beatrice_otter: All true wealth is biological (Wealth)
Title: The Princess in the Tower
Author: beatrice_otter
Fandom: Vorkosigan series
Characters: Yuri Vorbarra's Sister, Xav Vorbarra, Ezar Vorbarra, Piotr Vorkosigan
Written for: ExtraPenguin's prompt in the 2013 Bujold Ficathon.
Summary: Princess Nadezhda's civil war

On AO3

Nadya stared out the window, embroidery forgotten in her lap. )
beatrice_otter: All true wealth is biological (Wealth)
Given the very diverse views I've heard on this book (everything from love to hate), I've been quite curious as to what I'd think of the book.  And I can see why some people don't like it; it's very different, in tone and scope and style, from most of the Vorkosigan books.  To top it off, it's part of a genre that there isn't much of, and certainly not within the SF/F field.  Bujold often genre-hops within SF, going from mystery to intrigue to comedy of manners to coming of age space-opera.  All of which are things there are a lot of, both in SF/F and outside of it.  They're things we're used to, things that have defined audiences already.  If you like space opera but not comedy-of-manners, you know to read The Warriors Apprentice and skip or skim A Civil Campaign.  And going into them, you know what to expect.  Within the first couple of chapters there are the cues for what sort of genre it's going to be, and you can calibrate your expectations accordingly.

With Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen ... not so much.  I've tried to think of what genre it is or how to describe it, and I really can't.  There are undoubtedly other works like it out there, but not many, and I can't think of any at all in SF/F.  It's sort of like a middle-aged coming-of-age novel, except that that carries connotations of middle-aged middle-class white guys being douchebags as part of a mid-life crisis, and this is most definitely not that.  It's about two middle-aged people coming to a natural transition point in their lives and figuring out what they want to do with their remaining time.  Sensibly, quietly, maturely, after having had a couple of years to recover from a devastating loss.  There's no huge drama, no great adventure, nothing like that.  It's not domestic enough to be what in fanfic would be called "curtain fic," but it's that sort of thing.  A lot of it is general day-to-day life stuff, albeit with uterine replicators and on an alien planet with really weird biology and foreign diplomats.  A lot of it is about having an interesting internal life when you're of an age that most people younger than you assume you're beyond such things.  A lot of it is about just doing all the mundane ordinary things that any job entails.  Even Miles showing up doesn't result in fireworks, because it's not his story, on a very fundamental level.  There's humor and romance and minor intrigue and minor action, but that's not what it's about.

I really enjoyed it.  I don't know that I would have ten years ago.  And I wonder what I'll think about it when I'm closer to Cordelia and Oliver's age.  It's not even close to my favorite Vorkosigan novel, but I'm glad I read it and I'm glad it exists.

(Note: if you're annoyed by the Vorkosiverse focus on children and parenthood, this is probably not the book for you.)
beatrice_otter: Guard your honor, let your reputation fall where it will, and outlive the bastards. (Honor)
I have a half-a-dozen WIPs that I could be working on.

Failing that, I could be working on my [community profile] yuletide fic.

What did I write 1000 words of tonight? A new Vorkosigan fic, the prequel to The Offer, my fic about what if Aral's unnamed sister had survived instead of Aral.

I mean, I'm enjoying it, and if I can keep up the momentum I can finish and post it in a couple of days (assuming it doesn't grow legs and get a lot bigger than I expect), which the WIPs would all be slower gratification. But still, it's not reducing my WIP list.

Here's the first bit:

It was the wrong knife. )
Yuletide wittering )
beatrice_otter: All true wealth is biological (Wealth)

Bujold Ficathon 2015 | Archive of Our Own is open for business!  There are already a lot of great prompts.  No pressure, no deadlines.  You can prompt without claiming and claim without prompting.
beatrice_otter: I always have been what I chose (Choice)
Loyalty (2370 words) by a_t_rain
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Vorkosigan Saga - Lois McMaster Bujold
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Rish, Amiri Arqua, The Baronne's Jewels, Udine Arqua

Rish grows up.

Really excellent (and slightly creepy) look at the Arqua family from Rish’s perspective.

Remix Recs

Jul. 3rd, 2015 02:40 pm
beatrice_otter: Emma and Henry reading the book of fairy tales (Once Upon a Time)
Fic written for me:
Turn and Face the Changes (1384 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Vorkosigan Saga - Lois McMaster Bujold
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Cordelia Naismith Vorkosigan
Additional Tags: Remix Redux
Summary: Two Armsmen's daughter break with tradition, each in her own way.

Other recs:

Always Another One (The Robin Recruitment Remix) (1821 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Batman (Comics), DCU (Comics), Gotham Central
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Harvey Bullock, Renee Montoya, Jim Gordon, Maggie Sawyer, Josie MacDonald, Crispus Allen, Romy Chandler, Dick Grayson, Jason Todd, Damian Wayne, Bruce Wayne, Batman, Robin (DCU)
Additional Tags: Dead Robins, Harm to Children, Remix

There have been Robins in Gotham City for almost twenty years. The detectives of the M.C.U. have opinions about that.

books, nooks, and crooks (keep your eyes open remix) (1524 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Chronicles of Narnia - C. S. Lewis
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Digory Kirke, Mrs. Macready, Original Characters

His role was not to interfere with the Adventures, and therefore, neither was the housekeeper.

A Factual Account of the Important Details of Eustace Scrubb's First Visit to Narnia (1052 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Chronicles of Narnia - C. S. Lewis
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Eustace Scrubb, Jill Pole, Puddleglum, Reepicheep
Additional Tags: Friendship, Loss, Animal Transformations, dragon - Freeform, remembering, Remix

So Eustace recounted the facts of his previous adventures in Narnia, beginning in the middle with the dragon.

Men of Few Words (1027 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Doctor Who (1963)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart, John Benton, Kate Lethbridge-Stewart
Additional Tags: Remix

Aliens or teenaged daughters; it’s all in a day’s work for the Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart.

The Peculiar Case Of The Man With The Missing Soul (the Turn! Turn! Turn! remix) (8651 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Elementary (TV), Chalion Saga - Lois McMaster Bujold
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Joan Watson (Elementary), Sherlock Holmes, Ms. Hudson (Elementary)
Additional Tags: Crossovers & Fandom Fusions, Alternate Universe - Modern Setting, Alternate Universe - Modern with Magic, The Bastard - Freeform, Case Fic, Character of Faith, Canon Trans Character

At first, Curtis Atherton's death appeared a simple suicide. Of course, nothing is simple when the Bastard is involved.
Sherlock Holmes, Doctor Joan Watson, and Ms. Hudson, Acolyte of the Bastard, are on the case.

Lighthouse (The Lost in the Fog Extended Mix) (1146 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Elementary (TV)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Joan Watson & Mary Watson (Elementary)
Characters: Joan Watson, Mary Watson (Elementary)
Additional Tags: Remix, Relapse, Season/Series 03 Spoilers

People who are in grief come to Mary Watson like birds to a lighthouse. Joan is no exception.

Like No Business I Know (the Climbing Uphill Remix) (3802 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Galaxy Quest (1999)
Rating: Mature
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Gwen DeMarco/Jason Nesmith
Characters: Gwen DeMarco, Jason Nesmith, Alexander Dane
Additional Tags: Pre-Canon, Sexism, Sexist Language, Sexual Harassment, just so much sexist crap, Show Business, Angst and Humor, Mentions of Stalking
Summary: At the time she read for Galaxy Quest, all Gwen had was a bunch of background credits and two national shampoo commercials, so she wasn't feeling very optimistic about this one.

“Don't get your hopes up, honey,” her agent had said, coughing around the Lucky Strike dangling from her lip. Then she tapped the ash from her cigarette into the coffee mug on her desk and looked Gwen straight in the breasts. “Wear a low-cut top.”

Five years in the life of Gwen DeMarco.

Suppression Systems (the Boardroom Boogaloo remix) (2882 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Marvel Cinematic Universe, Iron Man (Movies)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Pepper Potts/Tony Stark
Characters: Pepper Potts, Natasha Romanov
Summary: Four days in the hospital, waiting, have been more than enough, as far as Pepper is concerned. Her vital signs are stable. Her blood work is as normal as it’s going to get. She's going to have to learn to live with the effects of Extremis eventually.
In the meantime, Stark Industries is beginning to implode from the rumors circulating about her condition.
Pepper needs to go back to work.

[set post-Iron Man 3]

Under Your Shield (1350 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Marvel Cinematic Universe, Thor (Movies)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Natasha Romanov, Sif (Marvel)
Additional Tags: Post-Thor: The Dark World, Friendly Sparring
Summary: Sif might be tall, proud, and beautiful, but she is also terribly lonely. Natasha can relate.

Embrace the World in Gray (The La Cosetta Nostra remix) (6363 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Pacific Rim (2013)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Alison Choi, Stacker Pentecost, Mako Mori, Hermann Gottlieb, Kaidonovsky, Hannibal Chau, Tendo Choi
Additional Tags: Pre-Canon, Black Markets, Remix, Dad Sweaters

Alison may run a thingy mafia, but she's not sure where the Marshall got the idea that it qualified her to negotiate with a mafia mafia.

As Food to Life (6024 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Marvel Cinematic Universe, Captain America (Movies)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Steve Rogers/Sam Wilson
Characters: Steve Rogers, Sam Wilson (Marvel), Natasha Romanov
Additional Tags: 5 Times, Canon Character of Color, POV Sam Wilson, Food, Post-Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Interracial Relationship, Bisexual Male Character, Gay Male Character, Travel, Grief/Mourning, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder - PTSD, Relationship Negotiation, Fluff, Dick Jokes, Up all night to get Bucky
Summary: Or: Five meals Sam Wilson shares with Steve Rogers

Victory Conditions (The Rashomon Remix) (8655 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Vorkosigan Saga - Lois McMaster Bujold
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Kostolitz, Miles Vorkosigan, Ivan Vorpatril
Additional Tags: Remix, Hijinks & Shenanigans

Ivan always looked like an actor playing a model cadet in a training vid. This impressed the hell out of Kostolitz when Miles first introduced them, but he'd since amended the comparison to 'an actor in a training vid, who's perpetually on a break between shoots, and is eager to get back to a party – to which common folk are not invited -- going on in his trailer.'
Miles looked like, well, Miles. That had taken some getting used to with the way Kostolitz had been raised. But Miles strategized like he was two meters tall and plasma-arc proof, and that fit Kostolitz's idea of a Barrayaran officer just fine.

And four other perspectives

beatrice_otter: Poirot: Little Grey Cells (Little Grey Cells)

This is a very long letter with lots of stuff, but DO NOT PANIC. I'm actually fairly easy to please; I am very rarely disappointed with a ficathon story. I write long and detailed Dear Author letters because I find such things helpful when I'm writing for other people; if you are like me, here you go! If your style is different and a detailed letter makes you feel hemmed-in, feel free to do what works for you.

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 everyone in character and good spelling and grammar 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.

Pride and Prejudice, DS9, RCN series, Vorkosiverse )

beatrice_otter: Me in red--face not shown (Default)
I'm signing up for [community profile] femmeremix, a remix ficathon for female-focused fics, and realized that if I wrote one more Vorkosiverse fic with a woman in an important role, I could add the Vorkosigan fandom to my signup. And, thinking, I got a REALLY awesome idea for a genderswapped Aarl, which I now have to write. And then I realized "but genderswap doesn't count for signup purposes," but I'm going to write it anyway because it's such a cool idea.

And then I realized, "but wait, if I say instead that Aral died in Mad Yuri's massacre and his unnamed sister survived instead, that would qualify!"

Brilliant solution. Only problem being she is so firmly GIRL!ARAL in my head that I don't know if it would work.

Her backstory: canon!Aral married Ges' sister in an arranged marriage. Given an arranged marriage, wouldn't girl!Aral likely be married to a man from the same family? OMG, SHE WOULD HAVE MARRIED GES HERSELF! Except Ges would not treat a wife like an equal the way he treated canon!Aral, so he abused her, and given Aral's temper, she killed him, and now lives in semi-disgrace down in the Vorkosigan district. That is where the story starts.

Now, the main things that she has in common with Aral are a) brilliant tactician, except used socially instead of militarily, b) that infamous temper, and c) bisexuality. And sure, I can say that the sister had all of those too, but ... isn't that kinda denying the sister's individuality?


On a completely different note, what happened to the rich text posting option? And tag autocomplete?
beatrice_otter: Me in red--face not shown (Default)

new book
I am pleased to report that a new Cordelia Vorkosigan novel has been sold to Baen Books for publication, tentatively, in February of 2016.

The title is Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen.

It is not a war story. It is about grownups.

And that is probably all I ought to say right now in a venue read by the spoiler-sensitive. It is, after all, a long haul till next February.

2016 will also mark the 30th anniversary of my first publication by Baen, which ought to be good for a little PR fun.

Ta, L.

So, not QUITE a year until the next book, but almost--I can wait that long!  It's better than being worried there wouldn't be any more new books.  Lois has been calling herself "semi-retired" for a while, and you may note that the latest projects have been getting all her work into ebook form (particularly the ones with e-rights reverted to her) and getting an essay collection (basically previously published speeches and interviews) into ebook form ...

From what she's said on the Bujold email list, she had some medical procedures and the recovery from that always stops her writing for a while, but it was taking longer than usual this time because it was combined with various other rl events.

Anyway, I'm just sitting here squeeing, and reflecting on the title.  It doesn't sound like a very Vorkosiverse title--doesn't sound like any of Bujold's previous titles, in fact.  She tends toward short and pithy.  "Brothers in Arms" "Memory" "The Sharing Knife" various place names, etc.

Also, I'm wondering about the Jole in the title.  Same guy as was Aral's aide back in the Vor Game era?  And if so, why "Gentleman" Jole, and not the appropriate military title of whatever era it's set in?  And why Jole and Cordelia, instead of Jole and Aral, or at least Jole and Aral and Cordelia?  I mean, it's possible that Jole and Aral and Cordelia stayed friends after Jole was transferred/promoted/got on with his career, but if they're still close enough to headline a book together after Aral's death, it makes me ponder [personal profile] dira 's Jole/Aral series and what that would look like decades on.

It feels to me like it's most likely not the same Jole, all things considered.  Lois does like to recycle names.  (Dubauer, anyone?)

beatrice_otter: Delenn--We are Starstuff (Starstuff)
[personal profile] laurajv asks: What's your favorite character, from any media, and why?

And the problem with this is the same problem I have with any "what's your favorite?" question, and that is that I've never had any one book or character or movie or anything that I could point to and go "this one is my favorite."  Even if you narrow it down, so it's "what's your favorite character on a particular show?" I almost always go, "well, that depends on my mood."  My fannish affections are extremely poly; I've never had anything resembling an OTP or OTC.  I mean, I have pairings that I like (I'd never choose to pair Luke Skywalker and Mara Jade with anyone else, nor Han and Leia with anyone but each other), but it's not a strong enough thing to go THEY CAN'T EVER BE WITH ANYONE ELSE.  Like, if someone wrote an interesting, well-written story with no character bashing where one of those two pairs broke up or never got together in the first place, I'd read it and enjoy it.  (Well.  Let me clarify that.  If you were going to pair Luke with Callista, you would have to re-write the end of Children of the Jedi so that she didn't end up in Cray's body, because that really, really weirds me out.  Like, ew, and then after that she went off the rails in the other two books she appeared in, but if she weren't in Cray's body to begin with those other books would be different, so.)  But my favorite Star Wars characters are probably Corran Horn and Mara Jade, if you take all things together.  (But then there's Thrawn!  Pelleon!  Padme!  Winter!)

Star Trek characters, well, Saavik and Spock for classic trek, everyone on DS9, B'Elanna Torres and Tuvok on Voyager, Trip and T'Pol on Enterprise, TNG I can't pick favorites, and TOS everyone but Kirk.  (He's too much of a fratboy.  They took out all the character's good points and exaggerated his bad ones.)

Babylon 5, um.  HOW CAN ONE PICK FAVORITES?  They're all awesome!  I start off with Delenn and Lennier, but then would I put them as more beloved than Londo and G'Kar?  And Vir and Na'Toth and Susan and Marcus?  Er.  Well, no.  I mean, my favorite culture to do worldbuilding with is definitely the Minbari which would normally dictate what characters I want to write about.  (Boy, howdy, does that happen with Star Trek.)  But I love Londo and G'Kar and Vir and Na'toth and all the rest so much I love to write them too even if their culture is less interesting to poke around in ...

Battlestar Galactica, I love me some Cylons.  Love 'em, love to hate 'em.  Particularly the Final Five.  And then there's Bill and Laura, love them!  Billy!  Felix!  Lee and Kara annoy me separately and together, but mostly because the show focused on them.  Like, Kara was not the only screwed up person in that fleet.  Neither was Lee.  And the last season and a half there were so many stretches that were all about their issues when I wanted to know what was happening to all the other characters that I love, but we didn't get it because we had to get Yet Another Go-Around on the Lee and Kara show.  (Or the Lee's Daddy Issues show.  Or the Kara is Messed Up Because Life Done Her Wrong show.  And I appreciated in the abstract how rare it is for a heroine to be allowed the kind of damage that Kara was while still being a hero, and it's rare for a heroine to have a Traumatic Backstory not involving rape (I mean, the messed up stalker guy who may/may not have raped her in that creepy New Caprica apartment came long after Kara was screwed up by her mother's abuse, it was a complicating factor not THE REASON FOR EVERYTHING), but still, it was too much for my taste.)

Once Upon a Time.  I ship Belle/Rumple but I'm glad she kicked him out--that's what I like about that pairing, that she's the kind of person who would do that if she had to, they love one another but Twu Wuv doesn't conquer all, and I have been so worried since the beginning that they would try to paper over the ethical issues inherent in that relationship and go "it doesn't matter that he's evil because she loves him!"  So I can't read much fic in that pairing because most of the fic tends to be in that vein.  I hate, loathe, and despise Hook with the passion of a thousand burning suns.  I love Emma, Regina, Neal (I miss Neal!) ...those three are actually probably my favorites on the show, and my favorite character that doesn't get enough love is definitely Neal.  (I mean, I prefer Emma with Neal than anybody else, but like I said I'm not really an OTP type person, and there's a lot of gen Emma and Swan Queen both, and lots of Outlaw Queen as well, to give my my Emma and Regina fixes.  Not much Neal at all.)  Other than that, Mulan and Aurora had so much potential, sigh.

MCU, my favorites are (in no particular order) Peggy, Sam, and Steve.  My favorite character there that fandom that fandom doesn't much care about is Maria Hill.  I believe in Jasper Sitwell.

Doctor Who!  Eleven is my favorite doctor, but Martha and Donna are my favorite companions.  I loved early!River, before she was ruined by making EVERY SINGLE THING IN HER ENTIRE LIFE EVER ABOUT THE DOCTOR AND SHE'LL DO INCREDIBLY SELF-DESTRUCTIVE THINGS BECAUSE OF HIM AND HIDE IT FROM HIM SO HE DOESN'T FEEL BAD.  Gah.  I don't have enough time watching Classic Who to have informed opinions there.  I like Rose as seen on the show, but get really annoyed by Rose as seen by fandom, where SHE IS THE ONE TRUE COMPANION AND EVERYTHING IS ALWAYS ABOUT HER AND THE DOCTOR GETTING TOGETHER AND/OR STAYING TOGETHER AND HE COULD NEVER CARE ABOUT ANY OTHER COMPANION THE WAY HE CARES FOR HER.  Because of this I rarely read any fanfic in which Rose occurs.

Stargate: Sam and Teal'c and Sha're and Hammond are probably my favorites, but I love them all.  And I was never into SGA enough to really have favorites, as such.  It was okay, and I think I saw every ep at least once, but eh.  I read a lot of McShep because there was a lot of it, but the two of them, separately and together, are my least favorite characters on the show.  It's not that I dislike them, but, look, they were the most formulaic and least interesting.

Terminator, I love Sarah Connor and Catherine Weaver and James Ellison and John Henry and Cameron and Jesse and ... look, the Sarah Connor Chronicles are definitely my favorite part of that franchise, and I love almost everything about that show except that it wasn't longer.

Vorkosiverse, again, there's nobody that I don't absolutely love.  Ivan, Simon, Alys, and Elli are the only major characters that I don't think I would ever say is my favorite.  All the rest, yeah, at different times and in different moods I would choose different ones from among them as my favorite.

beatrice_otter: I always have been what I chose (Choice)
Title: By The Seashore
Author: beatrice_otter
Fandom: Vorkosiverse
Rating: teen
Characters: Simon Illyan/Alys Vorpatril
Word Count: 1,736
Written for: [ profile] Ana for the 2013 Bujold ficathon
Prompt: Simon gets broody and tells Alys he wants a child of his own. Anywhere in the time line you like, so it could happen or he changes his mind or...up to you :)
AN: Sorry it's so late! My muse dried up and life got in the way and then the ficathon was over and this got shoved into the back burner for a while. But here it is at last.

Summary: There are times when having a perceptive lover is inconvenient. But Simon wouldn’t have Alys any other way.

At AO3.

Please do let me know when you have finished trying to pretend that nothing is the matter. )
beatrice_otter: Me in red--face not shown (Default)
I've been quiet enough this year that I am not sure anyone will have noticed that I have been especially quiet this last month.  What have I been doing instead of reading and writing fanfic and being on DW/LJ/AO3?
Real Life Stuff )

What I have been missing fannishly: The 2012 Bujold Ficathon.  There are so many awesome prompts, but I just do not have the time or mental energy to tackle any, right now.
Also, the [ profile] heroines_fest sounds awesome, but what I know about comic books I know exclusively from the movies and fanfic, so I could only do the movieverse prompts, and see above re: time and mental energy.

Cool stuff: on the way home, listening to my CD collection, I found a couple of perfect songs for vids, and since I don't vid I am releasing them for anyone who wants them.

Legend of a Mind--Perfect for psychedelic Dr Who vid about regeneration and companions )

And, for Once Upon A Time, two songs.
You're Nobody Till Somebody Loves You--isn't that the whole theme of Once Upon A Time? )

More I Cannot Wish You (than to find your own true love)--again, perfect for the theme of the show )
beatrice_otter: Elizabeth Bennet reads (Reading)
[ profile] rarewomen is open, and there are a lot of great fics from a lot of great authors!  Here are some of my faves:

Free To Choose.  Her memories define who she is, her choices define who she will be.  (Sharon Agathon)

As a Queen, Sufficient.  Kendra, debriefing after her first trip to Sunnydale.

A Ladies' Day Out.  The impact of unregulated collection on the draconic biodiversity of the greater Ankh-Morpork region by Vimes (née Ramkin), S. Presented to the Ankh-Morpork Dragon Fanciers Society, Grune, Year of the Reversed Ptarmigan.  Hypothesis: poachers can be firmly deterred by a gumboot to the ear and some stern words, by Jove.  (Sybil Ramkin, the Emmas, Sacharissa Cripslock)

Doctor Who
Human Behavior.  The TARDIS learned a lot from her time in a human body; that doesn't mean she knows how to put a human together again.  (Idris, Tardis)
Cold Hands, Warm Heart.  Jenny finds a Silurian warrior behind the house. Then she puts the kettle on.  One of the Jenny&Vastra stories I have been craving.

Star Trek TNG
Shadow-walking.  Ro Laren and Deanna Troi undertake a secret mission on a matriarchal world.

Vorkosigan Saga
Five Strays Elizabeth Naismith took in (and One That Got Away).  Dear Cordelia, I'm sure I don't need to tell you that Miles is a charming and intelligent young man; I've been enjoying his company immensely. He's made plenty of friends, and taken to the social opportunities at school with a great deal of verve. (For more details, please see the attached disciplinary reports from Principal Hatter.)

X-Men First Class
A Piece of Her Mind.  Agent MacTaggert really shouldn't be in this cocktail bar. And she really shouldn't be talking to two wanted criminals. But they seem to think there's a way for her to get back the memories she'd lost the previous year, and she can't help but listen.  (Moira, Angel, Mystique)

beatrice_otter: An inherent cultural passtion for things that go "boom" (Boom)
Title: The Times, They Are A-Changin'
Author: [personal profile] beatrice_otter 
Fandom: Vorkosiverse
Written for: [personal profile] salable_mystic  for Winterfair 2012
Prompt: Something about the Armsmens' wives and mothers - do they all meet up regularly, at events? Have the equivalent of a stitch-n-bitch? How do they interact with the members of the families their sons and husbands are sworn to?

At AO3

Helena Vogti Braud stared at her daughter in blank incomprehension. )
beatrice_otter: I always have been what I chose (Choice)
Title: Herstory
Fandom: Vorkosiverse
Characters: Cordelia Naismith, Lady Vorrutyer Vorkosigan
Rating: Gen
Word Count: 3293
Written for: [personal profile] lannamichaels in [community profile] yuletide 2011
Summary:  Before being deployed for the Escobar-Barrayar war, Captain Cordelia Naismith goes to have a talk with Aral Vorkosigan's estranged ex-wife.

On AO3

Cordelia paused to gather her thoughts before pressing the chime. She wasn't quite sure why she was hereā€”it wasn't as if she expected to see Aral at all on her mission to deliver weapons systems to the beleaguered Escobar, and what could his ex-wife could tell her after all these years, anyway? )
beatrice_otter: History will attend to itself.  It always does. (History will attend to itself)
Title: Family Values
Fandom: Vorkosiverse
Characters: Duv Galeni, Mark Vorkosigan
Rating: Gen
Betaed by: [ profile] isiscolo
Word Count:
Written for: [personal profile] trobadora in[community profile] yuletide  2011
Summary: How does one make polite conversation with someone one's father tortured, physically, mentally, and emotionally, their entire childhood and adolescence?

On AO3

Duv Galeni sat in the parlor at the Koudelka residence and sipped his coffee. Across from him, Mark Vorkosigan did the same. It was almost amusing, how studiously they were focused on their drinks. )
beatrice_otter: I always have been what I chose (Choice)
Title: True Colors
Author: [personal profile] beatrice_otter 
Warnings: none
Written For: 2011 Bujold Fest
Fandom: Vorkosiverse
Characters: Aral, Piotr, Xav, OC
Rating: PG
Betaed by: [personal profile] philomytha 
Prompt: Ezar dies during the war against Yuri. Xav can't take the throne--too old?--so Aral becomes the boy emperor of Barrayar.
Summary: Aral was doing math problems and grumbling about it when they got the word. Da later told people that Aral had been studying military strategy, and Aral didn’t contradict him, but really, it was math.

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beatrice_otter: All true wealth is biological (Wealth)
The Maiden of the Lake, Feminist Icon? A Critique, By Olivia AWESOME and EPIC and you absolutely have to go read it.  It was written for me in the 2011 Bujold Fest.  It should be fun and entertaining even if you know nothing about the fandom.  There is a "romantic" historic tale involving female suicide and lots of manpain, and a young girl writes a paper about it, and the review is epic and hilarious and awesome.  (The author has tagged it as "My character did her homework and I bet the teacher regrets it.")  My review: "The meta! Olivia's arguments with her sisters! It's just so awesome I can't even begin to say. And I bet Cordelia loved it, and I can just imagine the teacher's response to it, but what can she do when Countess Vorkosigan is cited as an authority on the subject?

Thank you so much. This made my day."

Go.  Read.  Now!

(Also, the fest is still ongoing and you can submit any prompts you want or write any prompts that take your fancy.)
beatrice_otter: Guard your honor, let your reputation fall where it will, and outlive the bastards. (Honor)
So, I love the Vorkosigan series.  It's a series of books by Lois McMaster Bujold, my absolute favorite author.  And [personal profile] tel just wrote an absolutely perfect missing scene for Shards of Honor (now usually found bound with Barrayar in an omnibus called Cordelia's Honor.)

It's called "Witchhunt."  It's about Doctor Mehta and Commodore Tailor discussing their  options, as they decide to have Cordelia committed to a mental facility against her will because they're sure she's been programmed by the Barrayarans.  It's clear, concise, and the way Doctor Mehta lays out facts and chains of reasons ... not only can I see them making the choices they do, but I can see why they feel they have to do it, and how they could get her mother to agree to it.  It's chilling, and it's now my canon.
beatrice_otter: Men may move mountains, but ideas move men. (Ideas move men)
If you are a fan of the Vorkosigan series, you absolutely must go read Forward Momentum by [ profile] bracketyjack now.  (And if you've never read the Vorkosigan series, you need to go read it and then go read Forward Momentum.)

In this story, set post-Winterfair Gifts and AU before Diplomatic Immunity, [ profile] bracketyjack takes LMB's famous dictum for coming up with character-centered plots (figure out the worst possible thing you can do to a character and then do it to him or her) and takes it absolutely opposite (figure out the best possible thing you can do and then do it).  It works surprisingly well when combined with a note-perfect depiction of (almost) all characters and the Vorkosiverse in general, particularly underlying thematic and historical aspects of it.  (Okay, I didn't quite like the way she handled Ivan.  But he was such a minor bit-player in this story that it didn't bother me much.)  [ profile] bracketyjack calls this novel the companion-piece to a scholarly essay he/she has written about the Vorkosigan books, and I believe it; there is an astonishing amount of meta packed into a lot of places, mostly moments of clarity and analysis from people who are, after all, exceptionally smart and perspective and have enough pieces of enough puzzles to put much together when they decide to.

Here's my comment to the story:
First, are you by any chance a devotee of Golden Age literary science fiction, as well as of LMB? Because there is a strong trend in that era for authors to start their stories with a revolutionizing technology, explained in a scientifically plausible way, and which then drives the story. (In this case, that is the frames.) They were also filled with a great deal of talking, of telling-instead-of-showing, but done in the most thoughtful manner possible. There is also an underlying understanding of the world as harmonious, of the perfect being humanly possible, of a faith in goodness and truth and virtue as being always triumphant, a kind of innocent simplicity that is the product of a pre-Vietnam Americanism. They are also very stylized. When reading this story, I had the most curious feeling of reading one of those stories. This novel feels like them, both in obvious structural ways and in its inherent optimism. It was oddly like reading, say, one of Asimov's Robot stories.

Second, while you tie things up neater than I think LMB herself would ever choose to do, you have her characters, settings, and underlying themes down cold, for which I salute you. The melding of her tone and that of the Golden Age is odd in places, but ultimately works, perhaps because LMB herself is in many ways shaped by authors before her. She is more subtle in her themes, at times, and while she lifts up truth and justice and goodness as the earlier authors did, she does so in a way that makes clear that for her, their value comes in the striving for them, that they can never be won without cost, that perfection is impossible but should still be sought. The only way the melding of the two understandings is possible so seamlessly in a work without pain is that the pain has already happened; you have woven in the pain from all the earlier works (both what is shown and not shown) and used that as the emotional framework of your story.

I'm not sure if I have explained myself as coherently as I would like. But this is a major accomplishment, and I salute you.


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