Letters from the Bard


July 30, 2005

Notice: This web site will self-destruct soon.

Due to the lack of time, energy, creative spark, and feedback,
I am planning to take down this site the first week of September, 2005.


May 29, 2005

New story Finally, my Blair and Jo story, The Impossible Dream.

It's only taken me about a year off and on to write it! Okay, Jo comes back into Blair's life unexpectedly, asking for help starting a custom cycle shop. The two friends renew their friendship, then deepen it as tragedy strikes Blair's family. This tragedy tears Blair's marriage apart, and Jo is on hand to help pick up the pieces, as they try to ignore undercurrents of attraction of a different kind. Added May 29, 2005.

JS Stephens


March 27, 2005

Oops, long time, no post. New story, Long Road to Love . Two women keep crossing paths through life, each curious about the other. Just a quiet little story that appeared in my head this morning.

JS Stephens


April 26, 2004

A little drabble of a story, Truck in the Rain.

JS Stephens


April 12, 2004

I found a lost story that is a Xena/Voyager cross. I'm not sure how good it is, but I'm reposting it.

JS Stephens


February 21, 2004

I'm working on a database with my characters and stories and have put out a couple of preliminary reports, seen here in PDF files. One has characters and the stories they appear in from my traditional Xenaverse, the other is from the Conquerorverse. This is not the final format, just a first pass. I'm still trying to figure out the best way to make Access spit out the reports I want.

JS Stephens


January 23, 2004

I finally got around to updating my favorite fan fiction sites list. Sheesh, I'm very bad, especially for an information professional. My bad.

I finished reading Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code yesterday; it has some intriguing ideas about the Church suppressing the idea of the divine feminine, and promoting the divinity of Christ. I'm not sure how accurate it is, but toward the last of the book, they run into a library and beg the reference librarian to help them. Other than the stereotyped thick glasses, this was actually a pretty good snapshot of how we work, and did a good job describing how we search those huge databases with real boolean logic.

Take care,

JS Stephens


January 11, 2004

My first story of the new year, My Most Painful Memory. It's the story of a woman who makes a new friend, then starts having to come to terms with unbidden feelings for that friend. She's suddenly not so sure about her engagement, or the direction in her life.

Happy New Year!

JS Stephens


December 26, 2003

I wrote a very short original fic yesterday while I was waiting for my sweetie to get ready so we could go to my folks' house. It's titled First Christmas Alone, and it's just a quick tale of two women who meet after losing their partners during the year. I probably should have worked on it a bit longer, but I ran out of time.

I have also rewritten my index pages for both sites, to make them a little easier to follow. I've regrouped my story descriptions to make it clearer what is Xena fic, what is UberXena, what is Star Trek, and what is original.

Best of luck for the new year,

JS Stephens


November 9, 2003

Just finished a short story, actually a series of vingettes. It's titled Vingettes, and it involves characters from stories of mine ranging from "The Rest of our Lives" to "A Visit with Diana." I started thinking about when you start to fall in love with someone and it just happened from there.

JS Stephens.


August 17, 2003

Hello!

Not much to report, except that I am dropping my AOL account at the end of the month, so I have a new contact email: libriscat. I don't know when I'll get back to writing, I've been swamped with library association web stuff AND cleaning out those pesky weeds from my flower beds...and the roses are attempting to grow over the sidewalks again...

Sigh.

JS Stephens


May 26, 2003

Oops!

Yes, I know it's been too long since I posted anything, but I'm finally going to finish Command Decision. I actually started this story back in 2001, but life has been, ah, interesting, for the past few years. To put it simply, last year my company decided to reorganize the entire company structure and to move all headquarters type units from their scattered locations to two centralized locations in Houston.

I decided this was my opportunity to get out.

So, I started a new job in October of 2002, working in a law firm as a librarian. Yes, I've gone from corporate librarian to records manager to database and intranet designer to desktop support to assistant network administrator back to librarian, all since 1998. (I started my first professional librarian position in 1990 just a few weeks after graduating with my Master's of Library Science.) The only drawback with my new position is that I'm commuting further and don't get home until late...which leaves much less time for writing...sigh.

And, since it's Memorial Day in the US, let's pause to remember the sacrifices that our men and women have made over the years for our freedom. Let's also remember that that freedom encompasses everyone, not just the people we like. <end rant>

JS Stephens


December 29, 2002

Well, I was working on one story when a different one rudely pushed everything out of the way. I had a friend request a Plot? What Plot? type of story, so I sat down today and wrote The Unforeseen Chance In this little story, Katherine Danbury thinks that she has quit having crushes on women until she meets Michelle Matthews. Much to her surprise and consternation, Michelle flirts with her - but is it innocent, or does she really mean it?

<grin>

Blessings and best wishes for the new year,

JS Stephens


November 6, 2002

Long time no see.

Yes, I have not completed any fiction in nearly 6 months. Life has been insane - my company decided to reorganize and to shed workers, so I spent much of the summer and early fall looking for a new job. The Fates snickered and brought me a job because of a trivia question that I sent to my local professional association email listserve. The moral, ladies and gentlemen, is to always keep active in professional associations - they can pay off in big ways.

Due to my new job, I'm getting home late every night, so it may still be a while before I get anything written. I may even move this web site eventually - if I do, fear not, I shall leave forwarding files everywhere.

Blessings,

JS Stephens


May 26, 2002

Hello, y'all.

First, I have not written any Xena or uber fiction all year and I apologize. Life has intruded too much for fiction. My cat is doing much better now after scaring me with a fever, two rounds of antibiotics, and a three day hospital stay. My company is reorganizing now and I have the choice of either moving about five hours away or taking severance later this year and looking for a new job.

But, I have written something, a new novella length work titled "War of the Prophet". A friend requested a story for her birthday with the following plot: two women who fall in love, but cannot stay together. The women must be instrumental in bringing peace to their respective lands, and there must be some sex scenes. Needless to say, this is an NC-17 story, due to the last requirement. So, I bring you "War of the Prophet" in twelve installments.

JS Stephens


Greetings, belated Happy New Year, and welcome to my webs.

I've been trying to find time to write, but have been busy taking care of my cat. He's been very sick with fever, etc. for the past week and is now home from the hospital. I know, that's not an excuse for the past month, but you know how the holidays are, rush, rush, rush.

Anyway, I've posted part two of Command Decision and am trying to finish it up before too long. I apologize for the long wait between installments, I usually don't do that. Anyway, I hope this finds you healthy, happy, and gainfully employed.

JS Stephens


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