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"Hockey RPF? I could totally write that. I know who Jonathan Toews is and everything!"

(No, I did not snag--or even attempt to snag--that prompt, but this is exactly the kind of thinking that led to last year's debacle.)
3pipeproblem: (talent)
I just thought up a title so good, it makes me want to write a story deserving of it.


ETA: I'm pretty sure I'll be in the last batch of pinch hits sent out (speaking of which, we've run into some trouble with Yahoogroups), so if any of you have love for Mad Men, Alan Shore, or Topher Brink, consider this advance notice. You could even combine all my requests and write about Alan and Topher being mad at each other! False alarm. Although you're still cordially invited to write me a stocking stuffer about Alan and Topher being mad at each other.
3pipeproblem: (all my friends are fuckups/but they're f)
Dear Yuletide Writer,

Hello, and thank you so much for writing in one of my poor, neglected (okay, that doesn't really apply to Mad Men) fandoms! I'm sure I'll ♥ whatever you come up with. Hopefully you're not feeling too overwhelmed by all the details I provided--I know I went on and on, but I wanted to give you a sense of what I love about the various fandoms I asked for. If you have an idea of your own you're ready to run with, or if one of my suggestions sparked an idea, feel free to disregard this--it's not so much a set of guidelines as a list of things (some of them completely irrational) that delight me to no end.

General preferences )

Mad Men (contains spoilers for season three) )

Boston Legal )

Dollhouse )
3pipeproblem: (all my friends are fuckups/but they're f)
[livejournal.com profile] yuletide nominations are open! Mine were:

Boston Legal (it went unmentioned in the brainstorming post)
Breaking Bad
RKO 281 (slightly more respectable than just nominating Orson Welles RPF)
Michael Chabon - The Mysteries of Pittsburgh (I want to read about Cleveland!)
JD Salinger - Franny and Zooey
Dan Chaon - "Big Me"

I'm confident Mad Men and all other Chabon novels will be taken care of. (That sentence kind of makes it sound like Chabon wrote a novel called Mad Men.)

For the uninitiated, [livejournal.com profile] yuletide is an annual rare-fandom fic exchange. As long as it's sufficiently rare (well, and the author isn't an enormous dick--I think a handful of fandoms are ineligible because their creators aren't down with fanfic), any fandom you can think of is fair game. Songs? Dearly departed TV shows? Epic poems? Commercials? We got 'em. I've participated every year since its inception and am continually amazed at the stuff that's written--some of it incredible, some of it cracktastic, some of it just plain wrong. If you have any microscopic fandoms you'd love to see (or have an excuse to write) fic for, I highly recommend you check it out.
3pipeproblem: (McLovin approved)
It's been...oy, over a month since the reveal, so here we go. For [livejournal.com profile] yuletide this year, I wrote:

Bullshit, a Superbad fic for [livejournal.com profile] shanalle

Parallax, a Boston Legal pinch hit for [livejournal.com profile] das_kabinett

Ramblings )

Thanks to everyone who left feedback because I was far too lazy to reply to your emails! You're all very kind.

Regarding my poor, neglected character meme (honestly, anyone would think you people had things to do on a Saturday night), the characters were as follows:

1) Shirley Schmidt (BL)
2) Josef Kavalier (The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay)
3) Chloe O'Brian (24)
4) McLovin (Superbad)
5) Alan Shore (BL)
6) Ari Gold (Entourage)
7) Lemony Snicket (A Series of Unfortunate Events)
8) Paul Smecker (Boondock Saints...I totally almost wrote Boston Legal)
9) Dexter Morgan (Dexter)
10) Stephen T. Colbert, DFA (The Colbert Report)

If Shirley Schmidt and Paul Smecker sang karaoke together... )

Where should Chloe O'Brian and Joe Kavalier go on a date? )

Can McLovin beat Shirley Schmidt in a duel of wits? In a physical fight? In a pit of jello? )

Ari Gold and Lemony Snicket are co-habitating, for whatever reason. Who's responsible for what chores of room-mate-ness? (i.e., who does the dishes, who makes sure the rent is paid, etc.) )

That is all. Thank you for playing.
3pipeproblem: (all my friends are fuckups/but they're f)
All right, so I've made it through most of the fandoms I'm interested in (I was less successful in leaving feedback, but it's really hard to write sincere, detailed praise when you're sitting in a grocery store). So, here are my recs. It should go without saying that these reflect my personal preferences and little else, and there's a ton of wonderful stuff in the archive I still have yet to read.

ETA: Yeah, duh. The archive in question would be [livejournal.com profile] yuletide.

9 recs in 8 fandoms )
3pipeproblem: (knotted by the stout cord of an ampersan)
Three stories! All for me and all of them in different fandoms! *toddles off to read*
3pipeproblem: (I'm sorry)
I have my eye on a [livejournal.com profile] yuletide pinch hit that would be a nice combination of familiar and new and exciting. We'll have to see if I get it. *starts writing in the meantime*

ETA: Got it! *panic recommences*

I also saw my requests go out on the pinch hit list, which frankly wasn't that surprising--usually I try to ask for one relatively well-known, easy-to-find fandom, and this year...I forgot. Whoops? Some poor soul is going to have to write fic about either a (long-)cancelled television show, a season of a television show that's not commercially available, or one of two 400-plus-page books. I said "whoops" already, right?

Anyway, if you're reading this, pinch hitter, you are a brave, brave soul. You'll find allusions to a Dear Santa letter in this journal, but I never got around to actually writing one this year (I think if you click the "yuletide" tag, you'll be able to find last year's), so...

Dear Pinch Hitter, )
3pipeproblem: (balcony time!)
I promise, the next post will have nothing at all to do with [livejournal.com profile] yuletide (for better or worse). But! The big author reveal came and went, and I was in Arizona falling on my ass in mud whilst attempting to play golf, but I figure better late than never.

I wrote Twilight, a Boston Legal fic featuring my favorites Alan, Denny, and Shirley for [livejournal.com profile] twistedchick who requested something featuring a lot of the characters. Since I usually obsess over focus on Alan, three characters passed for "a lot" in my book, and she seems to have enjoyed it, so I guess three was enough. In case you were wondering, you could probably identify the fic as my from the fact that a) it has Alan quoting Yeats and b) the title bears no relation to anything. At all. I also wrote a 200-word (BL) ficlet that's up on the Yuletide site if anyone's inclined to look it up. I really wanted to write "5 Times Alan Shore Ruined Christmas," but I had the idea (inspired by the real-life ruining of Christmas by my little sister!) at about 11 PM on Christmas Eve. Perhaps another time.

Oh, I also got a lot of wonderful (and very generous) feedback. To which I still need to respond. If any of my feedbackers are reading this, thank you!

The lovely Brick story that was written for me, Live a Little (The Two Things That Kill You Every Time) was authored by [livejournal.com profile] starrysummer, who I cannot praise highly enough. She even thanks Bob Dylan in her author's note! Again, if you haven't seen the movie, see it, and then read this.

Aaaaand, finally, I'm toying with writing Kavalier & Clay fic for the New Year's Resolutions. Someone requested Tracy Bacon in Hollywood, and...he canonically is acquainted with Orson Welles. It'd be folly to resist.
3pipeproblem: (you know where I eat lunch)
First of all, a belated Merry Christmas, happy holidays, etc. to all on my FL (if you're reading this and you're not on my FL, no well-wishes for you). [livejournal.com profile] likeadeuce, [livejournal.com profile] bohemiancachet and [livejournal.com profile] nicalamity, I got your cards. They are cherished and adored. Nic, your card/gift will be going out today. I hope you like it!

And [livejournal.com profile] yuletide. I wrote a story and an itsy-bitsy drabble, and I really wanted to write some Philadelphia Story fic, but when I tried to get ahold of the movie (since I'd foolishly left my copy at school), it was checked out from both the library and Blockbuster. These things always happen to me.

But enough about my hard, hard life.

I got the awesomest, awesomest (it even merits the invention of a word!) [livejournal.com profile] yuletide fic I could have asked for. It's Brick fic, Live a Little (The Two Things That Kill You Every Time).

I just...[livejournal.com profile] yuletide is designed around the premise that you write a story in a rare fandom, sure, but you also write a story that suits your recipient. This story was written for me. It has so many things I absolutely adore. The sense of setting is there, the characterization is spot-on and digs deeper than what's revealed in the film, there are Bob Dylan references in the section headings...I could go on and on. And the tone is perfect. There are so many fantastic lines and images.

I'd like to say you could read this even if you haven't seen Brick, but...you probably can't. So if you haven't, go see it, and then go read this fic. It's stunning. It's my favorite of all the [livejournal.com profile] yuletide fic I've read this year (and clearly I am in no way biased).

As a little girl in Cleveland, Emily Costich used to daydream about Southern California. The dreams and the stars and the jingle jangle of the classic songs. She wasn't the sort of silly girl who hoped of hitting the big time, all chandeliers and champagne and lying half-prostrate atop a grand piano. No, she was just looking for a little bit of sunlight, a little bit of starshine.

And the dialogue is superb.

A few more recs )
3pipeproblem: (all my favorite characters are contractu)
[livejournal.com profile] dien, where have you gone? We need to whine/discuss/panic about [livejournal.com profile] yuletide together!

And on that note...

Dear Yuletide Santa )
3pipeproblem: (literally hundreds.)
How is it that a paper on Down by Law is like pulling teeth, but I can write a page on copyright law in...I dunno, it seemed like 15 minutes?

Anyway.

Dear [livejournal.com profile] yuletide Santa,

I love you. I really do. Not as much as I love procrastination, though (or, apparently, intellectual property). Expect more detailed requests/instructions at a later date, but in the meantime, I'm perfectly content to trust your judgment. The fact that you're even doing this makes you an awesome person.

Although if you've ever read Michael Chabon...feel free to imitate/quote/plagiarize. I'd enjoy that.

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