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Yuletide! Dear Santa Letter! 8^)  
22:17:00, October 21st, 2007
John Henry Holliday, DDS
Dear kind wonderful Yuletide writer beaming down on me from above,
This is my belated and ridiculously long letter to you.
Thank you so very much. Please write what will bring you joy.

Thank you very much for writing a story for me and my people, and thank you for perusing my journal that you have found this note! I really am thrilled, and anything you could write for my characters would be very much appreciated, for I love them. Thank you so much for signing up for Yuletide, and especially for offering my fandoms! Of course any comments here are only guidelines - I am excited and perhaps inclined to an overabundance of words. I love the fandoms very much and am below trying only to show what makes them shine for me. I am still a little in awe that someone write a story just for me. I am very excited about Yuletide. The joy! The anticipation! The writing, as well as the reading! The coming to know more of other writers!

As some are simply uncomfortable with slash, I am similarly uncomfortable with het for what I am sure are similar reasons. I will thus surely understand if you feel disinclined to write an explicit story. I should enjoy one but gen would be fine. That is my only caveat, apart from the one about warm endings. In any of these stories the characters will soon suffer, but perhaps their comrades could offer at least temporary respite.

What can I say for you in general? In my fandoms, I generally have a favourite character with ethical codes which he follows to his personal loss, or which conflict with one another in such a way that the character must betray one set of ideals in order to uphold another. Whether the characters are right or wrong, this is the thing in them that I love. I admire their angst, pain and sacrifice, and wish them genuine relief if only for a moment without avoiding those things that give them depth.

The American Civil War: As the first line of my profile says ‘Everything for John.’ He was a child of the Civil War, and so I set to study it diligently, having no initial idea of the heroism and nobility inherent to the Generals of the Confederacy, fighting for principles and a world that was destined to vanish. Most amazing to me were the tactics, perseverance and creative brilliance of the cavalry officers, working miracles. Here, to me, is the angst of last stands and lost causes, the relentless pride of Pickett’s charge, Jackson’s men marching quicktime barefoot from battle to battle. It leaves me breathless with admiration. I have asked for Stuart, but Morgan or Forrest would do as well if you preferred it. Please do not speak ill of the Confederacy or Davis, or create scenarios to demonstrate their political folly. I realise you may have offered this fandom favouring the Union and may be disappointed by my favoured heroes. If so, please let them be men rather than political entities.

The French Revolution: I became interested in the French Revolution when I was given Marat/Sade by an enthusiastic professor dismayed by the educational system. I looked into it further and noticed Camille Desmoulins, with his friendships with Vergniaud, Danton, Robespierre, and the conflicts these lyalties caused him, eventually leaving him to side with his ideals at the cost of his life and the lives of so many of his friends. The Terror is the time that I find most interesting, and I have sympathy for nearly everyone involved. I am yet processing the fact that, left to their own brilliant creativities and devices, with all the world new, they killed one another – all of them.

Roger Zelazney’s Amber: I read Amber in preparation for playing the diceless RPG. It is the fantastic difference between the real and the unreal, the tension between order and chaos, and the Pattern that set the character’s minds. It is a philosophy demonstrated by an infinitely complex all-encompassing world. Julian is my favourite here, with his darkness, bitterness and wit, but absolute loyalty to Arden, where he lives apart, but knowing with his dogs and horse. Living so while having a hand and eye in every plot, dissembling yet with perfect confidence in himself. I like his quote ’We spend so much time lying to one another that I decided it might be amusing to say what I really felt. Just to see if anyone noticed.” I have that on a sweat-shirt. And from another quote, “Julian has no friends…. That icy personality of his is thawed only by thoughts of himself. Oh, in recent years he seemed closer to Caine than to anyone else. But even that could have been a part of it. Shamming a friendship long enough to make it seem believable, so that he would not be suspect at this time.” How much thaw and friendship with one of his brother would mean to him!

Oakley Hall’s Warlock: If you have chosen to write for Warlock, thank you very much for caring for my obscure fandom. Warlock was the favourite movie of Richard Farina and Thomas Pynchon. But it is also of course John and Wyatt without actually being John and Wyatt. I am interested in Morgan’s character – in his jealousy and loyalty, in his isolation from society and pleasure in Clay’s friendship. He is a strong man, with excellent qualities, and his pride in himself for his loyalty is clear and noble, yet he is in despair otherwise and clings to this.
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