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Dear Purimgifts Author ...

Please have fun with my treats! I think if you enjoy writing them, I will enjoy reading them.

I fear I've written a whole megillah here ... part of it is because it was possible to sign up for so many fandoms, and different fandoms = different ideas.

The Characters and Some Ideas

  • Curtain Up | Theater Shoes: The Forbes' children's Uncle Mose Cohen is clearly Jewish - not just from his name, but also from the bits of his music hall routines that are shown. And he seems to have a very happy marriage to Lindsay, and I love his daughter Miriam. Tell me some more about them, or give me a vignette of their lives together.
  • Alliance-Union - C. J. Cherryh: I was thinking of Cyteen here, and Yanni Schwartz, who seems to be one of the only people in Reseune who walks that line between victim and victimizer while still being active in research. I'm quite certain that Yanni is Jewish, at least by ancestry. I'd love something from his point of view. Another possibility would be Justin and Grant, who are definitely in the "persecuted by an evil vizier" category (and I am quite fond of m/m). I also like Catlin II and her earnestness and unshakeable loyalty, if you'd rather do a female character. If you can't deal with Cyteen (I know the whole scenario squicks a lot of people out), then other A-U favorite female characters are Meg Kady, Deidre Reilly (Alison's cousin - I like the earnest sidekick types), and ... Signy Mallory, who has to make the tough calls.
  • Astronaut RPF: I was thinking specifically about Judith Resnik with this: something happy about her early days in the astronaut program, or from her first shuttle mission.
  • Black Lagoon: Benny is a favorite of mine, and even though I got a treat about him last year, I could still go for a second one. If you'd rather a female character, I like Eda, Revy, and Shenhua.
  • Chronicles of the Kencyrath - P. C. Hodgell Jame would be great, but what I'd really, really like would be some more from the viewpoint of either Briar or Rue (or both).
  • Discworld - Terry Pratchett I'm very fond of Angua, Polly Perks, and Tiffany Aching. The witches and Cheery Littlebottom are also a lot of fun.
  • Hebrew Bible: Leah and Rachel are sisters. What was it like, living as Jacob's wives, together ? What about when Joseph went missing? When he was discovered to still be alive in Egypt?
  • Magids Series - Diana Wynne Jones I like Maree tremendously, and we lose her viewpoint entirely for the last bits of Deep Secret. Pick up her story somewhere along the way there, or afterward, during or after The Merlin Conspiracy.
  • Secret Books of Venus - Tanith Lee This choice is all about Dr. Shaachen and the raven. Tell me a story about them.
  • Saiyuki Not too many female characters ... but we've seen a lot of future fic about the boys: how about Lirin, or Yaone? Also, you could easily make a case for all of the Kou-tachi as victims of an evil vizier (female, in this case). Finally: Rasetsunyo, Kougaiji's mother: past fic ... or future fic?

More About Me

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

One thing to note: I put a rating of "General" on the signup, but that was for Curtain Up. Most of the other fandoms are adult enough that more adult ratings on the treats would be quite acceptable.

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 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.


Mar. 27th, 2011 03:15 am (UTC)
Just so you know, this is the best Author's Notes ever.


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