moonbeamsfanfic: (Subtext What Subtext? - Big Wolf on Camp)
Over the years, I've become a lot more discerning about the quality of fiction I'll read. Despite working in a library, I rarely read books anymore because the quality of the writing for most pro-fic absolutely sucks in comparison to amateur fanfic authors who write because they love it, instead of just because they're paid for it.

Because of that, my standards for high-quality fic have risen drastically over the years. But one thing seems to have remained the same: my love for detailed world-building. Any author who can take a concept and develop it so thoroughly that I end up living and breathing it, seeing it as its own reality, even dreaming about it at night? Those are the stories I love the most, the ones I never forget, and keep going back to over and over again. They are stories which do more than just explore the characters or follow a cunning plot, they are stories that feel alive... rich and immense with detail, background, meaning and future possibilties. They are stories which have created a reality all their own, one which when done well, can often feel more real than canon.

There are several authors I can think of off the top of my head who do this with ease:

1. Macx (aka Gryph) with her undisputed Fire & Ice series in the Knight Rider fandom

2. James Walkswithwind (aka [livejournal.com profile] zortified) with her enormously popular 'Centaur AU That Eats Fandoms', to which the world-building was so rich I came to love a show I'd never even heard of just through reading it. (To this day, I've never seen an episode of Houston Knights despite reading several hundred fics for it.)

3. Nix (aka [livejournal.com profile] crimsonquills) who continued the Centaur AU brilliantly into two new fandoms and gave it even more depth and richness.

4. Red Wolf (aka [livejournal.com profile] redwolfoz) whose werewolves Wolf and Declan have been part of my personal life for so long I've claimed Dec as my own perfect mate. Alas, too bad he's ficitonal. ::pouts::

5. TenthMuse1 who seems to excel in world-builing, even if her most popular one is a world I don't particularly like.

6. Jennifer Lyon and Suzanne Bickerstaff with their classic, beloved fantasy X-Files novels, The Magician Trilogy (in four books).

7. Sam (aka [livejournal.com profile] copperbadge)'s better-than-canon Sirius and Remus raising Harry Potter AU.

8. Domenika Marzione (aka [livejournal.com profile] miss_porcupine) who has taken the flippant world of Stargate: Atlantis and given it's military a voice and believability, as well a host of characters the readers keep looking for every episode despite them not actually being canon.

9. Susan Foster's Sentinel GDP AU, which while often unpleasant, no can deny has a life of its own.

and of course,

10. The entire Magnificent Seven fandom, who cooperatively brought to life the ATF AU based off of one tiny little fic by Mog.

And now the newest name to add to my list, Sanjuno Shori Niko (aka [livejournal.com profile] sanjuno), who's taken the original G1 of Transformers and built an entire culture from the dregs of canon. A culture that revolves around my favourite characters, the sleek and gorgeous Seekers: Starscream, Thundercracker, and Skywarp.

~*~

The Nine Rings of Vos, A Transformers G1 Fanfic
by Sanjuno Shori Niko

Summary: The Seekers have a plan, one that spans the entire length of the war, and is now coming to fruition. Soundwave and the Cassettacons get caught up in the plot, and somehow cannot find it in their sparks to regret any of it. As for the Autobot and Decepticon factions, well, they are all just really, really confused.

~*~


Link goes to the main timeline of series that span over 50 stories and millions of years. It's fun, full of humour and love, and best of all... builds a world I can't help but love.
moonbeamsfanfic: (Default)
Here's part 2 of [livejournal.com profile] redwolfoz's birthday fic, the sequel to The Occisor's Charisma.

Thanks for the permission to keep playing in your !verse, Wolf! :)

... and the mystery deepens )
moonbeamsfanfic: (The Plot Bunny Factory)
Once a year, every year, a special time must come. A time to celebrate, to rejoice in our good fortune, and of course, to give presents. Today is that time... for it is the inimitable [livejournal.com profile] redwolfoz's birthday. And as her good, dear, and oh-so-lovable friend, I've hauled out my muse and done my best to write her a fic worthy as a gift.

Or, well, that was the intention anyway. I seem to have had a slight problem with her prompt. ::blushes:: Heh.

In line with the requested "vegetation" theme, this supposedly simple little fic idea I had went and grew a plot. A plot! Ficlet's aren't supposed to have plots, 'specially not the b-day prezzie kind! But alas, this one does...

2000 words later, and the real story is only just beginning... )

So now, if my Wolf does not object, I'll take a page out of her book and continue the tale in a series of short interconnected ficlets. If she so desires...

::bows:: By your leave, Red Wolf, I wish you a bountiful and joyous, Happy Birthday!
moonbeamsfanfic: (Moon's Secret Lair (designed by Red Wolf)
Hey, look! My muse made an appearance! ::cheers::

It's short, but it's a start. ;) Now if only I can hold on to it long enough to write that ficathon story I've got due in a week, everything would be great.

A Wolf&Declán!verse drabble, for Red Wolf )

There's also more Lair-fic to squee over, as both [livejournal.com profile] reoune and [livejournal.com profile] dknightshade have posted the next adventures of their Secret Lair serieses. Be sure to catch Deona's A Surprising Encounter and Shady's Another Fine Mess -- although I think most of you have seen the latter one by now already. ;P
moonbeamsfanfic: (Default)
Sent this scribble to [livejournal.com profile] redwolfoz via email last night and she liked it enough to want to keep it. It's already posted on her website, so I figured might as well post it on LJ too.

Set in Red Wolf's original Wolf&Declán!verse, and occuring sometime in the London!verse, here's what Spike and Dawn's co-workers have been up to on their own time...

Summary: Declán is less than happy to learn there's a new man in Rachel's life.

Covetous )
moonbeamsfanfic: (Default)
Dum da dada! The promised Special Edition "Life at the Lair" fic! YAAAYYYY!!!

Bet you weren't expecting THIS! )
moonbeamsfanfic: (Moon's Secret Lair (designed by Red Wolf)
Yes, yes! Finally! Here it is, the next Lair-fic! ::trumpets play, fireworks go off, and much cheering is heard::

And it's actually a fairly long one, too! I had a devil of a time writing it, dang thing kept wanting to go off in it's own directions. Anyway, here's hoping you like where I finally wrangled the bunny down.

Operation: Safeguard )

We have two new authors joining us in the Lair today, [livejournal.com profile] stormr_d and [livejournal.com profile] leni_ba -- everybody say "hi!"

As for the rest of you, don't forget to get your bios in! :D
moonbeamsfanfic: (Default)
This is not part of the "Life at the Lair" series, and I realise I'm violating my own words by having written it when I said I wouldn't be doing any writing for a while. But this is special. This is a heartfelt Thank You gift for [livejournal.com profile] redwolfoz.

Red Wolf has been exceptionally kind and patient with me over the last few days -- though she's always been nothing but a solid, steadfast friend -- during the designing of several beautiful graphics for the new Secret Lair website. In honour of her incredibly hard work, I took time away from beta-reading Nevermore's fic to write something I hope she'll enjoy. (And Norm, if by some small chance you're reading this... Sorry! ;P)

So thank you, Wolf. I had a chat with Spike and Wolverine, and this is what they suggested. I hope you like it, and don't mind me delving briefly into the world of Wolf & Declán. :)

Anybody else reading this, be advised that it is not my usual light and fluffy humour.

Oh, and unless my understanding of timezones is completely off...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, WOLF!


Pack Mentality )
moonbeamsfanfic: (Moon's Secret Lair (designed by Red Wolf)
I think I'm going to need to take tomorrow (and possibly longer) off from writing Lair-fic, so this one's a bit longer than normal to make it up to you. ;)

It also has a few ulterior motives, as it somewhat answers the "Allure" challenge at [livejournal.com profile] the_kittchen, and meets the suggestions of four fellow Lair denizens: [livejournal.com profile] tomywca, [livejournal.com profile] pheral, [livejournal.com profile] stormdracona, and [livejournal.com profile] blazingskies.

Remember! It's all in fun! ;D )
moonbeamsfanfic: (Moon's Secret Lair (designed by Red Wolf)
Today's story has been brought to you by cotton candy, Gummi Bears, and the letter 'Y'.

(As in, 'why am I doing this?!' :D)

Oh, Nutty's comments for a previous story were also used as inspiration. And Tomy already knows what happens in the implied moments after that scene. Have fun, kids! :D

A Hunting We Will Go! )

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