[yuletide!]

Jan. 1st, 2017 10:54 am
tellitslant: (bond - bond/m - i miss the cold war)
Another year, another Yuletide. I flew all the way to England to get the most recent source material for this fic! ;) And thankfully that turned out to be very useful. I was definitely the least popular of an already tiny fandom, possibly due to posting relatively early? But it was an interesting exercise and I got a delightful comment from my recip, so yay Yuletide!

Sometimes and After (3736 words) by kathryne
Fandom: Murder Most Unladylike Series - Robin Stevens
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Daisy Wells, Hazel Wong
Additional Tags: Future Fic, World War II
Summary: As war looms, Hazel and Daisy's worlds narrow and finally part... or do they?

I also notice I never shared the pinch-hit I wrote for femslash16 in October here, so while I'm on the subject...

Take Care Of Business (2154 words) by kathryne
Fandom: Killers Kill; Dead Men Die - Annie Leibovitz
Rating: Mature
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Aristocrat/Maiden Aunt
Characters: The Aristocrat (Killers Kill; Dead Men Die), The Maiden Aunt (Killers Kill; Dead Men Die)
Additional Tags: Hidden Relationship, Jealousy
Summary: PUCKER UP: this fast-talking fruit magnate-ess was spotted in a rare clinch on the dance floor at the RKO gala last night, showing off her assets in a gold Balenciaga number that had us by the pips... she's sweet as sugar now, but she's never been in a hurry to put down roots before... and with the sour looks she was getting across the floor, perhaps rumors of infidelity and sibling rivalry are flowering on the vine... don't expect her to settle on a main squeeze in the near future, we say.

These two were both chances to stretch myself in terms of tone and voice, and I think I did pretty okay on both of them - which is good, since I sure didn't write much else this year!
tellitslant: amanda tapping being a dorkface at the camera (Default)
slow and steady (2427 words) by kathryne
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Scott & Bailey
Rating: Mature
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Julie Dodson/Gill Murray
Characters: Julie Dodson, Gill Murray
Additional Tags: Post-4x08, Friends to Lovers
Summary: After Gill's retirement, she and Julie must negotiate the balance between Julie's continuing career and their relationship.

That brings this year's word count up to a paltry 4927. Ouch. Here's to more words in 2016, or at least no fewer.
tellitslant: (tos - uhura - smiiile!)
Yuletide this year was surprisingly difficult! It took a lot of to-ing and fro-ing and reworking - I scrapped a good 4000 words and restarted at one point, quite late, and I'm a little bitter about that, though I have hopes that some of those ideas may make it into another fic at some point.

I was assigned to write Scott & Bailey fic for [livejournal.com profile] featherxquill, and though she gave a wide range of prompts for all of the nominated characters, I knew that what she'd love most was some Gill/Julie:

at least we can hold each other (1561 words) by kathryne
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Julie Dodson/Gill Murray
Summary: Two people who've known each other as long and as well as Julie and Gill have many ways to communicate.

...which is a little porny story riffing on both Julie's wardrobe and the way that Julie and Gill balance a personal and working relationships.

But the reason I was having trouble was because apparently what I really wanted to write was all the trauma that ensued following s3 and through s4. And, well, [personal profile] soupytwist had also requested S&B, and she is a lovely person who deserves a little treat, and who wouldn't be horribly put off by angst, so I thought I would just... write the angst and get it out of my system and gift it to someone who would appreciate it. And she did. :P And she guessed I'd written it for her, too, which means she gets to prompt a ficlet off me if she wants... :D?

Pictures of Strangers Always Looking Down on You (1874 words) by kathryne
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Julie Dodson, Gill Murray, Helen Bartlett
Summary: Like Helen Bartlett, Gill finds herself fighting to break free of others' perceptions - even those who are meant to be in her corner.

After the struggle to get these written, I'm fairly happy with both of them - there are some things I would change, but overall I think they turned out pretty okay. :D
tellitslant: Helen Magnus of Sanctuary, seen from the back pointing a gun (sanctuary - helen - waistcoat)
At last, the moment of truth. ;) I wrote two stories this year and thoroughly enjoyed both of them, which was very nice. I did have some... fun... writing a) one character in two different accents and b) one character in her first and second language when we don't actually get to speak her first language. :P

My assignment:

got a lot to not do (let me kill it with you) (3395 words) by kathryne
Fandom: Elementary (TV)
Rating: Mature
Relationships: Sherlock Holmes/Jamie Moriarty | Irene Adler, Irene Adler/Sherlock Holmes
Characters: Jamie Moriarty | Irene Adler, Sherlock Holmes
Summary: I dearly hope you'll write soon.

I had kind of hoped to get a Joan/Moriarty prompt, because I would love to write them but didn't particularly have any useful ideas, but instead my recip asked for anything about Moriarty. I wrote a series of Holmes/Moriarty scenes interspersed with letters from prison; finding Moriarty's voice for the letters was great fun. (However: every single time I went to write 'Jamie,' as in 'Jamie Moriarty,' it came out 'Jaime,' as in 'Jaime Murray.' I do hope I caught those. *facepalm*) And now I want to write more Elementary fic and I do kind of have a Joan/Moriarty idea, so yay!

I still feel a bit silly about stealing a title from my latest favourite singer, but I do think it's perfect, so. I also wish I had had more time to do more research on London's East End, but that bit didn't come together until after the upload, so it's largely personal experience and google, which I feel meant it suffered a bit.

I am a bit sad that this didn't get more hits, when last year's Joan-fic got quite a few, but I think I should have given it a better summary. Oh well, I enjoyed it.

And a treat:

Light Gets In (1564 words) by kathryne
Fandom: Defiance (TV)
Rating: Mature
Relationships: Kenya Rosewater/Stahma Tarr
Characters: Kenya Rosewater, Stahma Tarr, Datak Tarr, Alak Tarr
Additional Tags: Misses Clause Challenge
Summary: Stahma does a colour study.

The recip (ellabell) is on my tumblr dash, so when I saw her go out on the pinch hit list in a fandom I'd been meaning to try writing in I stuck it aside for later, just in case. If I'd expected anyone to guess one of my fics, this would be the one; I thought it was incredibly in my voice and style, and there is a lot of overlap between the Defiance and the Warehouse 13 fandoms.

This one desperately needs a last edit, but I wrote it on the 24th and uploaded it about half an hour before the archive went live (I was actually still awake when the archive opened, though I chose to wait to read till the morning), so I'm okay with a couple of typos. I also really like how it turned out in terms of a character study. The summary is perhaps the worst (again! note to self: write summaries first next time), but I do really like the title: there is a crack in everything, and Kenya might be the one in Stahma's composure.

Overall I really enjoyed writing for Yuletide this year! Next year I will possibly not offer Elementary (three years in a row might be a bit much) and will, as always, try to get a requests/offer list done early and my writing done early. I expect to be just as successful on those as I always am. :P
tellitslant: (tos - uhura - smiiile!)
I figured I'd wait a day till your flists were clear - I mean, I was too busy being emotionally wrecked by Les Miserables to post this yesterday, but. Yuletide reveal! Aside from receiving two lovely M-centric Bond fics this year, I also wrote two stories:

Practice (1333 words) by kathryne
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Elementary (TV)
Rating: General Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Joan Watson (Elementary), Sherlock Holmes
Summary:

Working with Sherlock isn't changing Joan as much as he might think.



The request for this was "LITERALLY ANYTHING ABOUT JOAN," but sadly my immediate idea got jossed by canon like a week after assignments, ugh. In rewatching, though, I started thinking about how the show portrays the other doctors and medical professionals we see and what that might possibly say about former surgeon Joan and what she was like or still holds from that life.

*

No Such Roses (1571 words) by kathryne
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Code Name Verity - Elizabeth Wein
Rating: General Audiences
Warning: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Maddie Brodatt/Julie Beaufort-Stuart
Characters: Julie Beaufort-Stuart, Maddie Brodatt
Summary: (redacted for people on my flist whom I am trying to make read this book omg read it read it)

SPOILERS FOR THE BOOK BTW.

The request for this was "OMG PLEASE HAVE THEM MAKE OUT" and, well, I was okay with that. This was written almost entirely on Christmas Day, but I really like my Maddie voice.

*

I wanted to write moar treats, but I had such a shitty last two months of 2012 that frankly I'm impressed I didn't default. Here's to more writing next time! :D

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tellitslant: (tos - uhura - smiiile!)
I figured I'd wait a day till your flists were clear - I mean, I was too busy being emotionally wrecked by Les Miserables to post this yesterday, but. Yuletide reveal! Aside from receiving two lovely M-centric Bond fics this year, I also wrote two stories:

Practice (1333 words) by kathryne
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Elementary (TV)
Rating: General Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Joan Watson (Elementary), Sherlock Holmes
Summary: Working with Sherlock isn't changing Joan as much as he might think.

The request for this was "LITERALLY ANYTHING ABOUT JOAN," but sadly my immediate idea got jossed by canon like a week after assignments, ugh. In rewatching, though, I started thinking about how the show portrays the other doctors and medical professionals we see and what that might possibly say about former surgeon Joan and what she was like or still holds from that life.

*

No Such Roses (1571 words) by kathryne
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Code Name Verity - Elizabeth Wein
Rating: General Audiences
Warning: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Maddie Brodatt/Julie Beaufort-Stuart
Characters: Julie Beaufort-Stuart, Maddie Brodatt
Summary: (redacted for people on my flist whom I am trying to make read this book omg read it read it)

SPOILERS FOR THE BOOK BTW.

The request for this was "OMG PLEASE HAVE THEM MAKE OUT" and, well, I was okay with that. This was written almost entirely on Christmas Day, but I really like my Maddie voice.

*

In general, I was quite pleased by this yuletide: both fics hit triple-digit hit counts ("Practice" over 300, "No Such Roses" over 150"), double-digit kudos (over 40 and over 20), and 9 or 10 comments. Which is pretty okay for yuletide, I think.

I wanted to write moar treats, but I had such a shitty last two months of 2012 that frankly I'm impressed I didn't default. Here's to more writing next time! :D
tellitslant: amanda tapping looking adorable (sanctuary - a-tapps - dorkface)
I am going to be largely out of interwebby contact for the next little while sooooo I thought I should say: do you like lady spies? Do you like lady spies mentoring each other? Do you like lady spies mentoring each other and unexpected crossovers with The Avengers? THEN YOU SHOULD READ MY YULETIDE FIC.

Protégé (2012 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: James Bond (Movies), Skyfall (2012), Casino Royale (2006), Quantum of Solace (2008)
Rating: General Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: M (James Bond), Eve Moneypenny, Moneypenny (James Bond), Peggy Carter
Summary:

M passes on what she's learned.



Also, I have two fics in the archive! I suspect one of them is totally unguessable and one of them is totally obvious. ;) They are both in fandoms that are new to both Yuletide and me this year. One is a print fandom. One is a tv fandom. One involves spies. One doesn't. Both focus on women (I know, shocker, right?). If you wish to guess, please do, and I will drabble or ficlet for you if you get it right!

It is -25 or so with windchill in Edmonton. Off to B.C. tomorrow where it will THANKFULLY be much nicer. So I hope you are all enjoying your day!
tellitslant: (batwoman - blood red)
Title: Floodplain
Author: [personal profile] tellitslant
Fandom: Batwoman
Pairing: Kate Kane/Maggie Sawyer (Kate Kane/Renee Montoya)
Rating: PG-13
Word count: 1200
Disclaimer: Characters are property of DC Comics. This is a transformative work; no infringement is intended.
Warnings: None.
Notes: Written for twtd in [livejournal.com profile] yuletide 2011. Originally posted at the AO3.
Summary: The morning after, Kate thinks some hard thoughts about the reality of her relationship with Maggie. Missing scene from Batwoman #4. )
tellitslant: (good wife - alicia/kalinda - office)
Title: Ladies Who Lunch
Author: [personal profile] tellitslant
Fandom: The Good Wife
Pairing: Kalinda Sharma/Diane Lockhart
Rating: PG
Word count: 1500
Notes: Written for [livejournal.com profile] morganize for Yuletide 2010. Originally posted at the AO3.
Summary: Here's to the girls on the go / Everybody tries / Look into their eyes and you'll see what they know / Everybody dies. Diane, Kalinda, and a power lunch. )
tellitslant: (alias - lena and victor - serious)
Title: Bang and Burn
Author: [personal profile] tellitslant
Fandom: RED
Pairing: Victoria Winslow/Ivan Simanov
Rating: R
Word count: 2300
Notes: Written for [livejournal.com profile] morganize for Yuletide 2010. Originally posted at the AO3.
Summary: Bang and Burn (n): espionage agency slang for demolition and sabotage operations. A tale of Victoria and Ivan's first meeting. )
tellitslant: (secret six - jeannette - rescue mission)
Yuletide reveal, part two!

This is where I get to go "Seriously? No one guessed?" *g*

I tried to pick this up as a pinch hit, failed, and decided to write it anyways because I had been dying to write some Secret Six. I'm really pleased with how it turned out; I think I managed to capture the creepy yet heartwarming feel of the comic, ha. So if you ever wondered how Scandal and Jeannette ended up total BFFs, this is one way... *g*

Title: Begun in Wine
Author: [livejournal.com profile] tellitslant
Recipient: [livejournal.com profile] bofoddity
Fandom: DCU: Secret Six
Disclaimer: All hail Gail Simone and Nicola Scott
Warnings: Violence and gore
Word Count: 2598
Rating: M
Notes: written for [livejournal.com profile] yuletide 2009. Originally posted at Archive of Our Own.

Jeannette had already died once. She didn't want to do it again. )
tellitslant: (secret six - jeannette - rescue mission)
Yuletide reveal, part two!

This is where I get to go "Seriously? No one guessed?" *g*

I tried to pick this up as a pinch hit, failed, and decided to write it anyways because I had been dying to write some Secret Six. I'm really pleased with how it turned out; I think I managed to capture the creepy yet heartwarming feel of the comic, ha. So if you ever wondered how Scandal and Jeannette ended up total BFFs, this is one way... *g*

Title: Begun in Wine
Author: [livejournal.com profile] tellitslant
Recipient: [livejournal.com profile] bofoddity
Fandom: DCU: Secret Six
Disclaimer: All hail Gail Simone and Nicola Scott
Word Count: 2598
Rating: M
Notes: written for [livejournal.com profile] yuletide 2009. Originally posted at Archive of Our Own.

Jeannette had already died once. She didn't want to do it again. )
tellitslant: amanda tapping being a dorkface at the camera (firefly - inara&book - silhouette)
Yuletide reveal, part one!

This was my original assignment. My recipient requested any characters, anything, which is a 'verse as big as this took a while to narrow down! But she'd suggested a missing moment fic, and I decided to take a look at some of the pre-canon events that set in motion the politicking we saw in the books. Its definitely not the Kushiel's fic I'd ever have expected to write, but I think it came out pretty well. :)

Title: Seeds
Author: [livejournal.com profile] tellitslant
Recipient: [livejournal.com profile] epeeblade
Fandom: Kushiel's Legacy
Disclaimer: Characters courtesy of the lovely Jacqueline Carey.
Word Count: 2058
Rating: PG
Notes: written for [livejournal.com profile] yuletide 2009. Originally posted at Archive of Our Own. Many thanks to [livejournal.com profile] tl__dr for beta!

After the Battle of the Three Princes, Delauney tries to escape his sorrow, only to inadvertently set in motion events that will shape Terre D'Ange for years to come. )
tellitslant: (indiana jones)
Yay Yuletide reveal! :D

So yes, I wrote Indiana Jones. Are you all shocked? *g*

The request I got was fairly broad - I'd offered 'any' in the fandom and my recipient asked for pre- or post-movies Indy and Marion, with or without Mutt, or possibly some stuff with Henry Jones Sr. So I had an amazing, epic pre-movie idea, and then I realized it was shaping up to be the size of the tie-in novels, and so I wrote this instead.

I had a hell of a time shuffling this in with all the tie-in canon: that's what happens when you get me in a fandom I've been absorbing for most of my natural life. But I think it fits more or less plausibly with the sorta-canon and pretty well with the actual canon, so hey!

I had no idea whether I'd be able to write an Indy story, and I did huge amounts of research (well, huge for me) and then chucked half of it, but I'm fairly pleased with how it turned out. I still want to write the other 20,000 or so words of my initial idea, though. *g*

Title: Indiana Jones and the Trail of Light
Author: [livejournal.com profile] tellitslant
Recipient: [livejournal.com profile] d_generate_girl
Fandom: Indiana Jones
Disclaimer: I suppose this belongs to Lucas and Spielberg - in thanks for not totally destroying my childhood with Crystal Skull? ;)
Word Count: 2882
Pairing: light Indy/Marion
Rating: PG
Notes: written for [livejournal.com profile] yuletide 2008.

Indiana Jones will do almost anything for his old friend and mentor Abner Ravenwood. So when Abner needs Indy's help, he sets off on a round-the-world trip eagerly. But the treasure Indy discovers isn't the one Abner was looking for. )
tellitslant: (indiana jones)
Yay Yuletide reveal! :D

So yes, I wrote Indiana Jones. Are you all shocked? *g*

The request I got was fairly broad - I'd offered 'any' in the fandom and my recipient asked for pre- or post-movies Indy and Marion, with or without Mutt, or possibly some stuff with Henry Jones Sr. So I had an amazing, epic pre-movie idea, and then I realized it was shaping up to be the size of the tie-in novels, and so I wrote this instead.

I had a hell of a time shuffling this in with all the tie-in canon: that's what happens when you get me in a fandom I've been absorbing for most of my natural life. But I think it fits more or less plausibly with the sorta-canon and pretty well with the actual canon, so hey!

I had no idea whether I'd be able to write an Indy story, and I did huge amounts of research (well, huge for me) and then chucked half of it, but I'm fairly pleased with how it turned out. I still want to write the other 20,000 or so words of my initial idea, though. *g*

Title: Indiana Jones and the Trail of Light
Author: [livejournal.com profile] tellitslant
Recipient: [livejournal.com profile] d_generate_girl
Fandom: Indiana Jones
Disclaimer: I suppose this belongs to Lucas and Spielberg - in thanks for not totally destroying my childhood with Crystal Skull? ;)
Word Count: 2882
Pairing: light Indy/Marion
Rating: PG
Notes: written for [livejournal.com profile] yuletide 2008.

Indiana Jones will do almost anything for his old friend and mentor Abner Ravenwood. So when Abner needs Indy's help, he sets off on a round-the-world trip eagerly. But the treasure Indy discovers isn't the one Abner was looking for. )
tellitslant: amanda tapping being a dorkface at the camera (renee - my pistol makes up for it)
Days Like These
by Kathryne
Fandom: DCU (Gotham Central)
Rating: R
Pairings: Renee/Daria
Disclaimer: DC's characters via the gospel of Greg Rucka.
Notes: A pinch-hit for [livejournal.com profile] rysler in Yuletide 2007, which I had to pick up when I clicked through and saw her name. She wanted dark and violent, and I tried...
Summary: Renee's days - and nights - are just packed. Post-Gotham Central, pre-52. )

**

Further notes: Well, [livejournal.com profile] rysler guessed this one, which is no surprise. But again, I'm totally shocked no one else did. I continued my tradition of writing a Yuletide fic in a fandom that I've also written on academically; anyone who's read any of my BSG fics proobably recognises the style (unless it's more obvious to me); and I have been dorking out about Renee all over this journal for the past few months! *grins* Clearly I am just sneakier than I thought.
tellitslant: amanda tapping being a dorkface at the camera (renee - my pistol makes up for it)
Days Like These
by Kathryne
Fandom: DCU (Gotham Central)
Rating: R
Pairings: Renee/Daria
Disclaimer: DC's characters via the gospel of Greg Rucka.
Notes: A pinch-hit for [livejournal.com profile] rysler in Yuletide 2007, which I had to pick up when I clicked through and saw her name. She wanted dark and violent, and I tried...
Summary: Renee's days - and nights - are just packed. Post-Gotham Central, pre-52. )

**

Further notes: Well, [livejournal.com profile] rysler guessed this one, which is no surprise. But again, I'm totally shocked no one else did. I continued my tradition of writing a Yuletide fic in a fandom that I've also written on academically; anyone who's read any of my BSG fics proobably recognises the style (unless it's more obvious to me); and I have been dorking out about Renee all over this journal for the past few months! *grins* Clearly I am just sneakier than I thought.
tellitslant: (s&a - ellen - sideways)
the absence of all control exercised by reason
by Kathryne
Fandom: Slings & Arrows
Rating: PG
Pairings: mild Geoffrey/Darren if you squint
Disclaimer: I cannot pretend to lay claim to the genius that is Paul Gross and his merry band of Canadian superstars, so, not mine!
Notes: Written for [livejournal.com profile] duckgirlie in Yuletide 2007, who wanted Geoffrey and Darren in university. All university buildings and classes are real, though shamefully altered in the name of narrative flow.
Summary: Geoffrey. Darren. A four-year Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting. The very definition of surreal. )

**

Further notes: Though I'm not as hardcore about the reveal as some (naming no names *cough*), I've been waiting gleefully to wave this one around, because I am shocked that no one got it. Let's see. I set it in my hometown at my undergrad university (which happens to be the one that PG attended for his BFA); I stole shamelessly from my summer living with a flatmate who was doing the clown course; I talked about the Fringe; I basically cribbed from the conversation my Fringe troupe had when we sent in our theatre application. Seriously, people, your deductive abilities need work. *grins* Must've been the complete lack of any women in the story that threw you off. ;)
tellitslant: (s&a - ellen - sideways)
the absence of all control exercised by reason
by Kathryne
Fandom: Slings & Arrows
Rating: PG
Pairings: mild Geoffrey/Darren if you squint
Disclaimer: I cannot pretend to lay claim to the genius that is Paul Gross and his merry band of Canadian superstars, so, not mine!
Notes: Written for [livejournal.com profile] duckgirlie in Yuletide 2007, who wanted Geoffrey and Darren in university. All university buildings and classes are real, though shamefully altered in the name of narrative flow.
Summary: Geoffrey. Darren. A four-year Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting. The very definition of surreal. )

**

Further notes: Though I'm not as hardcore about the reveal as some (naming no names *cough*), I've been waiting gleefully to wave this one around, because I am shocked that no one got it. Let's see. I set it in my hometown at my undergrad university (which happens to be the one that PG attended for his BFA); I stole shamelessly from my summer living with a flatmate who was doing the clown course; I talked about the Fringe; I basically cribbed from the conversation my Fringe troupe had when we sent in our theatre application. Seriously, people, your deductive abilities need work. *grins* Must've been the complete lack of any women in the story that threw you off. ;)
tellitslant: amanda tapping being a dorkface at the camera (angels - depravity)
Title: Fall From a Star
Author: Kathryne
Rating: PG
Disclaimer: So very Tony Kushner's, with a characterization nod to Mary-Louise Parker.
Notes: Written for [livejournal.com profile] eponis in Yuletide 2006. Originally posted here.
Summary: "The pills were something she started when she miscarried or, no, she took some before that." The threshold of revelation always comes with a price. )

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