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My yuletide gift this year is just SO GOOD!!! I am utterly thrilled. My author wrote me a fic about the album Splendor & Misery in the style of the album and it is EVERYTHING I COULD HAVE WANTED, gosh. Highly recommended!

there’ll be no here when you wake up

(3625 words) by Anonymous

Fandom: Splendor & Misery - clipping. (Album)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: The Computer & Cargo 2331
Characters: Cargo 2331, The Computer (Splendor & Misery
Additional Tags: Loneliness, Artificial Intelligence, Finding Selfhood, What Makes for a Non-Human?, POV Second Person, Formatted to be Read Aloud, Impossible to Tag

you have learned love but not self-consciousness, because love does not beget self. there’s no need for heart and body to love; no need for mind or soul though you have both, programmed for one and grew the other like a struggling sprout in a crack on the pavement, just for him, just like him.

The Passenger and the Computer, in the midst of the all black everything. Time once more has meaning, and humanity must be redefined.
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My short story rec list I made last summer has had a small surge in notes again recently, and every time I am reminded of that post's existence I am made happy again. I should do another such rec list! Maybe I should do one every year.

So here's another ten recommended short stories where only two are written by men.

(For the record, last time the authors consisted of seven women, one nonbinary person, and two men. The numbers turned out to be the same this time too.)

And somehow I neglected to mention last time around that all the stories I was reccing were sff but they were. That is once again the case! I love sff so much.

Here we go:

1. Soteriology And Stephen Greenwood: The Role of Salus in the Codex Lucis, by Julia August
So this story is written as a series of emails between various academics and also a young woman named Cara who has found an important historic artefact but has very different priorities with respect to the translation of it that she's asked for help with. I love the juxtaposition between academia and Cara, and how we the readers can figure out what's going on with Cara because we're genre readers, while the academic she's in contact with is mostly just baffled and frustrated by her.

2. The Comet, by W.E.B. Du Bois
This is an early work of Afrofuturism, written nearly a century ago (in 1920), and it's fascinating as a look at the ideas of the time. It's about a black man and a white woman who are the only survivors in New York of the deadly gas from the passing of a comet.

3. First Do No Harm, by Jonathan Edelstein
In the far future in south-central Africa, Mutende is studying to be a doctor, but is frustrated by the lack of innovation allowed. I love how grounded and immersive the story is in its setting!

4. Madeleine, by Amal El-Mohtar
Madeleine, dealing with the grief of losing her mother, is part of an experimental drug program. She has an odd reaction, with strangely intense flashbacks to her past. And then a girl named Zainab starts showing up in these flashbacks, and unlike everything else, Madeleine knows Zainab was never actually part of her memories and childhood. I really enjoy the relationship that develops between Madeleine and Zainab, and I love the ending of the story!

5. Further Arguments in Support of Yudah Cohen’s Proposal to Bluma Zilberman, by Rebecca Fraimow
The story consists of a letter from Yudah to the object of his affection, outlining exactly why he's such a catch. And this story is so charming? Like, Yudah's convinced me! I'd marry him, if I were Bluma!

6. The Scrape of Tooth and Bone, by Ada Hoffmann
Alternate-19th-century dinosaur fossil wars! OBVIOUSLY I WAS ALL OVER THIS. And it's so great, really lives up to this excellent premise! I was delighted.

7. Hunting Monsters, by S.L. Huang
Combines several different fairy tale elements into a coherent whole that gives me SO MANY FEELINGS ugh. It's a story, and complicated histories, and what to do when people aren't quite who you thought they were.

8. So Much Cooking, by Naomi Kritzer
The chronicles of a family dealing with a major epidemic as told through a food blog. Such a neat premise and very well executed, I was impressed. But also the story was really good at just making me care super lots about every single character in it.

9. Grandmother-Nai-Leylit's Cloth of Winds, by Rose Lemberg
A secondary-world fantasy with absolutely wonderful worldbuilding. I love the different way of doing family structure in this culture, and the ways in which almost all of the major characters have difficulty in one way or another fitting into expectations. It's lovely and I want to read five million more words of it. (It's already the longest story on this list so that's saying something.)

10. The Six Swans, by Mallory Ortberg
Back when the Toast was still running, Ortberg had a semi-regular series called "Children's Stories Made Horrific". This story is one of those, and it's AMAZING. By far the best of the lot, imo. Worth being read as a story, not just as a humour column like a lot of the others were. It's a retelling of the fairy tale by the same name, but with emphasis placed on various horrible things that the original takes for granted, and I as a fairy tale nerd was super duper here for everything this story chose to do. And I'm pretty sure people who aren't such fairy tale nerds would like it too!
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Sparklefandom had a fic exchange! It was very exciting. I wrote a fic AND I got given TWO fics, both of which were GREAT.

I wrote:

the rest of the world that looks so small (1048 words) by sophia_sol
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Rómeó és Júlia (Színház)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Rómeó & Mercutio, one-sided Rómeó/Mercutio
Characters: Rómeó Montague (Rómeó és Júlia), Mercutio (Rómeó és Júlia)
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Space, Forced Proximity

Romeo and Mercutio explore maintenance passages on the generation ship where they live.

And I received:

A Song to Cheer You (1711 words) by Cinaed
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Rómeó és Júlia (Színház)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Júlia Capulet, Nurse (Rómeó és Júlia), Capuletné | Lady Capulet (Rómeó es Júlia)
Additional Tags: Birthday Presents, Pre-Canon, Foreshadowing, Dysfunctional Family, Wordcount: 1.000-3.000

For her twelfth birthday, Júlia received two gifts from her mother: a songbird and a dagger.

In Storied Memory (750 words) by Carmarthen
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: La vie parisienne - Meilhac/Halévy/Offenbach, Párizsi élet (Színház)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Bobinet & Raoul de Gardefeu, Raoul de Gardefeu/Métella, Bobinet/Raoul de Gardefeu/Métella (implied)
Characters: Bobinet (La vie parisienne), Raoul de Gardefeu, Métella (La vie parisienne)
Additional Tags: First Meetings, Backstory, Tall Tales, 19th Century, Canon Era, Implied Relationships, Noodle Incidents

Gardefeu has a well-polished selection of stories for how he and Bobinet met, ranging from the prosaic, provided to relatives, clergymen, &c., to the outrageous, for the purpose of amusing dance hall girls.

(Implied OT3 if you squint.)

Nowwww I just have to find the time to read all the other fics in the collection, of which there's an impressive number for such a small fandom. But I have a busy weekend ahead of me. But I want to read the fics! Sigh.
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Recently on tumblr I saw a list of "10 captivating short stories" being recommended, and there were just as many stories by Isaac Asimov on the list as there were stories by women. Come on. Really?

So I decided to even things up and do a recs list of ten short stories featuring only two male authors and eight authors of other genders.

This was not hard! There's lots of great short stories written by people who aren't dudes, available to read online for free. The only hard part was narrowing my list down. (Also writing descriptions of each. I'm really bad at pithy enticing nonspoilery descriptions. My apologies for the below. I did my best.)

Here you go:

1. Never the Same, by Polenth Blake
Set on another planet on a colony that isn't thriving, exploring the family stuff of the main character at the same time as exploring the reason for the colony's difficulties. It's complicated and unsettling in the best kind of ways, and has a wonderfully interesting main character.

2. The Perseverance of Angela's Past Life, by Zen Cho
I figure at this point I have recced my favourite Zen Cho story (The House of Aunts!) often enough that it's time to take a break and recommend other Zen Cho stories because she has SO MANY good stories because she's a brilliant writer; her stories are never a disappointment. This one is about dealing with an overly-literal past version of yourself who you thought you'd left behind, and it is lovely.

3. The Cage, by A.M. Dellamonica
Look it's the canadian lesbian activist community werewolf baby story of my heart. IT'S BASICALLY THE BEST.

4. The Tempting: A Love Story, by James Alan Gardner
Definitely one of the weirder stories on this list, and I love it for that. I haven't reread it in a while and I don't actually remember the plot? Haha like I ever read for plot anyways. AT ANY RATE this is a deeply interesting story and I recommend it! or it wouldn't be on this list, obviously.

5. The Bride In Furs, by Layla Lawlor
An excellent fairy-tale-ish story, with a good fairy tale feel, that is all about ladies, aww yeah. INTO IT.

6. The Lady Astronaut of Mars, by Mary Robinette Kowal
It's about an aging famous astronaut who's been wanting another opportunity to venture into space for years. What a good everything. I cried and it was amazing.

7. Burning Girls, by Veronica Schanoes
Let me go with the official description because it's better than what I could come up with: This story "is a fascinating dark fantasy novella about a Jewish girl educated by her grandmother as a healer and witch growing up in an increasingly hostile environment in Poland in the late nineteenth century. In addition to the natural danger of destruction by Cossacks, she must deal with a demon plaguing her family." YEAH. And it's REALLY GOOD.

8. Sauerkraut Station, by Ferrett Steinmetz
Little House on the Prairie in space, is more or less its hook, and it IS that but it is also a million times better than that makes it sound. I had a lot of feelings.

9. Jackalope Wives, by Ursula Vernon
Ursula Vernon won a Nebula for this! And with good reason, holy crap. I mean I love every word Ursula Vernon ever puts down on page or screen but this is definitely a particularly good piece of Ursula Vernon's words. It's... I don't know, it's a fairy-tale-ish story with a strong sense of character and of place, and about identity and about making hard decisions. And stuff. I'm bad at one-sentence plot teasers!

10. Sleeper, by Jo Walton
The official summary: "History is a thing we make—in more senses than one. And from more directions." YEAH. This story starts off slowly but is totally worth the read! It's about a woman in the future writing a biography of a man from the 20th century who had secrets.
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A while ago kiki-eng made a post about ten sga fanworks they still think about sometimes. And I was like OOH WHAT A GREAT IDEA and started writing a draft list of sga fanworks I still think about sometimes and...the list got to be a LOT over ten.


So I will start by giving you the unadulterated list of nearly-thirty fanworks I still think about sometimes (still incomplete; there's plenty of other fics I also still think about sometimes! I just made myself stop), and then I'll narrow it down to ten that I'll actually talk about.

What Is Eternal
Freedom's Just Another Word for Nothing Left to Lose
the one with the atlantis queer community John isn't part of but needs to be
the one where Ronon becomes Canadian
unidentified and its dvd commentary
the hard prayer
written by the victors
girl scout cookies
the one with the lesbians
soccer practice
postcards to jeannie
verity's pretend relationship fic
a beautiful lifetime event
marines to the rescue
the one with khama nuts
the one where john reinvents pizza
absurdity theory
black helicopters
if you want to kiss the sky
the one where john has a kite shop
healing station argh
the one where Rodney's using a time machine thing to constantly interfere with John's life to keep him from dying
the one where they meet in a museum as teens and Rodney writes John a ref letter pretending to be a prof
the sedoretu one
found poetry
the one where John is Rodney's mathematician
the yeshiva au

So let's narrow this down! (narrowing this down was REALLY HARD.)

What Is Eternal, by gnine
SGA fandom dates back to the days when I still thought I just wasn't into vids - this turned out to be because I hadn't yet watched enough vids to have learned how to read them, because following visual narratives or visual arguments does not come naturally to me. But this vid was one of the few from SGA days that struck me enough that I rewatched it regularly, until I had figured out how to parse it. I think there are a few things about this vid that made it work for me back in the day. First: the song has very clearly articulated lyrics that allow me to actually follow what the singer is saying, and the song has a very strong through-line of actually saying something which I could then use to map onto what the images were saying. Second: I knew that I couldn't expect to understand everything, because I'd never seen the episode (s) in question, so I went in without expectations of it actually making sense to me. And I'd read enough fic that obliquely or otherwise referred to the events of the episode, that I could follow the overall arc if not the details. So between the strong song choice and just enough in the way of clear visuals for me to be able to have feelings, I ended up watching the vid on repeat a ridiculous number of times. Rewatching the vid now, there are still a LOT of clip choices that are absolutely incomprehensible to me because the brief clip stands for something larger that I'm not aware of, refers to something in the episode that I can't draw the connection to. And yet despite the holes in my understanding, the vid still works as a vid. And I still have lots of feels. (and I still love the song.)

Freedom's Just Another Word for Nothing Left to Lose, by synecdochic
How do I even begin? THIS FIC. THIS FIC. I just. It's a masterpiece and I have a million feels. This was one of those fics that made bb!me feel like fanfiction can be genuinely quality literary work, and this fic is genuine quality but it has to be fanfiction for it to work. Your ability to understand the emotional through-line of the story requires you to understand both what happened on the show AND what fandom thought was a likely result for the characters of what the show was doing. All of that backstory is so lightly and delicately sketched, and yet so monumentally important for informing all of the things Rodney does in this fic. So I admire the hell out of this fic and also fall to emotional pieces over it because auuuuuugh what a good everything.

the one with the atlantis queer community John isn't part of but needs to be - Friendly, by speranza
It's a fic about QUEER COMMUNITY and that is not something I'd seen much of before first reading this fic, iirc. It's like, so much fic is about two dudes being gay in isolation and that is not my experience of being queer AT ALL. (though I wasn't yet identifying as queer when I first read this fic) But the bit from this fic that sticks with me the most is the moment where John is carefully removing from himself every symbol of his military status so that he can be a person instead of a symbol of dangerous oppressive authority. That is just a really great moment.

the one where Ronon becomes canadian - My Home and Native Land, by copperbadge
Look, what isn't there to love about this fic! iirc I came to this fic later, not in my SGA heyday, so it feels a little weird to group it with most of these other fics, but I mean I definitely think about this fic a lot so! I love that it has a really good outsider perspective from a non-earth character that respects the cultural traditions he comes from and also respects Earth's, and it's about kind of an inter-cultural dialogue and inter-cultural friendships and coming to find a place where you can feel like you fit when your home culture is no longer an option. Also it's about Canada so obviously that's a draw too.

DVD commentary of Unidentified, by fiercelydreamed
This was so revelatory to me as a young fan, this kind of really thoughtful analysis of a fic by an extremely capable writer. It's this kind of thing that opens a reader/aspiring-writer's eyes to what can go into putting together a quality story. I liked the fic a great deal, but it was the dvd commentary that I reread over and over and over again. I no longer remember much of what the dvd commentary actually said, but that's not really the point - the point was the writing nerdery. And I was so there for it, and I still think about it a lot.

The Hard Prayer, by rheanna
Frick, too many feels. I remember that when I was first recced this fic (I think Essie recced it to me?) I was kind of leery because post-apocalyptic is not really a genre calculated to excite me. But I was drawn in so fast. Rodney and John are so clearly deeply affected by the trauma they've gone through, and the ways they're affected are treated with such respect by the narrative, and the two of them help each other through the tough things but don't fix each other with the magic of true love or anything like that. And the apocalypse itself is so evocative and real-feeling and awful, and basically this fic is super emotionally harrowing and not one I could reread often but wow does it stick in one's mind.

verity's pretend relationship fic - paper cranes (upstairs, downstairs), by verity
Verity got into SGA fandom long after I'd left it but just for her I gleefully fell right back in. And for a long time I got regular fic updates in my email from her of the SGA fics she was writing. And all of them were so great and so up my alley. But this one was my favourite. So on top of being a wonderful piece of writing, this fic also reminds me of my SGA renaissance and of my friendship with Verity, and basically it's a happy place.

A Beautiful Lifetime Event, by astolat
...This is the fic that dragged me into SGA fandom. It's not even one of my top-fifty favourites anymore, probably, because SGA fandom has SO MUCH GOOD STUFF, but it is still a fic that is very important to me and that I will never forget.

If you want to kiss the sky, by siegeofangels
This is the first fic I have tagged in all my bookmarks ever as being about asexuality, so like, obviously it's gonna have stuck with me. It's a fic where "normal" is dudes having sex with each other all the time, and this is something John has had to put up with forever if he wants to be in the military, if he wants to be able to fly. It's a fic about not wanting sex in a hypersexualized culture, and how that's okay, and about finding a person with whom he can be himself.

Absurdity Theory, by julad
It's just so perfectly Rodney and Radek! And it's the right kind of ridiculously silly premise treated with a (relatively) straight face that makes for one of my favourite kinds of fics. I don't know, I don't have anything meaningful to say about this one, I just love it. Such adorable nerdery.
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GO ME I have read through everything in yuletide I want to, I think? Oh, I probably missed stuff, inevitable in that quantity of fic to sort through, but hey, I will enjoy my accomplishment nonetheless. And now I bring you recs of my top nine fics other than the one that was given to me! In no particular order.


Further On

Fandom: Turn of the Story - Sarah Rees Brennan

Author's summary: "Luke and Elliot sort out their relationship (with some interruptions from unexpected monsters, travel between worlds, and post-camp career planning angst)."

My notes: SO GOOD. Idk, I don't think I followed all the actual plot stuff, but the feel was perfect and the characterization choices were spot on and there were lots of delightful details.


Wish You Were Here!

Fandom: I Want To Go Home! - Gordon Korman

Author's summary: Mike Webster had already been dreading a return to Camp Algonkian as the oldest camper, but his new counsellor seemed determined to make Mike's summer even worse.

My notes: I AM SO HAPPY ABOUT EVERYTHINGGGG. (the new counsellor: RUDY, obviously.) I am definitely a fan of how the author chose to portray rather older versions of Mike and Rudy. Rudy's a tough nut to crack when it comes to writing him as a believably human person but I like this author's choices.


Where The Streets Have My Name

Fandom: Discworld - Terry Pratchett

Author's summary: It was midnight, and Samuel Vimes, Commander of the City Watch, was not comfortable on the Chalk.

My notes: utterly perfect and delightful. SORRY APPARENTLY ALL MY FAVE FICS ARE ABOUT CHARACTERIZATION but I really like how the characters of Tiffany and Vimes are shown here, what a great fic, what a great everything.



Fandom: Chrestomanci - Diana Wynne Jones

Author's summary: He had always thought he would end up married to his work. He had studied hard, worked diligently, brought himself to the attention of the right people--and ended up with an appointment to the Chrestomanci’s personal staff, as high as one could rise in Flavian’s chosen profession if one hadn’t happened to be born with nine lives. And when he got there he’d found Mordecai waiting for him. Mordecai, who threw all his previous ideas into confusion.

My notes: AUUUUUUGH OVERCOME WITH FEELINGS. Yep, I think that covers it.


Playing Titania in Tim Hortons

Fandoms: Slings & Arrows, Scott Pilgrim

Author's summary: Or: five projects that Knives Chau regretted letting Darren Nichols talk her into.

My notes: in which the author makes full use of the fact that the same actor plays Darren Nichols and a director dude in Scott Pilgrim. And HOW IS THIS SO GOOD, HOW DOES IT WORK SO WELL


A Disambiguation of Elaines

Fandom: Arthurian legends

Author's summary: There are too many Elaines in the lab.

My notes: holy crap I am SO INTO THIS FIC. In which all the proliferation of Elaines in the arthurian legends are part of the same clone family! WHAT A GOOD.


Two Monks Invent Mr. Darcy

Fandoms: Two Monks Inventing Things (The Toast), Pride & Prejudice - Jane Austen

Author's summary:Two Monks learn about Mr. Darcy by studying a variety of artistic interpretations.

My notes: idek, this is just a perfect straight-faced piece of ridiculous


Fair Winds and Homeward Sail

Fandom: Persuasion - Jane Austen

Author's summary: Sophia Wentworth was devoted to her brothers before she found happiness. Then she wanted the same for Frederick . . .

My notes: THIS IS SO GOOOOOOD. The story of the Crofts, and Sophia and the Admiral are just A+, gosh I love all the characters in here, and also note well THIS IS A NOVEL-LENGTH FIC.



Fandom: Queen's Thief - Megan Whalen Turner

Author's summary: Captured in battle and stuck in the Mede capital, Costis has given up all hope of seeing his country again. But Eugenides has a habit of turning up where he's least expected.

My notes: I spent the entire fic cackling with glee over how perfect the characterization is. Eugenides is so EUGENIDES, and Costis so Costis, and the hijinks and daring plans are amazing, and everything is perfect forever.
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Some time ago Melannen posted a delightful SGA fic that required the characters to talk in nothing but geeky references, and said at the end, "Translation is left as an exercise for the readers." Recently she encouraged someone to post a translation, so what follows is my best effort. I occasionally went for an extremely loose translation as that's what seemed to fit the story best, and in one place was stumped entirely. I bolded the lines that are my translation so you can see at a glance what's original Melannen and what's me. If anyone wants to argue with me about my translation choices or enlighten me on the "Older Brother" reference PLEASE DO. And Melannen, I'd love to hear how close I got to your intended meaning!

(the translated fic reads very oddly, I'm afraid, as the characters keep on responding directly to the references, not just the underlying meaning, so there's now what look like some pretty glaring non-sequiturs. It makes me feel a little bit a failure as a translator that I can't make the fic read just as well in translation as it did in the original. But in my defense I don't think there is a way to seamlessly translate this fic into readable non-nerd without losing a lot of the banter and charm!)

Oolon Colluphid Was Right, by [ profile] melannen

The Flaw in the Translator )
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Sooooo turns out I never actually did an announcement post for the fic I wrote ages ago for a Les Miserables exchange!


some flowers on earth, and all the stars in the sky (730 words) by sophia_sol
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Les Misérables - Victor Hugo
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Cosette Fauchelevent & Père Fauchelevent
Characters: Cosette Fauchelevent, Père Fauchelevent, Jean Valjean
Additional Tags: Fix-It, Families of Choice, platonic Convent Husbands a little

Cosette worried about Fauchelevent too, and during her free hour would often hover over him to anxiously tell him that he was surely feeling better today; and Fauchelevent would always agree.

Also! I was given an absolutely delightful fic written for me by Melannen!

Le Comte d'Barbarie (1845 words) by melannen
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Les Misérables - Victor Hugo
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Baptistine Myriel & Sister Simplice
Characters: Baptistine Myriel, Sister Simplice, Sister Perpetue, Père Fauchelevent, Jean Valjean, Valjean's Guinea Pig
Additional Tags: Madeleine Era, Christianity, Epistolary, Convent Husbands, guinea pigs

The news from M-sur-M, where all the men are mysterious, all the women are virtuous (especially the ones who aren't) and all the domesticated rodents have complicated inner lives.

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This year for yuletide I wrote two fics, awww yeah, go me!

from the same sky (1038 words) by sophia_sol
Fandom: Rómeó és Júlia (Színház)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Mercutio & Tybalt
Characters: Mercutio (Rómeó és Júlia), Tybalt (Rómeó és Júlia)
Additional Tags: Hair, Friendship, Backstory, warning for unhealthy relationships because Verona

Tybalt and Mercutio were childhood friends, of a sort.

This one I wrote pretty much immediately after I read Carmarthen's letter. I was reading through, like "lalala what a good letter" and then all of a sudden one of her prompt suggestions leaped out and attacked my brain. So. I was extremely namf about this one while I was writing it, because wowwww Mercutio is hella intimidating to write, but I'm pleased with how it turned out!

in three-quarter time (1036 words) by sophia_sol
Fandom: Den lille Havfrue | The Little Mermaid - Hans Christian Andersen
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Den lille Havfrue | The Little Mermaid, Prins | Prince (Den lille Havfrue | The Little Mermaid), Prinsesse | Princess (Den lille Havfrue | The Little Mermaid)
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Canon Divergence, outside pov, Misses Clause Challenge

The princess reflects.

This was my assigned fic, and I had lots of fun brainstorming a million different things I could write for this one. The great thing about writing fic for fairy tales is that there's pretty much an endless number of places you can go. In the end this is the idea that I felt most drawn to. I'm pleased with how this one turned out too! Although upon finishing it I sat back for a moment and went, "HUH." Because thinking back over the last number of female-character-centric fics I've written, pretty much all of them have been either gen or gen-ish and on the theme of grief or loss of some sort. I DON'T KNOW WHAT IT SAYS ABOUT ME that I am drawn to explorations of these themes through the medium of female characters, but there's clearly SOMETHING going on in my subconscious!


And the fics I received! I received two fics as well, a bountiful and delightful harvest.

The City of Carcayona (15496 words) by Gehayi
Fandom: Robinson Crusoe -- Daniel Defoe
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Xury, Robinson Crusoe, Scottish Sailor (Robinson Crusoe), Portuguese Captain (Robinson Crusoe), Original Male Character(s), Original Female Character(s)
Additional Tags: 1600s, 17th Century, Canon Character of Color, POV Character of Color, Male Character of Color, Female Character of Color, Character of Faith, POV Male Character, POV Third Person, POV Minor Character, Slave Trade, Non-Sexual Slavery, Sailor - Freeform, Muslim Character, Historical, Moriscos, Legends, Turkey (Country), Venezia | Venice, Egypt, Ottoman Empire, Road Trips, Yuletide, Yuletide 2013, Wordcount: 10.000-30.000, Chromatic Yuletide

"It's only a story, Xury," said Téo gently.

"I know it is a story, " Xury replied with wounded dignity. "I am fifteen, not five. But do you see why she is so important to us? She never quit. No matter what was flung at her, she kept on. And eventually she won. There are worse stories, Téo. Like the story that sings loudly, 'You are alone, enslaved, helpless and without hope, and thus it shall be forever.' That is a terrible story to believe in."

FIFTEEN THOUSAND WORDS FIXING XURY'S STORY FROM ROBINSON CRUSOE, filled with carefully researched history and people being good to each other and a great deal of hope! Gosh, I was just blown away, and it's so exactly everything I ever wanted about this book and this character.

On the Selection of Those Who Will Represent Humanity to the Inhabitants of Toliman B (3102 words) by Syme
Fandom: Three Hearings on the Existence of Snakes in the Human Bloodstream - James Alan Gardner
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Additional Tags: Original Character(s), Future

A record of the sub-committee's interview of Maggie Farrell, Somnotician and candidate for the position of artist on the delegation which will shortly leave Earth to make first contact with the inhabitants of Toliman B.

FIC EXISTS FOR THIS SHORT STORY HOLY CRAP, and this too is everything I could have hoped for! This fic ran with my prompt of a fourth hearing set in the future and does a careful and thoughtful and wonderful job of continuing the themes of the story in an interesting and plausible way. ALSO IT IS A FIC ABOUT DREAMS AND STORIES AND SPACE.


So basically this was an absolutely amazing yuletide, AS ALWAYS. I love yuletide so very much.
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Yeah, remember when I did recs? ME NEITHER.

ANYWAYS. Here are three fics about timeloops that do something out of the ordinary with them and do so really well!

This Is the Worst Trip (2455 words) by Dira Sudis
Fandom: Generation Kill
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Brad Colbert/Ray Person, Ray Person/Other
Characters: Ray Person, Brad Colbert
Additional Tags: Groundhog Day, Community: fan_flashworks, Temporary Character Death
"Well," Brad says, trying to think logically about an impossible affliction based on a movie about Bill Murray and a rodent. "What have you tried so far?"

This is one where the entire events of the fic are just one conversation on one day of the timeloop, and nothing actually gets solved. And wow, it inspires a million feels.

Let's Stop The Time Warp (Again) (113146 words) by lettered

Fandom: The Avengers (2012), Marvel Cinematic Universe, Marvel (Movies)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Pepper Potts/Tony Stark, suggested Jane Foster/Thor, Steve Rogers & Tony Stark, Bruce Banner & Steve Rogers, Bruce Banner & Pepper Potts, Bruce Banner & Jane Foster, Bruce Banner & Natasha Romanov, Bruce Banner & Thor, Bruce Banner & Tony Stark, Bruce Banner & Darcy Lewis, Past Betty Ross/Bruce Banner, Jane Foster & Darcy Lewis
Characters: Tony Stark, Jane Foster, Pepper Potts, Bruce Banner, Thor (Marvel), Steve Rogers, Natasha Romanov, Nick Fury, Maria Hill, Darcy Lewis, Janet Van Dyne, T'Challa, Hank Pym, Betty Ross, Hulk (Marvel), Pepper's mom, Bill Murray, James "Rhodey" Rhodes, Clint Barton
Additional Tags: Time Loop, Gore, Science, References to Suicide, Family, superheroes have families too
Steve Rogers has to live the same day over and over. Bruce, Tony, Pepper, Jane, and Thor try to help him. Then things go from bad to worse.

This story includes, but isn't limited to: Bruce and Tony bonding over science, Bruce and Jane bonding over aliens in outerspace, Steve being a Big Damn Hero, Pepper being rather freakishly efficient, Tony talking about sex a lot, action, gore, a world gone wild, Bruce Banner tending wounds, Darcy Lewis doing PR, Pepper's mother, T'Challa, racebent!Janet, racebent!Pym, Lt. Col James "Rhodey" Rhodes, Clint being incompetent with girls, Natasha being a Big Damn Hero, angry mobs, evil corporations, crazy physics shenanigans, and Bill Murray.

Holy crap, this fic. I was blown away by it when I read it upon it first being posted, and alas it is too long for me to reread it right now just for the sake of writing this rec properly. But wow. So there's a timeloop, but instead of the fix being, like, figuring something out about your life or whatever, they have to build technology to fix it. But how do you do that when you only ever have one day to do the entire process? DUDE. (also feels, of course. But also lots of DUDE over the story itself!)

Run, Bakri Says, by Ferrett Steinmetz
Pro origfic, around 4k words

Here a person is deliberately creating the timeloop and letting it keep on reiterating until the desired outcome is achieved. And it is, um, not a cheery story. Content notes include lots of death and lots of unhealthy attitudes towards dying and killing. But it is really powerful and definitely worth reading.


Jan. 2nd, 2013 06:51 pm
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RIGHT I SHOULD POST ABOUT YULETIDE instead of continuing ever farther on my fall into Les Miserables. Being easily distractible is sometimes fun and sometimes problematic....

Anyways! I wrote one fic for yuletide, and that fic was for Sarah Rees' Brennan's excellent short story Queen of Atlantis:

One Cannot Ask Loneliness (1098 words) by sophia_sol
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Queen of Atlantis - Sarah Rees Brennan
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Genia/her husband
Characters: Genia

The night before Genia's first sacrifice it rains.

It was fun! If by fun I mean full of me tearing at my hair! This wasn't the story I intended to write -- the story I intended to write was far more epic in scope -- but I'm quite pleased with how this turned out nonetheless: a small and quiet story about who Genia is and why she made the choices she did.

I also received two fics, both for A Girl of the Limberlost, both about Edith, and VERY VERY different from each other!

My main gift was the following, a lovely sweet story that does just what I asked for and gives many warm fuzzies! Thank you, Whetherwoman!

Home Is Where the Hart Is (1090 words) by whetherwoman
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: A Girl of the Limberlost - Gene Stratton-Porter
Rating: General Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Edith Carr/Hart Henderson

Edith has changed. Has Edith's relationship with Hart changed?

My other gift was from [personal profile] justice_turtle, who knows me well enough to know that I REALLY DO MEAN IT when I say I'm open to being convinced of other viewpoints -- so he wrote the following as a treat for me, a fic which is pretty much the exact opposite of what I had thought I wanted. HEY GUESS WHAT, turns out JT is really damn convincing and this story is actually ALL OF THE AMAZING AALSDSHFLKDJHFLKSDFJ

A Girl of the Social Round (1246 words) by Justice_Turtle
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: A Girl of the Limberlost - Gene Stratton-Porter
Rating: General Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Edith Carr/Hart Henderson, Edith Carr/Philip Ammon
Characters: Edith Carr, Philip Ammon, Hart Henderson

PHILIP AMMON IS A DICK *koff* I mean: An apologia for Edith Carr.

In conclusion: yuletide once again was EXCELLENT. I LOVE YULETIDE SO MUCH. And I mean, there is SO MUCH wonderful fic written for SO MANY glorious tiny fandoms, and it kind of feels like the entire thing is a gift -- one I am very thankful for. I'm not yet done going through all the yuletide fic I'm interested in, alas, and we'll see how far I get THIS year before I get distracted. (It'd be a first if I actually managed to get to all the fic I intend to this year!)
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You guys! You totally need to go read [personal profile] verity's new SGA reversebigbang fic until she shines (20k words). It is so good! I had the privilege of cheerleading the fic from the very beginning and got to watch it grow and change and bloom, and dude, dude, every time a new snippet of fic showed up in my email I invariably read it with this inescapably soppy grin of FEELINGS all over my face because YES. THIS.

It has Rodney and John in a COMPLETELY AMAZING established relationship where they are so clearly just comfortable with each other, each other's eccentricities, each other's bodies, each other's desires. SERIOUSLY ALL THE LOVE FOR THE RODNEY/JOHN IN THIS FIC.

It has Atlantis being totally in love with John, AS SHE DOES, because seriously, John/Atlantis is totally my other SGA otp and it's practically canon.

It has Ronon with a librarian past, and if you don't think that's awesome then I am very sorry for the lack of joy and wonder in your life.

It has the team being TEAM, trusting each other and caring for each other and all that good stuff.

It grapples with questions of what the purpose of the Atlantis expedition is, and what happens when there's disagreement.


And also Verity is just REALLY GOOD at writing okay? Like seriously, I was just oozing with feelings over her beautiful sentences and paragraphs, and then dying with laughter over the funny bits.

IN CONCLUSION YOU SHOULD READ THIS FIC because it deserves way more admiration than it currently has!



May. 1st, 2012 05:06 pm
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Okay I think part of the problem at this point is that I am just not in the habit of responding to things promptly anymore? Even when there's no good reason for me not to! AUGH. Whatever.


Last night I gave in and made some attempts at reading Teen Wolf fic, given how it's been all over Pinboard's fandom favourites for ages now.

The first fic I tried turned out to have super creepy rapey overtones that the author seemed to think was hot and/or romantic. And the thing is, it seems to be a popular fic! Lots of people have left kudos on it! Apparently the creepy overtones are going right over people's heads? :(

The second fic I tried (Open the Door, by [ profile] renay) was much better. Stiles had all these irrepressible feelings! And self esteem issues! And a lot of obliviousness! Yeah, it was awesome and I liked it lots.

But then I began to rifle through what else the fandom has on offer, and I think that this fandom is really not for me.

First of all, Derek seems to be the most uninteresting-to-me character imaginable? Humourless, peremptory, and untalkative -- yeah, that is really not the way to my heart. And the fandom's pairing of choice is Derek/Stiles. So, there's that.

Second of all, werewolves are not actually intrinsically interesting to me. I can enjoy werewolves (let me recommend to your attention, for example, The Cage, by Alyx Dellamonica, an original short story about lesbians and a werewolf baby and fighting for social justice that is absolutely wonderful), but they are not a draw in and of themselves. Plus, the fandom seems to be relatively into omegaverse dynamics, because of the werewolf thing -- and I am not fond of omegaverse, because it seems to me to be distilling dominant/submissive aspects of a person to their biology and their role in sexual intercourse, whiiiiich I take issue with. (Is omegaverse something I should be generally taking issue with? Are there people who are doing thoughtful and nuanced things with it? I haven't come across any, but then I've only read a couple, so it might not be accurate for me to extrapolate out from my narrow experience.)

Third of all, Stiles canonically has ADHD and is on medication for it (!!!), but so far any fic I have read that has directly addressed that question has made me steaming mad. For example: Stiles goes off on an excessively verbose tangent and can't quite make himself stop talking; Derek responds that Stiles takes too much Adderall. NO. NO NO NO. It is the ADHD that causes the lack of impulse control and the over-talkativeness, NOT THE MEDICATION, WHAT THE HELL EVEN.

So in conclusion, this has been an exciting experiment in Teen Wolf, and I probably shan't be returning, no matter how many Teen Wolf fics show up on Pinboard.

(let me round off the werewolf story recommendations in this post with a third one, because recs should come in threes at the very least. From the Depths of His Heart, by [personal profile] sineala, an utterly delightful Eagle of the Ninth AU fic in which Esca is a werewolf. And if you do not know Eagle of the Ninth you should totally read it anyways as historical fiction about Roman-occupied Britain!)
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remix_redux X happened! And fics got released! And mine is out in the wilds of the internet but I can't share it with you yet because it's anonymous at the moment, but I had THREE remixes done of fics of mine! How exciting! Pretty much I think the idea of remixing is the coolest ever, because DUDE, FANFIC OF FANFIC, HOW CAN THAT NOT BE AWESOME? And THREE PEOPLE did remixes of me!

So here, let me share with you the remixes!

What Dreams May Come (The BWV 140 Remix), a remix of my fairy-tale fic The Death of Each Day's Life. Here the anonymous author takes my fairy-tale fic and reimagines it as a part of a Snape/Hermione fic, which is super cool and not something I'd ever have thought of! I love the way that the theme of dreaming and waking and sleeping gets even more tangled up in the remix.

I Must Wait for the Sunrise (the Death of Each Day remix), also a remix of my fairy-tale fic The Death of Each Day's Life. This one is a switch in viewpoint from Sleeping Beauty to her husband the prince, and though it's very short it rings true.

Call Shotgun on my Rocket (A Pirate's Life For Me Remix), a remix of my bandom fic Call Shotgun on my Rocket. This acts as a sequel to my Pete/Mikey space pirates fic, takes it in COMPLETELY a different direction than I would have taken it, and does a glorious job at it -- I absolutely loved this. (and I just about died laughing at the epilogue)
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I am clearly a very bad match for hockey fandom, because everyone's all gung-ho about hockey the SPORT as well as writing fic about hockey players, and me? I couldn't care less. Okay I care about whether Canada wins gold in olympic hockey every four years but that is literally the only hockey I care about even a little, and I don't even care enough to actually watch the games. It is like back when I got into bandom and didn't care about the music! I SOON LEARNED OTHERWISE THERE, but that? is not a thing that will happen for me in hockey.

Besides, I can tell my hockey rpf infatuation is going to fizzle out soon, because already I am getting tired of learning about more and more new people I've never heard of. Plus the way that all the fics are about people who are SUPER INTO SPORTS gets kind of frustrating. So. I will still read the occasional fic! (like. I think I heard there's an upcoming epic-length Tazer/Kaner arranged marriage type thing? I WILL BE ALL OVER THAT.) But I am heading towards done with the bingeing.

(It is like what happened to me recently with Suits! I don't think I ever mentioned it? I was SUPER INTO Suits for a few days, but now I only read fic every now and then. Although the reason is somewhat different! With Suits I am creeped out by the dynamics in a lot of the fic. Because ABUSE OF POWER in that relationship, holy god. It is even worse than most boss/employee relationships and that is SAYING SOMETHING. I just find unequal power dynamics really skeevy unless they are very definitely consensual. I really do love reading about CONSENSUAL power dynamics! But when the one person has THAT MUCH POWER over everything about the other person's life, and the second person has no real choice about that fact? NO THANK YOU.)

(I was trying to explain once why I really like slavefic, and I was all, IT IS SO GREAT WHEN THEY ARE FINALLY EQUALS AT THE END ♥__♥, and the person I was talking to was like, "you do know that's not why most people read slavefic, right???")

(But it's just so awesome! Like the one where it's a space AU and Bill is a virgin sex-slave Gabe rescues, and Gabe knows better than to have sex with newly-rescued sex slaves, no matter how tempting they are and even if they ask for it! And I'm like YES THANK YOU OMGGGGGG.)
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GUESS WHAT? I AM MOVED! YAYS! Of course, our internet won't be connected till SATURDAY, but that's what the library is for, right? I am currently sitting in the public library making use of their (alas, rather slow) internet, as a break from organizing my alarming quantities of books at home, and OH INTERNET ILU.

And of course what am I doing with this internet? Accidentally writing 1700 words of meta about a fic I read recently, what else? OH SELF.

So I just read [personal profile] jedusaur's new fic Two Industrial Loads On Hot and it got me all thinky. Spoilers to follow, of course, so if you have any interest in reading the fic (and you should, it's good! 3.2k words, where Frank works in a laundromat and deals prescription drugs on the side, and Gerard does occasionally have to wash his clothes) you should do that first before reading my thoughts. Plus certain parts of the following will not make much sense if you haven't read the fic.

Read more... )
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Okay, I was having a conversation just the other day about the issues inherent with people fanning Michael Fassbender and declining to discuss the problems with that, given his history of domestic violence. And. AND. AND. Look what I found today!

When Fics Take on a Life of Their Own, by [ profile] storiesfortravellers
"A fanfic writer and Feminist Ryan Gosling discuss celebrity culture, gender and theory, and the political perils of Fassavoy fic."

I CANNOT EVEN. How perfect is that? And it is handled beautifully and complexly and is just everything one could ever want out of a fic like this. I have no words.

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