Because I have one. By accident, but I do. Someone in the last round of fan_flashworks
invented this nice little random generator tool
- you type in characters and it supplies combinations and prompts using fanfic cliches or genres. (I stuck to cliches; you know how I like going at cliches from unexpected angles.)
I was playing round with it (as I do when I'm bored), mostly trying my 1980s UNIT peoples. (They are not good with fanfic cliches. Either I've already used them, or they just wouldn't go for it. Or for random pairings.) And then, idly, I typed in a lot of random 'Elements'. And... I fell in love with the results. I mean, utterly in love. I don't know why.
So, now I have an epic prompt list that I am going to play with, which is probably not going to be much fun for anyone else, but for at least this week, I love the idea. And it's me, so there's no deadlines, no words limits, I can do 50 words, drabbles, three sentences, ficlets, or get carried away when I'm able. And I can have ALL THE ELEMENTS. Which, if anyone remembers me rambling about being fannish about the periodic table
, was mostly what I wanted all along.
(I still have my lovely post full of prompts, but I got stuck on four at once, which was off-putting. I'll go back to those, though - but I need something to make me write small
things, and this hopefully will work.) I don't know why I need excuses and prompts to write the things I want to write... but I do.( 100 Element & Fanfic cliche Prompts )
Anyway, here for my own reference, but feel free to point out if you like the look of any of them, and maybe I'll try for those first. Since it is a ridiculously epic list, also feel free to snaffle any. (More S&S fic of any kind is a good thing; steal my crazy prompts, please, why not? I'm not really going to manage 100 prompts, am I?)
The thing was amusingly averse to pairing Sapphire & Steel though. After realising it hadn't given me one prompt for them, I cut it down to just Sapphire, Steel and Silver. Still no good. I had to have only Sapphire and Steel before it'd grudgingly give me some. (So those prompts are all at the end.) Some of them, I'd like to add, I kept for pure crackiness, although I'm not entirely sure I can cope with crack!fic in this fandom. (Or have I already written some? Knowing me I probably have.) Anyway, it will be more constructive than moping and playing with screencaps, which is mostly what I seem to do when I'm tired and bored lately.
ETA: And I have
(barring editing and the tail end of one) finished the housework meme, and I did
type up a 1980s UNIT snippet (which I planned to do in Jan; that needs editing, too.) So, that makes this better, obviously. (Er. Expect some fic soon?)