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Dear Yule Writer,

First of all, thank you for offering to write about one of my favourite things! Before we begin, I hope you have fun. (Also before we begin: vast swathes of this are copy-pasted from previous years. What I have to say about fandoms I've requested before hasn't changed a lot.)

I'm pretty easy-going as far as content goes. I love all of the fandoms and the characters I requested. I am equally comfortable with any rating from G to NC-17. I don't mind angst and/or unhappy endings. Fluff is fine. Character death is fine. Violence is fine. Sex is fine. Christmas stories are fine. The only thing I really don't want to see in your story is animal harm.

General Stuff I Like: Gen, het, femslash, slash, and whatever other genre or combination of genres you come up with. Characters solving problems together. Characters failing to solve problems together. Crossovers, of both the fusion and 'someone fell into another universe' variety. Five Things stories.

You can ignore everything here and just write me anything you want with the characters I requested, because optional details are optional. However, I know most people like to have prompts to bounce off. Feel free to combine prompts.

Fandoms: The Black Tapes, Grim Fandango, The Mrs. Bradley Mysteries, The Mysterious Cities of Gold, Nimona, Within the Wires. Also a closing note about Yule Porn )
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Dear Yulegoat,

First of all, thank you for offering to write in one of my fandoms! I hope you have fun.

Second of all, this letter is really long. Feel free to ignore it. You don't even have to read it! I just wanted to give people lots of options in case they wanted them.

I'm pretty easy-going as far as content goes. I like gen, slash, femslash, het and whatever other genre or combination of genres you care to come up with. I love all of the fandoms and the characters I requested. The only thing I really don't want to see in your story is animal harm.

I am equally comfortable with any rating from G to NC-17. I don't mind angst and/or unhappy endings. Fluff is fine. Character death is fine. Violence is fine. Sex is fine. Christmas stories are fine.

You can ignore everything here and just write me anything you want with the characters I requested. Optional details are optional, but I know most people like to have prompts to bounce off. Feel free to combine prompts.

This year's theme: tiny video game fandoms. )

Entirely Optional Yuletide Things: Crueltide, IF Challenge, Yuleporn, Crossovers, YuMaDrIn )

And now, at last, the actual prompts:

Baldur's Gate )

Grim Fandango )

Pillars of Eternity )

Shadowrun: Hong Kong )

Star Wars Legends: The Old Republic )

The Walking Dead )
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I started writing this as a Treat for Yuletide 2013. It, uh, took a while to get finished.

RPF is not generally my thing, but I make an exception for stories about the MythBusters fighting zombies, exploring space ... or, apparently, defeating aliens with giant robots.

Why We Can Never Have Anything Nice (2456 words) by Andraste
Fandom: MythBusters RPF
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Grant Imahara, Tory Belleci, Kari Byron, Adam Savage, Jamie Hyneman
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Mecha
Summary:

Grant Imahara saves the world just like his friends. It's just that his saving mostly involves a socket wrench.

andraste: Cthulu (Cthulu Browses the Menu)
Vast swathes of this letter are copy-pasted from last year, if anyone is struck by an overwhelming sense of deja vu.

Dear Yulegoat,

First of all, thank you for offering to write in one of my fandoms! I hope you have fun.

I'm pretty easy-going as far as content goes. I like gen, slash, femslash, het and whatever other genre or combination of genres you care to come up with. I love all of the fandoms and the characters I requested. The only thing I really don't want to see in your story is animal harm.

I am equally comfortable with any rating from G to NC-17. I don't mind angst and/or unhappy endings. Fluff is fine. Character death is fine. Violence is fine. Sex is fine. Christmas stories are fine. I love crossovers and dig AUs.

You can ignore everything here and just write me anything you want with the characters I requested. Optional details are optional, but I know most people like to have prompts to bounce off. Feel free to combine prompts.

Actual requests below the cut. Warning: Verbosity. )
andraste: Why, yes, this is my tentacle sex icon ... (Shiny Objects)
It is the time on Yuletide when we all take off our Santa disguises and tell everyone what we wrote. But first: I got three lovely gift stories this year, two from my assigned writer and a treat!

Snickfic wrote me TWO Saga stories about Lying Cat, Lying to a Lying Cat and Not A Hound. If you have the same reaction to Saga and Lying Cat that I do ("IT'S THE GREATEST COMIC EVER! SHE'S A KITTY!") then you really need to read both of these. Together, they provide both a beginning and an ending for her story. And until it gets jossed, that is so my headcanon for where Lying Cat will end up.

On top of that, I got a The Secret World treat story The Wrong Place, Wrong Time Girl from Moontyger! It captures the atmosphere of the game remarkably well, and it was great to see Marianne's story expanded beyond the confines of Solomon Island and her protective suit.

(If I sound more squeeful about my gifts than my treat, it's not because I didn't love the treat just as much, but because I suffer from the effect described in this handy graph.)

Writing-wise, it turned out to be an angsty, slashy Christmas for me. (Entirely by accident - I was working on a few other treats, but didn't get them finished in time. I guess that's what New Year's Resolutions are for.)

This was my assigned story:

Phil and the Yellow Dwarf (1480 words) by Andraste
Fandom: George and the Red Giant
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Phil Beard/George Newbould
Summary: Phil and George meet again under a different sun.

If you are wondering what George and the Red Giant is, it is a gloriously weird audio play in which Peter Jurasik and Andreas Katsulas play two contemporary Americans who find themselves on a strange world under a giant red sun. Where they are also trapped in the bodies of giant flying lemurs. And it only gets weirder and better from there.

(When I googled to find that link, I found that my story is now the fifth link down. Which I guess just goes to show that the source is indeed obscure. And makes me hope that Peter Jurasik and the people at Seeing Ear Theatre don't go around googling their old projects. Not that the slash would surprise them in this case.)

And then I wrote this treat:

White Devil (1215 words) by Andraste
Fandom: Tintin (Comics)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Chang Chong-Chen/Tintin
Summary: Tintin takes a wrong turn on the way down the mountain. (Or: a missing scene from Tintin in Tibet.)

Tintin/Chang is one of my childhood OTPs, and I've been meaning to write something about them ever since I started writing fanfiction. It only took thirteen years.


There is a long story about how I wrote my assignment (seriously, it may be longer than the fic) but I think I'll save that for another day. So, in summary: I got delightful presents, wrote about characters I've been meaning to get to for more than a decade, and produced fanfic about a source that nobody has ever written about before. Definitely a good Yuletide!
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It's that time of the year again! And although sign-ups haven't actually opened yet, I know what I want and have my prompts ready, so I might as well post this now.

Dear Yulegoat,

First of all, thank you for offering to write in one of my fandoms! I hope you have fun.

I'm pretty easy-going as far as content goes. I like gen, slash, femslash, het and whatever other genre or combination of genres you care to come up with. I love all of the fandoms and the characters I requested. The only thing I really don't want to see in your story is animal harm. (Oh, and as far as kinks go I am not into scat, watersports and other bodily fluids but those are just 'those kinks are not my kinks and that's OK' things.)

I am equally comfortable with any rating from G to NC-17. I don't mind angst and/or unhappy endings. Fluff is fine. Character death is fine. Violence is fine. Sex is fine. Christmas stories are fine. I love crossovers and dig AUs. I like both zombies and BDSM. (Uh, not that I expect a story about either of those things, they just seem to be mentioned in a lot of Yuletide letters.)

You can ignore everything here and just write me anything you want with the characters I requested. Optional details are optional, but I know most people like to have prompts to bounce off. Feel free to combine prompts.

Actual requests below the cut. Warning: Verbosity. )
andraste: Life is too short for cheap chocolate. (Kimono's Townhouse)
This is the quickest I've ever been at nominating - for a change, I already had my fandoms sorted before nominations opened, and I happened to be on LJ when the post opened, so I had it done within the first ten minutes. After a little horse-trading over which characters to include, all I need to do is sit back and wait for the tag set to be revealed.

For the sake of record-keeping, I nominated:

The Mysterious Cities of Gold
The Secret World
Jago & Litefoot
Those Who Hunt the Night - Barbara Hambly


Not sure about the tag for that last one, since the rest of the web seems to refer to it as the James Asher series, but that's what the AO3 has as the title. Makes me happy, anyway, since I don't see why James gets the series named after him. I know he's the POV character in the first book, but it could just as easily be the 'Lydia Asher Series' or the 'Don Simon Xavier Christian Morado de la Cadena-Ysidro Series' or the 'James/Lydia/Simon OT3 4Eva Series'. (No prizes for guessing what my request will look like, although I'd be happy with anything about the World's Most Sensible Vampire Love Triangle.)

I'm very happy that we'll be able to request six things this year, and scanning the nominations post to try and work out what else to ask for. Saga, maybe? Although Lying Cat is not in the character list so far.
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My longest Yuletide Madness story. And, in fact, the longest thing I wrote for Yuletide this year. (There was just no way that Documentation was going to be longer than it was, given the format.)

On Christmas Eve, I sat down and watched Singin' In The Rain, because what better way to celebrate than to sit down to the greatest musical ever brought to screen? (Especially since I'd done my annual rewatch of Die Hard the night before.) I had vague plans to maybe write a drabble or something for Yuletide Madness. On Christmas night, I sat down to put a few thoughts to keyboard and when I looked up there were five hundred words on the screen. I wrote and posted the whole thing over the course of about four hours, which would have been great if it hadn't resulted in my being awake until THREE IN THE GODDAMN MORNING.

A lot of people responded to this with 'your Cosmo voice is great!' which is just as well since I cannot get him to shut up. I think there may be more stories from me in this fandom eventually, since I have spent the time since Christmas telling certain imaginary people that my kitchen table is not an appropriate location for tap-dancing.

Anyway, I've loved this film since I was about nine. Don/Kathy/Cosmo was my OT3 long before I knew what an OT3 was. I think it shows.

Summary: By the time The Duelling Cavalier was previewed, Cosmo and Kathy were the best of friends. This is how.

Contains: Nothing more salacious than the film, really.

Relationships: If these three had Facebook, there would be liberal use of the 'it's complicated' option.

Fic below cut. )
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So, the veil of Yuletide anonymity has been withdrawn, and I can now reveal the things I wrote! My main story and the Madness treats can be seen on my works page at the AO3, but I will be posting them individually here over the next few days. (I like having a complete set of my work online in two different places, because I'm paranoid that way. Also, posting on my own journal gives me a chance to ramble a bit about how and why I wrote what I did.)

Anyway, for my main story this year I was assigned Dollhouse. This is a show about which I have many feelings, but I'd never written anything in the fandom before, so I was pleased to have a reason to do so.

Many of my Dollhouse-Related Feelings are Topher Brink Feelings so when I read my recipient's letter:

Topher, for me, is the best part of Dollhouse. I love that man's brain. Topher being Topher is all I really want-- a little bit of why he's that way would rock my socks.

... I was delighted. And then, briefly, panicked, because how was I going to get Topher to introspect? Then I started thinking about the 'why he's that way' part of the request and how Topher got to where he is and what people would think of him in two hundred years, and, well, the story just happened.

People seem to have liked what I wrote, since this went over bigger than anything I've ever written for Yuletide before. And it turned out to be a good Yuletide for my Topher Brink Feelings, as I also received a story about him!

Summary: Excerpts from 'Destroyer and Saviour: A Selection of Primary Sources Concerning Christopher Brink'.

Contains: Nothing more disturbing than what was on the show.

Read on. )
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Behold, more recs! I still feel like I've hardly scratched the surface of the archive, despite having read more than a hundred stories. Here are a few more of my favourites. Lots of Babylon 5 this time, since I finally sat down and read all the stories in that fandom. (Almost. The novella is going to have to wait, I fear, for when I have more time.)


In Flagrante (Babylon 5)

Three times Londo and G'Kar got caught. Funny and heartbreaking, just like their relationship should be.

Into Thin Air (Babylon 5)

I love the way the parts of this connect in unexpected ways, and Londo and G'Kar are perfect.

My Late Enchantments Still in Brilliant Colors Shine (Babylon 5)

Susan Ivanova discusses cargo manifests with a Technomage. This actually does contain equal parts wonder, delight, terror and whimsy. And a Technomages who didn't annoy me! Truly a Yuletide miracle.

The Price of a Favor (Babylon 5)

I've always wondered what Timov got up to during Cartagia's reign, and this is great and very plausible.

The Snow Maiden (Babylon 5)

Ivanova and a Russian fairy tale. Enchanting and sad.

The Measure of a Man (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)

I have only just started reading the fic about my other favourite space station, but I really liked this Damar story. He loses a lot, and finds some unexpected things as well.

Pastrami and Particles aka Winston's Third Day on the Job (Ghostbusters)

Winston! And Egon! Interacting! And busting ghosts! Forgive the superfluous exclamation marks, but I was delightfully surprised to see a great story about these two together. Not something you see enough of.

A Quite Different Case of Identity (Hark! A Vagrant/Sherlock Holmes/Raffles)

As someone who has been known to quote the Stupid Watson strip at people and also loves Raffles and Bunny, this was tailor-made for me. And I was not disappointed with the execution.

Scenes From A Gourmand Home Kitchen (Masterchef RPF)

Matt Preston sets out to conquer the croquembouche. I can totally see this happening. (Including, somewhat disturbingly, the part about the mango jam.)

Encounters with Elements (Sapphire and Steel)

Five people (well, actually, not all of them are people) observe Sapphire and Steel. Delightfully spooky, just like the show.
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You guys, I am having the perfect Yuletide. I got a great story that was everything I requested - more about that in a moment. I wrote something I'm happy with, and my recipient likes it! And so do other people, it seems, as I have plenty of comments and kudos. Moreover, I wrote four treats for Yuletide Madness this year, something I've never managed to do. (I think my muse has well and truly returned. The only reason I didn't post anything in the second half of December is I was saving it all for the ficathon.) And every one of these treats has received appreciative feedback from its recipient and other people! Truly, it is a Yuletide out of legend.

I think my stories this year are likely to be hard to spot simply because all five are in fandoms I've never written before. Although one of them has the oddest warning I have ever had to put on anything.

I have also had the joy of reading loads of great fanfic. And somehow managed to bookmark 275 stories that I have yet to read. Eep.

Anyway, recs. (Most of these are from the Madness collection, because the Madness collection is full of very short things.) I am reading in a completely random order.

in action how like an angel! in apprehension, how like a god! (Dollhouse)

This is the story that was written for me! It does a great job of bridging the immensely frustrating gap between end of the series and the future shown in the Epitaph episodes, all through Topher's eyes as his mind falls apart. My favourite part is getting to see more of his wonderfully layered relationship with Adelle.

Watchman (Baldur's Gate)

A touching glimpse at one way things could have gone for the Bhaalspawn's companions. And I can't say more without spoiling. (Except: psssst, [personal profile] lokisrose, go read this!)

The Tale of the Wet Hoof (CLOP)

I think anyone who has played CLOP for more than fifteen seconds has fantasised about doing this. Alas, making a getaway is really hard when you have trouble walking over rocks. Hilarious.

In Any Other World (His Dark Materials)

A beautiful ficlet about all the things Lyra does afterwards.

Somebody had to write this (so why not me?) (Meta - Fandom)

It had to happen eventually: an entirely fanwork comprised of nothing but freeform tags. (This reader is not sorry either.)

Get It Out in the Open (I Know I Have) (Monty Python RPF)

RPF is not usually my bivouac, but I'm really pleased I read this. It's a perfectly Monty Python coming out scene - by which I mean not that it contains dead parrots or silly walks, but that it comes at you from an unexpected angle. And there's a ukulele in it. Perfect character voices, and very touching.

Submitted For Your Approval (The Muppets/The Twilight Zone)

Yes, you read the fandoms right. This is an uncannily apt combination of two things that you wouldn't think would fit together. And yet they do. Maybe because Gonzo kind of does belong in the Twilight Zone. Delightful.

We Go Together (Like) (Oglaf)

I think the last thing I expected from Oglaf fandom this Christmas was a gen friendship story between these two characters. (Well, it's gen by Oglaf standards.) Left me with a ridiculous grin on my face, wondering why I'd never realised they would be perfect partners in crime.

Get Me To the Justice of the Peace On Time (Singin' in the Rain)

Beautiful character voices, and this is now totally my head canon for how Don and Kathy's wedding day went down.

Top Billing (Singin' in the Rain)

... and speaking of Singin' in the Rain head canon, Lina Lamont becoming her universe's equivalent of Hedda Hopper is a perfect idea. (She completely earns what happens in the film, mind you, but I've always hoped that she'd fall on her feet.) A sharp look at the future for everyone, and I love the character interaction here.
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Dear Yulegoat,

First of all, thank you for offering to write in one of my fandoms! I hope you have fun with it.

I'm a pretty easy-going fan as far as content goes. I like gen, slash, het, ampersand, bob, and whatever other genre or combination of genres you care to come up with. I love all of these fandoms and the characters I requested, so a story about whatever we've matched on will make me happy.

The only thing I really don't want to see in your story is animal harm, which is triggery for me. I cannot even imagine how that would come up in any of these requests, but bad things happening to animals is not something I want in my gift. (Oh, and as far as kinks go I am not into scat and watersports, but how likely is it that you were going to write those for Yuletide?)

I am equally comfortable with any rating from G to NC-17. I don't mind angst and/or unhappy endings. Fluff is fine. Character death is fine. Violence is fine. Sex is fine. Christmas stories are fine. I love crossovers and dig AUs. I like both zombies and BDSM. (Uh, not that I expect a story about either of those things, they just seem to be mentioned in a lot of Yuletide letters.)

Actual Requests Below the Cut )
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Having finally settled on my three precious fandoms, now I have to sort out the character nominations. The Mysterious Cities of Gold is easy, since there are only four characters I really care about, but the other two are proving a challenge.

I mean, choosing four characters from The Secret World, which has dozens of people I would be interested to hear more about? Torture!

I have decided that my third slot should go to Monster by Bigbang. But deciding how to nominate characters is tricky - should I just use the stage names of the band members? And given that there are only four slots, which one do I leave out?

Yuletide: why so difficult?
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Dear Yulegoat,

First of all, thank you for offering to write in one of my tiny fandoms! I hope you have fun with it.

I'm a pretty easy-going fan as far as content goes. I like gen, slash, het, ampersand, bob, and whatever other genre or combination of genres you care to come up with. I love all of these fandoms and the characters I requested, so a story about whatever we've matched on will make me happy.

The only thing I really don't want to see in your story is animal harm, which is triggery for me. I cannot even imagine how that would come up in any of these requests, but bad things happening to animals is not something I want in my gift. (Oh, and as far as kinks go I am not into scat and watersports, but how likely is it that you were going to write those for Yuletide?)

I am equally comfortable with any rating from G to NC-17. I don't mind angst and/or unhappy endings. Fluff is fine. Character death is fine. Violence is fine. Sex is fine. Christmas stories are fine. I love crossovers and dig AUs. I like both zombies and BDSM. (Uh, not that I expect a story about either of those things, they just seem to be mentioned in a lot of Yuletide letters.)

Actual Requests Below the Cut )
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There's a whole post of nominated fandoms here, but these are mine.

The Mysterious Cities of Gold

Nominated Mendoza, Esteban, Zia and Tao. This is the fandom I nominate every year, and I will patiently keep doing that until someone writes it for Yuletide.

G.I. Joe: Renegades

Choosing just four characters here was agony. Scarlett and Snake-Eyes were easy, but I had an awful time narrowing down the rest of the cast. I eventually chose Tunnel Rat and Roadblock, but not without much agonizing over Ripcord, Storm Shadow, Jinx, Cobra Commander, the Baroness and Destro. I could have filled two more nomination slots just with extra characters I love from this fandom. (Duke also got left out. But since Duke is one of the tiny handful of fictional characters I actually hate, I was never going to nominate him.)

The Felix Castor Series - Mike Carey

Because I want fic about Fix and Juliet. (I threw Rafi and Nicky Heath onto the nominations list because it seemed wasteful not to fill all the slots.) This is the only one that hasn't been approved already, and somehow I doubt that a mod will discover a giant cache of Felix Castor stories that will keep it out of Yuletide. (Although if you know where one is ...)
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First of all, thank you for volunteering to write for me! All the fandoms I asked for are pretty non-existant, so I will be delighted to see anything at all written for me.

Things I do not like include character bashing, non-con that is pretending not to be non-con, and sexualized mentor/student relationships. Also, I have no idea how it would even come up, but I find bad things happening to animals deeply upsetting. I would rather there were nothing of that sort in your story.

Apart from those few things, I am easy to please! I'm happy with gen, het, slash or something that defies fandom genre conventions altogether. (I also like OT3s, for the record.) Plot is great, but so is two characters sitting in a room talking to each other. I like h/c, happy endings or sad endings are fine. I love all of these characters, and it's not as though the universe is brimming with fic about any of them. Just having a story will make me happy. I've made a few suggestions below in case you're stuck, but feel free to ignore them entirely if you already have a concept.

(Can I just stress again that I like gen, het and slash? Equally? I will not be disappointed with any of them in any combination.)

Specifics about each request below the cut. )

Anyway, there you have my rambling thoughts on the subject of Yuletide! I hope you have fun writing.
andraste: Why, yes, this is my tentacle sex icon ... (Shiny Objects)
So after much agonizing back and forth, I finally managed to settle on just six things to nominate for Yuletide. In alphabetical order:

Batman: The Brave and the Bold

Because there can never be too many characters listed for this wacky, wonderful fandom! Imagine, if you will, the sixties Batman series only with an infinite budget and access to all the inhabitants of the DC universe, including all the ones that have been invented since then like Jaime Reyes and Booster Gold. I don't think I have a request in mind, but even though it was already on the nominations list I had to make doubly sure it got in.

Dead Gorgeous

Completely charming British-Australian co-produced children's series about three sisters who died in the nineteenth century, only to find themselves resurrected as 'living ghosts' in the twenty-first. Constantly demonstrates that sisterhood is powerful, especially when you can walk through walls. I doubt anyone else in fandom has even heard of this, but Yuletide is all about trying to find that one other person on the planet who loves the source you love.

GI Joe (Marvel Comics)

Hooray, it is getting un-merged! The form would not let me enter it as just (comics) so I thought it might be a good idea to specify that I want the Marvel series, not the Devil's Due issues or the IDW reboot or the Dark Horse mini or ... (GI Joe fandom: more complicated than you thought.)

The Question

Eighties comic by Denny O'Neil starring my favourite DC character. I'm so glad that the whole thing is now out in trades and I have been able to catch up on it only twenty years later. It's great stuff and I would love to see some fic based on it.

Titan Maximum

Speaking of the eighties, if you grew up watching Lion Force Voltron and are the kind of person who laughs at Robot Chicken, this might be the show for you. Titan Maximum will transform into a giant robot and punch the fuck out their enemies, assuming they can ever stop bickering long enough.

Tripod versus the Dragon

After [identity profile] jedi-penguin.livejournal.com mentioned nominating the Tripod song The Hotdog Man in the brainstorming post, I a) got it stuck in my head for the whole day and b) started thinking about all the other Tripod things that would make great fanfic. Did that guy ever win the Rock Eisteddfod? Did the lonesome/gregarious cowboy disappear, or was it just a metaphor? Did Gatesy ever work out where a woman's ghost ship was? Ultimately, though, my love of tabletop roleplaying won out. Maybe someone will tell me how they dealt with that dead orc and if Scod's fighter ever cross-classed as a bard ...

There were a bunch of other fandoms I was interested in that were already on the nominated list with all the characters I might be interested in, so I haven't even really narrowed down my nominations that much. Still, the flailing is always part of the fun.
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Since the beginning of my Yuletide reading was so long delayed this year, I decided that I'd begin by working my way through the shorter Yuletide Madness stories before the reveal. That meant I got through lots of fic in lots of different fandoms despite my late start. Anyway, there were many brilliant stories under a thousand words in this year's challenge.

Before I get to those, though, I must thank the author who wrote my awesome Yuletide gift, an Order of the Stick story in the form of a letter Vaarsuvius writes to hir children. The characterisation is spot-on and the author does a great job of getting both the painful, serious aspects of the story and the silly stuff that comes of living in a world governed by a D&D ruleset.

Now, onwards to the Madness recs! Since they are so short, you have time to read them all ...

Thirty-six stories in twenty-six fandoms below cut. )

The good part about starting late is that I still have SO MUCH TO READ. I seem to have somehow bookmarked three hundred and fifty Yuletide stories.

I do really wish there was a way of sorting those bookmarks - I'm guessing it's planned for a future update, since the archive is not yet fully functional. I have fallen firmly in love with the AO3 during the challenge, though. At least when something about the way it's set up annoys me, I know that it may be fixed in the future. (And I can go make suggestions for improvement! I think I will wait a few days until the poor archivists have recovered a bit, though.)
andraste: Why, yes, this is my tentacle sex icon ... (Shiny Objects)
My internet time has been severely curtailed by spending the past week with my family, who keep expecting me to do things and talk to people. The only Yuletide story I have managed to actually read is the one written for me! However, not everything has passed me by. A brief summary of my recent activities in emoticon form:

Christmas Day: :(

Boxing Day: :D

Yuletide: :)

Sherlock Holmes: \o/

The End of Time, Part One: o_O

Expanded Thoughts On These Subjects Below Cut. Trailer spoilers only. )
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Astonishingly, I have managed to make my entire first pass through the archive before the big reveal. A leisurely New Year's Day well spent.

I am also stunned by the quality this year - not to diss previous Yuletides, but there's been a truly staggering amount of good fic this time. I look forward to going through other people's recommendations and reading more stories in fandoms I'm less familiar with.

Twenty-five more recs below the cut. )

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