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Dear Yuletide Author

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Dear Yuletide Writer,

Thank you for writing a gift for me. I hope that it’s a fun process for you -- I think the best gifts are the ones that the giver takes great delight in, so write to make yourself happy first and foremost. The prompts that I’ve included with my requests are to help you if you’re stuck, but don’t feel limited by them: I love gifts that make me see things in a new way that I hadn’t considered before.

In general, my tastes are quite broad -- a lot of the prompts I’ve given here are gen, but I also enjoy slash, femslash and het pairings. I love small, reflective slice-of-life fics, and I love plotty stories. I enjoy PWP, and I also like fic that would be safe to read to a six year old.

However, I would ask that you please avoid writing explicit sex between characters under the age of 18, incest, and relationships along the lines of teacher/student, guardian/person in their care. I also have one DNW ship for one fandom, which is detailed in my request.

And here are my requests themselves:Read more...Collapse )

Thank you again, dear writer, for all of your effort, and for the wonderful fic that I’m sure you will produce.

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Dear Secret Mutant Writer/Artist

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(For folks who are curious, Secret Mutant is an XMFC/DOFP holiday fanwork exchange -- follow the link for more info!)

Dear Secret Mutant Writer/Artist,

Thank you for making a fanwork for me! I’m really looking forward to seeing what you come up with.

Here are a few things about me that might help you in interpreting my prompts, though they should definitely not be taken as hard and fast rules: if you feel like the fic/artwork you are inspired to write/make doesn’t match up with the things I’ve got here 100%, then go with your gut -- don’t feel that you have to shoehorn your fanwork into something that doesn’t quite fit. But if you want to fine-tune your options a bit, here are some things that might help:


  • I’m all about the canon!verse. While there are plenty of great AUs about that I’ve enjoyed very much, my favourite fanworks are the ones that fill in gaps and/or provide me with a new perspective on the canon. This is probably pretty obvious from my prompts, since three out of four are pretty firmly located within the canon timelines. The fourth is potentially a bit more open to interpretation… just in case!

  • I love the political dimensions of X-Men, and I love fic that incorporates that element of the canon, even if just in small ways (though large ways are fine too, of course).

  • If you’ve chosen one of the Charles/Erik prompts -- one of my favourite things about this ship is the adversarial tension between them -- even in fics where they’ve somehow managed to work out a functional relationship, I enjoy seeing that tension there (perhaps channelled in some more productive ways). Of course, the whole “enemies who can’t keep their hands of each other/can’t help being in love” thing is also good. :)

  • Bittersweet is my favourite flavour. Fluff can be amazing and lovely -- but it works best for me if there’s a hint of melancholy in there. By the same token, I love angst and sadness, but it doesn’t usually work for me unless there’s at least the potential (however small) for something better thrown in.



I don’t think it’s likely to come up given my prompts, but just in case, I’ll also ask that you avoid anything sexually explicit that relates to under-18s. Other things that aren't to my taste include Omegaverse and mpreg. But in general my tastes are broad.

ETA: Editing to add my prompts, since I notice that a lot of people have included them in their letters: promptsCollapse )

Thank you again, dear anonymous creator of fanworks!

Doctor Who: Listen

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Oh my goodness. That was beautiful.

Possibly my favourite since Vincent and the Doctor.

Well done, Mr Moffat, well done.

X-Men Beta?

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I seem to have committed DOFP fic. Is anyone able to beta 4,500 words of Charles/Erik angst!fic for me? (Stylistic feedback is very welcome, particularly when it comes to reining in my purple prose. I won't be offended by constructive criticism.)

A few things to be aware of: the fic contains holocaust imagery, and it has what I think is a bittersweet ending, a bit heavier on the bitter than the sweet. (However, it is not completely hopeless, I think, even though it is sad.)

More on X-Men. And Apocalypse Speculation

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In a sign that the fannish feelings that DOFP aroused in me are elevating my fannish consumption to new levels, I have started watching some of the 90s X-Men cartoons. And I am rather enjoying them. It started with watching the cartoon!DOFP on YouTube, but I've now got a couple of volumes on DVD (they are super cheap). For all that the voice acting and production values are terrible, the stories are excellent -- they don't shy away from the political dimensions of the X-Men-verse, and the conflict is always a bit messy for every character, never quite clear cut (in contrast, X-Men Evolution, all available on YouTube, is TERRIBLE -- I gave up five or so episodes in). I understand that the 90s cartoon is based strongly on the comics (which I haven't read), so I'm guessing that's a big factor in why the stories work so well.

It's also actually making me think that a theory I came up with about Apocalypse may actually be... not far off. Now, as a disclaimer, I still haven't really engaged much with other fans in this fandom -- I've been reading fic on AO3, and I've started following a couple of tumblrs (though I have no content on my own), but I haven't really got into any in-depth discussions. So it is quite possible (probable even) that other people have been saying this for ages, and I'm well behind the times. But anyway.

So, a couple of days after we saw movie!DOFP, I turned to D and said, cut for Apocalypse speculationCollapse )

Anyway, yeah... this is probably something people have said thousands of times already, but hey... I figured I should put it down. ;)

Anyone up for Some X-Men Squee?

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I saw Days of Future Past a couple of weeks ago, and it has been stirring up Fannish Feelings in me for the first time in a while (I've now seen the movie twice). And also angsty Charles/Erik shippy feelings.

I've always really enjoyed the X-Men movies in the past, they just didn't hit me in the fannish place. But now -- I've gone back and watched all of the movies, and even some of the cartoons on YouTube (Evolution from the 00s is pretty crappy, but the 90s cartoon is not bad -- at least, it plays up the political dimensions of the series, which is one of my favourite things about it). I have been reading fic and contemplating writing it again.

I know all the cool kids are doing fandom on Tumblr these days, but Tumblr isn't really my thing (I'm such an old fart). So, does anyone want to talk about fannish X-Men stuff here?

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OMG! Sherlock S3

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(Wow, an actual fannish post.)

OH MY GOODNESS, I ONLY JUST CAUGHT UP WITH THIS, BUT HOW MUCH DID I LOVE THIS WHOLE SERIES?

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YOU SHOULD ALL BUY THIS E-BOOK

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People! I am breaking my silence because a week and a half ago, [personal profile] lionessvalenti had a short story, Late Innings, Home Run (under the psuedonym Stella K. Jefferson) published with Dreamspinner press, and you can buy it for $2.99US.

A lot of you are probably familiar with [personal profile] lionessvalenti's excellent fanfic, so I don't need to tell you how great this story is. You probably won't be surprised to learn that it's a well written, moving story, that contains far more than just porn.

IT IS WORTH YOUR MONEY, PEOPLE.

WTF, BRAIN?

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AN EMO TORCHWOOD DREAM!? SRSLY?

So basically, it was The End of Time, the bit where Ten is going around to say goodbye to all his companions, but instead of finding Jack on some space cruiser, he finds him being all emo in some desolate landscape, and his "gift" to Jack, instead of sexytiems with Alonso, is removing all of Jack's memories of Ianto (Donna-style). So the Doctor buggers off to regenerate, and leaves Jack all alone, not knowing that even though all Jack's memories of Ianto are gone, all the grief is still there*, AND IT WON'T GO AWAY, BECAUSE JACK DOESN'T KNOW WHY IT'S THERE.

And then a few centuries down the track, Jack meets some indirect descendant of Ianto's who looks just like him, and together they have to piece together the mystery of who Ianto was for Reasons That My Dream Wasn't Very Clear On.

BUT IT WAS REALLY SAD, YOU GUYS.

*Like Amy with Rory, except I didn't draw that parallel in my dream.

Up and Away!

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Just a quick note to say that I'm OFF TO JAPAN tonight. And I won't be back until January 10th. I probably will have internet over there, so I may well be "here", but I'm not sure how much time I will have for fandomy things, and I particularly want to let anyone who might have left gifts in my [community profile] fandom_stocking know that if I don't respond until mid-January, then that's why. And I will say thank you in advance to anyone who has been kind enough to leave a gift for me.

Speaking of gifts, I received a lovely fic for Yuletide this year: Bound. It fills my request for wonderful USTy Jack/Phryne from Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries (TV) in the most perfect way. Those of you outside of Australia probably haven't seen this show, but if you ever do get the chance, I highly recommend it -- just as I highly recommend this fic for anyone who HAS seen the show. The anonymous author captures the characters' voices and their rapport beautifully.

Also, I have seen both the Doctor Who Christmas Special and The Hobbit, and I loved both of them.

Fandom Stocking!

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[community profile] fandom_stocking is up and running for the year, people!

It's the low-pressure fandom gift exchange of the holiday season -- you respond to the submission post, which comes with a handy-dandy form in which you let people know your favourite fandoms, ships, and your likes/dislikes, etc. Then one of the mods posts your "stocking" to the comm, with all of those details. Then you go around and look at other people's stockings, and if you feel like you can write/draw/make icons/make fanmixes/etc, for anyone else, then you do that, and post it to their stocking.

All stockings are screened until January 6th, so if you're going to make/write something for someone, there's plenty of time. And while you're encouraged to give at least one stocking gift to another, if you've hung a stocking yourself, there's no policing of that, and the mods are very good at making sure that everyone gets at least one gift in their stocking.

ANYWAY, for those of you who might be interested, my stocking is here:
http://fandom-stocking.dreamwidth.org/296042.html

And if you already have a stocking up, then please leave a link in the comments of this post! (Or if you don't have one yet, please come back to this post when you do have a stocking.)

Elementary 1x1

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Finally got around to watching this.

My verdict: I liked it, but I didn't love it. Now, whether or not I love something is not usually a function of how good it is (see: Torchwood), and I think there are some thinks that Elementary did very well indeed. Lucy Liu and Johnny Lee Miller are both fine actors who made me like their characters -- though in Liu's case I like Joan for completely different reasons to why I like Watson, and while Miller has some moments that pinged me as quintessentially Holmes-ish, at other times, he was less so. Given that I believe that adaptations should be judged on their own merits, this is not something that I think is a problem -- but it does mean that I'm not going to love it in the way that I love ACD!Holmes and BBC!Sherlock.

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Fic: A Study in Patience

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I actually wrote this about six months ago, for [livejoural.com profile] colebaltblue as part of June holmestice, and just now realised that I never posted it here or at AO3. So I shall now remedy that.

Title: A Study in Patience
Fandom: ACD!Sherlock Holmes
Recipient: [personal profile] colebaltblue
Characters/Pairings: Holmes/Watson
Rating: PG-13
Summary: Holmes cannot help but test Watson’s patience.
Notes: Thank you to my wonderful beta [profile] forestrose.

On AO3

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Dear Yuletide Author

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Hi Yuletide Author!

This is just a note to say thanks for writing for me. I won't go into great detail here -- I gave you a bit of detail in my signup, but this is just to let you know that I'm a pretty flexible person -- I won't be offended if you write friendship fic for two characters, where I've suggested that I ship them, and vice versa. If your strength is writing porn then, hey, I'm totes up for that (so long as they're all adults -- underage could get me in trouble)! But if you'd rather not write porn, then that's great too. I like contemplative reflective pieces, and I like plotty stuff, so -- play to your strengths, dear writer!

One thing I would request though, is please don't end things on a totally dismal note. Bittersweet is fine (and indeed, I think for at least one of my requested fandoms -- maybe even two -- bittersweet is inevitable), and I don't mind if you dial up the angst a bit -- but it'd be good to have a bit of hope in there too. (And if you'd rather write something happy and fluffy all the way through, that's fine too.)

Thank you again, mysterious writer!

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Merlin 5x03

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Okay, did that episode seriously just end with spoilersCollapse )

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Merlin!

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Because I am still a fangirl at heart. And I watched the first two episodes of S5 last night.

I has observations:
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Reading A Casual Vacancy

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My Kindle tells me that I am 18% of the way through A Casual Vacancy. My thoughts so far: basically, it feels just like reading Harry Potter, except thatminor spoilersCollapse )

Meme: Disney Princess

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Via [personal profile] settiai

If I was a Disney Princess, here's how I'd look:



Made with Azeleasdolls

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777 Meme!

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Stolen from EVERYONE IN THE WHOLE WORLD.

1. Go to page 77 (or 7) of your current ms.
2. Go to line 7
3. Copy down the next 7 lines – sentences or paragraphs – and post them as they’re written.
4. Tag 7 other authors. IF YOU HAVEN'T DONE THIS YET, YOU SHOULD DO IT.


taken from my ANGST SHERLOCK REUNION FICCollapse )

Ficlet: In Another World

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Title: In Another World
Author: [personal profile] lefaym
Beta: Many thanks to [personal profile] iamshadow and [personal profile] kath_ballantyne
Fandom: Sherlock
Character(s)/Pairing(s): Sherlock/John
Summary: In another world, John Watson lies dead. But not in this world.
Rating: Mature
Spoilers: None
Content Notes: Contains some violent imagery
Disclaimer: Moffat and Gatiss legally own this version of Sherlock Holmes. This story is based on The Adventure of the Three Garridebs by Arthur Conan Doyle.
Word Count: Approx. 600 words.

Cross-posted to AO3

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