hradzka: (doc savage bust)
Dear Yuletide Author,

Here's the part I type every year:

I'm pretty much a genfic guy. Light romance is okay, especially if it's funny, but for the most part I'm the farthest thing possible from a relationshipper. I don't want characters to get smooshed together; I want to watch them interact. I'm not a big fan of pure romance, and I really don't want porn. My big thing is that I like seeing the characters relate as friends. This applies even if they're in a romantic relationship -- grand falling-in-love stuff bores me, particularly if it's emotionally fraught, but the quiet day-to-day of characters doing things puts a smile on my face. I love plot, but I definitely don't mind lightly plotted fic if it's fun to read.

Requests below cut. )

hradzka: Cassidy, from Garth Ennis's PREACHER. (Default)
Dear Yuletide Author,

Here's the part I type every year:

I'm pretty much a genfic guy. Light romance is okay, especially if it's funny, but for the most part I'm the farthest thing possible from a relationshipper. I don't want characters to get smooshed together; I want to watch them interact. I'm not a big fan of pure romance, and I really don't want porn. My big thing is that I like seeing the characters relate as friends. This applies even if they're in a romantic relationship -- grand falling-in-love stuff bores me, particularly if it's emotionally fraught, but the quiet day-to-day of characters doing things puts a smile on my face. I love plot, but I definitely don't mind lightly plotted fic if it's fun to read.

These are the fandoms I've requested for this year. )
hradzka: Cassidy, from Garth Ennis's PREACHER. (Default)
Dear Yuletide Writer,

Here's the part I type every year:

I'm pretty much a genfic guy. Light romance is okay, especially if it's funny, but for the most part I'm the farthest thing possible from a relationshipper. I don't want characters to get smooshed together; I want to watch them interact. I'm not a big fan of pure romance, and I really don't want porn. My big thing is that I like seeing the characters relate as friends. This applies even if they're in a romantic relationship -- grand falling-in-love stuff bores me, particularly if it's emotionally fraught, but the quiet day-to-day of characters doing things puts a smile on my face. I love plot, but I definitely don't mind lightly plotted fic if it's fun to read.

These are the fandoms I'm requesting this year: )
hradzka: Cassidy, from Garth Ennis's PREACHER. (Default)
As previously stated, I wrote one story for Yuletide this year. That story was...

*drumroll*

"My Master's Secret Mission," for LeBibish, in the I DREAM OF JEANNIE fandom!

If you haven't seen I DREAM OF JEANNIE, there are two things you need to know about it:

1) It is about a D/s relationship between a guy and God, and *God is the sub.*

2) It is about a D/s relationship in which the top is deep in the closet and the bottom COULD NOT BE ANY MORE OUT OF IT.

The premise of the show is that an honest-to-goodness genie (played by Barbara Eden) is rescued from a long imprisonment in her bottle by straight-laced astronaut Tony Nelson (played by Larry Hagman), when he crash-lands on a deserted island. Alarmed at being abruptly saddled with a drop-dead gorgeous blonde who calls him "Master," he sets her free, whereupon Jeannie's first action is to tuck her bottle into his gear so she can follow him home and *top the hell out of him from the bottom.* It is basically the second-kinkiest show of the 1960s after BATMAN '66, and that's only because BATMAN '66 was basically straight-up Victorian bondage porn.

I DREAM OF JEANNIE is full of astounding double-entendres (asked in one episode if she loves Tony, Jeannie cheerfully replies, "Heels over head!"), character humor (Eden is a *brilliant* comic actress, who takes a bizarre character and makes her loveable and real) and slapstick (Hagman is a marvelous straight man and brilliant at pratfalls), but it's also amazingly heartfelt. Eden gets to show most of the emotion in the series, because Hagman's Tony is so guarded and reserved -- but when Hagman lets Tony's guard down, and lets uncertainty and emotion show, it's just wonderful work.

The other major characters from the show are Tony's fellow astronaut Roger Healey, who is annoyed that his buddy's chief use of Jeannie is to save money on food when she could be blinking up gold and making them rich, and Colonel Alfred E. Bellows, the psychiatrist monitoring the astronauts, whose chief job is to walk straight-faced into absurd situations that can only be explained by Tony being eccentric, deranged, or sexually deviant, and then to relentlessly ask Tony to please explain what exactly is going on. At the time of airing, Colonel Bellows probably came off as thinking Tony was mentally unstable; watching it nowadays, at least half the time you get the impression that Colonel Bellows is wondering if Tony's gay.

The show is *amazingly* bizarre, and watching it is a little like falling into a parallel universe. You kind of hate yourself at first, and then you wind up loving it. I did, anyway.

LeBibish asked for a story involving culture shock, maybe something involving Jeannie's family. I kicked that around, trying to figure out how to make that an IDoJ story, and then figured the hook was work: Tony believes in work as an ennobling force, but Jeannie sees work as something painful and horrific to be avoided if at all possible. I think it came out pretty well. I tend to write tight third person, but I decided the best way to write this one would be first person, and the *funniest* way to write first person would be to try to pull off a Jeannie POV. It was an interesting voice challenge to pull off, and I'm really gratified that a lot of comments and recs said that I really got Jeannie's voice. I kind of wish the big showdown had gone on longer, but I also think Jeannie would have elided it, so it didn't turn out too badly.

Also, FWIW, my annual Yuletide statistics post is here, on the LJ Yuletide comm.
hradzka: Cassidy, from Garth Ennis's PREACHER. (Default)
I only had time to write one Yuletide story this year. This makes me really unhappy; I look forward to Yuletide every year because it's so much fun to write for, but this month I closed on my house, and moved stuff, and began working on getting the new place in order, and did stuff for a research project, and and and.

Maybe it's because I couldn't be as much a part of it that Yuletide feels a little different to me this year. There weren't as many stories and fandoms that really sent me, for some reason, and some of even the really good didn't work for me as well as they might have. I know that I'm a bit of an odd duck; in the terminology of John Rogers of LEVERAGE and BLUE BEETLE fame, I tend to like Clever while fandom at large tends to produce more Squee. To me, this somehow seemed a bit like a Squee-heavy year.

I'll do my annual Yuletide stats post later; for now, here are some pre-reveal recs.

Read more... )
hradzka: Cassidy, from Garth Ennis's PREACHER. (Default)
  • I am reading Stephen King's latest book because the opening chapters were fun and intriguing. That ended after the sample ended and I am halfway through and it is godawful boring. Somebody tell me why writers telling stories about a guy travelling in time to a more halcyon day always, always, *always* have that halcyon day be the time when the writers themselves were children? Because I think they're not looking back at the society so much as they are wishing they didn't have to be adults anymore.


  • On the gun-nut front, the Fast and Furious scandal is really appalling me. I have been meaning to write commentary on it for ages. Matthew Hoy sums up my feelings on Holder's performance pretty well.


  • Writing for Yuletide! My assignment is progressing pretty well, if by "pretty well" you mean it was supposed to be plotless fluff and is suddenly developing a plot. Dammit. Yes, it's me, you're surprised. I will try to write a bunch of Yuletide stories this year if I can. I did five my first year, four the second, and three last year. I want to reverse that trend.


  • Aftermath of Jenny/Vastra fic: it's done well in hits, less well in the comments and recs department. I'll try posting to some other communities and see if it gets a little more traction that way, but I think it may just be that the combination of femslash and casefic just doesn't do it for fandom. Or maybe readers didn't like it as much as I did! Which happens, too. I'm kind of tempted to write a sequel. Maybe someday.
hradzka: Cassidy, from Garth Ennis's PREACHER. (Default)
Dear Yule Goat,

I'm pretty much a genfic guy. Light romance is okay, especially if it's funny, but for the most part I'm the farthest thing possible from a relationshipper. I don't want characters to get smooshed together; I want to watch them interact. I'm not a big fan of pure romance, and I really don't want porn. My big thing is that I like seeing the characters relate as friends. This applies even if they're in a romantic relationship -- grand falling-in-love stuff bores me, particularly if it's emotionally fraught, but the quiet day-to-day of characters doing things puts a smile on my face. I love plot, but I definitely don't mind lightly plotted fic if it's fun to read.

These are the fandoms I'm requesting this year! )
hradzka: "Trust me, I know what I'm doing." (sledge hammer!)
Nominations are open through Monday!

Only three noms per person this year. I decided to go with a theme, and nominate three eighties police fandoms. My nominations are:

ROBOCOP (1987): Technician #1, Officer Anne Lewis, Robocop, Sgt. Warren Reed.

POLICE ACADEMY (1984): Moses Hightower, Laverne Hooks, Larvell Jones, Carey Mahoney

and I briefly had LETHAL WEAPON nominated before realizing no, my heart was somewhere else, and so I deleted that round of nominations and typed everything again, but I changed the last nomination to

SLEDGE HAMMER!: Sledge Hammer, Dori Doreau, Captain Trunk, Gun. (Goddamn right Gun is a character.)

I'll probably ask for Lewis/Technician #1 friendship fic again, and Hightower-centric fic for POLICE ACADEMY (RIP, Bubba Smith). For Sledge and company, I've gotta think about it a bit.
hradzka: Cassidy, from Garth Ennis's PREACHER. (Default)
I was travelling pretty much all through Yuletide: after one reading day on the 25th, I was off running around California and didn't get back until today. Not much time to build recs lists, annoyingly.

Count me as one of those who suffered from the delay in issuing assignments: I *really* could have used that extra time to write more. As it is, after five stories in 2008 and four in 2009, I wrote three this year. I do not care for this trend.

The stories I wrote are... )
hradzka: Cassidy, from Garth Ennis's PREACHER. (Default)
This Yuletide, I wrote three stories! Each is well over a thousand words. Comments are screened; if you can tell me a story I wrote, I'll write something just for you. (One of the three I think should be rather obvious, and there are people on my flist who will read it and suspect me immediately.)

My author went above and beyond, folks: not only did I receive Doc Savage fic, not only did I receive Doc Savage Christmas fic, but I received TWELVE THOUSAND WORDS of Doc Savage Christmas CASEFIC, with Monk, Ham, and Pat helping Doc Savage save Christmas from Krampus, all of it in pulp-style short chapters! Thank you muchly, anonymous, for "The Shadow in the Snow!" I am well-pleased and delighted. And more people should read it!
hradzka: Cassidy, from Garth Ennis's PREACHER. (Default)
Yuletide stories due in eight days! I have my assignment, I know what I'm writing, and I've got more than a thousand words in (though Ghod knows how long it'll be by the time I'm done). But what have I been spending most of my writing time on? 70 pages of original screenplay. I don't even know any more.
hradzka: (doc savage bust)
Doc Savage is a 1930s pulp adventure character. I've been meaning to pimp his adventures more, but y'know, life happens, and now that Yuletide has rolled around I wish I hadn't been so remiss. Because Doc is my Yuletide perennial: my other Yuletide requests rotate, but I ask for Doc every year. It's not like I wish there were a big, active Doc Savage fandom; I just think it'd be neat to see a Doc fic once in a while.

You can read a quick precis of him here. In a very remarkable coincidence of which I am totally ignorant, someone has put a few of the 1930s pulp novels up online for what I feel certain must be a very brief time that probably coincides with Yuletide. The novels are being republished officially and under license, originally by Nostalgia Ventures and now by Sanctum Books, and you can buy the reprints here.

I am aware, however, that fandom likes things different from the things I like. So these are some things that might motivate fandom to write Doc.

Read more... )
hradzka: "Trust me, I know what I'm doing." (sledge hammer!)
Dear Yule Goat,

I'm pretty much a genfic guy. Light romance is okay, especially if it's funny, but for the most part I'm the farthest thing possible from a relationshipper. I don't want characters to get smooshed together; I want to watch them interact. I'm not a big fan of pure romance, and I really don't want porn. My big thing is that I like seeing the characters relate as friends. This applies even if they're in a romantic relationship -- grand falling-in-love stuff bores me, particularly if it's emotionally fraught, but the quiet day-to-day of characters doing things puts a smile on my face. I love plot, but I definitely don't mind lightly plotted fic if it's fun to read.

Here are the fandoms I've requested this year:

Drumroll, please... )
hradzka: Cassidy, from Garth Ennis's PREACHER. (Default)
OMG YULETIDE.

My nominations for this year (currently):

  • Doc Savage (which I nominate every year, in vain)

  • Adam Warren's EMPOWERED (a repeat nominee from last year)

  • Dashiell Hammett - THE MALTESE FALCON (I know exactly what I want for this one, and when I send out my prompt I doubt I'm going to get it because it is completely antithetical to what *fandom* wants)

  • FRAGGLE ROCK (at GF's request, because she would want to read this story too)

  • JEFF REGAN, INVESTIGATOR (the first old-time radio Yuletide nom? anyway, it's Jack Webb as a low-rent detective with a boss he hates, and it is slashtastic. naturally, I'll be requesting gen)

  • ROBOCOP (because I want Technician #1/Lewis friendship fic. shut up Technician #1 has no name but she is awesome)


I came THISCLOSE to nominating THE BLOOD OF HEROES, aka SALUTE OF THE JUGGER, but it lost out to FRAGGLE ROCK.
hradzka: Cassidy, from Garth Ennis's PREACHER. (Default)
Saw the nifty horror flick ORPHAN, and now it's on my list of potential Yuletide requests. Except I'd want a ludicrous sequel/crossover, with Esther teaming up with Oskar and Eli from LET THE RIGHT ONE IN (given their settings, of course, Oskar has grown up while Eli has not), and the whole evil team-up being targeted by Hit-Girl from KICK-ASS.

...look, I didn't say it'd make sense, I just said I'd like to *read* it.
hradzka: Cassidy, from Garth Ennis's PREACHER. (Default)
Hey, remember when I did that post about the Yuletide stories that got the most hits? Yeah. Something interesting happened: both BoingBoing and the official WAIT WAIT DON'T TELL ME blog both linked Nestra's WAIT WAIT zombie fanfic, "Wait Wait Don't Eat Me."

It goes to show you: no matter how big Yuletide is (and it is freakin' huge), there is no comparison to outside attention. The most-read stories in my previous post were those from AMERICAN IDOL fandom, and they had a hugely out-of-whack hit-to-comment ratio because most people reading were from oupenskayas (ie, not werewolves; they didn't have AOOO accounts so couldn't comment readily). "Wait Wait Don't Eat Me" wasn't up there. Today, it is the most-read story in Yuletide. It's not even close. It *literally* has twice as many hits as the #2 story. I don't know where it was before BoingBoing and WAIT WAIT linked, but 1500 or more hits gets your story on the penultimate and ultimate "most hits" lists. 2000 hits would be really good. As of this writing, "Wait Wait Don't Eat Me" has over *eleven thousand* hits. That outside exposure was probably worth between nine and ten thousand of them. It's not the only story discovered after the reveal, but it's probably the most extreme example of it.
hradzka: (commies)
...man, it's going way faster now that the archive isn't under massive load. "Skill Set" and "Sam in Casablanca" are done; "Killing Elvis" is almost done, so I just have "The Cable & Deadpool Yuletide Special" to go.

Had a nice walk with the dogs today. Took them up to a big natural area and let 'em run. They got a couple of good runs with the deer, first one right off the bat. Second one, Cigarette didn't see the deer until I repeatedly pointed them out. Boswell, Ma's dog, is ten -- still pretty spry for a ten-year-old standard poodle, but his eyes are dimming a bit, so he didn't see the deer in time. He stayed behind a while, but then came back to me. Cigarette kept up the chase, and the funniest bit was that more deer came out behind her, so she was chasing and being chased at the same time. Bos and I moved forward along the trail, figuring the deer would leave 'Retz in the dust and she'd make her way back to a point just ahead of us. This is what usually happens, and what did here, except on the way back she flushed a fox. So Boswell lit up and started running, and joined up with her, and they chased the fox back to its bolthole. Boswell was very pleased by this, but Cigarette refused to see the game was up and kept running in circles. Then we took a nice long loop around. We probably did two and a half or three miles all told. The dogs slept for much of the afternoon.
hradzka: (pointy teeth)
Okay, so I spent odd moments of several days puttering on it (and MAN do I need a new computer), but here's the rendered cover to my Yuletide story "Killing Elvis." I may get around to adding this to the actual post up on AOOO, if I can figure out how to do that. Which I can -- they haven't officially added fanart yet, but there are fancomics up there, so it *is* possible -- but I may not get around to figuring it out for a while.

Ta-daaahhh! )
hradzka: Cassidy, from Garth Ennis's PREACHER. (Default)
Slowly answering comments on Yuletide stories. All recipients answered; one story completely done; three to go.

An experiment: an attempt at a rendered cover for "The Cable & Deadpool Yuletide Special." Working on one for "Killing Elvis," too. Maybe tomorrow.

Read more... )
hradzka: "Trust me, I know what I'm doing." (sledge hammer!)
It's Reveal Time!

2009 was my second Yuletide. All of my Yuletide stories so far, both years, have been over a thousand words. Last year I wrote five stories and around 22,000 words; this year, I wrote four stories, with a total word count of 23,158 words. My number of stories went down but my word count went up, so depending on how you look at it I either exceeded myself or did a little less than last year.

This is what I wrote for Yuletide 2009:

"The Cable & Deadpool Yuletide Special" (Cable & Deadpool)
"Killing Elvis" (ALIEN series)
"Sam in Casablanca" (CASABLANCA)
"Skill Set" (Disney Princesses)

"The Cable & Deadpool Yuletide Special" was my assignment. I have the worst luck at pinch-hits -- if I know the fandom, somebody else claims it or I completely miss the pinch-hit mailing -- so my other stories all were written as Yuletide treats. A little commentary on each of these, in turn. )

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