Fanfics: Series and Collections
Note: I don't expect to keep this site up to date; enjoy it for what it is, and maybe you'll see it updated yearly (more likely bluemoonly).
AO3 is my main account; FFN holds a small and tamer subset of my writing. Further notes can be found at the bottom of the page.
The majority of my fics are written from Finch's point of view. But since these series tend to switch that up a bit, let's pull a few of these off the top:
My intial intention was to contemplate the year's events with a fic uploaded on New Year's Eve. I'd write a short piece that pulled double duty, describing both (a) the circumstances that Finch finds himself in, and (b) the real-life circumstances that the author has dealt with during the year.
The fics themselves turned out pretty well. The timing... well. On the one hand, I was pretty annoyed that I didn't complete Retrospective: Fire anywhere near the end of 2019. On the other hand, delaying that fic by most of a year actually improved it, given that 2020 was the year that thoroughly set everything on fire (sometimes literally). I feel like, if I had written and posted the fic back around New Year's, it would have quickly felt woefully naive ("You call that a crisis? Girl, you ain't seen nothin' yet").
At any rate, the fics did turn out well, so here they are: Water (2017), Air (2018), and Fire (2019-2020) (a crossover with Tony Stark of the Marvel Cinematic Universe)
The Many Kidnappings of Harold P. Finch
I love seeing my favorite characters get kidnapped, captured, forced into uncomfortable situations. It's my bread and butter. In fact, my first Birthday Request story prompt, Three Minutes (379 words), was specifically about Harold Finch knowing that he's about to get kidnapped while John can do nothing but comfort him a bit over the phone.
Early on, before I'd come down with a case of the plot bunnies, I decided to write a Once Per Episode series in which Finch gets kidnapped in every possible way. (It's not strictly "kidnapping" per se; it's sufficient that Finch is in the total control of someone else. Where Finch is only momentarily captured in canon, I expand those moments enough to be enjoyed.)
Anyway, this idea has spawned three series:
Any episode in which Finch does not get kidnapped/captured, I find a way to make that happen. I'm hoping to do this in order; I've got notes for later episodes, but have been putting off writing them. These all are from the POV of Finch himself:
- Episode 1-01 (Pilot): Strip Search (FFN Version)
- Captor: John Reese
- Word Count: 14,670 (5 chapters)
- Content: Nonsexual nudity (nothing specific); psychological interrogation techniques
- When Reese slams Finch against the wall, he accidentally knocks him out. Then he seizes this opportunity to tie him to a bed and interrogate him.
- (I also posted part of my notes for this piece, in Strip Search (Abridged) (306 words). It's amusing.)
- Episode 1-02 (Ghosts): Buying Time
- Captor: The Hitman
- Word Count: 3235 (2 chapters posted out of 3-5)
- Content: Short deliberate pain; ramped-up fear, expectation of getting killed
- Finch manages to convince Theresa to escape, but in return gets captured by the hitman, and all he can do is stall long enough for Theresa to get away.
- Episode 4-18 (Skip): A Better Way (FFN censored version)
- Captor: Root
- Word Count: 5404 words (AO3) or 4240 words (FFN)
- Content: Non-consensual drug use; begging/persuading; long delves into Harold's memories and traumas
- The FFN version concludes in a satisfying way, and if you'd like to avoid more controversial issues, just read that version. But the AO3 version has an expanded ending:
- AO3 Version Only: Discussion of a mutual DubCon/Non-Con encounter (neither wants it; both think it's the lesser of two evils). It's implied that this will happen, but the fic ends right as that content begins.
- (Note: When I wrote this fic, one of my earliest, I didn't yet have this series in mind. Still, it fits: a canon moment expanded into a full kidnap/capture.)
Special mention to December Acts Selflessly (FFN Version: For Grace) (700 words), a short piece set during Episode 3-22 (A House Divided). Since the episode contains an actual kidnapping, it will eventually get an AU variant, but anyone interested in Finch's POV during a kidnapping would likely enjoy that piece as well, so.
AU Series (Canon Kidnappings Reimagined)
If Finch actually does get kidnapped in canon (never seen a male character play Damsel in Distress so much! I love it), I craft an AU version to play around with the potential drama. A different AU each time.
- Episode 1-23 (Firewall): Bespoke (FFN Version)
- Style: Lovecraftian Horror
- POV John Reese
- Word Count: 5739 words
- Spoiler: Instead of being captured by Root, Harold gets captured by extradimensional beings.
- This piece is told from John's POV, as he tries to figure out why Harold is acting all weird and traumatized after just a few minutes apart.
- Episode 2-17 (Proteus): The Imposter
- Style: Supernatural Possession
- Word Count: 3147 words (1 chapter posted)
- Spoiler: The guy's been stealing identities, literally -- taking over the bodies of his victims.
- I have plans for this piece, but as it's rather large in concept and I have too many open fics as it is, it'll have to wait quite a while.
I've written a ton of other fics where Harold gets kidnapped or captured, so... might as well stick 'em in a related series.
Let's start with a group project, though: Everybody Wants Finch (7445 words, 5 chapters) is an over-the-top Valentine's Day project I spearheaded where three writers (including myself) and two artists put together a tale of Finch getting targeted by three different people for three different reasons. The first chapter is a typical kidnapping, the second and third combine to make a... not-so-typical kidnapping, the fourth is not a kidnapping at all, and the last chapter is a piece of art that sums up the whole exhausting day.
As to the rest...
Numb Too Long
- AO3 Main Version Numb Too Long; FFN Split Version: Fusco & Shaw, Finch
- Genre: Casefic / Torture (split focus)
- Captor: Original Characters
- Word Count: 40,577 (16 chapters)
- Style: Second-Person POV ("you") across three distinct characters
- Content: Torture (obviously); physical damage requiring serious first aid; non-consensual alcohol use
- Key Comment: All of that backstory and character depth is as flawless as it is rare. A lot of the numbers in canon aren't as well developed as your OCs. -- talkingtothesky
As I recall, this Fic Exchange had a 1000-word minimum. I, um, kinda overshot, in the best way. I was a bit nervious about my choice of style, but this fic garnered some of the best praise I've ever received:
- epic and wonderful - a really tight case fic, with fantastic character insights
- I like how Finch’s perspective changes how I see the other two
- THiS is too fantastic and fresh and please tell me you’ve been working on this for long time and just happened to finish it for this exchange, bc if not how in the hell did you something so cohesive, so polished, THAT FAST.
The original version lets you read the fic in one of three ways; the FFN versions make this easier:
- Casefic: AO3 Odd Chapters or FFN The Icy Hearts of Old Friends
- Fusco & Shaw try to track down Finch before Reese finds out. They know he's been kidnapped but not why.
- Captive: AO3 Even Chapters or FFN Numb Too Long
- Finch gets captured by some old friends out for unusual vengeance. Can he bear up under the torture, and will he still be intact if rescue arrives?
- Full Experience: All AO3 Chapters
- Flips back and forth between the Fusco & Shaw chapters and the Finch chapters, giving a good overview of what's going on, often repeating scenes from another character's perspective.
On the Other Side of the Mirror
- AO3 Exclusive: On the Other Side of the Mirror
- Voted Focus Fic #1: 10 votes for 2018 and 2019, 16 by 2020
- Genre: Rape Recovery (a Response Fic)
- Captor: Carl Elias
- Word Count: 38,825 (12/? chapters)
- Content: Rape by Proxy; mental breakdown / fugue state; after they're set free, Harold deals with pain, panic attacks, and medical care
- Key Comment: I always skip "bad guys made them do it" stories. They almost always ignore the, well, active partner and your story is so well written that I feel like I'm watching a train wreck. It's horrible but I can't look away.
My most popular POI fic (by subscriptions and, until recently, by hits), this takes a scenario created by astolat and flips it on its head: Harold's POV instead of John's, no Ship and no fluffy sexy escape from the scenario, and a focus on the aftermath and recovery.
- Wow, I teared up at the depth of understanding Finch has in this fic and I think you made the right call in his thought process. This is very intelligently and compassionately written and I look forward to more... Always on point with Harold's inner dialogue is for me the best thing about your work.
- Oh Harold, God, I hate how he feels because you write too good and make me feel this, too.
- Also, oh wow, John communicating through the precise calibration of how much he's hurting Harold.
I hope to start updating this piece again early in 2021. It'd be nice to have my beta reader back, but if that's not gonna work, I shall soldier on solo!
- AO3 Exclusive: Waif
- Genre: Rapefic with internal focus
- Captor: Faceless, nameless villain
- Word Count: 2225 (1 chapter posted out of 2-3)
- Content: Rape, agony; threat of torture; dissociation?
The first POI fic I ever wrote, but nowhere near the first I posted; I got derailed by astolat's One-Way Glass, started Mirror, and then didn't want to have two open rapefics at the same time. (That resolution lasted a couple years.) Notable because I wrote this before actually seeing the series; I'd been reading POI fics obsessively for a while, and got to know Finch enough to portray him pretty well.
Three are story prompts from my 2018 Monthly Prompt series; one's a response fic. POV on the multi-chapter pieces is mixed.
- Harold Would Have Thanked Him (Drabble Chapters (3))
- Captor: The U.S. Government
- Warning: Major Character Death
- Blame astolat for the scenario; she likes to hint at dire fates and then evade them, while I like to explore what would happen if they couldn't be evaded.
- Bound to Fall (January Promptly Arrives) (819 words across two chapters)
- Captor: Choose-Your-Own Captor
- Prompt: Harold's been captured and is being used as leverage to get John to surrender.
- March Comes Barreling In (897 words)
- Captor: A Boxcar
- Prompt: Carter's been dosed with a substance that makes her violent, and Harold's one hope is that she doesn't notice him before it wears off (or John finds them).
- June Unexpectedly Arises (835 words)
- Captor: John Reese
- Prompt: Harold just realized that John has drugged him; why?
Manipulations (NaNoWriMo 2017)
- AO3 Exclusive: Manipulations
- Plot: Escaping the Matrix (based on the plot of Saints Row IV)
- Genre: Um...... Speculative Fiction Whump "throw everything at the wall and see what sticks"?
- Captor: The Matrix, as controlled by Samaritan Jr.
- Word Count: 53,211 (32/?? chapters, and nowhere near complete)
- Content: Mind the chapter warnings; this thing went to some uncomfortable places. Including invasive medical techniques.
- Key Comment: I think the pressure to produce quickly has brought a great energy to your writing! Your writing is smooth as silk -- I think it may be my favorite thing you've written!!
This piece was great fun to write, and I'd love to update it a little, but I knew from the start that I would never complete it; the idea is just too big. I'd still like to maybe add a little bit; I've got some half-written bits and ideas, but I'm just too busy to delve into that right now.
- This is amazing, I love the idea of the computer nerd actually being in the computer. The writing style flows smoothly and is very descriptive without being too overwhelming, and the fact that you describe actions and situations that never even crossed my mind is an added bonus.
- Each chapter seems to introduce a new form of torture for Harold. It shares with many of your other stories an underlying theme of Harold being forced to submit to and accept suffering in oddly rape-like situations: rendered partially or completely naked and having various parts of his body painfully invaded. A garden of delight for those who enjoy his torment!
- You know how much I love my Harold angsty and you're the best at his inner dialogue.
If anyone would like to build off this piece, I fully encourage it! I'm never stingy with my ideas.
Obedience Is Bliss (Don't Fight It)
- AO3 Exclusive: Obedience Is Bliss (Don't Fight It)
- Plot: Integrity Crisis (Harold resisting John); trying to escape Mark Snow and hole up until John's himself again
- Genre: Nonsexual Dom/sub AU
- POV: Mixed
- Captor: Sameen Shaw (still a government operative at the time)
- Word Count: 31,997 (10 chapters) -- possible update/polish in future
- Content: Integrity Crisis; Non-Consensual Drug Use; mind control
- Key Comment: An absolutely sweet work. I love that you didn't need to make it sexual to show how much they meant to each other.
As one person put it, Welcome to the "stories for 1K-minimum exchanges that balloon into giant epics" club! :) Though this one's impressively long even by that standard. Doing two exchanges back-to-back nearly undid me, but they also produced some of the work I'm most proud of (and completed! can you imagine?).
- very thorough, very detailed! You've created a solid, believable AU. I like the way you tweak and alter canon so things meet up in places and then diverge. I'm sure you won't be surprised to know my favorite parts are the moments John is experiencing the pleasure of his connection to Harold.
- I like this particular version of switches in a D/s universe to explain Reese's canonical personality/behavior -- I'd never run across that before, but it fits very well. And I really like how Carter's canonical issues around Reese and law and ethics translate so smoothly into her wrestling with D/s ethics as she finds out what's secretly been going on in the world that she was unaware of.
- I'm super intrigued by the worldbuilding implications of the D/s bond being strictly nonsexual, in a world where doms have subjugated/abused subs for most of recorded history... what does that imply about sexual relations and ethics (present-day and historical)? I guess the "marriage is a relationship of equality" norm would probably have to go along with a taboo against Dom/sub marriages. In which case, I could see there being a very strong divide between the two kinds of relationships.
There's something delightful about taking a traditionally sexual worldbuild, playing it distinctly nonsexual, and having readers connect with the implications of the AU outside of its normal context. This was a fun scenario to play with, and I quite enjoy the Dom/sub worldbuild.
- AO3 Exclusive: Strange Bedfellas
- Genre: Omegaverse
- Plot: Elias invites Finch over for dinner, as a ruse to have him deal with Marconi's rut
- Captor: Carl Elias (not particularly dark, but not great either)
- Word Count: 7066 (2/4 chapters)
- Key Comment: Your world building here is just extraordinary and you found a perfect balance between exposition and the immediate interaction of Harold and Anthony. So many awesome details: the drugs, the "furs," the careful attentiveness of the bond. It's an amazing story.
One of the neat things about not being a Shipper is that I can explore various unusual Ships without feeling disloyal to my "main." Marconi/Finch is hardly going to be a common or popular one, but I seem to have made it work:
- Oh! Thats a whole different tone from your other works I've read, and I like it too! That caring mobster, his awful-at-times Boss, oh that love of Anthony and Boss (doesnt matter of which kind it is), that sad, lonely, but independance-craving Harold, needing touch and comfort...
- I wonder how, in a world where omegas are a lower case o to the alphas upper case A, that Elias has managed to be so powerful and command pet alphas!
- I think you've kind of sold me with the Finch/Marconi idea. I'm very surprised at that. You've done a nice job with the emotional aspect of everything that went on. I liked the fact that Anthony wasn't in on it either and you've done a very nice job with his characterization/personality as well. I'm looking forward to seeing how this plays out.
I have most of the third chapter written, but trying to wrestle the pieces into place has been repeatedly frustrating, so for now it's on the shelf. I do know exactly where I want to take this piece, it's just a matter of getting there.
Feasting on Fealty
- AO3 Exclusive: Feasting on Fealty
- Genre: Supernatural AU -- Dark Inverted FMI
- POV: John Reese
- Captor: "Daisy", a fae-like being who owns Harold and John as her slaves
- Word Count: Double-Drabble Chapters (5)
- Content: Emotional/psychological torment; direct-pain torture; body-related squick
- Key Comment: Had to skip past some passages that were particularly unnerving. You took us on a faithful visit to the strange universe where John serves daisy!
Based on an AU by Maculategiraffe, where John and Harold are captives/slaves to an otherworldly being who calls herself "Daisy," who feeds on John's willingness to do anything at all to spare Harold.
This isn't the only piece I'm planning within that AU, but it'll be a while before I have the free time to even draft one of the other pieces I have planned.
In both of these pieces, the "captor" is Samaritan, who managed to convert Harold via nanites. The first is just a hint of the scenario; the second goes in his perspective as he realizes he's about to change and can do nothing about it.
- Man, on the Inside (FFN Version) (Drabble Chapters (2))
- Harold's been captured and his humanity stolen away -- but the silver lining might be the last thing he wanted to hear.
- I don't want this body to hurt anyone (FFN Version) (879 words)
- After getting dosed with nanites that will soon take over his brain, Harold barely has time for one quick phone call to say farewell to John and give one last wish before his body goes on without him.
This AU concept -- Samaritan/Decima using nanites to subvert its enemies, rather than directly killing useful assets -- is something I'd love to see explored in greater depth, but my plate is simply too full to go added longer pieces to right now. If anyone takes this idea and runs with it, I would love to hear about it!
I'm looking forward to more such unusual scenarios. They're tons of fun to dream up and write.
(In case it's not obvious, I can't get enough of Harold in Peril.)
Shortly after joining AO3, I tried to make use of their mechanics to create some story prompts. Sadly, I don't think anyone even saw them, let alone got interested enough to make something based on them.
Original Neglected Prompts
- Hopscotch John (based on S4 E04 Brotherhood)
- POI raised the idea of John playing hopscotch to get information from a group of school kids, and I was sorely disappointed that they never showed that oncreen. I want to see people make short fics of John having to play games (or do other weird things) in order to get information from the kind of people who can't (or shouldn't) be bribed with money.
- Thanks to one of my birthday prompts, merionees created a fan comic version of this prompt: Upgrading your skillset (every day), which is pretty funny.
- Intense Duet Scenes
- Michael Emerson: I like great, intense duet scenes with good actors. I like being in a confined space with someone very dangerous, and having a conversation that could blow up at any minute.
- By coincidence, so do I! I love seeing this kind of thing in fics. I would like to see more fics capitalizing on this core aesthetic.
- Mission Creep Finch
- Out of communication, Harold must put himself in danger to deliver crucial information to John. Basically, I'd just like to see more iterations of this general idea: Harold (especially early-series Harold) shows his dedication to John's safety and the mission's success by wading into the danger instead of staying behind his computer screen.
- Odd Couple Donnelly
- Nicholas Donnelly is so delightfully oblivious and single-minded. And even though we're rooting against him, he's not a villain; he's doing what he thinks is right, and upholding the law, and our characters are, after all, lawbreakers. So I did find his death kinda sad.
- The contrast between Donnelly and any other character in POI could make for some amusing (or poignant) scenarios. Just throw him and another character into a situation where they have to work together. Maybe he's aware of their identity or affiliation, but they must work together to survive or escape. Maybe he has no idea that the person he's working with is not on his team (e.g. Marconi or Hersh masquerading as a cop). Maybe Reese sets him up with Leon Tao just to get revenge on both of them.
Lastly: Integrity Crisis (a term coined by my beta reader)
Bob has been compromised (drugs, a spell, amnesia, emotional upset, whatever) in a way that removed his inhibitions. He starts coming on to Jim, and appears totally willing to have sex. However, Jim realizes that Bob is in no condition to consent, and so Jim resists. The temptation is strong, but Jim's integrity is stronger. Maybe he'll even have to take extreme measures to evade Bob's advances (while also keeping Bob safe).
I've seen this in a few fics, most commonly with a form of Sex Pollen, but I've also seen a nonsexual variant where Bob is willing to give Jim his secrets, but Jim, who desperately wants those secrets, refuses to let Bob tell him. It fascinates me that you can take 100% of the sexual content out of a normally sexual trope and still have the exact same trope; I would love to see if any other variants could be created.
Monthly Prompts for 2018
I still don't know how these things work, but I challenge y'all anyway!
After getting no response to my initial attempts, I started making ficlets that were their own story prompts; these got some hits immediately, and turned into a whole series and more!
I pledged to create a follow-up based on the number of fills posted within a two-month deadline. About half the 2018 series got fills. I'm slow to update, so I've only written one follow-up so far, but I still intend to make good on my pledge (eventually), and possibly to write short follow-ups for the rest anyway.
Prompts That Got Fills
- Bound to Fall (January Promptly Arives)
- Prompt: A villain is using Harold as a hostage to force John to surrender/comply.
- One Fill: The Catch by elbowsinsidethedoor
- I was pretty shocked to see who created the fill for this piece! See, there's a spectrum among my readers, from those who love Whump to those who are (mostly) Whump-averse and prefer my tamer pieces. I'd crafted this prompt specifically for one Whump-loving writer/fan/friend, and elbows is quite on the opposite side of that spectrum!
- February Soon Appears
- Prompt: When a case goes wrong, John and Harold are stuck in a dark basement and must evade their enemies without being able to see.
- Three Fills: In the Dark (Tipsylex), In the Light (Lisagarland), and The Dark (elbowsinsidethedoor)
- I'm looking forward to writing a follow-up with no visual detail. That's always a fun challenge.
- April Flounces By
- Prompt: "Mr. Reese. I'm afraid I must ask you to stop that -- immediately.
- I'm actually a bit surprised that I got three fills for such a short prompt, but: Stop (Lisagarland), Not Taking Orders (talkingtothesky), and The Library System (Fringuello).
- June Unexpectedly Arises
- Prompt: John has drugged Harold; why?
- Two Fills: Things Have Changed (oddgit) and Tea and Absolution (PreachingtotheQuire).
- I love this scenario. But then, I love any scenario where a character realizes that they're about to be incapacitated, and can do nothing other than struggle futilely against the inevitable.
- July Goes Nuts
- Prompt: Do something in a creative medium that you're not familiar with or not yet used to.
- This actually became a yearly prompt! Each July, I encourage people to stretch outside their comfort zone and see what they come up with. Not just fics, fan art, and fanvids, but arts and crafts, sewing (knitting, crochet, cross-stitch, etc.), food art, filk songs, podfics, crossword puzzles, video games or text games... there's a ton of possibilities.
- Five Fills: Lisagarland created July___ヽ(´▽｀)/, merionees created Upgrading your skillset (every day), and Fringuello created Stitches of Interest, The Ballad of Team Machine, and Fanart for Hamartia.
- I believe the fills fell short of my offer for creating a better version of "Squirrel Reese and Chipmunk Finch." Still, I got fills, and I did come up with a fun idea for a written follow-up, so that's in the works.
- October Feels Odd (FFN: Post-Surgery Pronoia)
- Prompt: Explore a complicated emotion! Mine explores Pronoia, the annoyance of everyone trying to help you.
- The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows offers some possibilities, but there are plenty of lists of emotional terms from other languages... or very specific or niche emotions that are difficult to express succinctly using existing terms (so people create odd new terms that might or might not catch on, but at least allow us to consider the emotion as a concept).
- Two Fills: Onism by Triss_Hawkeye and Their Memory Remains by Murus.
- For one, I'm looking forward to picking a new emotion to explore. For two, this is one of the few prompts that made it to a fully fleshed-out story on its own, and thus one that I eventually posted on FFN (absent the context that it was ever a story prompt at all).
Prompts That Went Unfilled
- March Comes Barreling In
- Prompt: Carter's been dosed with a substance that makes her violence; she and Finch are trapped in a small space, and all Finch can do is hope she doesn't turn on him before the drug wears off -- or John finds them.
- Sadly, nobody took me up on this idea. I'd still like to see someone give it a shot.
- May Hesitates to Join
- Prompt: “It shouldn’t be a big deal, it’s just that… well… I’ve gotten so used to doing it the other way.” (A habit that's become routine gets disrupted.)
- This is the month where I ran out of time and threw something together with the least amount of effort. Unsurprisingly, it didn't get any fills.
- August Zooms In
- Prompt: Let's see some love for the little guys! Write something about a character who only showed up in one episode.
- No fills.
- September Lets Go (The Plot Bunny Purge)
- Prompt: Got more story ideas than you can reasonably complete? Post one in the comments (or as a not!Fic) so it's not taking up time in your brain. Who knows, maybe someone else'll write it!
- I did this to get rid of a Criminal Minds plot that I'm no longer in the right headspace to explore. Not surprisingly, I got no fills. I'm vaguely debating about what POI plot I might be able to let go this way.
- November Shuffles the Deck
- Prompt: Change some key component of the canon tale, and explore the consequences of the change. Mine has Nathan, rather than Harold, survive the bombing.
- No fills.
- December Acts Selflessly
- Prompt: Create Gift Fics for three types of recipients: Someone New, Someone Inspiring, and Someone Quiet. That's someone who recently started reading your work, someone whose writing or comments were particularly useful to you, and someone who hasn't yet written anything on AO3.
- No fills -- well, maybe there were, and I just didn't notice; it is, after all, a prompt about surprise gifts, so I wouldn't necessarily hear about them.
So that's the 2018 series. That gave me enough feedback to settle on three prompts a year: January and July, plus my Birthday Prompt.
The Monthly Birthday Prompts led to a series of July Prompts, which are always the same thing: Push outside your comfort zone and create something in a medium you're not yet familiar with, or not yet comfortable with. This has led to some very interesting projects!
July Creativity Prompts
Thus began this series:
And it garnered these fills:
- 2018: July___ヽ(´▽｀)/ (Lisagarland): Art and screenshot manips/comics
- 2018: Stitches of Interest (Fringuello): Knitted character squares
- 2018: The Ballad of Team Machine (Fringuello): Filk song lyrics
- 2018: Fanart for Hamartia (Fringuello)
- 2018: Upgrading your skillset (every day) (merionees): Fan comic
- 2019: Nathan (Fringuello): Doll
- 2019: The Adoption of Kristal_293 (ReaderFreak5000): First fanfic
- 2019: Art for Cover Up the Sun (CrazyLikeThat): First fan art
- 2019: Marvel Bento Boxes (Prosto_Dasha): Food Art
- 2020: Podfic for Rules are made to be broken (EndlessStairway)
- 2020: Crossword Puzzle: POI Episode Titles (Seasons 1-2) (Fringuello)
- 2020: Podfic for for that which grows (Fringuello)
Who knows what next year's prompt will bring into the world?
Actor Birthday Prompts
My January Prompts have become one year-long prompt, giving a general idea with themes for each month. I've done this with POI and the MCU; not sure what theme I'll go with for the coming year. Crossovers, maybe?
Anyway, for 2019 and 2020, my prompts were based around actor birthdays: I grouped all the actors whose birthdays fell under the same month, picked the most prominent or interesting one, and added a couple of suggested themes:
December: Root Month
Dec 5th: Amy Acker
Theme: Recovered memories / manipulation / difficult decisions
Good thing it’s early in the month—leaves more time for writing presents and such ^_^
Frankie Wells (17), Joan (30)
If you know of any significant cast members with December birthdays, point them out in the comments!
2019: Person of Interest
Person of Interest Actor Birthday Prompts:
- January: Shaw Month (Sarah Shahi: Jan 10th)
- Bonus Themes: "We don't have time for this!" / infiltrating where John can't
- Twins: Leon Tao and Farouk Madani (Jan 21st)
- Andrea Gutierrez; Hersh, Alistair Wesley, "Alan Fahey"
- February: Elias Month (Enrico Colantoni: Feb 14th)
- Bonus Themes: Matchmaker / bachelor fun / unusual skills
- Twins! Claire Mahoney and Karolina Kurkova (Feb 28th)
- Jessica Arndt, Maxine Angelis; Tara Velander aka "Jordan Hester"
- Given that Elias's actor was born on Valentine's Day, and that the patron saint of love was Saint Anthony, I'd enjoy seeing some unusual pairings during this month. Here's some interesting choices to pair with Elias (whether romantically, sexually, or platonically):
- Fusco: They had some chemistry, especially in the fifth season.
- Carter: At least a one-sided attraction: "She was civilized to the very end. I don't think she liked me. But I liked her very much."
- Zoe: She and Elias can have a similar pragmatic mindset at times.
- Bruce Moran: Elias's other lose friend, who was upset at not being told that Elias had survived.
- Will Ingram: I would love to see this potential relationship explored. There are some intriguing threads that might pull them together, and Will's curiosity might get him in over his head.
- March: Control Month (Camryn Manheim: Mar 8th)
- Same Birthday: Abby Monroe (played by Jessica Collins)
- Bonus Themes: Family secrets / captive to Decima
- Twins: Michael Cole & Anton O'Mara (Mar 19th)
- Martine Rousseau, Rick Dillinger
- (I would love to see some Control/Cole Dom/sub, whether sexual or not.)
- April: Cal Beecher Month (Sterling Kelby Brown: Apr 5th)
- Bonus Themes: Things he can't talk about / getting to know Taylor
- Twins: Dani Silva and Paula Vasquez (Apr 25th)
- Bruce Moran, Lou Mitchell; Alonzo Quinn
- May: Zoe Morgan Month (Paige Turco: May 17th)
- Bonus Themes: Wit and poise / out of the city
- Twins: Mark Snow and John Greer (May 22nd)
- Caleb Phipps, Riley Cavanaugh; Ulrich Kohl
- June: Grace Hendricks Month (Carrie Preston: June 21st)
- Bonus Themes: Secrets she never shared with Harold / loneliness / vampires
- Megan Tillman, Theresa Whitaker, Beth Bridges, Mira Dobrica
- Additional Bonus Theme: Girls' Month
- July: Fusco Month (Kevin Chapman: July 29th)
- Bonus Themes: Nicknames he grew up with / actually a competent detective
- Additional Bonus Theme: He keeps seeing people who look like Root, but they aren't (since the gal who played Root's first appearance shares Fusco's birthday)
- Arthur Claypool, Sofia Campos; Kara Stanton
- August: Nathan Ingram Month (Brett Cullen: Aug 26th)
- Zaniida Birthday Request Themes: Captivity / injury recovery
- Other Themes: Nathan trying to cook / saving the Numbers / smarmy asshole Nathan
- Joey Durban, Harper Rose, Monica Jacobs, Genrika Zhirova; Peter Collier, Jeffrey Blackwell
- Additional Birthday Request Theme: Give Jeffrey Blackwell a better ending. He did not deserve the ending he got; Decima pulled him into a world he didn't understand and had no way out of, and I feel for him so much.
- September: Carter Month (Taraji Henson: Sept 11th... wait)
- September: Person of Interest Key Month
- Reese, Finch, and Carter all in the same month. Carter on the very day that started the character arcs for both Finch and Reese. Throw Anthony Marconi into the mix (he shares Carter's birthday!) and maybe Captain Moreno (who shares Finch's birthday) and it's just one big ball of POI.
- Bonus Themes: Drugged / quiet house / going it alone causes problems
- Daniel Casey, Mr. Han; Patrick Simmons, Floyd
- October: Will Ingram Month (Michael Stahl-David: Oct 28th
- Bonus Themes: Curiosity leads to trouble / unexpected need for a healer
- Madeleine Enright, Hannah Frey; Peter Yogorov, Tyrell Evans
- November: Logan Pierce Month (Jimmi Simpson: Nov 21st)
- Bonus Themes: Too many 'friends' / tall buildings / alcohol / intentions misunderstood
- I've never understood why Pierce ends up as a sadistic villain in a few fics I've come across. He doesn't seem to be a bad guy in the slightest, just a bit of an ass sometimes, eccentric, nosy, and with no sense of self-preservation. But he still chooses to do what's right, even at cost to himself, he stays true to his word, he's got a sympathetic backstory, and he
- Also a good month for a Fix Fic, since Reese died in November.
- Nicholas Donnelly, Alicia Corwin; Dominic, Jeremy Lambert, Angela Markham
- December: Root Month (Amy Acker: Dec 5th)
January: Hawkeye Month
Jan 7th: Jeremy Renner
Theme: Lingering effects / broken arms
Rocket (5), Luis (13), Drax (18)
Proxima Midnight (24)
February: Loki Month
Feb 9th: Tom Hiddleston (also Erik Killmonger)
Theme: Magic has its cost / trying to escape HYDRA
Bonus: Also in February: Frigga and Thanos. Hmm…
Twins! Wanda Maximoff & Malekith (16)
Okoye (14), Frigga (17), The Collector / Taneleer Tivan (19), Kurt (29)
Ultron (7), Thanos (12), Jack Rollins (23), W'Kabi (24)
March: Sif Month
Mar 12th: Jaimie Alexander
Theme: Survivor guilt / girls' night out
Bonus: Bucky's canon birthday is March 10th.
Nakia (1), Cassie Lang (14), Nova Prime (19), Maria Stark (23), Liz (28)
Ego (17), Thaddeus "Thunderbolt" Ross (20), Ronan the Accuser (25)
April: Coulson Month
Apr 2nd: Clark Gregg
Theme: Amnesia / juggling too many assets
Bonus: I would love to see Coulson in a scene with Yondu.
Triplets! Scott, Yondu, & Yinsen (6)
Twins! Tony Stark & Red Skull, of all things (4); also, Maria Hill & Talos (3)
Peggy Carter (5), Flash Thompson (28), Janet van Dyne (29)
Ulysses Klaue (20), Korath the Pursuer (24)
May: Vision Month
May 27th: Paul Bettany (Vision and JARVIS)
Theme: Fragmented memories / torn loyalties / humanity is bizarrely unorganized
Triplets! Mantis, Jim Paxton (Cassie's stepdad), & Maya Hansen (3)
Sharon Carter (12), Kraglin (22), Rhomann Dey (24), Volstagg (25), Mar-Vell (29)
June: Peter Month!
June 1st: Tom Holland (Peter Parker)
June 21st: Chris Pratt (Peter Quill)
Theme: Regretting immaturity / found family
Quadruplets! Steve Rogers, Darcy Lewis, Erik Selvig, & Pietro Maximoff (13)
Howard Stark (younger version) (2), Wong (3), Jane Foster (9), Eitri (11), Gamora (19), Laura Barton (25)
Skurge (7), Brock Rumlow (8), Brandt (12), Helmut Zemo (16)
July: Strange Month
July 19th: Benedict Cumberbatch (also Taserface)
Theme: Magic is no substitute for… / my teammates are bizarre
Bonus: Steve & Coulson canonical birth dates (July 4th and 8th). Also: Groot!
Betty Ross (1), Stakar Ogord (6), Groot (18), Maggie (20)
Karl Mordo (10)
August: Bucky Month
Aug 13th: Sebastian Stan (and older Howard Stark)
Theme: On the run / simple life in Wakanda
Bonus: Pair him with Edwin Jarvis
Quadruplets! Red Skull, Laufey, Algrim / Kurse, & young Thor (22)
Twins! Korg & Queen Mother Ramonda (16)
Hope van Dyne (3), Harley Keener (6), Thor (11), Edwin Jarvis (24)
Cull Obsidian (14)
September: Pepper Potts Month
Sept 27th: Gwyneth Paltrow
Theme: Past vs. future / organization / everyday perils of motherhood
Bonus: Pair her with Heimdall
Twins! Hank Pym & Dave (25); Corvus Glaive & Ivan Vanko (16)
Michelle Jones (1), Heimdall (6), Everett Ross (8), Col. Chester Phillips (15), Sam Wilson (23)
Vulture (5), Arnim Zola (7), Jasper Sitwell (12)
October: Valkyrie Month
Oct 3rd: Tessa Thompson
Theme: Ordeals of being Queen / where was that pegasus hiding?
Bonus: Pair her with Captain Marvel, Shuri, or the Grandmaster
Carol Danvers (1), Ned (9), Happy Hogan (19), Ayo (26), Shuri (31)
Aldrich Killian (5), the Grandmaster (22)
November: Nebula Month
Nov 28th: Karen Gillan
Theme: Adjusting to humanity / glitches in the system
Bonus: Pair her with Natasha, Christine Palmer, Ebony Maw, or Bruce/Hulk
Triplets! Bruce Banner, Natasha Romanov, & Kaecilius (22)
Twins! T'Challa and Rhodey (29); the Ancient One & Justin Hammer (5); the Christines (Palmer & Everhart) (17); Hogun & Maria Rambeau (27)
Dr. Abraham Erskine (11), Lord M'Baku (15), King T'Chaka (30)
December: Odin Month
Dec 31st: Anthony Hopkins
Theme: Balancing leadership with fatherhood / adjusting to life on earth
Bonus: Pair him with Fury, Fandral, or Aunt May
Excelsior Bonus: Stan Lee cameo!
Twins! Aunt May & Obadiah Stane (4)
Fandral the Dashing (18), Quentin Beck (19), Nick Fury (21), Janet van Dyne (the younger) (26), Stan Lee (28)
2020: Marvel Cinematic Universe
Marvel Cinematic Universe Actor Birthday Prompts
My Birthday Requests
The Journey of Anton O'Mara
Genderswap FMI / Miss Kittiwake
POI AU-Verse Fics??
AO3 vs. FFN:
I am invested in my AO3 account, and that's the site that gets the bulk of my work and my attention. I do have an FFN account, but I update it only rarely, and don't have a strong connection to my FFN readers.
So if you want fics and updates as soon as I post them, it's only ever AO3. And none of my Event pieces are written with FFN in mind.
AO3: Intense and Varied (Mind the Tags!)
My niche is intense drama, and I cover a wide range of topics, some quite dark, some controversial. Mind the Warnings, Tags, and Author's Notes, especially if you're a sensitive reader. If you think something should be tagged that isn't, please let me know in the comments.
I'll read just about anything, but I'm not a Shipper; the relationships I most enjoy are deeply intimate male/male relationships with no sexual interest in each other. Only about 10% of my fics even go near sex or Ships, and most of those are responses to other fics.
I figure the fandom is saturated with sexual content; I provide alternatives.
I also coined the Five Moments of (Nonsexual) Intimacy (FMI, FMNI, or 5MI) fic form, mostly as a counter to this "intimacy means sex" idea that so pervades fandom (and society at large). So I've written a lot of FMI fics, not just in my main fandoms but across a variety of other fandoms as well. Most of my lower-intensity fics are of this form, although the FMI form doesn't preclude intensity!
FFN: Family-Friendly (sorta)
By "Family-Friendly" I mean that if my wider circle of family and friends ran across it, I wouldn't have to run damage control. So it can have a dark creepy tale like Bespoke, but it will never get the fics that deal with sexual content, torture, or controversial issues.
My fics start on AO3, and a small portion of them eventually migrate to FFN. Nothing ever starts on FFN, so if you follow my AO3 account, you can be assured that you won't miss any of my fics.
However, a few fics have been altered from their original (AO3) version. This can be to maintain the family-friendly rating, but it's also a way for me to explore how the fic would feel if written in a slightly different way (e.g. changing the POI from "you" to "he"), or to see if a mechanic would work better another way (e.g. Numb Too Long got split into two fics, the Finch-kidnap-experience side and the Shaw-and-Fusco-casefic side).
Now that I have a front end for my content, I hope to be able to showcase any variations I've created.