January 13th, 2011

Toph eyes open

Good Things/Bad Things

Oh my lord, it has been so long! Stupid life and all its problems.

I feel very bad about not talking about my Yuletide fic earlier, because it is WONDERFUL - a really lovely The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian (Sherman Alexie) fic, that engages with race and poverty and injustice and ableism and the choices of a very bright young woman trying to work her way through the world.

Mary was only seen in shadows and snippets through Junior's narration in the original book, and I think this fic does a really subtle, brilliant job of bringing those hints to life in a full-rounded, emotionally resonant character.

It's called "How to run away from your house and find your home", and it's by mazily.

My own fic was for the excellent trialia, and it's a Vorkosigan Saga work. She asked for something that dealt with what Miles' grandmother, Princess-and-Countess Olivia Vorbarra Vorkosigan, had thought of the perilous times before Mad Emperor Yuri sent his death squads out.

So I wrote Thorns, a short-piece crammed with canon porn.

In more serious matters, I don't know if I've ever noted it here, but I live in Australia. Due to horrendous and deadly flooding in Queensland, lots of the country is now underwater. A bit of the country bigger than the size of Germany and France combined, in fact.

People have lost their lives, livelihoods, homes, crops, animals, and loved ones. Australia as a whole is facing rising food prices and possible food shortages, but in Queensland the situation is dire.

(I should say that I'm okay, and so all my people in that area. There have been a few close calls, but for the most part my people are just exhausted and numb right now.)

Fandom did what it always does, and rose to the occasion. waltzmatildah is running a fundraiser at her journal, where you can donate in return for fic.

You can find my pledge here. Want me to finish the Odd Jobs series? I can do that! Want a sequel Iron Man/Leverage fic? I can do that too. If you donate, I will deliver.

But if you don't want anything from me, you can have a look at the other many great pledges, and see if there's something there that does take your fancy. You get fic, Queensland gets help, everyone wins.