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My very first pieces of fiction were part of a series called Thirteen Steps. Naturally, as the author and a somewhat freakishly compulsive perfectionist, I view them as pretty much complete crap now. But there was something about them. Other people didn’t see them as crap. They encouraged me.

And here I am.

A friend challenged my thinking about a story that I’d written in that series. The original name of the piece was For Marie. I rewrote it in first person with some plot modifications and I was hooked. The compulsive tendencies took over and the entire series was re-plotted.

Yeah, I know…

That was December of 2008. Very little has changed from that original outline.

Well, a lot has changed. We went over the bit about me being a perfectionist, right? I know it’s annoying. I can’t help it.

My point is that the core concepts have remained intact and I’ve made no changes based on the release of the comics. I’ve barely been paying attention to them. I own them. Or most of them. I think we all do. It’s another compulsive thing. I buy them. I bag them. I ferret them away in a custom bookshelf that my roommate the woodworker built for me specifically to hold comics. But I just can’t bring myself to read them.

Anyway, in my reality Twilight isn’t analogous with the Garden of Eden and he probably isn’t Angel. Twilight is something very different to me. And Buffy isn’t going to become a god. She’s going to become something so much better: a human being. I like telling human stories. It’s a thing.

Once you make a character a god, what the hell do you do with them? Bigger, badder, faster, more…?

That’s not a game I like to play.

The first five stories follow a pattern. Each individual piece is presented from a single point of view, in first person, with no chapter breaks. They are in effect, formatted as short stories, though at least one of them defies that description. It’s a wee bit long. Like novel length. Gosh, I do love to prattle on.

Being the perfectionist, I occasionally go over older material and read to refresh the details in my mind. That’s what I’m doing now. But I’ve been allowing myself the luxury of changing words and adding commas. As I reread, I’ll be posting the material here. I’ve even baited my beta reader Howard Russell into making a pass.

Hope you enjoy it.

ATS First Light

Cover Art by Buffylover

Table of Contents

  1. Epitaph
  2.     Prayers of the Martyr
        Benevolent Sun


ATS First Light This eBook includes the stories The Outsider, The Noose, Blue, and Gravity.

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Best Willow Fic of All Time, Another Thirteen Steps, 2009 Willowy Goodness Awards Best Friendship Fic, Another Thirteen Steps, 2009 Willowy Goodness Awards
Best Work in Progress, Another Thirteen Steps, 2009 Shades of Grey Awards Best Drama Runner Up, Another Thirteen Steps, Sunnydale Awards Round 17
Best Series Runner Up, Another Thirteen Steps, Sunnydale Awards Round 17  

Best Original Character, Tam in Epitaph, Sunnydale Awards Round 17 Best Song Fic Runner Up, Epitaph, Sunnydale Awards Round 17
Best Quickie Fic Runner Up, Epitaph Best Short Story, Epitaph, 2009 Shades of Grey Awards

Best Plot Runner Up, Sunnydale Awards Round 23
Best Characterization (Faith) Third Runner Up, Crimes, The Chosen Two Awards, Round 2 Best Dark Runner Up, Crimes, No Rest for the Wicked Awards Round 6
Best NC-17, Crimes, The Gotta Have Faith Awards, Round 2 Best Future Fic, Crimes, The Gotta Have Faith Awards, Round 2

March 2014



Little About a Girl
The Latest Nonsense
My Chorus




Fiction Master List
Monthly Fiction Recap
Archive History




FRTCharlatan’s Web
FRTFleeting Moments
FRCHow Not to Say No
FRCSomething Glue
FRTA Study in Chartreuse


Short Stories


FRAOAnd Wouldn’t You Be Bored?
FRMAnother Side of Faith
FRTAnswer Me These Questions Three
FRAOIn the Mourning
FRAOOne Kiss, Two Kiss…
FRTOne of Five
FRTOne Teensy Little Problem
FRMThese and Other Differences
FRMWalk About


Side Stories


Table of Contents
FRTNew Blood
FRTNow and Then


Novellas & Novels


FRAO-GVBloodletting (the Final Cut)





Table of Contents
FRTCrossed Wires
FRTCross Words
FRTCross Purposes
FRTWhere Dreams Cross
FRTCross Section
FRTPaths Crossed
FRTLines Crossed
FRTCrossing the Rubicon
FRTIn the Crosshairs
FRTCross Examine


A.T.S. (2009 – present)


Table of Contents
FRTThe Outsider
FRMThe Noose


A.T.S. Fragments


FRAO-GVCrimes: Dream Sequence
FRAOCrimes: The Second Time
FRAOCrimes: It’s Just Sex
FRMCrimes: Fresh Linens




Empty Spaces


Table of Contents
FRTA Single Step
FRCThe Paragon of Monsters
FRTCrossed Wires
FRTIt’s a Glamorous Job…
FRTOwen Who?
FRTAbsolute Zero
FRCKinda Pretty
FRTFishwife Blues
FRCGlass Heart
FRTAnother One Closes
FRTIn the Time of Wolves


The River’s Daughter


Table of Contents
FRTIn Blue Moon’s Light
FRMCapture Theory
FRAOAn Effigy to Aphelion
FRAOA Keyhole in the Sun
FRAOHesperus in Retrograde
FRTThe Two-Body Problem


S.O.R. Fragments


FRMA Prelude to Schism
FRTBalance (an Interlude)
FRTTherapy and Waffles
FRCSoft Spot
FRMUse of Force


Thirteen Steps (2007)


Table of Contents
FRMThe Outsider
FRMThe Noose
FRMWeak and Powerless
FRAOThe Package
FRAOFor Marie
FRAO-GVA Stranger






FRTOn Writing Series
FRMA Selective Meme
FRTFanFiction Writing Meme