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Three Hearts Joining as One
Dear Yuletide Author!

You'll be happy to know that I'm generally pretty easy to please, when it comes to Yuletide. I don't think I've been disappointed by anything I've received, oh, ever. ;) First thing's first: OPTIONAL DETAILS ARE OPTIONAL. I know it's said everywhere, but I remember my first Yuletide; it's hard to remember sometimes. I mostly want to receive a story that you have fun writing; as long as it's fun for you, I'm sure I'll love it!

I do have a few general things I'm not overly interested in: any kind of mpreg, for one; non-con; abuse of power. For the most part, I'm looking for generally happy-in-tone fics -- that's not to say that people can't be upset or anything at any time in them, but really I'd rather not see any kind of sadfic or darkfic out of this. I do like them, but it's not what I want to get out of Yuletide, y'know?

Things I do love: found family, complex power dynamics in consensual relationships (like, making a relationship work when your 'business lives' have a more defined power dynamic, like teacher/student or supervisor/employee), and touch as both comfort and communication.

I'm generally not looking for anything porn-y during Yuletide, but am happy to read if it that's where your heart leads! Seriously, though, write what you like, and if one of my optional details prompts a story for you, all the better.

- Gray Shadows (the_afterlight)


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Dear Yuletide Author!

You'll be happy to know that I'm generally pretty easy to please, when it comes to Yuletide. I don't think I've been disappointed by anything I've received, oh, ever. ;) First thing's first: OPTIONAL DETAILS ARE OPTIONAL. I know it's said everywhere, but I remember my first Yuletide; it's hard to remember sometimes. I mostly want to receive a story that you have fun writing; as long as it's fun for you, I'm sure I'll love it!

I do have a few general things I'm not overly interested in: any kind of mpreg, for one; non-con; abuse of power. For the most part, I'm looking for generally happy-in-tone fics -- that's not to say that people can't be upset or anything at any time in them, but really I'd rather not see any kind of sadfic or darkfic out of this. I do like them, but it's not what I want to get out of Yuletide, y'know?

I'm okay with any kind of rating, and pretty much any kind of porn. I dislike purple prose. ;) Seriously, though, write what you like, and if one of my optional detail requests prompts a story for you, all the better!


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Hello, Dear Yuletide Author!

So there's not going to be a lot about each of the fandoms here. I feel like the requests (...which are being included for any kind other writers who like what they see here, coming over from the DYA post) pretty much cover it all -- but I wanted to talk about some general themes and the like, to give you a better idea of what I'm looking for!

In a general sense, I'm pretty catholic in what I like in my fandoms. As long as there's a decent plot or a strong character piece, I'm generally pretty happy -- and I stress, stress, that OPTIONAL DETAILS ARE OPTIONAL. I included some different ideas with each of my requests, including things that, yes, I would love to see, but what I really want is for you to be happy writing whatever you write. If you're happy, chances are I'll be happy, too.

More specifically, there are a few things I'd prefer not to see -- any kind of mpreg, for one; non-con; abuse of power. For the most part, I'm looking for generally happy-in-tone fics -- that's not to say that people can't be upset or anything at any time in them, but really I'd rather not see any kind of sadfic or darkfic out of this. I do like them, but it's not what I want to get out of Yuletide, y'know?

I'm okay with any kind of rating, and pretty much any kind of porn. I dislike purple prose. ;) Seriously, though, write what you like, and if one of my optional detail requests prompts a story for you, all the better!

(And yes, a lot of this letter is exactly the same as last year. That did make some things easy. ;) )

Request details below the cut. For the record, fandoms are:

Young Wizards - Diane Duane (Kit Rodriguez, Carmela Rodriguez, Ronan Nolan)
Alice (2009) (Alice Hamilton, Hatter, Jack Heart)
Stick It (2006) (Frank, Poot)
Switched at Birth (Toby Kennish, Emmett Bledsoe)


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So those are my requests, Yulegoat! As always, Optional Details are Optional. And I'll love anything you write, because you'll be writing it for me!

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Hello, Dear Yuletide Author!

So there's not going to be a lot about each of the fandoms here. I feel like the requests (...which are being included for any kind other writers who like what they see here, coming over from the DYA post) pretty much cover it all -- but i wanted to talk about some general themes and the like, to give you a better idea of what I'm looking for!

In a general sense, I'm pretty catholic in what I like in my fandoms. As long as there's a decent plot or a strong character piece, I'm generally pretty happy -- and I stress, stress, that OPTIONAL DETAILS ARE OPTIONAL. I included some different ideas with each of my requests, including things that, yes, I would love to see, but what I really want is for you to be happy writing whatever you write. If you're happy, chances are I'll be happy, too.

More specifically, there are a few things I'd prefer not to see -- any kind of mpreg, for one; non-con; abuse of power. For the most part, I'm looking for generally happy-in-tone fics -- that's not to say that people can't be upset or anything at any time in them, but really I'd rather not see any kind of sadfic or darkfic out of this. I do like them, but it's not what I want to get out of Yuletide, y'know?

I'm okay with any kind of rating, and pretty much any kind of porn. I dislike purple prose. ;) Seriously, though, write what you like, and if one of my optional detail requests prompts a story for you, all the better!

Request details below the cut. For the record, fandoms are:

Young Wizards - Diane Duane (Kit Rodriguez, Carmela Rodriguez, Ronan Nolan)
Strange Days at Blake Holsey High/Black Hole High (Marshall Wheeler)
Power Rangers Jungle Fury (Casey, RJ)
You Belong With Me - University of Rochester Yellowjackets (Any)


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You may notice that I said that I don't want to see any abuse of power in the fic -- and then requested a teacher and a student with the optional detail of shipping them. My thoughts on this are pretty specific: I really like balanced relationships with the appearance of a power-imbalance. Dealing with complicated relationship dynamics is one of my most favoritest things ever. So, if that's something that appeals to you, feel absolutely free to do whatever you want with it. :D

Thank you, Yulegoat!

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So I haven't been posting -- or, indeed, around most of my usual online haunts -- in a while. Things have been crazy in a lot of ways, and I... didn't mean to abandon you all. Although at this point you're probably used to it. (... Don't hate me?) I haven't been ignoring most of you on purpose, exactly, just...

... I'll explain when I can wrap my head around it.

At any rate, as those of you who also follow me on Twitter (@the_afterlight, if you don't and want to) will know, my grandfather passed away this morning. This just after a family friend died last week in a motorcycle crash. Soooooo I need to take my mind of things, and I am doing it with this:

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So, yes. I'm crazy. It's not like that's news.

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So I was going to write, y'know, an actual post about my life or whatever. But I decided to do a meme instead.

1. Write down the names of 10 characters.

1. Puck Puckerman, Glee
2. Casey Rhodes, Power Rangers JF
3. Alexis Castle, Castle
4. Eric van der Woodsen, Gossip Girl
5. George Sands, Being Human
6. Ronan Nolan, Jr, Young Wizards
7. Troy Bolton, High School Musical
8. Lulu, Final Fantasy X
9. Zach [Wright], Shelter
10. Addison Forbes Montgomery, Grey's Anatomy/Private Practice



2. Write a fic of fifteen words or less for every prompt, using the characters determined by the numbers. Do NOT read the prompts before you do step 1!

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Fic title: A Little Song, A Little Dance, A Little Swing
Author name: Gray Shadows / the_afterlight
Fanmixer name: mybabyangel
Pairing: Ryan/Chad
Rating: PG-13
Word count: 10184
Warnings/Spoilers: None
Summary: Sometimes things happen unexpectedly. Losing a bet has Chad spending a lot more time with Ryan Evans; the funny thing is, losing a bet has never made Chad feel so much like a winner.

Author's Note: Thanks to snowishness for the awesome beta (and ego-stroking)! This was written in an incredibly short timespan when I realised that the initial idea I'd had was going to be way too long to finish in time. (... That one will still be written at some point. Eventually.)

ETA: There are a couple of minor incidents of verbal homophobia in this story! Nothing's terribly intense, nothing I'd normally warn for, but it did get pointed out to me (and rightly so!) that it's not the kind of thing we normally see in this fandom, ergo a heads-up wouldn't be a bad idea. So, heads up! There's a couple comments at the beginning of part two, and one in the middle of part three.


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So, mybabyangel made me this awesome fanmix for this fic -- and, now that we've got the technical difficulties ironed out, here it is!

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*Mediafire may bork the file for you; it's working for some people, but not everyone. Still, it's worth trying first over Megaupload.
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So I am moved into a new flat! Unfortunately, I don't have internet there yet, and won't until the 11th, so I'll be scarce. (... Not that I post much as it is, but I mean, if you're looking for me on AIM or MSN or anything.) I will be around some -- libraries and net cafes and the like -- but probably only during daytime hours, and not anywhere near as much as I'd like.

HOLD ME.
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So, there's a lot going on in my life right now. Some you already know what's going on -- but there's an f-locked post forthcoming with more details. Just, I've been working on this for a while now, and wanted to actually get it posted. And didn't want it f-locked. So, separate posts! (... And not too spammy, since that post probably won't go up 'til tonight.)

Sure, let's make this a meme. The State of the Honeydew meme! List all stories you're working on, with summaries/a few notes, and, if you have them, intended release dates.



     State of the Honeydew
[Spoilers for all of my unwritten stories, if you want to avoid them.]

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Fic title: Better Natures: Grace
Author name: Gray Shadows / the_afterlight
Artist name: evenindeath
Genre: Gen-ish
Pairing: Slight references to Sam/Ruby, and even slighter-if-you-squint to Dean/Castiel
Rating: PG/PG-13
Word count: 21240
Warnings/Spoilers: Spoilers through 4x10; AU after that.
Summary: A hint leads Sam and Dean to Angel Falls, MT, but what they find there is most surprising: the disappearances aren't demonic in the least, but angelic. With the linchpin seal in danger of breaking, Sam and Dean have to deal with unlikely allies... and a strange transformation of Sam's that changes everything.

Author's Note: First off, I want to thank azremodehar for the awesome beta! Any remaining errors are mind and mine alone. (And I still suck at fight scenes.)

evenindeath did a ridiculous amount of gorgeous art for this! Seriously, go check it out, it's fantastic; I think my favorite piece is this one, but it's all fantastic.

And thank you all, in advance, for reading this. :D I hope you enjoy it!


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     Chapter 4: Angels of our Better Natures/Heart of Glass


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     Chapter 3: Fly Away Home/On a Wing and a Prayer


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     Chapter One: Long Way Down/All You Follow

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So I've been meaning to post, y'know, stuff lately. But I've been a little distracted.

1) I wrote for TARDIS BigBang! Under what appears to be becoming my de facto writing pseudonym in fandom, Gray Shadows. You can find my story here. It's called Better Natures: Memory, and is the first in a trilogy (... that may become a series, shush) of thematically linked but otherwise unconnected stories. Go! Comment! Witness the incredible art I got!

2) I am sick. Sick sick-y sick. And it's getting ridiculous. For the last four weeks, I've had this mysterious ailment that comes-and-goes -- fever symptoms like fatigue, weakness, achiness, headaches, occasional bits of nausea and dizziness, sore throat, chills. But NO FEVER. So, y'know, antipyretics like Tylenol and ibuprofen haven't been doing anything. It'll hit me for a couple of days, then I'll be fine for a couple of days. It'll hit me again, then I'll be fine again. I am now into my fourth week of this. IT CAN STOP ANY TIME NOW.

I'm actually going into the doctor again -- I was in last week, he said, "It's viral, it will pass." Well, it hasn't passed. So. Going back in. I'm even taking the precaution of packing a bag, just in case for whatever godawful reason the doctor wants to send me to hospital, so that my parents don't have to go through my stuff to pack a bag for me, they can just come in and grab this.

3) I love you all. I don't post often, so I don't say it often, but. I love you all! ♥
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