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Hi, Yuletide writer! Thanks for writing me a fic! You already have awesome tastes in characters and fandoms, so congrats on that! I am also a pretty big believer in Optional Details Are Optional.

Things that I like in ficRecs on Pinboard | Recs on AO3 | My Adventures in Good Fic tag on tumblr (there is also an Adventures in Bad Fic tag if you are curious about things that make me want to punch people through the Internet. It is, as you may suspect, not a nice tag.) | Other Dear Challenge Writer Posts I Have Written Over the Years.

In general: I am all about the ship fic, both reading and writing it. BUT if you are a gen writer, that is awesome, because what I really love is character interactions. You could write me 1000 words of Character A and Character B arguing platonically over whether broccoli should be cooked or eaten raw and as long as you use it as an opportunity to highlight their interactions. If you do like shippy things, I love: het/slash/femslash/poly arrangements.

Things I like:

  • AUs (alternate characterizations and situations; sex between alternates of one character or between different characters; alternates as catalysts for realization of desire; role reversal; darker mirror universe characters; mistaken identity, hooker/brothel a/us).
  • Alpha/Beta/Omega Universes and D/s Universes. I do like Alpha/Beta/Omega and D/s universes, if that floats your boat. For ABO, I prefer the focus on the dynamics, really, and less on the magically lubricating assholes and SEMEN SEMEN EVERYWHERE. Though if you want to give me ALL THE PORN in the ABO verse, that's cool. If th is hits your kink, I'd really like an ABO fic that explored how non-penetrative sex factors in, be it for girls or guys. Because I've never actually read an ABO fic where someone has oral sex, and that seems weird to me.
  • Aftermath: of arguments, of the apocalypse, of battles. Bullet proof kink.
  • Amnesia
  • Daemons
  • Backstory
  • Curtain Fic/Domesticity
  • Kinks: I also like vanilla sex! And cuddling. And chilling on the couch. I'm not very fond of scat, vomit play, or puppy play, but if you wanted to write about the aftermath taking care of each other portion of the kink or the negotiation of the kink, I'd be fine with those things being included. I don't want to read anyone kink-shaming in the story. It's cool if say, John Taylor thinks that scat is gross, because kinks are personal thinks, but I don't want to read 1000 words of him telling Simon LeBon that his kink is gross.
  • Sexual discovery (of one's orientation; of new kinds of pleasure; of one's partner)
  • Talking and communication issues (dirty talk or verbal seduction; ACCENTS, sweet talking; reciting poetry; talking someone to orgasm; talking during sex; pillow talk; phone sex; speech becoming broken as one is aroused or upset; being inarticulate or articulate; aphasia; talking fast; miscommunication and misunderstandings in general; lack of a shared language, keeping quiet while having sex, someone's next door and need to keep it down, being restrained only by command, etc, etc.)
  • Scars or scarification. Oh, god, so much. Especially if the other person is turned on by them and/or they come from biting. 
  • You and Me Against the World.
  • Women who are competent and love other women, either platonically or not.
  • Aliens Made Us Do It or Sex Pollen or Pon Farr.
  • Bisexuality and Poly Lifestyles.
  • People having sex with Captain America. Even if they have to cross universes/timelines to do it.
  • Relationships in all their forms: this can mean explicit porn if that's what moves you as a writer, but it can also mean chilling on the couch and watching a movie with snark and popcorn.
  • Age differences
  • Touch-starved characters
  • holiday fic (not required, but I am cool with it if you do!)
  • If you're a gen writer: I like battle aftermaths, bonding, snark, and obvious affection between characters, even if it's not sexual.


Things I don't like as much:
  • "We woke up gay" or "only gay for you." or "gay the whole time and the women i dated didn't mean anything/were just beards." Relatedly: referring to same sex relationships as "gay," especially when the character is/has the potential to be bi/pansexual.
  • OTPs that get in the way of characters moving on and having healthy adult relationships with other people.
  • The following gendered words: bitch, slut, whore (or slut-shaming in general.)
  • Slave A/Us that have abolition movements. Slave a/us are fine, but keep to the kink, please.
  • The following a/us I don't really care about: school, werewolf, regency, coffee shop. 
  • Homophobia/bi-phobia/racism/ableism in canon characters who have never before displayed it.
  • Casual Drug Use. Alcohol is fine, but I don't want to read about characters doing weed (or harder drugs) together.
  • Genderswap.
  • "Case" fic or "action" fic. I prefer characterization bits to that, to be honest. For ex, if you are writing about superheroes, I can read comics to see them beat up bad guys. It's not really what I look for in fic.
  • Fic that is obviously trying to "fix" the canon. For ex, I know that Sweet Valley is an awful place where only perfect size 6 blonde virgin heterosexual girls are allowed to be happy ... but I don't want to read 1000 words of "THIS BOOK SERIES SUCKS LET ME SHOW YOU HOW MORE PROGRESSIVE I AM THAN FRANCINE PASCAL." Good Lord, I hope you are more progressive than Francine Pascal. Otherwise, I suspect John Boehner signed up for Yuletide and that makes me sad.

 Onto the fandoms themselves:  I love EVERY SINGLE FANDOM EQUALLY. If I word vomit more about some than others, please don't take it to mean that I love one of the fandoms more than the others, because I really, really don't. I love everyone in this bar, dude.

Request 1: Duran Duran  (John Taylor)

Summary

    So I've been shipping John Taylor with everyone since I first watched the original Duran Duran Behind the Music, but I recently watched the updated Behind the Music and read his book, and wow, I ship everything even harder. I'm especially intrigued with his relationships with Nick (and the repairing that he says they had to do of their friendship in the book) and the fact that he has apparently spent many nights in the LeBon home. The original Behind the Music forever gave me the impression that there is some dislike but grudging respect of Warren on John's behalf, so I'd be up for that ship too. If you don't want to write ship fic, general 80s debauchery or dealing with the lack of 80s debauchery on the reunion tour would be fine.

If you're a shipper: John/Nick, John/Simon, John/Roger, John/Niles, and fucked up and unhealthy Warren/John (possibly with hatesex) are all things I ship. I also ship all possibly ot3/4/5 combinations of John, Nick, Simon, Roger, and Yasmin. Yasmin/Simon/John is lovely, too.  John is my favorite band member and I am just happy when he is getting laid. Alternately, I am happy when he is being thoughtful about his sobriety. Alternately, I am happy when he is being a petty asshole, because sometimes he remembers that he is a rockstar.

I like Renee, I respect Amanda, and I like Gela a lot. I really don't want to read any bashing of any of the women in of their lives (yes, that includes Amanda and Julie). Otherwise, I am a huge 80s nerd, and if you want to crossover with any bands from the period (Boy George's continual snarking on Duran and his one time neighbor in John Taylor amuses the shit out of me.) I will be okay with that. I am cool with a/us! Maybe you want to write a bookshop a/u where John and Nick are trying to steal  away the competition bookstore's manager because even as a bookstore owner, Boy George is a petty asshole! Or maybe it's a vampire a/u where Nick left John with this newly turned Warren AND NO, JOHN DOES NOT WANT TO TEACH HIM THE WAY OF BEING A VAMPIRE, SO FUCK YOU, NICK.

Things I like about John Taylor: Casually leaving Andy out of the end of his book, lol (I like Andy! But I still laughed.), the fact that he called his website "Trust The Process." The fact that he pretty much admits that his childhood left him wanting for nothing. The fact that he worked so hard for his sobriety and is still working on behalf of others trying to get sober. The fact that being a dad means a lot to him.


 Sweet Valley High - Francine Pascal   (Jeffrey French, Aaron Dallas)

Summary

    To be honest, I ship it. I ignore everything that happened after "In Love Again" in the Sweet Valley High books, except for the fact that they made Steven and Aaron gay, which I thought was awesome. But my first OTP was Aaron/Jeffrey. Maybe Aaron discovers his sexuality while he is in therapy for his anger issues, or maybe they end up going to college to play soccer together and go from roommates to more. If you want to write gen, that's cool! I also like Liz/Jeffrey or Olivia/Jeffrey.

Additional details: If I'm perfectly honest, Jeffrey French was my favorite character in the entire Sweet Valley High books. I loved him from Taking Sides to Brokenhearted. (Senior Year does not exist, and no, he was never a DJ. I live in denial!) I adored his relationships with Elizabeth, Olivia, and Aaron, and the one with Aaron always reads as pretty slashy to me. So I'd love 'ship fic between the two of them.

If you're not into that, that's awesome too. I always loved their soccer shenanigans, if you want to focus on that instead. Or their ongoing struggles with chemistry. Or maybe you want to write college shenanigans (I ignore the Sweet Valley University books, too! My denial is strong.) Or maybe you want to deal with Aaron's home and family life, because I'm pretty sure they dropped that plot like a hot potato after one book.

Notes: I am absolutely Team Elizabeth, and Jessica and Lilah are my least favorites. So feel free to include whatever book characters you like, but please don't bash Elizabeth.

 Food Allergies (Anthropomorfic)   (Gluten, Soy, Nightshade Vegetables, Dairy)

Summary

    This is my crack request! But oh, this year I have basically discovered that I am allergic to all of these things, and this requires me to be as fanatical about my food choices as I am about fandom, so it totally counts as a fandom to me! Gluten is obviously a supervillain in my mind, though tomatoes and other nightshades may be on the fence between good and evil. In fact, the others may be trying to draw Nightshades into their web. Alternately, Gluten is the Textbook Nice Guy and the others are trying to avoid him but those OT3s that they used to have with Gluten and his other Nice Guy Friend, Sandwich, are really great. Basically, as long as Gluten is the primary antagonist, I will probably chuckle gleefully and slightly bitterly over my rice crackers and fake cheese.

I don't have a lot to add to this request (which does not mean I wouldn't love a fic about this fandom just as much!) But really, this a fandom you can go absolutely wild in. Well, I will side-eye you if you try to make Gluten a SYMPATHETIC VILLAIN, because GLUTEN IS EVIL, obviously. Optional details are optional and you should feel free to write whatever you want. Hell, maybe Gluten crosses universes to fuck with everyone. That sounds like something Gluten would do, the bastard. Gluten does like to sneak in places Gluten doesn't belong (STOCK WHY WOULD GLUTEN BE IN CHICKEN STOCK) after all.


 She-Ra: Princess Of Power   (She-Ra | Princess Adora, He-Man | Prince Adam (She-Ra),  Catra (She-Ra))

Summary

    Ships I sail: Adam/Adora, Adora/Catra, Adam/Catra. Ships I don't sail: Adora/SeaHawk, Adam/Teela, Adora/Glimmer.

    Basically, Adora is my One, True Character and I would love to see her fleshed out more. For gen options, maybe have her adjusting to palace and princess life, either during vacations or after the war has been one on Etheria. For shippy options, I would be okay with either deviant twincest or conflicted enemy relationships between either Adam or Adora and Catra (or between Adam/Adora and Adora/Catra, if you want to write that.) I am really okay with gen or shippy fic in all my prompts, but especially this one.

First: Please feel free to write all the gen fic that you want for this request! I am not trying to twist your arm in order to get incest fic. I would be really interested in some of the things that the show didn't/couldn't address, especially as they relate to Adora trying to find her place. Maybe you want to redeem Catra. Maybe you want to have Adam have failed in bringing his sister over to the Side of Good, but was able to bring Catra. Maybe you want to tell the whole story from Catra's POV. Maybe you want to tell it from Swift Wind's POV - noticing the changes in his person based on when she is spending time in Eternia/with Catra/with Adam, etc.

That said, if you want to write me ship fic, I will be very happy about that, too! I am here for bitter hatesex between enemies, conflicted sex with a sister's enemy, deviant twincest, and OT3s that include all of the above.


Push (2009)  (Cassie Holmes, Nick Gant)

Summary

    So, I ship it. It hits all of my "you and me against the world" bullet proof kinks. I also just really adore the fact that Nick has a clear amount of respect for her. If you want to write shippy fic, that's awesome! Feel free to age her up to wherever you feel is appropriate, but I personally don't think that two people who are breaking every other law on the planet are going to feel obligated to make sure she is 18, which isn't even the law of consent in every country they are going to be in. If you don't want to write ship fic, that's fine! I would love an expansion of this world and want it means to have powers there. Crossovers are always good. Future fic is always good. (I'm cool if you don't want to ship them, but please don't ship them with anyone else.)

First: Please don't bash any of the other women in this movie. Don't have any of them secretly being evil or out to kill Cassie as competition for Nick's affection.

Secondly, wow, that comment about ages needs some clarifying. I really respect the fact that you may want her to be 18 if you want to write ship fic. THAT IS GREAT AND OKAY. But I have read fic where Nick spends the entire fic going on about how he can't because she isn't 18 (while she is between 16-17) and it feels like an author concern. It never feels like a genuine character concern, because they are fighting a war here, and they are doing a lot worse than having sex at 16 with an older dude. So you can make her 50 years old before anything happens if you want, just don't make it something that the characters go on and on about because THEY HAD TO WAIT !!!! (This does not mean that I want them to be fucking while she's 13, because I do not.)

 If you want to write gen fic, that's awesome! Maybe you want to explore the relationship between Cassie and her mom? Maybe you want to tell me bout Nick's mom? Maybe you want to a/u it up and make Cassie and Nick mutants in the Marvel universe and experiencing mutant oppression there? Maybe you want to deal with the ramifications of Cassie's visions getting stronger/more powerful. Maybe you just want to write fic about being holed up in a shitty hotel without a/c in the middle of summer and dear god, is it the Visions or Nick's shitty taste in television giving her a headache?

Captain America and the Falcon (2004 Comic)  (Sam Wilson (Cap and Falcon))

Summary

    SAM. SAM SAM SAM. The degree that I love Sam Wilson should really only be reserved for people who actually exist, but alas. He is pretty much the greatest, and the friendship that he and Cap share is my favorite friendship in all of comics. I do not care if you set your Sam Wilson fic in this comic or in another point in his timeline. Set it during this comic's timeline, during the time that he is babysitting his best friend's other best friend, or at some point in the future, where they all learn that Tony Stark and the Illuminati casually mind-raped Steve Rogers in New Avengers 3. Social Worker Sam is my favorite, so any references to that are also loved. Ships I sail: Sam/Sharon, Sam/Steve, Sam/Bucky, Sam/Sharon/Steve/Bucky, Sam/Leila.

Yeah, the amount of love I have for Sam Wilson is not entirely healthy. I liked this series perfectly well, but I don't actually care if your Sam Wilson story comes from this time period in canon or not. I adore him a LOT. If Steve Rogers did not exist, he would easily be my favorite character. If you want to read more of my squee/thoughts on Sam Wilson, you can browse his tag on my tumblr. I care very little when this story takes place. You can even tell me a story about Sam's childhood, if you want. A/us are great! I would prefer you ignore the pimp retcon, just as canon does. When it's referred to at all these days, "Snap" is usually referred to as being involved in racketeering, and that is 100% less awful than the stupid fucking pimp retcon.

Things I love about Sam Wilson: He's a SOCIAL WORKER. He is incredibly loyal to Steve, while being 100% capable of seeing all of Steve's flaws. He is an equal partner and friend and not a sidekick. He registered only so he could give HIS BEST FRIEND the right send off (and sure as fuck didn't put Steve back into the arctic like other ASSHOLES.)

If you want to do current canon, that is fine. Maybe show me a bit of Sam's reaction to Sharon's death, because they were very close, and Remender doesn't seem interested in telling that story. If you wanted to do something more upbeat in recent canon, Sam mentoring Rikki (NOT DEAD), Eli, or Prodigy could be amazing. Or write the A/u where Sam was a full time teacher at Avengers Academy, because if you have a group of Avengers being responsible for children, you should maybe actually include someone whose job includes dealing with them.  If you want to go with the story in the Cap and Falcon series, that's awesome! Sam went through a lot of shit in this story. Tell me how he deals.

zarabithia: (christmas: starbucks)
Yuletide Reveals have happened! Here are the fics I wrote:



That One Special Person You Want to Annoy for the Rest of Your Life (2770 words) by zarabithia
Fandom: Hawkeye (Comics), Young Avengers, Marvel 616
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Clint Barton/Kate Bishop
Characters: Kate Bishop, Clint Barton
Summary:  Clint's sure that nobody is ever going to believe that they are a married couple. Kate just needs to be clear about which one of them is changing their last name in this fake marriage (hint: it isn't her.)

Your Limbs Are Loaded Down With Rotten Fruit (2038 words) by zarabithia
Fandom: She-Ra: Princess Of Power
Rating: Explicit
Warning: Bondage, Power Dynamics, Emotional Manipulation and Coercion
Relationships: Catra/She-Ra | Princess Adora
Characters: Catra, She-Ra | Princess Adora
Summary:  Their relationship had always been a secret. That meant Catra didn't have to explain how foolish she'd been to anyone but herself.

Making the Family Skeletons Dance (1836 words) by zarabithia
Fandom: Political Animals
Rating: Mature
Warning: Non-Explicit Underage, Twincest
Relationships: Douglas Hammond/Thomas "T.J." Hammond, Douglas Hammond/Anne Ogami
Characters: Douglas Hammond, Thomas "T.J." Hammond, Anne Ogami, Elaine Barrish
Summary:  Some people think Doug is the "good" brother. But Doug knows better.
zarabithia: (stephanie: hearts)
First, make sure you read the three awesome gifts I received in Hawkeye & Elementary fandoms. Because even if they hadn't been written for me, I would have recced them.



Anne of Green Gables

What the water sprites saw (Anne Shirley/Gilbert Blythe | Teen and Up | 1708 )
Summary: It is said that if two lovers lie together by a brook such as this, their child will be beloved of the naiads and never die of drowning.
Why you should read it: One of the disappointments to me in the book series is that Anne and Gilbert's marriage seems to lack the kind of warmth and passion I always thought it should have. This fic restores those things, and does so without ever sounding out of character.

DC Related Fandoms:

If You Keep Me Next to You (Kate Kane/Renee Montoya | Teen and Up | 3392 words )
Summary: Women in uniforms were her kryptonite.
Why you should read it: The author does a really great job characterizing Kate and Renee. I feel like far too many Kate/Renee fics put all the sympathy on Renee and make Kate out to be a Big Bad Meanie, but this does well and fair by both of them.

The Story So Far (10 Years Later) (Steph/Dick, Babs/Wendy | General Audiences | 2198 words)
Summary: The batfamily is really hard to keep track of. And ten years after Stephanie Brown becomes Batgirl it's even MORE complicated. Good thing there's still someone around to draw pictures and tell the story...
Why you should read it: Awww, I am a sucker for future!fic, and this manages to incorporate Dick/Steph and Carrie. It has a lot of clever canon references. Plus Nightwing!Steph and Batgirl!Nell.

The Thrill Can Kill (Steph/Dick | Mature | 2663 words)
Summary: Steph's used to Batman suddenly appearing in her bedroom.
Why you should read it: This was written so well that it feels like it could be taken from a page of the comics. Steph's voice is particularly well done.

Vigilante, Save Thyself (Arrow | John Diggle, Oliver Queen | Gen | G | 832 words)
Summary: Nobody expects you to come back from something like that and be Little Miss Mary Sunshine, but I don't think you came back at all.
Why you should read: When I'm reading gen, I am pretty demanding in my need for it to sound like the source material, and this really does! Ollie and Dig's interaction is spot on here, and Diggle in particular is greatly portrayed.

Wibbly Wobbly Universe (Batgirl & the Doctor #1)  (Batgirl/Doctor Who Crossover | Steph, Eleven, Dick, Bruce | Gen | 2342 words)
Summary:“You not existing is a major screw-up on the part of the universe, Stephanie Brown,” the Doctor says.
Why you should read: I am ... really hesitant in reading DCU fic these days, BUT OH MY GOD. This takes place in the DCnU, and explains Steph's absence very well. It tugged on my heart in all the right ways.


Elementary:

The Case of the Amazon Wishlist  (Elementary | Joan & Sherlock | Gen | 554 words)
Summary: Holmes sets out to discover what will best irritate his father; Watson helps.
why you should read it: The summary says it all. This is a fun, clever story that captures their voices well, is humorous, and shows that Joan Watson is badass.


Marvel Related Fandoms

Action Hero Figures and Ham Sandwiches (Peter Parker/Flash Thompson | General Audiences | 2509 words)
Summary:When Peter and Flash met, they almost bonded. Until the moment Flash said something stupid.
Why you should read it: This does a great job of making a friendship (and more) a likely and believable premise.

An April Girl (Kate/Cassie | General Audiences | 5813 words)
Summary: Kate takes twenty four hours away from Hawkeye & Hawkeye for reasons.
Why you should read it: Welp, this made me cry. It fits Cassie's death into current Hawkeye canon perfectly.

Being Open  (Marvel 616 | Steve Rogers/Carol Danvers | Explicit | 1349 words)
Summary: Carol only has one true love but Steve is more accepting than she thought he'd be.
Why you should read it: Steve/Carol being friends with benefits! "She felt her mouth starting to break into a smile. "It's not a series of affairs, Captain. One long affair with the wide-blue sky; we just invite in other partners occasionally." In which Steve is not stupid and Carol gets great sex because of it.


RPF

a spring fling (Chris Evans/Scarlett Johansson, casual guest appearances by everyone involved in making Captain America 2 & Thor | Mature | 5707 words)
Summary: New York City, where every weekend is marathons of Halo and the coming of the Thor baby.
Why you should read it: You should read this because it is hilarious. Also, because these people feel real and are totally the people you want to live with and have intense bad decisions with.
zarabithia: (christmas: starbucks)
Hey, I received these three Yuletide gifts. Let me tell you that they are all GREAT, and you should read all of them.

I'm Only Gay For Captain America (2720 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Hawkeye (Comics)
Rating: General Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Clint Barton/Kate Bishop
Characters: Clint Barton, Kate Bishop, Lucky (Hawkeye)
Summary: Five reasons that Clint Barton can't date Kate Bishop that are completely and utterly false and one reason that's sorta true but that maybe doesn't matter.

Why you should read it: This is great because the author captures so much of the banter between Clint & Kate, and there's bonus broships with the Avengers and the Young Avengers.

let yourself be found (3365 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Elementary (TV)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Sherlock Holmes & Joan Watson
Characters: Joan Watson (Elementary), Sherlock Holmes
Summary: Learning to live with Sherlock Holmes is a trial-and-error process.

Why you should read it: This does a wonderful job of characterizing both Joan and Sherlock, and shows their friendship in all of it's glory. It's a bit of a struggle to get there, but both of them are better for it, and this fic shows that so well.

Practice Makes Perfect (1559 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Hawkeye (Comics)
Rating: Mature
Warning: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Clint Barton/Kate Bishop
Characters: Clint Barton, Kate Bishop
Summary: Clint worries about consequences. Kate's still grieving for her best friend. They manage anyway.

Why you should read it: This fic deals both with the blossoming relationship between Kate and Clint, and Kate's grief over Cassie. It balances both of those things very well, and by the end of the fic, you're certain that Kate is better for having Clint in her life, even if he can't quite see that yet.
zarabithia: (christmas: starbucks)
Dear Incredible People Who Wrote Me Yuletide Fic,

I can see that I have 3 fics waiting for me, which is kind of majorly incredible? Wow and thank you, dear writers.

This post is here to let you know (in case you are stalking!) that I am going to bed and will likely be away from the keyboard until Christmas night (about 5-6 p.m. EST) due to familial obligations.

So I look forward to reading the fics you wrote me! This is just here to let you know I'm not growling in bitter silence or anything.

I'm just drinking eggnog and mocking siblings. :)

- Love,
Zarabithia.

OH MY GOD

Nov. 2nd, 2012 04:25 pm
zarabithia: (pride: queer legs)

Yuletide assignments have gone out.

*takes deep breath.*

MY ASSIGNMENT IS PERFECT! Dear recipient, I love you a lot. Also, you have awesome and excellent taste.

Poor person who got me for Yuletide: I hope you are at least a fraction as happy as I am right now. :)

zarabithia: (pepper potts)
So, this is a combined 3_ships and Yuletide Letter, because much of the information is the same.

So, whether you are my 3 Ships Sailor or my Yuletide Writer, Hello! Thank you for writing me a fic about my favorite characters! Feel free to check out my five acts post or other dear challenge writer letters if you need more of my ramblings.

First up, general information! Likes/Dislikes/Squicks )

And now for Yuletide:

It should go without saying: I love all of these fandoms equally, and I will be equally thrilled to receive any of them. I may ramble more about some than others, but that doesn't mean I love any of them more than others. Also, I am a very FIRM believer in Optional Details are Optional, so feel free to ignore!

About the fandoms and requests )

Well, that was long! Now on to 3 ships!

So! Let me just say that I suck at the requested story element. Feel free to ignore it. ALSO, just as above, I adore all of these fandoms and ships equally, so if I ramble more about one than the other, that's not because I don't adore them.

Ramblings About Ships and Fandoms )
zarabithia: (young avengers kick ass team)
Yuletide Nominations have started!: Yuletide is a fandom fic exchange for rare and small fandoms. You don't have to nominate to participate, but if there's a tiny fandom of your heart, you should totally go play.

3 ships has also started! I Saw Three Ships is for any fandom, but the large fandoms are: Avengers Movieverse, Chuck, Community, Criminal Minds, Doctor Who, Elementary, Harry Potter, Haven, Hockey RPF, Homestuck, Leverage, NCIS, Once Upon a Time, Star Trek 2009, Sherlock BBC, and X-Men Movieverse. In past years, I've written the big fandoms, but I've also written/requested smaller fandoms like DC Comics. You can request any threesome you want, but if you offer a fandom, you have to be willing to write any threesome they toss at you.

These are awesome things and you should totally play.
zarabithia: (holiday: christmas: diana yuletide)
Happy Day After Yuletide Opening/Early New Years!

So I was spoiled for Yuletide and received two very wonderful presents:

Christmastime in the City (596 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Captain America (2011)
Rating: General Audiences
Warning: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: James "Bucky" Barnes/Steve Rogers
Characters: James "Bucky" Barnes, Steve Rogers
Summary: Bucky and Steve on the streets of New York, Christmas 1940.

STEVE. BUCKY. STEVE/BUCKY. The way the writer captured the feel of the period and the special push/pull of Steve/Bucky in the movie verse is perfect. It's such a warm, fun story and I adore it to pieces.

Welcome Home (1264 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Young Avengers
Rating: General Audiences
Warning: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings, No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Kate Bishop/Cassie Lang
Characters: Scott Lang, Cassie Lang, Kate Bishop, Clint Barton
Summary: In the aftermath of Scott's return, he and Cassie deal with the fallout. With a little help from their friends.

SOMEONE WHO ISN'T ME WROTE SCOTT FIC. :) :) :) AND CASSIE FIC. And it's a Yuletide Fic without a hint of Billy/Teddy! (I am beginning to think the predictions are true and that the world is going to end in 2012. :) ) But in seriousness, the voices in this fic make me happy. Scott is his lovable dork self, Clint is going to help you out even if it gets himself arrested, Kate is a wonderful anchor to the people she loves and Cassie continues to do the struggling to grow up that makes her a delight to read about. I <3 everyone in this story, as I should in a well-written Avengers story.

ALSO.

Annual Yuletide Game time:

I wrote 5 stories for Yuletide this year. If you can guess them, you win a ficlet/drabble of your choice. I would say that two of them are obviously mine, two of them less so, and one I doubt anyone will guess.

Comments are screened in case you want to guess!  
zarabithia: (tim sad)
Holiday season so far:

1. Finish [livejournal.com profile] yuletide seven full days ahead of time. Fuck yeah, totally excited, make a list of fics to write treats to.

2. Give self second degree burns trying to cook holiday cookies.

3. Discover it's hard to type with one hand.
zarabithia: (batwoman: kate)
A. HI, FLIST! My Yuletide fic is going to be finished by Wednesday-ish, and I am going to need a beta. I can't reveal the fandom (you can PM me if you need to know before signing on to beta) but will reveal it is m/m slash. It's PG-13 and doesn't have any real kinks or triggers. 

Comment or PM me if you are up for beta duties?

B. via [livejournal.com profile] fannish5: 5 fandom-related things you are thankful for.

Cut because I am wordy )
zarabithia: (Default)
Things that are happy making:


  • My yuletide assignment is awesome. Seriously, I got a fandom I love, a recipient who loves the same things I do, and pairings that I can write. All is awesome.  :)

  • There are so MANY treats I want to write from this post. My first priority is my original recipient, of course, but after that, if I have time, I plan to go to town on that list. So many fantastic fandoms and pairings that I adore. (FYI, flist, you don't have to be a participant in Yuletide to write treats! All you need is an AO3 account.)  

  • The flu that I've had for two weeks is down to just a runny nose and earache. I will be able to eat on Thanksgiving! Horray. (Southern mama cooking - nothing better. Well,except for those nasty sweet potatoes.)

  • I got an early birthday cake, made entirely of brownies. :) Tasty. Actual "Cake" will be blueberry pie, which is my favorite.

  • I remain delighted that Young Justice fandom adores Barry Allen so much. It's so refreshing from the silly hate that comics fandom gives him. Speaking of, you should totally be reading Flash, if you aren't, because it, along with Batwoman, are perfect. Flash fact.

  • Speaking of perfect, I have a new fandom! Once Upon a Time is full of strong women being wonderful. There is room for het and femslash couplings galore (you might be able to squeeze a slash couple out of it, somehow. The princes seemed pretty close, tbh.) Moreover, the women are different from each other. Will be writing fic for it, asap.

     









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zarabithia: (holidays: christmas : gifts under tree)
Dear Yuletide Writer,

Hi! Thanks for writing me a story! First, I apologize for the length of this letter. I am a wordy woman. I hope it is helpful. If not, optional details are optional!  If you want to get to know me better and don't want to wander through 6  years of journal entries, you can check out my previous Dear Writer letters or My Tumblr.

Cut to spare the flist )
zarabithia: (sam is love)
Yeah, the reveal was a few days ago. Some of us are behind! :P

In this post: Stuff I wrote for Yuletide:

Just Like Taffy (1997 words)
Fandom: Captain America, Marvel 616
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Characters: Sam Wilson, James "Bucky" Barnes, Steve Rogers (gen)
Summary:  Being Captain America's friend has never been particularly easy on Sam.

Creative Enough (552 words)
Fandom: Sky High (2005)
Rating: Mature
Relationships: Warren Peace/Will Stronghold/Layla Williams
Summary: It took some work, but Layla and her boys were nothing, if not flexible.

The Trial of Snow White (2580 words)
Fandom: Disney Princesses Superheroes - kruegan
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Relationships: Cinderella/Snow White, Ariel/Prince Eric
Characters: Merryweather, Flora, Fauna, Cinderella, Snow White, Ariel, Tiana, Aurora, Belle, Mulan, Jasmine
Summary: The Council of Extraordinary Noblewomen for Justice must decide Snow White's fate after she becomes a vampire.

Play On (1384 words)
Fandom: Country Music RPF
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Characters: Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift (gen)
Summary: The great zombie apocalypse hit twelve months ago. Carrie and Taylor are still fighting the good fight.






This entry was also posted on Dreamwidth. Comments are welcome on both sites.
zarabithia: (holiday8: yuletide)

Dear Yuletide Writer:

Cut To Spare Flist )










This entry was also posted @DW here. I welcome comments anywhere you feel comfortable leaving them.
zarabithia: (avengers)
So,  how fucking awesome does Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes continue to be? Spoilery Thoughts on Living Legend.  )

Other things:

~Still working on the drabble requests. I am... 30 down, at least 16 left to go. Sorry, real life and other concerns have been distracting.

~Also, I am being tempted/distracted by the prompts at [livejournal.com profile] rarecomicskink. Mmm, so much lovely, so little time to write!

~And finally, I am kind of embarrassed about how easy my [community profile] 3_ships assignment is. Of the 4 possibilities, I could easily write three of them. The hardest part will be picking one! I hope my Yuletide is this easy. :)

~It does make me feel bad, though, because you know whoever got me is looking at my crack ships and going "...WTF is wrong with this person?" LOL. Sorry, [community profile] 3_ships person! I don't like normal ships. :/ And I will write you a "Dear Author" letter as soon, promise. I don't guarantee it will help any with my crack requests, but...maybe? :)





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zarabithia: (holiday8: yuletide)
It was a pleasure to write each one of these stories, and I thank the participants for their lovely prompts. I think this Yuletide was the Yuletide where I stretched myself the most, writing pairings (such as Steve/Sharon + Billy/Teddy), fandoms (such as Anthropomorphic Web 2.0) and concepts (such as gay!Walter) that are beyond my typical M.O.  But that made Yuletide a lot of fun (if extra nerve-wracking!) and I can't wait to rinse and repeat next year. ;)  

Comics:

And We Had to Shoot It to Pieces | Rated: Teens  
(Young Avengers: Ensemble)
Warnings: References to Kate's sexual assault.
Five essays that weren't written by the Young Avengers and one that was.

Awake | Rated: Teens
(Captain America: Sharon Carter/Steve Rogers)
Warnings: references to miscarriage.
When Steve comes back, there is one loss Steve and Sharon don't discuss.

Not Comics:

Full of Yearning and Need | Rated: Teens  
(Anne of Green Gables Verse: Walter Blythe, with canon ships mentioned.)
Walter has always loved Una. But he isn't sure he loves her the right way

Soldier On | Rated: Mature
(Fairy Tales: Little Red Riding Hood/Rapunzel)
Red's cloak didn't always used to be red, and Rapunzel's hair wasn't always so short.

The Magical Healing Power of Threesomes | Rated: Explicit
(Anthropomorphic Web 2.0 (Dreamwidth): LJ/Fandom/Dreamwidth)
Warnings: Pegging, Threesomes, Bondage
The romantic adventures of Fandom, LJ, and Dreamwidth, as told to Fandom's BFFs, Porn and Meta.

Ever The Right To Spring | Rated: Mature
(Fairy Tales: Little Red Riding Hood)
Warnings: Prostitution & Suicide & Character Death. Pretty grim story. Frank Miller would shake my hand!
The forest sees all seasons of Little Red Riding Hood's life.
zarabithia: (holiday 5: sugarplums)
Guys, I got *five* Yuletide stories this year. I have no idea what I've done this year to deserve such a wonderful bounty of treats, but wow, I love Yuletide. Thank you so much, all my writers.  They are listed in the order that I received notifications, because I love each of them equally and joyfully and with my whole heart.

Redemption Found | Captain America (Steve/Bucky)
Summary: Takes place after Captain America Reborn #5. | Steve Rogers & Bucky Barnes are reunited for the first time since Steve's supposed "death" - and there are a great many things from their past that they must deal with now. It turns out Steve isn't the only one in need of a savior.
Oh, how I loved this story. It's so rich and complex in its storytelling, and it just cuts to the core of how much Steve and Bucky, despite all the other people they love dearly, really do love and depend on each other's well-being for their own happiness. The characterizations are lovely and the actions very believable. Plus, sparring. ;)

One Hit Too Many | Goodbye Earl (song)
Summary: Mary Anne gets a devastating phone call that will change her life, and that of her best friend, forever.
I love the threads plucked from the song, and what a complex finished product it was woven into, that gives these people such better definition than a 3-4 minute song could do. The author fleshed out their life in that little, small town and made Earl seem like a real, flesh and blood bastard, instead of the kind of cartoony villain that he is in the song/video.

My Unintended | Captain America (Steve/Bucky)
Summary:  Of Zombies and Love.
Steve/Bucky + Zombie Apocalypse=win. No one ever thinks to give Zombies for Yuletide, and that's a shame. Because this worked so well! It's a lovely mixture of silly (ZOMBIES) and gut-punching angst. Bucky is so strong and awesome in this story and Steve is heartbreaking. Also, there are Zombies. ;)

Of Our Own Making | Goodbye Earl
Summary: a snapshot of life, post-Earl
Oh, what a lovely, hopeful little look at their life, post-Earl! It just paints such a gorgeous picture of their own brand of domesticity. | Wanda will laugh, bright and clear, and bend down to gather the strays. | I liked that line best, and how it shows that the girls have moved on and they are so happy. Earl is definitely a "missing person nobody missed at all," indeed! *glee.*

The Little Things | Captain America (Steve, Bucky)
Summary: Steve and Bucky after a battle in WWII.
Oh, how I liked this! I have a deep love of Steve and Bucky as *soldiers* and I think the author did a great job with that. It shows a realistically depressing part of war, burying soldiers. Bucky's characterization was fabulous, too. That young, snarking sidekick with an attitude that life's experiences (even war) haven't yet taken away from him.

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The fact that my Yuletide fics include two Steve/Bucky fics, one kickass World War II gen Steve+Bucky and two Femslash Interpretations of a country song is just more awesome than I have intelligence enough to express. Rock on, Yuletide.

I haven't had time to go through the entire archive yet (or even all of the comics stories), but of the ones that I have had time to explore, here are my additional recs:

Alias/Captain America, A Knight's Tale, Cable and Deadpool, and Young Avengers )

zarabithia: (holiday8: yuletide)

1. [livejournal.com profile] yuletide is finished! It's off to my beta. I have no idea if it's what my recipient wanted (*fingers crossed*) and is probably the most obviously written by me fic in the history of ever. But it's done, until [livejournal.com profile] cero_ate takes a nice red pen to it! Final word count: 3258.

2.  Celebration Memes!

A. I think I want a holiday meme! Give me a character/pairing from any of the fandoms you know I write + a holiday song lyric and I will write you a drabble based on it.

OR, if the holidays aren't your thing, this meme ganked from flist:

B. choose three of my icons, and I will:

a) write a drabble for them, or
b) write some sort of meta for them of at least 100 words, or
c) post music/poem/quote that thematically fits in with the icon and babble about why, or
d) post a detailed synopsis of the epic story I could imagine writing based on them

OR, also ganked from flist:

C. Comment with a fandom, character, pairing, or crossover event and I'll respond with a title, summary, (and possibly an excerpt) for the Bad Romance Novel inspired by it.

Pick 1, Pick 2, Pick 3 - up to you.

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