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Summary: Nyota Uhura, Christine Chapel, Hikaru Sulu, and Gaila -- the not-quite-senior officers of the Enterprise, minus the two disqualified for being underage and/or crazy -- gather for their weekly game and gossip session. This week's mission is Hearts.

Notes: This fic was written for Cotton Candy Bingo Round One in incredibly belated response to the WILD CARD square. (Yeah, I went literal. Sue me.) It's also in response to a prompt from [livejournal.com profile] vehrec: Kirk, Spock, kicking back and relaxing over 3D chess-or maybe even some sort of 4D chess where you can phase out pieces for a certain number of turns. Just relaxing on the Enterprise I suppose, R&R, the actual people don’t matter.

It's nominally set in the same universe as A History of Handcrafts and A Guide to Guerrilla Knitting, but that has no practical effect on the story. (1,975 words)

[ETA: the AO3 crosspost is now up!]

All on a Summer's Day )

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This was not the fic I meant to finish tonight -- that would be the Narnia genderswap "unexpected love" fill -- but what the hell, it's a thing, and I wrote it, and it's done. *resolve face*

Also, yes, I did in fact deal four hands of Hearts and play the entire game out against myself. I was going to decide the hands for thematic reasons, but that got ridiculous and unworkable very fast, so I figured I would go with random chance instead. :-)
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Yay, I wrote and finished something!

This takes place in the same universe as A History of Handcrafts (Because a Sweater Equals Love), though all you really need to know is that Kirk knits and Uhura has admitted that they're friends.

A Guide to Guerilla Knitting: Being Jim Kirk's friend doesn't magically make him less annoying. But Nyota can hold her own. Written for [community profile] cottoncandy_bingo prompt sprains/strains, as suggested by [livejournal.com profile] cherokee1. (950 words)

[ETA: Now also up here on AO3!]
edenfalling: headshot of a raccoon, looking left (raccoon)
I took a rather lackadaisical approach to A History of Handcrafts (Because a Sweater Equals Love), otherwise known as "the unexpected remix." I had no outline and, initially, no plot or theme either -- just the knitting gimmick and some implied backstory about Amanda and Gaila from MelayneSeahawk's drabble. This resulted in several exploratory rough draft fragments that I cut and replaced for various reasons. Nonetheless, I think the unused fragments are often cute, and kind of interesting from a process-of-writing standpoint.

So here they are. (1,400 words, give or take)

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A History of Handcrafts: alternate scenes
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first attempt at scene 1 )

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alternate conclusion to scene 2 )

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first attempt at scene 3, Spock POV )

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alternate scene 3, unexpected Gaila cameo )

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alternate conclusion to scene 3 )

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In other news, I've been writing at work the past few days, but it's been kind of useless, at least from a can-I-post-this perspective.

For example, on Monday I wrote half a scene from at least two chapters ahead of myself in "Ashes" -- when Riam, Zalir, and Morgalen are at least a week into their journey, out in the tainted lands beyond Zerlon. Yesterday I wrote most a scene that is best described as fanfic for an original novel I haven't written. It's a little transitional incident that would probably not be in the actual book, if the book existed, because it's tangential to the main plot. I am writing it for my own amusement because it's a nice bit of emotional connection between two characters. I have another scene from that world (with different characters, but also a tangential transitional incident that wouldn't make it into the actual story) that I have been plotting in my head but haven't yet committed to paper.

...

I dunno, I may post them anyway when I finish. I do like my trio from "Ashes," and while I will probably never get around to writing their real story, I am also quite fond of Tom Redding, ri-Lady Lourdés Rodelay of House Ié'carranze dh Thrae, Vek abakak in'Ifut, and Signy of Vigjal, as well as the remaining cast of thousands their story contains.
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I am writing this post because of A History of Handcrafts (Because a Sweater Equals Love), also known as my unexpected remix.

My story is based on Spock's Sweater, a lovely drabble by MelayneSeahawk, which I am going to copy-paste here for analysis purposes. (If you like it, please follow the preceding link and tell her so!)

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Spock's Sweater, by MelayneSeahawk )

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Here is the information that accompanied the story:

1. That it was written in response to the following prompt: "Spock's Grey Lumpen ManSweater of Dubious Fit"

2. This header line: "Spock's Sweater | G | 100 words | complete"

That header line is also the only information provided for the story in MelayneSeahawk's master list of her Star Trek: AOS fanfiction.

So far, so good.

Now we hit the problem area -- namely, I read the story as gen. Because I read it as gen, I wrote a remix that included Spock/Uhura as a background romantic pairing, used Kirk/Gaila as a background sexual pairing, and only had Kirk and Spock interacting as friends. The thing is, MelayneSeahawk wrote the story as shipfic -- I know this because she commented that I had changed the pairing, which cannot happen unless there was a pairing to start with.

How did that miscommunication happen?

There is nothing in the header information to tell me the story is not gen... )

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In brief, this is why summaries and detailed header information are good and useful things: they will help give people the contextual information to read stories the way you intended them, instead of completely missing what you consider the main point.

Also, gen friendship is awesome and in no way inferior to shipfic, but that is a different argument for another day.

(This post has been edited for clarity since I first posted it, but the gist of the explanation remains the same.)
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Remix reveal day! I wrote three stories this year: A History of Handcrafts (Because a Sweater Equals Love) and In Foreign Tongues (Been All Over You) for [archiveofourown.org profile] melayneseahawk, and Postcards from Naxos (You Don't Have To Go Home, But You Can't Stay Here) for [livejournal.com profile] sour_idealist.

I am going to talk about each in a separate post.

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A History of Handcrafts (Because a Sweater Equals Love): 3,200 words, April 2011. Love doesn't have to be difficult: all you need to do is reach out to your friends. A story in three parts and many knitting projects. Contains background Amanda/Sarek, Kirk/Gaila, and Spock/Uhura.

Remixed from Spock's Sweater, a drabble by MelayneSeahawk.

This is the one I call my unexpected remix.

I offered to write Star Trek: AOS mostly on a whim, and was not at all expecting to get assigned to anyone in that fandom. I assumed I'd get Harry Potter, Naruto, or Narnia, since those are the fandoms I actually qualified in, and Naruto and Narnia are also notably smaller fandoms (in Remix terms, at least -- Naruto utterly crushes Star Trek: AOS if you go by number of stories on ff.net, but Remix tends to skew away from anime and manga fandoms). Anyway, once I recovered from my surprise, I read through MelayneSeahawk's archive and was promptly attacked by a vicious, tenacious, novel-length plotbunny for the story of Gaila's life from birth through old age.

Unfortunately, that required absurd amounts of world-building, and wasn't... )

I am sorry for turning a drabble that was (as I later learned) intended as slash into a story with so much background het, but I am not in the least sorry for focusing on the power of family and platonic friendship, because the world always needs more gen fic and friendship is awesome, amen, the end.

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