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Today is Ladystuck reveal day! I wrote four fics this year: my assignment, a pinch hit, and two treats just because. I will talk about each in a separate post.

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Sandedge: Unfortunately, when you turn around, you realize the cave was already occupied. Fortunately, the occupant can be reasoned with. (The Dolorosa meets the Disciple.) [1,325 words]

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This is a treat written for [archiveofourown.org profile] ratherrumpus, who asked for an exploration of the Dolorosa's relationship with the Disciple. It's kind of a sequel to an unwritten story about the Disciple's early childhood that I've been struggling with for over a year. That fic would start with a tiny, nameless, feral troll girl slowly and warily getting domesticated by the abbess of Sandedge, and end with her flight into the desert after the abbey's destruction. I'm not sure I'll ever figure out how to write that story, so it was nice to have a chance to pick up some of the background work and repurpose it in a slightly more hopeful setting.

The fic is part of my Ancestral Nights continuity, though I obviously couldn't add it to that series while the Ladystuck archives were still anonymous.

And now for a trivia note! I've mentioned the Sandedge spaceport twice in Trollstuck: Make Her Pay -- once as the location of a fight between the Summoner and the Grand Highblood, and once as a line in a wiggler rhyme that Vriska uses to disrupt Davven's thoughts and dialogue. So it's part of my general headcanon about the Ancestors and Alternia, though I haven't had a chance to explore it in detail, either as a spaceport or an abbey.
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Today is Ladystuck reveal day! I wrote four fics this year: my assignment, a pinch hit, and two treats just because. I will talk about each in a separate post.

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The Rule of Threes: The day Aradia Megido arrived in New York, three important things happened, though she only noted two at the time. [1,375 words]

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This is a treat, written for [archiveofourown.org profile] ChameleonSerket. They requested a humanstuck modern magic AU with the following elements:

-Aradia, a hedgewitch in a small town with a talent for fortune telling and prediction, moves to a big seaside city to seek fame and fortune (or something like that anyway).
-Feferi, a very rich noble who is the most powerful seawitch that has been seen for decades.
-Jade, a mysterious witch living in Aradia's apartment block who may or may not have space altering powers.
-Finally, Rose who is a seer plagued by horrible rage filled episodes (possession?) with an affinity for both light and dark magics.


I didn't get Feferi on-page, but I managed the rest. As with "The Moons of Skaia," there's a much larger story I didn't have time to write -- in a very real sense, "The Rule of Threes" acts as the opening chapter for that unwritten fic. And again, maybe someday I will come back and see where the threads I laid will take me. :-)
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Today is Ladystuck reveal day! I wrote four fics this year: my assignment, a pinch hit, and two treats just because. I will talk about each in a separate post.

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New Roots: I think a fic with gardener Jade and author Rose would be nice. Perhaps Rose was buying flowers for her mom, or Rose simply keeps a garden at home. Maybe Jade could be the person who helps Rose out, then discovers that Rose was the person who wrote Jade's favorite book. [2,300 words]

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This is a pinch hit, written for [archiveofourown.org profile] Ghost_Assist, because the prompt was too adorable to resist. Sometimes I just want to write something warm and fluffy, you know? And who can resist a flower shop meet-cute with lesbians. :-)

I had particular fun inventing an imaginary urban fantasy series for Rose to write and Jade to be a fan of. The Persephone Noir tetralogy is more or less described within the fic, but to summarize, it's about a young woman whose mother had an affair with a horrorterror and spent the rest of her life emotionally addicted to dark magic and trying to push her daughter into following her own path. Instead, Sephy becomes a hero, saves the world, and ends the series by breaking free from both of her parents' plans and influence.

I suspect that after Rose finishes her Complacency of the Learned series -- you may notice she's just published its first volume at the opening of the fic -- she writes another set of Persephone Noir books, in which Sephy meets an enthusiastic earth witch who wants to analyze magic from a scientific perspective. Together, they fight crime! (Er. I mean, they fight nameless things from beyond the walls of the universe. And possibly also shadowy government organizations. As one does.) Fans are divided over happiness at Sephy finally getting a steady girlfriend, and annoyance at the increased intrusion of romance plotlines into their dark action/adventure series. *evil grin*

(Also, yes, I know Jade really should have at least one assistant on the clock if she's running a store of that size. Please assume the assistant was out delivering some commissioned floral arrangements and returned shortly after Rose left. *blatantly handwaves*)
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Today is Ladystuck reveal day! I wrote four fics this year: my assignment, a pinch hit, and two treats just because. I will talk about each in a separate post.

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The Moons of Skaia: Twelve sweeps after the Collapse, Justiciar Redglare came to the moons of Skaia on the trail of Her Imperious Condescension. [2,450 words]

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This is my assignment, written for chthonianCrocuta (lovesthesoundof). I wrote a pinch hit for chthonianCrocuta last year because I fell in passionate infatuation with one of their prompts; apparently this trend holds true, because I wanted to write for all five of the prompts they made this year as well. In the event, "The Moons of Skaia" is only a response to three of them: one about linguistics, one about world-building a cultural melting-pot planet, and one about Redglare going about her life. I was going to squeeze in Redglare meeting Terezi as well -- that's kind of vaguely implied in the ending action of the fic -- but I realized that doing so would require me to write the whole plot of Redglare finding the Condesce, capturing or not capturing her, and so on. Sadly, I did not have time to do all of that by the exchange deadline, but I'd like to write more in this world someday, so... who knows!

I think the basic world-building is clear in the fic itself, but here are some details I wasn't able to make fully explicit on-page. This universe is a post-game mashup of the final iterations of both the humans' and trolls' universes, with some significant game-related additions. The Collapse is the name given to the moment when the new universe was created... except it came with a retroactive past, such that people remember both their lives in their old universes and in this one. (Also, people were taken and/or resurrected from all up and down their old universes' timelines.)

Skaia is a gas giant planet that orbits a massive yellow-white star. It has eight moons, which are slightly more scientifically plausible versions of the eight kids' Lands. I suspect Prospit is an inner world in a Venus-type orbit, and Derse is out in a Uranus-type orbit. The name of the star is Calamity. The debris out near its heliopause is a symbolic echo of the Möbius tangle that forms around a fully developed Battlefield in Sburb.

As for the players who were alive at the end of the game, I think they were offered the option of becoming gods of their newly created universe, and rejected that either as part of the price of defeating Lord English, or because they'd seen too much of power corrupting, or because that was incompatible with recreating bits of their old universes instead of creating a completely new slate. Whatever the reason, they retain some fraction of their game powers, but they live and age as normal members of their species.
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I gave blood today, which went well. The Red Cross was set up in the basement of the Baptist church a few blocks from my house, so it was very easy to get to. (There are actually two churches within a few blocks of my house, which I suppose is because my neighborhood -- Fall Creek -- used to be kind of an independent suburb of Ithaca, way back in the day, and it still has traces of a tiny business district, though most of those have faded and it never did get separately incorporated.)

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In other news, I've gotten through all of the Ladystuck Treats archive and am working my way through the main Ladystuck archive by reverse wordcount, which means so far I've looked at a lot of art and read some short comics. There are 191 works in the main archive (though at least one of them is a duplicate, and another is also part of the Treats archive so I'd already seen it there), and I have gotten through perhaps thirty of them.

(I would normally be faster, but I'm trying to comment on every work I open, because I get weird like that about exchanges. Plus I am still dealing with the all-things-Hannibal obsession I mentioned yesterday. *sigh*)

I have a long way to go...
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Ladystuck 2014 (and Ladystuck Treats 2014) went live today! All works will be anonymous for a week, so I can't tell you what I wrote. But in the meantime, let me interest you in my two wonderful gifts:

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I Hate You (Don't Leave Me): Getting people in her quadrants has never been difficult for Porrim. But keeping them there? That's another story. Porrim<3<Damara. (1,800 words) [ETA: by [archiveofourown.org profile] inklesspen]

This is a lovely story about Porrim and Damara negotiating a rough spot in their black romance, with a focus on the need for respect and reciprocity. Also contains a pale one-night stand, interspecies flush-flirting, and bonus awesome AU worldbuilding about trolls living on Earth and integrating Alternian and human cultures. What are you waiting for? Go read this immediately!

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Picture This: There are no photographs of your childhood. (2,700 words) [ETA: by [archiveofourown.org profile] lovesthesoundof]

AKA, Roxy growing up among the carapacians. This story has a wonderful frame-structure -- it's told via the photographs of typical childhood scenes that Roxy doesn't have -- and is wonderfully kind and careful about the bonds between Roxy and her adopted family. It also contains some really neat world-building about the carapacians and the things they did and didn't know about Rose, about humans in general, and about the secrets of their habitat. Again, go read this immediately. You will be glad you did. :-)
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I picked up a Ladystuck pinch hit a couple days ago, and just finished and posted it. Obviously it will need some editing -- I have been and still am in the process of editing my assignment as well (which has resulted in an additional 800 words and much more developed world-building) -- but hey, it's a coherent thing, and I think it's pretty cute.

I like being able to do pinch hits. It makes me feel productive in a good way. I am usually far too busy to manage that for Yuletide, but in non-holiday parts of the year I generally have more time and spoons to work with. :-)

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In other news, tomorrow is my first day of actual official work at New Job, henceforth to be known as Not the IRS. I will then be working again on Saturday, since I did end up picking up the shift so a coworker could get to a social obligation that afternoon. I feel I have a good grasp of the technical aspects of the job -- how to use the relevant computer programs and such -- but it always takes a few days to pick up the non-technical aspects, like how to properly baby the office coffeemaker, how the filing system works, exactly how the phone system is set up for transferring calls, what various coworkers' personality quirks are, etc. I will do my best to get that stuff down before we hit the peak busy period in a week or two, because I've been told that things get crazy at that point.
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1. I finished a rough draft of my Ladystuck fic and posted it to the collection. I will be editing it extensively over the coming week -- maybe extending it as well, because while it's a functionally complete thought as it stands, there's a bunch of world-building I wasn't able to get in, and I would also like to do some more in-depth character exploration. But still, I wrote a thing and it's up on the site, which is enough for tonight.

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2. I checked my work schedule this afternoon, and while I'm only on for one day this week, next week I seem to be scheduled for over twenty hours, and the week after that for over thirty hours. Very exciting! I need to update my resume now to take this job into account, because being employed makes a person look much more employable.

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3. A couple weeks ago I mentioned in passing that I've been getting into Hannibal, which is weird for me both because it's a television show and because it's nominally realistic rather than fantasy or science-fiction. In practice, it's so stylized and flat-out bizarre that it comes across as effectively a dark urban fantasy. And so far, it seems that watching via actual DVD disks rather than via streaming video is a decent way to sort of... concentrate my mind. I've been telling myself I have to watch an entire disk in one evening and send it back to Netflix the next day, so I'm not always finding excuses for stuff to do instead of carving out time to watch and listen.

I may try this method on some other TV shows and see if I can carry the pattern over, or whether it was an aberration born of temporary white-hot interest and therefore not sustainable or transferable.

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4. I just made a blood donation appointment for the 22nd. This was annoyingly difficult, because the Red Cross site refused to cough up local blood drive locations based on a ZIP code search. I had to find the advanced search link and look by city and state name. You would think that would call up the same search parameters, but apparently not!

I also looked at my account, out of curiosity, because at some point they digitized their records. I can see all the times I gave blood in New York, going back to 2001. One of the dates has to be wrong, because the Red Cross claims I donated twice in February 2002, which is obviously impossible. Then there's a gap between 2003 and 2005, which is probably when I was having issues with mild anemia, and after 2005 there's nothing for nine years until my church had a blood drive last January and I thought to myself, oh hey, I used to do that, didn't I...? And now the Red Cross keeps sending me emails and calling me at random hours of the day to ask if I've made a new appointment yet.

(I do think I gave blood once in 2006, since I'm fairly sure I once walked down the hill from Cornell with a bandage on my elbow and then worked a closing shift at the smoke shop, but perhaps that donation was the time they entered my name incorrectly into their system. Or perhaps one of the doubled Feb. 2002 entries really should have been Feb. 2006. It is a mystery!)

Anyway, I changed my work availability to ensure I won't have any scheduling conflicts that day.
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1. I have a general idea of what I want to do for my Ladystuck fic -- by which I mean I have a scenario -- but I don't yet have a plot, and I don't want to start writing until I have an idea of what is going to happen, however vague it may be. That way lies nothing but madness and frustration. So I've been tossing potentialities up in the air since Monday, and presumably they will land in a usable configuration within another day or two.

In the meantime, I've been working a little more on that still-untitled Jade/Dave/Terezi crossdressing porn thing that I've been picking at off and of for a long time now. It's currently 13,200 words in rough draft, I got past one logistical logjam in the actual sex part of the fic, and now I just have... well, the rest of the sex, and then some kind of winding-down scene, which shouldn't take nearly as long because winding-down stuff is vastly easier to write than explicit threesome porn. *sigh*

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2. In other news, there seems to have been some miscommunication with my new part-time job, since they haven't contacted me with a schedule and I can't access the scheduling app on their website to either list my availability or check if I have been scheduled, and if so, where and when I should be showing up. I sent an email to the person who ran the training sessions in December but have not heard back yet. If she doesn't respond tomorrow, I will have to try a phone call.

I HATE making cold phone calls without a standard script. But it will only get worse the longer I put it off, right? Right. So that's tomorrow's big willpower-eating activity.

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3. In other other news, I have one reading left for this module of my college course -- forty pages of Karl Marx, oh joy -- after which I can start working on the assigned essay. Today I got through about thirty-five pages of John Stuart Mill, which was actually much less trouble than I thought it might be. Of course, that's because only the first half of the assigned excerpts were properly on economics (international trade, to be specific), while the second half was really political theory about what situations might legitimately require government rather than private intervention.

I will probably have to sign up for a class or two in the next term within a month. I should look through the course catalog and talk to my adviser...
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Note: I am repurposing my stock Yuletide letter here, which is why some of the sections may seem slightly off-topic for a single fandom exchange.

Hi, and thank you in advance for creating a story or artwork for me! I'm pretty easy to please -- unless you write a context-free sex scene, I'll be thrilled just to get something in response to one of my prompts. Optional details are optional, after all! *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 prompts.

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Jade English's adventures in the Medium )

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Terezi-Aradia-Vriska ashen porn )

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Roxy's childhood among the carapacians )

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Porrim in a (temporarily?) stable red or black relationship )

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So... yeah. This is what I want and I will love you forever for filling one of these prompts. ♥

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