A Happy New Year to all. I spent mine with my brother and sister-in-law, just having a quiet evening, which was about my speed this year. I hope yours was pleasant and enjoyable, too.
Since authors on the Yuletide stories have been revealed now, herewith the list of what I wrote:
“A Thousand Paths in a Single Step” (Wheel of Time) — findabair, I actually did write one of the WoT stories. I figured, if I was ever going to do it, this was the year, while everything is still fresh in my mind. My recipient’s request was for Aviendha, Rand, Mat, and Nynaeve, and while the phrasing of the request implied I didn’t have to include all four, I was determined to do so. This is therefore the story of several alternate futures Aviendha saw while passing through the ter’angreal in Rhuidean during The Shadow Rising, in her first test as a Wise One apprentice.
“Unlikely” (Sky High) — the first of two pinch hits I picked up. His senior year at Sky High, Warren Peace has been nominated as Most Likely to Go Evil. Layla takes offense at this, and takes steps to keep him from winning.
“No Harm Ever Came From Digging Up the Past” (The Bone Key/The Mummy) — a second pinch hit, when I usually only take one per year, but this one doesn’t really count: I had written the entire story as a treat before the recipient went out on the pinch-hit list. She wanted, in a pie-in-the-sky kind of way, a crossover between Claudia Coburn from “The Venebretti Necklace” and Evy Carnahan from The Mummy, being awesome lady archaeologists together. HOW COULD I NOT WRITE THIS?
“An Abecedary of Tragic Ends, Explicated for the Reader” (Gashlycrumb Tinies) — my big hit for this year (though not as big as the Tough Guide to Yuletide last year). Yuletide mechanics meant that only four of the Gashlycrumb Tinies could be requested in fic, but that doesn’t mean you can only write four; I wrote a drabble (100-word story) for each of the twenty-six, explaining how they died that way. It’s morbid, but people seem to have enjoyed it.
“It ends in a small white room” (Pushing Daisies) — a dark AU inspired by a quote from the show, when Ned, the piemaker who raises people from the dead, says: “Ever since I was a kid, I’d have this dream where somebody would find out what I could do. It starts off with lots of ice cream and balloons and ends in a small white room where little bits are cut out of me until there’s nothing left to cut.” It didn’t end up as dark as I originally planned (since that would have squicked the recipient), but it’s still a weird, and fun-to-write hybrid, between the show’s candy-colored cheerfulness and some kind of sick stuff.
“Stories Untold” (Reservoir Dogs) — the first treat I wrote, before assignments had even gone out, because I was browsing people’s letters. One request made me decide to watch Reservoir Dogs again, and then my brain popped out a fic about Freddy Newandyke’s preparations for going undercover.
“Impossible Things” (Willow) — another treat that basically just fell out of my head by accident. Sorsha’s musings on why she fell in love with Madmartigan, aka me trying to make the script make sense.
“Echoes of the Wolf” (Brotherhood of the Wolf) — final full-length treat, brought about by me liking any excuse to watch this movie. Mani and Fronsac in the early days of their relationship, in the New World.
And then, four “stocking stuffer” flash fics:
“Dying Old” (Classic Greece and Rome History & Literature RPF) — Mithridates, experimenting with poison.
“If Your Hands Are Cold, and the Fiddle Is Old” (Devil Went Down to Georgia) — did you know there’s a sequel song, “The Devil Came Back to Georgia”? I didn’t, not until this year. The fic is Johnny preparing for a second confrontation.
“The Wrong Side” (The Sandbaggers) — Willie Caine, dealing with changes post-S3.
“Can You Hear Me Now?” (Aliens) — Vasquez and Hudson buddy antics, pre-movie.
Ooof. So, my joke this year was that I had written more fic the second year of Yuletide than I did for the first, which of course made my brain want to keep up that pattern, so the way to deal with it was to write SO MUCH this year that I wouldn’t try to top it in the future. I think I’ve achieved that. Most of these were very quick to write, but even so, that’s a lot to make my brain cough up at once. I’m very pleased with how they turned out, though!