I've since fixed this, and one other person has tagged a fic of hers with the tag (technically she was first, because I bemoaned the lack of the tag in #yuletide before posting), but according to the Rule of Three, the tag can't be made canonical until a third person tags a fic with it.
Canonizing the tag would make it much easier to search for it on AO3, and it would allow "Canon Autistic Character" to show up in the autocomplete dropdown when people tag their fics.
So what I'm asking is: if any of you have previously posted fics about canon autistic characters on AO3, or if you're transferring old fics to it, or if you're planning on posting something new that could be given the tag: could you please tag it? I will love you forever and maybe give you kudos or a cookie or something.
Fandom: The Departed
Brief description: I'm AUing the end of the movie to ( spoilers ) and am looking for advice on communicating some of the physical and emotional responses he'll have.
Link: A public post at my journal
Apologies to the mods for misunderstanding the new policy.
So, a couple of months ago my old thesis advisor suggested I submit something to this Call For Papers: “Fantastic! Heroic! Disabled?”, as I'd written a couple of things at the end of college about disability studies and superheroes/sci-fi/fandom. I’m building a proposal around Clint Barton/Hawkeye—his canonical deafness in the comics in the 1980s, the restoration of his hearing in the comics after a few years, and some fans’ re-insertion of Hawkeye’s deafness in fanfictions following the release of The Avengers. Basically I’m aiming use Hawkeye as an example to highlight transformative works/fandom as a place where people can create space for disability (while such a space is rarely, if ever, allowed for in popular culture).
I read a fair number of fics over the summer dealing Hawkeye's hearing loss, however, I’m dreadful at bookmarking/keeping track of fics I read. Thus, most of the deaf-Barton fic that I read over the summer has long since slipped through my virtual fingers. I know there's both a bunch of really great Barton fic and a bunch of really dreadful/problematic Barton fic—and I need both! If you have recs/links, or know someone who has recs/links, I would greatly appreciate it if you could send them my way! Thanks so much!
However, even though the disability is made up, it rings true because it's very similar to multiple real conditions. (It really seems like it should be real, too. It's so plausible.) Additionally, it's central to this fic, so I can't just gloss over it.
( Wall of Text about the fictional disability and my fic )
I would like to ask people with personal experience to give opinions about this. I do need a beta for characterization, but I'll ask for that on a fandom-specific community; what I'm asking for here, now, is just to talk it over with people. Is anyone open to that?
Thank you. :)
I've done a bit of research on forums etc, but I would really like someone to just give it a once over. You do not need to be super detailed in your beta-ing, just give it a read through and let me know what I'll need to change.
Without further ado, I present cripbigbang, the first big bang challenge dedicated to characters with disabilities. Yay! Sign-ups are open now and will remain open until fic rough drafts are due on May 1st. You can sign up as a fic author, committing yourself to writing a story of at least 10,000 words. Or, you can sign up as an artist, and create some meta (either written or in video form), or a fanvid, or a fanmix, or some visual art. Check out our FAQ for the schedule and more information.
If you have any questions, feel free to comment.
Before this gets started, I'd like to gauge interest, and, more importantly, see how I can make this big bang more successful, accessible, and engaging than big bangs of the past. And for that I need folks to please answer this short survey.
If you have any questions/thoughts/ideas, I'd love to hear from you in the comments.
Also, here's some recs to fanworks by other people about disabled characters.
Warning: Canon violence (A Death In The Family), AU, traumatic amnesia, non-canon death of a major supporting character (Joker), parental neglect, loneliness, recovery from life-threatening injuries but not much else.
Word Count: Approx 72,700 words total
Summary: An alternate story based on the question/story posed by glymr in her story here (warning for very sad!) - What if Tim had followed Jason to Ethiopia? Tim follows Jason to Ethiopia when he tries to find his mother. At a critical moment Tim acts to save his hero, changing everything as a result of that one moment of bravery.
Chapters: Snapshots | Haley's Circus | Waking | X-Rays | Paparazzi | Visitation | Dammit, Janet (by Malkavianlove) | Cookies | Hearing | Snickerdoodle | CPS | Walk | Oak | Interview | Home | Jack | Decision | Party | Batcave | Janet | Tim | Plot | Judge | Accord | Resolution | Robin
Feedback: Comments (even if it’s just that you read) are much loved and concrit is much appreciated!
ETA: Forgot to post the link to AO3: All in one part here
( Cut for spoilers for 'A Study in Pink,' the first episode of Sherlock (BBC) )
Please note, the disability addressed in this fic is not mine, but the emotions are. I have tried to be diligent in my research and respectful in my approach. It is still fiction, so some liberties were taken for the sake of flow and continuity.
Title: “all you feel is…” (link to all 12 parts on AO3)
Characters: RPF/GlamNation ->Tommy Joe Ratliff, Adam Lambert, the Ratliff family, the Glamily, John Denner, OCs,
Contains: depression, disability, future fic, grief, hurt/comfort, sex, swearing, semi-graphic physical trauma, traumatic injury
*Please be aware that some parts of this story that may be triggering for some people*
Word Count: 39K
Betas: the_minx_17 and vlredreign (bless you both!) any remaining mistakes are mine.
Summary: Tommy had everything he ever wanted, the life of a touring musician, awesome friends, financial security, a bright future. One rainy night an accident took it all away. Now Tommy has choices to make and new realities to face. It’s up to him to decide if he’s strong enough to face what he’s lost and reach for what he wants.
Disclaimer: Oh my gods SO NOT REAL. I do not know these people in real life, I am just letting their passions inspire a story that apparently needed to be told. May this never happen. To them or anyone. Ever. Except for the part about people getting stronger, that part’s okay, the rest really needs to never ever happen.
Author’s Notes: see the end of the last chapter for references, links and general author babbling about why and how this came into being
I've been chewing on eruthros's great Festibility prompt of greatness for months. (Months, I tell you, because it is so great). Sadly, the story I want is WAY too awesome for my writing ability at this point, though I promise you it will happen.( Spoilery ATLA ponderings )
This ficlet isn't a fill for eruthros's prompt (she deserves something much meatier).
Characters: Zuko, Azula
Word count: 390
Warnings: Language, ableism
Post series, spoilers. Word of God is boring.
For a prompt for fic_promptly: "Zuko, Red Dragon (Thomas Harris)"