cherith: (Speak my Mind)
2016-10-08 03:21 am
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Dear Yuletide Author (or Winter Writing for fun and affection) 2016

 
Okay, so of course, it's maybe not always as fun as you wish it was, but you WILL earn my eternal gratitude for writing one of these fandoms near and dear to my heart. I'm all about the whim of the writer, consider my likes and dislikes as you would the pirate code (merely guidelines) and if the story takes you somewhere else, go with it. I will love it all the same. 
 
Love: Dark comedy, witty banter, vivid imagery, literary & historical references, melancholy tone, religious: identities or references and subtle mockery thereof, character introspection & retrospection, reading and research, irony, gentle mockery, moral and sexual ambiguity, social commentary, emotionally intense relationships without an acknowledged sexual relationship, serious and/or goofy story twists (with or without red herrings), writing, characters with crazy hobbies, nostalgia, music, changes in power dynamics, unreliable narrators, f/f relationships that may or may not be explicitly sexual (but especially those that are), light and dark image dichotomies, faulty and questioning faith, perseverance, subversive religious ideals and relationships 

 
And now the Fandoms
 
 
Critical Role (Web Series): : Words cannot describe how much I'm in love with this show. Honestly, I wouldn't care what you write me as long as it's got the voice of the characters and is even a little bit fun. Since I have to put characters though, Vex, Vax & Percy are definitely the kind of thing I live for. I love the twins especially: their friendship, their bond, their past. I particularly love their friendships with the rest of the group and how meaningful they are, each, individually as well as part of the group. 

Dracula (TV):
 : I hate that this show got so little time, but the love between Lucy & Mina was my absolute favorite thing about it. Give me Lucy before or after she vamps, before or after she declares herself to Mina. And give me Mina who loves her friend more than she loves Jonathan, or Grayson, or herself. And while I adore Lucy/Mina on their own, feel free to give me Grayson/Lucy/Mina. Maybe they live with Grayson, he takes Lucy under his wing and with Grayson, perhaps Mina sheds some of her hesitation about being with Lucy. ALSO, I'm also head-over-heels with Victoria Smurfit as Lady Jayne. So a Lucy/Mina/Lady Jayne threesome would just I don't even have words. It'd be great.

We Have Always Lived in the Castle (Book):: I'm a sucker for stories with the kind of willful denial of a breakdown that both Merricat and Constance live under. The sister's relationship is interesting on multiple levels, especially Constance's protection of what Merricat's done, her complicit involvement in keeping it a secret from her sister, and her seclusion from the rest of the town - seemingly okay with their assumptions of what actually took place. Most especially the freedom she continues to allow Merricat, especially given the fanciful but obsessive nature of her activities, is intriguing. I'd love anything with these two, but specifically something that lets us into Constance's head for a little while.

Transistor (Video Game):: This game has so many cool pieces, but the way the story ends is so gut-wrenching. I'd love something happier between the two of them, either before or after The Process begins. I'm going to be really easy to please here, I just need something sweet, fluffy or sexy to help give me another story for these two. That said, if you want to stretch your writing and go for something angsty - perhaps something that covers the distance from time prior to the game to the end of the game, I won't be mad about that either. See? Easy to please.

Crimson Peak (Movies):: I love Edith and Lucille, both as women with strong wills and women that love Thomas and want to be good to him/for him. I've requested all three characters and ideally, I'd love a threesome between Lucille/Thomas/Edith, definitely a better ending for them than the way it actually ended. Lucille as the dominant personality in a potential threesome is definitely what I'm here for, but I could also enjoy Edith or Thomas trying to offer it as a kind of peace treaty. As a note, Lucille/Thomas on their own is a-okay by me. After all, how might it have gone if Edith hadn't tried to nope out of the whole situation? But really, I'm up for anything involving the three of them as long as it's high on drama and atmosphere. This movie was visually stunning and everything my little goth girl heart could ever want. So, bonus points for keeping the themes and visuals as a major part of your story.

Being Erica (TV):: I want Kai & Erica.  I want angst and fluff, I want to know what happens if Erica chooses Kai for good, if she doesn't become a therapist, or if she does and uses her abilities to see Kai.  Just, give me all of the Erica & Kai and make it work.
 
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:: Other useful things to know :: For the fandoms where it seems applicable: dark is good.  Crazy is good.  Sex is great, fantastic even - especially during dark/troubled/angsty times.  Seriously.  Go wild, go deep, go dark... and most of all, have fun. Go as grim/dark or smutty as you want to author. I'm here for it.
cherith: (Muses are Busy)
2016-01-01 10:58 am

Yuletide Reveals 2015

I'm a little late with this; this holiday season has been busy.

I wrote three stories this year for Yuletide, all of which I'm really proud of given they're new fandoms to me in this year. I didn't host or participate in a Dragon Age holiday exchange this year for the first time in many years. But I did write a private gift for someone that might go on AO3 at some point, if she wants it to. I also wrote a small Star Wars piece, not for anyone but just because I love Poe/Finn and yup, that's it. I'm going to link that for anyone's reading pleasure as well.

So for Yuletide my main assignment was Life is Strange which I was really excited about since just after nominations I'd written a Life is Strange fic for myself (I have a lot of feelings about the end of this game and exploring them in fic is lots of fun. I may still not be finished.) Anyway, I was pumped and I liked the prompts. I also then picked up two pinch hits this year, another for Life is Strange and one for the video game Soma (which is super new to me). It's funny though, I feel like all three of my fics ended up with a similar story-in-a-story vibe. I'm pleased with them all though.

Please Don't Leave Me (1387 words) by Cherith
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Soma (Video Game)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Simon Jarrett, Catherine Chun, The WAU
Additional Tags: Extended Scene, Existential Crisis, Broken Reality, Game Spoilers
Summary: Simon has some thoughts after Catherine cuts out. He thinks about how long he has left, wondering if it's less than he's capable of managing. Without Catherine he finds himself at a loss for what comes next.

To the Start (3658 words) by Cherith
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Life Is Strange (Video Game)
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Major Character Death
Relationships: Maxine Caulfield/Chloe Price
Characters: Maxine Caulfield, Chloe Price (Life Is Strange)
Additional Tags: Time Travel, Flashbacks, Alternate Universe, End of the World, Fix-It, Extended Scene, Love, Game Spoilers, pricefield, Misses Clause Challenge
Summary: Max makes the hardest decision she's ever had to make in her life and she hates every second of it. Living with the consequences is difficult and Max keeps waiting for the other shoe to drop- to find out that her choice meant nothing in the long run. What then, when her choices start to blend together, is she supposed to do?

Dreaming Awake (3444 words) by Cherith
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Life Is Strange (Video Game)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings, Major Character Death
Relationships: Maxine Caulfield/Chloe Price
Characters: Maxine Caulfield, Chloe Price (Life Is Strange)
Additional Tags: POV Second Person, Flashbacks, Alternate Timelines, 5 Times, Misses Clause Challenge, Time Travel, pricefield, Game Spoilers
Summary: Moments within moments during the longest, strangest week of Max's life. She's making choices again and again that help her both define her relationship with Chloe, but also show the depth of emotion she feels.

The five AU times Max nearly tells Chloe how she feels. And the one time (when it really matters) she does.

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And one Star Wars for no one but me, just because:

If It's Hard to Believe (716 words) by Cherith
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens (2015)
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Poe Dameron/Finn
Characters: Poe Dameron, Finn (Star Wars)
Additional Tags: Dreams and Nightmares, Comfort, Stormpilot, One Shot
Summary: Poe had never dreamt about unmasking a Stormtrooper before. (We know that Finn thought Poe died after the crash, but wouldn't Poe have thought the same thing?)

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For Yuletide I requested a bunch of new-to-me fandoms but also my old standby: Little Red Riding Hood. It's the story closest to my heart and I don't care how many times I requested it, because it always gives me something new. This year was no different. My main story was a cool twist on the original, and the other was a small drabble-poem that really captured the spirit of LRRH in few words.

To the Grand Mother's House We Go (4301 words) by Bottomfeeder
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Rotkäppchen | Little Red Riding Hood (Fairy Tale)
Rating: Mature
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Big Bad Wolf/Little Red Riding Hood
Characters: Big Bad Wolf (Little Red Riding Hood), Grandmother (Little Red Riding Hood), Little Red Riding Hood, Mother (Little Red Riding Hood)
Additional Tags: Fairy Tale Retellings
Summary: They are all victims to the Grand Mother's experiments.

Inheritance (100 words) by rabidsamfan
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Rotkäppchen | Little Red Riding Hood (Fairy Tale)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Little Red Riding Hood
Additional Tags: Wolves, yumadrin, Drabble, Dark
Series: Part 99 of 100 words in 100(+) fandoms


Overall a great holiday story wrap-up. I'm really happy with it all. Belated apologies and a big thank you to Bottomfeeder though for having to write for me a second year in a row. They gave me such a wonderful Legend (Darkness/Lili) story last year and I don't think I gave them as much to go on this year with all the newer fandoms. But they really gave me something different and unique, I like it a lot.
cherith: (Default)
2015-10-08 11:35 am
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dear yuletide author (or winter writing for fun and affection) - 2015

Okay, so of course, it's maybe not always as fun as you wish it was, but you WILL earn my eternal gratitude for writing one of these fandoms near and dear to my heart. I'm all about the whim of the writer, consider my likes and dislikes as you would the pirate code (merely guidelines) and if the story takes you somewhere else, go with it. I will love it all the same. 
 
Love: Dark comedy, witty banter, vivid imagery, literary & historical references, melancholy tone, religious: identities or references and subtle mockery thereof, character introspection & retrospection, reading and research, irony, gentle mockery, moral and sexual ambiguity, social commentary, emotionally intense relationships without an acknowledged sexual relationship, serious and/or goofy story twists (with or without red herrings), writing, characters with crazy hobbies, nostalgia, music, changes in power dynamics, unreliable narrators, f/f relationships that may or may not be explicitly sexual (but especially those that are), light and dark image dichotomies, faulty and questioning faith, perseverance, subversive religious ideals and relationships 

 
And now the Fandoms
 
 
Little Red Riding Hood (Books/Literature): : Red and the wolf, dark is good here, the original is supposed to be scary. For an extra challenge, mentions of other Fairy Tales (like Snow White and Rose Red, or Briar Rose) would be welcome, obviously, I like the color themes. 
 
: (in addition) I've read a lot of books and retellings of popular stories, as well as rereading the original Grimm's stories. I have always loved how dark the original stories are. I'm also love a game called The Path. Which is also based on the story of LRRH. I mention the game only to mention the imagery about the wolf being distinct and specific for LRRH, Where any type of girl could be LRRH and have her very own wolf (her other, darker half perhaps). I love the idea and imagery that's involved in that -- because there's so many things you can do with it. I have a thing for the colors red and black and I've always felt this story was more about the visual than the written images in the story. I might not need to say it again, but I will: dark stories are okay here (and preferred).
 
Dracula (TV): : I hate that this show got so little time, but the love between Lucy & Mina was my absolute favorite thing about it. Give me Lucy before or after she vamps, before or after she declares herself to Mina. And give me Mina who loves her friend more than she loves Jonathan, or Grayson, or herself. And while I adore Lucy/Mina on their own, feel free to give me Grayson/Lucy/Mina. Maybe they live with Grayson, he takes Lucy under his wing and with Grayson, perhaps Mina sheds some of her hesitation about being with Lucy. ALSO, I'm also head-over-heels with Victoria Smurfit as Lady Jayne. So a Lucy/Mina/Lady Jayne threesome would just I don't even have words. It'd be great.
 
Hamilton (Theater/Musicals): : I am in desperate need of something Angelica/Hamilton. Whether it's in letters or in person, doesn't matter so much to me. Smutty stories welcome, Angelica/Eliza/Hamilton also welcome, but I'm not adding all three for your peace of mind, author, just in case (but if you are, read my ETA just below). I am in love with Angelica, her wit and intelligence. I want to see that spark in her, and how Alexander recognizes it. OOoh and while I'm at it, I should mention, I'm not always up for AU situations but in the case of Hamilton I'm completely down for a modernization or alternative version of the musical's story.

ETA: After stalking other letters after sign-ups closed I wanted to come back and this part, just in case. Author, if your heart is like mine, then please for the love of all that is holy if you're going to give me Angelica/Eliza/Hamilton make it as big as you like. Make it as Angelica/Eliza as your brain can handle, I promise you, I'm here for this.

Crimson Peak (Movies): : A new fandom, but already it's got it's hooks in me. I especially love Edith and Lucille, both as women with strong wills and women that love Thomas and want to be good to him/for him. I've requested all three characters and ideally, I'd love a threesome between Lucille/Thomas/Edith, definitely a better ending for them than the way it actually ended. Lucille as the dominant personality in a potential threesome is definitely what I'm here for, but I could also enjoy Edith or Thomas trying to offer it as a kind of peace treaty. As a note, Lucille/Thomas on their own is a-okay by me. After all, how might it have gone if Edith hadn't tried to nope out of the whole situation? But really, I'm up for anything involving the three of them as long as it's high on drama and atmosphere. This movie was visually stunning and everything my little goth girl heart could ever want. So, bonus points for keeping the themes and visuals as a major part of your story.

Last but not least, I'm requesting two music videos this year which is new and different for me. But I feel like they very much represent my need for visual themes on light and darkness as well as my penchant for stories involving ladies, strong ones (physically/emotionally/mentally) especially.
ETA:: About these two fandoms, since we don't have names for the characters, feel free to either make them up or don't, however it works best for you.

Ghost by Halsey:video on YouTube
I love the song on it's own but with the music video, I think a story can be built around the two women in regards to what it is that makes one refer to the other as her ghost. Personally I think this probably lends itself to the story of a breakup, but it doesn't have to be. 

Hide by Little May: : video on YouTube
The song I think portrays a breakup, for sure, but the video itself gives me a scenario that I'm much more interested in. I want to know where the girlfriend is going, who is the woman that picks her up on the road, and what is it the women are doing out in the forest/field around the fire. Supernatural elements are definitely welcome here if you're so inclined.
 
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:: Other useful things to know :: Dark is good.  Crazy is good.  Sex is great, fantastic even - especially during dark/troubled/angsty times.  Seriously.  Go wild, go deep, go dark... and most of all, have fun. Go as grim/dark or smutty as you want to author. I'm here for it.

:: Kink/Porn DNW list (please avoid) :: mpreg, torture, watersports/scat, au-type kinks: tentacles, aliens, highly involved pre-sex discussions or negotiations, lifestyle BD/SM, A/B/O (Generally speaking, I'm pretty hard to upset but I prefer to keep it within character/genre.)
 

cherith: (Muses are Busy)
2014-10-20 12:18 am
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DEAR YULETIDE AUTHOR (OR WINTER WRITING FOR FUN AND PROFIT?) - 2014

 
Okay, so of course, the profit isn't monetary, but you'll earn my eternal gratitude for writing one of these cool fandoms. I'm all about the whim of the writer, consider my likes and dislikes as you would the pirate code (merely guidelines) and if the story takes you somewhere else, go with it. I will love it all the same. 

Love: Dark comedy, witty banter, vivid imagery, literary & historical references, melancholy tone, religious: identities or references and subtle mockery thereof, character introspection & retrospection, reading and research, irony, gentle mockery, moral and sexual ambiguity, social commentary, emotionally intense relationships without an acknowledged sexual relationship, serious and/or goofy story twists (with or without red herrings), writing, characters with crazy hobbies, nostalgia, music, changes in power dynamics, unreliable narrators, f/f relationships that may or may not be explicitly sexual (but especially those that are), light and dark image dichotomies, faulty and questioning faith, perseverance, subversive religious ideals and relationships 

Do Not Love: bad grammar, strict PWPs, mpreg 

And now the weather Fandoms


Fairy Tales (Little Red Riding Hood): : Red and the wolf, dark is good here, the original is supposed to be scary. For an extra challenge, mentions of other Fairy Tales (like Snow White and Rose Red, or Briar Rose) would be welcome, obviously, I like the color themes. 

(in addition) I've read a lot of books and retellings of popular stories, as well as rereading the original Grimm's stories. I have always loved how dark the original stories are. I'm also requesting fic for a game called The Path. Which is also based on the story of LRRH. I mention the game only to mention the imagery about the wolf being distinct to the LRRH, I love the idea and imagery that's involved in that -- because there's so many things you can do with it. I have a thing for the colors red and black and I've always felt this story was more about the visual than the written images in the story. I might not need to say it again, but I will, dark stories are okay here (and preferred).

Dracula (TV): : I hate that this show got so little time, but the love between Lucy & Mina was my absolute favorite thing about it. Give me Lucy before or after she vamps, before or after she declares herself to Mina. And give me Mina who loves her friend more than she loves Jonathan, or Grayson, or herself.

Dredd: : I want to know more about Ma-Ma.  I don't care if it's pre-movie, if she lives and it's post-movie.  If you're up for it, give me Ma-Ma/Anderson.  Give me Ma-Ma on Slo-mo, or without.  I just want to read more about this badass lady.

Legend: : Oh, this move.  You cannot do any harm by making your writing as dark as possible here.  I want Dark!Lily, I want Darkness.  It can be rough, it can be angsty, it can be as dark as you're willing to write it.  What happens if she stays with him?  What happens if she kills the unicorn?  What happens if Jack dies and she's left alone with Darkness?  What about if her father finally comes looking for her?

Stigmata: : By now you know I have a thing for darker fics, for the dichotomy between light and dark characters, for the struggle between good and evil, and of a person's inner character.  I want to see more of Frankie & Andrew. I want a struggle of internal beliefs, of what it means TO believe, or to give up your beliefs for the truth.  Again, dark is good here.

Witchblade (TV): : I absolutely love both the televisions series and the Witchblade comics. I would prefer something with Sara and/or Ian or Sara/Conchobar or Ian/Sara/Conchobar.  If you use Conchobar -- I adore "Cathain" the song that Conchobar (Grant Lee Phillips) sings. If you use Ian -- well, I'm probably going to love it no matter what, because he more than Sara is what drew me to the story in the first place. Obviously, if you've read my other fandom requests you know that the dark vs. light elements in stories appeal to me, and Witchblade is no exception. And definite bonus points for any inclusion of the adorable Gabriel.
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:: Other useful things to know :: Dark is good.  Crazy is good.  Sex is great, fantastic even - especially during dark/troubled/angsty times.  Seriously.  Go wild, go deep, go dark... and most of all, have fun.  
 

cherith: (Default)
2014-01-02 10:24 am
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Yuletide Reveals

I only wrote one story for Yuletide this year, but I'm pretty proud of it. It's no surprise that I'm in love with the movie Legend, but I've never written anything for it before. This year my recipient's letter read like one I could've written and when I saw her request for Legend, I knew that's what I was writing.

Not Words Alone
Fandom: Legend (1985)
Word Count: 1341
Rating: Mature (not explicit)
Pairing: Dark!Lili/Darkness
Summary: Darkness seduces Lili and she submits... or does she?

This year was a bit daunting as I ended up with the same recipient I had last year. I wrote a Portal story for her last year, but wasn't sure I could do it again this year. I put Legend on my own request list this year and seeing it on hers was just perfect. She wanted something that was very close to my own request and while I wasn't sure what I'd get -- or if I'd get a Legend story -- I wanted to do my best to write something I'd be happy to receive. (Which is always a goal, but most especially when it's a shared fandom request.)

I also really wanted to write something that could fit within the seduction of Lili scene, something that felt a little ethereal or dream-like. I hope I succeeded in that. I also really liked having a good excuse to go on a bit of a Legend bender, rewatching the Director's Cut, and then the seduction of Lili scene (which has always been my favorite scene of the movie) again and again on Youtube.

And then there was the long internal debate about whether or not write Lili or Lily and I had a whole thing where I was looking at all the places where one or the other shows up. Of course Lili seems to be the more accepted form, so that's what I went with.

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Since I mentioned that I also requested Legend for myself this year I thought I'd mention the two (TWO!) Legend stories I received.

calliopes-pen wrote a really FANTASTIC story for me that used a challenge I threw out where Dark!Lili is a werewolf. It's an evil wins scenario where Lili goes with Darkness. Her story is Blood Begins a Curse Anew and is 14k words of awesome.

A Darker Dream is a story from boywonder. Long after the unicorn has been saved, Lili still has dreams of Darkness that are definitely NSFW. It's always nice to get a little smut for yuletide. <3
cherith: (Default)
2013-10-08 10:15 am
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Dear Yuletide Author (or winter writing for fun and profit?) - 2013


Okay, so of course, the profit isn't monetary, but you'll earn my eternal gratitude for writing one of these cool fandoms. I'm all about the whim of the writer, consider my likes and dislikes as you would the pirate code (merely guidelines) and if the story takes you somewhere else, go with it. I will love it all the same.

Love: Dark comedy, witty banter, vivid imagery, literary & historical references, melancholy tone, religious: identities or references and subtle mockery thereof, character introspection & retrospection, reading and research, irony, gentle mockery, moral and sexual ambiguity, social commentary, emotionally intense relationships without an acknowledged sexual relationship, serious and/or goofy story twists (with or without red herrings), writing, characters with crazy hobbies, nostalgia, music, changes in power dynamics, unreliable narrators, f/f relationships that may or may not be explicitly sexual (but especially those that are), light and dark image dichotomies, faulty and questioning faith, perseverance, subversive religious ideals and relationships

Do Not Love: bad grammar, strict PWPs, mpreg

And now the weather Fandoms


Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland: : Hatter & Alice preferably conversational, and not overtly sexual. I like implied encounters. Also any inclusion of the Red Queen or Queen of Hearts gets bonus points. Dark is good, insane is better.

Dredd: : I want to know more about Ma-Ma.  I don't care if it's pre-movie, if she lives and it's post-movie.  If you're up for it, give me Ma-Ma/Anderson.  Give me Ma-Ma on Slo-mo, or without.  I just want to read more about this badass lady.

Being Erica: : I want Kai & Erica.  I want angst and fluff, I want to know what happens if Erica chooses Kai for good, if she doesn't become a therapist, or if she does and uses her abilities to see Kai.  Just, give me all of the Erica & Kai and make it work.

Eleanor & Park: : Give me five years, ten years, fifteen years later.  I want to see what happens.  Were the words in the letter "I love you?"  If so, what did they mean for Eleanor & Park's future.  What happens to Eleanor at her aunt & uncle's?  How does she grow?  How do they deal with the distance.  When do they find each other again?  

Legend: : Oh, this move.  You cannot do any harm by making your writing as dark as possible here.  I want Dark!Lily, I want Darkness.  It can be rough, it can be angsty, it can be as dark as you're willing to write it.  What happens if she stays with him?  What happens if she kills the unicorn?  What happens if Jack dies and she's left alone with Darkness?  What about if her father finally comes looking for her?

Stigmata: : By now you know I have a thing for darker fics, for the dichotomy between light and dark characters, for the struggle between good and evil, and of a person's inner character.  I want to see more of Frankie & Andrew. I want a struggle of internal beliefs, of what it means TO believe, or to give up your beliefs for the truth.  Again, dark is good here.

:: Other useful things to know :: Dark is good.  Crazy is good.  Sex is great, fantastic even - especially during dark/troubled/angsty times.  Seriously.  Go wild, go deep, go dark... and most of all, have fun. 

PS. If you're up for a challenge: My absolute favorite fairytale in the whole world is Little Red Riding Hood, in fact, I've requested it every year it's been available.  It's not this year, and that makes me sad.  If you want a challenge, find a way to incorporate that fairytale into one of my requests.  Alice is little red and the Hatter is the wolf?  SOLD.  Dark!Lily is a werewolf?  I'M THERE.  I will absolutely love you forever if you can make it happen.
cherith: Dragon Age Grey Warden Logo (Dragon Age: Grey Warden)
2012-10-16 11:57 am
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Dear Yuletide Author (or winter writing for fun and profit!) - 2012

Okay, so the profit of course isn't monetary, but you'll earn my eternal gratitude for writing one of these cool fandoms. I'm all about the whim of the writer, consider my likes and dislikes as you would the pirate code (merely guidelines) and if the story takes you somewhere else, go with it. I will love it all the same.

Love: Dark comedy, witty banter, vivid imagery, literary & historical references, melancholy tone, religious: identities or references and subtle mockery thereof, character introspection & retrospection, reading and research, irony, gentle mockery, moral and sexual ambiguity, social commentary, emotionally intense relationships without an acknowledged sexual relationship, serious and/or goofy story twists (with or without red herrings), writing, characters with crazy hobbies, nostalgia, music, changes in power dynamics, unreliable narrators, f/f relationships that may or may not be explicitly sexual (but especially those that are), light and dark image dichotomies, faulty and questioning faith, perseverance, subversive religious ideals and relationships 

Do Not Love: bad grammar, strict PWPs, mpreg


And now for more Fandoms

The Path (video game):
: Scarlet / The Wolf - specifically the fay wolf that is specific to Scarlet. I love her version of the story. Having given up her music to help raise her five other sisters Scarlet's journey seems much more about loss and potential. I especially love how her music ties in.

: (extra things that might be useful to know) I am a music nerd. I think there are several things that draw me to Scarlet. Similar upbringing in raising younger siblings. But also a love of music. It makes complete sense to me that the thing that distracts Scarlet- the thing that gets her lost in the woods- is the piano at the old theater.

Palimpsest by Catherynne M Valente (book):
: I've considered myself a reader from the moment I read my first book. But Palimpsest was the first book I ever really fell in love with. The kind of book that sticks in your brain because there's so many stories and images and things to explore. I especially am hooked on the story of Ludovico and his wife, their love of knowledge and books. And November, her organization and her journals and the way she accepts Ludovico.

: (extra things that might be useful to know) I think the thing that makes me most enjoy Palimpsest is the language Valente uses. It's not just language, it's artistry. Each page is rich and encompassing and engaging. I'd hope that fic based on this world would take that into account.

Fairy Tales (Little Red Riding Hood): 

: Red and the wolf, dark is good here, the original is supposed to be scary. For an extra challenge, mentions of other Fairy Tales (like Snow White and Rose Red, or Briar Rose) would be welcome, obviously, I like the color themes.

: (extra things that might be useful to know) I've read a lot of books and retellings of popular stories, as well as rereading the original Grimm's stories. I have always loved how dark the original stories are. I'm also requesting fic for a game called The Path. Which is also based on the story of LRRH. I mention the game only to mention the imagery about the wolf being distinct to the LRRH, I love the idea and imagery that's involved in that -- because there's so many things you can do with it. I have a thing for the colors red and black and I've always felt this story was more about the visual than the written images in the story. I might not need to say it again, but I will, dark stories are okay here (and preferred).

Witchblade (TV): 

: I absolutely love both the televisions series and the Witchblade comics. I would prefer something with Sara and/or Ian or Sara/Conchobar or Ian/Sara/Conchobar.

: (extra things that might be useful to know) If you use Conchobar -- I adore "Cathain" the song that Conchobar (Grant Lee Phillips) sings. If you use Ian -- well, I'm probably going to love it no matter what, because he more than Sara is what drew me to the story in the first place. Obviously, if you've read my other fandom requests you know that the dark vs. light elements in stories appeal to me, and Witchblade is no exception. And definite bonus points for any inclusion of the adorable Gabriel.
cherith: Dragon Age Grey Warden Logo (Dragon Age: Grey Warden)
2011-12-22 03:52 pm
Entry tags:

Dear Yuletide Author (or winter writing for fun and profit!) - 2011

Okay, so the profit of course isn't monetary, but you'll be due my eternal gratitude for writing one of these cool fandoms. I'm late to sign-up this year, so I'm especially grateful for whatever you put together. I'm all about the whim of the writer, consider my likes and dislikes as you would the pirate code (merely guidelines) and if the story takes you somewhere else, go with it. I will love it all the same.

Love: Dark comedy, witty banter, vivid imagery, literary & historical references, melancholy tone, religious: identities or references and subtle mockery thereof, character introspection & retrospection, reading and research, irony, gentle mockery, moral and sexual ambiguity, social commentary, emotionally intense relationships without an acknowledged sexual relationship, serious and/or goofy story twists (with or without red herrings), writing, characters with crazy hobbies, nostalgia, music, changes in power dynamics, unreliable narrators, f/f relationships that may or may not be explicitly sexual, light and dark image dichotomies

Do Not Love: bad grammar, strict PWPs, mpreg, non-con/rape

And now for more Fandoms


Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland: : Hatter & Alice preferably conversational, and not overtly sexual. I like implied encounters. Also any inclusion of the Red Queen or Queen of Hearts gets bonus points.
: (extra things that might be useful to know) If you check the tags at this journal, you can read the stories I've done - which differ greatly in tone. I'm really happy with anything Hatter and Alice related, dark is good, insane is better.

Carnivale: : I love the mystery between Ben and Management. Including Brother Justin is awesome, but not necessary.
: (extra things that might be useful to know) I'm not into the Carnivale fandom, but I miss the show a lot. Mostly, it plays on all my religious brain kinks that I have and I love the dark and light dichotomies in the show. This is something that I'm fairly easy to please in.

Fairy Tales (Little Red Riding Hood):
: Red and the wolf, dark is good here, the original is supposed to be scary. For an extra challenge, mentions of other Fairy Tales (like Snow White and Rose Red, or Briar Rose) would be welcome, obviously, I like the color themes.
: (extra things that might be useful to know) I've been reading a lot of books of retellings of popular stories, as well as rereading the original Grimm's stories. I have always loved how dark the original stories are. There's a video game called the "The Path" available for very cheap through Steam, which was a Little Red story with a twist: instead of one girl, there were seven. And each girls worked her way to grandmother's house, but could encounter the wolf each time she ventured off the path. The wolf was a different creature depending on which girl was making her way to grandma's. I mention the game only to mention the imagery about the wolf being distinct to the Red Riding Hood, I love the idea and imagery that's involved in that -- because there's so many things you can do with it. I have a thing for the colors red and black and I've always felt this story was more about the visual than the written images in the story. I might not need to say it again, but I will, dark stories are okay here (and preferred).

Witchblade (TV):
: I absolutely love both the televisions series and the Witchblade comics. I would prefer something with Sara and/or Ian or Sara/Conchobar.
: (extra things that might be useful to know) If you use Conchobar -- I adore "Cathain" the song that Conchobar (Grant Lee Phillips) sings. If you use Ian -- well, I'm probably going to love it no matter what, because he more than Sara is what drew me to the story in the first place. Obviously, if you've read my other fandom requests you know that the dark vs. light elements in stories appeal to me, and Witchblade is no exception.
cherith: (Muses are Busy)
2011-01-05 11:30 am

Yuletide Stories are in! (2010)

I wish I could've done more this year, and in fact I applied for a TON of pinch-hits, but only got one of them. That's okay though, I got pretty wrapped up in on of my stories, and was writing down to the wire.

YULETIDE
I wrote two stories:
FairyTales: East of the Sun, West of the Moon: An Interstellar Search for Love in the Four Corners of the Universe for Phantom.
This is quite basically East of the Sun, West of the Moon IN SPACE!
Eastwick (TV): The Restorative Powers of Hot Chocolate and Marshmallows on a Winter’s Afternoon for roadmarks
I have never written Eastwick before, and might not ever again, but I enjoyed writing this.

And I received 3 stories!
FairyTales: Little Red Riding Hood: The Funeral Dress by antartic and Scarlet by calenlily.
Alice in Wonderland: The Queen's Special Tea by foxtwin.

I love them all.


I also participated in this year's Secret Swooper exchange at at [livejournal.com profile] swooping_is_bad.
Dragon Age: Origins: Cautiously, but Onward for jessicajones_1.

I have not as of yet received a SS gift in return, though I've been assured that I'm supposed to get one. *shrug* At this point, I'm not holding my breath.


With the Holiday totals, this means I wrote about 68k words in fic for this year, not including what I did in non-fiction for NaNoWriMo. That's not shabby. Though if I'd been able to do the Alice in Wonderland BB and the Inception BB, it would've hit 100k, or damn near close. Maybe I can try that for 2011. :)

[community profile] scifibigbang sign-ups are coming up soon, and I think I might try that again this year.
cherith: (Muses are Busy)
2010-11-14 06:16 pm

Dear Yuletide Writer (or winter writing for fun and profit!) - 2010

Okay, so the profit of course isn't monetary, but it's still my eternal gratitude for writing something I already know will be awesome.

Note: This is my second year of [community profile] yuletide, so I'm just excited to have someone writing for me. I want you to write what makes you happy, and enjoy your yuletide experience. About my notes and requests: I loved [personal profile] naraht's 2009 letter enough that I borrowed some favorite things and rather not seen things.

I'm all about the whim of the writer, consider my likes and dislikes as you would the pirate code (merely guidelines) and if the story takes you somewhere else, go with it. I will love it all the same.

My 2009 letter is here if you want to read it, though three out of four fandoms are the same with similar info.

Love: Dark comedy, witty banter, vivid imagery, literary & historical references, melancholy tone, religious: identities or references and subtle mockery thereof, character introspection & retrospection, reading and research, irony, gentle mockery, moral and sexual ambiguity, social commentary, emotionally intense relationships without an acknowledged sexual relationship, serious and/or goofy story twists (with or without red herrings), writing, characters with crazy hobbies, nostalgia, music, changes in power dynamics, unreliable narrators

Do Not Love: bad grammar, PWPs, mpreg, S&M, rape

And now for more Fandoms


Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland:
: Hatter & Alice preferably conversational, and not overtly sexual. I like implied encounters. Also any inclusion of the Red Queen or Queen of Hearts gets bonus points.
: (extra things that might be useful to know) If you check the tags at this journal, you can read the stories I've done - which differ greatly in tone. I'm really happy with anything Hatter and Alice related, dark is good, insane is better.

Carnivale:
: I love the mystery between Ben and Management. Including Brother Justin is awesome, but not necessary.
: (extra things that might be useful to know) I'm not into the Carnivale fandom, but I miss the show a lot. Mostly, it plays on all my religious brain kinks that I have and I love the dark and light dichotomies in the show. This is something that I'm fairly easy to please in.

Fairy Tales (Little Red Riding Hood):
: Red and the wolf, dark is good here, the original is supposed to be scary. For an extra challenge, mentions of other Fairy Tales (like Snow White and Rose Red, or Briar Rose) would be welcome, obviously, I like the color themes.
: (extra things that might be useful to know) I've been reading a lot of books of retellings of popular stories, as well as rereading the original Grimm's stories. I have always loved how dark the original stories are. Last year, a video game called "The Path" came out which was a Little Red story with a twist: instead of one girl, there were seven. And each girls worked her way to grandmother's house, but could encounter the wolf each time she ventured off the path. The wolf was a different creature depending on which girl was making her way to grandma's. I mention the game only to mention the imagery about the wolf being distinct to the Red Riding Hood, I love the idea and imagery that's involved in that -- because there's so many things you can do with it. I have a thing for the colors red and black and I've always felt this story was more about the visual than the written images in the story. I might not need to say it again, but I will, dark stories are okay here (and preferred).

Witchblade (TV):
: I absolutely love both the televisions series and the Witchblade comics. I would prefer something with Sara and/or Ian or Sara/Conchobar.
: (extra things that might be useful to know) If you use Conchobar -- I adore "Cathain" the song that Conchobar (Grant Lee Phillips) sings. If you use Ian -- well, I'm probably going to love it no matter what, because he more than Sara is what drew me to the story in the first place. Obviously, if you've read my other fandom requests you know that the dark vs. light elements in stories appeal to me, and Witchblade is no exception.
cherith: (Default)
2009-11-05 09:59 am

Dear Yuletide Writer (or winter writing for fun and profit!)

Okay, so the profit of course isn't monetary, but it's still my eternal gratitude for writing something I already know will be awesome.

Note: I'm a [community profile] yuletide newbie, so I'm just excited to have someone writing for me. I want you to write what makes you happy, and enjoy your yuletide experience. About my notes and requests: I loved [personal profile] naraht's letter enough that I borrowed some favorite things and rather not seen things. I'm all about the whim of the writer, my likes and dislikes are guidelines, but if the story takes you somewhere else, go with it. I love it all the same.

<3: Dark comedy, witty banter, vivid imagery, literary & historical references, melancholy tone, religious: identities or references and subtle mockery thereof, character introspection & retrospection, reading and research, irony, gentle mockery, moral and sexual ambiguity, social commentary, emotionally intense relationships without an acknowledged sexual relationship.

</3: bad grammar, PWPs, mpreg, S&M, or rape.

And now for more Fandoms

Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland:
: (from my sign-up) Hatter & Alice preferably conversational, and not overtly sexual. I like implied encounters. Also any inclusion of the Red Queen or Queen of Hearts gets bonus points.
: (extra things that might be useful to know) I'm only recently arrived to fanfiction for Alice in Wonderland, but I can tell you know, it's already consuming some useful brain power.  If you check the tags at this journal, you can read the stories I've done - which differ greatly in tone.  I'm really happy with anything Hatter and Alice related, dark is good, insane is better.

Carnivale:
: (from my sign-up) I so love the mystery between Ben and Management. Including Brother Justin is awesome, but not necessary.
: (extra things that might be useful to know) Overall I'm not into the Carnivale fandom, but I miss the show a lot.  Mostly, it plays on all my religious brain kinks that I have and I love the dark and light dichotomies in the show.  This is something that I'm fairly easy to please in.

Fairy Tales (Little Red Riding Hood):
: (from my sign-up) Red and the wolf, dark is good here, the original is supposed to be scary. For an extra challenge, mentions of other Fairy Tales (like Snow White and Rose Red, or Briar Rose) would be welcome, obviously, I like the color themes.
: (extra things that might be useful to know) So, Fairy Tales overall are something I've been really getting into over the passed six months or so.  I've been reading a lot of books of retellings of popular stories, as well as rereading the original Grimm's stories.  I have always loved how dark the original stories are.  Recently, a video game called "The Path" came out which was a Little Red story with a twist: instead of one girl, there were seven.  And each girls worked her way to grandmother's house, but could encounter the wolf each time she ventured off the path.  The wolf was a different creature depending on which girl was making her way to grandma's and I really liked the imagery of that.  Obviously I have a thing for red (and black) because I've always felt this story was more about the visual than the written images in the story.  I might not need to say it again, but I will, dark stories are okay here (and probably preferred).

REPO! the Genetic Opera:
: (from my sign-up) There's interesting relationships between Shilo and Graverobber and Shilo and Blind Mag. And while Nathan an inclusion of Nathan would be lovely, it's unnecessary. Preferably something conversational between Shilo and Graverobber with mentions of Mag.
: (extra things that might be useful to know) This is another fandom in which I'm very easy to please. I think the Graverobber is pretty darned cool (I've met Terrance Zdunich in real life, and he's a great guy) and would love something from his perspective instead of Shilo's.  I know it's a popular match for Shilo/Graverobber, but I'm not really into the whole sexual relationship idea between the two of him.  I see him like a crazy inventive bad-influence older brother for her, if that makes sense.  But I'll love anything written here.