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Fandom Stocking 2014/2015 (treat fest)

RarelyWritten (née RareWomen) 2015 (exchange ficathon)

"Between within and without"
for Damask_and_Dark, beta by Batdina
(Daniel Deronda — George Eliot, ~7K words, G; Gwendolyn, Catherine, Herr Klesmer, Mrs. Arrowpoint)

FKFicFest 2015 (exchange ficathon)

"Wake the Morning After"
for MelissaTreglia, beta by LastScorpion
(Forever Knight, ~15K words, PG; Natalie, Nick, Schanke, Urs, Lacroix)

Still-unfulfilled fanfic "gift certificates" (from years past)

  • For Carabas, Forever Knight, a "For I Have Sinned" tag with St. Joan content
  • For Ravenela, Highlander, Tessa behaving maternally toward Richie's girlfriend
  • For Leela, Forever Knight, Janette&Urs or Janette/Urs
  • For Celli, Once Upon a Time, how Henry first figured out that something was wrong
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For this year's [community profile] rarelywritten game, I went where I've rarely gone before: fanfiction of source material that is itself prose narrative! I've often been just a little uncomfortable, personally, with fan creations in precisely the same medium as the original. The element of transformation is stronger when the medium shifts. The comparison is less fierce, as well, perhaps. I've seen it done wonderfully! But I don't usually seek it out. Personal thing.

Then I saw this request.

Daniel Deronda (1876) was George Eliot's last, and perhaps most ambitious, novel. The ficathon request that I received was: what does Gwendolen, one of the two main characters, do post-canon? To make a long (~900 pages) story very short spoilers ).

My attempt to satisfy the fest request involves a London townhouse, a dinner party, a seance, and several friendships.

My sincere thanks to those who chimed in on my various brainstorms! And thanks most of all to [personal profile] batdina for beta-reading! (She re-read this monster Victorian novel just for me and my recipient. Much appreciated.)

On the AO3: "Between within and without"
Length: 6,689 words
Date: April 2015
Rating: G
Characters: Gwendolen Harleth Grandcourt, Catherine Arrowpoint Klesmer, Julius Klesmer, Mrs. Arrowpoint, Lady Pentreath, original characters
Summary: Five years later, Gwendolen steps up to help a dear friend and ends up confronting an old terror.
Quotation: "That she was beautiful had never been in doubt, as far as Gwendolen knew, but that she could meet her own gaze with neither revulsion nor complacency required tenacious confirmation. To live, she must bear her demons and her angels together. She meant to live."

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