yule log

Dear Yuletide author

Dear Yuletide author,

I am so pleased that we share an interest in 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 stick to canon pairings or real life relationships, if applicable.

I am [archiveofourown.org profile] mayhap on AO3, [personal profile] mayhap on DW and mayhap on LJ.

The Dreyfus Affair - Peter Lefcourt
Randy Dreyfus
D.J. Pickett


I just adore Randy and D.J. and I’d love a story about them doing absolutely anything and being delighted with each other. I’d love to read the more explicit version of their first time in the weight room, or a more explicit version of them having sex at any time. Normally I would say that epithets in sex scenes are to be used with extreme reticence, if at all, but here it’s canon, so I absolutely want to read about the blond shortstop and his second baseman getting it on.

I also really love stories that incorporate media or are pastiches of pieces of media and this fandom is perfect for one! I’d love to read a Sports Illustrated retrospective piece on Randy and D.J., or an interview in the Advocate about how middle infielders making out in Neiman Marcus changed everything, or a transcript of the episode of Pretty Good by Jon Bois where he breaks down exactly what went down in the Reds-Valley Vikings World Series for a new generation, or anything along those lines, if you’re into that sort of thing.

I’m fine with canon-typical homophobia, racism, etc. playing a role in a story where it would come up. I love baseball and any amount of baseball stuff in a story would thrill me--no such thing as too much or too little.

National Football League RPF
Alex Smith
Travis Kelce


I actually got sucked into watching football because of Yuletide and Alex Smith. He’s such a fascinating, thoughtful, smart guy who’s easy to root for and fun to watch, especially this year when (at least through four games at the time I’m writing this) he’s been playing like an MVP candidate and people are being forced to take notice and I love it.

Travis Kelce is pretty much the exact opposite of Alex in so many ways but somehow managed to charm me in spite of myself. He’ll do things that are SO childish yet SO satisfying, like the time he threw his towel at a referee. I love how he plays up the dumb jock thing because he’ll also talk about how cool it is that Alex knows so much stuff and how he can ask him anything because Alex always has an interesting response. I can’t even hate him for being a Cleveland sports fan.

I’d love get-together fic or established relationship fic, but I’d be just as delighted by gen about football stuff--if you can even call it gen, the way they’re always talking about ‘chemistry,’ and ‘hooking up’ and other such innuendo—or gen about downtime stuff, especially turning mundane activities into a competition, or talking about TV shows that various team members are watching (often because Alex has recommended them). I’d also really love Alex Smith gangbang fic, the kind where his teammates get together to show him how much they appreciate him. Or gen fic about how his teammates get together to show him how much they appreciate him is great too!

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


I am fascinated the role that Hunsden Yorke Hunsden plays in this story, which is one of the things that makes it different from Vilette, which is essentially Brontë’s later draft. 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 when he’s at home. 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, which William worries about.

I would also love threesome fic! William would be almost hopelessly scandalized by the prospect, I think, and surely 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 would be just as happy with a story that explores the dynamic among them some other way.

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