Yuletide

Jan. 1st, 2017 01:24 pm
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So my Yuletide gift was The Spirit of Enquiry, and it is by [personal profile] breathedout, who I already knew was amazing but this further confirms it.

[incomprehensible fangirling deleted]

I wrote Les Femmes Acharnées, which is based on this painting (that’s all you need to know, that’s the canon). It is a spy AU, you will like it.

And The Adventure of the Speaking Spectre, which is Great Mouse Detective casefic, with ghosts! Well, maybe ghosts.

Which in terms of wordcount is actually the most I've ever done for Yuletide.

And I have basically been doing nothing but reading Yuletide fic and seeing family this week, so that’s been pretty good.
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Well, it's a good thing I finished my Yuletide assignment early, because this depression is not making things look good for finishing the treat I've got half done.

(Or even yumadrin. Oh dear.)

ETA 27th: finished treat, no drabbles, go me.
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Hi! Thanks so much for writing for me, and congratulations on your evident good taste!

If you want to benignly internet-stalk me to get an idea of my interests, Tumblr and AO3 (both linked in the sidebar) are probably a better idea than DW. However, my previous Yuletide-related posts are tagged here.

This year I requested The Comfortable Courtesan, Pride, and Carmilla. These are three very different fandoms and I love them all in different ways. I am happy with absolutely any fic rating or length.

A large and random list of things I like in general: worldbuilding, adventure, lesbians, alternate universes, ethical dilemmas, people being clever, twisty plots, gender, sibling or sibling-like relationships, epistolary fic, punks, backstory, hurt/comfort, pining, physical affection, queerness, philosophy, romance, feminism, UST, found families, mythological allusions, polyamory, slash, het, femslash, hidden worlds, cities, banter, complicated plans, beautiful landscapes, angst, puns, magical realism, history, creepy supernatural beings, passionate platonic friendships, case fic, period accuracy, gen, smut, pwp, diversity, fairy tales... Feel free to use any of these.

Dislikes: I have a major embarrassment squick, I don't like incest, and I'm not interested in graphic depictions of rape or gore or torture. However, I can be sold on most consensual kinks.

Fandom specific thoughts and optional details, to be taken more as suggestions and jumping-off points than requests:Read more... )

Mostly though, write what makes you happy. Thanks again for writing for me!
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I got three lovely Yuletide gifts, and yes I am ridiculously lucky.

whistling through these driftwood bones by lady_peony, which is about Miranda (from The Tempest) and is magical and poetic and brilliant.

A Girl Worth Fighting For by prettysophist, which has Mulan! Managing to be perfect and realizing she doesn't have to be and cross-dressing and in love.

Thorns by wolfraven80, which has Morwen and Telemain being decidedly Morwen and Telemain -ish. It's so very much of the Enchanted Forest.

And I wrote one fic, and four drabbles.

My Assignment: Resources and Rescues for coyotegestalt - Cimorene and Morwen talk and run into someone. This was lots of fun.

Drabbles: 12 Dancing Princesses (angsty)
The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2015) (porn)
Howl's Moving Castle (parenting)
Scott Pilgrim (female friendship)

And they all seem to have been pretty well-received.

And I also wrote Mine Is Forever, a short sequel to Just How This Would End, for Consulting Piskies for Christmas. Because I have a girlfriend, you guys. <3_<3

And I have two BBC Sherlock ficlets hanging around that I think I haven't mentioned here. (I am writing this while pretending that half of my tumblr dash isn't off watching the special. I find the contrast between the Victorian trappings and the BBC actors and characterization to be really upsetting somehow.) Anyway. All Was Absolute Silence Behind Us is a missing scene for Faerymorstan's fix-it Johnlockary Biscuitverse, and Utility is basically a meta theory in drabble form.
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Hi! Thanks so much for writing for me, and for your evident excellent good taste if you offered one of my fandoms!

If you want to benignly internet-stalk me to get an idea of my interests, Tumblr and AO3 (both linked in the sidebar) are probably a better idea than DW. However, my previous Yuletide-related posts are tagged here.

This year I requested The Comfortable Courtesan, Mulan, The Tempest, A Brother's Price, the Enchanted Forest Chronicles, and Spindle's End.

A large and random list of things I like in general: worldbuilding, adventure, lesbians, alternate universes, ethical dilemmas, people being clever, twisty plots, gender, epistolary fic, backstory, hurt/comfort, pining, dragons, physical affection, queerness, philosophy, romance, feminism, mythological allusions, polyamory, hidden worlds, banter, complicated plans, beautiful landscapes, angst, puns, magical realism, history, creepy supernatural beings, passionate platonic friendships, case fic, gen, smut, diversity, fairy tales... Feel free to use some, all, or any of these.

For these fandoms, I'm mostly a fan of the canon ships, though more lesbians is always good. However, gen is never a problem for me.

Dislikes: I have a major embarrassment squick, I don't like incest, and I'm not interested in graphic depictions of rape or gore or torture. However, I can be sold on most consensual kinks.

Normally I am very fond of AUs, but for all the fandoms I requested this year the setting is half or more of the draw for me, so perhaps not. Canon divergence AUs are fine, though.

Optional details are optional. However, fandom specific thoughts below the cut:Read more... )

Mostly though, write what makes you happy. Thanks again for writing for me!

Yuletidings

Jan. 1st, 2015 05:23 pm
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Okay, so my Yuletide presents were The Adventure of the Great Heart by donutsweeper and The Red-Furred League by Rosencrantz (Great Mouse Detective) and The First Goblin Market by Neshnyt_Jackalsson and Hellspawn by sweetcarolanne and Tantalus by El Staplador (Goblin Market) and yes, I got five gifts and they are all wonderful and I am ridiculously lucky.

And I wrote:

Title: From the Presence of the Sun for kitsunealyc
Author: Violsva
Fandom: Midsummer Night's Dream, Greek Mythology
Rating: M
Warnings/Enticements: Infidelity, Fairies
Word Count: 1827
Summary: They ring the world, and decide their politics and goals behind the lesser shorter lives of men, and interfere when it suits them, and laugh at rules, and make their own; and every act of theirs is known by its reflection in the lives of those they scorn and taunt and swive.

And

Title: Come Through Stone Walls for breathedout
Author: Violsva
Fandom: Carmilla (the book)
Rating: E
Warnings/Enticements: This is actually just 1800 words of slightly creepy lesbian porn
Word Count: 1806
Summary: I saw, or fancied I saw, the room and its furniture just as I had seen it last, except that it was very dark, and I saw something moving round the foot of the bed, which at first I could not accurately distinguish.

And drabbles in The Circle of Magic, Goblin Market, Pride (Steph + Joe), Othello, Pride again (Cliff), and Carmilla (the show).

And also I've been writing drabbles all month - Carmilla (Laura and LaFontaine), Carmilla (The Dean), and BBC Sherlock, but specifically verymorstan's threesome semi-AU.

Wow, that was a lot of links.
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Hi! Thank you so much for offering one of my fandoms, and for your fic!

I requested Goblin Market, The Great God Pan, Tam Lin, The Great Mouse Detective, and The Road to El Dorado.

A random list of things I like in general: worldbuilding, adventure, lesbians, alternate universes, ethical dilemmas, people being awesome, twisty plots, gender, epistolary fic, backstory, hurt/comfort, architecture, physical affection, queerness, poetry, philosophy, romance, feminism, mythological allusions, polyamory, hidden worlds, banter, complicated plans, beautiful landscapes, angst, puns, magical realism, history, creepy supernatural beings, passionate platonic friendships, case fic, gen, smut, diversity, fairy tales... Feel free to use some, all, or any of these.

Dislikes: I’m not much for kidfic, and I have a major embarrassment squick. Other than that – well, I don’t want very detailed descriptions of gore or torture, but a couple of these fandoms will let you go very dark places, and I wouldn't have requested them if I wasn't aware of that.

On the other hand, that depends pretty heavily on which fandom we were matched on. I will be totally happy with a fluffy story about mice solving crimes together. I will also be totally happy with a dark story about a supernatural force of nature ruining all the men who come near her. But maybe not vice-versa.

Fandom specific thoughts and optional details, to be taken more as suggestions and jumping-off points than requests:

Goblin Market )

The Great God Pan )

Tam Lin – Pamela Dean )

The Great Mouse Detective )

The Road to El Dorado )

Have fun! Thank you so much!
violsva: Sidney Paget illustration of Holmes and Watson, seated, with the caption "Cut out the poetry, Watson" (Holmes)
My gift was from Ancalime. Yay and thanks!

My main fic:

Title: With This Night's Revels
Author: Violsva
Fandom: 16th Century CE RPF, British Writer RPF
Rating: M
Warnings/Enticements: Gratuitous Period Cameos, Alternate Universe - Modern Setting, Bar fights, Sexual Content
Word Count: 2644
Summary: A writer goes to a pub, and gets in a fight. But it’s a different time, and a different pub, and this time he brought a friend.

Here it is.

Also drabbles, in fandoms The Last of the Wine, Mulan, Shakespeare, more Shakespeare, Miss Marple, Lord Peter Wimsey, Hobbes and Bacon, and Call Me Maybe.

Yuletide!

Dec. 26th, 2013 02:56 pm
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I got a Lady's Not For Burning fic and oh, it's wonderful. Accessory After the Fact. Thomas Mendip's attitude toward life is enough like mine at the moment that it was lovely to get an exploration of it partially changing.

I also wrote 9 Yuletide fics, which seems like a lot, but 8 of them are only 100 words long. Way too much fun, like I said. And they appear to be well-received, which is lovely.

There isn't much, other than that. It's been a very nice Christmas so far, but there's still Christmas with my dad and my sister and my grandparents and [personal profile] knumpify to go (I grew up with divorced parents. I'm used to multiple Christmases). My mom's internet hasn't been working properly since the ice storm, so I spent yesterday running down my tablet battery and my brother's data plan reading Yuletide fic while Toronto worked on making "White Christmas" an understatement. And then my brother made me watch what is allegedly one of the worst X-File episodes ever (evil trees!). Very nice.

(Much nicer: I get this week off work and I'm only in three days next week. Ack, I used to like work.)

And now I really do need to leave for Dad's.
violsva: Sidney Paget illustration of Holmes and Watson, seated, with the caption "Cut out the poetry, Watson" (Holmes)
I am having an anxiety upswing because of a lot of things but mostly work, and I spent today happy but with way too much nervous energy. But I have an apartment and my Yuletide assignment as it turns out is an awesome excuse to write the fic I've wanted to write about these characters for more than a year now, and tomorrow there will be steampunk. And tonight there is shortbread, by the following process:


Realize you are hungry. Look in fridge and cupboards. Realize that possibly it's time to go grocery shopping for real, rather than at the Shoppers on the corner.

Poke around on food blogs.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Remember that oven cooks hot and lower that a little.

Get out flour, butter, sugar, cinnamon, and a clementine (because why not, and even though you don't have a reamer it should be manageable).

Measure out half a cup of butter. Drop rest of butter on floor. Blaspheme.

Leave butter alone for a bit to get to room temp.

Add a cup of flour and a quarter cup of sugar and some cinnamon. Break up butter and make piecrust (that is, mash everything with the fork until it's a bunch of little crumbs, with the butter mostly evenly distributed. Or until your arm hurts enough that you say 'screw it' and stop anyway).*

Using another fork and your fingers, inexpertly juice clementine into a saucer until you have about 2 tablespoons or 1/8 cup. Swear never to tell [personal profile] knumpify about this.**

Mush everything together with your fingers. Fingers are necessary here, because the heat helps melt and distribute the rest of the butter. Press into a ball.

Flour the counter. Place dough on the flour. Flatten.

Cut into weird triangular shapes because you don't have any cookie cutters. Arrange on greased baking sheet. Place in oven. Set timer for ten minutes.

Place dishes in sink. Consider dishes. Consider timer. Clean up remaining ingredients and the flour.

Consider dishes. Wash dishes. Rejoice in virtue and the smell of baking cookies.

Take cookies out of oven. Poke. Consider golden brownness (should be very little, just around the edges). Maybe put them back in for two minutes. Leave tray on top of stove for a couple minutes.

Remove cookies to plate. Remove tray and spatula to sink, because the first rule of the kitchen is that there are always more dishes.

Eat.

Having tried them: the orange and cinnamon are more of a suggestion, but they're very good. Hard to go wrong with shortbread.



*This is more formally called 'cutting cold butter into flour' and it is one of the more irritating tasks in baking. People who do it regularly have pastry cutters, but they're hard to clean.
**[personal profile] knumpify reads this blog.

Reading

Jun. 4th, 2013 07:42 pm
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Someone else wrote me a Yuletide story (New Year's Resolution) and it's lovely, a whole bunch of little snippets of Greek women and goddesses. Human Hands Alone by Cirque. Go look!

I've been reading The Amateur Cracksman by E. W. Hornung, and OMG why did no one give me this when I was ten?* I would have loved it. I love it now. It's like Holmes but with more emotion and housebreaking and interesting conflicts of standards and morality. There's good reason for it to be like Holmes - it was written by Doyle's brother-in-law and dedicated to him. And the slash is very nearly on the page.

"In the dark!" said Raffles, as I dragged him in. "Why, Bunny, what's wrong?"

"Nothing - now you've come," said I, shutting the door behind him in a fever of relief and anxiety. ... "I've been thinking of you and nothing else for the last hour."


I'm also reading The Mysteries of Montreal by Charlotte Fuhrer. I was hoping for interesting medical details, of which there are none; instead it's a chatty generally moralizing bunch of short 'I swear its true' stories about the kind of weird stuff people get up to that causes them to need a midwife. Once I realized that I was expecting lots of "and then it turned out she was his father's illegitimate child and they couldn't get married and everyone was miserable," and there was some of that. But there's also stories like the woman who disobeyed her father to marry a man who shortly deserted her, and then moved to Boston and became the mistress of a couple men there and had two children out of wedlock ... and lived happily ever after. The children grew up to be brilliant and accomplished and popular in society, and there were no terrible consequences for the mother except a little social embarrassment. So that was kind of neat. She's funny, too:

Alice was glad to get a husband, and to be independent of her aunt. Mr. Taylor, her husband, was delighted to get such a beautiful and accomplished bride, and the old lady, Alice's aunt, was heartily glad to get rid of them both, so that never was rejoicing more universal.

And I am unstuck on something that was stuck for months, so things are progressing well enough writing wise given the amount of free time I have, which is not much. Apartment hunting is also progressing well, though.

*I know someone who is turning ten this year...
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So first of all, thanks to breathedout and grlgoddess for the Yuletide fics!

My god, I read The Violet Hour months ago and loved it, and now she wrote something just for me and oh wow.

Ahem.

And my own Yuletide fic:

Title: Can You See Anything?
Author: Violsva
Fandom: Elemental Masters - Mercedes Lackey
Rating: G
Warnings: Ghosts?
Word Count: 3233
Summary: It is 1922, and Howard Carter has one last square on his grid to excavate in his search for Tutankhamen’s tomb. Time for England’s magicians to finally pay back a debt.

At AO3.

It's about the ethics of archaeology. This was quite fun, really. I think I'll do it again. And possibly come up with recommendations later.

Yuletide!

Dec. 25th, 2012 11:51 am
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OMG I got TWO Yuletide stories!

La chasse à la renarde (The Fox-Hunt), which is unbelievably beautiful. I can't describe how much I love it. It's just gorgeous, and the language. And very Woolfian.

I feel about Virginia Woolf the way seven year old boys feel about Wayne Gretzky. And this, this is her, it's just amazing.

And A House is not a Home, which is simply sweet. I like Artemis being righteous. It's nice.

Posted!

Dec. 18th, 2012 10:01 pm
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Status Yuletide: No bears.
violsva: Sidney Paget illustration of Holmes and Watson, seated, with the caption "Cut out the poetry, Watson" (Holmes)
So, I seem to be writing a novel-length Holmes fic. Which, you know, is exactly what I needed when I'm also signed up for Yuletide.

So it's kind of huge, made up of lots of little cases, and this particular part/chapter is 6000 words long and I've only just got them meeting the suspects. Conversations, why do we have them? It'd be much easier to do this in stichomythia* and monologues.

Okay, maybe not. I've got the monologues down, though.

I don't know. If Holmes isn't talking to me maybe I'll get on to Mary's part, she seems to be more amenable.

Or, you know, I could work on the fic with a deadline. That'd be a good idea.


*Stichomythia is a fixed pattern in Greek drama, a debate consisting of two characters alternating single lines.
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Thank you so much for doing this. You rock.

In general:

I have a major embarrassment squick, and I'm not particularly interested in crack for these fandoms. Or holiday stories or unrelieved fluff.

I would have said "no rape or incest", but I requested Greek mythology as a fandom, and I wouldn't ask you to avoid them there.

I like: worldbuilding!, adventure, people being awesome (in multiple ways), beautiful thoughtful prose (um. I don't want to sound intimidating. That's why I like Orlando, though.)

I have no preferences as to pairings or lack thereof, or rating, though I'm not really looking for porn. I don't object to crossovers or AUs or etc. I think the world could use more femmeslash.

Specific fandom notes are in the optional details sections.

...I know this is very general, but I don't know what more to say. Have fun. Thanks so much!

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