Dear Yuletide Writer!

Writer, I have to tell you; Yuletide is my favorite time of year. Like a good friend of mine said, you get to open so many things; opening your assignment, opening pinch-hit e-mails (for those of us who do that), opening your story when you get it, and then the New Year Reveal! It's it fantastic? I hope you're having as much fun as I am! Thank you so much for taking part and for taking the extra time to read this letter.

I am the type of writer who prefers highly detailed prompts and lots of info, so that's what I've tried to give here. If you're not, remember that optional details are optional, and feel free to ignore this entire post! The best thing you could possibly give me is a good story, and those come from inspiration and joy. So go forth, and enjoy!

Stuff I like: Happy endings, drawn-out, romantic hurt that ends in massive comfort, plot; lots of delicious plot with little clever details and interesting twists, and humor. I adore twist-in-the-tail endings, and nothing thrills me more when reading a book or watching a film than finding that the author/film-maker has managed to trick me! I believe humor is a very important part of any story, regardless of genre. I like things that are funny or even silly while still being realistic and internally consistent. Intelligence is sexy. Sex is sexy, and welcome! Differences are awesome. Robots are cool, but so are people, in general.

Stuff I DON'T like: I find torture, particularly disfiguring, or deeply psychological torture triggering - none of that, please. While I am fine with most kink, I sometimes have issues with explicit/extreme power exchange, so I'd prefer it if you'd go lightly on that.

In general: I enjoy reading about graphic sex, and very few things about it squicks me (except bodily fluids that aren't sexual fluids - none of that, please). Beyond that caveat and the one above, I'm OK with most any type of sex, kink or preference. I'm easy. Don't be afraid to include stuff I haven't specifically mentioned here, or in my request. Yuletide stories are a gift, and I accept them joyfully! :D

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If you've read all the above, and you're still not sure about something, maybe my fics on AO3 might be helpful? I generally like to read the same type of stuff I write.

Thank you, thank you yet again, and have a great Yuletide!

Pretty sure...

...that I will set up a new journal. Probably temporarily, possibly long-term. I want to be able to participate in fic communities, and with Yuletide coming up, it's going to be hard to avoid LJ. If I DON'T create a new journal, I probably won't be very active on here (other than in comms and for Yuletide) for the foreseeable future. I'm really sorry about that, but I've found that my life and mental state has improved a thousandfold when, among other things, I avoid using this journal.

In either case, this journal will never be deleted. I've had this nick since high school and this journal since 2002, and nothing can make me throw that away. I do get comment notifications e-mailed, and I'd quite like to keep using it for Yuletide and fic. Like I said, we'll see how that goes.

I'm sorry if all this sounds dramatic; I'm actually in a pretty good place right now. However: I've disabled the comment section on this post for a reason: even talking about this, on here, makes me slightly uncomfortable. I would ask that if you read this, you do not contact me about it anywhere else. I am putting this post up for information purposes only.

Engage tension breaker... OK BYEEEE Tension breaker engaged.


Writing it out helped

So here it is again:


Seriously, FUCK YOU, 2013.

I can think of maybe four people and perhaps as many things that have made me truly happy this year, and they have made me very happy indeed. I probably haven't been good company for any of them, and for that I am truly sorry. They deserve better. Still.

Gawd DAMMIT, 2013. What have I done to you?!
Ben S/J ship

Not entirely sure why I'm here

Well, I kinda do. I'm going on vacation tomorrow, and I'm in that place where you realize there's just no way you'll get on top of what you need to be on top of at work before leaving, so you kinda zone out. At least that's what I do.

Gonna go to the US. See people. hazeltea, for example. I feel like I'm the only person who isn't  up in arms about various fandoms in one way or another, which is a little weird. Also, it makes me feel like I have no one to talk to about fun things, which is sad times. Except terrygooseberry, obviously. The cool thing about terrygooseberry is that she's basically me ten years ago, which is like having a sister except better. Watching stuff with her is the best. The differences between us are down to age, which is cool. Yes, even the show preferences. ;)

Anyway, here's some Sherlock what I dun writ:

Egg and Spoon (939 words) by Kahvi
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Sherlock (TV)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Sherlock Holmes/John Watson, Mary Morstan/John Watson
Additional Tags: Jealous Sherlock, Weddings, Angst and Humor
Summary: John gets married. Sherlock goes through the motions, because he's really rather good at that.

There were rules, to dancing; steps you could learn. Sherlock was particularly good at it, as he was good at anything he set his mind to.


Fic: Rocks Fall

I haven't put any of my fic up here lately, so I thought I would. The following is, without a doubt, the most personal story I've ever written. And it's Freeman/Cumberbatch RPS. Go figure. :p

Rocks Fall

Fandom: Sherlock (TV) RPF, British Actor RPF
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Benedict Cumberbatch/Martin Freeman, Amanda Abbington/Martin Freeman
Additional Tags: Unrequited Love, Light BDSM, One-Sided Relationship
Summary: It isn't love, he tells himself, nor infatuation; this is circumstance and proximity and friendship. Martin is wonderful, and Ben is single and Martin is married, which makes it safe in such myriad wonderful ways; safe to think about him like this, safe to prod the emotion, turn it this way and that as he admires Martin from afar and too close up, and then afar again.

Yuletide recs!

I've been away for New Years this year, and we're moving, so I'm only barely managing to squeeze a few recs in before the reveal. *phew*

I was blessed, this year, with the absolutely stunning Prometheus story On, One, Many - and why it still has less than 60 hits is quite simply beyond me. It is a fantastic work in its own right; far, far surpassing the film, and highly entertaining in its own right. Disregard the connection to canon, and you have an excellent science fiction story about identity, personhood, sense of self, love, sex, the nature of emotions, family and ethics, all entertainingly and captivatingly written. If the author doesn't know me personally, I'm tempted to think they must be psychic. Go! Read! You really don't need to know canon at all, nor does it matter one iota if you hated or disliked the film. This is quite simply excellent writing!

Stupid!Watson and his jam might be a tiresome old meme for some, but in the Hark! A Vagrant story A Quite Different Case of Identity, the joke is still funny, and the characters of that comic explored further. (Yes, it is possible!) But the main appeal is, of course, the addition of amature cranksmen Raffles and Bunny to the mix! I only wish there were more of it, but then again, short and sweet tends to work best with these sorts of stories.

In the Portal story The Silence of the Test Subject, we are presented with an alternate ending for the game which not only rings true, but almost makes you wish it was an in-game alternative. Computer game narratives are difficult, particularly with - well, as the title says - but this author manages wonderfully.

I will admit I am generally wary of reading Sherlock RPF stories, as I'm quite picky when it comes to characterization, but Method is a gorgeous little thing. So sweet and true to how I personally like to think of Benedict Cumberbatch's public persona. Rather a lovely thing.

There is only one Blackadder story this year, but it is wonderful; Pain and Painting reads exactly like scenes from an episode of the third series, which happens to be my favorite. The banter between Blackadder and Prince George is perfectly captured, as is the tone of the show, which is no mean feat!

One of my absolute favorites this year is the Jeeves & Wooster gem Jeeves and the Amatory Dilemma. Jeeves secretly pining for Bertie and the latter slowly finding out and solving the mystery may be a fandom staple, but I'm rather partial to it, especially when it's so expertly done. What I like about this story in particular, is the way the author manages to show a vulnerable Jeeves without it seeming out of character. A must-read!

I'm a huge fan of Isaac Asimov, and Yuletide always brings some great stories from his universes. This year, we've got Perigee; a Powell and Donovan story. I have to say, I enjoyed this a lot more than I did Asimov's original stories featuring them; I was always more of a Susan Calvin (who does get a cameo appearance) fan, though I ate all the robot novels up. There is slash here, which I personally very much enjoy, but cut the last few paragraphs, and it could happily all be written by the man himself.
Bad fanfic

Dun wrote some Cabin Pressure Gen

Geneva (4951 words) by Kahvi

Chapters: 1/1

Rating: Teen And Up Audiences

Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply

Characters: Martin Crieff, Douglas Richardson, Arthur Shappey, Carolyn Knapp-Shappey

Summary: Prespecified gender roles are like coffee. They're both human constructs, but can be mighty tasty, and some people need them to get out of bed in the morning. When the MJN crew have to fly an infamous blogger to Geneva, they find themselves having to come to terms with things that are a bit more complicated than coffee.