Dear Worldbuilding writer,

by , under fanfic, writing

Hi, I’m sinkauli on ao3. Here you can see my works (admittedly not very much yet, I’m fairly new to this), and my bookmarks, and this blog here is full of my reading notes. I’m repeating much of my Yuletide letter with some worldbuilding-specific changes and additions, so there’s general stuff in it that you can probably ignore.

Please assume “any or no characters” and “original character(s)” for all fandoms so I don’t need to repeat that every time. Not all characters who are listed need to appear. Also, the only thing I’ve requested art for is Narnia; all the others are only Fanfiction and In-Universe Meta.

Whatever you do, you’ll probably make me happy anyway 🙂


WB: Western Edge of the World; Cultural Diversity within Narnia; Golden Age society

Characters: Lucy Pevensie, Susan Pevensie

  • Golden Age learning: Aslan abandoned boring schools, but people do learn, how is that set up? Learning specific things from species that it comes naturally to (botany from dryads, metallurgy from dwarfs)?
  • Would the Western Edge be on land? How do people who live near it deal with it?

I’d love any art or map that shows parts of Narnia and/or surrounding countries that we haven’t seen in the books yet. Perhaps the Western Edge itself!

The Goblin Emperor

WB: Ethuverazhin and Barizhin and the Evressai Steppe linguistic relationships (note that it said “lingustic” in the tagset, but I’m sure “linguistic” was meant); the Clocksmiths’ Guild; the Athmaz’are; goblin and elven educational systems; Elvish and/or Goblin religious practices

Characters: Kiru Athmaza, Csethiro Ceredin, Writer of Traveler’s Handbook to the Elflands, Nadaro Gormened,  Cala Athmaza, Nedao Vechin

  • A woman in the Clocksmith’s Guild makes an awesome thing (very likely to be an autistic woman)
  • Anything about the school for girls with mazeise talents. Are there scholarships for talented but poor students? Are goblin and part-goblin girls included? (I hope yes on both counts). Kiru Athmaza could teach some guest classes!

The Hobbit (book)

(I have not seen the film and want nothing to do with it)

WB: The Toy-market of Dale; Dwarves and Gender; Dwarven Craft and Magic

Characters: Original Dwarf Character, Original Hobbit Character, Original Character from Dale

  • Dwarf girls learning toymaking: perhaps it’s specifically a women’s craft, secrets passed on from mother to daughter. Magic might be involved.
  • I love intricate market scenes! Lots and lots of local colour.

Young Wizards

WB: Original wizard species

Characters: The Man in the Crossings Bar

  • I want to know EVERYTHING about the man in the Crossings bar. Is he (an avatar of) one of the Powers? A freelance wizard? Where is he when he’s not pushing fledgling wizards into alien spawning cubicles?
  • Do all sentient species have wizards?
  • Fiction about a mouse, donkey, bird (any species) or elephant wizard.

General  likes

  • Happy ending, or open(ish) ending with possibility for happiness. Lots of bonus points for other happy endings than “people getting together as a couple”.
  • Unexpected, uncomplicated friendship. Complicated friendship will do too, I like any story with friendship better than one with only antagonism, but I’m a sucker for people becoming friends when they’re doing something together or turn out to have something in common which neither of them would have planned for. Friends-to-lovers is okay but it’s a pity if that’s the whole point of the story.
  • Autistic characters (canon or headcanon) who either come to terms with being autistic in the story, or have already figured it out and can handle it. Bonus points if they use their autistic traits to get things done.
  • Kidfic, either canon characters’ kids or canon characters when they were kids.
  • Discovery, detection. Characters finding out things about themselves when they do something they didn’t know they could do. Learning, mentoring.

Worldbuilding-specific likes

  • Language everything. Don’t hesitate to become technical if you can and are so inspired, it’s likely that I can make sense of it.
  • In-universe meta: how things work.

DNW/general dislikes

(Sex DNWs are probably not relevant for worldbuilding but I’m leaving them in just in case)

  • Enemies-to-lovers. Rape, non-con. Casual sex without friendship. Seduction for any other reason than that one person is in love with the other and is trying to get it across to them elegantly. Adultery, infidelity (polyamory is okay but I don’t really prefer it). Incest. PWP (sex, even explicit, is okay but it needs to fit into the narrative; on the whole I much prefer gen).
  • Bigotry of any kind, unless fighting against it is a plot point. That includes homophobia, TERFness, sexism, racism, ableism, ageism and anything I’ve forgotten.
  • Pathological/medical view of autism or other neurodivergence, portraying it as something that needs to be fixed rather than as a characteristic of the person.
  • Discussions of disordered eating or weight (it’s completely okay if someone’s body type is part of the description, like mentioning that the person has dark skin or blue eyes or wears glasses or uses a wheelchair, but no fat-shaming or other judgmental language about weight please).
  • Pranks, practical jokes, humiliating characters for the sake of it.
  • Unhappy endings, unresolved tragedy.
  • Gore, body horror, mutilation, monstrous pregnancy, cannibalism et cetera. Mpreg, which is a species of body horror in my book. (Ordinary pregnancy and childbirth is okay.)

Worldbuilding-specific dislikes

  • Plague, pandemic.
  • Climate or environment catastrophe, (imminent/unavoidable) destruction of a whole world or a significant part of it.
  • Extra information about a setting that makes it less pleasant (“… but you didn’t know these sordid details”).

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