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My three wonderful writers (please see my previous post for the long form of these recs, including warnings) turned out to be [livejournal.com profile] curiouslyfic (who wrote the kickass, amazing (and amazingly long), brilliantly characterized, prickly and hilarious Kitchen Confidential fic), eudaimon (who wrote really lovely Will/Tunny/Extraordinary Girl), and [livejournal.com profile] oxoniensis (who wrote gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous Will/Tunny/Extraordinary Girl -- I have to admit that I suspected it was [livejournal.com profile] oxoniensis, which only made me love the story even more ♥) -- thank you all SO MUCH, I loved the stories ridiculous amounts and adore you all! ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

At least a handful of people seem to have enjoyed the three stories I wrote, including the recipients, so I'm happy about that. :) Here they are, in case you're curious:

The Intentional Walk to First (2783 words) by faviconathenejen
Fandom: Princess Diaries - Meg Cabot
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Michael Moscovitz/Mia Thermopolis, Boris Pelkowski/Tina Hakim Baba, Boris/Michael/Mia/Tina
Characters: Mia Thermopolis, Tina Hakim Baba, Michael Moscovitz, Boris Pelkowski, Lana Weinberger
Summary: In which Mia has a very distressing thought, Tina is optimistic, Lana wants Mia to come shopping with her, and Michael and Boris are game.

This was for my originally-assigned recipient and I had lots and lots of fun writing it. I actually wish I'd had time to write a few more of the many story ideas juleshadwords had suggested, because they all sounded like fun, but by the time I had re-read all the books I knew that this was the story I just had to write. I just couldn't turn down an opportunity to write some happy poly! And it was highly, highly amusing trying to write in the style of the books.

At the End of Another Lost Highway (1487 words) by faviconathenejen
Fandom: American Idiot - Green Day/Armstrong
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Heather/Will, Heather/Miguel
Characters: Heather (American Idiot), Will (American Idiot), Miguel (American Idiot)
Summary: If Heather were a different kind of girl, she'd call the situation ironic.

I fell head over heels for American Idiot this year, and while a lot of that had to do with the music, a good chunk of it also had to do with the potential of the characters, the way we only see a certain glimpse of them in the musical but it's so obvious that there's a lot more under the surface. When I saw fivefootnothing's request, Heather kind of sprang into my head fully formed, and I was inexorably compelled to write her story. I really, really loved writing her.

Six examples of wood-pulp and ink detritus found crumpled at the bottom of a typical schoolboy's backpack, circa late 20th century: (209 words) by faviconathenejen
Fandom: Andy You're a Star (Song)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Andy/Narrator
Characters: Narrator (Andy You're a Star), Andy (Andy You're a Star)
Summary: Notes, lists, and not-so-idle thoughts.

One of the shortest things I've ever written, but I was attempting give tiny glimpses into a character's world to imply a lot more than in explicitly said. Who knows if it worked, but I had a lot of fun trying. :) Exterlinden's prompt was really inspiring!

And there you have it, my Yuletide in a nutshell. All three stories I wrote had Teen and Up ratings, which isn't toooooo surprising considering they all had something to do with high school. :)

I had hoped to make a rec post before the reveal occurred, but the less online part of my life was super busy this month, so it didn't happen. Hopefully I'll put something together in the coming week. Also maybe a year-end roundup and/or fandom meme or two? We shall see.

Happy New Year, everyone! May your 2011 be everything you want it to be! ♥
Mood:: 'cheerful' cheerful
location: Lucien's Library
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posted by [personal profile] athenejen at 03:41pm on 25/12/2010 under , , ,
I have no idea how I always get so lucky, Yuletide-wise. This year, I got three fabulous stories! And I'm going to try out AO3's "share" function.

desert island, gun to your head (15221 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Kitchen Confidential
Rating: Mature
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply (Potentially triggery for slight dubcon, unspecified mental health concerns, and canon kitchen violence.)
Relationships: Steven Daedalus/Teddy Wong
Characters: Teddy Wong, Seth Richman, Steven Daedalus
Summary: Sane is relative in every kitchen Teddy's ever worked but never more so than now.

Basically, some amazing, brilliant person wrote me 15k of Teddy being complex and messed up and in denial and awesome, plus Steven being perceptive and meddling, plus Seth being Seth, plus everyone else at Nolita being very, very themselves -- and I do mean everyone. I love this fic SO MUCH. It made me laugh out loud multiple times and made my heart ache intensely, and then the resolution made me so happy, and the pacing is perfect, and there are so many smart details and canon references, and seriously, everyone should read this fic! It is incredibly entertaining and full of wacky hijinks and people having feelings they don't want to have. And hilarity! :D

In addition to my ridiculously long and satisfying and brilliant main story, I was lucky enough to also receive two wonderful treats, both for my American Idiot prompt.

so there's no mistakes (1347 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: American Idiot - Green Day/Armstrong
Rating: Explicit
Warning: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings (nothing specific I can think of besides perhaps mentions of canon war-related disability (amputation))
Relationships: Tunny/Will, Tunny/Will/Extraordinary Girl
Characters: Tunny (American Idiot), Will, Extraordinary Girl
Summary: When the extraordinary girl came back to Jingletown to stay, Will and Tunny found a way to make it work.

This story is super adorable and sweet and healing, and the last scene is just lovely.

in the end it's right (1381 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: American Idiot - Green Day/Armstrong
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply (brief mentions of drug addiction and canon war-related disability (amputation))
Relationships: Tunny/Will/Extraordinary Girl
Characters: Tunny (American Idiot), Extraordinary Girl, Will (American Idiot)
Summary: Sometimes he thinks he's scared of getting hooked on air, which is fucking crazy because everyone's hooked on air unless they have a motherfucking death wish.

Isn't that the best summary ever? Doesn't it make you want to read the fic? Well, you should totally give into that impulse, because this story is gorgeous, delicate, warm, quiet, matter-of-fact, deftly characterized, and perfect. I love this story so much just thinking about it makes my heart feel three sizes bigger.

So yes, three amazing stories. Thank you so, so, so much, dear anonymous authors. I adore you all! ♥ ♥ ♥

Meanwhile, my two recipients both seem to have liked the fics I wrote them, so I am pleased! One of the stories even has a comment from someone else, which is very exciting! :D I also wrote a little Madness treat (they go live tomorrow), so that's three stories in all. If anyone wants to play the guessing game, if you get one right without insider knowledge I'll write you a little something! :)

It has been a kickass Yuletide -- I also betaed ten fics for other people and hippoed at a busy time, and did quite a bit of tag wrangling as well, so I feel pretty happy with it all around. Yay, Yuletide! :D

Happy holidays, everyone! ♥
location: Lucien's Library
Mood:: 'cheerful' cheerful
athenejen: (yuletide)
Dear Yuletide Writer )

Obnoxious Jerks - Stephen Manes )

Athena (A.M.Works) )

American Idiot - Green Day/Armstrong )

Kitchen Confidential )

The bottom line is: I like a huge variety of stuff (and am all in favor of experiments, creativity, and unusual things), I'm harder than usual to squick, and I'm willing to try almost anything. Please just enjoy the writing, and I know I'll have fun reading it. :)

much love,
[livejournal.com profile] athenejen
Mood:: 'cheerful' cheerful
Music:: American Idiot: Original Broadway Cast Recording
location: Circular Stone
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posted by [personal profile] athenejen at 12:30am on 13/01/2009 under ,
Why are there only 13 episodes of Kitchen Confidential? I mean, it has its flaws as a show, but I kind of adore it anyway. It's just, they're kind of all ridiculously adorable and they love each other so much, and show it by snarking and teasing and antagonizing and saving the hell out of each other when they're in distress. ♥

Plus, how often do I get to say that an Asian character is my favorite? Basically never, in part because there often isn't one, and even when they exist, they are often outshone. But Teddy got his own episode! And he's so freaking smart and snarky and brilliant and full of actual personality! And damn, I could ship him with everyone. Although, I admit, I could totally ship them all with each other in a huge, messy, and yet somehow comfortable tangle. Yes, all the women, too, even the annoying ones, as they are generally devious and endearing as well. *flail*

More detailed flailing, some (not very meaningful or specific, except for one scene in 1.10) spoilers )
location: Lucien's Library
Music:: James, "Lullaby"
Mood:: 'cheerful' cheerful

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