calliopes_pen: (54 IJ Edith candles corridors)
Is anyone else having issues when it comes to editing their Yuletide sign-up? I wanted to add a couple of other fandoms in there, as well as more characters I was willing to write in another. However, when I tell it to save, I end up with an error. “502 Bad Gateway. The server returned an invalid or incomplete response.”

It’s like that in both Internet Explorer and Firefox. The only workaround I’ve come up with at the moment is jotting down everything I already have, and that I wanted to add, deleting the current sign-up, and doing another sign-up form with the corrected content. I just worried I would end up with that error again.

Speaking of Yuletide, [personal profile] damzel had the idea of gathering together a list of the gothic horror/gothic romance fandoms that were nominated this year. That’s currently unofficially underway at [community profile] hidden_passages. If there are any that were missed, (I’m certain there must be) feel free to add them there.
calliopes_pen: (chomiji Yuletide Snow Queen)
I finished adding those links to the Dear Yuletide letter, so that now you can just hop on down to each section; after I finished that, I went and successfully signed up.

Heh. Knowing previous years, I’ll keep editing my sign-up until the cut off day.
calliopes_pen: (my bloody valentine Lucille Peeks)
The Yuletide tag set is open, so everyone can see what was nominated this year. I am genuinely surprised that someone else remembers Escape To Witch Mountain (1995). And all incarnations of The Tomorrow People (I’ve only seen the 90’s American version) tv shows made it in, too. There are so many things that I need to rewatch or read again before I can confirm what I would love to offer to write or what I want to request. I probably need to locate the Holmes and Watson 1975 tv pilot with Robby the Robot.

These are all the ones that I have a particular interest in after looking—including the ones I nominated, somewhere among them:

The Bloody Chamber - Angela Carter (Mostly going to read this soon)
Carmilla - J. Sheridan Le Fanu
Dracula - Bram Stoker
Frankenstein - Mary Shelley
The Haunting of Hill House - Shirley Jackson
The Last Unicorn - Peter S. Beagle
Professor Moriarty: The Hound of the D'Urbervilles - Kim Newman
Rebecca - Daphne du Maurier
The Real Ghostbusters
The Company of Wolves (1984)
Count Dracula (1977)
Crimson Peak (2015)
The Haunting (1963)
Horror of Dracula (1958)
The Innocents (1961)
Laura (1944)
The Mummy Series
The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1970)
Sherlock Holmes (Rathbone films)
The Shadow (1994)
Van Helsing (2004)
Dark Shadows (Big Finish Audio)
Dark Shadows (1966)
Dark Shadows (1991)
Dracula (TV 1968)
Dracula: The Series (This is the 1990 version)
She-Wolf of London (TV)

I need to read Nine Coaches Waiting, by Mary Stewart. Tanz der Vampire - Steinman/Kunze is one that Youtube keeps recommending I watch, due to my interest in Dracula musicals. I spotted My Two Dads, which currently airs in reruns on Sunday nights on Antenna TV. Poltergeist: The Legacy is on daily on Comet TV.

I have She-Wolf of London, and the 1991 version of Dark Shadows on DVD, along with Dracula: The Series when it comes to the tv shows section.
calliopes_pen: (lost_spook Mina covets the ring)
The rest of the nominations have been approved for Yuletide.

✔ Count Dracula (1977)
✔ Renfield (Count Dracula 1977)
✔ Jonathan Harker (Count Dracula 1977)
✔ Dracula (Count Dracula 1977)
✔ Mina Westenra Harker (Count Dracula 1977)

✔ Dracula (TV 1968)
✔ Jonathan Harker (Dracula TV 1968)
✔ Mina Harker (Dracula TV 1968)
✔ John Seward (Dracula TV 1968)
✔ Lucy Weston (Dracula TV 1968)
calliopes_pen: (lost_spook Lucy's throat Dracula's ring)
My nomination list for Yuletide has partially been reviewed. So as of right now, I can confirm this one. I'll let people know when the others make it through.

✔ Dracula - Bram Stoker
✔ Golden Krone Innkeeper's Wife (Dracula - Bram Stoker)
✔ Jonathan Harker (Dracula - Bram Stoker)
✔ John Seward (Dracula - Bram Stoker)
✔ Dracula (Dracula - Bram Stoker)
calliopes_pen: (wolfbane_icons coffin Dracula fire)
Next year, I will try to remember to nominate Dracula The Undead, by Freda Warrington. (Not the Dacre Stoker novel of the same name) I love that unofficial continuation of the novel, and I have a prompt I'd love to see written someday. I just never have room and/or never think to nominate it until I've already done my nominations.
calliopes_pen: (lost_spook borrowing Dracula's shadow)
Yuletide nominations are open. My nominations look like this--and I will let people know when they are either accepted or rejected, should that occur at all. The "?!" mark was what it looked like before either happened.

?! Count Dracula (1977)
?! Renfield (Count Dracula 1977)
?! Jonathan Harker (Count Dracula 1977)
?! Dracula (Count Dracula 1977)
?! Mina Westenra Harker (Count Dracula 1977)

Dracula (TV 1968)
?! Jonathan Harker (Dracula TV 1968)
?! Mina Harker (Dracula TV 1968)
?! John Seward (Dracula TV 1968)
?! Lucy Weston (Dracula TV 1968)

?! Dracula - Bram Stoker
?! Golden Krone Innkeeper's Wife (Dracula - Bram Stoker)
?! Jonathan Harker (Dracula - Bram Stoker)
?! John Seward (Dracula - Bram Stoker)
?! Dracula (Dracula - Bram Stoker)
calliopes_pen: (lost_spook Dracula bites Lucy kiss)
In my Yuletide considerations, I still have a few blank spots for who I plan to nominate in each source. Currently, it looks a little like this:

Count Dracula (1977)
1. Renfield (as I promised [personal profile] sovay, and I love the character, too)
2. Jonathan Harker
3. Dracula
4. Mina Westenra Harker

Three and four are up for grabs, though I’m leaning towards throwing the Louis Jourdan version of Dracula into the third slot at the moment. Are there other character requests from those who have seen it?

Dracula (TV 1968):
1. Jonathan Harker
2. Mina Harker
3. John Seward
4. Lucy Weston

The fourth character slot in Dracula (TV 1968) will either be Lucy Weston, Dracula, or Van Helsing. It depends on who is wanted more.

Dracula—Bram Stoker (the original novel):
2.Jonathan Harker
3.Golden Krone Innkeeper's Wife

As I asked over in that Yuletide comment the other day: Is there anyone in particular that anybody is desperate to see before I added anyone else? Because if someone would love to see (in that last one) the Brides of Dracula, Van Helsing, Mina, Lucy, Quincey, Seward, Arthur, or even Sister Agatha nominated I'd be happy to throw whichever two in when things open on the 8th.

Should anyone have any character requests, I'll edit them in.

(Hit random icon, and get Dracula about to bite Lucy's throat in Dracula (1968). Heh.)
calliopes_pen: (wolfbane_icons Dracula blood manuscript)
The yearly Yuletide Fandom Brainstorming post has gone up. I added my comment about who I’m willing to nominate here. I’m open to nominating whoever people wish to see in the Dracula fandoms. With Dracula (1968), I’m now going back and forth on which I should toss into the nominations for that particular fourth character slot.
calliopes_pen: (lost_spook will serve for lives)
I am compiling a list of things I would want to see nominated (or might nominate on my own) when Yuletide nominations do open in September. These are what I am currently taking into consideration:

-Makt Myrkranna | Powers of Darkness - Valdimar Ásmundsson
-The Haunting (1963)
-The Innocents (1961)
-The Uninvited (1944)
-Dark Shadows (1991)
-Dracula - Bram Stoker
-Dracula (TV 1968)
-Count Dracula (1977)
-Nosferatu (the 1979 remake)
-Hammer Horror Films
-Universal Monster Movies
-Crimson Peak (2015)
-Fright Night (1985)
-Ghostbusters (Movies 1984-1989)
-The Last Unicorn (1982)

At the moment, I suspect that I’ll be nominating Makt Myrkranna (the Icelandic version of Stoker's Dracula that I discussed a while back) in that first slot. Either Dracula (TV 1968) or Dracula - Bram Stoker would go in the second slot unless someone else eventually nominated either one of those.

If it were going to be being released sooner than December, I would be able to add Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water to my list of potential things to throw in there.

Oh, and on a note that doesn’t involve Yuletide: I finally watched Jack The Ripper (1988), and I loved it.
calliopes_pen: (chomiji Chinese Yuletide gift candle)
For those that haven’t already spotted it as I just did, here’s the adjusted schedule for this year’s Yuletide. Nominations begin on September 8th this year. So, yes. I will see about making a list of what I’m considering nominating at some point, or just what I hope will be nominated. I also need to eventually get myself time to watch several things on my To Watch Before Yuletide list.
calliopes_pen: (lost_spook will serve for lives)
I thought I had linked to this already, but apparently I hadn’t. For Yuletide Madness, [ profile] lost_spook wrote the fantastic Night Falls for me, for Dracula (1968). I recommend reading it.

Night Falls (8535 words) by lost_spook
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Dracula (TV 1968)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Count Dracula/Jonathan Harker, John Seward/Lucy Weston
Characters: Jonathan Harker, Dracula, John Seward, Mrs Hoskins (Dracula TV 1968), Mrs Weston, Lucy Weston, Mina Harker, Abraham Van Helsing
Additional Tags: Mental Institutions, Mental Disintegration, Victorian, Victorian Attitudes, Pre-Canon, Period Typical Attitudes to Mental Illness, Mind Control, Vampires

Something unknown and sinister is coming for them all…

In other Dracula related news, I just now ordered Powers of Darkness: The Lost Version of Dracula. It’s the Icelandic version, which was originally published/translated into that in 1900, and now finally translated into English--with extra characters and a few other differences in the plot from the original novel, from all I’ve heard. I’ll finally get to see how different it is.

calliopes_pen: (lost_spook Jonathan cape possessed)
I have now successfully updated Wrap The Cloak of Night Around His Shoulders, so that the banner [ profile] lost_spook made for [community profile] fandom_stocking is included just before the story starts. At 100% zoom level in IE, it’s a bit cut off. However, at 75%, it looks perfect. If anyone is having any issues seeing it in their browser, if they're using something else, just let me know and I’ll see what I can do.

I’ve added the book cover to just before the deleted scenes in part 2.
calliopes_pen: (lost_spook Dracula's brides)
I am truly beyond thrilled with all that I received for [community profile] fandom_stocking this year.

To sum up, I received:

-Two beautiful banners/book covers from [ profile] lost_spook, for the Yuletide story I wrote for her, as well as two icons (and two others to share because they’re fantastic) for Dracula (1968). I’ll see if I can put the second banner in without wrecking anything on Ao3 once I figure out the coding and upload it elsewhere. I'm not sure about creating a third chapter over there just to show them off, but it's an option.

-17 Supergirl icons from [personal profile] medie, and 2 Supergirl related icons from [personal profile] tarlanx.
-3 Dark Shadows icons from [personal profile] liadtbunny.
-A great Methos centered Highlander drabble from [personal profile] misbegotten.
-A book recommendation (which I’ll track down soon) from [personal profile] john_amend_all.
-A massive helping of book recommendations from [personal profile] rebecca_selene. I will be tracking down a large amount of them, if not all of them, in all likelihood.
-Links to Halloween focused stuff from [personal profile] valarltd
-Happy New Year from [profile] falcon_hours, [personal profile] knowmefirst and [personal profile] twinsarein.

I’m uploading as many icons as I can to Dreamwidth, and saving others so I can switch them out at another date if I want. To all that are on my circle/friends list and provided something, thank you again.

I’ll look through the collection further on Ao3 in a little while.
calliopes_pen: (chomiji Chinese Yuletide gift candle)
Because I keep meaning to post this after each Yuletide, and I keep forgetting to do it again for a couple years at a stretch. First time, did it in 2012. Second time, 2014. 2006-2013 is copy/pasted (or at least small bits of it are) from the other ones, with accompanying notes. If you don’t count 2007, when I had to bow out early on lest it count against me, it’s just one story for each Yuletide.

Yuletide 2006: Fools In Love
Hercules: The Legendary Journeys.

It’s not that great of a story, because I was still relatively new at fanfic. There’s a chance I only had access to a small number of episodes, because I think the characterization was off. This could be the one story that if given a choice, I might advise people to avoid because it’s my least favorite.

The plot was just what Ares and Aphrodite went through trying to get Cupid and Strife together even though they already were together.

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

This one was fun to write at the time, as it was the POV of Wednesday Addams. I think it’s also the one where I had the most number of comments for any story, so I was quite pleased by that. I was stunned to receive any at the time.

Yuletide 2009: Paranormal Pressures
Being Human (The 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. I agree with the bookmark on Ao3, where someone noted that due to its age, there are inaccuracies with the story in regards to being in canon for the series. So if anyone out there chooses to read it, just know it was right as of when it was written (which they pointed out, too).

Yuletide 2010: If You Could Read My Mind
Back To The Future

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 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.

*As we now know, this would happen again with a fandom that is, perhaps, tinier. Maybe.

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 own 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.

This would be the final year that I offered a longer (well, a full season and change) series, because during the writing process I try to rewatch things quite a bit. 22 episodes over and over again can burn you out, and could be why I haven’t had the desire to revisit it since. It will continue to sit on my external hard drive, should I ever feel the need to rewatch.

2013 to the present are stories that have taken a bit of a darker turn, and which I have felt far more comfortable with. Weird, but I’m better with horror, it seems.

The rest is beneath the cut, for it was getting a bit long. )

calliopes_pen: (wolfbane_icons coffin Dracula fire)
For those interested [personal profile] st_aurafina is hosting Let’s Stick Together: A Friending Meme For 2017.

I created a second part of this year’s Yuletide story, but it’s just for storing a few deleted scenes that people may be interested in for curiosity’s sake. They are scenes that would have gone in, but couldn’t for various reasons. I wanted to keep them somewhere safe other than a comments thread. [personal profile] lost_spook gave me the go ahead after I asked if it was okay.

So if someone actually notices the word count jump upwards from the already ridiculous number of 58,042 words to 59,747 words, therein lies the cause. Through this change, all the end notes have automatically been bumped ahead to the end of that second chapter, and will be found there.

Also, because I was asked by a couple of people, I thought I might answer here, too. No. You don’t really need to have watched Dracula (1968) prior to reading the story, but it might help to understand a few alterations in regards to characters—-particularly why Jonathan Harker (played by Corin Redgrave in the film, who is having the time of his life) is the way he is. There are a few smaller differences in the story (as in the characterization of Van Helsing and Dracula) that aren’t nearly as big as his change.

The fanfic is sort of branching off at a critical moment for the characters, but enough information is given in my story that you could probably understand without having seen that part, in regards to plot.

So for the curious who haven’t already watched, here’s Dracula (1968) in its entirety on Youtube. Denholm Elliott is Dracula. It’s only an hour and twenty minutes long. I recommend giving it a watch even if you don’t want to read the story.

calliopes_pen: (chomiji Chinese Yuletide gift candle)
Wrap The Cloak Of Night Around His Shoulders (58042 words) by calliopes_pen
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Dracula (TV 1968)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Mina Harker/John Seward, Count Dracula/Jonathan Harker
Characters: John Seward, Mina Harker, Jonathan Harker, Lucy Weston, Count Dracula, Abraham Van Helsing
Additional Tags: When Vampires Attack, Exorcisms, Hypnotism, Possession, Bats, Temptation, Friendship, Mind Control, Jonathan runs away with Dracula, Van Helsing is clever, Mina protects Lucy, Seward needs a blood transfusion and blanket right about now, There's something in the basement, Vampire Bites, Hurt/Comfort, Character Turned Into Vampire, Elements of Lucy/Mina, staking, Vampirism Causes Irreconcilable Differences, Suspense, Nightmares, Fog, Journey to the Castle, Happy Ending, Blood Drinking, Adventure, Alternate Universe

What if Seward and Van Helsing told Mina about the danger Lucy was in sooner? What if Lucy wasn’t bitten a final time that night, because Mina was in the house? This gives them a reprieve. Everything changes for the better and for the worse. Each takes a more active role in their fate as they fight to keep Dracula away from Lucy, and the darkness closes in around them.

Yes, [personal profile] lost_spook. I guessed you may have written at least one (The Poison Tree) of the stories I received, but I didn’t guess that it was both of them. So thank you so much.

This story clocked in at a whopping 114 pages in Microsoft Word, for a grand total (no matter what Ao3 says—it might register the scene breaks) of 57,748 words. This is, by far, the longest thing I have ever written. The outline alone was 10 pages. I printed it, so I could have access to it at all times that I was away from the computer. I did not print the story, but I’m still genuinely amused that you did.*

I should have made it into separate chapters, but I didn’t even think of it at the time after all the edits were completed. Sorry about that. I do see in retrospect where a few chapter breaks could be, as one scene in particular was nearly 10,000 words.

I really must thank you, by the way, specifically for this post. The Picspam came in handy. So did the gif set in another post where you showed Seward fainting, and these promo shots in color. I might have used the fainting gifs for reference.

I can’t post the story to Livejournal, just like I couldn’t post it there last year, since it exceeds the word count limit. This year, I’m almost certain that I cannot post it to Dreamwidth, either, for that very reason. So…if someone ever feels the desire to comment on the story, you can do so in this post, or the cross-post on LJ, or just go to Ao3 by way of the link in this post if one happens to have an account there.

*Tomorrow or the next day, I plan another post about trivia from the writing process. I’ll try to make notes of all the random references sprinkled throughout the story that I alluded to in my author’s notes. There are a couple extra deleted moments that you can decide if you do or do not wish to see after they're described.

Edit: Or I could (and did) just post it today, since I gathered everything sooner than expected.
calliopes_pen: (chomiji Yuletide Kermit)
The reveal day for stockings over at [community profile] fandom_stocking should be January 6th, so I felt I should give one final post about it. (Things have been hectic, so I didn’t post about it other than when it was first posted, and likely won’t post about it again until reveals) So if anyone ever feels like putting anything in my stocking, it’s located over this way.

Also, last call for guessing what story I wrote for Yuletide. Reveals are tonight. I can do a drabble (at least) in that particular fandom, with a prompt of your choosing, if you guess correctly.
calliopes_pen: (rosiemoon sneaky geek)
Each Yuletide, people try to guess what others wrote. I’m going to open the field for anyone out there to try to guess which story was written by me, without even knowing which fandom it was written in. I only wrote one. If you guess correctly, I will write a drabble for you in that fandom. It will be your choice as to what subject it is for that fandom.

Personally, I feel that it’s quite apparent which story was written by me given what I veer towards, but I could be wrong on that count. And if you do earn a drabble for yourself? I can’t promise it will be short in the end, but it will begin its life as an intended drabble.

(As always, my beta reader is disqualified.)
calliopes_pen: (wolfbane_icons Dracula blood manuscript)
I received two absolutely fantastic stories for Yuletide this year; both were in the Dracula (1968) fandom.

First, the main story:

The Poison Tree (27259 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 7/7
Fandom: Dracula (TV 1968)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Major Character Death
Relationships: Jonathan Harker/Mina Harker, Count Dracula/Jonathan Harker, Mina Harker & John Seward, Jonathan Harker & John Seward, Jonathan Harker/Original Male Character(s)
Characters: Jonathan Harker, Mina Harker, John Seward, Mrs Weston, Mrs Perkins (Dracula TV 1968), Mrs Hoskins (Dracula TV 1968), Original Characters
Additional Tags: References to Mina Harker/Lucy Weston, Vampires, Hypnotism, Post-Canon, World War I, Victorian, Edwardian Period, Blood, Yuletide, Dark, Religious Imagery & Symbolism

Dracula may have been defeated, but the future has never been less certain for Jonathan and Mina. Everything has changed, most especially the Harkers themselves…

And the treat I received:

Influence (1368 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Dracula (TV 1968), Dracula & Related Fandoms
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Abraham Van Helsing & John Seward, Count Dracula/Jonathan Harker, John Seward/Lucy Weston, Jonathan Harker/Mina Harker, Mina Harker/Lucy Weston
Characters: Abraham Van Helsing, John Seward, Dracula, Jonathan Harker, Lucy Weston, Mina Harker
Additional Tags: Yuletide Treat, Implied/Referenced Mind Control, Dark

Some personalities are magnetic, they exert an irresistible pull on others.

They are everything I wanted to see from this fandom when I posted my letter. So, again, if you happen to lurk, dear writers, and haven’t already seen the comments on the archive, thank you a million times over. It was lovely to wake up to these two wonderfully dark stories.

As I have no icons from Dracula (1968), I’ll just use one for Dracula in general.
calliopes_pen: (my bloody valentine Edith hat smile)
If you wrote for me, and are lurking around here somewhere?

Just know that I will read whatever story I happened to receive in the morning. I'm not ignoring it, if you're waiting for a reaction.

The mods simply extended the deadline by an hour, and I’m about to shut down the computer for the night. I’ll be able to read and comment early tomorrow morning, when I have more time to devote to the archive. So I will thank you once right now just for writing anything for me, even before I know what the story or fandom was--and I will reply later, once it's been unwrapped and fully read.
calliopes_pen: (sallymn save me from purple prose)
My beta and I are almost at the end of editing the Yuletide story. We're in the home stretch, and noticing the teensy last little bits of changes. That should be finished tomorrow. As each bit is gone through, I update what's already up in the archive as needed.

This took some serious dedication, given the length, and the fact that I may have expanded at least one scene even further--by quite a bit--after a sudden attack of inspiration.

And I just realized that I didn't update after a comment about a potential ice storm coming. We're okay; we just had a Polar Vortex for a few days; some hail was dumped on us the day after my last post. In the course of thirty minutes it went from 73 down to 43, and that night it went around on down to the teens and on down. No power outages.
calliopes_pen: (taibhrigh time almost up 8)
I have uploaded the story I wrote to the Yuletide archives. I am finished, aside from whatever next bit of edits must be done. Hopefully, no more inspiration strikes.

I wanted to upload it before the chance of an ice storm. We're due for one--that's tomorrow night. By day, we surge to 63 degrees on Saturday. That night, we plunge to 20 degrees Fahrenheit, and sleet, freezing rain, and whatever else we're due for. Just in case of a power or internet outage, the story is in the archive as of this moment. I have until Christmas Eve to do any other author's notes or edits, at least.

Now, I rest my weary brain.
calliopes_pen: (sinister_morgue Gatekeeper Dana)
I’ve just realized that my [community profile] fandom_stocking entry has been posted. For those that might be interested in dropping something off in my stocking, you can find it via this link.

In Yuletide related news, my story’s been done for a while. Given the length, my beta and I are working as much as we can. I’ll more than likely upload the story tomorrow afternoon, and edit further as need be.
calliopes_pen: (chomiji TARDIS Yuletide snow)
To the person writing for me for Yuletide: If you are lurking in my journal, you need to know that as of today the Putlocker links in my Dear Yuletide letter no longer work. They changed hosting from .is to .today. I’m working on editing as I find the correct urls for each source. If something goes dead for you, please just wait on me to fix the links in the next couple of hours. They should be working again by noon.

ETA, 15 minutes later: And done. Everything should go to the proper site now.
calliopes_pen: (my bloody valentine Edith hat smile)
Okay, I’ve been reading through Dear Yuletide letters, and I realized that I really need to find a way to just make links that separately jump down to each fandom part of the letter--like this letter has at the beginning, or this one. I just have no idea how to do that outside of a simple LJ cut.

I always have the Disable Auto-Formatting checkbox ticked, so I might have to turn that off to figure it out. I don't know yet.

I’m going to go through the Dreamwidth FAQ, and see about trying to have something vaguely similar worked out by the time sign-ups close, so that my poor writer doesn’t end up being forced to scroll forever. I want them to be able to just hop on down to the correct section.

I have also officially completed the sign-up portion, and submitted it, so there’s that done aside from last minute edits. I’ll go through the tag set again later and see if I missed something I would love to write--and I will continue glancing through each Dear Yuletide letter that gets posted for the same ends. Currently, it’s five fandoms with three in the Bucket List for a total of eight that I've signed up as willing to do.

ETA: Mystery solved! Thank you, [personal profile] alexseanchai. I have the first one jumping down to Dracula--Bram Stoker in my letter, and now I'm off to work on the rest.

ETA 2: And there we go. Everything jumps straight to that particular section of the letter on Dreamwidth now.
calliopes_pen: (chomiji Yuletide Kermit)
I am currently in the midst of writing my Dear Yuletide letter--which is getting longer and longer, as I come up with prompts for people--and I realized that as of right now, it looks like I'm requesting three Dracula related fandoms.

So that's Dracula—Bram Stoker, Dracula (ITV 1968), and possibly Horror of Dracula (1958) unless Penny Dreadful wins out in the end for that space. Either way, there's Dracula in that slot, because he was in both. I couldn't think of anything for Dracula (1931)*, or that would have probably ended up there, too.

I swear this was an accident. I didn't think this would be the year of Dracula in Yuletide. (Anno Dracula was also nominated--it's just seemingly one of the later books, or I would request it. The 2013 Dracula tv series was nominated, too, but I haven't watched it.)

Also in the letter unless something changes: Crimson Peak (2015), Turn of the Screw, and Dark Shadows (1991).

*Just watch me change my mind on this, as I'm about to give Dracula (1931) another viewing.
calliopes_pen: (chomiji Yuletide Narnia)
I’m sifting through the tag set for Yuletide, now that it has been revealed.

I’m surprised someone out there nominated Exit Sherlock Holmes, by Robert Lee Hall. I’m delighted that someone else out there actually read it. I still have a copy. I read it again for the first time in 20 years a couple months ago, so I’m amused. That book was insane.

Looking through the characters nominated for Dracula, I see someone out there nominated Sister Agatha. (The nun that wrote to Mina about Jonathan being adored by everyone…even in the midst of his insane ravings of vampires and blood and death. Those nuns must have seen far worse.) It didn’t take too long for a prompt to be born after I spotted her. Which…I’ve come up with quite possibly more than a dozen prompts that I really need to narrow down when it comes to that novel.

Other nominations of note, which interest me, as I scroll through (and this is more so I don’t have to keep going back to look—as others have done, an asterisk is beside what I nominated):

Anno Dracula Series - Kim Newman
Carmilla - J. Sheridan Le Fanu
*Dracula - Bram Stoker
Exit Sherlock Holmes - Robert Lee Hall
James Asher Vampire Series - Barbara Hambly (I read the first novel earlier this month; just located the second)
Poems - Edgar Allan Poe
A Study in Emerald - Neil Gaiman
The Turn of the Screw - Henry James (massive thanks for this nomination!)
Wuthering Heights - Emily Brontë (I’m about to start reading this)
The Yellow Wallpaper - Charlotte Perkins Gilman
American Werewolf in London (1981)
*Crimson Peak (2015)
Dracula (1931)
Fright Night (1985)
The Haunting (1963)
Horror of Dracula (1958)
The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1970)
The Watcher in the Woods (1980)
Dark Shadows (1991)
Dracula (TV 1968)
Galavant (TV)
*Penny Dreadful (TV)

I guess the theme of this year for my interests is supernatural/ghost stories or vampire stories or just good old fashioned Victorian horror. And Sherlock Holmes. I’ll be posting my Dear Yuletide letter sometime in the next few days.

I also wonder if it’s worth watching the Dracula (2013) tv series, since it’s on Putlocker and was nominated.
calliopes_pen: (54 IJ Edith silhouette books)
✔ Dracula - Bram Stoker
✔ Jonathan Harker (Dracula - Bram Stoker)
✔ Mina Harker (Dracula - Bram Stoker)
✔ Lucy Westenra (Dracula - Bram Stoker)
✔ Abraham Van Helsing (Dracula - Bram Stoker)

Hopefully any other Dracula characters people have nominated will make it through, as well.


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