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Het Swap
Saturday 18th March 2017 11:54 am

Het Swap authors were revealed on Wednesday and this is the first chance I've had to talk about it since then. The whole ficathon has been kind of hilarious, in ways that will shortly become clear.

I received a Tarrant/Dayna fic, which I love to itty bitty pieces, which is unsurprising because [info]lost_spook wrote it:

Ghost Lights (4930 words) by lost_spook
Fandom: Blake's 7
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Relationships: Dayna Mellanby/Del Tarrant
Summary: While out on a mission, Dayna and Tarrant find the past catching up with them in a particularly dangerous fashion.

I read it over breakfast when the archive went live, and then since I had some time before I had to leave for work I set about reading the rest of the archive. Which didn't take long because I only found one other fic I liked. Which turned out to be also written by [info]lost_spook!

Unconsidered Trifles (1835 words) by lost_spook
Fandom: Doctor Who (Big Finish Audio)
Relationships: Eighth Doctor/Charley Pollard
Summary: There's something odd going on inside the TARDIS. Even odder than usual, that is.

Eight/Charley is the only Doctor/companion relationship I will ship.

I had a 50/50 chance of being assigned [info]lost_spook to write for. I wasn't, which turned out to be a good thing, because I loved one of her prompts, but couldn't make it shippy. I wrote it anyway, so I am considering it for Het Swap, even though it's technically not.

Chocolate Cake, a Cardigan and a Coat (1173 words) by paranoidangel
Fandom: Doctor Who (Big Finish Audio)
Characters: Sixth Doctor, Evelyn Smythe
Summary: The Sixth Doctor and Evelyn find themselves chained together and covered in chocolate cake.

It's my first foray into cake!fic and it is so much fun. It helped that I had some Sixth Doctor Big Finish audios to listen to, so listening to them in the car on the way to work counted as research. And is probably an influence on me writing it in the Sixth Doctor's POV. I also had fun with the tags - of the four tags on it, three of them all take you to the cake tag.

The person I actually got assigned to was based on my offer to write Spooks. And then I wrote my first ST:TNG fic instead:

Sand Sacrifice (3520 words) by paranoidangel
Fandom: Star Trek: The Next Generation
Relationships: William Riker/Deanna Troi
Summary: A new planet, a new mystery and Deanna Troi is the only one who can solve it.

I was drawn to it because [info]weakinteraction said in their prompt: "I actually really like these two as a portrayal of people being fine with having broken up". I thought so do I! And quickly realised that setting a fic during that time and making it shippy enough to fit with the rules of the ficathon is a bit tricky. So I had to have a plot to do it and ended up writing case fic. I clearly need to get better at plotting because I wrote three first drafts which total 6000 words, not many of which are the same in all three drafts.

Due to this I've suddenly gone all Star Trekky, which I will write about in a separate post sometime.

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