aderam: (Humbug)
Hello! And thank you so much for writing for me!

This is my tenth Yuletide, and I can't really believe that it's been so long. And that I've managed to keep doing it every year. So I'm really looking forward to it!

I think I covered my basic prompts in the sign up form for each fandom, but here are some of my general fic likes/dislikes.

I like happy endings, witty banter and general fluffyness. I like works that are similar in tone to the source material (or maybe happier?). I don't mind angst as long as there's a happy ending.

I don't like incest, imbalanced power dynamics in relationships (teacher/student, boss/employee, etc), or overt cruelty from our heroes (as in the Star Trek Mirrorverse). I don't mind violence, I just don't like it when our characters are being violent for no reason other than for the sake of violence.

I'm not particularly active on DW anymore, but there's lots of info about me and my various requests over the years in my Yuletide tag (I've requested Swallows and Amazons a few times before, so if that's your assignment you might find some inspiration there). Or you can come check me out on Tumblr - which is also <a href=">Aderam</a>. I've got anonymous asks on, so if you have any questions please ask away. It might take me a few days to respond, but I promise I will! THANK YOU!
aderam: (Humbug)
(It's still within a week, right???)

First of all thank you so much for writing one of my prompts! I'm so excited to see what you have to write for me.

I think I covered things fairly well in my sign-up. Some of my general likes are happy endings, witty banter, general joyfulness and humour. I'd like something similar to the tone of the source. (Except for the Oresteia - I'd prefer if it wasn't a super heavy political tragedy - thanks!) This does not mean that I need everything to be sweetness and light - but if you're going to write angst please fix it with a happy ending. And I love all kinds of fandom tropes so feel free to apply them liberally!

I don't like incest, imbalanced power dynamics in relationships (teacher/student, boss/employee, etc), or overt cruelty from our heroes (as in the Star Trek Mirrorverse).

I'm not active on DW anymore, but there's lots of past information in my Yuletide tag from previous years if you're interested. Or you can come and stalk me on Tumblr, where I reblog random things that catch my eye and barely ever post original content. :)

Thanks again!
aderam: (Default)
Just saw that the assignments have gone out! Super excited!

Author! Just so you know - you're lovely! Thanks for writing for me. I was going to write up a more detailed Dear Yuletide Author note, but I got busy and haven't done it yet.

I WILL write one for you within the next week! But in the meantime you can take a look at my Yuletide tag from previous years and that should give you an idea of what I'm probably going to say. (Or check out what I reblog over on Tumblr.)

aderam: (Aeryn)
Hello! And thanks for writing for me!

In general I like happier stories with banter. I like characters, so I prefer characterization over plot (although both is AWESOME). And I love fandom tropes. Pretty much all of them.

I don't like incest, imbalanced power dynamics in relationships (teacher/student, boss/employee, etc), or overt cruelty from our heroes (as in the Star Trek Mirrorverse).

I don't think I have anything to add to my optional details.

But for clarity: I mentioned that I don't want underage sex for my Eureka prompt. This has to do with the power dynamics thing mentioned above. And it depends on how you do Teenage!Nathan (should you do Teenage!Nathan - optional details and all that!). If he's still mentally in his late thirties, but in a teenage body, I don't mind that (although Jack might!). What squicks me out is when adults are taking advantage of kids who are actually kids, rather than adultss stuck in kids bodies.

I hope that makes sense! (There are some things I never thought I'd type until I joined fandom - I love this place!)

I'm not really active on DW anymore but there's still lots of info on my Yuletide Tag about my previous year's requests etc if you're curious. I've requested Swallows and Amazons a number of times, so if you want to take a look at old Dear Yuletide Author letters you might get some inspiration.

If you want to see some more recent stuff I'm Aderam on tumblr. Although I mostly reblog instead of making original content.
aderam: (Humbug)
Hello! And thank you for agreeing to write one of my prompts!

I don't have too much to say about my prompts that I didn't put in the optional details so I'll just add some of my general fic preferences.

I'm pretty easy to please and I read just about everything, but I generally prefer happy and funny stories. Witty banter is my kryptonite. I enjoy crossovers - most of the fandoms I'm familiar with are listed in my DW/LJ interests. And I also like AUs because I like to see how much the characters are still the same people when in different situations. Mostly I just want a story that fits with the tone of the canon even if it's an AU or crossover or whatever. I also love werewolves and spaceships, so any AU involving them would be welcome.

I don't like incest. Or imbalanced power dynamics in relationships (teacher/student, boss/employee, etc). Or overt cruelty from our heroes (as in the Star Trek Mirrorverse).

You can also look through my Yuletide tag to get a good idea of my previous requests and details and such. I've been doing Yuletide for a long time now - so there's some good info there.

Prompt specific notes:

Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters
- Please don't feel pressure that I mentioned Edward in my optional details and didn't request his character specifically! I put him in the optional details on purpose! Because he is optional. And I wasn't sure if I made that clear when I was writing the prompt.

The Internship
- Yes I partially watched this movie because of Dylan O'Brien. Crossovers with Teen Wolf are cool with me. Can you imagine Neha's reaction to Werewolves? Or Stuart's?

Blood Books - Tanya Huff
- I don't think I have anything to add here. I requested this last year as well. So you can always check out last year's letter.

Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
- This is another one I've requested a few times. And you can find some ramblings about the books here, here, and here.
- I'd prefer a story set during the same vague time as the books (or at least with the characters the same vague ages) and having similar book-type adventures.
- Fair warning, I'm a sailor. And one of the things I love about the books is his descriptions of being on the water and the feel of it. I'd prefer vague descriptions over ones that are wrong. I have friends who tease me by stringing random boat words together and it never fails to make me cringe.
aderam: (Arthur Crown)
Quick informal poll:

When you are reading fic (or, you know, anything) do you prefer verbs in:
a) Past tense.
b) Present tense.
c) Don't care either way as long as it's consistent.

I'm working on my Yuletide and I can't decide which I prefer - half the time the present sounds better and half the time I want to do the past. Obviously I need to pick a tense and stick to it, but I can't decide which is better. ([personal profile] hobbitbabe having seen some of the text, do you have an opinion about what fits better in this particular story?)

In other news I've somehow managed to lightly sprain my wrist. I actually have no idea how, it's just been sore and potentially getting sore-er all week (either that or I was paying attention to it more). I went into the walk-in clinic down the street from me and had the doctor check it out to make sure it wasn't something worse than I thought. And yeah. Apparently it's just a sprain and it will heal even if I continue to do the same stuff that caused it to hurt in the first place (it'll just take longer). He said that I didn't have to wrap it, but I decided to get a wrist brace anyway because it'll remind me to take it easy and give it some support when I'm doing stuff around the house.

Fortunately I don't have any more Christmas knitting to do, so I'm going to take a break from that, but I'll still be typing and doing things at work that strain my wrist a bit. Damn wrists. Also, what the hell am I going to do when I start getting twitchy fingers?

And my roommate left to visit parents just a few minutes ago. So now I've got the place to myself, and I will celebrate by going to work. ;)


Dec. 4th, 2012 02:05 pm
aderam: (Penguin Mounties)
The past two - two and a half - weeks have been ridiculous. I've had almost 4 job interviews, Graduated, entertained four family members while they were in town for said graduation, had dinner with relatives I'd never met before, got a job (!!!) and started my first week of full time employment, had to buy emergency black pants (and fix the other pair with duck tape for immediate use), and realized that it was December and that I'd have to get Christmas presents for everyone before the end of the week if I want them to actually arrive anywhere approaching on time without spending a fortune.

So I'm very tired. But in a good way.

Some things:

- I now work at a movie theatre. It's a small independent theatre with one screen. I'm working concessions which means that there is a lot of popcorn and butter and telling people that actually we only take cash. I also get to clean a lot of things. Currently we're showing Skyfall (which is so GOOD - and a great soundtrack to your work day) and next will be the Hobbit. I'm really hoping that we get a showing of the Hobbit before opening night because I really want to see it before I have to listen to it while working. At least with the Hobbit I know how it ends, so I'm not worried about spoilers.

- Just about all of my coworkers (with the exception of the managers) are younger than I am. A good portion of them are in grade 12. This is mostly okay, except every now and then I feel really old. There was some duck tape behind the concession the other day so I said "If the women don't find you handsome, they should at least find you handy" - but my two coworkers hadn't even heard of the Red Green Show, for it is not on the Tee Vee anymore. Le sigh.

- The other day as I was cleaning the men's bathroom this guy came in who I swear was in Stargate, but I can't remember which episode for the life of me. I think he's one of those Vancouver actors that has smallish roles in everything. If we hadn't been in the bathroom I would've asked him and said that I liked his work (I remembered his face after all) - I've decided to try and compliment smaller-time actors when I see them since I don't think they get that very often. But we were in the bathroom, and that seemed odd.

- I need to work more on my Yuletide story. I've got some ideas for an outline of what I need to write next, but I haven't decided some things yet. I think I need to re-consume some of the canon, but I definitely don't have time to get through all of it. [personal profile] hobbitbabe I think we need a brainstorming chat soonish.

- I've been watching Hawaii Five-0 and I kind of love it. Especially because Steve and Danny are so married that multiple characters on the show comment on it. Boys. It's another one of those shows that I'm finding has a lot of little things that make me happy. The regular bits of the show are fun too - and there is LOTS of banter and explosions, so it's my type of show for sure. But I like that it's set in Hawaii - because I keep expecting Lilo and Stitch to show up (can you believe that there is only one crossover on the AO3 - I'm shocked! Shocked, I say!). I like that all of the main characters have extended families that exist even if only mentioned in passing - and that when family stuff comes up they have to go and be with family even if there is a crazy weapons dealer to catch or whatever, because family is important. I like that the governor is a badass lady. I like that Danny is the shortest person on the team including the women. And I like that Daniel Dae Kim is in it because even though everyone else remembers him from Lost, I loved him as Matheson in Crusade.

In conclusion: life is busy in a good way. And I've got a few random posts I want to make (about sailing, and some other things I've been thinking about lately) but I'm not sure when I'll get around to them.
aderam: (Penguin Mounties)
Dear Yuletide Author,


I'm excited for Yuletide again! And I hope you are too. Hope these extra details help with your assignment.

In terms of my general likes and dislikes in fic - I'm pretty eclectic. I usually prefer happy endings and generally joyful works with a lot of humour, but sad and angsty stuff can also be super awesome. Mostly I just like fic which is good (well, duh...) so if your strength is writing something a little more bittersweet, please do that!

Mostly I'm looking for something on a similar level of joyous/adorableness/happiness/snarkiness/banter to each canon. I've been doing Yuletide now for many years, so if you'd like more info about my general likes and dislikes etc, you can always check out my Yuletide tag.

More Info on the Requests )
aderam: (Humbug)
HI! Thanks for offering one of my requests! I'm super stoked for this year's Yuletide, especially since all of my requests this year are very rare - 2 only have one fic on the AO3! So naturally this means that pretty much anything you write will make me super happy!

I've been doing Yuletide for many years now. And it's actually one of the only places where I end up finishing (rather than just starting) fic. So you can find the stuff that I've written over at the AO3 or at the old Yuletide Archive. You can also check out my previous Dear Yuletide Letters and various other complaints, squee etc at my Yuletide tag.

In terms of my general likes and dislikes in fic - I'm pretty eclectic. I usually prefer happy endings and generally joyful works with a lot of humour, but sad and angsty stuff can also be super awesome. Mostly I just like fic which is good (well, duh...) so if your strength is writing something a little more bittersweet, please do that!

Mostly I'm looking for something on a similar level of joyous/adorableness/happiness/snarkiness/banter to each canon, but I acknowledge that two of the three are actually set during war (and the third in the inter-war years), so life is not exactly a bucket of teddy bears. I hope that gives you an idea of what kind of tone I'd enjoy. If not please feel free to ignore all this.

Fandom Specific Info )

I hope that was helpful and didn't confuse you further. If you need any clarification I'm sure [personal profile] hobbitbabe would be willing to act as a go between.

aderam: (Classics Books)
I forgot my glasses at home when I went to school to do work, so that was a bit of a bust. But I did manage to read and take notes on a review in the JRA (Journal of Roman Archaeology) which is sadly not online (woe is me! Some of my sources are only in the Library! - at least it's in English).

So now I'm procrastinating a bit. - Knitting and watching some of the Eagle (which I bought yesterday).

I went shopping yesterday and managed to get a variety of items that were all on sale! Which is awesome.

Things I got:
- A watch (not the perfect watch which I'm still vaguely looking for, but a nice one)
- A Halloween candle (with a ghost on it)
- A hand mixer
- New headphones (my old ones broke - but the new ones are purple, so that's an improvement)
- Movies (the downtown HMV is closing so everything was on super sale - I didn't mean to get any movies, but they were so cheap!) - Casablanca, 10 Things I hate About You, the Eagle, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, Highlander, and Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
- A set of glasses with the heads of Marvel Superheroes - Iron Man, Captain America, the Hulk, and Spiderman

Also Nominations for Yuletide are up! Finally! I've already submitted mine. I nominated Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome, The Valor's Series by Tanya Huff, and A Bear Named Winnie. Are any of you doing Yuletide this year? Have you/are you going to nominate anything?

Life is pretty good. - But that might be the denial talking...
aderam: (Arthur Crown)
I went on a longer-than-anticipated walk around Stanley Park today because the weather was so lovely. It was longer than anticipated because I was being conservative in my original plans for how far I would go, and then didn't want to stop yet when I got the the easy place to turn back. So naturally I kept going, and naturally the pit stop place was further than I really wanted to go. And even more naturally the nearest bus stop was on the other side of the Park. So I walked all the the eastern seawall, from near the Yacht Club up to Lion's Gate Bridge, had to back-track to find a trail that would take me up to the café - which was up a cliff from the seawall walking path - and then walk the length of the Park along the causeway to get to the bus. Needless to say I stopped for food at the café before trekking back to the bus stop. It was a glorious day for walking. But I think next time I might try for something with easier stopping points. According to the map I got to almost 5km around the seawall. I have no idea how long the causeway was, but I think I walked about 8k today, in roughly three hours. Not bad for a day's work.

Tomorrow is New Year's Eve. I'm going to head to a pub with one of the other people from my department who's not off elsewhere at the moment. I'm looking forward to it actually. I don't hang out with her all that often because her desk is on the other side of the Reading Room, but I think she's really cool. So it should be nice to spend a bit more time with her. Hopefully some other people will come too. New Years is best with more people.

New Year's coming also means that the author reveal for Yuletide is just around the corner. Before that happens, I thought I'd do a little round up of what I've liked best. I'm by no means done with the archive yet, and I haven't hit up anyone else's recs lists yet either.

Things that were awesome about this year's Yuletide:

- the Archive is awesome. I'm so glad everything's been switched over now. I think it's really easy to navigate and the comments are set up very well. Also the Kudos button? Amazing. I always feel like I don't get what I actually want to say across in comments, or I have no idea what to say at all, so the button is great because it's an easy way to say "I liked this a lot!" without having to worry about what to say.

- I finished! This was probably the busiest I've been right before the Yuletide deadline, so I feel like this was a great accomplishment for me. I even thought about not signing up this year - Grad School will do that to a person. But I succeeded, and I've been getting some good feedback so far.

- My Gift Fic! It's All in a Day's Work, a RED fic about William Cooper. And it's pretty much exactly what I wanted from that fandom. Danger and excitement mixed with bizarre humour. I especially like the conversations Cooper has on the phone with his kids.

- On the Burning Deck, Swallows and Amazons. It's Nancy in the London Blitz, and it's wonderful in so many ways! I love it. It took my breath away in places, and just generally filled my heart with glee in others. I didn't even know I was looking for fic like this. I especially like the use of sailing metaphors, and the way the author brought in all of the different characters. Normally I don't bother going back to see who the authors were after the reveal, but I'm secretly hoping that this author has been prolific in fandoms I know, but who I've never read before so I'll have lots of new things to read.

- Mariposa Grove (A Caelo Usque Ad Centrum), Santuary. The Five being awesome with each other. Love the scope of it and the glimpses of the characters as they change.

- The Dying Gaul, Highlander: The Series, the Sculpture. This is putting Methos in the centre of things as part of the origins for one of my favourite statues. It brings together two of the things I like best: Methos and Classics. There needs to be more Methos in Rome fics out there, seriously.

- The Fic Your Fic Could Be Like, Old Spice Commercials. This fits the bizarre tone of that commercial so well. It made me laugh.

- Mountains, Molehills, Lilo and Stitch. Post-movie awesomeness featuring David (and everyone else too).

I was a little surprised that there wasn't any Blood and Smoke Series by Tanya Huff fic this year. Usually there's a good contingent, I even contributed to it a couple of years ago. But there was nothing at all this year. Very strange, but I suppose that's how these things go.

So have you read anything in Yuletide? What did you like best?
aderam: (Humbug)
First off: YAY! Thank you so much for offering one of my requests. I am super excited.

Some general things about me:

I like hockey, and knitting and long walks on the beach. I'm Classical Archaeology MA student, and reading fic is keeping me sane while I'm writing about ten billion papers. I've been a participant in Yultide for years now (at least four... maybe five?). You can check out previous Dear Yuletide Author letters and various bits of wingeing and excitement about Yuletide on my Yuletide tag.

In general I love fic which is true to the canon, and especially to the characters. That being said I love AUs and crossovers partially because, in my opinion, a well done AU is all about how the character is still the same even though the rest of the world has changed. Character and bantering dialogue are the two things that I like most. I also prefer stories with plot rather than just character studies, but since I mean it when I say that character is the most important, the plot can be something like getting a sandwich or whatever and I'll still be happy.

My Requests:
Honestly I can't think of any other details than what I put in my requests. I'll repeat them here for the sake of archiving. And I'll add anything I think of as I go.

Valor Series - Tanya Huff - Ressk and Mike Glicksohn
Things that I love:
1. Space Marines
2. Banter
3. The interactions between species and people in this series (both sexual and non)
I would like a Valor's Choice era fic (or pre-series) because I love Mike and Haysole and was sad when they died. But I will be ecstatic with anything you give me, I've been requesting this for a while.

- Important for you to know is that mostly I just want a Valour's Choice era fic with all those marines - they are made of awesome. I do like Torin - but she gets so much "screen time" in the books that I'd prefer the other guys. Also I've requested this several times, so there might be some good ideas in my previous Yuletide Dear Author letters.

Misfits - Simon, Nathan and Kelly
I just finished watching series 1 and it is awesome. These three are my favourite characters. Anything with dialogue like in the show would be amazing. I'd actually be fine with any combination of pairing for these guys, but also happy with gen. I'll try to come up with some more details for my Dear Author letter.
- I've watched the first episode of series 2 now, and it is hilarious and awesome. Something like the show is all I can say here. Simon broke my heart in episode 5, and I'm always in love with Nathan and Kelly.

Red (2010) - William Cooper
I found the character of William Cooper really intriguing. (Being played by Karl Urban helped a lot - but not entirely.) I would really like a story that gets into his character more: his family, missing scenes from the movie, the aftermath, etc. Preferably not something too introspective. His is a man of action after all. :)
- Also this character could've easily just been the foil to Frank Moses - and he totally wasn't. That is awesome.

And if you have any other questions I'm going to volunteer [personal profile] hobbitbabe as an intermediary. ([personal profile] hobbitbabe please comment if you're willing to do this.)

I should really stop procrastinating now and work on that damn paper.


Nov. 13th, 2010 11:17 am
aderam: (Humbug)
Perhaps I should have been thinking about this earlier, but I'm trying to decide whether or not I should sign up for Yuletide. I have about ten billion things to do before the end of term - which leads me to think that no, maybe I shouldn't do it.


I've been doing it for years. And it's lovely to get a story all for myself on Christmas! And it's only 1000 words!

Maybe if I only offer things that I'm super comfortable with, and accept that my story might be just barely above the length limits. Is that even fair? We don't have a long time to write them this year! The time is getting shorter every year.

Plus I feel like I've got to keep trying to get that Valour's Choice fic - I've been asking for it for ages.

When are the fic going to be due anyway? I can't seem to find it. The closer it is to the 25th the closer I'll probably be able to do it...

Gah! At least I've got a week to decide.

Srs Bsnss

Dec. 20th, 2009 12:03 pm
aderam: (Sometimes the Dragon Wins)
Okay friends. Today is the day. I'm off to sequester myself in a coffee shop and write my Yuletide story until my poor typing fingers are all typed out.

I've already got wordcount, so now it's just a matter of finishing the damn story. Also I know where I'm planning on going with it. So I just have to FINISH THE DAMN THING!

Why you so hard, Yuletide? I even really like my prompt and everything!


Dec. 18th, 2009 10:58 am
aderam: (I Hate Everything)
I have so much work I need to do on Yuletide right now! So why am I working on Transcript request forms?





Nov. 15th, 2009 02:45 pm
aderam: (Default)
I got my Yuletide assignment! And it is awesome! (but also hard) I've got to mainline the source for a bit before I figure out a plot methinks. Hard but cool. Also good excuse for mainlining the source...


... it really is a short writing period this year isn't it?
aderam: (Default)
First of all: Thank you so much for offering to write something that I want to read! That is awesome! You are awesome! Yuletide is awesome! Awesome!

In other news - what I like in fic:

I'm pretty omnivorous in terms of fic. So I'll like pretty much anything. I prefer things that are fairly close to canon and/or the characters, but I also love AUs and Crossovers and such - really I just want the characters to be themselves. And banter is one of my favourite things in fic (and canon in general), if there is witty banter and dialogue I will be ecstatic. I feel this is reflected in my requests.

More info on the specific requests under the cut.

Further Optional Details are Optional )

In conclusion - Yay! And Thank you!

If you have any other questions [ profile] hobbitbabe can probably answer them for you.
aderam: (Arthur Crown)
Yesterday I bought new underpants! So today I am wearing new underpants!

(I'm sure you're all very pleased to hear this.)

But honestly, how could anything go wrong when you're wearing new underpants? Especially when they're pretty colours. (I generally don't buy boring underwear, and I'm always a little disappointed by the plain pair of white they always seem to want to put in the package with the cool colours.)

So today (with my new underpants!) I will be productive! I will finish a rough draft of my Statement of Purpose for my SSHRC application, and I will e-mail my profs re: references. And maybe (if I'm good) I will go to American Apparel and see if they have any yellow hoodies in my size.

(I could also work out my Yuletide sign-up and things like that... but maybe this is too much for one day.)

And I got a mug that say "Happy Birthday" at the coffee shop in which I am currently sitting. If that isn't a good sign I don't know what is.

Life is strange these days. My friends and family all seem to be ridiculously busy all the time and I can barely find the energy to do one useful thing per day.

Also everybody think good thoughts for my brother today! He's got Transport Canada exams so that he can get his mate's ticket. I hope he's wearing new underpants too. They're totally good luck.
aderam: (Default)
Hello darling Yuletide author! I just wanted to let you know that the internet at my parents place just broke! So I will not be able to read my story right away. I will respond as soon as possible.

There are plans already formulating.

Thank you SO much!

(sent using [ profile] hobbitbabe's iPhone.)
aderam: (Default)
So I just noticed that my request is on the pinch-hitters list.

Whoever offers to write I will love you forever, also if it helps here is my Dear Yuletide Author letter.

Thank you in advance.


aderam: (Default)

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