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So I of late was involved in two fic exchanges. The first, [community profile] not_primetime, I ultimately pulled out of because real life took up way more time than I expected. The second, [community profile] history_exchange, I managed to get my act together and complete before the deadline. However, apparently defaulting does not stop you receiving a gift fic! (I did not know this. I had never done it before.) So I have now three delightful fics to read over a thousand times and enjoy deeply.

So, I present to you, this absolute treasure, which is everything a person could possibly want from their weird cyberpunk Roman Republic RPF fic. I will keep these tabs open till the day I die. I don't know what to say. This is a delightful buddy cop gangster romp featuring Gaius Gracchus and the ghost of his murdered brother, and basically, when Cicero wrote about that time the ghost of Tiberius Gracchus appeared to Gaius, I bet he wishes this is what he claimed happened.

Senatus consultum ultimum
(5029 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Ancient History RPF
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Gaius Sempronius Gracchus, Tiberius Sempronius Gracchus, Cornelia Africana
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Science Fiction
Series: Part 1 of Latium
Summary: The Roman mob kills Tiberius Sempronius Gracchus. His brother investigates.

And, doubleplusgood, it comes with a prequel about the Gracchi's grandfather, Scipio Africanus, and his star-crossed romance with Hannibal Barca, and basically this is going way up there on the list of best gift fics I have ever received.

This isn't West Side Story (1938 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Ancient History RPF
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Scipio Africanus/Hannibal Barca
Characters: Scipio Africanus, Hannibal Barca, Gaius Laelius
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Science Fiction
Series: Part 2 of Latium
Summary: Scipio and Hannibal, through the years.

Thirdly, I received this perfect gem, which is as awkward and emotionally charged and tense as a reunion between Sirius Black and his surprisingly-not-dead younger brother ought to be, and the only thing I could possibly want out of this fic that I didn't get is more of it.

Reconcile (2251 words) by thegirlwiththemouseyhair
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Harry Potter - J. K. Rowling
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Sirius Black/Remus Lupin
Characters: Sirius Black, Remus Lupin, Regulus Black, Harry Potter
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Canon Divergence

In conclusion, I love you both.

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 So the fantastic [personal profile] argentumlupine podficced one of my fics! This is the first time someone's done this for me, and it's really exciting to hear my words in somebody else's voice. Also, it is exciting when the characters I'm writing have vaguely appropriate accents, rather than the Australian accent that is happening in my head while I write.

So, if podfic is your thing, and Carmilla (the web series) is also your thing, it is here for your listening pleasure. The original is linked at the podfic, in case podfic is not your thing, or you want to leave me feedback.

In other news, I am writing fic for [community profile] pt_lightning , because now I am excited by the idea of podfic, and also because without something to write for very little gets written with me.

In other other news, I am in the middle of reading a long and plotty Star Trek fic, Leave No Soul Behind. It involves an AU wherein Spock and Kirk (and assorted others, but yes, this is shippy fic) are space ambulance officers. I have a RL friend who is very emotionally invested in this fic, and it is indeed well-written and readable, but being only halfway through I can't really speak for the emotional impact yet.
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So it turns out that Rosemary Sutcliff's The Eagle of the Ninth has a fairly significant fandom (upwards of 600 fics on AO3), and that this has somehow flown over my head for my entire fandom life up to this point. Also, there was apparently a movie with Channing Tatum? (Also, according to Wikipedia, in the movie, Romans speak with American accents in order to draw parallels with modern-day imperialism. Hm.) However this managed to slip by me unnoticed until now, I am very pleased to finally discover it, and filled with a desire to go and reread the book.

On this note, the thing which brought this to my attention was[personal profile] sineala's excellent AU fic, which was recommended to me during Fandom Snowflake:

Chosen Man (116551 words) by Sineala
Chapters: 5/5
Fandom: The Eagle | The Eagle of the Ninth (2011)
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: Graphic Depictions Of Violence
Relationships: Marcus Flavius Aquila/Esca Mac Cunoval
Characters: Marcus Flavius Aquila, Esca Mac Cunoval, Original Characters
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe, Alternate Universe - Military, Canon Era, First Time, Loyalty, Shame, Submission, Romance, Action/Adventure
Series: Part 1 of Chosen Man
Summary: The son of the man who lost the Eagle of the Ninth would never be allowed a first command of his very own fort, would he? Marcus is posted not to Isca Dumnoniorum, but to a wretched and run-down garrison north of the Wall. There he finds that he is the new centurion of a group of scouts and spies, all of them British. He has few supplies and no experience. His men distrust him. His superiors despise him. His second-in-command is an incompetent drunkard. And the local tribes are determined to kill all of them. But the worst thing of all is one of Marcus' soldiers. He is an enigmatic, dangerous, and insubordinate man by the name of Esca, who makes Marcus yearn for terrifying things he has never before wanted and can never, ever let himself have...

And then there was cute holiday-themed Saturnalia fluff. So we should all go and read this fic.

In other news, I am still looking at my bingo card and telling myself that thinking about it will eventually turn into do something about it...

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It has occurred to me that it's going to take me a while to go through all the Yuletide fic and make a complete list of recs, so I'm posting the start of it now. 

Ten recs, in various fandoms )

So there you go. As you can see by "Ghost Soup", I'm up to the letter G. This could take a while, but I will be finished eventually. By the time next year's archive goes live. Or something.

In other news, I wrote a fic:

Pieces Missing

Dance Academy. After series two. So spoilers.

And received two, both for Maggie Stiefvater's Raven Boys:

Prelude in BMW
In Which Ronan Mocks Gansey After Catching Him in a Private Moment

All in all, I consider my first Yuletide a great success.



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