desertvixen: (deadline and screwed)
It's been awhile.  I can only pleas work and class and wedding.

Looking Back, Looking Forward is my story for You Can Do That In Fanfic.  It's Pizzazz from Jem, 20 years later.

Freedom is a drabble I did for a challenge elsewhere, based on A Little Princess.  The Bastille is no more...

For GenEx, I did one called Mirror Images, featuring a meeting between Spock and Mirror Spock.  I also did a pinch hit for Miss Marple called Advice from Aunt Jane featuring Jane Marple, Jane Helier and Dolly Bantry.

For Darkest Night, I wrote In His Shadow, dealing with Thomas Riker and his post-rescue life.  (NOT the one the show gave him, because that sucked.)

DV
desertvixen: (schroedingers cat)
I've been remiss about updating lately.

My gifts for Trick or Treat Exchange were very spiffy.

The one most likely to be of interest to people reading here is called History, a Vorkosigan Saga fanfic that has Laisa and Tej having tea and an encounter from the past...

There was also a story for Wreck-It Ralph that was delightfully Halloween-apocalypse called Slouching Towards Niceland.  New games aren't always progress...

My last gift was for Star Wars (Original Trilogy) called visitant.  It deals with Wedge Antilles and the things he sees, this time of year.

I'll post about my works when they are revealed.  I haven't had time to read for recs yet.

DV
desertvixen: (jerrica star power)
 First time for the Darkest Night exchange (for darker themes, obviously), and I quite enjoyed it.  Especially since I got 2 gifts!

 First was The Things I Didn't Speak, a Cap/Natasha fic in the style of TNG's "Attached".  Very nice!

 Second is Pretty Enemies, a deliciously dark and 80's-style scandalous revenge seduction story for Jem and the Holograms (cartoon).  It definitely has mature themes.

 DV
desertvixen: (new tolling bell)
The gifts for Gen Ex are open, and I have TWO very enjoyable stories.

The first is called Nancy Drew and the Case of the Troublesome Trashcan.  As you might guess from the alliterative title, it's a crossover with Perry Mason.  Nancy leads Della on a bit of an adventure.

The second is called Letters from Quarantine, for the Oxford Time-Travel Universe, featuring Kivrin Engle and Colin Templer.  I loved Domesday Book, but I felt like I needed to see how Kivrin dealt with the aftermath of her Black Death experience.  This addresses it quite nicely.

Reveals are the 24th, so I'll be posting the 2 works then.
desertvixen: (kawaii chainsaw)
Let's try this again.

This will be my third time Trick-or-Treat-Exing, and I really enjoy it!  I've recieved awesome gifts the first 2 years, and I know this year won't be any differen!

My Letter )
DV
desertvixen: (Initial D)
 My gift for YCDTIF 2016 is The Secret of the Smitten Sleuths (Nancy Drew/Hardy Boys TV show).  If you've enjoyed the "will they or won't they" of the relationship in the show, you will enjoy this story.
desertvixen: (Admiral Vorkosigan - See That)
 Works are now revealed, so...

 I wrote Mutual Affection (Pride and Prejudice novel, Charlotte Lucas/Mr. Collins) for my main assignment.  It was a little bit of a stretch to do a shippy piece featuring Mr. Collins, but the recipient liked it.  Also, Mr. Collins isn't a great match in Lizzy's eyes, but he beats the eternal spinsterhood she was headed for - and I really think they could be happy together.  After all, she isn't romantic.

 I wrote The New Middle-Class Married Life (Vorkosigan Saga, Kou/Drou) as an initial pinch hit for someone who wanted some love for this pair.  I had fun with it.  They've gotten over the problem with couches....

 I also did Nightmares (Vorkosigan Saga, Kou/Drou) as a treat born of doing a search through Barrayar (yes, the horror!  Make me reread the book!  Oh noes... see icon).

 Recs still to come.

 DV
desertvixen: (guard your honor)
 Going to emergency pinch hit seems to have worked out.

 I got an awesome story, called The Wild (Star Trek TOS, Mirror Pike/Mirror Number One).  So I threw this mirror couple on my nominations and request list because I had extra space, and because I love Pike/Number One.  It makes me happy.  I love Number One on her own, but the two of them together are so good.

 And that was a really good choice.  The ISS Enterprise finds itself at a little planet called Talos IV... the inverted events in this are nicely done, and it addresses a hole in the original episode "Mirror, Mirror" - how did Kirk get rid of Pike?  (I believe in the ep it references his murder.)  There's also a nice callout to The Menagerie.  And because this is a ship fest, the new Adam and Eve.  It's over 4400 words of awesomeness!  Go read it.

I also got a treat (I love treats, and I so rarely get them) that may interest more of the crowd that hangs around here.  It's a Vorkosigan Saga work called Till Things Are Brighter, dealing with Ivan/Tej before Aral's funeral.  I love Ivan/Tej and this is so wonderfully them.  The author proposes the link between funerals and fatigues that seems VERY Barrayaran.  It's a tender shippy scene to which I recommend bringing a tissue. I really really like it.

I'll do a recs post once reveals happen, but at a first glance there's a Bucky Barnes/Maria Hill fic that looks promising, and a sensual Mummy fic with Evy/Rick/Ardeth that I don't recommend reading with curious eyes in the room.

DV
desertvixen: (Si and Am in basket)
General wants/don't wants:

So this is a darker-fic exchange, which means I had to cut a sizable portion of my usual letter.

Think more Hitchcock, less Saw when it comes to violence.  I would prefer no graphic violence and gore.  Instead, I'd love a story that makes me think twice about climbing the stairs without turning ALL the lights on first.  I'm also into shiny veneers that hide dark secrets.  I've selected the "skeletons in the closet" tag and you MAY take that literally, if it works for you. I'm also down for characters dealing with things using black humor.  Tinges of hope at the end are generally good.  I'd prefer to avoid dubcon/non-con in general (one request in here does address you ignoring that one), definitely no graphic sexual violence.  Also, be nice to the animals.  Those always bother me more.  Feel free to kill people off as needed.

I love urban legends and phantom hitchhikers and Return to Glennascaul.  I'm always down for dysfunctional families and relationships.

I generally prefer het or gen.  Explicit sex can be good, see the block of DNW tags for things I'm not into.  I generally don't get into kink in stories, but feel free to have people get down.

I'm a fan of AU, but prefer canon-divergence or "what-if" scenarios, rather than "all the characters are at boarding school together" types. (Unless, of course, the characters are already together at boarding school together...)

I am a huge fan of "seemingly unrelated group of people trapped somewhere and discover they a) have something in common and b) can't just leave" - see Clue, see And Then There Were None.  Please feel free to get soap opera-ish!  Half-siblings no one knew about!  Illegitimate siblings you thought were just family friends!  Psycho-half-siblings who want to kill you and take your life over!  Convenient accidents!   Crazy wills and marriages of convenience!  And unsolved mysteries (in general OR the show) rock my world.

Tags I am OK with (even if I didn't specifically request them): Aftermath of Violence, Alcohol Abuse/Alcoholism, Alternate Universe - Canon Divergence, Alternate Universe - Hunger Games Setting, Alternate Universe - Mortal Kombat, Alternate Universe – Pandemic, Alternate Universe - Post-Apocalypse, Alternate Universe - Serial Killers, Attempted Rape/Non-Con, Be Careful What You Wish For, Betrayal, Blackmail, blood will tell, Bodies in the basement, The caller is in the house, came back wrong, Castaways in Time, Character Death, Divorce, Dysfunctional Family, Dysfunctional Relationships, Folklore, Gaslighting, Ghosts, gothic horror, Grief/Mourning, Guilt, Hitchhiking, Implied Creepiness, Memory Loss, Mental Breakdown, Moral Dilemmas, Night Terrors, Nightmares, Obsessive Behavior, Outliving Friends and Family, Parallel Universe, Phantom Hitchhiker, Poison, Post-Apocalypse, Rape Aftermath, Return to Glennascaul, Revenge, Revenge Backfire, Revenge Seduction, Revenge Sex, the road to hell is paved with good intentions, Rocks Fall Everyone Dies, Secret Identity, Secret Relationship, Skeletons In The Closet, Things no one talks about, Threats, Time Loop, Time Travel Fix-It Gone Wrong, Unavoidable fate, Unhealthy Relationships, unsolved mystery, Urban Legends, Verbal Abuse, Voyeurism

Tags I am NOT OK with: Accidental Incest, Alpha/Beta/Omega Dynamics, Alternate Universe - Saw Movies Fusion, Bestiality, Blood Kink, Bloodplay, Body Horror, Body Modification, Breathplay, Brother/Sister Incest, Buried Alive, Cannibalism, Cannibalistic Thoughts, Castration, Cock & Ball Torture, Cock Stuffing, Coma Sex, Decapitation, Disembowelment, Dom Ignores Sub Saying Safeword, Extremely Underage, Forced to Commit Rape, Forced To Harm Loved One, Fuck Or Die, Gang Rape, Genital Mutilation, Genocide, Human Sacrifice, Incest, Knifeplay, Mating Cycles/In Heat, Medical Experimentation, Monster Rape, Necrophilia, Nipple Torture, Non Consensual Mpreg, Sadomasochism, Scat, Sex in the Blood of their Enemies, Sex Pollen, Sex Post-Castration, Sexual Slavery, Slavery, Snuff, Stuffing, Tentacle Rape, Tricked into D/S, Turned Into a Werewolf, Underage Prostitution, Underage Sex, Vampirism, Virgin Sacrifice, Vivisection, Vomiting, Vore, Wound Fucking, Zombies


Onto the requests!
Wait Until Helen Comes, Bobbsey Twins, Ever After High, Perry Mason, Jem and the Holograms, MCU MCU )

desertvixen: (ponder times 3)
My assignment ended up being Nancy Drew and the Hassled Heiress, for the 1930s Nancy Drew fans.  The recipient really enjoyed it, and left me a lovely compliment.  As for the alliterative title, I may have been watching too much Perry Mason.  This case involves the aforementioned hassled heiress, a greedy relative, and a house with a secret.

I also did an initial pinch hit for the Vorkosigan Saga called To Dance Again, featuring Lady Alys Vorpatril and her memories of dancing...and her hopes of the future.  Several known names seem to have found it, so I'm super happy to be able to claim it.

Recs:

1.  Left Unspoken (Captain America movies) - Okay, if you totally felt like Cap 2 was setting us up for Steve/Natasha and then were totally frustrated by the lack of follow-thru (and the whole Natasha/Bruce thing), then this is a story for you.  It's by the same person who wrote the really awesome Let The Water Wash You Clean, and... just read it.  Assumes that everyone on Steve's side went with him.  Story has spoilers for Captain America: Civil War.

He’d always suspected Nat and Clint had ways of talking to each other that didn’t involve telephones or other usual means. And Sam was right that he wouldn’t have gone eighty-four days without at least finding out if she were okay. And the other way around too.

Steve’s patience was gone. “God dammit, Clint, I’m not going to have you tell her I love her in a coded message from you!”


There's some Steve/Bucky stories, a Steve/Peggy story, and a Steve/Maria Hill story as well.

2. Persephone Departs (Greek/Roman Mythology) - A lovely piece about Persephone, the Queen of the Underworld, leaving her mother in the autumn.  The language in this is lovely.

3. Feather on the Nile (The Mummy series) - If you ever thought Ardeth should hook up with Rick and/or Evie... yeah, you need to read this.  It's quite nice, sensual without being explicit.

Ardeth understands only too well why O’Connell would forsake all others for this woman, if she looked at him as she looks at O’Connell, he’s certain he would too. The knowledge passes between them that they would burn cities for this girl if she asked. Better for both of them that her hunger is for knowledge rather than treasure.

“Are you dying?” Evy asks, voice utterly serious, “I’d like to think you’d tell me if the world was ending after everything we’ve been through but it’s worth asking anyway? Because I’ve been kissed by a desperate and doomed man before and I know what that feels like. Ardeth, what’s wrong?”


4. Victory Dance (Star Wars Original Trilogy) - A Leia/Han/Lando piece set at the Endor celebration.  Not my usual taste, but good.  Not super explicit, but descriptive.

Instead, to her surprise, he pulls her in closer for a second kiss, gentler and quicker than the first, then lets her go, gives her a wink, and turns to Han to say in tones of mock complaint, "See, now she knows how to welcome a guy home from a suicide mission."

DV
desertvixen: (schroedingers cat)
Dear GenEx writer,

 So glad that you're going to write me something I'm going to love!

General wants/don't wants:

Stories don’t need to be super sappy and sugary/fluffy, but please don’t get all grim and dark.  Bittersweet can work if there are hopeful tinges.  I like humor, and I don't think I do a good job of writing it - sparkling snappy dialogue always works!

For gen themes, I really enjoy friends and family.

I'm a fan of AU, but prefer canon-divergence or "what-if" scenarios, rather than "all the characters are at boarding school together" types. (Unless, of course, the characters are already together at boarding school together...)

I am a huge fan of "seemingly unrelated group of people trapped somewhere and discover they a) have something in common and b) can't just leave" - see Clue, see And Then There Were None.  Please feel free to get soap opera-ish!  Half-siblings no one knew about!  Illegitimate siblings you thought were just family friends!  Psycho-half-siblings who want to kill you and take your life over!  Convenient accidents!   Crazy wills and marriages of convenience!

No dubcon/non-con, graphic violence and gore, sexual violence, cruelty to animals.  No major character death that isn't canon (feel free to kill extras off).

On to the specifics...


Specifics In Here! )



DV

desertvixen: (brightness)
 I got an excellent gift for the Not Prime Time 2016 exchange called Home at Last.  It answers my prompt for Demeter to give Clytemnestra some help, given that Demeter knows how it feels to have your daughter wrenched from you on male whims.  Clytemnestra is still herself, but Demeter shows her some grace, and it has a lovely, if bittersweet, sort of ending.

I'll talk recs and my works after the reveal on Friday.

DV
desertvixen: (deadline and screwed)
My assignment for this exchange was What She Needs, an Anne of Green Gables Una-centric introspection fic.

I also did a pinch hit for Descendants (2015), a slightly post-canon piece called Choosing Their Futures.

DV
desertvixen: (you must allow me to tell you)
 Now that authors have been revealed, I can claim my works for My Old Fandom 2016.

 My original assignment resulted in Diplomatic Functions, a ST: TOS story where Kirk thinks he's going to have a quiet evening...

 I also completed 2 pinch hits for this exchange.  The first was A Visit to Rosings Park, an "after-canon" work for Pride and Prejudice that seems to have gone over well, in which the Darcys visit Rosings Park.  The second was Kindness Makes Kind Cats, featuring Pussy Willow and the White Persian Cat from Dodie Smith's 101 Dalmatians, in which the White Persian Cat makes a friend.

My recs:

1. Like Four, Three, Two - Another take on the relationship between the White Persian Cat and Pussy Willow.  The cats are very catlike, excellent story.

2. Perennials - An excellent Secret Garden story, in which Colin has a solution for their problem.  Great story and good use of dialect to enhance, not overpower.

DV
desertvixen: (power)
There's a summer exchange focused on kids TV called You Can Do That in Fanfiction.  The idea is for it to alternate with House on Fic Corner, which is dedicated to YA lit.

 Signups for YCDTIF have been extended to Monday because turnout is on the low side. So come play with us! (Especially if you're willing to write He-Man MOTU, Ever After High, She-Ra Princess of Power, or Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew TV, because so far no one has offered what I requested...)

DV
desertvixen: (schroedingers cat)
The Night on Fic Mountain exchange collection (think Yuletide: The Summer Edition) is LIVE!

And, for the second time this week, I got an excellent gift.  It's based on the play And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie, which is usually the version used for movies because the last two people survive.

It's called Two Little Indians, and I love it.  It's got snappy dialogue, steamy fade-to-black (okay, well maybe a little steamier than that, but not explicit) and a pair of people who will live dangerously (and might not be what they seem).

Warning: the fic may give you a slight They Might Be Giants earworm...

I'm super happy fic-wise this week!

DV
desertvixen: (brightness)
Not as many ones I enjoyed this year, but here are a few.

1. Freedom from Fear - An interesting and magical take on the Cinderella (Perrault) story.

2. The Heart of the Labyrinth - What if the Labyrinth was sentient?

3. of all men now alive - An Athena and Odysseus piece.  Mostly Athena.

4. Making Things Right - Sleeping Beauty with time-travel.

DV
desertvixen: (deadline and screwed)
 Dear You Can Do That in Fanfic Scribbler,

 So glad that you're going to write me something I'm going to love!

General wants/don't wants:

Stories don’t need to be super sappy and sugary/fluffy, but please don’t get all grim and dark.  Bittersweet can work if there are hopeful tinges.  I like humor, and I don't think I do a good job of writing it - sparkling snappy dialogue always works!

I generally prefer het or gen.  Explicit sex can be good, romance is always in (as applicable for this challenge).

I'm a fan of AU, but prefer canon-divergence or "what-if" scenarios, rather than "all the characters are at boarding school together" types. (Unless, of course, the characters are already together at boarding school together...)

I am a huge fan of "seemingly unrelated group of people trapped somewhere and discover they a) have something in common and b) can't just leave" - see Clue, see And Then There Were None.  Please feel free to get soap opera-ish!  Half-siblings no one knew about!  Illegitimate siblings you thought were just family friends!  Psycho-half-siblings who want to kill you and take your life over!  Convenient accidents!   Crazy wills and marriages of convenience!

No dubcon/non-con, graphic violence and gore, sexual violence, cruelty to animals.  No major character death that isn't canon (feel free to kill extras off).


He-Man MOTU, Ever After High, She-Ra, Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew TV )
 DV
desertvixen: (you must allow me to tell you)
The collection for My Old Fandom opened up this afternoon, and I must tell you about the MOST INCREDIBLE GIFT story I got!

One, it's 8700 words, which isn't bad for a story that went to pinch hit.

Two, it's just incredible.  It's called The Wand of Siora the Wise, for the Dungeons and Dragons cartoon.  Here's the prompt: Dungeons and Dragons (Cartoon) - In the Hall of Bones episode, there is a female spirit warrior.  Is she married to one of the men?  Is she a warrior queen in her own right?  Do they ever run into her and/or some of her descendants?  Like I said above, I have a serious issue with getting sidetracked onto minor characters.  Bonus points if you work in Eric and Sheila somehow.

I cannot recommend this story strongly enough - if you were ever a fan of the show, READ IT.  The author did a great job of capturing the feel of the show, the dialogue is wonderful, the whole thing is just - squee!  It's that good.

DV
desertvixen: (deadline and screwed)
 I enjoy participating in the Once Upon A Fic exchange, which is myth/legend/fairy-tale based AND all sources must be publically available.  Come play with us next year in the spring!

 My gift this year was for the Phantom Passenger urban legend (my very very favorite urban legend), called Two Hitchhikers on a Stormy Night.  This, of course, has to do with the fact that there are two general variants of the phantom passenger - the girl in the party dress who needs a ride home and the prophetic phantom passenger.  This poor guy picks up both of them...

 I wrote three stories this year.

 My assignment was I'll Teach You No More in Cryptic Riddles, a what-if/fix-it fic for Cassandra that also included themes of female solidarity and screwing the narrative as requested.  Fandom is The Oresteia, not The Iliad.  The title comes from one of Cassandra's speeches.

 I also did a drabble for my recipient, when it didn't quite work out as a story.  It's called Her Choice and features Persephone.

 Then I had a pinch hit, A Shared Fondness for Horses, a Hektor/Andromache piece for The Iliad fandom.  It's lighter than the other 2.

 I need to a recs list, but I also need to read through the rest of the stories... so much reading, so many other things that need to be done!

 DV

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