eruthros: photo of a tree on a misty, grey day with the text "yuletide" (yuletide - grey tree)
Yuletide nominations came up so fast this year that I didn't have time to finish (re)reading/watching/listening to all the things I wanted to finish before nominations, so I have set this whole weekend aside to check things out and decide what to nominate. It's just me and Mark O'Brien's poems and N.K. Jemisin's Hundred Thousand Kingdoms and Sleep Dealer and Whale Rider and that vid about how Steve Nash and Dirk Nowitzki broke up because Steve Nash would be able to fly with Amar'e Stoudemire. (Which was totally my mid-aughts basketball love story involving many sexy assists, but maybe I should nominate the 2007 Warriors team instead? That was a pretty great year, and J-Rich and Baron Davis were just awesome.) Decisions are hard guys.

And because I apparently don't have enough to re-read/watch/listen to (hahaha), I thought I would ask for some recs.

The criteria:
If I'm going to read/watch/listen to it before nominations are over, I need to be able to get it from my local small bookstore or library or netflix, or I need to be able to ahem it. (If it's something awesome that I can't get that way, tell me anyway and I'll see if I can find it before signups. Or I'll put it on next year's list.)

It should be created by chromatic or disabled or queer folks, or include chromatic or disabled or queer characters.

Things I like:
Speculative fiction! I like spaceships and robots and evil computers and good computers and aliens and AUs and space opera and time travel and clones and telepathy.

Stories that think about bodies. I really love it when things like shapeshifting make a difference in how people think about their bodies, or when there's a real sense of bodies moving through space, or double-embodiedness when people are connected to robots by cables, or whatever.

Nifty worldbuilding. And sources get bonus points if there are complicated politics and multiple religions and internal struggles and things.

Apocalypses and post-apocalypses.

Canonically kinky attitudes.

Things I don't like:
Celluloid Closeting. Or the equivalent done to chromatic or disabled characters. Nobody should end up dead or evil.

Vampires. I'm so done with vampires. Also succubi, and most demons, and just generally I'm less interested in supernatural themes.

Srs bzns real-life grittiness. Unless it's on a spaceship.

Heterosexual love and/or babies as the answer to all speculative fiction plot problems. If a book suggests that heterosexual love is going to save the world, or that there's hope for THE FUTURE now, I am likely to throw it across the room. Ditto any book that suggests a return to "natural" gender relations, "natural" states of being human, "natural" politics or whatever.
eruthros: photo of a tree on a misty, grey day with the text "yuletide" (yuletide - grey tree)
So, now I can figure out who wrote my stories!

On This Shore of the World was by [personal profile] sophinisba, and The Outskirter's Quest was by xylaria (possibly [livejournal.com profile] xylaria?). Thank you both!

I wrote four stories for yuletide this year. Here's how it went:

Dreams, Tranquility, Solitude (Moon 2009 movie). [livejournal.com profile] aitakute basically asked for dystopia and identity, and I thought: well. I can do that with the film, it's all there already.

In a way, this is a perfect fandom for me -- I love worldbuilding. In another way, well, I spent a really long time watching the movie and trying to figure out, like, the economics of helium three mining, and why three years, and the physics of lunar bases, and when the baby was supposed to be born. Then basically none of that went into the story, but it made me feel better.

La Adelita (Como agua para chocolate | Like Water for Chocolate). This was my first treat; I read the author letter again on Monday night or Tuesday morning, and really wanted to read a story for the prompt. Then I ended up writing a lot of this while I was on the plane on Tuesday. I hadn't read the book or seen the movie since like 1993, but I got it from the library early Wednesday morning and sped through the relevant parts to make appropriate changes (including my facepalm when I realized that Gertrudis canonically joined Villa's army -- I'd totally thought she was a Zapatista) and see how I'd done with tone.

This story is kind of like, things [personal profile] eruthros loves: magical realism, bodies, recipes, women's knowledge. Check. Also I really am going to nominate Around the Day in Eighty Worlds or Hopscotch or something next year.

Rough (anthropomofic web 2.0). Um. Well. I got home from doing all my Christmas shopping in basically two days and I was tired and cranky and I wanted to write some yuletide treats but I just couldn't face looking at source. So I wrote a story about the pages in yuletide archive instead, based on a prompt that I'd seen go by on the pinch hit list that had a line like "or anything really." I was careful to keep it under a thousand words, though, because [personal profile] elynross said somewhere that people could go wild for treats, and use just the fandom if we thought the recipient would like it, but that folks couldn't do that for full-length stories.

The Abbreviated History of the Flashlight (The Lost Room + four other crossovery fandoms). I wrote this in about half an hour, an hour before the end of yuletide uploads. I really liked the idea, but I think it came out very much rushed -- I'll have to try again when it's not, like, "aaaah do I post it or not?"

I also acquired source for two other treats I wanted to write, but I just couldn't face watching anything. Perhaps I will do them as NYR stories.
eruthros: photo of a tree on a misty, grey day with the text "yuletide" (yuletide - grey tree)
I haven't read a whole bunch, but I have read a lot that I liked!

First, my two great yuletide stories )

And then some Misc Other Stories, too! Usually I try to read methodically from a random letter, but this year it all went wrong and I've got a bunch of fandoms from all over the place. So this is recs, part one of, like, a bazillion. Indiana Jones, Leverage, Mad Men, Moon, Inuit Mythology, PSAs, Mythbusters, RPF NPR, Nero Wolfe, and Some Like it Hot recs below the cut )

I'm kind of sad about the loss of the most-frequent-commenter stat from the old archive. Not that I could ever be in the top ten by any stretch of the imagination, but because I always enjoyed boggling at how many more stories other people had already read!
eruthros: photo of a tree on a misty, grey day with the text "yuletide" (yuletide - grey tree)
Treats written: one. (In a fandom I haven't thought about since like 1995, ha.)

Treats currently percolating: LOTS. (Including one for a fandom I just encountered today.)

Shopping done: um.

Determination: high.

I hope uploads stay open late and that my hands hold out, because there are all these prompts that deserve stories!

yay!

Dec. 21st, 2009 07:46 pm
eruthros: photo of a tree on a misty, grey day with the text "yuletide" (yuletide - grey tree)
I have uploaded my yuletide story! The last two thousand words or so were written in hundred word segments in alternation with heavy applications of ice, but it's DONE.

Now: more ice packs. And BEER.

Later: possibly reviewing source for treats. *facepalm*
eruthros: Delenn from Babylon 5 with a startled expression and the text "omg!" (BtVS cheeseman nonsense)
Guess who woke up this morning with new symptoms? And then called an advice nurse and then went in to see a doctor at the clinic? And now has a brand-new bigger!stronger!better!more hideous! hand and wrist brace? And more different and exciting medication that has to be carefully slotted into the schedule?

OH YES THAT WOULD BE ME.

*facepalm*

I was planning on writing some of my yuletide story with that afternoon. (And also with that HAND. Immobilization sucks.)

I can still do it! I have an idea and a structure and some scenes and many words! I have two more days! I just need to figure out how to best type with this brace.

ETA: I forgot to mention that my new brace is produced by a company called "Freedom Splints." Srsly.
eruthros: photo of a tree on a misty, grey day with the text "yuletide" (yuletide - grey tree)
[personal profile] thingswithwings and I decided to treat yuletide like a study group. So we had [personal profile] livrelibre over for a yuletide-writing-party! To make it more like a study group, we ate [personal profile] thingswithwings's chocolate chip cookies, we ordered pizza and drank beer, and we took occasional tangents into legal procedure ("no, like, who sits in front of the bar thing in the court?") and academic field names ("why can't I google backwards?") and html coding questions ("does the AO3 allow that code?") and the premise of Jeremiah ("see, all the adults die...").

And now I have some words! I don't promise that they're good, but I have some scenes and stuff. Success! I just need to pretend I'm a college student. A college student who writes papers before 11 pm on the day they're due. A college student who, in fact, is not at all the kind of college student I was. Um.
eruthros: llamas! (llamas)
If I don't post things, then they just build up and build up in semagic until it seems insurmountable. Today I have decided to say "fuck that" to that problem, so here are ... a bunch of misc and unrelated things, some of which have been in semagic for months.

1. We made lots of awesome food for American Thanksgiving which was like three weeks ago now, but this text has been sitting here for most of those weeks so I'm posting it anyway. I might forget how to make these tasty brussels sprouts by next fall! More details about the recipes under the cut to spare you guys )

2. I'm currently going to PT threeish days a week for hand and wrist and knee and ankle and etc joint pain, and I still have partly immobilized hands. It makes me cranky and anxious, especially because nobody seems to know what's wrong, and why this problem is worse than the previous ones. Blather about doctors )

3. Some things I forgot about when I was doing yuletide nominations, so now I'm putting them here for next year )

3a. It is a sad state of affairs when your yuletide story notes are long enough to be posted to the archive. *pokes at file* Now, if only I had a story...

4. Some random things I have learned from kink_bingo )

4a. This isn't a random thing that I learned from [community profile] kink_bingo, it's a true story from planning last year that I've always meant to post so I won't someday forget it )

5. I want a firefox extension, and I can't find it! Here's what bugs me )

THERE. Now I have a completely blank update field. And I'll add some stuff from today to make sure it stays that way:

6. This Penny Arcade strip pretty much explains the way I feel when people say things like "you're just watching it to hate it."

7. Oh my god, lj, seriously? You're seriously going to make gender a mandatory field and make male and female the only options within that field? Seriously? I just. Fuck that shit. I can't put words to my RAGE.
eruthros: photo of a tree on a misty, grey day with the text "yuletide" (yuletide - grey tree)
So, okay, I've been reading many of the yuletide letters linked in the main post, because they are full of fannish joy. I read them in fandoms I don't know, in fandoms I love, in fandoms I've barely heard of, and I rejoice in the glee and the fannishness and the yuletideyness of yuletide. And so, because I thought some of y'all might enjoy this, too, I've pulled out some cool requests I've seen recently. Presume that there are spoilers for all the fandoms behind the cuts, because sometimes I have no idea what the source even is and can't warn more carefully. (To my shame, I have never read Mercedes Lackey.)

Eddie Izzard - Stand Up Routines )
Indiana Jones universe )
Total Eclipse of the Heart (music video) )
Mercedes Lackey - Valdemar series )
Aristophanes - Lysistrata )
Enid Blyton - St Clare's )
RPF Misc Actors (George Lazenby) )
My Little Pony )

Also, the entirety of kiki-eng's Canadian Politics request, which is too large and picspammy for me to reproduce here.

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