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[community profile] snowflake_challenge day 2:

Share a book/song/movie/tv show/fanwork/etc that changed your life. Something that impacted on your consciousness in a way that left its mark on your soul.

Many over the years, but I'm going to say Ursula Le Guin in general, because she did that to me twice. The first was The Tombs of Atuan, which I read when I was... probably eight? Could have been seven or nine, but eight sounds right. I picked it up at random in my school library, and while I wouldn't necessarily say it knocked me for a loop (I was a bit young for that), it was, I think, a very lucky early counter-argument to the reams of male-centric swords-and-horses stories I read subsequently: a quiet voice always there in the bedrock of my mind, saying, "There are other ways."

Some years later (I think I was twelve or thirteen), I read The Dispossessed and that one DID knock me for a loop -- less for the anarchist stuff than for the structure of the thing and how it balances and tie in to the themes and the emotional arc, plus the richness of the worldbuilding in general, and also of course the characters and the very believable-feeling descriptions of alien science as a lived experience. I walked around for a couple weeks with a good quarter of my brain constantly chewing over that book, while I tried to stumble through the rest of my life and not give away how utterly distracted I was.
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Dear Yuletide Writer,

Hi, and thank you in advance for writing a story for me! I'm pretty easy to please -- unless you write a context-free sex scene, I'll be thrilled just to get a fic in one of the fandoms I asked for. *grin* But I realize that's not terribly helpful, so here's the (very!) long version. (I am sorry for the tl;dr, but I like to talk about things I love and I figure more details are better than fewer.)

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General Information )

Okay. On to specific fandoms.

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The Dispossessed )

The Lions of Al-Rassan )

Black Jewels )

Darkangel Trilogy )

Daredevil (Comics) )

And that is that. Thank you again, and happy writing!
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Dear Yuletide Writer,

Hi, and thank you in advance for writing a story for me! I'm pretty easy to please -- unless you write a context-free sex scene, I'll be thrilled just to get a fic in one of the fandoms I asked for. *grin* But I realize that's not terribly helpful, so here's the (very!) long version. I am sorry for the tl;dr, but I like to talk about things I love and I figure more details are better than fewer.

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General Information )

Okay. On to specific fandoms.

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The Dispossessed )

Lucifer )

The Lions of Al-Rassan )

Black Jewels )

And that is that. :-)
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Dear Yuletide Writer,

Hi, and thank you in advance for writing a story for me! I'm pretty easy to please -- unless you write a context-free sex scene, I'll be thrilled just to get a fic in one of the fandoms I asked for. *grin* But I realize that's not terribly helpful, so here's the (very!) long version. (I am sorry for the tl;dr, but I like to talk about things I love and I figure more details are better than fewer.)

---------------

General Information )

Okay. On to specific fandoms.

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The Dispossessed )

Lucifer )

Macbeth )

Villains by Necessity )

Black Jewels )

And that is that. :-)
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So I got TWO presents this year! An embarrassment of riches!

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First someone [archiveofourown.org profile] Firerose wrote me a story about Laia Asieo Odo, from "The Day Before the Revolution," which is a short story by Ursula Le Guin that acts as a kinda-sorta prequel to The Dispossessed. Both stories are set in the Ekumen (aka the Hainish Cycle), and deal with the twin planets of Urras and Anarres, and a thought experiment about how utopian, communitarian anarchism might possibly be made practical.

A Necklace of Acorns: (collection link) Only cast pearls before swine if a necklace of acorns becomes you (Sayings of Odo). Glimpses into the life of a revolutionary.

This is an awesome and wonderful exercise in world-building, character, and some of the politics and cultural baggage implicit in the setting of the novel and the short story, and you should go read it immediately and heap praises upon the author!

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Second, someone [archiveofourown.org profile] fresne wrote me a story set in the world of Meredith Ann Pierce's The Darkangel trilogy, which is about vampires on the moon. (Only a thousand times better than that summary makes it sound, I swear to god -- it's about fairy tales and myths and quests and female empowerment and friendship and all kinds of amazing stuff like that. Plus did I mention it takes place on the moon? Because yeah.)

Sons for Every Daymonth: (collection link) Her first son was fair of face,/ Her second son was full of grace,/ Her third son was full of why,/ Her fourth son had has far to go,/ Her fifth son might have been loving and giving,/ Her sixth son worked hard for a living,/ But her seventh son was bonny and blithe and good and gay. She had problems with that one.

These are the stories of the other six icari, who weren't as lucky as Irrylath and lost their souls forever. It is also the story of a world slowly falling apart as the White Witch's baleful influence spreads and the links between domains come apart. Go heap praises upon this author too!
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Dear Yuletide Writer,

Hi, and thank you in advance for writing a story for me! I'm pretty easy to please -- unless you write a context-free sex scene, I'll be thrilled just to get a fic in one of the fandoms I asked for. *grin* But I realize that's not terribly helpful, so here's the (very!) long version. (I am sorry for the tl;dr, but I like to talk about things I love and I figure more details are better than fewer.)

---------------

General Information )

Okay. On to specific fandoms.

---------------

The Lions of Al-Rassan )

Lucifer )

The Dispossessed )

Darkangel Trilogy )

And that is that.
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Signups were extended until 10/31 because of a problem with AO3 challenge participant matching program, so I only got around to actually filling out the form tonight. As always, I am continuing the previous year's requests that did not get filled, which in this case means The Lions of Al-Rassan by Guy Gavriel Kay, Lucifer by Mike Carey et al, and The Dispossessed & "The Day Before the Revolution" by Ursula Le Guin (because I can delimit the Hainish Cycle any way I want via the character tags, and what I want is Urras and Anarres, dammit).

I have added a request for The Darkangel trilogy by Meredith Ann Pierce, which may present a bit of a challenge if my assigned writer gets matched on that because while I requested "any" characters, I then went on to say that I wasn't particularly interested in a story about any of the four characters on the official tag set this year. I just want secondary characters and world-building -- no star-crossed romance or angst whatsoever. :-/ Ah well, I did try to provide some ways to tell the kind of story I want while still using Aeriel, Erin, Irrylath, or Ravenna, so hopefully that will work out. And it may never even arise as an issue. Perhaps this will be the year that I finally get my world-building story about Al-Rassan! (Which I have been requesting for years but never seem to get matched on. *sigh*)

My 'Dear Yuletide Writer' letter is here.
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Dear Yuletide Writer,

Hi, and thank you in advance for writing a story for me! I'm pretty easy to please -- unless you write a story that's only a long sex scene, I'll be thrilled just to get a fic in one of the fandoms I asked for. *grin* But I realize that's not terribly helpful, so here's the (very!) long version. (I am sorry for the tl;dr, but I like to talk about things I love and I figure more details are better than fewer.)

---------------

General Information )

Okay. On to specific fandoms.

---------------

The Lions of Al-Rassan )

Lucifer )

The Dispossessed )

Mysterious Skin - TRIGGER WARNING )

And that is that.
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Dear Yuletide Writer,

[[ETA: FYI, I will be visiting my sister in Spain over Christmas, and I don't know if I will have internet access when the archive opens. I will be back in the USA on the 29th, and I will definitely comment as soon as I can read your story!]]

I'm pretty easy to please -- so long as you write a grammatically correct story that isn't simply a long sex scene, I'll be thrilled just to get a fic in one of the fandoms I asked for. *grin* But I realize that's not terribly helpful, so here's the (very!) long version.

---------------

General Information )

Okay. On to specific fandoms.

---------------

The Lions of Al-Rassan )

Lucifer )

The Psion Trilogy )

The Dispossessed )

And that is that.

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