receiving

Oct. 16th, 2017 05:14 pm
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A quick round-up of exchange stories I received over the summer.  I do recommend all of these stories and hope you'll click through to give these deserving authors the hit and a kudos.  :-)

Not Prime Time

Like a Rock by [archiveofourown.org profile] klutzy_girl - An alternate universe story about Grant Ward fitting into the team on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.  It's set in the early seasons, prior to the reveal that Ward was HYDRA, and deals with him questioning his own loyalties.  I enjoyed this, because it's a sweet version of events that would have changed some major things in the series.

[community profile] fic_corner 
Sweetening the Loaves by [archiveofourown.org profile] Missy - I hoped very much for a book-verse Little House on the Prairie story, and this more than delivered.  A sweet, introspective look at Caroline Ingalls, just as the family has begun to settle in De Smet.  I really loved the author's take on Caroline and Charles' marriage, and her voices are all spot on.  Highly recommend, especially as there is so little in this fandom.

[community profile] rarepairfest 
Time and Again by [archiveofourown.org profile] DesertScribe - A crossover between The Chronicles of Narnia and The Lord of the Rings.  Young Boromir ends up in Narnia and meets the Pevensies, and over time he and Susan fall in love - but they are never together for very long, and there's a lot of angst and adventure in their path.  It's a really lovely story and I just love the idea of Susan and Boromir together, especially the way this author makes it happen.

[community profile] genex 
Room to Grow by [archiveofourown.org profile] StarSpray - Harry Potter is a fandom where the gen possibilities are endless; this one knocks it out of the park.  Neville, Ginny, and Luna, learning to deal with what happened to them at Hogwarts while Harry was off hunting horcruxes.  It's set post-series, but pre-epilogue.  I can't convey in words how much I love the way this author wrote Neville, in particular.  He's perfect.  This story is definitely worth a read.

[community profile] crossovering 
And Bide the Danger by Anonymous - A Narnia/Harry Potter crossover, answering the idea of Susan Pevensie existing in the wizarding world, and having an encounter with Amelia Bones.  The author set this during Amelia's Magical Law Enforcement training, and there is a wonderfully on-target guest appearance, and some incredible world-building to root the reader in the Harry Potter 'verse.  I loved all my stories this summer, but this one made me feel spoiled.  It's very sophisticated writing and I applaud the author for working to fully bring to life both universes so seamlessly.  

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TITLE: We Could Go to Mexico
FANDOM: Gone with the Wind
RATING: PG-13
PAIRING: None
CHARACTERS: Scarlett O'Hara, Melanie Wilkes

FOR: [archiveofourown.org profile] Missy, for [community profile] genex

SUMMARY: Scarlett is carrying the load at Tara, but she isn’t alone.

NOTES: Regarding canon divergence: Will Benteen has yet to arrive at Tara, but Scarlett has had a visit from Jonas Wilkerson regarding taxes. It's spring 1865, just before the war ends.

Story also archived at AO3.


The cotton yield was going to be miserably small, and Scarlett was afraid. )

Yuletide!

Oct. 8th, 2017 02:29 pm
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My dear Yuletide author! I am thrilled you're here, and thrilled we matched on something. I can't wait to see what you come up with!

I keep reusing this intro. I need to update it. But, generally speaking: I prefer angst over fluff, I like happy endings that come after struggle or discord, I love character studies and backstories. I love minor characters in fic, the chance to flesh out what we don't see on the page or screen. Not into pregnancy AU, high school or university AU, or modern AU. BUT I love canon-divergence or AUs within the given universe (a different meet-cute, or a different ending, for example). While I love angst, I don't love trauma, especially of the sexual variety. Not into threesome pairings in any of my requested fandoms and prefer femslash if any slash (though not graphic).

Obviously, ODAO (optional details are optional).

I do have some ideas and prompts for you, but don't feel married to them at all, please!!

A few of these are requests I've made in the past, but quite awhile back.

Fandom specific prompts, etc )
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TITLE: Alright, 'til I Fell in Love With You
FANDOM: Zootopia
RATING: PG-13
PAIRING: Nick Wilde/Judy Hopps
CHARACTERS: Nick Wilde, Judy Hopps, Fangmeyer, Delgado

FOR: [archiveofourown.org profile] Jingle , for [community profile] not_primetime 2017

SUMMARY: Nick and Judy are out on their first stakeout when things go awry.

NOTES: Title cribbed from Bob Dylan, "Til I Fell In Love with You."

Story also archived on AO3.

Click for story )
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TITLE: Our Own Heart
FANDOM: Game of Thrones
RATING: PG-13
PAIRING: Jaime Lannister/Sansa Stark
CHARACTERS: Sansa Stark, Jaime Lannister, Brienne of Tarth, Podrick Payne

FOR: [archiveofourown.org profile] thedevilchicken, for [community profile] rarepairfest 2017

SUMMARY: AU. Jaime has joined Brienne and Podrick on their quest, having fled King's Landing in the wake of Tyrion's escape. Months into the journey, they have found Sansa and seek to fulfill their oath by taking Sansa to the Wall. Sansa is wary, but there is a side to the Kingslayer she has yet to see.

NOTES: I consider Sansa to be, at a minimum, 15 at the time she weds Tyrion on the show. So for this, I put her mentally at 16.

Title from: "Our own heart, and not other men's opinion, forms our true honor." - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Story also archived on AO3.

Click for story )
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TITLE: To Reach Our Destination
FANDOM: Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
RATING: PG
CHARACTERS: Ellen Rosen, Annemarie Johansen

FOR: [archiveofourown.org profile] afinch , for The Exchange at [community profile] fic_corner 2017

SUMMARY: Ellen Rosen goes back to Copenhagen.

NOTES: The title and the prayer referred to in this story come from The Traveler's Prayer. Story also archived on AO3.

Click for story )
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If you are boosting the signal on any recovery efforts in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, please feel free to include some or all of what I post below. Please copy/paste and don't share the post on social media directly.  Thanks.

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How can I help affected Foster Youth and Foster and Kinship Families?
- If you want to donate items, please contact your local Rainbow Room.  They need donations so that they can supply NEW, unopened supplies such as diapers, baby formula, blankets, school supplies and toiletries.
- If you prefer to give money, please make donations to the Texas Center for Child and Family Studies, a charitable organization that the TX Dept of Family and Protective Svcs is partnering with to provide basic needs to assist foster children and foster families.  
- If your church or organization wants to help with recovery efforts, please contact faithpartners@dfps.state.tx.us.
 
How can I help affected elderly and disabled individuals?
-  If you want to donate items, contact your local Silver Star Rooms. These emergency resource rooms need NEW, unopened supplies such as adult diapers, blankets, and toiletries.
-  If you prefer to give money, please make donations to the Texas Partners for Adult Protective Services, a charitable organization that the TX Dept of Family and Protective Svcs is partnering with. 
- If your church or organization wants to help with recovery efforts, please contact DFPSApsCommunication@dfps.state.tx.us

How can I help affected secondary and post-secondary students?
- Donate to the Harvey HELP Fund, a crowd-sourced relief fund dedicated to aiding the close to 500,000 students impacted by Hurricane Harvey--almost a third of all of the college and university students in the state. Announced today, HELP, which stands for Higher Education Learning Pathways, will provide emergency funds to enable students in southeast Texas to stay on or more quickly return to their education pathway.

How can I support doctors and displaced physicians?
-  Donate to the TMA Foundation Disaster Relief Campaign.  Established originally after Hurricane Rita, the TMA Disaster Relief Program helps cover expenses (not covered by insurance or other funding) related to relocating or rehabilitating a physician’s medical office. This may include replacing equipment, aiding needed staff, rebuilding patient records, and other similar costs — all towards the goal of helping physicians once again begin treating their patients.
 
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Oh my. A whole fic exchange for crossovers?! This is amazing!!

So, dear author, let's talk shop. A few generalities first. I would love, love, love for you to mess with timelines for these crossovers, to make the characters similar ages; obviously for a fusion, it isn't necessary. I like world-building, stories that take place in unexpected places or that include some detail about surroundings. I like character-driven stories, ones that include backstory or off-screen speculation and events. I'm fond of secondary and minor characters, their perspectives on the bigger events. I like main characters, too, and getting different viewpoints from them. Angst is my cup of tea, though not sexual violence of any kind. (Speaking of sex - consensual, vanilla, and het or femslash is my preference, if you go there). I really enjoy friendship stories or stories that deal with non-romantic aspects of a relationship that may BE romantic later (UST is awesome, and kinda hot! Team-building is awesome!) DNWs: fridging; coffee shop, high school or modern AU; horror tropes in a non-horror fandom.

Some ideas/prompts/specifics under the cut. These are just ideas to get you started, but if you've got something else entirely in mind, please go with it!! Thank you, dear author, for doing this exchange! I can't wait to see what you come up with!

Read more... )
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Super excited about this exchange (as I am about them all, really). It isn't very often that there are opportunities for gen fic in this manner.

So, dear author, here are some things you should know generally, and then under the cut are some fandom-specific thoughts.

I like world-building, stories that take place in unexpected places or that include some detail about surroundings. I like character-driven stories, ones that include backstory or off-screen speculation and events. I'm fond of secondary and minor characters, their perspectives on the bigger events. I like main characters, too, and getting different viewpoints from them. Angst is my cup of tea, though not sexual violence of any kind.   Non-canonical character death is okay if it furthers your story.  Seeing as how this is a gen exchange, and some of my requests are more traditionally shippy, I need to clarify that I really enjoy friendship stories or stories that deal with non-romantic aspects of a relationship that may BE romantic later. Team-building is awesome, partnerships between people who aren't very connected in canon or have very little screentime otherwise.

Okay, on to the fandoms.

Read more... )
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Hello Author!

I think this is the first time I've done this exchange. Looking forward to seeing what you come up with!

A few things you should know about me: I prefer angst over fluff (yup, even in YA), I like happy endings that come after struggle or discord, I love character studies and backstories. I love minor characters in fic, the chance to flesh out what we don't see on the page or screen. Not into pregnancy AU, high school or university AU, or modern AU. BUT I love canon-divergence or AUs within the given universe (a different meet-cute, or a different ending, for example). While I love angst, I don't love trauma, especially of the sexual variety. Not really into a lot of kink or graphic sex (especially for this exchange).

Fandom specifics )
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The Exchange at Fic Corner is a gift exchange for fic based on children's and YA books and short stories from picture books to edgy teen novels.  They are holding sign-ups for this exchange right now, due to end on Wednesday.  Would really love to see wider participation on this one!  Assignments are due August 21.
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Dear Author,

That we matched on even one pairing is a pretty good sign, I think. I'm super excited about this exchange and I hope you are, too!

I know I put a lot of ideas in my sign-up, so this won't be very long on top of it. Just generalities and a little more detail where warranted.

Generally speaking: I prefer angst over fluff, I like happy endings that come after struggle or discord, I love character studies and backstories. Plot is awesome, especially character-driven stuff. Since this challenge is specifically pairing-driven, I should tell you - I'm not into pregnancy AU, high school or university AU, or modern AU. BUT I love canon-divergence or AUs within the given universe (a different meet-cute, or a different ending, for example). My pairings aren't canon, so no worries if you're wandering beyond canon constraints. While I love angst, I don't love trauma, especially of the sexual variety. Not really into a lot of kink or graphic sex.

Some specifics beyond what's on my sign-up )
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Eeeee!  Not Prime Time!

Seriously, I love this exchange.  It hasn't once failed to bring the fun.  Plus, NPT means spring and summer and all that comes with those.  Can't complain.

So, dear writer, know that you have an astronomical chance of making my day, just because we matched and you're writing for me.  :-)

Some details and suggestions under the cut.

Generally speaking: I prefer angst over fluff, I like happy endings that come after struggle or discord, I love character studies and backstories. I love minor characters in fic, the chance to flesh out what we don't see on the page or screen. Not into pregnancy AU, high school or university AU, or modern AU. BUT I love canon-divergence or AUs within the given universe (a different meet-cute, or a different ending, for example). While I love angst, I don't love trauma, especially of the sexual variety. Not really into a lot of kink or graphic sex.

Read more... )
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Texas is experiencing spring - in other words, that late March-late May stormy season - and given tonight's forecast I suspect I may be up late tonight.

So let's meme. Pick a story of mine, choose a question from below, I will answer.

My stories.

1: What inspired you to write the fic this way?
2: What scene did you first put down?
3: What's your favorite line of narration?
4: What's your favorite line of dialogue?
5: What part was hardest to write?
6: What makes this fic special or different from all your other fics?
7: Where did the title come from?
8: Did any real people or events inspire any part of it?
9: Were there any alternate versions of this fic?
10: Why did you choose this pairing for this particular story?
11: What do you like best about this fic?
12: What do you like least about this fic?
13: What music did you listen to, if any, to get in the mood for writing this story? Or if you didn't listen to anything, what do you think readers should listen to to accompany us while reading?
14: Is there anything you wanted readers to learn from reading this fic?
15: What did you learn from writing this fic?


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TITLE: They Who Bear the Cost
FANDOM: Mercy Street
PAIRING: Jed/Mary, Henry/Emma
RATING: PG-13
SUMMARY: The inhabitants of Mansion House and the Battle of Antietam.

On AO3.

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I had no intention of staying up to actually finish this.  I came into my home office at 11 and picked up a book I have on Civil War battlefields, to get a sense of the timeline of Antietam for this story.  It was originally meant to be a shorter vignette for the series "Sea of Tranquility, Ocean of Storms" (indeed, "Ocean of Storms" was the working title), and I had intended it to be about just one or two of the characters.  It kind of grew as I went, so I just wrote.  It felt longer, while I was writing.  I am sure it could be, if I felt equal to the task of conveying 1860s hospital chaos with no visual aid.  

It is about Antietam, obvs, also called the Battle of Sharpsburg (in the South).  I was struck when watching the series finale (spoiler!) that they didn't really....talk about the battle, per se.  The show went with the political aftermath, which I get.  This battle didn't have the impact on Alexandria that others did, in a physical sense, plus battle scenes cost more, and the show is and isn't about the war itself.  But the single bloodiest day of the war does warrant more than a political tussle onscreen, I thought.  And that's how this grew in my head.


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TITLE:  By God's Kindness Alone
FANDOM:  Mercy Street
PAIRING:  Jed Foster/Mary Phinney
RATING:  PG
SUMMARY:  Jed and Mary contemplate the next steps, after the events of the season two finale, "House of Bondage."

On AO3

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I intend this to be the first of a series of vignettes set after the series ending and during the American Civil War.  We'll see how it goes (that's why a series and not a WIP).  The series title is "Sea of Tranquility, Ocean of Storms" (which came about because I've been binging episodes of both The West Wing and The West Wing Weekly, and I just got through "Galileo").
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Day 6

In your own space, create a list of at least three fannish things you'd love to receive, something you've wanted but were afraid to ask for - a fannish wish-list of sorts.

I don't know that I've been afraid to ask for these, just that there's not really a platform on which they're appropriate to ask for!  :-)  The fic I could, admittedly, write myself, but just haven't for one reason or another.  

1 - Okay, this is cheesy, but for years I have wanted someone to make a Josh/Donna (The West Wing) video set to "Complicated" by Avril Lavigne.  :-D

2 - An X-Files/Stephen King crossover in which Mulder and Scully are investigating sightings of a certain clown in Derry, Maine.  I mean, you KNOW that there's a case in the X-Files, detailing the various sightings and incidents over the years.  Or, in which Mulder himself grew up in Derry or spent significant time there.  I've thought about a story in which Samantha may or may not have been killed by It, kind of in the vein of the XF episode "Paper Hearts," complete with Mulder revisiting Derry and coming face to face with It.  

3 - I have asked for this one in Yuletide before, but I think the fandom is just more non-existant than the usual offerings, and I did only ask once.  I would really love a fix-it for Hell on Wheels in which Lily lives.  A detailed one, romance with Bohannon a must, and a dead Thor Gunderson.  
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Well, Day 4 is an ongoing challenge (interacting with someone) - I'm trying to reach out, based on common interests. I mean, I've complained often enough that the journaling community is dead or at least dying, and things like the [community profile] snowflake_challenge and Yuletide really prove that's not true at all. Time to expand horizons!

So, Day 5:

In your own space, post recs for at least three fanworks that you did not create
.

Alrighty. These fandoms are kind of all over the place.  But so am I, so it works out.

Hungry Ghosts by [archiveofourown.org profile] SignificantOtter (Zootopia, Judy/Nick) - You know, what I was hoping would happen with The X-Files revival last year was what ended up actually happening in the nascent Zootopia fandom. A wide variety of shipping stories, yes, but a good smattering of solid casefiles, too. This was one of the best of the early casefiles that were posted, and is still a favorite. What I said at the time: "A tense, creepy casefile fic, with an easygoing relationship aspect and incredibly well-drawn OCs. Highly recommended." It is pretty dark, though not the darkest by any means, and it ends well. Part of a series, but doesn't need the other stories in the series to be understood or enjoyed.

Not words, not music or rhyme I want, only the hum of your valvèd voice by [archiveofourown.org profile] emmadelosnardos (Mercy Street, Jed/Mary) - The show comes back for a second season on Sunday, but honestly, the fic that resulted from the first season was more than enough to tide over a fan.  Emmadelosnardos is hands down one of the best authors in this fandom, and this epic story - which ventures wildly AU, and is going to be jossed so hard, but who cares, you know - is damn near the magnum opus of said fandom.  I adore every word and have reread it for mere comfort a dozen times since it was posted.

West by [archiveofourown.org profile] Edonohana (The Stand) - This story.  THIS STORY.  This was my Yuletide gift in 2013.  I would have listed it first here, except that I think it is one of those stories that, once you've read it, you really can't read much else for awhile.  You have to let it sit, and then go back for a second helping.  The premise is that, instead of Stu, Larry, Glen, and Ralph heading west for Vegas in the final act of The Stand, it is Fran Goldsmith, Nadine Cross, Lucy Swann, and Sue Stern.  It is a story, you see, that puts the ladies in the spotlight, ladies who, in various ways, are really given the short stick in King's narrative.  As much as I love the original, what [personal profile] rachelmanija and [personal profile] kore accomplished here more or less blew it out of the water.  "West" is not terribly long, but so much is packed in - I am truly in awe of how this came together.  Do you need to have read the novel?  Well, yeah, I think so, because this is essentially the end of the book, reimagined, so context is important.  But you could probably get by without it if you have a love for Women Being Amazing During the Apocalypse.  Y'all, the richness of this work cannot be overstated.  Highly, HIGHLY recommend.

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Actually, I think posting this on the 17th day of the year is pretty encouraging, all things considered.

Day 3

In your own space, set some goals for the coming year. They can be fannish or not, public or private.

The first of my goals is to fill out the goals worksheets I downloaded from Art of Simple.

LOL.

Okay, in reality, my non-fannish goals are:

1 - Maintain non-contract employment.
2 - Write a short story for publication.
3 - Upgrade my wardrobe.

That first one is a doozy.  I'm only a week into my new job, and really, it isn't a huge challenge right now, but I can see the speed bumps down the road.  Summer child care is going to be an issue.  But I'll deal with that as it gets closer, because there's just too much happening right now.

The second one - look, I've been saying for years that I need to do this.  When I try to explain my fic hobby to someone I usually fib and say I write short stories for fun.  Time to put up or shut up.

Finally, well, I have been doing this in pieces for awhile, which is the only way to do it when you haven't won the lottery or have a huge amount of disposable income.  But really, I need investment pieces, I need things I can fall back on easily for the new job, so.  Working on it.

These really aren't grand goals, except for the short story one.  But I feel like, these are the things that would make me feel most accomplished when the year is out, in a personal way.  There are definitely other things brewing.

And some fannish goals:

1 - Do more than two fic exchanges (so, something in addition to Not Prime Time and Yuletide).
2 - Finish the Zootopia fic.
3 - Write more than 5000 words outside of fic exchanges and the Zootopia fic.

I love fic exchanges, and they are a huge motivator generally, so I want to do the usual two and something new.  Any suggestions?  I like non-fandom-specific exchanges the best, but I'll look at others, too.  

Gotta finish the Zootopic fic.  It's sitting there as this open WIP on AO3 and it actively bugs me.  I still have my story notes, and the general inspiration.  Just need to sit down and do it.

Finally, I really want to write more fic this year.  In what fandom, or what kinds of stories, I really don't know yet.  But I want to hit over 5000 words of fic outside of the exchanges and the Zootopia story.  I think that's reasonable and not so ambitious that it'll intimidate me.



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