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2014-03-01 10:54 pm

[comm] dear rarewomen author:

Thank you for writing something for me! My likes and dislikes are sort of a form letter at this point, available on past letters for other exchanges, but I will include them here.

Likes: Domesticity/slice of life/dealing with everyday issues and problems, character study, thoughtful alternate realities/what-if/canon-divergence AUs, UST/pre-relationship tension, action/adventure, traveling/vacation, hurt/comfort, partnerships, constructive confrontation with positive resolution (let them fight about something that needs to be addressed and then let them resolve any hurt feelings, that sort of thing), tasteful erotica if you like (kinky or vanilla), cuddling, pillow talk, realistic use of social media where applicable/appropriate, banter

Important dislikes: character bashing (even when a fic explores, for example, why Ship A is working but Ship B is not/did not, I don't want other-character from Ship B to be defamed unnecessarily), graphic depictions of rape/irresponsible narrative handling of rape, gratuitous violence (though any kind of violence is fine if it is contextually appropriate), bloodplay, breathplay, nihilism, hopeless endings (but sad ones are okay)

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Specific prompts for characters/fandoms follow. Please take any prompts as simple guidelines. Write what inspires you. If you offered the character I'm going to trust you have something you probably want to write for them. If that doesn't quite mesh with precisely what you think I'm asking for, then please go after what you feel most comfortable writing.

Doctor Who

Lucy Saxon: I was extremely unsatisfied by her character's conclusion. It just felt like a sort of hand-wave, better-hurry-up-and-tie-off-this-loose-end thing more than anything that needed to happen at all. Basically, my perception of Lucy was that she was meant to be the Master's version of a companion. He was essentially showing the Doctor sort of "what he'd broken," by only giving him (the Master) the opportunity to show her the end of everything. As you can see up in my dislikes, I absolutely cannot stand things that feel nihilistic. Basically, I just want something to give Lucy an opportunity to see something beautiful and something meaningful.

With Lucy in particular, I don't mind the inclusion of some themes of abuse or an unhealthy relationship. I personally think that her relationship with the Master involved some mutual caring about one another, but then it's also clear that the Master eventually began to abuse her. If you want to deal with this in some way--either its aftermath or some kind of healing from it or even write during her relationship with the Master with the caveat that something gets better for her, I don't mind!

Or, it could be an alternative version of something that happens to her after she shoots him.

Just... something better than canon conclusion, please?

Chantho: ... Well, apparently I have a theme, oops. I just want something where Chantho perhaps survives? Either to be involved in the finale events of S3 in some way (since again I think she represents a sort of analog to companions in that the Master has some aspects of his personality that negatively reflect the Doctor's). Or maybe she just is somehow not-dead and finds some kind of silver lining at the end of the universe. Basically, she was just so happy and adorable and I want to see her given some kind of chance.

Also, if you like world-building, her species is given a few defining traits but not too many, so expanding upon that would be nice!

Jenny Flint: I think there might be some explanation sort of floating around about how Jenny became this awesome martial artist superhero who can pick locks at such a young age. But I guess just seeing that sort of interpreted by someone would be really fun! I also would love to see a human point of view on being in a relationship with someone like Vastra who is so different in terms of being a different species that doesn't just boil down to a kinky sex joke. There is the fact that Vastra also has a big age gap with her, and just seeing how Jenny feels being a Victorian young woman who is seemingly so ill-suited to her time but finds a niche anyway.

Being a detective with her wife? (I could even get into a sappy, plotless marriage story about Vastra and Jenny. Cultural customs they both wanted to include? Where? How? When did they get married? Or did they just decide they already were?) Dealing with Strax being an irritant? Somehow being towed along into the future with the Doctor and friend? Anything!

I also just have this thing about how we so rarely get to see noncomtemporaneous people travel with the Doctor. Almost all the companions who actually get to stay are from the 21st century, so. Jenny.

Life On Mars

Note: I haven't finished Ashes to Ashes but I'm aware of what the ending of that implies about this series. I personally don't tend to factor that into my headcanon, but if you want to for the sake of a story, I don't mind!

Annie Cartwright: Because Sam is the focal character of the story and the audience sees through his eyes, I am often left to wonder how Annie feels about befriending/falling in love with someone who seems so fundamentally out of water and askew to the entire world that you know. It doesn't have to focus on Sam/Annie as a shippy thing, though I certainly wouldn't mind if it did. But just... how does it affect her life? How does she feel about it?

Pre-canon or post-canon are good, too! Something about Annie being in school or something about what she decides to do after canon would be nice, also. (I do like Sam/Annie so I'd prefer not to have them "breaking up" or something, but it definitely doesn't have to focus solely on her relationship with Sam. Like I said, up to the author! I just want Annie's distinct point of view on something she deems important in her life.)

Skins (UK)

Katie Fitch: There are a lot of possibilities for Katie and I feel like that of all of them we know the least about where her life was going at the end of her generation's run. I have seen Skins:Fire and it is up to author's discretion as to whether or not to include that in consideration, regardless of when you set your fic.

I would love to have some further exploration of who Katie becomes as a young adult. If you're in the mood to write femslash, I also wouldn't mind a story about her aversion to Emily's orientation perhaps being some insecurity about her own?

May or may not be related to the above, but I also really liked the development of Katie and Effy's relationship towards the end of S4 and was sad that it didn't come up in Fire. It felt more logical to me that Katie and Effy would've ended up best friends (or something). Then they also would have suffered loss, I think, when they found out what happened to Freddy?

You absolutely don't have to include Effy, though. Just Katie setting out into her own life once they all disperse later and having some kind of experience of adulthood and figuring out what to do about it. Bonding with her sister. Missing her sister. Anything! I just really loved Katie--she grew up so much.


Cher Horowitz: I love this movie more now that I'm an adult than I ever did as a teenager. I think that Cher is really fun as a character because she is shown to speak with common slang of her generation and with the verbal fry/dialect that might pigeon-hole her as vapid. But then, it's shown that even though she speaks this way, she does have an intuitive grasp of what is going on in the world and with people around her, especially once she is inspired to apply herself. I would love to see how this developed with time in her life--if it ever caused her further problems and how she might overcome them.

(I also think that Cher/Josh is really cute and so any content that included that would be much appreciated. Also, the taboo that she ended up with her step-brother coming up would be interesting since the movie really didn't address that?)
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2013-02-28 11:26 pm

[comm] dear rarewomen author:

Dear rarewomen author,

Thank you so much for writing something for me! I hope that you find the following information about my likes and dislikes helpful, and I will also try to include some vague prompts to help you get started if you'd like. However, please do not consider these hard and fast prompts--let yourself be creatively free and do not feel pressured by them! I am pretty easy to please, so as long as you stay away from things I list that I absolutely hate (that I can't imagine many people would want to write anyway) we're good. Follow your muses.

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General likes: slice of life/contextualized domesticity within the context of the characters' universe and life circumstances, action/adventure, traveling/vacation, hurt/comfort, partnerships (that lack patronizing), constructive confrontation with positive resolution (let them fight about something that needs to be addressed and then let them resolve any hurt feelings, that sort of thing), canon-divergent AUs/fix-it fics/what-if's, well-plotted more-complete AUs (where they are the same people in very different circumstances who have responded as such; like time-setting shifts or different superpowers or whatever the case may be), exploration of superpowers were applicable (even if they are not the character's own), tasteful erotica if you like (kinky or vanilla), cuddling, pillow talk, realistic use of social media where applicable/appropriate, banter, polyamory (and any other orientation/relationship dynamic, just I wanted to include polyamory)

Important dislikes: character bashing (even when a fic explores, for example, why Ship A is working but Ship B is not/did not, I don't want other-character from Ship B to be defamed unnecessarily), characters being thanked for being patronizing, graphic depictions of rape/irresponsible narrative handling of rape, gratuitous violence (though any kind of violence is fine if it is contextually appropriate), bloodplay, breathplay, scat/vomit, nihilism, hopeless endings (but sad ones are okay)

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Marvel (Comics)

I have read all of the currently running Hawkeye issues to date, and I have read a lot of Young Avengers, including the first series and Children's Crusade and Young Avengers Presents in full. I am working on the rest. Kate Bishop is one of my favorite characters ever, and I absolutely adore Cassie and am heartbroken and need her to be okay. I would be content with fic about either of these characters, however.

If you do one about Kate and Cassie, I don't mind if it is femslash or platonic. I just want them to be happy and I would be completely content with some aspect of their being best friends (canon divergent or not) being explored. I find femslash between them adorable, but I don't hardcore ship it, so I mean it when I say I am completely cool with or without it.

If you choose to do het with either of them (also totally fine/actually my usual game!) I ship Cassie/Jonas, and these ships for Kate:

  • Kate Bishop/Tommy Shepherd
  • Kate Bishop/Clint Barton (also platonic is cool there too, but do ship it)
  • Kate Bishop/Tommy Shepherd/Eli Bradley (polyamory)
  • Kate Bishop/Tommy Shepherd/Clint Barton (polyamory)

    If you choose to do Kate/Clint, I actually do kind of enjoy the age-difference kink there since I do see them as pretty power-balanced in their relationship. It would be especially interesting to see exploration of "the younger woman" enjoying that since if it is done, it is typically done from the perspective of "the older man" enjoying it.

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Marvel Cinematic Universe

Ships for these characters I ship:

  • Peggy Carter/Steve Rogers
  • Peggy Carter/Howard Stark*
  • Pepper Potts/Tony Stark
  • Pepper Potts/Tony Stark/Steve Rogers**
  • Sif/Loki***
  • Sif/Loki/Thor****
  • Sif/Jane Foster/Thor*****

Alright, so I feel like a lot of these bear explanation for what I have in mind with them, so follow the little asterisk indicators if you like. However, gen about any of these characters and literally anyone else is fine, too. I'll actually give you a little bit to go on for each of the listed ships, but the ones with asterisks are the ones I had something slightly more specific in mind than what you might get from a cold read (though you are absolutely not bound to these thoughts).


For Peggy/Steve, I would like either an AU exploring what might have happened if a) somehow the end of the film had gone very differently, b) they had discovered and awakened Steve much earlier, or c) Steve actually went through with getting up the nerve to contact her a la the deleted scenes from The Avengers film.

However, something involving how Peggy moves on with her life and continues to be awesome having loved and lost without any specific focus on the ship or Steve at all or with it, I would love to just have fic about Peggy being awesome.

Also, Peggy/Steve fic from within the movie/missing scenes is also welcomed.


Alright, so I am aware that Howard Stark is a very problematic character, especially in the comics and to some lesser more-neglectful-less-abusive degree in the MCU. However, when I was first getting into the MCU, before I knew anything about the comics or had paid very attentive detail to the information we were given about Tony's parents in the Iron Man films, I had this strange little thought in my head that wouldn't go away. It still hasn't gone away, even though it has been thoroughly jossed and had been, honestly, before I even had it. Maybe it would be interesting to someone, though?

What if, after they lost Steve, Peggy and Howard found comfort in one another and developed a relationship? Whether or not this relationship led to Peggy happening to be Tony's mother, rather than Maria, or if it were explored how it was that Peggy opted not to become the future mother of Howard's children and to do something else with her life would be an interesting idea to explore, either way it went.


I would just like to see a fic about Pepper having a semi-balanced relationship with even still-learning Tony. Pepper should be able to branch out and have Tony not be her entire life even if he is, by her choice, her full-time job. I guess all I would suggest for a prompt here is that while I ship it, I would like to see some exploration of balance and how it is achieved.


I could see a whole bunch of variations on this theme, ranging from mutually-involved polyamory to Pepper/Tony + Steve (platonic). While I am a bit of a fan in the comics, I just don't particularly get on board with just-Tony/Steve in the MCU, but for some reason this doesn't make this go away for me. I like explorations of sustained, committed polyamory, but I also like people's romantic entanglements not existing in a vacuum. Even completely non-romantic, I'd like to see how Pepper relates to Steve (with or without Tony being anywhere on the radar) because I feel that she might be really compassionate to his circumstance being new to the 21st century and new to dealing with Tony's antics.

Also, with Pepper in general, it would be nice to see her having a healthy friendship with a female character. I don't really femslash-ship her with anyone, but I wouldn't be entirely opposed if something was sort of pre-femslash if you'd like to introduce my palette to new things.


In the Thor film, Sif was billed on the posters as the Goddess of War, and I guess I am just interested in an internal-mythology level on how that influenced her relationship with Loki's God of Mischief schtick. Their interaction in the Thor film interested me, and the fact that Sif was the one to address Frigga about the loss of Loki at the end makes me want some kind of elaboration on what their relationship at any point prior to the film was like--platonic, antagonist, romantic, etc.


Just to note, I don't mind the pseudo-incestuous connotation of Loki/Thor at all, in case you're wondering. As mentioned above, I would just like some elaboration on this relationship dynamic. As mentioned above, I like explorations of polyamory or the potential for it, but in this case unless it was AU I think it's fairly clear that this did not or could not work. Love triangle or mutual friendship between them, I would just like to see how it is that Sif deals with any feelings (of any kind) she has regarding their shared history either during the film or post/prior.

If you don't want to write any of the male characters as they are involved with Sif so directly, once again I would also enjoy fic about how it is that she came to be respected as a female in a society that apparently might have precluded her from her position for having been. A goddess of war in her capacity is just a really tantalizing and fascinating idea to me.


I did not request Jane specifically because I thought this prompt might be more interesting from Sif's POV. I am in no way an expert on their comics manifestations but there was something I read on a wiki once about how at one point Sif maybe saved Jane's life with some element of her essence, or something along those lines? I could refresh my memory and elaborate, but I think that is sufficient enough for an idea to prompt what I meant here. Some Sif/Jane bonding/friendship/femslash/mutual-support/anything would be interesting, and I'd like it if it happens from Sif's POV. Also, Thor and Sif's apparent mutual protectiveness of one another interests me on this level.

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Push (2009)

Ship: Cassie Holmes/Nick Gant

I would like anything about Cassie, really. I ship her with Nick. I always sort of fancied that Kira actually was more what was presented to her by the other Pusher, actually, and I sort of felt that Nick was headed for trouble in that regard. I would enjoy anything about Cassie coming more into her own and being better able to express herself as the woman she already is in many respects on the inside.

Thank you for your patience with the length of this letter!