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First of all, a heartfelt thank you for writing for me. I'm sure I'll adore whatever you give me! This letter just gets longer every time I write it, so do cut loose now if detail makes you anxious.

Some generalities: I'm both a 'more of' & a 'more from' canon girl; that is, I'd be equally overjoyed to receive a story that captures the precise tone of canon and one that cleverly turns canon on its head & stomps all over it. I love stylish prose, unusual formats, structural interest, world building, politics, intellectual discussions, science, steampunk, mythological parallels, vividly painted backdrops, friendship, competence, female-centric stories, well-developed original & minor characters, villain PoVs, dollops of plot, casefic, documentfic, plausible sideturn-from-canon AUs, dry, sly & black humour -- and above all stories that surprise me. I'm equally keen on gen, het & slash, though I usually prefer to close the bedroom door.

I don't tend to enjoy heavy-handed angst, hurt/comfort, poly relationships, PWP, kinkfic, Omegaverse, slapstick humour, crackfic, alternate realities especially modern/mundane AUs, pregnancy, kidfic, schmoop & fluff. Darker stories are absolutely fine, but suicide is a potentially triggering subject for me.

As this journal is sparse, try my recommendations site if you're interested in further hints as to my fictional tastes; there are some for Bujold, though no Sharing Knife as yet, lots of casefic and a little Victorian lit. My fanfiction masterlist might clue you in to some of my obsessions. I'm also Espresso Addict on LJ/DW, but much of that journal is friends-locked. I was rather verbose in my prompts; nevertheless there are a few extra hints to be had under the cut.

Hinterland/Y Gwyll
Characters: Mared Rhys, Siân Owens, Tom Mathias
I'd love a casefic set in the harsh but beautiful Welsh landscape, or a slice of life story for the team as they adjust to Tom's arrival. I'd prefer an ensemble story with the characters working together, rather than a character study or backstory, but feel free to focus on one or two of these; I'm also equally interested in Lloyd Elis, who wasn't nominated. I'd prefer gen for this prompt, and certainly don't ship any of these characters with each other.

I love the idea of taking noir to Wales. The atmosphere, the intensity, the overblown gothic melodrama and the deadpan humour are all important elements, but the landscape is what really draws me to this series; I'd love a story where the landscape felt like a character. Case stories are an enduring passion of mine, but I understand that it can be difficult to write a short case story. An exploration of how the team comes together (or fails to), or how any of Mared, Siân or Lloyd gets on with Tom (or doesn't) would also be of interest. Feel free to go as dark as you desire with this fandom: betrayal, corruption, hatred, fear, addiction, insanity, racism, homophobia, all the dark underpinnings of rural life... I have to admit, though, I'm not especially interested in Tom's backstory or the source of his manpain.

I love Nordic noir, and a crossover with
Wallander, Forbrydelsen or Bro(e)n set in Wales would be welcome. Discussing this nomination someone mentioned a supernatural case drawing on Welsh mythology, which is a fascinating idea. Along similar lines, if you happened to be familiar with the Dark is Rising series, Bran Davies might fit in. I don't speak Welsh, so if you want to include plot-critical dialogue in that language a translation would come in handy!

If you're into noir & looking for a quick fandom, the series is available on DVD and only has four episodes as yet. It's available in two versions: Welsh language & English with some subtitled Welsh. There's some publicity material here & here.


Sharing Knife - Lois McMaster Bujold
Characters: First Malice, Pre-malice wars sorcerer-lord
I'm interested in expansion of the pre-apocalyptic civilisation referred to as 'sorcerer-lords', how the original malice came into being, what its nature is, how it was dispersed, how sharing death was invented, what happened to the 'absent gods'. I consider the novels to be post-apocalyptic science fiction, so would be most interested in explanations for groundsense, malices & gods that don't simply call upon 'magic' -- handwave me different dimensions, black holes, entropy, antimatter, particle colliders creating new forms of matter, psi powers... whatever your imagination comes up with. Given the American setting, you could explore resonances with nuclear weapons & radiation; also I'm a lifelong Tolkien fan, so the obvious parallels/contrasts with his works, with the Lakewalkers as Rangers & the lost civilisation as Numenor, would also be of interest. Gen, het or slash equally welcome.

This is a new enthusiasm, after attending the first Bujold conference this August. (One of the most relevant SK talks is online.) The world building of the Lakewalker culture is the main draw, and particularly its intriguingly lightly sketched pre-history. There is so much to explore here! If the prompt is terrifying, I'd welcome a frame story set in the timeframe of the series (or the future) with, for example, found documents from the pre-apocalyptic age, or someone other than Dag telling tales of that age, perhaps even the history from the Farmer point of view, or an archaeological dig. If you like Bujold's ambiguity, a set of overlapping/contradictory fragments would be of interest.

My favourite canon character is Arkady, and I also particularly like Mari, Fairbolt & Dag; my liking of OCs & minors goes double for this prompt. I'm not particularly invested in Bujold's prose style, so feel free to pastiche it or not, whatever works best for your story. I'd prefer not to cross over with anything except perhaps Tolkien. Feel free to go as dark as you desire with this fandom; suicide of the brave self-sacrifice to save the world mould would be a possibility here.

It's a four-novel series, but it's a very quick read. Nearly all the little backstory Bujold provides comes in a handful of pages in books 1 & 2.


Wives and Daughters - Elizabeth Gaskell
Character: Lady Harriet Cumnor
Lady Harriet is such an amazing character, I'd love to see more of her whatever you write! My secret dream is that she takes up a bohemian life in London after her mother's death, possibly with another woman -- an OC or crossover or historical person, I don't picture her with any other canon woman. Other thoughts... Could she take up another person's cause, as she does with Molly? Or a more abstract cause, but prosecuted in her own inimitable fashion. Could she somehow get involved in politics &/or electioneering? Is she interested in her brother's scientific studies? Might she try to reconcile the Cumnors with Squire Hamley? Or even an AU in which she gets together with my second favourite, Roger Hamley, and ends up in Africa! Bookverse, please, though I don't object to casting Rosamund Pike. Gen, het or slash equally welcome, but if you go the femslash route, I'd rather close the bedroom door.

This is one of my perennial requests, so forgive the verbosity. Wives and Daughters is perhaps Gaskell's most mature novel, her Middlemarch. It doesn't quite have the cross-class romance of North and South, but it does have a large cast of scintillating characters all presented sympathetically, with plenty of women being awesome, & women looking out for women. (This fandom is a shoe-in for the Misses Clause Challenge!) I like all the characters in the novel, without exception, but Lady Harriet always makes me cheer. I'm also fond of the inclusion of the science of the day, with Roger Hamley (probably my second favourite) being modelled on Charles Darwin, & his African explorations on the Beagle voyage.

I'm not particularly invested in Gaskell's prose style, but modern phraseology does tend to throw me out of stories set in the 19th C (unless the whole story is written in a modern style). I'm keen (though not very knowledgeable) on historical accuracy, and if you happen to know the period (late 1820s to early 1830s) then historical detail would be wonderful. Crossovers with other 19th C novels would also be of interest; aside from Gaskell, I particularly love George Eliot, Charlotte & Anne Brontë, Anthony Trollope and Jane Austen. Darkfic doesn't fit particularly well with this prompt, but I could believe a Machiavellian Lady Harriet scheming towards ends of dubious morality.

The novel is available online at Project Gutenberg. There's a super BBC adaptation by Andrew Davies, available on DVD, which might be a good way of getting into the novel if Victorian prose turns you off. It's pretty faithful, aside from the ending.
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