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Today is Yuletide reveal day! Here is the story I wrote this year:

Echoes of the Past: Bran and Will have settled happily into ordinary lives, until Jane calls with news of a brewing magical catastrophe on the Isle of Wight. Background Bran/Will. (2,275 words, written for [archiveofourown.org profile] harborshore)

some thoughts )
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Late post, because yesterday turned out busier than I expected and then this afternoon my family went to see a production of The Merry Wives of Windsor, but anyway. I got two gifts this year, both in the same fandom -- Daredevil (Comics) -- and they are both WONDERFUL!

I asked for a story about Karen, Kirsten, and Elektra that did NOT focus on Matt, and said that since they make a really odd and hard to wrangle character combo, using all three was not necessary. In the event, I got one fic about Karen and Kirsten and another about Kirsten and Elektra. The former also makes excellent use of Foggy, while the latter makes excellent use of Lady Bullseye and Kirsten's roommate Dina, and has a glorious minor role for Doctor Strange being... well... himself. (The 616 universe can be marvelously bizarre. *grin*)

Go! Read! Tell my mystery authors they are awesome!

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A Good Lasting Impression (3,517 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Daredevil (Comics)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Karen Page, Kirsten McDuffie, Franklin "Foggy" Nelson
Additional Tags: Weird Sandwiches, Female Friendship, Misses Clause Challenge

Summary: With Matt AWOL and Foggy rushing to the courthouse, it's up to office manager Karen Page to show the new summer intern the ropes. But Kirsten McDuffie has a few ideas of her own on that score!

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Jus Tertii (11,336 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Daredevil (Comics)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Kirsten McDuffie, Elektra Natchios, Maki Matsumoto (Marvel), Stephen Strange, Wilson Fisk, Turk Barrett
Additional Tags: Ninja, Lawyers, Shadowland (Marvel)

Summary: ADA Kirsten McDuffie is used to being threatened, but she did not expect to be rescued, bloodily, by known assassin Elektra Natchios. Now she has to figure out just how ninjas, assassins and her current case all link together in the aftermath of Shadowland.

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Circumstances got the better of me this year, alas, and so I only wrote one story. If anyone guesses it before the reveal, I will write you a ficlet of your choice. :D
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In no particular order:

1. I have a job interview scheduled for Tuesday morning. This is in relation to the civil service job I mentioned nearly a month ago. I applied in mid-November, had my exam in late November, received my exam results last week, and now finally get an interview. Bureaucracy moves slowly! I am not the only person being interviewed, of course, but I really hope I get the job. It would remove about 70% of my current stressors in one fell swoop.

cut on general principle )

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2. Still working my way through online training for Not the IRS, blargh. Oh well, at least I get paid for it! They're making a first tentative January schedule this weekend, though if I do get the civil service job, obviously I will have to change my hours.

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3. I hate Yuletide, I hate Yuletide, I hate Yuletide. I am about halfway to the minimum wordcount, but not remotely halfway through my planned story. *headdesk*

Ah well, I think I know where to butcher it in order to get a coherent thing posted by the deadline, if necessary, and then I'll try to get the extended proper version up before the archive goes live next week.

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4. Bought gifts for Mom and Vicky on Tuesday, which I will wrap sometime this weekend. Thank goodness for Ithaca's weird little specialty shops on and around the Commons. I also bought little extras for Mom, Dad, and Vicky, got Mom to buy a thing in my name for Dad (which I will wrap and pay her back for when I get to NJ), and went halves(ish) with Vicky on a gift for Aunt Cara. And I got all my holiday cards mailed out last Saturday, which is always a good feeling.

My card list has changed a bit over the years as my older relatives have died and I've tacked some former coworkers on. I've also started sending cards to Cat and Susan's parents addressing them by their first names, which feels kind of weird -- making the shift from 'my friends' parents' to 'adults I know as a fellow adult' -- but has not caused the sky to fall, so eh, whatever.

(I duck the issue by not using names at all when directly addressing them, because that is still a step too weird for me, but at least I'm not calling them Mr. and Mrs. M (or G) anymore. Progress by inches!)

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5. You know, screw it, I think I'm going to post ch. 16 of "Guardian" on my journal tonight even though I haven't finished editing and reposting the previous chapters on AO3. That will give me time to get a little feedback before I stick ch 16 up on a permanent archive, and I have never claimed to be a very patient person. When I finish a thing, I want a reaction NOW.

So yeah, gimme a few minutes and I'm going to do that.
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My reaction upon receiving my Yuletide assignment was, more or less, "Oh, okay; I can write that; that's easy." And then secondarily, "I wonder if I should maybe ask the mods to ask my recipient if I can do [thing], because while [thing] doesn't exactly match the 'prompt' part of the prompt, it does match some stuff in the 'letter' part that's appended to each prompt, and while I like the prompt a lot, I like [thing] even more. Because of reasons."

...

You know, I think I will email the mods after all. There is no harm in asking, and then I will know for sure one way or the other.
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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!

ha!

Oct. 24th, 2015 02:51 am
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Best Yuletide fandom I have seen so far: Incompetent Time-Traveling Saxophone Haters.

There is no way on earth I would volunteer to write that (or request it, for that matter), but I sincerely hope someone else does. :D

*continues slogging through tagset*
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I think the most annoying part of Yuletide is sorting through the tagset to see what I'm willing to write, and then organizing that information into nine offers and a bucket list. There are just SO MANY fandoms, and they're different every year.

*continues scrolling through the book category*
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Yay, my Yuletide noms got approved! I suspect some of them might be duplicates, but they weren't listed on the nomination-coordinating spreadsheet and I have had years where I skipped nominations on the theory that "Fandom X always gets nominated anyway" and then had Fandom X not actually be nominated, so. There's also the issue of making sure the characters you want are available to request, which is sometimes irrelevant but other times matters a great deal; this year falls into the latter case for me.

Basically I made sure I could make my perennial The Lions of Al-Rassan prompt (will this be the year it finally gets filled???), my Karla-gets-a-happy-sex-life prompt, and a new idea for Darkangel fic that occurred to me recently and which I would love to read: namely, something about Syllva and Eryka and their relationship as sisters, travelers, and sometime-rulers of Isternes and various points west, because sisters are awesome and I want to know more about them as the heroes of their own stories rather than background figures in their children's stories. (That nomination took longest to approve, probably because Syllva and Eryka did not previously exist in AO3's tagging system.) I will doubtless make one or two other requests as well -- I am always up for fic about The Dispossessed, for example, or maybe Daredevil (616 version) if that makes it through, because I want someone to properly develop Milla Donovan beyond her love for Matt, dammit! -- but other people were already taking care of those fandoms so I didn't need to bother. :D

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