Author has written 9 stories for Farscape, Labyrinth, Horatio Hornblower, and Master and Commander.
Every so often, a story gets in my brain and has to get out again. In the past I've written a lot of filler and one-shots; I just finished my first long fic, and I'm working on its sequel as well as another longer work.
If nothing else, I swear not to mix up "effect" and "affect," not to write PWP (PWithP to be considered as appropriate), and to remember that David Bowie's eyes, and thus also Jareth's, are both blue.
Notes on WIPs and Upcoming Stories:
With a Heart as Willing: still writing, still working. The nonlinear aspect means it needs to go together like one of those puzzles where you set up all the pieces and then they fall into place, unlike As Easy which was simply a matter of meandering from A to B. If As Easy was like navigating a Labyrinth, With A Heart is like building one. Be patient, know I haven't given up, and know also that once we get through the next three chapters or so things should move much more quickly. As of mid-April, I've been writing about 500 words per month for the past several; I have not given up.
The First and Last Diary of Sarah Williams: Seventeen-year-old Sarah Williams disappeared from her locked bedroom in the spring of 1986. The only clue her family found was the diary left on her bed, but it reads too much like fiction to ever be believed. Upcoming, after I finish writing With a Heart.
As Easy Mayst Thou Fall Chapter 5 & 6:
David Bowie reads Peter and the Wolf:
With a Heart as Willing Chapter 6:
The Owl Cluster (NGC457):
Chopin Prelude in E Minor, Op 28 No. 4:
Some thoughts on the writing, and Labyrinth fanfic. Having read quite a bit of it, there were a lot of things I set out specifically aiming not to do. This used to be at the end of As Easy Mayst Thou Fall.
1. I've read a lot of stories where the author writes something like "And Jareth and Sarah talked easily of blah blah blah." It's fine if she doesn't start out scared or angry, but in most setups they have too much history just to let it drop, or to have everything be not awkward.
2. Enough with the clothes porn. We don't need to describe every single aspect of Jareth's wardrobe (which, though frequently changing, retains the same basic themes), nor do we need one million descriptions of the dresses or whatever that Sarah wears. Mention it when it's important or different or special, and otherwise, leave it be.
3. David Bowie has blue eyes. They are the same color, but appear different because of a permanently dilated left pupil that is the result of an eye injury he sustained as a teenager. I never mention it and that was deliberate, because every so often I think that if I have to read the phrase "mismatched eyes" one more time I'm going to go all HULK SMASH on my monitor, and then I wouldn't be able to see to write. I actually do know why Jareth has one larger pupil, in my story, but it was never important enough for Sarah to ask.
4. It was important to me to write a story where Sarah loves Jareth for reasons she understands. A lot of Laby fic is all, "you're so villainous and sexy, kiss me you fool, I don't care," and it's pretty obvious why: nice innocent heroine plus attractive older villainous anti-hero is a Harlequin cliché. I've got nothing against romance novels, but I didn't want to write one.
This was also my first time writing a longer fic; my previous endeavors capped out at two chapters at most. I did a few things consciously to try to stay consistent:
1. Re-read constantly, and don't be afraid to write the end before the middle.
2. Make rules regarding dialogue, especially for main characters. In my story, Sarah speaking sounds a lot like me, in syntax, phrasing, and vocabulary. I didn't do it to make her a self-insert; she isn't like me in personality or experience. Jareth was much harder to capture, and in the end, what I settled on was to write him without ever using contractions. I know he uses them in the movie ("Oh, you didn't?") but this simple rule helped me keep him sounding different. Frequently, avoiding contractions required me to re-word his lines so they wouldn't sound awkward.
3. Decide on your rules of perspective early, and stick to them. In this story that meant sticking with Sarah, because Jareth is the mystery she is trying to fathom. Sometimes, the hardest thing to write was Jareth not speaking: every time he's silent, in this story, I know what he's thinking.
I also learned a few things about posting fanfic, and the ffn community, which I thought might amuse.
1. Of every hundred people who read, if you are lucky, ten will review;
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