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Dear Yuletide Author 2016,

I am so excited. I promise, I will love literally anything because Yuletide is amazing.

I have a particular passion for world building and character exploration. I also like magic, people being competent, people taking care of each other, references to mythology and fairy tales, culture and language exploration, and learning new things in general. I enjoy but am not attached to crossovers and AUs, so if you feel like writing one, go for it.

I don't have many squicks, but because it's Yuletide, I'd prefer a happy ending even if things get pretty dark. I'd also prefer happier relationships (not necessarily romantic) and for misunderstandings to be resolved.

Optional details are definitely optional, but here are my wandering thoughts.

Jumanji

A lot of what fascinates me in the movie is how this suburban/small town kid got so incredibly good at surviving in the jungle. Also, the idea of it as a real, functional (magical) place is pretty amazing. Him figuring it out by himself would be great but I'd especially love to see him interacting with others. What if Sarah got pulled in too? How would two kids take care of each other? What would that relationship look like when they grew up? Or if the Shepards got pulled instead of getting Alan out...how would he deal with two grief-stricken kids when he doesn't have the options of being home?

Kubo and the Two Strings
I love this movie, but I had this brief moment of amazement and hope that a heroic journey might actually involve LIVING PARENTS THAT STAY ALIVE. Alas. Anything about Beetle (and Monkey). It was really clear that Kubo's mom was a difficult parent to grow up with and he did a lot of care taking...but it was also clear that she did her best and that she managed to do some amazing stuff too. And yet Monkey definitely had a bit of a different personality. What would the relationship have been like if they survived? How would it have changed the ending? Can you have a heroic journey that ends in a kid being able to relax for a while instead of taking on new responsibilities, or would Kubo have found himself needing more space?

Alice (2009)
The ability and knowledge to travel between two worlds and learning to navigate that shifting would be an awesome but challenging life.
I don't have a lot to say, mostly I'm interested in a post-movie version where Alice and Hatter keep some connection to magic instead of just slotting into her world forever. Negotiations and politics would be lovely.

Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle
Clearly a powerful (and possibly sinister) being that has decided to channel their power into societally useful ways. Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle, the successor to Baba Yaga. Or something. I did love these stories as a kid, but as an adult there's definitely something a little creepy about some of it, in a delicious way.

Sinbad (ANYTHING, FOREVER LOVE)
Literally anything that puts more fic into this fandom is amazing. Things I love: the exploration of culture, found family, mythology, adventure, quiet moments, magic, competence and confidence, EVERYTHING.


Again, thank you for participating in this challenge, it is my favorite and I will definitely enjoy any story you choose to tell.

Dear Yuletide Author,

Yuletide is one of my favorite times and I'm really excited about the fandoms I've chosen this year; they're ones I actually have specific ideas for--but if you have a great idea of your own, go for that!.

First, my universal loves: I love world-building of any kind. I'm an anthropology geek and worldbuilding/cultural notes (and sometimes, misunderstandings)/weird linguistics etc really hit me hard in a good way. I also really appreciate people who are super competant and people with strong loyalties.

Not quite bulletproof, but still really fun: I like misunderstandings and underestimations of my favorites, but mostly if they end up resolved. I enjoy angst with a happy ending although bittersweet works too. But I'm also pretty good with happy domestic stuff too. Also, all my prompt ideas are pretty gen, but don't think you have to stick to that.

Onto the specifics!

Andromeda: I haven't actually managed to find all of this, but I've read all the spoilers :). This is one of those sci-fi shows where I really appreciate the potential for world-building and the exploration of different cultures, and I feel like fanfic does a better job than what I've seen of the show. I like Tyr, I like the opportunity to think of a culture that developed a different structure and a different morality--but I'm disappointed that he seems to have just been a bad guy at the end. I don't think he has to agree with the main characters; but I'd really like to see him as moral within his own cultures worldview (and his own culture as being moral in its own way). I'd also be happy for him not to be dead.

Protector of the Small: Keladry is amazing and I love her dearly. What I'm really interesting in exploring more with her though is the whole 2 cultures bit. The books (especially the first) did a decent job but still managed to make it a somewhat smooth transition. What were the bumps--the moments of complete cultural dissonance? What did she miss from the islands, what did she really not? Moving in between two cultures can be really hard, even if the one you move into is your "birth" culture.

Tiffany Aching series: I love Tiffany, she is excellent. I'm wondering more about Preston though, either as a teacher or a doctor, what's it like to court a witch? Maybe to be married to a witch? People seemed to be adjusting to Tiffany as a witch, as something separate from but important to the community...how do the day to day things fit in? Do people admire Preston or pity him? Is he more or less approachable than Tiffany?

Disgaea 4: Fenrich is really my focus here, on the super-competant and extremely-loyal character bit. I'd be pretty happy with anything focusing on him and his relationship to Valvatorez (I lean towards slash but I'd be happy with gen; but he's pretty fanatical either way). I'd enjoy seeing him deal with Valvatorez's fall and how he initially rationalizes to himself that he's serving someone who isn't an all-powerful ruthless vampire lord.

Wreck-It Ralph: I do like Ralph and Vanellope; they have a cute friendship/chosen family vibe that I love; but this is a world I'd be really interested in seeing an AU side to it. Ralph didn't like his 'place' and didn't like how he was treated. And he met Vanellope who seemed to be in a similar position, despised and laughed at, excluded for being different (wrong), and then he took her side and learned a valuable lesson and a bunch of other nice stuff (I do love this movie). But what if Vanellope hadn't been glitched by Turbo? What if she had always been the Queen (Princess?)? Would Ralph have connected to her at all? Would she have been interested in letting him get a medal or would she not have had the empathy that brought them together?

Practical Magic: I really like the idea of everyday magic; magics in soaps and herbals etc is fine and fun. Cooking magic, sewing magic, all that. With Practical Magic, I'd really like to see how a town that's just had confirmation that those weird women on the edge of town really are witches but good ones would deal with that daily magic. Whose coming for little spells, how do the girls handle school where everyone knows they can do magic...could be happy or angsty.

Anyways, I've got ideas about stuff; but mostly I will really love anything you feel like writing in the spirit of Yuletide.

Thanks,

Bibi

Dear Yuletide Author,

Basically I like:
1. World building/ cultural exploration
2. Secret sides to characters/events
3. Fantasy
4. Pragmatic characters who believe in ideals but are practical about making them happen

Despicable Me
Optional Details: The girls all grown up and working on their own big dreams. (I really like the idea of a Ballet Shoes inspiration with orphan girls making a pledge to represent their own family in the world and make an impression on it).

In a lot of fandoms, I really enjoy kidfic. Now, I want grown-up fic! I think the girls in these movies are awesome and I'd love to see them working towards their own dreams (which may be a little warped having been raised by an ex-supervillain, his many somewhat inappropriate minions, a government agent, and a crotchety old mad scientist). I think the girls have pretty expressive characters and are going to make fantastic adults. So it could be a (semi) serious introspective on them. Or Margo could become a scientist, Edith a government agent, and Agnes a supervillain or other variations thereupon and I would be super happy then too.

Bunheads
Optional Details: Difficult: I found Hubbell really interesting and sweet and I would have enjoyed seeing him in the show--without losing the strength and power of the female characters.

This could be pre=series or an AU of the series. I really like Michelle's moments of fail interspersed with truly loving dancing. I think her relationship with the girls at the dance studio is awesome. How would that have worked if Hubbell was alive? Would he have encouraged it or would his mother have more problems with the concept if he were alive and she didn't need Michelle's support? Basically, I really enjoy reading about people who are competant at what they do and love doing it, and it's funny when they are not super-competant at other aspects of life, which is what I enjoyed about the show.

Hobbes and Bacon
Optional Details: ANYTHING

I really mean that anything. I adore this series. I love how Calvin obviously still connects to his own childhood and is bringing up his daughter with sympathy, understanding, and a commitment to the fantastic. I like the little hints that he's a comic book artist, that he plays with his food (as does his wife! Is that Susie Derkins?), that Hobbes is going to teach Bacon Calvinball (I'm not convinced if that's her actual name or not. On the one hand, I could see it. On the other, no.) I wonder how Bacon interacts with her grandparents. Basically, MORE HOBBES AND BACON <3

Journey
Optional Details: the desert.

I don't even know. I love this game. I love the hints of a civilization gone and a bit forgotten. I love the feeling of solitude, of an individual journey, that could have moments of interaction with other people but really focuses on the self. I like the idea of a culture that sets off on these individual journeys and gains flight and beauty and amazingness.

The Last Unicorn
Optional Details: Schmendrick and the Unicorn. What happens next? Where does everyone go? Alternatively, Molly as a young woman having adventures.

I am intrigued at the idea of Schmendrick staying young until he grows up enough to be able to control his magic (which is my interpretation). But I picked Molly as my only definitive/not optional character because I think she's just a great viewpoint. She's practical and pragmatic but still sees the beauty and joy of the world. I like the idea of what happens next after the story *ends* but it would also be really cool to write about Molly growing up, seeking out adventure before eventually ending up with Captain Cully. I mean, she seems pretty world-weary, but I can't imagine that she didn't go off adventuring as a young woman. Maybe she didn't find unicorns, but I bet she found some amazing stuff anyways.

Thank you for whatever you do! I am always impressed by Yuletide and what people put into it.

RECs

Avatar: the Last Airbender is one of those shows that is really, really good and complete in and of itself. I do not need fic for it, and most of the time I don't really want any. But sometimes I read it anyways, and sometimes I really enjoy it.

Whistling Up a Storm (2225 words) by faviconattackfish
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Avatar: The Last Airbender
Rating: General Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Kanna/Pakku (Avatar)
Characters: Pakku (Avatar), Yugoda, Kanna (Avatar), Original Characters
Summary:

After Katara leaves the Northern Water Tribe, Pakku must confront the changes she has wrought.


I like the women in this and the sense of something a long time in coming bursting through.

Eight Principles of Yong (3686 words) by faviconpsocoptera
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Avatar: The Last Airbender
Rating: General Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Mai/Zuko (Avatar)
Characters: Zuko (Avatar), Azula (Avatar), Katara (Avatar), Iroh (Avatar)
Summary:

The pen is mightier than the sword, or how Zuko saves the day via the power of good penmanship.


I like the little touches of Chinese calligraphy coming through in the Firebender culture.

Cultural Exchange (303 words) by faviconLavanya_Six
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Avatar: The Last Airbender
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Katara (Avatar), Aang (Avatar), Sokka (Avatar), Toph Bei Fong
Summary:

"Katara, what's the best way to get fresh blood out of cotton bedding?"


As well as not needing a lot of fic, I really don't feel any need for genderbending in this universe. But I like the reminder that these four different nations are four different cultures :).
http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the-secret-of-kells/

So I described this to my mother as a fantasy cartoon about the mythical creation of the Book of Kells.

Her response: it sounds perfect for you!

It really is. Irish mythology! Adorable little monk boys! Fairy shapeshifter girls with massively awesome eyebrows! THE BOOK OF KELLS.

It is adorable. Very weird; but adorable.
So...
Portugal: Awesome.
Teaching: Hard. Really hard. Really really hard. But also awesome.
Kindles: surprisingly awesome.
Broken shift key on your laptop: NOT AWESOME.

Dear Yuletide Santa 2009,

So this is going up pretty late and I apologize. Really I'd just be insanely happy with pretty much anything written in these fandoms.

In general, my kinks are world-building, characters who prove to be more than other people expect/treat them like, bittersweet tones with an edge of hope, fairy tale retellings, and really good anthropology/psychology.

I don't have a lot of squicks. I tend to cringe when characters are embarrassed or humiliated.I'm less interested in sex than character/world/plot development but I don't mind PWPs at all.

Peter S Beagle - The Last Unicorn
I love this story. I'm more familiar with the movie than the book but the whole thing is basically awesome. I love the bittersweetness of it. I love the unicorn who learned a bit of humanity.

Eureka (tv)
Jack Carter
This fandom hits my underestimated/underappreciated character kink pretty hard. Basically, I like stories that show Jack Carter as competant. Not necessarily "smart" the way the scientists around him are, but really, really good at his job. My favorite pairing is Stark/Carter. I have not warmed up to Tess. Zoe is awesome. (Secret fantasy: Carter actually knows something that everything else dismisses as ridiculous--magic exists or something.)

Prince of Persia (2008 game)
BACKSTORY! Especially on the "Prince." He sounds like he led an interesting life before wandering into the desert with a donkey carrying packs filled with treasure.

Terry Pratchett - Nation
I'm not entirely sure what to say here. I like the characters and I'd be happy to see more of them. But I'm also drawn to the alternate history--what events went differently in the world set up by Pratchett before the "present-day" epilogue?.

Thank you!
Wow but it's been a long time.

Update:
I am, in fact, an awesome teacher and teaching is, in fact, an awesome job.

Also, I want a comm that does regular prompts but the only fandoms I feel really confident of writing in regularly are fairy tales and Ranma 1/2.
So, tonight I had a minor personal crisis. And then I talked myself through it and came to a minor personal revelation. Sort of; it built on some thoughts about myself that have been developing. Anyways, then I felt like sharing, but it felt somewhat awkward to call someone and say, hey I talked myself through a minor personal crisis and now I want to share. Feel free to try and participate in a conversation or to pretend to listen while you read good meta on the internet.

And then I realized: hey, that's what LJ is for.

(Feel to read, ignore, comment with something relevant or with your own rambling story that no one else cares about.

So my personal crisis started when my professor handed back my paper. My second paper in my first graduate class outside of the teacher education department (although still strongly associated with it). My second paper with 100% in my graduate-level linguistics class (oriented towards teacher education). It made me deeply uncomfortable. I came up with a lot of thoughts about my fellow students, classes oriented towards teacher-candidates...etc. This paper was a typical last-minute offering.

And I had to stop and think; I am a good writer. Many people have told me that I am good at analysis. And even if it was a last minute production, I did get into and thought I made some good points. So, why do I feel uncomfortable when I do very well (pretty well I'm OK with. I am unhappy getting less than an A. But I'm uncomfortable getting more than, say a 95).

Here's the thing though, when I did my undergrad in anthropology, I liked it. I mean, really, really liked it. And even if I was extremely tired of school by senior year, I still loved some of my classes. I didn't continue in anthropology. I don't really plan to. And anytime someone asks why, I tell them that while I love the subject and learning about it, I like actually doing it less. And that's true. But part of the truth is also that, doing my thesis and seeing the people around me, I kind of decided that I wasn't that good at it and that maybe I could be better at doing something else. (Something less ivory tower too).

But, if I can handle grad school,if I can do well in it, does that mean that I basically quit something I enjoyed because I was lazy? Could I have done better if I worked harder (the answer is yes, of course). Because, that's not really ok. It also bodes ill for any thing I do, ever.

As I thought it through, I decided I was right both times. Because I was (am) lazy. And I could have done better, maybe a lot better, in anthropology. But I am also missing something that makes great anthropologists. I am a good writer. I am good at research and at analysis and at observations. All key points to anthropology. But I really really suck at asking questions. And that's where it starts falling apart. See, the responses to my papers are often, good analysis, you really make the reader thinks, this part invokes some really interesting questions. But I never get to that next step. I have a lot of trouble coming up with those questions and its not fun. What I needed from anthropology was someone to tell me, hey find out this about these people. And I can do the research and do observations (and I could get better at interviews, really). I can even say, hey, I want to go observe this and then analyze it. But that's not really how a lot of academia works. My comment from my thesis advisor was, your topic is kindof boring. You come up with all the interesting questions at the end and now its too late to answer them. I can't up with the questions (or hypotheses really) to get people interested in funding grants, etc until after I've done the year or two or three of research.

So I think there are probably some jobs where someone wants someone with an anthropology perspective and they'll say hey, go find out all about this or about these people. And that would be cool, would be perfect, except that a lot of the ones I can come up with pull at some ethical issues for me. Maybe I didn't look hard enough because I was feeling a little discouraged, but I'm ok with that (mostly). I think that's part of the reason why, soon after deciding not to pursue anthropology for a while, I got really interested in medical anthropology, particularly within ethnology of beliefs and practices surrounding medicine in different cultures. Because pretty much the most perfect job in anthropology for me would be working with hospitals serving large immigrant (or other forms of cultural diversity) populations. Someone could tell me, hey, go figure out what this new refugee group thinks about disease and doctors. And I could go do it! And I would be serving an awesome cause, making medicine more culturally competant!

But I'm not sure how much work there really is in that. Typically, it seems like a lot of people doing that start from academia, asking interesting questions, coming up with interesting results, and then going to the doctors and saying hey, guess what I found?

Anyway, the point is that I kindof miss anthropology. And I'm a little afraid that leaving it behind makes me less like the kind of person I want to be. But mostly I think that I'm not actually best suited for it. And I really hope that I'll make a way better teacher than I would an anthropologist (and not just because I like talking to kids and adults intimidate me a bit).