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Dear Rarelywritten Author

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First of all, thank you so much for writing a story for me! Any fic with these characters will make me happy, so please just write what seems fun and interesting to you! I saw this phrase in someone’s dear author letter once, and it perfectly expresses my feelings: If you come to a place where you think you can either write a good story or make me happy, write a good story.

If it’s helpful, here are some things about my general preferences:

I like slash, gen and het equally (I tend to read less F/F, but when it's right for the characters I enjoy it)—I’ll be as happy with a G story as I will with one that’s NC-17—same goes for anything in between.

H/c is bulletproof for me, especially of the minor-injury/sick!fic/comfort!fic variety. Give character A the flu and have character B look after him/her and I’ll be yours for life.

If you do feel like writing porn, I’m quite partial to kink, if you can make it plausible for the characters. Any kind of sensation play/ pain play is great, including guns and knives,as long as it’s RACK. I have a soft spot for AMTDI and fuck-or-die fic.

If it's something you're interested in, I like fic that explores altered mental states, dissociation and the effects of PTSD.

I love crossovers, so if for some reason we’ve matched on more than one fandom, feel free to mix and match. I don’t much care for AUs, unless it’s in the service of a crossover.

Other things: being in dubious battle; unexpected moments of empathy; compassion; connection; courage; honor; competency--but also moments of uncertainty and failure.

Things I’d rather not read: mpreg; watersports; a/b/o fic; character deaths that aren’t part of canon; infidelity; kid!fic; and fluffy animal!fic.

On theory that one writes what one likes, here’s my list of fic on AO3: http://archiveofourown.org/users/ariadnes_string/works

Requests, in alphabetical order

Agent Carter
I would be happy with just about any story about Peggy—casefic, slice-of-life, character study. I’m less interested in her romantic life, though—either reminiscing about Steve, or a new relationship with Angie (I’d be fine with Peggy/Angie, or Peggy/Steve as background—just not that interested a story that focuses on their first time, or UST, or pining, or what have you). I would love an Agent Carter crossover with one of the other fandoms I’ve requested, especially Rivers of London (more details below). If you want to write a story about Angie or Anna Jarvis independently of Peggy, that would be totally cool.

The Honourable Woman
Julia Walsh, Nessa Stein, Atika Halabi
I was mesmerized by this show, and I’m fascinated by all of these women, either alone or together; I’d be delighted with a story about Nessa only, Atika only, or about their relationship, whether you see it as primarily romantic/sexual or more adversarial (or both). Anything about Dame Julia, her job, and her capacity to kick ass, would be great. The intimacy of Nessa and Atika’s time in captivity together, whether sexual or not, with all its hidden layers and surprising revelations really interests me, but if you want to write something about their lives afterwards, that’s good, too. This canon calls out for darker fic, and I’m absolutely fine with explorations of the canonical non-con (and its effects on Nessa) and all the gaslighting/intimate deception. I guess I’m particularly interested in Nessa’s relationship to her body—after rape, after pregnancy—and to her carefully chosen and laid out clothes. The show didn’t have much to say about religion (as opposed to nationalism), but if you want to explore that for either character, it would be cool.

Imperial Radch
I left this request open for all nominated characters because I feel that if you offered to write this difficult universe you should be able to write whatever characters and situation appeals to you. So, really, this is an open request! I’ve read both books, so no need to worry about spoilers. After reading both, I still felt more engaged by the strong relationships of Ancillary Justice--between Breq and Seivarden and between Justice of Toren and Lieutenant Awn—than to those in the later book, but I’m very willing to be convinced. I’d also be delighted with a story about Breq or Seivarden (or Awn) alone, perhaps set before the events of AJ (Justice of Toren, or Seivarden’s descent into addiction). If you really wanted to write id!fic for me, I’d love a story about Breq recognizing Seivarden’s feelings for her, and reciprocating them, but I understand if you feel that would be unlikely or undesireable. I love the “distributed subjectivity” of the books—being able to see things from multiple perspectives through (and of) technology—so if you could work that into a story, that would be cool, too, but no worries if not.

Peaky Blinders
I really love all the women in this show, and they never get enough screen time. Except for Polly, we get just enough information to be intrigued, but not enough to really know what’s happening with them. Perfect for fanfic, then, right? There should be more stories about how Polly and Ada ran the business during the war, for instance. Or I’d love to know more about how Ada feels about her life in London during S2—she seems to be mixing with a more radical, artistic crowd than the rest of the Shelbys. How did that happen? Esme is fascinating: how did she feel about marrying into the Shelby family? What was it like for her growing up in the Romani culture? I really like May’s mix of toughness and vulnerability: what was it like for her before/during the war? What is it like for her running a business by herself?

Rivers of London
Another really open request. I still haven’t read Foxglove Summer but I plan to before the reveal. What I like best about the books are the descriptions of London’s history and its heterogeneous present. Casefic is always great, but I’m very intrigued by Varvara and her backstory in Russia, so something along those lines would be great. I love crossover fic in this fandom, and a dream fic for me would be Peggy Carter having dealings with Mama Thames and her daughters in the 40s or 50s. Or perhaps Julia Walsh having to deal with Tyburn in the present. Any kind of crossover would be good, really.

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