Yuletide Letter
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nothnbuttherain
Hey Yuletide Author!

Thanks so much for writing my Yuletide fic this year. I hope you have a great time writing it and that this letter and my optional details assist you in any way you might need.

Generally speaking I like stories to match the tone of their source (sitcom requests should be funny with moments of seriousness and/or realism, drama requests should be grounded in the reality of the world the drama exists in, etc.). I like realistically happy endings. I'm not too married to any of the prompts I listed below but if I've expressed any sort of affection for a character I'd like to see them have a story written in their favor.

Breaking Bad
Just what it says in the Optional Details. I realize they are a little contradictory but my experience as a fan of that show has been a constant struggle between appreciating that it is a show with no easy endings or expected happiness and coming to care about Jesse enough to want that for him anyway. Mostly I just really want to know what could possibly happen to him now. Does he get out of New Mexico? Out of the drug business? Break all of his bad habits? Does he do all that and than return? Does he just go somewhere else and repeat the same mistakes? I feel like yes could easily be the answer to all of those and would love to see the what/where/why fleshed out.

Homeland
Much like Jesse in my above request Carrie is one of those characters I can't easily imagine any sort of peace or joy for but I can't help but want that anyway. This could be anything from a personal experience(s) with any/all of the other requested characters or an action/adventure case file. I'm deeply protective and attached to Carrie so I would like to see her not get too beaten down or lose.

The Office (UK)
Dawn & Tim are one of my longest standing OTPs and I still can't watch the series finale with dry eyes. I'd love to see a where are they now story with all of the realness and awkwardness of the series. I'm sure after all of these years they are well past the honeymoon phase but I'd like to see them together/in love or back together/in love by the end.

Parks & Recreation
Andy & April are one of those couples that snuck up on me and now I adore them. With Andy an entire ocean away and April dealing with everything going on in Pawnee I'm sure they are their usual Andy & April creative selves in finding ways to keep each other strong and keep the spark going. Can be all Skype-ing, emailing, and/or phone calls or a surprise trip from one to the other. There isn't a character on the show I don't love so feel free to include any of them.

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Dear Yuletide Author
Extreme Glee
nothnbuttherain
Dear Yuletide Author,

Thanks in advance for writing my Yuletide gift this year. I've been participating in Yuletide for many years and as you might be able to tell from this journal and my AO3 account it's pretty much the only fanfic challenge I still actively participate in.

Before I go into my likes and dislikes I would like to say that more than anything the most important thing to me is that you write what you want. Please write whatever inspires you most and makes this a happy experience for you even if it doesn't fit what I've requested below.

General likes:


  • Humor, banter, witty dialogue.
  • Staying true to the tone of the source even if the plot/timeline/characters diverge away from it
  • Internal characterization above heavy action or sex (though I like both of those)
  • Strong female characters who pass the Bechdel test
  • Strong friendships


Yes, that is all C&P'd from last year's letter and it remains just as true this year. I would like to especially emphasize that your enjoyment in writing the story is just as important to me as my enjoyment in reading it.

Additionally as all of my requests this year are sitcom based I want to make the blanket statement of do your best to keep things funny but if the story goes in a more serious, reality based direction I'm okay with that.

Now, on to my requests:

Mindy Project
I am absolutely in love with this show and already unabashedly waiting for the day that Mindy and Danny tilt more towards the love part of their love/hate relationship. I'm not strictly looking for a Mindy & Danny get together story though that would be great. It could be anything from a friendship story, a work related story, a already established couple story, etc. Mostly I'd love to see something that sticks to the tone of the show, especially in regards to its loving homage to romantic comedy tropes. Please feel free to include as many of the other characters as you'd like. There isn't a single cast member I don't adore.

Happy Endings
I love how weird everyone on this show is and how super weird they are when they're all together. I'd love a big ensemble piece as my favorite episodes are the ones that throw the whole gang together for as much of the 30 minutes as possible. Romance is welcome but respect should be paid to Jane/Brad since I think they're the best married couple on TV today and if Dave HAS to be involved with someone I'd rather it be with Alex than Penny. Cameos by any of the recurring guest characters would be great.

Parks and Recreation
Leslie Knope is my absolute favorite character on TV right now and one of my favorites of all time. Anything that involves her being front and center and being the most awesome person around is my dream Parks & Rec fic. I love her relationship with everyone on the show so it can involve anyone else. April, Ann, and Andy were my other requested characters because they are my other favorites and I really love how the show treats Leslie & Ann's BFF-ness and Leslie's mentor/friendship with April.

New Girl
I'd love to see something that further explores Jess & Nick's relationship/non-relationship. I do want them to get together but I also respect how the show is currently handling their dynamic. I really love Nick & Winston's friendship and would love to see Winston & Jess interact more so anything involving the three of them would be great.

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Dear Yuletide Author
just a girl
nothnbuttherain
Dearest Yuletide Author,

Thank you so much for writing for me this Yuletide season. Yuletide has been something I look forward to for several years now and every year I'm grateful for everyone who participates and keeps the tradition going.

Before I go into my likes and dislikes I would like to say that more than anything the most important thing to me is that you write what you want. Please write whatever inspires you most and makes this a happy experience for you even if it doesn't fit what I've requested below.

General likes:


  • Humor, banter, witty dialogue.
  • Staying true to the tone of the source even if the plot/timeline/characters diverge away from it
  • Internal characterization above heavy action or sex (though I like both of those)
  • Strong female characters who pass the Bechdel test
  • Strong friendships


Disney Princesses
I have my issues with Disney's take on gender roles and treatment on women but I worked for them for a few years and drank the Kool Aid enough to love everything Disney. Princes/animal sidekicks/the rare not dead parent/etc are all optional. I'd really just love to see something with one, a few or all of the Princesses getting together and showing how awesome they are. Belle, Ariel and Tiana are my favorites but I have a special place in my heart for all of them.

Parks and Recreation
This is my favorite show on television and Leslie Knope is my favorite TV character ever. There really isn't anything or anyone concerning the show that you could focus on that wouldn't make me happy. Every character has such a rich presence. I'd love for Leslie to be the focus but if you want to do a Day in the Life of Ann or a Jerry Character Study or Andy and April discover The History Channel or whatever I will love it.

The Muppet Show
To C&P what I put in my request, "It's the Muppets. You can't go wrong. While this doesn't have to be a super innocent, G-rated fic I do ask that it not creep too much higher than a PG. I like my childhood to be left somewhat scar-free."

Thanks again and I'm looking forward to reading what you write.

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Yuletide
woman's work
nothnbuttherain
Dear Yuletide Author,

Thank you so much for writing me a fic. More than anything I want you to have fun so please follow your heart and muse as much if not more than you follow my suggestions below. The most important things to know to make me happy are that I love character driven fic, respect and adoration for female characters and in 2 of the 3 cases story over romance and smut.

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I know I haven't gotten super descriptive but honestly if you write something you love I'm sure I'll love it too. This has been a favorite challenge of mine for a long time now and after taking a break for a couple of years I'm happy to be back.

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Writing To Do List For the Week:

- [community profile] who_minis fic done and to beta by Wednesday since company is coming on Friday.

- Stop signing up for bingo challenge and start writing for bingo challenge.

- Finish Amy/Rory fic that has been sitting there for too long

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all of time and space
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The past few episodes of Doctor Who have not only been awesome episodes that I've loved watching as a viewer but they've been more inspiring to the fic writer in me than anything on any show I've watched in the last year.

I want to get in Amy's, Rory's and Eleven's head and never leave. And I want to vid which is a scary thing because I've never done that before.

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nothnbuttherain
I really need to start posting here more and using this LJ more. My fannish interests are at a peak right now and I feel like I should take advantage of that.

I FINALLY have a title for my BSG BigBang fic and I want to cry tears of happiness. I suck at titles and for years have leaned on the crutch of using song titles. I've managed to almost move away from that by coming up with a title inspired by song lyrics.

Now I just have to finish it.

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