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Happy New Year, and the Yuletide Reveal

Hello all!
I just realized that I haven't posted here in a month. Odd, I know. Sorry! Am alive, and well, if very busy.

This year for Yuletide, freneticfloetry wrote me the hilarious Community fic, Creative (Non)Fiction, in which Abed tries to write RPF about, you guessed it, his study group.

I wrote a Mercy Thomspon story, Coyote, spelled 'T-R-O-U-B-L-E' for Lyss.

She had asked for a 'Mercy/Bran family moment. Or Mercy/Ben.' As I mentioned once before, I got this assignment while on my miniNaNoWriMo death march of forcing myself to write every day. So I started writing without re-checkign the source material. And in my first draft, not only did I completely contradict canon by having Mercy arrive in Bran's pack as a teenager, not a child, but I somehow managed to mix up two of the main characters, and was writing about Sam/Mercy. (while thinking he was named Ben. IDEK.) Argh. I realized this on November 31st, when I actually started re-reading the Mercy Thompson books. Which are brilliant, by the way! But I found myself unwilling to write anything, aything at all,for about two weeks in some kind of weird teenaged rebellion against, umm, myself? Eventually I snapped out of it.

A few interesting things about this are:
1) Bran's voice, as a several hunderd year old Welsh werewolf, is very unique. As with my Yuletide last year I stretched to write a character I might not have otherwise. One person I asked to beta actually found his voice completely unreadable, which worried me a bit.
2) The entire story is a flashback, book-ended by the moment, in canon, where Mercy and Bran first see each other after her years away from the pack. I'm still not sure why, but it was one of those situations where the story just insisted on beign written that way.
3) I love the car scene. Absolutely love it.

I also wrote 5 Yuletide Madness treats for people this year.

Should the Kingdom Fall is a Persephone/Hades ficlet based on the album Hadestown. I think it has some interesting world-building.

A Special Treat is a poisonous little Spartacus: Blood and Sand drabble featuring Ilithyia/Spartacus dub-con.

Silk and Strategy is a World of Warcraft snippet about the first meeting between Bolvar and Dranosh.

The Boys Down in Silver Lake is a hot little Jaimie/Dean ficlet, in the 'Dark Blue' fandom, which plays around with the 'Undercover as Gay' trope.

The Captain Always Loved a Good Rescue got more comments than the others, but I sort of cheated by writing a cross-over between the Wire and Firefly. Still, Omar Little taking on the Alliance is an idea who's time has come!

I had a lot of fun with Yuletide this year, and it managed to pull me out of my writing doldrums.


( 10 comments — Leave a comment )
Jan. 2nd, 2011 06:25 am (UTC)
Happy New Year lady!! I hear you with the busy. I've been absent but lurking here for the last weeks. Good to hear the writing doldrums were conquered.
Jan. 6th, 2011 12:42 am (UTC)
Yeah, Yuletide offered too much temptation for me not to come out of my sulk and play.
Jan. 2nd, 2011 12:59 pm (UTC)
Oh, so you were the one who wrote the Hadestown treat! Thank you again!

And I'm glad you've gotten out of your writing doldrums.
Jan. 6th, 2011 12:42 am (UTC)
*takes a bow* Me too!
Jan. 5th, 2011 09:10 pm (UTC)
You were missed, and wrote some fabulous stories. <3
Jan. 6th, 2011 12:42 am (UTC)
Thanks, ainsley!
Mar. 24th, 2011 01:50 am (UTC)
You crossed over The Wire and Firefly. You are awesome.
Mar. 24th, 2011 02:26 am (UTC)
Oct. 8th, 2011 07:46 pm (UTC)
I just wanted to tell you, before I saw this post I hadn't heard of Hadestown, but it looked really interesting and I finally got it and am now listening to it for the fifth(?) time and I LOVE it. So thanks muchly!
Oct. 9th, 2011 09:49 pm (UTC)
Hadestown is an amazing album, isn't it? A really unique piece of world-building and story-telling.
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