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FIRST OF ALL - HAPPY NEW YEAR! Now reveal time...

This was a really different year for me!

In the past, I've always been one of only a few people I knew who participated (and the fandoms I was involved in heavily didn't have a lot of Yuletiders, either). I always got someone I didn't know, and always wrote in fandoms I'd never done...

This year, it was the first year where I knew a large number of my friends were participating. AND I got a person I knew for my main assignment. Now, I was pretty much the world's worst secret-keeper because I talked about Yuletide constantly on Twitter, so I'm sure she figured me out after she tweeted: "If you figure out who received you in #Yuletide before the reveal, do you get a prize for RUINING YULETIDE?" So, weasleytook, even if you didn't figure me out then, after our long multi-person moaning session a couple days ago, you surely knew by now. :D

And now I can also mention that one of the treats I wrote, I uploaded incorrectly, so my recipient got a notification. After a flurry of "OMG I AM SUCH AN IDIOT" PMs, I calmed down. And betternovembers/juniperlane was so nice about it, too. :)

However!

I was lucky to snag three pinch hits from people I didn't know, so I at least got to be a sweet little nonnie with those.

The first three were for weasleytook:
Monday, Monday (1430 words)
Fandom: Mad Men
Rating: General Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Peggy Olsen, Don Draper, Megan Calvet, Joan Holloway
Summary: Post S4. “Oh, Monday morning, you gave me no warning of what was to be.”

I matched weasleytook on three fandoms, so I decided to tackle this one first. Honestly, I thought it was only just okay. It met the prompt, but was nothing special. I credit a lot of its actual decent-ness to ndnickerson, who encouraged me to fill out the Joan and Peggy scene in the last section. Surprisingly, this is the story which got the most recs!

Revolver (2090 words)
Fandom: Spaced
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Tim Bisley/Daisy Steiner
Characters: Brian Topp, Mike Watt, Twist Morgan, Marsha Klein
Summary: Just breathe, Daisy. That's right. He'll be here. He said, well, rather, lifted his head from the PlayStation controller and tossed over his shoulder, "Let's give this a go, shall we?" the day after he came to get me from the train station. And I didn't misread him. No. I'm sure I didn't.

Time for another drink. MULTIMEDIA - COMIC BOOK PAGE

At first, though I really wanted to write this prompt, I was a bit nervous, because she mentioned the special features on the DVDs, and I'd never seen them. But Netflix came through yet again, and I found the featurette where Simon and Jess did future Tim/Daisy. Now, don't ask me where the idea to do a comic book page came from. I just knew I wanted something in the style of the fantasy sequences of the show, and since Tim is a comic book artist, it just clicked. The worst part was not finding the proper photos and screencaps, but finding the right GIMP filters to make it look drawn/painted! But I was SO frickin' proud of it afterward. ♥

So much thanks to ionlylurkhere and blithers (a new friend who helped so much this year!) for beta-ing.


They Never Covered Parenting at the Farm (934 words)
Fandom: Chuck (TV)
Rating: General Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: John Casey, Mary Bartowski, Morgan Grimes, Alex McHugh
Summary: Colonel John Casey is a very protective father - Mary Bartowski, a very determined mother.

I'm sure the fact that you had three gifts, and then suddenly only two, then back to three, confused you. Sorry! I was afraid I'd get in trouble for having a less than 1000 word story in the main archive, so I shifted it over later. ANYWAY, Casey is so fun to write! And your prompt was begging me to write it, so I couldn't resist. ndnickerson and blithers did beta work on this!

Somewhere Inside (I cannot find the feeling I got from you) (0 words)
Fandom: Community RPF
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Donald Glover/Gillian Jacobs
Characters: Yvette Nicole Brown, Dan Harmon, Danny Pudi
Summary: The public tweets between these two are only half the story. MULTIMEDIA - ALL GRAPHICAL, really 380 words

A treat for betternovembers. Actually this was ANONFAIL in more than one way - because I'd actually mixed up her request with myr_soleil's in my mind. So Myr, for all intents and purposes, I did write this for you as well, lol. Again, Meg was so nice about the whole thing, so *hugs*

I guess once I got the multimedia bug, I had to carry it on here. I doubt the story would have been nearly as fun without the graphics. Luckily Twitter uses all Arial and Times New Roman, so I didn't have too much trouble manipping everything. :) This one also got posted and removed repeatedly, as I learned from elynross whether I was allowed to post in the main collection, or had to wait for Madness (the latter). oliveoyl helped with the beta on this one!


Go Straight | Go Left (1378 words)
Fandom: Terriers
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warning: Major Character Death
Relationships: Katie Nichols/Britt Pollack
Characters: Hank Dolworth, Original Female Character
Summary: "So what do you say, partner? Which way will it be?" Set post-series.

A treat for perdiccas. I don't think many people read this one. The series was criminally underwatched, so I suppose it's to be expected. But I had the plot bunny after watching the series finale, and had to write it. I've never had to warn for character death before, though! If you do read it, know that it's a tearjerker! Not my usual fare, but I enjoyed writing it. :) Luna from #yuletide chat, who let me beta her much better Terriers fic, was a fast and helpful beta!

Don't You Just Hate That? (4663 words)
Fandom: Phineas and Ferb
Rating: General Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Candace Flynn, Phineas Flynn, Ferb Fletcher, Isabella Garcia-Shapiro, Perry (Phineas And Ferb), Major Monogram (Phineas and Ferb), Vanessa Doofenshmirtz, Heinz Doofenshmirtz, Jeremy Johnson, Lawrence Fletcher, Linda Flynn, Baljeet Rai, Buford van Stomm, Carl Karl
Summary: Phineas and Ferb build a backyard carnival, Doofenschmirtz builds a Despise-inator, everything goes horribly and wonderfully awry... you know, the usual.

A treat for eustacia_vye28, and my longest! I was looking for a Phineas and Ferb story to write, because my daughter is obsessed with the show right now. And since the recipient was also a mom, I felt a kinship. ♥ My daughter came up with the "Big Idea" of the carnival and "Despise-inator" - so I did my best to work those in. It was hugely fun! Thanks to allthingsholy for knitting jokes, and mrsvc and menacherie for beta prowess!

Happiness Is... (2014 words)
Fandom: 30 Rock
Rating: General Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Kenneth Parcell, Jenna Maroney, Tracy Jordan, Liz Lemon, Jonathan (30 Rock), Jack Donaghy, Grizz Griswold
Summary: ...Helping Others. For Kenneth Parcell, that is the single greatest joy on God's green Earth.

A pinch-hit for kenazfiction. This was my fastest write - I'd actually marked the request for possible treating before the pinch-hit went out - and I had no idea I could channel Kenneth so easily! Probably the most just plain FUN of the set. philosapphic and blithers (as well as ishie who cheerleaded) beta'd this one!

Veridian Beauty (1704 words)
Fandom: Better Off Ted
Rating: General Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Rose Crisp, Veronica Palmer, Phil Myman, Lem Hewitt, Ted Crisp
Summary: At Veridian Dynamics, we're putting the future leaders of tomorrow to work! MULTIMEDIA - Fan-Made Veridian Dynamics Commercial

A pinch-hit for foursweatervests. For sheer what is my Muse ON?!, this story wins. I wrote it, and was pretty happy with it, too, but I wasn't sure what to do with the commercial section! My betas suggested writing it in script format, I briefly contemplated an animated gif. Then it hit me - I've been learning Sony Vegas lately... why not give it a shot? Luckily, Audacity stripped out the original voiceover quite easily, and I found workable stock footage on the web. It actually took less time than I expected. If you never watched Better Off Ted (and WHY NOT?), you should still watch one of their hilarious commercials and compare it to the one I did. Astraev from #yuletide chat, easytangent and monkeyonthelam helped with the beta!

Daydream Believer (2072 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: They Might Be Giants - The Mesopotamians (Song)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Hammurabi (The Mesopotamians), Sargon (The Mesopotamians), Gilgamesh (The Mesopotamians), Ashurbanipal (The Mesopotamians)
Summary: When you have four ancient kings of Mesopotamia in a band together - Sargon, Hammurabi, Ashurbanipal and Gilgamesh - the obvious comes to mind: ROAD TRIP!

A pinch-hit for rho. As everyone who knows me knows, I am a HUGE TMBG nerd. When this request came across the pinch hit list I had to have it! I'd actually marked it for possible treating, just like the 30 Rock fic. Once I started writing, I wasn't sure I was getting the tone right. It was a lot more bittersweet than I'd expected (I thought it would end up cracky), but in the end, I think it was better as a result. This is another fic that only requires watching the original video to understand canon. Beta help from northern_star and jheaton!

Well, that's it! I had a very fun and satisfying Yuletide! Thank you to everyone who read, commented, kudo'd, recced and helped with these! ♥

Comments

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fujiidom
Jan. 1st, 2011 05:14 am (UTC)


HOW ARE YOU EVEN REAL

No, seriously. You're one of my favorite people in existence.
htbthomas
Jan. 1st, 2011 05:46 am (UTC)
Aw! That graphic! ♥

Which one has you doing that? :D

You're one of MY favorite people, too. I'm glad I found your fic so I didn't have to give it embarrassingly late comments. ;)
weasleytook
Jan. 1st, 2011 05:15 am (UTC)
I KNEW IT I KNEW IT I KNEW IT I KNEW IT!!!!!!

WELL, MOSTLY. I kinda figured it was you after piecing together some of your tweets and knowing how early you finished vs. how early I had a gift uploaded. And also how many fandoms we have in common. So I was like, I BET IT'S BARB. And then like all this week, I was like, YOU IDIOT, YOU ARE PROBABLY WRONG AND IT IS NOT HER AT ALL.

But you know what? I HAD NO IDEA YOU WROTE THE CHUCK ONE TOO. OMG I LOVE YOU.

NO SERIOUSLY. I LOVE YOU SO MUCH. I totally hit the Yuletide jackpot this year. ♥ x a billion.

ETA: And if you were one of the anons worrying that your recipient was pretending to be nice. I WAS NOT AT ALL. I SERIOUSLY LOVE MY GIFTS SO MUCH AND THINK YOU ARE ONE OF THE GREATEST PEOPLE ON EARTH. THANK YOU!

ETA2: I AM GOING TO STOP EDITING THIS FOR REAL NOW.

Edited at 2011-01-01 05:17 am (UTC)
htbthomas
Jan. 1st, 2011 05:48 am (UTC)
Well, I think I was backtracking something big time whenever I thought you'd guessed it was me, lol. Being confusing on purpose. :D

But yay, at least the Chuck one was a surprise! That one was SO great to write.

I was worrying, but you are either a REALLY great AWESOME person, or a REALLY great LIAR. I'm pretty sure it's the first one.
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weasleytook
Jan. 1st, 2011 05:19 am (UTC)
AREN'T I THE LUCKIEST GIRL IN THE WORLD?????
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saavikam77
Jan. 1st, 2011 05:32 am (UTC)
Holy cow, that's a lot of YT fic! ~O_O~

*applauds you* :D
htbthomas
Jan. 1st, 2011 05:50 am (UTC)
It was! I don't know what came over me...

But I was so proud every time your Addams Family fic was recced. It was like, "I KNOW HER!" :D
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fairfax_verde
Jan. 1st, 2011 05:41 am (UTC)
HOW ARE YOU SO AWESOME??

that is all
htbthomas
Jan. 1st, 2011 05:50 am (UTC)
Aw! And I'm so glad you liked the P&F fic! Will review reply when I'm more awake. ♥
perdiccas
Jan. 1st, 2011 06:33 am (UTC)
I just wanted to pop in and say thank you again for such a fantastic fic. I am in absolute awe that you managed to write so much!

I totally agree with you on how underwatched Terriers was, given how amazing it was, which is why I really appreciate the alternative endings you gave in Go Straight | Go Left. Not to mention it's always great to meet another fan of the show! :D
htbthomas
Jan. 1st, 2011 06:36 am (UTC)
Aw, thank you! I kept seeing you in #yuletide chat after I wrote the story, and I had to hold myself back from telling you. Terriers needed so many more fans! *holds hand over heart for show*
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myr_soleil
Jan. 1st, 2011 07:21 am (UTC)
IT WEAS YOU?!!!! YOU WROTE THE FANTASTIC TWITTER RPF FIC THAT MADE MY WHOLE YULETIDE?@ I can't beliebe it!!!! You are so awesoke! I'd reply at the AO3 except I don't want to polute the archive with my drunken ramblings. (Sorry about that, too, I just can''t wait for soberness to tell you how awesome you are.) Just - I never guessed it was you! I was so happy to see community rpf on the list of fandoms for madness! And that fic was my favorite of all of ever fic! I kinda can't believe you wrote it, I thought you hated rpf (I don't know why!) thank youuuu for saying it's also my gift! I shall keep it close to my heart like it's mine forevermore! Also your Mad Men fic was totally on my list of to-read, I saw it recced around a lot, and now I can't wait to catch up on it. Thank you for making yuletide such a fantastic event, you're the best <333
myr_soleil
Jan. 1st, 2011 03:56 pm (UTC)
Haha, all right, sorry about that, I'm sober now, I hope you don't mind my comment (and feel free to delete it if you do, I'm kind of embarrassed). But I actually mean everything I said - that Community RPF fic was everything I wanted it to be, seriously. And I can't wait to read your other fics! I can't believe you wrote so many, and you did a Veridian Dynamics video, that is crazy awesome. You're so dedicated and generous, Yuletide is lucky to have you! ♥
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ancarett
Jan. 1st, 2011 04:01 pm (UTC)
You are prodigious, my dear. What a wonderful yuletide you helped make come alive!
htbthomas
Jan. 1st, 2011 05:50 pm (UTC)
Thanks! There are other people who do this every year, and I feel proud to add my name to their ranks. ♥
kenazfiction
Jan. 1st, 2011 05:40 pm (UTC)
HOLY CRAP you are a writing machine!!! I bow down to your creative kung-fu!

Thank you again for my completely awesome 30 Rock fic (*still* giggling over chicken wing ice cream!) which is made even *more* awesome by the fact that it was a pinch-hit. Above and beyond! Big gold stars for you!!!

Hope your new year brings you much creative satisfaction!
htbthomas
Jan. 1st, 2011 05:52 pm (UTC)
Hee - I don't know HOW it happened, seriously. But I'm not complaining!

Like I said before, I was just AMAZED at how easy it was to write Kenneth. My years at a Christian college in Texas paid off in spades there. :D

Thanks so much for being so nice! ♥ Have a happy new year!
maaike_fluffy
Jan. 1st, 2011 07:47 pm (UTC)
Happy New Year! :D
htbthomas
Jan. 1st, 2011 07:49 pm (UTC)
Thanks, sweetie! ♥
eustacia_vye28
Jan. 2nd, 2011 02:59 am (UTC)
I'll say it again, I love the story. It was adorable, just like the show. :)
htbthomas
Jan. 2nd, 2011 03:04 am (UTC)
I'm so glad! I really did enjoy researching and writing it. ♥
blithers
Jan. 8th, 2011 04:32 pm (UTC)
Oh my gosh. I LOVE SO MUCH OF WHAT YOU CHOOSE TO BE.
htbthomas
Jan. 8th, 2011 06:54 pm (UTC)
AW! ♥ This year was definitely a personal best. :)
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