Dear Yuletide Writer,

by , under thinking, writing

Hi, I’m sinkauli on ao3. I don’t know who you are (yet, at least), and you probably only know me from my bookmarks and my one story (or two if I’ve managed to finish the space meerkat one) and what you can read on this blog (please do; almost everything I’ve written this year is about what I’m reading and what I like and dislike about it).

Fandom specifics and prompts

For ALL fandoms: I don’t need all the characters in my signup to be in the story. I don’t need only characters in the tagset to be in the story.

Young Wizards – Diane Duane:

Goodness, I’ve read so much YW fanfic lately that I’m not sure any more what’s canon and what’s headcanon! I love autistic!Dairine, though.

Rather more specific prompts:

  • fixing something that’s wrong in the world while being respectful of whether/how it wants to be fixed
  • Irina Mladen taking any or all of Dairine, Darryl, Ronan and Carmela by the metaphorical scruff of the metaphorical neck and giving them a good shake

Please use the New Millennium edition for canon! (Especially if post-canon Darryl happens to make an appearance)

Lord Peter Wimsey – Dorothy Sayers:

  • Hilary at Oxford with some of the dons, perhaps mentored unofficially by Harriet, after all Hilary wants to be a writer and Harriet knows how.
  • Silly Peter/Harriet fluff, domesticness, the sort of things that make Busman’s Honeymoon so much fun.
  • Oxford dons F/F (sex not mandatory; friendship and perhaps some gentle romance)

If someone can write me a Young Wizards/Lord Peter Wimsey crossover I’ll love them forever! Never mind my single-fandom prompts in that case. Specific crossover prompts:

  • Peter’s diplomatic work is actually errantry (and he tells Harriet the morning after their wedding night or at least not much later, in the timeframe of Busman’s Honeymoon)
  • If anyone is an Advisory it’s Miss Climpson! Her Manual is a drawer full of index cards.

The Goblin Emperor – Katherine Addison

Something about Vedero and her friends.

Prompt: “He got her to talk more, in bits and pieces, about her friends and the work they were doing. One of her friends was translating the Barizheise poet Amu Carcethlened, who had written fabulous adventure tales about the voyages of the steamship Lion of Orpezhkhahar. Another friend was writing a treatise on the principles of inheritance as observed from her family‚Äôs millennium-worth of horsebreeding records. Another had started an unofficial school for girls with mazeise talents.”

Especially the school for girls with mazeise talents! I dare say Kiru Athmaza can do some teaching there, too, and serve as a role model.

Chronicles of Chrestomanci – Diana Wynne Jones:

Something WITH CATS! (Tacroy goes to Caprona, for instance, and learns that Benvenuto will talk to him)

College of Magics – Caroline Stevermer:

There’s not enough of the school story! Please give me more school story! (With Jane, if possible.) Travel is also good. Please no on-screen Menary, I hate her guts enough as it is.

Judge Dee Mysteries – Robert van Gulik:

What I like most about this is the culture and interaction between characters, not the mystery/puzzle as such. I can’t say I approve of all aspects of the culture (the misogyny, brr!) and if you can fix that without gross distortion of the setting I’ll be pleased but it’s not necessary. Sex isn’t necessary either, and might distract too much.


  • small mystery with a cute kid (in the vein of “Murder on New Year’s Eve” in the Judge Dee at Work collection)
  • implied F/F between women who are already friends (but not behind their husbands’ backs, please; let them be widows or courtesans or unmarried bluestockings)
  • the judge and/or his assistants going undercover

General likes

  • Happy ending, or open(ish) ending with possibility for happiness. Lots of bonus points for other happy endings than “people getting together as a couple”.
  • Unexpected, uncomplicated friendship. Complicated friendship will do too, I like any story with friendship better than one with only antagonism, but I’m a sucker for people becoming friends when they’re doing something together or turn out to have something in common which neither of them would have planned for. Friends-to-lovers is okay but it’s a pity if that’s the whole point of the story.
  • Autistic characters (canon or headcanon) who either come to terms with being autistic in the story, or have already figured it out and can handle it. Bonus points if they use their autistic traits to get things done (case in point: Dairine Callahan).
  • Kidfic, either canon characters’ kids or canon characters when they were kids.
  • Discovery, detection. Characters finding out things about themselves when they do something they didn’t know they could do. Learning, mentoring.
  • Magic in a setting that doesn’t canonically have it. (Possibility for crossovers here, but it can also just be the setting with added magic.)

DNW/general dislikes

  • Enemies-to-lovers. Rape, non-con. Casual sex without friendship. Seduction for any other reason than that one person is in love with the other and is trying to get it across to them elegantly. Adultery, infidelity (polyamory is okay but I don’t really prefer it). Incest. PWP (sex, even explicit, is okay but it needs to fit into the narrative; on the whole I much prefer gen, apart from the occasional fun smut story).
  • Bigotry of any kind, unless fighting against it is a plot point. That includes homophobia, TERFness, sexism, racism, ableism, ageism and anything I’ve forgotten.
  • Pathological/medical view of autism or other neurodivergence, portraying it as something that needs to be fixed rather than as a characteristic of the person.
  • Discussions of disordered eating or weight (it’s completely okay if someone’s body type is part of the description, like mentioning that the person has dark skin or blue eyes or wears glasses or uses a wheelchair, but no fat-shaming or other judgmental language about weight please).
  • Pranks, practical jokes, humiliating characters for the sake of it.
  • Unhappy endings, unresolved tragedy.
  • Gore, body horror, mutilation, monstrous pregnancy, cannibalism et cetera.
  • Mpreg: THIS WILL MAKE ME THROW THE PHYSICAL EREADER AGAINST THE PHYSICAL WALL and you’ll owe me a new one, so don’t do it, okay?


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