So Prince William is emulating little brother and going into war zones. You know, it's starting to remind me a little of The Vor Game.
Ivan-fic the second: Being the further (mis)adventures of Ivan Vorpatril at the Emperor's Wedding.

Ivan considered starting a drinking game. If he was half-drunk and Miles was half his weight, that should even things up...

Notes: Thank-you to [livejournal.com profile] legionseagle and [livejournal.com profile] coalboy for beta-ing.
Rating: PG

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I've written a couple of Ivan POV short fics. Gregor and Ivan come in high on my PLZ RITE MOAR, LOIS list, so here you get two-for-one.

Notes:Set at the end of Warrior's Apprentice. Thank-you to [livejournal.com profile] legionseagle and [livejournal.com profile] coalboy for beta-ing.
Rating: PG


Paved With Good Intentions

"I don't imagine I'll get the opportunity to say this very often in my life." Ivan paused. "Gregor, you idiot."
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Beta request

Jan. 23rd, 2008 11:08 pm
owl: Miles Vorkosigan: We have advanced to new and surpising levels of bafflement (milesbaffled)
I have a couple of Ivan-pov short fics that need beta'd. They're about one or two thousand words in total, one is set at the end of Warrior's Apprentice and one at the end of ACC.

Any volunteers? Also, I am constitutionally unable to think up titles, so any help in that line would also be much appreciated.
A couple from the Vorkosiverse:

The Emperor's Curve

Poor brittle, intelligent, too-adult little Gregor, first wondering 'Can I do this?'.

You are my Tante Cordelia and I am your Gregor.

Ingenium et Fides

Aral and Cordelia struggling with the decision to have no more children. A reason Miles never thought of in Brothers in arms, and very plausible, too.

Via [livejournal.com profile] ankaret:

Molesworth Rides Agane

Molesworth doez Xmas pla cheers cheers
Vorkosigan series books I wish had been written, in no particular order:

The other half of Diplomatic Immunity.
I'm quite willing to take Ekaterin's word for it that she was fabulous, but I want to see her being fabulous! I wanted to see her facing down the haut and stalling off the imminent war and getting treatment for Miles, knowing it's all hanging on her, again.

The Warrior's Apprentice: The Home Front
This is another book where at least as much again of the action happens off-stage and Miles hears about it in couple of paragraphs afterwards. The Emperor and the Prime Minister on the outs, the head of ImpSec in his own cells for a month-it's a wonder there wasn't a civil war-Miles on trial, Ivan AWOL (having his social calendar organised must have been pleasant for Gregor that month), Gregor doing a number on his own best supports...It would be difficult to write, because the characters are so much more developed now. What I really want to know is what Cordelia thought of it, but I suspect that to get character growth it would have to be from Gregor's pov. That would give a lovely unreliable narrator thing as well.

Barrayar 2: Electric Bugaloo
More detail on Gregor and Laisa's courtship and early marriage. To have married Gregor, she has to be either a Cordelia-calibre heroine (there is a reason for all the Miles/Gregor, I suppose, and if Miles's sister had ever made it into the published Warrior's Apprentice, the shipping would probably have been overwhelming), or too infatuated to think. Obviously it would be preferable if she were the former, as I don't think ImpDivorce would be much of a story. It would have been very interesting, as well, to have been able to compare Laisa's introduction to Barrayar to Cordelias's, a generation earlier. I suppose there is a chance of getting Laisa or Gregor pov in a future book (I am rather bitter that there was apparently Gregor pov in the early drafts of ACC, but the scene(s) were rewritten. I suspect the wedding planning scene, because Gregor is unusually demonstrative, which would make sense if it was the original internal reactions rewritten as external.)

Sergyar
Well, we've had the other two, and I'd like to see what Sergyar's like now it's (semi-)colonised. I'd like to see more Cordelia pov, too, but I suspect that the only way we're going to get it is at Aral's death, and if that's the price, no thanks, not for another dozen books, please. Even apparent from the immediate mourning, I shouldn't think that Miles could be an Auditor and a Count, which would be a shame, and would kind of limit future books.

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Nov. 27th, 2007 11:12 pm
owl: Miles Vorkosigan: We have advanced to new and surpising levels of bafflement (milesbaffled)
I have been browsing the LMBujold list.

Have discovered that some readers think


  • Gregor doesn't care all that about Miles (or that it's all tell-not-show in the books) because he doesn't haul him out of his woe-I-have-been-booted-from-the-military funks in WA and Memory

  • Ges and Serg weren't, well, I suppose 'lovers' is kind of inappropriate, but anyway

  • Donna/Dono isn't bi (and was all along)

  • Elli is more interesting a character and more worthy of Miles than Ekaterin is


I don't think there's anyone going with e) All of the above, but you never know.


(My responses in order: take a closer look at the plot of those two books, no-brainer, Countess Vormuir springs to my mind, and ok, did you get the Beijing editions?)

Hee

Nov. 23rd, 2007 07:15 pm
owl: Guard your honour. Let your reputation fall where it will. (And outlive the bastards.) - Aral Vorkosigan (bujold)
Office spellchecker suggests that I replace Vorrutyer with Corrupter and Vorpatril with Versatile.

Really quite surprisingly appropriate, don't you think?
This week I remembered that I've never put my entry for the Vorkosigan ficathon up on ff.net. (Especially disgraceful seeing as it's been translated into Russian—the first fic I ever wrote that's been translated. It's extremely humorous to run it back through Babelfish.)
I'm still not quite satisfied with it, though. It's hard to let go of something, to say, 'ok, finished', especially when the source material is of such high quality.

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Nov. 13th, 2006 10:20 pm
owl: Miles Vorkosigan: We have advanced to new and surpising levels of bafflement (milesbaffled)
So tonight Spooks had terrorists all over the Thames barrier. The fact that I'm reading Brothers in Arms at the minute is entirely fortuitous.

I'm glad that the episode didn't stop ten seconds sooner than it did.

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Jul. 20th, 2006 07:11 pm
owl: Guard your honour. Let your reputation fall where it will. (And outlive the bastards.) - Aral Vorkosigan (bujold)
It thundered half of last night, and poured with rain. When I went to bed I was so hot that I fetched up an ice-pack that we put in the cool-box and wrapped it in a tea towel and took it to bed with me. I could see lightening flickering, but it was far off. Then a couple of hours later I was woken by the thunder and the rain, and I had to jump up and shut the window before my curtains were soaked. It was lovely, damp and coolish, this morning, but by the afternoon it was hotter than ever.

News via : LMB is contracted for another Vorkosigan book. Hopefully it will be an improvement on Diplomatic Immunity, which falls rather flat after the brilliant A Civil Campaign. [livejournal.com profile] elerrina_amanya has read all the others, but not it, because I couldn't be bothered buying it. I'm afraid she'll be disappointed when she does get round to it. I read it early on in my experiences of the series, so there wasn't a let-down for me.
Here's Cordelia.


  • Title: My Heart and My Honour
  • Author: [livejournal.com profile] jediowl
  • Recipient: [livejournal.com profile] altariel1

  • Rating/any warnings: Mentions of rape and torture, so, um, no under-10s? Rather less graphic than the books, anyway. Contains traces of Miles. Is ridiculously long.

  • Any other information: This fic owes a great deal to [livejournal.com profile] ajhalluk, both for a very thorough beta-reading, and for mentioning some author called Lois McMaster Bujold so often that when I saw a book called Cetaganda on a library shelf, I said, 'This seems familiar...'


  • Summary: [livejournal.com profile] altariel1 requested a 'missing scene' (e.g. his face-off with Aral from The Vor Game, or the conversation with Cordelia about Serg, or the moments before the drop from the balcony).
    Being permanently unable to make up what I'm pleased to call my mind, I did two missing scenes, weighing in at a total of >8000 words.
    Set during the closing part of The Vor Game. Gregor dealing with power, what his father was, and growing up.




Part I: Aral

Part II: Cordelia



looong )
I'm sure you're all tired of hearing my woes about the Bujold ficathon, as I've talked about nothing else for the past week. Having finally panted to the deadline, I have instantly been seized by three more Vorkosigan plot bunnies. Such is life.

  • Title: My Heart and My Honour
  • Author: [livejournal.com profile] jediowl
  • Recipient: [livejournal.com profile] altariel1

  • Rating/any warnings: Mentions of rape and torture, so, um, no under-10s? Rather less graphic than the books, anyway. Contains traces of Miles. Is ridiculously long.

  • Any other information: This fic owes a great deal to [livejournal.com profile] ajhalluk, both for a very thorough beta-reading, and for mentioning some author called Lois McMaster Bujold so often that when I saw a book called Cetaganda on a library shelf, I said, 'This seems familiar...'


  • Summary: [livejournal.com profile] altariel1 requested a 'missing scene' (e.g. his face-off with Aral from The Vor Game, or the conversation with Cordelia about Serg, or the moments before the drop from the balcony).
    Being permanently unable to make up what I'm pleased to call my mind, I did two missing scenes, weighing in at a total of >8000 words.
    Set during the closing part of The Vor Game. Gregor dealing with power, what his father was, and growing up.



Part I: Aral


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I'm not quite finished with Cordelia's bit yet; it should follow tomorrow.

ETA: Part II: Cordelia
I've almost finished my Bujold ficathon entry. Half of it (3400 words!) is typed, and I just need an ending. Oh, and a beta. Preferably someone who'll do more than just proof-read, who'll say, 'That doesn't work' or 'I can't see Gregor saying that'.

Every time I enter a ficathon, my fic always ends up turning into The Son of War and Peace (or Vor and Peace, in this case. Ow.) And the sort where you swap fics—it's like Christmas. You always end up with socks. And I always have a mad panic, like the current one. WHEN AM I GOING TO TYPE ALL THIS!!!

ETA: In a big mad frantic session. 7564 words. My wrists hurt. And it still tails off feebly at the end.

Doctor Who is apparently on at 6.35 tonight. Or maybe 7.25. This means I have to keep checking the television. And there will be some stupid presenter who really annoys me (Please, Auntie Beeb, taking Graham Norton out of the slot before the Doctor. I can't stand him, or Strictly Come Making an Idiot Of Yourself, either.)

In good news, my company have finally corrected my NI number, after five weeks and three time of asking. Yay.
Dear Cordelia: Will you please, just for a foolscap page or so, just shut up psychoanalysing everyone? Thank you.

Dear Gregor: Talk to me, dammit.

Dear Aral: I know you're the strong silent type, but can you work with me a little on this one, please?

Dear Miles: Sod off. You've been very clever and your parents are excessively proud of you, and Count Piotr and Bothari are dancing an underground jig together, so will you please go away now? Let Gregor have some attention for a change.

I've spent the early part of the evening digging fungus out of the flowerbed. It's pale brown and wrinkled, sort of ear-shaped, and it came in the sand that's underneath the flags of the path. Now it's moved into the soil and it grows at a quare rate of knots. I dig it up, three days later it's back.

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Apr. 15th, 2006 12:33 pm
owl: Miles Vorkosigan: We have advanced to new and surpising levels of bafflement (milesbaffled)
My prompt for the Bujold ficathon:

I'd like an undocumented moment or time in Gregor's life: either a 'missing scene' (e.g. his face-off with Aral from The Vor Game, or the conversation with Cordelia about Serg, or the moments before the drop from the balcony), or something from a period that the books don't cover (either during his childhood or after his marriage); or else something wry and sweet about Gregor and Laisa (any stage in their life). Not keen on explicit sex.

Ack! Can't decide which one, they're all too good. Oh, well, I'm off in a different fandom today anyway (oooo-eeeee-oooooo-eee-oooo)

I came into the room and heard this little noise. I couldn't work out what it was at first, but it was Smudge, who had crept in and lain down in the corner, purring to greet me.

Ficathon!

Apr. 8th, 2006 10:21 pm
owl: Guard your honour. Let your reputation fall where it will. (And outlive the bastards.) - Aral Vorkosigan (bujold)
I've just signed up for the Bujold ficathon. Going by the likely amount of writing time I have before the deadline, this may have been a mistake.
I've decided that I ought to read a few more of the SF classics, so I've got Ringworld and Ender's Game out of the library, as well as Cryptonomicon and a couple of things by someone called Alistair Reynolds because you can have 6 out at once.

My sister [livejournal.com profile] elerrina_amanya has now reached Borders of Infinity on her trek through the Vokosigan Saga (I think she started with Warrior's Apprentice, though). Revision, who needs it?

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