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24 October 2014 @ 12:28 pm
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Helicopters are circling the neighborhood, and yet I'm too distracted by trying to sign up for Yuletide to even wonder why.

Oh, Yuletide. I always seem to miss the window for submitting fandoms, and then when I go to see what's available to request/offer, it's this discombobulating experience of "Huh?" There are a lot of comics/graphic-novels/anime fandoms, most of which I don't know but which would be confounding to me anyway. Writing fanfic for an animated medium just glitches for me. If I've seen a film version with actors, it's possible, but otherwise... *brainlock* There are TV shows I don't watch, books I've never read or didn't like (hi, Susan Cooper!), and other puzzling things. Though I'm pretty sure I have these same thoughts every year. :D

Mainly, it's the pressure of, "But could I write a minimum-thousand-word story for this?" Because we all know my micro-ficcing tendencies. OTOH, I see that "Cities, Anthropomorphic" is a category, and I actually wrote something for that last year as an extra treat. Still... probably a fluke.

Bayern Munich RPF is on the list, and that rings a bell because it's the soccer team my daughter has gone nuts over (verified via Google, because how many teams have a player named Schweinsteiger ("pig overseer," or pig farmer))?

Nonetheless, I _will_ find something. And you should, too. Only two days left, and that's probably on European time!

The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on October 24th, 2014 07:48 pm (UTC)
I'm starting to accumulate some "maybes" in the offerings, but have to go back and check the other tags. For instance, last year's "Die Hard 4" category did not have John McClane as a requestable character! Something else was similar-- the main character was not one of the choices. And is "The Hidden" that alien/cop buddy movie with Kyle MacLachlan? Well, more to the point... could I write something for that? :D

The request side is harder for me, in that I typically want slash (but not kinky slash, or OOC slash, or where the characters are girly), and that often doesn't turn out well. Or I get confounded by, "Yes! Love the fandom! But I was satisfied with the original/I have no idea what I'd write for it, so what would I ask for?"

Thanks goodness your previous signups are available from prior years-- I wind up looking to see what I asked for before, so I can request it again. ;)

My favorite part is usually the random, unplanned stuff I write as Yuletide Madness treats. Cities anthropomorphic, Harvard/MIT slash, Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock poetry, etc.

I'm glad you're getting to do it this year-- I think you'l have fun. :D
Yodreamlittleyo on October 24th, 2014 07:55 pm (UTC)
Ahah, yeah, the selection of characters can be a little arbitrary. I'm guessing that's because certain main characters don't qualify under the "small fandom" requirements, or something to that effect? There were a couple fandoms I didn't put on my offers list in the end, because I wasn't as confident about the characters that were available.

It's legit been over two years since I did any kind of fic exchange, because of timing things or just plain not being as involved in specific fandoms anymore. And while auctions and memes and challenges are loads of fun, nothing is quite the same as a gift exchange for the pure anticipation of it.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on October 24th, 2014 08:02 pm (UTC)
I think it's just because whoever did the nominations didn't add the main characters-- maybe because they wanted something else (the Die Hard 4 requesters seemed to want Matt/Lucy fanfic and nothing else), or because they forgot to pick characters?

There's no restriction on how many fics for a given character, just for the fandom as a whole.

Glad you're getting a chance to do an exchange again!