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This is the year in which I defaulted on my assignment and wrote two last-minute treats.

A Prelude to the Adventures of the Boatperson of Heaven is a Chinese mythology fic based on the story of Qixi, written for [archiveofourown.org profile] lnhammer. I loved his prompt, which was to ask about the boatman who in some story variants ferries the Cowherd to see the Weaver every Qixi, and kind of took it and ran. I had a ton of fun writing this and have totally handwaved any chronology errors by hoping that time in Heaven runs a bit differently.

Dreams of Flesh and Blood is a Black Jewels fic written for [archiveofourown.org profile] Morbane, who wanted to know about landen or less powerful Blood in the universe. I love this, since that what I want to know about the world (that, and I just want more fic that toys with the rules of the world, like same-sex romances and genderqueer characters and etc.). This is just a slip of a fic, but it was nice going back to the idtastic source I loved in high school and messing with it.

Yuletide thoughts (click away for squee harshing!) )
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Spoilers: None
Disclaimer: I didn't invent Chang E, and I seriously doubt anyone can copyright her...
Summary: They say I stole the elixir from my husband, but how could a dry pill from the Queen Mother of the West ever appeal to one who has had the ambrosia of mangoes and durian and lychee?
Notes: Written for [personal profile] bravecows for Yuletide 2009

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I don't know the exact details of the Chang E story; checking Wikipedia, there seem to be several variants. The one I always grew up with was the one in which she was married to the archer Hou Yi and ate the elixer meant for her and her husband out of greed and ended up floating to the moon. The versions I've heard usually make Chang E out to be the flawed one who ends up punished for her greed, albeit inadvertantly. And, as with many things I grew up with, I don't remember when I first heard it or even how.

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