spock: logic is sexy

Not that I would do this any time soon...

But would anyone be interested in a sequel-writing gift exchange? I was looking through my stories the other day, and I realized that while I have very few stories I want remixed, I actively desire sequels to several of my fics. I just don't have the time/energy/plot bunnies to actually *write* said sequel. Hence the exchange. You would sign up with two or three of your fics, preferably ones containing different characters or pairings, and your writer would select one to write a sequel for. Probably it would be Star Trek AOS only since that's what my flist is, but I might include other fandoms if there were interest for it. Writers and recipients would be guaranteed a match based on fandom and story genre (het, gen, slash, etc.), and I would try to match people on pairings/characters as well, but it wouldn't be guaranteed. Recipients could include "dear sequel writer" letters with ideas of what they would like to see, but writers wouldn't be strictly bound to those requests (although I would insist that writers respect their recipients' serious squicks or triggers). Probably I would create some kind of system where writers could also decline stories they found squicky or triggery.

If there were interest, I would probably do it in the spring or summer, after people have had time to recover from their holiday exchange hangovers. What do you guys think?
Ooh!

I would. I just don't know if the this holiday season would be good for me. I already have two commitments, and may take up a third.
No, I definitely don't have the energy to run two exchanges at once. I can't see myself getting this organized before February, but March or April would probably be more realistic.
I missed that second paragraph. *g* In that case, yes. Probably. There are some themes and combinations of characters that I don't think I could write.
Ooo, now that sounds interesting. I'm not sure if I could though, depending on the matching criteria. This may make me weird, but my ability to write stories is much more based on characters/combinations of characters rather than het/slash/gen genre. Maybe if there was a system where we could decline stories with characters we just can't write?
Hm. I'm not sure what I would do about that. I think it would be a lot like the remix challenges where you could list the characters/pairings you like to write, and AO3 would do its best to match you there. I could maybe let writers veto one character they absolutely, positively could not write, and you would have the option of making your sequel about a background character from the original story.
Hm. I thought about this more, and I think the challenge on trying to match people to specific characters/pairings is that the sequel wouldn't necessarily contain the same characters or ships as the original. Like, if someone submitted a story where Chekov died at the end, the sequel could be about any member of the crew dealing with their grief. Or, if the original story was about Gaila and Scotty having sex in engineering, and the author couldn't write that pairing, they could write about Kirk drafting a shipboard policy for appropriate places to have sex...or they could write about Gaila telling Uhura about her sexual exploits in engineering...or about another couple being inspired by Gaila and Scotty to have sex in engineering. Does that make any sense?
Kirk drafting a shipboard policy for appropriate places to have sex

Surely that would be Spock? Or perhaps poor Rand, after one too many encounters with the bridge crew...

:D
That sounds intriguing. I don't have a whole ton of variety in my repertoire but probably enough to participate anyway. I agree with ninhursag about characters though. I'm more limited by characters than het/slash/femslash. e.g. (in case you might not have noticed :P)I love Hikaru Sulu in every possible incarnation and pretty much ANY pairing-- het, slash, genderbend him into some hot femmeslash, gen. Don't care. But a lot of pairings in all those genres would be a real struggle for me to write. But if there were enough people and enough of a variety of writers involved, that shouldn't be much of a problem.

tl;dr-- yes, please! Sequels are win!
I wonder how hard matching would be if I let people list characters/pairings they were willing to write. I will have to ponder that.
I have returned (after an admittedly not very long absence) with some further thoughts on this dilemma:

Hm. I thought about this more, and I think the challenge on trying to match people to specific characters/pairings is that the sequel wouldn't necessarily contain the same characters or ships as the original. Like, if someone submitted a story where Chekov died at the end, the sequel could be about any member of the crew dealing with their grief. Or, if the original story was about Gaila and Scotty having sex in engineering, and the author couldn't write that pairing, they could write about Kirk drafting a shipboard policy for appropriate places to have sex...or they could write about Gaila telling Uhura about her sexual exploits in engineering...or about another couple being inspired by Gaila and Scotty to have sex in engineering. Does that make any sense?
Hmmm... that does make sense. I think that if each participant offered up at least 3 or so different stories with different pairings or themes that we could all find something to work with. Very good point. This is why you devise and organize fests and I barely manage to sign up at the last minute. :)
That would be way cool! Definitely interested.

Would you put a minimum word count on the offered fics? I know I have some drabbles (<500 words) that are just begging for a sequel, but I also know that's not much for someone else to work with... I'd be up for trying it with someone else's drabble, but I'm sure people would look at mine and go "um, I'm supposed to write based on WHAT??"
Intriguing question. Some drabbles are very intriguing, but some don't leave much to work with. Maybe I could say 2 of your 3 stories need to be at least 500 words, but you may submit one story that is less.
Wow, what a great idea! I only wish I wrote for ST. (Still just a massive reader/lurker at this point.)
Well, you could always start writing for us. I'll bet you'd have time to get 3 stories done before the exchange :)
I could be very interested in this, after the hangover recovery, yes. :)
In fact, it sounds intriguing enough that I'd be willing to help you when you start wanting to put it together.
Thank you! That would be awesome because I'm sure that I will need some help figuring out the best way to do the sign-up sheet and double checking that people haven't submitted three stories about the exact same character/pairing.
Also: If I were thinking sign-ups in mid February or early March with due dates in early to mid-April, would that be manageable to you?
That should work fine for me, though I'd recommend late April rather than early-to-mid (tax time sucks for a lot of people).
You are so brilliantly thinky. I will await this eagerly. :)
ooh, sounds very intresting. would definitely want to take part in it :)
hey, were you still thinking about doing this? 'cause I keep coming back to this idea, and I'd be willing to help wrangle things, if you really want to make it happen. I've found myself thinking about logistics and rules/guidelines and things to make something like this work (largely based on the ones for Remix, actually)...
Yes, I do want to make this happen! I am tentatively looking at sign-ups the second or third weeks of March, which should give potential participants time to get over their holiday fest hangovers and me time to get through my most insanely busy time at work. Due dates would probably be early to mid-May so that they would fall after my sister's wedding.

And yes, definitely rules like remix! I am thinking that everyone would be required to submit three potential fics for which they would like to receive a sequel, preferably featuring different pairings or characters from the reboot movie only. They could also submit a fourth bonus fic which could feature characters from another franchise, doesn't meet the length requirements, etc. etc. I think we would just tell people upfront that they may need to be flexible about which characters/pairings they write (just like remix) because the people who appear in a sequel might not be the same as the people in the original story anyway. And I would definitely run it on AO3.

If those dates work for you, I'd love your help, and in any case, I'd love your input on rules. (I have a draft of some potential ones saved somewhere if you're really interested.) Let me know what you think!