As promised in my New Year’s Eve post, I have begun to post some works of the previous two years to the Writing Desk.
Every now and then, I get the impulse to go off the grid as a writer and start from zero in a place I don’t know, and where no one knows me – to try something new, to try something different, to try and see whether I can tell stories in a different setting or a different way, and to see whether those stories will yet again find people who enjoy reading them.
This happened with Monique Bartok, and it happened again with Nordica (both aliases I later uncovered). It is the same now with Daphne.
About a year ago, my time got reorganized in a way that only allowed for smaller writing projects, if I wanted to complete anything at all. This led to my trying out a few stylistically new things – story ideas that were more dramatic or over the top than my usual fare, different historical settings, takes on shorter phrase structure, or musical phrases, on different time narration concepts.
I also wanted to explore the Bering & Wells (Warehouse 13) dynamic some more, but away from the sci-fi/fantasy setting of the show, and most of all its deplorable canon decisions on Season 4 (Season 5, as far as I am concerened, does not exist).
In the end, I started writing lesbian haberdashery of sorts – stories that are shorter and more experimental that my usual style. Some are dark in tone, some lighter, some bittersweet. What they all have in common is women falling in love. With each other.
To read the stories, you neither need to know about Warehouse 13 (though really, Bering & Wells are a thing of beauty) nor about any other crossreferences contexts.
All of these stories (four I have posted for now, four more will follow) have previously been posted either on Tumblr, and/or on AO3, and can also be assessed over there (I recommend AO3 if you would like to download anything for a reading device, or if you prefer reading black-on-white in general).
There is Horizons on Fire, a WWI setting with war pilots, pristine English lawn and a greenhouse. I am not quite sure how this idea appeared, but I know that it was a sunny winter morning where I was taking a walk through the country side up on the Northern Coast of Spain.
Crossroads is a companion piece of sorts in a WWII setting, very condensed, set in an underground flight scenario.
She Walked Up To The Castle is very lyrical in tone. Think of it as Pre-Raphaelite or symbolist. It is heavily inspired by a Maeterlinck poem and its Zemlinsky song setting, which was – in the interpretation of Anne Sofie von Otter – an important part of the sound mosaic surrounding my own coming out (way back then) and it has never really left me alone.
Officially, the poem in question is about Death (in female form) appearing at a castle and taking the Queen away with her, while the King is unable to prevent it, although I always read it as a woman (may she be real, mythical or Death herself) in love with the Queen, and the Queen loving her in return and going away with her.
There is a link to the poem given with the story; the story, short as it is, may not make much sense without reading the poem first.
Finally, there is Warehouse Story, which is basically a retelling of West Side Story, but with Bering & Wells as the romantic leads. It is not necessary to know either, though.
West Side Story is another import text of my formative years (quite literally. I typed the entire libretto into an MS-DOS computer at age 13, just to breathe the text) and while I am not sure where the idea came from, it is a logical thought space for me, so I took a few iconic scenes and reworte them with female leads. In this instance, I even reworked the iconic production poster.
Finally, a word on story classifications: Back when I started writing fanfiction, about fifteen years ago, using known characters in a completely different setting was called “Über Fiction” (or Uber Fiction, if there were no German umlauts at your disposal). A lot of it was derived from Xena, and from the Über episodes the show loved to do. It spawned the whole (often published) genre of Über Fiction where you basically used a character’s essence, generally also the looks, but renamed them and placed them into a different context.
On Tumblr these days, the kids are calling that “AU” (which back then used to be tied to DS9 and its Alternative Universe episodes and meant the canon setting, but turned upside down), and they don’t change the names of the protagonists. I tried to adjust to that, for the most part – when in Rome…
The next quarted of stories – some of them significantly longer than the ones presented here – should follow within the next week or two. When I have finished uploading them all, I will do another introductory post.