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Somewhat underwhelming this time, but I still had fun. Here's the character list:

1. Hugo Reyes
2. Sameen Shaw
3. Abbie Mills
4. Queen Jadis
5. Kareen Koudelka
6. Thomas Nightingale
7. Harold Finch
8. Jack Aubrey
9. Jack Shephard
10. Hagrid
11. Ekaterin Vorkosigan
12. Zoe Morgan
13. Bree the Horse
14. Harriet Vane
15. The Hogwarts Giant Squid

And the questions and answers are under the cut. I didn't do all of them, but most. By the way, you all are obsessed with cooking dinner, so I combined the three different requests.

the cult of Kou-Zoe, the adventures of Queen Not-Susan, and the time portal in the licorice aisle )
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[personal profile] avanti_90 just did this meme, which reminded me of how much I enjoyed it the first time around, and I could use some ridiculousness to help jump-start more serious plotting. So:

1) Make a list of fifteen characters first, and keep it to yourself.

2) Ask your flist to post questions in the comments. For example:
'One, Nine and Fifteen move in together. Is this a really bad idea?'
'Under what circumstances might Five and Seven fall in love?'
'Which character on the list would you most want on your side in a zombie invasion?'

3) After your flist has asked enough questions, round them up and answer them using the characters you selected beforehand, then post them.


*runs off to concoct list of characters*
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Wrote a post for International Women's Day about my female characters and how much I love them. Yay ladies! *hugs them all*

Aside from that, still having a hard time getting my brain into writing mode for long periods of time, so here's a meme (borrowed from [personal profile] avanti_90). Questions are mostly about fic, so I'll answer them that way unless it makes sense to delve into book-writing. Pick a number; pick two or three and I might answer them all if I have time.

1. Describe your comfort zone—a typical you-fic.
2. Is there a trope you’ve yet to try your hand at, but really want to?
3. Is there a trope you wouldn’t touch with a ten foot pole?
4. How many fic ideas are you nurturing right now? Care to share one of them?
5. Share one of your strengths.
6. Share one of your weaknesses.
7. Share a snippet from one of your favorite pieces of prose you’ve written and explain why you’re proud of it.
8. Share a snippet from one of your favorite dialogue scenes you’ve written and explain why you're proud of it.

9. Which fic has been the hardest to write?
10. Which fic has been the easiest to write?
11. Is writing your passion or just a fun hobby?
12. Is there an episode above all others that inspires you just a little bit more?
13. What’s the best writing advice you’ve ever come across?
14. What’s the worst writing advice you’ve ever come across?
15. If you could choose one of your fics to be filmed, which would you choose?
16. If you only could write one pairing for the rest of your life, which pairing would it be?
17. Do you write your story from start to finish, or do you write the scenes out of order?
18. Do you use any tools, like worksheets or outlines?
19. Stephen King once said that his muse is a man who lives in the basement. Do you have a muse?
20. Describe your perfect writing conditions.
21. How many times do you usually revise your fic/chapter before posting?
22. Choose a passage from one of your earlier fics and edit it into your current writing style.
23. If you were to revise one of your older fics from start to finish, which would it be and why?
24. Have you ever deleted one of your published fics?
25. What do you look for in a beta?
26. Do you beta yourself? If so, what kind of beta are you?
27. How do you feel about collaborations?
28. Share three of your favorite fic writers and why you like them so much.
29. If you could write the sequel (or prequel) to any fic out there not written by yourself, which would you choose?
30. Do you accept prompts?
31. Do you take liberties with canon or are you very strict about your fic being canon compliant?
32. How do you feel about smut?
33. How do you feel about crack?
34. What are your thoughts on non-con and dub-con?
35. Would you ever kill off a canon character?
36. Which is your favorite site to post fic?
37. Talk about your current wips.
38. Talk about a review that made your day.
39. Do you ever get rude reviews and how do you deal with them?
40. Write an alternative ending to [insert fic title] (or just the summary of one).
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I wish I could do the "Share three passages from three WIPs" meme in the spirit in which it's probably intended, but it doesn't mention fanfic in particular, after all. So, have something from the fic I hope to finish someday, plus a bit from early in Not Time's Fool (which counts as in-progress because I still have plenty of editing to do) and the opening of Book Five.

1. "They got all this out of our heads?" he wondered. "I mean, it's not very Betan, all the water. But…"

"If it was the Barrayaran seaside the waves would be bigger and colder and there wouldn't be… pelicans? Albatrosses? Whatever those are."

"Exactly. Where in my subconscious or yours did those come from, I ask you."

"Simon, dear. Don't be more paranoid than you… obviously require yourself to be. It's a generic Earth fantasy, I expect. Collective ancestral memories." She smiled. "Adam and Eve. Aquatic and geriatric version thereof. I have to say," she added, looking down at herself, "it's pleasant to negate the effects of gravity somewhat."



2. cut for length )


3. The muffled oars whispered secrets to the river as the boat slipped downstream at dawn, returning Major John André to the safety of the Vulture.

Rinaldo’s back and arms ached. They’d already done the long pull to and from the British sloop once; yes, it had been hours earlier, and he’d killed some of the boring and uncomfortable wait with a nap while André and Benedict Arnold had their chat, but the shoulder muscles he’d strained fighting the current were screaming at him now. He tried imagining just how good it was going to feel when Pasha had him facedown and naked in their bed, kneading at every sore bit of him with enormous and clever hands, but it was a dream, another world, the imaginary future it should have been to the man rowing the boat. The muscle strain was pretty much real; the boat wasn’t, and neither was the Hudson, even though he could taste its spray on the wind and feel it splashing on board when George’s oar cut into the water at the wrong angle.

They must have put the chilly splashes into the program on purpose, along with the tedium and the uncooperative current, just to weed out those rookies who expected time travel to be a non-stop adventure, instead of painful, cold and mostly dull. No wonder the Colquhoun brothers, who’d done the first leg of this horrible trip in real history, had balked at repeating it; no wonder it had been so easy to talk them (or their computerized avatars) out of the honor of influencing the outcome of the American Revolution. And here, provided with the bona fides required to pass as slightly more enthusiastic but equally gullible patriots, were George Merrill and Rinaldo Dickinson in their places.
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Just popping in to say that I am really enjoying everyone's talking meme posts, and while I'm not doing it formally this year, I may have spare headspace to blather about things, so if you want to ask me anything, do. (I haven't yet posted any requests on anyone else's meme, because I honestly couldn't, at that point when they were put up, think of anything, but possibly I will sneak something in belatedly.)

I just blathered about series fiction and my relationship to it as reader and writer here. Next I need to write a review of a book about tomatoes! Or possibly a blog post about squash recipes. The varied joys, etc.
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Now that the (absolutely delightful) houseguests are gone, and I can breathe a little in between bouts of exhaustion, powerpoints and seed-starting, I can do a meme.

Gacked from [personal profile] mmegaera: to celebrate Women's History Month, ask me something about my female characters (either my original characters or ones I've written about in fic). Questions can be about the characters themselves (backstory, goals, personality, etc.) or about my own writing choices. (In other words, a female version of "Watsonian or Doylist." Russellian or Kingly?)

It is also a good month to write something spontaneous and profound about women in history and/or female characters, and perhaps I will manage that. The spontaneous part, anyway.
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I'm going to jump into the pool with this, but December just isn't going to work. I don't know why I think I'll have more time in January, but at that distance all I can see is a pretty picture of snow-covered fields and PowerPoint, so why not.

If you would like me to talk (in the sense of "write aimlessly") about any topic, pick a date and tell me what you'd like to hear. Fair game: any book/media fandom I've brushed against, my own books, my fic, and the vast universe of stuff that is not those. With the caveat that I may decide not to talk about some personal topics (but then again, one never knows). Gardening- and food-related questions are certainly up for discussion.

January 1:
January 2:
January 3: [personal profile] enemyofperfect. If you could wish a new fannish custom or genre into being, what would it be?
January 4:
January 5: [livejournal.com profile] penwiper26 Talk about water metaphors, and how they came to fascinate you.
January 6: [personal profile] philomytha. Composing prose and choosing words and images.
January 7: [personal profile] yunitsa. What was the original genesis of the Time books? Did you start with the time travel, or the characters, or...?
January 8: [personal profile] philomytha. Birds and how they ambushed me. :)
January 9: [personal profile] eris. Who has been your favourite POV to write (in any canon), and why?
January 10:
January 11:
January 12:
January 13: [personal profile] philomytha. What's the first fiction you ever wrote?
January 14:[personal profile] wendylove. When and how do you write?
January 15: [personal profile] wendylove. Do writing and gardening have anything in common?
January 16:
January 17: [personal profile] enemyofperfect. What's a part of writing that comes easily to you, and what's one that's difficult? (Does it depend how ease and difficulty are defined?)
January 18:
January 19: [personal profile] kivrin. Do you have a favorite narrative trope or theme? In other words, a narrative "bulletproof kink"? If so, discuss. If not, discuss.
January 20:
January 21:
January 22: [personal profile] brewsternorth. Things you like/are looking forward to about Sleepy Hollow.
January 23: [personal profile] brewsternorth. Travel: a place you'd like to go to someday?
January 24: [personal profile] pendrecarc. How do you approach writing short and long fiction differently, if at all?
January 25: [personal profile] yunitsa. If you were in charge of the Vorkosigan books, what would the next one be about?
January 26:
January 27: [personal profile] pendrecarc. Do you ever reread your own work? Why, and what is it like?
January 28: [personal profile] eris. Is there something you wish had a larger fandom?
January 29:
January 30: [personal profile] wendylove. Do your children know anything about fanfiction? At what age do you have The Talk?
January 31: [personal profile] philomytha. Favourite Shakespeare play.
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I decided I'd do this meme again, and since I have about five times as many songs as I did last time I tried it, it seemed reasonable to limit things to one playlist. So - Geography, which has 84 songs in it currently, all with names of places or types of places or geographic features or just place-related ideas. The meme goes:

1. Open up your music player. Hit shuffle.

2. Record the first few lines of the first thirty songs that come up that do not give away the name of the song (note: I interpret this as "skip the songs that have the name in the first few lines"). Skip instrumentals, but don't skip the embarrassing ones.

3. Make hapless flist guess the song names and artists (where artists are not multiple in possibility). Google is cheating.


So if you'd like to guess, chime in. Some of these are really easy and some I'd be surprised if anyone got, but who knows. [Editing to add correct guesses as they come in.] [Now edited to reveal answers.]

*
1. Some folks have the same song and dance, downtown bars and cheap romance, getting off not getting far alone. "Ohio," honeyhoney.

2. Take to the highway, won't you lend me your name? Your way and my way seem to be one and the same. "Country Road," James Taylor, guessed by [personal profile] ailis_fictive.

3. Well, east coast girls are hip, I really dig those styles they wear. "California Girls," The Beach Boys, guessed by [personal profile] arduinna and [livejournal.com profile] penwiper26.

4. Down the way where the nights are gay and the sun shines daily on the mountaintop. "Jamaica Farewell," Harry Belafonte, guessed by [personal profile] isis.

5. We lived our little drama, we kissed in a field of white. "Stars Fell on Alabama," awesome version with Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong.

6. Up in the highest of heights, O'Hara blinks and fights, this land is yours, this land is mine. "No Man's Land," Sufjan Stevens.

7. Start tearing the old man down, run past the heather and down to the old road. "Omaha," Counting Crows, guessed by [livejournal.com profile] yunitsa.

8. I come from the moor and the mountain, from the waterfall and stream. "The Plainsman," Fairport Convention.

9. It was a cold and wet December day when we touched the ground at JFK. "Angel of Harlem," U2.

10. I want to run, I want to hide, I want to tear down the walls that hold me inside. "Where the Streets Have No Name," U2.

11. I sold my piano, it couldn't come with me, I locked up my bedroom and I walked out into the air. "Washington Square," Counting Crows: another of those "makes me think of Person of Interest" songs.

12. Those mountains in the distance might be our salvation, if we could just get through tonight. "Guatemala," Randall Williams.

13. Alabama, Arkansas, I do love my ma and pa, not the way that I do love you. "Home," Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeroes, guessed by [personal profile] arduinna.

14. When you were a child, you were a tomboy, and your mother laughed at the serious way that you looked at her. "Home Life," Shearwater.

15. You were so smart then, in your jacket and coat; my softest red scarf was warming your throat. "Goodbye England," Laura Marling, guessed by [personal profile] raven and [livejournal.com profile] yunitsa.

16. Brooklyn, I'm broken, I'm breaking apart; Greenpoint pins down my hand, Red Hook pierces my heart. "Tourniquet," Hem. Oh, this is gorgeous, people. Makes me wish I lived in Brooklyn.

17. As a young girl, Louis Vuitton, with your mother on a sandy lawn. "Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa," Vampire Weekend.

18. Sitting in a park in Paris, France, reading the news and it sure looks bad. "California," Joni Mitchell, guessed by [livejournal.com profile] kivrin.

19. Flew in from Miami Beach, BOAC, didn't get to bed last night. "Back in the USSR," the Beatles, guessed by [livejournal.com profile] penwiper26.

20. Along the trail you'll find me loping, where the spaces are wide open, in the land of the old AEC. "The Wild West is Where I Want to Be," Tom Lehrer.

21. I believe, I believe, I believe I'll go back home; I believe, I believe, I believe I'll go back home. [sorry!] "Western Horizon," Robert Junior Lockwood, and anyone who thought "probably a blues song" scores here. :)

22. Aruba, Jamaica, ooh I wanna take you; Bermuda, Bahama, come on pretty mama. "Kokomo," The Beach Boys, guessed by [personal profile] giandujakiss and [livejournal.com profile] penwiper26.

23. To lead a better life, I need my love to be here. "Here, There, and Everywhere," Beatles (or Paul McCartney in this case). I mean, come on, people.

24. It's over, hang your gun down and eat this simple fare. "Walk Your Valley," Indigo Girls.

25. Away with the buff and the blue, and away with the cap and the feather. "The Hexhamshire Lass," Fairport Convention.

26. Looking at the world through the sunset in your eyes, traveling the train through clear Moroccan skies. "Marrakesh Express," Crosby, Stills & Nash.

27. The circus is falling down on its knees, the big top is crumbling down. "Raining in Baltimore," Counting Crows.

28. Often she has gazed from castle windows o'er, and watched the daylight passing within her captive wall. "Fotheringay," Fairport Convention.

29. Summer journeys to Niagara and to other places aggravate all our cares. "Manhattan" (Rodgers and Hart), sung by Ella Fitzgerald.

30. Alabama's got me so upset, Tennessee made me lose my rest. "Mississippi Goddam," Nina Simone, guessed by [livejournal.com profile] nnozomi.
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Comment with the name of a ship and I will explain why I ship it/don't ship it. Or, you know, am completely indifferent to its existence.

Fandoms under here )
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Last two ficlets! (Except for one not requested directly in the meme, which I am still thinking on.)

For [personal profile] raven, Simon and Alys, Vorberg's POV.

For [personal profile] pendrecarc, Sam Shaw and unexpected affection.

This was fun, thank you all.

ETA: Put all of the POI ones up in a collection at AO3.
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Two more ficlets, and I will try to get to the others soon!

For [personal profile] philomytha, Simon and Finch going to tea at the Residence, which turned out to be the start of a new Sparrow-verse fic, which I will write in full... sometime.

And for [personal profile] killalla, Nathan and Grace in a bar. Because.
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I'm working my way through the suggested ficlets slowly, but I'll get to them all, I hope. So far:

Part of a version of "Anecdotal Evidence" set in an AU where Gregor/Ekaterin works, for [livejournal.com profile] avanti_90.

Finch and Reese pick strawberries, for [livejournal.com profile] yunitsa.

In other news, here's a link to entomologist Mike Raupp talking about cicadas on Jay Leno the other night (with bonus Russell Crowe). I have the distinct pleasure of getting to listen to this guy once or twice a year; he's our extension's version of a rock star, or at least a standup comic.
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I have to make a heck of a lot of plant labels this week, and complete many other similar tasks, so I could use a little fannish distraction (of the more creative sort than randomly browsing tumblr (which I still do not belong to, oh god tell me I'm not going to have to do this) or rewatching POI s2).

So, feel free to prompt - DVD commentaries on my fic, trope ficlets, Important Fandom Questions, whatever - and I'll fit in answers as I have time. I think you all know my fandoms, and I'll just tell you if you prompt something I can't do.

(Yes, that is a pay phone with a green roof in the DW icon. Seen in a California state park.)

Fic meme

Jun. 10th, 2013 01:42 pm
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This is a very multi-tasky sort of day, so while I'm doing other stuff I'll throw this meme out there:

I currently have 48 works archived at the AO3 [oh my God how did that happen, no this is not part of the meme]. Pick a number from 1 to 48, and I’ll tell you three things I currently like about the fic corresponding to the number you have picked.
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Could still do more. All PoI so far.

At DW one for "Children of an Idle Brain" and at LJ ones for "The Rest is Silence," "The Human Heart," and "Untalked Of and Unseen."

Also, two new PoI vids today: New York, New York by [livejournal.com profile] yunitsa, and Einstein on the Beach by [personal profile] giandujakiss. Lots of lovely images and music and pain and suffering, hurray.

I should really really do a PoI fic-rec post, but there are so many of them, and I am terrible about bookmarking, so it would involve sifting through my reading history and that is not happening in the near future. But it's great that there is so much excellent fanwork for this show. <3
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I just realized I've written a heck of a lot of fic since I last did DVD commentaries, so if anyone's interested I'm up for it.

Pick any passage of 500 words or fewer from any story I've written, and comment to this post with that selection. I will then give you the equivalent of a DVD commentary on that snippet: what I was thinking when I wrote it, why I wrote it in the first place, what's going on in the characters' heads, why I chose certain words, what this moment means in the context of the rest of the fic, lots of awful puns, and anything else that you’d expect to find on a DVD commentary track.

I don't absolutely promise the awful puns, but just now I happen to be writing yet another story from John Reese's POV, so perhaps I can promise lame jokes.

(It would be tremendous fun to do this for "Children of an Idle Brain," but anything is fair game. I think it was all Vorkosigan stuff last time, so I'm glad I have more of a mix now. Feel free to ask for more than one and I'll get to them as I have time.)
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A meme gacked from [personal profile] lamardeuse, first lines from my most recent 21 fics, just because it's so much fun. The first two I'm inventing on the spot (so may very well alter when I actually start writing), and the third's only a few paragraphs written. So ha, let's see how this goes and whether it means anything.

knights-errant, power games, and jaguars )
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Oh, I'm going to do a music meme, Because I Can, and because I'm sure everyone's got nothing better to do than spot songs in my eclectic music collection. Which is really slightly more eclectic than it appears here.

1. Open up your music player. Hit shuffle.
2. Record the first few lines of the first thirty songs that come up that do not give away the name of the song. Skip instrumentals, but don't skip the embarrassing ones.
3. Make hapless flist guess the song names and artists. Google is cheating.


Some of these are incredibly obvious, but it was a random selection, WTF really...

1. Jumping up and down the floor; my head is an animal. ("Dirty Paws" by Of Monsters and Men, guessed by [livejournal.com profile] yunitsa)
2. Here come old flat top; he come groovin' up slowly. ("Come Together" by the Beatles, guessed by [livejournal.com profile] swooop)
3. Don't worry about a thing; 'cause every little thing gonna be all right. ("Three Little Birds" by Bob Marley, half-guessed by [livejournal.com profile] lydaclunas)
4. I was a stranger in the city; out of town were the people I knew. ("A Foggy Day (in London Town)" sung here by Ella Fitzgerald)
5. When ever skies look gray to me, and trouble begins to brew… ("I Concentrate On You" ditto)
6. It's been a while now since you held me, and told me what was on your mind… ("I'll Always Be Waiting For You," Sierra Hull)
7. Turn off your mind, relax and float downstream… ("Tomorrow Never Knows," the Beatles, guessed by [livejournal.com profile] swooop)
8. Oh naive little me, asking what things you have seen… ("Rambling Man," Laura Marling)
9. Did you say I've got a lot to learn; well, don't think I'm trying not to learn… ("Teach Me Tonight" as sung by Dinah Washington, OMG baby yes)
10. I won't go traveling tonight; I won't go back to the wolves, now. ("White Waves," Shearwater, guessed by [livejournal.com profile] penwiper26)
11. Before this dance is through I think I'll love you too… ("I'm Happy Just to Dance with You," Beatles)
12. Things have come to a pretty pass; our romance is growing flat. ("Let's Call the Whole Thing Off," guessed by [livejournal.com profile] swooop, here sung by Ella Fitzgerald)
13. I've sung this song but I'll sing it again, all the people I've met, the places I've been… ("So Long, It's Been Good to Know You," The Weavers)
14. Way down here, you need a reason to move, feel a fool running your stateside games… ("Mexico," James Taylor)
15. We were forty miles from Albany, forget it I never shall… ("Erie Canal," The Weavers)
16. I hear a wind, whistling air, whispering in my ear… ("Roam," B-52s)
17. When it rains five days, and the skies turn black as night… ("Back Water Blues," guessed by [livejournal.com profile] swooop, here sung by Dinah Washington)
18. As I write this letter, send my love to you… ("P.S. I Love You," the Beatles, guessed by [livejournal.com profile] lydaclunas)
19. So one, two, three, take my hand and come with me... ("Are You Gonna Be My Girl," Jet, guessed by [livejournal.com profile] lydaclunas)
20. Oh yeah, all right, are you gonna be in my dreams tonight… ("The End," Beatles, guessed by [livejournal.com profile] penwiper26)
21. You say you love me and you're thinking of me but you know you could be wrong. ("Most Likely You Go Your Way," Bob Dylan)
22. Once there was a way to get back homeward… ("Golden Slumbers," Beatles)
23. You got me running, going out of my mind, you got me thinking that I'm wasting my time. ("Don't Bring Me Down," ELO)
24. It was a cold night, and the snow lay round, I pulled my coat tight… ("The Crane Wife 1&2," Decemberists, guessed by [livejournal.com profile] yunitsa)
25. On the first of May, it is moving day; spring is here so blow your job, throw your job away. ("Mountain Greenery," sung by Ella F)
26. Color me your color, baby; color me your car. ("Call Me," Blondie)
27. And under the boughs unbowed, all clothed in a snowy shroud... ("The Crane Wife #3," Decemberists, guessed by [livejournal.com profile] yunitsa)
28. Oh I could hide neath the wings of the bluebird as she sings... ("Daydream Believer," The Monkees, guessed by [livejournal.com profile] swooop)
29. Hold me close, hold me tight, make me thrill with delight... ("I Want You, I Need You, I Love You," Elvis, guessed by [livejournal.com profile] swooop)
30. Old Father Time checked so there'd be no doubt; call on the north wind to come on out… ("'Tis Autumn," sung by Nat King Cole)

Guess away!
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So here's a question for the fic writers, in the Writers Are Egotistical What A Surprise department.

If you had the chance to give one of your stories to a source creator (which is by way of saying book author, or writer/actor/director/producer/whatever in visual media) to read, which one would you choose? You are allowed to resurrect people from the dead for these purposes; you're also allowed to say no thanks.

I am uncomfortable myself with the idea of doing this with visual media fics, possibly because as implied creative responsibility is so fractured and also because I feel at more of a distance. I mean, I get book authors. I get actors, too, but the idea of handing Laurence Fox a copy of "And Love Itself Have Rest" freaks me out no end; Clare Holman and "Dear Stephen," maybe, but she probably doesn't care a fig for Patrick O'Brian in real life.

So I think we're looking at the Vorkosiverse here, not surprisingly. I actually had a second-hand report ten years ago that Lois Bujold had read one or more of my Snape crossovers, and had positive things to say, but I can't verify that. I do know that she read my essay on plants and gardening, and mentioned it on her blog (IIRC she said it was "nice in all the meanings of the word" or something similar).

So that's one of the reasons I'd point her to "The Emperor's Garden." Other reasons: It's good. :) I'm proud of how it turned out; the prose is accomplished; the story is coherent; it's constructed interestingly (being a fic about Ekaterin that never uses her POV); it has lots of characters in it, including minor ones (Tsipis!), and I think they are all in character; it's got funny bits and touching bits and long and lyrical bits. It's very me. It has one of the highest hit counts of all my fics, and the highest kudos count, despite being a story about garden design. It does not have sex in it, aside from Miles kissing Ekaterin's neck, so no squirming while wondering if the author thinks I'm debauching her sloth beloved creations. I would not be embarrassed if she read "Imperial Bedrooms," or even "L'oiseau qui vole," but I wouldn't want to know ahead of time. Also, it is set post-canon (I believe she's said she won't write anything chronologically past Cryoburn) and therefore is more or less legally safe, although for the purposes of this question I'm waiving that requirement. But I think that might help make the exercise easier for both of us, as long as reading something where Aral's dead isn't overwhelmingly uncomfortable.

So that's my choice, for this extremely hypothetical situation. :) Anyone else want to chime in with choices from their own oeuvre?
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I can keep on doing these forever, so if you still want to request something, go ahead.

Penwiper26 asked for a clip from "Offerings," and then mentioned the boat scene as well, so I went ahead and did that too.

First of all, L, you know me too well; this is one of my favorite bits in one of my favorite fics. I loved writing this story: the snappy dialogue and the friendship relieving Gregor of all that darkness, and the chance to write Gregor POV in a not-horrible situation.

First clip )

Second clip )

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