Dear Yuletide author!

Hello Mystery Yuletide Author!

First off, honestly, I will be happy with whatever you come up with. Yuletide is a gift, a mutual gift of time and talent and good faith and good will. I am happy that you, Mystery Writer, are participating.

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Here are my requests as written on Yuletide:

Hawkeye (comics)
Kate Bishop
Snarky, fun, gen or light romance. PLEASE do not write Clint and Kate romantically or sexually involved with each other. “The dog won’t die and they won’t fuck,” Matt said. Let’s keep it that way.
Hijinks are good! Complicated is good! Weary know-it-alls who are in over their heads are GREAT!

Push (2009)
Cassie Holmes
Anything with the broader world and characters. OCs are fine and dandy, and include any of the other characters you like. A heist would be great! Something fun and action-filled.

Vikings (TV)
Lagertha
I am pining for Lagertha’s shieldmaiden days! PINING. Historical accuracy is a PLUS. The story of a raid of a battle from Lagertha’s pov? Or maybe she is being mentored by an older shieldmaiden? Something about training? Maybe her decision to quit?

Arthurian Mythology
Lancelot du Lac
AUs are WELCOME. Time-displaced creative re-tellings WELCOME. Crossovers WELCOME.
What I love most about Lance is the moments of decision. He made some bad ones, but so did everyone else. How did those bad decisions come to be? Why did they make sense for him?

Lord Peter Wimsey — Dorothy L. Sayers
Harriet Vane
Peter Wimsey
Crossovers with other period-appropriate fictions are WELCOME. (Downton Abbey, I am looking at YOU.)
Case-fic is what I want. A glorious, glorious casefic. Either before or after Peter and Harriet are married, either is great.

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In general, I like romantic relationships to complicated and angsty. I like solid, dependable friendships. I like gen, femslash, het, and am neutral on slash. I like women being complicatedly awesome — flawed and strong and failing and succeeding at things. Human.

I like people being human beings, with all the dazzling accomplishment and petty failure that can bring.

If you have questions about what I might like or not, find likeadeuce and ask her.

Thanks again for writing for me! I really appreciate it.

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Yuletide recs, part two

Yuletide reveals have, well, been revealed. So these are no longer anon. But! Here are some of my other favorite Yuletide fics, so far.

Catch a falling star (5665 words) by Lizzen
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Aliens (1986), Prometheus (2012), Alien 3 (1992)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warning: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Dwayne Hicks/Ellen Ripley
Characters: Dwayne Hicks, Ellen Ripley, Rebecca ‘Newt’ Jorden, Bishop (Aliens), David 8
Summary:

Alien3 AU – Sometimes family is all you have left.

This is a really nice AU, in which Our Heroes become space pirates. And who doesn’t want to see that?

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Springtime Will Kill You (15379 words) by Luna
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Greek and Roman Mythology
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warning: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Demeter (Greek and Roman Mythology), Persephone (Greek and Roman Mythology), Hades (Greek and Roman Mythology), Zeus (Greek and Roman Mythology), Orpheus (Greek and Roman Mythology), Aphrodite (Greek and Roman Mythology), Ariadne (Greek and Roman Mythology), Nestor (Greek and Roman Mythology)
Summary:

Orpheus doesn’t think much about his life before he was a private detective. But when he’s hired to search for a missing girl, he’ll have to take on Hollywood royalty, hired killers, and maybe, finally, himself.

Oh dear sweet crickets. WONDERFUL Noir AU.

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Being What We Can (12390 words) by oliviacirce
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Fame (1980)
Rating: Explicit
Warning: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Ralph Garci/Montgomery MacNeil, Ralph Garci/Doris Finsecker, Montgomery MacNeil & Doris Finsecker
Characters: Montgomery MacNeil, Ralph Garci, Doris Finsecker
Summary:

Ten years, twelve beats, and something like a happy ending.

Bookmarker’s Notes:

The sweet, loving, funny, AIDS-era, poly-family FAME fic I never knew I needed. :sniffle:

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Velveteen Presents Victory Anna vs. Love (Which Is, After All, A Many-Splendored Thing). (5525 words) by Cadhla
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Velveteen – Seanan McGuire
Rating: General Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Polychrome/Victory Anna
Summary:

And now for something completely different! Join one Science Heroine in her Perilous Quest to find her way to Solid Ground through the power of Science, Steam, and Epona’s Own Grace.

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And, hrm. Well.

This one is mine.

In Kind (3459 words) by resolute
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: War for the Oaks – Emma Bull
Rating: General Audiences
Warning: Major Character Death
Characters: Phouka (War for the Oaks), Original Female Character, Original Male Character
Summary:

Jazz Age prequel for War for the Oaks. Ruby Kind comes to Saint Paul looking to get away from life in Hibbing. She finds the Wabasha Street Speakeasy, Miss Winter, and Mr. Pook.

Dear Ms. Bull,

Should anyone alert you that this is here, I tried to find out your stance on fic before I offered the fandom. And, while I couldn’t find anything specifically, I read the Shadowunit fic policies and decided that you might not mind. If I was wrong, I’m sorry.

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Yes, Resolute is my fic-writing pseudonym. Yes, you can go find other things I’ve written. For the love of all that is holy, please, please, PLEASE take the ratings and warnings seriously.

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November 29 2012

1. I made the tastiest baked sweet potatoes last night. Recipe here.

2. My son is walking around this morning coughing wetly. DO NOT WANT.

3. K did not make it into the summer circus show. I am telling her, and myself, that it’s because she’s young, still. A part of me wants to ask the folks at circus if there’s something K isn’t doing — is she goofing off in classes when we’re not there? Has she missed too many classes? Does she not work hard enough? — but, I don’t want to be that parent. And, youth is plausible right now. K is in a bunch of classes that are above her age — classes she was put into by circus, classes we didn’t push for. This is, I think, all to the good. But it makes her a year or two or three younger than everyone else, and it makes her six inches shorter than everyone else.

This is, at any rate, what I am telling myself and her. It’s hard for her, though, since all her friends and classmates got in, and are talking about the show. On the other hand, it’s not a bad thing to learn how to audition and not get what you want.

Land of mixed feelings, is what I’m saying, here.

4. We put the tree up yesterday! And got out the Christmas books! And put out the creche! All is lovely and festive.

Which reminds me, I had really better get going on actually WRITING Yuletide instead of just thinking about it.

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Dear Yuletide Author!

Hello Yule Goat! Thank you for participating in Yuletide. I truly appreciate it, and look eagerly forward to whatever fiction you offer. If you are seeking further guidance, I have some thoughts below. But please, bear in mind that I will welcome whatever the creative process brings you.

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Yuletide and my author friends

Huh.

There are a lot of Yuletide-nominated fandoms this year for works written by people I know.

I’m not sure what to do about this.

Let me back up a moment and explain, for those of you not versed in fandom.

Yuletide is a ficathon. A ficathon is a fanfic exchange, in which people request fanfic on certain themes, in certain canon, or regarding certain characters, and other people in the ficathon are assigned to write a story for that person. The writer writes the fic. The recipient gets the fic. Ficathons can be about one character or may include thousands. They can be on one theme or anything you like. One canon or many. Crossovers, AUs, or slavishly faithful. The exchange can be anonymous, pseudonymous, or open. It all depends on the terms of the ficathon in question.

Yuletide is the largest small-fandom ficathon. The entire point of Yuletide is to give presents to people of fic based on a canon that no-one writes very much. You can request a crazy diversity of things, from Ovid to Phineas and Ferb to the Nantucketer trilogy to music videos. Anything goes, as long as your request does not have more than a certain amount of pre-existing fic already written for it. You make your requests, and someone makes their offers, and the fine folks running Yuletide match you up. And on the morning of December 25th, you get a present.

People work very, very hard on Yuletide. I truly approve of this ficathon.

This year … this year, I am seeing names of a lot of people I know, or at least know to email them from time to time. And I kinda want to giddily say to them, “Look! Look how many times you’ve been nominated for Yuletide! Isn’t that awesome!” Yet this is potentially fraught.

Some authors do not approve of fanfic.
Some authors approve generally, but not of fic from their own work.
Some authors approve as long as they don’t know about it.
Some approve, but merely can’t read it.
Some approve enthusiastically and sneak-read it and don’t tell anyone.
Some write fic, either of their own work or the work of others or crossovers.
Some are writing for Yuletide.

There’s no really easy way to have this conversation.

That said, then, to you all whose works are Yuletide-nominated fandoms, I am happy for you. I’m happy that your work has touched people, influenced people. I’m happy that your fans care so strongly about the worlds and people you have made. I’m happy that you have a rich and vibrant impact on the world.

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October 17 2012

1. I had my stitches out yesterday! Now my finger is taped shut. Three cheers for the body’s ability to heal, and three cheers for modern medicine.

2. I am still kinda smitten with Pitch Perfect. I’m really glad it’s a Yuletide fandom.

3. I’m still trying to process my Yuletide signup. By which I mean, I haven’t done it yet.

4. I am working on my Femslash12 fic. Luckily, I have six more weeks in which to write it. Because I had to go do some canon/source research first.

5. My family has had a few really nice days together. Busy, sure, but no-one is sick and everyone has gotten enough sleep and no-one is cranky or behaving poorly. I really like these days.

6. My kids are obsessing over Phineas and Ferb. I approve, except for the way the theme song gets stuck in my head. “There’s a hundred and four days of summer vacation, then school comes along just to end iiiiiitt — “

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September 24 2012

1. The fall Circus Juventas term begins today. We received the kids’ class confirmation on Saturday afternoon. 🙂

K is taking twelve classes, covering fourteen hours over six days a week. Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday are the big days. We will be able to mostly drop K off and pick her up hours later. However, this first week, I am going to go watch most of her classes. Partially to see her and who her teachers are and who is in her classes, and partially to connect with the other parents and see who is available for things like, oh, say, rideshare.

2. I am watching the first season of the tv series Homeland on dvd. I am fascinated by it. There’s a wonderful tension being demonstrated, between the flaws of the people responsible for the protection of the United States and the fact that these flaws do not make them either right or wrong.

It just makes them flawed.

The acting is riveting. I tend to zone out, a bit, while watching tv shows and movies. Product of watching things in snippets on my breaks at work while doing ninety-seven things online. But this show, this show grabs my attention and keeps it.

3. Yuletide sign-ups are soooooooooon. \o/ I am looking forward to this.

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