mijan: (Canon Error: Apply Fanfic)
What feels like a long time ago, I wrote a Harry Potter fanfiction.   I started writing in 2003, and finished in 2007.  It was Harry/Draco.  It was really fucking LONG.  When I started, I'd had high hopes that maybe people would like it.   To my delight, people started reading it.  Then a LOT of people started reading it.  It got translated into a half-dozen languages.  Because of that fanfiction, I made incredible friends, went on amazing adventures, and met the wonderful woman who became my wife. 

But it's been a few years since I finished the story.  I figured it would get forgotten and buried in the depths of the internet.  Time - the great machine that slowly grinds the universe to dust in its unrelenting cogs.  I figured "Eclipse" would be forgotten, too.

But every couple of days, another review on that old story trickles in.  This one... floored me.  It was anonymous, so I couldn't even reply.  But I wanted to share.  So... directly from the e-mail I got from ff.net:

And so a reader speaks... and I listened... and wibbled a bit. )


Whoever you are... thank you.
mijan: (Canon Error: Apply Fanfic)

I need a beta.  The fic in question is Star Trek.  Kirk and McCoy are the main characters.  It's just under 15K words long.  The rating is NC-17.  It's triggery.  It's intense.  It's hardcore.  It's an absolute MIND-FUCK.  I need a beta who can mentally handle rape or non-con in a story.  It would also help if you have a decent understanding of some of the harder sides of BDSM. 

It's set in the same fanfic universe as AAtKM, "Crossfire," and "In Perfect Trust."  (For those who didn't catch it, "In Perfect Trust" actually takes place after "Crossfire."  In fact, IPT directly references Crossfire.)  The NC-17 stories attached to that universe are directly dependent on the main stories, but the main stories are not dependent on the NC-17 ones.  Still, you don't need to be familiar with the rest of that universe to beta this.

So... who wants to beta?

Replies will be screened because I need to select the beta for this carefully.  If I don't pick you, it's not because I don't love you.  ♥
mijan: (To Boldly Go...)
Hello loves!  This is going to be something between a rational explanation and a rant.  If someone reading this fears that this might be about them and their fanfiction specifically, NO, it's not.  I've seen this is so many fanfics... almost ALL the fanfics that even mention anything related to money, cost, income, paychecks, or anything economic... that this applies to almost everyone who is writing Star Trek fanfic but who doesn't have a life-long grounding in Star Trek philosophy.

Here are a few things you need to know about economics CANON in Star Trek.  This isn't a judgment call, nor a decree of whether it's the right way or the wrong way to structure an economy.  I'm NOT telling you that this is the way the future WILL be or SHOULD be.  I'm not even saying that this would ever work.  No, this is just telling you how it is in CANON:

Capitalism is DEAD. )

Here are some things that should NEVER be said or implied in a Star Trek fanfiction if you're sticking to canon:

1.  Starfleet's "budget." 
2.  Any reference to a person's income or paycheck.  Or alimony.  Likewise, saving for retirement.  Why do you think there are 100+ year old people in Starfleet?  I'm sure they COULD retire, but if they love what they do, why should they stop?
3.  The "cost" of repairs.  (The limiting factors should be listed as "time" and "resources," and the limited resources should be things that are known to be limited in canon, like dilithium.)
4.  Talking about people being "poor" or starving on Earth.  (Tarsus IV was a disaster of extenuating circumstances.)
5. Any mention of people being unable to afford basic things like food, clothing, shelter, or medical care.  (That doesn't mean that people like a young James T. Kirk wouldn't avoid going to a doctor out of sheer stubbornness.)
6.  Competition for profit, unless you're talking about a Ferengi.  (Now, people will compete for opportunities, prestige, and so on.  If you've got, for example, four groups of engineers trying to design a new shield for space ships, they might compete to have their design accepted by Starfleet.  That would be canon-compliant.  However, a "lucrative" contract is not.)
7. Credits being used for essential things.  And no, booze is not "essential," so using credits to buy drinks at a bar is within canon.

1. People still have personal possessions.  This is a socialistic society, not a communistic society.  It's just that the focus has shifted away from the accumulation of WEALTH.  Restoring an antique car for the joy of it?  Within canon.  Accumulating 100 cars just so you can re-sell them for profit?  Not within canon, and that mentality wouldn't be understood by a person of 23rd-century Earth in Star Trek canon.
2. "Menial" is re-defined.  Remember Boothby from TNG?  The old groundskeeper at the Academy?  He loved his plants, and despite the fact that he wasn't faculty, he was highly respected.  Maybe we should re-think the concept of "menial labor" ourselves.
3. Maybe some people aren't "productive" by our current standards... but who said they have to be?  Tell me how to put a price tag on a painting.

So... there it is.  You don't have to like it, you don't have to agree with the philosophy, but if you're going to write Star Trek fanfiction, you need to be aware that you're NOT dealing with a capitalistic economics system.  Love it or hate it, accept it or debate it - whatever you want.  But just be aware that in Gene Roddenberry's universe, this is the way the chips fall.

Now, that's not to say there aren't inconsistencies.  There's a lovely list of those inconsistencies to be found here:
But still... realize that almost none of the contradictions are found on Earth itself.  And none of these things involve the price of essential needs.

I'll leave you with this:  Live long and prosper.  NOW... debate to yourself what "prosper" might actually mean in Vulcan society.
mijan: (To Boldly Go...)
Title: "Perspectives" (6/6)
Author: [livejournal.com profile] mijan
Rating: PG-13
Summary: "Perhaps it is nothing, Captain. However, I feel it prudent to mention that I have observed many reactions to death during the previous two years." "Go on, Spock."  "I have seldom witnessed a reaction as strong as the one exhibited by Doctor McCoy." 
Canon: Based in the ST:XI universe, but strongly influenced by TOS.
Total Length: 33,000 words.
Characters: McCoy, Kirk, Spock, with ensemble appearances by Sulu, Uhura, a couple of random Ensigns, and most of the medical staff.
Links:  Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5
Disclaimer: Gene Roddenberry is God, Paramount Pictures is Pope, and this is blasphemy. Enjoy!
Notes: My immense thanks to my beta reader, [personal profile] classics_geek , and my test-reader, [personal profile] red_rahl . Also a quick thanks to [personal profile] lap_otter , who is supremely awesome and caught several glitches and typos I made.

On another note, I want to explain a couple of things about the fic, and why I wrote it the way I did.  For that, you've got to know a few things about how I see the characters, and WHY.  First of all, the characters are a combination of ST:XI and TOS.  I see them developing this way a couple of years into this reboot universe - maturing, becoming more blended with the older versions of themselves. 

Character notes. You might find them interesting. )
So, without further delay...

From the previous installment:
Here, it didn't matter that he was broken – he was in the hands of the person who had fixed him. After a moment of stillness, Bones shifted. For a second, Jim was afraid he'd done something wrong, but then strong arms wrapped around him, and Bones was burying his face against Jim's neck and shaking.
"Bones, are you okay? Did I –"
Bones lifted his head for just a brief moment – the air on Jim's neck felt cool where tears were evaporating – just long enough to say, "Damn it, Jim, just shut up."
So he did.

And now the conclusion:

(The next few hours were spent talking about everything and nothing; all that mattered was that they were talking again. )

mijan: (Kirk had a blast)
Title: "Perspectives" (2/6)
Author: [livejournal.com profile] mijan
Rating: PG-13
Summary: "You call that alive?" he hissed. "Good God, Spock! Look at him. This is Jim! Doesn't that mean anything to you?" Spock has seen Doctor McCoy work on desperate cases before. He's seen him heal the Captain dozens of times. This time, the stakes are higher, and Spock gains a new perspective on what Kirk really means to McCoy, and what they both mean to him.
Canon: ST:XI, strongly influenced by TOS.
Characters: McCoy, Kirk, Spock, with ensemble appearances by Sulu, Uhura, a couple of random Ensigns, and most of the medical staff.
Notes: My immense thanks to my beta reader, [personal profile] classics_geek , and my test-reader, [personal profile] red_rahl . You guys are awesome!

Disclaimer: Gene Roddenberry is God, Paramount Pictures is Pope, and this is blasphemy. Enjoy!

Link to Part 1.

From the previous installment:

“Doctor, I would suggest that you sit down. The Captain’s vital signs have been stabilized. In contrast, yours are somewhat irregular.”
McCoy tried to think of a snappy jab to throw back, but his brain felt fuzzy. “I’m fine, Spock. I need to monitor Jim. We need to start synthesizing an antidote. We need to... to...” He felt himself stumble, and was barely aware of Spock’s hands supporting him, guiding him to a cot.
“Doctor McCoy, you have been running on adrenaline for the past hour, which has thus far countered the effect of the sedative toxin, but that has clearly run out.”
“But... Jim... I...”
“Fascinating – there is a logical use for adrenaline in humans after all.”
“Pointy… hobgoblin… need to… help Jim…”
He was out cold before he even reached the cot.

And now, the continuation:

Good God, Spock! Look at him. This is Jim! Doesn't that mean anything to you? )


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