, writers, and a merry Yuletide to you both! ♥
starlady: (lumos)
Home in Jersey! With the combined powers of my sister we are well on our way to making Christmas happen in ~4 days. One of these days I will remember that no chain restaurant here can properly dress arugula. 

Yuletide status: Can't Must sleep, bears will eat me.  

Happy Hannukah, all. 
starlady: (heaven's day)
# Five papers left. Then I can start writing my own paper! 

# Do you want a holiday card from me? I want to send you a holiday card from me if you want a holiday card from me! You should tell me your info if you want a holiday card from me.

# I was reading [personal profile] rushthatspeaks' latest entry Florence, Italy, Nov 24th cont, and I realized, I can't recommend [personal profile] rushthatspeaks' writing--on books, cooking, art, life--highly enough.

# Someone tell me to write my Yuletide fic. No, not the treat for someone else entirely, not the various XMFC or Holmes WIPs, but my actual assigned Yuletide fic. AUGH.

starlady: Kermit the Frog, at Yuletide (yuletide)
I don't even know anymore.

Dear Yuletide writer,

First, thank you so much for participating in Yuletide this year! Second, thank you for agreeing to write a story in a fandom we both love, or at least remember fondly. I'm genuinely interested to see what caught other fans' interests about all of these sources, so please don't feel that my prompts are too binding. I'd rather have an inspired story than slavish devotion to my requests. If you're looking for more of a sense of me and my tastes, skimming through the last twenty entries on my DW will probably give you a good idea; most of the entries in general are unlocked.

I hesitate to say what I do or don't like in fic--I don't have any major squicks, and no firm principles as to what I will or won't read. That said, it's my general sentiment that Yuletide is not the place to go looking for PWP, at least for me; which isn't to say that I wouldn't want sexytimes, as it were, in any story you write, but which is to say that I generally like my sexytimes to go along with plot and characterization. And as you may have guessed from these requests, I do really like women being awesome. In some ways, really, my own fics demonstrate both these preferences very well.

Magic School Bus, Jazz Kings, Darkwing Duck, Mary Poppins )
Taken all together, these seem sort of random, and I guess they are; for me the fun of Yuletide is just as much in the giving as in the receiving. I hope the same goes for you, and that you can find something in here to tickle your fancy.

♥,
Me
starlady: Kermit the Frog, at Yuletide (yuletide)
Since Yuletide nominations will be opening soon, I'm looking at my "Yuletide 2011" text file, which I start some time after nominations have closed the year before. Here's what I have:

1. The Aurors
2. Magic School Bus(/Dr. Who)
3. Mary Poppins(/Dr. Who)
4. Jazz Kings (more info here)

I think I'm going to scrap Mary Poppins. Also, people, you should totally check out Jazz Kings.

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