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Dear Rarewomen Author ...

Hello! Thanks very much in advance for writing a story for me! I hope I can give you some help in getting started here, and that you have fun with my prompt.

As to the requests:

Hikaru no Go: Fujisaki Akari, Kaneko Masako, Nase Asumi - In canon, it's not clear that Akari ever becomes very serious about Go - but what if she did? There are relatively few role models for her in the story ... except for Asumi. Asumi has her own issues with Go, and with balancing being a "normal teenager" and a champion Go player. Tell me the story of Akari becoming Asumi's fan, and how Asumi feels about that, and how it all turns out. You can certainly include Kaneko as a character, although she does not interest me as much as the other two.

American Gods – Neil Gaiman: Bast, Laura Moon, Zorya Polunochnaya, Sam Black-Crow, Easter - The implication is that Sam's life goes back to normal after the averted Armageddon of the gods. What if it didn't? What if she has at least one more mystical encounter in her future? What if she ends up being rescued at some point by Laura (who might feel she owes Sam a favor for her help to Shadow)? What if she encounters Bast in some sort of difficulty and helps her out? What if a trip to Chicago includes an encounter with Zorya Polunochnaya? What if Easter shows up at an egg hunt that Sam's helped to organize for the local kids? (These are all just ideas - feel free to come up with your own!) You may take this as far as you'd like, although I'd appreciate it if it doesn't all end in tears (or worse), and I'd prefer it if Sam doesn't end up cheating on the girlfriend she seems to have at the end of the book. (They can certainly have broken up, though, if that's needed for whatever idea you have.)

Chronicles of the Kencyrath – PC Hodgell: Jamethiel Priest’s-Bane Knorth, Lyra Lack-Wit Caineron, Brier Iron-Thorn - I love this series' mixture of dire destruction and wry humor. (The scene where Jame is re-living what was meant to be her wedding night with the Master, and she stops and sits down on the steps and wonders whether she should take up knitting snake cozies for the Serpent-Skin Cloak sort of sums it all up for me.) The contrast between Jame's mercurial, dynamic nature and Brier's reticent caution is an interaction that I find very attractive. Some sort of adventure that makes them work together would be great, and if Lyra is involved, it could be a lot of fun. What would Lyra make of Brier? And vice versa?

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
  • 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.

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.
  • 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'm quite content with both straight and gay relationships. In the case of regular fiction (as opposed to manga), I do tend to ship the canon relationships, unless it's a character who has had no relationships shown in the story. I'm not comfortable with sexual relationships shown in children under the age of, say, 14 or so, and not even among older teens except with their age peers.

(Also feel free to check out my interests on my profile here, my AO3 profile, and my own fic on this LJ or on AO3.)

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