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I've posted my SSHG exchange prompts!

And here they are:

Three fic prompts:

1. Maverick Auror Kingsley Shacklebolt has always known that the ultimate evil would be back in one form or another, and now it's here, he needs to reel in the misfits he hopes will pull off another skin-of-the-teeth victory. But what misfits they are: Severus Snape, locked away in his ivory tower, inventing magical gadgets and potions mostly for his own amusement; Hermione Granger, hiding from the magical world while she attempts to cope with her curse-induced epic anger management problems; Lucius Malfoy, sentenced to a punishment of one hundred years asleep and woken to find that he looks really good in lycra; Luna Lovegood, her spying mission (disguised as another Snorkack hunt) interrupted for no good reason that she can see; …

Yes, I loved the Avengers film.

Please, Mystery Author, feel free to cast whomever you like in the parts of Thor and Hawkeye, and of course the Big Evil.


2. The Hampton Court maze holds more than one secret. Hermione thinks she's on a nice day out with friends, celebrating her 21st birthday. They don't realise that there is an old ritual associated with the maze: an unmarried woman entering it on her 21st birthday becomes a prize for which all the unmarried men in the maze must compete. Naturally, Severus (and Lucius?) is in there. The maze becomes a dangerous three-dimensional labyrinth full of traps and dangers and puzzles, and Hermione is stuck in the middle. Or is she? She's a modern woman and she's not going to settle for all this 'helpless female' rubbish. Plus, what are all the other unmarried witches stuck in there supposed to do? Sit and knit while they wait to become consolation prizes?

I'd love to see clever problems, inventive magic, a really tricky labyrinth, plenty of banter, lots of humour, a bit of angst, some genuine danger, and a happy ending, please! SSHG is free to turn into SSHGLM if the author wishes.


3. For my third prompt, I'm going to ask once again for a country house murder mystery. I think Malfoy Manor is the ideal location, though Hogwarts during the summer holidays might also be good. There's a large cast, a mysterious murder possibly succeeded by others, a dastardly motive, and tea and crumpets on the lawn. Investigators Snape and Granger are on hand as they are on the guest list. Are they Aurors? Unspeakables? Private detectives? Are they partners or rivals? Whatever the working relationship, each holds a long-unrequited love for the other, disguised under many layers of snark.

While they are unravelling the mystery with the help and hindrance (variously) of the other guests, let their romance blossom in a thoroughly English way, please, Mystery Author.


Three art prompts:

1. An illustration from chapter 10 of my story Whom The Gods Annoy (http://thepetulantpoetess.com/viewstory.php?sid=18642&i=1). My preferences would be for Hermione and Severus working in the forge with Hephaestus and Wayland; or the pub garden when the Hell's Angels come to join them; or, naturally, the great gates of Hogwarts. I think all of these scenes lend themselves to plenty of colour and good use of light.

2. Hermione and Severus in the middle of a fierce argument about some abstruse academic point. Lots of intensity and engagement in their expressions and body language, please, and loads of detail in the lab/office setting.

3. Portraits of Hermione and Severus in ancient Egyptian style – Hermione like the bust of Nefertiti (https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=nefertiti+bust&hl=en&prmd=imvns&source=lnms&tbm=isch&ei=b5CrT92pLOGS0QWt9uH_Aw&sa=X&oi=mode_link&ct=mode&cd=2&ved=0CC8Q_AUoAQ&biw=1024&bih=514) and Severus reminscent of the statues of Akhenaten (http://www.ancient-egypt.co.uk/cairo%20museum/cm,%20akhenaten/pages/akhenaten.htm).

What genre/theme/content would you absolutely refuse to write / draw / create? Anything to do with non-consensual sex or extreme violence; anything very angsty or miserable; extreme kink of any kind; dark!fic; OOC Severus and/or Hermione; doormat!Hermione; cruel!Severus; fetish; PWP; death!fic

What genre/theme/content would you absolutely NOT want to receive? Anything to do with non-consensual sex or extreme violence; anything very angsty or miserable; extreme kink of any kind; dark!fic; OOC Severus and/or Hermione; doormat!Hermione; cruel!Severus; fetish; PWP; death!fic

Do you have a strong preference to be assigned a particular genre, theme and/or content? I can write: humour, romance, a wee drop of angst maybe, witty dialogue, clever plot, intelligent characters, a bit of smut is fine but I don't want my gift - either the one I produce or the one I receive - to be smut-driven. I'm willing to be stretched, as long as my squicks aren't touched.

Do you have a strong preference to receive a particular genre, theme and/or content? I love to read: humour, romance, a wee drop of angst maybe, witty dialogue, clever plot, intelligent characters, a bit of smut is fine but I don't want my gift - either the one I produce or the one I receive - to be smut-driven. I'm willing to be stretched, as long as my squicks aren't touched.

Are you willing to create a back-up gift if someone drops out? Yes.

Are you an Exchange Newbie?: Not a newbie.

Any other information you think the Mods should know? Just that I love them for doing this.

This entry was originally posted at http://dickgloucester.dreamwidth.org/477671.html. Please comment there using OpenID.

Comments

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hechicera
May. 10th, 2012 10:43 am (UTC)
Please, please, puh-leeze would someone write fic prompt #3.

Above my pay grade (and I'm doing art this time) but somebody else...please?
dickgloucester
May. 10th, 2012 11:34 am (UTC)
LOLs. That one's pointed at Shiv, and she knows it.
drinkingcocoa
May. 10th, 2012 11:20 am (UTC)
Oh. My. God. Why are you so brilliant and fun and creative? I want all three of your fic prompts to be brought to life in articulated detail. I know nothing about the Avengers and I loved your first prompt on its own merits, laughing out loud about the anger management.

I LOVE, with all the fun in my heart, your prompt #2. I cannot write fic. What can I do? Oh my goodness, I know. I have an idea. PERSON WHO GETS DICKY, if you choose this prompt, PM me and I can whip up something to accompany your story! For real!

The layers in #3. Happy, happy sigh.

Dicky, we've got to find a way to make sure all three of your prompts become stories eventually. They are just too good.

*bliss*
dickgloucester
May. 10th, 2012 11:32 am (UTC)
If it's anything like previous years, I'll end up writing one of them myself, anyway!

Thank you for your enthusiasm!
ayerf
May. 10th, 2012 11:38 am (UTC)
Lovely prompts. I especially like the first fic one, but don't think I could do any of them justice (perhaps if the plot bunnies behaved outside the time constraints of the exchange, but with that time limit?).
dickgloucester
May. 10th, 2012 11:43 am (UTC)
Thank you! Yes, time constraints are ... constraining.
junewilliams7
May. 10th, 2012 11:53 am (UTC)
(whines....) Why do we have to wait until DECEMBER to see these fics posted???? Dicky, if you start writing the Avengers fic, we can have something to read this summer while we are writing our own fics!

Lucius Malfoy, sentenced to a punishment of one hundred years asleep and woken to find that he looks really good in lycra

o_o This must be an arts prompt.
dickgloucester
May. 10th, 2012 12:43 pm (UTC)
LOLs. I can't say I'd object to seeing Lucius in a Capt. America-style suit. *leers* Though not with stars and stripes, of course.
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kribu
May. 10th, 2012 12:04 pm (UTC)
I hope you get a great gift (and a great set of prompts for yourself)!
dickgloucester
May. 10th, 2012 12:43 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
duniazade
May. 10th, 2012 12:27 pm (UTC)
Lucius Malfoy, sentenced to a punishment of one hundred years asleep and woken to find that he looks really good in lycra

That made my day!

Wonderful prompts - too long and too English for me, but - wonderful.
dickgloucester
May. 10th, 2012 12:43 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
shiv5468
May. 10th, 2012 12:27 pm (UTC)
Those are some good prompts!
dickgloucester
May. 10th, 2012 12:44 pm (UTC)
Thank you! *flutters eyelashes at you*
dreamy_dragon73
May. 10th, 2012 12:28 pm (UTC)
Very nice prompts!
dickgloucester
May. 10th, 2012 12:44 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
dragonsinger954
May. 10th, 2012 01:00 pm (UTC)
Lucius Malfoy, sentenced to a punishment of one hundred years asleep and woken to find that he looks really good in lycra; /i>

I've been rofling ever since wiping my coffee off my monitor after reading that one ROFLROFLROFL Forget writing it, I wish someone would turn that one line into art! Lol
dickgloucester
May. 12th, 2012 07:40 am (UTC)
Glad to be of service!
eoforyth
May. 10th, 2012 01:31 pm (UTC)
I can't wait to see what someone does with those. I couldn't do them justice, but what did immediately flash into my mind for the gates of Hogwarts was a folding triptych, the central panel the view up to the castle and the sides each gate, made of thin card cut outs to resemble the layers you had making up the ones in the story in a wonderful 3d representation.

dickgloucester
May. 12th, 2012 07:41 am (UTC)
OH! How lovely that would be! Way beyond my skills, though.
death_ofme
May. 10th, 2012 02:49 pm (UTC)
You're making me want to watch Avengers again! *hops foot*

Also - I'm rooting hardcore for your recipient to write #3 - Gosford Park with magic plz! :D
dickgloucester
May. 12th, 2012 07:41 am (UTC)
LOLs.

I want to see it again too. Pretty men.
tophoenix
May. 10th, 2012 03:52 pm (UTC)
Last year your prompt resulted in one of the best stories ever seen, this year it seems that you are doing it again, these three are great :)

dickgloucester
May. 12th, 2012 07:42 am (UTC)
Thank you!
condwiramurs
May. 10th, 2012 04:17 pm (UTC)
Murder Mystery at Malfoy Manor! Whee! Also, the labyrinth idea is love.
dickgloucester
May. 12th, 2012 07:42 am (UTC)
Thanks!
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dickgloucester
May. 12th, 2012 07:42 am (UTC)
Thanks!
droxy
May. 10th, 2012 07:14 pm (UTC)
Lovely art prompts too!
dickgloucester
May. 12th, 2012 07:43 am (UTC)
I made a bit more effort with them this year. Thanks!
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