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W00t!

If you are wanting to post a story for yuletide as Yuletide Fairy, because the mask is totally shareable *G*, here are a couple of ways to do so, based purely on my theoretical knowledge of the archive workings and not as yet tested in reality.

1. You can name [archiveofourown.org profile] yuletidefairy as a co-author and drop me a request to take your name off it (this is how proxy posting is occurring). Downside: I get to know who you are.

2. You can create a pseud of "yuletide fairy" or what have you associated to your account, post your story with said pseud, and then orphan the story, removing your username from it.

Mmmm yuletide.

GIP

Sep. 13th, 2009 02:57 pm
yuletidefairy: (autumn leaves)
Pretty icon from [personal profile] lanning!

(and to think I've been moaning about wanting to lay out of yuletide this year.)
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*dies laughing*

Right, so, Yuletide Fairy is the people! Multiple personages posted anonymously under this sock this year, a matter of great hilarity to me. So if you want to guess who the Yuletide Fairy is, you'll have to tell me what story she wrote for you!

I (primary sock-holder) admit to writing 3 this year; 1 story I know the author of, 1 I suspect, 1 I cannot confirm or deny any knowledge of, and 1 I have no freaking clue. Isn't it exciting?

Oh dear.

Dec. 28th, 2008 03:13 pm
yuletidefairy: (candy cane legs)
I wrote a story in a fandom I hadn't consumed all the canon for. I still haven't, but I've gotten a bit farther than I had when I wrote the story.

I've been... I'm not sure this is the appropriate term when I'm consuming a source after it has closed? But nonetheless, regarding my fannish production vs my fannish consumption: I've been Kripked.

They went there.

This is why I was afraid of writing it before I finished consuming the source.

OTOH: Ahahahahahaha the canon pretty. Hee.

pinch-hits

Dec. 24th, 2008 07:44 am
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omg, self, "vaguely canon-compliant" means you can make shit up already.
yuletidefairy: (fairy gold)
It is three in the morning, I have work tomorrow, more pinch-hits and treats than I know what to do with, and the bastards I am writing at this particular moment want a romance.

I had better get out of this story at under 5,000 words.

MAKE OUT, YOU BASTARDS.
yuletidefairy: (candy cane legs)
You know, I was thinking about calling in sick for yuletide tomorrow. Now I have a legitimate excuse to do so. On the other hand, I'm also actually sick, so I think some of my stories are getting shorter.
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Got myself a pinch-hit in this last flurry.

Going to have to reabsorb some canon. Damn.

Whew.

Nov. 18th, 2008 11:42 pm
yuletidefairy: (candy cane legs)
Caught up reading skimming yuletide letters. Have tagged 50 requests in 42 fandoms. A couple of which I have not previously consumed.

Oh, yuletide.

yuletidefairy: (candy cane legs)
Assignments have been out for about two hours and I have 5 letters earmarked for "I could write that..."

I looked over the list of stuff I started and didn't finish last year, and there's two that I kind of want to continue, even though I know at least one of the requesters requested other fandoms this year. It would be, er, a highly unexpected gift?
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Bernard made me bake tonight.

Chocolate pomegranate goat's cheesecake

Crust:
2 cups ground walnuts
2 tbsp honey

Cake:
4 cups (32 oz) soft goat's milk cheese (chèvre)
4 eggs
2 tsp lemon juice
2 tbsp flour
about 3/4 to 7/8 cup honey
about 1 cup of pomegranate seeds
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Mix ground walnuts and honey, spread on bottom of springform pan.

Mix cheese and eggs. Add lemon juice, flour, and honey. Fold in pomegranate seeds.

Separate off 1 1/2 cup batter in another bowl. Mix with melted chocolate chips.

Layer white and chocolate batters in springform pan. Marble with a knife.

Bake at 325°F for an hour; turn off oven and leave cheesecake in oven an additional half hour.

Cool before eating.



Could be made completely cow-free by using unadulerated chocolate and some extra honey; could be made gluten-free by dropping out the flour (flour makes it a New York cheesecake, which is not a necessity of cheesecakeness).
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I'm stalking fictional characters with Google Maps. *headdesk*

Read more... )
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So I polished up the NYR I'd hoped to post during Yuletide proper and was about 20 minutes late on (and which was correspondingly rushed and needed some polishing) and posted it.

With a mistake in the title.

*headdesk*

ETA: [livejournal.com profile] elynross has corrected it! Yay./ETA.

It is called Lips to the Vessels, Throats to the Heavens, and it is a Diane Duane - Young Wizards story about Kit and the Lone Power.

"I'll do it," the Lone Power said, "for a kiss."

Kit thought, Oh, shit, he's playing with me.

P.S.

Jan. 3rd, 2008 11:04 pm
yuletidefairy: (tinkerbell and the lost girls)
My betas were legion and I didn't thank them individually and by name because the one subset would totally blow my secret identity. But to all my Lost Girls: thank you. I love you.
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Answer story comments at a faster rate than am receiving them.

*headdesking*

I realize I should not be complaining, but omg, unforeseen extra workload of multiple stories.

If you start getting replies no longer than "Thank you!" it's because I've been buried under and avalanche of emails and gave up on trying to answer each one personally.

Details

Dec. 28th, 2007 08:00 pm
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Because I will forget later, I switched comment settings to screen all. Since I have the feeling people will want to guess my identity.

Rules regarding the [livejournal.com profile] yuletidefairy's identity:

1. Do not guess in a public fashion. Comment screening means asking via comment is not a public fashion. That's why I did it.

2. [livejournal.com profile] yuletidefairy will tell you whether you have guessed right or not. [livejournal.com profile] yuletidefairy will not lie.

3. At some point there may be a limit on number of guesses you're permitted. I'll have to see if it matters particularly.

4. In the spirit of the Fairying, please do not tell anyone else what you discover, be it [livejournal.com profile] yuletidefairy's identity or "you can rule out person X." Spoilsports who think that it is fun to out the [livejournal.com profile] yuletidefairy will not be getting any stories from her next year!

Think that's all for now.
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I finished 4,000 words of what will, I suppose, be an NYR about 16 minutes after the deadline.

I may yet cry.

Uploads

Dec. 24th, 2007 03:27 am
yuletidefairy: (my christmas is made of pagan)
Er, I think this one is XII? It went up as 1555, and is the 7th story from your humble fairy.

My current goal is to hit double digits. Three more stories! And two of them are half-done. Why, that's practically a whole story right there.

Uploads

Dec. 23rd, 2007 11:56 pm
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Against my better judgement and despite feeling totally pinched out, I took one of the last four pinch-hits today. I think that makes XI? I just uploaded it as story 1501.

It's just over a thousand words, but they are a thousand words I like very much. It made me happy to write it. And it fit into my overall thematic motif of the year.

It was my 5th pinch-hit and my 6th story finished as [livejournal.com profile] yuletidefairy, and my 7th story finished overall.

I still think I am writing four more tomorrow.

I might be smoking some crack here.

Uploads

Dec. 22nd, 2007 10:35 pm
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IX and X have gone up. I don't know what numbers, I was a bit rushed.

IX is something like 4500 words (TALKY TALKY BASTARDS), X was I barely squeaked out 1000 words and I can deal with that.

Can haz nap now?

Uploads

Dec. 22nd, 2007 05:14 pm
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My yuletide I went up as a pinch-hit, 1241 on the story count.

Word count, a pathetic 1274. Oh well, it was a whole yuletide.

Uploads

Dec. 19th, 2007 01:59 am
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My VIII went up as 466, and my V went up as 492. Woot!
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Clocking in at 3281 before revision, yuletide VIII, my pinch-hit, is DONE. Pending beta. I hear I'll be losing some commas. *grin*

Progress

Nov. 27th, 2007 11:24 pm
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I made obscene amounts of progress over Thanksgiving. Oh, God, the voices would not shut up.

Here is where I currently stand:

yuletide I: 1205 words, maybe half done, last worked on 10/31/07

yuletide II: 2826 words, also about half done, last part very well outlined, last worked on 11/14/07

yuletide III: 400 words that it might be cheating to count, since I wrote them on 9/1/07

yuletide IV: Has been rattling around my head very hard but nothing on paper yet. Reviewing source.

yuletide V: 7843 words. DONE BY GOD. Waiting on beta.

yuletide VI: Haven't attacked it viciously yet.

yuletide VII: Haven't attacked it viciously yet.

yuletide VIII: My pinch-hit. I CAN do the fandom but I don't know WHAT I'm doing yet. Should pay this one more attention.

yuletide IX: 224 words from 8/27/06 that I think I can build into something for someone.

yuletide V

Nov. 22nd, 2007 05:50 am
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650 words. I may actually know where this one ends. I think.

Crap!

Nov. 20th, 2007 02:44 am
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I just realized I need to read Walden.

Because Thoreau wasn't hard enough on me in high school. Sigh.
yuletidefairy: (fairy gold)
I claimed my first pinch-hit today. [livejournal.com profile] elynross's response was pretty much what I expected:

"*peers at the Yuletide Fairy* Nifty name. *g*"

I was anticipating that far too gleefully.

Also, GIP.

Prompts

Nov. 18th, 2007 11:09 pm
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Okay, I have tagged a total of 41 prompts for 38 players in 31 fandoms that I could, conceivably, write.

I figured out who Yuletide I is going to (I found two people who mentioned the fandom, and decided on the one whose request seemed better filled by the story I was writing) which might actually give me the impetus to finish it.

I already knew who Yuletide II was for, but she's on this list.

One request reminded me very strongly of a story that I started writing two months ago and never posted or finished, so I think I will call it Yuletide III and put it back on the burner.

I am declaring one bunny Yuletide IV because it attacked so viciously, and I probably have 300 words of outline. Oh, fandom clichés, how fun it is to distort you.

I am morally required to write Yuletide V. I don't think it'll be a hardship though.

Yuletide VI = SKETCH ETHICS. SKETCH.

Yuletide VII has me wondering if I can abuse the book canon. Goldfish.

Of these that I am actively working on, I only know 3 of the requesters by name or reputation. I do not think I skewed in that direction moreso than that I like to read people who write well and people who write well write awesome yuletide letters.

One of the joys of reading yuletide letters is the joy of looking at 400-odd LJ layouts. Color combinations that stand out in my mind as utterly atrocious: grey text on beige background; yellow text on pale yellow background. There were others. Those were the worst. I am severely tempted to blow up an animated disco ball gif for entry backgrounds, make the text white, and set clashing neon colors for links and headers. And then title my journal "MUAHAHAHA I HAVE MY REVENGE."

Is that mean of me?
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I know some research and analysis has already been done on writing yuletide prompts (see thefourthvine on prompts and liviapenn on prompts). Today, I would like to put forth some of my ideas about writing yuletide letters (dear writer/author/santa/term of choice).

You see, I feel I have become something of a connoisseur, having perused a couple hundred in the last day.

Point the first: Be detailed about things you like.

Point the second: If you are going to include a list of things you don't like, it should be considerably shorter than the list of things you like, or you will suck all the positive energy from your letter.

Fictionalized example of a bad Likes/Dislikes yuletide letter segment:

I like:
anything, really!

I don't like:
smut
slash
kink
incest
the number 3
the letter Q
Bert and Ernie living together
cats
Christmas
holiday-themed stories
Captain Jack Harkness
AUs
lyrical, poetic descriptions
crack
angst
character death
mpreg
Highlander: The Source


Clearly, I have added a few extras to this list to express my frustration, but a number of them are real things that people have said they don't like, including lyrical, poetic descriptions. That one blows me away, personally.

Here is my feeling about how you should handle it: instead of telling the writer what not to do, which strangles their creativity, shape your requests and likes list to preclude the things you don't like. Don't like lyrical, poetic description? Why don't you put "snappy dialogue" on your likes list, or "I find that brevity is the soul of wit--the more concise a story is, the more powerful"? If you don't want character death, why don't you ask for a happy ending, or fluff, or humor? That gives the writer ideas of what they CAN do instead of shutting doors on them of no you CAN'T.

I also think that if necessary you should fluff your list of likes with variations on a theme and trim your list of dislikes by consolidating similar items into single categories.

(And if there's a specific fandom where you're more afraid of what you might get than excited about it, maybe you should request something else.)

Psychologically speaking--when giving feedback on work someone has done, in fandom or in real life, it takes roughly three times as much positive feedback to balance one piece of negative feedback in the mind of the person receiving the criticism. We're wired to take negatives harder than positives. So I believe that for your writer not to feel constrained by your lists of likes and dislikes, your list of likes should be approximately three times longer than your list of dislikes.

Here is an good example of lists I found to be balanced, from [livejournal.com profile] shrift's yuletide letter:

I like stories with: banter, longing, found families, loyalty, curmudgeons, love, people being comfortable with each other, wildly improbable undercover situations, clashes, awkward moments, thwarting, old hurts, teasing, capers, domesticity, lust, intimacy, geeks, bad days, shield brothers, a comedy of errors, impositions, drunken propositions, unfinished business, first times, genderfuck, and self-confidence mixed with self-doubt.

My squicks are few (and often flexible depending on the fandom): character bashing (especially of female love interests), extreme embarrassment/humiliation, incest, betrayal, and excessive weepiness.


If you are writing a list of likes and are tempted to finish with "and lots of other stuff," stop, don't do that. Keep going. Keep writing things that you like. Even if they are redundant or specifics of a category you've already mentioned or things that seem silly and trivial, keep going. Greater quantity and detail of things you like is good. I mean, I look at [livejournal.com profile] shrift's list of likes and story ideas just pop out at me. Take any three of those and a fandom and it'd be a workable prompt.

You are trying to encourage your writer to creativity. Give them something to work with.



Point the third: And now I'm speaking specifically as the [livejournal.com profile] yuletidefairy, not your assigned writer, someone who never saw your original requests. For the love of Pete, mention your fandoms. *laughing* There seems to be this rumor going around that yuletide secrecy includes not telling the fandoms you requested. This is not true. You're not supposed to say what you're writing, or who you're writing for, but what you asked for is not a secret. It certainly won't be a secret when the archive opens on December 25th and everyone can see what story was written for you in what fandom.

Also, and this is where I think it helps your assigned writer as well as your humble fairy, if you say what your fandoms are, you can expand on how you feel about them. No matter how detailed you were in your request (and btw, I love people who copy over their request details into their yuletide letters), you should be able to say more. You all pimp fandoms, right? Do that. Say what you think is awesome, what your favorite moments in the canon are, which characters are made of win and why.

It helps. Really it does.


In summation: be positive. Be excited. Be happy. Ask for the things you want--all of them. Will you get everything on the list? Depends on how varied it is, but probably not. Will you get some of the things on the list? Yes. Will you get things you decide it's too much trouble to put on the list? Rarely if ever. Shoot for the moon; if you miss, you'll still land among the stars.
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Attempted to sleep, failed at that, managed to outline a significant chunk of story though, yay for brain working in parallel tracks. I think that's the last and final hissy fit. May actually have time to write it out in full Fridayish.
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Another 817 words and part two is done. Don't you love three day weekends?

I wonder if I can get part three done tomorrow.
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I have finished part one with 833 more words.

On to part two? *headdesk*

yuletide II

Nov. 8th, 2007 01:06 am
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733 words into a second story, this one based off of a Santa* letter (amusing Santa letters are my meat and bread). I keep thinking I've written more words than I have; on the other hand, there's considerably more words to go. There's the aftermath of bit one, and the next bit, and potentially a third bit depending on how much of a running gag I want to make it, and then the long, involved section after that, and I can't decide if I want that to run gay into the sex or if my lead should have to work harder than that for it; then there's the fall-out of the running gag, which is either a plot coupon for another 30 pages of story or else follows through to the emotional resolution, I just can't decide.

Also there's that whole triangle issue to deal with. And I still haven't made up my mind about that. Probably the answer to that will be the answer to plot coupon or resolution, since if I need to deal with it, I need another 30 pages. Ahem.

Still have not finished yuletide I. I know where there's more of that one but I'm not sure where it's going to end. I hate that!

*re: Santa, apparently this is now an offensive term and it should be yuletide writer, not yuletide Santa. I somehow feel the need to put in my two cents despite no one giving a rat's ass. I was raised in a Christian household so the "Santa" language was totally invisible to me as potentially offensive until the issue got raised recently. Should I edit my word choices to not say Santa? I dislike to do that, since Santa seems to me to not be directly related to Christ, and are all my cultural quirks invalid? Sigh.

In any case: I am pagan, yes really, not because it's cool or whatever, no, really; my religious experience has been very personal and a wee bit frightening, and is not up for public discussion, really. I don't believe everyone should believe what I believe, and I sure as hell don't believe everyone should believe in Jesus, and my usage of "Santa" is not promoting Christian beliefs because I don't share them, it truly is a cultural quirk and not a religious one for me to say "Santa."

/2¢

yuletide I

Oct. 31st, 2007 12:27 am
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I have started writing yuletide I. It is, actually, not something based on a Santa letter, though I have a few of those I'm toying with, but it's a fandom that a number of people requested, so I'm hoping it'll be a nice stocking stuffer for someone. (If I have to hunt through the whole member base to find a matching request... or at least the overlapping members of the fandom comm here on LJ...)

686 words, but clearly just a first scene. It needs a second scene, probably a third scene, possibly a fourth. Some kind of realization. Growth as characters. Hm. Where oh where are you going, story mine?

Progress

Oct. 22nd, 2007 09:39 pm
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Well, it's early in the game for pinch-hits or stocking stuffers, but I have started in on some stuff based on really amusing Dear Santa letters. Don't worry, Santa, the elves just want to pitch in.

Downloading source materials now. First one should be ready for my viewing pleasure in about two hours... it's a show I've seen a bit of, but never dedicated myself to, because while bits of it are quite amusingly slashtastic, there's also the issue of wanting to spork my eyes out.

(I don't feel bad about saying that. I'm pretty sure everyone who's ever seen the show feels that way...)

But hey. I'll just be ignoring the bits I don't like! *laughs* The time-honored tradition of the fanfic author.

Hello!

Oct. 17th, 2007 08:10 pm
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Once upon a time there was a little girl who joined yuletide and wrote one story. Each year after that she doubled the number of stories she wrote.

Clearly this means that at some point in the next decade, it'll be at 128 stories in one year, but you know. Hey. That's only two stories a day for the whole writing period of Yuletide. I can do it.

(Entry edited to remove more specific information! *G*)

It's become a goal of mine to set a record for number of stories written. This year I'm trying to break into double digits. Also, because it amuses me greatly, I shall remain anonymous. Clap your hands, kids, because I do believe in fairies! I do I do I do!