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Evil Author Day (EAD)

Evil Author Day

What is Evil Author Day? Well, it’s a day that authors are evil to readers, and readers say ‘thank you for making us suffer sweet, sweet agony’. Basically, it’s the reason we all endure Valentine’s Day.

For those of you new to fandom, who didn’t follow me here from Rough Trade, or who have been living under a rock: Evil Author Day (EAD) started as an author tease. Writers would post a list of the titles of stories they were working on, or the names of all their WIP files – which is hilarious, because writers often label ongoing projects with ridiculous and amusing tags.

(FYI – no one thinks of titles first; most writers leave that to last minute and then slap something random on it. I usually get an idea just as I’m falling asleep, or use a line or phrase from the story, or use a key phrase from a quote I used as inspiration. Titles are like synopses – no one likes to write them, we all struggle to get it right, and prefacing your efforts with a humble brag about how bad you are at this but your story is awesome read it anyway is just irritating. Yes, FF.Net and AO3, I am looking at you.)

Some authors took votes and posted an excerpt for the most popular title/description. Other authors listed a little about several open projects and asked readers to vote on which one they should work on next.

As per usual in certain circles (<cough> Stargate fandom <cough>), a certain Ms Keira Marcos took the idea, ran a touchdown with it, and had the whole thing renamed and rebranded in her likeness. Keira posted excerpts from an assortment of open stories she had on the go and – here’s where the evil part comes in – there was absolutely no guarantee that we would ever see anything else in these works.

This bears repeating: there are no guarantees, warranties, or assurances here.  There are no timelines, no promises, and no requests. Some of the stuff Keira posted for EAD in 2011 has never been posted, updated, or completed (that we know of), and may never be – and we don’t get to ask, beg, threaten, or demand that she goes back to these, or any other offerings made on any EAD post.We say thank you, and move on. There is also no guarantee that, if one of the EAD stories is completed, that the excerpt posted will be included or remain intact. Ongoing stories change change, be rewritten, and have whole scenes or even pairing dumped.

And then, Keira infected the internet. As she does. Because we all wish to emulate the awesomeness. Ladyholder and Jilly James got in on the action, and eventually several other writers on Rough Trade; Keira went from posting EAD on her friend-locked livejournal to creating a dedicated livejournal (still friend-locked) for her and Jilly to post to. And now, in the footsteps of giants and geniuses – I will follow.

Note: None of these stories are done; they may never be. Also, I intend to only publish here; none of these will live on AO3. Also, in case anyone is curious, the weirdest label I have in my writing file is: Down with Umbridge genderfuck fifth year reboot. I haven’t worked on it in two years, but looking at it makes me giggle. On the other hand, the current state of … everything … may lead to some revenge fic fuel. Writing is like sex; sometimes you need a good hate-on to get you in the mood.

A Woman’s Honour: Aftermath (Naruto)
female Kakashi and Naruto

Shifting Currents (NCIS/Criminal Minds)
female Tony DiNozzo/Aaron Hotchner

Yesterday’s Tomorrow: Autumn (Harry Potter)
The Future is My Past; The Past is my Future Book Two

Heart of Iron & Ice: Arctic Star (MCU/Sentinel Fusion)
female Tony Stark/Loki #3. No, I haven’t even started #2.

Also, I posted five new Big Short stories that I completed and sat on in the
last 2 weeks. You’re welcome.

There is also a new edition of Future’s Past available, one with images and graphics of documents (letters and articles), and I posted some artwork for the series.

Reminder: DO NOT ask me about when/where/how I will finish or post these. Yes, I am working on all of them. I am also working on a lot of things, including finishing/editing/posting my NANO project, planning for a challenge in July, and doing things like going to work and getting groceries and doing laundry.