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Christmas Wish List

Gah. Am sick now. The nagging sore throat and cough I've had since Tuesday has mutated. To distract:



Step One

- Make a post (public, friendslocked, filtered...whatever you're comfortable with) to your LJ. The post should contain your list of 10 holiday wishes. The wishes can be anything at all, from simple and fun ("I'd love a Snape/Hermione icon that's just for me") to medium ("I wish for _____ on DVD") to really big ("All I want for Christmas is a new car/computer/house/TV.") The important thing is, make sure these wishes are things you really, truly want.

- If you wish for real possible things, make sure you include some sort of contact info in your post, whether it's your address or just your email address where Santa (or one of his elves) could get in touch with you.

- Also, make sure you post some version of these guidelines in your LJ, or link to this post (it'll be public) so that the holiday joy will spread.

Step Two

- Surf around your friendslist (or friendsfriends, or just random journals) to see who has posted their list. And now here's the important part:

- If you see a wish you can grant, and it's in your heart to do so, make someone's wish come true. Sometimes someone's trash is another's treasure, and if you have a leather jacket you don't want or a gift certificate you won't use--or even know where you could get someone's dream purebred Basset Hound for free--do it.

You needn't spend money on these wishes unless you want to. The point isn't to put people out, it's to provide everyone a chance to be someone else's holiday elf--to spread the joy. Gifts can be made anonymously or not--it's your call.

There are no rules with this project, no guarantees, and no strings attached. Just...wish, and it might come true. Give, and you might receive. And you'll have the joy of knowing you made someone's holiday special.



I'm afraid I could only think of five:

Five Wishes

Plane tickets to FedCon next year so I can represent the mighty Centauri Republic with selenak.

The fourth season of Blake's 7 in any format available. I have the first on DVD, the third on video, and the second season on DVD will be arriving in January.

A Vir mood theme.

A design for a Stark Defense League t-shirt to be worn at future conventions.

More Stark/Zhaan fic. They should have their own category for the 2006 Sparky Awards.

ETA: Ah, I've thought of a sixth and seventh:

I need nice graphics for Enemies & Allies. The fanfiction there is excellent, but the graphics are ghetto. *g*

And I need graphics for a new site I want to open- a Stark/Zhaan site. This tactic seemed to work for the Centauri and the Narn afterall. I'm hoping "If you build the website, they will write" is a rule that generalizes to all fandoms. *g*

Second Edit: An eighth wish, inspired by redstarrobot:

I want Vir fic, damn it. I want andrastewhite to finish that post-Sic Transit Vir idea she had. And I want other fic too. I want to see other people besides me do Vir. 'Kay? *g*

Comments

The fourth season of Blake's 7 in any format available.

I could make copies for you if you like.

A design for a Stark Defense League t-shirt to be worn at future conventions.

Can't help with that one, 'cause I'm strictly Words Gal and not Images Gal, but if anybody else comes through with it, I want one. Badly. :)

More Stark/Zhaan fic.

Hmm. I might be able to accommodate that at some point. Although, I dunno, people are probably starting to wish I'd write something else. :)

a Stark/Zhaan site.

Ooooh! Ooooh! Ooooooh! Yes! *loves you forever*
I have no real desire to see you write anything else, but I do think there's a slight danger in having one person write the vast majority of any one pairing or theme - they start to become a sort of monolithic voice on the subject, and it doesn't end up with a lot of diversity in the fic.

So I'll write you Stark/Zhaan fic, if you write me Cally fic. :)
This is absolutely true, and I have no desire to become that person. A couple of times I've had people tell me that they were leery of writing Stark when I'd asked for him for a ficathon or whatever because, well, he's my character and they weren't sure they could do him to my standards or some such thing. Which makes me want to beat my head against a wall, y'know? I want to see other people's perspectives on the character and the 'ship! Hell, that was a goodly part of my motivation in running the Starkathon.

So, while I'm not too sure of my own ability to write Cally to your standards... I'd say you've got a deal. As long as you're OK with something short. Any specific requests?
I'm fine with short, cuz, hey, I can only write short. Um... let me think. I want Season 1 Cally. Something set right around either, I dunno, Shadow or Project Avalon.

What sort of Stark/Zhaan do you want, and what length?
hey, I can only write short

Says the woman who keeps threatening to send me a hundred pages to beta. :)

I want Season 1 Cally. Something set right around either, I dunno, Shadow or Project Avalon.

"Shadow"'s actually S2, you know. But I can work with that. I hope. Maybe I'll do something this weekend, although I really ought to be working on my Stark essay...

What sort of Stark/Zhaan do you want, and what length?

Um. Man, I just want S/Z, I don't even care what it is. And short is fine, unless you get carried away and want something long. Hmm. Actually, let's see, I did say once that I'd love to see an AU exploring where their relationship would have gone if she'd lived. I still would. And I'm pretty sure you have different ideas on that subject than I do. :) If you'd rather do something else, though, go for it.

*rubs hands at thought of new S/Z fic, and a whole archive for it*
That's why I can only write short. I'm only on page 70 out of, like, 160. :)

Wow. That's a lot to re-watch to get a handle on things. But I'll give it a go and see what I can do for you. :)
So, does that mean I've got a reprieve for a while on the beta? :)

And, hey, like I said, if you wanna do something else instead, I'll be happy. I really just wanna see somebody besides me writing the 'ship. And, anyway, hobsonphile'll need material for the archive. :)

but I do think there's a slight danger in having one person write the vast majority of any one pairing or theme - they start to become a sort of monolithic voice on the subject, and it doesn't end up with a lot of diversity in the fic.

That's actually very true. In fact, I think you've helped me come up with an eighth wish. See above.
I will produce a good set of graphics for E&A -- I frellin' love that site. Tell me sizes, and I'll produce the appropriate graphics, yes?
Well, I think I'd like to go for a full redesign. For that, I'll need an index graphic that I can do a link map with. And for the fanfiction, fan art, and meta pages, I think I'd like link-able front graphics for those as well.

I'm going to rearrange the fanfic archive in particular. It's getting big enough now that I can sort it by author, title, rating, etc.

And by the way: icon love!
As for sizes, I'm thinking 800 by 600 for the index graphic and the front graphics for the fanfiction, fan art, and meta archives.
Be warned: S4 of B7 isn't as good as the others. The two main characters (Avon and Vila) are distorted IMO and if you're anything like me you'll hate what they do to them in general let alone at the end. B7 was meant to stop at the end of S3 and I wish it had: it would have been open-ended; they were had a future of some sort, and fanfic had heaps of directions to go in.
Then again, good fanfiction often comes out of speculation over WTF-ness in canon. I love what some writers have done with Lennier's arc, for example.

Warnings intrigue me. *g* I shall have to judge for myself.
Aw, I try! But I'll set my mind to searching for another Vir story.
Yes, you do try. And as I recall, the results have been very sweet. *g*
I have no idea if the Vir story will get done by Christmas - I really want to finish the bodyswap story since various people have been bugging me about it forever, and then I have to write my Yuletide assignment ... but I could at least type up the stuff I have in my notebook. I think this is more than half of the rough draft.

I hope it's going to be a fairly easy story to finish, since it's basically a bunch of scenes where Vir talks to various people. It didn't reveal any major surprises or difficulties while I was writing what I've got now. And it will get done eventually!

I'm afraid I've already written the only Stark/Zhaan type thing I ever got a plot bunny for, however.
As much as I want to see the bodyswap fic, I want to see good Vir gen more. But I suppose I'll have to yield to audience demands in this instance. *g*
But I suppose I'll have to yield to audience demands in this instance. *g*

Hey, now that the bodyswap story is done, anything's possible *g*.
A Vir mood theme.

...my God, Holmes, you've got it! *exclaims some more*
I've been trying to think what sort of mood theme I could use on LJ and not get bored of it within one week. Vir would be it. ^_____^

FIC: Nothing To Vir But Vir Himself

Have you seen this one? Vir / Julie Musante, done by Anne Haight. There's also a Londo follow-up, called The Sharper which is, believe it or not, Londo / Bester.

Re: FIC: Nothing To Vir But Vir Himself

I actually have seen that one. It's certainly the most detailed attempt to explain Centauri sexuality. I can't get myself excited about the pairing, though.