I've concluded that one of the reasons I find Yuletide stressful (and thus why I haven't done it for a couple of years) is the pressure of writing a giftfic for someone whose enthusiasms are really different than mine. Obviously that's a hazard with any exchange, but for Yuletide fandoms I feel it more? I don't know.
Anyway, the obvious solution is to write treat fics instead for whatever prompts take my fancy! All the prompts go live around Christmas Eve, I think, but I'm already at home on Ye Olde Dial-Up Connection by then, and that's really inconvenient. Hence, the the Dear Yuletide Letter spreadsheet of amazing
is a wonderful, wonderful invention. I've just spent half an hour trawling for things that might maybe result in plotbunnies.
Testimonial: I got Wallace & Gromit fabulousness
one year from someone who wasn't even assigned to me. So yes, people do actually do this!
All of which is to say, if you've signed up for Yuletide and wrote a Dear Yuletide letter, be sure to drop a comment at the collection post
so it can be added to the spreadsheet! Because then someone might find it and write you something extra. (Protip: if you include the actual text of your sign-up prompts in the letter, too, it makes it easier for random people to write you things.)
Also, FYI, Yuletide signups are still open until here
until the 31st.Original entry posted at Dreamwidth. Feel free to reply here or there. ( DW replies)