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2013-09-13 12:24 pm
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Yuletide is bigger than the Hugo awards? Whoa.

Jaw-dropping realization of this morning: the number of fans participating in Yuletide is bigger than the number of fans who vote for the Hugo awards.

Last year's Yuletide participants: 1995
This year's Hugo voters: 1800 or so - ETA: 1848, by official report.

I'm not even sure why I'm so surprised by this random comparison. Probably it's because I roamed around in SF/F con fandom before media fandom, and this feels like such a strange crossover.

It's also boggling because the Hugos carry a lot of prestige (I think, still?) and yet the group that votes for them is so small, and confined to people who are paying either tons of money to go to Worldcon, or $50 for a 'voting membership' that won't let them go to the con, but gets them copies of the books.

And I don't know how big the overlap with Yuletiders is; I'm betting it's there, but not huge. But I'm fascinated, anyway.

(What do you think the chances are of John Scalzi winning a Best Novel Hugo for Redshirts, if the Yuletide participants were the ones voting?)

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2013-04-03 09:47 pm
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Podfic of "The Tough Guide To Fantasy Cities"

This is so cool, and I think it's a first for me: a podfic of one of my stories! With multiple readers, even:

[podfic] The Tough Guide To Fantasy Cities (24 words) by klb, reena_jenkins, Wesle
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Tough Guide to Fantasyland - Diana Wynne Jones
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Additional Tags: Podfic, Collaboration, Humor, Fantasy

You will not encounter any rustic taverns, bards, or bowls of stew on these tours! Instead, expect nightclubs, rock singers, and lots of gourmet coffee.
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2013-01-02 09:11 pm
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Yuletide reveal is here!

This year, I wrote one story for Yuletide, in a favorite book fandom - the Fall of Ile-Rien trilogy by Martha Wells. It was a lot of fun revisiting this universe and working on a possible future for Tremaine, Ilias, and Giliead after the end of the third book.

When the Sea Is (7183 words)
Fandom: Fall of Ile-Rien - Martha Wells
Rating: General Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Ilias/Tremaine Valiarde
Characters: Tremaine Valiarde, Ilias (Ile-Rien), Giliead (Ile-Rien)

Summary:  Tremaine had been living in Cineth for more than a month now, and so far, none of her more pessimistic predictions had come to pass. She hadn’t gotten anyone killed, not even Cletia; she hadn’t added Ilias to her previously dismal record of broken relationships; and she hadn’t been homesick for Vienne at all.

Thanks to [personal profile] dorinda and [personal profile] torch for cheerleading!

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2012-11-01 05:43 pm

Dear Yuletide Writer

Dear Yuletide writer:

Hi! Yay, you share at least one of these wonderful fandoms with me, and I’m so glad you chose it. Have an excellent Yuletide! And please do not worry: optional details are optional, and any prompts are only there in case you’d like to have something to kickstart your story.

Things I love, in general

I love happy endings, especially after tense, difficult situations. Some of my favorite story tropes are hurt/comfort, A sacrificing himself for B, and "A thinks B is dead, but he's not really", but I also love light, funny stories, plot, snark, missing scenes, understated longing, ordinary domestic days in the life of the characters, epistolary stories, and stories written from an outsider’s point of view.

Things I love about these particular fandoms:

Invisible Man, Darien Fawkes and Bobby Hobbes )

Elfquest, Cutter and Skywise )

Hercules: the Legendary Journeys, Hercules and Iolaus )

Mask of Apollo - Mary Renault, Nikeratos and Thettalos )

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2012-01-05 07:57 pm
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Yuletide reveal!

I had a blast writing two stories for Yuletide this year:

The Tough Guide to Fantasy Cities for [personal profile] jjhunter.
Gen, 2800 words.
Fandom: The Tough Guide to Fantasyland by Diana Wynne Jones. I love that book, and there were some great stories for it this year.

Summary: You will not encounter any rustic taverns, bards, or bowls of stew on these tours! Instead, expect nightclubs, rock singers, and lots of gourmet coffee.

1000 Advocaten op de Zeebodem for [personal profile] jae.
Het, 1900 words.
Fandom: Pleidooi, an outstanding Dutch television series written by Maria Goos. This one was a real challenge, because I wrote it in Dutch. Sure, that's my first language and all, but I've never written fanfic in it! Another Yuletide first, and what fun.

Summary: Ga bij me weg op een stralende dag.

And my Yuletide gift was a lovely creepy-but-not-too-creepy Hercules and Iolaus story, Bearing Gifts, by [personal profile] jessikast, yay!
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2011-11-20 03:19 pm
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Dear Yuletide Author

Hi! Yay, you share at least one of these wonderful fandoms with me, and I’m so glad you chose to write them. Have an excellent Yuletide! And please do not worry about the tl;dr below: optional details are optional, and only there in case you’d like to have something to kickstart your story.

Things I love, in general
I love happy endings, especially after tense, difficult situations. Some of my favorite story tropes are hurt/comfort, A sacrificing himself for B, and "A thinks B is dead, but he's not really". I also love light, funny stories, plot, snark, missing scenes, understated longing, ordinary domestic days in the life of the characters, epistolary stories, and stories written from an outside point of view.

Things I love about these particular fandoms:

Lost Room, Burn Notice, Vorkosigan Saga, Hercules: the Legendary Journeys )
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2010-01-01 08:43 pm

Yuletide reveal: "All Our Scattered Leaves"

For Yuletide '09, I wrote:

All Our Scattered Leaves, for [profile] jadesfire2808
Rating: G, no warnings
Fandom: Lord Peter Wimsey books by Dorothy Sayers
Summary: A selection of letters and diaries on the eve of the Armistice.

This was a ton of fun to write, if slightly intimidating, too -- this year was the first time in all my years of Yuletide that I'd felt brave enough to sign up for Sayers, and I should have realized that meant I would infallibly get the assignment! *g* But I got a lovely prompt from my recipient, asking for a spotlight on some of the minor characters of the series, and it was a joy to immerse myself in these beloved books again to try and pick up their voices.

(There was also a small foray into the Women at Work documents section of the Imperial War Museum, which is fantastic; even if you can't actually search the source documents unless your library has a subscription, you can click on the links in the essay and find a ton of amazing documents, like the report on the work of Queen Mary's Needlework Guild during the Great War; the name makes it sound charming and small, but in fact this was a massive organisation of women, all volunteers, who made and shipped all kinds of supplies for the Front; after the first German gas attack, these women provided millions of improvised gas masks, made out of khaki wool and bits of cinema film for the eyes.)

For my Yuletide gifts, [profile] galerian_ash generously wrote me not one but two Trapeze stories, yay! It was wonderful to get these, especially as Trapeze is so tiny a fandom that I think these were the first two stories written for it. These stories were exactly what I wanted: the warmth and sweetness of a proper happy ending for the movie, with Mike and Tino together again. And they cover two different moments; the first story, To Catch a Catcher, has the reunion of Mike and Tino after the movie, which feels just right; the second story, A Reason for Waking, was my Yuletide Madness treat, and shows them later on in their relationship. I didn't even twig that these were written by the same person, which shows you what a Yuletide sleuth I am, but they are both adorable.

To Catch a Catcher, by [profile] galerian_ash
Rating: G, no warnings
Fandom: Trapeze
Summary: Mike might be stubborn, but so is Tino.

A Reason for Waking, by [profile] galerian_ash
Rating: Mature, no warnings
Fandom: Trapeze
Summary: A morning in New York, one year after leaving Paris.
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2009-10-06 09:04 pm
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Rec and links for "Trapeze"

So, [personal profile] dorinda told me about this 1956 Hollywood movie I should see called "Trapeze", and I did, and loved it -- I am adding it to my Yuletide list, in fact, because this is a movie that simply cries out for fanfic. It almost, almost gets to the point where a slash fanfic ending would not even have been necessary, and then stops. Seriously, it's like the last reel has just gone missing somewhere.

"Trapeze" stars a young, gorgeous Tony Curtis as the up-and-coming talented acrobat who wants to learn the triple salto and a somewhat older, still gorgeous Burt Lancaster as the crippled, experienced ex-acrobat who winces every time he sees so much as a dangling rope, and the equally gorgeous Gina Lollobrigida as the Italian intrigante who aims to become the star of the circus and tries to break up their partnership.

The boys wear tights. And arm wraps. And...not really much else? I think some pants and shirts are involved when they're not in the circus, but they look very good in those, too. Gina wears breathtaking gold spangled outfits. Did I mention this movie is in Technicolor, and filmed in an actual circus?

The boys gaze at each other with (on Tony Curtis' part) industrial amounts of joyful flirtiness and wide-open longing and (on Burt Lancaster's part) dizzying amounts of inner pain and nobility and secret yearning, and then they hold discussions about the catcher/flyer relationships, and about their hearts beating in time, and they train and try for the triple salto mortale together, and then there is the actual flying, and the intense emotional entanglements that should revolve around Gina and yet always, always come back to just the two of them.

Screencaps and discussion and movie download links over at [personal profile] dorinda's place! Bring potluck!
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2008-12-31 04:25 pm

Yuletide FTW

I've only dipped a toe in the sea of Yuletide stories, but what little I've read has been wonderful. I hope to post some recommendations later - probably after the reveal, so I can rec the other stories in the fandom I wrote in without fear of giving myself away.

(The usual offer applies - if you guess the story I wrote before the reveal, I'll write you a drabble of your choice, provided it's in a fandom I know, or something longer if the inspiration strikes. You only have today to guess, though - reveal's tomorrow! *g*)

Meanwhile, I want to point to the two Yuletide stories I received. I got very lucky again this year, and I thank both my authors so much! I can't wait to find out who you are.

The Labours of Iolaus.
Rated PG-13.
Fandom: Hercules: the Legendary Journeys
Summary: The problem, Iolaus thought, was that Hercules just didn't know how to say no.

Cheerful, funny Hercules/Iolaus, yay! This made me grin a lot and go "aw", and there's some very inventive use of the 'official' Hercules myths, with just the kind of twist the show would have used.

Rated G.
Fandom: Arthur Conan Doyle - Sherlock Holmes, crossover.
Summary: A glimpse of a possible encounter near the end of one career and the start of another.

I'm going to be a little vague here, but this is a crossover between Sherlock Holmes and another detective series of my heart, and it's wonderful. I love all these characters so much, and I adore the way they are written here. I may as well admit that this story made me cry, but it is not depressing, and completely Merry-safe. :-)
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2008-11-10 05:44 pm
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Dear Yuletide writer, you rock!

Dear Yuletide writer:

Thank you so much for offering to write some of the fandoms I love most! You are clearly a person of exquisite taste and discernment, and I <3 you.

Fictional packages tied up with strings )
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2008-10-21 03:32 pm
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YAY Yuletide! Nominations are open!

As of today, Yuletide challenge fandom nominations have opened. Go submit thy fandoms! Remember, this is not yet the point where you sign up and commit yourself to writing a Yuletide story; this is where you list the rare fandoms you would like to write, or get a story in. Nominations are open until October 31st, 11:59 pm US Eastern time, so you have some time to make your decisions.

I will probably be nominating old favorites like Hercules: the Legendary Journeys (I know, surprise surprise), The Real Ghostbusters, Sherlock Holmes, Ile-Rien and Invisible Man, but I might still change my mind on any of those, so if you want to make sure, do please go nominate them yourself.

If you've witnessed the Yuletide madness spread through fandom every year, but never joined in yourself, and you're wondering what the fuss is about, here's a post I prepared earlier: Yuletide For Newbies, or, what is this yuletide thing anyway? This post is from 2007, and the dates will not be the same in 2008, but the rules probably will be.

Also: if you are thinking of joining Yuletide this year and you have questions or worries that you don't want to ask the Yuletide mods yet, please comment below and I will do my best.
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2008-01-01 10:23 pm

Yuletide reveal!

I love seeing all the author names go up. Now I can thank [ profile] quasar237 for The First Time is the Hardest, and [ profile] zortified for A Good Day, and [ profile] roga for I Friend You, You Friend Him, and [ profile] falzalot for Festival Day! Woot! I was so, so lucky this year.

I was lucky in my assignment, too, because I got [ profile] vongroovy, who asked for the fandom I had just fallen for, the Real Ghostbusters (the cartoon based on the movie, where Peter is gorgeous and still sarcastic as hell, and Egon has Serious Moonlight hair, and both the writing and voice acting is absolutely first-rate -- ahem. Yes. More about RGB later) and who added great details, along the lines of "Peter/Egon slash with ghosts and adventure would be great, and plz hold the tortured emo wangsting and gazing into each other's aquamarine/jade/crystalline eyes." Yay! said I, and wrote this:

Into Still Water Like a Star
Real Ghostbusters, Peter/Egon, PG.

"I'm not having fun, Egon. And I'm hungry." Peter leaned a little to his left, giving Egon the 'poor pitiful me' look in full-color closeup. "You know not having fun is bad for me."

Many thanks to [ profile] aka_arduinna, [ profile] ltlj and[ profile] therienne for beta, and my love to [ profile] flambeau, who is entirely to blame for the ending.
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2007-12-29 02:16 pm

Home again, and yuletide rec

Back again from the holidays; great fun, lots of long walks, came home with a cold. Am consoling myself with tea, eggdrop soup and Yuletide stories, which is just the best comfort there is - it's like grazing off a buffet with more than 2000 different dishes, you can't go wrong. I'm trying to leave comments as I go, and I'm bookmarking my favorites for a longer recommendation post later on.

Right now I want to draw attention to my favorite story so far, which is The Case of the Broken-Hearted Liar, a Holmes/Watson story that just about knocked me off my feet with its intensity. Gorgeous language, excellent character voices, and very lush and sensual in a believably Victorian way.

"We are here to observe to-night, Watson. I doubt there will be any events of interest for your pen, but I am, as always, glad of your company."

The rush of warmth at Holmes' heartfelt comment left me momentarily quiet, tracking his motions in the near-dark, the angling shadows created by his chilly smile. Before I could find words Holmes waved them away, uninterested in emotional demonstrations unless, it seemed, he was the one to make them.
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2007-12-26 05:37 pm


With a whole bunch of exceedingly nosy relatives grouped about me, I've still managed to manoeuver myself and my laptop so that none of them can see the screen or appear suddenly and heartstoppingly at my shoulder -- which means that I have managed to read all my Yuletide stories and am now trying out the posting-without-interference thing. Fingers crossed.

Yes, I did say all my Yuletide stories. I'm completely verklempt, here, and it was very hard to keep my composure and not go eeee! out loud a lot and startle said relatives. I got four stories, which. I. seriously. FOUR STORIES, in three different fandoms, and they're all wonderful. They seriously are, and they complement each other beautifully, and I loved reading all of them. O Yuletide fairy goddess type people, you rock, and I am so grateful and gleeful and thrilled, I can't tell you. I scatter rose petals at your feet, and thank you so very much!

It is so lovely to get presents you can share. Here are my presents, come read them!

First, my official story: The First Time is the Hardest, set in Martha Wells' Fall of Ile-Rien universe. (Ilias/Giliead, NC-17.) Gil and Ilias go hunt their first wizard, and have a very tough time of it, and I loved the adventure and suspense and the deep trust between them. The way this story makes connections with other events in the books and the worldbuilding feels exactly right. I read this lovely long & plotty story in three bites, with long walks in the dunes in between, and that was just perfect - I spent the whole walk worrying about Gil and Ilias and Gil's father Ranior succumbing to the evil wizard and scarybad things happening to them, ohnoes!* Thank you so much, my wonderful author, I adored it.

Then there was A Good Day, Real Ghostbusters (PG).
Peter Venkman deals with a difficult ghost, alone. Again, I adored this - short, vivid, crammed full of action, a fiercely determined Peter Venkman and some understated but warm hurt/comfort, which are things that go together like tea and chocolate, yum. The only complaint I have is that I wish to read more of this story, moremoremore! *is greedy*

Then, Festival Day, also set in Martha Wells' Fall of Ile-Rien books (PG-13 for swearing).
Fabulous first line: "In the months since Tremaine has arrived in Cineth, she hadn't wanted to kill herself once, but it was certainly looking like an attractive option today." and the rest is just as good. Syprian celebrations, with Tremaine in her new position as head of the household, and it's just warm and fun and delicious, with a perfectly written Tremaine. I love it.

And then there is I Friend You, You Friend Him, Hercules: the Legendary Journeys (PG).
Iolaus and Hercules deal with one of Salmoneus' most insidious inventions ever.This. I. *flails* This is sheer demented genius, much like Salmoneus himself. It made me laugh like a drain, and the scary thing is that I can totally see this happening on the show. Just fantastic, and you should really read this even if you don't know from Hercules, because I guarantee it will crack you up.

*hugs all of Yuletide*  Happy holidays!

*(They do not get eaten by the sharks at this time.)
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2007-12-18 08:33 pm
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Yuletide Madness, yay, and away notice

There's a post up in [ profile] yuletide_admin about the dates for Yuletide Madness, which is a part of the yuletide challenge where people are writing last-minute pinch hits and stocking stuffers and extra stories just in case a pinch hit falls through, and there is this tremendous drive to make sure everybody has a story no matter how obscure the fandom they asked for, and I absolutely love it: fannish glee and generosity at its best.

Sadly I won't be hanging round IRC to catch the excitement this year: I'll be gone for a week or so starting this Friday, and I will probably have internet access, but the real trick will be finding private quiet time to devour the Yuletide archive after it goes live on the 25th.

So, my dear Yuletide author, my feedback may be a couple of days late, but I will be as fast as I can and am so looking forward to your story! I saw my request go out on the pinch hit list this morning, so I know you're having to scramble at the very last minute, and I love you for doing it: you rock. Also, please don't worry - my love for all four of these fandoms is mighty and fierce, and just knowing that you're writing a story in one of them is making me happy. Yay Yuletide!
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2007-10-19 04:58 pm
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I have to get on a train in ten minutes, there is not enough time to squee at people on IRC, so I do it here.

I have gotten my (real true one and only) Yuletide assignment and I'm so excited. Yay! *bounce bounce bounce*

Howzabout you?
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2007-10-13 10:28 pm
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Dear Yuletide author

Thank you for offering the fandoms I love! You rock! May you have a fabulous Yuletide.

Here are some optional prompts and ideas. I haven't really done this prompt thing before, and I'm worried that I might somehow cause you to throw your own wonderful ideas overboard, so please don't feel bound by this in any way! I love all these fandoms, and just getting a story for one of them is going to make my day.

My bullet-proof kinks are hurt/comfort, one character sacrificing him/herself for another, and "A thinks B is dead, but he's not really". But I love light, funny stories too, and plotty stories with snark and worldbuilding, and adventure stories with fighting and magic, and stories with understated pining and angst that end in love, and stories that show an ordinary day in the life of the characters.

For Ile-Rien:

I would adore an Ilias, Giliead and Tremaine adventure in Vienne, or a story about Gil and Ilias as kids/teens and their developing friendship, or one that deals with the more difficult aspects of being a Chosen Vessel.

For Hercules: the Legendary Journeys:

I'd love a story about Hercules and Iolaus at Troy, or a Hercules/Iolaus first time slash story from their Academy days, or a story where Hercules and Iolaus have a tough time dealing with something/someone from another mythology, or with an element from the Greek myths that we haven't seen on the show yet.

For Venture Brothers:

ETA: I'm worried about you being worried, so just to be sure: I chose 'any' and meant it. Anything below is just in case you are the kind of writer who likes specific idea or character prompts as a starting point. I will be absolutely delighted with a VB story about any and all of the characters, I promise!

I'm not so much about the porn with this fandom, though I admit having some slashy speculations about Doctor Orpheus and Doctor Venture in that motel room together, but really, you don't have to go there unless you want to. :-)

A Team Venture adventure story would be great, or a story about Brock Samson at his most dangerous, or about the Monarch and his henchmen, or about Dr Girlfriend and/or Doctor Orpheus saving the day and showing off their mad skills. Mentions of Bowie a plus - I am a longtime Bowie fan, and the last two episodes of season two made me insanely happy. In short: crazy plans! Daring escapes! Banter and bizarreness! Henchmen and hijinks! GO TEAM VENTURE!

For The Real Ghostbusters:

Anything with an actual bust or ghosts/myths/villains in it would be wonderful! I also adore the little domestic bits the series often has in the opening scenes, so a 'day in the life' story would be great.
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2007-10-08 04:11 pm
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Yuletide signups

The signups for the Yuletide challenge have started, yay!

We have until October 18th to sign up, and I haven't done it yet, myself, but that is mostly because I want to look at the fandoms that have been requested and offered so far, in all their colored glory, and watch the numbers go up before I decide what to request and what to offer. (For example, right now, there are 14 people offering Hercules stories, and nobody requesting any. Aw.)

If you keep seeing people on your friendslist talk about Yuletide and are wondering what they're on about, here is a post explaining the basics of the Yuletide challenge that I wrote last year. I've updated the details and dates where necessary, so everything in the post should be good for 2007; however, always check [ profile] yuletide_admin and the official Yuletide FAQ first.

I can't believe we're at 617 people already, with signups only open since Friday. Holy smokes. Go Yuletide!
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2007-09-21 09:03 am
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Nom nom nom

Yuletide nominations have started, and are open until next Tuesday, yay! (This isn't the part where you sign up to write stories yet; it's the part where you nominate fandoms you want to offer/write in the challenge, to cut down on the Ginormous Fandom List of Doom.)

I have nominated Hercules: the Legendary Journeys, The Real Ghostbusters, Venture Brothers, [ profile] marthawells's Ile-Rien novels, Fritz Leiber's Lankhmar novels, and, um, something else - I think it was Donald Westlake's Dortmunder novels. But I'm sure about the first five, so you can take those off your list! *g*

These aren't necessarily all the fandoms I will offer to write, or ask for stories in, but they're definitely on the short list, and since we only get six nominations, I'm hoping other people will nominate the slightly bigger fandoms I love, things like Sherlock Holmes and Invisible Man and Vorkosigan and Wimsey and so on.

I'm getting ridiculously excited about Yuletide again; I'm usually away for a walking holiday around Christmas, and if I'm home I don't celebrate it except by eating big dinners, so the Yuletide challenge is more of a holiday ritual for me than anything I'm used to around that time. (I do celebrate Sinterklaas, which is December 5th, and is all about sweet things, strangely wrapped gifts and writing poems for people, so Yuletide is a nice followup in every way.)

It's not just the writing to deadline and the promise of a story on the 25th; it's also the whole secrecy thing, the worrying about what to offer and what to ask for, and how much detail is too much, and then the assignment comes and with that comes panicking and reassuring and secret pact making and in some cases, the writing of fake stories and lying to one's best friends until one is blue in the face. So Much Fun.

Are you doing Yuletide this year? *pokes flist*
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2007-01-01 02:15 pm
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Yuletide reveal!

Participating in the Yuletide challenge was so much fun this year. I beta'ed some fantastic stories, did my best to keep deep and dire secrets, and wrote two stories of my own: my assignment and a pinch hit.

Here they are! I've linked to the Yuletide archive, but the stories are also available on my website.

Thank you so much to everyone who commented on my stories - you made my holiday so much brighter with your feedback. (And if you left an email address with your comment, you'll hear from me. *g*)

The Unexpected Affair of the Injured Detective. (Arthur Conan Doyle -- Sherlock Holmes).
PG, slash, Holmes/Watson. Written for Am-Chau.
Summary: Holmes comes home from work.

Imperial Audience. (Naomi Novik - Temeraire)
G. Written for Esteliel.
Summary: What if Laurence did not escape a meeting with Napoleon?