November 20th, 2011

the arch of the eyebrows gives it away

Yuletide Letter

Hi, Fantastic Author!

I should say first off - thanks! I think you're nifty to write something in a tiny fandom we share!

I'm fairly catholic in my tastes; I read and write all of the following: gen, het, slash, humor, horror, angst, character-driven pieces, plotty pieces, AUs, canon-compliant fics, and more. I swoon for humor. I adore quietly sorrowful stories. And I quite enjoy romance (and prefer it to smut, though I don't have a problem with smut that's in character). I'm not terribly fond of crossovers - the ones I do like are ones that stay fairly true to both canons, and the characters are thrown together more for plot reasons than just for PWP reasons (also not a fan of PWPs). I don't really enjoy unremittingly dark fic, and I don't want anything with a terribly unhappy ending, infidelity, dub-con, non-con, humiliation, power-play, threesome, or heavy kink, please.

Here's my master fic list, if you'd like to see the kind of things I write. I've got an "on writing" tag that might also be useful.

One common thread for all of my requests this year is that I absolutely love these characters and the worlds that they live in. I'd be pleased as punch if your story adhered to the rules of the canon - for example, if you're writing Edmund/Charles slash for To the Ends of the Earth (which would be great!), please do make it clear that this is somehow happening in the world established in the mini-series (and the trilogy), where "buggery is a hanging offence." Similarly, Mildmay tells the reader that he's neither "molly" nor "janus"; Martin Crieff is definitely impoverished; and Terry is a generation older than James. I know it's terribly difficult to convey tone over the internet, so please believe that I don't mean this to sound condescending or that I think you're likely to write something crappy without me holding your hand. It's just that I think I'm more likely to get a story that hits all of my buttons if I tell you what my buttons are.

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Thank you so much! I know I will adore whatever you send my way! Just so you know, I'll be away when the stories are posted, so I'm going to be slow to respond. Please don't read anything into it if I haven't managed to get online and leave you feedback as soon as your story is posted.

All the best,

p.s. - Sneaky postscript: I have source files for requests 2 and 3 available and can upload them for you if you need them. You can comment here anonymously (I wouldn't even know how to begin tracking an anon comment) or ask a friend to PM me or whatever - I'd be happy to oblige. Thank you again!