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08 February 2016
Dear Author,

Hi! Thanks so much for making a gift for me. This letter has a lot (maybe too many???) ideas and suggestions to get you started, but I'm going to adore whatever you create even if you ignore all of the below. I'm also including some information about my general likes and dislikes; if you have any questions, my askbox is always open (anon is on).

I'm down with any rating from G to NC-17, although porn for porn's sake is usually not my thing. My favorite tropes include female friendships, battle couples, epistolary stories, mutual pining, cats, crack, atonement arcs, slow burn, outside POV, banter, and competence. Het, femslash, and slash are all green lights, although many of my favorite pairings tend to fall under the "kind, clever men loving hard, dangerous women" umbrella.

Elements I dislike are animal abuse, infidelity, rape, and self-harm. That said, I do like dark stories, too, so please don't let any of these squicks prevent you from rolling with an awesome dark fic idea.

I like my Marian Hawke as ridiculous as possible, with the idea that she hides both her deep-seated anger and her core of pure marshmallow beneath jokes and barbs. That her relationship with Varric grows out of a very deep friendship is one of the things I like best about their dynamic; there's trust there, but there's also a lot that goes unsaid.

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Prompt #1
Character: Purple, Mage, Default Marian Hawke
Relationship: Female Hawke/Varric
Optional Tags: Post-Canon, Alternate Universe, Angst, Humor, Mutual Pining, Fake/Pretend Relationship, Reunions, Cassandra Pentaghast, Isabela (Dragon Age), Iron Bull, Iron Bull/Dorian Pavus, Fenris/Isabela, Malcolm Hawke, Carver Hawke

Down for post-canon, alternate universe, or whatever floats your boat! I'm a big fan of both angst and humor. If you go for the former, I'd love a story where Hawke stays behind in the Fade and everyone (read: Varric) deals with the repercussions; I like reunions, but I also like sad endings. If you go for the latter, literally anything with Hawke and Varric working together to fleece people at cards or a fighting ring would thrill me. If canon divergence is more your thing, I'm always up for a story with Hawke as the Inquisitor.

There aren't any characters that I particularly dislike, but my favorite dynamics are between Hawke and Cassandra, Isabela, the Iron Bull, Fenris, or Carver; as for Varric, I always like seeing his friendships explored, and in particularly enjoy when he interacts with Cassandra, Isabela, or Merrill. Anything about Hawke's relationship with her dad is going to automatically be a win, too.


There's not a lot more I can say here, Author! This is blanket permission to take any scrap of the above ideas or discard them entirely. I included some of my favorite characters and background pairings in the optional tags; if you want to take the "Fake/Pretend Relationship" trope and run with it, you're going to make me happy no matter what.

For alternate universes, how about Hawke as a reluctant private investigator and Varric as a muckracking journalist? Or, when in doubt: dragons.

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Prompt #2
Character: Purple or Red, Mage, Default Marian Hawke
Relationship: Female Hawke/Varric
Optional Tags: Angst, Rivalry, Rival Relationship, Dark, Blood Magic

What I'd love for this prompt is a rival romance between Hawke (maybe a Hawke who has lost both of her siblings) and Varric (who loves needling her too much to let her go), but any darker take on their relationship would be awesome. I'd prefer a Hawke who is still sarcastic at the core, but if you want to take her down an angrier path, that'd be awesome, too. There's a lot about how Varric and Hawke could be good together; show me all the ways they could be bad for each other.

If angst or dark stories are your cup of tea, I'd love to see how a rival romance between Hawke and Varric would play out. It's hard to rival Varric in DA2, so feel free to write your own take without sticking to a canon story - it'd be super interesting to see this play out between a purple!Hawke and Varric, who maybe rub each other the wrong way because they're too similar. Feel free to be unrelenting in how you write them - I love both characters, but I know they're not without their flaws.
 
 
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25 October 2015
Hi there, Mischiefmaker - thank you so much for writing for me! This letter has a lot (maybe too many???) ideas and suggestions to get you started, but I'm going to adore whatever you write even if you ignore all of the below. This is one of my favorite exchanges, both as a writer and as a reader, and I'm going to be impossible to disappoint.

I'm down with any rating from G to NC-17, although porn for porn's sake is usually not my thing. My favorite tropes include secret identities and identity play, female friendships, battle couples, epistolary stories, pining (especially when it's for reasons related to duty rather than poor communication), happy endings, sad endings, earned endings, cats, crack, atonement arcs, characters who are stiff with honor, cosmic horror, and competence. Het, femslash, and slash are all green lights.

Elements I dislike are animal abuse, infidelity, rape, and self-harm. That said, I do like dark fic, too, so if one of these themes is a critical element in what you're writing, all I ask is that you not make it graphic.

I'm not a big fan of post-canon fluff for this pairing, nor am I particularly into Loki redemption stories that aren't set centuries in the future or that don't involve big, drastic sacrifices on Loki's part. My favorite dynamic for Loki and Sif is that of two people who at one time deeply understood each other, had a shared sympathy as outsiders, certainly respect and maybe still love one another, but who will never again trust each other. They've gone their separate ways, and neither of them is willing to give ground. On the other hand, if you want to stick them in a situation where they're forced to work together despite intense anger and wariness... go for it!

I'm intrigued by the idea of Sif visiting Loki while he's imprisoned in Asgard (can we ever have enough stories about this???). I'd also love anything with Sif interacting with Frigga or Jane (I lovelovelove Jane Foster and think she and Sif would get a kick out of each other given enough time together), Sif being the one to hunt down Loki after he makes an escape, Loki being irredeemable, Sif being stiff with honor and devotion to duty, or either one of them being determined to define their lives on their own terms despite opposition and especially if it forces them to admit their relationship can't survive.

Bonus points for Sif getting the upper hand on Loki, double bonus for guilty secret post-betrayal assignations, triple bonus for Sif and Heimdall sibling shenanigans. If you have Sif run into Gamora in the process, I will positively swoon.

If you'd like to dig around more, I'm active on AO3 and Tumblr (anon messages welcome!). Oops, and just as a note - I'm familiar with a decent swath of comics canon and with most of the MCU; I've really only retained the AoS episodes involving Sif, but everything else is fair game.

Thank you again for all of your time and effort!! :)
 
 
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22 June 2015
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24 October 2014
Hi there, Mischiefmaker!

First of all, you should know that I'm pretty easy to please; really, anything with Sif and/or Loki is going to make me happy, and you've already got that covered. This letter includes a few preferences and prompt ideas in case you'd like more direction, but feel free to start from scratch. I'm fairly familiar with comics canon and up-to-date on everything in the MCU (including SHIELD), so if you'd like to draw from those sources, go for it. No obligation, though!

I love crack, angst, fluff, and everything in-between; I do tend to favor heavy plot or character studies over porn for porn's sake, but explicit smut is A-OK. A lot of my favorite stories tend to be dark and twisty, although I love all kinds of tropes, including identity play, alternate universes, battle couples, and pining. The main elements I don't enjoy are animal abuse, infidelity, non-con, and graphic self-injury.

I'm intrigued by the idea of Sif visiting Loki while he's imprisoned in Asgard (can we ever have enough stories about this???). I'd also love anything with Sif interacting with Jane or the Avengers (I lovelovelove Jane Foster and think she and Sif would get a kick out of each other given enough time together), Sif being the one to hunt down Loki after he makes an escape, Loki being irredeemable, Sif being stiff with honor and devotion to duty, or either one of them being determined to define their lives on their own terms despite opposition and especially if it forces them to admit their relationship can't survive. Bonus points for Sif getting the upper hand on Loki, double bonus for guilty secret post-betrayal assignations, triple bonus for Sif and Heimdall sibling shenanigans.

If you're stumped or have a question, [tumblr.com profile] odylism can steer you in the right direction. If you'd like to dig around, I'm active on Tumblr, Dreamwidth, AO3, and Pinboard.

Thank you so much for writing for me!! :)
 
 
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27 June 2014
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26 April 2014
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15 October 2013
I'm thinking I'd like to do one other fanfiction exchange over the holidays other than Saturnalia. Anyone have one that they love? At this point I'd do fandom- or ship-specific (in the mood for Mass Effect, OUAT, Dragonball Z, AtLA, Marvel) or ???? whatever else seems fun! I'm not knocking around on LJ anymore, and boy is it hard to find anything on Tumblr.