So despite the minor panic I caused myself by reviewing canon and brooding over various ideas in my head and not actually starting my Yuletide story until the second week of December, and then finding out that it wanted to be 7K instead of the 2-3K I'd anticipated, I'd have to consider my first Yuletide as a pretty great experience.
For one thing, it got me over my "Woe, I haven't been able to write anything since I finished Nomad
copyedits in July, what if I've forgotten how to write FOREVER" fit of the vapours. This is no small thing, seeing as I had tried several times to work on other stories (including the post-Quicksilver
Alison/Faraday fic I've been promising people forever) but couldn't seem get past the first page. Writing this story, however, knowing that it would be read by very few people but that I had a good chance of making at least one person very happy, turned out to be therapeutic. I wrote the whole thing in just under a week.
So here it is:Those Sighs on Which I Fed My Heart
(7K, Leonardo [TV], gen/mild het, teen)
I like to think this fic is pretty comprehensible even if you haven't seen the TV show, if you grant the premise that Leonardo da Vinci, Niccolo Machiavelli, Lorenzo de' Medici and the girl Leonardo will one day paint as the Mona Lisa are all wacky teenagers hanging out in Florence together having adventures. Here's a a great rundown and summary of the series
(with screencaps!), courtesy of innerbrat
. (At the very least, you should pop over to see how insanely pretty the cast is. Especially Akemnji Ndifornyen.)( Some notes on the writing processCollapse )
Will I sign up for Yuletide again next year? It depends on my schedule, but there's a pretty good chance, I think. I like the idea of writing at least one fic a year to remind me what it's like to write for fun and for the pleasure of a small audience, instead of angsting over contracts and deadlines and Bookscan rankings and all that dreary business stuff.