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Welcome to the Festibility prompts post!

Festibility is a fandom festival accepting all kinds of fanworks (fic, meta, art, icons, podfic, vids, recs, picspams, drabble sets etc) about disabled characters. Works can focus on canonically disabled characters or canonically able-bodied characters that you reimagine as disabled. Pieces can be as long or short as you like. You can find out more at the Festibility announcement post on access_fandom!

Here’s how the prompts will work:

Prompts can be general or fandom- or character-specific. You can also choose to specify a type of disability. Be creative and have fun. Post prompts now through September 15th!

Fills can be posted starting Thursday, July 15th and the posting period goes until September 15th. We encourage you to post disability-centric fanworks to [community profile] access_fandom after the close of the fest. After September 15th, please post to the community instead of commenting here, and link back to the prompt (if any) that inspired you.

Nest Your Responses. Respond directly to a prompt with the text of your story in the comment or a link to the story if it is posted elsewhere.

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We want warnings to be a community standard for this festival. If you need help putting warnings on your fan work, please ask your beta or contact a moderator. We accept “Choose Not To Warn” as a warning, but in the interest of making this fest as accessible as possible we prefer to have works be labeled with specific trigger warnings.

ETA: Please state one of the following on your work: "No warnings apply", "Choose Not to Warn" or include warnings/content notes mentioning any triggering material that does apply to your work. Marking your work in this way helps people with triggers to navigate the Festibility responses. Thank you! /ETA

Warn for common triggers even if the prompt implies some. You must warn for common violent or sexual triggers. Unwarned stories/art are subject to immediate screening at the mods' discretion.

o Triggers to warn for:
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o character death
o suicide
o self-injury
o child abuse
o graphic torture
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o underage (under the age of 18)
o extremely ableist language
o mind control
o If you are uncertain if you should include a warning, better safe than sorry.

The above list is not all-inclusive or meant to be limiting: people can and should warn for other things. You can gray out warnings or spoilers using this code that amadi posted, which also works for screenreaders.

If you have a policy of not warning, you must put "Author does not warn" in the subject line. Failure to do so will result in immediate screening/deletion.

Post links to NSFW images or images that require warnings. Do not embed them.

Single prompts can be answered as many times as you wish.

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Language reminder: Please say “has diabetes”, don’t say “suffers from diabetes” or “suffers hearing loss” when describing someone’s disability. Please say “uses a wheelchair” or similarly neutral language, do not say “wheelchair bound” or “confined to a wheelchair”. Please do not use ableist or other oppressive pejoratives such as “lame”. For more about inclusive language, click on the language tag of this community. Also, please do not include disabilities in your content warnings--It is disrespectful to cast a piece of someone's identity as a warning.

ETA: There have been some concerns raised about this language policy. For clarification, this language reminder is meant more for prompt suggestion than for actual fic. You are allowed to use whatever language you like in your fan fic. If there is a lot of ableist language in your fic, we would prefer that you warn for it in your fic headers. You are also welcome to address the negative as well as the positive aspects of living with a disability.

Thank you for participating! Let the prompts begin!

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Date: 2010-07-15 10:00 pm (UTC)
sholio: Made by <lj user=aesc> (Atlantis city)
From: [personal profile] sholio
Stargate Atlantis/Stargate Universe crossover: Dr. Amanda Perry (canonically quadriplegic scientist who is apparently the SGC's foremost expert on hyperdrives) is called to Atlantis to consult on the emergency du jour. (For those who don't watch SGU, a transcript of the episode in which she appears is here -- pretty severe ableism warning! -- and here is her entry at the Stargate Wiki.)

(no subject)

Date: 2010-07-15 10:00 pm (UTC)
recessional: a white business card with a lipstick print on it (tv: "is this your card?")
From: [personal profile] recessional
(Actually I kind of want to write it in Change-crackover-verse but NOBODY WOULD UNDERSTAND EXCEPT YOU. And maybe Liz.)

I actually promise nothing - the twice I've sat down to write has been like [bad image here], so. But.

(no subject)

Date: 2010-07-15 10:02 pm (UTC)
staranise: A star anise floating in a cup of mint tea (Default)
From: [personal profile] staranise
...I realize this is terribly selfish, but then it would be like the fic was mine just mine so I fail to see how this is a problem.


I get. And anyway, you've already written Austin-with-a-cold, so I should go back and reread that.

(no subject)

Date: 2010-07-15 11:01 pm (UTC)
raanve: Tony Millionaire's Drinky Crow (Default)
From: [personal profile] raanve
Oh, yes. COSIGNED.

(no subject)

Date: 2010-07-15 11:05 pm (UTC)
milleniumrex: (Default)
From: [personal profile] milleniumrex
My first thought was Oracle/Batgirl (either Cass or Steph).

(no subject)

Date: 2010-07-16 12:13 am (UTC)
raanve: (jean grey)
From: [personal profile] raanve
I can totally see this happening to Peter Parker.

(no subject)

Date: 2010-07-16 01:22 am (UTC)
dagas_isa: Kanzaki Nao from Liar Game (Default)
From: [personal profile] dagas_isa
A couple of Liar Game prompts (I know, dream on =P)

Liar Game: Akiyama's PTSD (in connection to his past) doesn't make him any less capable or effective; he just gets a little too aware sometimes.

(no subject)

Date: 2010-07-16 01:22 am (UTC)
dagas_isa: Kanzaki Nao from Liar Game (Default)
From: [personal profile] dagas_isa
Liar Game: Nao dealing with depression/anxiety issues (either pre-existing, or brought on by her current situation) and balancing between keeping up a strong face and helping others and getting the support and care she needs.
thoracopagus: (Default)
From: [personal profile] thoracopagus
Ahhh this is phenomenal, the whole buildup and the way the acts are sort of woven into the rest of his life rings so true for me. Thank you so much for writing and sharing this.

(no subject)

Date: 2010-07-16 03:33 am (UTC)
ambyr: pebbles arranged in a spiral on sand (nature sculpture by Andy Goldsworthy) (Pebbles)
From: [personal profile] ambyr
Well, my opinion, which others are certainly free to contradict: earthbending is based on stances that root one in the earth. Many earthbenders are shown as needing to physically touch the earth with bare feet to make it work; even injuries to the feet cause problems, like when Zuko burns Toph. On the rare occasions when we see someone earthbend while not in a standing position, they're an expert with decades of experience (King Bumi, for one). And even for them, it's unusual.

Since Teo can't stand (and may not be able to feel through his feet?), it seems like he'd need help developing an entirely different set of forms/stances. I don't think the badgermoles are the only ones who could teach him that, but I also don't think the commercial earthbending teachers we're shown, like Master Yu, would have the patience or creativity. Does that make sense?
From: [personal profile] axelrod
Yay! : D : D : D When I saw this had been filled this morning at work, it really made me feel better!

The format is all I hoped for and more! The google search, for instance! Never would have thought of that, and it's brilliant! And this: [this entry was autosaved at 2:53 PM.
This entry was posted at 5:59 PM.]
I don't have fibro, but do run out of spoons on a regular basis and yeaaaahh, that's familiar. And you did a really good job of including bits of longer conversations/correspondences, or half of a conversation, without making it confusing - just made me want more.

Rachel is so IC - incredible.

I love the little details: Quinn's email address, Brittany Lopez, Artie studying to be a doctor, Puck's spelling in his text messages.

Critique: I wanted to see Rachel actually have to change her goals. Um, this is not "you should write exactly what I want to read" comment, I hope ...

I'm not entirely sure if taking a lead role in a Broadway musical is feasible for someone with fibro - my impression of fibro is that even if the good days are really good, the bad days would keep you from performing anyway. But this critique also has to do where I am right now - I can't do what I want to do, so I've come up with a back-up plan and maybe someday I'll do what I want to do via other means, maybe, perhaps, but it'll take longer and it's no sure thing and I wanted to see a fictional character deal with that same issue ...

In other words: dear author, you may not be dead, but don't think you have the last word on your story, your readers will always bring something to it. ; )

If this were a longer fic, I'd have wanted to see more of the totally not fun process of getting a fibro diagnosis - hahaha doctors who tell you that you can't really be in that much pain - and the often frustrating process of getting medicated and the inadequacy of the meds and - but that would be a different fic and I definitely like the one you wrote : )

(Ummm slightly uncertain of including the critique but I like to be honest and I like talking about how stories can be better as well as what they did well. So.)

Anyway, I enjoyed the hell out of this fic and I keep rereading it and it's all so very special because someone wrote it because I asked! Thanks so much : ) And once I know who you are, I am totally reading the fuck out of the rest of your fic.
Edited Date: 2010-07-16 03:50 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Thank you!
were_duck: smiling Uhura from Star Trek XI (Uhura smiling)
From: [personal profile] were_duck
This was really awesome! I like the changes you made in his relationships to the others, it makes sense while leaving that sense of Team intact.
From: (Anonymous)
Hi, it's your mystery author! ♥ I wrote this, if you can believe it, in one four-hour sitting, because I'm a very lucky person who isn't living with illnesses like these, and then I posted it without any real editing, so it's a little draft-like still. Thank you for the critique, because I was really flailing around and trying to figure out what's missing, and there should be something there in-between her Google Searches and founding the support group, and that's all her stress about trying to get an actual diagnosis. I may try to edit that part in when I clean this up for de-anon/posting.

I don't actually think that Rachel would make it back to Broadway to be honest, because you're right, it would be very hard. But this is Rachel we're talking about, the theater is her whole life, and I think it would take years and years before she'd actually give in to her hurting and admit this to herself. She's still setting unrealistic goals and that's a little heartbreaking, but I wanted to end on a somewhat peppy note. Your critique is, again, really wonderful and appreciated. (PS I think she'll end up as a singing coach to the next gen of Broadway hopefuls, and be on the stage by proxy of her students.)

I am so so very glad you liked it; it's unlike anything I've ever written before and I was really nervous about posting it, but as long as the OP appreciated it, that's enough for me. Thank you again, for the great writing opportunity and for reading.

(no subject)

Date: 2010-07-16 04:07 am (UTC)
minxy: Teal'c raises a hand to say "hey". (Default)
From: [personal profile] minxy

(no subject)

Date: 2010-07-16 04:12 am (UTC)
minxy: Teal'c raises a hand to say "hey". (Default)
From: [personal profile] minxy
*looks hopeful*

Commentfic, "After the War," Tony Stark, PTSD

Date: 2010-07-16 04:23 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] saystheheart
Warning: Mentions of canon violence in the first Iron Man movie. Some self-loathing on Tony's part.

I haven't watched the movie in quite a long time, so there is a little bit of me playing fast and loose with the timeline. And hey, it's nice to post this on the right day after getting the timeline mixed up. :D?

The first thing Tony does when he gets back into his lab is rearrange everything.

It takes him the better part of a month to realize that no matter where he’s sitting to work, he can see the door.


He adds the additional security codes to get into the lab a little bit after that. Just him, Pepper, Rhodey, and Obadiah.

Pepper cocks her head to the side when Tony tells her. “What are the chances of someone getting past the other house security?”

Tony waves her away, irritated. “If they’re good enough to get past the house security, I think we can assume they’re determined. So, added security. There’s nothing wrong with making it as hard for them as possible.”

Pepper doesn’t say anything else.


His first priority is to redesign his own personal power source to something that’s a) not made out of spare parts while in a cave and b) somewhat more aesthetically pleasing. He’s perfectly aware his priorities are not like most people’s and he does, of course, make other improvements. If push comes to shove, he could probably live with something ugly if it kept his heart beating.

When he finishes, he holds the reactor in his hand and stares at it. He waits for the elation, but it doesn’t necessarily come like he was expecting. He’s done what no one else in the entire fucking world could do (because he is a god of engineering and technology) and he should be jazzed.

But whatever, he chalks it up to exhaustion, settles on the chair, and pops the old version out of his chest.

...and he can’t make himself put his hand in and replace it with new reactor.

So he calls up Pepper, has her do it, and tells her to toss the old reactor. He imagines crushing it into a tiny little cube that could be flushed down the toilet, along with all the crap about the fucking cave and the fucking car battery and Yinsen with holes in his chest.


The first couple times he has runs of not being able to sleep, Tony honestly doesn’t even notice, because he’s always operated on a sleep schedule dictated by the terms of whatever he was working on. If he needed to plow eighteen hours through, then he did and sleep the sleep of the just when he’d successfully finished the project.

And he is working, of course. First with the reactor in his chest, then with version two of the suit.

A night comes where he’s finished a stage of the new suit and he can’t start working on the next until some hardware arrives. He has a nice dinner with Pepper and unwinds with a couple beers. He’s planning on crashing and hopefully getting back to work the next morning.

When three am comes, he’s laying in bed, staring at the ceiling and wondering why the fuck he can’t get his heart to slow down.


The thing is, he sort of expected to have nightmares, in the way that he sure as fuck didn’t tell anyone. What the hell kind of grown man has nightmares?

What he isn’t expecting, is that when he can convince himself to shut down, is just how bad the nightmares turn out to be. Sometimes he’s on fire. Sometimes he’s trapped in the old suit, but it won’t turn on and he can hear the rattatat of gun fire. Sometimes he’s watching Yinsen die.

Tony gets really fucking tired of waking up to sound of his own harsh, strangled breath clawing out of his chest while his heart slams against his ribs and his hands claw at air and bedsheets.


Sometimes, in the deadest part of the morning when he’s sitting down in his lab staring at blue prints that he can’t make sense with exhausted eyes, Tony feels like he’s losing his mind. Or maybe he has lost his mind and he’s really still back in the cave and this is his way of escaping.

What’s weird, though, is that he can still get dressed, put on a suit, go smile and shmooze upset investors and have no one know.

He’s a great actor, or something.


Here’s the scene. Tony’s working on the second suit, half listening while Pepper almost cheerfully recites the newest numbers fallout from his announcement about Stark Industries. Tony’s repeating that he doesn’t care about the investors, they can go fuck themselves, and Obadiah needs to calm the hell down and trust Tony.

And then something gets knocked over by one of the robots. It’s happened a goddamn thousand times since Tony built the thing, but not since he got back.

And he knows what happened, he knows specifically because it’s happened so many times before. But it doesn’t actually matter in the moment that the loud bang echoes through the lab, because his body’s reaction doesn’t have jackshit to do with his logical mind.

He’s off his chair and on his knees, pressed against the worktable with his heart hammering and bile in the back of his throat. His body is pulsing, shaking with the dump of adrenaline in his system and he feels like his vision is flickering between Pepper rushing across the floor and the cave, like in those old movies.

“Tony?” Pepper lands down beside him.

“Don’t touch me,” he says, because if she does he’ll probably accidentally shove her halfway across the room and he really doesn’t want to do that.

Pepper tucks her hands beneath her knees, but leans in close. He can see the fear in her eyes and Tony feels like an idiot on top of the wash of shame that makes him hot all over. Jesus, it was just a fucking spilled gear or book or something.

“Tony?” Pepper tries again.

“I’m fine,” he says, trying to push himself up on shaking, unsteady legs. “Fine. Just, go away.”

There are very few moments where Pepper really goes in for the whole boss/employee dynamic, but this is one of them. She doesn’t want to leave (in the same way that she also wants to run, Tony can tell) but she does.


Tony watches the second hand on the clock sweep around and around. It takes a really, really long time before he feels like his legs are steady enough to hold his weight.

(no subject)

Date: 2010-07-16 04:24 am (UTC)
sqbr: She's getting existential again. It's ok I have a super soaker. (existentialism)
From: [personal profile] sqbr
That makes some sense, hmm. It shouldn't be too hard for him to have a chair which lets his feet touch the ground, I imagine, but he wouldn't be able to do the stances.

Though the reason Toph's feet being burned was an issue was because it stooped her from being to see, as I recall she earthbended herself through the ground with no trouble apart from not being able to really see where she was going and being in pain. OPf course she was already an accomplished earth bender at this point.

And now I'm wondering how people with physical disabilities do bending in general. What if you're missing a limb?

This is...not your prompt, sorry. But it is interesting to ponder :)

(no subject)

Date: 2010-07-16 05:55 am (UTC)
originalpuck: Ensign Slater from Star Trek staring out at screen. (Ensign Victoria Slater)
From: [personal profile] originalpuck
I want this one so badly!

(no subject)

Date: 2010-07-16 07:00 am (UTC)
jadelennox: Senora Sabasa Garcia, by Goya (Default)
From: [personal profile] jadelennox
As a mobility-impaired person who does tai chi (water bending FTW!), I'll say it's probably tricky, and involves working with a teacher who is willing to figure out what adaptations work with the spirit and practice of your form.

But not impossible. I did tai chi for 6 weeks with a broken foot in a walking cast. It was...imperfect. But doable.

(no subject)

Date: 2010-07-16 07:48 am (UTC)
sqbr: She's getting existential again. It's ok I have a super soaker. (existentialism)
From: [personal profile] sqbr

And bending is (as I recall) all about the spirit, with the movements of the body simply being the way you focus that spirit, so doing an altered version of the techniques that suited your body but mightn't be much good for physically hitting someone wouldn't necessarily make them less effective.

(no subject)

Date: 2010-07-16 07:49 am (UTC)
rydra_wong: Lee Miller photo showing two women wearing metal fire masks in England during WWII. (Default)
From: [personal profile] rydra_wong
Any fandom: take a character who has Generic TV Crazy and write them as having an actual specific mental illness (or combination of illnesses).

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