dira: Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier (Default)
Dear Yulewriter!

Hi there! I am DELIGHTED that you love one of these things I love! Please, please remember that optional details are optional and write what makes you happy!

Some things I like, not necessarily all in the same story:
-Hurt/comfort, heavy on the comfort, recovery from past/canonical Bad Things
-Domesticity, quiet moments
-Porn (where appropriate & illustrative of character/relationship, NOT REQUIRED AT ALL!)
-Kink & kink negotiation (as above, NOT REQUIRED PLEASE DON'T BE ALARMED IF IT'S NOT YOUR THING!)
-Cuddles, blankets, coziness, etc.
-Characters being smart and perceptive

For any of these characters, I would totally love to read anything from a quiet moment together to a wildly kinky PWP (erm, within the constraints of the characters' histories...) so, really, write the story of your heart, and thank you in advance!

And if you have any questions, feel free to ask [personal profile] iulia (iuliamentis on twitter and tumblr). She knows what I like and she's good at keeping secrets from me!

My specific requests:

Chalion Saga - Lois McMaster Bujold (Penric kin Jurald, Desdemona) )

Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (Guinevere Pettigrew, Joe Bloomfield) )

Captive Prince - C. S. Pacat (Damen, Laurent) )

Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries (Phryne Fisher, Jack Robinson) )

The Shawshank Redemption (Andy Dufresne, Ellis Boyd (Red) Redding) )
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So, all unexpectedly, today is Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen e-ARC release day.

My body is not ready.

o.O

*soothes self by writing unusually terrible things happening to Bucky Barnes*

(really. not ready. soon probably, but. not right now. oh god. oh god.)
dira: My home is not a place ... it is people. (Home is not a place)
Always Breaking Everything (5050 words) by Dira Sudis
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Vorkosigan Saga - Lois McMaster Bujold
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Jole/Aral Vorkosigan, Aral Vorkosigan/Cordelia Naismith Vorkosigan
Characters: Aral Vorkosigan, Jole, Cordelia Naismith Vorkosigan
Additional Tags: Jealousy
Summary:


"It's not that I want details," Aral said, keeping his voice even, reasonable. "I just want a little peace of mind--to know when I can expect to be tripping over someone who might proposition you, you know. Can you tell me how many of them there are, at least?"



This story, and the rest of this series, proceed according to my original plan for them, without reference to any spoilers for Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen.

This story is therefore safe for the unspoiled reader, but I suspect the comment section will not be. Caveat lector.

Many thanks to commodorified for beta, and to Rubynye, Petra, Ellen Fremedon, and Iulia for audiencing and encouraging me through the "oh no, no, this story is a terrible idea" stage. <3

Title, as usual, from the Mountain Goats cover of "Two-Headed Boy."
dira: My home is not a place ... it is people. (Home is not a place)
Aahahaha so--

so--

you guys. YOU GUYS.

There are spoilers from a reading of the first chapter of Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen and you can read them here.

And then you can come under the cut and we can talk about whether this is real life. )
dira: My home is not a place ... it is people. (Home is not a place)
Drive the Dark Things Away (12793 words) by Dira Sudis
Chapters: 3/3
Fandom: Vorkosigan Saga - Lois McMaster Bujold
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Lt. Jole/Aral Vorkosigan
Characters: Lt. Jole, Aral Vorkosigan
Additional Tags: Book: The Vor Game, Scars, Phone Sex, Ulcers, Space Battles, Table Sex
Series: Part 12 of The World That You Need
Summary:

A triptych set during The Vor Game, in which Aral and Jole look after each other.






Aaaand that makes a nice round 400 stories I have up on the AO3 now. o.O
dira: My home is not a place ... it is people. (Home is not a place)
More Aral/Jole fic! Now with an Explicit rating and a tag for ulcers! :D


Drive the Dark Things Away (9502 words) by Dira Sudis
Chapters: 2/3
Fandom: Vorkosigan Saga - Lois McMaster Bujold
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Lt. Jole/Aral Vorkosigan
Characters: Lt. Jole, Aral Vorkosigan
Additional Tags: Book: The Vor Game, Scars, Phone Sex, Ulcers
Series: Part 12 of The World That You Need
Summary:

A triptych set during The Vor Game, in which Aral and Jole look after each other.

dira: My home is not a place ... it is people. (Home is not a place)
Soooo about fourteen, fifteen months ago I finally decided it was time to embark on the project of writing a (really quite short) story about what Aral and Jole were up to during The Vor Game. I wrote the first of three parts, got well into the second part, and then fell down into the Bucky Barnes Feels Vortex.

So! As it happens, now that I have mostly stopped screaming about yesterday's events, this means that I am well placed to start posting new Aral/Jole fic to give me a bit of a kick in the pants to start WRITING new Aral/Jole fic. Therefore! And without further ado!

Drive the Dark Things Away (4693 words) by Dira Sudis
Chapters: 1/3
Fandom: Vorkosigan Saga - Lois McMaster Bujold
Rating: Mature
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Lt. Jole/Aral Vorkosigan
Characters: Lt. Jole, Aral Vorkosigan
Additional Tags: Book: The Vor Game, Scars
Summary:

A triptych set during The Vor Game, in which Aral and Jole look after each other.

dira: My home is not a place ... it is people. (Home is not a place)
HOLY SHIT YOU GUYS HOLY SHIT

So Lois spake unto us: http://www.goodreads.com/author_blog_posts/8046824-new-book

I am pleased to report that a new Cordelia Vorkosigan novel has been sold to Baen Books for publication, tentatively, in February of 2016.

The title is Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen.


GENTLEMAN. JOLE. AND THE RED QUEEN.

GENTLEMAN JOLE.

MY BB IS IN THE TITLE OF THE BOOK YOU GUYS I CAN'T EVEN. WHAT. AHHHHHHHH. I THOUGHT I WAS WRITING AN UNJOSSABLE PAIRING AND NOW I REALLY REALLY NEED TO GO WRITE 7 1/2 MORE STORIES BEFORE NEXT FEBRUARY.

:DDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD

(Also I am in this weird place where on the one hand I am going to find it totally baffling to encounter a non-queer Jole (I mean, I'm going to find it totally baffling to encounter a Jole who's not Arkady, there is a lot of bafflement coming my way) but at the same time I am super prepared to ship the queen and her knight? AHHHHH I AM EXCITE THOUGH OMG NEW CORDELIA BOOK AND IT IS ALSO A JOLE BOOK OMGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG.)
dira: Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier (Default)
At long last, my fandomaid story for [livejournal.com profile] tliss!

I meant to write the next Aral/Jole story for this gift, but this story wanted to be written first, so here it is. It owes its inspiration to Refugees of War by salable_mystic, which gave me an idea that never would get out of my head, even three and a half years later, so here it is.

Many thanks to [personal profile] iulia for beta!

Shelter and Solace (10432 words) by Dira Sudis
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Vorkosigan Saga - Lois McMaster Bujold
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Aral Vorkosigan/Cordelia Naismith Vorkosigan
Characters: Aral Vorkosigan, Gregor Vorbarra, Cordelia Naismith Vorkosigan
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Canon Divergence, Civil War, Childhood Trauma, Sad Kid, Refugees
Summary:


"We will go to Beta Colony. I have some family there, I think, and--a friend."

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Many thanks to [personal profile] commodorified and [personal profile] ellen_fremedon for giving this the green light, and to [personal profile] verity for audiencing it along the way! And to everyone who is still reading this series. I have high hopes for moving forward in the internal chronology with the NEXT story, you guys. Someday. /o\

Title is from Genesis 30:3 by the Mountain Goats.

(Confidential-ish to [livejournal.com profile] tliss, if you happen to be reading this: this is not your story, I know I owe you a longer story than this! If you have any preferences for what your story is based on this one, just say the word!)


Last Ones of Our Kind (4858 words) by Dira Sudis
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Vorkosigan Saga - Lois McMaster Bujold
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Aral Vorkosigan/Cordelia Naismith Vorkosigan, Lt. Jole/Aral Vorkosigan
Characters: Aral Vorkosigan, Cordelia Naismith Vorkosigan, Simon Illyan, Original Male Character(s)
Additional Tags: Awkward Conversations
Series: Part 5 of The World That You Need
Summary:

This story slots in before the epilogue of "Everything That You Can Keep."

Aral has more in common with Hector Vorgorov than he likes to remember.

dira: Allison Argent, smiling delightedly (Allison - Smile)
I'm doing a give-me-topics meme, and I have several days left, so feel free to ask away!

February 3: [livejournal.com profile] chelletoo asked, What was your first fandom and how involved are you still in it?

There are a few answers to this!

My first fandom that I participated in online, shared with real-life friends, and wrote fic for was The X-Files, starting right around the premiere of Season 3 in 1995. I gave up on writing fic, and mostly stopped reading it, after a year or so, when my canon-consistency-loving heart was broken by trying to keep fic in line with a canon that was not in line with itself half the time. Also of course I was going to be a Serious Writer and I had a novel to work on. I kept watching the show and squeeing about it with Iulia for years afterward (although the squee declined considerably toward the end). My current level of involvement is "sometimes but not always reblog when it comes across my Tumblr dash."

The first fandom of my continuous involvement in slash fandom--the one where I got my name, Dira--was popslash, although I never wrote in it and deleted the LJ I used to participate in it due to interpersonal drama. But it brought me to fandom and gave me my name, so &popslash;. My current level of involvement is "...is that still a thing? Huh. I wonder what those guys are up to these days."

The first fandom where I posted fic online and other people read it was Buffy. This is also where I got the Sudis part of my name, so it's the real start of my current fannish identity. My current level of involvement is "sometimes but not always reblog when it comes across my Tumblr dash."

But I think none of these is really the true answer, because the first fandom of my heart, the one that was really formative--and the one that came first chronologically, if we allow me trying to be like my big brother by literally stealing his books when he wasn't looking as a fannish act--was the Vorkosigan Saga. This was the first fandom that I was really involved in in terms of being part of a community and getting to know people--fic wasn't a big part of the mailing list at the time I was first participating, c.1995-1999, so I didn't write fic, but I began relationships that still persist to this day. Just the other day I had a Listie background-checking someone I was going to stay with via another Listie, because Listie family never quits. I am still writing Vorkosigans fic, and the Vorkosigan Saga will always be a huge huge part of my fannish heart.
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I started listening to the Shards of Honor audiobook, and when that particular exchange of dialogue occurred, this happened in my brain. Thanks to [personal profile] iulia for giving it the green light!


The Butcher of Komarr Meets the Conscientious Lieutenant Rosemont (300 words) by Dira Sudis
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Vorkosigan Saga - Lois McMaster Bujold
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Aral Vorkosigan, Reg Rosemont
Additional Tags: One-Sided Attraction, Imminent Death
Summary:


That misguided but admittedly courageous blond boy in the clearing.

dira: Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier (Default)
Tonight was the monthly meeting of my local SF book club. I hadn't actually read the book (Nalo Hopkinson's Midnight Robber, which was generally liked by the group, though I gather the dialect it's written in was a challenge and the subject matter included child abuse and incest--a bit of a Donkeyskin/Deerskin story, structurally, I think) but I went anyway, because I don't like missing out on my once-a-month chance to hang out with my book group peeps.

It struck me tonight--maybe partly because I was effectively lurking, except when I couldn't restrain a remark and/or got put on the spot by a direct question tangential to the actual book--how much this was like my foundational fannish experience: the Lois McMaster Bujold Mailing List, c.1996. I'd already been a fan of LMB's books for a few years by then--I read The Vor Game for the first time when I was twelve, and the rest as I could find them, in whatever order I laid hands on them--but we got internet in the fall of 1995, just before I turned 14. I spent a lot of time in X-Files AOL chat rooms that fall and winter, but I also found my way to the List, which soon became my home and family in a way that is hard to even describe, let alone really make understood to people who weren't on the List then. It was full of all these people who loved the books I loved and had read way more books than I had--who were smarter, more widely educated (whether in schools or through their own experiences), and more articulate than I could yet dream of being, and they never seemed impatient with me despite my overwhelming fifteen-year-old-ness. They were kind; they taught me to expect good things of fans, fandom, and the internet, and to try to be a good thing in turn. I grew up on the List.

And eventually, like all fannish communities, it went a bit sideways, and then I discovered slash fandom: another home, another family. I still go to SF cons regularly, and have gotten to feel very much at home (and surrounded by literal as well as figurative--biological as well as affinal--family) there. But two years ago, determined to have some sort of social life in the city where I live, I started going to the SF book group and, readers, I love my book group.

There's just something wonderful about sitting crowded around a table with a dozen people, listening to them hash out their reactions to a book I haven't read a single page of, because I want to share it with them even if I didn't actually read it. It's this beautiful microcosm of SF fandom--we manage to represent most of the major archetypes, I think--and it's my people. My book group. ♥

Also, when we went around at the end of the night and everyone reported what they'd been reading, the new guy said "the Vorkosigan books" and I actually straight up clapped my hands in delight. One of these years I am going to get the group to read a Bujold book and then I will die of happiness and/or shiv somebody for not loving it enough.
dira: Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier (Default)
For [personal profile] arduinna's Idyll Challenge (although I suppose it doesn't quite qualify--they're not stuck, really...)!

With many thanks to [personal profile] iulia for beta. Title, inevitably, from the Mountain Goats cover of "Two-Headed Boy".

Floating in Glass (693 words) by Dira Sudis
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Vorkosigan Saga - Lois McMaster Bujold
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Lt. Jole/Aral Vorkosigan
Characters: Lt. Jole, Aral Vorkosigan
Additional Tags: Sailboat, Sergyar
Series: Part 11 of The World That You Need
Summary:

The first time Aral went out for a ride on Jole's sailboat after they got to Sergyar.

dira: Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier (Default)
Soooo I first started this one--intending that it should have a bit of a plot woven into the porn--sometime around December. Of 2010. It's been a bit of a thorn in my paw as I've gone forward with the series (and I've abandoned it at least twice only to pick it back up). So now it's done! And a PWP!

This is, more or less, the eighth story in the internal chronology of The World That You Need, though the (ye gods) tenth posted.

Many thanks to [personal profile] ellen_fremedon for beta, and to [personal profile] iulia, [personal profile] oliviacirce and [livejournal.com profile] rubynye and the other usual suspects for encouragement!

Aral/Jole, (Aral/Cordelia). Explicit. Sex toys. 5500 words.
"I've never really seen the point. I mean, sex is already fun. It's sex. I don't know what you'd need toys for."


Read below or at the AO3.

Dance Across the Room )
dira: My home is not a place ... it is people. (Home is not a place)
Izzady has posted podfic of the third story in my Aral/Jole series: When the Reckoning Arrives!

I have to admit it's startling to hear all the French words pronounced correctly, because that is not how they sound in my (sadly monolingual) head.
dira: My home is not a place ... it is people. (Home is not a place)
...or, you know, at least you might want it? Anyway!

[personal profile] izzady has embarked on a podficcing project, valiantly taking on The World That You Need, my Aral/Cordelia & Aral/Jole series!

Podfics for the first two stories are up now!
dira: My home is not a place ... it is people. (Home is not a place)
For the Lost Voice square on my [community profile] cottoncandy_bingo card, because, obviously.

Gregor/Laisa, little princes. G. 1,370 words.
Given the nature of the complaint, Laisa stayed at Gregor's side when his personal physician arrived to examine him.


The Emperor's Voice )
dira: My home is not a place ... it is people. (Home is not a place)
Going on two years ago, when I posted Everything That You Can Keep, [archiveofourown.org profile] JanLevine pointed out in a comment that there ought to be a story in this series about Aral getting pulled out of bed for Miles's Kyril Island incident; without that nudge, I wouldn't have come up with this story.

Of course, the story I came up with two years ago and planned on writing for the better part of the last two years was, as it turned out, wrong in certain significant aspects, so many thanks to [personal profile] commodorified for pointing that out to me when I complained about how hard it was proving to write.

Thanks also to [personal profile] sanj, [personal profile] petra, and [personal profile] fairestcat for encouragement along the way, and as ever, thanks most of all, for beta and general support, to [personal profile] iulia.

So here is the ninth story in The World That You Need, with, for those keeping score, a title from the Mountain Goats' "Heretic Pride" that made slightly more sense for the earlier version of the plot and then just stuck.

During The Vor Game. Aral/Cordelia, Aral/Jole. Not explicit. 5800 words.
Arkady was awakened before dawn by a knock on the door.


Rocks in the Pathway )

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