Oct. 14th, 2017 07:50 pm
emma_in_dream: (bucky)
I missed the Yuletide sign up.
emma_in_dream: (Henry Moore)
I wrote a *Back to the Future* fic which was nearly (but not quite) the complete opposite of what was requested. Instead of lighthearted frolicking in the future, it was serious life in the past.


And I even managed to write a Yultide gift in the Frances Hodgeson Burnett *The Lost Prince* fandom.

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It comes out on Boxing Day here, so it’s like a whole pile of extra presents the day after Christmas.


Dec. 11th, 2015 01:12 pm
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I've uploaded my Yuletide fic, but I am not sure if it is exactly what she wants or the complete opposite.


Oct. 19th, 2015 06:38 pm
emma_in_dream: (Leia)
Hello –

I feel like the last kid at the school to become aware that there is a cool party going on, but last year was literally the first year I realized what the purpose of Yuletide letters was. I saw them on my LJ feed and I even wrote them *but I did not realise they were aggregated centrally*. I thought people just went looking for the person they were writing for, checking if they had an LJ account and if they had left a message. When I found out last year that there was a central list – after participating for about a decade - I was so excited! I wrote several stocking stuffers!

So, right of the bat, you will realise you are not writing for the brightest or most tech savvy of people. Cough, moving along.

Things I like: people working together as teams! Loyalty! Friends becoming family! People being competent! And communicating vital information to each other in a sensible manner! Also, slash!

I had heaps of trouble deciding on the fandoms I’d like to request this year because I am all about the most obscure pairings of the most tiny fandoms.

First and foremost, I would love pretty much any story around Rosemary Sutcliff’s *Simon*. This is one of her lesser known, non-Roman historical works. It’s set in the 17th century and inspired 13 year old me to try to read about that century. I managed to get a biography of Thomas Cromwell rather than Oliver Cromwell and was rather confused. But I wound up with a doctorate in early 16th century history, so the book had its impact.

It’s classic Sutcliff, with loyal best friends separated by being on opposing sides in the civil war. Yet still loyal! Anything about Simon and Amias’ friendship would please me, from their boyhood days, their time at school, up to post-war slash (or pre-war, or during the war which, after all, went on for a really long time). Other things that would make me happy: I’d like to know more about Zeal-for-the-Lord’s life; what kinds of secrets did Mouse find out with her spying habits; how did they celebrate Christmas when Christmas was outlawed (because of the actual, literal Puritans).

Zombieland is that rarest of jewels – a satisfying zombie apocalypse comedy. I’ve got to say that I really want any fic written in in this fandom to be equally light hearted and happy. No one is to be eaten in a bad way!

I have to admit to really just wanting happy fic in this fandom. I’d like anything about their created family being competent and kicking ass. And I’d be very happy to read smut about Columbus and Wichita, Columbus and Tallahassee or (ideally) both Wichita and Tallahassee sharing Columbus like the little bond-creating, anxiety ridden moppet he is.

Since this is 2015 I think it’s an appropriate time for a whole lot of Back to the Future fic. Here we are! In the future! Though sadly without flying cars or self-zipping shoe laces.

I’d like pretty much anything that focussed on the fact that Doc and Marty (and to a lesser extent Jennifer and Clara) have become cut off from the rest of their timelines. They’ve got different memories to pretty much everybody else. Anything featuring them being a group with special ties would be great.

Also, having just rewatched the movies, they are a lot darker than I remembered. They are played for comedy but the ‘happy’ 1985 that they end up with is the direct result of taking stuff (and people) away from Biff Tannen and giving it to George McFly. Not that I want date-rapist Tannen to get his horribly dystopian Trumpesque happy end, but it is still creepy. So if you wanted to go dark that would be fine.

That’s a lot of information but here is the take away message: Thank you for writing to me. Whatever you give me is fine.

Archive of Our Own name - Emma_Oz

Back to the Future (Movies)
Zombieland (2009)
Simon - Rosemary Sutcliff
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I found a story I had forgotten I wrote for the 2007 Yuletide on Archive of Our Own. Any idea how to reclaim it?
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This fic explains Malificent's motivations in the 1959 *Sleeping Beauty*. It is funny, clever and so well written.

toast and tea, sunshine and shadow by ephemeralblossom for Untherius
emma_in_dream: (Fights like a girl)
First of all, check out my own fic, set in Rosemary Sutcliff's *Frontier Wolf*. Heartbeat by Anonymous for Emma_Oz It's short but hot.

I would also recommend these stories:

In the Terminator fandom, Intuition and Ingenuity by Anonymous for stars_inthe_sky. It's about Miles Dyson's son, who gets an odd job interview from some people who are interested in his father. Then someone starts stalking him and his computer gets this weird virus. It is chilling, as the reader knows more than the narrator.

I am also impressed at the way the author brings up the experience of being a young black man with an ambivalent relationship with the Police (who did, after all, shoot his dad).

And I really like Gentle Antidote by Anonymous for Nympha_Alba. It's a Lord Peter Wimsey story, where he meets Harriet Vane because they are soul mates with each other's names written on their skin. The flirting through quotes and literary references is so exactly like Sayers that it is actually hard to remember this is an AU.
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How would I insert photos into text I am posting as a Yuletide story?


Oct. 28th, 2014 07:40 pm
emma_in_dream: (Methos)
Dear Yuletide writer! I only know one thing about you – and that is that you are fabulous. You are going to write a story for me! In one of the obscure fandoms I like!

I requested *Jeremiah*, Rosemary Sutcliff’s *Eagle of the Ninth*, Rosemary Sutcliff’s *Frontier Wolf* and *Zombieland* (the ‘zombedy’ not to be confused with *Z Nation* which is now showing in the US). Any of those would be cool.

Here are some things I like: characters being competent, banter, Sutcliffesque descriptive prose, romance, happy endings.

Here are some things I don’t like: main characters dying.

I like slash but I am happy to read het or gen or threesomes or whatever you choose. What I don’t like is the female characters being downplayed or killed off so the men can get centre stage.

I was going to write that I don’t like to read about children suffering and then I realised that the back stories of virtually all these programs are a long list of suffering. All the adults in *Jeremiah* died; Esca’s family were killed and he was enslaved, Marcus had an emotionally distant mother and then was horribly wounded while still a teenager himself; and in *Zombieland* essentially every human on the planet except the four main characters is dead. So it turns out that I did not know myself – I like the pain.

And here is my thank you in advance! Thank you!


Oct. 24th, 2014 06:13 pm
emma_in_dream: (X Files)
I am organised enough to have signed up this year! Not like last year when the sign up came just as I reached the end of my ability to go to medical appointments happily!
emma_in_dream: (otp)
My favourite Yuletide fic was a soul bond, parthenogenesis story set in Frances Hodgson Burnett's *The Lost Prince* (1915). I recommend - Most Fervently by halotolerant.
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That fic about Jeeves and Bertie was me all along. It's called "Vincit" and you can find it here:
emma_in_dream: (Casablanca)
There were some amazing works in this year's Yuletide fic exchange.

I particularly enjoyed Amilyn's "Lay Across the World and Explode Everything" which explores how Sarah Connor got from besieged waitress in *Terminator* to hard core survivalist in *Terminator 2*.

Also, Misslucyjane's "It's Still the Same Old Story" which offers an incredibly bleak Rick/Louis story set after the events of *Casablanca*.

KannaOphelia's "As Good as a Boy" is an utterly brilliant femmeslash story about George from the Famous Five.

Toft's "Solitude" is an AU for the Master and Commander books in which Jack and Stephen inadvertently get telepathically linked. It deals beautifully with their responses, especially the intensely private Stephen's instinctive shrinking from it.

Also, I now know that my Yuletide story was written by Dorinda. Read "Is the Sky Falling, Or Is It Just Me?".


Dec. 29th, 2012 07:56 pm
emma_in_dream: (Casablanca)
I have been a fan of *Invisible Man* since I heard the judge give the sentence for Fawkes' mistaken charge of molestation of the elderly. 'Death by lethal injection... sadly not being an option I sentence you to life in prison.'

And I got a great *IMan* fic in the Yuletide exchange, *Is the Sky Falling, Or Is It Just Me?* http://archiveofourown.org/collections/yuletide2012/works/599590


Nov. 5th, 2012 07:44 pm
emma_in_dream: (Back to the Future)
So, if you are my Yuletide writer, thank you. Basically anything is great because - you know - written just for me. I'd love it if the fic were in the style of the originals, but that's just an optional extra.

And happy would be great. No deaths or torture or anything (or at least no hurt without comfort).


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