Thoughts meander like a restless wind inside a letter box
Dear Yuletide Author 
27th-Oct-2015 03:07 pm
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Dear author,

First off: Hello and thank you for writing for me! Yuletide is a treasured holiday tradition, and I'm always happy to share my love for these fandoms with someone else!

Secondly: I screwed up with my sign-up and discovered only after the deadline that my final edit, which included the optional details for Demon's Lexicon, didn't go through. If you were matched on Demon's Lexicon, don't worry! I love the series, I'll be thrilled to receive fic for it, and my optional details (which are of course optional) are here in this letter. I'm sorry I messed up!

Finally, I hope you'll forgive me that huge chunks of my letter are copied from previous years--my preferences and requests are pretty stable.

I have tried to give you multiple options and prompts for each fandom, and my requests are very broad and/or brainstorm-y. Part of that is because I really don't have particularly concrete expectations or must-haves, and the thing I like most about a gift is the surprise. In addition, I want the best you can offer (I'm picky like that ;)), and I want to give you free rein for that. So, seriously: everything I suggested is just that--a suggestion. You'll notice I selected "any characters" for all my requests. I meant that! Even if I'm talking about specific characters or scenarios in the prompt--that was just what my mind could come up with at the time. Doesn't mean that I won't enjoy another story more, just because I didn't come up with that idea.

In conclusion: Do whatever you feel works best for you and feel free to ignore pretty much everything I'm saying here or in my prompts if that helps you to write a good story.

However, if you'd like some more info about my preferences, here it is.

I generally like:

- The Department of Backstory. The main reason I got into fandom was that I wondered about all the details that are never explained in canon. Where do the characters come from? What made them the way they are? Which part of their world have we never seen and how does it function? I also like future fic, for similar reasons.

- Gen fic and character studies. I like romance--het and slash--but I'm picky about my ships. I have listed ship options for each fandom below. I think the general rule is: if I mention a pairing in my prompt, writing about that pairing is good but not at all required. I love gen fic for the reasons above--it's an opportunity to explore the motives, experiences and personality of a character beyond what's provided in canon.

- Minor characters. I'm a sucker for minor characters, because there's so much room for speculation and experimentation there.

- Character interaction and exploration of relationships. I'm generally fond of fics that explore the relationship dynamics between characters--whether that's romance, friendship, or antagonism. Good, in-character dialogue is awesome. Snarky, witty dialogue and banter is beyond awesome.

About smut: I honestly don't care either way. If it's there and well done, good. If it isn't, I won't miss it.

About AUs: I guess the same applies here--I like AUs, but I don't have a preference for them. And I'd like the spirit of the original 'verse to be recognizable in an AU.

About crossovers and fusions: If you have a sudden inspiration for a crossover or fusion between Calvin and Hobbes and The Demon's Lexicon, I salute you and I want that fic now!

About the general tone: I'm easy here. I'll read dark, angsty stuff as well as teeth-rotting fluff. I've gotten character death fic, established relationship fluff, wacky crossovers, a horror story and introspective charcter studies for past Yuletides, and loved all of them to bits. If you want to go with fluff, I have a huge kink for established relationships (romantic or platonic).

Something about each of my fandoms:

Calvin and Hobbes
- My request: I checked any character and I mean that! I'd love fic about anyone in the Calvin universe. Particular favorites would be Calvin & Hobbes, Susie, or Rosalyn. But since the two nominated characters are Calvin's parents, here's a prompt for them: I'm a mother, and while my daughter is still a little younger and also maybe not quite on Calvin's level when it comes to mayhem, I can empathize faaar more with Calvin's parents than I used to. So: I'd enjoy a fic about either of them or also them as a couple. It can deal with them as parents (e.g. one of the strips and/or Calvin's typical adventures from their perspective), but it doesn't have to. I'd also really enjoy reading about how they met, or one of their date nights, when they can finally relax from being parents (possibly in contrast with the Rosalyn/Calvin battle going on at home).

A note on them as individual characters: Calvin's dad always seemed to have much more personality (defined as a recognizable voice and also interests and a life independent from Calvin) than Calvin's mom. I love him, he is great. But I always have mixed feelings about Calvin's mom. I'm not quite sure whether to read her lack of personality (outside of her roles of wife and mother) as a failure of the comic or a very astute observation on the typical room for self-expression that our society grants to mothers and fathers. Because the comic is from Calvin's perspective and because I love it, I tend to give Bill Watterson the benefit of the doubt. But fanfiction means that she can finally be a character in her own right!

- Some more info: Calvin and Hobbes is a staple Yuletide request for me. I adore the strip, and I'll take any kind of fic for it! With comic strip fandoms I'm always interested to see how the source material translates to another medium (which is why I'm also intrigued by the Gritty reboots trailer). Seeing a typical Calvin and Hobbes comic strip in prose is often not that interesting (but hey, feel free to prove me wrong!), but I've read some great crossover and fusion fics, explorations of minor characters or POV changes, and Calvin-as-a-teen/grownup in this fandom. So yeah, any of those would be great, especially fusions/crossovers or fic about any of the minor characters if writing about Calvin's parents is not for you. I'd happily read about a day in the life of Miss Wormwood or Rosalyn without any appearance by Calvin or Hobbes. Run wild! If the story doesn't go anywhere, put it in the Transmogrifier and see it turn into something completely different (and possibly covered in radioactive slime). If you want to go in a romantic direction, Calvin's parents and Calvin/Susie are fine with me!

Calvin and Hobbes: The Movie (Trailer) | Gritty Reboots
- My request: Oh my god, this trailer is terrifying! I'd really like to see more of this, whatever you can come up with!

- Some more info: Obviously, most of what I've written above also applies here. The reason I like this trailer is that it takes a view on Calvin's future that I haven't seen before -- it's decidedly darker. Another thing I enjoyed is the presence of Susie in Calvin's future (whether as a friend or love interest). Most of all, it looked like an awesome adventure, and I would love to know more about it!

The Demon's Lexicon (Sarah Rees Brennan)
- What should have been my request: I really enjoy Sarah Rees Brennan's commitment to non-romantic relationships and dynamics in this series, especially the family relationships. I'd love to read more about either of the three families that are at the center of the series. It could be a prequel, sequel or set during the events of the books. I'd be especially interested in reading from the POV of a different character than in the books, or of seeing an outsider's perspective of (one of) these families.

If you'd rather write about a romantic pairing: I'm generally not a big fan of antagonists-to-lovers, which happens to be canon in this series for both Alan/Sin and Seb/Jamie. Especially Seb/Jamie still feels off to me. So if you ship either of those, my challenge to you would be: explore that ship and show me why it works (or doesn't work in the long run?). I'm happy to be convinced, but there is some convincing to do...

- Some more info: I really love this series--the urban fantasy setting, the plot, the characters, their developing relationships, the writing style. So anything you give me for this universe will be treasured. My prompt was based on all the things I like: backstory, character interaction and relationships, and possibly minor characters or a minor character's viewpoint. Any of those abstract characteristics will make me happy.

I hope this helps. Most of all, I hope you have fun with my fandoms and prompts! Don't be terrified, I'm so happy you signed up for this, and I love you for it! And anybody who likes either of these fandoms has my implicit trust.
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