paxpinnae: Inara Serra,being more awesome than you. (Default)
2013-10-13 08:25 pm

Dear Yule Goat

We've matched! Out of all the gin joints in all the fandoms in all the world, you had to walk into mine. This, alone, is enough to fill me with immense fondness for you and your works.

This will be my fourth year doing Yuletide, and every year, I am more and more amazed at what the participants in this challenge can pull off. I've never had a disappointing Yuletide morning, no matter how closely my writer followed my prompt or how much they took it off into their own fantastic directions. My suggestions are just that: suggestions. I would rather receive a story that someone was passionate about than one written out of slavish adherence to specifications. Write whatever you need to write to have a good Yuletide.

That said, if you're LOOKING for some guidance: I'm agnostic regarding femmeslash, slash, gen, and het. I'm very into fanworks that interrogate the text, that poke at it and extrapolate and build in new details that may or may not be comfortable to read about. I also like banter, science, history, and literary references. If you have any more questions about my preferences generally, please consult my dear internet bring me a pony tag, which contains my previous fannish challenge letters (including, uh, the one that I apparently didn't write last year. Whoops).

On to the fandoms!

(Fandoms to come.)
paxpinnae: Yuletide is the most wornderful time of the year. (yuletide)
2013-01-01 06:44 pm

Yuletide Reveal!

Another Yuletide has come and gone, and I wrote in a fandom that isn't Young Wizards this year!

Postcards from After the End for Kass. Newsflesh Trilogy, Georgia Mason/Shaun Mason. They sent their posts and articles via blind relay. They sent their very rare postcards much the same way.

I'm very much afraid that it wasn't my best effort, but my recipient liked it, and that's what matters. Also, it has hockey references, because apparently that's how I roll now and forever. The zombie apocalypse has to happen first, but the Maple Leafs do, eventually, win the Stanley Cup again.

In return, I received TWO OUTSTANDINGLY AWESOME WORKS, BOTH FROM MY ASSIGNED YULE GOAT. Y'all, I don't know how they did it, but belford deserves all the praise in the world and you should go give them some.

The first present was Bigger Than You Think an interactive story of exploration, which was a CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE VIDEO GAME COMBINING XKCD AND ITALO CALVINO. I almost burst out crying Christmas morning, I was so happy with it. Also, it wasn't quite The Fic That Won Yuletide (I think the Twisted Princesses fic that got linked on i09 did that), but it was up there, and I am happy that it was FOR MEEEE.

The second present was Tropesis, in Young Wizards, which was The Winged Defender/The Lone Power in the time before entropy. I know I said I loved the video game, but this one hit me where I LIVE, and I think I love it EVEN MORE than the video game. Go read it, it's beautiful.
paxpinnae: Inara Serra,being more awesome than you. (Default)
2012-10-31 12:00 pm

Ce n'est pas a Yuletide Letter

But one will reside here before too long! Until that happy day, here are my signups:

This Is Where It Starts Commercial

Ben Watkins
Meng Ling

I'm really intrigued by the notion that the only way the pinnacle of a sport can be reached is when two talented individuals meet and decide that they'd like to pound each other into the floor (in one way or another). That said, I'd really like a slash story that focuses on Watkins' and Meng's rivalry and how it shapes their relationship with the sport and with each other. Futurism would also be awesome, but isn't necessary. Have fun!

xkcd 1110 (Click and Drag)

Pick a quadrant. Write me a story. If you offered this, I'm sure you've got one in mind. If you need suggestions, I give a few in my Dear Yulegoat letter.

Young Wizards - Diane Duane

Lone Power (Young Wizards)
Machu Picchu | Winged Defender

Odi et amo. quare id faciam, fortasse requiris?
nescio, sed fieri sentio et excrucior.

I hate and I love. Why, you might ask?
I don't know, but I feel it
and it burns.

Winged Defender/Lone Power, please.


Abed Nadir
Troy Barnes
Annie Edison

They all grow up, but not at the same pace. Abed/Troy/Annie.
paxpinnae: Yuletide is the most wornderful time of the year. (calvin and hobbes)
2012-01-02 03:09 pm

Yuletide Wrap-Up

Yuletide has come and gone for another year. I'm going to be a while longer slogging through the backlog of posted fic, though, because the Dread God Real Life has been very active lately, but here, have my reveal and a few recs.

I wrote Automotive Testing Procedures in the Young Wizards fandom. I'm pretty sure it was an easy guess for anyone who cared to take a swing at it, since my affection for Kit and Ronan and penchant for pretentious titles are dead giveaway tells in Young Wizards. I also received fic in Young Wizards, Remaking, a wonderful little slice of Tom/Carl that was exactly what I was hoping for when I asked someone to write me the fic their heart desired.

Other fic I liked included: )
paxpinnae: Yuletide is the most wornderful time of the year. (calvin and hobbes)
2011-12-24 10:48 am

Dear Yule Goat,

Hello! I just got done with a challenge that was very stressful for me, largely through my own fault, so let me tell you what I wish someone had told me: it doesn't matter what you write, as long as you write it. I love every single one of these fandoms to itty bitty pieces (in one case literally; one of the books has disintegrated), and no matter what you write, I'll love it. Take every single thing I say from here on as strictly or as loosely as you need to to have a joyous Yuletide.

In brief: I'm a multishipper and a multifandom whore. I love, in alphabetical order, femslash, gen, het, and slash. I'm a huge fan of fanworks that look at the canon from a new perspective and that build in new details about the world in which they are set. I generally prefer badinage and wit over angst and despair, but I can be persuaded otherwise. My absolute squicks are embarrassment, mpreg, and mentor-mentee sex. If you want details about my preferences generally, I urge you to consult the list at the end of this letter, my “dear internet please bring me a pony tag,” which collects all of my fandom exchange letters, and my Delicious and AO3 bookmarking pages, which are linked in the sidebar. If you want details about my prompts specifically, those are below the cuts.

Young Wizards )

Newsflesh - Mira Grant )

The Night Circus - Erin Morganstern )

Fidelio (Op.72) )

In General: )

Have fun with this, dear Yule Goat. I can't wait to see what you make.
paxpinnae: Rainbow Dash, hanging out (and down). (friendship is magic)
2011-11-28 05:10 pm

A Post of Many Things

1. Kaleidoscope authors have finally been revealed, which means that I get to tell you all that I wrote Experiments in Writer's Block in Y tu mama tambien fandom for [personal profile] venturous! This was not an easy story to write; I came up with the central concept of "writer's block" early in the process, and it proved ominously prescient. That said, I am actually pretty happy with it, and I've gotten some really lovely feedback for it. If you enjoy young men dooming themselves to unhappiness through their own emotional barriers, I recommend you give it a shot. If not, well, I don't blame you.

2. Yuletide assignments are out! My letter, which I didn't post until a few days after assignments went out (oops) is here, with prompts in Young Wizards, The Night Circus, Newsflesh, and Fidelio, should you care to peruse it. The Fannish Exchange Gods, perhaps in compensation for the horrors they visited upon me during Kaleidoscope, have given me an excellent excuse to write a story that's been dying to be written by someone in this fandom for a long time. My only fear is Length; I don't think this one is going to stay short.

3. My Adventures in Tag Wrangling continue apace: I now wrangle Twilight. All of it. Because I have read two of the books (sober) and have seen all of the movies so far (shit-faced drunk) and that's more qualification than I have to wrangle some of my fandoms, and because no one else was taking them. This, apparently, is what the OTW does: makes you make it easier for people to read things in a fandom you completely hate, because you actually do believe that everyone has a right to write and read the Werewolf/Vampire/Spineless Self-Insert Character threesome of their heart. Fandom, what have you done to me.
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2011-09-20 09:54 pm

Blathering nonsense

So, I was recently on vacation for a week at the beach (granted, the very cold beach, since it was in New Jersey and it's heading into autumn, but still the beach) without internet. I managed to do very well and only twitched a little bit, which was very good, considering I'm usually on my laptop several hours a day. However, I think the internet missed me, because it followed me into real life.

Not. Kidding.

My godson kept running over while I was reading to show the weird things his hermit crab was doing. The boardwalk vendors were selling Troll Face and Cool Story Bro t-shirts. The front-page photo on Sept. 19 was a man in a tricorner hat firing a se'en-pounder from a flagship on the Delaware River.

Honestly, it was like I'd never left. But return I have, to the news that apparently we only have three Yuletide nominations this year?

This is hard, y'all. This is really hard. )

Long story short, if you're thinking about nominating any of these:

Erin Morgenstern - The Night Circus
Stand By Me (1986)
Clueless (1995)
Top Gear UK RPF
Raging Phoenix (2009)
Lost Girl
Diane Duane - The Young Wizards Series

Please drop me a line so we can avoid redundancies, and also squeal about how awesome our tiniest fandoms are.
paxpinnae: I had to be a bard.  I was found in a bag.  It's traditional. (Bard in a Bag)
2010-12-26 09:56 pm

Yuletide Recs: Batch the First

Today is my birthday! As a reverse present, have some first-run Yuletide Recs. More will be coming once the AO3 recovers a little.

Anthropomorfic, Foxtrot/Calvin and Hobbes, Young Wizards, DCU/Young Wizards, and Lost Girl Recs )
paxpinnae: Yuletide is the most wornderful time of the year. (yuletide)
2010-12-20 11:59 pm

Dear Yulegoat,

So you got me for Yuletide! I am so glad you share my insanity in at least one (very, very small) fandom, and have not been sent screaming to the hills by my prompt. Remember, dear Yulegoat: You can totally ignore everything I say! I requested these fandoms because A) I love them or B)They don't really exist, in the sense of having fanworks or, you know, fans, but I love the theoretical idea of them or C) I was totally on crack when I made my requests. The point is, whatever you write, I'll love. The prompts are just potential jumping-off points.

I will try to make this as painless as possible, but as you may have noticed, I ramble. A lot. If you just want the Cliff's Notes, I'm equally fond of gen, het, slash, and femmeslash, I favor banter even in dark times, and if you throw in obscure scientific or historical facts I will love your story forever. If you want details, more information than you actually require waits below the cuts.

Diane Duane - Young Wizards )

RPF – f(x) )

Les Aventures Extraordinaires d'Ad�le Blanc-Sec )

Academic Institutions (Anthropomorphic) )

Other Stuff About Me )

Again, thank you so much for participating in this, my favorite thing in all fandom; you are a wonderful person, and I can't wait to see what you make.
paxpinnae: Tea and alcohol make the world go 'round. (tea)
2010-11-28 10:41 pm

Fannish December

Good news: I have a lot going on in my Fannish December! Bad news: I have a lot going on in my Fannish December, and exams! Balancing these is going to be interesting.

Yuletide is shaping up to be really awesome. I matched with my recipient on two fandoms, which is always nice. I had a failed fic outlined but not written for one fandom that, with a little bit of evisceration and emotional restructuring, fits very well with what the recipient requested. I'm currently banging away on that one. Unfortunately, although I know that writers are allowed to use all parts of the buffalo, I still feel guilty about giving someone a slightly used idea, so I think I'll probably wind up writing a fic for the second fandom too. And then a random prompt gave me Yuletide Madness ideas, so that might happen too. We'll see how the first two go.

In unexpected but still awesome fannish business, I'm driving the [ profile] crack_van for Young Wizards during Small Fandoms Month!  I had honestly forgotten that I had signed up for that.  I'm super-excited (mainly for Crossover Collisions Day, because HAVE  I  GOT  RECS  FOR  THAT), but also super-nervous, because I feel like my taste in YW fic isn't the most mainstream (c.f. my affection for Darryl/Ronan and Lone Power/Winged Defender and relative "meh" about Carmela). 
[ profile] crack_van is about representing the fandom as a whole, not just your personal Good Bits Version. Blargh.  Fortunately, [ profile] doranwen just recently wrote up an awesome recs list, so I'm gonna use that and Delicious to try to figure out whether I've missed any wildly popular fics in the last 3 years.  [personal profile] labellementeuse,[ profile] trialia  - got any ideas?

Also bad news: between Yuletide and [ profile] crack_van, I basically have to table this Generation Kill/Inception crossover that's been brewing for a while right when I figured out how to make it work. 



paxpinnae: Gert reventilating Chase (reventilating)
2010-10-13 01:37 pm

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Well, not yet.  But almost.

  Give them your tired, your obscure, your huddled fandoms yearning for new fic.

I actually have put thought into my nominations, which is... uncharacteristic of me.  But most of these fandoms have been burning a hole in my brain for over a year now, and some for rather longer. I PINE for fic in them.  So, I  decided to create a little series of pimp posts about why I'm recommending these fandoms in particular and why you should pick them up RIGHT NOW.  These, in addition to hopefully inspiring some of y'all to pick up the canons, will be a handy shortcut for my Dear Yule Goat letter.  I haven't figured out my prompts yet, but I'm pretty sure I'm going to be drawing heavily from these canons (c.f. burning desire for fic as stated above).  My fandoms are:

1. The Unwritten (comic)
2. The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec (movie)
3. f(x) RPF
4. John Adams (miniseries)
5. Runaways (Comic)
6. Diane Duane - Feline Wizards

So basically you can consider all of these as recommended canons, except possibly f(x), who sort of fall much more into the "guilty pleasure" category of pop.  The first post should be up late tonight, barring unforseen developments, and then I'm gonna try to do one every few days, hopefully finishing by the time sign-ups end.  Vive la petite fandoms!