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So, Jukebox author reveals have come and gone. My amazing gift, Trajectory was written by [personal profile] weakinteraction, whom I've been assigned to in a number of recent exchanges. (They have most excellent taste.) The story itself is 7k of science fiction of quality good enough to be in a Best Of anthology, and is ridiculously well tailored to poke at my "science fiction of vaguely thought experiment bent". Like, if you like Greg Egan, you'll probably like this.

Other stuff from the collection that I liked:
Doomed to Repeat, <1k, poetically written and about the cyclic nature of history
The Face In The Jar, <1k, compact and precise, on life after hope's death
Danse Macabre: Five Interviews from the 2013 Tarantella Epidemic, ~2k, hilarious interview-format fic from after the most innovative apocalypse I recall seeing
Saving Isobel, ~7k, a look at a dystopia of sorts where they're literally at war with nature
Or just read it all.

As for what I wrote, well, I wrote 4 things, all between 1k and 2k:

testing out Flamebyrd's Post to DW bookmarklet )
I've also started tagging all my "five-minute fandom" works with Original Works, after authors have been revealed. It's more for internal bookkeeping, but hey, why not?
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WBEX reveals are here! link

My giftfic the most perfectest thing:
A Century of Savvy Travelers: A Look Back at the GSST Project, 100 Years On (G, gen, 5.8k)
It's a retrospective book thingy with multiple travelogue excerpts in different styles and it's AMAZING. Words cannot describe how much I like it!

Periwinkle, Daffodil (T, multi, 2.4k, TGE)
This in-universe book review is well worth the read just for the descriptions of the books. (Also, I want that cape.)

Policies of the Dynasty (G, gen, 2.7k, TGE)
A look into the succession laws and such that made Maia Emperor. Features a deserved shutdown of Chavar.

Child of Ulis (T, gen, 7.9k, TGE)
An excellently-written look at pre-canon Thara Celehar, when he chooses his life of prelacy.
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Stuff I Wrote:

A Special Speck of Dust for [livejournal.com profile] lalalalalawhy.
6451 words, T, gen. Expert Judgement on Markers to Deter Inadvertent Human Intrusion into the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (Sandia Labs) (categorized with the 5-minute fandoms but it's a long US government report and you don't have to read it to understand)
Earth has fallen silent.
Essentially, far-future sci-fi which passes the Bechdel Test. I wanted to put in all the things I liked about Golden Age SF and managed to put in some. Also try out some new stuff, and it went well!

Only Memories Mine for [personal profile] karanguni.
1750 words, E, M/M. Vorkosigan Saga. Exhibitionism and Bitterness, Simon Illyan + Aral Vorkosigan/Oliver Jole.
Aral gives Simon enough material to oust him with.
Writing a porny treat for karanguni: a fine tradition, no?

Selected Correspondence of Aris Merrick, Martian Surveyor for [livejournal.com profile] lalalalalawhy.
2230 words, G, gen. Official NASA Journey to Mars Posters. (5-minute fandom)
A new Martian sends letters to friends and family on Earth.
I was feeling panicky about having written DREADFUL COAL for my recip and RUINING YULETIDE, so I sat down and wrote epistolatory that does not incorporate but is based on the search-and-rescue long reads I've been reading. Mars!

My Loot:
The Huntsman's Reel (Simon/Alys, saving the Imperium) is by [personal profile] philomytha, and color me utterly unsurprised. :P
Found in the Stars (Yoko Tsuno/Khâny) is by [archiveofourown.org profile] renquise. Thanks for breaking my monopoly on English-language Yoko Tsuno fic!
* shallow cluster * deep dive * Streaker find * is by [archiveofourown.org profile] keerawa.
I'm not sure whether to be mildly concerned about the fact that I have come across everyone involved beforehand, or to be cheered by it.
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Blatantly grabbed from [personal profile] schneefink. The first line of my 20 latest fics!

incoherentish rambling )

In general, I tend to (especially in the last half of this year) have the initial sentence in the plusquamperfect and summarize past events with it and then either elaborate on said events or contrast with the present. Not all that much dialogue or action.


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