It's my favorite time of the year, and not sleet nor snow nor grad school can prevent me!

I already know all about this: Yuletide nominations are open! See Swan Tower's post for details. Nominations run through Monday, 9:30 PM, USA Eastern Time.

What is Yuletide and why should I care?: Yuletide is the annual fanfic gift exchange for very small fandoms. It is notable for a large number of participants, a generally high quality of stories, and an atmosphere of communal glee broken by occasional scattered wankstorms.

If you participate, you offer certain fandoms in which you feel confident that you can write a story, and make requests for stories which you would like someone else to write for you. For example, "I'd be willing to write a story set in the world of Njal's Saga, the Mahabharata, Cyteen, Bertie and Jeeves, Max Headroom, Venetia, "Me and Julio Down at the Schoolyard," or Mushishi. I would like to receive a story in any one of the following fandoms: Enid Blyton's St. Clare's series, featuring Bill and Clarissa. Femmeslash would be great, but just friendship would also be fine. Vienna Teng's "My Medea." Any story inspired by the song." Etc. You can offer multiple fandoms, but can request only four.

You will then be matched with someone who requested a fandom and characters you offered to write, and vice versa. You know who you're writing for, but not who's writing for you. You write your stories, without revealing to anyone but your betas what you're writing or who you're writing for. On December 25, the stories are unveiled with authors' names removed. Everyone happily reads and recommends. On January 1, the names magically appear. Everyone congratulates each other on their stories.

Last year's Yuletide I sent gonzo food writer Anthony Bourdain to Narnia. No Reservations: Narnia.

This year I am requesting Anne McCaffrey's Pern series (Mirrim), RPF - Psychologists (Sigmund Freud, Anna Freud, Carl Jung, Alfred Adler), and Vonda McIntyre's Dreamsnake (Snake, Melissa.)

Who's playing this year, and what are you requesting? Who's thinking of trying it for the first time?
Nick Mamatas offered a copy of a Japanese sf novel, Ryu Mitsuse’s Ten Billion Days and One Hundred Billion Nights, to the top four entries commenting with our thoughts on yaoi the inevitable heat death of the universe.

I wrote,

Leaves fall, and we point and call it beautiful. Meteors burn across the sky, and we point and make a wish.

When the last star goes out and all is dark and quiet, perhaps some unimaginable intelligence will nudge another and, in some unimaginable way, point and say, “Look! The heat death of a universe! Have you ever seen one so lovely? I’m so glad we came.”

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