Playing catchup
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So I've been cataloguing all of the fanfic I've ever written, and where it is, and... wow, I'm disorganized. There is no one place where you can get all of my fic, not even my own web site.

So little by little I'm going to try to catch it up. I've been doing fanfic reposts on Tumblr, which is mostly where I blog now because all my friends went away here. :-( (Maybe I really should switch to Dreamwidth and then someone might read stuff I post here...) I want to get everything I've ever done onto Archive of Our Own, everything that isn't porn onto Fanfiction.net, and everything onto my own web site.

Some sites I am posting a lot of stuff to
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I have lately taken up a Fanfic Reposting Project on my Tumblr, where I am reposting all of my old fanfics because the audience there is largely younger and newer to fandom than my older stomping grounds. (Not the case with fanfiction.net, which always draws the young ones, but there, my older fanfics are old, and going to be like 10 pages down in a search.)

I am also posting a lot of original fiction, incomplete fanfics, and incomplete original fiction this month to my Patreon, for patrons only. There will be links to stuff that I've already posted on the Web that aren't behind the patron-wall, so that I have posts there that everyone can see, but most of that will be things anyone who is still following this journal has already read.

Short stories up on Amazon, and Patreon account
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I have two short stories up on Amazon under my name, Alara Rogers. In the process of doing edits on a novel I wrote years ago that I intend to publish there as well. These two are the ones that I have had accepted for professional publication that are original (ie, non-fannish), and neither got much circulation -- in particular I think Tainted Blood may never have even appeared, because the magazine that bought it went out of business and might never have published the issue I was scheduled for. They're both contemporary fantasy.

Since I'm speaking to a mostly fannish audience here, where there's an expectation of trigger warnings: "Tainted Blood" contains material that may trigger rape victims. I don't think there are any other common triggers in either of them.

I also now have a Patreon account, where I'm publishing sneak previews and unpublished works, outtakes, outlines, and so forth. While I still firmly believe that selling fanfic is wrong, the idea behind the Patreon account is that people are supporting my writing, in general, for anything I choose to write, and the rewards for patronage are generally speaking things that will eventually be released to the public. Most of what I have up there pertains to my current major fandom, My Little Pony (shut up, it has John de Lancie playing a chaos god, plus the main hero is a female nerdy genius bookworm who probably has mild Aspergers.) However, I did publish the start of an X-Men Movieverse/TNG fusion crossover in which the X-Men characters from First Class, plus a few others, get mapped onto races and archetypes that could legitimately be in the Trek universe, and the first half of the so-far-unpublished next chapter of "Working In Groups."

My mother is dead.
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It's funny, I started my Livejournal in 2001 more or less in response to the death of my grandmother, and now here I am coming back because I want to talk about my mom dying. That's kind of morbid.

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2015 fanfic output
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Not The Hero Chp. 9: I Am The Champion, Dragons Are Losers 'Cause I Am The Champion: 16,876 words. 1/18/2015

Not The Hero Chp. 10: In Which I Meander Aimlessly Around Memory Meadow: 8,611 words. 2/17/2015

Be Discreet Chp. 2: The Trials And Triumphs of Young Love: 11,643 words. 2/22/2015

The God of Breaking Rules In The Land of the Dead, Chapter 5: 2,756 words. 2/23/2015

The Last Draconequus: The Feral Child, 2/2: 16,192 words. 3/2/2015

Not The Hero Chp. 11: Dragons Are Still Losers But Now I Feel Bad About It: 7,111 words. 3/8/2015

Signal To Noise Chp. 2: Princess Celestia's Good Advice That Twilight Doesn't Take: 3,640 words. 3/14/2015

Love, Friendship and Chaos Chp. 4: 6,730 words. 3/16/2015

No Escape From Yourself: The Cracks Begin To Show: 16,172 words. 5/6/2015

Neither Rain, Nor Sleet, Nor Gloom of Night -- But Chaos, That's Another Story: 1,587 words. 5/18/2015

:Not The Hero Chp. 12: Blueblood, This Is Your Life! 11,554 words. 5/26/2015

No Escape From Yourself: Who Will Bell The Cat? 2,876 words. 5/30/2015

Elements of Opposition Chp 7: The Gates of Hell 14,725 words. 6/22/2015

Elements of Opposition Chp 8: Diadem of Order 10,513 words. 6/28/2015

Not The Hero Chp. 13: Losing My Religion 11,387 words. 7/19/2015

The God of Breaking Rules In The Land of the Dead, Chapter 6: 2,844 words. 10/17/2015

Crumbling: 1,804 words. 10/20/2015

Signal To Noise Chp. 3: Twilight Sparkle's Excellent Chaos Adventure: 6,878 words. 11/15/2015

What About Twilight? Chp 1: And That Made All The Difference: 3,952 words. 11/23/2015

What About Twilight? Chp 2: The Wrong Question: 9,842 words. 11/30/2015

Elements of Opposition Chp 9: Burning Down The House: 20,581 words. 12/13/2015

Awkward Conversations Chp 2: All Apologies: 14,570 words. 12/21/2015

Stumble In My Footsteps Chp 3: Into The Labyrinth 4,824 words. 12/22/2015

Stumble In My Footsteps Chp 4: Game Over: 5,048 words. 12/28/2015

The King Who Would Be Man Chp. 9: You Can Never Be Free of Your Past: 9,126 words. 12/30/2015

Klappar Skalbagge
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This is Ziffy, daughter of Funky (Funky has been missing for some years; it's believed she may be at my parents' house someplace, or possibly in the attic.)

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Ultimate Fanfic Trope Showdown 2.1
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The Ultimate Fanfic Trope Showdown is a sorter that will rank popular fanfic tropes according to your preferences. Here's mine:


Rank Name
1 Hurt/Comfort
2 Enemies to Friends to Lovers
3 Rivalmancy
4 Sex Pollen
5 Role Reversal AU
5 Amnesia
7 Espionage AU
8 Adopting/Raising a Baby
9 'Groundhog Day'/Karmic Time Warp
10 Found Families
11 Friends to Lovers
12 Trapped in an Elevator/Snowed-In Cabin/etc
13 Actually Unrequited Pining
14 Seemingly Unrequited Pining
15 Magical Connection (telepathy, etc)
16 Royalty/Arranged Marriage
16 Coffee House AU/Food Service AU
16 High School/Uni AU
16 Fake Dating/Fake Marriage Accidentally Turns Into Feelings
16 Soulmate Identifying Marks: Tattoo, Red Thread of Fate, etc
16 Fake Out Make Out
16 Incest
16 Reincarnation/'25 Lives' AU
16 A/B/O
16 Loyalty Kink
16 Selfcest (possibly due to time travel)
16 Age Difference (possibly due to time travel)
16 Vampires/Werewolves AU

This sort of turns into more of a list of what I don't like than what I do, though I realize now that "selfcest" could have been higher in the list than it was. The 16s are not in order of how much I don't like them, and I don't actually know what "loyalty kink" is -- I assumed it had something to do with enforced monogamy, and I strongly dislike kinks based on monogamy -- but yeah, the bottom half of this list turned into Tropes Alara Really Hates Or At Least Is So Done With.

I don't like arranged or fake marriage really turns into love, because if love can be achieved that cheaply, how's it really love? I don't like people doing fake romance things either. I hate everything to do with soulmates. I hate A/B/O because it almost invariably turns into some means of producing a deeply misogynistically sexist story that hides its sexism by making the "woman" of the pairing biologically and mentally male, except male from a category of male that can bear children which isn't actually any reasonable definition of male as a gender. There are exceptions, some fantastic ones, but it's gotten to the point where I see A/B/O in the summary and I just don't click. Don't like reincarnation. Vampires and werewolves are overplayed. Didn't like high school when I was living through it. Don't like relationships based on "A is an employee, B is a customer, and A is serving B. Romance!" Age difference as a *kink* is squicky to me, though I am more than happy with relationships between, say, a fifty-year-old human and a five-billion-year-old entity, or a twenty-year-old pony and a two thousand year old chimera. :-) I just don't like to make a thing of the age difference.

I should clarify with the sex pollen thing that I am not a fan of sex pollen = rape. Sex pollen where one party either must have sex to survive or will be in great suffering without it, and the other party voluntarily chooses to help them and was consciously aware that they find that person attractive before the sex pollen happened, that is a thing I like. I also am okay with stories that acknowledge that rape is rape and have repercussions if that happens. What I do not like is "I'm sorry I have to do this because of the sex pollen!" and then the affected character forces the unaffected one but it's all right in the end because they liked it.

Kids
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Me: sees the Rarity plushie on the floor

Me: Why is Rarity on the floor?

My 9-year-old daughter: Because the new trend is the trashy look.

Author's notes for Elements of Opposition, chapters 7 and 8
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These notes refer to the story Elements of Opposition, specifically chapters 7 and 8.

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Re-introduction
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I've become spoiled by being on a fanfic archive that contains within it a blogging platform for the past two years. Now, when I post stuff to Fanfiction.net and Archive Of Our Own, I get questions that I've already answered in a blog no one who's reading me on those sites ever saw. So I've decided to start posting regularly here again about my fanfic and then directing people here. I thought of using my Dreamwidth account, but Dreamwidth supports only OpenID, and you have to know what you're doing; Livejournal explicitly supports login from a multitude of well-known platforms, so it's a better place to post if I want to get comments from people who don't necessarily have accounts on this platform.

Hi, I'm Alara Rogers, and you're not, unless you're that girl in Oklahoma whose name keeps popping up on things like Google+ and Facebook and seriously, I'm highly dubious of that being her actual name. I'm in my forties. I'm an American living on the East Coast, married with four kids, and continue to have ambitions to become professionally published, but I keep not doing it because I'm addicted to the instant gratification of fanfic. For a living I do IT consulting, but I majored in psychobiology in college and pursued a master's degree, only to be foiled by my first distinctive bout with depression, which is a thing that nowadays I'm mostly holding off successfully with medication.

My first major fandom -- and the only one I really consider myself to have left behind -- was Science Ninja Team Gatchaman/Battle of the Planets, where I obsessed over villains, a trend that continues today. I've been a reader, though not much of a writer, in Blake's 7 (Avon, Servalan), Pokemon (Mew, Mewtwo), and, inexplicably, Skyfall-based Bond (mostly because I got sick of Bond's Q coming up in searches for Star Trek's Q, so I finally broke down and started reading it.) My major writing fandoms have been Star Trek TNG (Q, whom I ship with both Picard and Janeway because that is how I roll), X-Men (Magneto and Charles Xavier), Farscape (Scorpius), and My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic (Discord, Twilight Sparkle.) None of my fannish interests actually ever end (aside from Gatchaman, because the fandom was just so small, it couldn't support my specialized interests and I got bored). I phase in and out of them, but nothing truly dies.

Lately most of my work has been in MLP:FIM. I have 12 incomplete stories in that fandom, some of which I've been working on since October 2013, but that's nothing; in Star Trek fandom I have Only Human, which started in 1993, last got a major update in 2009, and which I'm sure I'll swing back to within a year or two; in X-Men fandom I have The Body Snatchet, started in 1996 or thereabouts (maybe as late as 1998.) I intend to clear most of my MLP fics, which I've been writing more quickly and consistently than I've done in any other fandom, get some pro work done, and then go back through incompletes in older fandoms and finish them, because I'm not getting any younger here. However, this means that things update when they update. I have a lot of stories competing for my time and attention, and limited time to finish them.

Anyone who really wants to have a greater level of input than others do into what I write next is encouraged to take a look at my Patreon account and see if you'd be willing to support me in my writing endeavors; the fic will get written one way or another, so no one is actually paying for fanfic. Patrons just get sneak peeks at unposted work, outlines and notes, and a certain degree of influence over which of the things I'm writing I should prioritize. 

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