Trope Bingo

Oct. 9th, 2016 08:10 am
samyazaz: (Samy)
HUDDLE FOR WARMTH AGAINST

ALL ODDS
CURTAIN FIC UNEXPECTED

FRIENDSHIP
FAMOUS

LANDMARK
TRANSFORMATIONS EXTORTION/

BLACKMAIL
AU: FAIRY TALE/

MYTH
IN VINO VERITAS/

DRUNK FIC
KISS
PERSPECTIVE FLIP AU: APOCALYPSE FREE SPACE ROLE REVERSAL AU: ROYALTY/

ARISTOCRACY/

FEUDAL
AU: MUNDANE ANIMAL VERSION

(OR HUMAN VERSION)
HANDCUFFED/

BOUND TOGETHER
SLAVE FIC FAKE

RELATIONSHIP
FORK IN

THE ROAD
AU: ALTERNATE

GENDER NORMS
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samyazaz: (Samy)
Dear Yuletide Author,

Thank you so much for writing for me! I am so excited to see what you come up with, and I want to say that aside from anything that I say below, so long as you don't hit any of my really strong dislikes, I am pretty much guaranteed to love whatever you write. I am very easy to please, and I'm sure I'll love whatever you do.

Also, I have a terrible time thinking up prompts off the cuff, I freeze up and get terrible writer's block, so please don't hesitate to write something that isn't listed here. If you want a little more information about anything, you can always drop by my tumblr askbox and inquire. I always have anon turned on, but if you'd rather I be surprised, Nell knows me very well and would be happy to give you some general guidance, or specific guidance about Killjoys and Galavant. If you'd like a friend's insight for my Critical Role feelings, Sovin is intimately familiar with them and would be happy to help you out.

General Preferences

Likes: HAPPY ENDINGS. I don't mind angst or heartbreak along the way (at all, I thing some angst can make a happy ending even more satisfying!), but please please, an ending that is hopeful at the very least. I adore shippiness and romance, but if that's not your thing that's totally fine. I love just as much strong friendships and people who feel an intense bond with each other without it being romantic, so I'd be just as thrilled with friendfic, character studies, or other genfic. I have a huge choice kink -- write me a fic about choosing to be together, choosing to love each other (romantically or not) and I will love you forever. I love people being competent and clever, wit, banter, strong fabulous ladies (and the men or women who watch them be their fabulous selves with hearts in their eyes). I love tropes, and AUs of all flavors are some of my very favorite things, but I am always impressed by a great canonfic, too. I love hurt/comfort and UST, first times and developing relationships and getting-together fics, fake relationship or pretend married or marriage of convenience. I love fairy tale or mythology AUs. If you're inclined to write something shippy, I adore smut, though if you're uncomfortable or uninterested in writing something explicit, I find a good kissing scene to be hugely satisfying as well. I love a good threesome or other poly dynamics, though if I mention poly and that's not what you're into, please know that I don't tend to ship people poly unless I also ship every ship within it, so if I ask for A/B/C and you're only comfortable with A/C and B along as a friend, that is 100% fine. Additionally, if you're moved to write something explicit either way, I'm fine with as kinky or as vanilla as you care to write. On the kink side, though, I would prefer no watersports, scat, or humiliation.

Dislikes: Sad endings, major character death, non-con, infidelity, abusive relationships. Don't feel the need to avoid these things if they happen in canon, but I'd prefer they not be introduced where they don't already exist, and that they not be the focus of the fic either way.

Now for the specifics...


Killjoys )

Galavant )

Critical Role )

Thank you again, author! I hope something in here caught your interest and was inspiring, but if not, or if you'd like more guidance, please don't hesitate to reach out to me or Sovin or Nell. I can't wait to see what you come up with!
samyazaz: (Samy)
day at the beach soul bonding/soulmates immortality/reincarnation huddle for warmth accidental marriage
au: daemons animal transformation au: band handcuffed/bound together sharing a bed
kiss to save the day wingfic FREE SPACE au: all-human presumed dead
amnesia in vino veritas/drunkfic secret relationship de-aged time travel
secret child virgin!fic/secretly a virgin kidfic fuck or die celebratory kiss
samyazaz: (Samy)
Dear Yuletide Author,

Thank you so much for writing for me! I am so excited to see what you come up with, and I want to say that aside from anything that I say below, so long as you don't hit any of my really strong dislikes, I am pretty much guaranteed to love whatever you write. I am very easy to please, and I'm sure I'll love whatever you do!

Also, I have a terrible time thinking up prompts off the cuff, I freeze up and get terrible writer's block, so please don't hesitate to write something that isn't listed here. If you want a little more information about anything, you can always drop by my tumblr askbox and inquire. I always have anon turned on, but if you'd rather I be surprised, Nell knows me very well and would be happy to give you some guidance.

General Preferences

Likes: Happy endings, please. I don't mind angst or heartbreak along the way (at all, I thing some angst can make a happy ending even more satisfying!), but please please, an ending that is hopeful at the very least. I love love love shippiness and romance, but if that's not your thing I'd be super happy with friendfic or character studies or other genfic as well. I do really really love strong friendships and people who feel an intense bond with each other without it being romantic. I have a huge, huge choice kink -- write me a fic about choosing to be together, choosing to love each other (romantically or not) and I will love you forever. I love people being competent and clever, wit, banter, strong fabulous ladies (and the men -- or women -- who watch them be their fabulous selves with hearts in their eyes). I love tropes, and AUs of all flavors, but I am always impressed by a great canonfic, too! I love hurt/comfort and UST, first times and developing relationships and getting-together fics, fake married or pretend married or marriage of convenience. I love fairy tale or mythology AUs. If you're inclined to write something shippy, I adore smut, though if you're uncomfortable or uninterested in writing something explicit, I find a good kissing scene to be hugely satisfying as well. I love a good threesome or other poly dynamics, and if you do go for smut, I'm fine with as kinky or as vanilla as you care to make it. On the kink side, though, I would prefer no watersports, scat, or humiliation.

Dislikes: Sad endings, major character death, non-con, infidelity, abusive relationships. Don't feel the need to avoid these things if they happen in canon, but I'd prefer they not be introduced where they don't already exist, and that they not be the focus of the fic either way.

Now for the specifics...

How to Get Away With Murder )
Sleepy Hollow )
Vikings )
Major Crimes )
The Quest )
Ever After )
Thank you so much again, author! I hope this letter has been helpful, and I'm sorry if I didn't get specific enough with my prompts for you. If you'd like more, or if you'd like any sort of guidance at all, please don't hesitate to reach out to either me or Nell, we'd both be more than happy to help.
samyazaz: (Samy)
Total number of completed stories in 2013:

Oh man, I have to check, I haven't even counted. I couldn't even guess.
...Apparently the number is 51. Holy crap.

And a half, because of The Write Books About This Sort of Thing, which isn't done yet, but I'm posting it as a WIP, so it counts for half.

Total word count:

366,268. This number, at least, is not a surprise, though it does still blow my mind.

Looking back, did you write more fic than you thought you would this year, less, or about what you’d predicted?

Considering I wrote a grand total of 10k in 2012, I'd say that this is well beyond what I ever could have predicted at this time last year.

Did you take any writing risks this year? What did you learn from them?

I signed up for fests! Actually, this whole year has been marked by me saying that something frightens or intimidates me, and then promptly doing exactly that. "Longfic scares me!" I said. "I like PWP, writing something plotty seems intimidating!" I said. "Oh, I'm not sure about fests, deadlines make me nervous!" I said.

"Ha. Ha. Ha," my muse said.

Do you have any specific fanfic goals for the New Year?

Well, I just signed up for the third round of Trope Bingo and my card is amazing so I think I will definitely be aiming for another blackout. Other than that, I think my goal is to just keep writing and keep enjoying it.


From my past year of writing, what was…

My best story of this year:

Oof. That's such a judgment call. You Are the Moon is my current favorite, and I think it's got a lot going for it from a technical standpoint.

My most popular story of this year:

Lay Your Hands on Me, which kind of took on a life of its own and is my most popular fic to date by a rather significant margin. Which is fine by me, because I still love it tons. Fourteen thousand hits, though, good god. That will never not be staggering.

Most fun story to write:

That's probably a toss-up between Lay Your Hands on Me and As the Sun Will Rise. On the one hand, lots of music geekery and ridiculously fun hand/finger kink! On the other, Les Amis as Disney characters.

Hardest story to write:

I took a long break in the middle of In the End We Have Each Other that made it really difficult, once I got back to it, to get back into the groove, and I spent much of the second half of the fic feeling like I was completely failing to live up to the awesome voices and characterizations that I'd had in the first. Still, it all worked out in the end!

Biggest Disappointment:

I don't think any of the fics that I wrote have been disappointing, but of course there's always fics that you wish had reached a larger audience than they do. The Stars Look Very Different Today, in particular, is one whose hit count occasionally makes me sadface, because I enjoyed it so much, and I think it's a really lovely fic. But it's the rarest of rarepairs, and that pretty much hobbled it from the start.

Story I haven’t yet written, but intend to:

So there's this fic I am definitely going to write where Grantaire is a selkie and Enjolras accidentally steals his pelt and then he ends up with this irritating guy trotting on his heels bugging him constantly and trying to convince him that all his activism is just an effort in futility and working his way under his skin and into his heart and I'm super excited about it.

samyazaz: (Samy)
first time / last time unexpected friendship matchmaker deathfic genderswap
au: alternate professions fake relationship bets / wagers au: alternate gender norms meet the parents / family
marriage virginfic huddling for warmth au: fairy tale / myth trapped in a dream
kidfic fuck or die forbidden fruit amnesia telepathy / mindmeld
au: apocalypse snowed in twenty-four hours to live fork in the road food porn
samyazaz: (Samy)
Guys, meet Abbie.



I AM SO EXCITED.

AND SO TERRIFIED.

CAR PAYMENT OMG WHAT.

ETA: Also, apparently this didn't post back in the beginning of December like it was supposed to? Thanks, LJ. But still! New car! I luff her! I had a dream the other night that I had to give her back and I was SO SAD!
samyazaz: (Samy)
Title: A Little Excitement
Pairing: Enjolras/Grantaire
Rating: G
Word Count: 882
Summary: The speakeasy behind the unassuming façade of the Corinth is full of smoke and laughter and the sultry notes of Éponine's voice from the stage. Normally, Grantaire makes a point to step out from behind the bar and listen when it's her turn on stage, but tonight there's a man working his way up to the bar in ostentatious red and Grantaire thinks she's going to have to forgive him, because there's no way he's leaving the bar so long as this golden specimen of a man is cozied up to it.
Read it on the AO3
samyazaz: (Samy)
Title: Somebody to Lean On
Pairing: Merlin/Arthur
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 6371
Summary: Merlin may be the worst manservant ever, but when he breaks his arm and Arthur has to care for him, he quickly discovers that he's kind of terrible at it, too.
Read it on the AO3
samyazaz: (Samy)
Title: Everything Old Is New Again
Pairing: Abbie Mills & Ichabod Crane
Rating: Gen
Word Count: 1633
Summary: It doesn't take more than a moment's thought for Abbie to realize that she's going to have to bring Ichabod home. The man can't even figure out how to unlock a car door, a hotel is absolutely out of the question. He'd probably lock himself inside and then starve to death.
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samyazaz: (Samy)
Title: In the End We Have Each Other
Pairing: Enjolras/Grantaire
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 50769
Summary: Enjolras has spent pretty much the entire bus ride to the Musain trying to predict how this will go, but the thing that surprises him isn't that Combeferre isn't the first to notice, or that Joly doesn't start spouting something about infant mortality rates and immediately demand that everybody bathe in Purell. No, what startles Enjolras the most is that he manages approximately half a step through the door into the back room where they all meet before Grantaire rattles his glass down on the table in the back that he's taken for his own and drawls, "Is there something you forgot to tell us, Apollo?"

That silences the room, predictably enough. Everyone breaks off their conversations and swivels to stare at him. At him, and at the baby carrier that he's got hooked over one arm.
Read it on the AO3
samyazaz: (Samy)
Title: When I Close My Eyes
Pairing: Merlin/Arthur
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 11032
Summary: Gwaine's parties are the stuff of legend, if his own bragging is to be believed. He holds them every month or so, and he's been trying since freshman year to get Merlin to come to one of them. "C'mon," he always says, wheedling. "You don't know what you're missing. It's not like you're going to be doing anything, anyway."

Gwaine thinks anything less than full-blown partying is "not doing anything", and Merlin long ago gave up the fight to convince him that an evening spent in his room with a challenging essay or a good book is actually an enjoyable way to pass the time for him, and not grounds for pity. Merlin's never going to win that battle, and he knows it.

Usually, he shrugs Gwaine off. He's heard rumors about what goes on at Gwaine's parties, and mostly, it sounds like what goes on is orgies. Definitely not Merlin's scene.
Author's Note: Written for this KMM prompt, and for [livejournal.com profile] summerpornathon 2013's KMM Charity Challenge
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samyazaz: (Samy)
Title: I'll Eat You Up (Can't Get Enough)
Pairing: Merlin/Arthur
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 14665
Summary: In which Arthur is a man-eating kelpie and Merlin has no sense of self-preservation to speak of.

This was written for [livejournal.com profile] pod_together with the fabulous encouragement and aid of [livejournal.com profile] rscreighton.

Read it or listen to Rose's fantastic podfic on the AO3
samyazaz: (Samy)
So I have kind of been complete crap about updating LJ with new fics that I post. COMPLETE. CRAP. Sorry to anyone who watches for updates here rather than at the AO3!

This is a catchup post. There's a lot of fics beneath the cuts here.

Vikings )

Teen Wolf )

Merlin )
samyazaz: (Samy)
It's time for Round 2 of Trope Bingo! It worked out pretty fabulously for me last round, so I'm definitely doing it again. And I got a pretty exciting card, too!

Read more... )
samyazaz: (Samy)
Okay, this just happened and I'm not sure how to feel about it, so I come to the LJ hive mind for clarity.

A self-professed "very heterosexual" woman is extremely uncertain about the thought of having sex with a bi man: is the appropriate reaction here "sigh, latent homophobia (biphobia?), that's unfortunate" or "ah, a rare example of a true zero on the Kinsey scale"?

For further clarification, this came up in the course of a conversation about how we were both so happy that the AMA has recommended the FDA no longer bans gay men from giving blood donations, and from a woman who is enthusiastically supportive of gay marriage. Also, further questioning clarified that it's not an issue of "people attracted to both genders won't be satisfied being monogamous with just one person" bullshit. It's specifically a discomfort with the thought of having sex with a man who has had sex with men before. My gut reaction was "wow, look at your latent homophobia showing itself", but then I wondered if maybe I wasn't being too quick to be judgy. I'm bi and can't see a reason why who a partner has previously slept with should be an issue, so it's hard for me to grok.
samyazaz: (Samy)
It's my ficiversary! A year ago today, I finished writing my very first fanfic, Extracurricular. Hard to believe it's been so long already, but I sure have had a blast. I thought I'd look back on the past year with a little meme.

Total Fics: 26
-Merlin: 11
-Teen Wolf: 10
-Vikings: 3
-Les Misérables: 2
Total Word Count: 151,750. WHAT THE HELL. o_O

Fandom with the most fics: Merlin by a nose! I'm glad, seeing as how it was my very first. :D

Fandom with the highest word count: Vikings, surprisingly enough! If I'd been just a little slower finishing my last fic, though (or if it hadn't been such a huge monstrosity), that honor would've gone to Les Mis, even though it's only got two fics total.

What pairing/genre/fandom did you write that you would never have predicted at the beginning of the year?
Well, I certainly did not expect to fall so far down the fandom hole that I ended up writing in four of them, so pretty much everything but Merlin is a surprise. The fact that over a third of the words that I've written have been rated Teen was a big surprise, though, considering I got into fandom for the porn.

Also, uhh. I told someone a while back that longfic intimidated the hell out of me. And now I've got four fics that are 20k or longer. And one of them is almost twice that long. Yeah, that's definitely a surprise!

What's your favorite story of the year? Not the most popular, but he one that makes you happiest?
It's difficult to choose, but probably Lay Your Hands On Me. There is so much in that fic that delights me, from the hand/finger kink to Grantaire's mischievous sense of humor, to all the music. Alllllll the music.

My best story of this year: Oof. That's a hard one! I'm going to go with On Earth As It Is In Heaven, because instead of being a one-off sort of thing, that one actually chronicles the whole process of the relationship, from their initial, conflicted meeting, through to affection and sex and then commitment. I've written a couple others that did similar, but Athelstan in this one goes through the biggest transformation and the most growth.

My most popular story of this year: Lay Your Hands On Me, by a landslide. Holy crap. The Les Mis fandom is scary and amazing.

Most fun story to write: As the Sun Will Rise was such a blast. Beauty and the Beast has always been one of my favorite movies, and getting to riff of it and use it to humorous effect was a tremendous amount of fun.

Story with the single sexiest moment: There is a ton of food porn in Amuse-Bouche that reallllly did it for me. If I had to pick one moment, though -- probably the scene where Ragnar feeds Athelstan the little gelatinized ball of saffron-and-chardonnay soup and Athelstan bites into it and it bursts and drips all over his chin and mouth and Ragnar drags his fingers through the mess and, um, excuse me, I need to go take a cold shower.

Most "holy crap, that's wrong, even for you" story: Unbroken, which not only has dub-con that's so dubby it treads the line of actual non-con, but also has Arthur fucking Merlin as an Almost Actual Wolf. I wouldn't call it "wrong", as I like that fic an awful lot, but it's definitely the one that pushes the limits the hardest.

Story that shifted my own perceptions of the characters: To the Beat of a Heart. I'd never written Laura before, nor pre-bite Erica, but it really gave me a better appreciation for Erica, in particular, and her struggle with her epilepsy and her self-image and her fierce determination.

Hardest story to write: Unbroken, which spent at least six months half-finished and collecting dust on my hard drive because I really wanted to use the fic to explore the ramifications of that initial dub-con/non-con scene, but I had a real struggle with actually figuring out how to portray it in a way that was interesting and still seemed real.

Favorite Opening Line(s): Where Nothing Remains: "You are still my king," Merlin whispered in the close, private space against the hollow of Arthur's throat, where he smelled like soap and skin.

Favorite Closing Line(s): As the Sun Will Rise: "So you did," Grantaire said, and pulled him into a fierce embrace. He shuddered with gratitude inside of Enjolras's arms, and pressed his face into his golden hair. Enjolras's brightness washed over him, and for the first time in longer than Grantaire could remember, he felt clean and safe and good. It felt like a fresh start.

Story I haven't yet written, but intend to: I haven't quite got a handle on it enough to start it yet, but there's a Les Mis Western AU idea bouncing around in my head that I really want to write.

Fic-writing goal for the next year: Oh man… I'm not sure? I just want to keep writing and keep having fun, really. Brevity is definitely still something I struggle with, but considering how much I've ended up loving my longfics, I'd be hard-pressed to complain about that.
samyazaz: (Samy)
Title: On Earth as It Is in Heaven
Pairing: Athelstan/Lagertha/Ragnar
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 38,614
Summary: Athelstan believes that the empty feeling he's had his entire life means that he has no soulmate, and is meant for God. Ragnar and Lagertha have been waiting for the third member of their bond for years and started to despair that they might ever find him. But when the summer raids bring Ragnar west to Lindisfarne, everything changes.
Author's Note: Written for this Vikings Kink Meme prompt, and with much love for [livejournal.com profile] lady_ragnell, who saw it first but was willing to share.

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