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I asked for Gérôme's painting, Suites d'un bal masqué (Duel after a Masquerade). Take a second and look at it. Isn't that a gorgeous painting? Not just the implied story, but the masterful use of color.

I got an excellent short story divided into splinters, with each of the various witnesses preoccupied with their own concerns. The characterization of the witnesses is wonderful: each of them leaps off the page. This is a pictorial work, so the author created all those characters from scratch. The period detail is amazing, and the way that the final witness, resentfully, tells his own story wraps the splinters back together. And there are footnotes! My Yuletide has footnotes for further reading! SQUEEEEEE.

L'Abécédaire d'un duel

I also got a Madness drabble, a perfect pendant to the painting, that takes one telling detail and uses it as commentary.

Happy Yuletide to me, and to all of you!

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Dear Yulegoat,
Thank you for writing!  I hope you have fun.

First and foremost, I think that wonderful things happen when people write the fic they always wanted to see but never got.  I'm going to give suggestions and a few prompts, but if you think of something else that excites you, or that you've always wanted to write, please do!  I want to see your idfic, your superegofic, the thing you love writing.  Slash, femslash, het, poly, and gen are all great. 
I have the following squicks: bathroom stuff, omorashi, forced feeding, prolonged embarrassment, emotional abuse, sex with kids under 15, vore, explicitly described torture.  Avoid those, and I'll be happy.
Things I love to see: Victorian-style melodrama, masked balls, duels, repartee, detailed descriptions of food and of etiquette, swashbuckling, arranged marriage, historical AUs, enemies becoming lovers, dubcon.

Jean-Léon Gérôme, Duel after the Masquerade.   Just .... holy shit.  This is my id-painting.   The use of color is wonderful, the composition is wonderful ... who am I kidding.  It's a duel.   After a masquerade. ♥

There's only one possible set of prompts:  What happened?   How did this people get to this situation?  What happened next? If you'd rather reset this on a spaceship, underwater, in the 1920s, ... feel free.  Just keep the duel, in the snow. After the masquerade. 

18th Century Pirate RPF -  Anne Bonney, Mary Read.

Anne Bonney and Mary Read were too big for any fiction to contain them.  They were pirates.  They may well have been lovers.  They fought together, were captured together, and died apart.   They were the only two people who fought fiercely when their ship was taken.   Bonney commented to her lover, Calico Jack Rackham, "Had you fought like a man, you need not have been hang'd like a dog."   Both women "pleaded their bellies" (claimed to be pregnant) to postpone being hanged.  Mary Read died in prison of puerperal fever, and nobody knows what happened to Anne Bonney.

Note that I am *not* asking for the characters from Black Sails, and I'd prefer you not include canon from that show.
Knock yourself out.   Tell any story about those two ladies that sets your hair on fire.  Include as many other historical pirates as float your boat -- or none, if that's what you prefer.

Stalky and Co - Beetle, Stalky Corkran, M'Turk
I love these books so much I cannot be rational about them.   There is one single story about them as adults, which is M'Turk relating his id-fic about Stalky.  (It supposedly happened, but M'Turk does embellish when he finds it appropriate.)     Kipling said austerely that the headmasters stalked the bedrooms to ward off "beastliness", but it's well-established that the core three were supervised precisely as much as they found appropriate.
I will delightedly accept anything you want to write about these characters.  I will, however, nod knowingly at Stalky and M'Turk's possible adult relations, and I do mean adult.   If you prefer to write them as horny adolescents, please make them 16 or older.  And gen is fine, too! 

I note parenthetically that the title has an ampersand, damn it.
I hope you have a joyous Yuletide, have fun writing,  and that the gift you yourself receive is wonderful.
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The Miscellaneous category is my jam.

Clue | Cluedo (Board Game) (3) ↑

Miss Scarlet (Clue - Board Game) Mrs. Peacock (Clue - Board Game) Mrs. White (Clue - Board Game)

Elizabeth Parker's Sampler

(for details on the sampler, click the More Information tab)

Expert Judgment on Markers to Deter Inadvertent Human Intrusion... - Sandia Labs (4) ↑

Cindy (Expert Judgment on Markers to Deter Inadvertent Human Intrusion... - Sandia Labs) Steve (Expert Judgment on Markers to Deter Inadvertent Human Intrusion... - Sandia Labs) Jo (Expert Judgment on Markers to Deter Inadvertent Human Intrusion... - Sandia Labs) Linda (Expert Judgment on Markers to Deter Inadvertent Human Intrusion... - Sandia Labs)

Golden Age 1001 Nights Illustrations (4) ↑
'Tis little good to chase the deeds of magic - Thomas Mackenzie (Golden Age Illustrations) A lady's lover - Kay Nielson (Golden Age 1001 Nights Illustrations) The Story of Baba Abdallah - Virginia Sterrett (Golden Age 1001 Nights Illustrations) Youth on Horseback - Anton Pieck (Golden Age 1001 Nights Illustrations)

ICD-10 | International Classification of Diseases v10 (Anthropomorphic) (3) ↑

V91.07 – Burn due to water skis on fire (ICD-10) V95.43 – Spacecraft collision injuring occupant (ICD-10) Y92.241 – Injury at library (ICD-10)

It's going to be a good year out on the fringes.    I haven't looked through the mainstream categories yet, except:

In Theater, we've got Angels in America, Diary of a Provincial Lady (there's a play?), Doctor Faustus, Don Carlos, Faust, An Ideal Husband, Iolanthe, Road Show (Sondheim, never made it to Broadway for good reason), Twelfth Night, and Eugene Onegin.

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 Noms are 9 Sep - 16 Sep.

Am thinking about my noms.   I have some things I'm toying with.
  • Duel after the Masquerade. (definite)  I mean, holy shit.  My favorite story painting ever.
  • Wanderer Above The Sea of Fog.   I am amused to note that autocomplete caught "romantic man on cliff".  The problem is that all the action would be in the request: there isn't a plot, there's just a person.
  • "Locksley Hall" from the woman's point of view.
  • Anne Bonney/Mary Read femslash.
More thinking to come.


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