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6th-Oct-2016 11:41 pm - Yuletide 2016
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Dear Yuletide Writer:

Hi there, I’m so excited to match with you. My Ao3 username is hauntedd and I’ve participated in Yuletide for several years now and also am one half of the Misses Clause Challenge. I think what I enjoy the most about Yuletide is probably the variety of prompts and fic that comes out of it and I’m sure that whatever you come up with will only further my enjoyment of the exchange.

Here’s a short list of my wants and DNWs:

Dislikes:
• Second Person POV (I’m also not too keen on First Person, but it depends on the situation. Second Person is a deal breaker).
• Non-Canon-Based AUs (so the coffee shops, the book stores, the high school/college AUs etc.)
• PWP – Totally fine with smut as part of the story, but I tend to gravitate toward plot more than anything else.
* Fluff – sorry, total angst fiend.
* Incest - Not my bag.
* G!P, Futanari, and/or A/B/O.
* Infidelity – I have a really big issue with infidelity when it’s not canonical. So, if, for example, we matched on Pitch, I would be devastated if the fic featured a relationship with Blip and Ginny or Ginny and Evelyn as Blip is happily married to Evelyn. But if we matched on Amy/Faith from UnREAL, talking about the webseries events would be totally fine and appropriate.
* Issue-Fic ***unless otherwise specified in my requests.
• Crossovers
* Watersports/Scat

Now that that’s out of the way, let’s move on to what I like!

Likes:
• Three dimensional & complicated female characters. I'm basically all about women in my fic preferences.
• Moral ambiguity that’s explored and fleshed out. Making the tough choices. The idea that no one is good or evil, and that everyone is the hero of their own story.
• Complicated and messy familial, friend, or sexual relationships. A & B forced to work together despite hating each other/A burning B in the past = win.
• Power dynamics & how people navigate them.
• Angst
* Dark!Fic – I really love when you see the darker and grittier side of the characters in fic
• AUs that veer off of canon – I love that stuff. Like what if X had happened instead of Y. LOVE.
• Character growth & understanding characters’ motivations/backstory. I adore this when it’s done well.
* Third person POV
* Female relationships and female friendships. Absolutely paramount to me.

Prompts:

1. Pitch (TV): Ginny Baker, Amelia Slater

Okay, so, I ship this. There's something in the way that Amelia quits her damn job for Ginny and then devotes all of herself to her in a way that Ginny doesn't truly appreciate or understand that just seems to scream femslash to me. And the little comment from Ginny to Amelia about how she and Lawson had "met" sounded a wee bit jealous, I'm just saying.

If that's not your thing, or you can't see it, anything focused on the relationship between Ginny and Amelia would be awesome -- how they navigate the worlds they live in as women working in male-dominated fields, the ways that Amelia is there for Ginny, how Ginny can be there for Amelia.

SUPER LATE ADDITION: If you want to write me Ginny/Cara I'd be all over it. ALL OVER IT.

Things I do not want: Ginny/Lawson. Ginny/Blip. If you don't ship/can't ship Amelia/Ginny, I would be fine with Amelia/Lawson and Ginny/Trevor in the background. But I want the fic to be focused on the relationship between Amelia and Ginny.

2. A League of Their Own: Doris Murphy, Mae Mordabito, Kit Keller

Ideally, I would want you to weave in all three of my requested characters, but I realize that they prompts I’ve given are sort of incongruous to that happening, so if it doesn’t work out, I can consider this an “or” request so long as it's either Mae and Doris or Kit. I requested this mainly because I had read an article regarding a player in the actual AAGPBL (Josephine D'Angelo) who had been kicked out of the league because she was gay. And I would like to see a fic that explores what kind of things either Doris & Mae, or Kit might have to go through because they're gay.

Kit Keller has been one of my fave characters since I was a young kid and saw this movie for the first time. The scrappy way that she fights for what she wants, and her place in the world, still sticks with me to this day. That she was a tomboy and a little crass compared to her perfect sister. I love it. I also head canon her as gay, despite that random dude at the end, so, there's that. So maybe a coming of age story with Kit as she grows into herself and realizes that she's into women. What does her family, especially Dottie, think? Hmm?

And Doris & Mae are amazing. Their friendship is just impressive and the thought that it could be more? Yes, absolutely. The way that Doris is almost obsessively protective of Mae and yet gives into her antics. That Mae owns her own sexuality, but also doesn't want to go back to dancing at the bar. Maybe it's all a front, a dance they do so well, in an effort to hide their true feelings and love for one another? Who knows, maybe they get off on it?

3. UnREAL: Faith Duluth, Amy Georges

Okay, not going to lie, Faith and Amy were probably my favorite part of season 1 of UnREAL. The conflict that Amy had with her family and her love for Amy. Amy being unwittingly thrust into the spotlight.

I would love fic that explores their relationship after the show. I know we got snippets of this in the web series lifetime did about them, but I want more. If you haven't seen the web series, that's totally fine, but I would like them together and potentially coping with life after the reality show experience. If you’ve seen the webseries, I’d also like a fuller exploration of the angsty fall-out of Amy cheating on Faith and what that means for them and how/if they can move past that or not in the longer term. Just, tell me what happens to them, please.

So again, thank you in advance for what you’ll come up with. I hope these prompts are helpful to you and inspire you. We both matched because we have a shared love of the characters I requested so I’m sure what you come up with will be amazing.

Xoxo.

G/hauntedd
25th-Oct-2015 11:11 pm - Yuletide 2k15
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Dear Writer:

Another year, another yuletide. I'm going to keep this sort of short and sweet (or try to, anyway). But first, yay, we're matched and I can't wait to see what you come up with.

For the DNWs and Likes...

Dislikes:
• Second Person POV (I’m also not too keen on First Person, but it depends on the situation. Second Person is a deal breaker).
• Non-Canon-Based AUs (so the coffee shops, the book stores, the high school/college AUs etc.)
• PWP and/or Fluff (totally fine with either as part of a story, but I don’t want either as a standalone. Like happy ending after a struggle to get there? Awesome.)
* Incest - Not my bag.
* Infidelity – I have a really big issue with infidelity that’s developed over the last few years, so I’d rather you stay away from it* (***other than for HTGAWM, which, HAVE AT IT, friend). If you really feel the need to go that route, I am fine with it in certain situations, but not in others—so, yeah, run it by the mods, I guess?
• Crossovers – I am so specific in my media that I *probably* haven’t seen what you’re crossing. For example, I went to SDCC one year and was officially recognized by staff working an event as “the one person here who hasn’t seen the Avengers.”
* Watersports, etc.

Now that that’s out of the way, let’s move on to what I like!

Likes:
• Three dimensional & complicated female characters. I'm basically all about women in my fic preferences.
• Moral ambiguity that’s explored and fleshed out. Making the tough choices. The idea that no one is good or evil, and that everyone is the hero of their own story.
• Complicated and messy familial, friend, or sexual relationships. A & B forced to work together despite hating each other/A burning B in the past = win.
• Power dynamics & how people navigate them.
• Dark fic & Angst
• AUs that veer off of canon – I love that stuff. Like what if X had happened instead of Y. LOVE.
• Character growth & understanding characters’ motivations/backstory. I die for this when it’s done well.

Requests:

1. Orange is the New Black (TV): Brook Soso, Poussey Washington

God the way they built this relationship was so incredibly sweet.  I would like to see what happens after they floated together in the lake.  Where does it go from here?  Do they find love?  Do they just have a special bond?  Like... tell me more, please.

2. Sense8 (TV): Riley Blue, Yrsa (Sense8), Will Gorski, Jonas Maliki

Riley is my favorite Sensate. I find her backstory fascinating and I want to know more about this curse Riley believed she had, why Yrsa thought she had to put it on her, why Yrsa hates Jonas, and what that means for Riley and Will going forward.

3. How to Get Away With Murder (TV): Annalise Keating, Eve Rothlow

Okay, when this season premiered, I was like... they aren't actually going to do this, are they? Like... this can't be happening... CAN IT? And I thought this was going to be my crack ship. AND THEN, AND THEN, they were making out.

So, anyway. Please give me Annalise and Eve through the years. How they met, how it fell apart, how they feel about each other now. What happens now that Annalise has been shot? Did Eve shoot her? Like... just, anything with Annalise and Eve going at it both in the court room and between their expensive sheets, I AM HERE FOR THIS.

So, yeah. These are just some ideas, and they are not meant to limit you at all. If you come up with something you want to explore with any of these characters, or have always had this ONE GREAT IDEA that you’ve been looking forward to trying, feel free to let the muse go where it will. I’m sure I will enjoy the ride and whatever you come up with.

If you’re into stalking, I am thewildertype on tumblr and hauntedd on Ao3 and every other fic repository I’ve used over the years.

Again, thanks & I can’t wait to see what you come up with!
12th-May-2015 10:46 am - Dear Every Woman Writer
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Dear Writer:

Hi! I am so excited for this exchange and I hope you are too. Female characters are sort-of my lifeblood and what makes me consume media and participate in these sorts of things. So a whole exchange dedicated to female characters? Be still my heart. I’m also going to preface this upfront and say that this is my first time participating in an “or” challenge, so I hope that I’m doing it right. If not, just have someone shoot me an e-mail and I’ll be sure to correct it!

You may know me as 1/2 of the duo that runs Misses Clause as part of Yuletide every year. Or the chick who used to write a whole lot of unconventional Roswell fic and has suddenly decided to write a bunch of Orphan Black fic. Or you, most likely, don’t know me at all. :)

So to help you out, here are some general likes and dislikes. We’ll start with the dislikes first this go-around. Bad news first and all of that.

Dislikes:
• Second Person POV (I’m also not too keen on First Person, but it depends on the situation. Second Person is a deal breaker).
• Non-canon AUs (so the coffee shops, the book stores, the high school/college AUs—I just can’t get into them!)
• PWP and/or Fluff (totally fine with either as part of a story, but I don’t want either as a standalone. Like happy ending after a struggle to get there? Awesome.)
• Infidelity – I have a really big issue with infidelity that’s developed over the last few years, so I’d rather you stay away from it. If you really feel the need to go that route, I am fine with it in certain situations, but not in others—so, yeah, run it by the mods, I guess?
• Crossovers – I am so specific in my media that I *probably* haven’t seen what you’re crossing. For example, I went to SDCC one year and was officially recognized by staff working an event as “the one person here who hasn’t seen the Avengers.” It’s been a few years and I… still haven’t seen it.

Now that that’s out of the way, let’s move on to what I like!

Likes:
• Three dimensional & complicated female characters (duh).
• Moral ambiguity that’s explored and fleshed out. Making the tough choices. The idea that no one is good or evil (except for Project Castor. Those fuckers can all die. ahem.)
• Complicated and messy familial, friend, or sexual relationships. While I don’t like infidelity, I do like trust issues in other contexts. A & B forced to work together despite hating each other/A burning B in the past = win.
• Power dynamics & how people navigate them.
• Dark fic & Angst
• AUs that veer off of canon – I love that stuff. Like what if X had happened instead of Y. LOVE.
• Character growth & understanding characters’ motivations/backstory. I die for this when it’s done well.

Requests:

1. Empire (TV): Cookie Lyon, Rhonda Lyon, Anika Calhoun

I love Empire and I really resisted it because it seemed almost TOO BIG, TOO FAST and also—Terrance “Baby Wipes” Howard. But I started watching after a couple episodes had aired and oh my god. I love Empire. Especially, the women of Empire, who, other than Cookie are a bit unsung, although they have their moments.

What I would like:

If you’re up to all 3: Cookie, Rhonda & Anika working together now that Lucious is in jail to solidify Empire’s future. I really like the idea of all three of them (reluctantly) working together.

Cookie & Rhonda: I want to see them bond in the aftermath of Dre’s episodes, or over the new baby, or over the dead body. You’ve seen Cookie involve herself with both of her other sons’ partners, but not Rhonda. So, that would be totally awesome to see.

Anika & Cookie: Something where they put aside their differences? Something where Cookie takes Boo Boo Kitty to task for her involvement with Keem? More gamesmanship? Really, I just love the two of them together and on opposite sides, so I give you free reign here.

Anika & Rhonda: Something that examines where they bond over being involved with the Lyons but not being “Lyons” themselves (except, in Rhonda’s case, by marriage). I think they have a lot of similarities so that’d be fun.

If you want to do just one of them: Backstory. Backstory. Backstory. Or Character Development. Character Development. Character Development. GIVE ME IT. I am so greedy for this. GIVE ME IT.

2. The 100 (TV): Octavia Blake

Ah, the 100. Badly explained Sci-Fi, drilling people for bone marrow until they drop dead instead of harvesting them over time, matriarchal societies, foe!yay lady lovin’, really attractive men, and Octavia Blake—what’s not to love? In terms of Octavia, what I really like about her is that she’s strong and willful and she doesn’t back down while holding to her own moral compass. She doesn’t agree with Clarke or Bellamy. She holds to her own standards while also wanting desperately to belong somewhere, anywhere, and that’s just so interesting to me as I watch the show.

What I would like:

Octavia backstory. We know she lived under the floorboards for most of her life. But not a lot of it from Octavia’s POV—it’s mostly framed in reference to fleshing out Bellamy. That’s… annoying to say the least. So give me more of her story. The night she escaped captivity! Her time in solitary! Life under the floorboards. What makes Octavia, Octavia?

Octavia finally defining where she fits in the world. She’s not really a Sky Person when she’d been subjected to so much by virtue of being born. However, she’s clearly not Trikru either, given how quickly Indra took that designation away from her when she defied her new Kru’s orders to save her brother. So who is she? Where does she fit? You can totally weave Lincoln into this, and I am totally here for Linctavia, but I want this to be more about Octavia and her journey.

3. Orphan Black (TV): Siobhan Saddler

Orphan Black is so special to me. This is especially the first two seasons, when Castor didn’t exist and everything was beautiful. I usually don’t fall in love with the protagonist, because the protagonist is usually portrayed as a conventional hero, and I am more into the ladies with issues. However, Orphan Black features Sarah Manning, who is reckless & vulnerable, emotional & cold, and has a very genuine heart but has been put into circumstances where she’s built up a persona and walls that keep most of the world out, in a sort of reject them before they reject me mindset. But I think what I love as much as Sarah is Siobhan.

Siobhan Saddler is the woman who raised Sarah. She makes the difficult decisions for her family. She keeps secrets because she feels she has to and can’t trust her family to understand her motives. And it’s caused a rift between her and her kid, while also essentially raising a mini-me. I love her, even when she frustrates me.

What I would like:

Siobhan Saddler backstory: Who is she outside of “the mom”? Why did she run guns back in Ireland/England? Like what was life like with John Saddler? She loved him, clearly, but give me their life together!

Siobhan earning back Sarah’s trust: God the moment where Sarah calls Siobhan “mum” destroyed me. And then S tells her what she’d done and it’s gone. Like, my poor babies and their complicated relationship. And when S cries to Felix about maybe never getting Sarah to forgive her, and that she’s lost her for good, omg this is my heart, and it’s broken.

Anyway, these are just some ideas, and they are not meant to limit you at all. If you come up with something you want to explore with any of these characters, or have always had this ONE GREAT IDEA that you’ve been looking forward to trying, feel free to let the muse go where it will. I’m sure I will enjoy the ride and whatever you come up with.

If you’re into stalking, I am thewildertype on tumblr and hauntedd on Ao3 and every other fic repository I’ve used over the years.

Again, thanks & I can’t wait to see what you come up with!
25th-Apr-2015 01:02 pm - Dear Primetime Player
elle
Hey!

This is my first time participating in Not for Primetime and I'm really excited about it and hope that you are equally pleased that we were matched. I know there are some specific prompts, but if you come up with something different, it's totally awesome and probably will be something I hadn't even considered!

General Likes:
* Third person POV
* Angst & Dark fic
* AUs that veer off of canon (so instead of, say, Harry Potter being sorted as a Gryffindor, he's a Slytherin or something, while keeping the rest of the story canon-based -- totally love those kinds of AUs)
* Moral ambiguity
* Power dynamics & how people navigate them
* Complicated and messy relationships (Mrs. S & Sarah's relationship is AMAZING)
* Female characters that are well developed and 3-dimensional

General Dislikes
* Second Person POV (I also don't really care for 1st person)
* Fluff
* AUs that completely ignore canon (I really couldn't care less about coffee shops or libraries or whatever)
* A/B/O
* PWP
* Infidelity
* Incest (or clone-cest)
* Crossovers
* Gender-swap
* Futanari (I really don't want any variation of G!P)
* MPreg
* Issue Fic

The 100
Request: Clarke Griffin, Lexa, Indra, Octavia

Okay so, my favorite character is probably Octavia, and my favorite ship is absolutely Clexa. I don't want Bellarke at all, which is why he's not on my list. I don't mind them working together, or being friends, but nope. Nope. Nope. Clexa4lyfe.

My favorite storyline so far has got to be the Mountain Men. Like just the casual way that they have drained the blood of so many Grounders, made Reapers, and then decided to either force the 100 to breed into their society, and then later, drain them of their bone marrow by drill. So, here are some ideas:

* Octavia & Clarke still go into the mountain to rescue the rest of the SkaiKru but ummm it doesn't go as well for them as it did on the show. Maybe some of them still live, but, I just want to see what a bad ending to that storyline might have been like. And how Lexa & Indra handle it. (And Lincoln, if you're up for it.)

* Indra and her conflicting feelings on Octavia. Like, I love the way that Indra is written and how she manages her love for her people and her village and also the pseudo-mother figure she's become to O.

* Clarke is somehow manipulated (via the Red or some other means) to turn against the Grounders, specifically Lexa. So, how does that play out?

A Song of Ice and Fire

Arianne Martell

I LOVE ARIANNE MARTELL AND I AM RIPSHIT THAT SHE IS NOT IN THE SHOW. And there is like very little fic about her to calm my rage. So, I leave it to you! I'm totally open to whatever with my bae, Arianne. Maybe something where she finds the letter from Willas and marries him instead? Maybe something where she acts against Doran and makes more of her own moves to secure her Dornish rights of inheritance? Elaborate on her complicated relationship and general distrust of her brother?

Maybe she actually does meet Viserys and tames the Dragon and they reign over Westeros?

Or something where Arianne gets brought into the main plots? Goes to the Eyrie and is the one to suss out Sansa Stark? Decides to seduce Dany herself?

Just give me Arianne Martell please.

Orphan Black

Delphine, Sarah.

I should sort of preface this request and mention that while I am requesting Delphine, I fucking hate Delphine. I haven't trusted her from the beginning, I don't like the way that she straight up ignores Cosima's wishes, and that she is shady as fuck. What I do at least find interesting about Delphine is her darkish and her villain potential. When she stuck her finger in Rachel's eye socket, I was both vindicated and totally on board. LET HER BE THE ENEMY PLS.

So. What I'm asking you to do is to give me Evil Delphine, please. Especially in a way that impacts Sarah. We've already started to see her act against Sarah's motivations, in that she forced Sarah to play Rachel, let Alison get felt up by Ferdinand while Sarah watched, and "promises" to help find Helena, but we all know she's lying.

Sarah does not trust Delphine, she doesn't want Cosima near Delphine ("have you talked to your girlfriend yet" wasn't shippy, it was accusatory), and I think they're going to be adversaries going forward. So. That's what I would like, please.

I also totally understand that this is a bit weird for someone to ask, so if evil Delphine doesn't interest you, anything that features Sarah Manning & her backstory/relationships with the clones is totally fine. In terms of shipping, I ship Sarah with Cal and Paul equally, but I do not like clonecest. I also do not ship Sarah and Delphine, unless it's Sarah pushing Delphine over a cliff.

Oh and this is important. I HATE PROJECT CASTOR. Like I hate Delphine, but I can deal, but no fucking Castor bullshit please, unless it's the fall out from them all being dead. The only exception to this is Big Dick Paul.

For whatever it's worth I am on tumblr as thewildertype and ao3 as hauntedd. Thank you again for writing for me! I'm excited to see what you come up with.
elle
Holy watershed.

So this year, in a marked departure from previous years, I didn’t write one or two fics, I wrote nine across five fandoms (Orphan Black, Nashville, 10 Years, Scandal, and Orange is the New Black) for a total of like 36,000 words.

As templeandarche and freneticfloetry can attest, this is pretty epic on the yuletide production scale for me as I often run up to the deadline and go oh shit what have I done?. I also lost a bet to freneticfloetry on bold being a totally awesome stylistic choice, so, you were right, oh wise one.

This year, for whatever reason, I didn’t have that moment. Instead, I kind of found writing again after a bit of an absence? I think Orphan Black had a lot to do with it because it’s the first show in a while that I’ve been obsessed with to the point that I want to play in that world and explore these characters. And explore I did, I guess?

Anyway, I was assigned to fleurlb and we matched on two fandoms! That’s both awesome and intimidating because like… how do you choose? The answer, in my case, was I didn’t and I wrote her two fics – one for Nashville and one for Orange is the New Black. I also picked up three pinch hits (my first three ever) and wrote for Orro, atatteredrose, and katiac. I finished that up with four treats.

So now that the cat’s out of the bag, here’s a little bit of my thinking on each of these as well as the songs that kind of inspired them (songs tend to tie into what I write, for whatever reason). I’ve broken them out alphabetically by fandom for ease of reading.

10 Years (1 Fic)Collapse )

Nashville (1 Fic)Collapse )

Orange is the New Black (1 Fic)Collapse )

Orphan Black (5 Fics)Collapse )

Scandal (1 Fic)Collapse )

And on another note, it was another successful year for the Misses Clause Challenge. We wound up with 230 fics tagged this year, which I think is a record? Either way it’s totally awesome and I’m always impressed with the variety of fandoms and authors that take it on/request things that lend themselves to the challenge.

Okay, this is already way too long, so I’m going to just wrap it up here and go back to watching the New Years Day 6 because college football is always fun.
18th-Oct-2014 10:11 am - Dear Yuletide Author: 2014 Edition
elle
Dear Author:

It’s that time of year again, the stress is high, the anticipation grows by the day—it’s Yuletide, bitches! If you’ve participated before, welcome back, if you haven’t, welcome to the trip, man. This is now year six of my involvement in this exchange and it’s been really cool to both see how my consumption of fanworks and my own writing has evolved as a result of this challenge. So, I hope that you enjoy the yearly challenge and all that comes with it as much as I do! Every year has been a great and unique experience and I fully hope that this year will be the same for both of us.

So, with that out of the way, here’s a little bit about me. First and foremost, I LOVE female characters and canons and fanfic that focuses on female characters and their perspectives and thoughts and how they interact within the constructs of their worlds. This is my thing and what I am requesting across all my fandoms. This may not be a shock, since I run the Misses Clause challenge with my good friend freneticfloetry, but hey, it should be mentioned.

Specific examples of characters I love to pieces, flaws and all, are Tess Harding (Roswell, seriously I will go to my grave stanning for Tess), Sarah Manning (Orphan Black), Mrs. S (also—Orphan Black), Arianne Martell (ASOIAF), Sansa Stark (also ASOIAF), Mellie Grant (Scandal), Fiona Gallagher (Shameless), Juliette Barnes (Nashville), Cersei Lannister (ASOIAF again), Nicky Nichols (OITNB), Poussey Washington (OITNB), Olivia Pope (Scandal), Elizabeth Keen (Blacklist) and many others. I guess if there is a theme—there’s probably a theme—I like complex characters that are strong and flawed, outwardly confident and brash to mask their inward self-loathing and lack of self-esteem.

Genre-wise, I drift toward canon-based world building, gen, and canon divergence fics. I like het and some femslash, depending on the characters, if the story and the relationship are compelling. I also am a HUGE MASSIVE EPIC FAN of dark fic, angst, unhappy endings, ambiguous endings, and things that are thought provoking and take your breath away. If dark fic isn’t your thing, though, that’s cool. However, please know that I do not like straight fluff, schmoop, happily ever afters without a journey to get them there, crack, or non-canon AUs. To better understand what I mean, here’s a list of my wants and DNWs*.

Likes
• Well-developed characters and character-based stories, or plotty stories that have great character development and don’t sacrifice that for the sake of plot.
• Fic focused on female characters
• Canon-world building and backstory that is routed in canon portrayals of folks. This means, for example, I would love a fic that explores how Arianne Martell was raised in Dorne, but not one that has Arianne Martell raised a Stark of Winterfell or a fic on the history of Dorne and the right of gender-blind primogeniture.
• The question of nature v. nurture from a character standpoint. I mean, this is why Orphan Black and morally grey characters are my absolute favorite. So fic that explores this makes my heart grow three sizes.
• Exploration of power dynamics and systemic structures and how that affects characters and the ways they examine the world (ideally, in a non-SJW way)
• Twisted, Dark Fic with some dub-con and D/S elements (though not explicit dub-con or D/S dynamics—again, this is hard to navigate, but I don’t want someone calling someone else master or explicitly sexuality based D/S or some-such, it’s more I like power imbalances which sometimes lend themselves to D/S dynamics)
• Good guys turning bad and vice versa – I like to believe that everyone is shades of grey and that no one is 100% good or bad. I think my requests reflect this, but y’know if you want to go that route, totally cool.

Do Not Want*
• Crack and Meta
• Crossovers
• Genderswap and MPreg
• Issue fic - especially sexuality issue fic
• Incest – or, given one of my requests is Orphan Black, clone-cest.
• A/B/O
• Non-canon based AUs, meaning no coffee shop, library, high school etc (or for OB, no AUs where they are not clones) AUs
• Kid or Baby-fic
• 2nd Person POV
• Bestiality/Necrophilia
• Vore or Guro (including no graphic body-horror stuff)
• Animal Cruelty
• Watersports, Bloodplay, Scat, Enemas etc.
Okay with those out of the way, here are my requests. Please know that all aired episodes of my fandoms are fair game, so if you are in the process of catching up, I would recommend skipping those requests for now lest you be spoiled.

Request #1 - Orphan BlackCollapse )

Request #2 - NashvilleCollapse )

Request #3 - The BlacklistCollapse )

Request #4 - ScandalCollapse )
8th-Oct-2013 10:56 pm - Dear Yulegoat 2013
tess
Dear Yuletide Writer:

Hello! You are my person! That's exciting--and scary, but in a good way! Anyway, thank you in advance, for what you're about to do for me--Yuletide is a crazy stressful experience that produces a lot of great things in a short time. But it's the good kind of stress, as you know, or will soon learn, if I'm taking your Yulevirginity. Don't worry, I'll be gentle. Maybe.

Anyway, I've now done this five times. Which I guess makes me middle aged in dog years. I've had good experiences and I'm sure I will this time too! Fun fact, I also run the Misses Clause Challenge with freneticfloetry, which promotes women in fic. I'm more the behind the scenes type to her public face of things but I do hang out in chat sometimes with the same username that I write with, which is hauntedd--it's a long story, I've had that name since I was 14(!) and as I'm now in my mid/late 20s...yeah.

So, what you need to know is that I love and adore strong independent complex women with issues as well, quiet strength, notsoquiet strength, as women who grow up and grow into who they are as people. Stories about women are my thing. As are character studies. Some of my favorite characters are: Tess Harding, Mellie Grant, Olivia Pope, Zoe Barnes, Juliette Barnes, Sansa Stark, Cersei Lannister, Arianne Martell, Nikita, V, Fiona Gallagher... I can go aaaaaall night.

In terms of genre: I prefer gen, but I can get behind het or femmeslash if it works for the characters and the story. I am a big fan of daaaaaaark fic, angst, ambiguity, and I love manipulation/killing people and things that makes you cry and/or think.

I am not a fan of fluff, schmoop, happily ever after-s for the sake of HEAs, or cracky fic with lots of in jokes. I really dislike non-canon AUs. I love the stuff that veers off of a moment in canon, but the influx of coffee shop/high school/bookstore AUs are soooooooooooooo not my thing.

I've also made a helpful list (I love lists, I'm one of those people) below:

Likes
* Strong Women
* Angst
* Power dynamics and their exploration
* Twisted, Dark Fic
* Dubcon
* Mental Manipulation
* Bad Boys w/ Hearts of Gold (Michael Guerin, Nolan Ross, Lip Gallagher)
* True Blue Gentlemen (Chuck Bartowski, Jon Snow, Kyle Valenti)
* Smart Dialogue
* Single-character POV that show a person's motivations and inner workings

Dislikes
* Adultery/Cheating -- I've had a rough go of it this year, please don't unless it's canonical (e.g. Fitz/Mellie).
* Crack/Meta - It's just not me, AT ALL.
* Crossovers
* Fluff/Schmoop
* Alpha/Beta/Omega fic or anything with "knotting". No me gusta.
* RPF
* Any sort of "play" involving bodily fluids (meaning scat, vomit, blood, enemas and everything/anything else. If it was on 2girls1cup or a similar video, I don't want a serving!). Also vore and the like is a nono.
* Gender-Swap/MPreg
* Babyfic
* Bestiality/Necrophelia
* Non-Canon based AUs
* Incest
* Animal Cruelty--I cry at the ASPCA commercials, don't do it.


Anyway, so my requests:

Orange is the New Black

Requested: Piper Chapman, Alex Vause, Larry Bloom. Explore their relationship with one another and how one another fit as a part of each other's lives. I'm not really looking for relationship fic here, but if you go that route, it's cool. I more just want to have the three of them try to come to terms with the fact that their lives are forever interconnected. Throw in anyone else you want, I love everyone in this show so I will be happy with whatever you want to do.

Orange is the New Black, man. Orange is the New Black. I have so many things I want that I legit almost wrote any, but I didn't because I am not nearly as brave as I think I am. What I love about Orange is the New Black is how REAL all these women are and how nuanced all the characters are and what motivates them. But what I love the most is the complicated relationship and ties that bind Piper, Larry and Alex together especially now that everything is so damn MESSY. But I mean I am totally open here. Totally. Which I know, I know, I know... shoulda requested any. And if you want to explore everyone's reaction to Larry's article and the continued impact that has and its ripples then go on with your bad self. I mean I know we saw some of that last season, but things like that don't just go away so....

Nashville

Requested: Juliette Barnes. Life after the death of her mother. Or Five times Juliette went looking for love in the wrong places and one time she got it right. Really, just give me canon-compliant Juliette.

Juliette is my GIRL. I love Juliette. I adore Juliette. I love that she's so messed up and tries to be tough while being this broken girl on this inside who has been destroyed by her mother's addictions and looking for the love she never got from her mother through her fans. I love that she ruins healthy relationships because it's all she knows how to do and that she's now bumbling into adulthood as best she can. I also love the complex relationship she has with Rayna and how it's evolving into a mentorship role.

House of Cards

Requested: Zoe Barnes. Her POV as her relationship with Francis changes and she discovers that the rabbit hole is far deeper than she'd imagined and as she evolves from a pawn into a player.

I. LOVE. THIS. SHOW. I worked in DC after college on the Hill and suffered DC burnout to the point that I avoided shows about politics for a looooong time, and yet this was the one that brought me back in. Zoe is my favorite part of this show because her evolution from a pawn to a player is ongoing and intriguing, especially since Francis seems to underestimate her just as she's growing into herself. I don't really ship the two of them, but if you do, that's fine, as long as it's angsty as fuck and not some fluff piece, because that's just not giving the Honorable Congressman Underwood the credit he deserves. ;)

Scandal

Requested: Mellie Grant. What does she actually think about everything? Honestly, just give me some canon-compliant Mellie with all of her shades of grey and I will be happy. If you have her win the long game over Fitz I will seriously make out with you.

Mellie is my queen. Yes, yes, Olivia is the HBIC and looks fabulous in her white coats while wearing her proverbial white hat, but Mellie is the one that I am most fascinated by as she's navigating this awkward position of First Lady who may be in love with her husband, who she never was supposed to love as this was all political--really, who is in love with another woman who she is forever tied to as they both made the decision to give it to Fitz the first go around.

I also don't buy that Fitz will forever have the upper hand in their battle--she's too smart for that, so if you have her win. I will love you.

Of note--I loathe Fitzgerald Grant. Loathe him. I also would not say no to some fucked up Olivia/Mellie as long as it's tangled up and messy as this ship, which I will go down with, is absolutely complicated and perfect.

Roswell

Requested: Michael & Tess. This is the pairing of my cold dark heart. My OTP to end all OTPs. I've written Roswell for YEARS and I keep coming back to this fandom, probably because there are lots of open ends to jump off from and the politics of Antar and the dynamics of the foursquare. Not to mention Tess is hands down my favorite character ever. So please do her justice, I really like to see the dimensions of her personality--you can totally make her evil/dark but if you do, I would like it to be more realized than the show where it was like all of a sudden they had budget cuts so Tess killed Alex even though she was embracing her human side up until then.

Okay I have a version of this request every year and this is legit the exact request from last year. Oh well. I love Michael and Tess as a couple--they just make sense to me in ways that none of the other pairings on Roswell ever did. Two outsiders, two smartasses, two hybrids who are actually invested in their alien sides. I've also written a lot of Michael/Tess so I can see them in a lot of situations, but I would like something plotty where their relationship develops. If it's from Tess' POV it's a bonus. I just really want Michael/Tess fic because it's my OTP and I'm basically the only one who writes it.

Here are a few ideas:

*Michael as Khivar-- Courtney said there were a lot of Rath worshippers but what maybe she wasn't saying was that Rath used a pseudonym -- Khivar to start a revolution. The deal still happens btwn Nasedo and Older!Khivar so I would like to see Michael coming to terms with who he actually is and turning to Tess who is coming to terms not only with this deal but also that she has a relationship with Michael and they both learn the truth about Antar in that Zan wasn't some great ruler, but actually a tyrant and maybe they shouldn't just believe everything they hear.

*Tess recruits Michael to help her fight Nasedo/Khivar after finding out about the deal after Nasedo's death. She's adamant that it's a secret and they get closer as a result.

*Zan is actually Michael's baby. Whether it was because Tess mindraped him into fucking her or because they actually were together is up to you, but if you go dark I would rather Tess be alive and they have to deal with the fall-out.

If you absolutely cannot do Michael/Tess, I'd be okay with gen that explores their dynamic, but please god no background Maria & Michael pairing. I find their relationship incredibly destructive despite actually loving both characters independent of one another like a lot of high school relationships. They're both worse together than they are apart so just don't.

Oh and I hate Max Evans. I've actually dismembered him in fic before. So there's that,too.

So there you have it. My requests. Again, thank you for doing this and ultimately if you're afraid of what I've requested, don't be--I will be happy with whatever you write as long as YOU love it and put your heart into it. So thank you in advance for whatever you're writing for me! I hope you have fun with it!

xoxo

-G

PS. Like I said above, I go by the name hauntedd for all my fandom pursuits (including yuletide) and don't really keep all my shit on this journal. I have a horribly under updated fanfiction.net profile (and all of my yuletide fic is on ao3) and generally write angsty mostly female-driven stories in a bunch of fandoms including Roswell, Gossip Girl, Dollhouse, and once upon a time, Heroes.

PPS. While I do have a very minor interest in dental hygiene, I do not have a strap-on, for special occasions or everyday use. Sorry to dispel that rumor.
1st-Jan-2013 11:09 pm - Yuletide 2k12 Post-Mortem
tess
So I was convinced to write this by freneticfloetry and here we are.

I mentioned on my recs post that this was a year of firsts with yuletide. It was the first year I defaulted early because no one originally wanted what I was offering (sad. so sad.) and my under the gun decisions for what to add to my offer list didn't pan out the way we'd planned. I'm sorry original recip, but you got an awesome gift out of the deal and a few treats, so I think it worked out for the best. It was the first year that I wrote multiple treats, the first year I wrote m/m and the first year I drank of the madness. I DRANK IT UP.

It was also a year of seconds! It was the second year that freneticfloetry and I ran Misses Clause, the second time I requested Revenge, the second time (and third time) I wrote anime fic, and the second time I ever got treated. All of these things were awesome, btdubs.

So I wrote four fics. ALL of them were done rather quickly and under the gun, because that's how I roll.

She Breaks Just Like a Little Girl was the most fun I had this yuletide season! Sailor Moon was a big part of my life when I was in middle school and early high school back in the late '90s/early 2000s and I was a BNF back when it was all decentralized and on websites before I decided I was over it all...oh, cephiro.nu, so young, so stupid. So this was fun because while I had lots of experience with fandom, I haven't really written much in it.

Anyway, this fic is an ode to Minako and how much she's changed from the first introduction you get in the Codename wa Sailor V manga to what you see in BSSM in terms of both the anime and the manga. I wanted to give that voice and also show her serious side. So, that was a lot of fun.

This is also the second(!) time I have written Sailor Moon fic (my other BSSM fic, which is Makoto/Nephrite Silver Millennium politics that is still a WIP is here).

Some Unholy War was the fastest fic I wrote this yuletide and was definitely a last minute addition. The madness archive was still open to new fic so I decided to toss words together and try a new fandom of my youth because Umi is one of my favorite characters from Magic Knight Rayearth and I wanted to try her on for size.

So, I did. And this came out and I'm really proud of it as it speaks to the changes that all of these girls go through when they realize what exactly is asked of them in Cephiro.

Grow Up and Blow Away is my first Shameless (US) fic and it is ALSO the first time I have written m/m. Listen, I love women, I write women, I get women-- they're my bread and butter so writing dudes is scary. However, I am so proud of this and also excited I finally wrote a little something about Ian and Mickey, who break me all the time. So, yay!

Into the Void is my Roswell entry, and the longest fic that I wrote this yuletide. It is also probably one of the most messed up things that I've written, whiiiiich when it comes to Roswell is actually saying a lot. I mean I have dismembered Max Evans, written multiple fics where Tess has been taken over by Khivar/Nikolas, killed everyone ever on this show and yet this is the fic that creeps me out the most.

(Also holy shit reading over that laundry list makes me feel like I have some issues. I don't y'know, have issues, I don't think, I mean fuck I was a sorority girl haha.)

But what fascinates me the most about this idea is what the seal actually means and how it was corrupting Michael during Who Died and Made You King and that the effects of that might linger. And how does that change you and affect you over time. And, then, you also know all of these aspects of Liz in the abstract--that she was changed by Max, that she has these powers, the whole cementing mumbo jumbo, and yet you don't see how those things could AFFECT her. So I wanted to play with that and this is what came out.


Anyway, that was my yuletide. Here's to 2013!
29th-Dec-2012 11:50 am - Yuletide Recs
elle
Another Yuletide has come and gone.  And with it, a number of firsts (which I will get into post reveal, probably, if I remember) including my first recs post! And a year of seconds!

It's the second Misses Clause after all (which hello, if you haven't tagged your fics, TAG YO FICS).

Anyway, recs... at least part 1 of recs, because there will probably be more.

10 Things I Hate About You

Priceless Kat's looking forward to a calm second year at Sarah Lawrence. Her new roommate makes that less than easy.

This fic has been making the rec rounds, and for good fucking reason.  I love Bring it On like burning and 10 Things is still one of my favorite movies from my teenage years.  It's the crossover/ship you never thought you'd want and now can't get enough of--Missy/Kat.  Forever and ever amen.

Boy Meets World

New Stranger in Town: A lot can change in over a decade, but the best things in life remain a constant.

This fic made me smile and mist up all at once. What a lovely return to a show that literally shaped my childhood. It's a perfect reunion fic for the best show ever and makes me hopeful for Girl Meets World when it finally comes to fruition.

Daria

Cold and Hot: When Lawndale High has a snow day, Daria retreats to a safe place.

I love Daria. I remember rushing home from school to catch reruns and the big show of the movies and everything else. So, this fic was great. It felt so authentic and true to the characters and their interactions.

Greek

Where the Lovelight Gleams: This is what Casey thought adulthood would look like. Old friends and new sitting around a candle-lit dining table eating gourmet food and toasting the past and laughing together.

Okay, I was Greek in college and I've had a soft spot for this TV show because it's so fucking accurate in terms of the greek life experience. Sure it's a bit fluffy compared to how being in a sorority is but in a good way. And this fic is a nice coda to that and I think is authentic to not only the characters but also the way that all the drama of Greek Life and college becomes so much less important as you grow up.

Love Actually

Life, Actually: Life, actually, goes on.

Love Actually is one of my favorite movies and I make sure to watch it every Christmas. This fic feels like an extension of the movie and you just fall back into these characters so easily reading it.

Lucky Number Slevin

By Any Other: What's in a name?

I betaed this fic, and, admittedly, I know nothing about the movie.  But the dialogue is very snappy and the way that it flows is excellent.  And it deserves more attention because it's awesome.

Mean Girls

Cease and Resist (Double Jeopardy Remix): If there's smoke, there must be fire somewhere.

Regina and Janis, before the 8th grade incident and after less than one semester of college.


This is lovely and a realistic look at how Janis/Regina might happen after college, when all the bullshit of high school has faded and people's reputations mean less and less.

Shameless (US)

Nobody Wins: Fiona character study; Monica has left again and this is Fiona as she slowly gives up what's left of her childhood.

Oh, gift fic.  This is perfect and tragic and just so right and in character.  I love Fiona more than words can say and this fic is just a logical progression into how she evolves from the eldest Gallagher daughter into defacto matriarch.  The slow burn and logical justifications just cut you deeply and it makes your heart break for Fiona all over again.

Revenge

My Strongest Suit: Paired in power and pain, devotion and revenge, four queens play the hands they've been dealt.

This is my treat!  And it's uh-maz-ing.  Anyway, this fic is beautiful and the vignettes of the four HBIC of Revenge are all on point.  I especially loved the interconnectedness of Amanda and Emily and the way that you see the progression of who Charlotte so desperately wants to be into the women she actually is and how tragic that might turn out.</i>
17th-Oct-2012 11:32 pm - Yuletide 2012
tess
Dear yulegoat:

Okay this is my fourth yuletide and my fourth letter.  I've had good experiences and I also run the misses clause challenge with freneticfloetry, so I've been around (not like that but you know what I mean).  I'm more the behind the scenes type to her public face of things but I do hang out in chat sometimes with the same username that I write with, which is hauntedd.

ANYWAY what you need to know is that I am team girl-power all the way (that might be obvious by the whole oh I run a subchallenge in yuletide about women but HEYYYY it deserves to be mentioned twice).  I love and adore strong independent complex women with issues as well as women who grow up and grow into who they are as people.  That's what I write and what I read--and my biggest peeve in fandom is the lack of strong, multifaceted women in fics--I don't hate the guys, but I have to hold it down for my ladies.  Examples of characters I love include: Tess Harding (Roswell, ya'll), Blair Waldorf (before chuck-ification when she was a HBIC), Sarah Walker (Chuck), Shannon Rutherford (Lost--I actually STOPPED WATCHING the show after she died), Alex, Amanda & Nikita (Nikita, 2010), Cersei Lannister & Sansa Stark (GoT).

I also really like fucked up fanfic.  I am not about happy endings unless there is a lot of fucking angst and the ending feels like a reward.  Most of the shit that I write and read is dark (I've done a lot with dub con, control, and in one instance I may have Lorena Bobbit-ed Max Evans.  I REGRET NOTHING) and my requests definitely toe that line.  I like toying with dynamics and really like corruption fic as well.  

In terms of genre: I prefer gen & het and I am a big fan of angst, ambiguity, and I love manipulation/killing people and shit that makes you cry and/or think.

I've also made a handy-dandy bullet point list below:

Likes
* Strong Women
* Angst
* Power dynamics and their exploration
* Twisted, Dark Fic
* Dubcon
* Mental Manipulation
* Bad Boys w/ Hearts of Gold (Michael Guerin, Nolan Ross, Lip Gallagher)
* True Blue Gentlemen (Chuck Bartowski, Dan Humphrey, Kyle Valenti)
* Smart Dialogue
* Single-character POV that show a person's motivations and inner workings

Dislikes
* Crack/Meta - I fucking hate it.  It's just not me, AT ALL. 
* Crossovers
* Fluff
* RPF
* Any sort of "play" involving bodily fluids (meaning scat, vomit, blood, enemas and everything/anything else)
* Gender-Swap/MPreg
* Babyfic
* Bestiality/Necrophelia
* Non-Canon based AUs
* Incest (oddly, though, I'm okay with it on GoT if it's the established stuff like Cersei/every Lannister not named Tyrion)
* Animal Cruelty--I cry at the ASPCA commercials, don't do it.
* Slash.  I'm sorry, not my thing.  I don't even really like stories about men, so two or more men makes my eyes glaze like whoa.  I'm ok with femmeslash if it's believable but y'know.

Anyway, so my requests:

Roswell

Requested: Michael & Tess.  This is the pairing of my cold dark heart.  My OTP to end all OTPs.  I've written Roswell for YEARS and I keep coming back to this fandom, probably because there are lots of open ends to jump off from and the politics of Antar and the dynamics of the foursquare.  Not to mention Tess is hands down my favorite character ever.  So please do her justice, I really like to see the dimensions of her personality--you can totally make her evil/dark but if you do, I would like it to be more realized than the show where it was like all of a sudden they had budget cuts so Tess killed Alex even though she was embracing her human side up until then.

Okay I love Michael and Tess as a couple--they just make sense to me in ways that none of the other pairings on Roswell ever did.  Two outsiders, two smartasses, two hybrids who are actually invested in their alien sides.  I've also written a lot of Michael/Tess so I can see them in a lot of situations, but I would like something plotty where their relationship develops.  If it's from Tess' POV it's a bonus.  I just really want Michael/Tess fic because it's my OTP and I'm basically the only one who writes it.

Here are a few ideas:

*Michael as Khivar-- Courtney said there were a lot of Rath worshippers but what maybe she wasn't saying was that Rath used a pseudonym -- Khivar to start a revolution.  The deal still happens btwn Nasedo and Older!Khivar so I would like to see Michael coming to terms with who he actually is and turning to Tess who is coming to terms not only with this deal but also that she has a relationship with Michael and they both learn the truth about Antar in that Zan wasn't some great ruler, but actually a tyrant and maybe they shouldn't just believe everything they hear.

*Tess recruits Michael to help her fight Nasedo/Khivar after finding out about the deal after Nasedo's death.  She's adamant that it's a secret and they get closer as a result.  

*Zan is actually Michael's baby.  Whether it was because Tess mindraped him into fucking her or because they actually were together is up to you, but if you go dark I would rather Tess be alive and they have to deal with the fall-out.  

If you absolutely cannot do Michael/Tess, I'd be okay with gen that explores their dynamic, but please god no background Maria & Michael pairing.  I find their relationship incredibly destructive despite actually loving both characters independent of one another like a lot of high school relationships.  They're both worse together than they are apart so just don't. 

Oh and I hate Max Evans.  I've actually dismembered him in fic before.  So there's that,too.

Revenge 

Requested: Emily & Amanda -- dynamic fic.  I love these two characters and their relationship--I would like it if you explored how they came to be, what happened when Fake!Amanda was kidnapped by Taekada, how they actually feel about one another and possibly their weird relationship with Jack.  But mostly, I'm all about the two of them.  You can go femmeslashy with this if you want (I'm down!  I think it totally happened and it was probably really bizarre and manipulative) but I would like a plot with it.

My favorite part of Revenge is the relationship between Emily & Amanda.  BY FAR.  Sure Victoria is HBIC, the mythos is interesting, Daniel, Nolan, Charlotte & Jack are all great, but what I stay for is the dynamic between Emily and Amanda.  I like the idea that they're two sides of the same coin--that they really love each other even though their relationship is so fucked up and that they need one another more than either of they know.  I'm pretty open on this front with how it happens, but I would love some relationship backstory or some inner workings of their mindset and what's behind all the pained looks and words unsaid.  I also love the way that Real!Amanda has to watch Fake!Amanda live her life and interact with her sister and how things might be different if she were able to be who she truly is--so if you want to play with that great!  You can ship them or not I'm cool either way but give me some Emily & Amanda dynamic fic, please!


Shameless (US)

Requested: Fiona-POV.  Angsty inner monologue on how it actually feels to lose your childhood to raise your siblings, her feelings for Steve/Jimmy and what she's actually thinking behind that sad smile and smartass remarks.

Fiona Gallagher is the shit.  She's got layers and is a lot bit broken behind her tough exterior and behaviors so I would like something that just explores her as a person--her secret wants and desires, how she's trapped by her family that she loves but can never leave, why she didn't get on the plane, how she feels now that she knows Steve is really Jimmy and just how she fucking survives her crazy ass family.  Just give me some awesome epic Fiona fic and I will be happy.  

So there you have it.  My requests.  Again, thank you for doing this and ultimately if you're afraid of what I've requested, don't be--as long as you put some passion in it and it's not some generic fic churned out in 5 minutes to meet some epic fill-goal for yuletide (or regifting that gaybashing dragon fic from last year--eep!) I will be happy.  So thank you in advance for whatever you're writing for me!  I hope you have fun with it!

xoxo

-G

PS. Like I said above, I go by the name hauntedd for all my fandom pursuits (including yuletide) and don't really keep all my shit on this journal. I have a horribly under updated fanfiction.net profile (and all of my yuletide fic is on ao3) and generally write angsty mostly female-driven stories in Roswell (I'm an admin at polarattraction.net), but also fic in Gossip Girl, Dollhouse, Revenge, Heroes and a bunch of other fandoms.
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