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8/24/11 08:56 pm - ctquill - Untethered,Compassion, PG13

Title: Untethered
Author: ctquill
Fandom: Eighth Doctor Adventures novels
Rating: PG13
Warnings: Violence, spoilers for the EDAs up to the end of The Fall of Yquatine.
Prompt: 148) The worst walls are never the ones you find in your way. The worst walls are the ones you put there--you build yourself. Those are the high ones, the thick ones, the ones with no doors in. --Ursula K. LeGuin (born October 21, 1929), present-day American author, particularly well-known in the science fiction and fantasy genres.
Summary: Compassion has forgiven the Doctor, but forgiveness doesn't mean acceptance of what she has lost.
Author's Notes: This is set shortly after The Fall of Yquatine by Nick Walters and references it heavily. Many thanks to J. for the beta. 

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8/22/11 09:55 pm - mrstater - Sexual Relations (Downton Abbey)

Title: Sexual Relations
Author: mrstater
Fandom: Downton Abbey
Characters: Mary Crawley, Sybil Crawley
Rating & Warnings: PG-13 for references to sex
Format & Word Count: fic, 1449 words
Prompt: #16, "The difference between weakness and wickedness is much less than people suppose; and the consequences are nearly always the same." (Marguerite Gardiner, Countess of Blessington)
Summary: Sybil confronts Mary about her sexual past, and reveals dreams of being a revolutionary in the bedroom as well as in the voting booth.

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8/22/11 04:09 pm - tanaquilotr - The Good Fight, Asha Barlow, G

Title: The Good Fight
Author: tanaquilotr/tanaquific
Fandom: Dark Angel
Rating: G
Warnings: None
Prompt: #67 We can never go back again, that much is certain. The past is still too close to us. The things we have tried to forget and put behind us would stir again, and that sense of fear, of furtive unrest...might in some manner unforeseen become a living companion, as it had before. --Daphne Du Maurier (1907-1989), English author, biographer and playwright.
Summary: When a note surfaces that suggests Asha’s mother may still be alive, Asha wonders what she’ll make of the way her daughter’s chosen to fight Seattle’s corrupt politicians and public officials.
Author's Note: Thanks to Scribbler (scribblesinink) for the beta. Based in part on information in the tie-in book Dark Angel: The Eyes Only Dossier by D.A. Stern.

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8/22/11 11:36 am - the_alchemist - Dark, Joan of Arc, PG13

Title: Dark
Author: the_alchemist
Fandom: Shakespeare, Henry VI Part 1; historical RPF; the Christian bible
Rating: PG13
Warnings: Death by burning, rampant Catholicism
Prompt: 12) I might have been born in a hovel, but I am determined to travel with the wind and the stars Jacqueline Cochran (1906-1980).
Summary: Joan of Arc sits in her prison cell the night before she is to be executed. This is Shakespeare's Joan, who dealt with the devil for her victories. But it wasn't always that way. Tonight she receives a visitor from her past: another woman who was born in poverty and defied the conventions of her age to achieve something great, but who has come down to us with a very different kind of reputation.

Author's Notes:
This story was born of a desire to integrate Shakespeare's La Pucelle with Joan of Arc as she's perceived today.

I was also thinking about the ideas of obedience and reputation, particularly as they apply to female saints. I think Shakespeare's portrayal of Joan was basically slanderous, and I'm not convinced that St Mary's reputation today is much better - there is very little that's meek about this woman who agreed to go ahead with a pregnancy outside marriage at a time when she could have been punished with death for it, and who sang about putting down the mighty from their seats!

I dislike the saying: "obedient women rarely make history", because it seems to me that history is made by women who are selective about what they obey. Neither Joan nor Mary was obedient to the conventions of her time, but both were highly obedient to something they perceived as more important. Yet one of them has come down to us as a rebellious feminist heroine and the other as an ultra-submissive 'good girl'. I wanted to put them in a story together to draw out some of the parallels.

Huge thanks to awesome beta readers atreic and venta.


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8/21/11 02:36 pm - apple_pathways - "Stranded", Kaylee Frye & Inara Serra, PG

Title: "Stranded"
Author: apple_pathways
Fandom: Firefly
Rating: PG for girl talk
Warnings: None
Prompt: 29) Life is full of surprises, I try to capture these precious moments with wide eyes. -- Sofonisba Anguissola (c. 1532-1625), Italian painter of the Renaissance.
Summary: Kaylee and Inara find themselves stranded with no way to repair their ship, and no way to contact Serenity.
Author's Notes: Thanks to queerlyobscure for the beta, and to planejane for providing the first line!

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8/20/11 02:40 pm - aliciadances - A Room of Her Own, Pansy Parkinson, PG

Title: A Room of Her Own
Author: aliciadances
Fandom: Harry Potter
Rating: PG
Warnings: None
Prompt: 80) A touch of madness is, I think, almost always necessary for constructing a destiny. -- Marguerite Yourcenar (1903-1987), Belgian-born French novelist. First woman elected to the forty-member L'Académie française.
Summary: "Most days, her life had few regrets." Set post-Deathly Hallows.

Author's Notes: I loved the idea of "constructing a destiny". For better or worse, JKR didn't give Pansy a tidy ending with a marriage to someone, giving her the opportunity to go in unexpected directions. Again, all my love to S. for being a great beta and fixing my atrocious typos.

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8/19/11 11:29 pm - rthstewart - Origin of the species, Madame Vastra, Jenny, PG

Title: Origin of the species
Author: rthstewart
Fandom: Dr. Who/Torchwood
Rating: PG
Characters: Madame Vastra, Jenny
Warnings: None
Prompt: (159) I have never found a human friend to whom I would dare tell all I know; the human heart is too small to bear it. -- Gertrud of Helfta (c.1256-1302), German nun, author and translator.


Author's Notes: Thanks to the lovely and helpful metonomia for the beta.

Summary: If birds evolved from dinosaurs, and humans from apes, homo-reptilia did not strain credulity over much. The job posting did mention reptiles and foreign travel.

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8/19/11 09:26 pm - zubeneschamali - After the Kingfisher's Wing, multiple characters, PG-13

Title: After the Kingfisher's Wing
Author: zubeneschamali
Fandom: Supernatural
Rating: PG-13
Warnings: swearing
Prompt: #13: If the first woman God ever made was strong enough to turn the world upside down, these women together ought to be able to turn it right side up again.--Sojourner Truth (1797 – November 26, 1883), African-American abolitionist, women's rights activist, advocate for prison reform, anti-capital punishment activist, lecturer and saint of the Episcopal Church.
Summary: The battle isn't over just because they died on the field. Ellen and Jo find some allies in Heaven that they knew while they were alive and some that they didn't, and together they're the only ones who can make things right.
Author's Notes: Written as a series of double-drabbles for extra fun. Thanks to dugindeep and kasman for beta reading. The title is from T.S. Eliot's Four Quartets: "After the kingfisher's wing/Has answered light to light, and is silent, the light is still/At the still point of the turning world."

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8/19/11 06:17 pm - rillalicious - Measuring Life by Shots Fired, Ava Crowder (Justified), PG

Title: Measuring Life by Shots Fired
Author: rillalicious
Fandom: Justified
Rating: PG13 (for some violent imagery)
Warnings: Spoilers through the end of S2.
Word Count: ~1150
Prompt: 126) As long as I live, I will have control over my being. -- Artemisia Gentileschi (1593-1651/1653), 17th-century Italian Baroque painter.
Summary: Ava was thirteen the first time she held a gun.
Author's Notes: I had a tremendous amount of trouble settling on a particular character and fandom for this. I wanted to write them ALL. But I'm very happy to have ended up with Ava. Thanks so much to norgbelulah for the beta!

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8/18/11 10:30 pm - aliciadances - Winter of Discontent, Narcissa, PG

Title: Winter of Discontent
Author: aliciadances
Fandom: Harry Potter
Rating: PG
Warnings: Mild swearing
Prompt: 33) It is far harder to kill a phantom than a reality. -- Virginia Woolf (1882-1941), English novelist and essayist
Summary: "Her mother talks as if Regulus has gone somewhere on holiday, but fear feels like an icy hand on the back of her neck." Set during the first war.

Author's Notes: J.K. Rowling once stated in an interview that Regulus and Draco were very similar in that they both got in over their heads with the Death Eaters. Also, thank you to S. for the beta :)

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8/19/11 01:16 am - daria234 - Terminator: Sarah Connor Chronicles, Catherine Weaver, PG

Title: Nets, threads, loops, knots
Author: daria234
Fandom: Terminator: Sarah Connor Chronicles
Rating: PG
Warnings: Not really. Swearing maybe?
Prompt: 136) Ask yourself three questions and you will know who you are. Ask 'What do you believe in?' 'What do you hope for?' But most important - ask 'What do you love?' -- Paullina Simons (born 1963), Russian-born American novelist, journalist and translator.
Summary: Catherine Weaver’s reasons for doing what she does. Pre-series look at what Catherine Weaver thinks of Skynet, John Connor, and John Henry, and what she does about it. (This fic is not intended as crack, but if it were crack, it would be called “Catherine Weaver, killer cyberfeminist.” ) Slight AU in that canon timeline doesn’t match up exactly, for instance, but overall it’s close to facts of canon.



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8/18/11 03:34 pm - immortality - we'll make believe we were better off this way, Rocket, G

Title: we'll make believe we were better off this way
Author: immortality
Fandom: Sucker Punch
Rating: G
Warnings: None.
Prompt: A touch of madness is, I think, almost always necessary for constructing a destiny. -- Marguerite Yourcenar (1903-1987), Belgian-born French novelist. First woman elected to the forty-member L'Académie française.
Summary: She has never quite been able to fit in.
Author's Notes: Set in the first reality. Thanks to aphrodite_mine for the beta job.

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8/17/11 09:50 pm - karrenia_rune - Fic (Zagabee! (Space Cases)

Title: Zagabee!
Fandom: Space Cases
Author: karrenia_rune
Character: Catalina
Rating: General Audiences
Words: 1,033
Notes: with much thanks to my beta reader tekiclutch

Prompt: #21) Those who are unhappy have no need for anything in this world but people capable of giving them their attention. --Simone Weil (1909-1943), French philosopher, mystic and social activist.

Disclaimer: Space Cases belongs to Nickoleden Televison and is the creation of Bill Mumy and Peter David and its producers; it is not mine. The story was written for the 2011 Multifandom Female FemGen Ficathon prompt #21. The word “Zagabee” is the featured character’s term for good things in Saturian.

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8/17/11 07:43 pm - lilacsigil - Fic: Night Blooms, Mari McCabe (Vixen) and Amanda Waller, Teen/PG

Title: Night Blooms
Author: lilacsigil
Fandom: DC Comics
Rating: PG
Characters: Mari McCabe (Vixen), Amanda Waller, Black Orchid, Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy
Warnings: Description of super-powered character recovering from burns.
Prompt: A nomad I will remain for life, in love with distant and uncharted places. .-- Isabelle Eberhardt (1877-1904), Swiss-born explorer of North Africa and author.
Author's Notes: Thanks to the lovely and helpful merfilly for beta reading.

Summary: Mari McCabe should know better than to pick up the phone when Amanda Waller calls, but Black Orchid is in trouble and needs Vixen's help.

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8/16/11 10:00 pm - xenokattz - Cho Chang and the Jasmine Code [Harry Potter] rated teen

TITLE: Cho Chang & the Jasmine Code
Author: xenokattz
Fandom: Harry Potter
Character: Cho Chang
Rating & Warnings: Teen (for strong language & violence)
Prompt #153: Of things I'd rather keep in silence, I must sing. -- Beatritz or Beatriz de Dia (born circa 1140 - flourished circa 1175), trobairitz (female troubadour), probably from a town in what is now southeastern France. Her song, A chantar m'er de so qu'ieu non volria, which is the source of this quotation, is the only song by a trobairitz which has come down to us with both lyrics and music.
Summary: (Set between Half-Blood Prince & Deathly Hallows) Before returning to help her former schoolmates in the Battle of Hogwarts, Cho Chang fought against Voldemort & his follows in a more covert manner.
Author's Notes: Special thanks to vikingprincess for the beta as well as zoe_chan, lady_sarai & Rae for listening to me whine when I had had to ditch 2 previous ideas.

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Gingerly, Cho set her camera on the table. It was a Muggle model, small and fragile compared to the bulkier wizard ones. Her table in this café now contained a bottle of wine, a platter of cheeses and baked figs and a shiny new copy of "The Tales of Beedle the Bard." The last was positioned farthest from her, upside-down with the bottom of the book sticking off the table's edge. She sipped her wine-- they didn't water a thing here in France!-- with a mouthful of cured ham, trying to look inconspicuous. Half a dozen American Muggles chattered in passable French across the street. Their cameras were even smaller than hers.

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8/16/11 06:28 pm - mrstater - Spare the Rod (Downton Abbey)

Title: Spare the Rod
Author: mrstater
Fandom: Downton Abbey
Characters: Lady Cora, Countess of Grantham; Lady Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham; Mary Crawley, Edith Crawly, Sybil Crawley; Sir Robert, Earl of Grantham
Rating & Warnings: PG for references to sex and miscarriage
Format & Word Count: fic, 4463 words
Prompt: # 48, "I like to praise and reward loudly, to blame quietly." (Catherine the Great)
Summary: An old dispute with the Dowager Countess over parenting techniques comes to a head when the Crawley daughters test their boundaries and Lady Cora learns their darkest secrets.
Author's Notes: Many thanks to my outstanding team of betas, gilpin25, godricgal, and just_a_dram, without whom I wouldn't have finished this story, understood the finer points of 19th century, American-British money-for-title marriages, written coherent sentences with correctly spelled words, or, most importantly, found Cora.

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8/16/11 04:23 pm - k_e_p - we who are forgotten rejoice, St. Trinian's, G

Title: we who are forgotten rejoice
Author: k_e_p
Fandom: St. Trinian's
Rating: G
Warnings: Brief mention of suicide (OFC); minor spoilers for the old St. Trinian's films.
Prompt: Sometimes being a friend means mastering the art of timing. There is a time for silence. A time to let go and allow people to hurl themselves into their own destiny. And a time to prepare to pick up the pieces when it's all over. --Gloria Naylor (born January 25th, 1950), African-American novelist and producer.
Summary: Some women are destined for greatness. Others are destined to wait and listen.
Author's Notes: I wrote my first St. Trinian's story for femgenficathon last year. Since then I have written 13 other stories within the same 'verse. This will make more sense if you read at least the first one, "Having Chosen, So Defined", but should be understandable even without that.

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8/16/11 05:50 pm - thesmallhobbit - thesmallhobbit, Just Another Day, Phyllis Dobbs, PG

Title: Just Another Day
Author:  thesmallhobbit  
Fandom: Life on Mars UK (Phyllis Dobbs)
Rating: PG
Warnings: None
Prompt: I've never understood why people consider youth a time of freedom and joy. It's probably because they have forgotten their own. -- Margaret Atwood (born November 18, 1939), Canadian author, poet, literary critic, operatic lyricist, feminist and environmental activist. She's a Companion of the Order of Canada, Canada's highest honor for civilians, and one of the most frequently honored authors of fiction in recent years.
Summary: A day in the life of the desk sergeant
Author's Notes: Thanks jinxed100  for the beta

8/16/11 10:02 pm - xahra99 - xahra99, The Importance of Names, Jack, PG-13

Title: The Importance of Names
Authorxahra99 
Fandom: Mass Effect 2
Rating: PG-13
Warnings: Mild language
Prompt: 'I was learning the importance of names, having them, making them--but at the same time I sensed the dangers. Recognition was followed by oblivion--a yawning maw whose victims disappeared without a trace.' Josephine Baker (1906-1975) African-American expatriate singer, dancer and actress.
Summary: Jack has a history, and Shepard wants to discover it.
Author's Notes: I had real problems with Jack's character design but liked her a lot more as the game progressed-her character arc was both interesting and realistic. Thanks for caroline for beta-ing. Captain Song and the pirate ship Lavinia Whately are borrowed from the awesome short story Boojum by Sarah Monette and Elizabeth Bear.
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8/16/11 12:59 am - h_loquacious - Revenge and Reality, Emily Prentiss, PG-13

Title:  Revenge and Reality
Author: h_loquacious (or hardly loquacious at FFN)
Fandom: Criminal Minds
Rating: PG-13
Warnings: None, unless you haven't seen S6, in which case spoilers for S6.
Prompt:  No matter which side won a battle, ourselves or our enemies, the loser always got even in the end. Getting even was what kept our men fighting; and this wanting to get even was what made so much mourning, too. -- Pretty Shield (1858-1944), medicine woman of the Crow tribe and author.
Summary:  It`s time for Emily to face her colleagues at the BAU again, and much as she wants to, she`s worried about what will happen when she does.
Author's Notes: Thanks to the lovely yaba  for betaing, even though she is having a busy month.   I hope everyone enjoys this.  It`s been a while since I`ve wrtten CM stuff. 

The fic is here at my journal.


8/15/11 06:31 pm - thesmallhobbit - thesmallhobbit, Not Just A Pretty Face, WDC Annie Cartwright, PG

Title: Not Just A Pretty Face
Author:  thesmallhobbit  
Fandom: Life on Mars (WDC Annie Cartwright)
Rating: PG
Warnings: None
Prompt: We cannot live in a world that is not our own, in a world that is interpreted for us by others. An interpreted world is not a home. Part of the terror is to take back our own listening, to use our own voice, to see our own light. -- Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179), 12th-century German mystic, author, lyricist-composer, playwright, poet, botanist, healer and abbess.
Summary: It may be a man's world, but Annie can hold her own
Author's Notes: Thanks jinxed100  for the beta
 

8/15/11 08:24 am - aphrodite_mine - ready to fight, Tara Gregson, R

Title: ready to fight
Author: aphrodite_mine
Fandom: United States of Tara
Rating: R
Warnings: Discussions of sexual abuse, dubious mental illness (treatment and discussions of), mentions of self-harm.
Prompt: 47) One needs something to believe in, something for which one can have whole-hearted enthusiasm. One needs to feel that one's life has meaning, that one is needed in this world. --Hannah Senesh (or Chana Szenes) (1921-1944), Hungarian-born Palestinian Jew who volunteered to be trained by the British to be a rescue commando. She parachuted into Yugoslavia with the intent of crossing into Nazi-occupied Hungary and rescuing the Hungarian Jews who were about to be taken away to the death camp of Auschwitz. She was captured and tortured, but refused to tell anything about the remaining commandos. She was tried for treason and executed by firing squad.
Summary: Post season 3 finale, Tara enters therapy with a new doctor in Boston.
Author's Notes: Thanks to damaris for the beta

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8/15/11 05:21 am - immortality - (forgive my absence) though i was never really here, Anna Ivers, PG-13

Title: (forgive my absence) though i was never really here
Author: immortality
Fandom: The Uninvited/The Ruins
Rating: PG-13
Warnings: Mild descriptions of violence, attempted suicide, and discussion of mental illness.
Prompt: A touch of madness is, I think, almost always necessary for constructing a destiny. -- Marguerite Yourcenar (1903-1987), Belgian-born French novelist. First woman elected to the forty-member L'Académie française.
Summary: Sometimes Anna wonders if Alex regrets what they did.
Author's Notes: Post-movies, slight AU. Thanks to aphrodite_mine for the beta.

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8/15/11 07:17 pm - curia_regis - The Road to Asgard, Jane Foster, G

Title: The Road to Asgard
Author: curia_regis
Fandom: Thor (2011 film)
Rating: G
Warnings: None
Disclaimer: No profit is being made from this, and no copyright or trademark infringement is intended.
Prompt: #13. If the first woman God ever made was strong enough to turn the world upside down, these women together ought to be able to turn it right side up again.--Sojourner Truth
Summary: It's after six years, seventy-eight false starts, and being half-drowned at least five times that Jane realises that the pathway of rainbows is just a metaphor and that there are other ways to travel to the stars.
Author's Notes: Thank you to aigooism and thisgirl_is for being awesome betas!

The Road to Asgard

8/15/11 02:31 pm - lilacfield - [Lighthouses, Yuzuriha, G]

Title: Lighthouses
Author: lilacfield / Eve
Fandom: Saint Seiya The Lost Canvas
Rating: G
Warnings: None
Prompt: There is no comfort in numbers. Every unhappy person thinks her unhappiness is unique. -- Arlene J. Chai (born 1955), Filipino-Chinese-Australian award-winning author.
Summary: Yuzuriha muses on travel expenses, the price of survival, and bedfellows.
Author's Notes: Post-series, possibly AU. Saint Seiya The Lost Canvas © Teshirogi Shiori, Kurumada Masami, et al.

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6/8/11 12:15 am - gehayi - Unclaimed Prompts: FemGen Free-For-All

The signups for FemGen 2011 are now closed.

But, if you still want to participate...here are the unclaimed prompts. You can write female character/female-identified-character fic of any length or create woman-centric art based on any of these prompts--even if you didn't sign up for femgenficathon. (This is along the lines of Yuletide Madness.)

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6/7/11 11:02 am - gehayi - Prompts Question

So the question is, what to do with the prompts for FemGen (assuming any are unclaimed by 11:59 p.m. tonight)? Just post them? Open a free-for-all claiming a la yuletide's New Year Resolution Challenge?

What would you prefer?

5/31/11 01:45 am - gehayi - Femgenficathon VII: Sign-Ups and Prompts Post

Now. Prompts.

This year, most of the prompts are going to be recycled from previous years. There are a few new prompts, but not many.

As I said last year, there are many women I would have liked to have included on the prompt list--like Fatima al-Firhi (d. 880), a Tunisian-born woman who, in 859, founded the oldest continuously-operating and the oldest degree-granting university in the world, the University of Al-Karaouine (or Al-Qarawiyyin) in Fez, Morocco (alas, she left no quotations); Nalo Hopkinson, a Jamaican-born science fiction and fantasy writer (she prefers not to be quoted without giving permission in writing first); Dorothe Engelbretsdotter (1634-1716), Norway's first recognized female writer and the first woman in the world to make a living as a writer (I could find little about her in translation); Sybilla Masters (d. 1720), the first female American inventor in recorded history (she left no quotations that I could find); Margaret Knight (1838-1914) , the "female Edison," as she was called (unfortunately, there is another Margaret Knight who is a psychologist--all quotations seem to be by her rather than the inventor); Merit Ptah (circa 2700 B.C.E.), Egyptian physician, the world's first physician recorded by name and the first woman known by name in the history of science (again, no quotations); and Iaia of Cyzicus (116-27 B.C.E.) , an ancient Roman painter and engraver of ivory, whose work survives but about whom almost nothing is known. It reminded me yet again of why I do this every year--so that women, whether real or fictional, will not be so easily pushed aside or forgotten.

So here is the list of numbers. Pick a number and get a quotation. (One is the minimum. You can claim up to three.) I won't be closing the list until June 7--or until all the quotations have been chosen twice over. Whichever comes first.

(And no, you don't have to use the quotation that you get. If you have a story in mind that doesn't fit your quotation or that is the exact opposite of the quotation you got, then by all means, tell that story!)


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ETA: May 31, 2011. It's 5:15 in the morning now. I'm going to head off to bed for a few hours. I'll be back soon.

ETA2: May 31, 2011. 11:18 a.m. I'm back.

ETA3: June 1, 2011. 4:33 a.m. Too dizzy to see from May 31 at 8:40 p.m. to June 1 at 4:15 a.m. Back now.

5/31/11 01:17 am - gehayi - Femgenficathon VII: Rules Post

So here's the rules post for the femgenficathon.

The ficathon is multifandom. It is also an open ficathon. You can write in any fandom you like, about any canonical woman you like. I hope this will make it easy on the participants.

(Also, I have a feeling that a lot of stories never get written because no one ever asks for them in fic exchanges. This is your chance to to write the story you've thought of writing--maybe DREAMED of writing--but that no one ever requests.)

There are prompts. They're on a separate page this time, as I could not have the detail I wanted in the rules and in the prompts without the post being too large for LJ. You sign up at the prompts page, NOT here.

Each prompt can be claimed twice. This is in an effort to get more stories about women out there. One hundred and sixty-two prompts equal 324 potential stories about women and girls (cis and trans).

If every prompt is claimed twice over before June 7th and people still want to sign up, I'll add prompts that didn't get stories.

What's acceptable and what's not are both spelled out in the rules. The due dates--first and last--are both mentioned in the rules.

Here are the rules. The rules have not changed since last year. Read the rules carefully before you sign up.

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If anyone has any questions relating to the rules, please ask it here.

5/29/11 01:41 pm - gehayi - Two Days to Femgenficathon!

The anthology is DONE!

(Actually, it's been done since early Saturday morning. But I spent yesterday crashing.)

There's no point in starting on a holiday weekend, however. So signups for FemGen will start on Tuesday, May 31. They will be open for a week or until the last prompt is taken, whichever comes first. Each participant will get up to three prompts (you can ask for one, two or three prompts), and each prompt can be taken by two people.

I'm sticking with the 2.5 month schedule this year. So posting will start on August 15 and will run through September 8 (a bit over three weeks of posting time--I'm allowing for the Labor Day weekend in America).

Your posts will be moderated. That's because, over the past year, the comm has been plagued by spammers and bots. I've also gotten a number of requests to join from people who might have just gotten a journal but who had absolutely nothing in it, and I've had one person join who ended up posting porn. Moderation seems the fairest and the most sensible route. I'm sorry about this and I wish that it were not necessary.

Finally, I know that this year FemGen will be competing with a number of other ficathons that are starting signups around the same time, and I'm sorry about that. I hope that you participate in this one; if you choose another fest, then I wish you the best of luck with your story, art, vid, etc. If you decide you have too many commitments and you just can't do it this year...believe me, I understand. And I hope you'll be back when you have more time.

To those of you who have waited so patiently for so long...thank you so much for doing so, and for caring about this fest. I hope this year will be the most fantastic of all.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask them here.

5/8/11 08:49 pm - gehayi - Mod Post Announcement: Awake Anthology

I've gotten one private message about this, so I think I should post about it.

The short answer: Yes. There IS going to be a femgenficathon this year. I just have to finish another project first.

This is the project:

YA Anthology to Benefit Trevor Project



Remember last fall when bullying and LGBT kids committing suicide in the face of that bullying made the news? Well, one of the authors in this anthology, Jordan Taylor, went to Mark Probst, the owner of Cheyenne Publishing, and suggested that he publish an anthology called Awake about LGBT kids--four stories by four authors. And all proceeds will go to the Trevor Project, which, in the organization's words, "is the leading national organization providing crisis and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth."

I'm the editor for Awake.

We just went into the second round of edits. We're getting close to the time when the anthology will go to the proofreader, who will then set it up for publication. Knowing how much time FemGen signups can take, I don't want to start now and risk shortchanging the anthology or the ficathon. Both are too important.

So I'm afraid that FemGen won't start until after this goes to press. If any of you are disappointed, I'm sorry. And I hope you understand.

9/25/10 08:11 pm - gehayi - The Vampires of Venezuela (Rosanna Calvierri, Doctor Who, PG)

In addition to the Macbeth story, I was also working on this one. Regrettably, I didn't get it done in time for FemGen 2010. But since we've now got open season on the prompts (which means you can use any prompt you like to write a genfic focusing on a female character--just please post a link at the FemGen comm), I thought that it would be a good time to post this story.

Title: The Vampires of Venezuela
Author: gehayi
Fandom: Doctor Who
Character: Rosanna Calvierri, Eleven, Five; mention of Amy Pond, Rory Williams, Tegan Jovanka and Vislor Turlough
Word Count: 8879
Rating: PG
Disclaimer: Doctor Who and all related elements, characters and indicia are owned by the BBC and BBC America, 1963 - present. No profit is being made from this, and no copyright or trademark infringement is intended.
Prompt: I have an almost complete disregard of precedent and a faith in the possibility of something better. It irritates me to be told how things always have been done....I defy the tyranny of precedent. I cannot afford the luxury of a closed mind. I go for anything new that might improve the past. - Clara Barton (1821-1912), American nurse, teacher, federal worker, activist for women's suffrage, black civil rights and abolition of slavery, and founder and organizer of the Red Cross.
Summary: The vampires of Venice did not die. Rosanna Calvierri was too determined to allow the race of Saturnynians--now reduced to herself and her children--to perish simply because of the Doctor. Written for femgenficathon.
Author's Notes: (if any) This is dedicated to ariastar, who was dissatisfied with the fate of the vampires of Venice as well.

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The link will take you to An Archive of Our Own:

Signora Rosanna Calvierri--to use the human name she had adopted when the city was still safe for her and her fellow Saturnynians--did not die when she flung herself into the waters of Venice.

8/22/10 06:49 am - misscam - Girl Saves Boy Ficathon: Open for sign-ups!

(Posted with permission from the mod. Thanks muchly!)


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Boy saves girl. It's a common plot point of TV, movies, books and even fanficition. Sometimes the boy saves the world as well as the girl, but it's usually not the other way around.

This ficathon is about the other way around. This is girl saves boy (and maybe the world too), a ficthon celebrating that women can damn well do some saving too - not just be saved.

8/16/10 10:19 pm - gehayi - Master List for FemGen 2010

Here is the Master List for this year. I want to thank all those who participated--as well as those who wanted to participate but for whom life got in the way.

I'm still expecting a few late entries, but they'll be added to the list as they are posted.


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8/16/10 01:36 pm - cherith - "It's All Implied" [Dragon Age: Origins, Morrigan, PG-13]

Title: It's All Implied

Author: cherith
Fandom: Dragon Age: Origins
Rating: PG-13
Warnings: Story spoilers for the endgame of DA:O (not Awakenings) - with some liberties taken, a small amount of fighting/violence and blood.
Word Count: 2,362

Prompt: #28 "The difference between weakness and wickedness is much less than people suppose; and the consequences are nearly always the same." -- Marguerite Gardiner, Countess of Blessington (1789-1849), Irish novelist, writer of magazine articles, and editor.

Summary: A take on Morrigan's role when she leaves the party. She heads home to see and deal with what's left of her mother's place in the Wilds and then contemplates her role in the group.

Author's Notes: This story wanted to go all over the place, and was determined to be several things at once, for which I apologize. But I wanted to do something that gave Morrigan a little more than the one side we see so consistently, because it's obvious she's got some issues to work through. Hopefully, my idea also worked. (Title from Straylight Run's "Mistakes We Know We Were Making" a sort of theme for this story in general.)

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Link to the story at AO3

8/16/10 02:29 pm - venturous1 - venturous1 - "The Morning After" [Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, PG]

Title: Morning After
Author:   (venturous1 at LJ)
Fandom: Harry Potter
Rating: PG
Warnings: canon character death, blood
Words: 1776
For: femgenficathon on LJ
Prompt: 69) "My wish is to ride the tempest, tame the waves, kill the sharks. I will not resign myself to the usual lot of women who bow their heads and become concubines." -- Trieu Thi Trinh (225-248), 3rd-century Vietnamese revolutionary who led a rebellion against Chinese invaders. Known as "the Vietnamese Joan of Arc."

Summary: Hermione Granger wakes early on the day after Voldemort’s demise. The world looks different.

Author's Notes: I loved this prompt so much, and planned a grand fic for it, where a fierce Hermione stood up to a corrupt Ministry. Numerous attempts to write that fic produced nothing you would ever want to read. Instead, the Muse provided me with this meditative piece, which suits my other goal, to get to know this character better. Thanks to our mods for organizing this fest. And to six-of-one for the speedy beta!

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8/16/10 01:36 am - weisquared - "Chaff in the Wind" [Naruto, Haruno Sakura, G]

Title: Chaff in the Wind
Author: weisquared 
Fandom: Naruto
Rating: G
Warnings: None
Prompt: 23) You never conquer a mountain. You stand on the summit a few moments; then the wind blows your footprints away. --Arlene Blum (born 1945), biophysical chemist, mountaineer, author, and co-founder of the Green Science Policy Institute. In 1978, she led the first all-woman team up Annapurna I, a 26,200 ft mountain in the Himalayas, in what was the first successful American attempt. She also was deputy leader on the first all-women team climbing Mt. McKinley (20,320 feet) and was the first American woman to try to climb Mt. Everest (29,029 feet).
Summary: Konoha has its own version of Godwin’s Law, but unfortunately for Sakura, just because the other side loses doesn’t mean she wins.

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8/16/10 05:30 am - lanoyee - Hard Things [Blade of the Immortal, Asano Rin, PG]

Title: Hard Things
Author: lanoyee
Fandom: Blade of the Immortal
Rating: PG
Warnings: Uh. References to somewhat brutal canon happenings?
Prompt: 143) I hadn't been aware that there were doors closed to me until I started knocking on them. -- Gertrude B. Elion, American biochemist, pharmacologist and winner of the 1988 Nobel Prize in Medicine (with George Hitchings and Sir James Black).
Summary: After all is said and done, Asano Rin is met with a proposition.
Author's Notes: MANY, MANY THANKS to the wonderful senri, who's been patient in letting me bounce ideas off her and even letting me borrow some of her own; and to my beta tanrien, who has been there in the nick of time. I didn't really use the prompt, but it fits in a general way. Entirely speculative post-eventual-canon fic.

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8/15/10 11:10 pm - slowmercury - "A Life Worth Living" (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Violet Beauregarde, G)

Title: A Life Worth Living
Author: slowmercury
Fandom: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Rating: G
Warnings: None
Prompt: 16) We cannot live in a world that is not our own, in a world that is interpreted for us by others. An interpreted world is not a home. Part of the terror is to take back our own listening, to use our own voice, to see our own light. -- Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179), 12th-century German mystic, author, lyricist-composer, playwright, poet, botanist, healer and abbess
Summary: Violet Beauregarde knows what she wants out of life.
Author's Notes: The first two sections are set before the book begins, while Willy Wonka is still traveling the earth looking for reliable help. The last two sections are after the events of canon.

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8/15/10 05:36 pm - ariestess - "Burial of the Saints" [Star Trek: The Next Generation, Lwaxana Troi, PG]

Title: Burial of the Saints
Author: A. Magiluna Stormwriter, aka ariestess
Email: stormwriter@shatterstorm.net
Rating: PG
Focus: Lwaxana Troi
Pairings: Beverly/Deanna
Date: 9-10 August 2010
Word Count: 2221
Written for: femgenficathon 2010 [see prompt below]
Written for: plot_wout_porn 2010
Summary: "Time is inevitable, Little One, and it's long past my time to be the driving force of the Fifth House of Betazed."
Sequel: This story is in the same universe as Keep It Precious @ http://bdkk.shatterstorm.net/tng/precious.html
Spoilers: Post-series. Assume that the wedding in the movies never happened, okay? Additionally, consider all of the Lwaxana episodes from TNG and DS9 as fair game.
Website: ShatterStorm Productions – Not From Around Here
Link to: http://sff.shatterstorm.net/
Archive: ShatterStorm Productions & AO3 only…all others ask for permission & we'll see…

Disclaimer: "Star Trek: The Next Generation," the characters, and situations depicted are the property Paramount Pictures, CBS Television, and several other people or companies over the years. This piece of fan fiction was created for entertainment not monetary purposes. Previously unrecognized characters and places, and this story, are copyrighted to the author. Any similarity to real persons, living or dead, is coincidental and not intended by the author. This site is in no way affiliated with "Star Trek: The Next Generation," Paramount Pictures, or any representatives of the actors.

Prompt: I was thought to be 'stuck up.' I wasn't. I was just sure of myself. This is and always has been an unforgivable quality to the unsure.--Bette Davis (1908-1989), Academy-Award-winning American actress, author, co-founder and president of the Hollywood Canteen, a WWII club offering free food, drink and entertainment to men and women in all branches of the armed forces and to service people of all allied countries, and first female president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Author’s Notes: The minute I got my prompt, I knew I’d be writing for Lwaxana Troi. The prompt just screamed her name for me. Which is utterly awesome, because I simply don’t write enough for her. That I inserted the Bev/Deanna relationship is just kind of a given, to be honest. Truth be told, this plot was NOT my first plot. I’d started another story a while back, but that idea just wasn’t gelling for me. So, after struggling for a long time with that other plot [which will get used at some point down the line], this idea just gelled in and of itself. This was partially because of listening to Pink’s “Ave Mary-A” while on a long plane trip, but moreso because of listening to the A Perfect View CD by Bound For Severance, particularly the track “Burial of the Saints”. At that point the story just became a frantic pounding of keys for me to get it out. The tanka that opens the story was also written by me, as it’s a favorite poem form of mine, but is supposed to be attributed to Mr. Homn within the story’s context.

All text in ~italics~ denotes telepathic speech.

Timeline Notes: The basics of Deanna and Lwaxana’s storylines and backgrounds from the series stands, tho’ this story does combine information from the various novels and comic books, as well. The differences are that Deanna and Beverly got married in 2370 and had their daughter, Kestra Felisa Howard Troi, two years later in 2372. A year after this, Lwaxana’s son was born. All of the Lwaxana background information, including the name Barin for her son, comes from here and here.

Dedication: My muses, for always giving me something to test my boundaries…

Beta: shatterpath, as usual

“Burial of the Saints”
By A. Magiluna Stormwriter


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8/15/10 04:49 pm - nocoward_soul - The Edge of Possibilities (Beyond the Western Sea, Maura O'Connell, G)

Title: The Edge of Possibilities
Author: nocowardsoul
Fandom: Beyond the Western Sea
Rating: G
Prompt: 64) I have noticed that as soon as you have soldiers the story is called history. Before their arrival it is called myth, folktale, legend, fairy tale, oral poetry, ethnography. After the soldiers arrive, it is called history. -- Paula Gunn Allen (1939-2008), Laguna Pueblo/Sioux/Lebanese/Scottish-American novelist, poet, biographer, academic, literary critic and activist.
Summary: Maura takes a risk and learns something she doesn't like.
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8/15/10 03:46 pm - metonomia - underlined for emphasis, Renesmee Cullen and Jo Harvelle, PG

Title: underlined for emphasis
Authormetonomia 
Fandom: Twilight, Supernatural
Rating: PG
Warnings: a little violence, even less language
Prompt: Prompt #4 - I was thought to be 'stuck up.' I wasn't. I was just sure of myself. This is and always has been an unforgivable quality to the unsure. - Bette Davis
Summary: Be the change you want to see in the world, she quotes at herself, and laughs because she'll never change again, and tells herself instead let the world change the way you want to see.
Author's Notes: I started out trying to stick fairly closely to the prompt, but the final story doesn't really have much to do with it.  The title is from T.S. Eliot's poem Whispers of Immortality, and a huge thank-you to be_themoon  for the beta!


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8/15/10 08:51 pm - snorkackcatcher - Among My Souvenirs (Harry Potter; Andromeda Tonks; PG-13)

Title: Among My Souvenirs
Author: snorkackcatcher
Fandom: Harry Potter
Rating: PG-13
Warnings: none
Words: 2,000 approx
Characters: Andromeda, Teddy, Ted, Nymphadora, a few cameos
Prompt: 26) We can never go back again, that much is certain. The past is still too close to us. The things we have tried to forget and put behind us would stir again, and that sense of fear, of furtive unrest...might in some manner unforeseen become a living companion, as it had before. --Daphne Du Maurier (1907-1989), English author, biographer and playwright. (Kinda sorta used, in a way, but not as much as I thought it would be.)

Summary: Andromeda preserves that which is precious to her in a manner only a witch can.

Author's Notes: Thanks to lazy_neutrino for the beta. A few further notes at the end.

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8/15/10 09:58 pm - tielan - tielan - fic: How Not To Eat An Elephant (SGA/SG1, Teyla Emmagan, Vala Mal Doran, PG-13)

Fandom: Stargate Atlantis/Stargate SG1
Title: How Not To Eat An Elephant
Author: tielan
Summary: You don't bite what's gonna bite you back. Some people learn this the hard way.
Rating: PG-13
Words: 1,650
Warnings: hostage situation (resolved)
Prompt: 45) Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. Helen Keller (1880-1968)
Author's Notes: I didn't really use this prompt quite as I initially intended, so the connection with the story is somewhat tenuous. And there really should be more fic about Teyla and Vala causing havoc in Pegasus. Because they would. And it would be awesome.

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8/14/10 09:16 pm - animus_wyrmis - Summer Hunting Season, Cassie and Kat, PG

Title: Summer Hunting Season
Author: animus_wyrmis
Fandom: Supernatural
Rating: PG
Warnings: some violence, some language
Prompt: 147: I hate wars and violence, but if they come then I don’t see why we women should just wave our men a proud goodbye and then knit them balaclavas. -- Nancy Wake
Summary: Cassie and Kat embark on their annual summer hunting trip and meet another hunter.
Author's Notes: Huge thanks to ill_ame and elliemurasaki for betaing and hand-holding. All remaining mistakes are entirely mine and probably due to taking so long on this.

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8/3/10 07:44 pm - dayadhvam_triad - and we will possess (Supernatural, Amelia Novak, PG)

Title: and we will possess
Author: dayadhvam_triad
Fandom: Supernatural
Rating: PG
Warnings: Implied violence.
Prompt: #77, Lucretia Mott--We too often bind ourselves by authorities rather than by the truth.
Summary: Amelia stopped praying, among other things.
Author's Notes: Title is from Pablo Neruda's "Enigma for the Worried." Alas, SPN is not my sandbox; I merely play in it. Many thanks to kalliel for looking over this! ♥

(The angels had taken them one by one and walked in their bodies with gaits too measured to be instinctive, their voices clear and dispassionate and their eyes filled with the dimmed light of distant, unknown stars. They wore no halos of golden warmth but the cold spirit of the inevitable.)

8/3/10 12:36 pm - k_e_p - k_e_p- Having Chosen, So Defined (St. Trinians, Polly, Main Cast, PG-13)

Title: Having Chosen, So Defined
Author: k_e_p
Fandom: St. Trinian’s
Characters: Polly, Kelly, Annabelle, all main characters from the first film
Rating: PG-13
Warnings: Mentions of domestic abuse; mild violence; some language
Prompt: 158) Wretch that I am, I can do everything I do not want, and that which I want most I cannot do. -- Clemence of Barking (late 1100s), Anglo-Norman nun, hagiographer and translator
Summary: You are always a St. Trinian’s girl, even after graduation. And you never help bring a St. Trinian’s girl down. Polly races to protect the family she chose.
Word Count: 20K
Author's Notes: There are multiple sequels to this trickling about in my head… *sigh* Many thanks to my patient beta, uberniftacular, who was told she’d be betaing two different stories and got this one instead. All mistakes left are mine.


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8/3/10 12:09 am - such_heights - FIC: New Directions (A:TLA, Toph, Suki, Katara, PG)

Title: New Directions
Author: such_heights
Fandom: Avatar: The Last Airbender
Rating: PG
Warnings: none
Prompt: 39) The fact that I was a girl never damaged my ambition to be a pope or an emperor.--Willa Cather (1873-1947), Pulitzer-Prize-winning American author, essayist, biographer, and journalist
Summary: Toph, Suki and Katara. They could do anything, after the war.
Author's Notes: Thanks to glass_icarus for the speedy beta! Spoilers through the finale.

8/2/10 05:44 pm - lazy_neutrino - Empty Vessels, Dolores Umbridge, PG-13

Title: Empty Vessels
Author: lazy_neutrino
Fandom: Harry Potter
Rating: PG-13
Warnings: cruelty to a cat
Prompt: 53) Moral cowardice that keeps us from speaking our minds is as dangerous to this country as irresponsible talk. The right way is not always the popular and easy way. Standing for right when it is unpopular is a true test of moral character. -- Margaret Chase Smith (1897-1995), long-time Republican U.S. Senator from Maine.
Summary: After a fact-finding visit to Hogwarts, Dolores writes to Cornelius. Set at the very end of GoF.
Author's Notes: Thanks to snorkackcatcher for a fast and helpful beta.

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8/1/10 01:09 pm - rosamund - A Crack in the World (Doctor Who, Amy Pond, PG)

Title: A Crack in the World
Author: rosamund
Fandom: Doctor Who
Prompt: 65) I've dreamt in my life dreams that have stayed with me ever after, and changed my ideas; they've gone through and through me, like wine through water, and altered the colour of my mind. -- Emily Bronte (1818-1848), English novelist.
Summary: Once upon a time, there was a girl named Amelia Pond who met a man with a magic box. When he slew the evil dragon disguised as a crack in her wall and vanished, she became one of the Left Behind.
Wordcount: 4053
Rating: PG
Warnings: Violence towards psychiatrists, derogation of the University of Leeds, uncomfortable truths, psychiatrist jokes. Spoilers for The Eleventh Hour (S5).
NB My eternal thanks go out to my wonderful beta reader, lareinenoire. A few more notes appear at the end.


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