First and most importantly, thank you! Yuletide is one of my very favorite fannish events of the year, so thank you for participating and *MWAH* to you for writing me a story.
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: (Ran, Theodora, Kylla, Stereth) Ran and Theo are two of my favorite characters in all of ever, and I would love to see any fic that explores their relationship. I love both Kylla and Stereth as characters, but if it's too hard to fit both of them into the story, don't worry. Something from a new POV would be lovely, since the books are written with Theo as the narrator. I'm flexible though.
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. Go wild! ;)Heat of the Sun: (James Valentine) Please don't think that just because I've only listed Valentine that you have to leave your favorite characters out! I just want to make sure that he's there, preferably as the focus or a focus. Yes, I do have a little crush, why do you ask?
Okay, yes, the crush. I want fic where Asst. Superintendent James "The next one kills you" Valentine takes a starring role, though he doesn't have to be the only star. Could be romance, 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 somewhat Valentine-centric, I'm happy.Keen Eddie: (Eddie, Monty, Fiona, Audrey) Eddie and Monty are the essentials here (of course!), whether as buddies or ... whatever. ;) I do love the girls, but they are not absolutely required if you have trouble writing them. And of course you can always bring anyone else in.
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 Audrey, 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. ^_^Green Wing: (Mac, Caroline, Guy, Sue) Mac is my absolute favorite character on the show, so he's the main necessity, but feel free to bring in all of the cast you can cope with. I love me some Mac/Caroline, and I certainly would (that should have been wouldn't, and that's what I do when I sign up for Yuletide whilst tired. ;) say no to a little Mac/Guy, and if you care to combine both, huzzah! If you can combine all of the above with some Sue insanity and multiple-way romantic scheming, I will fall at your feet in a swoon.
Let's just go for a Julian Rhind-Tutt trifecta here, shall we? ;) I really love the cat's cradle of relationship craziness that the show displayed, so I would equally love a fic that delves into that tangle. Be as gen or as smutty as you like with this one, it's all good. And just to reassure, while I would love to have psychotic Sue White in the mix, I will understand if you have trouble writing her. And do feel free to have fun with more of the cast if you like; I adore them all!
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 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!