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Dear Yuletide Fairy,

First of all, oh my god, Yuletide! :D I feel like if we matched on any of these, I am going to be excited for anything I get, so if you have something in mind for any of them that you want to write, please go forth and write that. I'd request you respect my nays if you can within that, please, but I'll try to be clear about those, and see how you go, and I'm sure I will love the end result. The details should help, not hinder, and if they're holding you back, do jettison them!

Second of all, some generally loves and and dislikes, shamelessly c/p-ed from previous exchanges, as they're still true (actually, I have a tag for exchange letters if that's helpful):

Squicks: I’m not the biggest fan of dark fic and angst, by which I mean a lot of angst and misery with no point to it, just as an end in and of itself. I think characters having difficulties and there being some sort of resolution or at least a bittersweet/hopeful outcome is fine, but unrelenting woe, less so. Incest is also a no for me, likewise rape and non-con/dubcon, and uneven power dynamics and emotional manipulation, abuse and violence. (When I say uneven power dynamics, I don't mean in a kinky way, that's fine, like if it's negotiated and something they're both into that's awesome, but like emotionally unhealthy/abusive dynamics, less so.) I’m not a huge fan of major character death either, at least for the stuff I've requested. I'm also not a fan of paedophilia, bestiality, and necrophilia.

Yays: I love fluff, found families, particularly if it features unconventional family units and polyamoury. Always OT3s, never love triangles, etc. (On that note, I really hate cheating/being unfaithful if going the shippy fic route. I'll expand on this where it applies.) Basically, openness and communication are always better than miscommunications and shenanigans.

I also *love* hurt/comfort so much I can't even. Light on hurt, high on comfort. I am totally ridiculous with this trope.

And crossovers! Crossovers are great, as is humour/banter/silliness. I’m pretty happy with any rating. If you have the urge to write 1k of PWP, feel free. If that’s your thing, I guess go with whatever you see the characters as being into, though personally I end up reading stories featuring d/s and bondage. I tend to read more fic where people talk about their feeeelings but porn/NC17/PWP is also awesome.

I love backstory fic, character studies, gen fic, seeing how characters interact and what makes them friends/lovers/whatever they are to each other. Stuff that shows why they're close, being perceptive of each others' needs, small kindnesses, low-key hanging out. Obvs ths is a shipping challenge, and that's awesome but like focusing on small parts of why a pairing works can be a lovely thing.

I love all sorts of tropes like stuck in an elevator, now we have to talk about our feeeeelings. Or shag. Or like going on missions/adventures together.

Also a quick note on -isms, pinched with permission from a friend's letter: I don't mind if sexism, racism, ableism are portrayed in fic as long as they're dealt with. For example, it's OK if someone thinks Character A can't do something because she's a girl, as long as the story as a whole clearly doesn't agree!


Steerswoman - Bel, Rowan

Gah, I ship them SO MUCH OMG. I can't get over how queer their friendship already is in the books, particularly book 4. I would LOVE fic exploring how they take that step from friendship to romance (friends to lovers is a trope I adore). This is actually also a pairing where PWP would be great though. Or future fic of them as a couple, or like, slice of life of them on the road together.

I adore the way they work together and complement each other, and how quickly they bonded, so stuff about that would also be wonderful.

Big Finish - Romana II, Leela

OK, I'm slightly worried about this request cuz I am behind, I have only listened to the first three seasons. So, um, on the off chance we matched on this, any chance you'd be able to write something that's comprehensible with only the first 3 seasons' canon knowledge?

I feel like Doctor Who sort of lends itself to 'what if?' AUs quite well, so if you fancy something along the lines of 'what if they packed it all in, took a TARDIS and ran away to see the world' or 'what if they had met while travelling with the Doctor' or, many other things.

In canon I just love how important they are to each other and how much they support each other, and how much they value each other and each other's support.

This is another one where I'd love 'how they got together fic', or IDK, freaking curtain fic or something. The hurt/comfort thing, as ever, super applies.

I really quite badly want for them to be happy, which, I know, possibly I am listening to the wrong show.

Fic addressing some of the stuff that comes up in S2/S3 about how much Romana asks of Leela while not considering what she's asking of her would be cool.

Alternatively, character studies of either or both of them would be lovely. I don't know, I just want to point at the show and be like 'like that, but MORE', which is...not the most helpful.

Indexing - Henrietta 'Henry' Madchen, Sloane Winters

I would basically love anything here. Actually, if you’re looking at what we matched on and coming up TOTALLY blank, this is only one book so you could check it out and see if it takes your fancy! (Well, the second is in the process of coming out via Amazon serial but I can't read that yet, being UK based.)

Anyway. If this IS what we matched on, really anything about either of them would be great. The thing I most want is Henry/Sloane, both from the books (I am super hoping I’m not imagining we might be heading this way anyway) but also from fic. Like I’d love fic exploring how they as people get together but also how that works with their different fairytale statuses.

Equally, backstory fic for either of them would be fab, or friendship fic, or something looking at Henry and the wood of other Snow Whites. Also, I do love the rest of the team and Gerry, so feel free to bring them in! I do think Henry/Jeff is adorable too, so I wouldn’t want Henry/Sloane fic to be bashing him or his and Henry’s relationship, I will just almost always prioritise f/f over f/m.

Seraphina - Seraphina Dombegh, Lucian Kiggs, Princess Glisselda

I OT3 these three SO HARD. I was so delighted that Dragonscale actually went there with that, I didn't seriously expect it to. I would love something post-series about how their relationship works most of all, but a character study of any of them would also be wonderful, if you're not up for tackling the triad, or you don't ship it yourself. Mostly with these three I just want more, really.

Chess - Rice/Ulvaeus/Andersson - Florence Vassy, Svetlana Sergievsky

Ahaha, OK, if we matched on these two I want to be friends, seriously. Again, I would be happy with a character study of either of them, a little bit more about what their inner worlds and concerns are when you take the boys and chess out of the equation, maybe. I also would love something set after the musical, with them crossing paths...and hooking up. ;p Well, definitely meeting anyway. My logic with this request is I think they put up with a lot of nonsense over the course of the musical and could be natural allies, which is an idea I enjoy.

Uprooted - Agnieszka, Kasia, Alosha/The Sword, Sarkan/The Dragon

I would really go for anything here, and don't feel like you have to write all 4 of them if you don't have an idea that fits. Something about Alosha and the Dragon's relationship maybe, a gen fic set post series, something shippy? I loved how Agnieszka/Sarkan was done in the books, I would also totally OT3 them with Kasia. Poly shenanigans with all four of them would also be good, or just friendship fic between any of them. I think here I sort of would prefer post-series, like a peek at the world after the events of the book, but if you have an idea that's set before or during, please do go for it!

Sorry this letter was finished a little late, if you started writing without it, I'm so sure I will love whatever you write me, and I hope you have fun with it!!

Date: 2015-11-02 02:08 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Psst, you may want to put the specific fandom tags in your post in the letter thread! Just a heads-up, since chess the board game was nominated too. Luckily, you had the Chess I was looking for :)

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