prodigy: Stephen Maturin from Master & Commander recovering from a wound. (stephen is ill)
Hi Yuletide writer! First, thank you so much in advance for writing for me, and I hope you enjoy your Yuletide to the fullest. I haven’t been very active on Dreamwidth for years, but if you’re interested in finding out more about me or my fandom interests, I’m on Tumblr at ourlightsinvain -- or you can feel free to consult my good friend [personal profile] relia/lifecrystals if you have any additional questions.

My AO3 name is prodigy and my previous Yuletide letters can be found here. But honestly, I’m pretty easy, so don’t worry about it!

I like: all ratings; first, second, and third-person POVs; past and present tense; linear and non-linear storytelling; canon divergence AUs; backstory and post-canon fic; humor, even or especially in dark fic; angst and tragedy and darkness (with or without a happy ending); uneven power dynamics; explicit sex and porn in a non-PWP story; families and friendships; imaginative worldbuilding.

I don’t like: PWP; crossovers and fusions; setting-based AUs (college AUs, historical AUs, etc.); fluff.

Other preferences: I love shipfic, especially for the ships I’ve requested, but feel free to include other pairings if I haven’t specifically asked otherwise. I adore interactive fiction and would be delighted to receive it for any of my prompts. For Crueltide: I love darkfic and I think the request of mine that best suits it this year is Ex Machina -- see below if interested. Please don’t feel limited to that fandom, however! If darkness strikes your fancy for any of my prompts, I’d be very happy.

Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell - Susanna Clarke )

Lymond Chronicles - Dorothy Dunnett )

Ex Machina (2015) )

トーマの心臓 | Thomas no Shinzou | The Heart of Thomas )
prodigy: A parody Choose Your Own Adventure book cover with the title "Gay Viking Holiday." (gay viking holiday)
Hello, Yuletide writer! Hello, journal I use once a year! Thank you so much in advance for writing for me--I'm tremendously excited for the results. First off, don't sweat it, no pressure, and everything of that nature: if you have an idea you're passionate about that bends or breaks one of the preferences I express in this letter, I'd much rather read the fic you want to write than the fic I envisioned. You can consult my AO3 account and my Tumblr for more information about me and my likes. If you have any further questions, feel free to consult my friend [personal profile] relia or the mods, as suits you.

I like: plot and character arcs; canon-divergence what-if AUs; humor, whether wry and bittersweet or screwball; family relationships and friendships; politics (in the sense of in-universe maneuvering); adventure and hijinks; angst and bad things and tragedy (where applicable); world and backstory development.

I'm not so into: fluff; pure introspection; PWP.

As for other preferences: I love interactive fiction! I normally am all down with Crueltide but I don't know if any of my prompts suit it this year--if some particularly nasty idea gets into your head, though, go for it, I don't have any particular squicks. As for Yuleporn, I'm totally fine with and happy with sex being incorporated into the fic at large, but I don't necessarily like PWP, as I said.

Lymond Chronicles )

Hamilton )

80 Days )
prodigy: A parody Choose Your Own Adventure book cover with the title "Gay Viking Holiday." (gay viking holiday)
Hello Yuletide writer! Thank you in advance for writing for me and don’t sweat it! I don’t have much to say about my general taste in fic: I have an AO3 account with some recentish stuff and some outdated and embarrassing stuff. I update my Tumblr the most, which you can find here.

I like: plot and character arcs; angst and darkness cut with humor and/or humor cut with angst and darkness; canon divergence what-if AUs; bittersweetness; fraught multishipping and the occasional love polygon; invented and expanded backstories; invented and expanded worldbuilding; pre- and post-canon fic.

I don’t like: PWP; pure fluff or curtainfic; slice-of-life or sheer introspection generally.

Fate/Zero )

Lymond Chronicles )

Regeneration )

Johannes Cabal )
prodigy: Caption "TAKE YOUR PROTEIN PILLS AND PUT YOUR HELMET ON." (take your protein pills)
Dear Yuletide Writer,

Hello and apologies that this letter's so late-- I got your message through the mods, please excuse my tardiness due to IRL busyness. Thank you in advance for putting this much thought into writing me a gift I'll like! I'm sure it'll be great and I hope you have fun writing it and don't stress too much.

If you've read my letter from last year or previous years, then you already know some general stuff. Not much has changed in that department, except that the kinds of requests I have this year may lend themselves to different things-- you can still find me on Tumblr at ourlightsinvain where I update a lot more than I do here.

A couple words on dark content and triggers and other stuff: several of these are at least semi-horror canons, several are violent, and one contains an at least borderline-abusive, if not straight-up abusive relationship. I wanted to say you can consider yourself to have basically carte blanche on violence, horror, abuse, and such to your discretion as suits the canon of each--I don't really have fic triggers and as long as everything is properly marked I'd be happy to receive IC darkfic. More details on how that applies to the individual canons below.

I'm also open to fic of any rating--I might put a comment on the Yuleporn post saying so, but it mostly just applies to my BioShock: Infinite request. More on that in its section. But basically, if you have an idea for something but it involves content you're worried about, go ahead-- I read body horror, guro, dubcon and noncon, and a bunch of other stuff in that vein, so I wouldn't worry about putting me off, if it suits the story. I'm not sure that'll come up much with my particular requests, but I figured I'd let you know. Also, if you're not interested in writing darkfic whatsoever don't worry about it-- that's not a request, just a disclaimer.

Onto the requests! I have them all blacked out in spoiler text since three of the canons came out just this year and ALMN would look, uh, lonely by itself.

American Elsewhere )

The Folly of the World )

A Little Night Music )

BioShock Infinite )

If you have any more questions, you can go through the mods or, alternately, feel free to ask my friend [personal profile] relia/lifecrystals, who knows my preferences fairly well. Thanks again for your interest and your efforts, and happy writing!
prodigy: someecard with caption "Let's constantly turn the conversation back to me." (sparkling conversationalist)
I actually drafted this post at like 5AM in a bout of sleeplessness and boredom, FYI, so hi from the stream of consciousness. Also, Happy New Year, all! I think it's 2013 everywhere. That's four different digits. Sure is fun up here, woop woop. Apple juice is tasty. I still have a cold.

Come to think of it, I wish my mom was around to make me tteokguk right now. Maybe I'll acquire some in Manhattan if anything is open today. I mean, I could always try and make ha ha, procure some on the lunar New Year, according to actual tradition, but we always ended up eating it on the solar New Year and sort of slinking off in the direction of Chinese celebrations come lunar because they throw grander parties and a Korean hates to be overshadowed. :P In conclusion: nooo come to me tteokguk whyyy

For Yuletide this year I ended up writing two pre-canon backstory fics:

For scuttlesworth: All Souls, Johannes Cabal, PG, Johannes Cabal & Horst Cabal, 8335 words: In which a German schoolboy misplaces his brother.

For [personal profile] relia: John Childermass's Last Employer, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, PG, John Childermass/Gilbert Norrell, 12574 words: To the city of York, in the year of our Lord 1780, there came a young man who had fallen upon hard times.

Both very different and challenging prompts. Thanks to [personal profile] nextian for beta on "Last Employer" and [personal profile] kaianos and [personal profile] corialis for beta on both fics; I really couldn't have done without you guys. ♥

ETA: I can't get [personal profile] kaianos's username right on literally any platform, apparently.
prodigy: "Blondie" from Leone's Old West trilogy accompanied by Pikachu. (Default)
Joyeux Noel to e'eryone who celebrates. ♥

For Yuletide this year I got a lovely, bittersweet little Scarlet Pimpernel fic, The Truth of Her Face. Thank you, nonnie!

The challenge seems to have gone off this year with hardly any hitches at all, aside from some on the participant end of things (whoa, that is a lot of defaulters); overall it's been great, however, and I hope everyone's having a good holiday season whether or not you participate.
prodigy: Miguel from The Road to El Dorado looking dismayed. (forget miguel??)
So how's everyone else's procrastination coming?
prodigy: Miguel from The Road to El Dorado looking dismayed. (forget miguel??)
Dear Yuletide Writer,

Hi there, mysterious person! Thanks in advance for writing my Yuletide fic, I’m sure it’s going to be awesome. I think I should let you know right off the bat that I am pretty damn easygoing about challenge and exchange fics: below and in the prompts I’ve listed what I had in mind requesting each fandom, but if you find yourself fired by a burst of inspiration that gives you a different idea, do it. \o/ I’m sure I’ll be thrilled.

I figure I’ll just list some stuff I generally like and don’t like in fic, to give you a better idea of my tastes! Keep in mind these are all totally optional and in fact not all of them are going to fit any given prompt or fandom, so please don’t stress about how to include a particular thing -- they’re meant to help you brainstorm! In addition, you can check out my AO3 account for fics I’ve written and bookmarked, my DW profile for some of my interests, and my Tumblr to watch me dick around for whatever reason.

… incidentally, this appears to be the year where I requested four different angst-and-tragedy prompts by coincidence so ahahaha sorry about that. Apparently this Yuletide is my Year of Starcrossedness. Also, as three out of four of my requests turned out to be recent novels, I’m putting them all behind individual cuts as well as highlight-to-read spoiler text, just in case. The Scarlet Pimpernel prompt is not actually spoilery, but it looked lonely all by itself.

Some stuff I generally like: well-deployed humor and banter, bittersweetness, plot!, backstory, fun and detailed settings, non-linear storytelling, linear storytelling, meta, realistic and non-glorified depictions of war and violence, romance, social or humanist themes, politics, sex (also BDSM and BDSM dynamics), AUs and AU interpretations, fic that is critical or questioning of the source material, pastiche, fucked-up and problematic relationship dynamics, love-hate relationships, semi-unrequited love and other disparities in feeling, academic bullshit.

Some stuff I generally don’t: fluff and schmoop (errr however you define these terms, I’m using them to mean “fic written specifically to showcase some cute moment in a couple’s lives” or what have you), total canon-rigidity/canon-worship, sanitization of history, narratives where one person in a relationship is Completely Right.

CNV )

OTTU )

TSP )

CA )

In conclusion, please don’t freak out too much about your fic, as useless a reassurance as that is. You now know basically all you need to know about me in order to write a fic I’ll like, and I know one important thing about you: we have shared tastes. And that means you’re awesome. Go knock ‘em dead. ♥

Love,
[personal profile] prodigy
prodigy: Violet Harmon from American Horror Story. (kore)
Features of our New Year's hotel room:

- a glass-walled bathroom it took us a little too long to find the button for that raised/lowered the privacy screen
- a Mile High Intimacy Kit
- A Matter of Substance Abuse
- bathrobes!!
- Dear Dave (Strider?) (?????)
- disorientation

Happy New Year's, everyone! It turns out dancing in shoes with treads is actually a bad idea, but who gives a fuck. It turns out the McKittrick has a whole garden of Weeping Angels, including one I was not completely sure was not a person and kept edging around, which was super-effective. It turns out I know all the words to Lady Gaga's "Judas." I'm not done doing YT recs, so those will be going up sooner or later, probably closer to later, but happy YT too. I wrote Turn Back, O Man, a The Three Musketeers fic for eldiablito-sf. Thanks for the request, recipient, I'm glad you liked it!

There's a free channel here called "Practical Money Advice."
prodigy: Vesper Lynd smiling and sunlit. (all the roses in the garden)
Yulerecs! I rest from a frantic cleaning all-nighter to work on this! This wouldn’t have happened if I ever cleaned otherwise! Why do I do this to myself!

First, I have my two awesome gifts, one a full-length Yulegift and one a treat. My gift from my assigned writer was the amazing and atmospheric Ulula cum lupis, cum quibus esse cupis, a full-length Sleep No More story written so perfectly to my request that I can only assume that my writer read my letter/journal up and down -- it's a chronicle of a guest's surreal experience at the McKittrick Hotel, so thank you so much, writer, for getting everything right. I also received a neat little treat in the form of Breathe, an introspective drabble-length The Debt fic from the perspective of Rachel Singer: thank you, anonymous Santa #2!

There are a lot of other amazing fics in the archive, though, and some of my personal favorites were:

@MayorEmanuel, American Horror Story, Black Swan, Echo Bazaar, Game of Thrones, Gentleman Bastard Sequence, Mulan/Twisted Princesses, Nightrunner, These Old Shades, Tron )
prodigy: Julius Caesar from HBO's Rome painted and adorned for his triumph. (it was a wicked and wild wind)
Hello, hello, hello! I'm going to take a page from everyone else's Yuletide book and say: welcome to Yuletide if you haven't been here before, and welcome back to it if you have. This is my seventh year with Yuletide and I'm as excited as ever, so thank you for being here with me and thank you, pre-emptively, for writing my assignment. I know that I'm going to love it and I know that, like a footprint on a sandy beach, I'm going to be delighted to find that anyone else knows and has written about one of my three fandoms at all. So thank you so much -- thank you for reading this entire TL;DR letter and thank you for all the toil and worry you put into my assignment, I promise that no matter what you write I'm going to be grateful and I'm going to be glad to have met you. Thank you and thank you again.

Everything I write here is optional. )

Sleep No More )

The Dig )

The Debt )
prodigy: Sherlock intently half-smiles at John. (you see the things they never see)
 So you know how I mentioned thinking about what I'm going to request for Yuletide this year?  And you know how I mentioned not being able to sleep last night?  And you know how I mentioned pink highlighter?

OKAY SO.  I wrote this list of general possible Yuletide requests I might want to put in when the challenge rolls around this winter -- look, stop looking at me like that, I'm always idly pondering it by this point, it's just this time I am admitting it on paper -- with pros and cons.  I do not expect anyone to give a half-baked shit other than myself.

How much is that Yuledoggie in the REALLY FAR AWAY window? )
prodigy: "Blondie" from Leone's Old West trilogy accompanied by Pikachu. (Sherlock goes hmm)

 Dreamwidth ate like my entire post here.  I'm sort of speechless in horror.  Anyway, all this means is you're missing out on my complaining about how there's still lipstick on my arm.  Which there is.  Five days later.  Jesus.

Anyway, last night I was thinking about Yuletide and what I might want to sign up for this year -- shut up, I know I'm not the only one who does this at the end of March -- and I got to thinking, 1. wow, I've been at this for a while, 2. I wonder what I'd do if the challenge up and went away, 3. I wonder if there are any interesting patterns to be analyzed in seven years of Yuletide ficcing?  So I pulled out the ol' notebook and pen pencil pink highlighter and did some tabulation.  The results are kind of interesting.

I've done seven years of Yuletide; 2011 will be my eighth, knock on wood.  I first participated in 2004 and I last participated in 2010.  In this time I've written 9 fics: of which there are 7 assignments, 1 pinch hit, and 1 stocking stuffer.  (One of the assignments was swapped with a friend on a year where we both signed up for things that the other one could write better.  It turned out pretty well and the mods were cool about it.  Fun fact.)

The fandom split comes down to 4 books, 2 TV, 1 play, 1 comic, 1 game.  The pairing split comes down to 4 gen, 3 slash, and 2 het.  My lowest rating was G and my highest was R.  Breaking it down further, I have 7 male-narrated stories, 1 female-narrated story, and 1 with both a male narrator and a female narrator.  None of them pass the Bechdel.  7 are third-person, 1 is first-person, and 1 has a nontraditional format.

What can be gleaned from this?  Aside from that I can't think of much to do when I can't sleep?  Well, I don't know -- nine fics is not actually a very significant sample group, and it could be some of it is attributable to my signups, some of it to Yuletide, and some of it to randomness/other factors.  It'd be hard to see without pulling up all my signups, for one, and comparing, which I don't feel like doing and I don't think you feel like reading.  However, I was struck by 1. the book prevalence, 2. the gen prevalence, 3. the male character prevalence.

Putting on my amateur analyst's hat, and bearing in mind that there are only nine samples, I think it's hard to draw any conclusions overall -- however, I think there are valid things to be said about a. the prevalence of male characters in fandom/media in general, b. the m/m-centered social group of Yuletide, c. many/most Yuletide fandoms are literary, d. many/most of the Yuletide fandoms I sign up for are literary, e. many/most of the Yuletide fandoms I sign up have mostly male characters, and f. many/most of the Yuletide fandoms I sign up for are likely to be dominated by gen requests.

Food for thought, anyway.
 

prodigy: "Blondie" from Leone's Old West trilogy accompanied by Pikachu. (Ooh ooh ooh pick Neal!)
First of all, hi! You and I don't yet know each other -- unless, of course, we do -- but already I'm glad we're on this ride together. Ain't no stopping this train we're on. Thank you so much for writing my Yuletide fic; I hope you have fun with it and that my requests aren't overly demanding or difficult for you to write. This is my seventh year doing Yuletide (please do not look up my Yuletide fics from my first years) and whether you're a similar old-timer or newer to this, this is my favorite fandom event literally ever and I hope it turns out to be a blast for you.

Second of all, everything in this letter is optional. If you get seized by a great idea that violates one or more of my requests below, run with it, I don't care. I'd rather you write something you think is inspired and you have fun writing than otherwise -- I bet I'll have more fun reading it too.

Before I go into specifics for my requests, I think I'll touch on a couple things I like in fic. The reason why I do this is that while you could look around here (and find nothing) or my LJ (and find more, admittedly), pretty much none of it would be my own writing or fics I've favorited or fic communities I'm on -- I'm primarily a RPG and originals writer. For good or for ill, Yuletide is also my only fandom activity. So if you're a recipient-stalker like me looking for fic they're into I know that can get pretty frustrating.

I love wit and seriousness, things that make me grin -- even just a little, and even just in gallows humor -- at the same time they make me wince, or smile the same time they make me tear up a little. I'm big into banter, though not over-the-top OOC, and I love funny narration; I'm a big Burn Notice fan though I didn't request it this year, and as that might suggest I think internal character commentary has the potential to be characterizing, insightful, and hilarious all at the same time. Of course, not every fic and moment calls for levity -- especially in my Echo Bazaar request I imagine the tone might be overwhelmingly grim, The Town also. I really like a sense of setting, a feeling the writer knows the world they're writing in and the characters inhabit it; I'm a shipper and the pairings I requested (OotS, TF2, EB) I'd really love to see as pairings. That being said, feel free to give your fic more of a plot and point and focus than just romance/sex -- not that I mind the romance and sex, mind you, au contraire. But still, for example, even more than I'd love to read a good Heavy/Medic fic I'd love to read a good Team Fortress 2 fic period. Other things I like: interesting structure, making up character details that weren't canon but seem like they should be, ratings that seem to fit the story (meaning not shoehorning one way or the other).

Order of the Stick, Team Fortress 2, The Town, Echo Bazaar )

That was like a thesis in Yuletide. A symphony in Yuletide minor. A Study in Yuletide. The Sign of Yuletide. Yuletide and Peace. The Guinness Book of Yuletide. Anyway, thank you for making it through that all just to make this a very special Christmas for me -- I'm so elated, delighted and looking unbelievably forward!
prodigy: "Blondie" from Leone's Old West trilogy accompanied by Pikachu. (gun-man)
Just as a general warning, this journal's probably not going to be about anything important (I have my LJ for that, mostly), just generalized fandom wittering. Unless I change my mind. Or have another idea. Or get distracted. Or forget. What I mean by this is this is going to wind up being my repository for all my Yuletide-related banging-on -- nominations/signups/Dear Santa discussion, recs, "is it Yuletide yet," "is it Yuletide yet now," "how about now," -- so if you don't find that deeply thrilling you, err, may not find that deeply thrilling. That being said! I totally intend to use it to read lots of stuff, and hopefully comment.

Or, in other words: I gotta be up in 4 hours but as usual I cannot seem to hit the hay, so I'm tinkering with this DW thing.

I am SO pumped for Yuletide, I've already done some plotting out of what fandoms I'm going to sign up for or request. I'm still not over the awesomeness of some of the fandoms included this year -- I'm deeply excited for requests and assignments. Short timespan or no. I like the smell of pressure in the morning. It smells like victory.

So this is what I'm potentially signing up to write:

Broadsides
Cuanta Vida
John Dies At The End
Echo Bazaar
Thunderer
Octavian Nothing
Oglaf
Order of the Stick
Rubicon
Team Fortress 2
The Town

This list might be (and probably is going to be) subject to change by the time signups go up, but have I mentioned how delighted I am that Echo Bazaar's on Yuletide? Because Echo Bazaar's on Yuletide. And Broadsides. And Echo Bazaar. Also Echo Bazaar.

I think what I'm going to wind up requesting is: Thunderer, Echo Bazaar, Order of the Stick, Team Fortress 2. But I might change my mind. I might not. You may be right. I may be crazy.

Okay, seriously I need to be up in four hours to finish painting my headset yellow for my Scout cosplay at AnimeUSA.

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