corilannam: (Default)
Happy New Year, everyone! I had an awesome New Year's Eve that lasted well into New Year's Day, which is a great way to start the year.

Clearing out some fannish loose ends from the old year:

For Yuletide I wrote Sports Night (shocker!) --

The Team Player
In which Kim saves Sports Night, because somebody has to.
3,568 words


And this is mostly for my own reference so I can find them again --

A couple weeks ago, I did that meme with snippets from fics I never wrote, and here are the not!fics requested (all Merlin -- shocker!)

[livejournal.com profile] lolafeist asked for The Modern AU where Arthur has no memory of his past and Merlin is the psychiatrist trying to help him remember who he was

[livejournal.com profile] incapricious asked for The one where Merlin introduces Arthur to Aithusa

[livejournal.com profile] reni_m asked for That one where Arthur gets a new crown

[livejournal.com profile] rotrude asked for The one where Merlin and Arthur are archaeologists à la Indy Jones

[livejournal.com profile] rufflefeather asked for The one time Merlin actual is in the tavern

[livejournal.com profile] nympha_alba asked for The one where Arthur happens to be outside Gaius' door and finds out about Merlin's magic

[livejournal.com profile] tracy7307 asked for The one where alien!Merlin gives human!Arthur another anal probe (sequel to my alien!Merlin pthon entry)

BEARS

Dec. 20th, 2011 08:33 am
corilannam: (yuletide - the bunnies are restless)
All of you who have drafts of your yuletide stories done? I dislike all of you very, very much.
corilannam: (Merlin - pendragon)
I was all excited to finally get to post my [livejournal.com profile] merlin_holidays story with my name on it. A big part of that was getting to crosspost to [livejournal.com profile] merlinxarthur, because it was going to be Story #5 that I needed to get my contributor's tag back.

Yes, I've been writing in this fandom for 2 years and I just made 5 stories. Hush. Two of them were real long!

But just now I was pulling all my post links in order to ask for the contributor's tag, and for love or money, I cannot find the crosspost of my big bang.

I know I crossposted it after [livejournal.com profile] paperlegends finished up. I remember doing it. I really do. But it's not there anywhere, either on merlinxarthur or even merlinslash, unless I have completely lost all powers of visual comprehension. I don't know if I dreamed it or what. Either way, it's obviously way too late to post it there now.

Sigh. I guess I'm still not a "real" Merlin writer.

But anyway, in case anyone was still wondering, my merlin_hols story was called "Same As It Ever Was." The original posting is here and the cleaned-up version (recommended) is here.

This story was awesome to think about and a hell and a half to actually write. I do kind of like the result, though, now that I'm further away from the writing process. My recipient gave me several inspirational prompting quotes and vids about life choices and regrets, which made me think about Merlin's fears and what, out of all his mistakes, would he truly regret.


While I'm confessing to fic, I also did a very, very last minute [livejournal.com profile] yuletide story. It was for The Tudors, and the recipient asked for "sexy rivalry" between Henry VIII and Francis I.

As I had just done a rewatch of season 1 of The Tudors, I did my best to oblige, even though it was after midnight on Christmas and certain people were eyeing me and tapping their virtual feet while I begged for just ten more minutes:

Rematched

It turns out that not a lot of people read Tudors fic that's not about Anne Boleyn, but that's okay! I'm just happy that I participated in yuletide after all.
corilannam: (Merlin - stuck at work)
I'm finally back in the office today after an involuntarily extended holiday break. It can pretty much be summed up by an exchange I just had with one of my co-workers:

Co-worker: Where did you go for the holidays?

Me: New Jersey.

Co-worker: LOL! And how'd that work out for you?

It was actually a very nice extended holiday weekend, despite the blizzard and the 2 feet of snow and the 5 hours on the New Jersey Fucking Turnpike. My very favorite presents were the Merlin stories I got from both [personal profile] chelseafrew and [personal profile] anna_zee. We had Boxing Day plans to go into NYC to see American Idiot (my last chance to see it while my very favorite Broadway singer and one of the very, very few people who can make me pay for and sit through a play of any kind, is still in it), which abruptly got moved up to Christmas night after hearing the 6 o'clock news. Did you know that an hour's drive into the city can be accomplished in 20 minutes when there's no traffic and you're very motivated?

When the snow did come, it gave me lots of time to read yuletide, which was a nice change from last year. I read in probably a dozen fandoms and found some truly excellent stories, all of which have been repeatedly recommended over on the yuletide community, so I'll spare you the repetition.

I did end up participating this year after all by writing a very, very last minute pinch hit/treat. Almost nobody is even looking at this particular fandom, but the recipient seemed to like it, so I'm content. Only 2 comments, but a handful of kudos, which made me feel much better. I can see why people worry about the kudos supplanting comments, but I'm fairly certain that the people who left me kudos probably weren't going to comment at all otherwise, so I'm happy to have the extra affirmation. All in all, I approve of the feature.

In contrast, I am really far behind on Merlin fic, both reading and writing.

Everyone else staying unfrozen out there?
corilannam: (Merlin - stuck at work)
-- Why can't I write? No, seriously, why? I know the story, I can see it in my head, but in the past 4 nights of staring at the document, I've rewritten the same sentence 7 times. And that's it. Not boding well for my yuletide sign-up panic.

-- I am much more excited than I need to be about Prince William's engagement. This is partially because I am quite guilty of the stereotypical American romanticism with regard to other people's royalty. But mostly, it's because it gets me all excited about the story I desperately want to read about the wedding of modern Prince of Wales Arthur and his boyfriend Merlin. You know. The story that people keep almost but not quite writing (including me).

-- [personal profile] lydiabell passed along this Open letter to the SUNY Albany president regarding the axing of several language and other humanities programs. It's a beautiful explanation of why I'm glad my university had so many core requirements in language, philosophy, political theory, and even religion and why I don't regret ending up a shiftless humanities in international studies major.

-- I just wrote most of a long and detailed comment on someone's amazing story, and then my browser crashed and lost the whole thing. ARGH.

-- You all saw the really hot Merlin picture yesterday, right? Right? Are you sure? We could look at it again. If you wanted.
corilannam: (Merlin - stuck at work)
Over the last couple of months, I've been learning French during my daily commute. I had gotten the CDs when I thought I'd be going to France and liked the learning method. France didn't work out, but sometime later I decided I felt like learning the language anyway.

So last week I was updating my Google Reader, and I found a few French language blogs and newspapers to add in the hopes of getting some extra practice. To my delight, I found I could read most of the newspaper articles! On the down side, it turns out that the news in France is just as depressing as it is here.

***

I am still debating whether to sign up for Yuletide this year, but I was composing my Dear Writer letter in my head last night, which may be a bad sign. What's odd is that this is the first year where I have multiple things I want to request, but nothing I particularly want to write. Every other year I've struggled on the details of what I wanted to receive and wished I could just sign up to write.

But this year, I find myself really wanting several particular stories. I want a few things from the Hunger Games books. I really want a story about Anne of Cleves, and maybe something about Charles Brandon and how he managed to keep his head as Henry VIII's best friend for 40 years. And a few other things I'd have to narrow down from my list.

***

As you might guess from my Yuletide pondering, I spent the weekend marathoning season 1 of The Tudors. I watched most of S1 when it was originally on, but then missed a week and never caught up again (as happens to me with most television shows). Since that was a few years ago, I figured I might as well just start from the beginning again to refresh my memory of what happened. Plus, I couldn't remember where I left off.

The interesting thing was that between the last time I watched the show and now, I went on a big Tudor history reading kick. So now all the historical discrepancies are driving me freaking crazy, whereas before they were only the gentlest niggle in the back of my mind. Henry had two different sisters, dammit! Though I'll forgive anything for Gabrielle Anwar.

***

And before I sign up for any other writing challenges, I guess I really should finish the one that's due in, oh, a week? I've known the plot of what I was writing since the day I got my assignment, but the emotional connections have been eluding me ever since. Thankfully, it's finally all coming together. I just have to get it all on paper.

***

I'll leave you with today's Daily Puppy, a baby girl bullie who turned my crappy Monday around with a single paw. http://www.dailypuppy.com/puppies/layla-the-english-bulldog_2010-11-15
corilannam: (yuletide - squee!)

Oh, right, so, Yuletide--

For the first time ever, I only wrote one Yuletide story this year. I was very fortunate to have [livejournal.com profile] aka_arduinna as my recipient, both because I was delighted to get to write her a story and because I know her tastes are relatively similar to mine. I was also delighted that my assigned fandom was Crusoe, which is the loveliest, slashiest, most delightful show that NONE OF YOU ARE WATCHING. *ahem*

My story:

But A Dream, Crusoe, PG-13 (3,062 words)

I had originally intended to write some pure Crusoe/Friday fluff, ranging from their first meeting to their eventual future return to England. Then about a week before deadline, Jeremiah Blackthorn wiggled his oily way into my brain, and things changed a tad for the dark and creepy. Some of the existing fluff I was able to fold into the flashbacks, thankfully. I would have liked to turn it into a full adventure story, covering what happened next to its conclusion, and bringing Susannah into the picture as well. Sadly, I am not a speedy enough writer to turn out that much plot in such a short time, but I think enough of the implications are there to satisfy me.

I have no excuse for the title, really. I was staring at the upload page in a stupor, having forgotten, as I usually do, that there's only so long you can put off thinking of a title and summary. I was wracking my brain for something related to dreaming or unreality, and that was the first thing that popped into my holiday-frazzled brain. I had just hit "upload" when it finally sank in that I had just used a lyric from "Row, Row, Row Your Boat" as a title, which... is a bit cheesy even for this fandom. Then again, given the nature of the source material, it could be considered rather appropriate! My comfort is that the title I had intended to use for the original fluff would have been even worse.

I was curious about what kind of reception the Crusoe stories would receive (there were three in total this year). All in all, the total comment count amongst all the stories was roughly similar to the year I (and a few other people) wrote for "Hawaii." Yes, the Michael Biehn cop show, which, while not nearly as horrid as some of you (*ahem*) like to think, is a significant step down from the slashy, rollicking joy of Crusoe.

Seriously, people. Friday and Crusoe try to die for each other at least once an episode. They have lived together in a tree house on a deserted island for six years. Crusoe tells anyone who will listen that before Friday he only existed, but Friday taught him how to live. Friday has sworn to never leave Crusoe's side, even when it means leaving everything he knows for a foreign land where he probably won't be welcomed. Crusoe, in turn, swears that together they will "overcome whatever prejudice they may face."  The obligatory female quasi-love interest for Crusoe is not jealous of his devotion to his wife - no, she's jealous of his devotion to Friday. This is before we even consider the shirtless wrestling between these hot manly men (if you're turned off by the twink factor of Merlin, here's your answer!)  And there are even occasional moments of angsty Sean Bean.

Why aren't you watching this?  Here--Hulu, go!


And I once again want to make note of the two FANTASTIC stories I received--

For the Duran section of my flist, please don't miss Push and Pull, a wonderfully poignant look at John and Simon's relationship by [livejournal.com profile] sidewinder, who knows her bands! I've been bugging her to dip her toes into Duran for ages now, and I'm thrilled with the payoff! Not that this will get me to cease bugging her, of course. :-D

For the Merlin section, which is... probably most of the rest of you, at this point, you need to go see That Shall Achieve The Sword by [livejournal.com profile] astolat. This is a magnificent look at what might happen when Merlin's magic is finally revealed, and what lengths Arthur and Merlin will go to for each other when their backs are against the wall. And speaking of bugging for more... :-D

And that's the summary of my delightfully flist-contained Yuletide. :-)

corilannam: (Default)

Oh, right, so, Yuletide--

For the first time ever, I only wrote one Yuletide story this year. I was very fortunate to have [livejournal.com profile] aka_arduinna as my recipient, both because I was delighted to get to write her a story and because I know her tastes are relatively similar to mine. I was also delighted that my assigned fandom was Crusoe, which is the loveliest, slashiest, most delightful show that NONE OF YOU ARE WATCHING. *ahem*

My story:

But A Dream, Crusoe, PG-13 (3,062 words)

I had originally intended to write some pure Crusoe/Friday fluff, ranging from their first meeting to their eventual future return to England. Then about a week before deadline, Jeremiah Blackthorn wiggled his oily way into my brain, and things changed a tad for the dark and creepy. Some of the existing fluff I was able to fold into the flashbacks, thankfully. I would have liked to turn it into a full adventure story, covering what happened next to its conclusion, and bringing Susannah into the picture as well. Sadly, I am not a speedy enough writer to turn out that much plot in such a short time, but I think enough of the implications are there to satisfy me.

I have no excuse for the title, really. I was staring at the upload page in a stupor, having forgotten, as I usually do, that there's only so long you can put off thinking of a title and summary. I was wracking my brain for something related to dreaming or unreality, and that was the first thing that popped into my holiday-frazzled brain. I had just hit "upload" when it finally sank in that I had just used a lyric from "Row, Row, Row Your Boat" as a title, which... is a bit cheesy even for this fandom. Then again, given the nature of the source material, it could be considered rather appropriate! My comfort is that the title I had intended to use for the original fluff would have been even worse.

I was curious about what kind of reception the Crusoe stories would receive (there were three in total this year). All in all, the total comment count amongst all the stories was roughly similar to the year I (and a few other people) wrote for "Hawaii." Yes, the Michael Biehn cop show, which, while not nearly as horrid as some of you (*ahem*) like to think, is a significant step down from the slashy, rollicking joy of Crusoe.

Seriously, people. Friday and Crusoe try to die for each other at least once an episode. They have lived together in a tree house on a deserted island for six years. Crusoe tells anyone who will listen that before Friday he only existed, but Friday taught him how to live. Friday has sworn to never leave Crusoe's side, even when it means leaving everything he knows for a foreign land where he probably won't be welcomed. Crusoe, in turn, swears that together they will "overcome whatever prejudice they may face."  The obligatory female quasi-love interest for Crusoe is not jealous of his devotion to his wife - no, she's jealous of his devotion to Friday. This is before we even consider the shirtless wrestling between these hot manly men (if you're turned off by the twink factor of Merlin, here's your answer!)  And there are even occasional moments of angsty Sean Bean.

Why aren't you watching this?  Here--Hulu, go!


And I once again want to make note of the two FANTASTIC stories I received--

For the Duran section of my flist, please don't miss Push and Pull, a wonderfully poignant look at John and Simon's relationship by [livejournal.com profile] sidewinder, who knows her bands! I've been bugging her to dip her toes into Duran for ages now, and I'm thrilled with the payoff! Not that this will get me to cease bugging her, of course. :-D

For the Merlin section, which is... probably most of the rest of you, at this point, you need to go see That Shall Achieve The Sword by [livejournal.com profile] astolat. This is a magnificent look at what might happen when Merlin's magic is finally revealed, and what lengths Arthur and Merlin will go to for each other when their backs are against the wall. And speaking of bugging for more... :-D

And that's the summary of my delightfully flist-contained Yuletide. :-)

corilannam: (yuletide - squee!)
I can hardly believe what a lucky girl I am. I stuck it out to the opening of the Yuletide archive, and it's OMG o'clock in the morning, but it was totally worth it. I got two (2)(TWO!) fantastic stories, which both just happen to be in my two primary obsessions of the moment, and I could practically explode with the squee.

My main story was Duran Duran (OMG!) --

Push and Pull

A totally great story about John and Simon and how all their years together add up to an intense, incredible relationship on stage and off. Very, very hot and sweet - and this is what I love in band fic, the sense of shared history and long love between them. OMG, I'm so happy.

I also, for the first time ever, got a Yuletide Treat! And it's Merlin!

That Shall Achieve the Sword

A long, plotty, totally gorgeous story that hit all my Merlin buttons perfectly. Great dialogue, fantastic Arthur, absolutely squee-worthy. All about what Arthur and Merlin will do to protect each other.

I can't believe I got exactly what I wanted - TWICE!

For some reason, the archive isn't letting me comment on my stories (I keep getting the sad snowman of doom). I'll keep trying, but if I don't manage before I pass out -- THANK YOU, AUTHORS!! I really could not be happier, and I will gush appropriately at my earliest opportunity.

In the meantime, the rest of you go read my stories and tell the authors how wonderful they are.
corilannam: (Default)
I can hardly believe what a lucky girl I am. I stuck it out to the opening of the Yuletide archive, and it's OMG o'clock in the morning, but it was totally worth it. I got two (2)(TWO!) fantastic stories, which both just happen to be in my two primary obsessions of the moment, and I could practically explode with the squee.

My main story was Duran Duran (OMG!) --

Push and Pull

A totally great story about John and Simon and how all their years together add up to an intense, incredible relationship on stage and off. Very, very hot and sweet - and this is what I love in band fic, the sense of shared history and long love between them. OMG, I'm so happy.

I also, for the first time ever, got a Yuletide Treat! And it's Merlin!

That Shall Achieve the Sword

A long, plotty, totally gorgeous story that hit all my Merlin buttons perfectly. Great dialogue, fantastic Arthur, absolutely squee-worthy. All about what Arthur and Merlin will do to protect each other.

I can't believe I got exactly what I wanted - TWICE!

For some reason, the archive isn't letting me comment on my stories (I keep getting the sad snowman of doom). I'll keep trying, but if I don't manage before I pass out -- THANK YOU, AUTHORS!! I really could not be happier, and I will gush appropriately at my earliest opportunity.

In the meantime, the rest of you go read my stories and tell the authors how wonderful they are.
corilannam: (yuletide - the bunnies are restless)
Like so many people that I see posting today, I am also traveling for the holidays and will not be in my usual abode on Christmas morning.

However, unlike these amateurs, I will be online the moment I have achieved sufficient consciousness and will be coming straight to the Yuletide archive to unwrap my favorite present. In fact, I plan to fall asleep on top of my laptop, probably still refreshing my friends page waiting for the opening announcement.

Just so's you know. I might be a little excited.

*g*
corilannam: (Default)
Like so many people that I see posting today, I am also traveling for the holidays and will not be in my usual abode on Christmas morning.

However, unlike these amateurs, I will be online the moment I have achieved sufficient consciousness and will be coming straight to the Yuletide archive to unwrap my favorite present. In fact, I plan to fall asleep on top of my laptop, probably still refreshing my friends page waiting for the opening announcement.

Just so's you know. I might be a little excited.

*g*
corilannam: (yuletide - the bunnies are restless)
Well, maybe. After all, my recipient hasn't actually read the story yet....


corilannam: (Default)
Well, maybe. After all, my recipient hasn't actually read the story yet....


corilannam: (yuletide - panic)
I woke up this morning with my Yuletide story clear and sparkling in my mind at last.

Of course, this is a completely different story than the one I was writing last night.

*headdesk*
corilannam: (Default)
I woke up this morning with my Yuletide story clear and sparkling in my mind at last.

Of course, this is a completely different story than the one I was writing last night.

*headdesk*
corilannam: (yuletide - the bunnies are restless)
I am terribly pleased with my yuletide assignment. I already have a title and everything. I just hope I can do justice to the story that goes with it!
corilannam: (Default)
I am terribly pleased with my yuletide assignment. I already have a title and everything. I just hope I can do justice to the story that goes with it!
corilannam: (yuletide - squee!)
Dear Yuletide Writer,

First of all, thank you so much in advance for my story! I am always very excited about yuletide, and I'm looking forward so much to reading whatever you come up with for one of my requests.

As for my requests, they are fairly simple and open-ended, and if you would like to just go wild and write something that inspires you, go for it. If you would like a bit more guidance on what I like, I present to you:

OMGYULETIDE )
corilannam: (Default)
Dear Yuletide Writer,

First of all, thank you so much in advance for my story! I am always very excited about yuletide, and I'm looking forward so much to reading whatever you come up with for one of my requests.

As for my requests, they are fairly simple and open-ended, and if you would like to just go wild and write something that inspires you, go for it. If you would like a bit more guidance on what I like, I present to you:

OMGYULETIDE )

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