kindkit: A late-Victorian futuristic zeppelin. (Airship)
We're at the start of a nasty winter storm here. It's snowing more or less horizontally due to the wind, which is also howling around corners and occasionally rattling the windowframes. I have actually turned the heat on, which I try to avoid because it's not cheap, and I'm currently wearing five layers and am still rather cold. It's supposed to stay bad for about twenty-four hours, but fortunately I don't have to go anywhere. I did go to work today, but only from 7-noon and I was home long before things got ugly.

(Sunday morning ETA: All the really bad weather has missed my area so far. There's just a dusting of snow here, with another inch or two expected today. But east and south of here, it's very bad. If you're there, I hope you're indoors, safe, and warm.)

I had a mellow Christmas, consistently mostly of cheese and movies. I watched Mr. Holmes, which is very good if (I think) not quite as non-heterosexual as people assured me it was; anyway, the performances are excellent, especially Ian McKellen, of course, but also Laura Linney, who disappeared so completely into the role of Mrs. Munro that until I checked IMDB just now I had assumed Munro was played by a British actor, and Milo Parker in one of the best performances by a child actor I've ever seen. After Mr. Holmes and as an antidote to its seriousness, I watched Despicable Me, which I'm probably the last person on earth to see. It was fun! And funny! I liked it best before it started to become heartwarming, but I didn't even mind the heartwarming parts too much--perhaps because I have chosen to interpret them as a story about a single gay man starting a family, and be damned to what apparently happens in the sequel.

Then of course there was Yuletide. I got four lovely fics, thanks to the generosity of writers currently unknown. List and links under the cut )

I've been reading other Yuletide fics a bit, but Yuletide Fatigue set in unusually early for me this year and I'm finding it hard to want to read even things that I would normally be over the moon about.

I do have three recs so far, in the fandoms Rejseholdet, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, and The Watchmaker of Filigree Street, here at the top of my AO3 bookmarks list.
kindkit: A late-Victorian futuristic zeppelin. (Default)
If you're celebrating. My plans involve staying home, going to bed early and not answering the door. /Halloween scrooge

I've been doing a bit of cooking and baking. I started some bread dough (to be baked tomorrow), roasted a butternut squash and ate some of it with pasta and blue cheese, I'm roasting some beets right now to go into a mustardy vinaigrette, and I've made up a batch of dough for oatmeal cookies with dried cranberries and dark and white chocolate chips. I'm going to portion out the cookie dough and freeze most of it, some to bring to a little work party later in the week, some so that I can bake lovely fresh cookies whenever I want them!

Tomorrow I'm going to make a beef and mushroom pie with a hot-water pastry. I've temporarily surrendered on the lard issue and bought the smallest available box of supermarket stuff. It'll do for experimenting with, and the next time I see pork fat for sale I'll definitely buy some.

If I'm feeling ambitious tomorrow I may also put together some individual apple pies, which can be stored frozen, like the cookie dough, and baked whenever I get the craving.

Last weekend I neglected to post about the rest of my baking, so here goes! I baked some rye bread (fine, but uninspiring) and some little buns filled with curried potatoes. The latter have made excellent lunches throughout the week--I just take one out of the freezer in the morning, bring it to work in a ziplock bag, and by lunchtime it's thawed and ready. I like this in a lunch, because I do not want to be assembling a sandwich at five o'clock in the morning, so I may adopt filled buns as a lunchtime staple. The buns could be filled with just about anything that's fairly dry and can stand up to 15 minutes of baking: many other curries, or things like ham and cheese, chicken with chutney or pesto, leftover roast beef with mustard . . . yum.

Next weekend--really I only cook on weekends now, it's a bit sad--I think I'm going to make a chicken waterzooi, which is a creamy stew. The recipe I have calls for parsley root, and parsley root is currently available in my local market, so I want to make this before it disappears.

Mmm, autumn food, how I love it.

Of course I don't only think about food. I also think about Yuletide. I have what should be a workable idea for my assignment, which I should get started on this weekend so as not to fall into Procrastination Hell.

Other than Yuletide I'm at a bit of a low ebb fannishly. But I'm looking forward to the new Bond movie, and to the gay spy thriller London Spy. There are probably a zillion other great things coming out between now and the new year as well, which hopefully I won't be too busy/exhausted from work to see.
kindkit: A late-Victorian futuristic zeppelin. (Airship)
Dear Yuletide writer,

First of all, thank you for writing for me. I'm thrilled that you share my interest in one of these fandoms, and I can't wait to read your story.

What follows is a little more information about what I like and don't like. But I want to say right away that I hope you will write a story you find interesting and enjoy writing, even if it goes in a different direction from the things I mention here. It could well turn out to be the story I didn't know I wanted.

The thing that appeals to me most in a fanfic is character exploration. I love getting to know characters with more depth and intimacy than in canon, as well as seeing them in a new light or from a new perspective. Character studies and stories that focus on emotional developments rather than outside events work well for me. I certainly would be happy to read something plotty if you enjoy writing plot (and if you do, I envy you!), but I look at plot as a bonus rather than a requirement.

Something else I adore is worldbuilding, whether it's a fantasy world with magic, an alternate history, or the real world we live in. I love the details of material culture (clothes and food and such) but also, or especially, the details of the social world: who's got what kinds of power, how people relate to one another, their jokes and superstitions and traditions and what they do for fun. I will happily wallow in this kind of stuff, so if you like worldbuilding, go wild!

I'm not terribly picky about genre, style, or tone. I like happy stories and melancholy stories, straightforward narratives and stylistic experiments, missing scenes and metafictions, canon-compliance and what-ifs, backstory and futurefic. Feel free to take an idea and run with it. One caveat, however: I'm not a big fan of AUs that completely change the premise of the canon (such as coffee shop AUs, high school AUs, or things like omegaverse or BDSM verses). I love the original settings too much to want to lose them in an AU. My exception to this preference is The Great British Bake-Off, where AUs are among my requests.

You'll notice from my prompts that I love male/male slash, but if that's not your cup of tea, gen is absolutely welcome. I've tried to give gen prompts as well as slashy ones. I'm not much interested in het, though, so I'd rather the story didn't focus on a heterosexual relationship.

If you choose to write slash for me, don't feel obliged to include a sex scene if you'd rather not or if you don't think it develops the characters or the emotional arc. Some stories need a sex scene and others don't; I'm not a huge fan of porn for porn's sake, and I'm every bit as happy with a nonexplicit story as a porntastic one. If you do include a sex scene, my tastes are pretty vanilla.

I should mention my two strong Do Not Wants. Please avoid any rape scenes or even offscreen rape as a focus of the story. Also, while I'm fine with stories including or addressing issues of homophobia and transphobia, I'd rather not receive something terribly bleak and hopeless that's all about the victimization of queer characters.

On to the requests )
kindkit: Two cups of green tea. (Fandomless: Green tea)
1) Baked some biscotti yesterday. They turned out well, but it has made me realize that I just don't like biscotti enough to want to go to the effort--and it isn't even that much effort--of baking them. Ah, well, that leaves several thousand other kinds of cookies/biscuits to bake.

2) Also yesterday, used my new soup pot for the first time. I made some chili, because for about two weeks I've been craving it. And not proper Tex-Mex chili, which is made with just meat and chiles and absolutely NOT beans. No, I wanted midwestern chili, made with ground beef and kidney beans and tomatoes, mildly spiced. Like my mom used to make, only better, because my mom wasn't much of a cook really. In the end I did a few slightly fussy things--I used ancho chile powder (because I couldn't find whole dried anchos) and a couple of whole, toasted, soaked, chopped up guajillo chiles, and freshly-ground cumin seed and Mexican oregano, and I added a bit of espresso powder and cocoa powder for depth, and some worcestershire sauce because it needed a certain something, and beans I'd previously cooked and frozen instead of beans from a can--but I got the result I wanted. And now I have lots of leftover chili in the freezer. I like having food in the freezer. Convenient + anxiety-easing.

3) Have finished watching Rejseholdet. Am pleased with highly slash-friendly ending. Am wondering if slashiness was deliberate on writers' part, because WOW. Am amused that around the middle of S3, the cinematographer discovered the blue filter and the whole look of the show changed, and also all the characters started wearing all black all the time. Still recommend it to those who like police drama, strong m/m slashiness, nuanced female characters, and strong female friendship with slashy potential; all previous caveats apply, however.

Definitely requesting it for Yuletide.

4) Two of my Yuletide nominations (Grantchester and The Thrilling Adventure Hour) have been approved. Still waiting on approval of the Bake Off.

5) Speaking of the Bake Off, spoilers for the semi-final )


Sep. 26th, 2015 08:27 am
kindkit: A late-Victorian futuristic zeppelin. (Airship)
Just submitted my nominations. I ended up abandoning Hyperdrive for the Bake Off, to no one's surprise. I'd still love to see more Hyperdrive fic, but I requested it once before and no one even offered, so nominating my shiny new fandom is more realistic.

I'd be happy to add characters to free slots if anyone's interested.

Grantchester (TV): Leonard Finch, Sidney Chambers, Georgie Keating

The Great British Bake Off RPF: Paul Hollywood, Mary Berry, Sue Perkins, Mel Giedroyc

The Thrilling Adventure Hour: Colonel Tick-Tock, Bob McCrumbs

I've now seen enough of Rejseholdet to hope someone nominates it (*looks hopefully at [ profile] halotolerant*) but not enough that I feel I ought to nominate it myself.
kindkit: Eleventh Doctor looking through magnifying glass, text: "curioser and curioser." (Doctor Who: curioser)
[personal profile] st_aurafina made me watch The Great British Bake Off (she flew all the way from Australia to twist my arm until I surrendered!) with two results: (1) I'm now a slightly obsessive fan and (2) I want to BAKE ALL THE THINGS.

So I tried, for the first time ever, to make a proper layer cake with frosting and everything. I was cautious and used a recipe actually designed for the altitude at which I live (7000 feet or 2100 meters, which has big effects on baking). The end result was sort of a hilarious disaster and sort of a triumph )

This half-failure half-triumph has whetted my ambitions, so for my next trick I intend to make a variation of the same cake recipe (with the right amount of buttermilk this time!), only with each of the two layers split in half, the whole thing filled with homemade lemon curd and then topped with a light lemon glaze instead of frosting, because the cake and the lemon curd are probably quite rich enough.

I also want to try making biscotti, which held no interest at all for me until the second Bake Off episode. I've always thought of them as nasty stale things that coffee shops overcharge you for, but the ones on the Bake Off all looked really good. I'm thinking of cranberry, orange zest, and (maybe) crystallized ginger for my attempt. I'd like to have hazelnuts but they're awfully expensive, especially for a first try at something.

I only wish you all lived close enough that I could invite you over to help me eat all the cakes, etc. I'd like to bake. And not only out of the desire to share--frustratingly, my baking is still limited to things that will keep for at least several days, as I hate wasting food and bringing stuff to work has limited appeal. I do it sometimes, but I'd rather share with friends, and plus too much of that sort of thing can give you the reputation of being the workplace mom, which I really really don't want for all kinds of reasons.

By the way, on the subject of baking, can anybody recommend a good book on baking techniques that's preferably geared towards the home baker rather than a professional or would-be professional? I want a book that will tell me how to make basic components like a sponge or puff pastry or a pastry cream and how to combine those components into a variety of tasty things, but that doesn't assume you have a professional oven and so on. It's bad enough that all baking books assume you have a stand mixer. So far the most helpful book I've seen is my old Joy of Cooking, but it doesn't go far enough, and other baking books I've seen all give plenty of recipes for specific cakes or pastries but don't generalize their instructions or contain much if any focus on technique.

My life has not been entirely consumed by baking, of course. As always I'm reading a ton of things, most of them not especially worth mentioning. I've been wanting to read more history and, of all things, philosophy, for which I blame the In Our Time podcasts, but the local library system is underfunded and I think has sometimes made bad choices with what funds it does have. I understand that public libraries have to respond to public demand, but it's a bit shocking that there are so many diet books and new age woo-woo books and practically nothing on, for example, German history apart from the Nazi era. And no biography of Frederick the Great apart from one written by a Mitford (Nancy?) in the early 1970s, which I can't imagine will deal sensibly with his sexuality.

A couple of good things I've read, or partly read: I got about a third of the way through Nikolaus Wachsmann's KL: A History of the Nazi Concentration Camps before I just couldn't go on. It's an excellent book full of first-rate research, and not one of those Holocaust books that are thin excuses for atrocity porn, but by 1938 I was already overwhelmed and the Holocaust per se hadn't even started yet. Knowing it was just going to get worse, I had to stop. But I may go back to it eventually and I recommend it to those with strong constitutions.

I also liked Barbara Tuchman's The Proud Tower, which is about the era just before the First World War. I picked it up off the new book shelf at the library, not realizing it was a re-release. As is my habit, when I got it home I went to the index for something queer-related and looked up what she had to say about the Eulenberg scandal. I was struck by the homophobia of the language, then saw that the book was first published in 1965. In that context the homophobia looked very mild, actually--more like the sort of standard disapproval anyone would have to express lest readers be outraged by its absence. (I've seen a similar level of homophobia in basically pro-gay books from this era written by gay people.) I thought there was an interesting resonance between the (token?) homophobia and the way Tuchman discusses socialism--when she talks about poverty and working conditions etc. she's clearly, strongly in favor of change, but if the dreaded word "socialism" comes up she has to be disparaging about it, because 1965 was the middle of the cold war and socialism was a very dirty word in the United States.

Apart from that I've been re-reading the best of Reginald Hill's Dalziel and Pascoe mysteries. I might request these at Yuletide, with a focus on Edgar Wield, both because he's awesome and because I want a good proportion of my Yuletide requests this year to be for canonically queer characters. Out of my five likely requests so far, three are for canonically queer characters (Wield, Leonard Finch from Grantchester and Colonel Tick-Tock from The Thrilling Adventure Hour, though he's only strongly-canonically-hinted as being queer if you want to split hairs about it) and two are not (York from Hyperdrive and Tintin and Haddock from Tintin). If we have six requests this year I want to add another canonically queer character. *thinks*

Shutting up now as this post is long enough already.
kindkit: Text icon: "British officers do not cuddle each other. (Not when there are people watching, anyway.") ('Allo 'Allo: British officers do not cud)
It's early days yet, I admit, but I've been thinking about Yuletide. My nomination plans are settled-ish, though the sudden discovery of a wonderful new fandom can always happen.

Here's what I'm thinking:

Grantchester, Leonard Finch

Granchester's first series aired too late last year to be Yuletide-eligible, to my sorrow because it's my favorite new show in a long time. It's set in 1953 and features a vicar, Sidney Chambers, who stumbles into mystery-solving and finds he can't bear to stop. It's well-acted and decently written with vivid, appealing characters. Leonard is Sidney's deacon, an intellectual who has trouble connecting with people but is deeply committed to the church, and is also almost-canonically gay. (The show's gone well beyond hints, but nothing is quite confirmed yet.) I'll probably nominate Sidney and Sidney's friend Geordie Keating (a police officer) as well, but it's Leonard I plan to request.

The Cross-Time Adventures of Colonel Tick-Tock, Colonel Tick-Tock, Bob McCrumbs

This is a segment of the Thrilling Adventure Hour podcast, a sort of affectionate Doctor Who parody in which the Colonel travels around doing things like saving Gilbert and Sullivan from a caveman who got caught up in a time storm and deposited in their flat. It's deeply silly and funny, yet with a thread of darkness that I like, and a thread of empathy and tenderness I like even more. The Colonel, like Leonard Finch, is almost-canonically gay, and Bob is almost-canonically his ex-lover.

There are only eleven short segments, which are listed here and available to download (legally and for free) here. You may find the first few episodes a bit difficult to love, because the segment started out heavily formulaic, but it has since evolved far beyond that.

Hyperdrive, Eduardo York

I recently re-watched Hyperdrive, a 2006-2007 science fiction comedy series starring Nick Frost, and fell in love with it all over again. It's set on board HMS Camden Lock, a ship which tends to see the less glamorous side of space travel, such as trying to convince alien governments to invest in Peterborough. Nick Frost plays bumbling but good-hearted and intermittently competent Captain Michael Henderson, and York (played brilliantly by Kevin Eldon) is his first officer, a raving militarist with a sadistic streak and a penchant for creepy cloning experiments. I adore York. He's awful, and hilarious in his awfulness, but there's a human being under all that, and show makes us see it while never pushing too far into sentimentality. The show as a whole definitely has flaws (some gross-out humor and an unpleasant streak of sexism), but there's enough good stuff to balance it out, I think.

I'm not completely totally 100% sure I'm going to nominate Hyperdrive--if we only get three nominations and something has to be replaced, Hyperdrive will be it--but I'm pretty sure.

I'll probably also request Tintin, but I'm assuming someone else will nominate it.

Anybody else have Yuletide ideas yet?
kindkit: Captain Kirk writing on a PADD, text: "And then they had sex. The end." (Star Trek TOS: Kirk writes fic)
Yuletide authors have been revealed, so I can now say that I wrote two stories this year, both for the Psmith books by P.G. Wodehouse. Psmith and the Greek Spirit was my assigned fic for Masterofmidgets, and features Psmith courting an oblivious Mike during their school days. Psmith and Jackson, RFC was a treat for [ profile] halotolerant; it brings the boys into the First World War.

And I can thank my authors by name! [personal profile] halotolerant wrote me two fantastic stories, At Shingle Street and The Merry Wives of Saxe-Coburg Gotha, and Sheldrake wrote the beautiful Defences. Many thanks to both of you!
kindkit: Hot dog walking hand in hand with mustard but thinking of ketchup. (Fandomless: Hot dog/ketchup OTP)
A few more recs from my not-very-comprehensive reading of Yuletide.

King Rat, Lynes & Mathey, Peter Pan, Pride, Rivers of London )
kindkit: Captain Kirk writing on a PADD, text: "And then they had sex. The end." (Star Trek TOS: Kirk writes fic)
Last year I said that every year it seems I know fewer Yuletide fandoms, and this year it was more of the same. Here are a few things I've really liked from the end of the alphabet (and there are a couple of longer fics that I haven't read yet because I prefer to read long fics on my ebook reader).

4 recs: Raffles, Rivers of London, Talented Mr. Ripley )
kindkit: Two British officers sitting by a river; one rests his head on the other's shoulder. (Fandomless: officers by a river)
I got three, THREE fics for Yuletide this year, yay!! And they're all wonderful, yay!!!!

At Shingle Street (33494 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Cloudburst at Shingle Street - Thomas Dolby (Song)
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Original Male Character/Original Male Character
Additional Tags: World War II, Post-World War I, World War I, Gay, Male Homosexuality, Hurt/Comfort, Nursing, Getting to Know Each Other, Period Typical Attitudes, Oral Sex, Tenderness, Survivor Guilt, Falling In Love, Age Difference, Loneliness, Additional Warnings Apply
Summary: It is July, 1940. German invasion of the British Isles seems imminent, and rumours of attacks and attempts and secret weapons abound. For Hugh Wakefield, WW1 veteran searching for a point in life, and Werner Schultheiss, nineteen-year-old, unwilling German Army recruit, this may be the summer where everything changes, and everyone bursts free.

This is a completely amazing, novella-length fic based on the request I thought no one would write. It uses the song brilliantly but with twists I never expected. The nature of the fandom meant the characters had to be OCs, but please don't be put off by that. The author does a fantastic job with them: they're distinct, three-dimensional, appealing, flawed, and I cared very deeply about them, very quickly. They and the world of the story are so fully developed, so real and moving, that this could be a stand-alone novel that would inspire fanfic of its own. If you like (anti-)war stories or unconventional love stories, you should read this.

Defences (3261 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Cloudburst at Shingle Street - Thomas Dolby (Song)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Original Male Character/Original Male Character
Characters: Original Characters
Summary: He hasn't been back to Shingle Street for twenty years.

Another great fic for the request I thought no one would write. This one is a love story, possibly a ghost story, and definitely a story about place and what it means. Shingle Street is a real place, and although I've never been there, I feel I know it now. There's something luminous about this story, and the prose is precise and beautiful.

The Merry Wives of Saxe-Coburg Gotha (1406 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: First World War RPF
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Wilhelm II of Germany (WW1 RPF)/Prince 'Eddy' Albert Victor
Characters: Wilhelm II of Germany (WW1 RPF), Prince 'Eddy' Albert Victor, Prince Heinrich, King George V
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Historical, Alternate Universe - Canon Divergence, Cousin Incest, Fluff, Domestic Fluff
Summary: It's 1916, the world is at peace, the Olympics are being held in Berlin and, far away, two men are reading all about it.

And still another great story, this one for a different request I thought no one would write: cousincest prevents WWI! This is a hugely charming alternate history. I especially love what the author does with Wilhelm: he's still recognizably himself, with flashes of arrogance and a deep love of military pageantry, but some plausible changes in his background have left him happier, less aggressive, and the world is better for it.

Thank you so much, mystery authors! I've received an embarrassment of riches this Yuletide and I couldn't be more delighted.
kindkit: A late-Victorian futuristic zeppelin. (Airship)
Yeah, no sooner did I post happily about how my internet was back than it went out again. I have no idea when/if it will come back. I'll be around when I can.

In other news, I'm waiting impatiently for The Imitation Game to finally open where I live, and eagerly but nervously for the final episode of Cabin Pressure. And I've been rewatching the early episodes of Lewis; later developments had made me forget how much I loved the show at first. But now I'm up to "Life Born of Fire" and I don't know if I can bear to watch it again. It's so full of fail and ungood weirdness, plus I think of it as the beginning of the show going wrong. Then again, the episode's ending pleases my inner hurt/comfort addict very much.

Yuletide proceeds apace. I've been editing the early parts of my story and I think this morning I finally managed to write it an ending. It's been a struggle, but I'm getting there, and I think I may quite like it once it's done.
kindkit: Two cups of green tea. (Fandomless: Green tea)
1) Over the past couple of weeks, my job has gone from "ha ha, try to get enough hours to live on, sucker!" to "OMG SO MUCH WORK." This is because Christmas is, in retail-land, upon us. I'm glad for the hours but my feet hurt.

2) On my days off I made bagels! This is thanks to [personal profile] wisdomeagle, who directed me to this recipe. If I'd known how easy bagels were I'd have tried it ages ago! I used the brown sugar substitution for the malt syrupt, which I don't have, and made half plain bagels and half sesame bagels. They freeze pretty well, though they should probably either be toasted or reheated in an oven after thawing.

I also cooked braised pork ribs and kimchi, modifying the recipe here and there based on what I had on hand. I used a regular bonito dashi rather than anchovy dashi, regular kimchi that had been around for a bit in my fridge rather than the specially packaged "old kimchi," cayenne pepper instead of the Korean chili flakes (I used a little less than a full tablesoon), and omitted the jalapeno and green onion at the end. I'd have liked to include the green onion but I was out; I think the dish was quite spicy enough without the jalapeno. Though some googling tells me that the cayenne I used is much hotter than Korean chile flakes, so if you're using the right chiles, adding the jalapeno is probably fine. Anyway, despite the substitutions it was very nice.

3) Yuletide! I'm pleased with my assignment and have actually started writing. Hoping to avoid last-minute panics this year.

4) What I've heard about the most recent Doctor Who episode makes me glad I quit watching again. I think I probably won't give the show another try until Moffat is gone, because vague spoilers )

5) In happier fandom news, the new BBC show Grantchester is pretty enjoyable! And has canon queerness. The mystery plots are meh but it's worth it for the characters, in my opinion. Also the lead actor is awfully pretty, if that sort of thing appeals to you.
kindkit: A late-Victorian futuristic zeppelin. (Airship)
Dear Yuletide writer,

First of all, thank you for writing for me. I'm thrilled that you share my interest in one of these fandoms, and I can't wait to read your story.

What follows is a little more information about what I like and don't like. But I want to say right away that I hope you will write a story you find interesting and enjoy writing, even if it goes in a different direction from the things I mention here. It could well turn out to be the story I didn't know I wanted.

click here for more information and my requests )


Sep. 24th, 2014 04:23 pm
kindkit: A late-Victorian futuristic zeppelin. (Airship)
Got my noms in today.

Cloudburst At Shingle Street (Song). This is a song from Thomas Dolby's The Golden Age of Wireless. There aren't really any characters so I didn't nominate any.

Full Monty (1997): Gary "Gaz" Schofield, Nathan Schofield. I'd be happy to add other characters if anybody wants me to.

First World War RPF: Wilhelm II, George V, Nicholas II. I didn't like calling it First World War RPF, because I'd be happy with plenty of stories not set during the war, but the Yuletide mods in their infinite wisdom have decided they don't want any more broad categories like "20th Century CE RPF." And I couldn't think of a better name for what I did want. I thought of "Georgian Royalty RPF" but I kept thinking it made me sound like one of those people who buy royal wedding souvenirs. Anyway, there's a fourth slot in which I could add another character.

[personal profile] st_aurafina, you're still nominating Death by Silver, right?
kindkit: A late-Victorian futuristic zeppelin. (Default)
These are things I'm thinking of nominating/requesting. Posted mainly for my own benefit, but anyone with thoughts is welcome to chime in.

under the cut )
kindkit: A riverside bench with fireworks in background (Fandomless: Fireworks)
Happy New Year, everybody! Or, happy January 2nd if you're much farther to the east than I am.

Yuletide authors have been revealed, so I can thank [personal profile] silveronthetree, who wrote me Biggles fic (yay, Biggles!) that casts an intriguing new light on a moment from canon: So go on and do not stop. And to my complete lack of surprise, [personal profile] halotolerant was the author of I've Been to a Marvellous Party, which delightfully crosses over The Charioteer, The Wooden Horse, Wings, Colditz, and Raffles(!). With that list of fandoms, it couldn't have been written by anyone else.

Many thanks to both of you for my lovely gifts!

As for me, I wrote for [personal profile] lilliburlero, whose prompt--Wimsey and Bunter wartime backstory--I was enormously pleased to have a chance to explore.

Buttons and Bayonets: A Small History of the Great War (5505 words) by kindkit
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Lord Peter Wimsey - Dorothy L. Sayers
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Mervyn Bunter/Peter Wimsey
Additional Tags: World War I, War, Shell Shock
Summary: Peter and Bunter, surviving the war together.
kindkit: Captain Kirk writing on a PADD, text: "And then they had sex. The end." (Star Trek TOS: Kirk writes fic)
As usual, I haven't gotten all the way through the fandoms I wanted to read before the reveal. And I'm too tired and irritable to read any more fics tonight. But here are two last recs.

Rivers of London - Ben Aaronovitch

The Purple Jug (5826 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Rivers of London - Ben Aaronovitch
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Peter Grant/Thomas Nightingale
Characters: Peter Grant, Thomas Nightingale, Lesley May
Additional Tags: Case Fic, Undercover as a Couple, Sex Pollen
Summary: Nightingale and Peter on a case at a gay bar. Set before Broken Homes, no spoilers.

"Undercover in a gay bar" and "sex pollen" are not my favorite tropes, but they're not unfitting for this fandom and the author does a great job of keeping them in character. Good Peter voice and good Nightingale characterization, too.

Folly To Be Wise (6661 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Rivers of London - Ben Aaronovitch
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Thomas Nightingale, Peter Grant, Lesley May
Additional Tags: Case Fic, Ghosts, World War II, Angst, Hurt/Comfort, Ettersberg
Summary: Where ignorance is bliss, 'tis folly to be wise.

This is a casefic about a haunted room in an old house, but it's much more than that. I especially like the Nightingale and Peter characterization here, and the way Peter cares for Nightingale and is protective of him even while looking up to him as a mentor.
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Every year it seems like there are fewer Yuletide fandoms I know. Anyway, have some recs. These are in addition to the stories written for me, which I mentioned earlier.

20th Century CE RPF

A Super Mouse in Time (1809 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: 20th Century CE RPF
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Nikita Khrushchev, Walt Disney
Additional Tags: Yuletide Treat, Disneyland, Cold War Era

In 1959, Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev visited America. He saw its president, its Senate, its Hollywood stars, its housing projects. Per his security team’s instructions, he did not, the media reported, see Disneyland.

But you can’t believe everything you read.

I really like the way the serious and the kitschy interconnect in this story, and it's charmingly written.

The Charioteer

The science and practice of surgery (1328 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Charioteer - Mary Renault
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Alec Deacon/Sandy Reid
Characters: Alec Deacon, Sandy Reid
Additional Tags: Post-Canon, Codependency
Summary: Alec and Sandy in 1941.

This understatedly heartbreaking look at Alec and Sandy's relationship rings painfully true.

Liberty (1239 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Charioteer - Mary Renault
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Aunt Olive (The Charioteer), Ralph Lanyon
Additional Tags: London
Summary: Of Aunt Olive and her pilgrimages to London.

I almost back-buttoned when I saw this was written in first person, but I'm glad I didn't. It's a gorgeously detailed, atmospheric look at Aunt Olive's life and personality, which are both so much more complicated than Laurie knows.

Eldritch, betentacled Bridstow (1408 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Charioteer - Mary Renault
Rating: Mature
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Ralph Lanyon/Laurie Odell, Bunny/Ralph Lanyon, Alec Deacon/Sandy Reid, Alec Deacon & Ralph Lanyon
Characters: Ralph Lanyon, Laurie Odell, Alec Deacon, Bunny (The Charioteer), Sandy Reid
Additional Tags: Angst, AU - Tentacles, Body Horror, Body Modification, Eventual Fluff, Medical Experimentation, Self Harm, Thinly Veiled Allegory, Tentacles, World War II
Summary: The Charioteer. Now with added tentacles.

Yes, this is The Charioteer plus tentacles. No, it's not crack. It's lovely and moving and also, there are tentacles. Just trust me and read it.

The Dispossessed/The Left Hand of Darkness - Ursula Le Guin

The Color of Shadow (5751 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Left Hand of Darkness - Ursula K. Le Guin, Hainish Cycle - Ursula K. Le Guin, The Dispossessed - Ursula K. Le Guin
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Ong Tot Oppong, OFC
Additional Tags: shifgrethor, First Contact, Original anarcho-syndicalist character, Original Annaresti character, Original lesbian character, why yes those three are all the same OC
Summary: Two first investigators come to Gethen. And bring and their baggage.

This very LeGuin-like story subtly explores both the pain and the possibilities of living in a new culture.


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