Monthly Story Prompts

January: Open

Here’s how it works:

Once a month until further notice, I solicit a prompt for short fiction of just about any type. If this month is open, leave your prompt as a comment on this post; if it isn’t, you’ll have to wait until the first of next month and try to get in early!

I am willing to write original fiction, fanfiction, pieces related to my own existing stories or to anyone’s stories if I’m familiar enough with them, etc.. I am not willing to write detailed sex. I will consider RK prompts, RPF, or non-fiction/essay, but make no promises.

Movies and TV series I’m tolerably familiar with: Gundam Wing (AU’s are always, always better here); Avatar (more TLA than TLoK); the DC Animated Universe (and I’ve got a decent amount of Batman-related knowledge outside of that context as well); various Disney movies such as Frozen; Disney’s Gargoyles; He-Man and She-Ra; (yes, I know Strong Bad said “fiction” is the worst word you can put after “fan,” but I do not care; also, this isn’t TV or movie, but I have most of it on DVD, so that counts, right?); Jem and the Holograms (the TV series; I like the comic, but don’t know it well); Labyrinth; Bishoujo Senshi Sailormoon (the original TV series); Shoujo Kakumei Utena (I can work with TV-series-verse or movieverse)

Books and book series I’m tolerably familiar with: the Oz series by L. Frank Baum; the Amelia Peabody series by Elizabeth Peters; the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling; J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-Earth (though I warn you right now that I hold in my very marrow an all-consuming hatred for fucking Peter fucking Jackson and any and all bullshit he’s come up with); many faery tales as told by Andrew Lang; Watership Down by Richard Adams (not as familiar with the mediocre sequel, but could probably work with that as well); Peter Pan by Sir J.M. Barrie; The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux; Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott

For none of these do I promise to do any research whatsoever unless I feel like it (which is why I may not accept RPF prompts). No accuracy is guaranteed even for fandoms I’m tolerably familiar with. The following are even iffier:

Movies and TV series I’m less familiar with (e.g. haven’t entirely finished yet or haven’t watched in a while): The 10th Kingdom; The Boondocks; Cowboy Bebop; Firefly/Serenity; Pirates of the Caribbean (first three movies only); Tiger & Bunny; Weiß Kreuz (anything having to do with the actual overall plot of this show I’m not likely to remember, but I can deal with the characters pretty well); My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic (I think I stopped watching in the middle of season 4 or so); Steven Universe (I haven’t seen the very latest episode); Brooklyn Nine-Nine; Star Trek TOS (I’m being very slow about getting through this, and haven’t watched past s3e7 or any of the movies); Star Wars (actually I know Star Wars pretty well, but I’m watching The Clone Wars TV show for the first time right now — I’m on s2e19 — haven’t refreshed myself on Revenge of the Sith in a very long time, and am really just getting started on the new EU); Miraculous (I watch in French, so don’t expect any references to ‘Hawk Moth,’ ugh); Voltron: Legendary Defender (I’m only on s3e7, so pretty far behind yet here); Castlevania

Books and book series I’m less familiar with (e.g. haven’t read many times or in a while, or there’s just too damn much of it to be familiar enough even after several reads to write fanfiction well): All six of Jane Austen’s full-length novels and Lady Susan; the Sherlock Holmes canon by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle; The Princess Series by Jim C. Hines; Les Misérables by Victor Hugo; the Howl books by Diana Wynne Jones; the Mary Russell series by Laurie R. King; The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis; The Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer (and I’m willing to be satirical or serious about it); the Cormoran Strike series by Robert Galbraith; the Aubrey/Maturin series by Patrick O’Brian (I’ve only read up through the 16th book, and I CANNOT write a SINGLE nautical term); Discworld by Terry Pratchett (I probably know the witches best); the Riordanverse (I own 9 from the Nine Worlds but haven’t read it yet); Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell; Frankenstein by Mary Shelley; Dracula by Bram Stoker; War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

Video games I know more or less: Quest for Glory (definitely falls into the ‘more’ category); King’s Quest (the original series); Castlevania: Symphony of the Night (what story there is in this game I know pretty well); World of Warcraft (only it’s slipped from me these days; I stopped playing in the middle of WoD and couldn’t even tell you much of what happened in that one); The Legend of Zelda (I have a general knowledge of how these games go and what the main characters are like, and have played through several of them several times, but probably couldn’t set a fic during any specific story; the most recent one I’ve played all the way through was Twilight Princess, and I’ve probably played Ocarina of Time the most); Skyrim (I’ve clocked probably 120 hours, but haven’t actually finished the game; I’ve not been following the actual Dragonborn storyline much yet, nor made it very far in the civil war, though I’ve joined the Legion; lately I’ve been faffing about on Solstheim)

There may be more fandoms I’m familiar with and just can’t think of. Feel free to ask whether I know something or not.


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