I officially “joined” fandom in May of 2008. I’ll be celebrating my site anniversary on May 20th (13 years) and I didn’t do my first fan fiction bang until 2019. I’ve rarely participated in fandom-specific challenges outside of events on Rough Trade. I could go into a long-winded explanation about my reasons for joining fandom, to begin with, and how many of those planned events in the past looked so fucking stressful I could barely breathe at the mere thought of signing up.
Still, when Jilly said “I want to do a big bang”, I was like “I’m all in.” The first year I wrote Unleash Your Demons. It sort of just poured out of me due to my frustrations and disappointment in the direction the MCU was taking. Nothing about the writing experience was really stressful. Time Travel and Tony Stark fit me like a fucking glove.
For the 2020 Quantum Bang, I wrote The Absence of War. The idea of it started as a thought experiment and frankly my own aversion to an original character being a main character in fanfiction. Armand Deering is probably one of my favorite characters ever. He’s demanding, rude, foul-tempered, and prone to murder. He should be genuinely appalling and yet, I love him. I accept no judgment.
In the midst of the July Rough Trade challenge last year, I got hit with my idea for this year’s QB so in a deeply irresponsible fashion (to me), I abandoned my RT and threw myself into a brand new fandom–The Mandalorian & Star Wars. I wrote both novels that will appear on the QB this year in June as a canon divergence from season one of the show. I didn’t allow myself to watch the second season of The Mandalorian until after I’d finished both rough drafts though I did get spoiled a bit (how could you name that precious child something so awful, Jon?).
The first two years, I kept my QB a secret until it posted because it was amusing and also because I didn’t think my readers needed a head’s up on anything regarding the canon of either work. But this year, I’ve decided to give you guys a head’s up (if you want to read my QBs) so that you can get a head start on the canon.
I’ve written two 100k+ novels set in The Mandalorian with my main character being Din Djarin. The main relationship is Din Djarin/Cara Dune and I’ve done a fan recast for the part of Cara Dune. The fan recast is Gabrielle Union. The original actress is… problematic but I wasn’t going to let her terrible behavior destroy my love for the character or the pairing.
The main thrust of my fix-it is about the Force Dyad from the last three Star Wars movies. There is frankly a lot of Star Wars content out there–books, movies, and tv shows. I can’t and certainly wouldn’t expect any reader to absorb/know all of that. So, I did my very best to either stick to easily accessible content or explain the elements I did use in the course of the narrative in a way that won’t leave readers baffled. In that vein, my beta readers both went into the novel works without having watched The Mandalorian. No worries, my alpha readers are Star Wars/The Mandalorian knowledgeable.
If you want a good foundation for reading–I suggest you watch all nine Star Wars movies and the first season of The Mandalorian. It’s not necessary, of course, but I do think it would help and make the reading super easy. All of this could be done in a single month on Disney+ so you wouldn’t need a long-term subscription. I do wish there was a free legal alternative (sorry!), but there isn’t one.
Series Title: Gra’tua
Novel Titles: A Better Man & The Thousand-Mile Road
Relationships: Din Djarin/Cara Dune, The Armor/Paz Vizsla, OC/OC (many)
Genre: Time Travel, Romance, First Time, Kid-Fic, Fix-it
Summary: Din Djarin lost everything so slowly it was almost survivable. With a broken and failing heart, he comes face to face with two Force Spirits who ask him to sacrifice everything for another man’s son. Along the way, he’ll get a chance to save his own and bring together the tribes of Mandalore once more.
Din Djarin loses the love of his life, his son, and his faith in the way. Near the end of his life, Qui-Gon Jinn gives him the chance to return to the past so he can right the path of the Force in the galaxy and do what he can to keep the two halves of the Force Dyad from being destroyed by the dark side.
His first step? Kill Moff Gideon and take the darksaber.
(Aside, if you’ve seen The Mandalorian season 2, you can imagine my amusement during that one scene in the last episode)
Anyways, I fell in love with The Mandalorian, and Din Djarin is definitely my unicorn. I hope you guys enjoy reading this as much as I enjoyed writing it. I’ve been teamed up with an amazing artist for the QB so we have a lot to look forward to in June!!