jactrades: Kirk and McCoy's profiles (ST - Kirk/McCoy)
Title: Riverside, Iowa
Author: [livejournal.com profile] jactrades
Written for: [livejournal.com profile] space_wrapped 2011
Fandom: Star Trek AOS
Characters/Pairing: Kirk/McCoy, Sulu-POV
Rating/Warnings: PG-13 for language & zombies
Wordcount: ~2,800
Summary: Sulu didn't think it was that big a deal, volunteering to jump deep into zombie territory. McCoy was a bit more vocal on the whole "parachuting in" part.
Notes: Zombie AU/fusion with the novel World War Z. If you haven't read the book, the only thing to note is that it's structured as a series of short interviews commissioned by the U.N. after humanity's hard-won victory in WWZ. I strayed pretty far from the prompt, and, um, the holiday spirit, but there are zombies in December and McCoy gets a pretty awesome present at the end.

   Riverside, Iowa, USA

As I park my car on the west side of the town square I’m struck by the sense of prosperity that Riverside emanates. Beds of flowers line the walkway as I cross the green, narrowly avoiding a trio of children splashing each other by the center fountain. The famous series of walls guarding the city center are visible, of course, and the standard fail-safes – many of which were invented within these very walls – can be found tucked unobtrusively into corners, but the overall feeling is one of pre-war normalcy. I am not sure what I expected from Riverside, the largest of the civilian-run blue zones to survive east of the Rockies, but this isn’t it. A Ms. Rand meets me as I enter the unassuming building that serves as the town’s city hall. She escorts me politely to a small conference room where I meet Hikaru Sulu. )
jactrades: Mole from Arrested Development (ST - John Cho Wants You)
Title: Jumping Into Puddles
Author: [livejournal.com profile] jactrades
Written for: [livejournal.com profile] maypirate's Halloween treat
Fandom: Star Trek AOS
Characters/Pairing: Kirk/Sulu
Rating/Warnings: PG for language
Wordcount: ~1,500
Summary: "Hire the best people you can find," they say. "You'll sleep better at night," they say. Modern day AU with Kirk at the head of a startup. Yeah.
Notes: Partially inspired by [livejournal.com profile] maypirate's very old prompt from [livejournal.com profile] old_blueeyes's Second Sulu-Off, found here, and partially by the GQMF at the end.

The mistake, actually, was in agreeing with anything McKenna suggested. That’s the line Jim’s going with when Hikaru asks. )
jactrades: Mole from Arrested Development (ST - McCoy Grumpy)
Title: On the other side of every mountain
Author [livejournal.com profile] jactrades
Written for: [livejournal.com profile] uber_wench 's awesome art! Be sure to check it out!
Fandom: Star Trek AOS
Characters/Pairing: McCoy-centric, with a large dose of Kirk
Rating/Warnings: R, mostly for language.
Wordcount: ~6,300
Genre: AU/Fusion with M*A*S*H. Yup, that old show.
Summary: For [livejournal.com profile] trekreversebang . It's nine in the morning, they've already been in the OR tent for four hours, and Jim Kirk, surgeon extraordinaire, feels chatty. Of course.
Notes:Only the first half got beta'd by the amazing [livejournal.com profile] hellokatzchen , all errors are mine. MASH plotlines (and a bit of TOS) shamelessly used.
I've also created a fanmix/playlist that I wrote to: (there was another mountain)


“You know, I’ve been thinking.” )
jactrades: Mole from Arrested Development (Yeoman Rand)
All the blame for this goes to [livejournal.com profile] team_kirkrand (my oh-so-awesome team for the oh-so-awesome Ship Olympics at [livejournal.com profile] st_respect). The third prompt for the competition was AU, and, as a team, we decided to focus on creating an AU based around World War 2, which... is a cool, cool era, especially for Jim & Janice, but not one that I have much imagination for in a ficish way.

Except that I stumbled into a few wikipedia articles about WW2, and, three hours of clicking later, I ended up at the Berlin Blockade page and couldn't get the event out of my head. Here's this truly heroic event, with a clear narrative and climax, filled with crazy details of men and women using new technology, sheer guts, and freakin' incredible logistics to achieve something that was truly thought impossible until they went and did it.

And now, 5k of words deep into writing what is clearly going to become a big bang fic (there was no chance it was going to get finished in time for the competition), I'm just starting to figure out how, in good conscious, I can write fic about a historical event that plenty of people still alive experienced. 'Cause that's the rub, right? Real place, real time, real people, real events - I really don't want to screw this up.

Obviously, there's no point in reinventing the wheel, so I've been reading up on the process of writing by published historical fiction authors. The article that is pinned on my bookmarks bar is Elizabeth Cook's Seven Rules for Writing Historical Fiction, and I'm steadily working my way through the links on Cindy Vallar's Historical Fiction vs. History. I also have an interlibrary loan request out for The Art and Craft of Writing Historical Fiction, which I hope lives up to the praise of its reviews.

So far, the big two takeaways for me from all this reading is that (1) you should drown yourself in research, (come up for air, and then dive back in if needed) and (2) a historical detail should be in a story for the same reason any other detail is - because it helps develop your characters and plot. Both points are, well, obvious, but they're good things to keep repeating to myself as I write - and number two is going to be key as I go into a first edit.

One thing that profic authors don't have to worry about, however, is how to fit their characters into the historical period; their characters develop from the historical period. When this AU first popped into my head, I struggled with how to place the Star Trek gang into this big event without allowing them to be the catalysts of this big event, since that role is already filled by the real people who were there. While I could replace everyone who played a part with individuals from the Star Trek universe - oh god, it'd be so easy and fun to do that - I'm just too uncomfortable doing that with a historical event as recent as WWII. Erasing people who are still alive from the historical record... eh, I just can't do that.

I think I've figured out roles for Kirk et al. for this AU - ways they can be in the airlift without being leaders of the airlift while still being recognizably the type of crew that defeated Nero & saved the Earth as a bunch of raw cadets, but that's definitely where the heaviest lifting has been needed in figuring out how to plot out all of this fic that's eaten my brain.

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Edited to add that I'm working from home today, and have been watching old TOS episodes on tv (Google TV plus youtube equals awesome - I love living in the future). Sulu's adorable unicorn dog from The Enemy Within just appeared on the screen yipping, and my equally adorable non-unicorn dog just wagged her tail at him. The cute, I cannot describe it.

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