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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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.
...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: (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.
Links to all the Yuletide stories I've ever written.

My final treat was in response to this adorable prompt from [livejournal.com profile] livii:

For the Cherry Ames series of books: well, no one offered this but me, so you didn't match on this, heh. But in case you are not inspired by the other options and/or are feeling like a big challenge, this is Cherry, and you wouldn't have to read more than one book to write in the universe, and I wrote the request with the hopes someone would actually offer and match in it, but for you, if you feel crazy and want to write in this, I would basically just pass out to see Cherry fic at all, so you can write pretty much anything you like. If Cherry gets to kiss a girl, you will have officially won the entire internets and five ponies. :D

Request was: Just have fun with it - give Cherry a new assignment (in the [X] Nurse vein), give her a new mystery to solve during an existing time period (I love WWII stories, for the record, or ones set while she's at school), have her fall in love - I just want something as sweet and lovely as the books, with the underlying current of duty and devotion to the profession of nursing that Cherry has. If you can work in Gwen and Ann or any of the Spencer Girls, all the better - Cherry's male beaux are awesome, but at heart, she's such a sweet little lesbian, and I love her and her girlcrew and would adore some femslash.

Cherry Ames, Summer Camp Nurse

Rachel here: I loved these books as a girl and many of them hold up well as an adult. The nursing is pretty realistic, and Cherry is a sweet but strong-willed woman who enjoys dating men but always puts her career first. She also, as [livejournal.com profile] livii noted, is very fond of her female friends.

I would have offered to write this fandom if I’d noticed it on the list, so I couldn’t turn down such a heartfelt request. I wrote the story in about two hours and you can probably tell, but I did my best to keep it faithful to the books. Really, the only part that couldn’t have come straight out of the original stories is the gender of the person Cherry kisses.
Links to all the Yuletide stories I've ever written.

I really wanted to write a story for [livejournal.com profile] ionescribens. But two of her fandoms this year were too intimidating (Dunnett and Austen) and two I’m not familiar with. So I did something that ought to be reserved for a New Year’s Resolution, and wrote a story featuring Tom Quinn, Worst Spy Ever, her favorite character in a fandom she requested last year, MI-5 aka Spooks.

The Drop

I was worried that it wouldn’t be what she wanted, since she requested cheer in general and it came out extremely angsty. Luckily she liked it anyway!

The story has spoilers through 3x02, for Tom’s fate on the show. And for those of you who watched further, yes, that’s Ros he’s speaking to.

If you don’t know the series but want to read the story anyway, some brief, spoilery, but need-to-know background is under the cut.

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Links to all the Yuletide stories I've ever written.

My assignment, to my delight, was for L. J. Smith! It was for one of her more obscure series, The Secret Circle, which is about teenage witches. That plus the length of the story probably explains why I got the fewest comments I have ever received at Yuletide or else everyone else who read it hated it. (It was correctly guessed as being written by me by [livejournal.com profile] shewhowashope, who had spotty net access and couldn't comment.) But I had a blast writing it, and my recipient genuinely adored it.

The story not only spoils the entire trilogy in its first sentence, but probably doesn’t make much sense if you haven’t read the series.

The Star in the Sapphire

It contains non-vanilla sex of a spoilery nature, described at about a PG-13 level. This came about because my recipient said she likes smut, plot, and character-driven plots, and also requested a certain pairing. I ended up writing a character-driven, plotty story in which a certain sex act is essential to the plot.

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A plaintive request for Gundam Wing stories came online just when I happened to be feeling both creative and bored. Here you go, [livejournal.com profile] rilina!

First Flight. Trowa is the daring young man on the flying trapeze. No spoilers.

Little Black Notebook. Sally Po, headologist. Vaguely spoilery for Endless Waltz.

Compatibility. Heero's first flight. Spoilery through around episode 35.
rachelmanija: (Autumn: small leaves)
( Jan. 1st, 2008 12:02 pm)
My second treat was Lucky, for the "Dragonlance" books by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman. Those were favorites of mine as a teenager; they’re based on Dungeons and Dragons and do not possess great literary depth, but are really fun if you’re in the mood. I saw this come up and leapt at the chance to write in that world, of which I have such fond, albeit somewhat ironic, memories. Unfortunately, I had only two hours to write and the story really needed more polishing; please excuse the lack of proofreading, let alone rewriting.

The prompt was interaction between Tanis and Raistlin, slash great but not required. Tanis is the angsty half-elven group leader. Raistlin is… well, one of my favorite quotes on the whole series was when it was discussed on rec.arts.sf.written. Someone called the characters one-dimensional. Someone else, probably Steve Parker but possibly myself, replied that Raistlin was at least two-and-a-half dimensional.

Raistlin is a sarcastic and possibly evil mage who is cursed with golden skin, magic tuberculosis, and hourglass-shaped pupils that make him see everything dying. He has a co-dependent relationship with his strong but dumb twin brother, quite accurately thinks he’s much smarter than anyone else in the party and says so at the least provocation, and is nasty to everyone but Tanis, whose IQ is at least over room temperature, and unloved outcasts, whom he identifies with. For obvious reasons, Raistlin is the definition of “scene stealer.”

The other things you should know before reading this story are that one of the companions, Goldmoon, has a magic healing staff that won’t help Raistlin because his health problems are the result of a curse rather than injury or naturally occurring illness; and that Tas is not an idiot despite appearances, but a kender (not “kinder,” sorry about the typo): like a hobbit, but genetically unable to experience fear.

I like this story more than it probably deserves. I couldn’t manage slash in the time I had, but did try to write it so that one could read it as slashy hurt/comfort if one is so inclined, though I was more interested in the role reversal. Plus, I got to refer to gelatinous cubes and twisty tunnels all alike. It’s probably just as well I had to upload in a hurry, or I might have had someone get eaten by a grue.
rachelmanija: (Autumn: small leaves)
( Jan. 1st, 2008 11:59 am)
My first treat was City of Angels, for Francesca Lia Block’s "Weetzie Bat" books. The prompt was “Make this New Yorker miss California.” My inspiration leaped up and began shaking pom-poms.

You don’t need to know the books to read the story. If you haven’t read them, they’re magic realism set in Los Angeles; Witch Baby is a goth teenager living with her very complicated extended family and friends, most of whom have odd names.

All the locations and LA details are real. If you come to Los Angeles, I’ll show them to you.
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( Jan. 1st, 2008 11:51 am)
My original assignment was All the King's Men (warning: enormous spoilers and smut), for Kaori Yuki’s Victorian Gothic manga Godchild/The Cain Saga. This is one of the more insane manga out there, which says a lot; full of motifs from nursery rhymes and other sources, some quite odd, it alternates creepy and ironic tales of horror with a much more interesting ongoing plot of pure cracktastic madness.

The young Earl Cain is a golden-eyed child of incest who collects poisons “to ease his lonely heart.” His crazy and evil father Alexis heads an organization called Delilah whose ostensible purpose is to destroy the world but which mostly seems to exist to give Alexis and his other son, Cain’s crazy and evil half-brother Jezebel Disraeli, an excuse to concoct melodramatic plots to break Cain’s heart and, in Jezebel’s case, obtain his eyeballs. Cain’s allies consist of a younger half-sister, Merriweather, a former street urchin; and a devoted valet, Riff, with whom Cain shares such an intimate relationship that Kaori Yuki was forced to explain in a sidebar that in a previous volume, Cain had not been embracing Riff, but merely smelling his jacket. (Her sidebars are some of the best in existence; another one estimated the prevalence of homosexuality among Victorian butlers at fifty percent.)

The request was Cain/Crehador, and the detail was “smut please!” I was initially alarmed by this, as while I would be happy to write smut featuring Cain, I could not recall who Crehador was, and initially thought he was the 35-year-old circus performer trapped in the body of a 10-year-old boy; later, he gets a brain transplant; I forget the details. However, when I reread the manga I found that Cassian is the circus performer, and Crehador is the medium who befriends Cain. Whew. However, there was another problem: at the point when Crehador becomes important to the story, the entire plotline revolves around the relationship of Cain and Riff. So I had to figure out a plausible reason for Cain/Crehador smut that did not deny that other relationship. I also wanted to, in the spirit of the series, write something really, really cracktastic.

I had a lot of fun writing this story. Especially when I was in a café with no internet access, and I kept pestering Yoon for Catholic terminology which she didn’t know either, then bursting into maniacal laughter with no explanation. As a result, I wrote that a priest was wearing a hassock, which is a footstool (I meant cassock); and that he hit an altar boy with a vestment, which is an altar boy’s outfit; I’m not sure what I thought that meant, but definitely something harder. Later I fixed that, though I suspect that I still messed up a lot of Catholic details. Luckily the source is not known for historical accuracy either.

Special thanks to Oyce for brainstorming and beta, and to Ione for providing Victorian porn terminology. [livejournal.com profile] yhlee wrote the music, and [livejournal.com profile] vom_marlowe drew Cain as an altar boy.

Only click the cut tag if you have either already read Godchild volume 6, or never plan to read it and want to know the plot point which kicks off my story.

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rachelmanija: (Gundam Wing: Heero falling)
( Dec. 18th, 2007 11:54 am)
I have a new story up, Cookies. Heero needs his own personal therapist; Duo gives it a shot. PG, 2000 words, spoilers through episode 9 (the one where they're in high school together).

In case you missed it, [livejournal.com profile] rilina_fic wrote me Transit, a gorgeous, moving story about Trowa at an airport. G, 500 words, spoilers for the entire series.
The orgy poll was inspired by reading this fantastic Gundam Wing story, Drift, which has the distinction of being the only orgy story I've ever liked: sweet, hot, plausible, and very very funny. No series spoilers, but as the humor is all character-based, I don't know if it would work if you don't know the series.

Torch's other stories are here. The long stories in "Theory of Flight," and the excellent (not PWP) sex scene outtakes from them in "Theory of Fiction" are quiet, atmospheric, and very well-written. They're spoilery through about episode 16. Of the stand-alone stories, "Winterlong" is a bit sentimental but nice (vaguely spoilery for the end of the series), and "Drift" is excellent. I don't really recommend the others.

I wrote a story about Trowa, Heero, and the relationship between mechanic and machine, Connection. 1700 words, rated G. SPOILERY through episode 21. Part II in the possibly continuing series, "A Boy Loves His Gundam."

[livejournal.com profile] snarp has posted scans from a hilarious doujinshi featuring teeny shinigami Duo and suicidal Heero-- a match made in Heaven! Spoilery for episode 25, don't read if you're not there yet. Please go help her if you speak Japanese, she's not sure of some dialogue that I bet is really funny.
rachelmanija: (Autumn: small leaves)
( Jan. 1st, 2007 11:52 am)
My final Yuletide story (others are described in separate posts below) was a very last-minute "stocking stuffer," The Rose of Naamah, for Jacqueline Carey's Kushiel series.

WARNING: Contains graphic sex and extreme masochism. (No more extreme than in the books, though.)

The story doesn’t spoil anything in the books. In a world where prostitution can be something of a holy calling, Phedre is touched by the Gods: she is an anguisette, a kind of super-masochist. She and Alcuin are both wards of Delaunay, and are in their late teens when the story takes place; Melisande is a sadist whom Phedre has a massive crush on. That’s all you need to know to read the story.

It was written for [livejournal.com profile] deifire, who asked for Phedre and Melisande, and said that she was tempted to request "as smutty as possible"-- a very reasonable suggestion given the content of the books, by the way.

Mild spoilers for the story itself below the cut.

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rachelmanija: (Autumn: small leaves)
( Jan. 1st, 2007 11:46 am)
My pinch hit was Blood and Ink, for Lloyd Alexander's Westmark trilogy.

WARNING: Do not read this story unless you’ve read all three of the Westmark books. It will not make any sense otherwise, and will spoil the books.

Do read the books; they are remarkable. They are in print and quite short, and also fast-paced; you could read all three over a weekend.

They begin as cheerful, witty Ruritanian adventure, with lost princesses and con artists and tyrants—and revolutionaries seeking a republic. And then, without any jarring shift in tone, they unobtrusively slide into a very understated meditation on the price of revolution, the horrors of war, and how far a person can go into madness and still come back. And all this without ever losing an essential sense of wit, compassion, and grace.

Alexander is most famous for his Welsh mythology-based Prydain chronicles, which I also love, but I think the Westmark trilogy is his best work. The first book, Westmark, seems slight when you first read it, but I urge you to persevere; it’s a lot less slight in retrospect, and the second book, The Kestrel, is both my favorite of Alexander’s novels and one of the best war novels I’ve ever read. The third book, The Beggar Queen, brings the series to a satisfying close.

This was an incredibly difficult story to write, beginning when I nabbed the pinch-hit and saw that I knew the recipient, [livejournal.com profile] vee_fic. I found that quite intimidating, because I would feel personally sad if I didn’t write the story she deserved.

Massive spoilers for the trilogy and also my story below the cut, beware.

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