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Dear mystery author,

First and foremost, thank you! Please know I will be thrilled to receive your story. I'm excited to see what direction you've taken on whichever fandom strikes your fancy. I included a few prompt ideas in each of my requests, but pleade don't feel bound to them if inspiration takes you elsewhere. This will be my first year participating in Yuletide, and I hope this letter strikes a balance between giving you helpful information and the freedom to go where the story takes you.

Things I like:
- Witty banter
- Competent, complex, multi-dimensional characters 
- Friendship, found family, friends-to-lovers, 
- Plot, space duels, intrigue - I like the action!
- Thoughtful, complex, introspective - I like characters' inner lives, too!
- Gentle, compassionate storytelling - I like cozy, happy stories, too!
- Witty banter. Seriously, I love it so much.
- I ship canon pairings; gen is also great
- Drama, humor, adventure, intrigue, espionage, suspense, mystery, thriller... so many genres! I also like explorations of grief and healing, though in general I can only take so much angst. I do prefer happy endings to tragedy, but I also have a soft spot for ambiguity and bittersweet.
- A strong sense of place. The differences between places, the little things that set someplace apart or bind people together even across languages and cultures... Whether you want to delve into worldbuilding or just give me a glimpse, I'll love it.
- Language, linguistics, things lost in translation, the power of words
- I do enjoy AUs and crossovers that hold true to both the spirit and setting of the original. (I'm not a fan of coffeeshop, college AUs, etc.)


Things I don't like: 
- Dealbreaker: incest
- Gore, torture, noncon, PWP, explicit sex, explicit violence, frequent use of strong swearwords 
- Slash isn't my cup of tea, I'm afraid. I prefer het or gen.
- Character bashing; completely helpless, clueless, cruel or dark characterization of canon "good guys"
- Darkfic, unmitigated tragedy or excessive angst. I've experienced several tough losses over the past few years. If your story is sad, I'd request at least a ray of sunshine amid the clouds!

Again, this is truly meant for your information, and I hope you find it helpful. I look forward to seeing where the story takes you!
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