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 I got a Vorkosigan Saga story - which is nice, because probably the last year they'll be YT-eligible.

 It's called Midwinter Unfair, and it falls in the "Barrayaran social romp" category, featuring Ivan Xav and Tej AND Duv and Delia.

 This year I wrote 5 stories for the main collection (my assigment and 4 pinch hits) and 4 stories for Madness, so until I can reveal them, enjoy this one!

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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.

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Kin I get Yew Some Coffee, ma'am was written for one of my prompts in the Bujold Ficathon 2016.  Laisa-centric.

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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.

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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!


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.

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 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.

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Day 16 – Favorite female character
2010 Answer: Cherry Ames, Charlotte, Elizabeth Shelby, Kristy Thomas & Mary Anne Spier, Amelia Peabody Emerson, Elizabeth Bennet & Fanny Price, Ariadne Oliver and Jane Marple, Laura Ingalls Wilder and Caroline Quiner Ingalls, Parker Brown, Jenny Chawleigh Lynton & Lydia Lynton & Kitty Charing & Ancilla Trent & Anthea Darracott, Prudence Merryweather & Emily Faringdon & Lucinda Bromley & Venetia Jones, Eve Dallas & Delia Peabody & Nadine Furst & Charlotte Mira & Mavis Freestone & Louise Dimatto, Judy Bolton, Anne Shirley Blythe, Cordelia Naismith Vorkosigan and Alys Vorpatril, Nancy Drew

As you can tell, I really love female characters.  There are never enough.  I still love all of the ones listed above, but Nancy Drew remains my number one choice.  Part of her appeal is that she's a character so many people have written for and about, but Nancy was also one of the first characters who inspired me.  I love her in all her incarnations: 1930s Nancy, who knows she's someone and acts accordingly, even if the early books have their issues, the more demure Nancy of the revised yellow spines, 1980s Nancy of the Files and SuperMysteries (especially when paired with Frank Hardy - those two were my first OTP), even the newer revisions that seem to talk down a little.  And of course, the Nancy who inhabits my fanfic.

However, there's one character who would have made this list if I'd read the book then, and that is Lady Tej Vorpatril.  She's such a match for Ivan, and she is definitely a worthy addition to the ladies Vorkosigan.  She's funny and brave and smart and useful, and she has excellent taste in men.  I wish she'd been in more than one book.


The Rest of the Meme )
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Day 15 – Favorite male character
2010 Answer: Top 11 - Ramses Emerson, Hercule Poirot, Peter Dobbs, Inspector Hemingway, Archie Goodwin, Gabriel and Caleb Jones, Delaney Brown, Gilbert Blythe, Alistair McKeon, Frank Hardy, Aral Vorkosigan.

Not going as crazy as last time, and sticking with my previous #1 pick, Aral Vorkosigan (although Simon Illyan and Ivan Vorpatril are tied for second).  He's one of Lois McMaster Bujold's most compelling characters, a man of integrity and loyalty, no matter the price.  He has humor, and he isn't always right, but he's always dominated the stage. A man well worth reading about.


The Rest of the Meme )
desertvixen: (Admiral Vorkosigan - See That)
So, all the fics that kept me from reading homework last night:

Testing the Waters - If you've ever wondered what conversation was going on in the gallery after Ekaterin accepts Miles' proposal, you should read this story.

"Forever and fiercely, indeed," he muttered under his breath. Cordelia shot him a question with her eyebrow, but he ignored her and spoke to his future daughter-in-law. "I've asked Miles several times to introduce us properly, my dear, but it looks like we'll have to take care of that ourselves. It is a great pleasure to meet you at last."

Barrayaran Etiquette for the Recently Bethrothed - Miles and Ekaterin have a pre-wedding sleepover.  If you liked "Rules of Barrayaran Sex", then you should read this one - also if you enjoy the Lord Peter Wimsey allusions (complete with Pym being very Bunter).

Miles bowed gracefully, took her hand and kissed it, “I hear and obey, my lady.”

I'll Drink to That - Post-Cryoburn and CVA fic about what might happen after Aral's private service.  Sad but not depressing.

Each one of Cordelia's boys was, by luck or design, accompanied by a strong and capable woman, faces all varied shades of feminine beauty. They were the intergalactic daughters she had never dared hope for.

Skeletons in the Closet - A more ambiguous look at how Gregor feels after discovering what happened at Escobar.  This one was interesting...

He hadn’t slept properly for a week afterwards. In the end he had spent his nights locked in the basement of ImpSec headquarters, reading, silently daring Illyan to say one word in protest. Gregor had had enough of being sheltered behind lies and deception. He was no longer a child, and there were things he needed to know. He needed to know exactly what sort of danger he was in. What sort of danger he was.

And the more he searched, the more he discovered gaps in what he found. Things were missing from ImpSec’s records of the war– small things, nothing major, a document here and there. There were a dozen possible explanations Illyan could give, of course. Things did get lost. So much had been damaged in the mess during Vordarian’s pretendership. But Gregor knew that it had been deliberate, and he wondered.

Bubble - An intimate moment between Gregor and Aral at Gregor's engagement celebration.  Vorish amounts of alcohol are involved... You may find that the room you are reading in becomes inexplicably dusty..

But he was the Emperor here tonight; he couldn't not be. Marriage was not a private act when you ruled an empire and everyone had been waiting for you to marry and beget heirs for your entire adult life, sometimes getting rather snippy about it, in a deferential yet exasperated sort of way. Yet -- he smiled to himself -- it wasn't an Emperor who'd tremble his way through the vows, or climb into bed with his wife. His beautiful, bountiful, delightful, desirable wife; his completely-unrelated-to-him, answer-to-all-prayers wife. His, at Midsummer.

"I dare you," Aral whispered fiercely in his ear. "I dare you to stay happy forever."

Ka Mate - If you're in the mood for intricate, family-fic about foster brothers, Aral during the Regency, with very nicely done descriptions, and a fair bit of cultural mixing, and Cordelia being faintly amused at Barrayarans... you should read this one.  Did I mention shirtless in his prime Aral Vorkosigan?  And a few references to the Rules....and a really touchingly well-done family of characters.  The other two in the series, The Vorkosigans at Home, are very good as well.

Cordelia realized then that for all Aral was her gentle yet passionate lover, a devoted, deeply caring father, and a brilliant, shrewd statesman, he was - above all else - an exemplary warrior, born the day his mother was killed in front of him. Brave, fierce, loyal and unyielding in defense of his emperor, his family, and his people, he was highly skilled in many forms of combat with a multitude of weapons - including his own deadly bare hands. He was the quintessential Barrayaran military man - a battle-hardened, physically and emotionally scarred survivor. She experienced a brief moment of panic when Piotr approached him, not sure of the old man's intent and hating to have him destroy the almost magical mood of the evening with some typically petty criticism, although his uncharacteristic mood tonight had been nearly as odd as Aral’s was.

There were a few others, but these were the best.


desertvixen: (Admiral Vorkosigan - See That)
 Dear AO3, you are making it very difficult to get my homework done.  I'm going to have to buckle down tomorrow.

 But there is sooo much incredible Vorkosigan fic....

desertvixen: (guard your honor)
Simon/Alys piece called By The Seashore, dealing with proper sea-bathing attire, High Vor gossip, and the question of children.

desertvixen: (guard your honor)
Just one, because I have to read for class, but I had to share this story.  It is beautiful and incredible and perfect.

One Leg at a Time - Ivan and Aral burn a death offering for Padma, and have the Most Incredible Story.



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