And so the winter fic swap season has ended (for me at least) with the Yuletide author reveal. I've still got stories to read, what with the YT archive being so massive, but the official challenges/swaps are over.
I wrote a total of five stories this year. Four for Yuletide, one for Highlander.hlh_shortcuts
I wrote Fencing
It's a HL/Ocean's 11 crossover, which was a blast to write even if it did take off in a totally different direction than I started it in. It was supposed to be a heist fic with Amanda, Danny and Rusty sort of competing to see who could get to the loot first. But it was slow going and I was having trouble with the set-up. And then I had a computer-less evening just before Thanksgiving and ended up scribbling in a notebook for a few hours and this came out of that. yuletide
/ Yuletide 2010 on AO3
Fandom: The Magicians by Lev Grossman
I read this books months back and when I saw it on the Yuletide fandom list I knew it had so many fantastic fic possibilities. I offered one character in particular - Jane Chatwin - because I thought she had some wonderful potential. And then that was my assignment. I reread the book several times, agonized over the fact that it would necessarily be one big spoiler, worried over the time travel/back and forth aspect, and eventually was very pleased with what I wrote. Variant Flare
Fandom: The Magicians by Lev Grossman
I picked this up as a pinch hit not long after sending in my first story. It was for the same fandom, which I had been steeping myself in since getting my original assignment, and as soon as I saw the prompt I had a story idea. It's not nearly as spoilery as the other one, since it's a missing scene from mid-book. As an aside, while I did write this as a pinch hit, it seems as though the original writer for this recipient didn't actually default. There was a story uploaded, but not tagged correctly as filling an assignment. Looks like it is now, which is fantastic. Still, I'm thrilled I had the chance to write this.A Day in the Life of Penny Priddy
Fandom: The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the Eighth Dimension
I saw the prompt for this (asking for a fic focusing on Penny) during Yuletide Madness and I do so love Buckaroo Banzai. I wanted to do something that showed both the sort of every day stuff that likely goes on at the Banzai Institute, and Penny's internal thought process in regards to being there. I admit, I drew a little on what I remembered from the book in terms of new students and their living conditions.The Elephant's Balloon
Fandom: Black Books
It is getting to be a habit for me to write at least one Black Books fic every Yuletide. I can't help it! They're so much fun and if I put an episode on in the background or before I write to refresh my memory on details the voices practically start shouting for me. Bernard in particular. I believe the prompt for this wanted to know more about the lensgrinder in Omsk (part of Bernard's original story which was later distilled into the ill-fated children's book). So I watched the episode, drew upon significant experience reading pompous book reviews (comes with the territory of Children's Librarian) and there it is. I was rather in a rush to get it done before midnight, as I didn't know when the archive would close. I've spotted a typo just now and should go fix it. I'm very sorry to have missed that until now.
And that's the lot this year. I always think I'm going to go back and do New Year's Resolutions for Yuletide but I've only done it once so far. Maybe this year will be the charm. I also have promised follow-ups to some of my past hlh stories and not done it. We'll see if I can remedy that.
And for anyone curious, I am going through some of my old stuff and dropping it into AO3, since I've got an account and all. I moved all of my old Yuletide stuff manually a few months back, so there's more Black Books, Ocean's and a random assortment of other things there already.