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Five Favorites

Klose tagged me in a favorite stories meme, and, since this actually involves generation of some new and potentially interesting content, I took on the challenge. And a challenge it most certainly was. I’ve been writing original fiction for close to ten years now–I started my Faerie stories over seven years ago–so there’s quite a lot of material built up. Considering only stories I have in digital format, there are more than 545,000 words from which to choose. Nearly 300,000 of those words are story material–I didn’t count background materials on language, history or culture–for Faerie. As such, I considered individual bits of my Faerie material as fair game in the “list your five favorite stories” prompt.

So, without further ado, my five “favorite” stories, in no particular order of preference (because, seriously, just choosing five was plenty hard enough):

Where Have You Gone? — Faerie
This was just a piece I wrote for myself in which Nijelyn laments Jeassinae’s death, but it is without a doubt one of my favorite pieces of all time. I love the imagery of it, and somehow it just melts my heart every time I read it. But then, I am a sucker for angst and romance and Nijelyn.

Leaving Home – Taratia
This particular take on the Taritans stems from a story I wrote around the time I was graduating from high school (and which exists in that form somewhere out on the Internets but I’m not saying where though Google knows). Actually, I’m currently re-writing parts of that original short story as they occur to me. The part of the story I love the most, though, is the part that pertains to the time when Ellira was in Osgalath. I love exploring what she went through to hide herself and Ilarwyn among the humans. While most of this story has never been posted publicly, there is a little portion of it up under the title of “Rainy Days”.

The World It Does Regret (LJ, protected) – Faerie
This is actually the tail-end of one of the completed sections of the re-written version of The Fairie’s Daughter. It concerns Jeanne’s childhood–in particular, the depths to which her mother and grandmother sink in order to keep her out of Faerie. It’s a piece of which I’m very proud, in part because the final sections always get me, emotionally.

Witch’s Child – Aelphlond
One of my main reasons for including this story in my list is because it is one that I’ve been writing on and expanding recently. Most of what’s available for public viewing concerns Taealwhyn’s childhood, but I’ve been dealing with her adult years in my recent bouts of writing, and I’ve been extremely pleased with the results. The only posted portion of the story dealing with her adult life is here.

Tales And Toy Soldiers – Faerie
This is one of those happy few pieces that, despite having been written six or seven years ago, is still a scene that I love to come back to and see again. Not only did I capture a dynamic of Jeassinae’s story that I’d been struggling with, but I really set a tone for Jeassinae’s interactions with her family. And I love the game with her nieces and nephew.

Honorable Mentions: Disappointed, wherein I learned to love Richard again, and Nightmares, Tears, and Ghosts, which I love for confronting Jeanne’s feelings after her father dies and for being a homage to the nightmare I had that started everything as far as Faerie is concerned.

For anyone unable to access the material on LJ or who really, really wants to see some of the stuff that hasn’t been posted publicly, begging, flattery, bribes, and/or an e-mail address might get you what you want.