chomiji: Doa from Blade of the Immortal can read! Who knew? (Doa - books)

IT'S A SECRET!

(Re-reading canon for Yuletide. Many volumes of canon.)

chomiji: A bear wearing pajamas, sitting at a desk, writing, with caption Yuletide (Yuletide Bear-Author)

If a fandom is your very favorite thing, and you have been dying for fanfiction from it, and you have gone through the trouble of nominating it and requesting it for Yuletide, and your canon consists of only two medium-sized paperbacks, is it really that much trouble to figure out that two of the four characters you nominated actually have full names and/or surnames in canon?

Dita is Perdita Verist: "I'm Perdita Verist, the new teacher, remember?"

Peter is Peter Merrill: "Peter Merrill! How many times have you been told not to climb things at school?" (The speaker is Peter's first grade teacher.)

I did that from memory (verified via Google courtesy of some sketchy outfit that has the full text of the books online), and it has been at least a couple of years since a re-read any of Zenna Henderson's "People" stories.

(I realize that whoever is keeping up this fandom at AO3 is at least as much to blame as the requestor: the tags give them as just Dita (The People) and Peter (The People).

chomiji: A woman sits on a crescent moon, spilling snowflakes & fairy dust from a bag (Yuletide dream)

I got two, TWO "Werewolf Marines" stories! And [livejournal.com profile] rachelmanija, there are actually four "Werewolf Marines" stories in the Yuletide collection!

My gift:
Sparks (1786 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Werewolf Marines - Lia Silver
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Echo (Werewolf Marines), Charlie (Werewolf Marines)
Additional Tags: Siblings
Summary: Echo and Charlie talk about the future after Prisoner.

My treat:
First Hunt (1826 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Werewolf Marines - Lia Silver
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Roy Farrell/Laura Kaplan
Characters: Roy Farrell, Laura Kaplan, Dale "DJ" Torres, Nicolette Cantrell, Miguel Herrera, Keisha Smith, Russell Kenworthy
Additional Tags: Cabin Fic, Yosemite - Freeform, Huddling For Warmth, Yuletide Treat
Summary: They were born and made for this pure fierce joy.

Yuletide!

Dec. 26th, 2012 09:08 pm
chomiji: A woman sits on a crescent moon, spilling snowflakes & fairy dust from a bag (Yuletide dream)

So normally I would lock this post, but the heck with it. I'm living dangerously!

Everyone was correct - there was no need for me to worry about the pinch hit thing. I have two lovely stories:

  • Nesting Instincts (Books of the Raksura - Martha Wells; G) is about what Chime needs from Moon. It takes Moon a little while to figure it out, and he gets advice (and in one case, a bit of bonus snark) from a number of my favorite other characters, including Jade, Heart, and of course Stone.
     
  • Sleep on the Left Side (Less Than Epic Adventures of TJ and Amal; T) is a roadside vignette in which TJ and Amal share some surprisingly good burritos and - unsuprisingly - music. The story includes links for the music of the group Cornershop, which was as new to me as it was to TJ (although I liked it better than TJ seems to). It was also a great relief to me that TJ has reconsidered his concept for Amal's tattoo!
chomiji: A bear wearing pajamas, sitting at a desk, writing, with caption Yuletide (Yuletide Bear-Author)

It's over here.

You can get one too! This is basically a way to give and receive drabbles, shortfic, user icons, desktop backgrounds, video links, and other little fannish stocking stuffer-type gifts.

(This is another outgrowth of Yuletide - a quite well-established one. It's in its sixth year.)

chomiji: A cartoon image of chomiji, who is holding a coffee mug and a book and wearing kitty-cat ears (Default)

Questions were being asked on the LJ Yuletide comm about importing stories from the old Yuletide archive. An AO3 rep has replied with what amounts to an official FAQ on the subject, which might be of use to many, and not just Yuletide participants.

Read it here.

chomiji: A cartoon image of chomiji, who is holding a coffee mug and a book and wearing kitty-cat ears (Yuletide - dreaming)

One last round before reveals: Chronicles of Chrestomanci - Diana Wynne Jones, American Gods - Neil Gaiman, Apple Bough - Noel Streatfeild, Damar Series - Robin McKinley, Dark Is Rising Sequence - Susan Cooper, Gake no Ue no Ponyo | Ponyo, Hainish Cycle - Ursula K. Le Guin / The Left Hand of Darkness - Ursula K. Le Guin.

Of Smiting and Sugar Mice
Chronicles of Chrestomanci - Diana Wynne Jones
Cat encounters Gwendolen again - Marianne Pinhoe is not impressed.

The Sun's Last Round Stretch
American Gods - Neil Gaiman
"The land I inhabited with an intention to share becomes developed by his elbow and arm." Bast makes her way in a new hemisphere.

A Sister's Duty
Apple Bough - Noel Streatfeild
"The Forum family comes home to Apple Bough for Christmas."

The Sola's Last Ride
Damar Series - Robin McKinley
"Afterwards, it always seemed as though she'd spent six months crying."

No Second Coming
Dark Is Rising Sequence - Susan Cooper
'"But there's only me," Will said in sudden panic. "I have no one --" He stopped abruptly. "I must correct mistakes."' Left me tearful.

I Have Been One With the Sea
Gake no Ue no Ponyo | Ponyo
"On the beach below the Institute of Algological Research, graduate student Fujimoto Hiroshi finds something more than the seaweed he's after." Could easily have been very awkward, but it's not.

A Piece of the Continent
Hainish Cycle - Ursula K. Le Guin / The Left Hand of Darkness - Ursula K. Le Guin
"Where Genly Ai went, after Winter." Reads like a previously unknown piece of Le Guin. Left me tearful.

chomiji: A cartoon image of chomiji, who is holding a coffee mug and a book and wearing kitty-cat ears (Yuletide - dreaming)

Second set of recommendations, from the following fandoms: Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome, Swordspoint Series - Ellen Kushner, The Sandman, Watership Down - Richard Adams, West Side Story (1961), Wintle's Wonders - Noel Streatfeild, Nijusseiki Shounen | 20th Century Boys (Manga), Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian - Sherman Alexie, Goodnight Moon - Margaret Wise Brown, All-of-a-Kind Family - Sidney Taylor, Alice In Wonderland - Lewis Carroll, Alliance-Union - C. J. Cherryh.

On the Burning Deck
Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
"Nancy in the Blitz" (Excellent choice of title.)

We Climbed the Matterhorn
Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
Five things Molly Turner might have seen from the summit, if she'd been looking that way, and what she actually found there.

Executor
Swordspoint Series - Ellen Kushner
'"And what do I do for a living? I wait to inherit. Richard and I are both planning to profit from someone’s death; my way just takes longer."'

The True Size for Rational Happiness
Swordspoint Series - Ellen Kushner
'“I’m sure I’ll have very nice bees,” Richard said. “Are you going to be happy?”'

Every New Beginning
The Sandman
"Hob Gadling hears secrets man was never meant to know, and learns more about endings and beginnings."

The Story of Hrayatha and the Rabbit Who Left No Tracks
Watership Down - Richard Adams
"Pipkin listens to a story." And an ambitious young doe has a very interesting encounter.

Independence Wars
West Side Story (1961)
"If you had all that here, why would you want to go back to Puerto Rico?" / "Oh, even if you didn't have all that here, why would you want to go back there?"

Postmarked (A Study in Contrasts)
Wintle's Wonders - Noel Streatfeild
Rachel and Hilary promise to write to each other faithfully.

21st Century Girls
Nijusseiki Shounen | 20th Century Boys (Manga)
"Because girl groups, childhood games, henshin pens, secret passwords, and shoujo manga can save the world."

How to Run Away from Your House and Find Your Home
Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian - Sherman Alexie
"I could go to college. Do what my mother never could; exceed my father’s expectations of me. Come back with a white woman’s accent, in first-hand clothes."

Goodnight Room
Goodnight Moon - Margaret Wise Brown
"Bunnies ... in ... SPAAAAAAAACE!" (Chilling. Poor bunny.)

Steps and Stairs
All-of-a-Kind Family - Sidney Taylor
Ella's having a beau means changes for all of them, but Sarah thinks that the situation seems to be weighing most heavily on Henny.

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (Abridged)
Alice In Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
"Like many of you, the Reduced Children's Classics Publishing group has recently heard a lot of stories in the news about how kids don't like reading the classics anymore. And that's just wrong ... ." The RCCPG believes it has a solution - in fact, several solutions.

Experimental Procedure
Alliance-Union - C. J. Cherryh
"Ari hasn't thought of the right way to watch that tape. Yet."

chomiji: A cartoon image of chomiji, who is holding a coffee mug and a book and wearing kitty-cat ears (Yuletide - dreaming)

First set of recommendations, from the following fandoms: FoxTrot / Calvin & Hobbes (crossover), Earthsea - Ursula K. Le Guin, Fledgling - Octavia E. Butler, From The Mixed-Up Files Of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler - E. L. Konigsburg, Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser - Fritz Leiber, FAKE (manga), Gentlemen of the Road - Michael Chabon, Howl's Moving Castle / Chronicles of Chrestomanci (crossover), Lilo & Stitch (2002), Lymond Chronicles - Dorothy Dunnett, Mirrormask (2005), Mushishi, Pet Shop of Horrors.

The Roommate of +10 Confusion
FoxTrot, Calvin & Hobbes
"There must be some scientifically sound way for Jason Fox to be able to quantify his new college roommate, but he hasn't found one yet that fits. Especially when he factors in the stuffed tiger."

The Ghost of Orrimy
Earthsea - Ursula K. Le Guin
"Once, in the days when there was still an Archmage on Roke, the men of Orrimy sought his help to lay a ghost."

Someday Coming Down
Fledgling - Octavia E. Butler
"Choose, and don't look back."

Counting Cards
From The Mixed-Up Files Of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler - E. L. Konigsburg
"Bruce wasn't allowed to play War with him anymore .... "

Two of Swords
Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser - Fritz Leiber
"In which idols are stolen, monsters are slain, and the more things change, they more they stay the same."

If You Don't Ask, You Don't Get
FAKE (manga)
"Ryo would give Dee anything. If only he would make a list."

The Heart of the Heart of the World
Gentlemen of the Road - Michael Chabon
"Today she is being Alp, the bek of Khazaria."

Millions of Cats
Howl's Moving Castle / Chronicles of Chrestomanci
"Two families of powerful magic users go on holiday together. This will end well."

Mountains, Molehills
Lilo & Stitch (2002)
'Technically, David doesn't live here, but that "technically" is starting to get real thin, and he knows it. Which is why he chokes a bit when Lilo puts her elbows on the table, her chin in her hands, and says, "Are you going to ask my sister to marry you, or what?"'

The Cuckoo in the Nest
Lymond Chronicles - Dorothy Dunnett
"All their lives, Sybilla loved one of her sons-- one of her children-- more than the other, and set the two of them at each others' throats when it suited her. And now they are grown old, and wise, and almost friends. Richard has sons, and Francis, daughters, and though she loves them all the grandchild Sybilla loves best is not hers at all."

The Faces of Eve
Mirrormask (2005)
"Life has a tendency to continue, even after the remarkable. Helena finally faces real life."

Stories Told to a Travelling Mushishi
Mushishi
"Most of them begin the same way: There's a village where... "

The Lonely Traveler
Mushishi
"After becoming snowbound in Adashino's village, Ginko realizes it's no natural storm keeping him there."

Deserving
Pet Shop of Horrors
"Leon is searching for D, but some things can only be found when you stop seeking."

chomiji: A cartoon image of chomiji, who is holding a coffee mug and a book and wearing kitty-cat ears (Yuletide - windchild)

Many many Yuletide icons (apparently I lost my mind this time), including some warm climate Yule, cartoons and comics, children's books, and even some TV (and Lady Gaga, too). Samples:


Cut for the goods ...  )
chomiji: A cartoon image of chomiji, who is holding a coffee mug and a book and wearing kitty-cat ears (Yuletide - windchild)

Last-minute recs for: The Homeward Bounders - Jones, The Jungle Book - Kipling, Juuni Kokki (Twelve Kingdoms), Riddle-Master Trilogy - McKillip (3), Secret Garden - Burnett (2), Swordspoint - Kushner, Chronicles of the Kencyrath - Hodgell, Discworld - Pratchett (2), and Samurai Champloo.

Cut for details and links )
chomiji: A cartoon image of chomiji, who is holding a coffee mug and a book and wearing kitty-cat ears (Yuletide - windchild)

Recommendations for: Black Lagoon, Earthsea - Le Guin (2), Magids Series - Jones, Master Li and Number Ten Ox - Hughart, Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi (Spirited Away) (2), Wild Adapter, American Gods - Gaiman, Antique Bakery, Susan Cooper - Dark Is Rising series, FAKE (manga), Gentlemen of the Road - Chabon (2), and Gouhou Drug (Legal Drug).

Cut for details )
chomiji: Sai, the courtly, go-playing Heian ghost, playing a flute - from Hikaru no Go (Sai - music)

"Ocho Kadelikas" - a Sephardi Jewish Hanukkah song!

There were several versions on YouTube - this one had the right "feel" to me.

chomiji: A cartoon image of chomiji, who is holding a coffee mug and a book and wearing kitty-cat ears (Yuletide - windchild)

Word count: 2,792

I have a bit more to add - maybe 300-500 words.

That makes it my shortest main Yuletide assignment yet, but it's already longer than the pinch-hit I did last year.

chomiji: A cartoon image of chomiji, who is holding a coffee mug and a book and wearing kitty-cat ears (Yuletide - windchild)

Even if you're not a Yuletide-er, this video is beautifully put together, and if you're like me, you will feel, over and over, little aha moments of recognition as old, beloved series and movies make an appearance - and be a little teary-eyed at the end. The music is the Pretenders' version of "Angel of the Morning," and it works wonderfully.

Available as a download only (and I had to add a patch to my Mac Quicktime to view it after that.)

chomiji: A cartoon image of chomiji, who is holding a coffee mug and a book and wearing kitty-cat ears (Yuletide - windchild)

This year's Yuletide icons ... a month earlier than last year! As usual, there are icons on the general themes of winter and gifts as well as book illustrations and covers. This year, I even have a few TV shows thrown in!


Cut for the goods ...  )
chomiji: A cartoon image of chomiji, who is holding a coffee mug and a book and wearing kitty-cat ears (Yuletide - windchild)

I can't read too much Yuletide at once - the brain overloads on the switching among settings and characters. But I have enjoyed these ... I freely admit that I have included recs for the fic received by my fic-writing alter ego.

Cut for listness: After School Nightmare, Antique Bakery, Mushishi, American Gods, Riddle-Master series, Zenna Henderson - The People series, Homeward Bounders, Sandman (comic), Barry Hughart - Master Li series, From The Mixed-Up Files of Mrs Basil E Frankweiler, Legal Drug )
chomiji: Hakkai from Saiyuki, in a hooded parka. Animated snowflakes fall; caption is A hazy shade of winter (Hakkai - snow)

The Yuletide server is taking mongo beatings from everyone trying to upload last minute stuff at once. I finally managed to upload my pinch hit, thank God - I was starting to panic.

So much for the happy plans I had for writing Yuletide treats. There was some good stuff, too. I had great plans for an SDK Akira/Benitora drabble-ish thing. But I'm just too wrung out. I'm still coughing a bit, and my throat is sore, and I want BED.

I'm hoping for some company tomorrow, too!

:-)

An early Merry Christmas to those celebrating!

chomiji: A cartoon image of chomiji, who is holding a coffee mug and a book and wearing kitty-cat ears (Yuletide - windchild)

... but I signed up for a pinch hit. A favorite character in a favorite series, for which I'd already imagined an appropriate scene for my own amusement some time ago - and it sounds like said scene would be right up recipient's alley.

I should be OK as long as I stick to that one scene (and not allow it to explode from 1,000 to more than 7,000 words, like my main Yuletide assignment did).

In related news, I am still sick.

Posted!

Dec. 20th, 2008 08:25 pm
chomiji: A cartoon image of chomiji, who is holding a coffee mug and a book and wearing kitty-cat ears (Yuletide - windchild)

"0 days, 0 hours, 34 minutes, 39 seconds left until Yuletide stories are due!"

That was a little too much brinkmanship for my taste .... !

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