Dear Yuletide Author,
Hi! Sorry to be late putting this up, and I am so glad you found your way here. I cribbed this from prior years, but if you are stuck, I hope this letter gives you some ideas for things you can write. If you already have an idea for one of the characters I asked for, go for it. I want you to have fun writing and not to stress it – I want you to enjoy yourself.
If you are looking for other ideas, I’m a character-driven, relationship focused story fan, so if you stick with that – from a small friendship story to epic romance – I will love it. I love all types of intimacy from gen to explicit erotica; my favorite kink is D/s, and I also like hurt/comfort, just not of the illness kind.
I love worldbuilding, and all of the fandoms I’ve asked for involve rich worlds to explore. You can also build yourself a new one with alternate histories and timelines, or turn it all into a steampunk version of the original universe! Feel free to bring in other characters if you want, including original characters; my selected characters should be the focus, but there are a lot of other people in the universe too.
Tropes I love: First times, teasing, banter, dark pasts, found families, self-realization, wistful regret, pining, old hurts, second chances, dreams, adventure, ass kicking, angst, exotic settings, outsider POV, wacky undercover situations, steampunk, horror, other worlds, whumpage, hurt/comfort, themes about friendship, trust and love. I'd also prefer a happy ending.
I do have some dislikes: heavy illness (cancer, AIDS, etc), pregnancy, public humiliation/embarrassment, death and permanent disability. I'm not keen on first person POV or all dialog stories, though I am fine with a story narrated by an original character, animal companion, or inanimate object.
Here's what I wrote in my original request with a couple of additional thoughts
Kate Daniels - Ilona Andrews - Julie
I'm really interested in exploring Julie's life and her relationships - not just the one with Derek or Kate, but other shapeshifters like Dali or her training with the shade of Kate's aunt. I'm caught up on the latest book, so anything that happens as an outgrowth of Kate's war with her father would be cool too. I love the universe and the character and would love to see Julie's life explored.
Case fic, Day-in-the-life, five things about Julie - all good.
The Magicians (TV) - Eliot
I was pretty shattered by what happened to everyone at the end of the first series, and the fact that Eliot is tied down to a woman he never chose and a land he had no interest in is horrific to me. I'd like something a little happier, either s pre or post-series Eliot is a possibility, or something with Eliot and Margo at any time you like. I love their relationship and would like to see more of it. The two of them picking up a third or fourth would be awesome.
Ghostbusters (2016) - Holtzman
I have a mad crush on Holtz and just like the other character-focused requests this year, I want to see more about her. Her background is a mystery, and I'd like to see that explored. I'd also like to see one of the other Ghostbusters attempt to matchmake her, only to find out she herself is the match. I'd love a little guns 'n romance story.
Enjoy writing your story and I'm sure I'll love reading it. All of the details are optional, and I’m happy to leave specifics up to you. Like I said, I love these characters and I'll love whatever you choose to write in any of these fandoms. I'm really looking forward to it!