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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 particularly large 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. 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.


Deed of Paksenarrion – Elizabeth Moon - Dorrin Verrakai (or Kolya Ministierra or Marshal-General Arianya)
I would also be very happy with a story about Kolya or Marshal-General Arianya as well as Dorrin, but since requests are AND... So if you prefer one of them, go for it. I would love Dorrin/Kolya femslash, though am not quite as interested in either of them paired with Arianya. If you want to write het all I ask is that you not pair Dorrin or Kolya 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.

For Dorrin and/or Kolya - I would especially like backstory on the two of them (on a campaign in Aerenis?), or something happening during the books. I originally wanted a story with these characters before the latest four 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.

Marshal-General Arianya - I would love behind the scenes fic or the events of the book seen through Arianya's (or maybe her partner/spouse's) eyes. Maybe some backstory with her and Kieri. Or just a day-in-the-life fic.


Murdoch Mysteries - Julia Ogden
This show is progressive and serious and incredibly cheesy. I would love casefic. Or a what-if story. I never liked the Darcy arc so feel free to ignore that all together. I would love any story stemming from the episode Victor Victorian. Maybe an adventure of the basketball team, or femslash between Julia and Kate Powers or one of the other women on the team. How would the series have been different if Julia had fallen in love with another woman? Or maybe a day in the life of Julia with some nice historic details.


Tir Alainn Trilogy - Anne Bishop - Any
Edit: As it looks like no one is likely to offer the Tir Alainn Trilogy, I will likely be changing my official request, but I'm leaving the request in my letter on the off chance someone decides they want to write it after all. Last minute offers, woohoo!
I would love any fic in this universe. World building would be great. Backstory on Ashk or Padrick. Futurefic, where does Rhyann go from here? What is the perspective of the less powerful of the western fae from Gwynith's perspective? I'd even be happy with some of the characters I didn't have room to nominate. What is life like for Ashk and Padrick's kids? How about Brooke? What was Nuala's past? How did Eleanor end up married to Liam's father?


Morjiana, Gypsy Queen (Song) - Any
This is a song by Australian singer-songwriter couple Mundy-Turner. You can find it here. Tell me the story of any of the characters. Or one of Blind Nellie Wood's stories. I would love some world building. I would really love a story about Blind Nellie Wood being a witch. But really just use your imagination.


The Kindly Ones - Melissa Scott - Leith Moraghan
I would love backstory on Leith. Or futurefic. What happens with Leith and Guil in the future? Do they stay together or split? What kind of life does Leith build for herself? All that I ask is that you not give Trey Maturin a gender if you include Trey in your story.


The Americans (TV) - Paige Jennings
I would love a story about Paige finding out that her parents are Russian spies, either because of the cliffhanger at the end of the season or at some future point. What happens if her parents are recalled to Russia at the end of the cold war? Does she hear one of her parents speaking in Russian in their sleep? What if her parents get divorced and she only finds out about one of them and the other remains a mystery? What if she gets caught in the middle of one of their operations? I am not as interested in a day in the life story about Paige that does not involve her getting somehow caught in her parents' secret lives.


Steerswoman Series – Rosemary Kirstein - Any
I love so many parts of these books I hardly know where to begin. I love the use of Clark’s 3rd Law. I love the aliens/demons. I love the idea of the steerswomen and their position as wandering scientists. I would love to see just a steerswoman slice of life for either Rowan or Zenna, maybe in Alemeth while Rowan is recovering or one of her investigations on the road before the books start. Or what might have happened if Fletcher had somehow lived (and how might that have come about)? Or future fic. How is Zenna doing in Alemeth 20yrs down the road? Do they ever find out about who the wizards really are? Or the whole situation from the perspective of Corvus or Willam. What was it like for Willam to discover the wizards? Or world building. How did the system with wizards and Inner Landers and Outskirters come about? Really I just love this world and would be happy with just about anything that explores it further.
If this is what you end up wanting to write, even though I didn't officially request it, I won't complain, but mostly it's still here so I can cheat in my letter if I request it next year.

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