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Dear author,

First of all, thank you so much for offering to write one of these amazing fandoms! I love each and every one of them, so whichever you end up writing, I absolutely can't wait to read your story. A little bit about me, so you know who you're writing for - I come from the UK (London!) but I've lived in Toronto, Canada for the last couple of years, where I study East German film in grad school. I'm a singer and songwriter, I love to direct plays, and I love travelling all over the world and learning about languages and cultures. You can probably piece the rest together from the public bits of my journal, and my LJ profile!

I'm not the most active person in any fandom, however, so I've put together a few notes in general and on each fandom to help you get some ideas, which I hope is useful to you :D

In General

There are a few things I love to see in fic: genfic, plot! Plot! Plot!, character development, before/after the canon stories, alternative endings/au diversions, canon ships/friendships, friendship fic, plotty character development (did I mention I like plot?), hurt/comfort (more in terms of physical hurt/torture/injury/abuse than purely psychological hurt or sickness), crossovers (with any of: Avengers movies, Buffy, Firefly, LotR, Doctor Who, HP, Sherlock, Stargate SG:1, Star Trek: TNG, Star Wars, Discworld)

There are some things I wouldn't really want: surprise!ships (i.e. non-canon ships/friendships/enemies in a story with no justification, explanation or background), fluff!fic (ie, a little fluff is fine, but if that's all the fic is I would be a little disappointed!), sex scenes/porn (but I'm OK with fade-to-black), ooc-ness/crack, crossovers with canons I don't know, PWPs, gender-bending, total AUs (eg hipster AU, high school AU, dental practice AU, mining AU...), any character bashing.

Things I'm ambivalent about: holiday stories - I'm not against these, but I'm not interested in fluff with no plot, so a holiday story would have to be a story-taking-place-on-a-holiday rather than just characters doing happy Christmas things for the sake of it!

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The Newsroom

Characters requested: Charlie Skinner, Neal Sampat, Don Keefer, Sloan Sabbith

Signup details: I love the interaction between Don and Sloan (I shipped them so hard for the whole of season 2, so I was super happy with the final episode!), and I love Neal's character and what we've found out about his back-story so far. Plus, anything Sam Waterston is love, for me, so Charlie is of course one of my favourite! Anything involving these four would be amazing - something post-season 2 where we see Don and Sloan's relationship develop in the newsroom and out of it, Neal trying to make his mark and also getting sent on ridiculous 'side quests', and Charlie being Charlie. I also would love to see interactions between Charlie and Sloan - I find their relationship hard to pin down (is Charlie really so dismissive of her? Will Sloan ever stand up to being ignored?) Also, anything that shows us Neal's background in more detail and how he came to work at ACN would be wonderful - especially how he came to NYC from London. Cameos from other characters (especially Will or Mac) would be great too.

Why I love this fandom and these characters: I was linked to a clip from the season finale on Facebook when season 1 had just finished, and instantly knew I had to go watch this show. I love the escapism and fantasy of the thing - the dream of a utopian news broadcast, which actually turns out to still be pretty flawed in a number of ways. I adore the way they take real life events for the show's news - I love that kind of realism! Having seen both seasons now I can definitely call this one of my favourite shows ever.

Some prompts: So I gave a couple in my Signup Details already, but if none of those strikes your fancy, then here are some more! Backstory for any of the characters would be great (and if that means you can't work in all the characters, then so be it, although it would be awesome if you can!): How did Charlie get into the business, back in the day? (A young-Charlie story with Mad-Men style TV business antics would be kind of amazing, heh); what made Don go into TV news?; what did Sloan get up to when she was still in university?; what was Neal's life like before 7/7?

Alternatively, a plot surrounding a news event that the show didn't cover would be amazing - I love the tying in of RL events. If you can't manage a whole episode (which would definitely be kind of epic if you did!) then snippets from one would be great - or even a 'Five Items News Night never covered and one item they did' kind of story would be fun!

Finally, anyone getting into a 'sticky situation' - getting injured, kidnapped, threatened - and having to be rescued would be awesome too!

Fandom-specific things I would love: Awesome conversations between Charlie and anyone (including Will!), Bigfoot mentions from Neal, the rest of the cast making cameo appearances (especially Will and Mac!), Don/Sloan trying to make things work (with kisses and warm-fuzziness), cameos from the more minor characters (especially Gary!).

Fandom-specific things I wouldn't enjoy so much: I wouldn't really be interested in ships between any of the characters I've requested other than Don/Sloan. I'm also kind of over the whole Maggie and Maggie/Jim/Don thing, so I'd prefer references to that to be at a minimum!

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Law & Order: UK

Characters requested: Natalie Chandler, Ronnie Brooks, Sam Casey, Wes Layton

Signup details: I would love to see fic focusing on the police side of things, exploring the different characters' backgrounds or bringing them together in a new plot. Especially, why did Natalie Chandler leave? I'd also love to see Ronnie giving Sam advice, or Wes realising that Ronnie has changed since 'the old days'.

Why I love this fandom and these characters: I started watching Law & Order: UK when I lived in London, because they often filmed outside the Royal Courts of Justice, which I used to walk past every day because I worked as a tour guide. I pretty much got hooked and have seen all the seasons now, including the latest one! (I then started watching the original Law and Order because of this, hence my other request for that!). Ronnie is probably my favourite character, but I love the interactions between the characters, especially on the police side of things, and I love how he's in a lot of ways the glue that holds the other characters together as a team, including the lawyers.

Some prompts: Really, anything that brings together Ronnie and Sam would be great, but I'd love to know more about Wes and Ronnie's back story - Ronnie may have been an alcoholic back in the day, but I find it hard to believe his personality would have been too different! Also, I love plot (as I said before ;D) so any kind of crime-solving would be great. I particularly love moments when Ronnie has to talk someone down or manages to convince them to confess. One of the characters getting captured/tied up/tortured and then rescued would also be awesome!

Fandom-specific things I would love: good cop/bad cop moments, cameos from other characters, references to US Law & Order, references to bits of London, references to this awesome BBC America ad for the show, Ronnie helping Sam through his family issues, Wes and Natalie despairing over Ronnie and Sam's unorthodox methods.

Fandom-specific things I wouldn't enjoy so much: ship!fic/romance - I'm interested in the friendship between these characters, rather than any other kind of relationship.

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Ich war neunzehn (1968) | I was nineteen

Characters requested: Gregor Hecker, Wadim Gejmann

Signup details: Really, anything goes with this one - I don't think anyone has probably EVER written fic for it before, so the challenge is yours! I love Gregor's and Wadim's friendship, so if you want to go AU from the end of the movie and write their friendship from Germany/Russia through the years, I would love it. Equally, something more shippy - where as part of growing up, Gregor also explores his sexuality - either during the time in the film, before, or even after (again, if you want to go AU!) - would be great too.

Why I love this fandom and these characters: As I said above, I study GDR film, and I really love this film. I think the cinematography is beautiful, and the growing-up story of Gregor's experiences and his realisations about himself is really wonderfully told. However, since the film is told in episodes and snippets of his experiences, I've always wondered about his and Wadim's relationship, since the film hints at some back story there and they are really super close for the whole film. That's why I nominated it for Yuletide - because I'd love to see what someone else makes of them as characters and their relationship to each other!

Some prompts: As I said, anything goes here - take free rein! So long as the focus is on Gregor and Wadim, I'm happy - it can be pre-war, during the war but pre-movie, or even a post-war AU. If you'd like to do something more dramatic, then something during the war where one of them is injured and the other has to rescue them, or where one of them has a near-death experience, would be awesome!

Fandom-specific things I would love: letters, German/Russian expressions, landscape descriptions, Gregor learning about himself as a man and as a German

Fandom-specific things I wouldn't enjoy so much: anything super porny/kinky - I don't think that fits with the time period, for one thing!, anything German or Russian bashing/anti-socialist - leaving politics out of it would be better :)

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The Last of Us

Characters requested: Ellie, Joel, Tommy

Signup details: I'd love to see some post-game story for Ellie, with appearances from Joel and Tommy. I definitely don't think that everything would just be peaceful and happily-ever-after for her - surely she's going to have to deal with some serious stuff before she even reaches adulthood!

Why I love this fandom and these characters: The game was one of the best I've ever played - my fiance and I played it together and I thought the story was incredibly gripping and well-done. The ending was amazing, and really left me wanting to see what came next, especially for Ellie. I definitely don't think she believed Joel! I really liked the character development we see as the game progresses, as well - Joel by the end of the game was really not the same person as at the beginning (or maybe he tuned into something he had lost about himself, after losing his daughter).

Some prompts: I'd especially love to see Ellie dealing with the aftermath of their journey, now that they've returned to Tommy's base - how does she deal with what she suspects? What happens to her relationship with Joel? What's life like in the community for her? Equally, I'd love to see reflection for Joel on the changes in himself too, and his reactions as Ellie grows older and becomes an adult. Basically, reflective character development fic would be awesome. Also, Ellie (with or without Joel and/or Tommy) having scrapes/adventures would be great - and if you want to add in OCs to give her a chance to experience being a teenager and having crushes etc, that would be great too!

Fandom-specific things I would love: Ellie's toughness but also her vulnerability - she's still a teenage girl after all!, Joel and Ellie's relationship, Joel and Tommy's relationship, Ellie learning about life now that she doesn't have anything specific to fight for, life in Tommy's community, gory moments with the infected, tensions, life-or-death moments, someone getting injured, near misses, teenage romance, teenage angst, Ellie having a diary

Fandom-specific things I wouldn't enjoy so much: anything shippy between Ellie and Joel or Ellie and Tommy

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Law & Order

Characters requested: Jack McCoy, Lennie Briscoe

Signup details: I am very happy to see other characters featured in the fic as well as the ones requested above, but Jack and Lennie are my favourites! I also really like Claire Kincaid, Anita van Buren, Adam Schiff, and all of Lennie's partners, so feel free to include as many as you'd like.

Why I love this fandom and these characters: I spent most of last year marathoning Law and Order from the start to the end of season 14, and I just love it. (On that note, please no spoilers past season 14! I may have watched further than that by Christmas but I can't guarantee it.)  I particularly have developed a bit of a Sam Waterston crush (seriously, he can do no wrong!) and Jack is pretty much my favourite character, alongside Lennie. I love the dynamic between the characters, too, and the little moments of character and relationship building we see - so of course the season 6 episode 'Aftershock' was one of my favourites.

I love Jack's 'wtf?' face and reactions to things that make no sense, and Lennie's awesome one-liners. I also love those scenes (in a heartbreaking way) where Adam has to let a friend or former colleague know that he's not going to make a case against them go away, because he has to do what's right.

Some prompts: I'd love to see a bit more 'after the character leaves' reactions: we see some of the fallout from Claire Kincaid's death, but nowhere near as much as I would have liked!

Another thing I'd love to see would be just more plot - an extra episode, or extracts from one. Anything that has Lennie and any of his partners interacting, and Jack and any of his partners, and Adam as DA would be awesome! Bonus points if you can throw in Anita being disapproving/secretly approving (*g*), awesome Lennie one-liners, and Jack/his team pulling a rabbit out of the hat at the last minute.

Fandom-specific things I would love: Any of the above, plus it would be amazing if you could make the story fit in (even only in an indirect mention) with real events or a real crime. I love it when L&O references RL stuff!

Fandom-specific things I wouldn't enjoy so much: Anything 'shippy' - I'm not interested in stories where the sole focus is to get two (or more!) of the characters together. It seems like most of the fic in this fandom is ship!fic, and I would love to see some plotty gen! I don't mind ships in the background, or established canon ships, but I'd prefer the focus to be plot and character and canon relationship development than ship!fic.

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So, thanks again, lovely Yulegoat, and I hope my requests haven't scared you off altogether! Definitely take everything I've written here as a suggestion to start off your creative process, not anything prescriptive at all - if you get an awesome idea when reading this, but it doesn't totally match any particular prompt, then go for it. I'm sure I will love it :D If anything here is really confusing, or you want to know more about my preferences that I've missed/forgotten here, then totally feel free to get in touch via the mods or through commenting anonymously here. I am really looking forward to reading your story, and I know if you love any one of these fandoms you must be an awesome person, so I'm really happy we were matched!

Good luck, and happy Yuletide,

Anna/mk_tortie

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