calliopes_pen: (taibhrigh Clue butler buttles)
I'm reasonably certain that my Yuletide fanfic has reached a natural ending point, and that I'm going to resist the urge to throw in a long epilogue. The next step is to read it over two more times for issues before I send it on to my first beta reader. When that's done, I'll check the beta reader list at Yuletide, and see if anyone mentioned this fandom. As of the last I checked a few days ago, they hadn't.

How long is it? 17,338 words.
calliopes_pen: (chomiji Chinese Yuletide gift candle)
I just did a comparison between the current word count for my Yuletide fanfic this year, and the one I wrote for last year. I have surpassed last year’s total without meaning to.

A comparison:
Blood Begets A Curse Anew: 14,129 words
This year’s story: It’s currently at 14,610 15,034 words, before I alter the beginning.
calliopes_pen: (redscharlach lady of the lake cartoon)
I am very close to wrapping up my Yuletide fanfic. I only have to work on the beginning, (something is slightly off in the first few paragraphs, but almost there) possibly expand a moment in the middle, and settle on a title. There's also a chance I'll add at least one or two more scenes, unless that makes things go completely off the rails for a particular section.

Current word count: 11,866 words.
calliopes_pen: (sallymn Brigadier good show)
Right now, before I add anything else, the story has reached 8062 9657 words. I only need to add something to the start to make it gel better with the point of the film where it starts to diverge, alter one little bit to the middle, and fix a portion of the ending.

I just wrote for five hours straight, so I'm taking a break of a few minutes before I get on that.
calliopes_pen: (jinxed_icons Legend Lily Runs)
Currently, my fanfic is a bit over 3000 words. Thankfully, I have everything plotted out, so it's just filling it all in, getting it together into the right order as I come up with more, correcting scenes, etc...

I hope to have it completed by Thanksgiving. Whenever it's finished, I'll start a poll. To keep the fandom secret, I'll likely have two fandoms in the poll, and those that are able to do that particular fandom I'll contact.
calliopes_pen: (inthegiggleloop Victoria Winters revival)
I have my Yuletide assignment now, after a two hour delay of being unable to check due to internet connection issues in the area. This is one I'm pleased to get, as I absolutely love the source material. I was planning to rewatch it for Halloween, and I think I can do this one. It’s a scenario that I wanted to see happen myself.

I’ll get started on the rewatch tomorrow, and take notes on the scene in question that is specified in their Dear Yuletide letter.
calliopes_pen: (kcscribbler men of note Holmes)
Yuletide sign-ups are now open. I signed up a little while ago--and between now and when sign-ups close I am rewatching Dark Shadows (1991) and a few other movies (like Without a Clue (1988), been a while since I saw it) to see if I want to offer anything else.

A few Yuletide letters persuaded me to try out (and likely offer to write, unless I change my mind) a few movies I hadn't seen before now--like Behind The Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon, Hansel And Gretel: Witch Hunters, and The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec.
calliopes_pen: (jinxed_icons Legend Lily Runs)
The fandoms I am requesting this time around include: Bewitched, Dark Shadows (1991), Ghostbusters (Movies), Legend (1985), Mockingbird Lane, and Sleepy Hollow (TV). Some of the instructions as to my likes and dislikes are copied over from my previous Dear Yuletide Author letters.

Beneath the cut, you will find this year’s Dear Yuletide Author Letter. )

calliopes_pen: (a_bit_chaotic Nosferatu)
For Yuletide*, I have now watched Freaks (1932), as well as Re-Animator. I may offer to write for the former, but I’m not completely sure of the latter. Once I’ve finished my rewatch of The Lost Boys (on VH1), I’ll follow that with a few I've never managed to see before: the original Dawn of the Dead, The Hidden (1987), and Phantom of the Paradise.

*This works for Yuletide, as well as for Halloween.
calliopes_pen: (chomiji Yuletide Snow Queen)
You can see everything that has been nominated for Yuletide over here. I am slowly making my way through the list now, and am pleased to see that someone nominated Fright Night (1985) and Mockingbird Lane, in addition to the 60’s version of Dark Shadows and The Originals. I already knew that someone was planning to nominate the 90’s version for me.

I just know that I’ll either request or offer Peter Capaldi's Eyebrows Anthropomorfic. I can’t help it, it seems like it would be so bizarre.

Several movies and tv shows were nominated that I had plans to watch somewhere down the line. I’ll see if I’m able to watch a few between now, and October 19th-October 25th, when sign-ups start and end.
calliopes_pen: (chomiji Yuletide Narnia)
✔ Ghostbusters (Movies)
✔ Egon Spengler
✔ Peter Venkman
✔ Ray Stantz
✔ Dana Barrett

✔ Legend (1985)
✔ Lily (Legend)
✔ Darkness (Legend)
✔ Honeythorn Gump
✔ Oona (Legend)

✔ Bewitched
✔ Endora (Bewitched)
✔ Samantha Stephens
✔ Darrin Stephens
✔ Dr. Bombay (Bewitched)
calliopes_pen: (joanie_dearest5 Bewitched magic duo)
The winner of the Yuletide fandom poll is Bewitched, and I am now editing that into the nomination form. The definite character nominations will be Samantha, Darrin and Endora, due to a prompt I want fulfilled when the sign-ups open--the fourth slot might be either Abner or Gladys, unless someone is desperate for someone else.
calliopes_pen: (negiramenofdoom leave severed alone box)
From what I can tell from the Yuletide spreadsheet, someone else has nominated the Sleepy Hollow characters that I had intended to when I started the poll. Moloch was the only one I didn’t see that I would have definitely nominated, but I’m going to guess someone that didn’t fill out the form probably nominated him.

So if the people who voted for Sleepy Hollow could please go back to the poll and change their vote to either Murder By Death or Bewitched, that would be wonderful. The two of them are currently at 3 votes each. I’ll extend the poll to go until Friday morning, rather than tomorrow, as a result.

Also, I’m adding two more polls here, depending on which fandom you voted for. Or even if you didn’t vote for it, but still want to see a particular character receive a nomination, go for it.

Poll #15965 I want to see these characters nominated
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 0


For Bewitched:

Poll #15966 I want to see these characters nominated
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 0


For Murder By Death:


As before, those on the Livejournal side, if you are unable to vote on Dreamwidth--please add your character votes in the comments.
calliopes_pen: (liviapenn Last Minute Yuletide rush Harl)
I’m currently torn on what to nominate for my third fandom for Yuletide. My first two are Ghostbusters and Legend (1985).

I was merely waffling on Murder By Death (1976), and Bewitched (the tv series). However, I’ve also learned that Sleepy Hollow is still eligible for Yuletide. So, here's a poll.

Poll #15956 Which Fandom Do I Nominate?
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 12


Pick One--Or Two, If You Can't Decide Either

View Answers

Bewitched (TV Series)
6 (50.0%)

Murder By Death (1976)
4 (33.3%)

Sleepy Hollow (Fox series)
4 (33.3%)

And for those on the Livejournal side and unable to vote in the poll, please post your answer in the comments. I’ll factor it in when I close the poll on Thursday afternoon.
calliopes_pen: (chomiji Yuletide Kermit)
My plan was to nominate Ghostbusters, Legend, and Bewitched when the Yuletide nominations begin on Monday. However, I just rewatched Murder By Death (1976) and would love to see that included, too. Is there anyone on my friends list who doesn't have their three fandoms picked, and would be willing to throw that one in? Given how often Bewitched is on courtesy of Me-TV, Antenna TV, and Family Net at various points (which makes it easier to check up on something should I end up getting that fandom for an assignment) in the series throughout the day, I'd rather not switch it out.
calliopes_pen: (chomiji Yuletide Snow Queen)
When Yuletide opens for fandom nominations on September 22nd, I will be nominating Ghostbusters (1984) (characters nominated will be: Egon, Peter, Ray, and either Winston or Dana) and Legend (1985) (characters nominated will be Lili, Darkness, Jack, and either Honeythorn Gump or Oona). I believe only three nominations are allowed this year.

The third fandom I’m considering will be one of these:
-Bewitched (original series, due to watching an outrageous amount of it on Me-TV and FamilyNet, and rediscovering an interest in it)
-Mr. Boogedy (1986)
-Clue (1985)
-Columbo (just started watching the series on Me-TV this year, sort of love it)
-Dark Shadows (1991 series)
-Fright Night (1985)
-The Goldbergs (2013 sitcom)
-Mockingbird Lane
-Murder By Death (1976)
-Night of the Comet (1984)
-Stardust (2007)
-Suspiria (1977)

If you really wish to see one of the above, please let me know.

Suspiria is due to recently having started watching some Italian horror movies on Youtube. I don’t see how a fanfic could come out of it due to its lack of real coherency, but hey. It’s on the ‘maybe I’ll nominate it’ pile.

I assume someone else will nominate Sleepy Hollow, (the series, unless it doesn’t qualify anymore) the new Flash series or Gotham when they premiere.
calliopes_pen: (iconsbycurtana Egyptology Evie)
The old Yuletide archive is scheduled to be imported to Ao3 in May if things go well. If I’ve read everything correctly, once the transfer is complete, the old archive will be deleted. As comments won’t be included in the transfer, those will be gone. So save them if you need to. There was only one where I needed to save any comments, and I’ve already done so in an html file.
calliopes_pen: (iconzicons Legend Fallen Lily)
Title: Blood Begets A Curse Anew
Author: [personal profile] calliopes_pen
Written For: [personal profile] cherith, for [livejournal.com profile] yuletide
Rating: R (or M)
Warnings: Major Character Death. Graphic Violence. Animal Sacrifice. Torture. Suffering. Unhappy Ending.
Fandom: Legend (1985)
Pairing: Lili/Darkness
Characters: Darkness, Lili, Brown Tom, Blix, Pox, Gump, Jack.
Word Count: 14,129
Author’s Notes: This was the prompt: “I want Dark!Lily, I want Darkness. It can be rough, it can be angsty, it can be as dark as you're willing to write it. What happens if she stays with him? What happens if she kills the unicorn? What happens if Jack dies and she's left alone with Darkness? My absolute favorite fairytale in the whole world is Little Red Riding Hood. Dark!Lily is a werewolf?” The Director’s Cut for the film was used for this story, rather than the shorter American version.
Beta Readers: A massive amount of thanks to Astrokath and [livejournal.com profile] seandc for beta reading. I can’t thank the both of you enough for helping to whip this story into shape.
Summary: Jack doesn’t come to Lili’s rescue, and she goes through with the sacrifice. But there are repercussions, as nature darkly fills the void of the slain unicorn with a new creature.


Let the Dark Bride make her worst of choices. Let her murder with good intentions cradled in her heart. Let her know there was no going back. )

calliopes_pen: (chomiji Chinese Yuletide gift candle)
The last time I did this was right before authors were revealed for 2012, so I thought it was time for an updated list. Most of it is copy/pasted from that entry. It’s usually just one a year for the challenge, not counting 2007.

Yuletide 2006: Fools In Love Hercules: The Legendary Journeys

Looking back, I think the one I wrote for my first Yuletide was my least favorite. I’m linking to it anyway, even if I don’t think it turned out all that well—it’s easier to keep track of everything that way. It was just what Ares and Aphrodite went through trying to get Cupid and Strife together even though they already were.

Yuletide 2007: This was the year I bowed out early on, so that it wouldn’t count against me. All I will say outside of a locked post is that I knew I could never do it justice, and I thought it would be better off if someone else picked it up. I gave it a shot multiple times before that, but I knew I just couldn’t do what they wanted.

Yuletide 2008: Because We’re Addamses The Addams Family (movies)

2008’s assignment was great fun for me. I loved writing this one, primarily due to the strangeness of Wednesday Addams.

Yuletide 2009: Paranormal Pressures Being Human (UK version)

It was just some regular domestic oddness for George, Annie and Mitchell. This would have been written shortly before I ended up falling out of love with the series as a whole and jumping ship.

Yuletide 2010: If You Could Read My Mind Back to the Future

This one was nice to write. It’s just set shortly after a time stream collision with the phone booth that Bill and Ted used to travel through time. It was all Doc’s point of view as he worked on his mind reading device, and went off on stream of consciousness mental tangents.

Yuletide 2011: The Nosferatu Effect My Best Friend Is A Vampire

This was a movie I loved...written for someone on my friends list. Therefore, it was interesting trying to keep posts as vague as possible, due to how small the fandom was. However, I enjoyed writing it. It’s twenty-five years after the film, catching up with two vampires in the graveyard, and seeing how everyone involved has fared in the ensuing time.

Yuletide 2012: Santacide Is Coming To Town Pushing Daisies

All my recipient really wanted to see was Santa die, and the gang from the Pie Hole investigate the crime. This, coupled with my warped desire to kill Santa in some twisted way, meant I had an inordinate amount of fun writing the story. I was pleased to see that a few people thought I had nailed the Narrator’s voice.

Yuletide 2013: Blood Begets A Curse Anew Legend (1985)

If you click the above link, heed the warnings in the tags. I’ve gone on at length over here, as to the writing process for the story and the ways it almost ended. As stated over there, clocking in at 14,129 words, this is the longest fanfic that I have ever written. It may also be the darkest thing I have written to date. The prompt provided so much inspiration that there’s a good chance it could have been even longer, if I hadn’t reigned it in. Writing Lili’s descent into darkness was an interesting experience in regards to plotting, and capturing Darkness’ voice was a surprisingly fun endeavor. Some moments happened in the story that I didn’t expect to happen when I started out, but they provided some lovely additional torment for Lili.

calliopes_pen: (iconzicons Legend Fallen Lily)
Blood Begets A Curse Anew (14248 words) by calliopes_pen
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Legend (1985)
Rating: Mature
Warnings: Graphic Depictions Of Violence, Major Character Death
Relationships: Lili/Darkness
Characters: Darkness (Legend), Lili (Legend), Brown Tom, Blix, Pox, Honeythorn Gump, Jack (Legend)
Additional Tags: Character Death, Alternate Universe, Torture, Animal Sacrifice, Suffering, Evil Wins, Horror, Unhappy Ending, Fractured Fairy Tale
Summary: Jack doesn’t come to Lili’s rescue, and she goes through with the sacrifice. But there are repercussions, as nature darkly fills the void of the slain unicorn with a new creature.

Please heed all of the warnings in the Additional Tags section, as well as the main warnings section.

I'll post something about the process of writing it later.

calliopes_pen: (sallymn Xena life before coffee)
For anyone interested, my Fandom Stocking is hanging here. I forgot to mention this more than once during the course of the month.

Meanwhile, I’ve decided that once the authors are revealed for Yuletide, I will do a separate post about the process for the long story I wrote. It’s already written up. I suspect the story itself is too long for LJ, but it might not be too long for Dreamwidth. I’ll figure that out later.

I considered having people guess which story was mine, since that meme's going around again this year--but it would be too easy, given that I've mentioned both the length before, as well as (while searching for a beta, possibly in a locked entry) the fandom in earlier posts. There are too few stories in the fandom in question this year, meaning it would be relatively easy to guess. So I'll sit that out.
calliopes_pen: (chomiji Chinese Yuletide gift candle)
For Yuletide, my mystery Yuletide writer has given me the delightful Funny Night Off, in the Sleepy Hollow (tv) fandom. To get in the Halloween spirit, Abbie and Ichabod end up having a horror movie marathon on Halloween, terrorizing the trick-or-treaters that Ichabod mistakes for the Headless Horseman, and fending off an attack from a Black-Eyed Child. I loved it. They nailed the characters, and it was exactly what I wanted.
calliopes_pen: (rosiemoon sneaky geek)

Just when I thought I was done with the Yuletide story (since it's been uploaded to the archive for a bit), I noticed something I had come up with in a separate Word document that really needs to go into the beginning.  Apparently, it was lost in the shuffle.  I'm sending that bit back to the beta in a few minutes, and then I'll edit it into the uploaded version.

14,083 words with that extra bit.

I'm Done!

Dec. 12th, 2013 12:24 pm
calliopes_pen: (roniabirk  Numfar)

As of now, I am 100% finished with my Yuletide fanfic.  I've just uploaded it to the archive.  Exactly 14,000 words, coming in at 23 pages, and I am done.

(But it was fun to write, I must say!)
calliopes_pen: (chomiji Yuletide Snow Queen)

I have the Yuletide fanfic back from a beta reader, and I've spent a few hours here (five hours today, thanks to the length of the story) and there fixing up all the smaller issues.  I only need to tweak something major at the beginning now, and add one extra line at the end.  After I do that tomorrow, then I should be ready to upload it to the archive. 

calliopes_pen: (chomiji Chinese Yuletide gift candle)
My Yuletide fanfic is now off to a second and third beta reader.

And now, a meme:

Give me the title of a story I've never written and feedback telling me what you liked best about it, and I will tell you any of: the first sentence, the last sentence, the thing that made me want to write it, the biggest problem I had while writing it, why it almost never got posted, the scene that hit the cutting room floor but that I wish I'd been able to salvage, or something else that I want readers to know.
calliopes_pen: (sallymn time space tea)
I appear to be finished with my fanfic, and it's now off to the first person to beta read it. 14,647 words. Given a couple things that go on in the course of it all, I'll probably be rating it R.

Also, is anyone else having trouble with LJ? I can log in finally, but I haven't been able to get any further than the main page for the last two or three days. It's only LJ, and no other site--it's that way in IE, Chrome, and Firefox, so it's likely something to do with the cluster I'm on.

When I try to cross-post, looks like Dreamwidth fails to connect until the third try. So definitely an issue on LJ's part.

Oh, and without spoiling anyone who may not have seen it--loved the 50th anniversary special of Doctor Who when it aired on Saturday.
calliopes_pen: (chomiji Yuletide Snow Queen)
The Yuletide story is currently at 12,652 13,320 words. I'm adding a little more, and moving something around, and then we'll see if it's ready to go. It's nearing that point.

At that point, if it is, it will be off to the first beta reader.

My self-imposed due date prior to the beta portion is Thanksgiving, as is almost always the case for Yuletide.
calliopes_pen: (chomiji Blackadder candle)
I have been working on my Yuletide fanfic (not at liberty to divulge the fandom, but I might eventually do a poll with some of what I offered to write for when I need a beta) for a while now, and as of the last I checked (before I added anything else) I had just hit 7200 words. And it’s still continuing as I add more here and there, so it’s looking longer than I originally predicted. Somewhere in the revision process I’ll probably trim a couple portions if it turns out they aren't needed--but hey, at least I’m over the required 1000 words.

I hope to be done by Thanksgiving, since that’s usually around when I start sending things to get a beta read.

And just in case anything were to go wrong, I have one copy on the external hard drive, and one copy on my computer.

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