Author has written 20 stories for Merlin.
NaNoWriMo 2015 is here. I'm participating again with a mid-American futuristic dystopia called "Green Blood". I'm fairly nervous as I'm not convinced the format of 50K words in a month is good for quality writing, but it's a chance to do something original - and I hope it will turn out to be something I can send to the agents... In any case, I would love to add NaNo friends so let me know if you're participating, too! (And wish me luck...)
Current WIP - Angel. A modern A/U with no magic, murder-mystery featuring cop!Arthur and witness!Merlin. This is one I've got to finish first before posting anything, so it will be a while before it shows up... in the meantime, a couple of shorter stories, probably. (Heading into November: I've got 6 chapters out of a planned 10 for "Angel", so we might get into that before the end of November. I'm going to finish posting "Destiny's Pet" for the first week, then take a few weeks with Wed/Sun posts for a 4-chapter story "Possibility", a series-1 revealfallout that takes place immediately after episode 1.3"The Poisoned Chalice"...)
You know, I did rather think that spending time in this Merlin 'verse would help to make that series ending 'all right' for me... but I find it isn't so. I have now about half a dozen, maybe more, different ideas for short stories or longer works for this site. Some in canon, some a/u, some that could function as an entirely original stories with a change of name and description... I have it in mind to alternate an original story with a Merlin work. We'll see how that goes.
A Once and Future Destiny, The Emrys Strain, and The Artorius Blade. My first fanfiction plus two. I've gotten a request for a list of the music etc. that I've quoted/referenced in these, so that's now included in the last chapter of each story.
Kingdom Games - at the epic length of 31 chapters! As far as plot bunnies go (for any Hunger Games fans), this one was dynamite!
Royally Disired; followed by A Day in Crystal! My 'fix' of episodes 5.5 (The Disir) and 5.13 (The Diamond of the Day).
Vortigern's Tower - my own version of the legend... you can check it out on wikipedia if you like. The More Things Change - a semi-season rewrite, I'm calling it an intermission. Part II The Towers of Lionys - the first and only (so far) story I've defined as 'romance'. Part III Torr Badon now finished also.
Refined by Fire - Mid-season 3 in-canon reveal and fall-out. Reactions from Arthur, Uther, Morgana, Gwen. Torture scenes, execution scene, fugitive!Merlin and Gwaine pov. Spans the time frame of eps.3.5-3.7 (The Crystal Cave, The Changeling, The Castle of Fyrien). Epilogue 4.3 time-frame, intermediary episodes now added as extra chapters.
Son of Poseidon - Royal!Merlin as well as inhuman!Merlin, a high-seas adventure with a dash of Greek mythology just for fun. Seafaring!Arthur (Is that a tag?) and the knights on board as well!
Blood Brothers - kind of a rip-off of a tv-show episode (Moonlight), a short story with potential for other chapter add-ons...
The Revenger, The Agent, The Reeve. An adapted original. No magic, pseudo-western. Focus mainly on Merlin (a bit darker than his character normally is, but hopefully I’ve set that up to be understandable), Merlin&Freya; though Arthur, of course, and lots of other characters.
Also, for those of you who are interested, I've finished my first original fic on a sister site - fictionpress.com, under fiction:fantasy, titled "The Mageman". Same nom de plume, same image... reviews always welcome. :D
NaNoWriMo '14 story entitled "The Tune-Tinker" is being uploaded to fictionpress! - because evidently "go big or go home" doesn't apply to first-time novelists. And publishers won't want to consider a trilogy from a first-timer, either... I'm going to be working on another original to be considered for publication - and the NaNo story from this year, if all goes well!
I came across BBC's Merlin by accident - channel surfing while bored, stumbling across old episodes running in an all-day marathon in preparation for a new season. I think it was the somewhere in the middle of episode 1... I was enchanted (pun intended) by the idea of a young, clumsy, naive Merlin, and an arrogant princeling who can't stand each other. Then there was the servant named Gwen... and a princess named Morgana... I ended up watching the rest of that season, all day long.
Unfortunately, my life during those years was sporadic at best due to the military. Last summer I bought all five seasons and watched them straight through. I'd been under the impression that the series would concern itself with the "before they were famous" concept I had fallen in love with, and I was surprised at how far season 4 went, bringing Arthur to the kingship, and the knights of the round table together in Camelot. I confess to reading reviews before I started season 5, so my experience with the final season of Merlin was abnormal, in that I knew the ending before watching it, and watching it one episode each night for two weeks, rather than once a week for three months or so.
Therefore, my impression of that season, by itself and in relation to the rest of the series, may be slightly skewed. I was disappointed, my friends. Not with the acting - never that! - nor with the writing, which mostly was beautiful (or else Colin and Bradley just made it beautiful...) but with the choices made by the producers. These are my contentions:
1) The series spends 3 seasons under Uther's kingship. I have no argument with this, as it allows the focus on "before they were famous", which I love. However, this choice begs the series to bring Arthur and Merlin and the rest to the point where the legends begin. Arthur as the young new king, Merlin as his sorcerer, ready to begin a lifelong reign of peace and prosperity and magic.
2) Seasons 1 and 2 deal heavily in magical creatures. This added to the 'fairy tale' quality that I loved. However, the invasion of the Saxons is strictly historical, and anchoring the series with a modern-day Merlin expects the audience to believe the events portrayed as actual, rather than fictitious.
3) The love triangle of Arthur-Gwen-Lancelot. Making Gwen a servant girl with no chance at marrying a prince, no matter how they may feel explains her willingness to fall for a common-born knight, who is much more in her league. Taking Lancelot away from Camelot for a few years allows Gwen to fall in love with Arthur while explaining how her feelings for Lancelot would remain, as well. Making the "betrayal" a result of Lancelot's shade acting at Morgana's orders and Gwen herself being under enchantment, is a very gentle and kind way of treating that part of the legend. Merlin forced into sparing young Mordred's life, or being reluctant to kill Morgana through seasons 4 and 5 is in keeping with these ideals as well. Which leaves one unprepared for (and a little betrayed by, honestly) the harsh absolutism of Arthur's prophesied end. And don't even get me started on the use of prophecy in literature and film...
4)The series ends with the death of Arthur. This also, I have no argument with intrinsically, as of course it is semi-historical and Arthur did (eventually) die. However, if this was the intention all along, I contend that the 3 seasons of King Uther (as opposed to only 2 for Arthur) take volumes away from the claim that Arthur was the greatest king in British history, and the extreme youth of the characters negate the ideas of Merlin's power and success and a golden Arthurian age. If the end of the legend was the goal of the series, it would have been better to portray middle-aged characters who'd been vital to Camelot for decades. It would also have been better to leave off the explicit prophesies that Merlin is unable to circumvent (though not for lack of trying), and the intro line of every episode placing all responsibility and blame directly on the protagonist. All that considered, it cannot be argued very well that Merlin succeeded. And how do you do that to the star of the show?
All right, now, enough of the soap box. I had thought that as the months passed, I would 'get over' the series end. Alas... I never had any inclination to dabble in fanfiction for any other series - LOTR, Harry Potter, whatever... But, due to the unsatisfactory ending of a series I have loved like no other, here I am, seeking solace in fandom. I have read MANY good stories here, and am now writing my (what, now?) thirteenth!!
Well. I know I haven't said anything exactly "personal" here, but if you're still reading... congratulations. And thanks. I feel a little better.