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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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I read it, finally. Forearmed and forewarned about the "nothing happens", it was still very "nothing happens"-y. Nothing that could generate suspense wasn't resolved immediately, except for the plascrete, which was very background the whole time and did get resolved in a vaguely deus ex machina way. All in all, I have to agree with [personal profile] avanti_90: the book is above all mild.

It's also a book where I'd have been interested in the story of anyone except the principal characters. Kaya Vorinnis, dealing with bureaucracy and an amorous ghem-lord, the University people, Freddie Haines and her five friends, all the diplomatic staff, the military folks running around, etc.

The romance itself fell flat. It's the least convincing romance Bujold has written. (Admittedly, I've never read the Chalion stuff, and am hazy on Ivan/Tej, but still.) I suppose she was trying to show ~a comfortable relationship that just adds sex~, but fell flat. At the start, Jole and Cordelia both claim to have fallen more distant from each other, but no real change in distance seems to happen. They just go from being friends with identical narrative voices to being friends with identical narrative voices who have unappealingly written sex with each other. Also the whole kids!!1! thing was verging on self-parody. Cordelia wanted six children, well, okay. She already has two. She proceeds to start six more, for a total of eight. It's ... well, idk. Cordelia's thought processes have always been alien to me, especially when she's involved in a romance plot like Shards of GJRQ. (Barrayar, she was mostly being confused about Barrayar and thus more relateable.) (Miles, OTOH, I grok much better, funnily enough.) Jole, again, seems Cordelia-like in mental voice (and physical, to the point where I occasionally had trouble determining who was saying what) and turns even more into a Cordelia expy, what with trying to become a scientist and desiring to raise loads of kids.
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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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29: Favorite female protagonist.
OH FUCK I have loads. Um. Ummm.
Yoko Tsuno. She's an electrical engineer with numerous other competences. She encounters loads of weird shit, but, as an engineer, she just rolls with it. (If a thing doesn't fit the model, change the model) She's also supremely capable of forming friendships with seemingly every woman she comes across.

30: One book everyone should read
The dictionary.
Please, if you must use a word, know what it means.

31: Do you day dream about your favorite books? If so, share one fantasy you have about them.
My absolute #1 favorite book??? Do- do people have those? Shit, I have trouble picking my favorite series. Or favorite book from a series!
Well, I do daydream, mostly self-insert Mary Sue stuff. I am invariably the black-haired, white-skinned lesbian daughter/niece of a minor character who has a PhD in physics and minored in asskicking. I then find love in the arms of a redhead who also has a PhD in STEM, and together we invade a planet and get a Nobel prize. In the end, we will have murderated all of my enemies, and then we have kids.

32: OTP or NoTP?
99% of all canon het is a NOTP. My OTPs are generally either something along the lines of "two people who work together well and maybe have slightly different competences (battle couple)", frex Simon Illyan/Alys Vorpatril (lemme tell you how surprised I was when I found a canon het that worked!), or "dubcon-at-best fucked-up loyalty kink and command structures", frex Simon Illyan/Ezar Vorbarra.
Another way to become an OTP: have it not be too incestuous and have one of the people involved be Simon Illyan. (Essentially, all the Simon Illyan/X where X is not Miles or Ivan.) Captain Illyan is a very nice bicycle.
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The servants aren't full characters. Honor's Armsmen from the Honorverse books are characters in their own right, and we get the names of secondary characters' security (President Pritchard's chief bodyguard is Sheila Thiessen, for example) whereas in the Vorkosigan books, we don't even get Pym's first name, let alone any of Gregor's armsmen's. In C. J. Cherryh's Foreigner books, Banichi and Jago are secondary characters in their own right, with more of a role in the plot than Bothari ever had. Even Tano has more of  a role than Vorish Armsmen.
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A feminist critique of A Civil Campaign. It's rather enlightening.

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Nomen est omen – at least in the Bujold 'verse

People are counted by their surname during Memory – Ekaterin is thus not in with the Vorkosigans. When someone was named after someone else, the name goes by its first bearer.


Vor: вор means ‘thief’ in Russian according to the Vorkosigan Wiki


Etymologies! )

During research, I discovered that there are 26 people in the United States called William Shakespeare.

… I think that's got to count as some kind as maliciousness on part of the poor guys' parents.

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First lines of the ten last fics I wrote, (order of descending recentness; newest at the top) then commentary.
Feel free to ask for DVD commentary on anything I've written in the comments.

Here be stuff )

Think I'm the worst analyzer in the history of analysis? Drop a comment! Drop a comment anyway!


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