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So I was a very busy bee this holiday season! I wrote 5 stories for yuletide in the end.

*I was assigned Dira Sudis, and wrote her Life, stripped of all luxuries, a Curse of Chalion fic. It's a Caz/Palli story set during the siege of Gotorget. As soon as I read the prompt, the title for my fic immediately popped into my mind. It came with a structure - a poem, each line about a luxury which would contrast with a scene of the realities of the siege. And a feeling - slow disintegration. In my own yuletide letter, I wrote that one of my favorite things is the search for love and redemption in even the darkest of circumstances, and the siege of Gotorget fits that to a T.

The interesting thing about writing this fic is that there just wasn't much canon to work with, other than the characterization. Despite the fact that the siege of Gotorget is a key piece of backstory, there are only 5 sentences of information about it in the entire book, 'The Curse of Chalion'. What's more, there is no information at all about the structure of the military in Chalion!

I spent far too much time trying to decide if I should write the Chalionese military as similar to the Romans, or the Napoleonic-era British army. At one point Cazaril introduces Palli as his lieutenant during the siege - I can't even swear that was a rank and not a description of his role, but decided to roll with it. All in all, it felt like I was constructing something new, rather than doing the usual in fanfiction, filling in the gaps in canon.

I learned by writing this is how very distant Cazaril is, from the very start of the book, from the action around him. He narrates from that distance, always commenting on the events rather than just experiencing them. Also, the language in the book is very ... flowery, which was a new challenge for me. I'm very happy with how it came out, all in all. Also, I've been very pleased, not only by the number of comments, but by the way that they are calling out the things I love most about the fic.

Then I had a last minute freak-out, realizing that I was writing this for DIRA SUDIS. Who's due South work I greatly love and admire. Exposures! Hawks and Hands! OMG! But she liked it, so yay!

One last thing that greatly amuses me about this fic (when I get enough distance from it to find anything funny) is that my Cazaril Muse isn't a very good poet. a proud panoply of silver armor Caz? Really? OK, if that's what you want it to say...

* I picked up a pinch-hit for Mimm just two days before the deadline, and wrote her Space Duty Sucks. I knew it would be tight, but I adore Babylon 5, and her idea of writing something about Sinclair and Garibaldi being the best of buddies just really appealed to me. I only had time to watch half of two early episodes, but I think I captured their dynamic pretty well.

I like the story, but I feel that it's a visit with the characters an show as it was introduced, and doesn't really push into any new territory. Maybe just a bit with Michael's feral glee - perhaps I'll explore that more later. Mimm was enthusiastic, though, and that's the whole point!

Then the call went out for Yuletide Madness.

*Rodo's fic is a bit sideways from his request. He wanted some Harry/Thomas (incest yay!) with a side of wondering how his relationship with Harry would affect how Thomas interacted with other wizards. And this humor piece Like Taking Candy from a Baby just sprang full-fledged into my head. Poor OMC Charlie.

I finished that, got it beta'd, submitted it, and started packing for my trip. An hour later I was done packing, not ready for bed, and thought I'd take just ... one ... more ... look at the unfilled prompts. HAH! I ended up writing two drabbles. (Which AO3 insists each have 101 words, in contradiction to my Word count.) Both were in the true Yuletide spirit of 'Somebody actually requested fic in this fandom?' and 'I may be the only person in the whole world who would ever write to this prompt!' I'd vidded Moonlight before, and written a piece of, ummm, epic poetry, I suppose you'd call it, in World of Warcraft before.

*Impervious to Reason is my love song to a show that was nowhere near as good as it should have been. I really liked Lizzen's prompt, about Beth being turned for some reason, and she requested Josef snark. Josef Kostan, the cynical and ancient vampire, was originally cast to be played by Rade Šerbedžija, not Jason Dohring. So cast it the way you like in your head. I know I do.

*Then there's my World of Warchraft drabble. (Yes, it's a computer game, and a fandom. There are characters! And a storyline!) Pure, straight-up angst. And as my recipient BridgetMcKennitt noted, gen with a non-con warning! Sylvanus is a fascinating character - not sympathetic, exactly, but a strong female leader of her people in a time of war. Here's to pierce the icy calm of the dead.

Every one of my stories has comments, and not just from the recipient. Given the size of those last two fandoms, I'm pretty thrilled about that.

And that was my first Yuletide experience!

Comments

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luzula
Jan. 2nd, 2010 08:26 pm (UTC)
Wow, five Yuletide stories! I'm impressed.
keerawa
Jan. 4th, 2010 02:24 pm (UTC)
I was delighted, especially since those four of them were written over 3 days after a few weeks of a serious dry-spell when it came to anything creative.
isiscolo
Jan. 3rd, 2010 12:13 am (UTC)
And don't forget, your Chalion story inspired your totally no canon knowledge beta into reading the book! Which has got to be a feather in your cap. I loved your story, you know, and really enjoyed the book as well!
keerawa
Jan. 4th, 2010 02:23 pm (UTC)
*cheers* Thanks, Isis!
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