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berryhunter
Hi! This is my fic journal. This fic-list is woefully out of date; probably better to check my AO3 profile. But anyway, here's a fic-list of my older fic. Asterisks denote my favorites.

Miscellaneous (Dark is Rising/Welsh Mythology, Dune, Le Morte d'Arthur, Norse Mythology)Collapse )
Bible (including crossovers)Collapse )
Greek MythologyCollapse )
Legally BlondeCollapse )
Les Miserables (Hugo)Collapse )
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Stargate: UniverseCollapse )

This entry was originally posted at http://raspberryhunter.dreamwidth.org/4522.html.

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berryhunter
By the way, I'm not posting here any more. Everything's at raspberryhunter.dreamwidth.org now.

Yuletide 2016 reveal!
raspberry
berryhunter
This is the first year since I started Yuletide that I've written only one fic. Mostly because life is just super busy these days, but partially because this fic kind of kicked my butt:

The Minnow and the Dragon (3100 words) by raspberryhunter
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Earthsea - Ursula K. Le Guin
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Yarrow (Earthsea), Vetch (Earthsea)
Additional Tags: Brother-Sister Relationships, Misses Clause Challenge
Summary: Vetch and Yarrow: an afternoon together, a short journey, and what they find at the end of it.

Recip said they liked domestic and sense of place, so I tried to put that in as much as possible, but in discussion with [personal profile] sprocket I said, well, I hope they don't mind domestic with dragons. Because I fell shatteringly and completely in love with Earthsea's dragons when I first read these books, and although my first couple of tries didn't have dragons (the first try also had Penthe, until I determined I would need either more time or more inspiration than I had to write her), it was probably inevitable that a dragon was going to make her way in, somehow. When I reread Wizard of Earthsea and remembered how much I love Vetch and Yarrow, the fic started assembling itself.

I also had read [personal profile] rachelmanija's letter in which she expressed her love for the first couple of books of Earthsea, and I also wanted to give her something she would love, so I spent a while trying to figure out how to write in that style. (Huh! On rereading I see she says she loves dragons as well. That was a complete coincidence, as I didn't remember that at all.) I find writing Le Guin pastiche to be very difficult, which I wasn't expecting when I started -- after all, I wrote 10k words of reasonable pastiche of Fountainhead treatfic last year in a couple of (admittedly extremely stressful) weeks, why did 3k of Earthsea knock me over? I think first of all Le Guin is just a really really good writer (whereas, I'm sorry, Ayn Rand is definitively not) and therefore hard for me to mimic, but compounding the difficulty is that my natural writing style is almost diametrically opposed to hers. Her writing is spare, poetic, incisively observant, lovely to read aloud. Mine is prolix and mundane and written by someone who doesn't think about words as auditory and therefore tends not to read well aloud without a fair amount of editing, and is liable to go rambling off without letting anyone know where it began or where it's going to end. (And is therefore a muuuuch better match for Rand-pastiche. I'm not sure I like what this says about me...) As usual, this fic would not have been nearly as good had it not been for [personal profile] sprocket, who with her usual superlative tact and kindness described all the things that were wrong about it but which I was unable to myself articulate, as well as a couple of things I had no idea were problems until she opened my eyes to them.

One of the things I wanted to do with this fic was to address a dichotomy in Vetch's character in Wizard. He is an extremely kind, perceptive, wise person. He's not arrogant or prideful at all (unlike Jasper or Ged). At the same time, everything in his interactions with his sister Yarrow is a little over-condescending, in a way that probably partially has to do with being an older sibling (...not that I would know anything about that!) and partially clearly has to do with the gender issues Le Guin saw in Earthsea later on. I like to think that Vetch got over that, because he's definitely awesome in ways that would help him realize what he was doing and, well, stop it.

A related thing I wanted to do with this story is the same thing that Le Guin was trying to do inTehanu: show that "women's work" (in particular emotional labor and the kinds of things that go along with it, such as noticing people and their problems), and women (in a world where men hold the power), have value and importance. I have a lot more respect for Le Guin's attempt in Tehanu now, because it's a difficult problem. Jo Walton identified the problem better than I could:

I also felt, and still feel, that Le Guin is speaking with a double tongue in this book. On the one hand she’s saying very clearly that women’s domestic lives are central and important, and on the other the force of story is bending everything to have an actual plot, which needs an evil wizard and men and the world of action... She says that women’s lives matter, but she shows that they don’t, that what matters is magic and power and calling on dragons.

And in the fic, too, I wanted to show that Yarrow's domestic life is central and important. But then there's the double-tongue problem again: one could say that the plot of the fic implies her skills in the area of domesticity and emotional labor are only important because it allowed her to deal with a dragon. On the other hand, that's part of the point as well: that until Vetch could see Yarrow's domestic life in his sphere of dragon-banishing, he had no frame of reference for understanding that it, and she, are important. And (at least to a certain extent) she has to come to that realization as well, as she also lives in this culture.

But anyway, in conclusion, yay domesticity and yay dragons! (I have more to say about dragons in my related book-post here.)

This entry was originally posted at http://raspberryhunter.dreamwidth.org/25657.html.
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Yuletide 2016 recs
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berryhunter
I got some wonderful fics this year and read other wonderful ones :) I also have a gift-squee post here, but I thought I'd add a couple more to make this a proper rec post :)

My gifts:
Der Ring des Nibelungen, Her Smoke Rose Up Forever (anthology) - James Tiptree, Jr.Collapse )

Other recs:
Other recs in Expert Judgment on Markers to Deter Inadvertent Human Intrusion / 1850s London Cholera Epidemic RPF, Dalemark Quartet, Vorkosigan Saga, Alliance-Union, Dead Authors Podcast, Tam Lin - Pamela Dean, Once and Future King,Collapse )

This entry was originally posted at http://raspberryhunter.dreamwidth.org/25464.html.
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Dear Yuletide 2016
raspberry
berryhunter
Dear Yuletide Writer,

Thank you for writing for me! I, er, seem to have written a lot of words this year. Feel free to ignore pretty much all of them! I love seeing how other people think about my favorite fandoms, and I love seeing interpretations that are different from mine (some of my favorite fics are the ones that made me look at things in a new way). Please do not feel like you need to follow any of my prompts!

Her Smoke Rose Up ForeverCollapse )

Tillerman CycleCollapse )

Der Ring des NibelungenCollapse )

General.Collapse )

Consuming canon: The shortest (though IMO the most difficult) is no doubt Tiptree; you could just read one short story and write a fic based on it. The list of short stories in Smoke is here:

The list of stories:Collapse )

Googling many of these will give you text, some of which is even legal. For example, here is an official web reprint of "Love is the Plan the Plan is Death".

Much of the Ring Cycle is available on Youtube. I'm basically imprinted on the Boulez version of Die Walkure with Donald McIntyre and Gwyneth Jones, available with English subs here (Acts I and II) and here (Act III). The Boulez version of Rheingold is also here.

I also rather liked the Sawallisch version of Walkure here (Part 1) and here (Part 2), although I think Wotan's hat is really weird.

Librettos are also available free on the web — English translations here and here, and probably other places of which I am unaware. I really like Andrew Porter's English translation, which is available on Amazon.

The Tillerman Cycle books are all in print and seem to be generally available at libraries, and they are very fast reads (probably faster than Tiptree despite being more pages, and certainly much more calming and affirming to read). Writing about Jeff only would take reading A Solitary Blue and Seventeen Against the Dealer. Writing about Mina would mostly involve reading Come A Stranger and probably at least skimming Seventeen Against the Dealer. James or Sammy or Maybeth would probably involve reading most of the books, but particularly Dicey's Song and Sons From Afar and Seventeen.

This entry was originally posted at http://raspberryhunter.dreamwidth.org/25159.html.

Juuuukebox
raspberry
berryhunter
Jukebox! (The link goes to the DW comm post with a link to both the collection and to a playlist of all the songs, which I found very helpful.)

There are only a couple of hours until reveal. Until then, I would like to say that one of the great charms of Jukebox is that it's a lot of the same people doing it every year (and that I've interacted with somewhat in other exchanges, most notably Yuletide), and I really love and respect the writing of so many of these people. So I'm going to put down some guesses, while it's (barely) still anonymous!

First, my INCREDIBLY AWESOME GIFT:

Green Teeth (7615 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: My Brother My Enemy - Sassafrass Singers
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings, Major Character Death
Additional Tags: Sibling Relationship, Sisters, rural unpleasantness, outsider pov, Uncanny Valley, implied background noncon?, Period-Typical Sexism, Classism, exceptionally vague echoes of Norse mythology
Summary:

The Loksmer Sisters save a world, then let it drown.



If this is not [archiveofourown.org profile] Selden I will... be incredibly surprised. The lush and lovely description, the perfect execution of ramping up the Gothic tension and horror and the plot fitting together, the effortless weaving in of motifs and lyrics... yeah.

The Last Year-King (5238 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Kings - The Pierces (Music Video)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Original Female Character(s)
Additional Tags: Ritual Combat, Post-Apocalypse
Summary:

Every year, a young woman goes up the mountain to challenge the Year-King for the bone crown. Every year, one of them dies and the other comes down the mountain as King. It is unusual for a Year-King to survive more than one such battle.


Lussa has survived and won three times. But her fourth battle, her third defending the crown, brings her a choice that she never thought she would face.



I have a very strong idea that this is lignota. Here it's the amazingly beautiful fantasy cadences of the writing, and the wonderful worldbuilding and seemingly-effortless seamless and satisfying plotting, that remind me of her writing :)

An Excerpt From The Gospel Of (1177 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Hymn of Acxiom - Vienna Teng (Song)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Original Female Character(s), We (The Hymn of Acxiom)
Additional Tags: Artificial Intelligence, Fictional Religion & Theology


And then this one is really great in the way it effortlessly switches between Biblical cadences and business terminology, and has some awesomely bad puns, which make me think it might be [personal profile] seekingferret, though admittedly I'm not quite as sure about that one.

Parade Day (3255 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Sunny Came Home - Shawn Colvin (Song)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Sunny
Additional Tags: Children, Domestic Violence, Revenge, Arson, Murder Ballad
Summary:

Sunny had errands to run before she came home.



I don't actually know who wrote this, but I want to know. My best guess is [personal profile] morbane, because it fits together so very well, with all the details coming together as we learn the whole story, but I also wouldn't be surprised if it wasn't her.

I could be wrong about all of these, because there are a ton of wonderful writers who do Jukebox! Very worth checking out :) I felt like there were a bunch of very strong stories this year.

(I think mine is less guessable than average, this year, since I wrote something a little less like what I normally write for Jukebox, although I'd be super interested to see if anyone did guess.)

This entry was originally posted at http://raspberryhunter.dreamwidth.org/24992.html.

Dear Jukebox 2016
raspberry
berryhunter
Dear Jukebox Operator,

Thanks so much for writing one of my songs! I really love all these songs, as well as have questions about them, and I'm sure I'll love whatever you write! (This letter is geared towards fanfic, as it's what I know most about, but I would adore fanart or podfic treats :) )

General.Collapse )

I have some suggestions below, but really, feel free to do whatever idea these songs give you. I picked these songs because they seem to have a lot of stories hidden in them, and if you find a story that's totally different from the ones I see offhand (and have thus provided vague prompts for), then I would be so thrilled to see that additional interpretation of the song. I love seeing how other people think about things. PLEASE feel free to totally ignore anything written below.

Songs.Collapse )

Seriously, if you wanted to write a story that was just inspired by the imagery in these songs, I would be so up with that. I want you to take one (or more!) of these songs and make something fascinating out of them, however you feel is the best way to do that, so don't let anything I've written here stop you from doing what YOU want to do with any of these songs! And thank you!

This entry was originally posted at http://raspberryhunter.dreamwidth.org/24726.html.

Yuletide gifts and reveal
raspberry
berryhunter
I am sure no one is surprised that I am running very much behind. :) I got two Mabinogion Arianrhod-centric gifts, yay!! The Mabinogion cannot have too much fic written about it, is my opinion.

all that's best of dark and bright (1483 words) by betony
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Mabinogion (Myth)
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Arianrhod, Lleu Llaw Gyffes, Gwydion (Mabinogion)
Additional Tags: POV First Person
Summary:

Arianrhod, in her own words.



My lovely lovely gift, with Arianrhod explaining things to Llew Llaw Gyffes — and, as I requested, without her having to hate him!! YAY. (Also I was pretty sure that I had read the author before, though I couldn't guess who it was — and I have! This is my second gift from betony, who also wrote me a lovely fic for jukebox a couple years back. Much love!)

Weaving Sky Ribbons (2873 words) by fresne
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Mabinogion (Myth)
Rating: Mature
Warnings: Rape/Non-Con
Relationships: Arianrhod/Goewin
Characters: Arianrhod, Goewin (Mabinogion), Gwydion (Mabinogion), Gilfaethwy (Mabinogion), Math (Mabinogion), Gofannon (Mabinogion), Don (Welsh Mythology)
Additional Tags: Incest, Animals having sex in heat, Yuletide Treat, Yuletide 2015, Rape/Non-con Elements
Summary:

Arianrhod knew one thing. She did not want Goewin's fate. To sit in the rushes where the dogs shat with an old man's feet in her lap.

She wanted to spend her hours as she wished, weaving ribbons for the night sky.



And I got a treat too! This one fleshes out the story of the Fourth Branch and the relationship between Goewin and Arianrhod (which is sadly nonexistent in canon). Yay!

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This entry was originally posted at http://raspberryhunter.dreamwidth.org/24350.html.
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Dear Yuletide 2015
raspberry
berryhunter
Dear yuletide writer,

Thank you for writing for me! Feel free to ignore these words — I love seeing how other people think about my favorite fandoms, and I love seeing interpretations that are different from mine (some of my favorite fics are the ones that made me look at things in a new way).

Der Ring des Nibelungen, Miss Marple, Susan Calvin, and Mabinogion.Collapse )

General.Collapse )

Consuming canon: I think all my canons are fairly easy to find this year. The easiest to find and shortest canon here is the Mabinogion. I grew up with the Charlotte Guest version which is available via Gutenberg. I also found a great translation with footnotes online here. (The Fourth Branch is the only part of the Mabinogion where Arianrhod appears.)

Much of the Ring Cycle is available on Youtube. I'm basically imprinted on the Boulez version of Die Walkure with Donald McIntyre and Gwyneth Jones, available with English subs here (Acts I and II) and here (Act III). The Boulez version of Rheingold is also here.

I also rather liked the Sawallisch version of Walkure here (Part 1) and here (Part 2), although I think Wotan's hat is really weird.

Most of the Susan Calvin stories are all collected in I, Robot, which is easily available at libraries and online. There are more sprinkled here and there -- I think All the Robot Stories has them all -- but the ones in I, Robot would be enough to go off of; my favorites are "The Evitable Conflict" and "Intuition," the latter of which isn't in I, Robot.

And the Miss Marple books and stories are, of course, easily accessible in libraries and online. Lucy Eyelesbarrow appears in 4:50 from Paddington, which was published in the US as What Mrs. McGillicuddy Saw. (She's mostly the same character in every book, so reading one or two would be enough to go off of.)

ETA 10-19-15 to add more prompts for Miss Marple and to add that AUs are welcome.

This entry was originally posted at http://raspberryhunter.dreamwidth.org/23913.html.

Jukebox reveal
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berryhunter
I got a story and wrote a story!

Beginner's Luck (3039 words) by within_a_dream
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: They Can't Take That Away from Me - George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin (Song)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Additional Tags: Dystopia, Science Fiction
Summary:

Martha had always played by the rules, until she met a beautiful woman with some very concerning things to say about the government.

I asked for a story where memory wipes really could take that away from you, and this story delivers, with dystopia and love and catastrophe!

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I got matched on Seanan McGuire's song "How Much Salt," and I found the liner notes very intriguing: The Little Mermaid and her mother, and a story that never ends. I thought that was really neat, and this story resulted: a slant look at "The Little Mermaid," informed by the song, from the point of view of the princess whom the prince marries.

Many thanks to [personal profile] sprocket for beta, and to [personal profile] rymenhild for Reasons. :)

And the Salt Sea Over All (2932 words) by raspberryhunter
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Den lille Havfrue | The Little Mermaid - Hans Christian Andersen, How Much Salt - Seanan McGuire (Song)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Prinsessen | Princess (Den lille Havfrue | The Little Mermaid), Den lille Havfrue | The Little Mermaid
Additional Tags: Marine life
Summary:

The mermaid had, in her own way, been truthful with me from the very beginning.



This entry was originally posted at http://raspberryhunter.dreamwidth.org/23744.html.