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Dear Sweet Yuletide Writer,

Thank you so much for participating in my favorite holiday tradition. Participating in Yuletide is my second most favorite thing about the holiday season, so thank you for taking part.  Also, please allow me to compliment you for A.) your exellent taste in fandoms B.) your willingness to write outside your comfort zone C.) both. We at least have some matching interests in TV or books, so that practically makes us besties, right?

Don't tell anyone, but the sad truth is that I am super-easy. :) Write a story that you enjoy writing and I'm sure I'll love it and enjoy reading it. I am a big believer in optional details being optional, and I only provide them because I have been that writer adrift without prompts before and I found it terrifying. In an effort to help, I'll tell you my general likes/dislikes and also give a few prompts for the requested fandoms. BUT, if prompts tend to make you chage, then by all means, just read the next paragraph and then go away and write the story. I want you to have freedom, if that's what you need.

Above all, have fun. If you find that the suggestions feel like a burden, then ignore them and write something that interests you. True passion shines through and makes a story special.

I like...
angst, UST, longing looks, long-repressed feelings that explode one day, kid fic, teamy goodness, well-done hurt/comfort, AUs, roads not taken in canon, zombies, wacky road trips, old friends, handsome strangers, ghost stories, cross-overs (Leverage, SPN up to S5, Veronica Mars, Jericho, Graceland, Nashville, Sons of Anarchy, Friday Night Lights, The Big C, Orange is the New Black), crazy decisions that are right even though they seem so very wrong, 2nd person narratives, porn that reveals more than just naked bodies, unreliable narrators, opening your presents on Christmas Day rather than Christmas Eve, and long deep slow kisses that last three days.

I do not want..
passivity, first-person narration, incest, non-con, non-canon slash, porn without plot, child death or grevious injury, and misusing the words less and fewer.

See, I told you I was easy. Now, the prompts. First, some general prompts that would apply to any of my fandoms:

  • A natural or manmade disaster strikes and characters must work together to save themselves and others

  • AU - The Zombie Apocalypse strikes - what is life like and how do the characters manage?

  • Wacky roadtrip, a la "Planes, Trains, and Automobiles"

  • Character backstories - I love a good backstory!

  • The road not taken...what happens when a character makes a different decision than in canon. How does the story (and more importantly, the character) change as a result of the decision.

  • First times - first kisses, first loves, first day of school/prison/the army/whatever

  • 5+1 (As in Five times X happened and 1 time it didn't)  is a tried and true format - I'd eat any 5+1 with a spoon. (And it doesn't have to be 5 +1, it could be 3 or 7 or whatever works for you.)
    Song fic - I don't even need to know the song. (But if you're a fan of The National, you literally cannot go wrong with any of their songs.)

And now the fandom-specific prompts:

Bill Hodges Trilogy (Stephen King) - I am so fascinated by the relationship that Bill and Holly have. I'd love to see them having fun, taking on a case, whatever. How does Bill prepare Holly for the events at the end of End of Watch? How does Jerome help Holly from becoming overwhelmed, or maybe Holly just needs help feeling her feelings. Or, you know, stay away from the sad stuff and go lighter. Maybe Holly has a movie night where she tries to get Bill into the 21st century. (No need to include all three characters if it doesn't suit your story.)

The Leftovers - I
love Nora and I think she's way too good for Kevin, but I think he's capable of keeping it together to be the man that Nora deserves. I am also fascinated by Nora and Jill and would love to see a character study of their relationship. There's Jill, abandoned by her mother, and Nora has lost her whole family in the Departure. So how do they navigate their issues? (No need to include all three characters if it doesn't suit your story.)

Real Genius - If ever a canon was made for wacky fanfic, this is the one. Wacky road trip, post-apocalypse, zombies, or just see how many tropes you can cram into one story. (Oooh, I would love if one of the characters got mind-reading abilities.) No need to include all four characters, and also feel free to throw in other characters who aren't nominated. Go absolutely crazy. But, if this sort of craziness is not your speed, then I'd equally love a look at Jordan and Mitch's relationship, what Chris does after he graduates, or a backstory for Lazlo.

Stranger Things - OMG, fix the ending, please fix the ending. I want Mike and Eleven to go to the Snowball. I want to know how a first romance is complicated when your beloved can kill grown men with her mind. I want a sweet and awkward first kiss. I just want more of these two, either in the series, immediately after, or even in the future. Also, I'd be happy with any kind of gen adventure involving any of the characters. I loved this show so much (total nostalgia addiction - it just felt like putting on my favorite sweater), I would be happy for any opportunity to spend more time in its world.


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