mayhap: straw goat drinking coffee with text yule goat (yule goat)
This year I wrote Ea-Nasir Tablet RPF for [personal profile] jjhunter for Yuletide:

Say to Them (2604 words) by mayhap
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Ea-nasir Tablet RPF
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Ea-Nasir, Nanni, Original Characters
Additional Tags: Correspondence, Legal Documents, 5 Things
Summary:

Five undiscovered texts pertaining to the life of Ea-Nasir.



You may have heard of the Ea-Nasir tablet, which went a bit viral on reddit, tumblr, etc, a while back. It's instantly relatable: the ur-customer service complaint, if you will.

At one point while I was working on this story I joked that I was living the classic stress dream wherein you realize that you have a final research paper due in a class that you have never attended. That was basically how I ended up approaching it—as I was looking up stuff about the world of Ea-Nasir, I kept coming across great stuff that I wanted to work into my story somehow, which in turn led me to look up other things, and so on. Pretty early on I settled on doing a 5 Things fic, with five different scribes and five different texts, with Ea-Nasir's direct response to Nanni's tablet at the center, and at the last minute I went through and annotated a bunch of things for the edification and enjoyment of my readers.

Incidentally, [livejournal.com profile] coercedbynutmeg, the entrepôt where Ea-Nasir acquired the copper that Nanni wrote him an angry letter about was none other than Bahrain.
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I am the luckiest Yuletider in the world! I got this long, perfect sequel to a book that is as obscure as it is beloved by me:

A House For Me (12120 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Woman in the Wall - Patrice Kindl
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Anna Newland/F | Francis Albright
Additional Tags: Post-Canon, Growing Up, Chicago (City), romance between stepsiblings
Summary:

How Anna Newland made herself at home in Chicago.


And this delightful treat about my favorite baseball players:

Life On Line (1082 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Baseball RPF
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Lorenzo Cain & Salvador Pérez
Characters: Lorenzo Cain, Salvador Pérez
Summary:

Salvy visits Lolo in the off-season. Lorenzo wishes he'd stop calling him that.


I just realized, reading both stories together, that the common thread running through all three of my requests was people being pushed outside of their comfort zones in various ways.
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Dear Yuletide author,

I am so excited that we matched on one of these fandoms and I can’t wait to read whatever you write this Yuletide!

I enjoy a wide variety of stories, all year round but especially at Yuletide. I like short, punchy stories and longer, plottier stories, explicitly porny and/or kinky stories and coy stories that are all about the teasing and the implications, stories with some kind of meta angle to them and stories that engage with the source material 100% on its own level, stories with unusual pairings and stories that are strictly canon pairings only, if applicable.

Baseball RPF
Lorenzo Cain, Salvador Pérez

I love the close relationships among all the various Royals players, but the single most entertaining one for me would have to be the ongoing bromantic comedy starring Salvy and his beloved hermanito Lolo, now showing at an Instagram near you. I definitely ship it, but I would also adore a story about them as teammates. I love all the horseplay, the giggling, the amazing locker room music choices. I love the way Salvy gets hearts in his eyes and LoCain struggles to maintain a straight face as he tries to fend off the camera.

I also just love baseball and everything about it, so any and all baseball-specific stuff in a story would totally thrill me. I really enjoy RPF that incorporates various real life references along with the stuff that didn’t happen and is totally fictional and would prefer not to receive the sort AU where they are something other than baseball players.

The Professor - Charlotte Brontë
William Crimsworth, Frances Evans Henri, Hunsden Yorke Hunsden

I am fascinated the role that Hunsden Yorke Hunsden plays in this story, which is one of the things that makes it so different from Villette. From the beginning he alternates between needling William and performing these extremely thoughtful favors for him, although it's not always easy for him to get under William's skin since William perversely enjoys some of his bluntness. He brings out such an interesting side of Frances when he meets her, too -- I love that promptly she gets into three arguments with him in a row, and the third time she doesn't even believe in the argument she's making; she just wants to fight with him!

I'm particularly interested in a story set when William and Frances are living in England and Hunsden is their neighbor. I love how he has apparently latched onto their family in lieu of starting their own, especially the way he seems to practically be a coparent to Victor. I would love more about their daily life as it's sketched all too briefly in that last chapter, or a story about something that happens as Victor gets older and goes to school, as William worries about.

I would also love threesome fic! William would be almost hopelessly scandalized by the prospect, I think, and probably Frances too, but then with the dynamic both she and Hunsden have with William where they love to tease him I can imagine it working out somehow. I do love stories where characters fumble their way into unusual relationships or sexual practices without quite knowing what they're doing or having the usual vocabulary to talk about it, which is sort of what I would picture. But I also absolutely love them the way they already are together, so it is totally up to you.

The Woman in the Wall - Patrice Kindl
Anna Newland, Francis Albright

I'm especially interested in futurefic exploring how Anna interacts with the outside world, set any time after the events of the book. I love her highly distinctive perspective and her willingness to explore unfamiliar and intimidating things but also judge them. I'd be curious to see her navigating any or all of: a new home, the city of Chicago, the late 90s internet, and of course her new blended family. I don't have a strong preference for whether you get or keep Anna and Francis together, but I do find it fascinating that the first person Anna gets to know who is outside of her immediate family, which is such a huge step for her, ends up being brought into her immediate family after all, and how, if at all, she would explain the complexities of that relationship to outsiders.

Most of all I just love this very peculiar book, with its very implausible premise worked out in such extensive detail, and I'm interested in whatever story it should happen to inspire you to write.

I am [archiveofourown.org profile] mayhap on AO3 and [personal profile] mayhap on DW crossposted to [livejournal.com profile] mayhap on LJ for stalking purposes. Happy Yuletide!
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An Ass's Headgear (1335 words) by mayhap
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Inspector Alleyn Mysteries - Ngaio Marsh
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Roderick Alleyn
Additional Tags: Stealth Crossover, Humor, Backstory
Summary:

Police Constable Alleyn runs into difficulties on Boat Race Night.



This was my main assignment! It may be the least stealthy crossover with the Stealth Crossover tag, but I really enjoyed writing it and I'm so glad that people enjoyed reading it.

The Artist's Model (2475 words) by mayhap
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Jack and Jill - Louisa May Alcott
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: Underage
Relationships: Jack Minot/Ralph Evans
Characters: Jack Minot, Ralph Evans
Additional Tags: Hand Jobs, Frottage, Yuleporn, Yuletide Treat, Age Difference
Summary:

Jack is always eager to lend a friend a hand any way he can.



I also wrote a treat, because I could not resist the siren song of debauching extremely wholesome children's literature! Jack and Jill is more of a deep cut from Louisa May Alcott's œuvre, but I loved it when I was a kid and I thought it held up well on reread, too.

Also I can now thank [archiveofourown.org profile] mattador by name for writing for me!
mayhap: (Socrates/Alcibiades)
I got Socrates/Alcibiades fic this year and it just nails the dynamic I love:

Xafniká (1140 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Classical Greece and Rome History & Literature RPF
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Alcibiades/Socrates
Characters: Socrates (c. 469-399 BC), Alcibiades (c. 450-404 BC)
Summary:

Alcibiades reflects on the object of his affections, and resolves on a course of action.



I just checked and I've been requesting Socrates/Alcibiades since 2009 and this is the first year anyone's officially taken me up on it! I'm glad that I persisted.

Downloading approximately a zillion other things to read now.
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Dear Yuletide author,

I am so excited that we matched on one of these fandoms! Getting a fic written in any one of them will absolutely make my Yuletide, and I can't wait to read whatever you come up with.

I've attempted to write prompts that are somewhat specific without being too restrictive. My hope is that something will inspire you, and that could be one small detail that moves you in a direction I haven't even thought of. If the fandom and characters are all the inspiration you need, then by all means, go for it!

I enjoy a wide variety of stories, all year round but especially at Yuletide. I like short, punchy stories and longer, plottier stories, explicitly porny and/or kinky stories and coy stories that are all about the teasing and the implications, stories with some kind of meta angle to them and stories that engage with the source material 100% on its own level, stories with pairings that might be very unusual and stories that stick strictly to canon pairings, if applicable. One thing that I always enjoy is stories that are written in a very particular style or manner, like a set of letters or a faux-academic paper or something; if you have any ideas along those lines, feel free to pursue them!

Dialogues — Plato
Socrates, Alcibiades

I ship it. If Plato didn't want me to ship it, he shouldn't have made the sexual tension between Socrates and Alcibiades so compelling! I would love a story where Alcibiades DOES manage to seduce Socrates—maybe he turns Socrates' philosophical arguments against him, or maybe he fails but Socrates finds himself tempted for the first time because Alcibiades is trying to attract him with philosophy. I love the whole thing where the conventional ideas about what is attractive are upended and Socrates is a sex god and Alcibiades is desperate for his attentions. If you'd rather continue the dynamic of unrequited desire, I would also be totally into that!

Since Plato was basically writing RPF and it was definitely shaped by his own ideas, I definitely feel like you could do something that plays with the idea that Plato had it wrong and something else really happened between them. On the other hand, I love the way he characterizes Socrates and Alcibiades in the Symposium even if it may be completely his own invention.

Green Sky Trilogy — Zilpha Keatley Snyder
Pomma D'ok, Teera Eld

I love the worldbuilding in these books, especially the cross-cultural friendship and partnership between Pomma and Teera. I love the radical utopianism of the Kindar but also how much they struggled with accepting the true nature of the Erdlings and integrating them into a new unified society. I'd really like to read a story about them growing up together as the Kindar and the Erdlings adjust to each other and return of spirit-powers, with as broad or as narrow a scope as you would like to imagine.

I think Pomma/Teera would be an adorable pairing and that you could also do incredibly fun setting-specific things with it—trying to keep your crush a secret from someone you can pense with? Gruntspreking to give you and your partner some privacy or engage in some bondage? Kiniporting sex toys, even? Not to mention differences in ideas about romantic relationships, which we see in the books as well, even though only heterosexual relationships are mentioned. But it's also absolutely fine with me if you'd rather pair them off with other people or with no one; I wouldn't feel like you were breaking up my pairing or anything.

The Professor — Charlotte Brontë
William Crimsworth, Hunsden Yorke Hunsden, Frances Evans Henri

I am fascinated by Hunsden Yorke Hunsden. From the beginning he alternates between needling William and performing these extremely thoughtful favors for him, although it's not always easy for him to get under William's skin since William perversely enjoys some of his bluntness. He brings out such an interesting side of Frances when he meets her, too -- I love that promptly she gets into three arguments with him in a row, and the third time she doesn't even believe in the argument she's making; she just wants to fight with him!

I'm particularly interested in a story set when William and Frances are living in England and Hunsden is their neighbor. I love how he has apparently latched onto their family in lieu of starting their own, especially the way he seems to practically be a coparent to Victor. I would love more about their daily life as it's sketched in that last chapter, or a story about something that happens as Victor gets older and goes to school, as William is worrying about.

I would also love threesome fic! William would be almost hopelessly scandalized by the prospect, I think, and probably Frances too, but then with the dynamic both she and Hunsden have with William where they love to tease him I can just imagine it working somehow. I do love stories where characters fumble their way into unusual relationships or sexual practices without quite knowing what they're doing or having the usual vocabulary to talk about it, which is sort of what I would picture. But they are already totally my OT3 exactly the way they are in canon and I will also be completely happy if you don't take it any farther than that.

The Woman in the Wall — Patrice Kindl
Anna Newland, Francis Albright

I'm especially interested in futurefic exploring how Anna interacts with the outside world, set any time after the events of the book. I love her highly distinctive perspective and her willingness to explore unfamiliar and intimidating things but also judge them. I'd be curious to see her navigating any or all of: a new home, the city of Chicago, the late 90s internet, and of course her new blended family. I don't have a strong preference for whether you get or keep Anna and Francis together, but I do find it fascinating that the first person Anna gets to know who is outside of her immediate family, which is such a huge step for her, ends up being brought into her immediate family after all, and how, if at all, she would explain the complexities of that relationship to outsiders.

Most of all I just love this very peculiar book, with its very cracky premise worked out in such detail, and I'm interested in whatever story it should happen to inspire you to write.

For stalking purposes, I am [personal profile] mayhap on Dreamwidth, crossposted to [livejournal.com profile] mayhap on Livejournal, and [archiveofourown.org profile] mayhap on AO3; on tumblr I am [tumblr.com profile] pinchofnutmeg, because mayhap was taken, and also I mostly post ancient and medieval art there anyway. Feel free to take a gander at these tags ("dear author" and "yuletide") for stuff from Yuletides past if you so desire. Happy Yuletide!
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So it turned out that what I really wanted to write for Yuletide this year was explicit kinky f/f for extremely innocent childhood books. It's slightly specific.

Mary Anne Takes Charge (3816 words) by mayhap
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Baby-Sitters Club - Ann M. Martin
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Mary Anne Spier/Kristy Thomas
Characters: Mary Anne Spier, Kristy Thomas
Additional Tags: Consensual Kink, Light Dom/sub, Obedience, Foot Massage, Oral Sex, Sex Toys, Yuleporn
Summary: Kristy and I have an arrangement.

This was my main assignment. [personal profile] something_ignites left a nicely open "Any" prompt for the BSC which came in porn and non-porn versions, the former of which was "I am really excited to see what people come up with when I prompt them to write the filthiest dirtiest BSC fanfic they can think of that they'd still personally find sexy." I totally loved responding this prompt, although I don't know how it worked for [personal profile] something_ignites since I haven't had a response from them yet. I'm a huge multishipper in fandom, but Kristy/Mary Anne is definitely my original and truest of BSC OTPs.

Fruit of Nights and Flower of Days (1661 words) by mayhap
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm - Kate Douglas Wiggin
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Emma Jane Perkins/Rebecca Rowena Randall
Characters: Rebecca Rowena Randall, Emma Jane Perkins
Additional Tags: Sexual Roleplay, Bondage, Marking, Established Relationship, Yuletide Treat, Yuleporn
Summary: Rebecca never stopped “acting out” stories with Emma Jane, but she has relocated them to their bedroom.

I wrote this treat for [personal profile] alixtii because I desperately wanted it to exist and there were no takers the last two years running, so I figured that this year I would just write it myself.

It turns out that not a lot of people seem to know Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm? This surprises me, since it's basically the American Anne of Green Gables—or rather, to be honest, Anne is the Canadian Rebecca, although there are a lot more/better Anne sequels, which might have something to do with it. Still, I'm very pleased with it.
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My Yuletide gifts are completely amazing and everyone should read them and shower them with love.

Trixie Belden and the Sorrowful Sisters (9515 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 4/4
Fandom: The Trixie Belden Mysteries - Julie Campbell Tatham & Kathryn Kenny
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Trixie Belden, Honey Wheeler
Additional Tags: Mystery, buried treasure, Wait for it, Setting: Pre-1960
Summary:

Trixie and Honey discover a mysterious message in the woods, referring to estranged sisters and a 'treasure' waiting for one of them. But all may not be as it seems... (This story intended to be accessible to readers new to the canon.)

Someone wrote me 10k of shippy Trixie Belden casefic! The best thing about it is that it is absolutely written in the style of the books, including all the information you need to read it if you haven't ever read the Trixie Belden books, but you do like vintage juvenile mystery series and best friends who are opposites.


Frog And Toad Write Fic (1113 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Frog and Toad - Arnold Lobel
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Toad (Frog and Toad), Frog (Frog and Toad)
Additional Tags: Characters Writing Fanfiction, Yuletide Is Awesome
Summary:

Frog and Toad do almost everything together, so why not Yuletide too?

It's Yuletide meta fic! Very meta, since Frog and Toad wrote this treat together while they were waiting for the archive to open, which was extremely thoughtful of them. ;)


Frog and Toad Forever (1148 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 4/4
Fandom: Frog and Toad - Arnold Lobel
Rating: Mature
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Frog/Toad
Characters: Frog (Frog and Toad), Toad (Frog and Toad)
Additional Tags: Non-Explicit Sex, negotiation, Begging, Easy Reader Diction, Friends to Lovers
Summary:

Or, Frog and Toad are Friends with Benefits.

This is an absolutely pitch-perfect mimicry of the Frog and Toad books that also includes anatomically-correct frog foreplay and frog sex. Honestly, I think that you need to read it to believe it And you should definitely read it, because it is amazing.


Fair Trade (100 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Trixie Belden Mysteries - Julie Campbell Tatham & Kathryn Kenny
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Trixie Belden, Honey Wheeler
Additional Tags: yumadrin, Drabble
And one perfect drabble in the Madness collection!


I haven't gotten to many stories that aren't mine just yet, but the ones I have read so far have been amazing.
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Dear Yuletide author,

I am so excited that you share one of these fandoms with me! I am really looking forward to reading whatever you write for me in whichever of them it is!

I enjoy a wide range of things—short, punchy stories and longer plottier stories, explicitly porny and/or kinky stories and coy stories that are all about the teasing and the implications, stories with some kind of meta angle to them and stories that engage with the source material 100% on their own level. One thing I always enjoy is stories that are written in a very particular style or manner, like a set of letters or a faux-academic paper or something; if that sort of thing appeals to you, go wild!

I apologize in advance if my gen prompts are not very detailed, varied, or inspiring. This in no way reflects a desire not to receive gen (or canon relationships only, as applicable), which is something that I would absolutely be interested in reading for any of these sets of characters. It is purely a function of me being terrible at writing gen prompts.

The Bugle
Andy Zaltzman, John Oliver

It's not that The Bugle doesn't have a fandom—The Bugle fandom is pretty amazing!—but it does not, for the most part, write fic. One of my favorite things about The Bugle is the 'bullshit', i.e. the wildly counterfactual world that John and Andy (but let's be realistic, mostly Andy) narrate and/or act out in skits. I would totally love what is basically Bugle worldbuilding fic, based on anything that's ever been referenced on the show, a combination of multiple Bugle references, or completely original things in the Bugle house style. My other favorite thing about The Bugle is John and Andy's working relationship, especially when one of them manages to make the other start laughing uncontrollably during the podcast, and if you would rather write something that is set in something more closely approximating the real world, I would love to read gen or shippy fic about John and Andy working together and doing Bugle-y things. If you want to use the Bugle house style to do fandom or Yuletide meta somehow, those are things I always enjoy and think the Bugle format would lend itself to, or you could do any of many things that I haven't even thought of.

Dialogues — Plato
Socrates, Alcibiades

If Plato didn't want me to ship Socrates carnally, he shouldn't have given him such sizzling sexual tension with Alcibiades! Also with pretty much everyone present at the symposium, but especially with Alcibiades. I love the teasing and the reversal of the expected roles for the pursued and the pursuing. Although I desperately crave a physical consummation of their relationship, no matter how much it runs contrary to everything Plato stood for, you could absolutely also write something that continues the dynamic of Alcibiades pursuing and Socrates making him frantic with his refusal to reciprocate. Since Plato's dialogues are essentially Real Person Fiction, I feel like you can just as easily incorporate known biographical details or take only what is on the page as a complete work in itself to draw upon, as you prefer.

Frog and Toad
Frog, Toad

I loved these books when I was a kid and only realized later that they were my first exposure to a type of relationship that I always love (and tend to ship). I read an interesting interview with Arnold Lobel where he talked about not wanting to continue the series because he felt like the relationship between Frog and Toad was getting unhealthy, which frankly puts it even more in line with my shipping tendencies, although I was very surprised that he saw it as Frog controlling Toad when I tend more towards seeing Frog as the put-upon one in their relationship. I would also love a gen Frog & Toad story, or set of shorter stories in keeping with the original—and if you're inclined towards meta, I think a story where either or both of them do Yuletide would be hilarious. The one thing I ask is that if you do write explicit Frog/Toad—and I hasten again to reassure you that gen or far tamer shippy fic is also great—I would want it to involve realistic frog anatomy, i.e., cloacas instead of penes. (Incidentally, it turns out that there is no scientific distinction between frogs and toads, which are just another kind of frog. The more you know!) I promise you that I would in no way feel that this injured my childhood, although I completely understand if you would feel diferently.

The Once and Future King — T. H. White
Arthur Pendragon, Guenever, Lancelot du Lac

Each of three loves the other two and doesn't want to hurt them but finds themselves constrained to do so anyway. I'm not saying that a threesome would necessarily solve everything here, but I do believe that it could solve a lot of the things. Whether the inevitable ending is the same, but at least the three of them are able to share another kind of happiness with each other while it lasts, or in fact them being together and not lying to each other allows them to somehow overcome Mordred's scheming, I would be interested in exploring any possibility, sweet or bittersweet or angsty. I'm really interested in Lancelot's thing with sadism, where other people's pain interests him and he can't conceive of any ethical way to deal with this interest, and incline to the theory that he is in many ways White's self-insert character. If no version of the threesome and the timeline is gelling for you, I would also love any story about the three of them interacting in some way that shows them all caring about each other in spite of the underlying tension/guilt.

Trixie Belden series — Julie Campbell Tatham & Kathleen Kenny
Trixie Belden, Honey Wheeler

I absolutely adore Trixie and Honey's friendship and think they would make an incredibly adorable couple as well. I love how loyal and supportive they are of each other, especially when it comes to the ways in which they are opposites. I think the setting is really important in these books and would prefer that everyone doesn't suddenly have a computer and a cell phone—unless it is actually far futurefic, in which case, that is totally awesome and I would love to see what the Bob-Whites are doing in their seventies. I'd be cool with background or past Jim/Trixie in a romantic or friendship fic, but would prefer that it not be the focus of the story, and would also prefer no Honey/Brian or Mart/Di.

For stalking purposes, I am [personal profile] mayhap on Dreamwidth, crossposted to [livejournal.com profile] mayhap on Livejournal, and [archiveofourown.org profile] mayhap on AO3; on tumblr I am [tumblr.com profile] pinchofnutmeg, because mayhap was taken. Feel free to take a gander at these tags ("dear author" and "yuletide") for stuff from Yuletides past if you so desire. Happy Yuletide!
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It's Yuletide Reveals Day, which some people celebrate as New Year's Day, and thus I can reveal that I wrote fic for My Heartbeat, which is a Prinz Honor YA novel with a rather unusual premise—in a way, it's kind of a love triangle among Ellen, her older brother Link, and Link's inseparable best friend James, and how her relationship with the two of them plays out over the course of their senior year in high school, starting when Ellen asks her brother a question that he very much does not want to talk about.

Happily Ever Aftering (3419 words) by mayhap
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: My Heartbeat - Garret Freymann-Weyr
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Ellen McConnell & Link McConnell, Link McConnell/Original Male Character
Characters: Ellen McConnell, Link McConnell
Additional Tags: Christmas, Coming Out, Sibling Bonding
Summary:

Ellen is still learning how to know her brother.



The thing I had never written before, incidentally, was a canon character/original character pairing, but as I was thinking about what kind of future story I might write about Ellen and Link, I kept coming back to the idea of Link bringing his boyfriend home for Christmas, which meant that I was going to have to invent a boyfriend for him. (I'd also never written Christmas fic for Yuletide either, but again, it seemed right.)

Also I love it when my Yuletide source is available as an audiobook. Especially when that audiobook is actually just a little over three hours, and you can listen to that audiobook repeatedly when you still haven't quite decided what to write yet. My writing soundtrack was the music from Camelot, as ended up being reflected in the title, because happily ever aftering is an ongoing process.
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I got two Cassel/Lila Curse Workers fics this year and they are both absolutely amazing. I am so, so, so lucky. ♥

our kiss is a secret handshake (1934 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Curse Workers Series - Holly Black
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Cassel Sharpe/Lila Zacharov
Characters: Cassel Sharpe, Lila Zacharov
Summary:


Even though Lila is undeniably, indisputably, unequivocally in control, she still looks at him with a faintly nervous expression, as if she’s afraid he’s going to change his mind.


Three Predicaments (3785 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Curse Workers Series - Holly Black
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: Underage
Relationships: Cassel Sharpe/Lila Zacharov
Characters: Cassel Sharpe, Lila Zacharov
Additional Tags: BDSM, D/s, Orgasm Delay/Denial, Piercings, Predicament Scenes, Kink, Dream Work
Summary:


Lila made the amulet against dream work for me a few weeks back, but not for my protection. She made it so that when I take it off, we both know she can work me.


Everyone should read them. Unless you haven't read the Curse Workers books, in which case you should do that first. But I imagine that you wouldn't be able to get around to that for a while, the holidays being what they are, so I understand.

Today ended up being really busy, so I haven't gotten a chance to read or comment very widely beyond my own gifts. Looking forward to getting a start on that tomorrow. *falls over*
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Dear Yuletide Author,

I am so excited that we matched on one of these things and that you're writing a story for me!

I am super-easy to please and I like a wide range of stories—short, punchy stories and longer, plottier stories, explicitly porny and/or kinky stories and coy stories that are all about the teasing and the implication, stories with some kind of meta angle to them and stories that engage with the source material 100% on its own level.

Please do feel utterly free to take anything that inspires you whatsoever from my prompts and take it in whatever direction you please. I'm so looking forward to reading what you write!

The Bugle (podcast)
Any (John Oliver, Andy Zaltzman, Producer Chris)

Textual fanfic for an audio newspaper for a visual world! I want you to feel free to do literally anything with this request whatsoever. Bugle RPF, Bugle pastiche, ridiculous over-elaborations on even the most minor of Bugle sketches, running jokes or off-hand references, The Bugle: Yuletide edition, pun runs on the subject of your choice, some kind of mashup or fusion with another fandom(s), something I haven't come close to imagining, ANYTHING. I just really, REALLY love the Bugle and would love to share the love with some fellow Buglers this Yuletide. (P.S. [bleep] you, Chris!)

The Once and Future King — T. H. White
Arthur
Lancelot
Guenever

I love all three of them so much and just want them to be happy together, or at least, unhappy in a different way together. I would love fluffy happy threesomes or angsty bittersweet threesomes or a story about a time when they all had fun together or a story about how they hurt each other even when they don't mean to. I love the anachronistic mash-up time period of the book, but I also think a modern story with a returned future Arthur could be really interesting if you wanted to do something with that and get outside of the inevitable tragic ending that way. If there happens to be a place in your story for a sarcastic jerkass knight, I would never say no to a cameo by Sir Kay, because I love that idiot.

Dialogues — Plato
Socrates
Alcibiades

It is entirely contrary to the thesis Plato is setting forth in the Symposium for Socrates and Alcibiades to have sex. Well, as Plato warned in Phaedrus, his writing is now quite unable to protect or help itself, and I absolutely think Socrates and Alcibiades should have had sex. I love the role reversal in the beautiful younger man begging for the attentions of the older one. Does Socrates talk philosophy in bed, or does he turn his eponymous method to other matters? Did Alcibiades really vandalize all the Herms in Athens, and if so, what did he do with all those stone phalluses? Also, who tops? (I have zero preference either way, just that given the period, they should probably have some kind of opinion and/or disagreement about it. You decide!)

Curse Workers series — Holly Black
Cassel Sharpe
Lila Zacharov

I think these two have absolutely smoldering chemistry throughout the entire trilogy, and I would absolutely love a story about what they're like when they're not in an adversarial relationship--or, more realistically, a less adversarial relationship. A con story would be great fun, even--or maybe especially--if it's a very small or silly con. You could delve into the magical politics, which are awesome and fascinating, or you can completely handwave the future magicopolitical situation if you're not writing that kind of story. On the pornier side, I would love an exploration of Cassel's budding kinky side, including his early taste for masochism and submission (ear-piercing scene, whee!). If you want to write kink, feel free to let your own tastes and/or characterizations lead you where they will; I'm more into how they feel about it than any specific acts. My only squicks/non-desired kinks here are permanent non-decorative disfigurement (piercings or scarification would actually be kind of in character for this pairing...) and 24/7 D/s, but conversely please don't feel like I'm demanding that you write something "extreme" rather than, say, Lila pinning Cassel's wrists and bossing him around in bed, because believe me, that would be just as cool.

Verfolgt | Punish me (2006)
Jan Winkler
Elsa Siefert

I love how this film takes a scenario that is pure dirtybadwrong id-fuel and treats it with a clear-eyed sympathy. I'm primarily interested in what happens to them afterwards—does Jan ever learn how to ask for what he wants without first inappropriately stalking an authority figure? Does Elsa pursue her unexpected interest in sadomasochism in a more ethically-appropriate manner, and how: in a relationship, with an outside play partner, pro-domme work? Do either or both of them manage to recapture the spark in a licit relationship, and how do they go about it? Do they ever encounter each other again, accidentally or on purpose, after months or after years, and if so, how do they interact? If they go their separate ways, you could write about them each separately in two strands, or you have my official permission to write a story that focuses primarily on Elsa or primarily on Jan where the other never appears onscreen, so to speak. I really like the metaphor Elsa uses about entering a blue room to describe how she feels when she's doing a scene with Jan, and it would be really cool to see that elaborated on, which could be chronologically during the film, or not. If Elsa is found out and officially sanctioned for her relationship with Jan it could be a really interesting added dimension to the theme of punishment, but the one thing I absolutely do not want is a story that has zero sympathy for her although it's not necessary to condone her actions.

(If this film sounds relative to anyone's interests, you might want to download this. 700 MB .avi with hardcoded English subs.)

For stalking purposes, I am [personal profile] mayhap on Dreamwidth, crossposted to [livejournal.com profile] mayhap on Livejournal, and [archiveofourown.org profile] mayhap on AO3; on tumblr I am [tumblr.com profile] pinchofnutmeg, because mayhap was taken. Feel free to take a gander at these tags ("dear author" and "yuletide") for stuff from Yuletides past if you so desire. Happy Yuletide!
mayhap: straw goat drinking coffee with text yule goat (yule goat)
With mere hours to go, I have tweaked my Yuletide noms for the final time! Someone else, who is hopefully a reliable and decisive person, nominated Arthur, Guenever and Lancelot under The Once and Future King, so I subbed in Verfolgt (Hounded/Punish Me), a movie that I first discovered when someone else nominated it for Yuletide but that sadly has never been written. I will try to put together a pimping post when I am better positioned to make relevant .gifs and screencaps.

My other nominations are Dialogues — Plato (Alcibiades & Socrates), Curse Workers series — Holly Black (Cassel & Lila) and The Bugle. I nominated John, Andy and Chris as characters under that last one just so that it would have some, although if it gets through I plan to request "Any" and put under optional details that literally my author can take anything that has been referenced on The Bugle at any time and turn it into a story if they so desire and I don't not want RPF but I don't only want RPF either? We shall see how that goes.
mayhap: straw goat drinking coffee with text yule goat (yule goat)
Yuletide nominations open tomorrow! I've been trying to finalize my requests and plan my nominations accordingly, but I'm also convinced that I make terrible requests and/or write terrible prompts, judging by how many pleas went out for someone to please take my pinch hit before it was actually pinched. :/

I wonder if I should not bother repeating any of my requests from last year as they were obviously terrible. Of course, who's to say that my new requests will not also be terrible? Perhaps with the new optional fifth and sixth requests I can put forward a wider variety of terrible requests, if nothing else.
mayhap: Pete and Patrick are furries (furries)
I genuinely need Tom Hiddleston/Cookie Monster delayed gratification kinkfic. Am I going to have to nominate this for Yuletide? Can I nominate Tom Hiddleston under Sesame Street, or do I have to nominate this segment as its own fandom with Tom Hiddleston and Cookie Monster as characters? So many questions.
mayhap: Kate in her I heart Hawkeye shirt (I ♥ Hawkeye)
Yay, it's Yuletide reveals time! This year I wrote Hawkeye/Hawkeye (Clint Barton/Kate Bishop) for [personal profile] bendingwind.

This was my first time writing fic in a mainstream Western comics universe, which was exciting and intimidating. If you are a habitual procrastinator who frets about canon details, there is always another title that you could pick up for research purposes. Not that this is entirely bad; I read some entertaining stuff this way!

Matt Fraction and David Aja's Hawkeye comic is absolutely one of the most exciting comics being published right now: it's stylish, it's witty, it's action-filled, it's sweet, it's purple. It's very, very purple. Everyone should check it out! (Don't let the above make it sound like getting into it would be a tedious research project; it's actually very self-contained and self-explanatory in a self-aware way. It was only when I started writing that I felt like I had to know all these things.)

Five Times Two Hawkeyes Talked About Sex (and the First Time They Did It) (3584 words) by mayhap
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Hawkeye (Comics), Marvel 616
Rating: Mature
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Clint Barton/Kate Bishop, Kate Bishop/Tommy Shepherd, Clint Barton/Phil Coulson
Characters: Clint Barton, Kate Bishop
Summary:

Clint Barton is Hawkeye. Kate Bishop is also Hawkeye. Why does this have to be so complicated?

mayhap: straw goat drinking coffee with text yule goat (yule goat)
If you've stopped by, I just wanted to thank you for claiming one of my requests! I'm really looking forward to reading a story in one of those fandoms.

Happy writing, and I hope you have a lovely Yuletide!
mayhap: cartoon crocodile cowers beneath pillow (misshandelt Kuscheltiere)
I keep pruning my Yuletide signup like a fretful bonsai—a fandom here, a character there. This is actually the first year that I have done limited-character offers at all, so it's, like, a whole new way to fret for me!

*twitches*

*deletes two more fandoms*
mayhap: straw goat drinking coffee with text yule goat (yule goat)
Dear Yuletide Writer,

Thank you for writing for me! I don't know who you are, but I love you kind of a lot already.

You may be skeptical of my love, pointing out that, as mentioned above, I don't actually know you, and thus it cannot possibly have a particularly sound basis. But seriously, just the fact that we matched on at least one (1) of these fandoms is an entirely sufficient condition, owing to the transitive nature of my overpowering love for them. I'll try to ramble on here a bit about my requests to hopefully give you something to be inspired by, but I really do mean it when I say that these are suggestions and possibilities, and that I specifically chose my fandom/character combinations for their potential to delight me in just about any conceivable way.

I am super-easy to please and I like a wide range of stories—short, punchy stories and longer, plottier stories, explicitly porny and/or kinky stories and coy stories that are all about the teasing and the implication, stories with some kind of meta angle to them and stories that engage with the source material 100% on its own terms.

I'm a bit of sucker for crossovers; I've read some brilliant ones for Yuletides past and I also find as a writer that starting from a crossover, like starting from a pairing, can be a good starting point to shake a story idea onto a blank page. I put together a list 2012 certified Yuletide-rare fandoms that I plan to read stories in, in case anything jumps out at you among, anything I've written in or about is obviously fair game, and if you have an idea for a crossover of your heart with a fandom not covered above, feel free to contact me through the mods! Conversely, feel free to ignore this option entirely and focus all of your attention on our awesome shared fandom, which is one of the following:

Curse Workers series — Holly Black
Cassel Sharpe
Lila Zacharov

I think these two have absolutely smoldering chemistry throughout the entire trilogy, and I would absolutely love a story about what they're like when they're not in an adversarial relationship--or, more realistically, a less adversarial relationship. Feel free to delve into the magical politics of the 'verse, which are awesome and fascinating, or to completely handwave the future magicopolitical situation if you're not writing that kind of story. A con story would be great fun, even--or maybe especially--if it's a very small or silly con. On the pornier side, I would love an exploration of Cassel's very obvious budding kinky side, including his early taste for masochism and submission (ear-piercing scene, whee!). If you want to write kinky, feel free to let your own tastes and/or characterizations lead you where they will under that general rubric; it'll be hotter and more convincing that way. My only squicks here are permanent non-decorative disfigurement (piercings or scarification would actually be kind of in character for this pairing...) and 24/7 D/s in a non-BDSM AU.

Elemental Logic series — Laurie J. Marks
Zanja na'Tarwein
Karis

I would love any kind of story about Zanja and Karis, whether that be set sometime after Water Logic or a missing scene from any of the books. You could write straight-up smut (this is pretty much always an option, really, I just wanted to throw it out there), or explore any aspect of the worldbuilding that catches your fancy—I especially love the use of the invented texts in the books, the glyphs and of course the four elements themselves. I love Emil/Medric and if you want to write them and it makes sense to have them as a background pairing or even a co-pairing in your story, go for it! If anyone is the primary focus, though, I would like it to be Zanja/Karis.

Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy — Douglas Adams
Zaphod Beeblebrox
Arthur Dent

This request is meant to encompass, in descending order of specificity (but NOT, I assure you, of preference!) Arthur/Zaphod, Arthur&Zaphod, or Zaphod solo character exploration fic. I adore Zaphod: his raging insecurities alternating with his raging egomania, his flamboyant use of galactic slang, his convoluted past as a confidence trickster, a galactic political figurehead sleeper agent and a smoke-filled room schemer, not necessarily in that order. I happen to be of the opinion that Zaphod's Zaphodness is particularly nicely highlighted by contrasting it with Arthur's essential Arthurness, because they are such opposites and spend so much time sniping at each other, which I am totally happy to read in a shippy way. It would be interesting to me, for example, if Arthur finally managed to unequivocally impress Zaphod in some way and maybe (even more remarkable) forced him to admit it somehow. Hitchhiker's canon being what it is, feel free to fold, spindle or mutilate the timeline(s) to find an appropriate setting for any story that you want to tell. Time travel is never not a bonus.

Although this fandom is nominated under books, I am 100% conversant with book canon and you can write for me without giving another version of canon a second thought, I have also listened to the radio dramas a lot over the years and I feel that I would be doing you a disservice as a Hitchhiker's fan and my Yuletide writer if I did not point out that a.) the radio dramas are exceedingly entertaining to listen to, b.) listening to audio versions of your Yuletide canon can be a fun way to do a canon review and/or get character voices into your head, and c.) the end of the second series, where it diverges the most sharply from book canon with the long subplot about the Lintillas, clone archaeologists, puts Arthur and Ford with Zaphod when he meets the man who runs the universe. The final episode has completely open ending which also happens to work as a great prompt for some Arthur/Zaphod hatesex or miscellaneous adversarial shenanigans, which I proffer for your inspection:
What does the future hold for our heroes now? What does the past or present hold for that matter?

Will Arthur Dent now embark on a terrible and protracted vendetta against Zaphod Beeblebrox? Will he be all right alone in the Universe with only the Infinite Improbability Drive, Marvin the Paranoid Android, Lintilla the archaeologist, Eddie the shipboard computer, a lot of chatty doors and a battered copy of The Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy for company?

Will there ever be another series of that wholely remarkable and mystifying entity The Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy? … Find out if you can!
So those are some questions that should be explored by someone, possibly you, at some juncture, possibly this one.

For stalking purposes, I am [personal profile] mayhap on Dreamwidth, crossposted to [livejournal.com profile] mayhap on Livejournal, and [archiveofourown.org profile] mayhap on AO3; on tumblr I am [tumblr.com profile] pinchofnutmeg, because mayhap was taken. Feel free to take a gander at these tags ("dear author" and "yuletide") for stuff from Yuletides past if you so desire.

Thanks again, and happy Yuletiding!

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