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Here is a thing I wrote for Yuletide:

Title: Respire le grand air
Fandom: Les Hommes Libres
Pairing: Salim Halali/Younes Ben Daoud

It is based on a film centred around the Grand Mosque in Paris during the Nazi occupation, and its role in saving Jewish people from persecution by issuing false certificates of Islamic faith. The extent to which this happened is a matter of some debate - there seem to be current politics related to the state of Israel and its relationship with other countries in the Middle East which affect this discussion - but one person who is thought to have been saved this way is Salim Halali, a Jewish Algerian who later became a famous singer. He was known, particularly, for reviving classical Andalusian music (which originated in Moorish Andalucia during the Middle Ages - it's beautiful, and I would recommend you give it a go. Try Jordi Savall and Granada Eterna as well as Salim Halali himself). He is also known to have been gay.

The film shows the relationship between Salim Halali and a fictional Algerian Muslim named Younes, who ends up (apparently through accidental awkwardness) getting involved in the operations of the Mosque; it basically consists of a lot of pining and longing glances and casual touching. There is even a happy ending.

It is not a well-known film, and I was sincerely surprised to get two comments on my fic because that meant that more than one person (my recipient) had seen it. But it is a good film, and a thoughtful film, and you can get it for £4.99 from iTunes, so you should all see it and then come and read my fic.
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Dear Yuletide Writer,

I have just realised that I completely forgot to fill this one out - I'm so so sorry! I hope you have gone on without my views and written something that pleases yourself instead.

I promise I will love whatever you do, and even if I don't, I would still consider it fair enough because yuletide, for me, is less about creating something to suit another person's tastes and needs, and more about using their prompts to produce something that you yourself want to engage with. So I sincerely hope you have done/are doing that, and I look forward to reading it in December!
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Dear yuletide writer,

Apologies for the late delivery! Real life has been stupidly busy recently.

First of all, let me tell you my yuletide policy. The premise of this fest is that we are given a prompt by a person, and we write that person a story. Or alternatively, we write a story in a fandom requested by someone, and that story can be read by everyone in the community. Both of these interpretations have their followers in fandom, but I am firmly in the second camp. So, if you want to ignore everything I'm about to say, and just write whatever pleases your fancy in any of these fandoms, I shan't be offended and will absolutely consider it your right to do so.

If you would prefer some prompts or suggestions, I am happy to provide these. All my fandoms take place in a historical setting, and this is one of the things I like best about them - I am a historian myself, and immersing myself in historical fiction is one of my greatest pleasures. That said, if you feel like writing a modern AU out of any of these fandoms, I wouldn't mind that at all - what I enjoy is comprehensive world-building, and learning new things about how people and things work within various contexts.

This is one of the things I love about the Dunnett novels, and there is a lot of potential for additional exploration - what WOULD happen if Jerott met Mikal? Or if Francis decided to give him a good old-fashioned seeing to, as he so clearly wants? Or what if a tiny Francis met his grandmother Kathi, or his great-grandmother Gelis? Or Sybilla did - she might have done at some point. I would love to read more about people from the Lymond Chronicles meeting people from the Niccolo series, if you're familiar with both series.

If you are planning to write about Akkadian things, I have no limitations - my research is more to do with Neo-Assyrians stuff, but I am fascinated by the earlier periods as well. Anything you want to do, historical or mythical, would be lovely. Or, a modern AU could be interesting - what kind of a world would we have if we still worshiped the Akkadian gods?

If, on the other hand, it is Christopher Marlowe that we share, WELL. I love many things about him: his erudition and his shamelessness (about his erudition and other things), his characters who refuse to give up and refuse to fail and so don't, his engagement with classical literature and how he plays with it to create clever and suggestive allusions. One of my favourite novels is Anthony Burgess's A Dead Man in Deptford,and I have a lot of feelings about any and all fictional representations of Christopher Marlowe. If you did want to write a modern AU of him, I would love to read about him as an obnoxious sexy poet-scholar who gets drunk with fans and trolls the world. For example. :)
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I did a Yuletide thing!

Waves of Regret, Waves of Joy. House of Niccolo by Dorothy Dunnett. Gelis van Borselen/Nicholas de Fleury. 2900 words.

This was a curiously easy fic to write, partly because it turns out I have a lot of thoughts about Gelis van Borselen, and partly because I gave up on trying to write dynamic conversations - this being Dunnett, I trust that all the necessary conversations have already been offered for our perusal, and it would have been impertinent to try and add to them. The story takes place during Scales of Gold, and I reread the book as I was writing - there were moments when I didn't allow myself to read further until I had discovered what Gelis thought about a given thing, or why she did something, or even what Nicholas thought she was doing, and consequently did himself. It's an interesting way to read. Dunnett is very good at telling us when a character is feeling something without explaining why (Francis Crawford's OH SHIT I'M HAVING A FEELING in The Ringed Castle being a prime example), and so having to figure out the rationalisations behind various acts was quite a challenge. Not least because both Nicholas and Gelis are very good at having excellent reasons for their actions, but somewhat blind to their own irrationality.

It was also a bit heartbreaking, because it was only during this my third read that I noticed how Nicholas actually allows himself to be vulnerable about Gelis, and with Gelis, and that this is the only time that he ever does. And he is blatant enough about it that she must be know it too, and yet, she does the thing. Why Gelis does the thing is a question I've been wondering about with every read.

I have my theories, which you may find in the fic above, but I would be curious to hear about yours. My story is the first fic in the fandom (at least, according to AO3); it would be great to see more. This is a source rich in both people and world-building - let's make use of it!

And for those of you who have not read the books but would like to, give me your email address and I can send you stuff.
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I did a Yuletide thing!

Waves of Regret, Waves of Joy. House of Niccolo by Dorothy Dunnett. Gelis van Borselen/Nicholas de Fleury. 2900 words.

This was a curiously easy fic to write, partly because it turns out I have a lot of thoughts about Gelis van Borselen, and partly because I gave up on trying to write dynamic conversations - this being Dunnett, I trust that all the necessary conversations have already been offered for our perusal, and it would have been impertinent to try and add to them. The story takes place during Scales of Gold, and I reread the book as I was writing - there were moments when I didn't allow myself to read further until I had discovered what Gelis thought about a given thing, or why she did something, or even what Nicholas thought she was doing, and consequently did himself. It's an interesting way to read. Dunnett is very good at telling us when a character is feeling something without explaining why (Francis Crawford's OH SHIT I'M HAVING A FEELING in The Ringed Castle being a prime example), and so having to figure out the rationalisations behind various acts was quite a challenge. Not least because both Nicholas and Gelis are very good at having excellent reasons for their actions, but somewhat blind to their own irrationality.

It was also a bit heartbreaking, because it was only during this my third read that I noticed how Nicholas actually allows himself to be vulnerable about Gelis, and with Gelis, and that this is the only time that he ever does. And he is blatant enough about it that she must be know it too, and yet, she does the thing. Why Gelis does the thing is a question I've been wondering about with every read.

I have my theories, which you may find in the fic above, but I would be curious to hear about yours. My story is the first fic in the fandom (at least, according to AO3); it would be great to see more. This is a source rich in both people and world-building - let's make use of it!

And for those of you who have not read the books but would like to, give me your email address and I can send you stuff.
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Thank you so much for writing for me! I look forward to reading whatever you decide to do - please know that my philosophy for Yuletide is to consider authorial prompts as suggestions rather than requirements, and if what I would like to read does not coincide with what you like to write, please feel free to ignore everything I say.

My general likes are for plot-driven fiction - not necessarily action, but certainly events and developments and things happening inside the characters' brains. Actually, things happening inside characters' brains is probably what I like best, but this need not be explicitly stated (if Dorothy Dunnett is the fandom we share, you should know that I love the fact that neither Francis nor Nicholas is ever obvious about his thought-processes, and trying to figure out what is going on there is one of my favourite things about the series). I also like banter, and people being clever, and learning new things through fiction. I enjoy erotic fic as well as gen.

Things I dislike: death, rape/non-con, historical anachronisms.

Fandom-specific prompts:

Francis Crawford is my One True Love, so anything to do with him is going to make me happy. That said, I am also interested in the relationships between women in the series, Philippa and Sybilla, Sybilla and Martha, Marthe and Philippa. This extends to cross-series encounters - I would love to read about Sybilla meeting her grandmother (or grandfather, even), or telling Philippa or Marthe about them. Or alternatively, a tiny Francis meeting a wizened yet commanding Gelis would be fantastic.

In the House of Niccolo, my main interest is in Gelis van Borselen. I would be happy to hear about what happens to her after the events of the book (even to the extent of meeting her grandchildren or great-grandchildren), or having discussions with Nicholas or Katelijne about anything. I am also fascinated by her relationship with Nicholas, so if you would like to write about that in any point in time, this would please me well. If Anselm Adorne or Katelijne Sersanders are your thing, I am interested in their political and cosmopolitan ties, and how that intervenes in their daily lives. One of the things I find interesting about the Niccolo series is what it tells us about the intercultural exchanges of late medieval Europe, and I would be very happy if you wanted to write about that.

In The Hour, I am primarily interested in the Freddie/Bel dynamic - anything you would like to write about that, especially before or after the series, would be great.

I hope you enjoy your writing, and I promise I will be grateful for whatever you decide to do.
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Hello everyone, I'm not dead yet!

I am, in fact, bringing you porn.

Here's a thing I did for Yuletide:

All The Pleasures Prove
Christopher Marlowe/William Shakespeare, with wine and bickering and discussion of poesy.

Kit pours some wine into a new cup; the man sits down. His fingers are also stained with ink.

“Master Shakespeare, I have a grievance against you.”

The man smiles. “I thought you might.”


And more importantly, here's what I got for Yuletide, a magnificent experiment in crossovers by yunitsa in which Christopher Marlowe meets Francis Crawford. Take a moment to consider the perfection of that idea, and then read the fic because it is amazing.

A Meeting of Minds
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Hello everyone, I'm not dead yet!

I am, in fact, bringing you porn.

Here's a thing I did for Yuletide:

All The Pleasures Prove
Christopher Marlowe/William Shakespeare, with wine and bickering and discussion of poesy.

Kit pours some wine into a new cup; the man sits down. His fingers are also stained with ink.

“Master Shakespeare, I have a grievance against you.”

The man smiles. “I thought you might.”


And more importantly, here's what I got for Yuletide, a magnificent experiment in crossovers by yunitsa in which Christopher Marlowe meets Francis Crawford. Take a moment to consider the perfection of that idea, and then read the fic because it is amazing.

A Meeting of Minds
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Dear Yulewriter,


Thank you for writing for me - I appreciate that Yuletide can be stressful, so please don't worry if any of the suggestions below don't suit your writing. I promise I will be happy with whatever you choose to do.

General likes: Banter and bickering, historical accuracy, sexual tension, plotty plot, adults behaving like adults.

General dislikes: Marriage, teenagers, porn-without-plot, anachronisms.

Lymond Chronicles

In the last year or so, Dorothy Dunnett has eaten my brain and ruined me for all other books. I've read the Lymond Chronicles three times during this period, and the Niccolo series twice, and I expect I'll keep doing that for the rest of my life. Because they are that amazing. And if we are matched on this fandom, I expect you feel the same way - Francis Crawford has that effect. :)

I am interested in anything and everything about him, so anything you want to do with him - during the series, post-canon - is fine. To give you some specifics, I shall try to restrict myself to a few things, so: his interaction with all the men who fall in love with him (Will Scott, Robin Stewart, Jerott Blyth, Graham Malett) and how he both draws them in and then shies away from them. I'm fascinated by how Lymond charms people, and how, when it is not necessary for political purposes, he actively tries not to by being deliberately unpleasant. I'm also quite interested in how much of his behaviour with other people is always based on what he considers necessary for his agenda - do we ever see him have sex for just the pleasure of it, until Philippa? One of the curious differences between Francis and Nicholas is that Nicholas refuses to have sex for any other reason, whereas Francis seems to think it would be self-indulgent to employ his body for reasons other than politics. Anything you might want to do with that, I'd be delighted to see.

Vikings!

I enjoyed the first six episodes of this show enormously, and was puzzled and disappointed by the last two. That said, I love Lagertha and everything she chooses to be and do, so - whatever you want to tell me about her, I'll be happy to read! This could be her life before or after the current events, any additions to things shown in the series, her interactions with Athelstan, or Siggy, or Floki, or her children, or even Ragnar (we see quite a lot of that, so I'm a bit less interested in this than her other relationships). Or if you wanted to discuss the wider legend of Lagertha in viking sagas, that could also be cool.

The Hour

This show is pretty much flawless, and I am fascinated by everything in it, particularly the development and characterisation of Bel and Freddie. If you wanted to write about their relationship at any point during the two seasons, or before or after (I am very invested in their future happiness), that would please me greatly. However, if you'd prefer to discuss either one individually, that is also fine. The Hour is a perfect example of a show demonstrating adults behaving like adults, so as long as you maintain that aspect, I'll be happy with whatever you do.

Christopher Marlowe

I know that's not the name of the fandom, but since we are matched on this character, I expect you will appreciate why he gets to be the title. I have a lot of feelings about Christopher Marlowe; I've read many terrible novels (Deborah Harkness, I'm looking at you) just because he was a character, and will undoubtedly read more because I love him a lot. I'm interested in his facility with words, and the outrageous possibilities he evokes in his plays (No one could conquer all of Asia! Oh wait.), and the clever allusions and games he makes in his poetry (my favourite is Hero and Leander). I also take great delight in the legend that has grown up around him, from 'all who love not tobacco and boys are fools' to the general gay atheist spy thing. And I get sporadically angry about when and how he was killed (stories where he secretly doesn't make me very happy). Again, I love everything about him, so whatever you want to do will be fine with me - slices of life, a discussion of his reputation, a graphic description of how he seduces William Shakespeare...
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Hello!

I am delighted that we are sharing these fandoms, and looking forward to reading what you make of them. I am fairly easy when it comes to plot - I like romance, banter, world-building, and adventure, but also character studies and vignettes, so whatever you decide to do I will be happy with. Porn or no porn is fine! Gen or romance is fine!

The only way in which I am slightly demanding is with historical accuracy. I dislike anachronisms, and things like improbable patterns of speech and knowledge about the world are very jarring. I don't expect you to be an expert in late medieval or Renaissance history, of course, and as long as there is an awareness that these people are different from 21st century people, I'll be happy. As historically accurate as the novels or the plays themselves would be absolutely fine! I do have a list of places where Dorothy Dunnett gets it wrong, but that is my weirdness, and I would not want my weirdness to make yuletide difficult for you.

Now, to fandoms. spoilers for Dorothy Dunnett's Lymond and Niccolo Series and The Hollow Crown )
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That Meme About Your Sex Life in 2012: Apparently mine will compare the acting styles of Kemble and Kean in productions of Coriolanus in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. I am kind of intrigued by how that might apply.

In other news, I did a thing for Yuletide, and it is the most self-indulgent thing I have ever written. This is basically what my brain sounds like, and, if you've ever met me, what my conversation sounds like after a few drinks. Okay, I lie, it doesn't take a few drinks.

An Uncommon Want. Lord Byron, Don Juan.

Yuletide!

Dec. 27th, 2011 12:17 pm
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Happy Yuletide everyone! Fandom is amazing, isn't it?

Here are some things wot I read and liked:

My very own gift, You Are Tired, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Ricki Tarr, Peter Guillam.

Before, during and after the film, this is clever and thoughtful about all the things I love. Wonderful characterisation.

Other fics in the same fandom:

Five Times Peter Guillam Didn't Have A Drink With Ricki Tarr (And One Time He Did). Does what it says on the tin, with depth and consideration.

The Spy Who Got What He Deserved, If Not What He Wanted. Peter-centric fic, fleshes out events of the film.

Other fandoms:

Marvel 1602, Sic Transit Gloria Mundi. What is Tony Stark doing in 1602? All that you would expect, and more.

Christopher Marlowe/William Shakespeare, Still Climbing After Knowledge Infinite. Will is drawn to Marlowe's mighty line. Delicious in all the ways.

Christopher Marlowe, William Shakespeare, And I'll No Longer Be A Capulet. My favourite of all the Marlowe fics, and the premise of the story will tell you why. But there is much to enjoy beyond that in terms of style and characterisation and world-building. Oh Kit.

Christopher Marlowe/William Shakespeare, Nothing Like The Sun. Will is delightful here, as is the style of writing.

Captive Prince, Nicaise and Jord, Kings. An alternative ending that continues from where the present series has finished, thoughtful and enjoyable.

Critical Theory and Feminist Ryan Gosling, When Fics Take on a Life of Their Own". An intelligent examination of how the McAvoy/Fassbender fandom has reacted to the problematics of writing fic about a potential wife-beater.

The Good Wife, something to talk about. Five women Cary Agos talks about in bed.

The Good Wife, That's Me In The Corner, That's Me In The Spotlight. Alicia, Kalinda, and Diane, being awesome.

Greek Mythology, Bubbly. Delightful language use.

Queer As Folk (UK), Merits of the Chase. Nggh. Nnnnnggghh. Stuart Alan Jones.

Stage Beauty, The Silent Woman. Ned-centric, first meeting with Buckingham.
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Dear Yuletide-writer,

My apologies for not writing my letter earlier. I hope you have not been fretting. Please do not fret, I promise I will be happy with whatever you write! These are all tiny fandoms and every new story is a cause for joy. REALLY. So don't fret.

However, if you would like to know more about what would make me even more happy than I will already certainly be...

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, 2011.

I went to see this film because of Tom Hardy and his beauteous musculature, and ended up having Feelings about things entirely unrelated to Tom Hardy (which is not to say that I didn't have feelings about Tom Hardy, only that they were located elsewhere). This is a quiet and clever film about people being subtle and thoughtful, and I love all of those things. spoilers )

The Hour, 2011.

I was fascinated by the relationship between Bel and Freddie, and basically, anything more you want to tell me about that I will be delighted to hear. Preferably after the series, but if you get an interesting bunny that takes place during, go for it. Again I am interested in the work they are doing and how they think about their work, the mechanics of tv production as well as their self-fashioning as people who work, class and gender issues included. spoilers )

State of Play, 2003.

I started to watch this show for James McAvoy, but stayed for the plot. That said, the character of Dan Foster is fascinating, not to mention so ridiculously charming that I ended up blushing at my screen a lot. Seriously, I think James McAvoy actively turns down the charm for all other performances, because if he did this all the time...*fans self* Ahem. Yes, anything you want to tell me about Dan Foster, his family, his sex life (we know there's a missus but who says it has to be a woman? :P Or whatever you like!), his work, his sense of himself, his flirtations...I loved his banter in the show, and the way he connected with other members of staff - basically, if you just focus on Dan Foster being delightful, I will be very happy.

General Things Wot I like:

* As you may have gathered, I like characters who are good at their jobs and whose competence is shown in the story. I would like to hear about the mechanics of spying, tv production, investigative journalism, the skills required for those jobs and how people teach themselves to be good at what they do. I also like people to be thoughtful and intelligent in areas other than their work.

* I am a stickler for historical and cultural accuracy. Two of the fandoms requested deal with fairly recent history, one is modern, but I would nevertheless like to see that what happens is plausible in the relevant context. This could be an opportunity to engage with topics in the film/show (1970s politics, women in the workplace in the 1950s, modern British politics), or just an occasion for a few world-building details. It doesn't have to be the focus of the story, but I do hate being jolted out of a story because of historical inaccuracies.

* I like banter and clever dialogue, and there's space for that in all of these fandoms. I like character interaction to be funny, but also subtle and thoughtful, so whichever way the mood of the fic takes you...I like pining and UST, and sex while pretending not to have feelings. I like people poking at each other, and growing tension. I prefer a long drawn out mess to instant gratification.

* I really like happy endings. Please don't give me an unhappy ending. It would make me most sad.

* Most importantly, I would really like you to enjoy writing this story, so ignore all these if you need to. I am looking forward to reading it in any case!
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Now that Yuletide authors have been revealed, I can tell you my many exciting thoughts about writing on Mary Renault's The Charioteer. This is my favourite novel (of all time, for the teenager in me who still likes to make OMG!Most Favouretest List!s) and I was very pleased to be assigned it. Slightly worried about matching Renault's skill, of course, but after deciding that that would be impossible anyway, I was able to enjoy myself by including some of her stylistic tropes and by arguing with myself about doing things she wouldn't do. In the first group, the most notable thing was semi-colons - if you examine the text closely, you'll see that she employs a huge amount of semi-colons, much more than I would ever allow myself (but I love them also), so I indulged myself by using (almost) as many semi-colons as I liked and justifying them as stylistic references. Another thing Renault does a lot is have Laurie describe an action in one sentence, then follow with Laurie's imaginative/allusive/metaphoric interpretation of it, most often to suggest omg Ralph is so hot! (I've done a detailed analysis of them all in the book; most of my notes read omg Ralph is so hot! This amuses me greatly.) I tried to make use of this feature as well, and I think it works to suggest Laurie's love and desire even when he is otherwise conflicted about their relationship, and even when he doesn't like to think about them out loud. (Which is also what Renault does in the novel - Laurie notices many things about Ralph, interprets them in a way that suggests his desire, and then pointedly doesn't think about what that means. She manages to create a most expressive silence.)

I had a general idea of what I wanted to do with the story from the moment I got the assignment (I have a vivid recollection of walking to catch my train that morning and thinking up the entire plot on the way.), but I wasn't quite sure how to manage external events that would create the crisis point, and engineer the shift in their relationship which Laurie needs to happen, but which he could not ever voice from his own accord. Nor would Mary Renault be so crude as to make them talk about their feelings explicitly and without a struggle.

Due to computer woes I had less time than I'd liked to finish the story and I am not as happy as I could be with the ending, but I think it works more or less. I hope I've done justice to the characters and to the novel. Although I fear my Laurie is slightly too naive and inactive for the Laurie that would have emerged at the end of the book, and my Ralph too confined by the necessities of the plot, but it is what it is and I should probably stop talking about it now...

And so, here is what I did

Andreia for [livejournal.com profile] trueriver. Mary Renault's The Charioteer. Ralph/Laurie. PG-13. 3333 words.

After the events of the novel, Ralph and Laurie meet for Christmas.

Andreia is Greek for manly courage. It was a last-minute randomly-occurred idea for a title, and turned out to be more appropriate than I realised.
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Now that Yuletide authors have been revealed, I can tell you my many exciting thoughts about writing on Mary Renault's The Charioteer. This is my favourite novel (of all time, for the teenager in me who still likes to make OMG!Most Favouretest List!s) and I was very pleased to be assigned it. Slightly worried about matching Renault's skill, of course, but after deciding that that would be impossible anyway, I was able to enjoy myself by including some of her stylistic tropes and by arguing with myself about doing things she wouldn't do. In the first group, the most notable thing was semi-colons - if you examine the text closely, you'll see that she employs a huge amount of semi-colons, much more than I would ever allow myself (but I love them also), so I indulged myself by using (almost) as many semi-colons as I liked and justifying them as stylistic references. Another thing Renault does a lot is have Laurie describe an action in one sentence, then follow with Laurie's imaginative/allusive/metaphoric interpretation of it, most often to suggest omg Ralph is so hot! (I've done a detailed analysis of them all in the book; most of my notes read omg Ralph is so hot! This amuses me greatly.) I tried to make use of this feature as well, and I think it works to suggest Laurie's love and desire even when he is otherwise conflicted about their relationship, and even when he doesn't like to think about them out loud. (Which is also what Renault does in the novel - Laurie notices many things about Ralph, interprets them in a way that suggests his desire, and then pointedly doesn't think about what that means. She manages to create a most expressive silence.)

I had a general idea of what I wanted to do with the story from the moment I got the assignment (I have a vivid recollection of walking to catch my train that morning and thinking up the entire plot on the way.), but I wasn't quite sure how to manage external events that would create the crisis point, and engineer the shift in their relationship which Laurie needs to happen, but which he could not ever voice from his own accord. Nor would Mary Renault be so crude as to make them talk about their feelings explicitly and without a struggle.

Due to computer woes I had less time than I'd liked to finish the story and I am not as happy as I could be with the ending, but I think it works more or less. I hope I've done justice to the characters and to the novel. Although I fear my Laurie is slightly too naive and inactive for the Laurie that would have emerged at the end of the book, and my Ralph too confined by the necessities of the plot, but it is what it is and I should probably stop talking about it now...

And so, here is what I did

Andreia for [personal profile] trueriver. Mary Renault's The Charioteer. Ralph/Laurie. PG-13. 3333 words.

After the events of the novel, Ralph and Laurie meet for Christmas.

Andreia is Greek for manly courage. It was a last-minute randomly-occurred idea for a title, and turned out to be more appropriate than I realised.
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Now that Yuletide authors have been revealed, I can tell you that I wrote Carve Thereon A Spreading Wine for [personal profile] jamjar, Temeraire, Tharkay/Granby, post-Victory of Eagles. Short summary: Alcohol is consumed and stuff happens. Unlike, you know, all of my other fiction ever.

I am also rather smug because I guessed two of my yuletide authors - [personal profile] torakowalski wrote When Words Aren't Warm Enough and [profile] solvent90 wrote truth in masquerade.
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Happy festival of Good Food, Acquisition of Presents, and Time Off From Work everyone! I hope you have enjoyed it!

I have Acquired some delightful RL Presents, but the best presents this year are definitely from Yuletide.

wind up the sun and moon, American Idol RPF, Kris/Adam. I asked for an AU and this is delightful - a Kris who doesn't want to be a rockstar and have a happily ever after with Katy, and Adam as an angel who keeps telling him that he needs to have all these things, when Kris would rather have Adam. (Wouldn't we all? :P) This is a really interesting Kris who is stubborn and smart and knows his own mind, and is, in fact, the perfect Kris for me. :) Adam's angelic nature is not tied to any religion which is just how I like it. (On the one hand, there's the fact that I'm a militant atheist, on the other hand, there is Castiel. And Crowley and Aziraphale. *g*) The title is from Byron's The Vision of Judgement, which is a hilarious parody of a Southey poem with a similar title and about George III's ascension to heaven - a small thing, perhaps, but it made me grin like mad when I realised it.

When Words Aren't Warm Enough, M Chandler, Shadow of the Templar, Nate/Johnny, NC-17. Takes place at the end/after the second novel. This is the most delicious hurt/comfort, and both Nate and Johnny have space to exhibit their characterisation in a highly enjoyable manner. Also, the sex is really hot.

truth in masquerade. American Idol RPF, Kris/Adam, historical AU. This is short but utterly gorgeous and tantalising - Adam is a Byronesque Regency poet and Kris is a parson's son who ends up as his secretary. NUFF SAID.

*cuddles them all*
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The best present, of course, is gay porn. Fortunately, we have Yuletide for that. :)

I was particularly lucky this year, as I have received not only a gorgeous fic about Mary Renault's The Charioteer, After The Discharge, but also two Merlin treats, Turn The Tables and Mistletoe. Thank you so much for all of these!

Of course, Yuletide is full of gifts for everyone and I have been gorging myself on stories about everything and anything all day. I am slightly disappointed, though, to see so few Temeraire fics, especially since there were so many requests for Laurence/Granby/Tharkay threesomes in the treats list yesterday. Clearly the world needs more threesome porn. :(

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