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Thursday, January 1st, 2015 06:20 pm
So I'm just back from nearly 10 days away and 3 time zones and so am behind on absolutely everything, including the December meme, which will probably be more of a January meme at this point. Also, I know that some have written things in response to my prompts and I will get to commenting and such. Thanks so much for sharing your theories, meta, personal stories, and all good fannish things.

So, Happy New Year! May this year be better than the last! I wish you all good things!

Did you get nice things?  Did you have a nice time?  Tell me more?

So, Yuletide. Oh my gosh, a huge thanks to [personal profile] heliopause for getting me through it! Helio was SO supportive.

I wrote one story, and one treat. The main story for [personal profile] parhelion was in Bujold's Chalion. I think my recipient liked it and I had fun doing it.
Communion of Saints (7300 words) by rthstewart
Chapters: 3/3
Fandom: Chalion Saga - Lois McMaster Bujold
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: the Bastard (Chalion), the Mother (Chalion), the Father (Chalion), the Son (Chalion), Lupe dy Cazaril, Bergon dy Ibra, Paginine, Ista dy Chalion, Ser dy Ferrej, Umegat, Acolyte Clara
Additional Tags: Fictional Religion & Theology
Summary: When it is dark enough, you can see the stars. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
Saints can find communion but may have to crawl over rough ground to get there.

My second was a treat for Port, writing, for the second year in a row, Mara Jade and Talon Karrde but not Mara/Karrde (that's not a ship I sail on).

Show Your Hand (1163 words) by rthstewart
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Star Wars Legends: Thrawn Trilogy - Timothy Zahn
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Mara Jade, Talon Karrde
Additional Tags: Nursing, Humor
Summary: Karrde is injured. Mara tenderly nurses him back to health.

I had in my head the desire to write a whole bunch of romance tropes where Karrde and Mara subvert them. This was just the first, where Mara "tenderly nurses" an injured Karrde back to health. Uh huh. There's always a YT request for Mara Jade plotty fic and that takes time and I really need to think about that and maybe next year.

I received 3 wonderful fics, 2 written by keerawa and another lovely story by glishara.  And I'm so happy that these stories are all doing well and are popular in YT.  It's nice to write something your recipient loves -- and I  loved all my shiny gifts.  It's even better when others love what you did!

All Disasters Out of Season (1103 words) by keerawa
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Elementary (TV), Chalion Saga - Lois McMaster Bujold
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Joan Watson (Elementary), Ms. Hudson (Elementary), Sherlock Holmes
Additional Tags: Crossovers & Fandom Fusions, Alternate Universe - Modern Setting, Alternate Universe - Modern with Magic, The Bastard - Freeform, Yuletide Treat, Yuletide 2014, Misses Clause Challenge, Case Fic, Character of Faith, Canon Trans Character

At first, Curtis Atherton's death appeared a simple suicide. Of course, nothing is simple when the Bastard is involved.

Like a Dragon in a China Shop (2779 words) by keerawa
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Temeraire - Naomi Novik, Sherlock Holmes - Arthur Conan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes & Related Fandoms
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: John Watson, Sherlock Holmes, Temeraire
Additional Tags: Crossovers & Fandom Fusions, Post-Canon, Dragons, Period-Typical Racism, Victorian, Yuletide 2014, Yuletide Treat
Summary:  When Holmes' investigation into a series of murders in Chinatown reaches an impasse, Watson must call upon an old acquaintance for help.

Birthings (1834 words) by Glishara
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Chalion Saga - Lois McMaster Bujold, Temeraire - Naomi Novik
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Ista dy Chalion, Illvin dy Arbanos, Annaliss dy Teneret
Summary:While on assignment in the Archipelago, Ista and Illvin's band finds some truly unexpected spoils of war...

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Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014 08:10 pm

Dragons for xahra99 or xahra99

personal reflection )
I have really, really want to develop more of the Temeraire cross-over. So, here's a little bit, picking up after the end of Unquenchable Fire.


Volkan won't take no for an answer  )

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Monday, October 6th, 2014 07:44 am
Thank you to all who sent birthday wishes. That was very nice. It was a really putrid day, as my birthdays so often are. I mean, starting the day with a fraud alert on your credit card, so very much not fun. Happy Birthday to you from Chase Account Holder Card Services. Fortunately, I had already ordered my peanut butter pretzels and coffee from Amazon so those deliveries were uninterrupted. The weekend improved as it went on, most especially beacause of the Narnia Fic Exchange and Madness reveals. The Main Collection is here (25 stories of awesome) and the Madness Collection is here.

I got 4 madness stories. WHAT??? Also, I wrote one, plus 2 stories for the main exchange and received an amazing gift. So...

What I received
I received a wonderful Temeraire/Narnia cross by the superlative wingedflight21 An Unusual Dragon Situation Returning to Cambridge after a voyage across the Eastern Sea leads Eustace to realize that he is not the same boy who fell through the painting. He has grown in unexpected ways. It's wonderful. I'd spotted the fact that there was a Temeraire cross in the collection and was hoping it was for me and it WAS. As always, Winged's Eustace voice is pitch perfect.

Madness was an embarrassment of riches. edenfalling wrote A boat, beneath a sunny sky, a glorious slice of Aravis and Lasaraleen having a small adventure and brilliant bit of characterization
edenfalling ALSO wrote a wonderful and insightful Polly and Digory story, about the war to come in response to the prompt by several people, How the Skeleton Aches

The wonderful adaese wrote the wry and poignant
A correspondence between Bibi Tarkheena, wife to Kidrash Tarkaan, lord of Calavar Province, and her aunt Latana, High Priestess of Zardeena, being a selection from the Calavar archives, presented here for the edification and instruction of young ladies.
Which explains the whole of Aravis' situation from the point of view of the not-so-evil stepmother.

And I received The Little Sea by Transposable-Element which is a wonderful bit of Calormen pantheon and worldbuilding.

Thanks so much to the generous people who wrote these wonderful, wonderful works! GO! Read and Review!

I had huge problems writing, at first.  I've been incredibly busy with work writing and I've felt that Narnia, its fandom fen, and I are in the middle of an especially messy and painful divorce.  I've really wanted to just chuck it all and go to ground so it was really, really hard to write, at first.  Eventually, I forced myself, word by word and finally came out with three stories.

And what I wrote

I did two stories for the main exchange, one of which was blindingly obvious and one of which was definitely not.
My assignment:
That we may hear the whispers of the gods, for [personal profile] bedlamsbard  (a very intimidating person to write for, let me tell you!)  Anyone who has read some of my musings on the Calormene Trickster god would have recognized this story.  It was a real mess in early drafts and was truly saved by freudiancascade.  Aravis isn't an  easy character for me for some reason.  I really enjoyed Lasaraleen and Hwin in this story.  I'd also wanted to do a much bigger story, hinted at here, of Cor's abduction (again) and Aravis riding off to rescue him.  Also hinted at, but not something I could develop, is that Aravis and Cor have issues, both individually and as a couple, and that Cor's time as slave definitely left its mark.  Freudiancascade asked me during one round of review if I really intended to imply that Cor and Aravis were probably queer -- and I said yep, that was intentional.  I really wanted to play with gender issues and how complicated that was by their personal histories and Archenland politics, but I just couldn't pull it off without it coming out incredibly sexist, so I tossed a lot of that.  The abduction was simply too big a story for the NFE -- this already clocked in at 10K, so I stripped out a lot and tried to focus in on Aravis becoming comfortable in her own skin.  I ended up blundering into sexy times even in one draft.  Egads. 

The second story, a pinch hit, surely a surprise, As Waves Make Towards The Pebbl'd Shore for our NFE  mod and all around only good things should happen to her ever, [personal profile] snacky .  Peter/Caspian is one of Snacky's OTP's and she deserved a story written just for her for all her amazing work as mod and everything else.  So I wrote Peter/Caspian slash!   

A comment or two asked what was going on with the buzzing in Susan's purse.  That, as it turns out, is explained in my madnness story, Susan and Peggy Go Shooting (Again)which is a continuation of my Avengers MCU cross from the NFE  2 years ago.  I'm not sure if this is quite what the lovely [personal profile] aurilly had in mind but I had a lot of fun with it, particularly writing Peggy Carter, Howard Stark, and Col. Chester Phillips. 

That's all! 

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Sunday, September 28th, 2014 06:39 pm
The stories went up the Narnia Fic Exchange! 25 glorious stories can be read here! Do go and share the love! Reveals won't be up for a week, so I can't 'tell you what I wrote but yes, at the bitter end, I did write, and that's all I have to say about that for now. and a recipient liked her story and that's great.

I got the most fabulous gift. I'd noticed when the stories were going up over the last week or two that there was a Temeraire cross over and I hope it would be for me. AND IT IS AND IT IS FABULOUS. An Unusual Dragon Situation I don't want to give it away -- but it's wonderful.  Really, the voices are spot on and it's a terrific melding of AU and canon.  The use of "Them" is particularly good. 

The NFE Madness 2014 challenge is still open until OCTOBER 5 SO THERE IS PLENTY OF TIME TO WRITE SOMETHING! The prompts are here,  There is no minimum wordcount, and you have until next Sunday!

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Friday, December 30th, 2011 01:42 pm
Contrary to the notice you might have received, it is not my birthday on January 1.  My birthday (a horrendous, shocking, terrible, giganormous milestone) passed without comment in October.  So, it's been, gone, and I'm older than compost and very much feeling it. 

I've seen an uptick in readers, with guest Kudos for Unquenchable Fire (the Narnia/Temeraire xover) on AO3 (the most popular thing I've written, it turns out) and favs and such for the older stories, particularly By Royal Decree and the seldom read/reviewed/recc'd Palace Guard.  So, should you quiet types come by, thank you!  I greatly appreciate it and I'm always curious how you found the stories and what you thought of them.  I seem to have, on the other hand, lost a number of regular readers, so I do hope it's just the distraction of the holidays and Yuletide. My enormous thanks and gratitude to those who commented on or reviewed the latest updates to AW.  It's the best present ever for me and thank you.

For Anon Reader Tess (in which Ruth gets really tetchy about her BF Tom Clark) )

I've been pushed into hosting part of a New Year's Eve party.  It is supposed to be progressive and reflect the New Year's foods/traditions of the country where it is turning midnight over several hours.  So I snagged the appetizer part, beginning at 7:30 PM, at which point, New Year's will have just passed in the UK.  I am ordering trays of chicken tika, samosas, tandoori, and paneek panir.  We are serving Jamaican and Canadian beer, aged Scotch (from Scotland), Australian Shiraz, South African white wine, and I've got champagne (from France) that I've plastered "Aquitaine" on to.  Har Har. 

Work has begun on the Big Bang.  [livejournal.com profile] amine_eyes has graciously offered to assist with some technical and Brit speak bits but if there are any of you out there with some background in the Brit part of D-Day, military service, common language among the light infantry NCOs, and what not, please drop me a line.  Help.  I need it.    For instance, I was writing something last night and someone poses the questions "Maybe the food would be better?" and I got stumped by whether a light infantry corporal from London, training in 1943 at a base in Bulford would say any of the following in response:  
  • "When pigs fly." [era appropriate] 
  • "When Hell freezes over" [militarily appropriate] or
  • "When [insert football team] wins the Cup."   [I did look it up and Manchester United was very poor in the years leading up the War, so wondered if that would work, for the time]. 

That is all.  Happy New Year.  My sincere and deepest thanks to you all.  I am deeply grateful for this community and for the friendship and support.   
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Thursday, September 29th, 2011 10:26 pm
For the Everybody Lives, Nobody Dies community,

Unquenchable fire
Rating: PG
Warnings: Minor spoilers for The Chronicles of Narnia and the Temeraire books by N. Novik.\
Eustace Scrubb, Lucy Pevensie
3,400 words

For good or for ill, air mastery is today the supreme expression of
military power and fleets and armies, however vital and important, must
accept a subordinate rank.
Winston Churchill

If the Almighty were to rebuild the world and asked me for advice, I would have English
Channels round every country. And the atmosphere would be such that
anything which attempted to fly would be set on fire.
Winston Churchill

You can read it here.

The idea occurred to me while I was on the treadmill and thinking about the new Temeraire book due next year, Crucible of Gold.  For those of you who don't know the series, it's penned by Naomi Novik and is an alternate history set during the Napoleonic Wars and posits what the world would have looked like with dragons.  I adore the series.  It's really, really daunting to write Temeraire fan fic, but once it bit, I really couldn't let it go because Eustace and DRAGONS, in combat.  A part of the 'verse is that the Longwing breed of dragons will accept only female handlers, which causes no end of trouble in the times in which the books are set.  That of course led to the idea that Captain Lucy Pevensie aboard a Longwing Acid spitter was inevitable.  I'd originally thought that Peter ends up signing up and is in the crew of some big combat heavyweight as a gunner.  I've not read a lot of Temeraire fic, though I'm very fond of the cross over that [livejournal.com profile] beatrice_otter did last year for Yuletide, Lieutenant Bennet's Visit

That's all!