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This is embarrassingly belated! I forgot to post my reveals for 2011, so have that as well as the belated stories for 2012.

2011

The Ballad of Natty Cooper was written for [archiveofourown.org profile] sanguinity. It's based on the (afaik) nonexistent fandom of Stephen Graham Jones' book The Bird Is Gone, but mostly on a few appendix entries. This was incredibly difficult to write, since I did that "omg what was I thinking?!" exchange thing of writing for a source I didn't sign up for! And also hadn't read prior to that! On the other hand, the appendix entries were so compelling! And I really don't regret it, since without the challenge, the book would probably still be on my tbr list. Anyway, there is some extremely thinly disguised RPF here, as well as a Neil Armstrong cameo, a lot of very unreliable narrators, a lot of very unreliable narratives, a lot of very unreliable information sources, and I have my own version of what I think happened.

whole is a teeny Hwang Jin-yi drabble for [archiveofourown.org profile] troisroyaumes. It feels a bit silly to write commentary on it, when it would probably be longer than the piece itself....

2012

Yeol, Han (열, 한) is a Capital Scandal fic written for [archiveofourown.org profile] Gramarye. It has a few spoilers up through the first five episodes or so, and it mainly focuses on Cha Song Ju and Na Yeo Kyeong. And apparently AO3 won't let me edit it for notes, so: thanks very much to [personal profile] troisroyaumes for the quick and excellent beta and for the help with the title! 열 (yeol) roughly means "heat," and 한 (han) roughly means "coldness." While I love the outfits and the ridiculous plot of Capital Scandal, I wanted to write something that acknowledged more of the realities of Japanese occupation and what it meant and cost to simply live under that, and what it meant and cost to the people who resisted it.

Searching for Scheherazade is a One Thousand and One Nights pinch hit written for [archiveofourown.org profile] fresne. Gah! What was I thinking, to pick up a pinch hit when I hadn't even started my original fic! Such are the ways of fic exchanges!

I grew up reading a translation of One Thousand and One Nights and idolized Morgiana, who pours boiling oil over the heads of thieves. But I have so many qualms about why OTON is popular in Western culture and why Wiki lists more Western adaptations of it than Arabic-source adaptations (I am hoping it is merely because Wiki people lack knowledge of a lot of the Arabic-language adaptations, but don't actually know). The translation history of OTON is also incredibly tangly and really gross at certain points, and then I kept reading that OTON is more respected in translation than in its original language, since it was seen as mere oral storytelling by Arabic literature people. I took that with many grains of salt, because hey, Wiki and Western self congratulation.

I wanted something about translations and cultural appropriation and what happens when you find out your important stories are actually betrayals fed to you by those who have sanitized them and oral traditions and how stories must and do change and unattributed female storytellers that would hopefully still read as a story and not as a credo, though of course, I am the last person who can judge if I succeeded or not.

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Date: 2013-01-03 12:07 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] thistleingrey
Okay, clearly, even if Gaksitaaaaaal is the nearer of the two re: inspiration upon the kdrama within Drama-ŭi Jaewang, I ought to put Capital Scandal on the to-watch list. I like your story, and I've liked several other fics with that source....

[ETA totally inconsistent, me, but I don't have the hangeul IME set up on dayjob computer.]
Edited Date: 2013-01-03 12:08 am (UTC)

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Date: 2013-01-03 12:52 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] thistleingrey
Ah, sorry. Drama-ŭi Jaewang = Lord of the Drama = King of Dramas = contemporary setting with a ton of meta, in which a relatively novice writer undertakes a noir show called Gyeongseong's Morning (Gyeongseong-ŭi achim, I think), which is apparently a pretty big nod to both Gaksital and Capital Scandal except that I haven't watched either of those shows yet. We see bits of Gyeongseong's Morning filmed.

Uneven tone here, too, but I think it's deliberate: the first episode is practically a thriller, the rest isn't. Reverses or wrings the neck of a good dozen kdrama staples, like amnesia and life-threatening vow. But I am waiting to see the final ep (18) next week before deciding whether it's one of my favorite kdramas ever or a horrible cheat. :P
Edited (wrong unicode TWICE, arrgh, sorry) Date: 2013-01-03 12:52 am (UTC)

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Date: 2013-01-03 12:33 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] sanguinity
*goes and grabs [personal profile] dorothean, so that we can have a fandom of three for Bird is Gone*

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Date: 2013-01-03 08:54 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] dorothean
I see it!! I think I read this fic when you got it in the exchange, but I must read it again now that I've actually read Bird Is Gone. Huzzah!

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Date: 2013-01-06 12:16 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] sanguinity
btw, a friend was quoting Whitey on the Moon to me the other day, and I was very much thinking, "No, Natty Cooper on the moon," and hugging the memory of this fic to myself.

Did I mention before that I love this fic? I love this fic.

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Date: 2013-01-04 04:40 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] gramarye1971
Thanks again for the great Kaleidoscope fic, by the way. ^_^ And while I don't know if I really want to see a more explicitly political aspect in Capital Scandal, there is a part of me that wants to sit down and do some serious research to write a long-fic of Lee Soo Hyeon backstory about his time in Japan and the founding of Ae Mool Dan. (At the moment, the idea is on a shelf somewhere in my mind, to be returned to once I've actually read some more Korean history.)