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A Ridiculous & Epic S&S Prompt list

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.

1. jet & copper - Hero and sidekick & Turning to the dark side: Wired
2. ruby & steel - Mindgames & Snowed in: Snow White, Blood Red
3. jet - Amnesia & Chromatic recasting: Purpose
4. sapphire & silver & lead - Crackfic & Physical transformation: The Cat, the Mouse, and the Wardrobe
5. copper & silver - Confession in desperate situation & Timeloops: Connections
6. jet & sapphire - Telepathic bond & Vigilante justice
7. lead & mercury - Wish-fulfillment & Underdog
8. gold - Meeting alternate-universe counterparts & Clumsiness
9. copper - Vampires & Soulmates: Imaginary
10. mercury & ruby - Closeted & Trapped in a closet
11. bronze & copper- penance and reform & rescue: A Tear the Sun Lets Fall
12. silver & mercury & steel - Workplace romance & Magical creatures
13. steel & mercury - Stranded/survival scenario & Soul bond
14. sapphire - High school AU & Ran away to join the circus: Watching the Show
15. lead & ruby & copper - Confession of love & Timeloops: Memory
16. gold & diamond - Worst-case scenario & Five things
17. ruby & lead - Telepathy & Beauty in the eye of the beholder: Eye of the Beholder
18. jet & ruby - Restrained & Age regression: Time Turns, Leaves Fall
19. copper & sapphire - Pre-canon & Parallel universes: Reflections
20. mercury & lead - Physical transformation & Tyranny/rebellion
21. gold & lead - Tyranny/rebellion & Breaking the fourth wall
22. sapphire & diamond - Everyone thinks they're doing it & Birthday
23. jet & copper & steel - Trapped in a closet & Bodyswap
24. sapphire - Road trip & Learning to be loved: Of Life, Death and Liberty
25. silver & lead & ruby - Truth or dare & Holiday
26. ruby & silver & jet - Unresolved Sexual Tension & We're all going to die!: Small Troubles
27. copper - Power reversal & Boarding school AU: Private Ventures
28. sapphire & iron - Jewelry & Anti-hero
29. silver & steel - Tradition & Time travel
30. sapphire & diamond - Odd Couple & Magic AU
31. diamond & jet & gold - Turning to the dark side & Bad girls
32. iron & lead & gold - Didn't know they were dating & Mary Sue/Marty Stu
33. gold - Orphans & Fluff
34. jet & diamond - Mindgames & Animal transformation
35. sapphire & jet & Cerium - Five things & Telepathy
36. gold & jet - Makeover & Forbidden romance
37. silver - Scars & Doppelganger
38. steel & sapphire & diamond - Intimacy & Missing scene
39. silver & lead - Forbidden romance & First kiss
40. gold & silver & jet - Purple Prose & Road trip
41. gold & jet - Masquerade & Pregnancy
42. Cerium & copper - Ran away to join the circus & Vampires: Runaway
43. gold & steel - Soul bond & Original character
44. iron & silver - Confession in desperate situation & Cuddling for warmth
45. copper & steel - Missing scene & Woke up gay: Evasions
46. lead - Deal with the devil & Birthday: Birthday Offer
47. gold - Damsel in distress & Androids/robots
48. lead & jet & sapphire - Workplace romance & Accidental marriage
49. copper & sapphire - Tyranny/rebellion & Journeys and quests
50. silver & jet - Wish-fulfillment & Confession of love: Missing Pieces
51. copper & silver - Stranded/survival scenario & Hurt/Comfort: Vengeful Spirits
52. lead & antimony & jet - Chance encounter & Wish-fulfillment
53. lead & gold - May-December relationship & Accidental marriage
54. lead & jet - Supernatural AU & Comfort food
55. antimony & jet - Original character & Playing hard to get
56. steel - Tragic flaw & Fix-it fic: Clockwork Days
57. lead & jet & diamond - Mirror Universe & Truth or dare
58. lead & jet - Plot device & Rescue
59. jet & silver - Deus Ex Machina & Closeted: Interrupted
60. steel & lead - Public display of affection & Fluff: In Public Spaces
61. silver & diamond - Schmoop & Confession: Angles of Improbability
62. antimony - Telepathy & Kidnapping
63. diamond & gold - Five things & Bad girls
64. antimony - Telepathy & Exile
65. copper & lead - Time travel & Closeted
66. steel & silver - Bad boys & Jealousy: Opposition
67. silver & gold - Drabble & Stranded/survival scenario: Trapped
68. sapphire & copper & antimony - Confession under the influence & Journeys and quests
69. copper & steel & antimony - Power inequality & Androids/robots
70. silver & sapphire & copper - Supernatural AU & Fountain of youth: Genius Loci
71. antimony & sapphire - Role reversal & Fork in the road AU
72. silver - Confession of love & Tragic past: Intersection
73. copper & sapphire - Hero and sidekick & Role reversal
74. silver - Angst & Manic pixie dream girl: Persuasion
75. sapphire & copper - Mundane AU & Spooning
76. copper - College AU & Skeletons in the closet: Consequences
77. steel & jet - Restrained & Tsundere
78. steel & cerium - Spooning & We're all going to die! : Lingering Shades
79. silver & sapphire - Birthday & Everyone thinks they're doing it: Exhibition
80. copper & silver - Nightmares & Resurrection
81. steel & antimony - Fish out of water & Betting
82. sapphire & steel - Deal with the devil & Presumed dead
83. steel & sapphire - Ghosts & Drabble: Haunting
84. steel & sapphire - Runaways & Pre-canon: Day Trip
85. sapphire & steel - Reincarnation & Mindgames
86. sapphire & steel - Angst & Tyranny/rebellion
87. steel & sapphire - Fix-it fic & Tragic past
88. steel & sapphire - Breaking the fourth wall & Everyone thinks they're doing it: Between the Covers
89. silver & sapphire - Confession in desperate situation & Parallel universes: Leading Questions
90. steel & silver - Cuddling for warmth & Forbidden romance: Frozen
91. steel & silver & sapphire - Blind date & Zombie apocalypse
92. sapphire & silver - Plot device & Reincarnation: Not What It Looks Like
93. steel & silver - Presumed dead & Bad boys: Phantoms
94. sapphire & steel - Ghosts & Courtship ritual: The Ghost in the Garden
95. silver & steel - Mindgames & Worst-case scenario
96. sapphire & steel - Parallel universes & Fountain of youth
97. silver - Snowed in & Noodle incident: Daylight Robbery
98. silver & steel & sapphire - Comfort food & Soulmates: Cake
99. silver & steel - Crying & Accidental marriage: Indissoluable
100. steel & sapphire - Fork in the road AU & Telepathy

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?)


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Sep. 13th, 2012 06:47 pm (UTC)

I think it holds marvellous crackfic potential, though come to think of it, you might be able to do something serious about it, too.

I think the same goes for nearly everyone of them, which is why I like it so much. The nature of S&S and the weirdness offers itself to really outside-the-box interpretations - and means that literal ones are immediately kind of cracky. Also, the prompt bit of it can be related to the character, or something to do with an Assignment.

Anyway, I'm happy. I wrote 42 already.

ETA: Also, lol, if you wrote Silver and Steel crackfic to that prompt, that'd make the post worthwhile anyway!!

Edited at 2012-09-13 06:48 pm (UTC)
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Sep. 14th, 2012 05:31 pm (UTC)
*shelves #93 in special place for you*

And, yes, WIPs. I have a scary amount, but I can't do anything with them until I have more brain. And, heh, then I won't have time. Life is so awkward, isn't it?
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Sep. 14th, 2012 07:33 pm (UTC)
Sep. 13th, 2012 06:54 pm (UTC)
Sapphire running away to join the circus made me LOL!


79. silver & sapphire - Birthday & Everyone thinks they're doing it


Now I'm going to go and look at the generator - and hope I don't regret it!!
Sep. 13th, 2012 07:49 pm (UTC)
Sapphire running away to join the circus made me LOL!

And me! :-)

79. Noted. And, LOL, they're not going to be bothered by that. They'd just be smirky at everybody.
Sep. 14th, 2012 06:02 am (UTC)

I checked out the generator - it doesn't really work for Foyle's War. Which is actually a relief!
Sep. 14th, 2012 05:32 pm (UTC)
I checked out the generator - it doesn't really work for Foyle's War. Which is actually a relief!

Ha, yes. My 1980s UNIT lot really didn't work with it ,either. I'd imagine it wouldn't be too bad with DW or B7, or something as well, though. And I do like random generators...

Sep. 14th, 2012 05:35 pm (UTC)
I'm sure it works much better with SF/F/horror type fandoms.
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Sep. 13th, 2012 07:51 pm (UTC)
It really is. Although you probably haven;t seen yet how much I can easily turn shippy prompts into strange gen fic. It's a gift. :-)

Aw. Sorry to hear you're not having much luck with writing. You can at least always bookmark it for when you do need some inspiration!

I think I'm going to write 99 next. Because I'm evil. Heh.
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Sep. 14th, 2012 05:33 pm (UTC)
And...YES to #99. Just yes. Cannot wait to see how that turns out :D

Probably fairly disappointing. ;-)

Aw. It will come back, though. It does. It is pretty awful when you can't. :-/
Sep. 13th, 2012 08:25 pm (UTC)
Clearly, the generator is trying to stop their love!
Sep. 13th, 2012 08:29 pm (UTC)
I defeated it, though! I made it give me some. Besides, they can still be thinking of each other, or it might be pre-series, before they met. And in the meantime, it shipped Silver with everyone, so... I'm shallow and that's all I need to make me happy. :-)
Sep. 13th, 2012 08:53 pm (UTC)
In the end, their love can never be destroyed. It's so... elemental *crickets*
Sep. 13th, 2012 08:37 pm (UTC)
OH LOL. I really want to see what you would do with #74 now. Because "manic pixie dream girl Element" struck me as one of the world's better descriptions of Silver...

Also, EEEE THIS GENERATOR. Why can I not seem to write any fic at all lately? ;P
Sep. 14th, 2012 07:20 am (UTC)
I really want to see what you would do with #74 now. Because "manic pixie dream girl Element" struck me as one of the world's better descriptions of Silver...

LOLOLOL. I had actually deleted any other prompts with that in (it sounded like something annoying and v pink, and I didn't know what it meant), but I'm glad I missed one now. Because a) yes, even though TV Tropes has missed him. (It includes the Doctor, though, and especially Eleven, so yes, clearly.) And b) I had seen Silver, especially in relation to Steel in that light... but I related it to a certain type of picture book that I've come across a lot. (Big/scary/fierce/grumpy animal suddenly finds small/cute/annoying/hyperactive/cheerful animal has attached itself to him. Eventually the Fierce animal either loses or tells the Small/cute animal to go away, and then regrets it/misses him and has to get him back, and then they live happily together. Except for occasions when the big animal is still too grumpy, and the small animal is too annoying and cheerful. Other animals may watch in amusement/offer advice throughout, or not.) I should possibly read some grown-up books sometime, yes, maybe? Although, if you think of Silver and Steel in A3, I think my Cute Farmyard parallels (with witty ilustrations, in the best of the type) are even better than this pixie girl thing.


But: LOL. Thanks for that.
Sep. 14th, 2012 12:53 pm (UTC)
But grown-up books are boring! ;-) Whereas, yes, that is exactly what Silver and Steel are in A3. :D Children's books explain the world so much better. *nodnod*

(Sorry - I have not had ANY SLEEP, there was knocking in the walls again and I think it might be in my head. :-( The only reason I'm online is to e-mail my professor asking if I can make up today's lab because I really wanted to do it but I cannot get out of bed. You know what is annoying? Not having a doctor's note for this condition; if I had one I could at least prove I wasn't just a hard-partying slacker. :P School regs are stiff on people wanting concessions without a note.)
Sep. 14th, 2012 05:34 pm (UTC)

Also, I don't think I'd have actually said that stuff about the children's books to anyone but you, but I knew you'd get what I meant.
Sep. 13th, 2012 09:56 pm (UTC)
Seeing that made me think "How hard would it be to rewrite the DW Random Pairing Generator with a list of elements and alloys and gemstones?"

Answer: Not very hard at all.

I tried asking it about Silver...

Iodine / Silver / infirmary
Tellurium / Silver / Perfection
Silver / Phosphorous / enemies
Kovar / Silver / lost in space

Also, Wikipedia's list of gemstones has some nice names.

Malachite / Steel / when are we?
Moonstone / Opal / role reversal
Moonstone / Palladium / a stupid mistake
Lead / Pyrite / Arthurian legend
Quartz / Pyrite / temporal paradox
Ruby / Jade / centuries
Sep. 14th, 2012 05:34 pm (UTC)

I suppose Iodine in the infirmary is logical...
Sep. 14th, 2012 08:56 pm (UTC)
That's how I knew the generator hadn't lost its touch -- it came up with that suggestion almost straight off the bat.
Sep. 15th, 2012 03:11 am (UTC)
Oh dear, that thing is deadly and I spent a ridiculous amount of time happily playing...
Sep. 15th, 2012 07:57 am (UTC)

It is, isn't it? Although at least you retained enough sense not to walk away with 100 Element prompts. (I may be hugging this list right now, though. It's worrying.)
Sep. 15th, 2012 01:44 pm (UTC)
That generator is delightful! Taken together with the Thriller Title Generator (did I get that from you as well? as far as I know, you are my only source of collecting generators), I now have the rudiments---and first two or three pages---for my Caesium-joke fic (which is awkwardly comprised solely of OCs, but ah well).
Sep. 15th, 2012 04:24 pm (UTC)
Well, it's very probable - I have linked to a thriller title generator before. I do have a weakness for them, no doubt you've noticed. :-)

I now have the rudiments---and first two or three pages---for my Caesium-joke fic (which is awkwardly comprised solely of OCs, but ah well).

\o/ Wonderful! And I know what you mean, but that doesn't sound like a problem to me. As I said, I want all the Elements, wherever I can find them - fanfic, the audios, anywhere, really. So, Caesium fic? Yay. :-)

I'm completely fascinated by how other people see them, their ideas of what the 100-odd we didn't see are like, and I'm happy to have different versions of the same Elements. S&S is just weird like that, and I love it for it. Also, I'm a terrible one for OCs myself.

ETA: (because my brain is slow right now) that I am VERY intrigued as to how the thriller generator and this helped make a Caesium joke fic. *nicely mystified*

Edited at 2012-09-15 05:59 pm (UTC)
Sep. 16th, 2012 01:13 am (UTC)
Actually, Caesium does not appear personally, but rather my main OC (a non-element Element), who gets mistaken for Caesium and decides to run with it for the purpose of trolling the human. I did, however, need some real-element Elements for the human to leap to the conclusion that the next Element appearing was Caesium.

As for the impact of the generators, well, I'd had the Caesium-joke idea running around for a while, but no scenario to use it; this generator gave me a couple of plot points (plus arbitrary pairs of Operators to kick things off), and the thriller generator gave me another plot point, and here I am. Hopefully I'll be able to have the fic finished in a couple of weeks so you can see the end product. :)
Sep. 16th, 2012 11:33 am (UTC)
I just want all the elements, I don't mind which ones people write about - until I meet them, of course. Then I might naturally want more. So, yay, Elements! would have been strictly truer, rather than me perhaps implying than I am even more fannish about the periodic table than I actually am. :-) (And me never having done Chemistry, and all...)

Aw. That sounds v interesting & I shall certainly be v happy to see it when it materialises. \o/

(PS. Am watching I,Claudius. It keeps giving me nightmares, but that aside, this episode Sam Dastor turned up as a different Cassius who plots to kill a different Caesar. Me: 0_o *shakes brain out* Oh, 1970s BBC and your incestuous casting...)
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