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You guys know what it is?


click here to know who wrote what without having to scroll )

You are now free to post your ficathon entries anywhere you like. Histories Madness prompts remain open indefinitely, but you can now post them yourselves.

Thank you all for contributing! It was a wonderful ficathon this year and I enjoyed it thoroughly.
[identity profile] lareinenoire.livejournal.com
Title: For Summer Days; A Nightmare
Author: [livejournal.com profile] cherith
Request: 1) The York family (i.e. the Duke and Duchess, Edward, Clarence, Richard and Rutland). Summer holidays.  2) Richard III. Anything at all.
Fandom:  Shakespeare, First Folio - Richard III
Summary: Clarence's dream haunts him, and he thinks on things do distract himself as he waits for some news of his rescue.  He thinks on summer days at Ludlow to drown out the shadows and moaning of his nightmare.
Warnings: Character Death-ish (does dying in a dream count?), The ramblings of madmen
Author's Notes:  Written for [livejournal.com profile] the_alchemist for [livejournal.com profile] thisengland ficathon.  I have a soft spot for crazy dreams and wanted to include two of the requests, and this was the best way I could think to do them.  Hope you like it!

For Summer Days; A Nightmare )
[identity profile] lareinenoire.livejournal.com
Title: And Follow Your Dreams Down
Author: [livejournal.com profile] likeadeuce
Play:Henry IV, Part I, modern AU
Recipient: [livejournal.com profile] roz_mcclure, who wanted Percies + unintended disasters, and who also digs Bruce Springsteen, jam sessions, and the North Carolina Tar Heels.
Summary: Kate Mortimer, Harry Percy, various others, with a wee bit of gender swap.
Notes: Thanks to: friends to be named later, who know garage bands in general and the Carolina music scene in particular. Title and epigraph are from "No Surrender," by Bruce Springsteen & the E Street band, which seems like a Hotspur song if there ever was one.

We busted out of class, had to get away from those fools/
We learned more from a 3-minute record, baby, than we ever learned in school.

Title: And Follow Your Dreams Down )
[identity profile] lareinenoire.livejournal.com
Title: O Du Mein Holder Abendstern
Author: [livejournal.com profile] speak_me_fair
Play: Richard II
Recipient: [livejournal.com profile] highfantastical
Characters: Richard II, Henry Bolingbroke, Edward of York, mentions of Isabel, Harry Percy, Hal Monmouth, Robert de Vere, Queen Anne.
Warnings: Character death. AU. German Opera. Thoughts of suicide. Hesiod. Hunting. Slash. Het. Misquotes.
Rating: PG-13
Summary: No-one can save Richard from himself.
Notes:. Since this is an AU, the timescale and ages of the characters vary a little from canon – also some events simply do not take place.

O Du Mein Holder Abendstern. )
[identity profile] lareinenoire.livejournal.com
Title: The Bear and the Shooting Star
Author: [livejournal.com profile] lareinenoire
Play: 2 and 3 Henry VI
Recipient: [livejournal.com profile] gileonnen
Characters / Pairings: Warwick, Oxford
Rating: PG
Wordcount: 2285
Summary: John de Vere learns lessons in kingmaking and treason from the best.
Notes: Title comes from the badges worn respectively by Richard Neville, Earl of Warwick (the Bear and Ragged Staff) and John de Vere, Earl of Oxford (the Streaming Star). All usual disclaimers about Shakespeare's wibbly-wobbly-timey-wimey approach to historical dates and people apply. Thanks so, so much to [livejournal.com profile] angevin2 and [livejournal.com profile] rosamund for getting me to the end and beta-reading, and to [livejournal.com profile] gileonnen for the brilliant prompt -- I tried to do it justice.

The Bear and the Shooting Star )
[identity profile] lareinenoire.livejournal.com
Title: Rock me asleep
Author: [livejournal.com profile] the_alchemist
Play: Henry VIII
Recipient: [livejournal.com profile] cherith
Characters/Pairings: Anne Bullen, Henry, Elizabeth
Rating: 12
Warnings: It's rather melancholy. And there's some stuff about sex.
Summary: Anne remembers.
Length: 1040 words
Notes: Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] borusa, who beta read it.

Rock Me Asleep )
[identity profile] angevin2.livejournal.com
Title: The White Boar
Author: [livejournal.com profile] the_alchemist
Play: Richard III
Recipient: [livejournal.com profile] the_gentleman
Character(s)/Pairing(s): Richard III
Warnings: lots of swearing; characters being mean about members of the Richard III Society; explicit depictions of amateur dramatics.
Rating: 12
" 'Three Richards the Third walk into a pub.' He enunciated each word with great precision.
'One,' continued Dickon, 'the hideous misbegotten monster who limped from the dark places which shadow the minds even of geniuses and saints.'
Hudde spoke over him. 'The other,' he said, 'the chivalrous knight who strode shining from the earnest yet woefully untalented pens of Horace Walpole and the many enthusiastic spinsters who followed in his wake.'
'And then there was the third Richard...' "

'...for... a... horse!' And a one, and a two, and forward, and twist, and above my head, and back. Pause. )
[identity profile] angevin2.livejournal.com
Title: Not With the Empty Hollowness
Author: [livejournal.com profile] angevin2
Recipient: [livejournal.com profile] speak_me_fair
Play: Richard II
Characters/Pairing: Richard/Anne, Richard/Aumerle, Richard/Robert de Vere, with reference to Richard/Isabel and Richard/minions
Rating: PG-13
Word Count: 1876
Warnings: Somewhat graphic illness and decay; medieval English attitudes toward the Irish; gratuitous vomit; inexplicit sex
Summary: Nature is fine in love, and where 'tis fine / It sends some precious instance of itself / After the thing it loves.
Notes: Some details are clarified in endnotes. Where history diverges from Shakespeare, I have followed Shakespeare throughout. Many thanks to everyone who offered input and encouragement during the writing of this fic.

O that I were as great
As is my grief, or lesser than my name!
Or that I could forget what I have been,
Or not remember what I must be now!

-- Richard II 3.3.136-39

There were once three kings out hunting when they became separated from their retainers.... )
[identity profile] angevin2.livejournal.com
Title: Pessimi Poetae
Author: [livejournal.com profile] speak_me_fair
Play: Richard II
Recipient: [livejournal.com profile] likeadeuce
Characters: Harry Percy, Aumerle, Chaucer, Richard II, mention of Kate Mortimer.
Warnings: Bad Latin, worse poets, crack, drunkenness, non-explicit slash, mention of canon death.
Rating: PG-13
Summary: Catullus is a tit. Harry Percy is a worse one.

Pessimi Poetae )
[identity profile] angevin2.livejournal.com
Title: Gimmors and Devices
Author: [livejournal.com profile] gehayi
Recipient: [livejournal.com profile] lareinenoire
Fandom: Crossover between Richard II and Thomas of Woodstock
Characters: Eleanor de Bohun (Duchess of Gloucester), Brother Conrad, Thomas of Woodstock (Duke of Gloucester), John of Gaunt, Edmund of Langley (Duke of York), Richard II, Henry Bolingbroke (later Henry IV), Sir Henry Green, Sir John Bushy, Sir William Bagot, Martha, Rhisiart, Anne of Bohemia, Mafeo of Venice, Sir Robert Tresilian, assorted Entertainers
Word Count: 26048
Rating: PG-13
Disclaimer: I most emphatically am not William Shakespeare. This should not come as a shock to anyone.
Prompt: Crackfic crossover between Richard II and Thomas of Woodstock. Preferably involving zombie!Greene, illicit shagging, and Richard with multiple personality disorder (since I really can't think of any other way to explain the brain transplant between the two plays. Aside from maybe an actual brain transplant or claiming Woodstock!Richard is in fact an android. Which would also work.).
Summary: Steampunk medieval, featuring Baconesque arcane computers, Eleanor de Bohun as a designer and builder of clockwork men called "brassheads,"  Brasshead! Richard II, Dominican monks as "revivifiers," Franciscans as "mechanical scientists" and "prognosticators," and Green (Richard II's lover) as a power-hungry mad scientist. Also contains multiple viewpoints, implied robot sex, one zombie and hot air balloons.
Warnings (if any): First, one marriage between an adult man and a child is mentioned--that of Thomas of Woodstock and his wife Eleanor de Bohun, who married him at ten. From what I've been able to discover, Thomas behaved toward Eleanor as a brother to a much younger sister until she was old enough to bear children--and they genuinely seem to have loved each other as adults. There's no sex described, but this still might be triggery for some people. Second, there is mistaken identity!sex with two other couples as a plot point. Third, there's mention of mind control...which is deliberately creepy.
Author's Notes: (if any) The title is from this line in Henry VI, Part 1. Reignier, the Duke of Anjou and titular King of Naples, says this of the English army:

I think, by some odd gimmors or device
Their arms are set like clocks, stiff to strike on;
Else ne'er could they hold out so as they do.
By my consent, we'll even let them alone.

I love that Shakespeare is talking about a clockwork (or at least a cyborg) army.
Oh, and "gimmors" is an archaic word. We aren't sure what it meant; "gimmick" or "gimcrackery" seem to be the closest definitions.
The first two clockwork men were only toys, a Christmas gift for a ten-year-old boy king that its designer began on the day the lad was crowned. )

continued here
[identity profile] angevin2.livejournal.com
Title: Clotho, Lachesis, Atropos
Author: [livejournal.com profile] gileonnen
Play: 2 Henry VI
Recipient: [livejournal.com profile] gehayi
Character(s)/Pairing(s): Queen Margaret(/Suffolk), Eleanor Cobham/Humphrey of Gloucester, Margery Jourdain
Warnings: References to cat murder, magically induced abortion, and magically problematic consent.
Rating: PG-13
Summary: In the Wars of the Roses, any advantage must be cultivated--including magic.

Clotho, Lachesis, Atropos )
[identity profile] angevin2.livejournal.com
Title: Fail Trying
Author: [livejournal.com profile] gileonnen
Play: 1 and 2 Henry IV, Merry Wives of Windsor
Recipient: [livejournal.com profile] gehayi
Characters: Falstaff, Doll Tearsheet, Mistress Quickly, Hal, Poins, Mistress and Master Page, Fenton, brief mentions of Hotspur, Kate, and Shallow
Warnings: Foul language, references to prostitution and sex droids, characters expressing misogynistic and fat-bashing attitudes and using ableist language
Rating: PG-13
Summary: Jack Falstaff is a space pirate--but not a particularly good one.
Notes: I have taken some liberties with the prompt in order to keep the worldbuilding internally consistent; I hope that this will be acceptable.

Fail Trying )
[identity profile] angevin2.livejournal.com
Title: Pity My Picture Burning
Author: [livejournal.com profile] highfantastical
Recipient: [livejournal.com profile] aka_centimetre2
Play: Richard II
Rating: R
Pairings: Richard/Henry, Richard/Aumerle, Richard/Anne, Henry/Mary.
Warnings: Angst, possible crime, allusions to suicide attempt, possible self-injury triggers, reference to past child abuse.
Summary: In 1983, an acclaimed English artist dies in mysterious circumstances, far from home. Fourteen years later, it's time to revisit the story.
Acknowledgements: Many thanks to my very kind beta readers.

The other man sat across from him, his hands flat on the sticky tabletop.  )
[identity profile] angevin2.livejournal.com
OKAY YOU GUYS. It is ALMOST FICATHON TIME -- most of the fics have been received or will be received soon. The ficathon will go live on Thursday August 26th, and this year we are doing something a little different (borrowed from [livejournal.com profile] ides_of_april) -- a free-for-all round!

Here's how it works:

1. Pick one (or more) of the prompts below.

2. Write a fic of any length -- from drabble to big-bang-sized epic (if you can do that in three days, I will be incredibly impressed).

3. Send it to me at strangebrooch AT gmail DOT com AND/OR lareinenoire AT gmail DOT com by MIDNIGHT CDT on AUGUST 26th, i.e. Wednesday night/Thursday morning (if you are writing for one of us, just send it to the other one, because mods like surprises too). Use the official format for headers. )

4. Profit!

These prompts are open to anyone; instead of posting claims in the comments, just pick one and write. Also, IF YOU DO NOT WANT TO BE SPOILED FOR YOUR FIC, DO NOT CLICK THE CUT. In some cases prompts do appear in their entirety; this is either because I don't know which prompt the writer chose, or because the writer incorporated all aspects of the prompt into the fic and everyone deserves an equal chance at multiple stories.

[identity profile] angevin2.livejournal.com
After some discussion with [livejournal.com profile] lareinenoire and some general mass panic, we've decided to change the deadline for the ficathon. The new deadline is SUNDAY, AUGUST 22. Unclaimed prompts will be posted on Monday, August 23. Everything else in the previous reminder post continues to apply -- send fics to me (strangebrooch AT gmail DOT com) and/or [livejournal.com profile] lareinenoire (lareinenoire AT gmail DOT com). You don't have to send them to both of us (especially if you're writing for one of us). :)
[identity profile] lareinenoire.livejournal.com
Just a quick post to say that assignments for this year's Histories Ficathon have gone out. If for whatever reason you haven't received yours, drop us an e-mail and let us know so we can resend it. Also, let us know if you've got any questions either for us or for your recipient and we'll pass them on.

Happy writing!


Jun. 14th, 2010 01:34 pm
[identity profile] angevin2.livejournal.com
Only one more day to sign up for THE FICATHON! Rules for doing so are available in the linked post.

I know there are several of you who have said you are going to sign up and have not officially done so, so now is the time. :D

ETA Since there's one late signup coming in thanks to extraordinary circumstances, signups will be open through tomorrow (Wednesday 6/16) as well. :D


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