Literatti: Fiction By Deslea
This page is for all the bits and pieces that don't have a proper home anywhere else on the site. It's really just for the die-hard fans or people looking for a specific piece of information.
+ Design History + Parental Advisory + Archivist's Corner +
I've always prided myself on having a beautiful home for my fic. A lot of my old designs are lost to history, but my last few can still be viewed for nostalgia's sake. I've tended to preserve the thematic designs where they match a collection, unless that theme no longer suits current standards. (For instance, the X Files Krycek/Marita theme isn't friendly to the much larger screen resolutions we have now).
2011-2014: Have To Believe We Are Magic
This theme was based on Harry Potter's Malfoys and Blacks. There was, briefly, a Snape, Narcissa and Lucius version that was quite difficult to read, and I quickly swapped it out for Lucius and Tonks.
2008-2011: Connections & Chronicles
This theme was based on Sarah Connor Chronicles' Sarah Connor and Derek Reese. It was quite large, in part due to the large monitors and resolutions available at the time. I was never completely satisfied with how I managed the small-versus-large monitor issue, but I loved the underlying graphic.
2002-2008: Searing Snow
This theme was based on X Files' Alex Krycek and Marita Covarrubias. It was lovely for a long time but not suited to later generation large monitors. The image shows how it appeared originally for most users.
Firstly, the hard word. The internet is an international forum. It is your responsibility to know what you are, and are not legally permitted to read, and to make your personal decision to read with due regard for the laws of your jurisdiction (and, in the case of minors, your guardians). Stories are marked with ratings and I recommend that you use them. I'm not a supporter of foam-padding the world. I provide the information needed to choose wisely, I believe, but the final choice is your responsibility.
So. That's the heavy 'don't come crying to me' part out of the way.
This site is not a kids' site. It isn't pornographic, but it's definitely adult reading. I write a lot of stories for an adult audience. There are stories here of people recovering from major trauma, such as war and rape. Stories of people who have faced terrible moral dilemmas. There's adult language. Not everyone in my stories does the right thing - a lot of my work deals with people who have done terribly wrong things and who have to learn to live with that truth about themselves. And there are sexual references here, too, although not usually of a particularly titillating kind. I expect that you are an adult, or reading under an adult's guidance, and capable of doing so with a bit of discernment.
Parents, the stories here are generally rated in some sort of helpful way. The rating systems vary from fandom to fandom. Some derive their ratings more or less from the norms of the Moving Picture Association of America (MPAA). NC17 means no children aged under 17. Usually NC17 stories will involve explicit violence or explicit sexual references and are not suitable for children. R is a softer version of NC17, and a lot of my work is R. R deals in adult concepts - recovery from violence, sexual identity issues, significant moral dilemmas, war or the threat of war, and so on, and may include low-level sex (less detail or not so graphic words, but you can probably picture in soft-focus what's going on). PG-13 is a higher level of parental guidance - stories that reference the kinds of things found in a R story, but in less graphic detail. PG is a lower level of parental guidance, and is pretty harmless - it may deal in adult dilemmas, but there is no real need for a sophisticated reader to understand the nuances, and no graphic sexuality or violence. In other fandoms, broad words like 'teen' or 'mature' abound, and they're usually pretty obvious.
To get some idea of the ways in which I've applied the ratings, NC17 was applied to one story in which the specifics of sexual activity between consenting adults was used as a power play, and another in which a woman grappled with and eventually overcame sexual dysfunction arising from past manipulation. R was applied to a story in which a man reared as part of a military project retained unusual and unhealthy philosophical beliefs about human life and his place in the world until very late in the story - the near-absence of corrective points of view makes this a story that should only be read by someone with the moral and philosophical maturity to understand that this doesn't represent a 'good' point of view that should be emulated. R was also applied to a story about a pair of adult siblings in a situation of extreme isolation and trauma who formed an incestuous attachment as a result. Again, this should only be read by someone with the benefit of moral and emotional maturity. PG13 and PG have been applied to a story where a hired assassin talks to his intended victim and then lets her go, and a story in which two terminally ill people agree to take part in risky military medical experiments - stories in which significant dilemmas are faced but there are fewer problems of 'wrong' POVs requiring sophistication and/or corrective.
To contact me regarding archiving, please email deslea [at] deslea [dot] com.
1.1 Archive Policies - General
Please don't archive or link my work alongside actorfic. I'll bend a little on this - for instance, I'll allow it on archives that also archive parodies that show an actor and a character switching places. But no real person smut, please. It's not something I care to be associated with. I realise that's a very unfashionable and 1990s opinion but I still expect it to be respected.
1.2 Archive Policies - X Files
In general, I'm happy for my work to be archived on any X Files not-for-profit archive. I would like you to drop me a courtesy note if you're not a 'major' archive just so I can come and take a look. I've found some great sites that way. I always want to know ahead of time if you're a multifandom archive or if you work in some form other than a conventional webpage (eg, print zines).
That said, I'm not fond of some of my older work. Scully/Skinner specialist archives can have those stories because I know they still get asked for it now and then, but I'm starting to limit them to fans of that genre. I'd rather people not archive the Scully/Skinner stuff in general archives. I just think I've grown a lot as an author since then. There are also a few throwaway pieces I'd rather not see archived - these are indicated in the headers. Generally they will be pieces on the Wastelands page.
The following places and people can always have my fic and they never need to ask: Gossamer, Ephemeral, all Lara Means sites, RATales archive, the Ferret Cage, all ArchiveCentral archives, Glass-Onion, and Down In The Basement. WorldofX.de always has my approval to translate into German, and Dark Love Of The X Files always has approval to translate into Russian. If you run an archive or rec site and you would like a blanket consent, just ask. I'll probably say yes.
1.3 Archive Policies - Harry Potter and TSCC
I do not know the TSCC and Harry Potter archives very well and would like to be asked for archive permission. I will assess on a case by case basis.
2. Archive Logistics
In August 2003, I implemented scripts that will make it much easier for archivists to work with my stories. By appending ?format=plaintext to any english-language story URL, it will be possible for you to view a version of that story formatted in plain ASCII with lines. Prior to Harry Potter, these were broken at 65 characters, which was a fandom norm dating back to the 1990s. Stories since 2010 just auto-wrap. You should be able to save the output as plain text in most browsers. If you encounter any problems using this facility, please let me know. At present, this facility is available for all stories from the beginning of 2003 (whisperjack onwards). Older stories can easily be converted on request - it's only a few minutes' work for a single story, so don't hesitate to ask.
My stories are stored in many places on the web, not only in archives but also on other sites I administer. I do revise from time to time. The versions on this page will always be the most authoritative, and I would prefer for you to harvest from here where possible. You are also free to link to my stories if you prefer, but it would be good if you could let me know so that I can notify you in the rare event that any URLs change.