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Joined 12-11-06, id: 1180217, Profile Updated: 10-09-12
Author has written 10 stories for Equilibrium, Firefly, Harry Potter, Underworld, and Hunger Games.

A little bit about me. I am a thirtysomething mother/writer/librarian who has been writing original fiction since I was five years old. Most of my work consists of short stories though I have been working on a sci-fi/post-apoc novel for close to a year...but isn't everyone? Whenever that becomes too much for me I turn to fan fiction, which is just so much fun.

My foray into fan fiction began when Firefly was cancelled. I simply couldn’t believe that it was over and I turned to the stories on the web to try to fill the void, to get some kind of closure. What I discovered was that closure is overrated, and that stories can go on forever, characters resurrected, new directions explored and, my personal favorite, that the question what if, can lead in very, very interesting directions. My personal writing tends to fall into two categories: I like to find the little moments within the story that I think could have been further developed and lead to something more. I also am prone to falling in love with characters and not wanting the story to end. (See earlier Firefly discussion.)

Given my love of Firefly, it is not surprising that the first fan fiction that I wrote was “Family Secrets.” It was never meant to be a one shot, and I actually have an outline for where I planned to take that story, but for some reason I have never returned to it. Perhaps at some point in the future I will, but for now it remains unfinished.

“A Lost Letter” is arguably my most “successful” piece as I have received extraordinary feedback for it, despite Equilibrium’s relatively small audience. I even had another author request to translate it into French and post it under her name, crediting me, a thing that I am still grateful for and inspired by. “Minutes Become Hours” and “Lessons” were also Equilibrium-inspired pieces. If you like dystopian societies and hero journeys I suggest that you check out that movie. It is somewhat low budget and there are some plot points that need work, but the theme of story is thought provoking and somewhat frightening. And who can beat Christian Bale and Sean Bean?

"Dearest Friends" has finally been re-written! I have chosen to not take the original down and put this one up as something new because I felt like that was cheating. I know that this will cost me new readers, but I'm just happy to have this newer, better (in my opinion) version out there. For those of you who care and are not happy with my decision I'm sure there will be some versions of the original floating around on the web until I can hunt them all down and change them. For the people who haven't read it I am now happy to share it. It was one of those moments in Harry Potter that lent itself so well to fan fiction and I am glad that I have finally made it into what I wanted. The second chapter has been permanently dropped as it is no longer necessary.

“Lay Down Your Burdens” is about one of my favorite characters in the Harry Potter universe, Dumbledore, and it was written at a time when I was clearly having some kind of an existential crisis. It is well written but very heavy handed.

“Second” is the end result of my deep love for the character of Lucian that began way before The Rise of the Lycans. I was really mad when they killed him off in Underworld…such a waste of a great character. Especially since it went on to become a franchise. It is also the home of my one and only OC in fan fiction, which was fun to write.

“The Time It Takes” -- if you read anything of mine read this story!!! I worked very, very hard to preserve Katniss's voice and the feedback that I have received has affirmed that I have been pretty successful to that end. I am aware of the fact that there are thousands of stories that depict what may have happened to make Katniss and Peeta grow back together, but mine stays very true to the spirit of the novel and I take it in slightly different direction than most. Please give it a chance!

"Braving Fire" is mostly a character study about Peeta, my favorite character of the series. I think that he is a young man who is somewhat misunderstood by a lot of us. I find I have a hard time wrapping my brain around him sometimes. Since we aren't privy to his internal dialogue I have often been left wondering exactly what was going on with him and what would possess him to throw it all away for this one prickly girl (I tend to be a bit prickly myself and I love Katniss so I say that with affection). I anticipate continuing these types of stories for a while, and am interested in doing something similar with Haymitch.

Thanks to all who read my stories, and especially to those of you who review. I try to always review the stuff that I read, not only because it is the least you can do to thank the person who has just offered you entertainment for however long you have been reading, but also because as an author I know how inspiring it is to know that people like your stuff. Also, and this cannot be overstated, constructive feedback about what works and what doesn't work is crucial to becoming a better writer, which is something that is very important to me, as I suspect it is for many of the authors in this community as well.

And since I almost never bother to do so in my stories I shall make the disclaimer here that none of these stories/characters belong to me…I stand on the shoulders of giants.

My avatar is attributed to Akshay Moon on Flickr.

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Prelude by Rushwriter reviews
Budapest 1899. While bartering with Lucian, Tanis comes out on the wrong end of a ruthless deal. Desperate, he barters away the only thing he has left. A love story b/w Lucian & an unknown woman… NEW (Jul 26): Chapter 61: Ashes and Lye. Feel free to R&R
Underworld - Rated: T - English - Romance/Horror - Chapters: 61 - Words: 312,578 - Reviews: 414 - Favs: 209 - Follows: 186 - Updated: 7/26 - Published: 2/26/2008 - Lucian
Unsinkable by Alydia Rackham reviews
Sherlock is visited by three women after being nearly-murdered: the first startles him enough his heart nearly stops again. The second throws papers down on his bed and calls him names. The third almost makes him forget the other two even exist. Spoilers Episode 3 series 3
Sherlock - Rated: T - English - Hurt/Comfort/Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,288 - Reviews: 70 - Favs: 179 - Follows: 32 - Published: 2/2/2014 - Sherlock H., Molly Hooper - Complete
The Night of the Dandelion by LittlePlasticCastle reviews
It's the night Katniss kissed Peeta and discovered a new kind of hunger. End of Mockingjay. Rated M.
Hunger Games - Rated: M - English - Romance/Hurt/Comfort - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,356 - Reviews: 62 - Favs: 204 - Follows: 32 - Published: 4/28/2012 - Katniss E., Peeta M. - Complete
Fallen Star by Alydia Rackham reviews
All Loki wants is revenge-the Cube may be his key. But when he hides his identity to get info from Jane Foster, something inside him shifts. And when the Cube is stolen, Loki must choose between vengeance, and the woman he fears he can never have.
Thor - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Romance - Chapters: 27 - Words: 116,927 - Reviews: 2145 - Favs: 2,450 - Follows: 528 - Updated: 8/29/2011 - Published: 5/30/2011 - Loki, Jane F. - Complete
My First Date with Katniss Everdeen by holymfwickee reviews
AU. Take a deep breath. Wipe the sweat off your hands. Don't let her scowl make you nervous. You're only talking to the girl you've been in love with your entire life.
Hunger Games - Rated: T - English - Romance/Friendship - Chapters: 13 - Words: 116,264 - Reviews: 1596 - Favs: 3,347 - Follows: 1,020 - Updated: 8/17/2011 - Published: 7/1/2010 - Peeta M., Katniss E. - Complete
What the Room Requires by Alydia Rackham reviews
Hermione is the one who finds Draco weeping in the bathroom. He flees. She chases him into the Room of Requirement, and the room forces them to face their greatest fears together in order to find the door.
Harry Potter - Rated: T - English - Angst/Romance - Chapters: 26 - Words: 111,821 - Reviews: 3678 - Favs: 5,097 - Follows: 1,324 - Updated: 2/10/2011 - Published: 12/5/2010 - Hermione G., Draco M. - Complete
Dark Light by Ao Redd reviews
The epic tragedy that is Lucian and Sonja, from beginning to end. In progress, though finally updated!
Underworld - Rated: T - English - Romance/Drama - Chapters: 3 - Words: 5,260 - Reviews: 14 - Favs: 13 - Follows: 16 - Updated: 11/28/2009 - Published: 1/29/2009 - Lucian, Sonja
Cleric by Alydia Rackham reviews
John Preston is still just learning the heights and depths of his emotions when renegade Clerics revolt, forcing him to wonder if everything he has fought for is really worth the cost.
Equilibrium - Rated: T - English - Drama/Angst - Chapters: 9 - Words: 31,746 - Reviews: 38 - Favs: 48 - Follows: 9 - Updated: 5/4/2008 - Published: 4/6/2008 - Complete
Respite by Rushwriter reviews
A wolf lost, and a bargain struck for the sake of a child. Beginning in the middle ages and moving through history to the present days. A monster unleashed. Ft. Lucian, Sonja, Tanis, Corvinus, the Elders, the Children of Seule. Please read & review...
Underworld - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Supernatural - Chapters: 3 - Words: 11,666 - Reviews: 3 - Favs: 4 - Follows: 2 - Published: 1/13/2008
Pentimento by Julia456 reviews
John Preston knows, now, that while he has to continue being a perfect killer, he really doesn't like it.
Equilibrium - Rated: K+ - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,134 - Reviews: 13 - Favs: 24 - Follows: 1 - Published: 12/19/2006 - Complete
Messengers by ricebol reviews
Just a Partridge character piece, reflecting on the Resistance, his partner, and other things.
Equilibrium - Rated: T - English - Angst - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,437 - Reviews: 9 - Favs: 15 - Follows: 1 - Published: 5/1/2005 - Complete
J'adoube by Julia456 reviews
Not much plot, not much length. Preston and kids take a walk.
Equilibrium - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,601 - Reviews: 31 - Favs: 48 - Follows: 1 - Published: 6/26/2004 - Complete
To Sever the Lining from a Cloud by Textualsphinx reviews
O read me, review me I live for your praiseAnd this sweet touching tale has taken two daysIt dripped through my head when, too scantily cloaked I got caught in a rainstorm and thoroughly soaked. 'GOLDEN QUILL' and 'BLOODY BRILLIANT' award winner.
Harry Potter - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 2 - Words: 5,247 - Reviews: 154 - Favs: 163 - Follows: 14 - Updated: 6/25/2001 - Published: 12/8/2000 - Severus S., Lily Evans P.
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Braving Fire reviews
What really happened to Peeta during the in-between moments of the Hunger Games series and beyond? This is Peeta's story from Catching Fire through post-Mockingjay including scenes that fit within The Time It Takes. It is not a retelling of scenes from the books and chapters are not back to back in time but rather are vignettes dealing with significant events. Spoilers. Please R&R.
Hunger Games - Rated: T - English - Drama - Chapters: 16 - Words: 54,723 - Reviews: 61 - Favs: 27 - Follows: 28 - Updated: 11/24/2013 - Published: 5/30/2012 - Peeta M., Katniss E.
John's Gift reviews
"Every day they sat in this car next to one another, moved together through the war that Father wrought on the people. Every day John was able to see emotion in others. Why couldn't he see Errol's? Why was he immune to Errol's pain?" This is a brief look into the life of Errol Partridge and his relationship with John Preston. History with Mary is explored. Spoilers. R&R
Equilibrium - Rated: K+ - English - Drama/Angst - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,384 - Reviews: 1 - Favs: 5 - Published: 7/1/2013 - Complete
The Time It Takes reviews
"I asked Finnick once how he knew he loved Annie, and he said she snuck up on him. I think after all this time it has been the same for me." This story is a version of how Peeta and Katniss grow to love one another in the end, but it stays true to Katniss's character in a way that my reviewers have said is unique. I promise a few surprises along the way. Spoilers. Complete.
Hunger Games - Rated: T - English - Drama/Romance - Chapters: 12 - Words: 34,704 - Reviews: 97 - Favs: 136 - Follows: 82 - Updated: 5/16/2012 - Published: 4/17/2012 - Katniss E., Peeta M. - Complete
Second reviews
Two centuries after Sonja's death Lucian meets a creature who offers him valuable aid in his war against the vampires. How will he reconcile this uncommon partnership with his undying love for a woman who is lost to him forever? Lucian/OC. COMPLETED
Underworld - Rated: T - English - Drama/Romance - Chapters: 12 - Words: 24,854 - Reviews: 40 - Favs: 79 - Follows: 22 - Updated: 5/4/2009 - Published: 2/19/2009 - Complete
Lay Down Your Burdens reviews
Dumbledore's story doesn't end with his death. He will have a chance to ask the question that has burdened him for most of his life, when he finally sees his sister. But she is not the only one waiting with answers to his questions.
Harry Potter - Rated: K+ - English - Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,710 - Reviews: 3 - Follows: 2 - Published: 10/25/2007 - Albus D.
Dearest Friends reviews
"Their mortal lives were still intact despite all of the danger that I had put them in, but the life that they were starting to build between them had been destroyed. I was holding half of that wreckage in my arms, and suddenly the weight of her seemed like more than I could bear." An in-between scene during The Deathly Hallows between Harry and Hermione. DH spoilers.
Harry Potter - Rated: T - English - Drama/Friendship - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,122 - Reviews: 25 - Favs: 9 - Follows: 1 - Updated: 7/26/2007 - Published: 7/25/2007 - Complete
Lessons reviews
Emotional development is constant, but when you have a lifetime to catch up on, there are no pleasant dreams.
Equilibrium - Rated: K+ - English - Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,077 - Reviews: 2 - Favs: 4 - Follows: 1 - Published: 1/22/2007 - Complete
Minutes Become Hours reviews
What goes through an emotionless killer's mind when he murders his brother?
Equilibrium - Rated: K+ - English - Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,012 - Reviews: 6 - Favs: 6 - Follows: 1 - Published: 12/26/2006 - Complete
Family Secrets reviews
What created the unbreakable bond between Zoe and Mal?
Firefly - Rated: K+ - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 698 - Reviews: 2 - Published: 12/21/2006 - Mal, Zoe W.
A Lost Letter reviews
John Preston receives some insight into the nature of his character from his late wife.
Equilibrium - Rated: K+ - English - Drama/Angst - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,761 - Reviews: 18 - Favs: 26 - Published: 12/20/2006 - Complete