[identity profile] brumeier.livejournal.com posting in [community profile] whatif_au

Hello! I’m your host, [livejournal.com profile] brumeier. It’s my birthday next month, and I decided to treat myself to one of my favorite fic things: an AU! How do I define an AU? For me, it means taking canon characters and making a significant change in their circumstances. This can happen within the confines of canon (canon divergent) or the characters can be dropped into completely different worlds.

Basically, an AU is a fun way for me to see how I can keep canon characters familiar in wholly new surroundings or circumstances. As simple as ‘what if character A had done this instead of character B’ or as complex as ‘character A is now a barbarian with mystic powers’. And everything in between!

Starting April 1st, my lovely co-mod [livejournal.com profile] taste_is_sweet and I will be posting a monthly AU challenge here. We’re keeping it nice and simple, so here’s everything you need to know:

We’re multifandom! This challenge welcomes all fandoms, including RPF. All ships, romantic or platonic. I only ask that everyone remains respectful. There’s room for all of us here.

No minimum wordcounts! You can write as little or as much as you want to meet the challenge topic. In fact, you don’t have to write at all. Challenge fills can be fanvids or fanart or whatever outlet your creativity feels like using.

Prompts welcome! We will offer up some suggestions for each month’s theme, and encourage anyone else who wants to do the same. If you have a cool idea for how a particular theme could play out please respond in the comments.

No deadlines! Each month a new theme will be posted, but if you start working on something that takes on epic proportions, you can post it any time.

Must be a joiner! Only members of this community will be able to see posts and leave comments. We want this to be a safe place for ideas to be shared. We will also be cross-posting to DW and Tumblr to maximize participation.

That’s pretty much it, folks. I hope you’ll be inspired by each month’s theme. I’ll be trying to write something for each one as well because, as I mentioned, I love AUs!

You can post your completed works anywhere, as long as you link it back here. I will compile masterlists for each AU theme. And we can all revel in the loveliness of AUs!

Date: 2017-03-22 01:43 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nagi-schwarz.livejournal.com
I am suuuuper excited for this!

Date: 2017-03-22 01:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mific.livejournal.com
Looks like fun! *side eyes loads of other commitments*

Date: 2017-03-22 10:41 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mific.livejournal.com
Good thinking, in fact I have 2 AUs planned, although one's a long way off. :)

Date: 2017-03-22 06:05 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] respoftw.livejournal.com
This sounds great!! I'll be keeping my eyes peeled :)

Date: 2017-03-22 05:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] darkmoore.livejournal.com
This is gonna be SO MUCH FUN!!!!!!

Date: 2017-03-22 05:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] melagan.livejournal.com
I love AUs too and this is a wonderful idea. (That would be a Young John & Rodney in my icon.)

May I pimp this over at [livejournal.com profile] story_works?

Date: 2017-03-23 02:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] melagan.livejournal.com
I had a pretty good idea you would. ;)

Date: 2017-03-22 07:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] abigail89.livejournal.com
I'm-a gonna do this. Not sure how much I'll write, but what the hell. It's you, Bru!

Date: 2017-03-23 02:37 am (UTC)
vexed_wench: (SPN - Sam the fandom whore)
From: [personal profile] vexed_wench
Before I allow myself to become excited are you allowing cross posted fics?

Date: 2017-03-23 02:41 am (UTC)
vexed_wench: (! NF! Cheer leader)
From: [personal profile] vexed_wench
YAY! That is great news!

Date: 2017-03-23 02:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cpwatcher.livejournal.com
This sounds like it will be a lot of fun! Great idea.

Date: 2017-03-23 05:49 am (UTC)
ext_41469: (charles is a secret fanficcer)
From: [identity profile] tigertale7.livejournal.com
This is the perfect comm for me! The vast majority of my fannish writing has been AU and I'll never get tired of writing and reading them and a comm that celebrates them is kind of a Big Deal, especially one run by you and Taste.


Date: 2017-03-23 06:40 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] selenic76.livejournal.com
Joined! No idea when I'll be able to take part, but I love the idea ^_^ Congratulations on a new comm, may it inspire lots of creativity!

Date: 2017-03-23 06:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] moth2fic.livejournal.com
Joined, though I really really shouldn't - I have enough going on. Still, I can lurk and then join in when I have a bit more time. Sounds good. But I tried to join on DW and it said it hadn't heard of you/us. Do you have a different name over there?

Date: 2017-03-23 08:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mandykaysfic.livejournal.com
Oh, wow! AUs! I'm in :)

Date: 2017-03-24 05:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] feralletters.livejournal.com
*eagerly joins the thing because AUs, how can I not?*

Date: 2017-03-31 05:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ringlat.livejournal.com
Great idea! If it's *only* monthly, maybe I'll actually end up writing something...

Date: 2017-03-31 08:28 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] thesmallhobbit.livejournal.com
I'm joining. I'm assuming the Ferret, Mouselet etc count, because technically they aren't canon characters.

Date: 2017-04-01 02:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] candream.livejournal.com

I have one question:

Are we able to write in another language than English? Or is only English allowed here?

Date: 2017-04-02 04:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] michele659.livejournal.com
I love AU's! This is a great idea, thank you for doing this community. I'm hoping I get inspired because since November it's been a struggle. :(

Date: 2017-04-02 12:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tanyareed.livejournal.com
You don't have to write for every challenge, right? Sometimes I'm more writey than others.

Date: 2017-04-02 01:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tanyareed.livejournal.com
Sounds awesome! I'm really excited because what I write is mostly canon divergent AUs. Plus, I'm not very prolific, so this is just the kind of challenge community that is right for me. I think it's going to be lots of fun!

Date: 2017-04-08 10:38 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] anotherfmafan.livejournal.com
Hello! I'm called Fanny, an 11+-year LJ resident from the Fullmetal Alchemist fandom. Just dropping by to say hello and wish you the best of luck with your comm! It looks like a blast, and I look forward to participating just as soon as I can manage it. :) I will be sure to mention the comm to my other FMA pals, too.

Have a great weekend!
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