Klancy7's Head (02-43)
INSIDE THE HEAD OF KLANCY7
The joy of writing was just as fun in the BCE times as the CE times.
 Can you say "one hot writing mama"? Klancy7 can peel the plastic off the keyboard any day. Warning: read and feed with a fan and plenty of crushed ice.
 Why did you start writing?
 I've written smut for personal consumption since late kidhood. I wrote two or three mild Xena: Warrior Princess fan fiction pieces before I tried my quill at Xenasmut. For me, it was the blending of two well-matched worlds.
 If you had to do it all over, would you be a bard? Would you write?
 Absolutely. I've connected with some wonderful friends through my online writing. But I think I'd probably still write if I were the last dyke on earth, and no one would ever read my stuff. Being a bard is flat out fun.
 Years from now, how would you like to be remembered?
 As a writer of love stories. I don't expect everyone who reads my smut tales to recognize them as such, but the people who matter to me get it.
 Who is Klancy7?
 Klancy7 is the semi-sinister alter ego of a mild-mannered social worker. The social worker also writes novels for general Xenaverse readers, but Klancy7 is an unrepentant smutmonger.
 What are your feelings on censorship?
 The stories I write are controversial, and I've heard from readers who were disturbed by them. For the most part, their arguments were intelligent and thought provoking, and I welcomed their feedback. But given the fact that I disclaimer my smut ad infinitum, I feel readers need to take responsibility for what they consume. Make an informed decision before you start reading -- and let others do the same.
 If you can cure one disease, what would it be and why?
 I think if we can lick apathy, everything else would be easier to beat.
 What do you see yourself doing in the future? Future projects?
 I hope to keep turning out novels for a while. I may have tapped out my smutmongering reserves for now, and I'm enjoying exploring another genre.
 What advice can you give to future writers?
 The best advice given to me was write every day, read like a black hole, and absorb everything in print. Read classics, pulp trash, fiction, nonfiction, comics, and magazines. Hearing the voices of other writers, especially those you respect, helps shape your own voice.
 How did it feel to be published?
 It was a great high, and a relief. I only need to be famous enough to impress my friends, and it accomplished that. I doubt I'll ever have a large readership, but that frees me to focus on the material. I want my second novel to be much better than my first.
 What has the show Xena meant to you?
 For me it was validation of all the tomboy fantasies I was supposed to find embarrassing as an adult.
 How do you feel about Xena's end?
 Bereft. There won't be the likes of her again.
 What would you say every writer needs?
 Encouragement and cutthroat editing.
 How do you feel about subtext?
 I can't imagine maintext being more fun. Picking up clues, savoring glimpses, catching sly winks, and comparing notes with friends. Some feel that's accepting the short shrift, but I got a kick out of it.
 Have you ever experienced, you or someone else reading one of your stories aloud in the public?
 Klancy7's work? I'd feel compassion for the poor sap who's about to be arrested for public obscenity.
 How would you categorize your best writing and give the URL's for them if posted.
 My favorites are probably Friends Remembered -- non-smut -- and The Disclaimer's The Thing -- definitely smut -- which can be found on my site. I'm also happy about the sequel to my first novel, which seems to be going well.
 Does the best writing flow for you, or does it come from rewrites?
 I'm slow. I turn out about five pages on a good day. When my writing's going well, tapping the keyboard feels more like playing a piano. The pages I turn out then don't need a lot of revision. At other times, methodical work calls for rewrites.
 If you consider yourself to have a muse, what exactly do you mean?
 I like the whole muse idea, it works for me. When a story's going very well, it does feel like a voice is whispering in my ear, and whoever's talking knows exactly what they want to say.
 Tell the truth--are you your favorite writer, or in your own top five? Why or why not?
 My own top ten. There's some great writing out there in the Xenaverse, and lesbian fiction in general. I like having levels of excellence to shoot for.
 What books are you reading now? What about it/them is holding your attention?
 I'm working through past and present books by Nevada Barr, Laurie R. King, Jane Rule, and Sarah Dreher.
 Who is your real life hero and why?
 I'm working on being that myself.
 What is your motto?
 Don't push the river.
Klancy7's e-mail address: Klancy7@aol.com
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Gabrielle finds herself chained to a turning wheel, and at the mercy of Najara's obsession.
Reflections on a typical night of intimacy between the warrior and the bard. Plot What Plot?
Callisto conducts the interrogation of her dreams.
A NIGHT AT THE INN:
In order to protect Xena from Callisto's vengeance, Gabrielle must submit to the blond warlord's most twisted fantasies.
A sampling of multiple bard ravishing by a love-starved warrior. With affectionate thanks to Kaz, whose creative fantasy formed the basis of this twisted tale.
A band of renegade Amazons captures Gabrielle, intending to use her physical charms to conjure Alti from the grave.
IN CAESAR'S HANDS:
In order to free Gabrielle from Caesar's camp, Xena is forced to ride the Roman Drill. (Harsh)
Xena and Ephiny must free Gabrielle from the clutches of a curse that has rendered her a bloodthirsty tyrant.
Klancy's preferred ending to the XWP episode, in which Gabrielle finds herself equally enthralled by the allure of darkness.
Hope captures Xena's dreamform while she's comatose, and enlists her enemies to keep the warrior sexually enslaved. Fairly weak story. (Harsh)
THE DISCLAIMER'S THE THING:
Xena and Gabrielle enact the bard's latest script, a ribald and consensual exercise in the seduction of role-playing. Written partially in response to the Xenaverse's discomfort around non-consensual themes.
THE GIRLS IN CELL BLOCK X:
Gabrielle (consensual) endures a conjugal visit with a captive and deprived warrior.
Does not offer fun of the kinky kind, or any kind for that matter. Klancy's non-erotic response to the downplayed death of the beloved Ephiny.
IDES OF MARCH REVISITED:
Alternate ending to the fourth Season cross-hanger. (Harsh)
WEB OF THE FURIES:
Klancy's least favorite story. The beginning works, but then it turns routine.
SEASON FIVE PREVISITED:
I'm taking a break from my usually scheduled smut again. There's no sex in this one. This is the most tackily florid writing I've ever done. If you're in the mood for that kind of excessive sweetness, you might like this -- otherwise you're going to need insulin stat.
An experimental über tale in which a contemporary Warrior and wench find themselves, and each other, in the clutches of an evil Government experiment . . . bru ha ha ha . . . . (Harsh)
THE CLINIC PT.2
THE CLINIC PT.3
THE CLINIC PT.4
THE CLINIC PT.5
THE CLINIC PT.6- CONCLUSION
Klancy's contribution to the uber-anthology that is the masterwork of her respected colleague, Felioness, and the Courtly Butch's own Jay -- 101 Aurelian Nights.
Klancy's thanks to Tim Wellman and Dark Angel for their excellent technical support.
Thanks to the Bardic Circle for a few of the questions. Thanks to Kamouraskan for the beta.
L. J. Maas and Murphy Wilson [Amy Murphy]. One Step Beyond ... Uber, That Is. WHOOSH #49 (October 2000)
The "Inside the Head of…" series in Whoosh issues #58, 61-
Twenty-nine-year-old Amy Murphy resides in Indiana, and is an avid reader of Xena: Warrior Princess Fan Fiction. If it exists in the Xenaverse, chances are she's read it! Murphy has also tried her hand at writing FF, turning out two very nice pieces that reside on a couple of web sites throughout the Xenaverse.
Favorite episode: IS THERE A DOCTOR IN THE HOUSE
Favorite line: "I have many skills" (various episodes)
First episode seen: THE TITANS (07/107)
Least favorite episode: LYRE, LYRE HEARTS ON FIRE (100/510)