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You guys. Lyonnesse is an amazingly spot-on post-canon story for William Gibson's Bigend trilogy (Pattern Recognition/Spook Country/Zero History). I love the style, the characters, the worldview, the vocabulary, basically everything, and if I were to check my Twitter feed on reveal day to find William Gibson confessing that he had slipped into Yuletide incognito and written it himself I would not be at all surprised.

The very young label rep had spoken over the phone, apologetically, of porousness. Not so much breaches of security as a molecular digestion of boundaries, in an era where the warp and woof of sensitive diplomatic correspondence were indistinguishable from those of pirated Lady Gaga singles. Curfew fans were the very demographic to believe that information wanted to be free, if rocks could be said to want to be downhill, and the spirit of indie rock lacked the budget and will to stand in their way. Hollis got the impression that this had been a stealth marketing initiative, at some sub-Bigend level, or an informal request for proposals.
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Holy cow, there are twelve Oglaf stories in Yuletide.
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Hey! My Yuletide story was by the excellent [ profile] inlovewithnight; thanks once again, and I hope you got something just as delightful for your own gift.

Normally this would be the post where I reveal what story I wrote, but I didn't write one. For the first time in six years of Yuletide-ing, I defaulted due to Real Life, and as Real Life progressed through mid-December the decision to do so turned out to be an even better call than I'd anticipated. (My would-be recipient was handily taken care of by the pinch-hit list and got the Lord John Grey slash that she really wanted and I would not have been able to provide, so there's another Yuletide success story there.)

I have, however, seen Sherlock Holmes twice now (and -- pace [ profile] hradzka -- found it moderately less gay than all this media fracas had led me to expect[1]) and I know what I want to vid it to when I'm up for cranking out fanworks again...

[1] Okay, to be fair, anything short of going Full Brokeback would have been less gay than all this media fracas was leading us to expect. I'm not complaining about the endless clips of RDJ and Jude Law getting frisky on red carpets and the fantastic spectacle of Michael Medved's head exploding over the steamy Holmes/Watson scenes in his imagination, but was it really THAT slow of an entertainment-news cycle this autumn?


Dec. 25th, 2009 11:07 am
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Ahahaha. You guys. Look[1] what I got: The Wrath of Jon, 30 Rock, gen. The arcane mysteries of NBC; also pie. Mostly Jonathan-POV, which is a twisted and hilarious pair of eyes indeed.

Jonathan's only regret was that he didn't know what happened after the door closed. There were rumors, passed down in handwritten notes from assistants past, and now exchanged by the current assistants of the building on a closed instant messaging network, rumors of dark magics and bloody rituals and arm-wrestling matches overseen by Jay Leno. But nobody really knew how ownership of Max Weinberg was decided.

Thank you so much, anonymous! I am cackling to myself in the middle of our Xmas-strewn living room and hoping I am not called upon to explain this to the fam.


[1] possibly you should look sometime later this afternoon or tomorrow, since it took me five tries to get it to load and now I can't get back to it to leave a comment. YULETIDE: WE ARE LEGION
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Hello! My access to the web right now is more limited than I expected, but I am looking forward to reading your story before Christmas Day (Pacific time) is over. Thanks so much for writing it, and I hope your holiday season is going as magically as humanly possible.
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From Elyn:

Pinch Hits Problem

Apparently Yahoogroups has changed some policy, and the wave of pinch hits sent out has DISABLED MY YAHOO ACCOUNT. I can't post to it to tell the pinch hitters why I'm not responding to claims. Of the 20+ groups I belong to or own, only 3 are displaying, presumably because the rest are on the email address that has been disabled. I... am not a happy camper.

At this point, I need to sleep, and there's very little I can do about this. If you want to claim a pinch hit, you'll need to *forward* or otherwise get the info to my personal email (, and I'll work with that, and try and respond when I get up in a few hours.

Please boost the signal on this, to try and reach other people on the pinch hit list. I'm not sure how the second half of the pinch hits are going to go out, but we'll figure something out.


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 To activate your subscription, just reply to the confirmation message you receive from the group.
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Hi! Thank you for embarking on this fabulous adventure.

I write pretty much the same Dear Author post every year, and you can get the gist by clicking the "yuletide" tag. :) I hope you see something in my requests that inspires, amuses or intrigues you, but if you're looking at the email and going oh god why did I sign up for this nonsense, just remember that sometimes that feeling precedes great work -- and that Yuletide prompts, much like the pirate code, are merely suggestions.

(I'm realizing how very infrequently I post these days and that it might actually be kind of hard to locate my old fic and stuff to see what-all I am generally about, so here are links to the fic and rec tags as well.)

Whatever fandom we share, I can't wait to see it through your eyes. Have fun, and see you on the other side!


Oct. 30th, 2009 09:06 pm
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This is not directed at anybody in particular! I just feel it is an important reminder. Also apparently some crazy shit happened on the Yuletide comm proper, which I had already stopped watching because everyone was freaking out too much? Anyway, IT'S GOING TO BE OKAY. This will be my, good lord, sixth year of writing for Yuletide [unless the drama gets too high for my delicate sensibilities before sign-ups even open!] and it is always really well-organized and basically works out fine. And you will be fine. And your story will be fine. And the story you receive might be fine or it might be terrible, but that's okay too.

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I wrote Barcelona (Black Books, gen) for Yuletide, and I want to say thanks to [ profile] doorrepairgirl for listening to my crazy ideas on the AIMs and to [ profile] lookatmoiye7 for the prompt that I had such a ball writing for. (I focused primarily on her stated preferences for amusing dialogue [which I took to include epistolary things as well] and tormenting Manny. :) )

Boy, what a lot of great stuff I got to read this Yuletide, and I haven't even gotten through some of my favorite fandoms. And y'all wrote so many of the stories that I loved. Yay!
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I should probably do a Yuletide post, huh?

I want to say thank you to my lovely writer for An Alan Smithee Sequel! Most Kiss Kiss Bang Bang fic I've seen in the past has centered on Harry n' Perry and often made Harmony look ditzy; it seems pretty clear to me that she has interesting stories of her own and she's the smartest person in that movie, so I asked my Secret Santa to give Harmony something to do. :) And they delivered, shining a light on Harmony in a quirky OT3 story with additional material from Harry complaining about her narration skills. ("Hi, this is Harry, Harry Lockhart, you may remember me from such narration as That Movie That Nobody Saw.") Thank you, mystery person! Here's to Yuletide.

And here's an assortment of other recs that happen to be open in my browser, selected semi-randomly from the UNBELIEVABLE volume of good fic this year:

Recs in Strangers with Candy, Holmes, archy and mehitabel, Sandman, 30 Rock, Casablanca, 3rd Rock, Transmet )
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Next time I'll factor in the extra twenty minutes of title-changing and twenty more of dicking around with the format to make sure nothing was going to end up looking horribly wrong.
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Whoever you are, wherever you are, whether you're an old hand or a terrified newbie, thank you for being part of the crazy magical journey that is Yuletide, and for writing a story just for meeeee.

But actually the main thrust of my "Dear author" letter, as always, somewhat contradicts that first paragraph, because what I hope you get in this challenge is an opportunity to write a story that interests yoooooooou. I hope you have fun writing and you're not tearing your hair out saying "Why did I offer that fandom?" (NB, though, if you are: One of my favorite stories that I've written was the result of a challenge prompt I thought I'd hate. So there's hope! Lots and lots of hope.) If my prompts are in your inbox, it means we have (at least) one of these funny little fandoms in common, and I look forward to discovering what you, you very special mystery person, see in it. The rest is gravy.

Mmmmm, gravy.

People's Yuletide author letters seem to be more of a THING every year? and I want to be helpful, of course, but I also have gotten lovely Yuletide fic in the past by providing the same level of information and guidance contained in the present post. If I do not seem a sufficiently open book I would suggest clicking the "yuletide" tag and taking a quick skim to further divine my inner workings.

Happy writing!


Jan. 1st, 2008 01:16 pm
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My gift was written by [ profile] tornyourdress, who did a zillion other Yuletide fics as well. Whee! Thank you again, not-so-secret Santa.

I wrote Making Time (Mikey/Steve) for Stephen Fry's novel Making History, and I totally forgot to include an author's note, because I'm lame. So here I will say thank you to [ profile] doorrepairgirl for the last-minute beta--and welcome her to the [ profile] yuletide authors' fold. *evil cackle*

I don't have much to say about the story I wrote this time around. (Maybe I'm getting fandom-old.) I should thank [ profile] torakowalski for the prompt, too; I had a pretty good time writing it, a process that required listening to a lot of good music and included carte blanche to do as much fourth-wall-nudging and narrative navel-gazing as I pleased in the interests of fidelity to the style of the source material. :) The recipient enjoyed it, and I even saw one of you rec it, so, yay!

Yay Yuletide! Yay it not being 2007 anymore!

I should probably go have breakfast at some point.
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Now with authors!

More Yuuuuletide:

Erotophonophilia (Wire in the Blood, Tony/Carol, explicit), by [ profile] lozenger8. I wish there'd been more fic like this back when I was actually keeping up with WitB. It's a tough series to write for, what with the canon het OTP, and the violence and dark sexual frankness of the canon, and quite particular character voices. This story does all of that very well.

The Mantle and the Maid (TH White - The Once and Future King), by [ profile] eponis. Kay, illuminated by a clever and poignant retelling of an Arthurian myth. Featuring a lovely cameo by Maid Marian.

There's No Rainbow Bridge Across the Generation Gap (Norse Mythology), by [ profile] mattador. Although this witty, creepy Loki story is an original one, not drawn from the plot or characterization of any of the pop-cultural Lokis I know of, it has what I'd call a Gaimanesque feel--maybe leaning toward the Douglas-Adams-y satirical end of the spectrum.

Playing Nice (Night at the Museum), by [ profile] doorrepairgirl. "Hey, guys, how's the standing in lines and holding spears? Better than last night?" I never actually saw this movie, but this is a charming, imaginative story that sort of reminds me of that Bill & Ted story from last year, the one that made Socrates/Billy the Kid everyone's OTP for a day.

Triplicate (Assassins), by [ profile] phoenixchilde. Sharp, weird little piece giving voice to the women of Assassins, which is a pretty obscure musical as Sondheim shows go. I haven't seen this recced much, and I hope it's getting due attention from the relatively small number of people who will know what the heck it's on about. The Squeaky Fromme section is my favorite. ETA: Interesting coincidence...

Natural Theology (Mister Rogers's Neighborhood) by [ profile] wisdomeagle. To describe it would, I think, be to spoil it.

ETA: As always, there's good Hitchhikers fic this year. I liked Reunification for its great Ford & Arthur interaction and witty voices (and liked it more than enough to ignore what look to me like Americanisms in the dialogue I'm the only stupid American here--it's by [ profile] daegaer! *hangs head in shame*). Plus, bloody Martin Smith from Croydon. :)

And! There's the lovely, funny, bittersweet Fast Away the Old Year Passes (Blackadder Goes Forth) by jimmy jazz, with an excellent Darling POV. I also like it because it put me in mind of the first Yuletide gift I ever received, so I went back to read that one again. Yayfor.

Damn, Yuletide is big! There are whole fandoms I'm saving for a rainy day...


Dec. 30th, 2007 12:17 am
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Now with authors!

Dude, everyone was right about Those That Play Your Clowns it's SO GOOD. And I thought I had it narrowed down to a couple of you guys, not that I have everyone who writes S&A friended but I still had a preeeetty good idea who the culprit was...but now I think everyone I guessed for it either has recced it or--you damn kids and your "finals"--didn't actually do Yuletide this year. I'll have to go combing through y'all's recs again to make sure. (PS GO READ IT)
Oh, of course it's by [ profile] tangleofthorns. (I called it, but only because [ profile] mandysbitch gave me a hint.)

Oh, and while we're here, another Black Books rec, and all your girlfriends are unfulfilled and alienated by [ profile] hobviously. (It's not a complete non-sequitur. I have occasionally described Bernard Black as being not unlike an Irish Geoffrey Tennant without the talent.) I'll just repeat the comment I left on it: It's very funny and canon-like, but also finds another angle on the show that's more grown-up and bittersweet while still in character. I think this is now my personal canon for what happened that fateful night.
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Now with authors!

Last year I tried to wait until I had all my [ profile] yuletide recs ready, and then I never posted them. So I think I'll just start now--with a selection from the end of the fandom alphabet! More to come (likely including more from some of these fandoms, and others from # to Z).

Composite (Warai no Daigaku aka University of Laughs) by [ profile] jamjar. This is--as I think [ profile] keiko_kirin put it--a "noner-than-nonesuch fandom". I'm pretty sure this story increased the amount of posted fanfic in the English language for this movie/play by 50%. How fortunate this tiny fandom is, then, that its tiny body of extant fic has been written with such fidelity to canon, tenderness and bittersweet humor.

The Fearless Moral Inventory of Milhouse Van Houten (The Simpsons) by [ profile] meyerlemon. I know everybody and their dog has already recced this; that's because it's BRILLIANT. It's fuuuuuucking brilliant.

There's an absolute ass-ton of Slings & Arrows this year. I've barely begun to work my way through it, but for those of you who have not yet heard (both of you!) there's a lot of wonderful stuff in this fandom this year, and it's not all Geoffrey/Ellen(/Oliver)(/Darren), either.

What Price Freedom? (Strangers With Candy--Noblet/Jellineck, explicit) by [ profile] kahvi. Down in the basement! He didn't have to worry about what other people would think, because as a homeless criminal male prostitute, they already despised him. There need to be so many more comments on this story, like, right now.

I Am Therefore You Think (Red Dwarf) by [ profile] kitt. They were being led to their own destruction by a lunatic with curry for brains. It's at my outer limit for acceptable schmoopiness in this canon, which is to say not very schmoopy at all. Great Rimmer POV.

The Jimmie Situation (Pulp Fiction) by [ profile] kormantic. Delivers just what the title promises--a Jules n' Jimmie backstory that totally works. The character voices are so spot on, it could be a DVD extra.

Mise en Scène (The Persuaders--Danny/Brett, as if it needed to be said) by joandarck. Yay yay yay. Who has relationship talks while injuring art thieves with projectile heirlooms? DANNY AND BRETT DO.

ETA: The Strange and Not Entirely Ineffective Courting of Jon Stewart by Stephen T. Colbert (The Colbert Report) by [ profile] sparky77. (It's under "RPF - Punditslash", but I'm calling it TCR fic, since it definitely involves "Stephen Colbert", not Stephen Colbert.) He woke up late the next day. There were twenty messages on his voice mail. Seven of them were from George Clooney. That was never a good sign. It's uh, hahahahaha, oh just read it.

Short cuts, because the smaller treats need love too:

And All the Roads (Nip/Tuck) by [ profile] ceares. Relatively quiet and perhaps the least angst-ridden Nip/Tuck fic in existence--yet still well-characterized, with the ring of truth.

Temptation (Pulp Fiction) by [ profile] xochiquetzl. Dead-on little Vincent and Mia scene.

Better Than A Poke in the Eye (Red Dwarf) by [ profile] megthelegend. I nearly missed the punchline of this story at first, because I'm slow. But: Ha!

P Is For ? (Sesame Street) by [ profile] mtgat. A short, immature stocking stuffer. C'mon, you know you want to look.

(Note: I cannot in good conscience exactly recommend the Sesame Street story Why Sex Ed Should Stay in Schools by [ profile] greenspine, which is this year's Slave Bear Of Care-A-Lot, but for those of you who like that sort of thing, that is definitely the sort of thing you will like.)


Dec. 25th, 2007 07:57 am
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So, back in October, some impish whim (Impish Whim, wasn't he Harriet Vane's lawyer?) led me to make this request:

As Black Books fandom is too small to have cliches of its own, I think the Black Books take on some imported fanfic cliche--"Pretend to be gay", say, or "Aliens make them do it", or one of your own favorites--would be highly entertaining.

And then I forgot all about it until I saw what my [ profile] yuletide Santa had brung me.

The Cable Guys (Black Books, PG-13ish). Aliens make Bernard and Manny do it. Sort of. NO WAIT COME BACK. It's very funny, and it's very Bernard n' Manny. \o/ as the kids say.

I've said it before and I'll say it again: I love Yuletide.


Jan. 2nd, 2007 08:34 am
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So, I wrote Wag the Duck--a Milo-centric Bloom County romp of muckraking, fourth-wall-breaking and avian bellyaching--during a multi-city trip on the East Coast and in Chicago. While I worked pretty hard on it, I also was not sure how well it was going to hold together by the time I was through, and I was pleased that folks were entertained by it and enjoyed my weird jokes. Also, someone who knows me in real life recced it without knowing it was me, which is always fun. ;)

Man, what a year for Yuletide! Lots of fantastic work, some of which (like the M*A*S*H story everyone is reccing and the Dorothy Sayers stuff) I haven't even gotten to yet because I want to take the time to sit down with a nice cup of tea or something and savor them properly. And am I the only one who had to take the comm off my friendslist because of the incredible volume of posts? (And am I the only party-pooper who's been tempted to gently remind folks that you're not actually required to post to the comm revealing what story you, personally, wrote, as not everyone necessarily needs to see that announcement from every single one of the like 5,296 people who participated this year?)

Also, what the fuck? People asked for their stories to be taken down after the reveal? What kind of rude motherfucker pulled that crap? Can anyone explain? Or do I just not want to know?

Well, anyway, happy new year, everybody. I think some cool stuff is going to happen in 2007. I'm looking forward to it.
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A big recs post is coming soon (for what it's worth, since [ profile] yuletide is swimming in recs, good lord!). I just wanted to say thank you to my Secret Santa for my very own story, Scenes From A Hotel In Prague (Persuaders), in which the best meal of the day is the breakfast you show up in your friend's hotel room for, Lord Sinclair's fashion sense is called into question, and the boys are generally very, very gay. Gay as a--well, gay as Danny Wilde and Brett Sinclair, which is pretty damn gay. ;)

And heck, while I'm here, I'll do that thing and offer to write a fic for anyone who guesses which Yuletide story I wrote. I only wrote one, but hey, if you think you saw my smudgy fingerprints in anything you've read, give a guess. (Hints: It's a damn rare fandom and, like all the Yuletide stories I've written thus far, it's somewhat Christmas-related.)

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