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Dear Yulegoat

Hi! Just to tell you a little about my fic tastes in general:

I like: hurt/comfort, angst, romance, fluff, outsider POV on main characters. Different and clever formats (like, an excerpt of a history book, or an interview, or something like that- but I love more normal formats too!). Gen. Cheerful polyamory. Femslash.

I don’t like: PWP, incest. Non-canon pairings in general- though I'm usually fine with non-canon pairings if the pairing wouldn't conflict with a canon pairing (and cheerful polyamory is always a possibility). Character-bashing, especially of female characters.

Triggers (by which I mean, really don't put these in, please, it'll hurt): sex under age 18, dub-con, non-con, child abuse, disordered eating, self-harm, suicidal ideation

I'd prefer the rating not go higher than soft R in general. Salaciousness is fine (depending on fandom) but I'd rather not have actual porn.

Now, on to the fandoms!

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Just to emphasize, I’m sure I’ll be happy with whatever you do. Don’t feel like you have to pick one of my prompts! They're there to give you an idea of what I might like- if you have a cool idea, I'd love to see that instead!

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Dear Yulegoat:

Hello, Yuletide writer! I'm so excited that you're going to write me a story. I can't wait to read it. Just to tell you a little about my fic tastes in general:

I like: hurt/comfort, angst, romance, fluff, outsider POV on main characters. Different and clever formats (like, an excerpt of a history book, or an interview, or something like that- but I love more normal formats too!). Gen. Cheerful polyamory.

I don’t like: PWP, incest, sex under age 18, dub-con, non-con, child abuse. Non-canon pairings in general and non-canon slash pairings in specific (which is not to say that I’m averse to same-sex pairings at all- it’s just subtexty ones which run counter to canon pairings).

I'd prefer the rating not go higher than soft R in general. Salaciousness is fine (depending on fandom) but I'd rather not have actual porn.

Now, on to the fandoms!

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Just to emphasize, I’m sure I’ll be happy with whatever you do. Don’t feel like you have to pick one of my prompts! They're there to give you an idea of what I might like- if you have a cool idea, I'd love to see that instead!

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I’ve often said that I’m a fool for love
Blown on the changing winds of my own heart.
My secret is I don’t know what it means.
Hearts are muscles; love is fear and joy and
Hope. I’ve heard that it means sex. I like sex.
But I also like words, and tastes, and leaves.

I know that love’s still love when she- he- leaves.
It hurts now, but that doesn’t make it less love.
Love’s not forever, no more than it’s sex.
For all it lasts an instant in my heart
She’s real, and he’s real, and I am real and
We decide between us what love means.

And I decide for myself what it means.
I love cakes for sweetness and trees for leaves.
I love people for brave potential and
Cleverness and goodness and awe; I love
Them for skin and bones and beating heart
And for the trembling, wide-eyed shock of sex.

The three loves- for friends, for souls, and for sex
I have always tangled them up; it means
I can’t do what is expected; my heart
Basks in beauty like the sun dapples leaves
With no thought for who I’m supposed to love
Why have an OR and not an ampersand?

Why say that love needs rings and hands in hand?
Or say that sex needs love or love needs sex?
To me, trees and poetry feel like love.
It’s range and modes as much as means;
Bright and brilliant thoughts, writ on paper leaves
To thunder in the vastness of my heart.

It’s dangerous; I could break your heart
With my heady, wanton faithlessness; and
Still I don’t want to be the one who leaves.
I know I break all the rules of my sex.
Six verses cannot explain what love means
And I don’t know if I can truly love.

But if my heart’s unmoved by lust or sex,
I can still know transcendence and the means
To take our leaves from silence; to choose love.


On a whim, a friend wrote me a sestina about internet porn. Sort of. Because he knows I love the form, and because I half dared him to, and because he'd never written a sestina before. In answer, I wrote this. 

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Writing Update

I've mostly been working on my original fiction short story. It's now just shy of 5k. I finished it, had a few people beta read it, and have revised it again. It gets some final touches and then, god help me, I'll probably try to find someone to sell it to. It's science fiction, so there's a market in magazines. I think it's pretty good. Maybe. I mean, I don't know. Also, I still need to title the damned thing. Fucking titles, man.

I'm also about 1500 words into the final part of evil_little_dog's fandomaid story, still as yet unnamed. Fucking titles. Seriously.

I finished my Who fic for the AO3 fundraising auction. I ended up writing two stories:
New Endings- which is... kind of timey-wimey and angsty and weird. I wasn't totally sure it was what my recipient wanted, so I went ahead and wrote another thing:
Pond and Jones- which is a bit clever, if I do say so myself. And it let me use the "Bechdel Test Pass" and "Women Being Awesome" tags on AO3, which is always a good day.

The following things are still all backburner at the moment:

Knights Errant: Backburner.

Moonrise Novel: Backburner.

Burn Notice/CA crossover: Backburner.

Although I think KE is next on my list, since I've been ignoring it for, fuck me, three months.

I'm also working on edits for evil_little_dog's Het Big Bang. Verrry slooooowly.

I'm, you know, still sick. They think they might know what's wrong, like, for real this time. I'm just waiting for results. And lying around feeling ill and wanting to sleep too much.

Writing Update

I am still not doing great, and it means I'm writing veeerrrry sloooowwwly. But I have managed to finish some things, so yay for me.

Small Moments: My wintercompanion fic. I was pretty pleased with how it turned out, and the recipient loved it, so yay!

I finished the first two installments of evil_little_dog's story for fandomaid. They are called Blue Skies and Iron Hills. There is a third installment begging to be written, but I need to finish other things first.

I started writing an original short story. It's about 2k at the moment; I'm shooting for 3k. Writing original fiction is scary but exciting.

I am also writing a Doctor Who story for the AO3 fundraising auction. I am about 1.3k in (I was shooting for 1.5-2k), but the ending eludes me.

The following things are all backburner at the moment:

Knights Errant: Backburner.

Moonrise Novel: Backburner.

Burn Notice/CA crossover: Backburner.

(Not) Writing Update

I don't know, I just feel I need to put this out there as an explanation (half to myself) of why I haven't finished anything in ages. I've actually been sick for about two months now. Just chronically exhausted, and nauseous a lot of the time, and just feeling bad. I've just been coming home and passing out every day and not writing or doing anything else that I love. It's started to affect my ability to do my job, too. I'm still trying to work on some things, but it's frustrating for me to only be able to get through a few hundred words at a time (if that), and it starts to feel like the passage is dragging when really, it's just me.

I don't know how long I will continue this way, too. I'm still working on the stories I owe people, and I'm not going to fluff any deadlines I've agreed to. But everything's hard right now. Hopefully the massive amount of my bodily fluids that is currently being tested will yield some solutions. We shall see.

Writing Update

There is a God: I have actually now been paid the rest of the money. I still don't know when it will be published, however.

Knights Errant: Backburner.

Moonrise Novel: Backburner. But it's next on my list.

The Burn Notice/CA crossover is kind of stalled at about 3k words... I wrote myself into a corner I didn't want to be in, and now I think I have backed up enough to not go in that corner in the first place, but now I need to get back to it.

I am mostly working on evil_little_dog's story for fandomaid at the moment. It's also about 3k long. I'm hoping to take some time tonight to really get some stuff done on it.

I finished my wintercompanion fic. It ended up being just over 1k, which is longer than the exchange minimum, but shorter than most of the fics that have been posted. I hope my recipient isn't disappointed...

This is the fic that was written for me: http://wintercompanion.livejournal.com/201858.html

One of the prompts that I gave was "Jack and the Doctor playing Senet, together or with other people", and the author (as yet unrevealed) went with it. XD

Also, if anyone is interested in my non-fanfiction artistic pursuits, I have recently started a tumblr: http://kalirush.tumblr.com/ It pretty much exclusively has pics of things I made of various sorts.

Fic Rec: Arrow's Flight (Brave)

Fandom: Brave
Author: White Aster
Rating: G (although it has some language and blood; I would probably have rated it T to be safe)
Length: 2288 words
Do you need to know the fandom to appreciate this: As long as you have any idea who Merida is, you should be good to go.
Link http://archiveofourown.org/works/600443

If you have not seen Brave, you should. I could say that you should see it because it's a movie that stars a girl and is about her life in a way that has nothing to do with her love interests. I could say that you should see it because it's a princess movie that's actually about the princess in question. But mostly, it's beautiful, and it's a good story, and it has a lot to say about growing up and the relationships that parents have with their children.

This story carries on from the movie (though it doesn't really touch on the events of the movie in any major way). It's about Merida growing up and into her duties. It's beautifully written, switching back and forth between narration that would be at home in a fairy tale and narrative that's funny and true to the characters. It's about Merida making the choices that she needs to make for her people, and managing to find a life for herself that is meaningful and happy. It's also about Merida being a total badass. I enjoyed this a great deal, and the ending gave me chills.

Excerpt:

Once, there was an ancient kingdom.

In this kingdom was a young princess, beloved by her parents the king and queen. The princess was a strong and strong-willed lass, quick of wit and keen of eye. She loved horseback riding, being out of doors, and, most of all, archery, at which she was exceedingly talented. So talented was she, and so proud her parents, the king and queen, that her fame spread throughout the kingdom, and a whole generation of young women came of age thinking of archery as an only slightly less ladylike pursuit than embroidery.

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Fandom: How to Train Your Dragon
Author: egelantier
Rating: G
Length: 2460 words
Do you need to know the fandom to appreciate this: Yes- this is fairly immediately post-canon
Link http://archiveofourown.org/works/580126

How to Train your Dragon is one of a rare breed: family movies that both kids and adults can find equally engaging. My kids loved it because it had dragons and silly Scottish vikings and beautiful animation. I loved it because it was about the way that families hurt each other, even when they don't mean to. And the way that young people have to choose their own way sometimes, even when it's not what's going to make their families happy. And the way that kindness can be stronger than a sword, when it needs to be.

This story picks up fairly directly after the end of the movie, with Hiccup still recovering from his wounds. It's a little meandering, but it's a nice piece of closure about certain things that the movie left not-quite-resolved: Hiccup talking to his father, Hiccup and Astrid, their futures in their village. The author manages to convey a lot of emotion without making the characters OOC. We see a lot of what Hiccup learned, and what all this meant to him. And at the end, even Toothless gets to have his say. If you watched the movie, and thought I want more, this is a very satisfying answer to that.

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Astrid's cleaning her axe, sitting cross-legged at the head of his bed. She looks at him and smiles, gently. Softness looks weird and somehow wrong on her face.

"You're at home, the big dragon is dead, everybody else is alive. You still have a fever.”

"What?" Hiccup croaks. Astrid sets her axe aside and puts a mug of something against his lips. It’s water, and it’s the only thing that makes sense, now, so he sucks it down greedily, afraid it will vanish.