HAVE FUN GUYS
I'm gonna have fun this year. I took a few years off but wooooooo.
Please enjoy writing. I wrote a lot down here, and a bit of it's rambly. All of my requests have wiggle room in them, which is on purpose. I'd rather you enjoy writing - and not get locked into a really specific time or place setting in a fandom if I can help it - since this is a gift.
Yuletide is great. I believe it is a sense of general creativity throughout and beyond big fandom. I do not generally get involved in any meta stuff, and I'm not as prolific as I used to be under other names.
I believe that the muse strikes sometimes in ways we cannot expect, especially with people we don't know well. As such, I say that I bow to your knowledge of what you are comfortable writing and what your strengths and weaknesses are. If you are inspired in a way I did not anticipate, go for it!
I really appreciate quality over quantity. I'd be happier with a good, strong short piece than a rambling one that is really long. I'm a huge short-story reader and I can love a novella and a three-page piece that makes me stop and think or gasp or visualize.
Ratings: I have pretty high tolerances for both smut and violence but I'm a big fan myself of the 'fade to black' technique to let the imagination fill in, so if that's how you work, I get it. If you do want to write smut, I've put some notes below all the other notes.
If you're like 'Ugh, this Marsh, not my thing at all,' I get that too. I'm a big fan of pulpy fiction and set building and environments, as detailed below (and evident by my choices, really.) You can go world-buildy in two of the three easily.I'm really into ceremony and environment; with Nyarlathotep as a character, I prefer the Egyptian human-looking incarnation, or the god as Randolph Carter sees him in 'The Dream Quest of Unknown Kadath'. Again, purple prose, even psychedelic prose would be interesting if you're up to it. Played more straight, putting him in a modern (post 9/11?) setting or a cyberpunk or Ancient Near East are all possibilities I'm particularly fond of.
Sandia Labs Document:
Actually, kind of the same as the above. If you want to do non-standard writing, I think this is the one.
Silicon Valley (HBO):
Okay. This is the only one I even suggested a pairing. If you want to add Tara in, too, and/or any random hookups Jared has, feel free! Or don't! Have them bro out! Have them compare philosophies! In that vein, though, I should warn you upfront that I am also a LaVeyan Satanist (although without theistic tendencies). The show and Gilfoyle's portrayals are both not too far off reality, except for his drug use. We don't dig illicits.
Oh, and here's a link to the deleted scene: https://www.reddit.com/r/
IF YOU WRITE SMUT:
Do not feel obligated to write anything smutty! 'Fade to black' is cool, as are beautiful descriptions of non-sexual things. But if you do want to...
I enjoy some of the 'grey area' kinks, like questionable consent or non-con, sharp things, and blood play. I enjoy both physical and psychological aspects of D/s, but not lifestyle D/s fic.
Specific things I'm not into: Genderswap, pregnancy (normal, magical, whatever, not my thing), vore, piercings, excretia, underage or large age differences (technical age differences OK in the supernatural realm), incest or pseudo-incest.
Medical themes are tricky for me: anything simulates real-life hospital/caregiving will probably weird me out because of my real life job, but creepy experiments are A+. If you do want to go this way, I'd recommend popping the specifics to me via the people who intercede between Santa and Recipients