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Dec. 31st, 2020 06:45 am
wendelah1: Mulder and Scully  staring at one another intently (the little spy)
My primary fandom is The X-Files. I am a life-long fan of Star Trek: TOS, watched all of the spin-offs and loved the 2009 movie.

Shows I loved which are now off the air include: Farscape, Firefly, Fringe, Stargate SG-1, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, and thirtysomething.

Shows I watch are which currently airing: Aquarius, Elementary, Madame Secretary, Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries, Orphan Black, and The Americans. Check out [community profile] theamericans for discussion, meta, links and fan works.

My account at Archive of Our Own is the best place to read my stories.

I moderate The reading group for X-Files fanfiction at Live Journal, where I am [livejournal.com profile] wendelah1.

At Tumblr, I'm [tumblr.com profile] wendelah. I started a sideblog for the global rewatch of The X-Files: [tumblr.com profile] 201daysofxfiles.

This is a personal journal as well as a fandom one. If you want access to locked entries, comment here and I'll grant it.
wendelah1: (I signed up to write what?!?)
Hello and welcome!

Thank you for writing a story for me. My prompts are merely suggestions. If they don't suit you, and you have a plot bunny of your own that you've been dying to write, go for it. If you do, I request just two things. First, please don't ignore my "do not want" list. I know, it's an odd thing to say in a dear author letter but this actually happened to me--though not during Yuletide. The other thing I ask is that you be kind to the characters.

Perhaps because I used to take care of trauma patients, I don't enjoy reading hurt/comfort fic, or stories that contain graphic descriptions of rape or torture. Stories that humiliate and embarrass the characters will make me feel unhappy and uncomfortable. I'm not a shipper in the conventional sense of the term, although I'm not exactly a gen person either. However, unless a sex scene is integral to the plot, I'll probably skip over it.

What do I like? I love poetry and prose. I love a well-plotted mystery. I like crossovers, alternative universes, and stories about time travel. I like stories that take a scene or an event from canon and expand on it, revealing more about the characters in the process. I love snappy dialogue and banter. I enjoy humor. I like stories about friendship. I like stories about love.

I'm an optimist. I know life is hard. Bad things do happen to good people. However, I like reading stories about how characters cope with adversity; how they get through hard times and come out on the other side, transformed by their experiences.

#1 Aquarius (TV series): any character(s)
#2 Deviations: The X-Files: any character(s)
#3 The X-Files RPF: any character(s)

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wendelah1: (The X-Files - Deviations)
Meet my new Yuletide-eligible small fandom:

"Deviations: The X-Files" (comic).

"Deviations: The X-Files" is a standalone comic published by IDW in March of this year. There were six Deviations published in March: one for The X-Files and the rest for other comics series in their lineup. Each comic is a one-shot alternative universe.

The entire rest of the post is a spoiler.

EDIT: [community profile] scans_daily posted a good-sized sampling of the comic when it was first released: Deviations: The X-Files. Thank you, [personal profile] naraht.

In "Deviations: The X-Files," instead of appearing in Fox Mulder's flashbacks as she does in the TV series, Samantha Mulder is one of the main characters. In the original series, she died at age fourteen, following her abduction at age eight. In the Deviations AU, it is Fox Mulder who is abducted in 1973, not his sister Samantha. In the comic, Director Blevins assigns Dana Scully to work with Special Agent Samantha Mulder on the X-Files. Agent Scully isn't pleased about her new assignment and says as much right to Director Blevins' face.

We aren't told nearly enough about Agent Samantha Mulder: about her early career in the Bureau, about how she got the X-Files division opened. However, unlike Agent Fox Mulder who was perennially distracted from his quest by articles in the National Enquirer, Agent Samantha Mulder is focused on finding out what happened to her brother. Together, Samantha Mulder and Dana Scully investigate case after case of children who were abducted from their homes under circumstances similar to Fox Mulder's disappearance in 1973.

In the Deviations universe, we discover that the adult Fox Mulder is still alive and working for the Cigarette Smoking Man. (Seriously? Yes. Yes, indeed.) Naturally, this comic ends on a cliffhanger, which will never be resolved in canon, because it's a one-shot. Why did I buy this comic anyway? I knew it would not end well.

This is why:
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Just look at them! They're so pretty!

Folks, that's pretty much the entire comic. In fact, it's thin enough in terms of plot, characterizations, and backstory that an author could write nearly anything they wanted, as long as they stuck to the basic premise, i.e. Fox was abducted instead of Samantha. For fans who love Yuletide and love The X-Files, and who want to write about female characters, it's a potential goldmine, I tell ya! I nominated these four characters: Cigarette Smoking Man (Deviations), Dana Scully (Deviations), Fox Mulder (Deviations), and Samantha Mulder (Deviations).

AVAILABILITY: Deviations: The X-Files can be purchased as a digital comic for only $1.99. The comic is also available at Amazon and for your Kindle.
wendelah1: (The X-Files - Deviations)
If you live in Southern California, this just came in from the LA Times:
Risk of Big Earthquake on the San Andreas Fault Rises After Quake Swarm At Salton Sea.

With that in mind, it is never a bad idea to check on your emergency supplies, no matter where you live. From the California Department of Public Health:
Prepare an Emergency Supply Kit

Miscellaneous links: I'm posting these now since I may not get a chance later on...

I looked at this guy's Twitter and I'm still not exactly clear what's so interesting to the author of this rather breathless article in The New Yorker, let alone his 25,000 subscribers. Is it just me or is this quote unintentionally hilarious?

"An entire community exists on social networks, Alameddine discovered, in which people catalogue images in vast and searchable archives."

The Novelist Whose Twitter Feed Is a Work of Art.

He took up this new hobby to avoid working on his book. Imagine that.

From Slate, an analysis of the feasibility of Elon Musk's proposal:
Elon Musk Wants to Put a Million People on Mars.

With Yuletide signups about to begin, meet my new small fandom of one:
Deviations: The X-Files (comic).

Even I am surprised that I got it into the tagset. More about this later, after I run out for dry cat food, (more) bottled water and chocolate bars. Everyone knows that you can never have too much chocolate on hand in case of an emergency.
wendelah1: Hillary Clinton in 2008 (Hillary)
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Even if it is hard for you to travel, you can still help campaign for Hillary Clinton. How? You can make phone calls from anywhere, even if you only have a few minutes at a time.

Ready to Make Calls: Get Started

If you are energetic and live in Los Angeles, the Clinton campaign is looking for volunteers to travel to Las Vegas every weekend between now and the election. You'll travel by bus, leaving at 5:00 a.m. and returning to Los Angeles at midnight. It's a long day. If only I had better feet... My peripheral neuropathy rules this opportunity out for me.

The debate begins in one minute.

I already have a migraine. Excuse me, I need to take a Maxalt.
wendelah1: David Duchovny about to kiss Gillian Anderson; strictly speaking it's Fox Mulder and Dana Scully (Bewitched)
Thanks to WIP Big Bang, I finally completed my long languishing, guilt-producing TXF:RPF AU.

Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered (34924 words) by wendelah1
Chapters: 9/9
Fandom: The X-Files RPF
Rating: Mature
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Gillian Anderson/David Duchovny
Characters: Gillian Anderson, David Duchovny
Additional Tags: Romance, Alternate Universe, Romantic Comedy, Suspense, Alternate Universe - Canon Divergence, Alternate Universe - Romantic Suspense

Just when Dr. David Duchovny thinks his blind date can't get any worse, his insipid dinner companion pulls out a gun. On the brink of a scientific breakthrough, Dr. Duchovny had knowledge that dangerous men would kill to possess. His only protection is Gillian Anderson, an agent with Tactical Executive Security. He desperately needed to trust someone, and Agent Anderson was it. But David senses that Gillian is keeping more secrets than she's revealing. With his life in chaos, can he trust the secret agent?

When I Started: This fic was originally begun in February 2013 for the first round of Unconventional Courtship. The idea was to select your summary from an existing Harlequin Romance novel, tailor it as needed to suit your characters, and go write! I signed up with two goals in mind: I wanted to stretch myself as a writer and I wanted to write the first true AU for The X-Files RPF fandom. My summary is a mash-up of two different Harlequin romances. My friend tree requested that the prompt be gender-swapped, which I was happy to do.

How I Lost My Shit: Long story short, I got stuck. I actually signed up to write this same prompt during three(!!) different rounds of Unconventional Courtship. (Those mods are saints. They even let me post the first four, completed chapters as a WIP last year.) As it turns out, I'm pretty good at inventing interesting plots and characters, but not that great at romance. This presented a problem since I was working on a thriller/romance.

How I Finished My Shit: Chapter Five, the one I got stuck on last year, was supposed to have an explicit sex scene, the first of many such scenes. (I know, I know. What was I thinking? I did read a few thriller/romances before I got started which is how I discovered that even thriller/romances have many such scenes. Yikes.) Spoiler alert: After eight drafts, I finally took the story in a different direction. The fic ended up being more of a screwball comedy, with elements of the genres I began with. In part, that's how a fic with the working title of "Under Fire" ended up as "Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered." Spoiler Alert the Second: There are so many outtakes that I might have to write a sequel.

Which leads us to WIP Big Bang 2016. Predictable Wendy is Predictable! Yep. I got stuck again. Writing is hard! Real life sucks! But then the amazing and talented Loracine made this adorable bookcover for the fic. I didn't want to let her down. I didn't want to let my beta/cheerleaders down--again. So I asked for an extension and kept plugging away at it. In the wee hours of the morning, only 18 days late, I posted the final chapter. There were four posted last year; I added five more so there are now nine chapters in total.

Loracine's Master Art Post

Because the story title and all of the chapter titles belong to the great songwriting team of Rodgers and Hart, there is a playlist at Youtube plus a tongue-in-cheek bonus track. Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered.

I listened to these songs and many others while I was working on this fic. The works of Rodgers and Hart provided the spiritual and artistic inspiration for this fic far more than the mash-up romance summary or the romances I read; however, I could not possibly do them justice. A genius I am not. I hope readers will enjoy my story despite its many shortcomings.

wendelah1: (women are the best spies)
I think the [livejournal.com profile] purimgifts reveal was Saturday. Before the reveal, [personal profile] tree correctly and fairly identified these two fics as my stories using her excellent detective skills.

Both were written for the 1963 film, Charade. If you haven't seen it, go download it from the Internet Archive and watch it. It's even funnier than I remembered and utterly unpretentious. We borrowed a beautifully restored print of it from the library. I'm feeling obsessed with Audrey Hepburn so I'm going to request more of her films. I can recommend Two for the Road with Albert Finney.

My Mother the Spy (1001 words) by wendelah1
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Charade (1963)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Peter Joshua/Regina Lampert
Additional Tags: Collection: Purimgifts Day 2

We never got tired of hearing the story of Our Mother the Spy.

Hidden Asset (1009 words) by wendelah1
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Charade (1963)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Peter Joshua/Regina Lampert
Additional Tags: Collection: Purimgifts Day 3

Reggie Cruikshank née Lampert discovers she has a knack for decorating on a budget—and for recovering stolen property.

wendelah1: (I've got a bad feeling about this)
I finally made myself watch the season/series finale last night. It was exactly as I had feared, an ill-conceived, badly written, and poorly paced disaster.Here be Spoilers. Also vitriol. )
wendelah1: (X-Files Revival)
Since I am doing my best to avoid spoilers, I know little about tonight's season finale of The X-Files season ten. Because the Lakers basketball games always trump other programming, I recorded it. I might watch it tonight—but I might not. I do know one thing: I don't see how Chris Carter can salvage this mess. Each episode was terrible in its own special way, except for "Mulder and Scully Meet the Were-Monster," and even that episode was just okay. Maybe I'll like it better on rewatch, but it wasn't "an instant classic," as some critic or other proclaimed.

Regardless of the ending of tonight’s finale (or non-ending—I don't put anything past Chris Carter at this point), what season ten needs is fanfiction. It needs a good rewrite, similar to what Khyber tried to do with Khyber vs. Season Seven, or a complete overhaul, like several groups of writers did with seasons eight and nine back in the day. We need an Alternate Season Ten. Heck, since it was only six episodes long, we could use a multi-verse of Season Tens.

There were so many important things that were omitted. We need an explanation for why Mulder and Scully are not a couple. Or, hey, since this is an AU, why can't they be a couple? They can even be married. Married couples can be sexy – watch Madam Secretary. (Chris Carter is nuts when it comes to on-screen romance but what else is new.)

We need at least an attempt at continuity with the original series, not a repeat of season five's "everything Mulder believed about aliens was wrong" debacle. It didn't work then and it didn't work this time around. We need a more coherent opening episode, plots that make sense, consistent characterization, etc, etc. We need to know what Mulder and Scully have been doing with their lives since I Want to Believe. We know they’re older (so are we!) so the ridiculous jokes, like Mulder not doing stairs, can go. I’d like to see them to argue about science versus the paranormal, too. Their arguments were the sexiest part of the original series, because they were both so passionate in their beliefs. I missed that.

spoilers behind the cut )

Most important of all, Mulder and Scully must be committed to their work, instead of looking like they’re just going through the motions. I realize that working on the X-Files took a toll on both characters, and I respect the choices the actors made to try to reflect that, but if you take away what made Mulder and Scully unique—their enthusiasm, their intellectual excitement, and the intensity of their feelings for one another and their work—it's not the same series. And regardless of how much I love these characters, it's not a series I want to watch.

The only solution is going to be AU fanfiction. We need it and we need it today.
wendelah1: (X-Files Revival)
Founder mutation: in genetics, a mutation that appears in the DNA of one or more individuals who are founders of a distinct population. Founder mutations can be passed down to other generations.

Synopsis: spoiler )

The X-Files' obsession with "reproductive horror" is unequivocal: one of the most haunting images from the second season is of Dana Scully lying on an exam table, her abdomen distended as in advanced pregnancy, and a sinister-appearing metallic instrument protruding from her umbilicus. That scene flashes by—and it's from Mulder's POV—so we don't know whether or not it is taking place or just another of Mulder's paranoid fantasies about her abduction. Even after Scully was returned, the viewers never learned exactly what was done to her or why she was taken. In a later season, Mulder discovered that during Scully's captivity, she was subjected to a medical procedure in which all of her ova were extracted, leaving her sterile. Still later in the series, Scully finds out that an unknown number of human/alien hybrids were created from her stolen ova. One of those children, her daughter Emily, died at age five, shortly after Scully learned of her existence. Like Mulder's sister, Samantha, Emily is a young casualty of the Project.

Which brings us to the other recurring theme of The X-Files: the abduction, imprisonment, and medical torture of children and teenagers. The scene from "Per Manum" where Scully stumbles upon the jars of malformed fetuses lining the shelves in the office of her obstetrician is haunting. Beware of Spoilers )
wendelah1: (X-Files Revival)
To any fan of The X-Files, "My Struggle" was terrible in an entirely predictable way. It featured clunky dialogue, ponderous voice-overs, and a ridiculous plot. In other words, this was a typical mythology episode written by Chris Carter. I don't mean to sound harsh but someone needs to pass a law forbidding him from submitting a script without a co-writer.

Old XF mythology: the aliens were the original inhabitants of Earth. They're coming back to reclaim their former homeworld, exterminate humanity through a virus that uses people to gestate new lifeforms, with their end goal being to take over the planet. The Syndicate cut a deal with them to save themselves and stall for time, while working on a vaccine against the virus. Roswell was a smokescreen.

Here be Spoilers )

One final note: It's a good thing I was watching this live because my DVR failed to record the second half of the show. The goddamned football game ran late and Fox opted to air the post-game show from 7:00 until 7:30, delaying the broadcast of The X-Files. There was a conspiracy on the part of the Military-Industrial-Entertainment complex to force viewers to watch their damn commercials.
wendelah1: (Melissa Scully)
In honor of The X-Files Revival, over at [livejournal.com profile] haremxf, [personal profile] maidenjedi and I are hosting another Women of The X-Files Comment Ficathon.

This ficathon is open to to any woman from [personal profile] maidenjedi's updated character list, plus any unlisted female character from the new mini-series. Leave as many prompts as you like! Fill as many prompts as you can! There are no deadlines or word counts to meet.

[livejournal.com profile] haremxf
The Women of The X-Files Comment Ficathon!

Publicize this anywhere X-Philes can be found!

On LiveJournal:

On Dreamwidth:

wendelah1: Mulder and Scully walking in a field (The Field Where I Died)
Day 09

In your own space, set some goals for the coming year. They can be fannish or not, public or private. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

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1. To stop researching my TFWID Civil War fic and just start writing it already. No one (who isn't a friend and/or beta) is going to read it so essentially, it's a writing exercise in world-building and creating believable but historically accurate characters.

There is so much rich material about the Civil War that for someone who loves reading and loves learning new things, it's easy to procrastinate and keep researching forever. Eastern Tennessee is a particularly complex battleground because its population voted against secession, and spent time under martial law at the beginning of the conflict as a result.

2. Go to more art museums. I love art. Los Angeles isn't Paris or New York but we have some good museums, too. There is a new contemporary art museum which opened downtown that I've never visited, the Broad Museum. I've never been to the restored Getty Villa in Malibu.

3. That's enough.
wendelah1: Mulder and Scully in a snow globe (X-Files snow globe)
Day 08

Comment to someone you haven't ever interacted with before or introduce yourself to someone you've interacted with and friend/follow them. Afterwards, leave a comment in this post with the equivalent of "I did it!"

You see what I mean?

Chances are a lot of you have already completed today's challenge because of all your interactions with other participants in the past week. So you can go ahead and post Done! and enjoy the rest of the day.

That said, what if you want to add more sparkle to the challenge? Well, how about leaving feedback on that one fanwork (fic, podfic, fanart, fanvid, meta post, knitting pattern, etc.) that you've always loved in a lurk-ey way? People love getting feedback on their creations--yes, even if it's something they posted way back in the pre-Geocities era. *g*

Another option is to follow/subscribe/grant access to someone you want to get to know better on whichever platform you prefer.

The point is to reach out to someone you normally wouldn't and connect with them, even if it's only for the briefest moment.

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My track record is pretty mixed at this point. I left feedback on some artwork I've had in my favorites at DeviantArt forever. This series of book covers for the Mars Trilogy is outstanding.
wendelah1: the planet Mars (Mars)
Day 7

In your own space, share a favorite piece of original canon (a TV episode, a song, a favorite interview, a book, a scene from a movie, etc) and explain why you love it so much. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

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My favorite scifi book isn't one volume, it's three: Kim Stanley Robinson's epic Mars Trilogy. I love the detailed world-building, especially the science, and the characters. My favorite character is from the first volume, Red Mars. She is a Russian engineer, named Nadia Chernyshevski. I can't share the canon because of copyright but it should be available in your local library.

For Yuletide in 2008, I received a wonderful story by [personal profile] ellen_fremedon, about Nadia and the rest of the First Hundred, "Shalbatana." She captures Robinson's style so perfectly that it could be a lost chapter of Red Mars.

In December of last year, Variety reported that the Spike Network ordered 10 episodes for its upcoming adaption of the series, with HBO’s Game Of Thrones co-executive producer Vince Gerardis as executive producer and Robinson as consultant. andBabylon 5 creator, J. Michael Straczynski, writing and executive producing. I am so excited. This might actually be happening.
wendelah1: Mulder and Scully in a snow globe (X-Files snow globe)
Day 6

In your own space, create your own challenge. What’s something you want to see more people doing in fandom? Is there something you’ve tried that you think other people would enjoy if they gave it a go? Dare your friends to try it out, and have fun with it. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

Engage with other fans. Spark some discussion or creativity. Have fun!

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Back in the day, there was an X-Files community, meaning a mailing list, called Scullyfic. In 2001, the list administrator Jill Selby issued a challenge: write a 155 word story about Dana Scully. You can read the stories that resulted at Scully in 155. The fics are not all exactly 155 words: some are a little longer, some shorter.

In February 2014, to celebrate Dana Scully's birthday, [personal profile] tree and I created [livejournal.com profile] scully_fest and issued this same challenge to that community. It resulted in five Scully in 155 stories, a podfic anthology by [personal profile] idella and a Scully in 155 collection at AO3, which is open to any Scully in 155 fic, regardless of when it was written. If you need an invitation to AO3, I have ten in my account.

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In honor of the upcoming miniseries (January 24--that's in just 14 days!), I'd like to reissue the challenge. There are 201 episodes and only six fics in the collection to date. I wrote a 155 fic for "Leonard Betts" back in October and posted it to the collection. Of course, the stories don't have to be for a particular episode. It's just a suggestion, a prompt, if you like.
wendelah1: Mulder and Scully in a snow globe (X-Files snow globe)
Day 5

Leave feedback for a fanwork. Or multiple fanworks. It can be as simple as I liked this to a detailed list of all the things you loved about the fanwork. The key is to leave some sort of feedback.

If you've already left feedback in the course of a previous challenge, it totally counts. But you're free to leave more feedback.

Afterwards, leave a comment in this post with the equivalent of "I did it!" If you feel so inclined, leave a link to the fanwork you left feedback for so others can check it out.

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I almost didn't post this because I know leaving feedback creates anxiety for some people. That is not my intention here.

I do leave feedback fairly frequently to writers and vidders, but less often to artists, so I'm heading to Pinterest and leaving comments on Jared Adams' fanart for The X-Files. The link is to season seven but he did art for seasons four through nine.

"So, this is Johnny Fabulous, huh? 'Mulder's so smart. Mulder's so dreamy.' That's all Leyla ever talks about. Mulder and Scully, Scully and Mulder, blah, blah, blah."

I can so relate to that quote from "Scary Monsters." Besides his obvious creativity and talent, one of the things I like best about Jared Adam's work is that it's not centered solely on Mulder-and-Scully. Don't get me wrong, I love them, too, but Adams doesn't just recycle the same old MSR tropes. He draws secondary characters, like Jeffrey Spender, and one-off characters, like Audrey Pauley. He's planning to create new artwork for season ten. I can hardly wait to see it.
wendelah1: Mulder and Scully in a snow globe (X-Files snow globe)
Day 4 (except it should be day 10. Oh well.)

In your own space, create a fanwork. Make a drabble, a ficlet, a podfic, or an icon, art or meta or a rec list. Arts and crafts. Draft a critical essay about a particular media. Put together a picspam or a fanmix. Write a review of a Broadway show, a movie, a concert, a poetry reading, a museum trip, a you-should-be-listening-to-this-band essay. Compose some limericks, haikus, free-form poetry, 5-word stories. Document a particular bit of real person canon. Take some pictures. Draw a stick-figure comic. Create something. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

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Well. I took a look in my WIP folder and pulled out a couple of things to work on. One of them I abandoned in June, 2014. I've added a few hundred words to it but it's nowhere near ready to post.

A long time ago, I started a little drabble in response to [personal profile] newredshoes's line prompt. It was last worked on back in 2013, so long ago I didn't recognize what I'd written. She probably won't recognize her prompt, but here it is:

He has let his beard come in: the stubble rasps against her finger as she traces down his cheek.

I've added words to it, too. Although it is well past drabble-sized already, it is likewise not ready for prime time.

I have an AU where Mulder is a stray cat that I've been poking at a bit, too.

HOWEVER, I finally finished these posts for [tumblr.com profile] 201daysofxfiles:
The Sixth Extinction | Amor Fati | Fanfic Recs: The Sixth Extinction and Amor Fati.
wendelah1: Mulder and Scully in a snow globe (X-Files snow globe)
Day 03

In your own space, post a rec for at least three fanworks that you have created. It can be your favorite fanworks that you've created, or fanworks you feel no one ever saw, or fanworks you say would define you as a creator. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

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I wrote this story last year for the Rarelywritten fanfic exchange. Very people read it, which surprised me, since I thought it was well-written, and I thought I knew a lot of people in Fringe fandom. Go figure.

Four Near Misses (5296 words) by wendelah1
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Fringe
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Elizabeth Bishop/Walter Bishop
Characters: Elizabeth Bishop, Walter Bishop, Nina Sharp, Peter Bishop
Additional Tags: Canonical Character Death, Suicidal Thoughts, Fix-It, Alternate Universe

Four universes, four times Elizabeth Bishop doesn't die.

When I started this fic back in 2012, I was suffering from depression, but I made that work for me, as its theme is the five stages of grief. Thank you to [personal profile] vjs2259 for pointing that out. I was too depressed to finish it then but I managed to get it done for [livejournal.com profile] 12daysofxfiles in 2013. It contains an original take on a bit of canon most fans prefer, understandably, to ignore.

Private Investigations (2486 words) by wendelah1
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The X-Files
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Fox Mulder/Dana Scully
Characters: Fox Mulder, Dana Scully

Written for [tumblr.com profile] keepingtrackoflosttime's prompt: Five Things That Arrived At 42 Hegel Place (Discreetly) Wrapped In Plain Brown Paper. I took this in a different direction from what you might have expected.

I wrote this in 2010, but "Sleepover" is still my best work by a long shot. It's not the kind of story most people go looking for when they want to read fanfic, but it's still the one I'm most proud of having written.

Sleepover (4579 words) by wendelah1
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The X-Files
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Jeffrey Spender
Additional Tags: Kid Fic

Jeffrey was three years old when his mother disappeared for the first time.

wendelah1: (Gillian laughing at David)
Day 2

In your own space, create a list of at least three fannish things you'd love to receive, something you've wanted but were afraid to ask for - a fannish wish-list of sorts. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your wish-list if you feel comfortable doing so. Maybe someone will grant a wish. Check out other people's posts. Maybe you will grant a wish. If any wishes are granted, we'd love it if you link them to this post.

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1. I'd love to have an icon for a new series that is beginning in January, Mercy Street. It's set in a hospital in the Civil War and several of the main characters are nurses.

2. An icon for Aquarius, David Duchovny's NBC series from last summer would be lovely. My favorite character is Charmain Tully, a young policewoman (they were called policewomen in 1967).

2. Fic: I want an Elementary/The X-Files genfic, casefile cross-over. Call me a dreamer, but I want to see Sherlock and Joan Watson and Mulder and Scully, all in the same room, arguing over a case. Just the thought of it is making me laugh.

3. Fic: This is a leftover prompt from Yuletide 2014, for the Beeman family. I'd like to know about what it was like for all of them while Stan was undercover, how that affected the family and how/if that contributed to the breakdown of the marriage. I think I asked for the same thing for Yuletide in 2013, before Sandra left Stan. You could write it from a single character's POV or from all three. Apart from his affair with Nina, I keep thinking there is something from his past that's been eating at Stan, something about his time undercover that the series hasn't seen fit to reveal yet. Given the themes the series has focused on, maybe Stan was undercover with another agent and got emotionally involved.

4. Art: For anything I've written.

5. Podfic: For anything I've written.

6. Podfic: If you're ever feeling ambitious, podfic for [livejournal.com profile] fialka's "Arizona Highways." It's a wishlist, right? It doesn't hurt to ask.

7. A remix of anything I've written.

8. I remember [personal profile] runpunkrun had a great idea, too. Next time you re-enjoy a favorite fanwork -- it doesn't even have to be mine! -- consider dropping the artist a note telling them so. It's such a thrill to learn that a story I wrote has become something a reader returns to, and I bet other artists feel the same way.

(I am half-convinced that the reason prufrock's love came out of retirement is because of the discussions we had of her fic at [livejournal.com profile] xf_book_club. Okay, maybe not. But you know what I mean.)


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