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Holiday Overdue Thing the Fourth: American Idol Season 7 fandom exchange fic!

This year I wrote two, for [ profile] cookleta_hols and [ profile] cookleta_etc's 2010 holiday exchanges, and received two in turn!

These are the ones I made:

lower than the angels, for [ profile] musicboxgirl
Betas [ profile] sophie448 and [ profile] x_heterophobic
Cook/Archuleta, Archie/OMC, [NC-17] for angst, homophobia, religious themes, supporting character death, 7,000+ words. David knew angels watched over him. One angel, in particular. Wingfic, de-aged ageswap.

Worlds of Chances for [ profile] summerstorm
Betas [ profile] empressearwig and [ profile] foxtoast
David Cook/Carrie Underwood, Michael Johns/Carly Smithson; [R] for brief references to sex toys, 9,000+ words. Lawyer, escort, undercover detectives!AUs.

write me goodbye )call me someday/breaking me slowly )fallen off the edge again )chances you’re burning through )

And these were the awesome ones I received:

And So This is Christmas, by [ profile] fieryrogue
Cook/Archie, [PG], 3,000+ words. Sometimes it's a "hurry up and wait" kind of day.

The Davids in an airport at Christmas. Schmoop and guitars and realism, three of my favorite things. ♥ ♥ ♥

at twice the speed (of you and me), by [ profile] summerstorm
David Cook/Carrie Underwood, [R], 7,000+ words
"You're thinking too hard," David says beside her. They're waiting backstage for their cue to come out; he's supposed to introduce her, and she's supposed to go out there, perform, and then kiss him in front of the entire audience. Kiss him on the mouth. And make it look like an accident.

This is the perfect fake-dating Cookwood fic, and clearly Lix and I were channelling each other's Cookwood stories, down to our means of disposal of a certain Mr. Fisher, which thrills me to no end! And her Carrie voice is just to die for ♥

Bonus awesome Marysue ficlet by [ profile] epicflailer,
Joe Gordon-Levitt/me, [PG]. Joe takes Jay to "A Little Night Music".

There's just no excuse for me asking Nat to make me JGL/me Marysuefic, but Nat decided to indulge me, as it was Christmas. FLAILINGPICSPAMNESS ENSUES.

THANK YOU GUYS! I'm sorry I've been so remiss in my pimping; I hope you know how much I adore these stories, and you!

This entry was originally posted on dreamwidth; you can choose to read it there.
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Holiday Hangover Thing the Second: Yuletide, the time of greatest mirth and joyance among men, and also the time for writers to exchange fanfic gifts in rare fandoms (ranging from Goodnight Moon to Top Gear RPF to Terry Pratchett's Discworld) hosted on the Archive of Our Own. This was my first year participating, and I have [ profile] cincodemaygirl to thank for holding my hand and speaking very slowly and calmly when she talked me through the rules and offering and requesting and whatnot.

I might have been initially intimidated, but I had the best experience! I requested stories in Guy Gavriel Kay's Sarantine Mosiac and Lions of Al-Rassan fandoms, vintage Battlestar Galactica, and Gabriel Knight adventure game.

And I received the most incredible story:
What Lies in Books, by prolific profic writer russian_blue
Gabriel/Grace, Gabriel/von Glower, [Mature], 4,064 words.

This was the Gabriel Knight story I most desired when I signed up for Yuletide 2010, a story that discussed the relationship between Gabe and his nearest and dearest, that let us see how far Gabe had come, post-The Beast Within while staying true to his canon self. It has everything I loved about the game: a historical setting, an intricate plot that was the perfect framework to explore Gabe's hopes for Grace, his desires for Friedrich and the darkness within, and, at the heart of it, his own strengths and weaknesses. Oh, and cameo by Silvio Berlusconi :)

The reason didn't matter, only the result. He was learning to control it. Bit by bit, starting with the medallion, until he could touch it without screaming, as Friedrich had done. There had to be truth in the hunting club's philosophy, the notion that the beast within could be a source of strength. That he could master it, and not become a monster.

...Gabriel forced his lips into a smile. Ludwig had done it, the pansy-ass bastard, at least for a while; a Schattenjäger could surely do better.

In another corner of Yuletide, I wrote this Cook/Archie friendship fic:
Fairytales Can Come True, It Could Happen To You for [ profile] poppetawoppet
David Archuleta, David Cook, [Gen], various pairings, [PG-13], 11,110 words.
Davids Archuleta and Cook go to extremes with impossible schemes: life's more exciting for them with each passing day, with love either in their hearts, or - thanks to their own judicious plotting - on its way. All-singing, all-dating, multiple pairings, crossover with Country Music RPF and Kris Allen Band.

And I also wandered out to Bruce Springsteen fandom, to make this:
Cars & Girls for [personal profile] twistedchick
From Springsteen's Born to Run (album), various pairings, [PG-13], 767 words.
Life's a highway: these two lanes can take us anywhere. Three stories about cars and girls.

Sending much love to my Yulegoat, my gracious recipients and betas [ profile] frackin_sweet, [ profile] cincodemaygirl and [ profile] likeadeuce!

Various other amazing Yuletide stories which I think my non-Yuletiding f-listers might enjoy: Hunger Games, Discworld, Cormac McCarthy's The Road, Pundit RPF, Kris Allen Band )

This entry was originally posted on dreamwidth; you can choose to read it there.
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Happy Fourth of July to my U.S.-based (or displaced) f-listers!

And, since nothing says patriotic Independence Day like tentacles and the pre-WW1 Gilded Age, look at what more my [community profile] help_haiti bid has purchased of [ profile] ciudad's services!

In full and final settlement thereof, she made me two amazing pulpy trade paperback cover designs in the style of m.s. corley, for my Anthemic-meets-H.P. Lovecraft 1900s steampunk AU stories, Anthemicronicon: the Age of Music and Anthemicronicon: Book of the Ages.

Aren't they gorgeous, isn't [ profile] ciudad talented, and aren't I a lucky, lucky girl? She even got the Lovecrafty tentacles and the guitar ♥ ♥ ♥!

This entry was originally posted on dreamwidth; you can choose to read it there.
labyrinth2015: (happy cookleta)
It seems [ profile] cookleta is officially two years old this April!

In celebration of this momentous event:

* Arch shows up in L.A. to perform "Imagine" on the Season Nine Top 9 Results Show, Cook tweets him about meeting up, and fandom explodes.

ETA: The boys in fact meet at some restaurant with a picture of a matador in it! Plus chaperones Drew Cook and Brooke White, who look in rather fine fettle! Photographic evidence appended.

* The annual fic train extravaganza makes its appearance! This is my first fic train, and I seem to have kind of worn out my welcome, committing a quantity of fic of varying quality:

01: Discussion, Decision, Cook and Arch reunite after Cook's Idol Gives Back trip to Addis Ababa, [PG]
02: Table A Deux, Part Un et Deux, Public sex involving coming in pants, [R] (which likely owes much to [ profile] frackin_sweet's Don't Keep Your Hands To Yourself. Sorry, babe, I am kinda derivative, but I credit!)
03: Applesauce 2 Happy domestic babyfic, [PG]
04: Un, Deux, Trois Three conversations that can only be had in the dark, [PG] to [R]
05: A Fighter By His Trade Cook as a boxer, Arch as Marisa Tomei [PG-13]
06: X-Men Cookleta Where David has superstrength, and Cook has claws, [PG]
07: Arms of the angel BtVS!Cookleta: Cook watches Archie sleep, [PG]

All comment ficlets not for profit works of fiction. Real persons depicted belong to themselves. No libel or breaches of privacy intended. Will remove on without prejudice basis if valid cease and desist is received.

People awesomely fill my fic requests! See Sex toys by [ profile] orochi_kitty and again by [ profile] cerrad / Middle Aged Cookleta by [ profile] soverignthorn / Foreign Language Cookleta by [ profile] pretendhappyend / S&M Cookleta with Cook as sub by [ profile] odi_et_amo53. (Pls to read warnings on individual stories.)

Also: there are puppies by [ profile] cincodemaygirl, desert island fic by [ profile] epicflailer, and [ profile] ciudad writes her first NC-17 ficlet (which she blames on ice skating - a likely story)!

Hijinks ensuing as we speak - everyone should totally go check it out ♥.
labyrinth2015: (Neal1)
Now that the [ profile] cookleta_xmas exchange is over and writers revealed, I am very glad to share with you this secret story which the gorgeous and immensely talented [ profile] frackin_sweet wrote for my birthday, as a companion piece to my story Have We Heard On High, set in the Patron Saints universe.

In my story, Cook tells Arch that Neal and Lily had had a fight and that Neal was going to be alone in L.A. for Christmas? Well, Cook doesn't know the whole story, clearly...

* Heard On High - The B Side: [R], het, 1,700+ words, Neal Tiemann/Frack's OFC, Lily Tay, who belongs to her, but who might remind you of someone, by [ profile] frackin_sweet.

Thank you, dearest, for the fic, and for indulging my childish desire to remain anon for [ profile] cookleta_xmas! Please go read and tell [ profile] frackin_sweet how awesome Lily she is!

I must also pimp the other fantastic birthday fic written for me:
* Refrain from "Knock Knock" Jokes, [PG], 834 words, Cookleta, by [ profile] lirielviridian, &
* Firsts, [PG-13], 698 words, David/Kris, by [ profile] lire_casander.
Thank you, darlings! I loved them, and you! ♥

Thank you so much
for all of your birthday wishes and virtual gifts, and this awesome post by the denizens of [ profile] cookleta_etc - you girls are just the best ♥.

Also, while on the topic of holiday exchange gifts, I'd already mentioned the awesome art of [ profile] naughtiest, but I'd like to also pimp the following [ profile] aiholidaybash fics:
* Shake, [R], het, 6,300+ words, Archuheta, by [ profile] kirabella1588, as my gift - thanks so much again, bb!
* And the World's a Little Brighter, [PG], het, 9,027 words, Archuheta, by [ profile] likealocket.

Move over, Neal: Archuheta may be my new fave ship ;)
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And, the continuation of my responses to [ profile] motherendurance's Awesome Interview of Win. I've been having entirely too much fun, answering this - which surprises me, as I'm really somewhat reserved and formal IRL. 

(Sings: "...Find/one song/One last refrain/Glory/From the pretty boy front man/Who wasted opportunity...")


5. What led you to Cookleta slash in particular? How did you decide to look for it? Or did you stumble on the pairing? Enquiring minds want to know!


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