Oh My Gosh.
I cannot WAIT to share it. It's that awesome feeling when you see a piece of fanart for something you love or something you've written and the artist reads your mind and picks your favorite thing in the story and renders it perfectly. You sit there and stare at it and (maybe print it and put it on your wall) and stare lovingly at it and say, YES THAT'S IT. THAT'S PERFECT. And for anyone who has read my fic, it will be no surprise AT ALL. <g>
Kickstarter begins in December!!!
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I got 4 madness stories. WHAT??? Also, I wrote one, plus 2 stories for the main exchange and received an amazing gift. So...
What I received
I received a wonderful Temeraire/Narnia cross by the superlative wingedflight21 An Unusual Dragon Situation Returning to Cambridge after a voyage across the Eastern Sea leads Eustace to realize that he is not the same boy who fell through the painting. He has grown in unexpected ways. It's wonderful. I'd spotted the fact that there was a Temeraire cross in the collection and was hoping it was for me and it WAS. As always, Winged's Eustace voice is pitch perfect.
Madness was an embarrassment of riches. edenfalling wrote A boat, beneath a sunny sky, a glorious slice of Aravis and Lasaraleen having a small adventure and brilliant bit of characterization
edenfalling ALSO wrote a wonderful and insightful Polly and Digory story, about the war to come in response to the prompt by several people, How the Skeleton Aches
The wonderful adaese wrote the wry and poignant
A correspondence between Bibi Tarkheena, wife to Kidrash Tarkaan, lord of Calavar Province, and her aunt Latana, High Priestess of Zardeena, being a selection from the Calavar archives, presented here for the edification and instruction of young ladies.
Which explains the whole of Aravis' situation from the point of view of the not-so-evil stepmother.
And I received The Little Sea by Transposable-Element which is a wonderful bit of Calormen pantheon and worldbuilding.
Thanks so much to the generous people who wrote these wonderful, wonderful works! GO! Read and Review!
I had huge problems writing, at first. I've been incredibly busy with work writing and I've felt that Narnia, its fandom fen, and I are in the middle of an especially messy and painful divorce. I've really wanted to just chuck it all and go to ground so it was really, really hard to write, at first. Eventually, I forced myself, word by word and finally came out with three stories.
And what I wrote
I did two stories for the main exchange, one of which was blindingly obvious and one of which was definitely not.
That we may hear the whispers of the gods, for bedlamsbard (a very intimidating person to write for, let me tell you!) Anyone who has read some of my musings on the Calormene Trickster god would have recognized this story. It was a real mess in early drafts and was truly saved by freudiancascade. Aravis isn't an easy character for me for some reason. I really enjoyed Lasaraleen and Hwin in this story. I'd also wanted to do a much bigger story, hinted at here, of Cor's abduction (again) and Aravis riding off to rescue him. Also hinted at, but not something I could develop, is that Aravis and Cor have issues, both individually and as a couple, and that Cor's time as slave definitely left its mark. Freudiancascade asked me during one round of review if I really intended to imply that Cor and Aravis were probably queer -- and I said yep, that was intentional. I really wanted to play with gender issues and how complicated that was by their personal histories and Archenland politics, but I just couldn't pull it off without it coming out incredibly sexist, so I tossed a lot of that. The abduction was simply too big a story for the NFE -- this already clocked in at 10K, so I stripped out a lot and tried to focus in on Aravis becoming comfortable in her own skin. I ended up blundering into sexy times even in one draft. Egads.
The second story, a pinch hit, surely a surprise, As Waves Make Towards The Pebbl'd Shore for our NFE mod and all around only good things should happen to her ever, snacky . Peter/Caspian is one of Snacky's OTP's and she deserved a story written just for her for all her amazing work as mod and everything else. So I wrote Peter/Caspian slash!
A comment or two asked what was going on with the buzzing in Susan's purse. That, as it turns out, is explained in my madnness story, Susan and Peggy Go Shooting (Again)which is a continuation of my Avengers MCU cross from the NFE 2 years ago. I'm not sure if this is quite what the lovely aurilly had in mind but I had a lot of fun with it, particularly writing Peggy Carter, Howard Stark, and Col. Chester Phillips.
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I got the most fabulous gift. I'd noticed when the stories were going up over the last week or two that there was a Temeraire cross over and I hope it would be for me. AND IT IS AND IT IS FABULOUS. An Unusual Dragon Situation I don't want to give it away -- but it's wonderful. Really, the voices are spot on and it's a terrific melding of AU and canon. The use of "Them" is particularly good.
The NFE Madness 2014 challenge is still open until OCTOBER 5 SO THERE IS PLENTY OF TIME TO WRITE SOMETHING! The prompts are here, There is no minimum wordcount, and you have until next Sunday!
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I hope you'll consider supporting Silence in the Library and their many wonderful works through Kickstarter. Their Heroes -- A Diverse Superhero Anthology, is still live on Kickstarter and features some great stories -- I heard Janine Spendlove read hers at Origins and loved it. You'll also get works by Tim Zahn, Mike Stackpole, and the late, great, Aaron Allston.
I'll post more about Athena's Daughters Vol. 2 as it becomes available.
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Thanks so much! I’ve been doing the NFE since 2010 and have never been disappointed. Despite the character-centric match up, the fact is, I’m pretty agnostic as to characters for the NFE. Whatever we've been matched on, don't worry because I like just about anything and what I don't like has to do with tone and characterization, not particular characters. From my previous prompts, you can glean the following:
What I love:
- UST; witty banter and snark; Politics, finance or military strategy; World War 2; Worldbuilding; Gap-filling; Culture clash (within Narnia or Narnia vs. Spare Oom); healthy, normal, romantic relationship between consenting adults (canon pairing or OC); someone being extraordinarily clever and getting out of a jam; any Narnian (Pevensie or otherwise) observed from a third person point of view.
- A happy ending, delightful characterization, and to laugh at least once
- Pagan and/or mythological influences;
- Adults and old souls in young bodies;
- A Narnia with creaky wheels, the faint smell of manure, grass stains, open windows, and lots of animal hair that everyone is too polite to comment upon
- I prefer humor over angst and sex over violence.
- Cross-overs! With Bujold universe, either Chalion or Vorkosigan; I’ve also developed an unhealthy focus on Peter and Eowyn, Lucy and Aragorn, and Susan and Eomer. I’m more agnostic about Edmund and Faramir. Anyone and dragons. Lucy as a Time Lord; Susan with Sarah Jane Smith or Peggy Carter. Marvel Universe is great, too. Edmund slumming with Barton and Natasha; Peter as a Howling Commando. Warehouse 13 or Harry Potter. Polly, Digory, and classic ACD Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson.
- AU and canon divergence is great too. A Golden Age > 15 years, so, therefore I'd love an AU look with adult Pevensies, OC consorts, and the next gen.
- Similarly, I’d love a Spare Oom AU with a happily ever after and no train crash
- I did request Lucy or Aravis centric stories but if that doesn't interest you, I love any fem-centric work. I love Hwin, Mrs. Beaver, Polly, Jill, and Susan as well. I like the guys, too, particularly Peter, Edmund, Digory and Eustace. I'm more interested in periods other than the Telmarine era onward and really I'd be very happy if you just ignore TLB completely.
What I definitely don't want in my fic: it's a short list but pretty strongly held: explicit m/m (everything else is OK); excessive angst, gore or violence; any dub-con whatsoever (Rilian & Lady of the Green Kirtle (OK); Susan written as "Fallen Away From Narnia because of Lipstick and Nylons"; Lucy sidelined or being protected by her overbearing big brothers and worry-wart sister
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Dates and information are here and here (LJ and DW).
The NFE has never been a very large exchange -- there were only twenty fics in 2008, which rose to all of thirty-seven (not including Madness ficlets) in 2013 -- but the general quality is very high and it's a lot of fun. If you have any interest in Narnia fandom, come give it a chance! Signups run until August 1, so you have a few days to consider your options.
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Nominations have begun for the 2014 Narnia Fic Exchange! This year it's on AO3 and not double-blinded, so you will know your recipient!!
Thanks so much to snacky for running it again this year. It's a great exchange and I encourage you all to check it out! Nominate! Sign up! Read! Review! It's lots of fun and the quality of fic is amazingly high.
If you need an AO3 account, ask around. I probably have some invite codes and others do too.
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There were lots of tie-dye, Hawaiian shirts and puns. People whom I have never seen in anything but all black were wearing Hawaiian shirts. (I'll let you guess who that might have been). The Library part of Origins Game Fair and the publishing house, Silence in the Library were celebrating Aaron's life and contributions all weekend. Silence in the Library (who has a new kickstarter going) was selling absolutely hideous tie-dyed wrist bands with the words, "Yub Yub Commander" all proceeds to the Aaron Allston Foundation.
I did end up doing the reading from Wraith Squadron where the Yub, Yub, Commander came from -- Aaron was the Emperor of Club Jade and I had a button that said, "Yub, Yub Emperor" on it. It was sad and wonderful celebration of an amazing man's life.
Many said wonderful and moving things, including Tim Zahn and Mike Stackpole, Janine Spendlove, Ron Garner, Bryan Young and many others shared their thoughts and memories. It was a very moving and fitting good bye and my thanks to all who created such a loving memorial.
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