cmshaw: DC Comics: Impulse rips open bright Xmas presents, crying out: "For Me?" (Which Ones Are For Me? This One?)
Hello, dear yuletide writer (and other people who may wish to read on)!

You have awesome taste in Yuletide offers, and therefore I think you're pretty awesome already. Salutations! (If you're not here to offer me Yuletide stories, well, hello anyway! I probably still like you.)

This year, I'm repeating a request from earlier years (Full Moon ni Sasayaite | Until the Full Moon) and making three new ones (Sweet Bro and Hella Jeff, Mirabile - Janet Kagan, and American Vampire).

Here are my requests! )
Here's more about me! )
cmshaw: DC Comics: Impulse rips open bright Xmas presents, crying out: "For Me?" (Which Ones Are For Me? This One?)

More yay! )
cmshaw: DC Comics: Impulse rips open bright Xmas presents, crying out: "For Me?" (Which Ones Are For Me? This One?)
in which i am thankful:

* Solidarity is the one and only Lonely Werewolf Girl story out there, and it is all about Thrix and Malveria and how much they love each other! Thank you so much, yuletider!

* and [personal profile] lightgetsin did indeed find the perfect xmas present! let me quote: "introductory-level courses in historical swordsmanship teach the basics of fighting with the TWO-HANDED SWORD (the medieval knightly weapon, also known as the Longsword) and the RAPIER (the dueling sword of the Renaissance) . . . students are introduced to the basic guards and strikes of the 15th-century German Liechtenauer school of fencing with the two-handed sword [and] the basic stances, guards and techniques of Italian rapier combat." that is indeed the present for me, is it not?

and now to eat ALL THE THINGS in preparation for january, the month in which i will be allowed to eat almost none of the things.


Dec. 30th, 2009 11:31 pm
cmshaw: Batman: Batman slips into a bat-shaped hole in the ice (Ice is nice)
i'm at my family's home for xmas, with [personal profile] lightgetsin and my dad. my uncle was here over xmas itself and my brother and his not-a-girlfriend are currently roaming about the countryside taking in the (very very cold) sights. and yes, there was more snow in virginia that there is up here in connecticut (although i understand it's melting rather alarmingly back home), but it's a whole lot colder here. yesterday light and i spent pretty much the entire day in the room with the woodstove -- i was telecommuting and she was writing things y'all are likely to enjoy a lot! -- except for a very brief excursion to throw a frisbee for the dogs in between wind gusts. (light's dog can catch a frisbee in the air about half of the time, which is cause for extremely victorious victory laps. my dad's dog...well, she can tell you've tossed something and she'll go look at it and leave it there.) then my dad came home and totally pwned me at kids' books*.

speaking of kids' books, remind me to scan my 1935 lolcats book for y'all!

xmas presents highlights: electronic rubik's cube (it can solve itself!), the complete calvin and hobbes (gorgeous and heavy!), and a tea-of-the-month subscription (because i needed more tea, right?).

yuletide present: Proposition VIII from gael baudino's dragonsword books. it is so very much like the books, i am amazed! if anyone else out there has read these books, go, go read my story!

as for the yuletidery which i have wrought, i only finished one of the two stories i intended for my primary recipient. the one which just kept growing growing. it SHALL be posted! and it shall be epic! and i am very glad that i finished up the other one, which is not epic but was still quite fun. and admitting that i wasn't going to finish the epic allowed me to pick up a little madness story as well.

i'm tracking yuletide (and other, eventually) recs here: female man - russ, spindle's end - mckinley, chronicles of the kencyrath - hodgell, grosse pointe blank, oregon trail, white collar, lovelace and babbage, and dragonsword so far! and i need to shift over a few spirited away recs as well. i'm trying to comment as i rec-bookmark, so we'll see how that works out.

and i'm uploading my older stories as i have time, too. egads. i appear to have spent many years not believing in titles. now i have to find a hundred or so all at once! sigh. so if you suddenly get a gift notification from me for something i wrote for you five years ago, uploading is why!

* the kids' book in question is it's raining, said john twaining by n.m. bodecker, and the rhyme which i completely flubbed and which my dad then recited by glancing at the book and then looking away:

There once was a King
who had three daughters.
The oldest he called Sip!
The second he called Sip sippernip!
But the youngest of all he called
Sip sippernip sip sirumsip!

Not far away lived another King
who had three sons.
The oldest was called Skrat!
The second was called Skrat skratterat!
But the youngest of all was called
Skrat skratterat skrat skrirumskrat!

Now by and by
the two Kings got together,
the King who had three daughters
and the King who had three sons,
and decided that their children
should marry.
And married they were!

Sipsippernip got Skratskratterat
Sipsippernipsipsirumsip got Skratskratteratskratskrirumskrat. As simple as that!
cmshaw: DC Comics: Impulse rips open bright Xmas presents, crying out: "For Me?" (Which Ones Are For Me? This One?)
i got in this morning to get my story, and it is JUST RIGHT. it is gael baudino: dragonsword with "proposition viii" and the statue! and bruised knuckles and cobblestones! and the inn! i do the dance of joy!

and i shall comment to say so just as soon as the archive is responding again. but: yay!

omg snow

Dec. 19th, 2009 06:25 pm
cmshaw: Batman: Batman slips into a bat-shaped hole in the ice (Ice is nice)
my yuletide level was OMGWTFPOLARBEARS, but then the sky descended upon us and now i don't really think i want to invoke polar bears! so i shall say that i'm still writing.

(there was a headline on the wapo site this afternoon that said "bears have trouble getting to baltimore" and i had a moment of pure "...!" before i realized that they were probably talking about the sports team.)

as for the snow, this post may explain it. also, there was cocoa with raspberry schnapps. (it appears i have finally found a use for the raspberry schnapps! thank goodness.)

work is still awesome, by the way. my project is interesting and i have all the control over it that i need in order to accomplish it, but people are also still answering my questions when i ask them with useful answers! i know, right? and this whole working from home thing remains very, very pleasing, especially to my cats.

project for when i have the !@#$ yuletide finished: upload the rest of my fic to the ao3. because i've only had my beta account since september what. sigh. (eta: i love this yuletide story that i'm writing! but the problem is that i love it so much that every time i sit down to write i come up with MORE of it and now i am afraid that it WILL NOT EVER END, OMG, DEADLINE, BUT IT'S SO BEAUTIFUL. so that's what i mean by "!@#$ yuletide".)

mmm, yule!

Nov. 13th, 2009 04:09 pm
cmshaw: DC Comics: Impulse rips open bright Xmas presents, crying out: "For Me?" (Which Ones Are For Me? This One?)
Hello, Yule Writer and Other Curious People! Here's my letter in which I...well, basically repeat my prompts and give a little bit about the sources. I'm crossposting it to Dreamwidth and Insanejournal because I feel like it, and if you feel the need to track me back farther my Livejournal is still available to you.

I asked for two comics fandoms and two book fandoms this year: the comics are Lovebunny and Mr. Hell, a short-lived series that mostly parodied superhero comics, and Hothead Paisan, an independent queer comic, and the books are Dragonsword, a fantasy trilogy, and The Changeling Prince, a fantasy novel.

Here's the nattering! )

So, there you have it, and in conclusion, *HEARTS*.
cmshaw: DC Comics: Detective Yin gives Batman a hand up (On the inside)
but then i had to go out and deal with people. in a mall!

happy fandom thoughts:

* oh, bruce. seriously. from red robin #2, tim ponders his new "red robin" role: I still have to work on my new 'voice' )

* oh, steph! and tim! from batgirl #3, steph gets dosed by scarecrow: A weaponized rage-drug )

* i am pondering yuletide nominations and trying to figure out if i should change my nominations to include hothead paisan. at the moment i'm leaning toward swapping it for when night is falling, but i fret! and i seem to be the only person nominating any of these six fandoms, which makes me feel all responsible.
cmshaw: DC Comics: Impulse rips open bright Xmas presents, crying out: "For Me?" (Which Ones Are For Me? This One?)
[ profile] yuletide_admin \o/

at the moment, i've nominated:
* Gael Baudino - Dragonsword series
* Jane Yolen - The Pit Dragon series
* Vivian Vande Velde - The Changeling Prince
* When Night Is Falling Hothead Paisan
* Lovebunny and Mr Hell
* Until the Full Moon

...although i reserve the right to panic change my mind at any time!
cmshaw: DC Comics: Robin perches atop a book while reading another (RTFM)
further thoughts: