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I went a little overboard again this year, which led to things like sitting up in bed at 3am and writing furiously because I'd just had an idea for a Yuletide treat and gone temporarily insane. In order of writing, then.

Roses in Vancouver (Pat/Hilary, May Binnie - Pat of Silver Bush)
Of Pat, and places left behind her. )

noli me tangere (Anne Boleyn, Henry Percy, George Boleyn - Historical RPF)
Noli me tangere, for Caesar's I am/And wild for to hold, though I seem tame. )

A Gentleman of Taste (Freddy/Kitty - Cotillion)
Five trials that the Honourable Frederick Standen endured with sang-froid and savoir-faire, or would have if he'd spoken a word of French. )

The Princess and the Duck (Ahiru/Rue - Princess Tutu)
Some fairy-tales have happy endings. Some don't. )

I Corinthians 13 (Richard/Alec - Swordspoint)
Richard and Alec are not exactly what you'd call ideal. )

jeté en avant (Sebastian/Veronica - Sadlers Wells)
Sebastian's irritated, Fiona's on the rampage and Veronica is mostly resigned to it all. A happy Scott family Christmas. )

The Sweets of Pillage (Bunny/Raffles - Raffles)
Three things which may or may not have happened to Harry Manders. )

Gender Roles and Other Negotiable Territory (Tommy/Tuppence - Agatha Christie's Beresford books)
Someone has to clean the flat. It's not going to be Tuppence. )

Status: Undelivered (Wilfred Owen - Historical RPF)
Letter written Saturday 2nd November 1918. Author unidentified. )

Tree of Life (Ogden/Murdoch - Murdoch Mysteries)
Why is there foliage on my desk, Detective Murdoch? )

Variations on a Friday Afternoon (Todd/Lovett, Judge/prostitute, Anthony/Johanna - Sweeney Todd)
Three ways to spend a Friday afternoon. )

Well, um, that was lengthy. If you've read this far, thank you for bearing with me.
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First line meme! Post the first line from all of your WiPs.

"The Bartons were welcoming, as Hilliard had been told they would be, though their eyes sometimes flickered over Hilliard's stripes and then up to his face as if they expected to see another – they did, of course."
- mostly involving Hilliard wandering round the Bartons' house being confused by all these well-adjusted people.

"Curio woke in – not darkness, exactly, but light blurred and dimmed in his vision, blotching purple and green as he blinked."
- five times Curio and Francisco quarrelled, part one of something which will probably never see the light of day.

"i. love suffereth long, and is kind"
- Richard/Alec, drabbles to the tune of I Corinthians 13, at which they fail.

"Haven't we met, you're some kind of beautiful stranger…"
- involving AU!Superhero!Noldor, Fingon apparently liking Madonna, don't ask

"I’ll never forget the day that bastard walked into my office."
- Noir!Elves AU, with Haleth as a hard-boiled PI investigating the theft of three priceless diamonds from a mob family, the Finwions.

"It was a pleasant domestic scene, such as might be found in any household on Kearny's Lane."
- Johanna manipulating the fuck out of Anthony. "I'll get some lye", indeed.

"She was so young in those days, a lovely little slip of a thing."
- this one about Mrs Lovett having an abortion

"His mother took one look at Johanna, wrapped up in a black shawl he'd bought from a pedlar on the road, and tutted."
- part of a potentially longer fic where Anthony tries to come to terms with the fact that his shiny new princess is irredeemably fucked-up.

"It is an assured fact that most English (or indeed, to give Moriarty and O'Hara their due, Irish) schoolboys will work hard, love honour and boxing, and above all, play the game."
- PG Wodehouse's school stories, which was a gift for someone. Never really worked out.

"Their hotel room in Pisa has a balcony and costs twice as much for that very reason."
- an Amon/Robin travelogue, post-series.

"The sights I could show thee, O sailor far from home
Who hath cross'd the blue sea in but a coracle."
- Medea/Jason scrapbook fic, part of which I'm trying to write in hexameter (as above), but I can't even face dactylic hexameter.

"“I don’t think I like myself any more,” he said in a faraway voice, so young and trembling like the aftermath of a storm."
- Nine meets Ovid, post-Time War.

""The TARDIS threw me out," the Doctor said mournfully, his hand on the doorbell."
- a weird Ten/Martha fic

"Thirty-three seconds ago, Donna was screaming for help."
- what time means to the Doctor.
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[livejournal.com profile] fannish5Crossover relationships: Match five characters with their soulmates - from another fandom.

Ooh!

1. Alec (Swordspoint)/Marian (Robin Hood 2006). Alec desperately, desperately wants to protect the women in his life. Unusually for a male (anti-)hero, he does that by giving them tools to defend themselves rather than doing it directly. He failed with his sister Janine, so he forces Janine's daughter Katherine to take fencing lessons (and before long Katherine's protecting other women herself). He can't sponsor Flavia's education openly any more, so he founds a scholarship/mathematics chair for women.

Marian - you see where I'm going with this - is an explicitly feminist kick-arse swordswoman. Alec would love her. Marian would initially be infuriated by his attitude (because, let's face it, Alec's a bastard), but she'd probably end up seeing his hidden depths. She did with Robin, after all. I can't see Robin's hidden depths. Also, she'd probably be thrown off by the fact of his agreeing with her and not patronising her (well, not more than he normally would).

The only fly in the ointment is that Marian's as manipulative as hell and Alec needs a straight-shooter. Hmmmm.

2. John Hilliard (Strange Meeting)/Tohru Honda (Fruits Basket). He's an emotionally-repressed WWI soldier with a dysfunctional family and a lost love. She's an almost pathologically kind-hearted teenage girl with a talent for getting along with almost everybody. Hilliard kind of makes me think of Hatori in the same situation: completely closed-off to any kind of emotional support (not that he's getting it anyway) until he meets this one person. Tohru would be amazing at getting Hilliard to open up - think of how Hatori, Kureno and Yuki (all repressive types) respond to her. And he's a solicitous friend, even if he's not particularly good at helping. He'd look after her in the way she needs, which is that she works too hard and someone has to make her stop.

3. The Doctor (Doctor Who)/Miles Vorkosigan (the Vorkosigan books). Because they're both hyperactive, they both have the same method of procedure (make it up as you go along) and they both tend to take command by virtue of sheer arrogance. They also both have insanely loyal followers who frequently fall in love with them; the only difference is that Miles has more. Then again, the Doctor has quality-control. If they ever met, they'd likely be annoyed to death by each other. The Doctor would have an especially strong reaction: "You're a soldier?!" If Miles were a companion, he would probably attempt to change his own timeline. The Doctor might throw a fit like he did with Adam in "The Long Game"; possibly Miles would manage to charm his way out of it. Really, Miles is more likely to end up as a Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart figure:

"Oh, you're back? Where've you been? I saved the universe five times while you were gone, you idiot!"

The Doctor would quickly start referring to Ivan as "that-idiot-Ivan" and it would infuriate Miles because hey, it's not like the Doctor's family. Only family (and the rest of the galaxy) get to call Ivan that.

...I bet the Doctor has a massive geeky historical crush on Cordelia, though. Like he did on Madame de Pompadour. And he'd keel over dead if she actually asked him to tea, omg. And Cordelia would so have the Doctor's number within five seconds of meeting him.

4. Sansa Stark (A Song of Ice and Fire)/Katherine Talbert (The Privilege of the Sword). Basically, Katherine is the knight of Sansa's dreams. I don't say Katherine's fencing foil would be much use against, say, Gregor, but she could totally take Littlefinger. And Katherine has experience defending rape victims. The Swordsman's Tragedy is exactly the sort of tosh Sansa would love; Katherine adores it. It would be Katherine/Artemisia all over again, but playing for higher stakes.

5. Count D (Petshop of Horrors)/Cain Hargreaves (Count Cain). It was a match made in heaven (Cain is clearly a cat in human form, from D's shop, given as a present from Alexis to Augusta) right up until the point where D discovered Cain was testing his poisons on animals. So he gave him a puppy, the sweetest dog in the world, who adored Cain and learnt to untie his shoelaces and snuffled at Cain's hands and licked his face when he was sad. And then the puppy grew up and turned out to be a rottweiler. Cain redeemed himself, though, when he decided he loved the dog regardless, and D gave him back his puppy. I am aware that this sounds crazy to anyone who doesn't know both fandoms, by the way. Very, very aware.
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Dear Stephen J. Lee,

Not everyone speaks French as well as you do. Please refrain from quoting at length untranslated documents. Aside from that, thank you.

Love,
Angharad

It occurs to me that I can argue a decent case for Louis XIV causing the French Revolution. Yeah, I don't like him.

Meme! ganked from [livejournal.com profile] enaranie

1. Maedhros (The Silmarillion)
2. Mrs Lovett (Sweeney Todd)
3. Alec (Swordspoint)
4. Marian (Robin Hood 2006)
5. The Doctor (Doctor Who)
6. Éowyn (The Lord of the Rings)
7. Edmund Pevensie (The Chronicles of Narnia)
8. Juliet Capulet (Romeo x Juliet)
9. Much (Robin Hood 2006)
10. Martha Jones (Doctor Who)

meme! )

You know, I've been reading up on Anne Boleyn and I can't help suspecting she made some sort of deal with the devil. "You will only have your life's goal for three years and will die unfairly maligned; in exchange, your daughter will be called the greatest monarch England has ever had and you will be able to mock your husband and your other enemies from beyond the grave."
athousandwinds: (icon by luna norvegese)
As it turns out, it's pretty easy to find songs for a Swordspoint soundtrack. If you're into angsty rock, anyway, which I suppose I am. OH ALEC, YOU SO EMO.

Also, it has come to my attention that there are people who think Alec should be dropped into a tub of weasels. I do concur in this analysis, but I argue that Richard is just as bad for enabling him and I can't hate Alec because he's so entertainingly self-destructive. And besides, he does something spoilery )

Damn it, I need icon space. I want a Swordspoint icon.

Yuletide

Jan. 12th, 2008 10:12 pm
athousandwinds: (icon by undeadgoat)
I forgot to do a round-up of the Yuletide fics I wrote:

Snow White and Rose Red (What Katy Did | Clover/Rose Red)
"O, my luve is like a red, red rose/That's newly sprung in June." Clover and Rose Red are living a dream.

Spider's Web (Greco-Roman mythology | Odysseus/Penelope)
Odysseus thinks that it was all his own idea. Penelope knows better.

Adore Our Own Athena (The Odyssey | Odysseus/Penelope, implied Odysseus/Athena/Penelope)
Penelope takes comfort in religion. Athena fulfils her promises.

call no man happy until he is dead (Count Cain | gen, implied Riff/Cain)
At this moment, Cain is happy.

The Truth of Others (A Song of Ice and Fire | Rhaegar/Lyanna)
All people know about Rhaegar and Lyanna is what suits their purposes.

The Cub's First Cub (Devil's Cub | Vidal/Mary)
Vidal awaited the birth of his first child with characteristic patience; that is to say, none.

Some Justice (Discworld - Night Watch | Carcer, Death)
A long drop and a short stop and Carcer's always got a plan. Pity it doesn't work.

Cry for Yesterday (The Chronicles of Narnia | Lucy, Edmund, Susan, Peter)
Susan finds it hard to cope with normal life. Lucy just doesn't want to.

A Splendid Orgy (Venetia | Damerel/Venetia)
The aftermath of a frankly magnificent orgy.

Something Less Than Ideal (Arthurian legend | Galahad, implied pairings)
Galahad's vow of chastity doesn't stop him wanting. Even if he wants to.

do not take thy flight (Emily of New Moon | Dean/Emily)
During their engagement, Dean is free to indulge in some adoration.

Claustrophobia (Swordspoint | Alec/Richard)
After the events of Swordspoint, Alec lies awake.

Mistletoe and Wine (Eight Days of Luke | Luke/David)
Luke comes home for Christmas.

the physicians of a mind diseased (The Secret History | Francis, Francis/Charles)
Francis loves words. He just wishes they worked for him.

Like David and Jonathan (The Bible - Old Testament | David/Jonathan)
"Like David and Jonathan". But what does that actually mean?

Turnabout (Chrestomanci - The Lives of Christopher Chant | Rosalie/Mordecai)
During TLoCC, Rosalie and Mordecai have a short, but quite important, conversation.

The Time For Parting Come (Chrestomanci - The Lives of Christopher Chant | Millie/Christopher)
Millie is going away to school again. Christopher sulks.

Duologue For Would-Be Lovers (Shakespeare - Romeo and Juliet | Romeo/Mercutio)
Romeo pines. Mercutio taunts him, to his own ultimate detriment.

The Wandering Jamie (The Homeward Bounders | Jamie, implied Jamie/Helen)
Jamie moves on.

Persuasion (The Prisoner of Zenda | Rupert of Hentzau/Count of Luzau-Rischenheim)
The Count of Luzau-Rischenheim, I am sorry to say, was entirely under Rupert's thumb.

Out of Narnia (The Chronicles of Narnia | Lucy)
Lucy, not feeling very valiant at all.
athousandwinds: (icon by luna norvegese)
I have a new mouse. It's very light and the cursor jumps about the screen like a demented performing flea.

I also have Broadband. Everything seems to be going very fast now. I almost miss dial-up, it made it so much easier to be lazy.

Also, for anyone on my flist who likes Swordspoint:

Conversations with the Mad by [livejournal.com profile] thornsmoke

It's a lovely, elegant piece of writing that captures the book's atmosphere perfectly. The language is beautiful and her imagery is exquisite. Her dialogue has the jagged edges of the novel and her characterisation of Richard and Alec is spot-on.
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Title: Ordinary Days
Day/Theme: 18th September/"Arrangement in black and gold"
Series: Swordspoint
Character/Pairing: Alec/Richard
Rating: PG-13/12


( Ordinary Days )
athousandwinds: (icon by undeadgoat)
Title: Death of a Swordsman
Date/Theme: 7th September/"herr doktor"
Series: Swordspoint
Character/Pairing: Marie, Alec/Richard
Rating: PG, character death

( the swordsman's tragedy )

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