freneticfloetry: ({being human} ghost girl)
You know, the two or three times I year I actually post (so if you're my assigned writer and you enjoy stalking your recips, sorry, not much here to see). That's right folks, it's Yuletide o'clock! This is my 11th year participating, and each Yuletide brings fresh challenges, fresh ideas, and loads of fresh new fic to enjoy. It also marks another year of the Misses Clause Challenge, which [personal profile] hauntedd and I are thrilled to be running once again.

My letters have historically been fairly… enthusiastic. I'm a rambler. In recent years I've tried to pare that back; this year, most of my high-level likes/dislikes section — not to mention three requests — have pretty much been lifted part and parcel from last year's letter. If it helps at all, previous letters, recs, and reveal posts can be found under my LJ Yuletide tag.


Yes, please: Found families. Platonic soulmates. Canon divergence. Demonstrations of love, not declarations. Magical realism. Verbal sparring (TO THE DEATH). Internal vs. external conflict. Symbolism, subtext, and stories that live between the lines. Broken-boy soldiers, magnificent bastards, snarky sidekicks with hearts of gold. Strong women whose strength isn't all (or at all) physical. My tropetastic trinity: amnesia, huddling for warmth, and fake relationships (when they both have Feelings!). Hero's Trials (especially when the hero is female). And good old-fashioned jealousy, as long as the jealous party is the person who holds the balance of emotional power.

No, thank you: Incest and infidelity. If you take nothing else away from this section, please take that. Completely non-canon AUs (i.e. of the book shop, coffee shop, or college variety). Curtainfic — I like a dash of salt with my sugar. Marginalized characters of color. Second person (sorry!). Animal abuse. Fridging. Rape as a plot device. PWP. For Yuletide, D/s, BDSM, kinks that end in "play" (and don't start with "fore") unless otherwise noted. And bananas. Because reasons.


Being Human (US) )

Penny Dreadful (TV) )

The Adjustment Bureau (2011) )

Westworld (TV) )

That's all from my end. Please remember: when in doubt, write what wants to be written. I hope you have a wonderful Yuletide, and I look forward to reading whatever you have in store for me.
freneticfloetry: ({f&f} the torettos)
Stories are live, authors have been revealed, which means it's time for the annual Yuletide post-mortem.

This was my first-ever Yuletide default. I was originally matched on iZombie, a show I have fallen head-over-heels in love with and was ridiculously excited to write. My recipient requested my holy trinity of Liv, Clive, and Ravi — all systems go so far. I spent some time talking through ideas with Sara (my canon beta) and Jules (my brain board), and decided to go with Clive character exploration with a healthy dose of backstory. Still good to go. I wrote roughly 2800 words of banter and research and case fic. I was excited.

Then, "The Hurt Stalker" happened.

December 1, 2015, a day that will live in infamy. Because, folks, iZombie aired my fic on national television.

Oh, the fine details were different. The case itself, for instance. But the vic being Clive's ex? Check. Clive being a suspect? Check. Hints of Creole heritage? Check. There were no fewer than four lines that were nearly identical to dialogue in my fic.

I spent the entire episode texting Sara in sheer disbelief. Here, have a taste of my madness.

As a last-ditch effort, my brain spit out a crack bunny (what if Liv ate a superhero?!). That bunny was promptly boiled, Fatal Attraction-style, by the scenes from the next ep, where (wait for it) Liv ate a superhero.

(Pay no attention to the Hamilton squee behind the curtain.)

So that was that. I slunk away to click the default button for the first time ever. Original recip, I hope you had a wonderful Yuletide. It wasn't you, it was me.

I did, however, pick up a pinch hit. My contribution to this year's crop was one fic in Fast & Furious fandom. If the Kevin Bacon Game has taught us anything, it's that the universe is small and fandom is even smaller, and this year's Yuletide proved it. This was an assignment for the lovely [personal profile] arysteia, who wrote me the world's most perfect fic in this same fandom for Not Primetime earlier in the year. Salute, la mia Famiglia is legitimately everything I wanted and more — an amaizing happily-ever-after for my favorite found-family, without being schmoopy or trite or taking away from anything the films themselves have established.

As you might imagine, this was a somewhat daunting assignment.

[personal profile] arysteia requested F&F in two different permutations — Brian/Dom for the original film, and post-Furious 7 for the perfect square of Dom, Letty, Brian, and Mia. But specifically, she wanted a le Guin-based troped called a sedoretu, where marriages are made up of four people and entail four separate relationships. It was a great premise, and F&F has the perfect pairings for it, so I tried my best. Euclidean (The Sacred Geometry of Chance) took the idea of that square (and several other mathematical metaphors) and spread it over the series, with a focus on the first film, and Dom in particular &mdash trying to trust Brian, not only in general, but with the things he holds most dear, namely Mia (and, unbeknownst to him, Letty). One of the things the Yuleletter mentioned was a love of identity porn, and making Brian literally forbidden from the outset was such a fun way to play with that concept. This fic really wanted to be about three times as long as it is now &mdash to spread out and breathe across the rest of the films the way it is through the first &mdash but deadlines are a bitch. I hope to be able to expand it and tell the story that I meant to tell, and that my recip deserves, but I hope she enjoyed it, anyway.

I received a wonderful slice-of-life Hamilton fic, A Strong Enough Foundation, about Angelica Schuyler being awesome Alexander and Angelica being dear friends in the face of unrequited love and unresolved daddy issues. It is insightful and lovely, go read it post haste.

Until next year!
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Dear Yuletide Writer,

Another year, another Yuletide. My ninth, I believe — time flies when you're waxing poetic about tiny fandoms in the hopes that someone else loves them as much as you do. And as that's the very reason why you're here, welcome! I hope my word-laden squee will not send you running for the hills. And if I have rambled on longer for a fandom or two in particular (and I have, I have most definitely done that), it's just my strange stream-of-consciousness, not an indication that I love any of them more or less the others. I want each and every thing I've requested, want them like burning, and I will be thrilled to receive fic for whatever delightful fandom we've matched on.

In general...

Yes, please: Character-driven fic (with plot. Or porn. Or plot and porn). :) Found families. Platonic soulmates. Canon divergence. Demonstrating love, not declaring. Magical realism. Verbal sparring (TO THE DEATH). Internal versus external conflict. Symbolism, subtext, and stories that live between the lines. Unique approaches to the narrative (non-linear storytelling, stories that play with format and structure). Broken-boy soldiers, magnificent bastards, snarky sidekicks with hearts of gold. Strong women whose strength isn't all (or at all) physical. Certain tried-and-true tropes: amnesia, huddling for warmth, fake relationships (when they both have Feelings!). Hero's Trials, especially when the hero is female. And good old-fashioned jealousy, when the jealous party is the person who holds the balance of emotional power.

No, thank you: Incest and infidelity. If you take nothing else away from this section, please take that. Completely non-canon AUs (i.e. of the bookshop, coffeeshop, or college variety). Unabashed fluff of the curtainfic variety - I like a dash of salt with my sugar. Sidelined female characters or marginalized characters of color. Second person (sorry!). Animal abuse. Rape as a plot device. PWP. For Yuletide, D/s, BDSM, kinks that end in "play" (and don't start with "fore") except where noted. And bananas. Because reasons.

(spoilers ahoy...)

Being Human (US) )

Hamilton — Miranda )

Parade's End (TV) )

Penny Dreadful (TV) )

Sleepy Hollow (TV) )

So that's my pitch, for five different fandoms. If I lost you somewhere in the madness, never fear: tell a story, enjoy yourself, and have a wonderful Yuletide. I look forward to whatever you have in store for me.
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I just realized that I never managed my annual Yuletide post-mortem. Novel, on February 1st - I'm only a month late. :)

Life got away from me this year. While I had grand plans for multiple treats, work, wedding planning, and travel all added up to enough time for exactly one fic, my assignment (and even that was a near thing). Luckily, it was kind of the story I most wanted to tell.

I wrote The Once and Future, in Edge of Tomorrow fandom. Sara dragged me kicking and screaming into this movie, declaring it a must-watch despite my aversion to Cruise. And man, was she right. It's smart, it's fast, and it's unexpectedly funny as hell. Most of all, it features a flawless performance by Emily Blunt, who is both a costar in every sense of the word and the true hero of the story. I can honestly say that this is the first Yuletide when I've gotten my assignment and gone "yes, that's exactly what I wanted to write". My recipient seemed to love exactly what I did about the movie, but more than that, it's literally a wide-open canon, with infinite possibilities and tons little throwaway moments to expand and explore. The whole film hinges on the fact that Cage is not the first to experience what he's going through, and I thought, what if Rita wasn't, either? I grew entirely too attached to Hendricks (who I really wanted to be Idris Elba, but somehow morphed into Justin Theroux in my head the moment he first opened his mouth) and really, really hated killing him. Over and over. Ad infinitum. But I loved loved loved writing Rita, with all her honor and competence and repressed attachment, and getting to see things (and Cage) through her eyes. Plus, I got to write a non-linear storyline, which you know is one of my favorite things in all the world.

Plus, that Scandal fic that made me flail like a crazy flaily thing? Yeah. [profile] martinigrl wrote it. She totally failed at stealth this time around (unlike last year, when she was actually assigned to me and delivered the most perfect Fiona Gallagher fic ever written), but it was absolutely the best present ever.

All in all, another good Yuletide down. Until next year.
freneticfloetry: ({new girl} who's that girl)
Christmas came, Christmas went. For the first time in my life, I spent the holidays away from home... with my parents, in their new home in Florida. Let me tell you, leaving 86-degree weather to return to 30-degree Chicago was no picnic, but I'm so glad I went.

While I was there, [community profile] yuletide happened! This year, there were three gifts under the tree for little old me.

Wives of Powerful Men
Scandal, Mellie Grant, Bitsy Cooper
YOU GUYS YOU GUYS YOU GUYS, MY YULETIDE SANTA BROUGHT ME BITSY FIC. And it is glorious. Takes Mellie's tendency to make difficult decisive choices and immediately second-guess herself (or be made to - thanks for that, Fitz, you putz) and puts it squarely in the hands of a woman who's been there, done that, and lived to say "of course I'll do it your way, which will really be my way." Bitsy's influcence on Mellie, on the show, brought to mind an Armand line from Interview with the Vampire: "They had forgotten the first lesson, that we are to be powerful, beautiful, and without regret." This fic reinforced that in spades. A marvelous gift that made my Yuletide.

Sleepy Hollow, Ichabod Crane/Abbie Mills
I have a secret weakness for Christmas fic (which may not be all that secret, since I've written it. Twice.). The idea of Abbie establishing holiday traditions for the two of them is delightful (and something I sincerely hope we see on the show, at some point, for their entire makeshift family) and that's the premise here. Ichabod would be familiar with the concept of a Christmas tree, having come from a wealthy family of worth, but Abbie explaining how she chooses a tree in Charlie Brown terms is adorable, and Ichabod choosing a teeny tree because it would make her happy is doubly so. The whole concept makes me wonder what Christmases were like for Abbie the foster kid. Likewise, I'm sure our favorite male witness would also have a selection of facts on the history of mistletoe, as the association with kissing began in England in the 18th century, but it's forever the perfect excuse to shove your ship together at the holidays. :)

The Secret Smile
Fargo, Greta Grimly, Lou Solverson
After the grimdark humor of the show (which, don't get me wrong, I love), this treat was a little slice of life from happily-ever-after. The Grimly-Solverson blending of the epilogue was squee-inducing, if a bit sparse, but my favorite moments actually came over the course of the show. Greta and Lou could not be better family if there were blood involved - she immediately looked to him for wisdom and guidance, and he immediately took her under his wing. This fic took that dynamic and ran, with a look at a night at home for Grandpa Lou, big sister Greta, and new baby Grimly (who's undeniably a boy). It's short and sweet, but says a lot about both characters and their relationship with each other.

This was my least-productive Yuletide in years - I only wrote one fic. But it's one that I'm proud of, and was enjoyed by my recipient, so I suppose, if you can only write one, that's the one to write. As always, anyone who guesses which one is mine (except you two there, you know who you are) gets a free ficlet.
freneticfloetry: ({the losers} found family)
Remix authors are no longer anonymous, so I suppose it's time to claim my efforts.

As far as the pinch hit goes, I got the assignment on Sunday. In fact, I took it without even looking at the author's fic beforehand. (Not something I recommend if you're remixing, by the way. I just really lucked out.) The original plan was to remix Wreckage, a 500-word Sam-centric piece with all sorts of awesome possibilities. It was the very first thing I read, a bunny was born immediately, and I spent all day Monday plot pointing and beat sheeting for the fic I would write. I even named it (and y'al know that's the clencher, for me). And then, Tuesday morning, I went to print out the original and made the cosmic mistake of clicking another fic. You know, just out of curiosity. And all of the sudden I was scrapping the original plan to tell an entirely different story, despite the Wednesday night deadline. But I ended up with Shells of a Long-Ago Lifetime (Faces That Once Were Mine Mix), a take on [personal profile] clex_monkie89's lovely Fragments of a Life You Shouldn't Miss. I got to play with structure and symbolism, two of my very favorite things. I got to slip inside Dean Winchester's head again, somewhere I haven't been in awhile. I got to write my very first AU, since the original deviates from canon long before the pilot. And I got to do it all in a really, really tight turnaround time, which was exactly what I needed.

It felt so amazing to write again that when another eleventh-hour pinch hit came through, I seriously contemplated taking that one, too. It got claimed before I could do anything stupid (and in hindsight, thank god), but the bunny stayed with me. And with Remix Madness not opening until the day after the main collection, I just decided to write it anyway. Something to Talk About (The Million Dollar Quartet Cover) is a remix mashup of [profile] lady_krysis' So You Know and I Do; It's Official, two parts of a series centered on my one and only OT4. That's right, baby's first poly! As we have already established, I love writing Jake Jensen. As stream-of-consciousness characters go, he's right up there with Tony Stark and Kyle Valenti on my list of all-time favorites. The Losers is an interesting fandom for me, as someone who's lost nearly all of her shippiness, because you can pretty much take one part Jensen to equal parts anyone else and hey, I ship it. Jensen/Cougar? But of course. Jensen/Pooch/Jolene? Don't mind if I do. Jensen/Cougar/Pooch/Jolene? Abso-friggin-lutely. Again, the source fic series was the first thing I read, but there was no going back on this one (seriously, the world needs more of this foursome). The fic was basically built around an amusing hypothetical - what if Jensen made soccer field scenes everywhere? - but it was one scene and one line in particular that kicked things off. Bonus points if you can guess which line that is. :) It was fun to explore how each piece of the puzzle fits, and how the dynamics between all of them are different, yes, but ultimately what makes the whole thing work. I wrote it in a day, which I haven't done in ages, and somewhere along the line it got a little weighter than I wanted it to, but I think that makes it interesting. (I'm also deeply amused that this fic even exists, since I swore I was done with Chris Evans for awhile.)

So that's it for me. Hopefully next year, I'll be able to participate in Remix proper.
freneticfloetry: ({new girl} who's that girl)
It's Jess!

Big Girl Pants
New Girl, Jess/Nick, Winston, Schmidt, Cece.
For [personal profile] dynastessa and [personal profile] thetidebreaks. Characters belong to Elizabeth Meriwether and Fox.
Jess has finally figured out the secret of their shared universe. It's all about the pants. Maybe, just maybe, about one pair in particular.

( Jess takes a deep breath and twirls the new full-size Feelings Stick in her fingers. It's pretty much worthless with the guys and she's the only one who's actually allowed to touch it now, since Nick still glares the second he sees it and Winston uses it to feel for the remote from far away and Schmidt only uses it to dodge the Douchebag Jar, but sometimes it's just nice to have. )

Remember how I said I wasn't going to be writing 6500-word fic every week? Yeah. This one's juuuuust over 8k. I've grown so enamored of this show and its loveable, squishable cast, much more than I ever thought I would, so this one was a lot of fun to do.

I'd marvel at the fact that I managed to write 8000 words about what boils down to a day and a half, but [profile] queenie_b and I once wrote over 25k about one night and the following morning. So much love to [personal profile] templeandarche, for being her awesome self.

Pardon me, I'm just going to pass out now.
freneticfloetry: ({the losers} found family)
Every year I make a writing-relating resolution. It's usually something specific and focused that I can work on slowly (read: procrastinate) for the next twelve months, and eventually never actually finish. This year, after having such a rewardingly-productive Yuletide season, I decided to join forces with [personal profile] the_afterlight and do things a little differently.

And then we completely lost our minds.

So I give you The Resolution Resolution, our pledge to write one NYR prompt a week for the next year. For those of you keeping count at home, that does indeed translate to 52 fics in 52 weeks. I have my "maybe" list narrowed down to about, oh, 620 prompts, so there's no shortage of potential. There will be occassional themes and challenges and surprises, and I think I speak for both of us when I say that it's both exciting and utterly terrifying.

The first fic on the docket is...

Lost In Translation
The Losers, Jensen/Cougar, Pooch, Clay, Aisha, Roque.
For [profile] just_katarin and [profile] elishavah. Characters are property of Diggle, Jock and Vertigo, I'm just playing with them for awhile. Can you blame me? They're kind of glorious.
Jensen's given a Spanish side mission, and learns more than he thought he would. Sometimes in song.

( "Spanish? Seriously, Clay?" )

This one got out of hand. I will not be writing 6500-word fics every week, I wouldn't survive the year if I did. But this was an absolute blast. I love writing stream of consciousness characters - the ramblers, the blurters, the ones that can't even shut up inside their own heads - and Jake Jensen is among the best of them.

Tris wrote an adorably delightful Final Fantasy XIII fic this week, Might As Well Be Me, so be sure to check that out as well.

See you next time!
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