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Dear Yuletide Writer ... (2007)

Dear Yuletide Writer:

Ths is my first Yuletide challenge, and I am filled with anticipation! But I am a little worried, and you probably are too - so I just want to say, please don't worry excessively! I hate hurting others' feelings, and the very idea that someone is writing for me makes me feel very warm inside. So first of all, please have fun writing the story! Results are usually better when someone is doing something that s/he likes, after all.

But in case you were wondering about what I might like, here are some ideas:

I do like ... I don't like ...
  • Friendships - although I am a romantic sort of person, not every relationship has to be romantic
  • Strong characterization
  • Wry humor in the course of a more serious story
  • Emotional payoffs that are well-earned
  • Passions that are strong without being mushy/fluffy
  • Moments of realization - satori
  • Characters acting OOC, especially if the purpose is to force them into a relationship (doubly bad if that relationship is romantic or sexual)
  • Romantic/sexual relationships between partners of very uneven levels of power (adult/child, master/servant) - only a couple of writers have ever managed this without squicking me out
  • Mpreg
  • Fluffy girlish stuff

I'm quite content with both straight and gay relationships. In the case of regular fiction (as opposed to manga), I do tend to ship the canon relationships, unless it's a character who has had no relationships shown in the story. I'm not comfortable with sexual relationships shown in children under the age of, say, 14 or so, and not even among older teens except with their age peers.

(Also feel fee to check out my interests on my profile.)

As to the requests:

C.J. Cherryh - Chanur Series: I'm fascinated with the character of Pyanfar's cousin Chur, who develops a strange set of extrasensory perceptions during Chanur's Homecoming: she can sense jumpspace, and the way that stars make jump points in it. She had been a hard-drinking, witty, attractive person until she became gravely injured, and it was her long shipboard convalescence, tied to lifesupport and frequently under drugs, that sparked this strange new ability. At the end of the book, she had expressed a wish for some time away from the ship, partially because she had met a male that she liked, a quiet fellow from one of the Immune clans. The news of her departure terrified her sister Geran, who is very dependent on her. I want to know something about what happened to her during her time away, and also how it affected Geran. Note that I am not assuming that there is anything more than a close sisterly relationship between the two of them (that is, nothing sexual), and I'd rather you didn't either. You could narrate the events as they're happening, or have them talked or reminisced about after Chur's return to the Pride, or a mixture ... .

Martha Wells - Fall of Ile Rien series: At the end of The Gate of the Gods, Tremaine makes the momentous decision to go with Ilias and leave her world behind. Despite the passion and friendship between them, this isn't going to be easy for either of them. Ilias' status among his own people is still not that good, for one thing. What would her father (Nicholas Valiarde) find, if he managed to come visit them in a few years? This doesn't have to be from Nick's POV, BTW - I just thought that having him show up would be a good opportunity for a "snapshot" of the state of their relationship, and might provide a sounding board for Tremaine's thoughts .

Mushishi: First off, I have only read the first two manga volumes - what's available in English - and haven't seen the anime or the live-action movie. So please don't spoil things for me! What I love about Mushishi is the quiet oddness of the whole thing, and Ginko's unflappability. At the same time, I'd love to see him get ruffled - even shaken, perhaps badly. I was thinking about a mushi that nearly gets the best of him somehow, and about having him saved by someone (or something!) unexpected or odd, someone who may never before have shown any skill in these matters. I'd especially like this to be someone (or again, something) really out of the ordinary for a manga scenario - so it shouldn't be some attractive girl/young woman or a cute little kid.

Project Blue Rose: - There's only the one volume of this, but that only means there are many, many possibilities. I'd like to see Kyle get himself in deep trouble by trying to prove he's the equal of his senior partner. Maybe he turns up missing, and Joe rightly suspects foul play. I'd like things to resolve more or less happily in the end, but as I mentioned above, it should be earned. And I'd rather see them being sneaky and using their brains rather than having a big shoot 'em out as a means of getting away. "Hurt/comfort" is great, but should be played very much in character. Villains who have what they think are good reasons for what they're doing - not just "bad guys" - are a plus.

Thank you very much!


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Nov. 5th, 2007 01:20 pm (UTC)
Oh my god I am PRAYING that someone write Tremaine/Illias. Praying so freaking hard.
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