Some notes, because I know at least one person will ask:
Although it's been hosted on LiveJournal in the past, this year's event is happening exclusively on Dreamwidth. Here are some useful links:
2013 Announcement Post (deadline for signups: 12/18)
Because of the volume of posts that the stocking signups generate, I've found it useful to create filters (one with all my friends-page/circle groups except fandom_stocking, and one for just that community).
Note that unlike most other fanwork exchanges, there are no assignments and there is no matching; one simply trolls through the stockings (the fandom and interest tags are invaluable for this), finds stockings one can fill, and posts. Also unlike most such exchanges, contributions are not limited to fic, and may include non-fannish elements (recs, recipes, icons and art, general good wishes, etc.).
- Posted from:by the chimney, with care
- Current Mood: busy
- Soundtrack:"Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow"
As you might expect, I'm not talking about the mathematical constant. No, I'm increasingly puzzled by developments on Castle, specifically with respect to Alexis' newfound Significant Other.
As far as I can tell, absolutely no one in the viewing audience actually admits to liking "Pi". At best. there's a camp that contends that yes, Alexis might reasonably fall for someone like Pi -- laid-back, over-the-top countercultural, and all too (supposedly) similar in emotional terms to Castle himself as he might have been at that age. And over the half dozen episodes of the new season thus far, we've been told repeatedly that Alexis is suddenly much more in tune with Pi than she is with her father.
And that's the trouble -- we've been told this, not shown it, and what we've been shown is greatly at odds with what we've been told.
If we're to believe what Alexis has told her father, she met Pi during her college-sponsored Costa Rica trip, and the two immediately bonded -- to the extent that she brought him back to the Castle loft with her, and has now moved into an apartment with him. She hasn't said so in so many words, but both Castle and the audience are clearly meant to assume that the two are sleeping together. And yet onscreen, Alexis and Pi have demonstrated absolutely no romantic chemistry, nor even much in the way of ordinary interaction. Instead, Pi spends most of every scene in which he appears interacting with Castle, rather than with Alexis -- and driving him up the wall, often with considerable justification.
This is, in a word, weird. The same writers who've spent the last five-plus seasons making us believe in the Castle/Beckett relationship seem to be going out of their way to make us disbelieve the Alexis/Pi relationship. It makes no sense whatever -- and I'm not sure at this point how they can write themselves out of the situation. There's no drama in breaking up a relationship that we weren't invested in to start with, and it's much too late to retcon chemistry that should have been there from Pi's first appearance.
I have to think that the writers have something in mind for this arc; for all that the Castle creative team has its blind spots, writing romantic relationships hasn't been one of them. But I can't for the life of me see where they're going with this.
- Current Mood: confused
- Soundtrack:"Castle" theme (of course)
Here we are, O fellow Yuletides, neither so early as I'd hoped, nor as late as I feared. Also, for any of the handful of folk who may have been reading my letters in years past, this one has been rather more heavily rewritten than usual -- up to and including changes to some of the Requests of Long Standing.
That said, one thing that hasn't changed, and won't, is the heartfelt annual Thank You. When I pick micro-fandoms, I tend to pick really microscopic ones, and even when I request less obscure material, I tend to put odd spins on the requests. Anyone with the knowledge and/or enthusiasm who's willing and able to write in any of these canons -- whether via assignment, treat-spawned Madness, or (dare I hope) NYR -- deserves all the thanks and virtual cookies I can supply. Nor will I rule out the possibility of real cookies in sufficiently extraordinary circumstances.
Seriously: where most of my requests are concerned, I am as Oliver Twist, and "More, please" will always be cheerfully welcomed and gratefully appreciated.
Now, as this will run unconscionably long if I don't, we start using cut tags....
ETA: I give up; the rich text editor wins. You get one cut, and here it is:
- Posted from:dashing through the nets
- Current Mood: contemplative
- Soundtrack:"It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas"
Meanwhile, sleep sounds good....
- Posted from:soon to be horizontal
- Current Mood: working
Title: Three Places Kim Merrill Lived, & One Where She Lived Happily Ever After
Fandom: Mairelon the Magician - Patricia Wrede
Characters: Richard Merrill, Kim Merrill, Lady Wendall
Word Count: ca. 1400
Genre: M/F (Richard/Kim)
Spoilers: Portions occur following The Magician's Ward; assumes general knowledge of both books, but the only major plot spoiler is that for Kim's and Mairelon's relationship arc.
Summary: “One doesn’t hold onto a family fortune,” Mairelon explained, “by keeping an enormous household running if no one but the staff is actually living there.”
Author's Notes: For mairelon, as part of the Exchange at Fic Corner.
- Posted from:relaxing
- Current Mood: pleased
- Soundtrack:"Once Upon a December" (from Anastasia)
And here it is....As always, the first order of business is the heartfelt Thank You. I am definitely a picker of obscure fandoms (in some of these cases, really obscure), and anyone with the knowledge and/or enthusiasm who's willing and able to write in any of these canons deserves all the thanks and virtual cookies I can supply. (Real cookies may also be negotiable in certain circumstances....)
Now, then. You want to know what I like. So:
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On to the fandoms:
Austin & Murry-O'Keefe Families • Madeleine L'Engle
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Chronicles of Narnia • C. S. Lewis
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The Ice Ghosts Mystery • Jane Louise Curry
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Planet Builders • Robyn Tallis( Planet Builders • Robyn TallisCollapse )
Young Wizards • Diane Duane
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- Posted from:hunched over the keyboard
- Current Mood: thoughtful
- Soundtrack:"Morning Has Broken"
Characters/Pairings: Castle, Kate, Alexis, Martha
Word Count: 1120
Spoilers: Episode tag for s5's "Target" & "Hunt", discusses plot details of both.
Summary: “I know that look,” Castle said. “That’s your this isn’t right look. So spill.”
Notes: I can't be the only one who thought certain aspects of the two-parter were a little difficult to swallow...can I?
- Posted from:entirely too warm
- Current Mood: thoughtful
- Soundtrack:James Bond theme
I've made a list of fifteen (15) characters from a variety of fandoms. Your job is to ask questions about various combinations of these characters (examples: What secret past do #8 and #14 share? What if #2, #6, and #9 went on a road trip? If #5 and #10 were having dinner, who invited who?), which I'll do my best to answer.
Once we've accumulated sufficient questions, I'll compile the results and make a new post incorporating all the Qs and As -- this way, the Dreamwidth and LiveJournal readerships both get to see all the collective wackiness.
Different practitioners of this meme make different sorts of lists. My approach tends to involve recruiting from as many different sources as I can possibly manage (in this instance, 14 unique fandoms are represented). Thus, queries are extremely likely to produce Improbable Crossover Theater for various -- and sometimes really weird -- values of "improbable". Management will do its best to respond to all queries posed, but reserves the right to designate some results Just Too Bizarre To Contemplate.
Let the game begin!
- Posted from:waiting for something to happen
- Current Mood: bored
- Soundtrack:"Nessie, Come Up" (Dr. J. Robinson)
Title: Come (Back) Saturday Morning [@ AO3]
Characters: Martha Rodgers, Alexis Castle, Original Characters
Word Count: ca. 4300
Spoilers: None to speak of. Takes place mid-S5, after "Final Frontier" but before "Target" & "Hunt". Includes references to a number of '70s animated and live-action Saturday morning TV series, real and invented.
Summary: There were certain roles Martha Rodgers had taken to omitting from her resume, in hopes that eventually the world would forget about the relevant performances. But of course she'd told Alexis a few of the stories -- and who remembers to swear an eight-year-old to secrecy?
Author's Notes: Gift for normativejean; written for the 2013 Rare Women Fanfic Exchange 2013.
- Posted from:beyond the planet of the naps
- Current Mood: amused
- Soundtrack:"Roger Ramjet" theme
And here we go; this is my 2nd year playing in this sandbox, and it looks to be at least as intriguing as the first.
The first order of business is (as always) thanks; I am grateful sincerely and in advance for the story I'm about to receive. Whoever you are, I appreciate your efforts on my behalf, and I look forward to reading the results.
My tastes in fic are wide and eclectic -- I read and enjoy gen, het, and slash (both flavors) at all ratings and have very few outright squicks, but I am not typically attracted to stories for erotic content or angst quotient. Rather, I like good characterization, authentic-sounding dialogue, effectively sneaky plotting, and well-developed wit. I am equally intrigued by clever use of canon and thoughtfully developed AUs, and I am disturbingly fond of crossovers and well-woven meta threads. As a rule, I tend to prefer canon-consistent romantic pairings (any exceptions will be noted further along), with the added note that in my book, well-sustained UST (heavy on the T) is often as good as or better than actual sex. It's definitely true that my own writing also reflects the kinds of things I like to read; my AO3 archive is here, and you're welcome to prowl.
Now, then, to the requests:
Batman Beyond (Talia al-Ghul)( Read more...Collapse )
Castle (Alexis Castle, Martha Rodgers)( Read more...Collapse )
Diana Tregarde Investigations (Diana Tregarde)( Read more...Collapse )
Kim Possible (Dr. Director, Dr. Ann Possible, Nana Possible)( Read more...Collapse )
Where on Earth is Carmen Sandiego? (Carmen Sandiego)( Read more...Collapse )
- Posted from:south by southwest
- Current Mood: curious
- Soundtrack:"A Rumor in St. Petersburg" (from Anastasia)