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First, please know that I will be thrilled to read your story! I'm excited to see what direction you've taken on whichever prompt strikes your fancy. I hope this letter strikes a balance between giving you helpful information and the freedom to go where the story takes you.

Things I like:

  • Witty banter
  • Competent, complex, multi-dimensional characters
  • Friendship, found family, friends-to-lovers
  • Plot and nefarious plots, mystery, intrigue (and action, too!)
  • Rich characters with complex motives
  • 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.)
  • Along those lines, I love clever crows, loyal wolves, brave horses and many other Beasts of Narnia.
  • Gentle, compassionate storytelling with cozy, happy endings... or poignant, bittersweet or ambiguous endings!
  • 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!
  • Witty banter. Seriously, I love it so much.
  • I generally ship het or canon pairings; gen is also great.
  • Drama, humor, adventure, 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 and bittersweet.
  • A strong sense of place. 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.
  • Language, linguistics, things lost in translation, the power of words
  • I do enjoy AUs and crossovers that hold true to the spirit of the original. (I'm not a fan of coffeeshop, college AUs, etc. But if you have an idea for space battles, Wodehousian antics, other times or worlds... go for it!)
  • I adore Rthverse, Kangarooverse, AU Everybody Lives/Nobody Dies and AU Everybody Stays/Nobody Leaves.

Things I don't like:

  • Dealbreaker: incest
  • Gore, torture, noncon, PWP, explicit sex, explicit violence
  • Slash isn't my cup of tea, I'm afraid. I prefer het or gen.
  • Character bashing; completely helpless, clueless, cruel or dark characterization of Aslan or the Pevensies. (Don't get me wrong: Exploring motives and ambiguities, consequences, and "the problem of Susan" are all great! But I'd rather read about "not a tame lion" than a cruel deity, for example, or about the former Gentle Queen trying to navigate her new role in England than becoming an empty-headed, conceited woman.)
  • Darkfic, unmitigated tragedy or excessive angst. If your story is sad, I'd request at least a ray of sunshine amid the clouds!

Again, this is truly meant as helpful information. I look forward to seeing where the story takes you, and I hope you have fun with it!


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