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I was honored with three! Thery are all excellent and I love them! Two of them were very last minute additions, the last of twhich literally appered in the ten minutes before the collection closed and I'd left work :V

Chosen

Mama Loi Papa Loi - Exuma (Song) (Share wasn't enabled on this one)

-I finally got a fic for Mama Loi, Papa Loi! VICTORY :V And it is cool, too - it is set in London, and it is about a little girl whose parents are dead, but who has a caretaker and a mysterious benefctor uncle...


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First we lift our swords to heaven (1360 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: L'Assasymphonie - Florent Mothe (Song)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Additional Tags: Bitterness, Music, Inspired by Music, Treat, Jukebox Fanworks Exchange, Obsession, Female Characters
Summary:

Yas Delit is a composer who enjoys the patronage of the King.

Trouble is, she is a revolutionary at heart.


-This one is all about revolution and political dissent through music. I liked the main character a lot, probably because of her resentment and her efforts to undermine the society she feels shackled to.

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Quest's End

Brun - Garmarna (Song) (share also not on this one... hmmm, interesting! I now have Additional Suspicions...)

-This is a reaaaaaaally interesting take on this song, where not only does the maiden manage to get the better of Brun, the man who was going to murder her as he had several others, but their contest is part of a much longer epic. Her role, if not less passive, exactly, is more premeditated. It has a really great atmosphere, and as much as I love the others, I think this one hist the most of my buttons. I was positively *spoiled* this year, all told - and the collection is full of other excellent stories as well! YOu shoudl go check them out!
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Today was author reveals for Space Swap! I wrote three things: two Voltron and one Clone Wars.

One of the Voltrons was my assignment. I was assigned to Longpig (my sister, who I live with). And she was assigned to Wererogue (My BiL, who I also live with). And he was assigned to me. Which made for some interesting times in the house! I figured it out right away, and she wound up telling him after he'd read the story, I think, but I didn't tell either of them until today :V But this meant I had to write a decoy story! It was really hard because they *both* needed me to figure out answers to some complicated canon questions! And I don't like working on multiple stories at once anyway. So, that was challenging. I'm not sure if it was better or worse that they were the same fandom... They didn't really have much crossover of characters, but they do share some headcanon :p The Clone Wars story was a pinch hit that I picked up! I got to write for Ventress, and I decided to tell the story of what happened to her light sabers after Bariss stole them in the final storyline of Season 5 :3

All in all a really excellent exchange experience :)

Queen for a Day (4837 words) by Measured_Words
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Voltron: Legendary Defender
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Allura/Lotor (Voltron)
Characters: Allura (Voltron), Lotor (Voltron), Keith (Voltron), Hunk (Voltron), Pidge | Katie Holt, Coran (Voltron), Lance (Voltron), Original Alien Character(s)
Additional Tags: Unrequited, Abduction, Lance knows what's up, Poison, Diplomacy, Rescue, Escape, A Sad Shiroless Void, Post-Season/Series 02
Summary:

Allura and the Paladins are trying to help a plant pull itself together after being freed form the Galra - but the Galra don't seem inclined to let them go. At least, not until one of their number retrieves something very precious!


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It Rots from the Head (2939 words) by Measured_Words
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Voltron: Legendary Defender
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Alfor (Voltron), Zarkon (Voltron), Original Voltron Paladins, Allura (Voltron)
Additional Tags: Teamwork, Team Bonding, Team as Family, Betrayal, Aliens, Pre-Canon, Original Team Voltron, Friends to Enemies
Summary:

Alfor once considered Zarkon a close friend - a second father for his daughter. He trusted him to lead Voltron - the force that was meant to unite the galaxy. So how did it come to war and annihilation?


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What returns to you is meant for you (1061 words) by Measured_Words
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008) - All Media Types
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Asajj Ventress
Additional Tags: Bounty Hunters, Lightsabers, Unlikely alliances, Post-Season/Series 05, Badass Ladies
Summary:

Asajj Ventress is missing her lightsabers.

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Dear Spacer,

Thanks, first of all, for writing! That is really the most important thing, and I will be delighted with whatever I wind up getting. I'm following my usual practice of cribbing heavily from other older letters, so hopefully it will retain some amount of coherency.

So first of all.... Generally speaking, I like stories that tell me a little bit more about the characters or the world they live in. I like stories with plot - with adventure, intrigue, and wacky hijinks. I also like stories that are more focused on character exploration – I don't need action if I have interesting introspection. I like both insider and outsider PoV stuff, and I feel like it is perfectly legit to write a story about a character that isn't from their perspective. I enjoy stories that are very emotionally intense, whether that means they are spilling over with ~feels~ or dark and unrelenting in tone – I enjoy horror, especially psychological horror, but also feel-good fluff.

I am definitely up for explicit stories for any of the requested "/" pairings! I don't have a list of specific squicks - I'm pretty open to stuff, and the delivery is really what's important. More than anything, when it comes (heh) to porn I want to be able to believe that the sex I'm reading is in character for whoever I'm reading about – not necessarily that it is something they want, but that the reactions I'm reading are true to whoever is having them, if that makes any sense. As for kinks, I like power dynamics, negotiation, all levels of consent (enthusiastic consent, ambiguous consent, dubcon, noncon), all kinds of sex (vaginal, anal, oral, intercrural, frottage, clothed, semiclothed, public, whatever!) knifeplay, breathplay, bdsm, blood, loyalty, kissing...a million other things I'm probably not thinking of. Basically, this is me.

As far as art goes, I should also note that I am interested in a variety of body shapes/sizes/colours, and I am also interested in symbolic representation and stylized art as well as more representational perspectives, as long as the requested characters are in some way identifiable in the piece.

I've never requested a vid before, so I am really curious as to what you might be able to do with these requests - I'm sorry if they aren't helpful, but anything that demonstrates or highlights or reveals aspects of characters or relationships would be cool! Totally down for crack here, also.

And now to the specifics!

Voltron: Legendary Defender )

Cthulhu Mythos - Fandom )

Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008) - All Media Types )

Star Trek: Alternate Original Series (Movies) )
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So, this was the first time I've done this exchange! It's only the second year though so I'm not too far behind. Would I do it again? ABSOLUTELY!

Gifts! )--

My Offerings )
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Dear...confectioner?

Sure, let's go with that :)

I just wanted to give some general likes/dislikes beyond what I put in the specific sections of my signup (which are repeated below).

I'm really interested in the dynamics of relationships - what people are bringing to the table, what do they want to get, what do they want to give, and what happens where the needs and desires of two individuals meet. Do they compliment or conflict? Do they build up or tear down? How do they resolve? I think there are lots of ways of getting at these questions as well, from throwing them into wacky hijinks to see how they execute (or not) a particular caper, to throwing them in bed and seeing what they want when they're there. So, I'm not necessarily looking for any kind of introspection in a story, I just want to know a little more about what makes these people work (or not) as a unit. I know there are some really talented artists out there, as well as writers, and I'm interested to see how these can be conveyed visually as well as textually.

I am definitely up for explicit stories for any of the requested "/" pairings! I don't have a list of specific squicks - I'm pretty open to stuff, and the delivery is really what's important. So to speak. As for kinks, I like power dynamics, negotiation, all levels of consent (enthusiastic consent, ambiguous consent, dubcon, noncon), all kinds of sex (vaginal, anal, oral, intercrural, frottage, clothed, semiclothed, public, whatever!) knifeplay, breathplay, bdsm, blood, loyalty, kissing...a million other things I'm probably not thinking of. Basically, this is me.

As far as art goes, I should also note that I am interested in a variety of body shapes/sizes/colours, and I am also interested in symbolic representation and stylized art as well as more representational perspectives, as long as the requested characters are in some way identifiable in the piece.

And now, Requests!

Voltron: Legendary Defender )

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Gravity Falls )

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Original Work )

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Black Sheep - Georgette Heyer )

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Star Wars: The Clone Wars )
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Read more... )

And that was my yuletide..... other than all the reading I've done in both collections! I wish I had more time as I'd have loved to make a proper recs post before reveals, but that doesn't seem to have happened :/ Maybe after? There are just so many great stories to chose from, though! I guess we'd better all get reading...
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Dear Amazing Yuletide Author:

Thanks, first of all, for writing! That is really the most important thing, and I will be delighted with whatever I wind up getting. I am scamming most of this from my last year’s letter (including this line!), so hopefully it will retain some amount of coherency.

So first of all.... Generally speaking, I like stories that tell me a little bit more about the characters or the world they live in. I like stories with plot - with adventure, intrigue, and wacky hijinks. I also like stories that are more focused on character exploration – I don't need action if I have interesting introspection. I like both insider and outsider PoV stuff, and I feel like it is perfectly legit to write a story about a character that isn't from their perspective. I enjoy stories that are very emotionally intense, whether that means they are spilling over with ~feels~ or dark and unrelenting in tone – I enjoy horror, especially psychological horror, but also feel-good fluff.

I like porn, but I do not require it. If you have a preference for or against in whatever you wind up writing, knock yourself out, I will appreciate it. If you include porn, I prefer it to be somehow relevant to the story – either it develops character relationships, or is vital to some zany caper or what have you. I’m not a big fan of pwp, though I think porn can certainly *be* the main action, so to speak, as long as it is showing me something new about characters or their relationship. I'm really hard to squick, so don't be afraid to show me your kinks! More than anything, when it comes (heh) to porn I want to be able to believe that the sex I'm reading is in character for whoever I'm reading about – not necessarily that it is something they want, but that the reactions I'm reading are true to whoever is having them, if that makes any sense.

If you are looking to find out more about me, I have a more mundane and fairly neglected lj/dw over at [personal profile] elanya, and I am I am often online in the yuletide chat (which you can find out how to access here), either as Lanabout, hippo-Lan, or some other similar configuration of Lan- somethingorother. I am also Measured_Words on AO3 :)

On to the specifics! Please note that these are in no meaningful order. Also, Optional Details are Optional - I hope these will give you some ideas if you need them, and some helpful insights into what I love about the canons and the characters, but if you have other ideas I haven't thought of feel free to run with them as well :D

Hadestown - Anais Mitchell )

The Shadow (Pulps) )

True Detective Season Two )
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Jukebox this year for me was kind of nutty, as it was happening right when I was moving1 Both reveals and author reveals happened when I was still very much in transitional parts of moving /o\

What I created! )---

What I received! )---

A few recs :D )
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Dear Jukebox Operator:

Thank you very much for writing something for me. I want to say first of all that if you have a strong idea about what you want to write, please feel free to run with it! I have tried to give some general ideas of things that I think might be cool for the stories, but for the most part I'm pretty open to interpretations. I'm okay with any rating, I don't have any real squicks or triggers. I like things that are scary and creepy, but I also like things that a cute or funny or fluffy (though I'm not sure if any of the songs I picked really lean that way). I don't need happy endings, but I do enjoy them. If you have different ideas though, lemme have 'em! I like character introspection, I like world building, I like plot. I like porn, but I prefer plot to go with it I don't know if any of these really lend themselves to porn, but if you think differently, lemme have it! Really, go wild! I'm pretty easy to please!

I am really excited for this fest, possibly more than is rational. I have a longstanding love of folk music and other forms of ballads and song-stories, and I like thinking about what we don't know as much as what we do. The canons we have to work with here are mostly pretty loose, and I'm excited to see where people go with them. I recognize that this is a lot closer to original fic than most fandom-fests, and I appreciate that it can be harder to make things up whole cloth, so really, thank you! Write what you want, what inspires you, and hopefully what is below has some good ideas if you're feeling lost!

If you are an artist - I actually really enjoy pieces that have more abstract or symbolic elements to them, so if you want to play with themes and atmosphere rather than create something strictly representational from any of the songs I have requested, please feel free! I don't know if that makes things easier or not - this is my first time requesting art, so I'm not sure what to say that is very helpful. I appreciate you putting your talents to use for me, in whatever medium!

Tulip - Jesca Hoop (Song) )

Eli - Bosnian Rainbows (Song) )

The Angry River - The Hat featuring S.I. Istwa & Father John Misty (Song) )

Far from Any Road - The Handsome Family (Song) )

Mama Loi, Papa Loi (Exuma) )

Twa Corbies (Song) )

Murder in the Red Barn - Tom Waits (Song) )
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I was going to talk about these more, but then I ran out of energy :( But if anyone would like to know more about any of them, poke me in the comments and I'll answer any questions and so forth!

I write four stories! One one was for a song I had ever heard previously. I did two pinch hits and one treat :)

First - my original assignment!

Song: Fire in the Head by Sharon Knight
Embers Just Waiting for Breath (7306 words) by Measured_Words
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Fire in the Head - Sharon Knight (Song)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Original Characters
Additional Tags: Bards, Storytelling, songs, Bechdel Test Pass, Fae & Fairies, Ordeals, Faustian Bargain, Madness, Megaliths, Rituals, Fire, Pilgrimage, Folklore
Summary:

Efa goes to the Giant's Chair
To make a Feyre pact...


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Then two pinch hits! Both were for songs I'd considered treating anyway if I'd had time. I was thinking maybe about drabbles to start with, so both of them turned out pretty short. But I think they were just as long as they needed to be :) Witch Hunt is the only song I already knew.

Song: Ringo by Lorne Green
Sparks (1049 words) by Measured_Words
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Ringo - Lorne Greene (Song)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Narrator/Ringo
Characters: Ringo, Narrator
Additional Tags: Gunshot Wounds, Western, Bandits & Outlaws, gunfights, Character Death Fix, amateur surgery, Starting Over, Reunions
Summary:

Ringo: A spark of good, a spark of life, and a spark of somethin' else.


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Song: Witch Hunt by Jack Off Jill
Called to the Dance (1015 words) by Measured_Words
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Witch Hunt - Jack Off Jill (Song)
Rating: Mature
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Original Characters
Additional Tags: Fire, Witches, Witchcraft, Circus, Implied/Referenced Character Death
Summary:

You might have been the best of us, the most powerful.

But you tried to put yourself above us. Above me. You said we were nothing.

You were wrong, but you can save your tears for the flames.


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And finally the treat!

Song: The Wondersmith and his Sons by Astronautilis
The Long Con (2979 words) by Measured_Words
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Wondersmith and His Sons - Astronautalis (Song)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Original Characters
Additional Tags: Vampires, Magic, Magical Realism, Family, Dysfunctional Family, Con Artists, Vampire Hunters, Exes, Brothers, Mild torture, Violence, Lies, Restraints
Summary:

All she has to do is find Evan.

That's all.

Maybe.


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And that's all! I really do love this exchange though, and I encourage everyone to check out allll the stories, because they are on the whole very excellent! I can't wait for next year :D

Jukebox!

Jun. 24th, 2014 11:03 pm
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Jukebox is open - it has been for a while, and author reveals are tomorrow I think! This is really one of my favourite exchanges - reading through everything is like reading through a themed anthology, and there are so many really good fascinating stories to get through! I could probably narrow down a top 5 (or 10 >.>) if I tried *really hard*!

I will talk about the things I wrote once reveals go live, but for now I will squee about my story! :D :D :D

The Closer You Get to the Light (3937 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Invisible Light - Scissor Sisters (Song)
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Additional Tags: Stalking, Creepy, POV First Person, Unreliable Narrator
Summary:

She is perfect for him.


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I finally got my Invisible Light fic! And it is wonderfully creepy and I love it! It seems like it could be creepy in a very mundane way.... but maybe not. It made me think a little bit of like... Patricia Highsmith meets Neil Gaiman, maybe ^_^ I am super pleased with it!

On top of that, there were several songs that other people got stories for that either I had nominated or requested or both, so I feel like I kind of made out like a bandit just on those alone! And then there are just so many really cool stories based on things I barely knew at all before this... And there are playlists to listen to and a table of songs and lyrics and all sorts of other things that just make it a fantastic experience all around. A++ would recommend to anyone! I think I will try and pimp it harder next year, but we'll see :)
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A Kids' and YA Book Fic Exchange

Nominations are open for this Year's Exchange at Fic Corner! accepted nominations are visible on the tagset (linked above), and you can read the eligibility guidelines here. Noms close tomorrow (June 7) around 10 EDT, and then signups start on June 15. You can look at the full timeline on the collection's Profile page!

If YA and kids books are Your Bag, baby, this is a great exchange :D
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I was really very pleased with this exchange overall, and am very much looking forward to doing it again when it runs (I think this spring?)! My main assignement ran long on me - i realized that this tends ot happen when I use OCs, but I think I kept it pretty well in check! I wound up getting assigned Scarborough Fair for Kaesa, who I know pretty well through Yulechat! I tried to think of a fun magial-realism place to take it, but it wound up in a modern setting, using a (completely made up) Materials Technology conference in Northern England, with a female materials scientist and a genderqueer artist as the lovers in question. There is banter and science (dodgy) and art (probably also dodgy) and four meal-based dates, one for each herb mentioned. I'm pretty pleased with it, overall, and she seemed to liek it a lot as well, so - score!

I also wrote.... a lot... of drabbles. One for Kaesa, for The Decemberists's The Infanta, as sort of a back-up mini fic, one for Nary, for Delta Rae's Bottom of the River because a: <3 and b: I love the song, and one for our mod Morbane (weho I also know pretty well from chat), for Covenant's Bullet because a: she did such a lovely job putting together this awesome exchange and b: Covenant! Someone requested something Industrial? Hells yes I will write that :D

I also write some for people I didn't know, mostly after listening to the playlist I putogether of songs with requests but no offers: for Corder's Close your House Down, and the Rumjack's Bar the Door Casey.

So without further ado...here there be fics! )
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I meant to *officially* squee earlier, but it has been a busy and tiring couple of weeks. So basically I have no real excuse >.>

Anyway, I got *two* stories :D


Stories False and True (1971 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Witch of the Westmorland - Stan Rogers (Song)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Witch of the Westmorland, Knight (Witch of the Westmorland)
Additional Tags: Missing Scenes, Backstory, secrets and lies, Literary References & Allusions, needless puns, dogbreath
Summary:

"Was that your true shape, or is this?" He spoke to fend off the weariness from the long chase, the loss of blood, not from any hope of receiving an honest answer. She was, after all, a witch.



-<333 Ballads! I love this song so much, and my author did a wonderful job giving me... a lot more imnteresting questions, really! There is a possible backstory for the witch, and some very interesting backstory for the knight as well, and there is a lovely theme of uncertainty that runs through the whole thing. Even the knights future fate is an unknown... It balso ties in some other stories and ballads, some of which I recognize (Thomas the Rhymer, Tam Lin) and others I feel like I shoudl but can't *quite* place (the knight's princess >.>). Anyway, read it, it is lovely!


The price you pay (100 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Girl With One Eye - Florence + The Machine (Song)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Original Female Character(s)
Additional Tags: Mutilation, Love/Hate, Drabble
Summary:

Why did I do it?



-A drabble for meeeee :D I love them in general and I'm happy to have gotten something for this song as well! yay treat! And I do think it is an interesting motivation for the act! So read it, it is pretty short after all ^-^ I have Suspicions about who it is by as well, but we shall see in a few days!

...is it sad that I already have a better idea what I want to nom for this next year than I do for what I want to request for yuletide this year? >.> *points at currently paying song*
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Dear Night Vale Author...

Weird at last! Thank you for offering something that I have requested - I hope I have given you some helpful ideas to work with, but please, write the story that interests you! In terms of general likes and so on, I am pretty easy to please. I don't have any serious squicks or triggers. I like things that are creepy, and dark, and funny, and fluffy. I like character driven stories and plotty fic, and introspection and worldbuilding. Not necessarily in combination! I like smut, but I like there to be something to go along with it - smut that is part of the plot, or gives some kind of insight into the characters. I don't need a happy ending, but I do welcome them. Write me something you are comfortable with, even if it isn't exactly what I've got in my optional details, and I will probably love it.

Night Vale often feels to me like something that could have been lifted directly out of my brain, so creepyness/weirdness in line with that the show dishes out is lovely. One of the things I love about Night Vale is that so much of the darkness is right out there in the open, rendered almost mundane by how relatively common it all becomes. Despite this, there are still secret and real conspiracies going on behind the scenes. People take so much for granted that they - at least most residents - have stopped questioning the weirdness. "Some mysteries aren’t questions to be answered, but just a kind of opaque fact, a thing which exists to be not known." I love that dynamic, and of course I am desperately curious to know more about the characters and scenarios I have requested. I'll repeat them here for convenience:

Requests under the cut! )

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