WELCOME: THE INTRODUCTION POST



Hello! I’m your host, 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 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!


Update: If you're looking for a beta reader or want to offer your services, please see this post.


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Challenge 13 Fic: The Successor

Title: The Successor
Author: gwenhwyfar1984
Fandom: Call the Midwife and Final Fantasy VIII
Rating: M
Warnings: Violence, Eventual Sexual Content, Childbirth
Word count: This is a WIP
Summary: During their drive to the sanatorium for her TB treatment, Sister Bernadette and Doctor Turner are caught up in a magical battle, transporting them to another world. Doctor Turner struggles with both the idea of never getting home, and his and Sister Bernadette's growing feelings. Sister Bernadette becomes the newest successor in a long line of powerful women, and must quickly learn to control that power. For she is the only one who can get her and Doctor Turner home.

Posted on AO3. Chapter Two is now posted.

Endless Possibilities

Ah, the mash-up genre! So many possibilities! Take a show like Doctor Who. Because the Doctor travels to so many different worlds and time periods, the mash-up possibilities are vast. Scifi/horror? You bet! Scifi/historical? All the time!

Today I’d like to talk about the Castle Perilous book series by John DeChancie.

If you’re not familiar with this series, it centers around an actual castle, Castle Perilous. The lord of the castle is a sorcerer and he watches over the 144,000 aspects (aka portals) to parallel universes.

The castle is peopled with guests from many of these aspects, including a philosophy major named Gene and a yeti-like creature named Snowclaw. There’s magic, there’s sword-and-sandal action, there’s science, there’s intrigue. With all those aspects opening up on so many different worlds, literally anything can happen.

This series really captured me when I first discovered it in a used bookstore. I love the idea of there being so many different storylines, so many different genres. This is the best kind of sandbox to play around in. (And someday I’ll write the SGA/Castle Perilous fusion that’s been stuck in my head forever.)

How about it, friends? What do you like about the genre mashup?
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Challenge 13: Paint My Love (Stargate Multiverse)

Title: Paint My Love
Author: nagi_schwarz
Fandom: SGA
Pairing: Jeannie/Kaleb, Rodney/John, Ronon/Jennifer, Teyla/Kanan, Elizabeth/Simon, Vala/Sarah Gardner, surprise pairing
Rating: AO3-G
Warnings: None
Word count: ~6400
Summary: A soul painter comes to Colorado Springs. Written for the whatif_au Challenge No. 13, which is a mashup of two prior challenges, No. 3 Soulmates and No. 7 Supernatural. Thanks to the phenomenal sherlockian_syn for her beta help.
Link to fic: On AO3

Check Ya’self Then Rec Ya’self

We’re doing two-fold recs today, friends!

First: We’ve had a lot of fic and art in the past year of the comm, and it’s all been amazing. I want to know what work(s) you created that you’re especially proud of.

Second: Is there a genre mashup fic you’d like to rec? Yours or someone elses? Let’s see it!

The AU piece I’m most proud of was the art for the Time Travel AU. I tried something new, something arty, and I'm so, so pleased with the final product. Timey Wimey Travels (Stargate Atlantis/Doctor Who, John Sheppard/Rodney McKay)

I haven’t written too many mashups myself. These are probably the best ones:

Making the Best of It (Hawaii Five-0): This is a high school AU in a historical setting (the 90s are historical, right?). This is a reinterpretation of how Steve and Danny first met, how Steve deals with revelations about his sexuality, and how they eventually get together.

Unexpected Discoveries ‘verse (Stargate Atlantis + random crossovers): This is a workplace AU and a supernatural (sometimes) AU, wherein a post-Air Force John Sheppard takes a job as a camera man for a reality TV show all about hunting creatures and looking for ghosts. McShep, of course. ::grins::

Of Witch I Am Familiar (Stargate Atlantis): This is a magical AU and an AU where the main characters are animals. Rodney is a cat, John is a raven, and they live with a witch who has gone missing. So they set off to find her.
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Challenge 13 Fic: The Successor

Title: The Successor
Author: gwenhwyfar1984
Fandom: Call the Midwife and Final Fantasy VIII
Rating: M
Warnings: Violence, Eventual Sexual Content, Childbirth
Word count: This is a WIP
Summary: During their drive to the sanatorium for her TB treatment, Sister Bernadette and Doctor Turner are caught up in a magical battle, transporting them to another world. Doctor Turner struggles with both the idea of never getting home, and his and Sister Bernadette's growing feelings. Sister Bernadette becomes the newest successor in a long line of powerful women, and must quickly learn to control that power. For she is the only one who can get her and Doctor Turner home.

Posted on AO3.

Of Space Cowboys and Other Mashups

When I talk about a genre mash-up, the first thing that always comes to mind is Firefly. Nathan Fillion made an excellent space cowboy, trading in his horse for a Firefly class spaceship. He dressed like a cowboy, talked like a cowboy, but traveled through space. It was, and still is, an inspired concept.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is a regency romance taken over by a zombie apocalypse.

Cowboys & Aliens is exactly what it says on the tin: Old West cowboys dealing with an alien incursion out in the desert. Bonus points for Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford.

Alien is a movie billed as a haunted house story in outer space, as the characters are stalked by an unknown entity inside their spaceship.

Westworld is another cowboy/scifi mashup, where the cowboys are also androids. I haven’t actually seen this one, but it comes highly recommended.

Outlander is a historical drama…with time travel! And kilts!

The Nightmare Before Christmas is a holiday special that combines both Halloween and Christmas.

How about it, AU friends? What are some of your favorite genre mashups?
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Challenge 13: Lock Up Your Daughters

Title: Lock Up Your Daughters
Author: thesmallhobbit
Fandom: The Hobbit
Characters: Thorin Oakenshield, Bilbo Baggins, Fili, Kili, Bard, Sigrid, Thranduil, Tauriel
Rating: G
Warnings: None
Word count: 1,062
Summary: Just because your soul mark has become visible doesn't mean it's going to be easy from now on.
In the same 'verse as The Durin Gang Are In Town

Lock Up Your Daughters on AO3

Challenge #13: Double Trouble Anniversary Challenge

::throws confetti:: It’s the first anniversary of the AU comm, friends! I can’t believe it! Thank you so much for your enthusiasm and support and participation. We’ve had some amazing work created for this comm in the past year and I love it all!



We’re having a special challenge this month, in honor of our anniversary: The Double Trouble Challenge! All you have to do is choose two (or more, if you’re feeling saucy) of the previous year’s AU themes and create one work that features both of them.

Here’s a quick reminder of the themes we’ve had this past year:

• No-one Dies AU
• Cowboy AU
• Soulmates AU
• Apocalypse AU
• Time Travel AU
• Historical War AU
• Supernatural AU
• Magic AU
• Space AU
• Workplace AU
• Ocean AU
• Stranded/Lost AU

Feel free to mix and match however you like. Cowboy soulmates? Go for it! Time-traveling shapeshifter witches? I’m in! There are countless possibilities, so let your imaginations run free and let’s make this a memorable first anniversary!

If you want to leave a prompt or other inspiration, please do so in the comments.

You’ve got a month till the next prompt goes up so have fun writing!

Please Note: If you post your work to AO3 please be sure to select the What If AU Challenge community.

FIC: Become the Storm (Hawaii Five-0/Primeval, Steve/Danny)

Title: Become the Storm
Author: brumeier
Fandoms: Hawaii Five-0/Primeval
Pairing: Steve McGarrett/Danny Williams
Characters: Steve, Danny, Connor Temple, James Lester
Wordcount: 5,725
Warnings: none

Prompt: Any, any, “He was a storm; not the kind you run from, but the kind you chase”- R.H. Sin

When Steve and Danny are forcibly stranded on an uninhabited island, they have more to contend with than just the elements.