Dear Purimgifts writer,
Hello and welcome! First, let me apologize for getting this up late.
If you matched one of these requests, we already have something we love in common. What else do you need to know about me? Let's see. I'm not a shipper in any traditional sense, not even in my primary fandoms. Unless a sex scene is integral to the plot, I'll probably skip over it. I don't like reading hurt/comfort fic, or stories that contain graphic descriptions of rape or torture. Story-lines that humiliate and embarrass the characters will make me feel unhappy and uncomfortable too.
What do I like? I love poetry and prose. I love a well-plotted mystery. I like alternative universes and stories about time travel. I like snappy dialogue and banter. I like stories about friendship. I like stories about love.
I'm an optimist. I know life is hard. Bad things do happen to good people. However, I like reading stories about how people cope with adversity, how they get through the hard times and come out on the other side, transformed in some way by those experiences.
This fandom is so rare, I hesitated to include it. But it's so perfect for this community, I had to put it in my request. There are four main characters who are all women: Hope Murdoch Steadman, Nancy Krieger Weston, Melissa Steadman and Ellyn Warren. And there are two canon Jewish main characters, Melissa Steadman and her cousin, who is also Hope's husband, Michael Steadman. I'm most interested in stories about friendship. Canon relationships are fine, but otherwise, I would prefer not to read slash. It's just not how I see these characters.
My husband and I watched the series back when it first aired. We had a baby nearly the same age as Janey and an old house in need of constant repairs that we couldn't afford. We loved Hope and Michael Steadman in part because we were Hope and Michael. Re-watching thirtysomething
, I find myself awash in nostalgia. I've come to love all of the characters, even the ones I found annoying back in the day. We only knew them for four short years, but they have an entire lifetime ahead of them which would be wonderful to explore in fanfiction.
It's out on DVD now so you could download it, she wrote hopefully.
2. The X-Files
If you are up for it, how about crackfic? "My Secret Marriage to David Duchovny by Gillian Anderson." Otherwise, a nice gen story about how--awkward--their working relationship was would be adored. If you find yourself at a loss for ideas (unlikely if you signed up to write this), you could head over to SHIT.BETWEEN.US
and pick an entry.
I'd love it if you wrote a ficlet from Gillian's POV where they're not friends and they're not lovers. They just work together. Sometimes they don't speak for weeks at a time except when they're in character; yet, somehow they end up having real affection for one another. It's—complicated.
A story imagining what it was like for Gillian to come back to work less than a week after having a c-section would be unique. I'm sorry. I always have the most odd-ball ideas.
These are only suggestions. I love Gillian Anderson (and David Duchovny and The X-Files
) and love this tiny fandom, so I'm sure I'll adore anything you write.
3. The X-Files
If you matched on this, we probably already know one another. Okay, well, you know how much I love the series. I particularly love these characters: Dana Scully, Diana Fowley, Melissa Scully, Teena Mulder and Samantha Mulder. If you love them too, I'm sure anything you write about them would make me happy. I know Fox Mulder is listed on the Jewish character list as a maybe and that David Duchovny stated that until someone tells him otherwise, Mulder is Jewish. I can go either way with it, but for the purposes of this exchange, that's more than fine with me. Stories that are set before the series begins are relatively rare. I like genfic best but canon pairings are good, too.
One last request: please don't write me a story in which you kill William's parents in order to reunite him with Mulder and Scully.
I love all of the women characters, regardless of universe or timeline. I like gen stories best, but canon pairings are fine.
True confession: I secretly shipped Olivia/Astrid in the Amber!verse before Peter magically reappeared to dash my hopes. Another doomed ship! Brown Betty Olivia/Astrid would be great, too. My favorite season is the third. My favorite universe is the Red!verse.
I wish we had learned more about Etta before they killed her off. Let's be real. You could write a novel filling in the plot holes for seasons four and five, and there is no time or word count for that.
5. All-of-a-Kind Family
This is a wonderful children's book that was a favorite of mine in childhood. It's about a close-knit Jewish family, with five daughters, living on the Lower East Side of Manhattan around the turn of the twentieth century. Another long shot, but it would be perfect for this gift exchange. The author is Sydney Taylor; the first volume is available in used bookstores through Amazon, and the entire series is probably at your public library. ( cut for some spoilers for Elementary )
If anything I've written here is useful to you, that's wonderful. But the most important thing to me is for you to enjoy the process, to have fun with it. The spirit of giving that these exchanges inspire is one of my favorite things about fandom.
Thank you again for taking the time to check out my journal and read my letter. And thank you in advance for your gifts.