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Author has written 65 stories for Transformers, and Harry Potter.
Once upon a time, we were three crazy friends who all lived in Utah. Since the Botosphere's founding in 2009, we've wisely added two new writers. Three of us are blondes, two are redheads. Four of us have studied at Brigham Young University. Between us, we have vehicles ranging from a bicycle to a GMC mudding truck that could pass for Ironhide's kid brother. Of the five of us, only one is from Utah. Make of that what you will, but it makes for some interesting writing styles.
We can blame this entire collection on a single speculation. Two of us had seen Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen when the third joked that it would be funny to see a conspiracy theorist who ran across evidence of the Autobots. Two days later, the third friend saw the movie; three days later, Fassbinder and Sharsky (the conspiracy theorist roommates of Leo and Sam) ran across an Autobot's blog and the Botosphere was born.
We consider everything from Dark of the Moon onward to be outside of canon.
Our : https:///g/Botosphere
Eowyn77: MWF, a newbie to the fandom, I enjoy listening to the movie scores (I have them both), especially the “Prime” playlist consisting of all the songs with Optimus’ theme in them. Deepest, darkest confession: Ironhide’s fangirl Raquel is my Mary Sue. Second deepest, darkest confession: I ‘ship Bumblebee and Arcee. (Read IDW's TF:Defiance before you boo and hiss. Chris Mowry started it! I may or may not finish it, but I’m having a lot of gratuitously straight fun in the process. But you won’t find anything above a T rating in the Botosphere. The Mod Goddess hath spoken.) Oddest cross-over moment of my life: Darth Ishtar was talking about Sam and Alice kissing and I was thinking she meant Twilight.
DarthIshtar: SWF. I'm the lone pedestrian and the lone Bostonian. If you want something other than fanfic, I am a published author who loves fairy tales as well as very complicated science-fiction. I'm fluent in Valley Girl and Spanish. While I'm a fangirl in many universes and I've dabbled in fanfic for most of them. Some of the weirdest fics on here are my work, but I'm also the primary voice of the roommates and am responsible for everything Spanglish Leo says. I'm also the founder of this little world, but love all of the contributors.
Kateydidnt: SWF, Queen of all Fandoms and Mistress of Crossovers (I can cross-over anything with Dr. Who – and I have!) I enjoy feeding the madness of my collaborators and cackling merrily when the plot bunnies assault them. My kitchen table is the official plot bunny hutch of the Botosphere. It’s my pet theory that lifeforms on Cybertron were an accidental side-effect of the Time War. I’m the Botosphere’s resident webmaster, helping us to the bring story to life at The Daily Buzz's homepage.
SpiritofEowyn: MWF, I look like the other Eowyn, so we'll call me Spirit to defuse further confusion. I'm the voice of Lisbeth. Most of my writing involves playing around with reader expectations. I ask the questions that lead to hilarity and romance and draw stuff when things need to be drawn. I've known the other botosphere ladies for eight years now, and have heard most of the planning. The above are my bridesmaids and best friends. I once bought a Rohanhirric sword as an impulse buy. (newest addition)
Eowyn'sHalfling: SWF. I'm an aspiring young author who mostly writes for Ninjago, but my mom Eowyn77 got me hooked on Transformers. She tells me I'm the original inspiration for young Annabelle, but I wouldn't know. I mostly write OCs, but TDB is fun too. If you come across a writing style that's noticeably different, it's probably me. On my third time writing with the Botosphere, DarthIshtar said that she and I are in charge of the roomies. She does dialogue, I do mannerisms. For the record, the only Bay!verse TF movies I've seen are 1,2, and 5 with no intentions on seeing 3 and 4. Random fact, I walked in on someone watching DotM and my first reaction to Carly was, "She looks like Alice!"
You can also join us on our group extras, out-takes, fic recommendations, or a conversation with the authors or fellow readers. Hope to see you there!
ABOUT OUR STORIES:
Our fanon is pretty complicated (for example, The Daily Buzz has two multi-chapter fics that parallel it), so we offer two suggested ways to read it.
Thematically (story arcs)
For the saga of Bumblebee's blog and Sam's and his roommates' misadventures: In the Beginning; The Daily Buzz; Behind the Scenes; Code Monkey Like You; Some Cupid Kills with Arrows; Viral; Bette, Boo, Sharsky, and You; Raid.
For the saga of Sam and Optimus as brother Primes: Kinship, Tie That Binds, Introductions: Optimus Prime, Destroyer of Worlds, Viral, Reunion, (to a lesser extent) Victory, and Thicker Than Water. Also Plans (as an AU to most of our fanon).
For (usually) short fics centered around humans' realization that "Holy crap! That car is a robot!" (or for the Autobots, "Holy slag! That human is a Prime!"), you'll want to read the "Introductions" stories.
For the evolving friendship/romance between Bumblebee and Arcee: Precursors - Foxhole Friends, Bright Spot, Swagger, Broken, Consequences, Chat, Creation
For holiday fics: Transformers for Christmas, Christmas Derangement (WIP), A Very Roomie Christmas, Some Cupid Kills with Arrows (Valentine's Day), Satan's Camaro (April Fool's Day), Fool Me Once (April Fool's Day), Motherhood (Mother's Day), Cold Feet (Father's Day), Wheeljack o' Lantern (Halloween), Introductions: Miriam Morshower (Hanukkah).
We also have series called the "Precursors," which are all pre-movies. Most will be Autobot-centric and pre-Earth, though a few will also feature the human's lives before they met the Autobots.
Precursors: Foxhole Friends: Prequel to Bright Spot, can be read anytime. Friendship!fic between Bumblebee and Arcee. (Set on Cybertron from before the War up to the Battle of Tyger Pax)
Precursors: Kindred Minds: Friendship!fic that loosely ties into the Kinship trilogy. Can be read anytime. (Set pre-Earth during the search for the All Spark)
Power Trip: Stand-alone fic, can be read anytime. Our only excuse is Michael Bay made us do it! (Watch the scenes described in this fic to see what we mean. Set during TF1)
Introductions: William Lennox: stand-alone fic that can be read any time (set during TF1)
Cold Feet: Fic about Will Lennox in honor of Father's Day, can be read anytime. (Set immediately after TF1.)
The Breakup: Stand-alone fic that can be read anytime. (Set shortly after TF1)
Introductions: Witwickys: Tie-in fic to chapter 2 of The Daily Buzz, can be read anytime (Set one month after TF1)
The Price: Stand-alone fic, slightly AU for the IDW canon we've been using. Can be read anytime. (Set immediately after TF1)
Introductions: Sarah Lennox: In terms of our longer stories, READ THIS FIRST! This story lays the groundwork for half of The Daily Buzz and a couple of other stories. (Set when Annabelle is 1 year old, betwen TF1 and TF2)
Motherhood: Mother's Day fic, parallels Introductions: Sarah Lennox but can be read anytime. (Set between TF1 and TF2)
Introductions: Bradley Johnston: OC fic that eventually ties in to Annabelle's story, can be read anytime (set between TF1 and TF2)
Bright Spot: Tie-in fic to both chapter 7 of Sarah's story and the "Squirrel Slaughter" chapter of The Daily Buzz. BumblebeexArcee. Can be read anytime. (Set between TF1 and TF2)
Satan's Camaro: April Fools Day fic, stand alone and can be read anytime. (Set betwen TF1 and TF2)
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark: Stand-alone Halloween fic that can be read anytime. (Set between TF1 and TF2)
In the Beginning: Prequel to The Daily Buzz, can be read anytime. (Set betwen TF1 and TF2)
The Daily Buzz: This is the story that started it all. Every other fic here will connect with it directly or indirectly, and if there's something else you need to read to understand a given chapter, we'll cue you in the Author's Notes. We tried to keep the usernames obvious enough for those "in the know," but in case we didn't, here they are. (As more characters are added to the blog, we'll add their names here.) BeeFF = Mikaela, Optimust = Optimus, Camaro76 = Bumblebee, NotTheToothFairy = Ironhide, NurseRatched = Ratchet, BikerChick = Arcee, S&M = Skids and Mudflap, ConSlayer = Sideswipe, Survivor = Will Lennox, Spitfire = Sarah Lennox, BrassEagle = General Morshower, ElectricBlue = Jolt, Faithful = Wheelie, LadiesMan217 = Sam, IncidentalSidekick = Leo, BringTheRain = Bobby Epps, OneManAlone = Seymour Simmons, Sharsky=Alienator, Fassbinder=Bullhacker. Also, the boy = Sam, the Mr. & Mrs. = Ron & Judy Witwicky, family = Cybertronians, friends = humans (especially human allies), Botosphere = Autobot blogosphere. (Set during TF2 and a little after)
Kinship: Parallels The Daily Buzz and can be read any time, though it's probably most fun to read after The Buzz. (Set at the end of TF2)
Introductions: Optimus Prime: Set during the 3 days Optimus was extinguished during RotF. Best read after Kinship.
Introductions: Ratchet: Stand-alone fic, best read after Kinship. (Set at the end of RotF)
Introductions: Bumblebee: Stand-alone fic, best read after Bright Spot and Kinship (Set at the end of RotF)
Swagger: Bumblebee's and Arcee's POV on a moment from Kinship. Best read after that fic. (Set shortly after TF2)
Introductions: Raquel Gutierrez-Ramon: Tie-in fic to chapter 7 of The Daily Buzz, should be read after that chapter (Set shortly after TF2)
Christmas Derangement: Holiday fic, currently on hold. Can be ready anytime. (Set during the Christmas after ROTF.)
Undercover: OC fic that ties in to The Daily Buzz, The Tie That Binds, and Intro: Annabelle, can be read anytime (Begins shortly after TF2)
Raid: AU to The Daily Buzz. Best read after 41. (Set during Sam's freshman year)
The Tie That Binds: Sequel to Kinship and second in the trilogy, should be read after that. (Set at the end of TF2 through Sam's freshman year)
Introductions: Keith Black: OC fic that ties in to Kinship and The Tie That Binds. Can be read anytime. (set at the end of TF2)
Introductions: Mohammed al-Sharif: OC fic that ties in to Kinship and The Tie That Binds. Can be read anytime. (set at the end of TF2)
Behind the Scenes: Tie-in fic to The Tie That Binds. Best read after chapter 29. (set during Sam's freshman year in college)
Broken: Tie-in fic to The Tie That Binds. Best read after chapter 36 and after Bright Spot. (Set during Sam's freshman year)
Code Monkey Like You: Tie-in fic to The Daily Buzz. Best read after chapter 40. (set during Sam's freshman year in college)
Adventures of a Blue Police Box: OC fic that ties into both The Daily Buzz and The Tie That Binds. Can be read anytime.
Destroyer of Worlds: not exactly a sequel, but follows hard on the heels of The Tie That Binds. Best read after TTB. (Set after the end of TF2 during the following summer)
A Very Roomie Christmas: Roomies-centered Christmas fic. Best read after The Daily Buzz (Set 2 1/2 years after TF1)
Some Cupid Kills with Arrows: Roomies-centered Valentine's Day fic. Best read after The Daily Buzz (Set 3 years years after TF1)
Fool Me Once: Stand-alone April Fools fic, can be read anytime. (Set 3 years after TF1)
Bette, Boo, Sharsky and You: Roomies-centered fic set between Sam's sophomore and junior years at college (Approximately 3 years after TF1)
Viral: Roomies-centered fic set between Sam's sophomore and junior years at college (Approximately 3 1/2 years after TF1)
Karen Hyde: Sequel of sorts to Introductions: Raquel Gutierrez-Ramon, best read after that fic. (Set approximately 3 1/2 - 4 years after TF1)
Anticipation: stand-alone fic, can be read anytime (set approximately 4 years after TF1)
Let Them Eat Cake: stand-alone fic, can be read anytime (set approximately 4 years after TF1)
Sam Witwicky and the Prisoner of Azkaban: AU to the Botosphere but generally compliant with our fanon. Set during Sam's junior year in college. (Approximately 5 years after TF1)
Introductions: Prowl: Stand-alone fic, can be read anytime. (Set approximately 5 1/2 years afffter TF1)
Introductions: Theresa Epps: Fic that ties in loosely to Sarah's and Annabelle's fics, can be read anytime. (Set approximately 6 years after TF1)
Transformers for Christmas: Holiday fic that loosely ties in to Intro: Annabelle. Can be read anytime. (Set approximately 6 years after TF1 and a few months after Intro: Theresa)
Introductions: Miriam Morshower: Stand-alone Hanukkah fic. Can be read anytime. (Set approximately 7 years after TF1)
Reunion: Sequel to three different story lines (Kinship Trilogy, Intro: Raquel, and Bright Spot). Can be read alone, but makes more sense if read after those three. (Set approximately 7 years after TF1)
Consequences: Explores the post-Reunion fallout for Bumblebee (Set approximately 7 rears after TF1)
My Big Fat Autobot Wedding: Sequel to Reunion, best read after it and Consequences. (Set approximately 7 years after TF1)
Chat Stand-alone fic, can be read anytime. IronhidexChromia, some 'BeexArcee (Set 8 years after TF1)
Wheeljack o' Lantern: Stand-alone Halloween fic. Can be read anytime. (Set 8 years after TF1)
Victory: Stand-alone, multi-POV fic. Best read after Kinship, The Tie That Binds, and Chat. (Set 9 years after TF1)
Introductions: International Space Station: Companion fic to Victory with some minor references to Viral (Set 9 years after TF1)
Introductions: Ellen Sarkisian: Companion fic to Victory, and Ellen also shows up in Intro:Annabelle (Set 9-10 years after TF1)
Introductions: Annabelle Lennox: This should be read after Sarah's story. This one will be pretty long because Annabelle's relationship with the Autobots' is the most complex. (Set when Annabelle is 15, approximately 15 years after TF1)
March of the Plot Bunnies: Sophomore Skip Day: Stand-alone fic (WIP) set during the spring of Annabelle's sophomore year in high school (approximately 15 years after TF1)
Introductions: Jonathan Ellis: OC fic that loosely ties in to Annabelle's story. Can be read anytime. (Set approximately 12 years after TF1)
Introductions: Mirage: Tie-in Fic to Annabelle's story. Can be read anytime. (Set approximately 15 years after TF1)
Creation: Tie-in fic to Annabelle's story. Best read after chapter 28. (Set approximately 15 1/2 years after TF1)
Thicker Than Water: Third and final installment in the Kinship Trilogy (Set approximately 19-20 years after TF1)
Boogeyman: Companion fic to Thicker Than Water (Set approximately 19-20 years after TF1)
Plans: AU to the Botosphere. DotM 'verse with the bond from Kinship thrown in. (Set during DotM)
Yet Another DotM Resurrection Fix-it Fic: AU to the Botosphere. DotM 'verse, can be read anytime. (Set shortly after DotM)
In answer to a few review inquiries, here are some teasers for upcoming fics. This section will be updated when the muse strikes (and we unsuccessfully duck).
The Day Before You Came - slice-of-life about some our favorite characters before adventure found them
In Memoriam - more cheerful than it sounds, we promise
Introductions Series upcoming additions:
Intro: Leo Spitz - Because we never really get to see him meet Optimus...
Intro: Roommates - you knew it would happen sooner or later
Intro: Joanna Bainbridge - See "Love of Lavender" above.
Intro: Trent DeMarco
Intro: Mikaela Witwicky
DISCLAIMER: We don't own Transformers; that'd be Hasbro or whoever. Don't sue! Even our OC's are independent agents (they hijack our plots all the time). We're just borrowing the Autobots and Decepticons - we'll be sure to put them back when we're done. Can't vouch for the condition they'll be in, though...
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