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HUDDLE FOR WARMTH AGAINST

ALL ODDS
CURTAIN FIC UNEXPECTED

FRIENDSHIP
FAMOUS

LANDMARK
TRANSFORMATIONS EXTORTION/

BLACKMAIL
AU: FAIRY TALE/

MYTH
IN VINO VERITAS/

DRUNK FIC
KISS
PERSPECTIVE FLIP AU: APOCALYPSE FREE SPACE ROLE REVERSAL AU: ROYALTY/

ARISTOCRACY/

FEUDAL
AU: MUNDANE ANIMAL VERSION

(OR HUMAN VERSION)
HANDCUFFED/

BOUND TOGETHER
SLAVE FIC FAKE

RELATIONSHIP
FORK IN

THE ROAD
AU: ALTERNATE

GENDER NORMS
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Dear Yuletide Author 2016

Dear Yuletide Author,

Thank you so much for writing for me! I am so excited to see what you come up with, and I want to say that aside from anything that I say below, so long as you don't hit any of my really strong dislikes, I am pretty much guaranteed to love whatever you write. I am very easy to please, and I'm sure I'll love whatever you do.

Also, I have a terrible time thinking up prompts off the cuff, I freeze up and get terrible writer's block, so please don't hesitate to write something that isn't listed here. If you want a little more information about anything, you can always drop by my tumblr askbox and inquire. I always have anon turned on, but if you'd rather I be surprised, Nell knows me very well and would be happy to give you some general guidance, or specific guidance about Killjoys and Galavant. If you'd like a friend's insight for my Critical Role feelings, Sovin is intimately familiar with them and would be happy to help you out.

General Preferences

Likes: HAPPY ENDINGS. I don't mind angst or heartbreak along the way (at all, I thing some angst can make a happy ending even more satisfying!), but please please, an ending that is hopeful at the very least. I adore shippiness and romance, but if that's not your thing that's totally fine. I love just as much strong friendships and people who feel an intense bond with each other without it being romantic, so I'd be just as thrilled with friendfic, character studies, or other genfic. I have a huge choice kink -- write me a fic about choosing to be together, choosing to love each other (romantically or not) and I will love you forever. I love people being competent and clever, wit, banter, strong fabulous ladies (and the men or women who watch them be their fabulous selves with hearts in their eyes). I love tropes, and AUs of all flavors are some of my very favorite things, but I am always impressed by a great canonfic, too. I love hurt/comfort and UST, first times and developing relationships and getting-together fics, fake relationship or pretend married or marriage of convenience. I love fairy tale or mythology AUs. If you're inclined to write something shippy, I adore smut, though if you're uncomfortable or uninterested in writing something explicit, I find a good kissing scene to be hugely satisfying as well. I love a good threesome or other poly dynamics, though if I mention poly and that's not what you're into, please know that I don't tend to ship people poly unless I also ship every ship within it, so if I ask for A/B/C and you're only comfortable with A/C and B along as a friend, that is 100% fine. Additionally, if you're moved to write something explicit either way, I'm fine with as kinky or as vanilla as you care to write. On the kink side, though, I would prefer no watersports, scat, or humiliation.

Dislikes: Sad endings, major character death, non-con, infidelity, abusive relationships. Don't feel the need to avoid these things if they happen in canon, but I'd prefer they not be introduced where they don't already exist, and that they not be the focus of the fic either way.

Now for the specifics...


KilljoysCollapse )

GalavantCollapse )

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Thank you again, author! I hope something in here caught your interest and was inspiring, but if not, or if you'd like more guidance, please don't hesitate to reach out to me or Sovin or Nell. I can't wait to see what you come up with!

Yuletide 2015 Dear Author Letter

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Trope Bingo 2015

day at the beach soul bonding/soulmates immortality/reincarnation huddle for warmth accidental marriage
au: daemons animal transformation au: band handcuffed/bound together sharing a bed
kiss to save the day wingfic FREE SPACE au: all-human presumed dead
amnesia in vino veritas/drunkfic secret relationship de-aged time travel
secret child virgin!fic/secretly a virgin kidfic fuck or die celebratory kiss

Dear Yuletide Writer

Dear Yuletide Author,

Thank you so much for writing for me! I am so excited to see what you come up with, and I want to say that aside from anything that I say below, so long as you don't hit any of my really strong dislikes, I am pretty much guaranteed to love whatever you write. I am very easy to please, and I'm sure I'll love whatever you do!

Also, I have a terrible time thinking up prompts off the cuff, I freeze up and get terrible writer's block, so please don't hesitate to write something that isn't listed here. If you want a little more information about anything, you can always drop by my tumblr askbox and inquire. I always have anon turned on, but if you'd rather I be surprised, Nell knows me very well and would be happy to give you some guidance.

General Preferences

Likes: Happy endings, please. I don't mind angst or heartbreak along the way (at all, I thing some angst can make a happy ending even more satisfying!), but please please, an ending that is hopeful at the very least. I love love love shippiness and romance, but if that's not your thing I'd be super happy with friendfic or character studies or other genfic as well. I do really really love strong friendships and people who feel an intense bond with each other without it being romantic. I have a huge, huge choice kink -- write me a fic about choosing to be together, choosing to love each other (romantically or not) and I will love you forever. I love people being competent and clever, wit, banter, strong fabulous ladies (and the men -- or women -- who watch them be their fabulous selves with hearts in their eyes). I love tropes, and AUs of all flavors, but I am always impressed by a great canonfic, too! I love hurt/comfort and UST, first times and developing relationships and getting-together fics, fake married or pretend married or marriage of convenience. I love fairy tale or mythology AUs. If you're inclined to write something shippy, I adore smut, though if you're uncomfortable or uninterested in writing something explicit, I find a good kissing scene to be hugely satisfying as well. I love a good threesome or other poly dynamics, and if you do go for smut, I'm fine with as kinky or as vanilla as you care to make it. On the kink side, though, I would prefer no watersports, scat, or humiliation.

Dislikes: Sad endings, major character death, non-con, infidelity, abusive relationships. Don't feel the need to avoid these things if they happen in canon, but I'd prefer they not be introduced where they don't already exist, and that they not be the focus of the fic either way.

Now for the specifics...

How to Get Away With MurderCollapse )
Sleepy HollowCollapse )
VikingsCollapse )
Major CrimesCollapse )
The QuestCollapse )
Ever AfterCollapse )
Thank you so much again, author! I hope this letter has been helpful, and I'm sorry if I didn't get specific enough with my prompts for you. If you'd like more, or if you'd like any sort of guidance at all, please don't hesitate to reach out to either me or Nell, we'd both be more than happy to help.

Writing Meme

Total number of completed stories in 2013:

Oh man, I have to check, I haven't even counted. I couldn't even guess.
...Apparently the number is 51. Holy crap.

And a half, because of The Write Books About This Sort of Thing, which isn't done yet, but I'm posting it as a WIP, so it counts for half.

Total word count:

366,268. This number, at least, is not a surprise, though it does still blow my mind.

Looking back, did you write more fic than you thought you would this year, less, or about what you’d predicted?

Considering I wrote a grand total of 10k in 2012, I'd say that this is well beyond what I ever could have predicted at this time last year.

Did you take any writing risks this year? What did you learn from them?

I signed up for fests! Actually, this whole year has been marked by me saying that something frightens or intimidates me, and then promptly doing exactly that. "Longfic scares me!" I said. "I like PWP, writing something plotty seems intimidating!" I said. "Oh, I'm not sure about fests, deadlines make me nervous!" I said.

"Ha. Ha. Ha," my muse said.

Do you have any specific fanfic goals for the New Year?

Well, I just signed up for the third round of Trope Bingo and my card is amazing so I think I will definitely be aiming for another blackout. Other than that, I think my goal is to just keep writing and keep enjoying it.


From my past year of writing, what was…

My best story of this year:

Oof. That's such a judgment call. You Are the Moon is my current favorite, and I think it's got a lot going for it from a technical standpoint.

My most popular story of this year:

Lay Your Hands on Me, which kind of took on a life of its own and is my most popular fic to date by a rather significant margin. Which is fine by me, because I still love it tons. Fourteen thousand hits, though, good god. That will never not be staggering.

Most fun story to write:

That's probably a toss-up between Lay Your Hands on Me and As the Sun Will Rise. On the one hand, lots of music geekery and ridiculously fun hand/finger kink! On the other, Les Amis as Disney characters.

Hardest story to write:

I took a long break in the middle of In the End We Have Each Other that made it really difficult, once I got back to it, to get back into the groove, and I spent much of the second half of the fic feeling like I was completely failing to live up to the awesome voices and characterizations that I'd had in the first. Still, it all worked out in the end!

Biggest Disappointment:

I don't think any of the fics that I wrote have been disappointing, but of course there's always fics that you wish had reached a larger audience than they do. The Stars Look Very Different Today, in particular, is one whose hit count occasionally makes me sadface, because I enjoyed it so much, and I think it's a really lovely fic. But it's the rarest of rarepairs, and that pretty much hobbled it from the start.

Story I haven’t yet written, but intend to:

So there's this fic I am definitely going to write where Grantaire is a selkie and Enjolras accidentally steals his pelt and then he ends up with this irritating guy trotting on his heels bugging him constantly and trying to convince him that all his activism is just an effort in futility and working his way under his skin and into his heart and I'm super excited about it.

Tags:

It's Trope Bingo time again!

first time / last time unexpected friendship matchmaker deathfic genderswap
au: alternate professions fake relationship bets / wagers au: alternate gender norms meet the parents / family
marriage virginfic huddling for warmth au: fairy tale / myth trapped in a dream
kidfic fuck or die forbidden fruit amnesia telepathy / mindmeld
au: apocalypse snowed in twenty-four hours to live fork in the road food porn
Guys, meet Abbie.



I AM SO EXCITED.

AND SO TERRIFIED.

CAR PAYMENT OMG WHAT.

ETA: Also, apparently this didn't post back in the beginning of December like it was supposed to? Thanks, LJ. But still! New car! I luff her! I had a dream the other night that I had to give her back and I was SO SAD!

Fic: A Little Excitement

Title: A Little Excitement
Pairing: Enjolras/Grantaire
Rating: G
Word Count: 882
Summary: The speakeasy behind the unassuming façade of the Corinth is full of smoke and laughter and the sultry notes of Éponine's voice from the stage. Normally, Grantaire makes a point to step out from behind the bar and listen when it's her turn on stage, but tonight there's a man working his way up to the bar in ostentatious red and Grantaire thinks she's going to have to forgive him, because there's no way he's leaving the bar so long as this golden specimen of a man is cozied up to it.
Read it on the AO3