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Yuletide 2015

Dear Yuletide Author,

First, thank you for writing me a gift!
Second, here is some elaboration so that you aren't lost by my very short prompts:

1. Caprica
Character: Lacy Rand
I love Lacy as much as I could ever love a character. Here is what I've been able to figure out about why: Lacy is a very sad girl, but she is also decisive; and I enjoy that she reacts to her negligent home life by involving herself in the lives of other people. It is interesting that she detaches that well. I like the relationship between her and Amanda, and the fondness that Amanda has for her.
Character: Zoe Graystone
Lacy's relationship that I enjoy the most is with Zoe. I like Zoe because she is a rebellious teen, but she diverges from the traditional rebellious teen in two ways. First, her disillusionment with her family is more gravely based than usual-- her father invents weapons. This makes her angst political and, therefore, not angst but instead political activism/terrorism. Second, in reaction to her disillusionment, she creates a life outside of her family: programming AI tech and joining an activist group. Because of this, she is a teen character who is a young adult at war, which is super interesting to me, because I think that her decision to do this says something about her personality. Imo there are some real differences between Real and Cylon Zoe; for example, I believe Real Zoe is more rough-and-tumble, resentful, and desparate; but this is because she was living in the world of a teenager and also was mortal. Cylon Zoe is more pragmatic because she can be. Ultimately, I believe that they are almost but not completely the same person, and I think that it's a subject you can explore if you wish.
Part of the reason I like Caprica and Battlestar is because of the worldbuilding potential. It is one of the only scifi/fantasy worlds I have ever been this excited about and lbr it's the Greek Mythology thing. I cannot get enough of Greek mythology; Athena is my feminist Greek Goddess in a non-metaphysical but very symbolic, empowering way. There must be a similar feminist love for her in 13 Colonies culture. I am not very hot on religion irl, but worldbuilding in that sphere in this culture is amazing to me. So, please don't be concerned about offending with the religious subjects.

Ship: Lacy/Zoe (Cylon or Real)
My heart is also a shipper's heart, and I LOVE Lacy/Zoe. LOVE.
Lacy and Cylon Zoe are lovely, but I find her friendship/love with Real Zoe just the most adorable thing. I enjoy that in the true spirit of 16 year olds they truly believe that they are adults, and their relationship to me seems like what Demi Lovato's line "die for eachother" describes. They both have emotionally detached themselves from their families, and find a new family in their organizaiton, and, eachother. It's my impression that Lacy and Real Zoe were really solid, and I think that the conflict in their relationship now that Zoe is Cylon Zoe is, aside from the external Cylon tech one, the internal one of Zoe feeling exactly the same about her friendship with Lacy, but Lacy knowing that Cylon Zoe is not exactly her Zoe. (To me, there is a difference between Real and Cylon Zoe, but if there isn't to you, please feel free to write from your perspective!)

Other characters I like: Amanda, Clarice, Tamara, Bill Adama(cutie!), Sam
I LOVE Amanda. Love, love, love Amanda. She is so great, and just absolutely deals with her sketchy dickish husband in a very realistic way. Amanda is the way you can really tell that the show is written by a woman, because she is very believable. She is sad, and deals with her life and the death of her daughter, and keeps going as a The 1% WASP doctor.

Other characters I like: Zoe (Cylon or Real), Amanda, Tamara, Bill Adama(cutie!), Sam
Side-ship: Amanda/Clarice. I very much ship them.

Prompts:
1. Is Cylon Zoe exactly the same as Real Zoe? The same enough? Does Lacy feel like their relationship is the same, or does she feel like Zoe's not at all her friend, she's just some cousin who thinks it's the same, and therefore, does it make Lacy feel very, very alone?
2. Post-series Lacy/Zoe fic.
3. A character studyish of Lacy.
4. What is Lacy's home life like?
5. Lacy's relationship with Amanda
6. Explore more of Zoe's relationship with Amanda. It is clear why Zoe antagonises her father, but is it different when it is just Zoe and Amanda?
7. Canon-divergent AU-- what if Zoe hadn't died? Carrying out the mission, them going to college, et al.
8. Lacy, Tamara, and/or Zoe. What would their relationship have been like?
9. Anything you want to write, I will love!

2. Jurassic Park Movies
Character: Claire Dearing
I think that Claire is really, really, really cool. A large part of this is my opinion that she has been born out of the post-Frozen world, where sisters are now a thing that media chooses to include (Jurassic World, Supergirl.) Claire really reminds me of Ana from Frozen, where she is sort of a loner but does have her life together, even though her only relationships are with her sister and her assistant. I see Claire as a very high-strung, but clearly a very loving, kind person. I dislike the condescension with which her ignorance about the reprucussions of raising and engineering dinosaurs is treated in the film. I am very impressed that she can drive while talking on the phone. I am also very impressed that she can run while wearing heels. I am also very impressed that her hair is that straight in a tropical climate. I am very impressed by many things that Claire does, but the thing that I am most impressed by is that she runs a gazillion dollar business and painlessly accepts that she should spend time with her nephews, and makes that change. I am not bothered by Owen; it is not his fault that the camera spent so much time on him, but I would like him to be relegated to the dog-boyfriend role if Claire/Owen is your jam. I think that their relationship was very, very rushed and that's why I'm not very comfortable with it. The other reason it bugged me was I thought he was super condescending to her. I want to like them, and if there was a whole relationship drama sequel film about them, I would really be into them, so, if you choose to do Claire/Owen, I would love you to expand their relationship and make it clear that Owen is not a misogynist.

Ship: I have no decided ship with her. As I said, I'm not adverse to Claire/Owen, if the focus is not their love story. And, I am intrigued about a ship between her and one of the other women who have had the Jurassic experience.

Other characters (optional): Any of the women from any of the Jurassic Park films. I am not exaggerating here, I love them all. Them meeting/spending time with Claire. Anything with them! Ian Malcom. Alan Grant.

Prompts:
1. What is Claire like in her home life? In her out of world life? In her in-work when there's not theme park-armageddon happening life? In my ideal world, Virginia Woolf would show up and write a book about Claire.
2. More action-adventure!
3. Archaeological exploration of 20 year old Jurassic Park ruins, done by Claire, illegally, but I guess she owns the island, so it's legal.
4. Bonding over dinosaur trauma with other Jurassic women.
4. Anything you want to write, I will love!

3. 19th Century CE RPF
Character: Charlotte Brontë
I enjoy that Charlotte wrote Jane Eyre to the gothic novel audience, and did it to sleuth-sell feminism. In a way, she made tragedy (Villette) and gothic romantic heartbreak (Jane Eyre) an opportunity for women to become empowered and be independent. We know very little about her, and I think that this makes writing fic about her fun.

Ship: I don't ship Charlotte with anyone, but I'm happy to if you do! It can be anyone from history that you wish.

Other characters (optional): Jane Austen, Ann Brontë, Emily Brontë.
I love that Jane Austen and Charlotte Brontë had completely different plots (drawing room drama; gothic & tragic,) but what they were both really exploring was feminism. Because Jane disliked the sensationalist novel, I have always thought that these women would be friends-with-differences. Inspired partly by Kate Beaton, I have for the last few years begun to wonder what types of friends (or chilly aquaintances?) they would be. Feel free to keep the age difference or sort of AU it to make them similar ages. I am fond of Emily as the sensationalist sister, and Ann as the pragmatist, so them as background or other main characters would be find with me.

Prompts:
1. Charlotte Brontë meets Jane Austen and writes a gothic novel about her in which Jane is a gothic heroine; with/without straightness and romance, with/without the house. Jane is Charlotte's mentor, Jane is Charlotte's friend, her exhasperated tutor, her exhasperated copy-editor.
2. A period-accurate-AU (canon-divergent) with Charlotte, and, if you wish, any of the other Brontës and/or Jane. She/they sell their final manuscripts one night, and disappear to join the crew of a pirate ship. She/they go to Athens and write commissioned love poems for 10 pence a piece.
3. What is Charlotte like at a Christmas party?
4. If you want to get serious, Charlotte during her (sometimes sad) childhood.
5. Anything you want to write, I will love!

Third, precautionaries,
No: dub/non con, kink, age difference, sexpollen, what the ever. Mansplaining.
Yes: I am fine with any type of relationship; queer or straight.

Fourth,
If I don't have a ship or character listed in my description, I would not be against you including them in your story! I simply have aimed to give you an idea about my favorite parts.

Finally,
Thank you, again!

Yuletide 2014 Letter




Yuletide Letter:
1. Carmilla - webseries
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"I've got three weeks of a journalism class, and I've seen all of Veronica Mars. I'll find her myself." (1x02)




Carmilla is a webseries based on the 1872 novella "Carmilla" by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, which is oft dubbed the first lesbian vampire story (although imho it's clearly an expansion of the poem "Christabel", published 80 years before, but whatevs.) The similarity with the novella ends at the basic concept, leaving the female sexuality is sin message behind.
The web series is basically the same format as The Lizzie Bennett Diaries, and Emma Approved, but this one's really fabulous because it has a Gothic twist and a mystery plot à la Veronica Mars.
Pros: The main character (and two supporting characters, maybe even more) is lesbian, and there's a character who is genderqueer, and it's about time for all of this. That's pretty much enough reason to watch the show in and of itself.

Characters who I am especially fond of:
1. Carmilla
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is a useless lesbian vampire, said very fondly. Remember the bat-wing bracelet?
2. LaFontaine
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LaFontaine is a great character. Did you notice the rainbow unicorn sticker on their laptop? They are such a realistic friend you would make in the dorms Freshman year. I can just see them sitting next to me in an English class, chatting good-naturedly and making everyone feel comfortable. Their friendship with Laura is one of my favorite kinds: it just happens because they are thrown together, so there's no awkwardness there (such as between Laura and Danny.) They are a microbio major who is also ready to jump into believing everything supernatural exists. It makes me imagine them as a child of Scully and Mulder from The X-Files. Also, they are genderqueer! It isn't gone into until Episode 26, but now the show is actually talking about it."Also, it has been confirmed that LaF indentifies as genderqueer and uses they/them pronouns."

Pairings:
I ship everyone. Although I really love Danny, I have a secret passionate love for the incompatible relationship between Laura and Carmilla. I know that the series might end badly for them, but my dream is that it won't, and they can be happy together, even as friends. The only ship I don't see is Laura & LaFontaine becuase they have such a friend vibe, but if you see magic rainbow love between them, please, feel free to write it, and I will see it, too!

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1. Laura/Carmilla (my favorite,) all the more enjoyable because I didn't see it coming (oblivious, much?) I know that this is the dominant ship out there, but that doesn't mean I don't want more of it.
2. LaFontaine/Perry (romantic or friendship, I have no preference.)
3. Kirsch/Will (the two Frat dudes introduced in episode 8). The fact that they have no personalities is the reason that I tolerate them in this show. I would prefer them to stay that way.

Aspects I especially enjoy:
1. The shout-outs to how Gothic their school is. Laura even comments on how weird it is.
2. The homages to the source material is fun, so if anyone writes a story for it, it would be exciting to let your world(school?)-building powers run wild. Like with Harry Potter, the world is almost more intriguing because of what we don't know about it, than what we are shown.

Things I'm not into:
1. OT3. Sorry! I have never been able to ship OT3 because it breaks my heart (except last week I found I ship Mary/Livinia/Matthew in Downton Abbey. Never say never!)
2. Werewolves

2. Emma Approved - webseries
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Emma Approved is a web-series adaptation of Jane Austen's novel Emma, which, if you're not familiar with it, is about a single woman who occupies herself by getting her friends engaged. Emma Approved has the modern-time Emma as a lifestyle coach for high-profile clients.  Of course, she can't help herself from setting up her friends as well. It's about Emma's growth into someone who realizes that she also needs to analyze herself. I adore the three central characters, Emma, her assistant Harriet, and her business partner Alex, and it's super funny and cute as well. It is from the creators, and in the documentation and confessional style, of The Lizzie Bennett Diaries that preceded it. But, it has a completely different storyline and I enjoy it for a different reason: Emma Approved is an awesome character study of just Emma. Joanna Sotomura (Emma) is an amazing actress, and so even though there are cringe-worthy moments (as everyone who has read the book know quite well,) it keeps you watching throughout. Also, there is an in-canon Fashion Blog.
Pros: Strong women characters, and actresses of color.

Characters who I am especially fond of:
1. Emma Woodhouse
She is pretty much a big dork. She's well put-together, and is a successful businesswoman, but she's also sort of dysfunctional, and is terrible at reading men, and it's very endearing.
2. Alex Knightly
"How old was the whale?" (1x38)
I feel kind of bad for this guy because Emma makes fun of his fashion choices (such as those pants.)
3. Harriet Smith
She is so cute, and earnest! I find her and her tech boy, Robert, unbelievably adorable.

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Pairings:
1. Emma/Jane Fairfax
This relationship intruiges me so much, because I can't help feeling that it would be so great if there were reasons for Emma to be fixated on Jane more than what she shares with the camera. Emma's reactions to Jane are animated and uncontrolled only in the way that her reactions to Alex are. Moreover, Jane acts as if she is aware of exactly how Emma is, while Emma has the awkwardness of trying to get to know her again, perhaps water under the bridge. Therefore, I would find it amazing if they had dated in the past, which would have to had be some time during highschool, as Alex says they hadn't seen her since they were 18. My end-game is Emma/Alex, but I can see current Emma as being an evolution of highschool Emma, who I am now about 99% sure dated Jane.
For an example, look at Emma's reaction to Jane in this video (start at 2:50): Episode 37
2. Emma/Alex
I ship Emma/Alex endgame. I am happy to read anything about them :)
3. Emma, Alex, and Harriet friendship


Prompts:
1. I would love a story about the backstory of Emma and Jane. I choose to think it's romantic, but I would also love anything that has them interacting in the past. Them interacting in the future is great, too!
2. Do you think that Emma and Alex go shopping together?
3. I want Emma and Harriet to hang out, forever. They are so objectively incompatible, but Emma's confidence in Harriet, and Harriet's trust in Emma makes them work well. While another person would have had excuse to drop Emma as a friend after a certain storyline of the series, Harriet sees the good intentions that she has.
4. WORK FRIENDS FIC: I would enjoy any story about Emma, Harriet, and Alex hanging out, at work, outside of work, at a work party (I have a soft spot for party fic.)

Things I'm not into:
I don't like Senator Elton. He's so much worse than he is in the book-- such a slimeball!

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3. Tomb Raider - video game
Tomb Raider is the 2013 Playstation game developed by Crystal Dynamics, and written by two women, which is why the storyline and the female characters are so amazing. I'm super new to the gaming world, but this is one of those games where the storyline has as much plot as a movie. Therefore, the characters are as shippable. Basically, one could also refer to Tomb Raider as the most obviously lesbian bestseller game, ever, (yes, even more than Final Fantasy X-2.) More than that, I love Archaeology. I recently graduated from university, and that means I haven't sat through an anthro class in over a year. And Tomb Raider is basically a video game in which a female Archaeology student runs around an island studying artifacts, and saving her girlfriend. I mean, I wouldn't like to have to hunt and eat deer by myself, but it's pretty cool. I dont' want to say as much about this, because it's a game, and I don't want to give anything away. But basically, if you're fine with fighting games, you should totally play it, and if you are scared, watch someone else play it.

Pairings:
1. Lara/Sam - Sam is the captured princess and Lara is her Lady in shining armor. This is a very accurate description of the game.

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Prompts:
(these can be shippy, or just gen.)
1. A holiday fic with the whole gang. Okay, I know maybe not all of the whole gang is around anymore, but it can be pre-canon, or in the future. I love the family-dynamic of a crew.
2. Any sort of Archaeological anything you wish to write would be so enjoyable for me. Choose a random place in the world, get semi-accurate information from wikipedia, and write it into your fic! Or, go legitimate and check some Archaeology journals out of your local library. If you're someone who enjoys researching facts for fic, and doing a bit of worldbuilding (if that term applies here,) then I was thinking this could be really fun.
3. Anything you'd like to write!

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Basics:
No: noncon, dubcon, character death, pwp
Always makes me happy: Holiday-themed fic
"Characters who I am especially fond of" does not mean the only characters I want in my fic or the only ones I like, they are just ones that I want you to know why I like them. Also, Yuletide is a time to gush, so there is the gushing.
Tomb Raider having the shortest description does not mean I don't like it as much as the other two, I just had less to say.

So, that's it!
Thank you so much! Have fun!

Bucket List!

* smoke weed on a yacht
* camping, drinking, and swimming at a lake

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Music to fit the occasion though.

My literature-writing music: Jason Mraz.
My essay-writing music: Imagine Dragons, Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift, et al.
My studying music: Ellie Goulding
My drunken singing music: One Direction

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Ash

I'm still trying to find the perfect Ash.

Kaisa

Yin Chang



Sidhean

Ash's mother (in flashbacks)
Lucy Liu



Ash's father (in flashbacks)

Marie Solanya (the mediwitch)
Nancy Kwan


The Evil Stepmother
Margaret Cho


The Two Evil Stepsisters

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The Prince

The Queen
Michelle Yeoh


The King
Mark Dacascos

I'm just weirdly fond of this actor because he plays the eternal antagonist in Hawaii-Five-O, which is a cheesy, cheesy show but great.

The Hunt (ladies)

Zhang Ziyi


Kristin Kreuk


Michaela Conlin

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