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Monday, October 14th, 2013

Subject:Yuletide Letter 2013
Time:6:17 am.
Mood: thankful.
Very limited time to work on it this week, but I promise to have the whole thing up before the weekend's through.

Thanks for your patience, dear writer!
~Mardy


ETA: Done! (And still the weekend, just barely.)


Brave and generous Yulewriter,

You liked one or more of these fandoms/characters enough to volunteer to write potentially anything, and I like each of these fandoms/characters enough that I'd be thrilled with just about anything you'd want to give me. Remember, you expressly do not have to include every (or any) optional detail in the assignment or in this letter.

Gen for any of the following prompts? Grand. Any kind of pairing or moresome for the same? Equally grand. And if this letter doesn't answer a particular question about something you'd really like to write except that I didn't say whether or not I wanted that sort of thing and now you're worried you might accidentally write the wrong thing and ruin Yuletide, let me assure you that a) you won't ruin it, and b) you should write it, and c) which is for cookie, and that's good enough for me.

Now, on with the show.Collapse )
Comments: Add Your Own.

Sunday, August 11th, 2013

Subject:Jukebox Requests
Time:5:45 am.
Mood:apologetic.
Very soon this space will be filled by a wonderfully informative and reassuring Dear Jukebox Writer letter. Or that's the idea, at least. Thanks for your patience!

(8/12: Finished!)

Dear Jukebox Writer,

I'm so thrilled you like one of these songs enough to write for it! I know I ask far and away too many questions in my prompts -- feel free to disregard any or all of them if the story you want to tell decides to go off in a different direction entirely. Surprises are good!

Gen is excellent, and any sort of pairing or moresome is equally excellent. And... well, I'm awful at coming up with lists of thou shalt nots and don't go theres, so if one of those moments comes along in which you're thinking, "I really want to write this particular thing that wasn't mentioned in the letter, but should I?" then yes, you absolutely should, permission most certainly granted.

Now for the part where I get to spam you with random pictures and natterings...Collapse )

~~~

And now, at long last, the reveal!Collapse )
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Sunday, July 28th, 2013

Subject:Lyrics for Gjallarhorn's version of Konungen och trollkvinnan (The king and the enchantress)
Time:11:55 am.
Mood: tired.
From the English side of the liner notes:

Song collector A. P. Svensson took down the text of this ballad in 1909-1910 from an Ostrobothnian woodcutter named Selin. Svensson's is the only known version of this song in Finland.


The King he went to an enchantress
- We weave the web together -
The King he stood before the enchantress
- Everything happens by the will of the gods -

The enchantress she put on a silken dress
But she trailed twelve ells of linen behind her

The King he asked the maiden thus
And shall my Queen live for another year yet

You yourself shall be taken to bed, O King
And thy Queen shall take thy kingdom from thee

The King he patted her rosy cheek
I wish that you were my beloved

The King's caress is not honest, I fear
And I will not have a King for my husband

The King he asked the maiden thus
How many horses are there in my stable

Aye, ten pair of horses stand in thy stable
But one of them shall be thy death

The King he asked the maiden thus
How many shall follow me to the churchyard

Thy horse and thy hound and a henchman, indeed
The others shall not care a whit for thee

***
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Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013

Subject:Reveal!
Time:1:07 am.
Mood: satisfied.
Two Yuletide stories this year! *much rejoicing*

The Order of the Rogue for Fairy Tales & Related Fandoms, which features a whole smorgasbord of tricksters meeting up to nosh, gamble, and bicker over the fate of one of their own (and none other than Robin Goodfellow gets to cast the deciding vote on what being a trickster should entail throughout all the worlds).

Of Creatures and Beasts by hollow_echos, a backstory and elaboration on the Bronte video which gives the beasts many good reasons why they should not engage in any way with the world outside the forest, and one small, shaggy, absolutely convincing reason why they should.

Thanks so much to both writers, and an extra round of thanks to my recipient, who gave me the opportunity to write liederfic for Schumann's beautifully creepy Waldesgespräch.

Until next year, then! *vamooses*
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Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

Subject:Yuletide 2012
Time:5:09 pm.
Mood: nostalgic.
Greetings to you, the writer of this lucky obscure fandom!

As far as likes and dislikes and all those personal preference-type things go, I'm complete fail at compiling useful lists, so there's only one important thing I'll ask you to keep in mind for the next two months: Write what you like. It'll please me best to think that you're out there having fun building a story out of whatever aspects of the optional details appeal to you, or, if none of them do, then coming up with something enjoyably and entirely your own to surprise me with come reveal day. Whee, surprises!Collapse )
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Sunday, December 25th, 2011

Subject:Yuletide 2011 - The Usual Last-Minute Scramble
Time:10:39 pm.
Mood: loopytired.
(WORK IN PROGRESS! DE-DRAFTIFYING TO COMMENCE IN...)

FINISHED! THREE CHEERS AND CONFETTI AND EXPLOSIONS AND--

Hrm? Okay, yes, Yulewriter! Sorry. Hello and thank you so very much for writing for this prompt! And for your patience in waiting an extra day for this letter to go up. :>P

Optional details are... well, you know the drill, right? Anything contained in this Dear Yulegoat letter could and may indeed be useless to you, in which case forget about it. I'm much more interested in seeing what you do with this fandom and how you play around with the settings and characters than in getting a story designed to please only me. It's not about me, after all; it's about these folks...Collapse )

ETA (11/25): Turned out I kind of missed not having any pictures or quotes this year, so here's some added! Pics in order of appearance are from this site, which has prettier High Noon screencaps than I was able to manage; the No More "I Love You's" video, natch; Hausecke bei Mondschein by Adolph von Menzel (from sort of the right time period as Passion, if not the right part of Europe); and James Ng's webgallery, also natch. :>)

ETA (Post-reveal)!!!Collapse )
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Saturday, December 25th, 2010

Subject:Yuletide 2010 and Many Exclamation Points!
Time:1:55 pm.
Mood: pins and needles.
In short order -- I'm figuring tomorrow night (11/22) -- this will be a most excellent and hopefully enlightening Dear Yulegoat letter. Until then, it is a most generic placeholder post.

Thank you for your patience, dear writer (or if you don't have any, sorry about the wait -- I'll get back here quick as I can)!


ETA: Okay, I just nearly fell asleep in the middle of typing about why I'm so enthused about my fandoms, and that's just not right. :>P

It'll all still get finished, honest, but in case you're champing at the bit, let me just say that optional details are indeed optional, that I don't expect you to answer any/every question or include any/every extra character suggested therein, that I really want you to write the story you want to write in this incredible fandom, whichever incredible one it is; they're all just so awesome and... yeah, nodding off again.

Good luck and plenty of yawns and good wishes,
~Mardy


ETA2: Yay! Finished!Collapse )

ETA3 (post-reveal): Two gifts this year! Two lovely-sad stories exploring the lives and afterlives of people who have no place to be: Don't forget your dancin’ shoes by Katarik in The ArchAndroid fandom, which is about (among other things) a future world where heritage and history are all mixed up with music and magic, and how this could be a very unsettling thing for a certain nurse at the Palace of the Dogs; as well as Watching You Without Me by gamerfic in The Ninth Wave fandom, about what happens after the end of all the songs, what it means to be a ghost in the empty spaces of living people’s stories.

So much gratitude to both writers, and happy reading and writing till next year! *dives back into the archive, and is gone*
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Friday, December 25th, 2009

Subject:Dear Yuletide Writer '09 - Sticky Post
Time:9:30 pm.
Mood: gleeful.
More stuff will go here, on the soonish side of eventually.

In the meantime, dear writer, I'll just say thank you! For liking one or another of those four fandoms enough to want to write potentially anything for it, you brave person, you. Oh, and don't hassle too much over the details part of the request -- that's entirely optional, remember? Just have fun! Write what you want to write, and be assured that I like each and every one of those four fandoms enough to want to read potentially anything you care to give me, whether it's tailor-made to one of my prompt suggestions or something completely new and unexpected and amazing. :>D

ETA: Sorry for the wait! I got just a bit carried away...Collapse )


ETA2: Whee! Three stories! Thank you so, so much, dear Yuletide writers of awesome! Now if only the archive would let me read them... :>P

ETA3 (1/12/10): And finally it did! But then one thing and another happened and I didn't get around to doing the obligatory New Year's Reveal post. Which I"ll try to correct now...Collapse )
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Sunday, February 15th, 2009

Subject:Sweetness and Light
Time:4:22 pm.
It’s been a while since I’ve done anything Whose Line-related, hasn’t it?

Father"s DayCollapse )

And because that one’s kind of schmoopy all by itself -- and also because I just saw this and the comments on this way too close to each other -- here’s something else entirely...Collapse )
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Subject:Not Yet Dead
Time:12:46 pm.
Mood: wussy.
Started on this one not too long after the last post, but then I got some kind of plague that's been going around, and between coughing and sort of working and coughing and not exactly sleeping and coughing and throwing up and seeing blue 3-D kaleidoscopes behind my eyes (thank you, prescription meds!), it really seemed like the best thing to do was to leave this one the back burner for a while until the worst of the weirdness wore off.

DoctorDonna and Rose and explosions and technobabble, oh my!Collapse )
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Saturday, January 17th, 2009

Subject:More Saturday Uselessness
Time:1:46 pm.
Mood: chipper.
Swiped from Claire, the Doctor Who Meme of Perilous Doom...Collapse )
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Subject:A Buck an Ear
Time:9:02 am.
Mood: cheerful.
Busybusybusy again. But vacation was nice while it lasted. Yet another family trip to Disney World, including a day at Epcot. Where there's a UK pavilion. With a red phone box. Which sort of inevitably led to this...Collapse )
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Saturday, January 3rd, 2009

Subject:The Runaway Drabble
Time:10:55 pm.
Mood: still packing.
Leaving very hastily on a post-Christmas Christmas vacation, but before I go...Collapse )
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Thursday, January 1st, 2009

Subject:The Big Reveal
Time:10:43 pm.
Mood: exhausted.
Now that I know who they are, I can thank my Yuletide authors by name: Lassarina Aoibhell for In the Service of Snark, and lilyayl for Even. Both of them wrote King Thrushbeard stories, both wonderfully clever and feeling, and both stories play so very satisfyingly off the source material -- and also each other, funnily enough. (I like to imagine Snark as a sequel to Even, showing how a marriage like that would play out day to day, and Even as a prequel to Snark, showing how those two personalities could come to such an understanding in the first place.)

Fairy Tales was one of my favorite discoveries in Yuletide last year, but it's even better when you've got something -- two somethings! -- waiting there in the lists, ready to come back to any time a happy ending fix is needed (as they so often are).

Continuing with the gratitude, I also want to make a note here of my last-year Yuletide gifts: We're Always Leaving Somewhere for Somewhere by Mosca (RPF Top Chef - Hung & Howie), Vivace by scarletts_awry (RPF Classical Composers - Brahms & Joachim), and à son ami by eris (RPF Classical Composers - Liszt/Chopin). They're all of them lovely, just as much on this year's read-through as they were the first time.

And my own fic... well, I'm too pooped to go into details just now, but there's links to them here, if anyone else's interested. And my Yuletide favorites so far, over here.

Tomorrow, a drabble about hiccups. But now? Sleep.
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Wednesday, December 24th, 2008

Subject:Sticky Post - Yuletide
Time:11:33 pm.
Mood: wheeeeeee*flump*.
Dear Secret Yuletide Writer! ! !Collapse )

ETA: But wait! There"s more...Collapse )
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Saturday, December 6th, 2008

Subject:Fa-la-la-la-blahs
Time:10:42 pm.
Mood: uninspired.
Just this evening watched the Drake & Josh Save Christmas special, or whatever it was, and promptly lost all faith in humanity. Then my nephew wanted to watch Blue’s Clues and I just didn’t care anymore. Is Nickelodeon’s network mission to liquefy the brains of America, or am I just being a grinch? Is there any good holiday programming out there at all, anywhere?

Malaise and procrastination and drabbles under cut.Collapse )
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Wednesday, November 26th, 2008

Subject:Computer, define "hoe-down"
Time:8:48 am.
Mood: busy.
Well, the Bad Thing I was worried about last week didn’t end up being quite so bad, so that means I don’t have to talk about it here. Which is nice, because I’d much rather talk about how I just saw WALL-E for the first time with my nephew, and how it’s all the things that everybody says it is: sweet, warm, wistful, beautiful to look at and listen to. *pokes you to check it out if you haven’t already*

So of course it stands to reason I’d have to spoil the loveliness with another quick Doctor Who crossover, right?Collapse )
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Friday, November 14th, 2008

Subject:Busy Work
Time:11:44 am.
Mood: lunching.
Virtual to-do list:

Get Yuletide letter scribbled up and posted, check.
Start reassembling my wiped whofic favorites, this time somewhere safely outside Firefox, check.
Tag all those moldy old holiday drabbles, check. Sixteen of them now, counting this one.Collapse )
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Friday, November 7th, 2008

Subject:Return of the Living Dead
Time:5:14 pm.
Mood: bouncy.
How amazing is it, how completely utterly scary that things on the internet never go away? Like this journal and half its friends list, apparently. *hugs for anybody out there still reading*

Writerly-type stuff behind cut...Collapse )
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Tuesday, December 25th, 2007

Subject:Dear Yuletide Writer '07 (backdated 11/12/09)
Time:11:42 pm.
Mood: slightly embarrassed.
Originally this was just posted to the Yuletide member com, not to my journal -- I was a Yulenoob at the time, and not really sure what the whole journal stalking thing entailed, so I didn't want to invite disaster (or creepiness). But Yuletide is not a time of creepiness but of craftiness and sanctioned snooping, and in that spirit I give any secret snooping writers out there a peek at this...Collapse )
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