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It's fest reveal time for Remix and Beholder! (And boy, am I depressed this is the last time I'll get to say that about the latter.) First, the stories written for me:

Like a Bull in a Joke Shop, by [livejournal.com profile] iulia_linnea  (remixed from Cost-Benefit Analysis).  The original is a silly dialogue-only gen ficlet about Alastor Moody's failed attempt to become a shop clerk.  (I was originally going to do a "five things" story where Moody would go through several misguided career choices before finally winding up at MLE, but ran out of energy after the first installment.)  The remix keeps the humor and the style, but adds a great deal of enjoyable backstory - much of it involving a character I only included as an afterthought, and may now need to adjust my headcanon to incorporate.

Could Not Love You Any Better, by [livejournal.com profile] katmarajade, a terribly sweet (but never cloying) Charity Burbage/Amelia Bones romance.  I'm always a sucker for a good Amelia pairing, and as it turns out, Charity is an inspired choice.  The fic captures the insecurities that beset even the most established of couples from time to time in a way that rings true to life, with a delightful resolution and too many clever details that help flesh out the characters and the relationship to list.

And now for my work... )

Next up, Not Prime Time and...well, I guess we'll have to see, won't we?

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Hello, mystery author! If you haven't already, please feel free to have a look around my collection on Ao3 and my letters for other fests; if you already have, I think you'll find much of what I have to say here familiar.

My preferences in a nutshell: I like plot, humor, worldbuilding and fleshing out throwaway details or anecdotes from canon, and good (or at least well-intentioned) characters who have to reckon with the fact that the world doesn't always operate in strict good vs. evil terms. What I am not a fan of is torture or unrelenting darkfic; the protagonists don't necessarily need to prevail in the end, but I'd like to walk away with the sense their struggles were for some greater purpose than to demonstrate "life is pain and then you die."

As you might have gathered, I prefer gen over romance-centric fic - though if you want to do pairings for Justice League, I'm cool with pretty much any couple shown or strongly implied in canon. (Lex/Braniac included, as long as it remains an affair of the mind and not metal tentacles in places they shouldn't be.) If you do write sex, I'm much more interested in awkward first encounters than mind-blowing orgasms. My kinks don't extend much past light bondage, I'm not really into genderswap or body tranformations, and non-con or non-standard bodily fluids are definite nos.

I'm not sure there's much more elaborating I can do on my prompts, but here they are again in case you (or someone else) should need them for reference:

Justice League and Justice League Unlimited )

Frozen )

Elementary )

Good luck, and have fun! I look forward to reading what you come up with!
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For today's recommendations by other people, I'm going to confine myself to non-Harry Potter stories not written for me or by friends.  One below, two under the cut for spoilers.  All gen (or with background pairings), and content shouldn't be problematic unless you're really just in the mood for fluff.

Chasing Normal
 by dotfic - "There was this one time I saved the world..." (Justice League/Justice League Unlimited)

I don't remember how I stumbled across this one at all, but I love it.  It's probably the most accessible of these recommendations if you're not familiar with the canon, and you don't need to have read the other stories in the series to follow along.  The plot is simple - ordinary guy gets superpowers through freak lab accident - but the "ordinary guy" is simultaneously relatable and more special than even he realizes in the way he handles the situation, and the powers are really clever, and it's just a ton of fun.

Homeward Bounders and Neverwhere recs )
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Unfashionably late, as usual.  But I'm trying.

Day 1 )

Day 2 - Fandom Communities/Fests/Resources/etc. (no idea why the cut won't work; sorry)
[insanejournal.com profile] hp_beholder is my favorite fest because it simultaneously ensures that my favorite minor characters get love (literally), and forces me to consider characters even I wouldn't think of as having hidden depths in situations that I wouldn't expect to find them in.
[community profile] scans_daily has introduced me to a whole bunch of awesome comic book series and creators, while allowing me to keep up with what's currently going on in those fandoms (and warning me about what to disregard).
TV Tropes may ruin your life, but it's also a useful resource and gut check when I'm not sure whether a certain plot twist or character type has been done to death.

Will catch up on Day 3 when I have more thought to spare.
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Um, so, first of all, hi. Depression + overwork = really bad combination. I've been around; just too exhausted and uninspired to say anything, let alone do any writing. But I did manage to pull myself together for Yuletide, so here's hoping 2014 will be better.

Before I post my stuff, all due praise for my gift fic, A Night Out by Syksy, which is the sweet and funny Cats of Grand Central story I have been craving lo these many Yuletides.  No real familiarity with canon required (though you might need a glossary for some of the terms), so if you've ever wanted a cat's take on Madam Butterfly or opera in general, check it out.

My main assignment was All the Mirrored Ways, a Justice League/Justice League Unlimited story starring Shayera Hol for yhlee/etothey (who also wrote some awesome Cyteen stories that deserve a look).  It relies very heavily on a lot of moments of canon divergence, so not the most newbie-friendly story, but I loved having an excuse to write in the fandom and the conceit seems to have gone over well.

And then, because I was so freaking excited to be engaging in creative activity again, I started on the treats.  (Recipients whose other stories I haven't commented on, please don't think I don't love you; I'm just not familiar with your fandoms).

Won't Be Long Now for littledust, which by happy coincidence functions both as a post-canon stand-alone and as a sequel for my other In the Heights Yuletide fic.  I loved the prompt (Vanessa helps Nina in her foray into politics), and I love these characters, and I really wish I'd had more time for this one.  Maybe I'll finish the trilogy as a New Year's Resolution.

What We May Be for ironed_orchid, a.k.a. the other other other other Galaxy Quest fic.  Not that I'm really complaining, since it's more about character dynamics than the fandom meta-commentary that makes the source material so great, and I think it got a boost from all the other recs.  And writing dialogue for Alan Rickman characters is just fun.

This Be the Verse for hollimichele (who wrote the Galaxy Quest fic that got recced all over the place - and deservedly so - along with a Young Wizards story I really enjoyed).  Another one I wish I'd had more time to play with, since I loved the idea of Matilda meeting her brother again and then never actually got around to the meeting, but I figured I could at least give her the next best person to talk to.  And of course, since it's the story I scrambled to finish up just as Madness was closing, it's now the most popular thing I've ever written in terms of kudos and comments.  (Again, not that I'm complaining.)

So, how has everyone been?
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Hello, Yuletide Author!

Thank you for agreeing to write for me.  I try to be a relatively easy recipient to write for: my likes include plot, humor, and exploring worldbuilding or characterization tidbits that the author threw in but didn't get to flesh out, but more than anything, I'm just looking for a good read.  

Unless stated otherwise in the prompt, my default preference for most fics is gen and my kinks are on the vanilla side, but I'm okay with whatever rating your muse calls for as long as it's not 100% pure unadulterated (or adulterous) smut.  The one other thing I ask that you stay away from is graphic torture and unrelenting darkfic.  I know a couple of these fandoms deal with difficult and unpleasant topics, and I'm not asking you to ignore that entirely, or placing death and grief off-limits.  But I'm a firm believer that sometimes what's left to the imagination can be more compelling than vivid description, and I'd like at least bittersweet or hopeful endings.

I've provided a little bit more detail about my requests and the fandoms they come from below, along with the prompts.  Please feel free to check the Yuletide tag at the bottom of this post for my past sign-ups, or my Ao3 account to get a better sense of the type of writing I usually do and what I like.  I can be difficult to track down, so if you're unsure of anything, please just trust your instincts - and above all, have fun.  I look forward to reading what you come up with!

The Magicians (spoilers) )
Batman Beyond )

Kraken )

Cats of Grand Central )

The Long Earth )

Cyteen )
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Dear [livejournal.com profile] rarewomen Author,

Thank you for writing for me! Hopefully you've gotten some sense of my preferences from my signup, but just in case: I like history, backstory, and little details that enhance canon, as well as minor characters and bits of humor. I'm okay with sad endings and character deaths, but I don't like torture or unrelenting darkfic that doesn't allow for any hope. My romantic preferences are pretty vanilla (no rape, incest, unexpected bodily fluids, etc.), and if you don't want to write sex or any pairings whatsoever, I won't mind.

More specific notes on my requested fandoms and characters )

Good luck, and thank you again!
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Okay, so official Yuletide prompt? General plot is in place (though some very critical details remain to be hammered out) and I have some key anchoring lines of dialogue, but that's as far as I've gotten. Crazy crossover treat inspired by other fandoms the recipient's mentioned in his/her journal? Rapidly spiraling into an intricate multi-fic AU involving characters s/he hasn't even mentioned. I'm beginning to think the reason I've never felt the need to "expand my creativity" through recreational substances is that my muse drops enough acid for the both of us.

Anyway, meme entries!

Day 13 )

Day 14 )

Day 15 )
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Hello Yuletide Writer!

I'm so very happy you're willing to write a fic for me. You can check the Yuletide tag on this journal for my past letters and requests (some of which I've recycled this year), but here's a summary of my likes and dislikes: plot and humor are always welcome; stories without even a ray of hope to offer the protagonists are not my kink; and while I've gone over specific shipping preferences (if any) for each fandom, when it comes to romance and sex, it's generally better to err on the side of too little rather than too much.

I'm not sure there's much left to say about my requests apart from some tiny clarifications, but I'm reposting them here along with a few notes about their respective fandoms and helpful links in case it'll provide further guidance or inspire you to check out something new.

Thank you again, and I'm sure I'll love whatever you end up writing!

Fandom #1: Narbonic )

Fandom #2: Cats of Grand Central - Diane Duane )

Fandom #3: Mistborn - Brandon Sanderson )

Fandom #4: Tangled (2010) )
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Welp, so much for getting things done in their allotted time frame. (Don't even ask about NaNoWriMo. I've decided that if I do the writing prep that would have allowed me to get further than a one-paragraph concept pitch had I done it in advance, I'll count that as a win.)

The good news is, I do have some reason for distraction: I start work on Monday! And I have been writing little bits of fic in the meantime, including a couple of pieces on my favorite Harry Potter family, the Boneses. Very depressing pieces, granted, but I had to balance the 2001: A Space Odyssey crossover somehow.

Anyway, I promised myself I'd finish this meme, and I will. Just not on any guaranteed schedule. Let's see how far I can get today before I get bored or devolve into rambling.

Day 10 )

Day 11 )

Day 12 )
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Can't nab pictures with the site down, unfortunately, but here's the essential info:

Here be spoilers )
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Wand and house updates will be forthcoming (don't have time to play just yet), but I'm JinxSeer199 if anyone wants to go ahead and friend me.
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Day 9 – For each of the fandoms from day two, what are your three favorite pairings to write?

Yeah, definitely seeing some assumptions on the part of the question writer(s). Gen needs (platonic) love, too, people! And defaulting to that when I'm not writing for a fest or challenge also means there aren't many pairings I go back to on a regular basis. I mean, I loved writing Grey Lady/Sir Cadogan, but there's no real room for a sequel.

I tried making a list anyway, but apparently Dreamwidth doesn't like when you try to remove extraneous spaces from bulleted lists, because it refused to save the stupid thing.  Twice.  So I'm taking that as a sign and sticking to my original protest.  Sorry, all.  I'll put more effort in tomorrow.

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Sorry for skipping yesterday; got a little distracted by Lev Grossman's The Magician King. (Also finally bought Dance with Dragons, but that's going to take longer to get through, and I promised I'd hold off on really delving in until the job search was going better.) I'll probably post a proper review in a bit, but I think I need to digest it a little first. Initial reaction: much like the first book, while I love several of the parts, they don't add up to a satisfying whole. Only this time, I have much more concrete reasons for finding the whole dissatisfying, and I really wish someone had warned me about one of them in particular.

In the meantime, onward with the meme!

Day 7 )

Day 8 )

*glances over last question* Wow, that came out more confrontational than I intended. Maybe I'm angrier about the book than I thought.
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Before I get to the meme, I saw this on [community profile] fandomcalendar and had to share: We Love the Women that the Fandom Hates. Pick your favorite unfairly maligned female character and creatively express your appreciation! (And it's running in multiple languages, too, which is cool.)

Day 6 )
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Whoops, fallen a bit off-schedule. Let's fix that.

Day 4 )

Day 5 )
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Before I get on to Day 3, I'm going to take care of this meme from [livejournal.com profile] nialyind. If you'd like to play along:

• Reply with "Fuck yes fierce ladies* (and awesome dudes, too)" and I'll give you four fandoms.
• Write about your favorite character from each fandom.

*I'm sticking to women, just for the heck of it. Here we go!

Fierce Females from Favorite Fandoms )

And now back to our regularly scheduled questionnaire:

Day 3 )
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30 days hath September, and so does this meme. A sign? I think so. *cracks knuckles* Let's do this.

Day 1 )
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