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I suppose this counts as the 'users manual' for this journal.

Basically, I got dragged into LJ by my very good friends rusting_roses and hollow_echos - both of whom are prolific posters and two of the authors for whom I beta-read. I do write fanfiction, but not nearly as much as those two.

Most of my stuff isn't here. I'll throw something up occasionally, but honestly I don't have the time to do this site justice. If you liked Closing Time and wanted to read some more of my stuff, look me up on Fanfiction.net. I go by 'The Laughing Phoenix' there.

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Oct. 20th, 2015 @ 11:02 pm Yuletide 2015: Dear Author
Dear Yuletide Author,

I'm very excited to be matched with you and eager to see what brilliance you come up with.  Below you'll find a brief summary of my likes and dislikes, along with the prompts and a few thoughts that didn't make it into the AO3 form.

Likes: I'm fairly easy to please - I like slice-of-life and silly shenanigans, but I also like worldbuilding and closer looks at the way the various universes tick.  I'll take just about any relationship, but I'm less interested in romance and more interested in family/friendships.

Dislikes: The big ones are rape, abuse, and violence and profanity for the sake of violence and profanity.  I'm not a fan of torture or bashing either, although I know that one person's definition of bashing doesn't match another's.

Without further ado, the prompts!

Request 1:
Fandom: 12 Dancing Princesses (Fairy Tale)
Any Character
Prompt:  Take me into the backstory.  The princesses dance away the nights, wearing through their slippers - why?  Who found that secret passage first?  Are there ever nights where one goes "you know, I've got a cold and don't feel like dancing" and is coaxed or dragged along anyway?  There's some pretty cold calculation involved in leaving their suitors to die, even considering that they wouldn't have known those men from a hole in the wall, what's that all about?

Poke at the 'why'.  Maybe it's a curse, maybe it's a wish, maybe it's a portal between worlds or parallel universes.  You don't have to stick to the traditional quasi-medieval setting if you don't want to - go sci-fi! Or film noir! Or modern setting!

Request 2:
Fandom: St Trinian's (2007)
Any Character
Prompt: Slice of life please!  The girls are always up to plots, hijinks and generalized mayhem, have fun with it.  The Geeks hacking government databases, the First Years up to explosive mischief, Kelly vaguely managing the mayhem.

If you think about it too hard, there's a lot that the movie doesn't address - mostly, how did the girls work out a heist on the National Gallery without being caught - but that's okay, that's what fandom's for.  You can go in and build the skills the girls end up using for their heist, or you can just cover a week in the life of a St. Trinian's student.  Totally up to you.

Request 3:
Fandom: Hidden Legacy Series - Ilona Andrews
Any Character
Prompt: Let's talk Houses.  Let's talk their rise and fall, their wheeling and dealing and the people who get caught up in their wake.  This is free reign to go wild - pull characters from the in-universe present, or go back in time to the first use of the serum and the appearance of magic.  Play politics, with all the feuds and treachery inherent.  Worldbuild - how did the Houses get started?  How do they handle daily operations?  What happens if a child belonging to a House is orphaned, or parents from two different Houses get divorced and it becomes a question of custody?

This is really about poking at the machinery of a 'verse and seeing what shakes out.  I mention the example of a child custody battle, but there are plenty of other things to look at.  What about intellectual property rights in the face of someone with mental talents?  It's mentioned that the Houses do human experimentation, maybe touch on that.  Do people kicked out of their House write tell-all books and go on the talk circuit, or have Houses learned to keep their lawyers on retainer with gag orders?

Request 4:
Fandom: Emelan - Tamora Pierce
Any Character
Prompt: Missing scenes!  Lark and Rosethorn musing on the kids; Tris, Daja and Briar living together; Sandry up to her eyebrows helping her uncle and a sibling dragging her away from her work to eat; Niko and Frostpine commiserating about the burns their students leave on things; Briar and Daja sparring; Tris and Sandry reading on the roof.  Go nuts.

Anywhere in-timeline you please, from the kids' first days at Discipline through Will of the Empress and beyond.  Maybe some poor servant is nearly given a heart attack when Tris brings Chime to visit the Duke.  Maybe one or more of the siblings is asked to consult on a problem.  Maybe Daja's adopted clan is in town, maybe Evvy and Glaki are up to shenanigans.  You can stick to main character pov or bring us in over the shoulders of minor characters.

That's everything I have - I can't wait to see what you do with it!  Happy Yuletide!

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Oct. 22nd, 2014 @ 11:55 pm Dear Author, Yuletide 2014

To my fantastic Yuletide Author:

I'm incredibly excited to be matched with you and your no doubt wonderful brain.  You will find here a recapitulation of the prompts you already got, along with a few addenda.

A few general notes to start us off: My favorite fics are usually slice-of-life and feel-good humor.  Romance is typically secondary to friendship, but if it's well done I'll take just about any relationship.  Angst makes useful leavening, but small doses please.  My favorite characters don't take themselves too seriously and goofy shenanigans are always a good time in my book.  My turn-offs are fairly straightforward: abuse, bashing, torture, non-con, violence and profanity for the sake of violence and profanity.  While it's unlikely to come up, no fridging please.

On to the prompts!

Request 1:
Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1998)
Jessica Rabbit
Prompt: Give me Jessica's early career.  Give me her early acts, her successes and stumbles.  Keep it sweet and fluffy, but these are 'Toons, so feel free to include plenty of slapstick and pratfalls.

Jessica's a smart cookie and clearly willing to take advantage of her appearance when someone she loves is at risk.  How'd she get there?  Cameos from other 'toons are always fun.

Request 2:
WTF Evolution (Tumblr)
Evolution - Character
Prompt:  We live in a world with wild and crazy creatures.  Pick critters from the primordial soup through to today and go absolutely nuts.  Mega to micro, flora or fauna, you are exactly as limited as your closest encyclopedia (if that should happen to be the internet, then not at all) and your imagination.  Keep it as accurate as you can, obviously, but that's the only requirement.  Pictures a plus.

Have fun with this one.  Take it from a biologist, Evolution's more than a little cracked in the head sometimes. The stranger and more uncanny the better.  Feel free to focus on a single environmental niche (the deep sea trenches, mountaintops, rainforests, your backyard) or pick a theme (sexual dimorphism, feathers, fins) and follow it.

Request 3:
Howl Series - Diana Wynne Jones
Calcifer (Howl Series), Howl Pendragon
Howl and Calcifer make fantastic partners in crime and occasional absurdity.  Take me through some of their moments, from the brilliant and fantastic (how did they work out the doorknob, for example) to the utterly awful (knock-down drag-out screaming arguments) and everything in between.  Can be irreverent and goofy or serious and a little bit sad.

These two are pretty much best friends despite the weird power dynamics, but like all best friends are prone to quarrels - and when they're as stubborn as these two?  Probably explosive.  There's a lot you could say about this pair.

Request 4:
The Bletchley Circle
Millie (Bletchley Circle), Susan Gray, Jean McBrien, Lucy Davis

These women did utterly fantastic, groundbreaking work during WWII, work incredibly valuable to the Allies... and then were expected to quietly go back to civilian life.  How did they do it?  Jean and Millie take no shit and no prisoners, though in distinctly different ways.  Susan can't shut off the analytic side of her brain, while Lucy can't forget.  Give me Women Being Awesome.  Give me women refusing to go gentle into that good night.

This is where my yen for Women Being Awesome and my history fascination collide.  Feel free to dig into the details, get a bit technical with Bletchley's work.  Come up with shenanigans - maybe Lucy and Millie race each other on the crossword, or Jean and Lucy develop a verbal shorthand impenetrable to outsiders.  If you can focus on the decomissioning of the units at Bletchley and the post-reunion months, that would be ideal.

Request 5:
Two Gentlemen of Verona - Shakespeare
No characters
Prompt:  Modern Day AU please!  Goofy shenanigans all 'round, best friends, love struck fools and their long-suffering friends.  Play omniscient narrator or pick a character to narrate in first person, I leave this entirely in your hands.  Have at the tropes and make good use of them.

For their 2013 Shakespeare on the Common (in Boston, MA), Commonwealth Shakespeare Company did Two Gentlemen of Verona set in Rat Pack-era Las Vegas, complete with Jazz numbers (Julia sang Peggy Lee's Fever, Valentine did Luck Be A Lady, to name a few) and caricatures (the Duke was your classic mafia boss, complete with twangy accent and minion/bodyguards carrying Tommy guns).  It was hilarious and fantastically done.  Obviously you shouldn't worry about recreating that particular scenario, but it should give you a general idea as to the feel.  Shakespeare's remained part of the literary canon because it feels timeless and pertinent to people alive today - embrace that.

Whew, I hope I haven't overwhelmed you.  Thanks for writing me fic, and happy Yuletide!


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Oct. 8th, 2013 @ 11:25 pm Yuletide 2013: Dear Author
To my lovely Yuletide author,

I’m very excited to have been matched with you and eager to see what your obviously brilliant mind generates with these materials.  Below are re-attached the requests you already received, with a few addenda that didn’t make it onto the form.

A few general comments before we begin.  I’m a big fan of slice-of-life and feel-good humor.  Angst makes good leavening in small doses.  Romance is fun but secondary to friendships, though I’ll take any relationship if presented well.  I love goofy shenanigans and a character who doesn’t take themselves too seriously.  Be creative!  I love weird science and history. My turnoffs are fairly straightforward: abuse, bashing, torture, non-con, violence and profanity for the sake of violence and profanity.

Without further ado, let’s see the requests!


Cats of Grand Central – Diane Duane
Rhiow, Urruah, Saash, Arhu
Prompt: I find this team adorable beyond belief.  I'm not really looking for a big adventure here, just some slice-of-life.  Have wizards drop in and out, let the team bicker a bit about whose turn it is to do the maintenance on that one gate that just will not behave after all the mess that was Sandy, show me what a day on the job is for this crew.

If you want to go that route, Timeheart or Crossings are valid settings for this fic.  Please feel free to bring in wizards from outside the immediate circle of the cats and fully integrate them into the greater Young Wizards universe.

The Immortals – Tamora Pierce
Veralidaine Sarrasri
Prompt:  Ideally, a missing scene from one of the first two books.  Keep it lighthearted, let the animals throw in their two cents, have fun.

I have this fantastic mental image of Daine going to do some meditation in Cloud’s turnout, Skysong tagging along, and poor Cloud finding herself with a dragon who thinks she’s the coolest thing around and follows her like a duckling.  Maybe Ouna’s in town and Tahoi goes to visit Cloud and gossip for a bit.  Let the beasties take the lead, if you can.

His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman
Iorek Byrnison, Lee Scoresby, Hester
Prompt:  Lee and Iorek have a history of working together - Lee tells us as much himself when he sends Lyra to recruit Iorek.  Take that concept, of the panserbjorne and the aeronaut, and run with it.  What shenanigans did our intrepid heroes get up to in their wilder youth?

This one’s really self-explanatory.  Both are wanderers, though maybe not entirely by choice, and have seen and done a lot.  You might use wild west or frontier tropes as a jumping-off point.

Greek Mythology
Zeus, Hades, Demeter, Hera
Prompt:  I have a pronounced fondness for works that take established myths or fairy tales and twist them a bit.  I tagged for Kronos' children, but feel free to use them as anchor points and wander off a bit.  Maybe Hades actually did really want the realms of the dead.  Maybe Demeter has come to like her vacations.  Maybe Zeus and Hera can be disgustingly lovey-dovey.  Maybe none of these suit your fancy and you feel like doing something different - have at it!

This is a family with all the mess implied.  Being gods doesn’t make any of that go away.

WTF Evolution
Evolution, Evolution’s Manager
Prompt:  I'm a scientist by trade and forever enthralled by the wonderful, weird and wacky ways that life happens.  Pick a strange creature or two - bonus points if not one listed on the site - and let Evolution and the Manager talk it over.  As far as I'm concerned, this can be all dialogue.

No, seriously, this planet is freaking weird.  There are lizards that bleed green blood sufficiently loaded with toxins to kill any other animal.  There are birds that travel 8000 miles without a break as a matter of routine.  There are moths whose onset of pupation is marked by thinning of the skin until you can watch their pulse ripple up their backs as blue diamonds.  There are creatures in just about every shape and color and size, from arthropods that look to be made from glass to animals that look like they just stepped off a time machine.  And the structure is dynamic, constantly updating.  How cool is that?

I hope this helps!  I’ll be delighted with whatever you turn out.  Happy Yuletide!

Yours, Phoenix
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Oct. 29th, 2012 @ 03:14 pm Dear Yuletide Author
To my Yuletide buddy:

I'm so very excited to have you writing for me.  I can't wait to see how you take my (admittedly rather vague) prompts and turn them into something uniquely wonderful.  In an attempt to give you a little more information, I've put together a short summary of my likes and dislikes.  I hope it helps.

Likes:  Humor, a sprinkling of crack, cathartic hurt/comfort, fluff, and mischief on the part of author and characters.  I'm usually up for an AU, with a few exceptions outlined below.  Slice of life, adventure, women being awesome, and friendship or family fics a plus.  Crossovers, so long as they make sense, are good (for example, mixing Naruto and Bleach usually works far better than mixing 1984 with The Once And Future King).

Dislikes:  Explicit violence and rape, main character death, second person POV (please stick to omniscient narrator unless you feel first person makes more sense stylistically).  High school AUs stick in my craw, so none of those please.  Also, please avoid crack for the sake of crack, eyes-meet-across-a-crowded-room-and-its-twue-wove type romance (unless appropriate for the prompt), and profanity for the sake of profanity.

Request 1)
Fandom: Derkholm - Diana Wynne Jones
Characters: Querida (Derkholm)
Details:  One of my favorite series from one of my favorite authors, this is a guilty pleasure of mine.  As with many of Diana's tales, we get dropped rather in the middle of things, and while that's half the fun, I'd like to see a bit of behind-the-scenes work.  Querida is effectively the mastermind behind Derk's taking on the mantle of Dark Lord and the eventual end of the tours, so let's get inside her head a bit, watch her pull strings and be her utterly crafty self.  Go wild.

Request 2)
Fandom:  Fairy Tales & Related Fandoms
Characters: All
Details:  As much as I love fairy tales, what I have in mind is something a little bit different.  Take any of the classics you please, turn it sideways, and handle whatever falls out with an appropriate level of crack.  Maybe Rapunzel lives in that tower because she's agoraphobic.  Maybe Cinderella's stepmother is so obsessed with her daughters' marriage prospects because once they're married they'll be someone else's problem and she can take a long vacation. Frumple me a fairy tale.

Request 3)
Fandom: St Trinian's (2007, 2009)
Characters: All
Details:  Have fun with this.  Spend time within the venerable halls and record your observations.  Let the girls show you around and see if you can't get the inside track on their shenanigans.  Be a smartass, be silly, be irreverent.
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Jul. 14th, 2011 @ 05:25 pm Young Wizards Fic: So Your Roommate is a Wizard
Title: So Your Roommate is a Wizard
Author: phoenix_laugh
Pairings: Nita/Kit, Dairine/Roshaun
Rating: PG
Word Count: ~5890
Prompt: 2. Nita's college roommates get used to the weird people who seem to appear in their room out of nowhere (and occasionally injured).
Summary: Jess isn't sure what's going on with her roommate, but it's been an odd semester. Excerpts from the journal of Jessica Schultz.
Notes: Canon-compatible through Wizard of Mars. Thanks to the wonderful rusting_roses for beta-reading. For the dai_stiho challenge.

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Jul. 7th, 2011 @ 06:47 pm Dr. Who/Young Wizards Crossover Fic: Snack Time
Title: Snack Time
Author: phoenix_laugh
Rating: G
Word Count: 1860
Prompt: 52. Doctor Who Crossover: Carmela takes lunch/tea/whatever with a time traveling alien.
Summary: Carmela spends a pleasant half-hour talking over a snack with a stranger.
Notes: Set Post-Wizard of Mars and between "The Curse of the Black Spot" and "The Doctor's Wife." Thanks to rusting_roses for the beta. For the dai_stiho challenge.

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Jul. 5th, 2010 @ 05:16 pm Bleach fic: Closing Time
Current Location: Kitchen
Current Mood: triumphant
Current Music: Life During Wartime, Talking Heads
Title: Closing Time
Fandom: Bleach
Rating: PG
Warnings: None
Word Count: ~3300
Summary: Prompted by the phrase 'Starrk and Kyoraku would be awesome drinking buddies'. Christmas present for Pyrozia, Starrk and Kyoraku friendship fic.

A/N: My sister and I were discussing Bleach and she suddenly turned to me and said: "Starrk and Kyoraku would be awesome drinking buddies!" I had to laugh, but when she pursued that line of thought, I got to thinking that she might actually have a point. Since I have far more experience with crackfics than she does, I decided to write this as a Christmas present for her. Nutcase, this is for you.

Disclaimer: The Laughing Phoenix does not own Bleach. This is a present for her little sister, Pyrozia. If sued, I will laugh you out of court.

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Jul. 5th, 2010 @ 04:59 pm (no subject)
Current Location: Kitchen
Current Mood: curiouscurious
Current Music: Livin' on a Prayer
So, basically, I've been told to get off my rear and start posting my works here. Thank you, hollow_echos. Here goes nothing.

I've primarily posted on fanfiction.net until now, where I go under the penname The Laughing Phoenix.

Consider yourself warned - I have no idea what I'm doing, so please bear with me if it's an absolute mess. I'll try to fix problems as soon as I become aware of them. Fair?

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