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Author has written 5 stories for Justice League.
Derecho Nox @ FictionPress - I started this page as a place to publish my original stories. These will consist of writing prompt results, musings, and maybe even some poetry. But you'll still see signature Derecho Nox personality. (Is that a good thing? I'll let you decide.)
Random thoughts and updates:
A quick update - Chapter 9 of the "Deleted Scene" -aka "The Book of Hera" - is coming along, though it is turning out differently than I expected. But better!
A "Where's Waldo" challenge - I will be at Washington D.C.'s Awesome Con this coming weekend. I will also be photographing the convention as press. I already have access to some pretty cool stuff, including photographing an attempt at the largest gathering of costumed superheroes on the Capital Steps. Think you can spot me?
Hint: I'm female. I'll be holding a camera. I'll probably be shouting out to the crowd to smile! ;-) Call out my pen name, and I might say hi!
What am I listening to:
is inspiring some ideas for future stories.
My heart is that much harder now / I thought that it would stay that way, before today / I want your love and I want it now
Third preview of the Deleted scene...
“It’s about time you two showed up. I’m afraid to see what our water bill will look like this month.” Alfred set down the empty glasses and pitcher from that morning’s refreshment onto the foyer table.
“We weren’t in the shower,” Bruce shot back. “Diana and I were discussing the finer points of traditions and uniforms. We lost track of time when I started telling her stories of my first nights watching over Gotham.”
“Alfred, you were such a dear looking after Bruce like that! The fact that he’s still alive says a lot about your dedication to him,” Diana said. Bruce nodded soberly in agreement.
“Well,” Alfred murmured, pleased to receive such high praise from two heroic figures, “I was only doing my duty...”
“Ever since I was born? Dad negotiated a long contract for you.”
“It pays well and the benefits are stellar.” The butler winked at Diana.
“Wished you would use some of those,” Bruce retorted. “You could retire on all your saved vacation time. I promise not to send any surveillance after you...just as long as you tell me exactly where you’ll be.”
“I’ll relax when you take a break from the cape and cowl.”
“Gods, then both of you will never rest,” Diana breathed.
Bruce glanced around. “Where are the boys? I have a bone to pick with one of them.”
“They’re off entertaining Her Majesty, your mother-in-law. They’re in the sitting room regaling her with tales of their daring exploits as the Dark Knight’s loyal sidekicks…”
“There you are!” Hippolyta rushed over to the trio. “Save me from those two!”
“Are they bothering you?” Bruce looked towards the sitting room she escaped from.
“No, I’m being smothered with attention. They’re stumbling over each other trying to tell me stories of their adventures with you.” She scooted around Bruce to hide from her over enthusiastic grandsons. “I haven’t been around that much energy since Diana and Donna were younger. They’re like a bunch of puppies! I’d forgotten how exhausting it can be.”
“That’s why I worked them so hard in training. Get them tired, they don’t have the energy to get into mischief,” Bruce admitted.
“Did it work?” Diana asked.
“Somewhat. They just found ways of getting into trouble while on duty,” Bruce answered.
A preview of the next story - Code Name "The Deleted Scene"
Diana nibbled on an orange slice as she and the rest of the Bat clan reviewed the evidence from the night before. They ran The Voice’s incoming transmissions through an analyzer, but the results returned as static.The villain had been thorough in covering her tracks.
Diana sighed in frustration, but felt better as Bruce squeezed her around her waist. With few other seats in the cave, he simply pulled her onto his lap as he sat in his command chair. She peeled a wedge from her orange and held it up to his lips. He took the offered fruit as he leaned forward to hit the replay button.
"It's coming from me, Batman. I'm making them think it." … "I know a lot about you, Batman. And I know much about how you work.”
“She’s definitely taunting you there, but I don’t think she knows who you really are,” Diana commented.
“You heard that, too,” Bruce said. He leaned back in his chair, unconsciously caressing her arm.
“It’s the way she refers to you as only ‘Batman’. If she really wanted to get under your skin, she would have called you ‘Bruce’. Everyone knows about this family, and she would have used that against you.”
“Scary that you know how to get to me. I’ll make sure to stay on your good side. What else?”
“Tim, fast forward to that part of the recording, just a few bars ahead.” Diana pointed to the sound wave pattern displayed on the huge screen.
“Seems it was abandoned after some rich kid's parents died there." ... "Oh! I guess I was wrong. Seems I hit a paternal nerve there.”
“She’s either leaving out your family history on purpose, or she doesn’t know it. The fact that she didn’t mention your children said that she sought out other targets to get to you.”
“I don’t know if I should be proud that you’re extrapolating this information from what she said, or worried that you can follow her train of thought on how to attack me.”
“She’s threatening those I love. I’m going to find out who she is and take her down. If it means getting into her head, then so be it. I’ll know her weaknesses to end her.”
“She better watch out. She doesn’t know who she’s messing with.” He forwarded the recording to another part…
“...oh, by the way, hello to whoever's listening in the Batcave. I know that frequency is open. You'll want to send help. He's going to needed it."
“How did she know about the cave?” Dick asked. He paced back and forth behind the command chair. “Have you brought anyone here to interrogate?”
“You know I do that off site. I don’t want to lead anyone back here.”
“Shayera found the cave when she planted the tracker on Green Lantern,” Diana thought out loud. ”And she knows Oracle…never mind. She has an alibi on the Watchtower.”
“You don’t still suspect Shayera is a traitor, do you?” Bruce asked.
“I don’t want to, but she’s shown that she is capable of anything. I count her as a friend, but I’m not blind to her abilities.”
“I checked the Watchtower logs. Shay was still there,” Dick said. “This is someone with some dangerous resources.” He leaned forward and rewound the track to the beginning.
"It's coming from me, Batman. I'm making them think it."
“Those two sentences make my skin crawl,” Dick said. “This person took over the minds of a crowd and drove them to the point of hysterics. She also tampered with Gotham’s cell towers, infiltrated Gotham PD’s SWAT team with mind controlled ex-cons that she killed in the process of taking them over, and possesses a substance that melts flesh on contact. Guys, I’m not ashamed to say that she’s starting to scare me.”
“We do have to respect this person, but don’t be afraid of her. That’s what she wants, and that’s how she controlled those parents in the first place, by preying upon their fear.” Bruce’s voice grew more sinister.
“She doesn’t have my fear. She has my anger. Not only did she nearly create a new group of orphans, but she almost killed Diana. I have to make sure I don’t do the same to her.”
I'll keep this preview of the "Deleted Scene" here.
“Master Bruce, I take it we’ll be hosting guests for the indeterminable future?” Alfred asked.
“Yes, Alfred. With the Watchtower’s destruction, Diana and J’onn have nowhere else to go. They’ll be staying with us until the new station has been constructed.”
“Then let me introduce myself properly before I prepare your rooms. My name is Alfred Pennyworth, I manage Wayne Manor while Master Bruce takes care of both his business and protects Gotham. I can help make your stay more comfortable. Is there anything you require, Master J’onn?”
“Just J’onn will suffice, sir. I can shift into any clothing I need, so I am fine.”
“And your dietary needs? I’m afraid I don’t know what those from your planet eat.”
“I can digest nearly anything that you have here,” the Martian confirmed. “Though, if you have any Oreos, I would greatly appreciate those. I haven’t had anything like them until coming here. They are quite tasty.”
“Fortunately, there is another here who likes those, too. The young one will have to share.” He turned to Wonder Woman. “And you, Your Highness? Does your powers include a convenient set of clothing?”
“Only that which I’ve worn before transforming into this. Everything else was destroyed.”
“Then we’ll have to remedy that. I’m sure Master Bruce wouldn’t mind if I take you into the city to go shopping…”
“I can wait until later. It has been a long day. And you don’t have to call me ‘Your Highness’, just Diana is fine.”
“Your Highness, there is nothing ‘just’ about you. You are royalty, so you should be addressed as such. Master Bruce, if you could show them to their rooms, I can fetch fresh linens to make their beds.”
“Can you take care of their room assignments? I have to get ready for the night.” Bruce barely gave the butler a chance to answer as he began walking back towards the library.
“You are not going back out there after all that you’ve been through!” All the adults turned at the voice calling down to them. A young boy ran towards the stairs, then slid down the rail. He hopped off before he could hit the banister.
“Master Tim! How many times have I told you not to do that. You will get hurt and damage the wood.”
“Alfred, make him stay home! He was nearly killed in that crash. He needs to rest. Gotham still has tons of police patrolling to make sure the Thanagarians have left. They don’t need him tonight.”
“Tim has a point, sir. Perhaps you should stay home…”
“I can patrol the skies better than they can. I’ll be able to recognize a Thanagarian presence faster.”
“Then we’re coming with you.” Diana’s proclamation accepted no protest. Bruce turned to glare at her. “J’onn and I can fly. We’ll cover more air together, then we can come back sooner.”
“I agree with Diana,” J’onn said. “If you won’t take an evening to recover, then you will surely collapse from the stress. Let us assist you.”
“I’m fine, and I don’t need help. Gotham is my responsibility…”
“And what about your responsibility to me?” Tim interrupted. “I’ve already lost two parents. I almost lost another one. Please? Just for tonight.”
“Bruce, he’s right.” Diana walked over and put a comforting hand on Tim’s shoulder. “We all have been through a lot these past few days. A chance to recover would be welcome. Even I would like a break from it all.”
“Then feel free to take advantage of my home. I’ll be in the cave getting ready for patrol.” Bruce turned from the group.
“Master Bruce? A word, please.” Alfred put his hand on the bigger man’s shoulder and pushed him towards the kitchen. “We will return shortly. Tim, could you show our guests to their rooms?”
“Sure, Alfred.” Tim’s voice conveyed his disappointment. Alfred continued to direct Bruce away.
Bruce immediately turned to the butler upon entering the kitchen. “I don’t have time for this.”
“Sir, I know you don’t care what others think. You barely find the patience to work as closely as you do with the League. So I know you don’t want to listen to them.”
“But when your son asks you to stay home because he cares for you, you better damn well pay attention.” This prompted Bruce to clamp his mouth shut.
Other Stories I've written:
Sun, Moon, and Stars
The "Interrogation Series" Theme Song -
Stories in Progress
"The Fewer...the Proud" - 8th in "Interrogation Series" -hint.
Code Name - Tuesday Afternoon Founder's Meeting - 7th in Interrogation Series - In Progress
Code Name - The Deleted Scene - 6th in Interrogation Series - In Progress
Playlist for "Home, Hearts, and Heroes" - 5th in "Interrogation Series"
Preludio: Aspirir, Espirir -- Sade -The Best of Sade
Book 1: Hestia -
Book 2: Hermes -
Book 3: Artemis -
Book 4: Pallas Athena:
Book 5: Demeter: -
Book 6: Aphrodite -
Book 7: Home -
Book 8: Second Star on the Right...-
Epilogue: Straight on 'til... -- Collide - Xetrov (Vortex II)
Song for "Tuesday Morning Breakfast - Epilogue for 'Baila Conmigo'" - 4th in "Interrogation" Series
Playlist for "Baila Conmigo" - 3rd in "Interrogation" Series
Prelude: Friday Night Monitor Duty
Playlist for "Two Days" - 2nd in "Interrogation" Series
Prelude: Tempest -
Playlist for "Interrogation Tactics"- 1st In Series
Chapter 1: Establishing the Crime Scene -
Thank you to those who PM me with new music inspired by the BMWW relationship and my stories. You just might have your song used in a future story! Here's who sent me recommendations so far:
- Chaotic Angel7 for recommending the band Bitter:Sweet. The tracks Dirty laundry, Heaven, Mating game, and The Bomb, will make you want to sit back with a martini and and feel cool. Angel felt that this reflected Bruce's sexy, jazzy vibe. Oh yeah!
- KenjiMania with "Finally Found You" by Enrique Iglesias featuring Sammy Adams. Kenji felt this song illustrated Diana's feelings towards Bruce very well. (Hmmm...recommending a latin based song for the date story, Ken? Are you catching on to me?)
- Derecho Nox - I'd Die Without You - P.M. Dawn - The Bliss Album...? - I changed Chapter 1 of "Two Days" to a different song, but this was the original inspiration.
- Casualreader111 - Dead Hearts by Stars on the The Five Ghosts & The Seance, a hauntingly beautiful duet. Wistfully captures the BMWW spirit. And Undisclosed Desires by Muse from The Resistance. As Casual says, its like it plucked out Batman's thoughts as he's sitting by Wonder Woman during a a meeting. You caught it dead on, C!
-as19 - Some Unholy War by Amy Whitehouse - She quotes the sexy chapter "Quédate Conmigo" in the story Baila Conmigo - "She would face them, the man in her arms by her side." A bluesy, passionate song. Gracias mi amiga en Colombia!
Batgirl2923 -by Don Omar - She enjoyed chapter 7 of Baila Conmigo and was listening to this during one of the Hawkgirl/Green Lantern conversations. I took a listen and couldn't help but start moving. Shayera would definitely approve! (As Batgirl says "Just ignore the random scene at the beginning.")
InvincibleInc -by Jason Mraz from the "We Sing, We Dance, We Steal Things"album. He/she thought it matched my writing style, and right you are my dear InvincibleInc.! Very sexy. It's like it plucked a few scenes from "Baila Conmigo" right out of my head. Picture dancing in the sunset while a young girl stares dreamily. And, then later, ahem, the part with wearing shoes - and nothing else. Mrow! If this was in Spanish, I might have used it. Just might, later, since we haven't seen the last of El Club Cielo...;-)
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- I wish I wish I wish I lived in New York City! (Okay, not really. I like where I live.) I would attend their seminars and free write-ins, but they do have online classes. I haven't attended any due to my busy schedule, but I really want to. I subscribe to their Facebook page for their daily quotes from writers. Very inspirational!
My own writing advice (from my experiences, mistakes, and random musings)
Open a Google Docs account and use that for your writing. It automatically saves as you write and it has all the advantages of a typical word processing program. It is also available anywhere you have an internet connection. If that's not possible, make sure you email yourself what you've written so far. It's a great way of backing up your work.
Free flow your writing. Just let it go! No one is seeing what you write, so no one is judging you. It feels so good to get it out, and you'll see where you're story is going that way.
Develop a critical eye. Your first draft is never a finished product. I've deleted THOUSANDS of words because the story wasn't working. However, save those deleted words somewhere else. They can be used in other stories.
Learn the basics of grammar. Nothing ruins a story more than bad craft. Even if your idea kicks ass, you'll lose your audience if it's written badly.
Read more outside of your comfort zone. If you're into sci-fi and fantasy, read a few articles on human interactions. It might be dry, but it will work its way into your writing. Try not to fall into genre patterns that are too familiar to those readers. I found that's the best way to surprise them!
Be brave! Push that button. I got the nervous pee every time I published a chapter. What if it sucks? What will others say? Shit...does it even make sense? Listen to those voices - then tell them to stuff it. And if anyone does say nasty things about your writing, remember...even JK Rowling has her critics. Yet she sat in a coffee shop, wrote what was in her heart, and let it go. You can do it, too!
I cannot emphasis this enough...when you're writing an emotional scene, do NOT do it at a coffee shop. You'll look like a complete nutcase crying at your computer with a Mocha beside you. Experience is telling you this. You've been warned.
Soapbox: My opinions about...things.
It's not always about more more more...more sex, more violence, more ugliness. While in context, those elements do make for a great story (and we all know I like "sexy"!), but it seems that "darker" is all some want to write. I'm disturbed by what comics are putting out, seeing that they think that plotting heroes against each other makes a more interesting story. Sometimes, it's best to pull back...look inward. These are HEROES! They care about the world enough to try and save it. Don't make them petty and fight against each other. Yes, they have their differences - they're only human (or Kryptonian, or Thanagarian...or Martian. You know what I mean.) Personalities clash, but in the end, they are heroic figures. It's what separates them from the villains. By fighting against each other, they're doing evil's dirty work for them. Lift them out of that quagmire, and make them shining lights of hope again.
I'm an aspiring writer that uses Fan Fiction to hone my craft. Some might go "huh? Why don't you write your own stories?" I will, and I have many outlines and ideas in mind, but this is a labor of love. I've become very invested in this series, and I've come to care about these characters. Diana and Bruce belong to other creators, but I wanted to give them a chance to grow in this world that I'm building for them. And I wanted to expand their personalities to be more approachable, believable, and possibly... attainable.
Other things about me - I have a background in art, music, design, and technology. I have experiences in the military that, when I share them with other veterans, they look at me and go "WTF?" and I tell them "I know, right!" I'm a web manager by trade, for a cool-ass nonprofit and for an anime convention. I get to wear jeans to the office. Effen-A!
I'm also a photographer, and it finds its way into my prose. Much of what I write is viewed through a fixed focal-length, wide aperture lens, natural lighting only, no flash, and with varying shutter speeds so I can capture movement, expressions, and mood.
Did I mention I have an interest in poetry?
I was deeply influenced by a college course, "Women in Science Fiction Literature". The idea was to see how women wrote the future different than the established 'babes and spaceships" pulp fiction was popular then and now. Assignments included reading the works of Ursula LeGuin, Mary Shelley, Severna Park, Connie Willis, and Rebecca Ore. I wondered "this is college credit? This is way too much fun to be work!" But then I was introduced to Octavia Butler's books, and I never thought the same again.
Include Dan Brown, Marion Zimmer Bradley, Steven King, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Edgar Allen Poe, Carrie Vaughn, J.K. Rowling, Homer, and many others as my influences, favorites, and aspiring models.
Okay, and I read Stephanie Meyer's series. I was caught up in the hype, too. I was weak!
And I am a student of all religions, modern and ancient. I don't subscribe to one, though I lean closer to Buddhism and Zen philosophies. Be like water...it keeps you hydrated.
Of course, I also like comics, science fiction and fantasy, and movies. And I love a good documentary! Science, history, space exploration, and human interaction gets me stuck on the Netflix documentary section for hours. National Geographic rocks!
I'm not one for team sports- thought I did play softball once. Friend talked me into it. She also talked me into joining the Marines. I was impressionable then.- but my family history is steeped in martial arts. I dance socially, but am I good at it? Eh...with about the same amount of skill that I have in cooking. I haven't poisoned or injured anyone yet.
I'm a huge fan of the Batman/Wonder Woman relationship from the animated Justice League series. It just makes sense to me. You could say my stories are a little AU since I want to push them out of their comfort zones, let their personalities expand a little bit. I'm going for the full range of emotions here; I'll be pulling out qualities that the characters might not otherwise be know to show. Batman is allowed to smile (within reason, and only if he feels like it), Wonder Woman is allowed to be sassy.
I WILL NEVER EVER WRITE SMWW!!! (Yes, I did shout at DC. They suck.)
I tend to write fluffy, sexy fics, but I will be trying adventure, angst, and sadness later. But I won't wallow in it. I prefer happy endings, or at least endings with a glimmer of hope. And full of laughter...that's what's really sexy, I think! I don't like being depressed after reading a story. I won't do the same to you! I write the type of stories I would like to read, so if you're enjoying them, I am, too!
Add me to your favorite author's list so you'll know when a new story has been published. I won't start posting anything until the story is totally or almost finished, that way I can guarantee a full story. Some may wonder why I don't post the chapters as they are completed as other FF authors do. I tend to write in a nonlinear way, jumping from chapter to chapter as the inspiration comes. So I could be on chapter one, hop to the epilogue, start chapter four, see a detail in chapter one that needs more clarification for chapter four, so on and so forth. I feel I can give a better story if I complete the story first, then post each chapter one day at a time. TMI, maybe, but just thought I'd get that out there.
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