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Dear Yuletide Writer,

Thanks in advance for writing my Yuletide fic! I'm already excited to read it and I hope you have a great time writing it. Since my current web presence is a little bare I will be going into some considerable detail in this letter. Please know that I truly mean it when I say that at the end of the day I want you to write a story that satisfies you as a writer. My DNWs are pretty DNW but I don't have many of them and if all of my prompts leave you cold and you've got a great idea of your own I can't wait to read it. 

The Short & Sweet About Me Section

I've been writing stories in my head about TV and movie characters for as long as I can remember and have been involved in online fandom on and off since 1998.  Most of the past few years have been off or passively on in that reblogging things on Tumblr sort of way. A renewed interest in some of my older fandoms and a burgeoning interest in new or new to me fandoms has brought me back to the fic side of the fandom universe. I enjoy everything from gen to het to M/M and F/F slash and what I like the most usually depends on the fandom.  I don't read as much PWP as I used to but I'm not against it and certainly enjoy sex scenes that are part of a story. I land in this hard to describe middle area between vanilla and moderately kinky that I will try to describe in my likes/dislike section. I'm also fine with gen or a shippy fic with no sex. 

Below I'll highlight my most prominent Likes & Dislikes.

Likes

- Banter and humor in even more serious leaning fics. I'm not much of a fan of a constant stream of negative emotions. 

- A strong female presence. They don't have to be the main character, the strongest character, the best character, or the one that saves the day but if my request involves a female character I'd like to see them involved in the plot. 

- What if/What happened next. In reviewing my prompts for this exchange I noticed that many of them involved one of these scenarios so I thought it best to put that here.  I'm very drawn to stories that explore what happened in the future, what happened post a particular point in canon that wasn't written/filmed/described in canon, or an AU what would happen if something in canon had gone differently.

- Fics centered around all sorts of relationships, not just romantic ones.  I love friendship fic and family fic and found family fic. 

- For romantic relationships I like first time/first meeting but I'm more partial to established relationships, reunions, or friends transitioning to lovers. 

- If what you write involves sex of any sort it doesn't have to be totally vanilla. Light bondage, roleplaying, spanking, dirty talk, rough intercourse are all things I'm into.  Whether the couple is M/F, F/F, or M/M, I like both parties to be equally enthusiastic and calling the shots.  

Dislikes

- Graphic descriptions of violence. Violent things can happen but I'd prefer descriptions of them be kept brief.

- Non-con and dub-con. I respect them both as kinks but don't enjoy reading about them. 

- Physical or sexual abuse. 

- If I were to combine the above three in a more general dislike it would be that while I don't require happy endings or fluff (I don't actually enjoy straight up fluff) I'm not looking for my Yuletide fic to be emotionally draining to read and all of the above are emotionally draining things for me personally to read.  

And now the requests:

Jane of Lantern Hill - Jane Stuart

As much as I love Anne Shirley this is my favorite L.M. Montgomery book. I've found it as enjoyable to read as an adult as I did when I first read it as a pre-teen. I was/am equally drawn to Jane's kindness and fighting spirit. Her belief in places as living entities with personalities and connections to the people who inhabit them has always stuck with me. Much as Anne appealed to my dreamer side Jane appealed to my more realistic yearning to find my happy, settled place in the world.

I'd love to see something that takes place immediately after the book.  Did the Stuarts transition smoothly into a family of three or were there bumps and unexpected difficulties?  I imagine that two present parents came with some day to day changes that Jane wouldn't have anticipated. 

Alternatively I'd love to see Jane as an adult and one who is still drawn to PEI and Lantern Hill. Maybe life and other adventures led her away but she found her way back. Or she settled there as soon as she was done with school, something forces her to leave, and she returns unsure if its still the home of her heart. 

Feel free to include any and all major or minor characters from the novel.  I don't ship Jane with any canon character but I don't not ship her with any of them either so if she settles down with a familiar face, an OC, or no one I'm cool. Jane/Lantern Hill is the OTP I care about the most. 

The novel can be read online through Project Gutenberg

Secret Garden - Colin Craven, Dickon Sowerby, Mary Lennox
My love for this book has endured through every decade of my life. It's got so many of my favorite things: found family, real family that learns to become a true family, nature as a healer, friendships that overcome all sorts of boundaries, and characters that aren't transformed into better people over night but journey towards finding the better person inside of them. 

I'd really love something that equally involves all three characters. It can be friendship, OT3, Colin/Dickon with Mary as a central part of their lives, Dickon/Mary with Colin as a central part of their lives, or Colin/Mary with Dickon as a central part of their lives. My preference for timeline would be post-canon. I feel like the book told a very complete story but the possibilities for what happened to them as adults is endless. Were Colin and Mary able to easily keep Dickon a part of their life as they advanced in society? Did the three of them remain at/close to Misselthwaite or were they drawn elsewhere? Another idea is something happened to bring them all back to the garden and heal them again. How does WW1 change their lives and the world of Misselthwaite?

I had to Google Misselthwaite to make sure I was spelling it correctly and it led me to the Wikipedia entry for the book which had this interesting paragraph:
"Belief in 'magic' also features strongly, though the exact nature of this 'magic' is not made clear, and Colin talks of a career in science where he will discover the nature of magic through experiment and will lecture about it. Christian Science, with its belief in God as a life force rather than a person is clearly an influence here, the author being a follower of the movement."

Did Colin follow through on his research and in general did the magic of the garden change for the trio as they became adults?

The novel can be read online through Project Gutenberg.

The Thick of It - Jamie MacDonald, Malcolm Tucker, Nicola Murray, Sam Cassidy

I moved to DC the same year that In The Loop came out and the movie instantly connected with me for being TOO TRUE but one of the funniest movies I'd ever seen.  This led to hunting down The Thick of It and becoming an instant fan of the series.  I've rewatched it more times than I care to admit. I love it because it's laugh to the point of crying funny and also because it challenges me as a viewer who prefers to find a sympathetic strain and hold on to it even when the general tone is unsympathetic. I'll do that with TTOI and by the next episode who I'm rooting for and rooting to fail has completely changed. 

The four characters I requested are the ones I'd most prefer to see a fic centered around but feel free to use one, two, three, or all four and include any and all other characters from the show.

The only pairing I ship is Malcolm/Sam. I'm not very interested in Malcolm/Nicola and only a little interested in Malcolm/Jamie. I'm also more than fine with no romance at all happening. 

Suggested prompts are: What happened to Jamie?  Seriously, what happened to him. Did Malcolm banish him or did he leave on his own? How did he react to the Fall of Malcolm?  Is he still in government or did he find a job in another field? 

What is Malcolm doing now? I've always assumed that his trial didn't result in any serious jail time or any serious punishment beyond being officially banned from working in government again. I can see him writing a book, becoming a blogger, becoming a professor or lecturer. What was Malcolm's personal life like during/post series?  Did he have one and how much of a facade was the cozy home/wedding ring/children's drawings in his office?

Does Nicola ever make a return to leadership in the party? We got so many hints of her life outside of work during Series 3 and 4 but never a totally clear picture so I'd be interested to see Nicola's life outside of work. 

Why was Sam able to get along with Malcolm so well when no one else can?  How did his loss of a job impact her career?  Did they stay in touch or lose touch only to run into each other?  Who were Sam's friends at work and did she have any?

Any combo of the characters running into each other/being forced to work together again would be welcome. It would be interesting to see how they would function as a team outside of their previous lives in the government. If you want to set something during the series I've always wondered about how much/if any socializing they did.  There were hints of karaoke outings, dancing, etc. 

I'm sure there are others and these both might be US only but the series can be viewed on Hulu Plus and Amazon Instant Video.

Chess - Rice/Ulvaues/Andersson - Florence Vassy, Frederick Trumper

I guess the most important thing to state is not when I first listened to or saw Chess or how many versions of the show I'm familiar with but which one I prefer.  I prefer the British staged version with the addition of Someone Else's Story a la the Royal Albert Hall concert. 

 My wants and ideas for this request will be shorter than the other three not because I love it less but because I love it so much and there is so little fic out there that anything written in this universe will make me happy. Florence becomes a professional chess player! Florence becomes a reporter and she and Freddie are both reporters covering Anatoly's third bid for championship.  Freddie is still pining for Florence and decides to help her find the actual truth about her family. AU where Freddie won the match between him and Anatoly- what happens next! AU where Florence was the chess player and Freddie was her second.  I've always had a soft sport for Freddie and Florence ending up back together after they've had separate periods to grow and change. I won't be upset if this isn't a romantic fic but if you want to do the grand sweeping love story of Freddie and Florence I'd love it. 

The concept recording and the 2008 Chess in Concert are both available on Spotify. 
 

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