[sticky post] Dear Yule Author  
09:15am 08/10/2022
 
 
athersgeo
Hi

Firstly I just wanted to say a big thank you to you for volunteering to do this. No matter what you write I'm sure that I'm going to end up loving it.

Secondly, here's the information you've come here to find!

Some general pointers for you, before I go to the fandom specific stuff:
1) In terms of story style, I like my stories to leave me with a smile on my face. I don't mind stories that tug on my heartstrings or stories that have me reaching for the tissues, just as long as they don't leave me on a down.
2) In terms of genre, I'm pretty easy. My default setting tends to be action and adventure, but I will read pretty much anything - the one exception to this is horror, but I don't think the prompts I've given you lend themselves to that (or not without contravening point 1, at least!)
3) In terms of rating, anything goes. I tend to prefer there to be some sort of plot, but beyond that I'm good with everything from Gen to NC-17!
4) In terms of pairing, again, pretty much anything goes - I will buy any relationship if you can sell it to me.

And now the fandom specific stuff:
Bourne Movies
My optional details pretty much sum up what I'd like here. Bonus points if Aaron is pissed at Bourne for causing the events of Legacy.

The Cutting Edge
As you may have gathered, the sequel to this movie makes my head explode so anything that completely josses it will make me squeal with glee. (If you haven't come across the sequel, don't waste any time or effort in tracking it down - it's awful.)

Clutching at Straws
Again, the optional details pretty much nail it. And if you don't already know the album I really, REALLY do recommend it!

Arrow
I love Felicity so anything you do with her will be great. As I said in my request, I am in the UK, which usually means I'm a couple of episodes behind the US, but I'm easy about spoilers so please feel free to make use of season 2 information you want. Also please feel free to include any of the other characters you want or need, just please make it all about Felicity!

Chalet School
Simply put: I'm a Chalet fan who loves stories that are written in the spirit of EBD and in the style of EBD. Don't get me wrong; I enjoy stories that tackle subjects that EBD would never have attempted, but what I don't enjoy is stories that twist the characters into caricatures or that needlessly vilify the likes of Joey or Mary-Lou.


So there you go :) I hope it's of help

Good luck, happy writing - and thank you again :)

Ath
 
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Dear Author...  
09:42pm 14/10/2021
 
 
athersgeo
Dear Yule-Author

Firstly, I just want to say a huge thank you to you for doing this and being awesome. I know that whatever you come up with I will absolutely enjoy and love :)

Secondly (and the reason you stopped by this post!), here are a few more comments to, hopefully, help you out with Yuletide this year.

A few general points:
1) In terms of story style, I like my stories to leave me with a smile on my face. I don't mind stories that tug on my heartstrings or stories that have me reaching for the tissues, just as long as they don't leave me on a down.
2) In terms of genre, I'm pretty easy. My default setting tends to be action and adventure, but I will read pretty much anything - the one exception to this is horror, but I don't think the prompts I've given you lend themselves to that (or not without contravening point 1, at least!)
3) In terms of rating, anything goes. I tend to prefer there to be some sort of plot, but beyond that I'm good with everything from Gen to NC-17!
4) In terms of pairing, again, pretty much anything goes - I will buy any relationship if you can sell it to me. The one caveat to this is Kira/Dukat, which I absolutely cannot buy as a romantic relationship (or not a healthy one, at least - and, again, see point 1!) - see them as snarky and reluctant allies (a la Indiscretions and Return to Grace) sure, but nothing beyond that.

And a few last words for each fandom:
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
If you're writing beyond the end of the series, please don't feel you have to keep your work inline with the continuation novels - they're fun stories, for sure, and if you WANT to play in their timeline, you're more than welcome to, but it's definitely not required!

Norse Mythology
As you've probably spotted, I do like my female characters to be strong, smart and independent, so anything that covers this will be gratefully received.

Chalet School
Simply put: I'm a Chalet fan who loves stories that are written in the spirit of EBD and in the style of EBD. Don't get me wrong; I enjoy stories that tackle subjects that EBD would never have attempted, but what I don't enjoy is stories that twist the characters into caricatures or that needlessly vilify the likes of Joey or Mary-Lou.

M.A.S.K.
If we match on this fandom, I'll be deeply (and pleasantly!) surprised - I know I'm one of a very, VERY small handful of people who remember this cartoon of the 80s *grin* In terms of story, I don't have anything particular in mind. Whatever you can come up with will be fantastic.



So there you go :) I hope it's of help

Good luck, happy writing - and thank you again :)

Ath
 
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For Those Reading A Kind of Magic...  
10:59pm 16/01/2021
 
 
athersgeo
A Quick HL Primer

A lot of this is going to come up in-story, as everything unravels, but since those in-story explanations are taking me longer to get to than I'd hoped and I know some of the terminology is a little weird if you're not familiar with the Highlander concept...so here we are.

Immortal - someone who cannot permanently die unless you cut off their head. They're born mortal, and they age and grow until they suffer some kind of violent and/or sudden death (HL canon kinda contradicts itself on this point - particularly once you get into any movies beyond the first one!), at which point they get frozen in time. They cannot have children and they are often (always?) adopted or foundlings.

Pre-Immortal - someone who could become Immortal but isn't yet.

The Buzz/Immortal Presence - Immortals can sense when another Immortal is nearby. They can also sense Pre-Immortals. Pre-Immortals cannot sense Immortals/Pre-Immortals. Someone newly Immortal is usually depicted as feeling it like an intense headache. As they get more experienced, either the headache lessens or they learn to ignore the pain (I lean towards the former, but your mileage may vary).

The Game - simply put: There Can Be Only One. Immortal scuttlebutt is that they have to fight one another to the death (ie beheading) until there's only one of them left. The Game has rules: All fights should be one-on-one; Holy Ground is sacrosanct. (Further Immortal scuttlebutt is that Mt Vesuvius' erruption in 79AD was caused by two Immortals fighting on Holy Ground - no one's tested that theory since!) There's also an unspoken rule that fights are supposed to be fair. Shooting and running away is generally frowned on; beheading your opponent while he's in shackles is even moreso! The last one standing wins The Prize.

The Prize - um...yeah. No one actually knows what this is. If you go by HL2, The Prize was mortality (which actually makes a kind of sense...which is probably also the only thing about that film that makes sense within the rest of the universe). HL1 is a little more vague. The TV series quietly dropped the concept altogether and I'm not even going to touch any other iteration!

Holy Ground - anywhere consecrated as Holy, and not just in the Judeo-Christian tradition, either. Arguably, some world-famous sporting arenas probably also count by now. I also once read a suggestion that Immortals take airports as safe havens too. (No in-flight beheading is probably a good thing!)

Quickening - an Immortal's life force; when an Immortal is beheaded it's released and adds itself to the victor's life force. If a mortal beheads an Immortal, the Quickening either attaches to the nearest passing Immortal or is lost forever. Whether the victorious Immortal actually gets anything out of a Quickening (other than a very pretty lights show) is open for debate. The show/films weren't specific - I tend to think they must do (and write that way accordingly) but that's personal canon rather than anything I can substantiate!

Watchers - a mortal (well, MOSTLY) organisation with the credo to "observe, record and never interfere"...except on Tuesdays. And Fridays. And sometimes on days ending in y. This was an organisation that was added to the universe by the TV show, rather than the films (though the later films do make use of them). The idea is, this group of mortals follow Immortals around with a view to recording their lives for the history books. In practice...well it goes about as well as you'd think! There's three basic sub-groups:
-Field Watchers - the people who actually tail Immortals for a living (or befriend them by becoming their local bar tender or ME, depending!)
-Researchers - people who are based in Paris (Watcher HQ) who look after the archives
-Hunters - people who've been Field Watchers (mostly) and who've decided that Immortals are an abomination to be wiped out
The Watchers are also known as The International Assets Corporation. Oh, and most Watchers have a small blue tattoo on the inside of their left wrist.

In terms of HL characters, I'm not going to go through details of every single one I've referred to (we'll be here this time next year!), but I'll give you a few quick details on the three key ones (Wiki and Google will probably supply you with more, should you need it):
Amanda Darieux - She is the classic trouble on two legs. She's an accomplished thief and con artist who, at 1200 years old, doesn't just know all the tricks; she pretty much wrote the book. She's also Duncan MacLeod's on-again-off-again lover. She's a reoccuring character from the HL TV series and had her own spin-off show called Highlander: The Raven.
Joe Dawson - He's been a Watcher ever since an Immortal saved his life in the jungles of Vietnam. Formerly a Field Watcher (for Duncan MacLeod), in my own personal HL canon, he's now head of the research department. He also owns and runs a bar in Paris called Le Blues Bar. Joe was a series regular, from season two onwards in the TV series.
Methos/Adam Pierson/Remus - The world's Oldest Man, Methos is at least 5000 years old. Even he doesn't know exactly how old he is, but ancient just about covers it! His current guise is as Adam Pierson, formerly a grad student and now a lecturer at University de Paris, but he's been just about everything in his life time - from doctor to lawyer to member of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse to Roman Senator's slave. As Adam Pierson, he was also (for a time) a member of the Watchers, curating the Methos chronicle... Methos was a reoccuring character from the TV series.
 
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Pining For the Fjords...  
01:39pm 28/06/2012
 
 
athersgeo
As has probably become apparent, this is now a late blog. It is deceased, it is dead, it is no more. (With apologies to Monty Python)

I'm not going to be actually deleting this journal, and I will be continuing to read/comment, but in terms of posting, this is the last post.

I have a new blog that's up and running, here:
http://athersgeo.wordpress.com/

Updates get posted to Facebook.

If you don't have me friended on Facebook, but do use Twitter, you'll find updates there, too:
https://twitter.com/#!/athersgeo

If you don't use Twitter, do use Facebook and don't have me friended (and want to keep up with what I'm up to), send me an LJ private message and I'll give you the details.

If none of the above applies, so long and thanks for all the fish :)
 
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Writing, Writing, Writing...  
09:10am 28/11/2011
 
 
athersgeo
Today is just about my last day for my unofficial NaNo - might get a few little bits scribbled tomorrow and Wednesday, but today's the last chance for something meaningful, so the plan is quite simple: I'm going to write.

I generally manage around about 1000 words per hour (on my best days it's more like 1500, but I have to be really flying for that!) so I should be able to make some decent progress today. How many of my mini word-count goals I'll manage to hit is another matter entirely!

In a constructive sense, though, I do have a couple of very definite targets for today:
1) Wrap up In Vino Veritas
2) Wrap up A Kind of Magic
3) Wrap up Who Wants to Live Forever

If I can manage to achieve all of that, I'll be a happy bunny regardless of WHAT my final word count ends up being - and I shan't feel too guilty for then spending the next couple of weeks hammering away at a Yuletide assignment that I'm really, REALLY excited by.

In terms of HOW I'm going to do this, I'm going to be doing half hour writing sprints (to borrow a phrase from Jane Epstein!). That means that I can take regular breaks for the basic necessities (like coffee and letting the cat in [or out]) but still be as productive as all get out. (This was the method I used when I actually completed NaNo a few years back, when I managed to write a novel largely in three weekends, so it really does work for me)

So that's the what and the how. Time to get down to the doing part. Timer at the ready...
mood: determineddetermined
 
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Dear Yuletide Author  
09:32pm 18/11/2011
 
 
athersgeo
Dear Yuletide Author,

Firstly, thank you! Just by agreeing to do this, I think you are fabulous and wonderful and no matter what you write, I will love it and be utterly thrilled by it.

If you've stopped by here, you're probably looking for a little more guidance about what I'd like in a story - or possibly what I wouldn't! - so beneath the cut are a few more thoughts on each fandom. Before I get to that, though, a couple of points that go for all three:

-I'm open to anything, if you think you can sell it. I'm easy with what rating you write to and what pairings you choose (het, f/f, m/m, multi or none at all).
-I'm open to almost any genre, if you think you can sell it. Action and adventure tend to be my default settings, but pretty much every other genre is fair game. That said, horror isn't my bag at all and while I don't hate dark and depressing endings, I do prefer if the story leaves me smiling.

On to the specificsCollapse )

So there you have it.

Thank you again :) - and good luck!

Athersgeo
 
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Ack...  
09:38pm 12/11/2011
 
 
athersgeo
When I decided I was going to do this 50,000 word thing, work had quietened down. Naturally, since November started, I've been ludicrously busy again...

I *HAVE* been writing, but my word count has not quite breached 2000. Ooops.

On the upside, I've managed movement on most of the designated projects. In a couple of cases, there's been some relatively substantial movement - I have nearly 1000 words added to Difficulties for Francie; I have nearly 200 added to Soaring Eagle (not much, but considering the story...!).

I also still have 17 days and a little bit to drastically improve on that overall wordcount.

Whether I will actually manage the 50,000 words is obviously somewhat in doubt at this point, so I'm breaking it down into smaller goals:
Goal 1: 5000 words
Goal 2: 10,000 words
Goal 3: 25,000 words
Goal 4: 30,000 words
Goal 5: 40,000 words
Goal 6: 50,000 words

I will be happy if I can make Goal 3. I will be ecstatic if I do anything above that!

On to work, then...
 
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Daily Word Count  
08:18am 03/11/2011
 
 
athersgeo
Another yesterday's count...

Words: 465
Projects: In Vino Veritas and Estranged

Still not a massive count, but I'm particularly pleased to get something added in to Estranged as I've been stuck on that for quite a while.

As I mentioned in comments yesterday, my loose goal at the moment is to hit 5000 words by the end of the weekend. Getting more than that would obviously be fantastic, but as a first goal, it's doable.

Today will undoubtedly feature more In Vino Veritas as I'm now on a roll with that one that should see me wrap up the basic writing part this week. I've also got some random scene-bits from a couple of the other projects on the list that I'd like to get down, so, we'll see how that works out.

Right. Time for work.
mood: awakeawake
 
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Daily Wordcount  
08:11am 02/11/2011
 
 
athersgeo
Actually, this is yesterday's count as I was too late last night to post!

Words: 250
Project: In Vino Veritas

It's a pretty paltry effort, BUT, yesterday was largely for getting myself sorted out and refreshing my memory on one or two of the projects, so I'm not that worried by the low score. Today should be very much better.

Right; down to work...
mood: awakeawake
 
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Lost; One February. If Found Please Return To Athersgeo...  
09:32am 01/11/2011
 
 
athersgeo
How the HECK is it now November?!

I really do not know what's gone on with my year. Each time I turn around, I seem to have lost at least three months. About the only positive thing to this most recent vanishing of time is that it's been emphatically work related - since the beginning of July, I have been insanely busy. This might not seem like a positive thing (because I've had very little time to do anything more than eat, sleep and work), but considering that this time last year I wasn't entirely sure how long I was going to have a job... Things are slowing down somewhat now the mega project is largely done, but they're still looking reasonably positive for the next few months.

As the whole eat-sleep-work thing might suggest, I've done precious little in the way of writing in this time, but with it being November, the month of NaNoWriMo, it's time to jumpstart the process again. I'm not actually going to attempt NaNoWriMo (ie 50,000 words on a single story), but I *AM* going to attempt the 50,000 words thing. As I did this time last year, I'm going to have a go at getting some of my long-standing WIPs finished off. It's going to be the same deal as last year - a fixed number of stories (roughly one from each active universe), nothing new to be started and between the lot of them, try to produce 50,000 words.

The stories I'm going to be working on are as follows:
1) Soaring Eagle (PRTF/Airwolf)
This one is rapidly closing in on a decade unfinished. I'm pretty sure no-one else even remotely cares whether this gets finished, but DAMNIT it's a point of pride now!
2) Estranged (MASK)
This story's languished in development hell for a couple of years; I'd like to see it finished, because it lays the way open for me to get to the story I *ACTUALLY* wanted to tell in this universe!
3) Red Rain (CSI)
Believe it or not, this is actually mostly done. I just need to stitch the disparate bits together
4) In Vino Veritas (NCIS - Coming Back to Life)
This is a nominally short story that fills in a little piece of backstory for the CBTL universe. And features Palmer. Lots of Palmer.
5) A Kind of Magic (NCIS - AKoM)
A little like Red Rain, this is actually mostly done, it's just suffering from too much talk and not enough action so the big red pen of doom needs to be pulled out...
6) Who Wants To Live Forever (NCIS - AKoM)
I know I said one per universe, but as this follows on directly from AKoM (and I'd really, REALLY like to avoid the cyber-lynching that would occur if I post the conclusion of AKoM and don't at least have the first part of this one ready to go), it gets on the list
7) The Trouble with Triplets Difficulties for Francie (CS)
This is another that's been dangling for a while. It's also somewhat homeless since the CBB stopped fic posting, so I need to have a think about where that's going. (Yes I am aware of the Sally Denny, before anyone points it out! My problem is whatever I do I've got to post up the previous two stories in the series, so I need to figure out something that isn't going to drive me utterly nuts.)

A couple of contingencies:
8) Learning to Live (NCIS - CBTL)
If no.4 gets wrapped up, this is the next story in the series
9) Silence Must Be Heard (CSI)
If no.3 gets wrapped up, this is the next story in the series

And the obligatory exception to the rule...
10) Yuletide
If/as/when my Yuletide assignment arrives, given the short deadline, getting some work done on it ahead of December would be good. Of course, that assumes Yuletide nominations open any time soon...!

There will be daily updates on progress and all that jazz.

There's also some updates on various other things - but as I've run out of time just now, they'll have to keep until later.

Toodle pip!

Edited to fix my counting skills and to correct a project title - obviously I wasn't QUITE as awake when I posted this as I thought I was!
mood: awakeawake
 
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