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Thank you for writing for me! I will add some more specifics in the next few days. For now, have a pile of preferences as well. Please don't feel intimidated by the wall of words! It's meant to help, and you can ignore what doesn't work for you.

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Dear Yuletide Author - Now Finalized!

Thank you for writing for me! And please have fun with this. I only ask that you write me write me a fun story, or a whimsical one, or a kind story, or a bittersweet story, or a hopeful one, but not an outright tragic or very dark one. It's a dark time of year, and Yuletide is a candle lit against that for me.

That's the main thing. But have a pile of preferences as well: they're all optional, of course. And after the preferences, I have notes about what I like about the works. Please don't feel intimidated by the wall of words! It's meant to help, and you can ignore what doesn't work for you.

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Dear Purimgifts Author

OK, I have finished this! Thank you very much for undertaking to write Purim treats for me. In addition to optional details about my likes and dislikes in general, I have added information about what characters I like in my requested fandoms and some ideas, if you need them, for what kinds of things to write.

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Dear Yuletide Author

This will be fleshed out later. In the meantime, have some basic preferences.

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I'm quite content with both straight and gay relationships. I do tend to ship the canon relationships, unless it's a character who has had no clear relationships shown in the story. I'm not comfortable with sexual relationships shown in children under the age of, say, 14 or so, and even then it's better in context (teens with other teens or in a societal setting where girls expect to marry by 16-18 anyway).

This Year's Works and Characters

Craft Sequence - Max Gladstone

I put down "any character": that would be Caleb Altemoc, Catherine "Cat" Elle, Elayne Kevarian, Izza (Craft Sequence), Kai Pohala, The King in Red, Mina (Craft Sequence), Temoc Almotil, Teo Batan, or Tara Abernathy.

I want to hear about relationships: good ones. Love (familial OR erotic), friendship, mentor-mentee, patron-client. Tell me a story about people *together* in Gladstone's awesome world. Caleb's family is dysfunctional, but so was my own. Do Caleb and Mina ever reach some sort of peace? I love Temoc's weird drive-by parenting: when did that start? What happened first? Teo is awesome: give me some of her history with Caleb. Future events with Tara and Elayne as her mentor. More about Izza or Cat, or Kai and the friend she couldn't quite save.

Imperial Radch Series - Ann Leckie

I put down "any character": that would be Basnaaid Elming (why can't anyone seem to remember her family name?), Ekalu, Medic (Imperial Radch), Naskaaia Eskur, Sphene, Sword of Atagaris, Zeiat, Anaander Mianaai, Athoek Station, Awn Elming, Daos Ceit, Justice of Toren One Esk Nineteen | Breq, Kalr Five, Kalr Twelve, Mercy of Kalr, Seivarden Vendaai, Skaaiat Awer, Tisarwat.

This was mainly because there were so many of them that I liked. I will admit to being less than pleased with the Lord of the Radch, though.

My most favorite things would be: AIs filled with love! Tell me about Breq and Mercy of Kalr, or Athoek Station and her people. Or tell me about Breq, dreaming of Lt. Awn … "and then the memory of the dream" (link to YouTube and a song by Carly Simon). Or instead, tell me about Seivarden and Ekalu: what happens next? Has Seivarden really learned anything? Or tell me about Tisarwat: who was she, and does she remember that person?

(Also: See this excellent essay, written as a comment on the File 770 site. It says a lot of what I feel about this series.)

Thursday's Children - Rumer Godden

I put down "any character": that would be Charles Ingram, Doone Penny, Ruth Sherrin, and/or Crystal Penny.

I have the most fellow-feeling with Ruth in this: her breakdown when she learned she had a leading part is so much something I would do (at a slightly younger age, I punted my Bat Mitzvah for much the same reason). Doone is also someone with whom I can sympathize, although he is amazingly out of it sometimes! Charles is a good kid, and I bet he will grow to be an awesome man. But my surprise here was Crystal. She is so much the sort of girl that as a child I would love to hate, and yet ... Godden's skill is such that I can feel for Crystal. Her mother did such a number on her, and even when Crystal realizes it, she can't pull herself out of the pattern.

Future fic, please, and give me human interactions as part of it. Crystal and Ruth will never really be friends - but do they work together again? How about Ruth and Doone? Does Doone see Charles again? What happens (including romance ... I am a die-hard slash fan; and this would have such complications if Charles actually ends up in the military)? Or any plausible futures involving at least two of them.

Alliance-Union - C. J. Cherryh

I put down Meg Kady, Signy Mallory, Bet Yeager, and/or Allison Reilly.

CJC's universe is so wide that we never get to see any of these wonderful characters interact. So give me that interaction. The time lines don't have to be exact!

Think of a scenario with two or more of them together. No tragic endings, please, but these are not comfortable people. Being forced to work together ... could have surprisingly impressive results!

I love Meg's calm snarky badassery, Signy's strength and her decision to support the Alliance, Bet's gradual admission of love and friendship into her very tough life, and Allison's self-analysis and willingness to learn.

Chronicles of the Kencyrath - P. C. Hodgell

I wanted Rue (Chronicles of the Kencyrath), Shade (Nightshade) (Chronicles of the Kencyrath), Marcarn (Chronicles of the Kencyrath), and/or Brier Iron-Thorn

The Highborn-Kendar relationship fascinates me. I'd love to see some sort of exploration of it through the eyes of one or more of the Kendar characters. Optional appearances by Jame, Tori, and/or Kindrie are appreciated but not necessary. I also have a sneaking fondness for Bane in his current form.

I love Rue's pluck and optimistic toughness, Shade's gradual warming to the notion that not all Highborn are like those of her house (and her longing for and bond with her actual Lourdan), Marcarn's ability to look past abuse and tragedy and remain kind and even cheerful, and Brier's tangled past and steadfastness despite it. (Yes, I have had a story about Brier before: I can't get enough of her, though.)

Dear Exchange at Fic Corner Author ...

Dear Exchange Author, thank you so much for picking up my prompts! I hope you will enjoy working on the one you select. This [long!] set of optional details is meant mainly for inspiration if you get stuck or if you want to add some extra bells and whistles to your creation to personalize it for me.

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I'm quite content with both straight and gay relationships. I do tend to ship the canon relationships, unless it's a character who has had no clear relationships shown in the story. I'm not comfortable with sexual relationships shown in children under the age of, say, 14 or so, and even then it's better in context (teens with other teens or in a societal setting where girls expect to marry by 16-18 anyway).

Dear Sutcliff Swap Creator

Dear Fellow Sutcliff Fan, thank you so much for creating something for me! Please do something that you will enjoy doing, because I think, in the end, that's what will matter most. This rather long set of optional details is meant mainly for inspiration if you get stuck or if you want to add some extra bells and whistles to your creation to personalize it for me.

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I'm quite content with both straight and gay relationships. I do tend to ship the canon relationships, unless it's a character who has had no clear relationships shown in the story. I'm not comfortable with sexual relationships shown in children under the age of, say, 14 or so, and even then it's better in context (teens with other teens or in a societal setting where girls expect to marry by 16-18 anyway).

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For now, have some general preferences. I'll be adding specifics about my requested fandoms once I'm out form under some deadlines elsewhere.

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I'm quite content with both straight and gay relationships. I do tend to ship the canon relationships, unless it's a character who has had no clear relationships shown in the story. I'm not comfortable with sexual relationships shown in children under the age of, say, 14 or so, and even then it's better in context (teens with other teens or in a societal setting where girls expect to marry by 16-18 anyway).

Thank you for creating Purimgifts for me! Please enjoy your labors: these are just suggestions!

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Dear Yuletide Author - THE REAL THING!

I hope you enjoy writing my story! Don't force yourself to take on something from my suggestions that really shuts you down: I'm trying to give a range of prompts in the hopes you'll find something that lets you take off.

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From the Ashes, an Ember (2558 words)
Author: opalmatrix
Fandom: The Lantern Bearers - Rosemary Sutcliff
Rating: General Audiences
Summary: Ambrosius goes to bring his brother's body home. Written for The Exchange at Fic Corner 2014.

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