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So I've had a whirlwind holiday season! With my little sister's cancer diagnosis, we've spent the last 9 days or so together as a family, first at my mom's for Christmas and then at my dad's for the week after. I haven't spent so long with the kids since I was 16. It's been good, just a bit loud and boisterous, but I haven't had much privacy or time. Thus no recs posts yet, and I've only managed to read and comment on a few Yuletide fics. (Three of those were my terrifically wonderful gifts! Don't worry, you'll hear much more about them in my rec post when it comes. They're awesome.)

But I did write three fics before the Christmas rush, and here they are!

*drumroll*

Summer Rain (9652 words) by abluestocking
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Jolene (Song) - Dolly Parton
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Jolene/Narrator ("Jolene"), Narrator ("Jolene")/Man ("Jolene")
Characters: Jolene, Narrator ("Jolene"), Man ("Jolene")
Additional Tags: Mercenaries, Warring Factions, Applied Politics, High Fantasy
Summary:

Even before Jolene ran into an assassination attempt in a dark alley, it had been a long evening and an even longer day.


This was my main assignment. I don't really know how I got an assignment for Jolene and thought of high fantasy! But I think my recipient was waylaid by real life and never updated her Dear Yuletide letter, so I had to be imaginative all by myself. This fic was a labour of love, and I really enjoyed writing it.

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Under a Summer Sky (3895 words) by abluestocking
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Phryne Fisher/Jack Robinson
Characters: Phryne Fisher, Jack Robinson
Additional Tags: Case Fic, Fake/Pretend Relationship, Developing Relationship, First Time
Summary:

Phryne and Jack go undercover as honeymooners.


I didn't realise until this morning, seeing my new fics in my AO3 profile, that I'd used 'Summer' in two titles. Oops. Well, this one is very different than Summer Rain - it's a whimsical casefic in a new fandom that I love. Oxoniensis's prompts were delicious, and I loved writing to them. (As a demonstration of how busy & non-private I've been since Christmas, I still haven't been able to watch the Christmas special, even though it came out on the 22nd! First thing I'm going to do when the kids leave today.)

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The Milkmaid's Journey (4703 words) by abluestocking
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Chess (Board Game)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Queen (Chess), Pawn (Chess), Knight (Chess), Bishop (Chess), Keep (Chess), King (Chess)
Additional Tags: Points of View, Yuletide 2013
Summary:

Millie was just a rosy-cheeked, placid milkmaid - a pawn in a great chess game beyond her understanding.

Or was she?


There's a special place in my heart for this one. I'm really happy with all three of the fics I wrote for Yuletide this year, but this treat I wrote early on (in the first half of November) and it's special to me. I don't play much chess, but I love the rich universe it has, and this fic was a delight to write. Thanks to Malkontent for her lovely prompts!

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Well, that's it! That's my Yuletide reveal for 2013. Only three fics this year, as opposed to past years where I've had eight or nine, but all three of them were pretty hefty, so I'm quite happy with them. (And I do have at least one NYR still in the works.) Thanks to all the readers, kudosers, and commenters, and a special unworthy thank you to the lovely reccers. <3

P.S. To my LJ friends - we got a late Christmas present today! The oncologists called to reschedule M's appointment (to discuss a chemotherapy schedule) to February. It was supposed to be tomorrow, and we fully expected her to have to start chemo immediately. So she has a month's reprieve, which is a long time when you're 10. May all the days of 2014 be as joyful.

Date: 2014-01-01 08:16 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] primeideal (from livejournal.com)
I still adore the twist of the chess fic. <3 (Oh, and "she skipped the second step," hahaha yes, awesome line.)

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