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Dear Doer of Darkness

First of all have fun! I think the best fanworks come when the creator is clearly enjoying the process of creating!

I'm going to reiterate what I put on the signups first:

十二国記 | Juuni Kokki | Twelve Kingdoms

I'm not thinking of this fandom in terms of romance or sex at all (except maybe with Shouryou, but I'm not inclined to pair him with any of the other principal characters), so gen might be best. I love the kirin characters, and something that explored the relationships between a ruler and her/his kirin would be good, or some of the kirin spending some time with each other, either just talking or having some sort of an adventure. I like Youko's relationship with Suzu and Shoukei, too, so I wouldn't mind spending some time with them - learning each other's weapons? Going to a festival? A secret journey to a troubled province? Basically, I'd like anything that gets them to interact.

夏目友人帳 | Natsume Yūjinchō

This is another fandom where I don't think in terms of romance or sex very much, so gen might be best. I really like Natsume's relationships with his school friends. I wish Taki had more screentime, and it would be fun to see her getting the other two out of trouble. I also really like Hinoe, and a flashback of her with Reiko might be fun (and this is one place where a little romance or something sensual would actually work for me). Finally, the little fox boy (the kitsune) is wonderful, and something where he interacts with Nastume, or with Natsume, Tanuma, and Taki, would be fun.

Inheritance Trilogy - N. K. Jemisin

I enjoyed The Broken Kingdoms more than The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms. I loved the chemistry between Oree and Madding, so something sensual or even sexy with them would be great (I really loved the description of Madding's house, too, and would enjoy spending some more time there). I'm generally fascinated by the godlings, and something in which several of them interact would also be great. You could also create a couple of new ones if you wanted. Finally, something mythic about the original three in their early days would also be lovely.

More About Me

You don't have to read all this, which I originally wrote for Yuletide ... I went pretty wild with the "cool bits." You might want to take a look at the dislikes, though.

I Don't Like:

  • Characters acting OOC, especially if the purpose is to force them into a relationship (doubly bad if that relationship is romantic or sexual)
  • Romantic/sexual relationships between partners of very uneven levels of power (adult/child, master/servant) - only a couple of writers have ever managed this without squicking me out (NOTE: If you're writing Inheritance Trilogy - Madding/Oree, that would be one of those exceptions!)
  • By-the-numbers, every-action-described explicit sex (first they do this, then they do that, then ...)
  • Mpreg
  • Fluffy girlish stuff
  • Extensive use of epithets, or epithets that don't match the character POV (no one should think of his or her long-time lover as "the green-eyed man," for example): these will throw me right out of a story

I Like:

  • Friendships - although I am a romantic sort of person, not every relationship has to be romantic (I do like the trope of friends becoming lovers, however)
  • Strong characterization (including character-appropriate dialog: no earthy, uneducated characters using $50 words)
  • Wry and even dark humor in the course of a more serious story
  • Positive emotional payoffs that are well-earned
  • Passions that are strong without being mushy/fluffy
  • Loving sexual relationships, subject to the dislikes and likes already given; m/f, m/m, f/f are all fine (not that much into polyamory, although some stories have made it work for me).
  • Moments of realization - satori
  • And any of the following "cool bits": hurt-comfort | being cozy indoors when it's rainy or snowing | senses of smell and touch and memories attached to them | sudden realization of one's feelings for another | warm and oversized bathrobes/dressing gowns or sweaters/jerseys | someone's profile silhouetted against the light | opposites attracting | impulsive acts of valor (especially on behalf of the weak or an underdog) | the little spots of light that sift through a thick canopy of trees onto the ground beneath | water running over pebbles or stones | old-fashioned sections of town with narrow streets and alleyways and odd shops | licking honey or something similar off fingers | someone gradually waking and smiling when they realize their beloved is there | an autumn leaf or item of clothing as the only bit of color in a bleak landscape | brushing long hair or riffling fingers through short hair | romantic partners who are both competent | cabinets or cases full of odd curios | the sound of a flute or panpipes | an open-air market or seaside boardwalk or other place filled with joyful bustle and the smell of good things to eat | a teahouse or restaurant on the water | whispered admissions of love or forgiveness | food porn | finding in a fight that one's ally feels like a protective wall | cynics with secretly soft hearts | a study or library as a refuge against the outside world | places where arts or martial arts are studied or where master crafters are at work | kissing the inside of the elbow or the base of the throat | drops of water clinging to hair and/or skin.

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