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Day 3

In your own space, post a rec for at least three fanworks that you did not create. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so. See if you can rec fanworks that are less likely to be praised: tiny fandoms, rare pairings, fanworks other than stories, lesser-known kinks or tropes. Find fanworks that have few to no comments, or creators new to a particular fandom who maybe aren't well known or appreciated. Appreciate them.


I adore Georgette Heyer but I am generally dubious about Heyer fanfic because Heyer's voice is so distinctive. However, there are some lovely fics out there, including some hilarious, pitch-perfect recent Yuletide fics, several of them for my favourites among her romance novels, which makes me even happier.

(I have great difficulty deciding on my Heyer Top 5. And this is only among the romances, mysteries not included! Venetia, obviously. There's also Cotillion, A Civil Contract, The Talisman Ring, in no particular order ... but I always get hung up on whether it should be Black Sheep or Frederica for the final spot. Black Sheep has Miles and the Dasher but Frederica has Felix and Lufra! I believe I have finally find a solution. Venetia is my ultimate favourite and the rest are the Top 5. Oh shush, it was a brilliant revelation!)

Falling Stars and Cloudless Skies (1022 words) by Lesserstorm
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Venetia - Georgette Heyer
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Venetia/Damerel
Characters: Venetia Lanyon, Jasper Damerel
Additional Tags: Yuletide, recipient:SJ Kasabi, challenge:Yuletide 2007, Romance, Yuletide Treat
Summary:

"Falling stars!" declared Lady Damerel, "Falling stars, mermaids and a mandrake root!"



The Birds and the Bees (4280 words) by Lbilover
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Cotillion - Georgette Heyer
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Kitty Charing/Freddy Standen
Characters: Kitty Charing, Freddy Standen, Lord Legerwood, Lady Legerwood
Additional Tags: Humor, Regency Romance
Summary:

In which Lord Legerwood has a conversation with his son, with predictable results, and Kitty provides Freddy with enlightenment.



A Gentleman of Taste (1630 words) by athousandwinds
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Cotillion - Georgette Heyer
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Kitty Charing/Freddy Standen
Characters: Meg Standen, Jack Westruther, Lord Legerwood
Additional Tags: Yuletide 2008
Summary:

Five trials that the Honourable Frederick Standen endured with sang-froid and savoir-faire, or would have if he'd spoken a word of French.



Of Workshops and Ducks (1949 words) by hazel
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Frederica - Georgette Heyer
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Felix Merriville
Summary:

The first time Felix was called in to the study at Alver; and the last time he took himself there on his own account.



The Aftermath of the Abduction (1518 words) by redsnake05
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Black Sheep - Georgette Heyer
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Miles Calverleigh/Abigail Wendover
Characters: Miles Calverleigh, Abigail Wendover
Summary:

After an abduction, there must be a gloomy house in the countryside filled with sinister retainers. Abby has no intention of letting it stay that way, and, all in all, she has high hopes of this abduction turning out rather better than any trashy romance one might do.



A Glimpse of the Future (2194 words) by concertigrossi
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Georgette Heyer
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Giles Jonathan Deveril/OFC
Characters: Adam, Jenny, Julia, Giles
Additional Tags: Future Fic, Kid Fic, Romance, Schmoop
Summary:

Time marches on, and Fate has an odd sense of humor.



Interlude (868 words) by redsnake05
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Grand Sophy - Georgette Heyer
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Charles Rivenhall/Sophy Stanton-Lacy
Characters: Sophy Stanton-Lacy, Charles Rivenhall
Summary:

Sophy and Charles share a moment at a ball, over a torn flounce.



Excitement (100 words) by DesertVixen
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Nonesuch - Georgette Heyer, Black Sheep - Georgette Heyer
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Tiffany Wield, Stacy Calverleigh
Additional Tags: Drabble, Character Mingling
Summary:

Tiffany on the town...



The implications of that drabble are terrifying!
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Day 06 - Your favorite writer

Didn't I just mention my stance on 'favourite' anythings? But in this case, I can narrow it down to a few writers who have written multiple books that I enjoy.

Nora Roberts - she amazes me. She's written more than a hundred books and I've read most of them. You might think that several decades of writing 'Boy meets girl. They fall in love. Eventually they live happily ever after,' would have led to burn-out, repetition, crappy writing, but no. Okay, read enough enough of her books (as I have) and you'll notice some similarities and a few plots that have been reworked over the years (and she's improved over the years but she still listens to her editor.) But La Nora still manages to make each book fresh. Fresh and fun and something to read and relax with. I admire her tremendously.

Georgette Heyer - the Regency Romance writer. She pretty much created the genre. Every book had distinct and lively characters (even if she did largely stick to two hero types.) She could write an absurd and hilarious plot and keep the story moving along so well that it's only when you finish the book that you go "... wait a minute." She wrote dozens of books, largely for financial reasons and she wrote them very well. Again, as with La Nora, you do see some of the same plot elements cropping up but Heyer also manged the trick of keeping them fresh.

Between them, Roberts and Heyer kept me sane during a year when my brain fog was so bad I couldn't read anything new or anything complicated. I read their books over and over and over again. And I still enjoy them. 

Terry Pratchett - I don't know how he does it but he takes ideas and objects that most people don't think twice about, turns them upside down and inside out and reinvents them for the Discworld. He writes scenes that are laugh-out-loud funny and then drops a ethical conundrum on the reader. His breadth of knowledge is extraordinary.

Barbara Kingsolver - okay, this is a bit odd because I haven't read that many of her books; some I've tried to read but they just didn't grab me. But her writing is beautiful. Mostly, I read books for the story not the writing. I consider good writing to be writing that doesn't distract from the plot. If that makes sense. But Kingsolver's writing makes me slow down and savour. I love The Poisonwood Bible and Prodigal Summer. Not cheerful books but powerful and haunting and beautiful. I also enjoyed her essay collection Small Wonders and local eating memoir Animal, Vegetable, Miracle.

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