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I wrote a pinch hit for Yuletide this year.

Title: And Then
Fandom: Das Wachsfigurenkabinett | Waxworks (1924) (plus a stealth crossover)
Recipient: [livejournal.com profile] assimbya
Length: 1640 words
Rating: Mature
Content notes: Author chooses not to warn
Summary: The stories told by the museum owner's daughter are not quite the same as the stories told by the poet.

AO3

Notes
Waxworks is an early silent film available in full at Youtube. A man applies for a job at a waxworks museum by writing the stories of three of the wax figures: Haroun al-Raschid, Ivan the Terrible, and Spring-Heeled Jack. The writer himself appears in a romantic role in each story he writes, as does the pretty daughter of the museum owner.
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So! Lately people have made me some brilliant things!

First, [livejournal.com profile] futuresoon wrote me Must Be Something in the Air, a pitch-perfect Diana Wynne Jones' Derkholm story set after The Year of the Griffin. I have such a soft spot for The Year of the Griffin ! I love that it is a class of misfit students banding together against their teachers, and that the problem is that the teachers are not teaching hard enough. The students are there to learn things, you know! There should be more studying and tougher exams! It is maybe a little too shallow and quick, and I want more of everybody in it, and yet I find it some pleasant and comforting -- maybe because I want more of everybody in it. But especially I want more of plain, sensible Claudia, who fixes everyone's problems, whom Blade falls in love with suspiciously quickly. And it's not exactly that I object to this, because I too find Claudia immensely loveable, it's that, well, it kind of happens in two paragraphs and off-stage. So futuresoon wrote me an episode from Blade's courtship of Claudia, and it contains marsh food and mention of Lydia's divine snacks and Blade being clever and also taking advantage of parental connections, and it mentions everybody and it is just awesome.

Then! There is Festivids! For which I got two amazing vids about relationships between women.

For Huge, [Anonymous #1] made me In the Sun, a Becca character study that puts her relationship with Will in the context of her other relationships--with Chloe, with Alastair, and, not least of all, herself. It captures both Becca's shyness and her self-assertion and, perhaps best of all, there are lots of clips of her reading.

For Nikita (2010), [Anonymous #2] made me Threnody, a study of the connections between--and mirroring of--Nikita and Alex. It is simultaneously epic and tender, it is gorgeous and thoughtful, and it has Maggie Q blowing stuff up.
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Dear Yuletide writer,

I think I put everything important in my requests, so this is really just for anyone who is looking for treats to write. Actually, it is for almost anyone but you, dear Yuletide writer, since you already have the request info. Apparently, this is my year for het shipping, but I hope it won't prove too difficult: all the romances are canonical and I am also fine with friendshippy gen. Don't worry and have fun. :)

Yuletide requests - Derkholm series (Diana Wynne Jones), Akagami no Shirayuki, Nabi, and Natsume Yuujinchiro (Natsume's Book of Friends) )
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What convinced me to read this manga was [personal profile] snarp's synopsis of the first two volumes, so I will shamelessly quote it in full:

SETONA MIZUSHIRO: You know what I feel like doing today? I feel like making something shamelessly commercial.

HER MANAGER: Oh, my god, really?! That would be great! Because, you know, most of your stuff is very difficult and mature, and it's kind of a hard sell -

SETONA MIZUSHIRO:Sometimes you just get in the mood, I guess! Okay, so we're gonna have 1) hot vampire guys who 2) run an adorable cafe while 3) competing for the love of 4) an EGL-themed girl named 5) Alice. There will be 6) identical twins who are devoted to each other but have communication problems, 7) a cheerful, doofusy guy who is secretly a twisted schemer, and 8) a tormented amoral alpha male who's a 9) gypsy 10) singer. There will naturally also be 11) some homoeroticism, in part because 12) vampires cannot have straight sex without killing their mates... there's got to be 13) an evil magical tattoo... and damn, I can't figure out how to fit in the genderbending reincarnated alchemists who escaped the Nazis.

HER MANAGER: No, no, that's perfect! That's great! Except, well - these sequences about the staid high school teacher who finds herself falling in love with a student are actually much more compelling than most of the vampire stuff. And the alpha male guy is totally reprehensible. And the sex isn't at all hazy and metaphorical, like you expect in a vampire story - it's very out in the open, and frequently crass and demeaning. Also, all the scenes where spiders pour out of the vampires' mouths are kind of -

SETONA MIZUSHIRO: Oh, that's right! I almost forgot. I'm Setona Mizushiro, bitch.


More on our characters and also spiders pouring out of vampires' mouths )
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Hi! It is the time of year for Yuletide nominations and therefore it is the time of year when I attempt to persuade you to watch or read or listen to my favorite obscure fandoms. I am going to go from most obscure to least obscure, as determined by my very scientific polling of two or three friends, and therefore I am starting with Nabi.

Nabi is an ongoing manhwa (Korean comic) by Yeon-Joo Kim with eight or nine volumes out, depending on whether you count the prequel, Nabi: The Prototype, a collection of stories set in the same world and featuring some of the same characters. It is the only part of the series that has been published in English; unless you read Korean, the rest of the series is only available in scanlations.

Nabi is set in a world where everyone wears gorgeous Korean clothing and lives in gorgeous Korean houses from some era I assume people who actually know anything about Korean history can identify, but where there are also airships and pistols. A lot of people still fight with swords, though, presumably because it is more fun to draw. In the troubled, war-torn kingdom of Mu, Lady Howori has created an academy where she raises twenty or thirty orphan children. When the academy is attacked by mysterious fighters, four of the children flee to the neighboring, not-quite friendly kingdom of Su, where they become unwillingly involved in contentious domestic politics and power plays which may be related to their own pasts.

That makes the plot sound very complicated, but this isn't a series about plot or background; there is so little emphasis on the background, in fact, that I couldn't find a good scene-setting panel to clip for you. This is a series about mood and character. Interwoven with the present day events are the characters' memories and dreams and in one case visions of the future. Often, the import of thoughts or images takes pages or volumes to become clear; we receive images in fragments and flashes which only slowly coalesce into meaning.

The main cast (includes images) )
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I was vidding at midnight, which I hope will be an omen for the coming year, and I woke up this morning with pink-eye, which I hope will not.

Yuletide
My wonderful writers were the mysterious white hart for The Forest (The Decemberists' Hazards of Love) and the hard-working [personal profile] yhlee for Thousand Voices, One Fight (Janelle Monae's Metropolis: The Chase Suite). Yoon also made me a music video!!!! I am so overwhelmed.

I wrote The Certainties (The Decemberists' Hazards of Love; some Childe ballads also sneaked in, but you can't really tell them from the rest of the album unless you're looking). Unbeta'd, sadly, because my three potential betas fell through, but that is always a risk with pinch hits, as is ambition too grand for the time to write it in. The recipient was very gracious, though, and I was happy to see she had a bunch of full-size stories from people who'd been inspired by her prompts on the pinch hit list.

Festivids
If you need a Festivids beta, I'm available through the deadline. Email me at thuviaptarth at gmail dot com.
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So I was reading my flist and there was a post lamenting the lack of fic for a festivids pairing and two posts mourning over post-VVC vid block, and of course there is also my post whining about how it is SO HARD to do festivids and Yuletide at the same time, and anyway this is my MAD GENIUS PROPOSAL which I suspect will go over way better with people who vid and fic than with people who just vid:

So this is my proposal: In 2010, we should start Festivids RIGHT AFTER VVC. Or maybe a little after. Like, September nominations and signup and November delivery. This way people can break the post-VVC block because PRESENTS! IN TINY FANDOMS! WITH A ONE-MINUTE MINIMUM! And this way also when you are requesting fiction for your teeny-tiny fandom for Yuletide, you can point to an illustration of just how awesome your teeny-tiny fandom source is. People who have not previously encountered your teeny-tiny fandom source may be inspired to try it out and/or sign up for it. (That was the year I finally got a Revengers Tragedy story for Yuletide. It's worked at least once! That is totally scientific proof.)

More vids, more fic, widely separate deadlines. It's the best of all possible worlds.
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I'm creating the recs @ AO3 and may at some point transfer them here if the server remains slow and I am feeling energetic.
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This year I feel like my story is so obvious that I might as well have included "THUVIA WAS HERE" at the head of each paragraph. But masochistically, or else relying on the obscurity of the fandom, I will play the usual game: Guess which story I wrote! If you're right, I will write you flashfic in an obscure fandom of your choosing (as long as I know the fandom and think I can write it, etc.).

I defaulted on my original assignment but wrote one pinch hit of over a thousand words.

I will not confirm or deny until after the reveal. Also, I probably will not write the flashfic until I've finished my festivid (due 1/10).
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Since it's difficult to post comments right now, I thought I would post these here, in case you were checking.

Dear writer of Thousand Voices, One Fight (Janelle Monae - Metropolis: The Chase Suite),

I am so glad you wrote me revolution. I love that resistance spreads, that Fanon lives, that there is a secret history even the readers don't get to know, that you leave us on the verge of future, hopeful and dark and something we only just get to see. You have included so many of my favorite things -- not just antislavery resistance and women, but academic references and words written on skin and silence and music and mysteries.


Thank you so much.

--t.


Dear writer of The Forest (The Decemberists - The Hazards of Love),

I love the vast scope of this, how you have extended the world of the album backwards and forwards in time, making the human story a tiny part of the world's story. I am so glad you focused on the Queen, who is one of my favorite characters, both because I love evil sorceresses and fairy queens and femmes fatales so much more than I do ingenues and heroes and because, oh, her voice. I love that you have given her sympathy and a story, and that the forest is still waiting.

Thank you!

--t.

Dear everyone,

I am so excited by all the stories inspired by songs and albums this year! I don't know why this seems so particularly rich and thrilling for me, but it does. If you were going to create a comm for posting of music-inspired fic (as opposed to RPF about musicians, although given the contents of many songs, there'd be a lot of crossover), what would you call it?

Signed,

Excited but no good at catchy names


Dear everyone,

Also, in addition to uploading and editing, I am so looking forward to all the social networking built into AO3. Right now, obviously, it's not apparent, because loads are preventing full use, but I can't wait to look at the recs and public bookmarks once people start making them. We don't even really need recs on the comms, you know? You can watch recs get updated live in the system itself.

Signed,

Sometimes geekily excited by improvements in social technology

P.S. Merry Christmas to those who celebrate it!
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Yuletide
If you want to claim a Yuletide pinch hit, read this [read this]:

Please boost the signal on this:

We have a backup list for pinch hitting, called yuletidepinchhitters! You can join at the website, if you have a Yahoo account, or by email:

To subscribe to a group's mailing list via email:

Send a blank email to yuletidepinchhitters-subscribe@yahoogroups.com. To activate your subscription, just reply to the confirmation message you receive from the group.


Festivids
I wanted to finish a draft before Yuletide Madness -- okay, I wanted to finish a draft by last Friday -- but yesterday I looked at my three-quarters complete timeline and hated it all so much that I created a new project for my backup song and stared at it a long time before admitting there was no possible way I could complete that vid by the deadline. So I went back to the original project and stayed up till 2am revising the first half and now I am much happier with it but the planned ending won't work and I have no idea what will. Also, I am afraid it won't meet the only and perfectly reasonable Details request my recipient made. I am so sad. I want to make them happy!
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Editing in the Yuletide archive is open!

I know a lot of people are anxious about the server move, but, guys, I have been so excited by the prospect of correcting my own typos instead of emailing elyn about them four separate times per story. (And also soon I will be able to revise all the posted stories whose endings I rewrote after the archive went live.)
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  1. Fanvid Love Meme
    No panic. I am resigned to being the world's slowest commenter and trying to hit two or three people per day. I am choosing who to comment on by arcane metrics involving whether or not I've left you feedback in the past two years. So, you know, no comments doesn't mean I don't love your work.

    (ETA: This doesn't mean you have to comment on me! I am feeling much more competent than last week. Two weeks ago. Whatever.)

  2. Yuletide
    I told myself I would default if I had nothing by the morning of December 10, and I had nothing by the morning of December 10. I am now feeling so relieved I am thinking of doing my original assignment and a bunch of pinch hits as Treats. But I make no promises.

    Do not worry, Yuletide writer! I will comment on your story anyway. I am sorry you got stuck with such a slacker, though.

  3. Festivids
    I was doing my thorough, foresighted, and carefully labeled pre-clipping by scene and theme, the way I do for any fandom I think I might vid more than once, and I was feeling bored and overwhelmed and pressured by the deadline and not sure I could manage even a vidlet by the deadline and having second thoughts about the vid idea and wondering if I should go with the backup song, which was probably too long for me to complete in the time allotted but had a much more solid idea, and -- then I said, "Fuck it," and ditched the pre-clipping in favor of tossing things I knew I'd want on the timeline and going from there. I feel much happier now. Also much more likely to have something workable by the deadline.

    I used to like deadlines because they forced me to produce things, but I am rethinking this. I am not as inspired by adrenaline rushes as I used to be.
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Predictably, I have urgent ideas for things that do not have deadlines. ::shakes fist at the heavens::

Also, I have Google Wave invites if anybody wants. I ... am still not quite sure what it's for.

fyi

Nov. 12th, 2009 09:12 pm
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I updated my Yuletide letter with my request details, because I like reading other people's. I know you care.
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Dear Yuletide writer,

Thank you for writing me a present! I'm sure I will love it.

I think the prompts in the details field should be enough, but it's probably worth mentioning that Janelle Monae's The Metropolis Suite (album) is a great fallback if you were assigned for one of the other fandoms but just don't think our tastes in it will be compatible, or none of the prompts suggested strike you as fun. Basically, all you need to do to get enough background for the Monae prompt is watch this seven-minute video (which I obviously think is TOTALLY AWESOME). For additional background, you can always find the other songs on the album. It's an EP, not a full-length album, so if you decide to buy it, it only costs US$7 and takes about 20 to 30 minutes to listen to.

This is not because I don't want the other prompts, though! I just want all of them, so I will be happy with any. I would be equally as excited to see a story for Fringe, Phantom Dream, or The Hazards of Love. Please don't feel like now you HAVE to write for The Metropolis Suite, no matter what you signed up for; that's not what I intended, and it would make me really sad to think of you forced into an obligation you didn't intend to enter.

Oh, one more thing -- I'm not a Christian, so I would rather not receive a Christmas-themed story.

Thank you for writing for me! I hope you have fun doing it.

Best wishes,

thuvia

ETA: Since I'm reminded I like to see full requests when I read other people's letters:

Janelle Monae - Metropolis: the Chase Suite (album) )

The Decemberists - The Hazards of Love (album) )

Fringe )

Phantom Dream )
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The Decemberists, The Hazards of Love
Greer Ilene Gilman, Moonwise
L.J. Smith, Nightworld
Phantom Dream
Angel Sanctuary Janelle Monae, The Metropolis Suite
Cain Saga Sacrificed for Moonwise. Someone else will have to cover it.
Fairy Cube

Eta: Oh, dude, Janelle Monae! I forgot! But it looks like someone else has her covered. But. Hmm. Can I depend on someone else to nominate Angel Sanctuary?
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So my awesome Yuletide stories, all about the undisguised metaphors for sex, were by Jenn Abiding (Brilliance of a Heart, Vampire Knight) and Olivia Circe (Allegory, Revengers Tragedy).

I only wrote my assigned story this year:

Title: Cigarettes in Five Hands
Fandom: Maggie Helwig's Between Mountains
Recipient: [livejournal.com profile] therealjae
Summary: Two years and all he can make out in Cyrillic is curses and Beware, sniper.

Notes:
Much thanks to [livejournal.com profile] loligo for research help and general encouragement. Any errors are, of course, my own. The conceit is stolen from Marguerite Yourcenar's A Coin in Nine Hands.

This story is set in Sarajevo, December 24-25, 1994. Sources included:


  • a lot of newspaper articles
  • Peter Andreas, Blue Helmets and Black Markets: The Business of Survival in the Siege of Sarajevo
  • Tom Gjelten, Sarajevo Daily: A City and Its Newspaper Under Siege
  • Tim Judah, Kosovo
  • Antony Loyd, My War Gone By, I Miss It So: So completely NOT RECOMMENDED I had to write letters to [livejournal.com profile] loligo and [livejournal.com profile] springgreen about how much I hated it and wanted to stab its author with MANY KNIVES. DO NOT READ.
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So my awesome Yuletide stories, all about the undisguised metaphors for sex, were by Jenn Abiding (Brilliance of a Heart, Vampire Knight) and Olivia Circe (Allegory, Revengers Tragedy).

I only wrote my assigned story this year:

Title: Cigarettes in Five Hands
Fandom: Maggie Helwig's Between Mountains
Recipient: [livejournal.com profile] therealjae
Summary: Two years and all he can make out in Cyrillic is curses and Beware, sniper.

Notes:
Much thanks to [livejournal.com profile] loligo for research help and general encouragement. Any errors are, of course, my own. The conceit is stolen from Marguerite Yourcenar's A Coin in Nine Hands.

This story is set in Sarajevo, December 24-25, 1994. Sources included:


  • a lot of newspaper articles
  • Peter Andreas, Blue Helmets and Black Markets: The Business of Survival in the Siege of Sarajevo
  • Tom Gjelten, Sarajevo Daily: A City and Its Newspaper Under Siege
  • Tim Judah, Kosovo
  • Antony Loyd, My War Gone By, I Miss It So: So completely NOT RECOMMENDED I had to write letters to [livejournal.com profile] loligo and [livejournal.com profile] springgreen about how much I hated it and wanted to stab its author with MANY KNIVES. DO NOT READ.
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Dear Yuletide writer,

I hope that you are well and not, like me and half my Northern-hemisphere-dwelling friends list, nursing an early winter cold. If this doesn't make much sense, let's just blame it on not enough oxygen getting to my brain.

If you have already finished my story, thank you! You are awesome and industrious and there is no need to read any further.

If you are as slow as me, which is to say not yet done, feel free to read on.

Please only read if you think more details would be helpful )

Love,

thuvia

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