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Oops, I was too slack to do recs again this year, but look! I got and gave stuff!

I received two totally adorable pieces in Yuletide this year.

Would You Like Some Lightning With Your Soup? (7440 words) by alyoraShadow
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Circle of Magic - Tamora Pierce
Rating: General Audiences
Warning: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Daja Kisubo, Trisana Chandler, Briar Moss, Sandrilene fa Toren

Dinner at 6 Cheeseman Street is a rather unpredictable affair.

This is a really terrific fic about Daja and the whole circle, which is fantastic since I LOVE Daja and the whole circle and I really love 6 Cheeseman Street fic. There's a really great grasp on the Circle's voices and it really stresses Tris and Daja's relationship, which is something I particularly asked for and am thrilled to read about.

Phone a Friend (1657 words) by Reading Redhead
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Young Wizards - Diane Duane
Rating: General Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Dairine Callahan, Carmela Rodriguez

In which Carmela gets herself into a bit of a situation, and Dairine is the right person to call.

In this story Carmela gets thrown into alien prison for chocolate smuggling and Dairine has to come and rescue her, so obviously I ADORE it. It's funny and smart about their characters, and has a fantastic ultimate solution which really draws on Carmela's strengths without letting her get away with anything. I also love where C and D *are* in their life at this point, it really meshes up with my headcanon.

I also wrote a thing!

Don't be afraid to lend a hand (5407 words) by labellementeuse
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Young Wizards - Diane Duane
Rating: Not Rated
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Nita Callahan/Kit Rodriguez
Characters: Nita Callahan, Kit Rodriguez, Carmela Rodriguez

"Let's go into the city," said Nita.

This is about Nita and Kit on an everyday errantry, and while I had a lovely prompt from a very nice recipient I still struggled mightily with it. On the whole I'm pleased with it - it's very long by my standards, the second-longest piece of fic I've ever written, and technically competent - but, I don't know. I don't think it adds anything new or contributes in any meaningful way to the Nita/Kit body of work, basically, and I'm starting to realise that in Young Wizards I really need to feel like I'm adding something or I can't get into it. I think the problem may have been that I didn't do a canon review this year and was just like, oh I know this fandom back to front, which of course just trapped me into writing something I thought was repetitive. So next year I think I'll try to take a few more risks. (Someone remind me of this?)

I did have a wonderful suite of betas who dropped everything at the eleventh hour to help me out. [personal profile] sushiflop, as usual, was very good to me for the entire month. [personal profile] archiesfrog read it in person and was extremely kind and encouraging, as was [personal profile] aworldinside. [ profile] arysteia gave me a tremendous unfamiliar-with-the-canon beta which kicked me in a few places I needed to be kicked (but I ignored her about the ellipses because I'm a rebel, sorry V). And both [ profile] chattycheese and [personal profile] shihadchick gave really thoughtful canon betas.

I beta'd some things as well! The beta process, which happens when my fic is usually posted, is often my favourite part of Yuletide because I enjoy the collaborative group-huggy feeling of it all.

A Week in the Life (3282 words) by archiesfrog - this is Kel fic! With Neal and Tobe!

Trust and Timing (2449 words) by aworldinside - This is fic for a rather cute and silly movie about young women who run relay at the thinly-disguised Olympics. I watched it in order to do this beta and I'm extremely glad I did because it's delightful! The fic itself is, of course, ALSO delightful, being the pairing I really craved in the film the whole time - funny and hot.

I have a funny feeling I've forgotten something but I can't remember what at this stage, remind me if it was you!

I did have a great Yuletide this year, much improved on last year's general emotional malaise. Thanks for making it fun with me, gang!
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