fearlessfan: (liz lemon)
I ended up writing two stories for my Yuletide recipient this year, one in the fandom I matched on and another in a fandom I hadn't thought to offer but very much enjoyed. Every year I tell myself, "Self, don't go crazy and write a super-long story you won't have adequate time to really revise and obsessively work over the way you like to." Occasionally I listen to myself, but then there are other years when I write ridiculously long Saved By the Bell stories, or this year, when I wrote one long story:

Con Affetto (8256 words) by fearlessfan
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Pitch Perfect (2012)
Rating: General Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Beca/Chloe
Characters: Beca (Pitch Perfect), Chloe (Pitch Perfect), Fat Amy
Summary:

Beca and Chloe are friends, that won't change. They'll just be friends who do other stuff, too.



(which I'd planned to clock in at around 4K words and ended up north of 8K. But shorter than my first draft of almost 10K. So a semi-win?) and then another story in addition:

New Year's Eve (1825 words) by fearlessfan
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Mindy Project
Rating: General Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Danny Castellano/Mindy Lahiri
Characters: Danny Castellano, Mindy Lahiri
Summary:

Danny and Mindy make a bet over who will deliver the first baby of 2013.



I always stress over Yuletide, but in the end it's always worth it, especially the last couple of years when my Yuletide stories have turned out to be the only stories I've posted for the year. I'm hoping that 2013 will be better on that front. I have a couple of stories I want to finish, or at least think I might maybe be able to wrestle into something resembling a satisfying smaller version of what I'd imagined it being, so who knows! Maybe 2013 will be the year I get back in gear.
fearlessfan: (liz lemon)
Oh my goodness, you guys, I got such a great Yuletide story this year, I CAN'T EVEN TELL YOU HOW GREAT IT IS, you just have to read it! The source is Code Name Verity, one of my favorite books of 2012 and one I loved so much that I almost hesitated to make a request based on the book because I loved the characters so much. I AM SO GLAD I DIDN'T HESITATE! Because this story is amazing. Heartfelt and moving and so true to the characters and Maddie and Julie's friendship most of all, which was the thing I loved best in the book - just an incredible story, and I'm so grateful it was written for me!

Go check it out! It's fantastic!

Still in the Realm of the Sun (1092 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Code Name Verity - Elizabeth Wein
Rating: General Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Maddie Brodatt/Jamie Beaufort-Stuart
Characters: Jamie Beaufort-Stuart, Maddie Brodatt, Julie Beaufort-Stuart
Summary:

Life goes on after the war. Because it does, and so you do.

Yuletide!

Oct. 30th, 2012 10:43 pm
fearlessfan: (liz lemon)
This year I said I wasn't going to do Yuletide unless I won my grudge match with that dumb story I've been trying to finish for like two years, and then I didn't finish the story but I signed up for Yuletide anyway because I have no integrity. Probably for the best; that grudge-match story really isn't worth the trouble (BUT I STILL WANT TO FINISH IT, only I don't know why anymore.)

Anyway!

Yuletide Letter )
fearlessfan: (Mittens)
I've done Yuletide a few years now and I have two rules for myself: I only offer sources I straight-up love and I never offer fandoms I've written in before. This year I was assigned Bolt, super charming movie about a dog on a cross-country journey who thinks he's a superhero and along the way makes some friends, learns to be a real dog and has ADVENTURES - you can just watch this montage from the movie to get an idea of what it's like.

My recipient requested a story about the kitty sidekick in the movie, Mittens, who happened to be my favorite character in the movie. It was a lot of fun to write the story, even if it did lead me to do odd things like lie flat on the floor and stare at my two cats, asking, "What are you guys THINKING?" In mysterious (and quite typical) cat-like fashion, they were not very forthcoming.

Here is the story I finally came up with, no thanks to aforementioned housecats:

Belong to You (4901 words) by faviconfearlessfan
Fandom: Bolt (2008)
Rating: General Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Mittens (Bolt), Bolt (Bolt), Rhino (Bolt), Penny (Bolt), Penny's Mom (Bolt)
Summary:

When Penny and Bolt are asked to participate in a reunion special back in Hollywood, Mittens worries about her place in their lives.



Another fun part of Yuletide this year was the fact that my good friend [livejournal.com profile] lavender_basil chose to participate in Yuletide for the first time! I was thrilled to beta her lovely Valentine's Day story, which was a sweet and satisfying expansion of the Sean and Holden love story we see in the movie. You should totally check it out! You can read it here:

You May Be the World (1636 words) by faviconLavenderBasil
Fandom: Valentine's Day (2010)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Sean Jackson/Holden Wilson
Characters: Sean Jackson, Holden Wilson
Summary:

It starts at dinner and falls apart over Jell-O.



Happy New Year, all! the last quarter of 2011 was full of a variety of unfun craziness for me and many people close to me, and so I'm ready to turn the page. I hope 2012 is full of wonderful things for all of you.
fearlessfan: (liz lemon)
A quick note to my Yuletide author - I'm going to be away from the computer for most of Christmas day, so I probably won't be able to read my story until Christmas night at the earliest. Just didn't want you to think I wasn't commenting for any other reason! :) I know I will love the story, because I am jonesing to read fic in each of the fandoms I requested. Yay, Yuletide!

On another Yay! note, the lovely [livejournal.com profile] fishpatrol and [livejournal.com profile] cantarina1 chose to record a podfic version of my Community story, Fundamentals of Chemistry! I can't tell you how thrilled this made me, and I want to thank them again for all the hard work they put into it! Thanks so much, you guys!

The only other news from here is that I'm stressing over the title and summary I put up with my Yuletide story. Where is the Perfect Title Generator? And the Awesome Summary Maker-Upper? I NEED BOTH OF THESE THINGS!

Merry Christmas to all who celebrate!
fearlessfan: (liz lemon)
This is about the time I panic about Yuletide, regret signing up, castigate my past self, etc - it's happening right on schedule. This time I'm not as far along with my story as I usually am at this point, due in part to poor planning and also in part to some family stuff that couldn't be helped. The fact that I'm not closer to done at this point is causing some panicky flareups, but I think I'll be okay. The story will get done, right? Right???

I have a good chunk of words right now, but the problem is that I hate most of them, and am afraid I'm writing a story my recipient will not like, and am worried that I'm missing the super-obvious awesome story concept/beat/turn that would make it fantastic. I must remind myself that this feeling is also part of my Yuletide process and that in the end it's all worth it because Yuletide is awesome! It forces me to finish at least one story a year! Which is necessary, since the other story I've been poking at is an Ocean's 11 story that's been in progress for like four years and is certainly not worth all the time and effort, but at this point it's turned into some kind of weird power struggle between me and the dumb story. You will not defeat me, pointless Ocean's 11 story! Someday I will finish you!

ANYWAY. So, the Anonymous Holiday Love Meme has come around again and I have signed up again, because I can't resist those things, and because I think they are pretty fun. If you have a thread, let me know!

My thread is here.

Back to Yuletide!
fearlessfan: (liz lemon)
I signed up for Yuletide under less-than-ideal circumstances - in the middle of my mother's unexpected four-day hospital stay, during which I spent most of parked by her bedside, because my feelings for my mom are pretty well captured by Bedelia on Saturday Night Live. After a day in the hospital it became clear that my mother was getting better - she was in because of a crazy tooth infection gone wild that finally responded to IV antibiotics - but she'd have to stay there for several days, likely all the way through Yuletide signups. I brought my laptop in to watch movies on, and discovered that lo! The hospital had a wireless connection! And so I found myself on the Ao3 on one of those sleepless nights, eating my third Chipwich of the day (gained 4 pounds in 4 days because of that wretched ice cream vending machine), blearily tapping away at my requests and offers, which meant yay! I got to sign up for Yuletide!

...but I'm afraid my signup might have been a little jumbled as a result of stress/lack of sleep/too many Chipwiches. I did put up a Yuletide letter, but put nothing specific in there about my requests, which were less thought-out than I planned for them to be and probably could have used more clarification. And editing.

This is a long way of saying that if you have come to visit my LJ, Awesome Yuletide Writer, after reading my vague Yuletide letter in the hopes of getting more information, I've amended my original Yuletide letter here with a little more information. And everyone else, apologies for the second Yuletide post!

Speaking of Yuletide, I got my assignment and I'm kind of excited! I'm hoping to revisit the source over the weekend, but already I've got ideas floating around in my head. I feel like this is a dangerous point in Yuletidery; I always worry about growing super attached to a story idea that turns out to be impossible because I've mis-remembered aspects of the source material. Man, I remember back in The Day how I used to be BAFFLED by my parents and other adults not being able to remember every last detail of a movie they saw, and then earlier tonight I found myself clicking around on Amazon deals and saw that the bluRay of the 1993 movie Indian Summer is on sale for $4.99 on Amazon and I was super-tempted to buy it because I remember my thirteen-year-old self LOVING IT and watching it a RIDICULOUS NUMBER OF TIMES and right now I can't remember one thing that happens in the movie. At all. I know they're at a summer camp? And it's like a 20-year-reunion or something? And there's a lake? And that's all I got. I feel like maybe one character is in a bad relationship and reconnects with an old camp buddy and finds true love? Maybe? Or maybe that's just what I really WANT to have happened in the movie, which I very may purchase even though I have no real memory of it?

It's ridiculous how grumpy I was when I discovered the movie wasn't available on Netflix Watch Instantly. I know, Louis CK is right, I'm being ridiculous, but. Doesn't that seem like the kind of movie that should be on Netflix Watch Instantly?

Enough late-night rambling from me - and Happy Thanksgiving, to all who will be celebrating this week!
fearlessfan: (liz lemon)
Greetings, flisters! Happy 2011! I hope the year treats all of you fabulously. I am behind on everything due to a post-Christmas family vacation, so I still have many Yuletide stories to read and comment upon, but as always it's been a great experience. So many awesome stories!

Now that the reveal has happened, I can share that I wrote:

Going Up: Fran gets her life together. (The Apartment, Fran Kubelik/C.C. "Bud" Baxter)

I received a lovely prompt from [Bad username or site: @ livejournal.com] and got to write a story about one of my very favorite movies, which was both fun (an excuse to watch the movie multiple times!) and terrifying (it's written by BILLY WILDER! Who is kind of THE GREATEST! WTF was I THINKING?!). I can't thank my awesome beta [Bad username or site: @ livejournal.com] enough - she talked me down every time I got into one of those panicky thought spirals, and offered wonderful notes on the story, especially the ending!

Also, I'd like to mention again how much I enjoyed the story I received this Yuletide, especially because I screwed up the link the first time I posted about it. The story is a WONDERFUL Grosse Pointe story, and exactly what I was hoping for when I wrote my request! Here it is:

Day of Reckoning: You've spent the last year hurtling toward this day of reckoning; not even the sick feeling in your stomach is gonna make you shut up. (Grosse Pointe, Dave/Marcy)

I'm going to post my Yuletide story in my LJ in a couple of minutes, because that's what I've always done, but I have to say, I've come to really enjoy the Ao3 archive. I got a Kindle this year for Christmas and was able to save a bunch of stories to it using the Download function, which was pretty great! Yay for living in the future!
fearlessfan: (liz lemon)
I just got home from two days of family Christmas celebrations and so I haven't had a chance to really explore the Yuletide archive, but I DID have the chance to read my story, and IT IS AWESOME! I LOVED IT! CAPSLOCKY LOVED IT!

I got a Yuletide story for a prompt I've submitted for at least two, maybe three Yuletides, and had kind of given up on the idea of it ever being filled. AND THEN THIS YEAR IT WAS! AND IT WAS FILLED SO EXCELLENTLY! The fandom is Grosse Pointe, the awesome WB sitcom from the late '90s that was a behind-the-scenes show about a 90210-esque WB soap opera. I requested a Dave-the-Stand-In/Marcy story, because I wanted the resolution to their low-key romance that the show never gave us because it was canceled after a cliffhanger, and THIS FIC SO DELIVERED! Here it is:

Day of Reckoning -- You've spent the last year hurtling toward this day of reckoning; not even the sick feeling in your stomach is gonna make you shut up.

I loved it so much! Thank you so much, Mysterious Yuletide Author! You are awesome!

Okay, off to explore the Yuletide archive!
fearlessfan: (liz lemon)
I can't believe the archive will be going live in twenty-four hours! And the TRAGIC thing is that I probably won't be able to look at it for ANOTHER twenty-four hours, due to Christmas stuff! I wanted to put a note up here in case my Yuletide writer stops by to let them know that there's a good chance that the earliest I'll be able to read my Yuletide story is Saturday night, and it might be late Saturday night (I'm on the east coast of the US, as an FYI). Just didn't want any stress over me not responding right away! I already know that I will love it!

In other news, my holiday experiment of leaving my gifts and my wrapping supplies next to each other in the office undisturbed for weeks did not, in the end, produce the desired result of the gifts wrapping themselves. It did produce the predictable result of me loathing my past self for spending my free time in December lying on the couch watching terrible Hallmark Channel Christmas movies instead.

In yet OTHER news, I continue to obsess over my Yuletide story. I'm in the zone where I'm doubting every choice I made when writing the story. I feel like this happens every year, and every year I'm all, but NO. THIS TIME I MEAN IT. And this time I DO mean it.
fearlessfan: (liz lemon)
We have reached That Point in the Yuletide experience - the point at which I realize it's just NOT POSSIBLE to get the story I want to write done in time, why didn't I get more done SOONER, and why did I sign up in the FIRST PLACE, why don't I ever REMEMBER how STRESSFUL it all is, etc etc! GOOD TIMES!

And so I do the most productive thing at such a moment: avoid Yueltide! Right now I'm watching some stuff I've got backlogged on my DVR and filling out the anonymous holiday love meme, because I'm a total sap and I LOVE stuff like that. My sap-o-meter is usually set pretty high, but now I feel like it's up at a Spinal Tap-esque 11 because of the holiday season. I mean, yesterday I straight-up told a coworker he should consider starting a gratitude journal, and earlier this week I got choked up singing along to Dan Fogelberg's Same Old Lang Syne.

And even though my fannish participation has fallen off in the last couple of years, I threw my name in there too, because I can rarely resist memes.

My thread is here.

Yuletide!

Jan. 1st, 2010 04:05 pm
fearlessfan: (Community - Troy and Annie)
My holidays were kind of crazy, so I didn't get a chance to pull together a recs list or post this earlier the way I usually like to. I got a great Fringe story for Yuletide, Team Building Exercise by [livejournal.com profile] brodeurbunny30. The story is a lovely glimpse of Olivia taking the time to reach out to Peter, and it really captures a lot of things I love about Fringe - the connections being built between the characters as they try to deal with the madness around them. I'm sorry I didn't post this sooner, because the story really did make me super happy and I loved it!

As for me, I wrote Fundamentals of Chemistry, a Community story that I'll probably put up here in an LJ post later. The person I wrote for requested something Annie/Troy-ish, because she liked the unrequited, long-time pining thing (and I have to say I'm a sucker for that, too!). The story was fun to write, and I'm grateful for all the kind comments I received.

I have to say, the new editing feature on the Yuletide archive is AWESOME because I was able to go in and fix the many typos I found after uploading (in the past I would just stare at them in self-loathing during the time after uploading, debating internally whether the awful typo was worth bothering the mods with, etc). However, I am still awaiting the Awesome Title Feature, because I continue to struggle with finding titles with my story and find this one exceptionally generic and blah. Oh well! Maybe better titles will be a resolution for 2010.

Happy New Year, all!

Yuletide!

Dec. 25th, 2009 01:19 am
fearlessfan: (liz lemon)
I was hoping to stay up until the archive opens, but I don't think I'll be able to! Tomorrow my computer time will be limited at best, so I may not be able to read and respond to my story until tomorrow night. I know I will love it, Mysterious Yuletide Author!! I am so looking forward to reading it!

As for my story, I'm in the usual post-writing story-loathing state of mind. Oh well! I just hope my recipient likes it.
fearlessfan: (psych shawn & gus)
It's Yuletide time again! I am again debating whether or not to sign up, especially since I have been extra-unproductive in terms of fic this year. For the last three years or so, I've consistently produced a whopping three (3) stories a year, but this year I've only written one. I've been trying to get another finished, but it's not really happening. I feel like my fic self has left the building!

But the thing is, who can resist the siren's call of Yuletide?

SPEAKING of Yuletide - I can't believe I forgot to post about this sooner! I've participated in Yuletide for three years and every year I put in Broken Trail as one of my requests, and every year out of the approx. 7,895,763 people who participate in Yuletide, only 2 or 3 people offer to write in that fandom. Mainly because it's an AMC miniseries starring Robert Duvall and Lowell from Wings as cowboys who run into some Chinese women who had been sold into prostitution and need to be rescued - it's not exactly a hot fannish source. I think the only people who watched it were myself and 70% of the senior citizens in America.

But every year I put in a little request because in my (repeated) viewings of the miniseries (not all of which were my fault, because it runs practically twice a week on AMC now that they've lost most of their movie properties to TCM), I fell in love with the love story between Cowboy Lowell and Sun Fu, one of the ladies he rescues. It's totally one of those things where basically the most they do is send awkward looks each others' way, and one time she TOUCHES his CHEEK, and okay it's not much, but I CAN'T HELP IT. I LOVED THEM. I SAT THROUGH FOUR HOURS OF THAT WESTERN BASICALLY FOR EIGHT MINUTES OF FOOTAGE BETWEEN THEM.

And so every year I put in a request for a story about the two of them, and was never that surprised when it wasn't the request that got filled, because so few offered it. I was all geared up to request it again, BUT THEN.

BUT THEN.

I got a comment from someone who asked if it would be okay if they wrote a NYR Yuletide story to fill my request. WOULD THAT BE OKAY? YES IT WOULD!

And then the person wrote the story! AND THE STORY IS LOVELY!

Courtesy of Stephen Foster

Tom & Sun Fu share a moment one evening after they arrive at the Moncrieffe Ranch.

It's a lovely missing moment from the mini-series. What I wanted most when I made the request each of the three years was to have a glimpse at another moment between these two characters, and this story presented a lovely one. It was such a wonderful surprise to have it arrive in the middle of the year, too! Thank you so much, Gaslight!
fearlessfan: (Default)
The reveal has happened! This year I wrote:

Bayside Revisited - Bayside High's Class of 1993 celebrates its 15 year reunion. (Saved by the Bell, Ensemble, 15,000 words)

No, I did not put too many 0s in that number - I seriously wrote a 15,000 word Saved by the Bell story. Who knew I had so much to say about Saved by the Bell? Huge thanks to my friend Elizabeth, who read every part of this story more times than I can count, including revised versions of the ending three times on the morning I submitted it. Thanks also to E and Jess, who read pieces of the story as I wrote it, and of course, thanks to [livejournal.com profile] oldromantic for giving a helpful prompt and for her gracious response to the story!

And now, onto the 2008 fanfic meme!

more blathering about fic )
fearlessfan: (liz lemon)
I'm at that point with my Yuletide story where I'm absolutely convinced that it will be HORRIBLE, that my recipient will hate it and fandom will make fun of me! My recipient gave me a good prompt, and I have a story idea, and I've pluggled along so that I'm halfway through the draft, but I still have this oh-no-it's-awful!! feeling.

And so I couldn't resist when I saw that they're running an anonymous holiday love meme - I put my name up there: my thread is here, if anyone is interested.

I want to talk about my Yuletide story more, but I would have to get fandom-specific, and I can't do that! So pretend that there are paragraphs upon paragraphs of my questions and thoughts about my Yuletide fandom, and lots of self-doubt, etc.

Yuletide!

Nov. 11th, 2008 01:20 am
fearlessfan: (liz lemon)
I signed up for Yuletide again! I am experiencing major anxiety! This may have been a bad decision!

Anyhoo, onto my Yuletide letter!

Dear Yuletide Writer . . .  )
fearlessfan: (betty daniel bridge)
I've been working on my Yuletide story, which of course means that I've been surfing LiveJournal and trying to find ways to avoid actually writing the story. I saw this meme in a few people's journals, and since this LJ is all about self-involved memes, I am posting it here:

What would you say are the trademarks of my writing? What themes or quirks or turns of phrase have you noticed?

The thing is, I haven't written that many stories, and I post them so infrequently and in random fandoms. Still, I am curious, if a bit fearful, because of course the answers I'm picturing are things like, "Well, usually I'm disappointed in the endings."

Which is something I think might be true. I've gotten that piece of feedback on more than one story. Also, when I go back to read over stuff I've written, the endings are most often the parts that I dislike or am disappointed in. There are some I like, and I can't figure out the common denominator - of the ones I liked, some came to me with the idea of the story, some came to me on my thirty-fifth pass through the story, some were randomly chosen, some were carefully planned.

Does anyone have any tips or tricks related to making a story ending work, or telling whether an ending works once you've written it? Do you have any pitfalls you've fallen into in the past that you've learned to avoid? Help me write a non-sucky ending to my Yuletide story, peeps!

(Not that I'm anywhere near the ending of my Yuletide story, of course.)
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