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Dear Author,
Thank you so much for writing me a story! Hopefully this letter will be useful to you.

Likes: Plotty. Gen, femslash and het. Crossovers. AU, especially involving the character making a different choice at a critical juncture (I am not a fan AUs that change universes such as high school/college/coffee shop AUs though). Day in the life. 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). I don't tend to like really dark stuff, unless there is some component of hope or light.

And some specifics, in alphabetical order:


Deed of Paksenarrion – Elizabeth Moon
I requested Dorrin, but would equally love a story about Kolya, Marshal-General Arianya, or Farin Cook, so if you prefer one of them, go for it. I love gen, but if you want to write a pairing I would prefer femslash and would request that you not pair any of them with other major canon character with the exception of Kolya/Dorrin or Kolya/Arianya.

Dorrin - I would love background on Dorrin. Maybe her and Kolya on a campaign in Aerenis? Or Dorrin's perspective on something that happened during the original trilogy. I would also enjoy a missing scene from the later books. Please no dark childhood stories.

Marshal-General Arianya - She is a powerful woman who is strong, but willing to admit she makes mistakes. I would love behind the scenes fic. I also like stories that are about one character, but as that character is seen through the eyes of someone close to them (her partner/spouse? Does she have a close friend or servant?). Maybe some backstory with her and Kieri. Or just a day-in-the-life fic.

Kolya - Backstory or missing scene would be great. I would also enjoy a story of Kolya and the kuakgan, something that explores that culture and religion.



El Ministerio del Tiempo
So I admit I have only watched a couple of episodes of this show, though plan to be up to date by Yuletide reveal! That said I would love a story about either or both Irene and Angustias. Backgrounds or shenanigans in time. And feel free to write in Spanish or English, whichever you prefer. If I think of anything more specific as I watch I will update it here, but I'm sure whatever you write will be great!



Tir Alainn Trilogy - Anne Bishop
One of my favorite things about these books is the powerful women who are not afraid to be powerful. I requested both Ashk and Padrick, but would be happy with both together or either individually.

I love the way Ashk has both a dark and light side, and Padrick's unflappability. How did they meet? How do they deal with their children as they grow older? Are either of their children Fae? I would love a fic set either before or after the books, and I would enjoy seeing these characters and their relationship from the eyes of a third character.

I realize that these books have some very dark themes, but please don't write anything graphic, and I would prefer generally a more positive story, or at least one that ends on a positive note. And please don't pair Ashk or Padrick with anyone else.

Yuletide!

Oct. 7th, 2016 12:13 pm
xylaria: (Default)
Dear Author,
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 (I am not a fan of high school/college/coffee shop AUs though). Day in the life. 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). I don't tend to like really dark stuff, unless there is some component of hope or light.

And some specifics, in alphabetical order:

Akata Witch - Sunny
One of the clear divides in this book was the divide between the people who know things and the people who don't. Sunny was always on the side of not knowing things during the book, but at some point in her life that will flip. I would love the story of Sunny when she is older. Maybe the epiphany point where she realizes how comfortable and knowledgeable she has become in her new world. Or when she is mentoring a new student. Or just a glimpse into her future. What is she doing in 20yrs?

Bletchley Circle - Jean McBrien
There are so many things I love about this show, but mostly that it is women being awesome. I like Jean especially, as she is the type of person who often is seen as boring and uptight, but then you get hints of layers underneath. I would love a story about her background. What did she mean when she said she hadn't always been a librarian? Did she go undercover during the first war? Or a case fic. Maybe just a moment in one of the cases from the show. I would also love femslash with an OC or crossover character (I can't really see her pairing with any of the characters from the show). I could see her having a long term partner and no one knowing.

Deed of Paksenarrion – Elizabeth Moon
I requested Marshal-General Arianya, but only because requests are AND matching and I wanted to increase my chances. I would equally love a story about Kolya or Dorrin, so if you prefer one of them, go for it. If you want to write het or femslash all I ask is that you not pair anyone with one of the major series characters (e.g. Arcolin, Stammel, Kieri) outside of what's canon, the exception being Kolya/Dorrin or Dorrin/Farrin.

Marshal-General Arianya - She is a powerful woman who is strong, but willing to admit she makes mistakes. I would love behind the scenes fic or the events of the book seen through Arianya's eyes. I also like stories that are about one character, but as that character is seen through the eyes of someone close to them (her partner/spouse? Does she have a close friend or servant?). Maybe some backstory with her and Kieri. Or just a day-in-the-life fic.

Dorrin, 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.

Mary did you know?
When I first heard this song, perhaps because it wasn't around Christmas, I did not realize it was a Christmas carol. I listened and thought, "Well, that's an interested story." I would love some bit of the story told in the song taken out of the context of Christianity. Take the lyrics at face value with no historical background, as a sff world. What happened when Mary's child was born? What were the circumstances of all the events described in the song? Did Mary know?
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Title: Green
Fandom: In Plain Sight
Rating: All audiences, gen
Characters: Mary and Marshall
Summary: In which Marshall vows to always wear green on St. Patrick's Day in the future.

AO3

DW )
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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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Title: Years to Nowhere
Author: xylaria
Recipient: kats_blues
Fandom: West Wing
Pairing: CJ Craig/Kate Harper
Rating: G
Word count: ~1400
Disclaimer: Not mine, just playing
Warnings: none
Summary: CJ and Kate never expected things to end up where they did
A/N: Many thanks to summercloud for beta and many admonishments of “shouldn’t you be writing?”

Years to Nowhere )

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