Gah, but I'm feeling hamstrung right now. I was finally
able to do a clean install of a working
copy of XP Pro (after countless ERD-aided reformats and installs of allegedly working XP's that stumbled over the verification), and now everything looks wrong. The screen settings are off because I need to download the drivers again, the colours are horrible, the language bar keeps resetting itself, the autoupdates hang... I can't be bothered to shut the system down and connect the old hard drive (now demoted to slave) yet, so I'm without music and bookmarks and apps. Bah. I have one thing to say to Microsoft: "Sod you backwards, you miserable bastard." (Alas, the insult isn't one of mine, but filched from Sharpe, that rangy rapier of wit.)
Anyway, on to something more cheery, namely the long-delayed "Look what the fic Santas put in my stocking this year!" post. There's one gift fic I haven't read, and I feel terribly guilty for it, but not as guilty as I feel over being the single one in that challenge who still hasn't turned a fic in. I'm not letting myself read the gift fic before I've finished the one I owe, see. (And what's worse: it turned out that the delayed fic was for one of my co-mods in another challenge. Ack. kimberleigh_
, if you see this: I'm so, so sorry. I haven't been able to write, mostly due to only having net access at a house full of nosy parents and siblings.
But. Back to the point at hand. I'll count off the challenge fics in no particular order:
(Brotherhood of the Wolf, PG-13)
Oh god. I love this with an unholy, burning passion. It's so good, so delicious that I'm quite beside myself. It's Brotherhood of the Wolf
(that fact alone was enough to send me flailing), it's Jean-Francois-centric with a twist, and the language is so beautiful. I think I want to marry this author and have their babies. Go read the fic. Now.
(PG-13) by butterballer
Faramir/Eomer, but in an intriguing format. There's something distinctly dark about this fic, but it's not overdone at all. Instead, it shows in flickers, something which is much more effective. Quite lovely.
(I can reveal which one I wrote for this challenge, as the authors were revealed at the same time as the fics were posted, not later. Mine's Silver Rain
, a rather downbeat Elladan/Haldir fic for talullahred
One of my favourite rare pairings, so I was excited to see it. :) A wide slice of smut, this. Whee!
- the faramir_fics
Midwinter Challenge fic is the one I haven't read yet, and I'm sure both my writer and my recipient want to throttle me by now. :/
And lastly: I dare you to figure out which fic I wrote for yuletide
. Go on, guess. The slashababy
one might be easy, but I'm fairly sure the Yuletide one isn't.