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Dear Yuletide Writer

I am easy to please, so try not to stress about this too much. Seriously. I have no favorite fandom among my requests. I love them all, and if you love them too, I am guaranteed to be delighted with whatever you write.

I like hurt-comfort, worldbuilding, adventure, action, heroism, sacrifice, hard choices, camaraderie, luscious descriptions of food and landscape, and a strong sense of place. I'm fine with original characters. I enjoy gen, I enjoy hot sex of all kinds, and I enjoy relationships of any variety, from friendships to epic romance. I generally prefer happy or bittersweet endings.

I don’t enjoy babies, plotless “let me ponder my life” stories, or stories whose main purpose is to make a political point. If you want to stalk, my regular LJ is rachelmanija.

With the possible exception of Top Chef Masters, I’d prefer not to get a crossover as my main story. If you’re thinking of writing a treat and want to do a crossover, please check the tags at rachelmanija to make sure I’m familiar with and like that fandom. (For potential treat-writers only: a crossover of any of my listed fandoms with Top Chef or Project Runway would be hilarious. Mirrim would definitely not be there to make friends!)

Neverwhere - Neil Gaiman
Character: Anesthesia


I love the milieu of the novel, with all its quirky little details. I love Door and her family. I love the Marquis de Carabas.

But mostly, I would love a story where Anesthesia comes back. Every time I re-read the book, I cannot believe that she is really gone for good. Maybe Door’s search for her family discovers her – could she open a door into wherever Anesthesia is? Or maybe Anesthesia is let go, for some purpose? Or escapes, maybe with something pursuing her? Or maybe the rats launch a rescue mission?

I just want the little Rat-Speaker to get a happy ending and not be swallowed up by darkness forever.

Here’s some fan art I liked: http://melarune.deviantart.com/art/Anaesthesia-Neverwhere-141448785

Anne McCaffrey – Pern
Characters: Mirrim, Menolly


I love the intensity of dragon/rider relationships, the military-esque camaraderie of the Weyr, the poignance of misfits finding a purpose and a home, and the shameless wish-fulfillment of the whole set-up. I love Mirrim and Menolly’s friendship as seen in Dragonsong, and Menolly’s self-sufficiency in her cave of fire lizards. I love Path. I love all the details of life in Harper Hall and Benden Weyr.

I have gotten fic about Mirrim and Menolly before, and it was great. I just think the world needs more of it. I like them as friends. I also like them as a couple. I would like to see a story where they have an adventure together, or where Mirrim visits Harper Hall (maybe wounded after a Threadfall, since Master Oldive is there – I really like Master Oldive), or where Menolly visits Benden Weyr, or anything with some plot and action and interaction. A canon-based AU would also be great – there are so many interesting points of divergence. What if Menolly stayed in Benden Weyr and Impressed a dragon? What if the Southern queens hadn’t killed each other, and Mirrim had stayed at Southern Weyr?

I do not love the treatment of Mirrim in The White Dragon, so please ignore that. I am neutral on their canon love interests, so feel free to either include or totally ignore them. I’ve read all the non-Todd books, but the time periods I like are the Dragonsong/Dragonsinger/Dragonflight/Dragonquest era, before everyone starts having babies and settling down.

Top Chef Masters
Characters: Any


I love this show for its food, for the personalities of the chefs, and for its emphasis on camaraderie, respect, and friendly competition rather than hostility or embarrassment-squick backbiting.

My favorite chefs are Susan Feniger, Anita Lo, Susur Lee, and Sang Yoon, but I also really like Rick Bayless, Marcus Samuelsson, and Art Smith. You don’t have to put all four of them into your story! Any one, or any combination of them, would be fine.

I like how totally bad-ass Anita Lo is, and how her chef’s jacket appeared to be a karate gi top. I like Susan Feniger’s playfulness and playful sensuality. Her restaurant Street is one of my favorite ever, and the Kaya toast that got her kicked off the show is one of the best things I’ve ever put in my mouth. I like how Susur Lee was so cranky and funny. It cracked me up how every time he complained that the challenges were culturally unfamiliar and put him at a disadvantage, he’d go on to kick everyone’s ass. I like Sang Yoon’s wisecracks, hatred of ketchup, and bromance with Douglas.

Probably my favorite single episode was “Magic Chefs,” where they went to Magic Castle and Anita Lo did that amazing, slightly disturbing “scallop” dish. I’ve seen all the seasons, but you don’t have to stick to actual season line-ups.

For your story, I would like to read luscious descriptions of food plus amusing interaction featuring one or more of my favorite chefs. Any way you can manage this is fine: invent a fun challenge or do a reunion or send the chefs to Pern or Perelandra or any other fictional milieu with which I am familiar. (Check for my fandoms if that appeals.) Please write about the public personas and cooking of the chefs, not their off-screen personal lives. That is to say: gen only, please.

Flight of the Heron - D. K. Broster
Characters: Keith Windham, Ewen Cameron
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I love Keith and Ewen and their slashtastic relationship and their truly epic amounts of hurt-comfort and fainting into each other’s arms and “love or loyalty” angst.

I would like to see them interacting more, ideally with some with angst and hurt-comfort. And possibly sword fighting and narrow escapes. I would be happy with the book’s level of subtext, or with getting more explicit.

Obviously, the structure of the book makes any story challenging. I would be completely up for a post-novel AU: Ewen could haul the wounded Keith on to the boat, and there could be more angst and hurt-comfort. Or you could go completely AU and set it in SPAAAACE and have the battle be over Ewen’s home orbital or something. Or you could squeeze a missing scene into the book. Or just ignore the “five meetings only” thing. For this fandom, I am fine with any sort of ending: happy, fix-it, tragic, or bittersweet.

My review of the book

Vonda N. McIntyre - Dreamsnake
Character: Snake


I love the entire concept. I love the biology. I love the post-apocalypticness. I love Snake. I love Melissa. I love the sense of caring and hope and love that pervades the story, the way that terrible things happen but people try to make them better, and people can always, as long as they live, choose to change themselves, change the lives of others, change the ways of the world. And I love the snakes.

I was kind of bored by Arevin, so ideally your story would either not involve him or make him more interesting. Ditto any of the villains. I’d like a story either about Snake and Melissa post-novel, or about Snake’s earlier adventures. Gen is fine, but if you want to do a romantic or sexual relationship, I would love to see Snake with another woman.

I don’t have any particular story ideas, but if you’re in desperate need of one, a few possibilities which occur to me are getting into a walled city, Snake setting out to give a dreamsnake to some particular healer and having adventures along the way, or Melissa finding her vocation, whether it’s healing or something else.

If anyone is reading this and wants to avoid all Rifter spoilers, don't read past the next paragraph. My discussion below is somewhat but not hugely spoilery.

My review of the first book. This link isn't spoilery. I have spoilery reviews of the whole series under her author tag, though.

The Rifter – Ginn Hale
Characters: Any


I love the intricacy and epic quality of the book, but obviously that would be hard to replicate in less than Hale’s 1000 pages! I also fell in love with many of the characters. In terms of your story, I’d like good character interaction and a bit of action, adventure, romance, and/or worldbuilding.

I really would enjoy a story focusing on any of the nominated characters – you don’t have to include them all. Relationships I especially like are John and Kyle (in both timelines), Kyle and Rousma, and Pesha and any female character she fancies. I would definitely not mind seeing the romantic couples get some action, if you’re so inclined. I’d love to see what John and Kyle do after the end of the book. I’d love to see Pesha teleporting around and awkwardly flirting. I love tiny, determined Rousma. I was fascinated by the Gray Space. Of the characters I didn’t nominate, I especially liked Ji. The egg-laying weasels cracked me up.

If you set it during the action of the book rather than post-book, my only request is not to make it too dark or depressing – I mention this because a lot of what we don’t see on the page was probably not written because it was such a low point for the characters. In particular, the period where Kyle was watching John and John didn’t know him yet would probably be too sad and lonely for me. Ditto anything about Rousma that isn’t post-book.

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Dear Yuletide Writer

I am very unfussy about Yuletide. To make me even less fussy, this year I have requested four fandoms in which I have not only never received a story, I have never even seen a story. So I will be easy to please.

If you have any questions about my tastes, coraa or oyceter can put you on the right path. If you want to do all your own stalking, my regular LJ is rachelmanija.

I like plot, adventure, action, heroism, sacrifice, hard choices, camaraderie, luscious descriptions of food and landscape, a strong sense of place, worldbuilding, trauma and healing, and hurt/comfort with the emphasis on comfort (not necessarily sexual). I'm fine with original characters. I enjoy gen. I also enjoy relationships of any sort, but I especially like femmeslash, female friendships, and the camaraderie between soldiers, martial artists, jumpship pilots, and the members of sworn sisterhoods.

I don’t like babies, completely plotless stories, stories whose main purpose is to make a political point, or vomit. For the canons I’m requesting, I don’t want crossovers or the sort of AU that changes the setting (like a high school AU). Canon-based AUs (“What if this had gone differently?”) are fine.

If you get stuck on the canon you matched on, all these canons are fairly easy to pick up. Caught in Crystal and Dreamsnake are single, easy-read novels, and Northwest Smith is a single story collection. “Thousand Worlds” is a lot of scattered stories, but you’d only need to read the ones I linked, given that it’s the setting rather than the characters that I’m interested in.


George R. R. Martin - "Thousand Worlds"

Characters: Any

Why I love it: The grand sweeping romance of it all, the multitude of strange aliens and planets, the sense of great panoramas and infinite depths of history, the bittersweet quality of most of the stories, the beauty and the awe of the idea of a thousand worlds.

My favorite stories are "The Stone City," the ultimate romance of space story with its perfect last line, "A Song for Lya" for its doomed romance and emotional intensity and weird yet plausible culture, "The Lonely Songs of Laren Dorr" for more doomed romance and fairytale imagery, "The Glass Flower" for a plausible happy ending for once, and "Sandkings" for worldbuilding, structure, and intensity. "Bitterblooms," "Tower of Ashes," "Nightflyers," and "The Way of Cross and Dragon" are good too.

What I’d like: Most of the stories don’t have room for more tales of their protagonists, so I was thinking more of original characters in Martin’s world, based on his settings and tone. They don’t have to be set anywhere he directly described, just feel like they’re taking place in the same universe. Alternatively, I love the brief references to legendary characters like Celia Marcyan and Erika Stormjones, so maybe you could tell a story about one of them. Or if you have a great idea involving one of the existing characters, feel free. (If you're dying to write something based on Dying of the Light, though, I have to warn you that I really only liked Gwen in that novel.)

I mentioned doomed romance a lot, but feel free to either not do that or to use your own version of what that might mean. Martin’s work for me by sheer intensity, but I am not into his particular hang-ups about male-female relationships. I’d love to see gay or lesbian relationships, non-romantic relationships, or simply a different take on straight relationships.

Dreamsongs: Volume I (collects most of the Thousand Worlds stories.)

A Song for Lya

The Lonely Songs of Laren Dorr. Great story. Only 99 cents!

The Glass Flower


Vonda N. McIntyre - Dreamsnake

Character: Snake

Why I love it: I love the entire concept. I love the biology. I love the post-apocalypticness. I love Snake. I love Melissa. I love the sense of caring and hope and love that pervades the story, the way that terrible things happen but people try to make them better, and people can always, as long as they live, choose to change themselves, change the lives of others, change the ways of the world. And I love the snakes.

What I’d like: I do not particularly love Arevin, so ideally your story would not involve him. Ditto any of the villains. I’d like a story either about Snake and Melissa post-novel, or about Snake’s earlier adventures. Gen is fine, but if you want to do a romantic or sexual relationship, I would love to see Snake with another woman.

Dreamsnake. Only $4.99!


C. L. Moore – Northwest Smith

Character: Northwest Smith

Why I love it: The unabashed pulpiness, the lush and dangerous sexuality, the disquieting intimations of things man was not meant to know, the noirish sensibility, and the bittersweet texture of regret beneath all the manly adventuring. “Shambleau” would be a great story even without the killer last line, but it’s the regret and vulnerability in the last line that makes it unforgettable. My favorite stories are “Shambleau” and “Scarlet Dream.”

What I’d like: Anything that captures the flavor, the atmosphere, and the concerns of the original. You could do a solo Northwest Smith story, or team him with Yarol the Venusian. I’ve read all the Jirel stories if you want to do a crossover. (An exception to my no crossover rule, given that Moore already wrote a (kind of disappointing) crossover story. I bet you could do a better one.)

Gen would be fine, slash or het would also be fine. I like Moore’s (invariably dangerous or doomed) women and female aliens. And finally, I have to excerpt this paragraph, which really makes me wonder about Smith’s relationship with Yarol:

The little Venusian lay a few steps away, one cheek pressing the ground and his yellow curls gay against the moss. With closed eyes he looked like a seraph asleep, all the lines of hard living and hard fighting relaxed and the savageness of his dark gaze hidden. Even in his deadly peril Smith could not suppress a little grin of appreciation as he staggered the half-dozen steps that parted them and fell to his knees beside his friend’s body.

Pretty on the outside, decadent, dangerous, alien, and predatory on the inside: exactly Smith’s cup of tea, if you ask me. If you want to go there, feel free to explore the decadent/dangerous/alien/etc aspects, but please do make it consensual. Yarol is constantly rescuing Smith, and I feel that in the depths of his cold little heart, Yarol does genuinely care about him.

Speaking of which, I generally don’t like non-con – not for Yuletide, anyway – but “Shambleau” is dubcon at best and I love it. Now that I think about it, Smith gets dubconned quite a bit. Seriously, every other story he’s getting mind-controlled or vampirized in some very sexual-sounding manner, torn between enjoying ecstasies beyond mortal ken and escaping before it kills him, etc. So if you want to write canon-appropriate hot alien dubcon with someone other than Yarol, go for it.

Yvala. Only 99 cents to read the story I excerpted above, and see what I mean by sexualized mind-control.

Northwest Smith


Patricia C. Wrede - Lyra

Characters: Kayl, Barthelmy

This prompt is for Caught In Crystal, which I recently re-read.

Why I love it: I was fascinated by the Sisterhood of Stars – I am a total sucker for fellowships of badass girls. I was especially intrigued by the demon-friends. And I liked all the different races of people in the world.

What I’d like: I would love a story about Kayl’s Star Cluster before they encountered the thing in the tower, either while they were still in school or off somewhere having adventures. I picked Kayl and Barthelmy as characters to ensure that my recipient had read Caught in Crystal, but I would equally enjoy a story about original characters in a Star Cluster. If you want to write femmeslash, that would be totally appropriate. Gen would also be fine. But I picked this canon for its female-centric qualities, so whatever you do, please focus on the women or girls.

I realize that it would be difficult to write a Sisterhood-centric story post-novel. But if you liked having protagonists who are adult women with adult responsibilities, maybe you could figure out some reason why Kayl and Barthelmy have to go on another adventure (with or without kids in tow) and maybe have them meet up with some other current or ex Sisters. Or you could do an AU where Evla and Varevice survived the tower. (If you do that, please do figure out some way to keep Kayl’s kids; it would be too depressing if she never had them at all.)

Plot ideas (feel free to ignore): Are there any girls in the Sisterhood who are demons themselves? Are there demon demon-friends? Or maybe a story in which the demon has a different role, and her best friend or girlfriend is the demon-friend. There could be girls who belong to the other races of Lyra.

Kayl’s group wants to be the best; what about the girls who aren’t the best? There could be a Star Cluster of girls whom no one else wanted in their Star Cluster, maybe girls who are barely hanging in there, but of course turn out to be awesome in their own way.

Caught in Crystal: A Lyra Novel

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Dear Yuletide Writer

Dear Yuletide writer,

I am very unfussy about Yuletide. To make me even less fussy, this year I have requested three of four fandoms in which I have not only never received a story, I have never even seen a story. So I will be happy with anything so long as you don’t do something I specifically disrequested.

As for specific disrequests, please, no non-con, no adults having sex with teenagers, and no vomit. AUs are fine if they come from canon what-if, but I don't like ones set in another world entirely. That is, no "Mirrim, Menolly, and Kylara are vampires/pirates/vampirates/American Idol contestants." If I requested a fandom, it’s partly because I like the setting it has. (Though now that I mention it, if anyone wanted to write me a stocking stuffer where they’re all on Project Runway or Top Chef, that could be hilarious.)

If you have any questions about my tastes in fiction, coraa or Oyceter at Dreamwidth can put you on the right path.

If you’re interested in diversity, note that two of my fandoms (Thousand Worlds and Dreamsnake) could involve characters of absolutely any race, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, etc.

In general, and this will be more appropriate for some canons than others, I like adventure, action, heroism, friendship, luscious descriptions of food and landscape, a strong sense of place, worldbuilding, and hurt/comfort with the emphasis on comfort (not necessarily sexual). I don’t usually like curtainfic, babies, and stories with no plot whatsoever. I'm fine with adding in original characters.

All my fic is linked at a sticky post at the top of this LJ, if you’d like to check it out.

Psychologists RPF
Characters: Carl Jung, Sigmund Freud

I'm a psychology student and I got fascinated by the personal lives of psychologists, and how their theories seem informed by, and inform, their lives. I'm hoping for a story in which you use the theories of the psychologists to inform your story about them: like, a story with mythic resonance for Jung, or a story exploring the Freudian undercurrents of Freud's relationship with Jung. A solo story about either of them individually would be fine too. If you want to throw in any contemporaries of them, like Anna Freud, Alfred Adler, etc, go for it!

I got the idea here. You don't have to do Freud/Jung slash, though! On the flip side, if you want to, go right ahead. Whatever you think would be psychologically plausible and fun to read. ;) Also, I'm not really up on the period, so if you make any historical errors, I will neither nitpick nor, in all likelihood, notice.

Anne McCaffrey's Pern
Character: Mirrim.

I loved Mirrim in Dragonsong, and was thrilled when she impressed Path. And then there was the misogyny-fest that was The White Dragon. OH ANNE MCCAFFREY NO.

Please give me the awesome, dragon-riding Mirrim who should have been. Feel free to either ignore or work with post-Impression canon, though I’d prefer to keep that damn computer offstage or AU it up so they never found the thing. Pairings are fine but not necessary; I love her with Menolly, either as friends or romantically, but any pairing emphasizing equality, respect, and consent would work for me.

What I loved about McCaffrey was the intensity of dragon/rider relationships, the military-esque camaraderie of the Weyr, the poignance of misfits finding a purpose and a home, and the shameless wish-fulfillment of the whole set-up.

What I did not love was the unconscious sexism, classism, homophobia, and glamorized rape. I was fine with the in-canon sexism that Menolly and Mirrim struggled with, because McCaffrey recognized that it was a problem. I was creeped out by what she didn't seem to recognize, like the all-male Weyrleader meeting in Dragonquest, the drudges, etc. So if you want to address Mirrim facing sexism and so forth that's totally fine, and if you want to not even get into that sort of thing and have bronze riders having lots of totally accepted gay sex and Weyrwomen having summit meetings, that's fine too. But I'm not really looking for a story whose main purpose is deconstructing Pern.

For instance, I'm fine with making F’nor a nice guy who did not actually rape Brekke. But I'm not really looking for a story in which she realizes that he raped her and angsts about it and the point is that rape is bad. (Or for a story where rape is good, but I doubt anyone would write that one anyway.) Again, just give me Mirrim being awesome, and I'll be happy. Regarding other characters, I am fond of pretty much everyone other than AIVAS and any characters introduced post-AIVAS. I haven't read most of the prequel books or any of the Todd books.

I am totally fine with dragon-mating as long as the humans already wanted to have sex, realized in that moment that they wanted to have sex, etc -- just don't make it be a case where they didn't want to but were overcome by dragon-lust or regret it afterward.

George R. R. Martin’s "Thousand Worlds"
Characters: Any

These are collected in various editions: try Dreamsongs (two volumes), A Song for Lya, Sandkings, Portraits of My Children, Nightflyers, etc.

Why I love it: The grand sweeping romance of it all, the multitude of strange aliens and planets, the sense of great panoramas and infinite depths of history, the bittersweet quality of most of the stories, the beauty and the awe of the idea of a thousand worlds.

My favorite stories are "The Stone City," the ultimate romance of space story with its perfect last line, "A Song for Lya" for its doomed romance and emotional intensity and weird yet plausible culture, "The Lonely Songs of Laren Dorr" for more doomed romance and fairytale imagery, "The Glass Flower" for a plausible happy ending for once, and "Sandkings" for worldbuilding, structure, and intensity. "Bitterblooms," "The Stone Tower," "Nightflyers," and "The Way of Cross and Dragon" are good too.

What I’d like: Most of the stories don’t have room for more tales of their protagonists, so I was thinking more of original characters in Martin’s world, based on his settings and tone. They don’t have to be set anywhere he directly described, just feel like they’re taking place in the same universe. Alternatively, I love the brief references to legendary characters like Celia Marcyan and Erika Stormjones, so maybe you could tell a story about one of them. Or if you have a great idea involving one of the existing characters, feel free. (If you're dying to write something based on Dying of the Light, though, I have to warn you that I really only liked Gwen in that novel.)

I mentioned doomed romance a lot, but feel free to either not do that or to use your own version of what that might mean. Martin’s work for me by sheer intensity, but I am not into his particular hang-ups about male-female relationships, which can shade into misogyny. I’d love to see gay or lesbian relationships, non-romantic relationships, or simply a different take on straight relationships. I also think his thing about romance (in the non-sexytimes sense) being destroyed by science is ridiculous, so no need to mimic that.

Dreamsongs: Volume I

Vonda N. McIntyre's Dreamsnake.
Character: Snake

How do I love this book? Let me count the ways. I love the entire concept. I love the biology. I love the post-apocalypticness. I love Snake. I love Melissa. I love the sense of caring and hope and love that pervades the story, the way that terrible things happen but people try to make them better, and people can always, as long as they live, choose to change themselves, change the lives of others, change the ways of the world. And I love the snakes.

I do not particularly love Arevin, so ideally your story would not involve him. Ditto any of the villains. I’d like a story either about Snake and Melissa post-novel, or about Snake’s earlier adventures. If you’d like a plot idea (and feel free to ignore these), does Snake ever get into one of the walled cities? What does Melissa decide on for a career? Snake seems to be bisexual, but all her canonical romantic relationships are with men; what kind of woman would appeal to her romantically?

Cheap e-book here: http://www.bookviewcafe.com/index.php/Dreamsnake

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My not!Gundam story in an anthology!

A while back, I wrote an original story inspired by Gundam Wing; if you read it and squint really hard, you can even figure out which of the pilots provided the inspiration. It's called "Steel Rider," and is set in a version of the Wild West. With Gundams. Telepathic Gundams whom only women can pilot.

Steam-Powered: Lesbian Steampunk can now be ordered from Torquere Press. It should be available from Amazon in a couple days; I'll link when it is.

I don't normally do extensive promotion for my works, but I'm making an exception for this one because it's only one-fifteenth my work, and it's a small-press anthology about lesbians, with most stories taking place outside of England. The characters are often women of color, plus a trio of Jews. This is not your standard sf anthology, and it could probably use all the support it can get. Plus, I think it's really fun. It has zeppelins, dreams cut into crystal, cyborg bounty hunters, Emperor Norton, the Mughal Empire, and, of course, Wild West gunslingers soul-bonded to giant steel robots.

If you'd like more info on the entire book, here's a link to a round-up of reviews.

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Dear Yuletide Writer....

Dear Yuletide writer,

I am very unfussy about Yuletide. To make me even less fussy, this year I have requested three of four fandoms in which I have not only never received a story, I have never even seen a story. So I will be happy with anything so long as you don’t do something I specifically disrequested.

As for specific disrequests, please, no incest, no non-con, no dub-con, no under-age/over-age sex, and no vomit. AUs are fine if they come from canon what-if, but I don't like ones set in another world entirely. That is, no “Mirrim, Menolly, and Kylara are vampires/pirates/vampirates/American Idol contestants.” If I requested a fandom, it’s partly because I like the setting it has. (Though now that I mention it, if anyone wanted to write me a stocking stuffer where they’re all on Project Runway or Top Chef, that could be hilarious.)

If you have any questions about my tastes in fiction, oyceter or coraa can put you on the right path.

If you’re interested in diversity, note that two of my fandoms (Thousand Worlds and “The Mountain”) could star characters of absolutely any race, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, etc.

In general, and this will be more appropriate for some canons than others, I like adventure, action, heroism, friendship, luscious descriptions of food and landscape, a strong sense of place, and hurt/comfort with the emphasis on comfort (not necessarily sexual). I don’t usually like curtainfic, babies, and stories with no plot whatsoever.

All my fic is linked at a sticky post at the top of this LJ, if you’d like to check it out.


Willo Davis Roberts’ The Girl with the Silver Eyes
Characters: Katie Welker.

Why I love it: I loved this book SO MUCH when I was a little girl, and I’ve re-read it several times as an adult and I still love it. I love the comedy, the sweetness, the well-drawn supporting cast, and of course, the psychic kids and their budding friendships.

What I’d like: I always wished Roberts would write a sequel, with the kids attending psychic school, exploring their abilities, getting to know each other, meeting non-silver-eyed psychic kids, and having adventures. But since she didn’t, you can write it for me!

I don’t mind if you want to write in a more sophisticated style, use more YA themes, or age the kids up a bit (or not – something in Roberts’ own style would be great), but please don’t write anything porny, even if you do catch the kids when they’re teenagers. If you write them in psychic kid school, diversity in their classmates would be good and is canonically implied. Please don’t write anything sad or depressing.

On Amazon: The Girl With the Silver Eyes (Apple Paperbacks)

The Mountain – song by Dave Carter and Tracy Grammer
Characters: Narrator

Why I love it: It’s so beautiful and evocative, and yet almost entirely ambiguous. Is the mountain, which is clearly metaphorical, also literal? Is anything in the song literal? Is the narrator a hero, a mystic, a con artist, a prophet, an obsessed seeker, a lunatic, all of the above, or something completely different? Is it a good thing for the mountain to be all that you see? When and where is it set? Is it realism or fantasy or something in between?

What I’d like: Absolutely any interpretation, story, and style that seems true to you and inspires you. If you offered this at all, you’re the right person to write it.

On Amazon: Tanglewood Tree

Live performance at a folk festival: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ILgEavonpQU

Anne McCaffrey's Pern
Character: Mirrim.

I loved Mirrim in Dragonsong (Harper Hall Trilogy), and was thrilled when she impressed Path. And then there was the misogyny-fest that was The White Dragon (Dragonriders of Pern Vol 3). OH ANNE MCCAFFREY NO.

Please give me the awesome, dragon-riding Mirrim who should have been. Feel free to either ignore or work with post-Impression canon, though I’d prefer to keep that damn computer offstage or AU it up so they never found the thing. Pairings are fine but not necessary; I love her with Menolly, either as friends or romantically, but any pairing emphasizing equality, respect, and consent would work for me.

If that request doesn’t work for you, I’d be thrilled with anything set in the Dragonflight/Dragonsong/Dragonquest time, starring any or all of the following: Mirrim, Menolly, T’gellan, F’nor, G’sel, Brekke, Lessa, and/or their respective dragons and firelizards. Or go further back into the past and write about Lytol when he was L’tol.

What I loved about McCaffrey was the intensity of dragon/rider relationships, the military-esque camaraderie of the Weyr, the poignance of misfits finding a purpose and a home, and the shameless wish-fulfillment of the whole set-up.

What I did not love was the unconscious sexism, classism, homophobia, and glamorized rape. I was fine with the in-canon sexism that Menolly and Mirrim struggled with, because McCaffrey recognized that it was a problem. I was creeped out by what she didn't seem to recognize, like the all-male Weyrleader meeting in Dragonquest, the drudges, etc. So if you want to address Mirrim facing sexism and so forth that's totally fine, and if you want to not even get into that sort of thing and have bronze riders having lots of totally accepted gay sex and Weyrwomen having summit meetings, that's fine too. But I'm not really looking for a story whose main purpose is deconstructing Pern.

For instance, I'm fine with making F’nor a nice guy who did not actually rape Brekke. But I'm not really looking for a story in which she realizes that he raped her and angsts about it and the point is that rape is bad. (Or for a story where rape is good, but I doubt anyone would write that one anyway.) Again, just give me Mirrim being awesome, and I'll be happy.

I am totally fine with dragon-mating as long as the humans already wanted to have sex, realized in that moment that they wanted to have sex, etc -- just don't make it be a case where they didn't want to but were overcome by dragon-lust or regret it afterward.

George R. R. Martin’s “Thousand Worlds”
Characters: Any

These are collected in various editions: try Dreamsongs (two volumes), A Song for Lya, Sandkings, Portraits of My Children, Nightflyers, etc.

Why I love it: The grand sweeping romance of it all, the multitude of strange aliens and planets, the sense of great panoramas and infinite depths of history, the bittersweet quality of most of the stories, the beauty and the awe of the idea of a thousand worlds.

My favorite stories are “The Stone City,” the ultimate “romance of space” story with its perfect last line, “A Song for Lya” for its doomed romance and emotional intensity and weird yet plausible culture, “The Lonely Songs of Laren Dorr” for more doomed romance and fairytale imagery, “The Glass Flower” for a plausible happy ending for once, and “Sandkings” for worldbuilding, structure, and intensity. “Bitterblooms,” “The Stone Tower,” “Nightflyers,” and “The Way of Cross and Dragon” are good too.

What I’d like: Most of the stories don’t have room for more tales of their protagonists, so I was thinking more of original characters in Martin’s world, based on his settings and tone. They don’t have to be set anywhere he directly described, just feel like they’re taking place in the same universe. But if you have an idea for a story involving his existing characters, go for it!

The form made me pick characters, but you don't actually have to write about Holt, Lya, or the rather unlikely event of Holt meeting Lya. I wanted to pick "any."

I mentioned doomed romance a lot, but feel free to either not do that or to use your own version of what that might mean – Martin’s work for me by sheer intensity, but I am not into his particular hang-ups about male-female relationships, which can shade into misogyny. I’d love to see gay or lesbian relationships, non-romantic relationships, or simply a different take on straight relationships. I also think his thing about romance (in the non-sexytimes sense) being destroyed by science is ridiculous, so no need to mimic that.

View on Amazon: Dreamsongs: Volume I

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"The Doors Into Otherwheres: Five Women Segnbora Didn’t Sleep With (And Three She Did)"
A multi-fandom femmeslash extravaganza
starring Segnbora of Diane Duane’s “The Door Into…” series
co-starring Kylara of Pern, Karen Kasumi of X/1999, and Storm of the X-Men
and featuring several mystery cameos

Fandoms: Diane Duane’s “Door” books, Anne McCaffrey’s Pern, The X-Men (Chris Claremont-era comicverse), and X/1999
Word Count: 6600
Rating: R
Warnings: Consensual sex including mild BDSM; adventure-style mild violence.
Synopsis: Segnbora travels to other universes via the worldgate doors, meeting women, saving lives, having adventures, and getting new perspectives on herself.

This story is for cmattg, who won it in the [profile] helphaiti auction.

If you haven’t read the Door books, Segnbora is a failed wizard who is canonically bisexual and polyamorous. The Fire or Flame is the magic she can’t access, though she does have other magical abilities. The story takes place during the first book, The Door Into Fire, when she and her friends are hanging out in the ruin with the doors into otherworlds.

It’s not significantly spoilery for anything in any canon. But if you want to know what was up with the dragons, you will have to read the second book, The Door Into Shadow.

This story contains several additional bonus surprise crossovers. The person who correctly identifies the highest number of them in comments can make an original or fic prompt request, and I will attempt to fill it.

The trailing ends of Storm’s hair fell across Segnbora’s shoulders, caressing them like a breath of wind.Collapse )

A Light in Dark Places (a Prydain story)

Title: A Light in Dark Places
Fandom: Lloyd Alexander’s Chronicles of Prydain
Words: 550
Rated: G
Spoilers: None as such, but it takes place after The Castle of Llyr.
Synopsis: Eilonwy does more than just learn to be a lady while she’s away at Mona.

For rilina, who resembles the title.

“Newts,” explained Eilonwy.Collapse )

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