Author has written 40 stories for Incredibles, Teen Titans, Frozen, and Kim Possible.
Hello, All ...
My computer (main work/corporate computer, that I used for EVERYTHING) caught a nasty virus and I had to give it to the nice IT guy for fixing.
Well ... "fixing" involved stripping it down to the wires and re-imaging the whole thing. That took rather a long time. Days and days and days (he was doing the same for 17 other employees at the same time ... ugh).
The upshot was that I didn't have access to my latest chapter of "Cross Purposes" that I'd been working on. I didn't have anything on which to write. (Yeah, yeah, I can hear some of you suggesting that I use a pencil and a notepad. I'll get right on that, just as soon as I put up my horse & buggy. Anymore, I do as little writing manually as I can manage, not the least reason being that I have micro-seizures that make fine motor control something of a chore a lot of the time. It hasn't yet affected my typing, so that's what I'm sticking with.)
In retaliation, I purchased a new laptop for myself. It's a basic model (4Gb memory, 500Gb Hard drive, low-end processor, and under $300) that I will use for writing, and maybe a little light web-surfing, and nothing else. That way, my vocation and my avocation shall remain entirely separate, and I won't have to worry about phishing attacks. Seriously, our Intellectual Property department stops several HUNDRED attempts to breach our security EVERY DAY. It's nuts. I like to stay blissfully anonymous, as far as hackers are concerned.
So. Back in the saddle now. My hope is to get the next chapter polished up and posted by Monday. We'll see what Murphy has to say about that.
"The universe is made of stories, not of atoms."
"It's like, at the end, there's this surprise quiz: Am I proud of me?
Hello, all -
2017 June 25: GLEEEE! Someone new has decided to jump into the Benny's Breakfast House pool and splash around a bit. Check out gaybaconprincess's new series here!
2017 April 28: Good grief. It's been five months since I updated this. Slack, Con, really slack. Well ... I've just today posted a Kim Possible drabble. No relation to my other KiGo AT ALL. Also, I'm working on the next sequel to "Meltdown", which is coming along approximately to my satisfaction. Additionally, my daughter is officially engaged, with the wedding set for about a year from now. ... What else ... Okay, "Gone Wylde" is being completely re-written and will eventually, should I live so long, get published as a trilogy. Some of you already knew that. ... Aaaaaand ... I guess that's all. Happy reading!
2016 September 30: Got another "Frozen" story in the can. "The Guardian" is Kristoff-centric, exploring the ramifications of what it means to have been adopted by trolls.
2016 August 22: I just found out, to my sorrow, that on 30 June one of our preeminent fan-fiction writers, Robert Teague, succumbed to brain cancer. His interests covered several widely variant fandoms, and he wrote beautifully in all of them.
This is his FFn site: https://www.fanfiction.net/u/18985/Robert-Teague
I'm going to go back and read his stories again.
He had collaborated with AElfstangard on a few stories, and it was he who alerted me to Robert's passing.
I just thought everyone should know.
2016 May 08: I would like to make everyone aware of the launch of Dan Jolley's new novel, "Gray Widow's Walk". As one of the people he chose to vet the story, I have read it, and absolutely hung on every word. His publisher is REALLY small, so they can't do much promotion ... so Dan has to do the promotion himself.
Please go to this website:
You'll have to copy & paste, since FFn has BLOCKED all external links. Just remove the spaces. He's doing a blog tour next month, and I'd truly appreciate it if you, my Gentle Readers, could participate.
And when the book comes out, get a copy! You won't regret it.
2016 Apr 24: I made a slight update in my Highly Recommended Tales. Just sayin'.
Served Cold --
My Muse gave me this ... thing ... but I didn't want to write it ... but she made me anyway. It is now finished, for what it's worth. This story, the darkest thing I've ever written, is Weaseltown's long-delayed response to having trade cut off, and Elsa's response to their actions. Things go south. Badly. This has NOTHING to do with any of my other "Frozen" stories. Nothing at ALL. Thank God. I'm not (NOT!) going to post it on FFn because it violates the Guidelines so egregiously, but I have posted it on AO3 and deviantArt. Anyone who wants a private copy should PM me. And God help you.
There are two links that used to be here. I erased them when I cleaned up the Profile, but I've been reminded that I referenced them in "No Shirt, No Shoes, No Problem".
This one is for a story from 100SilverWings which serves as Chapter 4: Second Fiddle in the Scheme of Life
This one is for a story from ej8012 which serves as Chapter 9: Wicked Kyd and Silent Jericho
So now it's fixed.
NEW: gaybaconprincess has joined the fray! Check out her story, Diversity, that picks up after the end of NSNSNP.
For those who don't have the time to sift through the more than 800 stories in my Favorites list, I am offering this MUCH shorter version of Highly Recommended Tales. It will change periodically, more or less whenever I feel like it. But know that these are stories that have moved me or have changed me, that truly excel in some way. I will list only one story per author, although in some cases they represent a series. They are arranged in approximately descending order of length. These stories run the gamut from joy to damnation, from wistfulness to hilarity, but TEND toward drama.
Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality by Less Wrong 661k
For the First Time in Never by JEGlass 316k
War of Angels by The Aberrant One 270k
Magic Makes Fools by CrunchDeNumbers 265k
Tangled Up in Green by Poetheather1 184k
Winter of Discontent by Morgaine2005 173k
Breaker by Shire.Conspire 146k
Songs of Ice and Snow by thefireplanet 139k
Re-Educating Miss Roth by Japhith 136k
Most Wanted by Sobriety 120k
Alone, Together by Failte200 114k
The Unlikely Heroes of Arendelle by Lindstrom 91k
Marrow by Rack 90k
What You Don't Know by Airplane 88k
Coincidence and Misunderstandings by Silently Watches 71k
just this heart with much too much to share by ProfessorSpork 56k
Once Upon A Time in Arendelle by stillslightlynerdy 50k
The Spare by grrlgeek72 46k
Ending the Curse by bholley 42k
Clandestine by SepticMind 41k
Talking in Her Sleep by Determamfidd 39k
Women's Work by Cke1st 34k
Madness Does Not Always Howl by Khaleda 29k
Embracing the Second by ptahaegyptus2 24k
Cold by temporaryinsanity91 16k
The Tale of a Fateful Trip by yorickjones 16k
Dead Letters by Krahae 8k
Words I Never Heard by robert3A-SN 5k
Threnody by July Storms 4k (this one, sadly, got deleted ... it may be found on Archive Of Our Own ... you should go there and read it)
Bow Chicka Wow Wow by Zombie Dino 4k
One Man's Junk by Star of Airdrie 3k
A Bird's Song by counterpunch 1.5k
Proper Conduct by Anysia 1.3k
Well ... that's 34 of them, which is more than I'd intended, but there are just so many good ones in my Favorites list. It's tough to choose. Also, I have intentionally left out the genre because that MIGHT lead you into a new one. Represented are "Frozen", "Gilligan's Island", "Harry Potter", "How to Train Your Dragon", "The Incredibles", "Kim Possible", "Tangled", and "Teen Titans".
My Position on Reviews:
Now, pray do not take this wrong, but here on FFnet we authors post our work for all to see. We do it for free. We expect no remuneration. In fact, the only coin we desire is feedback, and we DO desire that. If we make a mistake, we expect to be told.
If our writing stinks, we would HOPE that someone would be kind enough to point out ways in which it could be improved. ("Hey, those punctuation keys are NOT included on the computer keyboard by accident. Try them out. You won't regret it!")
If the writing is good, so much the better. Say so! Even one line is better than nothing. ("Enjoy your work." or "Good story! What happens next?" or "I just don't get this. You should go learn to knit.") Silence is the hallmark of apathy, and apathy has no place in this community. Speak up! You have a voice! Use it!
This was not intended as a rant or a begging session. The presence or absence of reviews is not going to color my approach to the story one iota. I am writing because I have to. My Muse stands behind me with a riding crop and applies it liberally if I so much as slow down, Real Life intrusion notwithstanding.
But, please, My Friends! Listen!
You are depriving yourselves of a hand in the creative process every time you pass up the chance to review! Seriously! If you want to get better as a writer ... hey, write reviews! You could do worse. And you may even strike up a new friendship. I always respond to the reviews I get, and have frequently had other authors respond to mine ... and believe me, I am NOT SHY about leaving reviews on the stories I read! You can meet the coolest people that way.
STORIES IN PROGRESS
Cross Purposes. The sequel to "Meltdown". Yes, I'm finally working on it. Wish me luck. (Story name subject to change at my Muse's whim.)
Nine-One-One. Teen Titans story. This one is the sequel to "Ricochet". I'm going to try getting the whole thing written before beginning posting. Two and a half chapters done at present.
Slices of Saturday. Since this is a mostly-unrelated-vignettes piece in the mold of "No Shirt, No Shoes, No Problem", it could really end just about anywhere. But there are a few more scenes I'd like to add, so I might get to work on it in what laughably passes as my spare time.
Working Title: Temptation (Kim Possible)
A new Kim Possible story. Shego gets recruited by a very well-funded mercenary group. Then they turn their attention to Kim ...
Working Title: Subterfuge (Frozen)
The sequel to "My Glove". The King of the Southern Isles wasn't happy about Hans's death ... until he thought of a way to turn it to his advantage. The apple did not fall far from the tree.
Working Title: Coincidence (Frozen)
Family/Drama. This is completely separate from all my other Elsa-based stories. It's near-fully outlined, so this one might actually get written. The story is told almost entirely in the form of flashbacks. Elsa, now 35, happily married, and with her sixth child on the way, attends a trade conference in Brussels where she runs into Hans. They have a tense, but necessary conversation.
Working Title: Undertow (Teen Titans)
Cyborg-centric. This story will explore the biomechanical interface and how it affects Vic's mental stability and his view of himself. Also involves an original character.
Working Title: Lost (Teen Titans)
Jinx-centric. How does the city girl fare in the wilderness? May be primarily humor.
Working Title: Heterodyne (Teen Titans)
This will be the sequel to "Bespoke". The first of what is looking to be a few.
Working Title: Specialization is for Insects (Teen Titans)
This will be the sequel to "Enemy of My Enemy", if it ever gets off the ground.
Information concerning important stuff about "Transition":
Here is some back-story. What happened to Jinx in Chapter 9 of Transition is similar to what happened to a friend of mine I knew in college. She was older - early teens - and some of the other details were different, but a cult was involved, and she was raped, and her family didn't stop it when they could have. Instead of going to live on the streets, she was placed into a foster home and eventually adopted by that family, and although she was still in therapy when I knew her some seven or eight years later, she was dealing with it positively. Nevertheless, she had a sarcastic, biting, caustic wit that could cut to the bone if she felt like it. I tried to adapt that to Jinx's character, but I'm not sure how successful I've been.
Eh, Jinx's situation is, to understate the case somewhat, a bit different.
And now we come to the question of why this is being done at all. For that you need a little of my back-story. (For reference, this was written in September 2010.)
For most of my life I was a practicing Fundamentalist Christian of one stripe or another, predominately Southern Baptist or Presbyterian Church in America. Tack on whatever emotional/mental baggage you want to; most of it will probably be correct to one degree or another. I was satisfied in my own opinions (which I'd been spoon-fed practically from birth) and comfortable in my own insular little circle (which closely resembled a medieval keep). Like most people of that ilk, whenever I was confronted with evidence that ran counter to my beliefs, I would either ignore it or twist it around until it did fit - sort of - or maintain that the evidence was flawed and therefore invalid. Though I find that mindset maddening now, it was emotionally a very secure place to be, at the time.
I had a good friend in college who came out as gay just after graduation. He met someone, fell in love, and they became partners (no gay marriage at the time). After a couple of years, he was going to be passing through my town and called to ask if they could drop by. I was less than reasonable. He was very hurt. And we did not communicate for the next eleven years.
One October (as people are known to do from time to time for reasons of vanity) I was crawling the web, having googled myself to see where my stories came in on the list, and came across a reference that gave me pause. I followed the link, and found myself on my old friend's home page. He looked happy, he and his partner. He was living in Savannah. He studied genealogy, and had a website for it.
I believed at the time - and still do - that things happen for a reason. I had been getting more exposure to certain concepts that I'd simply dismissed out of hand for a long time, but that were starting to make a disturbing amount of sense. What if "being gay" really wasn't just a choice? What if genetics did have something to do with it? What was my obligation to my friend, now that I knew how to contact him? Should I call him? Leave a message on his forum? Send him an email? Or should I even call him at all? What, after all, would I say to him? Does a mummified apology mean anything, really? I waffled. Everyone fears rejection, and I had lots of reasons that he might reject my overture. But I thought about it A LOT over the next few days.
The Following Thursday I was trying to find a rake to gather leaves from the lawn and couldn't locate one. So I went to Big Lots to buy one. They didn't have one either ... but I ran into my old friend. Right there in Big Lots, in a town 500 miles from his home. I recognized him, but he didn't recognize me (I'd gotten even uglier over the years, and wasn't wearing my iconic beard at the time). I decided that this was not a coincidence, went back to him and said, "Hello ..."
And it worked out a lot better than I was afraid it would. He was very gracious. Turns out he was in town visiting a friend ... who lived just down the block from me! I invited him to the house, and he came over that evening. We talked, he and my wife and I, for hours. I learned a lot.
That was a decade ago. (Yes, I know I'm dating myself, but I don't care. I'm a geezer. Deal.)
Fast-forward to 2006. My daughter, who was a Junior in high school, had a friend whom I will call Steve. They were very close. Steve's mother was (is) a dyed-in-the-wool, spittle-flecked, raving Fundamentalist. His stepfather thought all religion was bullshit and was (is) one of the most egregious assholes it has ever been my misfortune to meet. Steve had fought against his natural inclinations most of his life. He had started feeling attractions to other boys by age nine. He tried to "pray away the gay". He tried reparative therapy (on the sly). But none of it worked; he couldn't be "fixed" because he wasn't broken in the first place. He couldn't deny who he was, and when he was seventeen he finally stopped trying. He told his mother, and asked her not to tell the stepfather, but she did anyway because she is one of these 'shadow-personalities' who can't think for herself and does whatever her Ogre of a husband tells her to do. Well, The Ogre immediately made life hell on earth for Steve. After a week of constant bashing, Steve was given thirty minutes to "clean his shit out and scram for good". He was seventeen, still a minor, and still in high school, but that didn't matter to the The Ogre. So Steve, not knowing what else to do, called my daughter in a panic. She called me. I got my truck, drove over to Steve's house, helped him gather up his stuff, and brought him back here.
He's been with us now for most of the last five years. He's almost ready to graduate from the local college with a degree in Psychology. After he moved in and I got to know him, and learned a little more about the whole "being gay" thing, we (mainly my wife) started doing some serious research on the topic. We (mostly she) read as much as we could find of the latest studies. What we discovered is that:
A] Homosexuality is found in nature ... all over the place. There is nothing 'unnatural' about it. In one species of monkey, apparently all the females are lesbian. The males have to force them to mate, and the females mate constantly with each other. About 90% of some species of giraffes are gay, with the males preferring to mount other males exclusively. And it is possible, by manipulating certain conditions prior to birth, to predetermine the sexual orientation of rams.
B] There is no "choice" involved. Sexual orientation is present at birth in the majority - the great majority - of humans. Genetics have somewhat to do with it, but the primary factors appear to be related to the hormonal make up of the amniotic fluid. Gays and lesbians (actually, anyone not at the exclusively-heterosexual end of the spectrum) make up around 10% of the population, at all times and in all cultures. It just happens. Deal with it.
C] There is no Great Evil Gay Agenda. Their "agenda", if you want to call it that, is a deep desire to be left the hell alone so they can get on with their lives. Secondarily, their agenda is to be treated with the same respect that non-gay humans are treated with. Most state laws don't.
D] Apparently there is a connection between being gay and possessing some sort of artistic talent. I'd say they're just naturally fabulous. ;-D
So. This presented me with a dilemma. If the science was accurate, and I believe it is, then there is a very large, very important piece of dogma that I'd been taught by my church which was just incorrect on its face. Some further study on my part led me to understand that Jesus never condemned anyone for being gay. In fact, one of the telling incidents in the Gospels concerned His healing of a sick servant who was, by any contemporary measure you'd want to use, the gay lover of the centurion who came to ask for the healing. And Jesus praised the centurion for his faith.
The logical progression here? If the church was wrong about homosexuals, what else was it wrong about? You see my concern?
The outcome of all this, after about a year's worth of study and meditation and agonizing over things, is that my wife left the church and became a sort-of-kind-of-in-some-respects Wiccan. Pagan, certainly. She got a big ol' "mad" going at the church and told them to kiss off. I haven't done that, and have no intention of doing it in the future. That being said, I can't in good conscience worship with a congregation that firmly believes what I know to be false. While I don't attend church at the present time, I would if I could find one that was welcoming and affirming to gays. I really think that my wife tossed out the baby with the bathwater, but that's her choice. We are all free moral agents, and we all make our peace with the Almighty in our own ways. So, I'm a Christian, but not a "Christianist" (as one of my wife's gay blog-buddies describes them). You know the type. So do I, having been one before. So does Steve. He went to his youth pastor shortly after he came out, and explained the situation to him, and was basically told to go away and not come back.
The religion of love and forgiveness, right? Yeah, right.
So Steve is a pagan now, too. Yeah, I've got a Wiccan altar in my home, and a small coven that meets in the back yard to hold their rites. Steve now channels a number of the well-known spirits on a regular basis. I've talked to Apollo and Circe and several others. Some of my former friends from the church are afraid I'll burn in hell for this (and my Holy-Roller, Church of God next-door neighbor is dead sure of it) but somehow I don't think so. (UPDATE APRIL 2016: That coven thing sort of fell apart, so no more rituals or altars or anything. My wife has lots of questions with darn few answers, and she's okay with that.)
As my daughter says, "Do you think God will condemn me for loving, or condemn you for hating?" OH! That's another thing. My daughter's pansexual (at least that's the tag she's most comfortable with). And transgender, some of the time. She doesn't really fit well into any of the standard categories. Sometimes she feels like a guy in a girl's body, and sometimes she feels very girly. Her mother and I have no problem with that. She's "good people" as they say around here, and a joy to any group she happens to join. We love her, and whether she ends up with a guy or a girl (or a very open-minded couple) it won't matter. (Update as of April 2017: She's engaged to her boyfriend, a trans-guy. Wedding in a year.)
So. My daughter turned me on to Harry Potter fanfics, which led to Hermione-Draco fics, which led to Hermione-Fleur fics, and then I discovered fanfics based on The Incredibles, and ended up writing a novel of my own (Inviolate, which may be found below) that serves as a sequel to the movie. Then my daughter informed me that all these girl-on-girl relationships were called yuri and were very popular (and I could see why). Then I looked into yuri pairings involving the Teen Titans ... and here we are. My Muse is a frantic little thing, and has supplied me with enough material to keep my free time at a vanishingly small minimum for the foreseeable future. I've been writing for almost fifteen years now, and the overburden of ideas is deeper today than it has ever been before. What I lack is the time to explore all the things I want to write about. It is a sadness.
But I'm making time for Jinx and Raven. They deserve it.
I just felt this needed to be said.