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*Disclaimer – I got some fab fic for one of these prompts in last year’s exchange. And I’d enjoy more! So, if you are one of my authors from last year, don’t worry, I’m not including that prompt again because last year was disappointing … I loved your story!

Dear writer ...
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Some of these make me squee, others make me panic. A good combination for inspiration, hopefully!
My hc_bingo card )
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Dear writer ...

My username on AO3 is bigsunglasses.

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Dear writer ...

My username on AO3 is bigsunglasses.

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the right hand of the Daughter (2040 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Chalion Saga - Lois McMaster Bujold
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Iselle dy Chalion & Betriz dy Ferrej
Characters: Betriz dy Ferrej, Iselle dy Chalion
Additional Tags: Family, chosen family, Loyalty, Missing Scene
Summary:

Two times Betriz dy Ferrej chose, and changed her life forever.



The world needed more Betriz fic, and Yuletide delivered! :)
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Dear Yuletide Author,

HAPPY YULETIDE! Not just yet, obviously, but soon. I am excited to be writing this letter and I hope it's useful for you. I'm even more excited to read what you write!

My username on AO3 is bigsunglasses.

First, a quick guide to my tastes. I want to be left happy or optimistic at the end of a story - please, no endings that are bitter or sad. I am attached to the settings as much as the characters, so avoid AUs/fusions, etc, or anything cracky in tone. I also prefer fics with some action or interaction, rather than ones that are just one character reflecting/introspecting. Finally, please don't write any ships that break up canon ships.

Do not want.
Pregnancy loss, or difficulties. Rape or dub-con. Character death (referencing a canon death in passing is fine, someone dying in the fic is not). Terminal illness. Infidelity. Explicit torture. Gore. Gaslighting. Humiliation. Incest.

Lovelist.
Worldbuilding. Exploring culture & cultural differences. History. Friendship. Fluff. Cooking and savoury food. Ecology - nature & wildlife in general (also the seaside, lakes, rivers). Adventure. Loyalty. Protectiveness. Going undercover. Secret identities. Themes of truth & justice. Working to build happiness with an imperfect set of cards. Sacrifice rewarded. Blossoming romance. Established OTP taking on the plot. Creating and building things (families, meals, cities, houses, books, whatever...). Physical touch: brushing hair, holding hands, massages, etc. Hurt/comfort. Some favourite romantic tropes: we-only-kissed-to-provide-a-diversion-it-meant-nothing-honestly, huddling-for-warmth, pretend!dating, marriages-of-convenience/arranged-marriages.

Smut.
If the muse moves you towards smut, go for it! But I'd love there to be at least some plot or framing story, rather than outright PWP. I'm not really interested in reading sex for sex's sake, but in reading how and why particular characters do sex. Be as explicit or not as you want - but not kinky.

Onto my requests! )
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Dear writer,

First ever TGE exchange! \o/ This is so exciting. I've burbled out some ideas below, but as long as you avoid the things I really dislike, do please feel free to follow your muse!

My username on AO3 is bigsunglasses.

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My 2016 card from [livejournal.com profile] hc_bingo! I managed to get some really nice fic (/imo) out of my last card, so this is exciting. :)

[I've added links to completed prompts!]

My hc_bingo card )
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I have yet to achieve a bingo in my life, but prompt cards are good fun. :) I've received one for Round 6 of trope_bingo (on Dreamwidth) ... Something to noodle over during the spring!

Trope_bingo round 6 card )
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I wrote two stories for Yuletide, one as my main assignment and one as a treat. They were both fun to write, the recipients left lovely comments, and I've received many other nice comments on them too. Couldn't be happier! Between the fic I wrote and the fic I received, it's been a perfect first Yuletide ... roll on the 2016 signups. :)

My main assignment, for AO3 user Neshnyt_Jackalsson.
Long Live the King (7330 words) by bigsunglasses
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Old Kingdom - Garth Nix
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Touchstone (Old Kingdom), Ryelle (Old Kingdom), Sanar (Old Kingdom), Sabriel (Old Kingdom)
Additional Tags: Worldbuilding, Friendship
Summary:

Soon after Kerrigor's defeat, Touchstone finds himself grappling with the idea of kingship - and the reality.



A treat, for [livejournal.com profile] abluestocking.
Peace & Purring (2167 words) by bigsunglasses
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Goblin Emperor - Katherine Addison
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Csethiro Ceredin/Maia Drazhar
Characters: Csethiro Ceredin, Maia Drazhar
Additional Tags: Fluff, Yuletide Treat, Cats, Post-Canon
Summary:

Csethiro and Maia escape the tenth iteration of their wedding rehearsal, and relax a little.

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I received two gifts for Yuletide! How wonderful is that?

Collaboration (2083 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Vorkosigan Saga - Lois McMaster Bujold
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Helen Vorthys/Georg Vorthys
Characters: Helen Vorthys, Georg Vorthys
Summary:

Helen Vorthys and interdisciplinary studies, through the years.


For my main gift - a lovely pensive look at Helen Vorthys and her life before we first meet her on page. Tight, elegant writing filled with imagery and feelings.

Mire (2564 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Old Kingdom - Garth Nix
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Lirael & Nicholas Sayre
Characters: Nicholas Sayre, Lirael (Old Kingdom)
Additional Tags: Yuletide Treat
Summary:

Three days walking through another Kingdom swamp and Nick wanted to forget all about the strange Charter Stone they were seeking.


And for my treat (!) - a dear story about Nick and Lirael on an expedition of their very own, with tantalising chemistry and nice worldbuilding. Left a smile on my face!
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Dear Yuletide Writer ...

I've been in and out of various fandoms for over a decade now but this is my first ever Yuletide. I'm pretty excited. :) Thank you so much for writing for me and I'm sure I'll be thrilled with whatever fic you gift me! I've included lots of rambling prompts, but if your muse leads you in a different direction go for it.

(For reference, on AO3 my username is bigsunglasses.)

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There's been a trend lately for adult colouring books, and I finally got my hands on one... I've just begun, and it's as lovely than I'd hoped, pulling out my old pencils and absorbing myself in colour. I picked a telescope for my first attempt - I totally admit, out of reference to my recent fic about an astronomer ... :)

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> I finished another fic for [livejournal.com profile] hc_bingo! It came together in about three hours, a fun piece to write, and is for the prompt "broken bones". You can read it here. Once more it's for The Goblin Emperor: I'm feeling a little shy by the percentage of TGE fic authored by myself. >_<

> Yuletide cometh! I've got my list of things to offer planned out, and my requests and letter are nearly sorted. Excitement! I am looking forward to the letter post, because I would like to try my hand at some treats, too.

> NaNoWriMo, I think, does not cometh, although I have been seriously tempted. I've had successes with it in the past (2006, 2010, and one Camp NaNo whose year escapes me) but also numerous failures, and I'm not sure this is the year to try for another success if I'm also doing Yuletide as a newbie.

> Song of the moment:

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Look who came to pay a visit at the back door!

I think it's a toad, given its body shape (and there's no body of water nearby, unless it has a secret route into the drains, erk?), but I am no expert ...

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> Finished another fic! Once more for The Goblin Emperor and for [livejournal.com profile] hc_bingo. This fills my "forced marriage" square.

> I've decided to do Yuletide for the first time this year! I'm quite excited at the prospect - it'll be an interesting writing challenge and hopefully I'll get some nice fic out of it, both in terms of writing and receiving. =)

> Current writing music has been lots of Skipinnish. I particularly like this one.

life status

Sep. 8th, 2015 05:56 pm
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Managed to get myself a papercut from a banana this morning. No, I don't know how that works either. But the pad of my left index finger is living proof.

Listening to lots of trad Scottish music for comfort, e.g. -

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> I posted a third fic, which was being beta'd as of my last update post - thus filling a third square in a row for [livejournal.com profile] hc_bingo, hurrah! It's longfic (or fairly longfic, anyway), about secondary/tertiary characters, for a tiny fandom, and I'm really pleased with its reception so far. Comments from people I don't even know! :D

> After poking uncertainly at my various plot bunnies for further [livejournal.com profile] hc_bingo prompts, and none of them seeming more immediately interesting than the others, I've simply picked one for now and am running with it. It's for the prompt forced marriage. If it works out, I'll be at four fills in a row, and only one natural disasters away from a straight line bingo.

> I also requested a card from genprompt_bingo over on Dreamwidth: mostly to seek further writing inspiration, really, as I'm not sure I can try for bingos on two cards simultaneously! It's got a few fun ideas ...

My genprompt_bingo card )
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Let's see if I do enough writing to make this a regular feature ...

> Finished a third fic for my [livejournal.com profile] hc_bingo card. Prompt: "crucifixion". It's currently off for betaing. At one point it seemed likely to be abandoned, as I was struggling with block and doubt. So I'm really happy & proud that I managed to get it done. And it's 15K! One of the longest fics I've ever written. Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] egelantier and [livejournal.com profile] somebraveapollo for support & encouragement at critical junctures ...

> Now I'm trying to pick what to work on next! I have several plot bunnies, but they're all still quite nebulous. There's a "forced marriage" bunny that I'm rather excited about, but which threatens to be another longfic, and is still very much in the "who needs plot when you got feels" stage of development in my head. "Forced to face fear" and a very loose interpretation of "robots/androids" both offer shortfic possibilities, while "isolation" is also probably going to prove longfic and is rather scaring me. Finally, there's a possible second "crucifixion" fic (or CRUCIFIC :ba-dum-TSH:) in my brain, but that's lower on the priority list since I'm not sure I want to revisit that prompt again immediately.
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I made a dress-up-doll of myself as a mermaid (link to game). Because that's the kind of quality procrastination I like to achieve, y'all. Bingo card? What bingo card?

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