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The fic-pimping continues!

April 26th, 2004 (08:48 pm)
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The third part of "Escape Artistry" is up (hey, guys, if I ain't pimpin' it, ain't nobody pimpin' it!), and because I'm on my way to visit my ma and build her a new fence like the dutiful son I occasionally am, part 4 won't be posted for a couple days.

If anybody's curious, here's how the story came about. I come up with stories in a couple of different ways. One is to take two characters and think about what they have in common, and building something off of that. For example, I wrote the story "New Year's Kiss" because it occurred to me that because Alfred was a soldier and of an age to have been in service during wartime, he probably had deliberately killed people. Which gave him and Cassandra something in common. Obviously, there's no moral equivalence in their actions, but I did think it would give Alfred a handle at understanding her regret that others in the Batclan wouldn't have. (See, for example, the story of heroic Australian sniper Ian Robertson, who served in the Korean War.)

"Escape Artistry" came about because I have a soft spot for the bondage aspects of the Golden Age Wonder Woman. Plus, c'mon, reruns of the Lynda Carter live-action WW series probably helped accelerate my transition to puberty. Yeah, it was a thinly-veiled excuse to have women getting tied up (WW's creator, William Moulton Marston, was a BDSM enthusiast and lived happily with two women, having kids with both), but it was fun. And looking back on it, there's almost an innocence and charm about it. Maybe that's because Marston was brilliant and crazy. I dunno. But it worked.

Anyway, I really liked the WW/BM dynamic on the Justice League cartoon, so thought it would be fun to write. The big problem is that Batman is... well, Batman. Stubborn. Very good at not opening up. (As we've seen on the show, when WW flirts with him.) So how do I get them to spend time together?

Light bulb. Give her the Golden Age weakness. That gives her a reason to learn escape artistry. And Batman is the best escape artist in the JLA. Maybe the world.

And awaaaaaay we go!

The story turned out pretty well. It actually has some pretty good action in it, too. The action scene in part 3 is the first one I ever wrote, and I still really like it a lot.

The most disturbing part of the whole thing is that as kinky as it is, the innuendo never gets much beyond what we've seen on the show. Actually, the show eclipses it, if you factor in Katma Tui's outfit. (I know I do.)