Yuletide!

Jan. 1st, 2016 12:14 pm
arduinna: Santa-hatted Momo (from Avatar the Last Airbender), saying "mo mo mo" (Yuletide)
I had an embarrassment of riches this year, with three gifts written for me, two in the main collection and one in Madness.

Two absolute charmers were in Boston Legal, written for me by debirlfan:

Names and Other Irrelevant Labels (1073 words) by debirlfan
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Boston Legal
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Denny Crane/Alan Shore
Characters: Denny Crane, Alan Shore
Additional Tags: Post-Finale, Yuletide
Summary:

The more things change, the more they stay the same.



Crane, 2015 (100 words) by debirlfan
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Boston Legal
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Denny Crane, Alan Shore
Additional Tags: Yuletide Madness Drabble Invitational
Summary:

You just know Denny would do it...



Boston Legal is a fandom of my heart, largely because of Denny and Alan, and I was over the moon to get two visits with them this year. ♥

The third was in Jumpin' Jack Flash, full of the awesome that is Terry Doolittle:

Old School for New Tech (1091 words) by BardicRaven
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Jumpin' Jack Flash (1986)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Terry Dolittle/Her Imagination
Characters: Terry Dolittle, The Russian Lady Fitness Instructor, James Page, Miscellaneous I.T. semi-professionals
Additional Tags: Banks - Freeform, Finance, Money Transfers, Money, fitness, exercise, Russian exercise telly ruining data-entry scores, Data-entry, Soul-sucking jobs, Job Disatisfaction, Employment, problem solving, Old School, New Tech, Misses Clause Challenge
Summary:

Sometimes, ya just gotta handle it old-school.



Basically I spent Yuletide reveal night beaming my head off.


I wrote Invisible Man for Ark, who asked for "smutty and in love", so I was pretty much beaming my head off on assignments day, too. Right up my alley, that. I had a few false starts, but in the end I'm really happy with what I wound up writing:

A Day Like Many Days (1875 words) by Arduinna
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Invisible Man (TV 2000)
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Darien Fawkes/Bobby Hobbes
Characters: Darien Fawkes, Bobby Hobbes
Additional Tags: Partnership, downtime, Dinner, after-dinner fun
Summary:

Sometimes a dinner invitation was just a dinner invitation -- but sometimes it was more.



I managed to forget to put the quote that explains the title in the end notes like I'd planned, but oh well, so it goes. I think it works anyway. :)
arduinna: a tarot-card version of Linus from Peanuts, carrying a lamp as The Hermit (Default)
A day late, but no less sincere! This was for December 6.

For [personal profile] torch: three characters in three different fandoms from your past that you have known and loved, max three paragraphs each (and minimum three sentences, I hope *g*). Pics would be lovely, of course. :)

(Sorry, no pics! I forgot, woe)

So many fandoms, so many characters! I was trying to figure out how to choose, and decided to sort of go by decade. I also discovered doing this that I tend to think in pairs, not individual characters, which I hadn't quite realized before. But I could separate out a few, at least:

Dan Fielding, Night Court (1980s)

Dan Fielding was a mammal. Wait, no, that's the eulogy. Okay, so, the thing is, Dan Fielding is skeevy. He just is. He's a brown-nosing suckup to anyone he thinks has power or authority; he's rampantly sexist and chauvinistic, and mostly only likes women when they're naked; he's a greedy, money-grubbing, manipulative prick; he's coldly indifferent at best to anyone he sees as beneath him (which is a lot of people).

And yet at the same time, I kind of really adore him. Almost all of that (except the "will sleep with anyone, anywhere, any time" part -- he's one of the most highly sexed characters I've ever seen) comes from fear and a desperate attempt to protect himself. He was raised dirt poor by dirt farmers (as he put it [paraphrased], "No, really. They farmed dirt.") who loved him dearly but never understood him; he was smart, ambitious, driven, and desperate to get away from them, down to completely denying his upbringing (until they actually showed up one day and he had to admit to it). He spent his youth and young adulthood scrabbling furiously to fit in with the moneyed class he so wanted to be a part of, and which scorned him. His parents were decent people that he wanted no part of, so he learned to be indecent at the same time he learned how to be proper. It's a weirdly compelling combination.

And over the series, as he learns to trust Harry and the rest of the courtroom staff (but mostly Harry), bits of his decency start shining through. He hates to let anyone know about it, but it's there. He's the only person who has the guts to tell Harry off when Harry goes self-indulgently off the rails. He's there for Roz when she has a really scary diabetic episode. He finds ways of connecting with all kinds of people he thinks he can't stand for one reason or another; he just can't maintain his masks 24/7, no matter how much he wants to believe those masks are the truth. And he loves Harry, so very much, even if it's hard for him to say. ♥

Ray Vecchio, Due South (1990s)

Oh, Ray. <3 I fell for him in the original CBS pilot movie for Due South, and that just never changed. He's another one who's soft on the inside and hard on the outside, but not in a clammish way; he's more like a porcupine, all sharp spiky spines sticking out all over to protect his soft underbelly.

He's sharp, sarcastic, cranky, easily annoyed, brash, endlessly generous, boundlessly loyal, utterly devoted to the people he loves. He's got a smile that just melts me. Watching him take care of his family, take care of Fraser, make sacrifices over and over to help (crawling out of a hospital bed to fly to Canada to help Fraser take down his father's killer; killing his beloved Riv to help Fraser, after giving up his longed-for Florida vacation also to help Fraser; handing his new-Riv money out to total strangers to support Fraser's filibuster in hopes of saving a building; mortgaging his house to pay Fraser's bail...) -- he's just amazing, and he hides it all behind that brash sarcasm, because he doesn't want anyone to know that he's a sweetie at heart.

I don't even know how else to explain him. I could have watched any number of seasons with him, snarking his way through all his deep affection for people, and never gotten tired of it. (And he loves Fraser, so very much, even if it's hard for him to say. *g*)

Bobby Hobbes, Invisible Man (2000s)

I almost didn't include Bobby Hobbes here, not because I don't love him like crazy, but because I named one of my cats after him. It starts to make it weird to type his name and not mean the furry one. *g* But I will just stick with Bobby here. Because Bobby is awesome. <3 <3

You don't think, when you're watching the pilot, that he's the guy you're going to fall for. He's kinda short, he's balding, he's kinda pudgy, he's not very articulate, he's awkward and uncertain and insecure about a lot of things. And yet at the same time, professionally? He's confident, assured, and absurdly competent, and that starts taking over. When he's in a place where what he wants is for people to like and respect him, he goes all wobbly and unsure; when he's in a place where he needs to be able to determine an assailant's location by the sound of the shot whizzing past, he's the best there is and he knows it. He's so self-assured that you think it's idiotic overconfidence -- until no, it isn't, he's really that good.

He comes pre-loaded with more issues than anyone should have to deal with; he's been kicked out of job after job as a result of those issues until he's scraping the bottom of the government-agency barrel by working for the Agency. He's known and mocked among other agencies because of his mental health issues; he's on medication and has been for a long time, and it doesn't seem to have always worked for him. But he tries! He sticks to therapy, he takes his meds, he knows the signs to watch out for. And even his deepest issues are about wanting to take care of people, to do good: he gets terribly, obsessively, outrageously, protectively paranoid for the people he loves. To the point that he stalks them to make sure nothing bad will happen to them. Which is not good, and he knows it's not good, and he tries hard to channel all of that into appropriate venues. But it means he's incredibly loyal and devoted, and when he loves someone he really, really loves them. And when push came to shove, when he'd been given a chance at what he considered true greatness, he gave it all up to save Fawkes's life. Because he loves Fawkes, so very much, even if it's hard for him to say. *g*

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Full request list here, still open!
arduinna: Santa-hatted Momo (from Avatar the Last Airbender), saying "mo mo mo" (Yuletide)
Once again this year, despite some reservations about whether it was really a good idea for me, I signed up for Yuletide and stuck it out, and once again I'm happy I did. Beyond just giving and getting stories, Yuletide gave me something positive to focus on during what was otherwise a fairly crappy holiday season, and that made a world of difference.

Also there were stories!

I got an absolutely lovely Invisible Man story, which I have read multiple times now. It was everything I could have wanted, and if you like Invisible Man, you will like this story, trust me.

Taking the Waters (3002 words) by faviconLydia
Fandom: Invisible Man (TV 2000)
Rating: General Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Darien Fawkes/Bobby Hobbes
Characters: Bobby Hobbes, Darien Fawkes
Summary:

They say insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Call them crazy, but Bobby and Darien are going to try the water park again. Water gun fights and sunburn ensue -- among other things.



It's warm, playful, affectionate, and bantery, with a little touch of underlying angst that adds just a perfect fillip of h/c to the whole thing. The whole thing makes me kinda flaily with joy. *hugs story*

Go, read, leave a comment or some kudos. ♥




I also wrote a story, as one does. I basically fell over laughing when I got my assignment, because once again I'd been assigned [personal profile] dorinda, just like a few years ago. Heeeeee. We matched on two fandoms, Peacemakers and I Spy, but as it happens, we'd just been talking about Peacemakers a week or two before, and what kinds of stories we were in the mood for. So I figured it would make it completely obvious that I'd written it, but hey, you can't beat having such a clear notion of what someone's looking for right at that particular point in time.

And this is what I came up with:

Shelter in the Storm (4529 words) by faviconArduinna
Fandom: Peacemakers (2003)
Rating: Explicit
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Larimer Finch/Jared Stone
Characters: Larimer Finch, Jared Stone
Summary:

It's warmer upstairs.



Many thanks to [personal profile] marycrawford for the beta, and to both her and [personal profile] mollyamory for cheerleading in the midst of my inevitable panic and keeping me going. <3

I went through a bunch of permutations on how to get them where they wound up, but eventually decided that something sort of quiet and low-key was the way to go. I'm pretty happy with the way it turned out. I suspect [personal profile] dorinda suspected that I wrote it, but I refused to give it away, even if it meant avoiding IRC a lot this past week. *g*




Also as usual, I keep intending to do a recs post; I am now about three years behind on recs posts. But I've been trying to remember to bookmark and click rec on AO3 as I've gone along, at least to a minimal degree; there's so much to read that I haven't really been stopping to fill in the notes field with why I'm reccing things, other than a sentence here or there.

If you want to see what's struck me so far in YT 2011 (I am not remotely done -- so many stories!!), you can check out my recs here. It currently includes about 30 stories in 19 fandoms:

Anne of Green Gables - L.M. Montgomery, Are You Being Served, Boston Legal, Burn Notice, Circle of Magic - Tamora Pierce, The Closer, Dark Is Rising - Susan Cooper, Elfquest, Haven, Here Come the Brides, I Dream of Jeannie, Invisible Man, I Spy, MASH, NCIS: LA, Newspaper Games Anthropomorfic, Sports Night, Tangled, and Young Wizards - Diane Duane.

(A given fandom's bookmarks aren't necessarily together, since I was reading across multiple devices over the week at random times. They're not alphabetical by fandom, either, as I was skipping around deliberately. But they do have author names on them now, because the AO3 is awesome like that. <3 No having to remember to go back and add them in after reveal, woo!)

This will be added to over the next several weeks/months, as I keep reading; there are a lot of fandoms I haven't even looked at. And maybe someday I'll manage to pull together a proper set...
arduinna: Santa-hatted Momo (from Avatar the Last Airbender), saying "mo mo mo" (Yuletide)
Thank you so much! The thought of a story in any of these fandoms is already making me happy.

Usually this is where I say "whatever you want to do with them is great", and then put my specifics likes and dislikes under a cut for easy ignoring. I'm still doing that, with one caveat:

This past year has been pretty rough on me in terms of personal losses, and I'd really like something that falls on the warm / happy / fluffy / vanilla end of the spectrum, if possible. If that isn't something you can do, I understand; just please no deathfic or loss of a loved one, including pets; and no terminal illnesses of any kind as an h/c trope. Thank you. <3

I love all four of these fandoms unreservedly, so if you have a yen to explore the universe, or bring in additional characters I didn't list, it's all good.

If you want more information about my requests, read on - but please don't worry if your ideas go in a different direction. Optional details are optional! As long as it's for one of these fandoms, and uses the characters, you totally win at Yuletide. \o/


my fic tastes )

Why I love these fandoms

(Alphabetical, not ranked by preference! I love them all. :)

Burn Notice )

Invisible Man )

Night Court )

Peacemakers )

Truly, I adore all these fandoms, and will be happy with absolutely anything you write, as long as you enjoy writing it.

And thank you, again!!
arduinna: Santa-hatted Momo (from Avatar the Last Airbender), saying "mo mo mo" (Yuletide)
Yuletide was a little dicey for me this year in terms of timing, but I wanted something positive to focus on, so stuck it out, and I'm glad I did.

I wound up writing Invisible Man, which led to a whole lot of ep-watching and nostalgia. Man, I love that show.

Paying the Rent (4361 words) by faviconArduinna
Fandom: Invisible Man (TV 2000)
Rating: General Audiences
Warning: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Bobby Hobbes, Darien Fawkes
Summary:

The Agency has a new landlord, and it's time to pay the rent.



Many, many thanks to the many betas who read this over and cheered me on and prodded where I needed prodding, especially [personal profile] dorinda, who steered me in the right direction when I was flailing.

And as so often happens during Yuletide, I got a story in return! Actually, I got two, which I couldn't be more chuffed about.

My main story was for Crusoe, a wonderful show that got far, far too little fannish attention. (Here, have a vid. See how pretty and fun?) [archiveofourown.org profile] pwincess did something I would not have expected at all, and went for a five-things set of AUs, all centered around Friday and Crusoe and how they connect. <3

Death and Taxes (3426 words) by faviconpwincess
Fandom: Crusoe
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Summary:

Five ways Crusoe and Friday could have fallen in love and one way they did



The Treat I got was for Night Court, for which there is also far too little fiction, although the lack of fandom makes more sense to me. But I adore Harry and Dan, and was delighted to get a lovely story about them making it over that final hurdle and admitting how they feel about each other. <3

Nothing in My Hat, Nothing Up My Sleeve (2024 words) by faviconCousin Shelley
Fandom: Night Court
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Dan Fielding/Harry Stone
Characters: Dan Fielding, Harry Stone

Also, man, how much do I love the AO3's automated features? Between the share function to make posts like this easier, and the download button so I can do all of my reading on my Kindle - wow, this is awesome. Yay, designers and coders! <3 <3
arduinna: Santa-hatted Momo (from Avatar the Last Airbender), saying "mo mo mo" (Yuletide)
Thank you so much! The thought of a story in any of these fandoms is already making me happy. Whatever you want to do with them, I'm already grateful, and the happier you are with what you write, the happier I'll be reading it. If you have an idea that you're itching to write, go for it!

I love all four of these fandoms unreservedly, so if you have a yen to explore the universe, or bring in additional characters I didn't list, it's all good.

If you want more information about my requests, though, read on - but please don't worry if your ideas go in a different direction. Optional details are optional! As long as it's for one of these fandoms, and uses the characters, you totally win at Yuletide. \o/

my fic tastes )

Why I love these fandoms

(Alphabetical, not ranked by preference! I love them all. :)

Crusoe )

The Equalizer )

Invisible Man )

Night Court )

Truly, I adore all these fandoms, and will be happy with absolutely anything you write, as long as you enjoy writing it.

And thank you, again!!
arduinna: Santa-hatted Momo (from Avatar the Last Airbender), saying "mo mo mo" (Yuletide)
Thank you so much! The thought of a story in any of these fandoms is already making me happy. Whatever you want to do with them, I'm already grateful, and the happier you are with what you write, the happier I'll be reading it. If you have an idea that you're itching to write, go for it!

If you want more information about my requests, though, read on - but please don't worry if your ideas go in a different direction. Optional details are optional! As long as it's for one of these fandoms, and uses the characters, you totally win at Yuletide. \o/

my fic tastes )

why I love these fandoms )

If you're stalking my LJ or delicious for hints about me, my apologies - I never post much, and this year in particular I've been quiet in both places. But honestly, I adore all these fandoms, and will be happy with absolutely anything you write, as long as you enjoy writing it.

And thank you, again!!
arduinna: Santa-hatted Momo (from Avatar the Last Airbender), saying "mo mo mo" (Yuletide)
Dear Yuletide writer,

Thank you so much! I've been refreshing the fandoms list and bouncing at the sight of gold numbers next to all of my requests, and I'm so happy you're writing one of them!

My prompts were a little vague, partly because I love surprises -- so it almost never occurs to me to think "what kind of story do I want to get?" -- and partly because I didn't want to make you feel obligated to meet any requirements. Seriously, whatever you want to write is great, and the happier you are with what you write, the happier I'll be reading it. If you have an idea that you're itching to write, go for it!

If you want or need more info, though:

my fic tastes )

why I love these fandoms )

And thank you, again!!
arduinna: Santa-hatted Momo (from Avatar the Last Airbender), saying "mo mo mo" (Yuletide)
Dear Yuletide Santa,

Thank you so much! I've spent the entire week refreshing the fandoms list and being gleeful at the sight of gold numbers next to all of my requests, and I'm so happy you're writing one of them!

My prompts were mostly vague partly because I love surprises so it almost never occurs to me to think "what kind of story do I want to get?", and partly because I didn't want to make you feel obligated to meet any requirements. Seriously, whatever you want to write is great, and the happier you are with what you write, the happier I'll be reading it. If you have an idea that you're itching to write, go for it!

If you want or need more info, though:

my fic tastes )

why I love these fandoms )

And thank you, again! Yay!
arduinna: Darien Fawkes from Invisible Man (Darien)
I've scoured the web and come up with what I hope is a fairly complete list of I-Man stories, writers, vids, archives, mailing lists, LJ communities, transcripts, and episode guides.

Invisible Man master list

The stories are split out by gen / het / slash and by pairing, but that's it -- no ratings, no warnings, no recs. I'm not listing stories on archives, only things I find on individual pages.*

If I'm missing anything, I would love to hear about it, either here or by email.

Please do pass the URL around to anywhere it might be useful. Thanks!


*The exceptions are teeny-tiny archives, or multi-fandom archives with tiny I-Man sections that seem unlikely to ever be expanded, or "archives" that are really one or two people's collected work. But once something gets up to 10-15+ stories by more than a couple of people, I list it strictly in the archive section.

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