Saturday, December 31st, 2016

Yuletide reveal

Saturday, December 31st, 2016 08:31 pm
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(I had hoped to get recs up before reveals, and well, that didn't happen. There will be recs coming, though.)

I wrote Rise and Fall of Empires, a prequel to events in Scott Lynch's A Year and A Day in Old Theradane (novella available free online.)

It's probably readable without knowing the canon if you know the characters are a crew of thieves in a fantasy setting that includes at least some machinery and which has some interesting magical capabilities (one of them is an automaton). Also that this is a story about a heist Amarelle (the viewpoint character) mentions in a long list of other (presumably) successful heists. On the other hand, the canon is 20K words, and free online, and great, so you could go read it too.

I'm quite pleased with how it came out. While writing it I kept going "Why the eel?!" but it seems to have worked out all right. I'm particularly delighted with several commenters saying I'd gotten the feel of canon right. It's also the longest assignment I've written for Yuletide, at a bit over 5000 words. (Seven Badgers of Troy was a bit longer, but it was both a treat and the structure made more words fairly easy.)

(My thanks, as always, to Elise, who is an excellent beta, and also to Liza, ditto.)

I was hoping to try my hand at at least two treats this year, and one of them is still kicking around in my head.
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