reflectedeve: Pearl from Steven Universe, in a tux and top hat (drama queen - stage presence)
BAM
Holiday reveals post! (Does this feel spammy to you? Last New Years-y item, I swear.)

So this year for [livejournal.com profile] yuletide, I wrote Turn, a Gunnerkrigg Court fic. [personal profile] nextian requested Kat/Annie, which happened to be exactly what I'd been hoping to write. :D I had a lot of fun reviewing the comic, and trying to invent some new crazy Forest stuff that fit with the occasion, without interfering too much with any of the unsolved mysteries in canon. I am . . . not the most dynamic ficcer ever? But I'm pretty happy, overall, with how this came out.

And since [livejournal.com profile] yuletart reveals are today, here's my contribution: a Middleman/Umbrella Academy fancomic. [livejournal.com profile] bluelittlepig and I matched on four fandoms, so it was a little hard to pick. ;) I went with this combination because I love wacky fanart crossovers, and because there is no Middleman fanart out there. I'm super proud of the piece: I spent two solid weeks on it! (So much Photoshop, oh my god. I barely noticed the bus crawling home at half-speed, the day before Thanksgiving.) I think I may need to start reigning in the background detail a bit, though; that large panel is kind of, er, cluttered.

I had some awesome fannish holidays . . . I'll think of them fondly while I'm wallowing through admissions season at work. /o\ I'm going to try and get those [livejournal.com profile] yuletart recs up tonight, but you should really go poke through the whole comm if you get the chance. What an amazing year.

roundup of this past year's fanart )
reflectedeve: Pearl from Steven Universe, in a tux and top hat (reading - book love - harry potter)
Sorry for the spam, bbs, but I thought I might also post some [livejournal.com profile] yuletide recs. I haven't managed to get any up before reveals in a few years! (I don't think I'm going to link this in the comm, though - it's kind of flooded.)

These are really pretty random. I haven't read anything in the Madness collection yet, and I haven't read everything in all of these fandoms, either. I was just clicking at random for awhile there, though I did read straight through most of the Leverage fic at one point.

Fandoms: Alleluia (Dar Williams), Arcadia, Arthurian Legends, Being Human, Castle Waiting, Dykes To Watch Out For, Eastwick, Fried Green Tomatoes, Gunnerkrigg Court, Jeeves & Wooster, Leverage, Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi (Spirited Away), and Victor/Victoria.

18 Yuletide Recs! )

I'm not sure I'll keep posting recs - I'm hoping to get my full recs pages set up on dreamwidth fairly soon, so I'll just stick [livejournal.com profile] yuletide stuff in there as I go. On the other hand, I definitely plan to do some [livejournal.com profile] yuletart recs this time (post-reveal, though, because I'm not caught up yet). :)
reflectedeve: Pearl from Steven Universe, in a tux and top hat (love - friendship - hi there!)
My family's getting ready to head across state to visit my grandmother in her nursing home, rather than our usual cozy lingering over presents in our PJs. (My mother is worried about the weather tomorrow. IDK. It's a good thing to do anyway. :)) So I must be brief.

Merry Christmas, darling flisters, to those of you who celebrate it! (And to the rest of you - I hope you have a really awesome day. ♥)

Check out what I found in my stocking: Glories Stream, a delightfully sexy and irreverent look at Heaven, based on Dar Williams's "Alleluia." I am absolutely thrilled with it! The tags list alone almost made me crack up out loud (which would have caused awkward questions from my family) .

Also, I see that someone else has written for the same prompt I did, which is also exciting - it's a fandom/pairing that I'd really like to read, you know? :D Man, I can't wait to dive into the archive later, in general. Also, I need to catch up on my [livejournal.com profile] yuletart commenting. (Still can't get over the incredible quality and variety of the work there!)

Must dash. Love!
reflectedeve: Pearl from Steven Universe, in a tux and top hat (crack - confusion - totes Batman)
[livejournal.com profile] yuletide signal boost, since I know some folks on my flist were thinking about pinch-hitting: there was a problem with Yahoogroups and now you have to contact a different email address if you want to claim one of the pinch-hits that have already been sent out. (Not sure yet how the rest are going out.)

I got my story uploaded with about two hours to spare, and headed into the Square for what was meant to be a brief celebratory dinner with comics-boy. And two and a half hours later, realized that I'd totally lost my entire evening. /o\ I needed a break, but the next two days are going to be a frantic whirl of wrapping, packing, mixing, drawing, and sending out belated cards, so um. I'm probably going to be scarce, online and off.

Also, I bought myself a brand new pair of combat boots (to replace the six-year-old pair that were very slowly starting to fall off my feet). I'm trying to be cautious/slow about breaking them in, but my ankles are kind of on fire right now. Still happy, though!

[ETA:] There's a new back-up pinch-hit mailing list for [livejournal.com profile] yuletide!
reflectedeve: Pearl from Steven Universe, in a tux and top hat (pretty villainy - out of costume)
Hey guys, heads' up - this year, [livejournal.com profile] yuletide Madness will be open to anyone with an AO3 account. (That's when you get to write fic of any length based on any of the unfilled prompts! I've only participated once, but it was a blast.) I don't have any invitations right now, but you might know someone who does - and the invitation queue generally seems to move at a pretty fast clip.

I'm polishing up my final story; should be able to have it uploaded whole hours before the deadline. ;) I wrote all day long yesterday! It was awesome. (Now I'm having third or fourth thoughts on this being my last year. /o\ Of course. Well, it's not like I have to decide now - although I'm also planning to apply to my wacky grad school of choice next year.)

In other news, Mikeyway is so fucking adorable. ♥

Happy Solstice, lovelies! Um. Some of your cards are totally going to be late. (Certainly the international ones I put in the mail today will be, as the lady at the post office smugly informed me. :/) I'm sorry! But ILU all to bits, you know. ♥♥♥
reflectedeve: Pearl from Steven Universe, in a tux and top hat (delighted grin - aw thanks)
My [livejournal.com profile] yuletide story is going agonizingly slowly . . . so per as usual, then! I know what's happening all the way through, thank god, but that doesn't make it easy to put my thoughts on the page. Seriously, these word things are frustrating! Writing with pictures (or preferably a combination) is so much easier. :/

But but but! [livejournal.com profile] yuletart has been delighting me throughout, and now I have art of my very own! :DDD Check out the hilarious (and pretty!) AOS OT3 comic panel that somebody drew all for me. (I am maybe a little overexcited and sleep deprived. But seriously!) I love everything about it, from the classic presentation to Spock's hilarious (but totes logical) thought bubble. Oh man, I am so happy right now.

Back to work. But. :D
reflectedeve: Pearl from Steven Universe, in a tux and top hat (back to the stage)
Working on my [livejournal.com profile] yuletide fic is making me listen to more Tori Amos than I have in a long time. I'm too tied up in knots to get nostalgic, though, so that's good!

So, what do those of you who write fic do when you're working with an open canon? Particularly one that's full of suspense and unsolved mysteries? Do you just sort of make guesses and have fun with things you know will be jossed, or do you focus in on character relationships and little day-to-day normalities, and just sort of slide past the questions you're leaving unanswered?

Just curious. ;)

I've spent my evening alternately messing with notes/outlines, and working on cards with Pushing Daisies in the background. (God, this show is adorable!) I should sleep; I have managed to set tomorrow entirely aside for continuing both tasks. And maybe shopping for a calendar online, because I swear, there are no literary-themed calendars within the Cambridge city limits, and I don't have time to comb through Boston too. Shopping for my dad: WHY SO DIFFICULT?

But first! There is Middleman fanart at [livejournal.com profile] yuletart. \o/ Sculpture, even. The quality and variety of the work this year has been completely fantastic in general . . . maybe I actually will do recs, but seriously, go see! It makes me so impatient, because I love getting four or five new pieces of art to view every day, but at the same time, I want to see them all right now.
reflectedeve: Pearl from Steven Universe, in a tux and top hat (in the glow of the stage lights)
Hey flist, hey! How are you, bbs?

I have a question. Do any of you have recommendations for a really super easy beginner-level cookbook? (Like, for a soon-to-be college grad who barely knows how to boil pasta?) I was trying to think of a practical Christmas present for my bb brother, and cooking, and it occurred to me that he is going to need to learn to feed himself soon. He doesn't strike me as the type to raid food blogs, the way I do, and he probably wouldn't be into most of my (vegetarian, first-order-ingredient-focused, deeply random) recipe collection.

I'm going to poke around my favorite local independent bookstore tomorrow, but I thought I might try you guys first. :)

I have spent this weekend freaking out about my [livejournal.com profile] yuletide fic before finally having a breakthrough. (This always seems to happen in the shower - is that just me?) Whew. Sometimes I wonder if I should stick to fanart and comics, but I feel as though it's really important to keep practicing prose writing, and anyway I love the fest to bits. Amazing as [livejournal.com profile] yuletart is, there's really nothing quite like it.

I watched the latest White Collar episode last night, and um, holy shit. I've been on a fairly mild enjoyment level with that show for most of its run so far, but talk about taking it up a notch! And that was even before the last minute or so.

The butternut squash soup I've been cooking all afternoon really needs to be done now so I can eat it and get back to writing.

[ETA:] OMG SNOWFLAKE! Thank you, [livejournal.com profile] glockgal. ♥ We had our first real snow last night and I'm still super happy about it.
reflectedeve: Pearl from Steven Universe, in a tux and top hat (om nom nom - the classiest)
So, guess who has ten fingers and toes, but only one apartment? \o/

I feel like I can breathe again, oh man. Now I can turn my fuller attention to making my awesome new apartment even more awesome, and focus more on other projects. Holiday projects, mostly, and not before time! I did a whole bunch of work on my [livejournal.com profile] yuletart piece last night in a celebratory rush of inspiration. I think it's going to be pretty awesome.

I've also posted my fairly epic [livejournal.com profile] yuletide letter, so now I'm just sitting here obsessively keeping track of sign-ups, per as always. ;) Of my ten offered fandoms, eight have been requested at least once . . . all but the two I actually offered "Any" characters for. /o\ OH WELL. I have no clue what I'm likely to wind up with, really, but I'm so excited!

It's a gorgeous damn day, and I need to go out into it so I can drop off my old apartment keys and pick up some straggling mail. But! I have already started planning out this year's holiday card, and I think I'm actually going to make it happen in a physical, hard-copy kind of way. (Something I always try for, but never manage.) So, poll!

Please take the poll at my LJ.

The card will not be fandom-oriented; it will include a couple of my own original characters, along a wintry theme. Comments are screened; please feel free to leave any thoughts, and if you want to participate, your address. (You can also email me at fairiesbite at yahoo dot com.) ♥
reflectedeve: Pearl from Steven Universe, in a tux and top hat (pretty villainy - out of costume)
Dear Yule Goat,

Thank you so much for being my writer! I can't tell you how much I appreciate your efforts already, mysterious and awesome person. I should also warn you: this letter is long. This is intended to give you more options (if you want them), rather than freak you out, so . . . I hope it doesn't. Freak you out, that is. ♥

General blather! )

Requests and additional thoughts )

I think that's probably plenty to be going on with, yeah? Like I said before: feel free to use as much or as little as you like. I'm quite convinced that I'm going to love whatever you come up with. ♥

Thank you again, and happy writing!
reflectedeve: Pearl from Steven Universe, in a tux and top hat (pretty villainy - out of costume)
If you haven't already been deluged by the squee on your flist, Yuletide Sign-Ups Are Open! :D Detailed instructions can be found here.

I think I have finally managed to achieve some kind of obscure ideal here, but we'll see. ;) Hopefully I haven't managed to render myself unmatchable. (I know it's unlikely, but I did restrict characters for most things.) I'm almost nervous to see how many people we get this year (I don't remember seeing quite so many 'new this year' comments in the past)! Also, watch my concentration be shot for the next week.

Year seven, dear gods.
reflectedeve: Pearl from Steven Universe, in a tux and top hat (lazing - hanging out)
There is so much leftover Halloween candy around the office today. Seriously, did all the kids in Central Mass stay home on Saturday?

Oh, [livejournal.com profile] yuletide season. So ridiculous. I have the google doc with my "to offer" list open in the background as I work, and I just keep deleting things and then adding them back. (Surely someone will want Eastwick femslash? I love Paul Gross to handsome talented bits, but I don't think I want to write anything focusing on Darryl.) I'm looking forward to sign-ups opening, so I can stop second-guessing myself and just take the damn plunge.

Speaking of Eastwick, I'm a little weirded out by how much I'm enjoying it. I keep expecting every episode to be the one that finally pisses me off, but . . . it keeps not happening. (And meanwhile: walked through fire. ♥ Uh, yeah. I sort of feel like I'm thirteen again and making hearthands over Now and Then, but what the hell.)

I've been in post-move hibernation mode for the last couple of weeks, so I've been watching a lot of tv (and reading YA fantasy novels . . . in my defense, The Dark Is Rising is not a series I'd read before). I got my new roomie watching some first season Farscape with me--it's really a shame that I only have a handful of episodes (maybe I'll ask for it for Christmas)--wondered again why I've never watched more than a handful of episodes of Psych, and fell in love with White Collar (least surprising ever). Has anyone written a Leverage crossover yet? Because seriously, people. (I want the lesbian agent back, though. Can't we have her and Natalie?)

Also, why did nobody tell me that the Star Trek: Animated Series is really fun? It features things like Tiny Spock, and kickass Uhura (and Chapel) taking charge of the ship! (Why couldn't there have been just one TOS episode like that?) The animation's pretty crummy, but some of the background painting is pretty gorgeous.

Goal for the week: pin down my [livejournal.com profile] yuletart contribution. If I haven't at least decided on a fandom by the time [livejournal.com profile] yuletide sign-ups open, there will be panic and bloodshed.
reflectedeve: Pearl from Steven Universe, in a tux and top hat (everything old is new again)
Whee, so, I moved. My new place is pretty fantastic; the kitchen's a bit small (we're going to have to purchase extra storage, or we'll have to somehow choose between having food and having things to cook/eat with), but my room's bigger than the other and my new roomie has a pretty fabulous (eccentric) sense of decor. (I will probably picspam eventually, once I've had time to unpack and decorate a bit.) We broke in our shiny new TV by watching Beetlejuice over take-out pasta. I think things are going to be awesome.

Well, except that there's still nobody to replace me on my old lease. I refuse to panic. Things are not going to un-busy themselves for awhile yet, clearly.

And fandom's still lovely and distracting! I am psyched about my [livejournal.com profile] yuletart assignment, omg. Only it was a very good matching job (&mods;), and I'm having trouble choosing between four different fandoms. ([livejournal.com profile] guinsky says I can't do more than one piece. She's probably right.) I could maybe do a crossover? IDK IDK IDK.

(Dear Yuletart Santa: I don't have much to add, but I hope you have fun! I am already thrilled. Oh, and JSYK, there was no fandom order of preference there at all, for serious.)

I also wound up changing my [livejournal.com profile] yuletide nominations. )

I can't wait until nominations close, so I can start putting a to-offer list together! I'm intrigued by some of the album nominations, although I have to say . . . I don't really get some of them. There's no real overarching theme or common "characters" in Graceland, say, or Revolver, or most of Dar's albums. I know people enjoy stretching in all kinds of directions for this challenge, and I really enjoy watching them go, but I don't particularly see the appeal of writing fanfiction for something that doesn't really have a story to it in the first place. (I suppose that [livejournal.com profile] yuletide does seriously muddle the whole definition of "fanfiction" thing pretty regularly, too.)

As always, I'm just seriously excited to see what everyone comes up with this year.
reflectedeve: Pearl from Steven Universe, in a tux and top hat (frog in my throat - for your own good)
I feel like I'm making some progress on this moving thing? Yesterday I finished getting my books, notebooks, sketchbooks, art supplies and DVDs all boxed up--so there's what? clothing, technology, and a daunting amount of random odds-and-ends left to go--and this morning I managed to get permits/reserved space for a van on both streets. It's all very surreal. This is really only my second move (not counting the times when I was doing it with my whole family, and not actually in charge).

On the other hand, my roommates are having exactly no luck locating a replacement for me, which is terrifying. I knew this was a risk, but I thought there'd be people looking. I was looking during this time of year, a couple years back. I made my bed and I'll lie in it, but. :/ If I'm stuck paying double rent for another month I won't be out on the street, but it'll certainly be a blow. (If any of you happen to know someone looking in the Boston area, please do feel free to send them my way!)

Bleurgh. Fortunately, fandom is lovely! I haven't been able to spend quite as much time obsessing over it as usual, but [livejournal.com profile] yuletide nominations are open! :D I have a lengthy list of potential offers that will need to be revised extensively once they're finished. But!

Random blather on nominations/requests. )

[ETA:] Oh hey, wait, they just made Leverage eligible. (And Sports Night!) Now I'm going to have to rethink everything. ;)

[ETA the second:] Someone nominated Janelle Monae's Metropolis: The Chase Suite! Song/album fandoms have really not interested me before this year, but damn, that is awesome.
reflectedeve: Pearl from Steven Universe, in a tux and top hat (I cannot express myself in words alone!)
(I did in fact watch The Search For Spock and The Voyage Home this week, but I'm totally taking a break from Trek movies now. Yep.)

Oh geez, holiday madness is truly upon us. [livejournal.com profile] yuletide has its brainstorming post up; I've stuck my hastily cobbled-together list of possibilities here. (I haven't even seen Whip It! yet, but I'm going to be pretty shocked if I don't want to slash it.)

I've been waffling for the last week or so about [livejournal.com profile] st_santa . . . I dropped [livejournal.com profile] go_exchange this year to avoid overload, but Star Trek! I mean, it's one of the most popular offers/requests at [livejournal.com profile] yuletart this year, naturally, buuut. Hrm. On the other hand, that's looking kind of tiny.

Also I was thinking about trying to put together a general holiday card for the first time in a few years . . . would people be interested in that?

Did I mention I'm moving a week from tomorrow? Ahaha. /o\

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