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Dear Three Worlds Travelers Author

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Here are a number of optional details... and yes, they are optional. But I figure better to have too much info, from which you can pick and choose, than not enough.

Preferences

I Don't Like:

  • Sickly-sweet, coy, cutesy romantic stuff (anything in the "tee-hee-hee, is he looking at me?" category is definitely out)
  • 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
  • Characters acting out of character, especially if the purpose is to force them into a relationship (doubly bad if that relationship is romantic or sexual)
  • By-the-numbers, every-action-described sex. Note that actual sex is fine (I love me some sexy stories) — just don't like it when the descriptions turn into a set of exact stage directions.
  • Mpreg, rape, forced sex (including sex pollen and fuck-or-die), hatesex. Dubcon is OK, especially the sort when the reluctant partner really wants the other person but is just not quite feeling ready yet or doesn't think se wants it in this particular way but gets off on it anyway.
  • Humiliation or betrayal (without a damn good plot reason) of a character by a friend or lover

I Like:

  • Strong characterization (including character-appropriate dialog: no earthy, uneducated characters using $50 words)
  • Positive emotional payoffs that are well-earned
  • Passions that are strong without being mushy/fluffy
  • Moments of realization — satori
  • Friendships - although I am a romantic person, not every relationship must be romantic (I do like the trope of friends becoming lovers, however)
  • Wry and even dark humor in the course of a more serious story
  • And I like any of the following "cool bits":
    • hurt-comfort
    • family-of-choice, nakama, or True Companions
    • someone's profile silhouetted against the light
    • kissing the inside of the elbow or the base of the throat
    • drops of water clinging to hair, frills, spines, and/or skin
    • senses of smell and touch and memories attached to them
    • brushing long hair, riffling fingers through short hair, stroking frills/spines
    • someone gradually waking and smiling when they realize their beloved is there
    • leaning comfortably against a friend or lover; feeling that one chuckle or speak
    • romantic partners who are both competent
    • whispered admissions of love or forgiveness
    • sudden realizations of feelings for another, or another's feelings for the POV character (doesn't have to be romantic: can be friendship, or how much someone needs someone else, or anything of that sort)
    • A motif, like a theme or a memory or an actual visual object, from the canon work that's echoed unexpectedly in the story

I'm quite content with both straight and gay relationships. I do tend to ship the canon relationships, unless it's a character who has had no clear relationships shown in the story.

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