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(if you follow me on tumblr, you may have seen all this before, but I don't think there's a lot of overlap)

And everybody knows who wrote which Chocolate Box stories, or at least they could if they wanted to, because the authors have been revealed.

I got two lovely fics:

Like a Man of Mettle by Nary

Hey, look, it's Gabriel DeWit/Elijah Pinhoe (of the Chronicles of Chrestomanci) fic! The first one ever written, to the best of my knowledge, which is not surprising since they never met in canon, and also they only appear in canon as quite old men. Bask in the glory of grumpy, awkward young!Gabriel running away from his duties as Chrestomanci straight into a patch of stinging nettles, and young!Elijah helping him out with herb lore if you know what I mean.

Borrow Your Lust by PhoenixFalls

Fic about Ethan and Terrence (from the Vorkosigan Saga)! It's not quite as rare a pairing as Gabriel and Elijah, but seeing as how Ethan and Terrence are canonical life partners, I feel like there really should be more.

I love stories about people who for one reason or another don’t get how ordinary human relationships work trying to relationship, and this definitely hits those buttons. Also, it’s got an intriguing idea about one possible use of telepathy during sex, even if they end up not going there.

My assigned recipient was Miss_M, and I wrote her two Kencyrath fics:

An Economy of Blood and Bone was supposed to be about Trishien and Kirien’s relationship, and it is, but it’s more about Trishien’s backstory and the Women’s World and the Jaran and the intersection thereof. And economics.

Turn-Collar is the one where Brier and Tori discuss the fact that Brier broke her bond with Tori and got herself bound to Jame instead. It is so far the only work on AO3 tagged Loyalty Break-Up, which is a damn shame.

I also wrote a couple of treats for other people, both in the PJO/HOO fandom: Twice-Favored was for inelegantly; it’s a T-rated Annabeth/Nico/Percy interlude with capture the flag and a bit of kissing.

And finally, for dhampyresa, I wrote Delphi Falls, In which Rachel does some research with Ella and Skypes with Annabeth. And also Annabeth, Hazel, and Nico go on a quest to either prevent or start the zombie apocalypse, but that honestly happens offscreen. It’s also my 100th fic on AO3! Hooray!

Oh and also

Nov. 8th, 2015 01:19 pm
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Some stuff I did for exchanges and whatnots a while back and never linked to here:

The Dressing Gown of Dimensions, a Chrestomanci/Discworld crossover written for rare pair fest. It features Millie/Christopher and Vetinari/Drumknott, as well as Roger, Julia, and Leonard of Quirm.

Also I did a pencil drawing and a digitally colored version of Steve Rogers with a golden apple of temptation for the WIP Big Bang.
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And, less than a year later, another chapter of Get Me to the Church on Time. It is a Piper chapter! There is more Reyna/Piper! Also politics in New Rome! And still no Frank, Hazel, etc. etc.

But at least it has Will insulting Piper's taste in bagels.
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Bold as Death, Hard as Hell (11563 words)

“It’s called the Rite of Passage. How it goes is, you pick out a guy. You get him to fall in love with you, and then …” Nayra paused dramatically, reflected candlelight shining in her eyes. “You break his heart.”

When Silena was dating Charles Beckendorf, she spoke against the Aphrodite Cabin’s Rite of Passage. Her sisters and brothers thought she’d never taken part in it, and some of them believed that she died for her disrespect for Aphrodite. But none of them knew about Silena and Clarisse, or the true story of how Silena came to betray the camp.

Oh my god you guys I finished my Silena fic, and it’s up and everything.

lotrspnfangirl did the graphics! Also there is a soundtrack.

(Also I feel that I should emphasize that this is not in any way a fix-it, so be prepared for, you know, canon events.)
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Now it can be revealed: the story I wrote for Jukebox is The Tale of Celaeno and Celbalrai, based on Emily Jane White's Sleeping Dead (see above).

It's got highfalutin' language, sufficiently advanced technology or sufficiently systematic magic, and a sort of fairy-tale feel, so if you like that sort of thing, you might like it?
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Hey, look, it’s a new chapter of Get Me to the Church on Time! And at some point I will hopefully let you guys know what’s going on with Frank and Leo and Hazel and Calypso and the Lotus Hotel and Casino. But meanwhile, back at Camp Jupiter, Reyna is doing the best she can to find Frank and Hazel while babysitting a worried and fractious Legion.

Also, I’m not saying there’s Reyna/Piper, but I’m not saying there’s not Reyna/Piper.
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So I finished that fic that I posted part of yesterday, where Gregor and Mark talk about sexual trauma? And here it is. And there is discussion of sexual trauma in it, so be aware of that.

The Family Expert
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So . . . have approximately 800 words of Gregor and Mark talking about sexual trauma?

Sorry, this is very incomplete and I'm not even sure where it's going from here but sometimes you write because you need to get the words out of your brain and these are the words that wanted to come out today.

you've been warned )
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By which I mean that one of the benefits of having fandom friends is that sometimes they will write fic of your fic and it will be amazing.

By which I mean that books4belle/goodforharpies wrote a follow-up fic to Useful Crafts! It's set four years later--Leo has broken up with Calypso and feels like nothing he makes works anymore, Rachel has helped defeat the python and renegotiated the the terms of her service to Apollo and feels horny, maybe they can help each other out?

You can read it here: Good With Their Hands It's about 2000 words long and rated M.

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Now it can be revealed! This is what I wrote for yuletide:


He had always thought he would end up married to his work. He had studied hard, worked diligently, brought himself to the attention of the right people--and ended up with an appointment to the Chrestomanci’s personal staff, as high as one could rise in Flavian’s chosen profession if one hadn’t happened to be born with nine lives. And when he got there he’d found Mordecai waiting for him. Mordecai, who threw all his previous ideas into confusion.

Flavia/Mordecai, about 5000 words, rated T.
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Chapter three is up! Finally. (For those of you who a) haven’t seen this before, but b) care, it’s the one where Frank goes missing right before his wedding.)

It’s going to be a long wait for chapter four as well, I’m afraid, because given how much time I seem to have for writing fanfic nowadays I really have to take a break from this and get started on my yuletide story.
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Yes, I realize that any of you who are interested in HoO are probably reading the new book right now and not fic? But I finished my fic! So all of you who’ve wanted to read it but don’t like reading works in progress can now go ahead.

(For those of you who haven’t seen it before, it’s the one where Annabeth, Leo and Rachel go on a quest to the Guggenheim Museum in New York at around the same time that Percy is arriving at Camp Jupiter in The Son of Neptune.)

Anyway, this fic contains no Blood of Olympus spoilers; I did read Blood of Olympus between writing the second-to-last chapter and the last, but it didn’t end up making any significant difference in how it went.

The story has been a little jossed by BoO, but only a little.

Useful Crafts
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Useful Crafts

Annabeth burst out of her seat and started pacing across the room, her hand twitching near her knife where it was strapped to her thigh. “Seriously? Seriously? Gaea is waking up, the giants are being reborn, Percy’s been kidnapped by the Romans, and that doggerel-spouting prettyboy is sending us on a quest because one of his campers lost his fucking teddy bear?”

Annabeth just wants to find Percy. Leo just wants to work on his ship. Rachel just wants to play Galaxy Angel Eternal Lovers. Unfortunately Apollo has other ideas. Set around the same time as the events of The Son of Neptune.

Now this is the gen magical adventure I've been meaning to write. Or at least the first chapter of it. Enjoy!

(PS: Why isn't Secret History a canonical tag on AO3? Step up your game, fan writers.)
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More ridiculous HOO fluff! I have been thinking way too much about Leo, I had a silly idea, I wrote a drabblish thing. This one is Leo & Piper friendship with background Piper/Jason, and it takes place some time during Mark of Athena.

The Power Vested in Me
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So I have written more HOO fic! You still don’t get the gen magical adventures, though. Instead, have some friendship/relationship fluff/angst. flangst?

Aphros' Sacred Brownie Recipe

I was rereading Mark of Athena and I got to the part where Aphros gives his brownie recipe to Leo, and I remembered this comic and especially this one from ilyone's excellent chronology of a friendship and a few things just sort of clicked. You don’t have to read chronology of a friendship in order to understand what’s going on here—in fact this story is not 100% compliant with chronology of a friendship canon, although I’ve used several of the details—but you should read chronology of a friendship anyway, because it’s good.

Anyway, this is the one where Leo shares his brownie recipe, and Jason sucks at relationships. Onesided (as far as Jason knows) Jason/Nico, with background Jason/Piper which is not going 100% smoothly. (No Piper bashing I promise.)
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Phone Support

"And how did you come by an Amazon Supremacy account, Mister Valdez?” He had no idea what Kinzie looked like, but he could almost see the curl in her lip when she said you. He definitely heard the pause before Mister, like she was swapping it out for a much nastier word. She had a great voice.

Amazon Customer Service calls Leo with a few questions about his recent purchases. He gets more than he bargained for.

Well, I kind of meant for my first fic in this fandom to be gen with magical adventures … buuut, what you get is kinky phone sex.

Kinzie/Leo, about 3000 words. Explicit as all hell. Heed the tags.
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I got post-apocalyptic fic again for jukebox! El Staplador wrote me The Last Child comes to the Green Valley for The Green Valley by Puscifer, a new-to-me song that is delightfully evocative and rife with story possibilities. The story describes the journey of a young man who's grown up in a world devastated by radiation and disease, to a place that he's heard spoken of as a refuge. It's very effective at portraying the whittling-away of the protagonist's choices, while at the same time showing how life finds its way through the cracks. The ending is nicely ambiguous and fits the mood of the song really well. And like most of the jukebox fics you don't have to know canon to appreciate it, although I do recommend you listen to the song because as previously mentioned, delightful.

And I wrote Magpie's Wings (based on Tom Waits' Kentucky Avenue) for Deepdarkwaters--whom I have to thank once again for nominating and requesting the song, which was also new to me, and brilliant so you should go listen. (I should also thank everyone else who participated in jukebox and did not offer the song, 'cause I only listened to it and offered it at the last minute when I was looking for requests that didn't have any offers.)

Anyway! The story is about two boys growing up in the 1960's in California, and their friendship, and a spell they cast which goes wrong and then eventually goes right. Once again, you don't need to know canon or enjoy the works of Tom Waits in order to read the story.


May. 12th, 2014 07:27 pm
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So, the Rarewomen collection is open!

fawatson wrote me The Purpose of Life, which is a Vorkosigan Saga story where Lilly Durona Junior and Maree of Bharaputra's clone-creche find a sort of closure that I didn't think to ask for in my letter, but really should have. Also there are Mercenaries! With a glad cry!

Go read it.

ALSO, since Rarewomen doesn't have an anon period, I can already tell you what I wrote:

Loose Every Knot and The Things That Make Me Weak and Strange for cordialcount, a pair of Cyteen stories about young Ari Emory I and the origins of psychogenesis.

(They are theoretically part of a longer series. Theoretically. Also, heed the warnings on the second one.)

I also wrote American Poetry 1900-1950: The Drinking Game for DWEmma, a Lizzie Bennet Diaries story featuring Lydia, Mary, and pretty much what it says on the tin.
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In between writing my Jukebox letter and doing a pinch hit for Rarewomen, I have not yet gotten around to telling you guys, I got a lovely story for Space Swap!

I'm not sure if I've got any CJ Cherryh fans who read this journal but have not yet read this story, but in case I do, go read it! It's a Cyteen fic, it's got Justin/Grant first times, and if you have ever wanted to wrap a warm blanket around Justin Warrick or are just delighted to know that The Princess Bride is evidently comfort-watching in the Warrick household, you will enjoy this fic.
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For jukebox fest, I wrote Look Beyond for merfilly. It's based on Hazard by Richard Marx (the link is to the music video on youtube).


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