November 7th, 2014

charioteer

Yuletide dilemmas

So here we are, a week after getting assignments; and have I started to write mine? No, I've been thoroughly sidetracked writing something else entirely.

I hasten to add that this is not because there's anything the matter with my match. If it's not the fandom I'd hoped for, that's only because I'd also offered a teeny tiny fandom-with-no-fic that I have always loved, which was also requested last year. At that time, I made the decision to focus on other treats first; and, when these turned out to be unexpectedly time-consuming, I never got back to it. Nor did I finish it as a New Year's Resolution. So I was delighted to find that the same person requested it again this year.

Still, that's a minor point. I still intend—fingers crossed—to write it as a treat this year. And, as for the fandom in which I did match, I was thinking of treating someone in it anyway; so matching simply means a longer story.

However, there is another book (which I shall not name) which is the latest/last in a series. I read it recently, and was immediately enthused with an idea for a paper, for which I wrote a proposal, which—if accepted—will be given at a conference next year. That, of course, has nothing to do with Yuletide. However, I was intrigued to see that the series turned up in the tagset; so I decided to include it among my offers.

I then found myself possessed of a plot bunny involving two of the characters in the tagset. (This might or might not have been suitable for a Yuletide story, of course, depending on the prompt.)

Then, as far as I can tell (and I've been through the summary closely), the fandom was never requested!

The plot bunny didn't care.

It simply kicked me with its long hind legs until I wrote it.

So ... there it is. A perfectly nice little story, of a shortish but adequate length.

Unrequested.

Clearly, therefore, not anything to do with Yuletide. But try telling it that. It knows perfectly well that, if it hadn't been for the Yuletide tagset I'd never have come up with the plot, for which reason it is firmly convinced that it is a Yuletide treat.

Now, how do I explain to it that it's wrong?

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