shelley (jedi_penguin) wrote in shelfics,

Yuletide letter!

First off, thank you so much for writing for me. Yuletide is one of my favorite times of the year, mostly because it's filled with such lovely people. I'm sure you're just as lovely as all the other yuletiders that I've met over the years, and I hope that you've been matched on something you've always wanted to write (as opposed to one of the oh-my-god-I-can't-believe-I-signed-up-for-THAT-I-must-have-been-outta-my-mind fandoms...)

As for general likes and dislikes, I'm pretty easy. In general, I prefer het or gen but am quite willing to be sold on femslash. Mixed threesomes or moresomes (by which I mean at least one of each sex) are always welcome if they work within the story. I usually prefer stories that focus on women characters (or at least feature them prominently), so m/m slash stories just don't hold my attention as well as the other categories. I love G-rated and NC-17 fics equally, as well as everything in between. I'm squicked by marijuana and other drugs, underaged sex, and anything non-consensual. Humiliation humor isn't my favorite thing in the world but I can take it in small doses. Possessiveness, jealousy, and adultery all make me uncomfortable and can kill a story for me unless your fic is going to a very dark place and one of those three elements are critical to the plot. Lighthearted stories with possessiveness or jealousy just creep me out. I adore age differentials in 'shippy stories, but I guess that only applies for this set of requests if you're planning to write "Wormwood." (Or possibly Ham/Ruby. It blows my mind even contemplating it, but I'd read the hell out of that if you wanted to go there.)

Also, please remember that OPTIONAL DETAILS ARE OPTIONAL!!! I absolutely believe this. If you have an awesome idea for a story, please don't read any further because I'd love to read whatever you already have planned out. If, on the other hand, you need some ideas, hopefully one of these will help.

V (1983)

Robert Maxwell
Elias Taylor
Ruby Engels

Robert and Elias were two interesting characters in the original mini-series that got sidelined in the second mini-series and shafted in the television series. I'd love to see either of them being really heroic during one of those two time periods. Alternately, why did Ham Tyler have so much respect for Ruby? What badass thing did he see her doing before her "starring role"? I bet it was awesome. Feel free to focus on just one character; there's no need to include all three if your story doesn't gel with them together.

The first "V" miniseries introduced us to so many great characters, but as time went by, it seemed to focus exclusively on Mike Donovan and Ham Tyler. (Even Julie gets sidelined in the television series and that makes me sad, because she's AWESOME.) I'd like a story that brings one of the minor characters back to the forefront. Robert surely didn't get over his wife's death or the way he was almost manipulated into betraying the resistance the microsecond that Elizabeth was born. How does he continue the fight afterwards? (Or alternately, what ever happened to his other two daughters? I hated the way they just disappeared.) Elias operates under a complex shroud of an inferiority complex, guilt over Ben's death, and the knowledge that he was never his father's favorite. This made him a fascinating character in the first miniseries and a ferocious fighter... and we're meant to believe that he's happy serving drinks to Visitors in his neutral haven? I don't buy it. Lastly, there is the awesomeness that is Ruby and her lovely relationship with Abraham. I love stories with kickass older women, and few do it as well as she. Follow any of them, and I'll be delighted. I do ask, however, that you keep Donovan to a minimum in your story. I feel like I saw plenty of him on screen and would like to see somebody else for a change.


US Pundits (RPF)

I would love to see the "Morning Joe" crew interacting during some kind of social occasion. Christmas party? Fourth of July barbeque? White House correspondents' dinner? Mostly I want to see Joe and Mika's adversarial and yet protective sibling-type relationship when they're off the air. I also love Willie as a referee. Absolutely no 'shippiness of any kind, please.

I have to confess, I started watching this show because I was amused by Huffington Post stories about times that Joe looked like an ass. (Mika's dad calling him "stunningly superficial" springs to mind as an example of truly great television.) Over time, I was won over by the personal interactions on the panel, especially the brother-and-sister thing I see going on between Joe and Mika. This video here, however, was what made me fall head over heels in love with them. As irked as Joe seems to get at Mika sometimes, he's clearly protective of her, even when she doesn't need it. After seeing this, I noticed that Mika is just as protective of Joe. She always warns him whenever people are saying mean things about him on Twitter and insists on reading every column he ever writes, even when he doesn't want her to. Against all odds, I've wound up thinking that the two of them are completely adorable. I'm also quite fond of Willie Geist for the referee thing that he seems to do, apparently hanging out with Joe after hours and complementing Mika on-air whenever she gets too irritated with the guys on the panel. Given those dual roles, I imagine that Willie Geist would be a good man to have at any party. If you feel like adding anyone else, Mike Barnicle, Jon Meacham, Jim van der Hei (sp?), and Donny Deutsch are a few of my favorite guests, though none of them are at all necessary.

One thing I don't want here, however, is any kind of romantic relationship. I'm not altogether comfortable with romance in RPFs in general, but especially not when Joe, Mika, and Willie all have such young children. I'd hate for their kids to search the web and stumble upon something that traumatized them. As long as you keep them friendshippy, however, you should be able to hear my squees of joy on Christmas morning from half-way across the planet. :)


And my kind and wonderful and scarily talented Santa wrote me Morning Joe fic! And it is is TERRIFIC!!!! Check out The Godforsaken MSNBC Christmas Bash and laugh yourself silly. :)


Skulking Permit (X Minus One)

What if the townspeople had gotten a visitor to be their criminal for them? A crossover with ANY sci-fi character (and I do mean ANY. I don’t care if I’m familiar with the show/movie/book or not) would be unbelievably awesome. If you don’t do crossovers, an original character would be great as well. I’m just wondering how an outsider would have reacted to being given a Skulking Permit, to hanging out in Ed's bar, and to having Mary cheerlead his/her mandated criminal activities.

I love everything about this story, but most of my love is reserved for the colonists' calm acceptance of the Mayor's bizarre plan. My favorite moment of the play is one of the Carpenter boys wants to borrow back his tools, even while assuring Tom that he "would never keep something that had been legally stolen." These people are cuckoo-for-cocoa-puffs, and yet their exceedingly polite society seems to make complete sense to them. (Even Tom's frequently stated objection that criminal activities "just don't seem sensible" seems to stem more from the fact that HE was chosen to be the criminal rather than from a real belief that the Mayor is mistaken about how the colony might become civilized.) I desperately want to know what an outsider would think of these attitudes, and I don't much care WHICH outsider you use. Cross-over with a sci-fi fandom, a pastiche of some other fandom in space, or original characters of your own: it's all good and guaranteed to be loved. *** Please remember that the point is seeing how your character of choice perceives this crazy colony, so please make sure you throw in as many colonists as possible.

Links: Radio shows become public-domained in the United States after fifty years, so all episodes of "X Minus One" can be found on-line for free. There are several different sites that collect Old Time Radio shows, but my favorite is Botar. If you'd just like to hear "Skulking Permit" and nothing else, here's the mp3. As an aside, I'll point out that if you were assigned to me for a different fandom but I've somehow left you stuck (for which I apologize profusely if that's the case!), the canon for this audio play is less than 29 minutes long, so hopefully you'll find that to be doable.


Wormwood

My favorite moments of the show were always when Xander and Sparrow were talking to each other on the phone or were alone together. I'd like more of that, please. Friendly teasing, light flirtation, serious discussion about their relationship, hot sex... I'm open to anything here. Just keep the focus upon the two of them and their hard-to-define relationship and I'll just about die of happiness. Pre-series would be fantastic, during series even better, and post-series (but pre-epilogue) will induce cartwheels of joy.

What can I say? I love radio plays, and this one is fantastic. I was introduced to it during last year's Yuletide but would love to have it come back into my life. Considering how easily the writers got their actors to do terrible and embarrassing kissy-noises, they clearly weren't shy about introducing 'shippiness, and yet they're curiously circumspect about Xander and Sparrow's relationship until the denouement. Because I'm contrary, that makes me want a sappy romantic story about them all the more. (Okay, not so much with the sappy. I fear that Sparrow might manifest herself into reality, hunt me down, and hurt me if I somehow enabled a sappy story about her, but you know what I mean...) Their relationship is complex but feels underdeveloped by canon, so any story that explored that would be awesome.

I picked up all of this series through the free podcast section in iTunes, but I believe you can also get it here if you're not a Mac lover like me.

A further note: I trying to read the "Sparrow and Crowe" comics (the second issue hasn't come in yet), so feel free to use that bit of canon if a) you're familiar with it; and b) it fits in well with your story. Please don't feel like you have to use it, however, because I know that it's pretty hard to get a hold of. Also, I'll be so ecstatically happy with any Crowe/Sparrow story that there's no way that I'd ever notice if you violated comic-canon. I can't imagine any way you could possibly write a story in this fandom that wouldn't delight me.


In the end, dear writer, the one thing that will make me happiest is if YOU have fun writing for me. If you twist your view of canon to match mine, you won't have fun writing and that usually shows in the final story. Please, write something that you enjoy and you can feel proud of, and I can just about guarantee that I will adore it. Whatever else you do, don't stress out on my account!

On a side note, I don't use my personal journal at all any more. There's no reason for you to wade through my journal because there will be nothing for you to find for the last three years. (Don't worry. There was no wank and you haven't been assigned a drama queen. I just realized that I needed to pay more attention to my personal life than my on-line one, and the only way I could do that was go cold turkey from my way too incredibly nice f'list. If I had only filled my f'list with mean people, I could have kept it up and ignored everyone. Sadly, fandom is filled with far too many wonderful people, and I have a somewhat addictive personality...) The only current things you'll find on me are recent fanfics, and those are all here in my fanfic journal. I apologize if you were looking forward to the stalking...

***

One final note. I've never requested a crossover before because I've always worried about asking too much of my writer, and that is the reason why I carefully didn't suggest any crossover characters. Somebody told me, however, that such an open-ended request would terrify her... which is the exact opposite of what I was hoping to do. If you're in that camp, I do have a couple of ideas of fun characters that could receive a "Skulking Permit." I'm only offering them up, however, if you'll promise-promise-PROMISE not to feel bound by anything. These are truly just suggestions.

The Doctor, obviously, would make a great Skulker. I'm thinking the Second, Eighth, or Eleventh Doctor in particular, but really, any of them would be great. Han Solo from "Star Wars" would entertain the hell out of me, as would Starbuck from either iteration of BSG. River Song from DW, Rygel from "Farscape," or Vash from "ST: TNG" could each have a blast going overboard with the thievery until s/he found out about the murder. Or how about someone even more clueless than the colonists? A pastiche of Winnie the Pooh on the USS "100 Acre Woods" could could be hilarious if you think that you can capture Pooh's voice, or perhaps Spaceman Spiff (Calvin's alter-ego). Or how about Barney Stinson from the trading ship "MacLaren," taking on the permit as a way of seducing Mary Carpenter? (C'mon. You know that HIMYM crew could come up with a TON of wood jokes there...) There are hundreds of other possibilities, but I'll leave them to you. I really, TRULY am open to anything here. And if there's another fandom that you were hoping to be assigned when you got me instead, well, feel free to make this a double-Yuletide fic! *grin*

I honestly don't care if I'm familiar with the crossed over fandom or not. I'm mostly interested in the colonists and how they'd appear to an outsider. If you're uncomfortable writing something without knowing whether or not I'm familiar with it (even though that's fine with me), you can find a decent-sized list of my fandoms here.

Again, and one last time, THANK YOU!!! YOU'RE WONDERFUL!!!!!!!
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