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Year In Review

In 2019, I wrote 30 stories in 13 fandoms. Here's a breakdown by month.

January

Parting Strands
She-Ra and the Princesses of Power
Looking out for each other had been their thing, but Adora's starting to suspect that's over. Her thoughts during that scene in "Promise." (Adora, Catra)

February

Second Wind
Star Wars
Ahsoka takes the wrong exit from the world between worlds and ends up with a second chance to save her master. (Ahsoka Tano, Shmi Skywalker)

A Modest Proposal
Agent Carter
The mess with Vernon Masters has left Daniel's office short staffed, but he has some replacements in mind. (Daniel Sousa/Peggy Carter, Edwin Jervis)

Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree
Agent Carter
Three people who thought Peggy Carter and Edwin Jervis were having an affair and one who knew better (Peggy Carter, Edwin Jervis/Ana Jervis, Angie Martinelli, Jack Thompson, Daniel Sousa)

For Amidala
Star Wars
Her handmaidens had all poured so much of themselves into Amidala, it was like they were part of her now. Padmé didn't know if she had the strength to let one go. (Padmé Amidala/Naboo handmaidens)

Comic Book Life
Black Lightning (TV)
Comic book Thunder's boyfriend knew what his woman did, so why couldn't Anissa tell her girlfriend? (Anissa Pierce/Grace Choi)

After the Funeral
Star Wars
Han offers Luke some unexpected support after the funeral of the guy who tortured him. (Luke Skywalker, Han Solo)

March

Bursts of Stardust III
Star Wars
A collection of seven short stories from tumblr. (Anakin Skywalker/Padmé Amidala, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Ahsoka Tano, Sheev Palpatine, Jedi)

April

Peanut Butter and Marshmallows
Umbrella Academy (TV)
Stuck in the apocalypse, Five reads about Vanya leaving him sandwiches. (Five Hargreeves, Dolores)

May

Heroes for Ghosts
Umbrella Academy (TV)
Eudora waits for Diego and things go very differently. (Klaus Hargreeves, Ben Hargreeves, Diego Hargreeves, Eudora Patch, Hazel, Cha-Cha, Various ghosts)

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October writing round-up

Despite my intention to do Whumptober, I only managed a handful of prompts. Still, I did manage seven stories which, for my, is certainly nothing to sneeze at, especially lately.

Stranger Things

It Lingers
- They say the Mind Flayer is gone, but El can still feel it clawing under her skin.

Date Night
- Everyone and her mother thinks she and Steve are dating and Robin's getting sick of it.

Miraculous Ladybug

Intrepid Reporter
- Alya won't let a little thing like danger stop her from reporting the truth.

Better Than Ice Cream
- Orange/mint/raspberry, Kagami/Adrien/Marinette. The solution to every love triangle should be polyamory, but sometimes things aren't that simple.

She-Ra & The Princesses of Power

The Good Soldier
- On the sliding scale between Catra and Adrora, Lonnie's always been closer to Adora, but what does that mean when the paragon deserts?

Umbrella Academy


When Evil Rains
- Klaus gets taken hostage and it goes poorly for everyone.

The Broken Earth

Seismic Shift
- Schaffa tells himself he will stop if Eitz says no. WARNING noncon and child sexual abuse.
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Tis A Gift To Be Simple

[community profile] fandomgiftbox exchange is finally live after several delays. Being an indecisive bitch, I couldn't think of what to request, so I just filled other people's gift boxes instead. Here's the ones I actually managed to finish. I may someday manage the one about Erica from Stranger Things. Someday.

Title The Good Soldier
Fandom: She-Ra & The Princesses of Power
Recipient: [personal profile] guinevak
Summary: On the sliding scale between perfect soldier Adora and useless malcontent Catra, Lonnie was closer to the Adora end of the spectrum. How the hell had Catra made Force Captain before her? Catra was just going crash and burn and Lonnie? Lonnie would let her.



Title: Seismic Shift
Fandom: The Broken Earth Series - N.K. Jemisin
Recipient: [personal profile] fairleigh
Summary:
Schaffa tells himself he will stop if Eitz says no. This one will be allowed to say no. The boy says nothing at all.
Warnings: Child sexual abuse, referenced child abuse, dark shit in general.

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No voting on who gets to be people

Finishing The Stone Sky, the last book in the Broken Earth Trilogy by N.K. Jemisin's makes it really easy to see why every part of this series won a Hugo, a Nebula, or both. The writing was crisp, the characters felt real, and the world building was so damn good. More over it, put in sharp relief the differences between books written by white men and Black women. How many fantasy novels have you read where the hierarchies are obvious, right, and incontrovertible? Of course the lesser races are lesser. Of course group X deserves their oppression and their anger is irrational. Jemisin flips that narrative on it's head. The entire story is told by the lesser races, the orogenes, stone eaters, Midlatters, and property. Their anger is shown to be completely justified and their oppression is explicitly framed as a choice by the ruling class.

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Wednesday Reading

In case you missed it, last night I posted a new Batman fic,
The One You'll Know By. Go, read it. Give me praise.

In other Batman-related news, I finally got caught up on the second half of Young Justice season three. It has all the problems of season two magnified: too many characters, too big a rush to hit the plot points, and not enough development to make me care about those too many characters. I'm glad they're spending some time with Artemis, but I need more Kaldur and where the heck is Dick? I'm sticking with it, of course, if only to see where it goes, but so far I liked 3.1 better.

On to the book review. I know that some of you read several books a week. How do you do that? Are they short books? Do you have a time turned so you can spread mulch, rewind, and then read? What is the secret?

Just Finished

The Obelisk Gate by N.K. Jemisin, book two in her Broken Earth Trilogy. I remain impressed by Jemisin's writing and the way she's slowly deepening the world building in the last book. She also introduces some new characters. In the last book, Essun's daughter Nassun was basically a living McGuffin. In this one, she is a full fledged character in her own right and, boy, is her story tragic.

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Up Next

The next book in the series. I got Jemisin's other series at B & N last weekend, so I might read that after, assuming I'm not burned out from the sheer tragedy of this trilogy.
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Reading Wednesday

In case you missed it, I've had a very productive week. Two stories! Check out Truth Will Out (Black Lightning) and Iconic (Umbrella Academy). The later had 6 times as many kudos as the former. It's like writing in a popular fandom gets more eyes on your work or something.

On to the reading.

Just Finished

The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin. The world ends when a disgruntled slave used his earth bending to destroy the civilization which enslaved him, but Essun's ends a day earlier when her husband kills their toddler and kidnaps their daughter. This book is riveting. Seriously, so good. The world building is immaginative, the story is tragically compelling, and the author has some really interesting things to say about power and imperialism and dehumanization.

Up NextMan

The next book in the series. I'm already 50 pages in.