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T H R O U G H . T H E . L O O K I N G . G L A S S
Danny Taylor and Martin Fitzgerald. We all know them as hard-working FBI-agents on the crime-drama Without a Trace. We watch them. We love them. We slash them.

There are some incredible stories out there that fit the canon universe like a glove. They all fit perfectly into the picture of Without a Trace. Well-- except for the fact that most of those stories eventually end up with Danny in Martin's arms or Martin in Danny's bed. Unfortunately enough, that will never be canon.

Danny/Martin, FBI, New York, missing person, addiction-- it's all out there. It's all been done.

Don't you ever wonder what would have happened if say-- Martin hadn't joined the FBI? What if early on in life he had a profound life-changing epiphany and decided to become a priest? And what if Danny had joined the navy instead of becoming an FBI-agent? Had their paths still crossed somehow? What would have happened if they had met? Or perhaps only one of them joined the FBI, while the other went missing and needed to be found.

Go back into time. Imagine Martin as a Roman Centurion who purchases a new slave called Daniel, or Danny for short. Or perhaps the future-- can you see how some cataclysmic disaster changes the world and leaves the two FBI-agents to fend on their own? Or what about a good old-fashioned alien invasion? Science fiction never fails to do the job.

Don't you just love those old classic movies? What about a remake? But this time with Martin and Danny in the leading roles. Or what about the great romance novels? Martin, destined to marry the horrible aristocrat Graham Spaulding, until the rich charismatic Danny comes along to save the day.

There's a million possibilities within our grasp. A gazillion alternate universes are ready to be explored. All we have to do is reach beyond the looking glass, grab on to a good storyline and start writing.

Or perhaps you prefer to create something without using any words. Such as book covers, comics, manips, icons-- it's all possible within the realm of an alternate universe. It's all possible, here at Through the Looking Glass.


G E N E R A L . G U I D E L I N E S . A N D . I N F O
» You can immediately join this community and start posting whenever you want.

» Make sure to tag all your posts. You don't have to create any tags for yourself, they're already created. All you have to do is use them properly. To learn something more about this community's tags, go here.

» Please feel free to write stories as well as create fanart at the same time. Or if your writing talent far outweighs your Photoshop talent, perhaps you can work together with someone who just loves creating fanart. Teamwork is a fun way to create something fannish.

» There is a wonderful central offsite archive from earlier AU challenges, called Through the Looking Glass Challenge. It contains some great fics, so go check it out. You can find it here. However, it doesn't accept new submissions, therefore this community will archive all fics with tags and in the memories. After a while I hope it'll become an easily accessible AU-archive.

» Be respectful towards authors/artists and their creations. We don't bash people's fanfic/art in this community. If you do break this rule, you will be banned from the comm.

» Don't be afraid to start a discussion about AU Danny/Martin or to offer some potentially interesting AU plotbunnies for other authors/artists to use. It'll make this comm even more interesting. Just don't forget to tag these posts with the appropriate tags.

» Feel free to pimp this community. You can use one of the following buttons to put up on your userinfo or website. Just add a link leading back to this community. Thanks.

 


T H E . R U L E S
This is a Danny/Martin alternate universe community. Which means that all stories and artwork have to be Danny/Martin or Danny and Martin friendship. It doesn't matter how you incorporate them, but they have to be the main characters of your story, or the main focus of your art. All the other Without a Trace characters are welcome too, just not as the main characters or main focus.

All artwork and stories have to be alternate universe. It doesn't matter how close or how far the connection to canon is, as long as it's AU.

F A N F I C T I O N
» If you've written a Danny/Martin AU, whether as an answer to a challenge or just because you felt like writing it, it's always welcome here. This community will become a safe place to give all you AU's a home.

» Every two months an AU challenge will be posted. Everyone can participate in this challenge. Just drop a comment to the post announcing the challenge and you're in. It will be an open challenge, in the sense that once the story is finished you can post it whenever you want during those two months.

Please try to make the deadline. But if -for some reason- you're unable to finish the story within two months, no worries. Just drop me another comment to the post announcing the challenge to inform me that the story will be posted at a later date. Once it's ready, just post to the comm and add the appropriate challenge tag. AU's are always welcome in this comm, no matter when.

» The subject line has to contain the following information:

FIC: Title + author + rating

Eg. FIC: 'Prince Danny and the ogre' by le_mot_mo (NC-17)

» Use a header that contains all the proper information. I'll give you an example:

Title: Prince Danny and the ogre
Author: le_mot_mo
Summary: Deep in the enchanted forest lives Martin, an ugly ogre. One day Prince Danny shows up at his place, mortally wounded. Martin nurses him back to health. Will they find each other in the end?
AU genre: fairytale
Warning/spoilers: character death/spoiler for 'Shrek'
Rating: NC-17 for human/ogre sex
Disclaimer: Without a Trace and its characters are not mine. They belong to CBS. I also borrowed some elements from the movie Shrek, which -sadly enough- isn't mine either.


Of course you can adapt the template. For example, if you don't want to write a summary, you just leave that out.

» All stories have to be put behind an LJ-cut, even if they're only drabbles. It's also okay to put up a link to your own LJ or to an offsite page.

» Last-- this is not a requirement as such, since I can't force you to take on a beta-reader. But please consider asking someone to proofread your story. I promise that it'll become even better then it already is, just because all the little mistakes will be gone.


F A N A R T
» If you've created Danny/Martin AU fanart, whether as an answer to a challenge or just because you felt like making it, it's always welcome here. This community will become a safe place to give all you AU fanart a home.

» Every two months an AU challenge will be posted. Everyone can participate in this challenge. Just drop a comment to the post announcing the challenge and you're in. It will be an open challenge, in the sense that once the art is finished you can post it whenever you want during those two months.

Please try to make the deadline. If -for some reason- you're unable to finish the art within two months, no worries. Just drop me another comment to the post announcing the challenge to inform me that the art will be posted at a later date. Once it's ready, just post to the comm and add the appropriate challenge tag. AU fanart is always welcome in this comm, no matter when.

» The subject line has to contain the following information:

ART: art style + (title if there is one) + artist + rating

Eg. ART: 8 icons - ('Prince Danny/ogre Martin') by le_mot_art (G)
ART: Book cover - ('Prince Danny and the ogre') by le_mot_art (G)


» Put more then three icons behind a cut tag. Always put large images behind a cut tag. It's also okay to put up a link to your own LJ or to an offsite page.


L A Y O U T . A N D . A R T W O R k
» The layout template used for this comm is called Afternoon. It's created by the talented newkidfan and you can find it at interlinea.

» The Danny & Martin manips and the header have been created by me. You can find the full pic manips at my graphic art comm le_mot_art.

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