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May the 4th Be With You 2017

Dear Yoda (why is the fanwork creator for this exchange Yoda, anyway? What if you want to be R2-D2?),

Thank you for writing me a story or drawing me a picture! I'm really looking forward to seeing what you're going to create for me.

For each relationship, I've written a bit about how I perceive that relationship and a few prompts; and then I added art prompts at the end of the paragraph. If you're creating art, you do not need to use any of those specific prompts if you don't want to, but I just wanted to make sure you had something more concrete/image-oriented in addition to the more thinky/questiony prompts I tend towards for fic.

Feel free to combine multiple prompts if you want to. (By which I have in mind, like, combining "Galen Erso & Jyn Erso" with "Jyn Erso & Orson Krennic", but hey, if you want to combine "Mara Jade & Rey" with "Galen Erso/Lyra Erso", that's fine too and I'd love to see what you come up with...)

general dislikes:
sexual content (for textual fanworks- kissing or fade to black is A-OK, but I'd prefer if nothing more than that happens "on screen"; for visual fanworks- put the cutoff at whatever would be considered appropriate conduct in public.)
 
fanfic likes: happy/hopeful endings, smart people interacting, people being competent and appreciating others' competency
fanfic dislikes: people acting out-of-character, non-canonical major character death (to be specific: all Rogue One deaths can be included, although you're equally welcome to go AU or otherwise ignore them; but please don't touch on the death of Mara Jade), problems that could be solved if everybody just sat down and talked to each other, characters being embarrassed

please ignore my art likes/dislikes if it's going to cramp your style; they're just to give you a general idea of my tastes but they definitely aren't hard and fast
art likes: muted color palettes (e.g. Alan Lee's LotR art), sketchy/blurred look (I'm sure there's a more specific art word for this, but the kind of thing that results from sketching with charcoal or soft graphite, or using watercolors or pastels)
art dislikes: neon color palettes, an emphasis on the color orange, geometricness with lots of sharp angles

Rogue One
  • Galen Erso & Jyn Erso - I'd really like to see an AU where Galen survives Eadu, and one of two things happens: either Galen and Jyn, Cassian, et al. become Imperial prisoners, or the Rebels successfully retrieve Galen (and Cassian decides not to kill him for whatever reason). Jyn and her dad just didn't have any time to interact as adults in the movie (unless you count the couple moments as he was dying), and I really want to see that. (If you don't want to take it fully AU, this prompt would also work as the dying dream of either character.) Art - Either Galen being dad to adorable tiny!Jyn on Lah'mu (maybe cooking together?) or sharing a moment as adults post-Eadu (either action, or just a hug)
  • Galen Erso/Lyra Erso - They're so cute together in Catalyst, especially when Orson's not around to drive wedges in. I'd like a glimpse of them earlier in their relationship, perhaps inspired by this quote from chapter 20: "Early in their relationship, when Lyra was still doing freelance survey work, she and Galen sometimes wouldn't see each other for months at a time. Reuniting after those absences had always been a bit awkward, and finding their way back to being a couple had always taken a few days. It was something they had grown to accept, and neither of them made too much of it." I'm not thinking so much of the awkward part of it, but the experience of getting past that and finding happiness/connectedness again. Art - Galen and Lyra looking into each other's eyes. They spend so much time separated from each other—both temporarily at various times in Catalyst and later permanently—that I want to see them granted a moment of blissful connection.
  • Jyn Erso & Orson Krennic - Krennic has a complicated relationship with Jyn's father (he manipulates him and kills his wife, but he still "likes" him), and I suspect that would extend to Jyn, where although she (justifiably) hates Krennic, he might consider himself more of a kindly uncle who's just doing what's best for her. Three different prompts here... 1. What are Krennic's thoughts when Jyn reveals who she is on Scarif? Had he ever wondered what had happened to her over the years, or does this come out of nowhere for him? 2. When Jyn is a baby, back on Coruscant or en route from Vallt before that...how does Krennic feel about the child (whose name he either doesn't bother to remember, or more likely—considering how good his memory is—he doesn't wish to be seen to care that much about...why?); does he interact with her at all? He doesn't interact with children much (at all?) other than her, so is he rather uncomfortable with an infant? 3. In canon, Krennic doesn't interact with Jyn at all on Lah'mu. But how about an AU...either where Krennic captures her as well as her father (and perhaps mother), or maybe where she's found/spotted and they interact, but then somehow Lyra or Galen helps her escape (perhaps Krennic goes along with it because he thinks it will help in his future manipulations of Galen). Art - Krennic uncomfortably holding baby!Jyn; or insert Jyn into the faceoff on Lah'mu (perhaps as part of the AU I described above).
Thrawn Trilogy (& Hand of Thrawn Duology)
  • Jorj Car'das & Talon Karrde - Maybe something long before the Thrawn books, back when Karrde is only Car'das' lieutenant...we've never really seen him in a position of subordination and it would be interesting to see how he takes orders (I suspect Karrde is more like Mara than, say, Aves, in that regard, following the spirit rather than the letter of his instructions). Or something as Karrde takes over Car'das' organization...from how nervous he seems about their relationship even long afterwards in the Hand of Thrawn books, he must have been quite nervous during the takeover even if he didn't dare let anybody else see. Art -  Car'das showing off some part of his house to Karrde, like the datacard library. (Maybe spoof the Beauty & the Beast library scene in some way?)
  • Talon Karrde & Leia Organa - They both have their own goals they're working towards (which sometimes mostly align with the other's and sometimes do not), but they respect each other. I'm thinking of the scene where Karrde's not being allowed to land on Coruscant due to the asteroid blockade, and he and Leia kind of respectfully manipulate each other into a situation of mutual benefit. Perhaps after Karrde gets his Smugglers' Alliance going, there's another time where he and Leia need to respectfully negotiate and end up both coming out ahead. Or a completely different prompt: what if they're at some fancy New Republic shindig that Mara & Luke are also at, and both Karrde & Leia realize at the same time that Mara & Luke are attracted to each other? How do they react? Art - Karrde and Leia interacting at a New Republic party, both all dressed up but not relaxing because this a working occasion and they have things to accomplish. Or if you had any ideas for an illustration of the asteroid blockade scene I mentioned above (although I suspect it would be a challenge since they're in completely different places).
  • Mara Jade & Talon Karrde - They worked together for a long time and respected each other's skills. Karrde lets Mara get away with things (like starting up the ship & blowing their cover) that he wouldn't let other subordinates do because he trusts that she has a good reason for what she does. If you want, push this trust to the limits & have them figure out where those limits are. Or just give them a rollicking adventure being competent smugglers together. [For expansion of this prompt, see my Yuletide 2016 letter.] Art - maybe something actiony (a shootout in a cantina?) or together on the bridge of the Wild Karrde. If you wanted to illustrate a scene from the novels, I'd really like to see anything from the sequence where Mara and Luke rescue Karrde on the Chimaera (ch. 22-23 of Dark Force Rising). Or Mara's very first scene where she's introduced as a character, in ch. 3 of Heir to the Empire.
  • Mara Jade/Talon Karrde - All of the above, with just a push to take it AU! Not something I would have ever wanted to happen in canon (I really like Luke/Mara), but I'd enjoy seeing it explored in fic. I'm thinking of this more in terms of an AU, with Karrde's and Mara's lives taking a different direction, but I also would be interested in seeing Karrde-and-Skywalker-as-romantic-rivals. Everything I wrote above & in my Yuletide 2016 letter still applies here. Art - basically the same prompts as above, but with a bit more touching...holding hands, a hand on a shoulder or waist, perhaps an embrace (that last one probably just for the prompt where they're on the bridge, unless it's a really boring cantina fight...).
  • Mara Jade/Luke Skywalker - The old standby...this was one of my first favorite ships more than a decade ago. I'd love to see a glimpse of them on a mission together, snarking while taking out all the bad guys. Or maybe an undercover mission, where the whole goal is not to have to take out any bad guys (but of course they end up having to anyway...) Art - Back-to-back with lightsabers, or safe on Coruscant looking out at the city at night with their arms around each other. 
  • Shada D'ukal/Talon Karrde - In Vision of the Future, their relationship is left at ~Karrde: "And my relationship with Shada is nothing like that."/Han: "Neither was mine. That's okay. Give it time."~ How much time does it take before Karrde and Shada actually admit that there's more than a relationship of coworkers there? (Far longer than it takes for it to be obvious to everyone else, I suspect.) Also, we've seen most of their burgeoning relationship (as coworkers, but pretty obviously headed towards something more) through Shada's eyes, so perhaps Karrde's perspective on some of it. Or it might be fun to see the newly engaged Luke and Mara's perspective...did they see this coming, or are they surprised and wonder why Shada, of all the people Karrde could have chosen? Are they trying to encourage the relationship because they think it will help Karrde deal with Mara finally fully quitting her job, or are they worried and try to meddle in the relationship? Art - I really like the idea of one of them gazing at the other (maybe they're thinking about how much the other person is coming to mean to them) while the other person goes about their normal day-to-day duties, maybe not having noticed the watcher yet.
Thrawn Trilogy/The Force Awakens
  • Mara Jade & Rey - My favorite character from the old "sequel trilogy" and my probable favorite character from the new canonical one. And I think they'd totally get along if they met. They're both self-sufficient women who can handle a lot of situations...so what situation will you throw them into? :-) You could handle this either as a crossover (e.g. the Jade Fire gets pulled into a wormhole that takes it into an alternate universe) or a fusion (Mara Jade exists in Rey's universe, she's just never met Luke Skywalker. Or maybe she has; I mean, that island at the end of TFA has lots of room for more than one person...). Art - Mara teaching Rey how to use a lightsaber (either young or adult Rey...I have no idea what the context on this would be, but who cares...); or in the Mara-never-met-Luke fusion universe, Mara buying scavenged parts on Jakku (either directly from Rey, or Rey ends up in the picture for some other reason).
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Worldbuilding Exchange 2017

Dear Worldbuilder,

(If black-on-white is easier to read, I have an otherwise identical version of this letter in Google Docs.)

Thank you for writing, drawing, or otherwise making something for me! Writing this letter has made me very excited about all of these prompts so I can say with certainty that I am really looking forward to reading or viewing whatever you make for me.

This is rather a different exchange from what I'm used to. It took me a while to get my head around exactly what worldbuilding entails, but the more I figured it out, the more I got really excited for the exchange. :-) This is also the first time I've requested fanart in an exchange. I hope my prompts for it are satisfactory, as I've never done that before. (And a note: I only requested fanart for the fandoms I felt I could come up with prompts for, but art treats are welcome for all my fandoms.)

For each worldbuilding tag, I've given general thoughts on it with ideas and questions that I think could apply to any sort of fanwork. For some, I've also given prompts for each type of fanwork in case you need more specific ideas, but feel free to ignore any and all specific prompts. Also, if I specified a prompt as being for one type of fanwork but it gives you an idea for one of the other types of fanwork, go right ahead. I'm just throwing as much as I can out there in hopes that something will stick and spark an idea. :-)

As I understand it, fanfic is something with plot whereas in-universe meta is along the lines of "found documents". And then art can range from either also along the lines of "found documents" to the more usual illustration sort of art as long as it incorporates worldbuilding elements. So that's the understanding I'm coming from as I try (more or less successfully) to come up with prompts for the different fanwork types. On the other hand, I certainly wouldn't mind fanworks that blur the lines between the categories either (e.g. illustrated fanfic, found documents that communicate a plot, documents that are half art, etc.).

Feel free to combine multiple prompts within one tag or from separate tags within the same fandom if they seem to you to fit together well.

Things I am definitely okay with if you wish to use them:
I am equally okay with them not being used; I'm just listing them because I know they aren't universally liked & I wanted to make it clear they are okay.
Original characters, including inventing children/other relatives for canonical characters. (Even for the couple of fandoms where I only requested named characters, I don't mind if original characters have a large role; and for the other fandoms, canon characters needn't show up at all.)
Tenses and viewpoints other than the default third person past tense.
Experimental or unusual formats.

general dislikes:
sexual content (for textual fanworks- kissing or fade to black is A-OK, but I'd prefer if nothing more than that happens "on screen"; for visual fanworks- put the cutoff at whatever would be considered appropriate conduct in public for the applicable time period.)

fanfic likes: 
happy/hopeful endings, smart people interacting, people being competent and appreciating others' competency
fanfic dislikes: people acting out-of-character, non-canonical major character death, problems that could be solved if everybody just sat down and talked to each other, characters being embarrassed

in-universe meta likes: throwaway references & allusions
in-universe meta dislikes: don't know of any :-)

please ignore my art likes/dislikes if it's going to cramp your style; they're just to give you a general idea of my tastes but they definitely aren't hard and fast
art likes: muted color palettes (e.g. Alan Lee's LotR art), sketchy/blurred look (I'm sure there's a more specific art word for this, but the kind of thing that results from sketching with charcoal or soft graphite, or using watercolors or pastels)
art dislikes: neon color palettes, an emphasis on the color orange, geometricness with lots of sharp angles (obviously this last bit should definitely be ignored where Flatland is involved)

If you get stuck on your assignment and want to check out one of my other fandoms, three of the fandoms can be easily accessed online. Flatland (etext on Wikisource or Gutenberg) is probably the fastest to pick up; it's only ~36k although you also have to allow time to twist your brain around the weird concepts. :-) The Scarlet Pimpernel is ~85k of historical fiction (etext on Gutenberg); it has sequels but the first book is enough for most of my requests. And then there's the Kittens Game, where the main issue is that you'll accidentally get completely hooked once you click that link, and lose the next 2 or 3 days to building Libraries and researching Astronomy and trading with Nagas (not that I had that happen while I was innocently browsing the tagset, no sirree...)


Flatland - Edwin A. Abbott
No characters; Original Woman
fanart; fanfic; in-universe meta

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Harry Potter - Wizarding World (request #1)
Filius Flitwick; Hermione Granger; Luna Lovegood; Minerva McGonagall; Severus Snape
fanart; fanfic; in-universe meta

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Harry Potter - Wizarding World (request #2)

Minerva McGonagall; Molly Weasley; Original Character(s)
fanfic; in-universe meta

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Kittens Game (Video Game)
No Characters; Original Kitten Scholar
fanart; fanfic; in-universe meta

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Middle Earth - J. R. R. Tolkien
Elrond; Original Archivist Character
fanfic; in-universe meta

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Oxford Time Travel Universe - Connie Willis
(All nominated characters:) Badri Chaudhuri; Elizabeth Bittner; James Dunworthy; No Characters; Original Cat; Original Character(s); Original Historian
fanart; fanfic; in-universe meta

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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)
Galen Erso
fanfic; in-universe meta

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The Scarlet Pimpernel - Baroness Orczy
(All nominated characters:) Andrew Ffoulkes; Armand Chauvelin; Marguerite Blakeney; No Characters; Original Character(s); Percy Blakeney; The Prince of Wales
fanart; fanfic; in-universe meta

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Star Wars Legends: Thrawn Trilogy - Timothy Zahn
Mara Jade; Talon Karrde
fanfic; in-universe meta

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Chocolate Box 2017

Dear Chocolate Box writer,

Thank you for writing a story for me! I'm really looking forward to it.

I'll be reusing prompts from assorted past letters, so don't worry: any difference in request length is definitely not indicative of how much I like the fandom...the most it would mean is that I've requested the fandom before and had lots of text available to copy/paste. :-)

likes: happy/hopeful endings, smart people interacting, people being competent and appreciating others' competency, crossovers
dislikes: people acting out-of-character, non-canonical major character death, problems that could be solved if everybody just sat down and talked to each other, characters being embarrassed, character studies where nothing at all happens, sexual content (kissing or fade to black is A-OK, but I'd prefer if nothing more than that happens "on screen")

If you're interested in writing me a crossover, here is a list of almost all the fandoms I'm familiar with. Any of them is totally fair game for a crossover as far as I'm concerned! (And of course there's all the lovely crossover pairings listed below as well.)

Feel free to combine multiple prompts if you wish.

Some of these relationships, especially the crossover ones, would be difficult to set up in 300 words. If you want, it would be fine to skip the setup and explanation of how the crossovered characters ended up in the same universe (or how the noncanonical couple ended up together), and skip straight to the characters interacting. (Which is not to say that I am at all opposed to a slow setup if you have the time & space for it...I just want to make sure you don't feel obliged since this exchange has such a short minimum.)


And now on to the fandoms, in alphabetical order...

Crossover Fandom
  • Agent 86 (Get Smart) & Simon Illyan (Vorkosigan) - Illyan is my favorite Vorkosigan character, and I am a bad person for saddling him with 86 when he already has to deal with Miles. I'm assuming 86 works for ImpSec, but no matter where he is I'm sure he gives Illyan headaches just as bad as the Chief's.
  • Agent 99 (Get Smart) & Peggy Carter (Agent Carter) - Female agents working together! If 86 doesn't get in the way, maybe they'll even get something accomplished! Maybe either a mission fic or Peggy coming to visit 99 at the Smarts' home?
  • Edmund Pevensie (Narnia) & Lord Peter Wimsey -  I'd be interested either in a crossover (timelines would make this most likely post-Wimsey books since those are set 1920s-1935 & Narnia is 1940-1940) or a fusion involving the Narnian/Calormene/whatever counterpart of Wimsey. Perhaps Edmund (either in England or Narnia) consults Wimsey for his help in solving a mystery. If they're in England, it would be interesting if you could bring in Narnian elements (e.g. Edmund has lived longer than his age indicates; do circumstances lead him to need to tell Wimsey about Narnia & if so does he belive him?). If in Narnia (or in surrounding lands) I'd look forward to seeing what's different and what's the same about a Narnian analog of Wimsey. [Feel free to bring in other characters; some of my favorites would be the other Pevensies & Bunter, Parker, St George, and Harriet.]
  • Edmund Pevensie (Narnia) & Rupert Psmith (Wodehouse) - We always see the Pevensies on school holidays and we see a lot of Psmith at school. Does Edmund go to school with Psmith? Or do they run into each other on a train? Does Edmund tell Psmith about Narnia, and if so, how does Psmith take it? If not, how does he feel pretending to have normal interaction (or as normal as it can be when Psmith is involved) while having such a big secret? (The Psmith books were written a few decades earlier than Narnia; I'm picturing doing a bit of handwaving & having them be the same age, but if you'd rather not do that you could also have Psmith be an adult teacher at Edmund's school.)
  • Loki (MCU) & Edmund Pevensie (Narnia) - Saw this in the tagset and thought it sounded like fun! Both of these characters have traveled between worlds, so you have lots of options for where to set this. These characters both start out a bit unhappy and jealous of their older siblings, but whereas Edmund repents after his big mistake (and is given the option of doing so through Aslan saving him from the White Witch), Loki does not seem to repent, nor does his family seem to offer him as much forgiveness as Edmund receives; but he also ends up in worse circumstances, with Thanos et al., and didn't necessarily have the opportunity Edmund had. It would be interesting to look at how much of the direction they went was because of their innate character vs. their circumstances; perhaps this would involve them being thrown together in some situation where they need to work together and arguing about how they should solve the situation, or perhaps one of them is magicked into the other's situation and horrifies the other with how totally differently they handle those circumstances? Just a bit of brainstorming, feel free to take it in completely different directions if you prefer...
  • Neal Caffrey & Peter Burke (White Collar) & Parker & Eliot Spencer & Alec Hardison (Leverage) ...or...
  • Neal Caffrey (White Collar) & Parker (Leverage) ...or...
  • (or I'd also be interested in any subset of the above that includes Neal & at least one member of the Leverage team) - I must admit I've only seen half of the first season of Leverage (will get around to the rest eventually), but I've read several crossovers of it with White Collar and I really like the dynamic that bringing in the Leverage characters gives to White Collar. I'm thinking either something pre-White Collar where Neal and whoever end up stealing/forging/whatever the same thing, or during White Collar where some crime the Leverage team commits comes to Peter's and Neal's attention. [Other notes: I totally don't mind if you reference stuff from later seasons of Leverage, as long as you don't mind that I won't pick up on it until I'm rereading the story years from now after finishing watching the series. :-) If you want to include other characters: I'm not really familiar with anybody outside the Leverage team (but I don't mind you including characters I'm not familiar with); in White Collar I'm not a big fan of Sara Ellis; I'd love to see El and/or Satchmo show up.]
  • Neal Caffrey (White Collar) & Ben Gates (National Treasure) - Somebody who likes stealing things but sometimes tries not to, with somebody who doesn't want to steal stuff but somehow ends up needing to. Does Ben recruit Neal to help him forge something? (The Declaration of Independence? A page from the President's super-secret book?) Do they know each other from way back but Ben was always the "crime is bad" one, and Neal thinks he's a total hypocrite when he hears about the Declaration heist?
  • Peggy Carter (Agent Carter) & Della Street (Perry Mason) - Ooh, more competent-women-being-competent-together! Not sure how the timing is going to work out on this one; you can either have Peggy be way older or I'm fine with you just picking a decade to set it in with both characters being the same age. (FYI, the Perry Mason novels go back to the '30s, so if you like sticking with canon that's probably the easiest way to fuse them.) Maybe Peggy has something come up in her personal life & doesn't want S.H.I.E.L.D. involved/finding out so she hires Mason and meets Della that way. Or perhaps Della & Peggy became friends at some point (penpals growing up? better explanation that I haven't come up with yet?) and now that they're adults they meet up once in a while but struggle with not being able to talk about what's happening at work. [If their relationships come up: I kind of ship Della/Perry but please tread lightly around the power differential. If you'd rather ship Della with somebody else, whether OC or in either fandom, that is totally okay as well. I don't really ship Peggy/Sousa, but if you want to that's okay b/c it seems to be the going ship (but keep it in the background). Peggy/Cap is of course awesome and I also like Peggy/Wilkes.] I am familiar with both the Perry Mason novels and the TV show. I have not seen the 2nd half of season 2 of Agent Carter.
  • Rey (Star Wars) & Mara Jade (Star Wars: Legends) - My favorite character from the old "sequel trilogy" and my probable favorite character from the new canonical one. And I think they'd totally get along if they met. They're both self-sufficient women who can handle a lot of situations...so what situation will you throw them into? :-) You could handle this either as a crossover (e.g. the Jade Fire gets pulled into a wormhole that takes it into an alternate universe) or a fusion (Mara Jade exists in Rey's universe, she's just never met Luke Skywalker).
     
Harry Potter - J. K. Rowling
I read these all in one week (okay, 9 days) my junior year of college and have been a fan ever since. I've read a lot of fic in it but I've only requested it once before in an exchange, 'cause I usually do small-fandom exchanges. Snape's my favorite character and Neville my second favorite, as might be apparent from my requests.

When I requested the same relationship as either & or /, I've combined it into one paragraph so I don't repeat myself too much.
  • Charity Burbage & Severus Snape (Rowling) ...or...
  • Charity Burbage/Severus Snape (Rowling) - Maybe it was only because she was all out of options, but for whatever reason, Burbage thought it was worthwhile to ask Snape for help right before she was going to die. Was there a background between them that led her to think so? I'd like to see them as coworkers and perhaps friends in the years prior to that, maybe developing into romance (if you're taking the shippy route). I would not be opposed to an AU where Charity survives if you wanted to go in that direction. What if Snape had blown his cover & answered her question? Could he have saved her?
  • Poppy Pomfrey & Severus Snape (Rowling) ...or...
  • Poppy Pomfrey/Severus Snape (Rowling) - Considering Snape seems to help with potions and such at the school, it seems likely that these two would end up working together. I'd particularly like to see something where they had a pre-existing friendship/relationship that is tested by differing opinions over the Carrows in Year 7, with Snape feeling that he's already risking enough and Pomfrey (dealing with so many injured students) wanting him to do more. Or, if you want to go earlier...does Snape hold the fact that Pomfrey used to help Lupin when he was a student against her? How does that affect their friendship/relationship now that they're both working at Hogwarts?
  • Filius Flitwick & Severus Snape (Rowling) - Two heads of house who we don't see interacting much. I think Snape would respect Flitwick since he's presumably pretty intelligent as the head of Ravenclaw house. Not sure whether we know what Flitwick thinks of Snape; we don't really see that much of Flitwick as far as I can recall. The main incident that comes to mind of them interacting is when they kind of ganged up on Lockhart. It might be fun to see their shared scornful opinions of some of the lower-quality teachers that Hogwarts seems to attract. Another thing that would be interesting would be stuff set during seventh year, with struggling with keeping secrets on Snape's side and trying to decide how collegial (or not) to be on Flitwick's side; I also wouldn't mind Flitwick (or others of the professors) figuring out that Snape's not as much their enemy as he seems.
  • Neville Longbottom & Luna Lovegood (Rowling) ...or...
  • Neville Longbottom/Luna Lovegood (Rowling) - I really like seeing these two interact, whether as friends or as more than that. Of all the characters in Harry's generation, I think they're the ones I have the most in common with. If you're writing their relationship as gen, I'm equally okay either if you want to write them as pre-relationship, if you want to have them both be with the characters Rowling has said they ended up with, or if you don't mention romantic relationships at all. If you're going shippy, I'd enjoy seeing their very first steps in their relationship, but scenes from an established relationship would also be great. I'd really like something either during year 7, keeping the DA going without Harry; or after the war navigating life outside of school.
 
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Thorne & Rowling
I'm not sure whether I consider Cursed Child canon, as opposed to classifying it as, say, an alternate universe or 'one way things could have gone'...but then I've always leaned a bit EWE/things go AU somewhere in books 5-7 anyway. Regardless, I really enjoyed reading this play.
  • Hermione Granger & Severus Snape (Cursed Child) - I like that in Act 3, scenes 5-9 we get to see good-guy!Snape not having to pretend to be something he's not, which we don't really get to see more than a couple glimpses of in canon. He's still not nice, but he's an intelligent and intriguing character and I was disappointed he wasn't around longer. Snape and Hermione (and Ron, whom you're welcome to include) seem to have been working together for quite a while when we meet them, and I think they respect each other despite the bickering Scene 6 opens with. Maybe something as they end up working together or while they're working from the shadows. Possible prompts: In this universe, how does Hermione find out that Snape's a good guy? How did Snape survive the Battle of Hogwarts with his life and cover intact? Does Snape willingly reveal his love for Lily or is it found out some other way? How do Snape & Hermione end up on a first name basis? Character death is okay (and perhaps unavoidable) for this request but I'd like it if you could keep it hopeful despite that.

Oxford Time Travel Universe - Connie Willis
I really like reading about history so you'd think that'd be why I love these books. And it certainly doesn't hurt, but as it happens, it's the characters that really made me fall in love with them.
  • Mary Ahrens & Colin Templer - We don't get to see them interacting very much, and obviously from the muffler she doesn't know a lot about young boys, but I still suspect that at the beginning of Doomsday Book, Mary Ahrens is one of the most positive influences in Colin's life. I'd like to see something at any point in their life, whether when he's a little kid wishing his mom could be more like his great-aunt (if that's the case), or during Doomsday Book wishing his great-aunt wasn't so busy, or after the book looking back and reflecting on their relationship.
  • Kivrin Engle & Colin Templer - We don't see these characters together much in the books, but they're both Dunworthy's proteges and would probably end up interacting. I'd be equally interested in something set soon after Doomsday Book (spending time with each other because few others will understand what they experienced), or something further in the future (does Kivrin advise Colin on his educational decisions? does he confide in her about his crush/feelings for Polly?)
  • Mr Goode/Merope Ward - We mostly see them interacting during Blackout, and by the time we see them together at the end of All Clear it's clear there's something more there. I'd like to see that "something more" developing, whether in letters while he's away, or perhaps seeing his perspective on some of their earlier interactions. Or on a completely different tangent, something far after the war, perhaps dealing with Binnie & Alf's teenage/college hijinks or worrying about how they're going to react to a new sister or brother. Another idea: does Mr. Goode know Merope is a time-traveller? When does he guess/find out?
  • Polly Churchill/Colin Templer - I'd like to see Colin and Polly after Blackout/All Clear, figuring out how to handle the out-of-orderness of their relationship. I do think they both care for each other...I don't want to see Polly feeling trapped into a relationship out of gratitude; Polly feeling overwhelmed and acting like she doesn't care for him because she doesn't know how to handle all that's happened, on the other hand, would be something I'd love to read (although I'd really like if it ends on a brighter note because I'm a sucker for happy endings). [See my Yuletide 2016 letter for expansion of this prompt.] Dealing with all of the above would obviously be a bit much for 300 words, so maybe just pick a moment or two out of their burgeoning relationship and show me that! 
 
Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
Both of my requests for this fandom are non-canonical ships where at least some attraction/interest exists in canon. Show me what would have been different if these characters had ended up together! Perhaps they live happily ever after...or perhaps things would have gone horribly and they're very lucky it didn't actually work out that way for them in the book.
  • Elizabeth Bennet/Colonel Fitzwilliam - In canon, these two like each other but know that marriage would not be wise so they never seriously consider it. In your AU, what causes this thinking to change? Perhaps a misunderstanding leads to a situation where they have to marry for propriety's sake, perhaps Colonel Fitzwilliam gains a fortune and pursues her (do he & his cousin end up as romantic rivals?), or perhaps (in a world where Mr. Darcy married someone else for whatever reason) they eventually tire of looking for other options and end up together. Although I usually prefer happy endings, you don't have to give them one if that's not how you see their relationship working out. (Although happy endings are great too!) Or if you want to break them up to put the canonical Elizabeth/Darcy back together, I wouldn't mind that either. In other words, whatever direction you want to take their relationship in, as long as it's further than it got in canon, would be of interest to me.
  • Mary Bennet/William Collins - I've long thought that Mr. Collins would have had much more luck if he'd just tried once more after striking out on the first two Bennet sisters. I mean, asking him to read more sermons or whatever is totally Mary's way of flirting, right? Any point in their relationship would be of interest to me...the proposal, her sisters' reaction, reading books together after they're married, Elizabeth visiting them when they're living near Rosings, a first child...

Star Wars Legends: Thrawn Trilogy - Timothy Zahn
Zahn's books hit a lot of tropes I like, with plots that don't rely on anybody doing anything dumb, and lots of Chessmaster characters. For all of these, you can either stick with the EU as we knew it before Ep. VII came out, or you can do any sort of fusion you wish with the world of Ep. VII. (e.g. Luke's & Leia's lives can go the direction they go in the EU or the direction they go in what is now canon, and the original-to-the-EU characters can exist in the now-canonical universe or they can stay in the universe they're in).
 
All of these relationships epitomize that "smart people interacting with smart people" and "people being competent and appreciating others' competency" tropes I mentioned above under my likes, so feel free to play those up as much as you want.
  • Mara Jade & Leia Organa (Thrawn Trilogy) - Their respect for each other grows throughout the Thrawn Trilogy. They're different women with very different life trajectories, but they get past that and respect each other for who she is. Of course it doesn't help Leia that Mara keeps threatening to kill her brother. How does she get past that? I can't remember if they've ever been on a ship together just (or almost) the two of them, so that might be interesting to see.
  • Mara Jade & Talon Karrde (Thrawn Trilogy) - They worked together for a long time and respected each other's skills. Karrde lets Mara get away with things (like starting up the ship & blowing their cover) that he wouldn't let other subordinates do because he trusts that she has a good reason for what she does. If you want, push this trust to the limits & have them figure out where those limits are. Or just give them a rollicking adventure being competent smugglers together. [For expansion of this prompt, see my Yuletide 2016 letter.]
  • Mara Jade/Talon Karrde (Thrawn Trilogy) - All of the above, with just a push to take it AU! Not something I would have ever wanted to happen in canon (I really like Luke/Mara), but I'd enjoy seeing it explored in fic. I'm thinking of this more in terms of an AU, with Karrde's and Mara's lives taking a different direction, but I also wouldn't mind seeing Karrde-and-Skywalker-as-romantic-rivals. Everything I wrote above & in my Yuletide 2016 letter still applies here.
  • Talon Karrde & Luke Skywalker (Thrawn Trilogy) - Again with the very different people respecting each other. I'd like to see Karrde's perspective on the Jedi, coming to think of him as a person & then as a friend after originally just thinking of him as this famous warrior that oops we have to take prisoner. Or for a different prompt, how does Karrde feel about Luke (eventually) stealing away his right-hand woman?

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Yuletide 2016

Dear Yuletide Author,

Thank you so much for writing a story for me! All of these fandoms are ones I really enjoy, so no matter which you matched on, I am extremely excited to receive a story in it!

Three of the four fandoms I'm requesting this year are ones I requested last year and in other past exchanges; I'll be recycling parts of those old requests to save time, & feel free to look at my old letters as my tastes haven't changed much for any of these fandoms.

likes: happy/hopeful endings, smart people interacting, people being competent and appreciating others' competency, crossovers, plottiness
dislikes: people acting out-of-character, non-canonical major character death, problems that could be solved if everybody just sat down and talked to each other, characters being embarrassed, sexual content (kissing or fade to black is fine with me, but I'd prefer if nothing more than that happens "on screen")

To expand a bit more on a couple of the above likes/dislikes (trying to keep this shorter than it's ballooned to in past years, but it's hard...)

Crossover-wise, here is a list of all the fandoms I am familiar with that I could think of. I'll mention a few crossover ideas specific to each fandom below, but seriously, when it comes to crossovers, I'm open to anything.

Anything from fluffy fluff to plotty epics is great. I'm not big on character studies where absolutely nothing happens, but I don't need very much to happen.

I tend to prefer lighter-rated stuff, PG or below. I mostly write gen and I would love to receive it, but I also like lightweight het...preferably canon relationships (with one exception below). Anyway, the fandoms I picked definitely aren’t known for having any explicit content, so hopefully you weren’t exactly planning on writing anything R-rated anyway. As far as other things that could increase a story’s rating, I’m also not big on bad language but I love action scenes. You needn’t take too much of a lead from the G-ratedness of my own fic: I still haven’t managed to ever write characters even kissing, but that doesn’t mean I object to reading a kiss in fanfic.

If you get stuck on the fandom you matched on and want to check out one of the others, White Christmas and Golden Gate will take you the least amount of time. White Christmas can be rented on Youtube or presumably elsewhere; Golden Gate is $2 on Kindle. The other two are multi-book series, but I can assure you they're worth the time if you have it available. :-) They should be available at any decent library or bookstore.

Oh, and related to the different challenges on the Yuletide comm, I wouldn't mind at all receiving a Misses Clause story as long as it included all my requested characters; none of my prompts are particularly suited to passing the Bechdel Test but their wider definition of "write women" gives you a number of openings. I would love to receive a YuMaDrIn treat. On the other hand, Crueltide and Yuleporn aren't my cup of tea. And lastly, I do enjoy Christmas stories.

Now on to the fandoms, in alphabetical order:

The Golden Gate - Alistair MacLean
Any

"[Revson]'s no hothead. His mind is as near ice-cold as any man's can be. I also forgot to say that he's highly intelligent, very ingenious and extremely resourceful."

"Then he's a hand-picked man?" Newson said. Hagenbach nodded. "You hand-picked him?" Again the nod. "So he's the best in the business?"

"I can't say. You know the size of our organization. I can't possibly know all the field agents. He's just the best I happen to know."


The Golden Gate, p. 117

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Oxford Time Travel Universe - Connie Willis
Colin Templer, Polly Churchill

"I'm not going anywhere without you," he said, and the shimmer brightened to a white-hot flame.

All Clear, p. 637

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Star Wars Legends: Thrawn Trilogy - Timothy Zahn
Mara Jade, Talon Karrde

[Mara] regarded [Karrde] thoughtfully. "What was all that business about capital starships?"

"You heard everything that was said."

"I know. I was talking about your reaction to it."

He grimaced to himself. "I'd hoped it wasn't that obvious."

"It wasn't."


Heir to the Empire, p. 239

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White Christmas (1954)
Judy Haynes, Phil Davis

"What is this, the best two outta three?"

"I guess I got carried away."

"Yeah, she carried me right with her, I don't weigh very much."


White Christmas, the end of my favorite scene

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GenEx 2016

Dear GenEx writer,

I mostly write gen and would read a higher percentage of it if there was more of it out there, so this seems like the perfect exchange for me. :-)

likes: happy/hopeful endings, smart people interacting, people being competent and respecting competency in others, crossovers, plottiness
dislikes: people acting out-of-character, major character death, problems that could be solved if everybody just sat down and talked to each other, characters being embarrassed, sexual content

I'm writing this in the middle of the night & don't want to wake everybody up tracking down books, so apologies if there are any minor canonical errors due to my writing the prompts off the top of my head or with no more than wiki consultation.

All of the fandoms I'm requesting are ones I have been into for a while & really like, so no matter which one you matched on, I'm very excited to read a story in it! In (almost) alphabetical order:

Crossover Fandom

Starting off with some rather wacky combos...
 
  • Agent 86 (Get Smart) & Simon Illyan (Vorkosigan) - Illyan is my favorite Vorkosigan character, and I am a bad person for saddling him with 86 when he already has to deal with Miles. I'm assuming 86 works for ImpSec, but no matter where he is I'm sure he gives Illyan headaches just as bad as the Chief's.
  • Agent 99 (Get Smart) & Peggy Carter (Agent Carter) - Female agents working together! If 86 doesn't get in the way, maybe they'll even get something accomplished! Maybe either a mission fic or Peggy coming to visit 99 at the Smarts' home?
  • Edmund Pevensie (Narnia) & Psmith - We always see the Pevensies on school holidays and we see a lot of Psmith at school. Does Edmund go to school with Psmith? Or do they run into each other on a train? Does Edmund tell Psmith about Narnia, and if so, how does Psmith take it? If not, how does he feel pretending to have normal interaction (or as normal as it can be when Psmith is involved) while having such a big secret? (The Psmith books were written a few decades earlier than Narnia; I'm picturing doing a bit of handwaving & having them be the same age, but if you'd rather not do that you could also have Psmith be an adult teacher at Edmund's school.)
  • Mara Jade (Star Wars Legends) & Rey (Star Wars ST) - My favorite character from the old "sequel trilogy" and my probable favorite character from the new canonical one. And I think they'd totally get along if they met. They're both self-sufficient women who can handle a lot of situations...so what situation will you throw them into? :-) You could handle this either as a crossover (e.g. the Jade Fire gets pulled into a wormhole that takes it into an alternate universe) or a fusion (Mara Jade exists in Rey's universe, she's just never met Luke Skywalker).
  • Neal Caffrey (White Collar) & Ben Gates (National Treasure) - Somebody who likes stealing things but sometimes tries not to, with somebody who doesn't want to steal stuff but somehow ends up needing to. Does Ben recruit Neal to help him forge something? (The Declaration of Independence? A page from the President's super-secret book?) Do they know each other from way back but Ben was always the "crime is bad" one, and Neal thinks he's a total hypocrite when he hears about the Declaration heist?
  • Peggy Carter (Agent Carter) & Della Street (Perry Mason) - Ooh, more competent-women-being-competent-together! Not sure how the timing is going to work out on this one; you can either have Peggy be way older or I'm fine with you just picking a decade to set it in with both characters being the same age. (FYI, the Perry Mason novels go back to the '30s, so if you like sticking with canon that's probably the easiest way to fuse them.) Maybe Peggy has something come up in her personal life & doesn't want S.H.I.E.L.D. involved/finding out so she hires Mason and meets Della that way. Or perhaps Della & Peggy became friends at some point (penpals growing up? better explanation that I haven't come up with yet?) and now that they're adults they meet up once in a while but struggle with not being able to talk about what's happening at work. [If their relationships come up: I kind of ship Della/Perry but please tread lightly around the power differential. If you'd rather ship Della with somebody else, whether OC or in either fandom, that is totally okay as well. I don't really ship Peggy/Sousa, but if you want to that's okay b/c it seems to be the going ship (but keep it in the background). Peggy/Cap is of course awesome and I also like Peggy/Wilkes.] I am familiar with both the Perry Mason novels and the TV show.
     
 
Chronicles of Narnia - C. S. Lewis

 
All of my prompts include my favorite character, Edmund the Just. He did a terrible thing in the first book but then managed to come back from that and be a wiser person because of it. I'd like to see something after that point, showing how Narnia has given him more inner maturity and a better relationship with his siblings. I'd particularly like something set in England post-Dawn Treader, perhaps even during The Last Battle (that fateful traintrip?).
  • Edmund Pevensie & Eustace Scrubb - When they return to England, Eustace is a lot more mature than when he left. How does this affect his relationship with Edmund? How does the fact that they both know Edmund will never return but Eustace probably will affect their relationship on both sides? Would also be interested in their interactions as a subset of the Seven Friends of Narnia (e.g. when the group agrees that Eustace & Jill are to go back, how do Edmund & Eustace each feel about this decision).
  • Edmund Pevensie & Lucy Pevensie - In the second book, Edmund is the first one to believe Lucy, and a lot of this is because he feels guilty about lying about her before. As they get older, does he continue to feel like he needs to make this up to her at all? Also, when Peter and Susan are told they can't return but Edmund and Lucy know they might, how does this shared knowledge affect their relationship?
  • Edmund Pevensie & Susan Pevensie - Susan has been interpreted different ways as a character. I've heard people criticize Lewis for damning Susan from Narnia over lipstick, but I always thought the cause-and-effect were the other way round: that she rejected Narnia because she had other priorities—going out with boys, presumably, although that could also be unreliable narration—and probably also because she found it hard to believe in Narnia when she wasn't actually there. I'd like to see Edmund & Susan interacting somewhere in the gap of years where she makes this transition. It must be painful for Edmund to see Susan reject something so important for something he thinks is a much lower priority, while on Susan's side it's hard for her to see her brother (& the rest of their family) insisting on believing something she doesn't think is real, & maybe pushing her brother to lighten up & go on a few dates. If you want to write something less fraught, another thing that would be fun to see would be Edmund & Susan plotting together to escape Rabadash (in The Horse & His Boy).

Harry Potter - J. K. Rowling

I read these all in one week (okay, 9 days) my junior year of college and have been a fan ever since. I've read a lot of fic in it but I don't think I've requested it in an exchange before, 'cause I usually do small-fandom exchanges. Snape's my favorite character and Neville my second favorite, as is probably apparent from my requests.
  • Augusta Longbottom & Neville Longbottom - They were pushed into a different relationship than most grandparents/grandchildren due to tragedy. I'd like to see either or both of their perspectives looking back on this after Neville is an adult. (Also, how does Augusta feel about Neville's transition from being shy & clumsy to one of the heroes of the second war against Voldemort?)
  • Charity Burbage & Severus Snape - Maybe it was only because she was all out of options, but for whatever reason, Burbage thought it was worthwhile to ask Snape for help right before she was going to die. Was there a background between them that led her to think so? I'd like to see them as coworkers and perhaps friends in the years prior to that. (I would not be opposed to an AU where Charity survives if you wanted to go in that direction. What if Snape had blown his cover & answered her question? Could he have saved her?) By the way, I do not like the way the "Severus, please" line is altered in the movie to add "We're friends." Not a big deal and I'm not sure why it bugs me, but I thought I'd mention it.
  • Filius Flitwick & Severus Snape - Two heads of house who we don't see interacting much. I think Snape would respect Flitwick since he's presumably pretty intelligent as the head of Ravenclaw house. Not sure whether we know what Flitwick thinks of Snape; we don't really see that much of Flitwick as far as I can recall. The main incident that comes to mind of them interacting is when they kind of ganged up on Lockhart. It might be fun to see their shared scornful opinions of some of the lower-quality teachers that Hogwarts seems to attract. Another thing that would be interesting would be stuff set during seventh year, with struggling with keeping secrets on Snape's side and trying to decide how collegial (or not) to be on Flitwick's side; I also wouldn't mind Flitwick (or others of the professors) figuring out that Snape's not as much their enemy as he seems.
  • Neville Longbottom & Luna Lovegood - I really like seeing these two interact as friends. Of all the characters in Harry's generation, I think they're the ones I have the most in common with. I've mentioned elsewhere that I ship them (although the one time I tried to write a fic shipping them it turned into gen friendship fic), but I'm equally okay either if you want to write them as pre-relationship, if you want to have them both be with the characters Rowling has said they ended up with, or if you don't mention romantic relationships at all. I'd really like something either during year 7, keeping the DA going without Harry; or after the war navigating life outside of school.
 
 
Oxford Time Travel Universe - Connie Willis

One of my favorite fandoms, which is probably why I request it all the time. :-) Even though it spends so much time drawing a picture of what history was like, it's the characters that made me fall in love with it.
  • Binnie Hodbin & Eileen O'Reilly - We see their relationship all through Eileen's eyes, which are biased due to her compartmentalizing Binnie as a hooligan and taking a while to come to care for her. Can we see it from Binnie's perspective, with all her insecurities (e.g. thinking Eileen's going to leave even after she chose to stay, because so many people have abandoned her before)? Or, Binnie (and Alf) trying to set Eileen up with Mr. Goode! Her "What kind of a welcome is that?" (to Eileen) and "Told you!" (to Alf) comments certainly indicate to me that she ships them. :-)
  • James Dunworthy & Colin Templer - Dunworthy cares so easily for people; he seems to constantly be collecting more people to worry about and try to protect. Just one example is how he invests so much energy in finding Christmas presents for Colin when he hasn't known him long at all. If you've read Blackout/All Clear, I'd like to see how Colin's relationship with Dunworthy changes now that Colin's an adult. If you've only read Doomsday Book, how about showing some of Colin's perspective on how Dunworthy treats him, since we only see it from Dunworthy's perspective? A particular bit of interest would be Colin's worries while Dunworthy's unconscious.
  • Kivrin Engle & Colin Templer - We don't see these characters together much (at all?) in the books, but they're both Dunworthy's proteges and would probably end up interacting. I'd be equally interested in something set soon after Doomsday Book (spending time with each other because few others will understand what they experienced), or something further in the future (does Kivrin advise Colin on his educational decisions? does he confide in her about his crush/feelings for Polly?)
  • Mary Ahrens & Colin Templer - We don't get to see them interacting very much, and obviously from the muffler she doesn't know a lot about young boys, but I still suspect that at the beginning of Doomsday Book, Mary Ahrens is one of the most positive influences in Colin's life. I'd like to see something at any point in their life, whether when he's a little kid wishing his mom could be more like his aunt (if that's the case), or during Doomsday Book wishing his aunt wasn't so busy, or after the book looking back and reflecting on their relationship.
Star Wars Legends - All Media Types

I mostly thinking of these characters in the context of the Thrawn trilogy & Hand of Thrawn duology. I'm a big fan of Timothy Zahn's books. They hit a lot of tropes I like, with plots that don't rely on anybody doing anything dumb, and lots of Chessmaster characters. For all of these, you can either stick with the EU as we knew it before Ep. VII came out, or you can do any sort of fusion you wish with the world of Ep. VII. (e.g. Luke's & Leia's lives can go the direction they go in the EU or the direction they go in what is now canon, and the original-to-the-EU characters can exist in the now-canonical universe or they can stay in the universe they're in)

All of these relationships epitomize that "smart people interacting with smart people" and "people being competent and respecting others' competency" tropes I mentioned above under my likes, so feel free to play those up as much as you want.
  • Mara Jade & Leia Organa (Legends) - Their respect for each other grows throughout the Thrawn Trilogy. They're different women with very different life trajectories, but they get past that and respect each other for who she is. Of course it doesn't help Leia that Mara keeps threatening to kill her brother. How does she get past that? I can't remember if they've ever been on a ship together just (or almost) the two of them, so that might be interesting to see. 
  • Mara Jade & Talon Karrde (Legends) - They worked together for a long time and respected each other's skills. Karrde lets Mara get away with things (like starting up the ship & blowing their cover) that he wouldn't let other subordinates do because he trusts that she has a good reason for what she does. If you want, push this trust to the limits & have them figure out where those limits are. Or just give them a rollicking adventure being competent smugglers together.
  • Shada D'ukal & Mara Jade (Legends) - I ship Shada/Karrde, but regardless of whether she's in a relationship with him or "just" his new lieutenant, it has to be hard for Mara to see her old job disappearing even though she likes where she's at now. How does Mara handle separating her opinion of Shada-as-Karrde's-new-right-hand from her opinion of Shada-the-person, whom I think she might like & think is good for Karrde?
  • Talon Karrde & Luke Skywalker (Legends) - Again with the very different people respecting each other. I'd like to see Karrde's perspective on the Jedi, coming to think of him as a person & then as a friend after originally just thinking of him as this famous warrior that oops we have to take prisoner. Or for a different prompt, how does Karrde feel about Luke (eventually) stealing away his right-hand woman?

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Crossovering 2016

Dear Crossovering writer,

The possibility for crossovers, combining characters who never would have met and creating situations that never would have occurred in their own fandoms, is one of my favorite things about fanfiction. I generally prefer crossovers (with characters from both fandoms) to fusions but I'll mention the exceptions below.

Starting with the "please don't if possible"s...I would prefer if you kept the story no higher than PG. I'd also like it if you stuck to canon relationships (with exceptions for Harry Potter, Pride and Prejudice, & Agent Carter mentioned below), or gen is always fine.

Sorry this letter got so long. This exchange is a bit more complicated than most when it comes to requesting & offering. I'm going to list every fandom I've requested first with a few sentences on why I like it and/or what my favorite parts & favorite characters are; then I'll list each request with a few ideas. These are just suggestions though; feel free to ignore everything that follows this paragraph if you already know what you want to do. :-)

If you want to match more than 2 fandoms, that's fine! Just make sure that you do each one justice and don't try to include more than your story can handle. (Sometimes I enjoy fics crammed chock-full of every fandom the author could remotely tie in until they're completely over-the-top, but in this exchange I'm looking for something that takes the fandoms it's combining a bit more seriously. ["Seriously" as in demonstrating understanding/appreciation for the fandoms included, not as in no humor. Humor is great!])

Lastly, in case it helps you figure out what my taste is like when it comes to crossovers, my two favorite crossovers I have ever read are the Yuletide fics "Alan Grant and Indiana Jones Walk Into a Bar" (Jurassic Park/Indiana Jones) & "The Roommate of +10 Confusion" (FoxTrot/Calvin & Hobbes).

Notes on the individual fandoms:

Agent Carter (TV) The month of flu hit my family halfway through the airing of the 2nd season, and I still haven't gotten around to finishing it. I don't really ship Peggy/Sousa; I thought it felt forced. I did like when Sousa was with Violet and Peggy was attracted to Wilkes. But in general, if it matters, I prefer the first season. Edwin Jarvis is my favorite character, and Ana looked pretty awesome too from what I've seen of her.
Harry Potter - J. K. Rowling I'm generally more interested in the teacher characters than the students. Of the students, Neville & Luna are totally my favorites and I ship them. Snape is my favorite character but I'm actually not huge on shipping him with Lily. I prefer the extremely rare ships of Snape/Burbage or Snape/Pomfrey. Those are my only deviations from canon ships in this fandom, and as always you can ignore everything and write gen. :-) I generally read HP fic for the characters and not so much the world-building, but I'm fine with the HP world being the only part of it being included in your fic as long as there are characters included from the crossover fandom. If I were sorted now, I would be a Hufflepuff, but if I had been sorted at age 11 I would be a Ravenclaw, so I think of myself as both.
Indiana Jones Series I'm a big fan of Marion & actually don't mind the 4th one because they brought her back and because Cate Blanchett is my favorite modern actress. The 3rd is by far my favorite though. (Now I've got my fave "Scherzo for Motorcycle and Orchestra" from the soundtrack stuck in my head...)
Marvel Cinematic Universe Favorite characters in roughish order: Sam Wilson, Clint Barton, Loki, Cap, Bucky, Bruce Banner. Please remember that Cap was using cutting edge technology in the '40s & wouldn't be utterly shocked by modern tech. I think the Captain America movies are the best of the MCU, but the Thor ones are the ones I look forward to most because I like the interaction between Thor and Loki especially. I like the strong friendships of Clint & Natasha and of Cap & Bucky and Cap & Sam (and loved the developing friendship between Sam & Bucky we saw with them in the VW & the airport).
Mission: Impossible (Movies) I actually haven't gotten around to watching the 3rd one yet, but I've seen all the others. In my opinion, Ghost Protocol and Rogue Nation are light years better than their predecessors, so I'd prefer you focus on the characters (and situations if applicable) from those.
National Treasure (Movies) These movies are so fun, and even if they don't teach you too much about history, they certainly get you excited about it! I like all the fun adventuring. Riley is my favorite character; I love bits like "Is this the way you guys feel all the time? I mean except right now, of course" and his sports car getting towed. I'd prefer if you set it either during a good point in Ben & Abigail's relationship or prior to their relationship; I don't like what was done with that in the 2nd movie. I thought Ian was a great villain & wouldn't mind seeing him show up, either still as an enemy or even better, begrudgingly having to work together.
Now You See Me (Movies) The second had fewer plotholes than the first, but both were entertaining enough that that wasn't my first consideration. I think they relied too much on hypnosis & Merrit is probably my least favorite of the Horsemen. Not sure who my favorite is...I like all of the other three, but in different ways. Lula's okay, but I liked Henley a lot more. Dylan's awesome. I like the tension of Atlas not liking not being in charge, and I'd like to see more of him interacting w/ the leader of the Horsemen (e.g. something related to the scene in the 2nd movie where (spoiler:) Atlas finds out he's been tricked by what he thought was the Eye, but Dylan rescues him & nearly gets killed because of it but Atlas helps rescue him back)
Oxford Time Travel Universe - Connie Willis These books are amazingly crossoverable, especially since they don't have to be set in one particular time period. Colin is my favorite character, with Dunworthy, Kivrin, and Binnie tied for second. I totally ship Colin/Polly. If you end up earlier in the history of time travel (e.g. my OTTU/Tomorrowland suggestion below), I'd enjoy seeing mention (or more) of Dunworthy's feelings for Elizabeth Bittner.
Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen A deserved classic. Of Austen's works, I've actually only read this & Persuasion; I'm saving the others since it's not like Austen's writing any more. I ship Elizabeth/Darcy (shocking, I know!) and I can't stand Collins and Lady Catherine. As for non-canon ships, I like Georgiana Darcy/Colonel Fitzwilliam and I also really like the idea of Mary Bennet/Mr. Collins if it didn't cause huge issues for the plot (which maybe the additional characters and situations of a crossover fandom could solve!).
Star Wars - All Media Types I love the original trilogy most, am not huge on the prequels, and am feeling hopeful about the sequel trilogy since Ep VII was so good. RotJ is my favorite although I think ESB is the best cinematically. R2-D2 & Luke Skywalker are my favorite characters. I also like Zahn's EU (now Legends) books, especially Mara Jade.
Tangled (2010) I really like Flynn Rider, and his romance with Rapunzel. Actually, all the characters are awesome...I like Maximus and Pascal and the thugs of the Snuggly Duckling. This is probably my favorite Disney movie; the only one that even has a chance at beating it is Beauty and the Beast.
Tomorrowland (2015) I really enjoyed this movie. I generally enjoy seeing George Clooney in movies, and I thought the actress who played Athena did a phenomenal job. I found the sci-fi store fight particularly entertaining. Some of my family who went to the movie with me seemed a bit confused on whether time travel was going on (it isn't), so I wanted to clarify that there's interdimensional travel to a place that is more technologically advanced (and therefore seems futuristic), but it exists at the same time as our own.


The requests:

Request #1: The Adventury Heisty One (Indiana Jones, Mission: Impossible, National Treasure, Now You See Me)
So I'm kind of hoping for a heist here, or at least some sort of adventure. :-) I'm picturing the characters either needing each other's help to achieve a mutual goal, or running into each other when trying [edit for missing words: to obtain] something it turns out the others want too, but if you want to put them at odds with each other that's fine as well. This request seems particularly suited to a 3+ fandom crossover if you're so inclined!
Random thoughts: Marion Ravenwood and/or Henley Reeves and/or Abigail Chase friendship (would love to see this in the background to something plottier). Indy taught at the university Ben Gates attended, & Ben either was in his class or knows his reputation that he was never around (or both!). The National Treasure crew stumbles across an IMF supply trove (don't know what they're actually called; this thing) and Brandt & Hunt have to go investigate the incursion. At a meeting of the Four/Five Horsemen, how long does it take them to figure out that one of them is actually an IMF agent in a mask (for whatever reason)?

Request #2: The Historical One (Agent Carter, Oxford Time Travel, Pride and Prejudice, Tomorrowland)
Agent Carter & Pride and Prejudice are set at different times in the past, Oxford Time Travel can be in any time period, and Tomorrowland has various historical stuff like Frank at the World's Fair, not to mention the building of the Eiffel Tower. If you matched with Oxford Time Travel, I'd like to see some of the time-traveling historians end up meeting characters in the other fandom's time period (more specific ideas in next paragraphs). Or for Tomorrowland & Oxford Time Travel, maybe one of the "dreamers" recruited at the end of the movie is a young James Dunworthy or someone else involved in the early development & use of time travel? For Tomorrowland & Agent Carter, maybe Howard Stark is at the World's Fair that Frank goes to. Or maybe S.H.I.E.L.D. suspects that androids exist, and couple-decades-older Peggy goes to investigate Athena or that sci-fi store. Pride and Prejudice is going to be a challenge to crossover with Agent Carter or Tomorrowland...a fusion would be okay here if you need to...but how about Peggy & friends getting accidentally sent back to 19th century England when they touch a MacGuffin...or the Darcys are involved in the events preceding the construction of the Eiffel Tower-and-Rocket-Launcher.
Random Oxford Time Travel/Pride and Prejudice idea...I've always been one of those people who thinks Mr. Collins would have had success if he'd gone down one more daughter, because Mary seemed like she might like him. What if the OTTU characters also think so? If they accidentally prevent Collins marrying Charlotte, that would have all sorts of repercussions...
Oxford Time Travel/Agent Carter...Peggy's smart & I think she might pick up on something being off if a historian tried to fool her. Maybe she tries to arrest one so they have to convince her that they really truly are from the future. Then she asks them about the future and they realize she doesn't know about what happens to Cap. Do they tell her?
And a completely different idea for OTTU/Agent Carter: Eileen & Mr. Goode & the Hodbins move to the US after to the war and end up living next door to Peggy or Angie or the Jarvises. Eileen & Peggy bond over having lost people they cared about, although in different ways? Edwin Jarvis deals with having a couple of better-than-they-used-to-be-but-still-up-to-mischief children coming next door at every opportunity?


Request #3: The Magical One (Agent Carter, Harry Potter, Oxford Time Travel)
(For Agent Carter/Oxford Time Travel, see Request #2 above. As for Harry Potter...)
Fusions are okay for this one, but if possible, I'd still prefer if you included characters from both fandoms.
Harry Potter/Agent Carter: I wasn't convinced by the backstory Peggy was given in the recent season, so I wouldn't be opposed to throwing it out and, say, having her actually attend Hogwarts (Muggle-born? half-blood?) before getting her job with the SSR. Or perhaps she's a Muggle, but Grindelwald & the Red Skull were allies so she & Cap had to work together with people in the wizarding world to neutralize the threat. To bring it forward into the Agent Carter timeframe, perhaps what I just mentioned is backstory to a visit from a wizard or witch in the US after the war? (This is all just one idea I'm tossing out there; I'd be just as happy with something completely different so don't feel like you have to use any of this.)
Harry Potter/Oxford Time Travel: After time travelers discover they can bring things through the net in TSNotD, do wizard historians use this to affect the outcome of the war against Voldemort? Does Mr. Dunworthy know that magic exists and that some of his students can use it? How does he find out?
All three fandoms together: Both a wizard AND a time-traveler show up at Peggy's office at the SSR acting like normal people who have a right to be there. Does she figure out they're not what they seem? Are they both after the same thing, or do some people want it to be found while others want to prevent it ever being uncovered?

Request #4: The Galactic One (Oxford Time Travel, Star Wars, Tomorrowland)
(For Oxford Time Travel/Tomorrowland, see Request #2 above. As for Star Wars...)
Star Wars/Oxford Time Travel ideas: perhaps a fusion where the OTTU characters live in the Star Wars universe, or a crossover where the net malfunctions and throws the characters of one universe into the other universe and they have to figure out how to get home.
Star Wars/Tomorrowland ideas: You'll probably want to lean more towards the Tomorrowland-dimension than the Earth-dimension of Tomorrowland, I think? Maybe the Millenium Falcon lands in Tomorrowland? I'd like to see the Star Wars droids trying to make sense of Athena.

Request #5: The Wacky Catch-all One (Marvel Cinematic Universe, Now You See Me, Oxford Time Travel, Tangled)
Just thought it would be fun to put some very divergent fandoms together. :-)
You can be pretty ridiculous or hand-wavey about how the fandoms get combined.
Random thoughts: S.H.I.E.L.D. recruits the Horsemen. S.H.I.E.L.D. tries to recruit Mr. Dunworthy, and/or builds a net of their own that the Oxford department fears will be used for purposes they don't approve of. One of the Oxford historians is a descendant of Peggy Carter. OTTU characters need to go to one of the Horsemen's big stage shows for some reason...or perhaps one of them is studying the Horsemen & is watching when they're recruited, etc; do they eventually figure out they're being watched? Thor and Loki visited Corona in the past. The Horsemen find the magic frying pan at an old magic shop & use it in a show...what does this lead to? Someone at Oxford is studying the kingdom of Corona.
If you want to combine more than 2 of these, that would be cool, and pretty much anything goes as long as you give lip-service to plausibility. :-) My sister and I brainstormed a way to combine all 4...I think Clint & Tasha and the Horsemen were separately trying to break into the Oxford net for some reason, and then it malfunctioned sending them all to Corona. If you come up with a way to combine all of them, I'd love to see it. :-)

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History Exchange

[A few additional notes since I see this has gone out for pinch hit...

Thanks for considering picking up this pinch hit! I'm sorry my people are so obscure. If you're trying to learn about one of them with no prior knowledge, Virginia Hall might be the easiest to learn enough about, probably followed by Grace Hopper (additionally, those are the two I'm least familiar with, so I'm unlikely to catch any errors you might make). If you have any familiarity with Napoleonic times, Cabarrus was acquainted with Empress Joséphine & was briefly involved with Napoleon (and is the person I'm next least familiar with). If you knit or know someone who does, they're likely to at least have heard of Elizabeth Zimmermann. Orczy...um...probably not your best bet, although maybe if you're interested in early 20th century England (or Hungarian aristocracy).

Since it might help you keep necessary research time to a minimum, I'll reiterate that total realism is not necessary. Space aliens challenge Elizabeth Zimmermann to a knitting duel! Schmoopy spy hijinks of Virginia Hall and Paul Goillot set on a handwavingly vague WWIIish backdrop!

I've hunted down & added to my letter some biographical sources for each of these individuals, which hopefully will help give you a starting point. Good luck and thanks again!]

Dear History Exchange writer,

Thanks so much for writing a story for me! I'm really looking forward to it.

A few preliminaries (if you want more info, you can take a look at my past letters for other exchanges on my Livejournal) and then I'll give a few thoughts on each of the people I requested. I'd prefer if you kept the story PG or below. I'm totally okay with gen, but if you want to write something shippy I'd prefer that you stick with relationships that actually existed (normally I say "canon relationships" but I'm not sure if the terminology for RPF is different). Other than that, pretty much anything goes: I would equally love to receive a totally realistic slice-of-life story for one of these women or a sci-fi crossover where all five of them go battle space aliens. :-)

Historical fiction has always been one of my favorite genres to read. I had a tough time deciding how to narrow down the playing field to just 5 (I'm requesting the same people I nominated), so I decided to concentrate on people who aren't major characters in any textbook, but whom I would like to read more about. They ended up being all women, which is partly on purpose, partly just how it ended up.

And in chronological order (with Wikipedia links for ease of finding out more about the people you've never heard of):


  • Thérésa Cabarrus (1773-1835)

    I first ran into Cabarrus in Triumph of the Scarlet Pimpernel, but it turns out the 'Tallien was so in love with this woman that he basically forced the end of the French Revolution just so she would be safe' plot was actually taken from real life (although the Scarlet Pimpernel's intervention was of course added). Cabarrus had a very eventful life and I'd be interested in any part of it, from childhood to motherhood and beyond. Her acquaintanceship with Joséphine de Beauharnais is also of interest.

    Resources: Abstract - Legend and Fact in the Life of Theresia Cabarrus; Detailed blog entry is uncited but looks like the author knows what they're talking about; Part 2; Full etext of 1913 bio (which I haven't read)

  • Emmuska Orczy (1865-1947)

    As you'll quickly figure out if you look at my AO3 or my past Yuletide letters, Scarlet Pimpernel was the first fandom I fell in love with. The stories aren't perfect—there are some plot weaknesses and Orczy is definitely biased towards the aristocracy—but as a preteen I didn't pick up on any of that, and now nostalgia similarly hides their flaws.

    There's a story that a friend of Orczy's had gotten a story published and Orczy thought "I can do better than that, so if she can get published, so can I." I'd enjoy seeing her getting her start as a struggling writer, or trying to get The Scarlet Pimpernel published (they had to adapt it into a play before they could get it published), or her relationship with her husband, or working with Terry & Neilson to bring her story to the stage. Or, y'know, accidentally time-travelling and realizing Thérésa Cabarrus is a real person nothing like her fictional version, or having to solve a mystery and realizing it's not as easy as she made it seem in her books (Orczy's "Old Man in the Corner" and "Lady Molly of Scotland Yard" were not as popular as SP but sold decently), or anything at all.

    Resources: Brief bio (Insufficiently cited, but seems legit); Times obituary; And other resources on Blakeney Manor (links seem to be broken; you may need to replace "www.geocities.com/sirpercy_blakeney/" with "www.blakeneymanor.com/" in each of them)

  • Virginia Hall (1906-1982)

    I'm somewhat interested in World War II, but my sister's read a lot more about it than me, and she's the one who told me about Virginia Hall. Hall sounds epically cool. After losing her leg when she accidentally shot herself while hunting, she named her wooden leg "Cuthbert." I want to see the adventures of Virginia Hall and Cuthbert spying in Europe! I love the story (shows up in multiple sources, so seems likely to be true) that she informed London she was having trouble with Cuthbert and they responded "If Cuthbert troublesome, eliminate him."

    I'd also love to see how she met her husband Paul Goillot, a fellow OSS agent. (Did one of them rescue the other? Did they both rescue each other? Can they have a totally romantic action scene?)

    Resources: NY Times article; also see the "External Links" section of her Wikipedia page

  • Grace Hopper (1906-1992)

    Another woman I'm not as familiar with as I'd like to be. When people talk about women in computing, Ada Lovelace is often mentioned, but the computer she wrote programs for was never even built. I don't know why Grace Hopper isn't better known. She invented the first compiler, which is huge, and also contributed to the creation of the computer language COBOL, which is still used today (though generally not by choice but because it's in legacy code; it's pretty dated by now). I'd like to see something about her experiences leading to these achievements, and/or what it was like for her working in an extremely male-dominated field.

    BTW...stealth Agent Carter references welcome. ;-)

    Resources: MacTutor History of Mathematics Bio (see also the links there under "Additional Material in MacTutor" and "Other Web sites")

  • Elizabeth Zimmermann (1910-1999)

    I don't think knitting would be as popular as it is today without Elizabeth Zimmermann. She pioneered using recipes, like "Elizabeth's Percentage System" and doubling the number of stitches every so often in the Pi Shawl, instead of knitting a bunch of flat pieces and sewing them together. In other words, taking advantage of the things knitting can do instead of trying to make it act like another craft, sewing, which it isn't. EZ is known for being very opinionated, and I definitely don't agree with her on everything, but I respect her as a master of the art.

    By the time I was really old enough to be doing a lot of research on anything in my life, we had internet. It was dial-up and there was no Wikipedia, but it was there. And now of course there's Ravelry and all sorts of things. So I find it hard to imagine being a knitter back in the 60's and 70's waiting impatiently to pore over EZ's 2-page typewritten and photocopied (mimeographed?) newsletter because that's all there was. I'd love to see something involving the newsletter, or an expansion on any of the stories EZ tells in her books: Like reading to her kids "The time taken for the tongue to catch up with eye was usually enough for a stitch to be picked up or new wool joined in. When more complicated difficulties arose, the family just had to wait a few minutes." (Knitter's Almanac p. 45) Or swatching in a park "The man at the other end of the bench must have thought I was out of my fur, making buttonhole after buttonhole on a long skinny strip of knitting." (ditto p. 79) Or the infamous tale of her knitting while riding behind her husband on his motorcycle, and he had no idea until a passing motorist ratted her out. (The Opinionated Knitter, page unknown, quote here)

    [Here is almost everything I've knit that was designed by EZ.]

    Resources: NY Times obituary; EZ retrospective; An undiscovered EZ sweater gets recreated



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Switching to Dreamwidth

I decided I had no good reason not to create a Dreamwidth account, so I've finally made one. I'll probably post on here but crosspost to my LJ. (I think? Had trouble deciding this so it may very well change.)

This was basically a test post to make sure I have crossposting set up correctly.

Purimgifts 2016

Dear Purimgifts author,

I'm going to try to keep this short, but feel free to look at letters I've written for other exchanges if you want to know more about my likes and dislikes.

I love crossovers! I would be thrilled to get three different crossovers of the fandom you matched on with different fandoms that we also share. If that's something you're interested in, here is a list of pretty much all the fandoms I'm familiar with. If you want to write AUs (e.g. coffeeshop, yarn store, etc.) those are fine as well although—as you can probably tell from my list of works on the AO3—they're not so much my "thing" as crossovers.

If you can't decide which to do, my preference is for standalone (or loosely connected) short fics over a larger fic split into three pieces; this is because this exchange is kind of the only one I participate in that does short fics and I enjoy this length (when I was starting writing fic, I wrote mostly in the 400-1000 range). This is,of course, only if you can't decide; feel free to disregard if you have a brilliant plan for something longer. :-)

My level of knowledge of Judaism: among other things, I've read all the All of a Kind Family books and the first Hereville graphic novel, and I'm pretty familiar with Old Testament history. I don't know of many canonically Jewish characters in these fandoms, but I'm okay with you making any character Jewish as long as it makes sense. (If you're telling me that, for instance, Marguerite Blakeney or Cimorene is Jewish, I hope you have a really convincing explanation...) I've also listed some of my favorite female characters in each of the fandoms, in case you're trying for that side of the prompt.

Captain America (Movies): Peggy Carter rocks! I'd love to see anything with her. I think the first Captain America movie is probably the best MCU movie, and it's one of my favorites to watch; but somehow I always forget until near the end that it will always make me cry. Feel free to either twist my heartstrings some more, or to have mercy and give Peggy & Steve some happy moments (or just happy memories).
The only reason I didn't request Agent Carter is that the new season is running basically simultaneously with the fest and I didn't want to deal with that complication (It caused me some minor difficulties when I wrote Agent Carter for last Purimgifts), but feel free to include elements from the time period of the TV show. (Psst: Jarvis is my favorite character!)
Or with the second movie, obviously we also have Sharon Carter, Maria Hill, and Natasha Romanoff as additional female characters, and I wouldn't mind seeing more of any or all of them. Hill would probably be my first choice of the three (or hey, three fics, three characters...).


Enchanted Forest Chronicles - Patricia Wrede: These books are awesome! Fantasy that doesn't take itself too seriously, with some genre-savvy characters. I ship Telemain/Morwen very much, and they're probably my favorite characters individually as well, although I also really like Alianora from the first book.

FoxTrot: I've loved these comics for a long time. Jason's my favorite character since I identify with his nerdiness, but even more than single characters I like the interaction between the family members, and the contrast in their interests. (Like when Paige and Jason were both looking forward to seeing the LotR movies, but for totally different reasons! [Link]) But yeah, nerd humor ftw.

Oxford Time Travel Universe - Connie Willis: I've read all the books and the short story. Colin is my favorite character, with Dunworthy, Kivrin, and Binnie tied for second. Again, I love everything about these, so anything you want to write is awesome. Do you have a favorite historical period you'd like the characters to go to? Or, given the fest, maybe a historical period that has something to do with Jewish history.

The Scarlet Pimpernel - All Media Types: I've read every single one of the books, seen more than one production of the musical, obtained all the soundtracks, and watched the 1934 & 1982 movies. (I have not seen the 1999 TV series.) I love everything about these stories, especially Percy & Chauvelin's interaction, which doesn't really fit with the prompts for this fest though. If you want to focus on one of the female characters, I'd love to see any or all of them—Suzanne or Fleurette or Theresia would be my favorites but they're all great. Or if you want to do something more serious, I'd really like to see exploration of Benjamin Rosenbaum, the Jew Percy pays off (and impersonates) in the first novel. What happens to him afterwards? Does he ever assist the League of the Scarlet Pimpernel again? Does Chauvelin realize that his ingrained antisemitism caused him to miss what was right in front of his nose?

Yuletide 2015

Dear Yuletide Author,

First of all, thank you so much for writing a story for me! I can't wait to read your story!

So this is the year of "Just couldn't narrow my fandoms down". For several months I'd been planning to do like last year and nominate & request 3 fandoms that I had never requested before...but then I just had to throw in 2 other fandoms, so this is a 5-fandom year. Wow!

I'll start with some preliminaries, then talk about the individual fandoms.

If you want to find out more about me, I am here on AO3. About the only other place I have an internet presence is Ravelry, so you can go look at my handspun yarn there if you want, and my apologies for not being more stalkable. :-)

For me, the reason I fall in love with a story is almost always the characters. That means that people being OOC will definitely bother me if there's not a reason for it, but on the flip side it means I'm totally okay with an AU or a crossover as long as the characters are recognizable. So if you have any AU or crossover leanings, that would be awesome. (Bella or the Gossips of Regency Solitaire are at a party with Elizabeth Bennet? Oxford Time Travel characters go to the French Revolution and meet the Scarlet Pimpernel? Phil Davis tells Judy Haynes about that time he saw Captain America perform?) If you're interested, here is a list of all the fandoms I am familiar with that I can think of. Seriously, the wilder the crossover the better, as long as you give at least lip-service to it being plausible. :-)

I tend to prefer lighter-rated stuff, PG or below. I mostly write gen and I would love to receive it, but I also like lightweight het...preferably canon relationships (with one exception below). Anyway, the fandoms I picked definitely aren’t known for having any explicit content, so hopefully you weren’t exactly planning on writing anything R-rated anyway. As far as other things that could increase a story’s rating, I’m also not big on bad language but I love action scenes. You needn’t take too much of a lead from the G-ratedness of my own fic: I still haven’t managed to ever write characters even kissing, but that doesn’t mean I object to reading a kiss in fanfic.

Anything from fluffy fluff to plotty epics is great. I’d rather not have non-canonical major character death, but I don’t mind characters being hurt or even thinking they’re dead for most of the story. I do have a bit of an embarrassment squick but as long as you don’t structure the whole plot around a character getting humiliated it probably won’t bother me overmuch.

If you get stuck on the fandom you matched on and want to check out one of the others, Masked is available free online; White Christmas can be rented on YouTube and presumably other online locations. Those two would take the least time to pick up. Next fastest is Regency Solitaire, which can be purchased on the creators' website. (I think it's also on Amazon and Steam. The amount of time it takes you to reach all the pieces of the visual novel will depend on how good you are at solitaire.) The Thrawn Trilogy (Heir to the Empire, Dark Force Rising, The Last Command) and Oxford Time Travel ("Fire Watch", Doomsday Book, To Say Nothing of the Dog, Blackout/All Clear) can be found at any halfway decent library (or somewhat expensively on Kindle), but will take you a while to read. The Thrawn books need to be read in order (and you need at least some familiarity with the Star Wars original trilogy movies), but Oxford Time Travel can be picked up with any of the books except All Clear. The character I requested is in Doomsday Book and Blackout/All Clear.

And on to the fandoms, in alphabetical order:

Masked (Web Series)
Any

"'An enigma, a shadow, a soldier for humanity: unseen by humanity, identified only by a name more mysterious than himself; loved by many and known by all as an avenger for those left crushed and powerless by a criminal force of vengeance and evil.' Suze?"

"What?"

"Where's the verb?"


Masked ep. 1, "Pilot"
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Oxford Time Travel Universe - Connie Willis
Colin Templer

"I will not get into trouble."

"You did last time," Colin said, "and I had to rescue you, remember? What if that happens again?"


All Clear, p. 132
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Regency Solitaire
The Gossips (Regency Solitaire)

Bella: "Could that be Henry up there in the box? If only I had some opera glasses I could get a better view!"

—Regency Solitaire ch. 8, "London Theatre"
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Star Wars Legends: Thrawn Trilogy - Timothy Zahn
Mara Jade, Talon Karrde

"I have no particular feelings for Mara," Karrde countered. "She's a member of my organization; nothing more."

"Isn't that enough?"

For a moment Karrde gazed at [Organa Solo]. She held his gaze evenly, calling his bluff...and in her eyes, he could see that she knew perfectly well that it
was a bluff. He couldn't simply walk away and abandon Mara to her death, any more than he could abandon Aves or Dankin or Chin.

The Last Command, p. 333
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White Christmas (1954)
Phil Davis, Judy Haynes

"Well, you're not exactly Superman but you're awfully available."

"Yeah, now don't get any ideas, Judy, I'm not the marrying kind."

"Oh, it's just an engagement."

"Well, I'm not the engaging kind either."

"Well, what kind are you?"

"Well, I'm, uh, more the 'I-don't-mind-pushing-my-best-friend-into-but-I'm-scared-stiff-when-I-get-anywhere-close-to-it-myself'ing kind."


White Christmas, this scene

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