I wrote a decent amount for Yuletide this year but mostly in fandoms that ranged from non-existent to really, really small so as I'm fairly sure most will be unfamiliar I figure I'll do like I did last year and promote each fandom some as well although I'll try to keep the babble at a minimum, if anyone wants to hear more about any particular fic just give a shout. Starting with the larger fandoms:The Haunting of Hill House (TV show)
The netflix series (very, very) loosely based on the Shirley Jackson book this is a ten episode story based around a family with 5 kids who bought a house back in the 90s with the idea of fixing it up and selling it for a profit only to find out it was haunted and to have things start to go very, very wrong for them as a result. Despite hating horror as a genre overall, I really liked this series as it dealt with the emotional fallout and the effect of that summer on the family that still lingered today.
-Seeds Taking Root
, G, 2335 words. Summary: Luke was trying to go forward and move on after almost dying. He was well aware that it wouldn't be easy and that recovery wasn't a straight line, but with any luck he might just make it.
-Temptation's Tight Grip
, PG, 1245 words. Summary: For an addict the temptation to use is always there.
-Walls Growing, Ever Thicker Ever Higher
, PG, 1223 words. Summary: The knock that came in the middle of the night was one that Theo had been expecting for years. What Shirley had come to tell her however? That threw her for a loop.Spinning Silver - Naomi Novik
Set in a Tzarist Russia-esque/Fairytale land, the daughter of a (not so successful) Jewish moneylender manages to turn silver into gold. This is actually the first Naomi Novik book I ever read and I was intrigued by setting and curious how it would portray Miryem's Judaism and how the rest of the 'Russians' treated it.
-Laden with Happiness (and Tears)
, PG, 1183 words. Summary: Miryem’s celebration of her first Shabbat in the Staryk lands after being married was a little different than her previous ones. (Random factoid: I based my description of Miryem's Shabbos prayers after my dim memories of how my great grandmother, who grew up in Russia in the late 1800s, did hers.)
-Glistering Within the Grey
, G, 592 words. Summary: Being one of the two servants assigned to serve the Queen was meant as a slight; it turned out to be anything but. Call Me By Your Name (2017)
Set in Italy in the 1980's, a coming of age type film where a 17-year-old eventually gets together with the grad student who comes to live with them for a bit in order to work for his professor father.
, G, 1223 words. Summary: A migraine gives Oliver a few things to think about. (This was a h/c request. How could I not fill a h/c request for Oliver?)The Usual Suspects (1995)
- How to summarize this movie... A US Customs Agent questions a conman after an explosion at a pier left a number of people dead. The conman proceeds to tell him the events that led to said explosion, or did he? (I love this movie, it's one of those that after you watch you immediately want to rewatch and then rewatch again.)
-Phaethon Behind the Wheel
, PG, 2333 words. Summary: A rumor's not a rumor that doesn't die but rumors are just rumors and while some are based in fact, some are not. (Random aside, this is probably one of my favorite titles that I've ever come up with. Also, I deliberately left the identification of one character in one scene vague/unclear to make it meld with canon more.)
-Chekhov Gives Up
PG, 2178 words. Summary: Five ways "The Usual Suspects" couldn't (and wouldn't) have ended and the one way it probably didn't, but might have. (This got written on a whim after a discussion in discord about various tropes and Lanna requesting them and how they could be basically canon for this, so it's basically 6 ridiculous tropes massaged to work vaguely within canon.)The Shadow (1994)
The Shadow, aka Lamont Cranston, saves people and fights crime in 1930's NYC. Margo Lane winds up butting her way into the battle between him and Shiwan Khan and the entire fate of the city rests in its outcome.
-The Shadow Knows, But Not Everything
, G, 1504 words. Summary: Lamont might know a lot about how running an underground network like the Shadow's, but that didn't mean he knew everything. Luckily, he had Margo there to help him out. Southland (TV)
(from the wiki) a "raw and authentic look" at Los Angeles and the lives of the LAPD officers who police it.
R, 100 words. Summary: After a day of garbage runs there is only one way to get clean. (sarken wanted a manhandled, bottom!Cooper, how could I not write that?)Kung Fu: The Legend Continues
A Shaolin priest father and his son, now a police detective, reunite to fight crime. Ah the 90s and the ridiculous sounding plots of shows that aired then.
-The Tread of Time, Step By Step
, G, 1528 words. Summary: It'd been twenty years but Peter was still there, keeping the city safe.And now the fandom I'm sure no one has even heard of......Outliers:Strange Stars (Podcast)
Outliers is a series of seven one shot stories released last year by RustyQuill and the Strange Stars episode (17 minutes long and can be heard here
as well as most podcast type places), written and performed by Jonny Sims (known for his work on "The Magnus Archives"), revolves around the historical figure of Hew Draper a Bristol innkeeper who was arrested for attempted poisoning and witchcraft in 1561. After being found guilty Draper was incarcerated in the Salt Tower of London where he made a rather detailed, incredibly unusual carving. The carving and what little record exists about the man can be found here
. Hew Draper's story is fascinating and Sims' building on it, showing Draper through the eyes of the prison's chaplain and how a man of the cloth might attempt to console, if not even convert, a man who historically admitted to having "once been an 'astronomer' but had since burned all his books" is amazing. (I really enjoyed this podcast, go give it a listen.)
-Strange Suns, Ominious Stars
G, 2222 words. Summary: After Hew Draper's strange disappearance from the Salt Tower I assumed I would never see the man again. I was wrong. (Trying to match Sims' style was a hard, yet really fun, challenge. I wrote this knowing it would get few eyeballs and I was right. At reveals it had less hits, let alone kudos, than any of the 100+ other fics I've ever written for Yuletide. The recip loved it though, so I don't mind.)