December 24th, 2012

Yuletide lantern

Dear Kind Person Who Means to Make a Story Just for Me...

Dear Yuletide Writer,

Thank you for taking the time to write for me! I am very easy to please; just knowing you took the time to make me something will please me enormously. In case you want some extra insight into my taste, though, here are some things I generally like and dislike:

I love: Silly things, weirdness, geekiness, fluff, kind people, happy endings, witty banter, diversity, feminism, strong friendships, females who are supportive of one another instead of tearing each other down, awesome ensemble casts.

I dislike: Excessive violence and gore (some is okay if it serves the story, but I squick easily), excessive angst (again, if it serves the story, great, but I don't tend to seek out sad stuff for catharsis/comfort the way some people do), any kind of sex that isn't explicitly consensual (really really, please no), racist/sexist/homophobic stuff (again, really, just no).

And here are some things about the fandoms I requested:

Sabrina the Teenage Witch (tv)

Here's what I said on the official thing:

I ask for this every year just in case someone out there really wants to write me a wonderful Sabrina story. I love this universe, and will honestly be thrilled with any story. I know I asked for four specific characters. I love them, and would love to see them having some snappy banter, but I'm also way open to other things.

Use your favorite characters, make up new characters, cross it over with other shows or books or movies, or give me explanations for some of the weird series plotholes (Why does Sabrina have two Junior years? Whatever happened to Jenny?). I will love any of it. Season 1 is my favorite for the geekiness of the writing, but I'd be happy to read about characters from other seasons, too. If you want to include chromatic characters for the Dark Agenda collection, you might consider writing about Albert (the Quizmaster), or Dashiell (what happens to him after he and Sabrina stop seeing each other?), or Aunt Vesta (we really only see her once!), or Dreama (does she ever grow out of her clumsiness?), but again, I'll be happy with whatever you choose.

Additional details: I love the ensemble cast, the silliness, and the nerdiness of this show. Although season 1 is my favorite, I have beloved episodes in the other seasons, too, and will seriously be happy with any season you want to write about. Sabrina fans are rare, and I will be delighted to know you're out there at all, honestly.

Big Business (1988)

Here's what I wrote on my official request form:

I love this movie so hard. Two Bette Midlers and two Lily Tomlins! OMG! I don't think any fic of it exists at all, and I would be overcome with glee at any story! I requested the sisters because they are the main characters, but if you would rather not make them the main focus, that's okay, too. I'd love to see anyone else you care to write about. For instance, if you really want to write about a chromatic character, I would be very happy to receive a story about Harlan. I have often wondered why the hell he stuck it out with such difficult bosses for all those years, and what his outside of the job life looked like.

Additional details: I would love anything at all based on this movie, seriously. I have made my family watch it with me so many times that we all know most of the lines. I love silliness and fluff, so you really can't go wrong with that. If you're stuck, and you want a jumping off point (other than the previously mentioned Harlan idea), I'd love a glimpse into the sisters' heads at any point in time. What does Rose Shelton make of Jupiter Hollow (and how does Jupiter Hollow react to the news)? What do they all think of each other? Go with whatever moves you. I will be utterly thrilled.

Lark Rise to Candleford (tv)

Here's what I wrote on my official request form:

I love Twister and Queenie, and would love to see them being themselves. Seriously, Queenie is apparently one of the kindest and best-hearted people there ever was, and Twister is... well, he's Twister. I love that they clearly do love each other, however much they may bicker, and I love their moments of tenderness just as much as I love things like Queenie being the dragon to Twister's St. George. I also love Minnie, who is utterly adorable in her sincerity. I love seeing her mad logic ("I once found a penny in a puddle, so I put my hand in again and found another one, so I put my hand in again and found another one. I always look in puddles now whenever I pass one, but I ain't never again found another penny. So I believe there *will* be food in the sky..."). And Miss Lane? Was there ever such a trickster as Miss Lane? I love her impishness, and the way she is totally organized in her chaos. I love all the other characters, too. Would love something silly and fun, or super Gothic (in grand Lark Rise to Candleford tradition--who could ever forget Miss Ellison running out into the dark and stormy night, mad with grief and drunk on her dead father's sherry, shouting for Mr. Brown? Most Gothic Moment Evar!). Feel free to include any characters you wish, and to set this whenever you so desire, in the series or after.

Additional details: If you choose this, have fun, and do whatever your heart desires. If this means mentioning my requested characters briefly in the background because you have a wild idea that centers on someone else, I wholeheartedly endorse you running with that.

The Middleman (tv)

Here's what I wrote on my official request form:

Wendy Watson is one of the best characters ever. I adore her in all her badass geeky Latina awesomeness. I also pretty much love all the other characters in this show, so I'm not requesting anyone else specifically. If you choose this one, show me Wendy being awesome with anyone else you want to include. Surprise me! Witty banter with MM or Tyler? Killer robots? Zombie trout? Vampire puppets? Visiting her mom? Just chilling with Lacey and/or Noser? Girls' night with Ida (how awesomely ridiculous would that be!?)? Honestly, it's all good. I will love anything in this fandom.

Additional details: Seriously, anything.

Thank you for writing a story for me! I cannot wait to read it!