Work is work, the less said the better.
I miss my cat so much still.
I got an encouraging note from an editor who rejected a story I really love.
I'm desperately spiraling deeper into doomshipping Effie/Haymitch, but I have at least managed to claw my way out of this one before so godspeed to us all.
Still haven't found rock bottom on either Elvis or Spy.
I officially get my bachelor's degree as soon as final grades are posted, and as long as I didn't fuck up this last class too badly, I'll do it with a 4.0. Take that, past self-sabotaging self!
But for real everybody write 700k of either Effie/Haymitch or Spy Susan/Ford fic for me to read instead of sleeping or going to work OKAY GREAT GO TEAM.
I'm going to make this quick because I am SUPER EXCITED to see what you come up with. If you need clarification or more info on anything, you can ask the other mods to ask me -- and they'll disguise questions if you want it to be a surprise.
PLEASE DO NOT write anything that deals with the abuse or death of animals. I cannot deal with that.
PLEASE DO write what you like! I like pretty much everything, although I prefer casefic and plotty gen to romance or smut stuff. (I am not at all opposed to romance or smut stuff FYI.) I'm ride or die Mulder/Scully, though. RIDE OR DIE. Way into ladies getting the hero edit and the hero narrative. Way into villainous ladies, too, don't get me wrong. Villains full-stop, actually.
I'll talk about stuff I like about each fandom if that's okay? I'm really open to anything. My signup should give you an idea of what I'd hope to read for the various matchups, but please follow your heart and write what would make you happy.
Greek and Roman Mythology
New versions of the old stories! New interpretations of! Misinterpretations and setting the record straight. Old gods in new lives! New ages! Reborn! Possession! Inhabitation! Down for whatever, really.
Dragon Age - All Media Types
Have only played the second game, in which I love everyone in this bar and ship Varric/f!Hawke like it is going out of style. Super into the history of Thedas, super into adventuring, super into pirating, treasure-hunting, Deep Roads expeditions, fights where Hawke takes everyone down and all her friends give her heart-eyes, the usual.
Fairy Tales & Related Fandoms
Same with this as for the mythology. Would really love fairy tale characters in new milieus, or dealing with real-world people.
A Song of Ice and Fire - George R. R. Martin
INCOHERENT NOISES ABOUT SANSA STARK. The only thing I can't stand is Tyrion worship. My god would I pay real money these characters having to deal with living in a world where they can't just murder their way in and out of things.
I do not in any way ship the Winchesters or Dean/Cas. I love the brother dynamic, the deep family connections and guilt, and when Dean cries. But what I wanted was the show about road-tripping bros fighting Draculas and not weirdo Judeo-Christian cosmology and queerbaiting. ANYWAY. I love it best when they pretend to be FBI. So goofy, such a delight.
The incompetence is staggering and so fucking funny. I do actually hateship Dan/Amy; would love to see any of them having to deal with any kind of actual crisis in which other people are hypercompetent.
OG FANDOM. I love it all, even that shitty second movie. Loved Mulder way more as a kid than I do now. Scully is the bestttttttt. I'm more of a MOTW fan than the mytharc, even when it made sense, but mmm that tasty angst.
Veronica Mars (TV)
I love V, Mac, Wallace, Keith, Dick Casablancas (I KNOW OKAY). If you want to take the movie into account, please go ahead! I'm not super into Logan but VMars is, and I want Vmars to be happy.
Jurassic Park (Movies)
Dinosaurs, Ellie Satler, Alan Grant, Ian Malcolm, the end. I prefer the book to the movie but I love both. Totally would be happy with anything you want to write in any of the movies, but if something could eat Alessandro Nivola's character, that would be great with me.
National Treasure (Movies)
UGH GIMME ALL THE TREASURE HUNTING HISTORY NERDS. There is nothing I do not love about these movies EXCEPT THAT THERE ARE NOT MORE.
Harry Potter - J. K. Rowling
Life is too short to tell you what I love about HP, so I'll just say: all of the above plus I didn't mind the epilogue because I am OBHWF trash.
If I had my way this show would be about Joan, Bell, and Alfredo, and they'd probably be making out 90% of the time.
This is my newest. I will read anything and cherish it. Capheus is my fave, all the others a close second. I ship Kala/Wolfgang because I am broken inside and it is beautiful and so fucked up. I think the whole idea of the Sensates would fit into just about anything so please indulge yourself however you want!
And I'd love to read more before or after reveals, if you have any recs to share!
First, though, I got three wonderful Arthurian Mythology gift fics this year--I knew asking for Elaines was the way to go :D I've read them all way too many times already. Hopefully you guys will enjoy them too!
A Disambiguation of Elaines (Scifi AU; very inventive and clever and fun)
The Elaines (a fairy story of sorts; really lovely and imaginative, beautiful language)
Elaine (a 5+1 that plays with the different identities and choices; lyrical and moving)
( Recs for 10th Kingdom, 14th Century CE England RPF, 7th and 8th Century CE Mayan RPF, Arthurian Mythology, Attack the Block, The Breakfast Club, Golden Girls, Indiana Jones, House of Cards, Black Beauty, Little Red Riding Hood, Luther, Great British Bake Off RPF, Selfie, Princess Bride, Veep, Zoolander )
Here's my annual blanket ( LIKE/NO LIKE thing: )
But anyway. I'm ishie on AO3 if you want to see my fic and past gifts (♥♥), there's older stuff on ishieland too, and a terribly organized pinboard and a tumblr that might make you cry with how disjointed and capslocky it is.
If you have questions that this letter doesn't answer, probably the Yuletide mods are the best way to go? But you could probably also ask UH PLACEHOLDER SORRY I FORGOT TO ASK PEOPLE IF IT'S OKAY TO ASK THEM.
So, these requests, in no particular order!
( SUN RECORDS RPF )
( 14TH CENTURY CE RPF )
( ARTHURIAN MYTHOLOGY )
But, seriously, thank you! Happy Yuletide!!
um, other stuff has happened? none of which i can think right now of course.
Some general stuff: I like stories about ladies, and I like stories about dudes, but not stories about dudes at the expense of ladies. Found families are my jam. And I would pay good internet dollars for casefiles. I'm not a real big fan of kink but I'll read anything, basically. My Yuletide letter has more details about my general likes & dislikes if you're interested.
If you have specific questions, since I'm a mod probably contact either galfridian or weasleytook directly instead of emailing? (I probably should have thought about this ahead of time, lol)
This is really long :( but I wasn't sure how to structure it without prioritizing fandoms or crossovers, so I'll talk in general terms about what I like for each fandom instead. I put some notes about each request in my sign-up but don't feel beholden to any of those scenarios! (They're duplicated below if you don't have AO3 handy.)
( fandoms )
( requests )
I'm SO EXCITED to see what everyone does for their recipient. This is going to be so much fun!
(weasleytook and galfridian are the best co-mods in the world, btw, as many of you already know.)
Down the Snow Meadows (1414 words) by ishie
Fandom: Fargo (2014)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Gus Grimly/Molly Solverson
Characters: Molly Solverson, Greta Grimly
Additional Tags: Trope Bingo Round 3, Community: trope_bingo, Holidays, Future Fic
"I wish you'd think about moving down to Milwaukee with us," Greta said after a while.
I like all kinds of stories, from AU to ... well, everything, basically, except I'm not into A/B/O or Mpreg (except in Mythology because, well, of course.). All kinds of tones, all kinds of tenses, all kinds of formats and POVs. Experimental, straight-forward, whatever! I don't truck with sexual violence and abuse for shock value (COUGH COUGH DAN AND DAVE) or with no narrative point.
My standard ( LIKE/NO-LIKE )
Felicity Smoak, John Diggle
I'm really sorry if you get matched on Any and don't care for these characters, because they're pretty much all I care about on this show. I'm so sorry. But I love them so much! Together romantically or sexually or just friends, after a falling out, pre-series, one of them's dead and it's an angst-fest, boning, whatever. WHATEVER. (Mostly them being adorable and probably boning? That would be so great but I'm aware that's not in everyone's wheelhouse so no pressure!) I'm so in the tank for both of them, together and separate!
DOCTOR WHO 1963
Barbara Wright, Ian Chesterton
Ian/Barbara until the end of time. Anything you want. I love them so much. If you want to have other characters from Old Skool Who drop in or drive the thing or whatever, have at it. Adventure, fluff, mystery, horror, whatever. I've never even found any like sexytimes for them but I'm not opposed, really? THEY WERE BONING THE WHOLE TIME RIGHT? Okay maybe not but the point is &IAN/BARBARA;
GREEK & ROMAN MYTHOLOGY
Circe, Clytemnestra, Medusa, Scylla
I picked the four I'm most interested in, but you don't have to include all of them in the same story!!
Okay, I'm not really a student of Greek or Roman mythology, but I've always been really interested in the pre-Hellenic legends that these stories grew out of, especially the ones that were fundamentally changed to suit the patriarchal culture. BUT ENOUGH ACADEMIC NONSENSE. Basically: what would their stories be if we were told from their POV? They don't necessarily have to be the "good guys" but something centered on them instead of the dudes they encountered would be aaaaawesome.
Nick Gant, Cassie Holmes
I am all about any kind of Nick/ or &Cassie. Please if you go the / route, make it way post-movie, like when Cassie's well into her twenties because otherwise ew. If you go & it could be any time! Pull in from the prequel comic if you'd like, I enjoyed it and wish it had made it to a long-term series. The movie is so entertaining. The plot holes don't get too much bigger on subsequent dozens of rewatches. The atmosphere and world-building is ACES. Stuff about fighting Division, rescuing Cassie's mom, just being powered people together somewhere, whatever! (If you bring in any other characters, I will love you. If you bring in Kira and make her more complex than an obstacle or hindrance, I will love you forever.)
Sansa Stark, Arya Stark, Brienne of Tarth, Lady Stoneheart
I picked the four I'm most interested in, but you don't have to include all of them in the same story!!
Here's what I want: ANYTHING. *chinhands* I ship (aged up) Sansa/Sandor, but you don't have to. I like ladies doing things and making decisions and bearing the consequences and not being ruled by men and dealing with being ruled by men and deciding not to be ruled by men anymore and maybe liking being ruled by men. The key here is that the women do the things. The women are not done to. I want happy endings but am perfectly aware that this is not a series for happy endings, so angst and misery is good with me too!
(After the changes made to the show I've stopped watching so I'd really prefer you stay with book canon if possible. I JUST CAN'T DO THE SHOW'S REALITY ANY MORE BECAUSE IT'S TERRIBLE IN WAYS THAT DON'T ACTUALLY MAKE ANY SENSE. Sorry.)
I meant to come back and give some more promptiness but, really, you can do whatever you want! I'm really excited!!
I requested ASOIAF/Game of Thrones, so if you've got 5 500+ word stories OR 7 100+ word stories, want to back me up?
Um, signal boosting would be great, too! I don't even know where fandom lives anymore for anything outside of my Twitter/Tumblr circles. /o/
Zine thing #1
- Ship swap
- Zine thing #2
- Ship swap
- Zine thing #3
- Seafarer first draft
- Revisions on serial killer draft
- post-ASOIAF longfic
- Sif/Loki bookstore AU
- Roman Holiday longfic
- ASOIAF wrongfic
- Jeremy/Betsy tropefic
- ...other tropefics so I don't default again
- [redacted original stuff]
Probably there's some other fandom stuff left out. I can't count how many challenges I've defaulted on in the past year or so because I can't remember to keep track of what I'm signed up for. /o\
I don't have a spike (or a desk to put it on really) yet but I am racking up the original writing rejection slips, which is pretty exciting! An acceptance would be way more exciting but my original stuff just isn't there yet. It's a much harder set of muscles to flex than I thought.
But. Uh, nasty noncon ASOIAF I've been so ashamed of writing I haven't finished it for more than a year? Or VEEP fic I've been trying to write for a year but keep getting stalled on? Or ... I forget what my other option was. Oh, long-dead Molly Hooper hiatus fic or Downton—
You know what: let's do a poll!
Which one should I finish? (You can pick more than one)
Molly Hooper hiatus
Downton spy AU
Multifandom end-of-the-world Crossover of Massive Fail
Star Trek!BBT AU
Doctor Who!BBT AU
Mindy Project backstory AU
Other thing I've forgotten exists - see below
YOU FORGOT ABOUT DRE:
Ugh that Dre is supposed to be in strikethrough >:(
Snowflake Day Three
In your own space, post a rec for at least three fanworks that you did not create.
I actually had three recs from Yuletide that I couldn't find the right words for before reveals:
Anagnorisis: The Odyssey fic, about Odysseus learning how to fit in at home again and Penelope letting him
Persistence: Ötzi the Iceman, wow, what a fantastic tale this is: Ötzi trying and failing to cross the mountain, and somehow being aware of the world he's brought back into
Disremember: Push (2009), NOT Nick/Cassie but gen, neat take on how Nick has to be brought back to the truth again
I've also got a thread at the anonymous feedback meme (&CONCRIT;)*, and if you want to use the January writing meme to leave fic prompts, feel free!
( 2014 trope_bingo card )
*I 100% agree with whoever said they disagree with my Firefly characterizations. I do too now, lol.
I wrote two things for Yuletide!
Each In Its Own Way for silksieve
Roman Holiday (1953) (Princess Ann/Joe Bradley); G; 3100 words
Maybe derailed trains and bar brawls weren't the most glamourous of subjects to cover, but Joe Bradley was back in New York at last. Somebody up there was looking out for him. He had a steady gig at the Brooklyn Eagle, complete with a desk and a telephone and a press card to hang out of his coat pocket should the need ever arise. He typed up his little items of general interest and filched matches from the editor's desk, both of their feet kicked up as they lied to each other about all the generous and beautiful women they'd known.
Well, almost all of them.
Post-canon fix-it that I wish I could have made about 17000x longer. I LOVE THIS MOVIE SO MUCH THEY TOOK IT OFF NETFLIX AND I'M GUTTED EVEN THOUGH I OWN IT.
We Just Decided To for hellolamppost17
Go On (TV) (Lauren, Steven, Ryan; kind of Lauren/Steven-ish); G; 1800 words
Lauren tried not to panic. This was do-able. She could still totally do this. She could get out of the wedding. They hadn't exhausted all the options yet. "You know what? You can't tell him. I can't tell him. This is a sign from the universe! I'm going to have to cheat on him."
"That's— Um. Is that really the only option left here?"
Goes AU during Lauren's bachelorette party in 1x21. It's John Cho's cheekbones' fault! I had a lot of fun writing this, even as I successfully fought the urge to put a bunch of Eli Manning jokes in (TOO SOON!!!).