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Yuletide Letter 2016

Dear Yuletide Writer,

Thank you so much for writing something for me. I’m really looking forward to what you come up with.

Please only use my prompts if you find them helpful. Feel free also to take part of a prompt and use it for something that goes in a different direction. But I promise I won’t be disappointed if you don’t use my prompts at all -- it’s lovely to receive something completely unexpected. Write something that you would enjoy reading yourself, and I’m sure I’ll love it too.

I’m happy to receive gen fic or shippy fic. I’m good with f/m, m/m, and f/f, at any rating. For Yuletide, I do prefer fic that is at least somewhat hopeful, but I don’t mind fic that is predominantly melancholy or bittersweet. I really enjoy both self-reflexive slice-of-life stories and plotty fics.

Let me also assure you that I would love fic for all my requested fandoms equally.

DNWs are: Explicit sex involving under-18 characters (please fade to black); parent/child or teacher/student ships (including characters who take on this role as a surrogate/informally); non-con/dub-con (with the exception that tipsy/drunk sex is okay, so long as all parties are relatively coherent, everyone has fun, and no one regrets it in the morning).

My requested fandoms are:

Earthsea Series - Ursula Le GuinCollapse )

Evernight Series - Claudia GrayCollapse )

Drop Dead Fred (1991)Collapse )

Thank you again for writing for me!

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Star Wars Rare Pairs Letter

Dear Rare Pairs Writer/Artist,

Thank you for making something for me! I promise that I will be so very delighted to receive new fic or art about one of my favourite underrated Star Wars ships.

As usual, prompts are guidelines and not prescriptive -- I hope they give you a general idea of what I like, but don’t feel locked into them. I love receiving unexpected things! I realise that a lot of the prompts I’ve provided are sex or smut based, because hey, these are all ships that I find hot and I would love to receive smut in either written or art form. However, I also promise that I would also love to receive something that didn’t involve smut or sex, if you don’t like writing/drawing that -- I’m happy with fade-to-black scenarios (for writing), and when I say I’m interested in two (or more) characters ending up in bed together, they don’t necessarily have to have sex once they’re there. Above all, please create something that you enjoy writing/drawing -- if I seem to like something that you’re not into, that’s all good -- please just focus on the areas where we do seem to have the same tastes (after all, we share at least one ship!), and go from there.

You may notice that some of my prompts are similar to prompts I've given for the Trick or Treat exchange -- please don't worry about this. If I've repeated the prompt it's because I would happily enjoy many different takes on the same thing (and everyone's take will be different).

A couple of preferences:

  • I have a general preference for canon-verse works (especially for fic), though I don’t mind canon-divergent AUs.

  • I prefer to avoid A/B/O, mpreg, and excessive amounts of pre-come.

  • If you’re writing Luke/Leia, Luke/Han or Leia/Poe, please be respectful of any background Han/Leia (if you include it at all -- obviously you don’t have to!). That doesn’t mean you can’t imply that it’s a messy and dysfunctional relationship -- please do (in fact a few of my prompts are based around Leia turning to someone else because of that messy dysfunction). But I still ship Han/Leia as hard as any of the requested rare pairs here, and I believe that underneath it all, they are still two people who love each other very much, so if you do include them as a background thing, please keep that in mind.



My standard Do Not Wants include:

  • No explicit sex involving under-18 characters

  • No teacher/student, or parent/child

  • No outright non-con, and no dub-con where a person in authority is manipulating someone in their power into something they don’t really want (though obviously the existence of the power imbalance itself is okay, given that Leia/Poe is one of my ships!). However, dub-con in the form of both/all parties giving into something they wanted anyway due to an external influence is okay, as is drunk sex, so long as all parties involved are relatively coherent, everyone has fun, and no one regrets it in the morning.



Now, for ships and prompts!

Luke/Leia/HanCollapse )

Luke/LeiaCollapse )

Luke/HanCollapse )

Poe/LeiaCollapse )

Padmé/SatineCollapse )

Thank you again, writer/artist!

Trick or Treat 2016: Letter

For [community profile] trickortreatex

Dear Trick or Treat Creator,

Thank you for making something sweet and/or scary for me! I’m really looking forward to whatever you come up with.

I hope my prompts are helpful to you -- but if they aren’t helpful, please don’t feel beholden to them. I love getting presents that are completely unexpected, so I can promise you that I won’t be disappointed if you ignore my prompts altogether. Please also feel free to mix/match with the prompts -- use only part of the prompt, apply a prompt about one character to a different character, combine two prompts, take a trick prompt and turn it into a treat or vice versa -- whatever works.

I’ve listed shipping preferences for each fandom, but please only pay attention to these if they align with your own shipping tendencies, and especially please don't feel obliged to write any pairing/OT3 that is squicky for you. If you don’t ship what I ship, then that's all good.

I know it should go without saying, but if we only matched on one character, I'll be totally happy receiving something based around that character only (and if I didn't mention them much in the prompts, please don't worry -- it's difficult to come up with prompts that cover everyone, but it doesn't mean that I don't want fic or art about that character -- if I requested a character, it's because I want something!)

[ETA 9 Oct: In case you see this, I’d also like to apologise for not providing an abbreviated version of the above disclaimers with my initial sign-up, especially if we matched on a character that I don’t mention much in prompts. I hope that my thoughtlessness didn’t cause you worry, and if it did, I’m very sorry. I really do mean it when I say that I’m happy for you (a) not use my prompts at all or (b) apply prompts about one character to a different one and mix/match prompts etc. I’m sure I’ll love what you create/are creating/have already created. End ETA]

Likes: I’m totally happy with g-rated fic, but I also enjoy sexy sexy smut, and all things in between. I’m happy to receive m/m, f/m, f/f, poly, and gen. Introspective character-portrait style works are great, as is plotty adventure (or as much plotty adventure as you can fit into 300 words/one small artwork - one scene from a plotty adventure!). I love fic/art about people being good to each other, but also messy complicated relationships.

In most exchanges I say that I prefer fluff with a bit of angst underneath, or angsty fic with a touch of hope. And that still holds true! But given the trick-or-treat theme of this exchange (I’ve selected tricks and treats for all fandoms), I’d also be totally happy if you wanted to go super fluffy OR super dark.

I do have a preference for canon-verse fanworks, though canon-divergent AUs are good!

Do Not Wants:

  • Explicit sex involving under-18 characters (please fade to black)

  • Parent/child, teacher/student -- this includes surrogate parent figures and mentors (though gen/platonic relationships of this kind are lovely and very welcome).

  • Outright non-con and dub-con where an authority figure is exploiting their authority (but dub-con where both parties are affected by some kind of external force that allows/compels them to do something they actually quite enjoy/secretly wanted, even if it’s not healthy, is quite okay)


There are also a couple of fandom-specific DNWs that I’ve listed under the appropriate headings below.

Fandom 1: Star Wars Original TrilogyCollapse )

Fandom 2: Star Wars Episode VII: The Force AwakensCollapse )

Fandom 3: Miss Fisher’s Murder MysteriesCollapse )

Thank you again, creator of sweet and/or scary things!

The Force Awakens (Spoilers!)

Returning to DW/LJ for this, because it's the only place I can reliably hide spoilers!

Seriously, many spoilersCollapse )

Yuletide Letter Placeholder

Dear Yuletide Writer,

Thank you for the time you're putting into writing a gift for me! I hope that it’s a fun process for you -- I think the best gifts are the ones that the giver takes great delight in, so write to make yourself happy first and foremost. The prompts that I’ve included with my requests are to help you if you’re stuck, but don’t feel limited by them: I love gifts that make me see things in a new way that I hadn’t considered before.

Please also don't be alarmed by the fact that I've spent more time on some fandoms than others in my prompts -- this is simply a reflection of the number of nominated/requested characters, and not in any way a reflection of which fandom I like best -- I love all three very much and would be equally delighted to receive a fic for any of them.

Some things that I particularly enjoy include:


  • Fic written from a woman's POV.

  • Supportive relationships between women.

  • Character-driven stories.

  • Stories that acknowledge the bad things in the world, but hold onto hope/happiness regardless.



But remember, this list is to help you out, it's not a prescription or a list of items you need to tick off! In general, my tastes are quite broad -- I like gen, but I also enjoy slash, femslash and het pairings. I love small, reflective slice-of-life fics, and I love plotty stories. I enjoy PWP, and I also like fic that would be safe to read to a six year old.

However, I would ask that you please avoid writing on-screen sex between characters under the age of 18, incest, and relationships along the lines of teacher/student, guardian/person in their care. I also have one DNW relating to one fandom, which is detailed in my request.

NOTE: Miss Fisher section updated on 2 Nov 15 to rectify an oversight on my part.

Requests under the cutCollapse )

Dear Secret Mutant Writer

Dear Secret Mutant Writer/Artist,

Thank you for making a fanwork for me! I’m really looking forward to seeing what you come up with.

Here are a few things about me that might help you in interpreting my prompts, though they should definitely not be taken as hard and fast rules: if you feel like the fic/artwork you are inspired to write/make doesn’t match up with the things I’ve got here 100%, then go with your gut -- don’t feel that you have to shoehorn your fanwork into something that doesn’t quite fit. But if you want to fine-tune your options a bit, here are some things that might help:


  • I’m all about the canon!verse. While there are plenty of great AUs that I’ve enjoyed very much, my favourite fanworks are the ones that fill in gaps and/or provide me with a new perspective on the canon. Having said that, canon-divergent AUs and modern day (still have powers) AUs are also lovely.

  • I love the political dimensions of X-Men, and I love fic that incorporates that element of the canon, even if just in small ways (though large ways are fine too, of course).

  • If you’ve chosen one of the Charles/Erik prompts -- one of my favourite things about this ship is the adversarial tension between them -- even in fics where they’ve somehow managed to work out a functional relationship, I enjoy seeing that tension there (perhaps channelled in some more productive ways). Of course, the whole “enemies who can’t keep their hands of each other/can’t help being in love” thing is also good. :)

  • Bittersweet is my favourite flavour. Fluff can be amazing and lovely -- but it works best for me if there’s a hint of melancholy in there. By the same token, I love angst and sadness, but it doesn’t usually work for me unless there’s at least the potential (however small) for something better thrown in.



I don’t think it’s likely to come up given my prompts, but just in case, I’ll also ask that you avoid anything sexually explicit that relates to under-18s. Other things that aren't to my taste include Omegaverse and mpreg. But in general my tastes are broad.

Prompts beneath the cutCollapse )

Thank you again, dear anonymous creator of fanworks!

I have a fandom stocking!

My stocking is here: http://fandom-stocking.dreamwidth.org/496566.html

If you have a stocking, please let me know in comments!

Fandom Stocking

You guys! [community profile] fandom_stocking 2014 is open for business! (That business being the ultimate low-pressure fannish holiday exchange.)

Dear Yuletide Author

Dear Yuletide Writer,

Thank you for writing a gift for me. I hope that it’s a fun process for you -- I think the best gifts are the ones that the giver takes great delight in, so write to make yourself happy first and foremost. The prompts that I’ve included with my requests are to help you if you’re stuck, but don’t feel limited by them: I love gifts that make me see things in a new way that I hadn’t considered before.

In general, my tastes are quite broad -- a lot of the prompts I’ve given here are gen, but I also enjoy slash, femslash and het pairings. I love small, reflective slice-of-life fics, and I love plotty stories. I enjoy PWP, and I also like fic that would be safe to read to a six year old.

However, I would ask that you please avoid writing explicit sex between characters under the age of 18, incest, and relationships along the lines of teacher/student, guardian/person in their care. I also have one DNW ship for one fandom, which is detailed in my request.

And here are my requests themselves:Read more...Collapse )

Thank you again, dear writer, for all of your effort, and for the wonderful fic that I’m sure you will produce.

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Dear Secret Mutant Writer/Artist

(For folks who are curious, Secret Mutant is an XMFC/DOFP holiday fanwork exchange -- follow the link for more info!)

Dear Secret Mutant Writer/Artist,

Thank you for making a fanwork for me! I’m really looking forward to seeing what you come up with.

Here are a few things about me that might help you in interpreting my prompts, though they should definitely not be taken as hard and fast rules: if you feel like the fic/artwork you are inspired to write/make doesn’t match up with the things I’ve got here 100%, then go with your gut -- don’t feel that you have to shoehorn your fanwork into something that doesn’t quite fit. But if you want to fine-tune your options a bit, here are some things that might help:


  • I’m all about the canon!verse. While there are plenty of great AUs about that I’ve enjoyed very much, my favourite fanworks are the ones that fill in gaps and/or provide me with a new perspective on the canon. This is probably pretty obvious from my prompts, since three out of four are pretty firmly located within the canon timelines. The fourth is potentially a bit more open to interpretation… just in case!

  • I love the political dimensions of X-Men, and I love fic that incorporates that element of the canon, even if just in small ways (though large ways are fine too, of course).

  • If you’ve chosen one of the Charles/Erik prompts -- one of my favourite things about this ship is the adversarial tension between them -- even in fics where they’ve somehow managed to work out a functional relationship, I enjoy seeing that tension there (perhaps channelled in some more productive ways). Of course, the whole “enemies who can’t keep their hands of each other/can’t help being in love” thing is also good. :)

  • Bittersweet is my favourite flavour. Fluff can be amazing and lovely -- but it works best for me if there’s a hint of melancholy in there. By the same token, I love angst and sadness, but it doesn’t usually work for me unless there’s at least the potential (however small) for something better thrown in.



I don’t think it’s likely to come up given my prompts, but just in case, I’ll also ask that you avoid anything sexually explicit that relates to under-18s. Other things that aren't to my taste include Omegaverse and mpreg. But in general my tastes are broad.

ETA: Editing to add my prompts, since I notice that a lot of people have included them in their letters: promptsCollapse )

Thank you again, dear anonymous creator of fanworks!

Doctor Who: Listen

Oh my goodness. That was beautiful.

Possibly my favourite since Vincent and the Doctor.

Well done, Mr Moffat, well done.

X-Men Beta?

I seem to have committed DOFP fic. Is anyone able to beta 4,500 words of Charles/Erik angst!fic for me? (Stylistic feedback is very welcome, particularly when it comes to reining in my purple prose. I won't be offended by constructive criticism.)

A few things to be aware of: the fic contains holocaust imagery, and it has what I think is a bittersweet ending, a bit heavier on the bitter than the sweet. (However, it is not completely hopeless, I think, even though it is sad.)

More on X-Men. And Apocalypse Speculation

In a sign that the fannish feelings that DOFP aroused in me are elevating my fannish consumption to new levels, I have started watching some of the 90s X-Men cartoons. And I am rather enjoying them. It started with watching the cartoon!DOFP on YouTube, but I've now got a couple of volumes on DVD (they are super cheap). For all that the voice acting and production values are terrible, the stories are excellent -- they don't shy away from the political dimensions of the X-Men-verse, and the conflict is always a bit messy for every character, never quite clear cut (in contrast, X-Men Evolution, all available on YouTube, is TERRIBLE -- I gave up five or so episodes in). I understand that the 90s cartoon is based strongly on the comics (which I haven't read), so I'm guessing that's a big factor in why the stories work so well.

It's also actually making me think that a theory I came up with about Apocalypse may actually be... not far off. Now, as a disclaimer, I still haven't really engaged much with other fans in this fandom -- I've been reading fic on AO3, and I've started following a couple of tumblrs (though I have no content on my own), but I haven't really got into any in-depth discussions. So it is quite possible (probable even) that other people have been saying this for ages, and I'm well behind the times. But anyway.

So, a couple of days after we saw movie!DOFP, I turned to D and said, cut for Apocalypse speculationCollapse )

Anyway, yeah... this is probably something people have said thousands of times already, but hey... I figured I should put it down. ;)

Anyone up for Some X-Men Squee?

I saw Days of Future Past a couple of weeks ago, and it has been stirring up Fannish Feelings in me for the first time in a while (I've now seen the movie twice). And also angsty Charles/Erik shippy feelings.

I've always really enjoyed the X-Men movies in the past, they just didn't hit me in the fannish place. But now -- I've gone back and watched all of the movies, and even some of the cartoons on YouTube (Evolution from the 00s is pretty crappy, but the 90s cartoon is not bad -- at least, it plays up the political dimensions of the series, which is one of my favourite things about it). I have been reading fic and contemplating writing it again.

I know all the cool kids are doing fandom on Tumblr these days, but Tumblr isn't really my thing (I'm such an old fart). So, does anyone want to talk about fannish X-Men stuff here?

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OMG! Sherlock S3

(Wow, an actual fannish post.)

OH MY GOODNESS, I ONLY JUST CAUGHT UP WITH THIS, BUT HOW MUCH DID I LOVE THIS WHOLE SERIES?

A LOTCollapse )

YOU SHOULD ALL BUY THIS E-BOOK

People! I am breaking my silence because a week and a half ago, [personal profile] lionessvalenti had a short story, Late Innings, Home Run (under the psuedonym Stella K. Jefferson) published with Dreamspinner press, and you can buy it for $2.99US.

A lot of you are probably familiar with [personal profile] lionessvalenti's excellent fanfic, so I don't need to tell you how great this story is. You probably won't be surprised to learn that it's a well written, moving story, that contains far more than just porn.

IT IS WORTH YOUR MONEY, PEOPLE.

WTF, BRAIN?

AN EMO TORCHWOOD DREAM!? SRSLY?

So basically, it was The End of Time, the bit where Ten is going around to say goodbye to all his companions, but instead of finding Jack on some space cruiser, he finds him being all emo in some desolate landscape, and his "gift" to Jack, instead of sexytiems with Alonso, is removing all of Jack's memories of Ianto (Donna-style). So the Doctor buggers off to regenerate, and leaves Jack all alone, not knowing that even though all Jack's memories of Ianto are gone, all the grief is still there*, AND IT WON'T GO AWAY, BECAUSE JACK DOESN'T KNOW WHY IT'S THERE.

And then a few centuries down the track, Jack meets some indirect descendant of Ianto's who looks just like him, and together they have to piece together the mystery of who Ianto was for Reasons That My Dream Wasn't Very Clear On.

BUT IT WAS REALLY SAD, YOU GUYS.

*Like Amy with Rory, except I didn't draw that parallel in my dream.

Up and Away!

Just a quick note to say that I'm OFF TO JAPAN tonight. And I won't be back until January 10th. I probably will have internet over there, so I may well be "here", but I'm not sure how much time I will have for fandomy things, and I particularly want to let anyone who might have left gifts in my [community profile] fandom_stocking know that if I don't respond until mid-January, then that's why. And I will say thank you in advance to anyone who has been kind enough to leave a gift for me.

Speaking of gifts, I received a lovely fic for Yuletide this year: Bound. It fills my request for wonderful USTy Jack/Phryne from Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries (TV) in the most perfect way. Those of you outside of Australia probably haven't seen this show, but if you ever do get the chance, I highly recommend it -- just as I highly recommend this fic for anyone who HAS seen the show. The anonymous author captures the characters' voices and their rapport beautifully.

Also, I have seen both the Doctor Who Christmas Special and The Hobbit, and I loved both of them.

Fandom Stocking!

[community profile] fandom_stocking is up and running for the year, people!

It's the low-pressure fandom gift exchange of the holiday season -- you respond to the submission post, which comes with a handy-dandy form in which you let people know your favourite fandoms, ships, and your likes/dislikes, etc. Then one of the mods posts your "stocking" to the comm, with all of those details. Then you go around and look at other people's stockings, and if you feel like you can write/draw/make icons/make fanmixes/etc, for anyone else, then you do that, and post it to their stocking.

All stockings are screened until January 6th, so if you're going to make/write something for someone, there's plenty of time. And while you're encouraged to give at least one stocking gift to another, if you've hung a stocking yourself, there's no policing of that, and the mods are very good at making sure that everyone gets at least one gift in their stocking.

ANYWAY, for those of you who might be interested, my stocking is here:
http://fandom-stocking.dreamwidth.org/296042.html

And if you already have a stocking up, then please leave a link in the comments of this post! (Or if you don't have one yet, please come back to this post when you do have a stocking.)

Elementary 1x1

Finally got around to watching this.

My verdict: I liked it, but I didn't love it. Now, whether or not I love something is not usually a function of how good it is (see: Torchwood), and I think there are some thinks that Elementary did very well indeed. Lucy Liu and Johnny Lee Miller are both fine actors who made me like their characters -- though in Liu's case I like Joan for completely different reasons to why I like Watson, and while Miller has some moments that pinged me as quintessentially Holmes-ish, at other times, he was less so. Given that I believe that adaptations should be judged on their own merits, this is not something that I think is a problem -- but it does mean that I'm not going to love it in the way that I love ACD!Holmes and BBC!Sherlock.

and now for some more spoilery thoughtsCollapse )

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