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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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Friday, September 29th, 2017 08:13 pm
Well, that's been embarrassing. The stories have been up for 2 weeks, but, errr, things have been intense in RL. BUT, let me share with you that the Narnia Fic Exchange in live on AO3 with a lovely variety of stories, most of which I've not been able to read yet. You can find the whole collection here and there is something of every taste and flavor.

I received a wonderful, creative, fun story by Airawyn, so go read it and them how wonderful they are!!

Old Enough For a Fairy Tale Wedding (5085 words) by Airawyn
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Chronicles of Narnia - All Media Types, Chronicles of Narnia - C. S. Lewis
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Susan Pevensie/Original Male Character(s), Edmund Pevensie & Lucy Pevensie & Peter Pevensie & Susan Pevensie, Jill Pole/Eustace Scrubb
Characters: Susan Pevensie, Peter Pevensie, Edmund Pevensie, Lucy Pevensie, Original Characters, Eustace Scrubb, Jill Pole, Digory Kirke, Polly Plummer
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Everyone Lives/Nobody Dies

All children play games, and all children grow up, and so if you should meet someone as an adult who played the same games you did as a child, perhaps it isn't so strange. Cultural influences and whatnot and so forth and doesn't every child dream of lions?

And I managed with the mad assistance of [personal profile] syrena_of_the_lake beta and editing skills to get a story in on time. I do feel it's a bit of re-tread for me. Nothing really new but I'm thrilled that I managed to pull it together and write something and get it posted, especially given my insane RL schedule recently and a whole lot of technical writing. Baby steps. But it's up and done and thank you for being such wonderful, kind, supportive readers and friends. I wrote it for FiKate who asked for something about Digory and why he became a teacher and they noted Digory's special relationship with Lucy. So, that's what I did.

This Scepter’d Isle (2738 words) by rthstewart
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Chronicles of Narnia - C. S. Lewis
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Digory Kirke, Polly Plummer, Lucy Pevensie, Edmund Pevensie, Mrs. Macready, Peter Pevensie, Susan Pevensie

Digory delivers a lesson on "This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England."


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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

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
She is the Sun: fierce and bright, glorious and intense, unforgiving and everlasting.


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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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.

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

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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Saturday, March 14th, 2015 04:14 pm
I posted the first chapter of two of a thing very much inspired by the 3 sentence ficathon, with prompts and inspiration from Adaese, ruanchunxian0, [personal profile] syrena_of_the_lake .  It's a short (no, really it is short) spin on the llamas on the lam, the stolen dress and the other dress.  With added Crows.

Dressing Down or Alpaca Bag can be found on AO3 and FF.net.  I'll post chapter 2 next week.  Thanks and I hope you enjoy it.  It's got a lot in common with By Royal Decree.  So strange to coming back to that story after so long.

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Sunday, January 19th, 2014 11:18 pm
Not with a bang but a whimper, H&M, Chapter 24 is posted here.
I'd posted an excerpt back in August of the joss'd version of what is now posted.  I really loved what I'd written all those years ago and it was really, really difficult to part with all of it.  I probably kept more in that I should have but sometimes, I just can't let it all go.

The 3-year bonded presumption has been in the story from the very beginning.  Hints of it are in Lucy's conversation with Mrs. Beaver in TSG Part 1 and by the time Lucy and Morgan go to visit Jezebel the beaver back in chapters 2 and 3, the groundwork was there.  The odd references at the end of the chapter Coming and Goings where Jina and Willa are in the hold of the ship returning to Narnia after Narrowhaven also reference it.  More to come and more explanation.

There was a long scene involving Maeve meeting Seth and I ended up cutting it when it became clear that I would be looking at 17000 words or thereabouts.  I'm bothered by the fact that neither of them is thinking about that at the moment and I also know it's not terribly romantic that they are both so focused on doing their duties rather than falling into bed and swooping sensation, feelings and sexy times.  I deliberately mock the feeling talk and the kissing someone senseless romantic trope.  With any luck, I'll get tongue "lathe/lave" in there and maybe pressing manhood? Errr, maybe not.  it's called Not A Romance for a very good reason.

So, thank you.  the end is near. 
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Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012 10:15 am
Yesterday, via [livejournal.com profile] duncatra and Club Jade, I saw that Random House announced that it has jumped the shark and will be sponsoring a fan fiction contest at San Diego Comic Con.  From the press release:

Random House Audio Invites Fan Fiction Authors to Record Their Stories at Comic-Con International in San Diego

One story will be selected by RH Audio producers to be recorded professionally and streamed online!

At this year’s Comic-Con International in San Diego, CA, Random House Audio will be recreating an audiobook studio right on the convention floor–inviting authors of fan fiction to record a sample of their work for a chance to have their story recorded and released as a digital audiobook.

Stories from the following fandoms are eligible for the contest:

Star Wars®
The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini
Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer

Aspiring authors (who must be legal residents of the U.S. and 18 years or older) can sign up for a time slot to record their five-minute sample during the convention, July 12-15 at the San Diego Convention Center. Random House Audio producers will listen to the entries (no mashups, please) and select one to be professionally recorded and mixed by Random House Audio for streaming at www.randomhouseaudio.com. The grand prize winner and five runner-ups will have clips from their stories featured on the Random House Audio weekly podcast.

So, I suppose that those singing up think this is their big chance to jump to pro?  Maybe Random House is hoping to find the next Shades of Gray?  (though I can't see that sort of content being read via audio at SDCC).  As Dunc observed, and I agree, the whole point of fan fiction is to keep it separate from pro control.  Authors want to make the jump, fine, go for it and good luck.  I firmly believe though that it is better to keep derivative work out of the hands of those who control media dissemination.  That's what I thought was the most interesting story in 50 Shades -- how the author took control of the property herself, disseminating it as she and her readers wished. 
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Saturday, February 4th, 2012 11:00 am
The [livejournal.com profile] halfamoon 14 days of celebrating women in fandom went live and so I recc'd a bunch of Narnia things from the [livejournal.com profile] narniaexchange  and a few others, including a couple of [livejournal.com profile] festivids.  The reveals went up in festivids and [livejournal.com profile] be_themoon did a gorgeous Dune/Children of Dune one so be sure to go see it and tell her how awesome it is.
If there are other things you want to rec, be sure to do so.  I'm really hoping we get a multifandom vid for halfamoon from some of the great vidders who have contributed in the past.

Narnia Fic Recs )

A few other random things:
[livejournal.com profile] wingedflight21 did a really dark AU Narnia story that is terrific. To The Victor Belongs The Spoils

[livejournal.com profile] snacky wrote Little Women for Yuletide in Beth finds the palace beautiful

And last some Fem vids I really enjoyed from Festivids
Practically Perfect because Nyssa is
Awake My Soul, a tribute to Lis Sladen/Sarah Jane Smith (SOB)
Waterloo from Down with Love because now I ship Vicky and Barbara

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Sunday, January 15th, 2012 05:10 pm
So, I was going to post something exploring [livejournal.com profile] raykel's discussion earlier about adults playing with toys that are really intended for children. But before we do that, [livejournal.com profile] knitress wrote the following:

As someone who just stumbled into this, the whole ur doing it wrong thing seems very parallel to some of the debates in Lewis scholarship/'scholarship'/worship. Joy Gresham, Mrs. Moore, Lewis' lifelong friend Arthur Greeves.
I mean, if you're going to go on at huge length about what the original author would have wanted, shouldn't you, y'know, learn something about his actual life?

[livejournal.com profile] lady_songsmith and [livejournal.com profile] andi_horton have both said, oh yes, please share your reading list!

And so [livejournal.com profile] knitress has said she will post her reading list. This is an interesting exercise in a couple of respects.
  • There are a lot of people in the Narnia fandom who assert that adhering to Lewis' intent is very important, so illuminating what Lewis did intend and separating that from what others think he intended is interesting. I know some of you know far more about Lewis' life and art than I do, so do share, if you are so inclined.
  • Stepping back a few meters, some folks really like this sort of exercise at the more philosophical level -- who if anyone has the right to interpret something once it is freed into the wilds. Assuming we do understand the author and what he or she intended, what modicum of respect is owed the original creator? Or his or her designee or progeny? Gresham named Ramandu's Daughter Liliandil for the DT film. Rowling asked once that people not include underage sexual content in HP fic? Does any of that mean anything? Should it?
  • Last, there is the frustration all authors feel when the reader doesn't get what you intended. Sometimes it's a flaw in the writing; sometimes though it probably doesn't matter how clear you are, right? The reader is going to take what the reader is going to take.

In response to the above, divining authorial intent isn't something I usually worry about. I take a plain language view to borrow from a canon of statutory construction -- if it's there on the page, literally or thematically, it's fair game.  I'm more interested in exploring what I and others think about their work, and the community that develops around that exploration then I am in understanding more of what the author thought about his or her work. People pull more than I intended out of my work all the time and frequently I have no greater intent than "Shiny! let's try that!" and "Gosh I love that line. Let me build 10,000 words to include it." Or, "fandom poke. poke. poke."

Admittedly, TSG Peter and I both share extreme ineptitude in the areas of philosophy, theology, and languages. Being a shallow sort, I do not usually ask the big questions. (Though when I told Clio that, she said that I may assert the absence of a rear view mirror and claim inability to think big thoughts but that's because I pour my philosophical musings into fic.)  I decline to speculate as that would call for introspection.
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Saturday, October 15th, 2011 08:26 am
With my previous post, which [livejournal.com profile] l_a_r_m has now dubbed Archivefail! nearing 100 comments, I'm going to stop commenting over there. I won't close the comments or anything. While I have thought for a while that aspects of the Narnia fandom were regrettably ripe for a wank, I did not think it would be this particular variety. I have it on good authority from [livejournal.com profile] snacky that even here we aren't there yet.

Admittedly someone trying to lecture [livejournal.com profile] snacky and [livejournal.com profile] cofax7 on the history of fandom is pretty funny. There has been some additional comment activity which [livejournal.com profile] lady_songsmith linked to which included an allegation of threats of exclusion from the fandom because the blogger told an author With Lots of Very Important Friends that I think the way they treat their readers is despicable.

I don't think that's me (I don't think I've been called despicable by a reader (yet)). But if it is, that means you all are Lots of Very Important Friends and I certainly agree with that.

So with that, prompts for Narnia Big Bang begin tomorrow!!! Are you thinking of prompts to help people get ideas? I posed some in NFFR chat last night:

Beaver ninjas
Gay giraffes (which I'm actually going to use in the next chapter of AW)
VE Day

Also, it looks like the NFFR AsCast will be getting going again. Thoughts? Suggestions? Ideas?
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Wednesday, October 12th, 2011 10:48 pm
[livejournal.com profile] lady_songsmith drew my attention to something today and has just posted about it here. A new blogger, Narnian Caparison, is blogging about Narnia, reccing her favorite fics, providing nice links to those works and discussion, and also compiling the stories into downloadable pdf "books." Further, the blogger states: Stories may have been edited for spelling, punctuation, minor grammatical issues, or clarity.

Now, this blogger has good taste. From my F-list, she has works on her site in downloadable format by: [livejournal.com profile] lady_songsmith [livejournal.com profile] ilysia_039 [livejournal.com profile] cofax7 [livejournal.com profile] snacky [livejournal.com profile] andi_horton [livejournal.com profile] edenfalling [livejournal.com profile] autumnia [livejournal.com profile] harmony_lover

I did not know she had included my story, Under Cover. in her Book 7 until I saw it there. I don't know if she edited it for "spelling, punctuation, minor grammatical issues, or clarity" as I didn't download her pdf and do a line by line comparison. [livejournal.com profile] snacky and [livejournal.com profile] lady_songsmith didn't know their stories had been included either.

I've been getting seriously beaten over the head and the blogger has only put up one of my stories, and so I'm not going to engage on this [edit -- but got irritated at some of the responses when I had assumed and hoped this would all be very civil and so have made one comment on her site]. You might feel differently about it. [livejournal.com profile] snacky pointed out that the blogger seems well intentioned and I agree. I appreciate what she is doing. [edit -- subsequent posts the blogger has made have regrettably indicated otherwise]. It's the editing of someone's work, or the potential use of someone's fanart without permission, that might be troubling to someone.

Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] lady_songsmith for pointing it out!
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Saturday, December 25th, 2010 09:50 am
Follow The Star

They walked together along the island’s shore, arm in arm, the Valiant Queen and the Star. Cool sand filled the spaces between their toes. The wind swept their hair into salty tangles of mingled gold and red.

“I know from my world a story of three Kings who once followed a Star,” Lucy said on an evening as they sat together on spray soaked rocks and watched Liliandil’s family rise in the sky.

The Star concluded her song of greeting. “Not two Kings and a Queen?” Liliandil asked.

“No, three Kings, bearing gifts.”

The Star twirled the waters in a tidal pool with her fingers and glittering light spun around in a tight whirl. Tiny creatures emerged from the crevices with fanning tendrils to capture what the Star stirred in the salt water. “Surely this is a shortcoming, that there were kings but no queens,” Liliandil replied. “Perhaps it is not a very good story?”

Lucy watched the light and water mix and spin out from the Star’s hand.

“No, it is a good story. But, different.”

Liliandil withdrew her hand from the waters and waved it in a rainbow of light. Lucy caught the Star’s hand gently in her own, like a butterfly.

“What will you do now?” Lucy asked. It seemed that Liliandil’s task, like her own, was complete. The Star had brought them to the Dark Island. Together they had defeated the evil that had lurked behind the mist. Now, they tarried at the Sweet Sea of the World’s End, awaiting the partings that were to come. Lucy knew her time was short, that there were things that had to be done, that Aslan waited for her. And, beyond the Lion, there was the other world to which she belonged but did not yet fit, like a pair of shoes too big that she must grow into. Again.

“With the mist gone, will you guide other travelers?”

Liliandil looked out over the water to where The Dawn Treader moored. “No, I must join the ship and sail to Narnia.”

“And leave the skies?”

Surely such a sundering would be as painful to Liliandil as Lucy’s own farewell from Narnia. Lucy held the Star’s light in her hand, wishing to clasp it tightly in her own. But, light, like water, would slip away in too firm a grasp. Light would do what it willed. One cupped light, stirred it, mingled with it, bathed in it, reveled in it. One did not clutch light for it would depart when it was time and no force could contain it.

“I must follow her,” the Star said. “We battled long here on the Eastern Sea. I know her. She is angry. She will come again, in a new form, in a new way. She will hide, in dark places, and I must search for her there.”

Liliandil’s light flowed away from their perch on the rocks to dance upon the water of the still bay. Floating from the ship, they could just hear the piping flutes of the Faun sailor as he played and swung from the rigging.

Lucy’s heart yearned to follow the Star, back to Narnia, for another adventure, and another after that, for years without end. The growl she heard told a different tale. “I wish I could go with you. But, I must return to my round world, where there are no Stars to follow.”

The Star frowned and it was like a cloud crossing the sun. “But my Queen, why must you follow anything? Or anyone?”

Lucy carelessly kicked spray into the bay with her toes. Her splashes were illuminated in starlight. “I am not a Queen there, my friend. Not as I am here, at least.”

“Perhaps,” Liliandil said. “Yet, we know what Aslan would say and, in this, I agree with him.”

“Aslan is in my world,” Lucy had to concede. “But, he is not a Lion there, any more than I am a Queen.” Lucy felt the pain rise knowing how hard it would all be. She would be a child, again, trapped in her child’s body, again. She would always by looking for Aslan’s gentle presence and compassionate words and she would not find him in the dark, damp churches, nor in the narrow minds and shallow platitudes of the sallow men who preached in them.

“And the stars of my world are not as they are here,” Lucy whispered. “Our stars are cold and far away.”

“If they are so cold and distant, I would not wish to be such a star,” Liliandil said.

The Star cupped Lucy’s face in her brilliant light and brushed away the tears away that Lucy knew she should not shed but could not help. “No matter the time or the distance or the worlds, you shall always be my Queen Lucy.”

“And I will always look for the Star,” Lucy told her, opening gratefully to the generous warmth that would flicker and burn away the dark places.

The light flowed from the Star, enveloping them both in a luminous blaze of brilliant color.

“My Queen, have you not said that your very name means light?”

“It does,” Lucy told the Star, now smiling. “But I am not a star in my world, either.”

“Lucy, you say there are no stars for you to follow. And I say, that you are a light yourself that shines as brilliantly as the brightest of the stars in the Narnian sky. If you lead, your people will follow such a Star as you.”

Daughter, sister, lover, friend. There is room in the heart for all the affections, as there is room in heaven for all the stars.
Paraphrased from Victor Hugo

For the lovely women who I have come to know through the Narnia fic and fandom of the last two years. Thank you my friends for a wonderful journey.

By the Lion, I have written movie-verse. This is temporary. Merry Christmas to those of you who celebrate the feast of the birth of a Jewish carpenter who taught a message of peace and compassion. And for those of you who do not, may you enjoy a restful and lovely day and a wondrous New Year.

Praised be You my Lord through our Sister,
Mother Earth who sustains and governs us,
producing varied fruits with coloured flowers and herbs.
Praise be You my Lord through those who grant pardon
for love of You and bear sickness and trial.
Blessed are those who endure in peace,
By You Most High, they will be crowned.

Excerpt from the Canticle of All Creatures, St. Francis of Assisi
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Sunday, September 26th, 2010 08:10 am
[livejournal.com profile] caramelsilver  has posted a summary post of the first week of the NFE here

Especially with ff.net acting so screwy, and really the quality of these fics is so high, do check them out.

More than kisses, letters mingles souls -- Digory comes home from the war, but Polly is still fighting hers.
Written for me!  With added telegrams.  Polly is in prison, again.

Of the Heart Where I Have Roots -- "I always did fancy I'd find myself an adventure." (Frank and Helen living in London.)  Frank, Helen, Strawberry, and the cherry covered hat.

Talking of Michelangelo  Nora met Edmund at an in-between time and in in-between places.
Written in the second person in a very affecting way, with added Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, 1662 Book of Common Prayer, and Catullus

A Great Escape Indeed  Peter gets kidnapped and Edmund has to rescue him.
Blood, knife throwing, high adventure, a pile of poo, and really the title says it all. 

Your Journey's End  It takes the blood of many to build a mighty city.
The great city of Tashbaan has its own voice.

A Sadder and Wiser Man  "It was so strange, to see these figures that had been asleep for years, that had been such a bland, boring part of the background, to suddenly come to life before my eyes." The Four Great Lords, upon awaking from their years-long sleep.
An utterly unique gap filler -- the Telmarine Lords of Ramandu's Island wake up.

Under Cover  “I’m more concerned about a decent night’s sleep than I am about a silly school reputation, Scrubb.”
2-Parter with Eustace/Jill and the Jitterbug
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Sunday, August 29th, 2010 04:33 pm
Blocks and general downer attitude notwithstanding, as I'd gone so far, I have finished and tied together the pieces previously posted here into a full update to Harold and Morgan:  Not a Romance.  Chapter 4 is here, and about half of it is old-ish (though edited) and about half is new content.  Please review if you are so inclined.  Feedback heavily drives this story.
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Thursday, August 5th, 2010 01:12 pm
I'm not writing.  I sent in my [livejournal.com profile] narniaexchange prompt (Woot!  Early!  I LOVE my prompt!  Thank you whoever you are!).  So, I'm sort of done writing for now.  Really.   I'm not working on TSG or Harold & Morgan.  I'm still too uncertain of being able to sustain a story given how readers dropped like flies at the end of TQSiT.  But, work is slow, the days are hot, and the evenings are a bit dull since I don't watch TV.  I'm using the treadmill and watching Merlin on netflix which is a total crack experience -- it's so cracky, I'm just not sure I can get by the embarrassment I keep projecting over the whole thing.

But as a result of the Narnia and feminism discussion on NFFR recently, a question came about what the heck was Aslan thinking in dumping Shasta off with Arsheesh the abusive fisherman.  Really, it is a total Dumbledore leaving Harry on the Dursley Huh sort of moment.  This is an idea I've had for a while and have even mentioned here a few times -- a retelling of The Horse and his Boy with the Trickster god of the Calormene pantheon.

So, The Horse, His Boy, the Rat, and the Trickster
An introductory procrastination by rthstewart
2,187 words


The Horse, his Boy, the Rat, and the Trickster )
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Friday, May 21st, 2010 08:42 pm
So, Irishsongbird over on NFFR has asked some questions about romance in Narnia fic and I thought I'd cross post over here.  If you want to post over there, great, or you can post here and she'll come and take a look and they might use the discussion on the next AsCast on June 1.

If anyone wants to pic this up and cross post elsewhere, please do so.  

She asks as follows:

Hey guys! So, AsCast is recording its first summer Minisode on June 1st, and we want to hear from a bunch of others on our discussion topic before we record! Obviously, from the title of this thread, our topic is ROMANCE IN NARNIA.

I'll read through this thread before we record and use whatever comments I find particularly interesting/insightful on the show. To keep things more organized, I've come up with some questions to help you formulate your responses. Please use them since it will make organization easier for me! If you have other things to add that don't fit with the questions, state them AFTER you've answered the questions. You don't have to answer everything...give me only as much as you feel like!

1. Why do you think romance so prevalent in Narnia fanfic when the books have zero romance?
2. Does romance belong in Narnia? Why or why not?
3. What makes a Narnian romance good? (You may use specific examples from stories that you consider to be good, but NOT stories you consider to be bad because we don't want to do any bashing.)
4. General Spare 'Oom versus NARNIA romance...thoughts? Which do you prefer and why? Which one allows for greater freedom and interesting plots or characters?
6. Slash and incest in Narnia - this is a sensitive topic, so please be respectful in your responses, but feel free to state your opinions. Just be adult about it.
5. Is romance easier or harder to write than non-romance?
6. Do you read romance outside of fanfic or do you stay away from it?
7. Do you have any recommendations of good Narnia romance?

*I'm also going to PM various Narnia authors, romance and non-romance, with some of these questions to see what they have to say, so hopefully this will be a really interesting discussion to listen to!