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Thanks so much for signing up for one of these ships! This is long, but please don't feel pressured to stick to the prompts, or think I'm looking for a bunch of things I mentioned to be included. These pairings are all rare enough that I'll be thrilled with pretty much anything you're having fun writing. I've requested three of these before, so feel free to use something from an old letter if you prefer, including the crossover prompt post.

Things I Love
Devoted Odd Couples: having one another’s backs; enjoying one another's company; laughing at one another; fond exasperation; quietly self-sacrificial gestures; unexpected reunions
Forced or Repeated Proximity: forced to share a room/bed; captured or stranded together; undercover as a couple; marriage of convenience; arranged marriage
Adventures & Journeys: exploring unknown territory; daring rescues or escapes; trains; ships; hotels; European jet-setting; vacations gone awry; Groundhog Day; realm hopping (I am totally fine adding magic to non-magic canons)
Competence & Resourcefulness: high-functioning teams; badassery; laughing in the face of danger or absurdity; the pen is mightier than the sword
• I like fics where people talk and do new things, so no missing scenes or introspective character studies, please. I don't need a lot of set-up or explanations for how characters got here or why this weird thing is happening. Starting in media-res is always good.

No, Thanks
• romantic pairings other than the ones specifically requested
• alternate setting AUs (but wild canon divergences are totally welcome! as long as you keep the setting and character backstories, I don't care how much of the canon plot you ignore or change)
• embarrassment/humiliation; bleak endings; "it was all a dream"
Sex & Relationship-Related: noncon/dubcon; soulmates; Dom/sub dynamics; adultery; love triangles; OT3s; pregnancy & kids (exception for Oz canonical children, of course); pure fluff; non-canonical pet names or terms of endearment
Writing Things: 1st & 2nd person POV; phonetically spelled dialogue

Psmith/Mike (PG Wodehouse)
What it is and how to consume: These are (short!) humorous novels about an odd couple of devoted friends/roommates in early 20th century England. 'Mike & Psmith' and 'Psmith In the City' are both free on Gutenberg and the Kindle store. 'Psmith, Journalist' and 'Leave It to Psmith' are not necessary for this request, since Mike barely appears (but Chapter 3 and the epilogue of 'Psmith, Journalist' are pretty shippy and can be enjoyed without any context).

Psmith being his clever, eccentric, weirdly heroic self, with delightfully normal Mike in tow. I'd love a friends-to-lovers story that happens alongside some kind of plot. What about drawing room espionage, a Scooby Doo-style mystery, or stranded on a desert island? A Psmithian take on some aspect of college life? Study abroad while at Cambridge? A wild night out during the bank days and its ramifications? Psmith in the soup and Mike has to save him, instead of the other way around? A briefly angsty rift that helps you dig into their friendship/lives before it gets happily resolved? For some more out-there prompts... What about Marquez-style magical realism, where magic or folkloric elements are presented as ordinary in the otherwise canonical setting? Is the Wodehouse world like the Great Britain of Susanna Clarke, 100 years later? Mike in a Groundhog Day loop?

Psmith is my favorite character of all time, and they are my epically devoted odd couple par excellence. Every time Psmith throws himself on his sword for Mike makes me cry in a way that I don’t think Wodehouse books are supposed to make you cry. I love how Mike holds his own with Psmith, and how he rolls his eyes but quietly loves him just as much. There’s so much they feel but don’t say, even with Psmith’s incessant talking; in what other ways can those feelings come out? Do they know any of the Drones chappies? Does Psmith even have other friends? If so, what's he like with them vs Mike? If not...? Something that addresses how others view their dynamic could be a fun element to include.

Who is the forward one here, or do they bumble equally in their own ways? I like the idea that romance with Mike is the one area where Psmith might be slightly shy or awkward or confusing or clueless or… something. Does he try to hide his nerves/inexperience? Or not? Maybe he actually is smooth, but that’s the wrong approach with Mike? Any take would be fascinating! While a little angst and longing are nice, I’d like something in the generally upbeat spirit of the books. If you could avoid un-Wodehousian anguish, angsty coming-outs, and discussion of social issues (without actually pretending those issues away), I'd really appreciate it. Please set the story before they met their wives, and/or pretend they never did.

Button Bright & Polychrome (Oz - L. Frank Baum)
What it is and how to consume: I think the rest of the books in the series are so much more interesting than 'The Wizard of Oz'; they are all free on Gutenberg. Button Bright and Polychrome appear together in starring roles in Road to Oz and Sky Island. Button Bright also plays a large role in The Scarecrow of Oz and Polly plays a large role in Tik-Tok of Oz. They appear in smaller roles in other books, too, which you could get a list of on Wikipedia, but I think Road to Oz/Sky Island, and (to a lesser and optional extent) Scarecrow and Tik-Tok are all you'd need for this request.

These children! They're both always getting lost! I love Button Bright's unshakable equanimity. And Polly is so ethereally delightful. What is it about them that leads them to stray in a way the other characters don't? Anything that digs into their characterizations and deepens their dynamic would be wonderful. A bit of worldbuilding about literally any place or concept in the books, or culture clashes between life in the sky/life in the US/life in Oz would be amazing.

What about a new adventure that the two of them have to face on their own? Polly lost in non-fairyland? Button Bright getting so lost that he ends up back in Philadelphia? Did his family even miss him? Does he have to make up an explanation about who this girl is? Do they stay there a few years, long enough to no longer be kids? How do they get back to fairyland? Or perhaps something set in Oz or any of the other countries covered in Baum's books. Does Button Bright visit Polly on the rainbow? Or, I know people don't age in Oz, but what if some magic adventure leaves them temporarily aged up? Dealing with hormones? Angst about the aging thing? Some shamelessly tropey scenario? Anything!

I love all the books, but Sky Island is is my favorite for Button Bright. He's a little older and smarter in it (Baum later retconned him back to a younger idiot). Polly watching over him and saving him with style! But Oz canon should be enough if you haven't read it. I'm fond of everyone (except maybe the Patchwork Girl), so anyone else is welcome to appear in the background; bonus points for Trot, Cap'n Bill, Shaggy Man, Tik-Tok or the Ork. I'll be equally happy with something that keeps it whimsical, or that goes angstier than the books, or that deals more seriously with ramifications of canon concepts, or that plays with the darkness that was sometimes there.

I'm open to shipping them, too. But please keep it super innocent--hand-holding, first crushes, hugs, confused feelings, eskimo kisses, imperfect first kisses, sweet gestures, huddling for warmth... Basically, nothing hot and heavy unless you're aging them up to 17+, please! D:

Vanessa & Victor (Penny Dreadful)
What it is and how to consume: A beautifully produced and thoughtfully written Gothic horror TV show involving characters from Victorian literature. It's scary and sexy, but also has this Scooby Doo gang hang-out vibe. Both seasons are on Showtime Now or available to purchase.

I’m in love with their playfully arch banter and devoted, not-actually siblings dynamic. I’d love something focused on their friendship (you can also turn it romantic, if you want). Does Vanessa invite him to live in Granage Place? Does she prefer his garret? Can she—with her ghoulish love of taxidermy and giving life to dead things—assist him with science? Do they go on a vampire-hunting mission, just the two of them? Or do they leave London entirely? What’s her reaction to finding out about what he gets up to when he's not dealing with her Satan drama? How do they help each other with their various issues? Season 3 is about to start; you can either include or ignore its developments, as you wish. I actually love jossed fic.

Other thoughts/prompts... These misfits have both drifted a long way from their similarly posh country childhoods. If their personalities and paths had been a bit different, they might have been introduced at a ball and considered a good match. Something exploring the dichotomy between the high society Victorian lifestyle they were born into and the Gothic demi-monde they now inhabit would be fascinating. What about a trip to Bath or some other place that their fancy names get them into but where their personalities don't quite fit? Undercover as a couple or marriage of convenience would be amazing (this trope doesn't have to end with them falling in love). Do Victor’s brothers unexpectedly die and he inherits everything? Does society shun Vanessa as a tainted woman, or was the scandal and her subsequent ‘madness’ kept secret?

They are both so lonely and haunted; it would be lovely if they found something good in their shared darkness. I adore Vanessa. She's such a fantastically complex heroine--sweet and terrifying by turns. However, while I love Ethan as an individual, I am not interested in Vanessa/Ethan; can you background or ignore that as much as possible, or pretend she's over it? I’m less interested in Victor’s relationships with his creations than I am in his struggles to connect with the living. I love all the characters except Caliban|John Clare.

Evie & Luke (Scrotal Recall)
What it is and how to consume: Ignore the terrible name. This is a charming show about three friends/roommates and their adventures in dating over the years. It perfectly blends wistfulness, zaniness, heartwarming moments, and heartbreaking moments while being at its core a fantastic hang-out show. It originally aired on UK TV and is now on Netflix. There are only six 25-minute episodes, so it's easy to pick up. They recently announced that season 2 is in the works, yay!

I'd love something focused either on Evie&Luke's friendship or else the trio as a unit, set at any point before the present timeline. I requested only Evie and Luke because that was the side of the trio that got the least screentime, even though they seem to be almost as close with each other as they are with Dylan. I'd love their friendship to get more exploration, even if it's just as part of a trio story. Please background the Dylan/Evie shippiness as much as possible. (I totally root for them and everything, and I love Dylan just as much as the other two, but I am way more into this show for the friendships and shenanigans than I am for star-crossed pining.) I don't mind if Luke and Evie end up making out for ~reasons, as long as there's no angst about it and it's not a big deal.

What if they take a trip somewhere? To Paris? To the Isle of Arran? Celebrating a holiday together in some wacky way? More things from Luke's list? Does Evie start her own? Dealing with a mystery together (murder, magical or mundane)? Luke or both boys helping Evie out of a tight spot, possibly through ridiculous means? What about Luke and Evie in a tropey scenario, like Groundhog Day or undercover as a couple (for a real reason, though, not just "fake boyfriend for social situation")? The whole trio stranded together somewhere? A crossover adventure with some other fandom I like? Some canon-typical plot of the week adventure? Digging into some of the character hints that were dropped could be fun (ex. Evie's fraught relationship with money/Grandma/her father? Why Luke punched a dog? Dylan's debt?). Anything!

Date: 2016-04-09 03:28 pm (UTC)
glitteratiglue: (Default)
From: [personal profile] glitteratiglue
I was just signing up for this and I spotted your name, how exciting! Hope you don't mind if I use your format as a guide for my exchange letter as yours is really well set-out. <3

[I forgot to nominate stuff for the tagset, regrettably when I saw this a few weeks ago, but I think there's enough there for me to work with.)
Edited Date: 2016-04-09 03:38 pm (UTC)

Date: 2016-04-10 04:39 pm (UTC)
glitteratiglue: (Default)
From: [personal profile] glitteratiglue
I'm not sure if it'll work out for me, either. There's a couple of fandoms I'd love to write for but I'm not sure how the matching will go. I don't think most people share my desperate need for Independence Day fic ;).

Ooh, the MCU AU fest does look interesting! I'm also writing for the Star Trek Friendshipfest exchange and doing trope bingo until the end of the month, so I don't want to bite off more than I can chew, but it sounds fun. I've been toying with some fun MCU gen and crossover ideas so I should really write them, as opposed to more Steve and Bucky. <3

Date: 2016-04-10 06:43 pm (UTC)
glitteratiglue: (Default)
From: [personal profile] glitteratiglue
Ok, my arm has been twisted ;). I'm gonna read all the info as it looks kinda complicated. I'm not really sure what to nominate but I guess all will become clear?!

And if you're doing it, that suggests to me that there's a certain mark of quality there ;).

[I see it's only MCU-within-MCU crossovers...I'll have to leave the Bucky Barnes & Jason Bourne 'go around the world kicking ass and defeating HYDRA' fic for another time :P. I do have a different fusion idea kicking around that I've been wanting to do for some time, so that might work.]
Edited Date: 2016-04-10 06:46 pm (UTC)

Date: 2016-04-10 08:09 pm (UTC)
glitteratiglue: (Default)
From: [personal profile] glitteratiglue
Yeah, straight fusions are more common, but I guess it can be done. I did it once with the Hunger Games; I made Steve and Bucky the tributes and the universe was technically a fusion, but different Hunger Games & Cap characters also showed up.

[There are so many complexities to these things!]

I've had a glance over the existing tags and rules and hopefully my noms will get approved. Ahhhh now I'm kind of excited! Thanks for letting me know :D.


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