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2017-09-17 01:00 am
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Trick or Treat 2017 - Requests

Dear Author:

Thank you so much for your graciousness in taking the time (and trouble) to write something for me. Giving so much of yourself to me is already a very precious gift, and I'm certain to enjoy whatever you write.

General likes:
Gen, friendship, time travel, hurt/comfort, fix-it fics, encounters with the supernatural or aliens (even in mundane fandoms), crossovers, angst, character backstory, world-building, what happened next, it was all a dream (or was it?), explorations into the psychology/motivations of a character, third person POV, action/adventure, mystery, drama in comedy fandoms, light-hearted humour in dramatic fandoms (neither of the last two are a deal breaker, though)

DNWs:
Shipping (unless specifically requested), character/ship bashing, US politics, preachiness, proselytising, rape, non-con, dub-con, BDSM, age-, blood- and/or breath-play, gore, cannibalism, incest, character death, watersports, scat, infidelity, slavery, extreme physical/psychological abuse, animal abuse, animal or human ritual sacrifice, mundane AUs (no coffeshops, high school, retirement home, etc), pregnancy of any type, children, child abuse, curtain fic, second-person POV, zombies or zombie apocalypse, post-apocalyptic world, PWP, humiliation, de-aging, depressing endings, soulmates/soul bonds, body/gender swap, A/B/O

Fandoms:

#1 The Real Ghostbusters

This has always been one of my favorite fandoms. I love the world-building, and the way that the cartoon stood apart from the original film(s). The characters' interactions were wonderful, and I always thought that for a cartoon the characters were quite three-dimensional. And I'll admit to always having adored the Janine/Egon relationship, with all its ups and downs. Of course, the series lends itself quite easily to both the mundane aspects of city life (just where do you get the best Dim-Sum or are the RGBs going to the Greenwich Village Halloween Parade), as well as the legends of hauntings throughout Manhattan (a quick Google search will turn those up). There's also the tale of the "dinosaurs" buried in Central Park that some pesky ghosts could possess and set loose on NYC (yes, I know it's been debunked, but I always thought "dinosaurs" buried in Central Park sounded like a lot of fun, and even went exploring for them with some friends when we were in elementary school).

Would love any, all, or a mix-and-match of the characters (and would especially love it if some Janine/Egon were to be slipped in -- but if you don't feel comfortable writing that pairing or there's no way to make it work for your fic, don't worry).

For this fandom, I have a few extra DNWs: Even though "The Real Ghostbusters" aired between 1986 and 1991, I have no problem with you setting your fic in the present day. However, if that's the case, I'd prefer no mentions of 9/11 or the World Trade Center (say, if you wanted to use that disaster as part of a "haunted Manhattan" scenario). Although "The Extreme Ghostbusters" (1997) was a continuation of the original series, I don't consider it part of RGB canon, and would prefer that it be ignored.

#2 Gilligan's Island

Okay, I admit it: this isn't exactly a series to raise the IQ or bring about world peace. But it's simply plain, old-fashioned fun that I find myself still laughing at, no matter how many times I've seen it in syndication. Surprisingly, there are quite a number of good fics for it on FF.net, which have been well-written and in a serious tone (the multiple tales relating to "The Hunter" episode, which itself is based on "The Most Dangerous Game" are worth checking out). I admit to being a MAP (Mary Ann/Professor) shipper myself, though I'm not expecting a ship fic about them (though, if you're so inclined I wouldn't be disappointed ;-).

As for what I'd like, a character piece about The Professor (my favourite character) would be nice. Or something covering the arguments between him and the extremely superstitious Skipper, especially as Halloween approaches on the island. Could the Professor be persuaded to believe in the possibility of a mischievous Pooka on the island (only seen by Gilligan à la Elwood P Dowd's friend, Harvey)? Will the Professor admit to himself that he has deep feelings for Mary Ann?

With only 300 words to work with, I wouldn't expect you to include all seven characters -- that's a lot to juggle. Feel free to pair them down to just The Professor, Mary Ann and/or Gilligan, or simply just one of these characters. (Don't know why, but for some reason Mrs Eunice Wentworth "Lovey" Howell and Ginger Grant didn't make it into the character list.)

For this fandom, I do have a few extra DNWs: Pinger (Professor/Ginger pairing), MAG (Mary Ann/Gilligan pairing), and casting Gilligan as a bumbling, incompetent buffoon. Yes, he's a klutz, but Gilligan is a lot smarter than he's given credit for, and yes there is canon evidence to support this.

#3 Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea

Yes, I know that a lot of people think of this show as a cheesey monster-of-the-week type series. Surprisingly, though, the first and most of the second season are not -- they're actually well-written, often dark, quite serious, and contain very little of the cheesiness that the series would later become known for. (It helped that its first and most of its second season writers were William Reed Woodfield and Allan Balter -- who would both go on to write for and eventually become producers for Mission: Impossible. Even Harlan Ellison, under his alias Cordwainer Bird, wrote a first season episode.) Some of the best episodes of the first season include: Mutiny, Doomsday, The Invaders, The Saboteur, and The Enemies.

I'm especially a fan of those early black & white episodes, though I do enjoy some of the later cheese, too. My favourite characters have always been Commander Lee Crane, the Captain of the submarine, Seaview, and his Executive Officer Chip Morton (who's also got one of the nicest butts on TV). Lee Crane is one of those perfect characters: handsome, stoic, and a lightning rod for whump; he suffers so beautifully that my id is scratched watching him suffer.

So, any story with Lee Crane is like catnip for me: possessed by some evil alien; transmogrified into something no longer human; willing to sacrifice himself for the safety of his crew or the world. I'd be in hurt/comfort paradise. Feel free to take the above as suggestions only, I'm open to anything you decide to write.

Although the series aired between 1964 and 1968, its timeline was set in the not-too-distant future; so I prefer tales set in the early 1980s, rather than present day (which a lot of fans seem to enjoy). And since it's SF-based, you can still play with technology being more advanced than what really existed at that time. Additionally, while it does seem to be a thing in a lot of fanon, for myself I don't see Lee Crane as having been abandoned by his parents and growing up as some kind of street urchin, until he somehow ends up at Annapolis.

#4 Hogan's Heroes*

While I know this fandom is not to a lot of people's tastes -- yeah, funny Nazis -- it actually has a lot more depth than most people give it credit for. Surprisingly, the roles of most of the main German characters were played by Jews -- several of whom actually did escape Nazi Germany and Austria -- and each depicted an archetype (and a future warning) of the personality types who would succumb to the rise of fascism: General Burkhalter ("My country, right or wrong"), Major Hochstetter (the petty little man who rises within the Gestapo to take out his hatred on others), Colonel Klink (the coward who knows there's something wrong within his country, yet keeps his head down in order to survive), and Sergeant Schultz (who, if he remains ignorant of the evil that's happening -- "I know nothing" -- then it's not actually occurring).

This was actually the first fandom I wrote fanfic for, before I'd ever heard the term used -- and boy was my writing atrocious! Yet, I've always had a special fondness for it. I love the dynamic between Colonel Hogan and his men, and the clash of personalities that sometimes happened among them. The series also may have been the earliest depiction of "dramedy" on television (Gene Reynolds, who would go on to fame as a creative consultant/producer for M*A*S*H, would get his start on Hogan's Heroes).

My favourite type of fic for this fandom tends to be introspective, especially on the part of Colonel Hogan. In some ways, he's a man alone behind enemy lines; he has no other officers with whom he can discuss the difficulties and danger of the escape and sabotage operation he's in charge of. Failure for him is not an option: it means people will die because of the decisions he makes. Of course, I also enjoy seeing his men balk at some of his wild schemes, while still being willing to support him despite the very real possibility they may be captured or killed. But I'm open to anything you may wish to write.

*Please note that this is the only fandom where my DNW of "US Politics" can be overlooked. It's kind of difficult to separate the US involvement in World War II from the global political climate at that time.

#5 Emergency!

What's not to love about this fandom? A couple of handsome paramedics; exciting and dramatic rescues; and just some plain fun and camaraderie among the men at Los Angeles County Fire Station 51. I actually took EMT and paramedic training in college because of this show, which definitely came in handy when my mom was dying of cancer; so I'll always hold a special place in my heart for it.

I am unquestioningly a fan of fireman/paramedic John Gage, who's a lot like Face (The A-Team) and Miles O'Brien (ST:DS9) in that he's definitely an intergalactic punching bag. If something's going to happen, it's likely Gage will take the brunt of it; yet, he comes through it all like a trouper. (Of course having the series set in the early- to mid-1970s certainly helped, since the re-set button could always be pressed from episode to episode.)

Anything focusing on Johnny specifically or the team of Gage and DeSoto will make me a very happy camper. And if there's hurt/comfort in there, all the better. I don't have any problem with delving into John's Native American background and the prejudices involved with that, as long as it's respected and he doesn't come off as "a magical Indian". While I don't think the series ever specified which Nation Johnny belonged to, most fanon (myself included) makes him half-Lakhota (Randolph Mantooth is actually half-Seminole).

A couple of specific DNWs for this fandom: I don't like the characterization of "goofy/ditzy Johnny" that sometimes happened in canon, especially with Chet "The Phantom" Kelly's interactions with him. So, I'd prefer that be avoided.

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Since this is my first time doing a challenge, if I've not done something correctly or you need further clarification, please don't hesitate to contact the mods with any questions that they could forward to me. This makes me feel kind of greedy, but since it's listed in the header of the sign-up page, I figure that it's okay to add it: I'm certainly okay with any extra treats or unique ideas you might have, as long as my DNWs are respected.

I don't know if this is okay to do, but if you need to get an idea of who I am (since I'm basically an NNF with a very empty journal), you can check out my profile and fics at https://www.fanfiction.net/u/693828/Dash-O-Pepper and http://archiveofourown.org/users/pfeffermuse -- while the profiles are the same, I have more fic posted on FF.net and a couple of different fics on AO3.
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2015-04-30 10:39 am

. . . And then You Add a Hint of Bitters

I'm not a big drinker: never have been, never will. Too many family members were alcoholics, and the childhood memories of the odour of rancid beer and sawdust from accompanying my father into those dimly lit Irish pubs in Inwood and Washington Heights (where the bartenders always poured me a Shirley Temple freebie) put me off beer for life.

In college, when we had chug-a-lugs, I would be the only one in the group to get a dispensation to do mine with Pepsi or Ginger Ale. Except for the buzz from alcohol, honestly I have no idea which carbonated beverage -- beer or soda -- would have been the hardest to do in one big gulp. Like taking that first dive into the ice cold Atlantic on a hot June day, you still come away with brain freeze.

And stepping back into the icy waters of namespace fandom, I worry about "brain freeze" there, as well. What do I say? What do I do? I've been mostly a lurker for about a decade now. A search will turn up posts under this handle, though not many on my journals (I'm still no good at keeping a diary. I was an active poster on both Fandom_Wank and FanFic Rants, prior to drifting away when dogpiling unsuspecting newbies became the sport du jour.) Now, I post a bit on FFA; an anon space just feels safer.

Online fandom isn't, at least for me, what it was -- ye ghods -- nearly twenty years ago. From an anthropological standpoint, it's been a fascinating evolution: from relative anonymity on UseNet, to some form of self-identification on message boards, to a more community minded identity in groups and shared website spaces, transitioning backwards somewhat to journaling spaces (where you could keep the undesirables out, if you so desired), and now almost instantaneous gratification via Tumblrs and Tweets, and the hierarchical distinctions among BNFs, MNFs, and NNFs.

I doubt I'll ever attain more than NNF status -- though the benefits to being a BNF are compelling. But I just don't have that nature. Fandom for me is an escape from the mundane, the ordinary; not that it makes one extraordinary to be part of it. It's just a different land to be chartered, one where one can as easily meet a nuclear physicist from India as one can a housewife from Indianapolis.

For one brief and shining moment, it's Camelot . . .

Then we wind up rolling in the dirt over A/B/O, OTPs, gen/het/slash, FF.net vs AO3, etc. In a space where we're actually open to freedom of expression, we still never quite escape the worst of our natures.
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2015-04-29 01:32 pm

They Burst Your Pretty Balloon, And Taken the Moon Away

Maybe it's because I don't keep any close ties with my blood relations (for reasons too complicated to go into), but I feel a deep sense of loss with each passing of one of my fannish favourites.

I chose Bing Crosby for this particular icon, because I had the opportunity to know Der Bingle in the last few years of his life. I was more familiar with Big Band/Swing music as a kid, than I was with rock 'n' roll. So when my mom took me to one his last concerts, I asked her to help me write a fan letter. After that, we corresponded for about two years before his death. Whether I actually knew the real Bing or merely an actor pretending to be interested in the life of a young kid, I'll never know. But, of course, I prefer my memories of this very sweet gentle man. (And yes, I know all about the history of his first and second families.)

I've seen other fans ask why their peers are interested in the actors beyond the roles they've played. I'm not sure I can give an answer to that. For me, it's to thank the actor for creating a character that was so compelling that for a few moments each week, I was drawn into the landscape they inhabited.

In that magic place hidden behind the glow from a TV picture tube, I could escape the world around me. And believe me, when you grow up in a generation where geeks and nerds are not looked upon with anything but disdain, it was a wondrous place to be.

When I wrote my first fanfic (not about Bing, though), it opened a new universe for me. Yes, it was a horrific Mary Sue -- and it took time to grow out of that phase -- but it was a place where I could do or be anybody I chose. I still write some Mary Sue fic (of course, I use the more mature "avatar" verbiage), and it's still just as much fun. It'll never go beyond my hard drive, but I don't care.

We've lost a lot of childhood icons over the past decade; we're sure to lose more. But, as long as fandom keeps writing or giffing the characters they portrayed, they'll always be there frozen in time, with our memories of them as fresh and exciting as they originally were.

That's one of the many reasons I think that now that fandom has all this technology at its fingertips, fandoms old and new should be introduced to each other. It still is one of many points where I get mad at OTW and its lack of outreach to both older and younger generations of fans. Yes, fandom is never stagnate, but there is room for everyone in here. It shouldn't just be about what the BNFs view as important today, but what the BNFs/MNFs/NNFs viewed as important yesterday, and what they'll view as important in the future.

And yes, I know Fanlore exists, but without outreach to those small fandoms, who's going to tell their stories, and tell them honestly.
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2015-04-28 05:59 pm

Hut-Sut Rawlson on the Rillerah, Add a Little Brawla, Brawla to It

I've wondered what to post about, since deciding to join the FFA friending meme. A little this; a little that -- you've either got a fairly decent goulash or something to feed the pets.

Fandom's always been a sort of distant relationship for me; I'm of the generation where I was taught the first rule of fandom is never to talk about fandom. It's this great secret that must always be kept, because no one will ever understand. Now that fandom's no longer hidden in back alleys and dimly lit corridors, I don't know what to do with myself.

I've long decided that while I do have a Tumblr account, it's not really the place for me. (And since hearing that people have gotten a Trojan there, I won't be updating that account any time soon.) For me, there's something missing: one-on-one interaction. It's like being at a humongous cocktail party with everyone talking simultaneously about the minutia of their lives, with others nodding sagely in agreement but not really listening to the conversation because they're too busy with their own distractions. I'd thought maybe instead of trying to converse, I'd do random gifsets from this bunch of Broadway Playbills circa late '30s/early '40s I discovered while packing, but who'd really be interested, anyway. (Besides, I'd have to find the box I stored them in before we recently moved.)

I could discuss the move? Again, most people have moved at one time or another in their lives. So, it's pretty redundant. The only exciting thing to talk about is that when I look out the windows, it's nice to see the deer and the antelope, racoons, squirrels, and horses romping. The worst thing about the move is that though we're no more than two miles up the road from two colleges and a state-run job training facility, the area's so rural, it's not wired for internet. We're stuck using one of those services where your price is basically $10-15 per gigabyte usage, so we're on a 10 gig/month plan (the average American family uses about 300 gigs a month). So, we won't be doing any teleconferencing or YouTubing anytime soon.

The only good thing to come out of not being able to use the 'net very often is it leaves me more time to write. Is that a good or bad thing? As the Tootsie Pop people say, "the world may never know".

I do love to write; it's when it comes to publishing online that I get hives. Much of what I've written is for my own "universe" -- tie-ins of various fandoms -- sort of based on the idea behind Philip José Farmer's Wold Newton universe. Because there's so many different stories floating around on my hard drive, I prefer not to post rather than confusing any readership. So, most of what little I've put up are stand-alones, or in some cases random fluff that came to me at 3:00 am.

I'm not what anyone would call a migratory fan. I have a handful of key fandoms that I've managed to tie together (while, I hope, making their tie-ins believable), and I'll happily play in others. I'm actually somewhat scared of the current larger fandoms; there's just so many people who squee for a while and then drop it like a rock when something shinier comes along. The idea of not having a home base to which to return just feels weird to me. As I've said elsewhere, maybe it's a generational thing. Of course, I'm only 39 (if it worked for Jack Benny for 50 years...)

Sometimes I feel I was born in the wrong era. When you know all the words to the Hut-Sut song, but don't know what's currently on Billboard's top 10, you've got to figure something's a little off. ;-)

Anyway, it's time to sign off for today. The cat has decided that she takes precedence over the keyboard, and of course she couldn't be more correct.
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2015-04-27 01:17 pm

It's Friendship, Just a Perfect Blendship

when other frienships are best forgot, ours will still be hot


I joined a friending meme, but I suspect it will deflate my spirits like a week-old balloon.

I enjoy much of fandom, and like learning things I’d never heard of. But it’s also a foreign land to me, with customs I can’t seem to get the knack of. If I can help someone with a question, I try; but most of the time I feel lost in the wilderness.

The rules I was taught (my fandoms tend to skew older, so I gained my cultural osmosis through the “old guard” – it’s not right or wrong; it’s just what it is) don’t fit anymore. And I’m not sure I can adjust fully to the new standards.

I try my best to keep my head low (anon memes and such), and definitely try to avoid being involved in wank. If it looks like something’s going to explode, I’d rather walk away, then be in the path of the fall-out. Although, I have to say that there’s some wank I do enjoy reading just for the WTF!? aspect.

For the most part, I’m a gen fan, but will read plotty het and slash. I’m not a prolific writer (most of my stuff is still on my hard drive), and I’ve posted a little to my LJ and FF.net; I haven’t tried AO3 yet.

I don’t think anyone’s ship, fandom, favourite character is better than anyone else’s. And I just kind of roll my eyes when arguments like that erupt. I don’t like kale or brussel sprouts that doesn’t mean you’re the devil incarnate should they be your favourite veggies.

Though I’m not into any particular religion, I don’t necessarily mind spritual themes in my fic, provided the author is not prostelitizing or using a fic to “call the wrath of god down upon the sin of the day”.

While I try to avoid using words that are viewed as problematic, things may slip out, as I have my own issues to work on. So, as I do with others, I try to read things in context and believe in the better nature of people first. It doesn’t take long to learn who’s speaking carelessly, and who’s speaking venomously.

In name space, I tend to be quiet and shy around new people; so please don’t be offended if I don’t answer right away. While I’ve been around fandom for nearly twenty years, I’ve always been a wall-hugger. So, it takes me time to warm up and open up.

If you’re still reading this far, at least I know I haven’t put you to sleep … yet.

/cross-posted to Tumblr