Saturday, April 14, 2012

Panic In The Streets

Another non comic book topic today.  M is all about mass panic, or mass hysteria.  More research has been done on Wikipedia and while I understand it's not the most reliable source of information, at the moment it's the quickest.  Mass hysteria can also be known as collective hysteria, group hysteria, collective obsessional behavior.  There were a few interesting examples on the Wikipedia website but my favorite example of mass hysteria is the incidents surrounding Orson Welles' and the Mercury Theater's broadcast of War of the Worlds. 

It's been said that many of the stories surrounding the events of the broadcast are exaggerated but you can't deny the effect it had on people.  Most of the time mass hysteria presents in people like an illness.  It spreads in almost the same way too.  An interesting one that I read about in that same article was called the "Strawberries with Sugar virus".  It occurred in 2006 and happened when 300 or more students contracted the symptoms of a disease that had affected the school in a popular teen program guessed it Strawberries with Sugar.  That's the English translation of the Portuguese title of the show.  The kids actually reported symptoms of rashes, dizziness, and difficulty breathing.  It forced schools to close and was later ruled as a case of mass hysteria. 

There are many other examples of mass hysteria all more interesting to read than the next.  It's amazing how people get caught up in the things, and it's not really that hard to believe. 

Friday, April 13, 2012

Old Crushes

So I'm able to actually sit down for a while and post.  Yesterday's post was extremely rushed and while I'm happy with the topic it wasn't what I originally was going to post about.  That's okay, today makes up for it.  L day bring about an old crush of mine.  Dr. Leonard McCoy of Star Trek fame, that's right good ol' Bones himself.

I know by the tone of my posts that it seems I'm way obsessed with comic books, or the Batman universe anyway, one of my original science fiction loves is Star Trek.  I remember watching it with my Dad though at the time I was only half paying attention.  I grew up during the TNG era but will never forget the original series.  I have a favorite character for each of the series but Leonard McCoy is my favorite of TOS.

In my opinion he had the best lines and he was the emotional anchor of the show.  He was Star Trek's southern gentleman and his entry into Starfleet had a hint of tragedy to it.  With the newest movie we got a new McCoy and I loved Karl Urban's portrayal.  It doesn't hurt that he's a Star Trek fan and wanted to do the best possible job.  He was going to be the topic of yesterday's post but there wasn't enough time for me to gush :)

I was disappointed with a statement of J J Abrahm's where he felt that Star Trek was all about the relationship between Kirk and Spock.  While those two did have a strong relationship, and I agree it should have been built up, to me Star Trek TOS was all about the trio.  The interaction between Kirk, Spock, and McCoy was the most fun to watch and each character had a special relationship with the others.  I especially love watching Spock and McCoy verbally spar and hope they highlight the trio relationship in the upcoming movie. 

I could go on and on and on but work beckons.  See you guys tomorrow!!

Oh and I definitely want to write a later post about my other obsession, Karl Urban...and technically it does have to be about my book so it works :)

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Rush, Rush, Rush

Here comes another quick post.  Don't you hate it when life pops up and surprises you with something you wish it hadn't?  That was my day.  Anyway here comes the quick post for K day.

This is probably going to seem way off for my usual topics but today's all about knitting.  I picked up this hobby just for the fun of it almost ten years ago and I've dabbled with off and on since then.  It helps me a lot when I'm writing, it helps me to focus my mind and gives me something to do when I'm frustrated.  Best part is I can make some cool geeky stuff with it too.  I'm in the process of finishing a Doctor Who scarf for a friend of mine.  I need to finish it so that he can wear it to CONduit convention coming up soon.  They're having a Doctor Who theme this year and it should be a blast.

Happy Blogging!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Back From The Dead

Here goes another post on comic book characters.  I really can't help myself and I am a geek girl so what can I say? Today's post is a bit more prepared since I'm leaving myself more time to write so I hope you guys enjoy!

So today is all about Jason Todd, the second Robin and currently Red Hood. Here is another character in the DC universe with quite the complicated history.  I'll just write about the basics since there are multiple lines you can explore when you research this character.  Jason Todd was an orphan who was recruited by Batman after trying to steal the tires off of the Batmobile.  His mother was a drug addict who died of an overdose and his father was muscle for Two Face who disappeared mysteriously.  Jason took over when the original Robin, Dick Grayson, grew up to become Nightwing.  Batman takes him under his wing and trains him to become the new Robin. 

The fans however didn't like this version of Robin or Jason Todd for that matter (this origin is a revamp from the pre Crisis days) and as such the Powers that Be decided to let the fans decide whether he would stay or not.  They held a vote during one of the story arcs.  During the "Death in the Family" story Jason discovers that the mother he knew is not his real mother and begins to track her down.  He find her only to discover she is being blackmailed by the Joker, forcing her to help him.  This leads to a confrontation between the two that ends up with the Joker beating Jason with a crowbar, then leaving him in an explosion to die.  The fans were asked to vote as to whether or not Jason survived, and the vote was against him living. 

Not the end for this guy though, oh no.  In some weird twist with the alternate worlds of the DC universe Jason comes back to life, is taken in by Talia al Gul and given a dip in the Lazarus Pits to restore his memory.  He then trains himself all over again and begins his journey to becoming the Red Hood and exacting revenge on Batman and the Joker.  There is a lot more zaniness to follow but not enough time to write about it all.  Eventually Jason officially became the Red Hood, trying to redeem himself for all he's done.  Thus beings the newest series that recently start Red Hood and the Outlaws.  It's great by the way and one of the newer revamped series that I am most definitely picking up again. 


  Jason was definitely the darkest Robin to date.  A childhood criminal who used excessive force when he became Robin.  A really good watch if you want to take in more about him is the latest animated movie Under the Red Hood.  Batman is voiced by Bruce Greenwood and Jason is voiced by Jensen Ackles (of Supernatural fame, I really love that man) and it even has an appearance by Neil Patrick Harris as Nightwing.  Great, great movie.  Jason's another one of those complicated characters who seem to exist in the grey area of the Batman universe.  He's not sure where he belongs and quite where he stands.  All he's really sure about is that he wants to belong somewhere and he wants to become his own person.  Other than that he's making it up as he goes along. 

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Dream Car

Since I was a little ill prepared today, this post is going to be really really short.  But since it's I day this means I get to write about another little obsession of mine.  The Impala from dream car...or at least one of them :)

So this is the main mode of transportation of the boys, Dean and Sam.  They use it to travel across country and also to store their weapons in the trunk in a hidden compartment.  It's Dean's pride and joy, a gift from his dad.  It's become such a part of the show that's it's pretty much a character itself.  Kind of like Serenity on Firefly, the show wouldn't be Supernatural without the impala.

It's just a beautiful car.  One of these days I will own one someday.  

Oh and the guy sitting on the car is pretty beautiful too :)

Monday, April 9, 2012

Out For Vengeance

First off thanks to those who wished me better.  Still sick but much better than I was a few days ago.  Now onto my H topic of the day.

So here comes another spewing about one of my other all time favorite female comic book characters, Huntress.  Did some reading up on her and came up with mostly information I knew but also a few new facts.  Now if you know about Huntress you'll know that in the DC universe there are two versions of this character.  There's the alternate universe version who is Helena Wayne, the daughter of Batman and Catwoman.  Then there's the more 'mainstream' version of Helena Bertinelli whose parents were killed by members of the mafia that her parents were associated with.  Obviously the story is more complicated than that but you get the idea.  I am of course skimming over details but anyone interested in learning the whole story, or at least a good summary: Huntress on wikipedia

The version that I like to focus on is the Helena Bertinelli version.  It's the one I'm most familiar with, though I have read the comic that started the whole Huntress as the daughter of Catwoman and Batman line.  I have no real problems with that version but it's not as intriguing to me as the other.  To me she's kind of the female version of Batman, though still learning her way around.  She's filled with the same kind of anger and thirst for vengeance that Batman has managed to focus and channel.  She uses extreme measures to get things done, but she realizes that some of her methods are too extreme and is taking the measures she needs to in order to become better at her job and also better within herself.

Her origin story is different than some of the other characters in the Batman family.  Daughter of a mafia don, something she doesn't realize till later, who's parents were killed in front of her at the age of eight.  That sound familiar to anyone?  She went to live with family in Sicily and was trained to fight, to seek blood for blood to avenge her family.  Her later goal became to stamp out the mafia and all those connected with the wrong doings in Gotham.  Much later on the goal became less focused on revenge and more focused on helping those around her. 

Helena is a former schoolteacher (she could be one currently I haven't really updated myself on the comics just yet), and member of the Birds of Prey.  During No Man's Land she donned the Batgirl costume to help bring order to the chaos.  She was sponsored by Hush and given new equipment and a new costume and helped to save Batman's life.  All of which was part of Hush's plans but who's quibbling on the details?

Huntress is an interesting and complicated character that doesn't have much of her own standing in the comic book industry.  She's had a few of her own series but none long running.  Mostly she makes appearances in other series like the many Batman comics and the Birds of Prey series.  She's one of the darker heroine characters in the Gotham universe but definitely not the darkest.  All in all, she's pretty cool :)

Kicking butt with the Birds of Prey!

Oh and please no one mention that one television series I wish to keep from my memory.  It gives me a headache just thinking about it.  Those of you who don't know about glad you don't...just my opinion.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

That Creaking On The Stairs

To start out on a personal note, I woke up this morning with the flu.   Yup, high fever, body aches, all that good stuff.  Slept all day and took some medicine and I feel a bit better.  Needless to say I'm glad I don't have to go to work for a few more days otherwise I'd be sunk.  All this however could not keep me from posting.  The topic might come off as a little weak here but bear with me.

So the G topic of today is ghosts.  It's one of my favorite horror topics.  I've been interested in everything associated with the phenomena from EVP to seances.  Whether you believe they exist or not you have to admit they do create some interesting stories whether people are claiming them to be real or not.  There are a few paranormal research groups out here near me that do ghost tours.  Since the price seems to be decent and I've met the members of at least one of these groups, I think I'm going to take a shot at it.  When I do I'll be posting about the experience here. 

Ghosts have been believed to be everything from the souls of the deceased, to demons, to energy imprints of our daily lives.  Some whisper messages, while others tend to throw things around and make a whole lot of noise.  They have multiple classifications and have a place in many cultures.  Their usage in literature has been vast and have helped to create some of our most memorable stories.  Not to mention campfire stories you tell each other at night, seeing who can scare whom the most.  Personally I'm on the fence as to whether or not they exist.  I believe that there is something out there but what it is exactly I can't say. 

All in all ghosts and the topics surrounding them have become quite a part of our culture.  Who hasn't heard of cold spots, ghostly footsteps, haunted houses, seances to talk to the dead, etc.  How detailed our knowledge is depends on ourselves really.  Personally I'm an EVP fan, or electronic voice phenomena.  It's still not a hard sell, any so called proof of ghosts can be doctored in some way and skeptics are always going to find some reason to not believe in what they're being told.  That's perfectly fine. It's how you get lively conversation going.  There always has to be two sides of the story.  Plus not everything can be proved a hundred percent.  Movies about ghosts are some of my favorite in the horror genre whether it's the old black and whites or some of the newer movies.  Plus my overactive imagination is going to turn any ghost hunt or tour I go on into a horror movie in my head.

Happy hunting!

Friday, April 6, 2012

Cowboys In Space...Love It!

I guess the non writing theme continues.  Lately I've been working more on how to promote my book than on the book itself.  Oh don't get me wrong, bits and pieces get written here and there but I haven't sat down to really write anything in a while.  So I'm declaring this Sunday as writing and cleaning day.  I'm going to clean my house and spend time writing my book.  That being said on to today's F topic.  This is one of my favorite television shows of all time...Firefly.

I once had a flair button on Facebook that declared Joss Whedon was my new god.  I really meant it.  His writing style and his work as a director makes him one of my favorites.  He made Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, and Dollhouse.  His best work though has to be Firefly.  A western in space....I mean really how could you go wrong?

Sadly Fox didn't think the show was doing so well and gave it the ax.  A crime of the century if you ask me.  Only fourteen episodes and the surface was barely scratched on this masterpiece.  The characters alone carry the story but you add the backdrop of the bigger picture in this universe and you've got some complex and fun entertainment.  Many of the actors on this show have now become fixtures on the geek scene.  Just look at Adam Baldwin on Chuck and Nathan Fillion on Castle.  Two other shows on my favorite list.

Really this could go on and on about how much I love this show.  I've watched it a million times and will probably watch it a million times more.  One of the best parts of this show are the lines that the actors deliver.  Some of my favorite quotes come from this show:
Wash: "Everything looks good from here... (beat...playing with plastic dinosaurs over his console) Yes. Yes, this is a fertile land, and we will thrive."
(as Stegosaurus) "We will rule over all this land, and we will call it... 'This Land'."
(as T-Rex) "I think we should call it...your grave!"
(Stegosaurus) "Ah, curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!"
(T-Rex) "Ha ha HA! Mine is an evil die!"

 Mal: "And Kaylee, what the hell's goin' on in the engine room? Were there monkeys? Some terrifying space monkeys maybe got loose?"
Book: "If you take sexual advantage of her, you're going to burn in a very special level of hell. A level they reserve for child molesters and people who talk at the theater."
Mal: "Well, look at this! Appears we got here just in the nick of time. Whaddya suppose that makes us?"
Zoe: "Big damn heroes, sir."
Mal: "Ain't we just!

Again, I could go on and on and on.  The writing is fantastic, the cast is phenomenal, and the ship Serenity is just a dream come true.  Sure it's a ship with a glowing butt, but it's one of the best ships ever because of it.  Now of course I want to go watch Firefly....

Long live the Browncoats!

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Anti Gravity Battles? You Betcha!

Ah E day.  This one was a bit difficult, at least I thought it was till I realized what I should write about.  It's one of those things that makes you smack your own forehead because of the obvious nature of the answer.  For today's E topic I bring to mind one of my favorite books.  It's one of the first books that brought me to science fiction as an interest...Ender's Game.

That's right, Orson Scott Card's classic book.  It was given to me to read by my Dad when I was about eleven, and it's been one of my favorites ever since.  Honestly I'm not sure what about the book specifically got my attention.  All I knew was that it completely drew me into the story and the lives of the characters.  Since that first time I can't count how many times I've read the book and recently I picked up the twentieth anniversary edition of the audiobook.  That one's made extra cool by a bit written and read by Orson Scott Card himself at the end.  I may not care for the guy personally but his insights into the writing process are quite interesting. 

This also happens to be one of those books that you desperately want to see a movie made out of, but at the same time not cause you know they're going to royally screw it up in some way.  Don't get me wrong, I completely understand the concept of 'the movie is never going to match the book'.  I get that.  In some cases the movie is better, though not always.  However this book is made tricky by it's characters and their ages, some of the topics in the book, and some of the scenes.  Though with the Hunger Games series and it's new movie that might change soon. 

Who knows what's in the future for this book.  All I know is that it's a great read time and time again.  It's part of a series but to be quite honest I've only read the second book, Speaker for the Dead.  Anyone interested should also pick up that audiobook of Ender's Game that I mentioned.  The readers and excellent and it stays true to the overall feeling of the book.  Also, Ender is one of my favorite book characters and the guy who reads his sections of the book is great for the part.

Another note, the comics for this book were pretty cool too.  Really enjoyed reading those.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Warning....Fan Girl Drool Time...

All right time for another non writing related post.  I have to get my geek on and that's all about obsessing about some of my favorite characters on my favorite TV shows.  So today's D topic is Dean Winchester from Supernatural.  For those who don't want to hear me go squee about one of my favorite guys,  please tune out.  Otherwise keep reading please :)

So for those who don't know about the show Supernatural it's basically about a pair of demon hunting brothers.  They drive across country trying to save the world one demon or evil creature at a time.  The death of their mother tipped their father into obsession and it resulted in the boys being raised as warriors.  While one brother tried to rebel against this training, the other embraced it.  This is the older brother, Dean Winchester.

How to describe Dean...well he's sexy, flirtatious, inappropriate at times (well lots of times), brave, a bit on the sloppy side, obsessed with his car, and always looking out for his younger brother.  At first glance he seems to be nothing but a shallow character.  When I first started watching the show the only things he seemed concerned about were sex, rock and roll, his car, and the business of demon/monster killing.  A sort of soldier that blindly followed orders as long as he could kick ass in the process.  The writers of the show were clever though.  They could have continued with that vein, but slowly over time they showed that there was more to the character.

Most who know me would just roll their eyes and say something along the lines of: "Well of course you'd say that, you love this guy."  True...however I would say something of the same thing about Dean's brother Sam, but that's a whole other huge discussion.  Both brothers are distinct, individuals that still manage to compliment each other.  You also believe these two as family.  They don't always get along, they don't always agree, sometimes they just want to smack the other one into unconsciousness , but in the end they'd do anything for each other.

Dean is one of those conflicted characters who on the one hand feels he has a duty to fulfill but on the other hand he has wishes and desires that he's put to the back burner for way too long.  His wants are pretty simple: home, love, and what everyone considers the 'normal' life.  In the end though he always sacrifices what he wants for what he needs to do...most of the time :)

All that aside the brothers are really nice to look at.  Choosing between the two, Dean is definitely my favorite.  He's a darker more layered character than he appears at first, and of course there's that smile.  That cocky, charismatic smile that just oozes the knowledge that he can charm any woman he meets.  Which happens about, well 90% of the time.  The reaction he has when his wiles don't get what he wants is priceless.  It's that sort of kick in the teeth you get now and again when you're so sure of something...and it falls through no matter what you try.  This is especially true when Sam gets the girl and Dean gets his alone time with his car. 

His skirt chasing aside, he can be quite the badass when it comes to fighting.  The opposite of his smile is that glare in his eyes when he wants to kill something.  Not the sort of thing you want pointed at you.  This is not a man you want to meet in a dark alley when he's pissed off.  Especially if his brother's been threatened and/or hurt.  That happens and I suggest you build a bomb shelter somewhere deep, deep in the ground.

I could praise this guy from dawn till dusk.  He has faults, god does he have faults, but he has good points too.  In other words he's human.  He's not perfect and it makes him an interesting character.  The smile doesn't hurt either, or the smoldering eyes, or the....ehm anyway.  He's awesome.  Underneath the gorgeous looks both he and his brother are well written characters.  No matter what you think of the show or my analysis you do have to give the writers and the actors credit for putting in a good deal of emotion and complexity into these portrayals. 

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Putting Yourself Out There Can Be Scary

Pardon my sleep deprivation.  It's what happens when you work graveyards and need to transition into a 'normal' sleep schedule.  Couple that with losing my internet access and you develop a kind of panicked paranoia.  Thank god for coffee shops with free wi-fi.  That being said here goes my C post of the challenge. 

To get back a little on the writing about writing track I've decided to devote this post to CONduit, a local sci fi, fantasy, horror convention that has a lot of panels about writing.  It's great for those who like to focus on just those genres, much like the LTUE conference whole helped me remember why I was interested in those genres in the first place.  I've never been to this convention before, though I have friends who have and they love it.  The new thing this year is also that a few friends of mine and I are hopefully renting table space there. 

We're each using the table space for different things.  Personally I hope they get a lot more out of it than me since their finished projects need the attention whereas with mine I just need buzz.  I'm still trying to figure out how, and I've got some good ideas going so that shouldn't be a problem.  Though I'm not much of a salesman of my own work so this will be challenging.  It frightens me a bit, talking about my books face to face with people.  You get those emotions of wanting them to love the idea, or just liking it.  Anything other than disinterest. 

I am looking forward to the writing panels at CONduit. Anything that helps me further learn about my art and craft is always a good thing. It's also a major geek added bonus that Doctor Who is a theme this year and that Tim Russ of Star Trek Voyager fame will be there as well.  Love it!

They have some of the typical convention fair: artist tables, competitions, gaming events, and panels.  I've found that the right conventions and conferences can give you a lot of energy and inspiration.  That extra oomph to add to your step.  Plus it's just downright fun.

Check out the event's website: http://

No pictures this time... sad :(

Monday, April 2, 2012

I'm Not Obsessed..... :)

So it's B post day.  And of course this letter allows me to give in to my teeny tiny obsession with the Batman universe.  This will deviate a little from my general write about writing rule but it's a nice fun post.  No this post isn't about Batman, those who know me automatically assumed that I'm sure.  Actually this post is about Batgirl, or Barbara Gordon.

Barbara Gordon is considered the one and only Batgirl though technically she's not the first.  In the pre Crisis on Infinite Earths days, Batwoman was created as a possible source of romance for Batman.  Kathy Kane, aka Batwoman, had a sidekick named Bat-Girl who also happened to be her niece Betty Kane.  The romance factor didn't really work and post Crisis, Batwoman was written out.

All this paved the way for my favorite Batgirl, Barbara Gordon.  From her we get the trademark flaming red hair and feisty attitude.  She is the daughter of the beloved Commissioner James Gordon and on again, off again love interest of Dick Grayson.  She was originally written as head librarian of the Gotham city library and evolved into the lead library researcher (can we say major geek anyone?) and she's an ace with computers.  She can definitely give Batman a run for his money, and even when she was paralyzed by the Joker she still managed to kick ass from her wheelchair.

Her stint as Oracle gave her even more power.  She was this all knowing, all seeing power in the Batman universe.  She was hooked into every bit of information in the world.  She formed the Birds of Prey and in my opinion is one of several super heroines that define the word girl power.  Yeah there's a little hero worship going on in my brain.  It really can't be helped.  I used to play her when my friends and I played Batman at the playground during recess....yeah this goes that far back.

Research on Batgirl and then specifically Barbara Gordon gave me a list of past and present Batgirls, here in chronological order:

Betty Kane
Barbara Gordon
Cassandra Caine
Stephanie Brown

Stephanie was the latest to pick up the mantle of Batgirl but I'm extremely happy to say that Barbara is back.  The DC relaunch brought Barbara out of paralysis and back into her crime fighting costume.  I'm way behind on my comic books but my next paycheck is going to find me at the local comic bookstore to get as many back issues as I can get.  So far the 52 relaunch is proving to be really fun.  That leads into another obsession of mine, Jason Todd or the Red Hood but that's another post.

Basically Barbara is the one and only Batgirl.  I love the others too but not as much as her.  She's definitely a good role model for us geek girls.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

What If....The Universe Was An Apple....Hm.....Yummy

Ah the first topic of the A to Z challenge.  This one had me worried only because it's the first one and it's always the one that you have to cut your teeth on.  So my topic this post is alternate universes or AU fan fiction.  For those already familiar with the topic just kind of skim my ramblings and pick out the more interesting bits :)

AU is basically a type of fan fiction where you take your favorite characters and put them into situations they'd never normally face.  In order to do some research I checked out wikipedia and I got some interesting information.  Though honestly the point of this is not to quote wikipedia so I'll provide a link at the end of the post.  I write fan fiction, though not so much lately.  I like to add in my own characters and sometimes even rewrite episodes.  I love AU fiction because it can get really fun. 

It's hard for me to put an exact definition my fan fiction writing since I'm not deep into that community of writing.  I'm purely a dabbler.  I've written several stories that I haven't finished yet. The problem I've run into in the past is that I get so obsessed with the details that I can't go on with the writing.  It's a problem that's present in my novel writing too, which is why I'm trying to keep the research to a minimum for now...unless it's necessary.

Back to the AU fiction.  Whether I write it or not, I love reading it.  While the stories can be serious, it can also get quite silly but sometimes that's what you're craving.  Crossovers are my favorite since they take fictional characters from two different universes and put them together.  It's the kind of stuff you always imagine, like say for instance what it would be like if the characters on Star Trek met up with oh I don't know...Doctor Who.

That's an obvious example but there you go.  A few of my favorite AU fiction even puts Star Trek characters into the real world.  My favorite involves Kirk and McCoy from the newest Star Trek and made them into real world police officers and partners.  If I can find the link to that story I'll post it and you guys can check it out.  It's great fun.

People either love AU fiction or they hate it.  Personally as long as it's well written and entertaining that's all I care about.  Everyone's got an opinion about it and that's fine.  I look at that kind of writing as kind of an exercise.  When I'm stuck and can't go forward on my novel I turn to AU fiction for no pressure kind of writing.  You want it to be good but you can take it a little less seriously than your main project...or just as seriously but with much more whimsy.  At least that's how I see it.  It also depends on how big a fan your are of the topic you're tackling.

AU fan fiction is just a great way to explore all those things we think about or talk about when we're watching our favorite shows, or reading our favorite books/comic books, etc.  We can make the story into something we imagine, though still paying as much respect to the original intent.  Fun can be had while still enjoying that little obsession we know well and love.

Here's the link to the wikipedia article: Alternate Universe: Fan Fiction

Also here's a link to a great place to read a wide variety of fan fiction:

Side note...ah fun with pictures in blog posts...I could get used to this.