danagryphon: (Yuletide)
... let me show them to you. I wanted to wait until all the author reveals happened so I can give proper credit where it's due.

So every holiday season, I participate in a couple of fanfiction exchanges. This year, it was [livejournal.com profile] sga_santa, [livejournal.com profile] multifan_gift, and [livejournal.com profile] yuletide.

[livejournal.com profile] sga_santa is a Secret Santa exchange for the Stargate Atlantis fandom. This is my first year participating (since I just spent this past year getting caught up on the series), and sadly, the last year the exchange is being run. It had a good run of 10 years. And given the turnout for it's closing night performance, it certainly ended strong. I wrote my first dialogue-only fic as my gift, and it was well received (and a LOT of fun to right). My first foray into writing SGA fic, but I have a feeling it won't be my last.

Anyway, my gift was Consequences by the ever-fabulous [livejournal.com profile] tarlanx. She and I have collaborated a several times now on various big bangs, and I LOVE her writing style (and she's also a very talented artist). The story is deliciously angsty, both from the action of the plot and the internal conflicts of the characters. I highly recommend it if you are a McShep fan.

[livejournal.com profile] multifan_gift was another new exchange for me this year, mostly because it allowed both fic and art to be given as gifts. My receipient requested wallpapers, and picked Game of Thrones as one of the fandoms. I had a lot of fun making my gift, stretching my artistic muscles.

In return, I got a fabulous Walking Dead fic AND fanmix! Shards of the Mind by [livejournal.com profile] dunderklumpen is Carol-centric with a side of Daryl/Carol (which I ship SO HARD). I love character studies, and Carol has such a rich and angst-filled backstory that presents so many possibilities. This one touches on a lot of aspects of her struggles, and how Daryl fills in the small cracks of her life. And a fanmix! I love mixes, and this one has a lot of great songs that really bring the feelz. And the images for the covers are A-MAZING.

This was my fourth year doing [livejournal.com profile] yuletide, probably the biggest and best-known fanfic exchange. Last year, however, was very disappointing. I got matched to someone and hit on two fandoms. However, his likes/dislikes for stories was pretty much diametrically opposed to what I like to write. Still, I wrote something that fit his request, which was received with very lukewarm feedback. I wrote two other stories last year—a pinch hit and a madness treat—and felt very accomplished with what I'd done. Then I got my gift. Ugh. The person paid no attention whatsoever to my likes/dislikes and basically, gave me a lump of coal. Still, I tried to be optimistic and participate again. Only to get matched to the SAME GUY as my recipient again. I almost defaulted immediately (and should have). But I soldiered on, thinking I could still do this. Well, it never gelled, and I ended up defaulting at the last minute. Which I feel awful about, and will make me ineligible to participate next year unless I write something for the New Years Resolution collection before next signup.

And then I got my own gift. I was a little concerned, because I saw my own name come across the pinch-hit list (which means my original author defaulted). But OMG, was it an awesome gift. Night Terrors by [livejournal.com profile] flyakate is a Grimm case-fic that is so well done, it could easily be an episode. The guys encounter a new type of Wesen, and have to figure out how to take it down. Receiving such a fantastic gift made me feel even more guilty about having defaulted, but then I decided I would consider it payback for last year. :)

So all in all, it was a good holiday in my fandom world. Thanks to all my thoughtful, talented authors and artists!
danagryphon: (Yuletide)
It's the most wonderful time of the year....

Dear fellow Yuletide author!

First, thank you for whatever gift you might leave in my stocking! And if you came here considering writing a treat, you are a special kind of awesome. Here are some things that might help you decide what you'd like to write.

General details: I think I'm pretty open to just about anything. I like gen, I like slash of all varieties (feel free to get as explicit as you like). I am good with kinks of any sort. I'm not real fond of AUs or crossovers unless they are well justified in a way that is consistent. No PWP, please. If you'd like to see the types of things I write, I'm on AO3 as Gryph. The biggest thing to know about me is that I'm a total angst-puppy. I love hurt/comfort stories, physical or psychological torture, anything that rips the character apart then puts him or her back together with maybe a few pieces missing. Happy endings are not required by any means. The most important thing to me is to maintain character integrity. I love snappy banter, twisty plots that make me go "aha!", and dry wit. But if you aren't into writing angst-fests, that's okay, too. I like backstories, missing scenes, and WHN. Really, so many of these fandoms have so LITTLE written in them that anything would be a treasured gem.

My Requests: (Feel free to ignore these details, of course)
Optional details are optional )
danagryphon: (Quantum Leap)
Title: When In Time I See Your Face
Author: Gryph ([livejournal.com profile] gryphon2k)
Genre: Gen, friendship, sacrifice
Character(s): Al Calavicci, Sam Beckett
Rating/Warnings: PG
Words: 524
Summary: Al Calavicci never could say no to Sam Beckett and will make any sacrifice necessary.
Disclaimer: Not mine.
Notes: Written for [livejournal.com profile] yuletide madness 2013 fanfiction exchange for [livejournal.com profile] desireearmfeldt.

When In Time I See Your Face )
danagryphon: (Yuletide)
Title: Redeemed
Author: Gryph ([livejournal.com profile] gryphon2k)
Genre: Gen, happy ending
Character(s): Jeriba Shigan, Willis Davidge, Zammis
Rating/Warnings: PG
Words: 1,178
Summary: Jerry didn't die when Zammis was born, and the three of them were rescued by the Drac. Davidge remains with his new family on the Drac homeworld, but Jerry believes he has a larger destiny.
Disclaimer: Not mine.
Notes: Written for [livejournal.com profile] yuletide 2013 fanfiction exchange for hobgoblin123

Redeemed )

danagryphon: (Jaime)
Title: What Hurts The Most
Author: Gryph ([livejournal.com profile] gryphon2k)
Genre: Gen, happy ending
Character(s): Jaime Sommers, Steve Austin, Oscar Goldman, Rudy Wells
Rating/Warnings: PG
Words: 1,606
Summary: Steve and Jaime go on assignment and during it's completion, Jaime is injured. During her recovery she remembers her time with Steve and they try to make up for lost time.
Disclaimer: Not mine.
Notes: Written for yuletide 2013 fanfiction exchange for [livejournal.com profile] mark_clark

What Hurts The Most )
danagryphon: (Yuletide)
After a quick trip to Best Buy when I found out yesterday, the LAST day of the warranty on my laptop, that the CD drive wasn't working right, I worked frantically to finish my [livejournal.com profile] yuletide assignment and squeaked it in right under the midnight deadline. It took me a while to find the right beginning, but once I had that, the story came pretty easily. It still has a lot more schmaltz in it than I'm really comfortable writing, and I'm not really happy with the ending, but I do have until the collection goes live on Christmas day to tweak it a bit. Which I will.

However, meanwhile, I took a pinch hit (yay, my first one!) for a story that I've been wanting to do for a long time. Rewatching the source material now to get the voices of the characters going in my head, but I've already got a plot zombie eating my brain, so that should go quick enough to make the midnight deadline for tonight. Then I *might* do one more treat to repurpose a story I had started and not finished last year, but which I really, really like some of the pieces of. We'll see how it goes.

Once [livejournal.com profile] yuletide is all done, then I need to get back to my [livejournal.com profile] smallfandombang PotA story. Then back to my PotA novel that's been on hiatus for a couple of months now. But hoping that the momentum of these challenges will inspire me to push through the last few chapters to get that finished more easily. It'll get finished by hook or by crook, it's just a matter of how quickly.

Meanwhile, still waiting for [livejournal.com profile] mpregbigbang to post their artist claiming list that was supposed to go up a week ago. I'm itchy to do some art as well.
danagryphon: (Yuletide)
It's the most wonderful time of the year....

Dear fellow Yuletide author!

First, thank you for whatever gift you might leave in my stocking! And if you came here considering writing a treat, you are a special kind of awesome. Here are some things that might help you decide what you'd like to write.
Optional details are optional... )
danagryphon: (Quantum Leap)
Title: Deus Est Machina
Author: Gryph (gryphon2k)
Genre: Gen, post-ep
Character(s): Ziggy, Sam Beckett, Al Calavicci
Rating/Warnings: PG-13
Words: 1,609
Summary: Ziggy reflects on Project Quantum Leap, Doctor Beckett, and the meaning of it all.
Disclaimer: Not mine.
Notes: Written for [livejournal.com profile] yuletide 2012 fanfiction exchange for hopefulnebula

Deus Est Machina )
danagryphon: (Yuletide)
So I got three totally wonderful gifts in the yuletide fanfiction exchange. My primary gift was a John Doe fanfic called Memoriam, which DOUBLED the number of John Doe fanfics on AO3 (well, there is a third, but it's a crossover and barely mentions John). And holy cow, it's awesome. It's just what I asked for, and whoo baby, it does it up but good. All the characterizations are spot on, and it actually made me tear up a bit. Simply beautiful.

Then I got two treats! One was for The Stand (by Stephen King) called My Soul to Keep (and how freaking amazing a title is that for a fic that features Randall Flagg??!!) Again, it was just what I asked for, and just captured the mood of the book PERFECTLY. And the sinister underbelly that King loves to show. It was a wonderful surprise.

The other treat made me absolutely squee with delight, because it is a Planet of the Apes fic called Circular Progression, and it has EVERYTHING I love in a PotA fic. Banter between the three fugitives, wonderful Pete snarkiness, and then a big helping of Pete h/c. Hehehehehehe. And given that there's only been one other new PotA fanfics besides mine since I started writing them again, I will treasure this one.

I can't wait to see who the author are (revealed New Year's Day), because they are all great writers who I want to read more of. And so incredibly sweet to write these lovely stories for me.

Now I have to start working my way through the rest of the collection to see what else I want to rec. HEHEHEHEHEHEH! NEW FANFIC!

KERMIT-FLAIL!!!
danagryphon: (Yuletide)
Finished and uploaded my [livejournal.com profile] yuletide assignment story last night. Now I've got a few days, including this weekend, to decide if I have any plot monsters urging me to write any treats before the archive opens on Christmas Day. There are several possible candidates, so my goal is to get at least one treat written (which is what I managed to get done last year, so I'd like to at least maintain that, but beating it would be even better). I'll be posting whatever I get written for this exchange here sometime after New Years Day, when the author reveal happens. Until then, it's SOOPER SEKRIT who writes what.

None of the fandoms I requested have stories loaded to the archive yet, but there is still time since the deadline is tomorrow evening. And I haven't shown up on the pinch hit list as having been defaulted on, so hopefully I will still get a lovely fic from the Yule Goat. Three out of the four fandoms I requested also got offers (PotA being the only one that didn't... color me surprised... NOT), so I'm very excited to see what I get.

Last year it was kinda funny because [livejournal.com profile] kassidy62 was convinced that I'd gotten a PotA fic for my gift because one of those showed up in the list of fandoms. Except, of course, that was the treat I had written for her. ::big evil grin::
danagryphon: (Yuletide)
I have my [livejournal.com profile] yuletide assignment!

Yep, I can work with that.

OMG, can I work with that.

::snoopy dance::
danagryphon: (Yuletide)
Just sittin' here waitin' for the [livejournal.com profile] yuletide assignments to come out.

Taptaptaptappitytappitytap.

Anybody else on my flist doing the [livejournal.com profile] yuletide fanfic exchange this year?
danagryphon: (Yuletide)

Dear Yuletide Writer,

I'm very excited about what you will leave under my Yule log. I'm sure I will be thrilled with whatever you decide to write for me, so thank you in advance. So here are some of the things that might help you decide what to write to fulfill my requests. Definitely feel free to disregard any part of it.


But in case you want to know )
Again, thank you, thank you, thank you! And Happy Yule!
danagryphon: (Yuletide)

Dear Yuletide Writer,

I'm very excited about what you will leave under my Yule log. I'm sure I will be thrilled with whatever you decide to write for me, so thank you in advance. So here are some of the things that might help you decide what to write to fulfill my requests. Definitely feel free to disregard any part of it.


But in case you want to know )
Again, thank you, thank you, thank you! And Happy Yule!
danagryphon: (Slashing Ur Doodz)
Over the weekend, the claiming for art prompts for [livejournal.com profile] spn_reversebang went up. I had a list of the prompts I like all made up. But, the claiming opened at 3AM in my time zone! Yeah. On a Friday night/Sat morning? Not so much. When I did finally get onto LJ Sat morning (around 9:30), all but one of my choices had already been claimed. But, the unclaimed one also happened to be my first choice, so I was very incredibly happy when I got it! Woohoo! It's titled "Meanwhile in Purgatory", and as that suggests, is a Dean/Cas moment in purgatory. So this is going to make up in part at least, for the Dean/Cas BB that I dropped out of over the summer, where I was planning on writing a purgatory fic. This one is much more manageable. 3K words by the end of October. And I don't even care if it gets Kipke'd bye the season premiere on 10/3 before it even gets posted. It'll still be fun. My first Dean/Cas story!

And now this morning, nominations opened for the [livejournal.com profile] yuletide fic exchange. I nominated PotA, of course, then angsted and waffled for a while over what my other two would be (only 3 noms allowed), but finally settled on Space: 1999 and John Doe. Considered Cleopatra 2525, Bionic Woman, and Logan's Run, being my other small fandom obsessions at the moment. But there is always the (near infinitesimal) possibility of them getting nominated by someone else.
danagryphon: (Slashing Ur Doodz)
Over the weekend, the claiming for art prompts for [livejournal.com profile] spn_reversebang went up. I had a list of the prompts I like all made up. But, the claiming opened at 3AM in my time zone! Yeah. On a Friday night/Sat morning? Not so much. When I did finally get onto LJ Sat morning (around 9:30), all but one of my choices had already been claimed. But, the unclaimed one also happened to be my first choice, so I was very incredibly happy when I got it! Woohoo! It's titled "Meanwhile in Purgatory", and as that suggests, is a Dean/Cas moment in purgatory. So this is going to make up in part at least, for the Dean/Cas BB that I dropped out of over the summer, where I was planning on writing a purgatory fic. This one is much more manageable. 3K words by the end of October. And I don't even care if it gets Kipke'd bye the season premiere on 10/3 before it even gets posted. It'll still be fun. My first Dean/Cas story!

And now this morning, nominations opened for the [livejournal.com profile] yuletide fic exchange. I nominated PotA, of course, then angsted and waffled for a while over what my other two would be (only 3 noms allowed), but finally settled on Space: 1999 and John Doe. Considered Cleopatra 2525, Bionic Woman, and Logan's Run, being my other small fandom obsessions at the moment. But there is always the (near infinitesimal) possibility of them getting nominated by someone else.
danagryphon: (Yule Triquetra)
Also known as my birthplace in PA. The boys and I drove down to my family home near Harrisburg, PA, on Friday when the boys got out of school. My sister and her family still live in the area, as do most of my extended relatives.

Before I left on Friday, Hubby had surgery on his hand to remove a small bone at the base of his thumb that was broken almost 2 years ago in a skiing mishap. It has not healed properly and still causes him a fair amount of pain. So the treatment is to remove the bone, which will have no effect on the function of his thumb. He had it done as an outpatient procedure, so I was able to take him too and from that, and make sure he had the rest of the day to get settled in at home before I left him all on his own. I made him up some meals he can nuke, because cooking can be difficult one-handed. He seems to be doing okay, although his pain today was a little worse.

We made good time on the drive on Friday; light traffic through parts of CT at rush hour (to be expected), and a little bit of rain at the beginning, but mostly fair weather the rest of the way. Got in around 10:30 Friday night.

Christmas Eve was a family party at my cousin's house (who lives right next to my Dad). Unfortunately, this is the side of the family that smokes like chimneys, and E got sick from the smoke (threw up when we got back to my sister's house). I think next year, we may decide to skip that party.

I brought the boys' gifts down here so they could open them Christmas morning with the family. E got a Kindle Touch and a couple of video games. B got mostly video games. They also got Amazon cards and money. I ordered myself a Kindle Touch with my money/gift cards, so that it will be waiting for me when I get home on Wednesday.

Oh, and Christmas Day, B's netbook got completely boogered up with malware and viruses. Don't know what he stuck his metaphorical fingers into, but his netbook was completely hosed. Luckily, my nephew is bit of a computer whiz and was able to clean it up and put better anti-malware and anti-virus software on it to prevent future problems. Christmas Night was another family party with a different branch of the family, which was much more pleasant. Sis and I went and did some post-Christmas shopping today, hitting the sales. I got some nice fall and winter decor items at Pier 1, and some crafting stuff on sale at JoAnn's.

Yesterday, the [livejournal.com profile] yuletide archive was opened to reveal gifts to the recipients. I'm very happy with the gift story I received, a Brisco County, Jr. fic, that was just brilliantly written and gave me a few chuckles. It was just perfect. The gifts I wrote seem to be well-received as well, so that makes me happy. The authors of the stories are hidden until New Year's Day, during which we can write more gift stories under Yuletide Madness. I would like to write a some more gifts if I can, but I also have a House prompt story I need to finish before the 31st. So we'll see. But [livejournal.com profile] yuletide was a lot of fun, and I will definitely do it again next year.

We are down here for another full day, then heading home on Wednesday. It'll be nice to get home. I miss hubby and my kittehs. I still have another week before I have to go back to work, too, and have plans for the days off after I get home. Writing definitely. I'm also hoping to finally paint my living room with the help of the kids. Should be interesting.

Anyway, hope you all had a great bunch of holidays, oh my friends' list, and have a great start to your new year.
danagryphon: (Yule Triquetra)
Also known as my birthplace in PA. The boys and I drove down to my family home near Harrisburg, PA, on Friday when the boys got out of school. My sister and her family still live in the area, as do most of my extended relatives.

Before I left on Friday, Hubby had surgery on his hand to remove a small bone at the base of his thumb that was broken almost 2 years ago in a skiing mishap. It has not healed properly and still causes him a fair amount of pain. So the treatment is to remove the bone, which will have no effect on the function of his thumb. He had it done as an outpatient procedure, so I was able to take him too and from that, and make sure he had the rest of the day to get settled in at home before I left him all on his own. I made him up some meals he can nuke, because cooking can be difficult one-handed. He seems to be doing okay, although his pain today was a little worse.

We made good time on the drive on Friday; light traffic through parts of CT at rush hour (to be expected), and a little bit of rain at the beginning, but mostly fair weather the rest of the way. Got in around 10:30 Friday night.

Christmas Eve was a family party at my cousin's house (who lives right next to my Dad). Unfortunately, this is the side of the family that smokes like chimneys, and E got sick from the smoke (threw up when we got back to my sister's house). I think next year, we may decide to skip that party.

I brought the boys' gifts down here so they could open them Christmas morning with the family. E got a Kindle Touch and a couple of video games. B got mostly video games. They also got Amazon cards and money. I ordered myself a Kindle Touch with my money/gift cards, so that it will be waiting for me when I get home on Wednesday.

Oh, and Christmas Day, B's netbook got completely boogered up with malware and viruses. Don't know what he stuck his metaphorical fingers into, but his netbook was completely hosed. Luckily, my nephew is bit of a computer whiz and was able to clean it up and put better anti-malware and anti-virus software on it to prevent future problems. Christmas Night was another family party with a different branch of the family, which was much more pleasant. Sis and I went and did some post-Christmas shopping today, hitting the sales. I got some nice fall and winter decor items at Pier 1, and some crafting stuff on sale at JoAnn's.

Yesterday, the [livejournal.com profile] yuletide archive was opened to reveal gifts to the recipients. I'm very happy with the gift story I received, a Brisco County, Jr. fic, that was just brilliantly written and gave me a few chuckles. It was just perfect. The gifts I wrote seem to be well-received as well, so that makes me happy. The authors of the stories are hidden until New Year's Day, during which we can write more gift stories under Yuletide Madness. I would like to write a some more gifts if I can, but I also have a House prompt story I need to finish before the 31st. So we'll see. But [livejournal.com profile] yuletide was a lot of fun, and I will definitely do it again next year.

We are down here for another full day, then heading home on Wednesday. It'll be nice to get home. I miss hubby and my kittehs. I still have another week before I have to go back to work, too, and have plans for the days off after I get home. Writing definitely. I'm also hoping to finally paint my living room with the help of the kids. Should be interesting.

Anyway, hope you all had a great bunch of holidays, oh my friends' list, and have a great start to your new year.
danagryphon: (Yule Triquetra)
I signed up to be a pinch hitter for the [livejournal.com profile] yuletide fic exchange. Which means that if someone didn't get matched to an author or the author can't complete their assignment, it goes out on the pinch-hit list.

Well, so far there have been exactly 2 assignments that have had fandoms that I felt I could write in. I did try for one, but the other one got snatched up before I even got to respond (thanks to the slowness that is yahell groups). And now there are all these assignments come out for fandoms I've never even heard of! The initial due date is tomorrow, so there will probably be a flood as people default on assignments, because sometimes life just gets in the way of all the fun. I hope there are more I can help out with.

I feel so inadequate. ;)

Still contemplating some treats, though, and looking forward to the list coming out for that.
danagryphon: (Yule Triquetra)
I signed up to be a pinch hitter for the [livejournal.com profile] yuletide fic exchange. Which means that if someone didn't get matched to an author or the author can't complete their assignment, it goes out on the pinch-hit list.

Well, so far there have been exactly 2 assignments that have had fandoms that I felt I could write in. I did try for one, but the other one got snatched up before I even got to respond (thanks to the slowness that is yahell groups). And now there are all these assignments come out for fandoms I've never even heard of! The initial due date is tomorrow, so there will probably be a flood as people default on assignments, because sometimes life just gets in the way of all the fun. I hope there are more I can help out with.

I feel so inadequate. ;)

Still contemplating some treats, though, and looking forward to the list coming out for that.

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