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26 December 2016 @ 01:10 am
Note: Last fic was a tad on the unpleasant side (Polly & Mal & zombie apocalypse). Received requests for some fluff. Attempted some (holiday-themed!) fluff for our OTP. Achieved, well, the following...

Title: A Bright and Peaceful Night

Summary: Stranded away from home during Hogswatch, Polly has all but resigned herself to being miserable when she runs into an old friend. The chatty, caffeinated, déshabillé sort of old friend. They talk. Complicated fluff with tragedy in the background. And gingerbread. And fireworks. Happy holidays!

Standalone, but follows up on the events in Schrödinger's Vampire (not required reading).

Length: 10.000-ish words

Story: A Bright and Peaceful Night (link to fanfiction.net, contains further notes and warnings)
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07 December 2016 @ 10:02 pm
Hello cheesemongers, you still alive? This is a little zombie fic I started ages ago and only now got around to actually add the ending.

Title: Borogravian Dog Days

Summary: Polly, Mal, zombie apocalypse. Creepiest thing I've ever written.

Length: 5400-ish words.

Warnings: M for violence/gore - about what you would expect from the zombie apocalypse. Creepy kisses. Anything else would be spoilery.

Borogravian Dog Days (link goes to fanfiction.net)
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03 February 2014 @ 12:45 pm
Persuasions Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6

INFO:
Setting:
Hyel's Age of Sail 'Verse.
Characters: Polly, Mal, OCs. Mention of the Mended Drum and CMOT Dibbler.
Rating: B (Still quite tame, I'm afraid).
Wordcount: 1,663 words .
Disclaimer: The author makes no claim to owning the rights of anything to do with Terry Pratchett or Discworld.

In-which Polly wears trousers in public and intercepts a message and in-which Mal wears a dress.


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There you have it.
This brings us to just about 1/2 way through the (27,000 and counting) fic, and the actually-slashy stuff is probably only a "chapter" or two away. Thank the gods. I don't know why I moved things so slowly, but there you have it. I have no idea how long this thing is going to get. O.O
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Current Location: Ontario, Canada
Mood: accomplishedaccomplished
Marching to the sound of: Trouble/As Long As You Love Me (mash-up by VoicePlay)
 
 
29 January 2014 @ 01:02 pm
Persuasions Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5

INFO:
Setting:
Hyel's Age of Sail 'Verse.
Characters: Polly, Mal, OCs.
Rating: B (Still quite tame, I'm afraid).
Wordcount: 951 words (two short pieces separated by a drabble)
Disclaimer: The author makes no claim to owning the rights of anything to do with Terry Pratchett or Discworld.

In-which Polly drinks whisky and plans are made.


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Hope you enjoyed.

Part 7


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Current Location: Ontario, Canada
Mood: coldcold
Marching to the sound of: I Know You (theme from "Sleeping Beauty")
 
 
22 January 2014 @ 11:56 am
Persuasions Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4

INFO:
Setting:
Hyel's Age of Sail 'Verse.
Characters: Polly, Mal, OCs.
Rating: B (Still quite tame, I'm afraid).
Wordcount: 1,522 words.
Disclaimer: The author makes no claim to owning the rights of anything to do with Terry Pratchett or Discworld.

In-Which There is Much Sneaking Around and the Stealing Purloining Having a Lend of Some Documents of Interest.

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Hope you enjoyed. :-)

Part 6


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Current Location: Ontario, Canada
Mood: coldcold
Marching to the sound of: Heaven Can Wait - Meatloaf ("Bat Out of Hell")
 
 
 
21 January 2014 @ 12:21 pm
Persuasions Part 1, Part 2, Part 3

INFO:
Setting:
Hyel's Age of Sail 'Verse.
Characters: Polly, Mal, OCs.
Rating: B (Still quite tame, I'm afraid).
Wordcount: 1,210 words.
Disclaimer: The author makes no claim to owning the rights of anything to do with Terry Pratchett or Discworld.

In-Which Polly Starts to Notice Budding Feelings and Tries to Ignore them.

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Hope you all enjoyed. :-)

Part 5
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Current Location: Ontario, Canada
Mood: workingworking
Marching to the sound of: Alone - Heart (on Youtube)
 
 
20 January 2014 @ 05:37 pm
Persuasions Part 1, Part 2


INFO:
Setting:
Hyel's Age of Sail 'Verse.
Characters: Polly, Mal, OCs.
Rating: Probably "B"?
Wordcount: 1,248 words.
Disclaimer: The author makes no claim to owning the rights of anything to do with Terry Pratchett or Discworld.

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And there you have it.
I hope you all enjoyed. :-)

Part 4
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Current Location: Ontario, Canada
Mood: accomplishedaccomplished
Marching to the sound of: Peace - Apocalyptica ("Worlds Colide")
 
 
19 January 2014 @ 06:16 pm
Persuasions Part 1

INFO:
Setting:
Hyel's Age of Sail 'Verse.
Characters: Polly, Mal, mention of Mrs Battye (from Night Watch).
Rating: Somewhere between "B" and "C" according to this rating system (bottom of the page). There's a blush-inducing realization an a discussion of Indiscretions, but not much more than that.
Wordcount: 746 words.
Disclaimer: The author makes no claim to owning the rights of anything to do with Terry Pratchett or Discworld.

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And there you have it.
Comments are, of course, welcome. :-)

Part 3


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Current Location: Ontario, Canada
Mood: hopefulhopeful
Marching to the sound of: No Souvenirs - Melissa Etheridge
 
 
18 January 2014 @ 09:39 pm
So. A very, very long time ago, Ilthit (Hyel) wrote a fic called Account and Accountability which was a Jane-Austin-esque age of sail AU one-shot.
And I gleefully jumped into that sandbox, only to wind up abandoning an unfinished story (for, um... five to seven years...).
And, what with working on a novel (and being on Draft One, Version Three of said piece) and, thus, really needing to remind myself that I can actually write moderately acceptable fiction and finish things (ahaha, hold that thought) and follow a plot-arc through to a reasonably believable conclusion and, well, stuff of that nature, I picked up the World again and started over from scratch.

I'm at 20,000 words and counting, and it's nowhere near finished, and I still want to start posting it.

I admit it's pretty slow-moving. It is a romance, very-much of the Regency Historical With Spies In school of romances, but it starts out feeling (I think) a bit more like a buddy story or something fairly gen. Please forgive me on that score.

Anyway. This is Part One of an unknown number of parts. Some of them are drabbles or double-drabbles, but most of them aren't, and the ones that are will probably get posted in the same breath as one of the longer bits. But we'll see.

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INFO:
Setting:
Hyel's Age of Sail 'Verse.
Characters: Polly, Mal, mention of Paul, Mr Perks, and various OCs.
Rating: Somewhere between "B" and "C" according to this rating system (bottom of the page), so pretty tame.
Wordcount: 1,439 words.
Disclaimer: The author makes no claim to owning the rights of anything to do with Terry Pratchett or Discworld.

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So there you have it.
I admit it that I'm hoping for comments and interest on this.

Part 2

Take care, folks,
Amazon. :-)
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Current Location: Ontario, Canada
Mood: hopefulhopeful
Marching to the sound of: Shake It Off (Florence + the Machine - "Live on MTV")
 
 
12 January 2014 @ 12:33 pm
So... What with tending to write at the Porn end of the spectrum, I've been looking up regency (going by the uniforms in MR, that's about the right era) clothing and how it was layered.


Many (though not all) folks in menswear didn't bother with drawers - a shirt could be a sort of all-in-one under-layer, apparently - but they did exist - most frequently used in colder weather. The original long underwear, basically.
Maybe it's not surprising that Polly was one of said folks who didn't bother (she wouldn't have had to use her belt to secure her socks, if she had) given the following: A girl - or at least someone in womenswear - were to don drawers, she'd be thought of as a slut. (Good girls, I guess, don't lift their skirts high enough to warrent them?)
So that gals at the Solid Doves probably would have worn "smalls" or knee-length "open drawers" or some other item that was split down the middle, but - regardless of reputation - girls at the Grey House, the maids at The Dutchess, and people like Roundheels Molly wouldn't have bothered.
Polly wouldn't have had anything available in her own wardrobe to use under a pair of trousers, particularly not the fitted ones that come with the army uniform.
Someone like Blouse - meaning someone who's upper-class enough to have trousers made of something fancy might have worn them with the dress uniform. And, yes, Mal might have as well (though I'm happy enough to skip that bit for the sake of narrative convenience).


Other points of interest:

While a lot of women wore stays (or a corset, as the term was shifting at the time) that went all the way down to the hips, "short stays" were very much an option, and made things like bending at the waist, well, possible... but getting books off of high shelves was really not going to happen. Inconveniently.
I know Polly spends a lot of time grumbling about skirts and how they catch on everything, but I'd have thought she'd be more interested in the way the lack of under-binding and its accompanying full range of motion made life a whole hell of a lot easier.
Then again, maybe - what with the fairly flat chest and all - she opted for one of those wrap-around brasier kind of things that maybe, maybe allowed for a little more movement, given the whole working-in-an-inn situation and what that would have required with regards to getting things off of shelves and such-like. (Maybe that's why - or an extra reason why - beer mugs were kept under the bar rather than hanging above it?)

I suspect any boning in Borongravia would have been done with reeds. Partially because of the amount of poverty going on, but also because it's a very wet, river-heavy country that borders swampy Genua on one side. The lowlands, at least, would have probably had a surplus of marshes, but whalebone from the Rim Ocean (and possibly the Circle Sea) would have been very difficult to come by.

The fingerless glove that was named after Major Blouse... would have been a very new and unusual thing, indeed. Fingerless gloves or mittens might have been worn at home, in the winter, specifically for warmth, but lace fingerless-mittens that might have been worn out didn't show up for another 50 years or so, and were (apparently) mostly a Victorian Thing. It's possible that they were meant to be some kind of "dinner glove" (normally folks took their gloves off to eat meals) or, alternatively, the whole "no fingers" thing was meant to be every-so-slightly scandalous and, as such, a bit of a nod (or possibly a bit of a smirk) towards the more-than-slightly scandalous nature of Blouse's first command.


Trivia! What fun! :-D