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 Lydia
Fandom: Invisible Man (TV 2000)
Rating: General Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Darien Fawkes/Bobby Hobbes
Characters: Bobby Hobbes, Darien Fawkes
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 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 Arduinna
Fandom: Peacemakers (2003)
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Larimer Finch/Jared Stone
Characters: Larimer Finch, Jared Stone
It's warmer upstairs.
Many thanks to marycrawford
for the beta, and to both her and 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 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...