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!
Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1998)
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.
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.
Howl Series - Diana Wynne Jones
Calcifer (Howl Series), Howl Pendragon
Prompt: 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.
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.
Two Gentlemen of Verona - Shakespeare
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!