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2009-12-08 06:10 pm
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another round of stories, old and even older

More coding and posting took place yesterday. Here's what's new! And by new, in many cases, I mean unbelievably old.

Daughters of Jerusalem -- Firefly. I really like this story, though if I hadn't been under deadline for it, I probably would've made it a lot longer. I don't know if that would be good or bad. I love the concept of River in the Companions' guild house, but I found as I was writing it that I enjoyed writing Inara just as much, in spite of her being my least favorite character on the show.

East O the Sun, West O the Moon -- due South. This was my first genuinely ambitious fanfic project, one where I really wanted to tell a specific story and worried about the best structure for it, etc. It's so freaking old that the Harry Potter reference in it was meant to be obscure information that only a bookish child would have; I was working in a bookstore back then, and HP was all the rage with the bookish children, but hadn't broken big in the general culture yet. Anyway, I have a lot of fondness for these three stories -- which I've archived as three chapters of a single story; EOSWOM was originally the name of the first part, while "Happily Ever After" was my appropriate but not very interesting series title, but I've swapped them around here. I also did some minor editing to make it easier to read, but I left the VAST QUANTITIES of very purple prose. It's fascinating to me to go back and look at what I was like as an inexperienced writer. There are just so many words! It's all wordwordwordword! I wrote shorter back then, actually, but just so incredibly dense with stuff, as if I thought I had to get everything I'd ever thought about, RIGHT THEN AND THERE before some kind of timer went off. Ah, anyway. Post-COTW kidfic. Yeah, I did.

Fourteen Years -- Stargate Atlantis. The earliest of several attempts to deal seriously with Ronon's years as a runner and what the psychological fallout of that would have to be like. For writers who like to write about things like loss and trauma, Ronon is just the gift that keeps on giving -- pre-brutalized for our convenience. I finally buckled and filed this story as M/M, although to me it will always be a gen story about Ronon's struggle to overcome the fallout of his victimization by the Wraith; his relationship with John is a piece of that, but not really the plot of the story. I always felt like billing it as slash creates this weird ghettoization where any story that queers a character immediately becomes a story about queerness, which this isn't. But I realize I'm kind of alone on this issue, hence the buckling.

Headbanger's Ball -- Stargate Atlantis. OT4 fluff, revolving mainly around Teyla. Sweet and porny and fairly short.

Loveslut -- Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I think I originally meant this to kick off a series of Xander/Willow/Cordelia stories. But then Cordelia moved away and canon made an effort to put the Xander/Willow relationship to rest and, I don't know, it started to seem more difficult to write, so I quit. Now I don't even remember what I intended to do with it. It's interesting to go back and look at a pre-gay Willow and how I was teasing queerness out of her rivalry/fixation with Cordelia. I kind of wish now that I'd kept up with this.

Never Have I Asked an August Sky -- Stargate Atlantis. A weepy John/Rodney story that I wrote for the zine Surfacing. Anyone who remembers the Justin/Chris traumafests I used to write under my popslash pseudonym knows that a weepy story where they can't be together is my highest form of compliment. It was really interesting to go over this the same night I did East O the Sun and Loveslut -- it's just such a radically different style, short and focused where I would've once written it in full operatic melodrama mode. It makes me feel like I actually learned things over the years!

Officer Friendly -- due South. I don't write much kinkfic anymore; I guess I still have all my old toppy kinks, but I rarely really find a story in it; some fantasies just don't translate as readily into narratives for me. But back in the day I was still using fanfic as much to explore sex as to write stories, and so I had a brief phase of writing kink. This was the best of the crop, I think. Although I find it funny that during the course of writing it and all the years after, I never realized until last night -- why the hell is Ray knocking on the back door at the start of the story? It's a store; why doesn't he just walk in through the front? Sigh.

Satisfaction -- Stargate Atlantis. This is the only full-on collaboration I've done in my fanfic career, and I wrote it mainly because Caroline doesn't put enough effort into getting her brilliance out there for public consumption. She was coming up with all this great stuff with me over chat, and finally I was just like, fuck it, I can slap some transition scenes around this and it's a story. So it was super easy and fun to write, and it makes me sound deceptively hilarious. We billed it at the time, tongue-in-cheek, as the best story about impotence you'll read this year, and we must have terrified people, because I got a fair amount of feedback from people who avoided it for a while because of a fear that there'd be some kind of humiliation theme. Really, it's not that kind of story at all! It's really about Rodney having to reach deep down and find his sensitive side in order to respond to someone that, for once, he doesn't want to make feel bad. *g* I think Caroline and I also both enjoyed sneaking that theme of what kind of damage Ronon's past has left him with into a purely romantic comedy formula. Also, it's just a terrifically fun challenge to write a sexy story with sex that's imperfect. I recommend it as a writing exercise.

In the next round of posting, I promise to do "In the Hands of Yes," so nobody else has to ask me about it, okay? *g*
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2009-12-01 12:56 pm
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IT HAS BEGUN

Slowly but surely, a lot of my fanfic is beginning to reappear on the internets, thanks to the OTW and the Archive of Our Own. Now, before you get excited, allow me to point you toward that first word! To rephrase whatever your favorite story is, I will get to it, I promise. But because it's taking me some time to input everything and choose my tags and all that (seriously, the tags and labels are going to *kick my ass* on some of this stuff -- Teen and Up or Mature? Mature or Explicit? M/M or gen? Do incidental pairings go in the pairings section? No Warnings Apply or Choose Not to Warn? Is this a *graphic* depiction of violence, or just the regular kind?) Also, some of this stuff I haven't read myself in two years or more, so there's stuff I don't even remember about it until I read the thing! And I haven't even begun to figure out what to do with series and collections.

But the fun part of all this (other than getting to reread my own work from years ago) is that I can just randomly decide what I feel like adding when. I'm trying to kind of mix up the Wildly Popular stuff with the more oddball pieces and maybe even kind of press forward gen things and minor-pairing and minor-fandom things that some of the very sweet people who've been waiting all this time to see my stories again (thank you all for your nice notes!) might be interested in but didn't know about.

Here is what's available as of this very moment:

13 O'Clock SGA -- A super-straightforward and basic cuteness-and-light Rodney/Ronon comedy-romance. 5,000 words, the very definition of short and sweet.

And Dark Our Celebration Was Smallville -- A nice angsty bit of Clark/Lex. It was futurefic in 2002 when I wrote it; dunno what the hell it is now, except rather bleak. I really like the way the Chloe/Clark friendship turned out in this.

As He's In It due South -- I seriously lack the brevity gene; I write long, and the older I get, the longer I write. This is really anomalous for me, a 1440 word story that feels complete unto itself. I don't know where I came from, but I like it -- it makes me feel like I can do concise! Which, let's face it, I really cannot.

De Profundis SGA -- This has to be the last or close to the last complete SGA story I finished before my fic sabbatical. It's sort of OT4 and sort of Rodney/Ronon and John/Teyla, but the emotional thread that runs through it actually skews John/Rodney, so basically, it's just a vat of teaminess. Team stew. The sex is pretty non-explicit, though, so it's not *that* kind of OT4, sadly. People told me this one was depressing, but I never really saw it that way! It makes me feel all warm inside.

The Fortune-Teller Firefly -- Technically a crossover, in that the titular (heh heh) fortune-teller is Tara from BtVS, but it's from Kaylee's POV and really reads like a Firefly story. It's a nice, gentle, family-friendly piece of f/f that I particularly like because the brief bits of all the rest of Serenity's crew feel very on-point to me. Post-Serenity and compliant with that canon.

Handsome Johnny SGA -- This is my big, gen Aiden Ford story. There's some queer content to it, but it's not a relationship story of any kind, and it really just came from me thinking, somewhere in S1 or S2, about how the US military on Atlantis might feel about the fact that the show takes place in the middle of a war that they've been tapped out of. One of many things I wish the show had brought up, because I feel sure it would've been on a lot of characters' minds.

Hope Chest due South -- Francesca gen. I've always had a wildly unreasonable love for Francesca. This was a flashfic (the prompt was "jewelry," I believe) that I ended up using to try putting some kind of context on her obsession with Fraser, which a lot of people think of as kind of a cheap joke, but always felt very poignant to me, because isn't the subtext of the show always that Franny is sort of stupid for not realizing that she's not good enough for Fraser? From one perspective, I get tense with the show for using what treads very near to misogyny and classism to score laughs off the girl who thinks she's somebody when she's not -- but on the other hand, that's exactly why I like her so much. Because Francesca is someone who hasn't yet surrendered her belief that she *is* somebody, or at least that she could be, in a world that doesn't feed that message back to her very often. I think she's kind of heroic.

I Love My Love Thoughtcrimes -- A rare attempt to include a rock-em-sock-em crime plot in my usual moping around about relationships. I really wish they'd made this into a show, because I really adore both the main characters and their actors. The movie and this story put me in touch with my inner Mulder/Scully shipper, or rather, the Mulder/Scully shipper I would've been if I hadn't been pretty sure it would strangle the show. This also has the distinction of being my only full-on het story with explicit sex and everything. So now I can say I dabble in heterosexuality. As a writer, that is.

Metropolis Girls Smallville -- Chloe/Lana/Lex, and just porn all the hell over the place. I'd really wanted for a long time to write a girl-on-girl-performed-for-boy story that wasn't exploitative, just to see if I could do it, and I feel like I did. Chloe is magical like that! The primary pairing is Chloe/Lana, but there's a strong Lana/Lex element to it, which I guess I should warn for, because I know some people are allergic to it. So there you go.

Quarterlife Veronica Mars -- Eli/Logan futurefic. This is the goddamn sweetest kicking-the-crap-out-of-each-other story that I could possibly devise. It's also the only kinky PWP in a broom closet I've ever read that's actually about getting old.

So, yeah. Other stories will continue to appear! Next up: Fourteen Years, Daughters of Jerusalem, East O the Sun West O the Moon, Satisfaction -- all this and more, yay.