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Every December, I participate in a fanfiction exchange called Yuletide, in which people request fanfiction for artworks and other fandoms that do not have significant amounts of fanfiction written for them.

This year, there was a request for fanfiction for the poem "The Tay Bridge Disaster" by William McGonnagal. This is one of McGonnagal's best-known poems, and he is known for being among the worst poets ever to write in English. So of course I am a fan. When all I knew was that someone had requested the poem as a fandom, I was already interested in writing something for them. But then I saw the letter, in which one of the suggestions was "Retell it in Virgilian hexameters."

Here's the thing. I had already written the first line as a Virgilian hexameter. About a year earlier, I had seen in a listing of Latin placenames for locations in Britain that the Scottish river Tay is Tavus, and had translated McGonagall's "Beautiful Railway Bridge of the Silv’ry Tay!" as "Trāminis ō pulcher pons tū Tāvī radiantis!" So I had to write more. It was a moral imperative.

As it turned out, I wasn't able to get the whole poem translated by the Yuletide deadline. I did get the opening and closing stanzas, which are perhaps among the best-known parts of the poem. So I put a frame story onto it of discovering the two fragments, which gave me the chance to use some MLA citations. The selection by Colin S.K. Walker is real, and very recommended.

De Tavi Pontis Clade Carminis Fragmenta: Newly Discovered Fragments (543 words) by cnoocy
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Tay Bridge Disaster - William McGonagall
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Additional Tags: Academia, scholarship, Hexameter

The opening and closing of Gulielmus McGonagall's De Tavi Pontis Clade, newly discovered in the original Latin.

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I actually got to do some Yuletide reading this year! Here are some particular gems worth your time:

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Thank you so much for writing a story for me!

I am into: into: Worldbuilding, settings, adventures, neat ideas, engagement with canon, complication of canon (including making antagonists sympathetic).

DNW: The standard set of warning items (Canon character death is fine though.)

Dusty California - Paul and Storm (Song)

There's a whole 70s rock superhero continuity alluded to in this song. I'd love to see some of the derring-do of the Arroyo Harbor Desperados and see how their powers work in the field.

Super optional prompt #1: Do the Desperados have secret identities? Do their musical and superheroic careers ever come into conflict?
Super optional prompt #2: Who are some of the villains the band fights in the song? Are they connected to other aspects of 1970s California? Or are they from somewhere or somewhen else?
Super optional prompt #3: It's not at all clear from the song that the Desperados are actually good people or even heroes. Are there others around who see them differently?

20th Century Naval Vessels (Anthropomorfic)
USS Independence (CV-62), Italian training ship Amerigo Vespucci
My request is inspired by this brief historical flirtation between the two ships in the 60s, and the immediate need to anthropomorphize the pair.

Note #1: Since the Independence was decommissioned in 1998 and is currently being dismantled, that death is canon.

Note #2: I'm deliberately not specifying the gender of either ship in this prompt, but please feel free to do whatever you would like to with their genders.

Super optional prompt #1: Did the two ships communicate further after their meeting? What did the Vespucci think of the Independence's statement?
Super optional prompt #2: What does the Vespucci think of the Independence's decommissioning? Does the Vespucci have thoughts about the next ship to bear the Independence's name?
Super optional prompt #3: Any sort of AU with the two ships!

Succession - Scott Westerfeld

I love the scope of this series. It feels very real, and provides a great sense of wonder without feeling at all unrealistic.

Super optional prompt #1: How do Rana and h_rd reunite after book 2? Are they able to be together?
Super optional prompt #2: What does Alexander think of what has happened? How aware is Alexander of the political ramifications of what has been revealed?
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Thank you so much for writing for me!

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Thank you so much for writng for me!

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So, jadelennox made a joke about putting a mix on cassingle, and it got me thinking. So we decided on some ground rules (5 minutes/side, must be released as an individual track, no more than 50% Fingertips) and here we are.

Nice Glass
Side 1
Side 2
Zip file with individual tracks and cover

Track listing and comments under the cut )
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I'm cnoocy on both systems. Feel free to add me.
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Thank you for writing for me!

Specifics )
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This puzzle set that [personal profile] yomikoma and I wrote is available for everyone for free thanks to Nathan Curtis's Kickstarter and editing! Let me know how you like it.

ETA: fixed link

A rant

Jan. 12th, 2017 07:37 am
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I don't give much credit to anybody who blames anything about Hillary or her campaign for Trump's election. Hillary would be preparing for the presidency today if a lot of people hadn't had the following thought process: "It's vitally important that Trump not be elected. The only way that can happen is for Hillary to win. But I can gain some small advantage for myself by making her job harder, and I'm sure that there won't be too many people who think like me. So I'll give Trump some help for my own benefit." Most of our national and local news organizations seem to have done this. A lot of leftists seem to have done this. And a whole lot of moderate Republicans have done this.

So I don't think it is at all appropriate for anyone, especially any of these people, to criticize the Americans who did the most of any of us to stop Trump before he was elected. If you are in this group, I don't need you to apologize (as much as Les Moonves in tears on prime time CBS may be warranted) but I do need you to step up. If you are a news professional, stop reporting Trump's lies and opinions and stratagems. Stand in solidarity with the news organizations he targets and ask their questions for them if needed. If you are a leftist, call your reps, help the Democratic Party organize against Trump, and hold them to stand firm. If you are a moderate Republican, the time has come to publicly break with Trump. If the rest of the GOP is unwilling to abandon him, change parties, especially if you hold elected office.

We can argue about policy once we're done dealing with fascists.
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Yay, it's that time again! Thank you for writing me a story.

I am:
into: Worldbuilding, settings, adventures, neat ideas, engagement with canon, complication of canon (including making antagonists sympathetic).
not-so-into: darkfic in general

Battle of Tollense River c. 1250 bce )

Dusty California - Paul and Storm (Song) )

Fantasia (1940) )
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Thank you for writing for me!

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Composite numbers whose largest prime factor are less than their second-largest prime factor's square, counting by multiplicity so that the factors of 18 are 2, 3, 3
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The cat has had meat.
I have had a banana.
We both lick our paws.
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Dear DJ,

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Nominations are open for Jukebox Fest 2015, and the songs nominated so far have some really great stuff in them. So if you've been thinking of finding a spring fic project, you may want to check it out. ETA fixed markup
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 My rubber-soled boots
Make a sound like wooden clogs
On the frozen ground
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So, y'all should read the stories (plural!) I received for Yuletide. Item 47: Do you like Marvel movies? ) Revolution 9: Do you like the weird? )
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I am:
into: Worldbuilding, settings, adventures, neat ideas, engagement with canon, complication of canon (including making antagonists sympathetic).
not-so-into: non-canon character death, noncon or dubcon, underage, incest

Item 47 (Marvel Short Film)
I love how this story shows some of the effects of the Battle of New York. One of the great things about the MCU is the expanded canon, and this short shows that off nicely. I'm happy to read crossover with the rest of the MCU, as long as these two are the focus of the story.
Extremely optional prompt #1: What are these two up to now after the fall of SHIELD?
Extremely optional prompt #2: What was it like for these two to adjust to their new jobs? 

Celestial Matters - Richard Garfinkle
This is a world that's fascinatingly similar and different to ours. There's a lot going on, and it's brain-expanding to think about.
Extremely optional prompt #1: What's this world like in other places and/or times?
Extremely optional prompt #2: How did this world change after the events of the book?

#GoGetThoseGeckos | Foton-M4 Mission
This whole mission is a wonderful setup for a science fiction story. It's ridiculous and tragic at the same time. I'm fine with ridiculous crack on this one, or crossover, as long as the geckos (or fruit flies) get some agency.
Extremely optional prompt #1: a fix-it fic that saves the geckos in some way.
Extremely optional prompt #2: A tragic story that gives the geckos or flies some part in the story other than unknowing victims. Did they sabotage the satellite themselves for some reason?

Revolution 9 (Song) 
This is the crazy one, but if you signed up for it, I believe you can do it. Any sort of narrative made out of the content of this song would just be awesome.

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