I wrote a lot this year: four full-length stories (one the single longest short piece I've ever written) and one short Madness story. I will post longer notes on individual stories later. I hope some of you do the same, as I always enjoy reading them.

My Yuletide assignment, for Anne McCaffrey's Dragonriders of Pern novels, was The Ballad of Mirrim and Menolly's Ride, for [livejournal.com profile] calenlily. Rated PG for non-graphic violence; gen.

Menolly, Mirrim, and Mirrim's dragon Path travel through times that were, will be, and might have been to warn Pern of a deadly new threat. Long but hopefully worth it. If you vaguely recall the premise of the books (humans ride telepathic dragons to fight caustic Thread) you should be good to go.

The Marvels We Have Seen, from Anne McCaffrey's Dragonriders of Pern, was a Treat for [livejournal.com profile] boosette, who wrote the lovely Menolly-centric Lend Song a Sweeter Grace last year.

A fire lizard mating flight brings Mirrim and Menolly closer together in more ways than one. Rated R for moderately explicit sex. It works as a prequel to my gen Mirrim and Menolly story, if you care to take it that way.

Will You Bloom Bright And Fierce was a Yuletide Treat for [livejournal.com profile] teaotter, who wrote the fabulous Steerswoman story Dumb Animals last year.

It's based on the gorgeous Dave Carter and Tracy Grammar song The Disappearing Man. The story itself requires no familiarity with the song or anything else. Rated R for brief but somewhat explicit sex.

Thistledown. From Ursula K. Le Guin's Earthsea series, accessible if you've read the first book. For Doire, who requested something about Vetch, one of my favorite characters. Rated G.

It was inspired by my thoughts on Le Guin's thoughts on heroism (traditionally male) and domesticity (traditionally female). She seems to value the latter more highly and also tries to reclaim the designated-feminine spheres as heroic in their own right, which is valid but which can make it seem like men have all the fun. This was my attempt to reconcile the two in a way which fits both her first trilogy and the later books.

The deeds of women are not often written into songs.

Color All Days Blue, But Save One For Many Colors. For Shannon C, who requested a cracky crossover with V. C. Andrews' Flowers in the Attic. I hastily checked her blog and found that she had read Nalini Singh's cracktastic Psy-Changeling series, in which Psys are psychics, Changelings are shapeshifters, and extra-powerful Psys have eyes like the night sky and the stars become fireworks during orgasm. Rated R for underage incest. I know, I know...

Momma explained that we were the forbidden children of an incestuous Psy-Changeling marriage and that she, a powerful Cardinal Psy, had fled PsyNet to marry her half-Changeling, half-Psy, half-uncle.

I blame Oyce for both the "half-uncle" line and the phrase "the dark blot of our existence."
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