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Dear Yuletide Writer,

I signed up for all hockey stuff, because I am obsessed. Since you're offering, I'm sure you like hockey, too. YAY, HOCKEY!


I can, have, and will read pretty much anything. That said, I'm not a huge fan of either pregnancy or kidfic, although I have read it and enjoyed it in the past. I'm also not super into slice-of-life, domestic fic, or normal AUs (like coffee shop AUs or teacher AUs).

On the other hand, I do like magic or space or supernatural or crossover AUs, as long as hockey is still involved somehow. My #1 favorite trope is Time Travel Fix-It, which I can read all day long. I'm also a big fan of Secret Identity and Outsider POV.

Vegas Golden Knights: Maybe something with the magical being that is Flower. Or a story about team bonding, with everyone pranking on The Real Deal James Neal. Gen, slash, het, genderswap, romance, hardcore smut, animal transformation, secretly-an-elf-prince, George McPhee as a demonic force from hell, the weird gila monster Chance mascot, anything.

Washington Capitals: I really like Ovi. I want him to win a Cup (stupid Penguins). I hate how the hockey pundits always put him down, because they're racist old, rich, white dudes. The rest of the Capitals are awesome, too. I could do with a story about Ovi after the latest second-round exit recovering from his woes. It could be sexual, it could be angsty, it could be magical (I love me some Hockey Gods trope), etc.

Pittsburgh Penguins: OK, so, Jaromir Jagr. My favorite player of all time. Since the signup is about the Penguins, I guess you should write about a young Jarda, possibly in a heady threeway relationship with Mario and Nathalie. But feel free to follow him all the way to Calgary, if that is your wish, gambling and fucking teammate's girlfriends all the way! I love me some wise old magical Jagr.

Winnipeg Jets: Patrik Laine. He kinda looks like the Joker, doesn't he? He needs to smile or he looks like a psychopath. What could make him smile more than winning? Holy shit, that team needs to start winning! An everything-goes-right, perfect-world Cup run story might be nice? Or, like, a team orgy. Something good, fluffy puppies and rainbows (and a new coach who knows how to put together special teams). Nice things need to happen to this dude!

Philadelphia Flyers: Orange is love. Fuck the Blackhawks. Carter and Richards got their Cups, but it should have been with the Flyers. Time-Travel Fix-It? Giroux and Briere angstfest? Whatever is fine.

So, like, I know I pretty much suck at giving prompts, but you can look at my bookmarks on AO3 to see what kind of stories I like, I guess:

Thank you for writing a story for me, you rock!
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I'm currently working as a book appraiser at an internet retailer, which is a fancy way of saying I do data entry. I went to a seminar this July in Colorado all about the rare book trade and am setting up a website to sell antiquarian books on at the moment. So far, the oldest book I've worked with was published in 1560, and I regularly price books from the 17th-19th centuries. Basically, I do a lot of reading up on history to do my job and a general rule of thumb is that if the author of the book I'm researching has a Wikipedia page, then it's important and I have to break out the heavier research materials and bibliographies. For example, I spent an hour the other day reading about a woman who published books in Paris during the French Revolution. That kind of stuff.

I've gotten into posting on Instagram, mostly pictures of books, dogs, and eggs (more about that later). It's a nice way to share hobbies and get an instant hit of yay! from the likes you get. I also read Twitter and Tumblr every few days, but I almost never post on those platforms. And I read DW, too, but I think this is my first real post here in awhile. I've lost contact with most of my LJ/fandom friends, which makes me sad.

I was kicked out of my Kinship in LOTRO after 10 years for not playing enough, but I guess that's OK, because I'm not playing it very much at all anymore, even with the new Mordor expansion. I'm playing ESO fairly regularly. My favorite thing is decorating my house in ESO, it's super awesome! I've also taken to playing Pokemon Go on the regular (I'm team Instinct, sigh), along with another free mobile game called Love Nikki Dress Up Queen, which is just as ridiculous as it sounds.

I've decided on a self-improvement campaign to learn French, so I got a bunch of books and have been doing DuoLingo for it. I wish I could find some Quebecois CDs so I can understand some of the Canadian movies I tried watching on YouTube.

My main hobby lately has been writing pysanky, which are traditional Ukrainian Easter eggs, although most of my designs are not very traditional. Just Google the word pysanky and you'll see what I mean.

A friend of mine has wanted to write a book for awhile now and we've been attempting to struggle though together, which is kinda funny when you consider that we are both friends with several people who are actual writers and/or published authors while neither of us are. I fear she is discouraged and that I'm more into it than she is, though.

Speaking of writing, I was thinking about signing up for Yuletide again this year. I mean, one fanfic a year, that almost makes me a writer, right? Right.

I've been having a few medical issues lately, including one where I'm not getting enough of a nutrient in my diet because it primarily comes from a food that I am allergic to. I mean, wtf is that, sheesh. My doctor also said I was pre-diabetic, which is scary. :( My dad was diabetic and had heart disease and he was thin and ate healthy, which I am not and do not, so yeah...

My co-worker I could geek out about hockey with was fired, so I don't really have anyone to get nerdy with anymore. But hockey starts again in a month, so yay! I might try to get tickets to a Ducks game and drag someone with me this year because the Kings/Sharks game my ex-co-worker and I went to last season was so much fun (but driving into L.A. and dealing with the Staples Center was NOT FUN). I have a bunch of hockey t-shirts/clothing which I wear quite often so that people can identify me as part of the hockey tribe and strike up conversations with me... or something. I dunno, it's kinda funny when some dudebro tries to mansplain me and I know more about hockey shit than he does.

I've almost completely stopped reading published fiction. Instead, I'm into creative non-fiction, books about hockey history, and fanfic. OK, mostly fanfic.
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Dear Yuletide Author,

You can find my bookmarks on AO3 here to get a taste of what I like.

General Stuff I Like:
1) I am a HUGE crossover fan. I started reading fanfic about 20 years ago and some of my earliest fanfic explorations were on the Gossamer Archive for The X-Files, where I basically read EVERYTHING in the crossover section. And that was a lot. Even if I had no clue about what the other fandoms were.
2) The trope that will make me read ANY story, no matter if it is poorly written or I don't even know the fandom, is the Time Loop. I'm also a ZOMG!HUGE fan of the Set Right What Once Went Wrong trope, a la Day Break, Quantum Leap, Early Edition, Seven Days, etc. Time travel stories where someone wakes up young again and has a chance to relive their life to fix [insert tragedy here] are like my fanfic kryptonite.
3) I adore Outsider POV that makes completely plausible theories over what is going on but the reader knows they're wrong and/or the Insider POV where the main character is keeping tons of secrets from everyone else in the story, especially identity-related secrets.
4) I'll read any pairing, although I do tend to gravitate towards slash. I also adore Gen fic.

General Stuff I Don't Like:
I'm hard to squick. I'm not a big fan of kidfic, but I'll read it and enjoy it if it's written well. Torture porn is a big turn-off, as is infantalization. My biggest turn-off in a fic is first person/present tense writing. I don't really know why, but I just can't stand reading it. I've read amazing summaries for fanfics or synopses for novels that I'm really excited about reading and I open the book and see it's in first person/present tense and I'll put it right back down.

Fandom Requests )


Aug. 16th, 2015 04:42 pm
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I have exactly 1,892 books. I have not read them all. They are all easily accessible to me and all in decent condition. And yet, I feel that I have nothing to read.

I have read down to the dregs in all of the fandoms I adore, and read outside of my preferred fandoms due to excellent authors. I need something new to read.

I can't help but feel that I am doing something wrong.
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There is a little girl. She's in third grade. She has one blue eye and one hazel-green eye. When she met me, she thought it was pretty cool that I have two different colored eyes, too.

After school yesterday, on a day that another student also noticed my eyes, I turned on the radio and sat in my car gasping in horror. I never go into the teacher's lounge for lunch, so I didn't know.

All I can think about is the little girl with the two different colored eyes. I know she's okay. I know it wasn't her. But it could have been, and it makes me so angry and so scared.
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A series of drabbles about Methos. Pretty dang awesome.
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I think maybe I'll transfer my fic rec LiveJournal Spacedoc here? Or maybe not.
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Fandom: Stargate: Atlantis
Pairings: John Sheppard/Rodney McKay (+ many other pairings including McKay/Carter, Weir/Zelenka, Jackson/O'Neill, Beckett/Kusanagi, Lorne/OMC, OMC/OMC, OFC/OFC, and OMC/OFC)
Length: 272,000ish words
Author Links:

Summary: After the death of his submissive, Colonel John Sheppard spent four years alone. Grief and anger pushed him and made him even more ambitious in his career. Taking Dr. Rodney McKay into his life and his bed was supposed to be a political maneuver– but then he met the man and everything he thought he wanted changed in an instant.

Dr. Rodney McKay has spent a year alone after divorcing his Domme and cutting her collar off in public. He doesn’t know if he’s ready for a new Dom but he does know he wants Atlantis and Colonel John Sheppard’s collar is his path to the city of the Ancients. Then the Marine put his hands on him and Rodney realizes that he’s already half way to risking his heart again.

Neither man was prepared for the explosive combination of their sexual dynamic and the intense emotional connection that would burn between them like an inferno.

Reccer's Notes: This is a series of 12+ stories set in a BDSM AU. You've probably read that concept before, but this particular author takes the concept and runs with it in such a delightful way that it leaves you panting for more. Graphic descriptions of sex, violence, and scary things. These stories will take you out of your comfort zone, but in a good way. When you get to the last story and then finish reading the snippets you'll immediately hunger for a new one. Until she writes more, you'll definitely want to check out the rest of her gorgeous stories, too (my particular favorite series is The Sentinels of Atlantis).

Story Links: Ties That Bind by Keira Marcos
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