Generally, I'm a fan of angst, post-apocalypse canon and AU, buddy road trips, awesome women being awesome, pre-series spec and canon-divergent AUs (the kind that just deviates within the universe - I don't like alt time periods, high school, coffee shop or other such AUs). For most of my fandoms, if I have a ship, it's probably het, but there are exceptions. For all that I like angsty, dark stuff, I don't go in for sexual violence, explicit or otherwise and prefer no irrevocable main character deaths.
Specifics under the cut in case of spoilers, especially for the current season of Game of Thrones and most recent season of The Walking Dead..
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First, thanks for offering in one of these fandoms, and thanks in advance for taking the time to create something! You're awesome just for that, truly.
Generally, things you should know about my likes/dislikes: I prefer angst over fluff, I like happy endings that come after struggle or discord, I love character studies and backstories. I love minor characters in fic, the chance to flesh out what we don't see on the page or screen. Not into pregnancy AU, high school or university AU, or modern AU. While I love angst, I don't love trauma, especially of the sexual variety. Not into threesome pairings in any of my requested fandoms and prefer femslash if any slash (though not graphic).
AUSTEN Jane - Works - Gen in the male friendships listed: Wentworth and Harville (would LOVE an adventure-on-the-high-seas, bonding over age and situation, etc. Harville finding out the details of how Anne broke it off with Frederick, but set against a broader story) and Darcy and Bingley (Bingley being generally wiser and more mature than he's usually depicted, origin tale for his friendship with Darcy, gentlemen-about-town stories, etc). For Elinor/Colonel Brandon, I'd love to see them end up together from the get-go, not because of Marianne's later death or betrayal, something sweet but not cloying. Wouldn't mind seeing Elinor and Brandon meeting up with Darcy and Elizabeth somehow, Lizzie and Elinor becoming confidantes in some way. For Elizabeth/Darcy on their own, I love canon-divergent stories about how they got together, such as they realized their feelings sooner, took action sooner, Lizzie says yes the first time, or things took longer, they met in a different situation, etc. Sky's the limit, right? :-)
Dawson's Creek - Well, I sail on the good 'ship Joey/Pacey, but I love the barely-requited high school feel of Joey/Dawson. Play on my heartstrings with bittersweet teenage goodness! Prefer Joey's POV for this, especially at the latest part of their relationship, maybe even during a time later when they are about to try again and Joey's most in the throes of nostalgia. Alternately, friendship stories about the three of them are awesome. Of the three, if it's a solo tale, Pacey would be most interesting to me.
Possession - A.S. Byatt - Hmm. I love Christabel/Randolph so much, and I think the thing I want most is for it to work out for them somehow. To keep from handing out too much collateral damage (poor Blanche!), why not have them meet younger? Different circumstances? Maybe their love remains unrequited and on the page, maybe they are discovered and there's a scandal but all ends well, who knows. Another thought - May Bailey discovers her parentage after all, because SHE finds the letters. How would that go? When would it happen, and if Randolph still lives, would she seek him out? So much possibility!
FANDOM: The X-Files
SPOILERS: Whole series up for grabs.
DISCLAIMER: Not my characters, my concept, or my show. Damn it.
SUMMARY: What happened when it ended.
NOTES: This entire concept came from a comment timesink made in the wake of "My Struggle." Headcanon developed, fic resulted. Fandom is a wonderful place to play.
Under the cut, or on AO3.
( She awoke when the bed grew cold, and knew only vaguely that he was not there. )
As long as I'm using made up hashtags, let's also use this one: #lameexcuses
How about, instead, I share some recs? :-)
Elysium by Aloysia Virgata. Five things Scully didn't get to do with William and one she did. Kleenex warning! No spoilers for Season 10.
Five Times Scully Called Mulder "Fox" and a Thousand Times She Didn't by Leiascully. What it says on the tin, and slightly NSFW. And just awesome.
Just the Thing by pinebluffvariant - A sweet story set at the end of "How the Ghosts Stole Christmas."
Coda by deslea - A little Alex Krycek. To say more is to spoil. It's lyrical and amazing, made me nostalgic and giddy all at once.
There are likely tons more, but the point is this: whether you are on Tumblr or not, the place to find the good (most MSR) stuff right now is clearly here: https://www.tumblr.com/search/xf+fanfic
FANDOM: The X-Files
SPOILERS: My Struggle, Part 1 (post-ep, none for following episodes)
SUMMARY: Tad O'Malley escapes with his life, just barely.
NOTES: Spoilers. Lots and lots of spoilers. But none for the upcoming episodes, so this is likely gonna get jossed to hell (Cartered?). No beta, just good old-fashioned write and post.
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And mine is really simple, and it's for all you X-Files fans and writers who still lurk around this joint. deslea posted something on Facebook tonight about Livejournal that made me freshly nostalgic. The upcoming limited series version of The X-Files is doing the same thing. And I know there is a thriving XF microfandom over on Tumblr. BUT. I really, really want to see some XF stuff over here. Revive our communities for the length of the series, whatever (you know I'm doing that with the Harem!).
Let's breathe some life back into our communities, even if it's brief. erries - what say you? :-)
(first off, linking back to the challenge master post for reference)
Last Night I Had the Strangest Dream - Stephen King's IT - Post-book, Richie Tozier in high school and his last run-in with It. Essentially a coming-of-age. It's one of my favorite stories from the smaller fandoms; Richie was always one of my favorite King characters, and it was fun trying to get in his head. I kept him out of a later story because I liked this version of him too well.
A Dread of West and a Love of East - The X-Files - I've been the most prolific in XF, of course. I've written a lot of stuff I'm fond of, some stuff I think sucks (or could at least have used more work before posting), but the story I like the best is this one, about Scully and the pull she begins to feel leading up to "Patient X."
And Death Shall Have No Dominion - Buffy the Vampire Slayer - I come back to this story every so often, especially when doing a rewatch, because I wrote it after a really emotional rewatch of the fifth season. I don't really remember when I originally posted it, maybe 2008? In any event, I know I wrote it having knowledge of my mother's illness, because it was while she was sick that season five was the hardest to watch. I haven't written a lot in BtVS and I don't know if I ever will again, but this was hands-down my favorite story there.
I think I'm mostly going with stories I'd like to see.
1 -Inside Out stories set in the parents' heads, especially Mom's, before/during/after the movie. I didn't think to ask for this for Yuletide, but now I really want it, probably because this movie became the overnight favorite at our house. The one I really want is from Mom's Emotions' POV during her pregnancy and while Riley is still an infant, noting that by the time we meet Mom, Sadness is the leader. Another that would be great is one detailed scenes from the film from Mom or Dad's POV, especially anything that would explain how/why Mom and Dad don't pick up on Riley's extreme disconnect sooner. Alternate stories from Riley's POV, such as Sadness being left alone because Joy disappears in the tube with the core emotions, and Disgust, Anger, and Fear team up to find her. The day Disgust appears in Riley's mind, and how it goes. Sadness and Anger battling it out while Riley is a toddler.
2 - Inside Out/Frozen fusion, where some of the events of Frozen are told from the POV of Elsa's emotions. Fear at the helm!
3 - Okay, getting away from Disney. A crossover I've wanted to write forever, and would love if someone else wrote, is The X-Files/It crossover. Because no way is Derry, Maine NOT in Mulder's files, and no way he'd ignore it if it was. There are so many ways to come at this, but my thought is to shift the timelines so that it comes to Mulder's desk as a missing persons case, featuring one of the Losers (probably Ben Hanscom). Or Ben and Beverly, freaked out over losing their memories a second time, go to Mulder and Scully for help. OR, Mulder encounters It as a child. Any scenario at all, really.
4 - Star Wars/Firefly gen. I think there are a great many crossover possibilities, especially in the wake of The Force Awakens. Shepherd Book as a Jedi who didn't complete his training (OR DID HE). Reavers in the SW galaxy. River as a padawan. Mal as a bounty hunter or a Rebellion pilot (Rogue Squadron!). Lots and lots of ideas.
Well, here we go.
Day 1 - Talk about why you're participating in Snowflake.
I need to write. I need to flex these muscles a bit. I miss fandom for fandom's sake. Lots and lots of reasons, that boil down to wanting to start this year off with a bit of a fandom kick in the rear.
That's it. Nothing terribly elaborate or complicated. It's a thing, I'm doing it (a few days late, but still).
Drive-by recs after my first pass:
Zinc Man, The Americans: Like the tightest and most tense of any episode of the show. Really well-researched. I love the voices in this, too. The author is clearly a fan!
The Long Dry Road That Lead Me Here, Almost Famous: Oh, Penny. I wasn't expecting to see any Almost Famous stories in the archive, so this is a pleasant surprise. And such a good one. Penny, pre-movie. The best idea - that it's Penny Lane who is most responsible for getting Stillwater to the point we see them in the movie.
The Good Old Way, True Grit (2010): Mattie Ross confesses. It's a perfect internal monologue and then some. Not really a Mattie/LaBoeuf story, but a shipper like me was more than satisfied anyway. ;-)
In Stunning Heaps, Dawson's Creek: Just because I'm still a huge Pacey/Joey fan, and this is a fun slice of life for them post-series.
(Not) Like Uber But For Babysitting, The Babysitters Club: Yuletide always brings to light the best nostalgia. This is definitely that, and then some, as the BSC girls, all grown-up, create an app. Love, love, love it.
The Ones I Used to Know, White Christmas/Agent Carter: The crossover you never knew you always wanted. Bob Wallace and Peggy Carter meet, again, after the war. It captures both sources so well, and I'm seriously sorry Bing Crosby and Hayley Atwell can only meet in fanfiction. Ah well. This is great.
Star and Stripes, American Girls: Molly/Agent Carter: Another great crossover! Molly is a fan of the Captain America Adventure Hour. Halloween fun ensues. I really love this.
Generally, things you should know about my likes/dislikes: I prefer angst over fluff, I like happy endings that come after struggle or discord, I love character studies and backstories. I love minor characters in fic, the chance to flesh out what we don't see on the page or screen. Not into pregnancy AU, high school or university AU, or modern AU. While I love angst, I don't love trauma, especially of the sexual variety. Not into threesome pairings in any of my requested fandoms and prefer femslash if any slash (though not graphic). This year I've been pretty obsessed with costume drama, so my requests reflect that. I'm on Tumblr as Maidenjedi and my AO3 profile is linked here, too (also, Maidenjedi).
Three of my fandoms this year are represented on page and screen. I've watched all the versions available and read the novels, so feel free to cross those lines in your story if you choose one of those.
Specifics under the cut! Yay! And again, THANK YOU!!!
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TITLE: To Give My Love Good-Morrow
RATING: PG, no warnings necessary
PAIRING: Margaret Hale/John Thornton
SUMMARY: Margaret Hale has the world at her feet, and all she wants is to go home again.
NOTES: Written for rarepairfest 2015 for tree.
A few bits and pieces are more book-inspired, but this is very much a series story. The title is from a poem by Thomas Heywood, from which Mrs. Gaskell pulled the title of the book's final chapter.
Read on AO3 or below the cut.
TITLE: In Spite of All Terror
FANDOM: Game of Thrones
CHARACTERS: Shireen Baratheon, Brienne of Tarth, Sansa Stark, Dacey Mormont, Theon Greyjoy, Podrick Payne, Samwell Tarly, a few others make cameos, and an OC
SUMMARY: Shireen Baratheon escapes, and gathers companions, each seeking to survive and none able to continue alone, whether because of danger or duty. This is the tale of how they meet.
Written for Sumi for Not Prime Time 2015
This is long, so I'm just going to provide the link.
In Spite of All Terror (AO3)
TITLE: Celestial Navigation (The Wishful Thinking Remix)
SUMMARY: Zoe stays to light the way.
NOTES: A West Wing title, to sync it up with the original (He Shall From Time to Time).
Well, another summer, another round of challenges and exchanges. This one is one of my favorites, because we get to go where hardly anyone ever goes (or so it seems!).
Generally, I like plot or character pieces that do a lot of thinking. I like getting to know a character's backstory, especially when there is none in canon. I'm not a big fan of fluff for fluff's sake, but happy endings compliant with canon are just fine :-). I prefer no non-con, gender-swapping or PWP.
Pride and Prejudice - Jane Bennet/Charles Bingley - Jane's perspective on their romance, especially during their separation. A more serious Charles Bingley (who is undoubtedly more serious on his own, apart from his sisters and Darcy). AU perhaps? Bingley wakes up sooner, or doesn't pay any heed to Caroline and Louisa and Darcy. Bingley is quite ready to be fallen in love with at the Meryton assembly - why? Did he have his heart broken in town? Tell me more about Jane without making her weak or simpering. Compared to Lizzy she's quiet and shy, but what is she like on the inside? I'm not terribly interested in wedding night stories or anything about their marriage, but their courting deeply interests me!
North and South - Margaret Hale/John Thornton - I am a huge fan of the novel as well as the mini-series, so feel free to pick either for your source here. I'd kind of like to know why and how Thornton fell in love with Margaret. Was it just the scene in front of his home during the strike? Maybe give them a few encounters where he feels emboldened before that. My favorite AU in this fandom is what would it be like if Margaret accepted his first proposal. Either because she wants to (!) or maybe Thornton goes to Mr. Hale first and Margaret is backed into a corner. Another idea would be to have the second proposal happen differently - before Margaret leaves Milton? Or much later - instead of going to make her offer to Thornton in person, she writes to him, and it is a few years before they see one another again. Pretty much anything will work for me here (but, given what's already out there, maybe stay away from wedding night or anything where Mrs. Thornton is dealing with her usurpation).
The Hunger Games - Cinna/Portia, Katniss/Finnick - Okay, I think Cinna/Portia speaks for itself. Rebel designers against the world! How do they get together, is it before the 74th Hunger Games or during? Is theirs a longstanding partnership? Who recruited who into rebellion? Were they both rebels already? Just tell me a story where the darkness is there, but outside, and together they hold it at bay. For Katniss/Finnick - I really like them best as friends/allies, but I don't mind them comforting one another. AU where Peeta doesn't recover, or Finnick isn't allowed on the final mission, whatever. Don't fridge Annie or Peeta for the sake of romance, please! But you could, for example, let Peeta not be reaped, so that Katniss as victor encounters Finnick on her own. So...yeah, anything that doesn't involve unnecessary character death. HG can skew dark and I don't mind it, but please, no "they have sex for the Capitol crowd"-type stories.
SUMMARY: Byers and Scully chase down yet another lead in the ongoing search for Mulder.
SPOILERS: Through Requiem but skews AU just short of the end of that episode.
DISCLAIMER: Not mine. Nope nope nope.
Well, here it is. The rewritten story. A lot shorter than I initially anticipated, but long by my usual standards.
This took a lot of Tori Amos (hence the title) and general folk music to get through. And wine. I had a harder time doing this than I initially anticipated, for all sorts of reasons.
Generally, I'm a fan of angst, post-apocalypse, buddy road trips, awesome women being awesome, pre-series spec and AUs (the kind that just deviates within the universe - I don't like alt time periods, high school, or other such AUs).
More specifically -
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So, thank you, dear NPT author, and I can't wait to read what you write!