was talking about a story
wrote for her, which was in the general "idyll" vein; in Dorinda's words, a story "in which the characters are stuck in a peaceful, comfortable, well-stocked place, usually with some kind of swimming available".
I love those kinds of stories, and mentioned that I thought an Idyll Challenge would be an awesome thing to have, and even as I thought that, I was thinking about the Canadian Shack challenge, because in some ways those were similar. And then I laughed, because Dorinda mentioned Shacks in her reply to me, which led to this comment from me:
I thought Shacks briefly, too, when I was thinking about an Idyll Challenge -- but that has less a sense of peaceful rest and comfort, and more haven from the elements -- cave fic with walls and a nice wood fire.
And okay, now I'm cracking up at my mental sliding scale of "Alone In Some Place" fic tropes. ... Wait, no, sliding parallel tracks.
Cavefic -> Canadian Shack
Desert Island -> Idyll
Except the second track starts midway along the first track, because in my head a desert island starts out a bit more comfortable than a cave, and an idyll is inherently more comfy than a shack, despite potential individual differences in all those things. So:
Cave -> Shack
Island -> Idyll
All aboard the train to isolation and snuggles!
Which is still cracking me up. But also getting me to think more seriously about an Idyll Challenge. Would anyone be up for that? I'm thinking maybe a soft deadline of the Equinox, which is September 22 this year -- soft because I really don't care if people keep writing later than that. *g* But that's roughly a month, which is a good timespan, I think, and it would wrap up "officially" before YT really cranks up.
Actually, what the hell: I've made an AO3 collection. Why not just do it, right?
Multi-fandom, and I'm going with multi-format -- fic, art, vids, whatever people want.Idyll Challenge
ETA, since people are linking to this: The challenge is an open one, no signup needed. Just write/draw/vid/whatever and add to the collection!