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Hello hello! For those wondering, I did survive Yuletide and I DID write 11 fics. Which is... all of the fic I managed to post in 2016. So look forward to seeing an in-depth analysis of these fics in a couple days when I get my act together and do the year in review.

First, though, let's talk about the AMAZING fic I received:

Lapidary (3367 words) by Parhelion
Fandom: Nero Wolfe - Rex Stout
Rating: General Audiences
Relationships: Archie Goodwin/Saul Panzer
Summary: Saul brings his hobby to work; Archie decides he wants both cake and pie.

Nero Wolfe novels sort of define my early-to-mid-teens, and I think I first decided that Yuletide was an amazing thing because there were three (three!!) Archie/Saul fics buried in their old archive website. It’s the wisecracking sappy professionals ship of my heart. And this fic Gets It and also has an amazing vision of the Nero Wolfe universe from Saul’s pov:

If you haven’t heard of Mr. Wolfe, he was the one Manhattan P.I. back in the thirties able to handle cases where the brother-in-law maybe did it with a silver spoon in the conservatory, but you had to have brain-power, out-talk a white-shoe lawyer, and win access to a Tiffany bracelet to prove it. I found such affairs to be nice little vacations. Mr. Wolfe, like most national monuments, was always something to see. Archie Goodwin, who was Mr. Wolfe’s associate in charge of bracelet-accessing, was a friend of mine.

Parhelion has written several Archie/Saul fics and they’re all great - I feel so lucky to have received this new one. Check it out!

(And also read the Nero Wolfe novels - I’ve already gotten a few friends hooked, you could be next.)

On to what I wrote:

Catch You When You Drop (6211 words) for perdiccas
Fandom: Rivers of London - Ben Aaronovitch
Rating: General Audiences
Characters: Beverley Brook, Oxley (Rivers of London)
Summary:
Draft message to Peter Grant
look maybe i dont want to find myself in the country maybe i wanted to stay comfortable and happy in london maybe i wanted to keep fighting with the thames boys maybe it was kind of fun

Beverley right after the end of the first book, trying hard to adjust to being out of London and also get hot water in her caravan. As usual I just wish I had more time to rewrite this properly, but I am proud that I managed to conceive a reasonable amount of fic and write it in a reasonable amount of time, rather than Last Year. I even managed to get everything posted well before the deadline, although as usual I was surprised by how much trouble the AO3 servers have with Yuletide and ended up stressing out as I tried to get things posted through the 500 errors.

treat fics under the cut. More RoL, Discworld, Johannes Cabal, Baseball, Matthew Swift, and a couple small fandoms )

(Please give me Yuletide recs if you have any - I'm too overwhelmed to go diving, but I do love Yuletide and Yuletide fics and I want to read more than the three I've done so far.)

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Only a couple days late. I just flew back to grad school land and immediately came down with a miserable cold that just graduated into a shivering fever :/ Time to do a Yuletide post, basically!

My main fic:

Just Like Ice on the Dune (26519 words) for sophiahelix
Baseball RPF, gen
Tim Lincecum & Hector Sanchez, Giants ensemble and special guest appearances from Adam LaRoche, Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke
Summary: Tim is feeling good. At least, he's trying pretty hard.
(Or: the magical story of Tim Lincecum and Hector Sanchez's friendship.)

I nearly murdered myself with Yuletide this year, haha. I initially didn't have a clue for what to write, and then in mid-November I came up with a great idea that involved writing a fic over the entire 2014 MLB season. I finished the second (ie presentable) draft on the afternoon of the 21st and sent it to tumblr user inkstrangle who was super super nice and betaed for me on short notice. I got it back the evening of the 23rd and spent the 24th rewriting a ton of the dialogue and also the ending and also adding scenes... and then got surprised by the Yuletide archive actually opening on time for once. I actually finished editing the fic 2 hours after the archive opened, but fortunately sophiahelix was willing to wait a little while to look at her gift and it all seems to have worked out.

I really wish I had started earlier or had more time to work on it - I just finished doing a last round of edits tonight to correct some mistakes I noticed. It's not 100% the fic I envisioned. But I'm still really glad I wrote it. This has been a very tough sports year for me, and this fic was cathartic in a lot of ways and seems to have entertained, so it's at least mostly a success.

And I survived Yuletide! And still managed to write 10 more treat fics as usual, during that period between 2nd and 3rd main fic draft.

treat reveals under the cut )

Year-end fic round-up coming sometime this week! Now I'm going to go to bed before my brains leak out my ears.
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This is the year that Yuletide almost killed me, so it's super super nice that I got an amazing fic out of it. Behold:

Intimidation Factor (1666 words)
Fandom: Baseball RPF
Rating: General Audiences
Koo Dae-Sung, Randy Johnson
Summary: where all the hungriest brothers with something to prove went.

Which is basically fic of this episode of Pretty Good, the short documentary series where Jon Bois rambles about things that he thinks are cool. That episode is about Koo Dae-Sung (Not a Hitter) getting a hit and eventually a run off of Randy Johnson (killed a bird with a pitch one time). The fic is about what that actually means in the grand scheme of things, and is really lovely and thoughtful and gut-punchingly funny.

Over the last year and a half I've gone completely off the sports deep end, and this fic jumped over and swam with me there, if that makes sense. Even if you don't do the baseball thing (and even if you don't do the RPF thing) I think you might like this.

(I owe many posts, including a fencing/general life update, 2 concert posts, and the year-end fic meme which will mostly be populated by Yuletide fics. I'll get around to it soon? Probably?)
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New fic! By which I mean - fic that I wrote and posted to tumblr ages ago, and am only cleaning up now because I need it posted properly for my new year round-up.

And More Are on the Way
Baseball RPF
Rating: pg
(Swearing)
Characters: Pablo Sandoval, Madison Bumgarner, Bruce Bochy
Wordcount: 950ish
Summary: There are reasonable explanations for how Bumgarner managed to be so dominant in the 2014 postseason. This is not one of them.
A/N: Set between games 6 and 7 of the 2014 World Series (and written pretty immediately after the WS, I just didn't get around to archiving it).

Read it on the AO3!

I've been very baseball lately and it's only slowed down a LITTLE since the season ended - just last week I wrote some asexual!Brandon Finnegan pretend marriage not-fic, which I will admit is a weird direction to go with my life. I've been keeping it mostly to tumblr because that's where the baseball fans I interact with are, but let me know if you want to talk about baseball and I will talk about it so much omg. Probably not coherently, though.

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