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Hey there, Yuletide Santa! I feel like my letters are pretty much the same every year, but the same holds true pretty much every year. Basically, you're awesome. I've got quite the mixed bag of fandoms this year, and being familiar with any one of them means you have pretty fantastic taste. Second of all, my only hard and fast rule for Yuletide: no pressure! I'm a very easy person to write for. There are lots of things I like, and I want you to have fun with this. ♥ You can choose to disregard this letter and go your own way if that's what's easiest for you. But if you're the type who does better with more direction, here are some general things I enjoy in fic:

- Hard-won happy endings! Conflict and intrigue is awesome, but I generally prefer things to end on an upbeat note.

- I am all for characters who love sex and own their sexuality, but I tend to skim sex scenes.

- Favorite things in fic: strong group dynamics, interesting power balances in relationships, a good mystery, an air of creepiness, plotty fics that spotlight characterization, banter, and humor.

- Least favorite things: non-con, excessive angsting, character death, casual treatment serious issues, and romantic relationships trumping friendship/family. Also, love triangles. Shudder.

And here are some notes on the specific fandoms:

The Monstrumologist - Rick Yancey

I am in love with these books, and I love Will Henry the most. Having had some high-maintenance bosses in my day, I feel his pain, but mostly I love his complexity and layers and flaws. I love that he serves different roles with different people, and I'm especially interested in his messily codependent relationship with Pellinore. Sometimes they're good for each other and sometimes they're very much not, but either way, I find it all weirdly heartwarming.

I am not picky, though, so as long as you feature Will, I'll be all over it. His relationship with Malachi in the first book was awesome, and I love Von Helrung, Lilly, and all the other characters, so you can go in whatever direction you like!

And The Final Descent basically gutted and killed me, so something set during the first two books would be preferred. Not fluffy, per se, because this is Monstrumologist, but darkly heartwarming would be good!


ParaNorman

Eeeee! I loved this movie! I am a sucker for kids who see things that no one else can see, so I would absolutely love a story further exploring Norman's world, especially after the events of the movie. He's balancing real, human relationships with the spirit world for the first time, so how does that work out for him? How does the town react to him now?

If you'd like to make it more slice-of-life, that's awesome, and if you'd like to go in a creepier direction, I am all for that, of course. I'd just love to see anything more in this universe.

I know Mystery Kids is a big thing in this fandom, but no crossovers please! I haven't watched Gravity Falls, so I'm afraid I wouldn't know what was going on!


Sleepy Hollow

This show seriously snuck up on me with how much I love it, and how much I love Ichabod and Abbie. And I have a thing for distressed dudes being rescued by amazing ladies anyway, so my id is coming out to play here. I REGRET NOTHING.

I am big on the creepy, but if you don't want to write something like that, I am so very flexible. I love when Abbie helps Ichabod adjust to modern times, so anything slice-of-life with the two of them would also be so amazing.

Also, I really just want him to be all respectful to her and in awe of her fabulousness and kiss her hand at some point. Because eeee.


The Conjuring

My love for this movie cannot be adequately expressed. Married ghosthunters who battle the powers of evil and also are totally adorably uncool? Count me in. I also really love that the movie passed the Bechdel test with flying colors and how strong Lorraine is.

My request pretty much covers it all: I'd love a winter-y ghost story, either in vignette form or as a longer narrative. Terrifying is good, but if you'd prefer to focus on their relationship rather than the creepy bits, that would be just as fantastic!


Mushishi

This is one of those fandoms where you can basically do anything and I will be indescribably happy. I love the quieter, more isolated feel of the chapters focusing on Ginko and the mushi, but I love when the recurring characters turn up. I requested Adashino because I love the prickly friendship between him and Ginko (and I'd love a fic where that began to thaw - platonically or otherwise) but I love Tanyuu and Nui, too, so wherever your brain takes you, I'd be happy to read it.


Natsume Yuujinchou

For whatever reason, my heart is set on Natori becoming a tragically well-intentioned villain, looking to take the Book of Friends in order to protect Natsume. (Of course, I would hope it would work out in the end, but still!) But anything with these two would be absolutely amazing.)

Bonus points for Japanese folklore things, and for the Fujiwaras - I love how kind and supportive they are, and I'd love to see more of them.



Thank you, Yuletide Author, and happy writing!
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Hey there, Yuletide Santa! I feel like my letters are pretty much the same every year, but the same holds true pretty much every year. Basically, you're awesome. I've got quite the mixed bag of fandoms this year, and being familiar with any one of them means you have pretty fantastic taste. Second of all, my only hard and fast rule for Yuletide: no pressure! I'm a very easy person to write for. There are lots of things I like, and I want you to have fun with this. ♥ You can choose to disregard this letter and go your own way if that's what's easiest for you. But if you're the type who does better with more direction, here are some general things I enjoy in fic:

- Hard-won happy endings! Conflict and intrigue is awesome, but I generally prefer things to end on an upbeat note.

- I am all for characters who love sex and own their sexuality, but I tend to skim sex scenes.

- Favorite things in fic: strong group dynamics, interesting power balances in relationships, a good mystery, an air of creepiness, plotty fics that spotlight characterization, banter, and humor.

- Least favorite things: non-con, excessive angsting, character death, casual treatment of -isms, and romantic relationships trumping friendship/family. Also, love triangles. Shudder.

And here are some notes on the specific fandoms:


The Monstrumologist - Rick Yancey

I am in love with these books, and I love Will Henry the most. I'm an assistant myself, so I feel his pain, but mostly I love his complexity and layers and flaws. I love that he serves different roles with different people, and I'm especially interested in his messily codependent relationship with Pellinore. Sometimes they're good for each other and sometimes they're very much not, but either way, I find it all weirdly heartwarming.

I am not picky, though, so as long as you feature Will, I'll be all over it. His relationship with Malachi in the first book was awesome, and I love Von Helrung, Lilly, and all the other characters, so you can go in whatever direction you like!

And if that direction happens to include some near-future-fic in which older-Will and Pellinore kick ass together, you will hear no complaining from me.


ParaNorman

Eeeee! I loved this movie! I am a sucker for kids who see things that no one else can see, so I would absolutely love a story further exploring Norman's world, especially after the events of the movie. He's balancing real, human relationships with the spirit world for the first time, so how does that work out for him? How does the town react to him now?

If you'd like to make it more slice-of-life, that's awesome, and if you'd like to go in a creepier direction, I am all for that, of course. I'd just love to see anything more in this universe.


Homeland

This is a wonderfully-written show in general, of course, but my favorite thing about it is Carrie and Saul. They are such a platonic OTP for me. As equals, they have this awesomely contentious relationship and are constantly pushing each others' buttons, but they'll always end up falling back into that supportive, loyal teacher-student dynamic, and they have each others' backs forever. They just sort of make me cry in general. ;;

This is a situation where I'm really good with anything. A prequel of sorts would be so interesting (that line from the season one finale about how she used to call him Mr. Berenson? SO MUCH HISTORY IN THAT) but a missing scene from canon would be great.


Prince of Persia: 2008

... so I basically just want another game, but that's a bit of a tall order, so let's just go with 'anything would be awesome.' The Prince and Elika are one of my favorite twosomes, so whether you want to write them post-epilogue or at an interlude during the game itself, I will love it. I could also go for some backstory on The Corrupted if you wanted to mix it up a bit.



I'm really looking forward to your fic, Yuletide Santa! ♥
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Iiiit's the Yuletide reveal! Which means that today I not only get to find out who my authors were (I see you there, [profile] lacunarity), but I get to reveal what my own fic was.

This year, I wrote Amateur Genealogy for one of my favorite TV shows, Justified.

This was a really tough one for me to write. The show is so well-written, and the Raylan-Tim-Rachel dynamic is my favorite ever, so I had a lot to live up to. I loved what season two did with the theme of family, and I was really struck by the showrunner's comment in an interview that they had to drive a wedge between Raylan and his 'marshal family' in order to resolve some of the issues with his family in Harlan, so I really wanted to write a little coda for the marshals.

The thing I really love about their relationship is that it's very unique for a crime drama. It takes the badass, gunslinging protagonist and shows how he has to function within this environment, unlike on other shows where the crime fighter has all of his quirks excused because he's so brilliant. Rachel and Tim have treated Raylan as their equal from the start: he gets saddled with an unpleasant informant in season one because he's 'the new guy,' and it's clear that he's expected to pick up coffee and file paperwork like everyone else.

And then in season two, regardless of what's going on in Art and Raylan's relationship, they all have each other's backs. Rachel and Tim each get an episode where Raylan is acting as a support system for them, and later in the season, they do whatever they can for him, even if he's not the type to come to them with his problems. I really wanted to play around with that dynamic, and how Rachel and Tim react to everything that happened at the end of season two. I'm sure it'll get Jossed, but a girl can dream.

I wasn't really expecting the reception I got, and I'm really glad people liked the fic! It seems everyone is as big a fan of Rachel as I am, which makes me happy. I played around with a couple different POVs, but hers was my favorite: I think her family situation gives her a different perspective, and I love that she's fairly warm with her coworkers even though she's not really a warm person in general. That, and she's just so cool. Hello there, raging girlcrush.

In any case, I had a great time, and I hope my recipient had as much fun reading it!

And for posterity's sake, here's everything from previous Yuletides:

List with links )

2010:
The Lonely Traveler for Mushishi anime/manga


And now to enjoy the last few days of my vacation. It'll be nice to get back to work on the book, even if I don't feel the same about the day job. I'll be finished soon, so if anyone is up for another round of the Original Fic prompt trees, maybe I'll start up another one?
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I hope everyone who celebrates it had a wonderful Christmas yesterday, and that everyone else had a wonderful Sunday. ♥ I am with my family and we are all happy and healthy, so my Christmas wish came true, but in the material world I made out like a bandit. I now have a new phone, a coffee maker, some gorgeous new fashion items, the Slings and Arrows box set, books, some kitchen stuff, and lots of shopping ahead courtesy of my pile of gift cards. I am a lucky, lucky lady.

I was also a lucky, lucky lady re: Yuletide, because I got two wonderful Natsume fics! Tiny Sideways Wishes is an adorable Natsume-Taki-Tanuma fic that made me scream and flail a lot, and By your side I rest my soul is a lovely story in which Natsume gives Tanuma a long-overdue explanation. They are both fantabulous, so do check them out!

How were your days?
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Hey there, Yuletide Santa!

So basically? You're awesome. I've got quite the mixed bag of fandoms this year, and being familiar with any one of them means you have pretty fantastic taste. Second of all, my only hard and fast rule for Yuletide: no pressure! I'm a very easy person to write for. There are lots of things I like, and I want you to have fun with this. ♥ You can choose to disregard this letter and go your own way if that's what's easiest for you. But if you're the type who does better with more direction, here are some general things I enjoy in fic:

- Hard-won happy endings! Conflict and intrigue is awesome, but I generally prefer things to end on an upbeat note.

- I am all for characters who love sex and own their sexuality, but I tend to skim sex scenes

- Favorite things in fic: strong group dynamics, interesting power balances in relationships, a good mystery, an air of creepiness, plotty fics that spotlight characterization, banter, and humor.

- Least favorite things: non-con, excessive angsting, character death, casual treatment of -isms, and romantic relationships trumping friendship/family. Also, love triangles. Shudder.

And here are some notes on the specific fandoms:


The Monstrumologist - Rick Yancey

I am in love with these books, and I love Will Henry the most. I'm an assistant myself, so I feel his pain, but mostly I love his complexity and layers and flaws. I love that he serves different roles with different people, and I'm especially interested in his messily codependent relationship with Pellinore. Sometimes they're good for each other and sometimes they're very much not, but either way, I find it all weirdly heartwarming.

I am not picky, though, so as long as you feature Will, I'll be all over it. His relationship with Malachi in the first book was awesome, and I love Von Helrung, Lilly, and all the other characters, so you can go in whatever direction you like!

And if that direction happens to include some near-future-fic in which older-Will and Pellinore kick ass together, you will hear no complaining from me.


Tumbling

All the characters in this drama are adorable, but Tsuchiya in particular is my favorite. I love when the tiny, sweet, innocent characters are the ones with the backbone of steel, and in general, Kiyama was the one to bring that side out most of the time. I would love a fic that explored that dynamic: where Kiyama may be the older, tougher one, but Tsuchiya is the one who got Kiyama into tumbling and yelled at the team when they didn't notice he was struggling. And although I ship them like burning, gen is totally fine.


Natsume Yuujinchou

As I said in my optional details, Japanese folklore is awesome, and the way it's approached in the show is equally awesome, but my favorite chapters are the ones dealing with Natsume and how he navigates his new relationships with Tanuma, Taki, Natori, and the Fujiwaras. I particularly love how protective Tanuma and Taki are of Natsume, and how they want to understand him better but never pressure him into telling them anything.


Prince of Persia 2008

... so I basically just want another game, but that's a bit of a tall order, so let's just go with 'anything would be awesome.' The Prince and Elika are one of my favorite twosomes, so whether you want to write them post-epilogue or at an interlude during the game itself, I will love it. I could also go for some backstory on The Corrupted if you wanted to mix it up a bit.


Thank you for reading my letter, Yuletide Santa! I look forward to reading your fic! ♥
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Hello all! No one had posted a Yuletide Friending Meme yet, so I decided to step up to the plate. This may be on DW, but it is for LJ as well, and all you LJ-ers can comment with Open ID. If you want to meet people who share your small fandoms, want to pimp your fics, or just want to start the new year with some more friends, comment below with the following!

Name:
Fandoms:
How many years you've been doing Yuletide:
Your fic:
DW or LJ? (Or Twitter, or Plurk, or...):
Journaling habits:
Other interests:
Anything else?:

Have fun!
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I say Accessory-mas because many of my gifts were, in fact, accessories! Two scarves, two headbands, a bracelet from Dad, and a sorely needed new handbag. Other than that, I got a new wool sweater, a lovely hand-knit vest/shrug from Etsy, an apron, a little contact grill, a dish set perfect for Japanese cuisine, the first season of Community, two PS3 games (Folklore and Devil May Cry 4), two new books, and the softest bathrobe and softest throw blanket IN THE WORLD. Mom was pretty excited because, apparently, almost all of that was on sale.

She also gave me something very lovely and unique: she took some gorgeous official art postcards that came with my Mushishi DVDs and had them framed very beautifully together. It was hands-down my classiest gift.

Least classy gift: Dad wrapped a bottle of beer and put it under the tree. It was sort of the best thing ever. We are so Irish you guys.

And, of course, YUUULETIDE! I got not one, not two, but THREE How to Train Your Dragon fics! I will write more detailed recs in an unlocked post on [livejournal.com profile] yuletide later, but they are all well-written and totally cute. The first two follow my original prompt for a post-movie fic showing Hiccup doing the genius engineer thing relating to the spoilery plot development. The third fic was gifted to another person besides me, and I suspect it's closer to that person's prompt, but I will never, ever object to adorable Stoick and Toothless bonding. Needless to say, all of these are chock full of SPOILERS.

If you'd like to guess my fic, by all means! I will make it easy-ish:
- It is over 5000 words long.
- This is the third fic in this fandom that I've written for Yuletide, but the first two were treats.
- Not a lot of you have watched this canon, but one of you has already commented on the fic.

More Yuletide recs later, plus a detailed review of one of the books I got for Christmas! I read it all in one afternoon, which should tell you how I liked it.
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Well hello there, everyone! I had a rather relaxing weekend, I signed up for Yuletide! My letter is over on DW if you're curious - I ended up asking for HTTYD, Natsume Yuujinchou, Justified, and the Thief of Eddis books. I've offered HTTYD, Natsume Yuujinchou, Mushishi, and PoP '08 so far, but I may add more as the week goes on. I will hopefully finish this next Hungry Ground chapter before assignments go out next week.

But first! I am in full Harry Potter-mode, thanks to the first part of Deathly Hallows coming out this weekend, and my weekend-long marathon of A Very Potter Musical. (Darren Criss is tag-teaming with Chris Colfer to steal my heart. WELL I CAN TELL YOU NOW THAT IT'S NOT GOING TO W-- okay yes, it's totally working, as [livejournal.com profile] sotto_voice will be able to tell you. Dammit.)

Anyway, I'm always interested in hearing about people's favorite Potter book, because it seems to vary quite a bit. Personally, I like Prisoner of Azkaban the best because I love me some Lupin, but Goblet of Fire is a really close second for all the sublime trauma it inflicts. What's your favorite book of the series?

Fair warning: probable discussion of spoilers in the comments!
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Good evening, flist! How are you tonight? I am laying around after a delicious Ma Po Tofu dinner and watching Hawaii Five-0 in order to ogle Daniel Dae Kim. Mmmmm, Jin.

OH HI THERE MASI OKA, WHAT ARE YOU DOING HERE. ♥

Anyway! We are heading into one of my favorite times of year - the holiday season! The weekend after next should be fun, what with the Halloween potluck at work on the 29th, Jon Stewart's rally on the 30th, and I plan to have a quiet Halloween with a couple movies and perhaps a teeny pumpkin. It's not going to be as much fun without Sarah and Miranda, but I'll make do.

But then after that! Much more fun things begin. I'm talking, of course, about NaNo and Yuletide.

As per usual, I will be using NaNo as an excuse to step up my productivity, since I'm already working on a book. I did a full outline of Hungry Ground while stuck on lunch receptionist duty yesterday, and it looks like it's going to be 17 or 18 chapters, and I want to see if I can't get two or three done in November.

(I also usually use this time to work on holiday drabble requests, but between the book, Yuletide, and the new job, I definitely won't get those done this year. I will, however, be able to do holiday cards more efficiently, since I spend a lot of time at work sitting on my butt waiting for my diplomats to need something.)

And then, of course, there is Yuletide. Yuletide babble! )

And now we return to your regularly scheduled Daniel Dae Kim. Have a good night! ♥

WHEE.

Oct. 13th, 2010 08:17 pm
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Yuletide has come! And my nominated fandoms are:

Mushishi
Natsume Yuujinchou
The Thief of Eddis books
Prince of Persia 2008
Justified
and How to Train Your Dragon!

Quite a mix I've got here. A couple mainstays and a couple new fandoms! And thankfully none of them have that many fics on AO3, since they would be disqualified under the new arbitrary rule if they did. SIGH. Oh well. I always look forward to Yuletide, and I'm not going to let anyone ruin it - even if I have to ignore the comm for everything except deadlines!

Oh, but one more complaint: people are actually nominating things like Inception, Sherlock, and Supernatural? SERIOUSLY, GUYS? Would you like me to explain this to you? And l-lol, someone nominated Due South. I'm pretty sure the massive fandom's got you covered, dude. But if you want, I can arrange the first annual ADHFKS NO REALLY WHAT IS THIS SHOW Fic Exchange.

I was, however, very happy to see that people were ahead of me in nominating Slings and Arrows, the Smoke books, Onmyouji, and other such fantabulous things. It's going to be hard to decide what I want to request!
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It's 2010, y'all! ... I'm so fucked, hahaha.

But it is officially post-Yuletide reveal! Time to show my stories to the world!

As you know, I participated in the Yuletide Obscure Fandom Fanfic Exchange once again this year, and it was my third year! My first year, I wrote:
Hair of the Dog in the Black Lagoon fandom, and Fearless in the Mushishi fandom.

Last year, I wrote The Traces of Spring for the Onmyoji movies, Eschewing Protocol for Diana Gabaldon's Lord John books, Deluge for Mushishi, and Something Approaching Normalcy for Natsume Yuujinchou.

AND THIS YEAR (drumroll!) I WROTE:
Smoke and Numbers for Tanya Huff's Smoke books!
Latika and the Flat World for Slumdog Millionaire!
and The Last Gasp of Chivalry for the movie Saving Face! (surprise, [personal profile] glass_icarus!)

A few notes on the fics )

And that's it until next year! Will repost things later.

Oh, and by the way, I couldn't help but notice that a lot of you made New Year's Resolutions to start writing more. Well, you'll be able to get started with that right away! :D The Third Original Fiction Drabble-thon opens tomorrow and stays open through January! (Take a look at the first one if you don't know what I'm talking about!)

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