Happy Lupercalia, Presidents’ Day, and International Fanworks Day

Good morning, gentle readers! Thanks to the mythologized memory of Washington and Lincoln, I have this cold, overcast late winter/early spring day off, a perfect opportunity to stop in and say hello to all the new visitors I’ve been getting lately.

Hello! Welcome to my digital roost! Here are some things you might want to know about me:
–I write, obviously–fiction, fan fiction, ritual and devotional poetry, essays and musings.
–I am a singer and have been a paid church chorister.
–I am a bisexual, genderqueer, middle-aged person, in a longterm asexual romantic relationship with my cockatiel, Rembrandt van Tiel. He’s been in my life for over twenty years and that’s almost as long as my former marriage.
–I’ve been writing fan fiction since the late 1990s and have no intention of stopping. My fan fiction will always be available for free and archived at the Archive of Our Own.
–As a writer and thinker I’m interested in religion, sex, devotion, the creative life, science fiction, fantasy, and the connections between creativity and sexuality, sexuality and spirituality, spirituality and creativity.
–I’m a devotional polytheist who worships Antinous, the deified lover of the emperor Hadrian; Melinoe, the little-known underworld goddess who is addressed in the Orphic Hymns as the daughter of Hades and Persephone fathered by Zeus in disguise; the Forest God, that guy with the antlers and the deer legs, no, he doesn’t answer to any other name, just the Forest God; and the Roman pantheon, although I’m not religio romana or Roman recon or Roman revivalist, I just worship them.
–I have a Patreon, where for $1 per month you can read my public writing ahead of the general public and see other posts that might not go public at all.
–Capricorn Sun, Libra Moon, Aquarius Rising, INFJ, and lifelong Trekkie.

I intend to begin posting here again pretty soon, so please follow me and stay tuned, and consider dropping by my Patreon and sponsoring me. Also consider the possibility that Romulus and Remus may have been werewolves, because this intrigues me. Thanks for stopping by.

Fanfic for cooler weather

The Happy Hedgehog (1272 words) by MToddWebster
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Andrew Hozier-Byrne (Musician)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Andrew Hozier-Byrne/You
Additional Tags: Coffee Shops, Pastries, Autumn, Kissing, Holding Hands, Dating, Warm and Fuzzy Feelings, Genderqueer Character, Ambiguous Gender
Series: Part 6 of Your Shape in the Doorway
Summary:
You and Andrew enjoy a coffee shop date on an autumn day.

FANFIC: Swimming at Lúnasa

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Swimming at Lúnasa (1216 words) by MToddWebster
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Andrew Hozier-Byrne (Musician)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Andrew Hozier-Byrne/Original Character(s), Andrew Hozier-Byrne/You
Additional Tags: Swimming, Irish Language, Irish Mythology – Freeform, Gender Ambiguity, unspecified gender, Kissing, Tea
Summary:

Wind on sea and wave on ocean… and tea and kissing.

(Image by Sandra Moreno from Pixabay)

 

FIC: Once Upon A Time

Once Upon A Time (1364 words) by MToddWebster
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Good Omens (TV)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Aziraphale/Crowley (Good Omens)
Additional Tags: Storytelling, The Great Plan (Good Omens), The Ineffable Plan (Good Omens), Ineffable Husbands (Good Omens), Angel/Demon Relationship, Angels, Demons
Summary:

Angels (and demons) love human stories because they can’t make up their own. Or can they?

 

A look at the work I’ve been doing

I’ve been involved with online fandom for over twenty years. During that time, I’ve written, at a rough estimate, over 500 short works of fiction, from 200 words to nearly 20,000 in length. You can find many of those works here at the Archive of Our Own, created by fans for fans as an inalienable home for fan works of all sorts in any and all fandoms.

In the past year I’ve gradually moved away from writing fanfiction, although my “original” work is strongly influenced by the fan writer’s approach to literature: Nothing is original, everything is transformative, there is no canon, everything is canon. The person and music of singer-songwriter Hozier have inspired me to write fanfic, fairy tales, new myths, and analysis of his song lyrics.

For the past six years, much of my poetry has been inspired by devotion to the god Antinous, the lover of the emperor Hadrian who was deified by Egyptian custom when he mysteriously drowned in the Nile. Antinous has a growing number of devotees among contemporary pagans; much of my writing for his cultus can be found at the website of the Naos Antinoou, a queer, Greco-Roman-Egyptian polytheist community.

Already this year I’ve written a new cycle of devotional poetry to the deity I call “the Forest God”, which I’ll be posting here next month, and I plan to write another cycle in honor of the Greek goddess Melinoe, who is remembered in the Orphic Hymns. There will likely be more short stories about the Forest God as well.

I have had a Patreon for a few years, but I decided to unlaunch it for the time being. I’ve never been very good at writing to deadlines or producing content on any kind of schedule, and that was true of my Patreon as well. If you’d like to support my work, feel free to buy me a Ko-fi or three; as the old saying goes, every little bit helps.

My long career in fanfic

Over the years, the Open Doors project has imported works from numerous older fanfic archives, going back into the 1990s. These earlier archives were usually single-fandom collections, often created and maintained by one individual, albeit with some automation. Thanks to the OD project, I’ve just added over forty stories to my works at the Archive of Our Own, mostly from Down in the Basement, the great slash archive of X-Files fandom, with a handful of Harry Potter works that were once archived at Ink-Stained Fingers. Some of these stories… I hesitate to say it, because wow, do I feel old… but some of these stories are over twenty years old now.  Nevertheless, you can now survey two decades of my writing at AO3. Enjoy! (And if you do, buy me a cuppa?)

I… appear to have written another story

This one is fanfic, and a crossover at that:

Two Serpents Meet in a Bar (1207 words) by MToddWebster
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Good Omens (TV)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Julian Bashir/Elim Garak, Aziraphale/Crowley (Good Omens), Ineffable Husbands – Relationship
Additional Tags: Crossover, Walk Into A Bar, Alternate Universe – Angels & Demons, Wine, Innuendo
Summary:

Crowley and Garak meet in Quark’s bar. That’s it, that’s the story.

 

Here be fanfic

To Keep Me Warm (1024 words) by RembrandtsWife
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Leverage
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Sophie Devereaux/Nathan Ford
Additional Tags: Het, Canon Het Relationship, Stranded, Bad Weather, Car Sex, Sex in a Car, Huddling For Warmth, Semi-Public Sex, Fuck Or Die, sort of
Summary:

Oh no, we’ve got a flat tire during an ice storm! However shall we keep warm?

If you like my fiction, buy me a cuppa tea?

Hello again, gentle readers

After a long hiatus, I give you a link to a new fanfic:

Lioness in the Grass (1710 words) by RembrandtsWife
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Marvel Cinematic Universe, Captain America (Movies)
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: James “Bucky” Barnes/Natasha Romanov, James “Bucky” Barnes/Steve Rogers
Additional Tags: Het, Bisexual Bucky Barnes, vague implications of comics canon, Polyamory, Penis In Vagina Sex, Woman on Top, Cunnilingus, Vaginal Fingering, background Steve/Bucky – Freeform
Series: Part 5 of Short visits to Wakanda
Summary:

She was watching him from a stand of tall grasses, silent and poised as a hunting lioness.