lotesse: (Default)
Dear Yuletide author,

Hi there! Thanks so much in advance for writing for me this year!

some introductory chit-chat )

The Handmaiden (Sook-Hee, Hideko) )

Smoke Signals (Thomas, Victor) )

Indiana Jones (Indy, Marion) )

Thanks again for writing for me this year; I will love any story that you make for me <3
lotesse: (Default)
Dear Yuletide author,

'lo there! Thanks so much in advance for writing for me this year!

some introductory chit-chat )

BSG 78 (Apollo, Adama) )

The 10th Kingdom (Wolf, Virginia) )

Chocolat (Anouk, Vianne) )

Indiana Jones (Indy, Marion) )

Thanks again for writing for me this year; I will love any story that you make for me <3
lotesse: (Default)
Hallo, fellow yuletider! Thank you for writing me a story!

I like emotionally intense reading experiences, family stories, passion, complexity, stories about good problem-solving and communication skills that nevertheless don't save you from life's complications, and stories about people trying. I'll give fandom-specific wants/dnws beneath; I don't have broad squicks to speak of, but some canons work for me in different ways than other ones do. I tend to gravitate to happy-ending stories, but I also enjoy fiction that is elegant, ironic, gothicized, or kinky in its cruelty.

specific fandom/request deets:

Hamilton, Hamilton/Washington )
Earthsea, a story about Tenar's life as a young woman on Gont )
Sleepy Hollow, Ichabbie competence shipping )
Enchanted Forest Chronicles, Cimorene/Mendanbar reunionating )
Madeleine L'Engle - Kairos Series, Meg and Calvin when their family was young )
lotesse: (Default)
I'm trying not to put too much symbolic weight on this new year; I want to, but I'm not quite ready to declare the new beginning, not just yet. If I pay too much attention to the passage of time, it feels like it's slipping away from me, but I'm not ready to stop letting it go.

For yuletide, I wrote:

The marriage plot (2403 words) by lotesse
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Vorkosigan Saga - Lois McMaster Bujold
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Ekaterin Vorsoisson Vorkosigan/Miles Vorkosigan, Aral Vorkosigan/Cordelia Naismith Vorkosigan, Georg Vorthys/Helen Vorthys
Characters: Cordelia Naismith Vorkosigan, Helen Vorthys, Aral Vorkosigan, Ekaterin Vorsoisson Vorkosigan
Additional Tags: Marriage, Awkward Conversations, Feminist Themes
Summary: “And so I suppose they'll be married,” Helen said, sitting down in the antechamber of Aral and Cordelia's suite with a sigh and toeing off her shoes.

(it was hard to do, a bit; everything I want to write comes out so intense and personal atm that I have to do a lot of facing-up to myself. I wanted to recognize and affirm all the concerns that y'all have articulated about the speed of Miles and Ekaterin's marriage, but also to honor the very real way the ship helped me personally. Reading Komarr while I was still with my Ex was like a blow and a promise all at once: the blow of recognition, but also the promise that if I could just get away from my own Tien, love like Miles' would potentially become available to me.)

I was gifted with two more Vorkosigan Saga fics, both about Ekaterin, which was great fun:

Night, Vorkosigan House (2069 words) by kalirush
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Vorkosigan Saga - Lois McMaster Bujold
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Aral Vorkosigan, Ekaterin Vorsoisson Vorkosigan
Additional Tags: Awkward Conversations, Babies, Explosions
Summary: Ekaterin and Aral have a late night conversation, with babies.

Lady Vorkosigan's Manor (888 words) by mayachain
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Vorkosigan Saga - Lois McMaster Bujold
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Ekaterin Vorsoisson Vorkosigan/Miles Vorkosigan, Aral Vorkosigan/Cordelia Naismith Vorkosigan
Characters: Ekaterin Vorsoisson Vorkosigan, Aral Vorkosigan
Additional Tags: Interior Decorating, In-Laws, POV Female Character, Politics
Summary: After the new Lady Vorkosigan's redecorations, Vorkosigan House has a green silk room.

thank you again to both of my gift-makers!
lotesse: (Default)
Dearest darlingest yuleingest goat (my dear santa),

thank you for writing a story for me! I have no doubts whatsoever that I will love the pants off of whatever you write :)

I'mma talk about canons first and then get to general reading preferences.

Frankenstein )

The Fall )

Vorkosigan Saga )

Smoke Signals )

general info about what I like to read )
lotesse: (downton_beauty)
Lately I've been feeling the lure of the one-card tarot draw; until now, I've always worked from a six-card array, but the simplicity of the single card, not a pattern but an insight, is currently appealing to me. Last night I drew the Hanged Man ill-dignified, self-sacrifice and seeing strange; this evening I drew the Nine of Wands ill-dignified, which is a card my mother usually draws, a card about solar energy which for me is about the house I grew up in that was built to trap the sun, and upright it's about achievement but reversed it's bad faith, closed-down conversations, lack of initiative.

Had a fight with mom and dad last night; mama was taking out frustrations, and so was dad I think tho also quite intoxicated which makes him an asshole particularly to me. Patched things over with mom last night, sort of, and sent dad an email just now letting him know that I'm not cool with being his vent. Everyone's tired of me being depressed - as if I'm not.

Writing fic, a little - I'm trying something sort of ambitious for Yuletide this year, doing one of the stories I always wanted to write but didn't see enough audience to justify the effort, and it's nice to be back to spitting out words with some regularity. I dunno about how good those words are, but am not minding that right now.

I'm not really moving forward on academic stuff - still in a bit of a slump, too tangled up in unidentified emotion & baggage to deal with my document proper. I am working laterally, tho, exploring and digesting and regrouping; my project isn't off my mind. Am procrastinating marking papers; am sure I will lady up and get on with them sometime tonight or tomorrow.

Rewatching White Collar and Due South. Quite liking the new season of WC, looking forward to next week (El there behind Peter's shoulder, Neal speaking to them both - !). Also watching and enjoying the new series of Downton Abbey, shipping Mary/Branson all the way, and thinking that Edith's been looking tres chic, good for her poor dear, also god rich people really do have endless time to dramatize god damn.
lotesse: (fairytale_apple)
Internets, bless me, for I have gafiated. It has been three weeks since my last update. I needed to disconnect for a little bit after the holiday, but now I'mma try to hook back in.

Which means that I never got round to posting my 2012 fic roundup, or linking to my yuletide fic. So here's that:

for Yuletide, I wrote:
Other creatures that have eyes (4090 words) by lotesse
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Battlestar Galactica (1978)
Rating: General Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Boomer/Athena, Apollo/Starbuck
Characters: Boomer, Lieutenant Athena, Dietra, Captain Apollo, Lieutenant Starbuck, Commander Adama, Colonel Tigh
Summary:

Boomer didn't often see the stars this way, although he flew among them daily; in a Viper space was segmented by tylinium plates and dark duralumin bars, broken into panes like oldfashioned glass windows.



I had a fun writing year, if a bit stop-and-go. (I'm not going to do a link list here, because I think the AO3 has started to obviate that convention; it's no longer hard to find an author's recent output listed chronologically!) I wrote in a megafandom for the first time since forever, and had awesome fun with the Avengers. That was awesome, I should write some more of that sometime. I think I'm most happy with Alive in your blood now, which said some things about the Vorkosigan saga and family and honor and progressive politics that are really important to me. Final fic stats: 11 stories, 33,552 words.

I also learned how to podfic, and am working on the vidding thing, so yay for new skillsets!

Goals for this next year: to finish and post some of the really large quantities of Prydain and original Star Wars words that have been accumulating on my hard drive.
lotesse: (elusive)
thank you in advance for taking time to write me a story; anything and everything you write me will be loved and cherished <3

some stuff about me as a reader )

requests:

The Dark is Rising )

Soapdish )

Anastasia )

The Scarlet Pimpernel )
lotesse: (holmes_secrets)
Dear Self,

I think you had better plan on writing, like, 90% of your yuletide story today. You know you're going to get Sherlock Holmes plotbunnied like crazy as soon as you see Game of Shadows.

Sincerely,
the remnants of your sense of responsibility
lotesse: (fairytale_goldenbird)
1. Kicked ass on my remaining paper - I now have 14 coherent pages of text! Out of, like, 20-something. And all the words, you know, make sense and mean things.

2. Finished - not my yuletide fic proper, that I've scarcely begun, though I'm up on the source canon now & have some decent ideas - but a treat I'd set aside to write. And tidied up some of the loose bits of Prydain stuff I produced while working on Airy cages quelled; some should be in postable shape soon. Hadn't written creatively for a while, and it felt lovely to get back in that mode.

3. My advent gift for the day was a pair of gorgeous antique clip-on rhinestone earrings in the shape of two little interlocking squares. I suspect them of being my great-grandmother's, but will have to wait until tomorrow to get confirmation from mama. Grandma Margaret never pierced her ears - just like me! - but she worked as a lounge pianist in the 40s, so her bling was pretty fab. Most of the rhinestone earrings I've got were hers - since I'm the only one in the family who remains unpierced, they tend to come my way.

4. JFC SHERWOOD SMITH PUBLICLY RECCED MY YULETIDE 2009 STORY AGAIN. FLAILING! VALIDATION! HOMG HOMG HOMG!
lotesse: (untold)
First things first: thank you so very much for writing a story for me!

Some things that I like )

Haroun and the Sea of Stories )

The Dark is Rising )

Westmark )
lotesse: (l'engle_transpiercing)
In conclusion, I love yuletide. I love the story I received - Being His Father, Battlestar Galactica Classic gen babyfic - and I love all the other stories, and and and I love you all. My recs are going straight to delicious this year, so they're all over there if anyone's interested. And I did end up writing two Madness stories, which was great fun as always.

I'm still home in Michigan, up in the cold and the snow, rereading Middlemarch and missing my Boy. I'm so ready for this year to turn over, and be ended, and get a clean new one without any mistakes in it, as Anne Shirley would say.

I saw The King's Speech on Christmas Day, which was totally unspeakably lovely. Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle had a scene together! Which is not the point, but still made me unreasonably happy. In terms of the actual movie - oh, the hurt/comfortosity! Total love.
lotesse: (winter)
HOUSTON WE HAVE ACHIEVED YULETIDE.

I really enjoyed writing this story - it's not my usual, and yet in a strange way it is. idek.

Flying home tomorrow for nearly two weeks. It's going to be odd not to write Madness ficlets this year - I spent my last two Christmases stubbornly refusing to go home until the 26th, and so could dedicate all of Christmas Eve Day to yuletiding. But this has been the kind of year that demands extensive recuperation at home.
lotesse: (classic)
Writing yuletide today. I've got nearly a thousand words now, and I suspect this story's not going to get much longer. Due to various rl constraints, I've had to abandon my usual yuletide practice of producing huge sprawly ambitious work and go for small-but-lovely as a goal instead. Not reaching for more words, just trying to make the ones I've got as pleasurable as possible.

So have a poem:

Silent Poem
~Robert Francis

backroad leafmold stonewall chipmunk
underbrush grapevine woodchuck shadblow

woodsmoke cowbarn honeysuckle woodpile
sawhorse bucksaw outhouse wellsweep

backdoor flagstone bulkhead buttermilk
candlestick ragrug firedog brownbread

hilltop outcrop cowbell buttercup
whetstone thunderstorm pitchfork steeplebush

gristmill millstone cornmeal waterwheel
watercress buckwheat firefly jewelweed

gravestone groundpine windbreak bedrock
weathercock snowfall starlight cockcrow
lotesse: (winter)
Thank you for writing a story for me!

I'm a happy-ending kind of girl. I like stories about people in love, sexual or otherwise - stories where people care for and help one another. It satisfies my idealistic streak. I do love angst, oh do I ever, but I kind of need happy endings afterward. h/c is probably my biggest kink. I'm also really into family-of-choice tropes and stories about strong or passionate emotional intimacy.

I like female characters really a lot. Not all of my requests center directly on women, but it's important to me that narrative spaces reflect gender parity/equity, or specifically condemn the lack thereof in more realistically patriarchal 'verses. I like non-standard sexualities and imaginative modes of sexual engagement. Similarly, cultural diversity that opens up the imaginative space of the canon makes me seriously happy. There's no reason why kyriarchal western values, images, mores, or cultural practices need to rule speculative stories that are fairytales or take place in outer space!

Battlestar Galactica (1978) )


Limberlost books )


Tamora Pierce, Tortall )


Orlando )

god jul!

25 Dec 2009 11:13 am
lotesse: (ronia)
My yuletide story, What Birk Has Learned, is so unspeakably wonderful that I have to rec it in particular (especially to [personal profile] ilthit, who apparently was one of the other two people in yuletide to request this fandom.) Ronia the Robber's Daughter, Birk/Ronia friendship.
lotesse: (writing_curve)
Took The Baby to see The Princess and the Frog, and (this so doesn't count as a spoiler) that's a really big, obviously displayed diamond ring. Thinking back, I don't remember Disney doing the diamond-industrial complex thing before. Yah boo hiss.

Am now playing happily with the Yuletide Madness prompts lists. Two ficlets up up and away already - we'll see how many I get through by the end of the day!

daughter of the sea, oregano's first cousin

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