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02 November 2006 @ 10:03 pm
Are You My Santa?  
Dear Santa,

Okay. I'm. Um. A little bit afraid that you're looking at your assignment right now and regretting ever signing up for Yuletide, because you got stuck with a crazy recipient OMG. Do not fear! I'm not crazy. Okay, I am, but not in a way that's harmful.

To you, anyway.

I know I went overboard with the details a bit, but I wanted to make sure you had a starting place if you needed one. If you can't do what I requested, or you think you can't do it well, details are optional.

If, on the other hand, you want to know more about what I like in fan fiction in general, or what I'm hoping for from Yuletide this year, read on.

I'm hoping that my story will be like the canon it's based on. I made these requests because I love the canons, after all, so I'm hoping the characters will sound like themselves, act like themselves, and think like themselves. For the fictional fandoms, I'm hoping the story will be similar in tone and content to the canon. For the historical fandoms, I'm hoping the details will be historically accurate and appropriate.

I'm hoping that my story won't be very dark or angsty. I'm great with tension and conflict in the middle, but I'm a big fan of happy endings. Witty dialog and humor are always a plus, if you can go there. I'm neutral about porn this year; if it fits in the story and it's what you want to write, then please do. If it doesn't work in the story, that's great, too. The story's the thing.

ETA: Like an idiot, I forgot to mention squicks. The first and most major one is animal harm - I just can't handle it in any form. And the other one is embarrassment. Minor embarrassment I can survive; major embarrassment leaves me fetal on the floor. So, um, those would be good to skip?

Fandom specifics:

For I, Robot, my ideal is actually a pairing story, though it can be of any rating or explicitness. I'd also be totally happy with a gen story that has a level of subtext similar to the Powell and Donovan short stories in the book. And, as I said, I'm really hoping for malfunctioning robots in space. Malfunctioning robots in space are the very essence of this canon, to me. I'd love to see Powell and Donovan work some kind of robot problem. And if that robot problem causes them to have we're-gonna-die or we're-locked-in-an-enclosed-space or we're-desperate-and-horny first-time sex? That would be golden.

For The Gold Bat, I have no preference between slash or gen. (If you do write slash, though, O'Hara and Moriarty are my first choice, followed very closely by Trever and Clowes - or Trevor and pretty much anyone of roughly his age.) One thing I don't think I made clear in the details is that it doesn't have to be set during the school years - feel free to age them up to university or whatever if you like. I'm hoping for something similar in tone and content to the school stories - light, humorous, filled with school politics and intrigue.

For James Cook and Joseph Banks, as I said, feel free to take it either to a gen or a slash place - extraordinary friendship or pairing, either is fabulous. I'd particularly be interested in something that acknowledges or explores the diversity of their backgrounds and their relative purposes and positions during the expedition. I'd love it to feel like the age of sail, too. If you need references or beta help, obviously I can't volunteer, but you could try kiss_me_hardy, which is basically tailored to suit your beta and research needs; I've left the community and will stay gone for the duration of Yuletide, so if you post members-only there, I won't be able to see it. And Australiana (and, OMG, maybe even a wombat!) is totally not necessary or expected, but if you can put that in there, I will bounce with joy.

And for Charles Baudelaire - if he's the fandom we share in common, I love you. And I'm so, so sorry. My fourth request is, traditionally, the place where I let my inner crazed fangirl come out and play, and I definitely went there this year. Basically, I want (lower-case 's') supernatural fiction with Charles Baudelaire's rather, um, unique world view as the guide, and Charles himself as a main character. If you can make it jibe with his life, I'd love it. (And if you need references for his life, let me know via the mods or however; I will so totally be happy to help!) Oh, and - I don't speak French, though I'm familiar enough with most of Les Fleurs du Mal that I'll at least understand the poems themselves. But for dialog and suchlike, English is definitely preferable.

Here's what's most important, though: I love all these fandoms. The existence of a story in any of them will make me happy. That it was written for me will make me deliriously happy.

And I already love you for volunteering to write for it.

Love,
TFV, your totally not crazy in any way recipient
 
 
 
lectissima femina: o'brian-wombatwonderlandartyartie on November 3rd, 2006 05:58 am (UTC)
Cook/Banks and a wombat? That would be so freaking cool! *secretly hopes you that as your Yuletide gift, or at least a NYR*

Speaking of Cook, have you read Blue Latitudes yet? It's a rather interesting approach - looking not only Cook's life but his considerable wake throughout history, especially on the islands he encountered.
tried to eat the safe banana: Sail and seagullsthefourthvine on November 3rd, 2006 06:07 am (UTC)
OMG yes. I loved Blue Latitudes. I mean, I'm a travel essay fan anyway, and I've enjoyed his previous books, so there's also that, but anything that takes Cook and Banks to a modern context gets a big ol' HEART from me.

Cook/Banks and a wombat. Yeah, that's a good, good place to go. (But all my requests are just that cool. Trust me. My requests are the very essence of cool. Um. By very limited definitions of the word "cool." My definition, basically.)

Have fun on article_xxix and kiss_me_hardy without me, by the way. I figured it'd be best to get away from there; I don't think the odds my Santa is going the Cook/Banks route are high, but if she is, I don't want to be hovering inquisitively over her only real LJ resources for queries and and betas. (That I know about, anyway.)
(no subject) - artyartie on November 3rd, 2006 03:56 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - thefourthvine on November 4th, 2006 06:50 am (UTC) (Expand)
Very inconvenient, as now I have no shaving-glassdzurlady on November 3rd, 2006 06:12 am (UTC)

For James Cook and Joseph Banks, as I said, feel free to take it either to a gen or a slash place - extraordinary friendship or pairing, either is fabulous. I'd particularly be interested in something that acknowledges or explores the diversity of their backgrounds and their relative purposes and positions during the expedition. I'd love it to feel like the age of sail, too. If you need references or beta help, obviously I can't volunteer, but you could try [info]kiss_me_hardy or [info]article_xxix, particularly the former; I've left both communities and will stay gone for the duration of Yuletide, so if you post members-only there, I won't be able to see it. And Australiana (and, OMG, maybe even a wombat!) is totally not necessary or expected, but if you can put that in there, I will bounce with joy.

OMG, *genius*. Not something I'd ever thought of, but very cool! And I was wondering how the wombat came into it.
tried to eat the safe banana: Sail and seagullsthefourthvine on November 3rd, 2006 07:33 am (UTC)
Yeah, that'd be how. (I, um. Hope you weren't imagining anything really unfortunate, because, yes, I love Our Friend the Wombat, but not that way.)

And, yes, Cook/Banks. I finally decided to come to terms with my historical RPF needs this year. Because - Joseph Banks! James Cook! Theirloveissoexploratory!

I honestly cannot decide which of these I want more. Every time I think of one, I'm all, "OMG PLEASE SANTA PICK THAT ONE," and then I think of another and I want that one, too.

Eeeeee yay Yuletide!
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tried to eat the safe banana: Sleepthefourthvine on November 3rd, 2006 11:34 am (UTC)
*hugs you*

You had better be in bed by now, missy. VACATION = NO WORK.

(Also, when it comes to executive summaries, the secret magical ingredient is HATE. Remember this.)

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tried to eat the safe banana: Sail and seagullsthefourthvine on November 3rd, 2006 10:07 am (UTC)
Oh, good point. I'd forgotten article_xxix is members-only for posting. (Does this mean I'll have to reapply when Yuletide's up? Because I already unsubbed, unfortunately.)

And, OMG, Cook/Banks!!!1 You sick puppy! *loves* If you don't get it for yuletide I might write it for you myself!

*swoons*

I would love you forever for that. The Cook/Banks love is MEANT TO BE. Don't even tell me you've never thought about it.

...You really haven't? It is just me? Damn. But you're thinking about it now, right? Soon you will accept that it is a concept of true brilliance.
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(no subject) - dzurlady on November 3rd, 2006 12:43 pm (UTC) (Expand)
A Certain Ms Uneslemslempike on November 3rd, 2006 09:12 am (UTC)
You requested The Gold Bat fic? Magnificent. Also the Baudelaire, that's a brilliant idea.
tried to eat the safe banana: Black umbrellathefourthvine on November 3rd, 2006 10:12 am (UTC)
I worship the Wodehouse school stories, and I've been requesting a story for one of them for at least two years. (I don't know about 2004, because the email account that had that signup sheet in it went poof, but I think that year I requested the Pothunters.) I have this unfortunate thing for boarding school stories anyway, as I have confessed to you before, and Wodehouse is the king, in my opinion.

Also the Baudelaire, that's a brilliant idea.

I've been trying to write it myself for three years and getting fucking nowhere. If my Yuletide Santa doesn't bite, I'm giving it another try, this time dumping the Angelus/Baudelaire angle and going just for Baudelaire.

Although I will need to find a co-writer who can PLOT. I am hoping to draft maygra, possibly when SPN goes on hiatus. (She'll be bored! She'll need something to do! ...No, really. Okay, she won't even be interested, but she swore she'd help me plot it, anyway.)
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threeringsthreerings on November 3rd, 2006 02:33 pm (UTC)
Baudelaire was on the list and I didn't see it?

Not that I would have been able to write it, but damn, that's a good idea.
tried to eat the safe banana: Bookthefourthvine on November 3rd, 2006 02:52 pm (UTC)
*nods*

Many profound and interesting options lurk under the RPF - Historic category.

Next year, I am maybe going to lobby for it to be broken down into things like RPF - Age of Sail and RPF - Literary Figures, or some such, because I think the category confused people.
(no subject) - lipsum on November 5th, 2006 03:20 am (UTC) (Expand)
torn between not okay and maybe kind of cute: tall shipskalpurna on November 3rd, 2006 05:26 pm (UTC)
I totally stole your last two lines for my yuletide santa post, just FYI. :D
tried to eat the safe banana: Age of Sailthefourthvine on November 3rd, 2006 05:29 pm (UTC)
Yay! You are entirely welcome to them. (You'd be welcome to the whole thing, but in less there is a remarkable, even mystical, coincidence going on, you didn't request those same fandoms, so the rest of it wouldn't be much good.)
ileliberte: Teylaileliberte on November 10th, 2006 07:05 pm (UTC)
Random drop in to express Gold Bat love :) I think Wodehouse's school stories are the best of his work, I still have so much adoration for The White Feather. O'Hara and Moriarty were the ones with the ferret, right? I like how his characters kind of pop up here and there in the different school stories even when the focus characters are different. I keep forgetting the one where Clowes saved the headmaster's niece from having her bicycle stolen, but lots of love for that too. I kept hoping for a grown up follow up to Mike at Wrykyn but it was not to be *sigh*
tried to eat the safe banana: Bookthefourthvine on November 10th, 2006 08:11 pm (UTC)
Gold Bat woooo!

And, nope, the ferret-keepers were Renford and Harvey, who are too young for me to slash. They're, like, eleven or twelve, I think. O'Hara and Moriarty were the stereotypical Irish scofflaws with the broad accents and the tendency to start trouble - O'Hara was the one who lost the gold bat in the first place, at the base of the mayor's statue, which he and Moriarty were tarring and feathering.

I can't believe that I know all this crap off the top of my head. I've read these books way too many times.

And, and! There is a grown-up follow-up to Mike at Wrykyn - actually, several: the Psmith stories, including Mike and Psmith and Psmith, Journalist and so on. Mike is Psmith's, um, right-hand man. The Psmith stories aren't my favorites, but they do exist. (And eventually Psmith gets married, although he is the GAYEST CHARACTER IN ALL OF LITERATURE, beating even Georgette Heyer's romantic male leads in the field.)

*hearts the school stories SO DAMN MUCH*

(And, by the way, they're out of copyright, so you can get them all at Project Gutenberg if you want them on your PDA or whatever. So cool!)
ileliberteileliberte on November 10th, 2006 08:44 pm (UTC)
Oh, right. I can't believe I forgot about the troublemakers! I think I borrowed the book from a friend maybe in the eighth grade or so and only reluctantly gave it back when I came for college here and I am very ashamed that I did not remember *is ashamed*

Am also senile it seems because I picked up a Psmith book once and now recall thinking "Oh! Mike!" but then I didn't really like Psmith at all, so that fizzled out pretty fast and I didn't read any more of them.

Project Gutenberg is very helpful, I actually read The gold Bat and The White Feather again on that site. And, heh, I actually went and got David Blaize from the library a few minutes ago.