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Trick or Treat Dear Author letter

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I’m so sorry for the late letter! If you’ve already started something, and it doesn’t intersect with these prompts/ideas, don’t worry about it--just go with your idea!

In any case, thank you so much for writing a story for me! This is my first time participating in this exchange, and I'm really looking forward to it. Any fic in these fandoms would 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 blood, 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 fic on AO3

Tricks: ghosts, curses, gaslighting, mind-fucks (is it real or not? not being able to trust one's senses), haunted objects, possession; religious rituals gone wrong.

Treats: h/c that emphasizes the comfort, domestic fic, happy surprises, fun dates, friendship.

Optional prompts in alphabetical order


Imperial Radch. I will have read Ancillary Mercy by October 31, so don't worry about spoilers. The possibilities of haunting in this fandom are immense! Ghosts in the machine. Ghosts in the heads of former ancillaries. The ghosts of Seivarden's past. The ghosts in Tisarwat's head. The singing in the books also has supernatural possibilities: what if a song Breq collected somewhere has more power than she thought?

There are also lovely possibilities for treats in domestic life. Tea! New gloves! A ship's love for her captain! The singing could also produce some kind of supernatural treat.

I ship Breq/Seivarden--I'd enjoy it being requited, but Seivarden's pining is also something I like to read about.

Killjoys. This show is my new happy place. I love it and all the characters. All spooky space tropes would be good here: haunted ships, possessed computers, cursed objects. There are some specific ghosts I'd enjoy seeing: Dutch's husband; Johnny and D'Avin's mother. All the "sensory link" machines could lead to some disturbing possibilities. Alvis's religious practices are pretty spooky to begin with--exploring that further would be cool.

And so many treats! I adore Dutch and Johnny's friendship (though I DON'T ship them)--any fun, intimate moments between them would be great. Good times at the Royale. Space holiday with fun complications. Comfort!fic or cuddly sick!fic.

Like I said, I don't ship Dutch and Johnny, but I'm happy to see Johnny with either Pree or Alvis.

Rivers of London
For tricks, I would actually enjoy some dark fic here: betrayal (or seeming betrayal), body horror, extreme disorientation. But I also like all the exploration of the supernatural, British and diasporic, in the books, and any creature you want to write about would be great.

Treats: London nightlife; London festivals; domestic life around the folly; the Rivers at home. Nightingale h/c really floats my boat.

I don't particularly ship Peter & Nightingale, but I'm happy to read fic about the pairing. I love Peter and any of the Rivers.

Thank you and have fun!
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