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.
calliopes_pen: (inthegiggleloop Victoria Winters revival)
I have my assignment and...I think it's one that I should be able to do. My assignment's Dear Yuletide Letter is thorough about what they do and do not want in it. It's actually one with a premise that I wanted to see myself, so that's good. I have a few ideas.

I'm downloading the source material film right now, so I can take some notes on the scene in question that they want to see diverge from a particular point in canon.
calliopes_pen: (inthegiggleloop Victoria Winters revival)
Yuletide sign-ups end tonight, at 5 PM CST. Unless I change my sign-ups again--likely, as I'm about to watch a couple other films while I have enough time--I'm currently offering these fandoms: Fright Night (1985), Sleepy Hollow (TV), The Librarian (Movies), Legend (1985), Dark Shadows (1991), Back To The Future (Movies), Stardust (2007), The Originals, Army of Darkness (1992), and Near Dark (1987).

With these in the Bucket List: A Study in Emerald - Neil Gaiman, Allstate Insurance "Mayhem" Commercials, Clue (1985), Murder By Death (1976), Pushing Daisies, The Addams Family (1991), and Without a Clue (1988).

ETA: Whoops, misread somewhere along the way. Sign-ups end tomorrow evening at 5 PM, not tonight. So I have some extra time to watch those movies.
calliopes_pen: (chomiji Yuletide Pooh)
The fandoms I requested this time around are: Fright Night (1985), The Librarian (Movies), Dark Shadows (1991), Sleepy Hollow (TV), The Real Ghostbusters, and Murder By Death (1976).

Beneath the cut, you will find this year’s Dear Yuletide Letter. )
calliopes_pen: (negiramenofdoom Dark Shadows cliffs)
For anyone out there that has yet to do their nominations for Yuletide, or can’t think of something, please consider adding Fright Night (1985), Ghostbusters, or Night of the Comet (1984). If that last one doesn’t turn up this year, I’ll try to remember to add it next year. (I’ll be rewatching The Adventures of Captain Zoom in Outer Space (1995) in the next few minutes, and will decide if I want to nominate the corniness of that one next year.)

I’ve finally gotten around to watching the first episode of Sleepy Hollow. I think I like it, so I’ll give the next episode a shot. I’ll try watching the new version of The Tomorrow People, as well as (because I watched four seasons of The Vampire Diaries in one month, under the mistaken impression they were eligible for Yuletide until I rechecked the ineligible list, and I might as well put it to some use) The Originals, when they premiere. Mostly so I’ll know if I want to write for either of those for Yuletide.

Also, is anyone else having a problem where you cannot see comments (aside from the notation telling the number of comments there should be, as well as page numbers) on LJ at all, when you’re using Internet Explorer? I finally thought to switch to my portable version of Firefox, and I can see the comments over there. I assume it was just another upgrade from LJ’s end that caused this, since nothing else is affected. It started three days ago.

Two Polls

Sep. 17th, 2013 01:39 pm
calliopes_pen: (chomiji Yuletide Snow Queen)
Poll #14231 Dark Shadows (1991)
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 2


Dark Shadows (1991): Which character or characters do you want added to the Yuletide nominations?



Poll #14232 If I were to switch out The Super Dictionary for another fandom, which would you prefer to see?
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 3


Pick One Or More If You So Desire

View Answers

Mr. Boogedy (1986)
0 (0.0%)

Fright Night (1985)
0 (0.0%)

Murder By Death (1976)
3 (100.0%)

calliopes_pen: (limeadesunlight PossessedFandom)
Due to the increasing likelihood of Bruce Wayne and Dick Grayson being rejected as characters, (based on what I’m reading here, on the list of ineligible characters) I’m about to go back in and remove those two from my nominations list for The Super Dictionary. I’m on the fence as to whether or not I should just swap it out for another fandom. If I do, it’s Murder By Death (1976), Fright Night (1985), or Mr. Boogedy that will replace it. I know that someone else has already nominated Extreme Ghostbusters, so I don't need to nominate Ghostbusters (1984).

I also still have one character slot open for Dark Shadows (1991). I’ve already nominated Maggie Evans, Barnabas Collins, and Victoria Winters.
calliopes_pen: (chomiji Yuletide Narnia)
Nominations are open for Yuletide fandoms as of a short while ago. I changed my mind on a couple of the ones I planned on putting up there for nominations. As of now, it's The Super Dictionary, Mockingbird Lane, Clue (1985), and Dark Shadows (1991). For that last one, is there any particular character people want to see added to the nominations list?

Having just rewatched Murder By Death (1976), courtesy of Antenna TV, this morning--if anyone out there has an open slot and no ideas for it, please consider adding that one. (Or Mr. Boogedy--located a copy of it on Vimeo.)
calliopes_pen: (taibhrigh Clue one plus one)
So it looks like people can make up to six requests for this year’s Yuletide. I’ll try to think up something with the time comes.

Currently the four fandoms I plan to nominate are: The Dracula Tape Series—Fred Saberhagen, Mr. Boogedy, The Super Dictionary, and Clue (1985). However, due to the only way to really see the Boogedy movies (that I know of) being Youtube--and Disney constantly getting those uploads I locate deleted, it might make things harder for whoever ends up with my assignment. So I’m thinking of switching that out for something else. If anyone would like to see a particular fandom from this list get nominated, just let me know.

The options:
Dark Shadows (1991)
The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen: 1996
The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen: 1988
Fright Night (1985)
Ghostbusters
Murder By Death (1976)
Radioland Murders (1994)

(While watching today’s Syfy marathon of Friday The 13th: The Series, I considered throwing that out there. Haven’t decided yet.)
calliopes_pen: (limeadesunlight PossessedFandom)
Here is my planned nominations list for this year’s Yuletide. Are there two other characters anyone would want to see nominated for the Dracula Tape series of novels? I still have two slots open there, as I could only come up with Dracula and Sherlock Holmes.

As for the fourth fandom nomination slot, currently it looks like it’s two votes for Clue. Someone else seems to be planning to nominate Sleepy Hollow according to a comment I saw somewhere else, so that’s off the long list of possible nominations for me now.
calliopes_pen: (eumelkeks Doctor oi watch it)
Provided there aren’t any other major family emergencies happening that cause me to withdraw, I plan to sign up for Yuletide this year. Fandom nominations run from September 16th through the 23rd, sign-ups run from October 7th to 14th, and assignments go out October 21st.

Would anyone else be willing to nominate the 90’s version of Dark Shadows with me when the time comes, or the Super Dictionary? Just in case the 2+ nominations rule goes through after all. Or even Mr. Boogedy/Bride of Boogedy, since I’m certain I promised to try to nominate it. (If someone wants to watch Mr. Boogedy or Bride of Boogedy, both can be viewed in their entirety on Youtube--I'll get the links if you need them)

If I’m unable to nominate Mr. Boogedy, I’ll try to switch it out for Mockingbird Lane or Fright Night (80’s version).

ETA: Seeing as Sleepy Hollow debuts on September 16th? If the first episode is good, I put that into the list of things I might nominate.
calliopes_pen: (rosiemoon hello in there DoctorDonna)
Livejournal Status Update: possible slowness and access problems. If LJ is down and you’re reading from my cross-post on Dreamwidth, [personal profile] meridian_rose has copied the text of the post here.

Yuletide 2012 Statistics Post.

This is what the Lizard could have looked like in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man movies.

Behold an Alien facehugger made entirely out of animal bones.

The Phil Coulson Memorial Awards: Comics Alliance’s Best Comics of 2012, Part 5.

Handmade Doctor Who Gallifreyan Collar.

Doctor Who Christmas special ratings surge.

Amazing Spider-Man #700 Steve Ditko Cover Breaks $1200 On eBay.

Japanese Poster For The Cabin In The Woods.

Crash Course: Dario Argento.

Trailers From Hell: Larry Karaszewski on What's The Matter With Helen.

Looking Forward, Looking Back: Creators weigh in on 2012 and 2013, Part 2.

J.M. DeMatteis on the Supernatural DCU and Phantom Stranger.

P:R Redesign: Denis Medri’s Fantasy Deadpool

Interview: Gregg Hurwitz & Ethan Van Sciver on Batman: The Dark Knight.

Stan Lee's Real Life Hobbit One Ring

Oz: The Great And Powerful—Two New Teaser Trailers.

After Elton interviews Colin Morgan and Katie McGrath.

The Evil Dead Wedding Cake.

Has The Roster For The Justice League Movie Been Revealed?

Is Scream 5 The New Ghostbusters 3?

5 Unfinished Comic Series We Want To Come Back.

10 Book Series So Addictive, You Never Want Them To End.

Geekfest Rants, Episode 121: Reboots, Remakes, and Reimaginings.

Greatest Movie Ever Podcast: Johnny Guitar (1954)

Comic Issues #99: Geek Resolution.
calliopes_pen: (gabenut Emerson Ned don't get it)
Title: Santacide Is Coming To Town
Author: [personal profile] calliopes_pen
Rating: PG-13
Fandom: Pushing Daisies
Pairing: Hints of Chuck/Ned
Characters: Digby, Chuck, Emerson, Ned, The Narrator, The Coroner
Word Count: 7706
Author’s Notes: This fanfic was written for [livejournal.com profile] flatlanddan, for [livejournal.com profile] yuletide. The following is the prompt: “Someone murders Santa. The team investigates and discovers the true meaning of Christmas.” A huge thanks goes out to [livejournal.com profile] seandc and [livejournal.com profile] persiflage_1 for beta reading.
Summary: While shoveling snow, Ned discovers a murdered body dressed in a very familiar red suit. What will the Pie Hole denizens do next?


Death didn’t vacation. It didn’t sleep when Christmas came calling. It wrecked its parents’ home in a breathtaking Bacchanal before digging up the elderly neighbor’s priceless petunias in spite. )
calliopes_pen: (gabenut damn you Ned sorry)
The Yuletide authors have now been revealed. I only ended up doing one story--I wrote Santacide Is Coming To Town, in the Pushing Daisies fandom. It’s a mild PG-13, with the characters finding out who killed the man dressed as Santa, after Ned uncovers him while shoveling snow.
calliopes_pen: (toketsupuurin Bruce Selina cuffs)
Charles Durning has passed away, at the age of 89. May he rest in peace. After checking IMDB, I mostly remember him from The Hudsucker Proxy and Dick Tracy.

Gerry Anderson has passed away, at the age of 83, after suffering from dementia for several years. May he rest in peace. He was the producer of Thunderbirds, Space: 1999, and many other shows over the decades. I don’t believe I have ever watched any of his shows.

From Cracked: Where Aren’t They Now? 13 Overlooked Deaths of 2012.

Yuletide 2012: Highlights from the biggest fanfic challenge of the year.

Novel created from tweets raises money for charity.

Doctor Who: 'The Snowmen' Christmas Special 2012 - Behind the Scenes

Matt Smith, Jenna-Louise Coleman and Steven Moffat answer questions about Doctor Who.

Doctor Who: Inside The New TARDIS Interior. A clip from the Christmas special. I liked the new interior.

Royal Mail reveals Doctor Who stamps.

Relive your favorite Doctor Who deaths in the Gallifreycrumb Tinies

The 12 Most Epic Action Heroes of Science Fiction and Fantasy.

JJ Abrams Turned Down Directing Star Wars Episode VII Over Loyalty To Star Trek.

Teaser trailer for BBC America’s Orphan Black.

Paul Giamatti Still Hopes To Sink His Teeth Into Bubba Nosferatu.

Shock Interview: Don Coscarelli Talks John At The End, Phantasm 5, and more.

Bruce Campbell: Heroes and Inspirations.

Guardians of the Galaxy: James Gunn denies casting rumors.

Sir Patrick Stewart: Next Generation, X-Men and Hollywood history.

Bizarro Back Issues: Boxing Day With Captain Marvel (1944).

Massive Chart of Superpowers.

Massachusetts retailer gets road renamed Lois Lane.

Amazing Spider-Man: Dan Slott talks Peter Parker’s fate. There are major spoilers for a pivotal moment that occurs in the final issue of The Amazing Spider-Man.

This Day In Horror: The Exorcist Is Unleashed Upon Audiences.

Grendel as Grinch.

The Batman Universe Commentary Podcast: Batman: Year One (2011)

The Batman Universe Commentary Podcast: Justice League: Doom (2012)

The Forgotten Flix Podcast, Episode 89: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)

Pulp Nightmare Pulp Commentary: End of Days (1999).

Geekfest Rants Geek Commentary, Episode 120: Raiders of the Lost Ark.

Arrow In The Head Podcast, Episode 188: Reviews of Elves, Rare Exports, Gremlins and Jack Reacher.

Comic Issues #98—Best of 2012.

The Shut Up And Watch This Commentary, Episode 72: The Snowman (1983 David Bowie Intro).

Yuletide

Dec. 25th, 2012 08:49 am
calliopes_pen: (liviapenn Yuletide squee Harley Ivy)
For Yuletide, I ended up with two stories (or three, because it looks like there’s a Yuletide Madness one still to be unveiled) this year. For The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: 1996, I received Try to pretend the world isn’t ending (we won’t let it). “The League of Extraordinary Gentlepersons has reformed, Scully is fighting the wrong alien invasion, and Carmen would just like to stop, unintentionally, stealing things.” Exactly the sort of insanity I was looking for.

For The Addams Family, I received Don’t Eat The Neighbors. “Gomez stumbles upon an arcane grimorie that details how to summon lower-order imps. Succumbing to an overwhelming curiosity, he recites the spell, rather unaware of the possible consequences of doing so.”

The recipient of the story I wrote has already read it and commented that it was exactly what they wanted.

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