Author has written 29 stories for Kim Possible, and Calvin & Hobbes.
Greetings to all in the Kimmunity, and to anyone else who may have stumbled across one of my fics. I'm a 50-plus computer geek by day and a freelance violist/tenor/conductor by night. Encouraged by my long-suffering wife of many years, I'm now at 7 years plus here on Fanfiction dot net. And my legion of KP plot bunnies are still alive and well and nibbling away.
Last year's output was fairly light with 3 new stories and new chapters to 'Beyond the Stars.' The 'Stars' series continues to be the most popular of my fics by far with nearly 150,000 hits between the prequel "Failure Is the Only Option' and the series proper: 'Across the Stars,' 'Between the Stars' and 'Beyond the Stars, Book 1.' (Contrary to popular opinion, Dancing with the Stars is not under consideration for a future title...)
As for 'Beyond the Stars,' I'm now 25 chapters into Book 1. The story so far:
The AU Ron has discovered that tampering with his timeline, even with the best of intentions of saving both Kim and his own AU Earth, is having some rather serious consequences. With every change he makes, something else goes wrong: a few villains have been defanged, but others have only been accelerated in their nefarious attempts to take over the planet. His attempt to jump start a romance with Kim by using his MMP to become Middleton High's star quarterback succeeded, but also made him a prime target for Bonnie and her infamous food chain. But her attempt at seducing the Ronster not only has gotten her expelled from Middleton High, but has also set her on a new course for evil. And it ain't gonna be just high school evil anymore for our teal-eyed temptress, who has just discovered Ron's superweapons stash hidden in a box under his bed, including his jade monkey idols. Mystical Monkey Mistress anyone? Meanwhile, back in the real universe, married couples Kim, Ron, Shego and Drakken are wondering why some of the largest nebulae of the galaxy have suddenly begun pointing at Earth. Interdimensional aliens are suspected, but the burning question is, why? To be continued...
So besides 'Beyond the Stars,' what else may be brewing in my devious mind? Plot bunnies are nibbling away at a Kim-turns-evil story, as well as a Groundhog Day tale and an AU-ish one-shot courtesy of an infinity-double-dog-dare by Sentinel103 which is still in the planning stages, 'Son of Barkin.' I've also had many requests for a sequel my KP/Calvin & Hobbes crossover 'Tiger by the Tail,' so stay tuned, gentlereaders.
And if I may be allowed to toot my own horn a bit, I've been quite blessed by several Kim Possible Fannie Awards, now in its eleventh year and being magnificently managed by fellow writers and partners-in-crime: CajunBear73, Sentinel 101 and whitem.
For the 2010 Fannies, 'Airliner!' shared the win for Best Comedy with JA of JAKT. Pretty badical since my entire output for 2010 was a whopping 3 stories. Sadly, JAKT has gone professional and needed to take down their stories, which is a great loss to us all, but I wish them both the very best of luck.
For the 2011 Fannies, I was nominated for Best Author, Best Original Character Name and Best Villain (Dr. Maestro in 'The Malevolent Dr. Maestro'), and got the nod for Best Villain. I may bring the mad musical Doctor back at some point, depending on which plot bunny is gnawing the most at that particular moment, and if the story can finally break the 100th review mark. (Takers, anyone?)
The 2012 Fannies were extremely kind as I got the nod for Best Writer. 'Between the Stars' won for Best K/R Story, Best Action Adventure and Best Novel-Sized Story, and the whole 'Stars' series tied with levi2000a1's Monkey Tail series for Best Series. Another booyah!
My KP/Calvin & Hobbes crossover 'Tiger by the Tail' won the 2013 KP Fannie Award for Best Short Story. As its completion 'crossed over' into 2014, it was nominated and won for Best Crossover, along with a win for Best Comedy, 'The Bride of Drewbenstein,' and once again 'Stars' took Best Series. Coolio!
The votes are all in for the 2015 Fannies which just began today, and I'm pleased to announce that I'm in the running for Best Kim/Ron Story and Best Short Story ('So the Drama Too'), Best Action Story and Best Novel Sized Story ('Beyond the Stars'), Best Unlikely/Unique Story ('Attack of the Giant Naked Mole Rat,' and darn those FF censors...), Best One Shot ('Technical Problems'), and once again Best Author. Stay tuned over the next month or so for this years winners...
My personal thanks goes out to all who have read and reviewed my stories, but I need to make special mention of several fellow writers for their tremendous support over the years: CajunBear73, Sentinel 101, EchidnaPower and Eddy13. You guys are the best.
So, what got me started on Kim Possible in the first place? I started watching KP during its 4th season, and got hooked immediately on its smart writing, clever humor, and great parodies. It struck me at first as kind of a cross between a cleaned-up version of James Bond and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. And since it was a Disney creation, I was given papal dispensation by my wife to watch it. Okay, so it had high school cheerleaders with bare midriffs, and then there’s that whole subtext issue. And Shego. But I soon fell in love with many of the stories and characters, both heroes and villains. But then the series ended, and I slipped back into my previous manic-depressive state, being forced to get my KP fix on the Disney Channel's 2 am reruns.
Then I discovered Fanfiction.net, and my fate was sealed.
I began enjoying brand-new tales about one of the greatest cartoon series ever. Now, freed of the boundaries that Disney and network TV had to operate under, the sky was the limit. Kim and Ron's developing relationship both past/present/future, clever what-if and AU stories, wonderfully developed minor characters, and oh my, all those alt pairings. It was heaven. Then I thought, hey, why not stop the lurking and jump in with some ideas and stories of my own? And the rest, as they say, is history.
So what do I do in my spare time? I'm busy by day with computer work at a large insurance brokerage, and by night I’m a free-lance conductor, tenor and violist, which might explain in part the inspiration for my first musical villain, Dr. Maestro. Which brings me to my moniker, Mahler Avatar.
Based on my favorite symphonic composer, Gustav Mahler, he’s known for his long, expressive symphonies, reaching the heights and plumbing the depths of human experience (not unlike many of our KP authors!). Many of his detractors would simply say overblown and incredibly manic-depressive, but those critics have now been exiled to Cabin 13 at Camp Wannaweep where they're currently being subjected to Dr. Maestro's Mahlerinator, along with Bobo the chimp. So don't say I didn't warn you.
Besides my musical obsessions, I’m also a military history buff (especially World War II), so I may try an AU story along those lines in the future. I also enjoy classic science-fiction short stories, the Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy series, Babylon 5, Star Wars/Star Trek in any of their permutations, and moonlit walks on the beach. And Shego.
So keep readin', writin' and reviewin' as we all keep the spirit of Kim Possible alive and well.