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20 December 2012 @ 02:06 pm
Deep breath...  
Okay, my Yuletide story is done and posted. I don't love the title, but I can update if a better one comes along. Meanwhile, I'm scanning the pinch-hit stuff to see if I can offer a Yuletide Madness goodie to someone who shows up on there, and also peeking at what's on the requests at the site. Temporary concern: I see these notes like, "No genderswap" or "No AUs, please," and think... are there people who WOULD do that to a fandom in a Yuletide fic? Because to me, anything like that is obviously out of bounds unless the requestor specifically asks for it!

Yesterday's bike ride: ironing board in the middle of the road (not the bike line, thank goodness). \o/ How do you not notice something like that falling off of your truck?!? The only other non-mundane recent sighting was a few weeks ago, when I biked past a retirement village. There's a big man-made water feature there, and an egret was stomping across the top of the fake waterfall looking as if it had found the most awesome pond EVER! Heh.

Still hoping for a few concrete things from my Holiday Wish List, but since that has never happened yet, I'm probably kidding myself. Oh, well. To the gym!

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Destinadestina on December 20th, 2012 10:11 pm (UTC)
I see these notes like, "No genderswap" or "No AUs, please," and think... are there people who WOULD do that to a fandom in a Yuletide fic

Oh yeah, I think there are. There are people who think their beautiful cake appeals to everyone. That's why I'm always specific about those things too - I don't want surprise MPREG or genderswap or crossovers in my story, because then I won't be reading it and that'd just be sad for everyone.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on December 20th, 2012 10:25 pm (UTC)
There are people who think their beautiful cake appeals to everyone.

Haha-- this is excellent phrasing!

Wow. I just think the whole concept is rude. Similarly, tossing in major sex or character death or what-have-you... these stories are supposed to be a gift, not an infliction! Well, let's hope I don't come to regret not mentioning that. If I do this again (it's been years since last time, and the stress never changes!), I clearly need to invest in a Dear Yuletide Author letter.

I don't want surprise MPREG or genderswap or crossovers in my story, because then I won't be reading it and that'd just be sad for everyone.
Fair enough. God, I always forget about MPREG, and crossovers... those are just entirely different beasts. I would never in a million years imagine doing that to the recipient unless they specifically opened the door to it. What is wrong with people!?!

*bites nails*
Jas Massonjasmasson on December 21st, 2012 10:47 am (UTC)
I'm basically rewriting mine - which includes the title... I've never been so seat-of-pants about yuletide before :/
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on December 22nd, 2012 07:00 am (UTC)
But you have a finished story right now, don't you? Even if you're hoping for a better one? I hadn't thought about that, but as long as you get A completed work up by the posting deadline, you can improve upon it later.

You're brave to do a full rewrite, but I remember from before that you can do quantity with impressive speed!

Since mine was up and posted, I spent late last night and part of today doing a Madness extra. It's a totally new type of fanfic for me, but the prompt just needed to be written. Even if it required going into unknown territory. :O
Jas Massonjasmasson on December 22nd, 2012 02:52 pm (UTC)
I do have one... but I've given up on rewriting and started a completely new one. Best case scenario, they get two, right? Right?! (And I have a small coronary...)

Good luck with Madness <3
whipchickwhipchick on December 22nd, 2012 07:10 am (UTC)
Happy holidays :) I love the image of the egret!

Here in South Africa, it's summer, and yesterday I was in the garden seating of a coffee shop, and there were three guinea hens with little chicks running around! The chicks run in a little flock, and whenever the mama bird stops, they all crowd underneath her, in her shade. It's so sweet.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on December 23rd, 2012 07:29 am (UTC)
I can't believe you're in South Africa now! I guess I thought that this sabbatical would involve a hiatus from travel as well as from the touring act. Instead, it seems to be a different kind of travel.

However, you ARE someplace nice and warm, and as we huddle in the cold and the rain and snow here in the states, I can't help but envy you. :D