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Dear Yoda,

I'm also primeideal on ao3.
 
Thank you so much for writing for me! Love the fanworks created last year, I did; going with a minor character focus this time around, I am. ;)
 
In most cases, I chose single characters rather than preset relationships because I'd rather you have the freedom to make unexpected connections--set a story in an era we didn't see onscreen or bring in other characters if you'd like!
 
General likes: happy endings, sad endings (when providing some measure of closure or melodrama--I have no problem with character death, if that's the road you want to go down), gen, friendship, enemy-ness, time travel, five things, canon-divergence AUs. I'm also fine with total crack, so if you want to write something with a really nonstandard format (William Shakespeare's Star Wars, Backstroke of the West, fictional documentation), go nuts.
 
General dislikes: ambiguous endings, issue-fic, explicit sex, underage sex, rape/non-con. If something relies on knowledge of secondary canon, I'm afraid I probably won't understand the allusions. I prefer no AUs that are mundane in the sense of humdrum, but if you have an idea for these ships that brings out the fantastic and hopeful themes of Star Wars in somewhere equally dramatic but a different setting, feel free to go crazy. And while I like most unconventional fic formats I'm not a big fan of plain second-person prose.
 
For this exchange, I'd prefer you not ship the single-character requests with other canon characters. If you'd like to make up OCs for them to be paired romantically with, go for it, but gen is fine.

Here are just a few suggestions for each character to get an idea for the range of plots I'd be interested in, really anything goes.

Bail Organa & Leia Organa
-Bail fights so that his daughter will be free to pursue any future she wants--and is proud, if bittersweet, to see her following the same path he did.
-When Leia's relationship to Darth Vader comes to light decades later, pundits ask again; what did Bail know, and when did he know it? (I'm sort of familiar with this secondary canon by osmosis; feel free to draw on that part if need be, or create your own version.)
-Leia's Force powers accidentally manifest at an inconvenient time, and Bail is in charge of awkward cover-up.
-Bail briefs Leia about Obi-Wan and his prequel reminisces before her Tatooine mission

(I didn't request the tag that includes Breha, but feel free to include her in anything you write! No obligation, though.)
 
K-2SO
-What kind of free will do Imperial droids have versus reprogrammed ones? How unique is K-2SO after his "upgrade"?
-Duty, sacrifice, and/or other abstract concepts that Cassian Andor now has to explain to this droid he's saddled himself with
-Mon Mothma's job was hard enough without this cynical robot reporting the odds of failure of every...single...Senate vote.
-C-3PO and K-2SO's exciting life staying in one piece while their humans get themselves in trouble
 
Lor San Tekka
-What does the Church of the Force get up to? A day in the life of studying and revering a power they believe in but can't access.
-Lor and Luke Skywalker's speculative research about the Jedi temple
-Lor once crossed paths with Rey, not knowing who the desert scavenger was
-Studying the Force was a lot riskier during the Imperial era...
 
Maz Kanata
-"If you live long enough, you see the same eyes in different people." Maz notes an unexpected parallel between generations.
-Five weapons Maz has acquired over the years, and one she's given away
-How did Maz learn about the Force? Has she taught anyone?
-Someone nominated Cassian Andor, Lando Calrissian, and Maz, and I don't know what that would look like other than "three rogues walk into a bar and the Empire is angry at all of them," but I'd love to see it.
 
Like I said, don't feel compelled to use these, just if they're helpful as jumping-off points. Thanks in advance for whatever you come up with,  and of course, may the force be with you!
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Dear Author,

Thank you very much for writing for me! Please don't feel bound by these prompts; they're just there to get you started, and I hope you have fun writing whatever inspires you for these characters and fandoms. I'd be thrilled to get fic for any of these, and while I may have more to say about some of these than others, that shouldn't be taken as indicative of interest. Feel free to mix and match prompts, too. In some my prompts are more split up by relationship; in some they're more "prompts for any combination."

I'm also primeideal on Ao3.

General dislikes: explicit sex, rape/non-con, issue-fic, and cliffhangers. I strongly prefer self-contained stories, be they happy or sad. (I have no problem with character death, if that's the route you want to go down!)

I generally enjoy "5+1"/"N things" sort of fic, or nonstandard formatting like documentation, epistolary, flashbacks etc, or "canonical AUs" in fandoms where those make sense. Again, don't feel compelled to do that!

For any of these fandoms, feel free to bring in any other characters, but I'd rather not see a focus on non-canon romance if I didn't request it.

Animorphs:
Elfangor & Ax
Elfangor & Tobias
Ax & Loren
Loren & Tobias
Elfangor/Loren
Forlay/Noorlin

The Sirinial-Esgarrouth-how do names work family! I'd be happy about fic including any of these characters, in any era of canon, or an AU setting where Tobias knew Elfangor longer/differently, or Loren regains her memories to interact with Ax, etc.

Anything related to Andalite worldbuilding and culture would be cool! Before the war, how the war has shaped them (the one-child policy, etc.) Stuff like the innate optimism fascinates me, as well as Ax's time sense; is that common? Rare? Do others have equally useful/weird skills? Driftball in the captain's quarters versus human softball? Using the hirac delest/Time Matrix stuff to get glimpses of the past?

As regards humans: how might Loren use her morphing ability after the war? Does Ax reluctantly help her acquire new morphs, or does she find some other way to keep in touch? Do they cross paths again, and under what circumstances? (Feel free to do something farther-flung, too! This is just a jumping-off point.)


Pitch:
Ginny & Will
Ginny & Bill
Ginny & Blip
Ginny & Evelyn
Blip/Evelyn

I'm fascinated by Bill's dreams and unwavering commitment to Ginny, and by the glimpses we've seen of Will, how he's struggled in childhood and adulthood to be his own person and not just Ginny Baker's brother. I'd be interested to see the siblings at any era--Will reaching for success on his own and Ginny hoping or supporting him to achieve it, for both their sakes. Outsiders' points of view on Bill and Ginny's progress through high school could be interesting, whether impressed or cynical; or Ginny's imagination of him at later phases in canon/minor league era.

I adore Blip and Evelyn's warmth and humor. More silliness in the vein of the "lucky shirt" subplot, accommodating each others' quirks, could be funny, and-or in-jokes with Ginny. Something like the last couple episodes, with Evelyn pursuing her business interests with the restaurant, would also be cool; I'd prefer it not to be completely bleak between the main characters, though.

I love baseball and the show's shoutouts so would be delighted by any baseball stuff you throw in if you're so inclined; if not, please don't feel like you have to!

Crossovers (Pitch/Animorphs):
Mike Lawson/Rachel (Animorphs)
Ginny Baker & Marco (Animorphs)

So I've seen the headcanon floating around that ocean+zoo access+various California hints=the Animorphs' hometown could well be San Diego, and with the 90s' timeline, it's not altogether out of the question for them to be living in the same world? I'd love to see Marco dealing with his celebrity in fine style, heroically trying to rescue Ginny from being the most important person in the room by stealing the spotlight/making conversation/awkwardly flirting, and a friendship striking up.

Rachel the Animorph is probably a couple of years too young to be the same character as Mike's sports-journalist ex-wife, but I think this could be handwaved and surprise, maybe she survived the war and wound up with him? (If you want to do this I'm fine if they don't stay together in the end and sticking with the canon timeline, depending on when you want to set it.) Otherwise, maybe they're two different people and he just has a type?

Feel free to bring in any other characters you want from either canon. Bill's tragic backstory involves The Sharing? Livan obtained illegal access to an Escafil device and that's how he recovered from all those injuries during the World Baseball Classic? Anything goes.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child:
Teddy Lupin & Delphi
Hermione & Severus

So for all the talk of missing families and long-lost family connections with Draco and Delphi, Teddy's absence loomed large to me in Cursed Child, and I'd love to see something where he meets her and deals with the fallout. Is he working as a guard in Azkaban? Introduced via Draco somehow? Has he kept up with Harry's kids/supported Al through his teenage angst, or is he off doing his own thing? And does this branch of the tree change Delphi's outlook on anything? (Or not.)

Hermione and Snape in the dark timeline, waging their underground resistance against Voldemort's regime! How their reluctant trust becomes friendship and a camaraderie-in-arms? Resolve in the face of loss? Or glimpses of what else in the magical world has stayed the same versus changed? More time travel shenanigans are always fun.

If you include Ron, please don't reduce him to comic relief.

Chess (board game):
Any (nominated ships):
Bishop & or / Knight
Pawn & or / Queen
Queen & or / Queen
King/Queen
Knight/Queen

Really, anything goes for this fandom. Crack? Serious anthropomorphism? Intrateam fraternization during a long conflict? Interteam betrayals?Heroic (or not-so-heroic) sacrifices? Espionage gone wrong? Puzzles? What's up with the weird special rules?

I don't have any gender preferences for my pawns, bishops, or knights!

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Again, don't feel bound by any of this, and thank you once more for writing for me!
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 Hi there! I'm also primeideal on Ao3. I wrote a couple treats for the original run of the exchange and was invited to leave prompts in case this inspires anyone else. Feel free to use as little or as much as this as is helpful.
 
Things that would be fun to see for any ship: happy endings, sad endings (when providing some measure of closure or melodrama--I'm fine with character death), nonstandard formats (documentation, epistolary, "Backstroke of the West," "William Shakespeare's Star Wars," verse), time travel, five things, canon-divergence AUs
 
General dislikes: ambiguous endings, issue-fic, explicit sex, underage sex, rape/non-con. If something relies on knowledge of secondary canon, I'm afraid I probably won't understand the allusions. I prefer no AUs that are mundane in the sense of humdrum, but if you have an idea for these ships that brings out the fantastic and hopeful themes of Star Wars in somewhere equally dramatic but a different setting, feel free to go crazy. And while I like most unconventional fic formats I'm not a big fan of plain second-person prose.
 
Bail/Breha
-Alderaanian worldbuilding! How they fell in love in happier days before the empire.
-Fake-fake dating trope subversion; they're already married, but they still need to keep their rebellion affiliation undercover.
-Leia's Force powers manifest at an inconvenient time. The cover-up is awkward.
 
Finn/Rey
-Finn is embarrassed by his legendary status among the growing ranks of subversive/defecting stormtroopers. Rey thinks it's adorable.
-Finn is terrified of being "reformatted" back to FN-2187 and asks Rey to kill him rather than let him be taken alive if it comes to that. Does she fail, follow through, or do they find another way out?
-Something transplanting the dynamic of them fighting in different ways, but always watching each other's back, to another setting.
 
Lando/Poe
-They don't understand how each other could be so incredibly wrong about some subjective point of spacecraft comparison and get into stupidly petty arguments about it.
-BB-8 decides that if Poe keeps losing terribly at sabacc, it's time to take matters into its own digits and find an algorithm to help turn the tables.
-Poe draws the short straw and has to tell Lando about Han's death.
 
Owen/Beru
-Luke sarcastically asked for a droid who could speed up time and get him off Tatooine. Little did he know that Owen and Beru had purchased a time-travelling droid in C-3PO. Life is about to get interesting.
-An AU where they raise Leia and/or Bail and Breha raise Luke/some other permutation in the twins' upbringings.
-Outsider POV on the events of the prequel trilogy (or vice versa, other prequel-trilogy characters' POV on their relationship).
 
Again, no obligation to use any of this, just on the chance it sparks your interest. Anything about these ships would be cool to see. May the force be with you! :)
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Dear Yuletide Author,

From games and the players who win 'em
To stories with strange songs within 'em
I'll enjoy any tale
That you bring without fail,
No matter how you choose to spin 'em!

(Optional details are optional! Please don't feel limited to these prompts, I look forward to anything you write in any of these fandoms!) Although some of the sections are longer than others, this has been where I've tried to give prompts for just one character at a time as opposed to a combination or "any nominated," and I'm equally excited to receive fic in any of them.

Previous Dear Author letters, from which most of this preamble is rephrased!

My name is also primeideal on ao3, and also Tumblr. I'm Ember Nickel on FFN and Imzy. (Again, though I ramble about some of these more than others on platforms like Tumblr, this is due to their size-relative-for-Yuletide; I love them all!)

I love happy endings, sad endings (when providing some measure of closure or melodrama), snark, wordplay, mathplay, gen of any stripe, friendships and familial bonds, fourth-wall bashing and unashamed meta, and general nerdery.

I do not want issue-fic, explicit sex, rape/noncon, or cliffhanger endings--I strongly prefer self-contained stories that lead to some resolution, be that happy or sad. (I have no problem with character death, if that's the route you want to go down!)

Most of these fandoms have no particular shippy focus. If you're so inclined, for FTL and Resistance, I'm fine with any pairings (of the named characters and/or OCs), but also love gen. I'll discuss the others in their own sections.

Chess (musical) (Florence, Freddie, Anatoly)

Please treat this as an OR request: I'd be happy with fic about any one of these requested characters. As always, optional details are extremely optional, but particularly for this fandom where there are so many versions of "canon" to begin with. This year I got interested in the Swedish production of the musical; you can read a fan-translated version of the script here. This has inspired several of my prompts, but I certainly don't expect you to be familiar with this version in particular.

Freddie--in the Swedish version (which is set entirely in Merano), Freddie goes to a bar to try to drown his sorrows. However, "One Night in Bangkok" is playing on the radio. So...does that song exist within the fictional universe, and if so, how? Does the entire musical exist in Freddie's world, and if so, is there a chance for different fictional versions of himself (or the other characters) to interact? I would love to see something completely cracky for this. If you'd rather write something a little more serious for him, I'd be interested in either backstory or post-canon fic for Freddie (in any continuity). I'm most interested in his drive to the top as a competitor and/or his recalibration of what to do with himself in a post-Berlin Wall era.

Florence--the Swedish version highlights the Hungarian uprising in a cool way (although her father isn't a second-act subplot), so anything emphasizing her growing political awareness and the various ways she sees herself would be great. Again, this could be during her childhood or later (maybe paralleling some of the ways Anatoly is or isn't becoming politically conscious, depending on the version).

Anatoly--is characterized a little bit differently in the Swedish version; "Where I Want To Be" takes on a slightly more political edge right away, "Anthem" is a little more explicitly religious, and his father was a math professor who had a Hungarian co-worker which made Anatoly indirectly aware of the consequences of the uprising. Any or all of that, and the parallels/counterpoints to Florence it brings up, would be really cool to explore in backstory (or future-fic). Once again, feel free to ignore any of that and go with any other characterization or time period, including "the heck with it, I just like to win because winning at chess is great."

Shipwise for this fandom, I'm fine with Florence/Anatoly (and gen), but would rather not have the focus on any other ship.

Chip's Challenge (any character: Chip and/or Melinda nominated)

Anything for this fandom! Chip's increasingly frustrated diary as he beats his head against a wall/block of ice/force field? Melinda's notes to him as she watches him drown for the twelfth time? Postgame adventures once Chip is a Bit Buster in his own right?

I'm also familiar with the second game, so if you happen to know it, feel free to incorporate the new puzzles (letting Melinda and Chip summon each other so they can get out of traps neither one could escape on their own, and so on); if not, absolutely not expected! Either allusions to specific levels from the original game or just generic "oh no, it's a monster" would be welcome.

I'd be cool with either a shippy or a gen focus to Melinda and Chip's relationship.

This game (and the sequel) is available on Steam.

FTL: Faster Than Light (any character: Ariadne, Rock quest captain, Rebel soldier, Repair drones nominated)

For this fandom, I would not like mention of the canonical endgame/final boss, but any other past or future you imagine for these characters is cool, whether it's how the outbreak of the rebellion first impacted their lives, or getting crushed to death by asteroids in sector four!

Ariadne--the Rock bride who sullenly mopes in your cargo bay, then tries to escape her own wedding and can possibly join your crew. Backstory would be great--what is she running away from? Does she fit in on the ship? Or explore the world where she stays put and gets married--does she fall in love with her spouse eventually? Does the war catch up to her?

Rebel soldier--in particular, I'm thinking of the one who says they would prefer to stick with the federation, but feels like they need to be part of a war. Really?! Do they not have a choice in the matter? And they're in a war right now, can't they switch sides if they want? What's up with this captain, really?

Rock quest captain--the one who's potentially impressed by your willingness to fight to the end for the Federation, or just to endure the fire traps near the sun. What brought about their commitment to honor? How do they find stars hot enough to lure unwary travellers? Does everyone who earns their upgrade prove worthy of it?

Repair drones--they don't know where you came from, and they don't care (but they're the right place for some ship repair). Is this really true? If so, would that make them the most tolerant and open-minded beings in a war-torn galaxy? Why the heck are they programmed to speak in rhyme?! ;)

Please don't feel the need to work in more than one of these characters, but if something inspires you to include more than one, by all means go for it! (Maybe Ariadne and the quest captain bond over stomping out fires, or the rebel soldier and the drones think that the background music is super catchy...)

This game is available on Steam.

Galavant (Gareth, Sidney, Madalena, the DEL)

Gareth and Sidney's adventures on the quest to save Madalena from herself, please, and/or the showdown once they get there. Does Sidney ever get to be an Important Protagonist again, or do the continuing demands of living in a monarchy inspire revolutionary urges? When he's not in love, are Gareth's metaphors still limited to henchmany, minionesque speak? Do they ever play another round of "guess which name is on my forehead?" Who or what is the DEL, and what kind of fashion advice do they have in mind for Madalena and company? Is there a way to undo the DDEW contract for Madalena's soul, and if so, how? Does she just go back to being an ordinary villain anyway?

I'm fine with nonstandard formats, so lyrical digressions would be very welcome but certainly not expected. In general, I like the musical-allusion stuff of the second season a little more than the first season style of random shoutouts to RL, but complete shattering of the fourth wall is always fun too!

If you decide to give Madalena a happy ending, I like Gareth/Madalena, but I'd also be fine with them realizing they have other priorities than each other and parting ways. Other than that, I'd rather not see other ships among the requested characters, but mentions of other canon ships are fine if you'd like to include any other characters from this show.

This show is on Netflix (this link might work specifically, otherwise hopefully searching is useful); you can find a lot of the songs on Youtube. A sample (Let's Agree to Disagree)

Godel, Escher, Bach (Achilles, Tortoise)

Anything about the further adventures of Mr. A and Mr. T! Do they ever escape the villainous traps of the Little Harmonic Labyrinth, or do they meet a grisly fate there? Do they talk themselves into loops trying to learn about some other nerdy math/art/music/you name it? concept? Or are they finally able to spend a happy afternoon watching sports together without wondering what might have been?

I'm open to nonstandard formats, so if dialogues like the book are your style, go for it; if you prefer prose, that's great too! Similarly, don't feel like you have to write a scientific expose or show off any kind of outside research, but on the other hand, if you'd like to go off on a tangent about something philosophical that sort of fits the themes of the book, I'd love to learn about your/the characters' newest diversions. (No outright ideological bashing, please, but otherwise anything goes.)

Feel free to bring in any other characters from the book, including the nominated Crab and Anteater, I'd just definitely like Achilles and the Tortoise to be included. I'd prefer gen or canon/OC if you'd like to include the tortoise's love song take on things, but no interspecies shipping for this fandom please.

This book is on Amazon (and libraries, etc!)

Resistance (any character: Commander, False Commander, Bodyguard, Deep Cover spy nominated)

Anything whatsoever about this fandom. The games you've played, your best wins, your most surprising losses, the ways they should have gone, your very own house rules, the dramatic showdowns you can only imagine.

The nominated characters are the Commander, False Commander, Bodyguard, and Deep Cover spy. These are, respectively, the same roles as Merlin, Morgana, Percival, and Mordred from Resistance: Avalon, and I'd be equally thrilled with something set in ye olde Camelot setting as ye newe dystopian futuristic one. So if you want to work in allusions to other Arthurian characters, knock yourself out.

If you want to not focus on the game mechanics and instead explain the characters/worldbuilding, go for it. Maybe the spies aren't evil, just misunderstood? Maybe the Commander and the Deep Cover spy used to be in a relationship and now they're just pretending not to recognize each other? Maybe it was all the Bodyguard's final transmission after laying down their life for the cause?

And if you prefer not to use the canonical characters but instead do something tangential, as long as it relates to this fandom I'll appreciate it.

The rules (Avalon version) are here. Here is what the futuristic versions of the characters look like, and here is the original art.

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Again, feel free to use as little as you want of this, and thanks again for writing for me! I hope you have a merry Yuletide, and look forward to reading your story!
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Thank you so much for writing for me! Don't feel bound by anything I say here--if something else inspires you, write what you'd like, and I look forward to reading it.

I have a lot of different requests here from friendships to enemyhood to familial bonds, and I'd be very thrilled to get a fic for any of these! Some of the prompt lengths for individual relationships or fandoms may be wordier than others but that's not indicative of interest. Feel free to mix and match prompts, too.

My general dislikes are issue-fic and cliffhanger endings--I strongly prefer self-contained stories that lead to some resolution, be that happy or sad. (I have no problem with character death, if that's the route you want to go down!)

For any of these fandoms, I'd enjoy canon-divergence AUs or "5+1 things" type fic, and I'm always up for creative-formatting type of stories (epistolary, documentation, go nuts). But again, don't feel compelled to do that.

Placeholder for relationship-specific prompts:

Animorphs:
Elfangor & Any: I do mean anyone, minor or major characters (I'd prefer not Loren for a gen exchange, though). What were his friendships like with Andalites onboard the GalaxyTree travelling to Earth? How did he and Ax get along? How does Visser Three view their rivalry? What if he could have known Tobias longer?
 
Aftran & Cassie: How did Aftran rediscover that Cassie had gotten through #19 okay? What if they'd found a way to keep in touch/have the Peace Movement play a more active role?
 
Ax & Tobias: Ax teaching Tobias about Andalite custom? What does the "innate" Andalite optimism mean to them? If you headcanon them surviving the Blade Ship encounter, what comes next?
 
Harry Potter:
Charlie & Oliver: Quidditch buddies! Enduring the unsuccessful seasons before Harry's arrival, or correspondence afterwards?
 
Terry & Michael & Anthony: the Ravenclaw boys who joined the DA. How are they alike, and how are they different? (How) do they survive the seventh year?
 
Angelina & Lee: More Quidditch friendship (/banter) would be great. Dumbledore's Army practices, or life under the regime in book 7?
 
Sirius & Regulus: glimpses into their relationship at Hogwarts or before? Did they ever reconnect after Sirius ran away? What if Regulus had confided in him about the locket?

Star Wars (OT):

I'm happy with any subset of main characters but technically only requested a handful of relationships so we wouldn't be here all week! Feel free to focus on whichever subset you want, except for Han+Leia as a gen relationship.
 
I requested OT to fit all these characters/relationships in, but I'm fine with a fic set in any era, be that a missing scene from the original trilogy itself, an prequel-era AU in which Anakin raises the twins, or sequel-era fic with Lando mourning Han's death, etc! The one thing I'd ask for this fandom is not to include Kylo Ren|Ben as a main character (mentions are okay if era-relevant).
 
Lando & Han: their first meeting? Do they keep in touch post-OT era?
 
Luke & Leia: Luke helping Leia explore the Force in her own way? An AU where they met differently (what if Leia had made it to Tatooine safely?)
 
Lando & Han & Luke & Leia: exploring alien worlds? Transporting a dangerous plot-device? Relaxing after a battle?
 
Vader & Luke or Vader & Leia (same prompts): opportunities either one could have had to figure out their connection, but near-misses? Anakin's spirit giving them advice in post-OT era?
 
Vader & Lando: brokering the original Cloud City deal? What if Lando had resisted him earlier, or never at all?
 
Galavant:

Gareth & Sidney: adventures on the quest to rescue Madalena? More accounts of the "guess whose name I have on my head" game?
 
Isabella & The Monks: Worldbuilding! What is life like for monks who perpetually sing, and how does a princess handle them? Lyrics are not required, but would be welcome ;)

Numb3rs:

Charlie & Don: a post-canon case? Family dinners (in adulthood versus childhood?) Charlie lending his statistics expertise in the AU where Don pursued a baseball career?
 
Larry & Amita: departmental politics? An interdisciplinary collaboration? Dispatches from Larry's space travels? Math nerdery is always welcome!
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Thanks so much for writing for me! I'd be happy with anything for any of these fandoms, and these should just be treated as jumping-off points; feel free to come up with a very different idea (random worldbuilding could be fun!)

General likes: happy endings, sad endings (when providing some measure of closure or melodrama), gen, friendship, enemy-ness, humor, characters nerding out IN SPACE. (Or on Earth!)
 
General dislikes: ambiguous endings, issue-fic, explicit sex, rape/non-con.

FTL: Faster Than Light
(Zoltan quest captain, Repair drones, Rebel soldier, Ariadne.)
 
(I know this is AND matching, but I'd be really happy with a story about any of these characters! Don't feel like you have to shoehorn them all in.)
 
I love this game, and I love all the different characters who, against the backdrop of a relatively simple structure, hint at a complex galaxy and story. I'd be thrilled to see any part of their past, present, or future.
 
Ariadne--the Rock bride who sullenly mopes in your cargo bay, then tries to escape her own wedding and can possibly join your crew. Backstory would be great--what is she running away from? Does she fit in on the ship? Or explore the world where she stays put and gets married--does she fall in love with her spouse eventually? Does the war catch up to her?
 
Rebel soldier--in particular, I'm thinking of the one who says they would prefer to stick with the federation, but feels like they need to be part of a war. Really?! Do they not have a choice in the matter? And they're in a war right now, can't they switch sides if they want? What's up with this captain, really?
 
Zoltan quest captain ("Envoy")--how do his beliefs in peace and harmony keep him going amid the horrors of war? How has he reacted, well or poorly, to those who have come across his ship? Does he ever regret aiding/joining up with the federation ships/his "brethren," when he sees what they're capable of?
 
Repair drones--they don't know where you came from, and they don't care (but they're the right place for some ship repair). Is this really true? If so, would that make them the most tolerant and open-minded beings in a war-torn galaxy? Why the heck are they programmed to speak in rhyme?! ;)
 
Just about anything you write about this game will make me happy, I love it to pieces (which is good, because my ship is always left in them. So no endgame spoilers, please! I have confronted the final boss a couple times but never made much headway against it.)
 
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As far as "which canon I'm familiar with," I've unlocked: Kestrel, Torus, Vortex, Adjudicator, Noether, Cerenkov, Bulwark. Please don't include stasis pod spoilers, I'm stuck on that puzzle, grr. (This may change but for now here's where I'm at.)

Ender Series--Orson Scott Card
 
(Ender Wiggin, Bean, Petra Arkanian, Peter Wiggin)
 
 
(I know this is AND matching, but I'd be really happy with a story about any of these characters! Don't feel like you have to shoehorn them all in.)
 
I'd like to see something set in Battle School, canon or canon-divergent AU. Some ideas (don't feel like you have to stick with this):
 
-Maybe the instructors didn't feel confident that Ender would be the right leader, and had to go with a backup plan? What if one of the other main characters had tested close enough to their benchmarks that they'd been trained as the last best hope instead? (This includes Valentine, who I didn't have room to request, if you prefer writing about her.)
 
-How long did Petra or Bean last in the Mind Game? (Or Peter or others in an AU.) What made them give up?
 
-Alternatively, if you're caught up with "Shadows in Flight", anything exploring what it means to Bean to be not-quite-human. (If potentially saving Earth preserved the life of his nascent species as well, maybe it only makes sense for him to play a part in defending it! Maybe not?)
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I'm familiar with just about all of the full-length sequels in this series, both in Ender's timeline and Bean's, but not the co-written prequels.
 
Austin & Murry-O'Keefe Families--Madeleine L'Engle
 
(Meg Murry | O'Keefe)
 
Anything relevant to the Kairos (Murry/O'Keefe) side would be fun, but in terms of space-relevant things:
 
-Meg finds a way to go back and manage on a two-dimensional planet!
 
-Something comparing/contrasting the extremes of sensation/emotion Meg feels on Aunt Beast's world with her experiences kything with Ananda and Charles Wallace two books later. (Reading the books it comes off as "this is the coolest thing ever!" "no, this is the coolest thing ever!" as if she's forgotten her previous adventures, obviously whatever's happening in the moment is paramount, but I'd be interested to see something that integrates/parallels these more completely.)
 
-Someone from another place/time (Polly?) visits the Happy Medium to look for/at Meg, paralleling her search for her father from "A Wrinkle in Time."
 
-Grown-up Meg still has the knack for kything with Charles Wallace, but she's surprised to hear one of the Mrs. W's respond years after they went their separate ways.
 
Or anything else you can think of would be a delight! I'd prefer to stay relatively within the tone of canon, though of course, humor is always great.
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I've read the Time Quintet, but am not familiar with pretty much any of the Austin series.

Dear Yoda

Feb. 17th, 2016 06:31 pm
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Very grateful to you for writing for me, I am!

I love the grand themes of Star Wars, with its sweeping scope of good and evil on galactic scale. And I love all these characters, who aren't completely committed to one single regime throughout their lives but who make choices that matter and through their lives, gradually or decisively, move in hopeful directions. I'd love to read about anything that brings out these themes, explicitly or implicitly. I chose single characters rather than preset relationships because I'd rather you have the freedom to make unexpected connections--set a story in an era we didn't see onscreen or bring in other characters if you'd like! (I'm not familiar with most secondary canon, though.)

General likes: happy endings, sad endings (when providing some measure of closure or melodrama), gen, friendship, enemy-ness. I'm also fine with total crack, so if you want to write something with a really nonstandard format (I've listed a couple examples before) go nuts.

General dislikes: ambiguous endings, issue-fic, explicit sex, rape/non-con.

Here are just a few suggestions for each character to get an idea for the range of plots I'd be interested in, really anything goes.

Anakin:
  • Vader and his subordinates on the Death Star. Could be bureaucratic humor, or maybe he's impressed by Leia's unyielding under torture...sensing her potential?
  • Force-ghost Anakin trains Rey in the ways of the Jedi
  • Backstroke of the West-inspired silliness
  • Any stage of the Anakin/Padme relationship would be great (no other romantic relationships for him, please)

Lando:

  • How Han got the Millennium Falcon from Lando
  • Vader first convinces Lando to set a trap at Cloud City
  • 5 (or some other number) of responsibilities Lando conned people out of, and one he didn't
  • Lando and Poe work together on a project for the struggling republic (gen or shippy)

Finn:

  • JB-007 and Finn work on the same sanitation unit
  • BB-8 helps Finn decode some First Order messages
  • Finn and Rey's wedding night involves unceremoniously kicking Chewbacca out of the Millennium Falcon
  • A William Shakespeare's Star Wars-style retelling of any Finn scene in The Force Awakens
Like I said, don't feel compelled to use these, just if they're helpful as jumping-off points. Anything that involves these characters confronting good, evil, or hopes old and new will make my day. Thanks in advance for whatever you come up with,  and of course, may the force be with you!
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Dear Yuletide Writer,

There once was a fanfiction fan
Who reads all the plots that I can.
So follow your muse
And I'll gladly peruse
It, no matter how far from a plan.

That is to say, optional details are optional! Write whatever you'd like, and I'll look forward to reading it. :D

Most of this letter is recycled from previous Dear Author Letters, so let's get back to the regurgitated grind! My name is also primeideal on Ao3, and occasionally Ember Nickel (on FFN, etc). I'm on Tumblr as primeideal, although I'm not particularly active in any of these fandoms.

I love happy endings, sad endings (when providing some measure of closure or melodrama), snark, wordplay, mathplay, gen of any stripe, friendships and familial bonds, most canon ships for these fandoms, fourth-wall bashing and unashamed meta, and general nerdery.

I do not like ambiguous endings, issue-fic, character or fandom-bashing, religion-bashing, explicit sex, rape/non-con, or overly pretentious, "post-earnestness" style. I'm here for joy. (Or groaning at bad puns, or melodrama...but something sincere.)

Most of these fandoms don't have a shippy focus. If you're so inclined, for Incompetent Time-Travellers, Markers, or Super Solvers I'm up for any pairings (of the named characters, or OCs), but also love gen. I'll mention the other fandoms as I get to them.

Incompetent Time-Travelling Saxophone Haters (any character; Adolphe Sax nominated)

"I'm curious about the internal workings--or dysfunction--of the Incompetent Time-Travelling Saxophone Haters themselves. Who are they? When did they come from? Why do they hate saxophones so much? How do they travel back in time? Does Sax survive by his own willpower, by the aid of a rival group of time travellers, or does history just have to lead to the inevitable existence of saxophones? Is there an AU in which they kill him off? What makes them give up and learn to live with Sax--or are they still out there? Any of these answers would be delightful."

This fandom, such as it is, is explained here. I played tenor saxophone for many years so while I'm not a huge fan of saxophone-bashing as the last word, I'm certainly fine with characters bashing the instrument. (Literally or figuratively.)

Markers to Deter Inadvertent Human Intrusion into the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (any character; Cindy, Jo, Linda, Steve nominated)

"If you prefer a focus on the story characters, what brought about this research expedition, or what happens next? What parts of our present-day society are remembered, forgotten, or misunderstood by this cohort and their contemporaries? Alternatively, what could similarly-curious researchers make of the other suggested marker-systems? (A series of AUs, comparing and contrasting them, could be really cool.) I'd prefer at least some reference to some of the proposed markers, but original ideas are fine too."

This fandom, such as it is, can be found in its entirety here; if you skip to page 228, you'll find the story of Cindy, Jo, Linda, and Steve. I think it's awesome that the serious-business analysts wound up writing what's effectively fanfic of their own project. As far as comparing the same characters faced with different markers, a 5(+1) things format might be effective.

Redwall (Mariel)

"I'd like to see future-fic for Mariel--what happens to her (and/or Dandin) after the Bellmaker? Does she ever return to Redwall? Reunite with Joseph in Southsward? Die heroically in battle? Any kind of closure to her plotline would be great. Alternatively, something from earlier in her life--learning about bellmaking? Adventures onboard the Periwinkle?"

"Mariel of Redwall" was the book that got me into the series, so I'd like to have loose ends resolved and/or backstory fleshed out. I'm fine with either a romantic or gen focus to Mariel and Dandin's relationship.

Super Solvers (any character; Master of Mischief, Super Seeker nominated)

"Since I'm most familiar with Treasure MathStorm, OutNumbered, and Gizmos and Gadgets, I'd prefer something set in those settings. Any kind of math/science plots would be welcome--harder puzzles based on more advanced topics? Why did the Master of Mischief choose a life of villainy? Or, what do the minions do when they're not annoying the Seeker? Humor is of course welcome for this fandom."

All of the games I mentioned have playthroughs available on YouTube. I have many memories of playing these back in the day--perhaps unsurprisingly, I struggled with the "trapping minions" part (and those complex gears), but most of the math I got down pat!

Wheel of Time (Rand al'Thor, Tam al'Thor)

"I'd like to see these two reuniting post-series, once Rand's had time to calm down and seek out some other family relationships in his life. What does Tam do after the battle--organize peacetime military in the Two Rivers? Retire back to the farm? Alternatively, something from earlier in their lives--how did he get the heronmark sword, or teach Rand to master the flame and the void?"

There's some cool post-canon fics in this fandom already, but there's always room for more! If the "Rand reunites with some of his close non-romantic friends" angle appeals to you, feel free to bring in other good-guy characters (nominated or not), but I'd prefer that the emphasis not be on shipping for this fandom.

Winter Journeys (any character; Georges Perec, Hugo Vernier, Vincent Degraël nominated)

"Some silly meta-fic would not be amiss in this fandom; maybe there's a kerfluffle when someone's Yuletide gift seems to have been plagiarizing some notable stories from past years? But wait, is this a new story, or a backdated archive from the old site...? Oulipian silliness and/or constraints ensue. If you'd prefer something closer to the original story, maybe Degraël's experience during the war, or the literary encounters that inspired him to become an academic."

Here's a link to the original Perec story; while it doesn't really capture the absurdities of the sequels, it gives a reference for Vernier and Degraël at least. (And here is my brief summary of the full book.) Please don't feel compelled to include any particular characters if your ideas for this fandom are more tangential.

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Once again, feel free to ignore any suggestions and write what inspires you. Thanks so much for writing for me, and have a festive Yuletide!

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Mostly copied and pasted from other letters/my prompts:

Hey there! Thanks so much for writing for me! I love the whole premise of this exchange, and I'm excited for whatever you write. Anything goes, and if you'd like to ignore these prompts and do your own thing, that's completely fine with me!
 
You can browse my past Dear Author letters for some idea of what I like and dislike in fics. For this particular exchange, most of my major do-not-wants fall into interrelated categories; I would greatly prefer no issue-fic, nor ambiguity for its own sake. In particular, I would rather not receive a gift whose primary focus is on how you or your characters know better or are more politically correct than the original author on any levels, nor one celebrating uncertainty or incomprehensibility of narratives as ends in themselves. This is not an endorsement of any of the widely-disparate authors in question, by any means, just things I don't prefer reading in exchanges. That being said, I also have nothing against unabashedly-meta stories, self-aware and clever stories within stories, etc, so please don't hold back if something ridiculously self-referential strikes, but don't feel compelled to go down that road either.

In general I prefer no non-canon ships (such as among the Amis, or for Animorphs, etc.) Gen is wonderful. 

Animorphs: any of the books
 
Anything in this fandom! Contrasts between remembered events as viewed by Marco and Jake? What Jake chose to emphasize about Rachel and Tobias? Cassie's thoughts on the butterfly morph or the starfish escapade? Postscripts to second editions in light of your favorite post-54 headcanon?
 
Harry Potter: Sonnets of a Sorcerer, Hogwarts: A History, The Adventures of Martin Miggs the Mad Muggle
 
Anything involving sonnets would be great (but be careful lest you trigger the limerick curse!), or other forms of wizarding poetry real or imaginary. For Hogwarts history, feel free to draw on Pottermore canon or your own--secret rooms? House-elf or other magical creature presence? Elective classes? As for Martin Miggs, maybe what wizards would make of him going into Muggle politics, sport, or advanced science? Anything goes.
 
Les Misérables: any book
 
Some of Prouvaire's poetry would be amazing--love poems with awkward arithmetic if that's your thing, but any of his speculations, from the divine to pressing social problems of his day would also be awesome.
 
As for the political texts, feel free to run with whoever strikes your fancy. Combeferre is probably my favorite so anything by him would be awesome. If you'd like to provide "footnotes" and stuff for the critical edition, go for it, but don't feel obliged on that front--just the Amis' thoughts is cool!
 
Chronicles of Narnia: Is Man a Myth?, Men Monks and Gatekeepers: A Study in Popular Legend
 
Some earnest speculation on humankind would be hilarious--the evidence for or against, how Narnian residents might find out more, or if they're just legends, where do those legends come from and what parallels might they have in Narnian lore?
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 Dear Yuletide author/random passerby/whosoever you may be,
 
There once was a winter exchange
For small fandoms wondrous and strange!
I'll read any story
And bask in its glory
Whatever you'd like to arrange!
 
(AKA, optional details are optional! Write whatever you'd like, I'll definitely enjoy it. These are just some ideas to get you started.)
 
My name is also primeideal on Ao3! If you've been around, you might know me as Ember Nickel.
 
Dear Writer tag, for previous letters (to see where I've stolen much of this from!) I've requested Animorphs the last couple years, and Schoolhouse Rock in 2012, but the others are new.
 
I love happy endings, sad endings (when providing some measure of closure or melodrama), snark, wordplay, mathplay, gen of any stripe, friendships and familial bonds, most canon ships for these fandoms, and general nerdery.
 
I do not like ambiguous endings, issue-fic, character or fandom-bashing, religion-bashing, explicit sex, rape/non-con, most non-canon ships for these fandoms, or overly pretentious, "post-earnestness" style. I'm here for joy. (Or groaning at bad puns, or melodrama...but something sincere.)
 
I've suggested a couple of goofy crossovers involving kiddy math fandoms (the theme here is that I really love math, okay? I mean, IRL, I have a more conflicted relationship with it, but for here). That doesn't necessarily mean I'm looking for crossovers in general, though. Really depends on the circumstance, use your own best judgment.
 
You can read my fics on ao3 (where I'm also primeideal) to get a sense of my taste. I'm infrequently on #yuletide chat, as primeideal, but don't expect to find me there on a regular basis. I'm on Tumblr too, and much more active there than on Dreamwidth this past year. You'll find me rambling about some big fandoms, and some of these--in particular, I'm aware that Animorphs is big-for-Yuletide, and Quatrevingt-treize "fandom" took off this year with the #clubninetythree readthrough. While I love those two, I would adore fic for the other tiny fandoms as well! Those just happen to be the ones where I sometimes have an audience.
 
So in alphabetical order, here we have them:
 
ANIMORPHS (any character)
 
Request: "Anything in this fandom. I adore Andalites and would love to read some Elfangor/Loren from the Earth years or in an AU, or Tobias and Ax being shorms. I'd love gen with the main six, Rachel/Tobias shipfic, maybe some Rachel/Marco banter, Jake/Cassie, or OC worldbuilding fic exploring some of the other fronts in the galactic war (the Iskoort and the free Hork-Bajir were sort of abandoned plot threads). More on the Ellimist's meddling could work here, or maybe a younger Toomin appreciating music. Post-series adventures/fix-it are always fun too."
 
In terms of the tones I enjoy, "The Andalite Chronicles" and its emphasis on hope (despite some tragedy) was one of my favorites of the series. I like that mix more than the giddy, off-the-wall "btw we're in Atlantis now?" of the middle of the series, and also more than the bleak ambiguity of the end. Another thing I don't care for is inaccurate teleology, in this case waxing poetic about how such-and-so-morph was "designed" or "perfect" for speed/strength/stealth/surprise/something. But like I said, anything goes.
 
PANDEMIC (board game)
 
Request: "Anything goes! A diverse cast from around the world trying to work together and managing their resources. Hilarious poking at the fourth wall as they complain about the arbitrary constraints of the game would be awesome, but so would melodramatic character death in a scenario where the luck doesn't work out. I'd prefer that graphic descriptions of disease aren't the focal point of the fic, but feel free to be creative."
 
I'm familiar with the On the Brink expansion so introducing alternate character roles, the virulent strains, or the purple disease would all be fine with me if that's where you choose to take it. Not necessary, though.
 
QUATREVINGT-TREIZE (any characters: Cimourdain, Gauvain, Michelle Fléchard, Sergeant Radoub nominated)
 
Request: "Anything in this fandom. Post-canon Michelle and/or Radoub taking care of the kids and making a future for themselves? I'd love either gen or shipfic in this vein. Gauvain is my baby--anything precanon with him and/or Cimourdain, showing his ideals developing, would be awesome. Or Cimourdain's life as a priest--in the village, La Tourgue, etc., his correspondence with people all over Europe. Fix-it fic would be cool (even if it's just fixing the Massacre of Saint Bartholomew, still a great idea), or a happy AU. But you can never go wrong with alternate melodramatic death scenes either."
 
Like I said, this fandom sort of burgeoned over the past year during a chapter-a-day readthrough. I don't really ship Gauvain/Cimourdain, so I'd prefer not to read their interaction in a romantic light, but obviously they have an intense friendship/familial bond and like I said, Gauvain is my baby. Um. I'd prefer no math-bashing, here, but Hugo has other ideas so knock yourself out. ;)
 
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR (any characters: Henry, Phil, Mary, and Chet nominated)
 
Request: "Anything in this fandom. Coach Phil giving Henry advice, or helping him adjust to the unexpected quirks of big-league life? Pre-canon with Mary's pitching career would be great! Mary/Chet post-canon, Mary trying to incorporate Chet into Henry's family life and Henry trying to go back to normal? Phil post-canon having to deal with not having Henry around? I love the Cubs so any baseball references you can work in would be appreciated, but that's just an added bonus."
 
I don't really remember the subplots involving Henry's kid friends too well, so I'd rather not see too much focus on them, but any of the nominated characters are fine with me. The manager mangling Henry's name is always fun, though. And like I said, baseball specificities are totally optional but great.
 
SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK (Figure Eight)
 
Request: "Figure Eight was my favorite of the Schoolhouse Rock videos. Something character-based, with the teacher trying to see how to connect with the daydreaming student? Humor with the skater who knocks himself into the thermometer? More about the infinity sign at the end? I love math at any level so from basic multiplication facts to advanced cardinality theory, there's no such thing as too much math nerdiness."
 
Well, if people 'get off on your new math tricks' I'd prefer it doesn't get /too/ explicit, but I'm sure there'd be room for humor in there if you want to go down that road. Integrating (oh, see what I did there) the other characters from Multiplication Rock or the other Schoolhouse Rock videos would be great as well (at least between the first four movies, I don't know the "Money" or "Computer" videos). Here's the link if you need to canon review: (and poke around YouTube for the others). This could also be crossed over with Super Solvers, see below.
 
SUPER SOLVERS
 
Request: "I'm not sure how to start narrowing things down for this fandom; I'm in particular familiar with Treasure MathStorm, OutNumbered, and Gizmos and Gadgets, so I'd prefer something based on those and not the others. Anything with math (or science) puzzles would be awesome. Scaled-up, harder puzzles? Or villainous backstory fic for the Master of Mischief, or what the other minor villains get up to when they're not trapping heroes. Humor is welcome, naturally."
 
All the games I mentioned have playthroughs on YouTube. Also, full disclosure: someone suggested nominating Number Munchers, and I went ahead and did that. Then I saw that this happened, and this is even better. So, if you want to crossover that and introduce Munchers and/or Troggles into any of the aforementioned worlds (or vice versa), go crazy. This could also be crossed over with Schoolhouse Rock, I think.
 
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Hopefully this is enough to get started, and again, feel free to ignore any or all of this and just write the fic that inspires you! Thanks again for writing for me, and have a jolly Yuletide!
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 Hey there! Thanks so much for writing for me! I love the whole premise of this exchange, and I'm excited for whatever you write. Anything goes, and if you'd like to ignore these prompts and do your own thing, that's completely fine with me!
 
You can browse my past Dear Author letters for some idea of what I like and dislike in fics. For this particular exchange, most of my major do-not-wants fall into interrelated categories; I would greatly prefer no issue-fic, nor ambiguity for its own sake. In particular, I would rather not receive a gift whose primary focus is on how you or your characters know better or are more politically correct than the original author on any levels, nor one celebrating uncertainty or incomprehensibility of narratives as ends in themselves. This is not an endorsement of any of the widely-disparate authors in question, by any means, just things I don't prefer reading in exchanges. That being said, I also have nothing against unabashedly-meta stories, self-aware and clever stories within stories, etc, so please don't hold back if something ridiculously self-referential strikes, but don't feel compelled to go down that road either.
 
Okay, onto the fandoms! In several cases, I had a hard time choosing among which of several related fandoms to request; I've mentioned below which crossovers would be perfectly fine with me.
 
Celestial Emporium of Benevolent Knowledge
 
We all know about the animals, of course, so maybe a piece centered around the animals included in this classification? Or the animals not included in this classification if you're a perverse set theorist. But feel free to branch out and write about people trying to apply other categories in the Emporium to real life; how do they deal with plants? With stones? Household objects? Further abstractions? Crossovers with the First Encyclopaedia of Tlön or The Garden of Forking Paths would also be great!
 
Flying With the Cannons
 
I love sports stories, so anything involving the wonderful world of Quidditch would be awesome. If you'd like to ship Joey Jenkins with a teammate or rival or any one else, het or slash would both be fine, but I love gen too. Maybe something about luck finally turning the Cannons' way at last, although I'd prefer no cheaters getting away with cheating. Can be more fictional (Marvin Miggs crossover, anybody?) than RPF if that's your style.
 
The Band with Rocks In
 
I'm not very well-versed in the conventions of band fic, so adapting that genre to the Disc or doing something different are both fine. I'd prefer no inter-band ships, but Buddy/Susan in the original or altered timeline would both be great; band-focused gen is, of course, wonderful too. Whether refusing to yield their hard-earned profits or reading books about disc-communism, anything the Band gets up to will thrill me. And, of course, rock puns. I can't promise to recognize all the rock puns, but I would appreciate whatever makes me groan.
 
The Flame The Blade And The Heart
 
Any or all of the ships here is fine with me! Birgitte/Gaidal? Anselan/Barashelle? Rogosh/Dunsinin? (See here and linked pages for more.) If you'd rather do a gen fic instead, I'm fine with that (early days of Barashelle and Anselan's relationship, with them only being tentative coworkers?) I'd rather not see Birgitte or Gaidal shipped with other people. Crossovers with Killers of the Black Veil, or The Travels of Jain Farstrider (particularly in light of the Horn sounding at the end of "A Memory of Light") would be amazing.
 
The Hive-Queen and the Hegemon - Speaker for the Dead
 
This seems like a jumping-off point to explore many different alternate histories, or potential turning points during or after the Formic Wars. I generally don't like the motif of "oh, we thought this was just a serendipitous decision, but actually so-and-so had it planned all along," so maybe just random musings on how a small change could have ripple effects? (This seems like a good fandom for 5(+1) Things fic, for some reason, but that's just a suggestion.) I'd prefer not to get too heavy into themes of collective guilt, or at least not without some hopeful themes as well (I thought "Shadows in Flight" and even "Pastwatch" were surprisingly good at leaning to the "hopeful" rather than "your people are bad and you should feel bad" tropes, but I recognize that not everyone has the same tastes!)
 
The Horn of Joy — Matthew Maddox 
 
Crossovers with Once More United=absolutely fine with me! I'd be up for future-fic or past-fic, although with this fandom, it's kind of hard to tell the difference. If you don't particularly care about these characters, some worldbuilding stuff about travels-by-unicorn would be cool. I'm not a fan of ship wars, unless it's as, you know, an "antiwar text." ;)
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Dear Yuletide author/random passerby/what have you,
 
There once was a wintertime fest
For small fandoms we love the best!
So I'll love any plot
You write, whether or not
It's anything I could have guessed!
 
(AKA, optional details are optional! Write whatever you'd like, I'll definitely enjoy it. These are just some ideas to get you started.)

My name is also primeideal on Ao3! If you've been around, you might know me as Ember Nickel.
 
Dear Writer tag, for previous letters (to see where I've stolen much of this from!) I was fortunate to receive Will Grayson, Will Grayson fic for the recent Fic Corner exchange, but it's such a tiny fandom there can and should always be more; and I requested Animorphs last year, but the others are new.
 
I love happy endings, sad endings (when providing some measure of closure or melodrama), snark, wordplay, gen of any stripe, friendships and familial bonds, most canon ships for these fandoms, and general nerdery.
 
I do not like ambiguous endings, issue-fic, character or fandom-bashing, religion-bashing, explicit sex, rape/non-con, most non-canon ships for these fandoms, or overly pretentious, "post-earnestness" style. I'm here for joy. (Or groaning at bad puns, or melodrama...but something sincere.)
 
You can read my fics on ao3  (where I'm also primeideal) to get a sense of my taste. I'm infrequently on #yuletide chat, as primeideal, but don't expect to find me there on a regular basis. I'm on Tumblr too, which is mostly me rambling about my own fic, but I mention a couple of these fandoms every once in a while (of course I would love fic for the other fandoms, too--those are just the ones where I sometimes have an audience!)
 
ANIMORPHS
 
Request: "Anything in this fandom. I adore Andalites and would love to read some Elfangor/Loren from the Earth years, or Tobias and Ax being shorms, but I'd also be up to see gen with the main six, Rachel/Tobias shipfic, maybe some Rachel/Marco banter, Tom shipping Jake/Cassie, or OC worldbuilding fic exploring some of the other fronts in the galactic war (the Iskoort and the free Hork-Bajir were sort of abandoned plot threads)."
 
In terms of the tones I enjoy, "The Andalite Chronicles" and its emphasis on hope (despite some tragedy) was one of my favorites of the series. I like that mix more than the giddy, off-the-wall "btw we're in Atlantis now?" of the middle of the series, and also more than the bleak ambiguity of the end. Another thing I don't care for is inaccurate teleology, in this case waxing poetic about how such-and-so-morph was "designed" or "perfect" for speed/strength/stealth/surprise/something. But like I said, anything goes.
 
BATTLE ROYALE (2000)
 
Request: "Shogo Kawada: Something with pre-movie Shogo would be great, maybe exploring his relationship with Keiko and how that progressed before or during the first program, showing his dark side during that Program, or how he hacked into the collar system before the second program. Anything about his friendship with Shuya and Noriko, during the movie itself, would be great too. If you'd prefer to bring in some novel or movie characterization, I wouldn't mind, but there's no need."
 
While I love all continuities of the story, I first encountered it through the movie, and that version of Keiko's calculated sacrifice is fascinating to me, so I'd especially like to see something drawing on that canon. (I'm not familiar with the sequel movie, so please nothing drawing on that--although that shouldn't be too hard if you're writing anything Shogo-centric.) Although just a few characters were nominated, if you'd like to do something using more non-nominated characters, feel free to bring in anyone you'd like (Shinji? Yuko? Mizuho? Anyone!) I'd prefer no Kazuo- or Mizuho-centric fic, though.
 
THE PRINCESS BRIDE
 
Request: "As Inigo Montoya was the only character nominated, I'll focus on him, but including other characters would be fine by me. With Inigo, his post-movie adventures in piracy would be hilarious, whether that includes rhymes with Fezzik or more swashbuckling encounters with OCs. Does he deal more mercifully to victims than the previous Dread Pirates Roberts, and if so, how does his legend get around? Does he reunite with Westley and Buttercup later? Something introspective about his having to get over the need for revenge could also be insightful."
 
I'm not familiar with the book, so I'd prefer no drawing on that canon, thanks! If Inigo's giving you trouble to write, I'd also be interested in seeing anything about the boy from the frame story and/or his grandfather. Grandpa hearing the story from his family? And the grandson seems to have very clear ideas about how stories should be told...I can see him becoming a fix-it fanfiction writer years down the line, if you're in the mood for something meta like that.
 
THE SANDLOT
 
Request: "Scotty and/or Benny in the intervening years from the main story to the epilogue scene? As I love baseball, any funny anecdotes from their parallel journeys with the game would be very welcome, but if you'd prefer just to write about their friendship over the years, that's fine too. If you're interested in them as kids, I'm guessing Benny in particular would, I assume, have to make his way into a more organized baseball team, leaving behind the chaos of the sandlot; how does he bring himself to make that changes, and/or how do Scotty (or the others?) support him? Or maybe, how does Scotty's relationship with his mom and stepfather evolve after the main plotline?"
 
I'm not familiar with the sequel movie, so please nothing based on that. I'd also prefer to keep the emphasis on Scotty and/or Benny rather than any of their teammates, though some degree of ensemble fandom is fine with me. Completely gratuitous, but I've just moved to LA in time to bandwagon my way into the Dodgers' playoff chase--while they're not really the team of my heart, and I don't know enough about the city to necessarily appreciate anything Dodger-specific, trying to find a timeline for the movie versus the Dodgers' real history would certainly entertain me. How about Scotty hero-worshiping Vin Scully...?!
 
WHEEL OF TIME
 
Request: "I've requested Tam, Thom, Moiraine, and Loial, so thanks for volunteering to write all of them, but for this fandom I'd happy to see just one, two, or three rather than all four of the requested characters--please don't feel like you have to force them in. For all four of them, I'd be interested in something post-series; where do they go from the events of the last battle onward? Thom and Loial have their different stories to write, anything about those (similarities? differences? meta-level commentary) would be fascinating, as would Thom/Moiraine or Loial/Erith. With Tam or Moiraine, I'd love to see Rand eventually revealing himself to them, maybe a while down the line once the tension of the Dragon's Peace has calmed down."
 
One of the reasons I'd love to see Rand+Tam or Moiraine gen is because I felt the ending was sort of anticlimactic, in terms of letting Rand walk away with all his romantic relationships intact but burning the bridges on all the other people who care about him (as a person and not necessarily a political tool). So if you'd like to write something similar with Rand+Mat or Perrin, even though I didn't request them, that would be great too. With Loial, I think there's lots of room for worldbuilding Ogier culture (post-Battle), if you'd like to work that in; maybe he runs into Perrin and they learn things about the Tinkers' Song? Feel free to bring in OCs, if it helps.
 
WILL GRAYSON, WILL GRAYSON
 
Request: "Anything goes, maybe post-book but don't hold yourself to that. Given the themes of the book, the importance of friendships and non-romantic relationships was something I'd really enjoyed, so I'd be interested in seeing more friendship stuff with Uppercase Will and Tiny (before or after the book). Or, at some other point, Tiny and Jane (setting up the Gay-Straight Alliance?) Uppercase and lowercase Will going on to be closer friends? Making fun of musical theater plots? Not that I'd mind Uppercase Will/Jane, either!"
 
Maura was not nominated, but if you'd like to write about her and lowercase Will, I'd be happy with that--I thought the story was a surprisingly realistic take on the importance online relationships can have to us. Another random plot bunny would be lowercase Will (perhaps influenced by any of his friends you choose) making amends to the math team (anything involving math competitions will definitely make me squee). Actually, anything specifically referencing the Chicagoland settings will make me squee too. I'd also be happy to read Will Three/Tiny, if that's your ship.
 
 
I'll repeat, optional details are optional! So be it something dental to please my sweet tooth, or a diamond in the rough mines of fandoms I've never heard of, write whatever you'd like, have fun, and I'm looking forward to your story! :)
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There once was a young little kook
Who liked to read many a book.
For hour after hour,
And now I'll devour
Up any which fic you can cook!

(That is to say, write any which fic you'd like--if it means something to you, I'll love it! These are just more optional details.)

Things I like: happy endings, or sad endings sometimes. Friendship, humor (especially verbal or dry, less so slapstick).

I do not like ambiguous endings, issue-fic, bashing of these characters or the fandoms themselves, explicit sex, or rape/non-con, thanks! I'm fine with both gen and ship-fic, though some of these characters are more given to shipping than others. (In general I'd prefer no wildly non-canon pairings for these fandoms.)

(Edit: for all of these I said "General" or "Teen" audiences, that's pretty generic, I guess. I'm fine with graphically violent content, if you think the fic calls for it--can't really see it for Will Grayson, BSC, or Phantom Tollbooth, though feel free to surprise me!)

I would love fic for any of these fandoms equally; given the differences between some of the characters, I have more to say about some fandoms than others in order to touch on most of the different characters represented here.

Redwall

Request: Any nominated character (Mariel, Dandin, Russano, Buckler)
"Anything about the nominated characters! (Not all at once, obviously.) For Mariel or Dandin, I'd love to see something post-canon, maybe bringing closure to their story. I could read them as friends or lovers, whichever works for you. Any era goes for Russano or Buckler, whether that's set at Salamandastron with Russano's family, or a young Buckler resenting the military life! If none of these characters work for you, maybe something humorous with OCs?"

If you're in this fandom, you may know me as Ember Nickel.

For Mariel and/or Dandin, I'd really like something not left open-ended for them--whether that's retiring to the Abbey, or someone reporting on their legends after their deaths at a ripe old age. (Or maybe one of them tragically dies for the other in battle? This could work as either gen or shippy, I guess.)

Russano has a canon family (wife and children), so I'd rather not see him paired with OCs, but you can flesh them out in whatever way suits your fancy. Maybe how he deals with interpreting prophecies on the walls? Or trying to provide more non-violent opportunities to the Salamandastron hares?

I love the idea of Buckler, the hare who doesn't really care about what-whating and military culture, and his dramatic confrontation with Zwilt was a great look at different kinds of heroism. Maybe more of him and his sister-and-law or niece and nephew, afterwards? Or him being the straight man (hare?) to Diggs' antics.

If you don't really like any of these characters, I'd love to see something funny, maybe poking fun at the premise while still not trashing the fandom. (Like, how do all these questers find all these secret rooms, without running across the things that are hidden for the next generation of investigators?)

Series of Unfortunate Events

Request: Violet Baudelaire, Klaus Baudelaire, Duncan Quagmire, Isadora Quagmire, Quigley Quagmire
"I would love to see some future fic with a genuine, unambiguous, happy ending--or, if not ending, narratively compelling stopping point--for the Baudelaire kids. The implied ships with the Quagmires, for Violet and Klaus are fine with me, if you'd like to include them, but gen is also welcome. I love humor, especially for this fandom, but it's not mandatory. If you'd rather do a different era, maybe cute scenes earlier in the Baudelaires' or Quagmires' lives? (I didn't request Sunny but for a gen, sibling fic would be more than happy to see her included as well; don't force it if she won't fit, though!) Feel free to weave in Snicket-esque definitions, sidetracks, and/or red herrings."

My real big request in this fandom is to please, please not go too far down the road into pretentiousness, post-earnestness, "I'm more mature than you so I'm going to leave things open Because That's How Intellectuals In This Century Think" or anything like that. The last few books really disappointed me in that regard, and I recognize this might be phrased kind of awkwardly, so if you're unsure, err on the side of a boring and straightforward plot.

That said, I adored the humor of the earlier books, and would love to see anything riffing on those themes! Feel free to break through the fourth wall if you'd like to go off on "a word which here means..." tangents, translate for Sunny, anything like that! A happy ending would be great, making fun of the fact that you're giving people happy endings would be fun. Or, if you want to kill everybody off, that could definitely be hilarious too! As long as you have fun with it.

Will Grayson Will Grayson
 
Request: Will Grayson (John Green/uppercase), Will Grayson (David Levithan/lowercase), Tiny Cooper, Jane
"This book delighted me and I'm sure I'd love any direction you choose to take it. My memory of Gideon isn't the strongest so I'd rather not see a lot of focus on him, but if you'd like to include him in an ensemble fic that would certainly be all right with me. Given the themes of the book, the importance of friendships and non-romantic relationships was something I'd really enjoyed, so I'd be interested in seeing more friendship stuff with Uppercase Will and Tiny (before or after the book). Or, at some other point, Tiny and Jane (setting up the Gay-Straight Alliance?) Uppercase and lowercase Will going on to be closer friends? Making fun of musical theater plots?"

Some completely optional details that would make me squee would be anything specifically referencing the Chicagoland settings. Maura was not requested, but if you'd like to write about her and lowercase Will, I'd be happy with that--I thought the story was a surprisingly realistic take on the importance online relationships can have to us. Another random plot bunny would be lowercase Will (perhaps influenced by any of his friends you choose) making amends to the math team (anything involving math competitions will definitely make me squee).

Canon ships here are fine with me, so if you're in the mood for writing Uppercase Will/Jane, or Tiny/Will Three, that's great! I'd rather not have a focus on sex, though. And, while I'm definitely into non-ship fic, if Will Three doesn't serve much of a purpose beyond being someone else to break up with Tiny I'd rather not see him.

Baby-Sitters Club
Request: Kristy Thomas, Mary Anne Spier, Claudia Kishi, Stacey McGill, Dawn Schafer, Mallory Pike, Jessi Ramsey, Abby Stevenson
"I've requested any of the main sitters (if for some reason you'd like to include Logan or Shannon, that's fine, but I'm not interested in their other nominated classmates). Fun reunion-era fic would be fun, please not too much emphasis on non-canon pairings if you go that route. Any sort of missing scenes during the main timespan of the books would be entertaining, and if you like humor, I feel like this would be a fun fandom to do dry humor with. (Or crossovers with other small fandoms?)"

I didn't read most of the Friends Forever books, so I'd rather not rely on the background pairings introduced there. I'd prefer to see Mary Anne/Logan, Mallory/Ben, or Kristy/Bart if you'd really like to do something shippy, and please no non-canon ships. Among the other fandoms for this exchange I'm most interested in (besides those listed here) are L'Engle's Time Quintet series (Murrys and O'Keefes), Ender's Game, Harry Potter, and Summerland, which I recognize aren't great with the place and time setting, but if you want to do something really off-the-wall I'm sure I'd be up for it. Stacey's math skills, Kristy's sports obsessions, and Mallory's love of writing were the subplots that most interested me, but I'd be happy to see something about any of the other characters too. Kristy in the last book, recognizing that the others have changed more than her while she's very much the same person she was at the beginning of the series, is also someone who really resonates with me--I think if you wanted to push the fourth wall for whatever reason this might be a good place to do it, but I'd rather not have a message of "it's good for everyone to mature and really change their priorities."

The Phantom Tollbooth
Request: Any character.
"Anything goes! The adventures of the other characters, after Milo's departure? Or maybe he finds a magical gateway into other realms, or later in life uses some mad science and/or mad literary skills to burrow his way back into the Phantom-esque lands? I'm a sucker for nerdy humor on pretty much any level. In addition, if you happen to know the movie-verse, I remember really enjoying that adaptation, although I'm fuzzy on the details (beyond the music! "Henceforth and forthwith..."), so allusions to that would be entertaining but certainly not required. More optional details at letter."

The bad news is I don't remember this fandom in the best detail, so I can't single out something I really want to see. The good news is pretty much anything relying on dorky humor will have my utmost admiration! Short Shrift was not nominated, but I remember enjoying him as a great antagonist, so if you'd like to include him impeding the course of justice he'd be a welcome surprise. Or any other non-nominated (or movie?) character you'd like to throw in.
 
As above, no need to be wedded to this--write whatever you'd like, and I'm looking forward to it already! :)
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 Dear Purim Gifts Author,

Hello! This is my first year participating in the Purim Gifts exchange, so I'm looking forward to it!

Feel free to write whatever, but these are some fandoms I requested, and some characters that might fit:

Harry Potter: Luna Lovegood, Angelina Johnson, Alicia Spinnet, Katie Bell (female), Anthony Goldstein (Jewish?)

Animorphs: Rachel (female, Jewish? persecuted by evil Visser/Vizier?), Jake Berenson and/or family (Jewish, persecuted?), Loren (female, persecuted?)

Numb3rs: Charlie, Don, or Alan Eppes (Jewish), Amita (female)

There is a good chance I will be editing this post a lot before signups close if I think of something else!

Things I like: happy endings, gen, canon ships where applicable, Luna/Harry, snarky!Rachel/Marco, humor, friendship. If relevant to the story, serious thoughts about faith and what it means in these characters' lives would be wonderful, but if you'd just have to shoehorn it in, don't bother.

Things I prefer not to read: most other non-canon pairings for these characters, explicitly sexual content, ambiguous endings, lots of pretentiousness, religion-bashing.

Again, ignore this if it suits your tastes. Have fun! :)

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