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Yuletide Letter!

Hello Yuletide writer!

Thank you so much for signing up to write for one of these fandoms-of-our-hearts! I love you already for even knowing them and enjoying them enough to want to explore them more.  I hope this Yuletide is seriously great for you and nothing in my list stresses you out. If it does? Do what makes you happy.  You being happy makes me happy.

What I like in general: slice-of-life, missing scenes, people being dorks under stress.  I love family interactions, traditions, the little things that bind families and found families together. I like character exploration and mockery and snark, and I like characters that like each other, that strengthen each other just by virtue of their presence and support. I would never demand anything crazy plotty though if that is inspiring you, I totally enjoy that too.

Bittersweet tends to be my favourite tone but I am totally okay with either fluff or something darker.  However if you’re going dark (and most of these fandoms definitely don’t shy away from the darkness), I would like some measure of light or hope at the end of the tunnel.

My tumblr is over here if you'd like to check out my obsession with revolutionaries in general, dead French revolutionaries in particular, history, musicals, and hockey.

Requests:

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And truly, if none of my ramblings or ideas inspire you, go with what works for you.  I thank you so much!  I hope you have an enjoyable Yuletide.
Fragonard's Girl Reading

What I'm Reading Wednesday

I missed last week because I went to see the recent West End production of Merrily We Roll Along in the movie theatre which was amazing. Yesss, Merrily come to me.  Here's hoping they release that filmed version on DVD because I would totally watch it over and over.  Even if I spent most of the movie crying because it's ridiculously sad at heart.  I've never seen it love, but I want to desperately.

What I'm Reading Now

Secret Society Girl by Diana Peterfreund - I'm assuaging my desperate wish to buy & read Across a Star-Swept Sea (It's a retelling of Scarlet Pimpernel!) by rereading another of Peterfreund's books.  This one's an incredibly light book about secret societies at Eli Yale College.

Antigoddess by Kendare Blake - this one is pretty good, but Blake's books are all ridiculously gruesome and need to be read in short bursts to keep from being overwhelming.

Other variable things for online historical fiction class

What I've Finished Recently

Mad About the Boy by Helen Fielding
Allegiant by Veronica Roth
Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith
Gods of Gotham by Lyndsay Faye
...other things I can't remember right now

What I'm Reading Next

I have no idea.  I have a bunch of books checked out, but none of them are appealing.  So far.  We'll see.  I need to canon review for Yuletide so that needs to happen soon.
Tea with Lemon

What I'm Reading Wednesday

So let's see if doing a weekly book post can get my brain into blogging in a slightly longer form than Twitter & Tumblr...

What I'm Reading Now

The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith - I'm only about 100 pages into this, but I'm kind of loving it.  JKR has such a gift for describing people in unflattering terms but making them incredibly interesting. I have absolutely no idea what's going to happen, but there's plenty of book left.

Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick - I need to read this by next Friday for a mystery seminar I'm attending. However I've had this book for about 3 weeks, and I just can not make myself get past the first 5 pages.  I don't want to put myself in the (first person even!) mindset of a guy who is planning to kill his friend then commit suicide. I just don't want to.

Les Misérables: Conversion, Revolution, Redemption by Kathryn Grossman - this is a slender little book that's analyzing Les Misérables' historical and social context.  It's incredibly interesting though currently my favorite bit is the argument that Valjean's 24601 number commemorates the DATE OF HUGO'S CONCEPTION. Sadly she provided no citation for that bit, but it sounds like something Hugo would do.

What I Just Finished Reading

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell - I read the ARC of this a while back, but I really wanted to reread the finished product.  I still love it but it felt more unsettling the second time around.  I could feel Cath's anxiety more viscerally.  Also I have a lot to say about being the child of a mentally ill parent & how well Rowell nailed it, but that's for another time.

What I'm Reading Next

Gods of Gotham by Lyndsay Faye & A Killing in the Hills by Julia Keller for that seminar next Friday.  The readings for the historical fiction MOOC.  Allegiant by Veronica Roth because I didn't like Insurgent so much but have to finish the trilogy!
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Shoebox_project - lily

Yuletide Letter!

To my favorite Yuletide writer!

First of all thank you so much for being awesome and volunteering to write in these fandoms!  I love you already for even knowing them and enjoying them enough to want to explore them more.  I hope this Yuletide is absolutely wonderful for you and nothing in my list stresses you out. If it does? Do what makes you happy.  You being happy makes me happy.

What I like in general: slice-of-life, missing scenes, people being dorks under stress.  I love family interactions, traditions, the little things that bind families and found families together. I like character exploration and mockery and snark, and I like characters that like each other, that strengthen each other just by virtue of their presence and support. I would never demand anything crazy plotty though if that is inspiring you, I totally enjoy that too.

Bittersweet tends to be my favourite tone but I am totally okay with either fluff or something darker.  However if you’re going dark (and most of these fandoms definitely don’t shy away from the darkness), I would like some measure of light or hope at the end of the tunnel.

My tumblr is over here if you'd like to check out my obsession with revolutionaries in general, dead French revolutionaries in particular, history, musicals, and hockey.

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And finally - if any of this stresses you out or doesn't work for you, feel free to ignore it and write what inspires you. I can't thank you enough!
Center Stage - Hard Work

Dear Author...

Hi author!

Thank you so much for being so awesome and wanting to write in one of these fandoms!

General likes and dislikes:  I love slice-of-life and missing scenes.  I like women being competent and badass in their varied ways.  I love exploring the many dynamics of family relationships.  (Which is evident in two of my requests there).  I love character driven stories and friendship, and people making each other better.

I'd prefer not to have pwp or incest fics, and I'm honestly not huge on graphic smuttiness.  I definitely don't need a fic solely focused on a ship - which is probably already obvious by my 'likes,' but ships can definitely be awesome as long as they don't take sole priority over other established relationships. And I never know what else to say here.  Like I'm clearly not a fan of misogyny but then this is a 'celebration of awesome women' ficathon so is that necessary to say? I'm guessing no.

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Center Stage - Shoes, En Pointe

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I just read a gorgeous Ballet Shoes/Sherlock crossover. I know Ballet Shoes far, far better than Sherlock, but I think you just need to know the general outlines of the Sherlock Holmes character to make the story work. But *Posy.*

Proper Genius (Detective Shoes) (18745 words) by Pargoletta
Chapters: 7/7
Fandom: Sherlock (TV), Ballet Shoes - Noel Streatfeild
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Major Character Death
Characters: Sherlock Holmes, John Watson, Mummy (Sherlock), Mycroft Holmes, Greg Lestrade, Posy Fossil, Petrova Fossil
Additional Tags: Dancing, Gymnastics, Teacher-Student Relationship, Mentors, Childhood
Summary:

Sherlock and John are summoned to find a missing ballet teacher, and Sherlock recalls the meeting of two extraordinary minds.



That was a fantastic find for today.

The author's note commented that Sherlock's universe is one without a fictional Sherlock Holmes (clearly). And - in Theatre Shoes, there's a bit of a reference to Pauline Fossil being their universe's replacement for Vivien Leigh ("she was just wonderful in that big movie about their Civil War"). Which now I'm wondering what would have changed with Pauline as Vivien Leigh. She's clearly younger than Leigh was, and she never played Ophelia at Elsinore, but...it's a thought worth pondering. And who wouldn't be into Laurence Olivier?
Poppies

Fannish Excitement

I haven't posted forever and ever, and so much has gone on that if I don't give myself a clean slate, I'll never post again, and that would be terrible!  (Uh, nice sentence, Emily).

So I'm stealing this meme from the lovely osprey_archer because it looks like all kinds of fun.  Also because babbling on about fandoms is pretty much all I've been doing recently so!

Pick one of my fandoms and i will tell you:
1. my favourite character and how i FEEEEL about them:
2. the character i never expected to love this much:
3. the character everyone else loves that i don't:
4. the character i love that no one else does:
5. my absolute most favourite pairing EVER:
6. the immensely popular pairing that i just don't get/like:
7. the pairing i didn't even think of at first but have been convinced of (and how):
8. my favourite non-romantic (/non-sexual) pairing/relationship is:
9. the character i am most like is:
10. the one thing i really really really really wish would happen (or had happened) in canon is:
11. a random au idea i'd love to see in fic (and plan to write? wish someone else would write?):
12: my personal headcanon includes:
13: my deep, dark fandom secret is:
and because thirteen could be an unlucky number to end on...
14: i am actually secretly the creator of this fandom! mwahahaha! and i am about to tell you something shocking/ awesome/ baffling/ behind-the-scenes-ish /unbelievable /spoilery /insert-adjective-of-choice-here:
Requirements of the Service

Holiday Potlucks & That Type of Stuff

Sooooo anyone have any great ideas about what I should make for our work potluck on Thursday?  I was going to do a "Chinese" cabbage salad that my mom makes at Christmas a lot, but now four other people are bringing salads so...no.

I feel like I should make something because last time we did something, I totally bought pie (from the Grand Traverse Pie Company so GOOD pie).  And then I could just make snickerdoodles, but not everyone likes people in their cookies (Snickerdoodles are made of people. It is known.)

So does anyone have an easy-ish recipe for something tasty?  Or should I just suck it up and buy something?

My coworker and I spent this afternoon working on our Elephant and Piggie party for after Christmas. ELEPHANT AND PIGGIE PARTY!  I'm crazy excited.  Actually we may be more excited than the kids who'll come.  It's going to include a live performance of I am Invited to a Party!  I shall be Piggie!  There need to be pictures because I shall enjoy this forever.   (Seriously if you guys don't know Mo Willems' Elephant & Piggie, and you need gifts for kids 3-7?  Pick some of these up.  They're amazing and hilarious and not hugely commercialized.)
Shoebox_project - lily

Happy Yuletide 2012!

Hello to my favorite Yuletide writer!

First of all thank you so much for being awesome and volunteering to write in these fandoms!  I love you already for even knowing them and enjoying them enough to want to explore them more.  I hope this Yuletide is absolutely wonderful for you and nothing in my list stresses you out. If it does? Do what makes you happy.  You being happy makes me happy.

What I like in general: slice-of-life, missing scenes, people being dorks under stress, characters staying true to themselves.  I'm a total sucker for sibling and sibling-like relationships.

I love family interactions, traditions, the little things that bind families together. I like character exploration and mockery and snark, and I like characters that like each other, that strengthen each other just by virtue of their presence and support. I would never demand anything crazy plotty though if that is inspiring you, I totally enjoy that too.

Bittersweet tends to be my favourite tone but I am totally okay with either fluff or something darker.  However if you’re going dark (and most of these fandoms definitely don’t shy away from the darkness), I would like some measure of light or hope at the end of the tunnel.

I'm not a fan of reading pwp or incest fics, and I'm honestly not huge on graphic smuttiness.  I definitely don't need a fic solely focused on a ship - which is probably already obvious by my 'likes,' but ships can definitely be awesome as long as they don't take sole priority over other established relationships.

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If you haven't read Code Name Verity, don't click this cut!  Seriously, this is a book that you want to go into unspoiled!

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Thank you, Yuletide writer!  Thank you so much.  Above all, write a story you love and are happy with, and I'll love it too.  If my ideas or ramblings don't make sense to you, feel free to disregard them.  I know I'll love whatever you come up with.

Yay Yuletide!
Detroit

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I have officially moved!  As of this past Saturday, I am completely moved into my apartment.  I still have boxes & boxes - the second bedroom is almost full of book boxes - to unpack, but at least everything is here. Chavez seems to be adapting well.  She's suddenly way less needy without two other cats and a dog to freak her out. 

The best part about moving was that it rained for two hours on Saturday morning.  Wanna guess which two hours that was?  Yup, when we were moving boxes into my apt.  How'd you ever guess?  Sigh.  But I'd hired two movers to help & it got done quickly and with little stress (thank you all of you on twitter who encouraged that!) so it was more a hilarious pain than anything awful. 

So now it's time to watch the Tigers, sign up for Yuletide, and tell myself it's okay not to be unpacking ALL THE TIME I'm at home.  Also to pray/bargain/rage over the NHL lockout and try to find a book to read that could possibly measure up to Code Name Verity. I finally got my hands on the copy I purchased for the library and read it last night and ...wow.  It feels like the book was written just for me. I am really happy I took advice and went into the book as unspoiled as possible.  Thus - if you want to read an amazing character-driven book about best friends who also happen to be a pilot & a spy for World War II UK? Code Name Verity is for you.  Just don't read it in public or right before you have to be somewhere important.  It's a little emotionally wrenching.  A little.