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Today was my deadline and just in time, I finished my WIP Big Bang fic! This thing has like taken over my brain/life for months -- I'll have to figure out what to do with myself now.

Crossposting my brag post from the Bang comm:

Story Title: The Longest Night (I promise ~ I can't promise)
Fandom: Akatsuki no Yona | Yona of the Dawn
Link(s): at Ao3 (recommended); at FF.net
Summary: When Yona and her friends need shelter for the winter, Kija insists on bringing them to White Dragon Village for a traditional solstice festival honoring his ancestors. The ritual brings messages from the world of the dead, including a visit from the most honored white dragon ancestor of all — but what begins as a joyous meeting threatens to become a tragedy.
Warnings: Heavy Angst, Possible Character Death, Canonical Character Death, brief but intense violence
Characters: Kija, Ensemble, special appearance by Guen
When I Started: Not so long ago, only the beginning of this year. This grew out from my 2016 Yuletide story.
How I Lost My Shit: I don't remember if I did before signing up for the bang, although I did write a few other stories so it must have been back-burnered. Mostly, though, there were things I found challenging about this story so that I just knew I'd have trouble finishing it without some formal commitment. Embarassingly, I actually did lose my shit after posting had started; I went out of town for a weeklong family visit and really slacked off after I got back.
How I Finished My Shit: Sheer determination, but tempered with nonperfectionism. My completely-truthful mantra for this story was "I want to do this one no matter how messy it turns out." Also setting a bunch of personal deadlines way in advance of the actual deadline was helpful --- of course I ended up blowing through all of those, but each one pushed me to get a bit more done. ^_^;

And now it's finished! My beautiful rambly angsty hurty baby! I'm so proud!

Many thanks to my artist, too!
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My New Years Resolution story is posted and the recipient has had a chance to see it first, so it's time to share!  (And yes, I went a bit crazy with the freeform tags this time.)

Wear My Fearsome Power (5382 words) by foxinthestars
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Impa & Zelda (Legend of Zelda)
Characters: Zelda (Legend of Zelda), Link (Legend of Zelda), Majora (Legend of Zelda), Fierce Deity (Legend of Zelda)
Additional Tags: Framing Story, Legend of Zelda Child Timeline, Angst, Healing, Learning to Live with your Mistakes, allusions to Suicidality but it gets better, Link has leftover trauma from Ocarina of Time, Zelda learns what it's like when your fandom screws with you, Majora and Fierce Deity are more concepts than characters, Spoilers for Majora's Mask including a novelization of the ending, Spoilers for Skyward Sword, Spoilers for Minish Cap, Spoilers for Ocarina of Time, Spoilers for Twilight Princess, Spoilers for Four Swords Adventures, Legends, Blanket Permission

Summary: Each year, Princess Zelda learns a new story about her predecessors and about the Heroes of Hyrule. Her sixteenth birthday brings a story like no other, in which Link faces an enemy like no other: an enemy who can turn the moon against the earth — and turn Link’s own doubts against his very soul. In the end, Link holds the strength to win in his hands, but to wear such fearsome power demands a new kind of courage.

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I'm really pleased with how this came out!  Basically I use a frame story to present my interpretation of this (frankly rather trippy) game as a parable about facing disaster and even your own role in disaster without succumbing to despair.

Funny thing about this interpretation, though, as invested in it as I am: I really give the side-eye to all the Zelda merch with the image of Majora's Mask on it.  A symbolic personification of terror, shame, and despair is, like, not my idea of appropriate home decor.

(BTW, while I was messing around on Ao3, I also went through all my works there and tagged/noted my blanket permission policy, which was a nice thing to get done.)

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