The Yellow Brick Road

As we approach another NaNoWriMo and people set up their projects on Rough Trade, it is inevitable that new readers will stumble upon the site and join. Most often, they’ve strolled into RT from fandom. They’ve followed a favorite writer, or they saw the sign-up, or they saw a recommendation on some site regarding a previous story, and they’re looking for it. We’ve had about 500 people join RT since October 1, 2016.

The Other Evans Girl

Author: Keira Marcos
Big Short Prompt: Original Female
Fandom: Harry Potter/The Sentinel
Genre: Alternate Universe, Gen
Word Count: 1,812
Warnings: No beta
Author’s Note: I’d cast Mary-Louise Parker as my OFC.
Summary: Albus Dumbledore gets a bit of a surprise when he comes to check on Harry Potter.


Author: Keira Marcos
Fandom: NCIS
Characters: Tony DiNozzo, Jethro Gibbs
Genre: Gen, AU, Chained Tag
Word Count: 546 (complete)
Warnings: No beta
Summary: The cost of pity can be high


Author: Keira Marcos
Big Short Prompt: Survival
Fandom: The Hobbit
Relationship: Thorin Oakenshield/Bellarose Baggins
Genre: Alternate Universe, Rule 63
Word Count: 979
Warnings: No beta
Author’s Note: I picture Annabelle Wallis as the female version of Bilbo.
Summary: Bella tries to leave, and Thorin thinks that’s just hateful.

The Bridge

Author: Keira Marcos
Fandom: Stargate: Atlantis
Characters/Relationship: Past Sheppard/OFC
Genre: Gen, Alternate Universe
Word Count: 1993
Warnings: No beta
Summary: A personal situation on Earth changes John’s life for pretty much ever.

You Can’t Play a Player

Author: Keira Marcos
Fandom: NCIS
Genre: Gen, Boxed In Tag
Word Count: 1,354
Warnings: No beta
Summary: Losing isn’t an option for Anthony DiNozzo, Jr. You can probably blame his father for that.

Problem Solving

Author: Keira Marcos
Fandom: Harry Potter
Relationship: Harry/Hermione
Genre: Romance, AU, Soap Box
Word Count: 964 (complete)
Warnings: No beta, stalking
Summary: Hermione decides a boyfriend will solve her problem.

Riot Bar

Author: Keira Marcos
Fandom: Stargate: Atlantis
Relationship: McKay/Sheppard
Genre: Slash, Romance, Trio Tag
Word Count: 1552 (Complete)
Warnings: No beta
Summary:  McKay’s ill-tempered and John’s a little insecure.

October 2016 Newsletter

You might have noticed a bunch of shorts being posted to my site. They’re my responses to short prompts we are hosting on RT. They’re literally writing exercises for me and I’m sharing them here because I figured you might want to read them. They are not “ideas or prompts” that you can take and expand on. I’m serious. Don’t take my work and expand it — that is really fucking rude to be both do and to do suggest.

His Bright Spot

Author: Keira Marcos
Fandom: Criminal Minds/Numb3rs
Pairing: Penelope Garcia/Ian Edgerton
Word Count: 1157 (complete)
Summary: Come to find out, dudes apparently couldn’t care less about matching pajama sets.