So, breaking radio silence because, trust me, you did not want to be hearing about my unemployment and depression over the last six months, or the fun run during this holiday season of Mom's not feeling well which culminated in a trip to the emergency room the day before my birthday, a diagnosis of pneumonia which led to five days in ICU, culminating in a new diagnosis of congestive heart failure, a return home for Christmas, a cardiac cathaterization on Monday, and an upcoming heart surgery sometime after the New Year to replace her atrial valve.
Which is to say, I am clutching Yuletide
to my bosom like a life preserver.
I'm going to try to do some recs later, but right now I'm gonna bask in the glory of the three stories that were written for me.
Yeah, that's right, bitches (by which I mean the fates that clearly have been gunning for me this year, not you lovely folks). Three. All full length, and each in a different fandom.
Now, I try not to be one of those people who scare writers by only being happy with a story that includes a pony and a big fight scene with ninja cats after which Mary Sue tells off those terrible janitors about how they treated poor Gary Stu, all set to the lyrics of Ke$ha's Tik Tok
. I throw out a couple of open-ended prompts and then talk about the big themes and concepts that appeal to me. It's truly amazing how my gift writers created stories that truly captured those elements. There's a lot of good writers out there, you know? I thank each and every one.
My stories! Mine!Not Alone in the Dark
(8413 words) by dsudis
Fandom: Under Jurisdiction - Susan Matthews
Summary: Andrej, Robert, and Joslire's first few days aboard Scylla
I have asked for this fandom every Yuletide since the beginning. And after eight years, I got it!
My request, in part, read The fandom lends itself to dark but there's room for the lighter side, too -- getting through a regular day while living in close quarters, negotiating through the cultural differences, etc. (....) One thing that intrigues me is the structure and formality that they have to deal with, imposed from within and without, just to get through basic interactions.
"Pitch perfect" is a phrase often tossed around at Yuletide but I do not use it lightly. This story captures both the subtle and overt alienness of this universe and like the best gifts, was exactly what I wanted while being nothing I could have dreamt of myself.
I've got an idea who wrote it. We'll see. ETA: Yes!The boys are in
(910 words) by Keenir
Fandom: Jekyll (TV)
Summary: Scenes and facts of (their) life
To be perfectly honest, I requested this fandom because I really didn't like any of the handful of stories I'd found. Nothing quite matched my understanding of canon and nobody talked about Eddie and Harry, the unprecendented twins.
Enter Anonymous, stage right, who took my glib request (So what's next? Do Claire and Tom tell them about their legacy? What's adolescence like for them? First love? First hate? First day of school? *g* Are they really two (four?) separate people? Inquiring minds want to know!)
and ran with it.
The stealth Doctor Who
crossover at the end was perfect and a sly tip o' the hat to the shared Powers That Be. (Note to self: A Jekyll
crossover? The world needs
(1515 words) by destroythemeek
Fandom: Frequency (2000)
Summary: Frank Sullivan. John Sullivan. Jack Shepard. Three morning vignettes.
There's a dreaminess about this movie that appeals to me and I was afraid to be too concrete in my request for fear of closing down authorial inspiration. I did say I'd love to see something about memory -- who knows what and when, how they deal with shifting pasts and uncertain futures
and I got three scenes in the re-made yet still-in-progress timeline -- father Frank in the past, son John in the present, killer Jack in-between, none of them secure that reality won't change horribly with the next sunrise.
Go read! Give love (and kudos and comments)!