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Dec. 21st, 2013 05:21 pm
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 Happy midwinter! Just an fyi for those on my flist, the archive for the first ever Kushielexchange Midwinter Masque is now OPEN! Please read, comment, and kudos as thou wilt. We have 7 lovely stories for you to enjoy, which is a small number, but hey we gotta start somewhere. I received a thoughtful and imaginative world-building fic with original characters set in Orchis House. Which as a fun-loving lady is the Night Court House I always most wanted to see! I also wrote one (or more) fics...see if you can guess which! 

I also wanted to thank [personal profile] silverflight8 for co-modding this challenge. She really took the lead with all of the AO3 business and this challenge could not have happened without her. Everything went off relatively without a hitch and everyone got a story by the deadline. We would definitely consider running it next year (or even a midsummer masque if there is interest) but are considering making it a January-February challenge instead of a December one. Longest Night is perfect, but it's really hard to fit it in with Yuletide and end of the semester biznass. 
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The [community profile] femslashex archive is live and there are many wonderful fics there for your reading pleasure this fall weekend.

So, I made a story:

The Kusheline Reel
Kushiel's Legacy, Melisande Shahrizai/Ysandre de la Courcel

A missing scene from Kushiel's Dart in which Melisande instructs Ysandre in the fine art of Kusheline country dancing.

Writing this was kind of a mixture of agony and ecstasy. In the end I'm pleased with the story and happy to have written the first evah Melisande/Ysandre story. *pats self on back* Many thanks to [personal profile] silverflight8 for a last minute beta- any faults that remain are all mine. Uh, about halfway through I realized that I was drawing from the ball at Netherfield as a subconscious influence. And now I kind of want a Kushiel's Legacy/Pride and Prejudice fusion. "It is a truth universally acknowledged that a Shahrizai in possession of great fortune must be in want of an anguisette...." Practically writes itself, people!

Somewhere during the writing of this fic, Fanchone Shahrizai may have become my spirit animal....

And I received:

Stone and Snow (6900 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] justwolf
Fandom: A Song of Ice and Fire - George R. R. Martin
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Relationships: Arya Stark/Daenerys Targaryen
Characters: Arya Stark, Daenerys Targaryen, Jon Snow, Ghost (ASoIaF), Missandei (ASoIaF)
Summary: One of the Faceless Men comes to King's Landing to give the Queen a gift.

And it is super-fabulous and has grownup!Faceless Woman!Arya being brilliant and vulnerable and just perfect. It's one of the best gift fics I've ever received and certainly one of the best Arya fics I've ever read. I don't know how my author did it, but she managed to pull things out of this pairing and story that I didn't even know I wanted. And the best part is, it's a story of Arya coming home and becoming herself again, complete with the happy ending she is probably not likely to receive in canon. *sniffles*

ETA: I keep trying to post recs but DW keeps eating them. *frowny face* And I actually have to go read some candidate files and can't spend the whole afternoon fiddling with this. I'll try again later.

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