gwyn: (yuletide lights)
Last day! [personal profile] reginagiraffe asked: What your favorite hors d'oeuvre to make and/or eat?

So, I've mentioned I'm a terrible cook, but I am a very good eater--basically, I hate onions, but everything else is mostly fair game, within reason, and I LOVE me some finger foods. And one of the few things I can make well is hors d'oeuvres, as long as they're not terrifically complicated. I don't do it much anymore, though.

Once in a while, however, I make this really amazing artichoke spread with a nice little kick of hot pepper sauce that's way, way better than the usual kind of stuff you'll find at a store, though I'm sure that at least two of my arteries are closed now because low-fat it is not. But what I'm really good at is deviled eggs--standard, basic deviled eggs just will not do for me when I'm making them, they have to be interesting and there must be lots of different flavor combinations on the vintage midcentury modern deviled egg plates I've collected. One of my favorites is one I had amateur!chef!Bucky make for Steve in my fic Dream of Caramel: an applewood smoked bacon and brown sugar (or maple sugar, it works just as well) one that is just…to die for. I also really like a dill and capers one I've tried, and last year I made one with a pulled pork topping for the deviled egg mix that had a bit of smokey barbecue sauce in it. I love using different flavored salts in them, or things like smoked paprika or five-spice, and really there's no end to the kinds of stuff you mix up with egg yolks, plus it's really simple and largely idiot proof. It's also fun to bring to gatherings because people always give you this look like "how nice" and you know they think blah, deviled eggs, but then they eat one and they're all "what is in this OMG."


So Yuletide reveals were today but I am not posting about mine, because I just don't have the spoons for more shittery about it, at least not for now. I might at some point put it on my page with my name attached, or might orphan it completely, I don't know, but in the meantime I don't have to think about it.

I did have fun tonight, though, reading [personal profile] minim_calibre's amazing and often hilarious posts about writing two of my three Yuletide gifts (she was the author of the astounding 32k What's Your Number? fic I got, as well as the incredible pun-filled, brilliant Android Rock Paper Scissors commercial fic). It's hilarious because she had to be so super sekrit the whole time--we were texting constantly during the Yuletide process, doing write-ins together, discussing source material, and I was at her house on Boxing Day waxing rhapsodic over the stories while sitting right next to her. I had a sneaking suspicion she'd written my main story, but I didn't guess the Android treat--I wondered, a couple time, because I honestly don't know that many people who could make such deep-level puns about paper and paper-making history or name that many types of scissors, but I thought, no, what would be the odds? Pretty good, apparently! because she wrote both. But she was very good at being stealthy and sekrit and keeping me at arm's length for all these months.
gwyn: (yuletide lights)
For the second Yuletide in a row (I skipped last year, but this happened in 2014), I am the lucky recipient of three, count 'em THREE stories. I have no idea what the hell I ever did to deserve this bounty, but I am thrilled--and one of them is 32K, and I'm only partway through because I'm the slowest fucking reader in the world--work hazard, I have to be--and did I mention it's a glorious 32K? That's just…so freaking amazing I can't believe it. I CAN'T BELIEVE I'M SO LUCKY.

The Android story is just…OMG. Full of delicious puns and paper geekery and just…it's utter genius. GENIUS.

And someone took my love of Colin Shea from What's Your Number? and TJ Hammond from Political Animals and gave them a sex history together! I made a mention in my 2014 letter that I thought Colin could maybe switch teams for TJ and so this is aces.

I am sinking into and letting the 32K What's Your Number? fic unfold for me and I am really resenting like hell the fact that I have to work--I got two projects in this past week and could there be worse timing? I don't think so, because all I want to do is sink into this.

My story's not exactly going gangbusters, and my recipient still hasn't said anything (I guess I'm not surprised, all things considered). So I have the flop sweat, but whatever, I enjoyed thinking about it and talking about it with a couple people so that's what matters most, I guess.

Anyways. Look at my bounty, look:

You're Gonna See, It's Our Destiny (1534 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Android "Rock Paper Scissors" Commercial
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Rock (character), Paper (character), Scissors (character)
Additional Tags: Friendship, Bullying, Friends to the Rescue

"You know in some way you're a lot like me/You're just a prisoner and you're tryin' to break free"

You Might Think I'm Crazy (32363 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 5/5
Fandom: What's Your Number? (2011)
Rating: Mature
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Ally Darling/Colin Shea
Characters: Ally Darling, Colin Shea, Daisy Darling, Ava Darling
Additional Tags: Established Relationship, Family Dynamics, Love, Bad Relationship Habits, Canon-Typical Sexual Content, Romance, Holidays, Canonical Terms For Genitalia, Actually Ever After

"Love does not consist of gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction."
- Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

"Any way you want it/That's the way you need it"
- Journey

full of light and sunshine (according to twitter) (1134 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: What's Your Number? (2011), Political Animals
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Ally Darling/Colin Shea
Characters: Thomas "T. J." Hammond, Colin Shea, Ally Darling
Additional Tags: Past Relationship(s), Yuletide Treat

"You had sex with the son of the first female President of the United States?"

"See?" said Colin. "If you'd just checked my Twitter, you'd know about these sorts of things."

gwyn: (yuletide lights)
I'm super happy you are writing for me! Yay, we have fandoms in common and you love the same people I do -- this is wonderful, and I'm really looking forward to seeing what you come up with about these characters and fandoms we share a mutual love for. I may be adjusting this until signups are closed, but for now, this will suffice.

I used my Optional Details in the signup to provide more specific info on the individual fandoms or possible prompts, so I haven't added a lot of specifics here in this letter, just general thoughts about the fandoms I requested. I'm not always the best at providing prompts, but if you'd like more ideas than what's in the signup form, you can have the mods ping me and I'll do my best!

General stuff about me: I'm open to angst and romance and humor and slash and het and gen, character studies or long plotty stuff (I love plotty stuff), fluff or drama. I'd generally prefer not to have anything really grimdark, though, but if that's where your story goes, I'm not the kind of person who'd freak out about it. But I've been battling depression for a few years, so stuff that's going to make me more depressed might not be the healthiest thing. I love first times and falling in love, friendships, relationships between people who are equals. Friends to lovers might be my ultimate trope. Banter, sass, and having fun is always catnip to me.

Stuff I don't like includes BDSM/anything particularly kink-oriented (I don't mind mild, characters-flirting-with-some-kinks stuff, but if it's more than lightweight I might not be your best audience), non-con in any way, emotional abuse, any sort of animal harm, or deliberate cruelty. I'm not fond of AUs such as coffeeshops or sports or ABO, any of that sort of thing--what I tend to love about my fandoms is the canon universe they inhabit, that's what made me fall in love with them in the first place. What-if AUs (canon-divergence) can be really cool, though--I love it when someone comes up with a story off of one tiny element being changed! Obviously, I tend to hew pretty closely toward canon, is what I'm saying. :-D

Two of my requests involve twins, and I'm a twin, so I'm kind of sensitive to the way twins are often misrepresented in media--a little homework about twins and what we're really like would go a long way if you end up writing either TJ or Jack with their twins.

In some of my requests, I would love slash if I can get it (and you're comfortable with it), but slash doesn't automatically equal porn. For me it's about the depth of the bond between the characters, the discovery of a new intimacy or a strong connection. With straight relationships, I like seeing behind the expected: not simply love or sex because it's the standard, rather the exploration of what two characters may learn about one another or find in themselves through the relationship. I don't have anything against sex scenes (I love them!), but I prefer if a sex scene has a reason to exist within its story.

Some of the tropes and approaches I enjoy: right now, I really love hopeful endings, words that camouflage deeper/unspoken meanings, protectiveness, worry, extreme competence (with honest weakness), hurt/comfort, found or chosen families, partners against the world, nurturing via food/drink/warmth. Don't be afraid of the classics if you like 'em! Having to Share a Bed, Huddling for Warmth, Pretend Couple, situations where one suffers or sacrifices for the other, rescues, stranded somewhere (idyllic or non-), etc. And if you can write time travel of some sort, I'll probably fall in love with you.

Specific fandoms )
gwyn: (veronica takethat _jems_)
After sort of taking a break from Yuletide (I ended up writing a treat, and someone wrote a treat for me, even though I wasn't signed up) last year I think I'll sign up this year. I was surprised to see that two other people nominated the little commercial fandom I nominated--the Android Rock Paper Scissors ad I fell in love with. I love stories of unlikely friendships and people sticking up for one another and having each other's backs (like, oh rlly, you say, pointing to the ridiculous amount of fanworks about Steve and Bucky), and there's so much potential for stories around these little characters, I think. So I've added it to the pimping post, too, and I confess it's one I hope someone writes for me so I can write something else that I've sort of vaguely got an idea for.

I'm definitely more on the fence about Festivids. I couldn't even get signed up last year and in the end, I was okay with that since taking off the year for all the challenges was a good one. I have a vid I'd like to make for a usually eligible fandom, but I also can just…make it without that, if I can find the external footage I'd like to work with to supplement the canon.

Speaking of challenges: thanks for the sometimes hilarious responses to my post about the Stucky Big Bang. I'm still bitter and angry about the whole thing and the way the mods just basically fucked those of us who aren't BNFs over, and the complete lack of support for making all of our fics more visible. It's been incredibly soul crushing to put that much work in and have no support, but even more just galling to see how much praise is heaped on them over it--but the most amazing thing? They said they're going to do it again. Ah ha ha ha. I can only hope that most of the smart people know better now and will run like the wind once it's announced, or will already be participating in a Stucky Big Bang that is being run on LJ for next year (I was going to link to it, but I can't find it on this computer and LJ utterly sucks at searches). All the credulous people will probably be excited, though.

You know what makes having a story bomb and disappear even worse? Weird or creepy comments, especially when they're almost the only comments you get. Like, are you insulting me, or is this your idea of a compliment, I can't tell. Or did you simply feel you had to share your antipathy toward [thing] because you needed a place to air grievances and I seemed like someone who'd care (hint: I'm not). The downright awful ones you can delete, sometimes, but occasionally you're just flummoxed and left with only a WTF? I know not every comment deserves a response (I'm one of those people who believes in responding to comments, and it's not exactly like it's a hardship), but so often I'm just left feeling deflated and can only sit there going, "thanks for sharing" in a regretful, Leslie Knope sort of voice.

Time to try to pep talk myself into finishing a fic.

ETA: Oh, and I meant to say--I watched the first few episodes of Kristen Bell's new series The Good Place, and I thought it was cute and okay but I was totally blown away by the guy who plays her soulmate, Chidi Anagonye (William Jackson Harper). Like, I immediately was upset that nominations for Yuletide happened so early that I wouldn't be able to nominate it, since it hadn't premiered yet. But it was on the tagset! Someone did somehow manage to nominate it, and now there might actually be fic for Chidi and Tahani Al-Jamil (oh god, I love her) and all the rest of the characters. I am really happy with this. The show is charming and weird and that slightly askew quality that I really enjoy, but seriously, Harper as Chidi is just a thing of beauty and I'm completely in love.
gwyn: (steve rogers fullhouse)
Miss “No Way, It’s All Good” (4965 words) by gwyneth rhys
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: What's Your Number? (2011)
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Ally Darling/Colin Shea
Characters: Ally Darling, Colin Shea, Daisy Darling
Additional Tags: Self-Esteem Issues, sex discussions, Sexual Experimentation, Sexual History, Ally Has Relationship Doubts but Colin Has None

She frowned. “You’re not breaking up with me? Are you sure?”

“Okay, one, the sex is not bad and two, even if it were, I wouldn’t break up with you over it, and three, I love you. What is it you think I meant?”


I didn't think it was possible to write in a more microscopic fandom than the Unit, but wow, it was!
gwyn: (yuletide lights)
I was completely shocked yesterday when I got a notification that there was a treat for me in Yuletide Madness. Since I hadn't signed up, I never expected anything like that, and I didn't even think you could do that! Like, I don't know if it's legal, but I don't care, someone wrote me a lovely sweet interlude between Mack and Jonas from The Unit. What kindness!

the hour before dawn (266 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Unit
Rating: Mature
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Jonas Blane/Mack Gerhardt
Characters: Mack Gerhardt, Jonas Blane
Additional Tags: Mornings, Trust, Fluff, Voice Kink

Even half asleep, Mack can hear everything he needs to know from the sound of Jonas' voice.

And my darling [profile] devilpiglet posted the third of her Steve/Bucky series right before the tidal wave of Yuletide broke, and even if it wasn't a gift it FEELS like a gift, the best Christmas gift we could get because it's gorgeous and emotional and funny and tender and the writing is exquisite, which is like my favorite stuff all rolled into one, and you should go read and leave her glowing feedback because she is magnificent.

The Mercy Seat (5343 words) by DevilPiglet
Chapters: 2/2
Fandom: Captain America (Movies)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: James "Bucky" Barnes/Steve Rogers
Characters: James "Bucky" Barnes, Steve Rogers, Tony Stark, Pepper Potts, Natasha Romanov, Original Dog Character(s), Maria Hill, Nick Fury
Additional Tags: Emotional Hurt/Comfort, Psychological Trauma, Past Torture, Mind Control Aftermath & Recovery, Post-Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Series: Part 3 of A Nightingale Sang

“If you come for Bucky,” Steve says, “I walk.”

Fury’s voice is very, very soft when he replies. “Watch yourself, Captain.”

“Keep the shield. Keep the costume, give it to the next guy you run up the flagpole. Bucky and I will disappear, find a beach on the other side of the globe and live out our days in peace.” There’s bitterness, there at the end.


Dec. 23rd, 2015 10:52 pm
gwyn: (yuletide lights)
I was able to post a 5,000 word Yuletide treat for someone today, so that makes five fanworks in as many weeks. Which is a record for me, I usually spend way too much time on things to churn out that much stuff that quickly, fic or vid. And it brings my word count for 2015 almost 40,000 words over last year, and last year boggled my mind with how much I'd written.

I asked [personal profile] belmanoir the other night when it became laughable how many fanworks in a specific fandom you had listed on your AO3 dashboard. Because when I was posting, all I could do was laugh at the 33 listed for Captain America--I mean, my most-fanworked fandom was like 18 before. Admittedly I don't have the numerous Buffy vids posted to AO3 and at least four of the Cap ones are vids, plus the MCU ones contain a bunch of other vids, but still...I just thought that was hilarious and maybe embarrassing? I don't know when it becomes comical to others. But it's comical to me.

I'm glad I was able to write a story for Yuletide, since I hadn't signed up. It felt so odd not doing it, and this way even though I won't get the glee of finding a story for me on Christmas, I get the glee of (I hope) getting a comment from a happy reader.

Happy Christmas Eve Eve (it's still time here), and Merry Christmas to those who celebrate and happy Friday to those who don't.
gwyn: (kirk iconziconz)
This year, I'm not doing Yuletide, and it feels really weird. It's the first time in a long long time I haven't signed up or nominated anything.

Partly it's because I have a book due at the end of November, and I know from experience that I won't be able to start on anything, really, until after that, and the pressure I always feel is tremendous--the past few years, the books have been really problematic and took every bit of my attention, plus there's my birthday in there, and other things that sometimes take time away from work. They're guidebooks, so the amount of detail is incredible that I have to pay attention to, and this publisher uses a really time-intensive and strange author querying system. The past few books I've done, the author hasn't been the one updating; they've all been updated by other people and inevitably they're someone who barely knows how to string words together and they never, ever check their facts.

But I think it's also that last year I had the best Yuletide ever, it was just so perfect: I had the chance to write two stories (both for Kings, feeding my SebStan obsession), my main one and one for destina that allowed me to write the story of my heart, which was just a fantastic experience, and then on top of that, I got THREE freaking wonderful stories (my squee post here). All adjacent to my current obsession of Captain America: one Political Animals-Cap crossover, an exquisite Kings story that was kind of my Kings dream come true, and a hilarious Losers-Cap crossover. So I sort of feel like I won the lottery last year, and I might never have that experience again (Yuletide has very, very often been less wonderful on the receiving front than the giving front, but fortunately I was in it for the giving part).

And also, I have this ginormous fucking Cap story I'm trying to finish because I have to devote my energy to the book now, so I need to post it, and then another one in the works, and a bunch more besides (I keep hoping that I am done with this. That I have tapped out my reserves and I can finally be finished with writing fic for this fandom, because it is really a study in feeling worthless and invisible, but no, ideas keep coming, fuck them), and I'd love to post fic on my birthday again, something I used to do every year but that stopped after sis_r died.

I think I will try to pick up a pinch hit (though I've never been able to), or do a treat, once the book's finished, we'll see. And I'm waffling on Festivids--I nominated some fandoms, and I would love to do it, but…then I think, maybe I should take a break for a year, too. I had kind of the same thing last year with vids, where I got my dream assigniment and made a Jack Benjamin vid for destina, and also got two amazing vids as gifts.) I just don't know. We'll see. Challenges are challenging.

Ah, the book has arrived. I'm tired already.
gwyn: (bucky confusedface)
Last post of 2014!

So this year I wrote two Kings stories for Yuletide. The first was my assignment, and the second was one I wrote for Destina as a treat because she was an awesome beta who wrestled my nearly 13,000-word story to the ground for me and made it way better than it had any hope of being otherwise. Also, she ended up on the pinch hit list TWICE and that is shit that should just not happen to anyone.

The only soul I have I stole from you (10663 words) by gwyneth rhys
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Kings (TV 2009)
Rating: Mature
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Jack Benjamin/David Shepherd, Jack Benjamin & Michelle Benjamin
Characters: Jack Benjamin, David Shepherd, Michelle Benjamin
Additional Tags: Post-Series, Friends to Lovers, piano playing, Reconciliation

We take lovers into our souls like we take water into our throats, Jack thought, we drink in their kisses and breathe their breath. We fall in love and we’re unmade. “Have a little faith,” David said.

Strangers to the Fire (5894 words) by gwyneth rhys
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Kings (TV 2009)
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Jack Benjamin/David Shepherd
Characters: Jack Benjamin, David Shepherd, Silas Benjamin
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Canon Divergence, Friendship/Love, 69 (Sex Position), Fix-It

This is what his hands have tried to grasp since he knew what desire was, the prayer his burning mouth has longed to say.

gwyn: (yuletide lights)
Holy shit, y'all. I got three wonderful stories this year, THREE. An assignment, a treat, and a madness story, and they are all wonderful. Please go read my fantabulous presents and leave comments and kudos!

Hell of A Good Universe Next Door (Let's Go) (8094 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Political Animals, Captain America (Movies), Marvel Cinematic Universe
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Thomas "T. J." Hammond/Steve Rogers
Characters: Thomas "T. J." Hammond, Margaret Barrish, Steve Rogers
Additional Tags: Crushes, Crossover Pairings, Crossovers & Fandom Fusions, Getting Together, Huddling For Warmth, Hurt/Comfort, Protectiveness, Recovery, Slow Build, Stranded, sassy everyone, you choose your own fate

Or how T. J. Hammond went looking for himself - and kept running into Steve Rogers' broad chest along the way.

If this is a love story, it was inadvertent. Also, ridiculously unsuccessful supervillains, dear old dead friends, Secret Service, TJ's grandmother being inappropriate, and a lone match-making deer.

I just…flail. I got a TJ Hammond story!! I never dared hope for one, honestly. And it's not just TJ, either, it's TJ finding himself while also finding a really awesome boyfriend in one Steve Rogers. I can't even. Really, the summary does a great job of conveying what's in it--it's just delightful.

Echo (2920 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Kings (TV 2009)
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Jack Benjamin/David Shepherd
Characters: Jack Benjamin, David Shepherd, Thomasina (Kings)

David has faith in his most loyal soldier, even when Jack has no faith left to draw upon.

AND THEN. Then I got a Kings story that is everything I could have hoped for and more. Jack being a soldier, and loving David, far into the future, and finding faith in each other. AUGH MY HEART.

Just My Type (1485 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Losers (2010), Captain America (Movies)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: James "Bucky" Barnes/Steve Rogers, Carlos "Cougar" Alvarez/Jake Jensen, Jake Jensen & James "Bucky" Barnes
Characters: Jake Jensen, James "Bucky" Barnes
Additional Tags: Crossover, Fluff and Humor

The guy's name is Jake Jensen and he's a motormouth ringer for Steve from another dimension. Hopefully the same one where Loki sent Steve.

Then today I got this delicious treat in Madness. Dimension swap! Jake Jensen in bunny slippers! Bucky and Cougar bonding over how much they love their feisty boys! This is adorable and so much fun.

Seriously, what the hell did I do to deserve all this?
gwyn: (yuletide lights)
Holy shit. There are THREE gifts listed in the Yuletide archive for me. I can't freakin' believe it. I don't know what I've done to deserve this largesse, but wow, I am really thrilled. And kind of verklemmt.

So dear authors, if you see this, I want to let you know that I'm heading out to have dinner with friends, and I won't be able to read things until later. I will comment as soon as I can! But know that I already thank you profusely.

And I'm also thrilled that I got to write two stories this year. I wasn't sure I'd be able to sneak another one in, because the assignment story turned out to be a behemoth, but I did, so I am excite!

Cubs, maybe

Dec. 9th, 2014 01:14 pm
gwyn: (yuletide lights)
Finished writing my Yuletide story yesterday. So at least not bears, yet, but cubs, I guess…because this thing both sucks and blows, and it's huge, and I need to edit. But today is doing Christmas, so I won't have the time to get going on edits as quickly as I should. (For the first time in years I'm going to get a real live dead tree instead of my swingin' '60s turquoise tinsel tree.)

I wish I could have the time to write something else, but I have a feeling this will pretty much suck up all my time before it goes live. Who knows, though. Plus I'd love to get back to my Steve/Bucky dead-drop story.

But let us not speak of Festivids. I have the song, I have the source ripped, but starting on it is terrifying me. And it's going to be a hard one to make, to try to get the images I have in my mind onto the timeline and finessed.
gwyn: (veronica takethat _jems_)
Over three thousand words of my Yuletide fic today in one sitting--booyah! I kind of can't believe it. I've been struggling with the idea for so long, whether to write the story I wanted to write (which I know would be challenging) or just toss off something simpler to make the word count. I still don't know if this will be any good, but it's feeling more doable. I wish I could make it something a little less people in a white room talking, but we'll see how the editing process goes.

For the first day of the December meme, [profile] daria234 asked: A vid you would like to make or see made for a rare pairing.

Okay, this goes back a ways, but I have always wished I could have made the Lord King Bad Vid I had in mind for Veronica/Weevil on Veronica Mars. I made one Veronica/Weevil vid, but it was short and even then I had a lot of trouble finding enough clips, especially the right kind of clips. It seems, when you're watching the show, that there is an abundance of scenes with the two of them together. But then you start clipping, and you realize how much of them are either talky face or extremely static shots, and Weevil's mostly missing from S3. I don't know if the movie would change things or not. Probably not, judging by what I remember of their limited scenes together.

I enjoyed the ship with Logan in S1, but not the subsequent years, and I always felt a little weird about wishing Veronica and Weevil would get together. Honestly, I always felt like he was the only one who got her besides Wallace, and I didn't want her and Wallace's friendship to turn into something else. So I always secretly wished for it, even though I felt very alone in it (not that there weren't other fans of the pairing, there were, but let's face it, not many of us). And this vid would have been EPIC and so LKBV it would have HURT. Seriously--Patrick Swayze's She's Like the Wind. EPIC I TELL YOU. My inner 12-year-old, which is what a LKBV should be about, would have been so happy. I laugh every fucking time I think about it. I laugh like a drain. I laugh so hard I get tears in my eyes.

But the likelihood of me ever making it is really small. And if anyone sees this who wants to tackle it? I will love you forever and ever and build shrines to you and buy you drinks till you pass out on the floor the next time I see you. Because think of it: Just a fool to believe I have anything she needs. She's out of my league. EPIC FEELS.

There are still some days left in the meme if you want to give me a topic to discuss or a ficlet/5 things prompt to write.
gwyn: (yuletide lights)
I'm super happy you are writing for me! Yay, we have fandoms in common and you love the same people I do -- this is wonderful! Because of that, I'm pretty sure I will be a very happy recipient, just because I will have a gift story in a fandom I love. I'm terrible at giving prompts, I really am, so if you'd really love some actualfax prompts, have the mods ping me and I will do my best!

You might notice a strange similarity to my requests. I have loved all my requested fandoms for a long time, and have even requested them before, but this year I have been so utterly obsessed with Captain America: The Winter Soldier (well, and the first movie, too) that I can't even see anything else, so I've chosen Cap2-adjacent fandoms -- stuff with Sebastian Stan and Chris Evans. SebStan's been ruining my life for years, and now Chris Evans is too. I hate them. I love them. Hate them. Love them. Sister! Daughter! Ahem. Anyway. What this means, dear author, is that for the first time in my life I'm reading crossovery things. So if you want to cross any of these characters over with someone from another adjacent fandom, or someone else, or even write an OC, that's cool, as long as the focus is on the YT character. If you'd like to know what fandoms I'm into, you can see a lot of that in my tags on my journals <LJ handle is gwyn_r), and also in the list of fandoms I've written/vidded on my AO3 account.

General stuff about me: I'm open to angst and romance and humor and slash and het and gen, character studies or long plotty stuff, fluff or darker. This year, I'd kind of prefer not to have anything really grimdark, though, but if that's where your story goes, I'm not the kind of person who'd freak out about it. But I've been battling depression, and so stuff that's going to make me more depressed might not be the healthiest thing. I love first times and falling in love, friendships, relationships between people who are equals. Stuff I don't like includes BDSM/anything particularly kink-oriented, non-con in any way, emotional abuse, any sort of animal harm, kid/baby fic, and all that stuff that's kind of AU-y like wingfic and ABO or other things I try never to know about. I tend to hew pretty closely toward canon. Also, two of my fandoms involve twins this year, and I'm a twin, so I'm kind of sensitive to the way twins are often misrepresented in media--a little homework about twins and what we're really like would go a long way if you end up writing either TJ or Jack with their twins.

I'm going to steal heavily from Dorinda for this part of my likes list:  I love slash if I can get it, but for me slash doesn't automatically equal porn. For me it's about the depth of the bond between the characters, the discovery of a startling and unexpected intimacy. I don't have anything against sex scenes (I love them!), but I prefer if a sex scene has a reason to exist within its story. (And honestly, the same can be said for het for me as well.)

Some of the tropes and approaches I enjoy: right now, I really love hopeful endings, words that camouflage deeper/unspoken meanings, protectiveness, worry, extreme competence (with honest weakness), hurt/comfort, chosen families, partners against the world, nurturing via food/drink/warmth. Don't be afraid of classic frameworks if you like 'em! I mentioned hurt/comfort, but I also won't turn up my nose at Having to Share a Bed, Huddling for Warmth, Pretend Couple, situations where one suffers or sacrifices for the other, rescues, stranded somewhere (idyllic or non-), etc. 

Political Animals )

Kings )

The Losers )
gwyn: (yuletide lights)
Hey, you guys, I got a Ripper Street story for Yuletide! I didn't dare hope that I would get that, so I was very excited. It's one of the rare shows where I love everyone in the cast, so it was hard to name just four characters for my request, but this focuses on the relationship of Jackson, Drake, and Reid (with bonus awesome Susan) while solving a crime in Whitechapel. Go read and leave feedback for my author!

Nostalgia for the Light (6602 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Ripper Street
Rating: Mature
Warnings: Graphic Depictions Of Violence
Characters: Edmund Reid, Homer Jackson, Bennet Drake, Susan Hart

Inspector Reid, Sergeant Drake and Captain Jackson investigate a case that leaves them more than a bit worse for wear. At least they have each other.

Man, I'll tell you, these days you can only expect to get feedback on anything at Yuletide time, it seems, but I rather hilariously chose to write two stories in a fandom so small that no one but the recipients are going to read these stories. Sigh. I mean, I don't even know anyone in my own fannish life who reads this fandom, so I figured it was going to be pretty much invisible.

But this is the first time in YEARS I've been able to just fuck around all day Christmas eve and day and do nothing. I mean, I know I need to do my Festivid, but outside of that I don't have a single thing weighing on me as I have for so long, no deadlines to meet beyond that, and it is just glorious. Yesterday and today there was sun in Seattle, which never happens here at this holiday, and I strolled up to Starbucks listening to my Christmas playlist, and just enjoyed not having to do anything and not having anyone dying. Today I've just read most of the day. Soon I will start drinking (which I did last night as well) the alcoholic beverages and reading more fanfic. And there's so much good stuff so far!!!

Starting in January, I'm going to steal [personal profile] raveninthewind's 31 flavors rec meme, and make a rec a day for the month in something different every day. So I'm saving up some Yuletide recs for that, but I've found some lovely stuff so far.

I am behind on memeage.

Today's question: [personal profile] quarter_to_five said: talk about The Middleman.

I haven't got to the Ms yet on my Yuletide wanderings, so I haven't read this year's crop of Middleman stories, but I can't wait. People seem to always bring their A game to this fandom, I don't know why.

There is so much to love about this show: its balls to the wall weirdness, the clever banter and pop cultural references, the hilariously low production values that somehow seem to transcend their quality, the fact that even if bad people were doing nefarious things, no one was all that evil. But mostly what I loved about it was that it had a female protagonist who was best friends with another young woman, in an extremely positive relationship, and that the male mentor of the show believed in and supported that female protagonist all the way. He was never patriarchal or condescending to her, in fact he picked her out as his successor, and he genuinely loved her and wanted her to succeed.

Honestly, I can't think of a male-female relationship like it on TV, and we so rarely see female friendships as portrayed by Wendy Watson and Lacey Thornfield. It didn't hurt, either, that Wendy was Latina, and how incredibly rare is that, as well? Wendy was smart, cool, acerbic, capable, without vanity, artistic, and just plain brilliant. And for a show created by a man, the treatment of her was shockingly nonsexist -- it was clear that everyone involved in the show loved Wendy Watson, that she wasn't there to be the Middleman's sidekick only or an object for the male gaze.

We used to talk about how much alike The Middleman and Benton Fraser were, and I still would love to see them meet up at some point. But I'd also love to have Wendy meet a couple people -- Buffy and Willow, and Dana Scully. I think that would be a wingding. You can put Wendy and Lacey and Noser and Ida and the Middleman into almost any kind of fabulous pop culture product and have fun, it's deeply crossoverable (I mean, in their own last episode, they do into an alternate universe where the Middleman is basically Snake Plisskin from Escape From New York, and the Star Trek mirrorverse rules the day with everyone in goatees). As much of a canon girl as I am, I love the idea of something so malleable.

I'm looking forward to more comics (the final episode, never filmed, is available as a comic and you can hear the cast reading it in a YouTube "table read" video from Comicon a few years back), but I have to admit, if I could get just a few more episodes of the show or a movie, I would pay huge money for that. There aren't a lot of shows I would like to see resurrected, because you can rarely capture lightning in a bottle a second time, but The Middleman is definitely one.

I wrote a story for Yuletide a few years ago, and I got a note from someone who'd worked on the show that it read like an episode. That is still the single greatest compliment I've ever received on a fic, because i admire the show so, so much. And a while later, I got this awesome vid in Festivids. If you haven't seen the show, this vid is a wonderful introduction!

gwyn: (yuletide lights)
Thank you so much for volunteering to write a story for me! Me me me!! I don't have a lot of stuff to add to my optional notes for the fandoms I requested, but I can give you more background about my general likes and dislikes if that will help you write.

I'm a huge fan of stories that have shape and themes -- but I'm also happy when it's an interior monologue or a couple of people sitting around talking, because those things can also lead to character insight and change. Characters figuring themselves out, finding out something new, learning about themselves or another person, are always my favorite kinds. All the fandoms I've chosen have characters that I care deeply about, so if you're writing them, we have something in common! Other common tropes I love include competency porn (man do I have a competency kink), hurt/comfort, especially when it's derived from a situation where someone has to get hurt in order to maintain a cover, idylls or R&R type holidays, and road trips. God I love road trips.

I'm equally at home with angst, suffering, fluff, PWP, happy endings, first times, romance or friendship, slash or gen, you name it. I'm not one of those people who only wants happiness for Yuletide -- whatever floats your boat, I'm in. There are a couple things, though, that I don't deal well with: any kind of animal suffering, misogyny or portraying female characters as bad just because they're female, and sexual kink (bdsm, torture, that sort of stuff). I'm also really, really not keen on AUs -- the classic what-if kind of AU is often OK, but if the characters are suddenly in Regency England or they're garden gnomes or socks, or werewolves...well, that's definitely not my cup of tea. Otherwise, I say, go to town!

My fandoms:

Luther )

Ripper Street )

RocknRolla )

Now and Again )

The Unit )

Most of all, I hope you have a lot of fun writing the story, because hey, we like the same things and the same characters! That's awesome!
gwyn: (al cheers)
So I nominated some fandoms yesterday for Yuletide, and the experience was bizarre, annoying, and really really frustrating and I don't remember this ever happening before, so I need a reality check.

Two fandoms I nominated were TV commercials -- Progressive Insurance, specifically Flo, and Allstate Insurance, again, because I got a Mayhem story last year and I think there should be MOAR Mayhem stories than just one in the archive, you know?

So, like, both of those already exist because Flo and Progressive have been nominated before -- they exist in the tag sets for the fandoms and the characters. But it wouldn't let me use those already existing fandom tags in the autofill -- it kept giving me a ridiculous error message that said someone had already nominated both of them with ____ tags (which were completely different, because whoever nominated them didn't bother to look to see if the tags already came up in the autofill) and that I couldn't nominate them. I had to "be more specific" and basically it took me like 8 tries to find some kind of specific name, that was COMPLETELY different than what this other person did, that would go through. Now, the other more normal fandoms I nominated both went through without a hitch, and they both have previously existed in the database.

I don't understand this at all, and it seems stupid. Now there will be however many other people nominate the same, exisiting fandoms in AO3, all for basically the same fandom, but because someone is careless or doesn't wait long enough for the autofill, we have to keep creating different names for tags, and what if whoever wrangles the tags doesn't realize they a) already exist in AO3 and b) are the same fandom? I thought there was this huge issue with tag bloat, and this seems to be actively creating tag bloat! I don't get it at all, and it was enormously frustrating, especially when the fandoms keep coming up on the autofill over and over again. How does this help?

The other thing that bugs me about it is that I'm afraid they're going to do what they did a couple years ago, where they lumped all TV commercials into a category, and since we were forced to choose 2 characters to offer in a given fandom, those of us who only were knowledgeable about one couldn't really offer the fandom we wanted to, and so those went unoffered (for instance, I talked to a couple people who had wanted to offer Mayhem/Allstate Insurance, but they couldn't just offer him -- they had to offer someone else and none of us felt like we could write the other characters listed, many of whom were from commercials we'd never seen). Last year I mentioned this problem to Elyn, and they had fixed it so that the individual commercials were their own fandoms -- and lo and behold, I got a Mayhem story for Yuletide! Which was awesome in the extreme. I'm afraid they're going to go backwards and push us back into that problem, which will mean many of us won't be able to offer fandoms we'd love to write.

This doesn't make the least bit of sense to me. Why force people to create a bunch of different fandom names for the same fandom just because someone else nominated it under less than correct information?

ETA: OK, the always wonderful [personal profile] arduinna has provided me with an explanation I can at least understand. Thank you, arduinna!
gwyn: (jimmy stewart thesuthernangel)
Ugh, I hate this, I should be excited, but I don't know what to do about Yuletide and Festivids. They are both open for noms (not yummy noms, just nominations), but I have a big project coming up in October through November and I don't know how much time I'll have to write or vid. Last year I took off work -- I basically didn't accept any new projects for the entire of November and December, which I am wondering how much of an effect that had on my lower workload this year and less income. I finally heard back from one publisher this summer, but that was a long time and I worried that by turning down a project last winter, I had negatively affected my relationship with them.

Also, I have no fucking clue what to even nominate. I don't feel motivated by anything right now, except Pacific Rim, which is, you know, not going to fit in either of these challenges. I've been so disappointed by my fandoms this past year and it's left a bad taste in my mouth. I guess there are still some possibilities like Ripper Street and some of my oldies but goodies, but coming up with stories will be hard (less so for vids, I think).

What to do? what to do

Yesterday I skived off this giant book I'm proofing (it's awful, too, which doesn't help) and went to the Western Washington State Fair, commonly called the Puyallup Fair by locals. I loooooove the fair. But for the past couple years, every time I've been, the horse barns and cow barns have been closed. This is so frustrating. At least the draft horse barn was open, and I love looking at them, but man, I wanna see me some horsies and moo cows. A couple years ago [personal profile] belmanoir introduced me to mutton-busting, where little kids try to ride a running sheep for as long as they can, so adorable; this year we stumbled on the junior tractor pull, where little kids pedal a mini tractor with a heavy load behind it as far as they can -- it was super cute to see a little girl kicking all the little boys' asses. We also stumbled on camel rides -- and I wondered if that was a thing that's been around before? Because I've never seen it, and I really love camels, so I wanted to do it. But the antibiotics have left me in, shall we say, less than spectacular control of my bodily functions, so I figured I'd better not. ::shakes fist at sky and says in Khan voice:: Next year! Next year I shall have my camel ride.

We have a weird tradition here in the Northwest of fair scones. The Fisher Mill started serving them back in the early days, and they became really popular -- they're the old-fashioned, Englishy scones, not the gross big blocks with sugar that you tend to see here in the US. They're filled with raspberry jam, and they are light and fluffy and when you eat them hot out of the oven it is delicious fair-y goodness that cannot compare. I always buy a baker's dozen and then eat half of them on the way home and the other half I space out for days. Sometimes if I can find clotted cream then I can have cream tea every day.

I was bummed because my friend Michael wouldn't even ride the ferris wheel with me. I can never find people who want to go on rides with me. I get that a lot of people can't handle them, but I need to find a ride companion one of these days. They have this fabulous roller coaster that's one of the last remaining wooden ones around, and it's deliciously scary.

Anyway, I do love the fair, and I always have nice weather when I go there, but it's also a harbinger of fall, and knowing that in a couple days summer's officially over and then I has a sad. As well as SAD. We've had a spectacular summer here, for the first time in years and years. Almost no rain, sunny nearly every day, only a few days above 90 degrees F, it's just been divine. I'm very sorry to see it end.


Jan. 1st, 2013 02:10 pm
gwyn: (band of brothers mrbnatural)
I wrote only one story this year, but hope to try for some NY's resolutions if I can get inspired. My story was for the fandom Life.

The Moon Cannot Be Stolen (4190 words) by gwyneth rhys
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Life
Rating: Not Rated
Warning: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Charlie Crews/Ted Earley
Characters: Ted Earley, Charlie Crews

When Charlie found Ted.

At first it was a struggle to figure out what to write, since the request was for Ted and Charlie and I spent days wracking my brain trying to come up with something that wasn't just a rehash of the show or set in prison, but in the episode with the coyote, Ted mentions to the documentarians that he was in a really bad place when Charlie found him, and that was the perfect impetus. I kind of knew going in that setting it before the series, and not having Dani in it, would limit readership, but wow it was soul-crushing to realize just how much that limited it. But I'm really, really happy with the story, and the people who did comment seemed to think I really nailed their voices, and my recipient liked it, so that's all very good indeed.

Every year, I wonder this same thing: Why does everyone insist on making recs posts only before the reveals, and act like it's some kind of deadline? I don't get this. Why does knowing the name of the author make it...unreccable? I have so many more stories to read yet, and hope to do more recs posts, but it's weird to me that people act like they can only rec anonymously.
gwyn: (yuletide lights)
My treat, for the series Awake:
Notes For A Murky Morning (277 words) by Anonymous

This is really lovely and bittersweet, looking at Michael trying to cope with his two universes.

My main story, for Allstate Insurance (Mayhem):
And I'm the Obstacle You Never Expected (2003 words) by Anonymous

When I first saw that there was an original character, I was a little nervous, but Peggy the narrator is a fabulous creation, and a perfect match for Mayhem. I was lucky to get this!

James Bond/Casino Royale through Skyfall
All the Queen's Women and All the Queen's Men (1208 words) by Anonymous

Lovely voices, has a nice bitter tone under it.

Brittle Year (1096 words) by Anonymous

Wow, what an amazing take on what Bond and M had, and how things might be after Skyfall.

That Untravelled World (1105 words) by Anonymous

Wonderfully bittersweet, and a take on M after Skyfall that I want to think of as real.

Protégé (2012 words) by Anonymous

Fantastic portrait of M, with bonus Peggy Carter from Captain America.

Happy Endings
Cranberries (2999 words) by Anonymous

Wonderful, wonderful Jane voice, and a perfect Max as well.

How Grant got his Max back (1089 words) by Anonymous

This is the story I wish was an actual episode. I want Max and Grant to get back together so bad.

An Efficacious Remedy (4025 words) by Anonymous

I loved that there was a story centered around Mary, and that she gets some love and the possibility of a happy future. I still don't totally get why the doctor's friend played the Valentine's prank and I was hoping this might give me a reason, but it is a sweet take on the two of them getting together.

Case Histories
An Explanation Waiting To Happen (7231 words) by Anonymous

A look at Jackson trying to help one of his women with a broken wing clients.

and we'll be free (1194 words) by Anonymous

It doesn't seem like this one gets the love it deserves -- it's a beautiful picture of Elinor and what she thinks about in life.

Bourne movies
all the more reason (1331 words) by Anonymous

I guess because Bourne Legacy is getting all the love, this one is not getting the attention it deserves, but it should -- this is an excellent picture of Pamela Landy and the aftermath of her helping Jason.

The Diner Rules (4523 words) by Anonymous

Another time I was a little bit wary of an original character narration, but it was totally worth it and a good read for a point in time of Mallory's life, and how she affects some other women.

Fairytale Princess (2689 words) by Anonymous

It makes me sad that this is not getting many hits. This is an excellent look at Mallory's path through life, and the structure is unique and fascinating.

Gashlycrumb Tinies/Addams Family
V is for Virgil who died en flambé (1374 words) by Anonymous

This wasn't actually on my list to read, either fandom, really, but I'm so glad I detoured and read this. It has illustrations!

Buckaroo Banzai
A Few Sparks More (1069 words) by Anonymous

Awesome Rawhide voice, cute fill-in between the movie that was and the movie that never was.

I haven't even read for my major fandoms like Justified, but I hope I'll get there soonish. Festividding is taking up a lot of the time I expected to devote to more reading. I know there's still a plethora of stuff to read.

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