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Thank you so much for writing for me! Don't feel bound by anything I say here--if something else inspires you, write what you'd like, and I look forward to reading it.

I have a lot of different requests here from friendships to enemyhood to familial bonds, and I'd be very thrilled to get a fic for any of these! Some of the prompt lengths for individual relationships or fandoms may be wordier than others but that's not indicative of interest. Feel free to mix and match prompts, too.

My general dislikes are issue-fic and cliffhanger endings--I strongly prefer self-contained stories that lead to some resolution, be that happy or sad. (I have no problem with character death, if that's the route you want to go down!)

For any of these fandoms, I'd enjoy canon-divergence AUs or "5+1 things" type fic, and I'm always up for creative-formatting type of stories (epistolary, documentation, go nuts). But again, don't feel compelled to do that.

Placeholder for relationship-specific prompts:

Animorphs:
Elfangor & Any: I do mean anyone, minor or major characters (I'd prefer not Loren for a gen exchange, though). What were his friendships like with Andalites onboard the GalaxyTree travelling to Earth? How did he and Ax get along? How does Visser Three view their rivalry? What if he could have known Tobias longer?
 
Aftran & Cassie: How did Aftran rediscover that Cassie had gotten through #19 okay? What if they'd found a way to keep in touch/have the Peace Movement play a more active role?
 
Ax & Tobias: Ax teaching Tobias about Andalite custom? What does the "innate" Andalite optimism mean to them? If you headcanon them surviving the Blade Ship encounter, what comes next?
 
Harry Potter:
Charlie & Oliver: Quidditch buddies! Enduring the unsuccessful seasons before Harry's arrival, or correspondence afterwards?
 
Terry & Michael & Anthony: the Ravenclaw boys who joined the DA. How are they alike, and how are they different? (How) do they survive the seventh year?
 
Angelina & Lee: More Quidditch friendship (/banter) would be great. Dumbledore's Army practices, or life under the regime in book 7?
 
Sirius & Regulus: glimpses into their relationship at Hogwarts or before? Did they ever reconnect after Sirius ran away? What if Regulus had confided in him about the locket?

Star Wars (OT):

I'm happy with any subset of main characters but technically only requested a handful of relationships so we wouldn't be here all week! Feel free to focus on whichever subset you want, except for Han+Leia as a gen relationship.
 
I requested OT to fit all these characters/relationships in, but I'm fine with a fic set in any era, be that a missing scene from the original trilogy itself, an prequel-era AU in which Anakin raises the twins, or sequel-era fic with Lando mourning Han's death, etc! The one thing I'd ask for this fandom is not to include Kylo Ren|Ben as a main character (mentions are okay if era-relevant).
 
Lando & Han: their first meeting? Do they keep in touch post-OT era?
 
Luke & Leia: Luke helping Leia explore the Force in her own way? An AU where they met differently (what if Leia had made it to Tatooine safely?)
 
Lando & Han & Luke & Leia: exploring alien worlds? Transporting a dangerous plot-device? Relaxing after a battle?
 
Vader & Luke or Vader & Leia (same prompts): opportunities either one could have had to figure out their connection, but near-misses? Anakin's spirit giving them advice in post-OT era?
 
Vader & Lando: brokering the original Cloud City deal? What if Lando had resisted him earlier, or never at all?
 
Galavant:

Gareth & Sidney: adventures on the quest to rescue Madalena? More accounts of the "guess whose name I have on my head" game?
 
Isabella & The Monks: Worldbuilding! What is life like for monks who perpetually sing, and how does a princess handle them? Lyrics are not required, but would be welcome ;)

Numb3rs:

Charlie & Don: a post-canon case? Family dinners (in adulthood versus childhood?) Charlie lending his statistics expertise in the AU where Don pursued a baseball career?
 
Larry & Amita: departmental politics? An interdisciplinary collaboration? Dispatches from Larry's space travels? Math nerdery is always welcome!
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Thanks so much for writing for me! I'd be happy with anything for any of these fandoms, and these should just be treated as jumping-off points; feel free to come up with a very different idea (random worldbuilding could be fun!)

General likes: happy endings, sad endings (when providing some measure of closure or melodrama), gen, friendship, enemy-ness, humor, characters nerding out IN SPACE. (Or on Earth!)
 
General dislikes: ambiguous endings, issue-fic, explicit sex, rape/non-con.

FTL: Faster Than Light
(Zoltan quest captain, Repair drones, Rebel soldier, Ariadne.)
 
(I know this is AND matching, but I'd be really happy with a story about any of these characters! Don't feel like you have to shoehorn them all in.)
 
I love this game, and I love all the different characters who, against the backdrop of a relatively simple structure, hint at a complex galaxy and story. I'd be thrilled to see any part of their past, present, or future.
 
Ariadne--the Rock bride who sullenly mopes in your cargo bay, then tries to escape her own wedding and can possibly join your crew. Backstory would be great--what is she running away from? Does she fit in on the ship? Or explore the world where she stays put and gets married--does she fall in love with her spouse eventually? Does the war catch up to her?
 
Rebel soldier--in particular, I'm thinking of the one who says they would prefer to stick with the federation, but feels like they need to be part of a war. Really?! Do they not have a choice in the matter? And they're in a war right now, can't they switch sides if they want? What's up with this captain, really?
 
Zoltan quest captain ("Envoy")--how do his beliefs in peace and harmony keep him going amid the horrors of war? How has he reacted, well or poorly, to those who have come across his ship? Does he ever regret aiding/joining up with the federation ships/his "brethren," when he sees what they're capable of?
 
Repair drones--they don't know where you came from, and they don't care (but they're the right place for some ship repair). Is this really true? If so, would that make them the most tolerant and open-minded beings in a war-torn galaxy? Why the heck are they programmed to speak in rhyme?! ;)
 
Just about anything you write about this game will make me happy, I love it to pieces (which is good, because my ship is always left in them. So no endgame spoilers, please! I have confronted the final boss a couple times but never made much headway against it.)
 
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As far as "which canon I'm familiar with," I've unlocked: Kestrel, Torus, Vortex, Adjudicator, Noether, Cerenkov, Bulwark. Please don't include stasis pod spoilers, I'm stuck on that puzzle, grr. (This may change but for now here's where I'm at.)

Ender Series--Orson Scott Card
 
(Ender Wiggin, Bean, Petra Arkanian, Peter Wiggin)
 
 
(I know this is AND matching, but I'd be really happy with a story about any of these characters! Don't feel like you have to shoehorn them all in.)
 
I'd like to see something set in Battle School, canon or canon-divergent AU. Some ideas (don't feel like you have to stick with this):
 
-Maybe the instructors didn't feel confident that Ender would be the right leader, and had to go with a backup plan? What if one of the other main characters had tested close enough to their benchmarks that they'd been trained as the last best hope instead? (This includes Valentine, who I didn't have room to request, if you prefer writing about her.)
 
-How long did Petra or Bean last in the Mind Game? (Or Peter or others in an AU.) What made them give up?
 
-Alternatively, if you're caught up with "Shadows in Flight", anything exploring what it means to Bean to be not-quite-human. (If potentially saving Earth preserved the life of his nascent species as well, maybe it only makes sense for him to play a part in defending it! Maybe not?)
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I'm familiar with just about all of the full-length sequels in this series, both in Ender's timeline and Bean's, but not the co-written prequels.
 
Austin & Murry-O'Keefe Families--Madeleine L'Engle
 
(Meg Murry | O'Keefe)
 
Anything relevant to the Kairos (Murry/O'Keefe) side would be fun, but in terms of space-relevant things:
 
-Meg finds a way to go back and manage on a two-dimensional planet!
 
-Something comparing/contrasting the extremes of sensation/emotion Meg feels on Aunt Beast's world with her experiences kything with Ananda and Charles Wallace two books later. (Reading the books it comes off as "this is the coolest thing ever!" "no, this is the coolest thing ever!" as if she's forgotten her previous adventures, obviously whatever's happening in the moment is paramount, but I'd be interested to see something that integrates/parallels these more completely.)
 
-Someone from another place/time (Polly?) visits the Happy Medium to look for/at Meg, paralleling her search for her father from "A Wrinkle in Time."
 
-Grown-up Meg still has the knack for kything with Charles Wallace, but she's surprised to hear one of the Mrs. W's respond years after they went their separate ways.
 
Or anything else you can think of would be a delight! I'd prefer to stay relatively within the tone of canon, though of course, humor is always great.
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I've read the Time Quintet, but am not familiar with pretty much any of the Austin series.

Dear Yoda

Feb. 17th, 2016 06:31 pm
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Very grateful to you for writing for me, I am!

I love the grand themes of Star Wars, with its sweeping scope of good and evil on galactic scale. And I love all these characters, who aren't completely committed to one single regime throughout their lives but who make choices that matter and through their lives, gradually or decisively, move in hopeful directions. I'd love to read about anything that brings out these themes, explicitly or implicitly. I chose single characters rather than preset relationships because I'd rather you have the freedom to make unexpected connections--set a story in an era we didn't see onscreen or bring in other characters if you'd like! (I'm not familiar with most secondary canon, though.)

General likes: happy endings, sad endings (when providing some measure of closure or melodrama), gen, friendship, enemy-ness. I'm also fine with total crack, so if you want to write something with a really nonstandard format (I've listed a couple examples before) go nuts.

General dislikes: ambiguous endings, issue-fic, explicit sex, rape/non-con.

Here are just a few suggestions for each character to get an idea for the range of plots I'd be interested in, really anything goes.

Anakin:
  • Vader and his subordinates on the Death Star. Could be bureaucratic humor, or maybe he's impressed by Leia's unyielding under torture...sensing her potential?
  • Force-ghost Anakin trains Rey in the ways of the Jedi
  • Backstroke of the West-inspired silliness
  • Any stage of the Anakin/Padme relationship would be great (no other romantic relationships for him, please)

Lando:

  • How Han got the Millennium Falcon from Lando
  • Vader first convinces Lando to set a trap at Cloud City
  • 5 (or some other number) of responsibilities Lando conned people out of, and one he didn't
  • Lando and Poe work together on a project for the struggling republic (gen or shippy)

Finn:

  • JB-007 and Finn work on the same sanitation unit
  • BB-8 helps Finn decode some First Order messages
  • Finn and Rey's wedding night involves unceremoniously kicking Chewbacca out of the Millennium Falcon
  • A William Shakespeare's Star Wars-style retelling of any Finn scene in The Force Awakens
Like I said, don't feel compelled to use these, just if they're helpful as jumping-off points. Anything that involves these characters confronting good, evil, or hopes old and new will make my day. Thanks in advance for whatever you come up with,  and of course, may the force be with you!
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 So, at a boardgaming convention this weekend I got to play an RPG called The Trial of Lando Calrissian! Amazing experience.
 
I'm a fairly novice tabletop gamer. I have done some one-shot games, which is what this is--you're given a ready-made sheet with your character on it, including their statistics (which are used in dice rolls) and some general facts about them. So they don't improve over time and aren't used for multiple sessions, but I got the feeling this session was looking for relatively experienced players. So I put my name down as a backup the day before and didn't get my hopes up. But when the time came, only three other players had showed out of a maximum of six, so in I went!
 
The setting was a few years before Empire Strikes Back: Lando has been arrested for the murder of a mining guild representative. We all played different characters who knew Lando from his days as a scoundrel and showed up when we heard about the big-deal trial. I was Lirin Carn, a wandering musician/alien who played a clarinet-type deal. We also had a charmer type, a space pirate, and a coercive sort...both of the latter two were good hackers. We all had our own obligation ("Lando is groovy") and motivation ("Dig that Lando vibe") for helping out on the case, even if at first our characters didn't believe his weak protestations of innocence.
 
Lirin began investigating by asking who stood the most to gain from Lando's arrest--who was the new administrator? Serafina? Could she be behind it? Then Lirin went with the charmer, Tarax, to a casino owned by a Hutt involved in a crime syndicate. After trying to make some awkward small talk with the locals ("I'm from off-planet, what's up with this murder case?" "Do you start all your conversations this way?") Lirin finally learned that the so-called miners weren't really miners at all.
 
Meanwhile, the other two were returning to the scene of the crime, and encountering a droid. "Can I charm the droid into talking to us?" asked the coercive character. "No," explained the GM, "your character doesn't have any of that skill. "Aw, man! I'll have to threaten it instead! Give us all the info or we'll destroy you!" After a very lucky dice roll, the droid complied easily, and we got some unedited footage of the crime scene--a bright blue astromech droid was there at the time of the murder, too.
 
The dice were one thing it took me a while to understand. To accomplish something that took luck, we'd roll some number of special green dice; if we had a lot of skill in that area, we could swap in green to yellow dice as indicated on our character sheet. Mixed in with that, we would roll purple dice that were weighted against us at the GM's discretion--more purple dice were assigned for harder task. He'd also give us white dice to represent narrative advantages that we had on our side, and black dice to represent disadvantages for us. All of this made sense, but then when the symbols came up there would be some "successes" and "failures" that canceled each other out as well as "advantages" and "threats" that carried over into the future of the story (which we'd all ad-lib). So everyone else recognized these symbols, but I was just throwing dice down and going "great, tell me what this means."
 
Tarax, Lirin's buddy at the bar, decided to play a game of sabacc with the Hutt owner, betting his ship for information. "Okay, some green and yellow dice for you, purple dice for the Hutt...plus black disadvantages since it's his home turf. Plus more if he cheats. Hmm, plus more advantages since you're working the crowd and getting them on your side, more since they hate the Hutt too, he's interrupting their games!" Sadly, he lost his ship, but the Hutt confirmed the information anyway--the "miners guild" was a cover story.
 
So we all met up at the hotel room where we had information that the droid's owners might be registered, but it seemed uninhabited. The coercer decided to continue along the threatening lines, tyrannizing a housekeeper until she gave up information. This led us to a spaceship. We split up there; Lirin and one of the others found a droid transmitter hidden in the cargo bay, while the other two took over the ship. When some mooks came onboard, our guys bluffed that they were going to zap them with radiation poisoning from the vents.
 
So the mooks confessed that they were actually not mining guild representatives, but rather, working for the new leader of the "delegation," on behalf of the former administrator, who wanted their job back. The questionable leader of the Cloud City police assured us that he'd take it from there, and that we needed to exit the spaceship.
 
It seemed like our job wasn't completely done, though, since the droid on the transmitter had told us that it was on a gas refinery a little ways out of the city, then abruptly gone silent. We decided we should not tell the authorities, but rather handle this ourselves. The coercer was extremely paranoid and kept double-checking that the coast was clear, refusing to move until the loading dock was totally empty. Since we were alone, we hailed a pair of cloud cars and took off. Lirin has no qualifications either to shoot or fly anything (the other three, minus Tarax who'd gambled his away, all had their own private spaceships), so just sat down at the "gunnery" station on one of the cars with the qualified pilot.
 
At that point, we were trailed by five more cloud cars, and combat began! Our car was carrying the droid transmitter, and we had no ability to shoot behind. It seemed like the best thing to do was for the other car to make an unexpectedly heroic move (scoundrels, remember), turn around and start shooting at the pursuers, giving us time to speed ahead and hopefully make it to the refinery. Combat is accomplished by a different system of rolling dice--first everyone "rolls for initiative" to see who'll get lucky and get to act first. Then we act and see who gets a hit, taking damage, or who gets a "critical hit" that can inflict lots of random damage in one go.
 
While the other cloud car took out one of the five pursuers, that left four attacking them, and they damaged our allies pretty badly. Three continued to fight them, while only one zoomed onward to fight us. While the other cloud car was left to plummet onto some weird sky-jellyfish things, we had to make a controlled crash into the refinery. "Okay, you have this many green and yellow dice in piloting...lots of purple, very hard. Disadvantage is you've just been shot and are reeling. Do you have anything else going for you?" "I ca play some inspirational music on my kloo-horn?" *has already exhausted "Cantina Band," tries "May The Force Be With You"* "Sure, we'll call that an advantage."
 
So somehow, through luck or a kind GM, we don't die, and break into the office space at the refinery. There, we find the "victim" of the murder! We take him hostage, and as we proceed, run into some minions. My partner and I both had useful special abilities, though; theirs was to suffer some "strain" (like wound damage, it's something that seems to have a maximum threshold, but I don't think anyone else took any), in order to reroll her initiative rolls. This gave her a better chance at getting the first strike in in a fight. As for Lirin? Once per fight, he could dazzle people with his kloo horn and disorient people for two rounds! So we had a head start in bolting past them to yet another spaceship. I did sustain some damage along the way, losing 7 of my maximum 12 hit points...but also took out one of the mooks. By bashing them with the kloo horn. :D
 
Finally, on the spaceship, we confronted the droid and the old administrator who was behind the scheme. Again, Lirin tried distracting him, while the space pirate maneuvered down to drag the fight towards his own cargo hold and lock him in there. Our friends showed up, with their cloud car being towed by the tractor beam of the previous spaceship we'd found. And justice was restored. :)
 
All in all, an awesome time, and I'm really glad I did it. Other than interpreting the dice rolls (and they tried to teach me what it meant at the end again), I didn't feel that out of my depth--a little quiet and unsure "what should a scoundrel do" sometimes, but definitely worth it.
 
Here's a picture of my character sheet and a map of one of the spaceships with our dudes running around it.
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Dear Yuletide Writer,

There once was a fanfiction fan
Who reads all the plots that I can.
So follow your muse
And I'll gladly peruse
It, no matter how far from a plan.

That is to say, optional details are optional! Write whatever you'd like, and I'll look forward to reading it. :D

Most of this letter is recycled from previous Dear Author Letters, so let's get back to the regurgitated grind! My name is also primeideal on Ao3, and occasionally Ember Nickel (on FFN, etc). I'm on Tumblr as primeideal, although I'm not particularly active in any of these fandoms.

I love happy endings, sad endings (when providing some measure of closure or melodrama), snark, wordplay, mathplay, gen of any stripe, friendships and familial bonds, most canon ships for these fandoms, fourth-wall bashing and unashamed meta, and general nerdery.

I do not like ambiguous endings, issue-fic, character or fandom-bashing, religion-bashing, explicit sex, rape/non-con, or overly pretentious, "post-earnestness" style. I'm here for joy. (Or groaning at bad puns, or melodrama...but something sincere.)

Most of these fandoms don't have a shippy focus. If you're so inclined, for Incompetent Time-Travellers, Markers, or Super Solvers I'm up for any pairings (of the named characters, or OCs), but also love gen. I'll mention the other fandoms as I get to them.

Incompetent Time-Travelling Saxophone Haters (any character; Adolphe Sax nominated)

"I'm curious about the internal workings--or dysfunction--of the Incompetent Time-Travelling Saxophone Haters themselves. Who are they? When did they come from? Why do they hate saxophones so much? How do they travel back in time? Does Sax survive by his own willpower, by the aid of a rival group of time travellers, or does history just have to lead to the inevitable existence of saxophones? Is there an AU in which they kill him off? What makes them give up and learn to live with Sax--or are they still out there? Any of these answers would be delightful."

This fandom, such as it is, is explained here. I played tenor saxophone for many years so while I'm not a huge fan of saxophone-bashing as the last word, I'm certainly fine with characters bashing the instrument. (Literally or figuratively.)

Markers to Deter Inadvertent Human Intrusion into the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (any character; Cindy, Jo, Linda, Steve nominated)

"If you prefer a focus on the story characters, what brought about this research expedition, or what happens next? What parts of our present-day society are remembered, forgotten, or misunderstood by this cohort and their contemporaries? Alternatively, what could similarly-curious researchers make of the other suggested marker-systems? (A series of AUs, comparing and contrasting them, could be really cool.) I'd prefer at least some reference to some of the proposed markers, but original ideas are fine too."

This fandom, such as it is, can be found in its entirety here; if you skip to page 228, you'll find the story of Cindy, Jo, Linda, and Steve. I think it's awesome that the serious-business analysts wound up writing what's effectively fanfic of their own project. As far as comparing the same characters faced with different markers, a 5(+1) things format might be effective.

Redwall (Mariel)

"I'd like to see future-fic for Mariel--what happens to her (and/or Dandin) after the Bellmaker? Does she ever return to Redwall? Reunite with Joseph in Southsward? Die heroically in battle? Any kind of closure to her plotline would be great. Alternatively, something from earlier in her life--learning about bellmaking? Adventures onboard the Periwinkle?"

"Mariel of Redwall" was the book that got me into the series, so I'd like to have loose ends resolved and/or backstory fleshed out. I'm fine with either a romantic or gen focus to Mariel and Dandin's relationship.

Super Solvers (any character; Master of Mischief, Super Seeker nominated)

"Since I'm most familiar with Treasure MathStorm, OutNumbered, and Gizmos and Gadgets, I'd prefer something set in those settings. Any kind of math/science plots would be welcome--harder puzzles based on more advanced topics? Why did the Master of Mischief choose a life of villainy? Or, what do the minions do when they're not annoying the Seeker? Humor is of course welcome for this fandom."

All of the games I mentioned have playthroughs available on YouTube. I have many memories of playing these back in the day--perhaps unsurprisingly, I struggled with the "trapping minions" part (and those complex gears), but most of the math I got down pat!

Wheel of Time (Rand al'Thor, Tam al'Thor)

"I'd like to see these two reuniting post-series, once Rand's had time to calm down and seek out some other family relationships in his life. What does Tam do after the battle--organize peacetime military in the Two Rivers? Retire back to the farm? Alternatively, something from earlier in their lives--how did he get the heronmark sword, or teach Rand to master the flame and the void?"

There's some cool post-canon fics in this fandom already, but there's always room for more! If the "Rand reunites with some of his close non-romantic friends" angle appeals to you, feel free to bring in other good-guy characters (nominated or not), but I'd prefer that the emphasis not be on shipping for this fandom.

Winter Journeys (any character; Georges Perec, Hugo Vernier, Vincent Degraël nominated)

"Some silly meta-fic would not be amiss in this fandom; maybe there's a kerfluffle when someone's Yuletide gift seems to have been plagiarizing some notable stories from past years? But wait, is this a new story, or a backdated archive from the old site...? Oulipian silliness and/or constraints ensue. If you'd prefer something closer to the original story, maybe Degraël's experience during the war, or the literary encounters that inspired him to become an academic."

Here's a link to the original Perec story; while it doesn't really capture the absurdities of the sequels, it gives a reference for Vernier and Degraël at least. (And here is my brief summary of the full book.) Please don't feel compelled to include any particular characters if your ideas for this fandom are more tangential.

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Once again, feel free to ignore any suggestions and write what inspires you. Thanks so much for writing for me, and have a festive Yuletide!

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 Still trucking along on a next-gen epic, but considering offering some of my stories for the Harry Potter Rare Cliche remix. Anything among this list people would like to see up for grabs??

Welp

Aug. 22nd, 2015 07:14 pm
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 It turns out my crazy "minimize the plot devices" plotline is actually impossible according to secondary canon.

Oh well! It seemed like a good idea at the time.

Still going ahead with it.
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 I don't really post much here anymore, but you can read some of my thoughts about writing for the HP Darkarts fest on Tumblr. I'll post again if I blog more about it. :)
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Mostly copied and pasted from other letters/my prompts:

Hey there! Thanks so much for writing for me! I love the whole premise of this exchange, and I'm excited for whatever you write. Anything goes, and if you'd like to ignore these prompts and do your own thing, that's completely fine with me!
 
You can browse my past Dear Author letters for some idea of what I like and dislike in fics. For this particular exchange, most of my major do-not-wants fall into interrelated categories; I would greatly prefer no issue-fic, nor ambiguity for its own sake. In particular, I would rather not receive a gift whose primary focus is on how you or your characters know better or are more politically correct than the original author on any levels, nor one celebrating uncertainty or incomprehensibility of narratives as ends in themselves. This is not an endorsement of any of the widely-disparate authors in question, by any means, just things I don't prefer reading in exchanges. That being said, I also have nothing against unabashedly-meta stories, self-aware and clever stories within stories, etc, so please don't hold back if something ridiculously self-referential strikes, but don't feel compelled to go down that road either.

In general I prefer no non-canon ships (such as among the Amis, or for Animorphs, etc.) Gen is wonderful. 

Animorphs: any of the books
 
Anything in this fandom! Contrasts between remembered events as viewed by Marco and Jake? What Jake chose to emphasize about Rachel and Tobias? Cassie's thoughts on the butterfly morph or the starfish escapade? Postscripts to second editions in light of your favorite post-54 headcanon?
 
Harry Potter: Sonnets of a Sorcerer, Hogwarts: A History, The Adventures of Martin Miggs the Mad Muggle
 
Anything involving sonnets would be great (but be careful lest you trigger the limerick curse!), or other forms of wizarding poetry real or imaginary. For Hogwarts history, feel free to draw on Pottermore canon or your own--secret rooms? House-elf or other magical creature presence? Elective classes? As for Martin Miggs, maybe what wizards would make of him going into Muggle politics, sport, or advanced science? Anything goes.
 
Les Misérables: any book
 
Some of Prouvaire's poetry would be amazing--love poems with awkward arithmetic if that's your thing, but any of his speculations, from the divine to pressing social problems of his day would also be awesome.
 
As for the political texts, feel free to run with whoever strikes your fancy. Combeferre is probably my favorite so anything by him would be awesome. If you'd like to provide "footnotes" and stuff for the critical edition, go for it, but don't feel obliged on that front--just the Amis' thoughts is cool!
 
Chronicles of Narnia: Is Man a Myth?, Men Monks and Gatekeepers: A Study in Popular Legend
 
Some earnest speculation on humankind would be hilarious--the evidence for or against, how Narnian residents might find out more, or if they're just legends, where do those legends come from and what parallels might they have in Narnian lore?
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 Dear Yuletide author/random passerby/whosoever you may be,
 
There once was a winter exchange
For small fandoms wondrous and strange!
I'll read any story
And bask in its glory
Whatever you'd like to arrange!
 
(AKA, optional details are optional! Write whatever you'd like, I'll definitely enjoy it. These are just some ideas to get you started.)
 
My name is also primeideal on Ao3! If you've been around, you might know me as Ember Nickel.
 
Dear Writer tag, for previous letters (to see where I've stolen much of this from!) I've requested Animorphs the last couple years, and Schoolhouse Rock in 2012, but the others are new.
 
I love happy endings, sad endings (when providing some measure of closure or melodrama), snark, wordplay, mathplay, gen of any stripe, friendships and familial bonds, most canon ships for these fandoms, and general nerdery.
 
I do not like ambiguous endings, issue-fic, character or fandom-bashing, religion-bashing, explicit sex, rape/non-con, most non-canon ships for these fandoms, or overly pretentious, "post-earnestness" style. I'm here for joy. (Or groaning at bad puns, or melodrama...but something sincere.)
 
I've suggested a couple of goofy crossovers involving kiddy math fandoms (the theme here is that I really love math, okay? I mean, IRL, I have a more conflicted relationship with it, but for here). That doesn't necessarily mean I'm looking for crossovers in general, though. Really depends on the circumstance, use your own best judgment.
 
You can read my fics on ao3 (where I'm also primeideal) to get a sense of my taste. I'm infrequently on #yuletide chat, as primeideal, but don't expect to find me there on a regular basis. I'm on Tumblr too, and much more active there than on Dreamwidth this past year. You'll find me rambling about some big fandoms, and some of these--in particular, I'm aware that Animorphs is big-for-Yuletide, and Quatrevingt-treize "fandom" took off this year with the #clubninetythree readthrough. While I love those two, I would adore fic for the other tiny fandoms as well! Those just happen to be the ones where I sometimes have an audience.
 
So in alphabetical order, here we have them:
 
ANIMORPHS (any character)
 
Request: "Anything in this fandom. I adore Andalites and would love to read some Elfangor/Loren from the Earth years or in an AU, or Tobias and Ax being shorms. I'd love gen with the main six, Rachel/Tobias shipfic, maybe some Rachel/Marco banter, Jake/Cassie, or OC worldbuilding fic exploring some of the other fronts in the galactic war (the Iskoort and the free Hork-Bajir were sort of abandoned plot threads). More on the Ellimist's meddling could work here, or maybe a younger Toomin appreciating music. Post-series adventures/fix-it are always fun too."
 
In terms of the tones I enjoy, "The Andalite Chronicles" and its emphasis on hope (despite some tragedy) was one of my favorites of the series. I like that mix more than the giddy, off-the-wall "btw we're in Atlantis now?" of the middle of the series, and also more than the bleak ambiguity of the end. Another thing I don't care for is inaccurate teleology, in this case waxing poetic about how such-and-so-morph was "designed" or "perfect" for speed/strength/stealth/surprise/something. But like I said, anything goes.
 
PANDEMIC (board game)
 
Request: "Anything goes! A diverse cast from around the world trying to work together and managing their resources. Hilarious poking at the fourth wall as they complain about the arbitrary constraints of the game would be awesome, but so would melodramatic character death in a scenario where the luck doesn't work out. I'd prefer that graphic descriptions of disease aren't the focal point of the fic, but feel free to be creative."
 
I'm familiar with the On the Brink expansion so introducing alternate character roles, the virulent strains, or the purple disease would all be fine with me if that's where you choose to take it. Not necessary, though.
 
QUATREVINGT-TREIZE (any characters: Cimourdain, Gauvain, Michelle Fléchard, Sergeant Radoub nominated)
 
Request: "Anything in this fandom. Post-canon Michelle and/or Radoub taking care of the kids and making a future for themselves? I'd love either gen or shipfic in this vein. Gauvain is my baby--anything precanon with him and/or Cimourdain, showing his ideals developing, would be awesome. Or Cimourdain's life as a priest--in the village, La Tourgue, etc., his correspondence with people all over Europe. Fix-it fic would be cool (even if it's just fixing the Massacre of Saint Bartholomew, still a great idea), or a happy AU. But you can never go wrong with alternate melodramatic death scenes either."
 
Like I said, this fandom sort of burgeoned over the past year during a chapter-a-day readthrough. I don't really ship Gauvain/Cimourdain, so I'd prefer not to read their interaction in a romantic light, but obviously they have an intense friendship/familial bond and like I said, Gauvain is my baby. Um. I'd prefer no math-bashing, here, but Hugo has other ideas so knock yourself out. ;)
 
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR (any characters: Henry, Phil, Mary, and Chet nominated)
 
Request: "Anything in this fandom. Coach Phil giving Henry advice, or helping him adjust to the unexpected quirks of big-league life? Pre-canon with Mary's pitching career would be great! Mary/Chet post-canon, Mary trying to incorporate Chet into Henry's family life and Henry trying to go back to normal? Phil post-canon having to deal with not having Henry around? I love the Cubs so any baseball references you can work in would be appreciated, but that's just an added bonus."
 
I don't really remember the subplots involving Henry's kid friends too well, so I'd rather not see too much focus on them, but any of the nominated characters are fine with me. The manager mangling Henry's name is always fun, though. And like I said, baseball specificities are totally optional but great.
 
SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK (Figure Eight)
 
Request: "Figure Eight was my favorite of the Schoolhouse Rock videos. Something character-based, with the teacher trying to see how to connect with the daydreaming student? Humor with the skater who knocks himself into the thermometer? More about the infinity sign at the end? I love math at any level so from basic multiplication facts to advanced cardinality theory, there's no such thing as too much math nerdiness."
 
Well, if people 'get off on your new math tricks' I'd prefer it doesn't get /too/ explicit, but I'm sure there'd be room for humor in there if you want to go down that road. Integrating (oh, see what I did there) the other characters from Multiplication Rock or the other Schoolhouse Rock videos would be great as well (at least between the first four movies, I don't know the "Money" or "Computer" videos). Here's the link if you need to canon review: (and poke around YouTube for the others). This could also be crossed over with Super Solvers, see below.
 
SUPER SOLVERS
 
Request: "I'm not sure how to start narrowing things down for this fandom; I'm in particular familiar with Treasure MathStorm, OutNumbered, and Gizmos and Gadgets, so I'd prefer something based on those and not the others. Anything with math (or science) puzzles would be awesome. Scaled-up, harder puzzles? Or villainous backstory fic for the Master of Mischief, or what the other minor villains get up to when they're not trapping heroes. Humor is welcome, naturally."
 
All the games I mentioned have playthroughs on YouTube. Also, full disclosure: someone suggested nominating Number Munchers, and I went ahead and did that. Then I saw that this happened, and this is even better. So, if you want to crossover that and introduce Munchers and/or Troggles into any of the aforementioned worlds (or vice versa), go crazy. This could also be crossed over with Schoolhouse Rock, I think.
 
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Hopefully this is enough to get started, and again, feel free to ignore any or all of this and just write the fic that inspires you! Thanks again for writing for me, and have a jolly Yuletide!
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 Hey there! Thanks so much for writing for me! I love the whole premise of this exchange, and I'm excited for whatever you write. Anything goes, and if you'd like to ignore these prompts and do your own thing, that's completely fine with me!
 
You can browse my past Dear Author letters for some idea of what I like and dislike in fics. For this particular exchange, most of my major do-not-wants fall into interrelated categories; I would greatly prefer no issue-fic, nor ambiguity for its own sake. In particular, I would rather not receive a gift whose primary focus is on how you or your characters know better or are more politically correct than the original author on any levels, nor one celebrating uncertainty or incomprehensibility of narratives as ends in themselves. This is not an endorsement of any of the widely-disparate authors in question, by any means, just things I don't prefer reading in exchanges. That being said, I also have nothing against unabashedly-meta stories, self-aware and clever stories within stories, etc, so please don't hold back if something ridiculously self-referential strikes, but don't feel compelled to go down that road either.
 
Okay, onto the fandoms! In several cases, I had a hard time choosing among which of several related fandoms to request; I've mentioned below which crossovers would be perfectly fine with me.
 
Celestial Emporium of Benevolent Knowledge
 
We all know about the animals, of course, so maybe a piece centered around the animals included in this classification? Or the animals not included in this classification if you're a perverse set theorist. But feel free to branch out and write about people trying to apply other categories in the Emporium to real life; how do they deal with plants? With stones? Household objects? Further abstractions? Crossovers with the First Encyclopaedia of Tlön or The Garden of Forking Paths would also be great!
 
Flying With the Cannons
 
I love sports stories, so anything involving the wonderful world of Quidditch would be awesome. If you'd like to ship Joey Jenkins with a teammate or rival or any one else, het or slash would both be fine, but I love gen too. Maybe something about luck finally turning the Cannons' way at last, although I'd prefer no cheaters getting away with cheating. Can be more fictional (Marvin Miggs crossover, anybody?) than RPF if that's your style.
 
The Band with Rocks In
 
I'm not very well-versed in the conventions of band fic, so adapting that genre to the Disc or doing something different are both fine. I'd prefer no inter-band ships, but Buddy/Susan in the original or altered timeline would both be great; band-focused gen is, of course, wonderful too. Whether refusing to yield their hard-earned profits or reading books about disc-communism, anything the Band gets up to will thrill me. And, of course, rock puns. I can't promise to recognize all the rock puns, but I would appreciate whatever makes me groan.
 
The Flame The Blade And The Heart
 
Any or all of the ships here is fine with me! Birgitte/Gaidal? Anselan/Barashelle? Rogosh/Dunsinin? (See here and linked pages for more.) If you'd rather do a gen fic instead, I'm fine with that (early days of Barashelle and Anselan's relationship, with them only being tentative coworkers?) I'd rather not see Birgitte or Gaidal shipped with other people. Crossovers with Killers of the Black Veil, or The Travels of Jain Farstrider (particularly in light of the Horn sounding at the end of "A Memory of Light") would be amazing.
 
The Hive-Queen and the Hegemon - Speaker for the Dead
 
This seems like a jumping-off point to explore many different alternate histories, or potential turning points during or after the Formic Wars. I generally don't like the motif of "oh, we thought this was just a serendipitous decision, but actually so-and-so had it planned all along," so maybe just random musings on how a small change could have ripple effects? (This seems like a good fandom for 5(+1) Things fic, for some reason, but that's just a suggestion.) I'd prefer not to get too heavy into themes of collective guilt, or at least not without some hopeful themes as well (I thought "Shadows in Flight" and even "Pastwatch" were surprisingly good at leaning to the "hopeful" rather than "your people are bad and you should feel bad" tropes, but I recognize that not everyone has the same tastes!)
 
The Horn of Joy — Matthew Maddox 
 
Crossovers with Once More United=absolutely fine with me! I'd be up for future-fic or past-fic, although with this fandom, it's kind of hard to tell the difference. If you don't particularly care about these characters, some worldbuilding stuff about travels-by-unicorn would be cool. I'm not a fan of ship wars, unless it's as, you know, an "antiwar text." ;)
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 Like many readers, some of my preferred ships in the Harry Potter books (Harry/Luna and Ginny/Neville, but that's a story for another time) didn't pan out. Like many readers, I amused (and continue to amuse) myself with fanfic, written and read.
 
I've also come to conceptualize Harry's journey in different ways from when I started, informed--yes--by some of Rowling's later interviews. There was one when she was asked how she got the idea for the series, and she said she'd been riding on a train when the idea popped into her mind--boy who doesn't know he's a wizard goes to wizard school. To her, this begged the obvious follow-up question; why doesn't he know he's a wizard? Couldn't his parents have filled him in on this detail? Well, his parents were dead.
 
And so right away, from the onset of the series, we have the thematic importance of mortality; even in the first book starring eleven-year-olds, we see death in the background and in the Forbidden Forest. As for Harry, the absence of his parents is important to his character--the Mirror of Erised scene shows his desire to meet his immediate and extended family, beyond the Dursleys who raised him. While his greatest wish has changed by the end of the book, as the stakes raise for him and the world, his original hopes remain the same. By the end of the series, we're able to see Harry raising a family of his own; becoming part of the Weasley clan is a proxy for him to achieve this, and while it still doesn't perfectly fit with the way I see the characters, I can tell why it makes sense.
 
I followed along with Pottermore, not for the minigames--surprise, surprise! ;) But because I'd rather have seen more of Rowling's backstory details. I assumed it was taking the place of the print encyclopedia she'd been toying with for some time, and I was interested in the tidbits of the magical world that didn't make it into the books. (But that were there all along! I recognize that when compiling a long, coherent page, some amount of editorializing has to be done from "tidbit piles." In a few cases, maybe making up more facts than the unseen backstory would be suitable, to organize a single topic. But it was impossible to tell how much of the Pottermore backstory was being made up new on the spot...which should maybe have been even more of a red flag than it already was?) In one or two cases, I drew on the Pottermore details to flesh out specific characters in a story; more often, I'd just use surnames that had been mentioned as wizardly, to spare me the trouble of making up something completely new for OCs.
 
Other fans chose to disregard the Pottermore backstory. As was, and remains, their prerogative! Given that I too still write pairings and scenarios that are AU from the books, it would be wholly hypocritical of me to insist on compliance with even more "canon." Nevertheless, while I've enjoyed the artistry of some of these deliberately-Pottermore-noncompliant pieces, in general they're not my scene. There's often a vibe of "how dare Rowling not do justice to the love and lust lives of my favorite characters, the books are so hung up on eleven-year-olds who want families. Bo-ring." Well. It's almost as if the world of fanfiction didn't wholly fall into the scope of the series' viewpoint character. News at eleven.
 
As for Ron and Hermione, they were the couple that I could see. I, who have demonstrated weaknesses time and again in reading between the lines, in picking up on subtle social cues, on knowing or caring about romance at all--I could see it coming, and it came. I had no dog in the fight; I didn't see enough of myself in Hermione to project onto her, and indeed, I would never get invested in a romantic subplot because of my romantic goals (I'm not sure I have any, but then that's another story too).
 
So to the interview. We'll have to wait for the full article to get context, I assume. But if the Ron/Hermione ship was more motivated by Rowling's desires than literary reasons? Then that's a point in favor of Rowling's desires, and a point against Literature per se. (I'm keeping score. I'm not a fan of Literature with a Large L, but it has a lot of fans rooting for it.) I have little interest in the opinions of the movie actors, in and of themselves, never mind their directors, so that's out.
 
We don't have any specific context on Harry/Hermione, minus some (clickbaiting?) headlines, so I'll have to wait for that. For now, I'll echo the sentiment that Harry and Hermione's friendship was a great thing to read in and of its own right, without any romantic entanglements. And that's not about Being Edgy or Political or Making Important Statements about Women Succeeding in Their Own Right, sans their Relationships with Protagonists; it's about friendships being great in their own right. Among, you know. Eleven-year-olds. Viewpoint character scope; it matters, a lot.

(Edit: forgot to mention, I'm not upset at the thought that Ron and Hermione might want counseling; not because anything strikes me as unhealthy about their relationship, in and of itself, but the amount of stresses they've gone through from ages eleven through eighteen is rather substantial. I feel like "well go see a counselor" has been bandied about, at least in real life, for much less.)
 
So, the upshot is a reminder that between Rowling's post-series pronouncements, and my gut, my gut wins out. Not your gut. Not the actors' gut or anyone associated with secondary canon. Not your favorite critic's gut, not some pretentious or disingenuous post-Gutist philosopher.
 
My gut.
 
And, I'll maybe be re-blogging some Ron and Hermione stuff to Tumblr too.
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Another Yuletide in the books...and movies and plays and videogames and Other Media... ;)

I got assigned to write fic based on the hilarious Font Conference CollegeHumor video. Among other things, this made me aware of the existence of the sequel, Font Fight, and my recipient's prompts inspired me to write a fix-it fic for Helvetica and other character "deaths." Full disclosure; I usually use Windows, and am not very familiar with Helvetica, but that didn't stop me.

Of course, no Font fic would be complete without actual fonts, so I got to learn some Ao3 skin tricks to display as many different fonts in-text as I could!


Font of Every Blessing (3258 words) by primeideal
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Font Conference
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Times New Roman/Wingdings
Characters: Times New Roman, Comic Sans, Wingdings, Helvética
Additional Tags: fonts, Character Death Fix, Show Creator's Style for Full Effect, Yuletide 2013
Summary: Between rumors that Helvetica's been resurrected, and attempting to communicate with Wingdings, there's lots to keep Times New Roman busy. Fortunately, Comic Sans is always ready to save the day.

When the nominations came in, I saw several fandoms that, while not requested by the same people, seemed to work well together. Along with the Font Conference, there was Printing and Typesetting (anthropomorfic), (horror) Windows 95 Tips, and Minesweeper, where I'd already written about the adventures of sisters Timer and Mines Remaining. It all boiled over into a big crossover, which included wizards, pangrams, and me learning more about getting ASCII characters to display in HTML so that all of Wingdings' "dialogue"--such as it is--would come through.

Wing-ding-dings, or, The Fox (7454 words) by primeideal
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Font Conference, Printing and Typesetting (Anthropomorfic), Windows 95 Tips, Minesweeper
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Comic Sans, Wingdings, Mines Remaining, Lazy Dog, Timer
Additional Tags: Multiple Crossovers, Quests, fonts, Yuletide 2013
Summary: When the Quick Brown Fox is abducted by agents of the nefarious Windows 95, it's up to superhero Comic Sans--and his sidekick Wingdings--to brave the pitfalls of the minefield and reunite the fox with his faithful companion, the Lazy Dog.

I've had "Chess" (the musical) on my mind on and off for a while; specifically, the 2008 version of Leonid Viigand. I was glad to have an excuse to write more about him for Yuletide, and, as usual with me, shoehorn everything into my contrived chronology because I care more about matching the timing of RL chess tournaments than I should. Oh well.

Bit by Bit (4101 words) by primeideal
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Chess - Rice/Ulvaeus/Andersson
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Leonid Viigand
Additional Tags: 5+1 Things, 2008 concert version, The fifth thing is the AU, Yuletide Treat, Yuletide 2013
Summary: Five cities Leonid Viigand was moved to (and one he wasn't).

Here's to a storied new year!
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I tend not to crosspost all my fic here, it's mostly on Ao3, but I wanted to make a post for two of the projects I've been working on in the last couple months. First, a Les Mis fic, incorporating an RL republican of the 1832 era (and, coincidentally, important mathematician):

Cosets (After the Letters) (13729 words) by primeideal
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Les Misérables - Victor Hugo, 19th Century CE France RPF, Arts & Sciences RPF
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Major Character Death
Relationships: Combeferre/Évariste Galois
Characters: Combeferre (Les Misérables), Évariste Galois
Additional Tags: Community: makinghugospin, epistolary in parts, Mathematics, Algebra, Bad Puns, basically as many math puns as I could fit in, As canon-compliant as I could make it
Summary:

Love, revolution, and abstract algebra: 1830-1832.

As I explain in the authors' notes, :I had prompted Galois fic within a week or so of finding the kinkmeme, so I think this is in part the story I've wanted since last February...I just had to get off my butt and write it myself."

Also in the musical-theater realm comes a project that might not really fit on Ao3, it's just floating in the Google Docs cloud. Months ago on Tumblr, a "Chess" fan asked What if Freddie was Florence's brother, and shared her Hungarian-refugee backstory? At first it didn't seem plausible, but then I found myself asking, well, how would that work...

So, this explains a little more of the background and my thought processes, while this is the Frigyes Vassy AU itself.

Like I said, I have a lot of different projects bubbling...this is just for my own recordkeeping on dreamwidth. :)

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Dear Yuletide author/random passerby/what have you,
 
There once was a wintertime fest
For small fandoms we love the best!
So I'll love any plot
You write, whether or not
It's anything I could have guessed!
 
(AKA, optional details are optional! Write whatever you'd like, I'll definitely enjoy it. These are just some ideas to get you started.)

My name is also primeideal on Ao3! If you've been around, you might know me as Ember Nickel.
 
Dear Writer tag, for previous letters (to see where I've stolen much of this from!) I was fortunate to receive Will Grayson, Will Grayson fic for the recent Fic Corner exchange, but it's such a tiny fandom there can and should always be more; and I requested Animorphs last year, but the others are new.
 
I love happy endings, sad endings (when providing some measure of closure or melodrama), snark, wordplay, gen of any stripe, friendships and familial bonds, most canon ships for these fandoms, and general nerdery.
 
I do not like ambiguous endings, issue-fic, character or fandom-bashing, religion-bashing, explicit sex, rape/non-con, most non-canon ships for these fandoms, or overly pretentious, "post-earnestness" style. I'm here for joy. (Or groaning at bad puns, or melodrama...but something sincere.)
 
You can read my fics on ao3  (where I'm also primeideal) to get a sense of my taste. I'm infrequently on #yuletide chat, as primeideal, but don't expect to find me there on a regular basis. I'm on Tumblr too, which is mostly me rambling about my own fic, but I mention a couple of these fandoms every once in a while (of course I would love fic for the other fandoms, too--those are just the ones where I sometimes have an audience!)
 
ANIMORPHS
 
Request: "Anything in this fandom. I adore Andalites and would love to read some Elfangor/Loren from the Earth years, or Tobias and Ax being shorms, but I'd also be up to see gen with the main six, Rachel/Tobias shipfic, maybe some Rachel/Marco banter, Tom shipping Jake/Cassie, or OC worldbuilding fic exploring some of the other fronts in the galactic war (the Iskoort and the free Hork-Bajir were sort of abandoned plot threads)."
 
In terms of the tones I enjoy, "The Andalite Chronicles" and its emphasis on hope (despite some tragedy) was one of my favorites of the series. I like that mix more than the giddy, off-the-wall "btw we're in Atlantis now?" of the middle of the series, and also more than the bleak ambiguity of the end. Another thing I don't care for is inaccurate teleology, in this case waxing poetic about how such-and-so-morph was "designed" or "perfect" for speed/strength/stealth/surprise/something. But like I said, anything goes.
 
BATTLE ROYALE (2000)
 
Request: "Shogo Kawada: Something with pre-movie Shogo would be great, maybe exploring his relationship with Keiko and how that progressed before or during the first program, showing his dark side during that Program, or how he hacked into the collar system before the second program. Anything about his friendship with Shuya and Noriko, during the movie itself, would be great too. If you'd prefer to bring in some novel or movie characterization, I wouldn't mind, but there's no need."
 
While I love all continuities of the story, I first encountered it through the movie, and that version of Keiko's calculated sacrifice is fascinating to me, so I'd especially like to see something drawing on that canon. (I'm not familiar with the sequel movie, so please nothing drawing on that--although that shouldn't be too hard if you're writing anything Shogo-centric.) Although just a few characters were nominated, if you'd like to do something using more non-nominated characters, feel free to bring in anyone you'd like (Shinji? Yuko? Mizuho? Anyone!) I'd prefer no Kazuo- or Mizuho-centric fic, though.
 
THE PRINCESS BRIDE
 
Request: "As Inigo Montoya was the only character nominated, I'll focus on him, but including other characters would be fine by me. With Inigo, his post-movie adventures in piracy would be hilarious, whether that includes rhymes with Fezzik or more swashbuckling encounters with OCs. Does he deal more mercifully to victims than the previous Dread Pirates Roberts, and if so, how does his legend get around? Does he reunite with Westley and Buttercup later? Something introspective about his having to get over the need for revenge could also be insightful."
 
I'm not familiar with the book, so I'd prefer no drawing on that canon, thanks! If Inigo's giving you trouble to write, I'd also be interested in seeing anything about the boy from the frame story and/or his grandfather. Grandpa hearing the story from his family? And the grandson seems to have very clear ideas about how stories should be told...I can see him becoming a fix-it fanfiction writer years down the line, if you're in the mood for something meta like that.
 
THE SANDLOT
 
Request: "Scotty and/or Benny in the intervening years from the main story to the epilogue scene? As I love baseball, any funny anecdotes from their parallel journeys with the game would be very welcome, but if you'd prefer just to write about their friendship over the years, that's fine too. If you're interested in them as kids, I'm guessing Benny in particular would, I assume, have to make his way into a more organized baseball team, leaving behind the chaos of the sandlot; how does he bring himself to make that changes, and/or how do Scotty (or the others?) support him? Or maybe, how does Scotty's relationship with his mom and stepfather evolve after the main plotline?"
 
I'm not familiar with the sequel movie, so please nothing based on that. I'd also prefer to keep the emphasis on Scotty and/or Benny rather than any of their teammates, though some degree of ensemble fandom is fine with me. Completely gratuitous, but I've just moved to LA in time to bandwagon my way into the Dodgers' playoff chase--while they're not really the team of my heart, and I don't know enough about the city to necessarily appreciate anything Dodger-specific, trying to find a timeline for the movie versus the Dodgers' real history would certainly entertain me. How about Scotty hero-worshiping Vin Scully...?!
 
WHEEL OF TIME
 
Request: "I've requested Tam, Thom, Moiraine, and Loial, so thanks for volunteering to write all of them, but for this fandom I'd happy to see just one, two, or three rather than all four of the requested characters--please don't feel like you have to force them in. For all four of them, I'd be interested in something post-series; where do they go from the events of the last battle onward? Thom and Loial have their different stories to write, anything about those (similarities? differences? meta-level commentary) would be fascinating, as would Thom/Moiraine or Loial/Erith. With Tam or Moiraine, I'd love to see Rand eventually revealing himself to them, maybe a while down the line once the tension of the Dragon's Peace has calmed down."
 
One of the reasons I'd love to see Rand+Tam or Moiraine gen is because I felt the ending was sort of anticlimactic, in terms of letting Rand walk away with all his romantic relationships intact but burning the bridges on all the other people who care about him (as a person and not necessarily a political tool). So if you'd like to write something similar with Rand+Mat or Perrin, even though I didn't request them, that would be great too. With Loial, I think there's lots of room for worldbuilding Ogier culture (post-Battle), if you'd like to work that in; maybe he runs into Perrin and they learn things about the Tinkers' Song? Feel free to bring in OCs, if it helps.
 
WILL GRAYSON, WILL GRAYSON
 
Request: "Anything goes, maybe post-book but don't hold yourself to that. Given the themes of the book, the importance of friendships and non-romantic relationships was something I'd really enjoyed, so I'd be interested in seeing more friendship stuff with Uppercase Will and Tiny (before or after the book). Or, at some other point, Tiny and Jane (setting up the Gay-Straight Alliance?) Uppercase and lowercase Will going on to be closer friends? Making fun of musical theater plots? Not that I'd mind Uppercase Will/Jane, either!"
 
Maura was not nominated, but if you'd like to write about her and lowercase Will, I'd be happy with that--I thought the story was a surprisingly realistic take on the importance online relationships can have to us. Another random plot bunny would be lowercase Will (perhaps influenced by any of his friends you choose) making amends to the math team (anything involving math competitions will definitely make me squee). Actually, anything specifically referencing the Chicagoland settings will make me squee too. I'd also be happy to read Will Three/Tiny, if that's your ship.
 
 
I'll repeat, optional details are optional! So be it something dental to please my sweet tooth, or a diamond in the rough mines of fandoms I've never heard of, write whatever you'd like, have fun, and I'm looking forward to your story! :)
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I might be overreaching here, but I was daydreaming today trying to figure out what I like so much about Battle Royale. I'm wondering whether it has something to do with how it does and doesn't play with the conventions of a certain "Rule of Three."

(Rambling and spoilers on Tumblr!)
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For my last couple fic-exchange requests, for the "optional details" sections, I've mentioned things like "I like humor." Which, I'm realizing, is probably an unhelpful thing for me to say. (If for some reason you've been assigned to write for me and are browsing this journal; don't worry! This isn't about my request specifically, it's just me rambling. I like to ramble.)

What I like is dry humor. Wit. Puns. Things that make me roll my eyes or slap my knees. Humor that pokes a hole in the fourth wall. Brick jokes that tie everything together.

There would have been a time, early in my fanfiction career, when I would have said I didn't like humor fics. And by and large, my tastes haven't really changed. So what did? My vocabulary. "Humor," as an FFN genre, became conflated for me with a certain type of crack-fic; adventures of pranksters for pranking's sake. The adventures of the Weasley twins or the Marauders of Harry Potter made me wary--I don't want to read a story where nothing happens except some people playing tricks on others. Similarly crack-fics, where characters are just running around on sugar highs, I really don't like tricks that rely on sort of physical, sensory descriptions of humor--X tricks Y into touching some icky gross substance is definitely a squick for me, I'll backbutton out of that kind of thing.

For reference; here's a list of summaries from literally all the English-language Animorphs fanfiction sorted "humor" on FFN posted during one time period in early 2006 (I joined in late December, 2005).

"okay, so ive decided to turn this into a story! what happens when you wake up and things... aren't how you left them? A FUNNY READ OR SO IVE BEEN TOLD!AND YES! UPDATED! PRAISE ME!"
"The Animorphs get sucked into Fuedal Japan with Inuyasha and Co. Now they have to stop Naraku who has gone to the future and teamed with Visser 3!"
"Chappie 1 O.K Second shot at an Animorph fic. This ones kindof wierd......It is about a Vampire and Andalite. Tragety comes later. Lots of death! :D"
"One Shot.Jake & the Animorphs go to the mall but have an unfortunate encounter with the police.Please R&R.My first fanfic.Please don't flame constructive critism is gratly appreaciated.Thanks."
"I havent updated for a long time, and i'm sorry, so to mae it up to you, I uploaded the rest of the story! :D"

Can you perhaps guess why this genre didn't "take" for me?

In the fandoms where I'm currently active, either this kind of fic isn't as popular, or I'm not browsing in the right places to tune it off. There's still, however, a long list of places where I don't enjoy humor--it's the same as places where I don't enjoy any plot device. Humor relying on the false premise that everyone in a certain demographic or certain scenario has the same principles and the same worldview can make me freeze up and uncomfortably silent. Humor that assumes everyone has the same motivations and goals in life. That relies on identity politics to belittle or to stereotype, regardless of whether you're picking on a majority or a minority group.

And yet I love my wordplay; I love clever characters like Lee Jordan (who I really started loving after realizing how much he had in common with another jokester, Marco from Animorphs), I love bits of potty humor thrown into a story whose author is too right-wing to speak for me in every regard, I love fourth-wall-busting winks thrown into a story whose author is too left-wing to speak for me in every regard (and I still enjoy both of those stories without having to agree politically with everything they say), I love blink-and-you'll-miss-it nerdy one-liners and stealth continuity nods. And when I have to ask for something in my exchanges, well--I don't want sex, I don't want implausible and unconvincing romance, I don't want you showing off how pretentious and deeper than the original author you are, I don't want a crossover with a fandom I don't care about, I want...I don't know. "Humor." Whatever that means.

Resolution

Sep. 11th, 2013 03:58 pm
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I want to focus.

I want to have enough time for the writing online, fannish, roleplaying, and otherwise, that I enjoy. I want to be able to succeed IRL, too.

Sometimes, I believe I have enough time to do it all.

Sometimes I'm afraid.

I need to step back. I need to stop "watching trainwrecks," as they say. I need to stop wasting time in communities and subsites where I'm not happy, where I'm not going to be happy, where I know I'm not wanted. Where I can guess I'm not wanted. Even if I'm guessing wrong, the fear doesn't make it worthwhile.

It's a slow process, of focusing and not winding up distracted and wasting time. But I have to start somewhere.
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(A lot of this might show up in comments to replies, I thought I'd put the whole long ramble here in case people specifically cared about the thought process behind the fic.)

It's Reveals Time at HP Friendship, which means I get to take credit for "Before Peace"! (Also on Ao3 and FFN.) This is a fic centered on the Ravenclaws in Dumbledore's Army during the year of book seven. As a self-declared (and other tests-declared) Ravenclaw, and a big fan of anything that explores the Hogwarts resistance, this was the perfect prompt for me.
 
 
 
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 Last week at [community profile] poetree I "hosted" a week of "Digital Found Poetry"--basically explaining, and giving examples of, various internet accounts that collect other people's content under fun formal constraints. Here's a backup of my posts in order:

Introduction

New York Times Haiku

Google Poetics

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