Dear Yuletide Writer:
I WILL LOVE WHATEVER YOU WRITE. Let's just get that out of the way right now. Seriously, I will be gleeful.
I feel like my Yuletide letter is always completely unhelpful, but I'll write it anyway.
In re: ships, I am okay with anything. Het, slash, gen, whatever. I love porn but I love plot more, so don't feel like you need to write fic with Lots of Gratuitous Body Parts if it's not you or it doesn't fit the fic. (Conversely, I am just fine with PWP, if that's what your brain creates for Yuletide.)
In re: plot, go wild. I love big, long, plotty things, and some fandoms clearly lend themselves more towards intrigue and wacky hijinx than others do. I love AUs and twists on the universes and "what would happen if..." sorts of things. Really, the most important thing is having the fic feel true to its source. Characterization, voice are key. My favorite fics are the ones where I feel like I could print them out and stick them seamlessly into the original canon.
In re: content, in general, I am okay with just about anything. I don't like crack fic or things that are vastly OOC. My only no-gos are real heavy BDSM, torture or extreme physical violence, things involving bodily fluids, bestiality, and mpreg. I don't know how any of these things would come up, but being in HP fandom has made me neurotic about listing these things. If you write the Kushiel's fic, I know some of these things may creep in, which is okay in moderation, but again, it's all about tone and keeping true to source. Things I especially love: missed connections, unrequited love, forbidden relationships, quaint but humorous series of misunderstandings, cuddling, hurt/comfort, angst, exploration, spur of the moment sex, quiet moments, realistic relationships (you just know that someone hogs all the bed and forgets to do the dishes). Feel free to check out my fic journal (_regarde
) to get a glimpse of what I've written, since that may give you a better idea as to what I like to read.
In re: my requests:The Mysterious Production of Eggs (Andrew Bird album)
This is a beautiful, gorgeous Andrew Bird album, the first of his that I really fell in love with, and it means the world to me. Last year, I requested and got some fantastic Bird-related fic from Yuletide, and, well, hell, why not give it a try again? Like I said in my signup, I don't care what you write. Put the album on and just let magic happen. I've got a bunch of posts about Bird and his music here on my LJ, which I've helpfully unlocked
If you're stumped on ideas, though, you needn't go any further than Bird's lyrics themselves to see a fascinating universe just full of stories dying to be told. I put these in my sign-up, but for anyone perusing who isn't my recipient, just check this out:
All of the songs tell such interesting stories in their own right: the strength and control of the woman in Fake Palindromes ("some lonely night we can get together / and I'm gonna tie your wrists with leather / and drill a tiny hole into your head"), the sudden societal change in Opposite Day ("and those who can't quite function / in society at large / are gonna wake up on this morning / and find that they're in charge"), the ironically timely apocalypse of Tables and Chairs ("after the fall / there'll be no more countries / no currencies at all / we're gonna live on our wits / throw away survival kits / trade butterfly knives for adderal"). The lyrics give you all you need to write a story. Immerse yourself in Bird's world and have at it.Kushiel's Legacy
My main request is Phedre/Joscelin/Hyacinthe, which would just MAKE MY LIFE to read. I don't really care when it's set. Maybe a slight AU where Hyacinthe doesn't go off to Alba at the end of the original trilogy, or maybe something that takes place during the Imriel trilogy. This could be so, so hot, and I see precious little OT3 fic, and there should be more of it, the end. I'd like to see a little bit of plot with it, because these three can't just fall into bed together without there being some angst or drama. I'd like this to not be an established trio sort of thing; in other words, I'd like this to be the first time they've gotten together like this.
If you're not into them as an OT3, then just a friendship fic is great, too. The three of them work so well with each other, especially as the series goes on and they all become more comfortable with where life has taken them. And really, with this canon, just about any pairing or scenario would make me happy. Like I said in my signup, Phedre/Joscelin, Phedre/Hyacinthe, Phedre/Melisande... hell, if you feel very adventurous, I'd love to see someone come up with a plausible scenario for Joscelin/Melisande.The Time Traveler's Wife
From my signup, I'd most like to see more of Henry's life before he meets Clare. It's clear from the book that he's absolutely no prize, especially around the time he's with Ingrid, but we only get a few glimpses of that time in his life.
There's not much else to this than that, really. The book is about Henry and Clare's story, so it makes sense that we don't see much directly of Henry's past, but I'd love to see more of it.