Back in 2007, for reasons which I'm sure made sense at the time, I got the idea to write a fic with Jack Harkness of Torchwood
and Sam Tyler of Life on Mars in a bar together
, and then furthermore to email it to rionaleonhart
without explanation to see what she would do. As it turned out, because Riona is Riona (and because the fic was probably her fault in one way or another to begin with), she calmly beta'd it and sent it back.
That, I think, may have been throwing down the gauntlet.
Because there's something you have to understand about me, and that's that 70%* of my fiction writing is spite-based. A friend believes that I can't write slash? Here is the Doctor having sex with the Master. And also the TARDIS.
Riona says a Silent Hill 2/House MD crossover where Chase is James Sunderland is the most frightening idea ever and she should not write it? I write it.
Stargate SG-1 decides to be completely simplistic with issues of character death, the nature of identity, and memory? Here is 140,000 words deconstructing that by implication.
And then there was the Silent Hill crossover meme
, which was basically a (lighthearted, mutually-respectful, and mutually-gleeful) pissing contest with jantalaimon
over who could write the most, or weirdest, crossover drabblets with Silent Hill. (Among my proudest accomplishments: Winnie the Pooh
, The Sims
, and Tetris
*Completely arbitrary estimate
So I think there's a certain amount of archaeological evidence** to suggest that I started Damaged People
purely to see what it would take to get Riona to go "What on earth are you doing
, you crazy person?"
**Not in any way archaeological
Which is how I ended up writing what I call "A massively multifandom accidental epic following Sam Tyler (Life On Mars
) and Jack Harkness (Doctor Who
) on their misadventures, as they explore the galaxy, almost destroy some worlds, and barely save others."
How multifandom, and how epic?
Well, as of the time of this posting, I've written most of the first of a planned three arcs (1: Jack and Sam cavorting around the galaxy; 2: Series 1 of Torchwood, rewritten, expanded, and made more weird; 3: Sam Tyler saves the galaxy), and it's up to 100k words. And the thing's spawned a sequel. It's also up to 22 fandoms the last time I counted, and I keep shoving more in whenever I find a spare corner. (Lie To Me
is on the waiting list, for example, and will be added as soon as a compatible plot comes up. Sherlock
is in much the same position.) Among the fandoms I've managed to wedge in: Stargate: SG-1
, Global Frequency
, Pirates of the Caribbean
, Google's April Fools jokes, Withnail and I
, Avatar: The Last Airbender
, Top Gear
, and Cube 2: Hypercube
The story is told mostly from Sam's perspective, with occasional dips into Jack's, so it's unintentionally organized so that if you're familiar with both series of Life on Mars
and series one of Torchwood
, you're generally only ever as confused as Sam is. Which, you know, can often be Rather Confused.
Anyway! I'm beginning the process of mirroring everything from its original home at damageverse
to its parallel home at damaged_people
. If you're interested in my one grand voluntary foray into slash and multifandom crossovers, I invite you to take a look. It's wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey, occasionally extremely sketchy, ranges from pure gen to explicit with warnings and back again, and it will probably never be finished, but new stuff should keep appearing from time to time.