Transformative works.  Essentially, YES.

If you wish to remix, record, artify, perform, or translate any of my works, go right ahead!  There's no need to ask for permission before you begin.  I do ask that you link to the original story when posting, and please let me know (if it's at all possible) so i can check out the awesomeness you have wrought.  Please don't use any transformative works for commercial purposes.

If for any reason you find it necessary to modify the story text while creating a podfic, that's perfectly acceptable.  I can imagine that dialogue tags would get to be a bit cumbersome for podficcers.

The only caveat to blanket permission: if a work is co-written and the collaborator has no statement, I request that you contact me so I may obtain permission from them.

Dear Yuletide Author
 Well, kids, it's once again that greatest time of year: Yuletide! Dearest loveliest Author, thanks for loving one of my fandom choices enough to voluntarily submit to reading the following garbage heap of FEELS. I'm a firm believer in THIS IS ALL OPTIONAL, DO WHATEVER YOU WANT JUST THANKS SO MUCH FOR PLAYING, but if you want some direction I figured I should probably write the thing.

For your reference, these are me:
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Book Meme
Saw [personal profile] jedusaur's post and wanted to write this up.

List ten books that have stayed with you in some way. Don’t think too hard — they don’t have to be the “great” works, just the ones that have touched you.

I’m going to really blatantly cheat and include series as individual books. Just warning you.

1. The Oxford Time Travel Series by Connie Willis (Doomsday Book, To Say Nothing of the Dog, Blackout, and All Clear) To Say Nothing of the Dog has been my favorite book for going on five years now. The entire series is brilliantly plotted and written, with incredible worldbuilding in a near-future Oxford populated with believably flawed and sharp characters.
2. The Forever War by Joe Haldeman One of the few science fiction ‘classics’ that’s held up for me. Haldeman wrote the novel as his MFA thesis for the Iowa Writers’ Workshop before serializing in Analog Magazine. After receiving his BS in Astronomy and Physics Joe was drafted into the Army and served as a combat engineer in Vietnam. The Forever War draws heavily from his experiences as a vocal opponent of conscription, but never feels heavy handed or preachy. If you think military scifi’s not your bag, I’d give it a read.
3. The Hainish Cycle by Ursula K. Le Guin I love the entire ‘series’ (I use the term loosely, since the novels/shorts don’t really share characters and are simply set in the same universe). My tattoo is a portion of a quote from The Dispossessed ‘I come with empty hands and the desire to unbuild walls.’ Le Guin’s a fine writer and a brilliant worldbuilder whose philosophies bleed brightly through everything she creates.
4. Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli It doesn’t hold up quite as well as some of the others on the list, but I read Maniac Magee a dozen or more times in primary school. Still one of the greatest opening chapters I’ve ever read.
5. Tortall series by Tamora Pierce They’re so wonderfully interwoven it’s nigh impossible to pick a favorite, but Pierce introduced me to asskicking ladies in fantasy and I’ll be forever greatful.
6. The Patternist Series by Octavia Butler A dark and thought-provoking look into the psychology of immortality. Also a biting social commentary on issues ranging from post-colonialism and slavery to Western modernity.
7. The Secret of Platform 13 by Eva Ibbotson I adore all of Ibbotson’s work, which is largely aimed at middle-grade readers, but Platform 13 is a gem. A magical island hidden from the world in mist, a portal between King’s Cross station and the island that opens only nine days every nine years, a kidnapping, ghosts, hags, and all manner of wonderful delights in this adventurous romp.
8. The Bonesetter’s Daughter by Amy Tan I’m ambivalent about most of Tan’s work, but I couldn’t for the life of me set this book down. Poignant and very interestingly structured.
9. Rendezvous with Rama by Arthur C. Clarke The sequels are nothing to write home about, but Rendezvous with Rama is my favorite of Clarke’s works. The premise and design of Rama (the ship, itself) are chillingly alien in the best, classic scifi way. It’ll be a dream of a movie if it ever moves out of development hell. Also sporting one of the greatest last paragraphs in fiction:

And on far-off Earth, Dr. Carlisle Perera had as yet told no one how he had wakened from a restless sleep with the message from his subconscious still echoing in his brain: The Ramans do everything in threes.

10. The Enchanted Forest Chronicles by Patricia C. Wrede Eminently charming, funny, and quotable. Kickass heroines and all sorts of trope subversions. As a kid I wanted to grow up to be Morwen. Or Cimorene. Or Kazul. Basically all of the characters were my heroes.

This Is Not a Fandom Post
In just over a week I'll be boarding a plane. It'll be right around 117F on the tarmac (why, yes, Phoenix actually is a hellscape for several months of the year). Expected weather in the Idaho Panhandle is light rain with highs in the mid- to low-70s.

It may make for a nice break from the heat.

It's been just over three years since I saw my mother's parents. I spoke with them briefly at my older sister's wedding. I got a call from my mother a few weeks ago. She said that if I wanted to visit them one last time before my grandfather doesn't recognize any of us I should make it soon.

To be perfectly honest I'm feeling a bit detached about the whole thing. I'm estranged from the majority of my family, godless-academic-slut-queer-heathen that I am, but my grandfather was always kind to me. He had a stroke twenty years ago that destroyed a golf ball-sized portion of his brain. Before that he'd been--I'm told, I don't know that I met him before--quick tempered and free with the paddle. The man I remember had relearned how to speak, but the trial of translating the thought he was having to understandable speech was generally deemed not worth the effort. He spends all of his free time reading the Bible. That's not facetiousness. He quite literally spends all of his spare time studying 'the good book,' one of the few phrases that's always come handy to his lips.

I don't have anything to say to him.

My younger sister, who's incredibly devout, is having a difficult time with our grandfather's failing health. If I'm honest, the main reason I'm making the trip is because she'll be able to get away from field school for a few days to drive up while I'm visiting. I'm scared of leaving her alone in the wilderness with her fear and her painfully empathetic soul.

I'm not good at grieving. I don't deal well with death. I'm sure it makes me a terrible person for not being more upset by the pending loss, but deep depressive episodes are what I have to look forward to when I actually care. I've lost years of my life to grieving for people I love. I simply don't have the energy for a man who shares my genes and has never shared my life. It's selfish, but it's self care.

I refuse to feel bad.

Teen Wolf/Stargate Crossover: Nothing Like the Holodeck
Title: Nothing Like the Holodeck
Sequel to: Curly Fries and Other Little Obscenities, Beneath an Unfamiliar Sky, and This Is Not a War Story
Author: [personal profile] taliahale
Fandoms: Teen Wolf (TV), Stargate: Atlantis, Stargate: SG-1
Word Count: 9553
Ratings/Warnings: Teen, End Notes for Warnings
Characters: John Sheppard, Rodney McKay, Madison Miller, Meredith Miller-Emmagen (OFC), Torren Emmagan, Stiles Stilinski, Calliope Taylor (OFC), Carolyn Lam, Kavya Patankar (OFC)
Pairings: Rodney McKay/John Sheppard, Ronon Dex/Amelia Banks/Radek Zelenka, Laura Cadman/Aiden Ford, Madison Miller/Torren Emmagen, Derek Hale/Stiles Stilinski, Caroly Lam/Kavya Patankar (OFC)
Summary: “Don’t be ridiculous,” Stiles laughs, adjusting the bill of his faded Mets cap to better block the sun streaming through the gaps in the cloud cover. He turns his camera lens on Derek, who looks away from the treeline to scowl, “They’ve been sending teams here for ages and nobody’s ever found something more exciting than a new variant of, I dunno, space ivy or something, so would you just--”

That’s when the arrows start flying.

Author’s Note: Written for WIP Big Bang, with art by the lovely and talented [personal profile] musicalluna, who was encouraging and patient with my rewrites. Thanks, as ever, to S for the beta duty (and making me write the ending three times, you are a tyrant and you were right: I’m the worst, I’m sorry). Original inspiration from the SG-1 Episode ‘Window of Opportunity,’ though if you’re familiar with the episode this went a different direction. The line about the universe and pie was lovingly stolen from the SG-1 Episode ‘Urgo.’ If you’re unfamiliar with SG-1, I highly recommend either episode as an introduction to the series. I chose not to use archive warnings, but mind the tags and check out the end notes for full warnings. It's not tagged or in the warnings, but this entire series is domestic as fuck. Just so you know.

Check it out over on AO3

Hockey RPF Magical Realism AU: Your Robot Heart Is Bleeding
Title: Your Robot Heart Is Bleeding
Fandom: Hockey RPF
Characters: Alexa Recchi, Evgeni Malkin, Frank Buonomo, Jack Johnson, Marc-Andre Fleury, Mario Lemieux, Mark Recchi, Nathalie Lemieux, Pittsburgh Penguins Ensemble, Sergei Gonchar, Sidney Crosby, Taylor Crosby, Trina Crosby, Troy Crosby
Relationships: Sidney Crosby & Jack Johnson, Sidney Crosby/Evgeni Malkin
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 6803
Summary: The procedure was an unmitigated success. A healthy baby boy, perfectly average in height and weight with a heart that beat steady as a metronome.

Author's Notes: Written for the Hockey Reverse Big Bang, inspired by azurejay's amazing mix, Sensible Person (Hot to the Touch, Cold on the Inside). Title taken from and story idea heavily drawn from Dan Mangan’s ‘Robot’ and FOB’s ‘Hot to the Touch, Cold on the Inside.’

Warning Up Front: There is immediate mention of a stillbirth. It's brief, nongraphic, and children are brought back to life with mechanical or magical means, but obviously a potential trigger. As per usual, I chose not to use archive warnings. Please check the end notes for more detailed warnings.

Available at AO3.

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Teen Wolf/Stargate Crossover: This Is Not a War Story
Title: This Is Not a War Story, sequel to Curly Fries and Other Little Obscenities and Beneath an Unfamiliar Sky
Author: [personal profile] taliahale
Fandoms: Teen Wolf (TV), Stargate: Atlantis, Stargate: SG-1
Word Count: 7323
Characters: John Sheppard, Rodney McKay, Ronon Dex, Teyla Emmagen, Carson Beckett, Madison Miller, Torren Emmagan, Aiden Ford, Laura Cadman, Stiles Stilinski, Captain Calliope Taylor (OFC), Kavya Patankar (OFC), Evan Lorne, Miko Kusanagi, Chuck Campbell, Elizabeth Weir
Pairings: Rodney McKay/John Sheppard Teyla Emmagan/Kanaan Ronon Dex/Amelia Banks/Radek Zelenka Laura Cadman/Aiden Ford Madison Miller/Torren Emmagen Derek Hale/Stiles Stilinski
Summary: Today's the day.
Shameless Retirement Fic.
Author’s Note: This is for [profile] brumeier, who I repeatedly trick into reading Teen Wolf/SGA fics even though she doesn’t Teen Wolf. You’re the best mod a shoobie could ask for. Have some McShep.

Written for Romancing McShep, a John/Rodney Happy Endings fest. This fic could theoretically carry a very soft M rating. If old dudes kissing and frottage offends you...don’t read this. Beta by the always brilliant S. The Change of Command ceremony is loosely based on USAF traditions and Star Trek: TNG.

Warnings Non-graphic descriptions of injuries and a heart attack. Canonical character deaths are alluded to, but not specifically discussed. It’s not explicitly stated, but it’s made clear that John has PTSD (relates to AU take on scenes from ‘Phantoms’). Aforementioned horny old dudes. Meddling with both canon timelines for convenience. Tooth rotting fluff. Cadman. Cadman’s a warning all on her own.

If you do Teen Wolf and you’re reading this series solely for the Teen Wolf, you can probably skip this one.

Available at AO3 if you prefer.

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Enchanted Forest Chronicles: The Relative Merits of Citrus
Title: The Relative Merits of Citrus
Author: [personal profile] taliahale
Fandoms: Enchanted Forest Chronicles - Patricia Wrede
Word Count: 3038
Ratings/Warnings: Teen
Characters: Kazul, Cimorene, Telemain, Mendanbar, Shiara, Antorell
Summary: “This,” Kazul says, shifting into humanoid form with a smoky sigh, “is a tremendously bad idea.”
Author’s Note: Written for Yuletide as a gift for [personal profile] oroburos69. Thanks, as always, to the inimitable S, for the last minute beta. Any mistakes (in grammar and in judgment) are entirely my own.

Available at AO3 if you prefer.

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Eureka: Founder's Day
Title: Founder's Day
Author: [personal profile] taliahale
Fandoms: Eureka
Word Count: 6349
Ratings/Warnings: Teen, Mild Dub-Con of the Alternate Timeline Kissing Variety
Characters: Jack Carter, Nathan Stark, Jo Lupo, Douglas Fargo, Henry Deacon, David Blake (OMC), Vincent,Deputy Andy, S.A.R.A.H.
Pairings: Jack Carter/Nathan Stark, Allison Blake/David Blake, Henry Deacon/Grace Monroe, Jack Carter & Jo Lupo, Jack Carter & Henry Deacon
Summary: Jack isn’t afraid to open his front door.

Sometimes going back to the future isn’t quite how you imagined. First off, no DeLoreans, which is a major letdown. Oh, and there’s that whole rematerialized nemesis-turned-boyfriend to deal with. Founder’s Day is the worst.
Author’s Note: This story diverges from canon at the start of season four. For the sake of convenience, I ignored the fact that Kavan Smith was Andy 2.0. Some dialogue in the opening scene was taken from 4X2, ‘A New World.’ As per usual, I chose not to use archive warnings so check the end notes. Let me know if you'd like me to tag anything.

Written for smallfandomfest. Prompt: ‘coming back from the dead is tiring,’ Jack/Nathan. Thanks to my beta S, who rewatched season 4 with me and commented ‘needs more Stark.’ You are entirely to blame for this mess.

Warnings: If you’ve seen season 4 or 5 of Eureka, you’re familiar with the deception taking place among the characters who traveled back in time. If you're unfamiliar, this fic contains both Jack and Henry lying to their respective romantic partners, though physical involvement is limited to light kissing. Still dubcon-y, though.

Available at AO3 if you prefer.

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Trope Bingo
Why yes, I did get a Trope Bingo card this round!

telepathy / mindmeld immortality / reincarnation futurefic au: other language and translation
mind control au: romance novel reunion slavefic kidfic
au: space against all odds FREE

coming out (of the closet) au: crossover
forbidden fruit secret twin / doppelganger metafiction road trip rites of passage / coming of age
time travel deathfic au: royalty / aristocracy / feudal bodyswap au: apocalypse

Who's ready for the madness?


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