Author has written 85 stories for Star Fox, Firefly, Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, Batman, and Young Justice.
Thanks to everyone for reading, and double thanks to everyone who has been kind enough to review. If anyone has a specific idea they'd like to see come to life, I'm always willing to take suggestions into consideration, especially for new stories. Whether it's a vague daydream or a specific plot, I'd love to hear it!
Big news on original content and continuing Batman short stories:
I have officially launched my webpage for my original fiction at jleehazlett dot com. All content on the site is free to read and download. My Batman blogging site, Fanon Fanatic, is now part of my main site, and all new updates will occur there.
For 2016 I will be posting a new original short story every month. I will be posting a new fan fiction short concurrently. I hope that all of you who enjoy my fan fiction will check out my new site and read some of my original work.
Regarding the organization of my stories in the Batman fandom:
One of my lovely readers recently asked how all (or any) of my Batman stories that are not declared sequels/prequels of one another fit together. Since this is a fandom that I intend to write in indefinitely, I'd like to try and clear up any confusion regarding that point and give a little insight into where I'm going from here. First off: the 'Princely Pardon'/'Of Friends and Foes'/'A Weekend in Bruges' and 'Ache of Cowardice'/'To Catch A Predator' arcs take place in the same universe. The sequel to 'To Catch A Predator' will be the story linking these arcs together. There will also be a number of 'little' stories slowly filling in the time between these two story sets and, eventually, coming after them. These will all be listed in the timeline below. Stories in this universe are part of the Spark in the Dark series. Currently, the chronological story order in this universe is as follows:
'Firework'; 'Summer Shorts'; 'Batfairy'; 'The Princely Pardon'; 'Of Friends and Foes'; 'A Frivolous Holiday'; 'A Weekend in Bruges'; 'Turkey Song'; 'Camp Batman'; 'A Haunting in Central City'; 'Sick Day'; 'Hope'; 'Instant Gratification'; 'Phenom'; 'The Boy in the Box'; 'The Ache of Cowardice'; 'To Catch A Predator'.
All stories not listed above are not part of the Spark in the Dark universe. These other stories are generally in discrete universes from one another, but the reader is of course welcome to mix and match them as they please. There are or will be in the future a few exceptions to this law of discrete timelines, but I will elaborate on those as the new stories appear. The only expansion that I am actively brainstorming on outside of Spark in the Dark is the 1950s universe (which thus far consists only of 'Charm Department'). There will be at least one additional story in this timeline, a Batman/MASH crossover.
'A Spot of Tea,' or at least certain stories from it, can be set in any of the various timelines I've written, combined with one another, or left on their own as the reader pleases. In my mind, Alfred and Dick have a ritual involving tea no matter what universe they meet in, so that is how I will write the various one-shots under that title.
My biggest writing influence is the filmography of Wes Anderson. Every detail in his films feels so intentional, as if hours were spent choosing and positioning each tiny object for a specific purpose. Every line, every movement speaks volumes about the character saying or doing it; there is no wasted motion. Most importantly, the stories and all of their tiny little nuances are done so well that you can't help but believe that they really happened (yes, even when it's a talking, American-accented fox running from a trio of British-accented farmers). Anderson's films inspire me to visualize every aspect of a scene before I write it, and to tweak my language to be as rich and satisfying as possible without becoming unreachable. The man is a genius, and I am immensely grateful to be of a mind to appreciate his work and to offer my own feeble imitations of it.
Ingmar Bergman's works are influential in my style, as well, especially when I'm working with a brooding character or a scene that needs to be stark. Bergman and Anderson, I feel, are kindred spirits when it comes to the importance of the surroundings to the tone of a scene. I feel that Batman and Max von Sydow's character of Antonius Block in "The Seventh Seal" have several key characteristics in common, and scenes from the "The Magician" have also contributed to a couple of ideas on my list of stories I'd like to write.
I also harbor a deep love of classic samurai films (Toshiro Mifune and Tatsuya Nakadai are gods in my book) and find the samurai ethos fascinating, if frequently insane. I suppose to be really truthful I would have to admit that I am drawn to anything based around an intense sense of personal loyalty and familial bonds. Medieval Nordic loyalty oaths, the samurai master-retainer relationship, and clan loyalty as seen in (admittedly romanticized) depictions of the Mafia are all equally amazing to my mind. Loyalty and created family (versus blood family) are very frequent themes in my stories in all of the fandoms I've written in.