Tags: yuletide


yuletide nominations

I just finalised my yuletide nominations: Aubrey-Maturin series by Patrick O'Brien, The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes and All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot (Anyone else remember that one? I knew the books first, but the TV series is great too, and there are loads of episodes on youtube.)

When I tried to nominate characters for The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes, AO3 told me the same characters had already been nominated under Sherlock (BBC TV). Who the hell could possibly think Sherlock is an eligible fandom for yuletide?!

Recent gifts

Three fic recs!

I was lucky enough to receive not only my gift fic but also a treat in the X-Men Secret Mutant exchange. They're both quite dark, angsty and Magneto-centric, just what I was hoping for. They're also both very powerful, very well-written fics and definitely worth a read. One was This island we cling to by daymarket, and the other Snow in Dusseldorf by Sophia_Bee

Moving on to something a little more light-hearted (but still quite scary in places, actually!) -- the children's series Chrestomanci. For yuletide I got a lovely long fic that would have fitted right into the original series. If by chance anyone on my f-list has heard of Chrestomanci, you'll enjoy this: What Dreams by LookingForOctober.


Just finished my Yuletide signup!

I requested two book series from my childhood (Yuletide is great for that!): the Chalet School and the Chrestomanci books, and two rather darker and slashier fandoms: Lawrence of Arabia and Blake's 7. And offered Patrick O'Brian's Age of Sail books, Blake's 7, the Chalet School books and The Great Mouse Detective

I was very surprised and pleased to see Blake's 7 in the fandoms list. I nominated it, and then saw it in a post about fandoms that were a bit too large and were going to be disqualified unless someone made a case for them. I didn't try to argue, because it's true that Blake's 7 was a big fandom once, even if not on the internet and not nowadays. But I suppose someone else did argue for it...
solomin, livanov

De-anoning two recent fics

Fandom: Holmes (ACD canon)

Title: The Glass Half Full
Characters/Pairings: Watson/Mary, Holmes/Watson unresolved
Rating: G
Warnings: None
Word count: 2500

Nothing but unspoken words and unspent passions, declarations never made and caresses never given.

Holmes and Mary Watson have an after-dinner conversation about Watson.

This was written for fleetwood_mouse as part of holmestice 2013. Many thanks to Mr Garonne for beta-reading.

Read here on AO3.

Fandom: Lewis

Title: Things We Don't Talk About
Characters/Pairings: Lewis/Hathaway (established relationship)
Rating: PG
Warnings: None
Word count: 1100

He's afraid that one day Hathaway will have some sort of crisis of faith, and this thing between them will be the first casualty.

This was written for luvsbitca as part of yuletide 2013. A huge thank you to paranoidangel42 and sysann for beta-reading.

Again, posted to AO3, here.


Holiday gift season!

I do love exchanges - they make this time of year at lot of fun, not to mention the huge mountains of fic they generate for us all to enjoy... I still have all of Yuletide and lewis_challenge's Lewis Secret Santa to explore, and Snupin Secret Santa is still posting too.

I want to particularly encourage people to check out the fic and podfic made for me, all of which come heartily recommended.

Due South Seekrit Santa

Why I Lied to You by Queue. This is a long (impressively long!) podfic of one of my own DS stories. I only started listening to podfic this year, and this one is particularly well read, in a great dramatic voice.

Holmes/Watson (ACD)

I doubt tweedisgood needs any introduction for H/W people on my f-list, and I rather felt like I hit the jackpot this year, with two fics and a podfic. The fics were Jubilee, in her inimitable witty style, and Fair Hearts of Finest Glow that rare thing I'm always looking for: great case fic and realism with a dash of slash. And the podfic too, of my own Wintry Morning, Victoria Station! Another great reading... I feel like starting to listen to podfic was one of the best things I did in 2013 :)

Wilby Wonderful

As part of Yuletide I got With You on the Beach of the Sea by busaikko, a beautiful, extraordinarily well-written Duck/Dan story.

And while I'm on the subject of WW, I want to rec another Duck/Dan fic by desireearmfeldt, The Right Place At The Right Time. Another brilliant fic, this time re-imagining the events of the film. [My rather tenuous connection to this fic was just providing the prompt :) ]
solomin, livanov

Christmas exchanges

Here are the gifts I received in different exchanges this Christmas, all of them definitely worth a look. I always seem to be very lucky in exchanges, actually - I've never got a gift I haven't loved.

An Evening at Home by shadowycat, Snape/Lupin
Gorgeous domestic scene, and I think she perfectly captures the characters as they're described in the books. (It's SFW.)

Six Days to Christmas by dracofiend, Lewis/Hathaway
This was not only exactly the sort of story I love, but really excellent in its own right too, and with a perfect not-quite-happy ending.

After the Wells by elstaplador, Sadler's Wells, Veronica/Sebastian
I'm not sure whether anyone will even be familiar with this rather obscure series of books (in fact, I believe they're out of print). I'm reccing this anyway on the off chance, and because it was absolutely amazing. I felt like I was reading one of the original books.