Oct. 1st, 2016

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I am shamefully behind on reviewing all the wonderful stories from this year's Narnia Fic Exchange. I've been out of town and away from the computer a lot, and have barely made a dent. Which means I have lots of fabulous reading material built up!

I wrote 2 stories this year:

Much Ado about Mutiny (14866 words) for nasimwrites

Summary: In which Lucy and Susan go sailing and negotiations go south. "Lucy," said Susan, valiantly striving to keep her face stern, "I don't think anyone will believe we are men no matter how loose the breeches are. We have breasts." With irrepressible cheer, Lucy strapped on her sword and adjusted her hat to a rakish angle."Bind them!" she said cheerfully. "I've already done mine. Not that I've much to bind, of course. But as you always say, it's best to be thorough."

Oddly enough, I'd had the idea for this story lurking in mind for a while. When I saw that nasimwrites ships Susan/Jack Sparrow, I knew I had to do it. And it was so much fun! I am indebted to Transposable_Element for a wonderfully thorough and helpful beta job, without which I would still be confused about who was on which ship.

I now want to write more in this odd little corner of the universe. Especially about the seagulls!

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In Word and Deed (5510 words) for edenfalling

Summary: In a world lit by a blood-red sun, where two sisters battle for the throne and where a single word has the power to destroy life itself, the only thing worse than a summons from the Queen is a conflicting summons from the other Queen. It was no wonder that Nethyr had ill dreams.

I wanted to write a Madness story for Liz in much-belated thanks for her herculean beta-read of my mammoth NFE fic last year. I've never thought much about Charn backstory before, but Liz prompted something about the Deplorable Word and drew me in! I've always been fascinated by the idea of words imbued with power, and it seems that something is different about magic in Charn compared with Narnia, Earth or anywhere else... and things sort of took off from there.

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En fin, I had a lot of fun again this year, and will continue to dive into and enjoy the rest of the Exchange! And if you haven't read the story I received yet, please go and do so!

revisionist history by underscored
This is a beautiful and exciting and immensely fulfilling re-imagining of The Last Battle, and I love it so much.
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Dear mystery author,

First and foremost, thank you! Please know I will be thrilled to receive your story. I'm excited to see what direction you've taken on whichever fandom strikes your fancy. I included a few prompt ideas in each of my requests, but pleade don't feel bound to them if inspiration takes you elsewhere. This will be my first year participating in Yuletide, and I hope this letter strikes a balance between giving you helpful information and the freedom to go where the story takes you.

Things I like:
- Witty banter
- Competent, complex, multi-dimensional characters 
- Friendship, found family, friends-to-lovers, 
- Plot, space duels, intrigue - I like the action!
- Thoughtful, complex, introspective - I like characters' inner lives, too!
- Gentle, compassionate storytelling - I like cozy, happy stories, too!
- Witty banter. Seriously, I love it so much.
- I ship canon pairings; gen is also great
- Drama, humor, adventure, intrigue, espionage, suspense, mystery, thriller... so many genres! I also like explorations of grief and healing, though in general I can only take so much angst. I do prefer happy endings to tragedy, but I also have a soft spot for ambiguity and bittersweet.
- A strong sense of place. The differences between places, the little things that set someplace apart or bind people together even across languages and cultures... Whether you want to delve into worldbuilding or just give me a glimpse, I'll love it.
- Language, linguistics, things lost in translation, the power of words
- I do enjoy AUs and crossovers that hold true to both the spirit and setting of the original. (I'm not a fan of coffeeshop, college AUs, etc.)


Things I don't like: 
- Dealbreaker: incest
- Gore, torture, noncon, PWP, explicit sex, explicit violence, frequent use of strong swearwords 
- Slash isn't my cup of tea, I'm afraid. I prefer het or gen.
- Character bashing; completely helpless, clueless, cruel or dark characterization of canon "good guys"
- Darkfic, unmitigated tragedy or excessive angst. I've experienced several tough losses over the past few years. If your story is sad, I'd request at least a ray of sunshine amid the clouds!

Again, this is truly meant for your information, and I hope you find it helpful. I look forward to seeing where the story takes you!

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