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2014-10-28 07:57 am

Dear Yuletide Writer (2014)

Hello!!!

Did you know how wonderful you are? You should, because you are super-duper wonderful! Never let anyone tell you different.

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sinesofinsanity: Because Batcow (Batcow)
2013-10-14 11:59 am

Dear Yuletide Writer

Hello!

Thank you in advance! You are the wonderfulest of YuleGoats :)

Max Overacts

I requested: Anything! Tell a story about Max and Klaus's adventures in busking, or as the investigative team Pagett and Crossley, or something about Andi and her band, or how Andi got her job at the radio, or put Eleanore in charge of teaching Max how to play soccer. Really any fun story in this fandom would be great.

*Also requested last year, feel free to check out that Yuletide letter for other ideas/thoughts

Note: If you haven't read this I highly recommend checking it out, the archive isn't that big, but it's set up like a newspaper comic strip so although there are loose storylines, you don't really need to know the backstory to jump in on the most recent strip

This is easily my favourite webcomic right now. The characters and their interactions are so much fun, and they all feel like real people that you might run into on the street. I love Max's imagination and how Klaus is always gung-ho to join in, while still being chill enough to avoid the drama Max finds himself in. I love Andi's sarcasm and "I'm way too cool for you" attitude. I love Eleanore's exuberance and complete lack of filter. Basically, I'm looking for just a fun story with the charaters being themselves . Give them a bit of an adventure. You don't have to use the characters nominated either if you'd rather write Sir Allan or Odessa or Janet or Becky or James or ANYONE!

AUs or future!fic or pre-canon stories are cool, though I would prefer something grounded in the realism of the comics. Also, keep it gen please, these are kids after all :)

What Would The Robin Do Then - Jean Little
I requested: What happens next? Do Edward and Rosa go to the same school? Does Edward ever see Natalie again? Does Rosa invite Edward back for dinner? Does Rosa meet Edward’s dad or Edward meet Mr Lopez? Does the woman from the church group come back? Did Mario and Rosa fit in alright at school? What does Edward do when he grows up? You don’t have to answer any particular question, just tell me something that happens after the story.

*Also requested last year, feel free to check out that letter for other ideas/thoughts

This is my Christmas book. I don't read it every year, but when I do I read it at Christmas. Jean Little is so good at creating day-in-the-life scenes that completely capture the characters to make you feel like you've always known them. But for some reason, this story always felt incomplete to me. I always want to know what happens next. Where did the characters go from there? Feel free to go in whatever direction you like with that, you can show as much or as little as you like (I don't mind being left with more "Then what?" questions). You can set it as far in the future as you like, 20 years down the line or the next day. You can make it about as few or as many characters as you like. Just, what were the repurcusions of Edward and Natalie dropping in to lunch with Rosa and Marco? Were there any?

The Mask of Zorro (1998)
I requested: Post-movie Elena and Alejandro (or just Elena) being bad-ass. Maybe saving Zorro from something, maybe helping Zorro with a mystery, maybe someone suspects Alejandro is Zorro so Elena dons the mask briefly, maybe he uses his Zorro persona to cause a distraction while she does espionage/rescuing/sabotage/badass-ness.

I like to think of Zorro is the original superhero. The swashbuckling, mysterious fox. Elena in this movie was such an interesting character: as the biological daughter of the original Zorro, and the emotional daughter of his greatest enemy, but also as a young woman discovering her place in this strange new country, learning about the injustices in it, and deciding to do something about them. I'd love a story that gives her some time to shine. Something that lets her say "I don't need a mask to be a hero". Or "I don't need to hit things with pointy sticks to have an impact". I liked many of the things she did in the sequel, investigating and being battle-couple with Alejandro. I love battle-couples and badass families. Can you imagine how much better the sequel would have been if Joaquim had knon from the begining about his family's connection with the masked hero? They could have been a full blown Zorro family! Anything Elena-centric would be excellent.

Honey I Shrunk The Kids (1989)
I requested: Amy being quietly brilliant. Maybe she fixes one of her dad's experiments before it blows up the house, maybe she subtle-y rules theatre camp, maybe she's the one her brothers turn to when things go crazy for them, maybe she does double degrees in english lit and particle physics while serving as a VP on her student union, maybe she goes into the backyard and rescues some ants from the sprinkler. Something to show her untapped potential being used.

Amy always struck me as sort of calmly confident. Maybe she's not a genius like her brother, but she knows where she is and can deal with things when they come. I could be reading too much into the movie but she seemed to come to terms with being shrunk fairly easily. Sort of a "that happened, now how do we deal with it?" attitude. She's in the sequel for less than two minutes and spends it giving advice to her brother, advice he seems to listen to more than to his parents. It doesn't have to be anything big, just Amy being subtly crazily competent at life.


World War Z - Max Brooks
I requested:
A side view of the narrator, what do some of the people talking to him or escorting him around think of his project/mission or what they've heard. What do they see/think when they travel with him/meet him? Alternately, Jessika Hendricks, the young woman in northern Manitoba, what happened in between travelling north and working to 'clean up' frozen zombies?
Alternately, what happened to New Zealand?

Okay, this one's kind of mean because the characters I requested weren't ones nominated. But though reading the book I was fascinated with the idea of this narator travelling the world to talk to all these people about what was inevitably the most horrifying experience of their lives. Does he have a camera-man travelling along with him listening to these stories too and wishing to tell his own? Do his drivers/local guides resent him for making them go to all these places or are they just glad the stories being told? Do the people he's interviewing appreciate the questions? Do they ever ask him to tell his own story to build some kind of rapport? Does he ever go back to see them again? Note that I'm using the third-party "he" (English is a limiting language) so if you see the narrator as a woman, transgendered, or genderqueer, great. (I actually have almost no picture of the narrator. Or if I do, it's a different picture depending on the interviewee)
The first alternate option is just one other story that fascinated me. Jessika's story ends with her as a child, but she's clearly seen between paragraphs to be competent at killing half frozen zombies with an axe. How did she get that way? I'm also just a sucker for Northern Canada as a setting.
The last alternate option is actually a series of alternates. What happened in all the places the narrator didn't go to or didn't interview someone from. Sure there was a story from Brazil, but that was pre-outbreak. What happened there during the war? Pick any place that you're familiar with that isn't covered in the book and tell me what happened during World War Z.

General Notes
I love characters and character interactions. I like adventure and seeing how different characters react to different situations, or anything that lets a character's personality shine.

I usually prefer gen, but am cool with het, slash, femslash, etc provided it isn't the central focus of the story. In general for ratings use the source material as a guide.

I am super excited for any of these fandoms. Optional details are optional. Have fun with it and it'll be sure to make me smile. :D


sinesofinsanity: For squeeing (Batman Squee)
2012-11-02 06:12 pm

Dear Yuletide Writer

 Dear YuleGoat

First of all, thanks in advance. You are a wonderful, magical person, and we like some of the same things! Isn’t that great! :D


What Would The Robin Do Then? – Jean Little
 

I requested: What happens next? Do Edward and Rosa go to the same school? Does Edward ever see Natalie again? Does Rosa invite Edward back for dinner? Does Rosa meet Edward’s dad or Edward meet Mr Lopez? Does the woman from the church group come back? Did Mario and Rosa fit in alright at school? What does Edward do when he grows up? You don’t have to answer any particular question, just tell me something that happens after the story.

Jean Little was my favourite author for years as a kid, but I didn’t find this collection of short stories until I was an adult. The stories are classic Jean Little: a glimpse into real life, at kids dealing with real life problems that are often glossed over or ignored in more traditional children’s stories. (How many stories have you read with characters with cerebral palsy?)

As much as I love this story, it has always left me with a feeling of “Then what?” Real life doesn’t have neat, clean endings so neither does this, but real life keeps going. So what happens next? What are the repercussions of the story?

You can set this as far into the future as you like. What happens the next day, or where Edward and/or Rosa and/or Natalie are in fifty years or any-when in between. You can use as many or as few of the characters as you like (if you want to only use Mario, great, if you want to use/create a huge cast, also great). You can also pair people up as you see fit, but keep it gen or PG (implications are okay, explicit violence and/or sex not so much)

Lastly, you can set it anywhere you like although I would prefer (if setting is important, it doesn’t have to be) that the canon story is in Canada.

Max Overacts

I requested: Max and Andi being sibling-y, or Max and Klaus being best friends-y or both or something else! Maybe Andi has to babysit Max and the power goes out. Or Andi has to watch Max and Klaus at her work while they wait for their parents after school. Or tell the story of how Max and Klaus met. Or Andi’s first non-ears piercing. Or Max and Klaus sneak into the high school to watch Objects of Interest compete in a Battle Of The Bands. Or the further mystery tales of Padgett and Crossley. Or take the Calvin and Hobbes comparisons to the logical extreme and have Max meet Calvin (as child or aged-up to reflect the time since CaH was published).  Focus on character interactions, but give them a bit of an adventure.

I love the characters in this comic. The different personalities and interactions are brilliant. Even the background characters such as the kids in Max’s or Andi’s classes have personalities and their own adventures (or enough artistic detail to make you believe they do). Each character is completely unique and they work together or not brilliantly.

Andi is fantastic. She’s a sarcastic, no-holds-barred, self-centred without noticing it teenager. She’s quick to jump to the defense of her friends, but takes offense to not being the obvious leader of her band, Objects of Interest. Her relationship with Max is saturated with pranks and sibling rivalry, but she’s always got his back.

Klaus is Max’s number two, but so much more than that. He provides Max with a sidekick to do theatrics and try out new ideas with, while keeping him grounded when Max gets too caught up in his own drama. Klaus is shown to have an imagination to rival Max’s own, but without the drive to do anything with it. It’s also been hinted that his mom is raising him on her own, which is an interesting element as it leads him to look up to Max’s dad.

With respect to the prompt, pretty much any story in this fandom would be squee-worthy.  Feel free to branch out and use other characters. If you want to do a story featuring only Eleanore or Jacob or anyone at all go for it. While I would prefer a story that’s grounded in the realism of the comic, AUs or future-fic are also excellent. But keep it gen, using the comic itself as a ratings indicator.

House Hippos

I requested: Something with interaction between house hippos and humans. Tell a story about the scientists who study house hippos. Or a child who finds a nest of house hippos and tries to keep them as pets. Or someone who has to keep rescuing house hippos from their cat, or rescue their cat from the house hippos. Or crossover with The Borrowers or The Littles. Or tell the house hippo’s perspective of the family whose house they live in. Animals can only talk to other animals. Humans can talk to animals, but they may or may not understand.

More than any other PSA I saw as a child, house hippos invaded the collective conscious because it was a case of the PSA lying to you and admitting they lied to you, but it was a lie that would have been so GREAT if it was true.

House hippos became a thing without making a big deal about it. I’ve heard people say “A house hippo stole my sock”, and they’re the source of the odd joke that make people smile and say “oh yeah, I remember that.”

Regarding the prompt, I’m looking for a story that accepts house hippos as a normal part of life. Who are the people who interact with the house hippos? If you are at all familiar with either The Littles  by John Peterson and Roberta Carter Clark or The Borrowers by Mary Norton I would love a story about how the tiny people living behind the walls have to deal with hippos sharing their space. Maybe a tiny family moves into a new house and it’s infested with house hippos! Or house hippos move into the tiny family’s long term house. Keep in mind that when not tiny, hippos are very dangerous creatures.

If you’re not familiar with either books, no worries (although I recommend them if you’re a fan of children’s literature, you can probably find at least one of either series at your library). Go wherever you like with the concept. If house hippos were real, how would people deal with them? How would you? 

No dialogue between humans and animals, although you can feel free to have humans who know the animals understand them (similar to how people understand their pets/animal roommates). No inter-species pairings.

General notes:

Things I like: I love character interactions and development. Characters who have unique personalities and motivations, whether those compliment or clash. I love the fantastic adventures of ordinary life and adding flair and drama to daily routine.

Things to avoid: I’ve requested gen or PG. As a rule of thumb, be no more explicit than the source material. This is not to avoid pairings, but I would rather the pairing not be the entire point of the story.

As Ferrris Bueller would say “no isms”. That is, stay away from language that is racist, sexist, ableist, homophobic, etc. Err on the side of caution.

Optional details are optional. Just have fun.

All of these fandoms are things I love and will love to see fic for. Fanficiton is great for filling in gaps in stories and exploring new aspects of characters, but it’s also a celebration of the works and a display of everyone’s different experiences with a work and the different things they take from it/reasons they love it.

sinesofinsanity: For use in leading quests and destorying balrongs (beaker)
2011-11-20 10:46 pm
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Yuletide

Boo.

So apparently due to an inability to calculate time zones (you mean midnight in Greenwich is early evening in Ontario? Since when?) I missed the Yuletide sign-ups this year.  I'm on the pitch hitter list though and will probably volunteer to beta for someone so I guess you could say I'm half participating. :)

Looking forward to the madness.