By now you've had a little time to mull over your assignment, and have no doubt decided where on the scale between adoration and loathing I fall for requesting whichever of my fandoms matches up with your offerings. Whether you're quivering with anticipation, dread or something in between, I offer you the same reassurance I gave last year's writer: I'm easy.
Gen, het, slash, smut, humor, angst, and on and on and on ... I'll read and enjoy it all. If a piece crosses over into multiple categories, so much the better! I have one little caveat: if you go with angst, know that I prefer it to flow naturally from the characters rather than to have it imposed by gratuitously inflicted external situations. So rape, torture, noncon, cutting, and other such OOC-ness ... nnnnnothankyew. I would also likely find a character death story more depressing than I'd like a gift-fic to be. JSYK.
More than anything, I really want to challenge you to write from the heart, to write a story that you yourself can love. No matter the genre, characters or situations, stories written from the writer's love are always The Best.
So what can I tell you about my individual fandoms that I didn't include in my requests?
Doris Egan - Ivory Novels: It should come as no surprise that Ran and Theodora are what pulled me into these books and keep me coming back to them. The intelligence, the functional dysfunctionality and wonderful give-and-take to their relationship appeal to me on so many levels. So they are the requirements, but other characters are perfectly welcome as well. Maybe something written from Kylla's point of view, or even Stereth's? Or something from post all three of the books. I'm flexible, so go wild. ;)
Heat of the Sun: Okay, yes, I've already admitted the crush. I want fic where Asst. Superintendent James "The next one kills you" Valentine takes a starring role. Could be a piece from his rather sketchy past, Valentine and Tyburn working on a case, Valentine standing up as best man at Tyburn and Emma's wedding (I am not entirely immune to schmoop) and maybe Something Happens ... As long as it's Valentine-centric, I'm happy.
Keen Eddie: Eddie. Monty. Monty. Eddie. *mooshes them both* As I said in the comments, I'm happy with buddy-fic or slash, whatever trips your trigger. I also have a definite affection for the girls, Fiona and Audry, but really I love the whole cast. So you can't go too far wrong no matter whom you decide to include. Miss Moneypenny moments and Monty being a devil-may-care flirt to someone are always pluses. ^_^
R A MacAvoy - The Grey Horse: I loooooove Ruairí, and I adore Máire, and Donncha's humor always tickles me, as does his snarky banter with Ruairí. Something from Donncha's point of view would be lovely, or some experience of his post-book with the MacEibhirs and their three (no doubt) rambunctious sons. But really as long as you include these three characters, it's good.
And there you are! Hopefully I've given you a direction, or at least a hint or two. Bear in mind that the story concepts I've suggested are not the only stories I'd enjoy; they're just possible ideas. I'd be more than happy to supply more details to the mods, if you feel the need to pass on any questions through them. But as I said up above, write from the heart. If a story means something to you, it will mean something to your readers.
And if at all possible ... HAVE FUN!