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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(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.
primeideal: Text: "Right, the colors. Whoa! Go away! We're trying to figure out the space-time continuum here." on Ravenclaw banner (ravenclaw)
There once was a young little kook
Who liked to read many a book.
For hour after hour,
And now I'll devour
Up any which fic you can cook!

(That is to say, write any which fic you'd like--if it means something to you, I'll love it! These are just more optional details.)

Things I like: happy endings, or sad endings sometimes. Friendship, humor (especially verbal or dry, less so slapstick).

I do not like ambiguous endings, issue-fic, bashing of these characters or the fandoms themselves, explicit sex, or rape/non-con, thanks! I'm fine with both gen and ship-fic, though some of these characters are more given to shipping than others. (In general I'd prefer no wildly non-canon pairings for these fandoms.)

(Edit: for all of these I said "General" or "Teen" audiences, that's pretty generic, I guess. I'm fine with graphically violent content, if you think the fic calls for it--can't really see it for Will Grayson, BSC, or Phantom Tollbooth, though feel free to surprise me!)

I would love fic for any of these fandoms equally; given the differences between some of the characters, I have more to say about some fandoms than others in order to touch on most of the different characters represented here.


Request: Any nominated character (Mariel, Dandin, Russano, Buckler)
"Anything about the nominated characters! (Not all at once, obviously.) For Mariel or Dandin, I'd love to see something post-canon, maybe bringing closure to their story. I could read them as friends or lovers, whichever works for you. Any era goes for Russano or Buckler, whether that's set at Salamandastron with Russano's family, or a young Buckler resenting the military life! If none of these characters work for you, maybe something humorous with OCs?"

If you're in this fandom, you may know me as Ember Nickel.

For Mariel and/or Dandin, I'd really like something not left open-ended for them--whether that's retiring to the Abbey, or someone reporting on their legends after their deaths at a ripe old age. (Or maybe one of them tragically dies for the other in battle? This could work as either gen or shippy, I guess.)

Russano has a canon family (wife and children), so I'd rather not see him paired with OCs, but you can flesh them out in whatever way suits your fancy. Maybe how he deals with interpreting prophecies on the walls? Or trying to provide more non-violent opportunities to the Salamandastron hares?

I love the idea of Buckler, the hare who doesn't really care about what-whating and military culture, and his dramatic confrontation with Zwilt was a great look at different kinds of heroism. Maybe more of him and his sister-and-law or niece and nephew, afterwards? Or him being the straight man (hare?) to Diggs' antics.

If you don't really like any of these characters, I'd love to see something funny, maybe poking fun at the premise while still not trashing the fandom. (Like, how do all these questers find all these secret rooms, without running across the things that are hidden for the next generation of investigators?)

Series of Unfortunate Events

Request: Violet Baudelaire, Klaus Baudelaire, Duncan Quagmire, Isadora Quagmire, Quigley Quagmire
"I would love to see some future fic with a genuine, unambiguous, happy ending--or, if not ending, narratively compelling stopping point--for the Baudelaire kids. The implied ships with the Quagmires, for Violet and Klaus are fine with me, if you'd like to include them, but gen is also welcome. I love humor, especially for this fandom, but it's not mandatory. If you'd rather do a different era, maybe cute scenes earlier in the Baudelaires' or Quagmires' lives? (I didn't request Sunny but for a gen, sibling fic would be more than happy to see her included as well; don't force it if she won't fit, though!) Feel free to weave in Snicket-esque definitions, sidetracks, and/or red herrings."

My real big request in this fandom is to please, please not go too far down the road into pretentiousness, post-earnestness, "I'm more mature than you so I'm going to leave things open Because That's How Intellectuals In This Century Think" or anything like that. The last few books really disappointed me in that regard, and I recognize this might be phrased kind of awkwardly, so if you're unsure, err on the side of a boring and straightforward plot.

That said, I adored the humor of the earlier books, and would love to see anything riffing on those themes! Feel free to break through the fourth wall if you'd like to go off on "a word which here means..." tangents, translate for Sunny, anything like that! A happy ending would be great, making fun of the fact that you're giving people happy endings would be fun. Or, if you want to kill everybody off, that could definitely be hilarious too! As long as you have fun with it.

Will Grayson Will Grayson
Request: Will Grayson (John Green/uppercase), Will Grayson (David Levithan/lowercase), Tiny Cooper, Jane
"This book delighted me and I'm sure I'd love any direction you choose to take it. My memory of Gideon isn't the strongest so I'd rather not see a lot of focus on him, but if you'd like to include him in an ensemble fic that would certainly be all right with me. 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?"

Some completely optional details that would make me squee would be anything specifically referencing the Chicagoland settings. Maura was not requested, 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).

Canon ships here are fine with me, so if you're in the mood for writing Uppercase Will/Jane, or Tiny/Will Three, that's great! I'd rather not have a focus on sex, though. And, while I'm definitely into non-ship fic, if Will Three doesn't serve much of a purpose beyond being someone else to break up with Tiny I'd rather not see him.

Baby-Sitters Club
Request: Kristy Thomas, Mary Anne Spier, Claudia Kishi, Stacey McGill, Dawn Schafer, Mallory Pike, Jessi Ramsey, Abby Stevenson
"I've requested any of the main sitters (if for some reason you'd like to include Logan or Shannon, that's fine, but I'm not interested in their other nominated classmates). Fun reunion-era fic would be fun, please not too much emphasis on non-canon pairings if you go that route. Any sort of missing scenes during the main timespan of the books would be entertaining, and if you like humor, I feel like this would be a fun fandom to do dry humor with. (Or crossovers with other small fandoms?)"

I didn't read most of the Friends Forever books, so I'd rather not rely on the background pairings introduced there. I'd prefer to see Mary Anne/Logan, Mallory/Ben, or Kristy/Bart if you'd really like to do something shippy, and please no non-canon ships. Among the other fandoms for this exchange I'm most interested in (besides those listed here) are L'Engle's Time Quintet series (Murrys and O'Keefes), Ender's Game, Harry Potter, and Summerland, which I recognize aren't great with the place and time setting, but if you want to do something really off-the-wall I'm sure I'd be up for it. Stacey's math skills, Kristy's sports obsessions, and Mallory's love of writing were the subplots that most interested me, but I'd be happy to see something about any of the other characters too. Kristy in the last book, recognizing that the others have changed more than her while she's very much the same person she was at the beginning of the series, is also someone who really resonates with me--I think if you wanted to push the fourth wall for whatever reason this might be a good place to do it, but I'd rather not have a message of "it's good for everyone to mature and really change their priorities."

The Phantom Tollbooth
Request: Any character.
"Anything goes! The adventures of the other characters, after Milo's departure? Or maybe he finds a magical gateway into other realms, or later in life uses some mad science and/or mad literary skills to burrow his way back into the Phantom-esque lands? I'm a sucker for nerdy humor on pretty much any level. In addition, if you happen to know the movie-verse, I remember really enjoying that adaptation, although I'm fuzzy on the details (beyond the music! "Henceforth and forthwith..."), so allusions to that would be entertaining but certainly not required. More optional details at letter."

The bad news is I don't remember this fandom in the best detail, so I can't single out something I really want to see. The good news is pretty much anything relying on dorky humor will have my utmost admiration! Short Shrift was not nominated, but I remember enjoying him as a great antagonist, so if you'd like to include him impeding the course of justice he'd be a welcome surprise. Or any other non-nominated (or movie?) character you'd like to throw in.
As above, no need to be wedded to this--write whatever you'd like, and I'm looking forward to it already! :)
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 I've been recced, twice, over on LiveJournal's Crack Broom! Thanks to realmer06 (one of my favorite Next Gen authors, blush!) for reccing Nicked Names, and subtle_shades for reccing The Time-Travellers' Union. (I double my lls in words like Traveller, even though that's apparently a British thing, and I'm not British at all. No idea where I picked that up.)

Trying to work on my Dark Arts fic now. It's not incredibly dark yet?...I get the feeling my RareFest fic will run long so I want to knock the one with an earlier deadline out of the way first...but it's slow going as of now.
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 October fests are wrapping up on LiveJournal! I wrote "Undead Ringers" (Lee Jordan gen) for Zombie Fest, and The Enchantresses of Numbers (Minerva and Septima) for Minerva Fest. Plus, HP Creatures...but they haven't revealed yet.

Soon I'll get to archiving "Enchantresses" and my creature fic. It's hard for me to know where and when to use chapter breaks, <hr> breaks, or what. I'll admit it, I like getting reviews, and posting in pieces seems to be a better way to make sure more people have a chance to come across the story on different days. But when there's only 300 words at a time between some <hr> tags (and 2000 in other sections), do they deserve their own chapters? Or what?

Tag filters are back on Ao3! I miss having access to all the freeform tags at once, but oh well, better than nothing. A bit surprising to find that Lucy Weasley is my joint "favorite character." (I assure you she is not.) It's just an artifact of how I've tagged pieces, even when certain characters only get a tiny snippet. And the fact that a lot of my old Animorphs stuff seems too low-quality to upload, even though I already have a backup pseud and have been back-dating them just for this purpose...I should probably get back to that. Lucy Weasley, really?

If you happen to have ideas about when to break chapters, when characters do/don't do enough to deserve being tagged, and that's not even getting into how to find and use relevant/funny freeform tags, let me know!

Edit: you know what's not helping the cause? My penchant for "undisclosed characters." Seriously wish there was a way to hide tags from public view but have them secretly tag stories about certain characters, so those who want fic about them can find it and those who don't care can be pleasantly surprised by the name drop at the end of the story.

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(n.b. I am aware that there are "beta wanted" communities and I'll be glad to advertise there if need be! It's just that I've written for a couple fests with reveals coming up soon and I think there's a chance people will be trundling by to look at this page.)

So, I'm a longtime fanfic reader and writer but only these last few months have I jumped deep into the waters of fests--mostly Harry Potter stuff--and I could use a beta for the fests that require one. I'd love to have someone whom I can go to in and out, but if you only want to do one fic, that's fine too.

I've had a prolific month so the fics I'd like read soon are sort of on the long side: 11-15k range. There's three of them (all Harry Potter), for the Minerva Fest, Time Travel Fest, and (this one is not due until later) Creature Fest.

I won't go into the details in public since these are anon fests, but suffice it to say I generally emphasize gen over ships, but would want someone open to reading (femme)slash. (The most 'shippy fic of these three happens to be het, though.) My fic is heavy on dialogue, often at the expense of detailed description, and I usually try for a humorous approach. There's no real sexual content here, nor is there likely to be in any future fics I write. None of these have much in the way of character death, although I can't promise the same if there are any more in the future.

I like to think that my spelling and grammar are quite good, so hopefully you won't get bogged down in those details. There's a link to my ao3 account on my profile. But like I said--these are longish, so no hard feelings if it's not your thing!

If interested, feel free to comment here or email me: graciebarn256 AT gmail DOT com.


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