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Dear Trick or Treat Author,

Hi! Thanks for writing for me. Feel free to have a look at some of the other exchange letters I've written.  You'll find that my general preferences for those - plot and characterization, humor (light or dark), fleshing out minor characters or aspects of a setting that are only briefly touched on in canon - mostly hold true here as well.

In terms of shipping, I prefer gen or canon relationships (unless otherwise noted), and I will be perfectly content if the rating for anything focused on a pairing doesn't go above PG13.  If you do decide to write sex, though, I would rather have an awkward but fun or character-developing encounter than mind-blowing multiple orgasms.  No noncon, incest, bestiality, omegaverse, or unexpected bodily fluids, please.  

For tricks, I generally prefer psychological horror to blood and gore, though I do have a certain fondness for end-of-the-world scenarios, with or without zombies.  The one thing I really don't want is a situation where a POV character is broken down through extended torture, even if there's no explicit violence involved.

The prompts below may seem specific, but they genuinely are meant to be suggestions. If you're struck by a different inspiration, please feel free to follow it, as long as you avoid the do not wants. Working in Halloween or other seasonal themes somehow would make me very happy, but a sentence or two would be more than enough to accomplish that; it doesn't have to be a major focus unless you want it to be.

Thanks again, and I hope you have fun!

 

Batman TAS )

 

Harry Potter )

 

Frozen )

 

Gunnerkrigg Court )
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Dear Scribbler,

I'm going to try and keep this short and sweet: partly because I've been writing a lot of these letters recently, partly because I'm hoping the prompts provide enough detail on their own, and partly because I don't want to impose too many limits on how you approach characters and fandoms you probably have your own strong thoughts and feelings about.

That said, some themes you might have noticed that I like include taking a look at the characters post-canon, creative worldbuilding and systems of magic, and friends working together (and maybe even becoming more than friends along the way). I also appreciate humor, characters having to make choices that aren't always clear-cut, and stories that at least end with some ray of hope even if they don't end happily.

I think I've addressed all the ships I care about for these fandoms in the prompts, but I will never, ever be disappointed with a gen story. If you do write something on the more mature end of the spectrum, I'd far rather have an awkward first time than sexy perfection, and my kinks don't extend much past light bondage (though I do have a thing for magic users getting creative with their abilities during the proceedings).

Anyway, prompts are provided below for reference. If you need more to go on, please feel free to look at some of my other letters or my AO3 account. Good luck, and have fun; I'm looking forward to reading!

Matilda )

Calvin and Hobbes )

Young Wizards )

Chronicles of Chrestomanci )
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Dear Crossover Writer,

I'm excited! Are you excited? I hope so, because I have ideas. Lots of them. Please don't be intimidated or disappointed if you already have your own plot bunny hutch; they're here as much as stockpiling for me as they are as inspiration for you.

Some general notes to start: I'm open to either standard crossovers or fusions, and I've tried to provide a mix of both in the prompts below. The one thing I don't want is a fic entirely built around "Who are you weirdos, and where the heck am I?" There can be a bit of that if the canon supports it (e.g. Doctor Who), but at some point, I'd like a plot that goes beyond trying to get everyone home. I'd also like at least a somewhat hopeful or bittersweet ending, though I'm certainly not afraid of character death, or I wouldn't have included the ultimate "rocks fall, everybody dies" series and multiple Whedon properties.

If I've picked a fandom for inclusion here, it's because I find the canon and setting intriguing, and I am genuinely happy to see it explored from the perspective of almost any character. Similarly, unless a character is deliberately written with no redeeming qualities whatsoever (see fandom-specific notes), please don't bash him or her. When it comes to shipping, it's probably best to either keep things gen or stick to canon pairings, unless otherwise noted.

Okay! On to notes for selected fandoms and prompts, which I've tried to keep light on spoilers. I'm looking forward to seeing what you write!

Bracket #1 Prompts (A Song of Ice and Fire, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Discworld, Harry Potter, His Dark Materials, Justice League/Justice League Unlimited) )

Bracket #2 Prompts (Buffy, Firefly, Deep Space Nine, Orphan Black, Reboot!Trek) )

Bracket #3 Prompts (Buffy, Discworld, Doctor Who, Friendship is Magic, Sailor Moon) )

Fandom-Specific Notes )
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It's fest reveal time for Remix and Beholder! (And boy, am I depressed this is the last time I'll get to say that about the latter.) First, the stories written for me:

Remix:
Like a Bull in a Joke Shop, by [livejournal.com profile] iulia_linnea  (remixed from Cost-Benefit Analysis).  The original is a silly dialogue-only gen ficlet about Alastor Moody's failed attempt to become a shop clerk.  (I was originally going to do a "five things" story where Moody would go through several misguided career choices before finally winding up at MLE, but ran out of energy after the first installment.)  The remix keeps the humor and the style, but adds a great deal of enjoyable backstory - much of it involving a character I only included as an afterthought, and may now need to adjust my headcanon to incorporate.

Beholder:
Could Not Love You Any Better, by [livejournal.com profile] katmarajade, a terribly sweet (but never cloying) Charity Burbage/Amelia Bones romance.  I'm always a sucker for a good Amelia pairing, and as it turns out, Charity is an inspired choice.  The fic captures the insecurities that beset even the most established of couples from time to time in a way that rings true to life, with a delightful resolution and too many clever details that help flesh out the characters and the relationship to list.


And now for my work... )

Next up, Not Prime Time and...well, I guess we'll have to see, won't we?

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Hello, mystery author! If you haven't already, please feel free to have a look around my collection on Ao3 and my letters for other fests; if you already have, I think you'll find much of what I have to say here familiar.

My preferences in a nutshell: I like plot, humor, worldbuilding and fleshing out throwaway details or anecdotes from canon, and good (or at least well-intentioned) characters who have to reckon with the fact that the world doesn't always operate in strict good vs. evil terms. What I am not a fan of is torture or unrelenting darkfic; the protagonists don't necessarily need to prevail in the end, but I'd like to walk away with the sense their struggles were for some greater purpose than to demonstrate "life is pain and then you die."

As you might have gathered, I prefer gen over romance-centric fic - though if you want to do pairings for Justice League, I'm cool with pretty much any couple shown or strongly implied in canon. (Lex/Braniac included, as long as it remains an affair of the mind and not metal tentacles in places they shouldn't be.) If you do write sex, I'm much more interested in awkward first encounters than mind-blowing orgasms. My kinks don't extend much past light bondage, I'm not really into genderswap or body tranformations, and non-con or non-standard bodily fluids are definite nos.

I'm not sure there's much more elaborating I can do on my prompts, but here they are again in case you (or someone else) should need them for reference:

Justice League and Justice League Unlimited )

Frozen )

Elementary )

Good luck, and have fun! I look forward to reading what you come up with!
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I may have gotten a tad carried away, but...it was for the cats! How can you blame me?

Anyway, here's my assigned drabble for [livejournal.com profile] pauraque, who wanted a threesome in which one participant realized s/he was the odd one out:

Generous to a Fault (Fred/Angelina, George/Angelina; R for a threesome gone wrong in a non-incesty way; 300 words)

And here are the two I decided to pinch-hit:

Wit and Learning (Gen: Hermione and Ravenclaws; G; drabble)
Annuals (Gen: Neville; G; drabble)

And here is the one written for me, which I swear the Sorting Cats hand-picked, because I can't think of anyone better suited to handle a history-themed prompt than [livejournal.com profile] a_t_rain. And she doesn't disappoint here: Wand of Elder, Never Prosper (Gen; G; 300 words)

There are still a few prompts up for grabs until about 7 pm Eastern Time, by the way, if anyone wants to jump in.
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(x-posted)

It's back! Go visit [livejournal.com profile] mctabby for details before 6 pm GMT on July 25.

Pardon a bit of crypticness, but suffice it to say for the moment that I am really, really happy about the timing.
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There are still two days left before [livejournal.com profile] gen_ficathon starts sorting through and assigning prompts. There's a nice selection of required fandoms to choose from that I think should suit everyone on my friends-list, and those only have to make up half of your four requests. Plus, it's only a thousand-word minimum. Go check it out!
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My 2009 [insanejournal.com profile] hp_beholder entry, plus a pair of drabbles I missed from [livejournal.com profile] mctabby's 2007 Cat's Birthday Drabblethon.

Drabbles
Untitled (The Malfoy family line is not as pure as they would like to think). (Gen: Lucius Malfoy; G.)
Untitled (Scrimgeour Family Reunion). (Gen: Rufus Scrimgeour; G.)

Fic
Lady of Sorrows. (The Grey Lady/Sir Cadogan; PG; 5274 words.) A budding romance between a ghost and a portrait could be a tale out of a storybook. But does Helena Ravenclaw's "fairy godfather" have good intentions, or something more sinister in mind?
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(Don't want this journal to be totally empty in the unlikely event someone wanders over here after the [insanejournal.com profile] hp_beholder reveals.)

Drabbles
For 2008_drabbles (original comm has been deleted, alas):
Table I, Political. (15 drabbles, gen and various pairings, highest rating PG.) Of particular note: The Cruelest Cut. (Gen: Susan Bones; PG. Third Place - Best Canon Compliant.)
Table C, Women. (8 drabbles, gen and various pairings, highest rating PG.) Of particular note: Look at Me. (Gen: Madam Rosmerta, Minerva McGonagall; PG. Third Place - Best Gen.)

For [insanejournal.com profile] phoenix_flies, from strongest to weakest:
Irreparable Damage. (Gen: Percy Weasley, G.)
Intoxication. (Neville Longbottom/Hannah Abbott, G.)
Something in Common. (Viktor Krum/Penelope Clearwater, implied Ron Weasley/Hermione Granger; G.)
The Messenger. (Gen: Parvati Patil, with implied Ron Weasley/Lavender Brown and Ron Weasley/Hermione Granger; G.)

Fic
For [insanejournal.com profile] hp_beholder:
Driving Mrs. Weasley. (Molly Weasley/Arthur Weasley; G; 1403 words). In a missing moment from Chamber of Secrets, Molly and Arthur make up after the Ford Anglia fight.

For [livejournal.com profile] hp_rarities:
Something Old, Something New. (Pansy Parkinson/Draco Malfoy, Pansy Parkinson/Ron Weasley; PG-13; 6688 words.) Draco Malfoy is getting married. To someone who isn't Pansy Parkinson. Drastic measures must be taken.

For [livejournal.com profile] lgbtfest:
Immutability. (Gen: Minerva McGonagall, Amelia Bones; PG; 1162 words.) Miss Bones has a problem Minerva doesn't think she can solve. She's more right than she realizes.

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