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Death and Paperwork (1498 words) by marcelo
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: RED (Movies)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Victoria Winslow, Sarah Ross, William Cooper, Marvin Boggs

An unconfirmed death, some missing paperwork, and a very inconvenient smoke plume. There are questions Cooper'd rather not ask, and people he'd rather not ask the questions to, but what choice does he have? He's just the CIA Director.


My Yuletide gift

They'd have to be a very impolite person, or there would have to be a very specific reason, for a gift recipient not to rec it, but, upon my soul, I'd be writing this rec post even if it hadn't been written for me: it's a pitch-perfect sequel to A Study in Emerald that manages to continue and deepen the world- and relationship-building beyond the first one. I'm slightly jealous, extremely pleased, and unambiguously recommending it.

R'lyeh Is Not an Empty House (6343 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: A Study in Emerald - Neil Gaiman
Rating: Mature
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Sebastian Moran & James Moriarty, James Moriarty & Sherlock Holmes
Characters: Sebastian Moran, James Moriarty, Irene Adler, Sherlock Holmes, John Watson
Additional Tags: Story: A Scandal in Bohemia

It all began because of the woman.


Yuletide sign-up achieved

So much I was tempted to offer, but know I wouldn't have the time to rewatch to get it fresh enough in my mind to make a decent go at a story.

Anyway, \o/. Best part of the Western holidays, IMHO.


Yuletide reveal

I quite enjoyed writing this, besides/because of the self-creeping-out aspect of it.

The Long Summoning (2411 words) by marcelo
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Cthulhu Mythos - H. P. Lovecraft
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Additional Tags: Misses Clause Challenge

Time isn't real. There is only what you need, and what it costs.


I got The Monican Way of Death, a beautifully smart look at the history, politics, and underlying *weirdness* of the world of Aeon Flux. It was everything I wanted, and more.

Many, many thanks to my author! (and apologies for the late comment, I was at my folks', and rather bereft of online time).


Yay, Yuletide!

I offered a bucket list this year. Nothing with a big canon, so I can get up to speed if needs be, but with a wider net than usual. I haven't written any fanfic in a long while, so I'm looking forward to it.


Dear Yuletide author

Thanks so much! Have fun. Go for the gusto. Being surprised is half the fun *g*.


In surprising news...

luzula, with questionable literary taste but awesome skill, made a podfic of, among other stories, my old Yuletide 2001: A Space Odyssey story Turing Test. It's here and, trust me, it sounds much much better than anything I could have done.

Yuletide reveal

I wrote two fics this time (I wanted to write more, but given my schedule it'd have been irresponsible to claim more).

Entelechy (Cable/Deadpool in both senses of the term). I don't think I succeeded with this story. Stuff is weird but not very funny, and Wade is just half of his usual self.

Turing Test (a 2001 fic). I like this one more. The language is clunky and, save for a couple of key details, it tells quite a bit more than it shows (the plot nudged me in that direction, but I should have resisted it better), but I think the core idea behind the fic is both logical and meaningful, so there you go.

Lessons learned this Yuletide:

  • If I feel meh about a story, it's probably not going to work out.

  • Simple ideas sometimes have complex implementations.

  • I need to get much better at getting across specific images and moods in a more indirect way.

  • outlawpoet is a beta rock star (I already knew that, but it bears repeating).

Dear Yuletide Author

I tried to send you a message, but the server 500'd on me. I'll try again when I wake up, but just in case you're checking here, the message was

Thanks, thanks, thanks, *many* thanks. This is fantastic - Watson, Mycroft, awesome backstory that makes perfect sense. I love it very much. Thanks!

In conclusion: Yay!

Everybody else, consider this my rec post: An Evening With Mycroft. Don't tell me the title alone doesn't make you want to read it.



cass, can you not

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