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Hello, dearest author! I'm so very excited that you're going to write a thing for me-- let me put your mind at ease by saying that I'm going to love whatever you write me, period, end of story. I want you to enjoy the experience of writing, and I'm going to be thrilled just to be getting an awesome fic, so if you have an idea in mind for the fic of your heart and it doesn't perfectly match my desires (with the obvious exception of my hard and fast DNWs, of course), please go with what your heart tells you, and we'll both have a fantastic Yuletide! ♥

Here are the primary things I always really want out of Yuletide: character- rather than plot-driven stories (I do love me a good involved fic, but my faves tend to be stories that follow an emotional arc or a relationship development rather than characters dealing with an external conflict or a really intricate plot) with happy or at least hopeful endings (I'm fine with a more bittersweet light-at-the-end-of-the-tunnel type ambiguity, but would really prefer more overt happiness, and I really and truly do not want any serious or lasting tragedy involved) and without issues beyond those explored in canon (e.g., racism, homophobia, character death, serious assault/injury, etc. etc. "Beyond those explored in canon" = for example, a lot of characters in the Bridgerton books deal with awful childhoods or some kind of tragic event or anxiety/PTSD/etc. -- definitely don't feel the need to shy away from those issues, but please don't give them new ones! Homophobia is especially a huge DNW for me in Yuletide, and I'll address that specifically in canons where I feel it may come up).

In general, things I love in fic: banter, UST/pining/slow burn, first kisses/makeouts that don't immediately lead to sex (either by design or by accidental interruption), people being really really dumb about their feelings and taking ages to get their shit together, little nods to canon that will make me kick my feet in glee, really ridiculous tropey gross romance-novel/rom-com scenarios, people being very competent at what they do (and other people, ahem, enjoying it), found families, cute animals, and my favorite characters/people BEING HAPPY.

Things I don't love: misogyny in m/m relationships, misogynistic dirty talk, noncon/dubcon, A/B/O, excessive jealousy/possessiveness, first- or second-person POV, heavy kink (e.g., minor elements of D/s or bondage would be okay, things like daddy kink less so), and although I mentioned my love of gross romantic tropes above, I genuinely do not enjoy the miscommunication trope-- which is to say, I'm totally cool with characters who are terrible at talking about their feelings continuing to be terrible at doing so, but if the conflict could have been resolved with a single, simple, not-difficult-to-utter statement of clarification, rest assured I am gently beating my head against the wall at the entire thing.

I'm fine with any rating (and will specify preferences with each fandom!), but would prefer no PWPs; if you'd like to do a crossover with a fandom with which I'm familiar (you can find a more-or-less full list of them here), I would love that! I do generally adore AUs, and again will specify preferences in each fandom's section. And finally, I have a huge needle phobia and would strongly prefer no mention of them at all, but if it does come up, please please please keep it brief and be sure to warn for me; thank you in advance. ♥

More references: my past three Yuletide letters (in reverse chronological order); my trope sorting meme; my kink sorting meme (uh, NSFW text, obviously); my AO3; my liveblog Twitter (which probably won't do you much good, but if you enjoy people yelling about media-induced emotions it might entertain you!). My Tumblr is linked above with my fandom list, but I haven't used it regularly in probably over a year by now, so it's slightly outdated! Apologies for my total lack of regular public fannish presence. >_>

And now that we've reviewed the generalities, dearest author, LET'S TALK FANDOMS.

Bridgerton Series - Julia Quinn )

Little Mix (Band) )

Tennis RPF )

American Bromance (Short Film) )

Galavant (TV) )
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GENERAL NOTE: This letter contains varying degrees of spoilers for all of the fandoms listed (with the exception of tennis RPF because, uh... obviously). If you're planning on consuming any of them at any point, a. don't read this yet, and b. DO SO. DO SO IMMEDIATELY. DO NOT PASS GO, DO NOT COLLECT $200, JUST DO IT.


Why hello there, dearest author! ♥ I am so very pleased to make your acquaintance-- I'm thrilled that you'll be writing something just for me, and I know for a fact I will love whatever you write me. I am one of those people that's extremely easy to shop for because anything you get me thrills me to my bone, since I'm just so happy that someone was thinking of me at all-- so trust me when I say that I'm delighted to just be getting fic, regardless of what it is, as long as you have fun writing it!

Overall, I like Yuletide to be a happy time of year for me, so the only things I will ask you to strictly abide by is happy endings (I will also accept "bittersweet but hopeful" or "open-ended but generally uplifting," just-- not overtly sad or dark), which means no serious, lasting tragedy (e.g., rape, character death, intense torture, serious unfixable injury, etc. etc.) and no serious real-world issues not already explored in canon. (For example, Captive Prince takes place during a war, The Departed involves hardcore criminals-- so any attempts to avoid those issues is pretty much impossible, given how ingrained they are in the canon. However, I don't want to see anything added to the canon that doesn't exist there already -- please don't introduce any serious trauma and don't give me any intense institutional discrimination. Keep it realistic and not overly traumatic.) (The ONE EXCEPTION to all this is Crimson Peak, which will be elaborated on in that particular request.)

A basic overall look at my taste:

I love: banter, UST/pining/slow burn, first kisses/makeouts that don't immediately lead to sex (either by design or by accidental interruption), people being really really dumb about their feelings and taking ages to get their shit together, awesome ladies!!, little nods to canon that will make me kick my feet in glee, really ridiculous tropey gross romance-novel/rom-com scenarios, people being very competent at what they do (and other people, ahem, enjoying it), found families, character- rather than plot-driven stories, cute animals, and my favorite characters/people BEING HAPPY!!

I don't love: misogyny in m/m relationships, misogynistic dirty talk, noncon/dubcon, character-bashing (unless EVERYONE agrees that they're fucking awful-- e.g., the Regent from Captive Prince), excessive jealousy/possessiveness, first- or second-person POV, heavy kink, and although I mentioned my love of gross romantic tropes above, I genuinely do not enjoy the miscommunication trope -- which is to say, I'm totally cool with characters who are canonically terrible at talking about their feelings continuing to be terrible at doing so, but if the conflict could have been resolved with a single, simple, not-difficult-to-utter statement of clarification, rest assured I am gently beating my head against the wall at the entire thing.

More generally, in case you get stuck and need inspiration, here are my results from the trope sorting meme! Aaand in case you go the porn route, here are my results from the kink sorting meme as well. >_>

And finally, I don't think it's likely to come up, but just in case: I have a big ol' needle phobia, so please keep them out of the story. I can be okay with a quick mention of them if it's necessary, as long as you just make it brief and please, please warn for it. Thank you for your consideration!!

My prior two Yuletide letters are the prior two posts on this journal; meanwhile, I'm mostly on Twitter these days at either my personal, locked account (@devilputaside; if you drop me a line about who you are, I'm happy to give you access!) or my public liveblogging account (@yellingaboutit; if you matched with me on Captive Prince or HTGAWM, I liveread Prince's Gambit and rewatched S1/am livetweeting S2 there, respectively). If you want a look at the Tumblr to which I haven't posted in over half a year, WHOOPS, it's allthroughoursplendor, and I have a fandom list here if you want to consult that. :3 And my AO3 is here, wherein you can see what I've written and what I've bookmarked as shit I really love!

So! That's enough of that. ON TO THE FANDOMS!

Captive Prince )

The Departed (2006) )

The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2015) )

Tennis RPF )

How to Get Away with Murder )

Crimson Peak (2015) )
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SO HI GUYS! I'm alive, I swear! /o\ I kept meaning to update since mid-May, and I started and restarted updates for a couple of weeks before... just about giving up.

Basically, it's been thesis 24/7 around here. It's been taking forever, and I had so little of a life for most of June, but I'm finally actually done with all of my actual writing of the thing; I'm waiting to hear back from my advisor so that I can make my edits and pass the whole thing around to my committee to finally just defend. So I am so close I can taste it, but oh god do I ever just want it to be overrrr. :(

Anyway! While I fully intend on updating soon with shit about my recent life, this post is not about me. This post is about [livejournal.com profile] xsnarkasaurus, who has been a friend for years and moved earlier this year, to the city she loves best, with some animals and her kid. Money's been tight for her for a while (because, uh, moving is expensive as shit? And so are kids? And so is, you know, life?), but things have been piling up more recently, and she just found out that the job she thought she was getting was actually a scam, and so she is really extra fucked right now, and I cannot imagine how much that sucks.

A lot of you know Steph, and even if you don't, I know y'all are wonderful generous people who would love to help if you could, but I also know that most of y'all are probably not in the greatest financial shape either, unfortunately. So I figure that, hey, if you're giving to a good cause, you might as well get something for it, right?

So, LOOK YE HERE IF YOU CAN SPARE SOME MONEY, AND I WILL GIVE THINGS IN RETURN!

FIC; ICONS; MIXES; PHOTOGRAPHY; BRACELETS; BAKED GOODS )

I also have a sizable collection of books that I've been intending to get rid of; I was going to put a bunch out at a yard sale later this summer, but I'm willing to type up an index of them if anyone's interested, or just surprise you. They'll probably go for $5 each, possibly as low as $3 depending on condition/trashiness of book. These, too, would get set continental-US only, and a couple of extra bucks to me to help cover shipping would be awesomely appreciated, but definitely not necessary.

Proceeds should go via the PayPal account armadillosoufle[at]gmail.com! Just shoot me a screenshot showing your amount donated (you can do this in a comment or via e-mail, essentialcadential[at]gmail.com), make your request, and we will talk specifics from there. :D

I'm going to go ahead and leave this public in case people would like to share it; I don't anticipate this getting a huge amount of traffic or anything, but I would like it to spread past my flist, if possible! I would just, as always, request discretion in terms of connecting my fannish life to my real life, please and thank you. ♥

And thank you guys in advance! I will truly appreciate anything that you can offer, and I know Steph will too. ♥
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Flist cut! Mostly small -- comms and dead journals and stuff like that -- but a couple of people, as usual, primarily because a. there's not much going on there, as far as I can tell, or b. I was getting the impression that we were mutually not really communicating, and I mostly don't think it's fair to you to have someone on your flist who's just skimming and not commenting a whole lot.

If you feel you've been wrongfully removed, by all means let me know, and as always, if you'd like to defriend me feel more than free. \o/

FLISTCUT!

Nov. 27th, 2009 07:27 pm
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Not too many people, I don't think -- mostly a few inactive journals, a few that haven't updated in a long time, and a couple of people to whom I just haven't spoken in a really long time.

If anyone feels I've made a mistake, feel free to contact me and I may reconsider! If anyone wants to defriend me, they are more than welcome to! I just figured that if I'm going to try to keep up with my flist more, I might as well prune it down a little. Hopefully no one is terribly offended or anything! :(

blindmadness: (text: reasons are overrated)
So, in a fit of desperately not wanting to do my creative writing exercise, I have finally redone all of my tags! It was a little weird to me to have all of the little one-word tags of people's and place names mixed in with the longer ones of situations/emotions/etc., so now family, friends (as "people"), and places all have their own category of tags and I enjoy it greatly. I may do the same with professors at some point, but I think that's all I'll be putting into categories.

In honour of this, something else I've been meaning to do! Minor flistcut! I don't think I've cut anyone I was really close to; it was mostly people whose entries I just wasn't reading and I felt bad about that, so I felt like I might as well get my flist back to the people whose entries I really did read, since keeping someone on when I'm just skimming is unfair to both of us. No one who's been cut is ~BARRED FROM EVER TALKING TO ME AGAIN or anything -- y'all should have my contact information and I always encourage using it. :D

On that note, IF ANYONE EVER WANTS TO DEFRIEND ME, PLEASE GO AHEAD! I don't want anyone to feel obligated to read along with my ridiculousness, so if you're not enjoying having me on your flist, seriously, feel free to get rid of me. :D: ♥
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1. What would your character kill for? What would they die for?
2. What would they refuse to do under any circumstances? Why?
3. What do they dream about? [Either literal or figurative, specify please.]
4. What's their biggest fear?
5. What single object would they be most hard pressed to part with? Why?
6. What is their fondest memory?
7. What is their worst memory?
8. What or who was were their most significant influence? Expound.
9. What do they believe makes a successful life?
10. What makes them laugh?
11. What are their religious views?
12. What is their greatest strength?
13. Do they have a fatal flaw? If so, what is it?
14. Who is the most important person in their life?
15. If they died, who would miss them most? How would they die?

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