Poll: I have written 3 chapters thus far on a Misty Lackey fanfic, "The Courtship of Hardorn's King." Knowing that I start far more stories than I finish, should I post it chapter by chapter, or wait until the whole thing is finished? Vote Now!
Author has written 169 stories for Star Wars, Beauty and the Beast, Alias Smith & Jones, Sentinel, Blakes 7, She Spies, Scarecrow and Mrs. King, Gargoyles, Magnificent Seven, Commander in Chief, Andromeda, MacGyver, Kung Fu: The Legend Continues, Stargate: SG-1, Supernatural, Ghost Busters (Real/Extreme), Remington Steele, Maverick, Airwolf, Wizards and Warriors, Incredible Hulk, Touched by an Angel, Quantum Leap, War of the Worlds, A-Team, Flash, SeaQuest, Misc. Movies, Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Criminal Minds, Megamind, Search for Santa Paws, Hogan's Heroes, Cape, Chronicles of Narnia, Master, StarTrek: The Next Generation, Phineas and Ferb, Tangled, Valdemar universe, Harry Potter, Nanny and the Professor, Castle, Avengers, Thor, Leverage, Doctor Who, Person of Interest, Misc. Tv Shows, James Bond, Wizard, Firefly, Marvel, Macbeth, Men In Black, Gilligan's Island, Maleficent, Disney, Man From UNCLE, Misc. Cartoons, Threshold, Buffy: The Vampire Slayer, Starman, Krull, Black Hole, Barney Miller, Blazing Saddles, Chuck, Powers of Matthew Star, Ghost Rider, Bronco, Apple Dumpling Gang, Percy Jackson and the Olympians, New Amsterdam, Smallville, Sherlock, Captain America, I Dream of Jeannie, Buckaroo Banzai, Quest, and Cartoon X-overs.
Danke! My "The Unscheduled Liberation of Stalag 13" won the Papa Bear Award for Best Crossover. I am quite flattered; I hadn't even known it was nominated.
Background I've been writing fanfic for nearly thirty years, and I am now putting some of my stories on-line (if the 'zine is out of print). I've done stories, filksongs, and/or (very bad) poetry for Star Wars, The Master, Blake's Seven, Magnificent Seven, Airwolf, A-Team, Alias Smith and Jones, She Spies, The Sentinel, Firefly, Barney Miller, Star Trek, F Troop, Maverick, Wizards and Warriors, The Wizard, Stargate SG-1, Highlander, Kung Fu: The Legend Continues, Blazing Saddles, Apple Dumpling Gang, Commander in Chief, Ghostbusters, Quantum Leap, Powers of Matthew Star, Incredible Hulk, Nanny & the Professor, Threshold, The Avengers etc., etc., etc. Suffice it to say my tastes are fairly eclectic, although I prefer science fiction, fantasy, action-adventure, and westerns. I have a marked preference for crossovers. Being a cheapskate, a crossover always makes it feel like I'm getting more for my money.
I am not horribly cyber-literate, and may be slow at adding stories to this website. My older stories were originally typed on a typewriter, and I will need to get out the fanzines and retype them into my word processing program before being able to upload them (download them?) here. I'm old-fashioned enough to prefer 'zines to 'netfic, and except for ficlets, most of my new stories will be printed in fanzines first.
Hobbies and Interests: Highland Games, Renaissance Faires, Science Fiction Conventions, Native American Pow-Wows, history, genealogy, baking, reading, writing.
"Kirsi" After finishing my Hogan's Heroes/Phineas and Ferb story, I said that I was done with writing and posting the story as I went, that it was too difficult, and I'd stick to the good old-fashioned way of writing the whole story first, printing it in a fanzine, then posting it on-line a year later. Well, I lied. Or perhaps it would be kinder to say I exercised a woman's prerogative and changed my mind. I took up a story challenge, and am writing a story based on someone else's idea. The first eight chapters are up. Be warned: this is a work-in-progress, and it's going slowly. http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8450851//1/Kirsi I recently saw Thor: the Dark World, and it's going to affect the plans I have for "Kirsi." I'm not sure whether I should ignore the movie, and make the story AU, or shorten the time frame, and have everything take place before the movie.
Pet Peeves about other people's stories on FanFiction.net: 1, not bothering to proofread. I'm an ex-teacher, and I expect you to write as well as, or better than, my third graders. SPAG (Spelling, Punctuation, And Grammar) is important. 2, apologizing/bragging about how horrible you are at writing summaries. Say what you need to say, then get on to the story. 3, bragging in the summary how yours is the world's greatest story, especially when it's obvious you don't own a dictionary. The best investment I ever made was a used 8th grade grammar book, that I picked up for fifty cents at a thrift store. And you can pick up a paperback dictionary for a dollar or two. 4, posting a story with a good beginning, and never getting around to the middle and the ending.
Biggest Complaint The four-letter word euphemistically referred to as 'the F-word' is M-rated vocabulary, not T-rated, and most definitely NOT K or K Plus.
Thanks It's probably poor 'netiquette to brag, but it amazes and delights me that I have readers on six continents, and that forty of my one hundred and thirty-eight stories are in sixteen communities. Spasibo. Tapadh leibh. Gracias. Danke. Mahalo. Merci. Domo arigato. Thank you very much for reading my scribblements. (But really, would it kill you to review? Pretty please?)
Awards and Nominations I was nominated for FIVE FanQ Award nominations in 2013, and won Best She Spies Story with my SS/Supernatural crossover, "Kally." (Despite that, it hasn't been reviewed once yet here.) My "Those in Darkness," a crossover of Hogan's Heroes/Phineas and Ferb, won the Gold Medal for the Papa Bear Awards for Best Crossover! Both stories are posted at this website. I was nominated for three FanQ Award nominations in 2014, and won Best Dr. Who Story with my drabble "The Empty Office." I was nominated for one FanQ in 2015, Best Supernatural Story, and lost, but I did get an Honorable Mention for Best Threshold Story.
Illustration: The picture above is Edinburgh Castle. I don't own it, either, anymore than I own most of the characters and settings used in these stories.
Recent Reading For those who enjoyed my "Family and Strangers," the second story in Debra Noellert's Finding Family Sentinel/Mag 7 AU, I am pleased to announce Deb has completed the sixth story in the series, "A Good Guide is Hard to Find." I recommend 80sarcades' Hogan's Heroes stories and Jordre's HH AU series, and can't wait until she writes the next story in the series. I am also crazy about CFVici's "Hard Time" seaQuest novella, and its sequel "Not On My Watch." I've also been reading Criminally Charmed's Thunderbird and Numb3rs stories, Jake Crepeau's Voyagers! stories, The Third Biker Scholar's Biker Mice from Mars stories, Northumbrians's post-Harry Potter stories, rthstewart's Narnia stories, TheKnittingLady's Criminal Minds stories, and I highly recommend Lucky Gun's and Aggie2011's Avengers stories. Also a lot of HP AUs, from a variety of authors including but not limited to Deco's "By Baker Street Station, I Sat Down and Wept," Book of Changes' "A Study in Magic," AJ Granger's "A Different Introduction," and Stellar Magic's "One World."
New Addiction I am as crazy about The Avengers now as I was about Blake's Seven back in the mid-80s. I'm reading all the Avengers 'netfic I can find (except for the slash stories, or the ones that the summaries make clear are extremely Mary Sueish). I have five Avengers ficlets finished, three posted here ("Locker Room, " "No," and "Apology with Pizza") and two published in the fanzine Diamonds and Dynamite #2 from Agent with Style, an MiB3 crossover and a Person of Interest crossover drabble. I'm playing with six other Avengers stories, two crossovers, one AU, one challenge-response, and two Mary Sues. (Hey, I don't like other people's Mary Sues. That doesn't mean I still don't write my own.) One story is 50 pages long already, and I'm debating whether to post it on-line as 'netfic or finish it and submit it to a real fanzine. Given the speed I write, Avengers 2 will probably be on DVD before I finish these six stories. (5/25/2015 -- I saw Avengers 2: Age of Ultron yesterday, and ALL my Avengers fanfic ideas have been Jossed. I don't know whether to abandon them or finish them as AUs.)
AO3 I now have an account at ArchiveOfOurOwn.org, under the pen name SusanMM. I will be cross-posting my stories there.
Current Writing Projects The plot bunnies are bouncing faster than I can grab 'em by the ears and toss 'em in the corral. I am working on four Harry Potter AUs, but I don't intend to post them here until I have them at least halfway done (possibly not until they're finished. There are already too many started-and-abandoned stories on this website). I have some The Master plot bunnies that are teasing me. I'm trying to come up with a plot for the third UNCLE's Knight story. (#1 is posted on-line here and at AO3; #2 was just published in the fanzine Diamonds and Dynamite #4.) And I'm playing with the Sentinel/Stargate crossover that I scribble and abandon every year or two. (At the rate I'm going, I'll be on social security before I finish the darned thing.)
Announcement: I have sold my first professional story! It will be appearing in the fantasy anthology Sword and Sorceress #30, due to be published November 2, 2015.