In terms of my normal engagement with LJ, I have been all but GONE for the past three weeks. I will probably get around to a Real Life update but briefly, I have been finishing up at my old job and upon occasion, interacting socially with friends and family.
Fannishly, I spent three weeks writing two fics for Yuletide in a fandom so rare that possibly only my recipient will ever read them, and I am honestly totally happy with that because they were her gift and she’s really excited about them.
Then I wrote a Pinch hit fic in two nights in an only marginally less obscure fandom and have a few comments on it already, so yay! All three fics have really challenged me and have stretched me as a writer and I’ve really enjoyed the experience.
In between writing and socialising I was reading a fabulous The Devil Wears Prada novel called Truth or Measure.
I have not seen the film, and have zero interest in the fashion world, but good femslash is too rare to pass up. Telanu (famous in HP fandom for the Tea Series) has been writing (and occasionally reccing) awesome Miranda/Andy fics
for long enough now that I can officially say I have a femslash fandom.
And AFTER I uploaded my Yuletide fics I allowed myself to go see what all the fuss is about with Merlin. OH, MY! Cutest gayest cracktastic show ever!!! Managed to find time to read a few of the fics cupidsbow
recced on crack_van
and they are indeed awesome, and I am SO happy that this is clearly the next Megafandom.
And of course the Yuletide archive opened less than 10 hours ago. My plan of reading specific fandoms
first was immediately derailed because when I started reading the facility for going straight to the fandom of your choice was down - you had to load the ‘fandoms by alphabetical order’ page - and what I've found is this is working for me - I have to flick past every story in every fandom, and so what I've found myself doing is reading fics I might not have otherwise because the summary has caught my eye, or just because I've *noticed* the fandom when I otherwise would have skipped over it – an absolutely gorgeous Guarding Tess fic, for example. It’s also been more arbitrary, because I’m eager to see *all* the shiny, I’ve left some fics or fandoms that haven’t immediately leaped out at me, but I know I’ll get back to later.
So for my first round of recs, A - I
, starting with my two faves, a hilarious IT Crowd fic and a lovely Guarding Tess romance.( A - I )