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Sorry this wasn't up earlier, but I'm preparing to move and having a bad reaction to dust and dead bugs in my garage.

This is Yuletide Number Nine!  I'm really excited and I know we're both going to have fun with it.

General writing stuff can be found here.

I'll love whatever you write for me, so don't feel bad if we didn't match on one of my repeat requests.  All of my requests excite me!

I'm totally down for crossovers between fandoms requested, or with Poirot, Marple, etc.  On the Scoop one, I wouldn't be averse to working in the Queens of Crime deal.

Onto the specifics:

 

My letter, let me show you.... )

 

Good luck and good writing!

DV

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My latest pieces:

My assignment for ToT ended up being a pair of Walter-centric fics for Anne of Green Gables. Let The Piper Play is a missing-scene, last night at Courcelette fic.  To Follow the Piper is a fix-it fic.

My pinch hit was a pair of Vorkosigan Saga fics.  Cleaning House deals with Simon Illyan, tidying up.  Penance is a Simon-centric story.

Then I did some extras:

One Last Job is a Poirot piece set after Curtain.

Never Leave It Behind is a Dungeons and Dragons cartoon drabble.

Once Upon A Time on Arus is a Voltron DOTU piece.

DV
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Time flies when we're having fun.  This will be my EIGHTH Yuletide, and I look forward to it every year.

 I want to apologize for being a little late getting the letter open, but I've been busy getting married, so catching up now.

 Optional details are, of course, optional - but I'm one of the people who always wants MOAR INFO on what you want, so I provide plenty.

General wants/DNWs:

 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!  (Especially if you are here to fulfill my Heyer request!)

Holiday-themed is always enjoyed if that’s where the story takes you, but not required.

I generally prefer het or gen.  I'd rather not have too-explicit sex for Yuletide, but romance is always in - ESPECIALLY if you're going a holiday route because I love Christmas and mistletoe. The "fade to black" or implied sex is fine, or making out.

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 they ARE all at boarding school together...)

Stories where problems are solved by feminine insight/intuition rock!  I think pretty much all of my prompts are good for the Misses Clause challenge if you're into that.

I participate in the Yuletide Madness Drabble Initiative, and I love to recieve drabbles as well!

If you know more than one of the requested fandoms, or some of my other fandoms (particularly Nancy Drew, Miss Marple, or And Then There Were None, which I nominated and then forgot to request), I love crossovers.  But only if you like to write them!

Please no explicit violence/gore (nothing higher than what already exists in a canon) and no sexual violence.  I'd also prefer you avoid major (i.e. nominated) character death.

On to the specific stuff.  Prompts are in no particular order.

Eleanor and Park, The Nonesuch, Murder on the Orient Express, The Scoop, Vorkosigan Saga )



I hope all this helps.  And just remember, whatever you write, I am going to enjoy - because it's going to be good and it's going to be a gift just for me.

Good writing!

DV

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There have been either late nights or technical difficulties the last few days, so I am slightly behind.

Day 22 – Favorite book you own

2010 Answer: Nancy Drew Applewood Press reissues

So, it's story time.

Back in the late 1980s, my dad bought a desktop computer (a Tandy) and I was introduced to the world of computer games.  One of them was called The Scoop.  According to Wiki, it was released for DOS in 1989, but it was probably more like 1990-91 before I got it.  It's based on a 1931 collaborative novel of the same name by the London Detection Club, featuring Agatha Christie and Dorothy L. Sayers, among others.  I had been introduced to Christie, and would eventually find Sayers after I found Bujold, but I loved this computer game.  There's lots of searching and eavesdropping on the NPCs so you can figure out who did it.

I wanted the book.  Partly to see what the answer was, but partly because I wanted to read it.  My first real stab at writing a fanfiction was based on this game.  Yes, it was pretty Mary Sue.  However, I could never FIND the book, and since I was 12 and Amazon hadn't been invented yet, I was out of luck.  I had tried in libraries and such, and never came up with it.

Until Amazon, about three years ago.  The one I have is a 1983 publication, but it's still in good shape.  I read it and loved it.  It was better than I expected, and worth all the searching.

DV
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Day 19 – Favorite book turned into a movie
2010 Answer: Pride and Prejudice by BBC (1980 and 1995)

Books into movies are always a delicate issue.  The reason the P&Ps are both so good is that they went the miniseries route and did six hour long works, which let them really capture the books.  They don't cut a lot of stuff out, or add a lot of stuff in (okay, yes, they did add the swimming in the lake scene in 1995's P&P but I thought it was a worthy addition - the icon is in honor of that scene).  They preserve context for people who didn't read the book, and they pay attention to characters.  I stopped watching the 2005 P&P with Keira Knightley the moment they showed PIGS in the house, demonstrating that they didn't understand one of the primary issues of P&P's plot - not that the family doesn't have money and a reasonable house, but that they stand to lose all of it with Mr. Bennet's death due to entail.

There are several good Agatha Christie adaptations - Murder on the Orient Express is very well done with an all-star cast, including Sean Connery as Colonel Arbuthnot for some enjoyable eye candy.  Death on the Nile features Peter Ustinov, who proves that acting a character properly is not all about the physical, as well as David Niven, Bette Davis, and Angela Lansbury.  The David Suchet Poirot series features some good ones - and Suchet is Poirot to the life.  That being said, there's also some bad ones, notably the 1989 update of And Then There Were None that takes place on an African safari under the title Ten Little Indians.

There's also a lot of good movies that aren't necessarily good adaptations of their book - Gone With The Wind falls under this category for me, because there's simply so much they leave out due to time and sensitive subjects (for one, notice that all of the black characters who appear in the movie - Mammy, Prissy, and Pork from the Tara crowd - are "house Negroes", leaving out one of the more interesting characters in the book, Pork's wife Dilcey who is a field hand)  I would be completely on board with a GWTW miniseries.

So, I would have to go with a few suggestions.

The first Harry Potter movie did an excellent job, in my opinion, of translating the descriptions of Harry's world into reality.  It has a good cast and they put some effort into creating the world without slavishly including everything.

A Night to Remember, based on Walter Lord's book, is also very good.  It's a thousand times better than the Cameron movie, and the book is an excellent read.

And, the best adaptation of And Then There Were None (Ten Little Indians) is a Russian-language one.  It's the only one I've seen based on the book, rather than the play, which means everyone dies.  (It is a Russian movie.)  It's very well done.  The 1945 adaptation is based on the play, and takes what I consider to be too many liberties.

DV

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Day 14 – Favorite book of your favorite writer
2010 Answer: Death on the Nile or And Then There Were None (Christie), The Perfect Poison (Quick), and Q-Squared (David)

So, picking a favorite Christie is hard.  There's SO many good ones.  Out of the 76 titles in my "desert island" file, 14 of them are Christie titles.

For Hercule Poirot, I'll still go with Death on the Nile.  It has a classic "how DID they do it?" plot, a pair of victims who you don't really feel too badly about, and a good film adaptation featuring Peter Ustinov, David Niven, Angela Lansbury, Mia Farrow and others.

For Miss Marple, I have to give the point to A Pocketful of Rye, where she isn't really invited in, but comes to solve the crime anyway.  I love how she does the plot, and there's a lot of room for stories to fit in, including some of the alternate ideas in her notebooks.  Point for dysfunctional families, a favorite of mine.

For standalones, it's a tossup between The Sittaford Mystery (snowbound murder, Ouija board, crossword puzzles, an intrepid reporter, a girl out to defend her man) and Murder is Easy (no one listens to little old ladies - what happens when a bored police type DOES).  And Then There Were None belongs in its own category, I think.

Out of the 76 "desert island" titles, 15 of them are Heyer novels.  For her mysteries, I have to go with Envious Casca, which has all the elements I love - dysfunctional family, character who (surprise! not) ends up dead, plenty of people with motives and no alibis, and an Inspector who's always paying attention.  For her romances, since I've already talked about The Nonesuch, I'll go with another dysfunctional family of hers, the Darracotts who star in The Unknown Ajax, which is just fun all by itself.  There's a good romance and good characters, and you will have a few good laughs while you read it.

DV
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Day 02 – A book that you’ve read more than 3 times
2010 answer: Murder on the Orient Express, Cards on the Table, and After The Funeral

Still wondering who this meme is geared to, because "books I have read more than 3 times" is a pretty broad category.  I reread a fair amount

A triple feature answer (since today's question is brought to us by the number three):

1. A Civil Contract by Georgette Heyer - One of her best, although not what many would consider a romantic novel today.  It's more pragmatic, the heiress isn't beautiful, and she's more concerned with making her husband comfortable than having him make a passionate declaration of undying love.  (Of course, she wants him to be comfortable, because she does love him.)  It's also got one of Heyer's top 5 most annoying characters, Julia Oversley, the girl who the hero had an attachment to before everything got out of whack, and she's a melodramatic pampered drama queen.  The hero's mother is a bit of an homage to Mrs. Bennett, but not as annoying - maybe because A Civil Contract hasn't been made into a miniseries.  Too bad - I would watch.

2. Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie - Yes, a repeat from last time.  There's just something soothing about reading the mystery, having everyone trapped on the train, and watching Poirot do what he does.  Especially since he serves justice, rather than strict legality.  It's also got an excellent movie version.

3. Hunting Party by Elizabeth Moon - I picked this one because I found a paperback copy of it here, and it was like finding an old friend to open it up and get lost in the pages.  It's the first book of the Serrano series, and sort of throws you into the middle of everything.  I love how the characters just suck me in, between Heris and Cecelia and the rest of the cast.  It's pretty light, until we get thrown right into The Most Dangerous Game.  Also, as you go through the series, I love how she ties things up in the final book, despite some of the plot twists that fall into the "sudden and inevitable betrayal" category.

DV


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Day 26 – A book that changed your opinion about something - So this one was challenging, because most of the non-fiction stuff I read is not intended to change my opinion.  I decided to go with How The Pro-Choice Movement Saved America by Cristina Page - not because it changed my mind, necessarily, but helped me to understand the opposition to the pro-choice movement a little better.  It's a little out of date (2004) but there still seem to be plenty of viable points in it.

Day 27 – The most surprising plot twist or ending - I'm really horrible at remembering this stuff.  I already talked a little in my review about Mission of Honor and how Weber turned the plot on its head, as well as the ending of LMB's Cryoburn, but both of those are under spoiler, so I'm not going with them.  I decided to go with a classic example, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie.  I know it's been done since, but the narrator-is-the-murderer was pretty shocking the first time around.  As she pointed out, she never had him lie, but the idea that we might not be able to trust the person telling the story (especially if you're used to reading Poirots that feature Hastings) was pretty well executed, IMO.


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