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01 January 2013 @ 02:22 pm
Yuletide reveal~

A Glacial Sign
Fandom: Fallen London|Echo Bazaar
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warning: Graphic Depictions of Violence
Relationships: Acclaimed Beauty/Scathewick (Echo Bazaar)
Characters: Madame Shoshana, The Acclaimed Beauty, Scathewick
Tags: Carnivals and Masks, Fortunes and Unfortunates, Remission of Debts, Prisoner's Honey, Fallen London Spoilers, Games of Chance and Skill
Summary: Scathewick has debts, both material and abstract.

Cum Mortuis in Lingua Mortua
Fandom: Regeneration - Pat Barker
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warning: Graphic Depictions of Violence, Major Character Death
Characters: Siegfried Sassoon, Wilfred Owen
Tags: Canonical Character Death, Spiritualism, Talking Cures, Classicism, Orphic Longings, Porcine Fantasies, Quotation Is the Sincerest Form of Flattery, Unresolved Poetical Tension
Summary: After the war's end, Siegfried Sassoon seeks fellowship with the dead.

Dice for Decimals
Fandom: The Wire
Rating: Mature
Warning: Canon-Typical Profanity, Canon-Typical Sexism, Canon-Typical Racism
Relationships: Stringer Bell/Jimmy McNulty
Additional Characters: Kima Greggs, Cedric Daniels, Rhonda Pearlman, William "Bunk" Moreland, Lester Freamon, Thomas "Herc" Hauk
Tags: Alternate Universe, Economics 101, Significant Dry-Erase Boards, Detectives and String
Summary: Dr. Russell Bell is a week unshaven, with gold-rimmed glasses and leather-reinforced elbows on his court coat. He's professorial in a broad-shouldered Indiana Jones kind of way; if it weren't for the metal detectors at the entrance to the courthouse, McNulty would swear blind he was packing.

The Rising of the Horns
Fandom: Iron - Woodkid (music video)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warning: Graphic Depictions of Violence
Characters: The Owl-Tamer, The Houndmaster, The Man with the Morningstar, The Man with the Book, The Horseman, The Masked Man
Tags: Apocalyptic Fairy Tales, War Stories, Keys and Locks, Transformation, Existential Yearnings, Birds Ominous and Benign
Summary: At the end of the only world they know, three warriors wait for the call to arms.

What Can't Be Helped
Fandom: Erekos - A.M. Tuomala
Rating: General Audiences
Warning: None
Characters: Achane, Shabane
Tags: Sisterhood, Solipsism, Chronic Illness, Unglamorous Diseases, Tree-Climbing Misfortunes, Kittens in Distress, Pre-Canon
Summary: When the flood season comes, Achane and Shabane try to put the world to rights in their own ways.

-- Gil

Side note: Love to the wonderful people who requested these stories--you inspired me and challenged me, and I can't thank you enough for that.
28 December 2012 @ 09:06 pm
For Yuletide this year, I was so terrifically spoiled.

I got three brilliant fics about Kyllikki in the Kalevala/Finnish Mythology fandom, each one excellent in its own way:

Roots and Branches (Gen, General Audiences) -- Kyllikki teaches herself to dance again. A brief, lyrical meditation on the metaphors of maidenhood and a dancer's strength.

All the Old Knives (F/F, Teen and Up) -- Kyllikki finds a name for herself in the water. A Kyllikki/Aino fic in which the sexy parts--which, don't mistake me, are delicious--are mostly about choosing life over death and being strong enough to bear the choice. As the fic progresses, it breaks into gorgeous imitative verse that doesn't feel the least bit strained.

Reindeer women (Gen, Not Rated) -- Lemminkäinnen stole Kyllikki from her home in Pohjola — in the north, among the Saami, the reindeer herders. How does she save herself — and who helps her? A prose narrative of how Kyllikki runs away to rejoin her people, and finds herself taken in by a different people altogether. The imagery here is just gorgeous; the writer knows how to write snow and pine and stone to make the landscape a living thing. Kyllikki, too, is beautiful in her strength and her determination to make it home--and her grace when the time comes to confront her so-called husband is incredible to read.

I also received two more, brilliant fics, one for Sengoku Basara and one for The Addams Family:

Engaged In His Employment (M/M, Teen and Up) -- Toyotomi Hideyoshi has burned all affection, all attachment, all weakness from his life. He has no friends, only allies and subordinates. He has no family. He takes no women or boys to bed. He killed his wife to prove his strength.

He has not killed Hanbei.
This was honestly everything I asked for; Hanbei is despicable and loyal and longs but doesn't want, and he and Hideyoshi are obsessed with strength together and unsure of what it means where it connects with service.

Small Grey Hours (F/M, Teen and Up) -- Gomez and Morticia play Santa for their children, treasuring how lucky they are, and steal a moment for themselves on Christmas morning. This is everything I love about Gomez and Morticia: they adore each other and their children, and while their precious darlings are nearly killed by Amazonian poison-arrow frogs, they roleplay exorcisms and vampirism and hurt each other deliciously.

I wrote five fics for Yuletide this year; there are no prizes for guessing, but I'd be curious to see which ones you think I wrote! Three of them are in fandoms I've never written before, so that might make the guessing harder.

-- Gil

Side note: Love to everyone who wrote for me--I can't remember the last time I've had such a wonderful holiday, and past Yuletide seasons have been excellent.
16 October 2012 @ 11:19 am
IMPORTANT YULETIDE NOTE: I'll be away from my computer on the morning of the twenty-fifth; my family will be celebrating on Christmas Eve, and then I'll spend the morning and early afternoon driving six hours to get back home in time to feed my cats. I may or may not have a chance to get to your story before I leave, depending on when the archive opens--and if I don't, then I promise it's not a negative reflection on your writing prowess! It's much more a matter of how hungry I anticipate my kitties are.

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15 March 2012 @ 10:36 am
Hello, everyone! It is now the Ides of March, which means that you have nine and a half hours to sign up for this year's ides_of_april, the annual ficathon for Shakespeare's Greek and Roman plays. For more information on what the Ides of April is and how to sign up, please see our welcome post. Between 8:00 tonight and tomorrow morning, your mods will e-mail you your prompts.


Thus far, we've only had one sign-up; if we don't get at least two more sign-ups by the end of the evening, then we won't have a viable exchange this year. If that happens, would you feel comfortable with a non-exchange-based format? A kind of ongoing Madness round, where all prompts are available for all comers, there are no limitations on wordcount, and all fics can be posted to the community between now and the Ides of April? All feedback is encouraged! Please comment here if you have suggestions or questions.

-- Gil

Side note: Love to lareinenoire and speak_me_fair, without whom I couldn't do this.
01 January 2012 @ 12:31 pm
Yuletide reveal!

I wrote the following stories:

The Owl and the Cuckoo -- Love's Labour's Lost gen, ensemble. 'You do the king my father too much wrong / And wrong the reputation of your name, / In so unseeming to confess receipt / Of that which hath so faithfully been paid.' From the shelter of a hermitage, the Queen of France sends her most trusted ladies to investigate an unpaid debt.

Victory at Sea -- Oglaf, Sandoval/Viking Raider; situation-based consent. The short, storied naval career of Sandoval of Xoan.

Giver of Wine -- Greek and Roman Mythology, Dionysos/Pentheus. The gods care little for temperance laws.

Recurring Dreams: Whispers of Immortality -- Echo Bazaar, gen, vivisection. You dream you're sitting on the edge of a long wooden table. Although a bright light shines from directly above you, the room is dimly lit. All around you, tiers rise up in a half-ellipse, their rails polished smooth by the press of many hands. They vanish into the darkness beyond your circle of light – you can't make out the ceiling or the walls.

Bestirred in Sleep -- 1 Henry IV, gen, Hotspur, Douglas, and Mortimer. The three of them have draped a tarpaulin over their bit of the trench--or what Archie calls a tarpaulin, although it's scarcely better than a thin cotton sheet worn translucent with cold sweat and the steady friction of night-tremors.

Wrapt in a Woman's Hide -- 3 Henry VI and Richard III, girl!Richard III/Edward of Lancaster and ensemble; canonical child brides. The youngest child of Richard of York is a daughter--and the women of York make good use of their marriages.

How Luther Laughed at the Devil -- Hamlet and Doctor Faustus, gen, ensemble. When a Wittenberg mathematics professor is possessed by a demon, there's only one man to whom Prince Hamlet can turn: the demonologist Doktor Faustus.

Bellflower and Hellebore -- Fairy tales, gen, the wolf, the witch; humans as prey. The year is 1829, and the world has little room in it for wolves.

The Complexion of the Sky -- Richard II, gen, Richard II. Richard II reads the new king's future in the stars.

North-Northwest -- Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead and Echo Bazaar, gen, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. The Melancholy Prince is mad north-northwest, but Rosencrantz and Guildenstern would take any direction out of Bugsby's Marshes.

What Normal People Do -- Community, Troy/Abed/Annie. Annie has put a lot of time and effort into being a normal person. Troy and Abed, not so much.

-- Gil

Side note: Love to acrossthefloors, speak_me_fair, measured_words, chaos_harmony, and snowynight/sinngrace for the fics I received!
30 December 2011 @ 06:52 pm
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-- Gil
25 December 2011 @ 06:02 pm
There is no way to describe my Yuletide gifts this year but 'a haul.' These are the contents of my haul:

Something is rotten in Denmark

Houses of the Holy

A Document in Madness


All of these fics followed my 'Hamlet with Lovecraftian horror in' prompt, and all of them do something particularly interesting with the idea--all four were attentive to my interest in familial duties and legacies of horror. One pastiches Lovecraft beautifully, one caters to all of my kinks perfectly, one is brutal as I like and full of moments that make me outright shudder, and one is full of fire and trembling. Very much worth a read.

Catog is a fabulous piece of Coriolanus fic with dragon riders at war and hope snatched from the jaws of hopelessness; it's full of so many beautiful, tiny details, ladders in stockings and the texture of a baby dragon's scales and the way a laugh sounds when it rings out of a place washed with misery.

This year, I wrote eleven fics--eight in Yuletide proper, three in Madness. Whoever guesses gets bragging rights~

-- Gil

Side note: LOVE to my writers. I cannot believe how brilliant these fics were.
08 September 2011 @ 09:52 am
I believe firmly in everyone's right to crack!AUs. I think that crack!AUs are one of fandom's greatest strengths--our endless capacity to reinvent the works that we love, and to stretch the boundaries of our readers' recognition, gives me hope for the possibility of creation and communion.

So I won't say that Orson Scott Card shouldn't have written his egregiously offensive retelling of Hamlet. I will say, however, that I think it's painful, upsetting, and not at all in the spirit of the play that I love.

I'll say this, as well: If you don't like Card's Hamlet, you can write another. This thread is for that.

Welcome to the Big Gay Hamlet Ficathon!

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I know that, with all of us working together, we can create more inclusive, creative, and inspiring crack!AUs than Orson Scott Card ever did.
09 August 2011 @ 09:12 pm
If you're out there, Rio--if you're reading this--know that whatever I did, I'm sorry. I want to make things right between us. Please let me make things right, even if you don't forgive me.

-- Gil

Love to Rio, the dearest and truest of friends. Perhaps the friend I've been least good to, this summer. I'm so sorry.
24 June 2011 @ 10:33 pm

14 June 2011 @ 01:00 am
Originally posted by kythryne at internet powers, activate!
Okay, people. I need you to take this viral, and fast.

We know someone in upstate New York who needs a good custody lawyer ASAP. I'm not at liberty to go into details publicly, but this woman is very afraid that her abusive boyfriend is going to get sole custody of her young child.  She's presently being represented by a public defender who doesn't seem to care about the case, and she has very few resources left at this point. Her next hearing is on Thursday.

If you know a good lawyer in New York State who might be willing to take this case for a low fee or pro bono, or at least offer her advice or support, please let me know. If you don't know anyone, please repost this far and wide. As a mother and an abuse survivor, it makes me absolutely sick to my stomach to contemplate a child being left in the hands of an abuser.

I can be reached at kythryne@gmail.com if you have any leads or want to help.

The internet can work miracles. Let's go.

-- Gil

Side note: Love to remindmeofthe, for posting this. I only wish I knew someone who could take the case.
13 June 2011 @ 06:54 am
Somewhere during the night last night, Kolya passed his thread.

As cazzyline was right to point out, I can't be sure the thread hasn't broken up, and I'll have to keep checking to see if any more has come out, but at this point, the important thing is that my baby is passing thread.

I have typed 'thread' so much in the last few days that I am having traumatic Pern flashbacks.

You guys have helped me to get him through this--it's you I can thank for telling me 'No, vomiting sixteen times in a morning is probably not Just a Cat Thing,' and for reminding me about pet insurance as a preventative for the future, and for giving your money and your time and your love to me and my boy. It's thanks to you guys that he's as healthy as he is, and it might even be thanks to you that he's alive at all--I'm kind of terrible at recognizing what's a crisis and what's nothing, and little_lady_d (as always) helped put me on track.

Kolya is a cat of the Internet, and I'm sure he'd want to sit on every one of your laps.

-- Gil

Side note: Love to you all, and love to the cat-of-my-heart.
12 June 2011 @ 10:31 pm
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So far, Kolya still hasn't defecated, so no string yet, but he's active and alert and inquisitive, just like I'm used to--and he's eating and asking for belly-rubs, too, which suggests that he's not feeling major abdominal pain.

Good, stable signs, even if nothing much has happened yet.

-- Gil

Side note: Love to everyone who's helped me so far--I really can't tell you how grateful I am.
12 June 2011 @ 08:12 am
Update on Kolya!

At 1:00 this morning, I consulted with the night-staff veterinarian, who thought that Kolya might be able to pass his thread without surgery if she gave him imaging-barium as a therapeutic--and this was exciting on a financial level, as well, because if her strategy worked, then I would have to pay $1200 less. At 2:00 this morning, the vets gave him the barium. When I called about an hour ago, they said that he was doing MUCH BETTER. His fever was down, and had even started eating on his own again--they thought they could see stool forming in his colon, which would mean that food is getting through his small intestine. I still need to monitor him and his stool carefully, checking for thread and signs of increased abdominal pain, but in this vet's opinion, his condition has improved dramatically from when he first came in.

Unless he needs surgery, with the help of everyone who donated, I've managed to fund my cat's care fully.

This means that, if you're one of the fantastic people who donated to help me, I can do one of three things with the leftover money, and because it's your money, you should get a say.

a) Refund you. If you ask for a refund, I will give it at once, no questions asked.
b) Reserve it against future need in the writerly or fannish community. We take care of our own--I understand that now better than I ever have in my life--and I want to help take care.
c) Donate it to a charity to help pet-owners fund their animals' care. vashtan's network turned up lots of good resources for people in my position or worse:


Let me know what you'd like me to do with the leftover funds in your name--the fact that I even HAVE leftover funds is just amazing and awe-inspiring.

Going to go pick up my little boycat now. I'll spam you with recovery pics today. <3


-- Gil

11 June 2011 @ 03:11 pm
UPDATE: Kolya is home; the doctors gave him barium to help flush the thread! More details here.

As I mentioned in my last post, my cat needs surgery, and I need money to pay for the surgery. Thus: a book sale! Comment to claim a book, and I'll strike it from the list. I will ask that you if you're buying a book, you also pay $2 per book for shipping.

Do keep combing the list, even if you haven't seen anything you like--especially the Classics section! I'm adding books to it slowly. Many of the things I'm posting there, I've decided (last-minute, and with great sorrow) are less important to me than my cat.

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-- Gil

Side note: Love to everyone who's helped me so far, even if it's just by sympathizing or getting the word out.
11 June 2011 @ 01:55 pm
UPDATE: Kolya is home; the doctors gave him barium to help flush the thread! More details here.


My cat Kolya has unwisely swallowed my sewing thread, causing him to vomit uncontrollably for about eight hours straight--he’s since stopped vomiting, but he’s feverish and still has the thread inside him, and the vet recommends surgery to prevent the thread from slicing up his insides.

The total cost of the surgery and other treatments is one sixth of my yearly income. Because I am a poor college student, the unexpected financial burden is a bit crushing, so in addition to seeking a second job, I'm taking art and story commissions (and, shamefully, donations) in order to help pay for Kolya's veterinary care.

Please contact me by this post or by e-mail at gileonnen AT gmail DOT com in order to make requests. You can browse my tags to get some idea of what I’ve drawn/written in the past and in which fandoms I participate; if you want me to draw something involving your original characters or write something involving my own, I’m more than game. We can discuss payment once I have some idea of what you're requesting.

Thank you so much, in advance, for the help.

EDIT: The fantastic ceramicbaby has created a charity auction to help raise money for my cat--see it here!

CLOSING EDIT: The final cost of Kolya's treatment was $1243; The final amount we raised was $1686. With the remaining $443, I will be helping other people in the writerly or fannish communities to care for sick pets when they need it--so if you know people who are struggling to afford veterinary care, please send them my way.

-- Gil

Side note: Love to the very kind, very calm people at my vet's. They took Kolya in when they were booked solid, on the off chance that it was something serious, and now ... well. I'm glad they did.
27 April 2011 @ 08:00 pm
This is a Curious Post.

During the past few months or so, my circles on the internet have come increasingly into contact with the notion of 'plurality' of personae in one body. I've been working to understand what the concept means and why other people feel that it describes them, so this post isn't an 'explain to me what plurals are, I don't know what the word means!' post.

Instead, it's a curious post--is this a subject that you-the-reader have been pursuing on your own, purely out of fascination? Or do you-the-reader(s) identify as plural? Is it a subject that you-the-reader don't understand, and would you like someone more qualified than I am to explain it to you? Most of all, though, if you have a strong emotional tie to this identity for whatever reason, I'd like to know why and how you came to that place. When I come across an idea that I can grasp intellectually but don't yet grasp emotionally, I want to talk about it with people and figure out what it means to them.

Therefore--this should go without saying, right?--I'd like to see civility in the comments to this post. No dismissing the whole concept of plural people out of hand, no insisting that they're crazy or disordered or misinterpreting their own experiences; that's not the purpose of this post, and that's not the purpose of the discussion I want to foster here. Just sharing, and asking, and exploring.

Friendslock is off; anonymous commenting is on.

-- Gil

Side note: Love to dejablue7 for bringing up a form of identity that I'd honestly never considered, and for making me think about it.
15 March 2011 @ 08:27 am
Hello, everyone! It is now the Ides of March, which means that you have about sixteen hours to sign up for this year's ides_of_april. For more information on how to sign up, please see our welcome post.

Thanks to everyone who has already signed up! We've got people requesting fic for ten different plays and offering it for all of them; there's something for everyone!

-- Gil

Side note: Love to lareinenoire, whom I will probably spend the day harassing on matching writers to recipients. XD
10 February 2011 @ 05:55 pm
Question for cat-owners:

Yesterday, I acquired a cat. He is a skittish little thing and has decided that the framing area of the drawer beneath my oven is the absolute best place to hide. In case that description isn't totally clear, I've made a map.

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My difficulty is--he hasn't come out of there since yesterday, as far as I can tell, and he hasn't eaten or had any water or used the litterbox. I know it's normal for cats to be anxious and retiring when they first come to a new place, but I'm genuinely afraid he's not going to come out, and I'm not sure what I should do. I've put the food and water close to his hiding-place, and now I'm trying to decide whether I should somehow attempt to extricate him from there. I'm new to cats, and I did not foresee that he would choose such a difficult-to-access place to be his lair. (I did not actually know that this space existed before he chose it.)

What ought I to do?

Edit: He has come out! And used the litterbox! And he is now attempting to get the better of his anxiety and explore the kitchen area. :D :D :D

-- Gil

Side note: Love to my little fellow, whom I've scarcely seen since he came here. ;__;
31 December 2010 @ 12:22 pm
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Most importantly, remember: whatever you write is going to rock my world. Thank you, thank you for writing it.

-- Gil

Side note: Love to my writer, whoever you are.