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(Probably my last fic before my kids arrive from Haiti and there is no fic time for years!)

Fandom: X-Men, Movieverse with comics insertions

Summary: Reflections on the life Charles and Gabrielle's mentally ill son, David, through the relationships among Charles, Erik, and Gabrielle. Set during the first X-Men movie, around the year 2000.

Notes: This story is a hybrid of various canons and my own ideas. David is my own version: readers of the Legion stories will note right away that my conception of his life and powers is quite different. However, I've tried to be consistent within the fanon of my own fic, which is why Moira shows up late to Muir Island: she would have been going back to school when David was first placed there. I feel I should subtitle this fic, "People Have Lunch."

"The Calling or the Whale": Read at Ao3
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From [livejournal.com profile] astrogirl2:

Pick a fic of mine and a question (or questions) and I'll tell you:

1. What part was most difficult?
2. What are you most proud of?
3. What's a reference you made no one has picked up on yet?
4. What's a bit that sums up your take on a character?
5. Favorite line(s) of dialogue?
6. Favorite lines(s) of prose?
7. Were there any points where you were trying to do something specific with sound, vocabulary, or rhythm?
8. How many drafts did the work go through?
9. Were you listening to anything while writing the fic? If so, what?
10. Imagery that is important to the fic, either while composing or in the fic itself?
11. What were you most worried about during the composition?
12. How do you want readers to react to this fic?
13. What did you want them to take away from it?
14. What inspired this fic?
15. If you used a beta, what did you agree or disagree on?
16. Did anything surprise you during the writing?
17. Were any parts written under the influence?

Older list of my fic (also includes some non-fic memories)
AO3 List
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Many thanks to [livejournal.com profile] astrogirl2 for a very thoughtful review of The Hour before Morning.

In HBM movie news, we finished our Kickstarter interview video, which I hope to have posted soon (a bit before the Kickstarter itself). The movie is in picture lock and off to the audio guy (for another round).

In other writing news, I seem to have moved toward posting my fic directly to AO3 and bypassing DW and LJ. For anyone who's interested, my first fic to get this treatment is "On Liberty and Love", a slashy Les Mis gen fic of about 3500 words.

In reading news, I got a Kindle and am loving it so far!

In life news, I'll be moving in a few weeks (just across the river) to the house where I intend to settle in and nest for some years with the kids once they arrive from Haiti (another several months hence). I also got a local class to teach this spring, which makes me happy. :-)
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Fandom: Les Misérables
Title: "Bricklaying"
Characters: Enjolras, Grantaire
Rating: PG-13
Warnings: Awkwardness and alcoholism.
Summary: An embarrassing situation leads to a serious conversation--with a side of Lamarck (not Lamarque).
A/N: Inspired by Ao3, I set myself the challenge of slashing Enjolras and Grantaire. But Enjolras resisted, and I failed. Ce n'est pas possible. So this started out as a sex fic and ended up being about alcoholism instead--sorry. Honestly, I feel a bit guilty about ficcing Les Mis. It's not something I ever imagined doing in the first 25 years of my acquaintance with the story, and I confess it feels both trivializing to the original and like an excellent way of showcasing one's own literary inadequacies. But darn if it's not kind of fun. For [personal profile] sixish.

Bricklaying )
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It's been a while since I've written fic, and this one's been simmering for a while...

Fandom: Trigun (manga)
Title: “Fear”
Characters: Knives, Legato, OC
Rating/Warnings: R, violence, dark themes
Words: About 800
Summary: Knives and Legato find a baby Plant.
Spoilers: through volume 7, and this story won’t make sense without vol. 7.

Fear )
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Title: "J. A. N."
Fandom: Trigun
Characters: Vash
Rating: PG for themes
Spoilers: Plant powers
Summary: Vash has women living in his arm.
Words: ~200

J. A. N. )
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Fandom: Trigun
Title: "Merging"
Characters, Pairings: Vash/Knives, mentions of Vash/Meryl, Wolfwood
Rating/Warning: R for themes, incest
Summary: Vash and Knives have different ideas about how close brothers should be.
Length: about 2700 words
A/N: This is mostly manga continuity, but the series ending is a hybrid of manga and anime, and Vash/Meryl is taken from the anime. Spoilers for the whole series. I have made up some Plant pseudo-science jargon.

Merging )
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Title: "Advantage"
Fandom: Gungrave
Characters: Tokioka, Brandon
Rating/Warnings: R for themes.
Summary: Tokioka spent thirteen years alone with an unconscious Brandon.
Genre: Humor, crack
A/N: I'm assuming the Land of the Yule is a parallel universe to ours close enough to have some of the same books, etc. Apologies if this fic comes off as homophobic in a Robert Holmesian vein. That's not my intent; it's just where the material went.

Advantage )
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Title:: "Espoir et Désespoir"
Fandom: Blood+ (anime)
Characters: Hagi, Solomon
Rating/Warnings: PG-13 for themes
Summary: A slightly AU filler fic: what if two chevaliers struck up a correspondence while their queens slept?
A/N: I've grappled with the title. My poor French tells me it ought to have articles, but I prefer the phonetic effect without, and I found at least one French blog without, so it can't be too bizarre? Speaking of French, in "reality," I'm virtually certain Solomon would write to Hagi in French, but since that is beyond my powers, he is introducing the conversation in English: maybe he noted that Hagi's English was really good?

Espoir et Désespoir )
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I put together a list of fic recs for a friend and thought I'd share it here. It's Charles/Erik oriented.

[livejournal.com profile] sasha_b's work in general.

"And Miles to Go before I Sleep" by Dee: A slashy C/E fic, prior to the Divorce.

"Leitmotiv" by Zetaori: Erik can't describe what Charles is to him. A nice metaphor, nicely followed through.

"How Much I've Been Touching You" by Sinuous_Curve: How to use a sex fic to generate excellent character development.

"Not a Good Man" by Tacky_Tramp: very short fic but nicely sums up their falling in love.

"Libertad" by Ariadnes_String: Erik, pre-Charles, gen. One of the best X-Men fics I have read. Erik goes to Temple in Argentina.

"Big Fish Little Fish" by Lilacsigil: Erik-centric. This is an AU splicing comics canon with movie canon. This fic explores how XMFC would play if Erik were pursuing Shaw with his daughter in tow. Necessarily, this diminishes the C/E focus, which is the only reason I can't take this on board as my fanon, because it is sooo well written.

"Our Fallibility" by Lyceumidence: This is an extrapolation on Charles's XMFC/comics backstory, positing that, as a child, he unintentionally screwed his mother up by controlling her telepathically. From his mom's POV.

"Savage Love" by Renata_Kedavra: Satire, based on the Dan Savage advice column. Very cute.
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Title: "Paint Job"
Fandom: X-Men (movieverse)
Length: about 180 words
Ratings/Warnings: PG for angst
Characters: Erik, Raven
Summary: How come Erik's helmet is a different color from Shaw's?

Paint Job )
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Title: After the Love Affair
Fandom: X-Men (movieverse)
Characters/Pairings: Charles/Erik (mentions of Charles/Moira, Erik/Raven)
Words: 8500
Rating/Warnings: NC-17 for sex, possible triggers surrounding ableism and heavy moralizing about war, with a side of racism. Also evolutionary discourse.
Summary: (1967) When your true love is your arch enemy, sometimes you need to take him on vacation.
A/N: This is something of a sequel to "Scenes from a Love Affair". Though long, it's another "scenes" fic and can be read bit by bit. For more on how Moira pops up doing doctoral studies, see "Reinvention". Thank you, Google books for these Wagner lyrics, which are stuck in Erik's head. The musical passage he refers to is here, about half way through the clip.

After the Love Affair )
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Title: "Daughter"
Fandom: X-Men (movieverse)
Characters: Charles, Jean
Word Count: 960
Rating/Warnings: PG for angst, discussion of parental neglect, yet also kind of fluffy
Summary: Trying to cheer up a depressed pre-teen Jean, Charles reflects on their relationship.

Daughter )
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Title: "A Dash of Truth Spread Thinly"
Fandom: X-Men (movieverse)
Characters/Pairings: Erik, Raven, Charles
Word Count:~5700
Rating: PG-13 for sex, language, and themes
Summary: Who is Mystique if not Magneto's follower? A reinterpretation of the end of X2 in the light of Raven as Charles's sister; implied AU for X3.
A/N: This is a heavy revision of a story of the same title I posted earlier. The title is from Tori Amos's "Pancake," my new X2 Erik and Raven song.

A Dash of Truth Spread Thinly )
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Title: "Blemish"
Fandom: X-Men (movieverse)
Characters: Erik & Charles (gen)
Rating/Warnings: R for Holocaust.
Word Count: ~1000
Summary: In the midst of a pleasant evening, Charles says the wrong thing.
A/N: This fic is an attempt to explain what seems to my eye a casting discontinuity in XMFC (but perhaps my eye is deceiving me). The Nazi bits (minus mutants) are based on historical information, which makes me feel rather ill.

Blemish )
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Title: "A Dash of Truth Spread Thinly"
Fandom: X-Men (movieverse)
Characters/Pairings: Erik/Raven, Charles
Word Count: 3500
Rating: PG-13 for sex and themes
Summary: Set after X-Men: First Class and after X2, implied AU for X3. Erik and Raven: Forty years together, and it does seem a day too much.
A/N: The title is from Tori Amos's "Pancake," my new X2 Erik and Raven song.

A Dash of Truth Spread Thinly )

More A/N: I am not best pleased with this fic, maybe it wanted to be in Raven's POV. Or maybe it just covers so much territory, touching on so many characters' lives that it needed to be a novel. Or maybe I've come up against the fundamental ideological conundrum that drives The X-Men: there is no easy solution and thus no real space for narrative closure. Or maybe I just need to revise more...
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I have written Charles/Moira fic. Why? Nobody knows.

Title: "Reinvention"
Fandom: X-Men (movieverse)
Characters/Pairing: Charles/Moira
Word Count: ~5700
Rating: R for sex, talk of sex, disturbing themes.
Warnings: Reference to domestic violence and sexual violence and ableist triggers. (This is the most heavily warned story I've ever written.)
Summary: Charles and Moira's arduous journey to sexual friendship.
A/N: This story comes from a desire to find some continuity between movieverse Moira and comicsverse Moira. To that end, I've spliced pieces of comicsverse backstory onto movieverse Moira. I lightened up her past of abuse a lot, yet it still manages to remain rather shocking.

Reinvention )
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I am still exorcising the X-Men bug. More fic...

Title: "Scenes from a Love Affair"
Fandom: X-Men (movies)
Characters: Charles, Erik
Rating/Warnings: R-ish for tame sex and infrequent swearing
Spoilers: X-Men: First Class
Summary: Young and in love and recruiting in Mexico.
A/N: Songs courtesy of Tom Lehrer and the Kingston Trio. There is political incorrectness in this story, particularly in Lehrer's humor, in defense of which I can only say it was 1962, and I don't mean to say it's not problematic.

Scenes from a Love Affair )
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Title: "Observance"
Fandom: X-Men (films)
Characters: Charles, Erik
Rating: G
Spoilers: mild, for X-Men: First Class.
Summary: Every year Erik wrote Charles a letter.
A/N: My first X-Men fic, despite having been attached to the fandom one way or another for, oh, 20 years.

Observance )
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From [livejournal.com profile] astrogirl2 and others: my 10 most read AO3 stories, and my guesses as to why...

1) "Exorcising the Demon" (Mirage of Blaze, Naoe/Takaya)--If there's a fandom I have any modest (and it is modest) celebrity in, it's MoB, and this is one of two times I've actually written Naoe/Takaya, which is everybody's OTP, so this stands to reason. Give 'em what they want.

2) "Patterns of Life" (Mirage of Blaze/Mushishi, Naoe/Ginko)--This surprises and pleases me. I have a lot of affection for this story, but I'm surprised that a long, multi-part crossover between MoB and a relatively small fandom, that (gasp) pairs Naoe with someone not Takaya should be so widely read. I guess it plays off the MoB love and Naoe love. Maybe it's a good read.

3) "And after Honesty?" (Farscape, Scorpius/Sikozu)--Damn, this is an old fic! My oldest on AO3. I guess it speaks to Farscape's enduring popularity, and probably to Scorpius'. It certainly can't be Sikozu's! Though I'm not alone in wanting a better explanation for Sikozu after PKW. Also a long one, also surprising people sat down and read it.

4) "Hope" (Blake's 7, Avon/Cally)--Well, B7 is well-loved, and Avon/Cally has a niche in many fans' hearts, even if it can't compete with Avon/Blake, and the fic is short, so that's probably it:) It makes me feel like posting my Blake/Avon fic, just to see what would happen.

5) "The Guilty" (Death Note/Monster, Tenma/Nina, Johan, L, Light, Watari, etc.)--Again, I'm a little surprised a long crossover picked up so many readers, but Death Note is a huge fandom. I do find it interesting, though, that this story scores way above its prequel: maybe I scared people off by slashing (sorta) Watari and Tenma?

6) "Addiction to Hands and Feet" (Texhnolyze, Ichise/Toyama)--Now, this surprises me! Texhnolyze is almost nil as a fandom, and this fic was written extremely fast and off-the-cuff. On the other hand, it is short and it is competing with very, very few other Tex. fics:)

7) "The Hammer" (Gungrave, Brandon, Harry)--Same as Tex., I expect: it's short, hence not scary, and Gungrave has picked up so few fics that it doesn't have a lot of clicky competition.

8) "Love Letters" (Banana Fish, Ash, Eiji/Sing)--It makes me smile that 19 people (or iterations) actually chose to read this 31,000 word fic from an old and, thus, rather quiet fandom (and a fic that doesn't even pair Ash and Eiji, well, not sexually). I worked really hard on it; I poured a lot of myself into it, so I'm glad it's pleased someone.

9) "Sons and Lovers" (Death Note/Monster, Tenma/Watari, L, B)--The "Guilty" prequel. Not picking up many readers, but I'm glad someone likes it. Again Tenma/Watari is scary? They only kiss.

10) "Love in a Finite Place" (Banana Fish, Ash/Eiji, Eiji/Sing)--The "Love Letters" sequel. I'm a little surprised it's read less than "Love Letters," given that my notes advertise it as a stand alone. It's shorter and it has the principals actually meeting in person. Maybe people are scared off by the "60 years later"? Maybe a lot just won't read a sequel till they reach it, and they don't make it through the 31,000 words?

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And the boobie prize, with a grand total of 0 hits, goes to "Present Friends" (Mob, Naoe/Haruie)-- Boy, talk about an unpopular pairing:) It breaks people's minds so much they can't even bear to click:-)

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