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I'm having some computer trouble right now, but I still have my laptop so it hopefully shouldn't be debilitating. (Disruptive for me, but I can manage.)

Anyway, now that the new year has begun, my belated report on Christmas and timely report on Yuletide!

Christmas haul, plus fanfiction for Chalice by Robin McKinley, Legend of Zelda, and I can finally reveal my overachieving Yuletide assignment and squee about AKATSUKI NO YONA, OMG AKATSUKI NO YONA )
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I'm doing Yuletide again. I've become quite committed to doing it every year as a personal tradition. (Like, it and one other exchange per year seems to be about right.)

Still planning my offers, and taking it as a push to explore some canons I'd been meaning to get to or thought would be good to see but never had. I should probably keep mum about what those are, but it's been fun, and I'm down to one thing I want to dive into before I finalize my plans.

I guess I can say some things I've looked into but decided not to offer, though.

I had been meaning to read A Redtail's Dream and am now about halfway through. Really liking it, but the Finnish cultural context is vital to it, and I don't know enough about that to competently write fic. So, crossed off the offer list but still open in a tab to finish reading soon. In general I have this annoyance where if I go into a comics store/section, I want to want something, but I can never find anything I actually want; webcomics are probably just a better place for me to look.

Also due to this I got around to playing the Stella Glow demo on my 3DS. Looks interesting (and very very anime), but I finally crossed it off the list due to the money and time commitment that playing it through in time to write something would entail. It's on my wishlist now, though.

Anyway, my Dear Author letter should be posted early next week. It'll mostly be prompts recycled from previous exchanges, but what the heck.
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Happy New Year everyone! As I start this post I have about an hour to go, so I'll stay up for it.

Yuletide authors have been revealed, so I can now 'fess up to the quiet little Cadfael fic I wrote. I am pleased with how it came out, but I'm maybe a little dissatisfied with my own tendency toward quiet thinky things. Maybe I should make sure my next project has an action scene...

Speaking of projects, just this evening something came up on my Facebook feed that rather excited me, enough that I think I'll actually do it: a 2016 Book-Reading Challenge! details under the cut )

Half hour to go (in my timezone)!
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Merry Christmas everybody!

It's been a quiet day here, other than the whole presents thing.

The standard list of what I got:
-Encouraging my recent dabbles in music, I got two pennywhistles, a pendant ocarina, and a Legend of Zelda sheet music book.
-some silky/furry fox pajamas
-A Mystery Science Theater DVD box set ("Volume XXXIV," including "Viking Women & the Sea Serpent," "War of the Colossal Beast," "The Undead," and "The She-Creature")
-Andes Creme de Menthe chocolate thins (a family tradition)
-from my cool big sis and sister-in-law, a Nozomi Project necklace. "Beauty from brokenness," they say, made from broken pottery from the tsunami in Japan. It's blue-on-white, very pretty.
-and "Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D," so that I in my Zelda obsession can finally experience an apparently-classic game I missed, and so that I actually have a 3DS game to play on the Limited Edition Hyrule Gold New 3DS I got.*

And, for Yuletide, I got a Mushishi fic plus a Moribito fic as a treat. I've also gotten very nice comments on the story I wrote, including one from the recipient, so I'm pleased with how that came out (can't say more as yet, of course).

Hope everyone else is having a great day!


*When I get around to it; I still haven't finished Minish Cap and I kind of had this idea to not play two games in the same series or genre back to back and was thinking after Minish Cap I might finally get to PopoloCrois since they're coming out with the Story of Seasons crossover next year. I love getting games like that, I'm just a slowpoke about getting around to playing them.

Yuletide

Dec. 18th, 2015 09:28 am
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My Yuletide fic has a complete draft, which I went ahead and posted as proof against defaulting. Sent off a beta request.

My heart just isn't in Yuletide like usual, and I don't have the fire for anything beyond my assignment this year (or if I do, I'd rather apply it to projects of my own).
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Happy New Year, everyone!

The changing of the calendar also means that Yuletide is over, authors are revealed, and so at last I can brag about the stuff I wrote!

For the main Yuletide collection, I only did one story, but I felt like it was enough. I was re-matched to my recipient from my very first Yuletide, re-kindled my love for the fandom they introduced me to lo those years ago, and finished the story I'd been wanting to do in that fandom for almost that long:

As Many Lullabyes (11628 words) by foxinthestars
Chapters: 7/7
Fandom: Psychic Force
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Graphic Depictions Of Violence, Major Character Death
Characters: Keith Evans, Burn Griffith, Sonia (Psychic Force), Richard Wong, Brad Kirsten, Carlo Belfrond, Regina Belfrond
Additional Tags: Crueltide
Summary:

After the horrors he's been through, Keith can never seem to fall asleep. As the years pass, everyone has their own way to help.




Everything else I did was for the Yuletide Madness collection, eleven pieces in all, so I'll put them behind a cut:

Yuletide Madness ficlets (and one fanart) for: Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow; Chronicles of Prydain - Lloyd Alexander; Dana Knightstone games; Hyouka; Juuni Kokki | The Twelve Kingdoms; Mushishi; The Paper Bag Princess - Robert Munsch; Princess Tutu; Snowpiercer; Sovay (Traditional Song) )

I had a great time writing this year, and I hope any fellow Yuletiders reading did, too! I have a few prompts and ideas tucked away for New Years Resolution stories, too, lest life become too ordinary too soon.

Happy 2015!
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(No, not the candy exchange just yet...)

Yuletide Nominations are Open.

I feel less like I need the kick in the pants to write something right now, but it's become tradition for me; I just wouldn't feel right not doing Yuletide...

To tie in with the previous post, I actually nominated The Cat Who Wished to Be a Man by Lloyd Alexander.

I also nominated this little gem of an animated music video from NHK. (Very much a "gimme" at 2-1/2 minutes, but it's kind of fascinating and human and open-ended, I can imagine some neat fic about it...)

Because I'm more a writer than a reader when it comes to fanfic, it can be challenging for me to come up with ideas for what I want to request --- and to separate them from ideas that I think would be cool but don't necessarily get excited about as gifts, if that makes sense. I tried to think particularly about that this time.

ETA: Finally decided on my third nomination; it's Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Salman Rushdie.
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Oh, yes, I never did post about how this past Yuletide came out.

I received a lovely story based on Uchouten Kazoku:

Wishing Well (3160 words) by augusta_brie
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: 有頂天家族 | Uchouten Kazoku | The Eccentric Family
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Shimogamo Yajirou, Shimogamo Yasaburou, Shimogamo Yashirou, Shimogamo Yaichirou
Additional Tags: idiot blood, Family
Summary: Each brother has taken a turn visiting Yajirou's well.


And I wrote a Moribito story:

Ao3 link and commentary )

Now someone wrote me a New Years' Resolution story that I've procrastinated about reading in an unconscionable manner. I'm better at giving than receiving in these things... -_-;;
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Both of the stories I decided to do have been uploaded, and with that, I'm done!

(Except any betaing I volunteer to do.)

Ahh, that was fun.
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Hope my fellow USians had a Happy Thanksgiving, and wishing everyone a happy Buy Nothing Day!

I also haven't posted since I got my assignment for Yuletide. It's funny, I agonized about whether I might be assigned X or Y that I had offered --- and of course got matched on Z. I can see how it happened in hindsight, tho, and it worked out well; it's something I like, and as far as the prompts, my recipient gave me a lot of freedom (I daresay they're a peach to work with compared to myself and my high-concept genfic thing), so I think I'll have fun with it. Doing some canon review, and then I'll have a go...

It is comforting to remind myself that I'm a single 1,000-word 'fic away from being clear of my obligations for this, but Yuletide is kind of a bunny factory, there's a temptation to get carried away...
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Because I had more than four ideas for Yuletide requests, here, as promised, are the orphans...

prompts for Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow and Kemono no Souja Erin )

There's no particular reason for anyone to do these of course, and they don't count toward Yuletide, but I thought it might be fun just to put them up anyway.
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Dear Yuletide Writer,

Glad you signed up for Yuletide, hope you’re having fun, and thanks so much for offering to write a story for me --- for my very first Yuletide!

Me, myself, and prompts for Allison & Lillia, Saiunkoku Monogatari, Haroun and the Sea of Stories, and Natsume Yuujinchou )

(BTW, I don’t know if we’re supposed to do this for Yuletide, but I have anonymous comments enabled, so if you want to, you can use that to ask me questions here without revealing who you are.) (Okay, turns out we're not supposed to do that...)

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