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Coal delivery is here
Eicca
heavensqueen wrote in yuletide_coal
Time to talk about the gifts that came without a exchange recipe

It's not my gift, but the Malory Towers fic needs:

a. a beta to tell them how to punctuate
b. not to just stop when they reached 1001 words.
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Are you referring to the quotation marks? The book series is British, and BrEng uses single quotes for dialogue. The fic is completely grammatically correct in BrEng.
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Ecstatic about comments

(Anonymous)

2012-12-25 08:44 am (UTC)

I got three comments on three different stories shortly after it opened! Only one is from a recipient. It just makes me so happy to get TWO comments from people not the person the fic is for! I am on like cloud 9!

captcha says "stories Topledg". Well, no one needs to pledge themselves to my stories.
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Re: Ecstatic about comments

(Anonymous)

2012-12-25 09:33 am (UTC)

Fuck you. :(

/grouchy nonnie wants some comments but wrote for tiny fandoms
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On the first day of Yuletide, my dentist gave to me...

(Anonymous)

2012-12-25 08:49 am (UTC)

Seriously, SO freakin' glad my dentist signed up this year. I got a barely-minimum crapfest that I am pretty sure has been orphaned (I woulda orphaned that shit) and my dentist got two absolutely amazing fics that spoke straight to her prompts and were clearly written by people who wanted to write them.

I'm really glad I said I would be AFK, because choking out a "thanks for writing! so glad we both love this fandom!" comment is killing me. I can't even tell whether or not the fic I got is supposed to be funny. (If it is, it failed. If it's not, it's pretty pointless.)

THANK YOU DENTIST AND MY DENTIST'S AMAZING WRITERS. BRB WRITING REC LISTS.
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My gift was actually brilliant this year, which means I feel even worse about how terrible my fic was. :(
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I got one really awesome fic, and one head-scratching one. It's not terrible, it's just the author hasn't quite managed to pull it off and as a result I'm not entirely sure what's going on.
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I can't be the only one who thinks this is about me, right? I mean, I took some risks with that one treat, but I really hope it wasn't that confusing...
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I should be happy, but...

(Anonymous)

2012-12-25 09:08 am (UTC)

I got a long ass story, but am afraid to read it, as it is set in a part of canon I don't like so well.
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Short but good story, and by god it followed my requests down to the letter. Optional details compulsory for this writer, it seems!
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If I was your writer, yay, I treat optional details as unoptional as much as possible. Sorry about the length, but I don't like redundancy, and I felt like it would lead to "oh yeah, and there was this one time" with no need to be in the story.
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short but very in character fic that I loved.

I was afraid going in, since I get shit 99.9% of the time, but this fic made up for all those shitty years.
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Disturbed, but fair game

(Anonymous)

2012-12-25 09:28 am (UTC)

In fairness to my author, I did not list anything as a squick or trigger, and I requested a canon which includes a lot of sexual violence.

However, I didn't quite expect this gratuitous a scene of sexual assault.

...I don't quite know how to gush over this one.
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Re: Disturbed, but fair game

(Anonymous)

2012-12-25 09:29 am (UTC)

Oh no, now I'm paranoid that this is mine. :< In my case though, I did double-check through Elyn that it was okay...
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this year's wtf fics

(Anonymous)

2012-12-25 09:28 am (UTC)

http://archiveofourown.org/collections/yuletide2012/works/608017

I don't think anything can beat the velociraptor porn.
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Re: this year's wtf fics

(Anonymous)

2012-12-25 09:50 am (UTC)

http://archiveofourown.org/collections/yuletide2012/works/595570

Untherius. has to be. also has gratuitous wtf blood drinking.
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Kitty

(Anonymous)

2012-12-25 09:31 am (UTC)

Per some coalie's suggestion on a different page, I think we should definitely try to guess kitty's masterpieces for this year.
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Re: Kitty

(Anonymous)

2012-12-25 09:38 am (UTC)

http://archiveofourown.org/collections/yuletide2012/works/602085

I haven't actually read it to see if it's good or not, but I will eat my hat if it isn't kittydesade's, for various Inductive Reasons.
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SIGH

(Anonymous)

2012-12-25 09:35 am (UTC)

There is one particular coalie I am very disappointed in.
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Re: SIGH

(Anonymous)

2012-12-25 09:36 am (UTC)

details or gtfo
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I nominated a fandom this year that I didn't have a chance to nominate last year, with absolutely ZERO fics in it. I got fic for that fandom this year and it was rather disappointing.

Someone else requested that fandom too and got fic that is about 25 times better than the one I got.

I'm happy because I still get to read the one great fic, but I don't want to gush over it too much and make my writer feel inadequate. Yuletide just got awkward.
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I had that exact same problem last year, coalie. Tough position to be in, and I feel for you.
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Fabulous Tag Sets

(Anonymous)

2012-12-25 09:40 am (UTC)

Post your favorites here!


Jake (Adventure Time) Princess Cookie Baby-snapsDepression Mental Institutions Mental Health Issues Friendship Orphans Dark Episode Related Genderqueer Character
Summary
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maybe the recipient's okay with this, but it bugged me

(Anonymous)

2012-12-25 09:45 am (UTC)

http://archiveofourown.org/collections/yuletide2012/works/583209

This story (not written for me) ends with the unwarned-for suicide of a major character. To make matters worse, the author has tagged it with "no archive warnings apply" instead of either using the right warnings tag or picking "choose not to warn."
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Re: maybe the recipient's okay with this, but it bugged me

(Anonymous)

2012-12-25 09:47 am (UTC)

Erk. Yeah. Absolutely nothing about that header makes me think "hey, this might end with suicide." D: And considering that's one of my major triggers I would have been deeply unhappy were I recip.
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I got an...okay fic. The pairing is one that I really love and is rarely written, but the story itself is just...flat. I think I know who wrote it based on the style and the fact that all of that person's fic ends up reading this way. But, I do really appreciate them for trying, especially as I know mine was a PH.
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My recipient kudos'd my fic and left no comment. They totally hated it, right? (I knew I should have gone with that five-things slash idea instead of lady-focused gen.)
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no, nonnie! they're probably overwhelmed and trying to figure out the right words - i know i am.
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Awkward Coal

(Anonymous)

2012-12-25 09:58 am (UTC)

I have a strong suspicion my gift writer hated writing for that fandom, didn't care for my favorite characters, and generally dgaf about the fic. There are some really easy to catch typos, and it feels rushed.

It makes for some awkward reading, not to mention awkward commenting. "Thanks for suffering through this for me and finishing the fic in time" is what I'd like to say, but I better find a way to soften it up.
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Re: Awkward Coal

(Anonymous)

2012-12-25 10:21 am (UTC)

Thanks for my story! I really liked (insert quote or scene here). This made my Yuletide, thanks again, blah blah
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/wrings hands

(Anonymous)

2012-12-25 10:13 am (UTC)

I'm just waiting for my terrible fic to be linked on over here. :D *weeps* I really wanted to do the prompt justice, but on the chance they don't hate it, I'll be pleased (enough). I'd hate being the coal-giver.

On the other hand, my gift fic was unexpectedly great! Some spelling/grammar stuff here and there that could've used a beta, but the ideas and scenes were still so good with backstory and details and HNNG. And hints of my OTP throughout it was like a yummy cherry on top. I wasn't even sure this fandom would be chosen! (Then again, my other requests were from even smaller fandoms, so I guess it had the better chance anyways). Now I just wish the story I made was half as interesting.
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Re: /wrings hands

(Anonymous)

2012-12-25 10:16 am (UTC)

Same here, coalie, same here.

I'm half-tempted to orphan.
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Bitchy elitist anon...

(Anonymous)

2012-12-25 10:18 am (UTC)

but if you're going to write in a stylistically distinctive and mature literary fandom, maybe you should act like you've read the canon, and write above a third-grade reading level.

Sadly, no, this isn't even about my fic. This is me being bitter about two fics in a fandom I requested but didn't get. Of course now I'm kind of glad I didn't get them, because those stories with my name on them would have been sucky.
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Re: Bitchy elitist anon...

(Anonymous)

2012-12-25 02:38 pm (UTC)

ARGH now I'm wondering if this about my fic. I'm sorry that I don't sound like the author! I tried to rationalize it by saying that the POV character in the fic is completely unlike the POV character in the novel so of course they wouldn't sound alike, but maybe that's uh, just a rationalization. I tried! *runs off crying into the woods*
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Beta validation

(Anonymous)

2012-12-25 10:18 am (UTC)

I just clicked on the fics of someone I beta'd for and I can SEE where she used my suggestions and did brilliant things with them.

There's always someone you beta for who does nothing you suggest, even with apostrophes, and credits you, and makes you look like an illiterate weakling, but this person? OH I AM SO HAPPY. Their fic is awesome, and I know I helped make it that way.
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Re: Beta validation

(Anonymous)

2012-12-25 10:23 am (UTC)

You're probably not my beta, but if you are- you helped make my Yuletide. Thanks so much and you're a rockstar!
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Well that was an unexpected reaction

(Anonymous)

2012-12-25 10:22 am (UTC)

I went to check my email on the roommie's computer and the Madness treat we was working on got deleted by a computer glitch. And I just burst into tears. She's not mad and it's not my fic, so why am I so stupidly emotional. Fucking Yuletide.
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Re: Well that was an unexpected reaction

(Anonymous)

2012-12-25 11:20 am (UTC)


<3 it's not Yuletide if someone's computer doesn't fuck up a fic. Feel those emotions!
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I feel bad for the person (not me) who thought they had three stories, but unfortunately will find that they have only one story uploaded three times, and that that story is, um, not good. :(
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The Eagle ones? I was disappointed about that and it wasn't even one of my requested fandoms :-/
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that awkward moment when

(Anonymous)

2012-12-25 10:39 am (UTC)

You realize your story is going to be unpopular because it isn't about the ship your large-for-yuletide fandom gives a shit about.

Suddenly worried that my recipient is going to look at it and wonder why I wrote the damn thing in the first place.
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Re: that awkward moment when

(Anonymous)

2012-12-25 11:37 am (UTC)

I got optionally asked for Fandom OTP and instead accidentally* wrote gen about Secondary Character+Half-of-OTP with a background Other-Half-of-OTP/Tertiary Character, so that's going to go down well too.

(* It was supposed to be a much longer fic but I got stuck and then ran out of time and the first third worked by itself, so I ended up just using that.)
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hit count: 2 --> 3

(Anonymous)

2012-12-25 10:49 am (UTC)

I THINK I JUST SAW MY RECIP OPEN HER GIFT. (PLEASE LIKE IT. NO ONE ELSE WILL READ IT IF YOU DON'T LIKE IT.)
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Re: hit count: 2 --> 3

(Anonymous)

2012-12-25 10:51 am (UTC)

Ha, I'm in the exact same boat. Oh, the lofty heights of 3 hits!
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