Author has written 51 stories for Harry Potter, Inuyasha, StarTrek: Voyager, StarTrek: The Next Generation, Phantom of the Opera, Star Wars, Rurouni Kenshin, StarTrek: The Original Series, Yu Yu Hakusho, Lord of the Flies, Sandman, Doctor Who, Death Note, Firefly, Buffy: The Vampire Slayer, Supernatural, How to Train Your Dragon, Hunter X Hunter, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Avengers, Torchwood, and Castle.
"A story is never for the listener.
It is for the one who tells."
- from "A Story About Huntokar", Welcome to Night Vale (Episode 109)
Mostly what you need to know is that I’m a sci-fi nerd and I’m the person writing “Nightfall” stories for the How to Train Your Dragon fandom, including the sequel, “Stormfall”. Everything else is detail.
…but here’s some:
This is probably why you’re here.
“Nightfall” started out as Raberba girl commenting that Hiccup would be happier as a “crazy feral dragon boy”. What she meant was “someone with the freedom to wander around, study dragons, and come up with weird ideas”. What I heard was “crazy-feral dragon-boy”, as in, thinks he’s a dragon, and I could see him like a memory. Someone who had grown up wild, who wasn’t going to learn to talk overnight, who didn’t want anything to do with humans, who didn’t think or act like a human, who knew he was a dragon…
So I wrote that.
Or, really, it wrote itself. It turned into this…thing, about identity, and humanity, and loss, and love, and the choices we make and their consequences, and the way history corrects itself when you, say, move one baby. I made people cry, and I got screamed at, and I nearly failed my summer class, and I’m not remotely sorry. Best (and maddest) forty days and forty nights of my life, and I’m so proud of the resulting novel I have no words.
There is a full-length sequel, “Stormfall”! "Stormfall" tells the story of how it happened when Drago Bludvist came to the Sanctuary Nest this time around, and what happened before that. It is substantially darker in tone than "Nightfall" and thus has a higher rating; where "Nightfall" is a coming-of-age story, "Stormfall" is more of an action movie. It will be edited and revised in the near future, with no change to the plot.
There is also a growing number of Nightfall prequel and companion stories. In chronological order, they are “Fledglings”, "Valkyrie Eleison", “Night Terrors”, "Runt of the Litter", "Thursday's Children", “Fragile Things”, "In the Bleak Midwinter", “Firewalk”, "Things We Lost in the Fire", the post-"Stormfall" threeshots "Flashfreeze" and "The Affairs of Dragons", and "Shadowland".
WRITING AND FANDOM
I like: stories written in the style of episodes; character exploration and development; damn good slashfic; all of the above.
I’m a Star Trek native. Star Trek is my homeland. One of my earliest memories is of sneaking out of bed to watch what turned out to be The Next Generation’s “Cause and Effect”. I got caught…and then I got my bedtime moved later so I could stay up and watch. I was about five. Yet somehow I don’t seem to read much Star Trek fanfiction.
I’m a Doctor Who nut. I’m an Eighth Doctor girl. The Wilderness Years (while the show was off the air) produced some of the best stories ever to come out of the entire fandom. If I don’t have an Eighth Doctor novel, it doesn’t exist. “Heaven Sent” was probably the best hour of television I’ve seen in a very long time; I nearly swooned. On average, I...am mad at Moffatt. I recognized Missy the moment she said "Missy" (and nearly hurt myself laughing with delight). OH MY GOD I'M EXCITED ABOUT LADY THIRTEEN - ROCK ON, THIRTEEN! I actually do enjoy the classic series; I love finding the ways it has influenced the current one, trying to sort out backstories, and spotting in-jokes and references. Not to mention that the books for the classic series (the New Adventures, the Past Doctor Adventures, the Missing Adventures, and especially my beloved Eighth Doctor Adventures, plus the Big Finish audiodramas) are way better.
I’m a sci-fi person.
…and yet somehow, I seem to have found my fanfiction home with the How to Train Your Dragon fandom.
I tend to ship stuff, especially slash and femslash pairings, that will never be canon, just because the chemistry is interesting (or evident, but the writers will never move on it), or because it would make a better story. On that subject, if you're here for "Mirage"...I can't explain "Mirage". "Mirage" is this thing that happened because apparently it had to happen.
I can also be found on Archive of Our Own (Leletha: archiveofourown (dot) org (slash) users (slash) Leletha), where I cross-post new stories and old stuff I still like; and on deviantART (le-letha: le-letha (dot) deviantart (dot) com), where I cosplay a bit and cross-post “Nightfall” stuff.
My name is pronounced leh-LEH-thuh and since I’ve been consistently calling myself Le’letha for almost half my life now I answer to it just fine. I’m female and lesbian, trending towards asexual.
I live in an oversized, overheated state in the U.S.; it's obsessed with American football and more embarrassing than the neighbors. I probably would have left a long time ago were it not that I live in a city where live music is standard, there's always something geeky going on somewhere, and the weather is gorgeous if you like 75-degree Decembers. Which I do. (If you're trying to do timezone math from this, I'm on what the US calls Central Time; that's GMT -6 for the rest of the world.)
I’m easily annoyed by crossover/OC romances; flat dumb plots including the inevitable high school AU; plagiarism; writing or stickers in/on books; people who dog-ear pages; homophobes; racists; instant-message-speak; online social networking sites; bad spelling and/or grammar in an age where browsers come with spell-checkers built in. There is no longer an excuse.
I’m a librarian. I love cats – when I was a kid I wanted to be a cat when I grew up, and it’s still a good plan – and I currently have two of my own. I drink too much Dr. Pepper and play too much Solitaire. I play a mean game of Scrabble, and I'm good at crosswords. I’m horribly nearsighted; without my glasses I am useless. I like replying to reviews. I’m a night owl, mornings are for morning people, which I am not.
Television Shows: Star Trek: The Original Series, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Voyager, Star Trek: Enterprise, Doctor Who Classic, Doctor Who (2005), Torchwood, The Sarah Jane Adventures, Battlestar Galactica (2003), Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Sherlock, Castle, Merlin (BBC), Warehouse 13, Firefly, Supernatural, Mythbusters, Star Trek: The Animated Adventures, Stargate: SG-1, Stargate: Atlantis, The X-Files, Marvel's Agents of SHIELD, Marvel’s Agent Carter, the How to Train Your Dragon TV shows especially "Race to the Edge", Supergirl (2015), Steven Universe
Movies: Star Trek: The Original Series films, Star Trek: The Next Generation films, Star Trek "2009/XI" and "Beyond" but not "Into Darkness", The Dark Knight Trilogy, V for Vendetta, the Marvel Cinematic Universe in general, The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Jurassic Park, Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog, The Lion King, Coraline, How to Train Your Dragon series, The Martian, Star Wars Episodes IV - VIII and Rogue One, Mirrormask, Kubo and the Two Strings, Zootopia, Hidden Figures
Authors: Neil Gaiman, Jonathan Kellerman, John Sandford, Terry Pratchett, Connie Willis, Diana Wynne Jones, Robert A. Heinlein, Lloyd Rose, Kate Orman, Janet Kagan, Patrick Rothfuss, Stephen Baxter, Orson Scott Card, Michael Crichton, Arthur Conan Doyle, Garth Nix, J.R.R. Tolkien, Shirley Rousseau Murphy, Arthur C. Clarke, Brian Jacques, Eoin Colfer, Anne McCaffrey, Tamora Pierce, Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child (together or separately), Andy Weir, Joan Vinge, Vernor Vinge, Bill Watterson, James S.A. Corey, Larry Correia, Naomi Novik, Hugh Howey, Jane Lindskold, Brandon Sanderson, John Scalzi, Marion Zimmer Bradley, Rainbow Rowell, Cressida Cowell, Jasper Fforde, Jim Hines, Pierce Brown, Jim Butcher, Seanan McGuire, Gardner Dozois of "Year's Best Science Fiction" anthologies fame... Look, this could go on all day. You can find me in the Sci-Fi/Fantasy section.
Anime: HunterXHunter (2011), FullMetal Alchemist (both 2003 and Brotherhood versions), Death Note, Rurouni Kenshin...and maybe Inu-Yasha or Yu Yu Hakusho if I'm feeling nostalgic even though I haven’t paid attention to either in years
Graphic Novel Series: Sandman, Fables, Y: The Last Man, darn good Batman stuff on the standard of Hush or The Dark Knight Returns, Kingdom Come, Marvel 1602
And: Welcome to Night Vale
IF YOU'VE COME HERE FROM ONE OF MY STORIES:
I RECOMMEND: Nightfall ("How to Train Your Dragon" canon-divergent novel) is my baby, the sequel Stormfall is finished and ready to read, and the accompanying short stories are scattershot but ongoing. In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, my FrostIron Vegas AU Mirage turned out fantastic and I'm really proud of it.
Also approved: Strange New Worlds ("Supernatural" sci-fi AU novel); Paint the Town Red ("Castle" and "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" crossover); Fortunes and War ("Doctor Who" classic/new series fusion oneshot); Kaleidoscope (character study/drabble collection for Missy from "Doctor Who").
Anything else is at your own risk and I’m not taking responsibility for it anymore.
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