I love you. Yes, you. Seriously, I may not even know you yet, but I love you. Because I love the Losers, and you love the Losers, and I love fanworks, and you love fanworks, and most of all, because you are making something awesome just for l'il ole me. This makes me grin like this: :DDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD
Okay, so now the brass tacks. First off - I requested some things which happen to be a few (very few) of my favorite things, but there is honestly nothing off the table. Just because I chose the things I did doesn't mean I don't love a zillion other
things including Cougar/Wade, crack!poetry, or any other off-the-wall thing you can possibly think up. A few of my favorite things are expanded on below, but I love everything, so don't feel like you have to include anything mentioned here if you have some other thing in mind. I am totally easy that way.
Pairings-wise, I asked for either Cougar/Jensen, gen, or Aisha/Clay/Roque. I can totally see all of these things working together, BTW. Like, a heist story/comic/picspam where the pairings are together but it's not at all the focus of the work. I also love straight-up non-relationship gen stuff and on the other end of the scale, romance (floofy or not) and porn. I love everything, seriously. I also love many other relationships, both canon relationships (and friendships) and more shippy things. The femslash possibilities in particular intrigue me: Aisha with anyone is a fascinating dynamic, and Jolene is amazing
so I always love seeing more of her. Throw Jensen's sister in there and there is much fun to be had (or cross any of them over with any other awesome ladies!). I love the Clay/Roque bromance of the movie (and can and do support slashy Clay/Roque) and OT4 with Cougar/Jensen/Pooch/Jolene. Any of these things floats my boat, so pretty much, you have free rein in this area.
Character-wise I asked for Aisha, Cougar, and Jensen, but you really can't go wrong with most of the main characters. I admit Clay is not really my thing, so if you're going to create something about him you're going to have an uphill battle with my sensibilities - that's not to say I don't love having my mind changed! If you looooooooooove Clay and you want to show me why, feel free! I love being proved wrong!
Category-wise, I asked for absolutely anything. So for any kind of art, graphics, fic, or meta, I'm going to point you at previous posts of mine, including my first ante up letter
, my second ante up letter
(sorry, these are obviously fic-focused, but they tell you a lot about my hot-buttons in general), my weird idea for a Max/Wade vid
, and my (brief) dissertation on Jensen = Vash the Stampede
. These are all just jumping-off points. If you don't really feel any of this, or you already have some Losers fanwork eating your brain, go ahead and do that! I will love anything because I love the Losers and I love you.
Remix: I would love to see any story, piece of art, graphic, or podfic remixed, honestly, because one of my favorite things is to look at the same object from many angles. I ask that you get permission from the original creator first (if they don't have a blanket statement out there somewhere). My own stories and podfics
are totally up for grabs and there's a list of folks signed up here
and another list of folks signed up here (some overlap)
. I'd love to see some of Pistol
's stuff remixed because I think that there are really interesting possibilities in there for choosing different POVs to reveal information (blanket permission statement in her AO3 profile). I love lady_krysis
's stuff too, and I know she gives blanket permission, too.
Podfic: Man, there are so many good stories that I'd love to see podficced. Here's a short-ish list. Anything that resembles anything on this list is totally fair game, too (assuming the author has given blanket permission or you have sought specific permission for the work).
Anything by Pistol
, because I can't get enough of her fic, but especially Applied Force
(dark!fic, written in 2nd person - it'd be so creepy!), Ten Dollar Rock Stars
(OMG Mama Roque would be amazing!), or Between Your Smile and Your Sleight of Hand
(more dark!fic, selkie!Cougar and dark!Jensen - so lovely).
Ooooh! Also Resonant
wrote Losers fic, holy crap! And it is AMAZING! If you feel like podficcing awesome sexytimes Cougar/Jensen, then Impersonation
would be brilliant (also, Res has a blanket permission statement on her profile).
If you're not a Cougar/Jensen person, then anything by lady_krysis
will fit the bill, because she's awesome! And writes all the amazing things that are not Cougar/Jensen! In particular I'd love to hear Hard to Get
(Aisha/Salt (crossover with Salt)) or Mission Myth Intervention
(Clay/Roque Mythbusters crossover).
Oh, yay! I just found storm_petrel
's blanket permission statement
! That means all hir Losers fic
is on the table for podfic or remix! I love all of them, but podfics of these things get louder (or, five times the losers met the a-team)
and inside there's an army waiting (for their marching orders from you)
(warning - dark and sort-of-but-not-really-deathfic) would be especially nice.
Fanmix: I love everything! Well, mostly everything. There are particular examples of every genre that I don't love, but then, there are particular examples of every genre that I do, so that's probably not much help. I have a Masters in music which means that I am woefully undereducated about popular music. I listen to the radio in bursts, for a few months and then not at all for a year or more, so I almost never have a solid idea of what's popular. I love classical, obviously, and if you put together a Losers opera fanmix I would love you forever. I would also love an alternative-themed Losers fanmix (there's GOT to be a way to do a Losers AU fanmix, yeah?) or a country-western/bluegrass/southern Rock one, or a crazy completely mismatched rap/zydeco/tango thing. Any way you want to try your hand, I will love it - especially if it introduces me to music I don't know (and there is much of that). I have a music tag
, but I don't know that it will help, actually. I think that tends to be meta. But maybe worth a look? In the end my thought is: fanmix, yay! Do whatever you makes you happy. :D
Off-The-Wall: I'm not kidding you, I would LOVE a macaroni castle. I have wanted one for about a zillion years. Also, if I get a macaroni castle, my girlfriend has said she will make little chainmail Losers to put in it. :D!!! I thought we might have gotten some interpretive dance out of zoronoa
for the big bang this year but no luck. I got a drum solo out of pistolera
but then she never posted it anywhere. Please! Feel no shame! Produce the wackiest off-the-wall thing you can think of and give to me! I love all things Losers, and your mashed potato bust of Pooch will find an enthusiastic recipient in me.
General things I adore muchly in my fanworks:
--Families of choice, especially fiercely protective ones.
--Queer people and queer relationships - at any rating! I am a mod at queerlygen
and I heartily stand by the idea that just because folks are queer does not mean they can't do everyday things like get their hair dyed and eat yogurt for breakfast. I love asexual characters, poly relationships, non-heteronormative relationships (particularly het ones), androgyny, and QUILTBAG characters. Whether fluffy happy fanworks about a society where no one looks at your twice no matter who you love or a fanwork all about DADT and dealing with being gay in the Army, it's all good to me.
--Were-creatures. I'm not a huge vampire fan, but I enjoy most other supernatural-type elements, particularly the more darkly-tinged stuff.
--Things that make me cry, whether from joy or sadness, I don't care.
--Non-sexual kink. I also like sexual kink, and I also like stories that have nothing to do with sex or kink! Don't feel like you have to include kinky stuff at all. But if you like kink and would like to include it, my favorites are held down, bondage, tentacles (there hasn't really been any Losers tentacle fic, has there?), orgasm denial, and marking. I am kind of all about possessiveness and control.
--I adore really clever fusions and crossovers. Not just jamming two things together (though that can be a lot of fun too), but finding that little quirk that neatly slots two fandoms together and makes them make so much sense!
A few specific prompty type things, should you need something slightly more concrete for inspiration:
--The Losers are in the Olympics! A hockey team, a gymnastics team, a swim relay team (or two), a bobsled team (plus coach? I dunno), whatever.
--The Losers is a traveling carnival! Could be fabulous fun for crossovers.
--I'd love art of Cougar with his hair up in a bun. That shit never gets old. Also, Cougar in a tux, because yum.
--I know very little about the military and would love meta on any (or all!) the Losers' military background. Anything about their histories based on where they are when we meet them in canon.
--I also know little about military equipment, so a picspam/meta about weapons and/or transpo would be awesome.
--I am always up for icons, and I would really love some truly Cougar/Jensen ones, as well as Aisha/anybody, Clay/Roque, Jolene/Pooch, and gen. A set of icons with a throughline would be amazing.
--I'm in the mood for some sweep-you-off-your-feet harlequin romance. I've just been in need of some floofy fun.
--I love forced marriage fics, and I don't think I've seen that done in the Losers fandom. Somebody please write me an AU where Cougar and Jensen are forced to get married and then fall in love?
--I'd also love AU art. The Losers as fairies or New York fashion models (oh, that could be a picspam too!) or at Hogwarts or as actors on a daytime soap or at culinary school (or on Top Chef!) together... how brilliant would that be? Or crack!art - that would be fantastic! The Losers as animals of some sort (kittens, puppies, birds, bugs, whatever) or items in a make-up counter or toys in a kid's playroom! Stories or poetry or knitting patterns of any of these things also awesome!
Hopefully, that is enough to be getting on with. Don't worry about doing everything (I don't think you're worried about that, but just in case - put your mind at ease) - if something strikes you, go for it! If the variety is overwhelming and freaks you out, set this letter aside and just go for the first idea that pops into your head. I'm totally easy and will love anything you make for me, dearest Ante Up creator-person. ♥