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Dear Yuletide Santa,

This is my first time doing Yuletide; I'm very excited. I hope my requests were written well enough to start giving you ideas for stories. I’ve never seen any fics for most of the fandoms I requested (and I haven’t yet written any myself), so in general anything in them will make me happy. I haven’t produced much fan fiction but if you click on the tag to the right for “fan fiction” you’ll be able to see what I’ve posted. Somehow most of it ends up being humor. I do love funny fic but the other genres are wonderful, too. I do like some characters more than others (names are given in the following sections) but I am good with stories not involving these characters if you can’t think of anything involving them, or the suggested prompts don’t work for you.

My requests:


--Peter S Beagle – Tamsin
Suggestions: another person in Jenny’s family sees or senses Tamsin/a story set during Tamsin’s lifetime/something involving one of the supernatural characters Jenny meets (ex. the pooka)

I love just about every bit of this novel. In case it isn’t super-obvious from the other fandom notes in this letter, I have a fascination with the supernatural and mythology/folklore. I like just about all the characters in the novel (I don’t know that “like” strictly applies to Judge Jeffreys, but he is a very interesting character).



--Elizabeth Hand – Mortal Love
Suggestions: a story involving the persona of Evienne Upstone and the Pre-Raphaelites mentioned in the novel/one of Nick’s earlier encounters with Larkin, canon (ex. Sira mentions Nick saw her in Budapest) or invented

I have a fixation on the Pre-Raphaelites and would love it if you could do a story involving one or more of them. I’m also very fond of some the other side characters, such as Red and Sita. Nick too, though he’s more of a minor-main character. I find Learmont to be annoying. Some of my favorite parts are when the characters are discussing the mythology and literature involved (ex. Blodeuedd and Robert Graves).



--Robert Holdstock – Mythago Wood series
Suggestions: a story focusing on the mythology of the forest and people in it/what do the people at Ryhope Manor and in the village think of the forest?

One of the parts of the Mythago Wood series that always interested me most were the discussions of the wood itself, the characters from various mythologies to be found in it, how it holds stories from different time periods at the same time, etc. My favorite characters are Harry Keeton, Tallis Keeton, and Steven Huxley. So far, the books I’ve read in the series are: Mythago Wood; Lavondyss; The Hollowing; Gate of Ivory, Gate of Horn.



--Elizabeth Kostova – The Historian
Suggestions: Helen while she travels after leaving Paul and daughter/how did the books end up with their recipients?

This series has some of my favorite things: travels throughout multiple countries, academics going on adventures, stories told through letters and journals, stories within stories, amazing libraries and archives, and vampires that are actually scary and not at all romantic. Helen is one of my favorite characters, along with her mother, aunt, and the Boras.


Have fun! I look forward to reading your story.

Date: 2009-11-06 12:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] van.livejournal.com
Okay, this is probably poor Yuletide form, but signing up today I noticed that Mythago Wood had been requested and no one had offered it. I read Mythago Wood and Lavondyss yeaaaars ago and that inspired me very much as a kid to get into writing. (It's been so long that I hardly remember, but I do remember writing a story about burying masks in the ground and naming places through them, and I know that was inspired by the books.) I'm not confident enough to offer the fandom, unfortunately, and I don't know where my copies of the books are anymore let alone time enough to reread them for Yuletide, but. Mostly I wanted to say I DIDN'T KNOW THERE WERE MORE THAN JUST THOSE TWO BOOKS! So now I am very excited at the concept of discovering more of that world and rereading those books when I get the chance. Maybe next Yuletide!

Basically, thanks for making me remember those books again! It's been so long since I thought about them and they really did influence me greatly as a young teen to get into writing, etc. :D Its funny, now I'm getting all sorts of half-remembered memories, of a girl turning into a tree and all sorts of wonderful stuff. I really do wish I had the time to find and reread them now~

Date: 2009-11-06 02:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] amelia-petkova.livejournal.com
I don't care if it isn't proper Yuletide form, I'm just thrilled at hearing that somebody else has read these books!!! You've made my day. And there was a new book published recently! It's titled Avilion. Sadly, it's only been published in Great Britain here so far and I'm in the U.S. I might have to look into getting it from the UK Amazon website.

The college I went to for undergrad was very flat and mostly open space, except for this tiny section of woods near the edges of the campus. I started referring to it as "Ryhope Wood" during my last year there. :)

You should check out Robert Holdstock's website. (:http://robertholdstock.com/")

Date: 2009-11-06 04:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] van.livejournal.com
I figure since I didn't sign up for it and thus won't get matched with you, it isn't such a bad thing. At least, that's what I'll tell myself. You can screen these comments later if you don't want to scare off whoever does get assigned you. And hey, this means you didn't have to wait until December to get to talk about it. :D I'm so glad it made your day, it rather made mine too! I wish the books weren't all packed away now! I also wish I could find that story I wrote as a kid. I'm sure it's terrible, but man, the lolz!

Thank you for the link to his website, I will definitely check that out soon. It sounds like I've got a lot of books to catch up on, so maybe by the time I get to it Avilion will be released her. If not . . . well there are ways to get books from England!

I just remember how strangely magical those books were. I don't even know how I got them. They certainly weren't what the other 13-year-olds around me were reading! XD

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