merriman: (Be Cool - ryenna)
Dear Yuletide writer!

All the details )
merriman: (Yay!)
Dear Crossovering writer -

I am so very sorry that this letter was not up before assignments went out or just after. Life got in the way, then LJ got in the way and ate what I wrote. Sorry about that.

I've participated in a number of fic swaps over the years, so there are other Dear Writer letters in my LJ, fairly easy to find. Of special note would be if you matched with me on Highlander, I've done a Highlander swap for several years now and my letters for that have some of my preferences for that fandom.

That being said, here's the rest of the letter!

Dear Crossovering Writer under here )

I think that's about it! I hope you have a good time writing!
merriman: (Be Cool - ryenna)
My Old Fandom - I am the worst and this was totally supposed to be done weeks ago. Life went whoooooosh and here we are on Trash Mountain. Of which I am the queen.

Anyhow, in the hopes that the person assigned to me is still looking, here's an actual letter:

Dear My Old Fandom writer/artist )

That's it! Sorry again for utterly dropping the ball on this letter.
merriman: (Be Cool - ryenna)
Wow, this is super late. Things got away from me at the beginning of the year and I just never made a post about what I wrote for swaps this year. Oops. I did, on the other hand, make a tumblr dedicated to my fic writing: merrimanwrites. All it has so far is links to this year's swap fics on AO3 and some notes on this year's Highlander story, but eventually it will have more.

For [livejournal.com profile] hlh_shortcuts I wrote:
Title: Like New
Characters: Methos, Richie
Rating: Gen
Words: 4429
Summary: Methos is definitely not a new Immortal, but Richie doesn’t know that and Methos isn’t about to tell him.
On LJ * On AO3
Expanded notes on tumblr.

For the Pacific Rim Secret Santa I wrote:
Title: Spindrift
Characters: Raleigh, Mako, Stacker, Herc, Chuck, Tendo
Pairings: Raleigh/Mako, Raleigh/Mako/Chuck (implied/potential)
Rating: Teen+
Words: 4343
Summary: After Pitfall no one is sleeping well, particularly Stacker Pentecost. It might just be survivor’s guilt keeping him awake, or maybe it’s something else. Mako and Raleigh are determined to find out.
On AO3

For [livejournal.com profile] yuletide I wrote:
Fandom: Only Lovers Left Alive
Title: Vast Darkness Unobscured
Characters: Eve, Adam
Pairing: Eve/Adam
Rating: Teen+
Words: 3220
Summary: Adam and Eve, a galaxy apart but still together and moving closer and closer and closer.
On AO3

Fandom: Emelan/Circle of Magic - Tamora Pierce
Title: Investiture
Characters: Sandry, Briar, Tris, Daja, Duke Vedris, Dedicate Lark, others in minor appearances
Rating: Gen
Words: 2999
Summary: Duke Vedris is naming Sandry as his heir. Does she truly want that? And will there be trouble?
On AO3

Fandom: The Magicians - Lev Grossman
Title: Tree Time
Characters: Jane Chatwin, Julia Wicker
Rating: Gen
Words: 1620
Summary: Four meetings in four places at four times. Super duper spoilers for all three books.
On AO3

Fandom: Black Books
Title: Resolved!
Characters: Bernard, Manny, Fran
Rating: Gen
Words: 1114
Summary: Where did they come from? When were they made? No one knows!
On AO3

And that's the lot from this past winter swap season! I'll hopefully be writing up some notes on the Pacific Rim, Only Lovers Left Alive and The Magicians fics at least. They'll be in my writing tumblr.
merriman: (Be Cool - ryenna)
Dear Pacific Rim writer!

Letter here )
merriman: (Be Cool - ryenna)
Dear Yuletide Writer!

All the details )
merriman: (Bibliographic control)
As it turns out, I wrote quite a bit this winter holiday season, what with [livejournal.com profile] yuletide and [livejournal.com profile] hlh_shortcuts and the Pacific Rim holiday swap. Eight stories in all, which might be the most I've ever done in one season but maybe not?

I also received some wonderful fics this year but I'll be making a separate post after this one for that, because they deserve their own.

For now, here's my stuff, along with notes on the writing:

Highlander )

Yuletide: Library anthropomorfic, Galaxy Quest, Black Books, Space Mutiny )

Pacific Rim )

And that's the lot for this past holiday swap season. I swear, this year will be the year I actually get to all those writing projects I keep meaning to do. Seriously.
merriman: (Be Cool - ryenna)
Okay, letter time!

Dear Pacific Rim Secret Santa writer!

letter under here )
merriman: (Kaga/Pepper - cobaltnine)
Dear Yuletide Writer!

Details ahoy! )

And that's it! Please feel free to contact me through the mods if you have any concerns/questions and I hope you have an awesome Yuletide!
merriman: (No tomorrow - matsujo9)
Holy crap it's time for [livejournal.com profile] hlh_shortcuts sign-ups again! That means 1. If you like HL you should go check it out, read some of last year's stuff, maybe sign up? And 2. Letter time!

Read more... )
merriman: (Be Cool - ryenna)
Apparently some folks on tumblr are diving back into LJ and holy crap, this thing is like, ten years old. It's also full of old fic and fandom stuff and not much new aside from each year's Yuletide and Highlander swap fics. Maybe that'll change. Maybe not. Probably not. We'll see.

For now, if I added you recently you're probably from tumblr and a Pacific Rim fan. I'm flukeoftheuniverse on tumblr and not terribly active posting-wise but I do a lot of liking!
merriman: (Be Cool - ryenna)
In addition to writing things this winter, I also received things! Wonderful things!

My gifts this year:

At the Edge of Our Hope - A fantastic Pacific Rim/Highlander crossover written for me by the wonderful [livejournal.com profile] ithildyn, with Methos serving as doctor in the Hong Kong Shatterdome during the events of Pacific Rim. I adore this. Methos fits in quite nicely and I love where the author chose to put Duncan and Amanda during the war. Please go read this. Having written crossovers for the Highlander swap before I know they often don't get as much love because not all the readers there for the Highlander stuff know the crossover fandoms.

Once in Love with Stella - My Yuletide gift, written by sphinxvictorian. It's a Local Hero story, and if you don't know Local Hero it's totally findable on Youtube and you should go watch it. Then read this story, which gives a lovely post-movie look at Mac, Gordon and Stella.
merriman: (Be Cool - ryenna)
I wrote some stuff this winter. Actually, I wrote more stuff than I really intended. And then I wrote more. Now that authors have been revealed in both of the swaps I participated in, yay, I can say what I wrote!

For the hlh_shortcuts Highlander swap:

Deaccession - A gen future!fic story featuring Methos’ library spaceship, a Library of Alexandria with horribly unscrupulous collection development methods, Amanda stealing shit and a new use for the Methuselah stone. Written for [livejournal.com profile] tryfanstone.

Give the Poor Dog a Bone - A gen story about Amanda raiding Duncan’s cabinets to feed herself and Joe while Duncan is out of town. Written for [livejournal.com profile] myystic.


For Yuletide:

In the Wind - Hackers - When Kate gets home for winter break she finds Cereal and Nikon missing and some shady stuff going on. Gen, featuring Kate, Dade, Phreak, Joey, Nikon and Cereal. This was my main assignment but the next one was for the same person as I couldn’t not write it.

Exit and Enter - The Matrix - A little bit of background for Trinity when she first arrives in Zion, newly awakened. Gen, featuring Trinity and Switch.

Govern the Clock - Tricksters (Tamora Pierce) - A treat written for a pinch-hitter who asked for something about Dove after the end of the books, dealing with her change in position and the difficulties therein.

Homewards - The Changeover (Margaret Mahy) - A treat written in a fandom I love, featuring Laura and Sorry living together as adults and working together both day-to-day and with their magic, even if Sorry’s mother and grandmother don’t understand how.

Get Fucked Soon - Empire Records - A very last minute treat about a little bit of Deb’s post-store life, including training Warren and dealing with her mother and the cops. I swear, it’s got a positive ending. TW: demanding absentee parents.
merriman: (Be Cool - ryenna)
Dear Yule-writer!

Details for you! )

And that's the lot! Feel free to contact me through the mods if you need more than what I've written, or clarification on something. I hope you have an excellent Yuletide!
merriman: (Don't check LJ!)
Dear Highlander writer!

details )
merriman: (M/K Kiss - rissa_jennings)
Apparently I'm going to actually do more writing this year. I say this because for the first time in a while I've got a bunch of things I'm really looking forward to working on.

  • Stories for the episodes I came up with for this bit of oddness I did for the Highlander 20th anniversary challenge. At least three of them are so clear in my head, it would be silly for me to ignore them.

  • A third (and possibly fourth) piece to go with New Year's in Scotland and In the Mail. I'd like to do a road trip for Methos and Joe and I'd like to go back in time to when Methos and Connor met. Okay, make it three more pieces, because I'd like to have Connor find out Methos is older than him too.

  • I seem to have started thinking about a Highlander/Buckaroo Banzai crossover in the comments to one of my [livejournal.com profile] hlh_shortcuts stories, so there's that to play with.

  • People seem to like A Routine Operation, which is flattering beyond words. When I was planning what to do with that story, I had a bunch of ideas for what to do with the crossover. It actually started inside Coulson's head with his contingency plans for his contingency plans and I've got ideas for a bunch of other bits and pieces in the universe, so I'll be doing that too.

merriman: (Yay!)
I wrote stuff again this year! Amazing! I participated in both [livejournal.com profile] hlh_shortcuts and [livejournal.com profile] yuletide_admin/[livejournal.com profile] yuletide and wrote two stories for each. I'm working on a few NYR treats for Yuletide pinch hitters who don't seem to have gotten anything yet too, so I'll add those here if I get them done and posted soon.

Highlander )

Yuletide )

Given some of the ideas I had while writing the Avengers/Highlander story, that one's likely to grow. Also, given some of the other HL stuff I've done this year, I hope I'll be writing more for those.
merriman: (Yay!)
I have been sick and lacking the attention span to do much outside of work, but I am forcing myself to post because holy crap, I got awesome gifts this year!

For [livejournal.com profile] hlh_shortcuts I got an absolutely fantastic Avengers crossover starring Joe, Methos, Nick Fury, Phil Coulson and a ton of fun snark and action and crack. Oh yeah, it's crack. Crack so fun I was laughing hard enough to wake up the husband next to me. Unready Reserves, rated G, link goes to part 1 but I urge you to read on through part 2 and leave a comment, cause it rocks.

For [livejournal.com profile] yuletide I got a lovely fic for The Changeover, by Margaret Mahy. It's post-canon, set well after the events of the book, involving the every day lives of Sorry and Laura and Laura's younger brother, Jacko. I absolutely adore how Laura and Sorry's magic is infused into their lives even when they do normal things like cooking dinner for each other, and I love the choice Jacko is faced with and how they handle it. The story is really nicely written and, importantly, it feels right for the canon. I'll Break My Staff, I'll Drown My Book, rated Gen.


I'll post a list of my own wintery works when authors are revealed.
merriman: (Rising - wild_huntress)
Dear Yuletide Author:

More details under here )
merriman: (Default)
Let me explain... No, that would take too long. Let me sum up...

I received two wonderful fics this year as part of the [livejournal.com profile] hlh_shortcuts and [livejournal.com profile] yuletide swaps. I've mentioned them before but they both bear mention again:
Pilgrims for Highlander (Amanda and Methos) and Something Nasty in the Woodshed for Yuletide (The Avengers - 1960s tv).

I wrote five fics this year for the two aforementioned swaps:
Messing With Lazarus - Methos and Joe - PG (gen)
Originally written as a potential pinch hit but then everyone got their stories in and no pinch hits were needed. Thing is, by the time I knew that I was pretty much done with it. Inspired by the song Po' Lazarus (I was listening to some music to get in a good frame of mind to write Joe), it's got Watcher politics, Immortal folklore and a terrible couch.

Oh, My Mountain - Methos and Duncan - PG13 (gen) - written for Nirva
I'd had this idea of making Methos the expedition doctor for a group of climbers on Everest for some time now but I'd never done anything with it. Everest (and the phenomenon of people feeling a pressing need to climb it) fascinates me. Of course, it's not really a great place for a challenge.

Collaboration, Cooperation and Chime - Emelan/Circle of Magic by Tamora Pierce - Briar, Daja, Tris, Sandry and some OCs - PG13 (some violence, tiny bit of slashy romance) - written for Opalsong
I've written in this fandom before but never these characters. Originally it was supposed to be a shorter piece with Briar dealing with the trauma of having lived through a war, but then I reread the books and the story grew a crime to solve and a few OCs.

The Madame Curie Look-a-Like Contest and Other Failed Diversions - Real Genius - Chris, Ick, Jordan and assorted others - PG (gen) - written for thecarlysutra
I've always been nervous about writing for this canon but I couldn't not write a bunch of failed pranks. It turned out to be a lot of fun. Some background on the pranks: My father told me about some students at MIT attempting to haunt a new building by burying speakers against its foundation, but someone found them before the building was finished. My father also told me about some other students who wanted to make a point that professors never really paid attention to their students and spent a semester getting an entirely made up student through a full course load. With those sorts of stories, how could I resist?

Folk Art of the Ocean - The Dark is Rising - Jane - G - written for TLvop
This was a treat and I admit, it was written in under an hour. The thing is, it all but wrote itself. TLvop and I had chatted a tiny bit about The Dark is Rising in the Yuletide chat, sparked by my username. I checked TL's Dear Author letter and saw a request for Jane-centric fic and there it was. Jane as an adult, walking through a museum. Then she was the curator. Then there was the Greenwitch. I've only had that sort of writing compulsion once or twice before and it was a joy to get that piece out this time.


And then I made some recs for [livejournal.com profile] yuletide. 52 recs, to be precise. And I'm not done reading through the things I'd marked to read later. Here are my recs, covering Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai, The Avengers (TV), Anna to the Infinite Power, Breakfast Club, Chronicles of Riddick/Pitch Black, Clue, Dark City, Dark Crystal, Elfquest, Emelan - Tamora Pierce, Galaxy Quest, Grosse Pointe Blank, Hot Fuzz, Howl Series - Diana Wynne Jones, The Magicians, Muppet Show, MST3K, Oglaf, Oregon Trail (videogame), Portal (videogame), Protector of the Small/Tortall - Tamora Pierce, Push, Read or Die, Sandman, Ship Series - Anne McCaffrey, Star Trek: DS9, Sunshine, Swallows and Amazons, Toy Soldiers, Valdemar - Mercedes Lackey, Yellow Submarine, Young Wizards/Illuminatus!/Sandman

I'll add to this post when I finish my recs and get to read through the rest of the [livejournal.com profile] hlh_shortcuts stories for this year.

Also, I'm going to be adding all my HL stories to AO3. I did all my older Yuletide stories last year then got distracted before I could do HL. If you've done the HL swap in previous years and got something from me, you might get a notice for it when I put it up.
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