elegantpi: (Default)
Dear Yuletide Author,

Thank you so much for writing for me! I look forward to reading your story, and I hope that writing it brings you as much joy as I know it will bring me.

Here are some general preferences and fandom-specific preferences that I hope will be helpful.

General preferences )

Fandom-specific notes and preferences )

Thanks again, and Happy Yuletide!
elegantpi: (Believe)
Hello, Yuletide Writer,

Thank you so much for writing a story just for me! I promise to love it and give it lots of snuggles when it finds its way to me. And I hope you have as much joy in the writing of it as I know I will have in the reading of it.

I'm afraid I haven't been overly much present in the journaling sphere these past few years, so my journals aren't going to give much in the way of information about my fandom likes. I have a tumblr but it's mostly reblogs and such. So I'm just going to list, as in years' past, some general likes/dislikes, and then I'll go into some details and possible prompts for my requests.

General preferences )

Fandom-specific notes and preferences )

Thanks again, and Happy Yuletide!
elegantpi: (Quill)
This is indeed the most exciting time of year!

First of all, thank you, thank you, thank you for writing a gift for me! <3 The thing I want most of all is for you to have fun writing a story that speaks to your heart as much as it speaks to mine.

Likes, dislikes, specifics, and such )

That's all I can think of for now, and I hope this is helpful and not too very long, or too much information. :) Happy Yuletide, and happy writing!
elegantpi: (Quill)
Dear Yuletide Writers,

Because of the sudden illness of my father, I wasn't able to finish my letter in time, and I'm so sorry if that caused my writer any problems. :( I've been encouraged to finish and link it in case someone might like to write treats for my fandoms.

General things:

I love gen fic most of all. I do read pairings, and I enjoy romance, but I tend to like less couple-y stuff and more teamy or friendshippy stuff that really emphasizes the world and culture in which the stories take place. World-building, AU stories, character studies, introspective fic, adventure, mystery - all things that make me super-happy. Lively, witty conversation, affectionate characters, that sort of thing.

Things I don't like: fic that is too dark or violent; I prefer not to read anything above PG-13ish; I'm not into kinks, definitely not into major character death.

Fandoms Requested:
  • Heian Jidai | Heian Period - Sei Shonagon, Empress Teishi, Emperor Ichijo, Korechika, the rest of the court and etc.

    A simple, elegant scene with Shonagon and Teishi would be lovely. One of my favorite moments in the Pillow Book is when Teishi comes over and asks Shonagon what she is doing on the veranda, and Shonagon answers that she is gazing at the autumn moon, and Teishi tells her, "That's just what you should have said." It was beautiful and gentle, and I loved it so! I wanted to read so many more moments like that. Little to no context is fine - just a snapshot scene would be lovely.

    I'd also enjoy something more lively, like an outing or a festival, with Shonagon and the ladies of the court surrounding Teishi, or going abroad with her, etc. Sharp and witty dialogue, poetry, the works. Or a day where letters are coming and going, and something exciting is about to happen. Slices of life would be perfect.

  • EchoBazaar - any characters

    I'm so open for any Echo Bazaar stories that almost anything will suit me. Let's see - I would enjoy a fic that is 3rd person, since so many of the ones I have already read are written in 1st or 2nd person. I'd like something with descriptions of places in the 'Neath, something atmospheric. It doesn't have to be too plotty - it can just be a scene, or a moment, or a memory. But I also like caper stories, and there is much capering in the 'Neath! Perhaps an adventure on an archeological dig, or an afternoon in Veilgarden. A University intrigue!

  • The Sorceress & the Cygnet - Nyx Ro, Meguet Vervaine, Laura Ro

    This book is so dear to my heart, as is the character of Nyx. I also love Meguet a great deal, and I love Nyx and Meguet's connection with one another. I would love a Nyx and Meguet friendship fic, but I also would not mind the two of them as a couple! Nyx's magic and her relationship with magic is also of interest to me. The way McKillip describes the magic in her worlds appeals to me on a fundamental level - if you could recapture a little of that magic in a scene, I would die of happiness.

  • Ballet Shoes - Posy or Petrova, or all the sisters together. Gum, Sylvia, Nana, Madame Fidolia

    I am most interested in Petrova as a grown-up young woman. I imagine her as an Amelia Earhart type, with a love of flight and mechanical things. I'd love to hear about what she was doing in her 20s or 30s, even see her with a love interest.

    I'd adore a story about Posy in Czechoslovakia, too - a dancing story. Did she learn to speak Czech? How did she learn to fit with the culture of her new home and with the other ballet dancers? What roles did she dance as a young woman? What was her relationship to Manoff?
elegantpi: (Quill)
Nominate!

My Nominations:
  • Dangerous Beauty
  • Edward Lucas White - The Unwilling Vestal
  • RPF - Heian Japan (for me, this is Sei Shonagon and her Pillow Book)
  • Rubicon
  • Sailor Moon (anime or manga)
  • Twin Peaks
I waffled about Dangerous Beauty and The Unwilling Vestal, especially the latter because I've only run across two other people in my entire lifetime who've read it, and I've known a lot of people, most of them readers. But in the end, both of them won out over Louise Marley's Nevya series, which maybe I'll nominate next year. I will be so surprised and pleased, though, if The Unwilling Vestal makes it in.

Very excited about participating in Yuletide for the first time ever. :)
elegantpi: (Quill)
This is just me exploring Yuletide suggested fandoms and fills, and thinking about what I would request or offer to write if I participate. If I do, it's going to be so difficult to choose just six to nominate! I've just finished reading the Yuletide FAQ, as well, and I'm about to stroll over to AO3 and read some of last year's fic.

Oh, how my list reminds me that I need to re-read some dear old favorite books. :) I can see the cover of Taliesin peeking out from under a pile of books near the wall - I think I'll spend the rest of the night reading it over again. It's my favorite of the Pendragon cycle. I've been watching Merlin lately, so Arthurian legend is on my mind.

Read more... )

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