They're going to be opening up nominations for yuletide
fandoms, and I have no idea what to nominate. There is no fandom that I passionately want a story in that I can only get through yuletide
Partly this is because of my great good fortune last year. I have, since I first started participating in yuletide
a decade ago, requested Donovan's Reef every year. And last year, Damkianna
heard my prayers and wrote me an excellent fic, we floated there along with the clouds
. It is an excellent fic, and I love it. But it does sort of leave me at lost ends. I could ask for it again, of course (if one fic in a fandom is good, two would be better), but that seems sort of ungrateful. And it is lovely! But Donovan's Reef--nominating it, requesting it, knowing
that I wouldn't get a fic for it but living in hope anyway--was the one unchanging aspect of yuletide
for me for a decade. Everything else changed, but not that.
Partly this is because I'm sort of between fandoms at the moment. I mean, I'm still reading a lot of fanfic, but I don't have any canon that I've consumed recently that has really gripped me with the need to know more, big or small. I'm drifting away from MCU; haven't gone to see one of their movies since Age of Ultron
. (Which was why I couldn't participate in marvel_poc
--I didn't know enough recent canon, and you can't say "oh, yeah, I'll write Nick Fury, but only as relates to the first Avengers movie and Cap: Winter Soldier!" I loved the new Ghostbusters, but I don't have any fic bunnies for it; it seemed complete to me as it was. And the latest Star Trek was by far the best of the three (so far) reboots, but mostly spurred me to pull out my half-finished sequel to The Desert Between
, rather than read or write something based on the latest movie. I love Supergirl, but little of the fic really seems to appeal to me; TFA, ditto. I feel restless, fannishly; I've always been polyfannish, with more than one fandom I'm participating in at any one time, but usually at least one (if not more) of them really grip
me, taking pride of place. And that then forms the scaffold around which all else rotates. And now there isn't one.
As for YT-appropriate fandoms, I've read and watched some over the year, but none have grabbed me and said you have to request this next year. My list of Yuletide prompts (I keep a list of possible Yuletide fandoms and prompts, because otherwise I'd never remember what I intended to ask for) hasn't changed since last year. And, you know, most of them are old staples, moderately large (for YT) fandoms where I would be genuinely happy to get a fic, but don't have a really pressing need
for it. I like having a balance--a couple of prompts that REALLY GET ME GOING (one of them the Donovan's Reef prompt that I knew wouldn't get written, but hoped for anyway), and then some from more common fandoms that I'd be happy to get. So I wouldn't be impossible to match, and I'd be happy no matter what, and had a chance of getting something REALLY AWESOME OMG. And this year ... the old staples that I'd be happy to get are all I really have, but nothing I'll be secretly hoping for more than any others.
It's kind of a let-down.