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Sunday, March 15th, 2020 09:26 pm
There's so much, where to begin? Well, it depends. Most of this is Narnia, though there are a few other things, too. To decide if you are interested in "Not My Children's Narnia" (I'm an adult writing mostly adult characters for mostly adult readers) try Under Cover, or the first three chapters of The Stone Gryphon, Part 1 (Oxfordshire 1942), and/or the first four chapters of By Royal Decree. If you don't like those, you probably won't like the rest of it.

Never tell me the word count )On Fanfiction.net
On Archive of our Own

The Other Stuff
Liliandil and the Just King aka it's not all about you
Kwong Lee is a bad Buddhist
Lie Back and Think of Narnia -- Peridan, Flobber and meaning of the word "fark"
The Horse, his boy, the girl, her horse, the Rat and the Trickster stories are here and here
You need a wolf to run a mole to ground -- The Stone Gryphon AU
Morgan and Edmund On Two Hearts Day in the Lone Islands and Acceptance of the terms (after the departure of the Four)
Comment Fic, Give the Pevensies A Friend
More Comment Fic, including why Edmund and Leszi don't get along, why Morgan and Peter don't get along, and Jalur and the Cub.
And Then The World Blew Up (only here because really, how can you resist Sherlock Holmes, L.King's Mary Russell (no relation to Mary Anning Russell of TSG -- a coincidence), Ramses Emerson and Edmund Pevensie in Jerusalem in 1918?  The F List and I couldn't and comment fic madness resulted. The only thing missing was Miles Vorkosigan and maybe his mother.)
Lots and lots of Alternate Universe Stone Gryphon stories (where everyone lives and nobody dies and there are adventures) are scattered all over this LJ and spread to others. The easiest way to find out about the camels in the Sahara, spies in Moscow, alligators, and Che Guevara is to go to the TSG AU tag
Eustace, Jill and Quebec
The Great Mother's Day Debate in which the Just King argues for posting Chapter 8 of By Royal Decree so that he can have sex and accuses Rthstewart of disrupting expectations because she's worried her children will grow up to be like him.
Food for Thought, in which I channel the mind and writing of a 16 year old girl who blogs about going through her Great Grandmother Susan's wardrobe.

Because people sometimes ask, On the Narnia side, you have, in chronological order:

The Palace Guard (chronologically first but written after By Royal Decree)
By Royal Decree and at AO3
Chapter 1 of It’s The Thought That Counts
Black as Rat and Crow
Harold and Morgan: Not A Romance (in progress, maybe)
Two Hearts Day (part of H&M: Not A Romance)
Acceptance of the Terms (part of H&M: Not A Romance)

Deny the Child (sequel to Acceptance of the Terms by the awesome Anastigmat)

I love not the man less but nature more the Great Bonding of The Monarchs To Narnia
comes first chronologically but I do not recommend reading it until you've been through at least the Narnia stories and probably Part 1 of TSG. And maybe not even then. It's not for everyone, though its assumptions are sprinkled throughout the overall story arc.

 

On the Spare Oom side you have, in chronological order,

The Stone Gryphon, Part 1, Oxfordshire 1942 and at AO3
Chapter 2, It’s The Thought That Counts
The Stone Gryphon, Part 2, The Queen Susan in Tashbaan and at AO3
The Stone Gryphon, Part 3, Apostolic Way
(up to Chapter 15)
Rat and Sword Go To War

I personally think that before you start Part 2 of The Queen Susan in Tashbaan, it's a good idea to skim By Royal Decree and Harold and Morgan (even though unfinished) because there’s a lot that happens there, especially in terms of Edmund’s story, that is relevant. The Palace Guard is relevant to the Good Beasts and other personalities who crop up throughout The Stone Gryphon. I don't have many true surprises but one of them is spoiled in Chapter 2 of the It's The Thought that Counts so you might want to read Chapter 14 of The Stone Gryphon, Part 1, Oxfordshire 1942 first.

Stories outside this (intended to be) cohesive vision are:

Under Cover and at AO3
The Maenad of the Maquis and at AO3
Follow The Star and at AO3

Oh My Gawd, it's sooo long, so here's a short cut

A Timeline of events in The Queen Susan in Tashbaan
Partial cast of characters through most of The Queen Susan in Tashbaan, including character key to the allegorical code used in the story.
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Saturday, November 12th, 2016 09:08 pm

Edited below with a good link and some additional thoughts-
After seeing the burgeoning worry regarding continued availability of access to contraceptives in this new climate, I wanted to offer some words that I started here but with the concern, thought I should expand and clarify.

Will I be able to get contraception? I know what Mike Pence did in Indiana. Will the pill be outlawed? Condoms? What do I do?
  • Get good information
FDA
Information about contraceptives medical abortions here, and here and here,

Planned Parenthood
Here, and here.

Manufacturer websites for particular products are very good for information (and regulated) and may have coupons and patient payment assistance information, for example
http://www.trojanbrands.com/en/condoms
http://www.todaysponge.com/
http://www.mirena-us.com/index.php
http://www.thepill.com/
http://planbonestep.com/

  • So what contraception are we worried about?
Drugs (implants, BC pills, Sponge, etc.) and medical devices (IUDs, cervical cap, condoms)
All these products are regulated by the FDA in the Center for Drugs, and the Center for Devices
  • What are we worried will happen? And my short answers
                   *Loss of coverage or I won't be able to afford what I use now because I'll lose my coverage (Yes, worry and act now)
                   *The products I use now will be made illegal (No, I don't think this will happen)
                   *I won't be able to buy the products I'm using because I won't be able to find them (This is potentially a concern and there are solutions.)

  • What you should do now if you are in danger of loss of health coverage.
There’ve been lots of posts about how women worried about losing healthcare coverage should contact their providers about getting a Long Acting Reversible Contraceptives (LARC) like an IUD or an implant. Yes, absolutely, do this if it’s right for you. If you’re on ACA or you work for an employer that might decide it doesn’t want to cover your pills, and you’re worried about affordability, yeah, get in and do this right now. Get as much as you can before your copays or deductibles go up or if you think your coverage might disappear.
  • Should I be worried they’ll be gone, like Elaine and the sponge?

[A digression about the sponge.] )


I don’t think you need to stockpile Plan B, condoms, a year’s supply of BC pills, or get an IUD because you are worried the new Pence administration will remove these products from the market. I believe these products will continue to be available. This has to do with a couple of things. TL, DR
  • TL,DR about why I think already approved products you can use now will likely stay that way
First, these products are all regulated by the FDA and once they are approved, it’s really, really hard to get them off the market if the manufacturer wants to keep selling them.

Some over the counter, non-prescription drugs (like Benadryl or acne medicine) can go onto the market because of some regulations. But every other drug has to be approved by FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research in a new drug application (NDA) for brand drugs and abbreviated new drug application (ANDA) for generic drugs. To get that NDA or ANDA approval, a pharmaceutical company has to, among conduct a lot of clinical research showing the product is safe and effective for the condition it’s supposed to treat or prevent. This takes many years and millions of dollars usually.

Medical devices are divided into Classes (more about that here) and the more invasive, sophisticated ones, like IUDs, go through a process similar to the NDA, called a PMA. Products like condoms, logically, don’t have as many legal requirements though they need a “clearance” from FDA which isn’t as difficult or expensive; they are cheaper to make and it’s easier for a company to get into the business of selling them, so it can be pretty competitive.

Key takeaway:  It’s so difficult and expensive and takes so long to get an NDA, ANDA or PMA approved by FDA, it is really, really hard for FDA to forcibly remove the product from the market if the manufacturer wants to keep selling it. It takes years and hardly ever happens. Like, hardly ever. It may not have ever happened for a PMA medical device and has only happened once for a drug – there are two others ongoing now -- over 40+ more years.
  • But, couldn't a BC Pill or IUD manufacturer decide to cave to political pressure?
Theoretically, yes, but not likely, again for several reasons. First, drug and device manufacturers make money selling their products and they’ve been in the reproductive space a long time. Moreover, they are represented by a very, very powerful and wealthy lobby that pay millions to congressmen and senators to make life easier for them. An easier time for them means a well-funded FDA to get their products approved quickly and to keep the agency off their backs once they are on the market. They don't pay Congressmen to ban their FDA-approved products that they make money on.

And even with political pressure, some of them actually really believe in what they are doing, or at any rate, that they'll make money at it. For example, with Plan B  the manufacturer fought for years, with both the Bush and Obama administrations, to get its NDA approved and it took a court case before it was finally available to switch and make the product available to women of all ages over the counter. The makers of condoms have been there for generations and I don’t see them stopping even if Mike Pence believes they don’t work.
  • But FDA could cave to political pressure.
And, a word about FDA. It is a science-based public health agency. And while some people come and go, and yes, some Commissioners and HHS Secretaries (HHS oversees FDA) are wretched, and priorities change, the essential mission of FDA and the people in it don’t. As one woman I know at the agency said this week, “I’ve been there 28 years and I’m not going anywhere.” The current head of the Center for Drugs, Dr. Woodcock, has been there since the 90s -- products like the Pill, the implant, and Plan B all were improved or developed and approved while she's been there. FDA is pharmacists, doctors, and scientists.

What all this means is that if Mike Pence or a Congressional committee tries to tell FDA that it should ban birth control pills because drug companies are lying and they are really abortifacients that make tiny dead babies fill women’s wombs, or that condoms don’t work -- and FDA's gotten this crap for YEARS -- the congress critter will eventually get a polite response from an FDA official saying, “With all due respect, sir, the clinical data developed over years of patient use do not support that conclusion” and the pharmaceutical company will quietly pay large sums of money to congressional committee chairmen to make the problem go away.
  • What should I worry about?
Lots of things, of course. In the area of reproductive health, no new products, decreased innovation, no easier access for already approved contraceptives, like making BC pills available without a prescription. While companies will zealously defend their right to make money by selling you as much of their products as they can, I would not expect any to embark upon new contraceptive research for the US market. However, due to the climate, the US has lagged behind the rest of the world for decades, so this will be more of the same. (The medical abortion pill manufacturer has an unlisted phone number and a PO Box).

Things at FDA in the reproductive health area may go slowly. Maybe the office of women’s health will have to disband. FDA may have to respond to lots of stupid congressional requests for information and petitions or even lawsuits by abortion opponents urging them to remove drugs, restrict products, etc. I don’t see FDA moving from its determinations that these products were safe and effective for their intended contraceptive use but it will distract and delay FDA.
  • Investigate your pharmacy access now
I’m worried about pharmacies who will invoke conscience clauses to stop carrying contraceptives. This won’t be a problem if you are in a city or suburb and have a car and access to a chain pharmacy or big retailer like Walmart or Costco (if you can afford a Costco membership, their prescription drug programs and pricing are terrific). But if your local, independent or rural pharmacy only carries Plan B or contraceptives now because your state law requires it, I think we’ll see more pharmacies refusing in the future and they'll get support they didn't have before. So, get educated about what’s up in your state. This is a start, though dated.

States may also try to put products like condoms or Plan B behind the counter, making it harder to get these products.

If you think Plan B or condoms are something you’re worried you won’t be able to get in a hurry when you need them, by all means get a package or two and keep it on hand, paying attention to expiration dates.  But you don't need to stockpile IMO.
  • If I can’t buy drugs or medical devices from my pharmacy, I can just buy it on the internet, right? And I heard I can get the medical abortion pill on the internet.

Stop. Many major pharmacy chains and retailers have reputable, US-based online pharmacies. The ONLY safe online pharmacies are in the VIPPS program HERE.
DO NOT BUY DRUGS ON THE INTERNET UNLESS THEY ARE FROM A VIPPS PHARMACY.
Do not assume that because it comes from Canada, it’s the same. It probably isn’t.

If it doesn’t come from a VIPPS pharmacy, there’s a high chance that the product is counterfeit. Certain internet drugs are almost certainly counterfeit. Unlike other parts of the world, we have very little counterfeit product in the US and when we do it comes from 2 places mostly -- people buy it from online fake foreign pharmacies or a hospital or pharmacy buys from a shady supplier because they can make money on the amount they purchased it for and the amount they get reimbursed by the health plan or government payor.

If you do buy something and it doesn’t look right or seem right, contact the manufacturer or FDA. They won't try to throw you in jail.  FDA and the manufacturer are worried about you and unsafe product hurting people, not looking to report you.

I know this is all really scary. I’m scared too. I’ll be glad to answer questions. And if I got anything wrong, do correct me.

Edit
First, there's a great comment below by a pharmacist about expiration dating of drugs.  The plan B my helpful pharmacy tech at the grocery store got from behind the counter for me to examine (it's for theft deterrent, unfortunately) showed a nice long expiration date of 01/2020.  I'm very confident that pressure to make FDA restrict or withdraw approval of these already approved products is not likely to succeed.  But, what about the blunt approach, Congress or a State legislature outright bans methods of birth control, like Plan B or BC pills.  Could that happen?  I'm thinking about it and will post after I do some research.  I'm not aware of any instance where a product, lawfully approved by a Federal agency, was banned by a State or by Congress.  Even tobacco and liquor remain available for sale, and those are known to have health effects and have never been approved by a US public health agency.  Marijuana is a bad example because it remains illegal under federal law and international treaty.  There are a number of issues here and I'll think about it.
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Saturday, November 12th, 2016 12:17 pm
I regret to say that my experience with the bigotry, misogyny, and homophobia of the last few years prepared me for the US election results.  I found despair and disillusionment, and experienced the power of those voices, several years ago and so expected this result though I so wished to be wrong.  The only good news in this is that  this has meant my shock is not as acute because I've already been there for a while and, in my privilege, am not at risk.  Still, there has been a lot of stress baking, Corgi petting, and avoidance for the better part of 6 months.  So, I am so sorry that I've not responded to you and thank you so much for reaching out to me.  It will take awhile to get through 200+ emails and reviews on this account, never mind the dozens of unread stories.  But going forward, please understand that I can be here for you if you need it. 

So, watch this space.  I did a long blather cross-posted here on why I do not believe that women and families will lose altogether access to Plan B, drug-based contraceptives, and the pills that induce medical abortions because the process to remove FDA-approved drugs from the market when the manufacturer doesn't want to remove the product is very difficult and long.  In other words, I think for the time being, you can cross off your list, "stockpile Plan B."  That comment was long and blathery and I am not familiar with the processes by which medical devices are removed from the market, like IUDs and some implants, so I'll update with something concise soon.

When I was trying to comfort someone at 3 AM on Wednesday morning, I told him how important it was that he continue his creative efforts to tell others about the works of fiction that he enjoyed and found hopeful.  We need that more than ever, I told him, and don't let despair stop you.

I recognize in this a call to create in our fiction the world we want to live in.  The reason I returned to fandom in 2009 was that I thought we were on the cusp of creating that world in RL.  Alas, this is not true.  A quote I used in TSG attributed to Gandhi was "Be the change you wish to see in the world."**    And so, for me, it will become "write the world you wish to see."     

(**BUT, lots of people aren't ready for that call and commitment and may never be.  No pressure, OK?  This HURTS and is scary.  Grieve as you must and take your own damned time about it.)



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Wednesday, September 7th, 2016 10:50 am
Why yes, I'm still alive though not writing fic at the moment. In attempt to crawl out of that abyss and find again the good things that led me to start writing and posting again in 2009,

1. I am a level 25 in Pokemon Go and am only 50 Magikarps away from evolving a kick ass Gyarados

2. No one corgis like a corgi corgis
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3. Pandas are off the endangered species list!
4.  I am not participating this year but the Narnia Fic Exchange will be live soon, so I hope you enjoy it!  The prompts are here.

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Monday, December 21st, 2015 01:29 pm
SPOILERS

Several lovely people have emailed over the weekend asking, did I see it? Did I like it?

SPOILERS AHOY – GO NOW IF YOU HAVEN’T SEEN IT

Much TFA blathering behind the cut )

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Monday, September 7th, 2015 09:08 am
So first, I urge you will all haste to go read the wonderful things that [personal profile] syrena_of_the_lake [personal profile] syrena_of_the_lake  wrote for me. She is amazing and so are the stories.


What I got
A little madness story,
Fit to be tied (723 words) by Syrena_of_the_lake
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Susan Pevensie
Additional Tags: Crack Crossover, Anansi - Freeform, Chronicles of Narnia - Kangarooverse
Summary: Susan does not like surprises. Tebbitt does not like spiders. Anansi does not care.

And the glorious Rule of Threes Raid which does not require familiarity with the xover Rat Patrol (RAT- how perfect is that?)
The Rule of Threes Raid (18796 words) by Syrena_of_the_lake
Chapters: 3/3
Characters: Susan Pevensie, Edmund Pevensie, Peter Pevensie, Sam Troy, Jack Moffitt, Mark Hitchcock, Tully Pettigrew, Hans Dietrich
Additional Tags: World War II
Summary:The Rat Patrol's mission is "to attack, harass and wreak havoc on Field Marshal Rommel's vaunted Afrika Korps." Susan's mission is a bit more complicated, as is her relationship with the desert. A story of daring and deception and of loyalties built on shifting sands.

What I wrote,
My big story, written for Selden, is Flee From Memory. There's a lot that happens here, and it's right after the siege of Anvard, with Tumnus arriving to help with the complex diplomatic issues. As I was trying to decide what to do for NFE in response to Selden's marvelous GA prompts, she specifically said that she didn't mind romance and was curious how Tumnus reacted to Lucy the little girl as Queen. Seldon was also interested in worldbuilding and stories about memory. I had also a few new readers ask for more about Aidan Gunarr, Lucy's consort who appears in AW and is reference in other stories.  So, as the saying goes, kitchen sink time, with, among other things, the introduction of Aidan.  Also, for those who are familiar with my work, the ending is, I think, a surprise. I've not decided yet how I feel about the ending, but for the purposes of the story, and my recipient, it worked. Tumnus is the pov character and this continues his decidedly bitter views of Aslan. Tumnus is a very unreliable narrator and is a master of self-justification. As I was working on the story and the role of memory and deception, I thought a lot about my time in Eastern Europe in the early 90s after the Wall came down and the damage done to the psyches of the people I knew. Lying was necessary to survival and that was a difficult habit to break.

I did two madness stories.
The Blue Door Cottage (1909 words) for the superlative WingedFlight and [personal profile] syrena_of_the_lake [personal profile] syrena_of_the_lake
Relationships: Jill Pole/Eustace Scrubb
Characters: Jill Pole, Eustace Scrubb, Alberta Scrubb, Harold Scrubb
Additional Tags: Magic, Alternate Universe - Canon Divergence, Alternate Universe - Everyone Lives/Nobody Dies, Silver Chair - AU, SCAU
Series: Part 4 of Everybody Lives Nobody Dies Narnia AU
Summary: Jill and Eustace take a holiday. It does not go as planned.
The story is closely related to Winged's NFE from last year Concerning the Daily Maintenance of a Large Country House, obliquely references her other works, and I suspect the houses have had the same owner.

The other is related to an earlier work I did, about Mabel and Letty's apprenticeship with Mrs. Lefay. I wrote this for [personal profile] edenfalling  because she's written so many things for me and I really wanted to give her a small gift as she asked about Polly and Digory post-MN and what Letty and the other family members thought of this odd friendship between the two.

At An In-Between Place (2032 words)
Chapters: 1/1
Characters: Polly Plummer, Letty Ketterley
Summary:  Polly has an iron poker, a pocketknife, and a police whistle. She's ready for anything.[personal profile] syrena_of_the_lake[personal profile] syrena_of_the_lake


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Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015 08:26 am
[personal profile] snacky and [personal profile] aurilly have run an amazing exchange.

There are stories and books that I read occasionally that make me abandon any hope of ever at my advanced age becoming a true writer because the works are so gorgeous, so clever, so stunning. I've come to feel that way about The Rule Threes Raid written for me.

There are a number of other NFE stories that are just astonishing. (I'm running out of adjectives). There are a number of stories with different takes on AU Aravis, AU Silver Chair and playing with concepts of memory, who forgets what and when and how and the role Tumnus plays in it. That's something that is lovely about the NFE is that there are often in a single exchange, multiple interpretations of related ideas. It's really cool.

I'd already recc'd The Case of the Descending Debutante, which I loved, and if you are a fan of the corkscrew British comedy genre, the acerbically dry and quintessentially English wit of Wodehouse coupled with the wackiness of Douglas Adams, you must, must, must read
Psmith Giantslayer
(8859 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Chronicles of Narnia - C. S. Lewis/Psmith - P. G. Wodehouse
Rating: General Audience
Relationships: Mike Jackson/Rupert Psmith
Characters: Rupert Psmith, Edmund Pevensie, Mike Jackson, Susan Pevensie
Summary: Or, how the glorious Affair of the Motor Car on the Senate House Roof became the rather more alarming Affair of the Enormous Giants.
(Psmith, however, was enchanted. "Such nobility of mien,“ he told Mike. "Such an air of enterprise and derring-do! Who is this paragon of Cambridge manhood, may I ask?”
“I think his name is Pevensie,” said Mike.)
... "Your sister?" said Mike, a little doubtfully.
"She's in her final year at Girton," said Edmund. "Did some time with the Women's Auxiliaries as a driver near the end of the war. Dab hand with a screwdriver, is Susan."
Psmith shook his head sadly. "I was given to believe that Girton was naught but a lonely outpost in the wilderness, practically a shack surrounded by howling fens," he told Edmund. "How very glad I am to hear that this was mere calumny. We should be honoured to accept the assistance of this beauteous lady mechanic."
 


I loved this one too, with Jill, Silver Chair AU where Eustace and Jill stay, and ENTWIVES

to pluck up that which is planted
(5221 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Chronicles of Narnia - C. S. Lewis Chronicles of Narnia - All Media Types
The Lord of the Rings - All Media Types

Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Relationships: Jill Pole/Eustace Scrubb
Characters: Jill Pole, Eustace Scrubb, Rilian, Entwives - Character, Aslan
Additional Tags: SCAU, Everybody Lives Nobody Dies, Aslan is a jerk but only kind of a jerk, So is Iluvatar tbh

Summary: Narnian welcomes its visitors from Earth and Middle-earth alike, but being allowed to stay there? That’s a different story. Jill doesn’t take it so easily as the Pevensies. (Because she’s Jill.)
Two dark, interesting takes on Aravis and Narnia AU

Oathkeeper
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Chronicles of Narnia - C. S. Lewis
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Graphic Depictions Of Violence, Major Character Death
Characters: Lucy Pevensie, Edmund Pevensie, Aravis
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Canon Divergence, Dark, Book: The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe
Summary:
She is the Sun: fierce and bright, glorious and intense, unforgiving and everlasting.

And

The Tisroc and the King
(7375 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Chronicles of Narnia - C. S. Lewis
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Aravis/Shasta | Cor
Characters: Aravis, Shasta | Cor, Prince Rabadash, Lasaraleen, Corin (Narnia)
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Canon Divergence, Calormen, Archenland, A somewhat grimmer future
Summary: Something went very differently, and Cor and Aravis never met. Now, in the aftermath of battle, a King and a Tisroc must be buried, and two enemy nations must crown their new rulers.





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Monday, August 31st, 2015 09:59 am
It's going to take me a while to get through these stories.  There are 39 of them of amazing quality.

To begin,

Fit To Be Tied, written for me, crack cross over in which, courtesy of Anansi the spider trickster, Susan romps through various fictional places dealing with a spider with a sense of humor,

The Rule of Threes Raid, also written for me, Susan is inserted into North Africa to mislead the Nazis about the upcoming invasion of the "soft underbelly of Europe" (a crossover with Rat Patron, which you don’t need to know at all), canon Narnia and my own The Stone Gryphon series

The Case of the Descending Debutante, Lucy, Edmund and Eustace, still with Harold and Alberta, post DT, invade Greece on a humanitarian mission with guest appearance by paratrooper Susan, is hilarious, amazing fun,

Chain of pearls (anklets of light) a beautiful, visual story about Eustace and faith as he visits India, and comes to see how elephants in Hinduism allows him to better understand the Lion in his own life, . Aspects of the Narnian fandom can be horribly critical of non-Christian belief systems, asserting that non-Christians have no business enjoying the Chronicles except as a path to Christian evangelization -- ironic given the popularity of the stories worldwide. For its respectful portrayal of another belief system, this story is multi-cultural gem and Eustace is the perfect voice and vehicle for it.



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Sunday, August 30th, 2015 08:49 pm
And oh my gosh, you need to go RIGHT NOW

First off, I have an amazing fun Madness. It is delightful. You will love it.

Fit to be tied (723 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Chronicles of Narnia - All Media Types
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Susan Pevensie
Additional Tags: Crack Crossover, Anansi - Freeform, Chronicles of Narnia - Kangarooverse
Summary:

Susan does not like surprises. Tebbitt does not like spiders. Anansi does not care.


And then, my anon, for my main story, has written an 18,000 word war story set between The Queen Susan in Tashbaan and Rat and Sword Go To War. Queen Susan Caspian is sent to North Africa as part of the deception build up to Operation Mincemeat. I've just started and have already run into Susan Caspian and Tebbitt, Asim, and Colonel Walker-Smythe. I don't know the other verse it's crossed with, Rat Patrol, but I'm not worried about that. There are notes at the beginning and if you do love Rat Patrol, well that's an added bonus.   It's wonderful.  It's amazing and I'm already in love. 



The Rule of Threes Raid (18796 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 3/3
Fandom: Chronicles of Narnia - All Media Types, The Rat Patrol
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Susan Pevensie, Edmund Pevensie, Peter Pevensie, Sam Troy, Jack Moffitt, Mark Hitchcock, Tully Pettigrew, Hans Dietrich
Additional Tags: World War II
Summary:

The Rat Patrol's mission is "to attack, harass and wreak havoc on Field Marshal Rommel's vaunted Afrika Korps." Susan's mission is a bit more complicated, as is her relationship with the desert. A story of daring and deception and of loyalties built on shifting sands.




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Friday, August 14th, 2015 10:22 pm
Inspired by my trip to Nova Scotia, I posted the first chapter of a three part story, The Star Husband.  It's on AO3 and FF.net.  The first chapter is Polly and Richard, and elaborates further on some short things I posted here several years ago. 

I need to work on the NFE now then I'll finish it up.  I have a lot of thoughts about it, particularly this characterization of Richard in the prime of his physical and intellectual life, 20 years before the start of TSG.  Some reviewers have pointed out some great things and questions, which I will answer once I'm not traveling.  Great stuff, some of which I intended and some of which I didn't.  I've always been kinda on the fence about Richard and I know some of that ambivalence comes out.  He's so enthusiastic and pedal to the metal, so focused, and so appreciative of things, it's a joy, but he IS manipulative. 

The story that Rita tells of the Star Husband is one that I saw in the Halifax Museum of Natural History.  I've had real problems finding it elsewhere and I'm a little worried that it's not a geunine Mi'kmaq story.  I did eventually find it, in the exact same format as it appeared in the museum.  So, I dunno.  When I read it, I immediately thought of Narnian stories and the importance of stars and so wanted to highlight a little bit of this First Nations culture. 

If you are interested, I hope you enjoy it.





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Monday, July 20th, 2015 08:49 am
Whynot, thanks for reading and leaving comments.  You obviously have some questions, so if you want me to answer them, you can comment over here.  A few things,

Separated at Birth -- some people think I have the timeline right, others don't.  I worry less about that sort of thing than I used to.  I wrote the story mostly because it's two female characters with a lot of baggage on a heist and I think Mara and River are great foils for one another, with River bringing some of the crazy that Mara really tries to avoid.

By Royal Decree -- I'm not quite sure what you meant.  It sounds like the tone of the story was bothering you.  If you had difficulty distinguishing the princesses, you aren't alone as Edmund hasn't bothered to tell them apart, either.  They are supposed to a broad parody, with even the line inserted in the story about "learning the business of government" being a riff on popular fic at the time.  As for the tone, it's humor and parody, not something seen much in the Narnia fandom, I guess.  It doesn't read as typical romance because I didn't start it as a typical romance -- Evil Banker Morgan was a late edition and on my Journal you could read the Great Mother's Day debate in which I was undecided about how to end the story.  That idea of it not being a typical romance is realized more fully in H&M.

Harold and Morgan -- I guess the doorstop comment in that chapter is referring to Edmund being relegated to a position inferior to bankers where he's basically anonymous and leaning against walls and doors.  It's how he's feeling.

Thank you for reading.





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Saturday, July 18th, 2015 10:09 pm
GASP, coming up for air, to say that Snacky has allowed all the Narnia Fic Exchange prompts to be revealed now so that anyone who wants to right a story for Madness can do so.  And it's funny, there always certain themes and this year, there are many prompts with tell me a story where The Last Battle Never Happened, Worldbuilding, AU, and Mythology.  Several new faces, too!  Lots and lots of good stuff and great ideas, so if you want to write something for Madness, go for it. You do not have to be participating in the main exchange.  Like any madness, it's open to anyone.   Snacky's post is here.  Fic is due anytime before August 23.  The minimal rules are here.  The prompts are here.

NFE Madness is a great opportunity to write for an appreciative audience. 



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Wednesday, July 8th, 2015 06:57 pm
I am way, way, way too old to be pulling all-nighters for work.  My only consolation is that Mr. Spock is suffering even more than I am.  Oh, and we returned from a lovely holiday to a busted sprinkler system and 1 inch/2.5 cm of water in the basement and $$$ in ruined carpet and now we have blow dryers and dehumidifiers rented for even more $$$ blowing in the basement 24/7. 

So, I've been having to deal with Work Hell from home whilst making frantic calls to contractors and repairmen.

Blergh.
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Sunday, July 5th, 2015 07:41 pm
So, Remix reveals are up!! I got three amazing stories from 3 of my favorite writers, WingedFlight, [personal profile] edenfalling , and [personal profile] syrena_of_the_lake 

For the main exchange, Winged gave me the hilarious remix of the llamas on the lam.  Winged is so wry and clever and she just nails this story. 

Alpaca Bag (the wayward llamas remix) (1055 words) by WingedFlight
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Chronicles of Narnia - C. S. Lewis
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Susan Pevensie, Flax and Shadow
Additional Tags: llamas on the run, run llamas run
Summary:

Come now Gentle Beasts and Birds, Sons of Adam and Daughters of Eve, that might you hear the Tale of the Wayward Llamas. Stop and listen that you may also know of Flax the Brave and her mate Shadow, and how a Wrong Turn led to the Rescue of a Queen. Harken to me now.



And for remix madness,

Follow the Story (One Queen, Bearing Gifts) (1826 words) by Elizabeth Culmer
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Chronicles of Narnia - C. S. Lewis
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Lucy Pevensie, Lilliandil (Ramandu’s Daughter)
Additional Tags: Remix, Book: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, Names, Conversations, Female-Centric, POV Female Character, Female Friendship, Canon - Book
Summary:On Ramandu's island, Lucy and the Star's daughter speak of stories, choices, and new beginnings.

This is gorgeous.  I love how Liz gives the Star's daughter so much agency in her journey and choices.  It's lovely.

And then Syrena wrote a veritable tear-jerker with Jalur and the Cub.

Tiger burning bright (The "Acceptance of the Terms" Remix) (772 words) by Syrena_of_the_lake
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Chronicles of Narnia - All Media Types
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: Major Character Death
Summary:A remix of Jalur, Aslan and the Cub, from "Acceptance of the Terms" (Epilogue to Harold and Morgan: Not a Romance) by Rthstewart.

I wrote 2 stories and Adaese guessed the first one and so she gets a ficlet!!! So let me know what you would like!!

The Peculiar Case Of The Man With The Missing Soul (the Turn! Turn! Turn! remix) (8651 words) by rthstewart
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Elementary (TV), Chalion Saga - Lois McMaster Bujold
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Joan Watson (Elementary), Sherlock Holmes, Ms. Hudson (Elementary)
Additional Tags: Crossovers & Fandom Fusions, Alternate Universe - Modern Setting, Alternate Universe - Modern with Magic, The Bastard - Freeform, Case Fic, Character of Faith, Canon Trans Character
Summary:At first, Curtis Atherton's death appeared a simple suicide. Of course, nothing is simple when the Bastard is involved.  Sherlock Holmes, Doctor Joan Watson, and Ms. Hudson, Acolyte of the Bastard, are on the case.

I loved writing this story and really appreciated [personal profile] heliopausa for her help and her and Metonomia's beta assistance. It was a case fic, and long, which made it hard but the story, originally written for me at Yuletide, begged for expansion.


The second story was for the Lizzie Bennett Diaries and my thanks to [personal profile] syrena_of_the_lake  for the beta assistance. My recipient really liked it and I really enjoyed trying to write Darcy during the Netherfield arc. He's a fundamentally decent person but also an arrogant jerk so it was a challenge to balance the two.

clouds in my coffee (the diamond in the rough is looking so sparkly remix) (2296 words) by rthstewart
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Lizzie Bennet Diaries
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Lizzie Bennet/William Darcy
Characters: Lizzie Bennet, William Darcy, Bing Lee, Caroline Lee, Jane Bennet
Additional Tags: Netherfield Arc
Summary:The thing about living with someone for an entire month who you are otherwise attempting to exorcise from your existence is that you learn all manner of things about her you could have gone your whole life without learning.

 

Elizabeth, having rather expected to affront him, was amazed at his gallantry; but there was a mixture of sweetness and archness in her manner which made it difficult for her to affront anybody; and Darcy had never been so bewitched by any woman as he was by her. He really believed, that were it not for the inferiority of her connections, he should be in some danger.
Pride and Prejudice, Chapter 10, by Jane Austen

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Saturday, July 4th, 2015 09:29 pm
copied and pasted from last year (and probably the years before that too)


Thanks so much!  I’ve been doing the NFE since 2010 and have never been disappointed.  Despite the character-centric match up, the fact is, I’m pretty agnostic as to characters for the NFE. Whatever we've been matched on, don't worry because I like just about anything and what I don't like has to do with tone and characterization, not particular characters.   From my previous prompts, you can glean the following:

What I love:

  • UST; witty banter and snark; Politics, finance or military strategy; World War 2; Worldbuilding; Gap-filling; Culture clash (within Narnia or Narnia vs. Spare Oom); healthy, normal, romantic relationship between consenting adults (canon pairing or OC); someone being extraordinarily clever and getting out of a jam; any Narnian (Pevensie or otherwise) observed from a third person point of view.
  • A happy ending, delightful characterization, and to laugh at least once
  • Pagan and/or mythological influences;
  • Adults and old souls in young bodies;
  • A Narnia with creaky wheels, the faint smell of manure, grass stains, open windows, and lots of animal hair that everyone is too polite to comment upon
  • I prefer humor over angst and sex over violence.
  • Cross-overs!  With Bujold universe, either Chalion or Vorkosigan; I’ve also developed an unhealthy focus on Peter and Eowyn, Lucy and Aragorn, and Susan and Eomer.  I’m more agnostic about Edmund and Faramir.  Anyone and dragons.  Lucy as a Time Lord; Susan with Sarah Jane Smith or Peggy Carter.  Marvel Universe is great, too.  Edmund slumming with Barton and Natasha; Peter as a Howling Commando.  Warehouse 13 or Harry Potter.  Polly, Digory, and classic ACD Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson. 
  •  AU and canon divergence is great too.  A Golden Age > 15 years, so, therefore I'd love an AU look with adult Pevensies, OC consorts, and the next gen.
  • Similarly, I’d love a Spare Oom AU with a happily ever after and no train crash
  • I love any fem-centric work.  I love Hwin, Mrs. Beaver, Polly, Jill, and Susan as well.  I like the guys, too, particularly Peter, Edmund, Digory and Eustace.  I'm more interested in periods other than the Telmarine era onward and really I'd be very happy if you just ignore TLB completely.

 What I definitely don't want in my fic: it's a short list but pretty strongly held:  explicit m/m (everything else is OK); excessive angst, gore or violence; any dub-con whatsoever (Rilian & Lady of the Green Kirtle (OK); Susan written as "Fallen Away From Narnia because of Lipstick and Nylons"; Lucy sidelined or being protected by her overbearing big brothers and worry-wart sister.  I have a strong preference for humor over angst and romance/sex rather than violence.

Edit to add:  I've got a big body of Narnia work and some people like to play in it.  If that's something that you are interested in, you don't need my permission!  GO FOR IT.
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Friday, July 3rd, 2015 07:07 pm
So, I've been traveling and completely forgot to signal boost the Narnia Fic Exchange.  Sign ups close on Sunday and there are also sign ups for betas and pinch hitters.  It's awesome.  [personal profile] snacky  and [personal profile] aurilly are running it and you should really go play.
Sign ups are here and here on AO3.
Beta offers are here
Pinch hit offers are here

And I guess remix reveals are this weekend.  I mentioned I had 2 stories.  Been a bit of a bust, I guess, but if you can guess which ones I did, I'll write something!

Also, I visited the Joggins Fossil Cliffs and admit to rediscovering some inspiration from the great scientists who also found inspiration there.  So, I may try to pull something about that.  I'm not at all accustomed to walking a rocky shoreline and picking up fossils on the beach.  It was really amazing. (Just trying to figure out who would have gone there in TSG-verse?  Richard Russell?  With Polly?  With Mary?  Eustace? so many possibilities? in verse or AU verse?)  pay this no mind, move along, nothing to see here.  yet.

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Monday, June 29th, 2015 09:01 pm
You anons are amazing and wonderful and I thank you. I so wanted to get to do some remixes for you all but I'm in the midst of traveling and it wasn't to be. But wow, I've received, besides the wonderful llama story, a heartbreaking remix of Jalur's farewell and a gorgeous variation on my story of Lucy and the Star's daughter.  They are below.  Wow.  I'm so happy.  Thank you. 

I do, btw,  have 2 stories up in the remix.  I'm a little bit... concerned about one of them.  Ah well.  No matter.  I have three glorious remixes and I'm delighted. 

Tiger burning bright (The "Acceptance of the Terms" Remix) (772 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Chronicles of Narnia - All Media Types
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: Major Character Death
Summary:

A remix of Jalur, Aslan and the Cub, from "Acceptance of the Terms" (Epilogue to Harold and Morgan: Not a Romance) by Rthstewart.
SOB



Follow the Story (One Queen, Bearing Gifts) (1826 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Chronicles of Narnia - C. S. Lewis
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Lucy Pevensie, Lilliandil (Ramandu’s Daughter)
Additional Tags: Remix, Book: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, Names, Conversations, Female-Centric, POV Female Character, Female Friendship, Canon - Book
Summary:

On Ramandu's island, Lucy and the Star's daughter speak of stories, choices, and new beginnings.

A beautiful story of delicate friendships, names, and beginnings.

I am the luckiest person in the world.


rthstewart: MacPhryne (Miss Fisher)
Sunday, June 28th, 2015 08:14 pm

Alpaca Bag (the wayward llamas remix) (1055 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Chronicles of Narnia - C. S. Lewis
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Susan Pevensie, Flax and Shadow
Additional Tags: llamas on the run, run llamas run
Summary:

Come now Gentle Beasts and Birds, Sons of Adam and Daughters of Eve, that might you hear the Tale of the Wayward Llamas. Stop and listen that you may also know of Flax the Brave and her mate Shadow, and how a Wrong Turn led to the Rescue of a Queen. Harken to me now.


Go and read and tell my person how awesome they are!!
 

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Thursday, June 25th, 2015 09:31 pm
Castingmysilver on Tumblr drew something amazing for me.  They drew Evil Banker Morgan and it's amazing.  You can see her green dress, the crow on her shoulder, her skin tone, her braid, and the oranges.  It's wonderful and amazing and I'm thrilled.




Here is the link.  If you are on Tumblr, I hope you will tell Castingmysilver how awesome they are.

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Wednesday, June 24th, 2015 09:21 am
Gosh it's been awhile.

Remix madness has started!!! GO HERE. WRITE FUN THINGS BASED ON OTHER PEOPLE'S STORIES

I had 2 remix assignments and got both in on time, woot. Gosh, WHO WRITES 10,000 WORD REMIXES? ME OF COURSE. I'm an idiot. But you knew that. I'd love to get a madness in, I have an idea, but it may not happen -- we're off to Nova Scotia soon. cannot WAIT. I was so sad when the deadline closed because it once again appeared that the person assigned to me had defaulted -- omg I've got rthstewart, run like the wind.
But, a couple days later, a story did pop up so I'm VERY happy that someone did not run like the wind.


Work has been slow and boring and so taking forever to do and in my distraction, I managed to scrape up my car on a parking pylon garage pillar that leaped out at me. Grrr. Also, we may have to replace the car altogether so I got distracted looking at new cars and then got pissed off at car salesman. What about "only contact me by email" was unclear? Also, my spawn ran off to wilderness camp for a week without water bottles and I've been fretting about it.

I've seen Mad Max twice, LOVED IT. OMG GO SEE IT. I did not see Jurassic World though, of course, I love dinosaurs, because ehh. And I need to see the new Pixar movie, though I'm sure I'll cry through the whole thing. I saw the Rebels premiere and did enjoy it. I've not watched Orphan Black yet. I'm just tired of grimdark -- the world is such an awful horrible place from where I sit I look for true escapism from my Twitter feed and daily news. Why yes, hello depression, I've not missed you AT ALL. There was a fun article about the awesomeness of crows in WaPo here.