The Marvels We Have Seen, from Anne McCaffrey's Dragonriders of Pern, was a Treat for [livejournal.com profile] boosette, who wrote the lovely Menolly-centric Lend Song a Sweeter Grace last year.

A fire lizard mating flight brings Mirrim and Menolly closer together in more ways than one. Rated R for moderately explicit sex.

If you want to read this but are unfamiliar with the books, click on the cut tag at the bottom of the post for background info. Note that this is only the info you need for this story, and the notes on my other story have more extensive info that's necessary for the other one.

This is the first time I've ever written two stories in the same fandom for Yuletide. After failing to snag [livejournal.com profile] boosette's appealing pinch hit request, I wrote it anyway as a Treat.

This story got all the sex and politics I didn't think my other recipient would like. It could be a prequel to my other Pern story, assuming that the political changes mentioned at the end would take more than a year to materialize. The title is from one of the songs quoted in Dragonsinger.

Vague spoilers of a sexual nature )

Background info on Pern )
rachelmanija: (Autumn: small leaves)
( Jan. 2nd, 2010 12:22 am)
I wrote a lot this year: four full-length stories (one the single longest short piece I've ever written) and one short Madness story. I will post longer notes on individual stories later. I hope some of you do the same, as I always enjoy reading them.

My Yuletide assignment, for Anne McCaffrey's Dragonriders of Pern novels, was The Ballad of Mirrim and Menolly's Ride, for [livejournal.com profile] calenlily. Rated PG for non-graphic violence; gen.

Menolly, Mirrim, and Mirrim's dragon Path travel through times that were, will be, and might have been to warn Pern of a deadly new threat. Long but hopefully worth it. If you vaguely recall the premise of the books (humans ride telepathic dragons to fight caustic Thread) you should be good to go.

The Marvels We Have Seen, from Anne McCaffrey's Dragonriders of Pern, was a Treat for [livejournal.com profile] boosette, who wrote the lovely Menolly-centric Lend Song a Sweeter Grace last year.

A fire lizard mating flight brings Mirrim and Menolly closer together in more ways than one. Rated R for moderately explicit sex. It works as a prequel to my gen Mirrim and Menolly story, if you care to take it that way.

Will You Bloom Bright And Fierce was a Yuletide Treat for [livejournal.com profile] teaotter, who wrote the fabulous Steerswoman story Dumb Animals last year.

It's based on the gorgeous Dave Carter and Tracy Grammar song The Disappearing Man. The story itself requires no familiarity with the song or anything else. Rated R for brief but somewhat explicit sex.

Thistledown. From Ursula K. Le Guin's Earthsea series, accessible if you've read the first book. For Doire, who requested something about Vetch, one of my favorite characters. Rated G.

It was inspired by my thoughts on Le Guin's thoughts on heroism (traditionally male) and domesticity (traditionally female). She seems to value the latter more highly and also tries to reclaim the designated-feminine spheres as heroic in their own right, which is valid but which can make it seem like men have all the fun. This was my attempt to reconcile the two in a way which fits both her first trilogy and the later books.

The deeds of women are not often written into songs.

Color All Days Blue, But Save One For Many Colors. For Shannon C, who requested a cracky crossover with V. C. Andrews' Flowers in the Attic. I hastily checked her blog and found that she had read Nalini Singh's cracktastic Psy-Changeling series, in which Psys are psychics, Changelings are shapeshifters, and extra-powerful Psys have eyes like the night sky and the stars become fireworks during orgasm. Rated R for underage incest. I know, I know...

Momma explained that we were the forbidden children of an incestuous Psy-Changeling marriage and that she, a powerful Cardinal Psy, had fled PsyNet to marry her half-Changeling, half-Psy, half-uncle.

I blame Oyce for both the "half-uncle" line and the phrase "the dark blot of our existence."
rachelmanija: (Autumn: small leaves)
( Jan. 2nd, 2010 12:22 am)
I wrote a lot this year: four full-length stories (one the single longest short piece I've ever written) and one short Madness story. I will post longer notes on individual stories later. I hope some of you do the same, as I always enjoy reading them.

My Yuletide assignment, for Anne McCaffrey's Dragonriders of Pern novels, was The Ballad of Mirrim and Menolly's Ride, for [livejournal.com profile] calenlily. Rated PG for non-graphic violence; gen.

Menolly, Mirrim, and Mirrim's dragon Path travel through times that were, will be, and might have been to warn Pern of a deadly new threat. Long but hopefully worth it. If you vaguely recall the premise of the books (humans ride telepathic dragons to fight caustic Thread) you should be good to go.

The Marvels We Have Seen, from Anne McCaffrey's Dragonriders of Pern, was a Treat for [livejournal.com profile] boosette, who wrote the lovely Menolly-centric Lend Song a Sweeter Grace last year.

A fire lizard mating flight brings Mirrim and Menolly closer together in more ways than one. Rated R for moderately explicit sex. It works as a prequel to my gen Mirrim and Menolly story, if you care to take it that way.

Will You Bloom Bright And Fierce was a Yuletide Treat for [livejournal.com profile] teaotter, who wrote the fabulous Steerswoman story Dumb Animals last year.

It's based on the gorgeous Dave Carter and Tracy Grammar song The Disappearing Man. The story itself requires no familiarity with the song or anything else. Rated R for brief but somewhat explicit sex.

Thistledown. From Ursula K. Le Guin's Earthsea series, accessible if you've read the first book. For Doire, who requested something about Vetch, one of my favorite characters. Rated G.

It was inspired by my thoughts on Le Guin's thoughts on heroism (traditionally male) and domesticity (traditionally female). She seems to value the latter more highly and also tries to reclaim the designated-feminine spheres as heroic in their own right, which is valid but which can make it seem like men have all the fun. This was my attempt to reconcile the two in a way which fits both her first trilogy and the later books.

The deeds of women are not often written into songs.

Color All Days Blue, But Save One For Many Colors. For Shannon C, who requested a cracky crossover with V. C. Andrews' Flowers in the Attic. I hastily checked her blog and found that she had read Nalini Singh's cracktastic Psy-Changeling series, in which Psys are psychics, Changelings are shapeshifters, and extra-powerful Psys have eyes like the night sky and the stars become fireworks during orgasm. Rated R for underage incest. I know, I know...

Momma explained that we were the forbidden children of an incestuous Psy-Changeling marriage and that she, a powerful Cardinal Psy, had fled PsyNet to marry her half-Changeling, half-Psy, half-uncle.

I blame Oyce for both the "half-uncle" line and the phrase "the dark blot of our existence."
Will You Bloom Bright And Fierce was a Yuletide Treat for [livejournal.com profile] teaotter, who wrote the fabulous Steerswoman story Dumb Animals last year.

It's based on the gorgeous Dave Carter and Tracy Grammar song The Disappearing Man. The story itself requires no familiarity with the song or anything else. Rated R for brief but somewhat explicit sex.

I loved her prompt, which I saw and coveted before assignments went in. In particular, I liked her suggestion that it was a myth about the change of seasons.

Obviously this is not my usual writing style! The song is in second person, and I started the story that way as an experiment, but liked the way it read so I kept it. I wanted a style that wasn't similar to that of the song, but also wasn't ordinary prose, to preserve a somewhat surreal, dreamlike, heightened flavor.

The song has almost no clues in terms of setting. Going by the lyrics alone, the overall feel seems European-mythic, though "canyon" suggests America to me. But I'm a huge fan of Carter and Grammer, and their work overall is very, very American. So I decided to have a mythic story enacted in a real location, small-town USA with burgers and fries and bears in the woods outside of town. Since I prefer, whenever using real locations, to use ones I know, it's set in rural California near Yosemite - maybe Coarsegold, maybe Mariposa, maybe one of the other little towns nearby. The plants I mention all really grow there, and there really are bears and cougars (and meth labs) in the woods.

This post (http://heron61.livejournal.com/654149.html) commented that the story is very feminist, and received this comment, which cracked me up: "What I notice about that fanfiction story is that the author is extremely unusually familiar with Southern California native wildflowers."

I'm not particularly, but am familiar enough (my parents have a house in Mariposa) that I was able to fill in the rest with research.
Will You Bloom Bright And Fierce was a Yuletide Treat for [livejournal.com profile] teaotter, who wrote the fabulous Steerswoman story Dumb Animals last year.

It's based on the gorgeous Dave Carter and Tracy Grammar song The Disappearing Man. The story itself requires no familiarity with the song or anything else. Rated R for brief but somewhat explicit sex.

I loved her prompt, which I saw and coveted before assignments went in. In particular, I liked her suggestion that it was a myth about the change of seasons.

Obviously this is not my usual writing style! The song is in second person, and I started the story that way as an experiment, but liked the way it read so I kept it. I wanted a style that wasn't similar to that of the song, but also wasn't ordinary prose, to preserve a somewhat surreal, dreamlike, heightened flavor.

The song has almost no clues in terms of setting. Going by the lyrics alone, the overall feel seems European-mythic, though "canyon" suggests America to me. But I'm a huge fan of Carter and Grammer, and their work overall is very, very American. So I decided to have a mythic story enacted in a real location, small-town USA with burgers and fries and bears in the woods outside of town. Since I prefer, whenever using real locations, to use ones I know, it's set in rural California near Yosemite - maybe Coarsegold, maybe Mariposa, maybe one of the other little towns nearby. The plants I mention all really grow there, and there really are bears and cougars (and meth labs) in the woods.

This post (http://heron61.livejournal.com/654149.html) commented that the story is very feminist, and received this comment, which cracked me up: "What I notice about that fanfiction story is that the author is extremely unusually familiar with Southern California native wildflowers."

I'm not particularly, but am familiar enough (my parents have a house in Mariposa) that I was able to fill in the rest with research.
I have a short story (2200 words) up. Sarah Connor Chronicles, Paradise, contains some non-graphic violence. Spoilery for the entire series, hence I can't synopsize it in more detail than "Five Timelines That Might Have Happened."
I have a short story (2200 words) up. Sarah Connor Chronicles, Paradise, contains some non-graphic violence. Spoilery for the entire series, hence I can't synopsize it in more detail than "Five Timelines That Might Have Happened."
I just created a detailed index of all my fanfic ever, with quotes and warnings, post-dated at my fic LJ here, so it will appear at the top.

It took forever, so I hope my slightly OCD self will not be the only one who appreciates the effort.

Some of my warnings, I have to say, are even more hilarious than I intended. Like this, possibly only funny if you know the fandom: Cold. Heero and Quatre consider outer space. Contains mental illness.

Or this, in which a normal summary would spoil the story: All the King's Men. My attempt to write something as cracktastic, hot, and dark yet bizarrely sweet as the canon. Contains all sorts of BDSM, sex while dressed as an altar boy, a zombie priest and his pet zombie dove, the skull of an embryonic shrew, psychoactive poisons, and sexual mind games including possible consent issues. Cain/Crehador and Cain/Riff. Spoilery for Godchild 7.

In the meantime, if anyone would like a DVD commentary for any of my relatively recent stories (within the last year or so), I am bored now.
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I just created a detailed index of all my fanfic ever, with quotes and warnings, post-dated at my fic LJ here, so it will appear at the top.

It took forever, so I hope my slightly OCD self will not be the only one who appreciates the effort.

Some of my warnings, I have to say, are even more hilarious than I intended. Like this, possibly only funny if you know the fandom: Cold. Heero and Quatre consider outer space. Contains mental illness.

Or this, in which a normal summary would spoil the story: All the King's Men. My attempt to write something as cracktastic, hot, and dark yet bizarrely sweet as the canon. Contains all sorts of BDSM, sex while dressed as an altar boy, a zombie priest and his pet zombie dove, the skull of an embryonic shrew, psychoactive poisons, and sexual mind games including possible consent issues. Cain/Crehador and Cain/Riff. Spoilery for Godchild 7.

In the meantime, if anyone would like a DVD commentary for any of my relatively recent stories (within the last year or so), I am bored now.
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rachelmanija: (Gundam Wing: Face-down Heero)
( Jun. 29th, 2009 11:57 am)
I also have a new Gundam Wing story, written for [livejournal.com profile] poilass for Con Or Bust.

Heero has brief encounters with the other pilots when they’re all children.

Rated PG for violence and trauma; this is a story about Heero, so warning for suicide attempts. Given the fanon regarding the subject matter, perhaps I should mention that this story does not contain any child abuse other than that inherent in being trained as a child soldier.

The canon for this story was taken from the manga Episode Zero. It has backstories for the pilots which had been intended to be part of the anime, but were cut for logistical reasons. You don’t have to have read the manga to read this story, and the only things the story spoils are fairly predictable anyway.
rachelmanija: (Gundam Wing: Face-down Heero)
( Jun. 29th, 2009 11:57 am)
I also have a new Gundam Wing story, written for [livejournal.com profile] poilass for Con Or Bust.

Heero has brief encounters with the other pilots when they’re all children.

Rated PG for violence and trauma; this is a story about Heero, so warning for suicide attempts. Given the fanon regarding the subject matter, perhaps I should mention that this story does not contain any child abuse other than that inherent in being trained as a child soldier.

The canon for this story was taken from the manga Episode Zero. It has backstories for the pilots which had been intended to be part of the anime, but were cut for logistical reasons. You don’t have to have read the manga to read this story, and the only things the story spoils are fairly predictable anyway.
Happy birthday, Sherwood! Knowing you has made my life so much happier. May this coming year be filled with good food, good TV, good writing, good company, and good sales.

Sherwood bid on my writing for Con Or Bust, and requested a story for L. M. Montgomery's Emily of New Moon which gives the final book, Emily's Quest, a different ending.

To Catch A Star.

When attempting to describe this series to [livejournal.com profile] yhlee, she suggested that given that it's borderline fantasy (Second Sight) and contains a significant character named Dean, I could do a cross-over with Supernatural, a show whose first season Sherwood is also familiar with. I thought this was a hilarious idea but didn't do it. I throw it out there in case anyone else is inspired.
Happy birthday, Sherwood! Knowing you has made my life so much happier. May this coming year be filled with good food, good TV, good writing, good company, and good sales.

Sherwood bid on my writing for Con Or Bust, and requested a story for L. M. Montgomery's Emily of New Moon which gives the final book, Emily's Quest, a different ending.

To Catch A Star.

When attempting to describe this series to [livejournal.com profile] yhlee, she suggested that given that it's borderline fantasy (Second Sight) and contains a significant character named Dean, I could do a cross-over with Supernatural, a show whose first season Sherwood is also familiar with. I thought this was a hilarious idea but didn't do it. I throw it out there in case anyone else is inspired.
...I gratuitously link to an old Yuletide story of mine, City of Angels. It's set in Francesca Lia Block's Weetzie Bat universe but I don't think you need to be familiar with the books to read it.
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...I gratuitously link to an old Yuletide story of mine, City of Angels. It's set in Francesca Lia Block's Weetzie Bat universe but I don't think you need to be familiar with the books to read it.
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rachelmanija: (Buffy: I kind of love you)
( Mar. 24th, 2009 12:30 pm)
I wrote a very fluffy Buffy story on the theme of A sisterhood of slayers, for [livejournal.com profile] springfluff as a gift for [livejournal.com profile] yhlee.
rachelmanija: (Buffy: I kind of love you)
( Mar. 24th, 2009 12:30 pm)
I wrote a very fluffy Buffy story on the theme of A sisterhood of slayers, for [livejournal.com profile] springfluff as a gift for [livejournal.com profile] yhlee.
rachelmanija: (Naruto: Start as you mean to go on)
( Feb. 4th, 2009 10:46 am)
I have posted a Naruto story focusing on Tsunade. It's rated PG, and isn't spoilery if you know who she is.

Five Things Tsunade Didn't Save (And One She Did.)

Order the series from Amazon: Naruto, Volume 1
rachelmanija: (Naruto: Start as you mean to go on)
( Feb. 4th, 2009 10:46 am)
I have posted a Naruto story focusing on Tsunade. It's rated PG, and isn't spoilery if you know who she is.

Five Things Tsunade Didn't Save (And One She Did.)

Order the series from Amazon: Naruto, Volume 1
rachelmanija: (Gundam Wing: Face-down Heero)
( Jan. 22nd, 2009 10:09 am)
I wrote a Gundam Wing story, "Two Business Cards, a Backstage Pass, and a Multi-Purpose Tool," for [livejournal.com profile] poilass for the [livejournal.com profile] livelongnmarry fundraiser. (Yeah, yeah, it took me a while.)

It's gen, 4000 words, and set post-series. Heero tries to figure out what happens to a soldier after the war is over; the other pilots offer him some possibilities.

Gundam pilots and terrorists live in an eternal present, working toward a future in which they will play no part.
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