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Lestrade
Happy New Year, all.  This year for Yuletide I received an absolutely lovely gift from Andraste, Phil and the Yellow Dwarf : a story about 'George and the Red Giant'.  Anyone who likes 'Babylon 5', particularly the Londo/G'Kar dynamic, and has somehow missed this 1-hour radio play ought to find it and listen immediately.  The story I asked for is a followup for the play, and Andraste delivered beautifully.  It's poignant, beautifully written, and gives no easy answers.  Everyone should read this!

My own story ended up being the usual novella-length affair (nearly 40,000 words ... why do I do this to myself?), and this year it's a post-series followup story.  The prompt was possessed!Cooper, and I thought it was high time I addressed the series finale and my thoughts about how it could be resolved.  I didn't want everything to be too neat or too easy, and I definitely didn't want my solution to be without cost.  In that spririt I plunged into writing a story that ended up with several new POVs (those of you who have read my previous 'Twin Peaks' stories know I've pretty much limited myself to Albert's POV), and some serious canon-spelunking (though as far as I know the entire story is canon-compliant, if extrapolating on vague aspects in some places).  Audrey turned out to be the unexpected delight of this story.  Writing her POV was a trip, and the twists and turns of her part of the story were very rewarding to write.  What stemmed from the idea of Albert, Audrey, and Denise on a road trip ended up being a story I'm quite proud to have written.

Rating: PG-13 (for canon-typical violence, horror themes, and some language)
Fandom: Twin Peaks
Characters: Dale Cooper, Albert Rosenfield, Audrey Horne, Denise Bryson, Harry Truman, Deputy Hawk, Big Ed, BOB, MIKE, the Log Lady, Major Briggs, Sarah Palmer, and other surprise appearances!
Historian's Note: Takes place roughly one week after the series finale (dates checked for accuracy).
Summary: On April 3, 1989, Audrey Horne turns up at the Philadelphia FBI field office looking for Albert Rosenfield. She has a story to tell, a business card, and a request for assistance. Over the next few days Albert discovers supernatural science projects and the reason why even forensic specialists should keep up their firearms training, Denise Bryson has a car and the will to use it, the Bookhouse Boys really ought to subcontract more, and Harry Truman has a serious problem on his hands:
BOB is out, and eager for fun. He wears a smile; everybody run.

Cutting It Very Fine Indeed

Lestrade
And with a half-hour to spare, I have posted my Yuletide story!  And yes, it's gargantuan.  Why do I do this to myself?  Because I seem constitutionally unable to see 'minimum 1000 words' and not strive to have a word count at least one order of magnitude greater (in this case, nearly 50,000 words).

Dear Yuletide Writer

Lestrade
Dear Yuletide Writer,

Hello, aloha, and greetings in whatever language you prefer to speak!  Firstly, thank you so much for participating.  Yuletide has become one of my favorite parts of the holiday season, and every year writing this letter starts out that excitement on the right foot.  In that vein, I'm thrilled that you’ve been picked to be my writer, and I hope that my request turns out to be fun for you and that it sparks a good story.  If you can't match the request exactly, don't worry about it.  I want these prompts to provide inspiration to make your Yuletide writing experience as interesting as possible.  This letter will, hopefully, make things simpler for you, and adequately clear up issues like likes, dislikes, and general notes on requests.
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Lestrade
Hey, all!  So, I realized I had neglected my LJ both in terms of gift and what I had written for Yuletide.  My gift was a fun little 'Whitechapel' tale, written by a last-minute (seriously, the maintainer apparently realized with about six hours to spare that my original writer had posted my Yuletide letter as a placeholder for a story and never gotten around to updating it or properly defaulting) pinch hitter who should get all the praise for not only cranking through the series but writing me a very smart little story in record time!

Ship's Ahoy! (by kittydesade) is a fantastic gen piece about Chandler, Miles, and Buchan on the trail of yet another historic copycat.  Good times.

As for what I wrote, I once again went a bit overboard and ended up writing a first-season Babylon 5 novella that was originally supposed to be mostly about the three ambassadors, but the entire rest of the cast ended up chiming in, and the aides handily stole the show.  Don't know how, but it has made me really want to write a lot more about Vir and Lennier.  Anyway, for any of you who are interested, here is the AO3 link.  I'm moving over to only posting there, because LJ posting is becoming such a pain in the ass.  You can (and are welcome to!) comment there if you like it, or what you think about it.  You don't need an account to comment, either.  Just enter a name and an email address and rock on!

So, without further ado ...

The Subtle Arrangement of Stones
Authornemo_everbeing
Rating: PG-13 (for violence, and some sexual references and humor)
Fandom: Babylon 5
Characters: Londo Mollari, G'Kar, Delenn, Vir Cotto, Lennier, Na'Toth, Susan Ivanova, Jeffrey Sinclair, Stephen Franklin, Talia Winters, Kosh Naranek, Lou Welch, Senator Hidoshi
Historian's Note: Takes place shortly after 'The War Prayer.'
Summary: Ambassadors Mollari, Delenn, and G'Kar are kidnapped by the Homeguard.  It goes according to no one's plans: Earth dithers, Ivanova stews, Kosh is his usual helpful self, Franklin makes assumptions, Sinclair tries to hold everything together, the three aides mount a cockamamie rescue, and Delenn hopes only to keep Londo and G'Kar from killing one another long enough for someone else to do it.  A first season ambassadorial romp.

It was a fun and interesting Yuletide, and as always I look forward to the next one!

Eleventh Hour Squeak In

Lestrade
It's done!  My gigantic Yuletide monstrosity is finished, and clocks in at 37771 words. Some day I will learn to write shorter stories for Yuletide.

BUT IT IS NOT THIS DAY!

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It's that time of year!

Lestrade
Yuletide nominations are open, which means soon signups will be too!  All fans of a rare fandom (i.e. most of my friends list) should don their Santa hats, light their menorahs, bust out the Kwanzaa fruit and decide which fandoms they will write for and which they want to request!

I love Yuletide.  Every year, it's the one fannish thing I will always participate in, because I've always had great fun writing, and I've met some fantastic people through it.  Those who haven't participated, but who have the time should definitely consider getting in the spirit this year.  If you have questions about it, I would gladly field them.  If not, go!  Get thee to the nominations and sign-ups!  I've already nominated 'The Last Detective', 'Adam Adamant Lives!' and 'Star Trek: Deep Space Nine'.  There are still plenty of fandoms wanting love!

Everything you  need to know about Yuletide, from the experts.


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Lestrade
Title: Between You, Me, and the Stove
Author:[info]nemo_everbeing
Rating: PG
Fandom: M*A*S*H
Characters: Father Francis Mulcahy, Hawkeye Pierce
Historian's Note: Takes place about a year after 'Goodbye, Farewell, and Amen'
Summary: Father Mulcahy hears eight confessions and tries to remember that God moves in mysterious ways. Father Pierce hears one and concludes that God might be drunk.

Chapter 9a: There but for the Grace of Someone


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Lestrade
Title: Between You, Me, and the Stove
Author:[info]nemo_everbeing
Rating: PG
Fandom: M*A*S*H
Characters: Father Francis Mulcahy, Hawkeye Pierce
Historian's Note: Takes place about a year after 'Goodbye, Farewell, and Amen'
Summary: Father Mulcahy hears eight confessions and tries to remember that God moves in mysterious ways. Father Pierce hears one and concludes that God might be drunk.

Chapter 8: As Though We had Never Been Here

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Chapter 9b: There but for the Grace of Someone
Lestrade
Title: Between You, Me, and the Stove
Author:[info]nemo_everbeing
Rating: PG
Fandom: M*A*S*H
Characters: Father Francis Mulcahy, Charles Emerson Winchester III (for this chapter)
Historian's Note: Takes place after 'The Life You Save'
Summary: Father Mulcahy hears eight confessions and tries to remember that God moves in mysterious ways. Father Pierce hears one and concludes that God might be drunk.

Chapter 7: Evidence of Things We Cannot Yet See


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Chapter 9: There but for the Grace of Someone