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Joined 12-24-11, id: 3561088, Profile Updated: 08-04-15
Author has written 24 stories for Once Upon a Time, and Stargate: Universe.

What to say? I write for fun, because I have these ideas that I want to get out, and, especially at the beginning, I would write to help me cope with stress (dealing with a recalcitrant chronic illness). Much of my early writing was produced in a prednisone-haze (an amazing drug but one with incisive side effects). I write for myself and prospective readers are free to read or not read anything that I have published; I make no claim on your time or your pocketbook.

I have a rare blood disorder, ITP (immuno-thrombocytopenia purpura). If you want information on this disorder, read on.

Occurrence rates for adults are somewhere between three to five people per million. It's not an infection, although a poorly informed news media will sometimes report it as such, nor is it contagious. It's not related to life-style choices. It's an immune disorder in which a person makes antibodies to their own platelets and the body then filters out and destroys these platelets. Platelets are our primary clotting factor (this is not hemophilia -- that is (usually) a genetically inherited disorder more common that ITP in which the patient is missing one of several other clotting factors that work with the platelets to clot blood -- also a very serious disorder)

Lisa Blount who was in An Officer & a Gentleman, died from complications related to her ITP, Jamie Baker, a top Scottish tennis player manages his with on-going treatment and Jonathan Davis, the front man of Korn, was diagnosed in 2006 -- he wrote several songs about his journey and has reported that he is doing well now.

It's a pretty clear diagnosis -- it shows up brilliantly in a Complete Blood Count and in the absence of other illnesses such as hepatitis, Hodgkin's (among other forms of cancer), HIV, lupus, etc. all of which can have thrombocytopenia as a symptom, sometimes caused by treatment, sometimes by the illness, but not as a stand-alone disorder. When I read of the journeys of other ITP patients, I seem to be pretty typical. We often feel very alone because there are so few of us and very few people have heard of this condition. I've been down to no platelets several times despite a splenectomy, three IVG infusions, eight Rituxin infusions, and several different prolonged high-dose steroid treatments. I've had a couple of hospitalizations with this (ER's jump when you come in with no platelets) and have been confined to the house a couple of times because one of the treatments involves the destruction of the immune system (in the hope that it will regenerate and behave properly). It took me about three years to stabilize but I live with the awareness that it can and probably will return at some point.

I'm responding to treatment at the moment (but am not in remission -- still on heavy duty medications) and have reluctantly elected to retire from my job (after 40 years) to reduce the exposure to opportunistic infection (having an immune disorder and a splenectomy permanently compromises your immune system). I began writing during one of the prednisone trials (I was taking 60 mg/day and was only sleeping four hours out of twenty-four).

To finish off, I watched Dark Shadows, Tom Baker's Dr. Who and Star Trek first run, so you do the math. Never wrote fanfiction until OUAT and the prednisone-induced insomnia intersected. Have met the nicest people and am having loads of fun. txm

Beauty and the Yankee by Wiccagirl24 reviews
The United States is at war against itself, and Captain Gold of the Union Army has claimed Marchlands Plantation as his headquarters. In exchange for her household's safety he's demanded Belle French stay on as caretaker. Civil War AU
Once Upon a Time - Rated: T - English - Drama - Chapters: 8 - Words: 16,317 - Reviews: 73 - Favs: 52 - Follows: 99 - Updated: 8/17/2012 - Published: 6/27/2012 - Rumpelstiltskin/Mr. Gold, Belle/Lacey
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Some Soul of Goodness reviews
A role reversal story of a Dark Belle and Spinner Rumple and their emerging love amid a familiar sea of threats and crises. Mostly sweet (with a few rough patches).
Once Upon a Time - Rated: M - English - Romance - Chapters: 10 - Words: 48,488 - Reviews: 90 - Favs: 13 - Follows: 26 - Updated: 2/10 - Published: 12/9/2015 - Belle/Lacey, Rumpelstiltskin/Mr. Gold, Regina M./The Evil Queen, Emma S.
But a Little Moment reviews
Rumbelle Valentine's Day Contest (2016) Fluff and mayhem ensue when Rumple attempts to prepare a special meal for his Lady but is interrupted by an unwelcome guest, burnt food and a conflagration.
Once Upon a Time - Rated: T - English - Humor/Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 4,009 - Reviews: 7 - Favs: 2 - Follows: 2 - Published: 2/5 - Rumpelstiltskin/Mr. Gold, Belle/Lacey, Zelena/The Wicked Witch of the West - Complete
Dreamcatcher reviews
What's with all those dreamcatchers Emma keeps making? What if not only memories, but fantasies, deep, dark fantasies are sometimes caught and placed in these dreamcatchers? Belle and Rumple come into possession of several of them and make some discoveries about themselves.
Once Upon a Time - Rated: M - English - Humor/Romance - Chapters: 2 - Words: 8,468 - Reviews: 32 - Favs: 17 - Follows: 22 - Updated: 11/19/2015 - Published: 11/13/2015 - Rumpelstiltskin/Mr. Gold, Belle/Lacey
Darkness Becomes Her reviews
The Dark One, freed from its long-time host, avidly seeks another to control and consume. When the Darkness doubles back to re-take Rumple, its old familiar host, Belle throws herself between the Darkness and her One True Love. The Darkness turns and takes her instead. Dark Belle (with Rumple, of course). Don't own any of these OUAT characters
Once Upon a Time - Rated: M - English - Romance/Adventure - Chapters: 14 - Words: 63,241 - Reviews: 173 - Favs: 30 - Follows: 38 - Updated: 10/19/2015 - Published: 7/20/2015 - Complete
Keys reviews
Prompt from Rumbelle for the Win: Rumbelle Key Party AU: Milah Gold hosts a Key Party (men place their keys in a bowl; the women pick a key out of the bowl & go home with that man). Milah picks the keys of Killian Jones with whom she is already having an affair & Belle, the town's librarian, picks Mr. Gold's keys. BONUS if Zelena shows & is jealous of Belle.
Once Upon a Time - Rated: M - English - Romance/Hurt/Comfort - Chapters: 1 - Words: 9,083 - Reviews: 12 - Favs: 12 - Follows: 9 - Published: 10/4/2015
Encounter reviews
Belle French is a brilliant cybrarian, a librarian specializing in managing info found on web, who also teaches a couple of esoteric lit classes at Cal Tech. Nicholas Rush is a genius, albeit also caustic & self-absorbed,a scientist specializing in Ancient Technology working at Cal Tech & with the 9th Chevron. Their paths cross, sparks fly, an erotic interlude ensues. Nonsense AU
Crossover - Stargate: Universe & Once Upon a Time - Rated: M - English - Romance/Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 4,847 - Reviews: 8 - Favs: 7 - Follows: 7 - Published: 7/3/2015
A Walk in Ashes reviews
A young,beautiful fashion designer has been brutally murdered. A glum but canny detective has been assigned the case. As he gathers more & more information he begins to fall under the spell of the victim;her charm, her loveliness, her kindness capture his heart. As he searches for the killer, he finds something extraordinary he doesn't expect. AU Rumbelle romance (I promise)
Once Upon a Time - Rated: M - English - Mystery/Romance - Chapters: 15 - Words: 62,488 - Reviews: 233 - Favs: 11 - Follows: 22 - Updated: 6/16/2015 - Published: 3/10/2015 - Complete
Smoke and Ashes reviews
In an unusual House set in a small southern U. S. city, we find a powerful (and perhaps a little unstable) sorcerer with a deeply disturbing past who has gathered a mismatched collection of talented young magic wielders to fight against growing forces of evil. Whose side is he really on? We join the story as a desperate young woman comes into his shop. . . .
Once Upon a Time - Rated: M - English - Romance/Supernatural - Chapters: 48 - Words: 254,608 - Reviews: 1016 - Favs: 87 - Follows: 106 - Updated: 3/12/2015 - Published: 4/16/2014 - Rumpelstiltskin/Mr. Gold, Belle/Lacey
Darkness and Light reviews
Belle, a talented researcher, works with the Ancients' language at the Icarus station & encounters the difficult scientist Nicholas Rush. Fascinated but too unsure of herself to approach the man, she learns that all on board Destiny are doomed as the ship is propelled headlong into a star. Facing certain death, she finds herself at his door with a desperate proposition.
Crossover - Stargate: Universe & Once Upon a Time - Rated: M - English - Sci-Fi/Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 4,307 - Reviews: 12 - Favs: 13 - Follows: 2 - Published: 11/16/2014 - Dr. N. Rush, Belle/Lacey - Complete
Knock reviews
A very old house with a legacy of betrayal and murder is investigated by a group of skeptics. Slowly its history is revealed as a dark, powerful enemy is awakened. Members of the group must confront their disbelief to defeat the evil and reunite lovers long separated. (mostly Rumbelle, others along the way) (Characters are OUAT, not mine)
Once Upon a Time - Rated: T - English - Romance/Mystery - Chapters: 24 - Words: 90,250 - Reviews: 443 - Favs: 79 - Follows: 77 - Updated: 4/10/2014 - Published: 10/31/2013 - Rumpelstiltskin/Mr. Gold, Belle/Lacey - Complete
Out of the Ashes reviews
Romantic (a little comedic) Rumbelle set in a modern-day city. A damaged, angry, relationship-shy (& very successful) businessman comes to southern town for rest & relaxation, meets a young, free-spirited bookshop owner & begins an unconventional (mostly uphill) friendship that quickly becomes a little more than just camaraderie. Rated M (mostly for smut) (Char are OUAT, not mine)
Once Upon a Time - Rated: M - English - Romance/Humor - Chapters: 49 - Words: 275,818 - Reviews: 1101 - Favs: 218 - Follows: 268 - Updated: 12/24/2013 - Published: 1/21/2013 - Rumpelstiltskin/Mr. Gold, Belle/Lacey
Rum reviews
On board ship to Neverland, Emma finds a bottle of rum and, grieving over the twin loses of Neal and Henry, opts to go and seek consolation with Gold. One thing just leads to another. Definitely not your Rumbelle romance. (characters are OUAT, not mine)
Once Upon a Time - Rated: M - English - Romance/Angst - Chapters: 1 - Words: 5,989 - Reviews: 13 - Favs: 18 - Follows: 28 - Published: 8/20/2013 - Rumpelstiltskin/Mr. Gold, Emma S.
Dominance reviews
A very dark Rumbelle tale, mindless drabble. Rated for smut and more smut. One shot. (Characters are OUAT, not mine)
Once Upon a Time - Rated: M - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,708 - Reviews: 16 - Favs: 30 - Follows: 15 - Published: 4/7/2013 - Belle/Lacey, Rumpelstiltskin/Mr. Gold
Falling reviews
Rumbelle romance AU set in a vaguely steampunk time and place with airships and steamcars and nanomites and Gauss rifles and Tesla particle cannons and good guys who may be bad guys and bad guys who may be good guys. (Characters are OUAT, not mine)
Once Upon a Time - Rated: M - English - Drama/Romance - Chapters: 13 - Words: 62,203 - Reviews: 147 - Favs: 51 - Follows: 43 - Updated: 1/24/2013 - Published: 12/18/2012 - Rumpelstiltskin/Mr. Gold, Belle/Lacey - Complete
Casa d'Ora reviews
AU Rumbelle romance set in the early years of World War II. The plot line meshes with my favorite old movie but (for those who recognize old movie plotlines) I promise the ending will be satisfying for all the hopeful romantics out there). (Characters are OUAT; not mine, of course)
Once Upon a Time - Rated: M - English - Romance/Hurt/Comfort - Chapters: 7 - Words: 42,223 - Reviews: 76 - Favs: 32 - Follows: 33 - Updated: 12/12/2012 - Published: 11/15/2012 - Rumpelstiltskin/Mr. Gold, Belle/Lacey - Complete
The Alchemist reviews
Lt Belle French is the Information Officer that's Librarian on a starship& the difficult alien scientist,Dr Gold, requests her as his new assistant on his special e ship is attacked by space pirates& several crew members,inc Lt French & Dr Gold are taken prisoner.We discover that Dr Gold has a disreputable past& is not exactly what he appears to be. Char are OUAT not mine
Once Upon a Time - Rated: T - English - Fantasy/Romance - Chapters: 23 - Words: 111,726 - Reviews: 198 - Favs: 60 - Follows: 40 - Updated: 11/2/2012 - Published: 7/29/2012 - Rumpelstiltskin/Mr. Gold, Belle/Lacey - Complete
The Magic Word reviews
Just a naughty one-shot tale of what happens when Regina loses her temper with Gold and tells him to "bite me. . .please." He responds to her demand with a request that she perform an intimate action for him . . . please.
Once Upon a Time - Rated: M - English - Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,702 - Reviews: 19 - Favs: 35 - Follows: 6 - Published: 9/15/2012 - Rumpelstiltskin/Mr. Gold, Regina M./The Evil Queen - Complete
The Goblin and his Bride reviews
Continuation of The Goblin & the Small Town Sheriff. Gold and Emma continue their efforts to break the curse, Henry finds a friend, some fairies, a baby, and an election with some dirty tricks to come. I've added a new story arc with Jefferson as a major player for his fans and because this is a particularly fun story-line that's developing. txm
Once Upon a Time - Rated: M - English - Fantasy - Chapters: 30 - Words: 91,174 - Reviews: 208 - Favs: 88 - Follows: 79 - Updated: 7/29/2012 - Published: 4/15/2012 - Rumpelstiltskin/Mr. Gold, Emma S. - Complete
The Goblin and the Small Town Sheriff reviews
Emma & Gold come together in a compromising position & decide to use a phony engagement to cover their indiscretion. Will they, should they commit to each other?
Once Upon a Time - Rated: M - English - Romance - Chapters: 27 - Words: 54,942 - Reviews: 184 - Favs: 125 - Follows: 83 - Updated: 4/15/2012 - Published: 2/17/2012 - Rumpelstiltskin/Mr. Gold, Emma S. - Complete
The Goblin and the Miller's Daughter reviews
A darker, sadder story speculating a possible history between TEQ and Rumpelstiltskin. The essential charaters are those from The Goblin and the Fairy Princess series, but set much earlier in time.
Once Upon a Time - Rated: M - English - Romance - Chapters: 20 - Words: 12,613 - Reviews: 31 - Favs: 14 - Follows: 9 - Updated: 2/5/2012 - Published: 1/28/2012 - Rumpelstiltskin/Mr. Gold, Regina M./The Evil Queen - Complete
The Goblin and the Fairy Princess PART IV reviews
Shattered Smoke and Wind - At last, the Fairytale Book reveals to Henry what must be done to end the Storybrooke curse, and, perhaps as important, how to free Rumpelstiltskin from the thralldom of the cursed dagger.
Once Upon a Time - Rated: K+ - English - Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 14,126 - Reviews: 1 - Favs: 8 - Follows: 4 - Published: 1/20/2012 - Rumpelstiltskin/Mr. Gold - Complete
The Goblin and the Fairy Princess Part III reviews
Water, Tears and Thundersnow Dark difficult decisions made long ago by Gold come back to haunt him and threaten his relationship with his lovely dryad wife.
Once Upon a Time - Rated: K+ - English - Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 13,870 - Reviews: 3 - Favs: 11 - Follows: 6 - Published: 1/12/2012 - Rumpelstiltskin/Mr. Gold - Complete
The Goblin and The Fairy Princess PART II reviews
Fire, Fireworks and Fireflies. R. Gold pays his debt to Sylvia as she grows into her own powers. (Characters are OUAT, not mine - except Sylvia)
Once Upon a Time - Rated: K+ - English - Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 12,847 - Reviews: 5 - Favs: 15 - Follows: 7 - Published: 1/4/2012 - Rumpelstiltskin/Mr. Gold - Complete
The Goblin and The Fairy Princess reviews
A beautiful young girl makes a desperate deal with Mr. Gold. Can this possibly turn out well? (Characters are OUAT, not mine - except Sylvia)
Once Upon a Time - Rated: T - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 12,384 - Reviews: 9 - Favs: 25 - Follows: 6 - Published: 12/28/2011 - Rumpelstiltskin/Mr. Gold - Complete