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Monday, December 21st, 2015 01:29 pm

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


Much TFA blathering behind the cut )

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Thursday, April 16th, 2015 08:06 pm
I'm thrilled with the new trailer.  I am sick with envy that I am not at Celebration with Club Jade but I've done some fun Star Wars things like watch the new Force Awakens trailer 6 times and didn't have pay for a movie ticket!  I'm THRILLED that the Spawn and I shall be able to take the nieces and nephews to see the movie at Christmas and we CANNOT WAIT.  Also, there's a Force Awakens exhibit at Celebration that was described on io9 that included pictures and commentary on concept art for a character that is either a huge misdirection or a big, giant spoiler.

Behold the glory of the trailer....

I LOVE the opening shot.  And I love this

And this,

Also, anyone notice Luke's peculiar grammar -- "my father has it...."  Present tense?

And of course, Chewie, we're home.

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Thursday, January 1st, 2015 06:20 pm
So I'm just back from nearly 10 days away and 3 time zones and so am behind on absolutely everything, including the December meme, which will probably be more of a January meme at this point. Also, I know that some have written things in response to my prompts and I will get to commenting and such. Thanks so much for sharing your theories, meta, personal stories, and all good fannish things.

So, Happy New Year! May this year be better than the last! I wish you all good things!

Did you get nice things?  Did you have a nice time?  Tell me more?

So, Yuletide. Oh my gosh, a huge thanks to [personal profile] heliopause for getting me through it! Helio was SO supportive.

I wrote one story, and one treat. The main story for [personal profile] parhelion was in Bujold's Chalion. I think my recipient liked it and I had fun doing it.
Communion of Saints (7300 words) by rthstewart
Chapters: 3/3
Fandom: Chalion Saga - Lois McMaster Bujold
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: the Bastard (Chalion), the Mother (Chalion), the Father (Chalion), the Son (Chalion), Lupe dy Cazaril, Bergon dy Ibra, Paginine, Ista dy Chalion, Ser dy Ferrej, Umegat, Acolyte Clara
Additional Tags: Fictional Religion & Theology
Summary: When it is dark enough, you can see the stars. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
Saints can find communion but may have to crawl over rough ground to get there.

My second was a treat for Port, writing, for the second year in a row, Mara Jade and Talon Karrde but not Mara/Karrde (that's not a ship I sail on).

Show Your Hand (1163 words) by rthstewart
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Star Wars Legends: Thrawn Trilogy - Timothy Zahn
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Mara Jade, Talon Karrde
Additional Tags: Nursing, Humor
Summary: Karrde is injured. Mara tenderly nurses him back to health.

I had in my head the desire to write a whole bunch of romance tropes where Karrde and Mara subvert them. This was just the first, where Mara "tenderly nurses" an injured Karrde back to health. Uh huh. There's always a YT request for Mara Jade plotty fic and that takes time and I really need to think about that and maybe next year.

I received 3 wonderful fics, 2 written by keerawa and another lovely story by glishara.  And I'm so happy that these stories are all doing well and are popular in YT.  It's nice to write something your recipient loves -- and I  loved all my shiny gifts.  It's even better when others love what you did!

All Disasters Out of Season (1103 words) by keerawa
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Elementary (TV), Chalion Saga - Lois McMaster Bujold
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Joan Watson (Elementary), Ms. Hudson (Elementary), Sherlock Holmes
Additional Tags: Crossovers & Fandom Fusions, Alternate Universe - Modern Setting, Alternate Universe - Modern with Magic, The Bastard - Freeform, Yuletide Treat, Yuletide 2014, Misses Clause Challenge, Case Fic, Character of Faith, Canon Trans Character

At first, Curtis Atherton's death appeared a simple suicide. Of course, nothing is simple when the Bastard is involved.

Like a Dragon in a China Shop (2779 words) by keerawa
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Temeraire - Naomi Novik, Sherlock Holmes - Arthur Conan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes & Related Fandoms
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: John Watson, Sherlock Holmes, Temeraire
Additional Tags: Crossovers & Fandom Fusions, Post-Canon, Dragons, Period-Typical Racism, Victorian, Yuletide 2014, Yuletide Treat
Summary:  When Holmes' investigation into a series of murders in Chinatown reaches an impasse, Watson must call upon an old acquaintance for help.

Birthings (1834 words) by Glishara
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Chalion Saga - Lois McMaster Bujold, Temeraire - Naomi Novik
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Ista dy Chalion, Illvin dy Arbanos, Annaliss dy Teneret
Summary:While on assignment in the Archipelago, Ista and Illvin's band finds some truly unexpected spoils of war...

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Wednesday, December 10th, 2014 10:56 am

For [personal profile] cofax7 
So, I really wanted to write something original and new, involving Leia Organa, Dana Scully, and Susan Pevensie and Agent Carter discussing career planning at Peggy's retirement party at a B&B on Chincoteague Island where they all bitch about getting lost in the Pentagon parking lot and maybe a dead body turns up. But that's plot and story and I just didn't have time. So, let's add that to the to-do list.

What I offer instead is something from a very, very long time ago, when I was deep into writing X-Jedi 2 -- a Star Wars/Xfiles crossover with Han, Leia, Luke and Mara wandering about DC with Mulder and Scully, dancing the macarena, smashing blue crabs, visiting the LGBs, blowing stuff up, going to a shooting range where Mara and Leia tried a slug-thrower, and trying to find Mulder's lost spooky. I wrote it with the incomparable Ginef and JackieeC and you can still find the story in odd places on the Internet though as far as I know we never archived it anywhere. This was written after XJ2, and was posted to the Club Jade listserve and expresses enormous fan frustration with ridiculous plots and no RST. It might be have been a collaboration with Ginef and Jackie, or it might have been just me. So, Cofax, I hope a line or two gives you some amusement this day. It does assume, alas, some familiarity with the character of Mara Jade and spoofs the end of The Last Command.

X-Jedi 3 -- the clone's name was Muulder )



Cross posting problems -- entry is here for now, http://rthstewart.livejournal.com/122541.html
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Thursday, June 5th, 2014 07:59 pm
So I was asked to make a reading contribution to an Aaron Allston memorial next week at Origins and was wondering if anyone had any ideas of favorite quotes or excerpts from his work?  If you do, please drop me a line or a comment.  thanks!
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Friday, April 25th, 2014 06:40 pm
The announcement we've been waiting for, dreading, eagerly anticipating came today, with Disney/Star Wars announcing, : “In order to give maximum creative freedom to the filmmakers and also preserve an element of surprise and discovery for the audience, Star Wars Episodes VII-IX will not tell the same story told in the post-Return of the Jedi Expanded Universe.”   They've also announced the release of three new, Original Trilogy and beyond-era novels. 

Dunc at Club Jade has a nice wrap up starting here.  The video is here and features old friends Pablo Hidalgo, Dave Filoni, and Tim Zahn, plus, sniff, Aaron Allston.

So, we've got ourselves a reboot, retcon, AU in the Star Wars EU.  As I tweeted, I'd be happy with it all going but gosh, the one thing from the EU that I do so much want to stay, is Mara Jade.  Sniff.  Really, I can live in a world where Waru, ghost sex in the machine, and Yuuzhan Vong never happened and Chewbacca (and Mara) never died.

Admittedly, I'm feeling nostalgic as I saw Tim Zahn at Awesome Con this weekend plus an old friend, the editor of some of the anthologies and the Star Wars Adventure Journal, from West End days, Pete Schweighofer.  Pete was the one who introduced me to Mr. Zahn back in 1995, so I've got really fond memories of those times.  Knitress sent me The Last Command by diplomatic bag when I was on a volunteer stint in Eastern Europe on its release.in 1993.  I never thought that making movies of what has already be written in the EU made any sense.  But might some of it come in?  Maybe?

For those of you out there who've been through this before -- the reboots and retcons in other 'verses, and where there's an enormous body of written material that gets joss'd when they start making movies, any thoughts?  For Marvel and DC folks, you must be used to this by now, yes?  Are you tsking at the Star Wars wailing and rending of garments? 
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Friday, February 28th, 2014 09:04 am
Most of the CJers already know, having learned the devastating news last night via Twitter or Facebook, or woke to it this morning. Aaron Allston, the wonderful friend and mentor, a terrific writer, punster and humorist, author of so many popular books in the Star Wars EU, died yesterday at VisionCon.

You can read tributes here at Club Jade, which is where I first met him in the 90s when he become an integral member of the Wild Karrdes
And here on theforce.net

If you are on facebook, you will see is an outpouring of grief and so many pictures of Aaron with so many SW fans.   My FB feed is full of them and if you start with Aaron's own Facebook wall that will connect you, too.  Aaron was a regular fixture on the Con circuit and Club Jade events.  He was a popular and frequent panelist, part of the Tim, Mike Aaron show, at SW EU panels over the years. 

If you are interested in knowing more about the events to come as his friends collectively do our grief work, I would expect that a lot of the information will be posted on Club Jade, so following that site and Dunc's Twitter would be a good place. 

Yub, yub Emperor. I have that button, still.

With credit to Dunc, I borrowed the pic from her post with expresses so well how much we will all miss this wonderful man (complete with Hawaiian shirt).

Source Club Jade

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Wednesday, January 1st, 2014 12:24 pm
I suppose it's fitting.  This year, I finally, finally uploaded all of Stuff to AO3 under rthstewart and on fanfiction.net under the old G2 handle.  I went back and wrote Mara in an xover with River Song in Separated at Birth in 2011 and observed at the time that some 16 years after writing Stuff, I found I was interested in different things, like whether Mara had any friends.  I'd said what I had to say about Luke and Mara in Stuff and that was all there was to say.  However, Stuff certainly assumed lots of backstory and that post Last Command Mara had a very rich life independent of Luke, that she possessed emotional intelligence, that she was loyal, that she could be fun.  What did her life look like without Luke in it? 

There were some really wonderful Mara prompts in yuletide this year.  The one I'm really sorry I didn't get to was one by [personal profile] beatrice_otter  that had me plotting Mara and Karrde on their first caper together.  I'll get to that because damn, that would be fun.  But that left some other stories that I thought I could tell, missing moments between Mara and Karrde that admittedly fill in some of my own head canon, especially abut Mara's ties to the lightsaber Luke gives her (the big tube of lipstick) and the Jade's Fire and the importance of home, belonging, and freedom.    [personal profile] ancarett  and Princess_lirin had great prompts and it was really fun to take them on as treats.

So, I wrote Home Game and Emerald Light Refracted and Dispersed which are both closely related and in fact, if you're inclined to read,  I'd recommend you read the first two parts of Emerald Light (Mara and Karrde just post TLC and just post Jedi Academy), then read Home Game (which is post Jade Solitaire and before the Corellian series) and then conclude with the final bit of Emerald Light, Mara and Karrde post-Vision.  Home Game is where I really set out my head canon on just why the Fire was so important to Mara and why it was Such A Big Deal when she destroyed her ship in Vision. 

so read if you like!  Or not!

One final observation is how really quaint the stories read to me.  They harken back to a different era in a way, heavy on dialogue and SW tech, written as spackle and gap filler in the Bantam Spectra era.  They aren't as plotty as the WEG Adventure Journal stories because that's never been my strength, but the feel, to me, is similar.  They are very old fashioned.  To that end, there are a things in both stories slipped in that harken back to that era--, references to Karrde's hard drinking Corellian stringer and the splicing of the ship transponder, Kyp Durron, Shada, the Jade's Fire beacon call, (heck the emphasis upon the ship at all), the fact that Zahn always thought post-TLC that Mara had a calling as a teacher,  and a few other things.  Certainly, anyone who has read my SW work over the years (and my and Yav's collaborations) knew it was me and I really had some moments of LULZ when Dunc  posted about the yuletide prompts on CJ

So, that's all.  Read if you like.  Happy Yuletide!

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Thursday, April 25th, 2013 09:54 am
I finally got my act together and posted the final chapter of Stuff, on AO3 as rthstewart here and as Gheorghe2 on fanfiction.net here.

I dithered a long time about posting the final chapter -- the scene with Luke and Mara in her Coruscant Palace room and its aftermath, as well as what I did with some of Leia bothers me now. I've added a warning to the final chapter for dubious consent. It's not physical (Mara could kick Luke's ass from one end of the Palace to another and they both know it), but Luke is really manipulative and psychically abusive and invasive. I still think it makes sense for the characters as written, but it's not a comfortable read and 18 years later, I'd do it differently now.

But after a lot of reflection, I've kept it as it was. Stuff is and was a flawed work of a much younger person but to change it now is beyond my ability, interest, or commitment. PG always got irritated when I tried to change it because in her view those flaws were part of what made Stuff what it was. I don't need to rewrite this past. My commas are still terrible. Stuff brought me closer to a group of people I never would have met otherwise. I learned how fic serves as a glorious framework for interaction and community building.

Something that has been really delightful is to get the occasional comment from the older reader who remembers it. One person went to my newer work when she realized that the author Stuff and the author of Narnia Stone Gryphon series are the same person. I've heard from a few people who remember how it was passed around secretely by file transfer and that they still have it on a disk (from 8 inch to 5.25 to 3.5 to thumb) or printed and how difficult it was to find. I destroyed those disks years ago myself and now I wish I'd kept a few of them.

So, I did what I set out to do which was to make sure that it's posted in a few places and will be there as a marker for a certain place and certain time.

As Luke would say, Stuff is wretched melodramatic space trash. And as Mara would say, we're all entitled to a little trash in our lives.

I wrote the following for[personal profile] starbrowfor the 3 sentence ficathon:

Star Wars, Luke/Mara, banter
"After a very thorough scientific analysis and extensive use of Jedi recall skills, I've concluded this is my favorite one" and Mara leans down to mark her enthusiasm for the spot with a lingering kiss.

Very grateful for a Master's control, and feeling a little regret for her choice, Luke pushes her long, tickling hair to the side, tries persuasion, and says, "I thought you liked the scars that were lower down."

Mara demonstrates her own mastery of split concentration exercises, bats his mental nudge aside as if it was a fly, and continues her attentions, "I like this scar best because I gave it to you."

[That uncomfortable scene in the final chapter? This is how I'd rewrite it today.]

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Thursday, July 12th, 2012 09:57 pm
Why yes, I would rather be writing a book chapter than working on my NFE.  Oh please, yes, because I so adore work done in the name of "development" that others give me because "it is good for me." 

Excuse me, but at my age, I'm entitled to know what is good for me and what is not.  Exercise is good for me.  Fannish fun is good for me (as opposed to fannish angst (gawd, what is with me a fail?) which makes me an insomniac).  Watching the latest update to the Lizzie Bennet Video Diaries is good for me.  Trying to write a 20,000 word chapter in three days is not good for me.  oh, yeah, I get a pub credit.  Yippee.

Here, see Bing Lee and Jane Bennet be totally adorable:

Adorbs, right? I am so in love with the casting and with Charlotte's story arc. Last week's episode with Caroline was a complete thrill for me. I'm really curious how they are going to handle th e Wickham/Georgiana/Lydia issue. I just don't think that seduction, eloping or even pregnancy is enough. I think it's going to be a bit grimmer.
And Princess Leia is going to be an X-Wing pilot, which I know some are sort of down on, but I think it's pretty cool.
Also, anyone else watching Twitter and getting depressed at not being at San Diego Comic Con?  Sigh.  Really, I'm sure it would be too crowded.  Really.
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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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Friday, May 4th, 2012 01:36 am
May the 4th be with you! 
With her permission, I'm linking to a wonderful, wonderful post by my longtime Star Wars friend [livejournal.com profile] brightcupenny and the days she and members of the 501st and Rebel Legions spent at Legoland in California during Star Wars weekends.  The costumes and cosplay are wonderful but what especially struck me is how generous these wonderful people are by making themselves available within the park for pictures and interactions with guests. And Star Wars Girl Power is on full display!

You can read her LJ entry here
And her blog entry here
The pictures and cupenny's commentary will put a huge grin on your face.  I especially loved all the ladies of Star Wars hanging out together and with their young fans.
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Sunday, October 2nd, 2011 12:29 pm
I know there are a few out here who follow this LJ, have read the Star Wars Expanded Universe, watched new Dr. Who, and like Doctor River Song.  For that admittedly very small space in the intersecting circles on the Venn diagram, Separated At Birth is my offering. I posted it on AO3, but that site is pretty wonky right now.  But here's the link in case it works better for you.  For the first time I've just removed a review from the story because yuck
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Wednesday, September 21st, 2011 01:41 pm
It's just that I'm working on a Star Wars/Doctor Who cross over and have returned to writing a particular character in the Star Wars Expanded Universe after 17 years. Eeep. It's going slowly (5,000 words or so) but it's really, really fun and I'll shove it into the femgenficathon as satisfying both my previously written prompts.

And speaking of Doctor Who, being reported all over the place this morning, including here the Doctor Who Christmas special is supposed to be a cross over with the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, complete with creepy old house and World War 2 evacuees. There are lots of great Who/Narnia cross overs including [livejournal.com profile] ilysia_039's touch the sky with two arms and [livejournal.com profile] be_themoon's Whose_Other_Side_Is_Salvation. [livejournal.com profile] metonomia has done several, including with Susan, the Doctor, and Merlin, and one with the Doctor and Polly for the NFE here. I think [livejournal.com profile] wingedflight21 might have at least one as well. Please add others in the comments!!

Also, and this is [livejournal.com profile] edenfalling's fault because I really wanted more Shezan and Ilgamuth or Cor and Aravis, so I bit, even though I don't usually do this, but you know, I could use a kickstart to get back to AW and maybe this well help on the Spare Oom sides of things.

The first five people to comment on this post get to request that I write a drabble/ficlet of any pairing/character of their choosing. In return, they have to could post this in their journal, regardless of their own writing ability level. Or bake me cookies. [edited]

So, if you want to play, just ask in the comments and hopefully it will get me going on Lionsgate (the next chapter) and how I'm going to write Peter at Normandy and Susan in France short of a full blown, multi-chaptered epic war story.