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Dear Author,
Woohoo! It’s Yuletide again! Thank you so much for writing me a story! Hopefully this letter will be useful to you and prevent the appearance of to many bears. And so, right to the point.

Likes: Plotty. Gen, femslash and het. Crossovers. AU, especially involving the character making a different choice at a critical juncture. Romance through plot, if that makes sense. I love romance where affection is shown through more subtle gestures, instead of characters lusting after each other. Or where the romance is just a part of the background, so the fic is essentially gen, but has background pairings that are integrated into the whole story, but not the focus.

Dislikes: Porn. Gratuitous violence. Rape. Incest. Hurt/Comfort (mostly because this generally involves gratuitous violence and/or lack of a plot. Done in moderation I don’t mind). High school/college AU. Characters that are completely defined by past trauma. Several characters I requested have some sort of past trauma or trauma that happens in the books, but that is not all of who they are. I don't mind it being addressed, just so long as that isn't the entire story.


Deed of Paksenarrion – Elizabeth Moon (Dorrin Verrakai, Kolya Ministiera)
I would love any story about Kolya and/or Dorrin. Kolya/Dorrin femslash or gen would be great. If you want to write het all I ask is that you not pair either of them with one of the major series characters (e.g. Arcolin, Stammel, Kieri). Actually, I’d prefer that for femslash too, though I mainly just don’t want either paired with Barra or Paks.

I would especially like backstory on the two of them, or something happening during the books. I originally wanted a story with these characters before the latest three books came out, so feel free to use those or not as much as you want. I would also enjoy a story of Kolya and the kuakgan, something that explores that culture and religion. I’m not particularly interested in futurefic, though if that’s what you’re inspired to write, go for it.

Dragonriders of Pern – AnneMcCaffrey (Emily Boll)
First of all, I have not read the most recent Pern books. A friend has been telling me about them and, yeah. I have always loved Dragonsdawn in the way it combines fantasy and sci-fi. As a kid I loved Sallah and Sorka. As I have gotten older I have come to think that Emily is an underappreciated character. She is a war hero, but less flashy than Benden. She leaves her family and finds new love (and maybe a new family, does Pierre have kids?) on a new planet. I would love any story about her. A missing scene from the books would be great, about her relationship with Pierre, recovering from the sled crash, or a small joy like a community dance or working in the garden. Future fic would also be great. Or something from before the book during the siege or planning with Paul for the trip.

If Emily just does not inspire you, I would also not mind fic about Manora, Oldive, or Silvina. What was it like for Oldive growing up? Why did he become a Healer? Maybe a quiet moment between him and another character. Flesh him out a bit, we don’t learn much about him in the books. Same with Silvina or Manora. We don’t learn a lot about them in the books. How did they end up where they are? A scene from their life would be great.

Contagion (2011) (Any)
My favorite thing about this movie was how realistic it was (well, mostly, other than the timeline. But the epidemiology was good enough that we discussed it in my infectious disease epi class). So as long as you preserve that I will be happy. I’m mostly interested in gen in this fandom, though I would also enjoy femslash with any of the female characters and an OC (though I’d prefer not each other). Give me Erin Mears backstory or what Leonora and/or Sun Feng do after the movie or what it’s like for Ally in the lab. Or an AU where Erin lives or Sun Feng’s perspective of the events in the movie. Preserve the scientific/medical/epidemiological accuracy and I’ll be happy.

Steerswoman Series – Rosemary Kirstein (Rowan)
I’m so excited someone nominated this fandom again. I’d only planned on making three requests this year, but… I love so many parts of these books I hardly know where to begin. I love the use of Clark’s 3rd Law (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clarke's_three_laws). I love the aliens. I love the idea of the steerswomen and their position as wandering scientists. And did I mention how I love Clark’s Law? I would love to see Rowan femslash. Or what might have happened if Fletcher had somehow lived (and how might that have come about)? Or just a little snippet not in the books (this is one of my favorite fics ever and one of the stories that inspired me to participate in Yuletide).

Hopefully that was helpful. If you have any questions, [personal profile] ambyr has kindly agreed to field questions to save elyn some work. 

I look forward to reading whatever you write :bounces:
Xy

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