Some of my favorite tropes, plots, and AUs for inspiration:
I'm trapped in a closet and I really need to shift into zebra form, but my crush is here too!
How many socks can one man wear?
nictitating membrane!fic (where everyone has a third eyelid, so romantic)
Shirime!AU (so much sexier than vampires!)
But if I tell him the truth, I'll owe everyone in the world a free tote bag!
I am open to gen fic, het, slash, and femslash. But what I really want is kinky porn where everyone is asexual.
I'll be including a bit of plot summary with my prompts, to entice you to experience any fandoms I've requested that you aren't familiar with! (This is a hint to read all 700 chapters of Naruto, because that's the canon I really want.)
- The Hokage Monument (Naruto)
- The Hokage's Hat (Naruto)
For those that aren't familiar with Naruto, it is a moving tale of haberdashery, death, and loyalty. It ends with a large hat slowly being filled with salad, to be eaten by faithless fathers of the (not) fallen. It's the most brilliant ending in the history of light novels.
月刊少女野崎くん | Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun
- Dating Sims Protagonist (Gekkan)
- Mamiko (Gekkan)
- Tomoda (Gekkan)
Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun is about a group of friends who change sex when they're splashed with cold water. They use this ability to train for their dream, swimming for Australia in the Olympics!
- Frank Castle - The Punisher
- Alfred Pennyworth
- Bruce Wayne
Gotham is a prequel to Batman that fails to address the central problem of the comic: why doesn't Batman just become judge, jury, and executioner and shoot the Joker? I want to see a Batman who fully embraces that he is above the law! Plus, it's best to change his mind while he's still a child.
Raven Cycle - Maggie Stiefvater
- Ronan's BMW
- The Pig
Alternately, I'll accept fic about Blue and Ronan falling for each other after the revelation that Gansey is a vampire who was grooming them all to be sacrifices to his sire, Glendower. That was a majorly dark turn in a canon that was previously about racing cars to keep the memory of Adam's dead older brother alive? (Note: I don't like Noah and Adam, so they should be Kavinsky's friends instead.)
Greek and Roman Mythology
- Διονυσος | Dionysus (Hellenistic Religion & Lore)
I'm not going to summarize Greek and Roman Mythology. Montreal Mythology is better anyway. Have you heard about Tim Horton's?
- Applesauce (Hannibal)
Hannibal is a show about a pack of dogs who are trying to protect their human, but keep getting foiled by the delicious food their human's mate feeds them. Food is distracting. Applesauce is named after food to help him rise above. Also, he doesn't actually belong to that human (at least not until he is dognapped).
I reserve the right to change all of my requests and details at a later date.
Vetoes: Seriously, no Winston bashing.
I'm including all the info from my signup and hope to add a little more about each canon soon. If I don't, just go with what I've written.
My Ao3 name is Liviania.
A few quick Do Not Wants: No rape, and no cheating. I just don't kink on adultery. If you have to break up a canon couple for the ship or just ignore that the couple ever happened, that's fine. Please no h/c.
If you want to write something really out there and aren't sure whether to go for it, just do it.
The Raven Cycle - Maggie Stiefvater
- Noah Czerny/Blue Sargent
- Richard Gansey III/Adam Parrish
- Richard Gansey III/Ronan Lynch
- Blue Sargent/Richard Gansey III/Ronan Lynch
For Gansey/Adam, I already see a canon attraction from Adam, so I'd like to see how Gansey comes around. I definitely don't think this ship would go easily for them, but I do think it could work out in the long run.
For Gansey/Ronan, I want all the crazy, bone-deep loyalty. Ronan doesn't even care if people call him Gansey's dog, seriously.
For Blue/Gansey/Ronan, I see either end of the triangle working out fine, so how do Blue and Ronan come to balance with each other and their relationships with Gansey?
For all, feel free to throw in all of the magical shenanigans and doom that you can.
I've written two letters that discuss some of what I love about this canon. I've read through the latest book, so no need to worry about spoilers. I'm cool with basically any background ship you want to throw in, if the ships I requested aren't enough for you. Anything from fluff to full-on creepiness goes for this canon.
Merry Gentry - Laurell K. Hamilton
- Doyle/Frost (Merry Gentry)
I just want them to have the fun with each other and their relationship that they should have in canon.
You can involve Merry and the other dudes if you want, I just want the focus to be Doyle/Frost.
I think we can all agree that the Merry Gentry books are ludicrous. And yet I had the latest one on hold at the library before it even came out. (And man am I bitter about one aspect of the ending.) So this pairing is all but canon, and I'd love to see it get a shove over that edge. Of course, it doesn't have to be a fic focused solely on the romance. Maybe they're fighting against an enemy or contemplating the fate of wearing ridiculous outfits for the rest of their lives.
Kushiel's Legacy - Jacqueline Carey
- Alcuin no Delaunay/Joscelin Verreuil
The Kushiel books (and sequels) are some of my favorites. I love the political intrigue, the lush language, the celebration of loving as thou wilt. I don't expect you to write something as complicated as one of this books, but I would love something that has the characters trying to ferret out a secret or trying to escape with their knowledge of a secret intact. Or maybe just a decadent scene at a party. I feel like a game of chess is always good with this canon.
Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun
- Hori Masayuki/Kashima Yuu
- Seo Yuzuki/Wakamatsu Hirotaka
- Mikoshiba Mikoto/Sakura Chiyo
- Mikoshiba Mikoto/Nozaki Mayu
- Nozaki Umetarou/Sakura Chiyo
- Hori Masayuki/Sakura Chiyo
- Kashima Yuu/Seo Yuzuki
I like the lightness of both Mikorin/Chiyo and Mikorin/Mayu. Mikorin/Mayu also has the opportunity for identity shenanigans, of course. Mikoshiba is just such a ridiculous person, and either of them balance him well (in different ways).
On the opposite end, I think Hori/Chiyo would get along as two of the more responsible individuals in the group.
As for Kashima/Seo, I think it would be a beautiful disaster.
Eek! I never updated this bit. Clearly, I'm familiar with the manga, so you can draw on that or keep it anime only. I love the humor of the series, so I'd prefer nothing super serious.
- Galavant/Princess Isabella Lucia Maria Elizabetta of Valencia/Sid
The friendship between Richard and Gareth is terrific, and I'd love to see it turn to something more. (And, possibly, what Maddalena does if she risks losing her hold as the queen.)
Galavant/Isabella/Sid are too cute adventuring together. They get on each others' nerves, but still work well as a team. How would they function as an actual couple? What would their enemies think?
Eight half-hour episodes just aren't enough! This show was such a wonderful surprise. I like that the heroes have their faults (especially Galavant's egocentrism) and that the villains are quite likeable. In a weird way, Richard is one of the most sympathetic characters on the show despite being responsible for most of the deaths. I'd really like something in the vein of the show, cheerfully anachronistic and full of offbeat adventures. Lyrics optional. I'd be happy with any part of the timeline (pre-, during, or post-canon), although obviously Galavant/Isabella/Sid can't be pre-canon since they didn't all know each other then. (Unless they met Isabella before and didn't know it!)
Thank you for writing a story for me! This letter is obviously totally optional, and sometimes contradicts itself, so don't worry about trying to meet every detail (or even the majority of them). I just want to offer some more insight and ideas to help you write more easily. If it doesn't help you, please ignore it. You can also look through my past letters (2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, and 2009) for more information.
My AO3 name is Liviania.
Do not wants:
Rape (dubcon is fine)
The word slut
Body horror (except in horror stories)
Genderswapping (woke up a girl/boy and always a girl/boy are both fine)
Humor and/or crack
Raven Cycle - Maggie Stiefvater
Blue Sargent, Richard Gansey III
Okay, I just got two awesome fics for this series last year, so it is probably a bit much to ask for it again. But Blue Lily, Lily Blue just came out and I have it in my head.
I'd like pretty much anything for this series, and feel free to include characters I didn't request. I love the way the Raven Boys, Blue, Blue's family, the Gray Man, and so on play off of each other.
What would I like with Blue and Dick specifically? Maybe Blue telling Dick his fate - predicting how it will go in canon or making an AU of earlier events. Ronan, Noah, and Adam finding out about them. Them figuring out Ronan's thing for Adam. The couple that spelunks together stays together. Unlikely future!fic where Blue is the worst political wife ever.
I know, I know! Two fics last year! The kind of fic people would kill to get for Yuletide! But Blue Lily, Lily Blue fueled my fannish flames and I couldn't resist asking again. I'm greedy. If I get lucky one year, why wouldn't I get lucky two years?
I requested Blue and Gansey because I love the slow burn of their relationship. It's building slowly because some relationships just start slower, they're considerate of Adam's feelings, and Blue can't kiss anyone. There are lots of opportunities for pining, significant touches, and even sillier phone calls than those that happened in canon.
If you do go for Ronan, Noah, and/or Adam finding out they like each other/are going to date, it can be a total disaster. But I think it would be interesting if everyone was totally cool with it (but cracked jokes at their expense anyway because they're with each other like that).
Feel free to include characters and relationships other than Blue and Gansey. (And, shipwise, you don't have to limit it to Blue/Gansey. We've got canon confirmation that they all love each other.)
Fish Mooney (Gotham TV)
I love so much about this series so far. I like the way the tone is both noir and camp, and the beautiful sets. I like the indications of how far Gotham has to fall now that the Waynes are dead.
As for Fish herself, I adore her intensity and how it is slowly shading in a little. Also, her earring game is on point. I'd really like fic about Fish's past - how did she rise to her current position? Alternately, I'd love on-the-job fic, particularly of her interactions with Butch (platonic) and Liza/Secret Weapon (which I ship in a perverse way). Does Fish ever get her hands dirty or does she always pass the job on? I also think there could be an interesting story about her past with Bullock. They are very friendly. Or maybe her relationship with Falcone? Did something make it sour beyond her lust for power? How did Fish and the Penguin meet?
And, honestly, I'd be open to fic of her seducing absolutely anyone. For nefarious purposes, of course.
Side note: If you want to get artsy, I am always open to fic from Gotham's point of view.
I feel like this show gets better by the episode. (And I am keeping up, so feel free to incorporate new canon details up to whenever stories are revealed if you feel like it.) Fish is a magnetic presence, and I love thinking about how she became the woman she is and what she'll do in the future. (After all, she is one of the few characters that's a true wild card.)
I'm having trouble elaborating! The show is so new and I think I included most of my ideas in my prompt ... Remember, if there's more you want to know, you can just contact me through the mods. But I think I covered everything.
Guardians of the Galaxy (Movies)
Rocket Raccoon (Guardians of the Galaxy movies), Groot (Guardians of the Galaxy movies)
I enjoyed this movie a ridiculous amount and, like many people, my favorites were Rocket and Groot.
I'd love fic about how they came to be friends and bounty hunter buddies. Did they escape from a lab together? Or post-canon fic, where Rocket is worried about his newly fragile buddy. Or where they're trying to navigate being friends with other people. How does Rocket react when someone else deciphers an "I am Groot" first?
If you want to get shippy, anything goes.
I am seriously impressed by Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel's voice work. Even when I read fic, I can hear their voices in my head. These characters definitely left an impression. They're funny, of course, but Rocket also got that heart-rending speech about being an experiment and Groot now has to grow up all over again. There's room for angst if that's how you want to go. Honestly, I think my prompts sound a bit too angsty now. Humor is great! I mean, it's hard to write humor, but I think if you picked these two to write you probably wanted that challenge.
I am happy with something that's just Rocket and Groot, but feel free to write them with the other Guardians too. They might be my faves, but I liked all of the characters. You don't even have to limit it to the Guardians. Any characters in the movie, really. Even the Nova Corps. Have they had run-ins with the law before?
If you do write an AU for this one, please keep them a raccoon and a tree. Turn them into something off-the-wall, maybe, but no human!AUs.
- Current Mood: excited
- Current Music:Be My Husband (Nina Simone cover) - Ed Sheeran
I have now re-read the rules and realized I was supposed to give trick and treat prompts for everything. Er, I have that mostly covered? Just make something up, seriously.
AO3 name: Liviania
Some general things:
Don't be intimidated by the length of this letter. I know this is an easy, breezy exchange, I just have a tendency to go on and on in my letters. I tried to keep it short!
I am cool with dark fic for this exchange, although generally for tricks I would straight up prefer horror/spooky/ghost stories. Don't be afraid to really get into the Halloween spirit! Some of my favorite Halloween-esque tropes are haunted houses and everybody getting mysteriously picked off one by one by someone who they might already think it dead.
I also welcome treats, however! I am openly a fan of fluff, so don't be afraid to go super sweet! But really, just go with the flow of what hits you.
My only major squick is rape. My biggest plus is probably genderswap. I am fine with all fic ratings.
Animorphs - Katherine A. Applegate
So, this was basically my first fandom and it still has a special place in my heart. I'd love anything happy for Rachel and Tobias, including fix-it fic. (Not that a bittersweet edge is unwelcome.) So this is more of a treat fandom for me, although I wouldn't say no to a terrifying tale of a mission gone wrong.
I think lots of people my age still think fondly of the Animorphs (after all, the Tumblr and lj communities are fairly thriving). The books were simple but funny, and not afraid to address the dark realities of guerilla warfare. (Albeit in a fairly child-appropriate manner.) Rachel/Tobias was my otp. I probably identified with Rachel more than I should (the violent streak, that is; style passed me by). And, well, Tobias had the whole tragedy thing going for him, including his insane true parentage.
Treat-wise, I would love to see them go on a date or a little fix-it over the end. I mean, I'd kind of expect it to still be a bit bittersweet, because Tobias's life sucked especially hard and none of them had it that great. At the same time, I wouldn't say no to a terrifying tale of a mission gone wrong. And I'm not usually a body horror person, but the Animorphs are crying out for body horror, aren't they?
Fairy Tales & Related Fandoms
Bluebeard, Wolf, Little Red Riding Hood
Definitely a trick fandom! I'd love an extra twisted retelling of Bluebeard or Little Red Riding Hood (with plenty of focus on the wolf). What I like about fairytales is pretty well documented on my livejournal.
Something I've said about fairytales in the past: "I enjoy retellings and original fairytales. I like heroines being awesome. I like retellings that acknowledge problematic aspects of the original. I like tales that play with setting. I'm open to gen, het, slash, and femmeslash." Still pretty true. I also really enjoy a clash between modern and contemporary (to the tale) sensibilities when it comes to retellings. (This lj also links at least three fairytale retellings I've done if you want to get a sense of my sensibilities from that side.
But yeah, I'd love a trick here. Something really gory or perversely sexy. Although maybe the best trick would be fluff? You're the author.
Trick! I'd really like fic where the island is an eldritch horror or something. I mean, obviously Oliver didn't have a good time there in canon, but it could be even worse, right?
I think Arrow is so much fun. (Just see me wax on in my previous Yuletide letter!) But the island is just brimming with horror possibilities, so I can't resist asking for a trick instead of a treat. (Plus, I've received awesome treat-style stories for Arrow in other exchanges and it feels a bit greedy to ask for more.) But I'll never object to people throwing threesomes into Arrow. Nor throwing characters who weren't on the island into the mix. They're all good.
Trick or treat! What happens to Margot next - good or bad? Or perhaps a scene from her childhood. If a treat, would definitely love to see Margot get an equally stylish girlfriend.
Lots of people didn't like Season 2. Whatever. I thought the first half was shaky, but the back half more than made up for that. Part of that was the stylish, cool Margot Verger who sees through Hannibal's manipulation pretty easily, but still thinks he's got a point when it comes to killing her brother and getting away with her inheritance and no jail time. Obviously, there's lots of opportunity for tricks in her past and future. I'd be open to treats too, including Margot getting a girlfriend (and possibly not losing her baby, because that was seriously horrific). If you do go the horror route, I'd hope for it to stay within the tone of the show. Pure fluff for the treat route is fine, but so is black humor.
If trick, I would love to see what happens if the kids don't win because Sarah managed to get enough of Max's lifeforce at the end.
If treat, I would like to see the kids going on to become witch hunters. (The more ridiculous and H&G: Witch Hunters-esque the better.)
I can never forget that image of Sarah frantically trying to inhale the lifeforce from Max after he takes the potion. I'd definitely love to see what happened if she succeeded - what does she do to Dani, Allison, and Binx in that case? Is Max totally dead like Emily, or does a tiny bit of him survive? Maybe his thoughts on failing his sister? What about Sarah if she survives without her sisters?
Treat-wise, I'd love to see the kids become witch hunters, tracking down other mystical objects and such. I'd definitely be up for something Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters-esque, but more modern Californian. And if Binx happens to survive in the treat version, so be it.
Some general comments to start us off:
My only absolute no is rape. As I've mentioned in other years, dubcon is fine. But characters who have clearly said or otherwise indicated no? I just don't want that in my Yuletide story. (And, uh, I don't think the canons I've requested really lend themselves to rape anyway.) On the subject of softer limits, I'm not big on the word slut. If the subject of religion comes up in a story, try not to mercilessly mock it. (Unless, of course, it is a character who mercilessly mocks religion in canon.) Also, body horror is the easiest way to freak me out, so please don't include it unless you're writing an actualfax horror story, in which case it's the perfect thing to terrify me.
As for things I love and would enjoy seeing included: humor (dry, cracky, puns, highbrow, go for it), genderswap, worldbuilding, character interaction, plot twists. I love all the canons I've requested, so that's also a clue to the types of things that I enjoy, I think. I think the other two big things to address are violence (I'm cool with it) and shipping (I'm cool with it). Any rating goes, almost any romantic combo, including none, goes. (I'll make a special note if there's any people I don't want to see together.) Also, basically any genre is cool. Wanna write an AU? Go for it. Especially if it's a noir or musical AU.
Now on to the fandom-specific stuff, in no particular order.
(Side note: If you aren't my assigned author, my AO3 name is Liviania.)
The Lynburn Legacy - Sarah Rees Brennan
Requested characters: None (Any)
Optional details: I love the characters and their dynamics in this series. So much friendship and love, yet so much angst! I also love the snarkiness, the desire to fight for what's right, and I promise I'll give you more to go on in my letter.
What more to say? I adore Kami, who just keeps pushing for truth and justice. I like Jared and Ash, who are so damaged in their own ways. I want all three of them to have a happy ending, and possibly to learn to communicate better. I like Angela, who would really just like to be left alone, and Rusty, who would like to be left alone charmingly. I like Holly, who is uncomfortable with her own skin but hides it. I like the adults and could really go for some more sparring between Jon and Lillian.
This is a canon where almost any pairing goes even in canon, so I will mention that I don't want any Angela/Rusty. I have total endgame stars in my eyes for Kami/Jared, but I'm perfectly happy seeing them get down with other people.
As for actual stories I'd like to see with these people . . . maybe them hunting down clues for a Nosy Parker story that has nothing to do with magic? Perhaps an occasion where they attempt to be social and it goes horribly wrong. Maybe it crosses over with SRB's other series and they run into demons. Whatever you do, I definitely want to see some banter. (Although I know banter is hard.)
I have read Untold and all the available short stories, so don't worry about spoilers.
Raven Cycle - Maggie Stiefvater
Requested characters: Noah Czerny
Optional details: This is basically my favorite book series. So much doom hanging over head, plus mythology, and boys, and Blue . . . Uh, I only selected Noah since he's my favorite, but I love everybody. I'd love an exploration of where Noah goes when he's gone, perhaps his thoughts on the kiss, or anything. I'd also like stuff with the whole cast. Or perhaps imagine an unlikely happy end for Noah!
I'm not sure I have much to this. I just love this series. It's so meandering, but everything feels like it ties back to Glendower. And so much DOOM. (I already said that, didn't I?) I picked Noah to request because I love him and his smudgy face and the very little fic there is doesn't really focus on Noah. And there are just so many questions about him to explore!
Pairing wise, I am totally a Ronan/Adam shipper, which is fairly irrelevant to a request about Noah. I see Ronan/Gansey as entirely brotherly, but I don't mind it making an appearance in fic. I am cool with any combination of the boys and/or Blue.
I put several story suggestions in the optional details, but I'll add that I'd be cool seeing something with Noah set before the series, before he met the Raven Boys.
I have read The Dream Thieves, so again, no worries about spoilers.
Simon Snow series - Gemma T. Leslie
Requested characters: None (Any)
Optional details: I want it all! Show me an excerpt from the actual series, show me someone's fanfiction . . . go crazy.
As you know if you signed up for this, Simon Snow is a fictional canon. And I think that's something really cool to play with. As I said in my signup, I'd be happy to see both something that's supposed to actually be by "Gemma T. Leslie," or something written by someone in the fandom. It could be one of Magicath's works, or something by someone else in the fandom. Give me fanfiction by someone who is annoyed by Magicath the BNF! Anything!
I'd be happy to see any of the characters. Obviously the book sets up up to be Simon/Baz fangirls. But I'd be happy to see something with the canon girl characters, or a villain piece.
Basically the only thing I don't want is Harry Potter fanfiction with find-and-replace names. I'd prefer something that plays up the differences between Simon Snow or Harry Potter. (Also, fandom wank between HP and SS fandoms would be hilarious, since HP canonically exists in the Fangirl world.)
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (TV)
Requested characters: Jenna Simmons, Leo Fitz
Optional details: Okay, so there isn't a ton of show yet. But I love superheroes and I love spies, and I'm loving this so far. I picked FitzSimmons because I have a real thing for scientist characters. I'd love to see them sciencing, perhaps arguing about their fields. Or something with the whole team. (I promise, like always, there will be more in the letter.)
If you can't tell by my requested canons, I love ensembles. I like seeing characters play off of each other and combine strengths. I loved how Simmons and Fitz were introduced - each already half of their little team. I see them as purely platonic, but feel free to write something shippy. (Alternately, I could see them dating someone together.)
You can write something about just Simmons and Fitz, or you could involve the whole team. I like Coulson's cool under pressure, Melinda May's quiet but firm manner, Ward's repression, and Skye's ability to come up with crazy ideas. Team!fic would be awesome.
Now, I also love science. I'd really love a piece that allowed Simmons and Fitz to use their respective scientific brains. (And how much do I love that SHIELD has scientists with different specialties instead of one scientist who has somehow mastered all disciplines?) I'm not asking for you to entirely ignore the greater MCU, but please don't let the Avengers take over. If you do go science-y, however, it might be cool for Jane or Betty to show up. Or perhaps they could be teaching science to the characters. Maybe Skye needs some schooling in biology or physics to help back up her computer talents. Alternately, maybe Melinda and Ward decide FitzSimmons do need to be field capable.
Feel free to spoil the show up to the last episode aired before Yuletide and any new MCU developments in Thor 2.
Arrow (TV 2012)
Requested characters: Oliver Queen (Arrow TV)
Optional details: This show is my crack and I love it. I could write essays about Oliver (and probably will in my letter). I'm particularly shippy with Arrow; my favorite ships are Oliver/Diggle/Felicity and Oliver/Slade/Shado, in any combination.
Arrow has some terrible dialogue, and it's very silly, but it's still great TV. I love just how messed up current!Oliver is - he's so stiff, and has a slightly off cadence to his speech, whereas island!Oliver seems like a floppy puppy. But I like that he's is managing to become more involved with other people and recover some of his pre-island morality.
I basically ship this show any which way but loose. I guess I don't ship any Queen family incest, but that's about it. My favorite ships are Oliver/Diggle/Felicity and Oliver/Slade/Shado, any combination or reduced to any couples. I like that Diggle and Felicity balance Oliver, setting boundaries and building him back up when he's low. They point out when he's being a jerk or an idiot, or worse. I like that Slade and Shado are protective in Oliver, but in a way that focuses on teaching him to protect himself. I love how competent Slade and Shado are, and that they respect each other. I like that all three don't give up in impossible situations.
I'd like to see almost anything for Arrow. Survival on the island stories! Oliver figures out how to run a business! Case fic! The Huntress returns! How did Oliver join the Russian mafia? How do other characters see Oliver/The Hood/Whatever name he's using now? The life and times of a legal aide who needs Mr. Queen's signature and just can't track him down. A beat cop who is too old for this shit. Anything.
Again, feel free to spoil the show up to the last episode aired before Yuletide.
Downloading: Right click or control click and choose “save as” to save a copy to your computer. You can also simply click to read it online. The table of contents is linked to all the stories and art for easy navigation.
Last year, T. Spoon brought thrills and chills with 'MINE', a Halloween anthology. This year, the author of such classics as 'Present' and 'Wanderlust' brings to you more tales of blood and revenge from beyond the grave. Inside these covers lie vengeful ghosts, a death goddess, an alien with a taste for the exotic, secret rooms, and many more.
As always, thank you to all the authors that participated (Cat, Jaolynn, Ritaxis, Wanda, RDHero, Ani, and Voidmancer). And to the artists (Eggage, G, Rae, Dak, and San). Without you guys there'd be no anthology.
Our editors were Ani, Potatoe, G, Z, and Cat. Thank you for your last minute edits. I can't believe you guys managed to have real life and help out so much. And finally, thanks to Parker for arranging and organizing it into a readable format. With an awesome cover to boot too.
Warnings: Lots of violence in this one and a bit of gore... well, in some cases a lot of it. Dubcon warnings abound.
Rating: Mature to Ultra Mature
For those who aren't my assigned writer, hello to you too! And if you do want to write me something, my AO3 name is Liviania, not anialove.
Here are links to my previous letters. (2011) (2010) (2009) (2008 is hiding, I guess)
Let's start with a few basics. I would really appreciate it if there's no rape. I'm not saying you don't have the chops to write it with sensitivity or whatever, but Yuletide is happy-squee-fun-time and rape tends to harsh my buzz. I also don't like the word "slut." I'm sensitive to body horror, but can read it. I'll just be squirming with terror. Aside from that, almost anything goes. If you aren't certain if I'll be cool with something, just ask through the mods.
Some things I really like are genderswapping, worldbuilding, and humor. I'm just as happy with crack stories as I am with stories that really get under a character's skin. There's no one genre that's my favorite. (Which reminds me, AUs are totally fine.) Feel free to be violent or not - I enjoy well-employed violence. Any rating goes; I'm an adult and been in fandom long enough to be inured to a lot of boundary pushing. I'm cool with gen, het, slash, asexuality, poly, queerness, anything. I'm not much of a shipper so I'm unlikely to jump down your throat for denying the true love of Peanut Butter and Jelly and shipping him with Honey instead.
For each fandom I am including a story brief. This is in case you aren't really feeling my prompt in the fandom we matched on and want to check out one of my other fandoms. Then I'm including a brief section on what I like about the fandom, because some people have said that's very helpful. Then I'm expounding on my prompt, just a little. Again, all details OPTIONAL. (And I suck at prompts, so I apologize if they are less than prompt-y.)
On to the fandoms!
Curse Workers series - Holly Black
Cassel Sharpe, Lila Zacharov
I'm mostly interested in what happens to these two crazy kids after the series ends. I'd love to see scenes from their future, and whether they make their romance work. (I think Lila could consume Cassel if she isn't careful.) I love their relationship because it's delicate and passionate and there's all kinds of consent issues whirling between them. Plus they're a mafia boss (well, future mafia boss) and con man.
Story brief: This is a trilogy set in a world where magic is criminalized. Lila Zacharov is a crime boss's daughter, and she's been missing for awhile at the beginning of the first book. Cassel Sharpe is the protagonist, the youngest son in a family of con men, but he's been trying to go straight and live a normal life. Unfortunately for him, his brothers keep dragging him back into a life of crime. These books will rip your heart out and dance on it before making it better again. Good for anyone who likes morally grey characters, detailed plotting, and difficult relationships.
Why I like this series: Because it gives me feels, basically. I like the detailed world Holly Black came up with and all the social status details that come to play throughout the series. I've read similar stories (because I love a good book about a criminal), but I really got invested in Cassel and he has such wonderful plans and tries so hard but always gets into more trouble.
Basically, I'd be happy to read something sexy about these characters or something about them being criminals who do crime. (Or, in Cassel's case, doing crime while pretending not to do crime because he's totes on the straight and narrow.) Or even something that encompasses sexiness and convoluted scheming! And it doesn't have to focus solely on Cassel and Lila.
One other character I would be interested in seeing, if you aren't pinged by Cassel and Lila alone, is Gage. I mean, he wasn't around much, but he was sure throwing off some interesting vibes. Every scene with him was *charged*. I'd be interested in seeing more detail about him and how he interacts with the rest of the cast.
The Changeover - Margaret Mahy
I love Sorry in all his awkward posturing and being a male witch that shouldn't exist. I'd just love to see a story that explores his character - either his future or before Laura Chant came along. I kind of think that he and Laura eventually end up together, but that they might go their own ways for awhile. But I don't really know. I'd especially love a story that involves him using magic to solve a mystery - or, alternately, him facing a problem that can't be solved with his powers.
Story brief: This is a novel by Margaret Mahy, a New Zealand author who died earlier this year, but not before writing tons of awesome books. The Changeover is one of her most famous. It's basically a YA paranormal romance, from way before YA paranormal romance was a thing. Laura Chant's brother is kidnapped by Carmody Broque, and she becomes a witch to save him. Her partner in all of this is Sorry, a male witch that she knows from school. (Not that she knew he was a witch before supernatural things started happening.) I'm pretty sure that everyone should read this book. Not in print, but you can get a used copy cheap.
Why I like this book: Because it makes me swoon. Mahy writes with a depth that few writers match. Her stories take a bit of intelligence to tease out, much like Diana Wynne Jones'. (But Mahy is very different from Jones.) She never wrote down for her audience. The Changeover is a very atmospheric book, full of some enigmatic characters. Sorry desperately wants to be enigmatic, but he's a bit too young to fully pull it off.
I can't think of much to add to this prompt. This doesn't mean that I want it less than the others, just that I can't think of many details to add. I feel like Sorry is a comic character, but at the same time quite powerful, smart, and sexy in his own way. I think he and Chant would grow up to be quite the power couple, in every sense of power. I think Sorensen Carlise: The College Years would be particularly amusing.
Cabin in the Woods (PLEASE NOTE MY PROMPT CONTAINS SPOILERS, OF A FASHION)
We all know that Jules isn't really a whore - part of the movie was that none of the sacrifices really fit the stereotype. But the movie had the least amount of time to develop Jules and show off her depths. So show me what kind of person Jules Louden was.
Story brief: A group of five post-grads* go in to a cabin in the woods. One by one they're killed by a zombie hillbilly pain family. (*I don't think their ages are given, but the casting gives 'em all that post-graduate look. No freshman here.)
Why I like this movie: Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard wrote a horror movie that was actually a horror movie parody. It is smart and funny and I love it. It's not scary enough to alienate people who don't like horror, but there's lots of jokes that only horror fans will get. Your mileage on the movie may vary depending on how much you enjoy Whedon's stuff. (It felt very Whedon-y to me, but I'm not familiar with Goddard's other works.)
Alternatively, if you don't want to write about pre-movie Jules, I'd like to see the characters reunited in the afterlife. How do they feel about Marty's decision at the end of the movie? Just because I want a story showing how Jules does not fit the whore stereotype doesn't mean you have to write a story where she doesn't have sex. I mean, I don't believe she and Curt weren't sexually active. And she's probably slept with other people. But that doesn't equal being a whore, so yes it can be in the story. I'd definitely be happy with the other characters being important to the story. There wasn't anyone in the movie that I hated.
Additionally, I chose Jules as a required character because I'd most like a story about her. But for this fandom, you do not have to include Jules. (From previous Yuletides, I think the requester can specifically allow the required character to not be required.) I'd also be interested in another story exploring the world. What is life like for the monsters, in glass cube cages next to each other? (They seem to get along in the last act.) Exactly what happened in 1998? It's not a super cohesive group of friends - Holden is just a buddy of Curt's that they thought would be a good hook-up for Dana. Which of their acquaintances narrowly missed being sacrifices? How would the movie have gone if they were forced into roles that suited them better?
That's it! Have fun!
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Whether it's stepping around a corner, crossing an ocean or travelling to another dimension, we're always looking for that next horizon to conquer, which is what inspired T.Spoon to write Wanderlust. Behind this cover lies a collection of short, long and epically long stories that explore what it means to step outside your comfort zone, to leave behind everything you know to explore the unknown, or to find that one place where you belong. In this anthology you'll meet time travellers and illegal aliens, covert operatives and magic knights, inadvertent superheroes and intrepid porn actors.
ABOUT T. SPOON
As with previous anthologies, T. Spoon is made up of a bucket load of talented authors and artists. So a tremendous thank you to, in no particular order, BlueGhostGhost, Berthablue, Ais, Ania, Jaolynn, Voidmancer, G, Zeffy, ManicDak, Parker, Medeni, Coz, Dusk Peterson, Plumblossom .
Special thanks to Ania, Potatoe and Zeffy. Ania, Potatoe, and Zeff for editing their way through the tsunami of words and plot. And an extra bit of thanks to Zeff for her organization skills and for literally drawing tags out of a hat.
Finally, this anthology is dedicated to the comm. You guys are all absolutely amazing and brilliant and wonderful. Thank you for making the community what it is.
Warnings:copious amounts of plot, happily ever afters, not so happily ever after, angst/fluff/snark
Rating: From Everyone all the way to Mature
Length: ~100k overall (YEAH, we know, we're kind of appalled and amazed too)
Note: If you wonder why it sometimes seems like the writer just threw together random plot points, that's because they did. For this anth, we randomly picked out four of TSP's story +tags for the authors (and two for artists) and said, "make a coherent plot out of this." And somehow they did. It's kind of magical.
Downloading: click on the picture, which will take you to a new page. At the top, right corner of the is a "Download original" button. please, please, please download it as it's ugly as all hell on the google documents.
Author/Artist T. Spoon, that guy with the multiple personalities and dashing good looks, is pleased to bring you Presents, a collection of short stories and art with a cold, frosty twist. Whether you're looking for a new take on The Nutcracker, a story about the monster that lives in your toilet (better than it sounds, we promise), or a bit of wintery romance (the snark is optional), you'll get all of that and more between these pages.
ABOUT T. SPOON
In all seriousness, T. Spoon is made up of many talented authors and artists, and this anthology would not have been possible without them. So a great big thank you to Aeiouna, Ais, Ania, Cattails, Dusty_Dreams, G, ManicDak, Parker, Rae, and San.
Special thanks to Ania, G, Potatoe and Parker. Ania, G and Potatoe for whipping the incoherency out of the stories, and pruning away em dashes and semi-colons like a boss. And Parker for both her incredible patience (deadlines are more like suggestions to authors), and all the work she put into formatting this monstrosity.
Finally, this anthology is dedicated to the one and only tanrien. Thank you for all the work you do, for answering our questions with a smile (and at 2am too) and for your composure in the face of our tagging fails.
Warnings: fluff that'll rot your teeth, some language, violence, snark
Rating: From Everyone all the way to Mature
Length: ~49k overall (49,108 to be precise)
I've got three gifts. Three.
Thank you. I mean, I am a fandom nobody, and all of you had to sit through the rambly letter o'doom. So thanks. I can't wait.
(It may not be until late on Christmas that I'm able to comment, but just know that I love it already.)