First up: It's after Christmas, but I can reveal that I wrote "Xmas In Connecticut"
for Kaydeefalls in the Secret Mutant holiday exchange. She asked for a fusion -- any fusion -- so I put the characters in the 1940s movie "Christmas in Connecticut." The synopsis: In December 1944, the entire nation loves Rebecca Lawrence - "America's Most Beloved Homemaker." Her columns about leading the ideal life in the country help lift people's spirits on the home front during World War II. But when her publisher asks her to host a war hero for Christmas dinner, the world is in danger of learning the truth ... which is that "Rebecca Lawrence" is imaginary. Really, she's a combination of Raven's snappy writing and Charles' knowhow in the kitchen.
However, this war hero, Erik Lehnsherr, is headed to Connecticut, so Raven and Charles have no choice but to find a way to make the imaginary real - at least, just for Christmas. Charles thinks they can pull it off, at least until he opens the door to see Erik and falls in love at first sight.
I participated in Yuletide again this year - so far, I've been aboard in every year, though I had to default that time I slipped on the ice and banged my hand up beyond the ability to type. My story is flying under the radar, though at least one of you has found it, which made me happy. :) But more importantly, you all need to read my gift story, which is AWESOME. "Duplicity"
is an "Orphan Black" story, Paul/Beth & Paul/Sarah, looking at the many lies and truths hidden within each relationship. And while it focuses in tightly on those three, there are great insights into the other characters, especially Felix and Art. It's made me tremendously happy and is well worth checking out, if you love OB as much as I do.
In the WIP category I have "Pantheon"
, a Roman Empire XFMC AU that, in its own weird way, is closer to canon than most of the XMFC stuff I've written in the past year and change. The synopsis: In the year 96 AD, all Rome is aware that their gods have begun to Mark certain people with their gifts -- the healing power of Apollo, the metal control of Vulcan, the deathly touch of Pluto, or the mental powers of Minerva. When those gifts fall to slaves or barbarians instead of the Romans themselves, strict control is necessary.
Then a gladiator from Judea meets an enslaved scribe from Britannia, and the repercussions will shake the Empire itself.
I've posted 9 of the 12 chapters; the rest is plotted out, but ultimately I had to take a break over the holidays, as work/travel/holiday/fic exchange obligations were absorbing so much time. However, I plan to resume publishing in mid- to late January, and should wrap up very shortly thereafter.
My holidays have been lovely so far. Right now I am doing a house swap in the Bay Area, which has been a fascinating experience. I had NO IDEA I could clean my house like that. I mean, I cleaned out every drawer and wiped down the insides. THAT kind of clean. Happily, she was just as meticulous with her own apartment, which is adorable and perfectly situated. Have been catching up with old friends, seeing the sights, and eating chow mein. What's not to love?
Hope all is well with all of you.ETA:
Just saw "American Hustle," which is terrific.
Jennifer Lawrence's performance merits all the hype and then some, but everyone is excellent across the board. Check this out if you possibly can.