By now you've had a little time to mull over your assignment, and have no doubt decided where on the scale between adoration and loathing I fall for requesting whichever of my fandoms matches up with your offerings. Whether you're quivering with anticipation, dread or something in between, I offer you this reassurance: I'm easy.
Gen, het, slash, smut, humor, angst, and on and on and on ... I'll read and enjoy it all. If a piece crosses over into multiple categories, so much the better! I have one little caveat: if you go with angst, know that I prefer it to flow naturally from the characters rather than to have it imposed by gratuitously inflicted external situations. So rape, torture, noncon, cutting, and other OOC-ness ... nnnnnothankyew.
More than anything, I really want to challenge you to write from the heart, to write a story that you yourself can love. No matter the genre, characters or situations, stories written from the writer's love are always The Best.
So what can I tell you about my individual fandoms that I didn't include in my requests?
Boondock Saints: The details say it, really. PAUL SMECKER PWNS ALL. Sure, the twins are likeable, fun, deadly and very nice eye candy; Rocco's a hoot; Duke's a wonderfully psychopathic bastard and you should feel free to include any of them the muse demands, but Paul's brains, snark, integrity and general fabulousness just make the movie for me. So whether it's Paul investigating, Paul introspecting, Paul snarking, Paul angsting, Paul sexing, Paul's past, present or future ... if it's Paul, it's good.
Connie Willis - To Say Nothing of the Dog: The only way you could really go wrong with this one would be to write something completely contrary to the charm and wit of the book, and if you loved it enough to offer it, that's not likely to happen. And as I said, Ned and Verity would be verrah nice indeed.
Da Vinci's Inquest: OH DVI!!! WHY ARE YOUR DVDS BEING RELEASED SO DAMN SLOWLY?!!! *cough* Sorry. *^_^* I adore the entire ensemble on this show, and you should feel free to bring in other characters if you want, but I chose Leo and Rose for the focus because their partnership has always given me the warm fuzzies. They took this crusty, old-school detective, who was introduced to us as being more than a bit of a bigot, paired him up with this strong, smart black woman for a partner and showed the two of them developing a relationship of respect, affection and true friendship. <3 <3 <3 And if for some reason you feel like taking them beyond friendship ... I find myself strangely okay with that. ;)
Max Headroom: I chose my four favorite characters, but if Murray, Reg, Dom or anyone else chooses to show up, I will not say them nay. As I said in the details, I'm inclined to keep the underage Bryce out of any physical sex (if that's the direction you choose), but a little teenage hacker voyeurism is always possible ... maybe with some Max commentary? But really, this one's wide open to whatever kind of fic you care to write. The show did everything from manic, edgy humor to angry angst, so you've got quite a range with which to work!
And there you are! Hopefully I've given you a possible direction, or at least a hint or two. I'd be more than happy to supply more details to the mods, if you feel the need to pass on any questions through them. But as I said up above, write from the heart. If a story means something to you, it will mean something to your readers.
And if at all possible ... HAVE FUN!