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Dear Yuletide writer:

Thank you so much for offering to write some of the fandoms I love most! You are clearly a person of exquisite taste and discernment, and I <3 you.


I worry about doing a post like this, because I’m afraid you’ll think I’m demanding specific plot A or genre B, and I don’t want you to feel obligated in that way at all. It’s just that once upon a Yuletide past, I thought it was a good thing to offer no details at all - hey, that way the writer’s free to do what they want, right? - and I have since learned that many people don’t find this inspiring, they find it terrifying.

Including me, as a matter of fact; I got a prompt for a fandom with “Any” characters and no details one year, and that wasn't easy. So, the stuff below is just me talking about things I like, and rambling on about what I love in my fandoms, in the hope that this will be useful. But really, if you already have a story idea, go for it, please! Don’t let me distract you! I love surprises.

Some things I like: hurt/comfort (physical or emotional), competence, snark, humor, self-sacrifice, banter, affection, trust, happy endings (or endings that leave room for eventual happiness), plot, character studies, quiet domestic moments, missing scenes, longing/yearning, angst, caper stories, mysteries, adventures, stories written in an outsider’s point of view, canon-based characterization.

Things that squick me: incest, pedophilia, hardcore bdsm, mpreg.

Things I love about these particular fandoms:

Arthur Conan Doyle - Sherlock Holmes
I love Holmes and Watson and the vanished London they live in. I adore their relationship, which I can readily see as more-than-friendship, but you don't have to go there unless you want to. And if you *do* want to go there, I'd be happy with Victorian fade-to-black.

I see Holmes as a brilliant but flawed man, who needs his Watson to keep him sane and drug-free, and Watson as a clever, kind and competent doctor who loves the thrill of adventure - no buffoon he!

Hercules: the Legendary Journeys
I love Hercules and Iolaus very much, and a slash or a gen story would make me equally happy: as long as they care about each other, I'm good. I love their closely-woven friendship, their snark and banter, and the way they fight and play and grieve and travel together.

Other things I love about this fandom are the 'sword & sorcery meets postmodern mythology' feel of it, the humor mixed with serious storytelling, the colorful characters and the way the gods play games with mankind.

Venture Bros
I've seen all three seasons, and I love this show for the wisecracks, the fangeek references, the insanely tight writing and, above all, the characters. I chose 'any' because I seriously love everybody in this show (or love to hate them, like skeevy Mr. Impossible), and I just couldn't decide. A story about any of them will make me happy!

I'd prefer gen or canon relationships for this fandom, if possible, but I’m hardly averse to slash, as you can see from my other prompts; it’s just that I don’t see any slash in this fandom. If you have a brilliant idea, go ahead and prove me wrong. :) (And er, please no Venturecest?)

If you offered 'any' or a long list of characters, and would like more specific prompts: maybe a Team Venture adventure story, or a story about Brock Samson on his day off, or about the Monarch and his henchmen, or about Dr. Mrs. The Monarch and/or Dr. Orpheus saving the day and showing off their mad skills. Mentions of Bowie always a plus, as I am a longtime Bowie fan. But really, this is all completely optional, please please do not feel pressured! Go Team Venture!

Elfquest
It’s inconceivable to me that with the huge popularity of Elfquest, there’s not an archive somewhere with thousands of Cutter/Skywise stories. (Maybe there is and I just haven’t found it yet?)

I love the deep trust and affection between Cutter and Skywise, the way they snark at each other and have each other’s backs, and I’d love a slash story for them, since I’ve seen so very few. However, a warm gen story would also be wonderful: what matters to me is that they care about each other. In many ways they are so different, especially now that Skywise has given up his wolf blood, and so I love the fact that they have a canon soulbond (I admit I am a sucker for those) and such a long history between them, with rescues and arguments and reunions.

Please be nice to Leetah, if she’s in the story: I love her, and I don’t think she is in any way an obstacle to the relationship between Cutter and Skywise, since it’s canon that the three of them have slept together (however you want to interpret that).
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