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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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Another Yuletide in the books...and movies and plays and videogames and Other Media... ;)

I got assigned to write fic based on the hilarious Font Conference CollegeHumor video. Among other things, this made me aware of the existence of the sequel, Font Fight, and my recipient's prompts inspired me to write a fix-it fic for Helvetica and other character "deaths." Full disclosure; I usually use Windows, and am not very familiar with Helvetica, but that didn't stop me.

Of course, no Font fic would be complete without actual fonts, so I got to learn some Ao3 skin tricks to display as many different fonts in-text as I could!


Font of Every Blessing (3258 words) by primeideal
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Font Conference
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Times New Roman/Wingdings
Characters: Times New Roman, Comic Sans, Wingdings, Helvética
Additional Tags: fonts, Character Death Fix, Show Creator's Style for Full Effect, Yuletide 2013
Summary: Between rumors that Helvetica's been resurrected, and attempting to communicate with Wingdings, there's lots to keep Times New Roman busy. Fortunately, Comic Sans is always ready to save the day.

When the nominations came in, I saw several fandoms that, while not requested by the same people, seemed to work well together. Along with the Font Conference, there was Printing and Typesetting (anthropomorfic), (horror) Windows 95 Tips, and Minesweeper, where I'd already written about the adventures of sisters Timer and Mines Remaining. It all boiled over into a big crossover, which included wizards, pangrams, and me learning more about getting ASCII characters to display in HTML so that all of Wingdings' "dialogue"--such as it is--would come through.

Wing-ding-dings, or, The Fox (7454 words) by primeideal
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Font Conference, Printing and Typesetting (Anthropomorfic), Windows 95 Tips, Minesweeper
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Comic Sans, Wingdings, Mines Remaining, Lazy Dog, Timer
Additional Tags: Multiple Crossovers, Quests, fonts, Yuletide 2013
Summary: When the Quick Brown Fox is abducted by agents of the nefarious Windows 95, it's up to superhero Comic Sans--and his sidekick Wingdings--to brave the pitfalls of the minefield and reunite the fox with his faithful companion, the Lazy Dog.

I've had "Chess" (the musical) on my mind on and off for a while; specifically, the 2008 version of Leonid Viigand. I was glad to have an excuse to write more about him for Yuletide, and, as usual with me, shoehorn everything into my contrived chronology because I care more about matching the timing of RL chess tournaments than I should. Oh well.

Bit by Bit (4101 words) by primeideal
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Chess - Rice/Ulvaeus/Andersson
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Leonid Viigand
Additional Tags: 5+1 Things, 2008 concert version, The fifth thing is the AU, Yuletide Treat, Yuletide 2013
Summary: Five cities Leonid Viigand was moved to (and one he wasn't).

Here's to a storied new year!
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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! :)
primeideal: Wooden chessboard. Text: "You may see all kinds of human emotion here. I see nothing other than a simple board game." (chess musical)
Well, for my first Yuletide...I may have gone overboard and I regret none of it. \o/
 
Here were my fics (the first two for my assigned recipient, plus treats!)
 
Galois Theory (5,000 words; Murry-O'Keefe families, Madeleine L'Engle)
 
After rereading some of the books in this series I had more plot bunnies than I knew what to do with. So my sincere thanks go out to the #yulechat crew who reassured me that literally going with "five times stuff happened with these characters" was a legitimate strategy. Of course, I like my mathematics a little more intricate than counting to five; hence, a crash course in field extensions.
 
To Play The Story To A Glorious Finish (2,000 words: Mistborn series, Brandon Sanderson)
 
A pre-epilogue missing scene from the third book in the trilogy, and hinting at what might lie beyond. The author wants to "give you, the reader, the power and authority to bring to the characters the ending you wish," which as a fanfiction writer I very much take to heart! The title is from Sonnet 10, by L'Engle.

Love Doesn't Have Restrictions (2,000 words, Twitter robot fandom)

As soon as this got suggested as a nomination I knew what I wanted to write. The love story of two automated Twitter accounts, one of which only counts numbers upwards from one, and the other of which retweets random pairs of Tweets that happen to form iambic pentameter couplets. So we get interactions like "one hundred fifty thousand eighty two/Love doesn't have restrictions, people do" The fic quotes a lot from the "canon" (such as it is). As bizarre as it sounds, but approved by the creator of @pentametron. Truly a great honor on my part.

Liberty and Justice and Shit (2,000 words, @mayoremanuel)

Speaking of Twitter and the 2012 election...it's more from everybody's favorite profane mayor! I had started this early last year but gave up when OpenOffice started making the wrong suggestions on all my other documents. This is extremely out of character for me; there is probably more profanity in almost any line of this than I have ever used in all the rest of my life. However, even if I never said anything like "I need a motherfucking “Avoid Panhandlers” route on my Google fucking Maps," that doesn't mean I don't believe it.

The English Opening (1,000 words, Chess (musical))

First we have women in math...now we have women in chess. A pre-canon glimpse of Florence meeting Freddie (or The American depending on your preferred version). And speaking of dusting things off, this inspired me to pick up my old Chess fic, so hopefully I'll be able to explain more of where this headcanon comes from soon!

I'll cross-post them to FFN over the next few days. :)

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