So after the OVERWHELMING popularity of the last post I made (and yes, five people responding to a CDMD poll in 2008 IS overwhelming), here are more thoughts:
Obviously and alas, no one is comfortable writing porn, aside from my much-read, much adulated masterpiece written circa 2003, which was truly porn only if you're a sheltered homeschooled teenager. So scratch that. What we DO want is the funny and the amusing. I think it would be fun to come up with several plots for shortish stories, then trade them.
AU fic, set in the same time as the series. Cheney's life is identical to canon, but Shiloh's parents were never shipwrecked, and he grew up as the pampered son of a shipping magnate together with his cousin/bff/possible half-brother Bain. Immediately after the Civil War, Bain and Shiloh (and other family members? who knows) travel to New York for business, meet the Duvalls, and hilarity ensues. Extra points for crack, love triangles, smarmy relationship between Bain and Shiloh (I'm thinking a Chuck/Nate dynamic
here, so you may be relieved of your concerns), and a sub-plot shamelessly ripped off from Les Liaisons Dangereuses
But anyway. We each produce a plot-starter like that, then are randomly assigned one or choose one that's not our own. Fics should be short, between 1000-2000 words, and no multi-chaptered stuff. Unless you get REALLY INVOLVED.
And as I said in my previous post, no re-reads necessary. I'm just as interested in reading a fic wherein Bain acts more like the Joker and Shiloh like Harvey Dent as I am in reading something super-canonical. But hey, canon's good too.
ETA: thought of another one: AU Firefly/Cheney crossover. YOU KNOW IT WOULD WORK.