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Dear Fic-Corner Writer
SSar's Beast
Hi! Thank you very much for writing something for me. I'm looking forward to it.

My do-not-wants are a short list: please don't write me anything with a focus on addiction, memory loss, or harm to hands.

What I do want: well, you're writing me stuff in these canons. Yay! That! I like these characters and these worlds (for a lot of different reasons. It's a mixed bag here). I like absurdity. I like a bit of magic in my reality and a bit of realism in my fantasy. I like competence. I like little details. I like everyone having a reason for what they do (even the villains, even if those reasons are objectively messed up). I like worldbuilding. If I keep listing things I like, we'll be here all year.

I have some shipping suggestions, but they're only suggestions - disregard them if you like. I'm happy with m/m, f/f, m/f, poly, ?/?, etc if it works for the canon and characters. I like complex friendships too.

Alyzon Whitestarr - Isobelle Carmody

Isobelle Carmody has a lot to say about emotional maturity, and her ideas speak to me. Also, this is a book about extra-sensory perception whereby people's moods, memories, and dreams can be transmitted through scents, which are lovingly described; that's fun. I had a hard time thinking up what kinds of fic I might want for this, besides 'more!': here are some ideas.

-More of Gilly's background
-Gilly and Raoul's earlier friendship/relationship
-The whole group, before Alyzon, doing something together
-related to the above, I'd particularly like to see more of Sarry on one of her better days
-An outside perspective on Alyzon, at any point (uh, particularly Harrison's, if you feel like being fluffy)
-Any original characters or minor book characters dealing with some of the same realizations Alyzon comes to
-A story you already had in mind when offering this canon.

Chalice - Robin McKinley

I like the magic system - and the political system. I like the way magic here is about keeping everything running - I like how practical it is. I identify with Mirasol's feeling of being out of her depth and struggling out of those depths by frantically learning. (I get myself into that kind of situation all the time).

Some keywords for you to work with: competence, practicality, learning by doing, community, symbolism.

Among other things, I'd love:

-More background for any of the characters besides Mirasol
-Anything about any combination of the nominated characters solving problems. I'd really love to see them working together!
-For the Master and the Grand Seneschal particularly: you could hint about life and priorities beyond the demesne
-For Talisman and Clearwater: I'm interested in how their magic affects their philosophies - or vice versa
-With Mirasol: I'd particularly like to see her come into her confidence and powers; stories from years down the track would be great.

The Changeover - Margaret Mahy

There appears to be an inverse relationship between my love for this book and my ability to talk about it coherently. Please give me more stuff about these people. Future or past.

My favourite thing about this book - maybe - is how thin a line divides extraordinary from ordinary. There is nothing too mundane you could write for me about Jacko or Laura or Sorry or Miryam or Winter, as long as somewhere, there is the hint of other potentials. Decisions long ago made by Miryam or Winter? Yes please. Jacko growing up? Absolutely. Sorry's priorities and development (of either self or photographs :P)? Yes. Laura? Yes. For all that Laura's at the centre of the book, I feel as though there's so much more to learn about her.

(I also asked for The Changeover in my last Yuletide letter. Hope that helps.)

The Twenty-One Balloons - William Pène du Bois

It might be as many as twenty years since I first read this book, and although I still love it, I now have far more questions.

-How might Professor Sherman's visit have gone if he'd been able to stay a little longer?
-Was the island society really such a utopia? (While I'd rather you didn't turn it into a dystopia, you're welcome to poke at inconsistencies or possible hardships)
-How did the people of the island maintain an apparent connection with outside culture? Or did they? Through what kind of glass did they see the world?
-What happened to any of the families afterwards?

In this canon, I love: wacky inventions, descriptions of cuisine, cultural clashes.

This book was written in 1947. I haven't yet managed to lay hold on my copy to re-read it. It may be the product of its time in unfortunate ways. Good luck with it anyway - have fun.

Twilight Series - Stephenie Meyer

Please give me more of Alice or Victoria or Bella - doing things!

For this prompt, I have crack ships: Alice/Bella, Victoria/Bella, or even as a bonus Victoria/Edward/Bella, if you feel inclined. If you're on board with any of that, I will be very amused. (I mean, blood vendetta surely isn't the only way Victoria's story could go.)

For suggestions that are not crack... let's see. Victoria's past would be neat. Or, during the series, being a scheming villainess. That's cool too. Alice's power is interesting to me; if you can work a plot around her and other's choices, neat. Bella: would love to see her shielding power explored in little ways in her previous life; or, give me something with Bella on the theme of family (chosen, inherited, built, maintained).

Also - yes, this is a silly canon. I'd like to pretend that I'm nominating it in a young adult exchange because I read it as a teen, but I didn't. I hope that if you signed up to write it for me, we can agree on its possession of flaws. But it has enjoyable things too. If you want to mock or parody aspects of Twilight here, please do so fondly, not forcibly.

Die unendliche Geschichte | The Neverending Story - Michael Ende

I love Fantastica. I'd love more of Falkor and Atreyu's adventures - especially as part of the quest they undertake at the end of the book. I'd love meditations on the Childlike Empress's nature.

Would also love: anything with a meta twist, stories about stories, genres, the responsibility of a storyteller. For Fantasticans, what might it be like to know you're in a story?

I also asked for The Neverending Story in my last Yuletide letter. Although I've narrowed my focus a little here, the ideas there might still be useful.

The Pirates' Mixed-Up Voyage - Margaret Mahy

This book is an exemplar of dastardly deeds, intrepidness, and whimsy. More of the same would go down like a slice of hot pirate gingerbread, washed down with rumfustion.

Some serving suggestions:

-The first week of the Pirates' voyage, before everything went pear/balloon/puzzle-shaped
-The early career of Hermione Hatchett
-Lionel Wafer/Detective Inspector Carstairs
-Canon, post-canon, and pre-canon encounters between Packy and Nell
-Nell's perspective on anything up to the end of the book
-More of Packy's inventions!

Even more thoughts:

Hermione Hatchett's academic career sounds like many BA students' geeky dream. Treasure maps and tattoos and piracy in the name of literature! Heee.

I would love mischievous discussions of fate and free will (when are things happenstance, when are they coincidence, and when are they piratical action?).

And as far as the Thousand Islands go, my favourite three-digit number is 683. Just saying.

More seriously: you may be wondering why I've nominated Packy, a canon character with significant memory issues, yet I've listed memory issues as a general Do Not Want. Sorry! Uh, for clarity, my aversion to this trope comes, on the one hand, from reading too many books in which the characters had to forget everything at the end of an adventure - this was often played for angst and seems monstrously unfair to me - and, on the other hand, from having relatives with Alzheimer's. Memory is a huge part of who we are. It's precious.

I see Packy's situation as simultaneously tragic and comic. In particular, his canon interactions with Caramello strike me as quite poignant. But the general tone of canon is upbeat; the general sense is that he, and his family, have solutions to his problems, including this one. If you could follow that tone with any story you tell with regard to him, I'd appreciate it. Black humour is also OK.

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