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Dear Trick-or-Treater:

Thank you so much for signing up to write a thing about a fandom and characters I love! I am ridiculously easy to please when it comes to people writing me things. Seriously, just make me something based on any of my requests and I’m sure I’ll love it. So--aside from the Do Not Wants--please feel free to ignore the rest of this letter. It’s really only here to give you inspiration if you don’t know what to write, but if you have your own ideas already, please go wild with them. One of the fun parts about somebody making things for my prompts is when they come up with things I would never have thought of myself.

So, about those Do Not Wants:

DNW (general):

-Long fic. Anything more than about 5000 words or so and I start getting anxious about reading and commenting in a timely fashion while still giving the story the attention it deserves, so I’d just rather you didn’t.
-Choose-Your-Own-Adventure/interactive/game-style fic
-Body image issues. I don’t mind brief mentions if it’s canon, but please don’t spend a lot of time dwelling on a character hating their body. (If you decide to go the trans hunter route, I wouldn't mind a bit more exploration of body image issues, but I would still prefer it not to be the main focus of the story.)
-It-was-only-a-dream type endings
-Tuuri returning to life essentially unchanged

DNW (smut):

-Sounding
-Infantilization
-That thing where one or more of the people involved doesn’t know what sex is or realize they’re having it
-Religion kink--like, naughty nuns and priests and what have you (Sex with gods/while being a god is OK though)
-One partner calling out another’s name during orgasm

General likes: I really like all kinds of fic, from silly fluff, action and adventures and worldbuilding to smut and hurt/comfort. Feel free to take it darker, too: violence, character death, betrayal, consent issues sexual and otherwise, bad things happening to characters I like AND characters I like doing bad things. I’m open to different POVs and tenses, and unusual fic formats like poetry and epistolary/documentary fic.

A brief and really not exhaustive list of story elements I especially like: Comfort after a nightmare, self-sacrifice, loyalty and trust issues, elections, platonic bed-sharing, hugs, language geekery, communication issues, breakups (either the kind where the original relationship is eventually patched up, or where the people involved manage to forge a different but still mutually satisfactory type of relationship afterward, or where nothing is okay again and everything hurts), ethical dilemmas, food porn and food preparation, parenting/childcare, exploration of canon-appropriate religious themes.

If you want to write me smut, here are a few of my (many) favorite kinks: D/s dynamics, informal kink negotiation that feels true to the dynamic of those particular characters (although under-negotiated kink or the assumption that the negotiation has taken place offscreen are also a-ok), magic/superpowers/highly advanced technology or whatever unique features of the setting or characters being used for sexual purposes, improvised restraints and sex toys, blades, slicing/tearing off clothes, fingers in mouths, loyalty kink, trust kink, praise kink--especially the kind where the praised party is somewhat reluctant or embarrassed to accept the praise (creepy praise kink like e.g. in scenario where a rapist praises their victim for being good while threatening them is also great), one or more participants not getting off during the scene but enjoying it anyway, semi-public or outdoor sex, awkward sex, situations where different participants have different understandings of what’s going on (as in, A thinks the sex is consensual but B is actually mind-controlled, or A is putting on a show for C, who unbeknownst to B is watching the whole thing, or A thinks it’s a casual hookup but B is in love and afraid to mention it because they don’t want to ruin what they’ve got, or whatever.) In general, I like a lot of weird stuff (and vanilla stuff too!) so if there’s something you want to write, unless I’ve specifically DNW’d it, it’s probably okay.

A note about art: I’m not requesting art for this exchange just because I didn’t want to come up with another set of prompts, but art treats are always loved and appreciated! A few things I like to see in art: the kind of character portrait where a lot of thought has gone into details of clothing, hairstyle, etc even if nothing in particular is happening, loose sketchy comick-y things that illustrate a character moment or interaction. I also like things that incorporate text and images in various ways, like calligraphy, comics, maps and diagrams, and I’m really fond of watercolors and Art Nouveau-inspired stylings. Also, for the book fandoms I’m requesting, illustrations of any scenes with these characters would be awesome.

And now for the specific prompts! Like I said, feel free to ignore these if you have a different idea, or mix and match them with my general likes however you want.

The Shrine/An Argument - Fleet Foxes (Music Video)

You can watch this video here! It’s only eight minutes, totally worth it.

The Ungulate

What this looks like to me is that the ungulate is the sole survivor of a massacre, and they are on a quest to avenge their people, and the wolf and humanoids and serpent-creatures are their enemies. I'd love to see the whole background of that fleshed out, especially the ungulate’s relationship with the creature whose severed head they lick at the beginning--were they lovers or parent and child or comrades or rivals or what? The whole bit after the serpent pulls the ungulate down into the water is ambiguous and full of possibilities, too. Is it a vision the ungulate sees while drowning, and what does it mean? Who is the humanoid who emerges from the ungulate’s body after it’s ripped apart--another representation/form of the ungulate’s personality, or a separate person altogether? I am intrigued by the idea that, whoever they are, they're the one telling the story. Does the way it ends mean triumph or failure for the ungulate, or some combination of both?

The Heroes of Olympus - Rick Riordan

Note: I haven’t read the Trials of Apollo books yet, but I don’t mind spoilers.

Original Hunter of Artemis

I’m interested in stories about the Hunters of Artemis from mythological times right up to the present day, or even in the future (hunters of Artemis IN SPACE?) What might have led girls from different societies and places to join the hunters, and how do such a variety of girls from different backgrounds get along together? Are there tensions between hunters of mortal and demigod origins and nature spirits--how about hunters who are monsters: harpies, cyclopes, sirens? Is the society of the hunters different under Thalia’s leadership than under Zoe’s?

I'm also interested in the possibility of trans girls becoming hunters, whether they're contemporary girls or if they come from societies whose constructions of gender might be different from modern Western ones. Do they find unconditional acceptance with the hunters or are there tensions? What form would the Blessing of Artemis take for them (I imagine it might vary based on the individual)?

Original Zhang Character(s)

I'm interested in the whole sweep of history of the Zhang family, from the time the legion arrived in China through their forming relationships with the local people, mythologies, deities and spirits, through Frank's branch of the family coming to North America and afterwards. I'm also curious about Frank’s meeting with his ancestors, which was kind of hurried past in the books.

I like all the Zhangs we've seen--Emily, Frank, and Grandma--and would be happy for any or all of them to make an appearance, but I'd like a focus on the original characters.

Lou Ellen

I love Lou Ellen’s cheerful, twisted sense of humor, and I really want to know more about her background. What was she doing during the Titan war? If she fought with the Hermes cabin and the rest of Camp Half-Blood, how does that affect her relationship with her siblings, most of whom fought for the Titans, and were only granted amnesty after the war? Or alternatively, if she fought for the Titans, how does that affect how she gets along with the rest of the camp, especially her fellow head counselors? Or was she a lone half-blood surviving with her wits and magic who took no part in the war and was thus an acceptable compromise to both sides? What relationship does she have with Alabaster, if any, and is she still in touch with him?

I ship Lou Ellen with Miranda Gardiner based on their like two lines of interaction in The Lost Hero, and despite the fact that we know basically nothing about Miranda. So if you want to write me anything with them I’d be thrilled.

Hylla

Please write anything from Hylla and Reyna’s backstory! Their childhood in Puerto Rico, how they found Circe’s island and started working for her, fighting pirates together. How and why did they come to part ways? Anything about how Hylla became queen of the Amazons, or a slice of life of a would-be world conqueror, would be great too. I’m kind of upset about how casually Rick Riordan killed off most of the Amazons and Hunters, and I'd love to see Hylla and Thalia team up and go to the underworld to get some of their fallen comrades back. (Or even just a soft-AU where things weren't as bad as looked. It doesn't count if we never saw the bodies, right? I don’t insist on fix-its, though, if you had something more canon-compliant in mind.) I ship Hylla with her right-hand warrior Kinzie, and I'd love to see loyalty kink with them , or just plain kink. I like the idea that Kinzie, who can be aggressively flirty with guys, always comes home to Hylla--or even brings the guys home to Hylla to share. (If you do decided to go this route, please use whatever other characters strike your fancy in this scenario, or OCs--it's all good!)

Uplift Series - David Brin

Gillian Baskin

So you know how some people consider Kirk or Picard or whoever their captain? Gillian Baskin is my captain. Write me a story where she’s being awesome and captainly please? Something from Streaker’s missing years--either one of the dramatic episodes hinted at in the books, like the escape from the Institutes at Oakka, or else a smaller, more downtime sort of story (in three years, there must have been some, even on Streaker.) Or else, does Gillian manage to semi-retire after the series the way she intends? Show me her working on treatments and therapies with Emerson, finding a publisher for Alvin’s journal, having drinks and swapping stories with Helene Alvarez and Jacob Demwa, and acting as an honorary grandmother to dozens of baby dolphins.

Stand Still Stay Silent

Tuuri

One thing I don’t want for this exchange is a post-chapter 15 scenario where Tuuri returns to life essentially unchanged. I would be happy to get something from before chapter 15, whether it’s anything from the family backstory, an encounter with the supernatural that young Tuuri had in either Saimaa or Keuruu--maybe she did try to steal a boat at some point, and Ran Into Something?

Alternatively, I’d love Tuuri’s adventures in the afterlife, interacting with the Swan of Tuonela or any of her dead relatives, having some cake with Pastor A or geeking out academically with the author of the info pages. Tuuri returning to the world of the living as a ghost, spirit, goddess, animal, or undead creature of any sort would be great too. I’d especially love Tuuri to appear to help her friends/family just when everything seems lost, or helping guide Sleipnope/the ghosts to the afterlife.

Reynir

I’ve been loving the speculation about there being something off about Reynir, whether it’s that the boat that he first wakes up in in the dreamworld is an indication that he’s an escapee from the afterlife, that he’s actually somehow Árni Reynisson, or my own pet theory, that he’s the “It” who’s looking for the Hotakainens--when Onni first encounters Reynir he thinks he’s a hostile spirit, and he says that “It” is looking for them but Reynir is the one who actually finds them. One interesting possibility about any of these situations is of Reynir doesn’t know it himself, and thinks he’s exactly who he says he is. How does he find out the truth, and what does he do when he does?

I ship Reynir with Tuuri and with Onni--under most circumstances I would say or, but I find myself intrigued by a scenario where, if Reynir is someone who can move between the world of the living and the world of the dead in a perhaps somewhat Persephone-esque fashion, then Onni is his living lover and Tuuri is his dead lover.

Onni

As with Tuuri, I'd be happy to see spooky/sad Hotakainen backstory, and feel free to include Tuuri, Lalli, or any other relatives as well. The idea that Onni might become a kade in the wake of Tuuri's death is intriguing, or if you want to take his reaction in a different direction, that would be great too.

Like I said above, I ship Onni with Reynir, and if you want to mix and match dark supernatural prompts for them--kade Onni/undead Reynir?--that would be awesome. Or something angsty where they have to work through all the stuff that’s happened recently, successfully or otherwise. Or maybe they could have a supernatural adventure together, or have a reunion with Pastor A?

I’m also really interested in what Onni’s relationship with Taru is like. I get the impression that Tuuri and Lalli didn’t remember her from before the mission, but Onni might have. What memories of her does he have from his childhood? What has it been like living in such close quarters with her for the mission, given his resentment but also that she’s the only one he can easily talk to? I have this idea of the two of them traveling back to Finland together post-mission, the only two survivors of their family … how would that go?

Taru

If you’d rather write about Taru without Onni, she’s probably Seen Some Shit as a strategist for the Finnish army, and I’d love to read about any spooky encounters she might have had. Or something with Trond or Siv and Torbjörn--how did they meet? Under appropriately scary circumstances? (Did any of them literally fall into her bed?)

Author of the Info Pages

I’d love to see the research that went into writing any of the info pages, whether it’s encounters with various kinds of trolls, or attempts to reclaim lost souls, or the Finnish afterlife.

The author of the info pages is a mysterious character, and it would be great to see an original take on them--but there are also several fan interpretations floating around already whose adventures I’d love to see more of, and happily their creators have given permission for other people to create things about them if they want. Kiraly’s Rúna is from the Dreamworld Ladies series, wavewright62’s Jens is from Suddenly Illuminating the Night and Talimee’s Arndis is from Väinämöinen's Land.

If for some reason you want to stalk me, I am dead easy to stalk; I'm minutia_r (or occasionally minutia-r) all over the internet: LJ/DW, AO3, tumblr, deviantart, ff.net, and probably one or two other places I don't recall off-hand.

One last note, I would just like to say that I have already gotten some incredible stories for some of these prompts, and I am only requesting them again because a) I am greedy and want MOAR and b) I think there are new directions they could be taken in and other things about them to explore! But if you are one of the people who already wrote any of these, please know that I love you and your gifts.

Thank you! You are awesome, I am really looking forward to seeing what you make for me, and I hope you get great stories and/or art out of this exchange, too!
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Dear All in the Family creator:

Thank you so much for signing up to write or draw me a thing about a fictional family relationship I love! I am ridiculously easy to please when it comes to people writing or drawing me things. Seriously, just make me something based on any of my requests and I’m sure I’ll love it. So--aside from the Do Not Wants--please feel free to ignore the rest of this letter. It’s really only here to give you inspiration if you don’t know what to write or draw, but if you have your own ideas already, please go wild with them. One of the fun parts about somebody making things for my prompts is when they come up with things I would never have thought of myself. Read more... )
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This is a prompt fest for poetry for all fandoms. Welcome, have fun, and if you want to promote it on your journal/tumblr/whatever, you can just copy the code in this box:



Rules

1) Leave a prompt in the form of fandom, characters or relationships, prompt. If you don’t want to specify the fandom or characters, you can say "any." One prompt per comment. Leave as many prompts as you like.

2) Reply to other people’s prompts with poems. The poems can be any length or form, or no form. Quality isn’t important--the point is to have fun, not to produce deathless works of art. (Any deathless works of art produced are just a bonus.)

FAQ

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Rich in Love - Colin Linden
lyrics

My baby used to cry, cry, cry while I lay sleeping
Now I'm going down, down, down to find some healing
I'm gonna find out what my baby's been dreaming

She used to run, she used to fly
Her wings got tired, I don't know why
I got no money, I was rich at home
Rich in love

My baby used to cry, cry, cry while I lay sleeping
Now I'm going down, down, down to find some healing
I'm gonna find out what my baby's been dreaming

She used to sing so sweet and low
The song was mine when I'd hear her moan
Deep in the night she leaves me cold
I'm just a fool

My baby used to cry, cry, cry while I lay sleeping
Now I'm going down, down, down to find some healing
I'm gonna find out what my baby's been dreaming

Nobody but you, babe
No one but you
There's never been nobody but you

Nobody but you, babe
No one but you
There'll never be nobody but you
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Howlin' Bones - Hannah Aldridge
lyrics

Oh howlin' bones
Singin' like the rain on an old black river
Don't, don't you know
You don't shake no howlin' bones

You won't hear me beg for mercy
Starin' down the barrel of an empty gun
Sticks and stones won't leave me shakin'
'Cause when I shoot I aim for blood

Oh howlin' bones
Singin' like the rain on an old black river
Don't, don't you know
You don't shake no howlin' bones

Got no angel on my shoulder
Watch me lay this hammer down
Thought I was a dirty scoundrel
But you done crossed the devil now

Oh howlin' bones
Singin' like the rain on an old black river
Don't, don't you know
You don't shake no howlin' bones

This place ain't big enough for two, boy
These walls are closin' in real fast
So if I were you I'd get to runnin'
'Cause I'm about to show this whole damn town your ...


Oh howlin' bones
Singin' like the rain on an old black river
Don't, don't you know
You don't shake no howlin' bones

Don't shake no howlin' bones
Don't you shake my howlin' bones
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Dear Jukebox DJ,

Hi there! May I compliment you on either your excellent taste in music or your willingness to try something new and write fic about it, or both? In any case, I’m really looking forward to reading what you come up with.

(I've only requested fic for my main gift, but I would be thrilled to receive either fic or art treats! Podfic is not really my thing, so if you're thinking, "I would like to make a nice thing for Minutia, I wonder what she'd like?" the answer is probably not "Podfic"--but if you're thinking "I have been seized with inspiration by one of these prompts, I must do a podfic for it, it is my artistic vision, but wouldn't it be weird to gift podfic to someone who just said she doesn't like podfic?" then the answer is that I will be very flattered and listen to it and probably like it.)

I don’t expect you to treat every line of the song/frame of the video (nb: I am requesting a couple of music videos for the first time this year. I’m trying to edit my letter accordingly so that a) the language is inclusive of videos and b) anything general I have to say makes sense as applies to videos, but if I mess up, sorry!) as canon the way you might for a book or TV show. If you want to do a close reading of the text, that’s cool! If some phrase or image or mood from the song or video suggests a story to you, then run with that and don’t worry too much about contradicting or fitting the rest of the canon in around it--and especially don’t worry about the prompts in this letter, which are really just there to give you ideas in case you’re stuck.

However, I do have a few Do Not Wants:

DNW (general):

-Long fic. Anything more than about 5000 words or so and I start getting anxious about reading and commenting in a timely fashion while still giving the story the attention it deserves, so I’d just rather you didn’t.
-Purely introspective stories with no action or character interaction
-Choose-Your-Own-Adventure/interactive/game-style fic
-Body image issues. I don’t mind brief mentions if it’s canon, but please don’t spend a lot of time dwelling on a character hating their body.
-It-was-only-a-dream type endings

DNW (smut):

-Sounding
-Infantilization
-That thing where one or more of the people involved doesn’t know what sex is or realize they’re having it
-Religion kink--like, naughty nuns and priests and what have you
-One partner calling out another’s name during orgasm

General likes: I really like all kinds of fic, from silly fluff, action and adventures and to smut (all gender combinations and as many characters as you can keep track of body parts of welcome) and hurt/comfort. Feel free to take it darker, too: violence, character death, betrayal, consent issues sexual and otherwise, bad things happening to characters I like AND characters I like doing bad things. I’m open to different POVs and tenses, and unusual fic formats like poetry and epistolary/documentary fic.

A brief and really not exhaustive list of story elements I especially like: Comfort after a nightmare, self-sacrifice, loyalty and trust issues, platonic bed-sharing, hugs, language geekery, communication issues, breakups (either the kind where the original relationship is eventually patched up, or where the people involved manage to forge a different but still mutually satisfactory type of relationship afterward, or where nothing is okay again and everything hurts), ethical dilemmas, food porn and food preparation, parenting/childcare, elections, and exploration of canon-appropriate religious themes.

For this exchange in particular: I like stories with speculative elements best. I’m a big fan of the power of science fiction and fantasy to concretize metaphors, so if you’re listening to the song and wondering, “Is this line meant literally or figuratively? Figuratively, right?” you will make me very happy by going for the literal interpretation. Similarly, for the videos, I'd prefer if the weird stuff happening in them was actually happening, rather than being a metaphor for someone's feelings or whatever.

I don't expect the character in the story who corresponds to the narrator of the song (if there is one) to have the same gender as the vocalist. Go with what you think would make a more interesting story, not with what the singer’s voice sounds like. (Except Oleander, I would rather you kept that one f/f if you write it.)

Okay, on to the specific prompts!

Take Flight - Lindsey Stirling (Music Video)
link

What's the significance of the blue flower, and how does it make its way to the protagonist at the beginning? Is it a message (possibly from her future self)? Can you tell me anything about her research? It looks like she might be designing something, but we never actually see her building anything. The Escher-like sequence seems like it might support a time-travel reading, where she's chasing her future self through a surreal landscape and never quite catching up. Or is it her clone or her evil twin? Anything about the different worlds she travels through would also be great.

The Shrine/An Argument - Fleet Foxes (Music Video)
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What this looks like to me is that the ungulate is the sole survivor of a massacre, and they are on a quest to avenge their people, and the wolf and humanoids and serpent-creatures are their enemies. I'd love to see the whole background of that fleshed out, especially the ungulate’s relationship with the creature whose severed head they lick at the beginning--were they lovers or parent and child or comrades or rivals or what? The whole bit after the serpent pulls the ungulate down into the water is ambiguous and full of possibilities, too. Is it a vision the ungulate sees while drowning, and what does it mean? Who is the humanoid who emerges from the ungulate’s body after it’s ripped apart--another representation/form of the ungulate’s personality, or a separate person altogether? I am intrigued by the idea that, whoever they are, they're the one telling the story. Does the way it ends mean triumph or failure for the ungulate, or some combination of both?

Fistful of Rain - Warren Zevon (Song)
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Apparently the protagonist of this song is coming into conflict with an enemy who has powers over the flow of time and nature of reality--what with being able to turn diamonds back into coal and all--and maybe their entire life is a fiction manufactured by this enemy? But their mind is fighting back against it although they don’t totally understand what’s going on? And the only way they have of fighting back is a metaphor for embracing the transient nature of reality?

Oleander - Sarah Harmer (Song)
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Is the narrator of this song singing to a woman, or to a houseplant? If you just look at the words, it might be a houseplant--but it's a houseplant she's got weirdly intense feelings towards. I like to think that this is the story of a human woman and her nature-spirit ex-girlfriend who she would like to get back together with. I like the sense that the narrator has realized and learned from the mistakes that she made the first time around, and I would be interested in either a happy or bittersweet ending.

Long Steel Grass (Noche Espagnola) - Edith Sitwell and William Walton (Song)
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So according to the link with the lyrics above, Edith Sitwell said this was about a couple of cats having a love affair, which I guess is as good interpretation as any other. There is definitely some kind of courtship as battle or battle as courtship going on here, on a weird and epic scale which brings to mind space opera or the faerie court. I’m particularly (though not exclusively) interested in the white soldiers--what does a grunt’s-eye view of this conflict and/or reproductive process look like?

Great White Bear - Dear Reader (Song)
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I really love the opening lines of this song, with the contrast between the mythic idea of hiding in the belly of a great white bear, and the very physical, even disgusting details of it. It seems to me that the continuation of the song is explaining how he got into this desperate situation. The obvious interpretation is that he and she are romantically involved, and her father disapproves to the point that he’s trying to kill them--in which case, my question would be, why? And what sort of power does he have to be able to pursue them so relentlessly and seemingly with impunity? But I would also be super interested in alternate interpretations of the fix they’re in, the terrible sin, and what exactly they’re trying to escape from. (As well as, as usual, alternate gender interpretations of the characters.) How about what happens afterwards? Does his ploy work, and where does he go from there? Is she dead, and/or is there some chance for them to be reunited?

The End is the Beginning - Two Steps From Hell (Song)
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I really like the weird and epic feel of this song, the sense of the vast scale of the worldbuilding and the tragedy. It might be a story of an attempt at colonizing a new planet that went wrong, the ensuing conflict, and the return to space of the survivors? On the other hand, the dancing dead remind me of the Cherokee myth of the deluge, with its own cataclysmic themes.

Howlin' Bones - Hannah Aldridge (Song)
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I like to think that the narrator of this song is an actual malevolent supernatural entity--maybe even the capital-D Devil?--or a necromancer, and that the interlocutor thinks he's gotten the better of her in some bargain, but is about to discover how mistaken he is. I really enjoy the Weird West feel of it, and the contrast between the intimate scale of the events (with the repeated references to "this town") and the possibly cosmic powers of the narrator.

Rich in Love - Colin Linden (Song)
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This seems like a song about a mortal/standard human in a relationship with a fairy? Or other supernatural creature? Who has to go on a dream quest to his lover from some sort of supernatural malady. I really like the mythological and fairy-tale resonances of it--it brings to mind stories like Orpheus and Eurydice and the Twelve Dancing Princessess. I'm curious about the nature of the trouble that the lover is having, what the mortal finds in the dream world, and how it ends for them--in tragedy, in a break-up, in a successful (and perhaps mutual) rescue?

If for some reason you want to stalk me , I am dead easy to stalk; I'm minutia_r (or occasionally minutia-r) all over the internet: here, AO3, tumblr, deviantart, ff.net, 8tracks, and probably one or two other places I don't recall off-hand.

Thank you! You are awesome, I am really looking forward to seeing what you make for me, and I hope you get great stories and/or art out of this exchange, too!
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Dear Worldbuilder:

Once again, I am truly sorry. If you've had an idea of your own and started planning it or writing it already, that's great, I'm sure I'll love it! If you are still looking for inspiration, I hope you will find it in this letter, even if it is several days late and dollars short. Which is not to say that this is not going to get long. It does get long. )
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Friendship and Finnish by Correspondence (Stand Still Stay Silent, Emil & Tuuri)

As I mentioned in an earlier post, I got this wonderful Emil & Tuuri epistolary fic! It's got great character voices and it's sweet and heartwarming, and you should all go read it.

But also! I got two treats in the Madness collection!

Respite and Refuge (Chanur Saga, Pyanfar/Khym)

Okay, I'm not going to lie, a big part of why I'm writing this rec post is so that someone other than me will read this fic and shower my writer with love, because as of this writing my feedback is the only feedback they've gotten, and yeah it's a tiny fandom and I'm sure they knew what they were getting into when they wrote it, but it's a damn shame because it's so excellent and deserves all the love. It's everything I adore about these two in one compact package: the way he quietly seeks her approval, the way she's coming to trust and rely on his competence, the tenderness and familiarity (and mild snark) between them.

Whimsy Above (SkyWorld)

I wasn't quite sure what to expect when I requested this fandom, but what I got was pretty amazing. A really interesting premise, an ominous yet inevitable conclusion, and graphics! And, at 100 words long, I can say with confidence that it's definitely worth your time.

And then there were stories that were not written for me!

The First Rule (Stand Still Stay Silent, the crew)

In my personal and unbiased opinion, all five of the SSSS stories in the yuletide collection are excellent and worth reading, but this was--after the one written for me--the one I liked best. It really captured both the humorous side and the perilous-adventures side of canon, with really enjoyable character interactions as well.

Judgment Call (Alliance-Union, Sandor (insert ambiguous but extremely significant symbol here) Allison)

This is such a Cherryh story, with all the solid details of ship-and-station life, and an understated, indirect, but no less powerful exploration of what these two mean two each other, and what they might yet mean to each other.

Worry Not (Sorcerer to the Crown, Damerell/Rollo)

So charming, so delightful, both the use of language and the characters. This pair of secondary characters has clearly got their shit together in re: human/fairy relations (as it were) far more than anyone else in the Sorcerer-to-the-Crown-verse.

Duel to Be Kind (Hark! A Vagrant, Nemesis ♠ Pirate (with bonus Nemesis' Sister ♠ Nemesis' Sister's Nemesis))

So, you may have noticed that I like things that are charming and delightful, with a playful use of language and a loosely Regency England setting. This is another one! With the bonus that you don't have to be familiar with the canon to appreciate it.

* shallow cluster * deep dive * Streaker find * (Uplift Saga, Creideiki)

You guys, somebody wrote trinary haiku. It's perfect, it's brilliant, it's worthy of Creideiki, why are you still reading this when you could be reading it.
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- I aten't ded, I just haven't been able to log on to tumblr for days. I miss it! I have been able to look at people's blogs, but it's not the same.

- I got the most wonderful Tuuri & Emil epistolary fic (with a few bonus letters between Emil and Lalli) for yuletide! It has friendship! Language acquisition! Background details about people's lives and jobs and preparations for the next expedition and such! You should definitely check it out if you're in the fandom and haven't yet.

- In the spirit of "Tuuri and Reynir are okay and they're going to be okay nothing's wrong what are you talking about", I did a shippy little watercolor, which you can see under the cut )
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Dear Chocolatier:

Thank you so much for signing up to write or draw me a thing about a fictional relationship I love! I am ridiculously easy to please when it comes to people writing or drawing me things. Seriously, just make me something based on any of my requests and I’m sure I’ll love it. So--aside from the Do Not Wants--please feel free to ignore the rest of this letter. It’s really only here to give you inspiration if you don’t know what to write or draw, but if you have your own ideas already, please go wild with them. One of the fun parts about somebody making things for my prompts is when they come up with things I would never have thought of myself.

So, about those Do Not Wants:

DNW (general):

-Long fic. Anything more than about 5000 words or so and I start getting anxious about reading and commenting in a timely fashion while still giving the story the attention it deserves, so I’d just rather you didn’t.
-AUs. Exceptions: Canon-divergence AUs, or crossovers/fusions with other fandoms I’m into. Those are great.
-Purely introspective stories with no action or character interaction.
-Choose-Your-Own-Adventure/interactive/game-style fic

DNW (smut):

-Sounding
-Infantilization
-That thing where one or more of the people involved doesn’t know what sex is or realize they’re having it
-Religion kink--like, naughty nuns and priests and what have you

General likes: I really like all kinds of fic, from silly fluff, action and adventures and worldbuilding to smut and hurt/comfort. Feel free to take it darker, too: violence, character death, betrayal, consent issues sexual and otherwise, bad things happening to characters I like AND characters I like doing bad things. I’m open to different POVs and tenses, and unusual fic formats like poetry and epistolary/documentary fic. For art, the kind of character portrait where a lot of thought has gone into details of clothing, hairstyle, etc even if nothing in particular is happening, loose sketchy comick-y things that illustrate a character moment or interaction. I also like things that incorporate text and images in various ways, like calligraphy, comics, maps and diagrams. For this exchange, in-character Valentines from one character to another (even if it would make no actual sense in universe) would be super cute.

A brief and really not exhaustive list of story elements I especially like: Comfort after a nightmare, self-sacrifice, loyalty and trust issues, elections, platonic bed-sharing, hugs, language geekery, communication issues, breakups (either the kind where the original relationship is eventually patched up, or where the people involved manage to forge a different but still mutually satisfactory type of relationship afterward, or where nothing is okay again and everything hurts), ethical dilemmas, food porn and food preparation, parenting/childcare, exploration of canon-appropriate religious themes. For art, in addition to any of these things, I’m really fond of watercolors and Art Nouveau-inspired stylings. Also, for the book fandoms I’m requesting, illustrations of any scenes with these pairings/relationships would be awesome.

Okay, and now for the prompts:

Fandom: Stand Still Stay Silent

Note: So, Chapter 13 was a hell of a thing, huh? We’ll know more after the chapter break, but at this point it seems most likely that in any scenario set more than two weeks into the future of the comic, either Tuuri will be dead or the Known World will be irrevocably changed. I am fine with you making a thing with either option in mind, or with other, less likely options, if you can think of them. Similarly, I am equally okay with you incorporating new bits of canon as they come in, or choosing a jumping-off point from canon and going from there. Things set in the past or canon-divergent AUs are great too.

Michael Madsen/Signe Sørensen

These jerks! They’re my favorite prologue characters, and I’d love to see anything with them falling in love and/or getting married as the world they know falls apart around them. Hurt/comfort would be very welcome, especially Michael finding ways to comfort Signe as she tries to stay in contact with/get news of her friends and family. I imagine phones and the internet would have been a lifeline that didn’t fail all at once, and she might have been able to get some horrific news before the final horrific lack of news. Signe is tough and funny and a jerk, but of the prologue characters, she’s the one who’s going into the new world pretty much bereft of everyone she ever might have cared about, so--yeah, get her some hugs, please.

Alternatively, something set further in their future, with their son they named after their cat? The day-to-day domestic work of running a farm in a post-apocalyptic world? Clashes between the old world they grew up in and the new world of the next generation? How Iceland re-opening its borders might have affected their lives?

Sigrun Eide/Agneta

I love the contrasts between these two--Sigrun’s relentless, somewhat chaotic cheerfulness vs. Agneta’s air of being Done With Your Nonsense--as well as their similarities as two fierce, competent warrior women. I’d love to see them as a battle couple, fighting side-by-side and watching each other’s backs, or see how their fierceness and contrasts played out in bed (or wherever.) Could they ever have a relationship that was anything other than casual? What would happen if Agneta ever visited Dalsnes?

Michael Madsen II & Mikkel Madsen

Anything from light-hearted childhood shenanigans to grownup angst--I’m definitely interested in the possibility that Michael died in Kastrup, and how it happened and how Mikkel deals and doesn’t deal with it. I’d also love to see how the constant presence of a more exuberant twin help shaped Mikkel’s personality as we know and love it today. Identity hijinks of any sort would be very welcome. I have a pet theory--not that I necessarily expect to become canon, but that I think is a distinct and interesting possibility--that the person we know as Mikkel is actually Michael, who is impersonating his twin for (possibly grief-related) reasons. Something incorporating this premise would be awesome as well.

Fandom: The Queen's Thief - Megan Whalen Turner

Nahuseresh/Kamet

I would love to see anything with Medean world-conquering road trips while complaining about the conditions in barbaric countries! On a more serious note, I am fascinated by their character dynamic where Kamet has a certain amount of loyalty to and affection for Nahuseresh, but he also has a certain amount of resentment about his position which Nahuseresh has no clue about, while Nahusresh cares about and values Kamet, and makes some effort to shield him from his (Nahuseresh's) worst impulses, but again, has no clue about what Kamet actually thinks and feels much of the time. I would love to see this explored in any way.

As long as Kamet is Nahuseresh's slave, any consent he gives to sexual activities is going to be dubious at best, and I'd be interested in seeing all the different ways that could go (Kamet is totally into it but also very much aware that if he wanted to say no he couldn't; Kamet is manipulating Nahuseresh; Kamet wants to say no but can't in any way that Nahuseresh would understand and/or accept). The one thing I don't want is Nahuseresh knowingly raping Kamet; that's just not how I see this relationship.

Fandom: Crossover Fandom

Elsa (Frozen)/Charlotte La Bouff (The Princess and the Frog)

Lottie has her heart set on a prince, but I bet she'd be willing to go for a queen instead. She's got the diplomatic and social skills Elsa could use in a consort, and some experience in the care and feeding of driven types who sometimes go too far into self-denial in their quest to succeed. And Elsa might simultaneously find herself drawn to and exasperated by Lottie’s friendliness and apparent flightiness, and, eventually, by the core of steely ambition underneath.

I’d love to see them meeting at a diplomatic function of some kind, or thrown together on a magical adventure. If you're thinking of taking it in a smutty direction, I love sex magic and like temperature play too, so creative uses of Elsa’s powers could be fun.

Fandom: Chanur Series - C. J. Cherryh

Py/Khym:

Anything with Py and Khym on the Pride, trying to figure out how things are supposed to work now. Khym bringing out his legal skills, or his being fucking huge skills, or working on his culinary skills, and Pyanfar being all captainly and trusting him to get stuff done, them saving each other in exciting adventures or chilling together in more domestic moments. Or if you want to write backstory about their earlier married life, how they balanced Khym’s role as Lord Mahn and Pyanfar’s career in space, whether they found ways to work together even then. Something with their kids before that went to hell, or showing how that all went to hell?

Alternatively, I would love to get something smuttier for them as well! Canon is pretty quiet on how exactly hani sex works (although they are sort of roughly based on lions) so feel free to throw in whatever wild ideas you might have. And--okay. So you know that bit where Pyanfar and Khym are snuggling in bed and Pyanfar is like, “Hey, how would you feel about fucking the whole crew?” Make that happen for me and I will love you forever. (Please include Tully if you’re so inclined! But not Hilfy, because Khym feels weird about that.)

Py & Skkukuk

I’d love to see Skkukuk’s take on any of the events of the books, his initial reaction to being foisted on Pyanfar and how his feelings towards her change and his loyalty develops. I just want aaaaall the platonic loyalty kink for them. I’d love to see them trying to understand each other's culture and biology in order to better fulfill the obligations they feel they have towards each other--I’d particularly like to see Pyanfar sacrificing her own best interests for Skkukuk’s sake, or publicly claiming him when it would be more convenient not to. Or else Skkukuk accomplishing something beyond all reason and expectation for Py.

Fandom: Lively St. Lemeston series - Rose Lerner

Ash Cohen & Rafe Cohen

I would love to see anything from Ash and Rafe’s younger days, from when they were wee baby conmen up until right before the start of the book. Anything where they are looking after each other or being stupidly self-sacrificing for each other would be great. Caper fic would be awesome too. From the little we saw of her in the book and in the Purim ficlet from Rose Lerner’s website (scroll down the comments here to find it) Faige seemed pretty cool, so feel free to include her.

Alternatively, if you’d rather write something post-canon, how do the brothers maintain their relationship with Ash’s new identity and life? How does Rafe get along with his in-laws? (I would be quite happy with background Rafe/Jamie, and of course Ash/Lydia is lovely.) I am especially intrigued by the idea of Ash and Lydia occasionally going on holiday as a different, Jewish couple, and would love to see Ash and Rafe coaching Lydia on Jewish things.

Vorkosigan Saga - Lois McMaster Bujold

Kareen Koudelka/Mark Vorkosigan/Raven Durona

Kareen and Mark have a mutual option, but no one ever said it was an exclusive option, did they? I’d love to see them take their business association with Raven in a more intimate direction. Raven’s combination of curiosity, cynicism, and chill would probably equip him to deal with Mark’s issues and also what’s left of Kareen’s Barrayaran upbringing without too many problems. They could have a lot of fun together, and Mark and Kareen deserve all the pretty boys.

Raven Durona/Armsman Roic

THESE DORKS OK. I really loved their sections in Cryoburn, and would love to see more banter, spy shenanigans, and makeouts between them. Roic needs to expand his horizons! Roic's earnest grumpiness and Raven's cheerful cynicism are like chocolate and peanut butter.

Terrence Cee/Ethan Urquhart

I’d love to read about their Betan adventures before they get back to Athos, or about Terrence adjusting to life on Athos. If you’d like to go the farther-future route, write me a story about what happens when Ethan and Terrence are grandfathers and their crimes come to light when the first telepaths start cropping up, or about Galactic telepaths coming to seek asylum on Athos? Or if you want to write something sexier, I’d love something about their first time, or telepathic sex, or hurt/comfort either of the angsty, dealing-with-Terrence’s-traumatic-past variety, or the fluffy, Terrence-takes-care-of-Ethan-when-he-has-a-cold variety.

Things I’d like to see illustrated: Ethan pictured himself taking Cee sailing on the South Province coast, checking the underwater fences of his father’s fish farm--did Cetaganda have oceans?--salt sweat and salt water, hot hard work and cold beer and blue shrimp afterwards. Yes, draw me this please. Or anything sweet and shippy with them. The kids can come too, especially if any of them bear a distinct resemblance to the magnificent Admiral Quinn.

Lilly Durona & Georish Stauber

Something from their youth together, escaping from Baron Ryoval, and the origins of their Deal? Or maybe being long-distance frenemies in their old age.


Lilly Durona & Lotus Durona

Okay, something happened during Lotus' youth that made her decide to take that particularly baroque revenge on Lilly, and I would love to know what it was.

If for some reason you want to stalk me , I am dead easy to stalk; I'm minutia_r (or occasionally minutia-r) all over the internet: LJ/DW, AO3, tumblr, deviantart, ff.net, 8tracks, and probably one or two other places I don't recall off-hand.

Thank you! You are awesome, I am really looking forward to seeing what you make for me, and I hope you get great stories and/or art out of this exchange, too!
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Dear Silent Night creator:

Hi! Unlike most of the time when I sign up for exchanges, odds are pretty good that we know each other already, at least in passing. So you may already know that I am ridiculously easy to please when it comes to people writing or drawing me things. Seriously, just make me something based on any of my requests and I’m sure I’ll love it. So--aside from the Do Not Wants--please feel free to ignore the rest of this letter. It’s really only here to give you inspiration if you don’t know what to write or draw, but if you have your own ideas already, please go wild with them. One of the fun parts about somebody making things for my prompts is when they come up with things I would never have thought of myself!

Read more... )
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Dear Yuletide Writer,

Hello! Thank you so much for offering to write me a story in one of my favorite rare fandoms! I really will be delighted to get anything about them, so--aside from the Do Not Wants--please feel free to ignore the rest of this letter. It’s really only here to give you inspiration if you don’t know what to write, but if you have your own ideas already, please go wild with them. I am always interested in seeing new and interesting takes on my favorites, especially ones I would never have thought of myself.

Read more... )
One more general thing I want to add--I’m not requesting any five-minute fandoms like individual songs or picture books this year, but two of the canons I’m requesting are available in their entirety (or close enough to entirety) online, for free, legally, so if you haven’t yet I really do encourage you to check out Stand Still Stay Silent and SkyWorld, they’re great.

Anyway, If for some reason you want to stalk me, I am dead easy to stalk; I'm minutia_r (or occasionally minutia-r) all over the internet: LJ/DW, AO3, tumblr, deviantart, ff.net, 8tracks, and probably one or two other places I don't recall off-hand. (Minutiar on twitter is not me, though, oddly enough.)

Thank you once again, mystery writer! I am really looking forward to reading what you write for me, and I hope you get an awesome story too!
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I have occasionally heard people in Stand Still Stay Silent fandom say that Tuuri never gives accurate translations. It's the sort of thing that gets repeated without citations, and I wanted to check to what extent it was true, so I did a reread of the comic and found every instance of when Tuuri translates something. And here is the fruit of my research! One thing that is the case is that she very rarely gives a word-for-word translation--which may be a stylistic choice on Minna's part as much as anything else, since it might be a little boring to read the same set of words twice, especially if it's a longer bit. The more interesting question to me is, does she substantially alter the meaning of what's being said? And at this point I think I can say with confidence: sometimes but not always.

12/08/2016 ETA: I might as well edit this when new things come up. Tuuri translated something in today's comic, so it goes in the collection below.

Findings below the cut, presented without comment. )
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Dear Creator,

Hi! Thank you for signing up to make something for me about some of my favorite characters in a series I love!

Things I like in general:

For art, illustrations of moments in the books; the kind of character portrait where a lot of thought has gone into details of clothing, hairstyle, etc even if nothing in particular is happening; loose sketchy comick-y things that illustrate a character moment or interaction. And anything in between, really--there's not a lot of art of these books in general and these characters in particular, so just seeing any visual representation of them makes me happy.

For fic, I like silly fluff, I like action, adventures, and worldbuilding, and I like smut (although, in this case, I mean Nahuseresh/Kamet, not Ina & Eurydice). I also like dark fic of all kinds: violence, character death, betrayal, consent issues sexual and otherwise, bad things happening to characters I like AND characters I like doing bad things. Bring it on! Feel free to bring in whatever other characters from the series or original characters that you think would make the story better, as long as the focus is still on the characters I requested. Also, canon-divergence AUs. Canon-divergence AUs are great.

Do not want:

For art, anything NSFW. That sort of thing is very hit-or-miss for me, and I'd rather not find your gift unintentionally hilarious.

For fic, I sometimes get a bit anxious about reading and commenting on longer fic, so I'd rather not get anything over 5000 words or so. On the other hand, if you write a meticulously-crafted gem that is exactly 500 words long, I will be thrilled, so please don't worry about it being too short! Also, if writing sumt, I do not like sounding, infantilization, or the sort of thing where one partner doesn't know what sex is or realize they're having it. Anything else is fair game.

For either, no AUs other than canon-divergence, please.

Now for the individual prompts!

Nahuseresh & or / Kamet

I would love to see anything with Medean world-conquering road trips while complaining about the conditions in barbaric countries! On a more serious note, I am fascinated by their character dynamic where Kamet has a certain amount of loyalty to and affection for Nahuseresh, but he also has a certain amount of resentment about his position which Nahuseresh has no clue about, while Nahusresh cares about and values Kamet, and makes some effort to shield him from his (Nahuseresh's) worst impulses, but again, has no clue about what Kamet actually thinks and feels much of the time. I would love to see this explored in any way.

If you decide to go the Nahuseresh/Kamet route (and please do if you're feeling it!), then as long as Kamet is Nahuseresh's slave, any consent is going to be dubious at best, and I'd be interested in seeing all the different ways that could go (Kamet is totally into it but also very much aware that if he wanted to say no he couldn't; Kamet is manipulating Nahuseresh; Kamet wants to say no but can't in any way that Nahuseresh would understand and/or accept). The one thing I don't want is Nahuseresh knowingly raping Kamet; that's just not how I see this relationship.

Ina & Eurydice

Ina and Eurydice strike me as being a couple of very sharp, capable, intelligent people who are very constrained by their roles in society and sheltered upbringing. I'd love to see them move beyond that during the events of A Conspiracy of Kings, anything with their adventures while Sophos is doing his own thing being a slave, or afterwards, hanging out with Eddis and possibly having their horizons broadened by living in Eddis the country for a while, which seems more egalitarian than Sounis if not perfectly so. I'd also like anything from Sophos, Ina, and Eurydice's shared childhood, or an AU where Ina and/or Eurydice end up ruling Sounis for one reason or another (like Sophos goes off to Eddis and leaves them in charge.)

If for some reason you want to stalk me, I am dead easy to stalk; I'm minutia_r (or occasionally minutia-r) all over the internet: LJ/DW, AO3, tumblr, deviantart, ff.net, 8tracks, and probably one or two other places I don't recall off-hand.

Thank you again! You are awesome, I am really looking forward to seeing what you write for me, and I hope you get a great story and/or art out of this exchange, too!
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Dear Jukebox DJ,

Hi there! May I compliment you on either your excellent taste in music or your willingness to try something new and write fic about it, or both? In any case, I’m really looking forward to reading what you come up with.

(I've only requested fic for my main gift, but I would be thrilled to receive art treats as well! Podfic is not really my thing, so if you're thinking, "I would like to make a nice thing for Minutia, I wonder what she'd like?" the answer is probably not "Podfic"--but if you're thinking "I have been seized with inspiration by one of these prompts, I must do a podfic for it, it is my artistic vision, but wouldn't it be weird to gift podfic to someone who just said she doesn't like podfic?" then the answer is that I will be very flattered and listen to it and probably like it.)

Trumpet and the drum/And the martial cornet come )
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(if you follow me on tumblr, you may have seen all this before, but I don't think there's a lot of overlap)

And everybody knows who wrote which Chocolate Box stories, or at least they could if they wanted to, because the authors have been revealed.

I got two lovely fics:

Like a Man of Mettle by Nary

Hey, look, it's Gabriel DeWit/Elijah Pinhoe (of the Chronicles of Chrestomanci) fic! The first one ever written, to the best of my knowledge, which is not surprising since they never met in canon, and also they only appear in canon as quite old men. Bask in the glory of grumpy, awkward young!Gabriel running away from his duties as Chrestomanci straight into a patch of stinging nettles, and young!Elijah helping him out with herb lore if you know what I mean.

Borrow Your Lust by PhoenixFalls

Fic about Ethan and Terrence (from the Vorkosigan Saga)! It's not quite as rare a pairing as Gabriel and Elijah, but seeing as how Ethan and Terrence are canonical life partners, I feel like there really should be more.

I love stories about people who for one reason or another don’t get how ordinary human relationships work trying to relationship, and this definitely hits those buttons. Also, it’s got an intriguing idea about one possible use of telepathy during sex, even if they end up not going there.

My assigned recipient was Miss_M, and I wrote her two Kencyrath fics:

An Economy of Blood and Bone was supposed to be about Trishien and Kirien’s relationship, and it is, but it’s more about Trishien’s backstory and the Women’s World and the Jaran and the intersection thereof. And economics.

Turn-Collar is the one where Brier and Tori discuss the fact that Brier broke her bond with Tori and got herself bound to Jame instead. It is so far the only work on AO3 tagged Loyalty Break-Up, which is a damn shame.

I also wrote a couple of treats for other people, both in the PJO/HOO fandom: Twice-Favored was for inelegantly; it’s a T-rated Annabeth/Nico/Percy interlude with capture the flag and a bit of kissing.

And finally, for dhampyresa, I wrote Delphi Falls, In which Rachel does some research with Ella and Skypes with Annabeth. And also Annabeth, Hazel, and Nico go on a quest to either prevent or start the zombie apocalypse, but that honestly happens offscreen. It’s also my 100th fic on AO3! Hooray!

Oh and also

Nov. 8th, 2015 01:19 pm
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Some stuff I did for exchanges and whatnots a while back and never linked to here:

The Dressing Gown of Dimensions, a Chrestomanci/Discworld crossover written for rare pair fest. It features Millie/Christopher and Vetinari/Drumknott, as well as Roger, Julia, and Leonard of Quirm.

Also I did a pencil drawing and a digitally colored version of Steve Rogers with a golden apple of temptation for the WIP Big Bang.
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And, less than a year later, another chapter of Get Me to the Church on Time. It is a Piper chapter! There is more Reyna/Piper! Also politics in New Rome! And still no Frank, Hazel, etc. etc.

But at least it has Will insulting Piper's taste in bagels.
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This is a soundtrack I made for ereshai's WIP Big Bang fic of the same name (which you can read here!). It's my first foray into Firefly fandom, and it was a fun challenge to try to find songs that would fit both the plot and the mood of the story, as well as being songs that both ereshai and I would like listening to. I hope I succeeded, and that you guys like it, too!

Back cover, listening/downloading links, and selected lyrics under the cut )

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