I am so pleased that we share an interest in one of these fandoms and I can’t wait to read whatever you write for me 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 ships that are canon and stories with ships that aren’t.
I am also mayhap on AO3.
Colors in the Dreamweaver’s Loom series — Beth Hilgartner
I’ve always loved the world of these books, especially the way that the Five and Zan are woven together to complete their quest in the first book. I love how Remarr and Vihena, the changelings, are foils for each other, because I can’t get enough stories about girls who become swordmasters but there are nowhere near enough stories about boys who take Remarr’s character arc. I love how they both have to deal with exposing more of their insecurities than they intended because of their companions’ mind-reading abilities. I remember thinking that they would get together when I was a kid and I'm still interested in that, but I'd be just as interested if they don't. Mostly I'd like to see them finding a place of mutual respect, even if it's difficult and painful.
Maybe the gods are involved in bringing them closer together again, especially since they have a more person connection to the new Trickster, or maybe they’re forced to work together to help restore order in their world. Maybe Remarr composes a song about Vihena’s great deeds that ends up being more revealing than he intends. Maybe skip straight to their marriage and how they navigate two sets of wedding customs plus a whole clan of outraged Khedathi in-laws! Or absolutely anything that inspires you about these characters in this world.
This duology was out of print but is happily now available on SmashWords.
An Oral History Of The 1998 Major League Baseball Home Run Chase (ClickHole Article)
There’s just something about this particular ClickHole piece that gets me every single time I reread it, which is a lot of times at this point. What I would really love is absolutely anything that references or riffs on or otherwise incorporates any aspect of this incredible saga of muscular friends with ill-gotten biceps on a vengeance-fueled crusade against history. It’s not that I don’t want anything in particular; it’s that I DO want EVERYTHING in particular.
This is the story of two men who, in their search for personal glory, elevated an entire sport to a level of greatness it hadn’t known for decades. It is also the story of the scandal that would threaten to turn their triumph into eternal disgrace. For the first time ever, the key players in one of baseball’s most controversial legends describe what happened in their own words. This is the oral history of the 1998 MLB home run chase.
The Professor — Charlotte Brontë
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 a heavily-revised second 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.
The Professor is in the public domain and available on Project Gutenberg, &c.
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