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Luke Cage Fic: The Night Nurse (Claire/Luke)

As is my custom, I participated in Yuletide only by writing treats. I've wanted to write about Claire ever since I finished Luke Cage, so this was the perfect excuse! It was not the most popular story I've written for Yuletide, but my recipient really loved it, so that's what counts. (Well, that, and I finally knocked Sherlock off the fandom list on my AO3 dashboard, which matters a lot to me.)

Title: The Night Nurse
Rating: Teen
Characters/Pairings: Claire Temple/Luke Cage, Misty Knight, Mariah Dillard, Soledad, Matt Murdock
Summary: Claire Temple is her own kind of hero: she saves lives and helps people in broad daylight, in a costume of surgical masks and scrubs.
Word Count: 6700
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2016 Reading List

In 2015, I set out to spend a year reading only authors of color. Although the project was challenging, I think it made a permanent difference in how I read. This year, although I did not set any goals or do any research, 12 of the 26 books I read were written by people of color. My strategy was pretty simple: if I had a choice between two books, I chose the one written by someone different from me. This year’s selections focused less on issues of race and culture than last year’s. Many of the books I chose were memoirs about medical school (don’t ask why, I get obsessed with random subjects a lot), and the writers mentioned their ethnicity only in passing. But I don’t think the point of this project is to have a Very Educational Experience about race in the United States every time you read; it is also to see that in spite our society’s many racial, religious, and cultural divisions, certain emotional experiences are the same for everyone. (Apparently a medical education would damn near kill us all.) Other books were dystopian YA novels set in made-up worlds where American racial categories do not exist. At first glance, I thought the author’s race wouldn’t matter in that kind of setting, but when I paid attention, subtle differences emerged. For example, in An Ember in the Ashes, most of the villains were blonde-haired and blue-eyed, while the heroes had dark skin, hair, and eyes. On the other hand, in the Selection series, all the main characters appeared to be white people, especially the prettiest girls. Our society enforces racial stereotypes in a lot of subtle ways, and making white people heroes and brown people villains is a powerful one. Nothing is more likely to erode those stereotypes than including more diverse voices among our storytellers.

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For your Leia reading pleasure

Here are my Leia stories, in case you need them today!

Five Ways to Stop Being a Princess - Leia/Han, 3500 words
1. Spend a night in the smuggling compartments of the Millennium Falcon
2. Learn to fire a blaster without closing your eyes
3. Get drunk and go to bed with an unsuitable man
4. Yell at people who ask if you're okay
5. Go to bed with an unsuitable man even when you're sober

Sex, Adrenaline, and a Maximum of Three Feelings - Leia/Poe, 8000 words
Leia never intended to start flirting with Poe Dameron. Once she started flirting, she never intended to start sleeping with him, much less develop feelings for him. But then, so few things in her life have turned out the way she expected. Why should this one be any different?

We'll All Float On Okay - Leia & Rey, 9500 words
Leia’s to-do list consisted of just one task: defeat the First Order and reclaim liberty and justice for the galaxy. She had no intention of becoming anyone’s mother, and given how well her previous attempt at parenting had gone, that was probably a good thing.

Advice for Those of You Just Starting Your Heroic Journey - Leia, 1000 words
Leia can think of a lot of things a budding heroine ought to know. Like if you feel a strange, inexplicable connection with a man you just met, don't kiss him. He might be your brother.
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May the Force Be With You

I owe my current self to two fictional people: Spock and Princess Leia. Spock taught me that nerdy could be cool and logic could save you when emotion couldn't. Princess Leia showed me what kind of woman I wanted to be. When I was a little girl, I loved all the "boy" shows, like Transformers and Thundercats and The Sorcerer's Apprentice. Every Saturday morning, I would turn on the TV and wait to see the girl character -- there was only ever one -- do something cool. If I was lucky, she might make a really important phone call, or get kidnapped by the bad guy so the good guys could rescue her. I watched the Smurfs religiously in the hope vain hope of seeing Smurfette do something other than, well, be a girl.

And then I saw Star Wars. Princess Leia was the woman I'd been looking for, even though my four-year-old self would never have been able to articulate it. She fired weapons and gave orders and resisted interrogation and looked pretty without sacrificing her intelligence. I watched Star Wars on a continuous loop just to see her. As I've gotten older, I've come to appreciate her character even more. She's a genocide survivor. In A New Hope, she closed her eyes every time she fired her blaster and stared vaguely at the controls of the Millennium Falcon; by Return of the Jedi, she was a crack shot who could fly the ship herself. The movies are theoretically about Luke, but while he was running off to Jedi training and whining at his master, she stayed behind, learning the skills she needed to contribute to the Rebellion.

I can't find it in me to be sad right now because I'm just so grateful to have had a Princess Leia in my life.
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Star Wars Fic: Crash on Your Shore (Rey/Jessika Pava)

Here is the second story I wrote for Star Wars Rare Pairs. No lies, I'm pretty proud of it. Writing explicit sex is a real challenge for me, and this is the first time I've gotten positive feedback about the sex scene itself (as opposed to random comments about other parts of the story). It's interesting to see how differently the two stories I wrote were received. This one was far more popular at the fest itself, whereas the Leia/Poe one has proven much more popular among my LJ friends and AO3 subscribers.

One day, I'm going to figure out how to write Star Wars fics that are less than 5,000 words. Today is not that day. The other treat I started for this fest is currently 4500 words and not even half done, so maybe my recip will receive it sometime next spring...

Title: Crash On Your Shore
Rating: Adult
Characters & Pairings: Jessika Pava/Rey, Finn, Poe Dameron
Summary: On Jakku, she lived by herself. She never felt warm hands on her body, never saw eyes looking down on her with fire and kindness all at once. The Resistance is different. Here, she doesn't have to be alone.
Word Count: 5700
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Star Wars Fic: The Best Kind of Game (Poe/Leia)

Star Wars Rare Pair reveals happened yesterday, so I can finally claim my stories. This one was my main assignment, and to be honest, I really struggled with it. I didn't want to rewrite the first Poe/Leia story I did, I didn't have time to write the really ambitious idea I wanted to do, and I just wasn't able to write the smut that my recip really wanted. Looking back through it, it's a lot better than I thought it was, but it's hard to really love something when you had to fight for every word.

Title: The Best Kind of Game
Rating: Teen
Characters & Pairings: Poe/Leia, Finn, BB-8, Snap Wexley
Summary: There are a thousand things Poe can’t do in the war: he can’t always hit the target, he can’t stop pilots dying by the dozens, he can’t even get Jessika Pava to stop bending her undercarriage on nighttime landings. But he can almost always find one small thing to make General Organa happy, and that's enough for him.
Word Count: 6200