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Dear Ladystuck gifter,

Let me just say right off the bat - besides thank you! - that I know my prompts have quite a lot going on and (re-)reassure you that I don't expect you to hit everything there or even most things! That would be ridiculous. I tried to phrase all the suggestions as suggestions, but if in doubt, always do what you're comfortable with or would seem the most fun!

The same goes for this letter, a loving revamp of past letters. It's growing into a monster.

These clarifications are mainly directed at fic writers, but if you're an artist or interested in doing art, I will be really happy with your interpretations of these characters and themes. Some of them are really rare, so I will be delighted just to see them. Again, thank you!

Okay, so here we go (spoilers up to update, of course).

Prompt specific:

1. Brace yourself for jossing~ In some seriousness, though, I'm sorry, I didn't realize Jade's past interactions with Calliope might come into play as a canon plot thing quite so soon after sign-ups closed. I know I worry about this sort of thing when I'm writing, so if you're like me, be reassured that I won't mind loose canon-compliance or if you feel better taking it to an AU. Just take care of yourself, dear gifter!

2. I think this one is pretty covered.

3. Also covered.

4. Okay, Echidna was chosen in part because she is the only denizen on the drop down list, but I am super down to see a focus on Cetus, Hemera, or Nyx (and combinations!) if one of them strikes your fancy more. I'll admit to some lingering curiosity regarding Hemera/Nyx based entirely on aesthetics. Pixel aesthetics. Yes. Basically, you can't go wrong with something denizenesque.

5. Um. Co... vered. I wrote so much, I'm sorry, I got excited. In case it's relevant, I have no particular Beforan headcanons I must see, although I'd like it not to be a utopia. I'm not especially interested in seeing Caliborn redeemed or even at all. (If you did either of those things, though, I would still enjoy the heck out of whatever you create because I'm sure you'd do it thoughtfully and it'd be great.)

In general:

As you can probably tell, I really like throw-away cameos, pesterlog-styled conversations, and dialogue in general. I like my girls smart, sharp, savvy (I imagine you do too). I have a Prospit-bias and a bit of a human one. I like balance and having full sets, so if, say, you mention Rose in the prompt with Jade and Roxy, I'd also like at least a whiff of Jane. Also, I would be interested in seeing queer sexual orientations or gender identities for. . . pretty much any of these women, whether it's casually taken for granted in the fic proper or addressed and developed as a plot item. Wow, but don't feel pressured to make this happen.

I'm a polymultishipper and I love gen so... I would love it if you shipped things and I'd love it if you didn't. However, I don't really like romantic jealousy as a motivator (possessiveness can be okay) or cheating/adultery-centric drama. Unrequited love that is wrapped in self-pity or entitlement bothers me. I like subtly dysfunctional relationships, but also comfortable, biffle ones. I like power of friendship and nebulous categories of love; if the love is undeniable, but the results are still inevitably catastrophic, well, ... fantastic.

Feel free to take liberties with canon-compliance, tone/ambiance, and levels of explicitness, EVEN IF I specified something in here or in my prompts. I enjoy all ships, most kinks, and nothing squicks me, although I do like problematic elements (say, power differentials) to be addressed if not resolved. I like all of the characters in Homestuck so if you toss any others in, I would be delighted, but please treat them . . . not kindly, necessarily, but respectfully. Do terrible things to them, but do it with love.

As a general note of interests, I like identity politics and mutable boundaries of the self. Questions of sentience fall under here for all those of debatable humanity (dreambubble memory-projections, evil clones and AU counterparts, artificial intelligence and robots, anthropomorphic personifications, etc). Free-will, consent, self-determination, all that good stuff.

I really like funky meta, pseudoscience, speculative game mechanics, and the good old dramatic ironies. I like creepy, furtive politics as much as domestic fluff.

Other random things I tend to enjoy seeing: transportation (events taking place on trains, ships, motorbikes, cars, etc); expertise and instruction (when something like tuning a piano or oceanic currents is explained and somehow paralleled to a storyline); extreme temperatures; excessive banter and weighty silences; thoughtful genderfuckery; when a character experiences unexpected fondness or empathy for someone not necessarily deserving (including themselves).

In terms of art, I am often drawn to: unusual hours of the day; unusual weather conditions; high contrast, high saturation, dramatic lighting; low saturation, soft lighting, subdued effects; limited color pallets; monochrome; unusual perspectives; repetitive architecture stretching back (bridges, staircases, traintracks, etc). Not all at the same time. Ah, this is silly, I like most things, including surprises: I defer to your judgment!

Mixing elements - from here or between prompts - is totally okay; on the flipside, only use what works for you, and don't don't DON'T stress out about including everything. If you have your own ideas, I will probably like those too, so run with them! I feed on the fannish energy of others, so if you're excited about what you're doing, I will be too.

Whew! A lot of these probably aren't even relevant to my prompts. I hope that wasn't too overwhelming and that you have some fun ideas! Thank you a ton, and please have a good time!

~ whilst

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