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ETA 6.10. there is now Baru Cormorant!

Hi, I'm [archiveofourown.org profile] ExtraPenguin. Here's my Yuletide letter! Likes, DNWs, and prompts beneath the cut. Fandoms listed: Kerbal Space Program, Uplift series, Pushing Ice, Machineries of Empire, Vorkosigan saga, The Traitor Baru Cormorant. Art prompts over here. Yuleporn.

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What I got:
The Huntsman's Reel – Vorkosigan, T, Simon/Alys, 4440
"Somewhere in this party," said Captain Illyan, "there are four Cetagandan assassins."
A truly fantastic casefic-type where Alys gets to shine and solve a political problem.

Found in the Stars – Yoko Tsuno, G, Khâny/Yoko, 1044
Khâny missed Yoko.
Yoko and her group, at the start at what will no doubt be an exciting Vinéan adventure. Khâny and Yoko have a moment.

* shallow cluster * deep dive * Streaker find * – Uplift, G, gen, 41
When asked later why he chose to investigate the shallow cluster, Captain Creideiki would not, or could not, offer any explanation beyond this particularly obscure piece of Trinary haiku.

Other recs:
Main Collection )

Madness )
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Hello, I am [archiveofourown.org profile] ExtraPenguin on AO3, and this is my Yuletide letter. I started writing it in January (and in general have obsessed too much over it), so I hope you can find at least something useful for you in it! :P Try to have fun?

In General

If none of this year's prompts speak to your soul, feel free to look at any prompts I might've provided for these fandoms and characters in previous exchange letters.

POV/tensewise, please no 1st person present, 1st person past, or 3rd person present tense narrative. The "default" of 3rd person past is fine. (If 2nd person or any other nonstandard tense-mood is what makes best sense for your fic – go ahead.)

Formatwise, I am okay with the classic fic format and 3rd person past. For The Long Earth, feel free to write an encyclopedia entry/do a logs-of-the-expedition thing/whatever feels best, but for others, I'd appreciate most of it being in the basic fic format. (If you want to intersperse it with, like, epic poetry, go ahead.)
More within! The Goblin Emperor, The Long Earth, Uplift, Vorkosigan, Yoko Tsuno. )
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My 11/10 gift, The Iron Gates, was written by [archiveofourown.org profile] sunsmasher ! (Hello, let's be friends forever!)

I wrote a number of things this Yuletide:
Lady of the Sea (Rivers of London, casefic) for [archiveofourown.org profile] litalex [Peter and Nightingale deal with a disturbance involving mermaids.]
Daughter of Fishes (Imperial Radch, fluff) for[personal profile] sixthlight [Zeiat discovers a new use for fish sauce, to Kalr Five's detriment.]
Not Victorious and Rather Nonstellar (Incompetent Time-Traveling Saxophone Haters, humor) for [livejournal.com profile] lalalalalawhy [A pair of grad students invent the time machine and attempt to murder Adolphe Sax.]
The Hand That Takes (Vorkosigan saga, porn) for [personal profile] karanguni [Simon Illyan participates in the training of Byerly Vorrutyer. Noncon, breathplay, drugged.]
Sing the Song of Future Power (Kalevala, poetry) for [personal profile] gileonnen [Louhi takes on Aino as a pupil.]
Control (Imperial Radch, angst) for [personal profile] kerithwyn [Tisarwat's angsting is interrupted by Basnaaid sending her a plant.]

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My awesome, 11/10 gift:
The Iron Gates
Vorkosigan saga, 10k words (!!!), the ending of Diplomatic Immunity from Ekaterin's POV. IT'S AWESOME, GO READ.

Other neat stuff found in the main collection:
Case for Human Intrusion into the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant
Expert Judgement on Markers to Deter Inadvertent Human Intrusion..., 6.5k, three different, intriguing styles of text on post-apocalyptic humans' findings on the nuclear waste storage sites of the past. No canon knowledge required.

The Captain's Report
FTL: Faster Than Light, 2.5k, a Captain Church has to explain the hilarious doings of her crew to Admiral Tully. No canon knowledge required.

The Goblin Emperor, 11k, Deret Beshelar pines for the Emperor and is distressed when the pining is requieted.

Vorkosigan saga, 2.5k, Simon Illyan associates with Aral and Cordelia over the years.

Of Guardsmen, Empress Laisa, and the Art of Trust
Vorkosigan saga, 4k, Ivan befriends Laisa, to the worry of many guards. No canon knowledge required.


Vorkosigan saga, 2k, Helen Vorthys through the years: her marriage, her studies, her children, Barrayar.

Name of the Game
Vorkosigan saga, 1.5k, Miles convinces Gregor to go on vacation and gets drafted as an assistant.

Mind the Gap
Rivers of London, 4.5k, Peter and Nightingale deal with a disturbance in the tube.

Neat stuff from Madness:
Ivan's To-Do List

Vorkosigan saga, 107 words, companion to "Of Guardsmen, Empress Laisa, and the Art of Trust"

Winds of Change
Incompetent Time-Travelling Saxophone Haters, 855 words, a group of grad students attempt to murder the inventor of the saxophone.
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To start with: thank you! I am easy to please; here are some prompts on what I'd like, but if you get a genius idea, feel free to write it. This should be a nice place to start.

Things I like: Plot! Characters! Comedy! Tragedy! Infodumps! Exchange of ideas! Stuff that makes me think! Literary references! – Pretty much everything, actually. I'm easy to please. (For reference, I really like Big Ideas Sci-Fi.)

Things I don't like: Character bashing. Explicit religiousness from main characters. Rape/sexual coercion. If there is going to be sex, please no rimming/scat. Please, no violence to eyes or fingers. Please check your grammar and spelling, it's one of the few things that can ruin a fic for me.

Sex is fine (though plot would be appreciated), angst is fine, hurt/comfort is fine, and sad stuff is fine, though I'd rather not blub my eyes out at Christmas. Happy/neutral endings preferred.

Honorverse, Europa Report, RoL, Long Earth, Vorkosigan, Imperial Radch )
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Going through, I’ll ask for Honor Harrington series, Rivers of London, Vorkosigan Saga (I didn’t think this’d make it through but okay??), Europa Report, and the Long Earth series, plus maybe Asimov’s Robot series but I got the perfect Susan Calvin fic in 2013 so maybe not.

I’ll offer some of the above plus Kalevala, Solar System anthro, and FTL: Faster than Light.

(I really need to get my paws on Ancillary Mercy. I also really didn't expect for Vorkosigan Saga to be there. Whut.)
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Summary: Yoko visits Khâny on Vinéa. A terraforming device is stolen, with potentially planet-wrecking consequences.
For [personal profile] xenakis.

 Vinea )
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Turns out my beautiful Robot series gift, Sonata for Robopsychologist, was written by [archiveofourown.org profile] lirin! I'll be keeping an eye out for hir stuff.

As for what I wrote, well, I drabbled in Yoko Tsuno fic! Layers is the first English-language fic in the fandom that's on AO3. I wrote it for [archiveofourown.org profile] xenakis, and I feel I fulfilled her prompt rather well.

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What with application forms and all that, I had totally forgotten today was Yuletide Fic Reveal day! Then, I read [personal profile] philomytha 's post on her gift, and I went, "oh!"

And, dear readers, that is how I received this gem:

Sonata for Robopsychologist (Robot series - Isaac Asimov)
G, gen
"A robot has been accused of breaking the First Law; Dr. Calvin is called in to investigate."

I am squeeing very, very hard! The Anon managed to replicate Asimovean style well; Susan Calvin sees the reason almost immediately, but we're left to guess. And it all made sense!

I'm a very happy penguin.

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  1. Get something more important to do (thesis, schoolwork, etc)
  2. Procrastinate
  3. Feel guilt over not doing Important Thing
  4. Write fic / clean room / finish other work in an effort to keep guilt at bay
  5. Finished fic!
Next step: proofreading!
(After the reveals, I might publish a short post on the writing process. The fic was something of a joy to write – both literally and ironically.)


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