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There's so much, where to begin? Well, it depends. Most of this is Narnia, though there are a few other things, too. To decide if you are interested in "Not My Children's Narnia" (I'm an adult writing mostly adult characters for mostly adult readers) try Under Cover, or the first three chapters of The Stone Gryphon, Part 1 (Oxfordshire 1942), and/or the first four chapters of By Royal Decree. If you don't like those, you probably won't like the rest of it.

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3 Sentence Ficathon Friending Meme


Wow, so we're well over 3000 comments and fills and every time I think it's getting quiet, 10 more notifications show up.  I'm skimming a lot of it, and have noticed a few bumps that seemed resolved before I could do anything.  You all are awesome.  I've seen lots of posting on AO3 too.  I'm closing the 3 SF in 2 weeks, on March 8, and then we'll do it again next year!

So, here's the opportunity to get to know one another, if you like.  Share who you are, where you hang out, and what your interests are.  I'll start in comments. 

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Well, 3SF went live 4 days ago and we're already nearly to 1000 prompts, fills, and comments. YOWZA. Welcome to everyone that is new and welcome back if you were here before!  Thank you for spreading the word!  Thanks so much to all of you for playing along. 

I know that it's intimidating to come into 3SF late, especially when it explodes so suddenly. You can't keep up (I know I can't and I'm getting copied on every single comment!) Don't worry about it. Skim if you want or just start anew.    Don't worry if there have already been a zillion prompts in your favorite fandom; come to think of it, I've not seen any Susan/Maglor yet.  [personal profile] vialethe ?  [personal profile] snacky ?

I use the word "host" deliberately - given the speed and volume, I can't mod this.  If there's anything you see that is very concerning, drop me a line or send me a PM or email.  I'm easy to find.  Best way to keep me from having to do or say anything is to carry on as fabulously as you already have.

Last time, we did a friending meme and I'll put one up in a couple of days so we can all get to know one another. 

Also, if your fill is fem-oriented, please consider posting it over in the Half-a-Moon community going on right now. You an also post on AO3 under the 3SF tag. (There are probably a couple of them, but here's one, three sentence ficathon

That is all and thanks again!


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Three Sentence Ficathon


It's been 2 years, so why not?!!
 



 

Caramelsilver ran one in December on Live Journal but I was too busy to play.  There are lots of outstanding prompts over there, so do go and check it out!!  Here's the link!  I did one in early spring 2 years ago here on Dreamwidth, and with Yuletide, Fandomstocking, and Festivids over, I thought I'd run a new one!!  Thanks so much  to [personal profile] snacky and Saoirse7 for the nudge and to [personal profile] st_aurafina for making the swell banner and icon!

What is the 3 Sentence Ficathon?
This is a challenge where you answer a prompt with a fic consisting of only three sentences. It's open to all fandoms and you can post and answer as many prompts as you like, as many times as you want.

What do I do first?
You post prompts!  When posting a prompt please format it this way:

fandom, character(s), prompt word/sentence.

Only one prompt per comment please.

What else?
You answer other posters' prompts in three sentences (or more if you can't stop yourself) and fill as many prompts as you want, as many times as you wish.  If you see that a prompt you loved has already been filled, go ahead and fill it again!  Multiple fills of the same prompt allowed and even encouraged!

But I'm not a member of Dreamwidth
No problem.  You can comment anonymously or through open ID

Can anyone play?
Yes!  Please signal boost this to your flist, followers, and any other places you frequent.  Come one, come all! 
I'm cross-posting to LJ but we will keep all prompts and fills here, so they are in one awesome place (and with less spam).  Please, post this anywhere and everywhere.  The more people who come and play, the better!

[And I'll try to put an embed code in so you can spread the word.  I've tried multiple times and failed so far
[personal profile] snacky  !


 

How long will it go? 
I'm closing it on Sunday, March 8, 2015.   (Last time, we reached 5,000 comments and I had to start a new one before the ficathon concluded.  If that happens, I'll start a new post).

Are there any rules about cross-posting?
Nope, you can post wherever you want, whenever you want.  A lot of folks collected their responses together and posted them on AO3 under the 3 sentence fiction tag.  3SFs are a terrific prompt for remixes.


Gosh, there are some cool people over here.  How do I introduce myself?
Through the friending meme right here.



And here, have some icons!

 









Edited, updated 4 Feb 2015 11 PM ET
Edited, updated 21 Feb 2015 10:30 ET to add link to friending meme




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This and that PLUS 3 SENTENCE FICATHON


Welp, I'm ages behind on everything, and  have been writing up a storm on the things that pay the mortgage.  Also, getting older sucks and I've been struggling with a whole string of health-related things.  Nothing overly serious, at least not yet, but all requiring management.

I fell into binge watching The Librarians, I love Agent Carter, got caught up on Elementary, which has been so strong this season and now reruns of Master Chef have been on BBC America so I've been working out at night to that. 
Also, FESTIVIDS are live, awesome and I love them
And Half-A-Moon is live, 14 days celebrating women in fandom, so GO FORTH and at least share links and recs!  I've not done anything yet.  I usually do at least rec list of a few fics I've enjoyed that are fem-oriented.

IT IS OBVIOUSLY A SIGN FROM THE PANTHEON OF FIC DEITIES BECAUSE I RECEIVED 2 QUERIES ABOUT HOSTING A 3 SENTENCE FICATHON ON DREAMWIDTH.  SO THAT WILL BE OPENING TOMORROW!!  I horrible at banners and things but I'll try to do something there. 

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Guest Post on AD2 by Tess Tebak


I am really excited to introduce you all to another Athena's Daughter's 2 author, Tess Tabak. I cannot wait to read her story, about, wait for it, Judaism, Eastern philosophy, and a zombie apocalypse. Really. Tess is a writer, filmmaker, and co-editor of The Furious Gazelle. She is a recent graduate of Purchase College, where she won the Ginny Wray award for fiction. She lives in Brooklyn, New York. Her most recent film, BEANED, recently premiered at the Williamsburg International Film Festival in Brooklyn.

I asked Tess if she could talk a bit about her influences for her story and how she made the jump from derivative to original fic. 

ooOOoo

Hi there! This is Tess Tabak, one of the authors of Athena's Daughter's II. As Ruth mentioned previously, Athena's Daughter's II is a collection of science-fiction and fantasy written entirely by women. I'm thrilled to be a part of that anthology, and psyched to be taking part in this blog swap to get the word out.

My story, "The Miraculous," is about someone who tries to survive in a post-apocalyptic world based on the teachings of Judaism and Eastern philosophy. I learned how to write by emulating the styles of other writers and genre forms. When I was growing up, I wrote some pretty bad parodies of the books I read -- Frankenstein, Harry Potter, Sweet Valley High -- and posted them on Fanfiction.net. Copying the styles of other people and adding a bit of my own voice to it became natural to me. I actually began writing "The Miraculous" as a pastiche of a choose-your-own adventure story about someone who, for some reason, could not leave their house. It was written in the imperative, second-person voice, as in a choose-your-own-adventure, but there were no choices. The character was trapped.

As I wrote, more and more of the story came to me. One big influence on this story is Richard Matheson's I Am Legend. Other horror stories about monsters are really about immediate survival, like King's 'Salem's Lot, but Matheson really explored the horror of being alone for a long period of time. When I read I Am Legend, I desperately wanted to write something that came close to Matheson's masterpiece. One lesson I learned from avidly writing and reading fan fiction for so many years is that ideas themselves are not original; it's what you do with them and how you make them your own that counts. Had I been obsessed with originality, as some writers are, I might have shied away from the zombie genre. When I workshopped this story in my college, one classmate wrote in critique, "You shouldn't have even bothered writing a zombie story," because zombies are overdone. I just don't think that's true. I hope that everyone gets a chance to write their own zombie story.

You can pick up a copy of Athena's Daughter's II on our Kickstarter page. Happy reading!
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Behind on everything but YULETIDE


So I'm just back from nearly 10 days away and 3 time zones and so am behind on absolutely everything, including the December meme, which will probably be more of a January meme at this point. Also, I know that some have written things in response to my prompts and I will get to commenting and such. Thanks so much for sharing your theories, meta, personal stories, and all good fannish things.

So, Happy New Year! May this year be better than the last! I wish you all good things!

Did you get nice things?  Did you have a nice time?  Tell me more?

So, Yuletide. Oh my gosh, a huge thanks to [personal profile] heliopause for getting me through it! Helio was SO supportive.

I wrote one story, and one treat. The main story for [personal profile] parhelion was in Bujold's Chalion. I think my recipient liked it and I had fun doing it.
Communion of Saints (7300 words) by rthstewart
Chapters: 3/3
Fandom: Chalion Saga - Lois McMaster Bujold
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: the Bastard (Chalion), the Mother (Chalion), the Father (Chalion), the Son (Chalion), Lupe dy Cazaril, Bergon dy Ibra, Paginine, Ista dy Chalion, Ser dy Ferrej, Umegat, Acolyte Clara
Additional Tags: Fictional Religion & Theology
Summary: When it is dark enough, you can see the stars. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
Saints can find communion but may have to crawl over rough ground to get there.

My second was a treat for Port, writing, for the second year in a row, Mara Jade and Talon Karrde but not Mara/Karrde (that's not a ship I sail on).

Show Your Hand (1163 words) by rthstewart
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Star Wars Legends: Thrawn Trilogy - Timothy Zahn
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Mara Jade, Talon Karrde
Additional Tags: Nursing, Humor
Summary: Karrde is injured. Mara tenderly nurses him back to health.

I had in my head the desire to write a whole bunch of romance tropes where Karrde and Mara subvert them. This was just the first, where Mara "tenderly nurses" an injured Karrde back to health. Uh huh. There's always a YT request for Mara Jade plotty fic and that takes time and I really need to think about that and maybe next year.

I received 3 wonderful fics, 2 written by keerawa and another lovely story by glishara.  And I'm so happy that these stories are all doing well and are popular in YT.  It's nice to write something your recipient loves -- and I  loved all my shiny gifts.  It's even better when others love what you did!

All Disasters Out of Season (1103 words) by keerawa
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Elementary (TV), Chalion Saga - Lois McMaster Bujold
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Joan Watson (Elementary), Ms. Hudson (Elementary), Sherlock Holmes
Additional Tags: Crossovers & Fandom Fusions, Alternate Universe - Modern Setting, Alternate Universe - Modern with Magic, The Bastard - Freeform, Yuletide Treat, Yuletide 2014, Misses Clause Challenge, Case Fic, Character of Faith, Canon Trans Character
Summary:

At first, Curtis Atherton's death appeared a simple suicide. Of course, nothing is simple when the Bastard is involved.



Like a Dragon in a China Shop (2779 words) by keerawa
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Temeraire - Naomi Novik, Sherlock Holmes - Arthur Conan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes & Related Fandoms
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: John Watson, Sherlock Holmes, Temeraire
Additional Tags: Crossovers & Fandom Fusions, Post-Canon, Dragons, Period-Typical Racism, Victorian, Yuletide 2014, Yuletide Treat
Summary:  When Holmes' investigation into a series of murders in Chinatown reaches an impasse, Watson must call upon an old acquaintance for help.

Birthings (1834 words) by Glishara
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Chalion Saga - Lois McMaster Bujold, Temeraire - Naomi Novik
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Ista dy Chalion, Illvin dy Arbanos, Annaliss dy Teneret
Summary:While on assignment in the Archipelago, Ista and Illvin's band finds some truly unexpected spoils of war...


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I GOT 3 YULETIDE STORIES


no, really, I did.  I'm also drunk on sparkling wine and an amazing chateauneuf du pape. 

BUT I GOT 3 YULETIDE STORIES  (and also a rice cooker from my SO and a new set of headphone from my spawn and I thought the prime rib was overcooked but it did taste really good.  Also, wine).

AND MY WRITERS ARE AMAZING AND I'M THE LUCKIEST PERSON IN THE WORLD
All disasters out of season, http //archiveofourown.org/works/2845127 (an OMG Elementary and Chalion xover)
Like a dragon in china shop http://archiveofourown.org/works/2773970 (Temeraire and classic ACD xover)
Birthings, http://archiveofourown.org/works/2812151 (Temeraire Chalion xover)

Really, can you top that?  I am giddy. 

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SO FAR BEHIND, but, let’s try and get caught up!

[personal profile] vialethe wants me to talk about Lucy

corellian_sugar asked about cooking successes and disasters (I’ve been waiting for this one)

Anon wants to know where I’d assign the Pevensies in Hogwarts houses

All about LucyCollapse )

Cooking disasters

that time the sweet potato casserole blew up 3 timesCollapse )

Pevensies get it sortedCollapse )

Phew. Still behind but there’s 3 days worth!!!  Thanks so much!!

Also, Yuletide in.  I'd love to try and get a treat done.  We'll see.  I baked about 14 hours this weekend, managed to miss a Christmas party and my hands are covered in burns and cuts.  I have chocolate in my hair and under my fingernails.



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Guest Post on AD2 by Sarah Brand


Sarah Brand is another author in Athena's Daughters 2, and in her story, Perchance to Dream, Maya has the gruesome task of disposing of the bodies in a terrible plague, but begins to suspect that for some of the victims--including her childhood friend Elise--death may not have been the end. You can see the awesome art for the picture below. I asked Sarah to tell me a little more about Maya and how the story came to be.


sarahs story pic

The End Is the Beginning

I imagine the future a lot. Not just things like wondering which aspects of 21st century culture will be hideously embarrassing to our descendants, although that's always entertaining, but also my own future. I build narratives: fun ones where I find love and win at karaoke and write beautiful novels that sell a zillion copies, and scary ones where I fail at everything forever. But every time I think I know how some part of my story is going to end, reality surprises me.

For instance, I didn't think I was going to sell "Perchance to Dream," my story that appears in Athena's Daughters 2. In fact, this odd little apocalyptic story accumulated quite a few rejections. It did receive an honorable mention in the Dell Magazines Award in 2011. One of the judges, Sheila Williams (the editor of Asimov's), offered to show all the finalists where she would have stopped reading if we had submitted our stories to Asimov's for publication. I handed her the manuscript and she pointed to a spot halfway down the first page.
I edited that spot before sending the story anywhere else, for the record.

Like me, Maya—the main character in "Perchance to Dream"—thinks she knows how her story is going to turn out. She's lost her best friend Elise not once, but twice: first thanks to a high school crush that Elise didn't return, and then again, finally, to the plague that's devastating the human race. Maya herself is immune to the plague, but to her, that just means that she has to burn the bodies as everyone around her dies.

Without giving too much away, Maya is wrong. The end of everything she knows is still a beginning, and while this new beginning doesn't diminish her losses, it does give her hope, and the courage to keep going.

No matter how dire the present may seem, or how flimsy our hopes for the future may feel, every day, we are creating our futures—building the next world. I'm so happy that this small slice of my future-imagining will appear in Athena's Daughters 2, and for those of you who back the project, I hope you enjoy the story.

Sarah Brand writes young adult science fiction and fantasy. When she's not writing or working at her day job, she enjoys karaoke, ice cream, Tumblr, and organizing things. She is a graduate of the Alpha SF/F/H Workshop for Young Writers. Her website is sarahbrand.com.


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The kickstarter is going so well and we've had lots of authors added on.  There are many options for contributing and thank you so much if you decide to help by pledging to the publication or spreading the word. 
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