snacky: (snacky princess snax)
I wrote two stories for Yuletide, one for [personal profile] icepixie and one for [personal profile] ineffabilitea, who both provided me with awesome prompts.

New York Is a State of Mind, but Cicely Is a Way of Life (6005 words) by Snacky
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Northern Exposure
Rating: General Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Joel Fleischman/Maggie O'Connell
Characters: Joel Fleischman, Maggie O'Connell, Ruth-Anne Miller, Ed Chigliak, Chris Stevens, Marilyn Whirlwind

In which Joel and and various Cicelians meet in a dream, a moose gives advice, Maggie's in denial, Ed visits the Big Apple with a purpose, and Joel makes his long-awaited return to the great state of Alaska.

From Angels Unaware (3961 words) by Snacky
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Virgins - Caryl Rivers
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Peggy Morrison/Sean McCaffrey
Characters: Peggy Morrison, Sean McCaffrey, Constance Wepplener Masters

Peggy, Sean and Con meet up for a weekend at Virginia Beach, three years after graduation. But things are not the same.

When I was signing up for Yuletide, I was browsing the Dear Yuletide Writer letters, and I saw both of these requests, and immediately got inspired for both. I added both fandoms to my offer list, hoping I'd get matched with one. I figured it would be for Virgins, since there was only one request and one offer (mine).

Instead I got matched with icepixie and I was SO EXCITED to write the NX fic. NX was one of those shows I watched from the very first episode (it started airing in the summer of 1990, and I remember watching it when there was nothing else on, in my tiny apartment with no cable *g*) to the very last, and I loved every single minute of it. This was pre-internet for me, so all the fanfic I scribbled in notebooks has been (luckily) lost to the sands of time, but the minute I saw this request, I knew the story I wanted to write.

I wanted to bring Joel back to Alaska and revisit Cicely, check in with all the characters, and see what had changed and what remained the same. I wanted to write it like an episode of the show, with a main story and subplot, and I wanted all the character involved. Unfortunately, I didn't have the time to write something that long (I am a slow writer, heh), so the B plot got scrapped, and the focus remained on Joel coming back to Cicely.

I was kind of nervous about how it worked, after cutting a big chunk of it, but I think it ended up okay! I got some really nice comments, and my recipient loved it, so in the end it was a success. One thing I added was a soundtrack, since music was such a big part of the show. I knew I was doing that from the beginning, and I really had fun with fitting it to the story.

So while I was in the middle of writing that, I saw ineffabilitea's requests come up on the pinch-hit list. I had been planning to write her a treat for Virgins, but when I saw the pinch-hit I jumped on it. Of course, then I panicked because I hadn't finished my first story yet and omg why did I pick up a pinch-hit, was I crazy? But I so wanted to write a fic for this tiny fandom of my heart. I had loved that book so much when I was young, and to find someone else who loved it too? I just wanted to share that.

So that fic came pretty easy, once I knew where it was going. I wanted to write something that fit with the tone of the book, that would sound like one last story for those crazy kids, and I think it worked. Sneaking in Sister Justinian was my favorite part, and that was based on something that actually happened to me, meeting an old (very old) teacher at the beach. :D

I have to thank [personal profile] lilydale for her Hem expertise, [personal profile] benedict for hosting the soundtrack, [personal profile] rthstewart for providing the Virginia Beach locale, and [personal profile] musesfool for her excellent beta work on both stories. I really suck at commas, and she whips me into shape. :D
snacky: (yuletide)
Yuletide reveals are live, so now I know who wrote my gift:

Relevé (6395 words) by faviconcalliette
Fandom: Ballet Shoes - Noel Streatfeild
Rating: General Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Petrova Fossil/Original Male Character, Posy Fossil/Original Female Character, Pauline Fossil/Original Male Character
Characters: Petrova Fossil, Pauline Fossil, Posy Fossil, Sylvia Brown

The Fossil Sisters are all grown up and navigating their way through relationships and careers. With the name Fossil no longer just their own, it's time to revisit their vow.

It was just what I asked for! Future!fic and how their lives turn out after the book ends. Thank you again!

And I wrote this one:

Beth Finds the Palace Beautiful (2945 words) by faviconSnacky
Fandom: Little Women - Louisa May Alcott
Rating: General Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Elizabeth March, Josephine March, Margaret March, Amy March, Marmee March, Theodore Laurence

"I never thought I would make it into space."

for [personal profile] sanj. I had so much fun with this story!

The original prompt I received with the assignment said, "I would love an AU that changes either the events of the story or the setting." And I immediately thought to myself, "Oh, well, it has to be Little Women in SPAAAAAACE!" and then when I saw [personal profile] sanj's Yuletide letter and she mentioned a space setting, I knew I had to do it.

The hardest part was the temptation to rewrite the entire story and set it in space. I mean, my original opening scene for the fic was the opening chapter of LW, where Jo says "Christmas won't be Christmas without any presents!" but all of it with space references - Jo wanting to be a fighter pilot, Amy wanting new space boots, etc.

The one idea I latched onto right away was Beth being a computer program, and that was the story I kept coming back to. After I finally decided there was no way I could rewrite the entire novel (:D), I had narrowed it down to two ideas - Beth in the computer, and Jo wanting to be a fighter pilot. But that wasn't working either - the two plots weren't meshing together. So finally I realized the story was really about Beth, not Jo (I KNOW, IMAGINE!) and I cut the Jo stuff and just focused on the Beth part.

The inspiration for it was the chapter in LW where Beth tells Jo that she knows she's dying, and that she always knew she wasn't like her sisters and when they were all making plans for the future, she could never see herself growing up and leaving home, and never really wanted to. So that was my starting point - that Beth could never imagine herself in space, and the story became how she got there.

It was a lot of fun to translate LW into the future and into space. I tried to stay faithful to the original story, and to Beth's character and voice. And I really didn't want it to be a parody, which might have been easier! Beth's not the the strongest character in the original, but I felt like I had a good grasp on her and how she'd react in these new situations. I totally have to thank [personal profile] musesfool and [personal profile] rthstewart for their beta help with it - they both reminded me of bits from the original story that had to be put in (limes!).

It's pretty much everything people say they hate in fanfic: first person POV, all narration, no action, heh. But I was very happy with it in the end, and [personal profile] sanj liked it, and I got some very lovely comments, so all is good!

I also wrote:

Eternity in a Kiss (1178 words) by faviconSnacky
Fandom: Mary Poppins (1964), Mary Poppins - P. L. Travers
Rating: General Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Bert (Mary Poppins)/Mary Poppins
Characters: Bert (Mary Poppins), Mary Poppins

Bert's life with Mary Poppins.

for panavatar, which I had originally intended to post as a Treat, but then I missed the deadline by oversleeping, so I posted it today in the New Year's Resolution collection.

I started this story a while back and never finished it, and then I saw her prompt and was like, "HEY THAT IS WHAT MY STORY IS ABOUT!" so that was the kick in the pants I needed to finish it. :D It's Bert's story of his life with Mary Poppins. Who knew I had all this backstory for Bert! It came as a surprise to me! Also, Mary Poppins is everyone's nanny, so this story has some crossover allusions.

ETA: And duh, of course I have to thank [personal profile] musesfool and [personal profile] benedict/[ profile] crantz for looking it over and the beta help!

ANYWAY, it's not exactly a reveal since I just posted it today, but for the sake of completeness, there you have it.

Fic reveals

Jan. 3rd, 2011 05:20 pm
snacky: (yuletide)
Yeah, I know everyone else did this a few days ago, but I've been busy with real life and sick. Also I had to watch the complete miniseries of The Stand yesterday.

So, for Yuletide I wrote A Game of You for [ profile] gyzym. The fandom was The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin.

A little meta back here.. )

I have to thank [ profile] rthstewart and [ profile] crantz/[personal profile] benedict for their excellent beta, and [ profile] crantz/[personal profile] benedict made all the graphics for me. And since I am always title-challenged, I have to thank [personal profile] musesfool for the title. ;)


Also, for the NFFR Secret Santa Exchange, I wrote The Riddle of the Sphinx, Narnia fic for [ profile] wingedflight21, from this prompt:

I'll just list a ton of stuff I love and you can pick and choose: Snarky Edmund, Susan in battle, Lucy in trousers, mythical creatures not often found in Narnia fic, Eustace post-dragon, darker AU (not necessarily meaning "everything turns out worse AU", just "everything involves a lot of hard decisions and potential angst AU"), consumption of (too much) wine, down the rabbit hole, the treasure chamber of Cair Paravel, Jill and Eustace relationship (not necessarily romantic) directly before the train wreck.

If you like crossovers, other fandoms I would love to see crossed over with Narnia are Doctor Who and Swallows and Amazons.

So that was a great prompt, with lots of stuff to choose from. Originally I had considered a darker AU of The Silver Chair, but then it seemed a little too dark for a holiday fic (although I'll probably write that someday), so in the end I went with Snarky Edmund, Lucy in trousers, mythical creatures not often found in Narnia fic, consumption of (too much) wine.

I amused myself writing it, because Edmund's always a fun character, but am never sure if the things I think are funny make anyone else laugh. ;)

Again, I have to thank [ profile] rthstewart and [ profile] crantz/[personal profile] benedict for their excellent beta. This one I titled myself, though, as you can probably tell. :D


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