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31 December 2014 @ 04:04 pm
'14 Yuletide Stories (while still anonymous)  
It looks like I'm not going to get deeper into the stack any time soon, so I'm going to just go ahead with this list of links now:

Dungeons and Dragons (the '80s cartoon) scored two stories this year, both for Astolat. I enjoyed each in its own way. Both are very pleasingly canon-friendly. The longer is the more skilled, but the shorter serves up an idea that's drawing me back to canon to explore.Forever Knight also boasts two stories, both hefty, one for Greerwatson and one for Quietcuriosity. The one for Greer is plot-driven casefic, just as she likes best; it's set in early to mid second season. The other may be exceedingly excellent, and certainly is canon aware, but it's tagged for graphic violence and rape, so I haven't read it and probably won't; it's set before the flashbacks of "A Fate Worse Than Death." If you read it, let me know what you think — should I go there? We all have our squicks and triggers...1,623 fandoms are represented, but no one happened to write Battlestar Galactica ('78) or Young Blades this year. There are 9 stories each for Forever and Grimm, but a quick glance didn't yield any immediately grabbing my fancy. (There's also nothing for Call the Midwife; did the fandom get too big for this game?)

Do you have any recommendations to share from this year's Yuletide?

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chelseagirlchelseagirl on January 1st, 2015 04:41 am (UTC)
I was surprised there was no Call the Midwife, either. It was eligible; I offered it.
Amy R.: Readsbrightknightie on January 1st, 2015 06:54 am (UTC)
How odd that Call the Midwife was eligible and yet didn't win a story. There's still so very much we don't know about Trixie and Cynthia, never mind the newest characters, and while we know more about Chummy and Peter, there's so much open to happen in their lives. Could Jenny's departure have made that much difference?

I see that you wrote a Sayers crossover yourself! I'm still only just six or seven books into the Wimsey & Vane series, and I've never seen The Hour. Should I give "Returning" a try, or wait until I have more canon under my belt? At any rate, goodness! your new story already has more hits and replies than my stories gather over several years! That's wonderful! Congratulations! It's such a treat to see that coming to you, as it has so often been deserved!

(BTW, I caught up on Sleepy Hollow. Marathoned it New Year's Eve. ~grin~)
chelseagirlchelseagirl on January 1st, 2015 12:34 pm (UTC)
I agree; I'm delighted that there's a fair bit for The Bletchley Circle, which was another I'd offered and wasn't matched on, but so surprised there wasn't anything for this! Have you watched the Christmas special yet?

My story takes place decades after the Wimsey novels end, though I suspect you can guess what happens to the protagonists then. ;-) Right now, at least, it's more about The Hour characters, so I'm not sure what your returns on it would be. (Randall Brown, who only has a line or two in this one but was joint protagonist of last year's Hour story, is played by the actor who's now the Twelfth Doctor, by the way. Very *very* different character, which proves he can act . . . ) But I'm tempted to keep writing with this set-up, in which case then yes.

I've been delighted with the response; right now it's one kudos less than last year's story for which they've been trickling in all year -- and the only thing more popular is my Sleepy Hollow fluff!fic . . . I'm never going to be a super-popular fic writer, because I don't write enough, don't write the most popular fandoms/genres/pairings, and don't make a presence for myself in fandom. But I do get so tickled to get those little notifications! Now that the reveals are out, I'll catch up on friends' stories, but not today, as I've got to get going re. my long train trip . . .

I have a personal favor to ask you, but I should email you or message your other LJ for that . . .
Amy R.: Readsbrightknightie on January 1st, 2015 06:52 pm (UTC)
CtM Christmas Special '14
Yes, PBS aired the Call the Midwife Christmas special on Christmas night, so I got to see it "live"! (I had to wait and purchase the Doctor Who Christmas special on streaming the next day.)

You have also seen it, yes? I won't be spoiling you when I continue here?

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I wasn't entirely sure what to make of Cynthia's choice, as I really hadn't seen it coming before this special. I wish they'd built up to it more over time... or perhaps I just missed the build-up. (And I wonder whether the actress has a conflicting gig for this season?)

I also wish that a character had been given some sort of direct challenge to Trixie's exclamation that this wouldn't have happened if Cynthia had ever so much as held a boy's hand. That was an emotional outburst, because Trixie felt that she was being left behind yet again, and Trixie didn't really mean it as it sounded, I'm sure, but it's disrespectful to the sisters as well as to Cynthia, and it's a pernicious sort of idea.
chelseagirlchelseagirl on January 3rd, 2015 07:05 pm (UTC)
Re: CtM Christmas Special '14
I agree; it felt out of the blue. She'd not seemed any more spiritual than anyone else among the non-nun midwives. And since we'd already been through Bernadette/Sheila's loss of vocation, and the new younger nun character, it feels a bit repetitive storywise. (And they said she was going to come back to Nunnatus House so she's not leaving the show. I'd guess in real life they'd actually send her elsewhere, to make a fresh start.)

Trixie was definitely channeling the dominant mindset of the period there. I was disappointed in her -- she has been seeming to grow as a person (yes, the Vicar is dishy, but she's setting herself up for a life as Vicar's wife, which is not going to be materialistic or glamorous) and that was really backwards progress for her -- I agree totally -- she was lashing out at what she perceived as the loss of her friend, but someone should have smacked her, verbally if not literally.
greerwatsongreerwatson on January 1st, 2015 05:52 am (UTC)
Now that the authors' names have been revealed, I can tell you that I am the one who wrote "Couched Work". Obviously, I'm not in a position to rec my own story. However, it is possible to look at the comments without having to read the story first, if that helps.

It is, as you will have noted, based on the flashback in "A Fate Worse than Death". Most of those dark, dark tags relate directly to canon. Prostitution and Brothels, obviously. Assault by Daviau on poor Anna, and Canonical Attempted Rape of Janette herself. And then, if only implied in the flashback, Miscarriage leading to Canonical Character Death. All of this is Canon-Related and Backstory; and, being written by me, was dealt with in an Historical manner. Which is to say that I looked at the date, realized that Anna must therefore have been Anglo-Saxon, and did my usual research. Women had real rights before the Norman Conquest, and there is no way that her husband could legally have sold her to the brothel; so naturally she puts up a fight, which gives you Rape. And, since this is not dealt with lightly (for it is not a light matter, but seriously nasty), you get a heavy dose of Angst.

That leaves Embroidery.

To speed you along with the first comment, this is what my recipient, quietcuriosity, said about the story:
Thank you! I was really excited when I saw this and was not disappointed. Loved the sense of history and place here. And, of course, I love your Janette: practical, loyal, passionate, and vengeful. The story is harrowing but fits in so well with what we know of her and her past. Much work went into this and I appreciate it a great deal. Again, thank you and happy Yuletide!
Hope that helps.

Edited at 2015-01-01 05:54 am (UTC)
Amy R.: Readsbrightknightie on January 1st, 2015 06:55 pm (UTC)
It was very good of you to offer to write Forever Knight in Yuletide. I'm glad that the recipient is not disappointed, loves aspects and appreciates your hard work!