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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.

Story-Related Links:

As Easy Mayst Thou Fall Chapter 5 & 6:

David Bowie reads Peter and the Wolf: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kpoizq-jjxs
Peer Gynt Suite no. 1, op 46: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dyM2AnA96yE
Peer Gynt Suite no. 2, op 55: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xi3MxWuonq8

With a Heart as Willing Chapter 6:

The Owl Cluster (NGC457): http://digitalstars.wordpress.com/2010/09/07/ngc457-the-owl-cluster/

Chapter 10:

Chopin Prelude in E Minor, Op 28 No. 4: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AoRO_SDruVo


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;
2. Many people do not read author notes; and
3. You'll never please everyone.

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Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality by Less Wrong reviews
Petunia married a biochemist, and Harry grew up reading science and science fiction. Then came the Hogwarts letter, and a world of intriguing new possibilities to exploit. And new friends, like Hermione Granger, and Professor McGonagall, and Professor Quirrell... Ch. 101, Precautionary Measures: Pt. 2.
Harry Potter - Rated: T - English - Drama/Humor - Chapters: 101 - Words: 561,157 - Reviews: 23753 - Favs: 13,399 - Follows: 12,308 - Updated: 12/11/2013 - Published: 2/28/2010 - Harry P., Hermione G.
That We've Broken Their Statues by Nagia reviews
Sarah Williams stumbles into the Leaky Cauldron. She stumbles back out again with a Gringotts account she didn't start, a part time job at Hogwarts, and an awkward truce with the Goblin King.
Crossover - Labyrinth & Harry Potter - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Romance - Chapters: 10 - Words: 77,751 - Reviews: 116 - Favs: 236 - Follows: 324 - Updated: 8/13/2013 - Published: 6/12/2013 - [Sarah, Jareth] Minerva M.
Meet Me At The Faire by Lone Songbird reviews
Ch. 66 New! Harry Potter & Labyrinth. Focus on Bill Weasley and a new character with Labyrinth history. Two people meet while on vacation at a Renaissance Faire at a time when there is trouble for both of them back home. Rated for bit of strong language.
Crossover - Labyrinth & Harry Potter - Rated: T - English - Romance/Adventure - Chapters: 67 - Words: 139,523 - Reviews: 292 - Favs: 82 - Follows: 75 - Updated: 6/18/2013 - Published: 4/19/2002 - Bill W.
Falling by jinx1764 reviews
Sarah has defeated the Goblin King, earning his anger and hatred. As he flies home, he sees how her actions have severely damaged the bridge connecting their worlds. As Bridge Keeper, he must repair it before the damage causes an apocalypse to their worlds. But it will take more than he expected; his journey will challenge everything he knows & feels. Slow burn J/S
Labyrinth - Rated: M - English - Adventure/Romance - Chapters: 30 - Words: 89,065 - Reviews: 363 - Favs: 82 - Follows: 144 - Updated: 6/16/2013 - Published: 10/11/2011 - Jareth, Sarah
Falling by Lone Songbird reviews
-Ch. 41 New- With the passage of time, old wounds can heal. Two hearts find their destinies lie together, but they must learn to trust and to forgive. Courtship of Jareth and Sarah. Prequel to Meet Me At The Faire.
Labyrinth - Rated: T - English - Romance - Chapters: 41 - Words: 96,527 - Reviews: 297 - Favs: 184 - Follows: 141 - Updated: 5/13/2013 - Published: 4/9/2003 - Sarah, Jareth
Bait and Switch by Kayka reviews
Sarah Williams and the Goblin King share a problem. Jareth is delighted. Sarah... Well, Sarah, not so much. Sareth. One-shot. Not for young goblin eyes. Or adult goblin eyes. Or anyone's eyes, possibly.
Labyrinth - Rated: M - English - Humor/Fantasy - Chapters: 1 - Words: 4,379 - Reviews: 28 - Favs: 60 - Follows: 20 - Published: 5/5/2013 - Jareth, Sarah - Complete
The Goblin Market by Viciously Witty reviews
Nine years after defeating the Labyrinth, Sarah is in Ireland - a land of old magic, where legend suggests her victory comes with a price and her story is far from finished. Something ancient has been set in motion and Sarah finds herself at the centre of a very old, very Goblin, tradition. As time passes, fruit ripens... Let the feast begin at the Goblin Market.
Labyrinth - Rated: M - English - Fantasy/Romance - Chapters: 38 - Words: 136,059 - Reviews: 1617 - Favs: 1,393 - Follows: 960 - Updated: 3/22/2013 - Published: 10/14/2008 - Jareth, Sarah - Complete
Proceed With Caution by Tedd.E.Bare reviews
My name is Anne Elliot, I am 25 years old, perpetually single and I'm going to Hell. Welcome to my life. A modernised adation of Persuasion by Jane Austen. Completed *several final chapters uploaded at once*
Persuasion - Rated: K+ - English - Humor/Romance - Chapters: 51 - Words: 28,615 - Reviews: 62 - Favs: 16 - Follows: 13 - Updated: 1/6/2013 - Published: 9/24/2012 - Complete
The Thirteenth Word by etcetera nine reviews
Much to Sarah's delight, Toby's first word was Sarah. Much to Sarah's dismay, Toby's thirteenth word… was Jareth.
Labyrinth - Rated: T - English - Friendship/Humor - Chapters: 3 - Words: 5,864 - Reviews: 74 - Favs: 77 - Follows: 32 - Updated: 9/3/2012 - Published: 8/25/2012 - Jareth, Sarah - Complete
The Unexpected by etcetera nine reviews
Fifteen years after Sarah left the Labyrinth, she and the Goblin King meet again, but it doesn't quite live up to either of their expectations. First, there was the wish. And then, well… there was all that wine…
Labyrinth - Rated: M - English - Romance/Humor - Chapters: 7 - Words: 29,481 - Reviews: 126 - Favs: 149 - Follows: 75 - Updated: 8/7/2012 - Published: 6/26/2012 - Jareth, Sarah - Complete
The Houseguest by EAdams reviews
Georgiana comes to Netherfield to visit Darcy and meets Elizabeth. They become friends and Elizabeth is invited to be Georgiana's houseguest - unbeknownst to Darcy - and the fun begins. It is fairly canon character-wise, but has a completely different plot line. This story is now published on Amazon! Search: The Houseguest by Elizabeth Adams First 3 chapters are here.
Pride and Prejudice - Rated: T - English - Romance/Humor - Chapters: 3 - Words: 18,291 - Reviews: 254 - Favs: 521 - Follows: 142 - Updated: 7/8/2012 - Published: 7/7/2012 - Elizabeth, Mr. Darcy - Complete
Unmentionable by sweetprincipale reviews
A sequel to Uncontrollable.S.4 Buffy and Spike were trapped in the sexual atmosphere of the Lowell House during Where the Wild Things Are. After their night of possessed passion they see each other in a different light- but refuse to share the secret. R&R Sunnydale Memorial Awards Round 26 Winner:Best Pairing, Best Ep. Re-Write, Runner up: Best Mature Spuffy, Best Series
Buffy: The Vampire Slayer - Rated: M - English - Romance/Hurt/Comfort - Chapters: 32 - Words: 301,025 - Reviews: 502 - Favs: 251 - Follows: 135 - Updated: 4/8/2012 - Published: 10/30/2011 - Buffy S., Spike - Complete
Talespinner by Dreamer In Silico reviews
Sarah enters college as an aspiring writer, but her father disapproves. A series of strange and wonderful dreams re-inspire her, and renewed contact with Jareth will reveal many things about the fae realms... and how Sarah's work affects them. COMPLETE.
Labyrinth - Rated: T - English - Fantasy/Romance - Chapters: 25 - Words: 87,826 - Reviews: 583 - Favs: 492 - Follows: 278 - Updated: 10/31/2011 - Published: 9/23/2010 - Sarah, Jareth - Complete
Radiance by Alicorn24 reviews
Sequel to "Luminosity", narrated by Elspeth. You do not need to have read canon Twilight, but you will be very confused if you haven't read Luminosity.
Twilight - Rated: T - English - Supernatural - Chapters: 53 - Words: 234,771 - Reviews: 454 - Favs: 182 - Follows: 88 - Updated: 3/9/2011 - Published: 11/7/2010 - Complete
Luminosity by Alicorn24 reviews
Luminosity is an AU reworking of the Twilight story where Bella is a rational self-knowledge junkie. Inspired by "Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality". Requires no knowledge of or affection for Twilight canon.
Twilight - Rated: T - English - Supernatural/Romance - Chapters: 57 - Words: 223,236 - Reviews: 412 - Favs: 465 - Follows: 194 - Updated: 11/8/2010 - Published: 7/13/2010 - Bella, Edward - Complete
Say My Name by Sonata IX reviews
True names can grant power over the bearer, but Sarah's always been different and speaking HIS name will rescind the words spoken ten years ago. Jareth/Sarah
Labyrinth - Rated: K+ - English - Romance/Adventure - Chapters: 1 - Words: 4,920 - Reviews: 15 - Favs: 71 - Follows: 6 - Published: 10/19/2010 - Sarah, Jareth - Complete
Riddle Me This by BreathOfNocte reviews
Sure, we know that Sarah beat Jareth's leather-clad butt the first time around, but what if she had to rely solely on her wits? Will she be as lucky the second time? Unneeded smut and snarkiness, with a couple of brainteasers to stave off the PWP.
Labyrinth - Rated: M - English - Romance/Supernatural - Chapters: 1 - Words: 8,465 - Reviews: 35 - Favs: 157 - Follows: 12 - Published: 10/19/2010 - Jareth - Complete
West of the Moon, East of the Sun by KnifeEdge reviews
Every night it's the same dream: a dark room, a big bed, and a silent vampire I can't see... Set in an AU Season 5 with no Glory or Dawn B/S. Rating has gone up.
Buffy: The Vampire Slayer - Rated: M - English - Adventure/Romance - Chapters: 76 - Words: 376,650 - Reviews: 1526 - Favs: 923 - Follows: 194 - Updated: 9/29/2010 - Published: 6/17/2010 - Buffy S., Spike - Complete
Shards of a Dream by Subtilior reviews
V-day gift for Pika. Sarah goes to a party with friends, sees what no-one else can see, and does what none would dare do. But there couldn't be any harm in a single dance - even in a place of illusion and pretense ... could there? Read and find out!
Labyrinth - Rated: T - English - Romance/Suspense - Chapters: 3 - Words: 17,104 - Reviews: 115 - Favs: 364 - Follows: 43 - Published: 4/27/2010 - Sarah, Jareth - Complete
The Tshirt incident: Retaliation & Escalation by Pika-la-Cynique reviews
Sequel to 'the T-shirt Incident' fic and the 'Jareth's Tshirt' pic. Goading the Goblin King into a twitching fury is the sort of dangerous idea that can get a girl into very, very hot water indeed... Utterly JxS. EDIT 11-08: PART DEUX begins at last!
Labyrinth - Rated: M - English - Humor/Romance - Chapters: 11 - Words: 57,550 - Reviews: 740 - Favs: 1,069 - Follows: 838 - Updated: 12/20/2009 - Published: 5/30/2007
Both Sides of the Medal by Sarlania reviews
Hornblower bears witness to an event that makes him reflect on the nature of success and failure.
Crossover - Horatio Hornblower & Master and Commander - Rated: K+ - English - Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,987 - Reviews: 8 - Favs: 9 - Follows: 2 - Published: 12/20/2009 - Complete
Underside by Pika-la-Cynique reviews
The marquis de Carabas takes a shine to a girl on the London Underground, which results in his picking a somewhat uncharacteristic course of action, and making a bargain in dark tunnels. One-shot.
Crossover - Labyrinth & Neverwhere - Rated: T - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 8,357 - Reviews: 68 - Favs: 138 - Follows: 14 - Published: 11/20/2009 - Complete
You've Kept Me Waiting by Mandi1 reviews
Seeing the future is one thing. Knowing how to get there is another. Alice knows that Jasper is the key to something better. If only she can get - and keep - him in her life. Alice and Jasper's story. Reposted by request.
Twilight - Rated: M - English - Romance/Drama - Chapters: 43 - Words: 139,102 - Reviews: 1386 - Favs: 1,319 - Follows: 412 - Updated: 9/18/2009 - Published: 5/17/2009 - Alice, Jasper - Complete
Fwd: Fwd: FaeMail by marti-n-danika reviews
A writing exercise that bloomed into something more. See our profile for a complete list of the amazing authors involved. It all started with a single email... J/S
Labyrinth - Rated: T - English - Romance/Humor - Chapters: 50 - Words: 319,808 - Reviews: 786 - Favs: 140 - Follows: 152 - Updated: 10/16/2008 - Published: 6/10/2008
Thrice Upon a Time by Subtilior reviews
Sarah has moved to a new city, and stumbles across the Goblin King one cold night. She never thought she'd see him again - and she's not happy to have him on her turf. They argue, and they make a bet in lieu of a date. What will come of it? Read on!
Labyrinth - Rated: M - English - Drama/Suspense - Chapters: 3 - Words: 23,658 - Reviews: 181 - Favs: 197 - Follows: 230 - Updated: 9/19/2008 - Published: 2/25/2008
My Fine Feathered Friend by Lixxle reviews
A tale about a gender-confused, fashion-conscious goblin, a chicken of destiny, and leather pants. Oh and a good dash of ol' fashioned romance and some adult-type touching thrown in for good measure. JS. Not a crackfic, just a really caffeinated author...
Labyrinth - Rated: T - English - Humor/Romance - Chapters: 14 - Words: 86,205 - Reviews: 952 - Favs: 1,214 - Follows: 182 - Updated: 5/10/2008 - Published: 2/16/2008 - Complete
Child Of Fire by SGCbearcub reviews
Jareth had asked her to say goodbye to her world. The problem was, the world Above was not quite ready to let her go.SEQUEL to Sharp Edge Of Dreams[JS]
Labyrinth - Rated: M - English - Angst/Romance - Chapters: 44 - Words: 111,296 - Reviews: 287 - Favs: 322 - Follows: 253 - Updated: 1/28/2008 - Published: 6/1/2006
Erlkönig by Subtilior reviews
Sarah takes Toby to a concert of art song. It is the darkest evening of the year. Words have power. Songs can be magic. And undying love can be more terrible than beautiful ... Please read and respond!
Labyrinth - Rated: M - English - Horror/Supernatural - Chapters: 16 - Words: 52,189 - Reviews: 458 - Favs: 567 - Follows: 94 - Updated: 9/21/2007 - Published: 4/26/2007 - Complete
The Tshirt Incident by Pika-la-Cynique reviews
Based on Sarah's Tshirt from my DeviantArt account, link in my bio. A provoked Goblin King shows up at the student bar, and a heated exchange ensues. Oneshot JS row with smirking, snarkiness & snogging, just for fun. Rating for language&references.
Labyrinth - Rated: T - English - Humor/Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,730 - Reviews: 79 - Favs: 375 - Follows: 33 - Published: 5/3/2007
The Sharp Edge of Dreams by SGCbearcub reviews
Sometimes you have to fight fire with fire. Ten years after she beat the Labyrinth, Sarah must defend Jareth's right to the Goblin Throne.[SJ]
Labyrinth - Rated: M - English - Romance/Adventure - Chapters: 31 - Words: 59,349 - Reviews: 312 - Favs: 457 - Follows: 85 - Updated: 4/13/2006 - Published: 2/9/2006 - Complete
Into the Rose Garden by Dryad13 reviews
Sarah has good grades, a circle of friends, and a cute boyfriend. Life's great...right? So why does she have the strange feeling that something's missing? Fairy tales show that magic will make you or break you. Which category does she belong in?
Labyrinth - Rated: M - English - Chapters: 22 - Words: 109,232 - Reviews: 626 - Favs: 777 - Follows: 91 - Updated: 1/8/2006 - Published: 6/10/2004 - Complete
The Darkest Gate by Lauhau reviews
Finished. A complete reworking of the Labyrinth story. Occasional shoutout to the movie, but otherwise quite different. J/S.
Labyrinth - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Romance - Chapters: 9 - Words: 38,042 - Reviews: 154 - Favs: 246 - Follows: 19 - Updated: 2/16/2003 - Published: 10/19/2002 - Complete
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With a Heart as Willing reviews
Toby Williams didn't know he had a sister until a mysterious letter—accompanied by some very real money—informed him of her existence. When she shows up on his doorstep with a stolen child, he gets back the chance he lost: to know his sister... unless the Goblin King shows up to complicate things. Sequel to "As Easy Mayst Thou Fall," but can be read separately.
Labyrinth - Rated: M - English - Family/Romance - Chapters: 10 - Words: 43,507 - Reviews: 122 - Favs: 55 - Follows: 120 - Updated: 7/7/2013 - Published: 12/21/2012 - Jareth, Sarah, Toby
This Mother's Choice reviews
We arrange our memories to suit ourselves. That's what the doctor told us about Sarah. A story of loss, told in 13 drabbles.
Labyrinth - Rated: K+ - English - Tragedy/Angst - Chapters: 13 - Words: 1,405 - Reviews: 32 - Favs: 16 - Follows: 9 - Updated: 6/13/2013 - Published: 6/2/2013 - Sarah, Toby - Complete
The High Price of Happiness reviews
Jareth demonstrated his love for Sarah by ensuring that throughout her life, she never felt any pain. One day, he knew, she would realize what he had done for her, and she would call him, and they would live happily ever after. Oneshot.
Labyrinth - Rated: T - English - Tragedy/Angst - Chapters: 1 - Words: 6,685 - Reviews: 17 - Favs: 27 - Follows: 2 - Published: 10/15/2012 - Jareth, Sarah - Complete
As Easy Mayst Thou Fall reviews
Sarah sees the Goblin King every time another man treats her badly, but she's convinced the Labyrinth was a dream, and he a figment of her imagination, until, eleven years after her first visit, she makes a wish that allows him back into her life. Can she force him to let her go, or will she find she has a reason to stay? Is love enough to build a life upon? Complete.
Labyrinth - Rated: M - English - Romance/Friendship - Chapters: 24 - Words: 92,661 - Reviews: 374 - Favs: 305 - Follows: 135 - Updated: 8/28/2012 - Published: 5/24/2012 - Sarah, Jareth - Complete
The Hotspur and the Lively reviews
In-canon, there's one time that Aubrey and Hornblower absolutely would have met: the Action of 5 October 1804, when the squadron under the command of Captain Moore captured the Spanish treasure fleet. Here, the two different stories merge.
Crossover - Horatio Hornblower & Master and Commander - Rated: K - English - Adventure - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,225 - Reviews: 5 - Favs: 2 - Follows: 1 - Published: 5/25/2012 - H. Hornblower - Complete
Chess reviews
Scorpius and Sikozu's chess game, from John Quixote.
Farscape - Rated: K+ - English - Drama/Sci-Fi - Chapters: 2 - Words: 2,897 - Reviews: 1 - Published: 5/24/2012 - Scorpius, Sikozu - Complete
What I'm Fighting For
My take on how Sikozu became a bioloid. Same universe as my other Sikozu fic.
Farscape - Rated: K+ - English - Family/Hurt/Comfort - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,267 - Published: 5/24/2012 - Complete
Useful & Plans reviews
Scorpius binds a useful servant; Sikozu tries to plan ahead.
Farscape - Rated: M - English - Romance/Sci-Fi - Chapters: 2 - Words: 1,229 - Reviews: 1 - Favs: 1 - Published: 5/24/2012 - Complete
Gravity
Sikozu on an outing at age 7. Loosely tied to my other Sikozu fics, because she has the same family structure. Originally written for a challenge to show character backstory.
Farscape - Rated: K - English - Family - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,736 - Published: 5/24/2012 - Complete