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It's that time again. I hope you're all in a festive mood for The X-Files? Since we are getting a late start this year, I have moved back all of the dates to avoid conflicting with Yuletide.

The X-Files Gift Exchange is open to fanfic, podfic, fanart, and fanvids; on the fic side, anything goes—all we ask for is a minimum word count of 750, that kinks are tagged, and warnings included.

1. To SIGN UP, all you need to do is add a comment to this very post containing your request by the 25 of November. No separate posts this year! Everything stays in one place so your mods stay calm and organized.

2. RESPONSES to gift requests are to be posted by January 6, in a separate entry to this community, preferably by your LiveJournal (or validated open id) user name of choice. The entries will go into a moderation queue until the reveal. All entries will be unveiled by the mods at the same time once every participant has a gift.

3. If you don't have or don't want to make a Livejournal, that's not a problem. Just let one of the mods know ahead of time, email it to the xf_santa gmail account. We will format and post the entry for you.

4. Now! To join the exchange, post your request with the following information:

Name: [LJ handle] OR [DW handle] OR [AO3 account] OR [ff.net handle] OR [Tumbler...]
Things I'd like: Please request at least three categories here...but ultimately feel free to add as many things as you'd like at this point. Doesn't mean you'll get them all, but there's no harm in asking, and it ensures you get a great Secret Santa match. If you'd like a specific pairing or character, then speak now or forever hold thy peace. Don't forget to ask for icons or vids too -- we all know the likelihood is low in a small fandom such as this one, but hey. Worth a shot!

Things I wouldn't like: If there's anything you wouldn't like to receive (pairing in a fic, French electropop for your vid, bright-green textures in your icons) then here's the place to mention it. Without character-, pairing-, or kink-bashing, of course.

What I can do: Are you great at a certain genre (gen, het, slash)? Are you the specialist for writing specific character/s or pairing/s? One of the excellent X-Files vidders out there, or an icon-maker with aspirations? One of the folks on Tumblr who brighten every X-Phile's day? As ever, specifics are great so your match brings you tears of happiness instead of, you know, the opposite.

What I can't do: If there's anything you feel you can't do, then please say so here. Same disclaimer as above applies.

Pinch hitter? In the event of someone not being able to complete their gift, are you willing to be a stand-in writer, pod-ficcer, artist, or vidder?

The deadline to sign up is November 25. As we are getting a late start this year, the deadline to default is December 29; with all gifts due in on January 6, that should give us adequate time to organize a pinch hitter. Obviously, the sooner we know you can't do it, the easier that task will be. If the assignment you received is not what you signed up to do, let us know that as soon as possible. We're doing the matching by hand so it shouldn't be an issue.

The X-Files gift exchange for the holidays, signups end November 25.

We're a small fandom, so please advertise this gift exchange anywhere you think would be appropriate.

If you have questions, leave a comment on the first comment below.


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All the letters I can write: X-Files snow globewendelah1 on November 15th, 2013 08:48 am (UTC)
Comment here to ask your questions.
elis_xfelis_xf on November 24th, 2013 09:32 pm (UTC)
Hey! I'm new to this little project and really quite excited! I've added my comment to the main post but it said it went to your spam (?). I'm totally useless with LJ! Hope you can help.
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maybe_amanda: xmas_ornamentmaybe_amanda on November 15th, 2013 05:09 pm (UTC)
Name: maybe_amanda
E-mail: maybe-underscore-a-at-rocketmail-dot-com

Things I'd like: I'd like fic. I like Mulder. I like Scully. I like Mulder and Scully. But look, we are all busy people living busy lives, so I am not going to tell you WHAT to write. Just write me something. If you can't, vid me something, or draw me something, or something.

Things I wouldn't like: I wouldn't like someone feeling so pressured by my requests that they can't make/write anything. This is for fun!

What I can do: I can write stuff. Usually. I hope. You are most likely to get an Xmas-y M&S thing from me. What shape that will take, I can't say.

What I can't do: Play piano, sing opera, write slash.

Pinch hitter? Maybe?
All the letters I can write: Bring it on!wendelah1 on November 15th, 2013 06:00 pm (UTC)
Name: wendelah1
E-mail: my user name at gmail dot com
Things I'd like: 1. I like fanfic. I prefer genfic and canon pairings. My favorite character is Dana Scully but I love Mulder, too. I have a secret (well, not any more) yen for Dana Scully/Diana Fowley hate sex. Don't worry, I'm not expecting anyone to write me that. I like doomed ships: Mulder/Krycek before Ascension. Diana Fowley and Mulder before she leaves for Europe, or even after she comes back to the FBI. I like character studies for minor characters, what-if AUs, crossovers, gap-fillers, back-stories. 2. This fandom needs more podfic. A podfic of anything I've written would be lovely or of any of my recs at crack_van or anything by my favorite authors. 3. Artwork for any of my stories. A new banner for my current journal or omigod a new personal journal design. 4. I'd be amazed if anyone made me a vid, but sure. Go for it.

Things I wouldn't like: PWP. Character death isn't fun around the holidays. And please do not write me a story where you kill off William's parents in order to reunite him with Mulder and Scully. No kink. No happy (romantic) endings for anyone except Mulder and Scully.

What I can do: I can write fanfic. I can make bad simple icons. I'd say I'm probably a better gen writer than a romance writer, but I write pron when it's right for the story I'm telling. I can write crossovers for any fandom on my fanfic list, and probably some that aren't.

What I can't do: I can't draw, vid or make podfics.

Pinch hitter? Yep, for fic.

Edited at 2015-05-03 06:12 am (UTC)
bugs: 9Minutesbugsfic on November 16th, 2013 06:18 am (UTC)
Home at last, reading...And I realize I had no idea what a secret Santa is -- I have this same problem at work and just don't pull a name from the hat. But I'll sign up and someone can explain later!

Name: bugs
E-mail: bugsfic@gmail.com
Things I'd like: I love graphics stuff; icons, wallpaper, vids, something pretty. Fic is great too, of course. I'm a MSR bug, but LGM make me smile. I did actually like Reyes/Doggett, so they're good too.

Things I wouldn't like: Not a slash reader/viewer myself and although I enjoy a dignified smut biscuit (shut up!) not a kinky kink reader.

What I can do: I'm a MSR writer and folks seem to enjoy my smut. *clearing throat* I guess angst? Humor? Angst and humor in the same story? Smut and angst and humor? I do enjoy challenges, so I feel like I could tackle just about anything. Of course, the end result might not actually be what the requester had in mind, so there is that.

What I can't do: I could write slash, but my heart wouldn't be in it. ;-)

Pinch hitter: Sure.
bugs: Mulderairquotesbugsfic on November 26th, 2013 08:48 am (UTC)
If you want to go ahead and edit that information in before we email you, that would okay, too. It would make our job that much easier.

After reading other people's posts, I realized that mine sounded pretty vague and nothing is worse than being told when asking someone what they want for Christmas: "Oh, just anything! I'll love it!"

So, more specific on what floats my boat--

Happy bobbin' along: For icons, I'd love some of the minor characters or MOTW, and particularly the LGM. Picspams are always wonderful, whether something angsty or humorous. On fic's framework, I'm less Samantha/cancer arc and more MOTW, little casefile as the backbone, character exploration in a post-ep sort of reader; humor or angst. Although I'm a shipper, I do like to stay in canon, so more S7 and onward for RST. If secksy times makes a writer nervous, for UST, I just love the first "X-files is closed" arc previous to Scully's abduction. I think Sleepless, with Jealous!Scully knowing the Rat's a rat, and whispered meetings under flickering fluorescent lights is simply one of the sexiest episodes in the show.

Sinks it: I'm just not a post-colonization/mytharc/aliens and clones sort of reader. I'm just hoping I'm killed off in the first blast when the End Times comes, so it's just not entertainment for me. :-D
Angela FarrerAngela Farrer on November 16th, 2013 08:36 pm (UTC)
Hey, XF_Santa, just ran across this page from Google alerts, and I've posted a link to it on our FB page. Hopefully it'll help get more Philes interested because it looks really fun :)

-Agent Angela from the X-Files Truth podcast

www.facebook.com/XFilesTruthPodcast (http://www.facebook.com/XFilesTruthPodcast)
All the letters I can writewendelah1 on November 19th, 2013 12:26 am (UTC)
Thank you!
xfdryad: Troyswannxfdryad on November 17th, 2013 03:37 am (UTC)
Name: Dryad on the AO3
E-mail: hekateris at gmail dot com
Things I'd like:

MSR/MS-something - I've been reading so much slash I almost feel ashamed to ask for MSR, but there ya go. I do love MSR, but that doesn't mean you should feel beholden to write it!
Humor/Wit/Snark - please do it! Because I can't. *puppy dog sad face*
Mulder 'n' Scully Against the World...Or At Least the Bureau - Y'could say the whole show is this... I love it in casefile fic, though.
Porn - where everyone wins! I'm good with any variety apart from scat and watersports. And I don't get the ropeplay thing, but maybe you could convince me?
XO - I loves me a good crossover! Except with the Potterverse, because I hate Harry Potter. Sorry.
S/K - I love Scully and Krycek adversarial fic. Their chemistry is just fantastic.
Casefiles - but hey, limited time and all. A snippet-fic would be fine.

Things I wouldn't like:

Angst - I don't mind some angst, but I can't take Mulder crying in the corner because Scully didn't share her bee pollen.
Major Char. Death - not even Skinner. Sorry. I'm just not doing it this year.
Cancerfic - unless it's incidental, I've had enough of cancer. Just too many people in real life, y'know?

What I can do: I can write just about anything! Slash! Porn! UST! Serial Killers! Other! Pre-XF! Post-XF! William! XF Post-M&S (but please don't make me watch S9)(please)

What I can't do: Humor, ffs. :-/ Also, NoRoMo (but seriously, isn't that kind of over with by now...?) Videos, graphics, artwork.

Pinch hitter? - Yup!

Edited at 2013-11-17 03:43 am (UTC)
Audrey: surf's upaud_woman_in on November 18th, 2013 09:02 am (UTC)
Name: Audrey Roget
E-mail: audrey_roget at yahoo dot com

Things I'd like/wouldn't like: Fanfic is my favorite medium, but I'm also always amazed by creative videos and graphics. I enjoy AU, back story and, of course, smuttin' of the MSR variety. I've never really cared for Krycek, but find the other XF "villains" rather interesting.

What I can do: I write fanfic, and I can make icons. Tell me a favorite episode, mood, theme, kink, etc., and I'll try to match it. I'm comfortable writing smut, and I'll give any pairing a try, but Mulder and Scully are my true inspiration ;) If you love music, I could also put together a playlist - though it's unlikely to have much music recorded in the last ten years.

What I can't do: Sadly, I have no skills as a vidder.

Pinch hitter? In the event of someone not being able to complete their gift, are you willing to be a stand-in writer, pod-ficcer, artist, or vidder? Maybe, depending on the medium.
akachankamiakachankami on November 19th, 2013 02:29 pm (UTC)

Name: akachankami
E-mail: akachankami at gmail dot com
Things I'd like: i like fanfictions! canon pairings only though, something that would fit in the series but not novel lenghty LOL mulder and scully are my favs but i liked doggett and reyes too, it would be awesome to know what happened to them after the series ended
i also love fanarts and fanvids =) and happy endings after the storm

Things I wouldn't like: slash and kink mostly. main characters death and things that would make me cry on my christmas pandoro, comic sans as text font in graphics...

What I can do: i make fanarts mostly. i can draw and i can photoshop, i can gif and i can vid (not full songs usually), i make manips and icons or banners or headers... i think i'm most famous for my chibis LOL

What I can't do: i'm an awful fanfic writer. i don't do slash. i don't even know how to pod fic O.o

Pinch hitter? maybe... fanarts only though, and vids take an awful amount of time so i cannot do it as last minute gift
(Anonymous) on November 20th, 2013 10:35 am (UTC)
Name: bluesamutra
Things I'd like: Mulder & Scully focused fic, MSR good, angst better.
Things I wouldn't like: Umm, I'm not too fussy but no slash please.
What I can do: Fic, MSR, Angst, Smut (blush).
What I can't do: I've never tried but I think any attempt at slash would be a disaster, sorry.
Pinch hitter? Sorry, I really want to take part in Secret Santa but I'm so time poor, one story's my limit this year.
Fish: X-F - Xmas Fishtankbadforthefish on November 21st, 2013 05:22 pm (UTC)
Name:badforthefish aka Scarlet.

E-mail: badforthefish at yahoo dot co dot uk

Things I'd like: I've been using the same icons for a few years, so I'd love a new set: funny ones, angsty ones, pretty ones... or since I'm planning to buy a new laptop after Xmas, I could do with a pretty Mulder and Scully wallpaper, a nice shot of the two of them from an episode maybe? Or fic, fic works too as long as it's not mushy. I love post apocalyptic stories and I have a clone fetish. Oh and post eps, I love a good post ep. I like MSR but would read anything on other characters. I'm an angst junky. I also enjoy good verbal sparring between our Moose & Squirrel.

Things I wouldn't like: Naked Frohike icons. Anything 'Touchstone' related.
Anything with M&S professing their undying love for each other. Not a big fan of the William arc and S8/S9 in general. Despises Milagro. Don't care for slash or kinks and PWP.

What I can do: I can write a short story. I maybe able to do a dustjacket too if my old Windows laptop does not die on me before Xmas.

What I can't do: Vids, slash, kinks, RPF, not big on smut.

Pinch hitter? probably not, I struggle enough with my own deadlines as it is.

And I'm done editing that post to add stuff to it. :)

Edited at 2013-11-25 10:06 pm (UTC)
peace like the ham in a sandwich: babylon 5 command crewidella on November 21st, 2013 07:54 pm (UTC)
Name: idella
Email: idella [dot] sometimes [at] gmail [dot] com

Things I'd like: Podfic or fic or wallpaper. I like gen and het and slash (f/f and m/m). I don't necessarily ship Mulder and Scully but I do like stories that explore their relationship. Some other pairings I don't ship & do like: Mulder/Fowley, Scully/Fowley, Scully/Skinner, Mulder/Krycek, Scully/Byers. I like Diana Fowley and Teena Mulder and the Lone Gunmen. I like Samantha Mulder. I like bright colours, empty space, and words. I like slice-of-life stories and post-eps and ~angst. I also like happy stories. :)

Things I wouldn't like: Sappy romance, explicit sex, Mulder and Scully with kids (or William), manips, Mulder/Skinner.

What I can do: I can make podfic. I can write Scully/Fowley hate sex. Okay, I can also write Scully/Fowley without the sex. I can probably write something about Scully and Mulder, too. Especially Scully.

What I can't do: I can't make art or graphics or vids.

Pinch hitter? Probably not. Feel free to check though.

Edited at 2013-11-24 01:02 am (UTC)
Dora Solodorasolo on November 22nd, 2013 12:35 am (UTC)
Name: dorasolo (lj)
E-mail: lisa dot freedman at gmail dot com

Things I'd like: screencaps of anything in seasons 1-7 minus Phoebe Green, Bambi Berenbaum, Det. White, etc., to reblog on tumblr, Scully POV fic, and Mulder/Scully fic. In no particular order.

Things I wouldn't like: video, only because that would require explanations that I'm not really capable of giving even after I don't know HOW MANY YEARS in this fandom about why I'm watching fan-made videos when I could just be watching actual episodes; icons because I barely go on LJ anymore except this comm made me so excite, xf_doge style.

What I can do: I am a writer, and angst is my specialty. I would do anything for love, but I can't write graphic sex scenes.

What I can't do: Write Mulder or Scully calling each other "Dana" or "Fox" unless it is in the context of a full name introduction, acknowledge Diana Fowley's relationship with Mulder, write a good John Doggett.

Pinch hitter? Sure, I can pinch-write!

Edited at 2014-01-06 12:08 am (UTC)
phantagraephantagrae on November 23rd, 2013 07:33 am (UTC)
I guess I'll sign up...
Name: phantagrae

E-mail: phantagrae at earthlink dot net

Things I'd like: I'm always interested in music videos. I think I asked for a music video 2 years ago, but I don't remember which song I asked for. Since I didn't get my video (Santa lost my address... :( ), I'd happily take that one again. I'll put the song title here again once I look it up.

I am just learning about these podfic things, so maybe I'd like one of those. I love pretty much anything Penumbra has written, so that would be lovely.

I also wouldn't mind a fic--MSR, with or without William, but no angst. I believe in happy endings. :)

Things I wouldn't like: No real angst, no post-apocalypse, no slash (not for Christmas!!!)

What I can do: Probably the only thing I can offer is a fic.
I don't really do smut or slash. I like to write about M&S and M&S with William (at any age, I think, but I always kind of picture him as an 11-yr old boy...)
I usually prefer to try to write about Mulder, I guess.
I might also be able to write some Mrs. Mulder with Mulder.

What I can't do:] I can't do podfics, icons, or videos. I can't really write smut or slash, or mytharc stuff. Or Doggett/Reyes (never could get inside their heads.)
I have very narrow skills...

Pinch hitter? Probably not...I don't want to make any promises beyond giving a gift.

Oh, am I supposed to add tags, or is that only when we post our gift???
Crap, I've forgotten how to do that...

Edited at 2013-11-23 07:38 am (UTC)
MJ: what i likemaidenjedi on November 23rd, 2013 10:43 pm (UTC)
Name: maidenjedi (on LJ, DW, and AO3)

E-mail: maidenjedi@gmail.com

Things I'd like: Fic. Post-colonization/apocalypse, missing scenes, or pre-XF. Character studies linking to existing plots are great, too. I like MSR but prefer UST. Open to pairings but please no slash (other than Scully/Diana if you're in the mood). Mulder, Scully, CSM, The Lone Gunmen, Diana Fowley, Marita Covarrubias, other minor female characters, Skinner, The Well-Manicured Man. I'm interested in reading crossovers with other FBI universes - specifically the Hannibal mythology or The Americans.

Things I wouldn't like: No slash other than Scully/Diana, please :-) Also no kid-fic that isn't riddled with angst and no happy-go-lucky MSR.

What I can do: Fic. Gen or het, angst, post-col, post-ep, pre-XF, minor characters (except probably Krycek), MSR, Mulder/Diana, Scully/Diana, CSM/Teena, Marita, pre-season 7.

What I can't do: Slash, PWP, post-series happiness. Vids, manips, images or other art.

Pinch hitter? For fic, yes.

Edited at 2013-11-23 10:45 pm (UTC)
(Anonymous) on November 23rd, 2013 10:59 pm (UTC)
Name: Little Grey Girl aka Dreamscatcher on Haven

E-mail: dreamscatcher@wildmail.com

Things I'd like: MSR fic. Sweet but not too sappy. Case files, post-eps, domestic awkwardness. New or established relationship. Friendship if it’s early years but romance if it’s later. M&S having far too much sex for approaching-middle-age people living in unremarkable houses, snowed in, in the middle of nowhere, with no other form of entertainment or means to keep warm ... Fav eps are Pusher, Memento Mori, Detour & FTF.

Things I wouldn't like: Any pairing other than M&S. D&R could be mentioned at a stretch but not as the focus of the fic. No character death or major angst – especially if it involves William. No angry-sex or M/S torture.

What I can do: Fic. M&S friendship, romance, domesticity. William if you want but likely as side character to the M&S action. Smut but more the gentle kind that straight-out PWP.

What I can't do: Videos – no idea how. Art - unless you want stick figures. My art ability is truly awful! In terms of fic I'm not comfortable with slash, extreme angst or character death.

Pinch hitter: Sure, fine, whatever. Sorry, couldn’t resist! :) 