thewrongkindofpc: ryan ross in dark glasses, in a car with a cat on his shoulder (Default)
(*waves* dear anyone else who still follows me here, hey, hi, how are you? Actual entry to follow in a few days, sorry for the many months of absence, life got very busy)

Dear Yuletide Author,

I assume, since we've matched one one of these fandoms I'm so excited to connect with someone new over, that you are a pretty rad individual. Hello, rad individual! As such, I totally trust that whatever you have in your heart to write about one of these fandoms will be awesome, even if you totally disregard everything else in this letter - optional details are so very optional, these are just a few ideas of some things that catch in my head when I think about them.

As a general thing, I'd request no stories dealing with brain damage, memory loss, or amnesia, but other than that, it's a pretty open playing field.

General things I like: crossovers, close-to-canon AUs, much-further-from-canon AUs that use details from canon in interesting ways, established relationship fic, missing scene fic, fic where people recognize each other's limitations, fic where people have a lot of conversations, reconnection stories, crack pairings involving people who have never met but would probably get along really well if they did, kittens.

Specific fandoms:

Nothing Much To Do

From my sign-up: Okay, so one thing I'll admit straight up is that, as of now, Lovely Little Losers is KILLING ME, and that is definitely informing that request, because I'd love to see an interpretation of what happened between Peter and Balth in that missing time period between the two series, and I would really really love to see them trying to talk things through like grown-ups, and a happy ending for them would make me giddy. On the other hand, I can totally see an interpretation where they don't end up together, since their lack of communication so far is so stunning. As long as they try to work it out in a healthy way, and are secure in their fondness for each other by the end, I'm happy.

If, on the other hand, you're not interested in writing about their dynamics as a couple, one of the things that interested me most from the first series was John and Peter-then-Pedro's relationship, and I'd love to see anything more of that,anything from their childhoods together to trying to work things out after NMTD.

On the third hand entirely, if you felt like writing about both of those things, that would be something I'd be incredibly into as well.

I think that actually basically covers it, except that I feel like I should say that, since the second series is still airing, and I know how hard that can make writing, I totally understand if you feel like the best way to do it is either to pick an episode to work from and go AU with anything that comes out after that, or even ignore the second series entirely and just focus on the first. Whatever works for you, dude.

Cracked After Hours

From my sign-up: There are so many little moments in the series I'd love to see expanded on: the time Michael went to Thanksgiving with Dan's family, how exactly Soren's crush on Susan B. Anthony, at what point between the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles episode and the one where they talk about villains they'd be henchmen for and Katie nods along with the rest of them like she's seen it did she watch Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and why? Why were they on a camping trip that one time? What would they actually do in a zombie apocalypse? How much coaching did Soren give Dan before that time Dan tried to ask the waitress out in that one episode?

If you choose to go with that last one, I'm totally down for Soren/Dan shipping - really, I'm up for shipping it in any situation. Ditto Michael/Katie, and Katie/Soren when they're doing that thing they do where Soren acts like he's looking for a woman who can make him cry and Katie acts like she'd be happy to be that woman. I'm also interested in any poly-shipping that might catch your fancy in this context. Really, mystery author, I'm interested in just about anything you can throw at me.

Again, I said most of what I meant to, I'm interested in most things about these guys. Other things I particularly like, that maybe you particularly like, too: Dan's insistence on getting the proper pluralization of movie titles, the way there is clearly the makings of an EPIC Marvel vs. DC debate between Soren and Dan one of these days, the way Katie let the restraining order against Michael lapse, Michael's insistence that he is one of the 'normal' ones of them, that weird espionage-like thing going on in the background of the diners, the waitress who doesn't know Soren's name.

The Riches

From my sign-up: Watching this series again recently has been such a delight, and there really isn't much I wouldn't love to read about it - a what-comes-next story for after the series, maybe a pre-series story about the time when Dahlia was in jail, and the way Wayne and the kids had to adjust, even something about Actual Doug Rich's kids--sometimes it gets to me that, as big of a jerk as he is, they may never know what happened to him. Occasionally I think about what it would be like if one of the Malloy kids met one of Doug Rich's kids at some point in the future.

I also just really love the Malloy kids, though, and the way they tease and protect and are there for each other, and I'd be fascinated to see either some of the ways that dynamic developed, or the way it changes, or doesn't change, as they grow up.

Of all of the fandoms I requested, this is probably the one that, if you were in the mood, I would be the most interested in seeing crossovers for, but then I feel weird even saying so because I ALSO don't want to lessen any chance I might have for getting straight-up Riches fic, because I just love this family so MUCH. You know what, if this is the fandom we match on, a) rock on, mystery author, and b) anything you write is going to make me so happy, ANYTHING AT ALL, so, uh, no pressure.

Casson Family

From my sign-up: Really, this is my eternal yuletide fandom, so if this is where we match up, I'm going to be so thrilled. One of the things I love most about these books is the way the family you find and the family you're born with don't have to be mutually exclusive, and the way you still have to choose when it comes to the people you're related to, and how far you're going to let them into your life, as much as you love them. I'd love to see something about the ways different people who have become part of the family at different times over the years navigate that as they get older, or something about the way Caddy and Michael set up their own family, and the ways that that's the same, the ways that it's different, and the way the people in both overlap.

I'm happy to read gen or Caddy/Michael, and I'd be totally interested to read something about Eve and Bill and the ways they must have worked as a couple once. Besides those, though, I'm not that interested in the future pairings with the kids that the narrative is pointing at - Saffy/Sarah and Indigo/Tom both sound a lot more interesting to me than Sarah/Indigo, and I don't really believe that, when Tom and Rose grow up, they'll be interested in each other that way, no offense, Hilary McKay. Which isn't to say I'm requesting any of those pairings, I'd be more than happy with gen-ish shenanigans of all kinds, and like I said, Caddy and Michael and their made-for-each-other-ness warms my icy, icy heart, and mostly, I just hope you write something that makes you as happy as the possibility of matching with someone on this fandom makes me.

Yeah, okay, I think I said it all here, too.

Anyway, happy winter exchange season, mystery author. Thank you in advance, and I'm so excited to see what you come up with!
thewrongkindofpc: ryan ross in dark glasses, in a car with a cat on his shoulder (Default)
Dear my yuletide match,

Hi! How are you this fine day? I'm so excited to read whatever you come up with--for some reason, yuletide is exempt from my general grinchiness around the holidays, and everything about participating thrills me. First, I want to say that I am totally a believer in optional details being optional--with the exception of the few things that I have a genuine problem reading (which I'll list below), I would pretty much always prefer for you to completely forget everything in this letter and write a story you're really invested in telling than to force yourself to write something that fits my tastes.

The only things I'm not really up for in the fic I read are brain damage, mind control or amnesia, and I'd prefer not to read anything that involves my favorite characters committing acts of sexual violence. Other than that, the playing field is pretty wide-open.

I'm a confirmed multishipper, so if there's a particular ship in any of these fandoms that you either want to try out or are really into, chances are I'll be totally down for that. I also read a lot of gen, so if shipping isn't your cup of tea, either in general or in whatever fandom we match up in, that's awesome too.

Fresh Meat (Oregon Shawcross, Vod Nordstrom)

These girls, man, they slay me. I usually try to stay kind of ship-neutral in these letters so my writer doesn't feel pressured, but I'll admit it here, I totally ship it. Truly, madly, deeply. If you feel like going in a gen direction that's totally cool, too--I bet they'd have some rad gen hijinks, maybe getting their first apartment together out of school, say, or protest-hopping to trawl for boys. Like, I'm not knocking the appeal of their straight, unadulterated friendship. But if you feel like writing them into a relationship, or just into bed, I would be in no way at all displeased. Just throwing that out there.

What I love about these two when they interact is that even when they're bad for each other, even when they fuck each other up, when Vod expects Oregon to do her homework or Oregon lies about her identity or they have a falling-out while backpacking (and I'm totally curious about how that vacation of theirs really went down) there's such caring underlying the ways that they're awful to each other that there's never any question that they'll move past it. I'd love to see Vod pursue acting, I'd love to see Oregon not being a good writer and knowing it and keeping on writing anyway, I'd love to see them supporting each other in a myriad of all-encompassing, over-the-top, ridiculous, round-about ways. I want Vod to start taking some hesitating, clumsy steps towards dealing with some of the issues her mother left her with. I want them to have dinner with Oregon's parents. Basically, I want anything at all you can throw at me, so if this show is your show, come at me, bro. Do your worst.

(I also love every other character on the show, p. much, so if you feel like moving in an ensemble direction, that's perfect too [though if there's any Josie-bashing I will probably cry--my friend I watch the show with is pretty anti-Josie and idgi at all--she's my delusional-sunshine-murder-baby].)

Poldark (TV 1975) (Demelza Carne, Jinny Carter, Francis Poldark, Ross Poldark)

Poldark. Okay, massive overshare/storytime. The Poldark series had a weirdly massive influence on my childhood--when I was a kid, my mom used to check the VHSs of it out from the library and watch it after I went to bed when I was in elementary school. Since I was a teeny tiny insomniac, I would lie awake in the next room and listen to the whole thing. I would do this with a lot of the movies she watched, but for some reason, Poldark was the one that I couldn't take just listening to without being able to see, so a couple of nights (and episodes) in, I got out of bed and walked in to the living room. I was expecting my mom to send me back to bed, and I still don't know why she didn't, but she moved over on the couch and let me sit and watch with her for hours. I can't say I totally understood all of it at the time, but I was pretty enthralled anyway, and there were scenes from it stuck in my head for years and years afterwards.

Fast forward to this past summer, me just graduated from college and at loose ends and living with my mom while I figure out my next step. I heard that there was going to be a reboot starring Aiden Turner, and I got really excited. I told my mom, and we spent an entire night looking up everything else the actors in the original cast had ever done. The next day, I went in to the local library I hadn't been to since I left for school and braved my years-ignored library fine to check out the DVDs. We watched them all in a rush, and I was as charmed by the show's overblown sentiment and '70s-interpretation-of-period-hair hair as I was the first time, but it kept hitting me that the pace just moved so fast, there wasn't time to explore these character dynamics fully. Basically, what I'm saying is that if our match-up fandom is Poldark, no matter what you do, I'm going to just be so incredibly gratified to get a peek into someone else's thoughts about the show (and if you feel like chatting about it post-yuletide, I'd be totally up for that).

I think Demelza is one of the most fascinating characters in the world, and anything you feel like writing about her will thrill me. Jinny is actually my favorite, I'd be so interested in anything from her point of view. I'm also interested in Ross's relationship with her entire family, so if that's something you feel like grappling with, feel free. Ross is a pretty odd, intense dude, so it makes sense that pretty much all of his relationships are likewise odd and intense. I'm always intrigued by his relationship with Francis, who always grows on me in the strangest way as the series goes on. Francis's actions are so tied up in Ross's reactions and pushing Ross's buttons, whereas Ross barely seems to think about Francis at all--until the scene with the cards, that is, when he notices Francis being picked on and sweeps in in a way that feels habitual to me, like that was their dynamic in childhood. I didn't have enough character options to nominate Verity, too, but if you felt like looking at her relationships with Francis and/or Ross, I'd also be into that.

Political Animals (Anne Ogami, Douglas Hammond, TJ Hammond)

Like the entirety of tumblr, I have a massive weakness for Sebastian Stan right now, which is why I embarked on my Political Animals rewatch this summer. By the end of it, though, I realized that as much as I love TJ, my stand-out favorite at this point is Anne. I'd love anything about her carving out a place for her in the Hammond/Barrish family, especially anything where she spends some time with TJ, or more interactions with Margaret, and anything that addresses how messed up it was when the family chased her and Douglas down to crash their elopement would definitely be something I'd be into. I'm also really intrigued by TJ and Douglas's relationship, so if Anne's not as interesting to you as she is to me, I'd also love to read anything about those two growing up.

Hanna (Hanna Heller, Sophie)

Basically anything about these two reconnecting as adults, or about what Hanna does next after the end of the movie. Honestly, if you're into AUs, I'd be interested in that for these two, too. Feel free to take it to a shippy place, but no pressure. I'm also into crossovers if I have any familiarity with the other fandom, so if that's what you're into, feel free to poke around in my journal or my AO3 bookmarks. Basically, if this is where we match up, I'm up for pretty much anything, though it'd make me extra pleased if it could end happily or at least ambiguously--poor Hanna deserves a break, you know?

Boyhood (Mason Evans, Olivia Evans, Mindy Welbrock, Randy Welbrock)

I enjoyed this movie so much, and one of the reasons was that it put things on-screen that I could really connect to, types of relationships that I hadn't really seen depicted in fiction before, and was only familiar with from my life. One of those things was the way Mason and Samantha and Mindy and Randy interacted in that brief period when their parents were married--less than family and more than friends, close in a way that was slightly forced but still genuine. The way it was their parents' relationships that completely dictated their own because they were children and their connections to each other had always been out of their control. I'd love either a closer look at those kids finding ways to fit together when they were kids, and trying to find a dynamic that worked for all of them, or maybe a story about them reconnecting later in life somehow.

Bad Education (Chantelle Parsons, Frank Grayson, Stephen Carmichael)

Chantelle and Stephen's friendship is pretty much my favorite thing in the world, I'd love a closer look at that, and if you felt like getting into how they got to know each other, that'd be awesome, too. I'd also love more of Frank and Stephen's relationship--if there's one thing about this last season that surprised me, it was how much it hurt to hear Frank Grayson say "I'm not pedigree." I mean, I still laughed, but it was one of those choking, incredulous types of laughs that stuck in my chest. This is one of those absurd, over-the-top shows that doesn't stray into genuine emotion very often. I'm not sure whether I'd more like to read a story that's as absurd as the show, or one that digs into the characters a little more and fills them out. Either one would be fantastic. Both would be transcendent. If you feel like writing about these three characters spending time together at some point, though, that's something I would love.

So hey, mystery writer! I hope I haven't overwhelmed you here--I've had exchange assignments light on details enough to make me nervous, and I don;t want to do that to someone else, but seriously, feel free to ignore any of this you don't want to deal with.

Thank you in advance for writing my story!


thewrongkindofpc: Kate Bishop in a purple pea coat and holding a bow, sunglasses on like a badass (kate bishop)
Basically, I keep telling myself I can't post anything here until I write up a post listing every fic I've put up on Ao3 since the last time I crossposted here in, I think, mid-July, which is actually kind of a lot? Idk, guys. Being unemployed and directionless was actually pretty great for the creative juices for a while.

All of that is over now, though--both the unemployment and the creativity. I'll do that list soon, and I'll talk about stuff, like the coffee shop I'll be working at and the fancy-shmancy internship I'm doing and the fabulous apartment just outside Boston I'll be living in (cross your finger) wicked soon with a super awesome roommate.

Rn, though, I'm really not up for much more than talking about Yuletide for a few--I just submitted my noms. One of them is Poldark, the original tv series, which my mom and I just watched again, and which I'm determined to find some fans of before the Aiden Turner-starring remake comes out this winter or spring (I am incredibly excited about the remake, but I know that after it comes out, it will prob be impossible to talk about the old one without talking about the new one). I submitted character tags for Demelza because, like, duh, she's the best, and Francis because he's bizarrely endearing and I am so interested in his relationship with Ross, and Ross himself because I'd be interested in looking closer at him in conjunction with either Francis or Demelza (or Verity, but I didn't have enough tags left to include her :(), and then I did Jinny Carter becuase she is totally my favorite now and forever.

I also did Fresh Meat, which I would love to read more fic of, especially if it's about Vod and Oregon being in love, and Hanna because I still want a happy ending for Hanna and Sophie (and also an Avengers crossover where Natasha and Hanna bond, but let's not ask for the moon, yes?), and I'm actually going to get it together to sign up for yuletide this year instead of just writing treats, I swear, and I am genuinely kind of extremely excited about it?

So hi guys! Hope you're all doing well! <3
thewrongkindofpc: ryan ross in dark glasses, in a car with a cat on his shoulder (Default)
I did my yuletide noms the other day!

my nominations: Newsroom, Swordspoint, The Place Beyond The Pines and the Casson Family )

More immediately, I'm also doing no_tags this week. My prompt is spectacular, y'all. And just to get back into the swing of bandom, I got all kinds of weirdly tempted the other day to read Keltie's book. Luckily, there were plenty of nice people on twitter to remind me that I don't actually want to do that. Here, have a picture of Ryan Ross instead:

anyone want to ask me weird and potentially intrusive questions? I have snatched a meme off of tumblr for just that purpose!

meme )


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