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2019-04-13 07:04 pm

Finding Atlantis - on Rough Trade

I'm over the halfway point on my RT project and I'll honestly probably finish before or around the 25th. It's just plugging along like crazy thanks to the writing sprints on our Discord server: Just Write

So Finding Atlantis is basically just my love letter to John Sheppard being a father. I can't even pretend otherwise:

You can check it out on RT here: Finding Atlantis Project File

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2019-03-14 08:13 pm

Two New Stories

Title: Thirty-Eight
Author: Keira Marcos
Fandom: Stargate: Atlantis
Relationship: McKay/Sheppard
Genre: Canon Divergence
Warnings: No Beta
Rating: PG-13 for language
Word Count: 4947
Author Note: This is for the One Sentence prompt on Rough Trade. You can find the challenge here. The story takes place between “Ghost in the Machine” and “The Shrine”. Also, the desire to name this after a Coldplay song was immense.
Jilly's Response: Intervention (link to her site)
The Prompt: John Sheppard is contemplating retiring and going back to Earth, but McKay has quite a bit to say about that stupid idea.

Art by Polaris

Title: What Howard Stark Built
Author: Keira Marcos
Fandom: MCU
Genre: Canon Divergence
Warnings: No Beta
Rating: PG-13 for language and themes
Word Count: 2,306 (complete)
Author Note: Jilly and I are exploring using the same specific prompt to write stories in preparation for November RT where we’re going to do it on a novel-scale. You can find that prompt here on the RT Forum.
Jilly's Response: Perspective (link to her site)
Ladyholder's Response: Advice (link to her site)
The Prompt: “Tony Stark decided to give talking Steve Rogers out of going to SHIELD just one more try.”

Art by Polaris


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2019-03-01 02:21 pm

Rough Trade April 2019 - Take Two Challenge

Challenge Period: 4/1/2019-4/30/2019
Challenge: Write a sequel to a finished and posted work
Word Count Minimum: 30,000
Sign Up Dates: 3/1/2019-3/15/2019
Project File Due: 3/25/2019

It's time to sign up for the April 2019 challenge. The minimum word count is just 30k this time around and your task is to write a sequel to a work you already have posted.

Don't be daunted by the word count! It's just a thousand words a day. We have people in the Just Write Sprints easily writing that in 40 minutes! You can do this! Rough Trade is about challenging yourself and growing as a writer. Everyone is welcome ;-)


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2019-02-24 06:54 am

Marie Kondo Would be Appalled

Time after time, I've sought some sort of replacement for LJ. When it imploded, I invested myself in Facebook and cultivated fandom friends and groups. BUT, I also delved into other topics on Facebook and it has all become a big stressful mess. I tried Tumblr but it never gelled in my mind (maybe that's my age showing). And I didn't stay fandom focused over there either.

I do think it falls to us to "create" a fandom space in whatever platform we choose. And that boils down to our own behavior really. I rarely talked about anything but fandom on my LJ (and well I bitched a lot about family) and I did transfer all of that content to Dreamwidth but there isn't a sense of community here that I've been able to really connect with. I like Dreamwidth and will continue to use it but it's just not what I want it to be. Maybe it could be one day?

So the big question is -- is MeWe the solution?

I think it COULD be. If we cultivate fandom friends, create fandom groups, and avoid bringing crap into it that would make it joyless. Facebook is like that for me -- Marie Kondo would be appalled.

Yesterday, I did start the process of Kondo'ing my FB. I unliked political and news pages. I turned off notifications for games 
I don't play. I left groups that irritate me and there were a lot of them. I joined a group on FB recently for PCOS for resources. Unfortunately, it was also full of women trying to have babies and some of them were succeeding. My god, it seemed like once a week I was seeing a picture of a positive pregnancy test. The last one I saw I burst into tears. I left that group yesterday. Why do that to myself? I'll just buy a diet book for PCOS and try to figure out what parts of my diet works for me and what doesn't. Gah.

Going into MeWe, I decided -- no politics, no religion, no causes of any sort. I posted that on my timeline over there today. I got an email this morning questioning me on it -- and demanding to know how I could dictate what my friends on the platform posted. Well, I didn't. I just said that if they post that shit I'll unfollow them indefinitely and I mean it. They can still see my posts if they want and be in my groups but I'm really fucking tired of the crappy world we live in. 

I need a fandom safe place to have fun and MeWe is my choice.
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2019-02-22 04:27 am

On MeWe


I had to force myself to click on the Facebook link today. Beyond the whole list of crap the company has done over the last year or so (and the recent censorship bullshit), I've started to see it as a burden.

I made a FB account originally to connect with my readers at their request. I had a lot of requests -- I have a personal FB account that I log into once a quarter so it wasn't a big part of my life until fandom. And really, fandom is the only reason I find any sort of joy out of this place.

On MeWe, I haven't liked any pages for politics or news. No one is posting bullshit on my feed and none of your fucked up friends are responding to said bullshit in such a way that I want to stab people.

I barely tumbled so deleting my Tumblr was more a statement than a genuine loss. Most of my posts were either reposts or auto-posts from my various sites.

Livejournal -- I really miss what they were when I first joined fandom but we're not ever getting that back and I've come to terms with it. As much as I wish Dreamwidth was a viable replacement, it just doesn't have the participation that LJ had back in its heyday.

So, I'm settling in on MeWe and we'll see how it goes. Since it is so much less stressful, my participation on Facebook is going to decline just based on the fact that I don't set out to make myself freaking furious on a regular basis and having somewhere else to go is very fucking appealing.

That is all.

Here I am:

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2019-01-22 05:36 pm

Oh, Go Fuck Yourself

I got an "anonymous" comment form on my site berating me for complaining about the plagiarism on the story on AO3 (that finally got removed).

Apparently, I'm a selfish bitch for filing a complaint and ruining a story they'd been reading.

Yep, I sure am. Maybe if that word thief spent more time writing her own work instead of stealing mine you'd still have something to read you self-absorbed twat.

Fun fact, my comment form records IP addresses and I just banned yours from reading on my site (after I deleted the account you created a few years ago).

I'm sure you won't miss reading on my site, hell you only logged in once a week for the last three years.

I certainly won't miss you.


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2019-01-12 02:50 pm

Plagiarist - Familiar Anonymous - Update

Ao3 removed the fic and sent me the following message:

After investigating your complaint, the AO3 Policy & Abuse committee has determined that the work “The Boy Who Has Fire” by Familiar_Anonymous did in fact contain material plagiarized from your work “Birth of the Serpent King”. This is a violation of our Terms of Service, section IV.E., and accordingly, the offending material has been removed. However, we have also determined that there was insufficient evidence of plagiarism of the other works included in your complaint.


I checked the link and the story is no longer on a03. I'm relieved but also still irritated by the plagiarism and the four month wait on a response.

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2018-12-29 11:47 am

Plagiarism and AO3

 I reported a person plagiarizing my work (and the work of several others) in October. When asked for evidence, I provided it. The work is still up and I've heard nothing else from Ao3. I guess they really don't give a fuck about their own TOS.

Anyone else have this problem?
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2018-12-28 08:39 pm

Darkly Loyal

Title: Darkly Loyal
Author: Keira Marcos
Fandom: Harry Potter
Relationship: Harry Potter/Hermione Granger/Draco Malfoy
Content Rating: NC-17
Genre: Romance, Time Travel, Fantasy, Menage, Fix It
Word Count: 181,154
Body Count: 73
Warnings: Character Bashing, No Beta, Violence, Explicit Sex, Dark Themes, Temporary Main Character Death, the death of a pregnant character, homicide, and permanent character deaths.


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2018-12-23 11:22 pm

Fandom & Junk: The Big Question - Episode 1

To beta or not to beta....
We talked about the value of the alpha/beta reader process AND the time that it takes.

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2018-12-22 07:41 pm

Author Confession

My name is Keira and I'm fed up with the beta process.

Don't get me wrong, I totally love my betas. They're great. I just hate the process itself.  

I have to ask myself, who in fandom decided that beta was a thing? Who thought -- oh, I'm getting free stuff to read but this author really should do a bunch of extra work to make sure my free entertainment doesn't have any typos!

I'm currently in beta for my QB fic. I mean, like I'm on part 2 of 6 in that process. I just finished Darkly Loyal and it's twice the length of my QB. If I actually put that in beta -- it wouldn't be ready to post until probably April. Fuck that noise.


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2018-12-08 11:24 pm

Happy Freaking Saturday

Had a headache most of the day. I took a nap (with some medication) and I feel better but not enough to actually do a podcast which sucks because Saturday shows are usually very fun. Maybe we'll do a writer's table tomorrow or something. We'll want to start discussing April's RT challenge eventually. I'm not sure what I'll do with that. It's a sequel challenge and I certainly have no shortage of completed works that I could write a sequel to but there is a word count limit in April which would be challenging.

I'm leaning toward a sequel to Iterum but I've not had great luck with Stargate and Rough Trade at the same time lately. All of my HP fics would probably require a rather long sequel and that buts up against the challenge word limit. I'm all eh. I read through all of my Hobbit works in progress this week. I'm still especially fond of Small Magic. I'd be done if could make myself write a big ass battle but me and action aren't good friends. Sigh.
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2018-12-08 06:49 pm

Fandom & Junk: The Good Fan


Last night, Jilly James and I rambled about fandom and personal responsibility in our communities. We also talked about my on going issue with plagiarism. Sigh.

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2018-12-07 05:26 pm

Ello & Junk

I settled at Ello for my Tumblr replacement. I like the interface and the conversation potential at least. Still figuring out how it works but I like the artist/creator vibe from the outset.

Here's me:  (My site is marked NSFW so you'll have to create an account AND agree to see such content in your profile settings before you can see my blog -- this is their rule not mine. I can't control it no more than I can control my foul mouth.)

I've finished the second draft of my QB and I've started three different plots for next year. We'll see how it goes. I'm already considering a sequel to my QB and I'm wondering if it'll be a fit for next year's November RT (canon divergence theme). 

Anyways, that's all from me.

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2018-12-04 09:37 pm

Fandom & Junk: Censorship & Community Repercussions


I thought I'd start blogging about my podcasts. I mean I'm kind of hard-pressed at the moment to figure out what kind of content I want to put on my Dreamwidth but I've had this thing for a while and I did make it pretty today so we'll see how this goes.

[personal profile] jillyjames  and I talked about fandom, censorship, and then we meandered into our favorite soapbox topic which is: Point of View. 

I also talked about the publication process and my personal experiences regarding the submissions process. I hope you enjoy the show and discussion is welcome on this post if you have something you'd like to say!


PS- I've put in a support request regarding embedding podcasts in my journal entries. So hopefully next time you'll see a player instead of just a link
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2018-05-17 08:11 pm

10 Things About Me

  1. I loathe stupid people.
  2. My eyes are bright green and more than one person has asked me if I wear colored contacts. I don't. 
  3. My hair is an unfortunate shade of very dark brown that I got out of a box.
  4. I was diagnosed OCD and clinical depression in my 20s and I've taken medication for it for two decades. 
  5. I'm 5'3 
  6. I hoard receipts. It's really difficult for me to throw them away. I keep them in a basket that I shred once a year. It takes about a week for me to force myself through that process. My husband sometimes stands with me by the shredder and pats my back. Sometimes I cry. It's the biggest issue I have with OCD so I know I've got it better than most.
  7. I was bullied mercilessly in junior high because I was more developed than other girls. The girls often called me a slut and the boys would often sexually harass me. This continued straight into my freshman year of high school until I punched a junior in the dick for grabbing my breasts in the hall. The school tried to punish me until I started to demand they call the cops so I could file sexual assault charges against their star forward on the basketball team. His father made him apologize to me while his mother tried to blame me because apparently having breasts at 15 meant I was asking for it.
  8. I think republicans are irredeemable and disgusting people.
  9. I'm child free but it wasn't my choice and no I don't want comments about adoption or anything else. Seriously.
  10. I like my dogs more than most people.
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2018-02-06 06:03 pm

As Evil Author Day Approaches

 It would be super disingenuous to say I don't have anything to share on EAD because yall know all about my WIP folder cause I humble brag complain about my meandering path through WIPs all the damn time. In the end, it becomes a matter of choice as I read through my various projects to see what I'm ready to expose because it is an exposure of sorts for authors to show you their rough work. Many of us are used to doing it on Rough Trade but EAD is a far more permanent sort of thing for me as I leave excerpts up until I'm ready to post a complete project on my main site.

I'm currently toying with a Harry Potter/Hobbit crossover which greatly amuses me. Though I'm considering restructuring it into episodes because it's already over 100k and there's no sign of stopping. What possessed me to merge 2 wordy fandoms together? I don't know. I'll probably make a lot of LOTR fans foam at the mouth what with my utter lack of respect for canon, timelines, and geography. 

Another Harry Potter fic I have on the brain in the plotting stages is a different sort of magical guardian fic and it might end up being my April project. Who knows.

I'm toying with the next part of Hold My Coffee, meandering through my plot document for the next part in Ties That Bind, and I've got an original story for Declan Frost and Sean Taylor in the early "cloud plot" stages. I'm having to do some world building but it'll be a paranormal romance though it won't be set in the same 'verse as my first original project, Fall For You. But speaking of Law of the Pack, I do have original novellas in the works for Jared Cameron and Lawrence Harper but I don't have enough of either to currently share in any sort of way that would make sense. 

Regardless, I'm currently trawling my WIP folder looking for stuff to share on EAD.


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2018-02-01 11:06 pm


I asked myself, how many times can I bitch and complain about reader entitlement before I start to bore myself? 

On a for real note, donating to Rough Trade or to the Wild Hare Project doesn't equal any sort of ownership on your part. I appreciate the much needed donations as it keeps everything running but that doesn't mean you're entitled to a fucking thing in regards to the works produced there.

For fuck's sake.



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2018-01-09 08:16 am

The Legacy by Keira Marcos

Title: The Legacy
Fandom: Harry Potter
Pairings: James Potter/Lily Potter, Sirius Black/OFC, Frank Longbottom/Alice Longbottom
Rating: R (violence, language, adult themes)
Jilly James & Ladyholder
Word Count: 61,067
Author's Note: Please be aware that the casting section might contain what you would consider spoilers as there is a non-canon character that makes a surprise appearance in the first five chapters of the story. I'd recommend waiting until you're ready to read the sixth chapter before checking out the casting page if you want to be spoiler free.

Summary: James Potter took his family into hiding abroad when the prophecy was revealed. Hidden for nearly seven years, the Potters come home when it's announced that Tom Riddle has been captured. Their return brings changes to magical Britain that no one is prepared for.


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2017-08-26 11:06 pm

Fetishizing Actors in Fandom

I could spend a whole year talking about the fetishizing of men in fandom because it is wide spread and it leads to some truly ugly behavior on the parts of fans. It breeds contempt for show creators and sometimes obsessions with actors that can and have gotten dangerously out of hand. Actors sometimes get melded with the characters they play in a fan’s mind, and that can lead to the fan believing they know them in very intimate ways when it simply isn’t true.

One of the most distressing things I see in fandom is the objectification of the real people who play the characters we love. I can’t really do anything about the problem but I notice it, and it’s often utterly appalling. I want to just lose my shit sometimes and point out—hey, that’s a fucking human being you’re talking about there. He’s not some puppet you can play around with like a goddamned toy.

You probably think it doesn’t matter what you think in your head or what you put on Tumblr regarding an actor or actress. You think it’s perfectly okay to write a fic about Joe Flanigan and David Hewlett cheating on their wives/girlfriends/families because you’re just writing fiction. It’s not hurting anything. Except they both have children and one day one of those kids might stumble across your fucked up little short story about their dad cheating on their mom, and of course, because you’re an asshole you’ve made sure to insult and degrade their mother as much as possible to justify the cheating. I’m sure that’s going to be a fun conversation for everyone involved.

Explicit sex in fan fiction plays a role in objectification, and I acknowledge this. I’ve always known that there is a subset of people who only read my work for the sex. They make it clear in their comments and in specifically in the parts of my stories they remember. I once saw a “find a fic” request on an LJ community that outlined five sex scenes and not a single plot point. All they remembered was the sex. It wasn’t my story they were looking for, but more than one person suggested that I might be the author of this missing fic. I’m glad I wasn’t. I felt let down and terrible for the author it was though because one person after another on that thread would comment about having read the fic. Not a single one of them mentioned a plot point or a bit of characterization that wasn’t sex.

I knew the story they were looking for—it was a beautiful piece of work with excellent characterization and an engrossing plot that was utterly breathtaking. I never commented on that thread with the answer because I wanted no part of the conversation. I think it took six or seven weeks for someone to provide a link. I don’t want to discuss the title or author here because it’s not fair to her or her work. That thread on that fic finders community wasn’t fair to her work either. But it did highlight something I’d noticed about a few readers on my site. The sex stood out for them. Specifically, the gay sex stood out for them, and nothing else was really important.

Early on, I had to figure out where my hard line was regarding objectification in my fandom work. I decided that I would write about characters, not actors. I don’t read or write “real person fiction” as a result. For example, John Sheppard is a character—a fictional person who exists in the Stargate fandom that I know well. Joe Flanigan is a real person—he has a family and a personal life that is none of my business. I don’t know him at all, and honestly, I have no interest in knowing him. I’m sure he’s a nice guy, but I’m not here for Joe Flanigan. I’m in the Stargate fandom for John Sheppard.