Aug. 13th, 2017

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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):

-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.


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


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.


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.


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?


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,, 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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