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Oct. 20th, 2015

Hi! Thanks for offering to write my fandoms! This letter is long, and if you don't like long letters, I'm sorry for any anxiety/eyestrain/whatever that will cause you, but to summarize very briefly: Avoid my DNWs and give me fic about the characters I requested and I'll probably be happy! If you're worried reading my prompts will hem you in, skip them -- they're not the only things I will be happy with, and if you are coming to this with the world's best fic about [the fandom we matched on] in your head, ready to be written, write it for me! I sign up for Yuletide in part to receive fic I didn't write myself, and I love the joy of discovering that an author has written me a fic that I couldn't have written myself. I want you to have fun writing this, because that way, I think the fic will be much more fun to read for me.

If you get stuck on our matched canon and want to try writing a different one, or if you need canon review resources, I've put brief summaries and lots of resource links here.

General Likes & DislikesCollapse )

Analogue: A Hate Story/Hate Plus (Visual novel series)Collapse )

Don Giovanni - Mozart/Da PonteCollapse )

Flight RisingCollapse )

Gallifrey (Big Finish Audio)Collapse )

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell - Susanna ClarkeCollapse )

NarbonicCollapse )

Crossovers & AUsCollapse )

Contact InfoCollapse )

Oct. 7th, 2015

The Magician. (1675 words) by Lanna Michaels
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell - Susanna Clarke, The Martian - Andy Weir
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Mark Watney, Catherine of Winchester, John Uskglass | The Raven King
Additional Tags: Magic, Alternate Universe - Still Astronauts, Alternate Universe - Magic, Alternate Universe - Modern with Magic, Crossover, Fusion, Magician Mark Watney, Because #yuletide, Deus Ex Machina, Diary/Journal, The Raven King Is A Troll

The sand shall make a door for me and I shall pass through it. The stones shall make a ship for me and I shall travel upon it.



I don't know what I did to deserve this but I'm going to try and keep doing it.

Dec. 31st, 2014

So, Yuletide reveals! ...I was kind of hoping to get another recs post done (I have 7 fics in my "to rec" text doc right now) but reveals happened first.

Also, it is my birthday! (I'm 28.)

Anyway, I wrote two full-length stories for Yuletide and one Madness treat.

They were:

Bizarre Internal Errors and Perfect Timing, two Analogue: A Hate Story ficsCollapse )

The treat I wrote was:
Fuck You and Your Can Opener Privilege, a FFA RPF ficCollapse )

Yuletide 2014 Recs Post #1

This Christmas has been really busy for me, so I'm just getting around to a recspost. But! Here is a recspost; hopefully there will be more!

First off, my gifts!

Medieval Land Fun-Time World and Jonathan Strange & Mr. NorrellCollapse )

Other recs: Analogue: A Hate Story/Hate Plus, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, Medieval Land Fun-Time World, Narbonic, and TransistorCollapse )

Nov. 23rd, 2014

Yay, Yuletide! I finally got some sleep this week and kind of shook the cold (?) I think I had, and also got a start on the main Yuletide fic, finally. It's looking like it's going to be more romance and less caseficcy, partly because goddamn there's a lot of relationship stuff I wanted to explore with this particular set of prompts+plotbunny, and it'll be hard to do justice to the requested ship if I'm concentrating on the case? And partly because, while I have a good feel for the character conflicts and thematic stuff I want to bring to the fore with this case, I am having some trouble figuring out how the details of how it fit together as a puzzle. It'll probably be more in the background.

And at the very least, right now I have a couple thousand words of cuteness I can turn in if suddenly everything goes wrong between tomorrow and December 20th? But hopefully that won't happen.

Other stuff: I got my second of three big unwieldy pieces of IKEA furniture put together, finally, and made arrangements with my dad to help me build the third one. I'm usually vehemently opposed to having him help me put stuff together, because I never really got to help him with handyman stuff around the house when I was a kid and as a result I don't really have those skills, but... I need them? And I do have a knack for putting things together in general, so usually I do pretty well. Like, I'm decent at putting sewing patterns together and making robots and stuff, so IKEA furniture is pretty easy. But in this case I'm literally going to have to screw up (as in, put screws in aimed upwards) while also holding the top of the table I'm putting together down, and I managed that with the first piece of furniture but it took the better part of an afternoon and I was really sore afterwards. Good workout, but bad time management. Anyway, after this I'm hoping to clear a bunch of counterspace in my kitchen, and have some extra counterspace in my dining room, and also, y'know, have a dining room instead of a room full of boxes and furniture parts. Working on getting some more furniture for my bedroom too. I need a dresser.

Blah blah blah whatever. In other writingy news, I haven't been focusing on it, but I have kind of been pecking away at the next plot arc for my Founderfic. This summer I kind of got bogged down on a really emotionally difficult-to-write scene (Rowena loses her temper in a scary way) but I managed to wrap that up just before Yuletide, so now I'm dealing with the aftermath, and I think I did okay on the earlier scene.

Nov. 17th, 2014

...and then life ate me. Partly because I have stuff going on, partly because it's dark all the time, and partly because I'm steeling myself for the emotional exhaustion that is negotiating my family's utter bullshit this holiday season. It shouldn't be as bad this year as it has been in years past, but I know it will be a mixture of festively nice and awkward and mildly traumatic.

Brief family ranting.Collapse )

Anyway. Um. Pretty sure I can't manage that Yuletide NaNo thing. Oh well. I'll still try for a nice high total Yuletide wordcount with lots of treats. Haven't yet written anything for it, but I am brainstorming on the main fic. I need to get past my insecurity here and just write.

Nov. 4th, 2014

Current Yuletide/NaNo progress:

Treat #1: 1,506 words (309 new)
NaNo words: 309
Canon review for assignment: ~22%
Ballots cast: 1

Okay, so I am not doing too hot on the whole NaNoYuletide thing, I know, I know. But on the plus side, canon is soooo gooood eeeeee. Hopefully I'll be able to get more words out once canon review is done.

Also, I have the excuse of having spent the weekend with thinkatory and her boyfriend and their friends. They had a costume party! (I was a mad scientist. This is my default costume because I've been a mad scientist for Halloween three times already, and once I also um once cosplayed very badly as one of my HP OCs anyway my point is I have the labcoat and the goggles and a plethora of other silly accessories.)

The day after that they introduced me to Pathfinder and I made a character based on Terezi (thinkatory was playing her Vriska-esque pirate character!) and I had a lot of fun! She's a half-orc Empiricist Investigator. I have a soft spot for half-orcs. Anyway, it looks like there are a few more local Pathfinder groups so I'm going to see if they're also fun to play in, and maybe it'll be a regular thing? We'll see!

Oct. 31st, 2014

Oh my GOD I have basically been squeeing inwardly about my Yuletide assignment alllll daaaaay.

Also, I'm going to try what chat has coined "Worst Idea Ever" -- do Yuletide as NaNoWriMo and try for 50k words in November. (Ideally separated out over different fics. I don't want to saddle my poor recip with a novel-length to read on Christmas Eve.)

And I'm going to try and make posts with approximate wordcounts to keep myself encouraged, and also because I never post anymore and maybe this will get me back into the habit. Obviously today doesn't count for NaNo, though.

So, current progress:

Treat #1: 1,197 (205 new)
Canon review for assignment: ~5%
Writing done tonight: None, but I took two pages of notes on canon.
Research placeholders left in writing: 2

So, okay, not impressive, but it's a start! (I'm hoping this treat will be 3-4k, but once I'm done with canon review I'll obviously be concentrating on the assignment.)