Stoplight Delight
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Joined 08-15-06, id: 1115534, Profile Updated: 07-03-20
Author has written 16 stories for Fullmetal Alchemist, Harry Potter, and StarTrek: Deep Space Nine.

'Shall Never See So Much' is on 'Permanent Hiatus'.

As of 2020, one year after deleting “Mudded” b/c the world needs no more white stories (even critical) set in the odious, slavery-driven Confederate States, I’ve removed the note and feedback too. I‘m confident my readers join me to support the heroism and justice of the Black Lives Matter movement. If you don’t, see yourself out.

July 3, 2020: My medical situation made me slow to post my utter repudiation of J.K. Rowling’s hateful discrimination against a vibrant, beautiful, and appallingly persecuted population of women. I do so now. Transmisogyny, transphobia, and the invalidation of human lives and identities are foul, unacceptable, and unworthy of tolerance. Trans women are women. I’m not interested in debating basic human rights with anyone choosing willful ignorance over the dignity of the people around them. TERFS and trolls, see above and get out.

'If we shadows have offended,
Think but this, and all is mended:
That you have but slumbered here,
While these visions did appear...
And, as I am an honest Puck,
If we have unearnéd luck
Now to 'scape the serpent's tongue,
We will make amends 'ere long.
Else the Puck a liar call--
So good night unto you all.
Give me your hands, if we be friends,
And Robin shall restore amends!'

-- from A Midsummer Night's Dream

Follow me on Twitter, @AgainstTheMoon.

Stoplight Delight's F.A.Q.

What does 'discidium' mean?
Those who read my stories know that my mid-chapter breaks in most fics are denoted by the word 'discidium'. It's Latin, and it means 'pause or division'. I don't like the website's approved horizonal line: I feel it breaks up the flow of a chapter too much. Hence 'discidium'. The 'Star Trek: Deep Space Nine' stories use variations of 'fade' instead, because it is meant to evoke the camera directions in one of the scripts. So there you will see 'fade' between scenes, with 'fade to theme' at the end of a Teaser, and 'fade to black' at the end of a Part or a story.

Is 'Against the Moon' at some point going to become a slash fic?
No. This is a carefully considered position, and I have numerous reasons behind it. There are so many wonderful Wolfstar stories out there, but I've chosen a different path.

You haven't updated in FOREVER! Where are you?
I suffer from a chronic illness, which means I need to take long hiatuses when I experience a relapse. One of the ways I know I'm moving into remission is that I feel the urge (and have the strength) to write again. It's so reliable a benchmark that my doctors and I actually use it diagnostically. When I'm in one of those posting blackouts, don't worry: I'm not gone forever. I'm just trying to heal.

Why are your stories so long?
I love long works. Of my favourite novels aimed at readers over the age of 10, not a single one of them clocks in at under 300,000 words. I adore epics, and I adore details -- both in the stories I read and in the stories I write. Fanfiction presents a unique opportunity to write these sweeping, intricate stories with their sedate pace: there's no publisher looking over my shoulder, counting the words as they count the pennies. It delights me to write these kind of works, and that's probably never going to change. There are lots of authors out there who favour a faster pace and more brevity. I'm just not one of them.

Why are you writing ('Mudded'/'The Viewless Winds'/Redacted Future Project) instead of 'Against the Moon'?
As my nom-de-plume implies, fanfiction is a delight for me... but only when my Muse is eager. When I am inspired to write a particular story, the words flow almost of their own accord and I get completely absorbed in the writing. It's a glorious feeling that, strangely enough, Stephen King expresses perfectly in Chapter 7 of 'Misery'. I can still write well when I am not inspired, and in fact, often do so when I'm working on my original fiction. But it is not as fun, it is not as rewarding, and the resulting writing is not as rich and vibrant. I know that so many of my amazing readers love AtM, and that you've all been waiting very faithfully for an update. That makes it frustrating for all of you when I can't update because of my health, and even more frustrating when I'm updating fics from other fandoms so prolifically. I understand that, and I appreciate your fidelity. But at the end of the day, I write fanfiction for the joy it brings me, and sometimes that means writing something with a smaller readership because it gives me joy to create it.

That being said, I will inevitably come back to AtM. I always do. I've been working on "Against the Moon" since 2001, and I always, always come back to it.

(July 3, 2020 Update: Rowling and her apparently boundless bigotry won’t stop me either. The fandom she founded has outgrown and outstripped her, and we all deserve better. Disagree? Check the top of the profile and see yourself out.)

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The Viewless Winds reviews
Imprisoned at Dominion Internment Camp 371, Doctor Julian Bashir struggles to adapt. His skills are needed and there is at least a thin hope of escape, but survival at the hands of the Jem'Hadar is a daily struggle for everyone. Much relies on Garak back on Deep Space Nine. But even if Julian does get home, what will follow him?
StarTrek: Deep Space Nine - Rated: T - English - Drama/Angst - Chapters: 78 - Words: 459,002 - Reviews: 639 - Favs: 92 - Follows: 89 - Updated: 9/21/2019 - Published: 6/26/2018 - J. Bashir, E. Garak, Martok, E. Tain
Cruel Are the Times reviews
In 2368, twenty-three genetically enhanced humans left the Genome Colony on Moab IV to rejoin the Federation and the modern world. Amid the backlash against the colonists' attempt to reintegrate into society on Earth, a young man in his final semester at Starfleet Medical Academy follows the FNS coverage with dread. Set during the events of TNG 5.13, "The First Duty".
StarTrek: Deep Space Nine - Rated: T - English - Drama/Angst - Chapters: 10 - Words: 66,402 - Reviews: 45 - Favs: 15 - Follows: 17 - Updated: 1/17/2019 - Published: 11/15/2018 - J. Bashir
Blood and Courage reviews
Safely aboard the Defiant after their ordeal on Ajilon Prime, Julian Bashir and Jake Sisko discuss sorrow and the nature of courage, and find ways to heal one another's hearts. Set at the end of 5.04, "...Nor the Battle to the Strong".
StarTrek: Deep Space Nine - Rated: T - English - Friendship/Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 10,390 - Reviews: 12 - Favs: 20 - Follows: 5 - Published: 11/2/2018 - J. Bashir, Jake S. - Complete
In Desperate Manner reviews
He could not believe it had come to this. February, 1990: late in a hard and hungry winter, Remus Lupin has come to the end of his options. Desperate in the hours before moonrise, he travels to Knockturn Alley to transact some dangerous business.
Harry Potter - Rated: T - English - Angst/Tragedy - Chapters: 5 - Words: 28,757 - Reviews: 157 - Favs: 89 - Follows: 85 - Updated: 10/7/2017 - Published: 9/9/2017 - Remus L., Alastor M.
Against the Moon reviews
The odds were stacked against him: a child from a blended home with no friends, no social skills to speak of, and a terrible secret. Yet slowly Remus Lupin began to discover there was a place for him in the world, if he could find the courage to claim it.
Harry Potter - Rated: T - English - Drama/Angst - Chapters: 134 - Words: 852,703 - Reviews: 5123 - Favs: 2,251 - Follows: 2,074 - Updated: 10/2/2017 - Published: 8/19/2011 - Sirius B., Remus L., James P., Peter P.
The Greater File of the Subject reviews
Missing Moment from 'Against the Moon': in 'Provisional Licence', Remus Lupin is absent again, and Professor Filius Flitwick takes note. Dumbledore will have his secrets, but a true Ravenclaw knows how to puzzle around the silences.
Harry Potter - Rated: K+ - English - Drama/Mystery - Chapters: 1 - Words: 7,208 - Reviews: 69 - Favs: 72 - Follows: 17 - Published: 9/7/2017 - Sirius B., Remus L., F. Flitwick - Complete
To the Last Article reviews
Missing Moment from 'Against the Moon': in 'Trouble with Slytherins', Lily Evans returns to Hogwarts to begin her third year. After the firsties are Sorted and the feast is finished, she says goodnight to one friend and goes off to join the others. But Betta and Charlotte are concerned about the company Lily keeps.
Harry Potter - Rated: K+ - English - Drama/Friendship - Chapters: 1 - Words: 8,264 - Reviews: 41 - Favs: 28 - Follows: 10 - Published: 9/3/2017 - Lily Evans P., Severus S., Rodolphus L., Dorcas M. - Complete
Three Marauders, by Sirius Black reviews
A seasonal offering for my amazing readers. I know it's no substitute for a chapter, but I did want to let everyone know that I have not forgotten you OR 'Against the Moon'. Happy Christmas!
Harry Potter - Rated: K - English - Humor/Poetry - Chapters: 1 - Words: 180 - Reviews: 16 - Favs: 22 - Follows: 7 - Published: 12/23/2015 - Sirius B., Remus L., James P., Peter P. - Complete
Wisdom's Strength reviews
Missing Moment from Against the Moon 71: A Dangerous Game. It was an ordinary day for Minerva McGonagall until one of her colleagues stopped by her office. Professor Meyrigg, it seemed, was growing anxious about the absences of a certain Gryffindor second year.
Harry Potter - Rated: K+ - English - Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 5,670 - Reviews: 29 - Favs: 69 - Follows: 19 - Published: 12/6/2012 - Minerva M.
The End of Reckoning reviews
The confrontation did not go according to plan. Suddenly, James found himself staring at the limp body of Remus Lupin, lying in a heap while Sirius tried desperately to stem the flow of blood. Missing Moment from Chapter 49: When the Game's Been Fought.
Harry Potter - Rated: T - English - Drama/Horror - Chapters: 1 - Words: 5,782 - Reviews: 43 - Favs: 113 - Follows: 25 - Published: 2/28/2012 - Remus L., James P. - Complete
His Overcharged Soul reviews
Missing Moment from 'Against the Moon': in 'And Into the Fire', Sirius is ready when Remus slips away. He follows him in search of the answer to the riddle of Remus Lupin, only to uncover more questions. An epiphany strikes.
Harry Potter - Rated: T - English - Mystery/Angst - Chapters: 1 - Words: 6,418 - Reviews: 39 - Favs: 101 - Follows: 19 - Published: 12/30/2011 - Sirius B., Remus L. - Complete
More Than Manners Will reviews
Missing Moment from 'Against the Moon': in 'Rescue and Reminiscence' while Remus waits in the street, Sirius and James burst into the drawing room at number twelve Grimmauld Place to plead his case. Walburga Black is not impressed.
Harry Potter - Rated: T - English - Angst/Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 5,601 - Reviews: 43 - Favs: 82 - Follows: 20 - Published: 11/19/2011 - Sirius B., James P. - Complete
Shall Never See So Much reviews
In the military academies of Amestris, Cadets Mustang and Hawkeye are trained to command. They are groomed and prepared for firefights, hand-to-hand combat and even torture. But there's one thing their schools cannot prepare them for: the reality of war.
Fullmetal Alchemist - Rated: T - English - Drama/Angst - Chapters: 32 - Words: 101,883 - Reviews: 641 - Favs: 476 - Follows: 340 - Updated: 8/28/2009 - Published: 7/15/2008 - Roy M., Riza H.
We That Are Young reviews
It's a well-known fact that innocents make poor soldiers. Fortunately, Riza Hawkeye's childhood was not entirely innocent. She had to grow up fast... though she wasn't the only one. The early years of the Colonel and his First Lieutenant.
Fullmetal Alchemist - Rated: T - English - Angst/Drama - Chapters: 80 - Words: 277,131 - Reviews: 1037 - Favs: 850 - Follows: 256 - Updated: 7/12/2008 - Published: 4/3/2008 - Riza H., Roy M. - Complete
Delightful Measures reviews
Yesterday was a day of national celebration. Now, General Riza Hawkeye reports to Headquarters for her first day in her new office. Enroute, she attracts untoward attention. After all, she felt it was very clearly implied... Happy Royai Day, everybody!
Fullmetal Alchemist - Rated: K+ - English - Humor/Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,400 - Reviews: 34 - Favs: 135 - Follows: 8 - Published: 6/11/2008 - Riza H., Roy M. - Complete
On Horror's Head reviews
Corporal Quinn Dobson had learned his lesson. He'd payed for his mistake with two years of virtual exile in an isolated outpost on the northern fronteirs. Now he was free. At any second, his replacement would arrive. Mustang angst preConqueror of Shamballa
Fullmetal Alchemist - Rated: K+ - English - Angst/Tragedy - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,121 - Reviews: 15 - Favs: 32 - Published: 6/21/2007 - Roy M. - Complete