starlady: Kermit the Frog, at Yuletide (yuletide)
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For Yuletide 2018 I picked up a pinch hit on the list in a wild burst of optimism and hubris when I saw the fandom, The Box of Delights. For those who haven't read John Masefield's classic Christmas fantasy, it's wild, though somehow not quite as wild as its predecessor, The Midnight Folk. Both are available from the NYRB Classics line, and I highly recommend them.

Somehow despite the fact that this was the first fic under the TV tag, it has proven fairly popular for such a tiny fandom. Happy Yuletide to us all.

Fire and Bells (3515 words) by starlady
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Kay Harker Series - John Masefield, Dark Is Rising Sequence - Susan Cooper, The Box of Delights (TV)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Maria Jones, Kay Harker
Additional Tags: Christmas, Future Fic, Crossover, 1930s
Summary: It's Christmas 1932, and Maria Jones only wants to find the magic in the world.

I finished the book on New Year's Eve 2016, so to refresh my memory I queued up the 1980s BBC adaptation of the book on YouTube, which was helpful in that it clarified the class status of the characters. Reading [personal profile] merriman's letter, I realized that crossing the story over with Susan Cooper's The Dark Is Rising series would solve all of my plot problems, with the nice addition that I am pretty sure Masefield influenced Cooper. I had originally wanted to make this a stealth triple crossover with the Wimsey novels (T9T shares some thematic elements with The Box of Delights, actually), but that proved ungainly--though Merriman and Wimsey do both drive Daimlers. On the other hand, you may also recognize a few elements from The Magician's Nephew; that was deliberate. So was the fact that I ignored the book's cop-out ending, though I think after having read The Midnight Folk I am more inclined to the interpretation that it all having been a dream doesn't mean it wasn't real.

Really, though, I cannot recommend tossing Merriman, the Lady and the Rider into your story enough as a strategy to solve your plot problems. What is the Lady doing lying in a barrow under a berm? Who knows and who cares! They are in all times as they need to be. And Maria Jones is a treat to write. If I had actually read The Midnight Folk before writing this fic, I would have done more with her own magical origins (she and her family were some of Kay's toys originally, probably? WILD), but alas, I had not. 

I thought this was the only story I had written this year, but I forgot that I had written a brief Star Wars Rebels coda by way of an ROTJ coda earlier this year when Rebels finished.

Freedom on Endor (1642 words) by starlady
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Star Wars Original Trilogy, Star Wars: Rebels, Star Wars - All Media Types
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Luke Skywalker, CT-7567 | Rex
Additional Tags: Spoils the Rebels ending, Past Character Death, Years ago you served my father in the Clone Wars, Post-Star Wars: Return of the Jedi
Summary: Rex sat back slightly. “Any relation to General Anakin Skywalker?” he asked, too casual, and Luke swallowed hard.

Despite my diminished output over the past few years, I have not been idle on the fanfic front in 2018. I wrote nearly 80K of an epic Star Wars fic, and my main goal for 2019 is to get it finished and posted. May the Force be with us all in our endeavors.
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