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Travis ([personal profile] torachan) wrote2010-04-23 01:09 am

3 Weeks for DW: Transfic Mini Fest

ETA: While cis people are more than welcome to participate (and many have), please be aware that this is not for you or about you. The goal of this fest is to increase representation of trans people in fanfic and to celebrate the diversity of the trans community. I would like this fest first and foremost to be a safe space for trans people, one in which we are the norm and don't have to explain or justify ourselves. Both prompts and fills may contain terms, concepts, etc. that are unfamiliar to cis people. If you find yourself confused, hit up Google or Wikipedia. Do not ask people here to educate you.

[community profile] three_weeks_for_dw starts on Monday the 26th, so I want to start collecting prompts for the transfic mini fest.

This is going to work like a kink meme, with one prompt per comment and then people post fills directly in response to the prompts. It will be open for new prompts during the fest as well, but I wanted to get the prompting started a little early so that there is stuff there once the fest officially starts.

Please don't post any fills until Monday (in your timezone), but you can start writing right away if something catches your eye.

Since I'm not compiling prompts, there's no specific format. Be as brief or detailed as you like, but make sure to include the fandom and characters (or specify "any fandom/character").

Prompts can be from any fandom, RPF or FPF, and can focus on either canonically trans characters or characters who are trans for the purposes of the fic. Prompts can be het, slash, or gen. No restrictions on rating. Really, no restrictions on anything, except be respectful, which should go without saying.

Prompts do not have to be "about" being trans. They can be something as simple as a pairing or a pairing + word/kink/lyrics. The point is simply to have more stories starring trans people. So if you want to write about issues, that's cool. If you just want to write a PWP, that's fine, too. Just one or more of the main characters in the fic needs to be trans. You can specify in your prompt who you want to be trans and whether you want them to be mtf or ftm, or you can not specify anything and leave it up to the writer.

For the purposes of this fest, trans means anyone who does not identify as the gender they were assigned at birth. Genderqueer and intersex characters are also welcome.

What I am not looking for is traditional "genderswap" fic, stories about cis people crossdressing, etc. and if you choose to leave/fill a prompt for intersex characters, please no sci-fi/fantasy "hermaphrodites", only real intersex conditions.

Feel free to ask questions if anything is unclear.

Anon commenting is on, so feel free to leave anon prompts and fills if you want.

After posting a fill, consider reposting to [community profile] transfic or (after the three weeks are up) the trans stories collection on AO3. If you post to AO3, there is now a canonical tag for the fest that you can use. And of course I'll be adding all fics to my transfic master list on delicious. :)

ETA (4/26/10): It is now the 26th in my timezone! You may begin posting fills!

A few guidelines for posting:

If posting a fill longer than will fit in one comment box, please post any subsequent parts as replies to the fill, rather than the prompt, so that it may be more easily linked.

Please put "fill" and the title of your fic (if you have one) in the subject line, so it's easier for people to find the fics.

Prompts can be answered more than once.

You may repost immediately on your DW or in another DW comm, but remember, no reposting outside of DW until three weeks after the date you post the fill.

ETA (5/18/10): The three weeks are over, but I will not be officially closing the fest. Please continue to leave both prompts and fills as long as you like.

The master list of fills is here.

I will have a master list of prompts at some point in the future as well, but it's a bigger job.
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[personal profile] secondsilk 2010-04-28 09:08 am (UTC)(link)
Any fandom, any character, a character doubting their gender identity when they find themselves same-sex attracted.

(I was thinking Glee ftm!Kurt/Finn, or Torchwood mtf!Tosh/Mary or SGA ftm!Rodney/Ronon or /John, but only because I know those fandoms.)
lienne: Outer space. (emotion: not in touch with reality)

Fill: Uncertainty Principle — Iron Man

[personal profile] lienne 2010-05-03 10:36 am (UTC)(link)
Heisenberg states that you can't know the exact position and exact velocity of the same particle at the same time. It's even possible to quantify this exclusion, to describe the balance between the two properties. What it comes down to, though, is that the more precisely you define one thing, the less precisely you can define the other.

ΔxΔp ≥ h

Here are some facts about Tony Stark:

He is an engineering student at MIT. The best in his class, in fact the best in every class he takes. He is a genius, a prodigy, a bit of a geek and yet also a bit of a playboy.

He goes on a lot of dates with a lot of girls. Some of them make claims afterward about what happened on those dates, but Tony shrugs and smiles and refuses to kiss and tell.

He is a boy in the process of becoming a man, and the process is almost—but never quite—finished.

∵ ΔxΔmv ≥ hλ/λ

When he meets Jim Rhodes, he doesn't notice at first.

At first it's just a friendship like any other. At first it's comfortable, natural. At first there's nothing wrong.

And then, one day that should have been just like any other day, Tony catches sight of Rhodey across the street and sees something there, something in the line of his body as he turns back to wave to a friend through the layered glass of a revolving door. He recognizes it immediately—the way it feels like his heart just skipped a beat, even though he's pretty sure hearts don't actually do that—and in the next second he tries to erase the knowledge from his mind. That's not him. That didn't just happen. He's not into guys. He'd never look at his buddy like that. No, no, no, and no.

He can feel the way he draws in on himself, a silent implosion of confidence. His feet slide closer together and his weight shifts and his spine curves and, perfectly aware that he is standing like a girl—a shy girl—he flees, not caring in that moment who might see him running and wonder why.

He doesn't run like a girl, at least.

∵ Δx ≥ λ

There is a full-length mirror in Tony's bedroom. "My name is Anthony Edward Stark," he tells it. It doesn't help. He undresses and spends a long time staring into his own eyes, ignoring everything else the mirror shows. Ignoring it very self-consciously. That doesn't help either.

Anthony Edward Stark. Anthony Edward Stark. Anthony Edward Stark. Anthony Edward Stark. Anthony—Edward—Stark.

At the point where his name is a meaningless sequence of sounds and he still doesn't feel comfortable in his own skin, Tony gives up and goes to bed. His chest aches. He sleeps on his back with his head turned to the side so he can still breathe under the pillow.

∵ Δmv ≈ h/λ

He hopes it won't happen again, but it does. He hides behind textbooks and equations and booze and girls and everything he can think of to put between himself and this thing that's happening to him. Rhodey is oblivious. If Tony laughs a little too loud sometimes, looks at him too intently or looks away too fast, well, nobody's ever expected Tony Stark to be normal. Standard rules don't apply.

Tony has been secure in his masculinity ever since he knew he had it. Not a moment's doubt, not a moment's pause. He wonders now if that was a mistake, and he hates wondering, and he cringes inside when Rhodey gives him a playful shove that comes a little too close to one of the twin surgical scars hidden under his shirt. Rhodey, good old Rhodey, asks if something's wrong and accepts Tony's dismissive not-even-worth-explaining-it wave as an answer. Tony loves him a little more for it.

That night, he has no conversations with the mirror. He lies awake in the dark, staring at the ceiling, refusing to look at the clock and discover how many hours past midnight this train of thought has taken him. Is he gay? Is that what this is? He likes girls. He thinks he likes girls. He thinks he's a guy, too, and look where that's gotten him. Fuck.

No. He's a guy, and he's straight, and he just... got his wires crossed somehow, that's all. It's a fluke. It's nothing. It doesn't mean anything. There's no problem.

Yeah, that line doesn't really work.

∵ mc = h/λ

There are dreams, of course. Dreams of kissing, dreams of other things. Dreams of floating weightless in space, surrounded by an ocean of stars, holding hands. If Tony didn't feel like a fucking girl before that last, he sure as hell does now.

Once, he dreams of jerking off to a photo of Rhodey's smile. The smile is real; the photo is not. When he wakes up, for a long moment he's too disgusted to throw off the blanket and remind himself what isn't there.

Once he dreams that Rhodey is a woman, and when he takes her shirt off he finds two lumps of fleshy plastic—a brown too pale to match her skin—that peel away from her chest and fall, revealing familiar scars. He doesn't know what the fuck to think about that one.

If he drinks enough, he's too hung over in the morning to remember what he dreamed.


Nothing really changes. There's no epiphany, no moment where it all comes together again like it did the first time. His crush on his best friend never goes anywhere, including away.

It's just that—just exactly that: nothing changes. For all his insecurities, all his late nights and later mornings, all his time in front of the mirror, he keeps going. And gradually, he starts believing again in what he always knew before: that he, Tony Stark, knows exactly where he is and exactly where he's going.

Fuck uncertainty anyway.
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Re: Fill: Uncertainty Principle — Iron Man

[personal profile] secondsilk 2010-05-03 09:33 pm (UTC)(link)
Awesome!
I love the equations, and Tony's relationship to his dreams.
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Re: Fill: Uncertainty Principle — Iron Man

[personal profile] tieleen 2010-05-04 02:49 am (UTC)(link)
That was really well done, and I loved the use of physics.
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Re: Fill: Uncertainty Principle — Iron Man

[personal profile] nextian 2010-05-05 02:11 am (UTC)(link)
Oh, Tony, oh my god Tony, I love you so much. I love the use of the "therefore" section divider, so subtle and yet so GOOD. And this line: Tony has been secure in his masculinity ever since he knew he had it. Because, FACT.
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Re: Fill: Uncertainty Principle — Iron Man

[personal profile] lienne 2010-05-05 09:39 am (UTC)(link)
Yeah I am ridiculously proud of my mathematical section dividers. >.> Equation/since/since/since/therefore! :D
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Re: Fill: Uncertainty Principle — Iron Man

[personal profile] helens78 2010-05-05 03:18 am (UTC)(link)
Oh, this is so good, and I love that Rhodey shakes Tony up this much. :D
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Re: Fill: Uncertainty Principle — Iron Man

[personal profile] lotesse 2010-05-06 03:09 pm (UTC)(link)
this is lovely.
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Re: Fill: Uncertainty Principle — Iron Man

[personal profile] feverbeats 2010-05-06 06:40 pm (UTC)(link)
Aaaaaaaaaaaaah Jesus fuck. This is ridiculously perfect.
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Re: Fill: Uncertainty Principle — Iron Man

[personal profile] anshin 2010-05-19 07:42 am (UTC)(link)
I didn't know I wanted this fic until I read it. Fuckdamn. Awesome.
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Re: Fill: Uncertainty Principle — Iron Man

[personal profile] srevans 2011-04-28 06:41 pm (UTC)(link)
SHIT

YES