This more than likely won't matter to anyone but me, but I've FINALLY made progress on an original character I've created. I say character because at the moment she crosses into several story ideas I have so I haven't quite nailed her down to just one. Anyway...

...for years now I've wanted to create a Black female saint.

In the last decade or two, with the exception of Susanna Clark's "Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell" and the Harry Potter series, I've fallen out of love with mainstream fantasy and sci-fi books. I can still stand to watch them in the movies (The Hunger Games) or on TV (Syfy's The Magicians). But when it comes to books, I haven't really seen anything that truly makes me want to engage. Non-fiction is fine. I have a taste for history and biography. But fiction has been quite a disappointment. When it comes to fiction, I basically only read fan fiction because I know that at least I'll find something that I like albeit I'll have to hunt for it.

Like a lot of folks I've given up on current fiction and decided that I'll have to write my own. As any aspiring writer knows, that's a BIG mountain to climb. But today I managed to rise a few feet.

I had an idea for a saint but how do I make her believable? I write her version of "scripture."

Today I finally managed to draft pages of "scripture" authored by my character, including her near end-times prophecy. Previously, I couldn't figure out when to place her. Currently, I'm toying with the era of Roman Emperor Julian the Apostate and church scholar Augustine. (There's a reason for this). I've written her version of St. Paul's letters (to the Romans, to the Corinthians, to the Ephesians, etc.). And I've given her a revelation a la St. John the Divine. I can now also fit her more comfortably into the histories of the 3 fictional convent orders I've created for her: one in Alexandria, Egypt; one in Europe; and one in America).

And yes I know this is weird, lol. In my defense, I had an aunt who was a nun and once in my twenties I spent a week in the convent with her. Yep. That's what I said. For those among them who are still alive to remember, they'll remember me from when I was a baby because my family regularly visited my aunt from the time I was an infant. It's very weird (in a nice way but still weird) to travel to the Maryknoll convent in Ossining, NY when you're 7 years old and meet women whom you've "never" seen before but who remember YOU from when you were a baby. Lol.

In any case, I came by my inspiration honestly.

The Maryknoll nuns are some of the bravest, smartest, most dedicated women I have ever met. My aunt spent 15 years in Tanzania. She only left because she became ill and had to be flown out. I remember as a child (and this is dating myself) watching news coverage of Idi Amin's invasion and waiting for the phone call that my aunt had gotten out before he went in. Thank God she did. The nuns who were killed in Central America (I believe it was El Salvador but I know it was in the era of the Sandinistas) were Maryknoll nuns. My aunt taught Gertrude Mongella(sp?) who went on the lead the Women's Conference in Beijing. To me, imperfect as they are, these women are heroes. I am so proud I got to know them and forever proud of my aunt who passed away years ago. God bless you, Aunt Geneva. This one's for you.

 Stole this from Delphi who stole it from Solosundance. Just because I've listed them doesn't mean they'll keep this title or ever be finished! Just a nice long list of wishful thinking that MIGH come true.

Harry Potter
1. Confessions of a Cornwall Grad - Severus Snape/OFC
2. Well Done, My Good and Faithful Servant - Severus Snape/OFC
3. When Earth Kisses Air - Dramione
4. Hogwarts - Help Wanted - started out as a look at all the jobs we never see at Hogwarts, like plumber, chaplain, etc. and somehow segued into a potential Dramione
5. Harry Potter and the Poisoned Apple Princess - this is a Harry/Pansy story. I never liked Harry and Ginny. I used to ship Harry and Luna HARD. But then I discovered Harry and Pansy and that was that.

Living Proof series - This is a Sherlock/Moriarty mpreg - Yep I went there! I just finished and posted part 5 of this. I expect there are only at most 3 more parts to go.

Sherlock/Cabin Pressure
Not a Holmes series - this is my Capt. Martin Crieff as the littlest Holmes brother. Except he's not - not a Holmes that is. He's still the littlest brother in my series. This one is up to 7 installments and I have no idea when it will end.

Superman Returns
Love's Divine - my "What if Superman Had a Black Girlfriend" story. My best reviewed work but also my most weirdly received. Some people absolutely fell in love with it. Others seemed to think it was some kind of quasi-porn simply because the girlfriend is Black. Not a good look, Internet! In my fondest dreams, this would be my web series. From what I can see, some of my ideas about Superman turned up in Batman vs. Superman. But they existed before I wrote them. They were explored in the comic Kingdom Come. But I never thought they took it as far as it could go. This is my attempt to follow to a logical conclusion.

Game Change - screenplay idea. Sort of The Big Short meets The Big Payback. Scene written and submitted to ABC network casting department. Alas, no word back. Working on turning into a full length screenplay.

Dirty Lens - part one of a romance novel series.

The Book of Esther - my twist on that old romance novel trope of the heroine getting kidnapped into a harem on the orders of a lusty prince

Majesty - my "what if" story looking at what might have happened if the infamous Duke and Duchess of Windsor shocked everyone and actually had a child and how that might have impacted Princess Diana.

Emancipation, Calling All Angels and The Calendar Girl - my paranormals.



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