This was my second year doing Yuletide. Last year, I was kind of disappointed in the gift I received (it seemed to me to be a kind of generic threesome story pasted onto the fandom, plus it didn't meet the basics of the request I made) but felt very proud of the story I wrote. This year, it's a bit the other way.
I had asked for, among other things, a Dick Francis homage featuring Sid Halley, who is one of my favorites of the Francis characters. I got a really lovely gift called "Off the Pace" and it sounds just like Francis's novels. It's definitely worth reading and you can find it here. It's by sheila_snow. I don't know her at all, but I definitely will be looking for more fiction by her.
The only match I got between what I said I'd write and what my recipient requested was Jeeves and Wooster. And my recipient specifically asked for "Christmas fluff." I don't celebrate Christmas and in general am not very interested in writing about it. And what with not being so inspired by the topic and my life kind of falling apart lately and some other writing commitments around the same time (X-Men movie ficathon and some non-fandom related commitments I'd made) I didn't put as much time and effort into this one as I did last year. I think it shows; last year's is a much better piece. But this year's piece isn't a total waste. It is in true Wodehouse style, I believe, and it's cute and funny, so I'm not ashamed to have my name attached to it. I got a number of very nice comments, although I've heard nothing from my recipient.
Both this year and last year I drew assignments based on novels. I think that's very different from writing fanfic based on a movie. It's much more constraining because to do it right you need not only be true to the characters but also to the author's style. I find it an interesting and fun challenge, although one I enjoyed more with last year's assignment than with this year's.
My story is called "Christmas Dilemma" and it's available at http://archiveofourown.org/works/34024.