The last half of 2018 went by entirely too fast, and I am just now attempting to dig out from under the backlog of Things I Ought To Have Posted.
Chief among these are thanks for several exchanges' worth of gift fics, and in the interests of efficiency, we're going to do this all at once. (On the plus side, there is a whole lot of really good reading in these, probably more than I deserve....)
So:The Birds in Bloomsbury
by Jay TryfanstoneFandom: The Ice Ghosts Mystery - Jane Louise CurryRating:
No Archive Warnings Apply, Creator Chose Not To Use Archive WarningsCharacters:
Molly Bird, Mavis "Mab" Bird, Peregrine "Perry" Bird, Ariel "Oriole" Bird, Gabriel Lanz, Professor Jeffrey BirdAdditional Tags:
London, Bloomsbury, 1970s, The Exchange at Fic Corner 2018, pinch hit
Wreaking cheerful familial havoc on some unsuspecting foreign metropolis: the Birds in London.
This was my gift for Fic Corner; the source fandom is a one-off YA mystery novel with SFnal overtones (think a sort of cross between L'Engle's Austin and Murry/O'Keefe novels and the Happy Hollisters), and the new story captures the original characterizations beautifully while transplanting them to a vividly authentic London setting. I was and am absolutely delighted, and I think this is more or less readable as a stand-alone.
The Stakes (take two remix)
Fandom: Valdemar series - Mercedes Lackey
; Buffy the Vampire Slayer (TV)Rating:
Creator chose not to use archive warnings
Kethry (Valdemar, Tarma shena Tale'sedrin, Buffy SummersAdditional Tags:
Buffy in Valdemar, take two.
This was done for this year's Remix Revival, considerably expanding a triple-drabble I'd done for a challenge community on LiveJournal back in the day, and the author did an excellent job of capturing the wry fish-out-of-water tone of the original while amplifying very neatly on Tarma's and Kethry's take on the whole affair. Because so much of what I write involves crossovers, I tend to be hard to match in the remix world, but I have been immensely pleased to date with what others have managed to do with my work where remixes are concerned.
#####The King Under The Mountain
by rthstewartFandom: Agent Carter (TV)
, Indiana Jones SeriesRating:
Teen And Up AudiencesWords:
Creator Chose Not To Use Archive WarningsCharacters:
Peggy Carter, Henry "Indiana" Jones, James Montgomery Falsworth, Jim Morita, Gabe Jones, Jacques Dernier, Timothy "Dum Dum" DuganAdditional Tags:
World War II, Nazis, Crossover, MCU-Indiana Jones level references to torture
The War in Europe is finally ending. Doctor Indiana Jones and Agent Peggy Carter have to make sure it stays that way. They'll need ravens, a flute and a sack of grain (or maybe a bottle of 1935 Chateau Latour Pauillac).
I got this story for Crossovering, and it is a wonder and an epic and a hoot-and-a-half. The folklore, the characters, and the cinematic texture are all spot-on (and as noted in the story's comment-stream, we got what's very nearly a movie poster for the story
elsewhere in the exchange). The movie version of this is absolutely a thing that should exist.
#####Bright Sons of the British Empire: an examination by an impartial Uncle John Watson
by KeenirFandom: Sherlock Holmes - Arthur Conan Doyle
, Sherlock Holmes & Related FandomsRating:
No Archive Warnings ApplyRelationships:
Irene Adler/Sherlock Holmes, Sherlock Holmes & John Watson, Sherlock Holmes & OCCharacters:
John Watson, Sherlock Holmes, OC childAdditional Tags:
Epilogue, Coda, AU, ...your mileage may vary, Christopher Lee's Holmes films
"Imagine it, Watson - a son!" - Sherlock Holmes & the Leading Lady
Some of the possible sons that Watson can imagine Holmes having.
One of the two pieces written for me in the recent Holmestice round, inspired (as the summary indicates) by a line from one of two gorgeous films starring Christopher Lee as Sherlock Holmes. This was thoughtful, and unconventional, and fascinating, and illustrates the immense variety of creative work that the Holmestice exchanges generate, especially from some of the lesser-known Holmesian source material.
#####By the Seaside
by LuthienberenFandom: Murder by Decree (1979)Rating:
Teen And Up AudiencesWords:
No Archive Warnings ApplyCharacters:
Sherlock Holmes, John WatsonAdditional Tags:
Minor Angst, Fluff and Humor, Friendship, Slice of Life, Christmas
After unveiling the sordid conspiracy behind the Jack the Ripper killings, Holmes decides what he and Watson need is a holiday from London and where better than spending Christmas by the seaside?
The second Holmestice gift I received, also inspired by a lesser-known but first-rate Holmes movie (this one starring Christopher Plummer as Holmes and James Mason as Watson). This one is light and amusing, mostly (but not entirely) in counterpoint to the lurid, dark qualities of the movie (one of the several that pits Holmes against Jack the Ripper), but it's exactly that lightness that makes the characterizations resonate with those of the original film. Also, there's a quality guest star turn from an elegant black cat that has particular if highly coincidental resonance for me personally.
Return Home, Return to Yourself
Fandom: Star Trek: The Original Series, Uhura's Song
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Rushlight to-Vensre
Additional Tags: Future Fic, Homecoming, Returning Home, Musicians, Yuletide 2018
Rushlight has enjoyed his travels, but he misses his world and his people. He's been away from home for too long.
And finally, this year's Yuletide gift to me, a particularly vivid and well-done character moment for a fascinating secondary character in one of my half-dozen very favorite Star Trek novels of all time. Like Kagan's original story, this one is notable in recognizing some of the things that make aliens, well, alien -- and yet no less wonderful for their differences.
Whoof. That will do for tonight, I think - with luck, sometime tomorrow we'll get to my contributions to all of these.