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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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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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...and I did an answer here.

Now, one of the questions is, "provide an alternative ending to a fic of yours". The fic eventually chosen: Not in the Job Description. I wrote two alternative endings.

x-post from AO3 )

Happy alternative ending:
Sorry Telimezh )

DARKNESS alternative ending:
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In your own space, create a fanwork. Make a drabble, a ficlet, a podfic, or an icon, art or meta or a rec list. Arts and crafts. Draft a critical essay about a particular media. Put together a picspam or a fanmix. Write a review of a Broadway show, a movie, a concert, a poetry reading, a museum trip, a you-should-be-listening-to-this-band essay. Compose some limericks, haikus, free-form poetry, 5-word stories. Document a particular bit of real person canon. Take some pictures. Draw a stick-figure comic. Create something. [community profile] snowflake_challenge

The most enticing offer Simon had ever received had been from the Cetagandans.

They had promised to give him quarters overlooking the Plaza of Celestial Serenity on Eta Ceta near the capitol – and provided pictures, oh so sweet pictures that made his eyes sing and his heart ache – and to flatten old ImpSec HQ down to the ground. Tempting.

Now, that was decades past, and Simon was an old retired man. What with his chip gone, even the Cetagandans had no reason to send him mail. Curious, he opened it.

In it, there was a magazine and a small sheet of paper, handmade. Elegantly calligraphed onto the paper was "Thought you'd like page 4. –DB". His interest piqued, Simon opened the paper.

It was a half-page picture of ImpSec HQ. The article extolled the virtues of the "shining beacon of Barrayaran gothic brutalism movement". Simon could only groan.

Money, power, sex ... and architecture.
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For The Goblin Emperor, I have written two things of length. (Blame/join #thegoblinemperor on SlashNET.)

-∇Φ (Minus gradient of phi)
2979 words, T, gen
Some mazei OCs invent electricity and there is much speaking about SCIENCE!!!! Basically, it's Harrrrd Science Fiction with a Harrrrdnessboner except it's Fantasy. Hard Science Fantasy.

Nazhmorhathverain rodraa zeustumoran (I will learn the language of the Nazhmorhathveras)
1874 words, M, gen, WIP
An OC philologist travels to the Evressai steppes and there is much stroking of the linguistics boner. Basically, I made a conlang that fit and am using this fic to showcase it.

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On AO3
Simon Illyan/Alys Vorpatril

Summary: Simon and Alys do some roleplaying on their visit to the Orb.
In response to a prompt by biichan in the Bujold_Ficathon_2015 collection.


Drunken  )

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On AO3
A selection of things that users post onto the Barrayaran microblogging site Stumbl.

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For the Bujold Ficathon. On AO3.

How could ghem-General Benin sleep, when the year's whole crop of Rho Cetan haut-babies was missing?


Cetaganda )
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On AO3

Summary: The eldest Vorbarra children attempt to interpret Shakespeare.
In response to a prompt by a_t_rain in the Bujold_Ficathon_2015 collection.
With thanks to this and this


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On AO3
Summary: Ghem-General Dag Benin, Chief of Celestial Security, does not approve of (some of) his new underlings.
(The Bujold Fest is here!)

When in doubt, pick a Latin proverb and make it your title )
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On AO3
For [personal profile] avanti_90 (and thanks for the crack-refining!)
Summary: The very, very cracky prediction on what the new Cordelia book won't look like. Originally spawned here.


Crack )
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On AO3
Part of Remix Madness 2015
Based on [personal profile] avanti_90 's Adventures of the Space Stegosaurus

Summary: In the Imperial Residence kitchens, a cake acquires sentience.

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On AO3
Thanks to [tumblr.com profile] sixth-light for betaing!
Summary: Peter and Nightingale receive complaints of a lake and go camping in the vicinity.
Part of the Folly Camping Trip Challenge

Finnish mythology! )

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On AO3.
Here's the first of the two Vorkosigan WIPs I've been working on. Thanks to [personal profile] avanti_90 for betaing!
Summary: Lt Aleksei Kostolitz, ImpSec, and Filippa Cherenkova end up seconded to Auditor Vorparadijs to investigate the death of a horse. The murders of the Count Vorcault's aunt and wife complicate matters.

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So, my dear readership of 0.4 people, I have apparently taken on too much on my plate, and I really should focus on things like "university" and some other real-life commitments. I'll probably come back somewhat during summer (the whole "free time" thing).

Have the AU: Cop/Detective WIP in its entirety:

And here's a previous version:


From the  )

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Posting Kalista's League Judgement that I wrote some time ago. On AO3

Shadow Isles )

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Another Trope Bingo fic, and my first foray into Rivers of London.
I suck at titles. Oh, and Accidental Bardic Performance is a real tag on AO3.


Accidental Baby Acquisition )

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As someone who generally only has one WIP at a time, this was rather hard. Nevertheless, I started some fics that I really should write, so here are sections from all of them. Also, if anyone has any ideas for my Trope Bingo's Accidental Baby Acquisition square, I'll take them.

The Cop/Detective AU Square (Vorkosigan)

“He was lying in a pool of his own blood. Didn't you feel any concern?”

“Oh, neurotypical people do weird shit all the time for opaque reasons they find perfectly obvious. I assumed Jones was doing something like that.”

The Wild Card, i.e. Sex Pollen square (Honorverse)

“I didn't know you were a flower person, Tom”, Denis LePic said as he barged into Thomas Theisman's office as part of his daily routine of making sure Theisman actually left the premises.

Theisman rolled his eyes. “They were left by some advocacy group or other. Eloise had some minion bring them over to my office to ‘brighten the mood’ or something to that effect.”

“She's hoping you get hay fever and go home to sleep.” Denis smirked and leaned over to sniff one of the flowers on Theisman's desk. “These smell nice”, he said. “Try it.”

The flower was large and purple, reminding Theisman of an Old Earth sunflower, except smaller. Its leaves were smooth and shiny. It smelled sweet and earthy, like the tea that some Legislaturalist officers had drunk often. Denis was nibbling on his ear.

Unrelated Vorparadijs Casefic (Vorkosigan)

Filippa Cherenkova looked at him with an expression that was easily interpreted as “you do realize that what you said right there was FUCKING INSANE”.

ImpSec Lieutenant Aleksei Kostolitz, Imperial Liaison Officer (or whatever his superiors had decided to call his position today), decided that the best course of action was to repeat what he had said.

“The Emperor would like for us to assist Imperial Auditor Vorparadijs in his investigation of the incidents in Vorcault District. Countess Vorcault and the Count's aunt, Lady Irina, have been stabbed to death. After the tragic murder of the Count's favorite horse, he called on the Emperor to help solve this politically motivated crime.”

“So, nobody cares about the women, but the moment a horse kicks it, it's boohoo Sire please help?” Filippa was somewhere between disbelief and “oh really”.

Aleksei nodded.

Thoughts? Sacrificial offerings? Critique?

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On AO3
Cathy Montaigne writes herself letters. For [personal profile] aoifes_isle (thanks for the prompt!)

Trope Bingo: Road Trip )


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