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I have to be quick because my Mom is going to be coming back from the hospital soon, and I will need to make her a sandwich and then we will watch Sherlock (BBC).

This was my first ever Yuletide, finishing up my first full year in fandom. Any fandom, ever. I was often a fan of things, but I never participated in fandom the way I have participated this last year and a half - writing fan fiction, engaging in fannish discussions, seeking out fannish people. Fandom has been the bright spot of a rather terrible year, and Yuletide was the perfect end to the fannish part of my year - a bright spot all the way through.

I deeply enjoyed getting to know other Yuletide writers in #yuletide, and I enjoyed the squee and the suffering and the discussions and all of it. But most of all, I enjoyed writing the fics.

My fics are here:
Twin Peaks: In the Dark Night, Remember Me


Ursula Vernon - The Radish Wore Goggles: A Gift of Direction

Many of you know that my dad had a terrible collapse on December 7th, far from home, and that next week, I had to leave my home in Houston for Little Rock, Arkansas to help my mom watch over my dad in the intensive care unit there. It was a nightmarish two weeks the like of which I hope never to live through again. One of the things that made it bearable was to lose myself in the fic I was writing, that I was so deeply attached to. I don't know what I would have done if I hadn't had the fic to turn to.

I've been in love with Twin Peaks from the first moment I saw it, most especially in love with Audrey Horne, Laura Palmer, and to a certain extent, Special Agent Dale Cooper. And others of the cast of course, but them specially. I was delighted to be assigned to write for someone who so obviously loved the show as I did, and who had written so many phenomenal posts on both the show and the character of Audrey and my favorite pairing, Audrey/Cooper, which had been planned as canon and got scuppered during the run of the show because Kyle Maclachlan a) disapproved of the pairing and b) was dating a cast member who disapproved of Sherilyn Fenn, if rumors are to be believed.

The story was meant to be a single scene. It turned into something huge - even bigger than what I've got on the page, there. I knew I'd never be able to finish the whole story in time, so I summarized enough for it to make sense and wrote the part that was most vivid in my mind and which was the part that I thought my giftee would like the most. I can't even begin to say how much fun I had getting into Audrey's head. I think Cooper got short shrift here, but this part really wasn't as much about him as it was about Audrey.

I am so glad that, with the Twin Peaks Gold Box edition being out there, people are being introduced to the series who have never seen it before. It's time for this series to re-emerge. I honestly believe that it was made ahead of its time and never got the acclaim that it richly deserved, even the very polarizing second season. And I'm so happy that I was assigned to write for someone who loves it as much as I do!

The second fic, "A Gift of Direction" came out of my love for the art of Ursula Vernon, who has been on my LiveJournal reading list for nearly 8 years. I came to know her work through the works and words of other dear artist friends who know and love her. Some of her art hangs by my desk (The Taxman, yo), and I was delighted to find a request for fic of her works! I couldn't pass up the opportunity to write one more thing for Yuletide.

It is lighter and happier than In the Dark Night because by the time I wrote it, we'd been able to return home to Houston with Dad (he was transported by an air ambulance), where he began to improve almost immediately. So I was more in the mood for whimsy and light-hearted romance.

Below the piece of art, The Radish Wore Goggles, which inspired the fic (by request of my giftee), Ursula wrote a little snippet of a story about an intrepid Radish who stowed away on a ship called The Golden Colander. I used the snippet as a springboard and expanded it into what I hope felt to readers like a tiny window into a vegetable-inhabited steampunk-ish world. I had a lot of fun writing it, and I'm so glad someone requested it!

OK, my mom just came in the door, so I have to wrap this up. I'll try to write a longer post later, and I'm happy to answer any questions! And I'll be along after midnight to answer the lovely comments on my fics. My first Yuletide has been wonderful and wonderous, and it saved me from complete and utter despondency in what has been a very dark season. <3 <3 <3 <3 <3

Date: 2011-01-02 08:30 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] kaiaka
I'm bookmarking your Twin Peaks fic because I don't have time to read it right now, but I am most definitely looking forward to it. :)

Hope that 2011 is a better year for you and your family than 2010 was. (Also, Sherlock has possibly become my favourite TV show of 2010 and I hope you and your mother enjoyed it.)


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