beatrice_otter: Woman in age-of-sail uniform (Lieutenant Bennet)
This year, for Yuletide, there were a couple of post-series stories (now that the series is complete) in which Tharkay and Lawrence get together as a couple.  And I found, reading them, that after the last book I don't ship them anymore.

It's not that I don't think they'd work very well together, and it's certainly not that I don't think they have chemistry.  But after being disappointed when they both swore off getting married, I felt I had to figure out why.  After some rumination, I discarded the idea that reading so many Regency romances has primed me to be disappointed if there's no marriage (because if that were the case, it wouldn't be only popping up now).  Here's what I came up with.

1) Temeraire.  If Lawrence never marries, given his deep attention to the Proper Way of Doing Things, he probably won't ever have kids.  And I know that Temeraire, given his work for the emancipation of dragons, doesn't need another captain, in the way British dragons to this point have been passed down in the family, but I still don't want him to be lonely, you know?  There's this half-formed picture in my head of Temeraire surrounded by Lawrence's children and grandchildren, still hoarding them as "his" people, and having that family support even after Lawrence is dead and gone.

2) Tharkay.  Tharkay now has an estate.  Tharkay has now been wedged into the xenophobic snobbery of the British aristocracy, and it will do them good!  If Tharkay never marries and dies without heir, the estate goes to some collateral branch or reverts to the crown, and everybody can then heave a sigh of relief that it's back in the hands of Good White British Men, just like it was supposed to be and Tharkay can get quietly forgotten.  If, however, Tharkay marries and has kids ... then the British aristocracy has to deal with the reality of him for generations to come.  And I think that would be good for them.  (Hard as hell on the kids, but good for society as a whole, and I have never been of the opinion that "the world is cruel" is a particularly good reason not to have kids if you would otherwise want them.)

3) CROSSOVER POTENTIAL.  They are now in the tail end of the regency!  Think of all the Regency romances you could cross them with!  Would Georgiana Darcy be a suitable wife for either of them?  How about Mary Crawford?  And, of course, you could cross them over without romance, but where's the fun in that?

Which leaves me with two options for satisfying my yen for post-canon Temeraire fic.  Either they are together but married to highly accommodating wives, or they are not together and "just" very close friends.

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Nov. 6th, 2015 11:32 pm
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Stolen from [personal profile] anghraine 

Account Created: December 4 2009
Link to AO3: [archiveofourown.org profile] Beatrice_Otter 
Total Works: 154--but one of those is just all the crossover drabbles I wrote for [livejournal.com profile] tth100 strung together.

Total Wordcount: 575,102
Average Wordcount: 3,734
Longest Story: Consequences, a 46k word SG-1 AU I wrote in 2005 because I was annoyed at all the Broca-AUs and thought I could do it better.  Turns out, this is not the greatest reason to write a story, and by the end of it I hated it.  And the sequel shows it, because it ends WAY too abruptly and I still occasionally get people wanting to know if I'm going to actually FINISH it and my response is, I know this is a crappy ending, but it's the best you're getting.  (For those of you too young to know SG-1 or who were never in the fandom, The Broca Divide was like the third ep of the first season, and the SGC gets a virus that turns people into cave-men and Sam tries to seduce Jack before she gets carted off to the infirmary.  There were a lot of really bad fics that used this as a jumping point for really OOC floof.)
Shortest Story: Well, I have a lot of drabbles as mentioned earlier, but AO3 thinks they're all part of one story because that's how I posted them.  The two monofannish drabbles are posted each as their own story, so those are what AO3 thinks are the shortest.  "In Another Life" and "Blood Will Tell."  And when I say "drabble," I mean a REAL drabble, 100 words exactly.  None of this newfangled "any really short story" nonsense, goldern kids get off my lawn ...

Total Kudos: 4,397
Average Kudos: 28
Story With the Most Kudos: Lieutenant Bennet's Visit, with 405.

Total Comment Threads: 634
Average Comment Threads: 4
Story With the Most Comment Threads: Lieutenant Bennet's Visit, with 73.

Total Author Subscriptions: 54
Total Story Subscriptions: 35
Story With the Most Subscriptions: Darcy's Surprise (the sequel to Lieutenant Bennet's Visit) with 5.

Total Bookmarks: 776.
Story With the Most Bookmarks: Lieutenant Bennet's Visit, with 87.

Stories With No Comments or Kudos:  All of them at least have kudos, but holy crap I had no idea I had so many with no comments at all (or at least, none here).  Most of them are from the pre-AO3 days, so they at least had comments other places, but still.  'Tis a little disheartening to see it all laid out like that.
beatrice_otter: Yuletide (Yuletide)
DON'T PANIC.

This is a very long letter with lots of stuff, but DO NOT PANIC.  I'm actually fairly easy to please; I have never been disappointed with a Yuletide story.  The most important thing for me in a fic is that the characters are well-written and recognizably themselves.  Even when I don't like a character, I don't go in for character-bashing.  If nothing else, if the rest of this letter is too much or my kinks just don't fit yours, just concentrate on writing a good story with good spelling and grammar and everyone in character and I will almost certainly love what you come up with.

One thing: I do have an embarrassment squick, which makes humor kind of hit-or-miss sometimes.  The kind of humor where someone does something embarrassing and the audience is laughing at them makes me uncomfortable because I identify too much with the person getting laughed at, so instead of being funny it is squicky.  On the other hand, the kind of humor where the audience is laughing with the characters I really enjoy.

If you want to make me the happiest recipient ever, here are some other things to keep in mind: General Preferences )

Temeraire )


Donovan's Reef )


Batman Beyond )


Caprica )

beatrice_otter: Elizabeth Bennet reads (Reading)
Title: Darcy's Surprise
Author: [personal profile] beatrice_otter 
Rating: PG
Source: Temeraire—Naomi Novik. Pride and Prejudice
Characters: Elizabeth Bennet, Fitzwilliam Darcy, Jane Bennet Bingley, Admiral Portland
Warnings: none
Word Count: 4432
Betaed by: [personal profile] lastscorpion 
Summary: While investigating Mrs Bingley’s secret, Mr Darcy receives an unwelcome shock.
Timeline Note: His Majesty’s Dragon takes place in 1805; Victory of Eagles in 1808. Pride and Prejudice takes place 1811-1812. Therefore, I’m trying to avoid war events, as I have no clue what’s going to happen next. (The real-world timeline isn’t exactly a help.) This is convenient as I suck at writing action.
Sequel to: Lieutenant Bennet's Visit

At AO3

Ah, Darcy, I cannot tell you how glad I am to see you, Bingley said )
beatrice_otter: Elizabeth Bennet reads (Reading)
Since my Yuletide story Lieutenant Bennet's Visit was so popular, and I've got a couple more ideas for stories in this universe which I'll be writing and I bet other people have more, I've created a Dreamwidth community ([community profile] lieutenant_bennet) and an AO3 collection.  Both are open to anyone who wants to write more stories in this 'verse.  (Or, actually, any other Austen/Temeraire crossover.  Was Lady Russell so disapproving of Captain Wentworth because he was an Aerial captain, instead of a Naval captain?  Was Admiral Crawford so uncouth because he was in the Aerial Corps?  When Napoleon invaded England did Marianne and Elinor have to defend their homes?)

Hope to see you all there!

beatrice_otter: Yuletide (Yuletide)
So!  For Yuletide, this year, I was assigned to Cinaed, for A Chorus Line.

I wrote "The Beat Goes On," about Diana and Paul after the movie, and their friendship, and his injury, and Diana's family, and the show.  I am so thankful to [personal profile] kristin for the beta, because I know pretty much nothing about Puerto Rican or Puerto Rican society besides what you find in A Chorus Line and  West Side Story.  I don't even know any Spanish; my high school language was French.  She was very helpful, and I'm quite happy with how it turned out.  I love this musical, and Diana is one of my favorite characters, and I love her strength and her defiance, and all about her, and I wanted to do something as part of [community profile] dark_agenda's [archiveofourown.org profile] chromatic_yuletide_2010.

When the pinch hits came through, I failed to snag the one for [personal profile] starlady about the Disney Princess Superheroes, but I wrote it anyway because how can you go wrong with Disney Princess Superheroes?  I finished A League Of Their Own weeks before finishing my assigned fic, but then it was a lot easier and less nerve-wracking to write.

And on December 24th, I went in to the office but had nothing to do because everything was already ready for Christmas.  So I went through the Deary Yuletide Author letters, spotted a Temeraire/Pride and Prejudice crossover request, and threw something together in a couple of hours.  Didn't even bother to get it betaed, because there wasn't time.  So that's how Lieutenant Bennet's Visit came about, which is almost certainly the most popular thing I've ever written.  I've got some story ideas for more stories in this line, but also I think other people have lots of ideas (though whether they would get written I have no idea.  So I created a DW com ([community profile] lieutenant_bennet) and started an AO3 collection.

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