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First, please know that I will be thrilled to read your story, and I'm excited to see what direction you've taken on whichever prompt strikes your fancy. Last year was my first time participating in the exchange, and it was a lovely experience with so many talented people! I've kept a few details from my letter last year that I hope you find helpful.

Things I like:
- Celebrations of the world and its wonders, whether Narnia or England or elsewhere. I'm not a subscriber to the cast-out-of-Eden interpretation. That said, I also know it's heart-wrenching to leave a place you call home knowing you may never see it again... and the culture shock of going from one home to another. Stories along those lines are always welcome! The differences between places, the little things that set someplace apart or bind people together even across languages and cultures... Whether you want to delve into worldbuilding or just give me a glimpse, I'll love it.
- Competent, multi-dimensional characters and compassionate, thoughtful storytelling
- Witty banter
- Stories with a strong sense of place
- Animals that behave like animals, not humans in furry suits (no matter how much I love the old BBC series, Beavers just shouldn't be over 5 ft tall)
- Friendship, family, romance, humor, adventure, intrigue, espionage, suspense, mystery, thriller... so many genres! I also like explorations of grief and healing, though in general I can only take so much angst. I do prefer happy endings to tragedy, but I also have a soft spot for ambiguity.
- I adore Rthverse, if you feel so inclined! Also Kangarooverse, AU Everybody Lives/Nobody Dies and AU Everybody Stays/Nobody Leaves.

Things I don't like:
- Dealbreaker: incest
- Gore, torture, noncon, PWP, explicit content
- Slash isn't my cup of tea, at least not as the main focus of the story
- Character bashing; completely helpless, clueless, cruel or dark characterization of the Four or Aslan
- Darkfic, unmitigated tragedy or excessive angst. I've experienced several tough losses over the past few years. If your story is sad, I'd request at least a ray of sunshine amid the clouds!

Again, this is truly meant for your information, and I hope you find it helpful. I look forward to seeing where the story takes you!
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