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Oh right, [community profile] rarelywritten doesn't have an anon period.

For [community profile] rarelywritten I received ASTRID FIC. Astrid is so often a supporting character in Fringe canon and fanfic I am always thrilled when she gets the spotlight. [personal profile] kerithwyn delivered, writing the first chapter of "The Secret Life of Astrid Farnsworth", covering Astrid's experiences during the Fringe pilot. I'm still thinking about the title: on the one hand, her work life is a secret from the rest of her life. On the other hand, her personal life is something that very rarely is touched on in canon, so in some senses that's the "secret" life. Either way, I'm pleased to see this fic in the world, and excited to see what [personal profile] kerithwyn does with upcoming chapters (and would be happy to beta, cough).

I got [personal profile] minutia_r's request for Elene Quen, with a request for OT3.

After hemming and hawing and tearing up several drafts, including the thing which kicked off with three plot arcs and four named OCs in the first thousand words, I wrote OT3. "2379" is 1,900 words Damon/Elene/Josh setup, because I have all these feelings and meta on this topic.

tl;dr with lots of Downbelow Station spoilers. )

Fringe fans, if you're reading any of this and applying it to adventures in multiverse multi-timeline identity issues... yep. It's difficult to do a straight up Cherryh/Fringe crossover, because the timelines don't align well, but thematically, or as a fusion? The possibilities are terrifying awesome no actually they're terrifying, imagine Ari and Walter cutting deals between Reseune and Defense, and that one deal for Peter Bishop PR, or better yet don't.
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An outbreak of Real Life has done nothing good for my productivity.

[community profile] rarelywritten (1,000 words): ...huh. This is either an almost complete first draft or so wildly OOC it can't be salvaged. I'm going with Option A for now.

[community profile] intoabar (500 words): I'm not looking at this until after the RW default deadline. Which is Friday, so.




While not writing, I watched the second season of Orphan Black. Finished all of The Wire a while back, and I'm up to date on Elementary. Despite myself, I can't tear my eyes from the Hugos. Every time I think puppygate is settling down, someone kicks over another rock.

What are people watching these days? I was about to start catching up with AtLA and Korra, but Amazon instant video isn't playing nicely with my laptop this week.
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[community profile] rarelywritten (1,000 words): 2,000 words, non-sequential. At the "tear things up and rearrange" stage. Or possibly the "lock Character A and Character B in an elevator" stage.

[community profile] intoabar (500 words): Your assignment is:

Nina Sharp goes into a bar and meets... Trevor Slattery (Iron Man 1-3)!


I'm going to sit with this one for a few minutes. Bars are Trevor's natural habitat... this might be, Trevor walks into a bar, and Nina blames Sam Weiss. Hmmm.
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[community profile] rarelywritten (1,000 words): Word count achieved! 1,100 mostly sequential words unlocked. Soaking in unrelated very long novels may not have been the best prep for writing a fic that has a deadline.

[community profile] intoabar (500 words): After hitting RW word count, I slipped and fell into a sign-up. Signups close on April 5th, prompts go out on or after the 8th.
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[community profile] jukebox and [community profile] nightonficmountain are taking nominations. Signups are open for [community profile] intoabar. I might add some nominations, but until I get my RW fic to word count, I'm not signing up for anything else. However tempting that [community profile] intoabar 500 word minimum might be.

[community profile] rarelywritten: (1,000 words): 600 words, nonsequential. Canon review and mixed outline-drafting in progress!

All non-challenge fic: back-burnered until RW hits word count, or, even better, a complete rough draft.
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RW assignments are out, and I am super excited about my match. I will perform a small victory dance around my laptop before drafting something that is hopefully on my recip's wavelength.

Other stuff:

All things Fringe are stuck on S4 missing backstory, see previous. "Redder" needs Lincoln history. "Fear Death By Water" needs some S2 and S3 (sans Peter) flashbacks, and perhaps a different title.
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FYI, consider the letter a work in progress until the day after signups.



Dear Rarelywritten author,

First, thank you so much! If you're reading this, we've matched on a fandom I love, and characters I would be ridiculously pleased to see featured in a fic. You have no idea how excited I am to find out what you do with these characters.

Optional details are optional! If details are not your thing, here's the very short version:

Gen: yes
Explicit: yes
Do Not Wants: PWP, bloodplay, coffeeshop AU, high school/college AU, explicit descriptions of sexual assault
Flavor text: the recurring theme in my requests is the diversity of awesome represented in the canon. Mothers, sisters, daughters; women closely tied to their families, and women happy as independent operators, or as part of a chosen family. Working professionals, and women who are happy in non-professional roles. Women who struggle with trauma or loss, with their entire life rearranged by the loss of a parent or spouse or child, or refusing to let trauma define them, or making it part of who they are (by adopting the scars of their enemies' attacks as badges, see Shaal Mayan in B5, or sometimes in the literal form of a robot arm see Fringe). Women who are what they do, or who they know; women who go down fighting, or keep getting back up, or who leave their mark on the world, even when they can't handle that world anymore, or refuse to be beaten down ever.

People who like space: go forth, find words. I look forward to reading them!

For those of you for whom tl;dr is a challenge and inspiration:

My biggest hope is that, like me, you have spent too much time thinking about the way these characters fit (or don't fit) into their worlds, and what this means. If this engagement with the canon needs to be expressed through comedy or crackfic, or their interactions with other under-represented characters I have neglected to include in my requests, go for it! Character requests are "or", not "and". I am also fine with OCs and, if you are in the mood, turning any vagueness in description into an opportunity to squeeze in more diversity (PoC, QUILTBAG, etc).

If you're into gen, rock on. Gen is buddies. If you're in a porny mood, go for it! Add "in bed" to most of the below to get me hot and bothered. Extra points for that rare genre, femslash. But please keep the knives and blood out of the sex: I am not a big fan of mixing pain and orgasms. Likewise, not so much with the BDSM.

Fandom cliches that have made me happy include kidfic, friendships, N Things, genderflip, darkfic, sedoretu, superpowers, cuddling, backstory, timestamp, apocalyptic... go for it. If you're familiar with more than one of these fandoms, I'm fine with crossovers or fusions for any of these. Treat the canon with affection (if not always great reverence), and have fun.

Alliance-Union - C. J. Cherryh (Elene Quen, Signy Mallory, Allison Reilly, Alicia Konstantin) )

Babylon 5 (any) )

Fringe (any) )

Steerswoman series (any) )

And if you are scratching your head at these prompts, going "how do I do that?" ... write what you love. If a Daemonverse AU is what's speaking to you, or another off the wall concept, rock it.
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For Rarewomen, I wrote:

What Is Dark Within Me, Illuminate (2666 words) by sprocket
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Babylon 5
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Timov, Susan Ivanova, Talia Winters, Delenn, Kosh
Additional Tags: Missing Scene, Friendship, Cameos
Summary:

Timov had no righteous purity from which to assail the choices of others, only her own embattled principles, older and more trodden-upon than the station’s cramped hallways.



I matched on Babylon 5, and when I saw Timov in the prompt (with Lady Alys on the Vorkosigan request), I knew who I wanted to write. Diving into canon, as well as power-skimming the Centauri Prime tie-in novels for Timov's later adventures as Empress, helped me figure out what to write.

Propriety (101 words) by sprocket
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Babylon 5
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Na'Toth, Timov
Additional Tags: Drabble
Summary:

A Centauri and a Narn meet at a transport tube. Missing scene from "Soul Mates".



"Propriety" was cut from the major story when it moved in a different direction, but instead of killing my darling it was reborn as a treat.

The Knight of Gilded Gingerbread and the Butterfly (1665 words) by sprocket
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Perilous Gard - Elizabeth Marie Pope
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings, No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Christopher Heron/Kate Sutton
Characters: Christopher Heron, Alicia Sutton, Sir Thomas Sutton, Lady Sutton (Perilous Gard)
Additional Tags: Family, Comedy
Summary:

An old ivory chess set, an engagement ring the color of fire, a neglected manor. Christopher was a dear, Alicia thought, but she was glad he was marrying Kate.



Perilous Gard is a childhood favorite. When it popped up on the pinch hit list, I snagged it without a second thought. Second thoughts came during eleventh-hour editing. It will be interesting to come back to this in a few months and see how well the voices hold up when the dust has settled.

I'm hugely indebted to [personal profile] raspberryhunter for rapid and insightful beta, especially on Knight. If "What is Dark Within Me, Illuminate" is in one consistent tense, and has a consistent thematic tone, it's entirely thanks to her. Any remaining slipups are all mine.

And I received a giftfic!
The In-between Places (3547 words) by Twilight2000
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Babylon 5
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Delenn, Susan Ivanova, Talia Winters
Additional Tags: teamfic
Summary:

There are many ways to support the fight against the Shadows, not all of them involve guns or even formal diplomacy. Sometimes it just takes a change of perspective.



I really love the diversity of roles women filled on B5, and the varieties of competence they could display, and it was good to see that in play in this fic.
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Dear Rarewomen Author,

I am thrilled to my toes I get to ask for fic about some of my favorite less-represented female characters. Thank you! As this is rarewomen, you can be certain I will not be considering how your interpretation measures up to the hundreds of character- and pairing-centric fics on the AO3.

Optional details are optional! My biggest hope is that, like me, you have spent too much time thinking about the way these characters fit (or don't fit) into their worlds. If this engagement needs to be expressed through comedy or crackfic, or their interactions with characters I have neglected to include in my requests, go for it! Character requests are "or", not "and". I am also fine with OCs and, if you are in the mood, turning any vagueness in description into an opportunity to squeeze in more diversity.

If you're into gen, rock on. Gen is buddies. If you're in a porny mood, go for it! Add "in bed" to most of the below to get me hot and bothered. But please keep the knives and blood out of the sex. I'm not interested in mixing pain and orgasms. I know, I requested Cherryh, please scale this request to canon-appropriate levels of dubcon and power trips expressed through sex.

Fandom cliches that would make me happy include kidfic, apocalyptic, friendships, N Things, genderflip, darkfic, sedoretu, cuddling, backstory, timestamp, daemon-verse fusion (fusion-fic, period, if I know both fandoms) ... go for it. Treat the canon with love and affection (if not always great reverence), and have fun.

Alliance-Union - C. J. Cherryh (Elene Quen, Meg Kady, Sal Aboujib, Signy Mallory):
I would absolutely adore any flavor of Quen the politican. She's Pell Dockmaster in Merchanter's Luck and Stationmaster of long standing in Finity's End. And somehow, in all this, she raises two kids and doesn't destroy her marriage. (Along those lines... dear writer, I'm fine with rocky relationships, but please do not break up this band. I love OT3s, but cheating on your partner(s) is kind of my anti-kink.) Along those lines, I can certainly see Quen and Mallory dickering about the balance of power between Pell Station and Alliance Security. Or, did any of these characters cross paths, during or after the War? Quen and Mallory are mostly seen in positions of agency; Kady and Aboujib have to navigate life with rather fewer tools at their disposal. I would be thrilled by interstitial stories: there's a lot of time-gaps between Aboujib and Kady in Heavy Time and Quen in Finity's End.

Along those lines, I sort of love Mallory's character arc in Downbelow Station. At a point where she is offered every bad option, she is challenged to do the right thing, and she does it. Well, something like a right option, with a lot of death and betrayal and it's all very sobering, and the AU where she drags Damon and Josh to Earth and leaves Pell to die is one thing you could write, if you are in the mood for something really, really dark. I would be all right with the Making Of special too. She was forty-nine. The Beyonder Rebellion was far older than that; and she had been freighter pilot, rider captain, the whole gamut, all in the Earth Company's service. Does she know Kady or Aboujib? What compromises has she made to keep her ship and people alive, where other captains failed? What challenges does she face after the War, going after her former comrades?

If I have neglected to express my strong feelings on how much I would enjoy a story about Kady or Aboujib, it is because this prompt is already tl;dr. Quen and Mallory are mostly seen in positions of agency; Kady and Aboujib have to navigate life with fewer tools at their disposal. But I would be terrifically interested in a story about how they met, or, again, intersitial stories (life and friction with the Shepherds, shipping out after Hellburner, the compromises and patch-jobs later in the War... which carrier did they wind up attached to? The fluffy optimist in me says Norway, the critical thinker suggests Europe), or even something post-Downbelow Station.

Babylon 5 (Anna Sheridan, Catherine Sakai, Delenn, Susan Ivanova, Talia Winters, Timov): I would love some character-centric "missing scene / day in the life / AU" fic in this fandom. Wouldn't a "Talia doesn't die!" AU carried forward to S4 or S5 be awesome? Because clearly there would be Susan/Talia, and I see no bad there. Or, I would be vastly curious how much snark would be generated should Ivanova and Timov meet. Or maybe Anna Sheridan and Catherine Sakai crossed paths when IPX found something... interesting... on a Q-40-rich planet, and archaology vs geologcal exploitation conflicted... IN SPACE. Or maybe Sakai and Winters had professional dealings on B5? Or if you have Strong Feelings about S5 that must be expressed through the medium of fanfic, go for it.

And if you are scratching your head going "how do I do that?" ... write what you love. If a Daemonverse AU is what's speaking to you, or another off the wall concept, rock it.

Matthew Swift (Penny Ngwenya, Kelly Shiring):
My 100% bulletproof narrative thing, which will get me to read almost anything: place as character. The nearly-as-bulletproof thing is messy identity concepts. So, dear author, here we are, you and I, with London as character, and We are Swift, and I am the angels. Bullet. Proof.

I love those aspects of the novels. Others I find less cool. If you want to fix this weird pattern where many of the incredibly awesome women keep dying, please do. for Penny and Kelly, who clearly are on different life trajectories, but suffer some of the same problems (bosses, possible destruction of all London, that sort of thing). I would be all about The Adventures of Penny Ngwenya, Urban Sorceress. The Penny and Nabeela section of The Minority Council was my favorite part of the novel. Plus, Kelly: PA by day, Alderman by night! What is going on in her head? "Schedule the Warlocks and Witches Annual Dinner with the Mayor, spin class at five, assassinate rogue elements of the Minority Council, check!" How does such a perky, almost mundane young woman get mixed up with the magical side of London?

If you want to pull in characters from the Magicals Anonymous novels, go for it! The more the merrier.

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