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Dear Yuletide Writer,

Please forgive me for leaving this a placeholder for so long >.< I am not sure where October went. Or the beginning of November. That said, thank you for writing what I am sure will be an awesome fic for me!

Some general things I like - I'm a huge fan of female characters in general, especially as main, active characters in a story. I love relationships between female characters, both romantic and non. I like introspective character type pieces, especially those involving characters trying to deal with difficult feelings. I also like fun, fluffy adventure stories.

Things I dislike - Sex without plot, heavy angst, sexual violence, gore, depressing ending (I prefer there to be at least a little hope), major character death, A/B/O AUs.

Now, onto the fandom-specific stuff

Velveteen - Seanan McGuire
Any Character
I'm especially fond of the relationship between Yelena & Velma, both as children and when they reunite as adults. But really I just love how all these characters interrelate, so fic that explores their relationships is always good. More details and prompt ideas in my letter.

I really, really love the Velveteen stories, and especially Vel's character development as the stories have progressed. My favorite thing has always been the relationship between Vel and Yelena, and I'd love to see any sort of fic exploring that. Maybe some of their adventures/missions when they were both Junior Super Patriots? I would also not say no to an AU where Vel realizes she does return Yelena's feelings. I'm a sucker for femslash. Which means I'd also love anything with Yelena and Victoria too. Or even just something that delved into Victoria's past. She seems like a really interesting character, and I'd love to hear more about her.

October Daye - Seanan McGuire
Tybalt is honestly my favorite character in the series, so anything featuring him would be lovely. I've more prompt-type things in my letter.

Tybalt is amazing, and anything with him and Toby would be wonderful. But I'm also very interested in Tybalt on his own. I'd really be excited by fic that explored his past, especially anything after he's come to the San Francisco area, as that's stuff that's not really been touched in canon yet. I also really like his relationship with Raj, and something exploring that might be fun. It's rare for me to fall in love with a male character like I have with Tybalt, so I really do mean it when I say anything with him would be awesome!

Rat Queens
Any Character
I love this comic so much, and I love all the characters. My favorites are Betty and Violet, so stuff about one or both of them would be awesome. But if you have a super great idea for anyone, I'm sure I'll love it. More prompt-type things in my letter.

Like I said in my prompt, Betty and Violet are my favorites of the main characters, but I think everything about this world is awesome, both where it's poking fun at the D&D-ish tropes and where it's playing them straight. One thing though - I know one of Betty's things is that she's almost always experimenting with various drugs and I know that's a major part of her character, but drug use tends to make me a bit uncomfortable, so if that could be downplayed or glossed over, that'd be lovely. Mostly I'd just really like to hear more fun adventures, either with the main four or maybe some of the other adventurers we encounter.

I am only reading the series via the graphic novels, so I would appreciate not being spoiled for anything after issue #10.

Thank you awesome writer!
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Dear Awesome Yuletide Writer!

I am so excited you've going to write me a fic this year! I am sure it'll be wonderful. Optional details are optional of course, and with any of these fandoms I know I'm going to be thrilled with any fic, so have fun.

So. More details about my requests:

Romeó et Juliette
Benvolio Montague

Words can not express how much I love Benvolio. He was my favorite character when I read the original play, and the musical has only made me love him more.

I would love, love, love some pre musical Benvolio/Tybalt stuff, as slashy or not as you see fit. More details about this in my letter.

Otherwise, anything is good, especially post-musical fic. Again, more details in the letter.

It is important to point out right away that I am mainly familiar with the 2010 and the 2011 Takarazuka productions, as well as the Korean tour of the original French production. But if you're coming from a different version, don't worry! I'm going to love anything about Benvolio. That said, on to my attempts at prompts.

Tybalt/Benvolio is my favorite hateship ever. Most of my personal justification for this being a hateship and not just plain hatred comes from the 2010 Takarazuka production, especially the first scene, which I conveniently have a link to: Complete with English subtitles!. Tybalt & Benvolio (and Mercutio) enter at around 3:45. Even if you don't want to go shippy with it, I'd love to see something pre-musical dealing with the bad blood between these two. If you do want to go shippy, feel free to get as explicit or not as you wish.

If you don't want to deal with Tybalt at all, that's fine as well. As I said in my prompt, I'd love something post-musical with Benvolio having to deal with the fact that his best friends (and best enemy) are dead. How does he deal with losing them all so close together? Is he now the de facto heir to the Montague family? What's the fallout from the two families reconciling? How does Benvolio feel about that? If you want to get dark & depressing with this, I'm cool with that idea. I'd rather not see Benvolio die, either by his hand or others, as I find greater tragedy in him having to live with everything.

Ocean's Eleven (musical)

I didn't even know I wanted fic for this until I saw someone else (dybji, I'm looking at you) talking about nominating it. That said, I don't have any real preferences here. I will love anything you write.

More details & me rambling about potential prompts in my letter.

Because I didn't even really know I wanted this until just recently, I don't really know what I want. But I love character focused vignettes, and all of the characters have intriguing backstories I'd love to see explored. I've... not actually seen either version of the movie, and my Japanese is scan enough that I've only got a rough idea of a lot of the characters. So consider that freedom. Write them as they are, as you wish they were or as they could be, I'll still like it. I don't need anything exceptionally plotty - slice of life character pieces are just fine by me, so have fun!

The only thing I absolutely do not want is anything 'redeeming' Benedict. I like him as an out-and-out villan.

Prompt wise... Well, when I first saw this mentioned, it was with the prompt "The Ten Times Rusty Tried To Tell Danny He Loved Him And The One Time Danny Did", which has kind of lodged itself into my brain as something I'd love to read. I'd also love to read anything about Diana - I've been told she was added to the plot mainly for Shirahana Remi, and I think she's an absolutely amazing character.

Sorry I can't offer anything more specific :(

Changeling: The Lost
Changeling the Lost is hands down my favorite of any of White Wolf's game lines. I'm a big fan of the fragile beauty of the changeling's world, the idea that they've endured horrible things, but they're still alive, and they *escaped* and thus there's hope. I'm pretty open about this fandom in terms of what I want as long as that hope is still there.

As usual, more details/ramblings in my letter

With Changeling I've always loved the idea that because of everything they've experienced, they truly understand the wonder and beauty of the everyday experiences that normal people take for granted. I'd love to see a fic that explores that, especially the dealing with the fact that changelings are different now, and nothing is ever the same. But like I said, I do want hope. They've lost their old life, but there's a possibility for a new one.

I'm partial to the Fairest and Beast Seemings as a general rule, and more a fan of the Spring and Winter Courts than the Summer or Fall, but that's a general guideline, not a hard and fast rule.
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Guess what! Signups for Yuletide are open!

I don't really write or read fanfic much anymore, but Yuletide manages to make me do both. For anyone who doesn't know, it's a fanfic exchange, based on rare/small fandoms. You can request 3-4 fandoms, and you have to offer at least 4 fandoms to write from (there's over 2000 to choose from). Once signups close there's some magic database-y stuff done, and you're matched with someone to write for, and someone's matched with you. But you don't know who, and that's the fun. Fic have to be a minimum of 1k, but that's not that long, I've found. Then they're uploaded, and you get your fic on Christmas day!

Authors aren't revealed until January 1 though, so it's a lot of fun reading and trying to figure who your author is and such.

I've loved it the past two years, and I'd love to encourage more folk to sign up this year! Sign ups run through Sunday

So what am I requesting you might ask? Well, I did say it was a rare fandom exchange...
Fake Cut to My Dear Writer Letter. Fandoms: Elisabeth, Romeo et Juliette, Silver Wolf

It is done

Nov. 30th, 2010 08:48 am
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With only minor cheesing to fill out my word count when the story ended shy of 50k, I seem to have won NaNoWriMo at 8:30am, November 30! Please to be admiring my wordcount bar:

50319 / 50000

Isn't it pretty? I am so damn proud of myself. I've been doing NaNo since 2003 and the closest I've ever come before was ~20k. But I stuck with it this year, dragged those words out of my brain and hit 50k. The story as it stands right now sucks. It needs massive rewriting before I even think of posting it anywhere, but I am shoving it away on my computer's hard drive and leaving it alone for at least a month. I think I've earned the break.

Besides, I have my Yuletide story and my Advent Calender fics to write in December. psst - still a lot of dates available on the Advent Calender. Anyone want me to write them fic?

I shall be over here, basking in my accomplishment.
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Well hello there, wonderful Yuletide Writer (and anyone else popping in to read my letter)!

First off, thank you. And no matter what, try not to stress about any of my requests, Yuletide is supposed to be fun! So since I suck at intro-type things, I'll just jump in to talking about my requests:

1. Elisabeth - Levay/Kunze Elisabeth, Rudolf
Really interested in anything dealing with the relationship between Elisabeth and Rudolf.

I'd really like to see something delving into the relationship between Rudolf and his mother, really at any point in their lives. We know Rudolf idolized his mother, but I'd love to see something digging in to his head on how that idolization affects his interactions, both with her and with other women in his life. Alternately, Elisabeth's thoughts on her son - yes, she was quite the absent mother, but she had to have had some interaction with him other than the few times mentioned/seen. Historically she hated Rudolf's wife - why? Did she have hopes and dreams for her only son or what he just another chain holding her down? And then there's the shadow of Der Tod's interest in both of them hanging over everything...

My only request is nothing too incest-y. Rudolf does seem to have a bit of an Oedipus complex in some versions, but I'd prefer it kept on the "Mom is the perfect woman" level rather than anything sexual.

Version-wise, I've only seen the Takarazuka versons (all seven ;)) but don't let that limit you. For reference, my favorite Elisabeths have been Shirahane Yuri, Hanafusa Mari (in '96 Yukigumi production, I'm not as bit a fan of her performance in the '98 Soragumi production), and Sena Jun. Favorite Rudolfs have been Ouki Kaname, Asami Hikaru, and Oozora Yuuhi. But again, don't let that limit you.

2. Takarazuka Revue RPF - Otozuki Kei, Shirahane Yuri
I love these two classmates, and have wonderful mental ideas of them being quite fun and silly with each other. Appearances by other Yukigumi folk are always welcome.

I'll be fair, I really, really wish you could pick a whole troupe as a character, because Yukigumi really owns my heart. So if you've offered any and want to ignore my character request to write about any of the Yukigumi 'siennes, please feel free! I love them all, but I'm most familiar with the troupe starting in roughly 2006 through the present.

Regarding Kimu & Tonami, I love them both, and would love to see a good friendship fic, maybe dealing with sillyness at rehersals? I can see Tonami as trying to be somewhat of a restraining influence on Kimu's crazyness or something like that. Or maybe in TMS together? Or really whatever as long as it's friendship-y and fun. Maybe some friendly teasing flirting, but nothing shippy please.

3. Robot Unicorn Attack - Any
Tongue-in-cheek existential angst please! Why must the unicorn run? Who create him (or her?)? Are the Fairies really there to help? And who put the damn stars in his/her path?

If you've been reading this letter confused as to what I'm talking about, you probably got matched here ;) I really have no further details than what I put in my sign up, because just the existence of Robot Unicorn Attack fic is going to make me happy. I'd like to be at least a little tongue in cheek because I'm not sure I could wrap my brain around a completely serious RUA fic, but feel free to prove me wrong!
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Well, I've had a fab first Yuletide! I highly recomend it to all of you on my flists here and at LJ if you didn't do it this year. Because I know we all have small fandoms that are near and dear to our hearts that we want fanfic for!

I've in no way gotten through all of the archives, but here are my recs so far. Fandoms are Tanya Huff - Valor Series, Metalocalypse/Revolutionary Girl Utena, Elisabeth, Old Kingdom, Takarazuka Revue RPF, Order of the Stick, Dragonriders of Pern, & D.E.B.S. )
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Dear Yuletide Writer,

Let me first compliment you on having excellent taste in fandoms! And thank you for writing me a fic, I’m sure I’ll love it!

So, a bit more about my fandom likes in general and expanding on my prompts. I think my only general fanfiction like is that I like fic that really uses language to paint a picture, both of the characters involved and their world. I know that can be a tall order, but I thought I’d throw it out there.

More specifically:

RPF - Takarazuka Revue: Ayaki Nao/Shibuki Jun
Anything goes, relationship spectrum-wise. I'd love something romantic, but I'd also be happy with just the two of them as good friends. Though if you want to go relationship-y, bonus points for the SS uniform from _Seal of Roses_ being involved somehow.

Okay, I’ll admit that my love for this pairing comes entirely from the dance finale of Seal of Roses where Saeko is more or less all over Rika. And it sticks in my head as a pairing that would just be really cute. Like I said in my prompt, feel free to make just a fun, friends fic, I’ll be just as happy as if you couple them up.

Speaking of, I much prefer sexual tension/innuendo to out-and-out sex scenes. Fading to black is perfectly fine in my book.

Also, I’m perfectly okay with any other ‘sienne’s making an appearance. I’m a huge fan of both Kiriyan and Yuuhi, but their presence is not required.

RPF - Takarazuka Revue: Otozuki Kei
Gah, I've got this unshakable image in my head of Kimu as the naughty schoolboy of Snow troupe, and would love to read fic in that vein.

I have no idea where this particular mental image came from, but oh do I love it… It doesn’t help that I think she plays the dirtiest Luigi in the 2007 Elisabeth. Here I’m looking for flirting/sexual tension stuff all the way up into smex. Fading to black is still fine of course. In general, if you’re pairing her up (exclusively or not), I’d prefer it stick to Yukigumi ‘siennes, as I’m not quite as familiar with the other troupes. The one exception here is Kaname.

Also, for rather complicated personal reasons, please no pairing her up with Yumiko. Thank you.

Elisabeth (musical): Death/Elisabeth/Rudolf
I'd really love something between Rudolf and Elisabeth, with Der Tod sort of hanging over both of them. But feel free to have fun. I'm looking for mostly gen fic here - sexual tension yes (and possibly a must), but no more than that.

I find the relationship (or lack thereof) between Elisabeth and her son so fascinating, mainly because he so idolizes her, and she takes so very little interest in anything outside herself. Anywhere along the course of their lives would be interesting, I think, though it’s hard to find young boy Rudolf fic, and thus if you’re feeling up to it, I think it’d be interesting.

Der Tod does not have to make an appearance (though he’s always welcome to!), but I think at least some mention has to be made of the influence he casts over both Elisabeth and Rudolf’s lives.

In terms of versions – I have only seen the Takarazuka versions, all except for 1996 Yukigumi. However, don’t feel that has to limit you.

Tanya Huff - Valor series: Any
I'd like some gen fic please, perhaps pre-series with Torin and her platoon? I'm not a huge fan of Craig Ryder in general, and definatly not a huge fan of his relationship with Torin, so I'd prefer he not play a major role. Please no spoilers for the fourth book, I've not read it yet.

My reaction to finding this on the accepted fandoms list was ‘Dear lord, people write fanfiction about this series? I thought I was the only one who read it!’ So pretty much anything is going to rock my world. I love Torin to death, and as I said in my prompt, I’d love to see some pre-series interactions between her and the platoon. I love a lot of the characters we met in the first book – Binti, Ressk, etc, and I was sad we didn’t see them in the other books.

I’m not really keen on relationship fic of any kind for this fandom, would much prefer to see slice-of-life stuff. And as I said, please no spoilers for the fourth book.


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