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March 10th, 2016

I got tagged yesterday for come_at_once, the 24-hour Sherlock Holmes fandoms tag-team challenge. I had my doubts, but I managed to write a bit of silliness in the 6 or so hours I had available. Sometimes it's actually better for me to write that way, I think.

The prompt was "show and tell."

The Stone of the Jaguar Kings (1301 words) by ariadnes_string
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Sherlock Holmes (Downey films)
Rating: Mature
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Sherlock Holmes/John Watson
Additional Tags: Established Relationship, Magical Artifacts, irresponsible anthropology, Chair Sex
Summary:

A famous explorer leaves a mysterious stone in Holmes' keeping.

February 26th, 2016

Dear smutswap author

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February 24th, 2016

Chocolate boxing

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Hi! We are currently in a windowless space waiting for the tornado warning to expire, so I'm catching up by posting this.

I got two delightful gifts from the [profile] chocolate_box exchange.

Vicarious Mercy (1206 words) by fadeaccompli
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Imperial Radch Series - Ann Leckie
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Justice of Toren One Esk Nineteen | Breq & Gem of Sphene, Justice of Toren One Esk Nineteen | Breq/Mercy of Kalr
Characters: Justice of Toren One Esk Nineteen | Breq, Mercy of Kalr, Gem of Sphene
Additional Tags: Hurt/Comfort, Bureaucracy
Summary:

In which Sphene discovers a way to shorten committee meetings, and Mercy of Kalr does not disagree.



Quantifiable Effects (483 words) by Isis
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Rivers of London - Ben Aaronovitch
Rating: Mature
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Beverley Brook/Peter Grant
Characters: Beverley Brook, Peter Grant
Additional Tags: Pegging, Bondage, Sexual Humor, PWP without Porn
Summary:

After the events of Foxglove Summer, Peter gives Beverley a gift. And vice versa.



And I wrote one gift.

Five currant buns (949 words) by ariadnes_string
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Imperial Radch Series - Ann Leckie
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Justice of Toren One Esk Nineteen | Breq/Mercy of Kalr/Seivarden Vendaai
Characters: Justice of Toren One Esk Nineteen | Breq, Awn Elming
Summary:

There are some songs I remember but never sing.



I kind of want to sign up for [community profile] smutswap but the fact that I only barely managed to write something for my recipient for this one is making me think twice.

Okay, the warning is about to expire and we seem to have survived!

January 10th, 2016

Fandom Stocking!

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Last year, I wrote a last minute Rivers of London/X-Men stocking-stuffer for [community profile] fandom_stocking, and it was so much fun that I decided to sign up for myself this year. So I did, and then completely forgot to post a link to my stocking here. Nevertheless, I got a delightful bunch of cards and recipes and images/vids when the stockings were opened on Friday, including this very hot Peter/Beverly ficlet from [personal profile] darkrosaleen. Thank you to everyone who put stuff in my stocking!

I wrote a couple of ficlets myself. A shameless bit of Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation h/c for my Yuletide recipient that I didn't manage to get together for Yuletide itself, and a tiny piece of Seivarden/Breq/Mercy of Kalr.

The Shape We're In (1740 words) by ariadnes_string
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (2015), Mission: Impossible (Movies)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Benji Dunn/Ethan Hunt
Additional Tags: Sickfic, Hurt/Comfort
Summary:

"I’ve heard of team spirit," Benji says, "but sharing each others' flashbacks, that’s a bit much.”



Wonderment (164 words) by ariadnes_string
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Imperial Radch Series - Ann Leckie
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Justice of Toren One Esk Nineteen | Breq/Mercy of Kalr/Seivarden Vendaai
Additional Tags: Non-Sexual Intimacy, Asexual Character
Summary:

Seivarden is ship now, and with her ungloved hands she counts my ribs.



I also tried to post podcast recs to people who requested them, since I listened to a ton of podcasts this fall--so if any one wants podcast recs, let me know!

Happy new year, all!

January 3rd, 2016

I’m sorry this letter is so late! If you’ve started something, please just go ahead, I’m sure I will love it!

If it’s helpful, here are some things about my general preferences:

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January 2nd, 2016

Yuletide Reveal

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I wrote two stories for Yuletide.

My main assignment was for Spy--a movie I loved, though the fic-writing was a bit out of my usual wheelhouse. Fun though!

Full Disclosure (1770 words) by ariadnes_string
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Spy (2015)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Susan Cooper/Rick Ford, Susan Cooper/Bradley Fine/Rick Ford
Additional Tags: Misses Clause Challenge
Summary:

Fine finds out, under less than ideal conditions.



I picked up a post-deadline pinch hit in Imperial Radch--the third fic I've written for this fandom.

The Story of a Tea Set (1355 words) by ariadnes_string
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Imperial Radch Series - Ann Leckie
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Gem of Sphene, Justice of Toren One Esk Nineteen | Breq, Minask Nenkur
Additional Tags: Pre-Series
Summary:

Sphene remembers a beautiful object given, destroyed, and remade.



As usual, the pinch hit got better response than the main assignment--which says something about my creative capacities, I'm sure.

Also as usual, due to family, family, family commitments, I have read very little in the collection aside from my three wonderful gifts. I will try to remedy that this week!

Happy New Year to everyone!

December 30th, 2015

Yuletide!

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I moved, then had family visiting for the holidays, then traveled, and so I have been very remiss about sharing the absolutely lovely gifts I got for Yuletide--all three of them!

I have always loved the Riddlemaster Trilogy, but I've always been wary of requesting fic for it--worried it wouldn't live up to my feelings about the books. But there was gorgeous fic for it in last year's Yuletide, so I took a chance and requested it. And, oh my goodness, what a good decision that turned out to be. I received not one but two fics in the fandom, both post-series fic that focus on the consequences of the events of the novels for the two main characters, Morgon and Raederle, and on their somewhat idiosyncratic love for each other. Both stories give us very grown-up, nuanced, versions of the characters, and beautiful details about their (new) world. These are just beautiful, moving, thoughtful stories--read them if you love the books!

Tuning (3313 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Riddle-Master Trilogy - Patricia A. McKillip
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Morgon of Hed/Raederle of An
Characters: Morgon of Hed, Raederle of An
Additional Tags: Post-Series
Summary:

Morgon and Raederle drift across the realm, and the earth's harp is tuned to the dawn of another new age.



I love the way this story works the connection between magic and the natural world, and its overall concern with the value of peace.

Like Petals from the Bough (3841 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Riddle-Master Trilogy - Patricia A. McKillip
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Morgon of Hed/Raederle of An
Characters: Raederle of An, Morgon of Hed, Nun (Riddle-Master Trilogy), minor OC characters - Character
Additional Tags: Grief, Loss, dealing with eternal life
Summary:

Raederle deals (or doesn't) with the fact that she is not dying.



I love the way this fic, like the novels, considers how you can love someone but need to go away from them for a while. Its consideration of grief is also very moving. As the author's note says, not a happy story, but in the best possible way.

AND THEN--someone wrote me Limetown fic! As in Limetown the podcast (you can now listen to the whole first season--it's like Serial meets the X-Files, or maybe Lost). This story is about how one of the other, barely heard from, characters might have thought about the events of the first season, and is very nicely done!

Thank You for Listening (2962 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Limetown (Podcast)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Lia Haddock, Mark Greene (Limetown)
Additional Tags: Missing Scene, Post-Season/Series 01, Yuletide Treat
Summary:

"The thing was, when Lia had first pitched the idea of doing a series on Limetown, it hadn’t seemed dangerous." Producer Mark Greene's take on the events of Season One of Limetown.



So much gratitude to all the writers for making these tiny fandoms come to life!

(and now that I'm back, I'm going to try to read some more in the archive!)

November 11th, 2015

Gifts and fics

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I received two lovely Imperial Radch fics for the [community profile] trickortreatex exchange. One is spooky and one is sweet, and both are by the same author! I have just gotten around to reading Ancillary Mercy, so the timing was perfect. Definitely check them out if you enjoy the books.

A House Divided (2709 words) by Hokuto
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Imperial Radch Series - Ann Leckie
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Seivarden Vendaai, Mercy of Kalr, Lieutenant Ekalu, Justice of Toren One Esk Nineteen | Breq
Additional Tags: trick - Freeform, Creepy, Artificial Intelligence, Music, Background Relationships
Summary:

... cannot stand.



Morning Tea (340 words) by Hokuto
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Imperial Radch Series - Ann Leckie
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Justice of Toren One Esk Nineteen | Breq, Seivarden Vendaai
Additional Tags: Fluff, Sickfic, extra treat
Summary:

Tea is good for what ails you.



I dropped out of the Fandom Growth Exchange, but somehow still managed to get a fabulous treat as a gift. Killjoys is a total happy place to for me, and this fic has the characters and their feelings for each other down perfectly. Plus action and h/c!

Bind Them Tight (2080 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Killjoys (TV)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Dutch & Johnny Jaqobis, Dutch & D'avin Jaqobis
Characters: Dutch (Killjoys), Johnny Jaqobis, D'avin Jaqobis, Pawter Simms, Pree (Killjoys)
Summary:

The warrant really isn't all.



I also wrote two stories for [community profile] trickortreatex, one my assignment and one a pinch hit.

It Ain't All Lon Chaney walking with the Queen (3127 words) by ariadnes_string
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Rivers of London - Ben Aaronovitch
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Peter Grant, Toby (Rivers of London), Thomas Nightingale
Additional Tags: Wolves, Werewolves
Summary:

Peter has always had a soft spot for dogs.



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Carve My Name (409 words) by ariadnes_string
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Kingdom (TV 2014)
Rating: Mature
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Alvey Kulina/Ryan Wheeler
Additional Tags: Knives, Knifeplay
Summary:

“Sometimes,” said Alvey, “I want to give you my own tattoo, right here.” He drew the tip of his knife down Ryan’s sternum, hard enough to matter, but not hard enough to draw blood.



And this one, well, sometimes it's good to write something fast! I can't let myself think too much about knife play and how much I enjoy writing it...

October 21st, 2015

Dear Yuletide Author

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Dear Yuletide Author:

First of all, thank you so much for writing a story for me! Any fic with any of these characters will make me happy, so please just write what seems fun and interesting to you! I don’t expect you to get every character I requested into your fic—any (or all) of them would fine . I saw this phrase in someone’s letter a while ago, and it perfectly expressed my feelings: If you come to a place where you think you can either write a good story or make me happy, write a good story. ( and if that’s your phrase—thank you!).

If it’s helpful, here are some things about my general preferences:

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Requests, in alphabetical order

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Thank you, and have fun!

September 26th, 2015

Exchange fics

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Hello DW & LJ! I am determined to start catching up with things here. To that end, here is a rec for a fic I received a few months ago (!) for an science fiction/fantasy book exchange called [community profile] whitedwarfrabbithole

Flow (2547 words) by Merit
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Rivers of London - Ben Aaronovitch
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Beverley Brook
Additional Tags: Pre-Series
Summary:

The Thames sang when Beverley was born.



This is a lovely character study/back story for Beverly Brook, one of my favorite characters in the RoL books!

I also wrote a story for this exchange:

A Cat May Look at a King (2049 words) by ariadnes_string
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: A Darker Shade of Magic - V. E. Schwab
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Kell, Rhy, Original Cat Character(s)
Additional Tags: POV Outsider, Post-Book(s)
Summary:

A cat may look at a king...or a couple of princes, as the case may be. Especially an unusual cat.



I ended up liking the book less as I finished it than I had at the outset, and I don't think it will be the great Yuletide fandom I hoped, but I still had fun writing this--first animal POV fic for me.

Hope everyone's doing okay out there!
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