eleanorjane: Joan Watson, looking awesome. (Default state.) (my dear watson)
I am home, Internets! I had a lovely Christmas with my family (now with bonus Chris!) and it was generally relaxing, apart from the actual travel portion, thankyou holiday traffic. (That thankyou was a lie.)

Things are back to normal now - Chris is back to working from the office again, which means I have the house to myself during the day, which means I can be productive again. (Chris working home was entirely lovely, but it was way too easy to distract myself with his presence. :)) I have a looot to catch up on, so it'll be valuable.


I saw The Hobbit: the Desolation of Smaug at the cinema on Boxing Day with Chris and my dad. Thoughts behind the cut: mildly spoilery. )


Other than that, I got a lovely Elementary story for Yuletide:

1, 2, 3, 4, tell me what you're looking for (1180 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Elementary (TV)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Joan Watson (Elementary), Sherlock Holmes

otherwise known as: 10 moments from Joan Watson's new life as a consulting detective, with occasional guest stars.

Entirely recommended. Thankyou, thankyou, mystery author!

I have not done any other Yuletide reading yet, apart from two or three recs of the "drop everything and read this" variety. I hope to rectify this soon!


And finally, I owe one more post for the December talking meme, but I am behind on things, and it still needs a bit of thought to articulate what I mean to say, so I shall leave that for next post. :)
eleanorjane: christmas baubles, captioned 'yuletide' (yuletide)
Hello, dear writer! I hope you're excited about Yuletide and that the details I provide here are useful and edifying, not terrifying. Thankyou so much for signing up to write one of the fandoms I love, and I hope the info below is useful.

And! I apologise if my signups were less than eloquent. I am currently running on extreme sleep deprivation. I hope you can find inspiration in them anyway. :)

Before we get started, I just want to say: Optional Details Are Optional. All of the below is meant to be a guide for you, not a recipe list. I will be totally happy with a story that isn't anything I mentioned in my optional details at all. :)

If you're looking to get a general idea of what pushes my buttons, check out the rest of my journal here. My LJ is [profile] ladyjestyr, which is these days a mirror of this journal, but has a lot of older content as well. My (very sparse) fic output can be found at my AO3 account, [archiveofourown.org profile] eleanorjane. Also, I tweet as [twitter.com profile] eleanor. Otherwise, read on!

General Thoughts )

Whew! Okay, on to the specific fandoms:

Fandom 1: Elementary )

Fandom 2: Agents of SHIELD )

Fandom 3: Hackers )

Fandom 4: Human Target )

Thankyou, dear Yuletide Writer! I hope I've given you some ideas and inspiration, and fear not - I will be happy just to get a story in any of these fandoms.
eleanorjane: christmas baubles, captioned 'yuletide' (yuletide)
Have I missed the signup cutoff?
Do I want to sign up?
Can I do this?

Edit: Okay. So it seems I have until Monday. Now to get thinking.
eleanorjane: christmas baubles, captioned 'yuletide' (yuletide)
So, time to contemplate what to offer, and what to request, if I do do Yuletide this year.

Avengers is my primary fandom right now, insofar as I have one, and there is less than zero chance that anything even remotely Avenger-y will be eligible. Unless Captain Marvel counts as a separate fandom somehow, because CAROL. I don't like my chances, though.

Pacific Rim might be a good contender. Except, oh, there are 1760 fics on AO3 already. Balls. (I don't even want to contemplate how many of them are Chuck/Raleigh.

Elementary? 603 works on AO3. (The upper limit is 250 on AO3 and 1000 on FF.net, or double that amount if only one site hits the cutoff point.)

And the "first year fandoms" rule has been canned, so I don't think I've got much of a chance for either one.

Hmm. What else have I seen this year? Nothing I feel comfortable offering, except possibly Despicable Me 2. (That could be fun to write, actually.) And the only new show I've picked up is Arrow, and I'm not that far into it, and I ... am not sure I could write most of the pairings people probably want. (Oh, and it's got 436 works on AO3 anyway.)

So, I guess it's down to book fandoms... as usual. :)

Someone, quick, remind me of all the tiny fandoms I'd love to read in or write for! I am drawing a blank.
eleanorjane: The one, the only, Harley Quinn. (Default)
1. Last night's D&D game was really really good. Lots of meaty character interactions and secrets revealed and all the things that really push my buttons about gaming. Unfortunately there will be a bit of a delay until the next game, as our GM is going away, but I can be patient. (Lady, where's my spy camera?)

2. Yuletide discussion is starting up, and I'm actually feeling like I could possibly do Yuletide this year. I defaulted a couple of years ago, and haven't tried again since then, but the extended time schedule of this year's Yuletide makes it look a lot more feasible.

3. I have an entire weekend of no commitments. I hope to get some guides written for the Firefall fan site, and other than that I'm going to paint my nails with one of my lovely new polishes, and do bugger all. Yay!


Sep. 5th, 2013 02:04 am
eleanorjane: christmas baubles, captioned 'yuletide' (yuletide)
Yeah, it's early. There are new mods this year, taking over from Elyn, and they've expanded the schedule a bit.

Also, I'm pretty sure this will be good news for some of you: there's a New Mods Amnesty and anyone who's been banned in the past for defaulting can participate again this year.
eleanorjane: The one, the only, Harley Quinn. (Default)
I just wanted to take a moment to recommend the lovely Yuletide Treat someone wrote for me for Madness: Partners, in NCIS:LA fandom. It's a slice of Kensi-Deeks interaction that perfectly captures their dynamic, which I love. Thankyou, mystery writer! ;)
eleanorjane: Depeche Mode's Dave Gahan, onstage, head thrown back and arms wide to the crowd. (elation)
Yuletide is liiiiiiiive!

And OMG my gift is exactly the story I wanted.

de profundis clamavi ad te, domine, Constantine fandom, Constantine and Gabriel gen. It's sharp and biting and a really lovely slice of interaction between John and Gabriel. It is absolutely fucking awesome and I am over the moon with glee.



(How do I not have ANY Constantine icons on DW?)
eleanorjane: christmas baubles, captioned 'yuletide' (yuletide)

I think I can do this, but I'm going to have to stretch myself a lot.

AUGH. *flanicks*

Edit: And now I'm getting quietly kind of excited. Whee!

Also, apparently I have lost my mind; on autopilot, I just tried to sign this DW post like an email. Sigh.


Nov. 21st, 2010 11:31 am
eleanorjane: christmas baubles, captioned 'yuletide' (yuletide)
This year, like every year, there has been wank and stress surrounding Yuletide -- and while I can understand people's individual unhappinesses, I find it frustrating when people can't see the forest for the trees.

This post from [personal profile] elf says everything I think on the issue, basically. Rather than rewriting it, I'll just say "YES, THIS".
eleanorjane: The one, the only, Harley Quinn. (Default)
My Dear Yuletide Writer letter is done and posted. Finally!
eleanorjane: christmas baubles, captioned 'yuletide' (yuletide)
Hello, dear writer! I hope you're having fun with Yuletide so far and that the details I provide here are useful and edifying, not terrifying. Thankyou so much for signing up to write one of the fandoms I love, and I hope the info below is useful.

Before we get started, I just want to say: Optional Details Are Optional. All of the below is meant to be a guide for you, not a recipe list.

If you're looking to get a general idea of what pushes my buttons, you can read my fandom journal here at [personal profile] eleanorjane (mirrored on livejournal at [livejournal.com profile] eleanorjane. My main mostly-non-fandom journal is [livejournal.com profile] ladyjestyr on LiveJournal, and my (very sparse) fic output can be found at my AO3 account, [archiveofourown.org profile] eleanorjane. Also, I tweet as Eleanor. Otherwise, read on!

General thoughts. )

Whew! Okay, on to the specific fandoms )

And heck, just for the laughs: The placeholder that was here before... )

Whew. So, that's done. :)


Nov. 13th, 2010 06:18 pm
eleanorjane: (yulechat)
Okay, NOW I'm getting excited about Yuletide.
eleanorjane: christmas baubles, captioned 'yuletide' (yuletide)
...to think about teeny tiny fandoms.

So despite my bemoaning in my last post it seems I haven't missed Yuletide after all (due to it being late this year, not due to me being awesomely on top of things, because, well, I'm not). I appear to have found my squee, or at least enough squee to carry me through Yuletide, and I really don't want to miss it this year; it's often my sole fannish output in a year and it just wouldn't feel right not doing it. This is complicated, this year, by the fact that the new WoW expansion comes out December 7th, which means I might be trying to write Yuletide with one hand while steering my way through a very crowded Azeroth with the other, but whatever. I'll just not sleep for the fortnight or something.

The trouble is, due to the fact that I was disengaged from about August onwards, I kind of haven't been planning for YT this year and so I don't have my usual shortlist of fandoms to request or nominate -- usually throughout the second half of the year I go through and write down stuff that I want to request, especially. This year, not so much.

So I'm currently going through the fandoms list with a fine toothcomb identifying the stuff I know well enough to offer, and trying to think about what to ask for. This is harder than I thought!

...hmm. I was sure I made a "for next Yuletide" reminder post for myself at the start of the year. Maybe I should go look for that.
eleanorjane: The one, the only, Harley Quinn. (Default)
Well, it's Reveal Day, so I can now say publicly that I wrote The Blue Door and The Green Wood, in The Swish of the Curtain fandom, and But Where Are All The Splash Fights?, a Questionable Content storylet for Yuletide Madness.

Interestingly, the latter got twice the hits of the former, but half the comments.

And yes, [personal profile] helens78, I did guess that A Few Of My Favorite Things was your creation. The note at the bottom of the story was what gave it away. Thankyou so much :-)
eleanorjane: The one, the only, Harley Quinn. (Default)
Hooray, the Yuletide Madness stories have gone live! I've been waiting eagerly for this; my Madness treat is, I think, likely to be a lot more popular/accessible than my main story, and I was on tenterhooks to see whether my recipient liked it or not. Thankfully, it went over well. :)

And I was lucky enough to get not one but two treats:

Season of Goodwill (het, general), a Castle story about Castle and Beckett and their families at Christmas. The voices are just right, and I love it when Beckett manages to surprise Castle.

To Be Known Across A Thousand Lives (femslash, teen), an utterly gorgeous Fifth Element story about Leeloo and Plavalaguna across the endless cycle of Leeloo's lives. It's so easy to forget that Leeloo has lived many times before, and this story shines a lovely light on them.

eleanorjane: The one, the only, Harley Quinn. (Default)
First up one must acknowledge the huge amounts of work done by the Yuletide mods, [livejournal.com profile] elynross and [personal profile] astolat, without whom we wouldn't even have Yuletide. ♥

Also owed thanks are the coders and volunteers from the AO3, who built the platform in time for this year and wrangled every bug into submission. ♥

And the good people of #yuletide, hippos and non-hippos alike, for the awesome support and company. ♥

...this is starting to sound like an Oscar acceptance speech, so on with the show.

I was lucky enough to get four stories this year, and I have a sneaking suspicion that at least one of them is written by someone I know. My signup actually went up for pinch-hit (along with 300 others, heh), so I'm not sure which is my 'official' story, but they're all awesome. I haven't commented yet because the Archive server is sadfacing all over the place (as someone said in chat, BEST BETA TEST EVER) so I thought I'd squee about them here. :)

I got:

When We Meet (gen, general), a Fifth Element story about one of Korben's less-than-perfect fares. I love The Fifth Element so very much, and yet I've always been totally unable to produce any fanworks for it - seeing another slice of the world is very, very cool.

The One With No Pants (het, mature), a Castle story about the morning after the night before. I love the banter between Beckett and Castle, and the characterisation felt very true to both of them.

Years Gone (gen, general), a Bugs Potter story about where Bugs is in ten years' time - and it's not where one might expect. A very interesting concept about the future, and I didn't see it coming. Plus, hey, Bugs Potter - a Korman fandom that does not get enough love. :)

A Few Of My Favorite Things (gen, general), a Castle story full of Christmas and laughter and awesomeness. This is the one that I think was written by one of you lot (or at least someone who knows me) and oh, it's delightful. The characters are all note-perfect and it's a lovely Christmassy slice of Castle.

Thankyou, wonderful writers, thankyou so much! ♥

Plus I've got two more gifts waiting for me when Yuletide Madness opens, which will hopefully be soon!

Now I am going to eat dinner, and when I come back I will brave the servers to leave grateful comments for my lovely generous Yuletide writers!


Dec. 25th, 2009 04:50 pm
eleanorjane: christmas baubles, captioned 'yuletide' (yuletide)

Ahem. I have not one, not two, but FOUR stories. For three of my four prompts! And they are ALL over 1k words!

*is the luckiest girl in the world!*
eleanorjane: The one, the only, Harley Quinn. (Default)
Hooray, it's Madness time :)

(For those of you who may or may not want to write to my prompts, they're in my letter here. :))

This year, for the first time, I actually wrote a treat! I feel very proud of myself.
eleanorjane: The one, the only, Harley Quinn. (Default)

That was the story that would not die. I will not reveal just how big it was, but it was several times larger than it needed to be.


Now I have four hours to pack all my clothes, wrap gifts, load up my iPod, and try and catch some zzzz's before Dad arrives.

eleanorjane: christmas baubles, captioned 'yuletide' (yuletide)

(I'm at two thousand words and the story shows no signs of stopping any time soon. Send help.)

Edit: 2700 and counting, and I reckon I'm about 2/3 of the way through. Which means, in reality, I'm probably about halfway through. :D

Which means I might actually have time to write a stocking stuffer or two, too!
eleanorjane: christmas baubles, captioned 'yuletide' (yuletide)
Dear Yuletide Writer,

First, and most importantly, thankyou very much for signing up to write a story in one of the fandoms I love so much. I hope that you enjoy writing the story as much as I'll enjoy reading it!

If you're looking to get a general idea of what pushes my buttons, you can read my fandom journal here; my main day-to-day journal is [livejournal.com profile] ladyjestyr. But this wouldn't be a Dear Yuletide Writer letter without some specifics, so here goes!

General Thoughts )

Now, onto the specifics!

Fandom Thoughts )
eleanorjane: The one, the only, Harley Quinn. (Default)
Yuletide nominations open later today!


...oh shit, I've lost my List Of Fandoms What I Want To Request Or Write For Yuletide. Augh.

Wait, no, there it is.

The Middleman
Glee (maybe)
Leverage (probably too big this year though :/)
Ballet Shoes
The Mummy
Dark Angel

Um. Am I missing anything?

Edit: Wait, that's eight, and I seem to recall you can only nominate six. Okay, I think I'd knock off Glee (since I expect it to be well-furnished with fic this year anyway), Leverage (as it's probably too big anyway) and... erk. Probably Ballet Shoes, as I'm not sure there's enough in it to really talk about.

ARGH, except now I want to write/read Swish of the Curtain, too.

Okay! Revised list:

The Mummy
Swish of the Curtain
and two contenders from Korman-verse. I wrote No Coins, Please for Yuletide last year, so I might nominate Macdonald Hall and Bugs Potter this year. (I am, uh, suddenly inspired for Bugs Potter. Weird.)


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