Kat(i)e (astraevirgo) wrote,

Yuletide Letter -- Astraev on the challenge

Dear Yulegoat --

First of all, thank you for writing for me. I almost forgot to write this -- I was so excited writing for someone else, I almost forgot that I am getting a fic in return.

A guideline I always use in writing is "Write what you'd like to read." So, considering that's always what guides my writing, here's what I write (to give you an idea of what I like to read):

http://astraevirgo.livejournal.com/tag/written+word (Mostly Original)
http://community.livejournal.com/writexchange/ (All Original)
http://community.livejournal.com/myriadwords/tag/author%3A%20astraevirgo (Young Wizards writings)
http://www.fanfiction.net/u/7943/Virgo (It's ff.n, so, yeah. Also contains my YW writings).
http://archiveofourown.org/users/astraev/works (Dollhouse and Young Wizards fic)

Here's what's going on in my life right now, which, I love to see my own experiences reflected in my favorite fictional characters. I'm pregnant with my first child, and am terrified that I'm not being a good enough mother, but doing my best to be sane about it. I'm about to go through a job transition -- my AmeriCorps term of service is up, and there's just no telling where the next job'll come from. I'm married to the love of my life, and we're moving before the first of the year. I'm looking at going to Grad School next fall. Busy, busy, busy.

Here's what I do not like in stories (i.e. do not pass go, do not collect $200): noncon, dubcon, any sort of sex that isn't 100% consensual and enthusiastic. (This especially, especially goes for Dollhouse.) I'm not a huge fan of on screen sex, though fades to black and be hot. Violent language towards women, and my absolute pet peeve is taking strong female canon characters and making them weak. (Careful, just because a female character becomes a mother, doesn't mean she can't kick ass anymore!)

Here's what I love in stories (i.e. OMG YAY I CAN'T BELIEVE I FOUND THIS FIC): Crossovers, especially ones that already coexist in space and/or time (Like YW and HIMYM both taking place in New York City, and Fringe occasionally going there, though I only really like two fandoms colliding at a time). Consensual intimacy.

The themes I named last year work again this year: Growing up and Political Intrigue. I suppose add "Family Expansion" in both the biological and chosen senses, and I get warm fuzzies.

I would love a story about Sierra and Victor and how they came to be a family with their little boy and then not be a family between Episodes 12 and 13 in season 2.

I would love a story about Topher, and how his conscience developed over time. I'd love a post-series fic, in which Topher somehow miraculously lives (And maybe lives happily but not easily ever after with Adelle.)

I'd like a story where Paul Ballard stops falling in love with people as ideas instead of people as people -- which, to me, is the whole central conflict of Dollhouse.

Basically, a story with lots of happy consent.

I don't know exactly what to ask for, because this season has been rocking SO HARD. I think I'd prefer a glimpse of the future, in which Olivia and Peter are official, but Olivia is still kick ass, and they do a good job of taking care of each other. Case fic would be fabulous. (Children or pregnancy would be a bonus for me.)

Young Wizards:
Since Wizards of Mars ended on such a giddy fan-girl fulfilling note, I'd love to see a continuation of that awkward teenage romance. I also adore stories of the main characters as adults, with real jobs, real lives, and maybe even families.

How I Met Your Mother:
I'm currently pregnant, so I'd love a pregnancy story. Luckily, canon is pointing this way, with Lily and Marshall trying to have a kid. There are so many pregnancy milestones to chose from -- positive test, heart beat, ultrasound. Full permission to make this as sweet and/or funny as you'd like. (Preferably not angsty. I really really really do not want the writers to turn this into an infertility plot.)

Thank you, yule bringer.


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